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A Little Snow In The Forecast, Advisory Issued For Some

Findlay and Hancock County could see some snow, and some other areas are under an advisory.

Forecasters say Findlay could see up to an inch of snow from late Sunday into early Monday.

Monday is forecast to be cloudy with a high of 36.

Then there’s a chance of around an inch of snow late Monday into early Tuesday.

Other areas, like Hardin County, are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 5 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.

Forecasters say a few inches of snow could mix with some freezing rain, causing a light glaze of ice and leading to problems for the Monday morning commute in Hardin County.

Findlay Police Department Seeking Funds To Hire New Officers

The Findlay Police Department requested that money be added to the city budget to pay for two new officers.

Chief John Dunbar said that with more people coming into and staying in the city, officers are being stretched thin.

He says officers are pushed for time and are struggling to spend extra time with people that need them.

The extra officers will allow for more time to respond to incidents and get officers more active in the community.

Dunbar said an example of this is that officers that have free time can do walkthroughs of local schools to create bonds and make sure things are safe.

Findlay Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that he estimates the cost to be about $100,000 per officer.

He said the cost will depend on experience, benefits, and other items at the time of hire.

Dietsch Brothers Busy Keeping Up With Holiday Business

A local candy maker says the holiday season is very busy.

Erika Dietsch-Brokamp and Jeff Dietsch Dietsch Brothers said they have to keep up with chocolate-covered pretzels.

Erika said that they get an early start stockpiling Christmas gifts immediately.

Jeff adds that they get a start on candy early too.

He said they start thinking about what candies will be needed as early as August and start on what they can.

Private Group Sponsoring Nativity Scene On Statehouse Grounds

(ONN) – The private group that’s sponsoring a nativity scene on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse says it’s committed to “keeping the Christ in Christmas” and defending its legal rights.

The Thomas More Society represents the sponsors, American Nativity Scene, against any legal challenges. l

The executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board said the display does not broach the constitutional separation between church and state because it’s not state-sponsored.

The hosts paid $50 for a permit.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board said a menorah has also been displayed on statehouse grounds in recent years.

Ohio SOS Refers Voters To Prosecutors For Voting Twice In 2018 Election

(ONN) – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has referred 18 voters to prosecutors for allegedly voting twice in the 2018 general election.

LaRose says a review by his office found 10 Ohioans who first voted in another state before voting in Ohio and eight others who voted first in Ohio before voting again elsewhere.

It was one of two referrals this month.

LaRose also referred more than 350 apparent non-citizens for investigation.

Voting-rights groups say the probes rarely reveal serious offenses yet cause fear in immigrant communities.

LaRose said enforcing the law is the best way to fight fraud.

The Ohio counties where referrals have been made are: Cuyahoga (1), Franklin (2), Geauga (1), Hamilton (2), Lorain (1), Medina (1), Summit (1), Wayne (1).

Man Killed When His Truck Is Hit By Train In Tiffin

A man was killed when his pickup truck got hit by a train in Tiffin.

It happened Thursday afternoon at the railroad crossing on East Perry Street near East Market Street.

The police department says 50-year-old Christopher Burks, of Tiffin, drove around the crossing gate and was able to stop before hitting one train, but a second train going the opposite direction struck the side of his truck.

Burks was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Dayton Officers Honored For Quick Response To August Shooting

Six police officers from Dayton received honors in Columbus Thursday.

ONN’s Pete Scalia reports that the officers are credited with reacting quickly to the tragic Dayton shooting that happened in July.

Nine people were killed but the officers took the shooter down within 30 seconds, which officials agree saved countless lives.

These are the same officers that were awarded the Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump.

State Of Ohio Announces Scholarship Money To Support Students In Tech-Related Fields

The Ohio Department of Higher Education announced a new scholarship in the Choose Ohio First program to boost the state’s workforce in technology-related fields.

According to ODHE, over $20.5 million will be awarded over the next five years to support students in computer science and related areas.

The money will be used at 35 colleges and universities across the state.

The Choose Ohio First program was started back in 2008 to support students in completing science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine programs.

ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner said, ”This new focused scholarship will further strengthen the Choose Ohio First program and put more students on a path to success.”

Watershed Conservancy District Approves Preliminary Engineering Of Floodwater Storage Basin

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District voted to look into the construction of a storage basin in Eagle Township.

Project manager Steve Wilson says that preliminary estimates show the basin will have a huge impact on flood reduction.

The decision allows for preliminary engineering so that information can be gathered before it is presented to the conservancy district court in May.

Wilson said that the project won’t be in the works for several years even if it gets approved by the court.

The 600 to 800-acre floodwater storage basin would be put in west of U.S. 68 and just north of Township Road 49 in Hancock County.

He said that the project is estimated to cost around $70 million but that the state has awarded $15 million in grant money and he’s expecting the county to receive another $15 million next year.

He added that since the basin would be empty the majority of the time, they are looking at recreational options to include in the project.

You can listen to the full interview with project manager Steve Wilson below.

McComb Local School Broken Into And Damaged

The McComb School was broken into and vandalized.

It happened late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.

The break-in and damage prompted the school to delay the beginning of the school day on Wednesday.

“The two-hour delay was for mechanical reasons due to damaged doors and a window due to the break-in,” said Superintendent Tony Fenstermaker.

He says there was other damage done throughout the school as well.

Fenstermaker says the two-hour delay provided enough time for custodial staff and other staff members to report and get the school ready to open.

The suspects tripped an alarm that alerted the McComb Police Department, which is investigating.