A longtime Hardin County Judge has passed away.
The body of Burke E. Smith was found in his home in Kenton Wednesday afternoon. He was 89.
Smith was judge of Hardin County Common Pleas Court-Probate and Juvenile Division from 1979-1991.
He was the City Solicitor for the Village of Ridgeway from January 1, 1956 to January 1, 1961. He was appointed Chairman of the Hardin County Red Cross and helped re-establish the blood program.
He was elected Chairman of the Hardin County Democratic Party Executive Committee and went on the Board of Elections in 1958 serving as a Board Member and was Chairman. In 1968, the Election Officials Association elected Smith as the State President of the Association and one of his projects was to try
to get voting machines in every county as Hardin County was still using paper ballots. In the early 1960's, Smith was also elected to the Hardin Memorial Golf Board Association serving two terms as Chairman of the Board. A water system and a tree program through a bond issue with three participating local banks was instituted and subsequently implemented.
He also served as Co-Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee to build the Mary Lou Johnson District Library.
Smith was also active as a coach of Little League Baseball for 10 years.
A funeral service will be held 1:00pm Monday April 21 at St. John's United Church of Christ. Visitation will be held from 11:00am until time of services Monday at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home in Kenton.
Two people were seriously injured in a three vehicle crash around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 68 just inside Logan County.
According to information from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, 40 year old Carl Harris, of Cincinnati, was northbound on 68 and attempted to turn left onto State Route 638.
The box truck was struck by a southbound car being operated by 53 year old Craig D. Ripley, of Willshire, Ohio, which then went left of center and struck a northbound car being driven by 63 year old John N. Ruppert, of St. Mary's.
Heavy damage occurred to the cars, and the truck received light damage.
Ripley and Ruppert were both transported by helicopter to OSU Hospital in Columbus.
Harris, who was not injured, was cited for an improper turn.
All three drivers were wearing safety belts, and the crash remains under investigation.
A Kenton man was injured in a crash involving three vehicles around 12:30 Thursday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 46 year old Jack Clark was travelling west in the 300 block of Summit Street, and his car struck a parked vehicle, continued on a struck a second parked vehicle.
Clark's car continued into a yard where it struck a fence and a tree before coming to rest.
Emergency personnel used the jaws of life to free Clark from the car. He was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and transferred by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation.
Two events will take place in downtown Kenton this Saturday.
First up is the annual Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt around the Hardin County Courthouse, and member Becky Potts said it starts promptly at one Saturday afternoon, "We do have four age groups that participate. One is 0-3, one is 4-6. The we have 7 and 8 year olds and lastly 9 and 10 year olds. We have 3200 eggs that we'll be hiding around the courthouse, and we have eight stuffed bunnies that we'll be awarding. It's a lot of fun, and we hope everyone comes down and joins us for the Easter Egg hunt."
Right after that, the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition will put on the Healthy Horse Derby. Potts is also a member of that organization and talks about the event, "We're going to be shutting down Columbus Street where the Farmer's Market is usually held, and we are going to have Kenton Downs show up, so we're going to have horse races. The healthy horse is something that we came up with. It's kind of like the old horses that you have where there's a big horse head on a stick and there's a little tail at the bottom. It makes kids use their imagination and have a lot of fun."
Troopers from the Marion Post are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Wednesday. According to a release from the State Patrol, troopers received the call at 1:33 pm for two vehicle crash on State Route 309 near the Hardin County line.
According to the preliminary investigation a car, driven by Hope Okuly, 44 of Ottawa, Ohio was eastbound on State Route 309 just east of the Marion and Hardin County Line when it went left of center swiping a semi, driven by Rodney J. Whitaker, 49 of Kenton, Ohio which was westbound on State Route 309. The Okuly vehicle overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Okuly was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitaker was not injured.The report states that neither driver was wearing a seat belt.
The State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Scioto Valley Fire Department, Marseilles Fire Department, Med Care and BKP EMS, ODOT and Marion County EMA.
The crash remains under investigation.
Hardin County – The county has received its share of precipitation in the past couple of weeks.
Soon the 15 Hardin County Township Rainfall Reporters will be back at taking care of the important task of recording rainfall. This type of data has been collected for the past 21 years through the local OSU Extension office.
Traditionally, rainfall has been collected during the growing season from April 15-October 15. Monthly reports are sent in to the Extension office and the data is summarized. A monthly article is then submitted to the area media to let people know how much rainfall has been collected around the county and how this information compares with the past month, past year, and sometimes a ten year average.
This is useful information for crop producers, but the disadvantage is that immediate rainfall information is not available. The advantage is that there is a wealth of information from collecting data this way for several years, and this research will be continued.
So what about a person who is interested in knowing the rainfall amount the same day or maybe for the week? Many farmers now have cropland around the county and in some cases in multiple counties. Different farms receive different amounts of rainfall. There is a rainfall collection and reporting system that meets these needs as well. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network or CoCoRaHS for short is the nation’s largest rainfall collection network started by Colorado State University in 1998. Once a CoCoRaHS volunteer collects rainfall in their special gauge, it is entered online that day. This rainfall information becomes immediately available to anyone with charts and maps on the internet. Historical records are compiled automatically and can be viewed at http://www.cocorahs.org/.
The Extension office is leading a program to start this method of rainfall reporting in Hardin County in addition to the traditional rainfall collection method that will be starting its 22nd year on April 15. Ten new CoCoRaHS gauges have been purchased to begin this new rainfall collection process. The idea is to find volunteers to around the county who are willing to participate in this new effort. The Extension office will provide these individuals with gauges and training in return for the data that will be collected and will be available for anyone to view online.
A person is expected to check their rain gauge each morning and enter the amount, if any, online. If they are going to be away and cannot check the gauge, a multi-day entry can be made. There are also methods available to check hail and snow to make this reporting system a year-around process if desired.
Currently the Extension office is asking for volunteer CoCoRaHS rainfall collectors. Ideally, these rainfall collectors should be located in different areas around the county. If you are interested in becoming a CoCoRaHS rainfall collector, please call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 with your address. After a site location map is developed, interested people will be called back regarding placement of rain gauges and training for collecting and reporting rainfall using this new system. This new precipitation information will be used to complement the existing rainfall collection stations that have been in place around the county for several years. In addition to making timely rainfall amounts available to local farmers and homeowners, this will benefit local, state, and national researchers by providing a source of historical data that will be accessible at any time from anywhere.
A Kenton Middle School student was suspended after allegedly threatening a teacher Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the teacher asked the 14 year old boy to turn around in his seat and stop disrupting class, when he stood up and rushed toward the teacher and pushed her backwards.
She ordered him to the office, and he went into the hallway, but stepped back to the door, made a derogatory statement and threatened the teacher.
The school suspended the student for five days, and he is facing a charge of menacing.
The case remains under investigation.
A horse was killed after running into the side of a CSX train car Sunday afternoon.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the horse was attached to a buggy and ran off from an amish residence when the accident occurred on Township Road 247 in Dudley Township.
The horse was owned by Harvey Miller, of Mt. Victory.
There were no passengers on the buggy.
The Kenton Police Department handled two accidents within minutes of each other Monday afternoon.
Just after 3:30 Monday afternoon, Kenton Police Officers were dispatched to an accident at the intersection of North Street and N. Detroit. Upon arrival officers found three vehicles had been involved. According to the report provided by the department, Lance Hart, age 68 of Kenton was stopped at the intersection of North and Detroit and pulled into the intersection striking a vehicle driven by Nathan Hovast, age 23 of Gilboa. The Hovest vehicle the proceeded to strike another vehicle driven by Michael Bannick, age 56 of Springfield. No one was injured and two vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Traffic was backed up while the accident was cleaned up.
Then at 3:45pm officers were dispatched to another accident on South Main Street at Railroad Street. According to the report in that incident, a vehicle driven by Samuel Dalton, age 82 of Kenton was backing up, attempting to turn onto Railroad and backed into another vehicle driven by Erin Struble, age 17 of Kenton. No one was injured in that accident.
