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A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT HARDIN COUNTIES UNTIL 800 PM EDT...
 
AT 718 PM EDT...RADAR INDICATED A STRONG THUNDERSTORM OVER ALGER... MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.
 
STORM HAZARDS INCLUDE... WINDS TO 40 MPH... VERY HEAVY RAIN...
 
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... KENTON...ADA...FOREST...DUNKIRK...ALGER...BELLE CENTER...BLANCHARD...ROUNDHEAD...MCGUFFEY...PATTERSON...HUNTERSVILLE...SILVER CREEK... GRANT...JUMBO...WALTON AND MENTZER.
 
WATER WILL POND ON ROADS AND MAY QUICKLY FILL ROADSIDE DITCHES AND SMALL STREAMS.

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A single vehicle injury crash occurred Saturday morning around 8:00 AM  in Washington Township.
 
Injury Accident
 
According to a release from the Ohio State Patrol, 25 year old Beau Kipker was traveling westbound on County Road 14 near County Road 95 when he drove off the right side of the roadway. Kipker entered the ditch then struck a utility pole before the vehicle overturned and struck another pole. Kipker was ejected from the vehicle while it overturned and was life-flighted from the scene to St Rita's Hospital in Lima with unknown injuries.
 
Kipker was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol is believed to be a factor.
 
The crash remain under investigation.
 
 

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Temperatures will climb into the lower 90's Sunday afternoon resulting in a high heat index from the combination of heat and humidity. 
 
Heat Warning
 
If you are planning on being outside it is advised to take frequent breaks in the shade and drink plenty of water. 
 
It is never advised to leave pets or children inside a vehicle especially when the heat and humidity is at an elevated level.
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio or on the web for weather information.
 
 

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A trial date has been set for a Kenton man who was arrested last week for allegedly raping an 11 year old girl.
 
According to documents filed in Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Thomas Todd appeared with his court appointed attorney and entered a not guilty plea.
 
Judge Scott Barrett set bond at $250,000 cash, surety or ten percent with numerous special terms. Todd is to have no contact with the alleged victim as well as with anyone under the age of 18. He was also ordered to not leave the State of Ohio.
 
A jury trial is scheduled for September 29th and 30th.
 
Todd was arrested June 15 by the Hardin County Special Response Team following a two week investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force.

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The 2016 Eats on the Street Festival held in downtown Kenton Friday night was a big success.
 
Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance said the weather was perfect for the event which left people wanting more, "People keep asking when are we going to do this next year, can we do it sooner? We had  quite the crowd last night. The weather was perfect, we couldn't ask for anything better."
 
As for a rough crowd estimate, "There were over 5000 at one point around 7o'clock. We'll probably have a little better a count next week. Someone had a GoPro and a drone out there so we'll get more of a feel I'm sure next week."
 
One of the activities at Eats on the Street was the Chairs For Hope auction to benefit Night By Choice, which Fitzgerald said brought in more money this year than last, "I was told that total was $13,500, so it's better than last year. I think it's maybe a $1000 higher than it was last year, so it was amazing that the community comes out. I guess I shouldn't be amazed, because we have such a giving wonderful community."

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One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Gage T. White was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of grand theft and burglary. He was ordered to serve 30 days local incarceration and pay just over $2300 in restitution.
 
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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The 2016 Kids Count Data Book ranks Ohio 26th for overall child well being.
 
Dawn Wallace-Pascoe with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio explains the state is not doing well in area's of economic well-being, "Things like the child poverty rate, an increase in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma, and children whose parents lack secure employment. These are the areas where we need to be focusing our efforts if we want to get Ohio out of the middle of other states."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities are stepping up patrols of Ohio boating locations in an effort to reduce alcohol- and drug-related accidents and deaths. 
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is taking part in the national Operation Dry Water campaign by increasing patrols, checkpoints and breathalyzer tests on waterways across the state through Sunday. 
 
Officials hope to draw more awareness to the importance of staying sober while operating watercraft.
 
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show alcohol use was the primary contributing factor in 260 recreational-boating accidents, 91 deaths and 228 injuries across the country last year. It was a contributing factor in 20 recreational-boating deaths in Ohio the past five years, including four deaths in 2015.
 
Boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds Ohio's limit of .08 can face jail and fines among other penalties.

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KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremonies at two Kenton businesses this week.
 
L/R: Jon Cross, Annetta Shirk, Patti Risner, Steve Burggraf, Brian Russell, Edison Klingler and
Chris Barker.
 
The ribbon cutting at S & S Drive Thru, 403 South Main St., Kenton, was on Monday, June 20. Owners of S & S Drive Thru are Steve Burggraf and Brian Russell. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
 
Universal Home Health and Hospice Care’s President/CEO, Mary Argo cut the ribbon with staff, the Hardin County Ambassadors and Jon Cross, President/CEO, Hardin County
Chamber & Business Alliance.
 
The ribbon cutting for Universal Home Health and Hospice Care, 102 W. Columbus St., Kenton, was on Tuesday, June 21. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their open house. Universal Home Health and Hospice
Care specializes in providing a full continuum of in-home services to meet the needs of patients at every phase of their lives.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A former Ohio State University drum major instructor who pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge over an encounter with a student is asking that he not be put behind bars. 
 
Stewart Kitchen could face up to five years in prison when he's sentenced next Wednesday. 
 
Court documents allege the assault occurred at Kitchen's Columbus home in April 2015 after he and the 19-year-old woman went out drinking. More serious charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.
 
In a court filing this week, his attorney says the 29-year-old has taken responsibility for what happened and has been remorseful.
The lawyer says Kitchen has an otherwise exemplary background, including extensive community involvement in Kenton, where he grew up.

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Here are the road closures we have as of 10:00 A.M.
 
- State Route 235 North of Alger
- State Route 31 South of Kenton by County Road 200
- County Road 60 and Township Road 35
- State Route 235 just South of Ada
- State Route 292 South of Kenton
- County Road 155 Bridge High Water
- Township roa 119 between County Road 115 and County Road 180
- State Route 67 between Township Road 95 and Township Road 85 open to one lane of traffic.
- County Road 150 between Township Road 65 and Township Road 75
- Township Road 75 between Township Road 120 and Township Road 110
- County Road 30 between Township Road 125 and Township Road 135 open to one lane of traffic.
- Township Road 125 between County Road 30 and Township Road 20
- Township Road 125 between County Road 130 and State Route 67
- Chamion Court
- County Road 140/Letson Ave. (Fairground Road)
 
To report road closures, feel free to call our office at (419) 675-2355 or send us a message on our facebook page.

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The Severe Storms early this morning caused issues with the 9-1-1 System in Hardin County and caused several area Roads to be Flooded.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriffs Office, the storms temporally would not connect cell phone callers to the 9-1-1 system. The Sheriff's Office direct number and any land-line callers were not effected by the outage. The 9-1-1 system is now fully functional.
 

