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Three people were injured in a crash that occurred around 4:30 Friday afternoon.

 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Laura Herron, of Ledington, Michigan, lost control of her car while driving south on State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.

 

The car first went off the right side of the road, and Herron over-corrected, which caused the car to end up off the left side of the road where it overturned two times.

 

Herron was ejected through the driver's side window and was transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

 

Two passengers in the car, 53 year old Marlene Clemons and 21 year old Monica Jolly, both of Lima, were transported to St. Rita's by ambulance.

 

The car was totaled, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Eight Graders from Ada Schools returned Sunday from a trip to Washington DC last week.  

 

While on the trip, several students spoke with WKTN Radio about their experiences in our nation's capital. Trip Coordinator Mike Styer has been a part of the annual trip for the past sixteen years. Styer said that each year there is something new to see in Washington DC.

 

The Ada 8th Graders at The White House

 

"It does change every couple of years. There's a new museum popping up. We went to the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon last year for the first time so we took the kids again this year. And the kids get to see the different museums getting built. The African American History Museum is being finalized so hopefully we'll be able to see that one next year. We talk about many of the exhibits in the classroom all throughout the year and the students get to see these first hand. It's almost a living history" said Styer.

 

Student Austin Ambergy said that he was impressed with the number of museums that the students went to see, as well as some of the monuments around the city.

 

"We've been to a lot of memorials and museums. We saw the Capital Building which is really cool. The Jefferson Memorial was really cool. The Lincoln Memorial was awesome, and we took pictures at the Washington Monument. We went to the National Air & Space Museum and that was really awesome. We got to see floating space and floating planets, Navy planes and how they work. It was really interesting." said Ambergy.

 

Ada students place a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

 

Student Jacob Caldwell mentioned the number of memorials in the city as being particularly impressive as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

 

"We've been to a lot of the war memorials. The Korean Memorial, Vietnam and World War II, and it was really cool to see the architecture and the design of all the memorials. The museums were all really interesting. We went to Arlington Cemetery where we saw many of the graves, including presidential graves like President Kennedy's. We also had a wreath bearing (at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) from a couple of kids from our class." said Caldwell.

 

Styer said that in all his years of taking students to Washington DC, this year's class was very impressive, and he hoped that they made some memories on the trip that they'll take with them throughout their lives.

 

 

"This has been one of the most disciplined group of kids. The kids have been very respectful and have learned a lot. They answered the questions of our official tour guides really well. I'm proud of what the kids have done and hopefully they've some memories and years down the road they'll remember everything they saw and want to come back and maybe bring their own kids." said Styer.

 

There were forty-six students and five chaperones on the Ada Eight Grade Trip this year.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up again to start the work week.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.41 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 7 cents from a week ago, but $1.31 less than last year at this time.

 

Ohio prices were about a nickel below the national average, which was $2.46 per gallon Monday. That's up 7 cents from a week ago and $1.21 less than last year at this time.

 

While prices nationally rose about 3.9 percent in March, analysts say gas prices remain relatively low, having fallen about 33 percent over the past year.

 

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(FINDLAY, OH, APRIL 17, 2015)  — The American Red Cross announces the release of its new Emergency App which gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices.

 

This all-inclusive app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wildfires and more. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

 

“When an emergency occurs, it’s important for families to stay safe and connected,” said Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter. “Our Emergency App does that. It covers 14 different types of disasters and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts so that they will know what to do no matter where they live or travel.”

 

“Family Safe” is a new, unique feature that allows the app user to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster. The recipient can instantly see the alert details as well as specific “what to do now” steps, and then respond with either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe.” This feature works even if the recipient has not downloaded the Emergency App.

 

The Emergency App has many features, including:

 

·Emergency first aid information for situations such as heart attacks, heat-related emergencies as well as water safety information;

 

·Preloaded content so users can access guidance from Red Cross experts even without mobile connectivity.

 

·A single map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.

 

·A home fire section with detailed prevention and safety tips as well as Red Cross “After the Fire” information.

 

·A “Make a Plan” feature to help families plan what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes.

 

·The ability to easily toggle between English and Spanish.

 

In addition to smartphones and tablets, this feature will be available on the new Apple Watch and can be downloaded from the Apple Watch App Store starting April 24.

 

Red Cross apps have been downloaded more than 6 million times and nearly 400 million alerts have been sent since the launch of the first app in 2012. In the past year alone, more than 350 million pages were viewed and the “I’m Safe” feature was accessed just over 550,000 times across all preparedness apps. 

 

While apps can help prepare someone for disasters, it’s important to note that they are not substitutes for training. People can take Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses so they’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. They can get information and register at redcross.org/TakeAClass.

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Don Castle

 

Following a year long investigation, a former probation officer and bailiff at Hardin County Municipal Court has been arrested on several sexually oriented offenses.

 

According to information from the Multi-County Jail in Marion, 47 year old Don Castle was arrested Thursday evening and transported to the facility.

 

Click here to download a PDF of the indictment.

 

He has been charged with seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The seven count indictment was filed in Hardin County Common Pleas Court and alleges that Castle engaged in sexual conduct with four victims, identified in the indictment as Jane Doe, John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3. In the case of John Doe 2, the victim was under the age of thirteen. In the other cases, the victims ability to resist was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition. The first incident allegedly occurred in 1995.

 

"During the course of the investigation, agents uncovered evidence leading them to three others, including a child and two adults, who are also believed to have been sexually assaulted by the defendant," said Attorney General DeWine.  "We believe the evidence in this case shows that the suspect specifically targeted individuals who were vulnerable and unable to defend themselves."

 

None of the victims are associated with the defendant's prior work as a probation officer, however one of the alleged adult victims was a tenant at a now-closed group home where Castle previously volunteered.

 

The investigation was initiated in April of 2014 when a search warrant was executed and Castle's computer was seized in his office at the court.

 

A special prosecutor through the Ohio Attorney General's Office has been assigned to the case.

 

An arraignment date has not yet been set in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

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A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Johnny M. Hilvers was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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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.

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Ridgemont High School held a crash scene investigation program for Ridgemont Juniors and Seniors Wednesday morning.

 

Deputy Issac Woltz from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office walks the students though the crash investigation. 

 

In the spring, many schools conduct mock crash scenes for students to drive home the point of making right decisions during prom, graduation and throughout the year. On Wednesday at Ridgemont High School, that concept was taken a step further, in that students were able to see how law enforcement and emergency personal are able to determine cause in a crash investigation.

 

The program, developed in house at Ridgemont brought in investigators from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Fire Department, Hardin County Prosecutors Office and trauma specialists to walk students through a mock crash scene investigation. Students were presented with the situation, which involved fellow students, and had to determine how the crash happened, potential injuries, and the aftermath of the crash including long term psychological effects. Pulling in work in several class programs, students were able to make observations and recommendations on how the crash may have happened.

 

Kenton Firefighter Tyler Pitts explains possible injuries suffered in the crash.

 

Students Logan Hill and Riley Drumm both said that many of the students were able to learn how crashes happen, how easy they can happen, and how investigators are able to determine cause and effect.

 

"I thought it was a great way to see the different causes of accidents that you might not think about. Also you get to see situations where you may think that one person causes an accident but there may be many multiple factors which cause it. So you need to get to the root of those problems before you begin placing blame" said Hill.

 

"Having been in an accident when I was younger, it was good to see the people understand kind of what other people go through. Being able to see the psychological effects as well as the physical damage and have to go through and actually think about what happened to those people and what they went through." said Drumm.

 

Students determine the sequence of events which led to the fictional accident.

