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Greenon defeated Ben Logan tonight at Reid Park in Springfield 178-183
Any loss hurts but this one just plain got away from us. We had many double bogeys or worse coming down the stretch and that's not like us. 
I've always felt that was our trademark and why we've had the success we've had, being our ability to overcome bad breaks and finish strong. 
Tonight was anything but. Bright spots however was Grant Ricketts being the medalist with a 35 and Jack Robinson getting his first birdie on the JV side.
Other scores were Colin Headings 46, Mitchell Fink and Jared Sater 51, Will Kenoyer 52 and Garrett Allen 53.
The JV's tied Greenon 218-218. They were paced by Daniel Meier and Drew Wasson with 53's, Jack Robinson 54, Justin Watkins 58 and Arie Pequignot 59.
We'll take the weekend off and attempt to regroup next Tuesday when they play Indian Lake at Cherokee Hills.

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

 

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

 

.James David Sexton was placed on five years community control with condition on three counts of trafficking in heroin.

 

As part of the sentence, Judge Scott Barrett ordered Sexton to spend 30 days of local incarceration.

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Work is being done this weekend at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in preparation for the start of the 2015 Hardin County Fair Tuesday.

 

Fairboard Secretary Judy Cron;ey also said for those who have entered open class items in the fair, "You can pick up exhibitor tickets in the fair office. We're open Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-5 and Monday 9-6, so you can get those tickets and put them on your things before you bring out all your open class entries."

 

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

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A very young and inexperienced Wildcat team struggled last week at Coldwater, falling to the three-time defending state champs 42-0 at Cavalier Stadium.

 

Tonight, the Cats return to the friendly confines of Robinson Filed for the first time this regular season and will begin Western Buckeye League play against the improved Defiance Bulldogs.

 

The Bulldogs, who were 0 and 10 in 2014, have already surpassed their win total from last season as they rallied past Napoleon 20-14 in their season opener.

 

WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 6:40pm, with kickoff set for 7pm.

 

In other action tonight around the county:

 

.Ada travels to Arlington in a battle of 1-0 teams.

 

.Upper Scioto Valley heads to Cory-Rawson to meet the Hornets, both teams are 0-1.

 

.1-0 Ridgemont visits 0-1 Mount Gilead.

 

.Riverdale hosts Cardington-Lincoln in a match-up of 0-1 squads.

 

.1-0 Hardin Northern entertains 0-1 Fairfield Christian Academy. The first Hardin Northern football team from 1953 will be honored before the kickoff of the game.

 

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Ben Logan defeated Urbana Wednesday night 182-210 at Urbana CC.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "The scores were a little higher than normal but the course plays difficult. All in all I thought we rebounded well from a tough loss the night before."
 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders with a 37. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 45, Will Kenoyer with a 49, Colin Headings and Garrett Allen with 51's and Jared Sater 56.
 

The Raiders return to action tomorrow at Reid Park in Springfield where they will take on Greenon.

 

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A former Municipal Court Probation Officer and Bailiff was sentenced to nearly a decade Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Don Castle was sentenced to total of 8 years in prison on two counts of rape. He pleaded guilty to the offenses on August 12. Five other counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

 

The victim pleaded for a longer prison sentence stating that Castle brainwashed her and left her with a trust issue, especially with people in law enforcement.

Castle addressed the victim and in tears stated that he was truly sorry for his actions and apologized to her and her family as well as his.

 

Breaking the sentence down, Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Castle to 3 years on the first count of rape noting that it occurred before the two were married. The other rape count brought a 5 year prison sentence since, as Judge Barrett pointed out, it occurred after they were married, "The Court sees this as a different situation. There has been evidence before the Court that after the first situation. The evidence that I have here is that promises were made that this wouldn't happen again. After that date, the parties entered into the sanctity of the relationship of marriage, and even though the standards of marriage are declining in the world around us, still the Court finds no relationship that is more based upon trust in each other than that intimate relationship of marriage, and I find that Mr. Castle has violated the sanctity of that marriage."

 

Castle, who will not be eligible for early release, was also classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

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A new manufacturing facility held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

 

Sekisui Plastics, located on US 68 at the south edge of Kenton, welcomed company officials and other dignitaries to the event.

 

Those officials include Thomas Pontiff, Sekisui Plastics USA President, who talked about what the new Kenton facility will produce, "A variety of molded parts for a number of different applications including automotive parts, protective packaging and other industrial applications consumer products. In the future, we have plans to expand to perhaps produce other products here based on our technologies in Japan, and probably the raw material that we use in our molding process."

Pontiff added that the initial 50 jobs is only the beginning as they have plans to expand the company to better serve their customers.

 

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor speaking at Sekisui Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

The Lt. Governor of Ohio, Mary Taylor was also on hand, who said she was excited to have Sekisui coming to Kenton, Ohio, "And the opportunities that this is going to present to all of the families that will be impacted in a positive way because of a new job, and of course for the community and for the State of Ohio."

 

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said bringing Sekisui to Kenton took a group effort, "Everybody worked together, and it starts from the Governor's Office on down, and that made it very conducive to getting something accomplished."

 

Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross also welcomed Sekisui to Hardin County and said the work doesn't stop there, "We're very excited not only to help you get to this point today, but help you for the many years to come to get to your global expansion and to your 100 year goal. I wish we had hundred year goals here in the City of Kenton, but we are working on a five year to ten year plan, and we want to be a part of that to help you succeed."

 

The company plans to start production at the new Kenton facility sometime next week.

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Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Main and Carrol Streets in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 29 year old Jerica McKenzie, of Kenton, was cited for failure to yield after she drove from Carrol onto Main Street, and her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 35 year old Tiffany Black, also of Kenton.
 

Both vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries.

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Findlay – September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to commit to only driving while buckled, focused and sober.

 

In addition, motorists help keep roadways safe when they take their time, drive defensively and know all traffic safety laws.

 

“By devoting their full attention to the road, motorists can reduce their risk of getting into a crash,” said Lt. Matt Crow Findlay Post Commander. “We need all motorists to practice safe driving habits to make the roadways safe all across Ohio.”

 

From 2010-2014, an average of 287,303 motor vehicle crashes occurred on Ohio’s public roadways each year. Of these, an average of 957 involved fatalities with 1043 people being killed.

 

Last year 1008 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This was the 2nd lowest total recorded in Ohio since record keeping began in the 1930s.


September was designated as Safe Driving Awareness Month by Senate bill 294, signed by Governor John Kasich in June 2014 to honor Maria Tiberi and other victims of motor vehicle crashes. Maria Tiberi was a 21 year old college student who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She is the daughter of Columbus television sports anchor, Dom Tiberi.

 

To view the statistical analysis regarding our safe driving awareness month visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/SafeDriving_Bulletin_2015.pdf

 

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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Graham defeated Ben Logan tonight at Liberty Hills 167-168.

