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Citizens question BG's electric rate increase, source of power supply PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:18
Several Bowling Green citizens questioned city council Monday night about electric rate increases and the city's decision to rely on the Prairie States coal-fired plant for about 50 percent of the city's power supply.
Each provided council with a list of questions and stated their concerns. Some questions were answered and others were referred to the city's director of utilities.
The city's Board of Public Utilities approved a new rate schedule late in 2013, which will be effective March 1. Rates are scheduled to increase an average of 5 percent March 1 and increase by a similar amount on March 1, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The speakers said they were concerned that the cost of power from the Prairie States plant was not mentioned in a letter sent to customers announcing the rate increase.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said Prairie States was not mentioned because the increases were the result of a new capacity charge for transmission of power and the approaching completion of several hydroelectric power sources that will carry a higher power cost. He said when the hydro projects are online, the city will get about 37 percent of its power from renewable resources.
Perrysburg mayor featured at program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:13
Tuesday at 7 p.m., Way Library, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area, will host a talk by Mayor Michael Olmstead.  The talk is titled "Vision for Perrysburg".
Olmstead has been a Perrysburg resident for the past 17 years and served as Perrysburg City Councilman for the past two terms.  He is a member and past president of the Perrysburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy.  He was elected mayor of Perrysburg in November, 2013.
This program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Community Events: 02-06-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:58
Bingo Saturday night at Dunbridge
DUNBRIDGE - Dunbridge Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor bingo Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the fire hall, corner of Ohio 582 and Dunbridge Road.
Sandwiches and pop will be available, and the jackpot game will start at 9.

Friday night fish fry at BG Eagles
Bowling Green Eagles, 1163 N. Main St., will hold a fish fry Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lassagna Friday at BG VFW
A lasagna dinner will be available Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at VFW Post 1148, 719 S. Main St.
Dine in or carry out. 419-353-6371.
WSOS receives Best Practice awards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:01
The Ohio VETS program and the Juvenile Re-entry project of the After School Program, both operated by WSOS Community Action Commission have each received a Best Practice award.
Representatives from both programs that included staff, participants and partners as well as other WSOS staff attended the recent awards luncheon in Columbus.
This award is presented annually by The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. The honors were two of seven Best Practice awards presented this year to Ohio's community action agencies. In the past, up to 15 awards have been presented to Community Action programs around the state.
"I learned so much," said Josh Perez, a participant in the Juvenile Re-entry Initiative that was a part of the WSOS After School program. "I won't be here if it weren't for this program," Lopez said.
"This program allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming a marine mechanic." Ben Knausse, a veteran from Tiffin, said.
Theft ring suspect is granted bond PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 February 2014 09:47
A Sylvania man whose 2012 conviction in a theft ring case was overturned last month has been granted bond by a Wood County judge.
Herbie Betz, 43, appeared in the courtroom of Judge Robert Pollex Tuesday.
Bond was set at $50,000, no 10 percent allowed.
Betz has served 20 months of an eight-year sentence after his conviction on eight felony counts, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, illegal use of food stamps, and receiving stolen property.
His wife, Michele, 45, was sentenced to five years in prison, and his mother, Thelma Fowler, 71, was sentenced to eight years. The three were judged to be ring leaders of a crime ring which reportedly operated in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, and involved 70 individuals.
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