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Farm Science Review Wrapping Up Another Successful Run


The 2014 Farm Science Review in London Ohio concludes today.

 

The Farm Science Review, located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London Ohio is one of the largest Agriculture Trade Shows in the nation. Planned and put on by the Ohio State University College of Agriculture, the annual event draws in over a million visitors each year. And each year, many from Hardin County can be found at the event working or walking the grounds.

 

The Molly Caren Agriculture Center

 

Hardin County 4-H Extension Educator Mark Light was at the review on Wednesday, working with kids in the 4-H STEM Tent. STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math promotes those fields in the classroom setting, and Light mentioned that many students at the review took time to learn about the various fields and how they relate to agriculture.

 

Hardin County 4-H Extension Educator Mark Light working with students in the STEM Tent.

 

"We try to take science education and match it with agriculture based activities and provide things for youth, both four and five year old's and students in FFA chapters that run through the tent and attempt our challenges. I think this provides some hands on activities that some of the vendor booths don't quite have. They're here to sell product mostly so this tent helps to attract the youth audience and gives them a chance to play around" said Light.

 

For Hardin County native Genny Layman, the review was a chance to meet others in her field. Layman works for Farm Credit Mid America, and said that many of her contacts in the industry attend the review each year.

 

There were many displays for various vendors and some stood out more than others.

 

"One of my favorite things about coming down here is that it is a really good chance to meet up with people I've made contact with over the years. It's a good place to get all the industry reps together and follow up with people I've lost contact with or see where things have changed or what's coming in the next year." said Layman.

 

Other Hardin County natives, such as Paul Ralston and Steve Gerlach attend the event to learn about new planting and tillage methods that can be applied to their farms. Others, such as Austin Heil talk about their work with seed and seed hybrids, showing farmers how they can maximize their yields each year.

 

The Ohio State University College of Agriculture sponsors and organizes the event each year. Hardin County native, and Dean of the Ohio State College of Agriculture Bruce McPheron said that the Farm Science Review is the premier event in agriculture each year.

 

Andrew Flinn interviews Bruce McPheron, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Agriculture.

 

"Yesterdays attendance was just north of 41,000 people which is a good start. I think the combination of crop conditions around the state and a little cloud cover yesterday kept the temperatures down have been a positive thing for us at the review...we have more than 600 exhibitors here which is a record for us but the pride of what we have here is the educational focus. It's unlike any other farm show in the nation." said McPheron.

 

A crew from Touchstone Energy demonstrates hazards in working with power lines.

 

"This year we had not only crop harvest demonstrations but for the first time in over twenty years we had tillage demonstrations and planting demonstrations as well" said McPheron.

 

McPheron noted that the annual Farm Science Review is the largest, educational and public based agriculture review in the United States each year.

Guard, Inmate Were Hurt In School Shooter Escape


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Corrections officials say one of the inmates who escaped from an Ohio prison with a convicted school shooter last week was injured along with a prison guard while on the run.
 
An initial incident report by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the guard who captured 19-year-old Lindsey Bruce received stitches for minor injuries. Tuesday's report also says Bruce received unspecified medical treatment.
 
The state still hasn't explained in detail how Bruce and another inmate escaped from the prison in Lima along with T.J. Lane, who was convicted of killing three students at Chardon High School in 2012.
 
Authorities said the trio escaped by scaling a fence in a recreation yard. The 19-year-old Lane had a pitchfork with him when he was recaptured a few hours later.

Marion Man Pinned as CPO


U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released

 

 

EVERETT, Wash. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Chief Master at Arms Patrick Walsh, of Marion, Ohio, is pinned as a Chief Petty Officer by family and friends during a pinning ceremony in Naval Station Everett’s (NSE) Jackson Plaza.

 

Thirteen Sailors assigned to NSE and tenant commands accepted the duties and responsibilities of a Chief Petty Officer during the ceremony.

 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released)

Two Arrested Following Traffic Stop Tuesday


The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a traffic stop in the parking lot of Murphy’s gas station in the City of Kenton on Tuesday.
 

According to a release, as a result of the traffic stop heroin, cash, drug paraphernalia and a truck were seized.
 

Two males, identified as Charles Rayburn and Alan Baughman, were arrested for possession of Heroin, Trafficking in Heroin in a school zone and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office k-9 unit and the Kenton Police Department.

Parents Reminded To Keep Kids Buckled Up


This is National Child Passenger Safety Week and Ohio experts are reminding parents about the importance of keeping kids buckled into a car seat.

 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U-S, but it takes more than clicking the seat belt to keep them safe. According to the C-D-C, while the appropriate car or booster seat can reduce injuries by more than half, most are not used properly. Dawne Gardner, a state-certified child passenger technician at Cincinnati Children's, says a child should ride in the correct seat for their weight and height, and should stay in a rear-facing seat until they outgrow it, "When they turn them forward too soon, the child is open to internal injuries from the seat belts and the harnesses, because their bodies aren't strong enough to hold them in place during a collision."

 

Decades ago, children were not required to use a safety seat, but Gardner says there are important reasons that has changed, "Cars are different, speed limits are different, roads are different. So, as we follow the data, we know that seat belts and booster seats, forward-facing seats, rear-facing seats - we know that they save lives."

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than half the children killed in car crashes each year would be alive today if seat belt and child safety seat use were at 100 percent. Under Ohio law, children must ride in a car seat until age four and weigh at least 40 pounds. Kids ages four to eight must be in a booster seat until reaching a height of four feet, nine inches.

Ohio Having More Samples Tested For Uncommon Virus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is sending more samples to be tested for an uncommon virus that officials suspect is causing a severe respiratory illness for hundreds of children in a number of states.

 

The suspected germ, enterovirus 68, can cause coldlike symptoms. It's an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through the fall.

 

The Ohio Department of Health says the state has seen increased respiratory illness cases, especially involving children.

 

Department spokeswoman Melanie Amato says a sample sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus came back negative. She says more samples have been submitted from there and Akron Children's Hospital and others will be sent from University Hospitals in Cleveland and St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Wraps Up Season With Undefeated League Record


The Benjamin Logan boys defeated Greenon Tuesday night to wrap up the CBC Mad River division undefeated at 15-0.

 

We still have work to do as the structure of our league puts an emphasis on the year end tourney where teams receive triple points for every team they beat. None the less this was a great showing for our team. The Raiders shot 155 to Greenon's 181, our best team score of the year. Three Raiders had their best scores of the year and that was great to see. They were Tj Fink, Tanner Rader and Mitchell Fink.
 

The medalist was shared by Grant Ricketts and TJ Fink with 37's, followed by Tanner Rader with a 38, Mitchell Fink 43, Colin Headings 47, and Will Kenoyer50
 

The JV's also competed and were paced by Justin Watkins with a 47, followed by Jared Sater 49, Tyler Smith 52, Daniel Meier 54, Connor Stewart 60. Three JV's also scored their best rounds of the year, those being Watkins, Sader and Meier.

 

The Raiders return to action Thursday at Reid Park in their conference tourney.

Ohio Faces High Prices For Road Salt This Winter


CLEVELAND (AP) - An extremely harsh winter has driven up road salt prices throughout state and has forced the Ohio Department of Transportation to contract with an Indiana company to buy less-expensive salt for delivery this winter.

 

An agency spokesman says road salt prices averaged around $35 a ton last year because of previous mild winters and an abundant supply. But last winter's relentless cold and snow left salt sheds barren and depleted inventories at mines throughout the region.

 

Prices in some counties this year are roughly triple last year's. The agency recently sought bids for each of Ohio's 88 counties but rejected some of them because they were too high.

 

The state in the last few days has decided to buy less expensive salt from a company in Indiana.

Kenton Board Addresses Traffic Issues At New Building


The Kenton City Schools addressed some of the traffic issues at the new Kenton Elementary Building last night.  

 

As the week progressed, traffic around the new Kenton Elementary flowed a bit better, however the school acknowledged that it needs to improve the way it directs traffic before and after school. Board member Tom Brim noted that an expansion of the school parking lot would help to aliviate some of the traffic issues.

 

"If anyone was out to open house on those days there was not enough parking. We're still having parking issues and we only have around twenty visitor parking places. So, if you looking at the north side parking lot the traffic pattern is right on the edge of the concrete. So if we extend that parking lot out, we would pick up additional parking places without extending driveways or anything else. There's no curbs there, it wouldn't change the water flow or change anything. That estimate came in at about $70,000.00." said Brim.

 

The school said they would work to fund that improvement. Also, among other items, it was noted that the scoreboard at the Robinson Field has had some issues. At the first two home games this season, the board has failed to work properly. Board member Mark McCullough said that part of the issue has been that the board is outdated.

 

"That scoreboard, believe it or not, it obsolute. We cannot buy parts for it anymore. So everyone who has that scoreboard is buying up all the parts that they can get to keep it running. It's not that old of a scoreboard but I'm afraid when you can't get parts for it, it isn't going to be worth a lot. So that's something we're going to have to look at down the road." said McCullough.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of supplemental contracts and joint service agreements, and also set a date for the auction of the Westview and Eastcrest Elementary properties. The date for the action is slated to be on Saturday, October 25th at 9am. The school will also be holding a surplus auction on either October 11th or October 18th for materials and equipment in the old elementary buildings. The final date has not been set.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on October 20th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

Stray Dogs To Be Taken To Other Counties Until New Shelter Is Completed


Stray and lost dogs picked up by the Hardin County Dog Warden will be taken to other counties pending the completion of the new Hardin County Dog Shelter.


Hardin County Dog Warden Tammy Ervin said that last week, she was notified that the old facility would be torn down in order to connect utilities to the new facility. Ervin said that a plan was in place to have any dogs picked up taken to other counties until the new facility is opened.

 

"Right now we're on an emergency call only basis. Anything with vicious dogs or dogs hit by cars or anything like that, we're on an emergency call only protocol. If we do pick up a dog or they're strays or something like that we'll contact a surrounding county to see if they can take them and hold them for three days. They will hold the dog and then take over that dog after that three days. If the dog belongs to someone then that owner will have to go over to that county and pay whatever fees they have to get their dog back" said Ervin.

 

The new facility is, according to the Hardin County Commissioners, slated to be opened after the state inspection in the next couple of weeks.

Majority of Parents Allow Children in Pre to Early Teens to Get Cell Phone


At what age would you allow your child to have a cell phone?

 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 55% said 11-15 years old, 35% said 16 to 18 years old and the remaining 10% said they would allow their children between the ages of 7 and 10 to get a cell phone.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

Ben Logan Prevails in Golf


The Benjamin Logan Boys golf team kept their conference unbeaten streak in tact Monday beating visiting Graham 175-190.

 

This takes the Raiders league mark to 14-0 and overall record to 47-23.
 

The Raiders were led by medalist Grant Ricketts with a 40, followed by TJ Fink 42, Tanner Rader 44, Mitchell Fink 49, Colin Headings 51, and Will Kenoyer 57. For the JV's Tyler Smith led the team with a 49, followed by Justin Watkins and Jared Sater 51's, Daniel Meier 59, and Connor Stewart 60.
 

The Raiders end their regular season Tuesday at Liberty Hills against Greenon.

***UPDATED WITH NAMES*** Fire At Southside Six in Dunkirk***UPDATED***


Taken by witness Kristina Schutte shortly after the accident

 

Emergency crews are on the scene of a fire at Southside Six in Dunkirk.