 

Coach Chris Conley said, "It was tough being on the opposite end of a 1 stroke outcome. We had a couple go our way last year so now we know how it feels to be on the other end.

 

It was Ben Logans first conference loss in over 2 years.

 

"We'll attempt to put it behind us and get back to business tomorrow as we travel to Urbana,"  said Conley

 

He added, "Our overall score was descent for us but we left a lot of opportunities out there."

 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders in scoring with a 39. He was followed by Mitchell Fink 40, Jared Sater 43, Will Kenoyer 46. Also scoring was Colin Headings and Garrett Allen who both shot 47's

Graham JV's only had 3 players so there score was a 156. The Raiders JV scored a 139. They were led by Arie Pequignot with his low round of the year 45. Also scoring were Justin Watkins and Jack Robinson with 47's. Daniel Meier shot a 50 and Drew Wasson a 59.

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The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Women Members held a press conference Monday to announce a new board-approved program and organization, within its Chamber Division, called Women L.E.A.D "Women Leading Women Forward."

 

Women L.E.A.D. will strive to be Hardin County's premier women's group, providing networking, collaborations, educational workshops, and guest speakers for current and prospective women members of the Alliance. Topics will range from how to start a new business and entrepreneurship opportunities to career and leadership development.

 

The founders and 2015-2016 Co-Chairs are Christina Cross, a local business attorney and educator, and Jesse Purcell, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society. In developing this new program from the ground-up, both Christina and Jesse saw an opportunity in the county for women professionals, of all ages, titles and positions, to network while also providing an education and training outlet.

 

"The mission is to create an engaging environment for women leaders in Hardin County and of the Alliance organization, by providing a venue and platform to build connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life," said Christina Cross.

 

Jesse Purcell also noted, "It is both a membership value-add and recruitment arm of the Alliance that provides an opportunity for women to learn, lead, connect, and build career-advancing relationships."

 

The word L.E.A.D. within the new logo and organizational name stands for: Leadership through actions; Embracing and encouraging personal growth; Advancing career opportunities; and Developing strategic relationships. The logo was designed by Ohio Northern University student Rebecca Carman.

 

"Many chambers of commerce in other counties and states include a women's professional-leadership group, and Women L.E.A.D. will now be implemented as part of the Alliance's new program development," said Annetta Shirk, Chamber and Tourism Director for the Alliance.

 

It was also announced that Women L.E.A.D has set the date for their inaugural kickoff event, set for Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hardin Memorial Hospital Stephen McCullough Conference Room. The kickoff event is free for any women professionals and women in business wanting to learn more about the program and organization.

 

The keynote speaker will be Ms. Tracy Stuck, Vice President of Student Life at The Ohio State University. Tracy, a former Hardin County resident, has worked for OSU for over 20 years and oversaw development and construction of the new the Ohio Union student center, which was a multi-million dollar project during her time as the Director of the Ohio Union. Quest Federal Credit Union and the Hardin Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the event. RSVP is required by contacting the Alliance office at 419-673-4131 or email, womenlead@hccba.com.

 

In 2016, Women L.E.A.D will start their full program development with four quarterly events. If someone is interested in participating or having a business partnership, please contact Alliance Chamber & Tourism Director Annetta Shirk at the same contact as the RSVP information.

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Two people escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Saturday on Township Road 100 in Marion Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 21 year old Charles Hinkle was driving west on 100 when a deer entered the roadway. Hinkle swerved to avoid hitting the animal, and the car went off the left side of the road. Hinkle over corrected, and the car ended up off the right side of the road where it travelled into the ditch and rolled over coming to rest on its wheels.
 

The driver and one passenger, 21 year old Carly Leiter, also of McGuffey, were the only occupants in the car, which was heavily damaged.

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Something being stolen from people is as common as you might expect.

 

The Visitor Poll question backs that up by revealing that 93% said something has been stolen from them.

 

Only 7% said nothing has been stolen from them.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - A federal agency's plan for reducing repeated river flooding that has caused millions of dollars of damage over the years in northwestern Ohio has upset some area farmers.

 

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has proposed spending more than $60 million to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River. The current plan calls for building a nearly 10-mile channel to divert water away from downtown Findlay.

 

But farmers at a recent public meeting told the Corps the plan would transfer the problem to landowners along the diversion channel.

 

The Corps dropped an earlier plan to build a levee near the city's reservoir. Some farmers have urged dredging and cleaning the river of trees and other obstacles. But the Corps says dredging and deepening the river would cause environmental damage among other problems.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than $18.7 million in federal funding to help small businesses has been awarded to Ohio.

 

The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced the State Small Business Credit Initiative funding to help small businesses access capital for job growth and creation.

 

To date, more than $55 million in initiative funds have been disbursed to the Ohio Development Services Agency to support small businesses and the local economy.

 

The initiative's director says small businesses are the nation's leading job creators. Director Jeffrey Stout says the initiative connects sources of capital to the businesses that need them.

 

The program's most recent quarterly report shows Ohio has deployed more than $33 million in initiative funds. Through 2014, Ohio business owners reported the program would help them create or retain nearly 7,000 jobs

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Fire destroyed the Oldaker Manufacturing business in Dunkirk Saturday.

 

Dunkirk Fire Chief Ron Dysert said crews were dispatched around 7 Saturday morning, "Upon arrival we had flames through the roof on what we call the C side, which is the west side of the building. It was already through the roof basically. The whole back in was lit up, and we basically went to a defensive mode at the time and called for our mutual aid."

 

He said they're in the process of figuring out what caused the blaze, "The county investigator is here. I also called the state investigator just to find out since it was a business, and it was operational, so we want to try to figure out what happened."

 

 

Oldaker Manufacturing owner Pat Ream said it's a sad day for him, "We've been here in this building since 1961 and everything's gone. I don't know what we'll do. I don't know whether we'll rebuild or whether we're out of business at this point I don't know. I just have to check and see."

 

Ream said his business employed seven people. Like the fire department he said it's too soon to determine what caused the fire, but he does have his suspicions, "It started in the west end of the building, and I'm guessing at this point it looks to me like it might have possibly been wiring, but I'm kind of premature on that, because I don't know, but there was a lot of old wiring in that building and that type of thing."

 

 

 

Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton, Ada, Forest and Arlington Fire Departments.

 

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

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The Coldwater Cavaliers picked up in 2015 where they left off in 2014.

 

The defending state champions put on an impressive display in Friday's season opener, scoring touchdowns on its first five possessions en route to a 42-0 win over the Kenton Wildcats at Cavalier Stadium.

 

Jack Hemmelgarn threw three touchdown passes for the Cavaliers, who outgained the Wildcats 398-150 for the game.

