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One Person Injured in Wednesday Night Crash


One person was injured in a crash that occurred just before 9:30 Wednesday night on Township Road 67 near Alger.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car driven by Micah Miller ended up off the road and came to rest in a field.


A passenger in the car, Toni Burton, was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Alger EMS.


Miller was not injured. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



United Way Presents Check to S.O.U.P. Kitchen


The United Way of Hardin County presented a check this week to the S.O.U.P. Kitchen.


United Way President Merleen Barnes gave a check in the amount of $2500 to the organization.



United Way President Merleen Barnes (front, first from left) presents a $2,500 check to S.O.U.P. Kitchen Chief cook Dorothy Hogue (front, second from left) on Monday morning. 


The funds were awarded as a venture grant from the United Way's Special Needs Fund. 


Also pictured are (from left, seated) S.O.U.P. President Rosemary Fitzgerald, S.O.U.P. Treasurer Mary Lou Healy; (standing) S.O.U.P. board members Dale Amweg, Marilyn Amweg, Dee Biederman, Mary Rayl and Sharon Sams.





Tickets On Sale for Riverdale Cabaret


Tickets for the Riverdale Schools Cabaret 2018 are on sale now.


Presale tickets for dinner and the show are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Dinner tickets must be purchased by April 20.


Presale tickets for the show only is $8 for adults and $6 for students.


Tickets can be purchased through the elementary school office, through a student or a vocal music booster officer.


The theme this year is Songs of the Season.


The show is scheduled for 7pm Friday April 27 at the new school cafeteria.



Kindergarten Readiness Night Set at Ridgemont


The Ridgemont Elementary school is hosting a kindergarten readiness night.


The free event is scheduled for Tuesday April 24 starting at 5:30pm in the kindergarten classroom.


Families and their children who will be entering kindergarten in the 2018/19 school year throughout Hardin County are invited.


Those attending will learn ways to prepare their child for kindergarten.



Minor Crash Reported on Jacob Parrot Blvd.


A crash occurred just after noon on Tuesday on Jacob Parrot Boulevard in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 71 year old Joanna MaGann drove onto Jacob Parrot from a parking lot, and her ca struck the side of a northbound vehicle being operated by 21 year old Dylan Castle.


Light damage occurred to the vehicles, and Magann was cited for failure to yield when entering a roadway.



Bank Offering Free Document Shredding


Liberty National Bank will give people a chance to shred documents for free.


During the week of April 30 through May 5, people can drop off unwanted paperwork.


Locked containers will be available that will allow you to get the documents destroyed safely and securely, which is a great way to fight identity theft.


You should limit what you have shredded to five boxes no larger than 20 inches wide by 10 inches high.



Teenager Accused of Making Threats to High School


A teenager is facing charges after an incident at the Kenton High school.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the high school Monday afternoon to investigate a report a teenager may have made threats to the school.


Chief Dennis Musser said detectives located the student and spoke to him and his family and determined that no serious threats were made.


The Chief said the student made comments in the presence of other students and referenced the video game "Call of Duty."


The 17 year old student made the comments in a joking manner and did not have access to any weapons. He has temporarily been suspended and is facing possible charges of inducing panic.


Chief Musser cautions other students to be careful what they say. He said all threats whether on the grounds of the school or through social media that even vaguely mentions a school are taken seriously and will be investigated.


The Chief added that an officer was at the school this morning to provide a presence and help calm any concerns.



Kenton School Board Conducts April Meeting


The meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education was held last night.


The school board decided to expand the program Leader in Me after seeing it was a huge success in the elementary. The program will now be extended to the middle school in the months to come.


The school board also approved a budget for a Kenton city Resource officer.


The biggest item on the agenda was the new drug testing policy.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski reminded the board that only students in grades 9-12 who participate in extracurriculars and have a parking pass will be tested.


Board member Mark Watkins commented that he believed the policy committee did a fantastic job but raised concerns on the effectiveness of drug testing and asked if other schools had been contacted about their drug testing programs.


Penczarski said that along with this policy other preventive measures must be put in place to help all students but with this other schools had reported positive results and were happy with their policies.


Board member Doug Carmean reminded the other members that even if one child a year is helped then the drug testing is worth it and that it's more than testing, its an educational piece and a deterrent.


To end the meeting the drug testing policy was passed unanimously.


For more information of the new drug testing policy you can find it at the bottom of the kenton city schools website.



Kenton Woman Receiving Threatening Text Messages


A Kenton woman reported that she has been receiving threatening text messages from her ex-boyfriend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the woman called police Monday to file the complaint.


The suspect is a resident of Lima and has not yet been charged.


The incident is under investigation.



