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Hardin County Resident Visited Same Bridal Shop As Ebola Patient

The Kenton Hardin  Health Department has been made aware of one  individual from Hardin County who was at the same bridal shop in Akron as the most recently diagnosed Ebola patient, Amber Vinson. 


This individual has contacted the Summit County Health Department to receive direction by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding management of their possible exposure to the Ebola virus.  It is believed at this time there was no direct, high-risk contact between Amber Vinson and the Hardin County person  involved. 


As a precaution, and as advised by the Ohio Department of Health, the Kenton Hardin  Health Department is monitoring the contacts’ temperatures twice a day for a total of 21 days after the contact, which occurred on October 11, 2014.  Quarantine is not indicated due to the low risk of exposure. 


The ODH defines direct contact as skin-to-skin or mucus membrane contact, or contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person.  Kalyan Das, MD, Health Commissioner of the Kenton Hardin Health Department want the community to be aware that we believe there was no direct contact as defined by ODH parameters.  The residents of Hardin County can be assured that our department is staying in constant contact with all involved parties, including health officials from ODH and CDC, to ensure the safety of our residents.  We believe the risk to the community of Hardin County is very low and that the individual being monitored in Hardin County is healthy and symptom free. 

It is important to understand the facts about Ebola and its transmission:

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.

Ebola is spread by touching the blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or things with their blood and body fluids on it like clothes and bedding.  Ebola is not spread through the air, food or water.

Patients are contagious only when they are symptomatic and show signs of a fever.

Anyone believing that they have been in contact with a person with Ebola should call their health care provider.

For more information about Ebola, visit www.cdc.gov.

The Ohio Department of Health also has information available on Ebola at www.odh.ohio.gov

Criminal Damaging Reported at Northwood School Building

Several windows were broken out at Northwood School over the weekend.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called just before 4 Sunday afternoon advising them of the damage.

A total of seven windows were broken on the building.

The incident remains under investigation.

KPD and HCSO Investigating Incidents Over The Weekend

The Kenton Police Department investigated a breaking and entering on Saturday to a business. 


According to the report, an unknown person forceably entered Up for Grabs and removed items. 


There are no suspects at this time in the early Saturday morning break in.





Deputies from the Hardin County Sheriffs Office are responded to a pair of non injury crashes on Saturday and early Sunday. 


The day log showed that the first took place on State Route 31 South at County Road 240, at approximately 4 am saturday, with the second crash reported on County Road 106 at 12:15 am Sunday morning. 


Both incidents remain under investigation..

Ohio Gas Prices Slightly HigherTto Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up a few cents to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.07 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 3 cents more than a week ago, but 15 cents less than last month at this time.


Ohio's average is lower than the national average, which was $3.10 Monday. That's a dime less than a week ago and about a quarter less than a month ago.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown area has the lowest average at about $3.02 per gallon.


Analysts say gas prices will likely remain low amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.






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

Ebola Information for Ohio Businesses & Residents

Overview: In light of the Ebola case in Texas, and the recent events in Ohio, the State of Ohio is increasing efforts to protect Ohioans. At this time, Ebola does not pose a significant risk to Hardin County residents.  But now is the time to prepare.


Healthcare System Prepares: Ohio hospitals, including our local hospitals have received a checklist to help identify and safely care for a patient that is suspected of having Ebola. Disease surveillance efforts have increased across the state to aid in early identification of ill persons. The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is also sharing Ebola identification and safety information with first responders and physicians.


Local Community Prepares: The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is increasing surveillance efforts and performing a risk assessment for the residents and employers of Hardin County.


Actions Needed: We are asking local businesses, community organizations and faith based groups to review their international travel plans. If individuals within your organization are planning to travel into or out of one of the following African countries, please let the Kenton-Hardin Health Department know. Please contact Arin Tracy 419-673-6230 x 1030 or Cindy Keller 419-673-6230 x 1024.


African Countries

Sierra Leone



Democratic Republic of Congo


For up to date information on Ebola, including a simple infographic about Ebola, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Kenton Rallies From 13 Points Down To Defeat Bath

The Kenton Wildcats rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Bath 19-13 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Bath Stadium.



Kenton's sixth straight win improves the Cats to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the league. Bath falls to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the league.


Bath scored on two fourth-down plays in the second quarter, the second coming on the final play of the first half, to build a 13-0 lead at intermission.


The game flipped in the second half as Kenton forced turnovers on three of Bath's five possessions, with Travis Downing intercepting two passes and Aarin Tillman snatching another Bath aerial.


Trent Hites threw two touchdown passes - one to Kollin Stollar and the other to Colyn Blackford - and also ran for a score.


Downing was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they host Celina in their home regular-season finale. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:


Kenton defeats Bath in a nail-biter 19-13

Celina shuts out Shawnee 42-0
Wapak topples St. Mary's 24-7
Van Wert dominates Defiance 45-14
Ottawa-Glandorf narrowly nudges out Elida 28-21


County Scores:

USV falls to Ft. Loramie 28-14
Elgin is shut out by Centerburg 38-0
Hardin Northern trails Lakota 48-0
Ada defeats Allen East in a close game 28-22
Riverdale bests Vanlue 42-7

Upper Sandusky loses to Pleasant 41-0
Ben Logan trumps Graham 38-18

Ridgemont is stomped by Lehman Catholic 48-22

Arlington tops Leipsic 13-7

Ada Man Gets Nearly Five Years in Prison



An Ada man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Chance Wireman was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on one count each of burglary, theft, telecommunication fraud, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Hunters Encouraged To Donate Deer To Feed The Hungry Program



During the deer hunting seasons, hunters have an opportunity to donate the deer to a local organization.

Brent Moore, from the Feed The Hungry Program, which is part of Dream Center of Ohio, talks about how the program works, "If someone would like to donate a deer weighing 95 pounds or more, they can drop off the deer at Preston's Wild Game Processing and let them know that you're donating the deer to the Dream Center of Ohio, and whether or not you also would like to help pay for any or all of the processing."

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

Kenton Tennis Player Comes Up Short at State



Kenton's Claire Oates came up short in the first round match up of the State Tennis Tournament Friday.


Oates lost to Aashika Katapadi 6-4, 6-2.


Coach Keith Kissling said she gave it a great effort, "She defininatly deserved to be down there, she was as good as the majority of the girls that were playing...it's tough to make it back twice but she is willing to do the work that is going to be necessary. She needs to get stronger and get some more power and she knows that. She has a year to work on it, and hopefully this will pull along some other kids in the program and bring in some kids to get into the program. I'm hoping to use Claire as an ambassidor and get some of the middle school kids involved more than we have so far. We are moving the bar up and her qualifying for state, even though she didn't win, just seeing her abilities there as compared to the other girls there, she is where she needs to be and that's great!" said Kissling.

Battle of Wildcats Set For Tonight

Bath has won three straight games to get to 4 and 3 overall and 4 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. It will probably need to sweep its last three games to have any shot at the playoffs as Bath is currently ranked 11th in the Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings.

Kenton, winners of five straight, is much better positioned. Kenton is 5 and 2 for the season, which is good for 5th in the Region 12 ratings, and its 5 and 1 league mark gives it sole possession of 2nd in the Western Buckeye League, one game back of Wapakoneta with three conference games to go.

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

In other action around the county tonight, winless Riverdale hosts 1 and 6 Vanlue; 3 and 4 Upper Scioto Valley travels to 4 and 3 Fort Loramie; Ada makes the short trip to Allen East to take on the Mustangs - the Bulldogs are 4 and 3 while Allen East is 3 and 4; 2 and 5 Ridgemont entertains Lehman Catholic, who is 5 and 2 on the season; and Hardin Northern hosts Lakota - Lakota is 2 and 5 while the Polar Bears are 3 and 4.

Kenton Holds Fall Fest 14 Saturday

The City of Kenton will sponsor Fall Fest on Saturday from 2-4pm at Wharton Park in Kenton.


Parks and Recreation Director Emma Bushong said the event features something for everyone, "We'll have games, crafts, face painting and more, including a pumpkin decorating contest where they can decorate the pumpkin at home and bring it to be judged. We also will have pop corn and hot dogs and lots of fun."


With the recently added dog park and more to come, Bushong said Wharton Park is a great venue for Fall Fest 14.

Church Hosting 3rd Annual Family Fest This Sunday

The 3rd Annual Family Fest will be held this Sunday October 19 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.


Organizer Bill Lawrence said the event will be held this Sunday October 18 from 5-8pm, "There's going to be laser tag, inflatables, petting zoo, live entertainment and a whole lot more. There will be around 30 businesses who will be setting up booths, and we are going to bless the kids with lots of candy. It's going to be a great night."


Lawrence said Family Fest was held on a different day the first two years, "We held it on Saturday's, but we feel by moving to Sunday, that will give more people an opportunity to be there. All of the activities are free and there is something for everyone."


While all activities are free, Lawrence said a concession will be set up selling food at a nominal price, "If you know anything about the people at Abundant Life, we know how to cook and we love to eat, so it is awesome food, and that is the only thing you spend any money on, so come out and have a great time with us."