 

Trent Hites, who accounted for all of Kenton's yards via the run and the pass, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats return to the gridiron Friday when they host Defiance in their Western Buckeye League opener. The pregame show on WKTN will begin at 6:40 p.m., with the opening kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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Week One Scores

 

Kenton 0 Coldwater 42

 

Arlington 0 Anna 7

Bellefountaine 0 Wapak 33

Celina 28 Versailles 7

Delhos Jefferson 49 Shawnee 0

Delphos St. John's 17 Bath 35

Lima Centeral Catholic 14 Elida 52

Oak Harbor 0 Ottawa-Glandorf 36

Van Wert 42 Bryan 14

Cardington-Lincoln 14 North Union 21

Vanlue 12 Ridgemont 43

Ben Logan 47 Fairbanks 7

Ada 69 Upper Scioto Valley 21

Carey 48 Riverdale 14

River Valle 32 Upper Sundusky 7

 

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Four Amish men were injured after they fell off a roof late this morning.

 

The incident occurred during a barn raising taking place on County Road 200 in Taylor Creek Township.

 

One man is being transported to an undisclosed hospital by helicopter. The extent of his injuries is not being released.

 

The three other men received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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A request for judicial release for a man who set a fire in 2009 that claimed the life of his stepfather was denied Thursday afternoon in the Juvenile Division of Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Public Defender Sheryl Trazaska made the request to release Robert Fortner Junior after he served a year and a half in the Department of Youth Services for setting the fire at a house on Walnut Street in December of 2009 when he was 15 years old. His step-father Gary Wells Junior died in the fire. His mother Sarah Wells and brother Derrick Fortner escaped the house.

 

Fortner was charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault. He admitted to the offenses and in October of 2013, then Judge James Rapp placed him in a treatment facility in lieu of time in the Department of Youth Services.

 

By February 2014, Fortner was back in court for violating terms of the treatment facility and Judge Rapp then ordered Fortner to serve out the balance of his time in D.Y.S. until he is 21 years of age.

 

In requesting early release, Trazaska said Fortner has made progress and the number of offenses committed in D.Y.S. has been diminishing. She noted also that Fortner has completed high school and is taking online college classes and getting good grades.

 

Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick however noted that Fortner has not been rehabilitated and has not even shown remorse for his actions. She noted that on some days, Fortner admits to setting the fire, and also denies his actions on other days. She argued early release would not be in the public interest and safety.

 

Judge Steve Christopher noted that Fortner has made progress and should be recognized for his efforts, but ruled that Fortner is not a good candidate for early release. The judge ruled that Fortner serve out his time in D.Y.S. noting that letting him out now would undermine the seriousness of the crime.

 

Fortner will be released when he turns 21 in November of 2016.

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

 

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

 

.Joshua O. Spradling was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of aggravated burglary.

 

.Brad F. Jacques was sentenced to seven months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.

 

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

 

.Shaylee Jo Gradick on one count each of possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin.

 

.Timothy C. Pratt II on one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

.Destyn C. Jordan on one count of domestic violence.

 

.Deborah l. Hudson was placed on tow years community control with conditions on one count of obstructing official business.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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A drug awareness rally is scheduled to take place Saturday.

 

Organizer Jawna Ferrell said it will take place from 1-4 Saturday afternoon on the north side of the Hardin County Courthouse, "We will have a deejay there who's going to play music. We want it to be a fun event, but yet informative. We have Hope Over Heroin that's going to be there and Celebrate Recovery, and we do have a guest speaker. Her name is Misty Clyborn, and she is going to share her story through her addiction and how she overcame it and all the obstacles that she had to overcome."

 

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

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The 2015 high school football season kicks off tonight on WKTN as the Kenton Wildcats travel to Coldwater to take on the Cavaliers.

 

Three of the certainties in Northwest Ohio are death, taxes, and Coldwater fielding a strong football team. The Cavaliers went 14 and 1 last season on their way to winning their 3rd straight state title. Coldwater has appeared in the last six Division 5 state title games and have won state titles in four of the past eight seasons.

 

Of course, the Kenton Wildcats have established quite a winning tradition of their own over the past several decades. The Cats have not had a losing season on the gridiron since 1992 and finished 11 and 3 last year, grabbing the school's 3rd regional title in the past 4 seasons in the process.

 

However, it will be an inexperienced group of Wildcats making the trip to Coldwater tonight - the Cats lost 17 starters to graduation from last season's squad that was the runner-up in the Western Buckeye League.

 

WKTN will have all the action tonight live from Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

 

In other games involving Hardin County teams tonight, Ada visits Upper Scioto Valley; Riverdale hosts Carey; and Ridgemont entertains Vanlue.

 

On Saturday afternoon, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears open up their season when they travel to Bealsville.

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Records show the parents of three young boys whose mother is suspected of suffocating them rejected Ohio's care plan for the family earlier this year.

 

The records show Joseph and Brittany Pilkington refused to sign a copy of the June 12 plan crafted by Logan County Children's Services for the couple's 3-year-old daughter and baby son.

 

Records released Thursday also show there were no concerns for either parent's cognitive or physical abilities and no history of violence at their home in Bellefontaine.

 

Authorities say Brittany Pilkington confessed to killing the baby and two other sons in the past year out of jealousy at her husband. Aggravated-murder charges against her carry the possibility of a death sentence. A lawyer has entered not guilty pleas for her.

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A 5K benefit race is scheduled for this Saturday.

 

The group Never Stop Running is holding the race this coming Saturday morning starting at 9 at the Roundhead Park.

Group Founder Travis Compton talks about who the fundraiser is being held for, "The benefit run is for David Holbrook, because he's had a couple of back surgeries, and I just thought it would be nice to raise some money for him, because they need it right now.

 

That's what it's about. "He said participants of this coming Saturday's race are being asked to make a small donation, "Just $10, and the group Never Stop Running will donate the proceeds to the Holbrook family. Our club meets every Saturday morning at 9am. Anybody can come out and run or walk if you want to."

 

Compton also talked about why he started Never Stop Running, "I just started the club because I really like to run, and I like to see other people out running. It gets people in shape and makes them healthier, so I like to do stuff like that."

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A former classmate of the Ohio mother suspected of suffocating her three young sons is collecting donations in hopes of providing markers for their graves.

 

The 4-year-old Gavin Pilkington, who died in April, has an unmarked grave, just like his 3-month-old brother, Noah, who was buried Wednesday. Another infant brother, Niall, died last year and has only a dirty metal nameplate at his plot.

 

The fundraiser, Ashley McLaughlin, says she wants to ensure there are headstones honoring the boys' lives if their surviving sister visits the cemetery to find them when she's older.

 

Authorities say their mother, 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington, confessed to killing the boys. She's charged with murder and pleaded not guilty.

 

She was jailed in Bellefontaine on $1 million bond.

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Ben Logan boys golf defeated Indian Lake Wednesday night at Liberty Hills 170-204.
 

The Raiders were led by Grant Ricketts with a 36. Colin Headings followed with a 37. It was Colin's first time breaking 40. He has so much potential I was so pleased to see him come thru. I hope this is the start of many more sub 40's to come. Jared Sater shot 48, and Mitchell Fink and Garrett Allen added 49's. Daniel Meier saw his first varsity action and shot 50.
 