 

Ridgemont educator Stephanie Jolliff said that the idea behind the program was to take the mock crash concept a step further, and show kids how these accidents could happen, and how they can impact those involved.

 

"Our goal with this was to be able to provide an alternative to the mock crash. After kids have seen a mock crash year after year it begins to lose effect. So we were looking for an alternative that would also integrate other academics into it. So the biology and anatomy classes as well as the technology classes were able to do academic integration into the program as well. So what actually happens to a real person in a crash, what actually happens physically, mentally, all of those pieces into there. The kids had a unique perspective because it allowed them the opportunity to dive into a crash investigation with real professionals." said Jolliff.
 

The program itself was funded through a grant from Youth Serve America and State Farm Insurance.

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Ohio Northern University has been selected as the primary spring training site for The Cadets, one of the oldest and most honored continuously operating drum and bugle corps in the country.

 

The Cadets will rehearse on campus from May 14 to June 15. A program of Youth Education in the Arts, the group has members from all over the country and world.

 

During their time on campus, the corps will practice daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rehearsals at Ohio Northern's Dial-Roberson stadium will be open to the public. Visitors should park at Wander Field due to construction on Klingler Road.

 

Steve Shuey, tour manager and associate director of The Cadets, contacted the University in early March to find a new facility, as their previous home for the past seven years had suddenly become unavailable. After several emails and a brief site visit, a deal was reached to relocate the group's 200 members, staff and volunteers to Ada.

 

According to David Dellifield, director of McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern, "ONU offered The Cadets everything they need for a successful spring training - multiple practice fields, a turf field stadium, meeting rooms and housing - all within walking distance of one another. It's a perfect combination for them."

 

 

The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J., as the Holy Name Cadets in 1934 and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets will travel more than 14,000 miles this summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.

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COLUMBUS – The sixteenth annual induction ceremony for the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor will be conducted on Friday, April 24, 2015. 

 

The ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse, commencing at 11:30 a.m.

 

This year’s class includes representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who served during the World War II, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. 

 

These remarkable Ohioans have all gone above and beyond the call of duty and performed heroically in specific combat actions against armed enemies of the United States of America.  For their actions, they have received such commendations as the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

 

The 2015 inductees were born in and / or entered military service from, or currently reside in various towns and cities in Ohio, including Akron, Arcanum, Ashtabula, Batavia, Berlin Center, Bowling Green, Canfield, Carey, Celina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Conneaut, Dayton, Delta, Dillonvale, Euclid, Findlay, Garfield Heights, Goshen, Greenville, Holland, Ironton, Laura, Litchfield, Marion, Medina, Newark,  New Lexington, New Middletown, Pedro, Port Clinton, Portsmith, Reynoldsburg, St. Henry, Springfield, Toledo, Troy, Willoughby, Youngstown, and Zanesville.

 

The ceremony will bring the total number of Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor inductees to two hundred and eighty-seven, of whom six have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

The induction ceremony will be open to the public.  Currently, Timothy C. Gorrell (Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services) has been invited to speak at the event, which will culminate with the singing of “God Bless The USA” by Brian Michael Smith.  A tentative program for the ceremony is attached.
 

The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is a 501(c)(19) non- profit organization, established in 2000 to recognize Ohio servicemen and women who were decorated for heroism while in combat situations.  Please visit our website (www.ohioheroes.org) for more information regarding The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, the noble service members who have been inducted into its ranks and opportunities for charitable giving.

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Despite a statewide poll to the contrary, a majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against legalizing marijuana.

 

When asked, 57% said they are not in favor of legalizing the drug, and the remaining 43% said they are in favor of legalization.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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The Kenton High School Robotics Team was in competition last weekend where they placed third overall.
 
Members of the KHS Robotics Team. (Front L-R) Nathan King, Ryan Oberlitner, Troy Freetag, Clay Howard. (Back L-R) Lane Shirk, Logan Morris, Kyle Goodin, Troy Goodin. (Absent Ricky Smith)
 
Programming is one of the computer courses that is offered at Kenton High School. It's purpose is to help educate students on computer programming basics to help them in their future careers. As a part of that, several years ago Kenton High School formed a robotics team as a way to help students see results of their programming class work. The team competed this year for the first time. Team member Troy Goodin and Logan Morris said that both of them wanted to build upon work they were doing in the classroom.
 
"It was more of just the classes that I was taking and it's more of an extension of those classes" said Goodin
 
"I want to one day be a computer engineer so this was like the perfect chance to get my hands on some of those skills" said Morris.
 
Member Troy Freetag said that the team began with basic robots and once they went as far as they could with those, they received more grant money for bigger robotics projects.
 
"So this year we got a grant from Honda for lots of bigger robots and better robots and we just wanted to compete to see how other people programmed. We wanted to see what it was like to face and race other robots" said Freetag.
 
At the competition in Marion last Saturday, one of the robots placed third overall beating out six other robots from other schools. Member Troy Goodin describes one of the competitions.
 
"We did many different things. Mine was Botball, so I had to build a robot with a claw to pick up balls and put them into gutters. They had so many competitions so you could do whatever you wanted" said Goodin.
 
Team member Clay Howard said that the competition was very educational, and showed the members out of the box thinking.
 
"We learned to thing outside the box to find solutions. If you were to take a stragety from a certain robot that you saw there and maybe mix match it together with another robot that you saw and you think that this combination could do best next year" said Howard.
 
The Robotics team is advised by KHS Computer Science Teacher Joe Funkhouser, who said that the educational aspect of the programming classes led to the robotics competition.
 
"We've been teaching programming at Kenton since 2003. As we continued to work through new types of programming with the kids it became evident that to get the kids really interested and motivated, the physical robots really helped to get them into the process. Not only are we going through the process of programming but the kids also have to build a physical robot and they get to see what that robot does with their code which really helps to motivate them." said Funkhouser.
 
Funkhouser said that the goal of the program first and foremost is the educational aspects of the class work, as that will be what prepare the students for their careers ahead.

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The Hardin County Dog Shelter has spent the past couple of days installing new kennels at the new facility. The kennels were paid for from donations from the Pawsitive Pals support group. Connie Fletcher from Pawsitive Pals said their group works to support operations at the dog shelter.
 
Crews install the new kennels at the dog shelter Tuesday afternoon.
 
"We've held fundraiser and we sell subs once a month. The funds from that have all contrubuted to the kennels, the building and the care for the dogs. Anything we can do to help with the shelter, we do" said Fletcher.
 
With the new additions, the shelter will have thirty-two kennels which is the same as their old facility. There is space available for forty-two kennels, and Pawsitive Pals will be holding future funraisers to help raise fund for more kennels and operations of the dog shelter.

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Hardin County will be looking to the City of Kenton to help provide funding for several capital improvement projects this year. 
 
At a Finance Committee meeting prior to last night's Kenton City Council meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites informed council members of several projects that the county will be working on which may involved the city. Specifically he mentioned grinding and paving the parking lot behind Liberty National Bank, and work on the county side of Jacob Parrott Blvd.
 
There was a question as to which entity owned the majority of the parking lot, to determine potential costs. The county wanted to share the costs 50/50 but Hites said there is a question as to which entity owned the majority share, adding that the city salts and plows the parking lot in the winter.
 
"They sprung this on us" said Hites, mentioning if the county had informed the city about their plans, they could have been budgeted into the 2015 city finances.
 
Hites also said that while the city was under no obligation to grind and pave the city portion of Jacob Parrott, it may be something that the city will be forced to consider.
 