State: More Than 49,000 Ohioans Have Voted Early

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state's elections chief says more than 49,000 Ohioans have cast absentee ballots for the fall election after early voting began last week.
Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person ahead of Election Day. Voters will pick the next governor along with other statewide officeholders on Nov. 4.
Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says an informal survey of Ohio's 88 county boards of elections found that less than 16,000 residents had voted in person as of Friday. More than 33,000 ballots were cast by mail last week.
Many who plan to vote early have yet to cast their absentee ballot. Husted says he's received close to 741,000 absentee ballot requests.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.

Oates Plays in State Tennis Tournament

Claire Oates begins play at the state tennis tournament on Friday.


Oates, a junior at Kenton High School, is the 1st Wildcat girls tennis player to advance to the state singles tournament. She is 28-1 on the season and will take part in the Division II girls state tennis tournament at Ohio State this weekend.

Oates will meet Aashika Katapadi, a senior at Columbus Wellington School, in opening round action on Friday. Katapadi was the runner-up in the Division II Central District tournament while Oates was the Northwest District runner-up, placing 2nd at Bowling Green State University last weekend. The winner of that match will advance to the quarterfinal to meet either Kelly Pleiman or Claudia Althans.

Oates is one of just 16 players who advanced to the Division II state tournament in singles competition.

Play at the state tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and will run through Saturday.

Antlerless Only Muzzleloader Weekend a Success in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's muzzleloader hunters checked 6,613 antlerless white-tailed deer during a two-day season, Oct. 11-12,


According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). That is an 18 percent increase from 2013, when hunters checked 5,608 deer, the first year for the antlerless muzzleloader season.


The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2014 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (228), Columbiana (180), Coshocton (177), Licking (164), Tuscarawas (151), Guernsey (150), Trumbull (147), Stark (145), Knox (143) and Adams (142).


Taking a look at Hardin and surrounding numbers. The numbers in parenthesis is from last year:


Allen: 41 (46); Auglaize: 42 (39); Hancock: 33 (31); Hardin: 42 (43); Logan: 102 (77); Marion: 27 (27); Union: 58 (32); Wyandot: 88 (58).


An additional 1,313 deer were harvested by archery hunters on Oct. 11-12. The total number of antlerless deer checked by hunters during the two days was 7,926, a 21 percent increase from 2013 (6,553).


Ohio hunters have many more opportunities to pursue deer throughout the fall and winter. The youth gun season is Nov. 22-23, gun season is Dec. 1-7, muzzleloader season is Jan. 2-5, 2015, and archery season is open through Feb. 1, 2015.


Wildcats Still in Thick of Playoff Chase

The Wildcats have won five straight games and are currently 5th in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday.
Bellevue leads the region, followed by Port Clinton, Triway and Wauseon. Kenton is next, with Genoa, Galion and Keystone rounding out the top eight.

The Ada Bulldogs have put together a winning streak of their own to vault back into playoff contention. The Bulldogs have won three straight games, including last week’s win over previously-unbeaten Crestview, and have moved to 12th in the Division 6, Region 22 rankings.

Despite consecutive losses, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams remain within striking distance of a playoff spot. The Rams are 12th in the Division 7, Region 26 ratings.

As for the rest of the county schools, Ridgemont is 16th and Hardin Northern sits 19th in Region 26 while Riverdale is tied for 21st in Region 22.

The top 8 teams at the end of the regular season in each region qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.

Texas Nurse With Ebola Had Visited Northeast Ohio



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas.
The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas.
The state epidemiologist, Dr. Mary DiOrio (dee-OR'-ee-oh), says Ohio and Summit County health officials are working to identify and alert people who may have been in close contact with the woman and implement quarantines if necessary.
She says information is being gathered about whether the nurse showed symptoms while in Ohio. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of someone with the virus.
She says local health departments will be kept apprised of the situation.

Vistor Poll Voters Prefer Casual Dining in Downtown Kenton

Responding to the question, "What type of restaurant would you prefer to have located in the Downtown Historic District in Kenton?" a solid majority, 57%, said Casual.


25% prefer a Diner.


The remaining 18% would prefer to have a Bistro.


Vote now on this week's Visitor Poll question.

Harrod Man Killed in Early Morning Crash

A 29 year old Harrod man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred just before 3:30 this morning on State Route 67 in McDonald Township.


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Brian Stolzenburg was driving west on 67 east of State Route 235 when he travelled left of center. His Ford Explorer struck an eastbound semi head-on. The semi was being operated by 45 year old David Browning, of Spring Hill, Florida.


Stolzenburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Browning was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


Both drivers were wearing safety belts, and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. which remains under investigation.


The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Roundhead Fire and EMS and Osborn's Towing.

Kenton City Council/Grove Cemetery Board Hold Joint Meeting

The two entities met together to discuss making a formal change in the operations of the Grove Cemetery Board.


Upon a review by the Hardin County Prosecutors Office, it was found that the board had not been operating in accordance with the rules of the Ohio Revised Code. So it was proposed that the following changes would be made.


Jerry Layman would serve as the non-voting board chairman

Joe Sherman would serve as Vice Chair on a one year term

Ron Rogers would serve on a two year term

Nicole Fay would serve on a three year term.


At this point, the chairmanship would rotate among the members. Layman said that making the change would put the board in good standing with the Ohio Revised Code, according to the Prosecutors Office. The members present approved the change.


At the regular city council meeting, the Kenton City Council approved the sale of the old crane at the Kenton Waterworks, and tabled a discussion on the placement of a traffic light at the intersection of Main and Ohio streets until further investigation.


It was announced at the meeting that the Special Projects Committee would be meeting Thursday to review property values on recently acquired city properties and that the annual Fall Fest will be held this Saturday at Wharton Park from 2pm-4pm. The city is also going to be making further reviews on the proposed city budget and that the finance committee is still waiting on an estimate from the state auditors on a performance audit.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on October 27th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

Death Of Wyandot County Prosecutor Being Investigated

The death of the Wyandot County Prosecutor is under investigation.

The Upper Sandusky Police Department issued a release that stated, "On October 12, 2014, Jonathan Miller, 57, of Upper Sandusky, was found deceased in this city."

The release went on the state that the Upper Sandusky Police Department is conducting the investigation, and further details will be made available at the conclusion of the investigation.

Motorcycle Group On Cross Country Journey For Fallen Soldier



Members of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle group are attempting to travel cross country as a memorial for a fallen soldier.


Rich Vogel with the Heritage Springer Owners motorcycle group said one of their members is the uncle of the fallen soldier, "Five year ago, Earl Scott Jr. died in Afghanistan, and one of his lifetime goals was to ride his Harley in every state in the Union, so since he couldn't do that himself, we took it upon ourselves to take his memory cross-country, and this will be our second attempt at it. We are now in Ohio heading west after Ohio."


Vogel said they hope to complete the journey within a year, "Well we started off in Jacksonville, Florida, and one of our members grabbed the memorial and went down to Key West as a starting point. We came back up to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina to Tennessee, Kentucky and now Ohio."


He said they specifically chose Kenton as a place to visit on the trek, "I drive through Kenton four or five times a year on my way for business to Springfield, Ohio. I drive down 68 from Toledo to Findlay, and it's a great drive, and one thing I noticed entering your town was the plague mentioning the first Medal of Honor winner Jacob Parrott. He was a citizen and now buried in your city, so that's why I picked Kenton specifically for the first Medal of Honor recipient."

Fiance of soldier looks over memorial scrapbook presented by motorcycle group


While in town Vogel said they will present a simple memorial to the fallen soldier's finance who currently resides in Columbus, "She didn't see it the first time around , and she just moved back to the area, so we thought we would present her the memorial before we move it west."

Two Killed in Wyandot County Crash Over Weekend

Two people died as a result of a one vehicle crash that occurred this past Saturday afternoon in Wyandot County.


Friends say the man was killed on his wedding day when a pickup truck carrying him, his new wife and friends crashed over the weekend.


According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a driver identified as Timothy N. Tebbe, of Nevada, Ohio, lost control of his vehicle while travelling north on Township Road 135. The vehicle ended up off the west side of the road where it struck the embankment and rolled over. It struck a utility pole and rolled several more times before coming to rest in a field.


Two passengers in the pickup truck, 26 year old Elizabeth Shelton, of Bucyrus and 27 year old Andrew Bloomfield, of Galion, were both ejected from the vehicle. Shelton was pronounced dead at the scene and Bloomfield died later at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.


Tebbe and another passenger, 37 year old Ruth Driskill, of Galion, were both taken by Lifeflight and Medflight helicopters to St. Rita's Medical Center.


The crash remains under investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.

Ohio Gas Prices Hovering Around $3 a Gallon



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are hovering around the $3 mark to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.04 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago. The price has dropped by a quarter in the past two weeks.


The average price was below the $3 mark on Monday in the Columbus, Dayton and Toledo areas.


The national average was $3.20 on Monday, 9 cents less than a week ago.


Analysts say gas prices will likely continue to fall amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.






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

Kenton's Oates Heading To State

Kenton's Claire Oates is heading to state.


Oates finished as the district runner-up Saturday during girls tennis competition at Bowling Green State University. As a result, the Kenton High School junior will compete in the Division II state girls tennis tournament this week at Ohio State.


Oates won her district semifinal contest before falling in the district title match. She is currently 28-1 for the season.

Goal Line Stand Lifts Cats Past Bulldogs

The Kenton Wildcats stopped the Elida Bulldogs on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 45 seconds to play and posted a 21-14 Homecoming victory in Western Buckeye League football action.



