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Around 418 residents and businesses in Hardin County were without power late Tuesday afternoon. According to AEP Ohio, the power went down shortly before 5pm and was found to have been caused by an equipment issue on the transmission lines. Crews restored power to customers around 7:15 Tuesday night. If anyone continues to have issues, they are asked to contact AEP Ohio.

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The Hardin County Pioneer Relay For Life Team is conducting a fundraiser tomorrow.

 

Simon Kenton School's Coordinator Amber Shaffer talks about how the fundraiser works, "We're doing a sub sale for the Hardin County Pioneer Relay Team, and for an $8.00 donation, you get an italian sub or ham and cheese sub, and you get chips, apple sauce and a brownie, and the proceeds are going to the Relay For Life here in Hardin County."

 

She said they are asking that orders be placed by today (7-7-15), "You can call Harco at 419-674-4158 or you can fax your order at 419-673-1741, and we can get your order taken care of for you."

 

And those orders can be picked up between 10am to 6pm on Wednesday July 8, "Swing by the Simon Kenton School. You can pay for it then and pick up your sub, or if you have three or more orders we can deliver them to you at a business."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Seven people were killed in crashes on Ohio roads over the four-day Fourth of July holiday period.
 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that those deaths occurred in six separate crashes from Thursday to Sunday.
 
In addition, the patrol reports that troopers made 690 arrests for impaired driving during that period, and 391 on drug-related charges.
 
The patrol responded to 643 crashes during that time, and issued more than 2,600 citations for aggressive driving and more than 6,000 citations for safety belt violations.
 
During the Fourth of July reporting period in 2014, 12 people died in 11 crashes.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pump to start the work week after the holiday weekend.

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 11 cents from last week.

 

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.

 

Ohio gas prices have remained significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.57 per gallon.

 

Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Canton and Massillon area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.61 per gallon.

 

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Online:

 

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

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The increase in Ohio's older population is so far outpacing overall growth that a new projection forecasts that 22 percent of the state's residents will be 65 or older in less than two decades.

 

The study for the state by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University says the baby boomer-fueled graying poses increasing challenges for Ohio officials. The need for long-term services is expected to mount as the number of people 85 and older grows from 260,000 today to some 675,000 by 2050.

 

A report co-author, Robert Applebaum, says Ohio is facing a dramatic demographic change. But he also says the state has been taking steps for years to look ahead and improve availability of senior services.

 

The Associated Press obtained the study in advance of public release.

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One person was injured in a three vehicle crash on US 68 North at State Route 701 Saturday afternoon. According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Dawn Evans, age 49 of Harrod was stopped to turn from 68 onto 701 and had another vehicle driven by Jacob Cordonnier, age 33 of Bowling Green behind her. A third vehicle, driven by Richard Hyde, age 66 of Columbus failed to maintain assurred clear distance and hit the Cordonnier vehicle which then hit the Evans vehicle.
 
Hyde was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for injuries and was cited for failure to maintain clear distance ahead and failure to wear a seatbelt. The patrol was assisted by deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

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Experts say rain in Ohio is drowning crop fields and preventing others from being planted altogether.
 
 
Matthew Roberts, an agricultural economist at Ohio State University, tells The (Toledo) Blade two to three million acres of corn won't be planted in Ohio alone, and analysts predict between four million and five million acres of soybeans across the country will go unplanted.
 
Additionally, reports indicate twice as much corn is in poor condition compared to last year in Ohio.
 
Peter Thomison, a corn-production specialist with Ohio State University Extension, tells the Columbus Dispatch weeds creep in as the soil stays wet. He says rot, disease and other issues dent yields and take nitrogen away from fields or too far underground for crops to reach.

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From all of us at WKTN Radio:

 

Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July!!

 

There will be many activities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds today. The parade will line up at the fairgrounds at 3pm today. The parade will start at 4pm, and move from the fairgrounds onto Main, up Main to Columbus, around the square and back down Detroit Street to the fairgrounds.

 

After the parade, a car show will be held at the fairgrounds until 6pm. Childrens Pedal Tractor Pull at 7pm and a 50/50 Raffle all evening. The fireworks show will be held at 10pm.

 

Listen to 95.3 WKTN for special holiday programming today.

 

.Andrew Flinn keeps us up to date on activities at the fairgrounds with reports airing from 3-6pm.

 

.Amy Chiles hosts Songs of Summer from 7:30 to 8:30pm

 

.Dennis Beverly hosts the Firecracker Countdown Special from 8:30 until 10pm.

 

.Special music will air starting at 10 to accompany the fireworks display at the fairgrounds, so take your radio along to listen.

 

 

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After nearly two decades at Kenton's Kroger store, manager Tim White is ready to take the next step in his career, but he said he will still be a Kroger employee and hopes to see some familiar faces at the store he is going to, "I will be at the Findlay location on Tiffin Avenue, and I don't think at this point it's any secret, but their going to be making it a store very similar to a Marketplace shopping experience for customers in Findlay, and so I'm certain I'll see a few people now and then."

 

White added he grew up as a Kroger employee, "I started with the Kroger company when I was 14 in Marion, Ohio, and now I look back and it's 40 years later. I never thought I wanted to be that guy, but I've been pretty fortunate for 17 years here in Kenton now."

 

He said it was a tough decision to make and he waited for about a year to accept that new position, "My daughter was able to graduate and think only about graduation, and so a lot of changes in our home are coming. We're going to be empty nesters as she takes off for college, and of course my spouse works here in Hardin County as well at Ohio Northern, so this is home, this is where we intend to live out our days and so I'll be around."

 

White added he'll still be involved in the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and said he's excited about Hardin County's future, "You've got some great leadership in Jon (Cross) and Jacqueline (Fitzgerald) and just the whole team there. They are good folks and it's good to see Kenton revitalized and re-inventing itself and be exciting. When you drive around this town you have to feel good about what's happening here."

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A 14 year old Cridersville girl was injured in an all terrain vehicle mishap just after 7 Thursday evening.
 

According to the a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the ATV was being operated by a 15 year old Lewistown girl west on County Road 15 in Roundhead Township with two passengers riding on a metal rack attached to the back of the vehicle.
 

The 14 year old girl fell off and suffered life threatening injuries. She was taken from the scene by Life Flight helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
 

The crash remains under investigation.

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A Kenton man was injured in a motorcycle crash around 5:45 Thursday evening.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 30 year old Keith Bickle was travelling west in the 700 block of Eliza Street, failed to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed.
 

Bickle was ejected from the motorcycle and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
 

After Bickle was ejected, the motorcycle slid from the 700 block and came to rest in the 500 block of Eliza Street.
 

