The Village of Forest has been updating its website.
The village is working with area civic groups, libraries and churches to get as much community happenings uploaded.
Those wishing to as an event should contact the municipal building.
The website is villageofforest.com
The final day to pay for the Hardin Northern senior class trip to New York has been pushed back one week.
According to information on the school's Facebook page, the deadline to pay is now January 26.
Parents should pay according to the room type that is planned.
If you are not sure what amount, call the office at 419 759 2331.
Hardin Northern school officials are warning the public of break-ins happening in the schools parking lot.
An email communication from the school makes students aware of a black Hyundai SUV with a pink steering wheel cover that has allegedly been involved in over five different thefts in area school districts.
The district is reminding students to lock their vehicles. If you see the vehicle in question, school officials urge you to contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
2nd Quarter Principal’s Roll (4.0 GPA)
Mario Arreola, Grady Baum, Madison Breakey, Anlyn Carlson, Connor Defibaugh, Jayson Dyer, Drake Grant, Carter Hale, Allison Harpel, Brock Heckathorn, Brinley Hites, Tyson Hopkins, Riley Hunt, Kooper Johnston, Seth Manns, Aaron Modd, Trevor Robinson, Avery Smith, Shane Spencer, Alyvia Spriggs, Abigail Temple, Elaine Webster, Gabriella Wetherill, Jenna White, Aidan Wood.
Kylie Allmon, Chloe Anderson, Lauren Bartlett, Luke Baughman, Asher Bridenstine, Angel Chen, Grace Collins, Andrew Fox, Wyatt Gerlach, Bert Grubbs, Taylor Harshfield, Maxwell Haushalter, Zachary Heintz, Helen Huang, Katie Kearns, Noah Ketcham, Liberty Lowe, Samantha Lowe, Caleb MacKenzie, Nicole Martinez, Madison McPherson, Zane Preston, Brenna Shirk.
2nd Quarter Merit Roll (3.5-3.9 GPA)
Charolette Culwell, Addison Epling, Alexander Furr, Kendyl Gibson, Raven Grogan, Anabella Halcomb, Caleb Harp Pulfer, Brody Heckathorn, Natalie Horton, Shaidyn Hughes, Wyatt Kindell, Tyson Lawrence, Gavin Manns, Tatum Miller, Ashton Mullins, Abigail Mustain, Kennedy Nelson, Rexton Paquin, Dustin Proffitt, Brylee Ramge, Caiden Risner, Christian Rogers, Kasee Sandrus, Micaiah Saylor, Syvanna Shepherd, Mitchell Stevens, Skylynn Vogel, Manny Wilson.
Kaylee Adams, Caitlyn Boyle, Jillian Burd, Alexander Cole, Devan Dulin, Caleb Hershberger, Alexis Herzog, Theodore Jesionowski, Jarrett Jolliff, Chelsea Kalb, Madison Kugel, Madalynn Long, Hailey Melvin, Addison Modd, Brent Rader, Aaliyah Rogers, Joslyn Stauffer, Gunnar Stout, Katelyn Sturgeon, Jacob Taylor, Matthew Temple, Sophie Thompson, Lascha Wells, Trenton Yoder.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll (3.0-3.4 GPA)
Keith Bates, Brooklyn Burris, Cheryl Coomes, Makayla Dunson, Jaxon Ferrell, Mason Flint, Hunter Furr, Hayley Gallant, Lora Harder, Devin Hastings, Trayce Hendrickson, Neveah Hugley, Amiya Manns, Emogin Miller, Kailie Mullett, Parker Rarey, Stone Sauber, Madison Shanks, Branson Sharp, Dorien Slusher, Abigail Smith, Jarron Willoby, Haylie Wilson, Cansas Witzberger, Vern Woodruff.
Hannah Beach, Brianna Blanton, Katelyn Blum, Austin Brill, Amber Brown, Gage Buxton, Emma Clum, Karina Contreras, Alana Coon, Daniel Davidson, Seth Dunahue, Hunter Gingery, Zachary Hart, Eyan Helton, Keegan Hendrickson, Mitchell Jennings, Kyle Kirk, Marissa Marling, William Mercer, Derrick Newman, Bailee Phillips, Riley Risner, Mahaila Sharp, Conner Shirk, Brandon Slack, Aryanna Spangler, Christian Stepp, Shelby Tillman, Evan Tudor.
Dr. Martin Luther King's speech at Ohio Northern University was discussed at an event held at the university on Thursday.
Those who were at the historic event were invited to share their memories about the speech during a panel discussion in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.
The event yesterday marked the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's talk at ONU's Taft Gymnasium that was given by the civil rights leader on January 11, 1968.
The panel discussion kicked off a series of events to honor the occasion that will culminate with the unveiling of a statue of Dr. King on April 17 outside of Taft Hall.