Driver Cited Following Crash on North Detroit Street


A driver was cited following a crash late Monday morning in the 200 block of North Detroit Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Deborah Barnett, of Kenton, was was southbound on Detroit and attempted to merge into another lane after realizing she was in the left turn only lane.


He car sideswiped a southbound semi being operated by Jeffrey Sluys, of Canada.


Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, and Barnett was cited for failing to pay full time attention.



Royalty Candidates Sought for Tree Town Festival


Royalty contestants for the Tree Town Festival in Forest are being sought.


King and Queen candidates should be a sophomore, junior or senior, and prince and princess candidate should be in 4th, 5th or 6th grade at Riverdale. Candidates can also be a student with a Forest address.


The Festival Baby candidates must be under the age of 3 by July 1. They or their grandparents must have a Forest address.


The winning candidates in each category must sell at least 150 tickets.


The deadline to register is June 15. The festival will run July 6, 7 and 8 at Gormley Park in Forest.


More information can be found on the Tree Town Festival Facebook page.



Kenton Woman Reports Identity Theft Incident


An identity fraud was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


According to the report, a Kenton woman told officers that someone opened a Verizon account in her name in the amount of just over $3400.


No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.



Criminal Mischief Being Investigated


A Kenton man reported a criminal mischief incident to police over the weekend.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, someone set fire to three ornamental grass plants on his property.


The incident is under investigation.



Kenton Woman Reports Identity Theft Incident


An identity fraud was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


According to the report, a Kenton woman told officers that someone opened a Verizon account in her name in the amount of just over $3400.


No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.



Kenton Man Reportedly Assaulted


A possible assault was reported over the weekend in Kenton.


The Kenton Police Department reported listed the victim as a 25 year old Alger man, who received apparent minor injuries.


The incident allegedly occurred at an apartment complex in Kenton.


No suspects were listed.



Kenton School Board Meets Tonight


The April meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will held this evening.


Several items are on the agenda, including end of school year personnel matters.


The meeting starts at 7 this evening in the Administrative Office Building on Caroll Street in Kenton



Belle Center Man Killed in Crash


A Belle Center man was recently killed in a one vehicle crash according to the Logan County Sheriff’s office.


According to the Logan County Sheriff’s office report, Matthew Driscol of Belle Center was heading northbound on County Road 39 when he lost control of his vehicle. Driscol was pronounced dead at Mary Rutan Hospital on Friday.


The crash is still under investigation.



Trains and Regulations Among Topics of Legislative Breakfast


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held a legislative breakfast Friday morning at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.


One of the topics was the increased train traffic, in particular, stopped trains, at the crossing through Mt. Victory.


A representative from the railroad apologized for the inconvenience, and assured the mayor of the village that they are working on alternatives that hopefully will alleviate the problem soon.


Not mincing words, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart told the representative to get it fixed. He said it is a public safety concern and said the railroad should not wait until someone gets hurt.


State Representative Rob McColley, who was appointed in December to fill the seat vacated by Cliff Hite, said he is working on legislation designed to reduce regulation. He said Ohio is one of the most regulated states in the country according to a recent survey.


Comments were also presented by Hardin County Commissioner candidates Bob Carder and Tim Striker.


Current Commissioner Roger Crowe announced that a new administrator, Elaine Royen, from Wood County, has been hired at the Hardin Hills Health Center.



Car Strikes Utility Pole on SR 53


A Forest man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched around 3:30 to the crash in the 7000 block of State Route 53.


A vehicle driven by Bryan Bayes ended up off the road and struck a utility pole.


Crews from American Electric Power were called to the scene to remove fallen power lines across the road.


Also assisting at the scene were the Kenton Fire Department and BKP medical personnel.


The crash remains under investigation, and so far citations have been issued.



One Person Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


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


Walter L. Johnson Jr. was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and attempted tampering with evidence.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Sleep Disorders Treated at HMH Sleep Lab


The Sleep Lab at OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is ready to help treat people with several sleep disorders.


Site Manager of Pulmonary Services, Lynn Long, said it's important for people to seek treatment.


She said it goes beyond snoring in that a person could be dealing with a life threatening condition.


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



March Investment Report Presented


The March investment report was presented to the Hardin County Commissioners at a recent meeting.


Treasurer Denise Althauser said total interest for the month of March was $36,580.


The total so far in 2018 is at $98,250.


Althauser noted that total interest at this point in 2017 was $66,530.



HN Announces New Hall of Distinction Recipients


The Hardin Northern School District has announced the recipients for the 2018 Hall of Distinction.


.Bethany Elwood is a 1966 graduate of Hardin Northern.


She is well known as a successful volleyball coach at the school.


Her teams won 15 Conference championships, 8 District championships, a State Runner-Up title in 1984, and she finished her career with 403 wins and only 75 losses.


