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Semester time means professional development for the teaching and administrative staff of Norwalk City Schools. On Jan. 18, our professional development day was divided into two parts. During morning hours the teachers and administrators were in-serviced on a variety of topics pertinent to the grade levels they instruct. Elementary teachers, as directed by Ohio Law HB 276, participated in a seminar on the prevention of child abuse, violence, substance abuse, and the promotion of positive development. This training was led by Aaron Voltz from Erie County Job and Family Services along with the support and expertise of Teresa Alt from Huron County Job and Family Services, Karen Russell and Laura Miller from The Firelands Counseling and Recovery Center. Our training meets the requirement of the law for five years and arms our staff with valuable information to protect the children we serve.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ohio Business College, Sandusky campus, is proud to publish the honorees list for the fall quarter, which ended on Dec. 7, 2007. Students earning all A's are designated with an asterisk. Students completing less than 12 credit hours, earning 3.25 GPA and above received a "certificate of merit'. Area students include: Tara Schuster of Berlin Heights; Bari Jo Blankinsop* of Greenwich; Diana Schafer of Milan; Melinda Hammersmith of Monroeville; Mathew Jackson* and Teresa Howell both of New London; Mark Cameron*, Amy Teeters*, Deloris Davis, Michelle Grimwood, and Kathy Pressley* all of Norwalk.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Roast the Ohio Department of Transportation for demanding Milan must pay for repairs to a portion of U.S. 250 that runs through the village. "One power of local self-government is the care and maintenance of roads within the jurisdiction of a city or village, including state and U.S. routes," ODOT legal council Cola Perkins wrote in a letter to the village. Milan sent the $55,000 bill for temporary repairs to ODOT, but ODOT sent it back. ODOT says Milan received more than enough money to pay for the repairs from vehicle gas tax funds. Milan said it cannot afford the repairs. There's got to be a way to work this out, and we think ODOT should step to the plate and make the first move to get this issue resolved. Toast the efforts of Chip Heyl and Sue McCreery on their combined efforts to write the book "Crossen Combat Chronicles," detailing the war efforts of McCreery's father, Lt. Col. John R. Crossen. The two, along with Sue's husband, Ron, spent 2,000 hours researching the life of Crossen and the 135th Field Artillery Battalion, which Crossen commanded. Efforts like this help keep a piece of American history alive and they should be proud of their efforts. Roast Cleveland Cavaliers great LeBron James. As most of you all know, James is the best thing to happen to this town since the invention of the pirogue. But James just doesn't get it. First it was the New York Yankees baseball cap incident during the playoffs. Then, he gets caught driving his car 101 mph and acts like it's no big deal (tell that to your kid the next time he gets a speeding ticket). Then he introduces his New York Yankee pinstripe NIKE basketball shoes. You're killing us, LeBron. Toast Pleasant Elementary Principal Janice Smith and everybody with the Norwalk City Schools involved in the "showers for success" program designed to help third- and fourth-graders help prepare for the Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Tests slated for April. Pleasant, League and Maplehurst elementary schools will begin after-school Achievement Club on Feb. 11 to help students prepare for standardized testing. Like them or not, standardized tests are here to stay and we applaud the schools and teachers for being ready when they come.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Let's take a break from the presidential primaries and talk for a moment about the bad cold that got its talons into me last week and is hanging on despite an onslaught of pharmaceuticals. My gosh, I have thrown fistfuls of acetaminophen, pheniramine maleate, pseudoephedrine hydrochloride, dextromethorphan, prednisone, azithromycin, doxycycline, at the situation, plus herbal concoctions involving chamomile, ginger, anise hyssop, slippery elm, mullein and mint, and have drunk enough liquid to float a houseboat, and what is the upshot? Burning eyes and a headful of sludge and gloomy thoughts. Plus which I am totally self-absorbed. Me! One of the most outgoing public-spirited guys you'll ever meet. Completely wrapped up in my own little world. Sick. Q. Which of the presidential candidates do you feel is more sympathetic to your health problems? A. The Barack Obama campaign contacted me personally and asked me how I am but only in a cursory way and then went on to ask for money. I am still waiting to hear from the others. Q. Where did the cold start?
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
August 21, 1978. That is the date of the first letter I wrote to Mayor Wayne Goodsite. And it was published in this space. After the news of Mayor Goodsite's death 10 days ago, I dug out that letter and many others that I wrote to the mayor during his 11 years in office. I see now that they really weren't as clever as I thought they were at the time, but readers loved them. Few things in the history of this column have gotten more response than my letters to or about Mayor Goodsite.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Uptown Norwalk will be the focus for an upper-level marketing class at Ashland University soon as the class studies the effects of revitalization completed almost 10 years ago and maps out what the area needs next. The 20 students in "Special Topics in Marketing, Business 451" will survey all uptown businesses and random consumers in both uptown and the north end of the city for their class project. They will gather data in February and March.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS Incidents between Western Reserve Schools Superintendent Doug Solet and a school employee took place between a 2 1/2-week period in November and December, the woman wrote in documents released by the Huron County prosecutor's office. A 31-year-old substitute school bus driver and food services employee said Solet sent her text messages, called her at home and touched her. The woman's statement said Solet began waiting for her after she was done driving and the two would have a "friendly conversation." It snowballed from there, according to the woman.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army will team up next Tuesday to hand out new hats and gloves to the people coming to eat at the soup kitchen from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Salvation Army serves lunch each month on the last five working days of the month.
8:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY (AP) - A nightshift nurse suspected of sexually abusing at least two dozen elderly or disabled patients at a nursing home was being held in jail Wednesday, authorities said. Many of the alleged victims at Concord Care and Rehabilitation Center were unable to report the abuse because of their conditions, said Perkins Township Police Chief Tim McClung. Some have since died.
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PLYMOUTH - Three men were arrested on heroin-related charges at a Plymouth mobile home Wednesday afternoon. Willie S. Dye, 39, of 4100 Niver Road, Willard, was charged with complicity to possession of heroin. His nephew, Brandon Northcut, 25, of 4265 Ohio 61, Lot 30, Plymouth, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments while another suspect, Dennis Pugh, 48, of the same address, faces one count of possession of heroin.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Deputy Dog Warden Gary Ousley recalled defendant April Smith saying she didn't think one of her rottweilers would attack anybody. Ousley came to Smith's home at 1066 Old State Road on Dec. 3 after the two dogs attacked her neighbor and later charged at two sheriff's deputies. He said he had to "put down" the female dog after Detective Sgt. Dane Howard shot it twice with his service revolver.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS - Norwalk and Plymouth will cash in as part of the $4 million ODOT "Safe Routes to School' campaign for 2008. It is intended to encourage schoolchildren to walk or bike to school instead of riding in buses or private vehicles. ODOT will divide $1.2 million among 87 Ohio communities to develop School Travel Plans, a required outline of how those communities plan to promote walking or biking to school, according to information in a northwest Ohio newspaper.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Cleveland Indians press tour descended on Sandusky Wednesday, one of many stops designed to get fans excited about the 2008 baseball season. Players such as pitchers Rafael Betancourt and Aaron Laffey were on hand to sign autographs and field questions from fans, as well as the media.
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EHOVE Honor Roll
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HIGHWAY PATROL Ronald Ruff, 48, of 2560 Niver Road, Willard, was charged with failure to follow the rules about passing vehicles and driving under the influence Tuesday in the Ohio 61 collision with he vehicle driven by Steven A. Leonard, 17, of 532 Park St., Willard. Leonard attempted to turn left onto Skinner Road and when Ruff attempted to pass him heading south, he hit Leonard's car on the left side.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
CLARKSFIELD The 2007 annual financial report for Clarksfield Township has been completed and filed with the state auditor and is available at the office of the fiscal officer Jane Gray.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local author Eric Ebinger will be signing copies of his second book, "Running Standing Up," at Lindale "M" Broidery and the Book Express from 11am to noon Saturday. "Running Standing Up" is a compilation of journal entries from his training to compete in the Cleveland Marathon last May. "This book is about setting a goal and sticking to it, a perfect message for January's New Year's resolutions," Ebinger said. "The journal chronicles a new attitude towards achievement and getting back into shape. I lost 50 pounds in the process. It is inspiring, emotional and sometimes hilarious all at the same time." "Running Standing Up" is Ebinger's second book, following the 2004 release of his Childhood Christmas memoir, "Stringing Up the Lights." Ebinger launched a Web site in March 2007 to promote his writing projects,www.ericebinger.com. This year, his goals include a collection of Ohio narratives titled, "An Ohio Odyssey," as well as the completion of his second childhood memoir, "Kids Called Me Dork: A Reflection of Fourth Grade," currently a blog on his Web site. Ebinger plans to continue long distance running with a run across the state of Ohio over Labor Day Weekend this year. For more information visit his website or call him at (419) 668-7671.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE Bellevue Music Boosters are hosting a chicken noodle soup dinner, with rolls and drinks, before the Norwalk vs. Bellevue boys' basketball game at Bellevue High School on Friday. Food will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinners cost $5 and carryouts will be available. For more information call Don Reiderman at (419) 217-0173.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler wanted additional prison time for Willard defendant Joshua D. Bartell, but said he couldn't persuade the judge. The court credited Bartell with serving 29 days in jail instead of a possible 200.
8:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
SHILOH American Legion Post 503 has been a longtime gathering spot for members and the community in Shiloh. Garrett-Riest Post 503 was started by veterans of World War I and has continued by work of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. In addition to holding observances of Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Legion has a steak dinner on the third Saturday of each month from September through May. Also affiliated with this post are Unit 503 of the American Legion Auxiliary and Squadron 503 of the Sons of the American Legion. These groups also assist with patriotic observances and sponsor dinners.