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Lady Wildcats Net First WBL Win Of Season By Routing VW 9-0

The Kenton Lady Wildcats notched their first Western Buckeye League win of the season in impressive fashion on Tuesday as they defeated Van Wert 9 to 0 at Merold Field.


The Lady Wildcats scored two goals in the first two-and-a-half minutes and never let up as they recorded their first league win of the season. Kenton, which is now 4-2-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the WBL, led 5-0 at intermission and then added four more goals for good measure in the second half.


Hannah Holland scored three times for the Cats while Haley Hunt and Keelee Barrett each put two past the keeper. Lexie Wetherill and Molly Pees accounted for the other goals for Kenton while keeper Alivia Purtee and the Wildcat defense combined to blank the Cougars, who are now 1 and 7 overall and 0 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League.


The Lady Wildcats will look for their second WBL win of the season when they travel to Defiance on Saturday.


Teenage Driver Facing Multiple Charges Following Monday Night Crash


A driver was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a crash Monday night on West Carey Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 19 year old Araina Miller, of Kenton, was driving west on Carey and failed to stop where the road dead ends at Westview Estates. The car continued through a yard where it struck a tree line resulting in heavy damage.


Miller, along with a passenger in her car, 18 year old Noah Woodruff, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


Miller was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, underage consumption, and a reasonable control violation.



Jon Cross Campaign Bus Tour Set for Saturday


The Jon Cross for State Representative campaign will hold a fall campaign rally, followed by a bus tour to campaign in Hancock and Hardin counties this Saturday, September 23rd starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kenton Kroger parking.


The public is invited to attend the morning rally, as the Republican candidate will be announcing endorsements from Hardin County leaders in support of his primary candidacy for State Representative.


The Cross campaign team will then depart at 8:30 a.m. to travel to Ada, Arlington, Mt. Blanchard and Vanlue, Ohio.



Two Coaching Positions Open at Kenton City Schools


The Kenton City School district is seeking to fill two coaching vacancies.


Resumes are being sought for the position of 8th grade Boys Basketball Coach and Varsity Boys Tennis Coach.


Interested candidates should send a resume to Athletic Director Joey Day at dayj@kentoncityschools.org.


The positions will stay open until it is filled.



ONU to Dedicate Baker Commons on Saturday


Ohio Northern will honor the university's former president and first lady during a ceremony this Saturday.


President Emeritus Kendall Baker and Toby Baker will be honored when Baker Commons is dedicated on the campus.


In 2011, The Board of Trustees established that the area on ONU’s campus that was developed during the Baker presidency will be known as “Baker Commons.”


The dedication will take place near Affinity Village, located along Polar Way Road and Loop Road as part of Homecoming festivities Saturday morning at 9.



Free Shred It Day Scheduled on Saturday


A free Shred It Day is scheduled for this Saturday.


The event will be held in the parking lot of HSLC in Kenton from 9am until noon.


Only paper will be accepted. Volunteers will on hand to unload boxes from your vehicle.


It is free and open to the public.


During the event, donations for Helping Hands Outreach will be accepted.



Trash Pick Up Day at Boy Scout Lake is This Saturday


Volunteers are being recruited to pick up trash at Boy Scout Lake this Saturday.


Participants can learn how trash affects the environment and what we can do to help.


The event will be held September 23 from 9 to 11am, and kids must be accompanied by an adult.


It is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.



OhioHealth HMH to Hold Diabetes Support Group Meeting


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is holding a Diabetes Support Group meeting tomorrow.


It will be held in the McCullough Conference room starting 1 Wednesday afternoon.


A presentation will be given by Ohio Northern University students, and the event is open to the public.



Suicide Awareness Walk Set For Sunday


The 2nd Annual Suicide Awareness walk will take place this Sunday.


It will start at 1:30pm Sunday at St. John's Evangelical Church at 211 East Carrol Street in Kenton.


The program teaches about awareness and prevention.



Kenton City Schools Board Meets, Hears Building Curriculum Reports

Curriculum Director Jodi Cole spoke about curriculum goals implemented throughout the district. The primary focus was to Improve Core Instruction. The district discovered that over 20% of students needed more targeted and intensive intervention.


Cole is also working on the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Guide for educators in the district. The guide is in an effort to pull research and evidence based strategies for use in the classroom.


The district will be making improvements to gifted program. The staff serving those students will undergo 30 hours of Professional Development.


Cole reports the Ohio Department of Education now requires additional whole grade testing. KCS students will now be gifted-tested at 2nd and 5th grades. The district is also implementing a pilot for co-teaching 4th graders for gifted instruction.


Cole noted that the district is always looking for parent and community support.

Kenton Elementary School Principals Angie Butterman and Robin Bame noted that at the Elementary school level, the school has implemented the core instruction improvement piece by extending the day for those students that require targeted intervention. The building is also implementing a co-teaching model where a general education


The “Leader in Me” program empowers students and staff to become leaders in the building. Through this movement, the school has created a staff lighthouse team that focuses on 9 adult action teams revolving around leadership, culture, and academics. The school also introduced a student leadership team to assist in decision-making.