 

According to information from a witness at the scene, cars involved in an accident crashed into the gas pumps at the business, setting them on fire. Several fire departments, including from Kenton, assisted the Dunkirk Fire Department.

 

***UPDATE***

 

According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart at the scene, shortly after 3:30pm this afternoon, an RV was heading north on US 68. As it was going through the intersection at State Route 81, a car which was heading east on 81, proceeded through the intersection and struck the RV.
 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred when a vehicle being operated Michelle Obenour, of Dunkirk, pulled eastbound from State Route 81 onto U.S. 68 and was struck by a northbound recreational vehicle being operated by Loren Hofer, of Sun City Center, Florida.

 

Following the crash, the vehicles travelled into the pump area of Southside Six and struck two vehicles at the pumps owned by Robert Rice, of Dunkirk and James Beatty, of West Virginia.

 

All vehicles were totalled by the ensuing fire. All of the injured were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

So far no citations have been issued as the crash remains under investigation.

 

While there is no gasoline available, the convenience store and laundromat remain open regular hours.

 

 

 

 

Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Results


The Benjamin Logan Boys Golf Team traveled to Middletown Saturday to compete in the 40th Hadley Fall Classic hosted by Bishop Fenwick High School.
 

There were 30 teams participating, 21 in the large school division and 9 in the small school. Ben Logan finished 8th out of 9 in our division and 25th out of 30 overall. It's disappointing to travel so far and not feel like you competed to your potential, but that's golf.

 

Anyone that's played knows there are days and then there are days. Taking away some positives most of the players did feel like there were things they learned, how to play a certain hole, as well as shots to avoid. If we play well at our sectional this is the next stop so it's good to get an extra day of playing any course you will see in the future.
 

Scores for the Raiders were Grant Ricketts 85, TJ Fink 86, Tanner Rader 99, Mitchell Fink 102, and Colin Headings 114.
 

The Raiders close out their regular season at Liberty Hills Monday when they host Graham and Tuesday hosting Greenon.

Kroger Employee Arrested For Stealing From Store


A Kenton woman was arrested following a complaint of theft from

the Kroger Store in Kenton on Saturday. 

 

According to the report, 25 yearold Brittany Gill of East Ohio Street was arrested for the theft of multiple items totaling thirty six hundred dollars. 

 

No other details were listed on the report as the case remains under investigation..

 

 

Officers also responded to a report of a burglary on Saturday at the

residence of Matthew Patton of Summitt Street. 

 

A suspect has been named and the incident remains under investigation.

Man Pleads Not Guilty in 4 Slayings in Ohio Town


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men at their homes in a small Ohio city.

 

Donald Hoffman is charged on 21 counts for the slayings in Bucyrus (byoo-SY'-rus). Some counts include specifications for a potential death penalty.

 

The 41-year-old Hoffman wore an orange jail outfit and handcuffs Monday in Crawford County court. He's jailed on $10 million bond. His attorney declined to comment.

 

Two men were discovered dead Sept. 1. Two others were found the following day after police say Hoffman approached officers with information.

 

A coroner determined the men were beaten, strangled or both.

 

They ranged in age from 55 to 67. Friends and relatives say at least some of the men knew one another and Hoffman.

Ohio Gas Prices Lower To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the gas pump in Ohio are down again.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents lower than a week ago, and it's down 14 cents from a month ago.
 
The Ohio average is lower than the national average, which was $3.39 on Monday. That's about a nickel less than a week ago.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo are has lowest average at about $3.17 per gallon.
 
Analysts say falling crude oil prices have driven the decline in prices over the past few weeks.
 
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Kenton Grads Have Big Days On The Gridiron


Two Kenton grads had big days on the college football field this weekend.

 

On Friday night, the Cincinnati Bearcats opened their season by whipping Toledo 58 to 34 at Paul Brown Stadium. Kenton grad Max Morrison caught four passes for 51 yards, snagging a 22-yard touchdown pass for the Bearcats, who piled up 584 yards of offense in the win. Morrison's TD grab helped Cincy to a 13 to nothing lead in the first quarter as the Bearcats built a 34 to nothing lead early in the second period.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Wildcat alum Maty Mauk tossed four touchdown passes to help Missouri roll past Central Florida 38 to 10. Mauk completed 14 of 24 passes for 144 yards as the 20th-ranked Tigers moved to 3 and 0. He added 30 yards on six attempts on the ground. For the season, Mauk has thrown 12 touchdown passes against just three interceptions.

 

Both teams are back in action on Saturday. The Tigers host Indiana at 4 p.m. while Cincinnati entertains Miami of Ohio at 7 p.m.

Investigations Underway Into Ohio Prison Escape


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say criminal and internal investigations are underway to determine how three inmates, including a convicted killer of three students, escaped from prison.

 

State correction officials say outside experts also will examine prison procedures and recommend possible improvements.

 

The state says the inmates, including school shooter T.J. Lane, escaped from prison in Lima (LY'-muh) on Thursday night by scaling a fence to a roof, which immediately sounded a fence alarm.

 

All three were back in custody by Friday morning, and officials say they have been transferred to a high-security prison in Youngstown.

 

The union representing prison guards says officials learned of an escape plan Wednesday and segregated an inmate from the same unit as the three escapees. A prisons spokeswoman says that inmate had nothing to do with Thursday's escape.

Blood Drive Scheduled in Ada Tuesday


The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Tuesday September 16.

 

It will be held in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University in Ada from 1:30-7:30pm.

 

Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome.

Fourth-Quarter Surge Lifts Kenton To First Win


The Kenton Wildcats scored the game's final 20 points to rally past St. Marys 26-7 in Western Buckeye League action Friday at Skip Baughman Stadium.

 

 

With the win, their 1st of the season, the Cats improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the WBL. St. Marys slips to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

 

 

The Riders led 7-6 early in the fourth quarter after a 1-yard TD plunge from Dustin Howell, but the Cats answered with three touchdowns in less than five minutes to take control of the game.

 

Trent Hites threw for 277 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores. Colyn Blackford caught 14 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, while Luke Jackson threw a 39-yard TD pass to Kollin Stollar.

 

Devin McGrath and Travis Downing intercepted passes for the Wildcats, who outgained the Roughriders 391-285.

 

Jake Hale and Arrin Tillman were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Wildcats return to Robinson Field on Friday when they host Van Wert in WBL play. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Football Scores


WBL:
 
Kenton defeats St. Mary's 26-7
Bath beats Defiance 42-33
Van Wert trumps Shawnee 23-7
Wapak defeats Elida 17-0
Celina falls to Ottawa Glandorf 25-7
 
Other County Scores:
 
USV loses to Indian Lake 46-20
North Union defeats Elgin 33-0
Ridgemont beats Hardin Northern 62-21
Ada falls to Columbus Grove 31-17
Upper Sandusky defeats Crestview 26-24
Riverdale falls to Pandora-Gilboa 61-27
Ben Logan loses to Kenton Ridge 55-12
Arlington defeats Hopewell-Loudon 55-14

Three escaped prisoners transferred to a new prison


LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The state says three Ohio inmates who escaped from prison, including a convicted school shooter, have been transferred to a higher-security facility.
 
The state prisons agency says criminal and administrative investigations are underway to determine what happened and outside experts will make recommendations for possible improvements in procedures.
 
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday the three inmates have been transferred to its prison in Youngstown in northeastern Ohio, which has some of the toughest security measures.
 
The agency says the inmates escaped Thursday night by scaling a fence to a roof, which immediately sounded the fence alarm. The state says a guard chased and caught one inmate immediately and police dogs found the other two prisoners hours later, including school shooter T.J. Lane.

Seven Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Jesse Lee Miller was sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay restitution of just over $11,400 to the victim.

 

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

 

.David Eugene Miller on three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and two counts of possession of heroin.

 

.Hannah Naomi Hall on three counts of forgery, two counts of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult and one count of theft.

 

.Nicole Marie Goodwill on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile, trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and trafficking in drugs.

 

.Richard H. Clark Junior on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of of school or juvenile.

 

.Ryan Michael Treen one count each of trespass and assault.

 

.Kevin David Burns on one count of possession of heroin.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month


 

 

The Ohio Department of Aging observes September as Falls Prevention Awareness Month.
 

Spokesperson Kim Norris said falls create big problems for older Ohioans, "Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospitalization and death among Ohioans aged 65 and older and are largely preventable. This is an extremely important topic."
 

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

Wildcats Hit The Road Tonight in High School Football Action


The Kenton Wildcats look to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss when they travel to St. Marys tonight.

 

Wapakoneta scored with 6.7 seconds left to hand the Kenton Wildcats a gut-wrenching 15 to 14 defeat last week. The loss dropped Kenton to 0 and 2 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and this week the Cats make the trip to Skip Baughman Stadium to take on St. Marys.
 

The Roughriders snapped a 21-game losing streak in their season-opener by stomping Sidney 71 to 21. St. Marys came back to earth a bit last week as they dropped a 34 to 20 decision to Shawnee in their 1st league contest of 2014. That leaves the Riders at 1 and 1 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Skip Baughman Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern travels to Ridgemont in a matchup of 1 and 1 teams; Riverdale looks for its 1st win when it visits winless Pandora-Gilboa; 1 and 1 Ada entertains unbeaten Columbus Grove in a battle of the Bulldogs; and 1 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley hosts Indian Lake - the Lakers are 0 and 2 on the season.

Prison Officials Warned Of Possible Escape Plan


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - The union representing Ohio guards says prison officials were warned about an escape the day before three inmates scrambled over a fence for a few hours of freedom before being recaptured.

 

The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association says one inmate was put in segregation as a result of the discovery of an escape plan on Wednesday. The union says that inmate was housed in the same unit as the three who escaped.
 
The union says prison officials did not take additional steps to secure the unit. A message was left with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
 
The three escaped prisoners, including convicted school shooter T.J. Lane, were captured within a few hours of their Thursday evening escape.
 
The union says the state eliminated some security posts at the prison five years ago.
 

Wildcats Travel To St. Marys Tonight


 

The Kenton Wildcats look to bounce back from a heart-breaking loss when they travel to St. Marys tonight.

 

Wapakoneta scored with 6.7 seconds left to hand the Kenton Wildcats a gut-wrenching 15 to 14 defeat last week. The loss dropped Kenton to 0 and 2 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and this week the Cats make the trip to Skip Baughman Stadium to take on St. Marys.
 

The Roughriders snapped a 21-game losing streak in their season-opener by stomping Sidney 71 to 21. St. Marys came back to earth a bit last week as they dropped a 34 to 20 decision to Shawnee in their 1st league contest of 2014. That leaves the Riders at 1 and 1 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Skip Baughman Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern travels to Ridgemont in a matchup of 1 and 1 teams; Riverdale looks for its 1st win when it visits winless Pandora-Gilboa; 1 and 1 Ada entertains unbeaten Columbus Grove in a battle of the Bulldogs; and 1 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley hosts Indian Lake - the Lakers are 0 and 2 on the season.

West Liberty Defeats Ben Logan in JV Golf


West Liberty JV boys golf team defeated Ben Logan JV's Thursday night 185-202 at Liberty Hills.
 

The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Justin Watkins who both shot 48's. Jared Sater added a 52 and Conner Stewart 54. Tyler Smith shot a 58.
 

