Love In The Name of Christ held an open house at their new facility at the old Kenton city building Saturday morning. The facility is located at the corner of W. Columbus and N. Market Street. There was also an auction of items to help raise money to support their services throughout the year.
Kenton – In an effort to reduce the number of serious and deadly traffic crashes in Hardin County, area law enforcement agencies spent the last twenty-four hours targeting crash causing violations. From midnight August 29 to midnight August 30, 2013, officers from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police, Ada Police, Forest Police Departments, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol worked a “STOPS” program in Hardin County.
“Simply put, officers made as many traffic stops as possible to remind motorists about safe driving habits,” said Lieutenant Matthew Meredith, Findlay Post Commander. Hardin County residents were encouraged to wear their safety belts, drive the speed limit, pay attention, and don’t use a cell phone while driving. Sheriff Everhart stated, “Safe driving habits are everyone’s responsibility and you never know when you may be involved in one of these serious crashes.”
2013 has been a deadly year in Hardin County and the area law enforcement agencies would like to see this trend change.
Since January 1, 2013 there have been eight fatal traffic crashes with eight persons killed. This is already three fatal traffic crashes above the Hardin County five year average of five persons killed. Since July 22, 2013 there have been five fatal traffic crashes, with two of those on US68 and the other three in Roundhead and McDonald Township. Of the eight fatal crashes, six were caused by speed (75%). Seven drivers were killed and 50% of the crashes were caused by people age 55 or older.
During the twenty-four hour blitz officers made 81 traffic stops and issued 47 warnings. Officers wrote 35 traffic citations; including 6 safety belt citations, 1 commercial violation, and one person was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Looking at all the Friday night matchups in High School Football.
Kenton 22 Coldwater 2
Bryan 69 VanWert 31
Marion Local 42 Shawnee 7
Napolean 33 Defiance 28;
Elida 20 Delphos St. Johns 0;
OG 55 Fostoria 0;
Sidney 19 St. Marys 16;
Celina 25 Versailes 19;
Wapak 35 Bellefontaine 13;
North Union 30 Cardington 7;
Arlington 67 Riverdale 0;
Upper Sandusky 40 Carey 19;
Ridgemont 46 Vanlue 13
USV 47 Ridgedale18
Bucyrus 58 Elgin 39
Kenton put on a dominant defense display Friday night at Cavalier Stadium.
The Wildcats allowed just 185 yards and forced 3 turnovers en route to posting a 22-2 season-opening win over Coldwater.
Grant Sherman threw for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, hitting Justin Sawmiller and Kollin Stollar for scores. He also rushed for another touchdown and the Kenton defense did the rest as it did not allow Coldwater to convert on a third- or fourth-down play the entire game.
The Cats are back in action on Friday when they visit Wapakoneta in Western Buckeye League play. WKTN will have all the action, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Eight people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Donald E. Miller was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on four counts of forgery and one count each of trafficking in heroin and theft of checks.
.John V. Tilton was sentenced to 17 months in prison on one count each of possesion of heroin, vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
.Christopher Collingsworth was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of theft.
Placed on two years community control with conditions were:
.Eric Shane Craig on one count of possession of heroin.
.Jonathan A. Harber on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
The previous five cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett, and the next three cases were heard by Judge William D. Hart, who was sitting by assignment:
.Kevin J. Guinn was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and possession of heroin.
.Dominic C. Salazar was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count of burglary. He was ordered to serve 60 days local incarceration, and was given credit for 57 days time served.
.Zachery J. Stover was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count each of petty theft and possession of criminal tools. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1149 to WalMart.
An 18 year old Forest woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before 6:30 Thursday evening.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Laura Renteria was driving west on State Route 53, when she drifted off the right side of the road. Renteria over-corrected, and the car skid sideways and ended up off the left side of the road, where it struck the embankment, went airborne and rolled multiple times.
Renteria was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken by helicopter to St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo with serious injuries..
The crash remains under investigation.
A Kenton woman was cited for operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license following a crash that occurred Thursday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 20 year old Tabitha Whitaker was driving east on Vine Street when she was distracted by a toddler in the back seat.
Whitaker told officers that she turned around to look in the back seat, and when she looked back up, her car had travelled across the road and into a yard at 440 Vine. The car struck a house and then the garage. Whitaker then attempted to leave the scene and travelled west on Carey and then south on Vine before striking a tree.
The car was heavily damaged, but there were no injuries.
A breaking and entering that occurred at the Secretary's Office at the Hardin County Fairgrounds is being investigated by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
According to Sheriff Keith Everhart, the incident was reported Thursday morning, and occurred sometime the night before.
The Sheriff said someone made off with over $1000 in cash, plus fair passes and parking passes. A separate building was also broken into, and miscellaneous items were stolen.
Sheriff Everhart added that they do have a suspect or suspects, and they are believed to have been involved in other recent break and entering incidents, including the Price Funeral Home the night before.
The 2013 Hardin County Fair will run from September 3 through September 8 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.
A change this year is the price of season and membership tickets, which now cost twenty dollars. Fairboard Secretary Nancy Motter said it's been a long time since prices have been raised, "It's been 10 plus years since they raised prices for season and membership passes, and the last two fairs have been really tough financially for the fairgrounds, and so they felt that this is a way to recoup some of the losses we've had, and as far as the gate price, that is still $7.00, and the wristbands are still $12.00"
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The 2013 high school football season gets underway tonight as the Kenton Wildcats travel to Coldwater.