Kenton Middle School principal Kirk Cameron reports that his staff is guiding students toward success in life. Continuing with student advisory panels. Leadership lunches are continuing to be a hit in the school. Cameron’s Middle school is focusing on Tier 1 and researched based instruction.


The students are involved in a nine week course that teaches topics such as study skills, but also is rooted in the “Leader in Me” framework.


Kenton High School principal Chad Thrush reports that he is a Leader of Leaders refering to his staff. He says he is centered on relationships with students. He believes that “the real magic happens” when the staff knows the students better than they know the curriculum.


His "Success Initiative" is aimed at overwhelming kids with support. Student Success teams will meet and work to get students “back on track.” He has asked his staff to have two students a year to be their “student advocate.” A Success List identifies students that need further intervention from what he calls “success coaches.” The school has created a math and English Language arts labs for students needing additional assistance. Thrush notes that parents may receive more phone calls than they are used to, but they will all be positive. Students are also being offered support after school in free tutoring sessions.


Teachers are taking 15 minutes during their 5th period class which are led by their school counselors. These instructors use this time to develop relationships, provide resources, and monitor academics.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted in her report that some calamity phone calls are not being received by parents, or are being received by parents that no longer have children in the district. She says that if you are receiving these calls, to call a building office or contact the district office, and leave your phone number.

In committee reports:


Mark Rush spoke on behalf of the Finance Committee and noted that a contract has been formulated on the bus garage project. He also noted alongside board treasurer Tracy Hiller that the cafeteria is currently being audited.


Russ Blue noted on behalf of the facilities committee that the committee has discussed at length the athletic building expansion project, but the project is moving forward.


In personnel items:


The board approved R. Jordan Gibson as the Assistant Top Twenty director.


The board approved Sarah Stamp, Kristen Urbanik, Robin Hughes, Lisa Newman, Joseph Capehart, Lance Strahm, Mary Sorgen-Ralston, Jason Kimmel, Amanda Conkel, and Bernadette Ashbrook as district substitutes.


Boyd Downey transferred bus routes.


Charles Moore, and Matt Frey were approved for salary increases.


The board approved the resignation of Teresa Harris the beginning of June.


Donna Augustus was approved for a  Club ROAR bus route.


Margaret Kirk’s transfer was approved.

Sandy Berry, Diana Copp, Cory McMurray, Judy Blue, Jami Dellifield, Ellie Miller, Michelle Musser, Vicki Phillips, and Susan White were approved as volunteers, and Brooke Boznango, Mary Ellis, Heather Erwin, Jason Kimmel, Christie Lawrence, Donna Martin, Brittanie Oglesbee, Kasey Parker, Morgan Schalk, Chelsea Scott, Ellen Sheldon, Caitlyn Silva, Leanna Snyder, Joy Vanhorn, Ann Wilkerson, and Emily Wilson were approved as Club ROAR mentors.

Under Authorizations and Resolutions:


The board approved the cross categorical shared services agreement with Riverdale, and approved two overnight out of state field trips for the JROTC program.

The board also adopted the Permanent Appropriations resolutions for the 2018 fiscal year.

The board then moved into executive session to discuss a property purchase.

The Board will meet again on October 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the board office.


Garage Broken Into Over the Weekend in Kenton


Several items were stolen from a garage on Lark Lane over the weekend.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a call from a resident telling them his garage was forcibly entered.


5 ladders and a toolbox were stolen from the garage.



Lima Man Arrested in Drug Bust


Information on a drug investigation conducted earlier this month was released today.


According to a release, the Hardin County Crime Task Force arrested Matthew Williams of Lima after he allegedly sold crack cocaine to Task Force detectives.


He was also said to be in possession of heroin, crystal methamphetamine and cocaine.

Williams, who has been charged with trafficking in narcotics and possession of narcotics, was arrested during a traffic stop at West North and Detroit Streets and was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.


A search of his vehicle was conducted and 9 grams of Fentanyl was found inside. Additional charges against Williams are pending.


The Task Force was assisted in the investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Kenton and Forest Police Departments.



Theft of Medication Reported at Kenton Pharmacy


A theft from a local business was reported to Kenton Police on Sunday.


According to the report, employees of Rite Aid told officers that several boxes of over the counter medication were stolen sometime Saturday evening.


The incident is under investigation.



Business and Professional Women's Club to Meet September 28


The first meeting of the Hardin Co. Business & Professional Women’s Club will take place  Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30.


The meeting will be held at  Henry's Restaurant in Kenton.


The speaker for this meeting will be Emily Hart Roy the Communication Coordinator with the Hardin County Sheriff's office. The Chairman for the group is Vannessa Brim.


