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One of the biggest fundraisers for the Hardin County YMCA is set to place tomorrow.
 

The Annual Y auction will air from 9am to 5pm on WKTN. Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said since it is a fundraiser, he encourages bidders to pay a little more for the items, "If there's a gift certificate for $25, you're going to go out and eat anyway, so why not bid it up a little more. We know everyone's looking for a bargain, but we encourage you to pay a little more, because we want you to support the Y."
 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Inmates at Ohio's highest security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings.

 

A prisons department spokeswoman said nine inmates at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown were continuing to refuse meals as of Friday, in a protest that began March 19. The prison includes Ohio's death row and super-maximum security lockdown.

 

Spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said most inmates have been prohibited from roaming their enclosed housing units freely, and group programming has been halted for the highest security inmates. She cited safety and security concerns, including a serious assault on staff, in the decision.

 

Striking inmates argue religious programming is a constitutionally protected right.

 

Smith said inmates still have access to one-on-one religious services.

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The Annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to take place this Saturday March 28 from 9am to 5pm.
 

Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said items that will be going to the highest bidder will include everything from gift certificates on up, "We have memberships, a nice lawn mower and a number of other very nice items that are worth quite a bit of money. Something different this year is a hog roast. The donor will come to your house and roast the hog for 100 people. It is worth around $200, and it is a perfect item for a graduation."
 

The number to call when placing bids Saturday is 419-673-4141.

 

The Y Auction will broadcast over Time Warner's public access channel while being aired live here on WKTN.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of an effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use have started collecting the thousands of signatures needed to get the proposal before voters.
 
The group ResponsibleOhio started gathering signatures on Wednesday to get on the ballot in November. The group says it will start in the state's larger cities and then expand the effort. It needs more than 305,000 signatures.
 
Spokeswoman Lydia Bolander tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1CquizX ) that initial efforts are a "soft launch" that allows staff to be trained and get their feet wet. More widespread efforts are expected to begin next week.
 
The proposed amendment calls for adults 21 and over to be able to buy marijuana, and to grow up to four plants at home.

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No injuries were reported in a crash that occurred just before 9:30 Tuesday morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 31 year old Jason Broadstone, of Kenton, was driving north in the 200 block of Main street and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting a truck that was stopped in traffic.

 

The truck was being operated by sixty year old Lyle Winegardner of Harrod. Heavy damage occurred to the Broadstone vehicle while light damage occurred to the Winegardner truck.

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MT. GILEAD, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff's detective in north-central Ohio says two men arrested recently in a break-in at a county animal shelter are expected to be charged with burglarizing other shelters around the state.
 
Twenty-nine-year-old James Blankenship and 36-year-old Corby Creech were charged last week in the Jan. 9 burglary at the Morrow County Humane Society shelter in Mt. Gilead.
 
Morrow County sheriff's Det. Marissa Gibson says the men are expected to be charged in other shelter burglaries in the next couple weeks.
 
More than a dozen other shelters around the state were broken into since early January. In most cases, electronics, office supplies, checks and hard drives were taken.
 
Both are jailed with $25,000 bonds. Records don't say if the men have attorneys.

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The City of Kenton will be reviewing its ordinances in regards to pit bull ownership within the city limits. 
 
 
Kenton resident Jeremy Petty spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council Monday night asking about current ordinances regarding pit bulls. Petty said that pit bulls that are untethered have threatened him and his family near his residence, with a recent incident occurring last weekend.
 
"As I looked into my back yard which is all fenced in with six foot high privacy wooden fence, I saw two big pit bulls in my back yard. No sooner than I was aware that they were on my property they saw us and decided to charge my back door which is a glass sliding patio door. So I grabbed my son and my dog and get them to a bedroom. I called the police and the dog warden and they came out and got the animals under control. Basically I'm here because the property owner next to me has decided to build a pen for the dogs but he's attached it to my fence. The issue here is, it's not a question of if the dogs are going to come back through, it's a question of when. They've proven that they can do it once and can do it again." said Petty.
 
City Law Director John Schwemer said that pit bulls, specifically have been classified as a dangerous animal by both the city and the Ohio Revised Code*, and that the city had specific ordinances in regards to dealing with them.
 
"In our codified it requires pit bulls, if they're kept on premises they're to be in an enclosed pen with a top. Or they're supposed to be on a leash or tether that can not be severed and is strong enough to withhold the strength of the dog. There are several requirements in our codified. We did bolster that and also we classified if the pit bulls were to be walked out in public, they're required to be muzzled." said Schwemer.
 
Given the incident over the weekend, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that its probable that the city needs to do more in regards to the enforcement of the pit bull ordinances to ensure that residents can be safe on their own properties in the city.
 
"According to my information, it says that a little over 62% of deaths come from pit bulls. I want council and the rest of us to look at this and come back and re-visit this to see if there's anything else we need to do. Personally I think we just dropped the ball on this one and we're going to meet to see if there's anything more we could do. I'll take some of the blame, the police and the dog catcher as well. I don't know if there were tickets issued but if there wasn't then I think we're all to blame for not enforcing it." said Mayor Manns.
 
Also at the meeting the council also moved to re-zone two properties, one owned by Carol McKinley and the other by Mid Ohio Energy from residential zones to business zones. The council held a hearing on the re-zoning proposals prior to the meeting.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 13th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.
 
*NOTE: In 2012, the State of Ohio removed a statute which classified pit bulls as a vicious animal. However the state also permits local muncipalities to still classify breed specific animals as such. The City of Kenton currently classifies pit bulls as a dangerous animal per local ordinance.
 

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Hardin County Muncipal Court Judge Greg Grimslid presented the Kenton City Council with his annual report on the courts Monday night.
 
Judge Grimslid noted that collections were up, with distributions to both the city and the county increasing, and he mentioned that the court was moving to reduce expenditures by implementing electronic payment for low level infractions, such as speeding fines. Grimslid said that Hardin County would be used as a test county for a statewide system being developed.
 
"In regards to the E-Tickets, the State Patrol is going to go paperless too. Right now they have the computers on board. They print them up themselves but they give us the paper. They give everyone in the state paper right now. We have been chosen as one of the text counties where they're going to start just filing them electronically. That will save paperwork as well, it will save time and be more efficient. We feel that the electronic payment system will be more efficient as well." said Grimslid.
 
Judge Grimslid said that people who need to make payments can also benefit.
 
"Hopefully it will increase the numbers we receive because it will be easier for people who are on payment plans to pay. But it will also make it easier for those of you who get a speeding ticket or something of that nature or the people who come through town. If they go online and take care of that we don't need to have staff taking things at the window. We're going to use an on-site terminal right in this room outside the public docket room with a computer terminal there. Lima Muncipal Court does this and I think it'll be a great help in the long run." said Judge Grimslid.