The Cavaliers had another stellar year in 2012, finishing 15-0 on the season and winning the Division 5 state title. However, it will be virtually an entirely new Coldwater team taking the field tonight against the Wildcats as the Cavaliers return just 4 starters from last season’s title-winning team. But count out the Cavaliers at your own risk - Coldwater has won at least 10 games for 13 consecutive seasons and has the longest active playoff streak in the state as they have qualified for the postseason in each of the past 16 seasons.
The Wildcats have a streak of their own they will be looking to extend this season. Kenton has not finished with a losing record since 1992 and went 6-4 last season. While the Cats return several key players on each side of the ball, they will be tested right out of the gate in 2013. After tonight’s trip to Coldwater, Kenton is back on the road again next week when they visit a powerful Wapakoneta team that figures to compete for the Western Buckeye League title.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Cavalier Stadium, over the air on 95.3 and via the Internet at wktn.com. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
In other season-openers tonight around the county, Riverdale hosts Arlington; Ridgemont entertains Vanlue; and Upper Scioto Valley hosts Ridgedale.
On Saturday, the Ada Bulldogs begin their 2013 season when they travel to East Clinton.
Dogs enter the water as part of the event's water dog races
Max's Water Dog Races will take place this Labor Day Weekend.
The creator of the event, Max McClurer explains what will be taking place, "We are a giant flea market, and we have the water dog races. We open to the general public on Friday morning at 7:00am, and then we never close. It's open then right through Sunday until the last dog leaves."
He said this is their fifth year, "And it has grown every year. It's bigger and better, and if the weather cooperates, we'll have a
great, great show again."
A crowd shopping for numerous items at the flea market
McClurer said the price of admission is affordable, "For a three day pass, the price is $18.00. For a single day pass, it's $8.00, and we're at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima."
An Ada man was arrested Wednesday and is facing a felony charge of burglary.
According to Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, following an investigation involving the theft of a purse and credit cards during Ohio Northern University move in day, a warrant was served at 121 and a half South Main Street in the village by Ada Police Officers and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team.
Shane Michael Sprague was taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion. Additional charges against
Sprague are pending.
A breaking and entering was reported at the Price Funeral Home in Kenton.
The incident was reported Wednesday morning and occurred sometime during the night before.
Several items, including a lap top computer, were stolen.
The case remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition in a Columbus hospital after being struck by a train in Marion.
Police say Tyler Kinney was hit just after 8 p.m. Wednesday in an area of Marion where there are four train tracks.
Marion Police Lt. Jon Shaffer said the teen was struck while waiting for a train to pass. He was wearing headphones and apparently didn't notice another train on the track behind him.
MARION, Ohio (AP) - Several dozen people have been charged or arrested in a roundup by a drug task force in northern Ohio.
The Associated Press reports 32 of 46 people indicted were arrested Tuesday in the task force operation focusing on alleged drug trafficking around Marion, about 45 miles north of Columbus.
Those arrests stemmed from a months-long investigation in which investigators bought heroin, cocaine and prescription medication from suspects.
Marion police Maj. Bill Collins tells The Marion Star that the effort in conjunction with the county sheriff's office fulfills a promise by law enforcement to crack down on illegal drug sales in the area.
He says marijuana was found on at least one suspect, and officers seized more than $3,000
Fire destroyed a house in the 700 block of East Columbus Street this morning.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, the blaze occurred at a house that contains two apartments. Both units were empty at the time, and the building is owned by Century 21 Partners.
Firefighters were dispatched just after five this morning and were on the scene for around 4 and half hours. The heat from the fire damaged the fence and siding of the house next door.
Mutual assistance was provided by the Mt. Victory Fire Department.
The cause has not been determined, and the fire remains under investigation.
The picture above shows the back of the house where most of the damage occurred.
Dennis Beverly interviews Dr. Norman Moser at the Open house Tuesday aftenoon.
An Open House was held at Davita Kenton Dialysis in Kenton on Tuesday.
The new facility is located at 1207 East Columbus Street in Walmart Shopping Plaza.
The staff of Davita Kenton Dialysis cut the ribbon at the new facility at the Wal Mart Shopping Center. (From L to R) Dr. Norman Moser, Jo Pastorella, Becky Putnam, Vicki Southward, Dr. David Imler, Samantha Hull, Katie Hunsicker, and Tonelle Wagner.
Community leaders and potential customers were on hand to tour the all new building and meet the staff as well.
WKTN held a live remote from 4-7pm.
State Representitive Robert Sprague Chairs the Committee hearing on perscription drug abuse at the Hardin County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
An Ohio House Committee held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Hardin County Courthouse to discuss a growing problem of prescription drug addiction and heroin addiction in Ohio.
Representative Robert Sprague, who served as the chairman of the committee, stated that the hearing was to allow the legislators to have more first hand insight into the growing problem of prescription drug addiction in the state of Ohio. Individuals from the Ohio Department of Health, local elected officials and law enforcement, as well as people who have been treated for substance abuse testified on the issue in Hardin County as well as in the state of Ohio. Sprague noted that the committee learned of significant issues that those seeking effective treatment currently face.