Hites said that county officials also wanted to city to make repairs on Jones Road, which is the road to the county transfer station and Dog Shelter. Hites said the city would be looking into that but any repairs wouldn't be major.
 
Also at the meeting, the finance committee reviewed rates for the city water and sewer systems. After the review by RCAP last year, the new rating system was put into place.
 
Recommendations were to raise rates in 2015. Councilman Brian Hattery said that the committee recommended to not raise either water or sewer rates at this time due to revenues in both budgets exceeding expenses. Hattery said that the city will need to develop a system of emergency funds to build for the future, but that the current rates were sufficient for city services.
 
Rev. Scott Johnson also addressed the council on an update on the Veterans project for Saulsberry Park. Johnson said that talks were ongoing and donations were coming in toward the project. He noted that the planners wanted to get a utilities estimate nailed down on running and upgrading city water and sewer to the park to accodomate increased camping.
 
Whether costs and estimates will be provided by the veterans organization or the city of Kenton will need to be discussed, but Council President Joel Althauser noted that plans are getting to the point where the city may need to devote some funds to getting estimates for plans.
 
"We're getting to the point now where we may have to become financially committed to this project to get some of the assessments done for the project to move forward" said Althauser.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 27th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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A man was who was taken into custody following a stand-off with police on Friday made an initial appearance in Hardin County Municipal Court Monday morning.

 

According to information from the court, David M. Giraldo Picon appeared with his attorney Keith Lange. Judge Gregory Grimslid set bond at $5000 own recognizance with the conditions that Picon not leave the State of Ohio, have no further violations and be of general good behavior. His attorney will keep the defendant's passport at his office.

 

A preliminary hearing was set for April 20.

 

Picon is accused of making threats to officers and other individuals because he was not satisfied with the way a domestic situation was handled earlier in the day.

 

Police responded to 408 North Main Street around 4 Friday afternoon where Picon was holed up inside the residence. Police approached the situation as if he was armed and holding hostages, but neither turned out to be the case.

Following around 2 hours of negotiations, Picon agreed to come out voluntarily and was taken into custody without further incident.

 

He was charged with two counts of inducing panic, which are felonies of the fifth degree.

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Several tools were stolen when a garage was broken into over the weekend.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a garage in the 400 block of Franklin Street was broken into sometime Saturday night to early Sunday morning. The incident was reported Sunday evening.
 

No dollar amount was listed for the missing tools.

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Accepting polar bears from the Aurora Chapter (Ohio Northern University) Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is (from left)  Tammy Holcomb, RN; Joe Railey; Jason Luthman; Cody Criss; and surgeon Dr. Timothy Schirmer. 

 

The bears were donated to OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Surgery Department and Emergency Department to be handed out to their patients. 

 

The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is the preeminent national honor society recognizing senior students for their accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board prides itself on the quality of its members, and the organizations commitment to service on campus and in the local community.

 

The Aurora Chapter of Mortar Board consists of roughly 50 students who are elected in their junior year for a year of collegiate membership and over 1,000 alumni members. In addition to the polar bear donation to Hardin Memorial Hospital, the chapter annually conducts literacy events at Ada Public Library, a flower sale on campus to recognize the work of secretaries and administrative assistants, an event to recognize a division of the university support staff, and a number of other service events. The chapter also annually promotes scholarship by hosting a Last Lecture, Favorite Faculty Dessert, and a dessert to recognize outstanding sophomore students.

 

The Aurora Chapter is one of over 200 chapters of Mortar Board located around the country.
 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up to start the work week.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.34 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents from a week ago, but $1.35 less than last year at this time.

 

Ohio prices were slightly less than the national average, which was $2.39 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.25 less than this time last year.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Canton and Massillon areas had the lowest average Monday at $2.29 per gallon.

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A Kentucky man is facing charges following a hit/skip accident report early Friday morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer investigating the accident that occurred near International Paper on Fontaine Street, stopped a car with heavy front end damage on Lynn Street.

 

The driver was identified as 51 year old Mark Huddleston, who is said to have failed a field sobriety test. Details on the accident are not available, but Huddleston has been charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, driving under suspension, driving an unsafe vehicle and failure to control.

 

 

 

Also Friday, a crash was reported in front of Family Dollar on Detroit Street. The crash occurred around 2:10 Friday afternoon, but the report is not available at this time.

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One man was taken into custody following an incident on North Main Street in Kenton Friday afternoon. The man is identified as David M. Picon Giraldo.
 
Law enforcement negotiate with Giraldo near the residence at 408 North Main in Kenton.
 
A call threatening law enforcement officers and other individuals is what prompted the response from the Kenton Police Department to a possible hostage situation Friday afternoon. Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said that the call this afternoon followed a domestic call that Kenton Police officers responded to shortly after midnight last night.
 
"The responding officers dealt with a domestic situation last night. He was not happy as far as the outcome of that was. His wife and young child had left last night which we found out through the process of this situation. He was there by himself." said Chief Vermillion "We evacuated the immediate area as a safety issue to get everyone out of harm’s way in the event that the situation would have taken a turn for the worst."
 
Officers continued to negotiate with the suspect, identified as David M. Picon Giraldo.
 
"We established contact with him and were able to talk to him and finally reach an agreement where he voluntarily came out on his own and allowed himself to be taken into custody without incident" said Chief Vermillion.
 
The residence at 408 North Main Friday afternoon.
 
Throughout the course of negotiations with Giraldo, threats were made against law enforcement members, area residents and others believed to be in the house, which resulted in the belief that officers were dealing with a possible hostage situation.  Chief Vermillion said that the suspect indicated that he was armed while making the threats.
 
"There was talk that he was armed and that's why the extra precautions were being taken as far as evacuating the neighborhood with assistance from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the other agencies. Our priority was not only the safety of the officers but the public as well as the individual inside" said Chief Vermillion.
 
Chief Vermillion said that safety of all involved was the top concern throughout the crisis.
 
"The last thing we want to do is get in a hurry and provoke a confrontation which would have not been necessary. In the end patience and time provided to be the key thing because the whole incident resolved itself without any confrontation." said Chief Vermillion.
 
Giraldo was taken into custody around 6:15 Friday night and taken to the Kenton Police Department for questioning. Charges will be brought against him but Chief Vermillion said it was too early to speculate as to the nature of charges.
 

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A woman who was inside the building Thursday morning that was slammed into by a semi is counting her blessings this morning. 

 
 
Eileen McNeely, who owns the Route 68 Trailer Sales business with her husband, recalls where she was inside the building Thursday morning, "I was working on my taxes and all at once I just heard the huge crash and the whole building just shook, and actually I don't really remember because I can't even remember what door I ran out of, but I did run towards the semi, because they have me on video. There was a semi in our building, and it was completley buried. We were trying to get stuff off the driver. but it was just buried." 
 
She said she was in the section that was struck by the semi just moments before, "The refrigerator is right there so yes I did go to the refrigerator. I could have been there, but I wasn't luckily." 
 
When the impact occurred, McNeely said adrenaline kick in, "Because I was running just trying to look for the driver."

 

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol around 9:50 Thursday morning a semi driven by Paul Doute, age 73 of Lincoln Park Michigan was traveling northbound on Fontaine (US 68) when the semi went left of center striking a concrete barrior, a light pole and came to rest inside a building. Doute was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with incapacitating injuries and was cited for failure to maintain control.

 
Crews were on site for several hours cleaning up from the crash which remains under investigation.
 
The patrol was assisted on scene by Kenton PD, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, BKP EMS, Kenton City Fire Department, Dunkirk Fire Department, McGuffey Fire Department, Kenton City Garage, AEP, ODOT and Osborn’s Towing.