Guests are welcome to attend.



Redskins Hold Off Wildcats 49-35

The Wapakoneta Redskins defeated the Kenton Wildcats 49-35 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Harmon Field.


The Wildcats (1-3 overall, 1-2 WBL) led 21-0 and 27-7 but the Redskins (2-2, 2-1) scored 35 consecutive points to go on top 42-27. Kenton pulled to within 42-35 but Wapakoneta quarterback Brady Erb completed the only pass he attempted in the second half - a 70-yard play-action pass for a touchdown to Riley Worthen Gibson on a third-and-five from the Redskin 30-yard line with 2:37 to play - to seal the win.


Jaron Sharp threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a score. Jayden Cornell caught 11 passes for 191 yards and two scores while Alex Stephens had nine receptions for 98 yards and a TD. Jayden Brown also had a TD catch for Kenton.


Defensively, Luke Fackler recovered a fumble while Jon Hord intercepted a pass for the Wildcats.


Cornell was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host St. Marys. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The opening kick is set for 7 p.m.


Week Four Scores

Kenton 35 Wapakoneta 49 




Van Wert 19 Ottawa Glandorf 17 


Celina 49 Bath 6 


Elida 37 Defiance 14 


St. Marys 35 Shawnee 34


Regional Games


Perry 41 Hardin Northern 6 


Riverside 53 Elgin 20


Spencerville 27 Allen East 20


Edison 42 Upper Sandusky 0


Liberty-Benton 28 Van Buren 0 


Bellefontine 63 Elgin 20 


Upper Scioto Valley 32 Waynesfield-Goshen 0


Riverdale 41 Vanlue 0


Shawnee 41 Indian Lake 7


Lehman Catholic 62 Ridgemont 8


Ada 35 Delphos Jefferson 33


Arlington 42 Cory-Rawson 7 


Jonathan Alder 43 Benjamin Logan 36


Thefts Reported to KPD on Thursday


Several thefts were reported to Kenton police on Thursday.


According to the reports, sporting equipment was stolen at Country Heart and Inn, several items were stolen at the Kroger store. In that case, 26 year old Richard Valentine Junior and Tabitha Doolin were each issued a summons for theft.


Later in the day Thursday, another shoplifting occurred at the Kroger store. An unknown suspect stole unknown bottles in a backpack and left the store without paying.


All incidents are under investigation.



Soup Kitchen Serves Free Hot Meals to Public


The local Soup Kitchen continues to serve meals to the public during the last full week of every month.


Complete meals are prepared and served along with a salad and dessert.


The meals are served at St. John's Evangelical Church in Kenton. Also, clothing and toiletries are provided at the Catholic Church as part of the mission.


Everyone is encouraged to get a good hot meal. The organization noted that this is not just for

homeless people.


Donations are always appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, mail them to Mary Lou Healy at 503 North Main Street in Kenton or to Rosemary Fitzgerald, 690 North Wayne Street in Kenton.



Economic Development Breakfast Held Friday Morning


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held an Economic Development Committee breakfast this morning.


Amy Kurt, from the Hog Creek wind farm project near Dunkirk, gave an update. She said 7 of the 30 wind turbines have been constructed and the company hopes to have the turbines in operation later this year. She said 235, mostly local, employees have been hired during the construction phase. She said they expect to retain around 7 workers once the farm becomes operational perhaps later this year.



Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said thanks to the advent of the wind farm companies, plus the expansion of existing businesses, the future is bright for Hardin County, "We've had over 400 million dollars in news capital investments over the last four years. We've created 500 new jobs, and that is all because of the people in the room today. The business owners creating jobs, they're investing in the community. Hardin County is on the right track for great success in the future, and we're all working hard to try to attract people to live here, to work here and to prosper here."


Cross added that while it's important to attract new industries and businesses to the county, it's also important to support existing ones as well, "Kenton and Hardin County and all our villages would not be who we are without the current industry that's here in our community."


The breakfast was held at Henry's Restaurant, and the next one is scheduled for October.



Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


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


Thomas G. Wolfenbarger was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on one count each of intimidation, domestic violence, violation of a protection order and criminal damaging/endangering, and Mary I. Pfeiffer was placed on five years community control with conditions on 3 counts of trafficking in heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



September is National Recovery Month


National Recovery Month runs throughout the month of September and honors those who have sought help for their addictions or any other issues.


Locally, Pastor Jason Manns said that is what Celebrate Recovery is all about, "From depression to loss of a family member to addictions, eating disorders, just about about everybody I guess when you start to think about it has some issue that they're dealing with, and this is just our way of kind of giving back, and we've adopted this program to try to help people out."


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



Street Paving Project Scheduled in Kenton


A street paving project is scheduled for Kenton next week.


According to a release from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, black topping will take place on West Columbus Street between North Leighton and Lima Streets.


The work is being done on Tuesday September 19.



