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Get assistance in paying heating bills PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 10 January 2014 10:57
With temperatures dipping below freezing, the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) at WSOS has worked with area residents to ensure they continue to keep their homes warm.
EHEAP, which started Nov. 1, has assisted 497 households in the WSOS four-county service area with paying their heating bills for a total of $165,629. This indicates an increase of 124 more households who have benefitted from the program than the 373 assisted during the same time in 2012.
"We are working as fast as we can to help residents," said Brian Taylor, basic needs specialist at WSOS. "The new PIPP is helping to keep power connected for area residents so we are working with fewer disconnect notices."
PIPP stands for Percentage of Income Payment Plan.
The income limits this year to receive assistance through this program is 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
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Cause unknown for Pburg power outage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 10 January 2014 10:32
PERRYSBURG - The cause is still unknown in a power outage that left more than 11,000 in the dark throughout the Perrysburg area Thursday.
Gary Keys, area manager for Toledo Edison, said this morning that power went out just before 3 p.m.
"We had a piece of equipment fail at one of our substations in Perrysburg," he said. "It's called a lightning arrestor."
Customers in Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township were largely those affected; Rossford and some outlying areas also had outages.
Keys said they were able to switch substations and had power back to the vast majority of customers around 4 p.m.
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Columbia Gas offers natural gas fuel fund assistance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 10 January 2014 10:12
Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that more than $2.5 million will be made available to income-eligible customers over the next five winter heating seasons to assist with paying their natural gas bills.
Qualified Columbia customers may apply for Columbia Fuel Fund assistance through their local community action agency. Local agency contact information may be obtained by contacting Columbia's Customer Contact Center at 1-800-344-4077.
The Columbia Fuel Fund offers a once per heating season assistance payment for customers with incomes up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines ($47,100 for a family of four). While a disconnection notice is not required for eligibility, customers must have already exhausted all
other available assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Winter Crisis Fund in order to qualify as it is intended to serve as a fund of last resort.
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Local Briefs: 01-10-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 January 2014 10:28
Church dinner cancelled
LUCKEY - The Faith United Methodist Church public dinner scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

Cemetery board meets Monday
The Union Hill Cemetery Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the clerk's house.
The board's annual meeting will also be held.
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Area teen injured in early a.m. I-75 crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 10 January 2014 07:22
An Oregon, Ohio, teenager sustained incapacitating injuries early this morning in an car-truck accident on southbound Interstate 75 about four miles north of Bowling Green.
The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol reports that at 1:50 a.m. a 2003 Ford Mustang, being operated by Gage Edward Moreno, 17, was in the left lane attempting to pass a commercial tractor pulling tandem trailers when he lost control on the snow-covered roadway, slid into the right lane and was struck by the truck. The car went off the right side of the road and struck a snow embankment.
Passengers Tyler P. Preston, 15, Oregon, and Zachary David Ashton, 18, Toledo, were all taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment, along with Moreno. Ashton and Moreno were wearing seat belts. Preston was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained incapacitating injuries. He was later taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit this morning.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 10:12
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