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Early Voting Hours Changed


 

 

Early voting hours will now start next week in Ohio.

 

Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said if you need to register or change your address, then Monday October 6 is a date to remember, "That is the deadline to register or change your address, and we will be open until nine that evening for you to do so."

 

In person early voting then starts Tuesday October 7 said Bookmyer, :We will be open Tuesday October through Friday October 10 from 8am to 5pm, then from 8am to 5pn Tuesday October 14 through the 17. There will be no voting on Monday October 13 due to Columbus Day. Our hours are 8-5 Monday October 20 through Friday October 24, and Saturday the 25 from 8am to 4pm. Monday October 27 through Friday the 31 from 8-5, Saturday November 1 from 9-4, Sunday November 2 from 1-5pm and Monday November 3, the day before election, we will be open from 8am to 2pm."

 

If all of those dates don't work out for you, the Bookmyer said all you have to do is call their office at 419-674-2211, and they will mail you a ballot.

Hardin County Resident Selected As National Beef Ambassador


Pictured L to R: Kalyn McKibben, Rachel Purdy, Will Pohlman, Alicia Smith and Demi Snider

 

A Hardin County resident has been selected as a National Beef Ambassador.
 

Demi Snider, a student in the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University has been selected as one of five National Beef Ambassadors for 2015,. That's a role that Ciera Jepsen , of Ohio had in 2014. Snyder said, "It's a great honor, and I'm super excited to see what the year has in store for me."
 

Snider is the only ambassador from east of the Mississippi, and she adds, "I think what I'm looking forward to the most is just getting to be a part of the industry outside of my home state of Ohio."
 

Her responsibilities as a National Beef Ambassador will kick into high gear after the first of the year.
 

Joining Snider are: Rachel Purdy, of Wyoming, Will Pohlman, of Arkansas, Alicia Smith, of Texas and Kalyn McKibben, of Oklahoma.

 

Story and picture from Brownfield Agri News Network.

Woman Arrested After Dousing Son With Gasoline


 

 

An argument over a card game led to the arrest of a Forest woman over the weekend.

 

According to information from Forest Police Chief Donnie Southward, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of North Patterson Street around 8 Saturday night where they found the victim soaked with gasoline. The Chief said the victim got into an argument with his mother during a card game. The woman, identified as Kimberly Wise, allegedly left the house and went to her residence, returning a short time later with a container filled with gasoline. Wise is then said to have poured the gasoline on her son and attempted to light it but was not successful. She also allegedly poured into onto a nearby house, failing to light it as well.

 

Wise was taken into custody and was transported to the Multi-

County Jail in Marion on a charge of aggravated assault. The Chief said numerous other charges are pending.

Ohio Gas Prices Higher To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are moving back up again in Ohio.

 

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime more than a week ago, but 7 cents lower than last month at this time.

 

The Ohio average is still slightly lower than the national average, which was $3.34 on Monday, identical to last week's average price.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown area has lowest average at about $3.26 per gallon. The highest average price is about $3.32 in Cincinnati.

Winter Heating Costs Expected To Lower For Ohioans


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With a milder winter predicted, experts say heating costs should be lower for most Ohioans.

Many energy companies used the lessons of last winter, one of the coldest and snowiest in decades, to improve their delivery systems.

 

So even if forecasts are off, companies expect to avoid the kind of panic that hit parts of Ohio last January and February.

 

According to the forecasting service AccuWeather, Ohio's average temperature from December to February looks to be 2 degrees lower than normal, but still not as cold as last winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also predicts a warmer Ohio winter.

 

Regarding natural gas, experts are predicting that market prices will be lower than a year ago, with consumption also lower.

Dairy Service Unit Cheese Sale Announced


 
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit is holding their semi-annual cheese sale.  The fall sale has a variety of cheeses to choose from including Colby, Muenster, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, Marble, American Processed, Farmers Cheese, Cheddar, Big Eye Swiss, Baby Swiss, Lacey Swiss (low cholesterol, low fat), Hot Pepper, and also Trail Bologna.  Cheese is in approximately 2 pound units, except for Muenster, Hot Pepper, American Processed Cheese, which are sold in 5 pound loaves.  The American Processed Cheese is sliced, while the mozzarella and cheddar cheese are shredded.  The Trail Bologna comes in 1-1 3/4 pound rings.
 
Order forms, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link, can also be obtained at the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or online at hardin.osu.edu, as well as from Dairy Service Unit Directors.  The deadline for ordering cheese is October 31, with pick-up dates November 14 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm or November 15 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Dan and Molly Wagner’s dairy farm.  Funds from the semi-annual cheese sale are used to support dairy youth activities such as scholarships, royalty, awards, and other activities planned by the Dairy Service Unit.  Orders not picked up will be considered canceled. No deliveries will be made.  Pay amount due at pick-up.
 

Ribbon Cutting Held at WalMart


 

 

KENTON – Walmart Associates, the Hardin County Ambassadors, and Jon Cross President & CEO of The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Walmart’s Grand Re- Opening in Kenton, on Friday, September 19.

Early Voting Hours Set


 

 

In person absentee/early voting hours for the 2014 General Election have been set.

 

Hardin County Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said it starts Tuesday September 30, "From 8am-5pm through October 10, and then Monday October 6 from 8am to 9pm, which is the deadline to register to vote or change addresses, 8-5 Tuesday October 7 through Friday October 10, 8-5 Tuesday October 14 through October 17, 8-7 Monday October 20 through Friday October 24, 8-4 Saturday October 25, 1-5pm on Sunday October 26, 8-7 Monday October 27 through Friday October 31, 8-4 Saturday November 1, 1-5 on Sunday November 2 and 8-2 on Monday November 3, the day before the election."

 

Bookmyer said one of the only days where there will be no early voting is Monday October 13 because of Columbus Day, but she said there are still plenty of opportunities, "Plus, absentee ballots can be sent by mail by calling our office at 419-674-2211. All mailed absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections by 7:30pm on Election Day November 4."

Wildcats Win Third Straight, Pound Shawnee 49-7


The Kenton Wildcats won their third straight game, crushing Shawnee 49-7 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Shawnee Stadium.

 

 

The Cat improve to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the league while the Indians, losers of three straight, are now 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the WBL.

 

Trent Hites threw for 388 yards and three scores, connecting with Kollin Stollar, Colyn Blackford and Chris Deardorff for touchdowns. Hites, Stollar and Alex Huston each rushed for TDs while Trevor Downing returned an interception for a score.

 

For the game, the Cats outgained Shawnee 482-65.

 

Downing and Tristan Reichelderfer were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they visit state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Scores


WBL:
 
Kenton defeats Shawnee 49-7
Bath edges out St. Mary’s 28-21
Ottawa-Glandorf rolls over Defiance 48-7
Van Wert trumps Elida 31-28
Wapak beats Celina 34-12
 
County Scores:
 
USV tops Perry 43-20
Highland downs Elgin 48-18
St. Joseph Central Catholic shuts out Hardin Northern 34-0
Ada defeats Bluffton in final seconds 42-41
Arlington trumps Riverdale 68-28
North Union beats Upper Sandusky 37-14
Bellefontaine tops Ben Logan 45-13
Belmont stomps Ridgemont 60-37

Three People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

 

According to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Eddie D. Scott Jr. was sentenced to a total of 57 months in prison on charges of trafficking in drugs, with a firearm specification, carrying concealed weapons and unlawful transactions of weapons.

 

.Gary Wayne Wodarski was sentenced to a total of 51 months in prison on charges of domestic violence, having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property with a firearm specification.

 

.Linda L. Clark was placed on 5 years community control with conditions on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Local and State Officials Discuss Plans on Upgrading Intersection


Plans on improving the intersection at Morningside Drive and East Columbus Street/State Route 67 are in the works.  

 

The intersection at Columbus/67E and Jacob Parrot and Morningside Drive.

 

State Representative Robert Sprague met with members of the City of Kenton and ODOT District One on the plans. Earlier this year, the city submitted a grant proposal to the ODOT Small Communities Grant Committee for the project. The plan, with projected costs of around one million dollars, was to re-align the intersection so that Jacob Parrot and Morningside line up, along with turn lanes and traffic lights. Traffic to the new Kenton Elementary School is also a concern.

 

The Small Communities Grant proposal was rejected as it scored low on the criteria. Kirk Slusher from ODOT District One, which signed off on the grant proposal with the city said that the grants are becoming more competitive, and that this year, nineteen grants were submitted with only five being funded. State Representative Sprague noted that projects such as the improvements to the intersection need to be funded.

 

"We have to figure out how to cobble together the funds to improve the intersection. We want to keep the kids safe and there's new demand on the intersection that wasn't there previously. So I'm optimistic that the next time the grant is submitted it will be much more competitive." said Sprague.

 

ODOT stated that much of the scoring on the grants is based on past traffic data and past issues, rather than the potential for issues. And also noted that there were other avenues that the city could pursue, such as SIDLoans or Safe routes grants. But that any direction would have to come from the city itself as the intersection is within the city limits.

 

Members of the City Administration, including Council President Joel Althauser and Kenton Mayor Randy Manns indicated that the city would re-apply for the Small Communities Grant next year, and work with ODOT on improving their scoring. Mayor Manns noted that the data would likely change with the new school being open.

 

"Personally I believe the small city grant is the only way we can go. We want to do it right, we don't want to just do a small fix. We want to do the intersection the correct way. It's been a challenge for the city for years. Now it's more of a challenge because of the new school and new businesses that are going out there. We're going to go back to the small cities grant and do this thing correctly the first time" said Manns.

 

The Small Communities Grant application will be due on March 1st 2015.

Heritage Cooperative Shows Off New Facility


Heritage Cooperative celebrated the grand opening of a $7 million expansion to its branch in Kenton during a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. The project includes a new state-of-the-art fuel station, located on State Route 31 South, which will provide increased services to Heritage's local customers.

 

 

Among the project's most important elements is a fuel station, which offers gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station is a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation.

 

"What makes this new facility unique is the ability to offer unmatched access in this region of the state to a clean-burning, affordable fuel source like CNG," said Eric Parthemore, CEO, Heritage Cooperative. "As the needs of our customers and members are changing, we know we must evolve to ensure we can deliver better solutions that incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures - this expansion reflects that commitment."

 

 

"We are pleased to partner with Heritage Cooperative on this exciting project," said Jim Lammers, general manager of transport, Precision Strip, Inc. "With the addition of CNG, we plan to convert our Kenton fleet of trucks to operate on a 50/50 mix of diesel and CNG with a goal of having 100 percent of the fleet running on CNG by the end of 2016. This will provide numerous benefits by using a cleaner and less expensive energy source without sacrificing service to our customers."

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that the facility will be a boon for the city of Kenton and for Hardin County.

 

"It speaks volumes of the progress we're making and how beautiful this facility is. But also I believe that other industries that are looking to locate their business, I believe they're going to look at this compressed gas gasoline station here and that's going to be one of the factors they look at in choosing Kenton as the location for them, so while it makes our city look better but also in the long term I really believe it's going to help expand our economic growth." said Manns.

 

The expansion project also includes a two-million-gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank and a computer automated liquid load-out building with eight 10,000 gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers.

 

Also added to the site are four 30,000 gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks.

Wildlife Officer Talks About 2014 Hunting Season Changes


 

 

September 27 marks the start of Archery season, which is the first of several seasons to come.

 

Hunters harvested just over 191,400 deer during the 2013/14 deer season. That was down from 218,910 the season before, but Hardin County Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy said that is by design, "We manage deer for target levels in each county, and when those harvests get near that target level, then we need to reduce the bag limits for the number of deer that hunters are allowed to take, so that is by design. We had some fairly liberal bag limits. Hunters over the last several years have been allowed four deer in Hardin County, and now it's time to adjust that a little bit."

 

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

Drug Take Back Day Set For Saturday


Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday September 27.

 

Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said this time around there will be three locations, "Hardin Memorial Hospital. It's be the parking lot of the medical office building, and it'll be held from nine till noon. In Ada, it's the same location where we've had it, South Main Street and East College Avenue, and that will be from nine till noon. The third location is going to be the Forest Community Health Center, but that will be held from nine till eleven."

Cats Aim For Three Wins in a Row


The Kenton Wildcats try for their 3rd straight win tonight when they visit Shawnee.

 

The Wildcats have rebounded from an 0 and 2 start, winning their last two games to get to .500 on the season. The Cats are 2 and 2 overall but are tied for third in the Western Buckeye League with a 2 and 1 league mark, just a game back of Ottawa-Glandorf and Wapakoneta.

Shawnee is trending in the opposite direction. The Indians have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68 to 7 and are 1 and 3 overall and 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye

League.