 

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A Kenton man was found guilty on two felony charges following a two day trial in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Andrew Worthington was convicted on one count each of kidnapping and felonious assault. The jury deliberated for two and a half hours before returning the verdict.

 

The case dates back to the summer of 2014.

 

Sentencing has been set for May 12.

 

Also in Court news:

 

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

 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Vernon P. Reed Junior was placed on five years community control with conditions on three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The group Ohioans To End Prohibition is working to put a measure on the ballot in 2016 that would legalize marijuana use.

 

The president of the group, Sri Kavuru said voters should not be concerned that the legalization of marijuana would lead to the legalization of other drugs, "When you look at things like addiction rates, physical harm and addiction potential, marijuana is completely different than all other substances. The idea that it's still a schedule one narcotic to a lot of people we've been talking to and myself, we believe it's absurd for marijuana to be at least a schedule one, and the federal government is not moving on this at the moment, so it's up to the states individually to take drug policy reform to an appropriate level."

 

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

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A boil water alert remains in effect for the entire City of Kenton. A water main broke Thursday morning at the intersection of Franklin and Main Streets causing water to be shut down throughout the city. Crews spent most of the day on Thursday repairing the line and water was restored Thursday night. The water outage shut down class at Kenton City Schools and many restaurants and businesses were closed by the Hardin County Health Department during the outage.
 
The boil water alert will remain in effect for the entire city until further notice. Residents are advised to boil water for three minutes before consuming. Residents can shower and wash clothes without issue. 

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A water main break on Franklin Street around 11:30 Thursday morning forced crews to turn off water to the entire City of Kenton.

 

Water will be off for several hours. No estimated time as to when it will be turned back on, but when it is back on, a boil water advisory will be in effect.

 

Because of no water:

.Kenton City Scools dismissed early

 

.Simon Kenton School/Harco Industries dismissed early

 

.First United Methodist Preschool afternoon classes cancelled

 

.All athletic practices and events at Kenton High School cancelled

 

.Kenton Middle School Dimensions practice cancelled

 

The following are closed:

 

.Hardin County Courthouse and Annex Building. The Board of Elections is open for early voting

 

.Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance

 

.Hardin County Council on Aging

 

.Hardin County YMCA

 

.Midwest Foot Care

 

.Jitters

 

.Mary Lou Johnson Library

 

.Hardin County Muncipal Court closed

 

.Liberty National Bank closing at 3:30

 

 

 

 

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 4th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 18 directors and 11 guests present.  Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

The Board heard from Jerry Lones, representing Kenton Amateur Radio.  His club was asking the board to hold their Field Day at the fairgrounds on June 27th and June 28th.  They would like to use the Fire Dept. building. It was approved to let them use the fairgrounds. Jerry was told to contact the Fire Dept. about using the Fire Dept. Building.

 

Last month’s minutes and Financial Reports were approved.

Bills were approved to be paid. There was discussion about the bill to Dan King, but it was noted he has done a lot that needed to be done for a long time.

 

Craig spoke on behalf of the Executive Committee.  He stated 2 applicants were interviewed for the Grounds Maintenance Superintendent’s Position.  The Committee was recommending to hire Pete Fout for a 90 day probationary period at $10,000.  After 3 months evaluate and increase pay to $12,000.  Director’s used a paper ballot format and Pete was hired by a unanimous ballot.  Kelly discussed a golf cart that would be a good purchase, it was at the consignment sale. 

The golf cart belonged to Eric Lowery.  The board approved this purchase.  Judi Cronley, Treasurer discussed the advertising in the phone book with the fairground’s phone number.  The white pages listing will no longer be free, since the phone service is not with Windstream now and the cost of advertising in the yellow pages will increase without a discount from being a Windstream customer.  The Board moved to not advertise in the phonebook for at least a year.

 

Jim spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  The minutes from their March 17th meeting was discussed.  The committee would like to purchase 2 sets of bleachers with 20 people donating $100 or one person purchasing a set for $2,000.  The board agreed to purchase 2 sets of bleachers.  There was discussion that a local group may be interested in purchasing 2 sets of bleachers for the fairgrounds, this will be looked into further by Jeff Madison.  Jeff stated 16 benches have been started to be built for this year’s fair.  This will be the last year for Memorial Benches, memorial donations will be for bleachers from now on.  The board approved  McBride Construction to make improvements to the Blacksmith shop, with only parts being charged.  Labor would be free. Jim stated that we received a grant for $1,000 from Mid Ohio.  This will go towards new lights in front of the grandstand, looking towards the gazebo.  Dennis Hinton will be contacted about this project.  Jim stated that campers, boats,  and RV’s will be coming out of storage on April 11th.  Storage items need to be paid for before they will be released. 

Craig stated the camping letters will be mailed out this month to current campers. 

 

Bob McBride from the Entertainment Committee stated Jason Manns, from New Hope Ministry and Dave Dooley, from the Church of the Nazarene will be in charge of the Hour of Inspiration during the fair. 

 

The Livestock Committee discussed that 1099’s will be sent to all livestock exhibitors that receive over $600 at the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale.  Social Security numbers will need to be provided to the Secretary’s office before checks will be sent to the seller.  The IRS is mandating that 1099’s are issued whenever anyone receives over $600 as a gift.   Written thank you cards to buyers, with self-addressed envelopes, will also need to be given to the Secretary’s Office before checks are mailed to the seller and this is because buyers are saying they are not receiving thank you’s from the kids. 

 

Contracts for Booth Rentals, sponsorships, and concessions have been mailed and payments have started to be returned.

Jr. Fair board elected officers at their last meeting with Brady Weaver as President, Ashton Cole as Vice President and McKenzie Madison as Secretary.  The Jr. Fairboard had a profit of $2,324.27 from concessions at the Consignment Sale. 

The Freedom Celebration Committee had their first meeting of 2015 in March.  The board approved to give the Committee $7500 in start-up money.

 

The Senior Citizen’s Committee met this past week and many new ideas were discussed with them for the fair. 

Kerry stated the Advertising Committee needs to meet soon, he will look into a date for this to happen. 

Under old business:  Bumper Stickers for the 2015 Fair are now in the office and ready for anyone to get. There will be 8 people attending the District I & II meeting in Findlay on April 11th.  Don stated he will be contacting the Kenton Choral Boosters about purchasing their old risers.  Judi stated the first half of the Fairbook is now done and Open Class updates will be started this week.  The Fairbook will go to the Kenton Times on Friday, April 17th.
 
Under new business:  Kenton’s Spring Clean Up will take place at the Fairgrounds next week. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, May 2ndth at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.

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Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will be presented at Hardin Northern this weekend.

 

Lukas Schroeder stars as the prince and Mariah Burton stars as the title character of Cinderella.

 

Senior Lukas Schroeder, who plays Prince Charming, talks about the show, "There's a lot of comedy in it. There's a love story in it. There's a lot of singing, dancing, and yes it's a good show."

 

The shoe is tested on step sister Portia (played by Lydia Rush) while the evil step mother (Kayla Whitaker) looks on.

 

Sophomore Lydia Rush, who plays step-sister Portia, said it makes for a great family outing, "You have that comedy for the kids, and you have that love story for the teenagers and adults, and I think it just really produces to everybody."

 

She said a lot of work has gone into the production, "We worked for months and months, practicing every day, I mean we became really close because we're with each other every day."

 

The shoe is tested on all the young ladies of the kingdom

 

For Schroeder, his last production at Hardin Northern is kind of bittersweet for him, "The musical every year, it's what I look forward to, and i don't know if I'm going to have time in college to do it, so yes it's kind of bittersweet."

