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City Council overrides Mayor's veto for performance audit


The Kenton City Council has overridden a veto from Kenton Mayor Randy Manns and will proceed with a performance audit of city services.
 
 
At the Kenton City Council meeting last night, the council considering a motion to override the Mayor’s veto of the performance audit. After the measure was passed by the Kenton City Council, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns vetoed the measure. By law, the council needed to wait ten days before considering a motion to override the veto. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns again commented on the council’s decision to hire the state auditor’s office to conduct the audit. Manns noted that the budget was a tight one with many planned projects cut.
 
"I didn't make this decision to veto in haste. After much thought and deliberation, I came to the conclusion that the majority of the residents in the city of Kenton would not want this money spent on a state audit, but rather it be used in other areas such as streets, nuisances, etc. Is this audit more important than repairing our streets? Extra money that was placed in legislation was placed there before knowing any results from the 2014 budget. This was after our nuisance abatement line item, our grass mowing and several other areas from our 2015 budget was cut. I'm just not sure how you can cut those and then want to spend $35,000.00 for an audit." said Mayor Manns.
 
Manns noted that in his research, many communities similar to Kenton have been given recommendations to cut staff, renegotiate contracts, or cut services which are things the city is already doing or plans to do. Given the $35,000.00 price tag on the audit, and the fact that the Mayor noted that the cost of the audit could go up, he asked the council to reconsider their decision.
 
Councilman Teresa Styer wondered why the Mayor didn’t bring up his idea for an internal committee to review city services a year ago when he said he discussed it with the Safety Service Director. She also noted that an outside, independent body would be better able to give the city an impartial assessment of city services and operations.
 
"A committee made up of people who work for the city, or are involved in the city, even of us isn't going to be able to give an objective view of the needs of this city. We're just too close to it. And also the recommendations that Mayor Manns read for the other cities, many of them he noted were actions that we couldn't do. That's because those cities don't necessarily mirror our city. We might not get many of those recommendations because we're not in the same situation that those cities are in. I think we need to find an objective view of what our city needs." said Styer.
 
The council voted seven to zero to override the Mayors veto, which means that the city will proceed with the audit.
 
Also at the meeting, the council approved an agreement with ODOT on improvements and upgrades to Letson Avenue and sections of US 68 and State Route 31. The total cost to the project, spelled out in the agreement would be for $860,609.00 and the city will be working on several grants to help assist in paying for its share of the project, around $360,609.00. Councilman Brian Hattery from the finance committee noted that the project should begin in 2016 and will hopefully be completed prior to the start of the Hardin County Fair that year.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on February 9th 2015, at the Kenton Municipal Building at 7pm.
 


Kenton Mayor touts city successes in annual State of the City address


Below is Kenton Mayor Randy Manns' annual State of the City address as presented to the Kenton City Council Monday night.

 

 

I would like to thank Council President Althauser, council members, Safety Service Director Hites, elected officials, department heads, city workers, office staff, and everyone who made 2014 a good year for the City of Kenton.
 
I think it is important to note that this was the fourth year in a row the City of Kenton took in more revenue than expenditures.
 
2014 was a good year for business growth in our city. Some of the highlights include: International Paper’s extensive expansion project that is under construction, completion of the new Kenton Elementary School, completion of Hardin Memorial Hospital’s addition, Sekisui manufacturing plant, a new complex housing Superior Federal Credit Union & Lima Memorial Kenton Medical Center, Kenton Health Center, AT&T, and many other small businesses coming to our city as well.
 
Our unemployment rate is down to 3.9% in Hardin County according to the US Department of Labor.
 
Projects and improvements realized in 2014:
 
  • Several major water leaks throughout the community were located and fixed.
  • Installation of the sanitary storm sewer at the Letson Subdivision was completed
  • Creation of an online water bill payment system for our residents and businesses.
  • Purchase & installation of a tornado siren.
  • Kenton was awarded $567,000 of Issue II Funds ($67,000 of that is the city’s match) which can be used to pave streets in 2015.
  • The city collaborated with Hardin Memorial Hospital and shared the cost of paving Washington Boulevard.
  • Grants and city monies were used to tear down 12 blighted structures throughout the community.
  • We received a Safe Routes to School Project grant in the amount of $189,000 for sidewalks at the new elementary school.
  • Another successful spring cleanup was held with over 140 ton of debris being hauled away.
  • The Tree City USA Awards Event was hosted in our city by the Kenton Tree Commission and the Mt. Victory Tree Commission. It was a huge success with approximately 175 people coming from 50 Northwest Ohio communities.
 
Parks & Recreation:
 
  • The 3rd annual Kenton Kids Day was a success with hundreds of children attending and enjoying the free rides and food. I would like to thank all those who donated their time and money to provide this for our children. This year our goal is to make Kenton Kids Day the biggest and best yet!
  • City parks continued to be upgraded and improved. One highlight was the addition of the “Bark Park” to Wharton Park. This was initiated by a 10 year old citizen and was completely paid for by donations she received. Archery lanes were completed and will be ready for use this summer, and there are several other projects going on in 2015 to enhance this park.
  • The addition of the “Splash Park Water Feature” at Murray Park was well received and used by many children and adults all summer long. The fireman did a good job of maintaining Pioneer Park which was also utilized by many people. Another new neighborhood park is the Jerry Cross Memorial Park located on E. Carrol Street.
  • At France Lake-Saulisberry Park we added a new road alongside the lake to help keep our campers safer. We also tarred & chipped the main entrance. The first annual Kids Fishing Derby was a success with many people participating.
  • In 2014 the city took back the operations of our municipal swimming pool, which we haven’t done since the close of the 2009 season. Several new items were purchased for the pool, along with some improvements such as painting the bathhouse and landscaping. Parks & Recreation Director, Emma Bushong, did a super job of operating the pool and making sure things ran smoothly. I have high expectations for this year and anticipate even better results.
 
Thank you citizens of Kenton, officials and employees, who strive to make this city one we can all be proud of. If you have any suggestions, input, or would like to volunteer in any way, please contact my office so we can work together in creating an even more attractive and inviting community for residents and businesses alike.
 
Mayor Randy Manns
January 26th 2015.


Tuesday 01/27/15 Delays


 

Upper Sandusky Schools 2 hr delay

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Nearly A Half Foot Of Snow Falls On Hardin County


As much as five and half inches of snow fell around Hardin County from Sunday evening until the early morning hours, which caused a number of problems for motorists.

 


The sidewalks being shoveled off in front of Huntington Bank Monday morning.

 

There was the normal amount of vehicles sliding off the roadway but no reports of any major crashes.
 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency Sunday night due to the snow covered roads as well as blowing and drifting snow.
 

The Level 1 was lifted as of 7:30 this morning.

 

Around 11:30pm Sunday night almost six inches had fallen


Ohio Gas Prices Down To Start The Work Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are down to start the work week.

 

The state's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $ 1.89 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 10 cents cheaper than a week ago and $1.39 per gallon less than a year ago.

 

The national average Monday was $2.03 per gallon. That's three cents less than a week ago and about $1.26 cheaper than the average cost at this time last year.

 

Toledo saw the lowest prices among Ohio's metropolitan areas, with a gallon of gas averaging about $1.80 Monday.

 

Analysts say average national gas prices are likely to increase soon due to recent rising costs of crude oil.

 

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School delays and cancellations for Monday January 26th 2015


Below is the school information that we currently have for Monday morning, January 26th 2015.

 

 

Kenton CLOSED/ Blizzard bag # 2
Ada 2 hr delay
USV CLOSED
Hardin Northern 2 hr delay
Riverdale 2 hr delay
Ridgemont CLOSED
Upper Sandusky CLOSED
Ohio Hi Pt CLOSED
 
Simon Kenton CLOSED /Harco Ind open at 10 for walk ins
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start CLOSED
Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay
McGuffey Head Start CLOSED
Hardin County Council On Aging CLOSED
Kenton Vision Care closed all day
Dr. Wessons office closed
New Hope Ministry Park CLOSED
Tops 434 meeting scheduled for 1:00 cancelled
All Kenton School athletic activities cancelled for today.  Freshman Boys basketball game will be rescheduled as a triple header AT Elida on February 6th.
 
Allied Waste will not be picking up trash or recycling in Kenton today.  All routes wil be a day late.
Monday Night Queeens Bowling League cancelled for 6:30 tonight.
Cynergy Dance Academy-all clases for tonight cancelled

 


Balanced Scoring Helps Lady Falcons Top Arcadia 65-53


Three players scored in double figures for Riverdale as the Lady Falcons defeated Arcadia 65-53 in Blanchard Valley Conference girls basketball action on Saturday.

 

Sydney Holderman scored 21 points for the Falcons, who are 11-5 overall and remain in the thick of the BVC race with a 6-1 league mark. Taylor Frey added 14 points and 4 assists while Arica Hill finished with 10 points. Taylor Farmer had a strong game as well as she had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.

 

The Falcons also had a big night from behind the three-point line as they knocked down 7 trifectas, led by Holderman's 4 three-balls.

 

Five-foot 11-inch senior Molly Glick had a game-high 23 points for Arcadia, which falls to 10-4.


The Falcons led 15-14 after one quarter and then stretched their advantage to 39-30 at intermission. Arcadia closed to within 46-38 after three periods, but Riverdale used a 19-15 edge in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

 

The Lady Falcons are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Arlington to meet the Red Devils.


Wildcats Snap Losing Streak, Top Spartans 62-52


The Kenton Wildcats put a halt to their 6-game losing streak on Saturday by defeating Start 62-52 in boys basketball play.

 

The Spartans (6-8) led 36-26 with five minutes left in the third quarter, but Austin Phillips scored eight straight Kenton points to get the Cats back in the game, and Colyn Blackford buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Kenton a 44-43 advantage after three quarters.

 

It was all Kenton in the fourth quarter as the Cats held the Spartans to 2-of-19 shooting from the field while Blackford poured in 12 of his game-high 25 points.