Power Outage Planned For Northern Hardin and Southern Hancock County Saturday Morning


A power outage is planned for Saturday in northern Hardin and southern Hancock Counties.


According to information from American Electric Power, the outage will occur for customers in Dunkirk, Dola and Williamstown tomorrow from 6 to 8:30am.


No other area will be impacted by the outage.



Thefts Reported From Around Kenton Wednesday

Several items were reported stolen from around Kenton on Wednesday.


According to the reports, a playstation, valued at $300, was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of East Forest Road, a 1994 Honda Accord, valued at $200, was stolen from the 900 block of Meadow Lane and a theft from a vehicle was also reported at Westview Estates.



Kenton Girls Golf Team Wins Last Match of Season

Kenton's girls golf team beat Ridgemont in a match to wrap up the season Wednesday.
The Wildcats beat the Golden Golphers 183-201.
The medalist was Danielle Mouser from Ridgemont.


Hite Announces Re-Election Bid


State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, is planning to run for re-election in 2018.


According to the Findlay Courier Hite was the guest speaker Wednesday at a Findlay Kiwanis lunch and said should he win re-election he will have the longest tenure of any Ohio state senator since term limits were approved by voters in 1992.


This is Hite’s first full four-year term, He has represented Ohio’s 1st Senate District since early 2011. When he was  appointed to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Steve Buehrer, after Gov. John Kasich named Buehrer administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Hite then was elected to his current term in 2014.


Hite’s 1st Senate District encompasses all or parts of Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties.



Riverdale Lady Falcons Rally in 2nd half for a 2-1 Win over Liberty Benton Eagles

The Liberty Benton Eagles hosted the Riverdale Lady Falcons last night in conference action. Falcon Goalie Katie Miller had 10 saves, and the Eagles lead 1-0 at halftime.  The Eagles capitalized on a few mistakes early, but the Falcons came out in the second half with the fire to win. The lady Falcons rallied to score 2 points with goals by Lexi Wright to take the lead . The Falcons are now 3 and 0 in conference action and will travel to Van Buren September 18th for another conference match up. 


Rash of Theft From Vehicles Reported to KPD


There has been a sharp increase of vehicles being entered and items stolen from inside them during the month of September.


That number increased dramatically Tuesday when around a dozen complaints were received from residents regarding items stolen from their vehicles. In one case, a handgun, Ipad and dvd player were stolen.


In most cases, the vehicles are not being forcibly entered, but the owners have left the doors unlocked making it easy access to the vehicles.


Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser is reminding residents to make sure you lock the doors and don't leave valuable items inside your vehicles.



Breaking and Entering Reported at Moose Lodge


A breaking and entering was reported to police on Tuesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the Moose Lodge on West Lima Street to investigate a report that the establishment was broken into sometime since the previous overnight.


Ten rolls of quarters with a total value of $100 were missing.


The incident is under investigation.



Dunkirk Teen Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


A traffic stop Tuesday night resulted in possible drug charges against a Dunkirk teenager.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers conducted a traffic stop for a speeding violation in the 500 block of North Detroit Street. A probable cause search was then conducted, and officers found suspected cocaine.


The 19 year old Dunkirk female was then arrested and is facing a charge of possession of drugs.



Hite to Address Restrictive Wind Turbine Mandates


State Senator Cliff Hite will hold a press conference this Thursday to announce legislation aimed at addressing the state's restrictive wind turbine setback mandates.


Hite says the mandates are severely restricting renewable energy development in Ohio.


He said the legislation that he will be announcing is aimed at lifting restrictions on wind energy development in the state.


The press conference will be held at the Hog Creek Wind Farm near Dunkirk this Thursday morning.



Water Leak Being Repaired in Kenton


Crews are working on a water leak in Kenton.


According to information from the Kenton Water Department, the leak occurred in the 300 block of South Detroit Street in Kenton.


Customers will experience low water pressure, but the water will not be shut down to the entire city.



Kenton City Council Met Monday for 17th Regular Session of the Year


The Kenton City Council met for the 17th regular session on Monday evening at the City Building.


Council members voted to excuse councilman Michael White for the evening. All other members were in attendance.


During monthly and annual reports, the council learned from City Auditor Brian Hattery that the computer software utilized by the Water & Sewer Department had a discrepancy with the software used by the Deputy Auditor’s office. For the month of August, the Auditor’s office software showed a sewer revenue of $174,592.11, while the Water & Sewer Department’s office software showed a sewer revenue of $174,312.45, a difference of $279.66. The discrepancy is being looked into by both departments.


The report from the Income Tax Department also showed a shortfall from 2016’s numbers. The year-to-date total from 2017 is $234,396.92 less than the same total from 2016.


Under old business, the council voted to pass a resolution establishing a minimum cash balance reserve for the General Fund. Before adopting the resolution, councilman David Beazley moved to amend the legislation. The amendment clarified that the minimum reserve, set at $600,000, was to be maintained post current encumbrances. The amendment was approved unanimously, and the amended resolution passed unanimously as well.