 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Shawnee, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Also this evening, Hardin Northern will recognize its 2004 state championship team. Ten years ago, the Polar Bears went 14 and 1 en route to winning the Division 6 state title, defeating Norwalk St. Paul 20 to 8 in the championship game. The state-title team will be honored prior to kickoff of tonight's game between the 2 and 2 Polar Bears and the 0 and 4 St. Joseph Central Catholic Crimson Streaks.

 

Also tonight around the county, 2 and 2 Ridgemont hosts 3 and 1 Belmont; undefeated Arlington entertains Riverdale, which is 0 and 4 on the year; 2 and 2 Upper Scioto Valley travels to winless Perry; Ada makes the short trip to Bluffton to meet the Pirates - both squads are 1 and 3 this season.

Kenton Boys Golf Team Heading To Districts


The Kenton Wildcats boys golf team is heading to districts.
 
Left to right. Assistant Coach Cody Barker, Luke Nichols, Nathan Osborn, Britton Hensel, Daniel Fink, Anthony McKee, Coach Brad Blue
 
The Wildcats finished third with a team score of 326 Thursday at the Division 2 sectional tournament at Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida. That was good enough to earn Kenton a spot in the district tournament, which will be held next Thursday at Red Hawk Run in Findlay. 
 
Two teams and two individuals from the district tournament will qualify for the state tourney, which will be held at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course on October 10th and 11th.

BKP Ambulance Involved in Crash


A BKP ambulance was involved in a crash that occurred early Wednesday morning.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 24 year old Tate Peterson was driving the ambulance west on Franklin Street and struck the left rear of a legally parked car owned by Scott Farler, of Lakeview. The car was pushed into a yard and travelled onto High Street where it made contact with another parked car owned by Shaylee Sexton, of Kenton.

 

The ambulance then struck a utility pole before coming to rest.

 

A passenger in the ambulance was being transported to a hospital in Lima at the time of the crash. The patient and another passenger, 24 year old Kyle Brugler, of West Mansfield, were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.

 

Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation.

Tools Stolen From Morton Buildings


A theft of various tools occurred at Morton Buildings.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident was reported Wednesday afternoon by a representative of the company located on State Route 31 south of Kenton.
 

The value of the items was listed at just over $1000.
 

The tools have been recovered, and the case remains under investigation.

Recent Blood Drive A Success; Six Scheduled in October


The American Red Cross Community Blood Drive was held this past Monday in Kenton.

 

43 productive units of blood were collected during the blood drive on Monday.

 

Those receiving gallon award pins were:

 

.Charlen Collins- 4 gallons

 

.Josua Fleming- 7 gallons

 

.Jonas Borntreger- 8 gallons

 

.Judith Pearson- 11 gallons

 

.Paul Pemberton- 16 gallons

 

There will be six blood drives in the month of October. Those donating will be eligible to win at $5000 Visa Card courtesy of Suburban Propane. The blood drives in October will be:

 

.Mary Lou Johnson Library Meeting Room Friday 10/3/14 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

 

.Ohio Northern University Activities Room Monday 10/6/14 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

.Upper Scioto Valley High School Alumni Fieldhouse Monday 10/6/14 8:00 am- 1:00 pm

 

.St. John's United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall Tuesday 10/7/14 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm

 

.Forest VFW Post 1182 Community Room Monday 10/13/14 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm

 

.Kenton Community Drive/ First Baptist Church Gym County Road 175 Mon 10/20/14 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm

 

You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.

Woman Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash


A Powell, Ohio woman escaped injury in a roll over crash that occurred early Tuesday morning on U.S. 68 in Pleasant Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 29 year old Cheri-Jo Loveall was driving south on 68 and she stated that a northbound farm tractor entered her lane of travel. To avoid a collision, Loveall said she drove off the right side of the road, but part of the farm equipment made contact with her car pushing it towards the ditch. Loveall over-corrected, which sent the car off the left side of the road where it rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side in a field.

 

Heavy damage occurred to the car, and BKP Ambulance was dispatched, but Loveall was not transported.

 

The farm tractor was not at the scene when deputies arrived, and the crash remains under investigation.

Kenton School Board Considers Purchasing New School Bus


The new bus will be used to help bus additional students to the new Kenton Elementary School. At a special Kenton School

Board meeting this morning, Kenton Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the school is looking into purchasing a 72 passenger bus, which is bigger than most of the busses the school has in operation. Currently, three busses are dedicated to bus children in the city, with other busses picking up city students on their way in. With the additional students riding the bus at different times of the day, the bigger bus was deemed necessary to handle the load. The school will be looking into the matter over the next several weeks.

 

Also at the meeting, the board set a time and date for an auction of items in the Hardin Central Building and the Espy School Building. The auction will take place on October 11th with Hardin Central happening at 10am and Espy at 1pm tentatively. The board also voted to bid the abatement of the Hardin Central and Espy school buildings. Once the abatement process is complete, the board will put out for bids to demolish the properties, at which point discussions on selling the properties can begin.

 

Board member David Haushalter also announced that a meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) morning with members of the Kenton City Council, ODOT, and State Rep. Robert Sprague to discuss lights and traffic improvements at the intersection of Morningside Drive and State Route 67 east. The meeting is slated for 9am at the Kenton City Building.

Ohio High School Athletic Association Releases Computer Ratings


Two county schools are ranked in the top 12 in their respective regions in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s first weekly computer ratings, which were released on Tuesday.
 

The Kenton Wildcats are sitting 12th in the Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings while the Ridgemont Golden Gophers are tied for 8th in the Division 7, Region 26 rankings.
 

The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the postseason, with the top four seeds hosting first-round games.

Results From Ben Logan Boys Golf Tournament


The Benjamin Logan boys golf team placed 2nd in a field of 15 Tuesday at Reid Park in Springfield, to earn a berth to next weeks district tournament held at Weatherwax in Middletown.

 

Springfield Shawnee won the event with a 324. Ben Logan placed 2nd shooting 353, followed by Northeastern 357, and Greenview 358. The top 4 teams advance.

 

For the Raiders Grant Ricketts was medalist for the day and led the team with a 76. He was followed by TJ Fink 84, Tanner Rader 93, Mitchell Fink 100, and Colin Headings 104.

 

Once again the course played difficult with many tough pin placements. Only 3 players broke 80 with Ricketts 76, Grant Engle 77, and Kyle Northwestern 78.

 

We've played 4, 18 hole tournaments there this year and all 4 times we've started on the back nine. I feel bad for the guys because the back is so much tougher.

 

Playing the front first seems like an advantage because you can gain some confidence and hopefully gain some feel before tackling the back. However the boys played through it once again and I'm proud of them for not getting down.

 

Grant made par at 10, then triple bogeyed 11, and was 4 over after 4 holes. It's so easy to get down after a start like that but he kept his composure and played even par the last 14 holes highlighted by an eagle on the par 5  6th, his 15th hole played.

 

The Raiders run their record to 66-23 on the year and play next Thursday Oct 2nd.

 

Most People Feel Stop Light Needed on 68 at 81 in Dunkirk


By a three to one margin, Visitor Poll voters feel a stop light needs to be installed on US 68 at State Route 81 in Dunkirk.

 

The poll was put up shortly after an accident that started a blaze at Southside Six last week.

 

75% of the voters said the caution light currently in place on the 68 side of the intersection needs to be replaced with a stop light. 25% said no it is not needed.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question of the week.

Three Injured in Monday Morning Crash


Three people were injured in a crash that occurred just before nine Monday morning on East Franklin Street in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 78 year old Bernard Zoeller was driving west on Franklin and failed to stop in time for a vehicle in front of him that was stopped in traffic.
Zoeller's vehicle struck the rear of a trailer that was being pulled by a Hardin County Council on Aging owned pickup truck being operated by 52 year old Jeffrey Keel. The pickup was then pushed into the third car being driven by 59 year old Rebecca Hamilton.
 

All three drivers are from Kenton, and they were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.
 

Zoeller was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

Vehicle Destroyed By Fire


A sport utility vehicle was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 60 year old Michael Simpson, of Kenton, was driving south on U.S. 68 in
Pleasant Township when he said he heard a popping sound. He pulled the vehicle off to the right side of the road, and flames were visible from the front end.
 

The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched as was BKP Ambulance, but there were no injuries.

Kenton City Council Meets


The City of Kenton will soon be taking bids on the lots recently purchased by the city.  

 

At the city council meeting Monday night, Peg Wren from the Special Projects committee announced that the city would soon be accepting bids on several properties recently purchased and raized by the city. Several months ago, the city purchased three properties including 133 South High Street and 419 W. Walnut St. The city will soon be taking bids on those as well as on city owned property on Robinson Avenue and the city will be advertising when it will be accepting bids.

 

Also at the meeting, The Safety Committee announced it had reviewed the issue of removing the traffic light at the intersection of Ohio and South Main Streets that had recently fell. While the Safety Committee, in agreement with the Kenton Police and the city administration found no fault with leaving the light removed, it was noted that traffic going from west to east across that intersection had issues when a car was parked in the far parking space on the west side of Main. The committee. Specifically a car parked there would obscure oncoming traffic. The committee moved to review the matter further to see if the issue could be addressed.

 

Safety Service Director Jim Hites also announced that the city would be conducting smoke testing on the city water pipes in the fourth ward today (Tuesday) and wanted residents to be aware of the testing.

 

Prior to the next meeting of the Kenton City Council, there will be a Joint Council/Grove Cemetery Board meeting to review a reorganization of that board and a public hearing from the regional planning committee to hold a hearing on a re-zoneing of property on Asher St. All three meetings will follow each other and be held in the Kenton City Muncipal Building at 6pm.

Former Home Savings and Loan Employee Sentenced


A former employee of Home Savings and Loan was sentenced this morning in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Fee was placed on five years community control with conditions. She must serve 300 hours of community service and must pay a fine totaling $13,500. Fee must also pay restitution in the amount of just over $86,500 to the victims.
 

Judge Scott Barrett accepting the joint sentencing recommendation from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey and Defense Attorney Robert Grzybowski.
 

Fee pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, six counts of theft, two counts of theft from an elderly person and two counts of petty theft on a bill of information back in August.
 

Judge Barrett noted Fee's level of cooperation during the investigation and the fact that she has no prior record as outlined in the presentence investigation report.
 

Judge Barrett recommended that Fee do her community service with the Hardin County Soup Kitchen if they are willing. That organization was listed as one of Fee's victims.
 

At the sentencing hearing, Craig Curtis, the son of one of the victims, the late Gretchen Curtis, told the Court his mother fully trusted Fee for all of her accounts at Home Savings. He said this a very disappointing situation.
 

Fee told the Court that what she did can't be blamed on an addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling. She said she lost sight of what was right and wrong, and this became her addiction. She said she couldn't make herself stop either from shear stupidity or temporary insanity. Fee added that she knows what she did was wrong and she only wants to make it right.
 

Grzybowski informed the Court that the restitution checks to the victims have already been written.

Ridgeway Man Arrested Following Saturday Night Crash in Logan County


A Ridgway man is facing multiple charges in connection to a crash that injured a Forest man Saturday night.

 

According to information from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 61 year old Floyd Stoldorf was driving a pickup truck pulling a trailer north on U.S. 68 in Rushcreek Township in Logan County. The vehicle drifted left of center and the trailer sideswiped a southbound motorcycle being operated by 61 year old Pat Stidham, of Forest.

 

Stidham was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine with incapacitating injuries.

 

Stoldorf continued on and was later located in Hardin County, but was able to make it back to Logan County where he was involved in another crash. At one point, a Hardin County Sheriff's Office cruiser was involved in a crash, but the deputy was not injured.

Stoldorf was located a short time later and taken into custody.

 

In addition to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Stoldorf is also facing numerous charges in both Hardin and Union Counties.

One Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop By Crime Task Force


The Hardin County Crime Task executed a traffic stop in the Village of Ridgeway at approximately 10:30pm this past Friday night.
 

According to a release, during the traffic stop the driver of the truck fled on foot and was apprehended by a Sheriff's Deputy's a short distance from the stop. As a result of the traffic stop the vehicle was searched along with a residence in Logan County. The Task Force seized Heroin, prescription pills, cash and a vehicle. The Male driver of the truck was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Hardin Co.  The male driver is also facing charges for Fleeing, possession of Heroin in a school zone, Trafficking in Heroin in a school zone, Tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. 
 

The Task Force was assisted at the scene by the Ridgeway Fire Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Logan County Sheriff's Office and Osborn's Towing

Ohio Gas Prices Down Again To Start Work Week


 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas is down again in Ohio, with prices at some stations in the state hovering just above the $3-a-gallon mark.

 

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents lower than a week ago and 19 cents less than last month at this time.

 

The Ohio average is lower than the national average, which was $3.34 on Monday. That's about a nickel less than a week ago and a dime less than a month ago.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo area has lowest average at about $3.05 per gallon.

 

Analysts say gas prices likely will continue to fall in the coming weeks.

