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The United Way 2015 campaign has raised 63% of this year's goal.


According to a release from the agency, $135,054 of the $215,000 goal has been pledged.


Breaking that down by division:


.Special Gifts - $14,072.00


.Agriculture - $ 5,244.00


.Professional - $10,429.66


.Retail - $5,039.70


.Finance, Insurance and Real Estate is at $8,829.55


.Government - $4,183.44


.Industry - $72,139.39


.Education - $9,331.80,


.Out of County is at $1,765.44


.Events are at $4,019.44


The United way has until the end of December to reach the goal.


They asked for the public's continued help.


The agency also thanked the Red Cross and Love In The Name of Christ for responding so quickly to aid the people in the fire at Scioto Village Apartments this month.


Shalie Logan reciving her award at the 2015 NAAE conference in New Orleans.


Shalie Logan is the Agricultural Education Instructor at Kenton High School and is the Kenton - Ohio Hi Point FFA Advisor. She is the winner of the "Teachers Turn the Key" Award through the National Assciation of Agriculture Educators (NAAE). She explains what her award is. "It's an award for teachers that are in their first four years of teaching, so I applied for it last year which was my fourth year teaching. It is meant to encourage young teachers and also provide them with proffessional development oppurtunities. The big prize is that you get to the NAAE conference that is held in the fall which is what I went to just this last week."


The conference that she won the chance to participate in consits of professional development for teachers from all ages. Shalie was in the professional development for the first five year teachers. She won her award by applying and winning the state contest. She was selected based on her classroom innovation and lessons as well as her FFA chapter. We'd like to congradulate her on her achivement.


The Arlington Red Devils used their superior size and depth to wear down the Riverdale Falcons and post a 65-48 girls basketball victory on Wednesday.


Whitney Dodds finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Red Devils (3-0) while Haley Dillon added 15 points and 9 caroms and Kendra Jolliff scored 10 points. Sierra Nichols had 9 points and 10 rebounds for Arlington.


Riverdale (1-2) was led by Taylor Farmer's 17 points and 11 rebounds. Janessa Taylor added 14 points and 10 rebounds while Sydney Holderman tallied 12 points and 4 steals.


Two of the top girls basketball teams in the area will meet tonight when Riverdale hosts Arlington.

The Red Devils are 2 and 0 after winning the Bluffton McDonald's Holiday Tournament over the weekend. Sierra Nichols averaged 13.5 points a game and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Jayme Webb and Haley Dillon were named to the all-tourney team.

The Falcons split their first two games, defeating Hardin Northern on Friday before falling to Upper Sandusky on Saturday. Sydney Holderman has gotten off to a fast start this season for the Falcons. She scored 20 points against the Polar Bears and poured in 39 more in the loss to the Rams.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Riverdale, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A nearly 2 mile-long earthen berm through a northeastern Indiana marsh that's designed to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes is nearly complete months after heavy rains temporarily halted the project.


The berm through the Eagle Marsh nature preserve is designed to prevent carp from crossing from the Wabash River watershed into the Maumee River, which empties into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio, during flooding.


Betsy Yankowiak of Little River Wetlands Project says torrential summer rains prevented a contractor on the $3.5 million project from doing earth-moving work inside the nature preserve that's near Fort Wayne.


But she tells The Journal Gazette ( ) Indiana's dry autumn allowed crews to make quick progress and most of the remaining work involves seeding the expanded berm with native grasses and wildflowers.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Farm Bureau will elect leaders and set policies at its upcoming annual meeting in Columbus.
The organization says nearly 350 delegates will debate the outlook for legal marijuana, energy development, agriculture and water quality and meat inspection regulations.
The group, holding its 97th annual meeting next Wednesday through Friday, will also look at improvements to property tax laws, invasive species and the structure of local governments.


The public's assistance is requested in identifying this person who was involved in the robbery of the Quest Federal Credit Union on Tuesday morning.




Anyone with information regarding this person's identity or any information regarding the robbery should call the Hardin County Sheriff's Office (419)673-1268 or the Kenton Police Dept. (419)673-0771.


The Quest Federal Credit Union Jacob Parrott Branch has been robbed.




Lt. Robert Lutes from the Kenton Police Department said the robbery occurred around 11 Tuesday morning, "A white male did enter Quest Federal Credit Union Jacob Parrott branch where a robbery did occur. The suspect, a white male approximately 6 feet tall 180-200 pounds, did get away with an undisclosed amount of money at this time."


When asked if a weapon was produced Lt. Lutes said, "At this point I can't disclose that. It's currently being investigated by the Kenton Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the FBI."


A statement from Quest CEO Matt Jennings was released Tuesday afternoon:


Kenton, Ohio – The Quest Federal Credit Union staff members and board of directors would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the City of Kenton Police Department, the Hardin County Sherriff’s Department and the Lima office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their rapid response to our call for assistance. Matt Jennings, CEO of Quest commented “We deeply appreciate the quick response time of all local law enforcement agencies in our moment of need. We cannot express enough how quick and professional the response was on our behalf from the Kenton PD and Sheriff’s Department. It makes us feel very secure in knowing that our local law professionals are ready to help all of our community at a moment’s notice. The Quest family would also like to say thank you to the community for the offers of help and support. It is a testament to the community that we live in that there was genuine concern for the safety of our employees. We are happy to report that although shaken by the incident, all staff members involved handled themselves with incredible professionalism in the face of adversity and everyone is safe, secure and unharmed. The annual training provided by our Security Officer in conjunction with local law enforcement worked near flawlessly and though you never wish to find yourself in this situation, it is best to be prepared and able to insure the safety of all involved.” Jennings continued “Due to the nature of the ongoing investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss or disclose any details of the incident and we will refer all questions to the Kenton Police Department. If any one does have information they feel may be helpful, please feel free to pass that along to the Kenton Police Department or the Hardin Sheriff’s Department.”


Quest will reopen our Jacob Parrott location on Wednesday, November 25th with normal business hours. 


The Kenton City council met and entered into closed session to discuss labor negotiations and no official announcement has been made on any agreement.


The Finance committee discussed with the council that they have finalized the budget for 2016. The ordinance to make annual appropriations was on first reading. They discussed that projections where not far off for next year.


The council discussed an ordinance to create a new Board of Tax Appeals, They talked about needing this passed by the end of the year so it can take effect on January 1st 2016. The Mayor would be able to appoint 1 City employee, while council would need to appoint 2 additional non-city employee members. City law director John Schwemer told council that Nathan Brooks would be willing to continue serving and Schwemer recommended council approve him.


Council passed an ordinance to transfer funds to cover payroll for fire fighters who worked overtime fighting the fire at Scioto Village. The Council had high praise for the Fire departments that responded to the fire and also thanked the Police department for there assistance. Chief Russ Blue informed the council that he plans to retire from the Kenton Fire Department effective March 18th, 2016. He also received praise from council for his many years of service to the community.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 14th.