 

Deonte Henderson led the Spartans with 13 points while Ke'yare Atkins added 10 points.

 

Besides his game-high 25 points, Blackford added a team-best 9 rebounds for Kenton (4-9) while Phillips tallied 18 points and 7 rebounds.

 

Blackford and Phillips were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Bluffton.


Nominations For Annual Awards Now Being Accepted


Nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Community Service Awards will be accepted through February 2, 2015.

 

Anyone from Hardin County may be nominated to receive these honors. To nominate a person, group or business for these awards, please complete an application and return with a short explanation of the qualifications that make this nominee deserving of the award.

 

The application can be downloaded from www.hccba.com, from the Facebook page or picked up in the Alliance office.

 

Entries should be submitted by February 2 to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance office at 225 S. Detroit St., Kenton.

 

You may also fax the completed form to 419.674.4876 or email it to alliance@hccba.com.


Shawnee Holds Off Cats 62-56


The Shawnee Indians defeated the Kenton Wildcats 62-56 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Indians (5-8 overall, 2-2 WBL) trailed for less than 20 seconds the entire game but were unable to put away the Cats (3-9, 0-4) until the closing moments.

 

Kenton Coach Matt McCullough talks with the Wildcats in between quarters.

 

Shawnee led by 9 points twice, once in the first half and once in the second. The Cats closed to within 51-49 with 4:08 left in the game but could not get over the hump.

 

Jaden O'Neal had 21 points for Shawnee while Austin Phillips had 25 ponts and 11 rebounds to pace Kenton.

 

Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Tuesday when they host Start in a game that will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


One Person Sentenced Recently In Common Pleas Court


One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Margaret M. Benson was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated assault.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


City Seeking Grant For Fourth Ward Improvements


A grant proposal is in the works for improvements in the City of Kenton’s Fourth Ward.

 

At a public meeting Thursday night at the Epworth United Methodist Church, Mark Doll from the Hardin County Regional Planning Commission spoke about a grant opportunity for the City of Kenton. The grant itself, part of HUD grants from the federal government and the State of Ohio, can be used to carry out revitalization within a community or neighborhood that is low and moderate-income, and the grant can be used for many different projects, save for large scale single purpose projects, downtown programming, public services, housing, planning and government operations.

 

In order to qualify for the grant, the public will have several opportunities to share ideas on possible projects which can be proposed for the grant. Citizens in the Fourth Ward will be mailed surveys in the next few weeks asking them for ideas on improvement projects that can be for that ward. Sidewalks, parking, water and sewer facilities, traffic signals, historic preservation, and many other potential projects can qualify. People who do receive the surveys can submit them to the Kenton City Building, and several more public meetings will be held over the next few months to pick five to six potential projects.

 

The grant proposal is due at the end of June, and Doll said that ideas will need to be finalized by the end of May to qualify for the grant proposal.


Celebrate Recovery Meets Every Tuesday


 

 

A group aimed at helping people deal with issues they may have continues to meet every Tuesday.

 

Pastor Jason Manns said the group is Celebrate Recovery and he talks about how it works, "Anyone who has habits, hurts, hang-ups, just issues their dealing with, and it helps them to walk through it. What we do is, we take the bible, obviously that's our basis, and then we take also the step program, so something like AA or NA that walks through steps for recovery we do the same thing. So we take those steps with biblical backing and we begin to walk people through their issues."

 

The group meets every Tuesday at St. John's Church in Kenton, and for the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Ready For Busy Weekend For Basketball


The Kenton Wildcats begin the 2nd half of their schedule tonight when they host Shawnee.

 

The Wildcats are 3 and 8 at the midway point of their season. The Cats were dealt a 5th-straight loss on Tuesday as they fell to Indian Lake 61 to 48 despite 25 points from Austin Phillips.

 

The Indians have to contend with issues of their own. After a 2 and 1 start, Shawnee has lost 7 of its last 9 games, including both its games last weekend, to slip to 4 and 8. The Indians are 1 and 2 in Western Buckeye League action while the Cats are winless in three tries in conference action.

 

On Saturday, the Start Spartans come to town to take on the Cats. The Spartans, a Division I school and members of the Toledo City Athletic League, had their 3-game win streak stopped by Whitmer on Saturday and are 6 and 6 on the season.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.


Fire Damages House on County Road 200


Fire damaged a house in the 19,000 block of County Road 200 Wednesday evening.

 

Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District Chief Charles Mowery said they were called out about 6:15 Wednesday evening, "Basically for an investigation of a possible fire. When we got out here, we discovered a working fire in the residence in the 19,000 block of County Road 200. The fire did considerable damage to the rear portion of the house. We had Kenton and Ridgeway Fire Departments providing mutual assistance."

 

The house is owned by Robert Conley, who was home with his wife at the time. The Chief talks about how the fire started "It appears to have started around the chimney. The house had a wood burning stove in it, and it appears to have started in the walls around where the chimney went out through the house. The chimney was in an enclosed area, and it appears it started back in behind it and was kind of hidden."

 

As the Chief said, considerable damage occurred to the house as a result of the fire as well as water damage.

 

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for several hours.


School Delays and Cancellations for Thursday 01/22/15


Kenton 2 hr delay

Riverdale 2 hr delay

USV CLOSED

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

Ada CLOSED

Ridgemont CLOSED

 

Simon Kenton/Harco Ind CLOSED

Ohio Hi Point 2 hr delay

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start open for walk ins only and no morning bus

McGuffey Head Start CLOSED

First United Methodist  School 1/2 hr delay


Dunkirk Woman Injured in Hancock County Crash


Photo courtesy of Findlay Courier and photographer Randy Roberts

 

A Dunkirk woman suffered severe injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 9:45 Tuesday morning north of Arlington in Hancock County.
 

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 67 year old Charlotte Skidmore was driving north on U.S.68 and lost control of her car on the snow covered road. The car travelled left of center and was struck on the driver's side by a southbound semi being operated by 57 year David Harden, of Bradner, Ohio.
 

Skidmore was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. Harden was not injured.
 

Traffic on U.S. 68 was at a standstill for around an hour Tuesday morning.
 

The crash remains under investigation.


Hardin County Community Foundation Set To Give Out $198,000 in Grants


The Hardin County Community Foundation will be accepting applications for grants starting February 1.

 

Foundation President William D. Hart announced that the amount for grants this year increased $18,000 over last year's amount thanks to total assets of 5.5 million dollars, "The Hardin County Community Foundation is going to be giving away in grants a total sum of $198,000 for the money that we earned last year."

 

He said applications for grants will be taken soon, "We're looking forward to a big turnout of grant requests, and those begin February 1 and midnight on the 28th they end, so you need to work hard in February and get all those grant applications filled out online and sent to us."

 

As he said, the requests will be taken online at www.hardinfoundation.org and Hart added that only Hardin County non-profit entities can apply, "In order to protect our tax status, we have to give money out to people who are also tax exempt, so we're very careful about that."

 

The grants will be awarded during a ceremony scheduled for May 14.


School Delays for Wednesday 01/21/15


Riverdale 2 hr delay

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay


Most Pay Bills On-Line


How do you pay most of your bills?

 

A majority of our Visitor Poll voters, 46%, said they pay their bills on-line, 38% pay by mail, 12% have set up automatic deductions from bank accounts and only 4% pay their bills in person.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Three Facing Charges in Latest Drug Busts By Crime Task Force


Two people are facing charges after he Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at 13602 Station St. in Hepburn last week.

 

According to a release, a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale along with cash, pills and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence.

 

One male and one female will be facing charges for possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Two days later, a search warrant was once again executed at 13602 Station St. in Hepburn by the Task Force. Marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia were seized along with a vehicle.

 

One female, identified as Lesa Helton, was arrested for trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

The search warrants were from a two month investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force for the illegal sell of marijuana in Hardin County.

 

The Task force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Hardin County Prosecutors Office and Osborn's Towing.


Ohio Gas Prices Unchanged, Remain Under $2 Per Gallon


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are unchanged as Ohio drivers returning to work after a long weekend are still paying less than $2 per gallon.

 

The average was $1.97 per gallon of regular gas in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's two cents more than a week ago and $1.27 cheaper than this time last year.

 

The state average has dropped below $2 in recent weeks for the first time in more than five years.

 

A surge in oil and gas companies pulled the stock market out of a five-day slump last week, as the price of crude swung higher.

 

The national average Monday was $2.05 for regular gas, up seven cents from last week.

 

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Bulldogs Pull Away Late, Defeat Lady Wildcats 51-39


The Ada Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Kenton Lady Wildcats 51-39 in girls basketball action on Monday.

 

The Bulldogs (11-3) led 40-30 after three quarters and slowly built their lead deeper into double figures in the fourth period as they won for the fifth straight time.

 

Lindsay Walden had 12 points and 5 rebounds for the Bulldogs while Melina Woods added 9 points and 9 rebounds.

 

The Lady Wildcats (3-11) got 15 points and 8 rebounds from Ashley Morris and 8 points and 14 caroms from Megan Gier.

 

Morris and Gier were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Ada man killed in fatal crash on US 30


An Ada man was killed in a fatal crash on US 30 near Ada this morning. According to a release from the post, around 8:30 Monday morning, a vehicle driven by Paul E. Risner of Ada entered US 30 from Hancock Road after failing to stop for a posted stop sign. The Risner vehicle struck a westbound semi driven by Kindall L. Weaver, age 22 of Wooster. Both vehicles proceeded on before coming to rest.
 
Risner was pronounced dead at the scene. Weaver was not injured in the crash. The release states that diesel fuel was released from the semi near the roadway, causing US 30 to be shut down for a period of time on Monday. Risner was found to be wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation.


Forest man involved in fatal Hancock County Crash Sunday Night


A Forest man was killed in a one vehicle accident in Hancock County Sunday night. According to a release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Ronald Tangeman, age 65 of Forest was traveling eastbound on County Road 304 in Hancock County when his vehicle traveled off the road, over corrected and then went off the road again where it overturned, and rolled before coming to rest at a residence. Tangemen was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.
 