The Wildcats won their fifth straight game to improve to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the WBL while the Bulldogs fall to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the league.

Trent Hites threw 2 touchdown passes - one each to Kollin Stollar and Luke Jackson - while Derric Legge returned a fumble for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage as the Cats got the win in front of Homecoming Queen Caroline Lombardo and her court.


Legge was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they visit Bath. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:
Kenton defeats Elida in a Homecoming showdown 21-14
Bath shuts out Shawnee 42-0
Wapak downs Ottawa-Glandorf  21-14
St. Mary's topples Defiance 49-21
Celina dominates Van Wert 22-7
County Scores:
USV falls to Lucas 45-8
Elgin beats Cardington-Lincoln 28-18
Gibsonburg rolls over Hardin Northern 41-12
Ada defeats Crestview 22-15
Riverdale falls to Liberty-Benton 42-7
Jonathan Alder shuts out Upper Sandusky 42-0
Urbana narrowly defeats Ben Logan 28-27
Waynesfield-Goshen beats Ridgemont 35-12
Arlington dominates Arcadia 62-0
North Union stomps Fairbanks 39-0

Kenton's Clair Oates Wins at Districts

Kenton's Claire Oates is one win away from the state tournament.
Oates, a junior at Kenton High School, won both her matches Thursday at the Division II girls tennis district tournament at Bowling Green State University. She is now a perfect 27-0 on the season and gets to head back to BGSU to continue tourney play on Saturday.
Oates is one of four players left in the draw and will play two matches on Saturday. With the top three placers at the district earning state berths, Oates will need to win one of her two matches to punch her ticket to next week's state tournament.
Action at the district tournament will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Man Gets Year in Prison on Drug Charge



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

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

.Roby L. Smith was sentenced to one year in prison on one count of Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana in the Vicinity of a Juvenile.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Church Operating Backpack Program Again This School Year



The Central Church of Christ will again operate the Backpack Program through the Kenton City Schools for the 2014/15 school year.

Pastor Willis Moe says the meals sent home with the students are designed to get them through the weekend, "They're all non-perishable. They have two breakfast items, two lunch items and two dinner items. They are sent home with the student on the third and fourth Fridays of the month so that they will have something through the weekend, because a lot of them are on fixed income or assistance programs, and when you get to the end of the month, it gets pretty slim."

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

Kenton Celebrating Homecoming at Robinson Field

The Kenton Wildcats host Elida tonight in the school’s annual Homecoming game.


Elida comes in at a hard-luck 2 and 4 for the season. The Bulldogs, who are 2 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, have lost two games in overtime and a third by three points.

The Wildcats are 4 and 2 overall and 4 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League after winning their fourth straight game last Friday. A fifth straight win would clinch another winning season in league play for the Cats. Kenton has not posted a losing season since 1992, which, coincidentally or not, is the last time Elida defeated the Wildcats.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

In other games involving county teams this evening, 0 and 6 Riverdale hosts 6 and 0 Liberty-Benton; 3 and 3 Ada entertains unbeaten Crestview; Upper Scioto Valley travels to Lucas in a matchup of 3 and 3 teams; 2 and 4 Ridgemont hosts 1 and 5 Waynesfield-Goshen; and 3 and 3 Hardin Northern entertains the 6 and 0 Gibsonburg Golden Bears.

Lima Man Competent For Trial in Arson Slayings

A judge in Lima ruled Thursday that 29-year-old Hager Church is able to understand the proceedings.
He's accused of setting a house fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her 54-year-old boyfriend on June 14, 2009. If convicted of aggravated murder, Church could face a death sentence.
Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying.
Reports show that Church had written a letter to the newspaper requesting that he be put to death for his crimes.
He's scheduled for trial on Feb. 3.

Hardin County Ag Society Board Meets

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met on Saturday, October 4th at the Fair Office with 18 Board members and 20 guests present.

Bob Fish called the meeting to order.

Kathy Guinn, representing Hardin Leadership, expressed an interest in their group taking on the recycling of aluminum and plastic during the fair.  This will be looked at closer to next year’s fair.

Alesia Martin had a question about camping.  She wanted to know how early can campers, during the fair, move their trailers in.  Craig Stump, camping chairman, said this will be discussed at the next camping committee meeting.

Mark & Kelly Carder expressed their dissatisfaction in how their daughter’s memorial was held during the fair.

Chris Vermillion, representing the Hardin County Tractor Puller’s Association, gave an update on how the tractor pulls went during the fair.  They had an income of $15,100 and expenses were $18,536.70, giving them a loss of $3,436.70.  They will be looking at maybe switching the 2 pulls around on Sunday of the Fair – having the OSTPA pull in the afternoon and the Hardin County Pull in the evening.

Betty Bibler and Virginia Tice, representing the Hardin County Council on Aging, expressed their dissatisfaction on how Senior Citizen’s Day was held during the Fair.  They stated their board has already approved to give out 1,000 meal tickets next year, to hopefully not run out.  They want to continue with the lunches, but maybe pass out the tickets in another location of the fairgrounds.  They will get with the Senior Citizen’s Day committee earlier in the year, to finalize plans and make the day run smoother. 

Mark Badertscher, from the Hardin County Extension Office, presented the Carcass Show results.  He passed out information on the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame nominations.  These nominations are due by October 15th, 2014 and are to be turned in to the Hardin County Extension Office.

Mark Light, Hardin County 4-H Extension Agent, stated they have held a 4-H Council meeting and discussion was held on how premium money is different among departments of the fair.  He also expressed concern over how “A”, “B”, and “C” premiums are all the same.
A letter from Ace Hardware, was moved by Paul Ralston and seconded by Steve Christopher, to be discussed in closed session at the end of the meeting.

Thank You’s were read from several people about the fair.
The minutes of the last meeting were reviewed and approved by Steve and seconded by Dale Cockerell.  Motion carried.

Financial reports were reviewed and approved by Jim Bidwell and Jeff Madison seconded the motion.  Motion carried.
Bills were presented to be paid with Dale moving to pay them and seconded by Howard Lyle.  Motion carried.

Executive Committee:  Howard Lyle, chairman, set the date of October 13th, 2014 at 7pm, to discuss the 2015 budget and employee contracts.  Judi’s 90 day evaluation will also need to be done at this time.

Grounds Committee:  Jim Bidwell, chairman, set the date of October 14th, 2014 at 7pm, to finalize the priority list for the commissioners.  The committee has met with Time Warner Cable about switching over to them.  The service drop has to be done first.  Valleys in the barn roofs have been started to be fixed, d/t leaking.  The annual inventory needs to be done.  Grass seed has been planted in the East parking lot.  Paul Ralston moved to purchase hoods for the fans in the Grange Restaurant and Hardin Northern Restaurant and Mark Garmon seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Craig Stump will order the hoods.  The 4-H Horse Arena has been closed for the season.  It was noted we should make a list of items that could be addressed by the ADA and work to fix those items.
It was noted several thank you letters need to be sent to ground’s helpers.  Judi will send those out.

Camping Committee:  Craig Stump, chairman, stated they will meet after the first of the year.

Entertainment Committee:  The State Demo Derby was discussed and it was not a good money maker for the Society.  3-D Promotions have stated they will not be doing it next year.

Livestock Committee:  There is still $15,500 due from buyers before checks can be written to the kids.  A Sale Committee Meeting is scheduled for October 15th, 2014 at 7pm.  Post cards will be sent to members about the meeting date.
Rides & Concessions Committee:  Janie Seiler, chairman of the committee, stated she will be looking into different ideas for games, since games are starting to be a losing interest among fairgoers.  She stated there will be more farm equipment next year.  She stated any interested food vendor, needs to fill out an application.

Junior Fair Board:  Nancy Rickenbacher stated they all loved their new office.

Old Business:  The fair attendance spreadsheet was discussed.  The Fair board still has whole hog sausage for sale.  It’s $3.50 per pound and there is seasoned bulk, unseasoned bulk and unseasoned patties left to be purchased.  If anyone is interested in the sausage, they should contact the secretary’s office on either Wednesday or Friday’s from 9am-4pm.  Petitions for the November election are due by October 24th at 4pm. 

New Business:  The 3 Judges and 2 Clerks needed for the election on November 1st were selected.  Bob McBride, Janie Seiler and Kelly Buckenroth will be the judges and Howard Lyle and Craig Stump will be the clerks.  A news release and legal ad will be placed in the Kenton Times about the November Election.  Another news release after all petitions have been turned in on October 24th will run, stating who is running in the election.  Claire Latham was nominated for the Outstanding Fair Supporter, to be honored on Friday, Jan. 9th, 2015 at the OFMA convention.  Judi and Eileen Latham will work on his biographical information.  Howard moved to approve the request for the 2015 Ohio Fairs Fund Money and Ray Davis seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  There was a request by Steve Smith, an auctioneer, to hold a real estate Auction at the Fair grounds on November 1st, 2014.  The board stated the Arts and Crafts building can be used for this.  Judi will contact him with the cost.  Jim Smith was given the OK to go to the school auctions in October and to possibly purchase items needed.  Paul Ralston would like the board to consider a different date to hold board meetings.

The board then went into closed session to discuss the letter received from Ace Hardware.

