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Northwood tries school levy again PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 31 January 2014 11:37
NORTHWOOD - May will be last chance for Northwood Schools to take advantage of state funding to help build a new school.
On Wednesday at a special meeting, the school board voted to proceed with putting on the May ballot the exact levy combination that failed by two votes in November.
If the issue does not pass in May, Northwood will go onto the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission "lapsed" list for projects, and will lose the percentage of funding now being offered by OSFC for the project.
School districts must raise their local share of the project budget within 13 months before the state funding can be released. Districts that fail to acquire their funding in that period are considered "lapsed" but can still participate in OSFC programs once they obtain local funding.
Superintendent Greg Clark said an August attempt this year is not an option, as it is beyond the 13 month limit.
"This will be our last opportunity to secure this agreement with OSFC," he said Wednesday.
Under the current agreement, OSFC would pay 35 percent of the $33.02 million cost of the new preK-12 school, or $11.55 million. The district would need $21.46 million in tax dollars to build the school on the Lemoyne Road campus.
Owens eyes summer tuition increase PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 31 January 2014 11:33
Tuition may be going up again at Owens Community College, but nothing will be finalized until March.
The board of trustees' finance committee met Wednesday and among the items of discussion was tuition.
Currently, the college charges $149.60 per credit hour, or $4,188.80 for students who enroll for 28 credit hours a year.
Under consideration is an increase to $153.17 per credit hour, or $4,288.80 for full-time students.
The $100 increase comes from wording in this past biennium budget, which gave colleges the OK to increase tuition 2 percent, or $100, for each of the two years of the budget.
Owens did increase tuition by $100 effective fall 2013 to the current amount.
Any proposed increase would take affect this summer rather than this fall, however.
A second increase is OK as Owens' fiscal year 2014 is summer and fall 2013 and spring 2014.
That change is to bring the increases more in line with the college's fiscal year, said Laurie Sabin, director of finance for the college.
BG plant to grow and add 40 jobs PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 31 January 2014 11:34
A building which will house Phoenix Technologies' expanded facilities is seen Thursday, January 30, 2013. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Phoenix Technologies is planning an $18 million expansion of its Bowling Green recycling operations that could create up to 40 new jobs.
The new positions will be in manufacturing, maintenance, engineering and management, said company President Robert Deardurff. Hiring won't proceed until later this year, with production at a new facility beginning early in 2015.
The company received unanimous approval Thursday from Wood County Community Improvement Corporation for a solid waste recovery bond. Financing has not been set, but the company is in the credit approval process with KeyBank.
Bonds through the county will allow Phoenix to acquire a lower interest rate by exemption from state and federal taxes, said Richard Spoor, a Cincinnati attorney who advises the CIC in bond matters. The county will issue tax-exempt bonds for the expansion, but the project does not involve use of public funds or expose the county to any liability, nor is there any tax abatement arrangement included in the approval, Spoor said.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 12:10
Woodville man gets 29 years to life in CSX death PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:21
Cody Rickard leaves court Thursday. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Cody Rickard will be spending the next 29 years to life in prison.
The 26-year-old Woodville man received the sentence after a jury deliberated Thursday for less than three hours.
“There is no reason to explain the destruction to these man and their loved ones,” said Judge Alan Mayberry in pronouncing sentence.
Rickard was charged with murder and two counts of vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Castle, 34, Paintsville, Ky. Castle died in November, weeks after being struck by the 2009 white Dodge Charger Rickard was driving. He and two other men, Jim Conley and Lewis Knott, were struck as the result of Rickard driving through a CSX construction zone just outside of Bradner on Oct. 28. Rickard was additionally charged with two counts each of vehicular assault and felonious assault.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 08:59
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