The Hardin County Commissioners got an update about a levy that is being planned by Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
Superintendent Rick Smith met this week with the commissioners and updated them on the point 6 mill permanent improvement levy that the school is planning to put on the ballot.
The money would go to renovate and expand buildings. If passed, the cost would be around $1.84 per month or $22 per year on a property value of $100,000.
Smith explained they went with the lowest millage, and this levy should carry them for forty years without having to come back to the people.
Ohio Hi-Point represents fourteen schools with 14 programs and are starting a manufacturing program and H-VAC program.
The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire on Pamelia St. in McGuffey this week.
The Red Cross provided assistance for immediate needs such as food and clothing to those affected.
Executive Director Todd James said they we’re deeply saddened for those who were impacted by this fire.
He urged everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home by removing any fire hazards. James also said everyone should install and maintain smoke alarms and develop a fire evacuation plan.
The Forest Municipal Building has tickets on sale for the Soup and Sandwich Supper on February 23, 2018 from 4-6 pm at Riverdale School Cafeteria.
This will be held before the Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. Van Buren. Tickets are $5 per person.
The proceeds will benefit the Community Church in the Park on July 8, 2018. This years speaker is 4-time World Series baseball player Darryl Strawberry. He will be sharing his story of addiction and how God did not give up on him.
The trial for a former Riverdale teacher was cancelled this month, and a plea hearing is scheduled for next week.
Brooke L. Rosendale was indicted in June of 2017 on three counts of sexual battery. According to information from the Hancock County Clerk of Courts Office, the trial was scheduled for earlier this month but was cancelled. The plea hearing is scheduled for Friday January 26 in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
Rosendale resigned in March of 2017 amid an investigation into the accusation she sexually assaulted a female student.
The Ohio Department of Transportation released an update for snow and ice operations for District One from November 2017 to the present.
Crews used nearly 35,000 tons of salt, 364,000 gallons of liquid de-icer and they drove just under 459,000 miles during the time. The total cost of just over 4 million dollars. That is nearly double for the same period last year.
In our region, District One includes Hardin, Allen, Hancock and Wyandot Counties.
One person was killed in a crash that occurred Tuesday evening in the 7000 block of U.S. 68 north of Kenton.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, 45 year old Joseph Wayne Hoey, of Kenton, attempted to pass a semi while driving south on 68. The car was struck by a northbound semi being operated by David Cherry, of Canada.
Hoey was pronounced dead at the scene. Cherry was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, Hardin County Volunteers in Police Service, Kenton Fire Department, BKP Ambulance District and Osborne’s Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.
A car was damaged while it was parked in the 10 block of North Main Street in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, it appears another vehicle may have backed into it causing damage to the front left portion of the car.
The incident was reported Tuesday evening and is under investigation.
The city parking on Main street will be restricted next week.
According to the Kenton City Safety Service Director Jim Hites there will be no parking on either side of South Main Street between Franklin and Ohio Streets beginning on Monday, January 22nd through Friday, January 26th due to construction and installation of a water line.
The board first reorganized. Samuel Albert, Doug Carmean, and Sheena Striker were sworn in by board treasurer Tracy Hiller. Mark Rush was elected as President, and Mark Watkins was named his Vice. The meetings were set for the third Monday of each month at 7pm.
The board handled several miscellaneous items regarding it’s reorganization.
Authorized for the Treasurer to request advance draws of tax settlements of up to
Authorized for the Treasurer to invest interim and inactive funds as deemed
appropriate to gain the best interest rate.
Designated of Purchasing Agent for the district and establishment of maximum
allowable single purchases without prior Board authorization.
Purchasing Agent - Jennifer Penczarski Maximum allowable single purchase amount of $25,000
Authorized the cafeteria manager, maintenance supervisor, technology supervisor
and transportation supervisor to purchase supplies and materials up to a maximum of
$2,500 per order.
Authorized the Superintendent to approve staff member attendance at professional
Committee Appointments by the President:
Audit/Finance: Mark Rush and Mark Watkins
Facilities/Transportation: Mark Watkins and Doug Carmean
Personnel: Mark Watkins and Sheena Striker
Curriculum/Instruction: Mark Rush and Sheena Striker
Business and Education Council: Doug Carmean
Cafeteria: Samuel Albert and Sheena Striker
Co Curricular Music/Athletics: Mark Rush and Samuel Albert
OSBA Legislative Liaison: Samuel Albert
Parks and Recreation: Doug Carmean and Tracy Hiller
R.E. Allen Scholarship: Sheena Striker
Records Commission: Mark Rush
Policy Committee: Mark Rush and Doug Carmean
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center: Russ Blue
Appoint Jennifer Penczarski as the title IX Compliance Officer (Sexual Discrimination) and Title VI Coordinator (race, color and national origin).
Appoint Michelle Wise as the Section 504 Coordinator (Handicap).
During the regular board meeting it was noted that the board will be voting on next year’s school calendar. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that Calendar A will allow the first semester of classes to be completed before the holiday break, with school starting August 15th and dismissing for the summer on the 21st of May. The calendar has classes in session during the week of the Hardin County Fair.