Police determined that the motorcycle was most likely travelling at a high rate of speed and the operator attempted to slow down which caused him to lose control.
 

The crash remains under investigation.

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An aggravated robbery occurred at Eagles Point Apartments Thursday evening.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to investigate a fight in an apartment. Police soon discovered that an aggravated robbery had occurred.
 

No other information is available at this time as the incident remains under investigation.

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Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser reminds property owners that the deadline to pay real estate tax bills without a penalty is Wednesday July 8.

 

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday July 22, 2015.
 
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 always great Tree Town Festival in Forest is scheduled for next weekend.
 

Committee Member Lisa O'Flaherty said activities get started Friday July 10 with a big parade, and she said entries are still being accepted, "We have a parade director and if anyone would like to have any kind of floats or organization or band or classic car, tractor, any of those types of things are welcome in the parade. We would ask that they would contact the Forest Fire Department at 419-273-2520 and let them know they would like to be in the parade."
 

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

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COLUMBUS -- As of the last week of June, Ohio has recorded 76 more traffic deaths in 2015 than at the same time a year ago.

 

This 19 percent increase has inspired the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to join forces with a new initiative utilizing ODOT digital message boards to spread traffic safety messages. The messages will be displayed for the first time during the Fourth of July weekend and continue for a trial period.

 

The 130 permanent boards in the urban areas and numerous portable message boards throughout the state will rotate between two messages: the year-to-date number of traffic deaths of 2015 and a traffic safety message such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The goal is to motivate motorists to exercise caution while behind the wheel. Most traffic crashes can be prevented if the driver slows down, buckles up or avoids driving impaired.

 

Locally, portable message boards will be placed at the following locations:

 

.Interstate 75 southbound south of Bluffton
 

.U.S. 30 eastbound east of the Paulding/Van Wert County line
 

.U.S. 68 northbound just north of the Hardin/Hancock County line
 

.Ohio 15 westbound west of Ohio 37
 

.U.S. 24 eastbound just east of the Paulding/Defiance County line
 

.U.S. 23 northbound just north of the Wyandot/Marion County line

 

The portable boards will be moved to other locations and continue to display safety messages throughout the year.

Traffic deaths were significantly higher during January, February, and May of this year compared to 2014. In fact, May 2015 was the worst May for traffic deaths in a decade. The largest increase was among drivers under the age of 25. Fatal crashes involving alcohol tripled and the number of deadly crashes involving people not wearing a seat belt doubled during the month of May.

 

“This increase in fatalities is unsettling,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We hope that by coupling the Patrol’s enforcement with the highly visible ODOT signs, we can impact driver behavior and save some lives.”

OSHP and ODOT chose to partner in time for the July Fourth holiday period, as this weekend typically sees an increase in traffic fatalities and impaired driving. In the four-day 2014 reporting period, 12 people died in 11 fatal crashes. Of those crashes, five were OVI-related, resulting in six deaths. OSHP made 761 OVI arrests.

 

"Our top priority is always safety," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "Like the Highway Patrol, we are concerned about the increased number of deaths on our roads and highways. These aren't just statistics, but someone's father or mother, daughter or son."

 

Digital message boards will display these messages 24 hours per day on weekends and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays, unless there is a higher priority message. The boards will update with the new year-to-date number of confirmed deaths every Thursday night. That number is calculated using police reports from agencies statewide, including OSHP. It includes provisional fatalities that have been identified through early warning systems but have not been confirmed.

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As the rainy summer continues, drivers need to remember to turn on their headlights during rain on Ohio roadways. It is more than a safety recommendation. It is state law. According to trooper Bob Burd from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol motorists are required by state law to turn on their headlights if they run their windshield wipers during rain and snow on Ohio roadways.
 
“That’s because usually in that weather, you can’t make an object out within 500 ft. If you are looking into a distance and trying to determine if someone is coming or if a vehicle is coming at you, you’re usually looking into a darker background simply because that usually comes with the weather. Many vehicles today are darker, they absorb light and they’re harder to see. The headlights are a must. That’s just for safety because if you’re looking down the distance and blending into the background it’s hard to tell what is coming or where motorists are at.” said Burd.
 
During summer months, typically more people are out on the roadways anyway due to the warmer weather, vacations and many more outdoor activities. Burd said that accidents typically increase as a result of simple numbers, with more motorists out. Therefore, drivers should take extra steps to make sure they are safe on the road.
 
“The headlights are a real big issue, but it also can help you in other ways. Because if we can document in a traffic crash that you had your headlights on even if they’re not required, it still shows that you are making the extra effort to make things safe on the road” said Burd.
 

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A loaded gun was stolen out of a car in Kenton Tuesday. According to the report from the Kenton Police department the incident happened while the vehicle was parked at the Price McElroy Funeral Home parking lot. The firearm is described as a Taurus 38TCP 380 Cal pistol which was in the center console. The pistol had six bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber. The police department is investigating.
 
Kenton police officers also arrested two individuals for drug possession Tuesday. According to that report the incident occurred at the parking lot of Cashland. Officers discovered two individuals in a vehicle at the parking lot. After talking with the individuals officers conducted a search of their vehicle and located heroin, marijuana and either cocaine or meth in the car along with opiates. The suspects, identified as Samantha Lightner and Joseph Patton were taken into custody. 
 

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The Kenton School Board met in special session this morning for the purposes of hiring teachers and staff members. Among the new hires;
 
Robin Shafer, Kenton Elementary School First Grade Teacher
 
Rebecca Huckstep, Kenton Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher
 
Derek Smith, Kenton Elementary School Sixth Grade Teacher
 
Talia McKinniss, Kenton Elementary School Intervention Specialist/Alternative Education Placement teacher.
 
Ashley Anderson, Kenton High School Intervention Specialist.
 
Steve Hayes, School Custodian
 
Linda Howard, Kenton Elementary School Third Grade Teacher
 
Erick Grasley, Kenton High School Science Teacher
 
Jennifer Rogers, High School Guidance Counselor
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on July 27th 2015, at the Kenton School Administration Offices at 7pm.
 

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A 91 year old Lima woman reported that she was the victim of a credit card fraud.
 

The incident was reported Monday, and according to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a 33 year old Kenton man was listed as the suspect, who allegedly charged up to $20,000 on the woman's credit card.
 

So far no charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation.

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With the 4th of July weekend coming up, many families will be gathering for outdoor cookouts and backyard fireworks.

 

It's outdoor grilling weather and the 4th of July is close, both adding to increased fire dangers.

 

While gas grills are great to cook on,Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue says it's important to take precautions in order to be safe, "When using propane, natural gas grills things of that nature to cook, the thing you want to remember when you're finished is to turn of the gas supply to the unit, and make sure there is no more flame there."

