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Derailment sounded 'like a tornado coming through' PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:01
Derailed cars sit near Washington Township fire station, Monday, Feb. 17, in Tontogany. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY – To Kevin Wichman, “it sounded like a tornado coming through.”
The village resident, who lives just across the railroad tracks from the downtown area, near Main Street, was watching the Winter Olympics with his fiance when he heard the train.
The derailment incident occurred at Main Street around 9:40 p.m. Monday night, damaging two village buildings and shearing off trees. The crossing at Main Street remained closed this morning as CSX workers and others labored to get the remaining cars out of the area. PHOTO BLOG
Carla Groleau, CSX spokesperson, provided updated figures regarding the incident late this morning, stating that 19 cars of the 62-car CSX locomotive were derailed. She indicated crews were working to re-rail any cars that they can, and to move them out of the way in order to make repairs to the track, which was damaged.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:08
BG Winterfest packed with snow & romance PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:57
Joshua Smith carves ice during Winterfest on Saturday morning. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
This year's Bowling Green Winterfest had a touch of romance.
About 20 sparkling ice sculptures, carriage rides, live music and activities were all on hand to entertain visitors this past Valentine's Day weekend during the sixth annual event.
"I really thought it was nice being able to celebrate Winterfest during Valentine's Day," said Wendy Stram, director of the BG Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It was a nice added touch."
On Friday, couples and families alike strolled downtown to check out the ice sculptures and catch a ride on one of the horse-drawn carriages.
The Napoleon-based company, Ice Creations, offered carving demonstrations. Popular sculptures included a diamond engagement ring, a giant heart and a falcon.
"At one point, we had about 20 people stop and look at the falcon," Stram said. "Somebody was always taking a picture of the falcon."
For Ronald Hayhurst, Winterfest meant a chance for him to show his wife of four and half years, Sharon, a romantic Valentine's Day.
The couple checked out all the sculptures and enjoyed downtown's glittering lights.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:29
Potholes the next challenge for drivers PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:45
After the snow, sub-zero cold and ice have gone, roadways throughout the area can face a new axle-breaking issue: potholes.
The Ohio Department of Transportation's District 2, headquartered in Bowling Green, is planning to undertake pavement repairs related to the issue this week, weather permitting.
"It has a lot to do with the constant temperature changes," said Tina Perkins, program administrator with ODOT District 2, of pothole formation. Precipitation seeps into small cracks in the roadway material and, when it freezes, the roadway can expand and "unfortunately large pieces pop out."
The continued cycle of freezing and thawing takes its toll as well.
For the District 2 staff, Perkins said, "they're constantly working on" pothole repairs.
"I can tell you we've taken in, from the last storm, we took in several calls. Unfortunately a lot of the calls we get aren't related to our specific roadways," but may be in nearby cities or areas not in District 2 jurisdiction.
Civil War re-enacting is in chief deputy’s blood PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:57
Eric Reynolds, chief deputy with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, shows some of his Civil War memorabilia and re-enactor props. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For Eric Reynolds, the Civil War isn’t simply an interest. It’s in his blood.
The discovery of a Civil War ancestor 13 years ago prompted Reynolds into research, historical re-enacting, and sharing his learning with the community.
“I want to bring to light the daily life of a soldier from Ohio,” said Reynolds, rural Wayne, who is chief deputy with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. He’s been with the sheriff’s office since 1989.
“Ohio was the total, number-wise, the third-largest state to dedicate troops into the war effort behind New York and Pennsylvania.”
“So Ohio was very instrumental. Oftentimes we think we were so removed from it, but we weren’t.”
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