Two people were injured in a crash Wednesday evening on West Lima Street.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 74 year old Joel Headington, of Kenton, drove from the parking lot of the Moose Family Center, and the vehicle struck a westbound car being driven by 39 year old Melissa Elsasser, also of Kenton. Two passengers in Elsasser's car, 13 year old Andrea Hudson and 14 year old Alyssa Spencer, were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Headington was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a three vehicle crash Monday evening.

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 60 year old Constance Dietz, of Kenton, was driving west on Columbus Street and her car struck a vehicle in front of her that was stopped for traffic. That car was being operated by 22 year old Jonathan Kohnen, of Lima, which was pushed into the third car being driven by 29 year old Jamie Osborn, of Grove City.

Heavy damage occurred to the Dietz and Kohnen vehicles. Dietz was cited for a speeding violation.


A car was heavily damaged after it struck a pony Monday morning.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 33 year old Jeremy Hamilton, of Kenton, was driving west on County Road 144 when the pony entered the roadway causing a collision.


BKP Ambulance was dispatched to the scene, but no one was transported.


One person was arrested over the weekend in Ada following a report of domestic violence.


According to a release from the Ada Police Department, officers were dispatched to 415 North Main Street in Ada around 11:15 Saturday morning to investigate the complaint. While investigating, officers were advised that an unknown substance was being produced by a male subject in the apartment. Items were discovered that were consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines, and the home was quickly secured.


The scene was processed with the assistance of the Ada Liberty Fire Department and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, and substances recovered were sent to the lab in Bowling Green for further testing.


31 year old Rodrick Stevens, who recently moved to Ada from Florida, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.


Ada police were also assisted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force.


Two relatively minor fires occurred over the weekend.

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched early Sunday morning to an apartment occupied by Justin Wright at 533 North Detroit Street when grease on a stove caught fire and spread to the cabinets. The fire was out on arrival.


Then Sunday evening just before 8:30, firefighters were dispatched to a garage fire at 1015 Fontaine Street. The property is owned by Melanie Hastings. Approximately $2000 in damage occurred to the structure and $5000 in damage occurred to the contents.


Shoplifters targeted KMart in Kenton on multiple occasions Sunday.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, during three different times on Sunday at least two suspects entered the store and stole at least seven televisions and a snowblower. Later on in the day, store officials reported that another incident took place. This time a television and tool sets were stolen.


It's not known if the same suspects were involved in the second incident.


The Holiday Season in Hardin County kicks off Tuesday evening with the Window Wonderland lighting ceremony and the Lions Club parade.


Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the Window Wonderland activities will precede the Lions Club parade Tuesday evening starting around 6:30, "The Courthouse will light up, the windows will be all unveiled, the lights will come on, and then the countdown for the parade begins and the parade will take off."




As for the parade route, Fitzgerald said, "We're going to have start on Carrol Street to the armory and then turn south on Main. It will come down Main Street then turn on Columbus go to Detroit Street to Franklin then back up Main and end on Columbus Street. Some of the parade will be kind of passing one another, but we'll have someone in the middle directing the, because the parade is getting larger."


And as part of the activities, children will be able to ride the J.R. Express railroad train, sponsored by Barb's Design Studio and Will's Costume Shop, while they wait to visit Santa in downtown Kenton Tuesday evening.


UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Officials are ready to mark the completion of a $2.25 million renovation of the courthouse in Upper Sandusky.


Wyandot County voters approved a six-year bond issue two years ago to generate for the funds for work on the historic courthouse.


The building was featured in scenes of the 1994 movie "The Shawshank Redemption."


Commissioners say the money went toward repairing and restoring the dome and clock tower and the roof of the 1899 courthouse.


Wyandot County commissioners plan to hold a ceremony in front of the courthouse today, and there will be an open house for the public in the spring.


FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking residents near the city of Findlay to help with mapping a diversion channel that's part of its flood control plan for the area.


The agency wants residents to let it know about historic properties or places of cultural value that might affect the nine-mile diversion channel.


The Army Corps has proposed building the channel to help divert floodwater away from the city.


It is part of a proposed $60 million project to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River.


Controlling flooding along the river is a priority in Findlay, where five major floods have caused millions of dollars in damage since 2007.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists head into the Thanksgiving week with gas prices dipping below the $2 mark.


The state average was about $1.83 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 18 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 36 cents cheaper than the price a month ago. The state average a year ago was about $2.75.


The national average for regular fuel was slightly higher at about $2.07 on Monday, down 9 cents from a week earlier. At this time last year, it was around $2.82.


Drivers are continuing to benefit from crude oil prices that remain noticeably low compared with previous years.


The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Lima Central Catholic 62-46 in their girls basketball season opener on Saturday.

The Lady Wildcats took control of the game in the first quarter and led 19-13 after one period. Kenton extended its advantage to 33-23 at the half and held a 43-38 lead after three quarters. LCC pulled to within four points in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Wildcats closed the game on a 14-2 run to coast to the season-opening victory.


Madison Stolly led all players with 26 points for LCC (0-1), but the Lady Wildcats countered with outstanding balance. Ashley Morris had 18 points to lead Kenton (1-0) while Ellie Miller came off the bench to score 16 points. Layne Taylor added a double-double for the Cats as she scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Kori Barrett finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds for the winners.


The Lady Wildcats will try to go to 2-0 on the season on Tuesday when they visit Benjamin Logan.


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has announced a new partnership with Hardin Leadership Inc., as the two organizations will work together to help recruit, train and engage community and business leaders throughout Hardin County.

Alliance Board President Tim Street shakes hands with Hardin Leadership Board President Tobey Steinman alongside Kathy Oliver


Staring this year, all 2015 graduates will be provided a one-year free membership to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, which will provide many opportunities to continue their leadership engagement through the various programs, events and committees that are coordinated with our Chamber, Tourism, Economic Development and Community Development divisions.
"We are excited to partner with the Alliance to offer this incentive to our graduates. This will only strengthen and improve the already diverse leadership training experience we offer," said Tobey Steinman, Board President of Hardin Leadership Inc. "Hardin Leadership has a goal to identify, develop, motivate and involve potential community leaders, and this partnership gives them another place to use the skills they have learned from the Hardin Leadership program."
This joint venture was board-approved this year by both organizations in a strategic move enhance the importance of leadership development.  In addition, this was an important action item achieved within the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance's 5-year strategic plan.
"As Hardin County's economy is growing and we are attracting new residents and businesses to our communities, developing strong leaders is critical to the success of our communities," said Jon Cross, President & CEO of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.
The announcement was made during Hardin Leadership's 2015 Graduation and Annual Meeting at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory Thursday evening.  20 graduates made up the 2015 program.