 

And with the Fourth of July holiday close at hand, the familiar sound of firecrackers and bottle rockets will be heard more and more. Chief Blue says when it comes to those kind of items, "Those are not legal in the State of Ohio. They sell them, but you can't use them. You can't shoot them, so you have to be real careful with that."

 

As for those novelty items sold in stores, they are legal for use, but the Chief said you'll want to use extreme caution with them, "Don;t be using them around dry areas like dry grass, leaves things like that, especially sparklers. Kids have a habit of throwing them in the air and sometimes they land on the roof, and they are hot enough to ignite shingles and catch leaves and gutters and things like that on fire."

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By all accounts, the Eats On The Street Festival held in downtown Kenton this past Friday night was a big success.

 

Despite persistent light rain, Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said crowds turned out for the event, "It was such an awesome turnout. At one point, I think we had a little over 3000 people in the downtown, and the rain was just a sprinkle so it held off, and I think the Good Lord was kind of watching over us, and the community really had a great time."

 

She got feedback from the operators of the food trucks afterwards, "They all said you need more food trucks. They said people waited in line for an hour up to two hours. They said we really just need to get you probably a total of 12. They loved our community and I asked each of them would you come back, and no hesitation, they said when can we come back, when are you doing this again, so it was really great, and they just thought our people were wonderful...how nice they were, waiting in line that long. They just said you know we don't see this very often. They said you're fortunate and blessed to be where you're at."

 

Top food sales and best overall food truck honors went to Schmidt's, second place went to Pittabilities, and the Alliance picked up ten percent of food sales during the night. From the food truck operators to the face painter who came from Dublin, Ohio, Fitzgerald said they all raved about the Kenton community, "That's the best thing for me, is when you can bring people from out of town to do an event for us and they talk about your people and how nice they are, and that's the best compliment one could ever have."

 

An adirondack chair auction was held as part of the festival with the proceeds going to Not By Choice Outreach, and Founder and CEO of Not By choice, Marcia Retterer said it far exceeded her goal, "When Jacqueline and I were sitting down and talking about it in the office, she said do you have any goals and I said well sure, $10,000. i said I always set my goals high and we just laughed about, but when that first chair sold for $2200 and amount raised exceeded $10,000, I about lost my teeth. The auctioneer had talked to me and asked what happens if I don't a minimum bid I said we sell it anyway. The people were absolutely amazing and so supportive, and I felt like God really rained His blessings, not only the rain, but he rained His blessings on Not By Choice."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher prices at the pump to start the work week.
 
A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.81 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago.
 
Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.
 
But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.64 per gallon.
 
Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown and Warren area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.74 per gallon.
 
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     Online:
 
     AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

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Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Friday at the intersection of Detroit and North Streets in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 62 year old Wilbert Schmidt, of Kenton, drove his car from North onto Detroit Street and was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 22 year old Christian Asman, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and citations are pending.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, announced today an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. tonight, on S. Blanchard Street, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.

 

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

 

The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with saturation patrols in surrounding counties, including Hardin, to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.

 

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

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A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
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According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Nicholas Griffith was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison on one count each of abduction and assault.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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After nearly 33 years on the job, Hardin County OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Kathy Oliver is calling it a career.

 


 

Her last day on the job is June 30, and she promised her husband that she would get two months rest before pursuing the next chapter in her life, "After that two months of rest and recuperation, plus getting the things done around the house, you'll see me around."
 

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

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Two theft complaints were received at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
 

According to the reports, one occurred in the 7000 block of Township Road 106 Alger and the other in the 9000 block of State Route 67.
 

In one incident, a battery from a payloader was stolen. In the other case, 6 golf cart batteries and a gas can full of gas were taken.
 

Both incidents are under investigation.

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The Hardin County Players Children's Summer Theater Workshop will present Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr. this weekend.

 

Zachary Hart as the Beast/Prince and Grace Collins as Belle 

 

The Children's Summer Theater Workshop teaches kids the fundamentals of theater arts, and participants put on a show demonstrating skills learned over the two week workshop. Co-Director this year Lauryn Headings said that the camp has been going great due to the work of the volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts over the past two weeks.

 

"We're really excited about how the show is coming along. We're doing a show that would normally take months to pull off and we are doing it in two weeks. So we are really excited and have had a lot of hard work from a lot of different volunteers and the kids just never cease to amaze us." said Headings.

 

Belle (Grace Collins) spurs the advances of Gaston (Noah Ketcham) and his crony Lefou (Camden Hicks)

 

This year, the kids will present Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr. which is an abridged version of the popular Walt Disney movie about a girl who is imprisoned in a castle by a beast. Co-Director Hannah Hardin said that they hope the kids have learned to appreciate theater arts, and will continue in the theater as they grow up through school, college and into their adult lives.

 

Gaston (Noah Ketcham) rallys the townspeople

 

"We're really hoping that all of these kids continue to be active in music and the arts all throughout their school careers and on in to their adult lives so that participation in musicals and the arts in Hardin County continues to grow with these kids" said Hardin.

 

Belle and her father Maurice (Will Browning) discuss his inventions

 

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Kenton Middle School. General admission will be $7.00 and Senior Citizen tickets will be $5.00.

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Findlay - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

 

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

 

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

 

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

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Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred just before eight Monday morning in downtown Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 36 year old Renee Wolford, of Lima, was travelling east on Columbus Street and failed to stop for a red light at Main Street. Her car struck a northbound car in the intersection that was being driven by 35 year old Chrystal Lewis, of LaRue.
 

There were no injuries, and Wolford was cited for a red light violation.

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The City of Kenton will need to make improvements and upgrades to the city sewer systems if it wants to attract large industrial development.

 

Jon Cross from the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance gave the Kenton City Council a report last night detailing results from a site selection tour held recently. Cross said that the site selector firm, Insite Consulting reviewed many areas around the county, identifying areas which qualified high for potential industrial development, and ones which need improvement. Cross noted that the site of the Hardin County Rail Logistics Center was deemed a high quality site.

 

"They looked at this and were amazed at the potential" said Cross.

 

The site scored well, but Cross mentioned that the consultants said that the site needs upgraded improvements to sewer. The site currently has around $57,600 max compasity output, and the report presented to council detailed that sites need to have a minimum of 500,000 gpd to meet manufacturing and industrial client needs.

 

"This was determined to be a factor which would eliminate the project completely" said Cross.

 

The Chamber requested that the city and council review potential changes to determine issues, what could be done to correct the problem and costs associated. Cross mentioned that it could be done in conjunction with the Warriors First Project out at France Lake. The city will review the issues prior to the next council meeting.