After coming out of closed session, Charlie McCullough resigned from Dudley Township d/t moving out of the county.
Craig moved to have a Special January meeting on Monday, December 29th at the Plaza Inn at 6pm.  Ray seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

The meeting was adjourned by Dale and seconded by Bob McBride.  Motion carried.  The next board meeting is scheduled for November 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Traffic Stops Lead To Drug Charges Against Several Individuals

The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township this week.


According to a release, as a result of the traffic stops two females are facing charges for possession of drugs. One male is facing charges for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another male was arrested for possession of drugs.


The Task Force seized two vehicles, heroin, pills, marijuana, cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia. The Task Force was assisted by the Sheriff's Office Detective Division, Sheriff's Office Canine Unit and Osborn's Towing.

Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Nominations Open


Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame through the end of business on October 17.  Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio.  Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations.  Nomination forms are available at the Hardin County OSU Extension office or on the Hardin County OSU Extension website at: hardin.osu.edu.  Completed forms must be returned to the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, Ohio, 43326.


The Purpose of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to agriculture by Hardin County people.  Annual awards will be made to men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field.  We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.  Selected individuals who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, will be honored at the Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.



Download a PDF of the nomination form by clicking here.

Chief Offers Tips During Fire Prevention Week

This is National Fire Prevention Week.


Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said the National Fire Academy theme this year is all about smoke detectors, "That's their push, is to make sure everybody has smoke detectors and keeps them up to date and tests them and things of that nature. It's a great tool."


He said testing the smoke detectors is recommended once a month, "Usually your battery operated ones have a built in sensor that when the battery is getting low it starts to chirp, and when you hear that chirping, it's time to change the battery. They used to recommend changing the battery once a year, but now we're kind of using the time change, changing them in the Fall and changing them in the Spring, whenever you set your clocks up or back."


The Chief said a fire inside your home looks totally different than the way television makes it look, "Fire is pitch black, and you can be disoriented and lose your way very, very quickly and not only that the smoke will start to overcome you once it starts into your lungs you get really groggy and usually pass out, so the first line of defense being the smoke detector is a great idea. That gives you enough time to exit the house if need be."


He said you may know your home very well, but in a fire everything changes. If you don;t believe it, he recommends this, "I always tell people go home this evening, go to your bedroom. It's one of the most familiar places as you're ever going to be. Put a blindfold on and then turn in a circle about three or four times and then get down on the floor and try to crawl to the door and I guarantee you probably won't make it on the first attempt, because you are disoriented at that point, but that will give you an idea of what it's like in a fire."


He adds it's important to come up with a plan and go over that with the entire family, "Establish an escape route, and establish a meeting point so that when everybody;s out they meet at that location and then you know everybody's out safely."

Hardin County's New Logo and Motto Unveiled at Alliance Event

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, along with the Hardin County Commissioners and countywide mayors, held a joint press conference to announce the new Hardin County logo and motto on Tuesday.



The new motto, Hardin County, a Great Place to Live, Work and Prosper, was incorporated into a new logo designed by Wesley Goldsmith, a local Hardin County resident and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University in graphic design.


As part of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliances strategic plan, expanding Hardin County’s market awareness on a regional, national and global scale starts with a clear and simple message. 


“We hope to use our new logo and motto as the foundation of our marketing efforts, said Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Alliance.  “We want to deliver a positive and business friendly message to those looking to "build here, invest here, work here, live here, learn here, and love it here, all things Hardin County."


Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman talks about the new motto and logo.


“We are very excited about the opportunities for Hardin County and see many great things in-the-works that will help us become a model community in Northwest Ohio,” said Tim Street, Board Chairman of the Alliance.  “As a community, we must think big, be bold and take calculated chances to accomplish great things for our community.” 


Immediately following the brief press conference, around 100 guests attended an open house luncheon and toured the Alliances newly renovated front offices visiting with staff, board leadership and county ambassadors. 


State, county and local elected officials, including the Hardin County Commissioners, countywide mayors and council members, Hardin County Ambassadors, as well as other Hardin County dignitaries, were in attendance.

Kenton Moves Up in Computer Rankings

The Kenton Wildcats have made another big jump in the computer ratings.


Fresh off their win over state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf, the Kenton Wildcats jumped several spots to fourth in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Cats trail Bellevue, Port Clinton and Triway in the region and are currently in a tight battle for fourth with Galion. Bryan, Keystone and Wauseon round out the top eight.


The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.


While Kenton is in good position to earn a postseason berth, the other Hardin County schools are going to need some help to make the playoffs. In the Division 7, Region 26 rankings, Upper Scioto Valley is 12th while Ridgemont is 15th and Hardin Northern checks in at 16th. In the Division 6, Region 22 ratings, Ada is 14th while Riverdale is tied for 22nd.

Warehouse Fire Destroys 7 Buildings in Ohio

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a massive warehouse fire in northwest Ohio destroyed all seven buildings on the site.


Investigators say the cause of the fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon near downtown Lima (LY'-muh) is under investigation.


The fire was fueled by rubber and plastic in a warehouse and quickly spread to six other buildings on the site.


The Lima News reports firefighters had to strategically use their water supply because so many hoses were being used to douse the flames.


Firefighters even pulled water from a nearby lake while battling the blaze.

Marion Man Gets Life in Wife's Killing

MARION, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he killed his wife and hid her body under some boxes in their basement.


Prosecutors say 37-year-old David Shockey planned to kill wife Shelly in March so he could be with his 19-year-old mistress.


David Shockey pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated murder in Marion, 45 miles north of Columbus. He'll be eligible for parole after 25 years.


Police say 41-year-old Shelly Shockey was strangled and stabbed. Her body was found in the basement by officers who searched the house.


David Shockey's girlfriend at the time, 19-year-old Danielle Crokie, also was arrested. She is scheduled for trial in November on charges including complicity to aggravated murder.

Parents of Riverdale Student Charged

The parents of a student who was allegedly victimized by a Riverdale school teacher who was later charged have themselves been charged with child endangering.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call at the residence of Anthony Nelson in Wharton. The boy who called woke up to find his parents missing and seven year old brother asleep.
The boys’ father returned home and told the deputy his mother typically watches the children. The report stated that Autumn Nelson, the boys’ mother, has been charged with leaving them home alone and Anthony Nelson has been charged with leaving stacks of medication bottles in reach of the children.
The case will be reviewed by the Wyandot County Department of Job and Family Services.
Former Riverdale teacher Barb Williams was videotaped in May shoving the student at the school. She has pleaded not guilty in Findlay Municipal Court to a child endangering charge and is scheduled for a Dec. 15 trial.

Vehicle Sideswipes Utility Pole

A vehicle was damaged after sideswiping a utility pole Monday evening.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 51 year old Tim Legge, of Kenton, became disoriented while driving east on Espy Street. His vehicle travelled off the right side of the road and sideswiped the utility pole causing moderate damage.

Legge was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for medical reasons.

Early Voting Begins in Ohio Following Dispute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans can start casting ballots Tuesday in the fall election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a dispute over the swing state's voting schedule.


Voters can pick their choices for the next governor along with other statewide officeholders in the Nov. 4 election. Also up for a vote are a number of legislative races and more than 1,600 local issues.


Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person.


The start of early voting had shifted amid a lawsuit over two election-related measures.


A federal judge temporarily blocked a Republican-backed law. His ruling lengthened the early voting schedule and moved the start of early voting to Sept. 30.


But a later ruling from the Supreme Court returned the start to Tuesday, following a request from state officials.

New Ditch Expected to Improve Drainage Issues in Blanchard Watershed

The improvements will turn the Warmbroad Ditch into a Two-State Ditch, rather than a single stage ditch.



The new ditch is being constructed on US 68 North just south of Dunkirk, on property owned by Chris Kurt. According to information provided by the Nature Conservancy, the primary threats to the Upper Blanchard River Watershed are excess sedimentation from crop fields, stream flashiness and nutrient loading, also from crop fields. The excesses in sediments and nutrients get into the water in the ditch and move upstream towards the Blanchard River, which can cause problems in areas such as the Blanchard River and Lake Erie further down. Issues with toxic algae blooms and erosion are of particular concern.


Lauren Lindemann, WLEB Conservation Director with the Nature Conservancy said that the project will reduce issues by educating landowners on management practices.


"They've been tested at land grant universities so there's science that is saying they'll be useful to stablize sediment, reduce erosion and to reduce nutrients. We're trying to bring those extra better management practices that people might not know about out here in the real world setting and get them implemented and tested to see if they'll actually work the way we're told they will." said Lindemann.


Lindemann explains how the width of the ditch is measured.


In a two stage ditching system, the ditch is designed to absorb some of the nutrients, sediments and reduce the flow of the water in order to help control the release. The bank itself acts as a reservoir in places to permit water to collect and move toward the rivers at a slower pace, thus clearing out certain sediments before they reach the river.


Lindemann said that the Hardin County Project has been going well, with much interest from area farmers and landowners.


"The idea was to widen it and create a floodplain so it has a bit more of a natural function. It's taken us about a year and a half and it's been going really well. Chris Kurt has been very open and forward thinking, he's come to us with questions and concerns and we've had a wonderful relationship. We've had a great partnership with the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District, the landowners, the contractor and everyone. It's been a great partnership." said Lindemann.


Crews working on sections of the ditch project.


