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2/7/14 1:55 p.m.
A new exhibit at the Hancock Historical Museum showcases the evolution wedding day fashions throughout most of the 20th century. Museum Director Sarah Sisser spoke with Chris Oaks on Good Mornings this morning..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

Multigenerational families living in Findlay have donated items such as wedding gowns over the years. The exhibit opened Thursday and will be on display until July 3. An overnight at the museum is also being planned for early next month..

Audio:  Sarah Sisser

Call the museum for more information at 419-423-4433 or visit Hancock Historical Museum.org.


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2/7/14 11:40 a.m.
Residents in Wyandot County reported having trouble receiving texts through the Nixle alert system used by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office. The Daily Chief Union reports Sprint cell phone customers reported not receiving the notifications Wednesday after Sheriff Mike Hetzel issued a level 2 snow emergency at about 6:20 a.m. Some Verizon customers reported receiving an alert but not until after 9 p.m. that evening. As of Thursday Sheriff Hetzel said he was not aware of any problems with Nixle, but local law enforcement agencies do not regulate or control the service.

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2/7/14 9:45 a.m.
With snow piling up and still more on the way, the Findlay Fire Department would like to remind residents and contractors of an important fact. Snow must be kept clear of the city’s fire hydrants to an area of about three feet in diameter. Inaccessible hydrants can delay fire suppression activities during real emergencies and pose a risk not only for the property owner, but those neighbors who may benefit from the use of that fire hydrant.

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2/7/14 – 7:48 A.M.

Given this winter’s propane shortage in the midwest, a crash involving a propane truck in Hardin county was especially unwelcome news Thursday morning. The State Highway Patrol reports that around 11 a.m. 58-year-old Sterling Brown of Ada was driving a propane truck west on State Route 67 south of Kenton when a commercial truck driven by 70-year-old Larry Roose of Lima pulled out in front of him from County Road 75.

Both men suffered minor injuries. Roose was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

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The winter yoyo continues today. You might recognize the pattern by now – first we get the snow; then we get the sub zero temperatures again. As a result a wind chill advisory remains in place for the entire listening area until noon today. We’re looking at wind chills getting to around 25 below zero.

At the same time area roads aren’t completely clear. Hancock, Putnam, Allen, Seneca, and Wood Counties all remain under Level 1 Snow Emergencies. Blowing and drifting snow is causing some problems in the region, you’re advised to drive with caution.

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2/7/14 – 6:43 A.M.

A man was killed by a train in Seneca County Thursday afternoon. The Blade reports 34-year-old Bryon Skeel of rural Clyde was walking along Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near Green Springs around 1:40 p.m. when he was hit from behind. Seneca County officials say Skeel apparently could not hear the train.

Seneca County Sheriff William Eckelberry says a combination of ear buds, a stocking hat, and strong winds probably played a role in Skeel not being able to hear the train horn.

MORE: The Blade

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2/7/14 – 5:31 A.M.

One day after residents of a Seneca County village were evacuated because of gasoline vapors, evacuations are underway again. The Advertiser-Tribune reports six fire departments are responding to McCutchenville following a report of more vapors in houses on the southwest side of the town.

The U.S. EPA has been called in to investigate. Officials do not know yet if the vapors are residual problems from a leak at a McCutchenville gas station earlier this week or if there is a new issue to be dealt with.

MORE: Advertiser-Tribune

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2/7/14 – 5:24 A.M.

State Senator Cliff Hite will be involved in a three-way primary race for his seat in the state house. The Courier reports three people have filed to run for the position. Hite was appointed to the seat in 2011 when Steve Buehrer was appointed to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Hite was then elected to the seat in 2012.

He’s being challenged by Milo Shaffner of Van Wert and Corey Shankleton of Kunkle, which is located in northern Williams County. Shaffner is a trustee for Hoaglin Township in Van Wert County. He has worked as a tool and die maker and vocational teacher. He is also a small business owner and farmer.

No information was available on Shankleton.

MORE: The Courier

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2/7/14 – 5:14 A.M.

We could know more about who will be the next superintendent for the Findlay City School district later today. The school board will hold a special meeting at noon to discuss employment and compensation of personnel. Board President Shane Pochard told the Courier earlier this week that a decision on a new superintendent could come today, but did not confirm that someone had been selected.

There are two remaining candidates for the position. Edward Kurt is the superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools in Castalia, and Tod Hug is the superintendent of Ayersville Local Schools. Margaretta’s school board was scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss Kurt’s employment.

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2/7/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The cost of removing snow from northwest Ohio’s highways hasn’t been cheap. ODOT released a breakdown of the costs associated with maintaining roads in District 1 so far in 2014, and it all adds up to more than $6.4 million. Of the eight counties in the district, Hancock County is the most expensive county to keep roads clear, with more than $947,000 being spent on labor, equipment, and materials.

There’s a reason why it’s more expensive to maintain Hancock County roads – there’s more of them. ODOT clears 561 miles of highway in the county. That is 100 more miles than Wyandot County; which is the second highest county in terms of miles of roads maintained in District 1.

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