"I think it's clear that we have to limit the number of perscriptions that are being made. Based on the testomony heard today, it's clear that people don't jump right in to being a heroin addict. It's starts with the perscription pills and they think they are safe because they have a perscription from a doctor. We clearly have to change some of the standards of care and the way that the perscriptions are being made within the medical system. And then on the other end, we have to get people better treatment. We've heard from people who are struggling with addiction and families that are struggling and people need to know how to get help. We've got to make treatment accessable and it needs to be immediate and local." said Sprague
Dr. Ted E. Wymyslo, Director of the Ohio Department of Health shows the legislators a map detailing the widespread misuse of perscription drugs in the state of Ohio.
Sprague noted that the legislators had some significant issues to tackle if they hope to make any sort of an impact in curtailing substance abuse in the state of Ohio.
"From here I think we need to work hand in hand with the Governors Office tor try to figure out some solutions. There's no magic silver bullet as if one thing is going to take care of this. It's taken us twenty years since the legislature passed the Entractable Pain Act in the late 1990s for us to get to this point. And it will take us a little while to get ourselves out of it. But we know there's actions that can be taken, and the reason that we know that is because of the testomony that we've heard. We heard tons of suggestions from the judicial system, law enforcement, the State Health Department and from those who have struggled with this." said Sprague
Around thirty people testified to the committee of Ohio House Representatives Tuesday afternoon.
The R. E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announce the awarding of $54,000 in scholarships for 2013.
Renewal Scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $28,000 to 44 students. In May, 2013 the Allen Foundation awarded 46 first year scholarships in the amount of $26,000.
Since 1991, the Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1205 different students in the amount of $2,191, 150, according to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation. Multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 544 different students.
The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment for R. E. & 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 $10,000 were awarded to:
Elizabeth Baldwin, Kristen Gilbert, Sierra Harris, Katey Kaylor, Briana King, Gabriel King, Mackenzie Miller, Mikaela Moore, Jaden Perkins, Grace Poeppelman, Kasey Rawlins, Garrett Ray, Kathryn Sherman, Demi Snider, Kevin Titus, and Olivia Watkins.
Third year scholarships in the amount of $12,000 were awarded to:
Adam Beverly, Katherine Brim, Brayden Collins, Sarah Cooper, Ginnie Critten, Dillyn Dorsey, John Dulin, Angus Gray, Jared Headings, Bethany Merold, Reagan Middleton, Cassandra Morris, Lauryn Schlinglof, Caleb Smith, Ashlee Thomas, James Warner, Sydney Levan, and Taylor Hershberger .
Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $6,000 were awarded to:
Allison Beverly, Ashley Bogue, Alexandria Comer, Darion Heilman, Jarrod Kissling, Greg Newland, Kylie Perkins, Derek Snider, Graham Watkins, and Megan Wolowicz
Mr. R. E. Allen comments, "It is my desire that these scholarship will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community.
A Mt. Victory man escaped injury after a deer struck his motorcycle Monday morning.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 36 year old Jeremy Billensteini was travelling west on County Road 190 when a deer entered the roadway and struck the motorcycle on the right side. Billensteini told deputies that he was able to exit the motorcycle just as it was laying down. He said once he was off the bike, it flipped onto its left side causing heavy damage.
The Kenton City Council heard about a grant opportunity for downtown revitalization at their meeting last night.
Resident Brad Wingfield spoke to the Kenton City Council about several steps needed for a grant he was working on to revitalize his building on North Detroit Street in downtown Kenton. Wingfield presented the council with a set of guidelines from the US Department of the Interior as to what standards should be in place in a city to dictate how historic buildings are to be rehabilitated, renovated, and used in an historic district. Wingfield told the council that standards such as these need to be in place in order to apply for certain grants which can be used in downtown revitalization. Wingfield also noted that while he was pursuing this for his own property, he also wanted to assist other property owners should they pursue grant opportunities.
"I just want to uncover every stone I can ever find for grants, for credits, for everything I can, and then open a road map for every other person who wants to do it. I've taken the time, and I have the ability to take the time and go out and do this. It can be very adventagous for someone else to get out there and do this, and the amount of time and knowledge it takes to get to that point is cumbersome to say the least. You're talking three to four hundred man hours trying to figure out which way to go with it. If we can cut that down to one hundred hours for someone else, and can continue to foster such cooperation I think that high tides float all boats." said Wingfield.
The council asked for further review of the material as well as the next step should the grant proposal be accepted. As councilman Brian Hattery noted:
"This is a first step. I need to see something in writing or some kind of an explanation as to what happens after this in regards to the cities funds" said Hattery
The city referred the issue to the Special Projects Committee for review by the next council meeting.
Also at the meeting, the council completed annexation of the property where the B&J Motel is located, into the city limits. That will officially take effect in thirty days. Also it was announced that the hearing for a liquor permit for the Kenton Varsity Club has not been scheduled yet. Brian Beaman from the Kenton Fire Department also reminded residents of the burning ordinances. He specifically mentioned the residents in the recently annexed Letson Addition as well as the owners of the property at the B&J Motel to know and comply with city burning ordinances now that those areas have been annexed into the city.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 9th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
Don't miss the live remote today from Davita Kenton Dialysis located at the Wal Mart Shopping Plaza in Kenton. There will be an open house from 4pm till 7pm today and our own Dennis Beverly will be on hand to talk about what all is available at the new clinic.