The Kenton City Council met last night.
The council heard a first reading on an ordinance which would, among other things, help fund a road study for the re-paving project on State Route 31 and Bales Road. The study will be used for economic development projects in that area.
The council also approved, on a first reading, several ordinances on an agreement with the county on leachate discharge from the county landfill. As stated at a meeting last month, the agreement would lower the rate that the county pays the city on the leachate discharge from the landfill. The Kenton City Council also heard the first reading on an ordinance which would add additional appropriations to build storm drains in the north end of Kenton.
Also, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns asked the Safety Committee to review a couple of proposals on tornado sirens for the city. The committee will review and make a recommendation to the whole city council.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 28th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
With early voting underway now, last week's Visitor's Poll asked when you plan to vote.
The results were as follows:
On May 6....45%
Before May 6...25%
Vote now in the new Visitor's Poll along the right side column.
The 2014 YMCA Radio Day Auction was held this past Saturday on WKTN.
Y Membership Administrator Cassie Zimmerman said it was a big success, "We made around $10,345. That's before our expenses. We'll have a final number probably within a week, and of course we still have people bringing in cash donations. First of all, we want to thank all of our volunteers. It would not be possible without them, and we had all day and half day sponsors this year, Davis Motor Sales, Quest Federal Credit Union, Michael Angelo's, Goshen Farms and Robinson Fin Machines was another big one, and everybody who donated within the county. They have been awesome, and they've been really good to us and we really appreciate them."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up again.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.68 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 8 cents from a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is identical to the price a month ago, 29 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was 4 cents lower than the Ohio average, at 3.64 per gallon. That's up 6 cents from last week, and it's 12 cents higher than a month ago.
Department of Energy forecasters expect the April through September national average to be about $3.57 a gallon, a little lower than the past few summers.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
The American Red Cross Blood Drive has scheduled three blood drives this month.
Monday, April 14, 8am – 2pm, Upper Scioto Valley High School, 510 Courtright Street, McGuffey
Monday, April 21, 12pm – 6pm, First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175, Kenton
Wednesday, April 23, 8am – 2pm, Ada High School, 725 W. North Ave., Ada
Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio wildlife officials have signed off on new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, including decreased deer bag limits in many counties.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the Ohio Wildlife Council also approved a rule letting hunters use straight-walled cartridge rifles during the 2014 season's gun week.
Biologists with the state prepared the deer hunting proposals. The natural resources department says the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels.
Bag limits were trimmed in half of Ohio's counties. The limits increased in five, while staying the same in 39 counties.
The council also voted to remove bobcats from Ohio's list of threatened species, though they are still considered a protected species.
Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Stephen Lee Cruson, of Alger, was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of domestic violence. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs as part of the sentence.
.Jazmine Marie Robinson, of Toledo, was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. She was fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A search warrant was executed Thursday afternoon at the Lady Luck skilled games business in the Kenton Shopping Plaza.
Employees of the Kenton City Garage haul out the confiscated equipment from the Lady Luck facility at the Kenton Shopping Plaza Thursday afternoon.
According to Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion, the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.
"Thursday afternoon around 4pm, the Kenton Police Department along with the Hardin County Crim Task Force with assistance from the Ohio Attorney Generals Office executed a search warrent at this location in reference to illegal gambling. The main thing being seized out of the business are all the machines being used in this particular business." said Chief Vermillion.
Vermillion said that the task force investigation continues, and should the investigation prove that illegal activity has taken place, charges may be filed against the business owners.
The Hardin Northern FFA Chapter held their annual banquet Thursday night.
Auctioneer Dave Wedertz auctions off donated items at the banquet.
One of the highlights of the Hardin Northern Banquet is the annual dessert auction, where members, families and community members donate items to be auctioned off to help fund chapter activities. This years auction raised over $1700.00 for the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter.
FFA Advisors Don Paulin and Anna Creswell award the Star Awards and scholarships to members.
The banquet also saw a number of awards being handed out to members. The Star Greenhand Awards went to members David Allen and Samuel Diller, The Star in Ag Business went to Grant Hites, The Star in Natural Resources went to Ashton Stevenson, the Distinguished Member award went to Tiffany Breidenbach, the Ag Credit 110% Award went to Brett Roby and the Star Chapter Farmer Award went to Molly Wilson.
The Hardin Northern FFA also handed out over $6100.00 in scholarships to many of its Seniors who are planning on attending college after graduation.
The annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to take place tomorrow.
Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said as always great items will go to the highest bidder, "Like every other year, we've got a lot of gift certificates, and this year seems to be more items like gift baskets, which would be great for Easter or Mother's Day coming up. With Spring on the way, we have a lawn mower. We also have a weed eater, and just a nice variety of items like a Y family membership and just a lot usual nice things that we have."
He said the over 200 items will be auctioned off during the day, "9am to 5pm, with that break from 12:00 to 12:30. It'll be on WKTN and Time Warner Cable public access channel and streamed live on the internet too. We know it's going to be a busy weekend for everybody, so we're asking people if you're going to be out and about to have your cell phone and listen to WKTN. The phone number is 419-673-4141."
He adds that the proceeds benefit the YMCA, "It is our biggest fundraiser other than our Strong Kids campaign, and every year we raise round about $10,000, and we hope to raise a little more this year."
Two activities will be held in downtown Kenton next Saturday April 19.
The first is the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Optimist Club around the courthouse starting at one that afternoon. Right after that, Becky Potts said an all new event will take place for four year old participants sponsored by the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, The first Healthy Horse Derby. We're going to be shutting down Columbus Street where the Farmer's Market is usually held, and we are going to have Kenton Downs show up, so we're going to have horse races. The healthy horse is something that we came up with. It's kind of like the old horses that you have where there's a big horse head on a stick and there's a little tail at the bottom. It makes kids use their imagination and have a lot of fun."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
MARION, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in Marion county say they've arrested more than three dozen people as part of an ongoing effort to cut into the trafficking of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs.
The two-year effort by federal, state and local authorities in Marion produced the arrests of 39 people Thursday on a total of 125 felony and misdemeanor charges. The suspects were indicted by a grand jury last week.
The arrests followed those of 19 other people on federal charges in February as part of the same effort.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the arrests Thursday targeted "mid-level traffickers and addicts who are fueling the demand for drugs being brought into Marion County."
A Vinton, Ohio woman was arrested Wednesday on theft by deception charges.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Joanna Stacey was taken into custody after allegedly scamming two businesses, Advance Auto and the Kroger gas station, out of money by telling them they short-changed her.
She told police that a friend taught her how to commit that kind of crime.
The case remains under investigation.
A Mock Accident was held at Kenton High School Wednesday Afternoon.
In all its graphic detail, Kenton High School students watched events unfold during the mock accident at the school Wednesday afternoon. Students Emily Baird, Matt Bahr, Maggie Kimmel, and Dylan Abrams were the participants in the crash designed to graphically demonstrate the effects of drinking and driving. The mock accident was a joint effort by Hardin County and Ohio Emergency services, and for many of the students, the point was made. They stated that seeing their fellow classmates in such extreme conditions made them pause and think. And for others, that detail drove the point home. With the High School Prom coming up, the message was clear. Don't drink and drive.
Trooper Matthew Cook Jr from Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol stated that the point was to illustrate what could happen when people make the wrong choices. He stated that he and the others on the squad have been involved in a number of these crashes over the years and each time it’s difficult to process what has transpired.
Trooper Cook talks with the students prior to the mock accident.
However the message remains the same. If you go out a party at any time of the year, and especially this time of the year, be responsible, and don't drive impaired.
The City of Kenton and Village of Mt. Victory co-hosted the Northwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards Wednesday in Kenton.
Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for ODNR presents the Growth Awards.
The awards event featured fifty-four communities and one university from all across northwest Ohio. Laura Williams, Mayor of the Village of Mt. Victory and Randy Manns, Mayor of Kenton both said that co-hosting the event was an honor for both communities.
