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NEW LONDON - The board of education decided Monday not to renew New London High School Principal Mary Lou Harris' contract, with Ken Hale, Dennis Goetze and Don Race in favor, Chris Pondy opposed and Sharon McGrail abstaining. Close to 20 spectators filled the board meeting room to speak against the board's action. Bus driver Patty Dvorak said, "I think you are making a big mistake. She is a strong person and we need people like that." She continued, "Mary Lou has always been there to support us."
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The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending more than 130 million economic stimulus payments starting May 2 with the initial round of weekly payments completed by early July. Additionally, a new online calculator is available at www.IRS.gov to help people determine the amount of their stimulus payments. Stimulus payments will be sent out based the last two digits of the Social Security number used on the tax return. On a jointly filed return, the first Social Security number listed will determine the mail-out time. Payments will be made by direct deposit to people who choose to receive their 2007 income tax refunds through direct deposit. All others will receive their economic stimulus payments in the form of a paper check.
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M'VILLE POLICE n Brian J. Maynard, whose age and address were unavailable, was charged with driving with a suspended license and speeding in connection with an Ohio 547 traffic stop Friday. He said "he had just been picked up by the sheriff's office recently' on a similar license suspension offense related to child support. Maynard's passenger, Amy L. Roser, whose age and address were unavailable, was charged with wrongful entrustment.
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There are still a few nice people in the world today! On Sunday morning March 9, I was stuck in my driveway due to the snow storm that had dumped 24 inches of snow. I got out the shovel and proceeded to open the end of my driveway so I could get unstuck.
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As the saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed for a lifetime.' The tax rebate that the worst president in my lifetime and our corporate-serving Congress have generously ‘given' America is a perfect example of a $1.6-billion "give a man a fish.' It's not free cause we have to pay it back over the next two years, and is nothing more than an election time, "feel-good' smoke screen.
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They never make appointments. For more than a quarter of a century, Ed Walker and his family have scheduled their lives around work. Being the owner and operator of Walker Funeral Home in Norwalk, it's tough to make any plans.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com FLAT ROCK A Water Street home sustained about $75,000 worth of structural damage after a fire early Saturday afternoon. Thirty-nine total firefighters from Bellevue and Clyde plus the Huron River Joint and Attica Venice Reed fire districts responded to the house fire reported at 12:09 p.m. Bellevue Fire Lt. Tony Schaffer said crews were on scene six minutes later and had the blaze under control at 12:53. The three residents were home when the fire, that caused about $35,000 worth of damage to the contents, started.
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The Monroeville, New London and Plymouth tax incentive review committees will meet Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in meeting room C of the second floor of the county administrative building, 180 Milan Ave. The Willard tax incentive review committee will meet Wednesday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers of the Willard municipal building, 631 S. Myrtle Ave. The status of the various Willard enterprise zone agreements will be discussed at the meeting.
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SANDUSKY - The Great Lakes Home and Flower Show returned for the second year over the weekend at the NIA Center at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky. Kelly Edwards, Design Consultant for HGTV's Design on a Dime, was a guest at the show.
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ASHLAND The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and volunteers from local Adopt-a-Highway groups will begin litter cleanup efforts this month as part of the Great American Cleanup and the Keep Ohio Beautiful program. The annual Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement campaign, began this year on March 1 and continues through May 31. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. estimates that 2.8 million volunteers and attendees will participate in activities throughout this three-month period. Hardworking volunteers donated 7.7 million labor hours in 2007 to improve more than 17,000 communities. Locally, ODOT District 3 is working with Keep Ohio Beautiful Affiliates and Adopt-a-Highway Groups to cleanup the 4,000-plus lane miles in north central Ohio. Every hour an Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer spends picking up litter along its highways is one more hour that a skilled Highway Technician can be out repairing roadway deficiencies, replacing culverts, or improving roadside berms. In Huron County, ODOT recognizes the following "Gold Star" groups with five or more consecutive years of dedicated service to the Adopt-a-Highway Program: Bellevue Lions Club, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree; Dr. Michael Collins & Family; Eastman Funeral Home; Harley Riders Association; Roby Masonic Lodge 534; N. Fairfield Lion's Club/United Methodist Church; New London Rotary; and Mt. Vernon 64 F&AM.
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The Project Leadership of Huron County alumni breakfast was held March 11 at the art gallery of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center at Norwalk High School. The speaker was Kimberly Go, the human resource program coordinator at EHOVE, and her topic was motivating employees, a subject she said has been a challenge for employers for a long time.
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MONROEVILLE Eighteen firefighters with the Huron River Joint Fire District played cowboys Saturday. Chief Ronald Stang said the crew responded to the report of a barn roof that fell on nine cows. The Ohio 99 farm, south of Monroeville, belongs to Roger Schug, who was unavailable for comment. Stang said heavy snow caused the entire roof to collapse. He estimated the damaged area was "at least 70 feet by 40 feet." "The cows were out. We helped put up fences," Stang said, and corral the animals.
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WILLARD - The state will repave U.S. 224, including the portion that runs through the city, with work to begin in the late spring or early summer. City Manager Brian Humphress told council the city's share of the cost will be $36,190.
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MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Casey K. McClain to Citizens Banking Company, 137 Main St. East, $83,334. Bank of New York Trustee in care of Countrywide to Aaron J. and Carrie J. Boes or survivor, 909 Main St. East, $38,000.
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Huron County is presently under a flood watch, but that will likely change if Mother Nature has her way. "It all depends on where that front comes through,' said Bill Ommert, Huron County Emergency Management Agency director.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Terrelle Pryor, the highly touted western Pennsylvania prep quarterback, announced today that he will play football for Ohio State. The 6-foot-6, two-sports star announced his decision this afternoon at Jeannette High School about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh, where he had one of the greatest prep careers in Pennsylvania history.
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MARCH 15, 1974 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 34 years ago: Area teacher wins appeal The Sixth District Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously in favor of former Monroeville public school teacher Brenda March in a contract dispute.
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HIGHWAY PATROL Shlomo Shechtman, 37, of Toronto, Canada, was charged with failing to have all loads properly secured Wednesday after his load came loose when he slowed for some Ohio 103 railroad tracks and broke through the bulkhead of his trailer and into his truck.
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Toast all of the area students involved in productions at their schools. Last weekend St. Paul students performed "Crazy For You.' This past weekend Norwalk High School students performed "Beauty and the Beast,' while Edison students "Thoroughly Modern Millie.' Today, fifth-graders at Western Reserve are going to perform in an opera. All of the schools around the area have their "time in the spotlight' and all of the students put in hours and hours of work to make these productions a success. Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and parents involved for all of their hard work.
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Here's something a little different. The column below was first printed in this space more than seven years ago. I have always liked it and now I have a reason to re-run it. That reason will be apparent to you when you read next week's column. So consider this your homework for the week. Here's how to cure a headache.
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The first eaglet of 2008 has hatched in Huron County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The agency's volunteer eagle watchers, who have been observing this nest (named the "Pontiac" nest) since incubation began in late January, reported at least one eaglet hatched on March 6. It will be several weeks before they can determine the total number of eaglets in the nest. This eagle pair also produced the state's first hatchling of 2007.