Breaking News

 

High Water was reported in Hardin County on various roadways including,
 
- State Route 235 North of Alger
- State Route 31 South of Kenton by County Road 200
- County Road 60 and Township Road 35
- State Route 235 just South of Ada
- State Route 292 South of Kenton
- County Road 155 Bridge High Water
- Township roa 119 between County Road 115 and County Road 180
- State Route 67 between Township Road 95 and Township Road 85 open to one lane of traffic.
- County Road 150 between Township Road 65 and Township Road 75
- Township Road 75 between Township Road 120 and Township Road 110
- County Road 30 between Township Road 125 and Township Road 135 open to one lane of traffic.
- Township Road 125 between County Road 30 and Township Road 20
- Township Road 125 between County Road 130 and State Route 67
- Chamion Court
- County Road 140/Letson Ave. (Fairground Road)
 
You are advised to be careful on the roadways in Hardin County throughout this morning as the water starts to recede. Reports of trees down were also received by the Sheriffs office. 

 

Tune to 95.3 WKTN for updated information when available.

 

 

 

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TORNADO WATCH 287 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 AM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
 
Tornado
 
 
ADAMS                ALLEN               AUGLAIZE
BROWN                BUTLER              CHAMPAIGN
CLARK                CLERMONT            CLINTON
DARKE                DELAWARE            FAIRFIELD
FAYETTE              FRANKLIN            GREENE
HAMILTON             HARDIN              HIGHLAND
HOCKING              LICKING             LOGAN
MADISON              MERCER              MIAMI
MONTGOMERY           PAULDING            PICKAWAY
PIKE                 PREBLE              PUTNAM
ROSS                 SCIOTO              SHELBY
UNION                VAN WERT            WARREN
 
STAY TUNED TO 95.3 WKTN FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A

 

Flash Flood

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL INDIANA AND OHIOFROM 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

 

SEVERAL CLUSTERS OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH TORRENTIAL RAINFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA TONIGHT...AND POSSIBLY AGAIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM TWO TO THREE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME WHICH WILL LEAD TO THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING. LOCALIZED RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 4 INCHES CANNOT BE RULED OUT FOR ANY LOCATION SEEING LONGER DURATION THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY.

 

GIVEN THIS RAINFALL WILL OCCUR DURING THE NIGHT WHEN THE IMPACTS OF FLASH FLOODING ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO SEE...THOSE LIVING NEAR SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS WHICH RESPOND QUICKLY TO HEAVY RAIN NEED TO MONITOR RAINFALL AND STREAM LEVELS DURING THE NIGHT. THOSE TRAVELING ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE ALERT FOR WATER OVER ROAD WHICH MAY BE DIFFICULT TO SEE...AND TURN AROUND IF WATER IS INDEED FLOWING OVER THE ROAD.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

PEOPLE IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER AND BE PREPARED FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING OCCUR OR A FLASH FLOOD WARNING BE ISSUED. AVOID LOW-LYING AREAS, AND BE CAREFUL WHEN APPROACHING HIGHWAY DIPS AND UNDERPASSES.

 

 

 

 

 

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A home was damaged by fire this morning in the 1000 block of County Road 65 near McGuffey.
 
 
 
According to McGuffey Fire Chief Jerry Ault, the house is occupied by Frank Karfit, and the fire started in the utility room and spread to the attic resulting in moderate damage.
 
Chief Ault said the preliminary investigation indicates the fire was started by an electrical short. 

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A Kenton woman was injured in a roll over crash that occurred around 5:30 Tuesday evening in the 20,000 block of U.S. 68.

 

Rollover

 

 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Alyce Kalb lost control of her vehicle on 68, and it ended up off the road where it rolled over and came to rest on its top in a field.
 
Kalb was able to escape the vehicle and call authorities.
Lifeflight helicopter was dispatched to the scene but its not known which hospital she was transported to, but her injuries were not considered to be life threatening.
 

 

Rollover Accident

 

The crash remains under investigation.
 

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A 16 year old Mt. Victory boy was killed after he was pinned under a mobile home in the 6000 block of County Road 130 west of Kenton Tuesday afternoon.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a 9-1-1 call was received just before 1:30pm after Freddie E. Petersheim became pinned under the falling trailer, which had slid off the jacks as it was being prepared to be moved. It took first responders using air bags and other devices nearly an hour to lift the trailer off the victim.
 
Petersheim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office.
 
Alger EMS, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Lifeflight Helicopter, Minnich's Towing and Recovery and the Alger, McGuffey and Kenton Fire Departments all assisted at the scene.
 
The incident remains under investigation.

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A Lancaster man was critically injured in a two vehicle crash around 5:50 Tuesday morning on State Route 117 near Roundhead.
 
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 23 year old Kyle E. Miller was driving north on 117 and travelled left of center. His pickup was struck head-on by a semi being operated by 55 year old William A. Siders, of Columbus.
 
Miller was flown from the scene to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where his is listed in critical condition. Siders was treated at the scene.
 
Alcohol is not suspected, and Miller was not wearing a seat belt.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

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The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met Monday evening at the Board Office in Kenton. There were no students or faculty to present or public participants present. The meeting minutes from the regular meeting on May 16 and the special meeting on June 1 were approved, as were the reports of the treasurer. 
 
During the Superintendent's report, Jennifer Penczarski told the board that the Community Connectors grant had not been renewed for the 2016-2017 school year, though she believes that the ties to the community are strong enough to keep the program going despite losing the state funding. Members of the program will be presenting at the Ohio Professional Mentoring and Leadership Initiative in July.
 
Penczarski also informed the board that Kenton City Schools had received a Straight A grant from the state in the anticipated amount of $607,168. The grant will be utilized for professional development for instructors in the district, providing access to college credit through Ashland University and mentors and coaches for new and current teachers. The stipulation for the grant is to show sustainability for a five year period, and the progress at Kenton will be monitored to see if it is something that can be replicated throughout the state. Penczarski said that this was the fourth time the district had applied for the grant and she was happy that the perseverance had paid off. 
 
During committee reports, the board heard from:
 
-Finance: the finance committee is working to establish new curriculum throughout the district, according to David Haushalter. The property insurance for the district has also gone up about $4800, though the valuation of the property has also increased, by approximately $3 million.
 
-Extracurricular: the district has several camps going on currently and will be seeing some 7 on 7 play in the near future. 
 
-Policy: updates were approved later in the meeting for new student handbooks. 
 