Three players scored in double figures for the Riverdale Falcons as they rolled past Hardin Northern 68-40 in season-opening girls basketball action Friday.


Sydney Holderman had 20 points to lead all scorers for Riverdale (1-0) while Taylor Farmer had 15 and Janessa Taylor scored 10.


Hardin Northern (0-1) got 16 points apiece from Holly Wilson and Micheala Curtis.


Both teams are back in action on Saturday as Riverdale hosts Upper Sandusky while Hardin Northern visits Toledo Christian.


On Wednesday, WKTN will return to Riverdale as the Falcons wlll host Arlington. The pregame show should start around 7:30 p.m.


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


.Terry P. Holbrook was sentenced to a total of 30 months and 56 days in prison on one count each of robbery and assault.


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


.Brandon A. Taylor on one count of escape.


.Ronald E. Grubbs Jr. on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.


.Joe Morgan Bailey II on one count of trespassing in a habitat when a person was present or likely to be present.


.Sharon L. Tracy on one count of theft.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Keep Hardin County Beautiful is putting the finishing touches on the Candy Cane Tour of Homes.

Program Manager Deb Phillips said it takes place every two years, "The last one was in 2013, and this year it's on December 6 from noon till 6, and we did add homesto it this year outside of Kenton. There are 6-7 homes and businesses in Ada as well as here in Kenton with 3 homes and New Leaf."

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


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate fell again in October to 4.4 percent, its lowest mark since August 2001.


That's down from 4.5 percent in September and 5.2 percent in October 2014. The state's rate has been tracking below the national rate, which was 5 percent for October.


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday that the state had 249,000 workers considered unemployed last month, or 5,000 fewer than the previous month.


Month-over-month job gains were seen in categories including construction, manufacturing, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality. Losses were reported in local and state government and in logging and mining.


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and the Buy Ada First Committee will host the 25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest November 23 to December 17.


The contest starts Monday November 23-December 17.


The Director of Chamber and Tourism for the Alliance, Annetta Shirk said there are over 30 businesses from around the county participating.


She added that all you have to do is shop at one of the businesses and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate or a prize from that store, plus you'll be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize of a $500, $200 or $100 Chamber Gold gift certificate. The drawing for the grand prize will be December 18.

Participating businesses display the Buy Local First Hardin County sign and donate a $25 gift certificate. This event is being promoted through local media and our Facebook page.

For more information on the 25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest please contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131.


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance held hold two check presentation ceremonies during the Ada Village Council meeting, presenting to its Community Improvement Corporation leadership with a check of $1,500.   In addition, a check of $1,000 was presented at the Forest Community Improvement Corporation during their meeting this week.

Ada Village Administrator James Meyer receiving check from Jon Cross and John Hohn.


Both checks were donations on behalf of the Economic Development Division of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, and will help towards their community and economic development efforts and strategies.


Forest Area CIC President Jeff Knedler and Village Administrator Wes Davis receiving check from Jon Cross and John Hohn


Over the past year, the Alliance staff along with officials from Ada and Forest CIC, participated in AEP Ohio’s 2015 Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA), which was a multi-phase program that included attending site selection workshops, preparing new marketing strategies and hosting national site selectors for tours of the county’s top industrial sites.  

These funds are being shared from the grant money recently received by the Alliance for participating in the yearlong program.  The original grant money was provided by AEP Ohio.


Ohio Northern University students are mourning the loss of one of their own.

University President President Daniel DiBiasio released a statement Wednesday announcing that a student took her life in her campus residence.

DiBiasio expressed condolences to the family and to those who knew and were close to the student.

Professional staff from Counseling Services and Religious Life offered support to students and the community members affected by her death.


The victims of Tuesday's fire at a building on the Scioto Village Apartments complex have been identified.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 36 year old Angela Critchfield and 30 year old Brandon Argabright were both transported by helicopter to O.S.U. Medical Center in Columbus. 43 year old Katrina Newsome was trasnported by ambulance to an out of town hospital. 48 year old Brian Newsome was treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital. In addition, 37 year old Larry Butcher Junior and a Kenton Police officer were both treated at the scene.


As for assistance to victims of the fire, Steve Coots, the Disaster Program Specialist with the American Red Cross said they are providing assistance to the residents displaced by the blaze, "There's 16 units that were affected and we're providing emergency assistance to 16 families." He said they're providing basic emergency needs, "It would be anything from food to clothing to whatever the clients need and are requesting." As for shelter for the residents, Coots said, "A majority of the families are staying with friends and families, which is great, and then we are providing some families with temporary shelter." For those wanting to help provide assistance and for information on what's needed, Coots said call the American Red Cross in Findlay at 419-422-9322, "And what we'll do is take their information and a case worker will follow up with the people who would like to help, and we'll pass it on to the client."


Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said Tuesday morning that the fire seemed very suspicious, but they won't know anything conclusive until an investigation is completed by local investigators as well as the State Fire Marshall's Office.


The Hardin County Crime Task Force is requesting that anyone with photos or videos of the structure fire at Scioto Village on Novemeber 17th, 2015 please email them to the Task Force. We are assisting the Kenton Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall's Office in their investigation and any footage of the fire would be appreciated. The photos and videos can be emailed directly to the Task Force at



A doctor's office was broken into sometime early Tuesday morning.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, an employee of Dr. Deshmukh's office in the 15,000 block of State Route 309 reported the incident to authorities Tuesday morning.

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


The Mistletoe Ball, a project of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation, will take place on Saturday, December 5th at the Hardin County Armory.  The event will be held from 7:30 PM until midnight, with the doors to open at 6:30 pm.


This year will mark the 25th year of the ball and it will feature its traditional live auction which is scheduled to begin around 9 PM.  Other festivities for the evening includes music by the “Chris Buzzelli Group”, hors d’oeuvres catered by The Bistro on Main in Findlay, and a silent auction.


More than $675,000 has been raised over the years for various departments and new equipment for the hospital.  This year’s proceeds will go toward the renovation of the 2North/Outpatient Department.


Tickets are still available for this black tie optional event, but reservations are limited.  The cost is $75 per couple and $37.50 for a single ticket.  For ticket information contact the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation at (419) 675.8144. 


Members of this year’s Mistletoe Ball Committee include Susan Bailey, Judge Scott Barrett, Candy Callinan, Judy Cross, Charlotte Gatien, Sherri Haushalter, Sharon Heilman, Robin Jones, Cassi Seeley-Giles, Linda Smith, Ariane Bailey, Kathy Stedman and Amanda Noascano.


The ground breaking ceremony for the Mercy Health Ada Family Medicine was held on November 16th.





The practice will be located at 604 W. North Avenue, Ada, Ohio 45810. Construction for the office will begin soon. The Mercy Health Ada Family Medicine office will be a family practice open to the needs of the community members.