 

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm with a matinee performance Sunday afternoon at 2, and Schroeder said tickets can be purchased at the door, "This year like it was last year, it's $5.00 for students and seniors, and it's $8.00 for adults."

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Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Ada 2 hr  delay

 

Hi Point 2 hr delay

 

Forest christian Pre School 1 hr delay

 

Kenton Head start 1 and 3 no morning bus/walk ins only

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay, alternate schedule pre school

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Congressman Robert Latta spoke to members of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance this morning. 
 
Congressman Robert Latta addresses the members of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at the Spring Legislative Breakfast
 
At the first annual Chamber & Business Alliance Spring Legislative Breakfast Congressmen Robert Latta updated members on the work his office is doing in Washington DC. Latta mentioned the lack of jobs as being a huge hindrance toward the rebound of the economy.
 
"To make sure we have those jobs out there we have to do things in Washington. Number one; we have to balance the budget and make sure we cut spending. Make sure that down the road we're not taking the dollars out of the people back home's pockets who create jobs." said Latta
 
Additionally, Latta discussed undue burdens on businesses in Northwest Ohio due to the shear volume of government regulations. Latta mentioned that currently, 1.9 trillion different regulations are in force on the government books.
 
"On the Republican side of the house we're trying to reduce those regulations. Obamacare is another big issue. The US Supreme Court is going to be hearing a case soon that will address some of the issues. But I hear from people in my district that businesses are not hiring more people because costs keep going up so they put money back into insurance rather than reinvesting back into their businesses." said Latta
 
But Latta mentioned energy as being a huge boon for both Ohio and the United States as a whole.
 
"We have good oil production and natural gas production. But we can't have more regulations coming from an administration that will hinder that from occurring. The President and the administration has come out recently with more regulations, including things like hydraulic fracturing on public lands. The reason we've seen a huge amount of oil & gas being produced is that it's been done on private and state grounds but not yet on federal lands and theres much there. So we want to make ourselves as independent as we can. Rather than send those dollars overseas we can keep those dollars here, reinvest them here and put more American's to work" said Latta.
 
The Spring Legislative Breakfast was sponsored by Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative and Buckeye Power Incorporated.

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Will you be attending Easter Sunday church services at the church of your choice this weekend?
 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 54% said no, while 47% said yes.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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The Kenton Fire Department responded to a water heater fire on

Saturday. 

 

According to the Department, they were called out to a

residence at 9231 County Road 195 Kenton, where the water heater had apparently blew up, causing a small fire, which was contained to the heater. 

 

There were no injuries and the fire was reported out upon arrival.

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The Kenton Police Department investigated a non-injury crash from Saturday. 

 

The report showed that an unoccupied vehicle owned by

Michael Heberling of Kenton was parked in the lot of 981 W. Franklin Street, at apporximately 12:25 pm., when a second vehicle operated by Dylan Cannode of Kenton, attempted to back up and struck the Heberling auto causing moderate damage to the passenger's side. 

 

Cannode was cited for failure to pay full time attention.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices to start the work week.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.25 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 $1.36 cheaper than this time last year.

 

The national average was $2.39 per gallon Monday. That's down 3 cents from last week and $1.19 less than a year ago at this time.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Columbus area had the lowest average Monday at $2.21 per gallon.

 

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AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

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A Kenton man is facing multiple charges after being arrested following a disturbance at Forest Court Apartments Friday morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers responded for a second time to the apartment complex to investigate the disturbance complaint in the parking lot.

 

While investigating, the suspect, identified as 33 year old James L. Robinson, was arrested for disorderly conduct. During the arrest process, Robinson is said to have resisted, and while being booked into jail, he allegedly made a threat of bodily harm to the arresting officer.

 

Robinson was eventually transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. In addition to the disorderly conduct charge, Robinson is also facing charges of criminal mischief, menacing and resisting arrest.

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The Hardin County Board of Elections has released the hours for In-Office/Early Voting for the 2015 Primary/Special Election on Tuesday May 5.

 

The hours are as follows:

 

.Tuesday April 7 through Friday April 10...8am to 5pm

 

.Monday April 13 through Friday April 17...8am to 5pm

 

.Monday April 20 through Friday April 24...8am to 5pm

 

.Saturday April 25...8am to 4pm

 

.Monday April 27 through Friday May 1...8am to 5pm

 

.Saturday May 2...8am to 4pm

 

.Sunday May 3...1pm to 5pm

 

.Monday May 4...8am to 2pm

 

Related to that, the deadline for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the May 5 election is Monday April 6. The Board of Elections office, located in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse, will be open Monday April 6 from 8:30am to 9pm for your convenience. If you have moved, you can also change your address at that time.

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Chuck Dixon

 

The Board of Directors of The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio has named Charles E. Dixon as its new Chief Executive Officer and President.

 

Dixon was also appointed to the bank's Board of Directors.

 

Dixon, who joined the bank in October, 2014, as its Chief Operating Officer, replaces Russell E. Berger who retired from Home Savings and Loan after more than 30 years with the bank and 40 years in banking.

 

Dixon, a 40 year banking veteran stated, "It is an honor to serve our community bank in this new capacity. The bank has a long legacy of providing great products and services and I pledge to see that we continue to do so."

 

Chairman David Deever stated, "The Board of Directors thanks Russ for his many years of service and we wish him well in whatever endeavors he moves into. We feel that with Chuck's leadership Home Savings will continue to be a leader in the financial community."

 

Dixon and his wife, Yvonne, reside in Kenton. Dixon is a member of the Kenton Rotary and of Alger First United Methodist Church.

 

The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, is a community bank and has served the community for the past 127 years.

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A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in connection to the theft of lottery tickets from Rite Aid last year.

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Kristi M. Jordan was placed on five years community control with conditions, on one count of grand theft. She was ordered to pay $21,200 in restitution to her former employer Rite Aid. The case dates back to June of 2014.

 

Also in Court, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Carrie P. Sykes on one count of complicity to breaking and entering. She was ordered to pay just over $3600 in restitution to Murphy USA.

 

.Devon E. Clum on one count each of burglary, tapering with evidence and forgery. He was ordered to pay $550 in restitution to the victim.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Drug Take Back Day 2015 will be held in two locations around Hardin County on Saturday April 11.

 

Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said numerous drugs will be accepted, "A lot of people have to bring drugs in that maybe someone in their family has passed away, and that's one way to get rid of them properly, or if someone has a prescription that they can no longer take, we want you to bring that in, and it's prescription drugs, liquid medications, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens."

 

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

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A 12 year old student was suspended Wednesday for bringing knives to school.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the Kenton Elementary Building to investigate complaints that the suspect was showing off knives to other students at the school.

 

The suspect told police that he accidentally brought the knives to school and denied showing them off, but there were at least seven complaints from different students that the suspect had knives.

 

The boy's mother was called and told police that she had taken the knives from him earlier in the week and they were in a dresser drawer.

 

After being suspended, the student left the building. School officials say they have had ongoing problems with the juvenile, and he has been suspended four times prior to this event. They said each event is getting more severe in nature and believe that the court system needs to be involved.

 

The case was sent to the juvenile prosecutor's office for charges.

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Findlay –April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving.

 

Last year 17,827 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 44 fatal crashes. Ohio law prohibits all cell phone usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offence.

 

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.