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Rick Abbott has been hired as the new Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Bellefontaine High School. According to a story in the Bellefontaine Examiner today, at a meeting of the Bellefontaine School Board Monday night current Kenton High School Principal Rick Abbott was extended a one-year contract, effective Aug. 1. His salary was set at $82,886. He will replace current associate principal Jason Brown, who plans to return to the classroom to teach social studies.
 
Abbott will retire from Kenton High School at the end of this school year where he has served as Principal.
 
Source: The Bellefontaine Examiner
 

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Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay with alternative schedule for pre school

 

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no morning bus/walk ins only

 

First United Methodist 1/2 hr delay

 

McGuffey Head Start No AM bus/walk ins only

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How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?

 

Of those resonding, 33% said none, 12% said one and 16% said 2. Thats means, a commanding 61% of the voters drink up to only two cups of coffee per day.

 

13% of the voters said they drink 3 cups per day, and on the higher end of the scale, 26% said they drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week.
 
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.33 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 12 cents from a week ago but $1.19 less than last year at this time.
 
Ohio prices were less than the national average, which was $2.42 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.10 less than a year ago at this time.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, Akron and Toledo had the lowest average Monday at $2.31 per gallon.
 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials are releasing new data for certain Ohio areas showing the number of residents who enrolled in health care coverage under President Barack Obama's law.
 
More than 234,000 Ohioans picked or renewed health plans in the federally run insurance marketplace during the open enrollment period that ended last month.
 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said Monday that the figure includes 16,793 consumers in the Akron area; 13,673 consumers in the Youngstown area; 10,496 consumers in the Toledo area; and 8,306 consumers in the Canton area.
 
The numbers come on the law's fifth anniversary. Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010.
 
Federal officials say because of the law, 5 million Ohioans with a pre-existing health condition can no longer be denied health care coverage.

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Four Richmond, Virginia men were killed in a crash that occurred around 7:30 Friday morning.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said the crash occurred on US 68 about a mile south of Dunkirk, "At this point , it appears that the northbound car went left of center, and that is what caused the crash between the car and the southbound semi."

 

Three men died at the scene. A fourth man in the car was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he was pronounced dead. They're identified as David Armstrong, Jason Spitzer, Ho Jik Kim and James Higgins. The sheriff could not confirm, but did hear, that the four men were travelling to Detroit to participate in a gun walk. Sheriff Everhart did say that Homeland Security was brought in to investigate, "There were just some items in the vehicle that raised our concern a little bit. At that point, I decided that Homeland Security at least should be notified of some items that were in the vehicle and let them carry on that part of the investigation."

 

And the sheriff adds that crashes like these are difficult on first responders, "Anytime you have a fatality it's tough on the first responders, and then multiply that by four, and it just increases the trauma, but I believe everyone is handling it okay. We have offered some counseling services to any of the first responders that would deem that appropriate to take us up on the offer."

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The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal accident on State Route 68 North this morning involving a car and a semi. Four occupants were in the car, three died at the scene, one was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the semi wasn't seriously injured but was transported as a precaution. 
 
 
No further information is available at this time however deputies on the scene did say that the driver and the occupants of the car were not local residents. Further details will be available later today on 95.3FM WKTN.
 
**Updated to include information on fourth fatality**

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One person was injured in a garage fire on State Route 68 North Thursday night.

 

 

According to information from the scene, Dunkirk firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3404 State Route 68 North just south of Dunkirk around 9:10pm Thursday night. Upon arrival firefighters found the rear garage engulfed in flames. The garage was a two car garage which was totally destroyed and there was minor damage to the residence.

 

The resident received burn wounds to his hands and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a wood stove in the garage. The Kenton fire Department provided mutual assistance. Crews were on site till 11pm Thursday night.

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

 

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

 

.Charles E. Rayburn was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on four counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Hardin Northern will host a speaker who will be talking about Internet Safety for Parents.
 

The free program is scheduled for Tuesday March 24, and Hardin Northern High School Principal Joe Hoelzle said all Hardin County parents need to hear what the speaker will be discussing, "Things that parents and adults can do to help keep our kids safe while they're on the internet. I think it's a topic that's becoming more and more relevant as more and more people get access to the internet. We have smart phones, a lot more homes are getting WIFI access, and it's important to know what our kids are doing on the internet."
 

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

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

 

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

 

.Charles E. Rayburn was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on four counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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One person was injured in a garage fire on US 68 North Thursday night.

 

According to information from the scene, Dunkirk firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 3404 State Route 68 North just south of Dunkirk around 9:10pm Thursday night. Upon arrival firefighters found the rear garage engulfed in flames. The garage was a two car garage which was totally destroyed and there was minor damage to the residence.

 

The resident received burn wounds to his hands and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital. The cause of the fire is believed to have been a wood stove in the garage. The Kenton fire Department provided mutual assistance. Crews were on site till 11pm Thursday night.

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Hardin Northern will host a speaker who will be talking about Internet Safety for Parents.
 

The free program is scheduled for Tuesday March 24, and Hardin Northern High School Principal Joe Hoelzle said all Hardin County parents need to hear what the speaker will be discussing, "Things that parents and adults can do to help keep our kids safe while they're on the internet. I think it's a topic that's becoming more and more relevant as more and more people get access to the internet. We have smart phones, a lot more homes are getting WIFI access, and it's important to know what our kids are doing on the internet."
 

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

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Members of the Hardin County Farm Bureau are in Washington DC this week as a part of the annual President's Trip.

 

Farm Bureau members meet with Congressman Robert Latta

 

The Farm Bureau's annual President's Trip is designed to allow local Farm Bureau members to meet with their representatives at the federal level to discuss issues affecting local farmers. Hardin County Farm Bureau President Paul Ralston said that it was a good experience to share with the Congressmen issue affecting Hardin County Farmers.

 

"I think on everyone's mind is water quality in Ohio. We want to make sure the legislators know what we farmers are doing to try to correct the problem and hopefully not get any mandates coming our way. That's my biggest issue, making sure we're working with the legislators and not for them." said Ralston.

Ralston said that, with Farm Bureau being a grassroots organization, the elected officials can see first-hand the impact of their agriculture policies on local farmers.

 

"I really think it brings a real grassroots look to what we do. Agriculture as a whole is kind of a minority in this country. So making sure our legislators know who we are and what we stand for and how we can benefit them as much as they benefit us." said Ralston.