 

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Dixon Named C.O.O. of Home Savings and Loan


 

 

 

The following is a press release from Home Savings and Loan Company Board of Directors Chairman David Deever:

 

Kenton, Ohio—September, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, has named Charles E. Dixon its Chief Operating Officer. 

 

Dixon, a resident of Kenton, has been in the financial services industry since 1975.  He most recently was the President-Chief Executive Officer-Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Pataskala Banking Company, Pataskala, Ohio.  Dixon also served as Chairman of the Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, was an advisory board member of The Western Branch of the Licking County Family YMCA, served on the Licking County United Way Campaign Cabinet, and was a member of and served on several committees of the Rotary Club of Pataskala.  Dixon is former Vice President of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio, former President-CEO of Community First Bank, NA, and Assistant Vice President of BancOhio National Bank.
 
David Deever, Chairman of Home Savings and Loan stated, “ We are pleased to have Chuck become part of our management team.  His many years in banking as well as his community involvement fits well into our long-range plans.” 

 

Dixon is a former two-term member of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education.  He has also served on many Hardin County boards and committees over the past thirty years, and is a member of Alger First United Methodist Church.
 
Dixon is a 1973 graduate of Allen East High School (LaFayette, Ohio), a 1977 graduate of Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio), and a 1997 graduate of The Graduate School of Banking (Madison, Wisconsin).  He also is the owner of Dixon Consulting.
 
The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, a community bank, was founded in 1888 and serves all of Hardin County from its sole location, 116 E. Franklin Street, Kenton, Ohio.

Master Gardener Class Begins Next Week


Hardin County - Do you have an interest in gardening, want to improve your skills, and at the same time, enjoy sharing your knowledge with others?

 

If so, there is still time to join the new Master Gardener Volunteer class. The Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardeners in conjunction with Allen County OSU Extension Master Gardeners will begin a training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers next week.

 

The first class on September 23 will be an orientation to the Master Gardener Volunteer program and will take place at the Hardin County Extension office from 6:00-9:00 pm. Regular classes will start September 25 and end November 20, with no class on Veterans Day. After the orientation, classes will meet at OSU-Lima on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three hours. The cost for the course is $150, which includes a Master Gardener Volunteer manual, course handouts, and class refreshments.

 

The fee also covers expenses to bring in guest speakers who are experts in their fields. Prospective Master Gardener Volunteers will also need to get a background check at their own expense.

 

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.

 

Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

 

Working with county Extension personnel and a local Volunteer Coordinator, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.

 

Go to hardin.osu.edu to download an enrollment form. You can also stop by the Hardin County Extension office at 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton or email badertscher.4osu.edu to obtain an enrollment form and more information. Contact the office by Monday, September 22 if interested in participating in this class.

Ohio Military, Overseas Voters To Get Fall Ballots


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Elections officials in Ohio will start mailing absentee ballots Saturday to registered military and overseas voters who have requested one.

 

The Nov. 4 election includes races for governor and attorney general, along with other statewide officeholders. Voters also will decide a number of legislative races and the outcome of more than 1,600 local issues.

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says county elections boards will send absentee ballots to other voters beginning Sept. 30, when early in-person voting is slated to begin.

 

Husted says more than 266,000 Ohio voters have already requested an early ballot for the fall election. His office sent more than 6 million absentee ballot applications to voters around Labor Day.

 

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.

Friday Night Football Scores


WBL:
 
Kenton defeats Van Wert 46-7
Wapak trumps Bath 38-6
Ottawa-Glandorf shuts out Shawnee 45-0
St. Mary’s beats Elida in a heartbreaker 47-46 in OT
Celina tops Defiance 35-7
 
County Scores:
 
USV shuts out Waynesfield-Goshen 28-0
Fredricktown shuts out Elgin 42-0
Hardin Northern defeats Toledo Horizon Science Academy 41-6
Ada falls to Ft. Loramie 35-21
McComb shuts out Riverdale 48-0
Fairbanks defeats Upper Sandusky in close game 26-20
Ben Logan falls to Tippecanoe 49-6
Arlington shuts out Van Buren 31-0
Riverside beats Ridgemont 49-22
North Union defeats River Valley 20-14

Wildcats Defeat Cougars For 19th Straight Time, Win 46-7


The Kenton Wildcats defeated the Van Wert Cougars for the 19th straight time on Friday, posting a 46-7 Western Buckeye League victory.

 

The Wildcats, who are 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the league, have not lost to Van Wert since 1995.

 

 

Kollin Stollar scored five touchdowns for the Cats. He caught three TD passes from Trent Hites and returned a pair of punts for scores as well.

 

Colyn Blackford also caught a TD pass from Hites, who threw four scoring tosses and finished with 438 yards through the air. Seth Kuhlman returned an interception for a touchdown as the Wildcats scored in all three phases of the game.

 

 

The Cougars, who fall to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the league, broke the shutout with a 55-yard TD pass from Colin Smith to Nicholas Krugh with nine minutes to go in the game and the Cats on top 46-0.

 

Stollar and Hites were named the Ace Hardware Players of The Game.

 

 

The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they visit Shawnee. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Three Vehicles Damaged in Thursday Night Crash


Three vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred just before midnight last night.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 30 year old Brandon Hamm, of Kenton, fell asleep while driving south in the 100 block of Leighton Street. His pickup truck drifted off the road and struck a parked car which was pushed into another parked vehicle.
 

The two parked cars are owned by David Roby and Christopher Brim.
 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. Hamm, who was not injured, was cited for a reasonable control violation.

Six Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following five individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Tyler J. Craft on one count of domestic violence. He must serve 54 days local incarceration.

 

.Brandon Michael Pinks on one count each of domestic violence and failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.

 

.Billy Gene Frady on two counts of trafficking in heroin.

 

.Miranda Michelle Pierce on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

.Jeffery A. Hight on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.

 

.Justin L. McCray was found to be eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction. He was placed on one year community control with conditions including complying fully with all terms of the intervention plan.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

New Dog Shelter Opening Delayed


The opening of the new Hardin County Dog Kennel will be delayed.  

 

Members of the Pawsitive Pals group met with the Hardin County Commissioners Thursday morning to discuss several plans that the group has for the new dog kennel. They submitted a letter, which outlined several proposals including the addition of air conditioning of the kennel area in the building, the construction of outside dog runs, and storage areas, among other items.

 

Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman said that the state came in to conduct its initial inspection of the facility, and it found that most of the facility passed the initial inspection, but Beaman said that the inspector wanted to see a ventilation fan in the front area of the building which would vent air coming from the back kennel area. The contractor didn't have an issue with it, but said it would take a couple of days. Beaman noted that the state inspector would be back next week to review the building, and once an occupancy permit is given, and the county moves into the structure, then discussions on updates to the structure or additions can be discussed, but the commissioners could not discuss any improvements until that time.

 

The members of the Pawsitive Pals, which to date have raised over $70,000 for the project, accepted the commissioners statement. Connie Fletcher from the group said that the group just wants to make sure the project is done right.

 

To date, the county has budgeted around $220,000 on the project with many bills still outstanding.

Drug Take Back Day Set For 3 Hardin County Locations September 27


 

 

Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday September 27.

 

Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said this time around there will be three locations, "Hardin Memorial Hospital. It's be the parking lot of the medical office building, and it'll be held from nine till noon. In Ada, it's the same location where we've had it, South Main Street and East College Avenue, and that will be from nine till noon. The third location is going to be the Forest Community Health Center, but that will be held from nine till eleven."

 

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

Kenton Hosts Van Wert in High School Football Action Tonight


The Kenton Wildcats look to make it two wins in a row when they host Van Wert tonight.

 

The Wildcats got their first "w" of the season last week, scoring the game's final 20 points to top St. Marys 26 to 7. Kenton is now 1 and 2 overall -1 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League - and is hoping the momentum from the come-from-behind win will carry over into tonight's game with Van Wert.

 

The Cougars are also coming off their first win of the season. Van Wert defeated Shawnee 23 to 7 last week and is 1 and 2 overall and 1 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.

History is on Kenton's side tonight. The rivalry between these two teams has been similar to the one between a hammer and a nail as the Cats have won 18 straight games against the Cougars. Van Wert's last win over Kenton came in 1995, during President Bill Clinton's first term in the Oval Office.

 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with the kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

 

In other games this evening involving Hardin County teams, winless Riverdale entertains 2 and 1 McComb; Ridgemont visits Riverside in a battle of 2 and 1 teams; Ada hosts Fort Loramie - both the Bulldogs and the Redskins bring 1 and 2 marks into the contest; Upper Scioto Valley entertains Waynesfield-Goshen in a matchup of 1 and 2 teams; and Hardin Northern hosts Horizon Science Academy - the Polar Bears are 1 and 2 while the Jaguars are 0 and 3.

Locally Owned Limelight Beach Wins Little Brown Jug


Limelight Beach

 

A locally owned horse won the Little Brown Jug racing championships at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Thursday.

 

Limelight Beach, which is partly owned by the Wingfield Brothers of Kenton won its division heat of the Little Brown Jug. Limelight Beach came in first in a packed heat. The horse, owned by Charlie, Tom and Bob Wingfield, did not win a race prior to competing in the Little Brown Jug, and Bob Wingfield explained that made the win all the more impressive.

 

"We were just so excited just to have him in the Jug, and have a legitimite chance of winning it. It hasn't won yet this year, until today. Which is the first time that has happened, a horse didn't win during the year before it won the Little Brown Jug. He had a very good trip the first heat, first division when he got set in the pocket, and on the last turn he was able to get room to get out and went on and won. He then drew the 1 hole for the final and he just went to the top and won it." said Wingfield.

 

 

 

The horse was driven by Yannick Gingras, and Bob Wingfield said that the family had been going to the event for many years, so owning a horse and winning was a great experience.

 

"We feel fantastic. Owning the horse together where we traveled a lot, my brothers and I, to go see the horses race. He's a Pennsylvania bred horse. So we'd be going to Philadelphia or the Meadows outside of Pittsburgh or the Poconos and just to spend time together as a family, we were winners before we even came today." said Wingfield.

Ben Logan Wraps Up Undefeated League Season


The Benjamin Logan boys golf team placed 1st Thursday at their conference tournament ( CBC Mad River Division ) to wrap up an undefeated league season.

 

The Raiders shot a 354 on the tough Reid Park North course in Springfield where only 2 players were able to break 80. It was a beautiful day to play golf but their were many tough pin positions that made putting treacherous. I witnessed many 3 and 4 putts by some very experienced players. We knew we'd need to play well because we'd already had 2 wins by a single stroke against Northwestern.

 

The Raiders pulled it out with a 5 stroke margin. We had a comfortable lead after 3 scores were posted but their 4 man posted a great score to put NW up after 4 scores were in. However when the 5th scores came in we were able to improve by 8 shots and score the 5 stroke win. 
 

For the Raiders Grant Ricketts led the way and was medalist among all golfers with a 75. He was followed by TJ Fink and Tanner Rader at 91's, Mitchell Fink 97, Will Kenoyer 104, Colin Headings 105.
 

Grant Ricketts was also recognized as player of the year for the 2nd consecutive year while both TJ Fink and Tanner Rader were 1st team all conference. Mitchell Fink was recognized as special mention.  TJ Fink was also recognized as sportsman of the year for Ben Logan.

Farm Science Review Wrapping Up Another Successful Run


The 2014 Farm Science Review in London Ohio concludes today.

 

The Farm Science Review, located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London Ohio is one of the largest Agriculture Trade Shows in the nation. Planned and put on by the Ohio State University College of Agriculture, the annual event draws in over a million visitors each year. And each year, many from Hardin County can be found at the event working or walking the grounds.

 

The Molly Caren Agriculture Center

 

Hardin County 4-H Extension Educator Mark Light was at the review on Wednesday, working with kids in the 4-H STEM Tent. STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math promotes those fields in the classroom setting, and Light mentioned that many students at the review took time to learn about the various fields and how they relate to agriculture.

 

Hardin County 4-H Extension Educator Mark Light working with students in the STEM Tent.

 

"We try to take science education and match it with agriculture based activities and provide things for youth, both four and five year old's and students in FFA chapters that run through the tent and attempt our challenges. I think this provides some hands on activities that some of the vendor booths don't quite have. They're here to sell product mostly so this tent helps to attract the youth audience and gives them a chance to play around" said Light.

 

For Hardin County native Genny Layman, the review was a chance to meet others in her field. Layman works for Farm Credit Mid America, and said that many of her contacts in the industry attend the review each year.

 

There were many displays for various vendors and some stood out more than others.

 

"One of my favorite things about coming down here is that it is a really good chance to meet up with people I've made contact with over the years. It's a good place to get all the industry reps together and follow up with people I've lost contact with or see where things have changed or what's coming in the next year." said Layman.

