News Break

Street closures planned by Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas of Ohio has been authorized to close a portion of North Prospect from East Evers to East Merry on May 26 and May 27. The closure is required for pavement restoration following the natural gas line replacement project. The Bowling Green Sewer Division will be closing North Summit from Court Street to Pike Street during the week of May 31 in order to install a new sanitary sewer main line and manhole. The intersection of North Summit and Court Street will be closed on May 31. The intersection expected to re-open June 1. North Summit from Pike Street will be closed to through traffic, allowing access to the Wood County Courthouse parking lot off of North Summit Sreet. Both closures will be dependent on progress of work and weather.

Sheriff’s Office looking for missing BG man

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate to check the welfare of a missing adult man. Joseph A. Stormbringer, a 35-year-old white man, was last seen May 13 at Auto Zone in Bowling Green. Stormbringer stated at that time he was going fishing and his known fishing spots are near Colony Lane Apartments and Copper Beach Apartments in Bowling Green. His family members have checked his known fishing spots but have been unsuccessful in locating him. Stormbringer does not have a vehicle and typically rides a motorized beach cruiser bicycle and normally wears camouflage type clothing. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck. There is no suspected foul play at this time. If located, please notify the Wood County Sheriff’s Office at 419-354-9001.

BGSU taps alum Moosbrugger as AD

Bowling Green State University will hire Bob Moosbrugger, a 1994 BGSU graduate, as its new athletic director. The university will hold a news conference today (May 17) to make the formal announcement. Moosbrugger is deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer at San Diego State University where he’s been since 2000. He played baseball at BGSU. He is a graduate of Celina High School. Moosbrugger takes over for Chris Kingston who left the position in April.

Ohio Air National Guard to conduct training flights at night

The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will be conducting training flights at night beginning Tuesday, May 17 through Thursday, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 11:30 p.m. this week. Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness. The 180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan as we continue to train in support of our mission.

More downtown parking closures due to roadwork

On Tuesday, May 17, Columbia Gas of Ohio will be conducting road repairs following the natural gas line replacement that occurred along a portion of South Main Street as well as in City Parking Lot 2. This work will be done in the 100 block of South Main Street along the eastern portion of the road just south of the Main/Wooster intersection. Because of this work, it will be necessary to close five to seven parking spots on South Main Street and roughly 11 parking spots in Lot 2 along the western edge of the lot. The work is expected to be done by May 19, depending on weather and progress of work. No parking in the affected spots will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions about this work may be directed to the Public Works Department at (419) 354-6227.

City parking lot to be closed during work

On Monday, May 16, the Electric Division will begin working in the northern portion of City Parking Lot 2 off of South Prospect Street, just south of the South Prospect/East Wooster intersection. New street lights and poles will be installed requiring that this portion of the parking lot be closed to parking. No parking will be permitted in affected spots throughout the work, which is anticipated to last through Wednesday depending on weather and progress of work.

Kindergarten registration for BG schools on June 7

Kindergarten registration for Bowling Green City Schools will be June 7, from 8:20 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Central Administrative Offices, 137 Clough St. All-day, everyday kindergarten is offered by the district for children 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2016. Parents are asked to call for an appointment at 419-352-3576, ext. 4021. Children should be brought to the registration since they will go through a 10-minute screening. Anyone wanting to expedite the registration process may download the forms from the front page of the school district’s website, complete them in advance and bring them to registration. Parents should bring the following documents to the Central Administration Office: Your child’s birth certificate. Your child’s updated immunization records. Your child’s Social Security card. Custody papers (if applicable). Proof of residence (such as current utility bill, rent receipt, etc.) Parent photo ID (such as driver’s license, student ID, etc.) Even if you are missing a couple of the above documents, you can still start the registration process. Questions can be directed to 419-352-3576, ext. 4021, or check out the district’s web page:

Ohio ‘med sync’ bill on its way to governor

House Bill 116, jointly sponsored by State Representatives Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green,  and Tim Ginter, seeks to provide for partial drug prescription refills for the purpose of synchronizing multiple prescriptions for one patient. “House Bill 116 will save time, money, and ultimately improve health outcomes of patients,” said Brown. “Over 80 legislators have cosponsored the bill, which is a testament to its support in communities around the State of Ohio.” The bill is an attempt to enact a process known as “medical synchronization”, or “med sync”, in Ohio. “Med sync” simplifies patient and caregiver lives by reducing the amount of visits that a patient needs to make to the pharmacy to get his or her needed medication, allowing them to permissively participate in a process with their physician and pharmacist to align their medications so that they can be refilled on the same day. Currently, some pharmacies and Medicare Part D allow the use of a “med sync” program. HB 116 would extend this process to commercial plans and Medicaid, keeping patients on track with their medication, boosting adherence to their physician-recommended treatment, and making the process more affordable for Ohioans. HB 116 now awaits action by the Governor.