The JV's finish the season next week with matches at Liberty Hills against Graham on Monday and Greenon on Tuesday.

**UPDATE** Both escaped inmates from Lima Prison have been captured


 
The convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria has been captured after he escaped from a northwest Ohio prison Thursday night.
 
Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with Clifford Opperud and a third inmate from Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo. All three inmates have since been caught, according to published reports.
 
Questions remain as to how the three inmates were able to escape from the prison. But Lane was captured around 1:30am Friday morning near the prison, and Opperud was captured just after 4:40am. A third prisoner was captured shortly after the escape.

**BREAKING** Chardon High School shooter and another inmate escape from Lima Prison


 
According to published reports T.J. Lane, who killed three students at Chardon High School in 2012, and another prisoner have escaped from the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima.
 
Law enforcement agencies have swarmed to the area to search for them.
 
On Feb. 27, 2012, Lane, then 17, entered Chardon High School, east of Cleveland and opened fire, killing Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, both 16, and Russell King Jr., 17. Three other students were wounded.
 
He was sentenced to life in prison.
 
The other escapee was identified as Clifford Opperud, who is serving time for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.
 
Developing.

Alliance Receives AEP Grant


 

 

 

Kenton - John Hohn,  Director of Economic Development for the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance accepts a 2014 Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) Grant of $5,000  from Tim Wells, Manager of Economic Development, for AEP (Ohio).

 

The Grant will be used for economic development brochures and marketing.

***UPDATE***Employee Found Dead at International Paper. Suicide Suspected***UPDATE***


More information was released on a suicide that occurred inside a Kenton factory Wednesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to International Paper around 10:30 Wednesday morning to investigate the report.
 

The victim was identified as 48 year old Robert Roof, of Kenton, an employee of International Paper.
 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said yesterday that Roof had suffered an on-going medical condition which may have led to the suicide.
 

The case is under investigation.

Ben Logan Golf Continues Success


Benjamin Logan remains perfect in league play, stretching their league record to 13-0 and overall 45-15.  Ben Logan traveled to Springfield Tuesday night and defeated Northwestern 173-174.
 
It was the 2nd win against the defending league champs this year both decided by a single shot. We talked before the match about no matter what happens you have to grind it out. Don't get upset by a bad shot or a bad hole. No one exemplified that more than sophomore Mitchell Fink. After starting out with a 9 on his first hole and being 8 over after 3 holes he settled down and scored a 49.
 
Tanner Rader tied his low round of the year with a 41, and Grant Ricketts shot his low 9 hole round of the year with a 34. Ricketts was medalist with a 34, Rader 41, TJ Fink 49, Mitchell Fink 49, Colin Headings 50, and Justin Watkins 56. 
For the JV's Will Kenoyer led the team with a 51, Jared Sater 53, Daniel Meier 55, Tyler Smith 57, and Conner Stewart 58. 
 
The Raiders return to action Wednesday night against Greenon at Liberty Hills.

Ohio Northern University Ranked No. 2 By U.S. News & World Report


ADA — Ohio Northern University has been ranked No. 2 among Midwest regional colleges in “Best Colleges 2015,” which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Ohio Northern has appeared in the top 10 of the publication’s Regional College Midwest Rankings for the past 23 years and in the top five for the past 10 out of 11 years. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Midwest regional colleges focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education. Because most of the 364 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states, they are ranked by region.

 

“The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicated, highly committed faculty and staff,” said Daniel A. DiBiasio, ONU president. “The U.S. News publication, together with the University being highly rated by other publications like Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review, affirms the quality and distinctive mix of academic opportunities offered at ONU.”

 

“Best Colleges 2015” ranks colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

U.S. News and World Report offers its publication as a way for students to broaden their college search and make comparisons before visiting and interviewing at appropriate universities. For reporting purposes, the schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Those indicators fall into the following categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving. The indicators are designed to reflect the school’s student body, its faculty and financial resources and to measure how well the institution educates its students.

Latta Invites High School Students To U.S. Military Service Academy Event


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at the Findlay High School Cafeteria on Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m. to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2015 academic year.

 

At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the Congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Applications are currently available on Congressman Latta’s website, and copies will also be provided at the meeting. Completed applications are due September 30, 2014.

 

The public does not need to RSVP for the event, but media should contact Sarah Criser for more information and to RSVP.

 

Details for the event are as follows:

 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta, U.S. Military Service Academies and staff

 

WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event

 

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m.

 

WHERE: Findlay High School Cafeteria, 1200 Broad Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840

Traffic Heavy At New Kenton Elementary Building


Yesterday was the first day of school for Kenton City Schools, and the first day of school for students in the new elementary building. While school officials say the day was good, there were some issues.

 

The biggest issue made apparent with the opening of the new Kenton School Elementary Building is traffic congestion on Silver Street and Morningside Drive. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski noted that the first day was successful, but there were several issues noted after classes began at 8:15am.

 

"We still had a lot of congestion and some backing up. We're learning through the new process and we're trying to get some things down to get the kids safely to school. We've got a lot of things to refine. Overall in the morning it was pretty smooth but there was some congestion and things we'll need to refine." said Pensarski.

 

 

The traffic situation on Silver Street around 8:05 Monday morning. In the afternoon, traffic was backed up along Silver and Morningside Drive.

 

Around 8:05 in the morning, traffic began to build on Silver Street, and shortly thereafter, it was backed up clear to State Route 53. While some cars used the Morningside Drive in the morning, there were many which parked along that road due to a lack of available parking in the school parking lot.

 

Side by side view from the ground and the sky. Parents are being directed one way through the east drive to pick up students.

 

As the afternoon approached, and more people made use of Morningside drive, traffic backed up in both directions. This was caused in part by one entrance being used for student pickup. Cars approaching from Silver and Morningside both had to enter the same driveway to pick up students. Pensarski noted that a lack of parking, which the district noted would be an issue, was apparent.

 

"The biggest issue in the afternoon is the parking lot. OFCC had some pretty scrict regulations about the number of parking spots and from the beginning of the project we were consistantly fighting for more and more parking spots. We just weren't allowed to get them and I think thats really what created the havoc this afternoon or contributed to some of it because there wasn't the parking for parents to specifically wait for the kids." said Pensarski.

 

However, school officials made notes of issues and potential ways to help alleviate problems as the weeks go on.

 

"We will be meeting every day, we met after the morning route this [Monday] morning and will be again tonight [Monday] night. We'll look over the issues and continue to adjust and change. We had an afternoon construction meeting today trying to figure out if there was any way we can add more parking spots. We know we need them, we knew we needed them from the beginning, and just trying to work through and see what we can get funded through LFI monies." said Pensarski.

 

Pensarski thanked parents and students for their patience as the first day and first week issues are dealt with.

 

Click here for more pictures of the traffic issues Monday morning.

Fasteners Not Installed Properly Reason Traffic Lights Fell Last Week


The Kenton City Council Safety Committee will review the necessity of replacing a traffic light at an intersection.

 

At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night, the safety committee asked for an explanation from the city administration as to why the traffic pole at the intersection of South Main and Ohio fell last week. Early last week, the fastners on the pole broke causing it to fall and damage several automobiles. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the insurance will cover the damage to the cars, and as far as the fasteners on the pole, the investigation noted that they were not installed properly.

 

"Evidently the traffic light pole was never put in properly. There were spacers for some reason or another and there was rust that had started setting in and a year ago when they had it inspected it said on the inspection form that it was starting to rust, but there was no recommendation to replace anything. In late July they were inspected again and basically wrote the same things down. But it was noted that it needed some attention. What happened was that the bolts above the ground had spacers put in, and that's not the proper way of doing it. The same company which serviced the other light poles didn't put in that one, but anyway, it did break." said Hites.

 

Hites indicated that he wanted the council to approve replacing the lights and pole. However, the city also wanted an evaluation from the Kenton Police Department, the Kenton Fire Department, and the State of Ohio as to wether a light would even be necessary at that intersection. Currently it stands as a two way stop. The safety committee moved to discuss the matter with the two departments and the State before making a recommendation to the council.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 22nd 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

Man Indicted in 4 Separate Slayings in Ohio Town


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A man has been indicted on aggravated murder, robbery and other charges in the deaths of four men in separate homes in the small Ohio city of Bucyrus.
 
The Crawford County prosecutor says a grand jury on Monday indicted 41-year-old Donald Hoffman on 21 counts, including some with specifications for a potential death penalty.
 
Hoffman has been jailed on a $10 million bond. A message was left for his attorney.
 
Two men were discovered dead in their homes Sept. 1. Two others were found the following day after police say Hoffman approached officers with information.
 
A coroner determined each man was beaten, strangled or both.

They ranged in age from 55 to 67. Friends and relatives say at least some of the men knew one another and Hoffman.

Results from Ben Logan vs Indian Lake Boys Golf Match Monday


The Benjamin Logan Boys kept their perfect record for conference matches in tact with a 169- 191 victory over Indian Lake Monday night at Liberty Hills.

 

The Raiders were led by medalist Grant Ricketts with a 38, followed by TJ Fink and Colin Headings with a 43's, Tanner Rader 45. Also for the Raiders Mitchell Fink shot a 53 and Jared Sater a 57. The Raider JV's also participated and were led by Connor Stewart with a 47, Justin Watkins 49, Will Kenoyer 52, Tyler Smith 53, and Daniel Meier 57. 

 

The Raiders travel to Northwestern Tuesday ( Windy Knoll ) to put their 12-0 league mark on the line.

 

We only beat them at our home course by a single stroke last month so we'll have to be on our game to compete.

Phone Book Use Declining


There's not as many people using the telephone book these days.

 

According to the results of our recent Visitor Poll question, 37% said the only use it occassionally, 35% rarely use it, 18% never use it and the remaining 10% frequently use a telephone book.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

New Kenton Elementary Building Opens


 

 

The Kenton City Schools new elementary building welcomed students this morning.

 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said public reaction to the new building has been very positive, "I think everyone is absolutely amazed . That building is so beautiful. It's so large , and there are so many open spaces for learning. The gym is amazing . The technology is amazing, and we've only heard positive things."

 

The superintendent said for the first time in a long time, kindergarten through sixth grade levels are under one roof, "So Kenton City Schools will look very different. The teachers have worked incredibly hard all summer long, so even with this extended summer not many of them got time off, so they've been planning, they've been working together, they've been teaming, because it's really the first time that you put all these different grade levels, all these different buildings together under one roof, so we look at as a very exciting time with lots of opportunities."

 

She added though that given the design with the pods, the school still maintains a small, intimate setting, "Because you only have one or two grade levels under each roof if you will, and so even though it's a very large school, serving over 1100 kids, we're still able to get that small community feel for each building."

 

 

 

2014 Fair Attendance Down Over 2013


 

 

The 2014 Hardin County Fair is in the history books, having wrapped up its run on Sunday.

 

Looking at numbers from yesterday, the paid gate was 1644, compared to 1752 last year.

 

Estimated attendance on Sunday was 9206. Last year that figure was 11,910.

 

Overall estimated attendance for this year's fair was 59,517, compared to 66,695 for the 2013 fair.

 

Attendance for the Hour of Inspiration yesterday was 532. In 2013 that number was 457.

 

990 people attended the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull last night. Last year the figure was 966.

Ohio Gas Prices Lower To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gasoline than they were last week.