.Edward D. McCann was a member of the Class of 1951.


He was a Captain in the United States Air Force and was killed in action in Vietnam in 1966.


He was one of the first pilots to be chosen to fly the new Phantom F-4 fighter plane, which was a great honor at the time.


Captain McCann gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, leaving behind a wife and four children.


Both will be inducted at a ceremony this May.



Hardin County Focus of Strict Enforcement Campaign


The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be partnering with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injury traffic crashes that have been occurring on Hardin County Roadways.  


According to a release, beginning on April 15, deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Findlay Post will be conducting a one month strict enforcement effort that will focus on crash causing violations such as following too close, lane violations, and failure to yield violations.


This year alone, there have been four fatal traffic crashes with five people killed. In addition there were six fatal traffic crashes in which six individuals lost their lives in 2017.


The goal is to reduce the number of people that are injured or killed as a result of making poor choices while driving.


They will be aided in their efforts by officers from the Kenton and Ada Police Departments.   



Items Stolen from Home in Kenton


Several items were stolen from a residence in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a theft complaint from a resident on North Main Street on Wednesday.


Several electronic items, including a television and gaming equipment, were stolen by a named suspect.


So far no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.



Woman Facing Criminal Trespassing Charges


A Kenton woman is facing charges after an incident at Walmart on Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a store employee reported seeing 30 year old Mindy Keim inside the store. A check of their records showed that Keim was banned from the store due to an earlier shoplifting incident.


Keim was charged with two counts of criminal trespassing and one count each of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.



Yearbook Orders Being Taken at Hardin Northern


The Hardin Northern Schools 2018 yearbooks are currently on sale.


High school yearbooks are $50.00, and elementary memory books are $15.00.


The high school book includes portraits of students in preschool through the senior class with an emphasis on high school and junior high activities, sports, and clubs.


The elementary book includes portraits of students in preschool through 6th grade with a limited amount of elementary activity photos.


Orders are due by May 4.


Some extras will be ordered and sold when they are delivered, but these will go quickly.


All books will be delivered to the school in mid-September of next school year.



4th of July Committee Conducts Meeting


The 4th of July Committee met this past Monday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.


14 members were present.  


It was noted that 2nd letters requesting contributions to the fireworks have been sent.  


The fair board is requesting $25 for a 110 electric hookup or $50 for a 220 electric hookup for vendors on the 4th.  

The day will include the 4th of July Parade starting the day off at 4pm. Christian bands will perform in the grandstand from 4:30pm until 9pm.  Pomona Grange will have pork chop and BBQ chicken dinners in the community building starting at 5pm until they run out.


The fireworks display will begin at 10pm.  A rain date has been set for Thursday, July 5th at 10pm if needed.  



Two Arrested Following Home Invasion in Kenton


Two Findlay residents were arrested following a home invasion early Tuesday morning.


According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of West Franklin Street to investigate a report of an attempted armed robbery.


The residents reported that an armed suspect entered their home and attempted to rob them. They reported that shots were fired, but no one was hit.


The suspects fled before officers arrived, but a car matching a description of the vehicle used in the incident was stopped on Silver Street.


A firearm was found in the car, and the two occupants, identified as Joshua P. Young and Stefanie Tate, were arrested.


Charges of attempted armed robbery are pending against both of them.



HCSO Investigating 2 Accidents with Injuries Since Tuesday


Two accidents with injuries were reported to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office since Tuesday morning.


One crash occurred at the intersection of State Route 292 and County Road 200 near Ridgeway just before 11:30 Tuesday morning.


Unconfirmed reports say that the crash involved a semi and a car.


Another crash was reported just after two this morning at the intersection of County Road 65 and State Route 701 near Ada.


The reports are not available, and no other information is being released on the crashes at this time.



Alger Woman Arrested on Warrant


An Alger woman was arrested on a warrant this week.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a deputy went to the Multi-County Jail in Marion to take into custody 31 year old Jennifer E. Bailey on an outstanding warrant.


She was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.



Warrior Athletics North Holds Expo


Warrior Athletics North had their first annual expo this past Sunday April 8th 2018.


The group thanked everyone who donated and made time to come and support the kids.  


They will be holding stunt clinics April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 3rd for anyone interested in trying out for All Star cheer for the upcoming season.  


More information is located on their Facebook page; Warrior Athletics North: Tumbling & Cheer or you can contact Kelsie Camper Snook at 419-835-2723.



Cross Accuses Husband of Opponent with Tampering with Sign


Jon Cross responded Tuesday to allegations that have been made against him in a PAC sponsored ad currently airing.


The candidate for the 83rd Ohio House seat called the ad fake and dirty politics, and Cross also added that the Cheryl Buckland campaign has reached a new low.