Fire destroyed a building at Scioto Village Apartments this morning.

Scioto Village Fire

Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said they were dispatched around 5:30 this morning and arrived to a fully engulfed building, "When the guys arrived on the scene, there were victims jumping out the windows. At this point, we had four burn victims, two of them have been flown to O.S.U. Medical Center in Columbus."

A section of South Main St. near Fairground Rd. is closed to run fire hoses to help extinguish the flames. Multiple fire departments where called to help fight the blaze.
Ladder Truck Scioto Village Fire

He said they were able to knock down the flames fairly quickly when they arrived and now begin the process of investigating the cause, "We called the State Fire Marshal's Office and we have our local investigators, and at this time it looks suspicious, but we won't know anything conclusive until we get the investigation."


As for damage to the structure, "Probably will be a total loss. There will be about 15 apartments. The Red Cross is on the scene. They're handling that aspect of it as they try to get them (the residents) placed."

Stay tuned to WKTN as more information is released. View photo's from the fire HERE


What percentage of your Christmas shopping do you do online?


A majority of our Visitor Poll voters say it is very little.


Of those responding, 51% said 0-20% of their shopping is online. 15% said 21-40%, 14% said 41-60%, 11% said 61-80% and thr remaining 9% said they do 81-100% of their shopping online.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


A Mt. Victory woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 74 year old Cora Dickinson was driving south on Township Road 197, and her car drifted off the right side of the road. Dickinson steered the car back onto the roadway, but while re-entering, it sideswiped a bridge guardrail. The car ended up back off the right side of the road where it came to rest in a ditch.

Heavy damage occurred to the car, and Dickinson was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


The Chief of Police position for the City of Kenton will be filled by the Kenton mayor's office.


City Law Director John Schwemer said that no tests would be given this time around to fill the position, "Under the Civil Service rules in the State of Ohio, they do have the ability to basically suspend the requirement of competitive exams, mainly due to the fact that we have not had a Chief of Police for quite a while as a result of the two tests prior and not scoring high enough, so Civil Service has the ability to suspend the requirement of competitive exam and then basically the administration has the right to appoint. So that process would be offered to eligible patrolmen. You need to be a patrolman for five years or more to be eligible and then there'll be an interview process. A committee will be doing the interviews and ultimately making the appointment. So it will be offered to again all the patrolmen as well as lieutenants and sergeants that have had five years or more internally."


He said how long it takes to have a new chief in place for the city depends on scheduling, "We'll have to provide a time period in which any interested people have to sign up as far as wanting to be an applicant for the position, and then they'll have to go through the interview process, so it really depends on how many people are interested in doing that and then a matter of scheduling. It could be a couple of weeks."


A Forest man escaped injury in a one vehicle roll over crash early this past Saturday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Andrew Garcia lost control of his car while travelling east on State Route 81. The car ended up off the right side of the road where it rolled onto its side and came to rest in a yard.

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle, and Garcia was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Good news for Ohio motorists as the holiday season gears up: Gas prices are hovering around the $2 mark.


The state average was about $2.01 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 19 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 36 cents cheaper than the price a month ago.


The national average for regular fuel was slightly higher at about $2.16 on Monday, down 6 cents from a week earlier. At this time last year, it was $2.89.


Higher oil supplies are driving the lowest average gas prices since 2009.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys representing Ohio Democrats in a legal dispute over changes to the swing state's voting laws say a federal judge should strike down the rules because their burden on voters outweighs any benefit to the state.


But lawyers for the state claim the voting changes were minor and argue that Ohio offers many opportunities for its residents to vote.


At issue in the case are a series of Republican-backed changes that Democrats allege disproportionately burden minority voters and those who lean Democratic. Among those policy changes was elimination of a week of early voting in which Ohioans could also register to vote, known as "golden week."


U.S. District Judge Michael Watson heard opening statements in the bench trial that began Monday. The trial was expected to carry into next week.


The 2015 Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair was well attended Saturday.




All three floors of the Hardin County Courthouse were filled with vendors selling various items.


Auctioneer Jan Layman taking bids for the baskets


A basket auction also took place in Veteran's Hall.


Allen County


Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit


Ohio 501 between Fort Amanda Road and Ohio 117 will close November 16 for five days for replacement of culverts at two locations. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 117 and Ohio 198 back to Ohio 501. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.


Hancock County


Interstate 75 southbound exit ramp to U.S. 68/Ohio 15 will be closed for approximately four hours, possibly on Wednesday of the week, for grinding of the pavement. The closure will be in place from approximately 8 p.m. to midnight. Traffic detoured onto Interstate 75 southbound to Ohio 235 back to U.S. 68/Ohio 15. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

Ohio 37 north of Mount Blanchard will be restricted to one lane through the work zone one day during the week, likely Wednesday or Thursday, for pavement grinding. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.


Ohio 235 north of the village of McComb will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for tree trimming. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.


U.S. 68 at select locations within Hardin and Hancock counties will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for placement of pavement markings following installation of rumble strips down the center line. Work will take place at the following locations. Work is being performed by ML Markings, Columbus:

-From the Logan County line to the south edge of the city of Kenton

-From north of the city of Kenton to the south edge of the village of Dunkirk

-North of the village of Arlington to the south edge of the city of Findlay


U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street is restricted at some locations for minor finish work following a resurfacing project. Work will continue through the week. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.


Ohio 15 resurfacing project is complete from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 both eastbound and westbound and will be unrestricted by Saturday, November 14.


Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.


Hardin County


Sealing of pavement cracks will take place at the following locations during the week. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.

-Ohio 81 through the village of Dola.

-Ohio 31 between Ohio 292 and County Road 160

-Ohio 195 between Ohio 309 and County Road 110.


Ohio 53 near Grant from just north of County Road 90 and County Road 80 is now open.


Ohio 273 closure between Ohio 292 and Ohio 31 for a railroad crossing repair has been postponed.


U.S. 68 at select locations within Hardin and Hancock counties will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for placement of pavement markings following installation of rumble strips down the center line. Work will take place at the following locations. Work is being performed by ML Markings, Columbus:

-From the Logan County line to the south edge of the city of Kenton

-From north of the city of Kenton to the south edge of the village of Dunkirk

-North of the village of Arlington to the south edge of the city of Findlay


Ohio 31 in the village of Mount Victory closed October 30 and will remain closed until mid November for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad and Vorst Paving.


Ohio 31 in the city of Kenton between Decatur Street and Espy Street closed October 28 for approximately two weeks for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic is detoured onto U.S. 68, County Road 140 (Letson Avenue) back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by CSX Transportation.


Wyandot County


U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 at Upper Sandusky is restricted at certain locations for finish work following a bridge repair and resurfacing project. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.


Kenton – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Chris’ Country Cabin, 10976 TWP Rd. 115, Kenton, on Wednesday, November 4.