 

“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”

 

Distracted driving is any non-driving activity that has potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction

 

For more distracted driving facts please visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Distracted_Driving_Bulletin_2015.pdf

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A Lakeview woman was injured in a crash that occurred Tuesday morning.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 18 year old Randi Jo Cox was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu north on State Route 117 when she said the car began making a rattling sound. At that point, Cox said the steering wheel locked up, and the car travelled off the road into the ditch, where it spun across a driveway and came to rest after striking a power pole.

 

The car was heavily damaged, and Cox was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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The students of Ridgemont High School spent Tuesday working on a school wide collaborative learning project.

 

 

 

The project was a Candy Car Collaborative Learning event, sponsored by the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. The event used all the students in attendance at Ridgemont High School working in teams to build and race vehicles made from candy.

Sarah McFadden from the Chapter Development committee said that when she was brain storming ideas for an event, she wanted to find something that the entire school could participate in.

 

"I was trying to find an activity for not only the FFA chapter but the whole school to participate in. When I Googled some things and found another school that had done this before so that's where the idea came from" said McFadden.

 

 

In this event, students from different grade levels were divided into teams and each team was given the task of designing, building and racing a vehicle made entirely out of candy pieces.

 

Teachers from Ridgemont also participated by coaching teams and judging the effectiveness of the racing vehicles. Ag Education Instructor Stephanie Jolliff said that the main focus of the event was to encourage project based learning which can teach different things than can be found in a classroom.

 

"Because in the real world when our students go out into industry, the boss if going to give them a job and say what I need done and the employee is going to figure out how to do it. On the other hand, when our kids become the leaders they need to be able to manage people, do teamwork to complete activities. And most importantly, when failure occurs, like if the car doesn't run right the first time, how do they regroup themselves, not cry in a corner and actually go and make a productive event." said Jolliff.

 

 

McFadden said that the event was well received by the Ridgemont students, and they'd be reviewing the events of the day to make it a better event next year.

 

"I think it went well, everyone had fun. There will be a lot of reflection pieces that we will go off of and change next year but it was a trial run and it went great!" said McFadden.

 

Jolliff was also pleased with the results and how the students came together to create interesting projects.

 

"The kids were able to synthesize 'OK when my car didn't work the first time through I had to redesign the axles, and when I redesigned the axles this is what I did and this worked but this didn't work and so on.' Perservance is one of those things that really hard to lecture but when we can give a real life example on how that works, then we've achieved our goal" said Jolliff.

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A Hardin County farmer has won a cash prize for the Ridgemont FFA Chapter.

 

 

The contest, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund awards a cash prize to a non-profit of the farmers choice. The winner this year was Daniel Scharf of Mt. Victory, who chose to award the prize to the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. Scharf, who runs a grain and livestock farm near Mt. Victory said, as a former member of the Ridgemont FFA, he was glad at the chance to give back to the chapter.

 

"When I was in high school here at Ridgemont I had a good teacher my first couple of years here. I really appreciated the Vo-Ag program and the FFA portion of it. I feel that they have a good teacher here now and that she and the program was well worth having the money given to them." said Scharf.

The cash prize is $2500.00 which the FFA chapter plans to use for agriculture technology training. FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said that with Ag Tec ever changing the was farming operates, it's important for students to be educated in how the tec works, and how it can be used on modern farms.

 

 

"We are trying to teach our kids 'how do we take the latest technology in agriculture and bring it into the classroom?' So through this grant we are going to be able to purchase a drone and a couple of auxiliary drones and we're going to do a program this summer with our STEM summer program, and also we have a group of students right now studying the effects of crop scouting. Is it quicker to crop scout with a drone or a human and which one is more accurate? We have the speed figured out, so now we're going to start working on accuracy next year. Kids will take the agronomy skills that they're learning and put it in application hand in hand with technology primarily because of this grant from Daniel so we're excited about that." said Jolliff.

 

The prize was sponsored by Monsanto Fund.

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Black ice led to a crash that heavily damaged a car Monday morning.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 29 year old Amber Arnett, of Kenton, was driving west on County Road 106 and while rounding a curve, she lost control of the car on the black ice. The car went into a spin and ended up off the left side of the road where it struck a tree.
 

Arnett was not injured.

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The American Red Cross Kenton Community Blood Drive was held on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, County Road in Kenton, and collected 33 productive units. A total of 38 donors signed in.

 

Those receiving Gallon donor award pins: Robert Lambert 27, Hal E. Elsasser 14, Jerolynn Ashba 10, Bonnie Lease 1, Samuel Beechy 1, Forrest McCune 26, Terrissa Sparks 2, Emily Cooper 1, Joseph Bontrager 8, Rudy J. Miller 2, and Constance Dietz 5.

 

The next monthly Kenton Community Blood Drive will be Monday, April 27, 2015 from Noon-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, County Road 175, Kenton, Ohio.

 

Hardin County will also have other blood drives in April including:

 

•Wednesday April 1, Kenton Senior High School Gym, 200 Harding Avenue, Kenton 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

•Wednesday April 1, McVitty VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima Street, Forest 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

•Friday April 3, Hardin Memorial Hospital McCullough Conference Room 921 East Franklin Street, Kenton noon to 6:00 p.m.

 

•Friday April 10, Simon Kenton School Gym 705 North Ida Street, Kenton 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.

 

•Wednesday April 22 Ada High School 725 North Avenue Ada 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Individuals, who are at least 17, meet height and weight requirement (at least 110 lbs. based on height) and are in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. If you have eligibility questions, you can call 866-236-3276 or go to redcrossblood.org.

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Jon Cross and Julie Crowe during Y Auction

 

The 2015 Hardin County Family YMCA Radio Day Auction held this past Saturday was a big success.
 

Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said if all items are picked up, they will raise very close to $12,000, which is up nearly $2000 from the past couple of years.
 

Galvin said he was "very encouraged" by the total, and he thanked the businesses for donating items, the volunteers who worked during the event and of course the bidders.
 

Galvin added that items can be picked up from 9am to 5pm each day this week at the YMCA.

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How long do you keep your vehicle?
 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 50% said they keep their vehicle 10 or more years, 27% keep them 6-9 years, 15% said they keep them 4-5 years while the remaining 8% keep their vehicle for 2-3 years.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up again to start the work week.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.38 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up a nickel from a week ago but $1.19 less than last year at this time.

 

Ohio prices were slightly less than the national average, which was $2.42 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from the past two weeks and $1.13 less than a year ago at this time.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, Youngstown had the lowest average Monday at $2.34 per gallon.

 

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AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

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A new program was introduced at the Hardin County Cattle Producers Banquet Saturday night.
 
 
The Hardin County Cattle Producers unveiled the Youth Beef Ambassador program at their banquet Saturday night. This program will replace the Queen and Princess program but will operate in a similar fashion. The program will be open to both young men and women, and it is hoped that more than one candidate will be named as an ambassador in the future.
 
At the banquet Saturday night, Cassidy Deckling was named as the first Hardin County Beef Ambassador. Deckling is the daughter of Rob and Tracy Deckling and is a freshman at Hardin Northern high school.
 
The Hardin County Cattle Producers also awarded $500.00 scholarships to exhibitors Demi Snyder, Molly Wilson and Stephanie Harpster.
 
 
Karen and Gary Harpster were also awarded the Cattle Producers’ Service Award for their many years and work to promote beef and educate young people on beef production in Hardin County.

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One of the biggest fundraisers for the Hardin County YMCA is set to place tomorrow.
 

The Annual Y auction will air from 9am to 5pm on WKTN. Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said since it is a fundraiser, he encourages bidders to pay a little more for the items, "If there's a gift certificate for $25, you're going to go out and eat anyway, so why not bid it up a little more. We know everyone's looking for a bargain, but we encourage you to pay a little more, because we want you to support the Y."
 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Inmates at Ohio's highest security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings.