Cross, with his wife Christina by his side, held a press conference Tuesday afternoon and revealed that Monday evening on his way from Findlay, he observed someone on a supporter's property tampering with one of his signs, "I had noticed the gentleman walking down the road, and I was able to identify him as my opponent's husband. He was touching and tampering with my campaign sign. He looked up, he saw me, and he stopped this illicit activity."


The incident was reported to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and remains under investigation at this time.


On the topic of attack ad airing against him, Cross responded to the part that he was fired as a legislative aid while working at the State House in 2003 for falsifying time cards.


Cross said that if his memory serves him, he was unaware at the time what may have counted as work hours, "See when you're a legislative aide, at the time I don't believe you're allowed to work in the district or you're allowed to go to events in Ohio to represent a legislator. I think you're work only counted if you worked in the office, and so there might have been some events I was trying to go to that I thought was work related, and I believe was work related."


He went on to apologize for that incident and said he's ready to move on.



PVFF Holds Suicide Awareness Breakfast


The Hardin County Suicide Prevention Coalition held a suicide awareness breakfast this morning.


Donna Dickman, Director of the Partnership for Violence Free Families, or PVFF, said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. She said in Hardin County, 5 suicides occurred in 2017, which was up from the 3 in each of the years 2012 and 2013.


She said it's going to take everyone working together to start bringing down that number.


Dickman pointed out 4 ways that we can save lives.


One she said is to know the verbal and behavioral signs that someone is considering suicide.


Second, know where to get help. Many resources are available in Hardin County, including the We Care Center in Kenton. There is also a crisis help line that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is 1-800-567-HOPE.


Third is Let's Talk. Open communication is a key for parents, educators and others to get to know what's on the minds of young people.


Fourth is Mental Health First Aid Training. Staff members in schools, churches and businesses as well as residents are encouraged to take training classes to be prepared on what they can do to help someone suffering mental health issues.


PVFF is sponsoring a training course on May 8 at Mid Ohio Energy in Kenton. To register, email mhfa.care.



HCSO Investigating Scam


A Hardin County resident was contacted by two individuals claiming they had a warrant and the resident needed to pay a bond of $1000.


The resident told sheriff's deputies that the two males who called used the names Deputy Davis and Sergeant Carrol.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying that they will never call and advise you they have a warrant.


If you receive a call like this, you should hang up and contact the sheriff's office at 419-673-1268 to verify the validity.



State Senator Holds Introductory Meeting with Commissioners


State Senator Robert McColley held an introduction meeting recently with the Hardin County Commissioners.


McColley represents Hardin County in the State House, and discussed the wind development proposal. McColley said he does not feel it is right developers can take away land from the landowner without agreement or compensation. He added this affects District 1 more that any other district. Commissioner Brice Beaman believes the property line should be the sovereign line.


Senator McColley stated he is trying to get more local control in a reasonable decision making process.



Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County Hosting Job Fair


Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County is seeking local and regional businesses to participate in the upcoming Hardin County Job Fair and Hiring Expo.


The event is scheduled for Tuesday May 1 from 10am until 2pm.


This is for companies looking to fill full or part time positions, summer jobs or internships. There is no cost to participate, and an eight foot table and chairs will be provided.


For more information or to RSVP, call Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County at 419-674-2312.



Quick Meeting of Kenton City Council

The Kenton City Council met for a quick meeting last night in Council Chambers.


The Grove Cemetery in town is looking for a full time employee. Mechanical and Maintenance backgrounds are needed for the position. To enquire about the open position call 419-673-3148.


The Health Board is looking for two people to fulfill vacant seats. For question about the board or to apply, call (419) 674-4850.


The Duropatcher will arrive to Kenton in the next 7-10 days. A Duropatcher is machine used to fix potholes located on streets. Giving the city a more efficient way of handling the ever growing amounts of potholes within the city.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be April 23rd at seven o’clock in Council Chambers.



Counterfeit Money Used at Kenton Business


A counterfeit money transaction was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


According to the report, an employee of Marathon on North Detroit Street in Kenton said sometime before noon on Sunday, a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill was used at the business.


The incident is under investigation.



Breaking and Entering Reported on Glendale Street


A breaking and entering occurred at a residence in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a garage located on property in the 400 block of North Glendale Street was broken into sometime Saturday night into Sunday morning.


Various tools, lawn and garden equipment and household items were stolen.


A suspect was listed on the report, but has not yet been charged.



Voter Registration Deadline is Today


Today is the deadline to register to vote in the May 8 Primary Election.


The Hardin County Board of Elections Office located in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse is open until 9 this evening for your convenience.


If you have moved, you may change your address at this time.


If you register after 4:30 this afternoon, use the south entrance of the courthouse, which goes directly into the basement.



