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Rising rivers under watch (4-7-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 09:41
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The Maumee River. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two area rivers may go back into minor flood stage today following expected rains.
However, despite a flood warning from the National Weather Service, no major flooding issues were reported over the weekend.
Wood County Emergency Manager Brad Gilbert said this morning that the Portage River, which went into minor flood stage on Friday, "is back down under flood stage, under action stage."
Regarding the Maumee River, "Grand Rapids will probably be under that point later today, depending on the rain that we get," he said. Gilbert noted that today's forecast for rain was not equal to the large amounts seen in the region last week. The Bowling Green area alone received more than 1.5 inches.
Gilbert stated his understanding that both rivers reached moderate flood stage over the weekend. The Maumee had been expected to crest as high as 17.5 feet, which is moderate flooding for that waterway; at 18 feet, water can begin to cover Front Street and parts of Beaver, West and Mill streets west of downtown Grand Rapids.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:57
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Colleges may get federal ratings PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:35
Those ivy-covered walls of academia sure don't keep other people from peering in to check on what's going on.
That was evident at Tuesday's Bowling Green State University Faculty Senate meeting.
The meeting began with President Mary Ellen Mazey talking about her recent discussions with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and other college presidents about proposals on the federal level to rate, not rank she said, the nation's colleges and universities.
The Obama Administration now wants those ratings in place by January, 2015.
The new ratings were driven, Mazey said because officials "don't think we've been transparent enough."
The ratings would be based on institutions graduation rates, retention rates and percent of students who default on student loans.
And, she said anticipating the negative reaction to follow, "possibly earnings."
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:07
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Home & garden show blossoms PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:13
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Area residents gather at the Stroh Center for the annual Home and Garden Show. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
In three years, the annual Home and Garden Show has blossomed into a popular event for many area residents.
On Sunday approximately 1,700 people visited the Stroh Center for the showcase of businesses offering products and services for all aspects of home living.
There were water systems for both inside and outside, including gutter systems, water treatment and bathroom remodeling. There were lighting products and services also offered for both indoors and outdoors.
In addition, educational programs were offered throughout the day.
Bowling Green resident Angie Blake, who attended with her husband, Chris and their daughters, said both she and the girls enjoyed the variety of activities for the kids which were conducted on the second floor. The youth could build a project or plant vegetable or flower seeds.
"It really was a fun, family event," she said.
Young Natalie Blake said she liked planting the flowers, one of the activities on the upper level.
Chris Blake said he hoped to find some different ideas for the home and home improvements.
The couple noted their appreciation for the volume of local vendors.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:59
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Owens to eliminate several programs PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:24
Owens Community College has reviewed programs being offered and will eliminate several, mostly certificates, due to declining enrollment in those programs and the changing need for workers in the community.
Among the programs being phased out are cancer information management, e-business, alternative energy and sustainable systems, environmental health and safety technology, and interior design technology.
Students currently enrolled in these programs and certificates will be given one additional year to complete a certificate and two additional years to complete an associate degree. This is standard protocol for program closures, according to Denise Smith, vice provost of academic services and dean of interdisciplinary studies at Owens. All students have been notified of the time lines specific to their degree.
According to Smith, many factors are considered when reviewing programs. These include enrollment and graduation percentages, students taking the classes in the area, available jobs in the immediate area, and how the educational program aligns with requirements for employment.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:08
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