Indian Lake JV's didn't field a team so the Raiders played solo. Will Kennoyer led the team with a 45, followed by Justin Watkins with a 46, Arie Pequignot 48, Jack Robinson 49, and Drew Wasson 56.
 

Coach Chris Conley said "Grant struck the ball well all night but couldn't get a putt to drop. All in all it was a good night. We're making progress and have some key matches coming up next week. We'll have a couple practices then get ready for Graham next Tuesday at Liberty Hills."

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A 15 year old Kenton boy is facing theft charges after allegedly shoplifting a bottle of vodka.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an employee of Village Pantry reported the incident Tuesday afternoon. A customer in the store informed the employee that he witnessed the boy take the vodka. The suspect was stopped outside the store and was asked to lift his shirt, which revealed the bottle of vodka.
 

The boy fled on foot before police arrived, and he was located later near his residence on South Leighton Street.

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Ridgemont's 7-12th grade Visual Arts Teacher, Marianne Galyk moving into her classroom

 

The first day of school for Ridgemont is not until September 15, but the staff has been unpacking classroom items this week at the new building.

 

Ridgemont Superintendent Emmy Beeson said items to be unpacked in the new classrooms actually were moved in starting last week, "Our custodial crew, with the help of our project manager, moved in about a 1000 boxes last week, and teacher came in Monday to start unpacking and kind of visualize their spaces and see how they're going to work with kids this year. Everybody has been super happy."

 

She said teachers were able to see the new building early on during the construction, but this week has been the first time they've been able to see the new building as classrooms, "There's been a lot of smiles. There's been some tears from people who are so grateful for what this building is going to allow us to do for our students."

 

The superintendent added that while it will be different having everyone under the same roof, they are prepared because they've been planning for it for some time, "We're doing a lot of work for co-teaching and collaborating so that our high school classes are working with our elementary students. we're really excited about multi age work and multi disciplinary work with our students."

 

Beeson said students will be surprised by how the building looks and how it functions, "This is not a typical school building. it's not a traditional looking school building, and so I think the students are going to be really excited about the amount of daylight, the amount of variety of student seating, soft seating, just different spaces here that you won't see in every school. It's going to be a great first day."

 

Beeson added that a parent open house will be held Monday September 14 from 5-7pm, "Because we think it's really important that the parents get to see and visualize where their students, where their children will be spending time. We will hold a building dedication later on once we get settled into the building, but right now we will hold an open house so people can see all the spaces."

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A funeral service was held for a baby who prosecutors say was suffocated by his mother along with his two brothers over a period of 13 months.

 

Three-month-old Noah Pilkington was found dead at his parents' apartment Aug. 18 in Bellefontaine.

 

Services were held at a Bellefontaine funeral home Wednesday afternoon, a day after Noah's mother, Brittany Pilkington, was indicted on aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.

 

The 23-year-old mother is in Logan County Jail on $1 million bond. Police and prosecutors say she confessed the day Noah died to killing him, a 4-year-old brother in April and a baby brother last July.

 

Authorities say Brittany Pilkington was jealous at the attention her husband paid the boys.

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By a two to one margin, Visitor Poll voters like the new earlier kickoff times for Western Buckeye League football games this season.

 

Of those responding, 68% said they prefer the 7:00pm kickoff time for games, while 32% said they prefer the 7:30pm kickoff times.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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A Marion woman died in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 10:40 Monday night in the 21,000 block of State Route 309 in Goshen Township.

 

According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, an eastbound vehicle went off the left side of the road, rolled over multiple times and came to rest in the westbound ditch.

 

Lauren Sparling was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. Another person in the vehicle, Shelby Sparling, also of Marion, was transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to Grant Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Neither crash victim was wearing seatbelts and both were ejected from the vehicle.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team.

 

The Kenton and Marseilles Fire Departments, BKP Ambulance and Osborn's Towing assisted at the scene.

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The Kenton City Council met Monday evening for its 16th regular session. Council President Joel Althauser called the meeting to order and all council members were in attendance.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved before the council moved on to legislative measures.

 

The ordinance to approve the transfer of the former Espy School property from a residential district to a business one passed 7-0 at its third reading. Three other ordinances moved to second and third readings, respectively.

 

During committee reports, Director of Law John Schwemer further discussed the pending legislation for the Job Creation Incentive Program. Schwemer mentioned the importance for the council to take their time writing and tweaking the legislation. The program, once in place, will benefit existing and new businesses in the city with credits towards taxes for meeting the requirements of the plan. Schwemer also mentioned that although it will take awhile for the credits to become evident as this is "new money", as long as the businesses continue to meet the requirements, the necessary money will be built into the budget year after year.

 

In other reports, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jon Cross, explained to council the chamber's vision for the future of Hardin County jobs. He presented a three-tiered plan with the main components as #1 - attracting and maintaining a labor pool, #2 - creating and maintaining new jobs, and #3 - improving the quality of life for county residents. According to Cross, if the first two tiers are met, the rest will "fall into place". Cross also informed council of a Career Expo, to be held on Friday, September 25, from 9am-1pm at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Community Room. This fair is a collaboration between the Chamber, Ohio Means Jobs, Hardin County Job and Family Services, and the Ada Chamber of Commerce. It is free for businesses to participate in the expo; any interested business owners should contact the Hardin County Chamber for more information and to register.

 

The Kenton City Council will meet next on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 7:00pm at the City Building.

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury is weighing possible new charges against Bellefontaine woman accused of killing her three sons because authorities say she was jealous of the attention her husband paid them.

 

Brittany Pilkington is being held on preliminary murder charges in Logan County Jail in Bellefontaine on $1 million bond.

 

Investigators say the 23-year-old smothered two sons, one in July 2014 and the other on April 6. Authorities took custody of her third son after he was born three months ago, but a judge allowed him to be returned home because there wasn't conclusive evidence the first two boys had been killed. The third son died Aug. 18.

 

Pilkington hasn't been required to enter a plea yet. The grand jury was expected to meet Tuesday afternoon.

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The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants in Forest to close due to a water main break in the village.

 

The order will be in effect until further notice.

 

Martin's Meat Mart is prohibited from selling hot food and fountain pop, but prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks can continue to be served.

 

The Health Department is advising citizens of Forest to use bottled water for sanitation and cooking purposes in their homes until further notice.

 

Once the break in repaired and water turned back on, a boil water advisory will be necessary.

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A report of a car verses pedestrian was taken by the Kenton Police Department around 11:45 Sunday night.
 

According to the report at the police department, 9-1-1 reported that the incident occurred in the 200 block of East Columbus Street.
 

Upon arrival of officers, a male, identified in the report as 14 year old Braxton Klesmit, of Kenton,  was observed laying in the west turn lane of Columbus Street, and a tan Buick with a broken windshield was observed sitting just to the north.
 