The second option, B, will allow for the Hardin County Fair week off, but will end the semester after the holiday break, similar to this year’s current calendar. School will be set to begin the same day, but will be let out one day later on the 22nd of May. Penczarski said that the staff members are currently voting on the two calendar options now with the majority of the results leaning toward the B calendar. The result of that vote will be the staff’s recommendation to the board, who will then vote at the February meeting.
Penczarski explained the school frigid weather delay process. She said that the district considers a delay option when the wind chill is below zero. When the temperatures dip to the double digit figures below zero, the district entertains a cancellation. Penczarski then noted that any families with children in need of warm clothing should contact the school building office for assistance.
In personnel items, Beth Burgbacher, Patricia Davidson, Judy Donnal, Mel Donnal, JoAnn Erwin, Ronda Hottman, Sherry Pash, Pam Stollar, Siobhonne Ward were all approved as ticket takers for the new year.
Jaime Crippin was approved as a volunteer.
Katie Brim and Sarah Manns were approved as Club ROAR tutors.
The following employee supplemental contracts were approved: Sharon Martin, Dual Enrollment, Matt Dudek, High School Head Baseball coach, Bo Hoppe, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Colby Rush, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Bo Hoppe, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Colby Rush, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Bill Lawrence, High School Head Softball coach, Rick Hudgel, High School Assistant Softball coach, Chuck Downing, High School Head Track coach, Nancy Baum, High School Assistant Track coach, Jared Manns, Middle School Assistant Track coach, Kevin Kapanka, Middle School Assistant Track coach, Rick Collins, High School Boys Tennis coach.
Trevor Beazley, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Trevor Beazley, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Dave Stuck, High School Assistant Track coach, Meg Manns, Middle School Head Track coach, were awarded non-employee supplemental contracts.
The board approved an agreement with the Hardin County Emergency Management Agency that allowed for the use of school busses in the event of an emergency and the mileage reimbursement of 54.5 cents.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on February 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
A second blaze occurred in Forest on Saturday night.
According to Wyandot County News, the blaze erupted in a house on Township Highway 82 in Rural Forest. The family that occupied the house is now residing in a temporary shelter provided by the American Red Cross.
No other details are available at this time.
A fire occured in Kenton on Saturday night that was listed as a total loss.
According to a report from the Kenton Fire Department, the fire occurred in the 200 block of Letson Street in Kenton. The home was reported to be vacant went up in flames, and is listed as a total loss.
Assisting the Kenton Fire Department were the Belle Center Fire Department, Mt. Victory Fire Department and the Ridgeway Fire Department. The fire is still under investigation by the Kenton Fire Department. No injuries were reported.
The Kenton Police Department responded to two crashes that were winter weather related.
The first occurred around 3:15 pm on Friday. A vehicle owned by Mya Campbell of Marion was parked and unoccupied along the 100 block of North Detroit Street. A semi truck being operated by Jessie McDaniel of Uniopolis ws traveling Southbound on Detroit and lost control of his vehicle as braked for the approaching intersection. The trailer attached to the semi struck the rear of Campbell’s vehicle and drug it around 15 feet. McDaniel was cited for failure to yield.
Functional damage occurred to Campbell’s Vehicle.
The second crash occurred just a short time later around 4:00 pm.
Jennifer McGinnis of Ironton, Ohio was traveling South on North Detroit street in the city and was stopped for a red light. A vehicle being operated by Samuel Harris of Holgate, Ohio was traveling in the same direction and failed to come to a stop before striking the rear of McGinnis’s vehicle. Harris was cited for following too close.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is hosting the 2nd Annual "Student Job & Career Fair."
The Alliance is seeking local and regional businesses to participate.
If your company is looking to hire part-time or full-time positions, summer jobs or internships, this will be a great opportunity to meet with nearly 500+ graduating high school seniors and juniors.
Schools participating include Ada, Hardin Northern, Kenton, Ridgemont, Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kenton High School gymnasium. Businesses can setup between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be provided.
There is no cost to participate.
The monthly meeting of the Hardin County Democratic Party will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
The meeting location will be Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton, Ohio.
Attendees are encouraged to come early at 6:00 PM to order dinner from the menu.
Items on the agenda will include reports on the ODCCA Winter meeting, the MLK Day Activities and updates from the Community Outreach and Involvement workgroup.
A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Kenton is scheduled for Monday January 15.
According to a release, the day will begin at 10:30 Monday morning at St. John's Church, 211 East Carrol Street.
The community program will feature representatives from various political, religious and ethnic organizations who will discuss Dr. King's motivation to empower the people and make their voices heard. The program will conclude with a unity march that will begin and end at the church. That will be followed by a free meal which will allow participants to reflect on the day and discuss how to keep the movement going.