Forest Fire Department, Jackson-Forest EMS and Dick’s Towing assisted at the scene.
 
The accident remains under investigation.


One injured in crash on US 68 North Saturday night


The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol responded to a report of a two car injury accident on US 68 North near County Road 14 Saturday night. According to a release from the post, just after 6:30pm Saturday, a car driven by April Sellers, age 25 of Lima was driving north on 68 when she struck another vehicle in front of her, driven by Cain Buroker, age 19 of Kenton. The Buroker vehicle had slowed for traffic on 68.

 

The Buroker vehicle went off the road striking the ditch. Sellers was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for non-life threating injuries and was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.


Bulldogs Get Defensive In Win Over Tigers


The Ada Bulldogs held the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers to 14-percent shooting in a 36-22 victory on Saturday.

 

The Tigers (0-12) missed their first 13 shots and were 2-of-26 from the field in the first half. Waynesfield-Goshen finished the game making just 7 of their 41 attempts from the floor.

 

The Bulldogs won despite shooting just 32-percent themselves from the field (13 of 41).

 

Ada  (5-6) got 12 points each from Grant McBride and Brayden Sautter.

 

Waynesfield-Goshen was led by Trey Crumrine's 5 points.


Ridgemont School Building Project Approaching Halfway Point


When you drive by the site of the new Ridgemont School building project you’ll notice some developments. The project is on track to be complete in time for the next school year. WKTN Radio was given a tour of the project site this week to assess how the project has been coming along. Ridgemont School Superintendent Emmy Beeson said that the project is approaching the halfway point and is on schedule.
 
Ridgmeont Superintendent Emmy Beeson at the site of the building project.
 
“We toured so many schools before we got into construction and heard many horror stories. That has not been our experience. We have a great relationship with the architects and the construction management firm. We’ve had a good working relationship. That doesn’t mean that we haven’t run into some snags, but we’ve been able to sit down at the table and figure out exactly how we were going to solve a problem and move forward. I really can’t say enough about this process, it’s been a really good one.” said Beeson.
 
The entry to the building and the main office
 
School building projects are an evolving process, from development and design, and construction realities at times negate changes in project design. However Beeson noted that the school has not had any major issues throughout the construction process that required a radical change in design. The building will be incorporating teaching theories and methods that have been implemented and are ongoing at Ridgemont.
 
The extended learning areas on the elementary wing of the building. The first and second floors will be almost identical in design.
 
“We were really looking at how to deliver education differently, and how to do it in a way that was based on what business and industry needs and wants and what our kids were going to need to do in order to graduate and be good citizens. So I feel like we spent a lot of time in design that we haven’t run into any surprises. We’ve had some minor adjustments in material or the timeline. But we haven’t had any major adjustments in the building or what was actually going to be designed in the building.” said Beeson.
 
The Agriculture Education/FFA Shop in the east wing.
 
Beeson said that education is a changing landscape. She said that teaching methods, ideas and theories which were prevalent even ten years ago do not necessarily hold up today. Therefore, education and school buildings themselves need to be able to adapt efficiently in the ever changing landscape.
 
“We looked at how we could design a building that, if in fifty years it needed to be designed differently we wouldn’t have to build a new building. For example, all of the walls and academic spaces are going to be made of drywall, and if we need to rip them out to do a different interior design we could do that at a much lower cost than constructing a new building.” said Beeson. 
 
The Agricultural Education Classroom in the east wing
 
“But we also looked at, what are skills and qualities that kids need to have? In the work place they need to collaborate. They need to think together, it’s not an individual’s job anymore, and so we designed classroom spaces that cause teachers to collaborate, cause them to work together, kids to do projects together. Teachers don’t have their own classrooms. Classrooms are designed based on function, not who owns them. So there is a lot of forward thinking in this building and the staff is really excited about it.” said Beeson.
 
The reading lounge, (library/media center) which will also house a school spirit store for selling team apparel and school supplies
 
In addition to the collaborative learning design, Ridgemont also has worked with local law enforcement, emergency responders and security consultants to make the initial design plans for the school effective. Beeson said that bringing in these consultants on the front end of the design and construction phase, rather than after the project is complete has allowed the school to incorporate many security measures during the construction phase of the project, and make the measures more efficient.
 
The school cafeteria and music room. The music room will be sectioned off for class and utilized for smaller music events
 
“We have done a lot of work with the Hardin County Sheriff’s department with implementing ALICE, which is a lockdown, evacuation and alert procedure in case there was an active shooter. Certainly a lot of discussions with security consultants about what we could do to make this building as safe as possible. So there’s an evacuation route from every single classroom, whether it’s on the first floor or second floor. There will be multiple ways to lock down the building rather than one button in the office, which is what you’d typically find in a school. All of the outside doors are connected to a smart building system so we know when they’re locked and when they’re not locked and open. We think we’ve done a good job with considering security issues in the building.” said Beeson.
 
The gym. Beeson said that the public will be invited in to sign their names to the concrete floor before the athletic floor is put in.
 
Ridgemont has developed a service learning method of educating students. Earlier this week, students were involved in a major project for the Crossroads Crisis Center. Beeson said that the school is designed with that focus in mind, while also working on state standards that all students need to be able to achieve.
 
“Ridgemont has been a service learning district for at least the last five years. The idea that kids should create projects that make their world a better place while still learning the same things that every other district is supposed to teach their kids in the state of Ohio is not really new to us. Figuring out how to do that and do it well is what we’ve been working on. We’ve also spent a great amount of time discussing what makes learning engaging for kids. Why do they really want to show up to school and do this work? And to make them believe that they only want to do it to get an A or because their teacher told them to do it is maybe foolish on our part. So how do we create engaging work that would simulate real life and real work? So we’ve spent quite a bit of time in professional development on that. I think our staff has really embraced the idea and they’ve come up with more creative ideas than I’ve ever dreamed. So we’re still growing and moving in that direction, but I’m really proud of the work they’ve done.” said Beeson.
 
 
Provided the building maintains its construction schedule, the building will be open at the beginning of August. At that time, staff will move in and school will be slated to be held in the new building beginning Fall 2015.
 


Cougars Clip Cats 41-40


The Van Wert Cougars held off the Kenton Wildcats 41-40 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Cougars (3-6 overall, 1-2 WBL) built a 4-point lead late and had to hang on for the win as the Wildcats (3-7, 0-3) saw a pair of game-winning shots in the paint bounce off the rim.

 

Connor Holliday had 20 points and 4 rebounds for Van Wert. Austin Phillips led Kenton with 13 points and also snagged 5 rebounds. Colyn Blackford scored 9 points while Luke Nichols added 8 markers for the Cats.

 

Thomas Phillips, who finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Wanted Sex Offender: Richard Jenkins


 

 

(KENTON, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is requesting the assistance of the public to locate a sexual predator who is violating sex offender registry laws.

 

Authorities with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for the arrest of Richard Jenkins, 71, in March.

 

According to public records, Jenkins was convicted in 1993 of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and gross sexual imposition of a child under 13 and was released from prison in 2011.

 

He last registered his address as being on State Route 309 in Kenton, but he has not registered his addresses as required by law since January of last year.

 

Those with information on the whereabouts of Richard Jenkins should call the U.S. Marshals at 866-4-WANTED (866-492-6833) or text a tip by texting the keyword WANTED to TIP411.  Information can also be directed to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446). 


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Dennis F. Jacques Jr., was sentenced to a total of seven years and five months in prison on one count each of felonious assault, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, trafficking in heroin and four counts of permitting drug abuse.

 

Alex C. Tate was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of having weapons while under disability.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Ohio Group Promotes Rail Improvement Idea


 

 

 

An Ohio group continues to work on a feasibility study into restoring a passenger railroad line from Chicago to Columbus.

 

All Aboard Ohio Chairman Ron Sheck said it would take several years for the project to become reality, but it is worth the effort, noting there is increased development in area where rail lines are improved.

 

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


Kenton Boys Travel To Van Wert in Basketball Action Tonight


After a tough week, the Kenton Wildcats look to rebound tonight when they visit Van Wert.

 

The Wildcats took the floor three times last week and came up short each time to fall to 3 and 6 for the season. Tonight, the Cats hop on US 30 and make the trip to Van Wert and will hopefully find some offense along the way. Kenton scored just 100 points combined during last week's three-game losing skid and will need a stronger offensive effort to defeat the Cougars, who are looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Van Wert is 2 and 6 overall and, like Kenton, is 0 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

On Saturday night, the Ada Bulldogs will host the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a boys basketball matchup. The Bulldogs have lost their last three games and come into the game at 3 and 6 while the struggling Tigers bring an 0 and 10 mark into the contest.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. each night.


Ridgemont FFA Makes Quilts For Crossroads Crisis Center


When thinking about the work of FFA traditionally, people tend to think about farm work, county fair livestock projects, and judging contests. But this week, the Ridgemont FFA has been working on a different kind of project. Quilting.
 
Ridgemont students working with community volunteer quilters.
 
The Ridgemont FFA, with the help of community members has spent the week learning how to make quilts and actually making quilts. The quilts are being donated to the Crossroads Crisis Center for needy families during the winter months. Ridgemont FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said that the quilt project has been going on for several years now and grows each year.
 
Students from all grade levels work on the project.
 
“I think this is year number five. It’s really neat, we post some things on social media and invite quilters in, we’ve got quilters from Logan County, Hardin County and even further than that. We do this every year and welcome quilters from everywhere to come in. The really amazing thing is that we mix generations. We take students who perhaps haven’t had much experience working with people much older than them and we put them in a productive, active environment where they get real skills that they maybe never knew they had an interest in. There are some lost skills that, over the years for one reason or another, just haven’t been transferred from generation to generation.” said Joliff.
 
Volunteers from all across the community help with the project.
 