Ada Middle School Student Facing Inducing Panic Charges

According to a release from the Ada Police Department, an investigation into threats was opened on the morning of Saturday, April 7th. The department executed a search warrant in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Several items that were related to the case were confiscated.


The case was resolved after several weekend interviews were conducted. An Ada Middle School Student will be facing charges of Inducing Panic, according to the release. The release then continues by saying that there is no intent to follow through on that threat. The Ada Police Department will continue to maintain a presence throughout the remainder of the school year.



Polar Bear Hills Alive As Musical Debuts Tonight

The hills are alive in polar bear country as the cast of Hardin Northern’s spring musical “The Sound of Music” prepares for their big weekend of performing the 1965 classic. The cast has been hard at work for the past three months. Cai Allen, who plays Captain Georg von Trapp, said that the experience has been a lot of hard work.


“It’s been quite a journey to get here. We’ve been working really hard to get here. A lot of patience and perseverance. We’re really nervous, but we’re also really excited.” Said Allen.


Female lead Clair Wilson, who plays Sister Maria in the production, said that she was striving for Salzburg to come to Dola.


“Mrs. Eikenbary has the final say in the musical and she usually gives us some ideas, but since I’m a senior this year, I definitely pulled for the Sound of Music” said Wilson. “I pushed it on her every five minutes.” Laughed Wilson.


The cast will put on three viewings of the production. The first will debut tomorrow night at 7. Saturday there will also be a showing at 7, and the final performance will be Sunday at 2:30 in the High School. Tickets are available at the door.



Annual Y Radio Day Auction Set for Saturday


The Annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to take place tomorrow.


The event, which will be broadcast on 95.3 WKTN, runs from 9am until 5pm. A break will be taken from noon until 12:30 for lunch.


Auction items include a $200 electric grill, a Wilson Sporting Goods Super Bowl football valued at $180, plus Y memberships, gift certificates and numerous other merchandise.


The number to call tomorrow for the auction is 419-673-4141.


The proceeds benefit the YMCA.



Theft Reported on South Detroit Street


A resident in the 600 block of South Detroit Street reported a theft to Kenton police on Thursday.


According to the report, the man told officers someone broke out a window on a vehicle at his property and stole an unknown amount of tools.


The suspect also took a license plate off another vehicle.


The incident is under investigation.



Ridgemont Board Approves Design-Builder for Land Lab


The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday evening.


The board approved a resolution to approve the design and construction of the Land Lab. The issue was tabled at the regular meeting held on March 29.


Thomas and Marker Construction was approved to be the Design-Builder for the Land-Lab Project which included approving the design-build service agreement and designating authorized representatives for making project related decisions.



Hi-Point Superintendent Encourages Yes Vote on Levy

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is asking voters to approve a .6 mill permanent improvement levy on the May 8th Primary ballot.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith said it's the first time in 40 years that the schools have been on the ballot.
He said the district hs made the money approved by voters then last, but the aging building now requires some updates.
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Two Blood Drives in Hardin County this Month


The American Red Cross encourages the community to give blood during April, which is National Volunteer Month this April.


Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet patient needs this spring.


Two blood drives are scheduled in Hardin County this month.


The first is in Forest on April 18 from 2- 7 pm at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima Street.


And in Kenton April 23 from noon until 6 at the First Baptist Church on County Road 175 in Kenton.



Dog Warden Gives Update to County Commissioners


The Hardin County Commissioners received an update at a meeting this week from the Hardin County Dog Warden.


Jamie Burchiel reported that there are currently ten dogs in the kennel and six are puppies.


He also noted that 6377 dog tags were sold, and he is currently working on the delinquent list.


Burchiel also presented an agreement for online dog sales on the Auditor’s website.


He said several steps still need to be taken before that happens.