The cost of the project is around $24,559.50, which includes mobilization and site preparation, as well as labor, engineering, excavation and repair to the culvert outlets and seeding. The project is being paid for through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant. The Nature Conservancy is working through the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District to reach area landowners on practices such as filter strips and cover crops which can be used to reduce the number of sediments in the ditch as well.

Kenton Tennis Player Wins Sectional Title

Kenton's Claire Oates won the Division 2 girls tennis sectional championship over the weekend.

Oates stayed unbeaten on the season en route to winning the Division 2 girls tennis sectional title over the weekend at the University of Northwestern. Oates did not lose a game as she breezed through the first three rounds of competition, recording 6-0, 6-0 wins over Celina's Breanna Jenkins, Shawnee's Margaret Arabpour and Bath's Kylee Morris. In the semifinals, Bluffton's Maggie Fett managed to take a few games from Oates, but the Wildcat junior still rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. In the finals, Oates was pushed to three sets but won the sectional crown with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spencerville's Kaylee Davis.

Oates will now advance to district competition this week at Bowling Green State University. She will be joined at district's by Ada's Mackenzie Wills, who finished fourth at the UNOH Division 2 sectional.

Action at the district tournament will begin on Thursday and wrap up on Saturday.

Three United Way Dine-In's Scheduled

There are three United Way Dine-In’s scheduled for the month of October.


That's were a percentage of the sales on each of these days will be contributed to the 2015 United Way Campaign.

You can support your Hardin County United Way agencies by dining at one of these restaurants.


.October 13 – Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory


.October 14 – Arby’s, Kenton


.October 23 – McDonald’s, Kenton 7am-7pm

Wildcats Upset State-Ranked Titans 28-3

The Kenton Wildcats upset state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf 28-3 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Titan Stadium.



The Cats' fourth straight win moved them to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the WBL while the Titans fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.


Kenton outgained Ottawa-Glandorf 349-202. The Titans led 3-0 on a 27-yard Mitch Niese field goal in the 1st quarter, but the Cats took a 7-3 lead into the half on a 1-yard TD run from Kollin Stollar.


The Cats put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Titans 21-0 in the stanza. Sollar returned a fumble 20 yards for a score while Trent Hites ran for one score and hit Colyn Blackford for another touchdown.


Trevor Downing intercepted two O-G passes while Tristan Reichelderfer also tallied an interception as the Cats forced four Titan turnovers.


Downing was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they host Elida in the school's annual homecoming game. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Football Scores

Kenton stomps state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf 28-3
Bath narrowly defeats Van Wert 15-14
Wapak dominates Defiance 38-0
Elida beats Shawnee 28-21
St. Mary's tops Celina 21-13
County Scores:
USV falls to Riverside 26-6
Mt. Gilead defeats Elgin 12-7
Hardin Northern topples Open Door Christian 41-36
Ada rolls over Paulding 61-14
Riverdale falls short of North Baltimore 35-21
Galion defeats Upper Sandusky 21-14
Ben Logan takes down Northwestern 24-19
Fort Loramie trumps Ridgemont 69-0
Arlington falls to Liberty-Benton 25-13
Pleasant shuts out North Union 14-0

Four Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Nathanial J. Rohrer was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison on four counts of sexual battery. He was classified as a Tier III Sexual Offender.


.Vincent L. Calloway II was sentenced to a total of 44 months in prison on two counts each of felonious assault and assault.


.Michael E. Bickle Jr. was sentenced to a total of 41 months in prison on one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.


.Desiree C. Howard was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


The month of October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Emily Wrencher, the Executive Director of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, said domestic violence cases are more prevalent than you might imagine, "The national statistics tell us that one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime and also one in thirty-three men. Domestic violence is also the umbrella for elder abuse and child abuse also."

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:365 on WKTN.



FBI Joins Search For Missing Teen in Northern Ohio

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - FBI agents have joined the search for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a week from her home in Bucyrus in north central Ohio.


An FBI spokeswoman says the FBI joined the searched Thursday at the request of local law enforcement agencies. Rebecca "Becky" Kemper was last seen by her mother at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Her mother called police after discovering the girl's bedroom window open and her daughter nowhere to be found.


Special Agent Vicki Anderson says the teen is home-schooled and not believed to be a runaway. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue pajamas.

Wildcats Face Titans in Key WBL Game

The Kenton Wildcats look to run their win streak to four games tonight when they travel to Ottawa to take on the state-ranked Titans.


The Wildcats have won their last three games by an average margin of 33 points a game and are now 3 and 2 overall. Kenton is 3 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight's showdown with the state-ranked Titans.


Ottawa-Glandorf, which is ranked 3rd in the latest Division V state poll, is 5 and 0 overall and looks like the best team in the Western Buckeye League. The Titans are undefeated in league play, winning their games by an average of 31 points a contest, and are tied with Wapakoneta for the top spot in the league.


A victory for the Cats would put them right back into the picture for the Western Buckeye League title and would be a big boost to their playoff chances. Kenton is in sole possession of third in the league, a game back of the Titans and Skins, and remain in the thick of the playoff race midway through the season.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Titan Stadium. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is slate for 7:30 p.m.


In other games around the county tonight, 2 and 3 Ridgemont visits Fort Loramie, which is 3 and 2; Upper Scioto Valley hosts Riverside in a matchup of 3 and 2 teams; Ada travels to Paulding - the Bulldogs are 2 and 3 while the Panthers check in a 1 and 4; the 2 and 3 Hardin Northern Polar Bears hit the road for action with the 1 and 4 Open Christian Academy; and Riverdale goes for its first win of the season when the Falcons visit 3 and 2 North Baltimore.

Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Wraps Up Season

The Benjamin Logan boys golf team ended their season Thursday with a 10th place finish at their district tournament.


We thought we'd do better but yet we improved on last year. Getting beat by 9 teams of a field of 12 seems disheartening, but when you consider 75% of the teams weren't there because you beat them last week it puts things in perspective.

The sour taste you get from not playing to your potential leaves a void until you look at the whole season.


We wanted to win our conference which we did, 20-0. We wanted to place at sectionals to get back to districts, we placed 2nd this year compared to 4th last year. Lastly we wanted to improve on our last years showing at districts and again we did. We'll loose 2 seniors ( TJ Fink and Tanner Rader ) and their leadership will be missed. However with 4 of our top 6 back and some encouraging jv play we're already thinking of next year.


In addition some of the best lessons learned on a golf course don't always involve golf. I'm proud of the way our boys carried themselves all year and I know they are better individuals because of those experiences.


The Raiders were paced by Grant Ricketts who shot a 82, TJ Fink 87, Tanner Rader 100, Colin Headings 106 and Mitchell Fink 110.


Oakwood and McNicholas tied and moved on to state next week where our district has emerged as the state champion in 4 of the last 5 years.


Ben Logan ended the season at 68-32.

Slight Majority Plan To Get Flu Shot

Visitor Poll voters were almost evenly split on the idea of getting a flu shot.

Responding to the question, "Do you plan on getting a flu shot this season?, a slight majority, or 54% of the voters said they plan on getting one, while 46% said they will not be getting a flu shot.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

Kentucky Man Dies Following Crash on S.R. 31 in Union County

A head-on collision between a semi tractor trailer unit and a box truck on State Route 31 near Byhalia in Union County has claimed the life of a Kentucky man.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred just before two Wednesday afternoon. 35 year old Jack Moore, of Ashland, Kentucky, was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County where he was later pronounced dead.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy and official ruling by the Union County Coroner's Office.


Two other crash victims, 67 year old Theodore Yocum, of Lewistown, Ohio and 52 year old Donald Cummings, of Columbus, were both transported to the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus by Medflight Helicopter.


The crash remains under investigation by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, consisting of deputies from Union, Champaign, Logan and Hardin Counties.


State Route 31 was closed for several hours while the crash scene was investigated and cleaned up.

Business in Dunkirk Broken Into

A business in Dunkirk was broken into sometime Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, someone pushed in a window at the back of Shenanigan'z Lounge on Main Street in the village to gain entry.

An inventory is being conducted to determine what, if anything, is missing.

Ohio Early Voting Case Returns To Lower Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A dispute over early voting rules in Ohio will return to a district court for further proceedings following a ruling from a federal appeals panel in Cincinnati.


On Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated its decision to uphold an order that lengthened Ohio's early voting schedule and moved the start of voting to this week. That order by a judge doesn't affect the fall election because a divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request from state officials to delay it.


Early voting in the swing state now will begin Tuesday.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued in May on behalf of the state's NAACP chapter and others. The ACLU of Ohio says it is reviewing all the court decisions.

Early Voting Hours Changed



Early voting hours will now start next week in Ohio.


Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said if you need to register or change your address, then Monday October 6 is a date to remember, "That is the deadline to register or change your address, and we will be open until nine that evening for you to do so."


In person early voting then starts Tuesday October 7 said Bookmyer, :We will be open Tuesday October through Friday October 10 from 8am to 5pm, then from 8am to 5pn Tuesday October 14 through the 17. There will be no voting on Monday October 13 due to Columbus Day. Our hours are 8-5 Monday October 20 through Friday October 24, and Saturday the 25 from 8am to 4pm. Monday October 27 through Friday the 31 from 8-5, Saturday November 1 from 9-4, Sunday November 2 from 1-5pm and Monday November 3, the day before election, we will be open from 8am to 2pm."