 

A prisons department spokeswoman said nine inmates at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown were continuing to refuse meals as of Friday, in a protest that began March 19. The prison includes Ohio's death row and super-maximum security lockdown.

 

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said most inmates have been prohibited from roaming their enclosed housing units freely, and group programming has been halted for the highest security inmates. She cited safety and security concerns, including a serious assault on staff, in the decision.

 

Striking inmates argue religious programming is a constitutionally protected right.

 

Smith said inmates still have access to one-on-one religious services.

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The Annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to take place this Saturday March 28 from 9am to 5pm.
 

Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said items that will be going to the highest bidder will include everything from gift certificates on up, "We have memberships, a nice lawn mower and a number of other very nice items that are worth quite a bit of money. Something different this year is a hog roast. The donor will come to your house and roast the hog for 100 people. It is worth around $200, and it is a perfect item for a graduation."
 

The number to call when placing bids Saturday is 419-673-4141.

 

The Y Auction will broadcast over Time Warner's public access channel while being aired live here on WKTN.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of an effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use have started collecting the thousands of signatures needed to get the proposal before voters.
 
The group ResponsibleOhio started gathering signatures on Wednesday to get on the ballot in November. The group says it will start in the state's larger cities and then expand the effort. It needs more than 305,000 signatures.
 
Spokeswoman Lydia Bolander tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1CquizX ) that initial efforts are a "soft launch" that allows staff to be trained and get their feet wet. More widespread efforts are expected to begin next week.
 
The proposed amendment calls for adults 21 and over to be able to buy marijuana, and to grow up to four plants at home.

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No injuries were reported in a crash that occurred just before 9:30 Tuesday morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 31 year old Jason Broadstone, of Kenton, was driving north in the 200 block of Main street and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting a truck that was stopped in traffic.

 

The truck was being operated by sixty year old Lyle Winegardner of Harrod. Heavy damage occurred to the Broadstone vehicle while light damage occurred to the Winegardner truck.

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MT. GILEAD, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff's detective in north-central Ohio says two men arrested recently in a break-in at a county animal shelter are expected to be charged with burglarizing other shelters around the state.
 
Twenty-nine-year-old James Blankenship and 36-year-old Corby Creech were charged last week in the Jan. 9 burglary at the Morrow County Humane Society shelter in Mt. Gilead.
 
Morrow County sheriff's Det. Marissa Gibson says the men are expected to be charged in other shelter burglaries in the next couple weeks.
 
More than a dozen other shelters around the state were broken into since early January. In most cases, electronics, office supplies, checks and hard drives were taken.
 
Both are jailed with $25,000 bonds. Records don't say if the men have attorneys.

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The City of Kenton will be reviewing its ordinances in regards to pit bull ownership within the city limits. 
 
 
Kenton resident Jeremy Petty spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council Monday night asking about current ordinances regarding pit bulls. Petty said that pit bulls that are untethered have threatened him and his family near his residence, with a recent incident occurring last weekend.
 
"As I looked into my back yard which is all fenced in with six foot high privacy wooden fence, I saw two big pit bulls in my back yard. No sooner than I was aware that they were on my property they saw us and decided to charge my back door which is a glass sliding patio door. So I grabbed my son and my dog and get them to a bedroom. I called the police and the dog warden and they came out and got the animals under control. Basically I'm here because the property owner next to me has decided to build a pen for the dogs but he's attached it to my fence. The issue here is, it's not a question of if the dogs are going to come back through, it's a question of when. They've proven that they can do it once and can do it again." said Petty.
 
City Law Director John Schwemer said that pit bulls, specifically have been classified as a dangerous animal by both the city and the Ohio Revised Code*, and that the city had specific ordinances in regards to dealing with them.
 
"In our codified it requires pit bulls, if they're kept on premises they're to be in an enclosed pen with a top. Or they're supposed to be on a leash or tether that can not be severed and is strong enough to withhold the strength of the dog. There are several requirements in our codified. We did bolster that and also we classified if the pit bulls were to be walked out in public, they're required to be muzzled." said Schwemer.
 
Given the incident over the weekend, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that its probable that the city needs to do more in regards to the enforcement of the pit bull ordinances to ensure that residents can be safe on their own properties in the city.
 
"According to my information, it says that a little over 62% of deaths come from pit bulls. I want council and the rest of us to look at this and come back and re-visit this to see if there's anything else we need to do. Personally I think we just dropped the ball on this one and we're going to meet to see if there's anything more we could do. I'll take some of the blame, the police and the dog catcher as well. I don't know if there were tickets issued but if there wasn't then I think we're all to blame for not enforcing it." said Mayor Manns.
 
Also at the meeting the council also moved to re-zone two properties, one owned by Carol McKinley and the other by Mid Ohio Energy from residential zones to business zones. The council held a hearing on the re-zoning proposals prior to the meeting.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 13th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.
 
*NOTE: In 2012, the State of Ohio removed a statute which classified pit bulls as a vicious animal. However the state also permits local muncipalities to still classify breed specific animals as such. The City of Kenton currently classifies pit bulls as a dangerous animal per local ordinance.
 

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Hardin County Muncipal Court Judge Greg Grimslid presented the Kenton City Council with his annual report on the courts Monday night.
 
Judge Grimslid noted that collections were up, with distributions to both the city and the county increasing, and he mentioned that the court was moving to reduce expenditures by implementing electronic payment for low level infractions, such as speeding fines. Grimslid said that Hardin County would be used as a test county for a statewide system being developed.
 
"In regards to the E-Tickets, the State Patrol is going to go paperless too. Right now they have the computers on board. They print them up themselves but they give us the paper. They give everyone in the state paper right now. We have been chosen as one of the text counties where they're going to start just filing them electronically. That will save paperwork as well, it will save time and be more efficient. We feel that the electronic payment system will be more efficient as well." said Grimslid.
 
Judge Grimslid said that people who need to make payments can also benefit.
 
"Hopefully it will increase the numbers we receive because it will be easier for people who are on payment plans to pay. But it will also make it easier for those of you who get a speeding ticket or something of that nature or the people who come through town. If they go online and take care of that we don't need to have staff taking things at the window. We're going to use an on-site terminal right in this room outside the public docket room with a computer terminal there. Lima Muncipal Court does this and I think it'll be a great help in the long run." said Judge Grimslid.

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Rick Abbott has been hired as the new Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Bellefontaine High School. According to a story in the Bellefontaine Examiner today, at a meeting of the Bellefontaine School Board Monday night current Kenton High School Principal Rick Abbott was extended a one-year contract, effective Aug. 1. His salary was set at $82,886. He will replace current associate principal Jason Brown, who plans to return to the classroom to teach social studies.
 
Abbott will retire from Kenton High School at the end of this school year where he has served as Principal.
 
Source: The Bellefontaine Examiner
 

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Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay with alternative schedule for pre school

 

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

 

First United Methodist 1/2 hr delay

 

McGuffey Head Start No AM bus/walk ins only

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How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?

 

Of those resonding, 33% said none, 12% said one and 16% said 2. Thats means, a commanding 61% of the voters drink up to only two cups of coffee per day.

 

13% of the voters said they drink 3 cups per day, and on the higher end of the scale, 26% said they drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week.
 
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.33 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 12 cents from a week ago but $1.19 less than last year at this time.
 
Ohio prices were less than the national average, which was $2.42 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.10 less than a year ago at this time.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, Akron and Toledo had the lowest average Monday at $2.31 per gallon.
 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials are releasing new data for certain Ohio areas showing the number of residents who enrolled in health care coverage under President Barack Obama's law.
 