ATM in Meijer parking lot approved by city planning commission

Bowling Green Planning Commission approved plans Wednesday evening for a Huntington Bank ATM to be constructed in the Meijer parking lot on East Wooster Street. The standalone drive-up ATM under a canopy will be located in the southwest corner of the parking lot, behind the Meijer gas station. A Huntington branch is already located inside Meijer, but the branch further in town on East Wooster Street has been closed. Also at the meeting, the planning commission heard a request for the annexation of 6.2 acres between 1502 and 1518 Napoleon Road. The property is currently in Center Township. Petitioning for the annexation are Steven and Marcia Seubert. A public hearing on the request will be held at the next planning commission meeting on June 1. Planning Director Heather Sayler updated the commission on projects going on in the city, including the battery-wholesale store being built in front of Woodland Mall, the Burger King in front of Home Depot, and the Fairfield Inn on East Wooster that is expected to be open by October.

Monthly siren test to be delayed for commencement

On Saturday, May 7, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office will conduct the monthly outdoor warning siren test at noon instead of the normal 10 a.m. test time due to commencement ceremonies at Bowling Green State University. The regular monthly outdoor warning siren test on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. will resume in June.

BG intersections to be closed for waterline work

B’Hillz Excavating has been authorized to close the following intersections this week to connect a new 8-inch waterline: – Monday and Tuesday: Clough at South Prospect, East Wooster to Washington and South Main to South Summit are the limits. – Tuesday and Wednesday: Manville at Third, Lehman to Fourth and Elm to Manville. – Wednesday and Thursday: High at Third, Second to Fourth and South College to Elm. – Thursday and Friday: Clough at South Summit, East Wooster to Lincoln and South Enterprise to South Prospect. The closures will only be during the workday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and opened back up overnight.

BG police investigating aggravated robbery

On Sunday, at approximately 3:45 a.m., officers of the Bowling Green Police Division responded to a report of an aggravated robbery that occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street. The female victim reported that a short black male, 5’-5’2” tall, approached her as she was walking on the sidewalk. The male began a conversation with her. During the conversation, the male pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at her. The male demanded the victim’s I-Phone. The victim gave the male her I-Phone and then she ran away from him. The victim stated that male did not pursue her. If you have any information related to this crime, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077.  You may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to a conviction.

Sales tax holiday extended for back-to-school items

State Rep. Tim Brown, R-Bowling Green, announced that the Ohio House passed SB 264, which designates the first weekend in August 2016 as a sales tax holiday for the purposes of back-to-school shopping. The legislation creates a three-day period in which certain school supplies are exempt from both state and county sales tax. The bill allows clothing up to $75 per item, and school supplies and instructional materials up to $20 per item, to qualify for the sales tax exemption. The intention of the sales tax holiday is to provide families a tax break on back-to-school shopping, while also stimulating economic activity for local businesses. “I applaud the General Assembly for continuing to pass legislation that makes back to school purchases more affordable for families.  The 2015 sales tax holiday spurred economic activity in Wood County and I support this reauthorization.  As my district additionally is rich in collegiate institutions, this tax holiday will also reduce some of the financial burdens our college students face,” Brown said. In the previous General Assembly, the legislature passed similar legislation to create a one-time sales tax holiday in 2015 as a way to explore the potential impact. According to the University of Cincinnati’s Economic Center, the sales total for that weekend was 6.48 percent higher than anticipated and led to $4.7 million in additional revenue for the state. The study also showed an increase of sales near Ohio’s borders, indicating that people from neighboring states came to Ohio to do their back-to-school shopping and take advantage of the sales tax exemption, Brown said. Provided that Governor John Kasich signs the legislation, the bill will take effect in time for the sales tax holiday to take place from Aug. 5-7 of this year.