If all of those dates don't work out for you, the Bookmyer said all you have to do is call their office at 419-674-2211, and they will mail you a ballot.

Hardin County Resident Selected As National Beef Ambassador

Pictured L to R: Kalyn McKibben, Rachel Purdy, Will Pohlman, Alicia Smith and Demi Snider


A Hardin County resident has been selected as a National Beef Ambassador.

Demi Snider, a student in the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University has been selected as one of five National Beef Ambassadors for 2015,. That's a role that Ciera Jepsen , of Ohio had in 2014. Snyder said, "It's a great honor, and I'm super excited to see what the year has in store for me."

Snider is the only ambassador from east of the Mississippi, and she adds, "I think what I'm looking forward to the most is just getting to be a part of the industry outside of my home state of Ohio."

Her responsibilities as a National Beef Ambassador will kick into high gear after the first of the year.

Joining Snider are: Rachel Purdy, of Wyoming, Will Pohlman, of Arkansas, Alicia Smith, of Texas and Kalyn McKibben, of Oklahoma.


Story and picture from Brownfield Agri News Network.

Woman Arrested After Dousing Son With Gasoline



An argument over a card game led to the arrest of a Forest woman over the weekend.


According to information from Forest Police Chief Donnie Southward, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of North Patterson Street around 8 Saturday night where they found the victim soaked with gasoline. The Chief said the victim got into an argument with his mother during a card game. The woman, identified as Kimberly Wise, allegedly left the house and went to her residence, returning a short time later with a container filled with gasoline. Wise is then said to have poured the gasoline on her son and attempted to light it but was not successful. She also allegedly poured into onto a nearby house, failing to light it as well.


Wise was taken into custody and was transported to the Multi-

County Jail in Marion on a charge of aggravated assault. The Chief said numerous other charges are pending.

Ohio Gas Prices Higher To Start Work Week



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are moving back up again in Ohio.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime more than a week ago, but 7 cents lower than last month at this time.


The Ohio average is still slightly lower than the national average, which was $3.34 on Monday, identical to last week's average price.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown area has lowest average at about $3.26 per gallon. The highest average price is about $3.32 in Cincinnati.

Winter Heating Costs Expected To Lower For Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With a milder winter predicted, experts say heating costs should be lower for most Ohioans.

Many energy companies used the lessons of last winter, one of the coldest and snowiest in decades, to improve their delivery systems.


So even if forecasts are off, companies expect to avoid the kind of panic that hit parts of Ohio last January and February.


According to the forecasting service AccuWeather, Ohio's average temperature from December to February looks to be 2 degrees lower than normal, but still not as cold as last winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also predicts a warmer Ohio winter.


Regarding natural gas, experts are predicting that market prices will be lower than a year ago, with consumption also lower.

Dairy Service Unit Cheese Sale Announced

The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit is holding their semi-annual cheese sale.  The fall sale has a variety of cheeses to choose from including Colby, Muenster, Smoked Cheddar, Mozzarella, Marble, American Processed, Farmers Cheese, Cheddar, Big Eye Swiss, Baby Swiss, Lacey Swiss (low cholesterol, low fat), Hot Pepper, and also Trail Bologna.  Cheese is in approximately 2 pound units, except for Muenster, Hot Pepper, American Processed Cheese, which are sold in 5 pound loaves.  The American Processed Cheese is sliced, while the mozzarella and cheddar cheese are shredded.  The Trail Bologna comes in 1-1 3/4 pound rings.
Order forms, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link, can also be obtained at the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in Kenton or online at hardin.osu.edu, as well as from Dairy Service Unit Directors.  The deadline for ordering cheese is October 31, with pick-up dates November 14 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm or November 15 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Dan and Molly Wagner’s dairy farm.  Funds from the semi-annual cheese sale are used to support dairy youth activities such as scholarships, royalty, awards, and other activities planned by the Dairy Service Unit.  Orders not picked up will be considered canceled. No deliveries will be made.  Pay amount due at pick-up.

Ribbon Cutting Held at WalMart



KENTON – Walmart Associates, the Hardin County Ambassadors, and Jon Cross President & CEO of The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance assisted in the ribbon cutting ceremony at Walmart’s Grand Re- Opening in Kenton, on Friday, September 19.

Early Voting Hours Set



In person absentee/early voting hours for the 2014 General Election have been set.


Hardin County Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said it starts Tuesday September 30, "From 8am-5pm through October 10, and then Monday October 6 from 8am to 9pm, which is the deadline to register to vote or change addresses, 8-5 Tuesday October 7 through Friday October 10, 8-5 Tuesday October 14 through October 17, 8-7 Monday October 20 through Friday October 24, 8-4 Saturday October 25, 1-5pm on Sunday October 26, 8-7 Monday October 27 through Friday October 31, 8-4 Saturday November 1, 1-5 on Sunday November 2 and 8-2 on Monday November 3, the day before the election."


Bookmyer said one of the only days where there will be no early voting is Monday October 13 because of Columbus Day, but she said there are still plenty of opportunities, "Plus, absentee ballots can be sent by mail by calling our office at 419-674-2211. All mailed absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections by 7:30pm on Election Day November 4."

Wildcats Win Third Straight, Pound Shawnee 49-7

The Kenton Wildcats won their third straight game, crushing Shawnee 49-7 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Shawnee Stadium.



The Cat improve to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the league while the Indians, losers of three straight, are now 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the WBL.


Trent Hites threw for 388 yards and three scores, connecting with Kollin Stollar, Colyn Blackford and Chris Deardorff for touchdowns. Hites, Stollar and Alex Huston each rushed for TDs while Trevor Downing returned an interception for a score.


For the game, the Cats outgained Shawnee 482-65.


Downing and Tristan Reichelderfer were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

The Cats are back in action on Friday when they visit state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Scores

Kenton defeats Shawnee 49-7
Bath edges out St. Mary’s 28-21
Ottawa-Glandorf rolls over Defiance 48-7
Van Wert trumps Elida 31-28
Wapak beats Celina 34-12
County Scores:
USV tops Perry 43-20
Highland downs Elgin 48-18
St. Joseph Central Catholic shuts out Hardin Northern 34-0
Ada defeats Bluffton in final seconds 42-41
Arlington trumps Riverdale 68-28
North Union beats Upper Sandusky 37-14
Bellefontaine tops Ben Logan 45-13
Belmont stomps Ridgemont 60-37

Three People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court



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


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


.Eddie D. Scott Jr. was sentenced to a total of 57 months in prison on charges of trafficking in drugs, with a firearm specification, carrying concealed weapons and unlawful transactions of weapons.


.Gary Wayne Wodarski was sentenced to a total of 51 months in prison on charges of domestic violence, having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property with a firearm specification.


.Linda L. Clark was placed on 5 years community control with conditions on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Local and State Officials Discuss Plans on Upgrading Intersection

Plans on improving the intersection at Morningside Drive and East Columbus Street/State Route 67 are in the works.  


The intersection at Columbus/67E and Jacob Parrot and Morningside Drive.


State Representative Robert Sprague met with members of the City of Kenton and ODOT District One on the plans. Earlier this year, the city submitted a grant proposal to the ODOT Small Communities Grant Committee for the project. The plan, with projected costs of around one million dollars, was to re-align the intersection so that Jacob Parrot and Morningside line up, along with turn lanes and traffic lights. Traffic to the new Kenton Elementary School is also a concern.


The Small Communities Grant proposal was rejected as it scored low on the criteria. Kirk Slusher from ODOT District One, which signed off on the grant proposal with the city said that the grants are becoming more competitive, and that this year, nineteen grants were submitted with only five being funded. State Representative Sprague noted that projects such as the improvements to the intersection need to be funded.


"We have to figure out how to cobble together the funds to improve the intersection. We want to keep the kids safe and there's new demand on the intersection that wasn't there previously. So I'm optimistic that the next time the grant is submitted it will be much more competitive." said Sprague.


ODOT stated that much of the scoring on the grants is based on past traffic data and past issues, rather than the potential for issues. And also noted that there were other avenues that the city could pursue, such as SIDLoans or Safe routes grants. But that any direction would have to come from the city itself as the intersection is within the city limits.


Members of the City Administration, including Council President Joel Althauser and Kenton Mayor Randy Manns indicated that the city would re-apply for the Small Communities Grant next year, and work with ODOT on improving their scoring. Mayor Manns noted that the data would likely change with the new school being open.


"Personally I believe the small city grant is the only way we can go. We want to do it right, we don't want to just do a small fix. We want to do the intersection the correct way. It's been a challenge for the city for years. Now it's more of a challenge because of the new school and new businesses that are going out there. We're going to go back to the small cities grant and do this thing correctly the first time" said Manns.


The Small Communities Grant application will be due on March 1st 2015.

Heritage Cooperative Shows Off New Facility

Heritage Cooperative celebrated the grand opening of a $7 million expansion to its branch in Kenton during a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. The project includes a new state-of-the-art fuel station, located on State Route 31 South, which will provide increased services to Heritage's local customers.



Among the project's most important elements is a fuel station, which offers gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station is a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation.


"What makes this new facility unique is the ability to offer unmatched access in this region of the state to a clean-burning, affordable fuel source like CNG," said Eric Parthemore, CEO, Heritage Cooperative. "As the needs of our customers and members are changing, we know we must evolve to ensure we can deliver better solutions that incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures - this expansion reflects that commitment."



