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The shooting that injured a Kenton Police Officer and a suspect was killed remains under investigation.

 

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is conducting the investigation, and the first step is to figure out if the suspect, Stephen C. Davis, was shot by officers in several rounds of gunfire, or if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The incident started Saturday evening February 6 when officers were dispatched to a residence on Grove Street in Kenton to investigate a domestic disturbance. Davis then fled in a car west on State Route 309 and stopped his vehicle at County Road 106, where he is said to have then got out of his car with a rifle and opened fire. In that exchange, Kenton police officer Skyler Newfer was hit twice. He was eventually taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he was kept until Monday and is now recovering at home.

 

Davis then got back into his car, eventually stopping again where another round of gunfire was exchanged. He continued on in his vehicle before crashing the car. He was found dead inside the vehicle. a spokeswoman with the Ohio Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that the fatal gunshot wound sustained by Davis does not appear to be self-inflicted, however they are still waiting on the final autopsy report for the official determination.

 

WKTN requested any dash cam video of the incident, but the request was denied at this time, as it is still be used by B.C.I. & I. as part of their investigation.

 

Davis was a former Hardin County Dog Warden. He was fired from that position after being charged with Theft in Office and Tampering with Evidence. He spent time in jail on those charges in 2009.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio wildlife officials say good weather and other factors led to an increase in the number of deer killed by hunters this past season.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer dating back to the opening of archery season in the fall. That's up from the 175,745 deer checked during the 2014-2015 season.

 

The increase came even as the state lowered bag limits and eliminated antlerless permit use in most counties. Coshocton and Licking counties produced the most tagged deer.

 

The state says that until recently deer populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above the wildlife agency's goal. In the last few years, the population in most counties has been brought down to near the goals.

 

Hardin County hunters took 1270 deer during the season, which was up from last year's 1149. In our surrounding counties:

 

Allen County was 1102 compared to 1027 deer last season.

 

Auglaize 828 up from last year's 786

 

Hancock County 1185 up from last year's 1116

 

Logan County hunters took 2071 deer, a hefty increase from last year's 1885

 

Marion County was at 892 compared to last season's 819

 

Union County hunters took 932 deer. Last year, they took 904

 

Wyandot County hunters took 1515 deer, which was slightly lower than last year's 1568 deer taken.

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The Bluffton Pirates closed the game on a 12-0 run to cap off a 60-43 win over the Kenton Wildcats on Tuesday.

 

The Pirates led 48-43 but scored the game's last dozen points to post their fifth straight win and improve to 12-6.

 

Kenton V Bluffton

 

 

Mitchell Ault scored 18 points to lead the Pirates while Joe Schriner added 13 markers.

 

The Cats (1-18) got 15 points and four rebounds from Luke Nichols, who was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters use a forced air furnace to heat their home.

 

72% of the voters use a forced air furnace as their primary heating source. 14% of the voters say they use electric baseboards, 11% use wood or pellet burning stoves, 2% use a fireplace and only 1% use a kerosene heaters.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Mayor Randy Manns gave his State of the City address to Kenton City Council Monday evening. In the address, Manns noted that the city took in more revenue than expenditures for the year 2015 and thanked all city workers, staff, and fellow council members for their assistance with his projects and vision for the city.

 

"We want to show businesses that we are business friendly," said Manns. "I want to focus on improving our bridges and parks and making other improvements to bring more business in."

 

During committee reports, the Parks and Recreation Board minutes were discussed. Mayor Manns stated that a walking path has been installed at Wharton Park, and additional finishing touches will be added in the spring. Also:

 

-The Downtown Revitalization Committee has slated their downtown Spring Cleanup Day for Saturday, April 30; rain date will be Saturday, May 14.

 

-Management, Organization, and Personnel Committee (MOP) will hold a meeting on Monday, February 15 at 1:00pm in the Century 21 office. Council member David Beazley requested a list of city employees who will be at or near the salary cap according to the city's code within the next five years.

 

-The Finance Committee met with Police Chief Dennis Musser and discussed the need to add a full-time officer. The committee will work with the chief to try to find a way to accomplish this in the near future. Musser also gave the committee a quote for a needed radio upgrade which is upwards of $11,000. The committee also met with Fire Chief Russ Blue, who echoed that the fire department also needs to add a full-time firefighter. Safety Service Director Jim Hites discussed with the committee the priorities for the five-year plans with the department heads and is looking into quotes to update the employee and civil service workers handbooks. City Auditor Brian Hattery also mentioned to the committee that the Allen Building, where the city records are currently kept, is in a state of disarray and needs to be looked at for safety and preservation purposes.

 

Under new business, council passed two pieces of legislation after voting to bypass the three-reading rule. Both legislative pieces authorize the advancement of funds from the general fund into two separate funds: the Jobs and Commerce Economic Development Capital Projects Fund and the Development Services Agency Capital Projects Fund, respectively. Both of these funds deal with the Letson Avenue repaving project and will be reimbursed by state grant monies.

All city council members, city employees, and members of the public in attendance at the meeting spoke their gratitude to Chief Dennis Musser in regards to the incident over the weekend that left Patrolman Skyler Newfer wounded. Chief Musser said that Newfer is now home and resting and that he hopes to return to the force in the near future. Musser said, "We received an overwhelming response from law enforcement...the first responders, the Sheriff's office, the fire department, even officers as far away as Carey and the City of Columbus provided us with any assistance we could have needed. It really is a brotherhood."

 

Lastly, Council President Joel Althauser reiterated the thanks for the impressive response from local law enforcement over the weekend. Althauser also mentioned the passing of Commissioner Ed Elliott and spoke his sincere regrets for the loss of "a man for Hardin County above all else" and his appreciation for all Elliott did for the county.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.

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The Hardin County Republican Party will meet March 7 to name a person to fill the seat of Hardin County Commissioner following the death of Ed Elliott.
 

That person would then serve until the term is completed in early January 2017.
 

For the January 3 commissioner seat, Roger Crowe filed as a no party candidate. In November, he will face Republican Robert Carder, who is on the March 15 Primary ballot.

 

Elliott's name will still be on the ballot this March, but a notice will be given to voters advising them a vote for him will not count.

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State and Local officials discussed the lessons learned from Ohio's Addiction Treatment Program.

 

On Monday evening officials from the local criminal justice system, addiction treatment experts, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction services joined together to highlight Hardin County's success from the pilot program of Ohio's Addiction Treatment Program or ATP. Launched in 2014 as a multifaceted strategy to fight prescription painkiller and heroin abuse, the ATP has contributed to a decrease in drug use and criminal activity among participants.

 

“Ohio is committed to fighting the scourge of addiction on all fronts” said Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.