 

Other Hardin County natives, such as Paul Ralston and Steve Gerlach attend the event to learn about new planting and tillage methods that can be applied to their farms. Others, such as Austin Heil talk about their work with seed and seed hybrids, showing farmers how they can maximize their yields each year.

 

The Ohio State University College of Agriculture sponsors and organizes the event each year. Hardin County native, and Dean of the Ohio State College of Agriculture Bruce McPheron said that the Farm Science Review is the premier event in agriculture each year.

 

Andrew Flinn interviews Bruce McPheron, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Agriculture.

 

"Yesterdays attendance was just north of 41,000 people which is a good start. I think the combination of crop conditions around the state and a little cloud cover yesterday kept the temperatures down have been a positive thing for us at the review...we have more than 600 exhibitors here which is a record for us but the pride of what we have here is the educational focus. It's unlike any other farm show in the nation." said McPheron.

 

A crew from Touchstone Energy demonstrates hazards in working with power lines.

 

"This year we had not only crop harvest demonstrations but for the first time in over twenty years we had tillage demonstrations and planting demonstrations as well" said McPheron.

 

McPheron noted that the annual Farm Science Review is the largest, educational and public based agriculture review in the United States each year.

Guard, Inmate Were Hurt In School Shooter Escape


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Corrections officials say one of the inmates who escaped from an Ohio prison with a convicted school shooter last week was injured along with a prison guard while on the run.
 
An initial incident report by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the guard who captured 19-year-old Lindsey Bruce received stitches for minor injuries. Tuesday's report also says Bruce received unspecified medical treatment.
 
The state still hasn't explained in detail how Bruce and another inmate escaped from the prison in Lima along with T.J. Lane, who was convicted of killing three students at Chardon High School in 2012.
 
Authorities said the trio escaped by scaling a fence in a recreation yard. The 19-year-old Lane had a pitchfork with him when he was recaptured a few hours later.

Marion Man Pinned as CPO


U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released

 

 

EVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Chief Master at Arms Patrick Walsh, of Marion, Ohio, is pinned as a Chief Petty Officer by family and friends during a pinning ceremony in Naval Station Everett’s (NSE) Jackson Plaza.

 

Thirteen Sailors assigned to NSE and tenant commands accepted the duties and responsibilities of a Chief Petty Officer during the ceremony.

 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released)

Two Arrested Following Traffic Stop Tuesday


                                    

Allen Baughman

 

                      

Charles Rayburn

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a traffic stop in the parking lot of Murphy’s gas station in the City of Kenton on Tuesday.
 

According to a release, as a result of the traffic stop heroin, cash, drug paraphernalia and a truck were seized.
 

Two males, identified as Charles Rayburn and Allen Baughman, were arrested for possession of Heroin, Trafficking in Heroin in a school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office k-9 unit and the Kenton Police Department.

Parents Reminded To Keep Kids Buckled Up


This is National Child Passenger Safety Week and Ohio experts are reminding parents about the importance of keeping kids buckled into a car seat.

 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U-S, but it takes more than clicking the seat belt to keep them safe. According to the C-D-C, while the appropriate car or booster seat can reduce injuries by more than half, most are not used properly. Dawne Gardner, a state-certified child passenger technician at Cincinnati Children's, says a child should ride in the correct seat for their weight and height, and should stay in a rear-facing seat until they outgrow it, "When they turn them forward too soon, the child is open to internal injuries from the seat belts and the harnesses, because their bodies aren't strong enough to hold them in place during a collision."

 

Decades ago, children were not required to use a safety seat, but Gardner says there are important reasons that has changed, "Cars are different, speed limits are different, roads are different. So, as we follow the data, we know that seat belts and booster seats, forward-facing seats, rear-facing seats - we know that they save lives."

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than half the children killed in car crashes each year would be alive today if seat belt and child safety seat use were at 100 percent. Under Ohio law, children must ride in a car seat until age four and weigh at least 40 pounds. Kids ages four to eight must be in a booster seat until reaching a height of four feet, nine inches.

Ohio Having More Samples Tested For Uncommon Virus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is sending more samples to be tested for an uncommon virus that officials suspect is causing a severe respiratory illness for hundreds of children in a number of states.

 

The suspected germ, enterovirus 68, can cause coldlike symptoms. It's an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through the fall.

 

The Ohio Department of Health says the state has seen increased respiratory illness cases, especially involving children.

 

Department spokeswoman Melanie Amato says a sample sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus came back negative. She says more samples have been submitted from there and Akron Children's Hospital and others will be sent from University Hospitals in Cleveland and St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Wraps Up Season With Undefeated League Record


The Benjamin Logan boys defeated Greenon Tuesday night to wrap up the CBC Mad River division undefeated at 15-0.

 

We still have work to do as the structure of our league puts an emphasis on the year end tourney where teams receive triple points for every team they beat. None the less this was a great showing for our team. The Raiders shot 155 to Greenon's 181, our best team score of the year. Three Raiders had their best scores of the year and that was great to see. They were Tj Fink, Tanner Rader and Mitchell Fink.
 

The medalist was shared by Grant Ricketts and TJ Fink with 37's, followed by Tanner Rader with a 38, Mitchell Fink 43, Colin Headings 47, and Will Kenoyer50
 

The JV's also competed and were paced by Justin Watkins with a 47, followed by Jared Sater 49, Tyler Smith 52, Daniel Meier 54, Connor Stewart 60. Three JV's also scored their best rounds of the year, those being Watkins, Sader and Meier.

 

The Raiders return to action Thursday at Reid Park in their conference tourney.

Ohio Faces High Prices For Road Salt This Winter


CLEVELAND (AP) - An extremely harsh winter has driven up road salt prices throughout state and has forced the Ohio Department of Transportation to contract with an Indiana company to buy less-expensive salt for delivery this winter.

 

An agency spokesman says road salt prices averaged around $35 a ton last year because of previous mild winters and an abundant supply. But last winter's relentless cold and snow left salt sheds barren and depleted inventories at mines throughout the region.

 

Prices in some counties this year are roughly triple last year's. The agency recently sought bids for each of Ohio's 88 counties but rejected some of them because they were too high.

 

The state in the last few days has decided to buy less expensive salt from a company in Indiana.

Kenton Board Addresses Traffic Issues At New Building


The Kenton City Schools addressed some of the traffic issues at the new Kenton Elementary Building last night.  

 

As the week progressed, traffic around the new Kenton Elementary flowed a bit better, however the school acknowledged that it needs to improve the way it directs traffic before and after school. Board member Tom Brim noted that an expansion of the school parking lot would help to aliviate some of the traffic issues.

 

"If anyone was out to open house on those days there was not enough parking. We're still having parking issues and we only have around twenty visitor parking places. So, if you looking at the north side parking lot the traffic pattern is right on the edge of the concrete. So if we extend that parking lot out, we would pick up additional parking places without extending driveways or anything else. There's no curbs there, it wouldn't change the water flow or change anything. That estimate came in at about $70,000.00." said Brim.

 

The school said they would work to fund that improvement. Also, among other items, it was noted that the scoreboard at the Robinson Field has had some issues. At the first two home games this season, the board has failed to work properly. Board member Mark McCullough said that part of the issue has been that the board is outdated.

 

"That scoreboard, believe it or not, it obsolute. We cannot buy parts for it anymore. So everyone who has that scoreboard is buying up all the parts that they can get to keep it running. It's not that old of a scoreboard but I'm afraid when you can't get parts for it, it isn't going to be worth a lot. So that's something we're going to have to look at down the road." said McCullough.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of supplemental contracts and joint service agreements, and also set a date for the auction of the Westview and Eastcrest Elementary properties. The date for the action is slated to be on Saturday, October 25th at 9am. The school will also be holding a surplus auction on either October 11th or October 18th for materials and equipment in the old elementary buildings. The final date has not been set.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on October 20th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

Stray Dogs To Be Taken To Other Counties Until New Shelter Is Completed


Stray and lost dogs picked up by the Hardin County Dog Warden will be taken to other counties pending the completion of the new Hardin County Dog Shelter.


Hardin County Dog Warden Tammy Ervin said that last week, she was notified that the old facility would be torn down in order to connect utilities to the new facility. Ervin said that a plan was in place to have any dogs picked up taken to other counties until the new facility is opened.

 

"Right now we're on an emergency call only basis. Anything with vicious dogs or dogs hit by cars or anything like that, we're on an emergency call only protocol. If we do pick up a dog or they're strays or something like that we'll contact a surrounding county to see if they can take them and hold them for three days. They will hold the dog and then take over that dog after that three days. If the dog belongs to someone then that owner will have to go over to that county and pay whatever fees they have to get their dog back" said Ervin.

 

The new facility is, according to the Hardin County Commissioners, slated to be opened after the state inspection in the next couple of weeks.

Majority of Parents Allow Children in Pre to Early Teens to Get Cell Phone


At what age would you allow your child to have a cell phone?

 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 55% said 11-15 years old, 35% said 16 to 18 years old and the remaining 10% said they would allow their children between the ages of 7 and 10 to get a cell phone.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

Ben Logan Prevails in Golf


The Benjamin Logan Boys golf team kept their conference unbeaten streak in tact Monday beating visiting Graham 175-190.

 

This takes the Raiders league mark to 14-0 and overall record to 47-23.
 

The Raiders were led by medalist Grant Ricketts with a 40, followed by TJ Fink 42, Tanner Rader 44, Mitchell Fink 49, Colin Headings 51, and Will Kenoyer 57. For the JV's Tyler Smith led the team with a 49, followed by Justin Watkins and Jared Sater 51's, Daniel Meier 59, and Connor Stewart 60.
 

The Raiders end their regular season Tuesday at Liberty Hills against Greenon.

***UPDATED WITH NAMES*** Fire At Southside Six in Dunkirk***UPDATED***


Taken by witness Kristina Schutte shortly after the accident

 

Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire at Southside Six in Dunkirk.

 

According to information from a witness at the scene, cars involved in an accident crashed into the gas pumps at the business, setting them on fire. Several fire departments, including from Kenton, assisted the Dunkirk Fire Department.

 

***UPDATE***

 

According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart at the scene, shortly after 3:30pm this afternoon, an RV was heading north on US 68. As it was going through the intersection at State Route 81, a car which was heading east on 81, proceeded through the intersection and struck the RV.
 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred when a vehicle being operated Michelle Obenour, of Dunkirk, pulled eastbound from State Route 81 onto U.S. 68 and was struck by a northbound recreational vehicle being operated by Loren Hofer, of Sun City Center, Florida.

 

Following the crash, the vehicles travelled into the pump area of Southside Six and struck two vehicles at the pumps owned by Robert Rice, of Dunkirk and James Beatty, of West Virginia.

 

All vehicles were totalled by the ensuing fire. All of the injured were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

So far no citations have been issued as the crash remains under investigation.

 

While there is no gasoline available, the convenience store and laundromat remain open regular hours.

 

 

 

 

Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Results


The Benjamin Logan Boys Golf Team traveled to Middletown Saturday to compete in the 40th Hadley Fall Classic hosted by Bishop Fenwick High School.
 

There were 30 teams participating, 21 in the large school division and 9 in the small school. Ben Logan finished 8th out of 9 in our division and 25th out of 30 overall. It's disappointing to travel so far and not feel like you competed to your potential, but that's golf.

 

Anyone that's played knows there are days and then there are days. Taking away some positives most of the players did feel like there were things they learned, how to play a certain hole, as well as shots to avoid. If we play well at our sectional this is the next stop so it's good to get an extra day of playing any course you will see in the future.
 

Scores for the Raiders were Grant Ricketts 85, TJ Fink 86, Tanner Rader 99, Mitchell Fink 102, and Colin Headings 114.
 

The Raiders close out their regular season at Liberty Hills Monday when they host Graham and Tuesday hosting Greenon.

Kroger Employee Arrested For Stealing From Store


A Kenton woman was arrested following a complaint of theft from

the Kroger Store in Kenton on Saturday. 

 

According to the report, 25 yearold Brittany Gill of East Ohio Street was arrested for the theft of multiple items totaling thirty six hundred dollars. 

 

No other details were listed on the report as the case remains under investigation..

 

 

Officers also responded to a report of a burglary on Saturday at the

residence of Matthew Patton of Summitt Street. 

 

A suspect has been named and the incident remains under investigation.

Man Pleads Not Guilty in 4 Slayings in Ohio Town


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men at their homes in a small Ohio city.

 

Donald Hoffman is charged on 21 counts for the slayings in Bucyrus (byoo-SY'-rus). Some counts include specifications for a potential death penalty.

 

The 41-year-old Hoffman wore an orange jail outfit and handcuffs Monday in Crawford County court. He's jailed on $10 million bond. His attorney declined to comment.

 

Two men were discovered dead Sept. 1. Two others were found the following day after police say Hoffman approached officers with information.

 

A coroner determined the men were beaten, strangled or both.

