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Wood County expecting early morning snow Wednesday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: We were just provided (at 5 p.m.)  an update of the strong storm system moving through the Ohio Valley tonight and tomorrow morning.  The storm is taking a slightly more northerly track which could push measurable snow up into the Wood County area Wednesday morning.  Up to 2” of snow is possible through Central and Southern Wood County with 1” or less expected in Northern Wood County.  Some areas near Fostoria in Southeastern Wood County could see slightly higher amounts in the morning. This is not a big snow maker, but we have not had measurable snow in several weeks so please allow extra travel time in the morning and use extra caution when traveling for the Wednesday morning commute.

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BGSU fires women’s basketball coach

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger has announced that Jennifer Roos will not return as head women’s basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. “I want to thank Coach Roos for the 17 years she has given to our women’s basketball program. She was a part of tremendous success within the program and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.” Roos spent 17 years within the program, including the last six as head coach. Her teams went 92-97 overall, including a 30-5 record in 2013-14 that included a regular season Mid-American Conference Championship. Roos is owed her prorated salary of $209,100 through May 1, 2019. The University could recoup some of that money if she finds other employment. Moosbrugger will begin the search for a new head coach immediately. “BGSU strives for excellence in all we do, whether in academics or athletics,” added Moosbrugger. “Our women’s basketball program has been a source of pride for our alumni and fans. We are committed to success in the classroom and on the court.”

Filing deadline for city tax returns is April 17

The filing deadline for 2017 tax returns is April 17, 2018.  The City of Bowling Green does not have the capability to accept tax returns filed electronically.  A paper return must be filed with the Income Tax Division.  A copy of all W-2s and a copy of your federal tax return are required to be submitted with your City of Bowling Green return. For questions, visit the Income Tax Division webpage or call 419-354-6212.

BG citizens get to weigh in on city charter update

Bowling Green residents will have two opportunities to ask questions, provide feedback, and offer suggestions to the Charter Review Committee next week. The committee has scheduled two public forums – March 13 at noon and March 15 at 7 p.m. – both at the Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Rd. Residents unable to attend either forum may email the committee at Residents are also encouraged to visit the Charter Review Committee’s website to stay up-to-date with the process or to review the current city charter.

Next meeting on food trucks set for March 12

The Public Lands and Buildings Committee of Bowling Green City Council is scheduled to meet March 12 at 4 p.m.,  in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Chapter 113 of the Codified Ordinances pertaining to peddlers, solicitors, and itinerant merchants (food trucks). The public is encouraged to attend and make comments.

Portion of Liberty Street to be closed for waterline work

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will be closing Liberty Street, between North Grove and Fairview, beginning March 8 through the end of April. Each day the street will be closed at 7:30 a.m. and will reopen at 4 p.m. The day closures are required as part of a waterline replacement project. Questions about this may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Opioid information bill introduced by Gavarone

State Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, has introduced House Bill 535, or the Opioid Data and Communication Expansion Act. This legislation seeks to arm state and local entities with more information in order to fight the drug epidemic. The newly introduced legislation would require the Ohio Department of Public Safety to submit non-identifying information related to the administration of naloxone, such as location, date and number of doses applied to the Department of Health. The data collected would then be broken down according to county and sent to each county’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS) on a monthly basis in order to properly allocate resources to services based on need in each specific area. Additional provisions in the bill include: Requiring hospitals to submit to the Department of Health the number of drug overdoses brought to the hospital during the previous month and whether the overdose was fatal or non-fatal Requiring that naltrexone (Vivitrol) be monitored within the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) Stemming from concerns brought forward by local ADAMHS Boards, the bill would help to improve response time when spikes in overdose deaths occur so that schools, churches and businesses can be made aware of potential danger. This information would also help expand education, intervention, treatment and recovery supports, while prioritizing services where needed the most. The bill was referred to a House committee for further consideration.