Klesmit was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.
 

No other information is available at this time.

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A North Carolina woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 21 year old Nicole Glaza was driving west on State Route 309 and her GPS unit announced to make a right turn. She was going to fast to properly make the turn and her car left the roadway and struck a power pole causing heavy damage.

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Benjamin Logan boys golf traveled to Springfield Sat to play in the Arrow Invitational at Windy Knoll.

 

The boys shot 351 and finished 12th in the 20 team field.

 

A spot was open in Ben Logan's schedule and the tam decided to give it a try. The competition was great and the course gives everyone a challenge. Many large schools were there so I had no expectation of finishing well.

 

Conditions were great weather wise but the course was hard and fast. You could get extra yards off the tee but that also led to shots going out of bounds.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "We had our share of penalty strokes but I'm sure most teams did."

 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders with a 73 and a tie for 5th as an individual. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 89, Colin Headings 91, Garrett Allen 98, and Jared Sater 103. I was really pleased with everyone but especially with Colin. I witnessed 2 of his tee shots going out of bounds by inches yet he held it together and shot a decent score. Springboro won the event as expected finishing in the top 10 in the state the last 2 years.
 

The coach added, "We'll regroup and get ready for an important match against Greenon next Tuesday at Liberty Hills. All in all I'm pleased with our teams progress and feel like we are getting close to our potential."

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MCCOMB, Ohio (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says tap water in a Hancock County village is OK to drink despite its brownish color.
 
Tests in recent weeks have shown that McComb's tap water is safe, but EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce acknowledges the water is "obviously very unappealing."
 
The village is battling the mineral Manganese at its 15-year-old water-treatment plant and coming from its drinking water source.
 
Officials say the village is giving away free bottles of water to its customers and plans to do so every Tuesday and Thursday until the issue is fixed.
 

The brown water issue is slated for discussion at its next village council meeting.
 

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 MARION, Ohio (AP) - Federal prosecutors say immigrant teenagers brought to Marion County and forced to work long hours on egg farms had been fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody after arriving at the border.
 
Many of the teens tried to cross the border during a time when the U.S. immigration system was overwhelmed by an unprecedented flow of unaccompanied children fleeing unrest in Central America.
 
U.S. immigration policy dictates that unaccompanied minors trying to escape dangerous situations can't be turned away. According to the indictment, once the Guatemalan teens were in U.S. custody, false paperwork was submitted and conspirators posing as relatives or family friends were sent to pick them up.
 
Prosecutors contend it was all orchestrated by Arodolo Rigoberto Castillo-Serrano, who is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea during a hearing Monday in Cleveland.
 

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The meeting, held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, started off with the election of supervisors.

 

The candidates were Dylan Shepherd, Arden (Ardie) Good and Gary Flinn.

 

Flinn and Good were the two elected.

 

Flinn also presented the 2015 Conservation Partner Award to Max and Marilyn Trachsel.

Max and Marilyn Trachsel receive award from board member Gary Flinn

 

During the meeting, Board Chairman Jerry McBride stated that Hardin County is well known all over the state in the area of conservation, "Well Hardin County has produced quite a few leaders. We had Ed Elliott that went all through the state and was state president, and the Gary Schicks, the Dave Lutzs, Donnie Dolls, Tom Briens, they've all been leaders, and they've all been well known throughout the state in their time while they were supervisors."

 

McBride stated that he was very pleased with the turnout for the event, "We had a beautiful night, and I estimate maybe 160 people or so were here, and it's good when we've got that kind of support."

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The Hardin County Commissioners are holding a public meeting and inviting community members to participate in an upcoming informational meeting and workshop for the county's EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant Program. 

 

With the help of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Regional Planning, the county has received a $200,000 grant to complete assessments of any eligible brownfield property within the limits of the county. 

 

Your input is needed to help create an inventory of potential brownfield sites that may be considered for assessment.


The meeting will be Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Veteran's Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse.

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PITT, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say passengers on a packed chartered bus have successfully steered the vehicle away from oncoming traffic in northern Ohio after the driver lost consciousness.

 

Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel tells the Daily Chief-Union the bus was headed north on U.S. 23 in Pitt Township when it crossed the median into southbound traffic around 2 p.m. Friday. The bus stopped after striking a guardrail.

 

Witnesses say a nurse on the bus performed CPR on the driver, identified as Richard Hall of Toledo, before he was transported to a hospital. There was no word on his condition.

 

No one was injured as a result of the crash.

 

The bus carried more than four dozen union members returning from a rally in Columbus, about 60 miles south of the crash site.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More local governments and other public entities have submitted claims for a share of Ohio's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

 

The attorney general's office says about 850 entities filed claims by the extended deadline on Friday, including cities, townships and universities.

 

The state had alleged that Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices, leading to governments paying above-market prices for rock salt to de-ice roads, highways and bridges.

 

The settlement announced in June ends that lawsuit. The claims process was open to public entities in Ohio that bought salt from Chicago-based Morton and Minnesota-based Cargill between July 2008 and July 2011.

 

Both companies denied any wrongdoing.

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A bulldozer was destroyed by fire just before 4 Thursday afternoon.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to County Road 145, just north of State Route 309, where a hydraulic hose broke and sprayed the bulldozer with oil sparking the fire.
 

The bulldozer, which is owned by Legg's Excavating, was listed as a total loss.

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No injuries were reported in a crash that occurred around 3:45 Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Township Road 180 and County Road 155.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Kolt Buchenroth pulled from a stop sign on 180 and his vehicle struck a southbound car behind the driver's side tire causing it to go into a spin and strike a guardrail. The driver of the southbound car was not listed on the report. Light damage occurred to both vehicles as a result of the crash, but heavy damage occurred to the car on 155 after it struck the guardrail.

Buchenroth was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

 

BKP and the Kenton Fire Department assisted the Sheriff's Office at the scene.

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A Kenton man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in Hardin County Common Pleas Court recently.
 

According to the document from Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Randy H. Crum was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on one count each of possession of heroin, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and having weapons while under disability.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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With a week to go before opening night, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears have a different opening week opponent.
 

The Polar Bears were to open their 2015 high school football season on Saturday, August 29th, by making the trip to Fostoria to take on St. Wendelin.
 

That changed Wednesday when the Mohawks announced they will be cancelling their 2015 season due to low numbers. St. Wendelin, which has just 43 boys listed in grades 10 through 12 in the latest Ohio High School Athletic Association listing, had been hoping to have at least 16 players suited up by opening night, and when it became apparent they could not reach that goal, chose not to field a team this year.
 

WKTN learned Friday morning however that Hardin Northern did line up an opening week opponent. They will travel to Beallsville High School to take on the Blue Devils.
 

That game will be played Saturday August 29 at 2:00pm.

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The Ridgemont FFA Chapter has been named a Finalist in both the National Model of Excellence and National Model of Innovation in the Student Division by the National FFA Organization.