 

Also at the meeting, the council set a date to hold a hearing to rezone the Espy School Site to commercial from residential. Prior to the meeting, the Regional Planning Commission held a hearing on the matter in which one resident expressed concern as to what type of business would be built on the site.

 

The site still needs to go through the sale process through the Kenton City School District, which can either accept or reject a submitted bid. However, regional planning felt that the zoning issue could be reviewed by the council. The council will hold a hearing on July 27th at 6:30pm in council chambers to review the zoning change. The council also moved to add additional appropriations to the city budget to pay for street improvements, pool repairs and parking lot paving.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on July 13th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Numerous names of Hardin County residents are on the latest unclaimed funds list.

 

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser said the unclaimed funds list is generated by the Ohio Department of Commerce, "Various companies clean up their books at the end of their fiscal year and any monies that they've tried to get out to people, but have been unsuccessful in doing that, those funds are turned over to the Ohio Department of Commerce to be held until they're requested by the correct people."

 

A complete list of Hardin County residents on the unclaimed funds list can be found by clicking on the link below, and should you find your name on that list, claim forms can be found at the website missingmoney.com, "There are claim forms that you can print off the website if you have funds available there. There's some documentation that you'll need to send along with the claim form, and that information is spelled out on the back of the claim form itself."

 

Althauser adds that funds for Hardin County residents range from small amounts on up to substantial amounts of money, "I myself was on the list a couple of years ago for a penny, so they range all the way up from a penny to thousands of dollars. Hardin County alone has over 1.7 million dollars sitting in the unclaimed funds down at Ohio Department of Commerce."

 

Click here to view the complete list. The list is in an Microsoft Excell Spreadsheet. 

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Two Bucyrus men drowned while kayaking in the Sandusky River Sunday.
 

According to a release from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, a call was received around 7:15 Sunday evening that two kayaks had overturned in the river near the dam.
Upper Sandusky Police Officers arrived along with the Upper Sandusky Fire Department, Wyandot County EMS and the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, and following a lengthy search, the bodies of 45 year old Billy Zornes and 46 year old Lewis Zornes were removed from the water. They were pronounced dead by the

Wyandot County Coroner.

 

The Ohio Division of Watercraft is continuing the investigation.

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The Kenton Police Department has added a new cruiser to their fleet.
 

The 2012 Dodge Charger, which was located by  the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, was purchased from the Delhi Township Police Department in Hamilton County.
 

It came fully equipped, minus a radio and of course the striping.
 

The Kenton Police Department striping was added to the gray in color vehicle, and the cruiser is now ready for patrols.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.73 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 10 cents from a week ago.

 

Ohio gas prices also remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.75 per gallon.

 

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.79 per gallon on Monday.

 

Analysts have said a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices might have led to lower gas prices.

 

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Online:

 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Many areas of Ohio are hoping to dry out over the next few days after a rainy week brought lots of flooding and disrupted several weekend events.

 

Parts of central and western Ohio saw several inches of rain over the weekend.

 

The wet weather on Saturday forced an early end to a gay pride festival in Columbus on Saturday and put some of the aerial shows on hold at the Dayton Air Show.

 

High water that flooded a road leading to the Franklin County jail in Columbus on Saturday forced a few employees to get to work by boat.

 

Damage assessment teams spent the weekend surveying flooded areas in Logan County where the water began receding on Saturday. County leaders there declared a state of emergency on Friday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's health department wants fair goers to remember to wash their hands after seeing livestock exhibits this summer.

 

State health Director Richard Hodges says some illnesses that include flu viruses are commonly carried by livestock and can be transmitted to people.

 

Fair organizers around Ohio have increased the number of hand sanitizers and hand washing stations in recent years.

 

The health department also recommends that visitors leave strollers outside animal barns and that people with weak immune systems should think about avoiding livestock exhibits.

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More people prefer ibuprophen for headaches and other aches and pains than other pain relievers.

 

According to the Visitor Poll results, 48% of the voters chose ibuprophen for headache and other pain relief. 24% prefer acetaminophen, 11% take aspirin and 17% chose "other" as their pain relieve choice.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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LIMA (Friday, June 19, 2015) The area is still dealing with high water which closed several area highways this week, including Interstate 75 in Allen County.

 

Now, as Tropical Depression Bill approaches this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local law enforcement are issuing a warning: do not move or drive around barricades placed on highways.

 

“We have seen several instances of motorists moving barricades in order to drive around them. What they may not realize is the barricade is the law and those who drive upon a closed road are subject to arrest or fine,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

ODOT officials have observed barricades being moved and then left out of place. “Drivers may interpret a displaced barricade as an indication that the roadway is opened which creates a dangerous scenario where motorists could unknowingly drive into high water,” said Slusher.

 

In addition, highways which no longer have water across them but remain barricaded are closed for good reason. Highways often remain closed where water has reached the bottom of a bridge structure. Each structure where this occurs is inspected by a licensed engineer before the roadway is reopened. “It can take days to complete these inspections depending on the number of structures involved,” he said.

 

With the anticipated rainfall and subsequent road closures which are expected this weekend, ODOT and law enforcement are planning to coordinate their efforts to ensure public safety.

 

“There’s more than one way to reach a destination. Make sure you choose the safe and lawful way,” said Slusher.

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Hardin County:

 

Ohio 701 between U.S. 68 and Township Road 105 will be closed for 17 days beginning July 6 for three culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 309 and U.S. 68. Work is being done by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 east of the city of Kenton between Township Road 225 and County Road 195 closed June 15 for approximately three weeks for culvert replacements at three locations. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 68, Ohio 67 and Ohio 37 back to Ohio 309. 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 at the west end of Ada which was scheduled to close beginning June 22 for a sanitary sewer installation has been postponed indefinitely. When work begins traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, Ohio 309 and Ohio 235 back to Ohio 81. Work will be done by All Purpose Contracting, Inc., Delphos.

 

 

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.

 

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 30 eastbound between Ohio 235 and the Wyandot County line will continue to be restricted to one lane through next week for the completion of tarring and chipping of the roadway. Work is expected to be completed next week weather permitting. Work is being performed by combined ODOT District 1 work crews.

 

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. Work is currently taking place only on the Ohio 613 portion of the project. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

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:

 

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 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30 closed June 16 for approximately three weeks for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 23 southbound to Ohio 199 to U.S. 23 northbound back to U.S. 30 westbound. Work is being performed by Kokosking Construction, Columbus.

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A Findlay woman was convicted on numerous charges following a two day trial in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Kimberly Hope Wise was found guilty on 11 counts of attempted aggravated arson, 2 counts of assault and one count each of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and possessing criminal tools.