Chris Newland cutting ribbon with the Hardin County Ambassadors



The owner of Chris’ Country Cabin is Chris Newland. Chris’ Country Cabin offers primitives, antiques, home décor and Swan Creek Candles. The shop is open: Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and for holiday hours contact Chris at 567-674-9379.


KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at B&R Farms Feed & Stove LLC, LLC, 17590 US 68., Kenton on Saturday, October 31.


The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their Grand Opening.



B&R Farms Feed & Stove sells livestock feed and bedding, multi-fuel, wood burning and gas stoves, and so much more. They are open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Sunday, by appt. only and closed Wednesday. Owners are Rusty and Allissa Bingham.   


An Ada woman was sentenced recently on charges connected to a house fire that was blamed on a meth lab.


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


.Julie Ann Music was sentenced to a total of nine years in prison, six years of which are mandatory. She pleaded guilty in September to two counts of complicity to aggravated arson, two counts of endangering children and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.


The case dates back to May of this year when a fire destroyed a house in the 4000 block of State Route 235 near Ada. Investigators determined the fire was caused by an active methamphetamine lab in the house.


Music was not injured, nor were her children who were outside at the time.


Her boyfriend, Charles T. Louden III was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the fire.


Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett also ordered Music to register as an arson offender.


The United Way of Hardin County is at 42% of their goal for the 2015 campaign.

The total to date is $89,500, and the goal is $215,000.

Leading the way this week is the Industry Division with $37,394. The Special Gifts Division has raised $13,222, Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) is at $8829, Education $8315, Professional $5379, Retail is at $4589, Agriculture $4174, Event $4012, Government $2973 and the Out of County Division is at $550.


A former quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes will be the guest on At Issue this week.


Stanley Jackson said he still loves football, but he said he understands the transition from the sport to real life, "It comes with a lot of baggage, a lot of depression, a lot of physical damage to your body, and as much as I enjoyed that, none of that comes with my relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything I get out of this relationship is good, and even at times when you think it's painful. I remember back when I decided to get serious about God, there were some friends that I had to tell them, 'you change or I can't hang with you.' I thought that was painful, but that was for my best, and even for them, that example of standing up for what you believe in and walking out with Jesus and Righteousness had an impact on them too."


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


(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that an Auglaize County woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on three charges of sexual battery. Lori Anderson, 51, who was an elementary school teacher in Auglaize County at the time of her arrest, pleaded guilty last month to the sexual battery charges.

Anderson and Charles Wycuff, 54, both of Wapakoneta and formerly husband and wife, were arrested last year after an investigation by the Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Unit, which is a division of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), uncovered evidence that a child had been sexually abused. The victim is now an adult.

“The acts of this defendant were unconscionable,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We will continue to pursue those who prey on the vulnerable, especially when they target children.”

Anderson was also classified as a sexual predator and upon release from prison will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.


Wycuff was sentenced last month to four life sentences and an additional 145 years in prison following his conviction at trial on 43 charges of rape, sexual battery, and gross sexual imposition. The abuse occurred from 1997 to 2003.

The crimes committed by both defendants occurred in Auglaize County, but both cases were transferred to Franklin County due to pre-trial publicity. Prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section prosecuted the case. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford sentenced both defendants.


A power outage this morning forced officials from Upper Scioto Valley School to send students home early.


School was dismissed around 9:45 this morning. The power has since been restored to that area.


Another outage occurred this afternoon. Approximately 80 customers mainly within the Myers Addition subdivision lost power.


Service is expected to be restored by 4:30 this (Thursday) afternoon.


Both outages are blamed on the high winds.


The Hardin County Agricultural Society is currently seeking directors for two townships. No one was on the ballot for either Dudley or Mcdonald township on Novemeber 3rd. Since no one ran for the 3 year term the fair board will now have to appoint directors for each township for 1 year.
The Fair board would like for those that are interested in serving for the 1 year term to send a letter of interest to the fair board. To be considered, those letters need to be submitted by November 30th 2015. Letters can be addressed to P.O Box 317, Kenton, Ohio 43326


The Kenton Elementary School PTO hosted children's author Henry Cole on Wednesday at various assemblies throughout the day. Henry Cole is visiting from Washington DC to talk with local students. 
Mr. Cole has been to 42 different states bringing his message to pre-kindergarten and up to university age students. Mr. Cole's says his "biggest fear for children is they don't have any access to the outdoors, they just spend all their time on their devices." Also Mr.Cole would like children to have "A real connection with being creative and building things."
Mr. Cole has worked on 120 books and won various awards including Best Children's Book of the Year, ABC's Childrens Booksellers Choice Award, and the California Young Reader Award. Mr. Cole pursues his passion for art illustrations and children's literature. 
To view more pictures from the event click to Here for Photo Gallery.


A series of burglaries and thefts occurred Tuesday.
According to reports from the Kenton Police Department, a theft of items from a vehicle parked near Wayne St was reported and a brief case containing company documents was stolen from the car.
A residence was burglarized on W. Franklin St and a 50" televison was reported stolen.
An apartment on Steiner Ave was burglarized sometime between Saturday and Tuesday morning. Several items where stolen including coins, cash, and various electronic devices.



November Regular Board Meeting

November 7, 2015




The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, November 7th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. There were 16 directors and 10 guests present.


Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.


Thank You’s from several JR Fair exhibitors were read.

Ron Nichols asked the fair board to consider getting a different demo derby promoter for the 2016 Hardin County Fair.


Last month’s minutes, financial reports and bills were accepted.


Craig Stump from the Executive Committee stated that our policy for charging in the grandstands during the fair, is that 5 and under kids are admitted free and Judi Cronley will add that to the signs at the ticket booths.

The board accepted the committee’s recommendation of adding one more non advertised day to Judi Cronley’s contract, with a pay increase and to increase Pete Fout’s salary. New contracts go into effect January 1st, 2016.

It was noted Howard Lyle and Craig Stump will be extending the note on the loan at Quest until the end of December 2015.

The board accepted the proposed 2015/16 budget.

The Board moved to have Don Spar and Paul Rickenbacher be their delegates at the OFMA Convention in January.

Judi stated she has OFMA raffle tickets, anyone interested should see her.

The board moved to move $20,000 from the consignment sale money to the general account.

Howard Lyle gave an update on the District II meeting that was held a couple of weeks ago.


Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. Doug Seiler, from Lynn Valley Farmers, stated his club is going to donate money to purchase 2 wheelbarrows.

Russ Blue, from the Hardin County Firefighters, stated they want to put in a restroom in their building at the fairgrounds. Jim stated this is being further researched.

It was decided to only use SV & E for trash pickup and not use Brown’s Refuse any more. Pete Fout will contact them both about the change.

The board will be purchasing a small snow blower from Troyer’s at a cost of $599.