 

And Ralston mentioned that the members on the trip can bring back news and information on agriculture policies to their local organizations.

 

"I think it's very important to take back some of the info that we've been hearing this week. But making sure that we're here giving the message I think is the most important. I think that should say more to the people that we're here. Would you please listen to us and work with us and not against us." said Ralston.

 

Dave Russell from Brownfield Ohio contributed to this report.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - "All About that Bass" singer Meghan Trainor, country star Reba McEntire and Christian music artist Chris Tomlin are among the concert acts scheduled to perform during the Ohio State Fair this summer.
 
The list of concerts released Thursday also includes Alabama, Patti LaBelle and two '70s rock double bills: Deep Purple and Nazareth, and Peter Frampton with Cheap Trick.
 
McEntire kicks off the slate on July 29. The fair runs from July 29 to Aug. 9 at the Ohio Expo Center. Tickets bought in advance include fair admission.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say nearly 1 million taxpayers have taken a new quiz used by the state to catch phony income-tax returns and most have passed it.

 

The quiz to verify identities initially puzzled some residents. The state's Department of Taxation tweaked some questions as it sought to cut down on those that people couldn't respond to because they were obscure or outside recent memory.

 

The security survey is being used for the first time this year to make sure a tax return submitted in someone's name is genuine and not an attempt by an identity thief to collect a refund check.

 

Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said in a statement that about 160,000 filers who were asked to take the quiz still haven't. He says that's an indication of potential fraud.

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A criminal damaging incident occurred at the Northwood School building.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, five windows and a security light were broken on the east side of the building.
Several rocks were found inside a classroom where the windows had been broken.
 

The incident was reported around noon on Tuesday and occurred sometime since Monday afternoon when a meeting was held inside the building.
 

The incident is under investigation.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An appeals court says a woman can sue an Ohio sheriff and a deputy for defamation and emotional distress after she was mistakenly identified as a criminal at a news conference.
 
A 2014 lawsuit by Christine Hughes says Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart and deputy Patrick Goldschmidt alleged Hughes was a convicted welfare fraudster who could face other charges.
 
The lawsuit also says the sheriff's department retraction continued to imply Hughes was a convicted felon.
 
Hughes, a registered nurse, had no felony criminal history. The Third Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Monday the sheriff and deputy aren't covered by governmental immunity.
 
The ruling says the sheriff's department mistakenly used the wrong photo for another woman with the same name. Records don't say where authorities got Hughes' photo.
 

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MARION, Ohio (AP) - A plaque of the Ten Commandments gifted by a graduating class nearly 60 years won't be going back up in a hallway at a central Ohio high school.
 
The school board in Marion, about 60 miles north of Columbus, has voted to donate the plaque to the county historical society instead of reinstalling it at Marion Harding High School.
 
The principal had removed the plaque from a hallway at the high school after a parent had complained that it violated the separation of church and state. After consulting attorneys, school officials decided that it should go permanently.
 
School board members voted unanimously on Monday night to donate the plaque to the historical society. People from the community showed up to argue unsuccessfully for it to be put back up.

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has moved from close to the worst in the nation to the top of a list in a watchdog group's ranking of transparency in government spending.
 

 An annual U.S. Public Interest Research Group report released Wednesday credited Ohio's 1st-place ranking to an online checkbook developed and launched last year by Treasurer Josh Mandel. The website, OhioCheckbook.com, features interactive, Google-style searches of more than $408 billion in state spending from 2008 to 2014.
 
Mandel, a former U.S. Senate candidate, aimed to top U.S. PIRG's list with his effort. He asked his staff to make a site better than those of states that topped the group's report last year, when Ohio received a D-minus and scored 46th.
 
Some watchdog groups remain critical of transparency in other areas of Ohio state government.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Trucks, buses and other larger vehicles have gotten the green light from a legislative panel to increase their speeds to 75 mph on the Ohio Turnpike and rural interstates.

 

An Ohio Senate committee approved the change to the state transportation budget Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate for a vote.

 

The proposed increase comes less than two years after Ohio allowed drivers to go 70 mph. It would boost the limit on certain roadways to 75 mph for all motor vehicles, regardless of size. The Senate panel's chairwoman says truckers sought the change, contending it would be safer if all motorists were traveling the same speed.

 

The Ohio House speaker has questioned whether it's too soon to raise the speed limit.

 

Representatives passed an earlier version of the bill.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — OhioHealth announced today that Mark Seckinger has been named president of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, effective April 26. 

 

Mark Seckinger

 

Seckinger is currently president of OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton and has served in that capacity since 2001. In those years, he has improved patient satisfaction scores, reduced the associate turnover rate, achieved a 99th percentile for physician satisfaction and turned the hospital around financially. Because of these and other accomplishments, Seckinger was recognized twice with the OhioHealth President’s Award.

 

Prior to his years at Hardin, he served as senior operations officer at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus from 1998 to 2001 and before that, as president, CEO and Nursing Home administrator of Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville (before it was owned by OhioHealth) from 1983 to 1998. Seckinger is a native son of southeastern Ohio and excited to be coming back.

 

“I was born at the Sheltering Arms Hospital,” (the hospital that preceded O’Bleness), said Seckinger. “I grew up in Nelsonville and graduated from Ohio University so it is an honor to be named president of O’Bleness Hospital and to be able to make a difference in the community where I spent the majority of my life.”

 

“Mark’s experience as a hospital administrator and his roots in the community combined with his ability to connect with people make him an ideal candidate for this position,” said Cheryl Herbert, senior vice president, OhioHealth Regional Operations.

 

LaMar Wyse

 

LaMar Wyse, current interim president at O’Bleness Hospital will remain onboard at the hospital for Seckinger’s first 90 days to ensure a smooth leadership transition and to keep the current momentum around operations and culture moving forward.

 

“LaMar has provided great leadership for our care sites in Athens and Nelsonville over the past five years,” added Herbert. “He’s been with OhioHealth since 1985 and officially retired in 2009 but graciously returned when we needed him. He has provided his leadership expertise as well as shared his knowledge of our system, processes and culture and we are grateful to him for that.”

 

Ron Snyder

 

Ron Snyder, current chief financial officer at Hardin Memorial, will serve as interim president of Hardin. During his 34 years at Hardin, Snyder has been instrumental in driving its financial stability, assisting the hospital in obtaining Critical Access status in 2002 and was part of the team that led Hardin into full membership with OhioHealth in 1992.

 

Once the 90 day transition period at O’Bleness is complete, Wyse will go to Hardin to provide similar support to Snyder and the Hardin leadership team. Wyse previously served as president of Hardin so he understands the community and has positive relationships with Hardin associates, physicians and community members.