 

The jury trial was held Tuesday and Wednesday, and the guilty verdicts were returned Wednesday evening.

 

The case dates back to September of 2014.

 

Also in Court, a Kenton woman was sentenced recently to just under five years in prison.

 

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

 

.Rebecca Ann Wireman was sentenced to a total of 57 months in prison on two counts of grand theft and one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The Eats on The Street Friday Night Food Truck Fest is one week away.

 

Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the event will be held in downtown Kenton on Friday June 26 and will give those attending an opportunity to enjoy great food, "There's six food trucks coming in. and they're gourmet, so you get a lot of different flavors and food, so something that you don't necessarily get on a dailey basis, you'll get to try. There's six different ones and so we're excited about that, so great food menu, you'll get a little bit of everything from all of these."

 

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

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The Kenton Middle School will not be fielding a girl’s club soccer program next year, but they will be putting together a soccer club team for middle school boys. 
 
According to a release from Kenton Athletic Director Mike Leddy, the decision to not field a middle school girl’s club soccer team was made following discussions with area schools and athletics departments and was due to a conflict in forming an adequate schedule to allow the middle school girls a fair opportunity to play.
 
The release states that area coaches, including Kenton Coach Jamie Bartlett and other coaches in the Western Buckeye League feel confident they can support a boys middle school club soccer schedule, but there has not been sufficient progress in forming a girls middle school soccer schedule, so Kenton Athletics will not be able to offer a middle school program for girls in the fall of 2015.
 
Interested boys entering grades 7 and 8 should contact the boy’s soccer program via email at ktmenssoccer@kentoncityschools.org.
 

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High waters across all of Kalida in Putnam County. Photo Source: St. Michaels Catholic Church in Kalida
 
KALIDA, Ohio (AP) — Flooding that has closed dozens of roads in rural northwestern Ohio is leaving one village completely cut off in Putnam County.
 
The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that all roads leading into Kalida are blocked by floodwaters.
 
Heavy rains over the last week have led to flooding in and around the cities of Findlay and Lima. Those areas are bracing for more rain and flooding later Wednesday.
 
The rising Blanchard River in Ottawa has closed several streets there and in Findlay.
 
Police officers and firefighters around Lima helped evacuate dozens of people from a couple of apartment complexes on Tuesday.
 
So far, there haven't been any reports of injuries from the flooding.
 
WKTN Radio spoke to members of the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Kalida Wednesday afternoon and they reported that the flood waters have begun to go down in the afternoon.

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Standing water created problems for motorists around Hardin County Tuesday.

 

According to the reports from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, several mishaps occurred where vehicles became disabled when they were driven into areas of high water in the roadways.

In one case, a driver lost control of his vehicle in the high water, and the it went off the road and struck a guardrail.

 

There were no injuries in any of the mishaps.

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A Dunkirk resident and a passenger were injured in a two vehicle crash just across the Hardin County line on US 68 North before 5am this morning. According to a release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, a semi and trailer driven by 24 year old Rachel M. Thompson of Akron was heading southbound on 68 when it went off the right side of the roadway before coming back on to the roadway causing the rear trailer to flip onto its side and slide into the northbound lane.
 
The trailer was then hit by a vehicle driven by David Ruhlen, age 61 of Dunkirk, which was driving northbound on 68. Ruhlen and a passenger in his vehicle, 28 year old Stephanie Ruhlen, had to be cut from the wreckage by the Arlington Fire Department and were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Appleseed EMS for unknown injuries.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

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The Kenton School Board has set Tuesday July 21st as the tentative date for the sale of the Espy and Hardin Central School properties.

 

The proposed public auction for the two school properties needs to be held to see what interest exists for the sale of the properties. If the auction would bring in a price that the school board would not accept, the properties would then be sold through a private sale. The school board set the date of the sale, tentatively to July 21st at the Kenton School Board Administration Building at 10am. Board members noted that the date could change depending on information the board receives on the properties between now and then.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of contracts, both employees and non-employee supplemental contracts and moved the start time for the Kenton Elementary Building up fifteen minutes to 8am. School will be dismissed at 3pm.

 

Additionally, the board approved new bus routes, changing the city routes from three four hour routes to six hour routes. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the change was due to overcrowding on the routes and late busses. She said that the cost wouldn't be significantly more for the district.

 

The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on July 20th 2015, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

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The traffic light at the intersection of Main and Ohio Streets is not going to be replaced at least at this time.

 

Mayor Randy Manns said the decision not to put the traffic light back up was made after he met with Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, "We talked about it, and at this time we are deciding not to put the light back up. We're going to continue monitoring it, and the people that have contacted our office pretty much split 50/50. Some people wanted the light, and some people didn't, so we are just going to continue to monitor it to see how things go and not that we won;t be putting it up later, but at this point we're just going to leave it as is and see how things go."

 

The mayor said that monitoring will mean keeping an eye out for things like speeding and accidents at that location, "At this point I don;t have statistics in front of me, but I don;t remember any accidents occurring there since we've had that down, but yes we're going to continue monitoring that, of course the speeds. We're going to continue enforcing and see where it goes from there."

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The Annual WKTN Radio Summer Cash Giveaway is back and begins today! Look for the boxes at participating locations and register to win! One name will be drawn from each location once a week for the next six weeks.

 

These finalists will then be put into a drawing for the grand prize of $1200.00 from WKTN.

 

Click here for a list of participating locations (PDF).

 

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When you're out shopping this summer, look for the WKTN Cash Giveaway boxes and register to win $1200.00 from WKTN Radio!

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Three vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred around 9:30 Sunday morning on Detroit at North Street in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 26 year old Heather Cavender, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was driving south on Detroit Street and failed to stop in time to avoid colliding into the rear of a car being driven by Lindsey Coffman, of McComb. Coffman's car was pushed into the rear of the third car being driven by 64 year old Thomas Jacoby, of Toledo, who was stopped on Detroit waiting to turn left onto North Street at the time.
 

There were no injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Fire damaged a house on State Route 53 late Sunday afternoon.
 

The Forest Fire Department was dispatched just before 5pm to

the structure located in the 5000 block of State Route 53.
 

The Kenton Fire Department provided mutual assistance.

 

No other information is available at this time.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.83 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 13 cents from a week ago.

 

Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.80 per gallon on Monday. But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.87 per gallon.

 

Analysts say a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices mean gas prices could stop rising and may drop in the next two weeks.

