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New Year’s baby born PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Friday, 03 January 2014 09:55
Stacy Jackson, of Deshler, holds her daughter, Avery Pearl Jackson, who was born  early Thursday morning. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Wood County's first baby of the year was born amidst the swirling snowdrifts and frosty temperatures of the first big snowstorm of the winter.
Both debuted in the wee hours of Thursday, after nearly 12 hours of build-up, but unlike droves of area drivers trying to get to work or appointments, little Avery Pearl Jackson arrived warmly, smoothly and without harm.
Stacy and Bill Jackson of Deshler welcomed their daughter at 4:45 a.m. Jan. 2 at Wood County Hospital. Delivered by Dr. Ian Leggat, Avery weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Stacy says her due date was not until Jan. 7, but her doctor decided to induce her labor.
The couple initially had plans for New Year's Eve that involved going out to dinner with another couple who recently had a baby of their own "but we decided we'd better not." Instead, the mother-to-be opted to rest while she could.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 10:14
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
Snow blankets county PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:24
A woman crosses North Summit Street in Bowling Green on her way to the Wood County Courthouse this morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green and Wood County welcomed 2014 with a blanket of white causing numerous accidents, though most were minor.
The snowstorm produced an estimated three inches of snow. Complicating matters this morning was blowing and drifting.
Both the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Wood County Sheriff’s office report numerous slide-offs and cars in ditches throughout the county.
Wood County went to a Level 1 snow emergency as of 7:59 a.m. this morning.
A dispatcher at the OHP this morning said she did not have time to elaborate, as she had at least 20 calls to make to arrange for vehicles to be towed out of ditches.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn reminds all drivers to “drive for conditions.” He says safe speeds should be maintained and people should be prepared for the snow drifts.
Betting on gambling addictions PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:27
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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