 

“OhioHealth is blessed with an abundance of talented people who are committed to our mission,” said Herbert. “I am pleased that we are able to make these new appointments from within OhioHealth in a way that matches the right expertise with the right role.”

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The final school calendar for the 2015-2016 Kenton school year will be decided at the April Board meeting of the Kenton City Schools.  

 

The Kenton School Board held a discussion on two possible calendars at their March board meeting Monday night. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that two calendars are being considered, both with the same number of hours for the school year. The first calendar, Calendar A has the school year beginning on August 17th 2015 and ending May 25th 2016. The second, Calendar B, has the year beginning August 24th 2015 and ending May 24th 2016. Calendar A allows for the week of the Hardin County Fair off from school and two weeks vacation at Christmas. Calendar B has students in class fair week and a week and a half at Christmas.

 

Pensarski said that the staff was given a survey to judge their reaction to the calendar. According to the results of the survey, 67% of the staff support Calendar A vs 33% for Calendar B. Pensarski said that around 74% of the staff completed a survey.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ A PDF ON THE CALENDAR CHOICES.

 

Historically, there has been contention on allowing students out of school the week of the Hardin County Fair. Rick Collins spoke to the board at the meeting saying that the calendar issue with the fair affects more than the students. He noted that many staff volunteers and parents volunteer their time with various organizations at the fair as well, raising funds and supporting their organizations, which can't be done while working at school that week.

 

"People talk about the fair and I have youth involved in the fair but the other aspect is, myself as a teacher and many other co-workers are able to volunteer their time to various organizations that week. It's just something else to consider." said Collins.

 

The board will decide on which calendar to approve at the April board meeting.

 

Also at the meeting, the board announced they were still in talks with Moser Construction on building a new bus garage on the site of the new school building and that talks were still ongoing. The board accepted the retirement of longtime school custodian Edward Baier after thirty years with Kenton City Schools and approved the hiring of Jason Jones as the new Assistant Principal at Kenton High School. Jones said that he was looking forward to his new position.

 

"The staff and administrators in this district are really good at what they do. I was just hoping I could stay here and continue to work. I've been here about 11 years. To being my administrative career here is just a blessing. I'm glad that I am here." said Jones.

 

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

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Pictured with the Hardin County Ambassadors: front row l/r - Susan Kohli; Teresa Taylor; cutting the ribbon Amy Carlson; Stacey Hamilton-Davis; Barb Maxson, Director of Hardin County Job and Family Services; back row - Ben Salazar, Director of Ohio Area 8 and Ohio Means Jobs Coordinator.  

 

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County on Wednesday, March 11th. Their new location is in the Annex Building, first floor, 175 W. Franklin St., Kenton. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their open house.

 

The Mission of Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County is to increase the employment, retention, earnings and occupational skills of our customers and assist employers in finding and retaining qualified workers.

 

Ohio Means Jobs offers the following services: assistance with all types of employment and job search activities, resumes, job search assistance, computers, copier, telephone and fax, youth services (age 16-24), job applications and open interviews, self-paced computer training, WIA-intensive job search services and many others. Their hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 2:30 pm. For more information call 419-674-2312.

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On school/work nights, what time do you go to bed?

 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 36% said 10pm, 24% said 11pm, 18% said 9pm or earlier, 14% said midnight and the remaining 8% said they turn in at 1am or later.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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The Hardin County Sheriff's Office released information on two crashes that occurred back on Friday.

 

According to the first report taken late Friday morning in Buck Township, a car being driven by 56 year old James Shockey, of Urbana, was northbound on State Route 31 and ended up off the left side of the road. The car travelled through the ditch and struck a group of trees causing heavy damage.

 

Shockey was not injured.

 

 

 

Complete details are still not available on a crash that occurred Friday afternoon also on State Route 31 in Hale Township.

 

According to the report, a car driven by 47 year old Derrick Strobl, of Columbus, was northbound on 31 and travelled left of center. The car struck the trailer of a southbound semi which sent the car back into the northbound lane where it went into a spin and travelled back into the southbound lane where it then struck a vehicle head-on being driven by 51 year old Timothy Olszewski, of Kenton. Strobl and Olszewski were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP. The driver of the semi was not identified in the report.

 

Strobl was cited for a left of center violation.

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The 2015 Hardin County Fair Consignment Sale was held this past Saturday at the fairgrounds.

 

 

Sale committee Chairman Don Spar said that in spite of spotty weather conditions the sale was a success again this year.

 

"For being around the second biggest social event in the county, the first being the fair itself, we had a successful day. We had 262 consigners bring in equipment of all shapes and sizes, and we had 985 buyers show up so it was a pretty busy day." said Spar.

 

On Saturday, equipment sales totaled $441,000 and overall sales came to around $611,000 which while being a bit down from historic highs was still considered to be a successful sale. Spar said that area residents and farmers bring in used tools, equipment and vehicles each year making the sale a success.

 

 

"People bring equipment into us and sign it in. We advertise those items on the internet and in various papers and ag publications. The buyers then show up the day of to compete and buy the items." said Spar. 

 

While profits to the fair vary depending on the final sale price, Spar said that on average the fair makes a five to six percent commission on the items sold.

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

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.21 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents less than a week ago and $1.45 cheaper than last year at this time.

 

Ohio prices were well below the national average, which was $2.42 per gallon Monday. That's down 3 cents from last week and $1.10 less than a year ago.

 

After gas prices steadily increased in February and at the beginning of the month, analysts expect prices will continue to fall the rest of March and April.

 

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Online:

 

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

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The 2015 Hardin County Pork Producers held their annual banquet at St. Johns Church Saturday night. At the banquet, Sarah Thomas was named as the 2015 Hardin County Pork Queen.
 
2015 Pork Queen Sarah Thomas with 2014 Pork Queen Katelyn Martino
 
Shyann Ashbrook, Madison Boyer, Holly Wilson and Calynn Morris were also candidates with Morris being named as a runner up.
 
Scholarship winners Courtney Cook, Julia Naus, Shantel Rowe and Madison Boyer. Not pictured, Wyatt Bishoff and Austin Searfoss.
 
Additionally, exhibitors Courtney Cook, Julia Naus, Shantel Rowe, Wyatt Bishoff, Madison Boyer and Austin Searfoss were each presented with a $500.00 scholarship from the Hardin County Pork Producers Association.
 

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Two people were injured in a three vehicle crash that occurred just before eight Friday morning in the 600 block of Columbus Street in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 31 year old David Grubbs, of Kenton, was driving east on Columbus Street and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting the rear of vehicle which was stopped for traffic. That vehicle, which was being operated by 34 year old Anne Temple, of Kenton, was pushed into another vehicle being driven by 71 year old Roger Stober, also of Kenton.
 