"We're very excited to be co-hosting this with the City of Kenton. This brings a lot of people to our area, and I think Randy and I both agree that this isn't just about the City of Kenton or the Village of Mt. Victory, this is the whole community and county and we like to do everything together." said Mayor Williams.
"The people involved in the Tree Commission are defiantly unsung heroes. They do so much for the community and many times the community members don't even know who they are.
They provide a valuable resource for the city in evaluating trees, and bad trees, planting good trees. It's just a great time for the city to open up our arms to bless the people who come and bless them so it's a great opportunity." said Mayor Manns
The event saw awards as well as presentations. Michelle Comer from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Vickie Phillips, a Hardin County Master Gardener both gave presentations on Lawrence Woods and the work done in that area, and the Villages of Ada, Bryan, Lakeside, Waterville and Whitehouse were honored with Growth Awards for growing their commissions and activities in the last year.
Chair of the Kenton Tree Commission, Steve Phillips said that hosting the event was good for the area as it highlighted the work done by the commission over the years.
"It means a time that we can really highlight our community by bringing all the outside communities in. With all the Tree City USA participants this year we've really looked forward for the opportunity to do this. It means a time of fellowship with fellow tree commissioners all around Northwest Ohio" said Phillips.
Pleasant Precision Incorporated in Kenton was selected in the Top 3 at the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award ceremony held in Columbus Tuesday.
Ron Pleasant started the company in 1976 and has seen tremendous growth through the years. He said being nominated by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance for this week's recognition was appreciated, "Very complimentary, and of course as this kind of rolled down the way here, we realized that it was very significant, and as it turned out that we were nominated and then presented and found out that we were selected as one of the top 10."
He talks about Tuesday's ceremony, "As a group we went up with my wife Nicki and Ken Jenkins our President. We went up along with Jacqueline Fitzgerald and I was pulled onto the stage and given a nice plaque."
Pleasant added that though they didn't;t know going in they would be recognized in the top 3, they did have an idea that they would be called on stage, "I think we may have had a glimpse that we were probably selected to go on stage. I think they wanted to prepare us a little bit for that. So we had a glimpse, but had no idea whether we had won the prize or not, and so I'm sitting back trying to decide what I might say in appreciation, and I think at the end of the day I was kind of glad I didn't have to get up in front of 500 people (including Governor John Kasich) and make that kind of statement, but anyway the young lady that did receive the award was very appreciative of it, and she is just a small company and it will mean a lot to her."
And Pleasant talks about the product that led to this week's honor, "Our particular product is a new device for Round Mate system. It is a new way to mold silicone parts, and a lot of these silicone parts would be used in the medical industry. The medical industry uses a lot of silicone, so you can imagine going into the medical area, let's say a emergency room, and you can find various types of devices used i emergency room environments. Silicones play a large role in some of those types of systems, and this system that we developed was a system that can be used in the manufacturing of those kinds of medical devices."
And for her part, Alliance Director Jacqueline Fitzgerald said the recognition for PPI was well deserved and positive news for Hardin County.
The Rhinehart United Methodist Women will hold the 14th Annual Spring Craft and Home Show this Saturday.
Janie Seiler, President og the Rhinehart United Methoodist Women and Chairman of the Craft Show said the event this Saturday April 12 will go from 9 to 3 in two buildings at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, "The Community Building is full and the Arts and Crafts Building is about half full of vendors. We have everything that you would need to remdel your home, with the Home Show vendors. We have gutters and remodling companies. We also have all of your craft vendors with everything from home party plans that will have a lot of cash and carry items as well as people with things for your yard for that Spring cleanup here and spruce up of your yard."
She added that new this year is the Mom to Mom Sale, "Which is mothers selling things to each other, and that will be going on in the Grange Building at the same time as the Craft and Home Show."
As to admission price for the show she said, "There is no admission charge and parking is of course free at the fairgrounds."
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver has been indicted on charges of failing to stop and tampering with evidence after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.
The indictment was filed Tuesday against 26-year-old Holly Fowler of Urbana. The Logan County prosecutor said a grand jury declined to indict Fowler on vehicular homicide charges.
Defense attorney Darrell Heckman wouldn't comment on details but says Fowler looks forward to resolving the case.
Police say Fowler admitted responsibility and that damage on her car was consistent with evidence at the scene where a vehicle struck 34-year-old Monica Plank on Feb. 16, shortly after midnight.
The Marine from Stafford, Va., was struck after leaving a restaurant. She'd been visiting family in Bellefontaine.
Tree enthusiasts from all across Northwest Ohio will be converging on Kenton Wednesday morning.
Kenton was selected to host the Northwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards event, which means that over fifty communities from eighteen counties all across NW Ohio will be in Kenton Wednesday morning to be recognized for their work in promoting and maintaining trees in their communities.
The term, Tree City USA is given to communities who actively promote the value of trees as well as maintain them throughout their communities. These communities will also have a commission which oversees the tree planning and maintenance, a community forestry program and hold Arbor Day observances. Kenton will be partnered with the Village of Mt. Victory in hosting the awards ceremony this year. Both communities have been recognized as a Tree City USA in the past.
The event will be held at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church at 1010 East Franklin Street and will begin at 9am Wednesday morning.
Ridgemont Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school building Sunday afternoon.
All of Ridgemont turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the new building on State Route 273 near Mt. Victory. The main topic during the ceremony was thanking all the individuals who have contributed to the project. Eric Hill, President of the Ridgemont School Board thanked many of the individuals including the voters of the Ridgemont School District.
"The board would like to thank YOU, our community. Without your support, and belief in our kids and school, our teachers, support staff and administration, and the board of education, this would not be possible. Every single one of you is making a financial sacrifice to make this happen. And many of you sacrifice and give more than that. You give of your time, you give up personal things that are important to you, to help out kids have experiences and opportunities that they otherwise would not have. We as a board do not take that lightly, and we thank you for the gift you have given our community and our kids." said Hill.
Superintendent Emmy Beeson thanks members of the Elliott family for donating the land for the project.
The new building is budgeted to cost around 21 million dollars and will have geothermal heating and cooling systems, updated security systems, the latest technology and a new design which is to enhance the collaborative learning experiences that the school has been working to implement. The school will also be able to serve up to 525 students.
Emmy Beeson, Ridgemont Superintendent said that the end result will be a culmination of the collaborative effort of the citizens in the Ridgemont community.
"I think whenever you think about Ridgemont you think about the people. Look how many people have been thanked here today for the work that they've done. It's really a community of individuals who come together to support students. Most of what we're going to do for the groundbreaking today is to tell you Thank You, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts." said Beeson.
If the project proceeds on schedule, the school should be completed in 18 months
The Ridgemont FFA Chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary at their annual banquet Sunday night.
Wellington "Duke" Rapp speaks at the Ridgemont FFA Banquet Saturday night.
As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the Ridgemont FFA honored their students and past students throughout the years. Former FFA member Wellington "Duke" Rapp spoke to the members about his years in the program. Rapp joined the program prior to it being the Ridgemont FFA when the high school was located in Ridgeway. He is a lifetime member of the Ridgemont community, farmer, and served in WWII.
Also at the banquet, the Ridgemont FFA honored many of its members with awards, including Star awards. The Ag Credit 110% Award was presented to Cody McKee and James Randall. The Star Chapter Greenhand Award was presented to Clay Gearford and Nicole Sutherland. The Star Chapter placement award was presented to Chapter President Andrew Scharf and the Lauren Ledley Legacy Award went to Bailey Wagner.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are up slightly in Ohio to start the work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.60 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 4 cents from a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is about a penny lower than a month ago and 5 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was 2 cents lower than the Ohio average, at 3.58 per gallon. That's up 2 cents from last week, and 9 cents higher than a month ago.
Experts say gas prices tend to go up as spring arrives and level off around Memorial Day.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 5th at the fair office with 20 board members and several guests present.
Chris Vermillion, Hardin County Tractor Pullers reported they have $2100 in sponsorships for the Hardin County Fair Tractor Pull.