 

The Ohio General Assembly set aside $5 million dollars to begin the pilot programs in 7 Ohio counties including Hardin County and the money was used to setup up certified Drug Courts to provide addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment to non-violent adult offenders with a dependence on Opioids, Alcohol, or both.

 

Said Representative Robert Sprague said “Ohio's Drug Courts have Proven to be an effective tool in fighting substance abuse”

 

Judge Scott Barrett said that “The Power of the Court is a Useful Tool” and that “all the treatment in world will not help recovery, it's up to the individual person to join this program voluntarily.” In Hardin County “130 people have been recommended to join the ATP program and 78 individuals have accepted.” 23 of the program participants have completed the process successfully and Judge Barrett pointed out that none have reentered the felony system. Ultimately Barrett says the program is a “Win-Win.”

 

Nathan Getz, a Hardin County resident spoke about his problem with addiction.With the Drug court system Getz was able to have access to support groups and medications to help reduce his addiction which Getz says he couldn't afford without the program. Getz said he now has a full time construction job, a wonderful wife and kids to help support him in his continued recovery.

 

With the success of the pilot program an additional investment of $11 million dollars has been approved to sustain and expand the program to additional counties. With Ohio's drug overdose deaths reaching an all time high of 2,482 in 2014 Mental Health and Recovery services Board of Allen, Auglaize, an Hardin Counties Executive director Mike Schoenhofer said “with help from local recovery coaches, Medication and Health services, and with oversight from the court system it has given hope and a second chance for happiness for hundreds of men and women in Hardin County.”

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The Bluffton Pirates come to Kenton High School to take on the Wildcats in boys basketball action tonight.
 

Tonight is “Parents’ Night” for the Kenton High School boys basketball program, and the Cats are looking for any kind of spark they can get as they try to snap a 17-game losing streak. Kenton is 1 and 17, but will play three of its final four games at home, beginning with this evening’s tilt with Bluffton.

 

Four players scored in double figures for the Pirates as they defeated Riverdale 67 to 38 on Saturday. It was the fourth straight win for Bluffton, which is 11 and 6 on the season.

 

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

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Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday against Greenon  36-33. The Raiders move to 12-6 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner had 12 points, while Tanner Perkins added 6, and Nolan Roose and Trey Allen chipped in 5 each.

 

Perkins and Stoner  led the team in rebounds.

 

The Raiders were the 6 seed traveling to 3 seed Greenon trailed by 6 at the half but outscored Greenon 24-15 for the comeback win.

 

The Raiders return to action Thursday when they play the winner of the Madriver / Northridge game in the 3rd round of the tournament.

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MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Police say two people suffered minor injuries when two freight trains carrying cargo boxes collided and about 10 train cars overturned in Union County.

 

The accident happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday in the area of the Scotts Miracle-Gro plant located just southeast of Marysville.

 

The names of the two injured CSX employees weren't released. They were taken to Memorial Hospital with injuries that weren't believed to be serious.

 

Deputy Chief Tony Brooks says the victims were the only people onboard the locomotives at the time of the crash.

 

Union County Emergency Management Agency officials say the train wasn't carrying hazardous materials but fuel was spilled. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency responded.

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Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Saturday against Northwestern  48-34. The Raiders move to 11-6 on the season.
 
The Raiders were led by Keaghan Stahler with 14 points while  Kainin Stoner had 10 and Nolan Roose 9.
 
Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 12 while Tanner Perkins had 6.
 
Trey Allen and Stahler both had 3 assists and Roose led the team with 4 forced turnovers, while Kanin Stoner and Tayte Williamson forced 3 each.
 
The Raiders return to action Monday when they travel to Greenon in a 2nd round tournament game.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, February 6th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular February Meeting.  There were 16 directors present and 16 guests present.
 
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Brad Murphy was sworn in by Judi Cronley, as director for Dudley Township.
 
Lesa Heacock presented a proposal from Kenton Times to print and distribute the Fair Premium Booklet and the on line version. Her proposal was accepted.
Roxie Snider and Kenny Kearns requested to have another draft horse show during the 2016 fair.  This will be the 30th year for the show.  Jim Bidwell asked them if they would be willing to move the horses to the Goshen Barn, if it was available.  Kenny stated that would be great.
Sharon Sloan, incoming Horse Council President, asked the board if they could have an Open Class Horse Show, that would be sanctioned, on Saturday of the fair.  Then Craig Stump commented on the new structure of having a horse committee and how they were going to change the layout of the Junior Fair Horse Show.
Ryan Tittle, from Twisted Metal Demo Derby, gave his proposal for hosting the 2016 fair demo derby.  He came with references for the board to research.  The board has received 4 proposals and the demo derby committee will be selecting a group soon.  
Mark Badertscher stated there has been another outbreak of Avian Flu in Southern Indiana, so having a poultry show during the Hardin County Fair is in question again.  At this time there will be a show, but it could still be cancelled at any time.  He also commented on all of the banquets that are coming up, with the first one being the Horse Banquet on Feb. 27th at the Moose Lodge.
Jolene Buchenroth and Breean Sutherland from the Boots and Buckles 4-H club requested their club to take over the Junior Fair board Flower Garden at the front of the fairgrounds.  Nancy Rickenbacher and Bob Fish gladly passed the garden over to them. 
 
There were 3 thank you cards read and several Memorial cards signed. 
 
Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports and Bills to be paid were approved. 
 
Craig Stump from the Executive Committee discussed the 2016 Fair Committees, for the most part, stayed the same.  Copies of the assignments will be given to all directors at the next meeting.  Nominations for this year’s Fair Honoree were discussed, Mary Lou Haley and Annetta Holmes were chosen has this year’s fair honorees.  Box seat prices, gate admission prices, Open Class entry fees at .50. and day sponsor prices will be same as last year. A separate letter for current golf cart sponsors, with keeping the price the same as last year, will be mailed this year.  There will be another letter sent for other sponsors at $250, which will be sent out after the golf cart sponsors have paid.
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their Jan. 12th meeting were discussed.  Pete Fout stated his main work currently has been on redoing the arts/crafts building and the beef barn rest rooms.  There was a Relay for Life meeting on Jan. 13th and details on that meeting were discussed.  During the Consignment Sale the board will be using 2 way radios from Audio Innovators.  Requests for the Hardin County Community Foundation grant and Mid Ohio Energy Community Fund were discussed.  Howard went over the new contracts for electric, since it is time to renew.  The agreement with AEP for 36 months was agreed upon.  The next Ground’s Committee Meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 15th at 7pm.  
 
Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, went over the minutes from their Jan. 12th meeting.  The board approved to go ahead with the 40 new camping spots and have the price for 50 amp service set at $200.  
 
Bear Hollow Wood Carver’s contract was signed and discussion about a 3rd choice for entertainer on Saturday night was discussed.  The Board is still waiting on a signed contract from the entertainer, who is currently on a tour.
 