The celebration is being put together by the pastor and members of the Payne Chapel AME Church, community activists and clergy from the Kenton area.
One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Jonathan N. Rhoads was sentenced to a total of 34 months in prison on one count each of escape and failure to notify of a change of address.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
There were no injuries reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Thomas S. Cooper, of Perrysburg, was driving north on South Detroit Street and failed to stop for a red light at Ohio Street. His vehicle collided with an eastbound car being operated by Ruth Richards, of Findlay.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Cooper was cited for a red light violation.
Thirty-six individuals were recently recognized at the 93rd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs.
Among those honored was Ray Davis for his service to the Hardin County Fair.
In our region, Harold Stoner was recognized in Allen County as was Candy Tripp in Marion County.
The Ridgemont School Board of Education held a reorganizational meeting Thursday evening.
Eric Hill was elected president and Corey Ledley vice president for 2018. Ledley and Paige Wallace were sworn in as newly elected board members.
The meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month with the exception of November and December due to the holidays. November's meeting is scheduled for the 15th and December on the 13th.
All meetings will start at 5 in the school's conference room.
Work got started this week that took crews to the very top of the Hardin County Courthouse
Brian Brothers is doing the work on the third floor plaster repair.
All offices in the courthouse were informed of the work.
The pictures are courtesy of Richard Lawson, Maintenance Supervisor at the courthouse.
A Kenton man is facing charges following a domestic disturbance on Wednesday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to a residence at Westview Manor to investigate a report that a man became violent and threatening to his live-in girlfriend. Another resident is said to have physically subdued the man in order to protect the woman.
59 year old James Collins Jr. was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.
A report of possible tampering with records incident is being investigated by Kenton police.
According to the report, officers received information from the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office about the incident.
The records in question were documents from Recovery Court.
A 22 year old Kenton woman was listed as the suspect but has not yet been charged with the felony offense.
A 15 year old Kenton boy is facing charges following a disturbance at Life Works on Decatur Street in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the school on a report that threats were being made by the suspect.
The juvenile is facing a charge of menacing.
A burglary was reported to Kenton police on Wednesday.
According to the report, a resident in the 300 block of Hayes Avenue reported the theft of two guns and a lock box.
No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – In conjunction with School Board Recognition Month, the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education recognized board members’ years of service during the board meeting Wednesday evening.
Alyssa Dunham (Urbana) and Corey Ledley (Ridgemont) were recognized for one year of service. Doug Chivington (Marysville) and Mike Ludlow (Graham) were recognized for two years of service. Matt McConnell (Triad) was recognized for six years of service to the board. David Campbell (Midwest Regional Educational Service Center) and Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg) were recognized for seven years of service. Tom Brookhart (Waynesfield-Goshen), Chuck Buck (West Liberty-Salem), and Brian Wright (Riverside) were recognized for eight years of service. Larry Mouser (Midwest Regional Educational Service Center) was recognized for 12 years of service. Russ Blue (Kenton), Kim Boswell (Indian Lake), Jeff Burroughs (Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Center), and Anne Reames (Bellefontaine) were recognized for 14 years of service to the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education.
“We appreciate the service and dedication our board members show to Ohio Hi-Point and our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “We look forward to the future of education as we continue to provide our students a 21st century education for the modern-day workforce.”
An organizational meeting was held before the regularly scheduled board meeting. Anne Reames (Bellefontaine) and Matt McConnell (Triad) were unanimously voted Board President and Vice President, respectively. Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg) was unanimously voted as Legislative Liaison. John Stanford (Benjamin Logan) was inducted as a new board member.
During the Board meeting, Carter Aten (Multimedia Marketing), Victor Kep (Allied Health & Nursing), and Jimmy Stickley (Graham Satellite Agriculture) shared what students are doing for hurricane relief efforts in Texas.
Jimmy Stickley and the Graham Ohio Hi-Point Satellite FFA chapter went to Refugio, Texas in November to assist in the Hurricane Relief efforts. Students assisted in cleaning up the Refugio Fairgrounds, including weeding, hauling sheet metal and debris, and replacing roofs on buildings.
The Ohio Hi-Point campus in Bellefontaine adopted Ingleside High School in Ingleside, TX. As requested, students are collecting composition books for the Ingleside’s standard testing materials. In addition, students are writing encouraging notes in the books for students and staff.
Jenna Alspaugh, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Mechanicsburg High School, and Stephen Dunham, an Outdoor Careers senior from Graham High School, were recognized as the January Students of the Month.
Laura Stackhouse, Special Education, Data, & Assessment Supervisor, was recognized as the January Staff Member of the Month.