It was noted a floor scrubber will be rented from Key Supply, to clean the arts/crafts and community building floors.

Pete Fout stated all winterizing is done and storage continues, but big campers are going to be limited – due to space availability.

Judi Cronley stated inventory needs updated by Nov. 17th, to be available, to turn in for insurance purposes.

Jim stated the next ground’s committee meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 7pm.


Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated they will be adding 40 new camping spots this year. There will be 1 new row in the East lot. He discussed making some of these spots have 50 amp service. Cost for 50 amp service will cost more. Otherwise, camping prices will remain the same.

There will be 3 porta pots added to the East lot for campers.

Wristbands will be used for campers next year. A meeting will be held with Dennis Hinton on adding the spots and 50 amp services.


The entertainment committee spoke about their meeting they had with Bill Magann from Variety Attractions. There is still a lot of ideas being discussed, but it was noted there will be 2 nights of harness racing during the 2016 Hardin County Fair – one on Thursday and one on Friday. With adding the Friday night racing, the weekend entertainment is having to be adjusted. Friday night harness racing will start at 7pm, not at 6pm, like on Thursday. Ray Davis stated the next Entertainment committee meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 7pm and this is for the grandstand committee members, too.


All Jr. Fair Livestock Sale checks have been mailed and all money has been collected.

The board moved to buy the update for the showorks program. It was noted there will be a showorks sale committee meeting on Saturday, Dec. 19th at 10am, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.


Commission from the Hardin Northern Band Boosters has now been collected.


Nancy Rickenbacher stated she has mailed to the county schools, her request of Jr. Fair board kids, so they will have a chance to attend the OFMA Annual Convention in January. She stated she would like a list of kids by December 21st. Nancy stated our 2015 Hardin County Fair queen will be trying for the 2016 State Fair Queen during the convention. Nancy has done her ribbon inventory and stated if anyone wants more or different ribbons, to let her know before January.

The Jr. Fair Affidavit form was reviewed and notarized.

The Jr. Fair Report was reviewed and accepted.


Under old business: Judi stated sausage sales continue with only a little unseasoned patties and bulk sausage available.

Open class premium money and Jr. Fair Premium money that was not collected, has been redeposited.


Under new business: The board moved that next year’s fair be Sept. 6-11, 2016 and those dates will be mailed to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture for acceptance.

The board moved to have a Christmas Dinner/January Meeting either Dec. 28th or Dec. 29th, 2015. Previous past directors will be honored at that meeting.

Next month’s meeting will be Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7:30pm in the fair office.


Officers where called to an one vehicle accident on St Rt 309 near Jones road Monday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car being driven by 21 year old Shaylin Dalton, of Russels Point, went left of center crossing the west bound lane of St Rt 309 striking the north-side guard rail head on. Dalton stated that just prior to the collision, she had leaned down to adjust her radio.
Disabling damaged occured to the vehicle and the Kenton Fire Department was called to cut away the damaged guard rail. Dalton was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.


Governor Kasich Recognizes November 2015 as Hire a Veteran Month



COLUMBUS, OHIO - Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor recently signed a resolution officially recognizing November 2015 as Hire a Veteran Month throughout Ohio, asking Ohio’s employers to consider the skills and abilities of Ohio’s military veterans and service members when seeking new employees.

Ohio is proud to be called home by nearly 900,000 veterans and military service members and is committed to prioritizing and increasing the number of veterans, military service members and their families living and working in the state.

In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor John Kasich said, “One of the best kept secrets in our state are our veterans. Not only do they deserve our thanks for the sacrifices they've made for our freedom, they deserve our help to transition back into civilian life.” Taking those words to heart, Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly implemented several reforms that now make it easier for veterans and their spouses to obtain a state license or certificate for jobs in Ohio. And, Ohio’s 37 public colleges and universities are building a system to better apply military experience toward free college credit.

In addition, the state launched the Veterans Business Support Center in July 2014 specifically to make it easier for employers to connect with veteran talent. More than 2,300 employers have requested veteran resumes resulting in 490 veterans hired through this initiative. Click here to visit the Veteran Business Support Center.

For the veteran community, the new gives Ohio veterans, service members and their families one easy entry point to find information about jobs, building civilian resumes, professional licenses, benefits and how to obtain free college credit for their military training, education and service. offers:

  • Military Skills Translator – Military skills are translated into civilian terms to help build your resume.
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  • Licensing and Certification – Turn your military training and experience into a professional license and/or certification. State boards and commissions expedite military members applications and their spouses.
  • Free College Credit for Military Experience – Ohio‘s colleges and universities are trained to recognize military training and experience and translate it into FREE college credits.
  • Military Friendly Employers – Find more than 1,263 Ohio employers that provide hiring preferences or other benefits to veterans and their families.
  • Veteran-Owned Businesses – Learn about resources and programs to help veterans start or grow a business.
  • Veterans Resource Guide – Find out about federal, state and local veterans benefits.

Ohio’s workforce system is placing a greater priority on the veteran community. For individuals, the state is able to better connect Ohio’s veterans with the job training and tools they need to compete for Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs. For employers, Ohio is better positioned to assist them in identifying and connecting with qualified job-seeking veterans. Together we are helping more Ohio veterans find rewarding careers, providing for themselves and their families.




KENTON – Start your holiday shopping early this year at the 29th annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair. The Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Hardin County Historic Courthouse in downtown Kenton.


Sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, the Craft Fair features three floors filled with arts, crafts, and home party dealers. The Kenton Top 20 will perform holiday music at 9:30 am. Homemade food is provided by the Hardin County Homemakers.


The annual basket auction begins at 11:00 am in Veteran’s Hall in the courthouse. The auction features 29 baskets with some truly unique containers. As always, they are filled with beautiful gift items, and various gift certificates from local businesses. These auction items make wonderful decorations as well as gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance encourages everyone to shop at Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair and to Buy Local First Hardin County this holiday season. For more information on this event contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131 or


Deputies where called to an injury accident at the intersection of State Route 235 and 309 on Saturday evening.


According to the report from the Hardin County Sherriff's Office, a car being driven by 39 year old Annalicia Roberts, of Grove City, stopped at the stop sign of State Route 235 and failed to yeild at the sign and struck a west bound vehicle being operated by 30 year old Katie Hunsicker of McGuffy.


Damage occured to the driver-side door of Hunsicker's vehicle. All occupants where wearing their seat belts. Roberts was cited for failure to yield.


A rural Kenton woman was arrested on Friday.


According to the day log from the Kenton Police Department, Heather Helton of Kenton was arrested and issued a summons for drug paraphernalia and possession of a drug abuse instrument. Along with the summons she was cited for an open container and rear license plate light.


A complete report of the incident was not available from the Police Department.


The Riverside Pirates rushed for 355 yards as they defeated the Ada Bulldogs 32-7 in Division 7, Region 26 quarterfinal action Friday.


