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John Ridge, Norwalk municipal court judge, was honored with the 2007 Shirley Sutherland Award for creating the county's first treatment/drug court. Huron County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMhs) board presented the award to Ridge at a dinner in the art gallery of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Ridge has worked with more than 50 people through his program since starting it in 1999. His court sets specific criteria for participants in the treatment/drug court program conviction and a jail sentence for misdemeanors in which drugs or alcohol played a role and the motivation to change. Jail time is waived if participants successfully complete the highly structured expectations of the court, which include outpatient chemical dependency counseling, intensive probationary supervision and frequent appearances before Ridge. The average stay in the rigorous program is 18 months.
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NORWALK FIRE n Investigated a false alarm at an uptown business at 5:45 a.m. today. The crew returned to the station at 6:15 a.m.
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If you're visiting older parents or relatives you haven't seen lately, certain indicators might point to their need for regular assistance. Penny Hansen, owner of the non-medical, in-home companion service Comfort Keepers, suggests keeping an eye out for these five signs that may mean your loved one could use additional care: Open your eyes: When you see your relative for the first time, pay close attention to their appearance. If relatives who were always neat and put together are now displaying mismatched clothing, poor hygiene or a noticeable increase or decrease in weight, it could mean that they are having difficulty with tasks they could once complete with ease and need assistance. Listen up: Engage your relative in a conversation and really listen to their responses. If they are having trouble remembering names, formulating sentences or pronouncing their words properly, don't just assume the cause is "old age." The earlier help is gotten, the better.
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Remembering Grandma's Love By Matthew David Pugh She is in Heaven now, a better place She is in no more pain at the hands of God's grace.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Each Christmas, Sedeanna Howman wonders: How would her son Ezekiel react to Santa and the numerous decorations at grandma's house? Would his eyes light up like the other children? If he were alive today, Ezekiel would be 6 years old. He would join his mother and 8-year-old brother, Obadiah, at the Norwalk home of Lillie Rudd. There, Ezekiel, like the other children, would receive gifts from Santa.
7:41 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Kentucky man faces a grand theft indictment in connection with embezzling from a church south of Norwalk. Glen Dale Merritt Jr., 34, of Turkey Creek, was the volunteer bookkeeper for the Reigning Word Fellowship Church between May 2004 through May 2007. He is accused of making it appear he sent required money to state agencies, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said. The church then was penalized when the various agencies didn't get their money.
7:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
BUCYRUS - South Central topped Western Reserve 43-36 Wednesday night in a Firelands Conference wrestling match at Bucyrus. The Redmen also competed in the tri-match. South Central made it a clean sweep with a 54-21 win over Bucyrus.
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Dec. 20, 1918 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 89 years ago:
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The calendar is very arbitrary. Who said that the new year has to start in January? Why couldn't it begin in April, when the flowers start blooming? Or in August or September, when school begins? I'm starting to get frustrated, because my life doesn't end on Dec. 31, even though my calendar does. So the appointments we have already made for the new year (dentist, hair cut, college interviews) have to sit on little scraps of paper, waiting for the new year to arrive. I hope we don't lose them.
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The Iowa Caucus is less than three weeks out now and folks are starting to pay attention. The status quo has basically stayed in tact on the Democratic side with Barack Obama seemingly putting a little air between himself and Hillary Clinton and with John Edwards refusing to go away.
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Ellen: What are you looking at? Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn... the clean, cool chill of the holiday air... an *$#@&* in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer...
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I wish we were not losing our Giant Eagle store so soon. What a great place to shop. It is clean and uncluttered. The meat and produce are excellent. The selection and prices are top of the line. The Italian bread is the bakery is to die for. When the store closes I will be going to Amherst to shop. The Fuelperks will help pay for traveling out of town to shop.
7:40 PM Jul 25, 2010
The state Highway Patrol has completed its investigation of a traffic accident involving a pickup truck and tractor-trailer Friday at the intersection of Fitchville River Road and Ohio 18. The pickup truck driver, Anthony M. Demeo, 28, of Avon Lake, was charged with failure to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected.
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MONROEVILLE - Area firefighters were called to a mid-morning house fire at 5411 Delematre Road in Erie County's Oxford Township today. The split-level home was fully engulfed with flames that could be seen at least 2 miles away. It did not appear anyone was at home at the time. The home was destroyed by the fire, which was still being battled at noon.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com First graders at Pleasant Elementary got a special trip Thursday a ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Even a minor derailment couldn't stop this train. Each class met the engineer, Fred Stames and the grandfather of one student, at the entrance to the train and he punched their tickets before they took their seats. The students stared at the car as they walked in a Christmas tree lit up a table to the front and the walkway was illuminated by ropes of light.
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Huron County commissioners passed an interim budget with less than $3,000 in total increases for 2008. Commissioner Gary Bauer said the budget passed Tuesday is $15,535,400, compared to $15,532,674 for 2007.
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After reviewing the thousands of signatures Jim Sitterly gathered to oppose an increase in the county's real estate conveyance fee, the board of elections said voters will get to decide on the tax in March. "There are sufficient petitions to submit the resolution to the electors of Huron County for their approval or rejection at the March 4 primary election,' said Tom Gerrity, director of the board of elections.
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One of Firelands Rails to Trails completed projects this year was the addition of 3.25 miles west of Monroeville. The extension is one of several plans the nonprofit organization put into place this year. It provided half of the 30 percent local match for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant to build the extension
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Susan Hazel, Huron County clerk of courts, filed her petitions for re-election this morning. Hazel, who has been clerk since 2003, said she wants to continue to provide proven leadership for the clerk's legal and title offices. Over the past five years, Hazel has expanded the use of technology in her offices and focused on customer service. The clerk's offices now use facsimile filing and fax services and computer imaging for court records. "I am fortunate to have outstanding staff members," Hazel said. "Our offices function as a team. I am also pleased with the spirit of cooperation between our county offices. On a daily basis we not only work with the Common Pleas Court, but also the offices of the prosecutor, treasurer, auditor, recorder, the sheriff and the commissioners."
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WILLARD - City Manager Brian Humphress told council Monday he is optimistic Willard will receive state money for the next phase of the Myrtle Avenue Improvement Project. The Ohio Public Works Commission's Integrating Committee has ranked Willard's project in a tie for second in the district, based on factors such as need and economic distress. It includes Huron, Lorain and Medina counties. In all, the state will fund 39 projects.
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HIGHWAY PATROL n The following motorists hit deer Wednesday: Jacqueline L. Jones, 24, of Attica, on U.S. 224; and Tyler A. Cawrse, 16, of 575 Fitchville River Road, New London, on Fitchville River Road.