 

They ranged in age from 55 to 67. Friends and relatives say at least some of the men knew one another and Hoffman.

Ohio Gas Prices Lower To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the gas pump in Ohio are down again.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents lower than a week ago, and it's down 14 cents from a month ago.
 
The Ohio average is lower than the national average, which was $3.39 on Monday. That's about a nickel less than a week ago.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo are has lowest average at about $3.17 per gallon.
 
Analysts say falling crude oil prices have driven the decline in prices over the past few weeks.
 
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Kenton Grads Have Big Days On The Gridiron


Two Kenton grads had big days on the college football field this weekend.

 

On Friday night, the Cincinnati Bearcats opened their season by whipping Toledo 58 to 34 at Paul Brown Stadium. Kenton grad Max Morrison caught four passes for 51 yards, snagging a 22-yard touchdown pass for the Bearcats, who piled up 584 yards of offense in the win. Morrison's TD grab helped Cincy to a 13 to nothing lead in the first quarter as the Bearcats built a 34 to nothing lead early in the second period.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Wildcat alum Maty Mauk tossed four touchdown passes to help Missouri roll past Central Florida 38 to 10. Mauk completed 14 of 24 passes for 144 yards as the 20th-ranked Tigers moved to 3 and 0. He added 30 yards on six attempts on the ground. For the season, Mauk has thrown 12 touchdown passes against just three interceptions.

 

Both teams are back in action on Saturday. The Tigers host Indiana at 4 p.m. while Cincinnati entertains Miami of Ohio at 7 p.m.

Investigations Underway Into Ohio Prison Escape


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how three inmates, including a convicted killer of three students, escaped from prison.

 

State correction officials say outside experts also will examine prison procedures and recommend possible improvements.

 

The state says the inmates, including school shooter T.J. Lane, escaped from prison in Lima (LY'-muh) on Thursday night by scaling a fence to a roof, which immediately sounded a fence alarm.

 

All three were back in custody by Friday morning, and officials say they have been transferred to a high-security prison in Youngstown.

 

The union representing prison guards says officials learned of an escape plan Wednesday and segregated an inmate from the same unit as the three escapees. A prisons spokeswoman says that inmate had nothing to do with Thursday's escape.

Blood Drive Scheduled in Ada Tuesday


The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Tuesday September 16.

 

It will be held in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University in Ada from 1:30-7:30pm.

 

Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome.

Fourth-Quarter Surge Lifts Kenton To First Win


The Kenton Wildcats scored the game's final 20 points to rally past St. Marys 26-7 in Western Buckeye League action Friday at Skip Baughman Stadium.

 

 

With the win, their 1st of the season, the Cats improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the WBL. St. Marys slips to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

 

 

The Riders led 7-6 early in the fourth quarter after a 1-yard TD plunge from Dustin Howell, but the Cats answered with three touchdowns in less than five minutes to take control of the game.

 

Trent Hites threw for 277 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores. Colyn Blackford caught 14 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, while Luke Jackson threw a 39-yard TD pass to Kollin Stollar.

 

Devin McGrath and Travis Downing intercepted passes for the Wildcats, who outgained the Roughriders 391-285.

 

Jake Hale and Arrin Tillman were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Wildcats return to Robinson Field on Friday when they host Van Wert in WBL play. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Football Scores


WBL:
 
Kenton defeats St. Mary's 26-7
Bath beats Defiance 42-33
Van Wert trumps Shawnee 23-7
Wapak defeats Elida 17-0
Celina falls to Ottawa Glandorf 25-7
 
Other County Scores:
 
USV loses to Indian Lake 46-20
North Union defeats Elgin 33-0
Ridgemont beats Hardin Northern 62-21
Ada falls to Columbus Grove 31-17
Upper Sandusky defeats Crestview 26-24
Riverdale falls to Pandora-Gilboa 61-27
Ben Logan loses to Kenton Ridge 55-12
Arlington defeats Hopewell-Loudon 55-14

Three escaped prisoners transferred to a new prison


LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The state says three Ohio inmates who escaped from prison, including a convicted school shooter, have been transferred to a higher-security facility.
 
The state prisons agency says criminal and administrative investigations are underway to determine what happened and outside experts will make recommendations for possible improvements in procedures.
 
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday the three inmates have been transferred to its prison in Youngstown in northeastern Ohio, which has some of the toughest security measures.
 
The agency says the inmates escaped Thursday night by scaling a fence to a roof, which immediately sounded the fence alarm. The state says a guard chased and caught one inmate immediately and police dogs found the other two prisoners hours later, including school shooter T.J. Lane.

Seven Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Jesse Lee Miller was sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay restitution of just over $11,400 to the victim.

 

The following six individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.David Eugene Miller on three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and two counts of possession of heroin.

 

.Hannah Naomi Hall on three counts of forgery, two counts of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult and one count of theft.

 

.Nicole Marie Goodwill on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile, trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and trafficking in drugs.

 

.Richard H. Clark Junior on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of of school or juvenile.

 

.Ryan Michael Treen one count each of trespass and assault.

 

.Kevin David Burns on one count of possession of heroin.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month


 

 

The Ohio Department of Aging observes September as Falls Prevention Awareness Month.
 

Spokesperson Kim Norris said falls create big problems for older Ohioans, "Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older and are largely preventable. This is an extremely important topic."
 

For the complete discussion on the topic, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

Wildcats Hit The Road Tonight in High School Football Action


The Kenton Wildcats look to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss when they travel to St. Marys tonight.

 

Wapakoneta scored with 6.7 seconds left to hand the Kenton Wildcats a gut-wrenching 15 to 14 defeat last week. The loss dropped Kenton to 0 and 2 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and this week the Cats make the trip to Skip Baughman Stadium to take on St. Marys.
 

The Roughriders snapped a 21-game losing streak in their season-opener by stomping Sidney 71 to 21. St. Marys came back to earth a bit last week as they dropped a 34 to 20 decision to Shawnee in their 1st league contest of 2014. That leaves the Riders at 1 and 1 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Skip Baughman Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern travels to Ridgemont in a matchup of 1 and 1 teams; Riverdale looks for its 1st win when it visits winless Pandora-Gilboa; 1 and 1 Ada entertains unbeaten Columbus Grove in a battle of the Bulldogs; and 1 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley hosts Indian Lake - the Lakers are 0 and 2 on the season.

Prison Officials Warned Of Possible Escape Plan


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - The union representing Ohio guards says prison officials were warned about an escape the day before three inmates scrambled over a fence for a few hours of freedom before being recaptured.

 

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says one inmate was put in segregation as a result of the discovery of an escape plan on Wednesday. The union says that inmate was housed in the same unit as the three who escaped.
 
The union says prison officials did not take additional steps to secure the unit. A message was left with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
 
The three escaped prisoners, including convicted school shooter T.J. Lane, were captured within a few hours of their Thursday evening escape.
 
The union says the state eliminated some security posts at the prison five years ago.
 

Wildcats Travel To St. Marys Tonight


 

The Kenton Wildcats look to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss when they travel to St. Marys tonight.

 

Wapakoneta scored with 6.7 seconds left to hand the Kenton Wildcats a gut-wrenching 15 to 14 defeat last week. The loss dropped Kenton to 0 and 2 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and this week the Cats make the trip to Skip Baughman Stadium to take on St. Marys.
 

The Roughriders snapped a 21-game losing streak in their season-opener by stomping Sidney 71 to 21. St. Marys came back to earth a bit last week as they dropped a 34 to 20 decision to Shawnee in their 1st league contest of 2014. That leaves the Riders at 1 and 1 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Skip Baughman Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern travels to Ridgemont in a matchup of 1 and 1 teams; Riverdale looks for its 1st win when it visits winless Pandora-Gilboa; 1 and 1 Ada entertains unbeaten Columbus Grove in a battle of the Bulldogs; and 1 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley hosts Indian Lake - the Lakers are 0 and 2 on the season.

West Liberty Defeats Ben Logan in JV Golf


West Liberty JV boys golf team defeated Ben Logan JV's Thursday night 185-202 at Liberty Hills.
 

The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Justin Watkins who both shot 48's. Jared Sater added a 52 and Conner Stewart 54. Tyler Smith shot a 58.
 

The JV's finish the season next week with matches at Liberty Hills against Graham on Monday and Greenon on Tuesday.

**UPDATE** Both escaped inmates from Lima Prison have been captured


 
The convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria has been captured after he escaped from a northwest Ohio prison Thursday night.
 
Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with Clifford Opperud and a third inmate from Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo. All three inmates have since been caught, according to published reports.
 
Questions remain as to how the three inmates were able to escape from the prison. But Lane was captured around 1:30am Friday morning near the prison, and Opperud was captured just after 4:40am. A third prisoner was captured shortly after the escape.

**BREAKING** Chardon High School shooter and another inmate escape from Lima Prison


 
According to published reports T.J. Lane, who killed three students at Chardon High School in 2012, and another prisoner have escaped from the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima.
 
Law enforcement agencies have swarmed to the area to search for them.
 
On Feb. 27, 2012, Lane, then 17, entered Chardon High School, east of Cleveland and opened fire, killing Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17. Three other students were wounded.
 
He was sentenced to life in prison.
 
The other escapee was identified as Clifford Opperud, who is serving time for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
 
Developing.

Alliance Receives AEP Grant


 

 

 

Kenton - John Hohn,  Director of Economic Development for the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance accepts a 2014 Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) Grant of $5,000  from Tim Wells, Manager of Economic Development, for AEP (Ohio).

 

The Grant will be used for economic development brochures and marketing.

***UPDATE***Employee Found Dead at International Paper. Suicide Suspected***UPDATE***


More information was released on a suicide that occurred inside a Kenton factory Wednesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to International Paper around 10:30 Wednesday morning to investigate the report.
 

The victim was identified as 48 year old Robert Roof, of Kenton, an employee of International Paper.
 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said yesterday that Roof had suffered an on-going medical condition which may have led to the suicide.
 

The case is under investigation.

Ben Logan Golf Continues Success


Benjamin Logan remains perfect in league play, stretching their league record to 13-0 and overall 45-15.  Ben Logan traveled to Springfield Tuesday night and defeated Northwestern 173-174.
 
It was the 2nd win against the defending league champs this year both decided by a single shot. We talked before the match about no matter what happens you have to grind it out. Don't get upset by a bad shot or a bad hole. No one exemplified that more than sophomore Mitchell Fink. After starting out with a 9 on his first hole and being 8 over after 3 holes he settled down and scored a 49.
 
Tanner Rader tied his low round of the year with a 41, and Grant Ricketts shot his low 9 hole round of the year with a 34. Ricketts was medalist with a 34, Rader 41, TJ Fink 49, Mitchell Fink 49, Colin Headings 50, and Justin Watkins 56. 
For the JV's Will Kenoyer led the team with a 51, Jared Sater 53, Daniel Meier 55, Tyler Smith 57, and Conner Stewart 58. 
 
The Raiders return to action Wednesday night against Greenon at Liberty Hills.

Ohio Northern University Ranked No. 2 By U.S. News & World Report


ADA — Ohio Northern University has been ranked No. 2 among Midwest regional colleges in “Best Colleges 2015,” which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Ohio Northern has appeared in the top 10 of the publication’s Regional College Midwest Rankings for the past 23 years and in the top five for the past 10 out of 11 years. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Midwest regional colleges focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education. Because most of the 364 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states, they are ranked by region.

 

“The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicated, highly committed faculty and staff,” said Daniel A. DiBiasio, ONU president. “The U.S. News publication, together with the University being highly rated by other publications like Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review, affirms the quality and distinctive mix of academic opportunities offered at ONU.”

 

“Best Colleges 2015” ranks colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

U.S. News and World Report offers its publication as a way for students to broaden their college search and make comparisons before visiting and interviewing at appropriate universities. For reporting purposes, the schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Those indicators fall into the following categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving. The indicators are designed to reflect the school’s student body, its faculty and financial resources and to measure how well the institution educates its students.

Latta Invites High School Students To U.S. Military Service Academy Event


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at the Findlay High School Cafeteria on Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m. to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2015 academic year.

 

At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the Congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Applications are currently available on Congressman Latta’s website, and copies will also be provided at the meeting. Completed applications are due September 30, 2014.

 

The public does not need to RSVP for the event, but media should contact Sarah Criser for more information and to RSVP.

 

Details for the event are as follows:

 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta, U.S. Military Service Academies and staff

 

WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event

 

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m.

 

WHERE: Findlay High School Cafeteria, 1200 Broad Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

Traffic Heavy At New Kenton Elementary Building


Yesterday was the first day of school for Kenton City Schools, and the first day of school for students in the new elementary building. While school officials say the day was good, there were some issues.

 

The biggest issue made apparent with the opening of the new Kenton School Elementary Building is traffic congestion on Silver Street and Morningside Drive. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski noted that the first day was successful, but there were several issues noted after classes began at 8:15am.