Tours, light refreshments and brochures will be handed out to educate the community on kidney friendly recipes, stress reliever balls and you'll have a chance to meet Dr. Imler and staff. Don't miss the open house today from 4pm till 7pm.
According to information from AEP Ohio, Power service WILL in fact be shut off around 4pm today due to emergency maintaince. AEP expects this outage to last around 10 minutes or so and will restore power as soon as they can. We will provide you with updates as we have them here and at 95.3FM.
The Kenton Fire Department was called out twice on Saturday.
According to the Kenton Fire Department, the first alarm came in at 3:15 in the afternoon for a report of grass fire on State Route 53 just south of Silver Street.
Firefighters were on scene for around half an hour.
The second call came in around 6pm for a possible dumpster fire at 1037 South Main Street.
Upon arrival firefighters found a sofa next to the dumpster was on fire.
They were on the scene of that fire for around 22 minutes.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are paying slightly more at the pump as summer wraps up and students head back to school.
The state's average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.53 on Monday, according to the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's up a nickel from a week ago but down 24 cents compared with a year ago.
Nationally, the average was $3.54 on Monday, holding steady compared with a week ago. It's 21 cents cheaper than at this time last year.
Experts say there falling unemployment claims and rising manufacturing are among signs that demand for oil in the world's largest economy is gaining momentum.
Members of the Ohio House of Representatives will hold a public hearing next week at the Hardin County Courthouse.
Representative Robert Sprague talks about the topic of the hearing, "To discuss the prescription drug addiction and opiate abuse problem that has become pervasive in our state. We are looking for solutions, and as the chairman, I wanted to make sure that we're able to come to Hardin County, and hear from the people here, and the experts, about what their views are on the prescription drug epidemic in Ohio."
He said it will be held Tuesday August the 27th starting at 1:00pm at the Courthouse in Kenton, "If you have an experience with prescription medication, prescription opiates, we encourage you, and you're welcome to testify, or you can come and simply listen to the hearing, and listen to some of the expert testimony that will also be at the committee hearing."
Five streets in Kenton are set to be re-paved.
According to a release from Safety Service director James Hites, weather permitting, blacktopping will begin Tuesday August 27 through August 29th for the following streets:
.East Pattison (between North Barron to Harding)
.Harding Avenue (from Pattison to Maydoll Drive)
.East Letson (from Main to Wayne)
.West North Street (from Leighton to Scott
All vehicles need to be moved from the street prior to 7:30am during those mornings.
Any vehicle not moved will be towed at the owner's expense.
The City thanks the residents for their cooperation.
A Dunkirk man was killed in a lawn mower accident that occurred Thursday afternoon in Hancock County.
According to a release from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, 53 year old Charles Turner was operating the zero turn mower on property located on U.S. 68, when it travelled down a ditch, overturned and pinned Turner underneath it.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the accident remains under investigation.
Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jimmy Brown was sentenced to 22 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and vandalism. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1900 to WalMart.
.Belinda Sue Lightner was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.
The previous two cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The following three cases were heard by Judge William D. Hart, who was sitting by assignment.
.Rayna E. Bowdle was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
.Johnathon Keith Little was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was classified as a Tier II se Offender.
.Jolene L. Kalb was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.
The HHWP Community Action Commission has started a program to assist the homeless in accessing social security disability benefits.
SSI Specialist Alex Garcia said the program also benefits those at risk of being homeless. He said, "That could include someone is staying with a friend or relative, and they have asked them to leave, or someone who has received an eviction notice, or who has not been able to work due to disability for more than a year is considered a risk."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A Perrysburg man was arrested following an argument Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to 405 east Franklin Street to investigate the complaint.
After running warrant checks, officers arrested 23 year old Brad
Hipsher on an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
Also, 44 year old Sophronia VanHorn, of Elida, was charged with obstructing justice.
The Hardin County Dog Shelter will hold its first Save A Dog event this Saturday at Kenton's Ace Hardware.
Community Control Danielle Moore said the event will be held this coming Saturday from 1-3pm, "Ace Hardware is graciously giving us some space out front, and the shelter will be bringing some of their adoptable dogs for the public to meet and adopt, and we're also having a dog food drive, collecting much needed dog food to donate to the shelter. They're running low on their supply, and our group of volunteers want to do everything we can to help them."
She added that volunteers would also be selling t-shirts, "And all of the proceeds benefit the shelter, so if your work hours don't work out for you to get to the shelter during the week, this is another opportunity to come out and meet the dogs, and see what the volunteers are doing and what the shelter is trying to get done."
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Growers say Ohio's 2013 apple crop is shaping up to be much better than last year, when spring frosts, summer drought and other weather extremes took a big bite out of the available crop.
Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association president Bill Dodd says warm days and cool nights this month have helped sweeten the fruit and make it larger, giving farmers hope for a strong harvest.
Apple Hill Orchards co-owner Russ Joudrey said that heavier rains earlier this summer were concerning but didn't do much harm.
Many orchards already are harvesting apples and looking forward to cider-making during the fall.
Ohio ranks 10th among the 32 apple-producing states in the United States.
The United States Postal Service is looking to fill a clerk's position at the Dunkirk Post Office.
The job requires an exam to be taken, and applicants must apply on-line at usps.com/employment.