KMS Releases Principal, Merit & Honor Roll Lists

3rd Quarter Principal’s Roll (4.0 GPA):
7th Grade
Mario Arreola, Grady Baum, Madison Breakey, Anlyn Carlson, Connor Defibaugh, Jayson Dyer, Kendyl Gibson, Drake Grant, Anabella Halcomb, Carter Hale, Allison Harpel, Brock Heckathorn, Brinley Hites, Tyson Hopkins, Riley Hunt, Kooper Johnston, Gavin Manns, Seth Manns, Aaron Modd, Dustin Proffitt, Trevor Robinson, Avery Smith, Shane Spencer, Alyvia Spriggs, Abigail Temple, Elaine Webster, Gabriella Wetherill, Jenna White, Aidan Wood.
8th Grade
Kylie Allmon, Chloe Anderson, Lauren Bartlett, Angel Chen, Grace Collins, Andrew Fox, Wyatt Gerlach, Taylor Harshfield, Zachary Heintz, Alexis Herzog, Helen Huang, Chelsea Kalb, Noah Ketcham, Liberty Lowe, Samantha Lowe, Nicole Martinez, Addison Modd, Zane Preston, Joslyn Stauffer, Gunnar Stout, Trenton Yoder
3rd Quarter Merit Roll (3.5-3.9 GPA):
7th Grade
Charolette Culwell, Addison Epling, Mason Flint, Alexander Furr, Hunter Furr, Raven Grogan, Lora Harder, Caleb Harp Pulfer, Taylor Headings, Brody Heckathorn, Camden Hicks, Natalie Horton, Shaidyn Hughes, Wyatt Kindell, Tyson Lawrence, Amiya Manns, Tatum Miller, Kailie Mullett, Abigail Mustain, Kennedy Nelson, Rexton Paquin, Brylee Ramge, Parker Rarey, Caiden Risner, Christian Rogers, Kasee Sandrus, Micaiah Saylor, Syvanna Shepherd, Mitchell Stevens, Skylynn Vogel, Manny Wilson.
8th Grade
Kaylee Adams, Luke Baughman, Caitlyn Boyle, Asher Bridenstine, Jillian Burd, Gage Buxton, Alexander Cole, Daniel Davidson, Bert Grubbs, Maxwell Haushalter, Caleb Hershberger, Mitchell Jennings, Theodore Jesionowski, Jarrett Jolliff, Katie Kearns, Madison Kugel, Madalynn Long, Caleb MacKenzie, Madison McPherson, Brent Rader, Aaliyah Rogers, Brenna Shirk, Christian Stepp, Katelyn Sturgeon, Jacob Taylor, Matthew Temple, Sophie Thompson, Lascha Wells.
3rd Quarter Honor Roll (3.0-3.4 GPA):
7th Grade
Gracie Berry, Brooklyn Burris, Cheryl Coomes, Ayden Dillard, Makayla Dunson, Jaxon Ferrell, Trayce Hendrickson, Neveah Hugley, Chloe Martindale, Devin Miller, Emogin Miller, Ashton Mullins, Haley Perkins, Colby Quay, Stone Sauber, Madison Shanks, Dorien Slusher, Jarron Willoby, Haylie Wilson, Vern Woodruff.
8th Grade 
Hannah Beach, Brianna Blanton, Katelyn Blum, Joshua Boyer, Austin Brill, Amber Brown, Madison Collins, Karina Contreras, Alana Coon, Devan Dulin, Madison Fillinger, Hunter Gingery, Keith Harber, Eyan Helton, Keegan Hendrickson, Zoie Hoffman, Kyle Kirk, Hailey Melvin, Bailee Phillips, Haley Sams, Mahaila Sharp, Shelby Tillman, Evan Tudor.


Delaware Woman Arrested Following Traffic Stop


A Delaware, Ohio woman was arrested on a warrant following a traffic stop Wednesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car at the intersection of Mill and Walnut Streets after the driver failed to activate a turn signal.


A passenger in the car, identified as 33 year old Kristie L. Eddy-Nicholas, was found to have two active warrants for her arrest out of Delaware County.


She was taken into custody, and during a search, she was found to be in possession of half of two different pills in her wallet.


Eddy-Nicholas was first transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion and later to Delaware County.


The pill halves were sent to BCI for chemical testing.



Kenton Woman Reports Theft


A theft was reported to Kenton police on Wednesday.


According to the report, a resident of Seton Kenton told officers a tablet and miscellaneous jewelry were stolen from her apartment sometime during the day.


No value was listed for the missing items, and the incident is under investigation.



AEP Warns Customers About Scam


Residents are being advised to be aware of scammers who pose as utility employees and demand immediate payment or personal information under the false threat of service disconnection.


According to information from American Electric Power, thieves typically attempt to steal money by phone or in person, but residents should also be on the lookout for falsified mail and email as well.


The utility states they never ask customers for prepaid debit cards for payment.


If you receive such a call, you should hang up the phone and call AEP Ohio immediately at 1-800-672-2231. An employee can tell you if they have contacted you about your bill.



Kenton Driver Cited in Union County Crash


A Kenton driver was cited following a crash this week in Union County.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Haley Argersinger was driving west on State Route 347 when her car began to hydroplane. The vehicle travelled into the eastbound lane and struck a car being operated by 51 year old Rebecca Berghauer, of Delaware, Ohio.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries, and Argersinger was cited for failure to control.



Wind Turbine Damaged in Storm


Wind and or lightning Tuesday night into Wednesday damaged a wind turbine on the Hog Creek Wind Farm near Dola.




A blade on a turbine was partially broke sometime during the storm. Lightning accompanied a storm that rolled through the area Tuesday night and was followed by wind gusts close to 50 miles hour Wednesday morning.