Under Personnel Items, the board:
 
-Approved the written resignation of Karen Hogue, Kenton High School cafeteria (19 years with the district);
-Approved Lindy Howard and Ann Wilkerson for Club ROAR mentor/tutors;
-Approved Heather Saunier, KES 5th grade teacher (a graduate of Ohio Northern University from Dayton, Ohio);
-Approved Leanna Nease, KES Intervention Specialist (a graduate of Ashland University from Bellefontaine, Ohio);
-Approved Courtney Rolf, KES 6th grade teacher (a graduate of The University of Findlay from Pemberville, Ohio);
-Approved Lena Evans, KMS Educational Assistant;
-Approved Elisha Kozman, KMS Educational Assistant;
-Approved Anne Winings, Assistant School Psychologist (a graduate of The Ohio State University from Lima, Ohio);
-Approved Andrea Schneider, Club ROAR Program Manager/Interventions and FBA Specialist;
-Approved to change the contract of Julie Hammer, Occupational Therapist, from 187 days to 195 days;
-Approved Bethany Shafer as a volunteer tennis assistant;
-Approved the written resignations of Samantha McCullough, KOLA Teacher; Rachel McClure, KES 6th grade; and Jamie Donaldson, KES Intervention Specialist;
-Approved the following substitutes:
  -Brenda Conley, Substitute Educational Assistant, Secretary
  -Gloria Mullions, Substitute Educational Assistant
  -Janet Jones, Substitute Teacher
  -Sandra Ziebold, Substitute Teacher
  -LeAnn Zimmerly-Pryor, Substitute Teacher
  -Andrew Hobensack, Substitute Van Driver
  -Eric Croke, Substitute Van Driver
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
  -Katie Ketcham, KES Preschool Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Ashley Chapman, KES Kindergarten Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Mary Cook, KES 1st Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Robyn Sturgeon, KES 2nd Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Jennifer Ewing, KES 3rd Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Tom Ewing, KES 4th Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Emily Courtney, KES 5th Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Brenda Ames, KES 6th Grade Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Kendra Hale, KES PK-6 Intervention Specialist Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Heather Erwin, KES PK-6 Special Area Team Lead at $1,824.00
  -Ryan Miller, AV Supervisor at $1,824.00
  -Robin Hughes, Middle School Quiz Bowl at $1,047.00
  -Vickie Krock, 1/2 Power of the Pen at $439.00
  -Shana Stout, 1/2 Power of the Pen at $439.00
  -Jamie Bartlett, Middle School Yearbook at $1,587.00
-Approved Alicia James, KES 6th grade teacher (a graduate of Cedarville University from Radnor, Ohio).
 
Under Authorizations and Resolutions, the board approved the following:
 
-Approved the following handbooks for the 2016-2017 school year:
  -KES Preschool Handbook
  -KES Student Handbook
  -KMS Student Handbook
  -KHS Student Handbook
  -KOLA Student Handbook
-Approved the contract between Kenton City Schools and Madison-Champaign ESC for ED services for 2016-2017 school year at a rate of $132.89 per student day (est. $23,920.20 total);
-Approved the following substitute rates beginning July 2016:
  -Substitute Custodian - $10.60 per hour
  -Substitute Cafeteria - $9.20 per hour
-Approved the following curriculum purchases from McGraw Hill Education:
  -Math 7-8 at a cost of $33,215.25
  -Science 7-12 at a cost of $78,594.15
-Approved joining the Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA) for property, fleet and liability insurance from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 at a cost not to exceed $87,112.00 which includes $15,000,000.00 excess liability limit;
-Approved the Amended Certificate of Estimated Resources for FY16, the Amended Appropriations Resolution for FY16, and the Temporary Appropriations Resolution for FY17;
-Approved the cross country team to attend team camp July 18-22, 2016 at Hocking Hills; 
-Approved the creation of the following position:
  -7 hour Educational Aide position for KOLA
-Approved the Leader in Me curriculum and professional development for KES for the 2016-2017 school year in the amount of $27,254.65;
-Affirmed the Superintendent's Decision in 2015-2016 Complaint #1, a Title 6 complaint that was discussed at the June 1 special meeting.
 
The board also approved Megan Davis as a substitute teacher and Ivy Kithcart, KES Intervention Specialist (a graduate of Ohio Northern University from Lucas, Ohio.)
 
The board then approved a motion to go into executive session to discuss the sale of property and other negotiations.
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Office.

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MARION, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio woman has been charged with murder after authorities say they believe she shook and hit her 6-month-old son, who died over the weekend.
 
The Marion County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Tequila Mannering called 911 late Friday afternoon saying her son Aaden wasn't breathing and may have choked while drinking milk.
 
The infant was taken from their Marion home to a local hospital. He was then airlifted to a Columbus hospital.
 
Hospital staff told deputies Saturday the child was in critical condition and wasn't expected to survive. He was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon.
 
It wasn't immediately known when the child was hurt. An autopsy is planned.
 
Mannering faces charges including murder and involuntary manslaughter. She's jailed on $1 million bond.
 
Court records don't indicate if she has an attorney.

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An investigation led to the arrest of three individuals suspected of being involved in a rash of burglaries and thefts over the past several weeks around Kenton.
 
According to Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, the Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant Saturday at a residence in Scioto Village Apartments where Kenton residents Josh Rose and Rex Shark as well as Damien Stewart, of Mt. Victory were arrested. The Task Force also impounded two vehicles and seized heroin, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Multiple charges are pending against the three.
 
This follows on the heels last week when Christopher Fout and Laisha Woodruff were arrested and drugs as well as over $1100 in items stolen from local businesses were seized.
 
Another individual, identified as Charles Featherton, was arrested last week in a car stolen in Texas. He too is suspected of being involved in a number of burglaries and thefts in the area.
 
Chief Musser added that the three groups were operating separately from each other.  

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Three people escaped injury when a horse drawn buggy was struck by a car this past Saturday morning.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Mary Yoder, of Kenton, was operating the buggy west on State Route 309 close to the edge of the road when it was struck in the left corner by a car being driven by 50 year old Paul Wesson, of Kenton, who was attempting to pass the buggy.
 
The report states that Wesson proceeded on after the collision but did return to the scene.
 
Yoder and two occupants, Cora Miller and Susie Mayes, were not injured.
 
The crash remains under investigation. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices have fallen in the past week, but remain higher than they were this time a month ago.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.50 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down about 18 cents from a week ago but about 10 cents over the price a month ago. 
 
It was higher than Monday's national average of $2.33, which was 5 cents lower than the previous week, but 4 cents higher than a month ago.
 
The cost of crude oil has moved higher over the past few weeks due to unexpected disruptions in places like Canada and Nigeria. 
 
Prices may continue to fluctuate on the heels of news related to global oil supply and the U.S. dollar.

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Attempted Arson by Young Male Occurred Saturday Afternoon.

 

Attempted Arson

 

The Kenton Police Department report states that in the 100 block of Wayne Street a report of a young male wearing a bright or neon green shirt with no sleeves and short spiky blond hair was seen lighting a fire or standing by a fire that was set right beside a garage. The young male was further described as very skinny and to be around the age of 8 years old. The juvenile was confronted but fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. 

 

The home owner and a neighbor were able to put out the fire with a garden hose but damage did occur to the siding of the garage. The incident remains under investigation.

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A .44 Caliber Wheel Gun was Stolen from a Kenton Home on Saturday.

 

Burglary

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an individual entered a home in the 1,000 block of Columbus Street and removed a hand gun from the property. The .44 Caliber Wheel Gun has a silver color finish with brown grips.

 

The owner was not certain if it was a Smith and Wesson or a Colt hand gun.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

 

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A Kenton Home was Burglarized for the Second Saturday in a Row.

 

Burglary

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Saturday morning officers were called to the 300 block of Gilbert Street for a report of items stolen from a residence. A number of items including electronic devices, around $500 in cash, jewelry, and prescription drugs were listed on the report as stolen. The suspect or suspects left evidence in the home.

