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Passport to Fishing workshop is April 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 09:00
Spaces are available for educators, leaders, or conservation clubs who have a sincere interest in taking kids fishing and want to become certified fishing instructors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
A free workshop is scheduled April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.
Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors. All participants will need to pass a background check before being certified.
Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event. These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.
BG teachers get raise, three-year contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD/Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:53
Bowling Green teachers have a three-year contract due to the increasing health of the district’s budget.
The board of education on Wednesday unanimously approved the deal with the Bowling Green Education Association.
The agreement will run from July 1 to June 30, 2017.
The current one-year contract expires June 30. The deal was reached in one day.
“We’re happy that both sides reached an agreement pretty quick,” said board President Steve Cernkovich.
Superintendent Ann McVey called it “a focused collaborative discussion with the financial well being of the district in mind.”
The 198 teachers will receive a salary boost of 2.25 percent for each of the three years of the contract.
Longevity increases were not part of the deal, according to Treasurer Rhonda Melchi.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:21
Pemberville man guilty of assault in Nov. case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:51
A Pemberville man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge stemming from a November incident involving a knife in Bowling Green.
Christopher Bell, 26, pleaded to an amended charge of assault, a fourth-degree felony, before Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey.
Bell had initially been indicted on one count of felonious assault and one count of assault. The felonious assault count is to be dropped at sentencing as part of a plea agreement.
The charge stemmed from a Nov. 13, 2013, incident on North Main Street in which Bell reportedly accosted another man outside of a downtown business and pulled a knife on him. The victim grabbed the knife and was cut on the finger. He refused medical attention.
$92.5 million in taxes distributed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:52
Wood County Auditor Michael Sibbersen has announced the distribution of the Real Estate, Public Utility tax, and Special Assessments for the first half 2014 settlement.
A total of $92,490,496 was collected and distributed including $2,827,210 for special assessments.  
In addition $9,044,989 is to be reimbursed from the State Income Tax Funds, $5,966,127 in non-business credit, $895,258 in owner occupied credit, and $2,183,604 in homestead exemption monies. These represent tax reductions for qualifying properties.  Since the county wide Human Services levy fund balance was deemed sufficient, the Board of Commissioners requested collection of half the voted millage.  This provided tax relief of $20 annually on a $100,000 home.  
Wood County currently maintains 74,350 individual land parcels of record and distributes the taxes to eighteen school districts, nineteen townships, an twenty-six cities and villages.  Wood County has over 100,000 individual special assessments, which are distributed to regional, county, municipal and township governments.  Examples include ditch construction and maintenance, sewer and water systems, street lighting, street cleaning, and tree maintenance programs.
Perrysburg man pleads guilty to two sex crimes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:51
A Perrysburg man pleaded guilty to two sex crimes charges in Wood County Court Tuesday.
Howard E. Smith, 49, appeared in the courtroom of Judge Robert Pollex.
He pleaded to an amended charge of sexual battery, and to a charge of gross sexual imposition, both third-degree felonies.
The change in the first count was made as part of a plea agreement.
Smith was initially indicted on a count of rape and a count of GSI involving incidents with teenagers reportedly beginning in January, 2005.
He is to be sentenced June 17 at 9:15 a.m.
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