 

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.43 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a couple of pennies down from a week ago, and it's a couple of cents more than last month at this time.

 

The Ohio average is just below the national average, which was $3.44 on Monday, or about the same as a week ago.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo are has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.

 

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that falling crude oil prices have driven the decline in prices over the past couple of weeks.

 

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Record Year at 2014 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale


The 2014 Hardin County Jr. Fair Livestock sale was a success.
 
 
According to information provided by the Livestock Sale committee, it was a record year.
 
Total Premiums paid to the exhibitors this year were $301, 735.
 
Total Sales of the Market, Premium and Add-ons after the sale brought in gross sales of $456,320, which beat the previous sales record set in 2011 of $382,484.
 
There were 357 buyers in the sale this year, 112 new buyers and 431 sellers in the sale.
 
A complete rundown of the Grand and Reserve Champion Sales is as follows;
 
The Grand Champion Steer shown by Wyatt Daniels sold for $4100.00 and it was purchased by Becks Superior Hybrids, Foraker Elevator, Div of Mennel, VH5 Trucking LLC, The Kroger Company, U.S.V. Lions Club,  Jim and Joy Bischof, Quest Federal Credit Union, Precision Strip Trans Inc , County Line Ag Service, Heritage Cooperative,  Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G,  Citizens National Bank of Bluffton,  Hempy Water Conditioning,  Ada Area Buyer's Club, Mt. Victory Meats,  Royer Farms,  C &W Cattle Company,  Minich Trucking LLC, Community First Bank; Forest, Mouse House, Katherine E. Johnson, MD-Inc, Mid-Ohio Energy Coop, R-D Jones Excavating.
 
The Reserve Champion Steer shown by Ross Thompson sold for $8350.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Indian Ridge Sporting Clays, Windmill Swine Farms, RDJ FARMS LLC, Big Red Farms LLC, LandTech Co, Wilson Tire Co, Moser Oil-Central Ohio Farmers, Block In. Agency, Oates Farms, County Line Ag Service,  Ag Credit, Henderson Genetics, 235 Grill, Hauenstein Farms and Repair, Holbrook Farms, Precision Strip Trans, R & K Farms, Cooks Beauty Shop, Minich Trucking LLC, Lawernce Cattle Co, J & S Farms, Beck's Hybrids, Steve Austin's at the Lake, Crop Production Services, Deer Run Farms:Kurt & Melanie, R-D Jones Excavating , AllenTire LTD, Circle E Farms , Financial Matters.
 
The Grand Champion Champion Market Lamb shown by Sidney Gossard sold for $4100.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Marriott Courtyard Lima Ohio, GUYTON BUILDERS , SVG, WYSS FARMS, GOSSARD FARMS, Majestic Plastics Inc, Mary Ann Stair, Nickell Farms, BCI CONSTRUCTION, Re Deck of Northwest Ohio, 302 Carry Out, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G., Oates Farms, Tersus Terra Energies LLC,  Gossard Lawn Services, Steve Stair, Quest Federal Credit Union, Mouse House, Joyce's Homemade Caramel, Robinson Fin Machines Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb shown by Madisyn Gossard sold for $3050.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by WYSS FARMS, GOSSARD FARMS, Mary Ann Stair, Nickell Farms, BCI CONSTRUCTION,  Re Deck of Northwest Ohio, 302 Carry Out, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G,Gossard Lawn Services, Quest Federal Credit Union, Tersus Terra Energies LLC, Mouse House, Ada Area Buyer's Club, Joyce's Homemade Caramel, The Kenton Times
 
The Grand Champion B&R Lamb shown by Bailey Wagner sold for $900.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.,  Holbrook Farms
The Reserve Champion B&R Lamb shown by Adam Wagner sold for $850. It was purchased by Kenton Truck and Equipment , Holbrook Farms, Wilson Tire Co.
 
The Grand Champion Market Goat shown by Faith Ann Holbrook sold for $2175.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by LandTech Co,  Wilson Tire Co,Block In. Agency, Oates Farms, Findlay Implement Company, Ag Credit, Hauenstein Farms and Repair, Lakeview Hardware Home,  Heritage Cooperative.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Goat shown by Riley Fleece sold for $1100.00. It was purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc,  Shaffer's Auto Body,  Heritage Cooperative.
The Reserve Champion B&R Goat shown by Faith Ann Holbrook sold for $700. It was purchased by Block In. Agency, Hauenstein Farms and Repair,  Lakeview Hardware Home,  U.S.V. Lions Club,  Jeff & Felicia Thompson,  LandTech Co.
 
The Champion Market Gilt shown by Lauryn Davis sold for $3000.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Hempy Water Conditioning, Katherine E. Johnson, MD-Inc,  Mouse House, Kenton Times,  McCullough Industries,  WKTN-FM Radio,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.
 
The Champion Market Barrow shown by Drew Jacobs sold for $2500.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, Hensel Ready Mix, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Market Gilt shown by Erica Jacobs sold for $1200.00. It was purchased by Wyandot Tractor, Quest Federal Credit Union, Wilson Tire Co, Trupointe,  Heritage Cooperative, Parrott Implement Co, Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G.
The Reserve Champion Market Barrow shown by Cameron Smith sold for $1350.00. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, Home Savings & Loan Company, Heritage Cooperative,  K & B Feed Service,  Sparks Farms, Tractor Supply,  Newland Insurance Agency,  Plaza Inn Family Restaurant.
 
The Reserve Champion B&R Hog shown by Kaitlin Herberling sold for $1850. It was purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union,  Henderson Genetics,  Henderson's Auto Parts, 235 Grill, Wal-Mart Store # 5355, Brice Beaman Commissioner,  American Family Insurance,  Home Savings & Loan Company, Precision Strip Trans INC.,  WATKINS FARM,  Root Lumber Co.,  Bushong Farms,  Kenton Times,  Robinson Fin Machines Inc.,  Community First Bank,  The Kroger Company,  Steve Austin's at the Lake, Heydinger & Zucker Insurance,  Mizek Farms,  Hempy Water Conditioning.
 
The Grand Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits shown by Shaye Creamer sold for $650.00. They were purchased by Hensel Ready Mix, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits shown by Blake Davis sold for $475.00. They were purchased by Quest Federal Credit Union, 
 
The Champion Dairy Feeder shown by Kody Buchenroth sold for $1000.00. It was purchased by Silver Creek Supply,  Findlay Implement Company, 
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder shown by Lexi Thompson sold for $1050.00. It was purchased by Shaffer's Auto Body.
 
The Champion Pen of 3 Meat Chickens shown by Anna Koehler sold for $825.00. They were purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc.
 
The Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Chickens shown by Jesse Miller sold for $800.00. They were purchased by Hensel Ready Mix, Inc. 
 
The Grand Champion Dairy Steer shown by Wyatt Gerlach sold for $2550.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Wilson Tire Co, Ralston Farms,  Trupointe,  Precision Strip Trans,  Gerlach Farms, LandTech Co., Wal-Mart Store # 5355, Crop Production Services,  Heritage Cooperative,  Eric & Virginia Riegle,  Legacy Farmers Coop Findlay,  Findlay Implement Company,  Erica Reigle & Dylan Hasson,  Circle R Corp,  Good Farms - Tony & Cheryl, Becks Superior Hybrids,  Quest Federal Credit Union.
 
The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer shown by Olivia Whiting sold for $850.00. It was purchased by McCullough Industries, Inc., Shaffer's Auto Body.
 
The Grand Champion Turkey shown by Caralee Stover sold for $750.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Cardinal Bus Sales.
 
The Reserve Champion Turkey shown by Vern Woodruff IV was sold for $325.00. A new sale record. It was purchased by Cessna Transport, Inc., A.G
 
The Jr. Fair Milk Sale brought in $7092.00 for the fourteen Dairy Exhibitors. A new sale record. 

Ben Logan Golf Team Places 9th


The Benjamin Logan Boys golf team traveled to Springfield Saturday and came away with a 9th place finish out of a field of 21. West Liberty Salem won the event with a 322 and West Liberty standout Nick Sims was medalist with a 71. Grant Ricketts of Ben Logan was 2nd with a 74. 
 
It was great to see Grant play well, he started out with 2 bogeys but fought back to get to even after 5 holes. All in all it was a great score on a difficult course. Following Ricketts for the Raiders were TJ Fink with a 85, Colin Headings with a 96, Mitchell Fink 97, and Tanner Rader with a 101. The Raiders return to action Monday at Liberty Hills against Indian Lake

Fair Opens Last Day with Hour of Inspiration


The Hardin County Fair opened its final day in 2014 with the 51st annual Hour of Inspiration. 

 

 

The flags were presented by the Kenton JROTC and Hardin County Commissioners Brice Beaman, Ed Elliott and Randy Rogers each welcomed people to the event.

 

Music was performed by the Hardin County Jr. Fairboard choir led by Holly Layman, and Fairboard President Bob Fish welcomed everyone to the fair for it's final day.

 

 

The featured speaker was Matt Reese, who is the Editor of the Ohio Country Journal. Reese spoke of his youth at fairs and growing up in NW Ohio, but also of his current views on modern agriculture.

 

The fair concludes tonight.

Saturday Fair Recap


Today is your last chance to take in the 2014 Hardin County Fair.

Looking at Saturday numbers, the paid gate was 3938, compared to 4259 in 2013.

 

The overall estimated attendance yesterday was 22053. Last year that number was 23850.

 

The Demolition Derby attracted 1498 spectators to the grandstand last night, compared to 1737 in 2013.

 

Featured entertainment in the grandstand tonight is the OSTPA Tractor and Truck Pull starting at 6:30.

Mauk's Huge Day Helps Tigers Top Rockets


Maty Mauk had a huge afternoon Saturday as his Missouri Tigers crushed Toledo.

 

Mauk threw for five touchdowns, tying a career best, as the 24th-ranked Tigers blasted the Rockets 49-24 Saturday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo. The Kenton High School grad completed 21 of 32 passes for 325 yards, the first time he has thrown for over 300 yards in his collegiate career.

 

The Missouri signal-caller added 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the Tigers were never threatened. Missouri led 28-7 at the half and upped their lead to 28 points midway through the third period en route to the victory.

 

The Tigers are now 2-0 on the season and will host Central Florida on Saturday.

Late Score Lifts Wapakoneta Past Kenton 15-14


Kodi Morgan hit Cameron Lauck with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 6.7 seconds to play to lead the Wapakoneta Redskins to a 15-14 come-from-behind win over the Kenton Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Robinson Field.

 

The game was suspended due to lightning on Friday night with 6:26 to go in the third quarter and the Cats (0-2 overall, 0-1 WBL) leading 8-0 thanks to a 3-yard TD pass from Trent Hites to Colyn Blackford and Connor Jones' ensuing 2-point conversion.

 

The Redskins drew to within 8-3 after a 35-yard field goal from Tristan Meyer with 8:11 to go and then took their first lead of the game when Jon Eaton scored on a 7-yard run with 4:41 to go.

 

Trailing 9-8, the Cats needed just three plays to retake the lead, with Hites and Blackford hooking up for a 74-yard touchdown with 3:24 to go. The Redskins (2-0, 1-0) answered with a 14-play, 72-yard drive, convering a 4th-and-10 in Kenton territory en route to scoring the winning TD.

