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Downtown construction shifts north between Washington and Clough streets

The contractor working on the downtown Bowling Green utility project has completed the installation of a new waterline along Main Street, from Ordway through Pearl Street. It is anticipated that work during the week of Feb. 25 will be focused between Washington and just south of the Clough intersection. As a result, the intersection of South Main Street and Washington will be impacted – primarily involving access to West Washington from South Main. Traffic along South Main Street within the construction zone will be maintained with one lane in each direction on the eastern portion of Main. Construction crews are scheduled to continue north with the Clough intersection possibly closing during the week of March 4. All work is weather permitting. The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring of 2019. Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown. Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

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Ag update focuses on nutrient management

DThe Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering an Ag Update Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8 a.m. at Bob Evans in Bowling Green. Kip Studer, nutrient management specialist with ODA, will start the discussion on the dollars and sense of having a nutrient management plan for your operation and the environment. A cup of coffee or beverage of choice is compliments of the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District. Breakfast is to be purchased by the attendee.

BG trash and recycling pickup delayed due to Presidents’ Day

The offices of the City of Bowling Green will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The closure will affect garbage and recycling pickup:– Regular Monday collection will be collected Tuesday– Regular Tuesday collection will be collected Wednesday– Regular Wednesday collection will be collected Thursday– Regular Thursday collection will be collected Friday Any questions regarding the above schedule may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

At least 6 apply for open Ohio House seat as of today’s deadline

As of today’s deadline for those interested in the Ohio House seat vacated by Theresa Gavarone, at least six citizens have applied, according Wood County Republican Party Chairman Jon Jakubowski. Though there may be a few more potential candidates, Jakubowski said the people he is aware of applying for the 3rd House District include: Tiffany Densic, Rossford Board of Education member.Haraz N. Ghanbari, Perrysburg City Council member.Peter Range, of Haskins, a member of the Catholic Diocese.Ed Schimmel, mayor of Northwood.Sue Larimer, Perrysburg Board of Education member.John Clements. The House district covers all of Wood County. The Ohio House Republican Caucus created a screening panel to interview candidates showing interest in the House seat. Those interviews will take place next week, with an announcement expected on Friday. Jakubowski was unsure if all the candidates would be interviewed by the panel. “I’m pretty excited about them,” Jakubowski said of those applying for the House seat. “They are individuals of great quality.”

Two highway patrol officers from BG post earn state honors

Two employees at the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been selected for 2018 Leadership Awards today. Dispatcher Tara J. Barnhart, of the Bowling Green Dispatch Center, earned statewide honors as the 2018 Dispatcher of the Year. She was selected from nine District Dispatchers of the Year across the state. Her calm demeanor, positive attitude and commitment to service distinguished her from the other nominees. Communications professionals are often the first point of contact for the public when need arises. Barnhart strives to provide the highest level of service to the public, her co-workers and the troopers on her shift. She garnered praise for her teamwork. Barnhart joined the Patrol in March 2006 as a member of the 146th Academy Class. She earned her commission in October of that year and was assigned to the Defiance Post. As a trooper, she also served at the Findlay Post. In 2015, she transferred to the Findlay District Headquarters as a dispatcher. In 2017, she earned the Gold Star Award. As a dispatcher, she also served at the Bowling Green Dispatch Center. Trooper Willie E. Richardson, of the Bowling Green Post, was honored with the Robert M. Chiaramonte Humanitarian Award, which recognizes officers dedicated to humanitarian causes on the highway and in their communities. Richardson is involved in educational endeavors and serves as a presenter for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Program on commercial transportation law. He volunteers and is an active faculty member with Nationwide’s Trail Division Trucking School. The school teaches lawyers from across the United States about the DOT commercial motor vehicle inspection process. Richardson believes in service to others, which is often displayed through his selfless acts. He has purchased spare tires, tanks of gas and bus tickets for individuals who were having financial issues. His deep faith is exhibited in his missional membership in Cedar Creek Church where he regularly serves as a leader of security during weekend services. He serves as a Ministry Leader of Cedar Creek’s West Campus Celebrate Recovery Program – a Christian based 12-step recovery program that…

Wasylyshyn named to National Sheriffs Association executive committee

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn has been appointed to the executive committee for the National Sheriffs Association. He has been a member of the NSA board of directors since 2010. The National Sheriffs Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in law enforcement. The NSA is a key player in shaping national policy on criminal justice issues. Wasylyshyn will be filling the unexpired term of a North Carolina sheriff who retired in December.

BG man injured in crash; state patrol investigating

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred on Bays Road, near Bradner Road, in Montgomery Township, east of Bowling Green. On Thursday, at approximately 9:34 p.m., a 2008 Honda Fit operated by Caleb M. Holstein, 22, of Bowling Green, was traveling east on Bays Road. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, where it struck a utility pole and rolled over, coming to rest in the westbound lane. Holstein was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by mechanical means. He was transported by Life Flight to St. Vincent Hospital with serious injuries. Holstein was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this crash The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Bradner Fire & EMS, Life Flight and Tommy Boy Towing. This crash remains under investigation.