Paper applications will not be accepted.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A not-for-profit organization targeting insurance fraud and vehicle theft says large Chevrolet pickup trucks were the type of vehicle most reported stolen in Ohio last year and were ranked fourth on the national list.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau says Dodge Caravan minivans, large Ford pickups and Buick Century sedans also made the top five for Ohio, in addition to cars in the Oldsmobile Cutlass line.
The NICB report is based on theft data submitted to the National Crime Information Center by law enforcement agencies.
Nationwide, the most stolen type of vehicle in 2012 was the Honda Accord, with more than 58,000 thefts of that car reported. The Honda Civic, large Ford pickups and the Toyota Camry rounded out the top five for the U.S.
The Kenton School Board heard an update from all the school administrators at their meeting last night.
Principals Angela Murphy, Ann Quinn Angela Butterman, Julie Simmons, Kirk Cameron, Rick Abbott and Robin Bane all presented updates on their respective school buildings. The updates dealt primarily in testing and academic performance at the buildings. All buildings have met goals set, and have shown progress. Areas that were noted as areas of improvement, for example social studies at the high school, were acknowledged and improvements were discussed. Board member Russ Blue thanked the principals for their reports.
Also at the meeting, the board heard an update from Jason Fleming of Garmann Miller on the new building project. Fleming said that the project was moving on schedule, with land grading and masonry work on target for the plan. Roofing on the project should begin in mid-September.
Also School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski apologized to the residents for some of the calls that were received Monday morning for school delays.
"We didn't update the Blackboard phone system at the beginning of the year, and as a result some of our seniors got calls this morning. So I'm sorry for that but we were able to update it today and everyone who should be getting a call will get one. If you don't wish to get calls, please call the board office and leave your name and phone number and we will remove it from the system." said Pensarski.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on September 16th 2013, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
Numerous firearms were reported stolen sometime Sunday.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the theft occurred at a residence in the 14,000 block of County Road 155.
The value of the missing firearms was listed at $8000.
Two suspects were listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed.
The case remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The cost of gas for Ohio drivers is up slightly compared with last week.
The state's average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.48 Monday, according to the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's up 6 cents from a week ago.
Compared with the average at this time last year, it's 28 cents cheaper.
The average nationwide was $3.54 per gallon on Monday. That's down a penny from a week ago and is 18 cents less than a year ago.
Analysts are keeping an eye on oil production and export disruptions caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa.
There's also concern that violence could spread and block important supply routes.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
On a perfect weather day, the Hardin Memorial Hospital Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run takes place.
In the picture, participants gather early at the registration table.
Money fom the event will be donated to the Hardin County Upward Basketball Program.
A Forest man was injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred early Saturday morning on U.S. 68 in Taylor Creek Township.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 60 year old Pat Stidham was travelling south on 68 when he struck a deer in the roadway, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.
Stidham suffered life threatening injuries and was transported by Life Flight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, where he is listed in serious condition.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Belle Center Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jennifer Lanore Hoskins was sentenced to a total of 34 months in prison on one count each of theft of drugs and trafficking in drugs.
.Thomas Ray Risner was placed on four years community control with conditions on one count each of forgery and burglary. He was ordered to pay $270 in restitution to the victim.
Placed on three years community control with conditions were:
.Charles Richard Hastings on three counts of theft, two counts of forgery and one count of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile. He must serve 60 days local incarceration and pay nearly $4000 in restitution to the victim.
.Larry Ray Hopson Jr. on one count of aggravated assault. He must serve 45 days local incarceration, and was ordered to pay $1250 in restitution to the victim.
.Justine E. Biederman was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count each of complicity to breaking and entering and receiving stolen property. She was ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $7300.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Fire damaged an apartment on High Street in Kenton Thursday.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to an upstairs apartment at 420 North High Street where a fire that started in a ceiling fan was extinguished.
Firefighters were called back several hours later after the fire rekindled and spread to the wall.
Moderate damage occurred to the apartment, which was occupied by Chad Giesler, and some water damage also occurred at a downstairs unit.
The building is owned by David Hamilton.
The Kenton City Schools will kick off the new school
year on Monday August 19.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said the administrators and teachers have been working all summer to prepare, "Whether it's getting their curriculum maps aligned so that we're ensuring that what a second grade teacher is teaching at Espy is what a second grade teacher's teaching at Hardin Central, so there's that continuity piece. Teachers work all summer on those kinds of things. Having things like common assessments, their working through that. There's a whole bunch of new initiatives by the state, with the new teacher evaluation system, something called SLO's, and the teacher's have been engaged all summer long, so they are ready to go."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, August 17 as well as a kid's fun run. Check-in and registration for both the race and the fun run will begin at 7:30 AM at the Hardin Rehabilitation and Wellness Center located at 918 W. Franklin St.
The kid's fun run is geared toward kids 12 and under and consists of a ½ or 1 mile run. The fun run will begin at 8:15 AM. The cost is $5 and each participant will receive a participation award.
The 5K course will be out and back along County Road 130. The hospital has been granted permission to close the end of W. Franklin St. and extending to County Road 130 beginning at 8:30 and will reopen after the race. Awards will be given to the top male and female finisher as well as the top male and female in each age category.
The registration fee for the 5K is $20 and shirts are available on a first come first served basis.