Grubbs and Temple, who's vehicles were heavily damaged, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.
 

Stober's vehicle received light damage. He was not injured.
 

Grubbs was cited for following following too close.

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The Kenton High hosted the State Powerlifting Meet today.

 

Schools from Division's I, II and III competed in the event today at the Kenton High School gymnasium.

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The Kenton Lion's Club presents "Lion's Roar 2015" this weekend.

 

The first show is tonight (Saturday) at 8. You can also catch a matinee performance Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Kenton Middle School auditorium.

 

Lion's member Dave Sturgeon talks about this year's show, "The show this year is going to be built around the concept of a call-in, a telethon. We'll be asking for pledges from the public, and hopefully there'll be a lot of public there to give us some pledges."

 

Tickets for the weekend show can be purchased at the door.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A military tank plant in northwestern Ohio is getting $2.3 million from the U.S. Army for upgrades at the facility.
 
The manager of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima says the money will help get the plant ready to make the next-generation tank now in development.
 
The plant is working on prototypes for a new Abrams tank and another military vehicle.
 
Production on the new vehicles is expected to begin in about two years.
 
Plant officials say the upgrades are good news for the plant's future.
 
Just two years ago that plant was on shaky footing amid numerous threats to its federal funding.

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Angela Cheek was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

.Richard M. Workman was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.

 

.Brandon L. Hoyt was sentenced to 19 months in prison on one count of domestic violence.

 

.Delno L. Tidd was sentenced to 17 months in prison on one count of domestic violence.

 

.Tabitha N. Bauers was sentenced to six months in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

The following five individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Misty N. Weaver on two counts of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances and one count each of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and trafficking in heroin.

 

.Crystal Kay Ann Adams on two counts of theft and one count of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult. She was ordered to pay $1350 in restitution to the victims.

 

.Jennifer S. Jacques on four counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

.Lindsay K. Harrison on four counts of complicity to trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

.Emit J. Armstrong on one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Ohio ranks right in the middle of the pack when it comes to national child well being cases.

 

Barbara Turpin, with the Children's Defense Fund, Ohio, said they took into account several indicators when putting together the list.

 

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

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Front Row Left to Right: Paige Osborn, Caitlin Tudor, Payton Preston and Abby Gerding. Back Row Left to Right:  Drew Hoppe, Nick Molk, Gabe Coomes and Joe Hastings
 
Congratulations to these selected students!
 
Each will receive a certificate and an opportunity to go out to lunch. Selected students should see Mrs. Ramge; KMS Guidance Counselor to pick up a lunch permission form for parents/guardian to complete and return.
 

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Pictured with the Hardin County Ambassadors are Marlee Parker-Oglesbee and Natalie Oglesbee, owners of Lady O’s.

 

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lady O's, 133 N. Detroit St., Kenton on Saturday, March 7. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their Grand Re-Opening.

 

The owners of Lady O’s are Marlee Parker-Oglesbee and Natalie Oglesbee. Lady O’s is a primitive and rustic home décor and gift shop. The shop is open: Thursday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm;  Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

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Fire crews work to contain the remains of the home at 20473 St. Rt. 68 South.

 

A Hardin County home was destroyed in a fire mid Thursday morning. According to information at the scene, the call came in around 10:20 Thursday morning for a house fire at 20473 State Route 68 South at the intersection of County Road 220 near the Logan County line.

 

The Richland Fire Department responded and found the home totally engulfed in flames. Mutual aid was provided by crews from Belle Center and the Kenton Fire Departments. The home was completely destroyed but there were no injuries as no one was home at the time.

 

The State Fire Marshalls Office was called in to determine the cause of the fire which remains under investigation.

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A lawsuit accusing a Lakeview home improvement contractor of failing to deliver promised services to consumers has been filed in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to a release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, the lawsuit accuses Kelly E. Lange, individually and doing business as KL Topsoil Property Maintenance, of multiple violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act.

 

According to the lawsuit, Lange advertised on Craigslist and through a local circular offering various home improvement goods and services, including property clean-up, household moving and hauling and demolition of houses and barns.

At least five consumers filed complaints with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau reporting an average loss of $1100.

 

In their complaints, consumers said Lange failed to start the work within the agreed upon time period, failed to complete the jobs or failed to do any work. He also allegedly accepted large cash deposits or checks and refused to provide refunds.

Consumers from Hardin, Auglaize, Wyandot and Allen Counties filed complaints, though additional consumers may be affected.

 

The lawsuit charges Lange with failure to deliver, failure to register a business name with the Ohio Secretary of State, failure to comply with the Deposit Rule and performing shoddy work.

 

The Attorney General lawsuit seeks an end to Lange's violations of the Consumer Sales Practices Act and an order requiring him to pay consumer restitution and pay civil penalties.

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The HHWP Community Action Commission will offer one more free tax clinic this year.

 

Ohio Benefit Bank Coordinator Amber Hirt said this service is free, "We have very generous guidelines for our program. Most people filing simple returns who make between 0 and 65,000 dollars for single and $95,000 and under for married filing jointly will qualify for the program."

 

She said the first two clinics were held in February, and the last one will take place this weekend at the same location, "Rhodes State College Learning Lab, across from International Paper on Fontaine Street, has been very generous for allowing us to use their facility, and the last clinic will be held Saturday March 14 from noon until four."

 

You can call 419-957-7713 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Kenton 2 hr delay

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

Riverdale 2 hr delay

Ada 2 hr delay

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

USV 2 hr delay

 

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay with alternate schedule for Pre school

First United Methodist Pre School  1/2 hr delay

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The Freedom Celebration committee met on Tuesday, March 10th @ 7:00pm to discuss plans for July 4th  of 2015.
 

Those present were Bob & Bonnie McBride, Ray Davis,  Willie Calvert, Denna Clem, Rob Lutes, Paul Rickenbacher, Annetta Shirk and Judi Cronley.
 

The Fireworks display will take place on Saturday, July 4th 2015.  A rain date has not been determined.  It was noted that Denna has taken over for Mark Lowery in heading up the committee.  Denna Clem and Annetta Shirk will be working on the donation letters and letters asking for groups to hold events at the fairgrounds on the 4th of July.  Denna has done a grant for Mid Ohio Energy and is waiting on their reply.  It was moved to have a goal of $15,000 to raise for the fireworks. 