Throughout the year, students and community members find, cut and donate fabrics to the FFA chapter for the project and each winter, Ridgemont FFA students, as well as other students at Ridgemont can work hand in hand with community members learning how to put together patterns, sewing the quilts and finishing the projects for the donations. Jolliff said that in addition to the FFA program, the project works as a collaborative learning effort and incorporates other classes at Ridgemont with students from all grade levels.
 
Before quilting, patterns are put together on the gym floor.
 
“The Family Consumer Science Department helps, the math department gets involved, all the teachers come down and work with the kids in the process, and we make it more than just another school day. We do this during exams, so if kids don’t have exams or don’t have transportation to leave there’s flexibility in their schedule to do something with their time that serves someone else and continues to show them their value in the community.” said Joliff.
 
Finished quilts are donated to the Crossroads Crisis Center for needy families.
 
The response from the Ridgemont community also serves as a testament to the success of the program, and Jolliff mentioned that many community members spend the week working with the students and exposing them to skills and activities that they won’t necessarily find in a modern classroom setting.
 
“If anyone is interested they are more than welcome to contact Ridgemont Schools. We will link them up with this opportunity to really teach the next generation some phenomenal skills that have been lost over the years” said Joliff.
 


Lady Wildcats Edge Cougars 50-47


The Kenton Lady Wildcats got their first Western Buckeye League win of the season Thursday as they edged Van Wert 50-47.

 

The Kenton girls during the pregame warm-up.

 

The Lady Wildcats (3-10 overall, 1-3 WBL) got 19 points from Ashley Morris while Megan Gier added 12 points and 6 rebounds and Caitlin Johnson finished with 10 points and a game-high 7 rebounds.

 

Bob Simmons interviews Kenton Coach Ryan Miller following the Kenton win.

 

Kenton trailed by four points early in the third quarter but surged to a six-point lead late in the period. The Cats led 37-34 entering the fourth quarter and never trailed over the final eight minutes.

 

Erin Morrow had 16 points for the Cougars (2-10, 0-4).

 

Morris was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Driver Escapes Injury in Early Morning Crash


A car was heavily damaged in a crash that occurred early this morning on County Road 35.

 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, David L. Brown, of Harrod, lost control of his car while driving north on 35.

 

The car went off the road and travelled into the ditch where it struck a utility pole.

 

Brown was not injured.


Dairy Scholarship and Princess Applications


Hardin County - The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit will be awarding a scholarship at their annual banquet on February 21, 2015.  Funds raised from the association’s semi-annual cheese sale are used to support higher education with this scholarship program.  Eligible students must live on a dairy farm, have grown up on a dairy farm, work on a dairy farm, be pursuing a dairy related education, or have shown a dairy heifer or dairy cow project at the Hardin County Fair. 

 

The Dairy Service Unit is also looking for a 2015 Dairy Princess.  The Hardin County Dairy Princess will represent the Hardin County Dairy Service Unit with promotion of the dairy industry at the county fair and other scheduled activities.  Contestants must be unmarried, age 15 to 19 inclusive, or freshman in high school as of January 1, 2015.  They must live on a dairy farm, must have a dairy project in 4-H or FFA and show at the fair, or work on a dairy farm.

 

Applications can be picked up at the Extension office for both the scholarship and princess at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or from Hardin County FFA advisors, high school guidance counselors, or download the application from hardin.osu.edu. The dairy scholarship application must be completed and returned to the Extension office by February 11, 2015.  The dairy princess entry form must be completed and returned to the Extension office by February 6, 2015. 


It's a Battle of Cats in Girl's Basketball Action Tonight


The Kenton Lady Wildcats look to get back on the winning track tonight when they host Van Wert.

 

The Lady Wildcats' last victory came on December 13th, when they defeated Ridgedale 70-62, but despite some stirring efforts, the young Kenton team has lost its last 6 games since then to fall to 2-10 on the season. Ashley Morris continues to lead the Lady Wildcats in scoring. She is averaging over 13 points a game for Kenton, which is 0 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

The Cougars are in situation much like Kenton's. Van Wert is looking to break an 8-game losing streak and is currently 2-9 overall and 0-3 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


HMH Holds Diabetes Support Group Meeting


Kenton---Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, January 22 from 7 to 8 PM in the McCullough Conference Room. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

 

The 5th year pharmacy students from Ohio Northern University will be presenting "New Diabetes Medications". New treatment options include orals, non-insulin injectables and inhaled insulin. Thus persons who do not want to progress to taking insulin injections now have other options. Medication compliance is an important part of obtaining good blood glucose control and the avoidance of diabetes related complications. Come and learn what's new for diabetes treatment. There will be time for a question and answer period.

 

The Diabetic Support Group is part of HMH's Diabetic Self-Management Program, which is directed by Bernadette Coats, RN, and Certified Diabetic Educator at HMH. This support group provides the latest information available on diabetes self-care, promotes wellness, and helps persons with diabetes prevent the complications of chronic illnesses related to the disease. HMH is dedicated to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health.

 

For information, call 419-675-8249.


Prosecutor: Ohioan Killed 4 On Cocaine Binge, Seeking Money


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor says an Ohio man fatally beat or strangled four others at their homes while on a cocaine binge, then confessed to police after recognizing one victim's relatives in a newspaper photo.

 

Donald Hoffman pleaded guilty to aggravated murder Wednesday in a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced to life in prison for the slayings last fall in Bucyrus (byoo-SY'-rus).

 

Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall says the 41-year-old Hoffman apparently was high and looking to steal money for drugs when he killed the men. Crall says Hoffman used his own shoestrings in one case and stomped on another man's throat.

 

Laura Reed identified herself as Hoffman's cousin. She said after the hearing his family joins some of the victims' relatives in thinking he deserved the death penalty.

 

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

 

A man who fatally beat or strangled four other men inside their homes in this small Ohio city pleaded guilty Wednesday under an agreement with prosecutors and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Donald Hoffman's plea change came days before he was scheduled to go on trial in a case that could have resulted in the death penalty.

 

Hoffman, 41, had been indicted on 21 counts. He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges under the deal, in exchange for prosecutors dropping other counts against him.

 

Hoffman declined to address court. The judge who handed down the sentence told him "this community bids you goodbye."

 

Ahead of the hearing, Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall told the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum the plea agreement would allow closure for the victims' families and restrict the potential appeals in the case.

 

A coroner determined the slain men were beaten, strangled or both. Friends and relatives said at least some of the men knew each other and Hoffman.

 

Two bodies were found Sept. 1. Two more were discovered the next day after Hoffman approached police with information.

 

One of the victims, Billy Jack Chatman, 55, had called for an ambulance days earlier after Hoffman entered his home and collapsed on the floor, bloody and smelling of alcohol after an apparent assault, according to police records.

 

The other victims were identified as Freelin Hensley, 67; and Darrell Lewis, 65; and Gerald Lee Smith, 65, who sometimes spelled his first name Jerald.

 

Investigators had been reluctant to publicly discuss potential motives for the slayings. It was an unusually violent series of crimes in Bucyrus, a city of roughly 12,000 people where the prevalence of drug problems is no secret.


Ridgemont Holds Re-organizational Meeting


Election of the Ridgemont Board of Education Officers:

 

The Ridgemont Board of Education elected Eric Hill President and Dave Copp Vice President for 2015.  Board members expressed their appreciation for Hill’s leadership in the previous year and asked him to retain the position for an additional year. Likewise, Copp agreed to serve a second year as Vice President.  Annually, board members are approved for standing committees related to the operations of the district. 

 

The committees are: Building and Grounds, Curriculum Policy, Transportation Policy, Finance Policy, Athletic and Extracurricular Activities, District Policy, and the Records Commission.  The Superintendent and Treasurer are automatically placed on all committees.  Finally, Cheryl France was appointed as the representative for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board.

 

Approval of Board Meeting Dates for 2015:

 

All Board Meetings for the new year fall on Thursdays but are not consistently the same week of the month.  Mrs. Beeson asked everyone to mark their calendars with these dates.  All meetings will begin at 5pm.  Mr. Hill noted, with enthusiasm, that starting in August 2015 Board Meetings will be held in the new school.

-Jan 29 - HS Library

-Feb 26 - HS Library

-March 19 - HS Library

-April 30 - HS Library

-May 28 - HS Library

-June 18 - HS Library

-July 23 - HS Library

-August 27 - New Building Conference Room

-September 24 - New Building Conference Room

-October 22 - New Building Conference Room

-November 19 - New Building Conference Room

-December 17 - New Building Conference Room

 

Annual Operating Motions Passed:

 

Each year the Board of Education passes a myriad of motions related to the operations of the district.  Some of the motions included in this agenda are listed here: roles of the Superintendent and Treasurer, purchase amounts that would require Board approval, building usage approval, and a building rental price of $35.00 per day plus the cost of custodial services.  Likewise, the Board approved a $.05 per page charge for record requests.

 

Beginning the Process for an Income Tax Renewal:

 

Hardin County Auditor, Mike Bacon, shared increases in taxes for agricultural land as calculated by the state’s formula.  Mr. Bacon shared how local counties do not control the formula set by the state.  And that while Ridgemont would see an increase in tax revenue from agricultural land, Mr. Bacon was quick to point out that this is on a three year cycle and he has seen tax rates for property decreased.  This revenue is not a long term guarantee for the district.  Similarly, Treasurer Reinemeyer pointed out that when Ridgemont has seen an increase in local revenue in the past, the state has been quick to reduce its funds to the district.  For example, in November of 2010, the Ridgemont community passed an .75% income tax.  Tonight, the Ridgemont Board of Education began the steps to place the renewal of that income tax on the ballot.  When considering the income tax, the Superintendent pointed out the history surrounding its original passage.  After the .75% income tax was approved in November 2010, the very next spring the state of Ohio decreased Ridgemont’s funding by almost exactly the same amount the income tax had raised through local efforts.  Instead of helping Ridgemont get ahead, the state shifted the burden away from itself and caused more effort to come from local taxpayers; in the end leaving Ridgemont with no gains for operations.  Currently, there is a great deal of discussion in the state about whether or not Ohio’s elected legislators and Governor will continue to fund its public schools at current levels in the next budget cycle.  With that being said, Ridgemont has begun the process to place a renewal on the May 2015 ballot.  Board President, Eric Hill, pointed out that this will not be an increase and the Board will ask the community to continue supporting the school as it has over the last 5 years. 