 

The previous incident according to the June 12th report from the Kenton Police Department, listed several jewelry items including a custom engraved gold watch, Pearl ring, Topaz ring, and other watches reported as stolen. A change jar with approximately $200 worth of change was also reported missing.

 

Both investigations are ongoing.

 

 

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The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announces its summer Buy Local Week, Monday June 20th thru Sunday, June 26th.
 
Shop Local...Eat Local...and Enjoy All Things Local, as we support our locally owned and independently operated businesses, restaurants and retail shops June 20 - 26.
 
Visit the Alliance website at www.hccba.com to view promotions of participating businesses and details of community events during Buy Local Week.
 
If your business, organization or community would like to participate in the Buy Local Week, simply submit your event, promotion or sale to alliancehccba.com to be posted to the Alliance website and social media feeds. For more information contact Chamber and Tourism Director Annetta Shirk at 419-673-4131.
 
 
Buy Local Week Community Events:
 
 
.Music on Main, Lunch and Cruise In, Ada, Ohio - June 23 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
.Eats on the Street Friday Night Food Truck Fest, Kenton, Ohio - June 24 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
 
.Saturday in the Park, Mt. Victory, Ohio - June 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Open House/Ribbon Cuttings During Buy Local Week:
 
 
.S & S Drive Thru (Formerly Party Shop) Ribbon Cutting June 20, 12:00 p.m.
 
.Universal Home Health and Hospice Care Open House/Ribbon Cutting June 21, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., ribbon cutting at 12:00 p.m.
 
.Mercy Health - Ada Family Medicine Open House June 22, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 
 
The Buy Local First-Hardin County Committee "Thanks You" for being a Local Champion to help grow our community.

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One person was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred early this morning at the intersection of State Routes 235 and 117 in Roundhead Township.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, 19 year old Colton Park, of Lakeview, failed to stop for a stop sign while driving west on 235 at 117. His car ran under the trailer of a southbound semi being operated by Charles Zuspan, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
 
The car came to rest under the trailer and Park was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Zuspan was not injured.
 
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team of Logan, Union, Champaign and Hardin County Counties. 
 
The crash remains under investigation. 

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Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following four individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Jacob T. Gault on one count each of grand theft and burglary. He must serve 30 days local incarceration and pay just over $2300 in restitution.
 
.Kyle J. Smith on three counts of forgery. He was ordered to pay $2900 in restitution.
 
.Vicky L. Spencer on one count each of permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools.
 
.Eliberto Deleon III on one count of theft.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The 2nd Annual Eats on the Street festival will take place next week June 24.
 
Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Community Development Director for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said it will go from 5-10pm,"I'm sure there will be people lingering past 10 o'clock, and that's totally fine and okay. The food truck will serve until the last one's gone or they run out of food, so we're looking for just a good time. We want people to come out and enjoy themselves and enjoy the community and know that it benefits a good cause with the chair auction for Not By Choice and for the downtown."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A Kenton man was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force.
 
According to Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, an investigation into a child rape was launched two weeks ago and culminated with a search warrant being served by the Special Response Team at 63 Rush Trailer Park, where a suspect identified as Thomas Todd was taken into custody.
 
Todd was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion and is facing a charge of rape.
 
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification assisted at the scene. The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Kenton Police Department also assisted in the investigation. 

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On Wednesday June 15th, 2016, The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted a buy/bust operation of stolen items.  

 

During the operation $1,325 cash, 2 vehicles, 8 hits of heroin, 43 pills, 7 suboxone strips, and approximately $1,144.78 worth of stolen items from local businesses were recovered.  

 

1 male, identified as Christopher Fout, and 1 female, identified as Laisha Woodruff, both of Kenton,  were arrested and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center on Theft and Receiving Stolen Property charges.  Other charges are pending in this investigation.  

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Osborn's Towing.

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The new traffic light at the intersection of Jacob Parrott Boulevard and Columbus Street went into operation Wednesday.
 
The light at the intersection was installed last month and was activated Wednesday.
 
Now that it is working, Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites talks about the fate of the traffic light at the Kenton Shopping Plaza, "We're going to end up through Brian Shook Electric, he suggested that instead of leaving that up there to blink or to cover it, that it's going to be too distracting, and we're going to go ahead and take his suggestion and have it taken down in the next couple of days."
 
 
Traffic from Kenton Shopping Plaza and TSC can turn right only onto Columbus Street
 
As for traffic exiting the shopping plaza and out of TSC onto Columbus Street Hites said, "The original plan was when that (the new) light went up there and that one came down that they would only be able to turn right. Exits will be marked accordingly, and there will be preventions setting in there to keep them from turning left."

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Travel through Kenton got a little easier on Wednesday.
 
The tracks on Wayne and Leighton Streets were repaired and both crossings were reopened. 
 
That leaves only the Detroit Street crossing closed for repairs at this time. 

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COLUMBUS, OH – This past Monday, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, along with Kenton City Schools and EnvisionEdPlus, gave a joint presentation on the Kenton Professional Mentoring and Leadership Initiative to teachers and education leaders throughout Ohio at the “Educators Connect for Success Conference” at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
 
The conference, which was hosted by Battelle for Kids and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, was designed to highlight ways educators can make connections among students, schools and their communities and focus on placing students at the center of their
learning.
 
(Front l-r) Chad Thrush and Jared McNeely, (Back l-r) Jennifer Penczarski, Jon Cross and Michele Timmons
 
Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross joined Kenton City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski, High School Principal Chad Thrush, High School Teacher and Wildcat Community Connector Internship Instructor Christina Cross, EnvisionEdPlus Consultant Michele Timmons and incoming Kenton High School Senior Jared McNeely.
 
The group gave a well-received presentation about the successful internship and mentorship programs developed by the Kenton City School District to ensure all students graduate from high school with knowledge, skills, work habits and aspirations to succeed.
 
“This was a great opportunity not only to share the successes of our student-mentor programs, but discuss the proactive efforts our education, community and business leaders are taking to
address our short-term and long-term workforce and economic development needs to grow our local economy,” said Jon Cross.
 
“We are proud of what our school and community accomplished this year. Our hope from the beginning was that the work we our doing in Hardin County could be replicated across the state to provide more authentic educational experiences for all students,” said Jennifer Penczarski.
 
The school district will also be giving the same type presentation during the State of Ohio’s 2016 Career Connections Conference in July.

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A Kenton woman was arrested on a warrant from Findlay and was issued a summons for criminal damaging following an incident Tuesday evening.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 800 block of Robinson Avenue reported that her neighbor shot the side of her house with a bb gun. Officers counted around 30 holes in the siding of the house.
 
The suspect, identified as 28 year old Heather Wieging, was later taken into custody on the warrant and was issued the summons on the criminal damaging. She was turned over to the Findlay Police Department.

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Several theft and burglary complaints were taken by the Kenton Police Department on Tuesday.
 
.In one report, several items with a total value of around $700 were stolen from Walmart. A suspect was listed but has not yet been charged.
 
 
.A television was stolen from a residence in the 900 block of King Street.
 
.Another television was taken from a residence on Meadow Lane.
 
.and, three juveniles, ages 5, 7 and 9, were listed as suspects in a burglary in the 100 block of Wayne Street. So far, no charges have been filed.
 