 

Ray Davis will have another raffle on the 4th.  Denna will head up the 4th of July parade.  Paul Rickenbacher stated he, Nancy and Bob Fish will have a Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at 7pm on the 4th.  The Committee voted to ask the Hardin County Fairboard for $7500 to start buying the fireworks.  Bob McBride will present that request to the Board on April 4th. 

 

The Hardin County Tractor Pullers Association is going to have a Tractor Pull at the Fairgrounds on June 27th, 2015.  Mike Comstock could not be present, but stated has applied for 2 Community Foundation Grants.  One for $2500 for the fireworks and $1500 for the rack project.  He said that licenses and permits have been purchased.  On Saturday, March 21st he and Doug Hankins will be attending a continuing education course. 

 

Emory Rader has been nominated for the 4th of July Honoree. 

 

Meeting was then adjourned.

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Volunteer organizations had the opportunity to review the types of projects that can be completed toward the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant in the Kenton Fourth Ward.
 

At a community meeting for the grant Tuesday night, different types of projects were presented that volunteer groups can do towards the grant proposal. Projects such as building a bus shelter, planting a community garden, improving ball fields and installing playground equipment, landscaping, building information kiosk's and other non contract work can be done in the fourth ward for the grant proposal. These projects can be done by just about any local non-profit or volunteer organization and must be submitted to the revitalization committee as a committed project between May of this year and 2017 when the grant will be submitted.

 

It was also announced that over fifty surveys have been submitted on potential grant projects that can be completed should the grant be awarded. They are still accepting surveys for potential projects.

 

The surveys can be obtained and submitted to city offices at the Kenton City Building.

 

The next public meeting will be held on Tuesday April 7th where five or six specific projects will be chosen by those in attendance to submit for cost estimates. The meeting will be held at the Epworth Church at 7pm.

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Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Ada CLOSED

 

USV 3 hr delay with a 1 hr extended day

 

Ohio Hi point 2 hr delay

 

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no morning bus/walk ins only

 

Simon Kenton/Harco Ind 2 hr delay with alternative schedule for pre school

 

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

 

McGuffey HeadStart CLOSED

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During the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night, Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion announced that he would be retiring from the Kenton Police Force on May 8th.

 

Vermillion, who has been chief for nearly 20 years, noted that he wasn't sure what he'd be doing next but would still keep in touch with the department. He has been with the Kenton Police Department for almost 40 years.

 

Council members thanked the Chief for his many years of service to the City of Kenton.

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The Kenton City Council heard about a program for the Kenton Police Department to help prevent death from heroin or opiate overdoses. 
 

Tracy Morrison spoke to the Kenton City Council about Project Dawn which is designed to help local law enforcement save lives for drug overdoses. Morrison said that the plan would be to provide police officers with Narcan, which is a nasal spray designed to combat heroin and opiate overdoses. Morrison said that police officers using the drug can administer it prior to the arrival of emergency medical services and save lives, and she said the greatest risk comes not from current addicts but from those who have been clean and relapse due to their bodies low tolerance for the substances after getting clean.

 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said that his department is working with Hardin Memorial Hospital to obtain the drug, as well as establish training and protocols for officers to use it and account for it. Costs for the drug can run $55.00-$80.00 per dose and can be obtained through the departments current budget, though the Chief did mention that they may need to move funds around to purchase the drug.

 

Also at the meeting, the council approved a request to transfer a liquor permit to the city through the TREX program through the state of Ohio. Resident Steven Burggraf requested the transfer for the former Party Shop Drive Thru as he plans to renovate and reopen the establishment. Burggraf said that he has invested $150,000-$175,000 toward the business, and it will initially operate as a drive through convience store.

 

The special projects committee was asked to review a petition to vacate a part of an alley between Oak and Glendale Street and to review the Job Creation Tax Incentive plan from the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns announced that auxiliary police units will be working on citations for junk cars throughout the city in the next few weeks.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on March 23rd 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Carl McCullough passed away Sunday afternoon. He was seventy-four years old. Carl was born in 1940 in the Village of Mt. Victory and was a graduate of Mt. Victory High School in 1958. He married Carolyn Hanna in 1966, and she still survives.

 

Carl served as a member of the Kenton City Council from 2004 through 2013. Carl was the councilman for the cities fourth ward and also served as the cities representative on the Grove Cemetery Board where he served as Chairman several terms and helped to revise and update the employee handbook for Grove Cemetery.

 

Services for Carl McCullough will be held at Price Funeral Home at 11am on Friday March 13th. Friends may call from 2pm-8pm on Thursday March 12th. Memorials may be made to Hardin County Hospice or the Hardin County Humane Society.

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An investigation conducted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force with assistance from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Kenton Police Department led to the return of a dog stolen from the Hardin County Dog Shelter last month.

 

According to information from Detective Brian Beach, officers pieced together information on the break-in at the dog shelter in Kenton with 15 other break-ins that occurred at 15 other dog shelters around Ohio.

 

The investigation led to the arrest of a Mt. Gilead man who is currently in custody in Crawford County on unrelated charges. Other suspects, according to Detective Beach, are expected to be arrested as the investigation continues.

 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion praised the work done by two third shift officers as well as Detective Beach that led to a break in the case. The chief said their work led to a speedy resolution of the investigation. The chief is sending letters of commendation to the three.

 

The baby pit pull that was stolen from the Hardin County Dog Shelter has been returned safely.

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The Kenton Wildcats won the boys state powerlifting meet Saturday at Kenton High School. 

 
Over 300 lifters competed in the Divisions 4, 5, 6 & 7 state powerlifting meet Saturday at Kenton High School. Piketon was the winner in the girls division, while the Kenton Wildcats were crowned the state champions in the boys division with Ridgemont placing fourth.
 
Individually, two area athletes won state championships. In the boys 155-pound division, Ridgemont's Jace McGue totaled 1,085 pounds to finish first while in the unlimited division, Kenton's Aarin Tillman won the state title with a total of 1,465 pounds.
 
Kenton High School will host the state meet for Divisions 1, 2 & 3 on Saturday.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, March 7th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 19 directors and 8 guests present.  Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

The Board heard from Lisa Cahill representing 3-D promotions.  She presented a proposal for a State Demo Derby to be held on 3 different date options.  It was noted there were wedding receptions on all 3 of her date choices, being held in the Community Building.  The Board agreed to let 3-D promotions rent the facility grounds to have their State Demo Derby on Saturday, Sept. 26th 2015 at a cost of $1,000.  Parking will be roped off for the wedding reception.  The Board also approved 3-D Promotions contract for the Hardin County Fair. 

 

Last month’s minutes, financial reports, and bills to be paid were all approved.