Wednesday 01/14/15 Delays


 

Kenton 2 hr delay
Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay
Riverdale 2 hr delay
Ada 2 hr delay
 
Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay
Simon Kenton/Harco Ind 2 hr delay
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start no bus/walk ins only
Hardin County Council On Aging CLOSED/no transportation meeting
 


Three Crashes Monday Morning Blamed on Icy Roads


Three crashes handled by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Monday morning were blamed on the icy road conditions.

According to the reports:

 

The first occurred around two Monday morning when 54 year old Michael Fulks, of Dunkirk, lost control of his car while driving south on 68. The car ended up off the road where it travelled through the ditch and into a yard, coming to rest in front of a house. The car was heavily damaged.

 

Then just before 7, 25 year old Kurt Dick, of Lima, lost control of his vehicle while travelling west on State Route 81. The car travelled off the road where it struck a utility pole causing moderate damage.

 

Finally, just before 9, 18 year old Sydney Arseneau, of West Mansfield, lost control of her car while driving west on State Route 309. The spun off the road and became stuck in the snow. No damage occurred to the car.

 

There were no injuries in any of the mishaps.


Kenton Mayor Vetoes Ordinance Authorizing a Performance Audit


An ordinance that would fund a performance audit for the City of Kenton was vetoed by Mayor Randy Manns.

 

The mayor submitted the veto in a written statement to Kenton City Council members at last night's meeting.

In the statement, the Mayor stated after speaking with two mayor's in communities where the audits were conducted, neither thought the audit was significantly worthwhile and have not implemented any of the recommendations. For that reason, combined with the fact that the 2015 budget was stripped as the mayor said 'to the bare bones,' spending an additional $35,000 for the audit is not wise.

 

In a response, the Finance Committee recommended a motion to Council to overturn the veto. Chairman Brian Hattery, said they spoke with individuals that told them the audit was worthwhile in their communities, and while they appreciate the Mayor's apprehension, they still feel the audit is a proper step the city should take.

Council will act on the measure to overturn the veto at the next meeting.

 

Also last night, ordinances approving agreements with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union and the Firefighters Local Union were approved after suspension of the three reading rule. The Mayor said these were the last two contracts to get passed and called them "fair." Safety Service Director Jim Hites said they offer a one percent pay increase and $500 one time check to full time employees.

 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said that in 2013, $1800 was collected for parking citations that were issued. In 2014, he said they collected $3900 but that is somewhat deceiving. He said the increase came in part from stepped up collection efforts from citation issued in 2012 and 2013. He noted that out of 108 letters sent for the unpaid fines, only 11 were not collected. While he predicts the 2015 amount will not exceed the 2014 figure, collections will still increase over 2013 numbers.

 

A finance committee meeting will be held at 5pm on January 22 to discuss financing for Letson Street improvements in conjunction with the International Paper expansion project.

 

The next regular meeting for Kenton City Council will be held starting at 7pm on Monday January 26.


Kenton School Board Holds Reorganization and Regular Meeting


The Kenton School Board held their annual reorganizational meeting and January monthly meeting last night. 
 
The annual reorganizational meeting is a standard meeting where the board sets up procedures for the rest of the year. Board member Russ Blue was named school board President for 2015 and Mark McCullough named Vice President. Many of the committee assignments and responsibilities remained the same.
 
During the regular monthly meeting, the Kenton School Board awarded the demolition contract for the Hardin Central and Espy Schools Buildings. Both buildings have been abated, and Salenbien Trucking and Excavating were awarded the contract, as they submitted the low bid of $161,000 to demolish the buildings. The demolition is set to begin in two weeks, and the board said that they would provide a way for members of the public to acquire commemorative bricks from either building should they want them. Info for that will be made available in the next two weeks.
 
Also at the meeting, School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski announced that that exams which were supposed to be given at the high school this week have been moved until next week. 
 
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on February 16th 2015, at the Kenton School Administrative Offices at 7pm.
 


Tuesday Jan 13th School Delays


 

Kenton 2 hr delay
Ada 2 hr delay
Riverdale 2 hr delay
Hardin Nrthern 2 hr delay
USV 2 hr delay
Ridgemont 2 hr delay
 
Simon Kento/Harco Ind 2 hr delay
Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start no bus  service open for walk ins only
McGuffey Head Start no morning bus service
First United Methdist Pre School 1/2 hr delay
Hardin County Council on aging no transportation/offices open at 10
Forest Head Start 1/2 hr delay
 
Victory Jamboree cancelled for 6:00 tonight


Ohio State Wins College Football National Title


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20 Monday night.

 

Photo: Associated Press

 

Elliott scored three straight times in the second half for the Buckeyes, seeded fourth in the four-team bracket, after the Ducks pulled within a point in the third quarter.
 
The Buckeyes overcame four turnovers to give Urban Meyer his first title in his third season at Ohio State after he won two championships at Florida under the old BCS system.
 
Cardale Jones, who started the season as Ohio State's third-string quarterback, accounted for two scores as the Buckeyes won their fifth national championship.
 
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive, but couldn't lead the second-seeded Ducks to their first national title.

 

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - If anybody's looking for an early Heisman Trophy favorite for next season, look no further than Zeke.
 
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott, known as Zeke to his teammates, had 246 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns. And the "slobs" - the offensive linemen's both affectionate and accurate name for themselves - dominated up front as the Buckeyes ran over Oregon 42-20 on Monday night to capture the national championship.
 
Elliott piled up an incredible 696 yards in his last three games against defenses representing three of the best teams in the land.
 
And the line - with four of five new starters at the outset of the season - created big holes for Elliott and bought time for quarterback Cardale Jones to find receivers.


School Information for Tuesday, January 13th 2015 (As of Midnight)


Below is the school information we currently have. We'll update as needed.

 

Simon Kenton/Harco Industries will be on a two hour delay Tuesday morning.

 

Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay Tuesday morning.


Lima Oil Refinery Will Be Closed For Week After Explosion


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Operators of an oil refinery in Ohio say it will remain shut down for about a week after it was rocked by an explosion over the weekend.

 

No one was hurt in the blast that triggered a fire and burned for about 14 hours at the facility in Lima.

 

Husky Energy Inc. said Monday that the one-week shutdown is precautionary. It says the refinery will still be able to operate even with the damage to one of its processing units.

 

A Husky spokesman said over the weekend that the company has enough inventory to continue to supply customers.

 

The explosion on Saturday happened in an area where crude oil is heated so it can be turned into other products.

 

Some reported feeling the explosion at least 10 miles away.


Ohio Gas Prices Inch Up Slightly, Remain Under $2 Per Gallon


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices inched up slightly to start the week though Ohio drivers are still paying less than $2 per gallon.

 

The average was $1.97 per gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's seven cents more than a week ago and $1.43 cheaper than this time last year.

 

The state average has dropped below $2 in recent weeks for the first time in more than five years.

 

Oil slipped below $48 a barrel Monday and is down 44 percent in the past three months, reflecting high supplies and muted demand from much of the world.

 

The national average Monday was $2.13 for regular gas, up seven cents from last week.

 

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Stage set for NCAA National Football Championship


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The first-ever major college football playoff championship game is tonight. The game features the second and fourth seeds in the four-team playoff, Oregon and Ohio State.
 
The Ducks are led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) who has led the team to a record of 13-1. In three seasons behind center for the Ducks he has passed for 10,463 yards, 103 touchdowns and had just 13 interceptions. For tonight's game he won't have one of his primary weapons to work with as receiver Darren Carrington has been ruled ineligible after failing an NCAA administered drug test. Another productive receiver, Devon Allen, is also missing as he was injured in the Rose Bowl.
 
The Buckeyes enter the game with a record of 13-1 and 12 game winning streak. With a win coach Urban Meyer would become just the second coach to win a national championship at two different schools. He led Florida to the title in 2006 and 2008 and would join Nick Saban as the only two-school winners.
 
Oregon advanced to the title game with a 59-20 win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl while the Buckeyes punched their ticket to the big game with a 43-35 win over top-seed Alabama.
 
Ohio State has won four national championships while Oregon is searching for its first. This is the ninth time these schools have met in football with OSU coming out on top in all previous games.
 
For decades the champion of major college football was decided by polls and then the Bowl Championship Series. Now, for the first time the title is being decided in the final game of a four-team playoff.


School Delays for Monday, January 12th 2015


 

Kenton CLOSED
Ada CLOSED
USV 2 USV
Ridgemont CLOSED
Upper Sandusky CLOSED
Hardin Northern CLOSED
Riverdale 2 hr delay
 
Simon Kenton/Harco Ind 2 hr delay
Ohio High Point CLOSED
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start CLOSED
McGuffey Head Start no morning bus service/walk ins only
Forest Christian pre school 1 hr delay
Forest Head Start 1/2 hr delay and no bus service
 
 
Advance Dental is CLOSED
TOPS 434 meeting at 1 is cancelled
Hardin County Council on Aging is CLOSED
McGuffey Head Start parent meeting for 5:30 tonight cancelled
No Limits Salon closed until noon
Alger Village offices are closed today
Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start -- open for walk ins only
Dr. Wigdon's office closing at 1:00
Imagination Library Annual Meeting scheduled for 4:00 today cancelled.


Late Surge Lifts USV Past Ada


The Upper Scioto Valley Rams used a late surge to defeat Ada 63-56 in boys basketball action on Saturday.

 

The Rams led 46 to 30 in the third quarter but the Bulldogs stormed back. Ada pulled to within 48 to 44 after three periods and grabbed a 52 to 51 lead in the fourth quarter.

 

The Rams responding by outscoring the Dogs 12 to 4 down the stretch to improve to 8 and 1.