 

Blackford and Sylas Smith were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Cats will be back in action on Friday when they travel to St. Marys. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

Ohio Warns Against Illegal Alcohol Serving


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's liquor law agents are warning game-day party hosts and bartenders to avoid serving alcohol to minors and people who've had too much to drink.
 
The Ohio Investigative Unit says agents and police will be on the lookout for alcohol violations as college and professional football seasons get underway.
 
The agency says it's illegal to sell or provide alcohol to someone who's had too much to drink or is under 21.
 
It's also illegal for anyone with a liquor permit to encourage and advertise excessive drinking.
 
Agent-In-Charge Eric Wolf says the goal is for fans to be safe during game-day revelry.

Friday Fair Numbers Down Over 2013


 
The weekend has arrived for the 2014 Hardin County Fair.
 
As for Friday's numbers, the paid gate was 1211, compared to 1690 in 2013.
 
Overall estimated attendance Friday was 6782. Last year, that figure was 9464.
 
453 people took in the Nashville Crush concert. Last year's A-Bar Rodeo attracted 884 people to the grandstand.
 
Featured entertainment tonight is the Demolition Derby in the grandstand starting at 7.
 
The fair runs through tomorrow.

Friday Night Football Scores


WBL Scores:
 
Kenton v. Wapak - POSTPONED til 9/6, Kenton leads 8-0
Celina beats Bath 34-0
Van Wert v. Ottawa Glandorf - POSTPONED til 9/6, Ottawa leads 13-0
Defiance v. Elida - POSTPONED til 9/6, no score
LCC v. Delphos St. Johns - POSTPONED til 9/6, LCC leads 7-6
Shawnee v. St. Mary's - POSTPONED til 9/6, Shawnee leads 27-13
 
County Scores:
 
Ada v. Spencerville - POSTPONED til 9/6, Spencerville leads 13-0
Upper Sandusky defeats Elgin 28-6
Waynesfield-Goshen beats Hardin Northern 49-0
Arlington v. Parkway - POSTPONED til 9/6, Arlington leads 14-0
North Union defeats Triad 46-0
Carey defeats Riverdale 61-0
West Liberty Salem beats Ben Logan 46-7
Mt. Giliad defeats Ridgemont 47-24
USV beats Corey Rawson 36-0

Kenton leads Wapak 8-0 in 3rd. Game postponed due to lightning.


 

With just over six minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Kenton and Wapak WBL game Friday night was postponed due to lightning in the area. When it was postponed, Kenton was leading Wapak 8-0 after a scoreless first half. Kenton scored early in the 3rd and made a two point conversion.

 

The remainder of the game will be played Saturday afternoon at 2pm at Robinson Field. You can hear all the action on WKTN at 95.3FM or online by clicking on the Listen Live link at the top of the page.

Numerous Parts Stolen in Breaking and Entering Incident


Numerous automotive parts were stolen in a breaking and entering that was reported on Thursday.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, someone broke into barns on property located in the 1600 block of U.S. 68 Dunkirk and stole the items valued at over $4000.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

New Bus Routes For Kenton's New School Year


 

 

When the Kenton City Schools start the new school year on Monday, students in kindergarten through six grades will be going to the all new building.
 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said the process of building the structure was easy compared with coming up with new bus routes, "Because we have not really picked up students in the city for some time, and we wanted the best possible plan. That took the bulk of the summer."
 

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

Thursday Fair Numbers Down Slightly Over 2013


 

 

Today is day number 4 for the 2014 Hardin County Fair.

 

As for Thursday numbers, the paid gate was 1374, compared to 1477 last year.

 

Overall estimated attendance Thursday was 7694. Last year that number was 8271.

298 people took in Harness Racing yesterday, compared to 556 in 2013.

 

Nashville Crush performs in the grandstand tonight starting at 8.

 

The fair runs through this Sunday.

Junior Fair Livestock Sale Set For Saturday


 

 

Don Spar, Chairman of the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale committee said that expectations for the sale this year remain high.

"We always have high expectations for our sale. We have many great animals and the kids have spent a good year working on these projects. This year we have just over 400 exhibitors out here ready to complete their project" said Spar.
 
The Sale order this year will be as follows; Broilers (Chickens), Turkeys, Dairy Feeders, The Milk Sale, Lambs, Goats, Beef Steers and Dairy Steers, Rabbits and Hogs.

 

A new feature this year will be the introduction of two large screen televisions which will showcase the winning buyers after every sale. Spar said that new software will help the sale to be more efficient, and that new buyers can find out how to participate by stopping by the arena office today and tomorrow.

 

"They will need to stop by the arena office which is on the west side of the arena. We will walk you through the process of signing up, name, address and phone number so we can contact you. We'll walk them through the process on how they bid. It's a premium based sale so you don't have to figure poundage or anything. If you bid $100.00 that's what you'll pay. So we'll be happy to help anyone who is willing to come out and participate in the sale." said Spar.

 

 

Bidders at the sale can begin picking up their sale numbers after noon today.

Cats Open Up WBL Play Tonight


The Kenton Wildcats begin defense of their Western Buckeye League title tonight when they host the Wapakoneta Redskins.
 

Wapakoneta is coming off the most successful 4-year stretch in school history. Since 2010, Wapakoneta has went 33 and 10, qualifying for the state playoffs twice and winning a playoff game in 2011. Under new coach Travis Moyer, the team has not missed a beat. Wapakoneta is 1 and0 on the season after defeating Bellefontaine 28 to 6 on Friday.
 

Kenton is the defending Western Buckeye League champs and has won at least a share of 5 of the last 6 league titles. The Cats are 0 and 1 on the season after last week’s 24 to 2 season-opening loss to Coldwater.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
 

In other action tonight around the county, Ridgemont hosts Mount Gilead; Ada visits Spencerville; Upper Scioto Valley entertains Cory-Rawson; Hardin Northern travels to Waynesfield-Goshen; and Riverdale hosts Carey.

Wednesday Fair Numbers Up Over 2013


The 2014 Hardin County Fair is at day number three today.

 

As for Wednesday numbers, the paid gate was 1343, compared to 1250 in 2013.

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 7521. Last year that number was 7000.

 

858 people took in the Swing Choir and Society Singers Show, compared to 889 last year.

 

Harness racing will be featured this evening, starting at 6 in the grandstand.

 

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

4 Ohio Victims Were Beaten, Strangled


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A coroner says the four men who were found dead in separate homes in an Ohio city this week were beaten, strangled or both.

 

Dr. Michael Johnson, the coroner in Crawford County, said Thursday that two of the victims were strangled with a cord and beaten in the head.

 

One of the victims died as the result of strangulation. The fourth died from a beating.

 

Prosecutors charged 41-year-old Donald Hoffman with four counts of aggravated murder in the slayings in Bucyrus.

 

Police haven't released details of how Hoffman knew the men or a possible motive.

 

A judge appointed a lawyer for Hoffman. A message left for the attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Federal Judge Blocks Ohio Measures On Early Voting


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has blocked an Ohio law trimming early voting and ordered the swing state's elections chief to set an expanded voting schedule.
 
The ruling Thursday from U.S. District Judge Peter Economus comes in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups and others challenging two early-voting measures.
 
One is a directive from Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO-sted) setting uniform voting times that restricted weekend and evening hours. Another is a law that eliminates so-called "golden week" - when people could both register to vote and cast ballots.
 
The judge sided with groups that claimed the changes hurt low-income and black voters disproportionately. The state argued the organizations couldn't prove the rules illegally place an undue burden on voters.
 
Under the judge's order, early voting would begin Sept. 30.

Four Found Dead In Bucyrus


BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A coroner has released the names of three of the four men found beaten to death in separate homes in a small Ohio town.
 
Dr. Michael Johnson, the Crawford County coroner, said the bodies of 55-year-old Billy Jack Chatman and 67-year-old Freelin Hensley were found Monday in their homes in Bucyrus.  
    

Then on Tuesday, the body of 65-year-old Darrell Lewis was found in his apartment. Johnson said the identity of the fourth victim, found in an apartment in the same complex Tuesday, hasn't been confirmed.
 

Police believe the killings are related. A man came into the police station and led deputies to the last two bodies Tuesday. He is in custody, but hasn't been charged.
 
The town of 12,000 residents is about 65 miles north of Columbus.

Traffic Lights Fall Damaging Two Vehicles


 

Crews put lights back up at intersection

 

Traffic lights falling damaged two vehicles Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of South Main and Ohio Streets.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the anchor bolts broke off causing the pole to fall and release the tension on the cable which allowed the traffic lights to fall.
 

The pole on the northeast corner of the intersection fell onto a car being operated by 39 year old Dexter Penhorwood, of Mt. Victory causing heavy damage to the vehicle.
 

The cable holding the traffic lights up fell onto and caused moderate damage to another car being driven by 34 year old David Dooley, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries.
 

A  four way stop sign was installed at the Main and Ohio Street intersection until the traffic lights were re-installed today.

Vehicle Strikes Utility Pole on Pattison Avenue


A crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on Pattison Avenue in Kenton.
 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Christopher Leathem, of Kenton, told officers he was pulled to the right edge of the road and tried to correct, but his car struck a utility pole causing heavy damage.
 

BKP was dispatched to the scene, but the report does not show if the driver was transported to the hospital.
 

Leathem was cited for failure to control.

Weather Holds Down Numbers For Opening Day of Hardin County Fair


 

 

 

Taking a look at opening day numbers, the paid gate Tuesday was 1118, compared to 1482 in 2013.

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 6261. Last year that figure was 8299.

 

The crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show drew 825 to the grandstand, compared to 993 for last years' show.

 

Featured entertainment tonight in the grandstand is the Swing Choir Show and Society Singers in the grandstand starting at 7.

The fair runs through Sunday.

2014 Hardin County Fair Opens


The 2014 Hardin County Fair officially got underway Tuesday afternoon. 

 

The fair was formally opened at the Grandstands early Tuesday afternoon. Fairboard President Bob Fish officially opened the fair and recognized fair honoree this year, Kenny Kearns. Kearns has been volunteer at the fair for many years, and he was recognized for this work with the draft horse show at the fair each year.

 

Fairboard President Bob Fish recognizes 2014 Fair Honoree Kenny Kearns.

 

Last night, the big event of the day, was the crowning of the Hardin County Fair Jr. Fair King and Queen. Representatives from each high school in the county were in the contest but in the end, only two were chosen. The 2014 Hardin County Fair King is Adam Wagner from Ridgemont and the Queen is Julia Naus from Riverdale. Both said that they were looking forward to the rest of the fair.

 

2014 Hardin County Fair King and Queen. Adam Wagner from Ridgemont and Julia Naus from Riverdale


"I'm looking forward to being able to walk around the fair and having many experiences that I haven't had yet as a member of 4-H or FFA. I just want to enjoy the fair for everything that it's worth." said Wagner

 

"I'm looking forward to representing the 2014 Hardin County Fair, but most of all I am really excited to see what memories lie ahead. To see all the great things around here and all the new people I can meet and the new friendships I can make." said Naus.

 

The King and Queen runners-up were Lukas Shroeder from Hardin Northern and Logan Hill from Ridgemont.

***UPDATE***Officers and Suspect Receive Minor Injuries in Hostage Situation***SUSPECT IDENTIFIED***


 

 

The Kenton Police Department responded to a hostage situation in Kenton Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to information from Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion at the scene, officers were dispatched to a residence at 501 North Oak Street and upon arrival, officers found a man acting erratically.