 

"We still had a lot of congestion and some backing up. We're learning through the new process and we're trying to get some things down to get the kids safely to school. We've got a lot of things to refine. Overall in the morning it was pretty smooth but there was some congestion and things we'll need to refine." said Pensarski.

 

 

The traffic situation on Silver Street around 8:05 Monday morning. In the afternoon, traffic was backed up along Silver and Morningside Drive.

 

Around 8:05 in the morning, traffic began to build on Silver Street, and shortly thereafter, it was backed up clear to State Route 53. While some cars used the Morningside Drive in the morning, there were many which parked along that road due to a lack of available parking in the school parking lot.

 

Side by side view from the ground and the sky. Parents are being directed one way through the east drive to pick up students.

 

As the afternoon approached, and more people made use of Morningside drive, traffic backed up in both directions. This was caused in part by one entrance being used for student pickup. Cars approaching from Silver and Morningside both had to enter the same driveway to pick up students. Pensarski noted that a lack of parking, which the district noted would be an issue, was apparent.

 

"The biggest issue in the afternoon is the parking lot. OFCC had some pretty scrict regulations about the number of parking spots and from the beginning of the project we were consistantly fighting for more and more parking spots. We just weren't allowed to get them and I think thats really what created the havoc this afternoon or contributed to some of it because there wasn't the parking for parents to specifically wait for the kids." said Pensarski.

 

However, school officials made notes of issues and potential ways to help alleviate problems as the weeks go on.

 

"We will be meeting every day, we met after the morning route this [Monday] morning and will be again tonight [Monday] night. We'll look over the issues and continue to adjust and change. We had an afternoon construction meeting today trying to figure out if there was any way we can add more parking spots. We know we need them, we knew we needed them from the beginning, and just trying to work through and see what we can get funded through LFI monies." said Pensarski.

 

Pensarski thanked parents and students for their patience as the first day and first week issues are dealt with.

 

Click here for more pictures of the traffic issues Monday morning.

Fasteners Not Installed Properly Reason Traffic Lights Fell Last Week


The Kenton City Council Safety Committee will review the necessity of replacing a traffic light at an intersection.

 

At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night, the safety committee asked for an explanation from the city administration as to why the traffic pole at the intersection of South Main and Ohio fell last week. Early last week, the fastners on the pole broke causing it to fall and damage several automobiles. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the insurance will cover the damage to the cars, and as far as the fasteners on the pole, the investigation noted that they were not installed properly.

 

"Evidently the traffic light pole was never put in properly. There were spacers for some reason or another and there was rust that had started setting in and a year ago when they had it inspected it said on the inspection form that it was starting to rust, but there was no recommendation to replace anything. In late July they were inspected again and basically wrote the same things down. But it was noted that it needed some attention. What happened was that the bolts above the ground had spacers put in, and that's not the proper way of doing it. The same company which serviced the other light poles didn't put in that one, but anyway, it did break." said Hites.

 

Hites indicated that he wanted the council to approve replacing the lights and pole. However, the city also wanted an evaluation from the Kenton Police Department, the Kenton Fire Department, and the State of Ohio as to wether a light would even be necessary at that intersection. Currently it stands as a two way stop. The safety committee moved to discuss the matter with the two departments and the State before making a recommendation to the council.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 22nd 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

Man Indicted in 4 Separate Slayings in Ohio Town


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A man has been indicted on aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men in separate homes in the small Ohio city of Bucyrus.
 
The Crawford County prosecutor says a grand jury on Monday indicted 41-year-old Donald Hoffman on 21 counts, including some with specifications for a potential death penalty.
 
Hoffman has been jailed on a $10 million bond. A message was left for his attorney.
 
Two men were discovered dead in their homes Sept. 1. Two others were found the following day after police say Hoffman approached officers with information.
 
A coroner determined each man was beaten, strangled or both.

They ranged in age from 55 to 67. Friends and relatives say at least some of the men knew one another and Hoffman.

Results from Ben Logan vs Indian Lake Boys Golf Match Monday


The Benjamin Logan Boys kept their perfect record for conference matches in tact with a 169- 191 victory over Indian Lake Monday night at Liberty Hills.

 

The Raiders were led by medalist Grant Ricketts with a 38, followed by TJ Fink and Colin Headings with a 43's, Tanner Rader 45. Also for the Raiders Mitchell Fink shot a 53 and Jared Sater a 57. The Raider JV's also participated and were led by Connor Stewart with a 47, Justin Watkins 49, Will Kenoyer 52, Tyler Smith 53, and Daniel Meier 57. 

 

The Raiders travel to Northwestern Tuesday ( Windy Knoll ) to put their 12-0 league mark on the line.

 

We only beat them at our home course by a single stroke last month so we'll have to be on our game to compete.

Phone Book Use Declining


There's not as many people using the telephone book these days.

 

According to the results of our recent Visitor Poll question, 37% said the only use it occassionally, 35% rarely use it, 18% never use it and the remaining 10% frequently use a telephone book.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

New Kenton Elementary Building Opens


 

 

The Kenton City Schools new elementary building welcomed students this morning.

 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said public reaction to the new building has been very positive, "I think everyone is absolutely amazed . That building is so beautiful. It's so large , and there are so many open spaces for learning. The gym is amazing . The technology is amazing, and we've only heard positive things."

 

The superintendent said for the first time in a long time, kindergarten through sixth grade levels are under one roof, "So Kenton City Schools will look very different. The teachers have worked incredibly hard all summer long, so even with this extended summer not many of them got time off, so they've been planning, they've been working together, they've been teaming, because it's really the first time that you put all these different grade levels, all these different buildings together under one roof, so we look at as a very exciting time with lots of opportunities."

 

She added though that given the design with the pods, the school still maintains a small, intimate setting, "Because you only have one or two grade levels under each roof if you will, and so even though it's a very large school, serving over 1100 kids, we're still able to get that small community feel for each building."

 

 

 

2014 Fair Attendance Down Over 2013


 

 

The 2014 Hardin County Fair is in the history books, having wrapped up its run on Sunday.

 

Looking at numbers from yesterday, the paid gate was 1644, compared to 1752 last year.

 

Estimated attendance on Sunday was 9206. Last year that figure was 11,910.

 

Overall estimated attendance for this year's fair was 59,517, compared to 66,695 for the 2013 fair.

 

Attendance for the Hour of Inspiration yesterday was 532. In 2013 that number was 457.

 

990 people attended the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull last night. Last year the figure was 966.

Ohio Gas Prices Lower To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gasoline than they were last week.

 

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.43 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a couple of pennies down from a week ago, and it's a couple of cents more than last month at this time.

 

The Ohio average is just below the national average, which was $3.44 on Monday, or about the same as a week ago.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo are has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.

 

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling crude oil prices have driven the decline in prices over the past couple of weeks.

 

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Record Year at 2014 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale


The 2014 Hardin County Jr. Fair Livestock sale was a success.
 
 
According to information provided by the Livestock Sale committee, it was a record year.
 
Total Premiums paid to the exhibitors this year were $301, 735.
 
Total Sales of the Market, Premium and Add-ons after the sale brought in gross sales of $456,320, which beat the previous sales record set in 2011 of $382,484.
 
There were 357 buyers in the sale this year, 112 new buyers and 431 sellers in the sale.
 
A complete rundown of the Grand and Reserve Champion Sales is as follows;
 
The Grand Champion Steer shown by Wyatt Daniels sold for $4100.00 and it was purchased by Becks Superior Hybrids, Foraker Elevator, Div of Mennel, VH5 Trucking LLC, The Kroger Company, U.S.V. Lions Club,  Jim and Joy Bischof, Quest Federal Credit Union, Precision Strip Trans Inc , County Line Ag Service, Heritage Cooperative,  Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G,  Citizens National Bank of Bluffton,  Hempy Water Conditioning,  Ada Area Buyer's Club, Mt. Victory Meats,  Royer Farms,  C &W Cattle Company,  Minich Trucking LLC, Community First Bank; Forest, Mouse House, Katherine E. Johnson, MD-Inc, Mid-Ohio Energy Coop, R-D Jones Excavating.
 
The Reserve Champion Steer shown by Ross Thompson sold for $8350.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Indian Ridge Sporting Clays, Windmill Swine Farms, RDJ FARMS LLC, Big Red Farms LLC, LandTech Co, Wilson Tire Co, Moser Oil-Central Ohio Farmers, Block In. Agency, Oates Farms, County Line Ag Service,  Ag Credit, Henderson Genetics, 235 Grill, Hauenstein Farms and Repair, Holbrook Farms, Precision Strip Trans, R & K Farms, Cooks Beauty Shop, Minich Trucking LLC, Lawernce Cattle Co, J & S Farms, Beck's Hybrids, Steve Austin's at the Lake, Crop Production Services, Deer Run Farms:Kurt & Melanie, R-D Jones Excavating , AllenTire LTD, Circle E Farms , Financial Matters.
 
The Grand Champion Champion Market Lamb shown by Sidney Gossard sold for $4100.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Marriott Courtyard Lima Ohio, GUYTON BUILDERS , SVG, WYSS FARMS, GOSSARD FARMS, Majestic Plastics Inc, Mary Ann Stair, Nickell Farms, BCI CONSTRUCTION, Re Deck of Northwest Ohio, 302 Carry Out, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G., Oates Farms, Tersus Terra Energies LLC,  Gossard Lawn Services, Steve Stair, Quest Federal Credit Union, Mouse House, Joyce's Homemade Caramel, Robinson Fin Machines Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb shown by Madisyn Gossard sold for $3050.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by WYSS FARMS, GOSSARD FARMS, Mary Ann Stair, Nickell Farms, BCI CONSTRUCTION,  Re Deck of Northwest Ohio, 302 Carry Out, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G,Gossard Lawn Services, Quest Federal Credit Union, Tersus Terra Energies LLC, Mouse House, Ada Area Buyer's Club, Joyce's Homemade Caramel, The Kenton Times
 
The Grand Champion B&R Lamb shown by Bailey Wagner sold for $900.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.,  Holbrook Farms
The Reserve Champion B&R Lamb shown by Adam Wagner sold for $850. It was purchased by Kenton Truck and Equipment , Holbrook Farms, Wilson Tire Co.
 
The Grand Champion Market Goat shown by Faith Ann Holbrook sold for $2175.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by LandTech Co,  Wilson Tire Co,Block In. Agency, Oates Farms, Findlay Implement Company, Ag Credit, Hauenstein Farms and Repair, Lakeview Hardware Home,  Heritage Cooperative.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Goat shown by Riley Fleece sold for $1100.00. It was purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc,  Shaffer's Auto Body,  Heritage Cooperative.
The Reserve Champion B&R Goat shown by Faith Ann Holbrook sold for $700. It was purchased by Block In. Agency, Hauenstein Farms and Repair,  Lakeview Hardware Home,  U.S.V. Lions Club,  Jeff & Felicia Thompson,  LandTech Co.
 
The Champion Market Gilt shown by Lauryn Davis sold for $3000.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Hempy Water Conditioning, Katherine E. Johnson, MD-Inc,  Mouse House, Kenton Times,  McCullough Industries,  WKTN-FM Radio,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.
 
The Champion Market Barrow shown by Drew Jacobs sold for $2500.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, Hensel Ready Mix, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Gilt shown by Erica Jacobs sold for $1200.00. It was purchased by Wyandot Tractor, Quest Federal Credit Union, Wilson Tire Co, Trupointe,  Heritage Cooperative, Parrott Implement Co, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G.
The Reserve Champion Market Barrow shown by Cameron Smith sold for $1350.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, Home Savings & Loan Company, Heritage Cooperative,  K & B Feed Service,  Sparks Farms, Tractor Supply,  Newland Insurance Agency,  Plaza Inn Family Restaurant.
 
The Reserve Champion B&R Hog shown by Kaitlin Herberling sold for $1850. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Henderson Genetics,  Henderson's Auto Parts, 235 Grill, Wal-Mart Store # 5355, Brice Beaman Commissioner,  American Family Insurance,  Home Savings & Loan Company, Precision Strip Trans INC.,  WATKINS FARM,  Root Lumber Co.,  Bushong Farms,  Kenton Times,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.,  Community First Bank,  The Kroger Company,  Steve Austin's at the Lake, Heydinger & Zucker Insurance,  Mizek Farms,  Hempy Water Conditioning.
 
The Grand Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits shown by Shaye Creamer sold for $650.00. They were purchased by Hensel Ready Mix, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits shown by Blake Davis sold for $475.00. They were purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, 
 
The Champion Dairy Feeder shown by Kody Buchenroth sold for $1000.00. It was purchased by Silver Creek Supply,  Findlay Implement Company, 
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder shown by Lexi Thompson sold for $1050.00. It was purchased by Shaffer's Auto Body.
 