Don Spar spoke about the livestock committee meetings that were held on Jan. 20th.  The sale commission rate was approved to go from 5% from 3% and decrease the insurance fund rate to .10% from .25%.  Don stated there will be a Sho Works meeting at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 20th from 10am-12noon.  It was noted fair book changes need to be given to Judi Cronley by Friday, March 11th.
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated ride prices will continue to be the same as last year.  She noted tent prices have gone up, but Delphos Tent and Awning was still the reasonable price.  
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated the next Junior Fair Board meeting will be on Feb. 22nd and discussion about the consignment sale refreshments will be discussed at that time.  Nancy stated donations for trophies and ribbons have started to come in.  
 
The 4th of July Committee met on Jan. 28th and it was announced that there would only be a fireworks display this year on the 4th, d/t the road being torn up and only having one entrance/exit from the fairgrounds.  
 
Under old business:  It was noted all fair book changes need to be given to Judi Cronley by Friday, March 11th.  Don Spar talked about the Consignment Sale, which will be on Saturday, March 12th – starting at 9am.  He said they will be having 3 rings for the sale and aim for a 3pm end time.  Farm machinery items will be collected at the fairgrounds March 9th, 10th and 11th from 9am-5pm.  
 
Under new business: The District 1 & 2 Spring Meeting will be on Saturday, April 9th at 10:30am in Findlay.  Reservations need to be given to Judi by Friday, March 18th.  A billboard Contract from Lind was signed.
 
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, March, 5th at 7:30pm.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas pump prices for a gallon of regular fuel have dropped about 40 cents from the average a month ago. 
 
The state average reported in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. was about $1.50 compared with around $1.90 a month ago. 
 
Ohioans also are seeing about a 10-cent drop from the previous week. 
 
The state's average price remained below the national average of $1.74 reported Monday. 
 
The survey reports that the average price in Ohio a year ago was about $2.25, compared with a national average of around $2.18.
 
Gas prices have continued to remain relatively low as a result of the reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.
 
Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.
 
The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.
 
Steven Schierholt, the board's executive director, attributes the decline to efforts to educate pharmacists and prescribers about the painkiller addiction problem.
 
He says recent state efforts to make the reporting system easier to use and stricter guidelines for writing painkiller prescriptions also have helped.
 

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A Kenton police officer was shot following a round of gunfire with a suspect.
 
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said it all started following a report of a domestic dispute on Grove Street in Kenton, "The suspect fled in a vehicle westbound out of Kenton. The city police department pursued along with my deputies. Once they got on County Road 106, which is just west of Kenton, the suspect stopped, exited his vehicle for a short period and fired rounds at the Kenton police officers and my deputies. Return fire was made and one Kenton police officer was shot. The Police Chief (Dennis Musser) is with him now at Grant Medical."
 
Skylar Newfer
 
The sheriff identified the officer as Skyler Newfer, who is in stable condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He was wearing a bulletproof vest according to the sheriff. Officer Newfer was recently given a commendation for exceptional service. See Kenton Officers and One Sheriff Deputy Given Commendations for Exceptional Service
 
After this initial round of gunfire, the sheriff said the incident continued, "The suspect then got back into the vehicle and continued westbound on 106 where my deputies pursued, again another exchange of gunfire was made a couple of miles down the road, and the suspect was struck at some point in time throughout these exchanges of gunfire and is now deceased."
 
Sheriff Keith Everhart
 
The suspect has been identified as 47 year old Stephen C. Davis, of Kenton. The incident remains under investigation according to Sheriff Everhart,  "I have called in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification to investigate the scene, because it was one of my officers that was involved as well as the police department, so I brought in an outside agency."
 
Davis is a former Hardin County Dog Warden. He was fired in 2009 after being charged with Theft in Office and Tampering with Evidence. He served time in jail on those charges.

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The Kenton Lady Wildcats assured themselves of a winning season by defeating Waynesfield-Goshen 63-44 Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lady Wildcats improve to 12-8 on the season. They are also 5-3 in the Western Buckeye League and have clinched the program's first winning season in league play in 30 years.

 

Kenton Waynsfield

 

Ellie Miller had 13 points for Kenton while Ashley Morris added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jenna Moore had 8 points while Kori Barrett and Sara Hoyt scored 7 points each.

 

Overall, 9 players scored for Kenton. Each of the 10 players who saw the court on Saturday either scored or grabbed a rebound for the Lady Wildcats.

 

Post Game Kenton Waynesfield

 

The Tigers (4-16) got 11 points from Bailie Barrington and another 10 points and 8 rebounds from Jenna Crawford.

 

Moore and Barrett were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

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Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that the deadline to pay real estate tax bill is fast approaching.
 

The last day to pay real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 10.
 

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 24, 2016.
 

If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.

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The Elida Bulldogs used an 18-0 run in the first half to race past the Kenton Wildcats 57-43 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.

 

 

 

The Wildcats (1-16 overall, 0-7 WBL) led 10-6 late in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs (6-12, 5-2) scored the final four points of the period and then tacked on the first 14 points of period #2 to go on top 24-10.

 

Elida led by 11 at the half and 19 at the third quarter and cruised to the victory.

 

Baylen Stinson led Elida with 21 points and 6 rebounds while Josh Press added 13 points while Daniel Unruh scored 11 points.

 

Kenton got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Hunter Phillips.

 

Luke Nichols had 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Wildcats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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

According to the documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, 26 year old James S. Parker was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on two counts of possession heroin and one count of assault.
 

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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The Kenton Wildcats entertain Elida tonight in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs have steadied the ship after a slow start to the season. Elida lost its first four games and was 1 and 10 after a loss to Wapakoneta on January 8th. However, the Bulldogs have found their stride over the past few weeks, winning four of their last six games to improve to 5 and 12. Elida is also a somewhat-surprising 4 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, which puts them in a tie for third in the league, two games behind league-leading Defiance.

 

The Wildcats are still looking for their first league win of the season. Kenton is 1 and 15 overall and 0 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

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

 

On Saturday afternoon, WKTN will feature girls basketball action as the Kenton Lady Wildcats entertain Waynesfield-Goshen. The pregame show for that game should start around 1 p.m.

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A burglary suspect surrendered himself to the authorities on Thursday afternoon.

 

The Village of Forest Police Department announced that on Thursday February 4th, 18 year old Gage White surrendered himself to police after an incident that occurred in 2015.

 

Gage White

 

On January 15th the Forest Police put out an alert to the community to be on the lookout for White who was wanted on an alleged burglary charge. The Village of Forest Police Department issued a statement on Facebook and would like to thank the community for their efforts in apprehending White.   

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Fire destroyed a building that housed a popular Mennonite store Wednesday night.
 

The McGuffey Fire Department was dispatched around 11:30 Wednesday night to the 8000 block of State Route 67. The building, which housed a grocery store and where furniture was made, was totally destroyed.
 

Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton Fire Department.
Firefighters were on the scene for most of the night.
 

No other information is available at this time.

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A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning on Township Road 240 in Hale Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 18 year old Austin Biederman, of Kenton, was driving east on 240 and lost control of his car on a curve.
 

The vehicle went into a spin and ended up off the right side of the road where it rolled over several times before coming to rest on its driver's side.
 

The car was heavily damaged, and Biederman was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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A memorial service to celebrate the life of the late U.S. Congressman Michael G. Oxley, hosted by the family and The University of Findlay, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.

 

Oxley

 

Congressman Oxley, who died on Jan. 1, 2016, was born and raised in Findlay and had deep ties to the University in his hometown. He was a member of the UF Board of Trustees for many years. The University was one of three that awarded him honorary doctoral degrees.

 

The service will feature a video tribute to Congressman Oxley’s life. Speakers will include UF President Katherine Fell, Ph.D.; lifelong friend Dr. Jim Robertson; law partner and friend Judge Allan Davis; Congressman Pat Tiberi (Twelfth Ohio District); Congressman Bob Latta (Fifth Ohio District); U.S. Senator Rob Portman; and son Elvis Oxley.

 

As designated by the Oxley family, charitable donations made in Oxley’s memory may be directed to the following nonprofit organizations: Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH, 45840; Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA, 02241-8372; and Prevent Cancer Foundation, 1600 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA, 22314.

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One vehicle hit two deer on Tuesday morning.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's office Report, A vehicle operated by Ricky Kiess, age 53 of Kenton, was travelling east on State Route 67 when two deer entered the roadway causing moderate damage to to the vehicle's front passenger headlight and drivers side mirror. Kiess was not injured.

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The River Valley Vikings built a double-digit second-half lead and held off a late Kenton rally to top the Cats 74-67 in girls basketball action.

 

 

 

The Vikings (11-7) led 55-44 after three quarters. The Cats clawed to within two points late in the game but couldn't get over the hump.

 

Jensen Lewis had 22 points for River Valley while Morgan Lott and Kendall Stuckman had 20 points apiece.

 

Kenton (10-8) got 23 points from Ashley Morris while Layne Taylor finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Ellie Miller scored 12 points.

 

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

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A Celebration of Life service for Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott has been set.

 

 

The service for Edward O. Elliott II, who passed away Saturday January 30 at the age of 69, will be held Sunday February 7 from 2-5pm at the Ridgemont School Commons in Mt. Victory. A Memorial Service will then be held at 5pm in the Ridgemont School Gymnasium. The Price-McElroy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

He was first elected as Hardin County Commissioner in 1996 and served one term. He was elected again in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and was on the ballot for another term this year.

 

Elliott was also a partner in the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Hardin Motors and the family farm. The Elliott Family has owned and operated the Plaza Inn Restaurant since 1959.

 

He was a member of the County, State and National levels of the Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Restaurant Association, Hardin County Farm Bureau, Hardin Memorial Hospital Board and the Hardin County Republican Party.

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The participants have changed over the years, but the one constant in the Super Bowl is where the football is manufactured.

 

 

 

Of course we know that those footballs are in deed made right here in Hardin County at Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada, "Every point scored in the NFL since 1941 has been with a Wilson Football. Obviously we've been the football of every Super Bowl. We are also the official football of the Canadian Football League, NFL Europe, there's a professional league in Italy and one in Japan which use our ball and we're the official ball of the NCAA. Many of the state high school organizations, like the OHSAA, also use our ball. We make three to four thousand footballs here every day," according to Plant Manager Dan Riegle.

 

 

Riegle takes us through the manufacturing process, "It's not a pig skin. That fallacy came up because originally a pig bladder held the air in the ball. It's actually cowhide, which is purchased through plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and then sent to Chicago to be processed. When it comes in here it looks like the outside of a football with the dimples on it. We cut four panels for every ball. We stamp it when it's flat, and then the ball is sewn together inside out."

 

 

He credits the success of the plant to a skilled and dedicated work crew, "They come to work and make the best product, and we make footballs every day, which doesn't happen in all the foreign factories. They're never going to truly be able to maintain the quality and consistency that we can. It's the employees that make our product as successful as it is."

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There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's office report, 37 year old Robert Ashbrook, of LaRue, attempted to turn left from State Route 67 onto County Road 175. His vehicle struck the driver's side of a westbound car being driven by 23 year old Jonathan Fissel, of Kenton.

 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Ashbrook was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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Two people were cited for drug related offenses on Monday.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a female sleeping in a vehicle.

 

Upon arrival, two individuals, identified as 43 year old Rae Gault and 24 year old Justin Haugh, were found in the vehicle.

 

Gault was allegedly in possession of a used heroin syringe, and Haugh was allegedly in possession of a marijuana grinder.

 

Both were issued a summons and released at the scene.

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A big second half was the difference for the Riverdale Falcons as they defeated Upper Scioto Valley 82-68 in girls basketball action Monday.

 

USV Riverdale

 

The Rams (13-6) made their first five shots and zipped out to the early lead, but the Falcons (11-8) fought back to take a 39-37 halftime advantage. Riverdale outscored USV 24-11 in the third quarter to take command of the game and held the Rams at arm's length over the final eight minutes.

 

Sydney Holderman had 28 points for Riverdale, which placed four players in double figures. Taylor Frey added 17 points and 5 rebounds while Taylor Farmer had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Janessa Taylor added 13 points and 6 rebounds.

 

Emily Patton had 31 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams while Kaycee Carroll added 16 points and Shelby Spradlin finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

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Fire damaged a house Sunday evening in Kenton.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 7:40 to 404 Levings Street. Smoke was pouring out of the house upon arrival, and fire was visible in the attic area.
 

A wood burning stove is believed to have started the fire that caused around $5000 in damage to the structure.
 

The home is occupied by Kelly Campbell.
 

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

American red Cross volunteers provided assistance at the scene.

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Several items, including firearms, were stolen from a residence over the weekend.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 8000 block of County Road 106 to investigate the complaint.
 

Two rifles and miscellaneous tools were missing.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

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Kenton, Ohio – Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees began their meeting by approving past minutes and the consent agenda which consisted of the Finance and Audit Committee and Quality of Care Committee reports. 

 

The Finance/Audit/Compliance Committee report revealed that through the first six months of fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) the hospital system’s operating margin was running slightly below budget.  Mr. Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital, discussed trends of the hospital’s patient volumes and cost structure adjustments.

 

The Quality of Care Committee report was given by new board member, Nikki Haushalter who shared the Quality and Patient Safety scorecard results and mentioned the committee reviewed and approved the Plan of Care policy. 

