Briefs: North Central Technical College awarded safety grant

DeWine announces safety and security support for Ohio colleges and universities

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that 33 colleges and universities in Ohio will receive a total of $5 million in funding for security projects that enhance the safety of students and staff. Among them is North Central State College, which was awarded $50,000.

The grant awards are part of the 2022 Campus Safety Grant Program, which was funded with support from the Ohio legislature in Senate Bill 310 of the 133rd General Assembly. The Ohio School Safety Center, which is a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, reviewed the campus safety grant applications in consultation with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Funds will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security enhancements such as security cameras, door locks, alarms, public address systems, and metal detectors.

To be eligible for grant funding, colleges and universities conducted a security and vulnerability assessment to identify areas in need of safety enhancements.

Portion of Harlan Road to close Wednesday

Harlan Road, between Milligan Road and Peterson Road in Mifflin Township, will be closed between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Richland County Engineer's Office says the closure will allow the power company to remove a tree that is a hazard to its facilities.

Bellville gearing up for Christmas

The Village of Bellville's Yule Log & Tree Lighting Celebration is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bellville bandstand, featuring music, cocoa, wassail, cookies, live reindeer and Santa.

On Saturday it's Tina's Christmas parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street. After the parade at the township building there will be hot cocoa, cookies, crafts for kids, horse and carriage rides and a visit with Santa plus a sing-a-long at the bandstand.

Cram the Cruiser event a success

Richland County law enforcement agencies would like to thank everyone that participated in this year’s Cram the Cruiser food drive. The event was held recently at local grocery stores to collect food items that will be donated to six local food charities. The amount of food collected weighed in at just over two tons. All food and monetary donations collected will be given to the food banks just in time for the holiday season.

Madison senior citizen luncheon this Thursday

There will be a senior citizen luncheon at Madison Comprehensive High School Ramble Inn, 600 Esley Lane, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $4.25 per lunch. Please call the board office at 419-589-2600, ext. 65001, to make your reservation.

Upcoming meetings:

● Madison Local Board of Education, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Madison Middle School Auditeria, 1419 Grace St., Mansfield

● Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Board, 2 p.m., Thursday, 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario

This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: North Central State College receives safety grant, Bellville Christmas