 

Lane Hurley led all scorers with 19 points for the Rams while Cameron Parker added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Blake Stephens tossed in 14 more points for USV.

 

Grant McBride scored 17 points for Ada, which slips to 3 and 5. Owen Conley had 13 points and 6 rebounds for the Bulldogs.


Area Farmer Installs Solar Panel on Farm


An area farmer will be using the sun to power his farm operations soon.  

 

Hardin County farmer Jerry McBride, like many area farmers is concerned about rising energy costs. While farm inputs and revenues have recently been a bit higher, the costs with running a farm, particularly energy costs have gone up as well, leaving many area farm operations looking to alternatives and cost saving practices. In addition to farming, McBride sits on the board of the Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District and while at one of that organizations conventions, McBride said he learned about an alternative energy source which could prove valuable to his farm operation.

 

Crews install rails to hold the panels on the top of McBrides Barns

 

"It kind of intrigued me, and the grants and and incentives and depreciation schedule sounded almost affordable. I made the call and started talking and doing some figuring with the ultimate goal of zero electric bill. I'm getting close" said McBride.

 

Ecojiva Energy specializes in the installation of solar panels for energy generation. Senior Director of Sales for the company, Jess Ennis said that the company has installed over two dozen systems on farms throughout Ohio which to date are generating over one million watts combined. He noted that farmers can have a system pay for itself after several years.

 

"Generally speaking, our systems tend to out perform their projected efficiencies. It's no uncommon for the system, once it's installed to produce around 5% more electricity than we had forecast originally." said Ennis.

 

It's kind of hard to make out at this point, but when completed, the panels will spell out "OSU"

 

Ecojiva installs solar panels, and has been working close with farming operations. CEO of Ecojiva Sridhar Ayer said that rural farms are in a unique situation in that they can generate high revenues in a given year, and also have high energy costs. Given that, farmers in particular are looking for a stable energy source which can maintain costs in spite of rising energy prices.

 

"And one other thing we notices for any of these solar systems, you need to have ground space and roof space to work with. Farmers were ideal for that. They have the ground space, and also have a lot of roof space to work with. So we had a good combination of high commodity prices, the tax incentives, their high energy usage from grain dryers and livestock barns, and they have the space for the system. And in a state like Ohio which has very good incentives from utilities which allows them to generate power for their own use." said Ayer.

 

Jerry McBride demonstrates the durability of the panels.

 

The solar project on McBrides farm is unique in that it is formed in an OSU pattern, as McBride is a graduate of Ohio State. McBride made an investment of over $150,000.00 toward the project and applied for government grants to help with the initial costs.

 

 

 

"I had wanted them to spell out McBride, but when we sketched it out, it was too long for the roof. And they told me that they wanted to do one as "OSU" at some point. Well I graduated from Ohio State and my kids all went there and graduated, so I thought that would be a great idea." said McBride.

 

McBride notes that the costs and the environmental impact made the solar project one that he was willing to invest in.

 

"Anything we can do to lower our fuel usage we need to do. But the thing about electric bills and our wonderful government, they want to burn clean coal, but as long as we have to do that, electric bills are going to keep going up. My electric bill has gone up the last ten years and I'm not using anymore and they'll keep going up, but mine is not, I'm going to slow it down." said McBride.


First Half Tax Bills In The Mail


Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that Real Estate Tax Bills are in the mail.

 

The last day to pay first half real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 11, 2015.

 

Manufactured home (trailer) tax bills are also being mailed. The last day to pay first half manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County wothout penalty is Wednesday February 25, 2015.

 

If you have a change of mailing address, please contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.


Senator To Get Update On Northwest Ohio Flood Control


OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Republican U.S. senator wants to hear what's going on with flood control plans in northwest Ohio.

 

Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area will be Ottawa on Saturday to meet with officials in Putnam County about flood mitigation. Portman, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Rep. Bob Latta have urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate projects related to the flooding.

 

Among the efforts are redesign work around the Road I-9 Bridge in Ottawa Township and an engineering report on the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project.

 

Portman's office said his meeting Saturday will be at the Putnam County Educational Service Center.


Defense, Three-Point Shooting Propel Riders Past Cats 60-24


The St. Marys Roughriders used a sticky defense and strong three-point shooting to down the Kenton Wildcats 60-24 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Roughriders (6-3 overall, 2-0 WBL) held Kenton to 23 percent shooting for the game while forcing 22 Wildcat turnovers. At the other end of the floor, St. Marys hit 10 three-pointers - 5 in each half - as they buried the Cats.

 

Quinn Zaerr had 12 points and 9 rebounds for St. Marys while Derek Jay added another 12 points (on 4 three-pointers) for the winners.

 

Seth Kuhlman led Kenton with 6 points and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats (3-5, 0-2) travel to Liberty-Benton for non-league action on Saturday.


Pennsylvania Man's Credit Card Used in Fraudulent Transaction in Kenton


A Pennsylvania man called police in Kenton to report the fraudulent use of his credit card.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the victim stated that his card was used to make a purchase in the amount of just over $239 at Kenton's WalMart on January 5
 

The transaction was captured by the store's video system, and a description of the suspect was obtained.
 

The case is under investigation.


Celebrate Recovery Program Operational Again


 

 

The Celebrate Recovery Program is back in operation after taking a break.

 

Pastor Jason Manns, from New Hope Fellowship Church, said four area churches have taken a lead role, "New Hope is one of those, First United Methodist, St. John's and Abundant Life Assembly of God have all four come together, and that's making up the lead team. We would love to have even more support, so if there is anyone that is part of another church that says we'd like to have our church be involved, they are more than welcome. We truly believe that analogy, 'many hands make quick work.' If we can get

more people involved, we would be better off."

 

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


Kenton Vs St. Mary's, One of Two Weekend Basketball Games on WKTN


The Kenton Wildcats return to action in the Western Buckeye League tonight when they host St. Marys.

 

The Roughriders , considered by many to be a dark-horse contender for the Western Buckeye League title, are 1 and 0 in league action. St. Marys is off to a 5 and 3 start against a tough early-season schedule – the three teams that have defeated the Riders are a combined 16 and 5 for the season.
 

The Cats are 0 and 1 in league play and are 3 and 4 overall after Tuesday’s 60 to 49 loss to Coldwater. After tonight, Kenton will hit the road for three straight games and will not return to the friendly confines until January 23rd.

 

On Saturday, Ada will renew its backyard rivalry with Upper Scioto Valley by hosting the Rams in boys basketball action.

The Bulldogs evened their record at 3 and 3 on Tuesday with a thrilling 59 to 58 win at Fort Jennings. The 6 and 1 Rams have been off since Friday, when they suffered their first loss of the season by a 65 to 59 count to Miller City.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. on both nights.


Ohio Flu Hospitalizations Spike Again; 4 Deaths Reported


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state Health Department says four people have died from the flu this season in Ohio as hospitalizations continue to rise.

 

Data released Friday shows 1,598 flu-related hospitalizations Dec. 28 through Jan. 4. That's a 55 percent jump from a week earlier and brings the season total to 4,487.

 

The state says Ohio's east-central region had the most hospitalizations last week with 461, followed by 289 from the southwest.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said this year's vaccine may not protect against the dominant flu strain as well.

 

The state says getting the vaccine is still important, especially for the chronically ill, the elderly and pregnant women.

 

Several hospitals around Ohio have asked people with flu symptoms to stay away to avoid sickening patients and staff.


School delays and cancellations for Friday January 9th 2015


 

Kenton CLOSED
Ada 2 hr delay
Ridgemont CLOSED
Upper Sandusky CLOSED
Riverdale CLOSED
Hardin Northern 2 hr delay
USV 2 hr delay
Simon Kenton/ Harco Ind CLOSED
Ohio Hi Point CLOSED
 
Forest Christian Pre School CLOSED
Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no bus service/open for walk ins only
Med prep event at Rhodes State College at 9 am is cancelled
McGuffey Head start no morning bus service
Hardin County Council on Aging is CLOSED
New Hope Ministry Park is CLOSED
Dr Mousa's clinic at Hardin Memorial is cancelled for today.
Dr Gahndi's clinic at Hardin Memorial is cancelled for today
UMADOP of Kenton is CLOSED
Kenton Head Start 2 & 4, walk ins only, no bus running


One Person Injured in Ada Crash Wednesday Afternoon


One person was injured in a crash that occurred around 12:20 Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 81 in Ada.

 

According to information from the Ada Police Department, a car driven by Dr. Mark Shaw, of Ada, and a truck being operated by Mark Jenson, of Dayton, collided in the intersection. The crash remains under investigation, as police are still trying to determine which driver ran the red light.

 

A passenger in Dr. Shaw's car was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

The car was heavily damaged, and moderate damage occurred to the truck.

 

 

 

 

A crash with injuries was reported Wednesday morning to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. According to the day log, the crash occurred in the 5000 block of State Route 309.

 

The report is not available at this time.


Ohio Execution Drug Supply Expires April 1


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio says its supplies of lethal injection drugs expire this spring, meaning it could carry out just two executions this year unless it obtains new batches.
 
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction tells The Associated Press in response to a records request that 40 vials of the sedative midazolam (mih-DAY'-zoh-lam) expire April 1.
 
That drug is part of the agency's two-drug lethal injection combination, meaning executions beyond the ones in February and March could not be carried out without it.
 
The prisons department says 60 vials of the second drug, the painkiller hydromorphone (heye-droh-MOHR'-fohn), expire June 1.
 
Any changes to Ohio's lethal injection policy must come 30 days before a scheduled execution. Ohio's next execution is Feb. 11, meaning any policy updates would have to come this week.


December Logged As Ohio's Deadliest Month For Fires in 2014


CINCINNATI (AP) - A string of multiple-fatality home blazes made December Ohio's deadliest fire month of 2014 and pushed the annual death toll to 115.

 

Statistics from the state fire marshal's office show 16 people were killed by fires last month, causing an increase in the year's death toll after three straight years of declining numbers. The state reported 103 fire deaths in 2013, after 106 in 2012.