All incidents are under investigation. 

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Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Kenton.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 60 year old Lucille Webb, of Lima, attempted to turn from Walnut Street onto Wayne failing to see a southbound vehicle being operated by 76 year old Jack Buroker, of Kenton.
 
Webb's car struck the right rear side of Buroker's vehicle causing moderate damage to both.
 
There were no injuries, and Webb was cited for failure to yield.

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Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the city building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read and there were no citizens requesting time to speak. 
 
Parks and Recreation Director, Emma Bushong, presented an update to council on the city pool and parks. So far this season, the pool has only been closed one day and closed once early for inclement weather, a vast change from last season when the pool was not able to open until June 15. At last count, season pass sales are at $7,880. Opening day for the pool saw about 500 swimmers, which, according to Bushong, was the largest amount seen in her tenure with the city. Bushong noted that the OSU Extension has begun offering Aqua Zumba classes at the pool on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and it has had a successful turnout. She also noted that there was a free night swim coming up on July 9 from 7-10pm, and an event with 93.9FM radio station on August 5 from noon-2pm. The station will be doing a live broadcast and will have giveaways during the pool party, which does require paid admission. The city parks are receiving updates as well, including new mulching, lights, and electricity. Bushong said the city has received a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant for the Water Works Park. Bushong also told council that Kids Day will be held on July 23 from noon to 3pm.
 
Several council committees had not met since the last regular meeting, but it was noted that the July meeting for the Finance Committee will need to be rescheduled so it does not conflict with the July 4 holiday. Parks and Recreation will meet Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30pm in the city building; the BKP Board will meet on Monday, June 20; and the Safety Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 15 at 12:30pm.
 
Under old business, council passed an ordinance amending the Kenton codified ordinances relating to employee pay assignment, hourly schedule rates, and salary schedule rates. The passing of this amendment brings the current pay scales up to current standards set by the MOP Committee and city legal council.  A second ordinance, regarding selling old police cruisers, was sent on to third reading.
 
In new business, council addressed six pieces of legislation. Four of the pieces were voted to by-pass the three-reading rule and passed unanimously; they included additional appropriations for grant money, the Letson Avenue street project, and paying back the general fund; maintenance and street materials; the purchase of real estate at 1125 and 1127 Fontaine Street; and issues with equipment at the sewer plant. 
One piece of legislation, regarding transferring funds, moved to second reading, and the final piece of informal legislation passed to approve a $500 donation to the Independence Day Fireworks Fund. 
 
During the comments portion of the meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that he had received a quote for mosquito spraying, but said that the 12 week contract would not have to be utilized in full if it wasn't necessary.
 
Fire Chief Tim Clark told council that he had hired a firefighter from Ada. Pending his physical examination, he will be joining the department by June 25, which will bring the fire department up to full force. 
 
City Auditor Brian Hattery mentioned in his comments his personal frustration with the CSX railway closures and the safety concerns it posed for the city during the traffic bottlenecks. His comments opened a slew of agreement from other council members, including Safety Service Director Jim Hites and Mayor Randy Manns, both who noted that CSX did not give the city a "heads up" about the closures and subsequent contact with CSX has been frustrating and unproductive. Council member David Beazley implored those present and any concerned citizen to visit www.puco.ohio.gov and navigate to the bottom left corner of the screen, where there is an option to file a complaint. Police Chief Dennis Musser added that they had tried to charge CSX criminally for blocking the crossings, but that regulations were stiff and the situation seemingly moot. Council member Patti Risner asked for residents to exercise patience and civility during the closings, stating that exceedingly angry driving was just going to make the situation worse and could cause severe injury to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians if not cautious.
 
Council then dismissed into closed session to discuss property acquisition.
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm in council chambers.

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Two bicycles that were reported stolen Monday afternoon were later recovered.

 

Theft

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the theft occurred at the rear of a residence on Grape Street. The 20 inch bikes were removed from the rear of the home and after the officer received the description of the items and began a search of the area the bikes were both located at Pioneer Park. Both bicycles were returned to the owner.

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Minor two vehicle accident was reported to Kenton Police Department Monday at the corner of Oriental Street and Columbus Street.

 

Crash

 

According to the report, a vehicle operated by Austin Philips, age 19 of Kenton, was attempting to make a left turn onto Oriental Street Monday evening around 6:45pm. A vehicle operated by Larena Weaver, age 28 of Forest, approached from the rear on Columbus Street and struck Philips vehicle which caused minor damage to both vehicles.

 

The incident is still under investigation.

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A one vehicle accident with injuries near Walmart Kenton Shopping Plaza on East side of Kenton on State Route 67 Monday afternoon

 

Car in House

 

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According to information from Sherriff Keith Everhart, Jeffery Deisler, of Kenton, lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, and drove through a yard before crashing through a garage of a home located across from the traffic light.

 

The Deisler was transported to the hospital via helicopter with unknown injuries.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists have probably noticed already that that the cheap gas prices from earlier this year are now but a distant and pleasant memory.

 

Gas Pumping

 

The auto club AAA says pump prices are on the rise in Ohio, thanks to a confluence of factors that include refinery issues, pipeline delivery disruptions and higher crude oil prices.

 

As a result, average gas prices could end up hovering around that $2.77 average that Ohioans saw in June 2015. The average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.68 on Monday.

 

That wouldn't be so bad except that motorists were spoiled by almost shockingly low pump prices earlier this year, with the average dipping well below the $2 mark for a few weeks in February and March.

 

 

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According to the Kenton Police Department Report, windows were reported open at a residence located in the 100 block of North Wayne Street on Sunday afternoon.

 

Police

 

Upon arrival a family member indicated that the owner is currently living out of the state and the home is being watched by that family member. Upon entering the residence it was found to be empty and many areas inside the home were spray painted with blue paint that was likely removed from the garage. The residence was secured and extra patrol was requested for that area.

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Several items were burglarized from a home in 300 block of Gilbert Street over the past weekend.

 

burglary

 

According to a report from the Kenton Police Department, several jewelry items including a custom engraved gold watch, Pearl ring, Topaz ring, and other watches were reported stolen. A change jar with approximately $200 worth of change was also reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.

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Firefighters are on the scene of a barn fire in the 16,000 block of State Route 31 south of Kenton.
 
Barn Fire 31
 
The Kenton Fire Department is fighting the blaze along with mutual assistance from the Mt. Victory, Ridgeway and Belle Center Fire Departments.
 
Barn Fire 31
 
Details and more photos will be available Sunday on 95.3 WKTN.
 
Barn Fire 31
 
Barn Fire 31

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A Kenton man was arrested following a theft from vehicle investigation early Friday morning.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the 100 block of Jennings Street to investigate a theft in progress.
 
Upon arrival, officers detained the suspect identified as 25 year old Eric Spence who was then arrested on outstanding warrants.
 
Spence is also facing possible theft charges. 

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The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Table One, 1 North Detroit St., Kenton, on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. 
 
 
 
Table One is a non-profit entity established for the betterment of our community. Their Mission is to serve a healthy affordable restaurant quality meal to our neighbors regardless of their ability to pay.
 
