2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch could sense the excitement in the air this morning as she headed to Sen. Sherrod Brown's office to retrieve her tickets for Tuesday's inauguration. "People are excited very hopeful, very hopeful," she said by cell phone as she walked on D Street toward a federal office building. "It's wonderful."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
An Akron man will be sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty of bringing crack cocaine from his hometown to the Willard area.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District can now vaccinate more area children through an agreement with the Tuscarawas County General Health District, also a designated rural health center. "This agreement will lead to a heightened environmental level of health and safety for Huron County children," said Tim Hollinger, health commissioner. "It demonstrates the power of partnership where building strong, healthy communities is paramount."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Monroeville Parent Council president and treasurer Tamera A. Kamann was sentenced to 90 days in jail this morning by Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway for her part in stealing at least $10,000 from the charitable organization. Kamann, 39, of 3120 Fern Road, Willard, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to forgery for writing several checks worth $500 to $800 on a $2,500 Monroeville Parent Council loan and then using them for a vacation.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The boyfriend of the woman whose Anna Drive apartment was gutted by fire is staying with relatives in Monroeville. Stephen Kennedy, who lives with his girlfriend, Kristi Thurston and their 2-year-old son, Gavin, were displaced from the apartment Monday after a blaze destroyed their home. The cause of the fire is unknown, Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta has said.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Regular big city taxicab passengers know the routine: You get inside the back seat of the cab and notice a divider separating you from the driver. You rattle off your destination and sit quietly, perhaps impatiently, as the traffic moves slower than a turtle. The driver, weaving in and out of congestion, doesn't speak. When you arrive, you pay, get out and watch the vehicle disappear into the sea of yellow formed by other cabs. Later, you wouldn't recognize your driver if he stared you in the face.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Motorists leaving their vehicles in uptown parking spaces for long periods of time is bothering business owner Dwight Tkach. "At 4:30 (p.m. each day), they'll all be gone. That tells me it's county employees," Tkach said about the situation near Seminary Street. "It's not fair to me or any other businesses."
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Willard Flashes used a strong fourth-quarter to run past the Norwalk Truckers 45-39 in Northern Ohio League action Friday night at NHS. The win was Willard's first of the season in the NOL, improving its mark to 1-6 and 2-7 overall.
2:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Recently I was reminded of one of the many ventures through the years of drilling for gas and oil in Huron County. These projects have been tried several times since the Civil War, and in some cases the landowner was lucky enough to retain a producing well. Most of the ventures I'm thinking of were wells drilled for commercial use. Late in the year of 1936 representatives of the Atlantic Oil Company leased a large amount of land south and east of Norwalk in the townships of Norwalk, Townsend and Hartland. They drilled at least 15 wells, based on their scientific instruments rather than being based on dowsing with a peach branch. Their 15th well was on land owned by E. H. Toby on Zenobia Road east of Jericho Road. For many years ruins of the well could be seen. A real gusher in that neighborhood was on the farm of E. C. Wolfe. That well was a genuine gusher according to the newspaper accounts. It was estimated that it could deliver 10 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Perhaps it did so for a time, but we don't hear of any such gusher these days in Hartland. About a week after this well "came in" a group of newsreel photographers came to Hartland to film these wonderful wells. The Atlantic Oil Company also leased farms for right of way along Ohio 601, and laid pipes down to the pipeline which crosses Ohio 601 about a mile north of U.S. 20. A booster pump was installed about halfway between Ohio 18 and U.S. 20 on Ohio 601. It was a great setup, but eventually it all came to an end. The pipes were taken up and the Atlantic Oil Company disappeared. The term of their lease gave 1/8 value to the land owner of any gas or oil produced on their property. My grandparents leased their farm where I live now, but I never heard that they showed a profit by it. I believe the main reason for the lease was to run the pipeline down Ohio 601.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wayne Babcanec and Michael Gordon, Norwalk City Schools Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, respectively, will retire from the district after this school year. Their last day is July 31.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
There it was, sitting in my mailbox, with the return address: "Huron County Sheriff's Office." My first reaction was to wonder what I'd done wrong. Upon opening the envelope, I found it was a letter that started out "Dear Citizen." It informed me that I was scheduled for jury duty.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Norwalk defeated St. Paul 48-30 Wednesday in a wrestling quad-meet at Edison High School. In other action, Edison topped Western Reserve 73-6 and Edison defeated St. Paul 51-24.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVON LAKE - PolyOne Corp., the Avon Lake polymer compounding company, is cutting 370 jobs and slashing other costs to address what it calls an "unprecedented decline in demand" for its products and services, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Thursday. The company started telling employees Thursday it was eliminating about 30 people at its Avon Lake headquarters and another 30 at its facilities in Massillon, Norwalk and North Baltimore. Their jobs will be eliminated over the next several weeks. All 370 job cuts representing 8 percent of the work force are considered permanent.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
The man accused of hitting and killing a Norwalk bicyclist on Route 20 in West Virginia in September was indicted by an Upshur County, West Virginia, grand jury Monday. Roger L. Harrison Jr., 23, of French Creek, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol contributing to the cause of death and leaving the scene of an accident with a death.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The huge crowd stood almost shoulder to shoulder. Ten-year-old Steve Rench sat on the shoulders of his father, Richard, while taking in the sights: Upbeat, patriotic and cordial people standing near the U.S. Capitol, waving pennants and American flags and waiting for the soon-to-be president take his oath of office. The year was 1981 and the president-to-be was Ronald Reagan.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
They made science fun and easy. Without a projector everyone might be snoring.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dave Dunham made a toy box for the first birthday of his step-grandson, Gavin. Gavin, now 2, will never see it again. The box, filled with two Christmases worth of toys, was destroyed Monday in a fire that ravaged the Anna Drive apartment in which he and his mother, Kristi Thurston, lived.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
There appears to be no end to the arsenal of weapons Mother Nature possesses. Just a couple days after she buried the Firelands area with more than 8 inches of snow, she's now unleashed the deep freeze.
1:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk Board of Education Thursday recognized schools within the district that have obtained an "excellent" rating from the state last year. The schools are: Norwalk Middle School, League Elementary, Maplehurst Elementary and Pleasant Elementary. Superintendent Wayne Babcanec also recognized board of education members, in honor of January being School Board Recognition Month. Babcanec said there are 723 school boards in Ohio, with more than 3,415 people serving on them. Current Norwalk Board of Education members have served a combined 38 1/2 years.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN An increase in Lorain's water and sewer rates is on hold for now. City officials have proposed increasing the city's water rates by 15 percent this year and the sewer rates by 15 percent this year and 10 percent in 2010. This year's sewer rate increase could only be 10 percent, however, if council decides to eliminate the summer sewer discount. That could be a possibility because council members asked for legislation to eliminate the discount that costs the city between about $300,000 and $400,000 each year, city officials said. City Council members debated the rate increases but eventually decided to hold the matter in abeyance.
1:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
What are your New Year's Resolutions? Get Fit? Lose Weight? Volunteer? Start 2009 off on the right foot by heading to Sandusky Mall, Jan. 17 for the Health, Fitness, and Volunteer Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court! This is a free event and is in partnership with Firelands Regional Medical Center, The Volunteer Center and K96 Radio.