 

The executive committee has chosen 3 applicants to interview for the grounds maintenance position and those interviews will take place on Monday, March 16th.  They noted we are still not showing a profit for the use of the community building.  The executive committee would also like each open class department of the fair to try and break even on their expenses/income.  Discussion was held about the holes left in the walls, in the community building, after a 4-H dance was held.  It was voted to send the 4-H Council a bill for the damages.  Day sponsors, golf cart shuttle sponsors, and show sponsor prices were discussed and they will remain the same as last year.  Letters for sponsorships will be mailed soon. The code of conduct for directors was re-introduced with some changes having been made.  The new conduct was approved. 

The latest edition of the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture’s Redbook will be printed for new directors.  A Public Records Policy and Records Retention Policy was approved. 

 

The Ground’s Committee discussed the upcoming Consignment Sale, which is this Saturday, March 14th at 9am.  All items to be consigned need to be dropped off on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week.  Judi has called all of the people who wanted to purchase a memorial bench this year and there will be 16 new benches for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.  3 people have decided to donate their memorial money towards new bleachers.  This will be the last year for memorial benches and memorials will have to be either bleachers or trees from now on.  The next Ground’s Committee Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th, starting at 6pm – with a walk through on the grounds. 

 

The entertainment committee discussed the Friday night entertainment.  It was approved to have Kevin Mabry and his band Liberty Street.  He is Nashville Recording artist and songwriter.  His music is a collection of inspirational gospel songs that have a southern gospel and country flare.  His band is a blue grass band.  He also has been voted male vocalist, entertainer of the year and band of the year by the Ohio Country Music Association.  He has recorded 4 country albums and 10 gospel albums.  Sunday’s “Hour of Inspiration” speaker was also discussed with an idea proposed.  Bob McBride will look further into this idea. 

 

Contracts for Concessions and booth rental during the fair are ready to be mailed. 

Jr. Fair board held their first meeting of 2015.  They will be doing the concessions for the Consignment Sale.   Their next meeting will be on Monday, March 23rd from 8-9pm in the Arts/Crafts Building. 

 

Under old business:  The 4th of July Committee will meet this week on Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm.  All items for the fair book need to be given to Judi by Friday, March 13th, 2015.  Reservations for the district 1 & 2 Spring Meeting is due to Judi by Friday, March 20th.  Bumper Stickers were approved.

 

Under new business:  Storage Items will be brought out of storage on Saturday, April 11th and final bills will be mailed to renters this month.  The Courier contacted the Fair Board about running an ad in their Bridal Edition this year and it was voted down.  Hardin Youth Leadership has invited the Hardin County Agricultural Society to attend their Graduation ceremony on Wednesday, March 25th.  A cleaning contract from Joe Routt, was tabled until the Septic Cleaning contract is received.  The radio rental agreement from RG Communications, Inc. was accepted. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, April 4th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office. 

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

 

The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.33 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down a dime from a week ago and $1.27 less than last year at this time.

 

The national average was $2.45 per gallon Monday. That's up 2 cents from a week ago but more than a dollar cheaper than a year ago.

 

Ohio prices had dropped below the $2 mark at the beginning of the year then went up again in February. Analysts say an increase in crude oil prices and labor strikes at several refineries had pushed gas prices higher.

 

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

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2015 Queen Shaye Creamer with 2014 Queen Hannah Heilman

 

The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association held its annual banquet at St. Johns Church in Kenton Saturday night. At the banquet, Shaye Creamer was crowned as the 2015 Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen.

 

 

Also at the banquet, Adam Wagner was awarded a scholarship from the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association. Wagner plans on pursuing an Agricultural Education degree. Ed Powell was also recognized for his many years of service promoting the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association.

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The Marion Local Flyers used big advantages on the boards and at the foul line to top Upper Scioto Valley 64-45 for the Division IV girls basketball district title Saturday at Wapakoneta.

 

 

The Flyers improve to 23-2 and advance to next week's regional tournament. The Rams end a fine season with a 22-3 record.

 

Marion Local outrebonded USV 38-21 for the game. The Flyers also attempted 42 free throws, making 29, while the Rams were 8 of 10 from the charity stripe. Marion Local shot 39 free throws in the second half, including 29 in the fourth quarter. Two Flyers individually attempted more free throws than the Rams shot as a team.

 

Allie Thobe had 33 points for the Flyers while Candance Jacobs scored 18.

 

Bree Mullins led the Rams with 16 points while Emily Patton had 12 and Shelby Spradlin finished with 10.

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Findlay – As part of the Patrol’s ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers are continuing their increased focus on impaired driving enforcement – and these efforts are paying off.

 

For the third year in a row, troopers removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways.

OVI-related crashes accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2014. This is the same percentage as 2013, but far below the 2011 – 2013 average of 40 percent.

 

There were 13,628 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 340 and injuring 7,959. Speed was a contributing factor in 60 percent of all OVI-related crashes. Of drivers considered at-fault in OVI-related crashes, 28 percent were between the ages of 25 and 34.

 

“We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up,” said Lt. Matt Crow “You can also help fight the battle against impaired driving by actively influencing friends and family to do the same.”

 

Last year, state troopers from the Findlay Post, arrested 378 impaired drivers in this area.

 

The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.

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Upper Scioto Valley and state-ranked Marion Local will clash tonight for the Division 4 girls basketball district title at Wapakoneta.

 

The Flyers were ranked 5th in the final Associated Press state poll and are 22 and 2 for the season. Marion Local bounced back from a slow start Thursday to get past Ada 59 to 47 and punch their ticket to tonight’s district title tilt with Upper Scioto Valley.
 

The Rams are also 22 and 2 for the season. The 22 victories is the most for an Upper Scioto Valley girls team since the 2nd of the Rams’ back-to-back state title teams won 26 games 21 years ago.

 

A victory tonight over Marion Local would give the Rams their first district title in 15 years and secure a spot in next week’s regional tournament at Tipp City.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Wapakoneta. The pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m., with the opening tip planned for 7 p.m.
 

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Hardin County teams came up short three times in bids for boys basketball sectional tites on Friday.

 

The Ada Boys in the shoot around prior to the game.

 

In Divsion 4 play at Coldwater, Marion Local defeated Ridgemont 87-36 while New Bremen knocked off Ada 71-45.

 

At St. Marys, Lima Central Catholic topped Riverdale 94-39 in Division 3 action.

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Christopher Paul Fout was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of possession of drugs.

 

The following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Alyssa M. Burchiel on one count each of possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs.

 

.Lori A. Mowery on one count of receiving stolen property. She was ordered to pay restitution of just over $286 to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

 

.Brenda S. Brown on one count of aggravated menacing.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Lion's Roar 2015 will be presented March 14 and 15 at the Kenton Middle School Auditorium.
 

