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As snow leaves, flooding expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:33
Local agencies are starting to warn area businesses and homeowners of possible flooding along county waterways in the face of warmer weather forecasted in the coming weeks.
"As a matter of fact, for about the last two weeks we started the planning process with the flooding potential," said Brad Gilbert, director of the Wood County Emergency Management Association.
"We've been working with both the village of Pemberville and the village of Grand Rapids just kind of reviewing resources, trying to get some information out to property owners, some helpful reminders."
Gilbert said the issues are stemming from the "unprecedented amount of snowfall this year, combine that with the unusual ice on the (Maumee) River and on Lake Erie," along with possible rainfall and predicted thawing temperatures.
"That's just a combination for flooding, unfortunately."
Local authorities have kept a watch on high water on local rivers throughout the early weeks of this year. An ice jam on the Portage River caused minor flooding in Pemberville in mid-January, and a similar jam on the Maumee River just west of Grand Rapids caused issues for properties in Henry County just days later.
Health board asked to pitch in for transports PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:30
Wood County Board of Health members were asked Thursday to help fill in the gaps as Job and Family Services pursues an expanded transportation system.
Federal and state funding would make up 80 to 90 percent of the program, which is designed to offer rides to medical appointments, primarily within Wood County, said JFS Director Dave Wigent.
Wigent has asked the county boards of health and drug addition and mental health services to "put some skin in the game," as it would be a benefit to clients of those agencies.
Wigent and Michael Fuller, JFS assistant director, explained that while their funding would cover most transportation users within 200 percent of the poverty level, keeping the program simple and accessible to all in the county would require a buy-in from a few other groups. The request was for up to $50,000, though Wigent said he does not expect all that money would be used. Nothing would be provided up front, but when JFS funding could not be applied to a ride, which averages $50, an invoice could be sent to the health district or the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, if they agree to help.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 11:46
Some terminated BGSU faculty to receive severance pay PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 14 February 2014 17:43
Bowling Green State University's administration and the faculty union have reached an agreement to resolve issues around faculty cuts announced in fall.
The university's agreement with the BGSU Faculty Association will result in severance pay for some of the affected faculty and will allow several to retain positions at the university.
The dispute was over 30 non-tenure track faculty on one-year contracts and 10 faculty on terminal contracts.
Under the agreement, faculty with four or more years of service with the university will receive one month of pay for every two years of service.
David Jackson, president of the faculty association, said this will affect 18 people who will receive payouts ranging from $6,000 to $25,000. The total payout will be $310,000.
Also, it was determined that five of the faculty members will be able to exercise their seniority rights. That means they will be able to keep their positions, though five other non-tenure track faculty with less service will lose their positions.
Those notifications will be made by April 1.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:47
Workers try to make ends meet on minimum wage PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ALUSHEFF, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 14 February 2014 11:28
Ryan Rusincovitch is seen in BG Carryout in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)

An extra $160 in Ryan Rusincovitch’s pocket at the end of the month makes a big difference for him.

It's the difference between buying a full list of groceries and buying a week's worth of spaghetti. It's the difference between driving to work and walking in the winter weather to save gas.
"I just have the lowest level of what I need to survive," said Rusincovitch, 35, who works 40-hour weeks as a clerk at BG Carryout on East Wooster Street. "Driving around is more of a luxury."
If the federal minimum wage was raised to $10.10 as President Barack Obama urged Congress to do during his State of the Union address, Rusincovitch would have that extra money in his pocket as he makes roughly $9 an hour as a clerk.
"I would definitely appreciate it," Rusincovitch said. "Things are tight right now. This (job) is my bread and butter."
Obama signed an executive order to raise wages to $10.10 next year for federal contract workers on Wednesday, hoping it would encourage Congress to do the same for minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 12:27
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