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Local trees trimmed with White House flare PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:42
Thelma Nutter poses alonside her Christmas tree decorated with White House ornaments in her home in Custar. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
They’re called “The Wagner Girls.”
These Custar natives have had the nickname for over 80 years and they're not looking to get rid of it anytime soon.    
Although they have different last names now, Betty Junkins, Thelma Nutter, and Dot Nutter are also known around Wood County for a very special collection.
The three sisters each have their own large collection of White House Ornaments.
Each year, the White House Historical Association sells handmade ornaments based on a different historical theme.
One year, it may be a picture of a tree planted by President Woodrow Wilson, and the next it could be a picture of a past president and his family.
Pay hikes cause dissent on N. Baltimore budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:08
NORTH BALTIMORE - Council has approved its 2014 budget, but its passage was met with some dissension on Tuesday.
By a 3-2 vote, council members approved $5.2 million in appropriations for 2014.
Two council members, Leslee Thompson and Aaron Patterson, voted against the appropriations. Jeff Bretz was absent from the meeting.
Despite being one of the key figures in preparing the budget as head of the finance committee, Patterson said he felt strongly about voting against it.
"I don't agree with the way we did the raises," Patterson said after the meeting. "I am very upset about it."
Patterson said village employees were given 2.5 percent raises across the board. In addition, employees were considered for additional small raises based on their 2013 performance rating.
"I don't agree with the across-the-board raises if we have employees who are out-performing other employees," Patterson said. "I like to reward our employees who go above and beyond for the citizens of this community."
Perrysburg school cop approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:17
PERRYSBURG - City council approved a 2014 budget Tuesday that includes funding to assign a police officer to the high school.
Councilors Todd Grayson and Sara Weisenburger previously opposed funding an additional patrol officer so that someone already within the department could be assigned as a school resource officer. Weisenburger said she thought it was school issue with no bearing before council, while Grayson supported delaying the measure until next year in favor of more public discussion.
Proponents including other council members, police Chief Dan Paez and school Superintendent Tom Hosler have touted the position not just as a school safety measure, but a way for police to form relationships and build trust with students, which often leads to information that otherwise would not be shared. The city will cover costs of the officer, with the school district providing about 69 percent in reimbursement.
Grayson renewed his criticism Tuesday, saying additional consideration should be given by the school board, city council and members of the public about how the program would work.
Retirees on learning curve PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:05
Bob and Lee McLaird at BGSU's Jerome Library. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bob and Lee McLaird are technically retired, but they aren't letting that stop them.
For them, retirement means just "tired again" and they're proving that in a big way.
Between remodeling their new house and actively participating in their church, the married couple of 39 years are enrolled in an Early American Horror class at BGSU.
"If I could afford it, I would have been a professional student," said Bob, 70. "I'm not working toward a degree - I'm just having fun."
However, earning degrees is nothing new to the couple.
Lee has undergraduate degrees in Library Science and English and a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of South Dakota.
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