Lion's member Dave Sturgeon said patron tickets that will admit two people are being sold for $15 at, "Ace Hardware, Dr. Todd Oates office or call any Lion member and they will be happy to drop off the tickets. My number is in the book, so call me, and I will deliver the tickets to you."
 

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

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Ridgemont and Ada will play for boys basketball sectional titles tonight on WKTN.

 

The Golden Gophers are 5 and 17 after edging Waynesfield-Goshen 56 to 55 in their tournament opener on Tuesday. Tonight they will take on top-seeded Marion Local for the sectional title in the first game in the Division 4 tournament at Coldwater. The Flyers have won 8 of their last 9 games and are 17 and 4 this season.

 

In the second game at Coldwater, the Ada Bulldogs will meet the New Bremen Cardinals for the site’s other sectional title. The Bulldogs, winners of 3 straight games, are 11 and 11 for the season while the Cardinals bring a 13 and 10 mark into the contest.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Coldwater, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m.

 

In other sectional tournament action tonight, the Riverdale Falcons will take on Lima Central Catholic at St. Marys. The Falcons are 6 and 17 while the Thunderbirds are 20 and 2.

 

Tonight’s winners will advance to district competition next week.

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The Upper Scioto Valley Rams raced past New Knoxville and into the district finals Thursday, blitzing the Rangers 53-35 at Wapakoneta.

 

The Rams (22-2) turned a 10-6 first-quarter lead into a huge 28-12 halftime advantage and never looked back. Emily Patton scored 16 points for the Rams while Bree Mullins added 12 and Shelby Spradlin had 10. Meg Reineke led the Rangers (16-8) with 19 points and scored the 1,000th point of her career in the process.

 

In the other Division IV district semifinal Thursday at Wapakoneta, Marion Local topped Ada 59-47.

 

 

The Flyers (22-2) got 20 points from Allie Thobe and another 17 from Emily Meascher while Tori Wyss led all scorers with 27 points for the Bulldogs (20-5).

 

The Flyers and the Rams will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. for the district title back at Wapakoneta. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m.

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The statewide tornado drill during which communities, including Kenton, will activate tornado sirens will take place at 9:50 Friday morning.
 
In conjunction with Ohio Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Kenton Fire Department and the Hardin County Health Department encourage all residents to exercise a tornado safety plan during the statewide tornado drill Friday morning at 9:50am.
 
To participate in the drill;
 
Listen for the outdoor siren at 9:50am Friday morning.
Practice your safety plan-go to your designated tornado shelter.
 
Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue reminds residents to also get a weather radio and check on the NOAA Website for info about tornadoes. You can decide on the safest place to go for shelter at work, home, or school. Keep extra emergency supplies on hand including a battery operated radio, food, water and medication and you can learn more about emergency plans at www.ready.gov
 

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A Division 4 girls basketball district doubleheader is on tap tonight on WKTN. 

 

In the first game from Wapakoneta, the Ada Bulldogs will take on the Marion Local Flyers. The Flyers, champions of the Midwest Athletic Conference, are 21 and 2 and feature MAC Player of the Year Allie Thobe. The Bulldogs counter with Northwest Conference Player of the Year Tori Wyss, who averages 17 points a game and has scored 1,205 points in her 4 years as a Bulldog. She is surrounded by a deep and talented group that features five players who average at least 7 points a game for Ada, which is 20 and 4.

 

The nightcap will feature a rematch between the Upper Scioto Valley Rams and the New Knoxville Rangers. The Rams rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat New Knoxville 52 to 50 on February 23rd and are 21 and 2 after Saturday’s thrilling 57 to 55 win over Minster. The Rangers are 16 and 7 and finished in a three-way tie for second in the MAC with a 7 and 2 conference mark, just a game back of Marion Local.

 

WKTN will carry both games live from Wapakoneta, with the pregame show for the first game beginning at 6 p.m.

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The Shawnee Indians defeated the Kenton Wildcats 59-54 in Division II boys basketball sectional tournament action Wednesday at Riverdale.

 

The Indians improve to 8-15 and will meet St. Marys on Friday for the sectional title. The Cats end their season with a 6-17 record.

 

Shawnee used a 10-0 run early in the game to take control of the contest and never trailed. Kenton pulled to within 42-39 midway through the fourth quarter, but back-to-back Shawnee three-pointers blunted the Cats' rally.

 

Jaden O'Neal had 16 points to lead Shawnee. Austin Phillips had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Kenton while Colyn Blackford added 14 points.

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How far do you commute one way to work?

 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 42% said they commute 0-10 miles, 18% said 11-20 miles, 15% said 21-30 miles, 12% said 31-40 miles, 4% said they drive over 60 miles and the remaining 3% travel 51-60 miles.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Icy road conditions led to a minor crash Tuesday morning on State Route 81 in Washington Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 16 year old Garrett Eikenbary, of Dola, was driving west on 81 and slowed to make a left turn. Eikenbary lost control of his car on the ice, and it slid of center where it struck an eastbound car being driven by 62 old Gerelene Draper, also of Dola.
 

Light damage occurred to the vehicles. There were no injuries, and Eikenbary was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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The Kenton Wildcats begin tournament action tonight when they take on Shawnee.

 

Tonight’s game is a rematch of Shawnee’s 62 to 56 win over Kenton back on January 23rd.
 

The Indians have won twice in their nine outings since that night and are 7 and 15 overall. Shawnee finished 4 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League, which was good for a three-way tie for 5th.
 

The Wildcats are 6 and 16 and finished tied for 9th in the Western Buckeye League with a 1 and 8 league mark. Despite Friday’s loss to state-ranked Defiance, Kenton has won two of its last four games heading into the tournament.
 

WKTN will have all the action live from Riverdale High School for tonight’s Division II sectional semifinal, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m.
 

The winner of the game will return to Riverdale on Friday to meet St. Marys at 6:15 p.m. for a sectional title.
 

In other tournament action tonight, the Ada Bulldogs will take on Arlington at Coldwater.

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DE GRAFF, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old Logan County boy was suspended for bringing moonshine to school, and a science teacher who knew the student was making the illegal alcohol was reprimanded for not reporting that the boy took it to class.

 

The boy brought the liquid to school in De Graff in January. Riverside Local Schools Superintendent Scott Mann thinks the teen wanted to show it to the teacher but didn't mean any harm. The teacher dumped it into a drain.

 

She later received a written reprimand for not immediately reporting the situation.

 

Sheriff's investigators determined the teen and another boy had discussed the moonshine-making process with the teacher, and she'd warned them it could be dangerous.

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