6:10 AM Jul 25, 2010
Three-hundred and five schools are eligible for state funding to build new facilities. The Norwalk City Schools are 304 on the list. Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said he was taken by surprise when the state called to ask if Norwalk would like to participate. Only because of a recent infusion of cash into the state's Classroom Facilities Assistance Program are so many schools being offered assistance.
6:10 AM Jul 25, 2010
City council may have two big decisions on tap at the next meeting on July 24 whether to allow alcohol in public parks and whether to allow a tax abatement for Batesville Casket Company to move off U.S. 250 into a new facility in the Norwalk Commons development. Council members didn't discuss their views on allowing Berry's Restaurant to serve alcohol in Bresson Park during Tuesday night's council meeting, but audience members spoke for both sides of the issue.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
JULY 10, 1957 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 50 years ago:
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
What are the kids doing for the summer? It makes you wonder. It seems most kids want everything handed to them. They do not want to work for it.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
I work in a professional office in uptown Norwalk. Community-oriented activities like Thunder in the Streets are fun and positive events for uptown Norwalk. However, blocking access to my employer's office is devastating to the elderly and disabled who need to keep their appointments. Transportation for Senior Enrichment had to cancel one appointment because they couldn't get their client close enough to our office. Another driver trespassed in a private parking lot so their elderly, disabled rider only had to walk 1 1/2 blocks with his cane. I don't know the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it seems, at least in spirit, that ignoring the needs of the disabled during these uptown events is a violation of their rights.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
I was outraged when I read the article about the young ladies who were falsely protesting the circus in Norwalk, and I was even more outraged when I read their justification for their mistake: It was all right because they were "protesting on a principle." Suppose I were to falsely, and publicly accuse these four girls of underage drinking. When they protested their innocence, I would state that my protest was all right because even if those girls didn't drink, a lot of teens do, and it's a bad thing to do. Would those girls be satisfied with my reasoning? I think not. They would probably sue me.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
It's becoming a tradition around our house on the Fourth of July. The annual Lions Club Parade, of course, is a must to start the day. And the fireworks, well, they are the perfect way to wrap things up.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
When the National League starters take the field during tonight's All-Star Game in San Francisco, Barry Bonds will trot out to left field. That's because fans voted Bonds into the starting lineup, perhaps for the final time in his 21-year career.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
A 9-year-old Sandusky boy remains hospitalized in critical condition following a traffic accident in Milan Township on Monday afternoon. Tyler Hawkins was a passenger in a 2000 Chevrolet Trail Blazer driven by Amanda L. Adams, 24, of Sandusky when the accident occurred west of Plank Road at 11:25 a.m., according to state Highway Patrol troopers. He is hospitalized at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo with what authorities called "incapacitating injuries."
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
A Willard teenager won't be tried as an adult for several burglaries and thefts after agreeing to a plea deal Monday. Kevin Czupik, 18, of 39 Washington St., pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary and complicity to theft of firearms for the Dec. 8 and 17 incidents he committed when he was 17. The state, in exchange, dismissed three theft charges stemming from both dates and two counts of breaking and entering out of two Dec. 17 incidents. Prosecutors also withdrew their June 14 motion to have Czupik's case transferred to common pleas court.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man was sentenced to 11 months in prison Monday for selling two balloons of heroin to the man who introduced him to the drug. Ryan J. Justice, 27, of 12 1/2 Bouscay Ave., told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway that he needs assistance with substance abuse treatment. He asked for some form of rehabilitation instead of prison time for the trafficking in heroin guilty verdict.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was issued Thursday immediately after the collision between the vehicles driven by Joyce A. Alonzo, 49, of 1802 Daniels Road, Willard, and Torres Isidro, 53, of Mercedes Texas, on Section Line Road. Alonzo attempted to pass Isidro and hit the left side of the farm equipment Isidro was pulling with a tractor.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Memorial Home Celebrating America was the theme this week. The residents played trivia, sang songs and stretched to patriotic music in celebration of the Fourth of July.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
A decision on alcohol in Bresson Park will be one step closer after tonight's city council meeting. Tonight's meeting, which begins at 7:15 p.m. in council chambers of the Norwalk Municipal Court building, will be the first of two readings of the legislation. After the two readings, council may vote on whether to allow alcohol in the public parks.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - Authorities have determined the person found dead Sunday night in this city was Robert K. Meiners, 48, of Park Street. Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said people last saw Meiners June 19 and his family reported him missing two days later. The coroner said relatives hadn't heard from Meiners since he left and noted the man had no previous history of leaving unexpectedly.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
The state Highway Patrol suspects the driver in a Thursday morning crash on Ridge Road that killed a Monroeville man was under the influence of alcohol. Trooper Steve Drew, in his report released today, said there was a blood test performed on the driver, Timothy A. Brant, 26, of 330 Peru Center Road, Monroeville. Brant's brother and passenger, Michael D. Brant, 29, of 2612 Ohio 162, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood.
6:05 AM Jul 25, 2010
A special prosecutor has determined there will be no charges filed against Norwalk attorney Greg Shell in connection with a March 26 suspected road rage incident. R.J. Budway, of Lorain, called Shell's behavior "overly excessive and offensive" in a letter, according to published reports.
6:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
JULY 9, 1957 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 50 years ago:
6:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Toast the Norwalk Lions Club for putting on another outstanding Fourth of July Parade. An event like that takes hours and hours of preparation and the Lions always are there to step up. And it doesn't stop there. The Lions sell beer at Summit Motorsports Park as a fund-raiser, using much of the money to help distribute eyeglasses to the needy. The club collects, measures, labels and packages eyeglasses to distribute. A trip is planned to Nicaragua in May of 2008 by the local club. Roast the city of Norwalk for the condition of the access road off Executive Drive at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. The park has much to offer, and was full of activity Saturday with a fishing derby and a disc golf tournament. But the road leading to the back of the park is a mess. We don't want to make it a racetrack, but a few speed bumps would keep everything in check. Hopefully, once the new Cline Street extension opens Wednesday, the city can turn its attention to the park.
6:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
Have you noticed that it is now impossible to read a newspaper or magazine that does not have the word "green" in at least one headline? Green in this context, of course, means environmentally friendly.
6:00 AM Jul 25, 2010
It is commonplace in this post-modern age to bemoan the decline of civil society. Of course, the older generations have always claimed that society is not as civil as it once was. But researchers, most notably the unparalleled Robert Putnam, have shown that today this complaint is not merely nostalgia. For once, your grandparents are right.