 

An early morning house fire in Hamilton killed three children in southwest Ohio on Dec. 12. Two adults were killed in a Dec. 24 fire in Monroe County in eastern Ohio. On Dec. 26, a woman and her three grandsons died in a fire in her home near Washington Court House in southwest Ohio.

 

There have been seven fire deaths already this year.


Ohio Hunters Bag Fewer Deer This Muzzleloader Season


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Deer hunters in Ohio checked fewer deer than last year during the recent four-day muzzleloader season.
 
The period during which hunters can kill white-tailed deer with muzzle-loaded guns came to close on Monday. Hunters also could pursue deer with bows during this period.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested 13,726 white-tailed deer during the muzzleloader season. That's about 2,700 fewer deer than last year, when hunters checked 16,464 deer.
 
The department says increased deer harvests in the last few years have helped many counties approach acceptable populations of deer. Natural resources officials say that's reflected in the drop in deer checked this season.
 
Bag limits were reduced in 46 counties prior to the 2014-2015 deer hunting season, and antlerless permits were eliminated in 29 counties.


School and Community Information for Thursday January 8th 2015


The following school and community information is what we have for Thursday, January 8th.

Kenton is closed

USV is closed

Ridgemont is closed

Hardin Northern is closed

Riverdale is closed

Ada is closed

Upper Sandusky is closed

Ohio Hi Point is closed
Simon Kenton is closed
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start closed
First United Methodist is closed
Forest Head Start is closed
Forest Christian Pre School is closed
McGuffey Head Start is closed
Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start cancelled for today. Make-up day scheduled for Friday
Hardin county Council on Aging is closed
Kenton City Bldg will open at 10am
Hardin County Municipal Court closed until 10, 9am hearings will be heard at 10am
Helping Hands is closed
Hardin Northern Public Library Book Discussion Group scheduled for 7:00 pm tonight cancelled.
All Kenton Middle School Athletic Events have been cancelled for tonight


Two Crashes Occur Around Hardin County Tuesday


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in separate crashes that occurred Tuesday around Hardin County.

 

The first occurred just past 11 Tuesday morning on State Route 292 in Buck Township. According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Amber Brentlinger, of Ridgeway, was driving north on 292 when she slowed down for another vehicle that was stopped in the roadway in the same lane of travel. Her car travelled off the road where it struck a culvert on the south side of County Road 190.

 

 

 

 

The other crash occurred just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon on County Road 20 in Blanchard Township.

 

According to that report, 26 year old Andrea Spitnale, of Findlay, lost control of her car while driving west on 20. The car ended up off the south side of the road where it travelled several yards in a field before entering a yard. The car struck a house, continued on and struck the deck of the house, and it travelled several more yards before coming to rest in a fence row. Spitnale, who was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control, was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of injuries.


 


School delays and cancellations for Wednesday, January 7th


Below is the school information for Wednesday morning, January 7th.

 

Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay.

 

Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay.

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Ohio Hi point 2 hr delay

 

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no bus, walk ins only

 

Forest Christian Pre school 1 hr delay

 

Kenton First United Methodist pre school 1/2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 1 hr delay

 

McGuffey Head Start no bus walk ins only

 

Forest Head Start 1/2 hr delay

 

Hardin County Humane Society Bingo for 6:30 tonight cancelled

 

Faith Baptist Church, St Rt 53--all activities cancelled for tonight

 

Bible study services for 6:30 this eveing at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church-cancelled


Mt. Victory Teenager Injured in Crash


A Mt. Victory teenager was injured in a crash that occurred around 12:44 Monday afternoon.
 

Complete details on the crash are not available at this time, but according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 16 year old Aislinn McCullough, the driver of the car, was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of injuries.
 

The crash, which remains under investigation, occurred on State Route 292 in Hale Township.


Tuesday Delays and Cancellations


Kenton CLOSED

Ada CLOSED

Ridgemont CLOSED

Hardin Northern CLOSED

Riverdale 2 hr delay

Upper Sandusky CLOSED

USV CLOSED

Simon Kenton Harco CLOSED

Ohio High Point CLOSED

Forest Christian Preschoool 1 hr delay

Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start CLOSED

First United Methodist Preschool CLOSED

Hardin County Council on aging is CLOSED

McGuffey Head Start CLOSED

Hardin County Homemakers CANCELLED for today

Tuesday morning Bowling League at 10:00 CANCELLED

Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start--bus not running.  Walk ins only

Ruthie's Cutting up CLOSED for the day

ReStore Community Center in Ada CLOSED for the day

Kenton Eagles Ladies Auxiellary meeting cancelled for 7:00 tonight


Big Run Lifts Ada Past Hardin Northern


The Ada Bulldogs scored 26 unanswered points and cruised past Hardin Northern 55-25 in girls basketball action on Monday.

 

The Polar Bears (3-7) scored the game's first point but the Bulldogs rattled off the next 26 en route to building 37-3 halftime lead.

 

Ada (7-3) was led by Tori Wyss, who had 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Alexis Amburgey, who finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

 

Hardin Northern got 12 points and 5 rebounds from Holly Wilson.


Icy Roads Cause Problems Saturday Morning


Most of the mishaps that occurred Saturday morning due to icy roads around Hardin County were relatively minor.
 

One of the more serious crashes occurred just before 5am Saturday when a car driven by 35 year old Amber Long, of Plain City, Ohio, ended up off the left side of State Route 31, where it travelled into the ditch and rolled onto its passenger side. Long, who was not injured, lost control of the car on the ice.

 

 

 

Another mishap that occurred just past 10:30 Saturday morning injured a Kenton woman.
 

According to that report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 47 year old Cheryl Busch was driving north on County Road 135 and slowed for an oncoming vehicle. The car slid off the road where it struck a tree and a utility pole before coming to rest. Busch was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay by Dunkirk EMS.


Hardin Northern Takes On Ada Tonight in Girl's Basketball Action


The Hardin Northern Polar Bears make the short trip to Ada to meet the Bulldogs in girls basketball action tonight.

 

The Polar Bears have won 3 of their last 4 games to improve to 3 and 6. Hardin Northern has been off since December 23rd, when the Polar Bears defeated Hopewell-Loudon 52 to 40.
 

Ada brings a 6 and 3 mark into tonight’s game. The Bulldogs had their 4-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they were blitzed by unbeaten Liberty-Benton 66 to 31.
 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Ada High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Ohio Gas Prices Tumble Further; Regular Fuel Averages $1.90


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are still paying less than $2 per gallon to fill their tanks this week.

 

The average was $1.90 per gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago and $1.41 cheaper than at this time last year.

 

The state average dropped below $2 last week for the first time in more than five years.

 

An Ohio AAA spokeswoman said an oversupply of crude oil worldwide has decreased prices, and fuel costs also tend to be lower in winter. She said it's an unusual situation, which makes it difficult to predict how far gas prices might fall.

 

The national average Monday was $2.20 for regular gas, down slightly from last week.

 

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Wildcats Even Mark With Rout Of W-G


The Kenton Wildcats improved to 3-3 on the season by routing Waynesfield-Goshen 77-54 in boys basketball action on Saturday.

 

The Wildcats forced 28 turnovers and limited the Tigers to 38 percent shooting for the game.

 

 

Austin Phillips led four Wildcats in double figures as he finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Thomas Phillips added 13 points and 6 rebounds while Colyn Blackford had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Blake Bushong was the fourth Wildcat in double figures as he chipped in with 11 points.

 

Waynesfield-Goshen (0-8) got 11 points each from Lake Turner and Jarrod Bly.

 

Austin Buroker tallied 9 points and 7 rebounds for Kenton and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Cats are back in action on Tuesday when they visit Coldwater.


Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Failed To Keep Resolutions in 2014


A hefty 71% of our Visitor Poll voters failed to keep their New Year's resolutions made in 2014.

 

Some though kept them longer than others.

 

Breaking down the results, 41% only kept their resolution(s) for one day, 26% made it for one month and 4% kept them for half a year. The remaining 29% kept theirs the entire year.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Kenton Takes on Waynesfield-Goshen in Boy's Basketball Action Tonight


The Kenton Wildcats will ring in the New Year on Saturday when they host the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers.

 

The Tigers are one team that is happy 2014 is over. Waynesfield-Goshen went winless in seven starts in December and was outscored by an average of 25 points a game.

 

A win over the Tigers will get the Wildcats to the .500 mark for the season. Kenton is 2 and 3 and is looking to build some momentum as it heads into a difficult part of its schedule. After this home game with the Tigers, the Cats hit the road for four of their next five contests.

 

WKTN will have all the action live from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Erica L. Ellis was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.

 

.Jennifer J. Borba was also placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of theft of drugs and tampering with evidence.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


"Hoarders" Star The Guest On At Issue


 

 

A star of the hit nationally televised show "Hoarders" is the guest on this week's At Issue program.
 

Featured organizer Matt Paxton said the best way to deal with hoarders is through compassion, "All we teach is compassion, compassion compassion, because this is about someone who has been tragically, tragically hurt, and the family members don't understand it. They've been yelling and screaming and getting upset. If you go into it with compassion, you get the person on the right side. You start off good."
 

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


Muzzleloader Season Opens For Ohio Deer Hunters


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The four-day muzzleloader season for deer hunters in Ohio is opening.

 

The period during which hunters can kill white-tailed deer with muzzle-loaded guns starts Friday and runs through Monday. Hunters can also pursue deer with bows during this period.

 

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

 

Hunters checked 16,464 deer during the 2014 four-day muzzleloader season. Ohio's small game, furbearer and waterfowl seasons are also open during the muzzleloader season.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the state ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters, and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio.


Ohio State defeats Alabama In Sugar Bowl. Will Face Oregon For National Title


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl in his second career start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night.

 


 The Buckeyes advanced to play Oregon in the Jan. 12 national championship game at Arlington, Texas.
 
