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License plate left at scene leads to arrest of driver after hit-skip accident

On March 13, at approximately 6:18 p.m.,  the Bowling Green Police Division responded to the area of South College and Napoleon roads for a hit-skip accident.  The vehicle that left the scene was described as a silver vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that one of the suspect’s vehicle plates was left at the scene during the crash.  Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle and speak with the driver, Jeremy Bravo.  While speaking with Bravo, officers discovered that he had been consuming alcohol.  Bravo was taken into custody and brought to the police division.  During the investigation officers also discovered drug paraphernalia inside Bravo’s vehicle.  Bravo was arrested for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign, for not stopping after an accident to exchange information, operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

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For 20+ years, Red Wanting Blue has embraced its bar band status with live shows & new songs

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When Scott Terry of the rock band Red Wanting Blue  imagines  the audience he’s writing sings for, he sees them in venues from coast to coast. It may be the Bowery Ballroom in New York City or the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. It may also any of a dozen venues in the American Heartland including Northwest Ohio. Red Wanting Blue was a regular for years on the local music scene playing Howard’s Club H and Cla-Zel in Bowling Green and more recently the Civic Music Hall in Toledo. That’s where the veteran rockers will perform Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show at the club at 135 S. Byrne Road, Toledo are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Every band has a different trajectory, Terry said during a recent telephone interview. For Red Wanting Blue that started more than 20 years ago in Oxford, Ohio. The band — Terry on lead vocal, ukulele, tenor guitar; Mark McCullough, bass and vocals, Greg Rahm, guitar, keyboard, vocals; Eric Hall, guitar, lap steel. vocals; and Dean Anshutz, drums and percussion — cut their teeth in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, as well as their home state of Ohio. “These places are very middle American,” Terry said. “We’re playing for people who work in middle America, and when they go out to cut loose on a Friday night they want to drink and have a good time. They want to listen to music they can relate to and appreciate. We very much wanted to be that band.” That’s the audience they cater to. Red Wanting Blue isn’t a household name, Terry admits. Some people call them a bar band, a term not usually meant as a compliment, Terry said. “But there is something to be said about singing songs that are aimed at people in a bar. Songs that people will be captivated by. It better be melodic. It better be engaging right there in the moment. … That’s the stream we’ve been on. That’s where the river took us.” Over the more than two decades the band has been touring, they have fans who’ve stuck with them. That despite the “oceans of music” that has been produced over that time. No flash in the pan, the band’s audiences have been slowly growing. That fan base has been receptive as the band has continued writing new material, enough to fill 11 studio albums. The most recent is “The Wanting” released earlier this year. “I work really hard to try to…


BGSU honors donors who helped in acquisition of full court flag

Bowling Green State University Athletics recently honored two alumni at a basketball game for their efforts to help with the purchase of a full court flag. The drive to purchased the 50-by-90-foot flag was spearheaded by the BGSU Student Veterans Organization. Through the use of the Falcon Funded program, the Student Veterans Organization raised more than $12,000 to buy the flag.  Retired Col. Ted Jenkins, a 1954 College of Business graduate, and Tom Walton, a 1965 journalism graduate, were instrumental in the success of this mission. Harvey, an English Masiff service dog, watches as students unfold full court flag. This flag will be used at BGSU sporting events to honor the military community. In announcing the recognition, BGSU Athletics stated: “The purchase of the full court size flag will stand as recognition for those who have a dedication to duty and a selfless commitment to something greater than themselves.” Col. Jenkins is retired from the United States Marine Corps.  He served over 43 years on active and reserve duty, including service in World War II as well as the Korean War.  He worked for more than 30 years working for Libbey-Owens-Ford in the Toledo area, retiring as corporate director of human resources.  Along with serving on the BGSU Alumni Board and BGSU Foundation Board of Directors, as well as with numerous area volunteer groups, Col. Jenkins has supported BGSU for more 35 years. This includes working with athletics to purchase and install five POW/MIA Chairs of Honor. He will celebrate his 91st birthday in January.   Walton is a retired editor from The Toledo Blade where he had worked in various capacities during a couple of stints with the newspaper starting during his time as a student at BGSU.  A former member of the BGSU Alumni Board as well as serving on the Falcon Club Advisory Board, Walton also helped create the Tom and Dianne Walton Freddie and Frieda Falcon Scholarship Fund.  He has been supporting BGSU and Falcon Athletics since 1988.   The donors received BGSU challenge coins from Daniel Camper, a representative of BGSU’s Student Veteran’s Organization. These challenge coins are a military tradition used to denote meritorious service, and are one of the highest honors the BGSU Military Community can present.


