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New Year’s revelers call for 124 safe rides PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:31
A total of 124 safe rides were provided in Bowling Green by the Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride offer on New Year’s Eve, according to Sandy Wiechman, Wood County Safe Communities coordinator.
She said the first call was received at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday and the last call at 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.
The busiest time was from midnight through 3:15 a.m. with 45 calls. There were nine calls between 3:15 and 5:10 a.m.
Bowling Green Police issued two citations for drunk driving.
At 10:54 p.m. Tuesday, Evan Karchner, Maumee, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired (BAC 0.148) at Summit Street and Frazee Avenue.
At 1:54 a.m. Wednesday, Jessica Phorpe, Xenia, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired (BAC 0.260) and stopping in the roadway after police found her stopped in the 100 block of East Wooster Street.
“I would like to thank the numerous partners who made this evening an overwhelming success,” Wiechman said. “Without the wrecker companies, Super Cab, and the downtown Bowling Green bar owners, this evening would not have been the overwhelming success that it was. Special thank you to Chief Brad Conner, Major Tony Hetrick, Lt. Jerrod Savidge, and Barbara Ruland for the extra assistance in planning and implementation of the program.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:49
 
BG to spread out rate increase PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 09:50
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Bowling Green City Council has agreed with the city's Board of Public Utilities on a plan to spread an electric rate increase over several years.
Council Monday night adopted a rate stabilization program with American Municipal Power Inc., of which the city is a member.
Earlier in December the BPU adopted a four-year rate adjustment, effective March 1, 2014, that will boost residential rates five percent per year. Rates will change for all other customer categories, with a slight decrease for the city's largest users, including some industrial firms and Bowling Green State University. The rates are based on a cost-of-service study conducted by Sawvel and Associates of Findlay.
Council discussed the plan for about 30 minutes Monday night with Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell.
Without the plan O'Connell said customers would be looking at a 30 percent hike in 2015, based on increased capacity costs from PJM System, a regional power distributor, and higher costs of power from several hydroelectric projects, which are coming on line.
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Betting on gambling addictions PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:27
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The nearest casino lies just past Wood County’s northern border, but one of its biggest challenges spills over into the rest of the state.     
Signs don’t show that gambling addiction is on the rise here yet, but further studies are needed to determine the impact of legalized gaming, particularly on young people, according to Lorrie Lewandowski, associate director of Wood County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
“The verdict is still out on that. We just do not have a lot of information yet. It’s fairly new,” she said.
Even though casinos don’t allow players under 21, many of those most susceptible to the lure of fast cash are teens and young adults, who are two to four times more likely to engage in problem gambling, Lewandowski said.
According to a 2012 youth behavior study, 29.6 percent participated in some form of gambling in the previous year, whether it’s scratching a lottery ticket, participating in a raffle or wagering on a game or event.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:29
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Highlights & low points of 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:45
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File photo. A bed mattress is seen wrapped around a tree, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, after strong winds destroyed a home in Jerry City, Ohio. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
One way the Sentinel-Tribune can measure interest in a story is by the number of hits it gets on our website. Based on that criteria, the most-read story in 2013 was about the Pemberville man who killed a neighbor’s dog in front of the family’s children. That story got 9,962 hits.
But the number of hits cannot be equated with the most newsworthy stories of the year, since there are times when the top-read stories of the week include police blotter, recipes, obituaries, accident reports or lists of graduates.
So in an effort to remind our readers of some of the most important stories of the year, our newsroom staff looked at the most read web stories, plus listed stories they felt carried a great deal of public interest.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:24
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