11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters in the county will decide on both tax increases and decreases in November with 25 issues slated for the ballot. Lyme Township, New London and Willard and the school districts of Bellevue, Berlin-Milan, Wellington and Willard are all going to the voters requesting new taxes. Voters in the Western Reserve district, on the other hand, will decide on two initiatives to repeal both a .75 percent and a .5 percent income tax. The two taxes make up the entire 1.25 percent the district uses for current expenses, totaling about $1.7 million in 2007. Other issues such as charter changes for Norwalk and Sunday sale of liquor in Willard are also on the ballot.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Baines Party in the Park will run Friday through Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department. The three days will feature a softball skills challenge, cornhole tournament, softball tournament, 5-K run and fun run, kids zone and games for all ages, festival foods, dunk tank, pony rides, karaoke with DNA Entertainment at 7 p.m. Saturday and a live band from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Here are the scores of Friday's local high school games. Look for stories about these games in Saturday's Reflector. Share observations with fellow fans at www.fandy.com. Edison 37, Norwalk 36
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
A deal is back in the works to save Norwalk Furniture. Investment firms IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital Partners signed a revised letter of intent to buy the assets of Norwalk Furniture on Thursday, as first reported on this Web site Thursday afternoon.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
We are bombarded these days with reports of global warming. These rumors are refuted regularly by reports of decreasing global temperatures. I'm not smart enough to decide what is what, but I know that there have been similar weather oddities through the years. When the first settlers came to the Firelands 200 years ago, one of their major reasons for migrating was the milder winters in Ohio as compared to New York and New England. There were times that farmers could plow in January, and winter followed for a couple of months until Spring. This changed as the land was cleared. Winter began appearing earlier and earlier. An exception to all of this was Jan. 1, 1876, when the temperature was 70 degrees. Farmers were plowing their fields and a steamboat went from Sandusky to Put-In-Bay on a pleasure trip. There was another New Year's in that same decade when temperatures were abnormally warm.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARION - Convicted sex offender Robert J. Flynn was released Wednesday from the Marion Correctional Institution after serving a 12-year prison term for molesting two boys. Flynn, now 60, formerly of North Fairfield, pleaded no contest Oct. 3, 1997 to two counts of gross sexual imposition and one charge of attempted rape. He accepted a plea bargain just as testimony was about to begin in his Huron County Common Pleas Court trial on 42 charges including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Teachers with Norwalk City Schools report for their first day of contractual work Friday. The problem is they'll be working under a contract that expired June 30. "I'm hopeful the negotiations can be resolved quickly,' Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said this morning. When asked to be more specific, he said: "We're closer now than when we started the process.'
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Goodguys 7th Blue Suede Cruise is two events in one. More than 2,000 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs and classics will sprawl throughout the grounds of Summit Motorsports Park making up the "Show & Shine" car show while the dragstrip will feature a full scale vintage drag race including 250-mph front-engined Top Fuel dragsters, 230-mph nitro burning Nostalgia Funny Cars, Gassers, vintage Super Stockers and hundreds of vintage drag race machines competing in 12 classes of competition.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters will decide between candidates in four contested races at the county level in November, along with three at the state level and one federal Congressional seat. Both county commissioner seats up for grabs have two candidates. Other contested races in the county are for treasurer and sheriff.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Home Savings & Loan customers who recently received a letter about a cease and desist order might have been concerned, given the general state of the banking industry. Bank officials, however, assure their customers the matter involves a change in business practices that will make the institution stronger. It won't have an impact on day-to-day business of the bank, nor will it affect anyone's deposits or hinder the average person seeking a loan to buy or build a home.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
I know this is a bit late to write a column about the Huron County Fair, but I'm going to do it anyway. You see, I almost didn't go to the fair this year, and when I did go, it was on Friday, the next-to-the-last day of the fair, which is the day after my column appears. So this is the first chance I have to tell you about it, even though for many of you, the fair is a distant memory. So why did I almost not go to the fair this year, after having gone every year since we came to Norwalk?
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Preschool teacher Jane Swigart is eager to start school. Swigart, who has been teaching at the Elizabeth Gerken Early Childhood Center for the last 15 years, has "high hopes' the ongoing contract negotiations with Norwalk City Schools will be resolved quickly.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
DANBURY TOWNSHIP - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car that occurred at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohio 269 and Ohio 2 interchange commonly know as the "spur" in this Ottawa County township. Danielle C. Bearre, 24, of Fife Lake, Mich., was northbound in a four-door 2000 Saturn LS on 269 when she attempted to make an improper U-turn in the roadway to travel back south, troopers said. Steven W. Wetzel, 42, of Sandusky, also was northbound in a 2004 Yamaha Road Star and could not stop in the roadway in time to prevent a collision, striking Bearre's vehicle in the driver's side door, troopers said.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Members of the Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA) met in the Norwalk High School parking lot this morning to discuss plans for their first work day. This happened before the district convocation to open the new school year. The NTA crisis committee, through a statement by chairwoman Mary Kay Cillo, announced that NTA members "have not volunteered their time to participate in open houses and orientation programs' Tuesday at Main Street and Norwalk Middle schools. The teachers also plan on skipping the scheduled open house today at Pleasant Elementary School.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
A deal is back in the works to save Norwalk Furniture. Investment firms IRG Capital Group and Blackbird Capital Partners signed a revised letter of intent to buy the assets of Norwalk Furniture this afternoon.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters won't get the chance to decide on a city charter change to allow design/build for construction projects in November because council voted down a proposed ordinance on an emergency basis at Tuesday's meeting. Council did hold a first reading for a proposed Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) agreement between the city and the developer for Norwalk Commons. A final vote on the TIF should be held at the next regular council meeting on Sept. 2.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Collins man is accused of sexually pleasuring himself in public on his property five times in 12 days. David A. Coury, 49, of 3190 DeRussey Road, is charged with five counts of public indecency in connection with five complaints to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. The second- and third-degree misdemeanors are in connection with suspected incidents that happened Thursday and Friday as well as Aug. 3, 8 and 12.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
"Norwalk Furniture stood behind us in times when we had troubles. We're willing to stand behind them and support them," said Julie McCready, who owns the Norwalk The Furniture Idea store in Mansfield with her husband, Tom. They never stopped taking orders for Norwalk Furniture products, even when the factory suspended operations for two weeks in July.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two women have filed petitions to repeal both portions of Western Reserve's 1.25 percent income tax, which brought in $1.7 million last year. "It'd be devastating to us," said Brett Robson, Western Reserve treasurer. He said the repeals would probably make it to the ballot because the petitions had 359 signatures and only 223 are required for the repeals to make it to the November ballot. Jeanne Obrenovich and Vanessa Lowe turned in two petitions Tuesday to the Huron County board of elections. One requests the repeal of the .75 percent income tax originally approved by voters in 1990 and the other requests the repeal of the .5 percent income tax approved in 1996.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The abrupt shutdown of Norwalk Furniture Corp. contributed to Huron County having the third-highest unemployment rate among Ohio's 88 counties in July. Figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services revealed Huron County's jobless rate jumped from 8.1 percent in June to 10.7 percent last month.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to talk about some football? And while you're at it, how about some volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country and tennis? The high school sports season kicks into full gear Friday night when football teams take to the field.