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LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A military tank plant in northwestern Ohio is getting $40 million for upgrades at the facility.

 

Lima Tank Plant

 

The Lima News reports Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is getting the money from Congress to fund a roof project, a pivot pad that can hold 70-ton tanks as they are tested, and a machine that can mill heavier materials at a higher rate.

 

Lt. Col. Matthew Hodge says the funding allows them to get ready for the next-generation M1 Abrams battle tank that's slated for production next year.

 

He describes the investment as "catch-up money," and says it's been at least five years since the government made a significant investment in the facility.

 

 

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A 13 year old boy was charged with possession of drugs Monday at the Kenton Elementary building.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the school where they interviewed the boy in the presence of his mother. The boy was allegedly in possession of a razor blade and three pills, and all were determined to be a controlled substance.
 
Four other students told officers the boy told them he was going to "cut the pills up and do them like drugs."
 
Charges were filed through Hardin County Juvenile Court.

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The Kenton Police Department received grant money to go towards the purchase of a New K9 Unit vehicle and Bullet Proof Vests.
 
The Kenton Police Department Chief Dennis Musser applied to the Local Government Safety Capitol Grant for the State of Ohio and received  money for the department. According to Lieutenant Lutes the grant money received was “A little over  $45,000 Dollars.”
 
The Kenton Police was one of only 53  departments who received money from the grant and lieutenant Lutes says that the money would be used towards “A new police utility for our K9 Unit. It's a fully loaded vehicle with cage and everything needed.”
 
Ford Interceptor
 
The new Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle will be a much needed addition to the Kenton Police Department according to lutes.
 
Also the KPD received money from the Community Foundation for a total of $1200 towards the purchase of Bullet Proof Vests. Lutes says that every 5 years “we give our officers new vest and we have them on a rotating bases with the officers.”
 
Grant money was also received for the department to purchase and hand out bike helmets at the Cruise in for a Cure. The cruise-in will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 starting at 12 noon at Simon Kenton School, 705 North Ida Street, Kenton.

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The Kenton City Council met on Monday evening and opened with Becky Potts discussing the current ordinance for the City of Kenton where removal of healthy trees within the tree lawn is a minor misdemeanor penalty of no more than $100. According to the current ordinance, approval is needed before individuals are allowed to cut down any healthy trees on public land and Potts told the council that the committee will start enforcement of this ordinance going forward.
 
Potts also discussed the trimming of trees by the public utility contractors to clear the power lines of limbs and branches. Recently the contractors have trimmed several trees around Kenton and have left them either completely lopsided and in some circumstances may have even seriously damaged the tree’s. Pott's asked the council if an ordinance could be crafted to allow for private citizens to hire professionals to properly trim the trees instead of the crews hired by the public utility. Law Director John Schwemer told the council that the public utility’s have complete discretion to remove any limbs or branches of a tree if it can effect the power lines.
 
Several issues including a resolution for selling 3 old police cruisers, appropriation for stump removal, and amending codified ordinances related to the classification and title of Assistant Fire chief were introduced in new business. The resolution related to the 3 older police cruisers that would allow for advertising and selling of  one 2005 and two 2008 Police Crown Victoria's is heading to a second reading. The $900 appropriations for and advance on the stump removal on the Letson St project had the 3 reading rule suspended and was passed by the council. The Kenton ordinance pertaining to the number of employees authorized to be in the assistant fire chief positions also had the 3 reading rule suspended and was passed by the council.
 
Safety service director Jim Hites told the council that the Kenton Police Cruiser that was hit during a police chase is halfway through the insurance process. The Cruiser was struck by the pursuit vehicle traveling at 101 MPH on May 17th and Hites is waiting to hear if the insurance will repair the vehicle or total it due to the damage.   
 
A question was asked of a City Auditor Brian Hattery about the current ordinance for cats. Law Director Schwemer says it’s illegal to feed or harbor feral cats and if a person owns a cat they must stay on their property. It is technically a Minor Misdemeanor but it becomes an issue of enforcement.
 

Tree Commission Minutes

May 12, 2016

Kenton Tree Commission Meeting:

The Kenton Tree Commission met on May 12, 2016 at 6PM in the conference room at City Hall. Present: Rick Smith, Micah Smith, Becky Potts, & Safety Service Director Jim Hites. Absent: Mike Boyle.

 

Minutes: The minutes from the previous meeting were read & approved as submitted. Business:

• Welcomed Becky as the newest member of the Tree Commission. Note: Mayor Manns still needs to appoint another person to fill the last vacancy on the commission.

• Discussed how well the Arbor Day celebration turned out.

• Tree removal at 495 Marie Avenue...Jim thinks they are in the tree lawn, however he will have Burl Helton (St. Superintendent) measure to make certain.

• Tree removal at 209 N. Detroit Street...there are complaints about the sidewalk so Jim will contact the Safety Committee of City Council to look at that. Becky & Micah will look at the tree to see if it needs to be removed.

• Discussion on updated tree lists (both for tree removal & tree planting). Jim will check with Brenda to see what list she has for tree removal. The commission will need to select locations to plant trees.

• Learned the Tree Commission received a grant from the Hardin County Community Foundation to assist in purchasing & planting trees (awards to be given on 5/19 @ 4:30 PM at the Armory).

• Becky proposed trying to obtain another grant for tree removal in February, 2017.

• Discussion on items Becky will consider presenting to City Council regarding trees in the tree lawn including: 1) Reminder there is minor misdemeanor penalty for Ordinance 90-025 (Section 698.02 of the Codified Ordinances addresses minor misdemeanor penalties). The public needs to be educated about trees in the tree lawn; and 2) Request that City Council consider the possibility of an ordinance authorizing private vendors the ability to trim trees due to power lines.

 

Adjourn:

All business completed, meeting adjourned at 6:37 PM.

 

BKP Meeting

 

BKP Board Meeting 5/16/16

Approval of minutes, financials and bills.

Resigned paperwork for Liberty National Bank to ensure the board members' signatures are authorized to sign checks.

Received policy updates from both 'Medical Mutual' and 'Star Ohio'.

A quote for regular maintenance from 'Thermo-Tech' for the air conditioning and heating systems in the BKP building was presented and more research is being conducted.

The board chose to upgrade the internet service with Windstream` at the BKP building.

The board chose to send Butch to an OSHA class to ensure that BKP is still within OSHA standards. Another quote and references were presented for new billing software. More research is being conducted on this as well.

The 2016 Hardin County Fair contracts were presented no action was taken at this meeting.

Long term improvement plans were discussed and the board decided to order new chairs and desks for the offices and board room.

The board wrote of outdated bills as well as bills of deceased patients.

An executive session was held near the end of the meeting.

Finally, the board decided to approve the update of 'Quick Books' software every two years for the foreseeable future.

Adjourn.

 

 

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A driver fell asleep leading to a one vehicle crash early Saturday morning.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 19 year old Nathan Binkley, of Lakeview, was driving west on State Route 385 in Roundhead Township when he said he fell asleep. The car ended up off the road where it struck two parked vehicles.
 
The car was heavily damaged, but Binkley was not injured. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have continued to increase heading toward the Memorial Day weekend. 
 
The average price per gallon was $2.38 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average in Ohio this time last week was $2.22. It was $2.18 a month ago.
 
Ohio's price to start the week was 10 cents above the national average price in Monday's survey.
 
The national average this time last year was $2.74. Ohioans were paying an average of about $2.73 at the same time in 2015.
 
Gas prices have been rising partly due to more expensive crude oil costs brought about by wildfires in Canada and supply disruptions in other oil-producing countries. 

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FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio congressman will team up with state officials next month to host a forum looking at opioid addiction in the state.
 
The meeting is set for June 27 at the University of Findlay. 
 
Republican Congressman Bob Latta and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are taking part.
 
DeWine says these types of forums are important because communities need to play a big role in the fight against opiate addiction and abuse. 
 
The directors of Ohio's health department and addiction services department also are expected to take part.

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A shopping cart full of groceries was reported stolen from a Kenton grocery Store Saturday Afternoon.
 
Shopping Cart
 
According to information from the Kenton Police Department report, a theft in progress was reported Saturday Afternoon th the Kroger Store in Kenton. One cart full of groceries totaling around $800 was recovered after the incident. One suspect was arrested at the scene and other suspect was reported at large.
 
Also on Saturday a Yamaha Kids dirt bike and a Xbox Console plus various box accessories were reported stolen.
 
The Kenton Police Department report lists all the burglarized from the 400 block of Scott Avenue. The investigation is pending.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony for a new senior health facility will be held Sunday.
 
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Hardin County Ambassadors will conduct the ceremony at Vancrest of Ada in conjunction with their open house.
 
Vancrest is a regional full service senior health care provider serving western Ohio. The Ada facility marks the 14th location. 
Vancrest of Ada has fifty nursing beds consisting of 32 long term care, 18 all private rehabilitation suites for short term recovery and 35 assisted living apartments.
 
The public is invited to the open house Sunday from 1-3pm. Vancrest in Ada is located at 600 West North Avenue.

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Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Stephen G. Dick Jr. on one count each of gross sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.
 
.Cody A. Bailey on one count each of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and tampering with evidence. He must serve a total of 40 day local incarceration.
 
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Two organizations are teaming up to provide support to caregivers of cancer patients.
 
Karla Ritchey, Director of Rose Outreach, is joining up with Not By Choice Outreach to start the services, "Rose is an acronym for Reaching Others through Spiritual Encouragement, and Rose Outreach wants to help the caregivers and given them somebody that they can talk to, because when you're caring for somebody with cancer, it's hard, so we want to be able to get together and just talk."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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The Hardin County Community Foundation awarded 119 grants, five scholarships and two bequests during a ceremony Thursday evening at the Kenton Armory. 
 
Foundation President William D. Hart
 
Foundation President William Hart said it's been another big year, "I'm always amazed, but this year we had a total of 204 grant applications submitted requesting funding. The total amount of funds requested was $459,000. Out grant committee worked diligently and has awarded 119 grant requests and will award five scholarships and two bequests for a grand total of funds to be distributed of $123,541."
He reiterates how the foundation generates funds for the grants, "Money that has been donated to us over the years remains in tact. we invest that money in many different ways. About a million dollars of it is invested locally. The rest is invested in stocks and bonds and other types of ventures, and the money from those investments is used to award grants every year."
 
Hart said that sound decisions made by board members will help ensure the foundation's future, "It is every bit of out intention that we continue this through eternity if that be necessary or even possible, but I can assure everybody that we have a very conservative investment strategy on the board, and it's going to stay that way so that we can continue this long into the future."

