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Hospital pulls zoning request PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 04 April 2014 10:44
Wood County Hospital has withdrawn its request to rezone its 37.3-acre property on West Wooster Street and Conneaut Avenue.
As a result, the public hearing on the rezoning scheduled for Monday night by Bowling Green City Council has been canceled.
The withdrawal and cancelation were announced in an email from the clerk of city council sent just after 8 p.m. Thursday.
The hospital was seeking rezoning from S-3, planned institutional, to I-1, institutional. Hospital officials said the change would remove months from the planning process and allow the hospital to better respond to changing needs.
"We really desire to have a little bit more efficiency and a less cumbersome process," Wood County Hospital President Stan Korducki told the BG Planning Commission during its Feb. 5 public hearing.
The commission heard positive comments from some residents and concerns from others who were worried about the public losing the ability to be heard regarding matters going on in their neighborhoods.
Wendy Manning, of West Wooster Street, said the hospital has been "a great neighbor" but added "if there's a change in the ownership or the leadership to the hospital I think it's important for the community to be involved in hospital development."
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:58
Museum uncovers history PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Friday, 04 April 2014 09:55
Kelli Kling (middle), Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Wood County Historical Society, works with intern Heather Robinson-Mooney (right) on a quilt exhibit in one of the rooms of the society. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
When the Wood County Historical Museum opens Saturday, there will be new exhibits and buildings formerly closed now open, making it a new experience even to regular visitors.
"It has been changed and updated. Even if you've been out here a lot, you're probably going to see something you haven't seen before," said Holly Hartlerode Uppal, museum curator.
Exhibits on the first floor now include the military room and just one school room, to better accommodate older visitors who may have problems with the stairs.
The display on area schools has been downsized from two alumni rooms plus a school room to one large room.
"First we're going to redefine how we want to interpret the township schools," Uppal said. 
Picking among the museum's 25,000 artifacts to complete one of the museum's 30 rooms takes time. "Not every single thing is going to be on exhibit."
Artifacts that aren't on display are stored in the building's attic.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:55
Flood alert issued PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 04 April 2014 10:23
File photo. Flood waters flow into five shops along the business district of Grand Rapids on February 2, 2008. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Maumee and Portage rivers have gone into flood stage following Thursday's rainstorms. However, major flooding issues are not expected along either waterway based on current forecasts.
A flood warning was issued Thursday night by the National Weather Service for the Maumee River near Grand Rapids, according to a message issued just after 11 p.m. by the Wood County Sheriff's Office.
"The river's going to go into minor flood stage," said Wood County Emergency Management Director Brad Gilbert this morning, "so it's pretty much low-lying areas that usually get it. No structures impacted."
The original flood warning forecasted the river could rise above flood stage to 17.9 feet by Saturday evening with additional rises possible.
However, Gilbert said that as of this morning "they're showing it cresting about 17.5, which would put it into the moderate category. That would be probably Saturday night." 
Unlike others along the Maumee River, the river gauge at Grand Rapids must be read manually, and the depth called in by phone. The last reading was at 2 p.m. on Thursday, at 5.05 feet, he said. However, it's estimated that the river is sitting at 11 feet this morning.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 April 2014 12:57
County groups get $27M from state PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:00
File photo. Construction workers are seen on the site of the new BCI lab on the campus of Bowling Green State University. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Nearly $27 million will be given to Wood County agencies and organizations as part of the state's capital budget.
Only five counties in Ohio received more money under the program.
The capital budget bill totaling nearly $2.4 billion, approved by the Senate earlier this week, was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday. Funds will be available by July 1.
Math and science instruction at Bowling Green State University gets a major boost in the capital budget, including $16 million to renovate Moseley Hall, one of the university's original buildings, into a state-of-the-art home for science and math on campus.
In November, university officials said work would begin in about a year. Earlier this year, university trustees approved spending $1.6 million for architectural and engineering work on the project that has an estimated price tag of $23 million. 
The budget also includes $1,250,000 to renovate space yet-to-be determined as the home for the Math Emporium, the university's initiative to provide the basic math instruction. The program is now in temporary space in Olscamp Hall.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:43
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