Table One, Everyone Eats is a pay what you can afford concept. The menu does not have fixed prices but instead a donation. If you cannot afford a reasonable donation similar to what you might pay at a comparable restaurant, give your time in service as payment. The second part to the concept is "Pay it Forward" or give your time in service for others who cannot afford to pay. 
 
Table One's hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for waitlisting and takeout call 419-674-3400.

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The 7th Annual Cruise-In For a Cure Family Fin Day and Car Show is scheduled for Sunday June 12 at Simon Kenton School in Kenton.
 
The event starts at noon tomorrow and organizer Larry Gossard said once again this year there will be plenty of activities, "We have kids train rides. We have kids games, bounce house, fire trucks are going to be there for the kids. We've got music playing. We've got clowns doing balloon animals. We have free flea market and craft bizarre set ups. We also are bringing back this year the beat NF car that we had last year which was donated by Whitaker Enterprises. We painted it green and blue colors which are the Children Tumor Foundations's colors and had beat NF on it, and you can take a sledgehammer and beat the car and show your support for beating NF." In addition Gossard said the MedFlight Helicopter will be landing at the school at 2:30pm.
 
Gossard said that is just a few of the activities planned for tomorrow, and he adds that there will of course be plenty of food, "We've got food vendors coming back. We've got Stumpy's Kettle Corn coming back this year. They've been with us for several years. We've got Buxton's Food coming to set up their concession stand. We've got burger concessions that's going to be coming back. I think they may even bring their waffle stand this year. We've got all kinds of sandwiches, brats, hamburgers, fish, chicken. You can get french fries, nuggets..you name it we're going to be selling it."
 
All the proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis."

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A hit skip injury accident occurred Thursday morning in Kenton.

 

Hit Skip

Cindy Beverly

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle was traveling East on Cooper Street around 8:15 Am and ran a stop sign at the intersection of Scioto Street and struck the left rear of vehicle driven by Mary Scarberry, age 51 of Kenton. The unknown driver of the vehicle who ran the stop sign continued on Cooper Street and left the scene. Scarberry was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

 

The investigation continues to locate the vehicle and driver who fled the scene.  

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Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Court News
 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Sadi L. Featherston was placed on 5 years community control on two counts of forgery, and two counts of tampering with evidence. She must serve a total of 60 days local incarceration.

 

.Brenda K. Cooper on safecracking, theft, and falsification. She was placed on 5 years community control and ordered to pay restitution.

 

.Stephen C. Jacobs Junior on one count each of aggravated assault and placed on 5 years community control. He must serve 30 days local incarceration, with credit for days, served and perform 75 hours of community service.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Kenton's new fire chief is settling into his new position after two weeks on the job.
 
Chief Tim Clark said one thing he's learned is that his thought process has changed when it comes to decision making, "When you're a firefighter, the Chief says no we're not going into that vacant building, it's too dangerous for you guys, and you get upset and say 'I want to go in and fight fires, that's my job and I want to do it.' The farther you move up the ladder, then you start getting that you're responsible for people's lives, and I don't want to be the one who goes and knocking on a firefighter's wife's door and say, I'm sorry, you're husband died in a fire, it was a vacant building, and there's no reason for that."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance recently held an economic and community development briefing for its members, civic leaders and elected officials throughout Hardin County.  
 
The presentation was made by economic development attorneys from Bricker & Eckler law firm.  Headlining the briefing was Chris Schmenk, former Vice-President of Scotts Lawn Miracle Grow, previous Mayor of Marysville and former Director of the Ohio Department of Development and member of Governor Kasich’s Cabinet.   Chris, along with government affairs attorney, Greg Lestini, provided some details and examples of various development tools and programs, and how organizations can work together to attract new business to the community and promote retention and growth of existing businesses.   
 
 
Alliance President & CEO Jon Cross stated "both Chris and Greg were very impressed with the organizational structure, community support and five-year strategic plan in place to attract and retain business to the county."

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According to the Kenton Water Department, due to a water main break in the area of Robinson Ave. between Leighton Street and Riverside Avenue, in Kenton, a boil water advisory has been issued for that area only until further notice.

 

Water Main Boil Water advisory

 

Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN for updated information when available!

 

WKTN has information for you on how to handle a Boil Water Advisory here: http://wktn.com/pages/boil-advisory-faq

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The Hardin County Sheriffs Office responded to three reports of Car-Deer accidents on Monday.

 

Car Deer

 

According to the reports, the first incident occurred on State Rote 292 just south of State Route 273 around 3:15 AM. The accident caused functional damage to the vehicle and was towed from the scene.

 

Also on Monday morning around 7:30 AM a vehicle was traveling East on County Road 90 when a deer entered the roadway just East of Township Road 85. Damage occurred to the front passenger side of the vehicle.

 

The third incident occurred around 6:30 PM Monday evening. According to the Hardin County Sheriffs report, a vehicle was traveling East on County Road 106 near Township Road 105 when the deer entered the roadway and caused functional damage to the vehicle.  

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Crashes caused by drivers failing to yield the right of way are on the increase in Ohio.
 
According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the total FTY crashes increased 9 percent in 2015 compared to 2014, and fatal FTY crashes increased 28 percent.
 
36 percent of FTY crashes resulted in deaths or injuries in 2015, compared to 25 percent of all crashes. In total, 49,473 crashes on Ohio roadways occurred when the at fault driver failed to yield resulting in 206 deaths and 28,857 injuries.
 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to pay attention to vehicles that have the right of way and yield to them.
 
Troopers wrote 23,623 citations that included an FTY violation last year and will continue enforcing the law to make Ohio roads safer. 

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The American Red Cross of Hardin County will hold the 2nd Annual Boots and Badges to honor local first responders on Sunday, June 26, 12:30-3:30p.m. at Gormley Park in Forest.
The format for this year's event will be a family fun day with rides, games, food and fun!
 
Boots and Badges is an annual fundraiser for the Hardin County Red Cross and celebrates Hardin County firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical responders.  
 
Red Cross Community Volunteer Leader Audrey Hankins says this year's event was designed with input from the first responders.  "We had a great event last year, but we wanted to know how we could make it better.  We asked the departments what kind of event they would like. They said they would prefer a family event that included their children. So this year, we are making Boots and Badges a great day for family fun."
 
Hankins says Boots and Badges is open to the public as well as Hardin County first responders and their families and will feature a bounce house, pony and train rides, face painting, free Child ID kits and a Touch a Truck display of local emergency vehicles.  There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 drawings and more.  Barbeque chicken and pork chop meals will be available for $10 and hot dogs and hamburgers for $3, with all Hardin County first responders eating for free.  "This is a chance for the public and their community heroes to all come together with their families and have some fun," says Hankins.
 
All proceeds from Boots and Badges will benefit the American Red Cross of Hardin County.  Meal tickets are available in advance from members of the Hardin County Red Cross Leadership Council and will be available at the event.  For more information, contact Audrey Hankins at (419) 273-3122 or audrey.hankins2redcross.org.
 