The Champion Pen of 3 Meat Chickens shown by Anna Koehler sold for $825.00. They were purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Chickens shown by Jesse Miller sold for $800.00. They were purchased by Hensel Ready Mix, Inc. 
 
The Grand Champion Dairy Steer shown by Wyatt Gerlach sold for $2550.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Wilson Tire Co, Ralston Farms,  Trupointe,  Precision Strip Trans,  Gerlach Farms, LandTech Co., Wal-Mart Store # 5355, Crop Production Services,  Heritage Cooperative,  Eric & Virginia Riegle,  Legacy Farmers Coop Findlay,  Findlay Implement Company,  Erica Reigle & Dylan Hasson,  Circle R Corp,  Good Farms - Tony & Cheryl, Becks Superior Hybrids,  Quest Federal Credit Union.
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer shown by Olivia Whiting sold for $850.00. It was purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc., Shaffer's Auto Body.
 
The Grand Champion Turkey shown by Caralee Stover sold for $750.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Cardinal Bus Sales.
 
The Reserve Champion Turkey shown by Vern Woodruff IV was sold for $325.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G
 
The Jr. Fair Milk Sale brought in $7092.00 for the fourteen Dairy Exhibitors. A new sale record. 

Ben Logan Golf Team Places 9th


The Benjamin Logan Boys golf team traveled to Springfield Saturday and came away with a 9th place finish out of a field of 21. West Liberty Salem won the event with a 322 and West Liberty standout Nick Sims was medalist with a 71. Grant Ricketts of Ben Logan was 2nd with a 74. 
 
It was great to see Grant play well, he started out with 2 bogeys but fought back to get to even after 5 holes. All in all it was a great score on a difficult course. Following Ricketts for the Raiders were TJ Fink with a 85, Colin Headings with a 96, Mitchell Fink 97, and Tanner Rader with a 101. The Raiders return to action Monday at Liberty Hills against Indian Lake

Fair Opens Last Day with Hour of Inspiration


The Hardin County Fair opened its final day in 2014 with the 51st annual Hour of Inspiration. 

 

 

The flags were presented by the Kenton JROTC and Hardin County Commissioners Brice Beaman, Ed Elliott and Randy Rogers each welcomed people to the event.

 

Music was performed by the Hardin County Jr. Fairboard choir led by Holly Layman, and Fairboard President Bob Fish welcomed everyone to the fair for it's final day.

 

 

The featured speaker was Matt Reese, who is the Editor of the Ohio Country Journal. Reese spoke of his youth at fairs and growing up in NW Ohio, but also of his current views on modern agriculture.

 

The fair concludes tonight.

Saturday Fair Recap


Today is your last chance to take in the 2014 Hardin County Fair.

Looking at Saturday numbers, the paid gate was 3938, compared to 4259 in 2013.

 

The overall estimated attendance yesterday was 22053. Last year that number was 23850.

 

The Demolition Derby attracted 1498 spectators to the grandstand last night, compared to 1737 in 2013.

 

Featured entertainment in the grandstand tonight is the OSTPA Tractor and Truck Pull starting at 6:30.

Mauk's Huge Day Helps Tigers Top Rockets


Maty Mauk had a huge afternoon Saturday as his Missouri Tigers crushed Toledo.

 

Mauk threw for five touchdowns, tying a career best, as the 24th-ranked Tigers blasted the Rockets 49-24 Saturday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo. The Kenton High School grad completed 21 of 32 passes for 325 yards, the first time he has thrown for over 300 yards in his collegiate career.

 

The Missouri signal-caller added 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Tigers were never threatened. Missouri led 28-7 at the half and upped their lead to 28 points midway through the third period en route to the victory.

 

The Tigers are now 2-0 on the season and will host Central Florida on Saturday.

Late Score Lifts Wapakoneta Past Kenton 15-14


Kodi Morgan hit Cameron Lauck with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 6.7 seconds to play to lead the Wapakoneta Redskins to a 15-14 come-from-behind win over the Kenton Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Robinson Field.

 

The game was suspended due to lightning on Friday night with 6:26 to go in the third quarter and the Cats (0-2 overall, 0-1 WBL) leading 8-0 thanks to a 3-yard TD pass from Trent Hites to Colyn Blackford and Connor Jones' ensuing 2-point conversion.

 

The Redskins drew to within 8-3 after a 35-yard field goal from Tristan Meyer with 8:11 to go and then took their first lead of the game when Jon Eaton scored on a 7-yard run with 4:41 to go.

 

Trailing 9-8, the Cats needed just three plays to retake the lead, with Hites and Blackford hooking up for a 74-yard touchdown with 3:24 to go. The Redskins (2-0, 1-0) answered with a 14-play, 72-yard drive, convering a 4th-and-10 in Kenton territory en route to scoring the winning TD.

 

Blackford and Sylas Smith were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Cats will be back in action on Friday when they travel to St. Marys. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

Ohio Warns Against Illegal Alcohol Serving


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's liquor law agents are warning game-day party hosts and bartenders to avoid serving alcohol to minors and people who've had too much to drink.
 
The Ohio Investigative Unit says agents and police will be on the lookout for alcohol violations as college and professional football seasons get underway.
 
The agency says it's illegal to sell or provide alcohol to someone who's had too much to drink or is under 21.
 
It's also illegal for anyone with a liquor permit to encourage and advertise excessive drinking.
 
Agent-In-Charge Eric Wolf says the goal is for fans to be safe during game-day revelry.

Friday Fair Numbers Down Over 2013


 
The weekend has arrived for the 2014 Hardin County Fair.
 
As for Friday's numbers, the paid gate was 1211, compared to 1690 in 2013.
 
Overall estimated attendance Friday was 6782. Last year, that figure was 9464.
 
453 people took in the Nashville Crush concert. Last year's A-Bar Rodeo attracted 884 people to the grandstand.
 
Featured entertainment tonight is the Demolition Derby in the grandstand starting at 7.
 
The fair runs through tomorrow.

Friday Night Football Scores


WBL Scores:
 
Kenton v. Wapak - POSTPONED til 9/6, Kenton leads 8-0
Celina beats Bath 34-0
Van Wert v. Ottawa Glandorf - POSTPONED til 9/6, Ottawa leads 13-0
Defiance v. Elida - POSTPONED til 9/6, no score
LCC v. Delphos St. Johns - POSTPONED til 9/6, LCC leads 7-6
Shawnee v. St. Mary's - POSTPONED til 9/6, Shawnee leads 27-13
 
County Scores:
 
Ada v. Spencerville - POSTPONED til 9/6, Spencerville leads 13-0
Upper Sandusky defeats Elgin 28-6
Waynesfield-Goshen beats Hardin Northern 49-0
Arlington v. Parkway - POSTPONED til 9/6, Arlington leads 14-0
North Union defeats Triad 46-0
Carey defeats Riverdale 61-0
West Liberty Salem beats Ben Logan 46-7
Mt. Giliad defeats Ridgemont 47-24
USV beats Corey Rawson 36-0

Kenton leads Wapak 8-0 in 3rd. Game postponed due to lightning.


 

With just over six minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Kenton and Wapak WBL game Friday night was postponed due to lightning in the area. When it was postponed, Kenton was leading Wapak 8-0 after a scoreless first half. Kenton scored early in the 3rd and made a two point conversion.

 

The remainder of the game will be played Saturday afternoon at 2pm at Robinson Field. You can hear all the action on WKTN at 95.3FM or online by clicking on the Listen Live link at the top of the page.

Numerous Parts Stolen in Breaking and Entering Incident


Numerous automotive parts were stolen in a breaking and entering that was reported on Thursday.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, someone broke into barns on property located in the 1600 block of U.S. 68 Dunkirk and stole the items valued at over $4000.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

New Bus Routes For Kenton's New School Year


 

 

When the Kenton City Schools start the new school year on Monday, students in kindergarten through six grades will be going to the all new building.
 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said the process of building the structure was easy compared with coming up with new bus routes, "Because we have not really picked up students in the city for some time, and we wanted the best possible plan. That took the bulk of the summer."
 

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

Thursday Fair Numbers Down Slightly Over 2013


 

 

Today is day number 4 for the 2014 Hardin County Fair.

 

As for Thursday numbers, the paid gate was 1374, compared to 1477 last year.

 

Overall estimated attendance Thursday was 7694. Last year that number was 8271.

298 people took in Harness Racing yesterday, compared to 556 in 2013.

 

Nashville Crush performs in the grandstand tonight starting at 8.

 

The fair runs through this Sunday.

Junior Fair Livestock Sale Set For Saturday


 

 

Don Spar, Chairman of the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale committee said that expectations for the sale this year remain high.

"We always have high expectations for our sale. We have many great animals and the kids have spent a good year working on these projects. This year we have just over 400 exhibitors out here ready to complete their project" said Spar.
 
The Sale order this year will be as follows; Broilers (Chickens), Turkeys, Dairy Feeders, The Milk Sale, Lambs, Goats, Beef Steers and Dairy Steers, Rabbits and Hogs.

 

A new feature this year will be the introduction of two large screen televisions which will showcase the winning buyers after every sale. Spar said that new software will help the sale to be more efficient, and that new buyers can find out how to participate by stopping by the arena office today and tomorrow.

 

"They will need to stop by the arena office which is on the west side of the arena. We will walk you through the process of signing up, name, address and phone number so we can contact you. We'll walk them through the process on how they bid. It's a premium based sale so you don't have to figure poundage or anything. If you bid $100.00 that's what you'll pay. So we'll be happy to help anyone who is willing to come out and participate in the sale." said Spar.

 

 

Bidders at the sale can begin picking up their sale numbers after noon today.

Cats Open Up WBL Play Tonight


The Kenton Wildcats begin defense of their Western Buckeye League title tonight when they host the Wapakoneta Redskins.
 

Wapakoneta is coming off the most successful 4-year stretch in school history. Since 2010, Wapakoneta has went 33 and 10, qualifying for the state playoffs twice and winning a playoff game in 2011. Under new coach Travis Moyer, the team has not missed a beat. Wapakoneta is 1 and0 on the season after defeating Bellefontaine 28 to 6 on Friday.
 

Kenton is the defending Western Buckeye League champs and has won at least a share of 5 of the last 6 league titles. The Cats are 0 and 1 on the season after last week’s 24 to 2 season-opening loss to Coldwater.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Ridgemont hosts Mount Gilead; Ada visits Spencerville; Upper Scioto Valley entertains Cory-Rawson; Hardin Northern travels to Waynesfield-Goshen; and Riverdale hosts Carey.

Wednesday Fair Numbers Up Over 2013


The 2014 Hardin County Fair is at day number three today.

 

As for Wednesday numbers, the paid gate was 1343, compared to 1250 in 2013.

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 7521. Last year that number was 7000.

 

858 people took in the Swing Choir and Society Singers Show, compared to 889 last year.

 

Harness racing will be featured this evening, starting at 6 in the grandstand.

 

The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

4 Ohio Victims Were Beaten, Strangled


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A coroner says the four men who were found dead in separate homes in an Ohio city this week were beaten, strangled or both.

 

Dr. Michael Johnson, the coroner in Crawford County, said Thursday that two of the victims were strangled with a cord and beaten in the head.

 

One of the victims died as the result of strangulation. The fourth died from a beating.

 

Prosecutors charged 41-year-old Donald Hoffman with four counts of aggravated murder in the slayings in Bucyrus.

 

Police haven't released details of how Hoffman knew the men or a possible motive.

 

A judge appointed a lawyer for Hoffman. A message left for the attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Federal Judge Blocks Ohio Measures On Early Voting


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered the swing state's elections chief to set an expanded voting schedule.
 
The ruling Thursday from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups and others challenging two early-voting measures.
 
One is a directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO-sted) setting uniform voting times that restricted weekend and evening hours. Another is a law that eliminates so-called "golden week" - when people could both register to vote and cast ballots.
 
The judge sided with groups that claimed the changes hurt low-income and black voters disproportionately. The state argued the organizations couldn't prove the rules illegally place an undue burden on voters.
 
Under the judge's order, early voting would begin Sept. 30.

Four Found Dead In Bucyrus


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A coroner has released the names of three of the four men found beaten to death in separate homes in a small Ohio town.
 
Dr. Michael Johnson, the Crawford County coroner, said the bodies of 55-year-old Billy Jack Chatman and 67-year-old Freelin Hensley were found Monday in their homes in Bucyrus.  
    

Then on Tuesday, the body of 65-year-old Darrell Lewis was found in his apartment. Johnson said the identity of the fourth victim, found in an apartment in the same complex Tuesday, hasn't been confirmed.
 

Police believe the killings are related. A man came into the police station and led deputies to the last two bodies Tuesday. He is in custody, but hasn't been charged.
 
The town of 12,000 residents is about 65 miles north of Columbus.