In new business, the council voted to suspend the three-reading rule for two pieces of legislation; a third piece moved to 2nd reading in two weeks. The first adopted resolution accepted the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorized the necessary tax levies. The second adopted ordinance amended the city’s Codified Ordinance, Section 234.05, adjusting the residency requirement for the Fire Department. This amendment brings the city’s residency requirement into compliance with the Ohio Revised Code. Fire Chief Tim Clark thanked the council for their expediency, noting that the department is beginning interviews on Tuesday to hire a new fire fighter. The third ordinance seeks to vacate an alley along Franklin Street and will be read again at the next meeting.


Council heard from two committees; the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, September 18 at 5:30pm. They will be meeting with department heads and discussing 5 year plans. The Cemetery Board also gave a report, noting that the board has started a waterway, which they hope to finish in mid-September.


Safety Service Director Jim Hites spoke first during comments, informing council that the splash pad at Murray Park will be closed for the season on Friday, September 15. The park itself will remain open. Mayor Randy Manns told council during his comments that Teen Night will be held at Wharton Park on Saturday, September 30 from 4-7pm. Mayor Manns also said that there would be a $10 pulled pork fundraiser at Price Funeral Home on Saturday, September 16, with the funds raised being used to install water filters for orphanages in Uganda.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.



FLR Celebrating 100 Years of Doing Business in Kenton


A local business is celebrating a milestone event this Thursday.


FLR Insurancenter has been in business for 100 years and is celebrating the achievement Thursday from 11am until 4pm.


The public is invited for hot dogs, cupcakes, ice cream and popcorn. Multiple drawings for $100 gift cards and other giveaways will be held throughout the day.


FLR is located at 123 West Carrol Street in Kenton.



Crash With Injuries Reported Near Dunkirk Monday


A crash occurred Monday afternoon near Dunkirk.


The only information available at this time is the crash occurred in the 1000 block of U.S. 68 at just past 4:30 Monday afternoon.


It was reported as an accident with injuries, but the report is not available at time.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.



Man Taken Into Custody Following Shoplifting Incident


A Kenton man was taken into custody following a shoplifting incident at WalMart Monday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 34 year old Shane Manns was allegedly observed pushing  a cart out of the store containing merchandise with a total value of just over $44.


Following a short investigation, it was determined that Manns did not pay for the items, and he had also been banned from entering the store.


Manns was released from custody after receiving a summons for criminal trespass and theft.



ONU Gets USDA Loan For Construction Project


The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program has awarded Ohio Northern University a $67.2 million loan to support a variety of campus initiatives, including funds to help construct a new 105,000-square-foot College of Engineering building.


In addition to providing funds for a new engineering building, the USDA loan will improve several other academic and administrative programs and enable the University to further strengthen its financial position by refinancing a portion of existing debt.


Construction will begin by spring 2018, and the first classes will be held fall 2019.



Small Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Prefer Gas Grills Over Charcoal


It was close, but the majority of our Visitor Poll voters prefer gas grills over charcoal grills.


In the two week poll, 54% preferred gas grills, and the remaining 46% went for charcoal.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.



Attendance For 2017 Hardin County Fair Up Slightly From 2016


The 2017 Hardin County Fair is now in the history books.


Looking at Sunday numbers, the paid gate was 2004, compared to 2523 in 2016. Overall estimated attendance Sunday was 11,222. In 2016, that number was 14,129.


Attendance for the 2017 fair was 56,415, compared to 54,376 for the 2016 fair.


1857 paid to get into the Demolition Derby, compared to 1979 for the 2016 show.


613 attended the Hour of Inspiration. Last year that number was 521.



Alger Man Charged with OVI


An Alger man is facing charges following an incident reported on Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to South Leighton Street in reference to a vehicle occupied by an unresponsive driver.


The 33 year old man, identified as Jonathan Manns, was charged with driving under the influence.



Several Thefts From Vehicles Reported Over Weekend


Several thefts from vehicles were reported to police over the weekend.


The incidents occurred in the 300 block of East Franklin Street, 500 block of South Wayne Street, 200 block of Henry Street and the 100 block of East Espy Street.


Miscellaneous items were stolen from the vehicles.



Items Stolen From Shed in Kenton


A shed on a property located in the 800 block of Koehler Street was broken into over the weekend.


Several items, including a small amount of tools, were stolen.


The incident occurred sometime since late Friday night.



Kenton City Council Meets Tonight


Kenton City Council is scheduled to meet tonight.


Three new pieces of legislation will be introduced tonight. A resolution dealing with a budget

item will be on third reading.


The meeting starts at 7 this evening in city building.



State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash in Allen County

OSHP Press Release:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lima Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 7:22 A.M. Friday morning on Allentown Road at Wapak Road, American Township, in Allen County.