Mark Light, Hardin County Extension Coordinator informed the Fairboard they have new computer software and he brought levy signs to put out for the upcoming election.
Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Ag. Extension Agent handed out information on the PED virus.
Minutes of the last meeting, financial reports and bills to pay were reviewed and approved.
Committee reports were:
• Executive committee - Howard Lyle, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Grounds committee - Jim Bidwell, chairman
. Motion was approved to put up a sign of donors for the new wash racks.
. Approved a motion to re-grade the pulling track and any other improvements that
. Motion was approved to accept a recommendation from the grounds committee to
change the boat/camper storage rates to $7.00/linear ft. with a $100 minimum charge
and starting in 2015 boats & campers will all be taken out for pick-up on the 2nd Saturday
of April and car storage rates will be $20/month with a $100 minimum.
. Next grounds committee meeting is Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
• Camping committee - Craig Stump, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Entertainment committee - Mike Kleman, chairman
. Approved a motion to have the State Demolition Derby by 3D Promotions on Saturday,
• Livestock committees:
. Nothing to report.
• Rides & Concessions committee - Janie Seiler, chairman
. Receiving contracts and deposits.
• Junior Fairboard - Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
. Elected Jr. Fairboard officers; President-Julia Naus, Vice President-Adam Wagner and
. The concessions for Consignment Sale did well.
. Other Committees:
. The next 4th of July committee meeting will be on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:00pm.
. Consignment Sale was a success.
• Old Business:
. Had good response for Day Sponsors.
• New Business:
. Motion was approved to put a ½ page ad in the Hardin County
Extension 100th Year
Anniversary Special Edition.
. Next Fairboard meeting will be May 3rd 7:30pm in the fair office.
The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education met Friday.
Several items were acted on at the meeting including:
Ridgemont Announced the Groundbreaking for the New PreK-12 Building
Superintendent Beeson invited the community to the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the site of the new PK-12 Building Project. Due to wet conditions at the building site, parking will be available at the Elementary East Lot, The Mt. Victory Methodist Church, Mt. Victory Park, The Plaza Inn or Hardin Motors (park at the back of the lot) and buses will transport guests to and from the site. Bus shuttles will start at 1:15 p.m. with the last pick up at 1:45 p.m. If the weather does not cooperate, the ceremony will be moved to the Elementary Gym. The community is reminded to wear green and gold to support Ridgemont and bring their cameras for many photo opportunities for classes and families. Dress will be casual and wearing boots is suggested.
Artist rendering of new building
HS Track Resurfacing Project
The work to resurface Ridgemont’s HS Track is not within the scope of the school district bidding statute. The district’s plan is to solicit cost quotes from qualified contractors to perform the work and present a motion to the Board of Education on the April 17, 2014 at the district’s Regular Board meeting for consideration.
Awarding the Single Prime Construction Contract for Ridgemont’s New PreK-12 School
At Friday night’s special board meeting, the Ridgemont School Board voted to accept the withdrawal of the first bid from the Jeffrey Car Construction Company. Accepting the withdrawal had to occur before the district could award a contract to the second lowest and responsive bidder. The BOE listened to testimony from Tom Sisterhen, Vice President of Smoot, Elford, McDaniels Construction who serves as a construction manager for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Ridgemont Local Schools. Sisterhen explained how bids and construction companies and subcontractors are reviewed and vetted for quality. Smoot, Elford, McDaniels made a recommendation based on their review and confidence in quality work of subcontractors and oversight in conjunction with the Adena Corporation. In a 5-0 vote, the BOE awarded the Adena Corporation a single prime building construction contract in the amount of $17,192,600.
The deadline for voters to register to be eligible to vote in the May 6 Primary Election is Monday April 7.
The Board of Elections Office is located in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton, and they will be open April 7 from 8:00am to 9:00pm for your convenience.
In person absentee/early voting hours for the 2014 Primary Election are as follows:
8:00am to 9:00pm Monday April 7
8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday April 8-11
8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday April 14 through May 2
8:00am to 12:00pm Saturday May 3
To vote by mail, call the Board of Elections Office at 419-674-2211 and they will send you a request ir you can go to hardinohiosecretaryofstate.gov to print one.
In-person absentee/early voting will end at noon on Saturday May 3. Absentee voting is in the Board of Elections Office in the basement of the courthouse.
Applications for absentee ballots to be sent by mail must be received in the Board of Elections Office by noon on Saturday May 3. All mailed absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections Office by 7:30pm on Election Day May 6.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Kevin Jarold Joseph was placed on five years community control with conditions for one count of Felonious Assault.
.Jeffrey Lee Myers was sentenced to thirteen months in prison for one count of possession of heroin.
.Sophronia A. Legge was placed on five years community control with multiple conditions on one count of possession of heroin.
.Robert Kendall Counts was sentenced to fifty-four months in prison on multiple counts of money laundering.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Beaman and Wingfield (l-r) prepare for forum
The candidates for Hardin County Commissioners participated in the Meet The Candidates forum last night.
The two Republicans, challenger Brad Wingfield and Incumbent commissioner Brice Beaman, answered an array of questions during the nearly one hour forum held at the Kenton City Schools Administrative Office Building.
Panelists included (l-r) Robin Oates, Jessica Shepherd and Tobey Steinman
One question came from the audience from property owner Michael Shepherd, who is opposed to wind turbines coming to his area.
His question was, 'Would you has a commissioner be willing to explore using revenue from the wind farm operations to compensate property owners adversely impacted by the operations?'
It was answered first by Beaman:
"We've had this conversation, and we've asked your group to come back with the three top issues that you felt, and I think setback is one. There's health issues and that kind of thing. We have looked at some studies through the commissioner's office that listed the negative impacts on property values, and clear at the bottom of the list was a half percent possible negative impact to property values. There were many more way above that, and I guess the short answer to that is on the front end, we need to get these issues settled before they're ever built to lower the impact as much as we can before they're ever built, get that stuff negotiated in place, and see if we can make a difference, and beyond that, the short answer to that question would be no."
And followed by Wingfield:
"Again, that's a fairly subjective question, it really is. To say that there is the negative effect to that many residents in that area. I think that depending on what the setback is to the property line, if that's addressed. I think you can negate a lot of these issues with technology and setbacks. I'm not saying you can create a mute issue out of this, but I think that something that you can address with a couple of well planned ideas when it comes to that."
The moderator for the night was Matt Jennings
Early voting is underway now, and the Primary Election itself is scheduled for Tuesday May 6.
Maddie with her Grandma, City Council Member Patti Risner
A 10 year old Kenton girl is on a mission to raise money for a dog run at Wharton Park.
Maddie Kugle talks about what she has done so far, "I talked to the Parks and Recreation Committee and they approved it. I then wrote and gave a speech to City Council, and they told me that I will be invited to talk to Parks and Recreation again in April."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A Lima man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a bomb threat earlier this week at Ada Technologies.
According to a release from the Ada Police Department, 19 year old Nicholas P. Simpson was charged with a fourth degree felony count of inducing panic, and is currently being held in the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Simpson has been employed at Ada Technologies for about a month.
Ada police officers were dispatched to the factory after a bomb threat was found written on the wall within the facility.
The building was evacuated, and a search was conducted, but no devices were found.
Ada Police were assisted by the Allen County Sheriff's Office.
Two vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries in a crash that occurred Wednesday morning on U.S. 68 north of Kenton.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 80 year old Henry Reffitt, of Dunkirk, was northbound on 68 and slowed down as he approached a construction zone. His car was struck from behind by a car being operated by 33 year old Bradley Woodard, of Forest.
There were three warning signs posted leading up to the work zone, and Woodard was cited for speeding.
The 2014 Tree Town Festival Committee is accepting nominations for the Parade Grand Marshal and Community Spirit Award. Anyone interested in nominating someone for these honors should call the Forest Fire Department at 419-273-2520 and leave a message.
Nominations can also be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to The Tree Town Festival c/o the Forest Fire Department, P.O. Box 104, Forest, Ohio 45843. Candidates can be from the Forest village or surrounding area.