"We are pleased to partner with Heritage Cooperative on this exciting project," said Jim Lammers, general manager of transport, Precision Strip, Inc. "With the addition of CNG, we plan to convert our Kenton fleet of trucks to operate on a 50/50 mix of diesel and CNG with a goal of having 100 percent of the fleet running on CNG by the end of 2016. This will provide numerous benefits by using a cleaner and less expensive energy source without sacrificing service to our customers."

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that the facility will be a boon for the city of Kenton and for Hardin County.


"It speaks volumes of the progress we're making and how beautiful this facility is. But also I believe that other industries that are looking to locate their business, I believe they're going to look at this compressed gas gasoline station here and that's going to be one of the factors they look at in choosing Kenton as the location for them, so while it makes our city look better but also in the long term I really believe it's going to help expand our economic growth." said Manns.


The expansion project also includes a two-million-gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank and a computer automated liquid load-out building with eight 10,000 gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers.


Also added to the site are four 30,000 gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks.

Wildlife Officer Talks About 2014 Hunting Season Changes



September 27 marks the start of Archery season, which is the first of several seasons to come.


Hunters harvested just over 191,400 deer during the 2013/14 deer season. That was down from 218,910 the season before, but Hardin County Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy said that is by design, "We manage deer for target levels in each county, and when those harvests get near that target level, then we need to reduce the bag limits for the number of deer that hunters are allowed to take, so that is by design. We had some fairly liberal bag limits. Hunters over the last several years have been allowed four deer in Hardin County, and now it's time to adjust that a little bit."


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

Drug Take Back Day Set For Saturday

Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday September 27.


Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said this time around there will be three locations, "Hardin Memorial Hospital. It's be the parking lot of the medical office building, and it'll be held from nine till noon. In Ada, it's the same location where we've had it, South Main Street and East College Avenue, and that will be from nine till noon. The third location is going to be the Forest Community Health Center, but that will be held from nine till eleven."

Cats Aim For Three Wins in a Row

The Kenton Wildcats try for their 3rd straight win tonight when they visit Shawnee.


The Wildcats have rebounded from an 0 and 2 start, winning their last two games to get to .500 on the season. The Cats are 2 and 2 overall but are tied for third in the Western Buckeye League with a 2 and 1 league mark, just a game back of Ottawa-Glandorf and Wapakoneta.

Shawnee is trending in the opposite direction. The Indians have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68 to 7 and are 1 and 3 overall and 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye



WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Shawnee, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Also this evening, Hardin Northern will recognize its 2004 state championship team. Ten years ago, the Polar Bears went 14 and 1 en route to winning the Division 6 state title, defeating Norwalk St. Paul 20 to 8 in the championship game. The state-title team will be honored prior to kickoff of tonight's game between the 2 and 2 Polar Bears and the 0 and 4 St. Joseph Central Catholic Crimson Streaks.


Also tonight around the county, 2 and 2 Ridgemont hosts 3 and 1 Belmont; undefeated Arlington entertains Riverdale, which is 0 and 4 on the year; 2 and 2 Upper Scioto Valley travels to winless Perry; Ada makes the short trip to Bluffton to meet the Pirates - both squads are 1 and 3 this season.

Kenton Boys Golf Team Heading To Districts

The Kenton Wildcats boys golf team is heading to districts.
Left to right. Assistant Coach Cody Barker, Luke Nichols, Nathan Osborn, Britton Hensel, Daniel Fink, Anthony McKee, Coach Brad Blue
The Wildcats finished third with a team score of 326 Thursday at the Division 2 sectional tournament at Country Acres Golf Club in Kalida. That was good enough to earn Kenton a spot in the district tournament, which will be held next Thursday at Red Hawk Run in Findlay. 
Two teams and two individuals from the district tournament will qualify for the state tourney, which will be held at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course on October 10th and 11th.

BKP Ambulance Involved in Crash

A BKP ambulance was involved in a crash that occurred early Wednesday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 24 year old Tate Peterson was driving the ambulance west on Franklin Street and struck the left rear of a legally parked car owned by Scott Farler, of Lakeview. The car was pushed into a yard and travelled onto High Street where it made contact with another parked car owned by Shaylee Sexton, of Kenton.


The ambulance then struck a utility pole before coming to rest.


A passenger in the ambulance was being transported to a hospital in Lima at the time of the crash. The patient and another passenger, 24 year old Kyle Brugler, of West Mansfield, were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation.

Tools Stolen From Morton Buildings

A theft of various tools occurred at Morton Buildings.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident was reported Wednesday afternoon by a representative of the company located on State Route 31 south of Kenton.

The value of the items was listed at just over $1000.

The tools have been recovered, and the case remains under investigation.

Recent Blood Drive A Success; Six Scheduled in October

The American Red Cross Community Blood Drive was held this past Monday in Kenton.


43 productive units of blood were collected during the blood drive on Monday.


Those receiving gallon award pins were:


.Charlen Collins- 4 gallons


.Josua Fleming- 7 gallons


.Jonas Borntreger- 8 gallons


.Judith Pearson- 11 gallons


.Paul Pemberton- 16 gallons


There will be six blood drives in the month of October. Those donating will be eligible to win at $5000 Visa Card courtesy of Suburban Propane. The blood drives in October will be:


.Mary Lou Johnson Library Meeting Room Friday 10/3/14 10:00 am- 4:00 pm


.Ohio Northern University Activities Room Monday 10/6/14 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


.Upper Scioto Valley High School Alumni Fieldhouse Monday 10/6/14 8:00 am- 1:00 pm


.St. John's United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall Tuesday 10/7/14 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm


.Forest VFW Post 1182 Community Room Monday 10/13/14 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm


.Kenton Community Drive/ First Baptist Church Gym County Road 175 Mon 10/20/14 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm


You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.

Woman Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash

A Powell, Ohio woman escaped injury in a roll over crash that occurred early Tuesday morning on U.S. 68 in Pleasant Township.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 29 year old Cheri-Jo Loveall was driving south on 68 and she stated that a northbound farm tractor entered her lane of travel. To avoid a collision, Loveall said she drove off the right side of the road, but part of the farm equipment made contact with her car pushing it towards the ditch. Loveall over-corrected, which sent the car off the left side of the road where it rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side in a field.


Heavy damage occurred to the car, and BKP Ambulance was dispatched, but Loveall was not transported.


The farm tractor was not at the scene when deputies arrived, and the crash remains under investigation.

Kenton School Board Considers Purchasing New School Bus

The new bus will be used to help bus additional students to the new Kenton Elementary School. At a special Kenton School

Board meeting this morning, Kenton Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the school is looking into purchasing a 72 passenger bus, which is bigger than most of the busses the school has in operation. Currently, three busses are dedicated to bus children in the city, with other busses picking up city students on their way in. With the additional students riding the bus at different times of the day, the bigger bus was deemed necessary to handle the load. The school will be looking into the matter over the next several weeks.


Also at the meeting, the board set a time and date for an auction of items in the Hardin Central Building and the Espy School Building. The auction will take place on October 11th with Hardin Central happening at 10am and Espy at 1pm tentatively. The board also voted to bid the abatement of the Hardin Central and Espy school buildings. Once the abatement process is complete, the board will put out for bids to demolish the properties, at which point discussions on selling the properties can begin.


Board member David Haushalter also announced that a meeting will be held tomorrow (Thursday) morning with members of the Kenton City Council, ODOT, and State Rep. Robert Sprague to discuss lights and traffic improvements at the intersection of Morningside Drive and State Route 67 east. The meeting is slated for 9am at the Kenton City Building.

Ohio High School Athletic Association Releases Computer Ratings

Two county schools are ranked in the top 12 in their respective regions in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s first weekly computer ratings, which were released on Tuesday.

The Kenton Wildcats are sitting 12th in the Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings while the Ridgemont Golden Gophers are tied for 8th in the Division 7, Region 26 rankings.

The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the postseason, with the top four seeds hosting first-round games.

Results From Ben Logan Boys Golf Tournament

The Benjamin Logan boys golf team placed 2nd in a field of 15 Tuesday at Reid Park in Springfield, to earn a berth to next weeks district tournament held at Weatherwax in Middletown.


Springfield Shawnee won the event with a 324. Ben Logan placed 2nd shooting 353, followed by Northeastern 357, and Greenview 358. The top 4 teams advance.


For the Raiders Grant Ricketts was medalist for the day and led the team with a 76. He was followed by TJ Fink 84, Tanner Rader 93, Mitchell Fink 100, and Colin Headings 104.


Once again the course played difficult with many tough pin placements. Only 3 players broke 80 with Ricketts 76, Grant Engle 77, and Kyle Northwestern 78.


We've played 4, 18 hole tournaments there this year and all 4 times we've started on the back nine. I feel bad for the guys because the back is so much tougher.


Playing the front first seems like an advantage because you can gain some confidence and hopefully gain some feel before tackling the back. However the boys played through it once again and I'm proud of them for not getting down.


Grant made par at 10, then triple bogeyed 11, and was 4 over after 4 holes. It's so easy to get down after a start like that but he kept his composure and played even par the last 14 holes highlighted by an eagle on the par 5  6th, his 15th hole played.


The Raiders run their record to 66-23 on the year and play next Thursday Oct 2nd.


