3:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's time to pay the pauper for Michael and Sharen M. Gravelle. The 6th District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday it is upholding the now estranged Clarksfield Township couple's convictions for building cages around bunk beds and abusing some of their 11 adopted children. Testimony shows the couple used the cages for sleeping quarters and punishment.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NAME: Jason C. Dillman AGE: 35
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Another forum to help unemployed workers will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Learning Center at Norwalk High. Participants will receive a bag of resource materials to illustrate topics presented and will include items such as a discount prescription card, budgeting guidelines, Veterans Services materials and an area resource guide. The forum will provide information on The Job Store, the Ohio Means Jobs Web site, home foreclosures and other topics. Speakers will be available for questions after their presentations. "We're glad to see that unemployment has come down a little," Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch said. "I know that many people are still out of work and diligently looking for jobs. We hope that these forums are helpful in providing important resources to assist residents through this critical time."
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Lichoff's first day of retirement is today. But he has to testify in a driving under the influence case in Norwalk Municipal Court. He became the first traffic crash reconstructionist in 1996, four years before the unit was established in the department.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
David and Cynthia Kniffin can be called the first couple for Huron County Republicans as both were honored at Thursday's spring gala for their years of support for the party. David retired recently after 20-plus years of service as party chairman. Cynthia was named winner of the annual Helen Lippert Mrs. Republican award at the annual event to honor Republican presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Imagine not losing a job, but working hard for 40-plus hours per week and still losing money. That's the plight of today's dairy farmer. "That's just the way it is right now," said Fred Albright, who has farmed on Ohio 61 south of Norwalk for decades. "We're not immune to the ills of the rest of the economy."
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Don't even think about telling John "J.J." Aiello or his 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea, that Friday the 13th is unlucky. That was the day a relieved Aiello got a call that melted his tension and anxiety about his end-stage liver failure. Chelsea had already agreed to give part of her liver to her 51-year-old father, in a bid to save his life.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Jeffrey Resor was back in court Monday Huron County Probate Court, to be exact. On the docket was a 2004 visitation case. On April 3, 2007, Crystal Berry filed a motion to have Resor's visitation with their 8-year-old son suspended. The nature and length of their relationship is unknown. Resor's attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, and the mother's counsel, Eric Weisenburger, met behind closed doors three times for a total of about 25 minutes before the public hearing started.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County commissioners listened to a proposal to make the Vermilion River, which crosses through the county from its source in Ashland County to Lake Erie, a state scenic river. Commissioners Gary Bauer and Mike Adelman told representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources they should enlist the support of township trustees to make the project go forward.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
If the county auditor can work out a way to keep the money separate from other county funds, Huron County may apply for a federal grant to pay for an officer devoted solely to working on child support issues. Sheriff Dane Howard, Lenora Minor of Huron County Job & Family Services and Auditor Roland Tkach met with county commissioners Thursday to discuss the proposal. Howard said he would like to apply for a federal grant of $77,000. It requires a matching cost that HCJFS would cover through their own funds.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
ADA Ohio Northern University's Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi garnered the prestigious "Governor's Cup" award at the North Central District Convention, held March 27 to 29 in Toledo. This the first time the Sigma chapter has won the Governor's Cup, the highest honor that Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity, gives to its chapters. It is awarded based on the strength of a presentation, plus the completeness of a binder and extensive questionnaire. ONU's Sigma chapter competed against 30 other district chapters to win the award. Three Kappa Kappa Psi members, Chapter President Amanda Weaver of Mentor, Ohio; Melissa Else from Cambridge, Ill.; and Samantha Ludwig from Norwalk, presented for the award. Their presentation, a five-minute overview of the chapter's accomplishments throughout the year, used a banana split metaphor to illustrate the virtues of the chapter's brotherhood. Visuals included two 6-foot pillow "bananas," three spoons representing service, sharing music and social virtues, and a cherry on top.
3:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's a lot of competition for the job of Norwalk superintendent when Wayne Babcanec retires at the end of the school year. Three of the 28 hopefuls already work in the area and another seven have doctoral degrees. Kirk Pavelich, principal for Main Street School in Norwalk; Dennis Doughty, Willard superintendent; and Jeffrey Ritz, principal for Willard High; all have tossed their hats into the ring.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Smoking is becoming an even more expensive habit, thanks to a federal tax increase that goes into effect today. Federal taxes on cigarettes, small cigars, tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes will take a big jump today, raising the per-pack tax by 62 cents, from 39 cents to $1.01. That's an increase of 158 percent.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
That was an excellent guest editorial you had in the 4/1/09 paper, the one titled "Plea to China: Don't buy government bonds." Thoughtful and timely, it was the kind of piece that would have been in the New York Times back when it was a good newspaper. Far from being unpatriotic, writer Sheldon Richman is doing us all a favor when he warns of more careless government spending and a staggering $10 trillion debt. My grandchildren will be working like slaves, 12 hours a day, to pay that back. In fact, among the unfunded financial commitments, he neglected to single out over-generous government pensions. Counting federal, state and local, these are estimated to be another $5 trillion. In a country of only 13 percent private pensions, we can no longer afford the 20-year double and triple government pensions, an increasing number more $100,000 yearly. It will bankrupt us. It is killing the goose that laid the golden egg. We need to curtail government spending and re-industrialize America. It was interesting to see the Bill Gross Investment Outlook today recommending delivering, deglobalization and re-regulating our economy. In his letter, Gross reminds us that the Global Economy began with trade between the U.S. and England, both having wage rates of about $17 an hour. Only when this was extended to China with wage rates of $1 an hour, did the trouble start. Gross points out that globalization is not an irreversible phenomenon. Let's hope we have some leaders who will see the potential in this. America first.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
CUTLINE: Paul Brookover of Wakeman was a charter member of the Blue Sparks car club in 1959. He still has his jacket. Now and then I will hear stories of parents having to nag their 17- and 18-year-old children to get their driver's license. I am always dumbstruck when I hear such stories. That's because I am pretty sure I have never wanted anything as much as I wanted to get my driver's license.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Curves' annual food drive is gathering more than food this year club members also sewed pillowcases for children at domestic violence shelters. Joanne Hubbard, weight management facilitator for Curves in Norwalk, Sandusky and Huron, has been making pillowcases on her own for 18 months to donate to shelters across the state. So far she's donated about 530 pillowcases.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Northeast Ohio motorists are paying an extra eight cents per gallon of gasoline this week as prices continue their upward trend. Nationwide, gasoline prices continued to rise as the current average price for self serve regular on Monday afternoon was just shy of $2.05 per gallon. Oil prices fell this week, triggered primarily by the growing concern over the health of the global economy. Benchmark crude oil fell more than 7 percent, or just about $3.97 Monday to close at $48.41 per barrel. Following the news that the Obama administration had rejected turnaround plans from both GM and Chrysler, the Dow began a downward day. Also, contributing to the fall in oil prices was news of a strengthening dollar. Generally, the stronger the dollar is against foreign currencies the more expensive it is for investors to invest in oil consumed by the United States the world's largest energy consumer. Inventories of crude oil continue to build despite both OPEC and domestic oil producers slowing oil production. Generally, economic slowdowns produce deep drops in oil demand as oil consuming sectors of the economy conduct less business. The result can be an unexpected glut of supply.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By CHUCK HEATH Summit Motorsports Park Special to the Reflector What does a mother of one child who operates a day care center have in common with jet-powered dragsters? Nothing whatsoever unless that woman's name is Elaine Larsen.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The economy may be bad in Huron County, but the condition of the schools is passing with flying colors. For that reason, there are no students in Huron County eligible for state vouchers. The vouchers allow students attending a failing school to transfer to a private school. "If they're in a school that is failing academically, it gives them a chance to get out of that school and get into an environment more conducive to learning," said Walt Klimaski, president of Norwalk Catholic School.
3:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
During the spring and summer school sports seasons we will print some of our regular features on a page in the Thursday edition of Norwalk Reflector. At the same time, we will expand the news, blogs and updates you can find on Fandy.com every day. Check it out, tell us what you think.
3:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Helping people help others. That's the impetuous behind Teen Leadership Corps, a program that isn't necessarily looking for the best athletes or the smartest students in the school, but youngsters who are willing to make a difference.