The selections will be made at the next Tree Town Festival meeting Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm. at the Forest City Council Chamber.
The event will be held on July 11, 12, and 13 in Gormley Park, Forest Ohio and is sponsored by the Jackson Forest Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Sheriff's, Police Chief's, and State Patrol officers for Hardin, Logan, Champaign and Hancock counties.
Area law enforcement has combined forces to increase awareness of accidents on State Route 68. The State Highway Patrol along with Hardin, Logan, Champaign, and Hancock County Sheriff's Offices and Kenton, Bellefontaine, West Liberty, Urbana, and Findlay Police Departments will be increasing enforcement on 68 throughout April. According to information provided by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, State Route 68 was the scene of many accidents in 2013.
"We had over 400 accidents in this four county stretch in 2013 alone, so we need focus speed, driver and attention type violations. And I don't mean more citations but simply to remember this is a heavly traveled road through the four counties and get people to slow down and pay attention a bit more." said Everhart.
The initiative will focus on decreasing the amount of crash-causing violations and provide traffic safety awareness. The top three violations that caused crashes across Ohio last year were assured clear distance ahead, failure to control, and failure to yield violations.
Law enforcement will focus on these violations on State Route 68.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio newspaper and two of its journalists have filed complaints with the FBI after the staffers were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant last week.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo, a reporter and a photographer filed the complaints on Tuesday alleging that their civil rights were violated when they were detained by military police outside the General Dynamics tank plant in Lima.
Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser met with an FBI agent to detail the Friday incident. The pair was detained for about an hour, and Fraser's cameras were confiscated outside the gates of the plant. Police told them photography of any part of the plant was prohibited. Fraser was also briefly handcuffed.
FBI and plant officials haven't commented.
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Sgt. Holbrook and Sheriff Everhart stand in front of confiscated drugs.
A car that was impounded following a traffic stop last year ended up being a hiding place for drugs.
Sergeant Scott Holbrook, from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, recalls making the traffic stop in April of 2013, "The night of the stop, the driver did not have a valid driver's license, it was out of Chicago. We actually impounded the car, because he was not allowed to drive it away, and the vehicle was not registered to him."
But when no one came to claim the car, Sheriff Keith Everhart said they knew something wasn't quite right, "Very early on we realized there's something in that vehicle that they don't want to come back and get their car, because it's a fairly decent car, so we did the forfeiture process. Once we got it into the county commissioners names, and it's legally our vehicle, we tore into it, and this is what we found."
Secret compartments were added under seats of car to hide drugs
What they found is a sizeable quantity of cocaine and heroine hidden in secret compartments built under the seats of the car, but as to drug related charges against the driver, Sheriff Everhart said that is not likely, "At this point to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure about the legality of the gentlemen's residency in this country. There's a lot of issues that we are aware of with this particular case that, I would love to go get him, but I just don't think it's going to be practical to even try to find this person."
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohioans can start voting for contenders in the May 6 primary.
Early voting begins Tuesday in the state. In-person voting hours are mostly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in all 88 counties. Voters also get the Saturday before Election Day to cast a ballot.
Contests include races for congressional and state legislative seats. Ohio voters also will decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.
Two Democrats are competing to face Republican Gov. John Kasich this fall. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the endorsed Democrat, has campaigned for months to be the party's nominee. Democrat Larry Ealy also is seeking the office.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are up in Ohio to start the work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.56 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel higher than last Monday.
Monday's Ohio price is about 4 cents lower than a month ago, and just a penny lower than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was identical to the Ohio average at 3.56 per gallon. That's up 3 cents from last week, and 11 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine have been keeping prices up.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The long, cold winter has been a drain on the household budgets of many Ohioans.
Nearly 134,000 have received $34 million in help with heating bills through Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. Because of the severity of the winter, the deadline to apply for help has been extended to April 15.
The typical deadline is March 31.
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, said that the extension allows those Ohioans who didn't think they would need the help to apply for it.
Regina Clemons, the program's director of emergency assistance, said the agency is seeing lots of people who had never sought before. She said the agency can usually stop disconnects by enrolling people in one or more energy-assistance program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state's restrictions on exotic animals.
The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month.
Ohio says the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.
Katie Martino (left) was named the 2014 Hardin County Pork Queen Saturday night. Pictured with 2013 Pork Queen Haley Sherman.
The Hardin County Pork producers held their annual banquet at St. Johns Church Saturday night. At the banquet, it was announced that Kenton Sophomore Katie Martino was named as the 2014 Hardin County Pork Queen. Martino said that she was looking forward to her year as the queen.
2014 Hardin County Pork Producers Scholarship winners. (L to R) Molly Wilson, Kaitlyn Beale, Haley Sherman, and Jessica Boone. Not pictured: Emily Pfoff and Julia Poling.
Additionally, the Pork Producers handed out six scholarships. They were awarded to Haley Sherman, Kaitlyn Beale, Jessica Boone, Emily Pfoff, Molly Wilson, and Julia Poling.
Two people were injured in a single vehicle rollover crash on State Route 195 near County Road 90 Saturday afternoon. According to a release from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, Roger A. Parkins, age 22 of McGuffey was driving southbound on 195 when he went off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Parkins, and a passenger in his vehicle, Jack R. Parkins, age 68 of McGuffey were both transported to St. Rita’s hospital in Lima for non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was a total loss.
The accident remains under investigation, but the patrol does not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
A Waynesfield man was acquitted on two charges following a recent jury trial before Judge Scott Barrett in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Nicholas Rostofer was found not guilty on one count each of complicity to arson and breaking and entering.
The jury deliberated for around a half hour before returning the not guilty verdicts.
A house in Kenton was damaged by fire starting Thursday evening.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched just before 11:30pm to 315 South Wayne Street. The vacant house that is being remodeled is owned by John Onan. Upon arrival, light smoke was coming from the structure, and the fire caused light damage. Firefighters were on the scene for around an hour, but they were called back around 3:20 this morning when the house was on fire again. This time, the fire caused around $3000 in damage, and firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.
The cause has not yet been determined, and the fire is under investigation.
KENTON -- Dominion East Ohio began work last week on Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program (PIR) number 203 in the area of Columbus and Barron Streets in Kenton.
This project will replace over 9600 feet of bare steel pipe and relocate 112 meters from inside a residence to the outside. The project is expected to take approximately 60 construction days and is part of $10 million in projects for Dominion’s northwest Ohio operations in 2014. In 2012 Dominion replaced 35,000 feet of pipeline in the Barron area at a cost of approximately $3.3 million.
During construction the company or its contractors will need to turn off natural gas service to customers for a short time, generally one to three hours. The company will attempt to notify customers 24 to 48 hours prior to this to arrange access.
The company may need to perform additional work at customers’ homes or businesses, at no charge, including:
·Inspecting and testing any interior service lines
·Verifying the reading on an inside meter
·Replacing the service line, which delivers natural gas from the main line to the gas meter
·Changing the gas meter
Dominion also will assume responsibility for the service lines that run from the curb to the customer’s meter. Company personnel, or a qualified contractor working for Dominion East Ohio, will relight customer appliances once work is complete. If a problem is discovered with any of the house lines, which run from the gas meter to the natural gas appliances, it is the responsibility of the property owner to have the repairs made by a qualified plumber or contractor.
Once the work is complete, restoration will begin as soon as weather permits, including sidewalks, driveways and approaches. Typical yard restoration is limited to grading and seeding.
Dominion will post informational signs in the area where work is being performed. Further details will be available online at www.dom.com, keyword: Pipeline Replacement, and by calling Dominion, toll-free, at 1-800-362-7557, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Customer also may send questions by e-mail to Dominion’s Ohio Construction Support Department at OhioConstructionSupport@dom.com.
This project is part of Dominion East Ohio’s overall Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement project, launched in mid-2008. The $4 billion, 25-year project will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of the company’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.