 

The senior management report was given by Mr. Snyder and Mrs. Wendy Rodenberger, Chief Nursing Officer who shared information regarding the recent information systems conversion to Epic, the electronic medical record system; and PeopleSoft which consists of accounts payable, the general ledger, payroll and benefits.  These conversions will keep the operations of the hospital consistent across the OhioHealth system and will help the hospital to operate more efficiently.

 

Mrs. Rodenberger also shared that the Ebola outbreak is in western Africa has ended which means the Ebola screening process has ended and all posters and signage has been removed from the entrances.   Mrs. Christine Davis, Marketing and Communications Manager, reported that the new signage is almost complete and can be seen throughout the hospital campus.  She added the old signage was over 30 years old and the new signage reflects the hospital’s long-term relationship with OhioHealth.

 

Mr. Matt Jennings, Chairman of the Board reported there will be a presentation at the next scheduled meeting in March that will focus on the Community Health Needs Assessment that the hospital undergoes every three years. 

 

To conclude his report, Jennings acknowledged that President and CEO of OhioHealth, Mr. David Blom, President was picked as the recipient of the 2016 Columbus Award that will be presented by the Columbus Chamber at its annual meeting on February 11. He is the 53rd recipient of the award.

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Upper Scioto Valley will take on Riverdale in girls basketball action tonight.

 

Both the Rams and the Falcons are looking to build some momentum heading into the postseason.

 

The Rams are 13 and 5 and are coming off a convincing 62 to 43 win over Waynesfield-Goshen on Thursday.

 

The Falcons are 10 and 8 after dropping a tough 62 to 59 decision to McComb in their last time out.

 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are still seeing gas pump prices below $2 despite a slight increase over the past week in the average price for a gallon of regular fuel.

Gas Up

The state average reported in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. was $1.64. That's about 8 cents higher than a week ago, but well below the $2.05 price reported a year ago in Ohio.

The state's average price also remained below the national average of $1.80 reported Monday. The survey reports the national average price of a regular gallon of gas that time last year was $2.06.

Gas prices could head even lower as a result of the reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs.

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The Upper Scioto Valley Rams pulled away down the stretch to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 58-47 Saturday at Alumni Fieldhouse.


The game was tied at 38-all after a three-pointer from Kenton's Thomas Phillips early in the fourth quarter, but the Rams scored the game's next six points and were never headed the rest of the way. USV connected on 13 of 14 tries from the foul line in the fourth quarter to win for the eighth time in their last nine outings.

 

Basketball

 

Trevor Dotson scored 21 points for USV (11-7) while Chase Rose had 11 points and Wayne Lowery finished with 10 markers.

 

Kenton (1-15) got 13 points from Hunter Philips and another 10 from Thomas Phillips.

 

Hunter Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Several individuals from Marion were apprehended early Friday morning after they allegedly stole items from vehicles.
 
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a resident reported seeing five or six young adult males driving an old style dark van. They would then park the van and walk in yards on the east side of town. The caller stated they were checking car doors and garages. The group was wearing all black clothing and open backpacks.
 
Officers later located the individuals and took them into custody.
Officers also recovered all of the stolen property. The van they were driving was towed.
 
The incident remains under investigation. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Elections officials are starting to send Ohio military and overseas voters their absentee ballots for the swing state's March 15 presidential primary.
 
Early voting for other Ohioans begins on Feb. 17, which is the day after residents must register to vote for the primary election.  
 
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's office says it will begin sending ballots to military and overseas voters on Saturday. 
 
Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or requested an absentee ballot can still do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com. Overseas voters can visit OhioVoterPassport.com. Each can track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders. 
 
Primary voters will have a chance to cast their ballots for presidential and statewide candidates, as well as local issues. 

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The Freedom Celebration committee met on Thursday, January 28th with 21 people in attendance.
 
Bob McBride called the meeting to order.  
 
McBride gave a little history on how the committee was formed, stating the celebration is not run by the fair board directors, but ran by community members.  There has been a lack of community participation in sponsoring events to occur during the celebration, so discussion was held as to whether the day should just have fireworks.  Also a problem this year, is the conditions of what Fairground Road will be like on the 4th of July. Discussion was had on whether to also move the date of the fireworks, seeing if more from the community would participate on a date not during the 4th of July week.
 
Mike Comstock spoke about the updates made to the firework racks and that he would be applying for a couple of grants from the Community Foundation again this year.
 
Jessica Shepherd stated she was still willing to put on a car show, but road conditions would definitely hinder that show.
Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher stated they would still be willing to help organize the Children's Pedal Tractor Pull.
 
Ray Davis stated he was still willing to help do a 50/50 drawing, but would like others to help him.
 
Bob Wood stated the Grange said they were not willing to sell Chicken Dinners, d/t the fact they lost money last year.
John Vermillion, representing the Sheriff's Dept., said they had much concern about traffic with the road conditions for this year's 4th of July.
 
After much discussion Jim Bidwell and Ray Davis moved to only have a fireworks display this year.  Motion passed.  Hopes of using neighboring businesses to park cars was discussed.
Nancy Rickenbacher and Mike Comstock moved to have the fireworks on July 4th and not another date.  Motion passed.
Mike Comstock and Denna Clem moved to set a goal of $15,000 for the fireworks.  Motion passed.  
 
Mike Comstock and Bob McBride moved to have the next meeting on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm.  Motion passed.

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The Ottawa-Glandorf Titans hit 9 three-pointers on their way to an 89-58 win over the Kenton Wildcats in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

 

Game

 

The Titans (14-4 overall, 5-1 WBL) got 22 points from Jordan Verhoff while Nick Weihrauch had 17 points and Kordell Stover scored 16.

 

Kenton (1-14, 0-6) got 28 points and 6 rebounds from Hunter Phillips while Thomas Phillips added 17 points and 8 rebounds.

 

Hunter Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Haley M. Hayter was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Increased demand is putting a financial strain on the not for profit group Not By Choice.
 

The organization provides help for cancer patients, and Founder and CEO Marcia Retterer said in 2015 they gave away more gas cards than they ever have and are on track to break that this year, "We did $28,000 in gas cards in the years 2015, and that doubled in the last six months. Right now, we're showing at this time as of the 21st when we had our meeting, we had already given away $5000 in gas cards, so you can see that at the rate that we're going, if we continue to do that. it will be sitting at just gas cards alone, it could be up to $60,000 by the end of 2016."
 

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

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MARION, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen serving time in her step-father's killing has been found after she escaped during a Zumba class.

 

The Ohio Department of Youth Services says the 17-year-old was found Thursday evening by police at a McDonald's in Marion on state Route 95.

 

The agency says she had been in a supervised class on Wednesday at a Cleveland recreation center when she ran away. Staff members apparently couldn't catch up before she disappeared.

 

The girl has been in a behavioral health center since August 2014 after she was sentenced to five years on a juvenile charge of complicity to aggravated murder.