A 2004 GMC Sierra, driven by Michele A. Wassink, age 53, of Lima, Ohio, was eastbound on Allentown Road. A 1996 Honda Accord, driven by Jonathan A. Smith, age 19, of Lima, Ohio, was northbound on Wapak Road. The Honda failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by the GMC. There was a passenger in the Honda, Paul K. Rossman, age 41, of Lexington, Kentucky.


Smith was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Rossman was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital and is listed in critical condition. Wassink was taken by American Township EMS to St. Rita’s Hospital where she was treated and released.


Seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash. Drugs are believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, American Township Fire and EMS, American Township Police, Allen County Coroner’s Office, Big Daddy’s Towing Inc. of Lima, as well as Minich Towing Service of Alger.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to always buckle up, and designate a driver


Kenton Man Issued Summons

A Kenton Man was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle being operated by 36 year old Charles Hall of Kenton was stopped for a traffic violation in the 600 block of N. Detroit Street. During the stop canine assistance was called to conduct a sniff of the stopped vehicle. The canine indicated on the vehicle and a search of the vehicle followed.


During the search numerous items of drug paraphernalia were located and a passenger in the vehicle, 36 year old Drew Rensing of Kenton, was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Hall received a traffic citation for failure to present a driver’s license.



Driving Simulator at the Fair

Many teen and adult drivers have been  using the driving simulator at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office booth at the Hardin County Fair.


The simulator demonstrates the hazards of impaired and distracted driving.


It is made possible through the generosity of The Maria Tiberi Foundation and Erie Insurance -the Newland Heydinger Agency.


The booth is located in the Community building and you're invited to stop by experience it for yourself


Operators must be at least 15 yrs. of age.



Crossroads Crisis Center Hires New Executive Director

The Board of Crossroads Crisis Center announced the hiring of a new Executive Director for the Shelter.  


According to a release, Christel Keller was offered and has accepted the position as Executive Director for Crossroads Crisis Center, operating in Allen and Hardin Counties.


Keller has worked at the shelter for nearly 7 years.  


She will begin her position on Monday September 11.



Fair Numbers Up For Friday

The weekend has arrived for the 2017 Hardin County.

Looking at Friday numbers, the paid gate was 1705, compared to 1537 for the 2016 fair.


Overall attendance Friday was 9548. Last year that number was 8607.


1134 people took in the Hardin County Truck and Tractor Pull in the grandstand Friday night,


The featured entertainment in the grandstand tonight is country music artist and American Idol runner up contestant Lauren Alaina starting at 8.


The fair runs through Sunday.



Week Three Football Scores

Local Scores


**Kenton  27 Defiance  7


**Ottawa Glandorf 38 Bath  6


**Elida 45 Celina 43  


**St. Mary’s  50 Van Wert  34


**Wapakoneta  28 Shawnee  7


Regional Scores


**Pandora-Gilboa 28  Arlington 0


**Benjamin Logan  42 Upper Scioto Valley  19


**Danbury 63 Hardin Northern  32


**Lima Central Catholic  41  Ada  21


**Mohawk 34  Colonel Crawford  20


**Elgin  64  Mount Gilead  38


**North Baltimore 47  Riverdale  44


**North Union  35 Grandview Heights  14


**Lakota 63  Ridgemont 7   


**Indian Lake  23  Riverside 0   


**Spencerville  56  Perry  41


**Carey  31 Upper Sandusky  16


**Waynesfield-Goshen 46 Ridgedale  14

**Wynford 33 Allen East  0


Wildcats Force Four Turnovers, Defeat Defiance 27-7

The Kenton defense forced four turnovers to the help the Wildcats defeat Defiance 27 to 7 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.


The Wildcats are now 1 and 2 overall and 1 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League while the Bulldogs slip to 0 and 3 overall and 0 and 2 in league action.


Jaron Sharp rushed for two touchdowns and connected twice more for scores with Landon Rush, but the story of the game was the Kenton defense, which turned away Defiance time and again in the second half.


Noah Eikenbary and Bruce Bartlett recovered fumbles for the Wildcats while Shawn Conover and Brice Ellis intercepted passes for Kenton.


Bartlett was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Harmon Field to meet Wapakoneta. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 


Fair Numbers For Thursday About the Same as 2016


It's Friday and day number 4 for the 2017 Hardin County Fair.


Thursday's numbers were on par with last years fair.


The paid gate was 1078, compared to 1097 in 2016. Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 6037. Last year that number was 6143.


469 people took in harness racing Thursday evening, compared to 559 last year. 178 people enjoyed afternoon harness racing which was added as a makeup due to Wednesday night's rainout.


The highlight in the grandstand tonight is the Hardin County Truck and Tractor Pull starting at 7 this evening.


The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.



