5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Students' free speech rights have taken a big hit following a Monday Supreme Court ruling about bong hits. We have been watching with interest the case of Joseph Frederick, now 24, who sued his high school principal after he was suspended for 10 days in 2002 for displaying the banner "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at an Olympic Torch Relay in Alaska. Frederick was not in school that day and unfurled his banner across the street from his school and classmates, who were watching the relay.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Motorists are being reminded by the state Highway Patrol there will be heavy traffic throughout the weekend as Summit Motorsports Park is hosting the inaugural Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals starting Thursday. Expect traffic delays on the roads leading to and from the track, specifically Ohio 18, Ohio 601 and U.S. 20.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Van Dresser Jr. earns award Realtor Frank Van Dresser, with RE/MAX Quality Realty, Norwalk, has been awarded the "Executive Club" award from RE/MAX International for his outstanding sales performance in the real estate industry in 2006.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON Council voted to refinance two water system bonds Monday, saving the village $139,000 in today's dollars over a 15-year period. The first series was sold in 1973 at a rate of 5 percent interest and the second in 1997 at a rate of 6.3 percent. The new series will carry a 4.76 percent rate, and there will be no charge for the changeover.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
SOUTHSIDE, W.Va. Man has always tried to take control of and push machines to the limit, but control is just an illusion when dealing with something as unpredictable as race vehicles that flirt with such unnatural speeds. Saturday night, one driver found out just how unpredictable those vehicles can be.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL Minda A. Ebersole, 19, of 288 Section Line 30, Willard, hit a dear on Fayette Road in Fitchville on Monday.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Independent candidates for Norwalk City Council, Dwight Tkach and Stan Obrenovich, both officially withdrew their petitions to appear on the November ballot during this morning's Huron County Board of Elections meeting. Tkach had to withdraw because of a technicality that would have caused his petitions to be ruled invalid. By withdrawing, Tkach can now run as a write-in candidate. He must file to run as a write-in by Sept. 5.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Jacklyn A. Cleary, 24, of 1742 Maple Ridge Road, later was arrested on an unrelated Norwalk Police Department warrant. She also was charged with driving with a suspended license and an open container violation.
5:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Like Jason, just when you thought the proposal to allow Berry's to serve alcohol in Bresson Park was dead, it has reappeared.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY Preschoolers in the Early Childhood Development Center celebrated their achievements during a Hollywood awards-style ceremony May 17. Preschoolers were escorted down a red carpet to their seats by high school students enrolled in EHOVE's early childhood program. After the presentation of awards, the preschoolers enjoyed refreshments, games and prizes.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
JUNE 26, 1966 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 41 years ago:
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
If the city of Norwalk can't work with Berry's to allow minimal drinking in Bresson Park (so the city will not be seen as favoring business), how can they justify closing down Main Street for 24 hours in the middle of the week to showcase Summit Raceway Park? It would seem to me we are working a double standard here. The claim by administration that "Thunder in the Streets" brings people to Norwalk is probably legitimate. On the other hand, disrupting the business of 30 or so businesses on Main Street is what? The request by Doug Berry to allow him to sell a couple of drinks to bring more people into that area of Main Street seems to me to be a proper business request also. He and his employees are required to pay taxes to the city, which in turn helps the city coffers.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
I got a note from my dentist the other day. It was a reminder that I needed to come in for my annual checkup. Nothing special. Just a little cleaning, but more importantly, a lot of talk. My dentist is Dr. Bartt Colahan, a former standout athlete (he is a legend in his own mind) at Monroeville High School. I remember covering his games when I was a young sportswriter at the Reflector. There isn't much better than watching a football game on a brisk fall night at Marsh Field, then interviewing coach Steve Ringholz when it is over.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
The people of Greenwich deserve answers in the wake of police Chief Kevin VerBurg's sudden resignation after a closed door meeting with Greenwich council last week. Mayor Gary Sprague said the only reason for that discussion was VerBurg has moved out of the village limits he is required to live in the village to hold his position. But when a police chief abruptly resigns and his replacement makes veiled allusions that he wants to "regain public trust," there is clearly more going on than meets the eye.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
A New London man accused of committing a violent rural Greenwich robbery in March was indicted by a Huron County grand jury. Jeremy Holmberg, 27, of 2714 Center St., is accused of tying up the two victims, a man and his fiancee, with duct tape during the March 18 incident on Greenwich Milan Townline Road, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS Two 17-year-old rural Wakeman boys were charged with underage consumption early Sunday morning in connection with a Florence Township graduation party. The boys, from Green Road and Carter Road, were cited and released to their parents. There were a total of six adults and four adults charged.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
Firelands Electric Cooperative announced its planned power outage scheduled for Wednesday has been delayed due to hot and humid conditions, and is rescheduled to take place Friday. Areas affected by this planned outage will be Firelands members living in Greenfield, Norwich, and Richmond townships.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL David J. Jones, 33, of 233 Hamilton St., Bellevue, was charged with failure to control Sunday after he went off the right side of Ohio 113 and hit a mailbox support.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
Twilight Gardens Residents had a large group down for bingo. Janis Stoneham attended for the first time. June Brown won the special game where you had to have a picture frame to win. Zella Kohler, Stewart Bowlin, Linda Daughtery (visitor) and June all won two times.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk experienced a power outage for about 55 minutes today, from around 11:10 to roughly 12:05. The outage disrupted operations at the Reflector, delaying the press start. Power on the north side of Norwalk was still off as of 12:15.
4:55 AM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for its regular board meeting. Board members will certify independent candidates for the November general election, and handle any other business that may come before the board.