A spokesperson for the company said they are currently assessing the damage to figure out exactly what happened.


The turbine damaged was located  on County Road 125 near County Road 30 near Dola.



Man Arrested on Warrant Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton man was arrested Tuesday following a routine traffic stop.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car on Brumm Street after the driver failed to activate a turn signal.


28 year old Craig Robinson was found to have an active warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody. He was also found to be driving with a suspended license.


Robinson was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.



Bank Card Stolen and Used by Named Suspect


A stolen ATM card was reported to Kenton police on Tuesday.


According to the report, a woman on Garfield Avenue said her card was stolen and was used by a known suspect.


A 32 year old Kenton man was listed as the suspect, but has not yet been charged.



Cross Endorsed by Right to Life Organization


The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio has announced their endorsement of Jon Cross in the 83rd Ohio House District Republican primary.


According to a release, the statewide organization selected Cross because of his pro-life and pro-family stance on policy issues, consistent responses to survey questions, and  ability to be successful in his efforts.


In a statement, the organization stated that pro-life voters in the 83rd House District can rest assured that Cross will work diligently to advance the right to life for all Ohioans, both born and unborn.


Cross is running in the May 8th Republican primary in the 83rd Ohio House District, which includes Hancock, Hardin and parts of Logan county.



HCSO Resets 30 Day Time Period for Flags at Half Staff


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office reset the 30 day time period for flying flags at half staff late last week following the death of a Kentucky police officer.


The office is flying the flag at half staff until 30 days have passed without a law enforcement officer in the country being murdered at the hands of another.


A Hopkinsville, Kentucky police officer was killed by a person impersonating an officer.



MLK Statue Dedication Scheduled at ONU in Ada


The public is invited to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue dedication and speech commemoration on the campus of Ohio Northern University.


The dedication will take place on campus between Taft Memorial and the Pettit College of Law on Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.


Created to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of King’s ONU speech, the statue will serve to remind everyone of his message of peace and equality.


Guests are advised to park in the lots to the north of Heterick Memorial Library or southwest of McIntosh Center. In case of inclement weather, the dedication will take place inside ONU’s English Chapel.



Minor Crash Reported Tuesday Afternoon


A minor crash was reported to Kenton police Tuesday afternoon.


According to the report, 27 year old Jeremiah Brown, of Kenton was driving south on Main Street and his vehicle struck the rear of a car, which was being operated by 56 year old Karen Baker, of Alger, that was stopped for a red light light at Espy Street.


Minor damage occurred to both vehicles.


Brown was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



BREAKING: Sheldon Found Guilty On All But One Count


A Harrod man has been found guilty on multiple charges in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

Gerrick "Tony" Sheldon was convicted on two counts of complicity to commit aggravated murder, four counts of complicity to aggravated arson, one count of endangering children,  and one count each of complicity to the unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, complicity to possess criminal tools, and complicity to violate a protection order.

He was found not guilty on another count of endangering children.

The jury deliberated for around 2 hours before returning the verdicts late Tuesday afternoon. The trial lasted just over 6 days.

The charges were filed after Sheldon approached one of his sons to burn down the house of his estranged wife in an attempt to kill her. That occurred in August of 2017.

Sheldon will be sentenced on May 1st.




Closing Arguments Expected Today in Attempted Agg Murder Case


Closing arguments are expected to begin today in the trial of a man charged with attempted aggravated murder and other charges in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


The jury will then begin deciding the fate of Gerrick "Tony" Sheldon who's accused of approaching one of his sons to burn the house down of his estranged wife.


Testimony was heard over the course of the nearly week and half trial from three of his sons who testified about the plan designed to burn down the house while the woman was still inside.


The incident dates back to August of 2017.



Program Planned for Those Fighting Opioid Epidemic


Local leaders will be joining in for a Day of Appreciation for those on the front lines of Ohio's Opioid epidemic on Wednesday April 11.


The program is scheduled to start at 1:00pm in the Veterans Hall Conference Room in the Hardin County Courthouse.


The Hardin County Board of Commissioners is joining with the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties to recognize fire, EMS and law enforcement's for their efforts in Hardin County.


Individuals in recovery and family members will share their stories of recovery made possible thanks to the many individuals in their community who made it possible for their recovery to occur.


Proclamations from the Governor, the County Commissioners and the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will be shared during the program.



Woman Issued Summons for Assault Following Fight


A Kenton woman has been charged following a disturbance at a house in Kenton Monday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Robinson Avenue just before 4 Monday afternoon to investigate a report of a fight in progress.


As a result, 29 year old Rochelle Grubb was charged with one count of assault.