Jones threw for 243 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes ahead for good early in the third quarter. He also ran for 43 yards and converted a crucial third-down play on a 1-yard dive with Ohio State (13-1) clinging to a 34-28 lead.
 
On the next play, Elliott took a handoff, broke one feeble attempt at a tackle, and was gone for an 85-yard touchdown that clinched the victory with 3:24 remaining.

 


 Alabama (12-2) was denied a shot at its fourth national title in six years.


New Years Celebrated Around The World


Pope Francis has celebrated New Year's Day Mass today in St. Peter's Basilica. He prayed for blessings for "the entire human family" and asked that God "grant peace to our days- peace in hearts, peace in families, peace among nations."

Tourists, pilgrims and Romans streamed to St. Peter's Square for the pontiff's noon appearance.
 
Syrian President Bashar Assad has made a rare visit to the front line of his country's civil war, spending New Year's Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood.
 
State media footage showed Assad having dinner with soldiers and pro-government gunmen in the neighborhood of Jobar on Wednesday night. The neighborhood has witnessed intense fighting over the past months between troops and opposition fighters.
 
The footage, aired today, showed Assad shaking hands and kissing troops, walking into fortifications and climbing onto a tank.
 
Assad rarely makes public appearances since the country's crisis began nearly four years ago.
 
Russian people say they're looking forward to a good year in 2015 despite the country's economic and political problems.
 
The ruble has tumbled and tensions are up, but these setbacks seem to have produced a surge in national pride.
 
A million people crammed into New York's Times Square to usher in 2015.
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio, flanked by his wife and two children, pushed the ceremonial button that set the 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball in motion. With temperatures at about 30 degrees, partygoers were bundled up in parkas, fleece-lined hats and gloves.
 
Twenty-eight-year-old Sonia Dost traveled from San Francisco to see the ball drop. She says, "It was on my bucket list."


Ag Society Holds January Meeting Early


The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Monday, Dec. 29th at the Plaza in Mt. Victory for a Holiday Dinner and their January Regular Meeting.  There were 17 directors and 42 guests present.  Craig Stump, Vice President, called the meeting to order.

 

After having a delicious meal from the Plaza, Craig thanked all guests for attending and then honored the Board’s past 3 director’s for their long time service to the Fair Board.  Plaques were given to Steve Christopher for 9 years of service, Charlie McCullough for 5 years of service and Mike Kleman for 4 years of service.

 

December 6th, 2014 minutes were approved along with Financial Reports and Bills for December.

 

The 2014 Annual Report was approved and 2015 Fair Committees were announced. 

 

The Ground’s Committee reported their findings on what needs done in the Community Building. The committee was given the approval to get bids for painting the building and to make the final decision on who to do it.  The Ground’s Committee will also do a thorough cleaning of the building.  The Board approved a change to the rental contract to read:  “Rental rates are only guaranteed for one year from date signed.  Renters will be notified of rental rate increases the next year and will be given the opportunity to receive a full refund if you no longer want to rent the building d/t the price increase.”  The Ground’s Committee was also given the approval to purchase Kenton High School’s old risers at a cost of no more than $2,000.  Mike Kleman, representing the company Triumph, stated they are looking at Community Service Projects and those project ideas should be submitted to him.  The next Ground’s Committee Meeting date is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12th, at 7pm.

 

The Camping Committee will be meeting sometime in January to go over some changes.

 

Jeff Madison was given the approval to sign entertainment contracts at the Annual Convention in January.  Bob McBride stated he is looking for a speaker for the Hour of Inspiration during the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

The Livestock Sale Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7pm in the Fair Office with all Livestock Committees to meet after this meeting to pick judges for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

Janie Seiler stated she will be meeting with concessionaires at the Annual Convention in January.

 

Nancy Rickenbacher stated they are still working on getting new members for the Jr. Fair Board.  She will also be ordering ribbons at the Convention. 

 

Under Old Business:  Beef and Dairy Steer Tagging is Saturday, January 3rd from 10am-1pm.  There will be 18 directors attending the annual convention, at least one day. 

 

Judi Cronley, Treasurer, paid all directors for the 2015 upcoming year. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, February 7th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.


Extra Patrols Tonight Aimed At Keeping Roads Safe


To help ensure a safer commute home from New Year's parties, law enforcement officers plan to be out in force.
 

A word of warning for anyone consuming alcohol at New Year's parties tonight....let somebody else do the driving. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said you can expect extra patrols around Hardin County tonight. He said, "absolutely, we will have extra patrols out due to state grant money for traffic enforcement. We obviously are encouraging anyone who is going to be partaking of any alcoholic beverages to please enjoy yourself and have fun but find a sober driver to drive you home or call a cab."
 

The Sheriff added that it's important for all motorists to drive defensively, "especially in the wintertime, but that goes for anytime of the year. You have to drive defensively, watch out for the other drivers because there will be impaired drivers out amongst us tonight and over the weekend. So we will need to take extra precautions this weekend."
 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said extra patrols can also be expected in the city, "We want to ensure that everybody makes it to and from their destinations safely, so we have cancelled time off requests this time of year to add extra time on the roads. We hope people will have a good time tonight, and refrain from drinking and driving."

 

Have a safe and Happy New year from all of us at WKTN.

 


Ohio's Average Gas Price Dips Below $2 Per Gallon


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The average cost of gas in Ohio has dipped below $2 per gallon for the first time in more than five years.

 

The average for a gallon of regular gas fell to $1.99 in Wednesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.

 

Ohio AAA spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind says that average hasn't been below $2 since April 28, 2009, when it was $1.98. She says back then, the recession was a key factor.

 

This time, Schwind says prices have been dropping for months because of an oversupply of crude oil worldwide. She says there's also a seasonal element, as gas prices tend to be lower during winter.

 

The national average Wednesday was $2.26 per gallon, down from $2.35 last week and $3.32 a year ago.


Water Line Work To Close Ohio 273 in Mount Victory


A water line project in the village of Mt. Victory will close Ohio 273 between Township Road 197 and County Road 199 beginning January 5 for three weeks.

 

Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 31 back to Ohio 273.

 

Work is being performed by VTF Excavation, Celina.


Ohio Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Tops Projection


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The number of Ohioans enrolling in Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program has topped state projections during the first year.

 

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/13GJJWr ) reports officials had estimated 377,000 newly eligible residents would sign up by next summer, and more than 450,000 had done so as of November. That's about 20 percent greater than the projection.

 

The state moved forward last fall with extending Medicaid eligibility to cover thousands more people under the federal health overhaul. Coverage took effect last January.

 

The expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain coverage. For a single adult, that's about $16,000 annually.

 

An official with the nonprofit Enroll America, which helps people sign up, says the enrollment numbers show there's demand for coverage.


Indian Lake Defeats Lady Wildcats In Overtime


The Indian Lake Lakers defeated the Kenton Lady Wildcats 65 to 62 in overtime Monday in girls basketball action.

 

Ashley Morris hit a three-pointer with 1:06 to play to give Kenton a 55 to 53 lead, but Caylee Wurster's bucket for Indian Lake with under a second to play tied the game at 55 and forced overtime.

 

The Lakers never trailed in the extra session, using a strong effort from the foul line to maintain a slim advantage. The Wildcats never trailed by more than three points in overtime and had multiple opportunities to tie the game but could not convert.

 

Indian Lake, which played the final six seconds with just four players, improves to 2 and 6. Sydney Miller had 19 points for the Lakers while Wurster finished with 16. Morgan Evilsizor added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Indian Lake while Sammi Miller was the fourth Laker in double figures as she scored 10 points.

 

Morris finished with a season-best 28 points to lead the Lady Wildcats while Layne Taylor posted a career-high 12 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds.

 

The Lady Wildcats are now 2 and 8 and are off until January 6th, when they will host the always-strong Arlington Red Devils.


Several Thefts Reported Around Hardin County


Several breaking and entering and theft incidents were reported over the weekend to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

According to the reports:

 

.A dirt bike and all terrain vehicle, valued at $4600 were stolen from a residence in Patterson. That was reported Sunday.

 

.A television, valued at $300, was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of North Street in Mt. Victory. That also was reported on Sunday.

 

.A flat screen television and lap top computer, valued at just over $1300, were stolen following a breaking and entering at Foraker Elevator. That incident was report Saturday and occurred sometime since Christmas Eve.

 

.A flat screen television valued at $1300 was stolen from a residence in Alger. That also was reported Saturday.

 

.Finally a theft of a firearm valued at $400 was reported Saturday. It was taken from a residence in the 14,000 block of County Road 200.

 

All cases are under investigation.


Average Cost For Regular Gas in Ohio Drops Near $2


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The average gas price in Ohio has dropped closer to $2 as the year comes to an end.
 

The state average was $2.03 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 16 cents less than last week and $1.38 per gallon cheaper than a year ago.
 

The national average Monday was about $2.29 per gallon. That's 10 cents cheaper than a week ago and about a dollar less than the average cost at this time last year.
 
A significant drop in oil prices since summer was one factor expected to boost holiday road travel last week and this week.
 
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Two Story House on CR 144 Destroyed By Fire


A Hardin County Family lost pretty much everything in a fire that destroyed their home Sunday morning.

 

Mt. Victory Fire Chief Charles Mowery said firefighters were dispatched around 7:30 Sunday morning, "To a residential fire at 21264 County Road 144, which is just outside of Hepburn. We had a two story frame house that was fully engulfed with fire."

 

The Chief said the house was occupied by the Michael Singledecker family, "They were purchasing it on land contract. The owner was Amy Collins."

 

The home was listed as pretty much a total loss at around $80,000 in damages, and the family lost almost all of their contents. The American Red Cross was on the scene to provide assistance to the family.

 

Chief Mowery said there were a total of five fire departments on the scene, "Southeast Hardin-Northwest Union, Kenton, Scioto Valley, Marseilles and Ridgeway. We had a total of about 40 firefighters there."

 

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for around 4 and half hours.

 

The cause of that blaze still has not been yet been determined and is under investigation.


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