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Journalist urges students to keep eyes on the prize PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:18
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John Quiñones, an ABC news anchor, speaks to an audience Wednesday, January 29, 2014, in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at BGSU. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
John Quiñones returned to Northwest Ohio Wednesday.
The last time he was here was almost 50 years ago. He was 13 and picking tomatoes with his family in Swanton.
They'd left their home in San Antonio because his father had been laid off from his job as a janitor, and they headed north, first to pick cherries in Michigan, and then down to Ohio.
Kneeling on the cold, hard ground, plucking fruit from the plants, the elder Quiñones turned to his teenage son and asked: "Juan, do you want to do this the rest of your life?"
Quiñones, now 61 and an Emmy-winning media celebrity, returned to the area where he remembers not being allowed into stores. He spoke to about 1,000 people in Bowling Green State University's grand ballroom as part of a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., proof of the message he wanted to convey: "If you keep your eyes on the prize, you can get there."
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County eyes new road plan PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:56
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Work on updating a coordinated transportation plan for Wood County moved ahead Wednesday afternoon with a look at how other Northwest Ohio counties have developed and operate their networks.
"There are so many possibilities. You are the stakeholders. It is up to you to identify what can be done," said Robin Richter, director of senior and transportation services for WSOS Community Action.
Richter is facilitator for the plan update, which started in January 2013 and is to be completed by late March. The original plan was completed in 2008 and needs to be updated every five years to enable agencies to qualify for federal and state grants to support their transportation needs.
Richter updated the Wood County Commissioners Tuesday morning on the status of the plan update. She told commissioners an inventory of public and private transportation in the county "had opened people's eyes to the vast amount of resources available." She said surveys of residents had also shown where services are lacking. Richter said it is not her job to tell Wood County what to do, but to give stakeholders an idea of what could be done.
Commissioners will be asked to review and adopt the plan in March, which will then be submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which oversees transportation grants.
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Hurt CSX workers testify PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:57
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Cody Rickard's attorney, Edward Rhode III, giving opening statement. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jurors heard from two men who were hospitalized after a crash that killed another CSX employee in the murder trial of Cody Rickard on Wednesday.
Rickard, 26, Woodville, is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Castle, 34, Paintsville, Ky., in the Oct. 28 incident. He is also charged with two counts of vehicular assault and two counts of felonious assault.
Prosecutors say Rickard reportedly drove around two sets of barricades and into a construction zone where CSX workers were replacing tracks at a railroad crossing on Bradner Road, near James Street, just outside of Bradner.
Lewis Knott, who was working at the site that day, testified he was sitting on the bumper of a mechanic's truck that morning.
"Next thing I know I heard something hit something real loud, and all of a sudden I was on the ground."
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Perrysburg wants more drug talk PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:43
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Perrysburg's Police Chief, Daniel Paez, speaking during the Start Talking kickoff, a new state campaign against youth drug use. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Police departments can't arrest their way out of one of the top problems in the state and across the country.
Instead they say we need to start talking, and not ignore what's become a public health epidemic.
That's the theme of the state's new approach to preventing youth drug abuse, encouraging everyone - not just parents, but grandparents, teachers and anyone else - to begin honest, blunt discussions with young people.
At a kick-off at Perrysburg High School on Wednesday, parents shared their own experiences and representatives of state and local agencies spoke in support of the "Start Talking" initiative.
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