 

 

 
Foundation Secretary Gina Messner and Trustee Charles Vandyne
 
 
The following is a list of recipents and amount received:
 
Ada Exempted Village Schools - $500.00
Ada Exempted Village Schools - $300.00
Ada Exempted Village Schools - $300.00
Ada Exempted Village Schools - $300.00
Ada Exempted Village Schools - $300.00
Ada Food Pantry - $500.00
Ada Public Library - $1,000.00
Alger Community Fire Association - $2,300.00
Alger First United Methodist Church - $1,000.00
Alger First United Methodist Church - $813.00
Alger Memorial Festival Committee - $1,000.00
Alger Public Library - $1,000.00
BKP Ambulance District - $2,000.00
Blue Star Mothers OH#32 - $500.00
Kenton First Baptist Church - $686.00
Boy Scout Troop 124- Ada - $1,000.00
Boy Scout Troop 125- Kenton - $1,000.00
Boy Scout Troop 164- Forest - $300.00
Camp Common Ground - $500.00
Camp Common Ground - $500.00
Christian Missionary Alliance Church - $500.00
City of Kenton - $500.00
City of Kenton - $1,000.00
City of Kenton Tree Commission - $1,000.00
Cub Scout Troop 121- Kenton - $500.00
Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County - $1,500.00
Dunkirk Community Improvement Corporation - $750.00
Dunkirk Masonic Lodge #549 - $500.00
Forest Fire Department - $1,700.00
Forest Fire Fighter's Association - $750.00
Forest Police Department - $800.00
Forest-Jackson Public Library - $1,000.00
Friends of the Alger Public Library - $500.00
Hardin County 4-H Council - $1,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society - $500.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society - $1,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society - $1,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society - $2,500.00
Hardin County Building Maintenance - $3,000.00
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance - $220.00
Hardin County Dog Shelter - $1,000.00
Hardin County Family YMCA - $1,436.00
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc. - $500.00
Hardin County Horse Council - $500.00
Hardin County Hospice - $1,500.00
Hardin County Humane Society - $1,000.00
Hardin County Juvenile Court - $750.00
Hardin County Mounted Posse - $1,000.00
Hardin County Players - $500.00
Hardin County Recovery Court - $500.00
Hardin County Upward Sports- Walnut Grove Church - $1,000.00
Hardin Hills Health Center - $2,776.00
Hardin Leadership Inc. - $500.00
Hardin Memorial Hospital - $328.00
Hardin Northern Community Center - $750.00
Hardin Northern Local Schools- Elementary Library - $350.00
Hardin Northern Local Schools- High School Library - $350.00
Hardin Northern Public Library - $1,000.00
Heartbeat of Hardin County - $1,000.00
Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Inc. - $3,000.00
Helping Hands Outreach - $5,000.00
HHWPCAC Kenton 1 Head Start - $500.00
HHWPCAC Kenton 2 Head Start - $500.00
HHWPCAC Kenton 3 Head Start - $500.00
HHWPCAC Kenton 4 Head Start - $500.00
Jackson-Forest Emergency Medical Service - $750.00
Jackson-Forest Joint Ambulance District - $1,400.00
Jerry Cross Park Fund - $1,000.00
Keep Hardin County Beautiful - $950.00
Kenton Hardin Health Department - $477.00
Kenton Historic Courthouse District - $500.00
Kenton Historic Courthouse District - $1,054.00
Kenton Little League, Inc. - $500.00
Kenton Police Department - $1,270.00
Kenton Schools - $400.00
Kenton Schools- High School - $1,000.00
Love, INC - $1,108.00
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library - $48.00
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library - $400.00
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library - $400.00
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library - $400.00
Master Gardeners of Hardin County - $300.00
Master Gardeners of Hardin County - $1,000.00
McGuffey Church of Christ - $1,500.00
McGuffey Church of Christ - $1,000.00
McGuffey Volunteer Fire Company - $1,300.00
Neighborhood Opportunity Center - $1,500.00
Northern Hardin County Fire District - $600.00
Northern Hardin County Fire District - $500.00
Not By Choice Outreach - $5,000.00
Ohio Hi Point Career Center- Kenton - $1,000.00
OSU Extension - $400.00
OSU Extension - $500.00
OSU Extension - $500.00
Pawsitive Pals - $500.00
Pawsitive Pals - $500.00
Pawsitive Pals - $500.00
ReStore Community Center - $1,000.00
ReStore Community Center - $1,000.00
Ridgemont Library- Mt. Victory Branch - $900.00
Ridgemont Library- Ridgeway Branch - $100.00
Ridgeway Firefighters Association - $1,200.00
Roundhead McDonald Park Board - $1,500.00
Roundhead Volunteer Fire Department - $1,200.00
Saint Vincent dePaul Society of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - $1,500.00
Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District - $500.00
The Tree Town Festival, Inc. - $2,500.00
Trustees of Memorial Hall - $500.00
Upper Scioto Valley Schools - $1,000.00
Upper Scioto Valley Schools Student Council - $1,000.00
USV Ambulance District- Alger Unit - $2,000.00
Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course - $575.00
Village of Alger - $750.00
Village of Dunkirk - $500.00
Village of Dunkirk Tree Commission - $1,000.00
Village of Forest - $1,000.00
Village of Forest Parks and Recreation Board - $1,000.00
Village of Forest Tree Commission - $1,000.00
Village of Mt Victory - $2,300.00
Village of Patterson - $500.00
Walnut Grove United Methodist Church - $1,000.00
 
Total Grants Awarded - $116,541.00
 
Scholarships
 
Jerry Jester Scholarship - $1,000.00
Catherine Lens Scholarship - $500.00
Mr. and Mrs. OJ Hogan Scholarship - $500.00
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship - $2,500.00
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship - $2,500.00
 
Total Scholarships Awarded $7,000.00
 
 
Total Funds Awarded $123,541.00
 

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Choose Hope is an event that is being started at the Kenton Middle School. Student Council President Landon Rush Explains why the event is taking place.
 
 
 
"It's about honoring cancer survivors and just giving them a chance to get back with them for all they've been through. Some iof the kids have family members that have cancer so we want to honor them." Rush Said.
 
Choose hope is slated to begin at nine AM on Tuesday May 24th. Student Council Adivsor Traci Jones explains the schedule of the day.
 
"We've got, basically starting at nine o'clock, the opening ceremony at the football stadium. Everyone is inviited to come at that time and join in that festivity which will take about a half an hour. We've got the National Anthem being sung by our 8th grade student Aubrey Thrush, the band is going to be playing, we're going to have tributes to cancer patients that our students and staff have filled out for us. We've got a long list of people they want to honor. We'll have a moment of silence, we'll introduce all of the survivors that are joining us that day. Then, we'll have our survivor lap." Jones Said.
 
"After that, there are all sorts of activities that kids can participate in, music will be playing at the track,  concession stands will be open, so anyone is welcome to stay...Everything will culminate with our closing ceremonies at 1:00 on the track." Explained Jones.
 
Middle School students were invited to purchase ribbons in honor of those fighting cancer in their lives. 
 
The event is open to the public and all cancer survivors are invited to attend. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Not By Choice outreach.
 

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Several thefts were reported to the Kenton Police Department on Wednesday.
According to the reports:
 
.Someone entered the Kenton Athletic Boosters building at Robinson Field by forcing open the front walk through door. An unknown amount of candy was stolen.
 
.A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 600 block of North High Street. Several items, including a camera and cash were stolen.
 
.A theft of cash was reported at Lifeworks School on Wednesday.
 
All incidents are under investigation. 

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5th District Congressman Bob Latta announced that a committee he is on advanced two pieces of legislation Wednesday. 
 
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted to advance the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 4775), of which Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is an original co-sponsor. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. 
 
This legislation provides additional time and flexibility for states to implement the U.S. EPA’s 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb.  
 
"No one opposes clean air or clean water; however, I remain concerned that implementing the 2015 standards just as the previous revisions to the NAAQS standards are beginning to be implemented in counties across the country will prove extremely expensive and lead to incredible costs for my home state of Ohio,” said Latta. “H.R. 4775 allows states more time to implement the newest standard, which is key for ensuring that we do not stifle the incredible advances we have made in the energy, manufacturing and chemical sectors."
 
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted unanimously to advance the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979), bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA). H.R. 4979 now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. 
 
“H.R. 4979 is Congress’s opportunity to ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is able to provide the certainty that the private sector needs to invest in innovative advanced nuclear reactor technologies,” said Latta. “Nuclear power is clean and reliable baseload power, and must be part of the United States’ future electricity mix. Investment in new technologies is already happening, with approximately 50 companies in this country working to develop the next generation of nuclear power. 
 
“The United States must remain a leader in the nuclear industry, which is vital for both our electricity generation mix and our national security. I am pleased that the committee has supported H.R. 4979 and I look forward to working to have H.R. 4979 passed into law.” 

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It was another big day for the Kenton Senior Awards Day held Tuesday at the Kenton High School.
 
Guidance Counselor Amy Kohl talked about what was awarded, "We had 23 students who applied for the Dollars For Scholarships, 41 students applied for a local scholarship and 44 students applied for the R.E. and Joan Allen Scholarships. The R.E. and Joan Allen Foundation gave out $29,000. The Dollars For Scholarships gave out $11,800 and our local scholarships totaled $20,525. The Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation, they use our local application as well, and they gave out $63,550. So the total was up about $10,000 from last year. This year's total was $124,875 for those scholarships. Then we had $8715 in outside scholarships and our colleges reported $540,750 for scholarships, and some of those were renewable, so on Tuesday our students received a total in financial assistance of $674,340.
 
She said it is always amazing how much money is awarded from a school of this size, "What amazes me is the people who are giving. it's because of some ties that they have to our community, and they want to see our young people succeed."
 
R.E. Allen was not able to attend this year, but Kohl said his story is amazing, "I encourage students to find out about his background, because he truly started with nothing, and being a smart business man, and he truly became successful and is still giving back to this community."

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Kenton Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski is on a short list of names for the next superintendent of Milford Exempted Village Schools located 15 miles east of Cincinnati.
 
The Milford Board of education has narrowed down the list to 5 possible candidates who were interviewed this week and that includes the current superintendent of Kenton City Schools Penzrski. 
 
On Saturday May 14th the Milford Board conducted a second round of interviews with all of the finalist and gave each a tour of the district and host a community open house. 
 
The position opened up after Dr Robert Farrel is set to retire,  the school board is expected to name a permanent superintendent by August 1st.