Most People Feel Stop Light Needed on 68 at 81 in Dunkirk

By a three to one margin, Visitor Poll voters feel a stop light needs to be installed on US 68 at State Route 81 in Dunkirk.


The poll was put up shortly after an accident that started a blaze at Southside Six last week.


75% of the voters said the caution light currently in place on the 68 side of the intersection needs to be replaced with a stop light. 25% said no it is not needed.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question of the week.

Three Injured in Monday Morning Crash

Three people were injured in a crash that occurred just before nine Monday morning on East Franklin Street in Kenton.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 78 year old Bernard Zoeller was driving west on Franklin and failed to stop in time for a vehicle in front of him that was stopped in traffic.
Zoeller's vehicle struck the rear of a trailer that was being pulled by a Hardin County Council on Aging owned pickup truck being operated by 52 year old Jeffrey Keel. The pickup was then pushed into the third car being driven by 59 year old Rebecca Hamilton.

All three drivers are from Kenton, and they were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.

Zoeller was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

Vehicle Destroyed By Fire

A sport utility vehicle was heavily damaged by fire Monday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 60 year old Michael Simpson, of Kenton, was driving south on U.S. 68 in
Pleasant Township when he said he heard a popping sound. He pulled the vehicle off to the right side of the road, and flames were visible from the front end.

The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched as was BKP Ambulance, but there were no injuries.

Kenton City Council Meets

The City of Kenton will soon be taking bids on the lots recently purchased by the city.  


At the city council meeting Monday night, Peg Wren from the Special Projects committee announced that the city would soon be accepting bids on several properties recently purchased and raized by the city. Several months ago, the city purchased three properties including 133 South High Street and 419 W. Walnut St. The city will soon be taking bids on those as well as on city owned property on Robinson Avenue and the city will be advertising when it will be accepting bids.


Also at the meeting, The Safety Committee announced it had reviewed the issue of removing the traffic light at the intersection of Ohio and South Main Streets that had recently fell. While the Safety Committee, in agreement with the Kenton Police and the city administration found no fault with leaving the light removed, it was noted that traffic going from west to east across that intersection had issues when a car was parked in the far parking space on the west side of Main. The committee. Specifically a car parked there would obscure oncoming traffic. The committee moved to review the matter further to see if the issue could be addressed.


Safety Service Director Jim Hites also announced that the city would be conducting smoke testing on the city water pipes in the fourth ward today (Tuesday) and wanted residents to be aware of the testing.


Prior to the next meeting of the Kenton City Council, there will be a Joint Council/Grove Cemetery Board meeting to review a reorganization of that board and a public hearing from the regional planning committee to hold a hearing on a re-zoneing of property on Asher St. All three meetings will follow each other and be held in the Kenton City Muncipal Building at 6pm.

Former Home Savings and Loan Employee Sentenced

A former employee of Home Savings and Loan was sentenced this morning in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

Barbara J. "Bobbie" Fee was placed on five years community control with conditions. She must serve 300 hours of community service and must pay a fine totaling $13,500. Fee must also pay restitution in the amount of just over $86,500 to the victims.

Judge Scott Barrett accepting the joint sentencing recommendation from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey and Defense Attorney Robert Grzybowski.

Fee pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft, six counts of theft, two counts of theft from an elderly person and two counts of petty theft on a bill of information back in August.

Judge Barrett noted Fee's level of cooperation during the investigation and the fact that she has no prior record as outlined in the presentence investigation report.

Judge Barrett recommended that Fee do her community service with the Hardin County Soup Kitchen if they are willing. That organization was listed as one of Fee's victims.

At the sentencing hearing, Craig Curtis, the son of one of the victims, the late Gretchen Curtis, told the Court his mother fully trusted Fee for all of her accounts at Home Savings. He said this a very disappointing situation.

Fee told the Court that what she did can't be blamed on an addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling. She said she lost sight of what was right and wrong, and this became her addiction. She said she couldn't make herself stop either from shear stupidity or temporary insanity. Fee added that she knows what she did was wrong and she only wants to make it right.

Grzybowski informed the Court that the restitution checks to the victims have already been written.

Ridgeway Man Arrested Following Saturday Night Crash in Logan County

A Ridgway man is facing multiple charges in connection to a crash that injured a Forest man Saturday night.


According to information from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 61 year old Floyd Stoldorf was driving a pickup truck pulling a trailer north on U.S. 68 in Rushcreek Township in Logan County. The vehicle drifted left of center and the trailer sideswiped a southbound motorcycle being operated by 61 year old Pat Stidham, of Forest.


Stidham was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine with incapacitating injuries.


Stoldorf continued on and was later located in Hardin County, but was able to make it back to Logan County where he was involved in another crash. At one point, a Hardin County Sheriff's Office cruiser was involved in a crash, but the deputy was not injured.

Stoldorf was located a short time later and taken into custody.


In addition to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Stoldorf is also facing numerous charges in both Hardin and Union Counties.

One Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop By Crime Task Force

The Hardin County Crime Task executed a traffic stop in the Village of Ridgeway at approximately 10:30pm this past Friday night.

According to a release, during the traffic stop the driver of the truck fled on foot and was apprehended by a Sheriff's Deputy's a short distance from the stop. As a result of the traffic stop the vehicle was searched along with a residence in Logan County. The Task Force seized Heroin, prescription pills, cash and a vehicle. The Male driver of the truck was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Hardin Co.  The male driver is also facing charges for Fleeing, possession of Heroin in a school zone, Trafficking in Heroin in a school zone, Tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The Task Force was assisted at the scene by the Ridgeway Fire Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Logan County Sheriff's Office and Osborn's Towing

Ohio Gas Prices Down Again To Start Work Week


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas is down again in Ohio, with prices at some stations in the state hovering just above the $3-a-gallon mark.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents lower than a week ago and 19 cents less than last month at this time.


The Ohio average is lower than the national average, which was $3.34 on Monday. That's about a nickel less than a week ago and a dime less than a month ago.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo area has lowest average at about $3.05 per gallon.


Analysts say gas prices likely will continue to fall in the coming weeks.






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

Dixon Named C.O.O. of Home Savings and Loan




The following is a press release from Home Savings and Loan Company Board of Directors Chairman David Deever:


Kenton, Ohio—September, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, has named Charles E. Dixon its Chief Operating Officer. 


Dixon, a resident of Kenton, has been in the financial services industry since 1975.  He most recently was the President-Chief Executive Officer-Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Pataskala Banking Company, Pataskala, Ohio.  Dixon also served as Chairman of the Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, was an advisory board member of The Western Branch of the Licking County Family YMCA, served on the Licking County United Way Campaign Cabinet, and was a member of and served on several committees of the Rotary Club of Pataskala.  Dixon is former Vice President of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio, former President-CEO of Community First Bank, NA, and Assistant Vice President of BancOhio National Bank.
David Deever, Chairman of Home Savings and Loan stated, “ We are pleased to have Chuck become part of our management team.  His many years in banking as well as his community involvement fits well into our long-range plans.” 


Dixon is a former two-term member of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education.  He has also served on many Hardin County boards and committees over the past thirty years, and is a member of Alger First United Methodist Church.
Dixon is a 1973 graduate of Allen East High School (LaFayette, Ohio), a 1977 graduate of Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio), and a 1997 graduate of The Graduate School of Banking (Madison, Wisconsin).  He also is the owner of Dixon Consulting.
The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, a community bank, was founded in 1888 and serves all of Hardin County from its sole location, 116 E. Franklin Street, Kenton, Ohio.

Master Gardener Class Begins Next Week

Hardin County - Do you have an interest in gardening, want to improve your skills, and at the same time, enjoy sharing your knowledge with others?


If so, there is still time to join the new Master Gardener Volunteer class. The Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardeners in conjunction with Allen County OSU Extension Master Gardeners will begin a training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers next week.


The first class on September 23 will be an orientation to the Master Gardener Volunteer program and will take place at the Hardin County Extension office from 6:00-9:00 pm. Regular classes will start September 25 and end November 20, with no class on Veterans Day. After the orientation, classes will meet at OSU-Lima on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for three hours. The cost for the course is $150, which includes a Master Gardener Volunteer manual, course handouts, and class refreshments.


The fee also covers expenses to bring in guest speakers who are experts in their fields. Prospective Master Gardener Volunteers will also need to get a background check at their own expense.


The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.


Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!


Working with county Extension personnel and a local Volunteer Coordinator, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.


Go to hardin.osu.edu to download an enrollment form. You can also stop by the Hardin County Extension office at 1021 W. Lima Street in Kenton or email badertscher.4osu.edu to obtain an enrollment form and more information. Contact the office by Monday, September 22 if interested in participating in this class.

Ohio Military, Overseas Voters To Get Fall Ballots

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Elections officials in Ohio will start mailing absentee ballots Saturday to registered military and overseas voters who have requested one.


The Nov. 4 election includes races for governor and attorney general, along with other statewide officeholders. Voters also will decide a number of legislative races and the outcome of more than 1,600 local issues.


Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says county elections boards will send absentee ballots to other voters beginning Sept. 30, when early in-person voting is slated to begin.


Husted says more than 266,000 Ohio voters have already requested an early ballot for the fall election. His office sent more than 6 million absentee ballot applications to voters around Labor Day.


The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.


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