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County transit plan speeds up PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:14
Stakeholders learned at the start of a work session Monday they have less time than anticipated to finish work on updating Wood County's Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan.
Robin Richter, director of senior and transportation services for WSOS Community Action, who is facilitating the effort, told the group the deadline set by the Ohio Department of Transportation is now late March. The timeline called for the group to adopt a plan at a March 20 meeting and submit it to the Wood County Commissioners in early April, and then to the ODOT.
Richter will be adjusting the meeting schedule to meet the deadline.
The ODOT deadline is important for agencies that want to apply for grants to help cover the cost of transportation vehicles, both new and replacement.
Richter noted there are at least 80 funding sources, based on data gathered by the group. The sources range from tax support to agencies such as United Way and the Salvation Army.
Monday's meeting produced a list of possible strategies to consider in developing the plan. The strategies will be prioritized at a Feb. 26 meeting at 2 p.m. in the Commissioner's Hearing Room of the Wood County Office Building.
Man pleads insanity (2-11-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:27
Thomas Boyer in court on Monday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bail was set at $250,000 Monday for a Custar man accused of shooting a bank contractor in the back outside of his residence.
Thomas Boyer, 53, appeared for a hearing in the courtroom of Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey. Boyer is charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of felonious assault in the Nov. 20 shooting of William Morris, 42, Rutland, in the 22000 block of Defiance Pike.
The matter before the court Monday was originally scheduled for an arraignment, and bail was set at $250,000, no 10 percent allowed.
The case was continued to April 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Boyer's attorney, William Stephenson, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for him last month.
Boyer is listed in court records as currently residing at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo.
According to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Boyer shot Morris in the back once with a shotgun after Morris came to Boyer's residence, which was foreclosed, to determine if it was occupied, and to change the locks and winterize it if it was not.
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Risingsun resident recovering from burns PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 11:03
Tim Dean (Photo provided)
Tim Dean is the type of guy who plows his neighbors' driveways for nothing in return and would give his last $5 to a stranger in need.
His wife, Tammy Dean, is hoping he'll be able to help out others again one day.
"He's an all-around good guy," she said. "He puts everyone else first."
For right now, Tammy Dean is putting her husband first.
Tim Dean, 48, of Risingsun, was severely burned in a cabin Jan. 8 near Ironton. He is recovering at the burn unit of St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo with burns over 60 percent of his body.
The brick mason was on a hunting trip with some family members when he awoke in the middle of the night.
Although the family is still unsure how the fire started, Tammy Dean thinks her husband woke up to use the restroom and stood next to the heater to warm back up when his clothes caught flame.
"He went into the bedroom and yelled for his brother, Roger," she said. "Roger tried to put him out."
After burning his own hands, Roger Dean saved his brother with the help of other family members.
BG honors citizens (2-10-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:02
Megan Newlove with her family on stage Saturday evening. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green natives Steve McEwen and Megan Newlove were named the city's Outstanding Citizens of the Year Saturday night.
The 113th and 114th recipients of the award were honored during the BG Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Bowling Green State University Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The first awards were presented in 1957.
Also honored were Evelyn Bachman with the Athena Award and Michael Penrod with the Zeus Award.
"He has been the benefactor to so many local organizations and causes (that) they are too numerous to mention. He asks for no recognition and continues to never say 'no' when asked to contribute to our community," presenter Mark Remeis said of McEwen.  "Simply put, our winner is a man who wants the best for his community and the people in it." Remeis, presented the award for 2013 recipient Al Green, who could not attend.
Among McEwen's involvements have been the Wood County District Public Library renovation and development of the natural gas-powered bookmobile, volunteering in the school system, at the First Presbyterian Church, supporting the Simpson Garden Park development, providing amateur radio help in time of emergency, the BGSU Presidents Club and Falcon Club and his homeowners association.
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