More than 234,000 Ohioans picked or renewed health plans in the federally run insurance marketplace during the open enrollment period that ended last month.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said Monday that the figure includes 16,793 consumers in the Akron area; 13,673 consumers in the Youngstown area; 10,496 consumers in the Toledo area; and 8,306 consumers in the Canton area.
 
The numbers come on the law's fifth anniversary. Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010.
 
Federal officials say because of the law, 5 million Ohioans with a pre-existing health condition can no longer be denied health care coverage.

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Four Richmond, Virginia men were killed in a crash that occurred around 7:30 Friday morning.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said the crash occurred on US 68 about a mile south of Dunkirk, "At this point , it appears that the northbound car went left of center, and that is what caused the crash between the car and the southbound semi."

 

Three men died at the scene. A fourth man in the car was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he was pronounced dead. They're identified as David Armstrong, Jason Spitzer, Ho Jik Kim and James Higgins. The sheriff could not confirm, but did hear, that the four men were travelling to Detroit to participate in a gun walk. Sheriff Everhart did say that Homeland Security was brought in to investigate, "There were just some items in the vehicle that raised our concern a little bit. At that point, I decided that Homeland Security at least should be notified of some items that were in the vehicle and let them carry on that part of the investigation."

 

And the sheriff adds that crashes like these are difficult on first responders, "Anytime you have a fatality it's tough on the first responders, and then multiply that by four, and it just increases the trauma, but I believe everyone is handling it okay. We have offered some counseling services to any of the first responders that would deem that appropriate to take us up on the offer."

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The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal accident on State Route 68 North this morning involving a car and a semi. Four occupants were in the car, three died at the scene, one was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the semi wasn't seriously injured but was transported as a precaution. 
 
 
No further information is available at this time however deputies on the scene did say that the driver and the occupants of the car were not local residents. Further details will be available later today on 95.3FM WKTN.
 
**Updated to include information on fourth fatality**

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One person was injured in a garage fire on State Route 68 North Thursday night.

 

 

According to information from the scene, Dunkirk firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3404 State Route 68 North just south of Dunkirk around 9:10pm Thursday night. Upon arrival firefighters found the rear garage engulfed in flames. The garage was a two car garage which was totally destroyed and there was minor damage to the residence.

 

The resident received burn wounds to his hands and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a wood stove in the garage. The Kenton fire Department provided mutual assistance. Crews were on site till 11pm Thursday night.

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A Ridgeway man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Charles E. Rayburn was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on four counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Hardin Northern will host a speaker who will be talking about Internet Safety for Parents.
 

The free program is scheduled for Tuesday March 24, and Hardin Northern High School Principal Joe Hoelzle said all Hardin County parents need to hear what the speaker will be discussing, "Things that parents and adults can do to help keep our kids safe while they're on the internet. I think it's a topic that's becoming more and more relevant as more and more people get access to the internet. We have smart phones, a lot more homes are getting WIFI access, and it's important to know what our kids are doing on the internet."
 

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

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A Ridgeway man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Charles E. Rayburn was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on four counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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One person was injured in a garage fire on US 68 North Thursday night.

 

According to information from the scene, Dunkirk firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3404 State Route 68 North just south of Dunkirk around 9:10pm Thursday night. Upon arrival firefighters found the rear garage engulfed in flames. The garage was a two car garage which was totally destroyed and there was minor damage to the residence.

 

The resident received burn wounds to his hands and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a wood stove in the garage. The Kenton fire Department provided mutual assistance. Crews were on site till 11pm Thursday night.

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Hardin Northern will host a speaker who will be talking about Internet Safety for Parents.
 

The free program is scheduled for Tuesday March 24, and Hardin Northern High School Principal Joe Hoelzle said all Hardin County parents need to hear what the speaker will be discussing, "Things that parents and adults can do to help keep our kids safe while they're on the internet. I think it's a topic that's becoming more and more relevant as more and more people get access to the internet. We have smart phones, a lot more homes are getting WIFI access, and it's important to know what our kids are doing on the internet."
 

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

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Members of the Hardin County Farm Bureau are in Washington DC this week as a part of the annual President's Trip.

 

Farm Bureau members meet with Congressman Robert Latta

 

The Farm Bureau's annual President's Trip is designed to allow local Farm Bureau members to meet with their representatives at the federal level to discuss issues affecting local farmers. Hardin County Farm Bureau President Paul Ralston said that it was a good experience to share with the Congressmen issue affecting Hardin County Farmers.

 

"I think on everyone's mind is water quality in Ohio. We want to make sure the legislators know what we farmers are doing to try to correct the problem and hopefully not get any mandates coming our way. That's my biggest issue, making sure we're working with the legislators and not for them." said Ralston.

Ralston said that, with Farm Bureau being a grassroots organization, the elected officials can see first-hand the impact of their agriculture policies on local farmers.

 

"I really think it brings a real grassroots look to what we do. Agriculture as a whole is kind of a minority in this country. So making sure our legislators know who we are and what we stand for and how we can benefit them as much as they benefit us." said Ralston.

 

And Ralston mentioned that the members on the trip can bring back news and information on agriculture policies to their local organizations.

 

"I think it's very important to take back some of the info that we've been hearing this week. But making sure that we're here giving the message I think is the most important. I think that should say more to the people that we're here. Would you please listen to us and work with us and not against us." said Ralston.

 

Dave Russell from Brownfield Ohio contributed to this report.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - "All About that Bass" singer Meghan Trainor, country star Reba McEntire and Christian music artist Chris Tomlin are among the concert acts scheduled to perform during the Ohio State Fair this summer.
 
The list of concerts released Thursday also includes Alabama, Patti LaBelle and two '70s rock double bills: Deep Purple and Nazareth, and Peter Frampton with Cheap Trick.
 
McEntire kicks off the slate on July 29. The fair runs from July 29 to Aug. 9 at the Ohio Expo Center. Tickets bought in advance include fair admission.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say nearly 1 million taxpayers have taken a new quiz used by the state to catch phony income-tax returns and most have passed it.

 

The quiz to verify identities initially puzzled some residents. The state's Department of Taxation tweaked some questions as it sought to cut down on those that people couldn't respond to because they were obscure or outside recent memory.

 

The security survey is being used for the first time this year to make sure a tax return submitted in someone's name is genuine and not an attempt by an identity thief to collect a refund check.

 

Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said in a statement that about 160,000 filers who were asked to take the quiz still haven't. He says that's an indication of potential fraud.

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A criminal damaging incident occurred at the Northwood School building.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, five windows and a security light were broken on the east side of the building.
Several rocks were found inside a classroom where the windows had been broken.
 

The incident was reported around noon on Tuesday and occurred sometime since Monday afternoon when a meeting was held inside the building.
 

The incident is under investigation.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An appeals court says a woman can sue an Ohio sheriff and a deputy for defamation and emotional distress after she was mistakenly identified as a criminal at a news conference.
 
A 2014 lawsuit by Christine Hughes says Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart and deputy Patrick Goldschmidt alleged Hughes was a convicted welfare fraudster who could face other charges.
 
The lawsuit also says the sheriff's department retraction continued to imply Hughes was a convicted felon.
 
Hughes, a registered nurse, had no felony criminal history. The Third Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Monday the sheriff and deputy aren't covered by governmental immunity.
 
The ruling says the sheriff's department mistakenly used the wrong photo for another woman with the same name. Records don't say where authorities got Hughes' photo.
 

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