 

The Model of Excellence Finalist is the top 10 FFA Chapters in the USA, out of more than 7,600 Chapters. While the Model of Excellence award rates the chapter on the chapter's activities for the students, chapter, and community; the Model of Innovation award in the student division celebrates

 

Ridgemont's innovative project ideas for the students in their chapter.

 

At the National Convention in October, Ridgemont will compete again 9 other chapters from across the country to vie for the #1 ranking in each category. In 2010 and 2011, Ridgemont won the Model of Innovation in Chapter Development Award making them the top chapter in the United States.

 

Programs Ridgemont completes to earn these awards include: Summer STEM Enrichment Programs, Archery In The Schools, School to Work Career Connections, FFA After School Innovation Programs, Strategic Planning for Program Improvement, Upperclassmen Real Life Boot Camp, Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza, Hearing Protection Program, and Locally Grown for Global Agriculture. Ridgemont focuses on creating service-learning programs that prepare their students to become successful citizens. These programs are created to serve the needs of students, school, and community. This year Ridgemont won Ohio's #1 Model of Innovation Chapter for their chapter's program and student achievements.

 

The Models of Excellence and Model of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere.

 

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture.

 

The national convention draws 50,000 plus members, advisors, and guests from across the country.

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Heartbeat of Hardin County continues to help people deal with pregnancies.

 

Executive Director Julie Zaring talks about some of the services her agency provides, "Heartbeat is set up to do free pregnancy tests, help people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy or even a pregnancy they were planning but not expecting but need help with medical expenses. We also do the verfication form for Job and Family Services and for WIC."

 

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

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A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday evening.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Mary Lou Johnson Library to investigate a report of a suspicious acting person.
 

Police discovered that the man, identified as 24 year old John Shiner, was had an active arrest warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. He was taken into custody, and following a search, officers allegedly found Shiner was in possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
 

The items were confiscated, and additional charges are pending.

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Several items, including firearms, were stolen from a residence in the 2000 block of Township Road 159, Dunkirk.

 

The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon, and according to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, two rifles, a shotgun and a 52 inch television were reported missing.

 

The case is under investigation.

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Outside of building, which also houses Not By Choice Outreach,  recently received new paint

 

 

Work is progressing on a pay what you can afford restaurant in Kenton.

 

The first part of Table One Ministries is to open the restaurant portion located in the Brunson's Building in downtown Kenton, and the Rev. Loran Miracle said it's been a work in progress, "We've owned the building since Ash Wednesday in February, and we've been remodeling it since then. I'm really hoping to be open probably the end of September with a little bit of luck."

 

But he said that opening date is not set in stone, "This isn't being done on my time exactly, but we're not going to rush it. We will not open till we're ready. I've got a chef, and we're working on our menu now. We may be doing some Italian kinds of things that people enjoy. That seems to be his specialty, and as well as some regular kind of meals that people in Kenton would like, so we're trying to make really good food here."

 

Things are taking shape inside of Table One Ministries Restaurant. Windows expected to be added on the unpainted wall area to the right.

 

 

When it is completed, Rev. Miracle said you won't recognize what used to be Brunson's Restaurant, "It's going to look very, very much different, and yes we've had a lot of help, especially this week. We've had a group of college students from Habitat For Humanity from Ohio Northern who've been here. We've had as many as 28 of them that have come and helped us out. I challenged them to do a Restaurant Impossible which was a lot of fun. They are really getting us down the road. I don't know what we would have done without them quite frankly."

 

Rev. Miracle explains the concept of a pay what you can restaurant, "If you can afford to pay our suggested donation price then you're welcome to come in like a regular restaurant that's what you would pay. If you can pay it forward for somebody else, we would like you to do that, and if you can't afford then in exchange for helping others by serving here, then you would be able to also eat here at the restaurant, so everybody participates in making this a really cool thing."

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Ben Logan kicked off it's regular season with a win over visiting Urbana Tuesday night at Liberty Hills. The Raiders shot a 165 to Urbana's 192
 

Ben Logan was led by senior standout Grant Ricketts with a 34. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 40. Both players had great rounds get away from them with trouble at the 8th and 9th holes. However anyone who has ever played golf, let alone those 2 holes has most likely had the same experience at one time or another. Jared Sater turned in a sound performance with a 44 followed by Will Kenoyer 47, Garrett Allen 51, and Colin Headings 52.
 

The JV's got their first taste of victory as well beating the Urbana

JV's 192-217
 

The coach said, "I was really proud of the effort here. Three players shot 45's led by Justin Watkins, Jack Robinson, and Daniel Meier. The JV's also gor a 57 from Arie Pequignot and a 58 from Drew Wasson. We had a great practice yesterday and the guys hard work is starting to pay off."
 

The Raiders return to action Saturday at Windy Knoll in Springfield.

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A judge has set a $1 million bond for an Ohio woman accused of killing her three sons because authorities say she was jealous of the attention her husband paid them.

 

Brittany Pilkington appeared briefly Thursday in Bellefontaine Municipal Court but didn't speak. She wasn't required to enter a plea.

 

Investigators say the 23-year-old smothered two sons, one in July 2014 and the other on April 6. Authorities took custody of her third son after he was born three months ago, but a judge allowed him to be returned home because there wasn't conclusive evidence the first two boys had been killed. The third son died Tuesday.

 

Lori Cummins, Pilkington's mother, says she believes her daughter is innocent. Although authorities say Pilkington confessed, Cummins says her daughter told her in a jailhouse call she didn't do it.

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Two Logan County residents were arrested in Hardin County Tuesday afternoon following a traffic stop.

 

According to a release from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office made the traffic stop on State Route 31 north of Mt. Victory around 2 Tuesday afternoon.

 

23 year old Garrett C. Craig and 24 year old Amber R. Hoy, both of Russell's Point, were arrested on drug trafficking warrants from Logan County. The Logan County Joint Drug Task Force and the Hardin County Crime Task Forces combined efforts to investigate Craig and Hoy, who were both transported to the Logan County Jail.

 

Cash and heroin were recovered by investigators during the traffic stop.

 

Additional charges are expected to be filed by the Hardin County Crime task Force.

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio woman has confessed to killing her three young sons over the past several months because her husband ignored their daughter.
 
Police in Bellefontaine say Brittany Pilkington is charged with three counts of murder. They say she reported Tuesday one son wasn't breathing and later confessed to killing him and two others.
 
Three-month-old Noah died Tuesday. Four-year-old Gavin died in April. Three-month-old Niall died in July 2014.
 
Logan County prosecutor William Goslee said the mother admitted suffocating the boys. He says in her mind "she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father."
 
Three-year-old daughter Hailey is with a child welfare agency.
 
The mother has been jailed. No working telephone number for the family's home can be found. No attorney information is available for her.
 

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Area 2015/16 school calendars and football schedules have now been updated.