For more information contact the Hardin Memorial Hospital's Public Relations Director at 419-675-8137.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a three vehicle crash that occurred on St Rt 117 one half mile north of Roundhead at 3:25Pm on Wednesday August 14th. A 2000 Mercury Sable driven by Jennifer Shepherd (46) of Ada was southbound on St Rt 117 when she veered left of center and struck a northbound 2008 Honda Civic driven by Sara Harris (31) of Lima. Ms. Shepherd was transported by Life Flight from the scene and died at Lima St. Ritas Hospital upon arrival there.
Mrs. Harris was transported by Roundhead EMS to Lima Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition. A third vehicle, a 2012 Nissan van, driven by Virginia Guagentia(53) of Lima was southbound behind Ms. Shepherd and struck the north bound Honda after it was first struck by Ms. Shepherd. Two minor children were in the Guagentia van and were transported by Alger EMS to Lima St. Ritas with non life threatening injuries.
Assisting at the scene was Roundhead and Alger EMS, Roundhead Fire, Life Flight and Lowery's Towing.
The crash remains under investigation.
Area law enforcement agencies are gearing up for a weekend traffic safety blitz.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said you will notice the increased coverage on Friday and Saturday, the 16th and 17th. He said it's not about writing more tickets, but said the increased presence of law enforcement officials on the roadways tend to slow drivers down, "If people are slowing down, that means their driving a little safer, and that is the whole point, that is the reason we are there, so just having a presence out in the community, out on the roadways does by statistics, trying does save lives, and that is the whole reason that we are doing this, and like I said we are joining forces with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. They will have a couple of troopers down here. We will get some local police departments involved, and the 16th and 17th would not be a good weekend to be speeding or doing something wrong on the roadways in Hardin County,"
OSP Findlay Post Commander Lt. Matthew Meredith also noted the extra patrols after the opening of the new sub-post in Kenton last week, "You're going to see a lot of troopers in the county, in and around Kenton, trying to reduce serious crashes."
KENTON - The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, along with the Gene Autry Days Committee, have recently decided to discontinue Gene Autry Days. This year's event was held in June and marked its 20th anniversary.
Originally started by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce in 1994, the event was created to commemorate Gene Autry's visit to Kenton in 1938. At the time, the Kenton Hardware Company was producing the Autry Repeating Cap Gun, which sold over six million guns worldwide.
Chip Root, Chair of the Alliance Board of Directors, stated, "The Alliance has been honored to host Gene Autry Days over the past 20 years.
The event's successful history is due to a wonderful group of people who love Gene Autry and Hardin County.
Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Director of the Alliance, added "On behalf of the many board members and staff throughout the event's years we would like to thank everyone from Hardin County who has been instrumental in creating, organizing, volunteering and most of all supporting Gene Autry Days."
For more information, contact the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at 419-673-4131 or e-mail alliancehardinohio.org.
LIMA (Friday, August 09, 2013) - The brown grass along area highways is expected to recover and green up according to the herbicidal spraying company contracted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Officials with ODOT District 1, based in Lima, met with representatives of Mercier's Inc. of South Point on Thursday to assess the condition of the roadside vegetation which was sprayed in July along some two-lane highways in the district. The 2, 4-D-based chemical sprayed to kill broadleaf weeds also contained a growth retardant. The spraying was performed in each of ODOT District 1's eight counties which are Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
"According to the contractor, the reaction we're seeing with the vegetation is typical with the chemical mixture used," said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. "As expected, the grass first turns brown before it begins to recover and in the areas we've examined, that is occurring. We expect that to continue," he said.
ODOT regularly performs herbicidal spraying by contract. Vegetative retardants, which slow the growth of grass, are typically included in the mix to reduce the number of mowings each year. "We can reduce our mowing by 50 percent in those areas where a retardant is applied," said Slusher.
Retardants used in the past have mostly browned just the tips of the grass. "Their particular brand of retardant resulted in more browning than we're used to seeing," he said.
Grass that does not recover will be reseeded by the contractor, said Slusher.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a three vehicle fatal accident near Roundhead which occurred around 3:30pm Wednesday afternoon. According to information provided by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, two vehicles were heading southbound on St. Rt. 117 and one was heading northbound. One of the southbound vehicles went left of center causing the accident. One adult was lifeflighted and two juveniles and one adult female were transported to hospitals, but no further information has been made available
The splash park located at the Murray Park on Cherry Street officially opened late this week. Kenton Economic Development Coordinator Becky Potts said that their is still some grass that needs planted but the spash pad is working and will be in operation during daylight hours in late Spring, Summer, and early Fall.
Additionally, Potts mentioned that Kenton Police will be monitoring the park closely and that security cameras will be installed to ensure the safety of the property and those who use it.
The Hardin County Jobs and Family Services Office held an Alternative Response Forum Tuesday morning.
Intake Supervisor Samantha Gayheart talked about why the forum was conducted, "Basically it's a new approach in working with families. We want to partner with our families, and have them help us identify the strengths, and then at the same time, identifying the needs in their family, and trying to get services in right away, so hopefully over time, it will reduce the recidivism with these families."
She said it was a great way to reach out the community partners, "And kind of let them know that the changes that are coming with our agency, and how we can get them on board and have them help us with these families and get these services in."
Gayheart said she was pleased with the response to the forum, "We had local law enforcement there. We had representatives from our drug and alcohol places. We had representatives from our health department. We also had representatives from county schools. we had a really good turn out, and we really appreciate everybody coming and wanting to be involved and asking questions, and wanting to be able to help us and help these families of Hardin County."
