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Governor Signs Ohio Veterans Exemption Payment Act Into Law

(ONN) – Governor Mike DeWine has signed a bill into law called the Ohio Veterans Exemption Payment Act.

The bill exempts disabled veterans from paying state taxes on their disability severance pay.

It also allows them within the next two years to claim a one-time tax credit for previous years of paying the tax all the way back to 1991.

State Representative Nino Vitale, a Republican from Urbana, sponsored the bill.

He says a local priest who is a military vet brought the matter to his attention.

New Bill Would Ban Transgender Athletes From Girls’ Sports

(ONN) – Transgender females couldn’t join their high school or college female soccer, field hockey or track teams if a bill introduced by two Ohio Republicans becomes law.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the “Save Womens Sports Act” would require the Ohio High School Athletic Association to block any male-born student from participating in a girls sport in both public and private schools.

Currently, the OHSAA requires transgender girls show proof that they’ve been on hormone therapy for at least one year or demonstrate that the student doesn’t have a physiological advantage over other athletes her age.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Findlay, Hancock County

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that includes Findlay and Hancock County.

The advisory goes from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.

Forecasters say Findlay could get 2 to 4 inches of heavy, wet snow during the day Wednesday and maybe another inch Wednesday night.

The high temp on Wednesday will be around 33.

Thursday will be cloudy and breezy with a high of about 26.

The high on Friday and Saturday will be in the 20s as well.

 

Findlay Rotary Raises Money For Polio Eradication

The Findlay Rotary Club partied with a purpose at Findlay Brewing Company.

The organization raised more than $16,000 for polio eradication during their Pints for Polio event which included a celebrity server competition.

The money raised will support Rotary International’s PolioPlus program to eradicate polio worldwide.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world.

Rotary International launched the PolioPlus program in 1985, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children.

Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

(picture courtesy of the Findlay Rotary Club)

Fire Department Targeting College Athletes For Next Class

College athletes are being targeted for the next class of the Toledo firefighter academy.

Fire and Rescue Department officials met with University of Toledo student-athletes to discuss careers ahead of the April 30th application deadline.

City officials say UT is the perfect place to recruit because athletes are in shape, coachable, operate well under pressure and are a diverse group.

Battalion Chief Daniel Brown-Martinez says athletes have a coachable mentality.

“And that’s something we’re looking for in our department. We want people who are used to working as a team as these athletes are.”

Former Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman recently became a firefighter in Columbus.

Ohio State’s Day To Get Bigger, Longer Contract

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day will receive a three-year contract extension that will keep him on the sidelines as head coach at least through the 2026 football season.

The extension is pending approval by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

A committee of the board is expected to approve the contract extension on Wednesday with a vote on the full board agenda Thursday, according to the university.

Day will make $5.3 million over the next year, plus receive another million for his retirement plan.

His salary will increase roughly a million dollars over each of the next two years, to $7.6 million by 2022.

In Day’s first year as head coach last season, the Buckeyes posted a 13-1 record, beating Michigan and winning the Big Ten title before losing to Clemson in the playoff.

Snow Is Coming, Winter Weather Advisory Issued

UPDATE- The alert has been changed to a Winter Weather Advisory. Get more here.

Some counties in northwest Ohio have been placed under a Winter Storm Watch and even counties not under the watch are expected to get accumulating snow.

Hancock County is not under the watch, but neighboring counties Putnam, Wood and Henry are.

Forecasters say heavy snow is possible on Wednesday in the warned counties and several inches of accumulation are possible.

Forecasters say travel is likely to be greatly hampered by late Wednesday in the warned counties as snowfall increases and winds become gusty, causing blowing and drifting snow.

Hancock County is forecast to receive 2 to 4 inches of heavy, wet snow on Wednesday and then possibly another 1 to 2 inches Wednesday night.

Fostoria Man’s Death Ruled A Homicide

The Fostoria Police Division says the death of a man found inside a house on Friday has been determined to be a homicide.

Police say the homicide determination included findings on the scene and the autopsy of the deceased which was performed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for the Seneca County coroner.

Police were dispatched to 707 Circle Drive at about 3 p.m. Friday, February 21st on the report of a naked woman throwing items onto the front yard of the residence.

Officers spoke with the agitated woman and learned that a man who lived at the residence was inside and unconscious.

The man, later identified as 66-year-old Larry Cole, was determined deceased by paramedics.

The woman was taken from the scene for evaluation and is currently being held at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo.

Police Chief Keith Loreno says no charges have been filed at this time and the investigation continues.

“As with any criminal investigation, it is critical that all of the facts and evidence are collected and processed for a competent product to be presented to the prosecutor,” the chief said.

Findlay Woman Thanks Organization For Helping Her Turn Her Life Around

A Findlay woman is turning her life around with the help of a new organization in Hancock County.

In fact, Megan says she wouldn’t even have a life to turn around if it wasn’t for Welcome To A New Life.

“I wouldn’t be alive…they saved my life.”

Welcome To A New Life goes into the Hancock County Jail and meets with inmates and offers them help in living a crime-free, drug-free life.

Megan says she got addicted to painkillers after having surgery, and then starting using street drugs.

Along the way she lost custody of her daughter and was facing some serious charges.

Megan says coming out of jail and rehab she had no hope of getting her life back together again, but that’s exactly what Welcome To A New Life gave her…hope.

She says they paired her with a mentor and helped her get a job and find a place to live.

Now, Megan says she’s coming up on two years clean, her daughter is back in her life, and she wants to give back to help people who are where she once was.

“If I can become part of this program and help people that’s all that I want, I want just one person to hear my story and think well, I can do that too.”

The group’s founders Puck Rowe and Stan Kujawa (pictured above) couldn’t be more proud of how far Megan has come.

They say they’re still looking for more mentors to work with people in the program.

Learn more about the program and how you can help out here.

FCS Personnel Go Through Mental Health First Aid Training

Findlay City Schools recently had about 300 personnel go through a training session to get them better equipped to help a student who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

School counselor Stefan Adams says a lot of times it all starts with listening.

“We’re naturally fixers, and we want to jump right in and say how can I help, but a lot of times it’s about listening and hearing, and then deciding what to do with the information and where to go from there.”

Adams, a counselor at Glenwood Middle School, says the training session called Mental Health First Aid for youth educated school personnel on how to respond and assess the situation to get the student the proper help.

He says we need to completely remove any stigma surrounding mental health.

“As it continues to spike up, we need to equip teachers and personnel with how to handle these situations.”