 

To see school calendars, click on AREA SCHOOLS and then click on your school.

 

For football schedules, click on SPORTS and then on your school.

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Occupants in a rural Kenton house are facing charges after marijuana was discovered on their property.

 

According to a release, on Monday, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call stating a marijuana plant was visible from the roadway at 16722 TR 119, southwest of the City of Kenton. Sheriff's Deputies along with the Hardin County Crime Task Force responded and confirmed the plant to be marijuana. The residents were contacted and a search of the property revealed several other marijuana plants on the property. A grow room was also located inside the residence where several more marijuana plants were also seized. In all 13.05 pounds of marijuana as well as several items used in the cultivation process were confiscated from the property. The approximate street value of the seized marijuana plants is $79,200.00.

 

Charges are pending against the occupants of the residence.

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A Carey resident escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car was being driven north on Wayne Street at a high rate of speed. The car failed to negotiate a turn onto Chesney Street and struck a utility pole and a tree before coming to rest. The driver, who was later identified as 18 year old Austin Hord, left the area on foot prior to police arriving.
 

He has been cited for failing to maintain reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident. The car was heavily damaged.

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Elementary staff members: Jade Zartman, Robin Shafer, Linda Howard, Cara Wetherill, Amanda Heyder, Erica Grossman, Chelsea Scott, Lindsey Numbers, Brokke Purcell, Rachel McClure, Jamie Donaldson, Mary Cook, Leigh Kelley, Tara Oakes, Rebecca Kimmel, Matt Best, Sarah Zoeller, Robin Bame and Michelle Wise

 

The board welcomed many new teachers to the district. Angela Butterman and Julie Simmons, two of the principals at Kenton Elementary School, welcomed the new teachers, staff, and administrative professionals. Many of those introduced are first-time teachers and new to the district. Butterman expressed her enthusiasm for the new staff. Middle School Principal Kirk Cameron also introduced his new staff and welcomed them to the district and to the school. Lastly, new Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush introduced his new staff to the board as well. Kenton City Schools began classes yesterday and each principal mentioned how much he or she was looking forward to the great opportunities for the new school year.

 

Middle School and High School staff, (front left to right) Matt Fry, Chris Becker and Katherine Manchez. (back left to right) Christina Cross, Jennifer Rogers, Eric Grosley and Heather Hoppe

 

 

In other news, Jennifer Penczarski, Kenton City Schools Superintendent, discussed two grants that the district received this year. The first, called the Community Connector Grant, will benefit grades 5-12 in the amount of $128,000. It has been named the Kenton Professional Mentoring and Leadership Initiative within the district, and will focus on the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing.) Under the goals of the grant, each 8th grade student will leave for the high school with a five-year professional plan to help him or her succeed in high school and beyond into the workforce. The second grant, called the 21st Century Grant, is a three-year grant for grades K-6 in the amount of $600,000. This grant will focus on assisting students who are designated at-risk due to educational or economical deficits outside their control. The students will be able to receive assistance through Club Roar, a program at the elementary school, where they will be offered personalized attention either before or after school each week. Penczarski stressed that these programs are sustainable and that through proper implementation and teaching, they should last long after the funding runs out.

 

The board also heard from Penczarski that the band program is in need of donations of used instruments. The interest in the program is greater than the amount of instruments available, and Penczarski said she would hate for any student to be turned away because they could not afford an instrument. Any person wishing to donate their used instruments can bring them to the board office during normal business hours.

 

The next meeting of the school board will be Monday, September 21, 2015.

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Kenton: The Alliance Golf Scramble was held August 14, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course in Kenton.

 

This year 28 teams/112 golfers participated splitting cash prizes with individual contests, Nationwide Children’s Championship tickets, merchandise raffles, and many other prizes.  Next year’s outing will be August 12, 2016.

 

The competition was awesome again, but the Valicor Team of Todd Pees, Scott Merideth,  Matt Reed and John Murray posted a 57 to take the first place low gross prize. Figuring in handicap compensations, the Superior Federal Credit Union Team of Gloria Dunahue, Kurt Neeper, Matt Otto, and Drew Kantonen claimed the first place low net prize with a 51.7.  Each team won $400.

 

Second place low gross and net, winning $200 each were the teams of:
Low gross: Hancock County Alliance Team, Tony Iriti, Tim Mayle, Rachel Latta, and JJ Preston
Low net: Charter Realty Team: Jeff Buroker, Walt Buroker, Ben Buroker, and Doug Roberts

 

Third place honors, winning $100 each were:
Low gross: Liberty National Bank Team: Nannette Pfeiffer, Brian McCune, Doug Stemble, and Bill Hart
Low net: Ohio Northern University Team: Tom Simmons, Ed Simmons, Jerry Simmons, and Allen Conley

 

Twenty-eight teams, 112 golfers were present for the perfect day.  Contest competitions were awarded to the following winners:  Longest Drive competitions, Kevin Rickenbacher and Chris Wedding; 2nd Longest Drive competitions, Brian McCune and Nanette Pfeiffer; both Longest Putt competitions were won by Gary Fry; Closest to the pin competitions, Kenny Day and Jayson Wolshire;  Closest to the pin 2nd shot competitions, Rex Good and Dusty Wilcox. All participants received gift bags and a catered meal to finish out the day.

 

The winner of the 50/50 drawing, taking home $325 was Tom Simmons.

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LCC and Ben Logan battled today at Hawthorne Hills. LCC came out on top 321 to Ben Logan's 353 but the Raiders Grant Ricketts took medalist honors with a 69.

 

LCC senior Ian Friesher shot a 72. Conditions were great but I knew it would be an uphill battle. No one on the team had ever played Hawthorne except for Grant and there is always some comfort level in knowing a course. LCC had just won the Russ Houge tournament on Tuesday and we were paired with them so we knew they had some good players.
 

All in all, the coach was pleased with the effort. He said, "We are a long way from playing to our team potential but individual players make strides each time out. Hopefully we'll come together at the right time."

 

Will Kenoyer had the 2nd best score of the day for the Raiders with a 91, Colin Headings followed with a 93, Justin Watkins 95, Garrett Allen 96, Jared Sater 101, and Mitchell Fink 102. Also scoring was Arie Pequignot with a 104, Jack Robinson 118, Daniel Meier 119, and Drew Wasson 124.
 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday with their first conference match against Urbana at Liberty Hills.

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A stretch of County Road 150 is being closed today for a culvert replacement project.

 

According to the Hardin County Engineer's Office, the stretch of 150 between Township Roads 115 and 95 will be closed for approximately two to three weeks.

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A shoplifting incident at Walmart on Saturday afternoon resulted in additional charges being filed against a Kenton woman. 

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, Mylee Monterroza was seen by store personnel allegedly concealing items in her purse in various parts of the store.  She is said to have paid for a few small items, but once she left the register, she was stoppped by Walmart personnel. 