 

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Online:

 

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

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The Kenton Police Department responded to a possible injury accident at the intersection of North and North Detroit Street around 9:30 Sunday morning. Two cars appeared to be damaged in the accident, with the passenger in a third needing medical attention. The intersection was shut down for a period of time while the accident was attended to. No further information is available at this time.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Inmates at a northwest Ohio correctional facility have found a way to help the homeless while serving their sentences.
 
The Lima News reports inmates at Lima's Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution donated over a dozen handmade sleeping bags and mats to the state's homeless.
 
The sleeping bags were made by inmates using the scraps from the clothing, bedding and pillows that are also made in the prison's work shop.
 
The facility donated the sleeping bags Friday to the Salvation Army, Lima Rescue Mission and the Lima Police Department. The prison also gave 10 dozen pairs of gloves and mittens to police on Monday.
 
In the past, inmates have also recycled confiscated bicycles for community members and made Easter baskets for children at St. Rita's Medical Center.

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Stacy L. McConoughey

 

 

A former English teacher at Marysville High School has been charged for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

 

Stacy L. McConoughey, 36, is charged with having sex with a male student starting in October of 2014 and continuing until May of 2015.  The victim was 18 years of age, and a senior at the high school.  The student had been enrolled in McConoughey’s English class as well as being her teacher’s aide.  The student graduated from the school in 2015.

 

McConoughey was indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on four counts of sexual battery, each a felony of the third degree.   The indictment alleges four separate sexual events – two of which allegedly occurred while on school grounds.

 

Sexual battery is a high-tier felony of the third degree, punishable by a prison term of 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54 or 60 months in prison and a fine of $10,000. McConoughey faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison if convicted of all offenses.    Upon conviction, she would be required to register as a Tier III sex offender with the Sheriff in person every 90 days for her lifetime. 

 

Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips said, “We cannot have a situation in a high school where sex between students and teachers occurs. The teacher is in a position of authority; the student is subordinate.  Ohio law makes any sort of sexual relationship between a teacher and a student at the school a felony – even when the student is 18 and even if the student consents. Parents rely on teachers to educate their children, not engage in a sexual relationship with them.”

 

McConoughey was relieved of her duties by the school after the relationship came to light, and subsequently resigned her position. 

 

Arraignment is scheduled for July 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

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

 

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

 

.Jeanann Baum on one count of identity fraud. She was ordered to pay just over $14,000 in restitution to the victim.

 

.Kyle Leon McKitrick on two counts of trespassing in a habitat when a person is present or likely to be present.

 

.David A. Winters on one count of trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The American Red Cross is conducting a fundraiser called Boots and Badges.
 

Board Chairman Daryl Flowers said the event is scheduled for June  27 and tickets are on sale now, "This is a party for all of our first responders, whether they're paid or volunteer, and it's a big party for them. It's kind of a way to honor our first responders, have a big party for them. There will be a band, food, and it'll be a good time.
 

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

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A majority of our Vistitor Poll voters still carries a small amount of cash.

 

When asked how much cash you normally carry, 57% said a small amount, 21% carries a moderate amount, 17% carries no cash and the remaining 5% carries a large anount of cash.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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The Kenton Wildcats remain in Division 4 in the latest high school football divisional realignment, which was announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this week.

 

Every two years the Ohio High School Athletic Association releases its divisional realignment, which is based primarily on a school's enrollment size. The OHSAA divides its 714 schools into 7 divisions, and the Kenton Wildcats have been again slotted into Division 4 for the upcoming football season.

Van Wert and St. Marys are the only two schools in the Western Buckeye League to switch divisions. The Cougars have moved up from Division 5 while the Roughriders dropped from Division 3 and both schools now reside in Division 4.

 

Overall in the Western Buckeye League, Celina, Defiance, Elida, Shawnee and Wapakoneta are in Division 3, with Kenton, Bath, Van Wert and St. Marys placed in Division 4 and Ottawa-Glandorf lining up in Division 5 along with Kenton's non-league opponent Coldwater.

 

Among Hardin County schools, Ada is the only team to change divisions. The Bulldogs dropped from Division 6 to Division 7 and will join Upper Scioto Valley, Ridgemont and Hardin Northern in the OHSAA's smallest-school division. Riverdale remains in Division 6.

 

The OHSAA has also released regional assignments for the upcoming campaign. The Kenton Wildcats will stay in Region 12, with Riverdale competing in Region 22. The other county teams - Ada, Hardin Northern, Ridgemont and Upper Scioto Valley - are a part of Region 24.

 

Practice for high school football begins on August 1st, with regular-season games for schools starting the week of August 24th. Most teams will officially open their seasons on Friday, August 28th, including the Kenton Wildcats, who will visit Coldwater in their traditional lid-lifter.

 

The regular season ends on October 31st, with 224 teams qualifying for the state playoffs across seven divisions.

During the playoffs, Divisions 2, 3, 5 and 7 will play on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., with Divisions 1, 4 and 6 kicking off at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Playoff pairings and game sites will be announced each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The higher seeded teams host first-round games, and the OHSAA will select neutral sites for the second, third and fourth rounds.

 

The state championships return to Ohio Stadium in Columbus Dec. 3, 4 and 5. Of the divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights - Divisions 2, 3, 5 and 7 this season - one division will play its state championships game on Thursday, Dec. 3.

 

The other three divisions will play on Friday, Dec. 4. The three divisions that play their playoff games on Saturdays will play their state championship games on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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MARION, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Marion were stunned recently when a super-charged batch of heroin sent more than 30 people to the hospital and two to the morgue in a 12-day stretch in the small central Ohio city.

 

Heroin laced with a powerful pain killer and tinted blue kept emergency crews running during the overdose spate at the end of May.

 

They say many of the survivors would've died if it wasn't for naloxone, an antidote carried by paramedics. They ranged in age from late teens to early 60s.

 

Police believe they put a dent in the blue heroin supply in raids Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of more than two pounds of it and several arrests.

 

Officials say the recent spike in overdoses and drug-related crime underscores how outgunned they are by the constantly growing public-health scourge.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Wyandot County teenagers are charged as adults in Pennsylvania after an alleged three-state crime spree that authorities say ended only when the pair couldn't swim across the wide Ohio River.

 

The 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl from Wyandot County were captured Saturday in Tyler County, West Virginia. Authorities allege their six-day spree involved stolen vehicles, theft of ammunition from an Ohio Wal-Mart, an armed robbery and injuries to a Pennsylvania policeman.

 

Each teen is charged in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with felony counts of aggravated assault and robbery. The girl also is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and fleeing or trying to elude a police officer.

 

It's unclear if the teens have attorneys. They remained in a juvenile detention facility in West Virginia on Wednesday.

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Kenton firefighters were dispatched to a minor fire late this morning.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the residence of Dun Huang on Lora Drive after a fire started in the garage of the house.
 

