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Best in the quiz biz PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:52
Eastwood's Luke Coffman (middle) makes a response near teammates David Russell (left) and Holden Browning during the 2014 Fifth and Sixth Grade Quiz Bowl Tournament hosted by the Wood County Educational Service Center. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's happened again.
Eastwood and Bowling Green Christian Academy met the second year in a row for the championship title in the 2014 elementary quiz bowl league.
And again, Eastwood emerged the victor.
The final score was 84-78, but it was a difficult day for both teams, as each led at least one of three rounds in the final match.
During the first round, Eastwood outscored BGCA 38-30, but fell in the second round, 18-32. That left Eastwood trailing 56-62 going into the third round. But the team of mostly new students to quiz bowl prevailed and won the third round, 28-16.
Each team entered the tournament with a 5-1 record.
Last year, Eastwood led in each of the three rounds, and won the tournament 228-78.
Students were repeatedly tripped up when asked to come up with a specific word once moderator Dean Bell gave the definition. Throughout the three matches, students missed diva, sauerkraut, dormant, epicenter, arraignment and perjury.
They also didn't get questions about composers George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and John Philip Sousa.
Students also were asked question covering authors, math, the solar system and sentence structures.
Holly Chappuies, coach at Eastwood, said her players were nervous but played with so much heart.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:58
Honor Flight to end trips PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:30
File photo. A plane carrying more than 100 WWII veterans goes through a water cannon salute by two fire trucks at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wis. (AP Photo/Marshfield News-Herald, dan Young)
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will be flying into the sunset.
The organization, which has taken more than 1,660 area veterans of the Second World War and other conflicts to Washington, D.C. since 2007, announced Monday the upcoming 2014 season will be its last.
"It's a difficult decision, but we just felt this was the year to do the four flights we scheduled and that would be it," said David Chilson, a member of the Honor Flight Northwest Ohio board, this morning. Chilson has been involved with the group since 2009.
In a statement, the nonprofit announced that "2014 will be Honor Flight Northwest Ohio's last flying season. At the end of the 2014 flying season, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will cease operations. Veterans who are not currently on Honor Flight Northwest Ohio's wait list should consider the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight hub."
However, the statement noted they anticipate that all World War II and Korean War veterans on their wait list will be able to go on one of the four flights scheduled for this year. Indeed, Chilson noted the group is still accepting applications from WWII veterans.
"They will get priority in terms of going. And there are still seats - not on the first two flights, but on the June and September flights."
He said the reason for shutting down is twofold: first, the group felt it accomplished its primary mission of taking WWII veterans to the nation's capital "and we've gone beyond that by taking quite a number of Korean War veterans and Vietnam War veterans."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:24
Perrysburg Township progresses on zoning PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:37
Only two people attended a public hearing for Perrysburg Township's zoning initiative Monday night, neither of whom spoke.
The township Planning Commission recommended the plan be considered by Wood County Planning Commission at 5:30 p.m. April 1. If it's approved, the township commission will conduct another hearing at 6 p.m. April 14 before voting on the zoning plan.
Township officials continue to make adjustments to the zoning map for about half of the township that is presently unzoned, urging landowners, particularly those who operate businesses, to check what their classification will be under the proposal.
A handful of changes have been made since the first draft to correctly align zoning with actual use of property in an effort to avoid nonconforming uses. Zoning Inspector Kelly Hemminger said Monday that a recent change from agricultural to industrial was made to a parcel at Carter and Dowling roads.
"That's the only change that I have requested at this time," she said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:58
Nabbing violators proves to be tough PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:18
Photo Illustration by Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune.
Despite hundreds of tickets written statewide since the law went into effect last year, Ohio’s texting and driving ban may not be having the effect lawmakers intended.
Indeed, for a number of reasons, local authorities are finding it tough to nab violators.
"As far as our enforcement efforts go, it's difficult at times to enforce that section of the law," said Lt. Jerrod Savidge of the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Under the law, juveniles can't talk on their phones, text, or use other such hand-held devices behind the wheel. For those under 18 it's a primary offense, meaning officers can arrest them if they are observed engaging in the activity.
For adults, texting and driving is a secondary offense, meaning they must be stopped for another traffic offense first.
Fines can include $150 for the first offense, and juveniles can have their license suspended for 60 days. Adults who offend multiple times can be fined $300, and those under 18 can have their license revoked.
According to the Associated Press, 273 citations were issued by the state patrol to drivers for texting or using a cell phone while driving since the inception of the law in March of 2013; only 43 - about 15 percent - were issued to juveniles. The Bowling Green Patrol post's computer software was unable to provide figures for the citations they've issued. The Wood County Sheriff's Office hasn't issued any citations for texting and driving. Bowling Green Police Division records showed only three citations in the last year, including one for a traffic crash.
"It's difficult to enforce," said Savidge, noting adult drivers can't be pulled over for texting only.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:26
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