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West Church Street to close for 5th Quarter

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

For the past several years, Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green and other local churches have teamed up to provide a post local football game event called “5th Quarter” for students –  a safe environment following home Bobcat football games.

The event happens from 8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Second Baptist Church and is open to 7-12 grade students.

The event provides a safe and entertaining time where students can play games, eat, listen to music, and socialize within a positive environment with adult supervision.

In the past, the city has allowed the church to close off one block of West Church Street in front of Second Baptist between North Science and Broadway so students can play basketball in the street.

At last week’s general committee meeting of the city council, Second Baptist Church youth minister Martin Hanley requested the city would allow that street closure to happen again this year for their two remaining events, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.

Their first event held on Aug. 24 had over 180 students attend and went off without any incidents, Hanley reported.

Police Chief Don Wickenhauser said pervious events have been very orderly and that there were no problems.

Although the curfew for youth is 11 p.m., the Chief said as long as students’ parent pick them up or they walk straight home following the event, there should not be an issue.

The street closure was unanimously approved Monday night at the regular meeting of the city council by the aldermen present, which included:  Kim Luebrecht, Mark Bair, Kay Reading, Ed Lawson, and Kenda Flynn.