The Pirates (10-1) will face Minster in the regional semifinals next week at a site to be determined. The Wildcats defeated Fort Loramie 37-7 on Friday.


Hayden Robinson scored on two big plays - a 63-yard reception and a 59-yard run - while Connor Cotterman rushed for one touchdown and converted two field goals for the Pirates.


Ada (6-5) trailed 9-0 in the first quarter but drew to within 9-7 on Trent Jolliff's 39-yard touchdown pass to Blake Ansley with 3:32 left in the 2nd quarter. The Pirates added a late field goal to end the half with a 12-7 advantage and then outscored the Bulldogs 20-0 in the 2nd half.


Playoff's Week One


Division III - Region 10

Wapakoneta 44 Belmont 22

Trotwod Madison 44 Celina 14


Division VII - Region 24

McComb 27 Crestview 26

Tiffin Calvert 42 Hicksville 35

Lucas 51 West unity 6

Leipsic 35 Arlington 3


Division VII - Region 26

Minster 37 Fort Loramie 7

Legman Catholic 20 Covington 16

Fort Recovery 62 Cincinnati Miami Valley Christian Academy 14


Division IV - Region 12

Ottawa Glandorf will play Indian Lake Saturday.


Most of our Visitor Poll voters say  they are a morning person.


The results of the poll show that 48% called themselves morning people, 36% said they are evening/night people and the remaining 16% called themselves afternoon people.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Gregory W. Meade was sentenced to a total of four years and nine months in prison on two counts of complicity to burglary and one count each of perjury and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.


.Brian K. Chamberlain was sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison, 14 months of which are mandatory, on one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of both of them.


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


.Stephen M. Jagodzinski, on one count each of aggravated

trafficking in drugs and petty theft.


.Ronald Lee Brown Jr., on one count of theft. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of just over $3500 to the victim.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Contrasting styles will be on display tonight as the Ada Bulldogs take on the Riverside Pirates in Division 7, Region 26 quarterfinal action.


The 9 and 1 Pirates are the region’s 4th seed and are led by Connor Cotterman. Cotterman was named the Northwest Central Conference’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. He has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns and has been a key cog in a Riverside attack that averages over 335 rushing yards a game.


While the Pirates like to keep the ball on the ground, the Bulldogs prefer to air it out. Ada, which went 6 and 4 in the regular season and is the region’s 5th seed, was the top passing team in the Northwest Conference.


WKTN will carry tonight’s regional quarterfinal game live from Riverside, with the pregame show starting at 7:15 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


The Christmas Around the Square Festival is scheduled to take place a week from tomorrow at the Hardin County Courthouse.


Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said this is the 29th year for the event, which she said has evolved over the years.


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


Members from the Ridgemont FFA chapter that attended the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, KY.


Several Conty FFA chapters recently returned from the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. These chapters joined approxametly 58,000 other FFA members from across the United States laast Wedensday through Friday. The chapters that attended the annual event participate in educaitonal tours as well as listen to motivational speakers. There are also several big-name acts that perform concerts just for FFA members. Students can also your the Career Fair. Kenton FFA Vice President Jared McNeely explains.


"There are seed dealers that show up there, we have machienery dealers that show up. We also have performers like Maddie and Tae were at the career show as well as many colleges. UNOH and other collleges."


There are also several awards that are presented. Nole Gerfe, a Junior from the Ridgemont FFA Chapter had the number one Diversified Livestock Supervised Agricultural Experience or SAE. His SAE contains: 


"13 Registerd Shorthorn Cows, 10 PIC Sows, and five Southdown Ewes."


He won a profficency award. This means that he has gone above and beyond the expectations of his SAE. Gerfen was selected from the top four SAE's from the nation. He explains how excited he is for achiving this honor.


"This was off of my Sophomore record books. Having basically one year of records is just flat out amazing."


He would like to thank his parents, Steve and Kim Gerfen as well as his Ag advisor Stephanie Jolliff for helping him achive this accomplishment.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Twenty new members are being inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in honor of their service to the community after serving in the military.


Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is helping honor the 2015 class at the induction ceremony Thursday at the Lincoln Theater in Columbus. The latest class joins 478 others veterans who are already in the Hall of Fame.


The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the post-military achievements of veterans in community service after their military service ended. Charter members of the 1993 class included the six Ohio military veterans elected U.S. president and all of the state's Medal of Honor recipients.


Honorees over the past 22 years have included astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders and veterans' advocates.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Art work by Ohio prison inmates from several correctional facilities is going on display at a Columbus gallery.

The exhibit titled "Inside Looking Out: Creative Works by Ohio Prison Inmates" opens Thursday at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery.
The show includes traditional art work along with art made from recycled materials. The works were created by prisoners at 19 facilities, including Grafton, Richland, Ross, Southern Ohio and Trumbull correctional facilities and the Ohio Women's Reformatory in Marysville.
The exhibit is a joint project of the arts council, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Opponents of federal corn ethanol mandates are targeting Ohio in a national ad campaign.


It's part of the Smarter Fuel Future campaign joined by environmental and business groups and academics. The 30-second ad "Inconvenient Facts," purchased by the American Council for Capital Formation, argues the mandate, which requires increasing volumes of corn ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply, has hurt the environment and economy. Versions are also airing in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


The U.S. EPA is looking to reduce required volumes, citing inadequate infrastructure to accommodate ethanol-infused gasoline. Corn growers and other supporters of the mandate say it forces oil companies to improve infrastructure at gas pumps to deliver ethanol fuel blends above the current 10 percent mix.


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance released a video to promote upcoming holiday events.


To view the video, click on the link below:


Village of Forest residents participated in a straw poll to determine what they would like to see happen with the village's pool.


Over a period of about a month, residents in Forest voted on six options on what to do with the old pool. which needs extensive repairs.


One was to renovate the old pool, one to build anew one, demolish the pool and do nothing, put in a Splash Park only, pond only or a combination of pond and Splash Park.


Village Administrator Wes Davis with the results, "The option of a new shallow pond, white beach area with a Splash Park was the option that got he most votes. That winning option will be placed then on the Spring ballot for an appropriate income tax levy, if that's what council decides to go with for an up or down vote, and see if we, the village residents in Forest choose to have an appropriate income tax to help pay for the construction of a new pond and Splash Park here in the village."


He said they hired a design group to come up with a figure for that option, "To kind of give us what I would say is a high end cost assessment on each of the six options, and keep in mind it's a high option, but it's going to be somewhere around half a million dollars, but I think we can knock some edges off that and get our costs down a little bit."


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A Bellefontaine woman who knew her boyfriend was beating his young son is headed to prison for lying to protect him after the child died.


Thirty-three-year-old Skybree Schindler was sentenced to 18 months on Monday, with credit for 3 1/2 months she's already served in the county jail. She pleaded guilty to a single count of obstructing justice in September.


