News Break

BG transportation and bike safety groups to meet

The Transportation and Safety Committee of Bowling Green City Council is scheduled to conduct a joint meeting with the Bicycle Safety Commission on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 304 N. Church St.  The purpose of that meeting is to discuss bicycle safety items identified in the Community Action Plan. Also on Monday, a public hearing about amending various sections of the zoning code regarding fees is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.  Then City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in council chambers. On Sept. 18, the city’s Tree Commission is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in council chambers, followed by the Bicycle Safety Commission to meet at 6 p.m.


Deep gravity sewer to be installed on Conneaut Avenue

The next phase of the sanitary sewer project on Conneaut Avenue is the installation of a deep gravity sewer. This work is anticipated to commence this week or early next week. During this work, the contractor will be excavating and installing the deep gravity sewer line which will require the closure of Conneaut to through traffic, from Wintergarden to Lafayette. This closure is anticipated to last through the month of October. Once this portion of the project is complete, Conneaut from Wintergarden to Lafayette will be re-paved. Questions about this project may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.


BG to flush and test fire hydrants, starting in 4th Ward

The City of Bowling Green’s Water Distribution Division will begin the process of flushing fire hydrants within the 4th Ward – followed by Ward 1, Ward 2, and then Ward 3. This work will begin this week and will be on-going for several weeks occurring daily, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. During the program, water consumers may experience rusty or discolored water. This condition is temporary with water quality returning to normal as flushing is completed. Customers are encouraged to check their cold water supply prior to using the water. If discoloration is discovered, customers should flush their cold water line only for a short period until the discoloration clears. Although the discolored water is not harmful to drink, it may stain light-colored clothes laundered in it. For this reason, consumers are advised to monitor the cold water for discoloration. Residents experiencing problems may pick up laundry rust remover from the municipal water distribution office at 324 N. Maple St., from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Hydrants in the city are flushed each year to ensure proper operation during fire emergencies and to clean any build up in the water lines that may occur. Hydrants that require maintenance are repaired by the Water Distribution crews. During this process, city crews will be working in and near the road. Motorists are encouraged to slow down and use caution when approaching city crews performing thiswork. For additional information on the fire hydrant flushing and testing program, visit the city’s website or call the Water/Sewer Division at 419-354-6277.


Sheriff’s Office investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles. The incidents have primarily occurred in Webster, Freedom and Troy townships, during the nighttime hours. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is asking that people lock their vehicles, don’t leave valuables or money in vehicles particularly in plain sight, and report any suspicious activity to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at 419-354-9001. The incidents remain under investigation.


BG Board of Education to hold special meeting

The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the administrative offices, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green, for the purpose of personnel resignation and hiring, adoption of an agreement with Wood County Educational Service Center, an adjustment to the OSBA delegate appointments and other items that may arise.  Action will be taken.


Festival cancels Sunday art show, youth arts, moves music inside

The organizers of the Black Swamp Arts Festival have announced that because of a forecast for severe weather on Sunday, that day’s art show and Youth Arts activities will be canceled. After 6 p.m. on Saturday, artists will pack up and clear he street. Main Street will be open on Sunday. The music acts, including headliner Samantha Fish, will be moved indoors. The Main Stage acts will perform at Howard’s Club H, while acts from the other stages will perform at Grounds for Thought and the Stone’s Throw. The festival will go on as scheduled Friday and Saturday with the full range of activities. Te Community Stage, however, will move indoors to the Four Corners Center. In a statement issued today (Friday, Sept. 7), festival chairman William Donnelly stated: “Threat of severe weather has led us to determine for the safety of the artists, we will cancel the art show and Youth Arts after Saturday. Music and Art as scheduled on Saturday. Sunday’s music has been moved to indoor venues. Thank you to the Brad Gilbert of the Emergency Management Agency for the detailed reports. Thank you to the City of Bowling Green for their rapid response and dedication to public service and safety.” The decision was made in consultation with Bowling Green City administration, public works, and public safety officials. Friday: 5 – 11:30 pm Music and concessions Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Art, Youth Arts, Music, Chalk Walk, and Artists at Work Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:30 pm Live Music Sunday: Live music at indoor venues. Please note: The Community Stage has been moved inside the Four Corners all day Saturday. Volunteers who have signed up for Sunday shifts are encouraged to check in with the festival about picking up shifts on Saturday. This marks the first time in the festival’s 26-year history that the art show has been cancelled. This has been a difficult decision for the festival committee. The safety of festival patrons, participants and artists is paramount to the Black Swamp Arts Festival. The decision was made in consultation with Bowling Green city administration, public works and safety officials.     Please follow us on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and the local news media for further updates. For more information, please visit www.blackswampfest.org.


Sunday’s forecast has Black Swamp Festival organizers considering options

The Black Swamp Arts Festival committee has issued the following statement. Black Swamp Arts Festival and inclement weather Given the current forecast for major storms on Sunday, the Black Swamp Arts Festival Committee is considering its options with the hope of maintaining as many activities as possible while making sure our artists, vendors, and visitors are safe. A decision about changes to Sunday activities will be made later this afternoon (Sept. 7, 2018). Rest assured the festival will present a full bill of music and concessions tonight (Friday, Sept. 7) starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until 11:30 p.m. continuing with the full schedule of events including art show, youth activities, and music on Saturday. Please follow us on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and the local news media for further updates.   The safety of festival patrons is paramount to the Black Swamp Arts Festival. For more information, please visit  www.blackswampfest.org


