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Slow moving storm system to bring very wet Friday

A slow moving storm system with plenty of moisture will start moving through the area this evening through a good part of Saturday, according to the Wood County Emergency Management Agency.  Forecast models indicate an abundance of moisture with this storm system which could produce heavy rainfall at times especially on Friday into Friday night.  Isolated areas could see upwards of 2 inches (and remotes chances of isolated areas in excess of 2 inches) between this evening and Saturday evening. Severe weather (other than the potential for isolated flash flooding/flooding issues) is not expected in Northwest Ohio.  The storm system should exit the area by late Saturday for a much drier Sunday. The Weather Prediction Center which looks at long term forecasts indicate that the Great Lakes area is likely to return to very warm/hot conditions (and not necessarily dry) by the middle of next week and continue through at least the July 4 period.  

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Columbia Gas plans next week’s downtown work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the City of Bowling Green with the following tentative work schedule for the week of June 18. In conjunction with the Columbia Gas project, East Oak Street, from North Main to North Prospect, will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, through Friday, June 22. On-street parking on East Oak Street will be restricted throughout the week as well. The closure is required in order to install a 2-inch gas main. Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at or 419-539-6206.

State patrol to set up checkpoint tonight on Route 20

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Rossford Police Department, Perrysburg Township Police Department, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight today on U.S. 20 (Fremont Pike) between Crossroads Parkway and Lime City Road in the City of Rossford. The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat impaired driver-related injury and fatal crashes, according to the state patrol. The patrol suggests that if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds you to call #677 if you suspect an impaired driver.

Man found dead in car this morning off Ohio 199

At 3:10 this morning, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a passer-by of a vehicle off the road on Ohio 199, between Baird and Dewitt roads. The vehicle, a silver 2002 Jaguar four-door, was located off the west side of Route 199. Arriving deputies found the male operator, Matthew Rife, 56, from West Millgrove, unresponsive in the front seat of the vehicle. Bradner EMS pronounced  Rife deceased at the scene. Also assisting was West Millgrove Fire Department. The crash remains under further investigation.

‘Skimmer sweep’ being conducted at local gas stations

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich inspected gas pumps along with Weights and Measures Division personnel in an effort to combat financial data theft. “Our office is engaged in a ‘skimmer sweep’ of all gas pumps in Wood County,” Oestreich said. “This is a coordinated effort by county auditors across northwest Ohio. As of this date, we have inspected 260 gas pumps in service across the county, and have found no credit card skimmers. Even though we haven’t found any skimmers thus far in this year’s sweep, we need to remind consumers to be wary of the presence of credit card skimmers on gas pumps. Vigilance by customers and filling station personnel will be the frontline defense against these criminals. I continue to encourage daily inspections by gas station owners, to supplement the inspections by our personnel.” “Skimmers” are installed by criminals to steal credit card data. The Weights & Measures Division of the Auditor’s Office inspects gas pumps at 70 stations across Wood County. Anyone suspecting the presence of a skimmer, or witnessing the tampering of a gas pump or credit card reader, should contact local law enforcement. Consumers should know that paying for gas with cash is always the safest option at the pump. Using a credit card is safer than using a debit card, as customers using a debit card risk their PIN numbers being stolen. Motorists should use pumps near the attendant, as criminals often target pumps further from view. The Wood County Auditor’s Office can be reached at 419-354-9150.

BG Transit joins National Dump the Pump Day

On Thursday, June 21, B.G. Transit will join with a host of other public transportation systems across the country to participate in the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), this year’s theme offers the City of Bowling Green an opportunity to educate the public about the many benefits of using public transportation. From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans, and a cornerstone of the nation’s economy and local economies. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive. Additionally, public transportation provides economic opportunities since 87 percent of public transit trips directly impact the economy. Public transportation saves money. According to APTA’s April​ Transit Savings Report a two-person household can save, on the average, $10,063 a year by downsizing to one car. Public transportation use reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline a year. It also saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually. The B.G. Transit is the City of Bowling Green’s public transit system, and it is open to all for use. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For rides originating and ending within Bowling Green’s corporation limits, the general fare (one way) is $4. For rides originating and/or ending outside the city limits, the general fare is also currently $4. Half-priced fares are available to persons aged 65 years or older, children (4-13 years of age) and those with disabilities. For more information about the B.G. Transit (including how to receive the reduced fares noted above), call (419) 354-6203. To schedule a ride, call: 1-800-579-4299. For people with speech and/or hearing impairments, contact the transit through the Ohio Relay Network at: 1-800-750-0750. To learn more about the B.G. Transit, check out the website: or call (419) 354-6203.

BG charter update and zoning meetings set for Monday

Bowling Green City Council Committee-of-the-Whole is scheduled to meet June 18 at 6 p.m. in Council Chamber, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss city charter amendment legislation.  A public hearing will follow at 6:45 p.m. to discuss an ordinance to amend the zoning map for property at 500 Sixth St.  City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 7 p.m.