DePue Brothers ready to celebrate a hometown Christmas

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The kids at Crim got to play with the DePue Brothers Thursday. Zachary and Alex DePue, of the DePue Brothers Band, along with guest vocalist Aria Noelle Curzon, stopped by Crim Elementary Thursday to perform for the children. Crim Elementary students got a preview of upcoming DePue Brothers Holiday Spectacular. In introducing them, Stacey Higgins told the young audience that the brothers  Wallace, Jr. and Jason along with Alex and Zachary,  started performing when they were children living in Bowling Green, just like them. The second grade teacher knows because she went to Ridge Elementary School with the DePues. Zach DePue was back in town where he performed on the Bowling Green Philharmonia concert on campus. Alex DePue and Curzon joined him here to help set up the logistics for a DePue Brothers Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 21 in Kobacker Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus.  The four brothers, Curzon, and their full band will play two shows. The originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. evening show has almost sold out so, a 2 p.m. matinee has been added. Click for tickets. Zachary DePue plays Mozart at Crim. The demand should come as no surprise. Their previous holiday shows have drawn standing-room only crowds. The DePue Brothers have been building their local following for decades. Under the direction of their father Wallace, Sr., then a music professor at BGSU, the brothers started playing for church and small community events. During an appearance on WBGU-FM’s  “The Morning Show,” Alex DePue said the response they got, prompted their father to book more and more gigs for them.  In 1989 they were honored by President George H.W. Bush as “The Most Musical Family in America.” Though they all headed in different directions professionally, they still would get together by home, sometimes playing for a Christmas Eve service in their church, sometimes offering the community a holiday spectacular. Wallace DePue, Jr., the eldest, has a doctorate in music and has played with the Philadelphia Pops and with the Star Wars National Tour Concert Orchestra. After classical studies, Alex DePue headed into the world of country, fiddling, and rock. He’s won medals for his fiddling, and toured with country star Chris Cagle and rock guitarist Steve Vai. He lives outside San Diego where he performs with master guitarist Miguel De Hoyos.  Jason DePue performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Zach DePue until June was the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Orchestra, and was a founding member of Time for Three. He is, he said, the youngest…


Two presidents & a mayor go on record about their love of music during radio summit

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News There was a summit meeting Monday afternoon in a WBGU-FM studio. Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers and Bowling Mayor Richard Edwards joined Owens Community College President Steve Robinson in the studio — the main topic of discussion wasn’t town-gown relationships, or economic development or state funding. The concern at hand was music, specifically jazz captured on vinyl records. WBGU-FM program director Drew Vogelpohl spun records for Owens President Steve Robinson (background) and BGSU President Rodney Rogers and Mayor Richard Edwards. Robinson hosts a biweekly radio show, The Vinyl Hour, originating from his home campus. He took the show on the road and crossed the AM-FM divide in the process, to sit down and wax nostalgic about music. Both Edwards and Rogers have backgrounds in music. Edwards has played saxophone since his teen years, when he sometimes joining bands performing at Cedar Point with special dispensation from the musicians union. He’s been active in the Bowling Green Area Community Band since its founding. Rogers has his bachelors degree in music. His specialty — German art songs. The session came about, Robinson explained, after separate breakfast meetings with Edwards and Rogers, in which their mutual love of music emerged. Robinson said he took bass lessons at Michigan State while he was a student there and worked as a disc jockey at WDBM. Robinson got all three of his degrees at Michigan State. Edwards showed up with a tote bag of goodies, and Robinson had an even larger bag of records. Rogers walked over from his office at neighboring McFall without any music in hand, but did make a selection from Edwards’ bag. He talked about how he moved from music into accounting, and eventually to the presidency of BGSU. After graduating from Ohio Northern with a degree in music, his father asked him how he planned to make a living. Ironically he wasn’t interested in teaching, and he didn’t feel he was accomplished enough to make it as a performer. His transition happened at BGSU, where he came to get an MBA, and took a number of accounting courses. He practiced as an accountant for a decade before going into academia. He did earn some money to help pay his way through college by playing saxophone in The Moonlighters, a local big band. He said during his recent move into the president’s house he discovered he still has his alto saxophone. Edwards encouraged him to get it fixed up and join the community band. When he went through Edwards’…


Safe Communities warns about holiday driving dangers

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable. *** This holiday season, Safe Communities is teaming up with U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving. With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.The holidays should be a time for celebrations and make memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many. If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk.Remember these tips to avoid an OVI and keep our roads safe: Remember it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage. Plan Ahead! You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take your role seriously – Your friends are relying on you! Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices, and Apple’s iTunesStore for iOS devices. SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.


Unitarian Universalists celebrate the art of moral revival

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation wants to raise money for and awareness of the Poor People’s Campaign. And they want to have fun doing it. On Sunday, Nov. 18 the congregation will hold an art-in from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Rev. Lynn Kerr said that the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. That included helping people register to vote and then helping them get to the polls. “Though obviously we’re not encouraging them to vote any particular way,” she said. The proceeds from the art-in will be shared with the Poor People’s Campaign and the congregation. The art-in itself has two elements. Art supplies are being donated by local artists and businesses and will be sold at low prices so people can get the art supplies they want.  “The second thing is we have local artists who are sharing their talents where someone can come in do DYI project. But the artists will be there to show them how to do those projects,” she said. The projects include jewelry making, crocheting, holiday ornaments, and origami. Kerr will be showing how to make ornaments out of birch bark. “They’ll be doing cool things that don’t take a terribly long time to do,” she said. That way people will be able to complete several over the course of the afternoon. Food will be available including items from the Share Our Grounds cafe in Whitehouse. Poor People’s campaign is calling for a moral revival. “We’re just adding art to it to raise awareness.  What’s lacking in the country is we need to think about what’s a compassionate act,” Kerr said.  “What we’re missing right now is compassion through moral action.” During the congregation’s 11 a.m. service Melissa Jeter, who is studying to be a lay minister and often speaks on social issues, will give the sermon. Jeter said that the Poor People’s Campaign is a continuation of the work Martin Luther King Jr. was pursuing in the years before his assassination. So much of what she sees, from the Flint water crisis to concerns about violence in schools, goes against King’s belief in the need to build a beloved community. This new call for a moral revival is not a commemoration of the effort started by King. “This is to continue the work that’s not been completed,” Jeter said. All these issues from the growing income disparity to threats to the environment are part of a web. “We’re all…