Traffic Lights Fall Damaging Two Vehicles


 

Crews put lights back up at intersection

 

Traffic lights falling damaged two vehicles Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of South Main and Ohio Streets.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the anchor bolts broke off causing the pole to fall and release the tension on the cable which allowed the traffic lights to fall.
 

The pole on the northeast corner of the intersection fell onto a car being operated by 39 year old Dexter Penhorwood, of Mt. Victory causing heavy damage to the vehicle.
 

The cable holding the traffic lights up fell onto and caused moderate damage to another car being driven by 34 year old David Dooley, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries.
 

A  four way stop sign was installed at the Main and Ohio Street intersection until the traffic lights were re-installed today.

Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole on Pattison Avenue


A crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on Pattison Avenue in Kenton.
 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Christopher Leathem, of Kenton, told officers he was pulled to the right edge of the road and tried to correct, but his car struck a utility pole causing heavy damage.
 

BKP was dispatched to the scene, but the report does not show if the driver was transported to the hospital.
 

Leathem was cited for failure to control.

Weather Holds Down Numbers For Opening Day of Hardin County Fair


 

 

 

Taking a look at opening day numbers, the paid gate Tuesday was 1118, compared to 1482 in 2013.

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 6261. Last year that figure was 8299.

 

The crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show drew 825 to the grandstand, compared to 993 for last years' show.

 

Featured entertainment tonight in the grandstand is the Swing Choir Show and Society Singers in the grandstand starting at 7.

The fair runs through Sunday.

2014 Hardin County Fair Opens


The 2014 Hardin County Fair officially got underway Tuesday afternoon. 

 

The fair was formally opened at the Grandstands early Tuesday afternoon. Fairboard President Bob Fish officially opened the fair and recognized fair honoree this year, Kenny Kearns. Kearns has been volunteer at the fair for many years, and he was recognized for this work with the draft horse show at the fair each year.

 

Fairboard President Bob Fish recognizes 2014 Fair Honoree Kenny Kearns.

 

Last night, the big event of the day, was the crowning of the Hardin County Fair Jr. Fair King and Queen. Representatives from each high school in the county were in the contest but in the end, only two were chosen. The 2014 Hardin County Fair King is Adam Wagner from Ridgemont and the Queen is Julia Naus from Riverdale. Both said that they were looking forward to the rest of the fair.

 

2014 Hardin County Fair King and Queen. Adam Wagner from Ridgemont and Julia Naus from Riverdale


"I'm looking forward to being able to walk around the fair and having many experiences that I haven't had yet as a member of 4-H or FFA. I just want to enjoy the fair for everything that it's worth." said Wagner

 

"I'm looking forward to representing the 2014 Hardin County Fair, but most of all I am really excited to see what memories lie ahead. To see all the great things around here and all the new people I can meet and the new friendships I can make." said Naus.

 

The King and Queen runners-up were Lukas Shroeder from Hardin Northern and Logan Hill from Ridgemont.

***UPDATE***Officers and Suspect Receive Minor Injuries in Hostage Situation***SUSPECT IDENTIFIED***


 

 

The Kenton Police Department responded to a hostage situation in Kenton Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to information from Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion at the scene, officers were dispatched to a residence at 501 North Oak Street and upon arrival, officers found a man acting erratically.

 

The man, identified as 22 year old Andrew Worthington, took a female acquaintance in the home hostage and the Hardin County Special Response Team was dispatched to the scene. Negotiations with the individual broke down and officers were forced to storm the upstairs room.

 

Worthington and several officers received minor injuries in the take down but no serious injuries. All were treated at the scene.

 

The woman was not injured.

 

Worthington has so far been charged with assault on a peace officer. Other charges are pending as the investigation continues.

2014 Hardin County Fair Officially Underway


 

 

The 2014 Hardin County kicks off today with the official opening happening at one this afternoon at the gazebo.
 

New Fairboard Secretary Judy Cronley said gates opened up at seven this morning, "And it's Veteran's Day, which means free admission for all veterans. We had the official opening at one, and of course the highlight tonight in the grandstand is the crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show starting at 7."
 

The fair runs through this Sunday September 7 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

Hit/Skip Crash Occurs Sunday


A hit/skip accident occurred over Labor Day Weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a car was eastbound on State Route 81 when it travelled off the right side of the road. The vehicle ended up striking two utility poles and a road sign before returning to the road and the driver fled the scene.
It was located later abandoned on County Road 75.
 

The vehicle, which was heavily damaged, is owned by Keith Jones, but the driver is still not known at this time.

Driver Cited For Failing To Yield Following Crash


Moderate damage occurred to two vehicles in a crash that occurred Sunday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 18 year old Hannah Jenkins, of Kenton, was southbound on High and attempted to cross Franklin Street when her car was struck by an eastbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Donn Houser, also of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and Jenkins was cited for failure to yield.

GOP Lawmakers In Ohio Seek Vote On Photo ID Bill


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.
 
The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
 
Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio's vote, though fraud cases are rare.
 
Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn't exist.

2014 Hardin County Fair Honors Kenneth Kearns


One of the main staples each and every Friday at the Hardin County Fair is the annual Draft Horse Show. Participants come from all over Northwest Ohio to participate and watch the show each year. The Draft Horse show is an event which might never have happened had it not been for a number of individuals, including Kenneth Kearns.
 

Kenneth Kearns or Kenny as he is well known has been a participant of the Hardin County Fair for many years. Born October 12th 1934 in Lynn Township, Kearns learned early the hard work and value of working with draft horses. He recalls going out to the barns at around ten years of age with his father and later with his brother Joe at various places around the county.
 

Kearns began his involvement in the Hardin County Fair in the mid 1980’s helping in several demonstrations involving draft horses and grain threshing. In 1987, Kearns and several other individuals thought that the fair needed to showcase draft horses again. There were a number of draft horse breeders in the county, and what better place to showcase their work than the Hardin County Fair? That year, the fairboard decided to let the group try to make a show, and that first year, 27 participants entered. People were lined up all across the rails. The next year, when interest increased to 63, the rails and the bleachers were full watching the show. Kearns and many of the horsemen got together shortly afterward and formed the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, which is still in operation today, and puts on the show each year at the fair.
 

As a charter member of the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, Kearns takes his team of horses to many places throughout the county and beyond each year. Kearns and his team can be seen each year at the Christmas Around The Square, The Lake of Lights at Sulsberry Park, The Christmas Celebration in Ada, Kenton Kids Day, The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District Forestry Field Day, The Belle Center Christmas Tour, The Bellefontaine Christmas Celebration, Belle Center July 4th Celebration and Memorial Day festivities and recently has been featured in Degraff and Lafayette Christmas celebrations as well.
 

In addition to his work at the fair, Kenny Kearns is involved in a number of community organizations. A charter member of the Rushcreek Sportsmans Club where his is regularly seen on a weekly basis helping in the clubs various activities, from the fish fry to sporting clays and hunters education. Many of the members, including Kearns serve as hunter’s education instructors at the club, which hosts several education seminars each year.
 

Kearns also served as an advisor for the Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H for twelve years, working with the youth of Hardin County. He also has worked with several other 4-H clubs over the years as well. Kearns served for 36 years as a trustee for Taylor Creek Township and was a member of the Hardin County Township Trustees Association.
 

Kearns lives on his farm with his wife Martha in Taylor Creek Township where they raise Percheron Draft Horses and Haflinger ponies. Kenny Kearns would like to thank all the sponsors and individuals who have contributed to the Draft Horse Show and the fair each year. Without their support, the fair, and the success of the show wouldn’t be possible.

Ohio Gas Prices Higher To Start Work Week


 

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying more for gasoline coming out of the long holiday weekend.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.51 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a dime from a week ago, and it's a few cents more than last month at this time.
 
The Ohio average is higher than the national average, which was $3.43 on Tuesday. That's about the same as a week ago.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.
 
Analysts expect prices to stay lower if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.
 
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Drowning Victim Identified


LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died after a boat carrying nine people sank in a western Ohio lake.
 
A coroner says the victim was 22-year-old Joshua Keith of Bellefontaine.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket when it began sinking on Indian Lake just around midnight Sunday.
 

State watercraft officers say crews from area fire departments were able to pull the eight people from the water. The victim's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
 

Man drowns at Indian Lake


LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
 

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources statement says eight of the nine people on the boat were rescued.
 
State watercraft officers say they received the call about a boat sinking on Indian Lake north of the Lakeview boat ramp around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from area fire departments had already safely pulled the eight people from the water when state officers arrived. The state agency says the 22-year-old man's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
 
Officials said no additional details were immediately available. The man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
 
State officials say the investigation is continuing.

Hardin County Fair Foundation formed to raise funds for fair improvements.


A new organization to help raise funds to support the Hardin County Fair was announced at the fair this week.

 


The Hardin County Fair Foundation, a local non-profit foundation was formed to help raise and invest funds to support the activities and facilities of the Hardin County Fair. Paul Ralston, Fairboard director and Secretary/Treasurer of the foundation said that the purpose of the foundation is to allow others to financially support the fair.

 

"There has been interested for a number of years as to how we can raise funds to help improve and repair some of our buildings and facilities. There are several county fairs around that have fair foundations, for example Allen County has had a very successful fair foundation. It's a 501C3 and as a result many area businesses see a donation as a tax deduction. So we thought that would be a good idea to try here." said Ralston.


The Hardin County Fair Foundation will be operated under the Hardin County Community Foundation, which will oversee the investments, tax audits, and other financial activities. Jerry Layman serves as it's Chairman, and other members of the board of directors with Ralston are Kelly Buckenroth, Ed Elliott, Mark Light, Steve McCullough and Virginia Tice. Ralston said anyone who would like to know more information or who would like to make a donation can see the display outside the Jr. Fairboard office in the Machinery Building at the fair this week.

 

"We have a booth set up in the Machinery Building right by the new Jr. Fairboard Office. There will be information on the table there, and also in the Secretarys office, and any fairboard director knows how to donate so you can ask any director as well." said Ralston.

County Road 110 Being Rebuilt


People driving out on State Route 195 near County Road 110 in the past month may have noticed something odd. There is no County Road 110. 

 

Crews digging out the east side of County Road 110 near St. Rt. 195.

 

The Hardin County Highway Department has been working on improvements in County Road 110 in Lynn Township over the summer. According to Deputy County Engineer Luke Underwood, when ODOT closed part of State Route 195, that opened up a need for improvements on County Road 110. So, the county has been in the process of widening the road, moving the road, and rebuilding the road literally from the ground up.

 

"The job was broke into three different parts. As you get west of the dairy farm you start getting out of the muck area. So that section was called Part A, and in that section we widened it to get the road out to 21 feet wide. From the dairy farm east we did a full reconstruction because of the muck that was underneath the road. We had soil borings which determined there was muck under the road and we decided that needed to be removed. So the section from the dairy farm east to State Route 195 then, we totally removed the road and the muck that was underneath and we're hauling clay in to replace that." said Underwood.


Widening the road, moving it ten feet and digging up the road will allow for the new road to be built on highway specs, which will allow for heaver truck traffic. When completed, it will resemble State Route 195, and like many projects of this nature, Underwood said the road project has had several setbacks over the course of the summer, with many days not worked due to weather conditions.

 

"We have issued fourteen rain days. So factoring those in and if we don't get any more, we're looking at the excavation to be complete by September 12th so it can be paved" said Underwood.

 

Underwood notes that the contractors believe that the road will still be able to be open by its projected completion date of September 26th.

Mauk's Three TD Tosses Lead Missouri To Victory


Kenton grad Maty Mauk threw 3 touchdown passes to lead Missouri to victory on Saturday.

 

Mauk completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards and 3 scores as the 24th-ranked Tigers opened their season with a 38-18 win over South Dakota State. Mauk hooked up twice with Darius White for first-quarter scores - once from 44 yards and another time from 39 yards - and added a 29-yard TD toss to Bud Sasser in the fourth quarter.

 

Mauk is one of 10 Kenton graduates currently playing college football. He will return to his home state this Saturday when Missouri heads to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets. The game kicks off at noon, and tickets can be purchased at www.utrockets.com.

ODOT Projects For Hardin County Released


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 released the latest road construction project list.

 

For Hardin and Wyandot Counties:

 

 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 53 between the corporation limits of the city of Kenton and Township Road 100 will be restricted through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 31 from the Union County line to Ohio 292 is restricted to one lane through the work zone during pavement resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23 between the city of Upper Sandusky and the village of Carey will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 in the city of Upper Sandusky is open after the completion of waterline repair.

 

Ohio 53/67 (8th Street/Marseilles Avenue) in the city of Upper Sandusky from High Street to Wyandot Avenue is restricted to one lane through the work zone for water line installation and pavement repair. The project is expected to continue until mid-October. Work is being performed by Park Enterprises, Marion.

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