 

The man, identified as 22 year old Andrew Worthington, took a female acquaintance in the home hostage and the Hardin County Special Response Team was dispatched to the scene. Negotiations with the individual broke down and officers were forced to storm the upstairs room.

 

Worthington and several officers received minor injuries in the take down but no serious injuries. All were treated at the scene.

 

The woman was not injured.

 

Worthington has so far been charged with assault on a peace officer. Other charges are pending as the investigation continues.

2014 Hardin County Fair Officially Underway


 

 

The 2014 Hardin County kicks off today with the official opening happening at one this afternoon at the gazebo.
 

New Fairboard Secretary Judy Cronley said gates opened up at seven this morning, "And it's Veteran's Day, which means free admission for all veterans. We had the official opening at one, and of course the highlight tonight in the grandstand is the crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show starting at 7."
 

The fair runs through this Sunday September 7 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

Hit/Skip Crash Occurs Sunday


A hit/skip accident occurred over Labor Day Weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a car was eastbound on State Route 81 when it travelled off the right side of the road. The vehicle ended up striking two utility poles and a road sign before returning to the road and the driver fled the scene.
It was located later abandoned on County Road 75.
 

The vehicle, which was heavily damaged, is owned by Keith Jones, but the driver is still not known at this time.

Driver Cited For Failing To Yield Following Crash


Moderate damage occurred to two vehicles in a crash that occurred Sunday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 18 year old Hannah Jenkins, of Kenton, was southbound on High and attempted to cross Franklin Street when her car was struck by an eastbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Donn Houser, also of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and Jenkins was cited for failure to yield.

GOP Lawmakers In Ohio Seek Vote On Photo ID Bill


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.
 
The bill was introduced almost a year ago and has yet to have a hearing. It would require Ohioans to show a driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID in order to cast their ballots.
 
Supporters of the bill said Tuesday they are circulating a petition to pull the proposal from committee and bring it to a vote by the House. They said the ID requirements help safeguard Ohio's vote, though fraud cases are rare.
 
Voter rights groups say supporters of the proposal are going after a problem that doesn't exist.

2014 Hardin County Fair Honors Kenneth Kearns


One of the main staples each and every Friday at the Hardin County Fair is the annual Draft Horse Show. Participants come from all over Northwest Ohio to participate and watch the show each year. The Draft Horse show is an event which might never have happened had it not been for a number of individuals, including Kenneth Kearns.
 

Kenneth Kearns or Kenny as he is well known has been a participant of the Hardin County Fair for many years. Born October 12th 1934 in Lynn Township, Kearns learned early the hard work and value of working with draft horses. He recalls going out to the barns at around ten years of age with his father and later with his brother Joe at various places around the county.
 

Kearns began his involvement in the Hardin County Fair in the mid 1980’s helping in several demonstrations involving draft horses and grain threshing. In 1987, Kearns and several other individuals thought that the fair needed to showcase draft horses again. There were a number of draft horse breeders in the county, and what better place to showcase their work than the Hardin County Fair? That year, the fairboard decided to let the group try to make a show, and that first year, 27 participants entered. People were lined up all across the rails. The next year, when interest increased to 63, the rails and the bleachers were full watching the show. Kearns and many of the horsemen got together shortly afterward and formed the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, which is still in operation today, and puts on the show each year at the fair.
 

As a charter member of the Hardin County Draft Horse Association, Kearns takes his team of horses to many places throughout the county and beyond each year. Kearns and his team can be seen each year at the Christmas Around The Square, The Lake of Lights at Sulsberry Park, The Christmas Celebration in Ada, Kenton Kids Day, The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District Forestry Field Day, The Belle Center Christmas Tour, The Bellefontaine Christmas Celebration, Belle Center July 4th Celebration and Memorial Day festivities and recently has been featured in Degraff and Lafayette Christmas celebrations as well.
 

In addition to his work at the fair, Kenny Kearns is involved in a number of community organizations. A charter member of the Rushcreek Sportsmans Club where his is regularly seen on a weekly basis helping in the clubs various activities, from the fish fry to sporting clays and hunters education. Many of the members, including Kearns serve as hunter’s education instructors at the club, which hosts several education seminars each year.
 

Kearns also served as an advisor for the Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H for twelve years, working with the youth of Hardin County. He also has worked with several other 4-H clubs over the years as well. Kearns served for 36 years as a trustee for Taylor Creek Township and was a member of the Hardin County Township Trustees Association.
 

Kearns lives on his farm with his wife Martha in Taylor Creek Township where they raise Percheron Draft Horses and Haflinger ponies. Kenny Kearns would like to thank all the sponsors and individuals who have contributed to the Draft Horse Show and the fair each year. Without their support, the fair, and the success of the show wouldn’t be possible.

Ohio Gas Prices Higher To Start Work Week


 

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying more for gasoline coming out of the long holiday weekend.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.51 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a dime from a week ago, and it's a few cents more than last month at this time.
 
The Ohio average is higher than the national average, which was $3.43 on Tuesday. That's about the same as a week ago.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged has lowest average at about $3.34 per gallon.
 
Analysts expect prices to stay lower if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.
 
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Drowning Victim Identified


LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities have identified a man who died after a boat carrying nine people sank in a western Ohio lake.
 
A coroner says the victim was 22-year-old Joshua Keith of Bellefontaine.
 
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket when it began sinking on Indian Lake just around midnight Sunday.
 

State watercraft officers say crews from area fire departments were able to pull the eight people from the water. The victim's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
 

Man drowns at Indian Lake


LAKEVIEW, Ohio (AP) - Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
 

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources statement says eight of the nine people on the boat were rescued.
 
State watercraft officers say they received the call about a boat sinking on Indian Lake north of the Lakeview boat ramp around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews from area fire departments had already safely pulled the eight people from the water when state officers arrived. The state agency says the 22-year-old man's body was recovered after about a two-hour search.
 
Officials said no additional details were immediately available. The man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
 
State officials say the investigation is continuing.

Hardin County Fair Foundation formed to raise funds for fair improvements.


A new organization to help raise funds to support the Hardin County Fair was announced at the fair this week.

 


The Hardin County Fair Foundation, a local non-profit foundation was formed to help raise and invest funds to support the activities and facilities of the Hardin County Fair. Paul Ralston, Fairboard director and Secretary/Treasurer of the foundation said that the purpose of the foundation is to allow others to financially support the fair.

 

"There has been interested for a number of years as to how we can raise funds to help improve and repair some of our buildings and facilities. There are several county fairs around that have fair foundations, for example Allen County has had a very successful fair foundation. It's a 501C3 and as a result many area businesses see a donation as a tax deduction. So we thought that would be a good idea to try here." said Ralston.


The Hardin County Fair Foundation will be operated under the Hardin County Community Foundation, which will oversee the investments, tax audits, and other financial activities. Jerry Layman serves as it's Chairman, and other members of the board of directors with Ralston are Kelly Buckenroth, Ed Elliott, Mark Light, Steve McCullough and Virginia Tice. Ralston said anyone who would like to know more information or who would like to make a donation can see the display outside the Jr. Fairboard office in the Machinery Building at the fair this week.

 

"We have a booth set up in the Machinery Building right by the new Jr. Fairboard Office. There will be information on the table there, and also in the Secretarys office, and any fairboard director knows how to donate so you can ask any director as well." said Ralston.

County Road 110 Being Rebuilt


People driving out on State Route 195 near County Road 110 in the past month may have noticed something odd. There is no County Road 110. 

 

Crews digging out the east side of County Road 110 near St. Rt. 195.

 

The Hardin County Highway Department has been working on improvements in County Road 110 in Lynn Township over the summer. According to Deputy County Engineer Luke Underwood, when ODOT closed part of State Route 195, that opened up a need for improvements on County Road 110. So, the county has been in the process of widening the road, moving the road, and rebuilding the road literally from the ground up.

 

"The job was broke into three different parts. As you get west of the dairy farm you start getting out of the muck area. So that section was called Part A, and in that section we widened it to get the road out to 21 feet wide. From the dairy farm east we did a full reconstruction because of the muck that was underneath the road. We had soil borings which determined there was muck under the road and we decided that needed to be removed. So the section from the dairy farm east to State Route 195 then, we totally removed the road and the muck that was underneath and we're hauling clay in to replace that." said Underwood.


Widening the road, moving it ten feet and digging up the road will allow for the new road to be built on highway specs, which will allow for heaver truck traffic. When completed, it will resemble State Route 195, and like many projects of this nature, Underwood said the road project has had several setbacks over the course of the summer, with many days not worked due to weather conditions.

 

"We have issued fourteen rain days. So factoring those in and if we don't get any more, we're looking at the excavation to be complete by September 12th so it can be paved" said Underwood.

 

Underwood notes that the contractors believe that the road will still be able to be open by its projected completion date of September 26th.

Mauk's Three TD Tosses Lead Missouri To Victory


Kenton grad Maty Mauk threw 3 touchdown passes to lead Missouri to victory on Saturday.

 

Mauk completed 13 of 21 passes for 178 yards and 3 scores as the 24th-ranked Tigers opened their season with a 38-18 win over South Dakota State. Mauk hooked up twice with Darius White for first-quarter scores - once from 44 yards and another time from 39 yards - and added a 29-yard TD toss to Bud Sasser in the fourth quarter.

 

Mauk is one of 10 Kenton graduates currently playing college football. He will return to his home state this Saturday when Missouri heads to the Glass Bowl to take on the Toledo Rockets. The game kicks off at noon, and tickets can be purchased at www.utrockets.com.

ODOT Projects For Hardin County Released


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 released the latest road construction project list.

 

For Hardin and Wyandot Counties:

 

 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 53 between the corporation limits of the city of Kenton and Township Road 100 will be restricted through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 31 from the Union County line to Ohio 292 is restricted to one lane through the work zone during pavement resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23 between the city of Upper Sandusky and the village of Carey will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 in the city of Upper Sandusky is open after the completion of waterline repair.

 

Ohio 53/67 (8th Street/Marseilles Avenue) in the city of Upper Sandusky from High Street to Wyandot Avenue is restricted to one lane through the work zone for water line installation and pavement repair. The project is expected to continue until mid-October. Work is being performed by Park Enterprises, Marion.

Friday Night Football Scores


Coldwater 24, Kenton 2
 
WBL
Bryan 18, Van Wert 14
Napoleon 49, Defiance 43
Delphos St. Johns 40, Elida 34 D-OT
Ottawa Glandorf 34, Oak Harbor 17
Marion Local 47, Shawnee 0
St. Marys 71, Sidney 21
Celina 26, Versailles 3
Wapak 28, Bellefontaine 6
 
Other County Scores
Ada 49, USV 14
Elgin 34, Ridgedale 0
Hardin Northern 44, Fostoria 6
Cardington 54, Riverdale 13
Carey 35, Upper Sandusky 14
Ridgemont 46, Vanlue 6
 

Cavs Hand Wildcats 24-2 Defeat In Season Opener


The Coldwater Cavaliers defeated Kenton 24-2 in the 2014 high school football opener Friday at Robinson Field.

 

 

 

Brody Hoyng rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Cavaliers, who outgained the Cats 317-141. Coldwater's defense sacked Kenton quarterbacks 9 times and held the Wildcats to minus 41 yards on the ground.