The Hardin County Job and Family Services along with the Kenton Kiwanis selected artwork winners in preparation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
The winners were selected Thursday at Kudo Studios in Kenton, and J.F.S. Director Barb Maxson talks about the process, "We go through the school systems to acquire the artwork from the students there in the schools and it's judged, and the winners are posted. Then in the month of April, we take that artwork and it's presented on billboards throughout the county to show the community the art itself as well as the message, and the message is to prevent child abuse and neglect."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Art work winners announced Thursday were:
First Place...Gracie Moore, Ridgemont
Second Place...Sarah Bash, Ridgemont
Honorable Mention...Victoria VanBuskirk, Riverdale
First Place...Ashton Dye, Hardin Northern
Second Place...Justine Messmer, Riverdale
Honorable Mention...Emma Miller, Hardin Northern
First Place...Dakota Miller, Riverdale
Second Place...Natalie Stone, Riverdale
Honorable Mention...Haley Birchfield, Riverdale
The winning artwork will be on display at Kudostudio, 106 W. Columbus Street in Kenton, during the month of April.
Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.
The automaker announced Friday that the plant in Lima (LY'-muh) will make the new 2.7-liter engines for the 2015 Ford F-150.
Ford's Lima engine plant employs about 900 workers.
The company announced earlier this month that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.
A building on a hog farm operation on State Route 67 west of Kenton was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.
According to Belle Center Assistant Fire Chief Dave Johns, firefighters were dispatched around 7 Wednesday evening to the 8000 block of 67 where a machine shop building owned by P.A.D. Enterprises was fully engulfed in flames.
There were no injuries, and there were no animals in the building that caught fire.
The cause has not yet been determined.
Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton and McGuffey Fire Departments, and firefighters were on the scene for around three hours.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Wednesday morning in McGuffey.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 53 year old Teddy Coburn, of McGuffey, pulled from a stop sign on Hunsicker Street onto West Street, and his car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 32 year old Tage Dye, of Harrod.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and so far no citations were issued.
Kenton's Spring Clean Up has been scheduled at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Spring Clean Up is restricted to Kenton residents only.
The dates are as follows:
April 14 for First Ward
April 15 for Second Ward
April 16 for Third Ward
April 17 for Fourth Ward
The hours each day are 8:30am to 6:00pm.
The items that ARE accepted are:
Appliances, refrigerators and/or freezers must have freon removed.
Mattresses and box springs
Wood, paneling and siding. These items must be cut in three foot sections and all nails removed.
Items that ARE NOT accepted:
Fluorescent light bulbs
Plaster or any other substances accumulated as a result of building or remodeling.
Brush and yard clippings can be taken to the Transfer Station for a charge. Call the Hardin County Solid Waste and recycling Facility at 419-673-7183 for the cost and hours of operation.
If a resident does not have the means of getting the accepted items to the fairgrounds, the items must be placed in front of your residence as close to the curb as possible, and have easy access to them.
If you are not able to put the items in front of your residence, please call for assistance. A release form must be signed by the resident for this assistance to be done. These services will be available from 8:00am to 3:00pm on the clean up days.
If you have any questions, call the city building at 419-674-4850.
Progress is ahead of schedule on the new Kenton Schools Elementary Building, according to the contractors.
Moser Construction is the lead contractor on the new school building project. They and Garmon/Miller, the buildings designers gave WKTN a tour of the facility Monday morning to show the progress on the site. Jason Fleming, project manager with Garmon/Miller said during that tour that work is progressing ahead of schedule.
"As far as schedule goes things are ahead of schedule. The contractors are great, we've not had any issues with contractors. They're keeping up with what they need to do. The inspections have gone off well that we've had thus far so I would say all in all things are going really good." said Fleming.
At the last Kenton School Board meeting, Fleming noted that much of the work on the building has been on the inside, given the cold winter months. The crews are working on the different units, or pods on the building and then rotating through the sections as work is complete. Each Pod has finished installing ceramic tile, most of the painting and drywall, and the classrooms were getting fixtures, cabinets, and electrical as well as technology cables were being installed. The roofing has been completed on each section of the building as well as the main hall, and while we were on the tour on Monday, the Terrazzo flooring was being delivered. It will be installed in the next month or so, depending on the construction schedule.
School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the project has not seen many setbacks, and has had to be revised due to weather issues.
"The only thing we've been dealing with is weather and I think people know that in general. The only thing that has been the factor has been the actual outside of the building, but the constructon managers and superintendents have done a great job of working ahead on the inside. The project itself isn't behind, they're doing a really nice job of on time. We just need the weather to cooperate so we can get some of the outside pieces in place and then when the weather is good, Moser Construction has done a great job of getting more people in to finish the project." said Pensarski.
One of the main issues with the project will be the extension of Morningside Drive and connecting it to the school. Pensarski said that the work on the road is on target to be complete in time for the first day of school on September 8th.
"Right now we're in the process of working to close on purchasing the remainder of the land for the property, and our hopes will be to go out to bid at the end of April or 1st of May. The goal is that everything will be in place by the opening of school. So that whole road and the Morningside extension will be in place when the school opens." said Pensarski.
Provided the project remains on schedule, the school is slated to be officially dedicated on Saturday, August 9th. Faculty and staff will move into the school the week of August 15th and Open Houses for all the grades will be held the week of August 25th. The first day of school will be September 8th.
More pictures showing progress on the school building project can be found under the photo galleries.
An investigation into a suspicious vehicle at Scioto Village Apartments led to the arrest of two Kenton men.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, while investigating the incident, officers arrested the two, who were identified as 31 year old Jeremiah Helton and 40 year old Keith Sorrell Junior. They are facing charges that include trafficking in drugs.
A number of drugs and a shotgun were confiscated. The case remains under investigation.
A Kenton man with several warrants through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office was taken into custody early Monday morning.
According to the reports from both the Sheriff's Office and Kenton Police Department, a police officer was investigating a possible altercation at Springbrook Apartments, and one of the suspects was later identified as 18 year old Chance Wireman. A deputy from the sheriff's office assisted in taking the suspect into custody who had become combative.
Once inside the cruiser, Wireman began smashing his head against the window, and the officer used a chemical spray to subdue him.
Wireman was taken to the Sheriff's Office where he was attended to by BKP medical personnel.
The sheriff's deputy later transported Wireman to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
The Kenton City Council heard a proposal for a new dog park for the city.
Resident Maddie Kugel spoke to the Kenton City Council at their meeting last night on a proposal to build a new dog park at one of the city parks. Specifically Kugel cited Wharton Park as ideal for a new dog park. Kugel spoke of the dog park at Boy Scout Lake, noting that it was a good park, but perhaps wasn't big enough to accommodate larger dogs, which she has, and wanted to see a larger park built at Wharton Park.
Maddie Kugel addresses the Kenton City Council on the need for a new dog park.
"I will try really hard to make this happen. I found that 78% of travel with their pets look for dog parks for their pets. Given that, I think this will be great for the city" said Kugel.
Maddie's mother Kelli Kugel said that their proposal would be to build two separate dog runs which can help separate larger dogs from smaller ones, and that the Wharton Park was an ideal location due to the amount of space available at that park.
"Our idea was to have two separete enclosures so that the dogs can't be fence to fence and get in each others faces. It could scare dogs and we don't want that. We also thought that many children will walk their dogs, and maybe their parent won't be at the park at that time so they too can take their dog into the area without being scared. It would also help to keep the different dogs from fighting." said Kelli Kugel.
Maddie said that she would be going to Kenton businesses to raise the funds to build the park. The council told Maddie to work with the Kenton Parks & Recreation Department and to keep the city informed on the project as it was a project they believed held merit.
Also at the meeting, the council heard the annual report from Hardin County Muncipal Court. Judge Greg Grimslid noted that the Ohio State Patrol increased its presence in the county in the last year which led to more traffic stops and citations for traffic violations, but Judge Grimslid noted those violations were not all for alcohol related issues. Safety Service Director Jim Hites also announced that the campgrounds at France Lake will be open on April 1st, and the prices will be the same as last year. He also announced that the annual spring cleanup will be April 14th-April 18th.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 14th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
Designs by a local FFA Chapter are going to be featured nationwide.