The resident had the fire out upon arrival of firefighters, who were on the scene for around 20 minutes.
 

Minimal damage occurred to the structure

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, June 6th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 17 directors and 11 guests present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Mark Light, Hardin County’s 4-H educator, stated there are going to be various project workshops for still projects at the extension office.  This year’s interview judging will be from 1-8pm, to hopefully help accommodate working schedules. 
Mark Badetscher, Hardin County’s Extension Educator, discussed the state wide poultry ban for county fairs, etc. in Ohio. The ban is in effect because of the Avian Influenza virus that has been infecting backyard poultry and commercial flocks in 20 states west of Ohio.  It’s a highly contagious disease and the closest virus has been detected in a backyard flock near Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Biosecurity measures need to be taken by poultry owners to prevent the virus from reaching their flocks.  He also announced there will be a retirement party for Kathy Oliver, who is retiring from the Extension Office, on June 29th from 2-5pm at the Abundant Life Assembly of God.
Marilyn Bidwell announced the flowers have been planted at the Fairgrounds. 

 

Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports, and Bills to be paid were approved.

 

The 2013 990 was approved.
 

It was announced the audit for 2013 and 2014 has now been completed.  There is now a fraud reporting system in place for new hires.  An executive committee meeting will be on Tuesday, June 30th at 7pm to discuss Pete Fout’s 90 day evaluation. 

 

The minutes from the May 11th  Ground’s meeting was discussed. The old choral risers from Kenton City Schools has been paid for, they just need picked up now.  3 new sets of bleachers have been purchased and put together.  It was decided to go with the quote for sweeping of fairgrounds during the fair, for TJD Industrial Cleaning. Kay Rush will be given paint to paint her horse barn and the Health Dept. will be allowed to store a refrigerator in the storage room in the community building in case of an emergency. It was announced the new benches for this year’s fair have been built and are now here.  The Community Building parking lot has been redone, along with the road behind the barns. A new seat for the tractor will be purchased.  The Society will be using F&L Septic for port-a-pots during the fair.  The next grounds meeting will be on Monday, June 15th at 7:00pm.

Camping spots have all been paid and there are 6 spots that opened up this year.  New campers will be notified in the next week, along with campers that are going to be moved closer.

 

The Livestock Committee noted that sheep clipping, weighing and tagging will be on Saturday, June 13th from 8-11am at the Fairgrounds.  Judges for rabbits, dogs and dairy are still needed.  Paul Ralston, Poultry Chairman, discussed the ban on poultry for this year’s Hardin County Fair.  Poultry members will still be allowed to raise their poultry and will need to develop a poster for each poultry project registered for the fair.  The displays will be exhibited in the poultry tent along with a state poultry exhibit explaining the ban.  Exhibitors will be checked at their home, to ensure members actually have possession of the birds and are taking care of them properly.  Biosecurity measures will be used when coming to the member’s homes.  Showmanship at the fair will consist of using a stuffed educational bird and primarily be knowledge based.  A hired judge from the poultry committee will be used to do the judging.  The top champion in showmanship will participate in the showman of showmen.  Only if you participate in showmanship, will the member be allowed to go through the sale.  The member will also need to attend Quality Assurance, participate in livestock judging, do the poster, have a home visit, make a poster, and bring their HPIP papers to the “weigh in”, to participate in the sale.  

 

Janie Seiler, from the Rides/Concessions committee noted that courtesy calls have been made to available rental spots.  There are currently 4 spots available in the community building and 1 spot available in the Merchant’s building.  There are no spots available in the Machinery Building.  There are several renters that only want the Machinery Building. 

 

Jr. Fair board will be having their next meeting on Monday, June 22nd in the Shelter House.  They will be having a cookout. 

Judi Cronley announced a few other judges are still needed. 

Under old business:  The 2015 fair book is now on line and JR. Fair can do their fair entries on line until July 31st.  Open Class will be able to do their on-line entries starting Aug. 3rd.
 
Under new business:  Judi Cronley asked directors who needed shirts ordered.  The directors agreed to use a new website for a charge of $15 a year.  It was decided to purchase the same kind of chairs that were bought last year for the community building.  

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, July 11th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.  Note this date is the 2nd Saturday in July, d/t July 4th being the first Saturday in July.

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The following story was reported by WFIN Radio this morning.
 
A Findlay man was killed following a traffic stop on West Sandusky Street this morning.
 
At a press conference, Police Chief Greg Horne said 30-year-old Jeremy Linhart was shot by an officer. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died. Horne said that an officer pulled over a vehicle in which Linhart was a passenger just after 3 a.m.
 
Horne said a gun was later found in the vehicle.
 
Per the department’s policy, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is investigating the incident. While they are not releasing the officer’s name, Horne said a male officer is on paid leave pending the investigation.
 
Horne said this is the first officer-involved shooting incident in Findlay since 1999.

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A mailbox was destroyed by what may have been an explosive device.
 

The incident was reported Monday morning, and according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a resident in the 19,000 block of County Road 144 said he heard what sounded like a shotgun going off. He discovered that his mailbox had been destroyed by what looked like someone placing an explosive device inside and allowing it to detonate.
 

The incident in under investigation.

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The City of Kenton continues to look into replacing a light at the intersection of Ohio and South Main street.

 

At last nights regular council meeting, Councilman Brian Hattery brought up again a motion to approve a recommendation from the Safety Committee to replace the light at that intersection. At the last meeting, that measure died for lack of a second. The council voted six to one, with councilman David Beazley, to request the city review that recommendation. Both Council members Patty Risner and Tom Taylor said that they had extensive discussions with citizens on the issue, coming back spit 50/50 on what to do. Safety Service Director Jim Hites will look into funding that project and reviewing concerns from emergency management agencies.

 

Also at the meeting, the council approved a recommendation from the Safety Committee to vacate the alleyway alongside the Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home for further expansion, and approved a report from the Finance committee which, among many items, reviewed plans by the county to pave the cities portion of Jacob Parrott Blvd. The finance committee recommended that the city not participate at this time due to ongoing plans for the Morningside Drive project. Hites noted that the county isn't planning to work on Jacob Parrott until August/September so if funding were to be made available, the council may reverse its decision.

 

Also, Jacqueline Fitzgerald from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance spoke to the council regarding a window replacement grant for downtown businesses. The grant would help replace delapatated windows in downtown buildings and use local contractors. Fitzgerald said that business owners could contact the Chamber if they wish to learn more information.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on June 22nd 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Todd Manns, Park Manager at France Lake restocks fish at the lake Tuesday afternoon. 115 Crappie and 115 Perch were added to the lake, paid for by a grant from the Hardin County Community Foundation.
 
Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that with the $900.00 Community Foundation Grant, the park was able to purchase the fish and will build new picnic tables for the park

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Taken at the 2014 Hardin County Fair Jr. Fair Poultry Show
 
On Monday, The Hardin County Fairboard and Hardin County OSU Extension Office announced alternative plans for poultry exhibitors in light of the Ohio Department of Agriculture ban on poultry exhibitions. The plans for Hardin County are as follows;
 
Switching Projects
 
Members are not permitted to switch projects since enrollment and registration deadlines have passed.  If you have other projects, you could drop the poultry project and return your book (4-H).
 
Completing the 4-H Poultry Project (4-H only)
 
Hardin County 4-H members should continue to raise their turkeys, ducks, market chickens and fancy poultry as planned. Market chickens can be purchased from any hatchery. Members will participate in livestock interviews on August 4. If a member chooses to not raise birds for their project, the project would be complete after attending livestock interviews as a nonlivestock project (poultry self-determined).
 
Completing the FFA Poultry Project (FFA Members)
 
All Hardin County FFA members showing poultry projects this year will raise and complete projects per usual through the county FFA Chapters. Agriculture Educators will supervise SAE project completion. Exhibitors will not, however be permitted to take animals to the 2015 Hardin County Fair.
 
County Fair & Sale Participation
 
Exhibitors choosing to raise their poultry as planned will develop a poster for each poultry project (market, turkey, ducks, fancy poultry) registered for the fair. The displays will be exhibited in the poultry tent during the fair.   This poster = your fair premium.  More specific details about the poster dimensions and topics will be shared in July.
 
Exhibitors will be checked during the two weeks prior to the fair to assure possession and care of the poultry project by a department representative who will follow bio-security guidelines to prevent any spreading of diseases.  Poultry project exhibitors will be able to participate in poultry showmanship during the fair. This will primarily be knowledge based, but may include showing a stuffed educational bird.  The fairboard will hire a judge as usual for the show. The county poultry showmanship champion will participate in the showman of showmen.
 
Sale Participation
 
Market poultry project exhibitors will be eligible to participate in the sale if they raise their market project animals, attend quality assurance and livestock interview, participate in poultry showmanship, have a farm visit, bring their NPIP papers to the “weigh in” and exhibit a poster display for each market poultry pen. Showmanship = Sale.  Members will participate in the sale by having exhibitors walk into the sale ring. Buyers will not take possession of any poultry projects. Members will retain possession of the birds for home processing or delivery to a processor.  This is being done as a 2015 exception only.   Future fairs will be dealt with in that year and may involve different arrangements.
 
Please call the OSU Extension office 419-674-2297 or email wagner.1142@osu.edu to indicate whether you intend to continue to raise live birds, or whether you intend to do this project as a nonlivestock poultry self-determined project, or drop the project.
 
County FFA Poultry Exhibitors need to speak with their Agriculture Education Teachers if they have any questions regarding the plans for the 2015 Fair.

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Two runaway juveniles from Wyandot County have been apprehended in West Virginia.

 

Rose May and Triston Kindle

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday at approximately 12:00 pm, the Sheriff's Office confirmed with the West Virginia State Police that the two missing juveniles from Wyandot County have been apprehended.

 

Triston Kindle, age 16 of Upper Sandusky and Rose May, age 15 of Sycamore, are in custody with the West Virginia State Police after a police pursuit of another stolen vehicle from Pennsylvania.

 

State Police confirmed that the stolen vehicle had crashed and the two fled on foot for a distance before being taken into custody.

 

West Virginia State Police also confirmed that the the juveniles were in possession of a firearm at the time they were apprehended.

 

Police are currently working with the Pennsylvania State Police in a joint investigation of the Juvenile's crime spree.

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A large quantity of tools were stolen from a storage shed in Dunkirk over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office release, the incident was reported Sunday.
 

Over $600 in tools were stolen from the shed located in the 100 block of Washington Street in the village.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 9 cents from a week ago. Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.82 per gallon.

 

Ohio's average remains below the nation's average, which was $2.75 per gallon on Monday.

 

The average national price of regular gasoline climbed steadily in May, but analysts say smaller increases more recently could indicate gas prices may be close to peaking as the summer driving season gets underway.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Hardin County:

 

Ohio 37 in the village of Forest closed June 4 for three days for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 30, U.S. 68, Ohio 81 and Ohio 53 back to Ohio 37. Work is being performed by Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, Darien, Conn.

 

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

 

Ohio 309 east of the city of Kenton between Township Road 225 and County Road 195 will close beginning June 15 for approximately three weeks for culvert replacements at three locations. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 68, Ohio 67 and Ohio 37 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 will close 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 at the west end of Ada will be closed beginning June 22 for three days for a sanitary sewer installation. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, Ohio 309 and Ohio 235 back to Ohio 81. Work will be done by All Purpose Contracting, Inc., Delphos.

 

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.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 30 eastbound from west of Ohio 235 to the Wyandot County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone beginning June 8 for removal of pavement reflectors in preparation for tarring and chipping of the roadway. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

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. Work is currently taking place only on the Ohio 613 portion of the project. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

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 53 from just west of Ohio 37 to just east of Upper Sandusky is now open following a culvert replacement at three locations.

 

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 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30 will be closed beginning June 16 for 21 days for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 23 southbound to Ohio 199 to U.S. 23 northbound back to U.S. 30 westbound. Work is being performed by Kokosking Construction, Columbus.

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Family Fun Day and Car Show on behalf of Bryce Gossard will be held Sunday June 7 starting at noon.

 

The event will be held rain or shine at Simon Kenton School.

 

There will lots of activities for the entire family including: classic car show, clowns, face painting, games, great food, music and plenty more.

 

All of the proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation in an effort to find a cure for neurofibromatosis.

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Two cars were involved in a crash at the Kenton Walmart. This is one of the vehicles. The crash happened around 3pm Friday afternoon, and some involved were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating. No further details are available at this time.

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Two people are in jail following a couple of drug busts in the City of Kenton on Thursday. According to reports from the Kenton Police Department the first arrest took place as the result of a traffic stop. The report states that during the stop for a traffic violation, a passenger in the vehicle, Heather Marie Altvater, age 27 of Forest was found to be in possession of heroin. The vehicle was impounded and Altvater was taken to the Multi County Jail.
 
The second case was in response to a 911 call for an unresponsive male. Upon arrival officers found Cody Cowen, age 28 of Kenton, to be unresponsive. Cowen appeared to have overdosed on heroin and was found in possession of it. Cowen regained consciousness and was taken into custody. He is also being held at the Multi County Jail.

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