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A pursuit by the Ohio State Patrol Tuesday Afternoon ended  West of Kenton after a collision with a Police Cruiser Operated by Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser.

 

Kenton Police

 

According to the release from the Ohio State Patrol, at approximately 1:16 pm a vehicle was observed  traveling East on 309 over the posted speed limit in Allen County. The 28 year old driver Nicholas Meeker, of Lima, began to drive more aggressively once the trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over. 
 
According to information from Chief Dennis Musser, the Kenton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriffs office responded to a mutual aide call from the Ohio State Patrol Officer who was in pursuit of the vehicle on State Route 309 entering into Hardin County. 
 
The suspect continued West on 309 and just before County Road 135 a Hardin County Sheriff officer attempted to deploy spike strips but was unsuccessful. The suspect then attempted to pass a semi and lost control and spun into the Kenton Police Department cruiser. Chief Musser was the responding officer in the patrol car when the suspect hit the front of his cruiser. The suspects vehicle ended up on the South side of 309 in the ditch and Meeker refused to exit the vehicle and had to be removed and was placed into custody.

 

Accident

 

Meeker has multiple charges pending including OVI, Reckless operation, possession of drug abuse instruments, driving under suspension, failure to comply with an officer, and resisting arrest.

 

Both Meeker and Chief Musser had minor injuries due to the incident, Chief Musser was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. The patrol car, which incidentally was one of the cruisers damaged in the February Officer involved shooting, sustained debilitating heavy front end damage.

 

State Route 309 West of Kenton, near County Road 135, was closed for a time due to the investigation.

 

 

UPDATED 05/17/16 at 10:45 PM: Release from the Ohio State Patrol added.

 

Police Cruiser Accident

 

 

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The Kenton City School Board met in regular fashion Monday evening at the board office. The meeting began with a student showcase, where several different groups were able to report on various projects throughout the district. 
 
Grace Rall, an 8th grade student at Kenton Middle School, spoke about her recycled school supplies project. She initially spoke with a school in Bangladesh before being put in contact with a group in Michigan that ships the gathered supplies to students in need. 
 
The Ohio Hi-Point Hardware class including Dean Markey, Dawson McLane, Riley Sloan, and Braxton Walters gave a presentation with instructor Ryan Collins about the clock system they have constructed consisting of repurposed parts from Kenton City Schools surplus. They are able to receive one-way Skype calls from the high school and have built a motion sensor system and a bell system at the Northwood building.
 
Elementary School Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Julie Simmons, gave a report with 1st grade teacher Mary Cook about the transition from grade-based report cards to standards-based report cards at the elementary level. Standards-based reporting defines what a student should know and be able to do in each subject area at each grade level. Cook described the new analysis as "very specific goals" for each student, so that parents and students are better able to grasp what areas specifically require further instruction or intervention, or to see what areas the student is excelling at within the subject. Simmons and Cook both believe that the transition will be very successful and beneficial for students, even if it takes some getting used to by those who are familiar with the grades-based system.
 
Four exchange students from Kenton High School were present to give a Global Education Excellence Award to Chad Thrush, High School Principal. The students were Max Pirch and Max Mazanke (mat-zank-uh), both from Germany; Tobias Euler-Rolle (yule-err roll-uh) from Austria; and Luca Dipiazza from Italy. The students have greatly enjoyed their time in the United States and at Kenton High School.
 
Three Kenton City Schools employees were also recognized for their dedication to the district upon their retirement. Brenda Jennings, school nurse, is retiring after 13 years with the district; Tom McBrayer, JROTC supervisor, is retiring after 16 years; and Vicki Miller, educational assistant and nurse's aide is retiring after 15 years with the district. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski called each of them "difference makers", both in the lives of the students and the lives of those in the community. 
 
During committee reports, the board heard from the finance committee that there will be some updates and upgrades to the cafeteria serving line at the high school. The finance committee is also looking at a financial savings with the new accounting system, and noted that the auditing firm that was selected was the highest rated at the state level and the lowest contracted budget. Superintendent Penczarski mentioned that the district received a grant from the state for $54,000 to add a preschool class to accommodate the influx of preschool aged children looking to enroll in the district. 
 
The facilities committee had an extensive list of upgrades that are being discussed, the most notable being the potential for a new roof on building C at the high school. Board member Russ Blue noted that the roof was leaking for the first time in 20 years. 
 
The extracurricular committee received a report from board member Mark Rush, who said that the girls softball team has the "best record ever" in the Western Buckeye League with a current record of 7-2.
 
Board member Russ Blue also mentioned the scholarship day, to be held on Tuesday, May 17 at Kenton High School. He spoke about the R.E. Allen scholarship, which usually holds a reception for the recipients of the award; however, Blue told the board that Mr. Allen, at 96 years old, declined to travel for the event this year. Since the beginning of the scholarship fund, over $2 million has been given to hundreds of students to assist with college tuition. 
 
The board then dismissed into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee. The board dismissed at 8:08pm and reconvened at 8:32pm.
 
Under personnel items, the board:
 
-Approved the employment of the following teacher's contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Limited One Year Contracts
 
Brenda Ames, Ashley Anderson, Christopher Becker, Katherine Brim, Leslie Cochensparger, Mary Cook, Christina Cross, Jamie Donaldson, Robin Eibling, Matthew Frey, John Georgeson, Erick Grasley, Erica Grossman, Rhonda Grubbs, Teresa Harris, Amanda Heyder, Lindy Howard, C. Rick Hudgel, Stefany Jacoby, Kevin Kapanka, Leigh Kelley, Rebecca Kimmel, William Lawrence, Rachel McClure, Talia McKinniss, Jordan Nicol, Lindsey Numbers, Jessica Parsley, Brooke Purcell, Jennifer Rogers, Morgan Rogers, Colby Rush, Derek Smith, Susie Thrush, Cara Wetherill, Jade Zartman, and Sarah Zoeller.
 
Limited Two Year Contracts
 
Kathy Abbott, Ashley Chapman, Patty Cribley, Todd Daquino, Norman Hoppe, Angela Kimmel, Jared Manns, Amy Mikesell, Andrea Schneider, Susanne Seybold, Tiffany Vehrs, Amanda Wiley, Alicia Wissman, Travis Wissman, and Katie Yankee.
 
-Approved Kirk Cameron, Kenton Middle School Principal, for a two year contract beginning with the 2016-2017 school year at a rate of $84,000 per year;
 
-Approved Adrienne Smythe, Kenton Middle School Assistant Principal, for a two year contract beginning with the 2016-2017 school year at a rate of $68,700 per year;
 
-Approved Mike Leddy, Athletic Director, for a two year contract beginning with the 2016-2017 school year at a rate of $69,500 per year;
 
-Approved a stipend of $3,200 for Club Roar;
 
-Approved extended contracts for 2015-2016:
Jodi Cole - 10 days for $3,590
Amy Collins - 12 days for $1,910
 
-Approved stipends for:
Adrienne Smythe, Assistant Athletic Director for $2,500
Robin Bame, summer school/KOLA supervision for $5,000
 
-Approved the request for maternity leave from Alicia Wissman;
 
-Approved the written retirement resignation from Brenda Jennings, Kenton City Schools Nurse, effective June 1, 2016;
 
-Approved the written retirement resignation from Vicki Miller, Kenton Elementary School educational assistant, effective June 1, 2016;
 
-Approved the written retirement resignation from Kathy Reffner, Kenton City Schools EMIS coordinator, effective January 1, 2017;
 
-Approved the amended contract for LTC Eric Croke, Kenton High School JROTC Instructor, for a limited one-year contract for the 2016-2017 school year for $56,615.13;
 
-Approved the following people for summer help:
 
Transportation: Gary Dunahue, Jeff McQuown
Custodial: Aila Baizhomartova, Chris Becker, Jim Evans, Lena Evans, Charles Fox, Bo Hoppe, Caitlin Johnson, David Kah, Karin Seiler, Vickie Warmbrod
Cafeteria: Dee Kinnear, Maggie Kirk, Tammy Legge, Donna Martin
 
-Approved Stacey Wolowicz, Kenton High School Educational Assistant;
 
-Approved the request for medial leave for Tia Reffner;
 
-Approved the request for maternity leave for Robin Eibling;
 
-Approved the following transfers for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Katie Yankee from KES Kindergarten to KES Preschool teacher
Melissa Good from KES Kindergarten Intervention Specialist to KES Preschool Intervention Specialist
Colby Rush from KMS 7th grade to KHS Social Studies
 
-Approved the following salary adjustments:
 
Jeremy Reed from MA to MA+
 
-Approved Tammera Harp, Kenton Elementary School Educational Assistant;
 
-Approved Adam Burtchin, Kenton Middle School Intervention Specialist;
 
-Approved the following employee supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Jared Manns, High School Cross Country Coach
Rick Collins, High School Assistant Cross Country Coach
Brent Fackler, High School Head Football Coach
Chuck Moore, High School Assistant Football Coach
Chuck Downing, High School Assistant Football Coach
Jason Jones, High School Assistant Football Coach
Zach Turner, High School Assistant Football Coach
Matt Dudek, High School Assistant Football Coach
Bill Lawrence, High School Freshman Football Coach
Colby Rush, Middle School 8th Grade Assistant Football Coach
Matt Frey, Middle School 7th Grade Assistant Football Coach
Jamie Bartlett, High School Boys Soccer Coach
Ryan Miller, High School Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
Morgan Rogers, High School Head Volleyball Coach
Bo Hoppe, Middle School 8th Grade Volleyball Coach
Matt McCullough, Fall Weight Trainer
Katie Brim, High School Girls Tennis Coach
Jeremy Reed, Ticket Manager
Ryan Miller, High School Head Girls Basketball Coach
Matt McCullough, High School Head Boys Basketball Coach
Kevin Kapanka, Middle School Wrestling Coach
Brent Fackler, Winter Weight Trainer
Brent Fackler, Powerlifting Coach
Chuck Moore, Spring Weight Trainer
Teresa Harris, Dual Enrollment
Sharon Martin, Dual Enrollment
Anne Eley, Dual Enrollment
Melody Norris, Dual Enrollment
Christina Cross, Dual Enrollment
Ashley Anderson, Student Council/BRAVO
Beth Harshfield, National Honor Society
Robin Hughes, KHS Quiz Bowl
Deb Bartlett, KHS Yearbook
Joe Funkhouser, KHS Robotics
David Clifford, Drill Team
Travis Wissman, KHS Band Director
John Georgeson, KHS Assistant Band Director
Todd Daquino, KHS Assistant Musical
Rick Hudgel, KHS Musical
 
-Approved the following non-employee supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Luke Abbott, Middle School 8th Grade Head Football Coach
Chad West, Middle School 7th Grade Head Football Coach
Julie Baird, High School Head Fall Cheerleading
Angie Miller, High School Freshman Fall Cheerleading
Angie Miller, Middle School Fall Cheerleading
Jay Bostelman, High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
Randy Morris, High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
Jackie Stalder, 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
Sarah Cooper, 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach
Merrill Kaufman, High School Head Swimming Coach
Julie Baird, High School Head Winter Cheerleading
Angie Miller, Freshman Winter Cheerleading
Angie Miller, Middle School Winter Cheerleading
Krystal Strahm, Flag Corp. Advisor
Ashlee Dawson, Majorette Advisor
 
-Approved the following volunteers:
 
Drey Dearing-Football
Kuert Lautenschlager-Football
Tony Osbun-Football
CJ Sharp-Football
DJ Burris-Football
Doug Carmean-Football
Brandon Cornell-Football
Keith Kissling-Tennis
Lindy Howard-Basketball
Dwane Stalder-Basketball
Adrienne Smythe-Basketball
 
-Approved Pam Hamilton, Kenton Elementary School 2nd shift custodian;
 
-Approved the salary adjustment for Christie Lawrence;
 
-Approved the following substitutes:
 
Benjamin Murphy-Substitute Custodian
Karen Murphy-Substitute Custodian
 
Under authorizations and resolutions, the board voted to:
 
-Approve the Kenton High School 2015-2016 tentative graduation list;
 
-Approved 5 trips for the Kenton High School football summer activities;
 
-Approved the following prices for the 2016-2017 school year:
 
Breakfast Grades K-12: Free
Adult Breakfast: $1.75
Milk: 50¢
Lunch Grades K-6: $2.50
Lunch Grades 7-12: $2.75
Adult Lunch: $3.00
Reduced Lunch: 40¢
 
Superintendent Penczarski noted that the increases are a result from pressure from the state, not the choice of the board.
 
The board also:
 
-Approved the renewal of the voluntary student accident insurance with Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company offered by Griffin Insurance;
 
-Approved the Coordination Agreement between Kenton City Schools and Hardin County Emergency Management Agency;
 
-Approved the resolution authorizing continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association;
 
-Approved the updated 5 year forecast;
 
-Approved the contract with WOCO for EMIS Coordinator services for a 3 year period at the cost of $31,035 per year;
 
-Approved the Kenton City Schools written applications for administrative, certified, and classified positions;
 
-Approved the Assistive Technology contract with West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center/Auglaize County ESC;
 
And an addendum:
 
-Approved the following then and now payment to Heartland Outdoor School in the amount of $14,936 for the May 2016 trip.
 
The board then voted to go into executive session a second time to discuss the sale of property.
 
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on June 20, 2016 at 7:00pm at the board office. 

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An Ohio State University drum major instructor, and Kenton graduate, accused of sexually assaulting a student has pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge. 
 
Christopher Stewart Kitchen entered the plea today, the day his trial was set to begin in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
 
Kitchen was indicted last year on two counts each of rape and sexual battery and one count of failing to comply with underage drinking laws. Court documents allege on April 16 2015, Kitchen sexually assaulted a 19 year old woman in the bedroom after they had drinks, walked back to his house in Columbus and he refused to return her to her home.
 
The former OSU drum major instructor and Kenton graduate faces a maximum five years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender when he's sentenced on June 29.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have increased from the same time last week.
 
The state average was $2.25 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average price in Ohio this time last week was $2.16.
 
Ohio's price to start the week was slightly above the national average price of 2.22 in Monday's survey.
 
But both the state and national prices remain below what they were the same time a year ago. 
 
The national average this time last year was $2.70. Ohioans were paying an average of about $2.62 at the same time last year.
 
Historically, gasoline demand increases leading into the summer driving season.

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The trial for a drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band, and a Kenton graduate, is scheduled to start today in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
 
Christopher Stewart Kitchen was indicted last year on two counts each of rape and sexual battery as well as a misdemeanor count of failing to comply with underage drinking laws. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $70,000 bond. 
 
Court documents allege on April 16 of 2015, he sexually assaulted a 19 year old woman in his bedroom after they had drinks, walked back to his Columbus house, and he refused to return her to her home.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory which is in effect from 2:00 AM to 9:00 AM Monday morning.

 

The temperatures will be falling into the lower 30's which can make areas of frost more likely. Sensitive plants left outdoors and unprotected may be damaged or killed if left uncovered.

 

Tune to 95.3 WKTN to stay up to date on the latest weather outlook.

 

Frost Advisory

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The Kenton Police Department received two reports of theft on Saturday.

 

The first report occurred Saturday morning and involved a theft from a vehicle. According to that report, the theft occurred in the 100 block of Silver Street overnight. A bicycle, cash money, and a laptop were reported missing from the vehicle.

 

The second theft was reported Saturday afternoon from a home located in 300 block of Wayne Street. According to that report, someone removed two hanging baskets from a front porch holding purple and pink flowers.

 

 

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The investigation into an officer involved shooting from February of this year has been concluded by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.
 
According to information from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the case has now been turned over the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office.
 
Prosecutor Brad Bailey said Friday that he has done a preliminary review and feels the case should now be reviewed by a special prosecutor who would then decide if it should be presented to a grand jury.
 
Former Dog Warden Stephen Davis was shot and killed after exchanging several rounds of gunfire with officers. Kenton Police Officer Skyler Newfer was hit twice by bullets in one exchange and was treated at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
 
All officers involved have been cleared internally and have returned to the their jobs.

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The 8th grade class from Kenton arrived back in town early this morning after wrapping up their visit to Washington DC.
 
(l-r) Heath Draper and Brice Heckathorn
 
8th grade student Heath Draper said the trip was educational for him, "Well, I learned a lot of things. most of them on the different kinds of planes they flew in wars and different kind of people there are in DC, and it's so much different out here than in Kenton."
 
As to what he would like to do for a career, "I've always wanted to be a president, but I envision myself being maybe a detective in DC, I envision myself doing something like."
 
His classmate, Brice Heckathorn also said he learned a lot during the visit to our nation's capital, "I've learned a bunch of stuff on the planes and the air and space, like what different memorials mean."
 
He also talked about what he would to do for a career, "Well I'm planning on being either a lawyer or a theoretical physicist, which is a scientist who work with the string theory, that kind of thing in physics."
 
 

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The Hardin Memorial Hospital Guild recently held their largest fundraiser, the May Day Brunch (formerly called Spring Luncheon) at Henry's Restaurant in Kenton.   The luncheon tables were decorated with spring lanterns and flower baskets filled with mints.
 
 
Pictured in the photo above is (from left) Gloria Grappy, Judy Leiberick, Sharon Good and Roberta Flinn who were just a few of the successful bidders in the silent auction.  Over 10 baskets were auctioned and raised $875.
 
Mrs. Chris Davis, Volunteer Coordinator and emcee welcomed all the attendees and thanked them for their attendance.  A delicious breakfast, prepared by Henry's, was enjoyed.  
 
Mr. Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer, spoke of the new renovation project beginning to the 2nd floor surgery department, gave a physician update and thanked the Guild as well as the attendees for their contribution and continued support for the hospital.
 
The entertainment for this year's luncheon was provided by Mrs. Nancy Fleming with a presentation on "Flowers of the Bible" which featured a beautiful quilt made by her.  
 
A silent auction was held that included many items donated by various local businesses and helped to raise over $1,800.   All proceeds will go toward the purchase of new hospital equipment.
 
This years' luncheon committee consisted of Guild officers - Linda Smith, Sharon Good, Ruth McCullough, and Joyce Ramsey.  Other helpers were Ruth Ann Poling, Pam Sprang, Jann Oglesbee, Sandy Dick and Chris Davis. Unit #19 provided the table favors and HMH Gift Shop the table decorations.
 
If you are interested in becoming a Guild member, please call (419) 675-8137 or stop by the Volunteer Office at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

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A seminar helping people deal with what's been coined "soul injuries" is scheduled for this weekend at St. John's Evangelical Church.
 
Reverend Scott Johnson talks about how he was able to bring the programs together, As a co-founder of Warriors First, a non profit to do outreach to our wounded warriors and their families, I came into contact with a wonderful woman named Debra Grassman, and Debra has spent 30 years in the V.A. primarily in hospice and palliative care, and during that time and working with 10,000 dying veterans, which is an extraordinary number of people, she was able to glean from experiences and the stories from these wonderful American heros an understanding of how PTSD and trauma had affected them in the deepest levels of their being, and out of that, she coined a term, which she has actually trade marked legally called soul injury."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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The Freedom Celebration committee met on Thursday, May 12th with 10 people in attendance.
 
Bob McBride called the meeting to order.
 
Denna Clem stated she has mailed the donation letters out.  Judi Cronley stated money has started to come in for donations.  Anyone wishing to donate to the 4th of July Fireworks can send their money to PO Box 317, Kenton.  The Hardin County Ag. Society gave an advance to the committee to start purchasing fireworks.  It was noted the Hardin County Community Foundation has awarded the committee with two grants, one for fireworks and one for renovations to the fireworks racks.  Mike Comstock stated the fireworks will be on the 4th , with the rain date being July 5th.  Mike Comstock and Ray Davis moved to have Wes and Joan Broseke as this year's 4th of July Honorees.  Motion passed.  
 
It was noted since Letson Ave. won't be totally torn up during the 4th, there will be parking available at the fairgrounds to view the fireworks.  
 
The meeting was then adjourned by Marilyn Bidwell and Ray Davis. 

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A Kenton man was injured after vapors from a gas can exploded Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of Detroit Street.

 

 

Gas Can Expolsion

 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, the victim, identified as Sam Curl, filled a container with gas earlier in the day and it was stored in the trunk of the car. At just before 4:30 Thursday afternoon, Curl got back into the vehicle and lit a cigarette when the vapors ignited. The explosion blew out three of the four side windows and shattered the front windshield.
 
Curl was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by private vehicle and was later flown by MedFlight helicopter to OSU Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of burns. According to a Kenton Police Department report, Curl suffered burns to his face and both hands. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
 
Firefighters were on the scene for around an hour. 

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Numerous theft reports are being investigated today by the Kenton Police Department.
 
According to the reports, the following incidents were reported Wednesday:
 
.A driver's side window was broken out and money was stolen from a vehicle in the 800 block of Lick Street.
 
.The passenger side front glass window was broken and a wallet was taken from a vehicle in the 600 block of Detroit Street.
 
.A burglary was reported in the 600 block of Gilmore Street. It is not known what was stolen.
 
.A cell phone was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Market Street.
 
.Several power tools and a laptop computer were stolen in a breaking and entering that occurred in the 100 block of Autumn Haze Lane.
 
.Several power tools were stolen from a garage in the 700 block of Gilmore Street.
 
.A cell phone was stolen from a baby stroller at a park in Kenton.
 
.and, power tools were stolen from a shed in the 300 block of Carrol Street.
 
All incidents are under investigation. 

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A date has been set for the traffic lights at a Kenton intersection to be activated. 
 
 
 
 
According to a release from Safety Service Director  Jim Hites, the lights at the Columbus Street, Jacob Parrott Boulevard and Morningside Drive intersection will be activated on June 15.
 
The lights were installed this week and will be on flashing only until that date. 

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The public is invited to attend two seminars this weekend dealing with traumatic injuries. 
 
Injuries of that magnitude often affect veterans, crime victims and more, and the free seminars are being held this weekend at St. John's Evangelical Church will help victims start the process of healing.
 
Reverend Scott Johnson explains more about those soul injuries, "So the injuries that happen in trauma are physical, they're emotional, but they also impact our very being. Out of this a methodology has been created that has proven to be very effective in working with those in the V.A. to reach and bring healing to those soul injuries."
 
Ryn Farmer, from Crime Victim Services in Lima, said injuries like that are not going to be healed overnight, "It's a journey that they have to go through, and that experience is always going to affect them, and it's not about getting over it, but having people that will walk along side of them in that journey of healing."
 
Reverend Johnson invites the public to the free events Friday and Saturday, "This is for anybody that has experienced any sort of trauma in their life, and have struggled to find healing. Debra is going to walk us through a journey in what she calls creating a safe place where those pains and that soul injury can be touched, and the process of healing begun and given the tools for the healing."
 
For more on the topic, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:25 on WKTN.

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio Congressman Delbert Latta, a Republican who represented Ohio's 5th Congressional District in northwest Ohio for 30 years, has died. He was 96.
 
Latta was the father of current 5th District Congressman Bob Latta. A spokeswoman for Bob Latta confirmed Delbert Latta died Thursday at a Bowling Green nursing home in northwest Ohio after an extended illness. 
 
Latta was born March 5, 1920, in Weston, Ohio. He was practicing law and teaching at Ohio Northern University when he ran successfully for the Ohio Senate, serving from 1953 until 1958. He then won Ohio's 5th District congressional seat. He served in that office from 1959 until retiring in 1989. 
 
He is survived by his wife, his son and a daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
 
Funeral arrangements are pending.

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A Kenton woman was arrested following a traffic stop Tuesday night.
 
Deputies made the stop near the intersection of Morningside Drive and Columbus Street.
 
The K9 unit made a positive alert at the vehicle which resulted in a search.
 
Deputies say a woman in the vehicle was issued a summons for possession of drug abuse instruments and was also found to have an outstanding warrant through the Kenton Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody by Kenton police officers.
 
According to the report from that department, she is identified as 34 year old Tonya Farley, who was transferred to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. 

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A vehicle and a garage were broken into within the past couple of days in Kenton.
 
According to the reports from the Kenton Police Department, a garage in the 500 block of Leighton Street was broken into sometime Sunday night to Monday morning. A large number of tools were stolen from the garage. The owner also reported Tuesday that he believes someone also attempted to break into the structure sometime Monday night.
 
A theft from a vehicle incident was also reported Tuesday.
That report states that a passenger side window of a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Henry Street was shattered to gain entry to the car. Once inside, the suspect removed a purse from the backseat.
 
Both incidents are under investigation. 

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KENTON - Everyone has their own contingency moment in their history where somebody does something and but for them doing that, history veers in a completely different direction. There are turning points and for Author James D. Robenalt his truly magical journey began in 1990 with the loss of his mother, Robenalt discovered his family had an incredible impact in American history and put Kenton in the middle of presidential campaigns and became the birthplace of the IBM or International Brotherhood of Magicians.

 

WW Durbin

W. W.Durbin

 

Robenalt is the great grandson of William W. Durbin, a prominent Kenton resident born in 1866, who was a leading Ohio Democrat instrumental in the election efforts of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1932 and also was the first elected president of the IBM. Robenalt's efforts to discover his family history lead him to the national archives in Washington DC for research, battlefields near Atlanta on the anniversary of his great-grandfathers death, and a brassier shop in Las Vegas that was just an illusion to cover David Copperfield's magician archives.

 

Egyptian Hall Kenton Ohio

Egyptian Hall - Kenton, Ohio

 

Kenton was known as the magic capitol of the world for at least ten years due to W. W. Durbin's American Egyptian Hall which was built in his backyard on his property in 1895. The theater seated 150 guests and included performance by W.W. Durbin and encouraged the great magicians of his time to also perform on his stage.

 

The International Brotherhood of Magician started with a letter writing campaign between 3 young men who had a love for magic. M.J.G. McMullen, Gordon Avery, and Ernest Schieldge began the correspondence in 1922 and the first convention was in Kenton at the Egyptian Hall in June of 1926. W.W. Durbin was the first fully elected president of the IBM. People came from all over American and eventually all over the world to the convention in Kenton.

 

Kenton Circus Jeff Howard

1900 Kenton Circus Downtown - Jeff Howard

 

W.W. Durbin's fascination with magic began as a teenage kid, he was enthralled with the circuses that would roll through Kenton and sent away for some material on magicians to learn more about the craft. Magic is a form of entertainment and W.W. Durbin had wrote many letters on the subject of how he and other magicians used their magic to disprove the spiritualist frauds of the time by showing audiences that these feats were accomplished using tricks and not by real magic.

 

Second Convention Kenton Ohio

International Brotherhood of Magicians 2nd Convention June 1927 Kenton, Ohio

 

Durbin was also a Kenton Lawyer for 14 years and once he gave up his practice he contemplated taking a magic show on the road. At the same time an opportunity to take over a Kenton business who was on the brink of bankruptcy presented itself to Durbin. The Scioto Sign company offered Durbin the job of manager and treasurer for the company. Durbin threw himself into the study of the business and his efforts saved the company and when Durbin became owner of the company it continued to prosper. In 1902, Durbin joined the Elks in Kenton and served as Exalted Ruler for at least 6 terms.

 

James Rodenalt Author

James D. Robenalt Author of "Linking Rings: William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America"

 

Robenalt discovered during his research that Durbin was also very active in politics and his letters include correspondence to FDR and Woodrow Wilson. The letters from Durbin to FDR document the journey for FDR from being a New York Councilman, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Vice-Presidential nominee, and then finally President of the United States. Durbin was also very influential in the election of Woodrow Wilson when Durbin was only 30 years old and early in his political career.

 

W.W. Durbin died in 1937 but his impact on Kenton could be felt well into the 1940's and beyond with the “Back to Kenton Days” festivals which Robenalt described as Magicians returning to Kenton for a festival celebrating magic and Robenalt thinks it's a wonderful way to honor the magical history in Kenton to possibly start the festivals once again.

 

James Bostater was also present and talked about “how important it is to honor the tradition that W.W. Durbin started. To think at one time, here in Kenton Ohio we were picking presidents.” Bostater continued “Maybe there is a way to create a fall festival to honor him and his connection to Kenton by having magicians provide entertainment around Halloween time.”

 

Talks will continue as a committee could be formed to help bring “Durbin Day's” to Kenton.

 

 

 

 

 

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34% of our Visitor Poll voters say they do not have a phobia.

 

Responding to the question which phobia do you have, 14% said Acrophobia-fear of heights, 11% said Ophidiophobia-fear of snakes,   9% said Arachnophobia-fear of spiders, 8% suffer from Claustrophobia-fear of samll places and 1% said Mysophobia-fear of germs. The remaining 23% said they have more than one of the listed phobias. 

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday evening, City Auditor Brian Hattery expressed concern about the financial future of the city. 
 
"Income tax is currently better than last year," said Hattery, "but I am deeply concerned because we are not saving any money." Hattery's comments come after a finance committee meeting that was held on May 2nd, where concerns about the future of water and sewer rates, street paving funds, and city maintenance requirements were also discussed. 
 
Despite the concerns for financial solvency in the future, the council meeting had many positive notes for the city. The council discussed communications from a "concerned citizen" who remained anonymous about eyesore properties in the city, an open house for the Laugh n' Learn Child Care Center (which will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm), and a request for funding from the Independence Day Fundraising Committee on behalf of the Independence Day Fireworks Display at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. It was mentioned that due to the Letson Avenue street project, there will be no additional activities on the fourth of July at the fairgrounds, but the traditional fireworks display will still be held at 10:00pm, weather permitting. 
 
Under old business, the council passed an ordinance providing appropriations for indigent burials, election expenses, and a refund for quarry supplies. The ordinance had met the three reading rule requirement. 
 
Under new business, council voted to suspend the three reading rule on two pieces of legislation; the first, to support the fundraiser "Cruise-In For a Cure" to be held on Sunday, June 12. The fundraiser supports the Children's Tumor Foundation and the specific disease neurofibromatosis (NF). The event's coordinator, Larry Gossard, was present at the council meeting and expressed his sincere gratitude for support of the event. Gossard, who serves as a representative for the Foundation, told council that legislation is in the works to approve May as an official awareness month for the disease. The second piece of legislation was in support of appropriations for city hall labor relations. The third piece of legislation, an update to the codified ordinance in regards to city employee pay scales and wages, was submitted for a second reading. 
 
During committee reports, council heard from:
 
-Finance: the Finance Committee will meet next on Tuesday, May 31, at 5:30pm in council chambers.
 
-Downtown Revitalization: the downtown cleanup on April 30 was a success, with approximately 30 people showing up to help.
 
-MOP: the legislation provided for the salary increases within the codified ordinances was moved to second reading.
 
-Safety: the Safety Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at 2:00pm.
 
-Regional Planning: the Regional Planning committee met on Thursday, May 5, and had nothing to report.
 
-Cemetary: the Cemetary Board has a new policy that will soon be in place; designer headstones must be approved before they are set to ensure that language, size, and pictures are appropriate per the cemetary guidelines.
 
-BKP: the BKP Board will meet Monday, May 16, at 6:00pm.
 
-Parks & Recreation: the Parks & Recreation Board will meet Tuesday, May 10 at 4:30pm. 
 
Before moving into closed session to discuss property acquisition, the council heard comments from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who said that the new light at Morningside Drive should be operational within two weeks. A question from the Kenton Times media representative about difficulties turning left into Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald's gave President Joel Althauser cause to state, "no changes in city policy will ever make 100% of people happy." Althauser said that drivers will need to pay attention and follow standard road procedures in order to avoid any issues at the new light. 
 
The council welcomed new fire chief Tim Clark, who spoke about the upcoming change from having an Assistant Fire Chief to three Captains instead. There are currently two Captains on the fire crew, and Clark said the testing process to promote one to Assistant Chief would keep the station "in limbo" for up to a year. Instead, Clark said, the focus was on hiring the new 13th fireman for the department. 8 applicants took the initial test, with 7 passing; 7 showed for the physical agility test, with 6 passing. 
 
Police Chief Dennis Musser presented statistics on accidents cited in the city limits; since 2013, crashes have decreased, down from 68 in 2013 at this time of year to 38 in 2016 for the same time period. Musser also mentioned that the police force will be stepping up enforcement on nuisance properties and vehicles, but reminded council that "we cannot force people to paint their houses." The discussion of nuisance properties has occurred at several council meetings already this year, and Musser assured council that the existing ordinances would be more strictly enforced to help deal with the problem.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, May 7, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular May Meeting.  Sixteen directors were and 16 guests were present.
 
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Jim Harder spoke about the new hog wash racks.  He stated they will have left over money.  A swine barn fund will be started for left over money.  Donations will be tax deductible.  
 
Genny Haun and Paul Ralston spoke on behalf of the Hardin County Farm Bureau.  The Hardin County Farm Bureau has reserved a section a seats for the Chase Bryant Concert during the fair.  Farm Bureau members can purchase a reserved seat through them by either calling 419-674-6722 or emailing lynnvalleyfarm@gmail.com.  These reserved tickets are $10 and tickets purchased will be available for pick up at the Annual Farm Bureau Meeting, on Saturday of the fair, at the Farm Bureau Booth in the Machinery Building starting at 4pm.  
 
Mark Light, from the OSU Extension Office, stated they have received a grant from the Hardin County Community Foundation to put sand in the Horse Arena.  He also stated they will have 3 college interns working in their office this summer.  They are Demi Snider, Tara McNamara and Tina Hiller.  
 
Mark Badertscher, from the OSU Extension Office, wanted to know if the Open Sheep Show during the fair was going to be the same as in the past.  He was told yes.  He then presented a document from a field specialist in manure nutrient management from OSU extension on ventilation in the swine barn.  These recommendations will be discussed further at the ground’s committee meeting in May.  
 
Jack McBride stated he will be getting the Jr. Fair section of the fair book ready for on line entries.  Entries will be taken on line from May 20th to July 31st, 2016.  Open Class entries will be accepted on line from Aug. 1st – Aug. 19th.  
 
Corey Wagner, representing the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association, asked if it was OK to hold a sheep clinic before the June weigh in on the 11th.  He was given the OK.  Discussion was then held on how many sheep a fair entrant can weigh in and he was told that there are no changes to this, rules are the same as in the past.  
 
Greg Leidel asked if he would still be allowed to work the ground in the practice horse show arena, like he has done in the past.  He was told that would be ok.  
 
Last month’s minutes were approved with the correction that the Hardin County Council on Aging will be passing out 1,000 meal vouchers during Senior Citizen’s Day of the Fair, not $1,000.  
 
Financial Reports and bills to  be paid were approved.
 
Craig Stump representing the Executive Committee, stated he will be holding an Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm.  
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their April 12th meeting were discussed. It was noted the Hardin County Community Foundation did not award grants for electrical work and hydrants needed at the fairgrounds, but grants were awarded for flowers and chairs in the community building.  Gary and Patti Casteel were hired to work for the summer. Pete Fout stated that the remodeling in the beef rest rooms are now complete.  The new mower has arrived.  Howard Lyle and Craig Stump gave an update on the Letson Ave. road work.  They were told that the city will probably be starting working on the road around the 4th of July.  Major work is going to be done to both intersections.  They were told that there will be no one working on the road during the week of the fair and the road will have stone on it.  Pete stated that he has started to replace the Race Horse Barn windows.  The next ground’s committee meeting will be on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm.   
 
Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated work continues on the new camping spots.  Money continues to come in for current campers and new campers will be contacted later this month.  
 
Rob Wilson, from the entertainment committee, stated Chase Bryant concert sales are looking good.  There are only 60 reserved seats left, and still track and general admission tickets available.  Tickets can be bought at the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm and through pay pal on our website.  Rules for this year’s demolition derby during the fair are now available in the office or can be located on our website at www.hardincountyfair.org.  
 
It was noted there is a mandatory dairy feeder vaccination and weigh in on Saturday, May 28th from 8-10:30am.  Directors will be setting up for this weigh in on Friday, May 27th at 9am.  
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated 2016 fair contracts continue to come in.  Current booth and concessionaires have until May 15th to secure their spot.  New vendors, etc. will be contacted after this date.  
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated that ribbons for the fair are in.  She said she is ordering a counter for the Jr. Fair board office.  The Jr. Fair Board’s next meeting is Monday, June 27th.  
 
Bob McBride stated that the music during the Hour of Inspiration will be provided by the group “Believe”.  An advance of $7500 was approved to be given to the 4th of July Committee to purchase fireworks. The advertising budget was approved to be within $200 of last year’s budget.  There is a 4th of July Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at 7pm.  
 
Janie Seiler noted the Arts/Crafts Open Class Department has received some more volunteers and that department is looking good now.  
 
Under old business:  
The 2016 fair book has been submitted to the Kenton Times and it should be ready for the public around May 20th.  Judges contracts have started to go out and if your department has not submitted a judge for the 2016 fair, those names need to be submitted soon.  
 
Under new business: 
Box seat letters will be going out this month.  There is still a need for fair gate workers on Saturday of the fair.  Any organization can submit a request to work the gates, a W-9 will need to be submitted with their federal tax ID and the group will need to have around 33 volunteers willing to work the gates.  The organization receives $750 for working the day.  Contracts for workers during the fair and other entertainment during the fair have been sent.  Discussion was held on either using director spouses to work the grand stand ticket booth or pay an organization to work at the booth.  The board approved to use director spouses to work the grandstand ticket booth and Judi Cronley will make up a schedule for this.  An advance was approved to be given to Classic Trophy and Engraving to start making trophies for the fair.  Howard Lyle stated the District 2 Spring Meeting will be on Saturday, June 11th starting at 9am.  This meeting will be at the Mercer County Fairgrounds.  
 
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm.

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The Hardin County Council on Aging held Senior Citizens Day on Friday, May 6th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  The theme was “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
 
Director, Bette Bibler, welcomed and gave recognition to the Staff and Advisory Board, the Veterans and government officials.  The Master of Ceremonies was Gerald Potter and the guest speaker was Commissioner, Randy Rogers.   Randy gave a very informational talk about “Our Friends, Bats”.
 
Musical entertainment was the musical group, “Pantasia” from Findlay High School.  The audience was treated to an excellent steel drum performance.  Lunch was served at noon.
 
The 2016 co-volunteers of the year was awarded to Minnie Moore and Judy Harbor.  The 2016 Senior Citizen of the Year was awarded to 95 year old Lester Johns.  Doris Curlis won the best costume of the day.

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A Belle Center woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash Saturday morning on Township Road 39 in Roundhead Township.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Jacqlyn Stannard lost control of her car while driving north on 39.
 
The car ended up skidding off the right sight of the road where it overturned after going into the ditch.
 
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle.
 
No citations were listed on the report.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are down slightly from a week ago.
 
The state average was $2.16 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average price in Ohio this time last week was $2.29.
 
The national average price in Monday's survey was $2.21, only a cent below the national price at the same time last week. 
 
The national average this time last year was $2.66. Ohioans were paying an average of about $2.51 at the same time last year.
 
Experts say ample gasoline supplies and relatively lower crude oil costs are helping to sustain year-over-year savings.

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The 2016 Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held Saturday night.

 

Hall of Fame 2016

 

Long-time WKTN sports director Gary Lowe headed the Class of 2016, which was inducted into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night at Upper Scioto Valley High School.

 

Joining “The Voice of the Wildcats” in the Hall of Fame are Upper Scioto Valley basketball star LeAnn Hicks; long-time high-school county basketball coach Steve Kick; college basketball coaching standouts Gale Daugherty and Mark Ehlen; and the late Helen Ludwig, a pioneer for women’s sports at Ohio Northern University.

 

The 1993 Ohio Northern men’s basketball team, which won the Division III national championship, was also honored.

With the induction ceremony, the Hall of Fame now consists of 35 individual members and six teams.

 

Also on Saturday, the Hall of Fame awarded $500 scholarships to Kelsey Erwin of Kenton and Aubreah Manns and Tiffany Penwell of Riverdale.

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     The Kenton Police Department handled several reports of theft. According to the Kenton Police Department reports, a handgun was stolen from a vehicle in the 300 block of Jennings Street. The report was made on station on Friday. The 2nd report was made on Friday in regards to a camera stolen from a vehicle in the 800 block of Harding Avenue. Both vehicles were listed as unlocked.

 

     The final report of theft came from a residence in the 800 block of King St. The report made on Friday, indicates cash was stolen from the residence. All of the reports are still under investigation.

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It is the apparent end of the road for Hardin County Hospice. 
 
The administration and Board of Directors for Hardin County Hospice issued a release on Friday that reads:
 
"It is with great sadness that the administration and Board of Directors of Hardin County Hospice must announce that we can no longer carry on in our current capacity. This was not a hasty or easy decision. We have reached insurmountable financial issues that up until this week we thought we could overcome. The combination of government regulations, rising costs of patient care, six competing hospices and a lack of referrals has taken its toll. We are exploring a few options of merging or the non-profit corporation will be dissolved. We will keep the public posted.
We would like to thank the community for its support over the past 28 years. We want to thank all of our dedicated staff and volunteers who made Hardin County Hospice a wonderful caring organization that provided the best possible end of life care to thousands of patients and families over the years."

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A Kenton man was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit around 5:30 Thursday evening.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers on patrol saw a man walking across Summit Street at Barron Street and knowing the man had an active warrant for his arrest, they approached him as he was walking south in the 300 block of Barron.
 
As soon as the suspect, identified as 35 year old Jeremy Slusher, saw the officers, he ran up a residential driveway and continued quickly to the west.
An officer chasing him caught his leg on a fence and fell causing a minor injury.
 
Slusher was eventually found hiding in the front yard of a residence east of Born's Tire Center and was taken into custody with no further incident.
 
Slusher is being held on the warrant and was issued a summons for obstructing official business. 

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Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Martrivis Lamont Burns on one count of possession of cocaine.
 
.Troy Junior Adams on one count of trafficking in heroin.
 
 
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Work to install traffic lights at the intersection of Columbus Street and Jacob Parrott Boulevard has started.
 
Crews began the process this week, and Safety Service Director Jim Hites gave a ballpark time of two weeks for the new lights to be in operation. 

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Several Kenton school students have been participating in the Kenton Wildcat Community Connectors program.
 
Coordinator Jane Ensign said the program is designed to bring school districts and the community together, "For non-profits as well as businesses and faith based organizations to work together to create mentoring programs for both students at risk as well as for career advancement for students for them to have the opportunity to explore careers and to determine what career they might want to pursue in the future."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A pickup truck was damaged after being struck by the trailer of a semi Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Detroit and Carrol Streets.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the pickup, which was being driven by 37 year old Evan Ward, of Carey, was stopped for traffic facing north on Detroit when a southbound semi attempted to turn left from Detroit onto Carrol and the trailer struck the pickup.
 
Moderate damage occurred to the pickup and light damage occurred to the trailer.
 
There were no injuries, and no citations were listed on the report. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has cleared a legislative panel and appears headed for a full House vote next week.
 
The bill would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form. 
 
Under the legislation, a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission would set the rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis. Communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries. Employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected from liability. 
 
Rep. Kirk Schuring chairs the House committee that approved the bill Thursday. The Canton Republican says he expects the full House to vote on the bill on Tuesday. 
 
Polls suggest a majority of Ohioans favor legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Ohio has seen a number of ballot proposals on the issue.

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A new Kenton Fire Chief for the City of Kenton has been announced.
 
Tim Clark, a 28 year veteran of the Kenton Fire Department will start his new duties as chief effective May 14.
 
Clark has served as the assistant chief the last couple of years.
 
He takes over for long time Chief Russ Blue, who retired in March.

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COLUMBUS - May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorcyclists to ride endorsed, trained and sober. Also, motorists should be aware that there will be an increase in motorcycles on the roadways with the warmer weather. 
 
In 2015, motorcycle-involved crashes resulted in 163 fatalities (+16 percent) and another 3,362 injuries in the state of Ohio. Only 35 percent of motorcyclist killed in crashes were wearing helmets. Ohio requires helmets for drivers under 18, drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience and passengers on motorcycles where the driver is required to wear a helmet. 
 
Motorcycle rides can help protect themselves and others from injury or death by taking a training class and riding with proper endorsements. Of the 2,485 citations the Patrol handed out to motorcyclists in 2015, 20 percent were for operating a motorcycle without a proper license or endorsement. As a rider, simple things like ensuring you have a valid motorcycle endorsement, receiving quality motorcycle training and wearing proper safety equipment can be key elements in staying safe. For more information visit http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/. 
 
Riding sober is also very important. Last year, 30 percent of the fatal motorcycle crashes were alcohol and/or drug related. 
 
Of course, motorcycle safety is not solely the responsibility of motorcyclists. Motor vehicle drivers share in this important effort by being aware of motorcyclists. Motorists should keep in mind:
 
.A motorcycle is a motor vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway. 
 
.Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel. 
 
· Look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections and any time you are changing lanes.
 
· Allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving and do not follow a motorcycle too closely. 

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Three vehicles were involved in a crash that occurred around 8:45 Monday morning at the intersection of Main and Ohio Streets in Kenton.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 83 year old Jimmie Bolen, of Kenton, drove west from the stop sign on Ohio onto Main Street where his vehicle was struck by a northbound pickup being operated by 66 year old Lewis Meddles, of Kenton. Bolen's vehicle then spun across the road and collided with the third vehicle, which was stopped facing east on Ohio. That pickup was being driven by 58 year old Edward Miller, of Kenton.
 
Disabling damage occurred to the Meddles and Miller vehicles, while Bolen's car sustained moderate damage.
 
There were no injuries, and so far no citations have been issued.

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The Kenton Finance Committee met Monday evening and discussed the possibility of introducing new legislation to raise Water rates to help pay for repairs to the dilapidated water system.

 

In the City Council chambers the Finance Committee gathered and revisited the water rate discussion started at the April meeting. Once again the City of Kenton has experienced another water main break that lead to the entire City water supply being shut off for several hours.

 

 

The last rate increase for water was in December of 2013 and according to a study commissioned for the city, recommendations for the variable water rate increase for the following years were determined to help provide extra revenue to have available for future repairs to the water system. The 2015 recommended increase of 15% and an additional 3% per year for inflation have not been followed. City Auditor Brian Hattery who was a City council member when the study was submitted talked about why a 15% rate increase was suggested.

 

 

 

Additional numbers will be determined to decide on a possible percentage for water rate increase to submit to the City Council in legislation form and the committee would like to have a recommendation by the June Finance Committee Meeting.

 

The Committee also discussed the projected Kenton Income revenue and City Auditor Brian Hattery showed the Committee a spreadsheet that was created in order to input percentages and dollar amounts to get a better understanding of how city revenue will be used for the city budget. Hattery talked about the future budget not including road repairs which could cost approximately $105,000 per mile of road. Currently any repairs are relying on Issue Two funds and Safety Service Director Jim Hites brought up the $50,000 that is already allocated for roads repairs plus moneys from the State that can be obtained to help offset any costs.

 

Updates for the 5 year plan since the April Finance Meeting are as follows.

 

1. The Kenton City Building Roof repair estimates have been coming in but vary due to materials used in the quotes. Safety Service Director Jim Hites will look further into determining what the best materials would be for the roof and then have the companies submit quotes for those materials so they can be compared to each other.

 

2. The City Building Carpeting has been put off until the roof repairs can be completed but one quote has came in since the April meeting.

 

3. The landscaping around the City Building would cost the city workers more in labor costs then the quote from one provider so Hites recommended that if this were to proceed that the City should use the services provided in the quote. The Committee members discussed the importance of this project and David Beasly suggested that the buildings roof should be completed first before any cosmetic repair to the landscaping. Hites suggested if the committee did decide to proceed it should be done soon because of the busy season for landscaper is approaching and the contractors availability will be less as the season progresses.

 

 

 

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Police say a man drowned trying to save a boy who had fallen into a cold northwest Ohio river.
 
 Lima police Sgt. Jason Warren said that the boy, whose identity wasn't immediately available, had been walking in shallow water Sunday in the Ottawa River with other children. He was swept away by the current when he walked out too far. 
 
Officials say Greg Stevenson jumped into the water - estimated at about 40 degrees at the time - to rescue the boy. City firefighters pulled him out further downstream. 
 
Stevenson was taken to a hospital and has been pronounced dead. 
 
Officials say a police officer jumped into the water and rescued the boy.
 
The boy has also been hospitalized. Officials say he wasn't seriously hurt. 

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Two people were injured in a crash that occurred back on Friday at the intersection of State Routes 235 and 309.
 
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Kara Manning drove onto 309 from a stop sign on 235 and her vehicle was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 50 year old Tammy Poff, of Alger.  Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
 
Poff and a passenger in her vehicle were transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima with non life threatening injuries.
Manning was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
 
Two separate crashes occurred on Sunday.
 
The first, according to the Sheriff's Office report, occurred on County Road 10 early Sunday morning. 18 year old year old Josie Boehm, of Forest, told deputies that she was wiping her eyes while driving east on 10. Her car then travelled off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole. The car was heavily damaged, but Boehm was not injured. She was cited for failure to control.
 
Later Sunday, a crash occurred at the intersection of State Routes 117 and 385 in Roundhead. According to that report, 38 year old Sulaiman Basir, of Columbus, was driving west on 117 and failed to navigate the curve at 385. The car slid into a yard where it became stuck. Basir was cited for failure to control.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio continue going up as the price per gallon starting into the workweek climbed to $2.29.
 
The state average was up 12 cents from $2.17 the previous week in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average price in Ohio on Monday was 28 cents higher than what it was this time last month.
 
But the average remained below the $2.43 cents reported this time last year. 
 
The national average price in Monday's survey was $2.22, compared with $2.06 a month ago. The national average price this time last year was $2.61.

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ZANESFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The operator of a western Ohio ski resort is finalizing design plans for a $6.5 million lodge to replace a building destroyed by fire last September.

 

Mad River Mountain

 

The Lima News reports that Peak Resorts is planning to build a lodge at Mad River Mountain that's nearly twice the size of the old lodge.

 

A temporary structure was erected after the fire to accommodate skiers and visitors last winter at the resort near Bellefontaine about 50 miles northwest of Columbus.

 

Construction on the new lodge is expected to begin next month. The company hopes work will be completed by Nov. 1.

Investigators haven't determined what caused the fire and say they can't rule out discarded smoking materials or electrical problems.

 

 

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Upper Sandusky Woman was Injured Friday After Allegedly Jumping Out of Moving Vehicle
 
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sherriff's Department, Tonya Harvey age 38, was involved in a verbal argument with the vehicles driver, Jeremy George age 40, when Harvey opened the front passenger-side door and allegedly jumped out of the moving truck going 55 mph. The incident occurred in the 10,000 block on State Highway 53 near Upper Sandusky.
 
Harvey was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and was moved to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by helicopter. Harvey is listed in stable condition.
 
The incident is still under investigation and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. 

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A reported injury accident occurred late Saturday evening leaving a vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the Police Department.
 
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, the accident occurred around 10 pm in the 100 block of Franklin St. The accident left a vehicle on the sidewalk in front of the Kenton City Building and destroyed a tree. 
 
No more information is available at this time stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN as we get more information on this accident. 

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DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio man has been convicted of taking part in a string of thefts from animal shelters around the state.

 

Dog

 

Authorities say the break-ins at shelters in 16 counties targeted cash, electronics and medicine.

 

Thirty-year-old James Blankenship of Mount Gilead was convicted Friday on charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, breaking and entering and safecracking.

 

Another man who pleaded guilty in the case testified against Blankenship.

 

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Blankenship's attorney argued that his phone and car might have been used by others involved in the break-ins.

 

Authorities say the string of thefts happened at shelters in Ashland, Champaign, Delaware, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Knox, Logan, Madison, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Muskingum, Seneca, Union and Wayne counties.

 

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The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Kenton has been lifted.

 

The advisory was issued Thursday afternoon following a water main break on South Detroit Street.

 

All tests came back negative for any contaminents, so the advisory is no longer in effect for city residents.