 

Austin Phillips, who tackled Hoyng in the end zone for a safety to account for Kenton's points, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

 

Kenton returns to action on Friday when it hosts Wapakoneta in its Western Buckeye League opener.

Kenton Man Facing Multiple Felony Charges Following Crash


Two people were injured in a crash Thursday evening on County Road 190 east of County Road 155.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 35 year old Dennis Jacques, of Kenton, drove his vehicle left of center and continued off the road where it struck the ditch and several trees. Jacques was trapped inside the car and after being freed, he was transported by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. His injuries were described as serious but did not appear to be life threatening.

 

A female passenger, 36 year old Brandy Kay Smith, also of Kenton, was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

 

It was determined that Jacques was driving impaired, and is facing multiple felony charges through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

Sheriff Keith Everhart said this morning that the crash was the result of an investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force and more information will be released later.

 

The Findlay Post was assisted at the scene by the Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department, BKP and Osborn's Towing.

Six Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Zachary E.H. Jackson was sentenced to a total of 50 months in

prison on two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of robbery.

 

.Crystal D. Gibson was sentenced to eight month in prison on one count of possession of heroin.

 

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

 

.Jenelle D. Oglesbee on one count each of trafficking in drugs, trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and possession of heroin.

 

.Isaias Delapaz on one count of trafficking in cocaine. He must serve 45 days local incarceration.

 

.Darren M. Wallace on one count of trafficking in marijuana.

 

.Allen E. Parr was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana and illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia. On a forfeiture specification to the indictment, Parr must forfeit $1006 to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

2014 High School Football Season Kicks Off Tonight


The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight as the Kenton Wildcats host Coldwater.
 

The Cavaliers are coming off another strong season. Coldwater went 13 and 2 last year and advanced to the state title game for the 5th consecutive season. The Cavs capped off their 2013 campaign by taking the Division 5 state title for the 2nd straight year and figure to field a powerful team once again this season. Senior Brody Hoyng, a standout at quarterback and defensive back who has committed to Eastern Michigan, heads a list of 12 returning starters for Coldwater.
 

For the 1st time since 1982, the Wildcats will be taking the field without head coach Mike Mauk, who led the Cats to 221 victories and a pair of state titles. Long-time Kenton assistant coach Brent Fackler takes over as Wildcat head coach, and he welcomes back 6 offensive starters and another 7 starters on defense from last season's regional championship team that finished 13 and 1.
 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will begin at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
 

The other Hardin County schools also kick off their 2014 seasons tonight. Ada hosts Upper Scioto Valley, Riverdale travels to Cardington, Ridgemont visits Vanlue and Hardin Northern entertains Fostoria St. Wendelin.

Crews Preparing For 2014 Hardin County Fair


 

 

Labor Day Weekend means just that for crews preparing for the 2014 Hardin County Fair next week.
 

Hardin County Ag Society President Bob Fish said they often hear comments from people saying Hardin County has one of the best fairs in the state, "We go to a lot of different fairs too, a lot of board members, and we come back...I'm not going to say we do everything right, but we do a lot of things right, and people make comments about our fairgrounds and how we do things."
 

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

Sobriety Check Point Scheduled


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a Sobriety Check Point Friday August 29 beginning at 9pm and continuing until 2am Saturday August 30.

 

The Check Point will be located on State Route 117 north of Roundhead.

 

The Check Point coincides with the 2014 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" high visibility traffic enforcement initiative underway through September 1, covering the busy Labor Day Weekend.

 

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, over the Labor Day Weekend, an alcohol impaired driving fatality occurs in the United States every 34 minutes, with nighttime being the worst.

 

Sheriff Keith Everhart pointed out that highway safety data also indicates that highly visible enforcement campaigns reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. He stated, "It is our goal to have an unmistakable presence, ready to arrest drunk drivers who put lives at risk."

 

Funding for the additional man hours is provided to the Sheriff's Office through a High Visibility Enforcement Grant administered by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

Ohio Justice Pushes Annual Pay Raises For Judges


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is promoting annual cost-of-living increases for judges as a way of keeping judges on the bench and making the profession attractive to new candidates.
 
Maureen O'Connor says choosing a career in public service shouldn't mean being saddled with a stagnant salary, with judges now going without a raise since 2008.
 
O'Connor said Thursday in her annual state of the judiciary speech that modest, annual cost-of-living increases that keep pace with inflation aren't too much to ask.
 
O'Connor says that without competitive salaries sitting judges will move to private practice and potential judges won't ever consider the job.
 
Ohio law determines elected officials' pay, which can only be increased by lawmakers.

Sprague Hosts Town Hall Meeting


State Representative Robert Sprague hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday night.
 
State Rep. Robert Sprague discusses drug issues with Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judges Scott Barrett and Steven Christopher.
 
Representative Sprague hosted the meeting to discuss several initiatives that he was working on at the state level. The majority of the town hall was devoted to talking about the drug problem throughout the state, and specifically in Hardin County. Sprague noted that the problem is manifested in the number of drug overdoses that the county sees over the course of a given year, and that is, according to Sprague tied into the number of opiates that are prescribed each year.
 
"You know it filters down and it doesn't just stop with the drug overdoses. With every OD we know that there is a direct correlation between the number of people who overdose and the number of prescription opiates that are prescribed. About a decade ago in the state of Ohio we had about 80 million doses of prescription opiates that were prescribed. In 2013 we had 833 million doses prescribed. Now we have 11 1/2 [Million] people living in Ohio. So that would be about enough for all of us adults to take home an entire bottle for at least one month out of the entire year." said Sprague.
 
Sprague also recognized both Judge Scott Barrett and Judge Steve Christopher, who both deal with drug issues daily in the Hardin County Common Pleas Court system. Judge Barrett discussed the work his office has been doing with the Hardin County Drug Court, and Judge Christopher discussed his experiences in dealing with drug issues at a family and juvenile level.
 
Sprague noted that Hardin County is on the map for innovative approaches to combating drug issues throughout the state.

Ben Logan Wins In Thrilling Fashion in Golf


Benjamin Logan won a thriller Tuesday night at Liberty Hills over last years league champion Northwestern. Typically the coaches try to shotgun players off multiple holes so that the play is faster and teams may return home more quickly on school nights. With players finishing in that fashion it's hard to keep up with the action. One minute things look good, the next minute not so good.

 

With 5 of the 6 varsity scores reported Ben Logan trailed by a stroke. However Tanner Rader was the last to finish and although he only beat his man by a stroke his score replaced a score 3 shots higher to give the Raiders the victory 165- 166. With the win Ben Logan remains undefeated in league play at 8-0 and 27-7 overall. Individual scores for Ben Logan were Grant Ricketts 38, TJ Fink 41, Tanner Rader 43, Colin Headings 43, Mitchell Fink 46, Will Kenoyer 52.

 

The JV's also won their first match of the season. The Jv's were led by Connor Stewart with a 50, Jared Sater 52, Daniel Meier 57, and Justin Watkins 60.

 

The Raiders travel to Cherokee Hills Wednesday to take on Indian Lake in another conference match.

Visitor Poll Voters Are No Shows At Ohio Casinos


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters have never visited one of Ohio's four casinos.

 

The results show 77% have never visited either one of the voter approved casinos, 20% have only visited one to five times, 1% have gone 6 to 10 times and 2% have visited over 10 times.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

City Council Explores Options On Saving Funds At Monday Meeting


The City of Kenton is exploring options to help save funds in the overall city budget.  

 

Kathy Frado from the State Auditors Office Ohio Performance Team spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council about the possibility of a performance audit. Frado said that the state can audit any aspect of the city government to determine if there are ways or methods to improve the performance in any department throughout the city. Frado said that audits can cover any or all departments throughout the city. The amount of work being audit determines the length of the audit, but Frado said that auditors spend around three to four months gathering data and another three months reviewing it. The state auditors office has conducted performance audits all around the state, and Frado said that savings come from suggestions in the collective bargaining agreements, but also from looking at city facilities.

 

"Areas such as fleet, and facilities are also huge drains. There's a lot of security issues, maintence issue. Building maintence is something that often delays costs in the short run. Preventitive maintence, but in the long run those can add up to costly issues. So we look into those areas and found a lot of savings in those types of areas as well" said Frado.

 

Also at the meeting, the council passed several pieces of legislation including an ordinance to purchase a tornado siren, funds for purchasing supplies for the Kenton City Pool and an agreement for the participation in the Northern Indiana/Ohio Passenger Rail Initiative.

 

Jon Cross, the President/CEO of the Chamber & Business Alliance also spoke to the council. Cross discussed the Chamber's strategic plan, including six goals, which are to Foster Economic Vitality, Revitalize Communities, Invest in People, Promote Agricultural Connectivity, Build Community Collaboration and Strengthen the Alliance. Cross invited anyone who had ideas or questions about the plan to contact his office.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 8th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

Home In Kenton Broken Into Monday


A home in Kenton was broken into sometime Monday morning

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 300 block of Robinson Avenue said she left for around 30 minutes Monday and when she returned, she said she found that her front door had been forced open.

 

A quantity of prescription medicines and a lap top computer were missing.

 

The incident is under investigation.

Camper Destroyed By Fire; House Fire Suspicious


A camper was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, and a house fire in the afternoon is being called suspicious.

 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched out just before 6:30 Sunday morning to 714 North Cherry Street. Upon arrival, a fifth wheel camper was fully involved in flames.

 

The camper, which is owned by Keith Dewese, was valued at $15,000 and was listed as a total loss. They were on the scene for around an hour and a half.

 

The cause has not yet been determined.

 

 

 

Then around 4:15 Sunday afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to 604 Lick Street. The home is owned by Wanda Ratliff.

 

Firefighters observed a moderate amount of smoke in the house and found trash on fire in the kitchen and in a bedroom hallway.

 

Light damage occurred to the structure and around $2000 damage occurred to the contents.

 

The fire is considered suspicious and is under investigation.

Average Gas Price In Ohio Holds Relatively Steady


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers aren't seeing much difference in prices at the pump as the week begins.
 
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.42 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 2 cents from a week ago but is 11 cents cheaper than at this time last year.
 
The Ohio figure isn't far off the national average listed at about $3.44 on Monday.
 
Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown-Warren region logged the lowest average at about $3.32 per gallon, a dime cheaper than the statewide average. 
 
Analysts have expected prices to stay lower during August if refinery production remains strong and unexpected problems don't increase oil prices.

Two Teenagers Apprehended Following Vehicle Pursuit


Two LaRue teenagers are facing charges after attempting to elude or flee deputies Friday.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies initiated a vehicle pursuit that ended with the apprehension of the two juveniles.
 

The 16 and 14 year old males are facing charges of failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer by attempting to elude or flee deputies.

Sprague Hosting Town Hall Meeting in Kenton


COLUMBUS—State Representative Robert Cole Sprague (R-Findlay) has announced that he will be hosting a town hall event on Tuesday, August 26th, in Kenton.  State Representative Sprague is hoping to share the efforts that are being made to combat the addiction epidemic, discuss the economy, wind development, answer questions, and listen to suggestions from his constituents.

 

The town hall will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th, at Kenton Middle School (300 Oriental St., Kenton, OH 43326). 

 

“This is an opportunity for constituents to share their thoughts and offer feedback regarding the addiction epidemic, the economy, and wind development,” Rep. Sprague said. “Everyone is invited to attend, and your feedback is incredibly valuable.”