Numerous area business and organizations are sponsoring Boots and Badges, including: The Hardin County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Buckeye Machine, Ada Jr. Civic League, Golden Giant, Hempy Water Conditioning, Quest Federal Credit Union, OSU Lima, Everhart Trucking, Liberty National Bank and Hanson-Neely Funeral Home.

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A local attorney has been disqualified as an Independent candidate for Hardin County Prosecutor.
 
The Hardin County Board of Elections met this morning and found that Garron Fischmann voted as a Republican in the March Primary, which means he is not allowed to run as an Independent candidate.
 
If he chooses, Fischmann can file as a write-in candidate to face incumbent Prosecutor Brad Bailey this fall. 
 
The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is August 29.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, June 4, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular June Meeting.  Fifteen directors were present and 11 guests were present.
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Marilyn Bidwell announced this would be her last year planting the flowers at the fairgrounds.  
 
Earnie Kearns expressed some concerns concerning draft horses.  He doesn’t like the idea of the draft horses being housed in the Goshen Barn, rather than a tent.  He stated there are safety concerns for the public and health concerns for the horses that have to stand on stones all week.  A motion was made to keep the draft horses in a tent.  Earnie’s other concern was having the Jr. Fair Draft Horse categories moved to Wednesday from Friday of the fair.  He doesn’t like the idea of having to get the draft horses ready on Wednesday and Friday, when the Open Class Draft Horse Show is.  His other concern is having a judge on Wednesday, which may not know anything about draft horses, judge the Jr. Fair kids.  His question is why not keep the Jr. Fair draft horses categories on Friday, where there already is a draft horse judge.  This concern is being sent to the horse committee meeting, where Earnie will be invited to attend.
 
Last month’s minutes, financial reports and paying the bills were approved.
 
Howard Lyle representing the Executive Committee, stated he will be holding an Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm.  The 2014 990 was presented for approval, which was then approved.
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their May 17th meeting were discussed. It was announced that the Hardin County Community Foundation awarded a $500 grant for flowers and $1,000 towards the purchase of vinyl chairs for the community building.  There are now only 104 cloth chairs to be replaced.  The new chairs have already been purchased and delivered.  It was announced Greg Leidel will be available to work the practice horse show arena.  The horse 4-H advisors just need to call him if he’s needed.  Stevenson Construction was approved to patch the underside of the grandstand ceiling for $3400.  Motion passed.  Janie Seiler and Mark Garmon moved replace the roof and siding on the pari mutual building for $1300.  Discussion was then held about working the horse show arena during shows.  It was suggested that if groups renting the arena need the ground worked an additional time, they would have to pay an additional $80.  No final outcome on this discussion was done and the topic is being sent to the horse committee for further review.  Bids concerning the OFMA grant were discussed.  It was moved to accept the bid for a new open sided building to be built by the rabbit barn.    This building would be used as a show arena for rabbits, goats, and poultry. Pete Fout stated the show arena is being cleaned and painted, he’s replacing windows in the race horse barns, and electric for camping is coming along.  It was approved to purchase a lockable mailbox for the secretary’s office, for people to drop money in during non-office hours.  The board moved to accept 4 round ceramic flower pots from the commissioners.  The next ground’s committee meeting will be on Tuesday, June 14th at 7pm.   
 
Judi Cronley gave a report on camping during the fair.  There are currently 4 current campers that have not paid for their camping spots and an additional camper did not respond to phone calls about not paying, so that camping spot will be given to a new camper.   There were 3 campers that decided to give up their spots this year, so there were 45 new campers notified this year.  Seven people have had messages left about camping and have not responded about wanting to camp or not.  Some phone numbers on the waiting list do not work either or messages could not be left.  So if anyone is interested in the last 7 camping spots this year, please call the office and leave an address for a contract to be mailed.  Cost for camping is $190, which includes 2 season or membership tickets.
 
Judi Cronley stated Chase Bryant concert sales are still looking good.  There are only 38 reserved seats left, and still track and general admission tickets available.  Tickets can be bought at the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm and through pay pal on our website.  
 
It was noted the sheep weigh in is Saturday, June 11th from 8-11am at the fairgrounds.  Judges are still needed for all livestock, but goats, swine and poultry. 
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated she’s been making follow up phone calls to vendors who haven’t paid their deposit for a booth or vendor spot outside.  If anyone is renting a booth or interested in food concessions please fill out an application – located on our website at www.hardincountyfair.org.  Information on fees for booths, etc. is also on our website.  
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated that a new counter with cupboards is being installed in the Jr. Fair board meeting room this month. 
 
The 4th of July Committee met on May 12th, 2016 and it was announced that there will be fireworks displayed on the 4th of July.  The rain date will be July 5th.  Donations for the fireworks can be sent to PO Box 317, Kenton.  Parking will be available at the fairgrounds.  
 
Under old business:  
The 2016 fair books can now be picked up at the office during office hours or at the Kenton Times.  The book is on our website and the Kenton Times website, too.  
Judges are still needed for Open Class Home Ec, open class decorative painting, open class fine arts, ag education and high school art.  
Box seat letters have been mailed and money has started to come in for those. 
Grandstand ticket booth workers are still needed for Saturday and Sunday nights, those nights are being covered by spouses for fair board directors.  
The Dist. 2 spring meeting is Saturday, June 11th at the Mercer County Fairgrounds, anyone interested in attending should tell Judi.  
 
Under new business: 
The 2nd quarter Ag. Society Newsletter will be sent out this month.  
If any fair board director needs shirts ordered for the fair, please see Judi.  
Jr. Fair Entries are due on line by July 31st.  
It was announced Dan Wagner will be bailing the hay in the East parking lot again this year.  
 
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, July 2nd at 7:30pm.

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Railroad repair projects will impact traffic in Kenton this week.
 
CSX has already closed the tracks on Leighton Street. That is expected to be completed in around two weeks.
 
 
Traffic is backed up on Main looking south from Liberty National Bank. The only tracks open through Kenton at this time
 
In addition, starting today the tracks on Detroit and Wayne Streets will be closed for repair projects. According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Detroit Street project is expected to be completed in five days.
 
Work is being performed by CSX Transportation. 

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A Lima man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred Sunday afternoon on State Route 117.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 44 year old Glenn Strawn was riding south on 117 and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle went off the road and overturned. Strawn was ejected and was taken by LifeFlight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

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An injury crash occurred Saturday evening on County Road 139 in Hale Township.
 
According to that report from the Sheriff's Office, 18 year old Taylor Hardin, of Ridgeway, lost control of her car while driving south on 139. The car went off the right side of the road where it overturned several times before coming to rest in a field.
 
Hardin escaped with minor injuries. A passenger in the car, 18 year old Levi Allen, of Mt. Victory, was ejected from the car and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries.
 
Hardin was cited for failure to control.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio gas prices are tracking up as the summer travel season gets underway.

 

Gas Pump

 

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.60 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 12 cents from a week ago, and 38 cents from a month ago.

 

It's also higher than Monday's national average of $2.36, which was 4 cents higher than a week ago.

 

The price of oil topped $50 a barrel recently for the first time since July. However, analysts expect gasoline and airline fares to stay relatively low at least through the summer travel season.

 

 

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The Kenton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriffs Office handled several calls on Saturday.