Kenton FFA members Kaitlin Sherman, Morgan Houser, Haley Sherman and Courtney Fulton who were members of the class that designed the shirt, shown here.
A T shirt designed by the Kenton FFA Chapter have been selected to be featured all across America. Kenton FFA member Haley Sherman said that the design began as a class project for the chapter.
"Our Ag Business class created a business plan. Part of our plan was to create a t-shirt for our chapter members to wear as our chapter t-shirt" said Haley Sherman.
When the opportunity to enter the National FFA Contest came about, member Courtney Fulton said that the class couldn't pass up the chance.
"We decided to submit it to the national t-shirt contest which features t-shirts from all over the nation. We were chosen as one of the twelve finalists." said Fulton.
The T shirts were designed for the chapter itself, and feature graphics which contain FFA sayings. Member Kaitlin Sherman explained how the class designed the shirts.
"We started just collaborating and picking designs. Once we got that down, we did have to switch up a couple of the words, but for the most part, the shirt features words that we use in the FFA" said Kaitlin Sherman.
The T shirts went through several phases, and because it was named as one of the finalists, member Morgan Houser explains that the chapter can share in any profits generated from shirt sales.
"The fact that we were named one of the top twelve in the nation, and then of those twelve we were picked as one of the top six to be sent to the National FFA Catalog, I think is a huge boon for our chapter. Not only were we chosen as one of the top six, but also our t shirt will be featured in the catalog and we will make half of the profit from the shirt. It will come directly back to the chapter so it's a great thing for our chapter" said Houser.
The shirts will be on sale in the National FFA Catalog later this year.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Many home and business owners across Ohio with federally subsidized flood insurance are likely to be hit with rate increases this year.
Around 20,000 property owners in Ohio are among the 1.1 million policyholders nationwide facing higher rates to rescue the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program
Records analyzed by The Associated Press show some of those who will see their rates live in places where flooding is a constant worry.
But many others will pay more despite living in cities where there have been very few damaging floods since the program began in the late 1970s.
Homeowners could pay up to 18 percent more while business owners and those with vacation homes will see their rates rise 25 percent annually.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are down to start the work week, following weeks of increases.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.51 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about 14 cents lower than last Monday.
Monday's price is 14 cents higher than a month ago, but is considerably lower than the $3.72 per gallon that Ohioans were paying a year ago.
The national average Monday was about $3.53 per gallon, which is up a penny from last week, and 14 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine have been keeping prices up.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
The Kenton High School Top 20 and Kenton Middle School Dimensions performed at the Wapak Music Fest Saturday at Wapak, taking home several awards.
The Top 20 placed first in the Class B, and the Dimensions were the first runners up in the Junior High Division. Top 20 performer Mo Gray won best performer for the Top 20 and Alex Haushalter won best performer for the Dimensions.
Kenton Music Directors (L to R) Travis Wissman (A-Company), Sue Buroker and John Hines (Top 20) and Todd Daquino (Dimensions)
It was also the final competition for Top 20 Director Sue Buroker who is retiring this year. Buroker formed the Kenton Middle School Dimensions back in 1996-1997 and has been with the Kenton Music Department for eighteen years.
The Hardin County Cattle Producers held their annual banquet at the Hardin County Fairgrounds Saturday night.
2014 Hardin County Beef Princess, Kelli Haudenschield.
The Cattle producers presented several awards at their annual banquet last night. Cassie Deckling was named as the 2014 Hardin County Beef Queen and Kelli Haudenschield was named the 2014 Hardin County Beef Princess.
Additionally, Nanette Pfiffer from Liberty National Bank accepted the Cattleman’s Service Award on behalf of that organization.
The scholarship winners this year were awarded to Demi Snider, Stephanie Harpster. Not pictured: Molly Wilson.
A slim majority of voters prefer Standard Time over Daylight Savings Time.
The Visitor's Poll question was put up shortly after Daylight Savings Time started earler this month.
The results were as follows:
.Daylight Savings Time...49%
A new Visitor's Poll is posted now along the right hand column.
The Ada Kiwanis Club plans to continue their tradition of planting a tree in the village.
Club Public Relations Director Jon Umphress said so far, they've planted a total of 10 to 12 trees in Ada's War Memorial Park,.
"Those have been dedicated to former Kiwanis members, and we plant a tree every year in War Memorial Park in memory of that individual, and if people drive through the park, they will see little plagues that we put by the trees that we dedicate and who they are dedicated to," said Umphress.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief is reminding Ohioans that early voting in the May 6 primary begins for military and overseas voters on Saturday and for others on April 1.
The election includes same-party candidate contests, a statewide ballot issue and about 600 local issues.
Secretary of State Jon Husted said county election boards would begin mailing requested absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters Saturday. They'll go out to other voters beginning April 1, when early in-person voting begins.
The deadline to request an early ballot is noon on May 3.
Voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by May 5 and received by May 16. Election boards also will accept them until polls close May 6. They can't be returned at polling places.
One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office,
.Russell L. Goodwin was placed on three years community control with intensive supervision on one count of theft.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Money was allocated to 19 partner agencies of the United Way of Hardin County.
The agencies and amount received are as follows:
American Red Cross-$9000.00
Big Brothers/Big Sisters-$8,500.00
Boy Scouts of Hardin County-$5,500.00
Crossroads Crisis Center-$8,000.00
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-$7,500.00
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-$10,500.00
Habitat for Humanity-$7,500.00
Hardin County Council on Aging-$8,000.00
Hardin County YMCA-$14,000.00
Hardin County Hospice-$18,000.00
Helping Hands Outreach-$18,500.00
Kenton Little League-$1,500.00
Love In The Name of Christ-$8,500.00
ReStore Community Center-$4,500.00
Also there was money designated to Heartbeat of Hardin County which is no longer an agency but they received $2,473.50.
Don Rines presents a check for $2500.00 to the Ridgemont FFA
The grant came from the America's Farmers Grow Communities and Monsanto Fund, and was designated to the Ridgemont FFA through local Hardin County farmer Don Rines.
Rines said he wanted to help fund activities at Ridgemont.
"Well I think the kids deserve it, given all that they do and everything" said Rines.
Ridgemont FFA President Andrew Scharf with Don Rines
The grant, which was for $2500.00 is designed to help promote nonprofit organizations in local rural communities which the FFA does. The farmer then gets to designate which local non-profit will receive the funds. The grant is made possible from the America's Farmers Initiative.
Ridgemont FFA Advisor Stephanie Joliff said that the funds will help support food science programs and education workshops at Ridgemont.
With the funds, Ridgemont will conduct food science programs with the profits being donated to a local food bank.
"Our freshman have been studying lands and food deserts with the fact that in 2050 there will be nine billion people on earth, so we have to start getting our students to look at not just production agriculture but also the science behind it. So all our students, freshmen to seniors are doing science fair research projects. This money will fund our freshmen and sophomores who are doing plant and animan research projects and the food produced through the program will be donated to our local food bank, God's Life Line." said Joliff.
The Ada Kiwanis Club will be holding its biggest fundraiser of the year.
Club President Heather Cox said pancake and sausage day will be held a week from tomorrow on Saturday March 29, "From 7am to 2pm in the Ada High School Cafeteria in Ada. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at most any Ada business and from any Kiwanis member. They are $7.00 and kids 10 and under are free."
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in February.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in February was 6.5 percent, which was down from 6.9 percent in January. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since June 2008.
The state's rate has dipped below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in February.
The announcement comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Labor report saying Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New statistics show Ohio juvenile prisons increased its use of solitary confinement last year.
The numbers come as the state prepares to defend itself against a federal lawsuit charging that the facilities illegally secluded mentally ill boys.
Reports that juvenile offenders at Department of Youth Services facilities were in seclusion units a total of 209,266 hours last year - which averages about 453 hours for each youth in all of the facilities, whether they were actually placed in seclusion or not.
That compares with 187,600 hours in 2012, an average of about 362 per offender. The number of hours mentally ill offenders spent in seclusion was not available.