Two Kenton Students Suspected of Posting Threatening Message on Social Media


Two Kenton students are suspected of posting a threatening message on Snapchat.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the Kenton High School principal told officers the message warned students not to go to school on Monday and had an emoji image of a revolver attached.


An investigation revealed that two 15 year old male students are suspected of posting the message.


The parents/guardians of the two boys were notified along with the Juvenile Court Prosecutor.


So far, no charges have been filed.



Suspected Crack Cocaine Found at Kenton Residence


A Kenton resident is facing drug related charges following a narcotics investigation Thursday evening.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the investigation was being conducted at a residence in the 500 block of West North Street.


A plastic baggy containing particles of suspected crack cocaine was confiscated.


The unidentified resident is facing a charge of possession of cocaine.


The incident remains under investigation.



Woman Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison


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


According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Tasha M. Neeley was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison on one count each of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to identity fraud.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Hardin County Dairy Unit Cheese Sale Underway


The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit is holding their semi-annual cheese sale.


The fall sale has a variety of cheeses to choose from.


Order forms can be obtained at the Extension Office at 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103 in

Kenton or online at hardin.osu.edu, as well as from Dairy Service Unit Directors.


The deadline for ordering cheese is October 17, with pick-up dates October 27 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm or

October 28 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Dan and Molly Wagner’s dairy farm.


Orders not picked up will be considered canceled. No deliveries will be made. Pay amount due at pick-up.



United Way Mini Football Drop Happening Friday Night


Tickets are still available for the mini football drop held by the United Way of Hardin County.


The event happens Friday at 7 before Kenton's home football game with Defiance at Robinson Field.

1000 mini footballs will be dropped from a sky bucket truck with the lucky numbered footballs landing in a helmet. The winners share in the $1000 top prize.


Tickets can still be purchased at the United Way office, Kenton Times, Table One, Kenton Dental Care and HSLC.



2017 Harvest and Herb Festival is a Week Away


The 2017 Harvest and Herb Festival is a little over a week away.


The event will be held in Ada a week from tomorrow on Saturday September 16.


The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9am and the over 180 booths will then be open until 4.


A parade will also step off beginning at ten that morning.



Fifth Shutout Of Season Keeps Cats Perfect

The Kenton Wildcats posted their fifth shutout of the season, blanking Defiance 5-0 Thursday at Merold Field to stay perfect on the season.


The Wildcats improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the WBL while the Bulldogs fall to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in league action.


Landon Bartlett and Hayden Hicks accounted for all the scoring for Kenton, with Bartlett scoring three times and Hicks finding the back of the net twice.


Hicks' first goal nearly 10 minutes into the match off a nifty pass from Drew Hoppe made it 1-0 Cats, then Bartlett converted on a penalty kick with 11:08 to go in the opening half to put Kenton on top by a pair.


Hicks needed just 10 seconds to score to open the second half and build Kenton's lead to 3-0, and Bartlett added two more goals as the Wildcats pulled away from a gritty Defiance squad.


The state-ranked Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Wapakoneta.


Rain Keeps Crowd Size Down For Day 2 of Hardin County Fair


Day number three is here for the 2017 Hardin County Fair.


Rain impacted the numbers for day 2 yesterday.


The paid gate on Wednesday was 761, compared to 1134 last year. Overall estimated attended yesterday was 4262. Last year that number was 6350.


Harness racing was scheduled for last night but was postponed due to the rain. It will now take place at one this afternoon, and will also be be held this evening at 6 in the grandstand.



Suspected Crack Cocaine Found During Traffic Stop


Two Kenton residents are facing possible drug charges following a traffic stop Wednesday evening.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car was stopped on Pattison Avenue near Harding Avenue for a traffic violation.


During the stop, the driver and a passenger were asked to step out of the car and a search was initiated.


Suspected drug paraphernalia items were allegedly found inside, and a crack pipe was then found on the ground next to where the two were standing. Three rocks of suspected crack cocaine were also located next to the pipe.


Officers will be reviewing their body cam videos to try to determine which suspect dropped the items.


So far no charges have been filed.



Driver Cited Following Two Vehicle Crash Wednesday


A driver was cited for a violation of turning at intersections following a crash Wednesday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 78 year old Russell Frost was driving east on Ohio Street and a car driven by 19 year old Hannah Lackey was westbound on Ohio. Both drivers were stopped for stop signs and proceeded into the intersection at the same time. Frost then attempted to turn left and struck Lackey's vehicle.


Light to moderate damage occurred to the cars. There were no injuries.



Kenton Boys Soccer Team Ranked 7th in State Poll


The Kenton High School boys soccer team is ranked 7th in the first state poll.


The Wildcats check in at number 7 in the first Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division 2 state poll, which was released this week. Kenton has outscored its opponents 37 to 3 on its way to a 6 and 0 start to the season.


The Wildcats will put their perfect record on the line tonight when they host Defiance at Merold Field. WKTN will carry the match live, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m.



