4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
If they could only turn back time. Several Norwalk city council members said they have had an uneasy feeling ever since they passed the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) legislation in summer 2008.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
After what seems like years of work, Cline Street will reopen Friday. The concrete is curing around the manholes and asphalt sealing still needs to be completed, according to Josh Snyder, public works director.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk lost a "good guy" this morning. Former fire chief Elmer J. McGuckin, 84, died at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk. He joined the Norwalk Fire Department in 1958 and served as chief from 1972 until his retirement in 1981. He was 84.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man told police he fled a hit-skip crash on foot because he suspected there was a warrant for his arrest. Motorist Jordan R. Whinnery, 23, hit the rear of the white 2008 Mercury Mariner, injuring a Milan woman just before 5 p.m. Monday about 470 feet north of Townsend Avenue.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service Wednesday announced its first successful prosecution related to fraud involving the first-time homebuyer credit and warned taxpayers to beware of this type of scheme. On July 23, a Jacksonville, Fla.-tax preparer, James Otto Price III, pled guilty to falsely claiming the first-time homebuyer credit on a client's federal tax return. Price faces the possibility of up to three years in jail, a fine of as much as $250,000, or both. To date, the IRS has executed seven search warrants and currently has 24 open criminal investigations in pursuit of potential instances of fraud involving the credit. The agency has a number of sophisticated computer screening tools to quickly identify returns that may contain fraudulent claims for the first-time homebuyer credit. "We will vigorously pursue anyone who falsely tries to claim this or any other tax credit or deduction," said Eileen Mayer, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. "The penalties for tax fraud are steep. Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who promises to get them a big refund."
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's new budget slot machines and all has a lot of people reeling and searching for answers. For many, the new budget has come up all lemons. Deep cuts total about $59 million in reductions to children who attend Catholic schools. "These cuts in funding for students in chartered non-public schools, when added to cuts made to resources and services for those students in 2008/2009, undermine the education of thousands of Ohio's young people," Carolyn Jurkowitz, executive director for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, said in a prepared statement.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Costs continue to rise for the village, and council continued to deal with money issues Monday. The charge for using the county sheriff's office for dispatching services has risen from $87 to $200 a month, and council passed an ordinance approving that increase on first reading.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Gov.Ted Strickland and Lisa Patt-McDaniel, interim director of the Ohio Department of Development, announced Monday the Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved Job Creation Tax Credits for 13 businesses involved in location or expansion projects that, if located in Ohio, are expected to create 1,341 positions and retain 5,971 jobs for Ohioans. One of the businesses is in Milan.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Will the new "Cash for Clunkers" program work? Listen to this story.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dan White, president of Norwalk Custom Order Furniture, did not hesitate when asked if it is realistic for people laid off from the old Norwalk Furniture Corp. to think they might someday work again in the big factory on Ohio 18. "Oh yeah, if we hit our sales targets. I look forward to the day when we have trouble finding enough people to fill the spots that are open. This economy is not going to last forever.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The first day of school is still about a month away, but Monroeville social studies teacher Jamie Charville is looking ahead to March. Monroeville eighth-graders can now do so as well; the school board Monday unanimously approved their trip to Washington D.C. for March 24 through 27.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners decided today to raise rates at the county landfill. This is just after commissioners recently raised rates.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (MCT) - The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a trade that will send left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to the Philadelphia Phillies according to Foxsports reporter Ken Rosenthal. In return the Indians will receive Class A right-hander Jason Knapp, Class AAA right-hander Carlos Carrasco, shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson.
4:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Robert M. Tite is at it again and back in jail. Sunday's incident didn't involve a driving a bulldozer while intoxicated or riding through the village on horseback. This time, it was a small, yellow front-end loader.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
JULY 29, 1957 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 52 years ago: $80,000 walk pact given to Tom Hug A contract has been signed by the Board of Control with Tom Hug, contractor for the construction of new sidewalks under the 1957 program. Mr. Hug was the only bidder on the work which is estimated at $80,000, of which one-half is expected to be done by other individuals.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio 61, between Ohio 103 and Greenbush Road in New Haven Township, will be closed beginning Aug. 3 for a culvert replacement. The road will reopen Aug. 7. In other Huron County-area work by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio 60, between the northern corporation limit of New London and U.S. 20, is restricted to one lane of two-way traffic as part of a paving project. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times with flaggers. The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 31. Also U.S. 250, between Townline Road 187 and U.S. 224 in Greenwich Township, is closed for new alignment tie-in work as part of a railroad grade separation project. The road will re-open Sept. 11.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Outgoing Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec has cleaned out his file cabinets and his desk. "I'm still working on the cupboards," he said. "I've been in the office 16 years; you accumulate a lot of stuff."
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Robert M. Tite, the rural Wakeman resident charged last month for allegedly driving a bulldozer while intoxicated, is in trouble with the law again. Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, was driving a small, yellow front-end loader recklessly through the village and almost ran into the front of his own store about 6 p.m. Sunday, Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Beautiful weather, a large turnout and plenty to do made for a very successful Wakeman Homecoming Firemen's Festival Sunday on the grounds of the Eagles Hall in Wakeman. EDITOR'S NOTE: More pictures of Wakeman's festival can be viewed in a ReflectorCam 2.0 gallery on this Web site. Click here to see them.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - In these tough economic times, the village is offering an amnesty program to its taxpayers to help individuals get current on their taxes. Beginning Aug. 15 and running through Oct. 15, if you owe past due taxes you can get all penalties waived by paying your tax and interest in full.
4:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Allis-Chalmers tractor was the star of the 14th annual Firelands Area Restorers of Machines (F.A.R.M.) Tractor & Gas Engine Show Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds. Visitors to the show saw a variety of the featured tractors, ranging from those manufactured around 1940 to those built in the mid-1980s when production stopped.