The state must submit a response Friday to the lawsuit filed last week by the U.S. Justice Department.
A woman was injured after a car backed into her in the parking lot of Westview School late Wednesday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 30 year old Katie Brown, of Kenton, was placing her child in the rear seat when a car being operated by 61 year old Margaret Baier, of Kenton, backed into her. Brown was pinned between the vehicles and was driven to Hardin Memorial Hospital by a friend.
No citations have been issued.
The City of Kenton will be operating the Kenton City Pool this summer, and many plans are in the works on that operation.
As reported earlier this year, the City of Kenton will be operating the Kenton Pool this summer.
For the past several years, operations and day to day management of the pool was contracted to the Hardin County YMCA. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns wanted the city to oversee operations of the pool once more, and asked that the city council allocate funds to operate the pool, which they approved earlier this year. Manns said that the YMCA did a great job operating the pool, however he felt that the city opened the pool as a service to the community, and as such, he wanted the city to operate the pool itself.
"To me it's a service that we're rendering to the tax payers of the City of Kenton. It's kind of like the $106,000.00 that we put into roads last year. You could say that we lost $106,000.00 but I don't look at it like that and I don't think anyone else does. It was a service that was needed to make the roadways in the city better for the tax payers who live here." said Manns.
No city pool generates money. Many communities allocate funds as Kenton does to operate their pools and some communities, such as Ada pass tax levies which fund pool operations. Manns said that they would operate this year, and evaluate the result at the end of the year to see if running the pool can continue to be a viable option for the City of Kenton.
"I guess after the first year we'll check everything out and see where we are and re-evaluate it. Anything's possible. However I think, at the end of the day when we subtract expense from revenue and see where we're at, I guess then it would be up to the City of Kenton and the people of Kenton to see if that is something they would want to continue supporting." said Manns.
Manns also noted several plans in the works to help offset some of the costs associated with running the pool.
"We're going to try to cut costs in the labor, looking into a program which pays students during the summer. And of course trying to get sponsorships for tickets for pool passes to give to needy families and for upgrades. Nothing's etched in stone yet but we're going to try to have different hours, stay open longer than usual, just whatever we can do to attract people to attend the pool." said Manns.
And he noted that the pool will remain open, especially on the hot days of summer, bringing up a situation several years ago when the pool was closed for a long time due to a pump breaking down. Manns said that that situation will never happen again and that the city is always looking at ways to improve and increase revenue at the pool.
The Kenton Pool is slated to open Memorial Day weekend, and the city is in the process of selling season passes. If you'd like to purchase a pass, contact the Kenton City Building.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Honda is marking a big milestone at its Marysville plant in central Ohio as the automaker celebrates the completion of 10 million American-made Accords.
Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S. The first Honda Accord was made there in November 1982.
Honda says the Marysville facility and its three other auto manufacturing plants have produced a total of 20 million vehicles in the U.S. The other plants are in East Liberty, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; and Greensburg, Ind.
The company says that it has invested about $1.6 billion in its U.S. auto plants over the past three years to expand production and implement new technologies and manufacturing systems.
Two people were injured in a crash that occurred around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon on State Route 235.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 31 year old Ryan Arn, of Lima, was driving north on 235 and said he took his eyes off the road briefly. When he looked back up, he couldn't stop in time to avoid colliding into the rear of a vehicle being operated by 34 year old Charles Seimet, of Belle Center.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
Seimet was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Arn, who was cited for speeding, was treated at the scene.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state has approved a wind farm with 176 turbines and associated electric transmission facilities to be located in western Ohio.
The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and Logan counties will be capable of generating 300 megawatts of electricity and will include up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines and four meteorological towers.
The farm could power up to 83,000 homes.
The Ohio Power Siting Board on Monday authorized Hardin Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., to construct the project on 17,000 acres of private land.
The siting board says the wind farm is associated with two additional projects involving the construction of a 4.8 mile long, 345 kilovolt transmission line and a 345 kilovolt substation in Hardin County.
Six people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 7:20 this morning on U.S. 68 at Township Road 80 around five miles north of Kenton.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car driven by 36 year old Tasa Henry, of Kenton, was stopped on 68 preparing to turn left onto 80 when her car was struck from behind by a northbound car being operated by 24 year old Cory Brunow, of Dunkirk.
Henry was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. Two passengers in her car, 11 year old Nickolas Gauntt and 9 year old Skylar Henry were both transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus. Another passenger, 14 year old Jaurie Henry was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and a fourth passenger, 14 year old Aerial Yarger, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.
Brunow, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transferred from Hardin Memorial Hospital by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
Henry and her front seat passenger Jaurie were wearing seatbelts but the three rear seat passengers were not.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Patrol and charges are pending.
An 18 year old man will serve time in the Department of Youth Services until he is 21 following a hearing Monday.
J.M. was 14 when he set a fire on Walnut Street in Kenton that claimed the life of his step-father, Gary Wells Junior. His mother Sarah Wells and his brother Derrick Fortner were able to escape. That was December of 2009.
J.M. admitted to one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault.
Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and sentenced J.M. to the Department of Youth Services, but suspended time is D.Y.S. to allow him time for treatment in the New Horizons Treatment Facility.
Following a series of violations at the facility, including attempting to escape, Prosecutor Brad Bailey filed to have the suspended sentence revoked.
Public Defender Sheryl Trazaska said Monday that she failed to locate another facility that was willing to accept J.M., and that there is no other choice but to place J.M. in the Department of Youth Services. She argued though that the Court consider imposing one of the four other counts, including arson and aggravated arson that were dropped, and place J.M. in D.Y.S. for only a year with the balance in Juvenile Detention. That was idea that Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick called "ludicrous."
Judge Rapp said while he wouldn't use the term ludicrous, he agreed with the State and ordered J.M. to serve out his time in Department of Youth Services. J.M. will turn 21 in November of 2016. Judge Rapp encouraged J.M. to take counseling serious so that he can complete the sentence and have a brighter future. He cautioned him that since he is now 18, any crimes committed in the future will be as an adult, and he will not afforded the opportunities he had in the juvenile court system.
At the Kenton School Board meeting last night, School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski updated the board on the various grants that the school is working on and participating in, including the Safe Routes to school grant, several grants for preschool and intervention programs, and a larger grant for the Straight A fund. Pensarski said that Kenton would be partnering with several other county schools on this grant opportunity.
"When we first applied there was a five million dollar limit when you applied by yourself. That's changed and now if you apply by yourself you can only apply for one million dollars. Many of the things we were doing for Kenton City Schools were intended for Hardin County schools, so we formed a group of county schools together to go for a grant and we can apply for up to fifteen million dollars. As of today, we are partnered with Ada, Ridgemont, Hardin Northern, and Ohio Hi Point and we are going to write a new version of the straight A grant focusing on community action, career building and community development." said Pensarski.
Also at the meeting, it was announced that the students will be in session on March 26th as a make up day. This date had been scheduled for teacher in-service training, and the board heard from the student representatives in the Hardin Youth Leadership program this year reflect on their experiences.
Mondays meeting also saw the retirement resignations of several staff members including Athletic Director Mike Mauk. Board member David Haushalter, as well as other members thanked Mauk for his years of service.
It was announced that the school received 67 applications for the Athletic Directors position, and candidates will be interviewed soon. Additionally, Ann Quinn, Sue Buroker, Carolyn Moyer, and Barbara Baum will be retiring this year as well.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on April 21st 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
A longtime business in Kenton announced recently that they will be closing.
The Roby Company announced in a letter to customers that with regret the business would be closing on April 15.
Company President Pamela Smith Turner said Monday that it was a very difficult decision to make. She said all businesses have changed over the years, but especially office supply companies.
Jerry and Pam Smith bought the company in 1973. It started in 1906. Two other stores in Bellefontaine and Lima closed over the past two years.
Smith-Turner added that she wants to thank all of their customers over the years for their patronage and support.
Roby's closing sale started yesterday with an additional 25% discount on all in-store supplies and furniture.
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