 

They say she and four adults teamed up in the killing of her 61-year-old stepdad in 2012, and that they planned to split money from a life insurance policy.

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The Kenton Wildcats hit the road this weekend for games at Ottawa-Glandorf and Upper Scioto Valley.

 

Western Buckeye League play has not been kind to the Wildcats, who are 1 and 13 this season. The Cats average less than 40 points a game in league action and have been outscored by almost 20 points a contest while going winless in their first five Western Buckeye League games.

 

The Cats will need to play their best basketball of the season tonight if they are to get that first league win as they travel to Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium to take on the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.

 

The Titans are strong as always -they are 13 and 4 overall and are 4 and 1 in Western Buckeye League action, a game back of league-leading Defiance.

 

On Saturday, the Cats make the trip to Alumni Fieldhouse to meet county rival Upper Scioto Valley. The Rams had their six-game win streak snapped on Saturday but still bring a 9 and 7 mark into this weekend's action.

 

WKTN will have all the action this weekend, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost Thursday against Tipp City  41-18.

 

The Raiders move to 10-5 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 12 points. Nolan Roose added 4 and Marshall Jackson chipped in 2.

 

Tanner Perkins and Landen Hunt led the team in rebounds.

 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday when they travel to Kenton.

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State-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf pulled away late to defeat the Kenton Lady Wildcats 45-33 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action on Thursday.

 

Girls Basketball

 

The Lady Wildcats survived a shaky start to put a scare into the Titans in the second half. Kenton did not record its first field goal until the 6:20 mark of the second quarter but did convert on its first nine free throw attempts to stay in the game.

 

The Cats used a flurry late in the first half to draw to within 24-17 at the break, and then clawed to within 27-24 midway through the third quarter.

 

The Titans, who were ranked fifth in the latest Division II state poll, scored the last six points of the period to go on top 33-24 and then slowly pulled away from the Cats in the fourth quarter to get the win and clinch at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.

 

Lexi Schroeder scored 14 points and Kadie Hempfling had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Titans, who are 17-1 overall and 7-0 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Ellie Mller had 12 points while Layne Taylor scored eight for Kenton, which is 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the league.

 

The Lady Wildcats will be back in action on Tuesday when they host River Valley. WKTN will carry that game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program after a series of missteps.
 
New coach Barry Odom said Thursday he met with Mauk in December and gave him a fresh start. But Missouri suspended Mauk again this week after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the tweet mentions Mauk by name.
 
Maty Mauk
 
Odom says he believes the video is from "a long time ago," but it was clear Mauk had violated team rules in recent weeks and that was the reason for the dismissal.
 
Mauk, a junior, was suspended on Nov. 1 following an incident at a downtown bar not long after returning from a suspension on Sept. 29 for an undisclosed violation of team policy.
 
Here is a statement from Mauk's Facebook Page - CLICK TO ENLARGE:
 
Mauk Letter
Statement from Mauk, Click to Enlarge.
 
 
 

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An Upper Sandusky teenager was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday evening at the intersection of Township Road 44 and U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.
 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Duane Jacob Davidson drove hie vehicle from 44 onto 23 and was struck by a northbound semi being operated by 24 year old Sergii Bala, of Xenia, Ohio.
 

Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wyandot County Coroner. Bala was not injured.
 

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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An Ada woman was injured in a crash that occurred just before 6:30 Wednesday evening at the intersection of Township Road 35 and County Road 60 in Liberty Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 20 year old Emma Levan pulled from a stop sign on 35 onto 60 and her car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 31 year old John Stuber, of Dola.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Levan was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment. Stuber was not injured.
 

Levan was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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The Kenton Lady Wildcats will host Ottawa-Glandorf tonight in one of the biggest girls basketball games in recent memory.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 10 and 6 overall and are tied with Bath, Wapakoneta and St. Marys for second in the Western Buckeye League with a 4 and 2 league record. A win tonight would clinch Kenton’s first winning season in WBL girls basketball action in 30 years. A victory would also pull the Cats to within a game of the league lead and keep alive their hopes of winning the first Western Buckeye League title in girls basketball in school history with two conference games to go.

 

Ottawa-Glandorf, of course, has a lot on the line tonight as well. The state-ranked Titans are 16 and 1 overall and a perfect 6 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League. Ottawa-Glandorf, which was ranked 5th in the latest Associated Press Division II state poll, clinches at least a share of its first league title in 10 years with a win tonight.

 

The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m. tonight at Kenton High School, with the varsity tip-off set for around 7:30 p.m.

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The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Kenton has been lifted.

 

Water was turned off to the city so crews could repair a water main break in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

The city would also like to thank city residents who participated in the sampling process.

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An apparent phone scam is targeting businesses in Kenton.

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, some businesses have been contacted by someone claiming to be from American Electric Power. The businesses are being told they owe a large amount of money for their electric service, and they have a very short time to get the money to Waterford, Ohio or the electric is being turned off. They are also being told they can wire the money from CVS Pharmacy.

The police department advises business owners not to fall for this scam.

 

AEP officials released a statement about the scam:

 

AEP Ohio urges customers to recognize and report scams, and we work to protect our customers from scammers. We frequently provide information on our bills and our website, and we send out information through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

If contacted by someone demanding immediate payment, we encourage customers to be sure it’s really us by keeping these tips in mind:

 

AEP Ohio will never call or email to ask for personal or financial information.

 

Only make payments to authorized AEP Ohio agents or through options listed on AEPOhio.com.

 

We’ll never demand immediate payment with prepaid debit cards or threaten to shut off your power if that payment isn’t made.

 

If you’re told your account is past due, it’s quick and easy for you to verify your account’s status online at AEPOhio.com.

 

Our employees always are willing to show their company ID.

 

If customers think they’ve been scammed or have doubts about who they are dealing with over the phone, online or in person, they should call us at 1-800-672-2231. We’re available 24/7.

 

 

 

 

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A water leak has been repaired in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

According to information from the Safety/Service Director Jim Hites, that forced crews to shut down the water tower and for all of the lines to be drained. The water will gradually be restored as the air in the water lines is removed. WKTN has been informed that water will be restored sometime during the 10:00 PM hour this (Tuesday) evening at the earliest.  There will be a boil water advisory for the entire city once the water is turned back on. To read how to handle water during a boil alert visit our Boil Adviosory FAQ page by clicking here.

 

Press Relase from the Kenton-Hardin County Health Department after pictures.

 

Water

 

For Business Closings, Events, and Sports Cancellations click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring that all restaurants in the City of Kenton to close Tuesday Evening since there was no Water Pressure.
 
We are advising all citizens of the Kenton to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes in the home until further notice.
 
At this time, stores such as will be opened: 
• Grocery stores
• All pharmacies
• Gas stations (PROHIBITED: serving hot food and fountain pop. PERMITTED: prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks).
 
