The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1979:
Carabin heads commissioners
Thomas Carabin, a Norwalk insurance agent and a Republican, was named president of the Huron County Board of Commissioners this morning.
The commissioners traditionally rotate the position among them and 1979 is no exception. Roy Palm, also a Republican, served as president during 1978. Maurice Smith of New London, elected last November to a third term, was president in 1977.
Retired Police Chief Lawrence Hilson, and wife Margaret unwrap a stereo set, a gift from the local police department, during a retirement dinner Saturday night at Don’s Coffee Corner. Det. Sgt. C. Fred Lou, who was master of ceremonies, looks on. About 50 officers, friends and city officials attended. The former chief also received a plaque, a scrap book and other memorabilia. Hilson’s daughters and their spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Tom (Caroloine) Lynch, Columbus, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Betty) Petry, Norwalk, attended also. Hilson joined the force in March 1953.
Eagles crush Trojans 50-34
MONROEVILLE — Paced by the 26-point effort of 5-11 senior center Patti Schaffer, the Monroeville girls’ basketball team posted a 50-34 Firelands Conference win over South Central Saturday night to stay in the thick of the FC race.
The victory moved the Eagles into a second place with Western Reserve, both having a 3-0 record Mapleton still leads with a 4-0 record. South Central dropped to 1-3 in FC and 1-4 overall.
Schaffer clearly dominated play throughout the contest. She scored the first two buckets of the game on baseline shots and had nine of her club’s 17 first quarter points as Monroeville posted a 17-11 lead following the first eight minutes.
Trucker gals fall 41-22
The holidays changed little for the Norwalk girls’ basketball team as the Truckers dropped a 41-22 non-league contest to Huron Saturday night at the junior high.
The Truckers had been idle since Dec. 21 and the long layoff showed in Norwlak’s shooting statistics.
Norwalk could can only four of 22 foul shots, prompting Trucker coach Janell Wolfe to say, “It would be an understatement to say we were flat. We just didn’t come out ready to play.”
Sandy Loolen was Norwalk’s leading scorer with 8 points.
Coming Tuesday — Jan. 9, 1979: Willard plans $1 million jail
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok