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By all accounts, the Eats On The Street Festival held in downtown Kenton this past Friday night was a big success.

 

Despite persistent light rain, Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said crowds turned out for the event, "It was such an awesome turnout. At one point, I think we had a little over 3000 people in the downtown, and the rain was just a sprinkle so it held off, and I think the Good Lord was kind of watching over us, and the community really had a great time."

 

She got feedback from the operators of the food trucks afterwards, "They all said you need more food trucks. They said people waited in line for an hour up to two hours. They said we really just need to get you probably a total of 12. They loved our community and I asked each of them would you come back, and no hesitation, they said when can we come back, when are you doing this again, so it was really great, and they just thought our people were wonderful...how nice they were, waiting in line that long. They just said you know we don't see this very often. They said you're fortunate and blessed to be where you're at."

 

Top food sales and best overall food truck honors went to Schmidt's, second place went to Pittabilities, and the Alliance picked up ten percent of food sales during the night. From the food truck operators to the face painter who came from Dublin, Ohio, Fitzgerald said they all raved about the Kenton community, "That's the best thing for me, is when you can bring people from out of town to do an event for us and they talk about your people and how nice they are, and that's the best compliment one could ever have."

 

An adirondack chair auction was held as part of the festival with the proceeds going to Not By Choice Outreach, and Founder and CEO of Not By choice, Marcia Retterer said it far exceeded her goal, "When Jacqueline and I were sitting down and talking about it in the office, she said do you have any goals and I said well sure, $10,000. i said I always set my goals high and we just laughed about, but when that first chair sold for $2200 and amount raised exceeded $10,000, I about lost my teeth. The auctioneer had talked to me and asked what happens if I don't a minimum bid I said we sell it anyway. The people were absolutely amazing and so supportive, and I felt like God really rained His blessings, not only the rain, but he rained His blessings on Not By Choice."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher prices at the pump to start the work week.
 
A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.81 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago.
 
Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.
 
But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.64 per gallon.
 
Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown and Warren area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.74 per gallon.
 
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Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Friday at the intersection of Detroit and North Streets in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 62 year old Wilbert Schmidt, of Kenton, drove his car from North onto Detroit Street and was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 22 year old Christian Asman, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and citations are pending.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, announced today an OVI checkpoint will be held from 10 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. tonight, on S. Blanchard Street, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.

 

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

 

The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with saturation patrols in surrounding counties, including Hardin, to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.

 

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

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A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
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According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Nicholas Griffith was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison on one count each of abduction and assault.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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After nearly 33 years on the job, Hardin County OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Kathy Oliver is calling it a career.

 


 

Her last day on the job is June 30, and she promised her husband that she would get two months rest before pursuing the next chapter in her life, "After that two months of rest and recuperation, plus getting the things done around the house, you'll see me around."
 

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

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Two theft complaints were received at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
 

According to the reports, one occurred in the 7000 block of Township Road 106 Alger and the other in the 9000 block of State Route 67.
 

In one incident, a battery from a payloader was stolen. In the other case, 6 golf cart batteries and a gas can full of gas were taken.
 

Both incidents are under investigation.

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The Hardin County Players Children's Summer Theater Workshop will present Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr. this weekend.

 

Zachary Hart as the Beast/Prince and Grace Collins as Belle 

 

The Children's Summer Theater Workshop teaches kids the fundamentals of theater arts, and participants put on a show demonstrating skills learned over the two week workshop. Co-Director this year Lauryn Headings said that the camp has been going great due to the work of the volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts over the past two weeks.

 

"We're really excited about how the show is coming along. We're doing a show that would normally take months to pull off and we are doing it in two weeks. So we are really excited and have had a lot of hard work from a lot of different volunteers and the kids just never cease to amaze us." said Headings.

 

Belle (Grace Collins) spurs the advances of Gaston (Noah Ketcham) and his crony Lefou (Camden Hicks)

 

This year, the kids will present Disney's Beauty & The Beast Jr. which is an abridged version of the popular Walt Disney movie about a girl who is imprisoned in a castle by a beast. Co-Director Hannah Hardin said that they hope the kids have learned to appreciate theater arts, and will continue in the theater as they grow up through school, college and into their adult lives.

 

Gaston (Noah Ketcham) rallys the townspeople

 

"We're really hoping that all of these kids continue to be active in music and the arts all throughout their school careers and on in to their adult lives so that participation in musicals and the arts in Hardin County continues to grow with these kids" said Hardin.

 

Belle and her father Maurice (Will Browning) discuss his inventions

 

The show will be presented Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Kenton Middle School. General admission will be $7.00 and Senior Citizen tickets will be $5.00.

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Findlay - The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.

 

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

 

If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.

 

Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.

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Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred just before eight Monday morning in downtown Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 36 year old Renee Wolford, of Lima, was travelling east on Columbus Street and failed to stop for a red light at Main Street. Her car struck a northbound car in the intersection that was being driven by 35 year old Chrystal Lewis, of LaRue.
 

There were no injuries, and Wolford was cited for a red light violation.

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The City of Kenton will need to make improvements and upgrades to the city sewer systems if it wants to attract large industrial development.

 

Jon Cross from the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance gave the Kenton City Council a report last night detailing results from a site selection tour held recently. Cross said that the site selector firm, Insite Consulting reviewed many areas around the county, identifying areas which qualified high for potential industrial development, and ones which need improvement. Cross noted that the site of the Hardin County Rail Logistics Center was deemed a high quality site.

 

"They looked at this and were amazed at the potential" said Cross.

 

The site scored well, but Cross mentioned that the consultants said that the site needs upgraded improvements to sewer. The site currently has around $57,600 max compasity output, and the report presented to council detailed that sites need to have a minimum of 500,000 gpd to meet manufacturing and industrial client needs.

 

"This was determined to be a factor which would eliminate the project completely" said Cross.

 

The Chamber requested that the city and council review potential changes to determine issues, what could be done to correct the problem and costs associated. Cross mentioned that it could be done in conjunction with the Warriors First Project out at France Lake. The city will review the issues prior to the next council meeting.

 

Also at the meeting, the council set a date to hold a hearing to rezone the Espy School Site to commercial from residential. Prior to the meeting, the Regional Planning Commission held a hearing on the matter in which one resident expressed concern as to what type of business would be built on the site.

 

The site still needs to go through the sale process through the Kenton City School District, which can either accept or reject a submitted bid. However, regional planning felt that the zoning issue could be reviewed by the council. The council will hold a hearing on July 27th at 6:30pm in council chambers to review the zoning change. The council also moved to add additional appropriations to the city budget to pay for street improvements, pool repairs and parking lot paving.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on July 13th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Numerous names of Hardin County residents are on the latest unclaimed funds list.

 

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser said the unclaimed funds list is generated by the Ohio Department of Commerce, "Various companies clean up their books at the end of their fiscal year and any monies that they've tried to get out to people, but have been unsuccessful in doing that, those funds are turned over to the Ohio Department of Commerce to be held until they're requested by the correct people."

 

A complete list of Hardin County residents on the unclaimed funds list can be found by clicking on the link below, and should you find your name on that list, claim forms can be found at the website missingmoney.com, "There are claim forms that you can print off the website if you have funds available there. There's some documentation that you'll need to send along with the claim form, and that information is spelled out on the back of the claim form itself."

 

Althauser adds that funds for Hardin County residents range from small amounts on up to substantial amounts of money, "I myself was on the list a couple of years ago for a penny, so they range all the way up from a penny to thousands of dollars. Hardin County alone has over 1.7 million dollars sitting in the unclaimed funds down at Ohio Department of Commerce."

 

Click here to view the complete list. The list is in an Microsoft Excell Spreadsheet. 

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Two Bucyrus men drowned while kayaking in the Sandusky River Sunday.
 

According to a release from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, a call was received around 7:15 Sunday evening that two kayaks had overturned in the river near the dam.
Upper Sandusky Police Officers arrived along with the Upper Sandusky Fire Department, Wyandot County EMS and the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, and following a lengthy search, the bodies of 45 year old Billy Zornes and 46 year old Lewis Zornes were removed from the water. They were pronounced dead by the

Wyandot County Coroner.

 

The Ohio Division of Watercraft is continuing the investigation.

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The Kenton Police Department has added a new cruiser to their fleet.
 

The 2012 Dodge Charger, which was located by  the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, was purchased from the Delhi Township Police Department in Hamilton County.
 

It came fully equipped, minus a radio and of course the striping.
 

The Kenton Police Department striping was added to the gray in color vehicle, and the cruiser is now ready for patrols.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.73 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 10 cents from a week ago.

 

Ohio gas prices also remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.75 per gallon.

 

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.79 per gallon on Monday.

 

Analysts have said a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices might have led to lower gas prices.

 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Many areas of Ohio are hoping to dry out over the next few days after a rainy week brought lots of flooding and disrupted several weekend events.

 

Parts of central and western Ohio saw several inches of rain over the weekend.

 

The wet weather on Saturday forced an early end to a gay pride festival in Columbus on Saturday and put some of the aerial shows on hold at the Dayton Air Show.

 

High water that flooded a road leading to the Franklin County jail in Columbus on Saturday forced a few employees to get to work by boat.

 

Damage assessment teams spent the weekend surveying flooded areas in Logan County where the water began receding on Saturday. County leaders there declared a state of emergency on Friday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's health department wants fair goers to remember to wash their hands after seeing livestock exhibits this summer.

 

State health Director Richard Hodges says some illnesses that include flu viruses are commonly carried by livestock and can be transmitted to people.

 

Fair organizers around Ohio have increased the number of hand sanitizers and hand washing stations in recent years.

 

The health department also recommends that visitors leave strollers outside animal barns and that people with weak immune systems should think about avoiding livestock exhibits.

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More people prefer ibuprophen for headaches and other aches and pains than other pain relievers.

 

According to the Visitor Poll results, 48% of the voters chose ibuprophen for headache and other pain relief. 24% prefer acetaminophen, 11% take aspirin and 17% chose "other" as their pain relieve choice.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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LIMA (Friday, June 19, 2015) The area is still dealing with high water which closed several area highways this week, including Interstate 75 in Allen County.

 

Now, as Tropical Depression Bill approaches this weekend, the Ohio Department of Transportation and local law enforcement are issuing a warning: do not move or drive around barricades placed on highways.

 

“We have seen several instances of motorists moving barricades in order to drive around them. What they may not realize is the barricade is the law and those who drive upon a closed road are subject to arrest or fine,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

ODOT officials have observed barricades being moved and then left out of place. “Drivers may interpret a displaced barricade as an indication that the roadway is opened which creates a dangerous scenario where motorists could unknowingly drive into high water,” said Slusher.

 

In addition, highways which no longer have water across them but remain barricaded are closed for good reason. Highways often remain closed where water has reached the bottom of a bridge structure. Each structure where this occurs is inspected by a licensed engineer before the roadway is reopened. “It can take days to complete these inspections depending on the number of structures involved,” he said.

 

With the anticipated rainfall and subsequent road closures which are expected this weekend, ODOT and law enforcement are planning to coordinate their efforts to ensure public safety.

 

“There’s more than one way to reach a destination. Make sure you choose the safe and lawful way,” said Slusher.

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Hardin County:

 

Ohio 701 between U.S. 68 and Township Road 105 will be closed for 17 days beginning July 6 for three culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 309 and U.S. 68. Work is being done by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 east of the city of Kenton between Township Road 225 and County Road 195 closed June 15 for approximately three weeks for culvert replacements at three locations. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 68, Ohio 67 and Ohio 37 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 at the west end of Ada which was scheduled to close beginning June 22 for a sanitary sewer installation has been postponed indefinitely. When work begins traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, Ohio 309 and Ohio 235 back to Ohio 81. Work will be done by All Purpose Contracting, Inc., Delphos.

 

 

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 30 eastbound between Ohio 235 and the Wyandot County line will continue to be restricted to one lane through next week for the completion of tarring and chipping of the roadway. Work is expected to be completed next week weather permitting. Work is being performed by combined ODOT District 1 work crews.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line, and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. Work is currently taking place only on the Ohio 613 portion of the project. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

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

 

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

 

  

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

 

U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30 closed June 16 for approximately three weeks for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 23 southbound to Ohio 199 to U.S. 23 northbound back to U.S. 30 westbound. Work is being performed by Kokosking Construction, Columbus.

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A Findlay woman was convicted on numerous charges following a two day trial in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Kimberly Hope Wise was found guilty on 11 counts of attempted aggravated arson, 2 counts of assault and one count each of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and possessing criminal tools.

 

The jury trial was held Tuesday and Wednesday, and the guilty verdicts were returned Wednesday evening.

 

The case dates back to September of 2014.

 

Also in Court, a Kenton woman was sentenced recently to just under five years in prison.

 

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

 

.Rebecca Ann Wireman was sentenced to a total of 57 months in prison on two counts of grand theft and one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The Eats on The Street Friday Night Food Truck Fest is one week away.

 

Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the event will be held in downtown Kenton on Friday June 26 and will give those attending an opportunity to enjoy great food, "There's six food trucks coming in. and they're gourmet, so you get a lot of different flavors and food, so something that you don't necessarily get on a dailey basis, you'll get to try. There's six different ones and so we're excited about that, so great food menu, you'll get a little bit of everything from all of these."

 

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

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The Kenton Middle School will not be fielding a girl’s club soccer program next year, but they will be putting together a soccer club team for middle school boys. 
 
According to a release from Kenton Athletic Director Mike Leddy, the decision to not field a middle school girl’s club soccer team was made following discussions with area schools and athletics departments and was due to a conflict in forming an adequate schedule to allow the middle school girls a fair opportunity to play.
 
The release states that area coaches, including Kenton Coach Jamie Bartlett and other coaches in the Western Buckeye League feel confident they can support a boys middle school club soccer schedule, but there has not been sufficient progress in forming a girls middle school soccer schedule, so Kenton Athletics will not be able to offer a middle school program for girls in the fall of 2015.
 
Interested boys entering grades 7 and 8 should contact the boy’s soccer program via email at ktmenssoccer@kentoncityschools.org.
 

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High waters across all of Kalida in Putnam County. Photo Source: St. Michaels Catholic Church in Kalida
 
KALIDA, Ohio (AP) — Flooding that has closed dozens of roads in rural northwestern Ohio is leaving one village completely cut off in Putnam County.
 
The sheriff's office said Wednesday morning that all roads leading into Kalida are blocked by floodwaters.
 
Heavy rains over the last week have led to flooding in and around the cities of Findlay and Lima. Those areas are bracing for more rain and flooding later Wednesday.
 
The rising Blanchard River in Ottawa has closed several streets there and in Findlay.
 
Police officers and firefighters around Lima helped evacuate dozens of people from a couple of apartment complexes on Tuesday.
 
So far, there haven't been any reports of injuries from the flooding.
 
WKTN Radio spoke to members of the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Kalida Wednesday afternoon and they reported that the flood waters have begun to go down in the afternoon.

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Standing water created problems for motorists around Hardin County Tuesday.

 

According to the reports from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, several mishaps occurred where vehicles became disabled when they were driven into areas of high water in the roadways.

In one case, a driver lost control of his vehicle in the high water, and the it went off the road and struck a guardrail.

 

There were no injuries in any of the mishaps.

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A Dunkirk resident and a passenger were injured in a two vehicle crash just across the Hardin County line on US 68 North before 5am this morning. According to a release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, a semi and trailer driven by 24 year old Rachel M. Thompson of Akron was heading southbound on 68 when it went off the right side of the roadway before coming back on to the roadway causing the rear trailer to flip onto its side and slide into the northbound lane.
 
The trailer was then hit by a vehicle driven by David Ruhlen, age 61 of Dunkirk, which was driving northbound on 68. Ruhlen and a passenger in his vehicle, 28 year old Stephanie Ruhlen, had to be cut from the wreckage by the Arlington Fire Department and were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Appleseed EMS for unknown injuries.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

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The Kenton School Board has set Tuesday July 21st as the tentative date for the sale of the Espy and Hardin Central School properties.

 

The proposed public auction for the two school properties needs to be held to see what interest exists for the sale of the properties. If the auction would bring in a price that the school board would not accept, the properties would then be sold through a private sale. The school board set the date of the sale, tentatively to July 21st at the Kenton School Board Administration Building at 10am. Board members noted that the date could change depending on information the board receives on the properties between now and then.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of contracts, both employees and non-employee supplemental contracts and moved the start time for the Kenton Elementary Building up fifteen minutes to 8am. School will be dismissed at 3pm.

 

Additionally, the board approved new bus routes, changing the city routes from three four hour routes to six hour routes. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the change was due to overcrowding on the routes and late busses. She said that the cost wouldn't be significantly more for the district.

 

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

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The traffic light at the intersection of Main and Ohio Streets is not going to be replaced at least at this time.

 

Mayor Randy Manns said the decision not to put the traffic light back up was made after he met with Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, "We talked about it, and at this time we are deciding not to put the light back up. We're going to continue monitoring it, and the people that have contacted our office pretty much split 50/50. Some people wanted the light, and some people didn't, so we are just going to continue to monitor it to see how things go and not that we won;t be putting it up later, but at this point we're just going to leave it as is and see how things go."

 

The mayor said that monitoring will mean keeping an eye out for things like speeding and accidents at that location, "At this point I don;t have statistics in front of me, but I don;t remember any accidents occurring there since we've had that down, but yes we're going to continue monitoring that, of course the speeds. We're going to continue enforcing and see where it goes from there."

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The Annual WKTN Radio Summer Cash Giveaway is back and begins today! Look for the boxes at participating locations and register to win! One name will be drawn from each location once a week for the next six weeks.

 

These finalists will then be put into a drawing for the grand prize of $1200.00 from WKTN.

 

Click here for a list of participating locations (PDF).

 

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Three vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred around 9:30 Sunday morning on Detroit at North Street in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 26 year old Heather Cavender, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was driving south on Detroit Street and failed to stop in time to avoid colliding into the rear of a car being driven by Lindsey Coffman, of McComb. Coffman's car was pushed into the rear of the third car being driven by 64 year old Thomas Jacoby, of Toledo, who was stopped on Detroit waiting to turn left onto North Street at the time.
 

There were no injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Fire damaged a house on State Route 53 late Sunday afternoon.
 

The Forest Fire Department was dispatched just before 5pm to

the structure located in the 5000 block of State Route 53.
 

The Kenton Fire Department provided mutual assistance.

 

No other information is available at this time.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.83 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 13 cents from a week ago.

 

Average prices in Ohio were above the nation's average, which was $2.80 per gallon on Monday. But Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.87 per gallon.

 

Analysts say a good gas supply and stable crude oil prices mean gas prices could stop rising and may drop in the next two weeks.

 

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The Kenton Police Department responded to a possible injury accident at the intersection of North and North Detroit Street around 9:30 Sunday morning. Two cars appeared to be damaged in the accident, with the passenger in a third needing medical attention. The intersection was shut down for a period of time while the accident was attended to. No further information is available at this time.

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Inmates at a northwest Ohio correctional facility have found a way to help the homeless while serving their sentences.
 
The Lima News reports inmates at Lima's Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution donated over a dozen handmade sleeping bags and mats to the state's homeless.
 
The sleeping bags were made by inmates using the scraps from the clothing, bedding and pillows that are also made in the prison's work shop.
 
The facility donated the sleeping bags Friday to the Salvation Army, Lima Rescue Mission and the Lima Police Department. The prison also gave 10 dozen pairs of gloves and mittens to police on Monday.
 
In the past, inmates have also recycled confiscated bicycles for community members and made Easter baskets for children at St. Rita's Medical Center.

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Stacy L. McConoughey

 

 

A former English teacher at Marysville High School has been charged for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student.

 

Stacy L. McConoughey, 36, is charged with having sex with a male student starting in October of 2014 and continuing until May of 2015.  The victim was 18 years of age, and a senior at the high school.  The student had been enrolled in McConoughey’s English class as well as being her teacher’s aide.  The student graduated from the school in 2015.

 

McConoughey was indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on four counts of sexual battery, each a felony of the third degree.   The indictment alleges four separate sexual events – two of which allegedly occurred while on school grounds.

 

Sexual battery is a high-tier felony of the third degree, punishable by a prison term of 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54 or 60 months in prison and a fine of $10,000. McConoughey faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison if convicted of all offenses.    Upon conviction, she would be required to register as a Tier III sex offender with the Sheriff in person every 90 days for her lifetime. 

 

Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips said, “We cannot have a situation in a high school where sex between students and teachers occurs. The teacher is in a position of authority; the student is subordinate.  Ohio law makes any sort of sexual relationship between a teacher and a student at the school a felony – even when the student is 18 and even if the student consents. Parents rely on teachers to educate their children, not engage in a sexual relationship with them.”

 

McConoughey was relieved of her duties by the school after the relationship came to light, and subsequently resigned her position. 

 

Arraignment is scheduled for July 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Jeanann Baum on one count of identity fraud. She was ordered to pay just over $14,000 in restitution to the victim.

 

.Kyle Leon McKitrick on two counts of trespassing in a habitat when a person is present or likely to be present.

 

.David A. Winters on one count of trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The American Red Cross is conducting a fundraiser called Boots and Badges.
 

Board Chairman Daryl Flowers said the event is scheduled for June  27 and tickets are on sale now, "This is a party for all of our first responders, whether they're paid or volunteer, and it's a big party for them. It's kind of a way to honor our first responders, have a big party for them. There will be a band, food, and it'll be a good time.
 

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

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A majority of our Vistitor Poll voters still carries a small amount of cash.

 

When asked how much cash you normally carry, 57% said a small amount, 21% carries a moderate amount, 17% carries no cash and the remaining 5% carries a large anount of cash.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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The Kenton Wildcats remain in Division 4 in the latest high school football divisional realignment, which was announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this week.

 

Every two years the Ohio High School Athletic Association releases its divisional realignment, which is based primarily on a school's enrollment size. The OHSAA divides its 714 schools into 7 divisions, and the Kenton Wildcats have been again slotted into Division 4 for the upcoming football season.

Van Wert and St. Marys are the only two schools in the Western Buckeye League to switch divisions. The Cougars have moved up from Division 5 while the Roughriders dropped from Division 3 and both schools now reside in Division 4.

 

Overall in the Western Buckeye League, Celina, Defiance, Elida, Shawnee and Wapakoneta are in Division 3, with Kenton, Bath, Van Wert and St. Marys placed in Division 4 and Ottawa-Glandorf lining up in Division 5 along with Kenton's non-league opponent Coldwater.

 

Among Hardin County schools, Ada is the only team to change divisions. The Bulldogs dropped from Division 6 to Division 7 and will join Upper Scioto Valley, Ridgemont and Hardin Northern in the OHSAA's smallest-school division. Riverdale remains in Division 6.

 

The OHSAA has also released regional assignments for the upcoming campaign. The Kenton Wildcats will stay in Region 12, with Riverdale competing in Region 22. The other county teams - Ada, Hardin Northern, Ridgemont and Upper Scioto Valley - are a part of Region 24.

 

Practice for high school football begins on August 1st, with regular-season games for schools starting the week of August 24th. Most teams will officially open their seasons on Friday, August 28th, including the Kenton Wildcats, who will visit Coldwater in their traditional lid-lifter.

 

The regular season ends on October 31st, with 224 teams qualifying for the state playoffs across seven divisions.

During the playoffs, Divisions 2, 3, 5 and 7 will play on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., with Divisions 1, 4 and 6 kicking off at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Playoff pairings and game sites will be announced each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The higher seeded teams host first-round games, and the OHSAA will select neutral sites for the second, third and fourth rounds.

 

The state championships return to Ohio Stadium in Columbus Dec. 3, 4 and 5. Of the divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights - Divisions 2, 3, 5 and 7 this season - one division will play its state championships game on Thursday, Dec. 3.

 

The other three divisions will play on Friday, Dec. 4. The three divisions that play their playoff games on Saturdays will play their state championship games on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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MARION, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Marion were stunned recently when a super-charged batch of heroin sent more than 30 people to the hospital and two to the morgue in a 12-day stretch in the small central Ohio city.

 

Heroin laced with a powerful pain killer and tinted blue kept emergency crews running during the overdose spate at the end of May.

 

They say many of the survivors would've died if it wasn't for naloxone, an antidote carried by paramedics. They ranged in age from late teens to early 60s.

 

Police believe they put a dent in the blue heroin supply in raids Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of more than two pounds of it and several arrests.

 

Officials say the recent spike in overdoses and drug-related crime underscores how outgunned they are by the constantly growing public-health scourge.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two Wyandot County teenagers are charged as adults in Pennsylvania after an alleged three-state crime spree that authorities say ended only when the pair couldn't swim across the wide Ohio River.

 

The 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl from Wyandot County were captured Saturday in Tyler County, West Virginia. Authorities allege their six-day spree involved stolen vehicles, theft of ammunition from an Ohio Wal-Mart, an armed robbery and injuries to a Pennsylvania policeman.

 

Each teen is charged in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, with felony counts of aggravated assault and robbery. The girl also is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and fleeing or trying to elude a police officer.

 

It's unclear if the teens have attorneys. They remained in a juvenile detention facility in West Virginia on Wednesday.

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Kenton firefighters were dispatched to a minor fire late this morning.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the residence of Dun Huang on Lora Drive after a fire started in the garage of the house.
 

The resident had the fire out upon arrival of firefighters, who were on the scene for around 20 minutes.
 

Minimal damage occurred to the structure

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, June 6th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 17 directors and 11 guests present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Mark Light, Hardin County’s 4-H educator, stated there are going to be various project workshops for still projects at the extension office.  This year’s interview judging will be from 1-8pm, to hopefully help accommodate working schedules. 
Mark Badetscher, Hardin County’s Extension Educator, discussed the state wide poultry ban for county fairs, etc. in Ohio. The ban is in effect because of the Avian Influenza virus that has been infecting backyard poultry and commercial flocks in 20 states west of Ohio.  It’s a highly contagious disease and the closest virus has been detected in a backyard flock near Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Biosecurity measures need to be taken by poultry owners to prevent the virus from reaching their flocks.  He also announced there will be a retirement party for Kathy Oliver, who is retiring from the Extension Office, on June 29th from 2-5pm at the Abundant Life Assembly of God.
Marilyn Bidwell announced the flowers have been planted at the Fairgrounds. 

 

Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports, and Bills to be paid were approved.

 

The 2013 990 was approved.
 

It was announced the audit for 2013 and 2014 has now been completed.  There is now a fraud reporting system in place for new hires.  An executive committee meeting will be on Tuesday, June 30th at 7pm to discuss Pete Fout’s 90 day evaluation. 

 

The minutes from the May 11th  Ground’s meeting was discussed. The old choral risers from Kenton City Schools has been paid for, they just need picked up now.  3 new sets of bleachers have been purchased and put together.  It was decided to go with the quote for sweeping of fairgrounds during the fair, for TJD Industrial Cleaning. Kay Rush will be given paint to paint her horse barn and the Health Dept. will be allowed to store a refrigerator in the storage room in the community building in case of an emergency. It was announced the new benches for this year’s fair have been built and are now here.  The Community Building parking lot has been redone, along with the road behind the barns. A new seat for the tractor will be purchased.  The Society will be using F&L Septic for port-a-pots during the fair.  The next grounds meeting will be on Monday, June 15th at 7:00pm.

Camping spots have all been paid and there are 6 spots that opened up this year.  New campers will be notified in the next week, along with campers that are going to be moved closer.

 

The Livestock Committee noted that sheep clipping, weighing and tagging will be on Saturday, June 13th from 8-11am at the Fairgrounds.  Judges for rabbits, dogs and dairy are still needed.  Paul Ralston, Poultry Chairman, discussed the ban on poultry for this year’s Hardin County Fair.  Poultry members will still be allowed to raise their poultry and will need to develop a poster for each poultry project registered for the fair.  The displays will be exhibited in the poultry tent along with a state poultry exhibit explaining the ban.  Exhibitors will be checked at their home, to ensure members actually have possession of the birds and are taking care of them properly.  Biosecurity measures will be used when coming to the member’s homes.  Showmanship at the fair will consist of using a stuffed educational bird and primarily be knowledge based.  A hired judge from the poultry committee will be used to do the judging.  The top champion in showmanship will participate in the showman of showmen.  Only if you participate in showmanship, will the member be allowed to go through the sale.  The member will also need to attend Quality Assurance, participate in livestock judging, do the poster, have a home visit, make a poster, and bring their HPIP papers to the “weigh in”, to participate in the sale.  

 

Janie Seiler, from the Rides/Concessions committee noted that courtesy calls have been made to available rental spots.  There are currently 4 spots available in the community building and 1 spot available in the Merchant’s building.  There are no spots available in the Machinery Building.  There are several renters that only want the Machinery Building. 

 

Jr. Fair board will be having their next meeting on Monday, June 22nd in the Shelter House.  They will be having a cookout. 

Judi Cronley announced a few other judges are still needed. 

Under old business:  The 2015 fair book is now on line and JR. Fair can do their fair entries on line until July 31st.  Open Class will be able to do their on-line entries starting Aug. 3rd.
 
Under new business:  Judi Cronley asked directors who needed shirts ordered.  The directors agreed to use a new website for a charge of $15 a year.  It was decided to purchase the same kind of chairs that were bought last year for the community building.  

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, July 11th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.  Note this date is the 2nd Saturday in July, d/t July 4th being the first Saturday in July.

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The following story was reported by WFIN Radio this morning.
 
A Findlay man was killed following a traffic stop on West Sandusky Street this morning.
 
At a press conference, Police Chief Greg Horne said 30-year-old Jeremy Linhart was shot by an officer. Linhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he later died. Horne said that an officer pulled over a vehicle in which Linhart was a passenger just after 3 a.m.
 
Horne said a gun was later found in the vehicle.
 
Per the department’s policy, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is investigating the incident. While they are not releasing the officer’s name, Horne said a male officer is on paid leave pending the investigation.
 
Horne said this is the first officer-involved shooting incident in Findlay since 1999.

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A mailbox was destroyed by what may have been an explosive device.
 

The incident was reported Monday morning, and according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a resident in the 19,000 block of County Road 144 said he heard what sounded like a shotgun going off. He discovered that his mailbox had been destroyed by what looked like someone placing an explosive device inside and allowing it to detonate.
 

The incident in under investigation.

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The City of Kenton continues to look into replacing a light at the intersection of Ohio and South Main street.

 

At last nights regular council meeting, Councilman Brian Hattery brought up again a motion to approve a recommendation from the Safety Committee to replace the light at that intersection. At the last meeting, that measure died for lack of a second. The council voted six to one, with councilman David Beazley, to request the city review that recommendation. Both Council members Patty Risner and Tom Taylor said that they had extensive discussions with citizens on the issue, coming back spit 50/50 on what to do. Safety Service Director Jim Hites will look into funding that project and reviewing concerns from emergency management agencies.

 

Also at the meeting, the council approved a recommendation from the Safety Committee to vacate the alleyway alongside the Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home for further expansion, and approved a report from the Finance committee which, among many items, reviewed plans by the county to pave the cities portion of Jacob Parrott Blvd. The finance committee recommended that the city not participate at this time due to ongoing plans for the Morningside Drive project. Hites noted that the county isn't planning to work on Jacob Parrott until August/September so if funding were to be made available, the council may reverse its decision.

 

Also, Jacqueline Fitzgerald from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance spoke to the council regarding a window replacement grant for downtown businesses. The grant would help replace delapatated windows in downtown buildings and use local contractors. Fitzgerald said that business owners could contact the Chamber if they wish to learn more information.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on June 22nd 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Todd Manns, Park Manager at France Lake restocks fish at the lake Tuesday afternoon. 115 Crappie and 115 Perch were added to the lake, paid for by a grant from the Hardin County Community Foundation.
 
Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that with the $900.00 Community Foundation Grant, the park was able to purchase the fish and will build new picnic tables for the park

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Taken at the 2014 Hardin County Fair Jr. Fair Poultry Show
 
On Monday, The Hardin County Fairboard and Hardin County OSU Extension Office announced alternative plans for poultry exhibitors in light of the Ohio Department of Agriculture ban on poultry exhibitions. The plans for Hardin County are as follows;
 
Switching Projects
 
Members are not permitted to switch projects since enrollment and registration deadlines have passed.  If you have other projects, you could drop the poultry project and return your book (4-H).
 
Completing the 4-H Poultry Project (4-H only)
 
Hardin County 4-H members should continue to raise their turkeys, ducks, market chickens and fancy poultry as planned. Market chickens can be purchased from any hatchery. Members will participate in livestock interviews on August 4. If a member chooses to not raise birds for their project, the project would be complete after attending livestock interviews as a nonlivestock project (poultry self-determined).
 
Completing the FFA Poultry Project (FFA Members)
 
All Hardin County FFA members showing poultry projects this year will raise and complete projects per usual through the county FFA Chapters. Agriculture Educators will supervise SAE project completion. Exhibitors will not, however be permitted to take animals to the 2015 Hardin County Fair.
 
County Fair & Sale Participation
 
Exhibitors choosing to raise their poultry as planned will develop a poster for each poultry project (market, turkey, ducks, fancy poultry) registered for the fair. The displays will be exhibited in the poultry tent during the fair.   This poster = your fair premium.  More specific details about the poster dimensions and topics will be shared in July.
 
Exhibitors will be checked during the two weeks prior to the fair to assure possession and care of the poultry project by a department representative who will follow bio-security guidelines to prevent any spreading of diseases.  Poultry project exhibitors will be able to participate in poultry showmanship during the fair. This will primarily be knowledge based, but may include showing a stuffed educational bird.  The fairboard will hire a judge as usual for the show. The county poultry showmanship champion will participate in the showman of showmen.
 
Sale Participation
 
Market poultry project exhibitors will be eligible to participate in the sale if they raise their market project animals, attend quality assurance and livestock interview, participate in poultry showmanship, have a farm visit, bring their NPIP papers to the “weigh in” and exhibit a poster display for each market poultry pen. Showmanship = Sale.  Members will participate in the sale by having exhibitors walk into the sale ring. Buyers will not take possession of any poultry projects. Members will retain possession of the birds for home processing or delivery to a processor.  This is being done as a 2015 exception only.   Future fairs will be dealt with in that year and may involve different arrangements.
 
Please call the OSU Extension office 419-674-2297 or email wagner.1142@osu.edu to indicate whether you intend to continue to raise live birds, or whether you intend to do this project as a nonlivestock poultry self-determined project, or drop the project.
 
County FFA Poultry Exhibitors need to speak with their Agriculture Education Teachers if they have any questions regarding the plans for the 2015 Fair.

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Two runaway juveniles from Wyandot County have been apprehended in West Virginia.

 

Rose May and Triston Kindle

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday at approximately 12:00 pm, the Sheriff's Office confirmed with the West Virginia State Police that the two missing juveniles from Wyandot County have been apprehended.

 

Triston Kindle, age 16 of Upper Sandusky and Rose May, age 15 of Sycamore, are in custody with the West Virginia State Police after a police pursuit of another stolen vehicle from Pennsylvania.

 

State Police confirmed that the stolen vehicle had crashed and the two fled on foot for a distance before being taken into custody.

 

West Virginia State Police also confirmed that the the juveniles were in possession of a firearm at the time they were apprehended.

 

Police are currently working with the Pennsylvania State Police in a joint investigation of the Juvenile's crime spree.

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A large quantity of tools were stolen from a storage shed in Dunkirk over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office release, the incident was reported Sunday.
 

Over $600 in tools were stolen from the shed located in the 100 block of Washington Street in the village.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

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

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 9 cents from a week ago. Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.82 per gallon.

 

Ohio's average remains below the nation's average, which was $2.75 per gallon on Monday.

 

The average national price of regular gasoline climbed steadily in May, but analysts say smaller increases more recently could indicate gas prices may be close to peaking as the summer driving season gets underway.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Hardin County:

 

Ohio 37 in the village of Forest closed June 4 for three days for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 30, U.S. 68, Ohio 81 and Ohio 53 back to Ohio 37. Work is being performed by Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, Darien, Conn.

 

Ohio 53 from Patterson to Grant will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 east of the city of Kenton between Township Road 225 and County Road 195 will close beginning June 15 for approximately three weeks for culvert replacements at three locations. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 68, Ohio 67 and Ohio 37 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 will close June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 at the west end of Ada will be closed beginning June 22 for three days for a sanitary sewer installation. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, Ohio 309 and Ohio 235 back to Ohio 81. Work will be done by All Purpose Contracting, Inc., Delphos.

 

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 30 eastbound from west of Ohio 235 to the Wyandot County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone beginning June 8 for removal of pavement reflectors in preparation for tarring and chipping of the roadway. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line, and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. Work is currently taking place only on the Ohio 613 portion of the project. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

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

 

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

 

  

Wyandot County:

 

Ohio 53 from just west of Ohio 37 to just east of Upper Sandusky is now open following a culvert replacement at three locations.

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

 

U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30 will be closed beginning June 16 for 21 days for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 23 southbound to Ohio 199 to U.S. 23 northbound back to U.S. 30 westbound. Work is being performed by Kokosking Construction, Columbus.

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Family Fun Day and Car Show on behalf of Bryce Gossard will be held Sunday June 7 starting at noon.

 

The event will be held rain or shine at Simon Kenton School.

 

There will lots of activities for the entire family including: classic car show, clowns, face painting, games, great food, music and plenty more.

 

All of the proceeds go to the Children's Tumor Foundation in an effort to find a cure for neurofibromatosis.

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Two cars were involved in a crash at the Kenton Walmart. This is one of the vehicles. The crash happened around 3pm Friday afternoon, and some involved were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating. No further details are available at this time.

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Two people are in jail following a couple of drug busts in the City of Kenton on Thursday. According to reports from the Kenton Police Department the first arrest took place as the result of a traffic stop. The report states that during the stop for a traffic violation, a passenger in the vehicle, Heather Marie Altvater, age 27 of Forest was found to be in possession of heroin. The vehicle was impounded and Altvater was taken to the Multi County Jail.
 
The second case was in response to a 911 call for an unresponsive male. Upon arrival officers found Cody Cowen, age 28 of Kenton, to be unresponsive. Cowen appeared to have overdosed on heroin and was found in possession of it. Cowen regained consciousness and was taken into custody. He is also being held at the Multi County Jail.

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The following Kenton High School Seniors were recognized at the annual Senior Awards Day last week at Kenton High School.
 
JAKE ABBOTT - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Georgia Robinson Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc. Scholarship, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
SYDNEY ALBERT – Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Rotary Club Award, Liberty National Bank Scholarship, Fred E. Coats Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Gerald & Vivian McNutt Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ABI ALDRIDGE - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
BREANNA ALEXANDER - Dollars for Scholarships Cahill Family Scholarship, Kenton Band Boosters Scholarship, Goshen Community Grange #578 Community Service Scholarship, Kenton Dental Care Scholarship, Minerva Club Scholarship, Marsha & Mark Watkins Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Jeff Zerby Memorial Scholarship, OHSAA Scholar/Athlete Award, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
BROOKE BAHR - Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Catherine Lens Trust Award, Eugene Spencer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation David P. Sturgeon Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Christopher Nicely Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
JOCELYN BAKER – Nucor Scholarship
 
SAVANNAH BAUM - Dollars for Scholarships Dorothy Fullerton Memorial Scholarship (given by the Gerald & Nancy Althauser Family), Dean Edward Martino Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Helen Robinson-Kraus Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ETHAN BEVERLY – M. Dean and Barbara J. Dulin Scholarship, Community First Bank, N.A. Scholarship, Goshen Community Grange #578 Community Service Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High Class of 1965 Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Wes Totten Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
COLYN BLACKFORD - Dollars for Scholarships Latham Family (Kyle & Julie) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Marilyn Klingler Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
MORGAN BLOOM - Dollars for Scholarships Robinson Fin Machine, Inc. Award, Brittany Sloan Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Bloom Family Scholarship, Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, OHSAA Award of Excellence, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
SAMANTHA BOGUE - Dollars for Scholarships Home Savings and Loan Company Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
SHELBY BOLEN – American Red Cross High School Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
PAYTON BROOKS - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship and the Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, 
 
KAYLEE BURD – The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
MARIAH CLAWSON - Dollars for Scholarships McDonald’s Restaurant, Bill McClain Memorial Scholarship, Bob Szymanski Memorial Scholarship (provided by Society Singers), Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Bill Moffitt Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Max Montgomery Memorial Scholarship, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
CHERYL CLUM – Dollars for Scholarships Dr. Katherine Johnson Scholarship, Barb McClain Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by Kenton City Schools), Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Pat McPherson Memorial Book Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
SETH CONOVER - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arnold E. Lange and Lance L. Lange Memorial Scholarships, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
COURTNEY COOK - Dollars for Scholarships Liberty National Bank Award, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
TRAVIS DOWNING - Dollars for Scholarships Latham Family (Kyle & Julie) Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Mike Mauk and Drey Dearing Wildcat Pride Scholarship (sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Carter Cavalier), Ohio High School Football Coaches’ Association Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden and Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Bloom Family Scholarship, OHSAA Scholar/Athlete Award, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
TREVOR DOWNING - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton City Schools Excellence for Education Foundation Award (in memory of Bob Goodsell), Ohio High School Football Coaches’ Association Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Pam Woll Neuhauser Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden and Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Dr. Ed and Mary Holdgreve Memorial Scholarship, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
KALIEGH DUNAHUE - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship
 
JACOB EIKENBARY – Perfect Attendance for One Year
 
DANIEL FINK - The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
TROY GOODIN - President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Perfect Attendance for One Year, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
BRANDON HOTTMAN - The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
JUSTIN HURT - President’s Award For Educational Excellence, United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Fourth Year Academic Award
 
LUKE JACKSON – Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
CAITLIN JOHNSON – Kenton Dental Care Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden and Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
DAKOTA JOHNSON - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
CONNER JONES - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Rotary Club, Ohio Elks Association Educational Fund Grant, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
KYRSTYN KEHLER - Dollars for Scholarships Clayton Kritzler Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
SETH KUHLMAN - Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Fourth Year Academic Award, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ALEXIS LANDON - Dollars for Scholarships Newland Insurance and Maxline Express Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High School Class of 1967 Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
BRIANNA LANDON - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Moose Lodge Family Center Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
DERIC LEGGE - Dollars for Scholarships Robinson Fin Machine, Inc. Award, Mike Mauk and Drey Dearing Wildcat Pride Scholarship (sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Carter Cavalier), Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, OHSAA Courageous Student Award, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
CAROLINE LOMBARDO - The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ELVIRA MENDEZ - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Pat Stiles Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
KENNEDY MOORE - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arch Rodgers Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship
 
LOGAN MORRIS - Dollars for Scholarships Kyle Eric Althauser Memorial Scholarship (given by the Gerald & Nancy Althauser Family), Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arnold E. Lange and Lance L. Lange Memorial Scholarships, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Terry Myers Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
COURTNEY NICHOLS - Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Oren J. and Mary A. Hogan Memorial Award, Quest Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Fred E. Coats Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
DALE OATES - Dollars for Scholarships International Paper Scholarship, Kenton Band Boosters, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
NATE OSBORN - Ohio Elks Association Educational Fund Grant, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Brady Shick Memorial Scholarship
 
BAILEY PEES - Dollars for Scholarships Golden Giant Building Systems Award, Dale and Joanne Layman Memorial Scholarship, Dean Edward Martino Memorial Scholarship, Paul Heilman Book Scholarship, Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Dr. Steven Craig Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year, Second Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ELIZABETH PERKINS - Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Catherine Lens Trust Award, Quest Federal Credit Union Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
AUSTIN PHILLIPS - Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, OHSAA Award of Excellence, Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, President’s Award For Educational Excellence, Perfect Attendance for One Year, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
KYLE PHILLIPS - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ramge-Jackson Memorial, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fath-Linz Memorial Scholarship, Second Year Academic Award, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
RACHEL PRICE - The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
GAVIN RAY – Perfect Attendance for One Year
 
TRISTAN REICHELDERFER - President’s Award For Educational Excellence, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
JOHN PAXTON REMBIS - Dollars for Scholarships Amicitia Lodge, Rogers Nationwide Insurance Agency and McCullough Industries Award, Scott and Becky Grigaliunas Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer-Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
ANGELINA SHELDON - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Paul Heilman Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High School Class of 1967 Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
WYATT SHELDON - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Chris Kanzig Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year
 
BRITTANY SHEPHERD - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Margaret Nichols-Temple Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
KATELYN SHOEMAKER - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion
 
JESSIE SLACK - President’s Award For Educational Excellence, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
TERESTINA STEELE – Perfect Attendance for FIVE Years
 
MARK SWARNER - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Howard Carmean Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
MASON TREEN - Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship
 
JESSICA TREEN BROWN - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
JORDAN VERMILLION - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion
 
KARLEY WIREMAN - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
KEANA WIREMAN - Agriculture Business/Production Certificate of Completion
 
JOSH WORMLEY – Dollars for Scholarships Dr. Katherine Johnson Scholarship, G.W. Pfister Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarship
 
The Kenton High School Graduation will be on Saturday, June 6th.
 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Billy Ray Workman was sentenced to a total of 29 months in prison on one count each of Assault on a police officer and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

 

.Craig J. Clark was sentenced to a total of 27 months in prison on two counts of domestic violence.

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

 

.Jeffrey D. Lissner on one count each of burglary, receiving stolen property and telecommunications fraud. He was ordered to pay $3800 in restitution to Quest Federal Credit Union.

 

.Kyle L. McKitrick on two counts of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.

 

.Amanda J. Williams on one count of tampering with evidence.

 

.Rodney Wayne Reffitt on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.

 

.William Lee Chamberlain was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count of criminal damaging or endangering.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Hardin County Hospice is planning a big fundraiser in June.
 

Hospice nurse Jamie Minix said tickets for the event are on sale now, "It's called "Peace, Love and Hospice" and it's going to be Saturday June 27 at the Armory here in Kenton. It's going to be from 7 till 10pm. It's going to be a fun event. We're going to have a silent auction, a service auction, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, photo booth, deejay, and it's going to be 70's and 80's theme"
 

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

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2% appears to be the preferred type of milk for milk drinkers.

 

When asked what type of milk you drink, 48% of the voters said they go with 2%. 23% prefer whole milk, 15% drink skim milk and the remaining 14% prefer 1% milk.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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A large contingent of local athletes will represent Hardin County at the Division 3 boys and girls state track and field meet in Columbus.        

 

Upper Scioto Valley’s Brittany Holbrook leads the local girls contingent heading to Division III girls state meet. Holbrook won regional titles in three events last week – coming in first in the 100, 200 and high jump – and will compete in Columbus in all three of those events.
 

Hardin Northern’s Mackenzie Shepherd and Ridgemont’s Meadow Cromer will compete in the pole vault, while Riverdale will have two entries in the girls state meet. Aubreah Manns will take part in the 800-meter run while Carrol Pauley will throw the discus.
 

Riverdale has three entries in the Division III boys state meet. Kyle Evans, Josh Hunter, Joe Lauck and Chad Pever will be representing the Falcons in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, while Pever will be competing individually in the 800-meter run.
 

Two other county athletes will be competing in the state meet. Hardin Northern’s Nick Bame will take part in the 1,600-meter run while Upper Scioto Valley’s Austin Sloan will be competing in the 400-meter dash.
 

The state track and field meet will take place Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The field events and the prelims for the Division III boys and girls, as well as the 3,200-meter final, will take place on Friday, with the finals for the other running events slated for Saturday.

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A search is underway for two run away Wyandot County teenagers.

 

Rose May and Triston Kindle. Photo source: WFIN.com

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Triston Kindle and 15 year old Rose May were reported missing early June first.

 

The release states later that day, a pickup truck was reported stolen in a location near where Kindle resides.

 

Then on Tuesday June 2, information was received from WalMart in Bucyrus that two people matching the description of the teenagers were seen on video taking shotgun shells from the store and leaving the area in the stolen pickup.

 

On Wednesday night, Pennsylvania State Police notified Wyandot County that the stolen pickup truck was recovered and a search for the teenagers was being conducted.

 

Early Thursday morning, the police department in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania reported that an armed robbery occurred at a convenience store, and one of their officers was injured trying to stop the fleeing suspects.

 

The pair is then suspected of ditching the stolen pickup in Jefferson County and fled the area in a stolen municipal vehicle.

 

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office has sent reports and photos of Kindle and May to assist Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies in the continuing investigation.

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Several personnel matters were taken care of during a special meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education this morning.
 

The board approved hirings to fill teaching positions as well other positions in the district for the 2015/16 school year.
 

The board also announced that a public hearing will be held to discuss the re-employment of Kevin Kapanka as a Kenton High School science teacher.
 

The public hearing will be held July 27 at 7pm at the Oaklief Building. The board will then taken action on Kapanka's employment at the August board meeting.

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MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio National Guardsman convicted of sexually abusing three adopted daughters has been sentenced to life without parole.

 

Judge David Faulkner announced the sentence Wednesday in Union County Court and said the man must also register as a sex offender.

 

The Associated Press isn't naming the man to protect the children's identities.

 

The guardsman was convicted last month of 15 counts including rape and sexual battery. He was accused of abusing girls who were younger than 13.

 

The charges were brought several years after he'd told a military publication that he wanted to adopt a girl from Africa to protect her from rape.

 

The 42-year-old Marysville man testified in his own defense. His wife testified she never saw signs of such abuse.

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A coroner says numerous head injuries and bleeding caused the death of a 5-year-old boy whose father told police he used a plastic wand from window blinds to hit the child.

 

Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Dr. J. Scott Somerset said in Bellefontaine Municipal Court Tuesday 5-year-old Michael Barton had countless other bruises on the rest of his body.

 

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Barton is charged with murder in his son's May 20 death. A Logan County grand jury will hear evidence next week.

 

Bellefontaine police say Barton admitted he used the plastic wand to hit Michael, but said the bruises on the boy's head came from a fall at a park several days earlier. 

 

Barton's attorneys argued the boy's fall could've ultimately caused his death.

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The ReStore Community Center in Ada is sponsoring a backpack drive this summer.

 

Supervisor Holly Green said this is the first year that the ReStore has put on the backpack drive, "We're asking people in the community to help by donating items, or they can adopt a backpack. When kids sign up, we'll know their age and what grade they're going to be in, and if somebody is willing to take one on, we'll give them the supplies needed and let them know if it's a male or female."

 

She said anyone that wants to donate can call her at 419-204-8626 or stop in the ReStore in Ada, and for families in need of backpacks with school supplies, "Children and families that are needing backpacks or school supplies, they just come in and we have a form that they fill out."

 

She said they would like to have the items donated by August 1.

 

The program is for students in Ada and surrounding schools.

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MARION, Ohio (AP) - Fire officials say a bomb squad was investigating after crews found an undetonated hand grenade in a Marion house where a man died in an early morning fire.

 

Fire investigators say the blaze broke out around 1:15 Tuesday morning.  Marion Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Deem says a 34-year-old man died in the fire. His name wasn't immediately released.

 

Deem says a woman in her 70s escaped through a first-floor window. He says she suffered significant burns and cuts and was taken to a Columbus hospital.

 

The woman was the grandmother of the 34-year-old man.

 

Deem says neighbors in surrounding homes were evacuated before the bomb squad entered the house.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's agriculture officials are canceling all poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus.

 

The order issued Tuesday also applies to poultry auctions and swap meets.

 

The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn't been found so far in Ohio. But state agriculture director David Daniels says banning all poultry shows is a needed step to protect Ohio's poultry industry.

 

Ohio is the nation's second biggest egg-producing state and chicken and turkey farms pour about $2.3 billion into the state's economy.

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A McGuffey man was injured after his bicycle was struck by a car just before eight Saturday morning.
 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Brandon Cummings was riding the bike north on State Route 195 near County Road 80, when it was struck by a northbound car being operated by Katie Hunsicker, also of Alger, who was attempting to pass the bicycle.
 

Cummings was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
 

The accident remains under investigation.

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State Route 31 is closed beginning today between State Route 292 south of Kenton to State Route 47 in Union County for a culvert replacement project in Union County.

 

Hardin County motorists can travel the road between Kenton and Mt. Victory.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation can only set up detours on State Routes.

 

The posted detour is State Route 292 to State Route 47 back to 31, but they are encouraging local motorists who know the county roads to feel free to take those roads around the project site, which is between County Roads 352 and 344 north of Byhalia.

 

The project is scheduled to be completed this Saturday June 6 weather permitting.

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Hardin County:

 

.Ohio 81 at the west end of Ada will be closed beginning June 22 for three days for a sanitary sewer installation. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, Ohio 309 and Ohio 235 back to Ohio 81. Work will be done by All Purpose Contracting, Inc., Delphos.

 

.Ohio 67 east between Kenton and the Wyandot County line will be reduced to one lane in spots for pavement repairs. Work will be performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.Ohio 81 west of Dola as well as an area west of Patterson may experience some lane restrictions which will be maintained by flaggers throughout the next month for a culvert project. Work is being done by BCC Ohio Inc., New London.

 

.Ohio 67 between Ohio 235 and Township Road 39 will be closed beginning June 15 for approximately two and a half months for a bridge rehabilitation. Traffic will be detoured to

 

.Ohio 235 and Ohio 309 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

.Ohio 117 from the Auglaize County line to Roundhead will be restricted to one lane through the work zone during the week for a pavement repair project. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.Ohio 235 in Roundhead will experience some lane restrictions in the coming week for pavement repairs. Work will be done by the Hardin County maintenance garage.


Allen County:
 

.Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 
 

Hancock County


.U.S. 30 from west of Ohio 235 to the Wyandot County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone both eastbound and westbound beginning June 15 for tarring and chipping of the roadway. Work is being performed by the joint county forces of ODOT District 1.
 

.Interstate 75 southbound in the area north of the rest area south of Findlay will be restricted to one lane on Friday, May 29 from approximately 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for soil excavation. Work is being performed by Enterprise Recovery System Inc.
 

.Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line, and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing beginning June 1. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.


.Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.
 

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

 

Special events . . .

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

 


Wyandot County:
 

.Ohio 53 from just west of Ohio 37 to just east of Upper Sandusky will be closed beginning May 26 for approximately two weeks for three culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 37, Ohio 294 and Ohio 67 back to Ohio 53. Work will be done by Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.
 

.U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.


.U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from eastbound U.S. 30 which was closed for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair has reopened.

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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:

 

.Julian P. Barraza on one count of obstructing official business.

 

.Miranda K. Keckler on one count of possession of heroin.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The 6th Annual Cruise In For a Cure Family Fun Day and Car Show is scheduled to take place June 7.
 

Organizer Larry Gossard talks about why the event is held, "It's to raise funds for a cure of course, but also to raise awareness of NF and to let people know this could happen to anyone, and there are a lot of kids out there with this."
 

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

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Kenton Senior Dale Oates came up short this morning in the opening round of the Division II State Boy's Tennis Tournament.
 

Oates lost to Bay Village's Adam Krueger 6-4, 6-2 on the OSU tennis courts in Columbus.
 

Congratulations to Oates on an outstanding tennis season.

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A former Hardin County Common Pleas Court probation officer pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges Wednesday afternoon.

 

Through his attorney William Kluge, Terry Price pleaded guilty to a third degree misdemeanor count of sexual imposition and a second degree misdemeanor count of dereliction of duty. Both charges date back to March of 2011.

 

Visiting Retired Judge Kevin Smith, from Findlay Municipal Court accepted the pleas and found Price guilty. A presentence investigation was ordered, and the sentencing date has tentatively been scheduled for July 22. He was released on his own recognizance.

 

The sexual imposition charge carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail, $500 fine and Tier I sex offender status. The dereliction of duty charge carries up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $750.

 

Price was charged with the offenses last week following an investigation conducted by the State of Ohio.

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It seems a lot of people drive vehicles with over 100,000 miles on them.

 

According to the results of our Visitor Poll regarding the question, How Many Miles Are On Your Vehicle?, 49% said over 100,000, 22% said between 50,001 to 100,000, 15% said between 25,001 to 50,000 and 14% said between 0 to 25,000 miles.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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