And she added the feedback received was tremendous, "We've had people asking questions, wanting to know more. I really feel like we are going to have strong community support in this and especially in a small county, that is essential, and I really think they're going to help partner with us and get this done for these families."
The forum was held at St. John's Church in Kenton.
Construction on the new K-6 grade Kenton school building is right on schedule.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said despite a lot of rain this season, the construction crew is doing a great job of keeping the project on track, "The exciting thing to me, and it's hard for me to imagine, and I get to go out to the site every week and see how it progresses, is that whole building is supposed to be enclosed around the first of December, and for me that'e even hard to get my head around, but we went from a piece of land April 29 when we had groundbreaking, and we're going to have an enclosed building the first of December."
The building is scheduled to open for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
If you want to enter an item in this year's Hardin County Fair, the deadline to do so is fast approaching.
Fairboard Secretary Nancy Motter said that the deadline is this Friday August 16, "Friday is the last day to get any entry in for Junior Fair or open class, and we'll be here until five o'clock."
She said all you have to do is bring the items to the fairboard office. and while there, Motter said you can also purchase tickets, "You can buy your season or membership ticket out here at the fair office also. They're $20, and we also have the band and show choir tickets on sale."
The 2013 Hardin County Fair runs September 3-8.
An Upper Sandusky man was arrested after being found sleeping in the laundry room at Eagles Point Apartments Monday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a suspicious person, and upon arrival, they took Craig Bayes into custody, and he was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.
Bayes is facing a charge of possession of drugs.
A hit/skip crash damaged a building on North Detroit Street Monday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car was swerving in the parking lot of Prater's Auto Sales, when it struck the northeast corner of the building, and the driver then fled the scene. The car was later located in the 300 block of Hayes Avenue and was impounded.
The owner of the car, Crystal Gibson, of McGuffey, and the occupant of the house where the car was located, Ronnie Toler, were arrested on charges of persistent disorderly conduct.
A barn near Rushsylvania was damaged by a fire Monday afternoon.
The Rush Creek Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze around one Monday afternoon to the 800 block of Township Road 51. A vehicle inside caught on fire and spread throughout the barn.
Mutual assistance was provided by several area fire departments, including Kenton. Firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.
Councilman Brian Hattery from the finance committee gave the council a mid year finances update at the meeting last night. Hattery said that projections for this point in the year have, thus far, been solid.
"The two things we looked at were our income thus far and our expenses. For income, the main source of income for Kenton is the income taxes that we receive and we're pretty much holding our own. They are right where we projected them to be. No more, no less. The expenses, we are short in some accounts that we knew we'd be short in. Some of the accounts for maintainance, administration, office supplies, postage things like that, but we cut those down a bit to try and balance our budget. The ordinance we passed tonight was to help boost some of those areas. We knew we were going to be short and wern't surprised that we were short in those areas." said Hattery.
Also at the meeting, the council passed an ordinance which completed the annexation of the property where the B&J Motel is located, as well as an ordinance which declared that sewers were needed on the Letson sub-division property. In comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that city crews will be tar & chipping the city alleyways starting next week, that the street blacktopping projects will begin in September, that Steiner Avenue will be open at the railroad again on Thursday and that Oct. 31st has been designated at the night for Trick or Treat in the city, and will be held from 6 till 8pm.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on August 26th 2013 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
Three people were injured in a crash that occurred around midnight last night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 18 year old Haley Hayter, of Kenton, was driving east on North Street at a high rate of speed. She failed to stop for a stop sign at Oriental Street, and her car struck the curb and two steep hills before coming to rest next to the Kenton Middle School.
Hayter and two passengers, 17 year old Davon Klesmit, of Kenton and 20 year old Hannah Roof, of Mt. Victory, were all transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The car was heavily damaged, and the crash remains under investigation.
Two people were arrested following a report of burglary late Sunday morning.
According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of North Oak Street to investigate the active burglary.
The two arrested were identified as 26 year old Josh Wallace and 30 year old Rachel Jolliff, both of Kenton. They are facing burglary charges, and the case remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing some welcome relief at the pump as the week begins and gas prices in the state remain well below the national average.
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.42 in Ohio, according to Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 14 cents cheaper than a week ago and 33 cents less than the state average a year ago.
Nationally, the average Monday was $3.55 a gallon, down 6 cents from a week ago and 14 cents compared with a year ago.
Gas prices in the past month have been some of the cheapest in Ohio since the start of 2013.
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By a two to one margin, micropoll voters do not thing internet and sweepstakes cafes should be closed.
Of those responding, 64% said they should not be closed, while 36% said yes they should be.
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An intersection in Kenton will become a 4 way stop soon.
According to a release from Safety Service Director James Hites, stop signs will be placed on Ohio Street at High Street creating a four way stop at the intersection effective Thursday August 15.
The stops signs are being added due to the number of near miss accidents at the intersection.
The committee L-R front row-Annetta Shirk, Rose Zuchetto, Ruth Haushalter, Emma Krock, Joe Krock, Thelma Musselman, L-R Back row- Bob Buroker, Rick Dunson, John Siemon, Antwilla Davis, Dale Musselman & Chris Barker.
KENTON, OH –During the Gene Autry 75th Anniversary Celebration the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and the Gene Autry Days Committee honored Glen Stearns the founder of Gene Autry Days. The celebration was held at the Gene Autry Mural Park, located at the corner of West Franklin and Market Streets in Kenton.