 

Police News

 

The first report occurred on Saturday morning and states that a vehicle was reported stuck on the railroad tracks on South Leighton Street. Upon arrival a car was found stuck on the tracks and was abandoned. The vehicle was impounded and the owner was contacted and stated that the vehicle was being sold to an individual who had not transferred the registration.

 

A Kenton Police Officer was dispatched to the parking lot of a local store on Saturday morning on a report of a woman using drugs according to the report. Upon arrival at the Ace Hardware parking lot it was found that the suspect was in possession of drug paraphernalia including a pill crusher and snort straws. The suspect was issued a summons and released to a family member.

 

Assistance was requested from the Kenton Police department at a residence in the 300 block of North Oak Street due to an aggressive dog. According to the report, the animal was being aggressive and the resident stated she was fearful the animal would kill someone. The animal was contained in a bathroom until the Hardin County Dog Warden arrived. The animal was immobilized and transported to the dog pound.

 

Saturday afternoon a report of stolen items was taken by the Kenton Police Department in 200 block of North Main Street. According to information in the report, a lawn mower and motorized scooter was removed from the property. The investigation is pending.

 

A fight was reported in 300 block of South High Street just before midnight Saturday evening. No more information is available at this time.

 

The Hardin County Sheriffs office responded to to an accident with injuries on County Road 139 Saturday evening. The accident occurred in the 9,000 block of County Road 139 and no more information is available at this time.  

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The Board of Directors of the Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio announced the rebranding of the bank.
 
According to President-CEO-Director Chuck Dixon, the bank will be branded as HSLC. 
 
Dixon commented that the official name of the bank has not changed, but going forward will be known as HSLC.
Founded February 6, 1888 as the Home Savings Building and Loan Company of Kenton, the bank changed its name to the Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton on March 14, 1910.
 
Dixon stated, "As the bank has evolved into more than a home lender by offering various types of lending products including agriculture loans, commercial loans, leases, automobile loans, and by offering other services such as insurance and wealth management products, the rebranding to HSLC is a logical progression."
 
Dixon went on to say, "That along with the rebranding the new tag line 'Infinite Opportunities' is a true reflection of the direction of the bank." 
 
Dixon commented that the bank has not abandoned the mortgage lending area, but will be expanding its home lending presence by rolling out new mortgage loan products within the next few weeks.
 
Dixon went on to say that as Hardin County's oldest bank and by being a community bank, the rebranding process shows the commitment that the bank has to Kenton and Hardin County. "We believe in Hardin County and HSLC will do all that we can to fulfill the financial needs of our great area," said Dixon.

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Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred just before 4 Thursday afternoon at the intersection of State Route 195 and County 90 north of McGuffey.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a sport utility vehicle being operated by Anthony Brand, of Alger, drove from 90 onto 195 and struck a northbound pickup being operated by Betty Henderson, of Lima.
 
Henderson was transported by helicopter to Lima Memorial Hospital. Her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Brand and a passenger in his vehicle, his wife Patsy, were taken by ambulance to an undisclosed hospital.
 
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation. 

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A Kenton man was charged with persistent disorderly conduct following a fight early Thursday morning.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Market Street to investigate a fight in progress.
 
When officers arrived, they found 23 year old Charles Napier Junior, who showed signs of heavy intoxication, and he became verbally aggressive toward officers.
 
Napier's mother told officers she believed he would calm down if they left. As they were preparing to leave, an officer said he observed Napier pull a folding lock blade knife from his pocket and open the blade. Officers began issuing verbal commands for Napier to drop the knife. They then held him at Taser point before Napier dropped the knife, and he was then placed under arrest.
 
Napier was transported to a holding cell at the Kenton Police Department to sober up and was issued the citation for persistent disorderly conduct. 

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A Lima man was sentenced on drug related charges recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's office, Donald G. Hughes was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and attempted corrupting another with drugs.
 
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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A longtime Kenton dentist has passed away.
 
Dr. Fred R. Sickles died Wednesday night at the age of 75.
Dr. Sickles practiced dentistry for over 35 years. He had an office in Kenton from 1971 until he retired in 2006. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles and Moose Lodges in Kenton.
 
Private graveside services for Dr. Fred Sickles will be held at Grove Cemetery. Friends will be received Monday June 6 from 3-8pm at the Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton. 

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The 7th annual Family Fun Day and Car Show is scheduled for Sunday June 12 at Simon Kenton School.
 
Organizer Larry Gossard talks about what time registration for the car show will be held that day, "At 12 and it runs until 2, and then we also have dash plagues for the first 50 cars registered, and then we have trophies for the Top 25 chosen by luck of the draw, and we also have Brice's Choice and then we have Best of Show."
 
Numerous other activities will also be going on during the event, and proceeds will go to the Children's Tumor Foundation to fund research to find a cure for Neurofibromatosis.
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Several personnel matters were taken care of during a special meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education Wednesday evening.
 
The Board approved contracts for Intervention Specialist positions at the Kenton Middle School and Kenton Elementary School.
Also approved were employee supplemental contracts for Katie Brim, High School Girl's Tennis Coach and Alexandra Manley, High School Girl's Head Soccer Coach.
 
A non employee supplemental contract was approved for Keith Kissling, High School Girl's Tennis Coach.
 
The Board also accepted the written resignations of Kenton Elementary 6th grade teachers Leigh Kelley and Elizabeth Oberlander effective at the end of the just completed school year.
 
Several other matters were taken care of before the Board went into executive session to discuss negotiations, but no action was taken.
 
The next regular meeting for the Board of Education is Monday June 20 at 7pm.

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OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital welcomed the primary care services of Katie Ball, Certified Physician Assistant in conjunction with Paul Wesson, DO to the Forest Community Health Center.   
 
Ball brings 15 years of experience in providing care for patients’ ages 6 months and up. She will provide traditional primary care services for acute and chronic health needs from ear aches to diabetes and high blood pressure. Services will also include physical exams, work, sports and school physicals.  
 
Ball and Forest Community Health Center offer appointments Monday through Friday.   
 
For more information contact the Forest Community Health Center at (419) 273-2553.

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When it comes to a perfect vacation, 33% of our Visitor Poll voters say theirs is a trip to the beach.

 

29% said they would prefer to tour the country or the world, 19% say camping, 16% prefer to stay at home and the remaining 3% said their perfect vacation is a trip to a theme park.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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A driver was cited for a left of center violation following a crash on State Route 309 Tuesday afternoon.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 65 year old Brenda Fleming, of Kenton, was driving west on 309 and attempted to pass farm equipment being operated by 53 year old Kurtis Creamer, of Mt. Victory.
 
Creamer had his turn signal on and was attempting to turn left, and his vehicle struck the rear passenger side of Fleming's car.
Light damage occurred to Fleming's vehicle, and the farm equipment received moderate damage.
 
Fleming was cited for travelling onto the left side of the road within 100 feet of an intersection.

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Kenton police officers received an unusual complaint Tuesday night.
 
According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, officers first received a call about an intoxicated male walking south on Market Street. About 18 minutes later, a call was received stating the male was arguing with a pole in the 100 block of Market.
 
No report was taken, and no other information is available.

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