Her boyfriend, Anthony Barton, is serving 15 years to life in prison for beating his son, Michael Barton, to death in May.


Schindler said in court she didn't realize how badly Michael was being abused and was horrified when she found out. She apologized to the boy's family.


Prosecutors had asked for three years in prison.


MARION, Ohio (AP) - Police in Marion say a K9 officer camping with her police officer handler was accidentally struck and killed by a vehicle.


Marion Police Chief Bill Collins says the death of Bella was announced this week with an "end of watch" notice like any other active officer death.


Police say the K9 officer unexpectedly took off Sunday and ran onto Ohio 28 before being struck by a vehicle on the highway in Ross County in southern Ohio. Bella was one of three police dogs serving with the Marion department and began a 12-week training course in July. The dog had just entered service in August and had received state certification.


Collins said the dog had been doing a great job out on the streets.


In a sure sign of the Holiday Season, crews began to string the lights at the Hardin County Courthouse on Wednesday.


Maintenance Supervisor Richard Lawson (left) and his crew work to string lights


Maintenance Supervisor Richard Lawson said they hope to have the lights up on two corners by the end of Wednesday, and weather permitting, they plan to do other two corners by the end of Thursday.


The lights around the top of the building have already been installed.




They will be illuminated during a ceremony on Tuesday November 24th.


These are the UNOFFICIAL returns from the Hardin County 2015 General Election. Certified on November 17th.


Kenton Mayor Race

1130 Randy Manns

355 (Write-in)


Kenton Council at Large Race

384 B.J. Hall

1041 Patricia Risner

797 Clint Sneary

1101 Peggy Wren


Alger Mayor Race

76 Donald Hensley

120 James Summa


Alger Village Council Race

76 Juanita Downing

111 Ethan Hunt

118 J.P. Hunt


Dunkirk Council Race

119 Dorothy Baum

130 Linda Gibson

114 Jaide McBride


Forest Village Council Race

17 Stephen Manns

20 Loretta Perkins

12 Lisa Price


McGuffey Mayor Race

16 Terry Donald

75 Greg Howard

7 Aaron Huff


Blanchard Township Fiscal Officer

213 Bethany Driskill

117 Elwanda Hastings

108 Christine Lawrence


Buck Township Fiscal Officer

262 Roger Crowe

155 Kerri Modd



Dudley Township Trustee

56 Larry Butz

131 William Legge II

96 Zac McCullough

32 Bradley Murphy


Goshen Township Fiscal Officer

106 Nancy Barrett

93 Tammy Sherman (Write-in)


Goshen Township Trustee

128 Allen Barrett

91 Richard Barrett


Jackson Township Trustee

269 Jerry Messenger

237 Frank Sellars


Washington Township Trustee

109 Nancy Motter

143 Gail Rodabaugh


Ada Schools Board of Education

730 Ron Fleming

790 Mathew Gossman

685 Jennifer Hiester

734 Amy Mullins


Hardin Northern Schools Board of Election

202 Carol Jolliff

416 Jeffery Morris

430 Michele Obenour

636 Chris Rodabaugh

490 Kathy Schroeder


Ridgemont Schools Board of Elections

518 Cheryl France

490 Eric Hill

310 Patrick Stacklin

464 Jerry Turner





Money Issues


Blanchard Township Tax

195 For the Tax Levy

243 Against the Tax Levy


Buck Township Tax

152 For the Tax Levy

293 Against the Tax Levy


Cessna Township Cemetaries

126 For the Tax Levy

45 Against the Tax Levy


Cessna Township Fire

144 For the Tax Levy

25 Against the Tax Levy


Mental Health and Recovery Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties

4833 For the Tax Levy

2674 Against the Tax Levy


The Ada Police Department welcomed K9 Henry to their family.


After 6 weeks of intensive training and certification, the Ada Police Department is proud to offer the services of our fully certified K9 Team of Sgt. Donnie Deckling and K9 Henry.


Sgt. Deckling and Henry were certified as a K9 Team by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission on Friday, October 30th.  Sgt. Deckling and K9 Henry are certified together for patrol work, tracking and narcotics detection.



Henry was imported from the Czech Republic and was breed for this type of work. Henry is a 17-months-old Czech Shepard.


Sgt. Deckling and Henry will begin training with the Hardin and Allen County K9 contingent on a regular basis.



The Ada Police Department is looking forward to years of service as they continue to make Ada, Ohio a SAFER Community.


Today is Election Day, and the polls (will open/opened) at 6:30 this morning.


As far as contested races on the ballot today:


Kenton Mayor Randy Manns is facing competition from write in candidates John Alexander and Joseph Hord.


Four candidates, B.J. Hall, Patricia Risner, Clint Sneary and Peggy Wren are vying for three Kenton council at large seats.


Alger residents will choose between Donald Hensley and James Summa for mayor of the village.


Juanita Downing, Ethan Hunt and J.P. Hunt are seeking two open seats on village council.


Two seats are open on Dunkirk council, and the three candidates to fill the positions are Dorothy Baum, Linda Gibson and Jaide McBride.


Stephen Manns, Loretta Perkins and Lisa Price are vying for two open seats on Forest Village Council.


In McGuffey, Terry Donnal, Greg Howard and Aaron Huff are running for mayor.


Three candidates, Bethany Driskill, Elwanda Hastings and Christine Lawrence, are running for Blanchard Township Fiscal Officer.


Roger Crowe and Kerri Modd are running for that position in Buck Township.


For Dudley Township Trustee, Larry Butz, William Legge II, Zac McCullough and Bradley Murphy are running for one open seat.


Nancy Barrett is being challenged by write-in candidate Tammy Sherman for Goshen Township Fiscal Officer and R. Allen Barrett is facing Richard Barrett for Goshen Township Trustee.


Jerry Messenger and Frank Sellars are vying for Jackson Township Trustee.


For Washington Township Trustee, Nancy Motter and Gail Rodabaugh are the candidates.


Four candidates, Ron Fleming, Matthew Gossman, Jennifer Hiester and Amy Mullins are vying for three open seats on Ada Schools Board of Education.


It's a crowded field for three open seats on the Hardin Northern Schools Board of Education. The five candidates are Carol Jolliff, Jeffery Morris, Michele Obenour, Chris Rodabaugh and Kathy Schroeder.


Cheryl France, Eric Hill, Patrick Stacklin and Jerry Turner are vying for three open seats on the Ridgemont Schools Board of Education.


Money issues are also on the ballot in Blanchard and Buck Townships. Cessna Township voters will decide the fate of two levies, one for cemeteries and the other for fire protection.


There is also one county wide issue, and that is a renewal for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties.


The polls close at 7:30 tonight and live election night coverage starts at 8 on WKTN.


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