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The Firelands area is attempting to dry out today after Mother Nature hammered it with about 4 inches of rain over the past three days. "We had a very large amount of rain over a long period of time," said Bill Ommert, Huron County Emergency Management Agency director. "It was about 4 inches of rain in three days and that's quite a bit.
8:53 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway tried to explain to the defendant why he was in court today for a competency hearing, but Victor M. Macias-Aguirre obviously was confused. "I don't know what this is," Macias-Aguirre said several times through interpreter Magdalena Mays. "I don't know what happened. ... Why am I in jail? I didn't do anything."
8:53 PM Jul 25, 2010
Feb. 7, 1957 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 51 years ago:
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What in the world is a "Quantum of Solace?' The title of the 22nd James Bond film (in theaters Nov. 7) comes from one of five short stories by creator Ian Fleming, published as "For Your Eyes Only' in 1960. "Quantum of Solace,' based on a story about a failed relationship told to Bond after a dinner party, takes place about an hour after the conclusion of the 2006 film "Casino Royale.'
8:53 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK FIRE n Responded to an electrical-related odor in a flooded basement at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday at 49 E. Elm St. Returned to station at 9.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
I recently talked to a member of the American Life League and asked them exactly what can be done about ending abortion. I told them it is misleading that people running for election of the U.S. and state levels of government often state that they are either Pro-Life or Pro-Choice when in reality they can not do anything to end or extend in any way. This is done to the fact that this was a Supreme Court decision. They agreed and said they were pushing their focus to a positive vote in Colorado to be introduced on the November 2008 ballot, pending the required public signatures needed are achieved, that would state something to the effect of, "Science has proven life begins at conception. This is a sanctity of human life that would be given all forms of equal treatment as any other individual would be." There would be a vote on agreement or denial. If signed into law, there would then be a pro-choice group that has said they would take that issue to the Supreme Court for their decision.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
There is so much going on in the world today - it's hard to keep up with it all. One thing my family has done for many years, to try to know about the world, is to buy the New York Times each Sunday. That isn't as easy as it sounds. In the old, old days, we would take turns with other Norwalk families traveling to Oberlin to buy it, and then distribute it to the others in our Norwalk group. Later, Bob's News Stand on East Main Street in Norwalk sold it. We would go there on a Sunday morning to buy it. When Bob's closed, a local grocery store started to carry it, which is where we go now to purchase it.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
As a real estate agent, Doris Ulizzi likes to explain the home-buying process to her customers. She believes knowledge makes them less fearful of the process. Ulizzi has obtained an advanced degree which she hopes will allow her to more fully educate her clients.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Willard Board of Education Monday unanimously voted to approve the candidates for graduation. Commencement this year will take place on June 3. In other business: Superintendent Dennis Doughty showed the board a short video on methods of assessment and curriculum improvement that district officials could implement.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's "fair" to say there's one company that can claim its part in Norwalk's history. The Fair Publishing House has been around for more than 100 years and it continues to be recognized in its industry.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Twenty years ago coyotes were rare in Ohio. Not so today. Now they're the state's No. 1 predator replacing gray fox, which are essentially extinct and red fox which are becoming rare, eaten quite possibly by coyotes. They're big animals, often 40 to 50 pounds, very smart and wary, and even more important, a quarry that can be hunted or trapped year around without seasons or limits. Question is how do you hunt them? A modest number of area gunners have taken a coyote, usually by accident while turkey or deer hunting, though they might have been hunting specifically for the sneaky gray predators. But hardly anyone bags them consistently. Except, that is, a hard-hunting friend of mine and his small circle of fellow hunters who have killed more than 100 coyotes to date. He and his partners just might know more about coyote hunting than any other gunner in the state. This hunter became interested in hunting coyotes after attending a seminar, and decided to go all the way. He began to hunt the animals hard, working farms all over northcentral Ohio, and got a few, making and learning from his mistakes. Then he managed to live trap a male and female, fitted them with radio collars, and went out every single day for 2 1/2 years to check their location with a transmitter, recording each time the weather, wind direction, temperature, and anything else that might be relevant.
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NEW LONDON - The board of education voted unanimously Monday to use Ashland University's Telego Center for Educational Improvement to conduct its superintendent search. The board met with a representative of the Ohio School Boards Association last week for a presentation on the association's services and learned the search would cost $6,400, plus a brochure and other expenses.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Knights of Columbus Council 626 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the council hall. The annual home association meeting will follow with nomination of officers and discussion of results from 2007 and goals for 2008. A 4th degree meeting will follow. Spaghetti dinners are being served beginning at 5 p.m. on the first and third Mondays. Donation is $5.
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MONROEVILLE - A preliminary autopsy of a 6-week-old Monroeville girl has confirmed the county coroner's original assessment she died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). "For the time being, that's how we've ruled and (what's) put on the death certificate," Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeff Harwood said. He originally attributed Afton Annette Rose Gentry's Dec. 27 death as "an unexplained infant death." North Central EMS responded that morning to North Ridge Street for the report of a baby not breathing. Monroeville Police Chief Mike Ruggles, in his report, said he checked the girl, whom he described as "slightly purple in color," for vital signs, but didn't see any signs of life.
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WILLARD - City residents could face a 1-percent income tax increase proposal on the ballot in the summer to generate money to fix Willard's roads. Council is considering placing the measure on the ballot during a special election in August. Council member Larry Jacobs said an August election would allow the city to prepare its street pavement program budget for 2009. He added if voters pass the three-year measure, it could generate about $5 million for road repair money the city desperately needs, Jacobs said.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
What exactly caused the Great Blizzard of 1978? It was called a "storm of unprecedented magnitude." The storm fell into the rarest of categories a severe blizzard.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Suhr Custom Kitchens, a Norwalk company founded in 1947, ceased production at the end of January and will close down when current jobs are complete. Dick Suhr, who took over the business in the 1970s when his father John Suhr retired, said the decision to close was difficult, but dictated by the economy.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here is the list of players who have signed with or verbally committed to play Division I college football with Ohio schools, or who have committed to play with out-of-state programs: OHIO STATE
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
For the last four years since they bought a house at 1835 Ohio 162, Alfredo and Phyllis Garcia have dealt with flooding too many times to count. Their pleas to the Ohio Department of Transportation for a bigger culvert by their house seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Now their crawlspace and front yard is flooded yet again. Phyllis Garcia was only able to get to work this morning because she has learned from experience to park her car at a neighbors in anticipation of a driveway so flooded that a car can't drive through it.
8:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
New London Police Chief Mark Holden had 1/2 to 1 inch of water in his Birch Park Drive basement this morning. "There was high water all over the place (in the village). It's gone down a good bit. ... It's all gone right now," the chief said just after 9 a.m.
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The threat of worsened flooding stretched across Ohio today, where two days of rain and melting snow left water covering some busy roads and pushed rain-swollen rivers and creeks past their breaking points. In northwest Ohio, city leaders in Findlay hoped to avoid another major flood just months after the city was swamped by historic flooding.