News Briefs Week of 8/16/2021

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New mask guidance
Wood County commissioners have offered the following guidance regarding access to Wood County government buildings, effective Aug. 9:
• Visitors and employees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all public areas in county buildings.
• All people will be required to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from other people.
• Individual county offices may require mask use. Visitors should be prepared and may call the county office they plan to visit for more info.
The commissioners note that additional precautionary steps may be instituted if the COVID-19 case rate continues to rise.

Nominations sought
Nominations for the 2021 Spirit of Wood County Awards are being accepted through Monday, Aug. 30.
County residents are invited to nominate current or former residents for one of seven awards that will be presented at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 during a special ceremony in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium at the Wood County Courthouse Complex in Bowling Green.
The seven award categories include Agricultural Leadership, Industrial/Economic Development, Education for Civic Responsibility, Liberty through Law/Human Freedom, Religion and Liberty, Self-Government and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website,, by following the “Spirit Awards” link. A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms may also be obtained by contacting the Commissioners’ Office at 419-354-9100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Virus variant
found in county
The Delta variant of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Wood County.
Wood County’s COVID-19 transmission remains at the Substantial level, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 62.84 cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days (82 total cases) and a test positivity rate of 6.84 percent.
The CDC’s threshold for substantial transmission is 50 - 99 cases per 100,000 people in a 7-day period or a test positivity rate of 8 - 9.9 percent. Cases or positivity rates above these figures would mark high transmission.
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Owens extending
shuttle service
Owens Community College is extending its shuttle bus service to off-campus locations.
In setting up the free service, Owens identified the highest-enrollment neighborhoods near the Toledo-area campus where its students could benefit from the shuttle bus service.
The service begins Aug. 30 to coincide with the start of fall semester classes.
The off-campus pick-up and drop-off locations include Huron Street near the City Grill in downtown Toledo, the Toledo Public Library Locke Branch in East Toledo and near Brentwood Park in Northwood.
TARTA offers service that connects near the Huron Street location in downtown Toledo.
The shuttle will make stops on the east and west sides of campus, at College Hall and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
“We want to eliminate barriers that many of us take for granted, such as transportation,” Amy Giordano, Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, said. “If students do not need to worry about how they will get to class, their focus will be on being successful in class.”
The Owens shuttle will run on a continuous loop from 7:16 a.m. until 10:55 p.m. Monday-Friday when classes are in session. Hours will be adjusted when classes are not in session but the college is open.
Riders may be required to wear masks. Refer to mask policies and further shuttle bus details online at

Meeting canceled
The Aug. 17 meeting of the Lake Township trustees has been canceled. Jeff Pettit, a trustee, and Buddy Ritson, fiscal officer, will be out of town.

Stadium name change
The Eastwood school board will consider a proposal to rename Freedom Field to Jerry Rutherford Stadium at Freedom Field during the board’s Aug. 16 meeting.
Rutherford was the head varsity football coach at Eastwood High School for many years before stepping down to become an assistant coach.
The current head coach is his son, Craig.


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