In other board action:
.Heard the Legislative Report from Paul McMahill
.Approved the action items recommended by the Treasurer including the December 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
.Authorized the Treasurer to renew membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for 2018
.Approved employment of Vivian Brewer (Mt. Victory, OH) as a substitute cook
.Approved the textbook adoptions as presented
.Approved the internship agreements with IEG Plastics (Bellefontaine, OH) and Veritas Tavern (Columbus, OH)
.Approved the out-of-state professional development of Tanner Schoen (Indian Lake Agriculture Education instructor) to attend CASE Training in Manhattan, KS in June
.Approved the out-of-state study trips of Cole Carpenter (Outdoor Career instructor) to accompany six students competing at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Graham, NC in March; and Justin Lacher (Multimedia Marketing instructor) to accompany four students competing at the National BPA Leadership Conference and Competition in Dallas, TX in May
.Approved the contract with Madison-Champaign Education Service Center to provide certified physical education instruction for students unable to receive such instruction at their home school due to scheduling conflicts
The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. Roger Moore (Upper Scioto Valley) will be inducted as new board member at that meeting.
Ridgemont Local School will be presenting a program on how to Bully-proof our children, school and community.
The session will cover how to teach a child to respond to verbal, physical and social bullying as well as group manipulation.
They will also learn what to do and what never to do if their child comes to them and reports that they are being targeted.
The program is scheduled for Thursday January 18 from 6 until 8:30pm at the Ridgemont School in Mt. Victory.
More information can be found on the school's Facebook page.
The reorganizational meeting was held recently by the Hardin County Commissioners.
Roger Crowe was selected has the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 2018, and Randy Rogers was named Vice-President.
At the regular meeting, Jon Cross and Jacqueline Fitzgerald gave an update from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.
It was noted that two new restaurants have received permits to move ahead with construction around the square. One should be ready to open late this winter. The commissioners were also informed that Kudos Studios is moving to the east side of the square from their current location on the north side.
It was also noted that Graphic Packaging International has completed its buy of International Paper.
A Kenton man was issued a summons for possession of drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers stopped a car in the 200 block of West Columbus Street for a traffic violation.
During a search, a plastic baggy containing a small amount of marijuana was found on the front passenger side door.
24 year old Brandon Thomas, a passenger in the car, allegedly smelled strongly of marijuana when he stepped from the vehicle.
The drug in the baggy tested positive for marijuana and the summons on the misdemeanor charge was issued.
No information is available at this time on a crash that occurred around 6:15 Tuesday evening.
According to information on the Hardin County Sheriff's Office media report, the crash occurred in the 12,000 block of State Route 67.
It was listed as an accident with injuries, but the report is not available at this time.
OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is holding a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Wednesday, January 10 at 5 p.m. in the McCullough Conference Room.
The support group will have a focus on eye disorders related to diabetes and an overview of how improving our health will improve diabetes and those conditions related to the disease.
The presentation will be provided by Dr. Todd Oates, of Kenton Family Eye Care.
Any questions or concerns you may have regarding your medications will be answered during the meeting.
When winter weather hits, it's great to see snowplows out clearing the roads of snow and ice.
The Bellefontaine Police Department shared information reminding motorists to drive safe around the vehicles.
They say you should give snowplows room to work, keeping in mind they are wide and can cross the centerline.
The trucks travel below the posted speed limit, so be patient and take it slow on the snow and ice. If you must pass, take extreme caution and be aware of the snow cloud.
Finally, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.
The Ada Senior Citizens meeting for Wednesday, January 10 has been cancelled.
Cloe Cole, the president of the group, cited unpredictable weather and illnesses for making the decision to cancel.
The first meeting of 2018 will now be held Wednesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ada Community Health Professionals on South Main Street. The business meeting will be followed by card games and fellowship.
Citizens age 55 and over who reside in the Ada area are invited to come and join the group for a $10 annual membership fee and participate in the twice-monthly meetings and activities.
The Kenton City Council met in Council Chambers at 7 o’clock for their first meeting of 2018.
The meeting began with the swearing in of the City Council members and City officials. Two new City Council members were sworn in along with the new Kenton Treasurer. Filling the vacant seat for the First Ward on City Council is John McEntee. Filling the vacant seat for the Fourth Ward City Council is Tim Leffler. And, the new Kenton City Treasurer is Terri Downey.
The Kenton Police Department Chief, Dennis Musser presented to the council, members of the Police Department who were receiving personal award commendations. Sergeant Ed McNamara, Officer Jen Brand, Officer Dan Foulk and, Dispatcher Karen Harp were all award commendations for their service with the Kenton Police Department.
In Old Business, an ordinance allowing Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative to provide business in the city of Kenton was read before the council for its third reading. Council Member Dave Beazley moved to have the council lay the motion aside before voting. He explained that with the addition of the two newest members of the council, laying the motion aside would provide the new members ample time to understand past discussion of the ordinance.
Two dates were brought to the attention of the Council by Council Member Pegg Wren. Those dates were June 22nd and April the 28th. June the 22nd will be the date for the Eats on the Streets that is held in the Downtown Historic Courthouse District in Kenton. April the 28th is expected to be the date of the “Spring Clean Up” in Kenton.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on January the 22nd at 7 o’clock in Council Chambers.