Once the water is returned, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants and residents in Kenton municipal water district to adhere to boil advisory protocols, advising all to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes, until further notice.
 
At this time:
• PROHIBITED:
o Ice Machines (use store bought ice)
o Fountain Pop machines
o Coffee, tea, etc. 
o Cooking with municipal water 
 
• PERMITTED: 
o prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks
o boiling municipal water for handwashing utensils
o bathing and restrooms
 
Boil advisory protocols will in place by the City of Kenton for consumption, cooking and sanitation until further notice.
 
The Kenton-Hardin Health Department continues to work with the City of Kenton agencies at this time.
 
Please stay tuned to WKTN for updates.

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A water leak has been repaired in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

According to information from the Safety/Service Director Jim Hites, that forced crews to shut down the water tower. The water will gradually be restored as the air in the water lines is removed. WKTN has been informed that water will be restored sometime during the 10:00 PM hour this (Tuesday) evening at the earliest.  There will be a boil water advisory for the entire city once the water is turned back on.

 

Water

 

For Business Closings, Events, and Sports Cancellations click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Leak

 

At this time, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring that all restaurants in the City of Kenton to close if water pressure is not restored by 7:00pm this evening.
 
We are advising all citizens of the Kenton to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes in the home until further notice.
 
At this time, stores such as will be opened: 
• Grocery stores
• All pharmacies
• Gas stations (PROHIBITED: serving hot food and fountain pop. PERMITTED: prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks).
 
Once the water is returned, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants and residents in Kenton municipal water district to adhere to boil advisory protocols, advising all to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes, until further notice.
 
At this time:
• PROHIBITED:
o Ice Machines (use store bought ice)
o Fountain Pop machines
o Coffee, tea, etc. 
o Cooking with municipal water 
 
• PERMITTED: 
o prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks
o boiling municipal water for handwashing utensils
o bathing and restrooms
 
Boil advisory protocols will in place by the City of Kenton for consumption, cooking and sanitation until further notice.
 
The Kenton-Hardin Health Department continues to work with the City of Kenton agencies at this time.
 
Please stay tuned to WKTN for updates.

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The City of Kenton has two new police officers and freshly paved streets to look forward to in 2016.

 

During Monday night's Kenton City Council meeting, Police Chief Dennis Musser introduced one of the departments newest hires, Chad Fenwick. Fenwick addressed council, expressing his excitement to be joining the Kenton police force after a career in active military and previous police service. Chief Musser noted that the other new hire is Shane Woods, who was unable to attend the meeting.

 

Additionally, Robert Carder addressed council during the citizens portion of the meeting about his intent to run for County Commissioner. Carder spoke of his "deep love and respect for the community" and said he looks to "be an advocate to the city and the county."

 

Following the introduction of the new police officer and the commissioner candidate, council voted on two legislative matters. The first involves the proposed repaving of South Leighton Street. Mayor Randy Manns spoke about the project, stating that the city would be responsible for $55,457 and Issue II funds would match it with $36,967 to complete the 60-40 grant. The project, once approved, will take place in 2017. Safety Service Director James Hites updated the council about the Letson Avenue project as well, stating that the contract for the engineering has been signed and things are coming along as projected. The second piece of legislation was approved and authorizes the Housing Revolving Loan Fund agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency. According to Council President Joel Althauser, this is a required legislative act once every three years.

 

City auditor Brian Hattery made mention of the cash balances for several funds during council member reports, specifically the General Fund, Waterworks Fund, and Sewer Fund. He stated that all three funds had seen an increase in end-of-year balances, which is a positive given the water/sewer rate increase that took effect in 2015. The rate increase was designed to give a cushion in the event of unexpected sewer or water repairs, and Hattery said that so far it has done just that.

 

Council member Patti Risner also spoke during member reports about the abundance of curbside trash that has come to several members' attentions. Citizens are reminded to use the authorized red and white Kenton trash bags for trash disposal and to not leave furniture, debris, or other waste at the curb. Kenton residents with questions about where to dispose of trash not accepted by curbside pickup, or to lodge a complaint, are to call the Safety and Service Department at 419-674-4850. Mayor Manns noted that there will be a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers to discuss trash pickup further.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm.

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The Kenton Wildcats begin a busy week tonight when they host Bluffton.

 

Tonight begins a difficult week for the Wildcats as they will face three opponents with winning records in a five-day span. Up first will be the Bluffton Pirates, who have had a frustrating season so far.

 

The Pirates are 7 and 6 on the season, but that record is a bit deceiving. Five of Bluffton’s losses have come by a total of 17 points. For instance, the Pirates lost by a point to Ottawa-Glandorf on a foul shot with less than a second left, fell in overtime to powerful Spencerville, and came three points short of upsetting top-ranked Lincolnview.

 

After this week, the schedule opens up a bit for the Wildcats, who are 1 and 13. Three of Kenton’s final five opponents have losing records, but the Cats must survive this week’s gauntlet before they can look too far ahead.

 

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

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Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday against Tecumseh 47-32. The Raiders move to 10-4 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 12 points. Keaghan Stahler added 9 and Trey Allen and Nolan Roose both chipped in 7.

 

Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 15 while Tanner Perkins  had 8. Keaghan Stahler had 3 assists. Trey Allen forced 4 turnovers and Ethan Ricketts forced 3..

 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday when they travel to Kenton.

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The Upper Sandusky Police Department is looking for a subject in connection with stolen credit card information.

 

Upper Subject

 

The subject used stolen credit card information to purchase merchandise from several locations.

 

Upper Subject 2

 

If you have information to assist in this investigation or know the identity of the subject observed in the photo contact Officer Lucas at the Upper Sandusky Police Dept. 419-294-2324

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely.
 
Athletic director Mack Rhodes and coach Barry Odom announced the punishment on Monday night after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the accompanying tweet mentions Mauk by name, but there was no confirmation from Missouri that the video shows the quarterback.
 
Maty Mauk
 
Rhodes and Odom say in their joint statement they are "gathering information regarding the video in question." They say they will take "appropriate action" once they have all the facts.
 

 
 
It is Mauk's third suspension in the last four months. He was suspended in September for an undisclosed violation of team policy and again in November for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
 

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A theft from a motor vehicle was reported Sunday Afternoon.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a Theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred on Letson Ave. in Kenton. According to the report $200 worth of $2 bills where stolen from the vehicle.
 
Another theft occurred Sunday evening at Dollar General Store in Kenton. According to information from the Kenton Police Department Saundra Evans, Age 51 of Kenton, alledging stole 2 pairs of girls sweatpants and 2 girls shirts.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are still seeing gas prices drop.
 
The state average was $1.56, according to Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about 13 cents less than a week ago and about 36 cents less than this time last month. A year ago at this time, the average was $1.90.
 