 

The town hall is free and open to the public.  The 83rd House District includes all of Hancock and Hardin counties, as well as northern portions of Logan County.

Wildcats Impressive in Scrimmage Against Lexington


The Wildcats first team offense on the field

 

The Kenton Wildcats had an impressive scrimmage Friday night as they prepare for the start of the season August 29.
 

The first team Wildcats topped the first team Lexington Minutemen 29-0 at Lexington in Richland County Friday night.
 

 

The Cats first team defense shuts down Minutemen

 

 

The Cats will suit up for the regular season opener Friday August 29th as they host the Coldwater Cavaliers at Robinson Field.
 

WKTN will of course carry all the action all season long.
 

Join play by play man Chad Spencer and Color Analyst Jim Homan for the pregame show at 7:10 and kickoff at 7:30 Friday nights.

AEP Warns Customers About Phone Scam


AEP Ohio officials are warning all of thier customers of a payment scam being conducted via phone in various areas of our service territory.

 

They continue to hear reports that customers are receiving calls threatening to shut off their power if they don't make an immediate payment over the phone with a money card. This is a scam and people are using their name illegally. The people making these calls are not from AEP Ohio.

 

AEP said they work hard every day to make sure all of your interactions with AEP Ohio are positive. AEP Ohio enforces strict policies regarding customer interaction. Please remember:

 

.AEP does not call customers to demand immediate payment.
They notify customers with delinquent accounts via their customer bill.
 

.They contact non-responders via a recorded phone message to ask that the person responsible for the electric service call AEP Ohio.
 

.If you doubt whom you are speaking to or the truth of what they are telling you, please hang up and call AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.

 

In addition, please know that AEP Ohio employees work in marked vehicles, wear clothes with a company logo and will gladly show you company identification when asked. Again, if you are in doubt, please verify the legitimacy of the person's employment by calling 1-800-672-2231.

Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

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

 

.Richard Harold Scott on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and trafficking in marijuana in the vicinity of a school or juvenile/

 

.Ferlin Douglas Chappell Jr. doing business as Lady Luck Skill Games on four counts of gambling.

 

.Curtis Edward Wrasman on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs.

 

.Nicholas Paige Simpson on one count of inducing panic.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

New Kenton Coach Excited About Leading Wildcats


 

 

New Kenton Football Coach Brent Fackler said he's excited about the opportunity to coach the Wildcats.

 


 

Coach Fackler said he worked with former coach Mike Mauk since 1985 and enjoyed helping him build the team, but, "Now we must move on. There's going to be some changes here and there, but I feel very good about it. We have a great staff. They're great guys to be around. We have great players. It's a family type of feeling with out football team, always has been, always will be."
 

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

Lakeview Man Killed in Wednesday Night Crash


A Lakeview man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred just after nine Wednesday night in the 18,000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.
 

According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Bernard Hughes was driving south on 117 when his car struck the trailer of a commercial vehicle that was backing into a private drive at the time.
 

Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. His body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.
 

The truck was being operated by Danielle Danieu, of Hardin County. She was not injured.
 

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Roundhead EMS as well as the Multi County Crash Investigation Team of the Hardin, Logan, Union and Champaign County Sheriff's Offices.
 

No citations have been issued, and the crash remains under investigation.

KPD Adopts Zero Tolerance Policy On Loose Dogs


The Kenton Police Department has adopted a zero tolerance for dogs running at large in the city.
 

Chief John Vermillion said after the incidents of the last three days, people who allow their dogs to run loose will be cited for failing to confine their animals. Owners who have not purchased tags for their dogs will face additional charges.
Both Sunday and Monday, officers were forced to put down aggressive dogs.
 

Chief Vermillion said it has gotten to the point where people are afraid to sit on their porch or take a walk due to dogs running at large. He said the crackdown applies to all dogs, but their are additional consequences for owners of more aggressive dogs such as pit bulls that run at large.
 

Both the Kenton Police Department and the Dog Wardens Office have the authority to enforce the law and both will be working together in issuing citations.

Allen Foundation Announces Scholarships


The Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $61,000 in scholarships for 2014.

 

Renewal scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $32,500 to 40 students. In May of 2014, the Allen Foundation awarded 46 first year scholarships in the amount of $28,500.

 

The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment from R.E. and Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup Plant in Kenton. In 2005 Mr. Allen increased the endowment to $1,350,000. Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees and immediate family members of International Paper Food Service Business in Kenton. All grant recipients are eligible to apply for annual renewals.

 

Second year scholarships in the amount of $11,250 were awarded to 15 students. They are:

 

Erica Beverly, Lara Dulin, Ashlyn Flowers, Caleb Halsey, Zachary Harbison, Danyel Heilman, Kathryn Heilman, Tina Hiller, Samatha Kuhlman, Damion Marling, Chanthong Moore, Megan Nichols, Seth Oberlitner, Hillary Routt and Chase Ruhlen.

 

Third year scholarships of $10,000 were awarded to 12 students. They are:

 

Elizabeth Baldwin, Kristen Gilbert, Christian Goeche, Briana King, Gabriel King, Mackenzie Miller, Mikaela Moore, Jaden Perkins, Grace Poeppelman, Kasey Rawlins, Demi Snider and Olivia Watkins.


Fourth year scholarships of $11,250 were awarded to 13 students. They are:

 

Adam Beverly, Katherine Brim, Brayden Collins, Sarah Cooper, Dillyn Dorsey, Jared Headings, Taylor Hershberger, Bethany Merold, Reagan Middleton, Lauryn Schlinglof, Caleb Smith, James Warner and Latasha Webb.

 

Sine 1991, the Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1250 different students in the amount of $2,252,150 according to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation. Multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 561 different students.

 

Mr. R.E. Allen said, "It is my desire that these scholarships will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community."

Sprague Hosting District Office Hours


State Representative Robert Sprague will be hosting district office hours for residents of the 83rd House District.
 

Rep. Sprague will be at the Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library on Tuesday August 26 from noon until 1pm.
 

Residents are invited to attend and talk about an issue they may be having with a state agency or ask questions or make suggestions.
 

The 83rd House District includes all of Hancock and Hardin Counties as well as northern portions of Logan County.

***UPDATE***Public asked to be on the lookout for missing Ada teen.***CHILD LOCATED***


 
***The child was located Tuesday night and returned home safely***
 
 
The public is asked to be on the lookout for a runaway teen from the Ada area. According to information provided by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
 
Jenna Lee Shaw
Hgt: 5’5”
Wgt: 115
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
D.O.B. 8/1/1998
Please be on the lookout for Jenna Shaw, 16 year old runaway from the Ada area. Last seen wearing black yoga pants and a gray short sleeve shirt. Jenna has light brown hair approximately jaw length. Been missing since 8/18/14.
 
If located please contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office 
(419)673-1268

Another Aggressive Dog Put Down By Police


For the second day in a row, Kenton Police Officers were forced to put down an aggressive dog in the city.

 

The latest incident occurred Monday morning when an elderly female said that she was chased and barely escaped being attacked by three dogs running loose near the intersection of North Leighton and Grove Streets.

 

The animals were located in the 400 block of Kohler Street.

One of the dogs started charging at an officer in an aggressive manner. The officer pulled his weapon and shot the dog in the head.

 

The two other dogs fled the area and have still not been located.

 

This follows on the heels Sunday when an officer was forced to put down an aggressive pit bull dog in the 300 block of North Market Street.

 

Also Monday, Kenton Police issued a citation to 27 year old Christopher Elchert for failing to confine a dangerous dog in the 300 block of Scott Avenue.

 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion is preparing a statement on the sudden increase of dangerous dogs running loose in the city.

Kenton Board Discusses Career Center/New Teachers Introduced


Plans for the Career Center plan at the Northwood School Building were discussed and new staff members were introduced at the Kenton School Board meeting Monday night.

 

The new teachers and administrators at Kenton City Schools. Front Row (L-R) Jill Wetherill, Rhonda Grubbs, Elisha Kozman, Cristin St. Laurent, Susie Thrush. Back Row (L-R) Megan Sybert, Mike Leddy, Bradley Potts, Morgan Rogers, Mark Gainer, Nathan Ruhlen. 

 

Board member David Haushalter from the Finance Committee talked about several plans in regards to the proposed career center to be utilized at the Northwood School Building.

 

Haushalter noted that the school is working on a partnership with Ohio Hi-Point to offer several programs at Northwood which would allow more individuals to remain in the city for their work with the career center.

 

"We're trying to establish that so we can get more of the career kids interested in it. If they get interested in that and get them to walk from the high school over to Northwood and then back to the high school they can stay engaged here in town." said Haushalter.

 

Haushalter also noted that there is interest in a CDL program of sorts in the community.

 

"A local business owner gave us some insight. He said that one of the things for his business would be for students to have a CDL when they turn 18, they would be able to take the test to get their CDL. They wouldn't be able to be hired at 18 because no insurance would cover them but it would give them the first step in that process." said Haushalter.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved several items in preparation for the new school year, a number of employee supplemental contracts, and also approved an agreement between the school and the Hardin County Sheriff's office for a Truant Officer and School Resource Officer. This position will be shared with all Hardin County Schools. Board member David Haushalter also announced that the school was working on a new policy regarding prohibiting school administrators from also serving as a head coach of a school athletic team.

 

"The policy we're going to look at is no administrator can be a head coach. They can be an assistant coach but not a head coach...and that'll clear up any ambiguity or percieved inconsistancies that might happen as an administrator being head coach." said Haushalter.

 

New staff members hired over the summer were also introduced to the board as well.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on September 15th 2014, at the schools administrative offices at 7pm.

Desk Top Computers Still Popular For Home Computing


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters use either a desk top or lap top computer for their personal home computing needs.

 

Breaking that down, 39% use a desk top computer, 27% use a lap top, while 9% use a tablet device and 8% use a smart phone.

 

Rounding it out, 17% use all devices for home computing.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

Officers Forced To Shoot Aggressive Dog


Kenton Police officers were forced to put down a dog that was acting very aggressively around noon on Sunday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a complaint that a large dog was running loose on East Columbus Street near St. John's Church.
 

The animal, identified as a pit bull, was located in the 300 block of North Market Street.
 

Due to its aggressive behavior, officers were  forced to dispatch the animal.
 

The dog's owner, identified as 38 year old Julie Bloomfield, was arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order and failure to confine a dog.

Man Arrested Following B & E At Motel in Kenton


A North Carolina man was arrested by Kenton Police following a report of a burglary at the B & J Motel.

 

Upon arrival, Nicole Goodwill stated that a male had entered her room through the bath window and when she began shouting at him, he left through the front door.

 

Officers later located the male, identified as Bernabe Ignacio Reynoso-Tomas of North Carolina and he was taken into custody and charged with Burglary.

 

He was later transferred to the Multi County Corrections Center.

Ohio Gas Prices Down A Dime To Start Work Week


 

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists will find lower gas prices to start the work week.
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.40 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime lower than a week ago, and 7 cents less than this time last month.
 
Monday's national average was $3.45, which is 3 cents lower than a week ago, and 14 cents lower a month ago.
 
Analysts say prices should stay lower during August as long as refinery production remains strong and oil prices don't rise due to unexpected issues.
 
The lowest average price in the state Monday was $3.29 in Toledo.
 
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