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The Spring Clean-up for downtown Kenton took place Saturday.

 

Jon Cross gives a thumbs up to clean-up effort

 

 

Volunteers braved the cooler temperatures and threat of rain from 9 until noon Saturday as they worked to clean-up the downtown area.

 

Window washing on the downtown buildings was a big priorty of the crew.

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Two Hardin County farms have been selected to participate in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network. 
 
Kellogg Farms and the Kurt Farm will participate in the project designed to showcase and demonstrate conservation practices to improve water quality in Lake Erie.
 
Shane Kellogg says their farm, near Forest will focus on the use of cover crops and the subsurface placement of nutrients.
 
Chris Kurt, who farms south of Dunkirk says there are a number of reasons he excited to be one of the demonstration farms in the Blanchard River watershed, "First of all, it's obvious that we've got some water quality issues here in Ohio, and the farmers are part of that. One part of that. Secondly, I'm interested from a research perspective to see which practices are working better than other practices. Is the filter strip better, is the drainage control structure better? Nutrient placement, different nutrient placements, which ones are better? I'm interested in seeing the actual water test results, because when it boils down to it, I am interested in keeping my fertilizer and my soil in the field where it is most productive and out of the water where I'm just basically letting money go down the stream."
 
The third demonstration farm selected is the Stateler Family Farm located in Hancock County, near McComb.
 
The Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network is a partnership between the Ohio Farm Bureau and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state is offering Ohioans the chance to fish for free on public waters that include Lake Erie and the Ohio River.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the annual free fishing weekend will run from May 7-8. It's the only weekend of the year in which anyone age 16 or older can fish without a fishing license. A valid fishing license is required during other days. It's $19 a year for residents.
 
State wildlife officials stocked more than 55 million sport fish in public waters in 2015, including walleye, rainbow trout, brown trout, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass. 
 
The state's parks are offering campers a 20 percent discount during the free fishing days. 

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Two men are facing possible drug related charges following an incident late Thursday morning.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Henry's Restaurant to investigate a report of two suspicious males.
 
Upon arrival, officers say they found the suspects were allegedly in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
 
24 year old Justin Haugh, of Bluffton, and 24 year old Aaron Baldwin, of Kenton, were listed as the suspects, and they are facing possible charges of possession of heroin, but the charges have not yet been filed.

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According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Donald P. Barth II was sentenced to a total of 3 years and five months in prison on one count of grand theft and three counts of breaking and entering. Barth must pay restitution in the amount of just over $24,700 to Kenton Iron Products.
 
The following three individuals were all placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Lindsay K. Harrison on one count of reckless homicide.
 
.Dennis R. McKinley II on one count of burglary. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.
 
.Nicholaus E. Dyer on one count each of attempted tampering with evidence and possession of heroin.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County has been supplying books to children from birth to age 5 for 10 years now.
 
One of the women responsible for getting the program started in the county, Ronnie McLane, talks about the advantage of getting a child signed up to receive books starting at birth, "It's encouraging the parents to read to the children even though the child might not even recognize pictures or what ever. They can listen to the sound of their parents voice or grandparents, whoever is reading to them, and develop a very early love of reading."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A traffic stop on Wednesday uncovered Heroin and Drug Abuse Instruments.
 
Police lights
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a traffic stop was conducted on South Wayne St. near Letson Ave. around 4:15pm in Kenton. A search of the vehicle uncovered Heroin and drug abuse instruments. Three individuals, who were not identified, were arrested from the vehicle and are awaiting charges. 
 
The vehicle was towed.

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A water main break was discovered in the City of Kenton early this morning.

 

The break occurred and crews began making repairs around 5:15 on South Detroit Street.

 

 

Because of that, the water was shut off to the entire city.

 

Water is gradually being restored to Kenton residents as of 2:00PM Thursday afternoon.

 

A boil water alert will then be in effect.

 

For Boil Water Advisory Frequently Asked Questions Follow This Link: http://wktn.com/pages/boil-advisory-faq

 

 

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YMCA is closed until 11;oo am

 

Childrens Laugh and Learn is closed

 

Kenton library closed until 11:00 am, no story time

 

Iron Fit Gym is closed

 

Hardin county Council on Aging is closed

 

Kenton City building closed until water is restored, KPD is on duty

 

Hardin County Municipal  Court is closed until 1:00 pm

 

Midwest Footcare closed until 1:00 pm

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On April 26, 2016, members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Marysville Division of Police and the Plain City Police Department served a search warrant at 12505 Taylor Road, Jerome Township, and arrested Ronald L. Donahue, age 71, and Randall Burchett, age 59.
 
Donahue was arrested for two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, both felonies of the 4th degree. Burchett was arrested for one count of Trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the 4th degree.
 
 
 
During the arrest and the execution of the search warrant, authorities seized, among other things, approximately 17.5 gross grams of cocaine, approximately 30 gross grams of marihuana, two handguns and a sum of US Currency believed to be drug related. Sheriff Jamie Patton stated “Ronald Donahue is no stranger to Union County and Plain City authorities. Donahue was arrested in 2005 for similar offenses, and at that time, the Union County SRT team executed the warrant and had to use a “taser” to arrest him. Knowing today that Donahue is a convicted felon and has recently been in possession of a firearm, we decided to conduct a traffic stop to possibly eliminate a stand-off situation or worse.”
 
 
Members of the Marysville Division of Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office also worked with the Columbus Division of Police, Special Weapon And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team, to arrest Lucas N. Bender, age 35, for one count of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, a felony of the 1st degree. Marysville Division of Police Chief Floyd Golden commented “Bender was identified as the individual responsible for manufacturing the drug Dimethyltryptamine, or more commonly known as “DMT” a schedule I hallucinogenic, in the Mill Valley housing addition on April 8, 2016.  After the search warrant was executed, Lucas Bender left the Marysville area, and it wasn’t until the evening hours of April 26, 2016, that we were actually able to locate and arrest Bender with the assistance of the Columbus Police Department S.W.A.T. team.”
 
 
The undercover drug operation was conducted by the M.A.D.E. task force which is comprised of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Marysville Division of Police and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. The task force has two full time drug detectives that represent the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Marysville Division of Police. The detectives worked hand in hand with the Plain City Police Department, which is an ancillary member of the task force. The Plain City Police Department had developed critical information which led to the purchase of prescription pills and cocaine from multiple drug traffickers in the Plain City area. 
 
 
As a result of the investigation, law enforcement officers from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Marysville Division of Police, the Plain City Police Department, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Adult Probation Officers received warrants for twenty-one (21) individuals that have been charged with thirty-seven different drug related offenses.
 
The individuals charged include; Ashley N. Landon – 2 counts of Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance, felonies of the 5th degree; Andy L. LeMaster aka/ “Goose” – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Amanda M. Lake – 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs and 1 count of Deception to Obtain a Dangerous Drug, felonies of 5th degree; Jerrod Keith Fisher – 1 count of Trafficking in Heroin and 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree, and 1 count of Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony of the 1st degree; Brian K. Salsbury – 1 count of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs and 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Craig W. McComas – 2 counts of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th and 5th degree; Ceaira Marie Rowe – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 3rd degree; Jonathan Paul Curtis – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Jonathan W. Hurst – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd and 4th degree; Lee David Dennis – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Tiffany M. Hines – 2 counts of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd and 4th degree; Tiffany Nicole Morgan – 2 counts of Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th and 5th degree; Ryan Douglas Kirk – 1 count of Trafficking in drugs, a felony of the 4th degree and 1 count of Corrupting Another with Drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree; Victoria Kathern Salsbury – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; William Fordyce – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; Haven Vermillion – 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree; Joshua J. Rector – 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 4th degree; Brittany Leigh Hatcher – 1 count of Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substance, a felony of the 5th degree; Tyler Maxwell Knapp – 1 count of Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the 5th degree, Kendra Jordan – 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the 4th degree; and Teresa M. Heineman – 1 count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 3rd degree. 
 
 
 
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips stated “Today’s arrests are as result of law enforcement and the M.A.D.E. task force working jointly with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as, other agencies. The cases filed by the task force will be thoroughly reviewed, and will be presented at a future grand jury session for consideration of additional charges. I would expect that additional suspects and additional charges will be considered at a grand jury session, especially for those individuals who are identified as sources of supply, manufactures of illicit drugs and convicted felons who are in possession of drugs and weapons.”
 
 
 
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton and Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden recognized that “this investigation is a first of this kind for our community and county. Although we have had drug arrests in prior years, this investigation brings to the forefront every facet of a drug investigation as represented by the arrests made today, and by the charges filed. We have individuals selling prescription drugs that included: oxycodone-suboxone-Hydrocodone-Adderall, and we have individuals who were obtaining prescription medications illegally from their prescribers, so the drugs could be sold instead of using them as prescribed by their doctor. We have individuals selling street drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, at times within a school zone or near children. We have an individual that was manufacturing drugs. We have individuals that sold drugs to their friends that have died of a drug overdose or sold drugs to their friends that have sustained serious physical harm but lived from a drug overdose.”       
 
 
 
Plain City Police Chief Dale McKee commented that “One of my goals when I was appointed Chief, less than a year ago, was to go after the known drug dealers that the Plain City Police Department has received complaints on for a long time. This goal was accomplished by working a joint drug investigation with the M.A.D.E. task force while being in communication with the Madison County Drug Task force. We have been involved and witnessed this joint drug investigation involving multiple jurisdictions and counties which was developed from citizen complaints to the actual arrest of the drug trafficker. It’s impressive what can be accomplished between agencies when they have the opportunity to work together for the better good of a community. With our village being located on the county line between Madison and Union County, and knowing that regardless of what county the drug traffickers are living or working in, we are committed keeping our community safe and free of drugs.”

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Kenton, Ohio – Quest Federal Credit Union is proud to announce the ground breaking of its 5th branch office in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
 
 
The new office will be located at 1725 East Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky. 
 
Matt Jennings, CEO of the Credit Union commented, “We look forward to serving Wyandot County with the same personal and professional service our existing members have come to expect from all of our branch locations.”
 
The new branch will be staffed with a VP of Branch Operations and a Loan Officer specializing in mortgage, agricultural, and consumer lending. In addition, two highly trained Member Service Representatives will be employed full time. Quest will offer a full line of personal and agricultural financial products and services to fit the needs of all Wyandot County residents. It is expected to open for business in the fall of 2016.
 
“Quest and its Board of Directors look forward to working with local contractors, vendors, and tradespeople on this project and becoming a part of the Upper Sandusky community,” stated Board President, Richard “Dick” Wilcox.

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