Severe weather expected to hit on Sunday

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director, has issued the following advisory: The EMA has just completed a conference call with the National Weather Service concerning a significant storm system moving into Ohio this weekend.  The remnants of tropical storm Gordon will be combining with another storm system and a cold front over Ohio which will bring extremely heavy rain to most areas of Ohio.  Attached is the current estimate of rainfall for this storm system across Northern Ohio through Monday morning. A significant portion of Wood County is in the 2” – 3” rainfall category.  Please keep in mind that these are current estimates and a slight change(20-30 miles) in the storm track could easily shift even heavier rain totals over Wood County. Scattered showers are possible Saturday afternoon with steadier rain starting to move into the area Saturday evening.  Steady rain will become even more likely towards and after midnight Saturday and through most of the day on Sunday.  Thunderstorms will also become possible on Sunday with very gusty winds even outside of thunderstorms. Training thunderstorms and flash flooding will be the first concern on Sunday as rain could accumulate quickly in low lying areas (roads and land).  Stream and river flooding issues will also become possible by Sunday evening and into Monday. The Portage River basin will likely see 2”-3” of rain which will cause a rapid rise in the Portage River on Sunday.  Low lying areas will likely become inundated by late afternoon and evening on Sunday.  Persons living along the Portage River should keep a very close eye on conditions on Sunday into Monday.  Minor flood stage for the river is likely, but if rainfall in the river basin approaches or exceeds 3” of rain, Moderate flood stage will be possible with a small chance of Major flood stage (again if rainfall starts exceeding 3”).  Preparedness and precautions will be the key to reducing the impact of flooding on lives and property. EMA will receive an update briefing from the NWS at 5:00 p.m. today (Sept. 7).  We will issue another email with updated information immediately following their update.  Updated information will also be posted on the EMA Facebook page throughout the weekend.  Please use extra caution when driving on Sunday and Monday as roadways may have ponding water on them…


Street closures planned for Black Swamp Arts Festival

In conjunction with the annual Black Swamp Arts Festival scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 7, 8 and 9, certain street closures and parking restrictions will be imposed in downtown Bowling Green. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, the eastern portion of City Parking Lot 2 will be closed.  The entire lot will be closed beginning Friday, Sept. 7, at 6 a.m. At 3 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, on-street parking will be prohibited in the following locations: Main Street between Clay and Pearl; Prospect between East Wooster and Clough; Clay between Main and Grove; and Clough between Main and South Prospect.  Any vehicle parked in these restricted areas after 3 a.m. on Saturday will be towed at the owner’s expense. At 4 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, Main Street, between Clay and Pearl, will be closed to vehicular traffic.  While Main Street is closed, no through traffic will be permitted on Oak, Court, Clough and Washington streets.  Wooster Street will remain open for east and westbound traffic throughout the festival. During the Main Street closing, detour routes for local and truck traffic will be posted. Throughout the event, shuttle buses will pick up visitors at the Bowling Green High School, Wood County Fairgrounds, Meijer, and Bowling Green State University.  The buses will drop visitors off downtown at the Frontier Communications building as well as the Bowling Green Police Division. (The cost is $2 a ride.) Handicap parking will be available in remaining public parking lots and at the City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St. All streets will reopen and parking will be reinstated on Sunday evening.


BGSU hires new top fundraiser

Bowling Green State University has hired a top fundraiser from Southern Methodist University as its new vice president for University Advancement and president of the BGSU Foundation. President Rodney Rogers announced the hiring of Pam Conlin to lead BGSU’s advancement and alumni efforts.  She will assume her new position on October 8. In making the announcement, Rogers wrote: “Now more than ever, universities need strong philanthropic support to achieve their vision. As a public university focused on creating public good, we must increase our support for scholarships, professorships, facilities and programs. We are confident that, with her expertise, Ms. Conlin will be a strong leader for these efforts. Her immediate priority will be strengthening our engagement and outreach to successfully complete our Changing Lives for the World campaign.” Conlin has worked at Southern Methodist since 1999 in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, as assistant vice president for principal and major gifts, she worked to develop and implement an aggressive plan for growth. Prior to that, as assistant vice president for university development, she played a key role in that university’ capital campaign that concluded in 2015, well exceeding its $1 billion goal. Conlin received her undergraduate degree from Miami University. She and her husband have family in Michigan. Shea McGrew left the job in March  with the Changing Lives for the World campaign halfway to its $200 million goal. Dr. Bill Balzer has been serving in that role as an interim.


BG man stabbed multiple times; suspect in custody

One Bowling Green man is in the hospital, and another in jail after a stabbing early this morning. Bowling Green Police Division received a 911 call around 4 a.m. from someone who heard a man screaming that he had been stabbed in Lot 1, the city parking lot behind the east side of the first block of North Main Street. The victim was found with multiple stab wounds, and was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, according to Bowling Green Police Lt. Dan Mancuso. The suspect in the stabbing, Kyle Bridget, 21, of 1082 Fairview Ave., was taken to Wood County Hospital, where he was treated for some facial injuries. He is being held in the county jail, facing one charge of felonious assault, Mancuso said. Bridget has a criminal history of citations for assaults, trespassing, and theft, according to Mancuso. The victim and Bridget reportedly knew each other, Mancuso said. The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation was called in to process the crime scene this morning.


BG schools to close early on Wednesday

Due to extreme heat, the Bowling Green City Schools will release Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. for middle school and high school students, and at 1:30 p.m. for elementary students. There will be no afternoon pre-school due to the heat in the classrooms.




Get a cup of coffee with a cop on Wednesday

The public is invited to join Bowling Green Police Division and the Bowling Green State University Police Officers for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 215 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.  Ask questions, voice concerns, and discuss how they can serve you and your neighborhood.