Ohio's prices are still running way below the national average, which was about $1.83 on Monday. That's down from $1.89 a week ago and $2.04 a year ago.
 
Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low because there is more than enough oil and gasoline around the world to meet demand. Pump prices also typically fall during winter months due to reduced demand.

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KENTON, Ohio — OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital has a fresh new look for 2016 after replacing external signage that was more than 30 years old.
 
Sinage
 
The new signage reflects the hospital’s long-term relationship with OhioHealth, one of the largest and top five healthcare systems in the country. Through this partnership, Hardin Memorial Hospital provides the community with world-class critical care, heart and vascular specialists and a vast network of additional resources. 
 
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots based in Columbus, Ohio.  OhioHealth has been serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.
 
OhioHealth is currently recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the top five health systems in America, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for nine years in a row, 2007-2015.
 
“We are so proud of the many renovation projects and upgrades we have made over the past several years both internally and externally.  Our new signage is no exception,” stated Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital.  “These updates reflect our continued commitment to our community and helps us to provide the best service possible to the community we serve.”
 
The new signage is almost complete and can be viewed on the north side of the hospital and throughout the campus on various ground signs.

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The Ada Bulldogs outlasted the Kenton Wildcats 53-46 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Bulldogs (7-8) got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Blake Willeke while Owen Conley added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Brayden Sautter scored 12 points.

 

Kenton (1-13) was led by Hunter Phillips, who scored 13 points and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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The Shawnee Indians rallied in the second half to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 59-30 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Lappin Gymnasium.

 

 

 

The Indians trailed by a point at the half but outscored Kenton 36-6 in the second half to send the Cats to their 12th straight defeat.

 

Zayne Wilkerson had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Shawnee (11-5 overall, 3-2 WBL) while Jaden O'Neal finished with 11 points, less than half his season average of 23.5 points a game.

 

Thomas Phillips had 8 points and 10 rebounds for the Cats (1-12, 0-5) and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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When it comes to the day of the fireworks at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, a vast majority of our Visitor poll voters would like for there to be other activites.

 

Of those responding, a whopping 91% said they would like the day to be enhanced with food vendors, entertainment and/or activities.

 

Only 9% said they don't want activities added that day.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Delbert J. Gault was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.

 

.James R. Kindle was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison, three years of which are mandatory, on one count each of grand theft with specification, burglary with specification, receiving stolen property with specification and breaking and entering.

 

.Jyoti L. Burden, also known as Jyoti L. Gipson was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison on one count each of theft and trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.

 

.Garrett D. Bays was sentenced to 14 months in prison on one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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A woman who made a career change and left New York City to come to Hardin County will be the guest speaker for the next Women LEAD program.

 

Co-chair of Women LEAD Jesse Purcell said women who are thinking about making a career change need to hear the guest speaker's story, "Because she can inspire you if you are on the brink of trying to decide if you want to start a new business, or you want to make a career change. She had the courage to do that, and so for a woman to come out and hear somebody else who's already taken those steps, it can really push you over the edge, or it can just really inspire you to make small changes in your life."

 

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

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The Kenton Wildcats take on Shawnee and Ada this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 1 and 11 overall, including 0 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, and need to put together four good quarters of basketball if they are to snap their 11-game losing streak. The Cats showed flashes of promise last weekend, but inconsistent play doomed them in losses to Van Wert and Indian Lake.

 

Shawnee, which will host the Cats on Friday, has been one of the biggest surprises in the Western Buckeye League this season. The Indians, who won eight straight games at one point this season, are 10 and 5 overall and 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League and have not lost to a team with a losing record this season.

 

On Saturday, the Cats will entertain county rival Ada. The hard-luck Bulldogs have lost three straight games heading into tonight's action and are 5 and 8 for the season. Ada is 0 and 4 this season in games decided by single digits and has dropped overtime decisions to area powers Kalida and Delphos Jefferson.

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Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Thursday against Indian Lake 33-30.

 

The Raiders, who move to 9-4 on the season,  were led by Kainin Stoner with 16 points. Keaghan Stahler added 5 and Ethan Ricketts had 4 points.

 

Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 11 while Nolan Roose  had 6. Keaghan Stahler had 6 assists. Trey Allen and Kainin Stoner both forced 3 turnovers.

 

The Raiders return to action Monday when they host Tecumseh.

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The Kenton Lady Wildcats netted a thrilling 66-64 overtime victory over Shawnee Thursday in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action.

 

Kenton's Layne Taylor scored with no time left to force the extra session, and the Lady Wildcats then outscored Shawnee 6-4 in overtime to secure their 10th win of the season.

 

The Wildcats led for most of the game and were ahead by double figures in the second half, but the Indians fought back to grab the lead with three minutes to go.

 

Sara Hoyt knocked down two free throws with 50 seconds left to put the Cats on top 58-57, but Shawnee's Kinsey Heistan hit a huge three-pointer to give the Tribe a 60-58 lead with 18 seconds left and set the stage for Taylor's heroics.

 

Each team had four players score in double figures. Shawnee got 15 points from Grace O'Connor, 13 from Heistan and 10 apiece from Kerri Roberson and Alissa Stahler.

 

Ashley Morris led Kenton with 18 points. Taylor added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Hoyt finished with 15 points and Ellie Miller had 14 points.

 

Shawnee is now 3-12 overall and 1-5 in the Western Buckeye League. Kenton improves to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the WBL.

 

Also on Thursday, the Riverdale Lady Falcons used balanced scoring to defeat Leipsic 70-60. Sydney Holderman had 19 points for Riverdale while Aricka Hill scored 16 points, Taylor Frey had 14 points and Reygan Frey tossed in 13 points. The Lady Falcons are now 10-6 overall and 6-2 in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

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The Kenton Police Department is trying out a central dispatching plan for the overnight period.

 

According to Chief Dennis Musser, dispatching services from 11pm to 7am will be temporarily routed through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. That started last night night according to Chief Musser, and it is being done to find out if it is cost efficient and effective.

 

Residents can still call the Kenton Police Department regular number to report incidents or call 9-1-1 for an emergency.

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The process to select a new Kenton Fire Chief has started.
 

Current Chief Russ Blue is retiring in late March.

 

Two firefighters recently came up short on the civil service exam, and Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that is now open to firefighters with at least five years experience.

 

The exam is expected to be re-administered in late March.

 

Hites added that there will likely be a period of 30 to 60 days that a firefighter will be temporarily in charge of the department until a new chief is named.

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A small fire occurred in a house on Summit Street Wednesday evening.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched after neighbors heard a smoke alarm at a time when the occupants were not home.

 

Shelving in the basement fell on a heater, and that started a fire which resulted in minor damage.

 

Firefighters were on the scene for around 40 minutes.

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