A Lima man has been arrested in connection to the robbery of the 302 Carry Out in Ada last week.
According to a release from Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, 42 year old Clark E. Sturgeon is facing a 3rd degree felony count of robbery. He allegedly robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money. Sturgeon is currently being housed in the Miami County Jail, Troy, Ohio on unrelated charges.
The Ada Police Department thanked the public for their assistance in resolving the crime.
Two vehicles were damaged in a weekend crash in Kenton over the weekend.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by 24 year old Justin Williams, of Delphos, was stopped for traffic while driving north on Main Street. His vehicle was struck from behind by a car being operated by 31 year old Anthony Fuqua, of Kenton.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Fuqua was cited for following too close.
Christmas tree pickup in the City of Kenton is an ongoing process.
Those disposing of live trees can take them to the curbside and city crews will eventually pick them up.
If a resident would like them picked up right away, they can call Safety Service Director Jim Hites' office in the city building and he will send a crew out.
The city building phone number is 419-674-4850.
A person was reportedly assaulted on Sunday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of East Carroll Street to investigate the incident.
A suspect, identified as Hector Santiz, of Kenton, was issued a summons for assault.
Findlay – Motorists are encouraged to use caution when driving around commercial vehicles. Large trucks and buses have operating limitations such as blind spots, longer stopping distances, and limited maneuverability that make it essential for other vehicles to focus on safety.
The no-zone areas are located directly behind, in front and on either side of the vehicle. Those areas are more prone to crashes because the commercial driver cannot see the motorist. From 2014 through 2016, there were 72,632 crashes on Ohio’s roadways involving at least one commercial vehicle.
“Crashes occurring in the no-zone are can be avoided by sharing the road with commercial vehicles,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post. “Remember, if you cannot see the commercial vehicle driver in their side view mirror, assume they cannot see you.”
To enhance safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol commercial motor vehicle inspectors conducted 216,041 vehicle inspections in the last two years. These inspections led to the discovery of 262,883 safety violations.
Safety inspections follow a thorough process to ensure both the truck and the driver meet state and federal regulations. Vehicles and drivers that fail to meet these regulations may be placed out of service and cannot continue operation until regulation standards are met.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2018) — This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.
Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. In Ohio, the Red Cross has seen a shortfall of more than 2,600 blood donations.
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Rodney Wilson of the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now:
Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.
How to help:
Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.
Who blood donations help:
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family. Hrouda was 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began bleeding. An emergency cesarean section was performed, but Hrouda hemorrhaged during surgery. She received 14 units of blood and seven units of plasma before she and her newborn son, Rusher, were flown to a nearby hospital. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count.
“My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors,” said Hrouda. “It is safe to say that without their time and donations, Rusher and I would not be here today. Because of donors, I get to watch my kids grow up and become the adults they dream of being.”
The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 8-31:
1/15/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.
1/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, 525 S Main, McIntosh Center
1/8/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street
1/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175
1/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Union Station, 613 Hamilton Street
1/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N
1/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benjamin Logan High School, 6609 St. Rt. 47 East
1/13/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, LaRue United Methodist Chruch, 166 North High St
1/8/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Marion Public Library, 445 E Church Street
1/11/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584, 142 Olney Ave.
1/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Church Homes Inc., 170 E Center Street
1/17/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., First UMC, 207 South Court Street
1/19/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St
1/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St
1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 18 South Fulton Street
Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery will host “Unconfirmed” by John Dickinson, a 2D and 3D mix artist.
The exhibit, which opens January 10, is free and open to the public through January 26. Gallery hours in the Sauder Visual Arts Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
A reception for the artist will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 21.
A convenience store in Logan County was robbed early Friday morning.
WPKO Radio reported that Logan County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the Quincy Handy Mart gas station.
The front door glass was broken to gain entry into the building. No one was found inside.
Several packs of cigarettes, lighters and possibly flavored cigars were missing.
The incident is under investigation.
Law enforcement agencies are warning residents not to forget their outdoor pets during the dangerously cold weather.
Make sure that outdoor pets are kept inside if possible or provide them with proper shelter to stop the wind.
Check on them frequently and make sure their food and water has not frozen or become buried in snow.
The issue was highlighted with the recent discovery of dogs living in cold and filthy conditions in Wyandot County.
One dog was found dead, and the other 23 were rescued by the Wyandot County Humane Society.
The owner is facing charges.
Law enforcement officials from Ohio visited the Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso, Texas Intelligence Center or EPIC last month.
The facility is on the grounds of Fort Bliss.
EPIC coordinates the collection, analysis and dissemination of drug-related intelligence with federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement organizations. The DEA intelligence program helps law enforcement initiate investigations of drug organizations, strengthens ongoing ones and develops information that leads to seizures and arrests.
EPIC also provides many services to law enforcement agencies including analytical support, investigatory support and training. These shared services are tailored to an agencies needs and frees up local resources to be used in other capacities.