Kenton Man Injured in Hancock County Crash


A Kenton man was injured in a crash that occurred Monday in Hancock County.


The Findlay Courier reports that 56 year old Carl Bowers Sr.  was driving south on Jackson Township Road 180 in Hancock County and failed to stop after approaching the intersection with Township Road 186.


His vehicle struck a road sign and a guidewire on an utility pole before going through a yard where it came to rest on a row of trees.


Bowers was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of injuries.


The paper quoted the Hancock County Sheriff's Office as saying alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.



Hi-Point Hosting Grand Opening of New Facility


The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine is hosting the grand opening of the new Dr. Sloan Smart Technology Center on Wednesday, April 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


The Dr. Sloan Smart Technology Center, which was created to address the growing industry needs in the district’s local communities, will house the Applied Manufacturing and Smart Technology Engineering programs starting next fall.


The grand opening begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by tours and appetizers.



Parents Urged to Be Aware of a New Vaping Device


Parents and school administrators are being advised to be aware of a new trend among teens called JUUL.


It’s what some people are referring to as the iPhone of vaping. It is a device so discreet that teens are getting away with using it in school bathrooms, hallways, and even in the classroom.


According information posted on the Riverdale Schools website, JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that looks like a flash drive and charges by USB. The product can be ordered online by anyone claiming to be 21 or older. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and features nicotine pods that come in a variety of flavors.


Just one of these pods is equivalent to an entire pack of traditional cigarettes.


Parents and school administrators need to not only be aware of this new and dangerous trend, but to open up conversations at home and in the classroom regarding the health risks of vaping, whether it be JUUL or any other type of electronic device.



Kenton Man Reports Theft From His Residence


A theft at a residence in Kenton was reported over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of East Franklin Street to investigate the incident.


Two rings valued at around $2100 and a small amount of cash were stolen from the house sometime since late last week.


Four juvenile girls were listed as suspects, but so far no charges have been filed.



Shoplifting Reported at Kenton's Kroger


A theft at Kroger was reported to Kenton Police Sunday evening.


According to the report, officers were told just over $180 in grocery items had been stolen from the business.


No suspects were listed on the report, and the incident remains under investigation.



Section of 53 Near Patterson Set to Close


State Route 53 just south of Patterson is set to close for approximately 90 days starting Tuesday April 2 for a bridge deck replacement project.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, traffic will be detoured on State Routes 31 and 81 back to 53.


The work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Company in Sidney, Ohio.



Woman Convicted of Charges From Fatal Accident


A Belle Center Woman was found guilty in an October accident that claimed the life of a Dispatcher.


The driver of the vehicle that claimed the life of Krista McDonald was found guilty in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. McDonald was driving an ambulance for the Southeast Hardin Ambulance District on 292 when the Ambulance was struck by Rachael Willike who ran a stop sign on 273. McDonald and fellow EMT Peggy Eastman were ejected from the Ambulance. McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene while Eastman was flown to OSU Medical Center with life threatening injuries.


Rachel Willeke pleaded no contest in Hardin County Common Pleas Court earlier this month. Acting Judge Richard Reese found Willeke guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Willeke was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, with the sentence suspended. Willeke also received a $225 fine and license suspension for six months retroactive to the date of the crash.



Attempted Aggravated Murder Trial Could Continue into Next Week


The trial of a man facing a charge of complicity to attempted aggravated murder and other charges could continue into next week.


Gerrick "Tony" Sheldon was indicated on the charges after allegedly approaching one of his sons to burn down the house of his estranged wife.


The Lima News reported that testimony this week came from estranged wife Danielle Sheldon, who recounted the time when she received a message from her stepson Hunter that his father intended to drop off his 16 brother to burn down her house located near Dunkirk.


The date was August 13 of 2017 during the early morning hours.


Defense attorneys countered that there was a history of threats and violence between Danielle and Sheldon's sons. Protection orders were taken out against all three boys after death threats were made.


The trial was expected to wrap up today, but is likely now to continue into next week.



HCSO Gives Commissioners Update on Damaged Cruiser


The Hardin County Commissioners received an update from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at a meeting this week.


Sheriff Everhart and Chief Deputy Dennis Burns reported that a cruiser was damaged during a pursuit that took place this past weekend. Following the pursuit, deputies arrested a 17-year-old male who allegedly stole a vehicle from a residence near Mt. Victory.


Restitution is being sought.


The Sheriff also noted that he is continuing to work with four county schools on a School Resource Office, and the 9-1-1 Supervisor is working with all fire departments on mutual aid terminology.



2 Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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


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


.Jason L. Campbell was sentenced to 14 months in prison on one count of failure to notify of change of address.


.Derrick J. Bordner was placed on 5 years community control on two counts of possession of heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



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