Great Weather Attracts Bigger Crowd on Day 1 of Hardin County Fair


Today is day number two of the 2017 Hardin County Fair.


Looking at opening day numbers on Tuesday, the paid gate was 1328, compared to 1256 in 2016.


Overall estimated attendance for Tuesday was 7437. Last year that number was 7034.


The Crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen attracted 816 people to the grandstand, compared to 765 in 2016.



Fair Royalty Clair Wilson and Justin Light


The Junior Queen is Clair Wilson of Hardin Northern and the King is Justin Light of Ada.


The highlight in the grandstand tonight is Harness racing starting at 6. The fair runs through Sunday.



Two Injured in Crash Tuesday Afternoon


Two people were injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on East Franklin Street.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 54 year old Todd Kidd, of Kenton, was driving west on Franklin near Maple Street when he looked away from the road.


When he looked back up, he saw a car stopped waiting to turn onto Henry Street. To avoid a collision, Kidd swerved to the right where his car struck a utility pole.


Kidd and a passenger in his car, 62 year old Lorette Davidson, of Kenton, were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP ambulance.


Kidd was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



Kenton Bank Reports Counterfeit Money


Counterfeit money was received by a local bank Tuesday.


According to that report, officials from Community First Bank reported that the business took in a counterfeit 20 dollar bill.


They said it came in with a deposit from one of the vendors currently operating at the Hardin County Fair.


The incident is under investigation.



Unresponsive Male Pronounced Dead at Apartment in Kenton


Kenton police officers were dispatched to an apartment at Eagles Point Apartments in reference to a report of an unresponsive male.


The 56 year old man was pronounced dead after multiple attempts were made to revive him.


Unknown white powder and other suspected drug items were confiscated at the scene.



Smoke Testing in Kenton's 2nd Ward Wraps Up This Week


Choice One Engineering will be completing smoke testing today through Friday.


According to a release from the city, the smoke testing is being conducted on sanitary sewers in the 2nd ward.


The testing is expected to be completed this Friday.



Indian Artifact Show Scheduled This Weekend


A prehistoric arrowhead and Indian artifact show will be held this Saturday.


It will be at the Burnison Barn on the Hardin County Farm on Fairground Road starting at 9 Saturday morning.


Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted.


The event is open to the public.



1987 WBL Champion Football Team to be Honored Friday


The 1987 Kenton Football team will be honored this Friday night before the Wildcats first home game of the season.


This is the 30th Anniversary of the WBL Championship team.


The 1987 team won the conference in football for the first time since 1948.



2017 Hardin County Fair Underway


It is the first day of the 2017 Hardin County Fair.


The official fair opening will take place at 1 this afternoon at the gazebo.


The highlight in the grandstand tonight is the Crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen followed by the High School Band Show starting at 7 this evening.


The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.



Kenton Man Facing Disorderly Conduct Charge


A Kenton man was taken into custody Monday for public intoxication.


Tracy Sherman was also charged with disorderly conduct.


According to the report, the arrest took place in the 400 block of East Franklin Street.


Sherman was held until he sobered up and was released on the summons.



Grocery Store Reports Shoplifter


A shoplifting was reported to Kenton police Monday.


According to that report, Timothy Mullins was charged with theft after attempting to steal two packages of bacon valued at around $13 each from Sav-a-lot in Kenton.



Vehicle Vandalized in Kenton


A vehicle was vandalized Monday while parked in Kenton.


According to that report, the owner reported the incident Monday.


He said the car was parked at International Paper on Fontaine Street at the time.



Bulldogs Run Past Wildcats 51-21

The Celina Bulldogs rushed for 357 yards en route to a 51-21 win over the Kenton Wildcats in the Western Buckeye League opener for both schools Friday at Celina Stadium.


The Bulldogs (1-1 overall, 1-0 WBL) finished with 523 yards of offense.


The WIldcats (0-2 overall, 0-1 WBL) were led by Jaron Sharp, who threw a touchdown pass to Jayden Cornell and also rushed for a pair of TDs.


Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host Defiance. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Robinson Field.


Week Two Scores



Kenton 21 Celina 51


WBL Games


Shawnee 56 Defiance 7


St Mary’s 21 Ottawa Glandorf 13


Van Wert was 26 Wapakoneta 20


Elida washes 49 Bath 21


Regional Games


Mohawk 45 Buckeye Central 14


Holgate 13 Waynesfield-Goshen 7


Van Buren 35 Bluffton 18


Riverdale 43 Hardin Northern 8


Indian Lake 14 Kenton Ridge 7


Allen East 24 Perry 14


West-Liberty Salem 54 Ben Logan 22


North Union 54 Triad 14


Upper Sandusky 54 Mt. Gilead 35


Sidney 42 Bellefontaine 33


Upper Scioto Valley 26 Cory-Rawson 0


Ada 34 Arlington 20



Thanks to our score spotter, Holly Wilson!



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