Among those attending in our region were Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart and Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia.
Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Wyandot County.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 29 year old Charles Rayburn, of Ridgeway, failed to stop for a stop at County Highway 330 while travelling south on County Highway 108. His car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 55 year old Ronette Cheney, of Upper Sandusky. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
Rayburn and a passenger in his car, 28 year old Anthony Murphy, of Kenton, as well as Cheney were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Rayburn was cited for a stop sign violation.
The 2018 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 9 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.
Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am. Other sessions will be held on January 23, February 6 and 20.
On January 9, the program will feature Mike Bacon, Andrea Weaver, and Mike Yoder, auditors from Hardin, Union and Logan Counties respectively.
The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The 302 Carry Out in Ada was robbed this past Wednesday night.
According to a release from the Ada Police Department, an unknown white male wearing a dark blue hoodie and dark colored sweat pants robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money.
The subject, who did not brandish a gun, is described as approximately 5’10”, heavy build and brown facial hair.
Photos of the suspect are posted on the Facebook pages of the Ada Police Department and WKTN, and the public's assistance in identifying the suspect is being requested.
Information can be forwarded to the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010.
The Ada Police Department is being assisted by the Ohio BCII in processing evidence left behind by the subject.
A vacant house was destroyed by fire early this morning.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 1:12 this morning to the 200 block of Letson Street.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
They are also attempting to confirm the name of the owner.
There were no injuries, and the bitter cold weather did not pose any major problem for firefighters.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant early yesterday in the 12,000 block of County Road 195.
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s office, the search uncovered a large amount of crack cocaine, marijuana, and over $2,000 in cash.
One person was arrested on drug trafficking charges, another was arrested on an unrelated warrant. They are being held in Multi-County.
The task force was assisted by officers of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Kenton Police Department.
Two members of the Hardin Northern Hall of Distinction passed away in December.
According to the school's Facebook page, Tom McNutt passed away on December 13 at the age of 84. He was a graduate of Dunkirk High School in 1951 and was known as the NBC 4 gardening expert for many years.
This past Friday, Lawrence E. Stager, who graduated from Hardin Northern in 1961, died at the age of 74 from injuries he suffered from a fall. He was a preeminent American archaeologist who unearthed evidence that ancient Israelites sinned by worshiping a “golden calf,” just as the Bible said.
The Hall of Distinction is designed to recognize graduates of Dola, Dunkirk, and Hardin Northern that have gone on to make significant contributions in their chosen field and communities.
ONU's HealthWise Mobile Unit will be in Forest Thursday January 4, 2018 from 9am-11am in VFW parking lot.
According to the village's Facebook page, it is a great opportunity to start the New Year off on the right foot.
The clinic offers free health screenings, immunizations and medication consultations.
The services are provided by the Pharmacy Department at Ohio Northern University.
Emergency crews were dispatched to a crash Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of County Road 180 and U.S. 68.
One vehicle ended up off the north side of the road where it struck a utility pole. A news tip indicated a second vehicle was involved, but it's unclear how at this time.
The crash remains under investigation, and more information is expected to be released later today.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by BKP and the Kenton Fire Department.
The week 5 Club 250 winner was announced by Hardin County Soroptimist International.
According to a release, Sandi Messmer will receive $100.
Club 250 is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for local women and girls.
A rural Kenton man was assaulted on New Year's Day.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Hardin Memorial Hospital to investigate the complaint.
No suspects were listed on the report, and the felonious assault remains under investigation.
Slippery roads led to on minor crash in Kenton on New Year's Day.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Tiffany Ashbrook was driving west on Lick Street and attempted to turn onto Madison Avenue. The car slid on the snow and ice and struck a stop sign.
No citations were issued.
A domestic disturbance was reported Monday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Ohio Street to investigate.
A 28 year old Kenton man is facing a charge of domestic violence.
A theft was reported to Kenton Police on Monday.
According to the report, several items were stolen from a residence in the 500 block of North Main Street.
Two suspects were listed, but so far no charges have been filed.
A Kenton man was taken into custody following a brief standoff on New Year’s Day.
According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, officers were called to the 200 block of South Wayne Street where a man allegedly fired a gun while his girlfriend was inside the house.
Police were able to talk to the man over the phone and after about an hour, the suspect, identified as 57 year old David Wright, came out of the house unarmed and was taken into custody. There were no injuries.
Wright is facing a charge of aggravated menacing.
As New Year’s Eve approaches, AAA encourages partygoers to make safety a top priority by doing their part to prevent drunk driving.
Alcohol contributed to more than 12,200 crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety crash statistics. More alcohol-related crashes happened in December than during any other month, with 1,113 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 607 injuries and 20 deaths, during that month alone.
New Year’s celebrations contributed to those numbers with 47 alcohol-related crashes on Dec. 31, 2016 and 82 alcohol-related crashes on Jan. 1, 2017.
