10:25 PM Jul 25, 2010
Embattled ex-state Rep. Matt Barrett, who resigned April 24 over lying about a photo of a topless woman during a class presentation, won't be facing any criminal charges. "There will be no charges against Barrett,' Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said.
10:25 PM Jul 25, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland was evasive Friday when asked if there are suspects in the theft of about 100 pounds of marijuana from a Shady Lane Drive storage area. "I'm not saying we do or don't, but I'm just waiting to get information back from BCI&I. Hopefully we do (have some suspects)," he said. The Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) hasn't given Sutherland a timeline about when agents will provide information on their investigation.
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
MAY 2, 1925 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 83 years ago: Museum to get original phonograph and first organ of Old North Church It has been learned that Thomas Edison has promised to give the original phonograph, or one of the first phonographs, to the Firelands Museum of Norwalk.
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
Area residents gathered this morning at First Presbyterian Church in Norwalk as part of the celebration of the National Day of Prayer. The annual observance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Truman. In 1988, President Reagan signed a bill into law decreeing that the National Day of Prayer should be held on the first Thursday of May.
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Everybody likes getting free stuff, right? Then mark your calendars for Saturday. That's when The Gamers Lounge, 127 E. Market St., joins thousands of other stores across the world to host Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). The Gamers Lounge is participating in its third FCBD, which has been held on the first Saturday of May since 2001. Store owner David Baum said he has ordered "extra books just in case people are not able to make it early, so we will have a reserve to give away after the initial 1,000 books are gone."
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
CASTALIA - It is Genius Day at Maple Crest Farms in Castalia. The 15th annual event will include activities for children of all ages, a performance by the Maple Crest drill team, information about the versatility of the Tennessee walking horse and the chance to make "mop ponies."
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Third graders from Pleasant Elementary were the first group to see the newest exhibit at the Firelands Museum memorabilia from presidential campaigns and terms from George Washington to George W. Bush. "Most of these items have been in storage for many years," museum curator Marilou Creary said. "We just don't have room to display everything we have." Since this is a presidential election year, the museum decided to bring out its banners, buttons, letters and other presidential items to show in the case used for rotating displays.
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
League Elementary kindergartners got a dose of good medicine Wednesday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center - the hospital isn't a scary place. Three classes of students toured the emergency room, an X-ray room and the holding area for surgery to familiarize themselves with what happens in hospitals. They also listened to presentations from nurses and technicians explaining exactly what would happen if they ever had to get hospital care such as blood drawn or X-rays or surgery.
10:24 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK FIRE n Found the source of an odor to be a faulty light ballast at 11:46 a.m. Thursday at 1 S. Old State Road. Firefighters disconnected the power to the unit and told employees to have the fixture repaired or replaced. Returned to station at noon.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Considering all of the years I've been researching and the volume of newspapers I've scanned in search of historical material, stories still come to light which had never come to my attention earlier. The only problem with these stories is that one or two small points still escape me, which would enrich the narrative. This story starts with William W. Treadwell, a young man residing in Hudson, Mich. He had married Mary Hester in 1862. She was a daughter of Samuel Hester, who lived most of his life in Norwich Township in southwest Huron County. William's father was well-known in the Hudson community and so William was trusted by people.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture announced in a press release that it is streamlining operations and will shift jobs from North Carolina to Norwalk and company plants in Livingston, Tenn. and Fulton, Miss. Norwalk Furniture, a 106-year-old company and the city's largest manufacturer, has faced layoffs locally in recent years. The company had planned to move a recliner line from Norwalk to Tennessee recently, but delayed that for at least a year after local union employees agreed to give up a planned raise in the last year of a five-year contract and also accepted a lower amount put into their pension funds by the company.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk officials have applied for a state grant to build a training facility for Norwalk Furniture, but company chairman Jim Gerken said the firm may not be able to afford the facility even with state funds. "For about two years now we've been looking at an opportunity to consolidate our showroom and training facilities from North Carolina to Norwalk,' Gerken said, "but at this point with the economy the way it is, we haven't made a firm commitment to go ahead with the project.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - After months of negotiations and a marathon seven-hour session Wednesday afternoon, members of the UFCW Local 911at Hillside Acres Nursing Home plan to go on strike Friday. But Linda Black-Kurek, owner of Hillside Acres and 14 other nursing homes in Ohio, said about 15 of the almost 40 union members have resigned from the union and are planning to report for work Friday.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
A New Haven man is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail later this month for a 30-day drug sentence. Robert D. Williams, 52, of 2638 N. Ohio 61, pleaded guilty March 14 to possession of Oxycodone. On Tuesday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to report to jail May 23 as part of his three years of probation and fined him $500.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Imagine this a state representative race featuring Thomas Heydinger against Terry Boose. As farfetched as that might sound, it could become reality. Heydinger, a Democrat, served as Huron County juvenile and probate judge from 1975 to 2003. His name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for the 58th district state representative seat after Matt Barrett resigned last week. Barrett admitted he was not truthful about a photo of a topless woman which appeared on his computer as he was giving a PowerPoint presentation to a civics class at Norwalk High School last October.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk had a successful Green Week with hundreds of people participating in the various activities and more than a thousand trees handed out recently to be planted in the area. "It was a good week,' Mayor Sue Lesch said. "I was really pleased with our first effort. I think it increased awareness for people about what Earth Day and Earth Week are all about. '
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Improvements to the dog pound will probably be more than $25,000 so the project will have to go out for bids, said Dog Warden Bill Duncan. "I'm going up to talk to the county commissioners tomorrow to find out what we're going to do," Duncan said this morning. "We're going to get a plan together tomorrow." The issue of improvements came up after a recent outbreak of parvo virus at the pound.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in March: No violations
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following cases recently went through Huron County Common Pleas Court: Foreclosures
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man is listed in fair condition in a Toledo hospital after his all-terrain vehicle rolled onto him Wednesday afternoon. A LifeFlight helicopter transported James L. Weinert, 33, of 183 Tucker Ave., to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center after the Norwalk Township accident. A hospital spokeswoman said fair condition, in general, is an upgrade from serious.
10:23 PM Jul 25, 2010
Most gardeners know quaint little garden shops that offer unusual plants and "hands-on" workshops. One of these gems is Mill Hollow Nursery. It is located at 51595 North Ridge Road (Mason Road in Erie County) Vermilion, near the border of Lorain and Erie Counties and owned by Jody and Bob Frimel.