Gene Autry visited Kenton on August 8, 1938, to tour the Kenton Hardware Company which manufactured his repeating cap guns. Gene and his horse Champion held five performances at the Kenton Theatre which over 4,000 people attended. Records indicated that over 6 million Gene Autry Cap Guns were manufactured at the Kenton Hardware Company.
Gene Autry always had found memories of Kenton, and was generous in granting the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance permission to use his name and likeness for an annual event. The first Gene Autry Days was held in 1994.
A plaque was dedicated to Glen Stearns, the founder of Gene Autry Days, in recognition of his dedication to the community and in appreciation of the artwork he provided.
Glen Stearns, who passed away in May of 2013, was nationally known as an artist who worked in mediums ranging from carving to sculptures, and from paintings to beautiful etchings. In 1994 Stearns was named Citizen of the Year.
Also, recognized at the event was the Gene Autry Committee for their 20 years of service to our community. State Representative Robert Sprague presented each committee member with a commendation.
The Gene Autry Mural Park was dedicated in June of 2004. The site was made available by Tim and Robin Carrig, owners of Golden Graphics. Funds for the park and mural were donated by area residents, organizations and businesses. The focal point of the park is the mural of Gene Autry riding his horse Champion in front of the Kenton Hardware Company.
For more information contact the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at 419-673-4131 or email@example.com.
Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop conducted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force Wednesday.
According to a release, the traffic stop was conducted on County Road 114 in Buck Township, which Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said was the result of an on-going investigation, "They had surveillance on the vehicle, and once the vehicle was able to be stopped, we used the Sheriff's Office K9 unit to confirm that there were narcotics in the vehicle, which of course gave us probable cause to search the vehicle at that time, and is when we found the 341 balloons of heroin."
He said that is the largest single haul made in Hardin County to date, "That's almost a $9000 street value, 341 balloons, so that's in my opinion 341 balloons of heroin that did not hit the streets of Hardin County."
One vehicle was also seized, and one male, identified as Shane Spitnale, and a female, identified as Stephanie Pollock, both of Findlay, were arrested for possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Hardin County Sheriff K9 Unit, Kenton Police Department and Osborn's Towing.
The third member of the multi-county theft ring was sentenced Thursday afternoon in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
After hearing from both prosecution and the defense, as well as statements from the victims, Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Sells to a total of twelve years in prison for multiple counts including burglary, tampering with evidence, and safecracking.
Additionally, Sells is to pay restitution to the victims and associated court costs.
Also in Court recently, according to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Lloyd Shepherd was placed on three years community control on one count of assault.
Placed on two years community control with conditions were:
.Daniel Lewis Fisher, on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of criminal tools.
.Shawn Renee Harp, on one count of permitting drug abuse.
.Stephanie Renee Manns on one count of possession of heroin.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Ohio State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a Traffic Safety Blitz.
Sheriff Keith Everhart said it will be conducted August 16 and 17, "This is going to be a two day crack down on traffic violations in Hardin County. We're going to be focusing on seatbelt use, ovi's, and the thing with the ovi's, we're going to be doing a no refusal weekend, which means if you refuse to take the breath test, we're going to be obtaining search warrants from a judge, and we will be drawing blood, if you are suspected of driving under the influence."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Immaculate Conception Church Summer Festival will be held this weekend. Festival Coordinator Patty Warner said that the festivities kick off Saturday night at the St. Anthony's Center, "On Saturday we are having musical entertainment by Linda Kay and Company. She does karoke and is a dj. She also sings. On Sunday we will have a talent showcase at 3pm. This will feature some of the church kids performing songs and music. At 4pm we'll have Jim Stephen. He is from Findlay and is a motivational speaker and he does amazing feats of physical fitness. He puts on a good show."
In addition, Warner said that many of the festival favorites, such as the cake raffle, book sale, bounce houses and bingo will also be held, as well as a money raffle for up to $1000.00. WKTN's own Andrew Flinn will also be broadcasting from the festival from 2:30 to 4:30pm Sunday.
(In picture from left to right: Findlay Post Commander Lt. Michael Meredith, BKP Board Members Alan Long and Beryl Rogers-Dudeck, Coordinator Rob Goldberg and Supervisors Kari Pooler and Jason Johns)
Kenton--The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that it will open a sub-post in Hardin County to better serve the motorists and residents in the area. The Findlay Post, which is located in Hancock County, but also provides services for Hardin County, will begin operating from an office located at the BKP Ambulance building at 439 South Main in Kenton.
Troopers working in Hardin County can use the sub-post to meet with the public in order to complete crash reports, enter case investigations into the computer system and process evidence with no additional costs.
"A sub-post in Hardin County will allow the Findlay Post to provide a more consistent level of service to the residents of Hardin County" said Lt. Matthew Meredith, Findlay Post Commander. "The establishment of this enhanced presence in the county is another way in which the Ohio State Highway Patrol is contributing to a safer Ohio"
BKP Board Member Beryl Rogers-Dudek said it is a perfect fit for both organizations, "We're very excited to have them join us in the building, and we know it enables them to spend more time on the roadways, which benefits everyone."
She also talked about how it came to be, "They approached us and said they would like to share office space with us, and the board decided that would be a great idea."