 

Upon arrival, Officers searched her purse and found the items, in addition to two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. 

 

Monterroza was issued a summons for theft and possession of marijuana.
 

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A driver was cited for a red light violation following a crash that occurred Saturday, at approximately 12 noon.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police department, Donald Sorgen of W. Franklin Street Kenton, was traveling north on South Detroit Street and failed to stop for a red light, and struck a vehicle operated Jerry Waddle of County Road 265 Kenton, who was traveling east on Ohio Street.

 

The crash caused functional damage to both autos, and there were no injuries.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State records show call center companies are now among Ohio's largest job creators along with distribution warehouses, automakers and banks.

 

Officials with an Indiana-based trade group tell the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that labor costs overseas are increasing and companies are being encouraged to open centers in the U.S.

 

They say employers are taking advantage of cheaper property and labor.

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics says there were more than 82,000 customer service representatives working in any type of industry or setting in May 2014. That's up by 4,000 from a year earlier.

 

Critics say call centers pay below-average wages. Industry supporters say call center jobs pay above minimum wage, have flexible hours and don't require an advanced degree.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says liquor sales in Ohio have set another record, nearly topping $1 billion in the past fiscal year.
 
The Ohio Department of Commerce said Sunday that revenue from liquor sales in 2015 were up by 7 percent to just over $982 million.
 
Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams says one reason is that consumers are buying higher-priced premium brands and specialty spirits.
 
It's a trend that also helped break revenue records in 2014.
 
The commerce department says sales this past May and June were near the volume seen during the busy winter holidays.
 
Williams says the increase over the past year is impressive because the liquor control division is in the middle of replacing its 40-year-old management system with a new inventory control system that will improve ordering and logistics.

 

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A driver was cited for a red light violation following a crash that occurred Friday morning.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 16 year old Brandon Feltner, of Kenton, was driving east on Columbus Street and thought he had the green light as he entered the intersection with Main Street. Feltner stated that he noticed the light was green for northbound traffic on Main Street moments before his car struck the side of a vehicle being operated by 32 year old Tonya Perkins, also of Kenton.
 

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries, and Feltner was cited for a red light violation.

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Hardin County:

 

Ohio 53 from Grant to Patterson will be restricted to one lane for drainage work. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 and Township Road 165 will be closing August 24 for 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Ohio 81 between Sugar Street and Neubrecht Road will continue to be restricted through October as pavement repairs, curb and resurfacing work continues. Two lanes of traffic are traveling in the eastbound direction and one lane in the westbound direction. Work is being performed by R.B. Jergens Contractors Inc., Dayton.

 

Ohio 309 between Leonard Avenue and Devonshire Drive on the east side of Lima will be restricted at times during the week and likely next week for traffic signal modification. Restrictions will occur only at the signal locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 traffic department.

 

Ohio 81 between Neubrecht Road and Stewart Road on the east side of Lima will be restricted at times during the week and likely next week for traffic signal modification. Restrictions will occur only at the signal locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 traffic department.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street will be restricted through the fall for a resurfacing project. Curb work will begin on August 17 starting at Patriot Drive (Menards entrance) to Main Street on various street corners. Beginning August 24 grinding of the road will take place beginning at County Road 212 east of Findlay. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 613 on the far east side of Van Buren at the railroad crossing closed on August 5 for a railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 18 and Interstate 75. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.

 

Ohio 15 both eastbound and westbound just north of Lima Avenue, south of Findlay, could have occasional stoppages of traffic on Friday, August 14 to allow electrical lines to be placed across the highway. Traffic will be affected by the work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. Message boards will be in place to alert traffic. Work is being performed by American Electric Power, Gahanna.

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate

 

75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Work is currently occurring in the northbound and southbound passing lanes and will continue for approximately a week and a half at which point work will switch to the northbound and southbound driving lanes and traffic will be traveling in the passing lanes. The driving lane has been shifted so that traffic is straddling the rumble strips in both directions. Also as a part of this project the rest areas will close sometime in the coming weeks. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. This project is almost complete, there will only be occasional lane restrictions to finish up the remaining work. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

 

Special events . . .

 

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

  

 

Wyandot County

 

Ohio 294 between Ohio 37 and Ohio 67 will be restricted to one lane on August 20 and August 21 for bridge patching and repair work. Work is being performed by BCC Ohio, New London, Ohio.

 

Ohio 67 between Ohio 294 and County Highway 64 will be closed beginning on August 18 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement and drainage project. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 294, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Mark Haynes Construction, Norwalk.

Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 which closed August 3 for a culvert replacement has reopened.

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

 

U.S. 23 interchange with Ohio 199, Upper Sandusky Bridge deck repairs and resurfacing will impact the interchange as follows. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus:

 

-U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 has reopened.

 

-U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 will be closed on August 17 for one day. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 53/Ohio 67 to U.S. 23 back to Ohio 199.

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When it comes to playing a musical instrument, a majority of our Visitor Poll voters are not able to do so.

 

According to the results, 66% said they do not play a musical instrument. The remaining 34% said they do play some sort of musical instrument.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll,

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Ben Logan boys golf again placed 5th in the Ryan Reynolds Invitational at Liberty Hills.
 

It's odd that we would shoot 5 shots worse than Monday considering the difference in weather. Ideal conditionsnetted the higher score while the better rounds came in off and on rain showers. Maybe it's the fact we've played Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We'll take Friday off and try to regroup Sat for another 18 hole match in Lima at Hawthorne Hills against LCC.
 

Bellefontaine won the event with a school record 305 followed by Kenton with a 328.
 

Ben Logan's Grant Ricketts tied for 2nd with a 72, while Mitchell Fink added a 86, Colin Headings 89, Jared Sater 94. Also for the raiders Garrett Allen shot a 96 aqnd Will Kennoyer 103. The JV squad was paced by Arie Pequignot with a 95, Justin Watkins 97, Daniel Meier 100, Jack Robinson 111, and Drew Wasson added a 133.
 

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Ohio Health/ Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold the Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run which will be begin at 9am Saturday. Check in and registration will start at 8am at the Hardin Rehab and Wellness Center. You can still register at a cost of $20 but shirts are available on a first come first serve basis.

 

A kids fun run will also take place at 8:15am on Saturday. Registration will be $5 and shirts are also available on a first come first serve basis.

    

All proceeds will benefit Not By Choice.

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Rickie Leo Tillman was sentenced to a total of 55 months in prison on two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.

 

.Michael Joe Collins was sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and vandalism.

 

.Michael K. Jones was sentenced to 12 months in prison on one count of attempted tampering with evidence.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The Kenton City Schools will open the 2015/16 school year on Monday.
 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski praised her staff for making adjustments in anticipation for the second year of the new elementary building, "We have an amazing teaching staff. They worked so hard last year just to bring kids together and bring themselves together, and now they know each other, and they are ready to go. The kids have been there one year, so it's very a very exciting year this year."
 

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

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