AAA encourages hosts and partygoers to celebrate responsibly and prevent drunk driving by planning ahead. Choose a designated driver or plan to call a cab if you plan to consume alcohol.
Remember that law enforcement will increase patrols in an effort to keep roadways safe.
OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is proud to announce their recent donation of $15,000 to the Southeast Hardin – Northwest Union Joint Firefighters made possible by the OhioHealth Foundation Wellness Programs and Services Fund.
The fund is available to OhioHealth system hospitals to support educational and community-based programs to prevent disease and injury, improve health and enhance the quality of life.
The donation has enabled the department to reach their fundraising goal of $40,000 to purchase equipment, a Lucas 3 (automated chest compression device) and a LifePak 15 which will allow them to cover basic and advanced life support emergency medical services.
“I am humbled by the support of all the businesses and organizations that have made the purchase of these life-saving purchases possible for the entire community,” said EMS Chief Travis Bahan. “Thanks to everyone who helped us purchase these tool that will help make our community even safer.”
The LifePak 15 is a cardiac monitor that has a 12-lead EKG (heart monitor), end tidal CO2, and a wireless modem which allows vital information to be transmitted directly to the hospital from the site of the emergency.
“Receiving vital information before the patient arrives to the emergency department enables the physician and staff to start a plan of treatment which saves valuable time and can be potentially life-saving,” said OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director, Andrew Hughes, MD.
Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:
.David A. Sayre was sentenced to a total of nine years and nine months in prison on one count each of aggravated burglary and abduction and two counts of felonious assault.
.Bradey C. Crisp was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of failure to provide address verification.
.Robert R. Jones was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of importuning. He was classified as a Tier I Sex Offender.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
An identity theft was reported to Kenton Police on Thursday.
According to the report, a woman in the 600 block of South Detroit Street told officers that she received a notice in the mail of an overdue cable bill from a debt collection agency. When she contacted the agency, she was told that her name and social security number was used in Chicago, Illinois for cable service. She was given an address in Chicago where the cable was connected.
No other information is available at this time.
The Hardin County Board of Elections will hold a regular meeting next week.
According to a release, the meeting will be held Thursday January 4 at 9am at their office in the Hardin County Courthouse.
The meeting was originally scheduled for January 11, but there will no meeting on that date.
The Ridgemont School District has t-shirts, long sleeved shirts and sweatshirts for sale.
The shirts represent the Gold Zone.
The clothing is on sale until this Sunday December 31. All sales take place online with no paperwork.
A link to place an order can be found on the Ridgemont Local School's Facebook page.
Hardin County Soroptimist International has announced the date of their next meeting.
According to a release, the group will meet at Henry’s Restaurant on Thursday January 4 at 6 pm.
They ask that you RSVP to hostesses Bev Bahr, Heather Blue, and Wanda Clinger.
Guests are welcome but a complete count for attendance is needed.
A Mt. Victory man is facing drug related charges following a report of an overdose at a house in Kenton Wednesday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were flagged down by a BKP squad member in front of a house in the 400 block of West Franklin Street. A 21 year man inside the house was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of a drug overdose.
Several drug paraphernalia items were found in the house, and the suspect is facing a charge of possessing drug abuse instruments.
A Kenton man was taken into custody Wednesday on two warrants.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Timothy Caudill arrived at the Hardin County Municipal Court for an appointment with his probation officer and was arrested on warrants out of Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court.
Caudill was transported to the Mult--County Jail in Marion.
An employee of WalMart reported a shoplifting to police on Wednesday.
According to the report, a woman went through the self checkout lane and scanned only four items. Store surveillance film however allegedly show the woman had numerous other items in the cart, including a space heater, that she didn't scan.
The police day lop shows that 31 year old Jayme Laubis, of Kenton, was charged with theft.
A report that was critical of Liberty Township officials was released by the State Auditor's Office.
The Findlay Courier reported that officials failed to detect two years worth of suspicious monthly credit card charges.
The township was hit with two charges of $14.95 every month during 2014 and all but one month in 2015 two separate accounts, while another charge of $16.95 appeared every month from "EASY SAVER”.
Township officials, according to the auditor's report, were issued a finding for recovery totaling $1,092 because they had approved these charges.
A Kenton resident was cited following a two vehicle crash in Logan County earlier this week.
WPKO Radio reported that 19 year old Garrett Smith lost control of his vehicle on the snow and ice while driving south on U.S. 68 in Logan County. His vehicle ended up sliding sideways into the northbound lane where it struck a car being driven by 37 year old Melissa Vollmar, of Bowling Green.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, but there were no injuries.
Smith was cited for failure to control.
A crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on the west side of Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 52 year old Elizabeth Tackett, of Alger, attempted to turn left from Lima Street onto Ewing Street, and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 20 year old Samantha Williams, of Kenton.
Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Williams was treated at the scene by BKP ambulance personnel.
Tacket was cited for a right of way violation.