Hardin Leadership will sponsor a Meet the Candidates Forum tonight at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices. The forum will be held at 7pm.
There will be three races featured on two panels. The Kenton Treasurer position, with Terri Downey and Donald Mitchell in the running. Kenton Council-at-Large with B.J. Hall, Brian Hattery, Patricia Risner, and Peg Wren in the running, and Kenton School Board with Russ Blue, Dave Haushalter, Mark McCullough, Bradd Molk, and Jason Howe in the running for those seats.
The forum is sponsored by Hardin Leadership and will be broadcast on WKTN as well as streamed live at Kenton Today.com.
An injury crash occurred Sunday afternoon at the intersection of State Route's 309 and 235.
The report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office is not available at this time.
The extent of injuries is not known at this time.
We will have more later on WKTN.
A 17 year old driver escaped injury in a weekend crash that occurred over the weekend on State Route 235.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Tiara Spahr Baker, of Alger, was driving south on 235 and hit the brakes on a curve to avoid hitting an animal in the roadway.
She lost control of the car, and it ended up off the road where it struck a utility pole.
The car was heavily damaged.
A breaking and entering was reported by an employee of Drain Products in Forest.
The incident, which is under investigation, occurred over the weekend, and a suspect has been named.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio is bracing for the potential consequences of a looming government shutdown, from workers who live paycheck to paycheck to program directors worried about further impacts for already dwindling services for low-income clients.
A government shutdown would begin at midnight Tuesday unless feuding Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington make a deal on a spending bill. As in other states, that would signal the closing of national parks, delays in government-backed mortgages and furloughs at military bases.
Other government services, such as mail delivery and Social Security benefits, would remain in tact.
Impacts on other programs aren't yet known and largely would depend on how long a potential shutdown would last.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are trending downward as summer gives way to fall weather.
The average in Ohio was $3.33 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 15 cents cheaper than last Monday and down 41 cents from a year ago.
The national average Monday was $3.40, down a bit from $3.47 a week ago. At this time last year, the average was $3.78.
Gas prices tend to decline soon after Labor Day, but last year they didn't start going down until mid-October. Experts attribute the price drop this fall to a variety of factors. Those include relatively problem-free refinery operations and increased supply while demand decreases with the close of the summer driving season.
The Ohio Department of Transportation released the weekly Construction and Maintenance Projects Report for the Week of September 30, 2013.
.Ohio 31 in the Village of Mount Victory will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.
.Ohio 701 from County Road 75 to County Road 115 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.
.Ohio 31 just north of County Road 200 will close for 14 days on September 30 for a culvert replacement. Traffic detoured onto
.Ohio 292 and Ohio 273 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Helms and Sons, Findlay.
.U.S. 23 at the eastern split with U.S. 30 at Upper Sandusky is not expected to be affected during a drainage maintenance project which will occur over the next three weeks. Motorists should be aware of workers in the area. Work is being performed by Van Dam and Associates, Hubbard.
.U.S. 23 at the western split with U.S. 30 at Upper Sandusky will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for shoulder work which will occur over the next two weeks. Work is being performed by G. E. Baker Construction, Shreve.
.Ohio 53 just north of the Wyandot County Fairgrounds will be restricted to one lane through the work zone at times for earth work. Work is being performed by Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.
.Ohio 103/Ohio 199 in the village of Carey is now open.
U.S. 23 between Carey and Upper Sandusky will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair at various locations, mainly at bridge locations. Work is being performed by Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.
.Ohio 67 from Ohio 53 to Ohio 103 restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.
.Ohio 53 north of Upper Sandusky is now open but potential lane restrictions could occur at various times. Work is being performed by Helms and Sons, Findlay.
Kenton 46 Shawnee 0
Bath 27 St. Marys 21
Defiance 20 Ottawa Glandorf 0
Wapakoneta 29 Celina 26
Elida 41 VanWert 34
Other Scores of Interest
Upper Sandusky 54, Riverdale 7
North Union 61 Elgin 28
Perry 25 Upper Scioto Valley 19
Ridgemont 33 Millersport 8
Arlington 42 Van Buren 6
Ada 36 Bluffton 24
Tippecanoe 69 Ben Logan
Kenton improved to 5-0 on the season with a 46-0 win over Shawnee on Friday.
The Wildcats move to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Western Buckeye League while the Indians fall to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the WBL.
Justin Sawmiller caught 13 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns and also returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. Grant Sherman threw for 428 yards and 4 scores, connecting twice with Sawmiller for touchdowns and once each with Connor Jones and Colyn Blackford. Jones, who finished with 132 yards receiving, also grabbed a TD pass from Trent Hites.
Kenton's top-ranked defense forced 7 three-and-outs and a four-and-out while limiting the Indians to 168 yards. The Cats finished with 599 yards of offense. Justin Sawmiller was named Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
Kenton is back in action on Friday when it hosts Ottawa-Glandorf in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.
Gen. Murray at park dedication ceremony in 2009
A Benefit Fish Fry and Raffle event will take at Murray Park Saturday
City of Kenton Economic Development Coordinator Becky Potts said the proceeds will go to help continue improvements at the park, "We want to finish up the Splash Pad. We're really close to being done. We're also going to have a raffle and a 50/50. We'll be at the football game tonight (Friday) will all of the raffle items, and also tickets for the fish fry. The fish is coming from Henry's, and Jolene's is supplying the sides, so it should be some really good food. We're going to have live music tomorrow."
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the City Building and the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.
In addition to great food and great music, Potts also said lots of nice prizes will be raffled off, "$100 in cash, we have two one hundred dollar lottery trees, football signed by all KHS players this year, football jersey signed by Benny and Mattie, Holiday basket from Kroger, Kenton blanket. There's a large and small lantern, they're absolutely beautiful, A Kenton pool pass for the family, and one really unique item, a night at the museum for up to eight people, including dinner."
The event goes from 4-8 Saturday at Murray Park on Cherry Street in Kenton.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jordan Richard Porter was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of burglary.
.Melanie Patricia Helton was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of obstructing justice. She must serve four days local incarceration.
The previous two cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The following two cases were heard by Judge William D. Hart, who was sitting by assignment:
.Randy Alton Stephenson Junior was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of burglary and petty theft. He must serve 37 days local incarceration.
.Benjamin Eric Sheets was placed on three years community control with conditions on two counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and/or juvenile.
Saturday marks the start of the Deer hunting archery season.
Ryan Kennedy, Hardin County Wildlife Officer with Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, said hunting is big business in Ohio, "Hunting has more than a 853 million dollar impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel. lodging etc. More people hunt and fish in Ohio than attend Cleveland Cavaliers and Cincinnati Bengals games, and the resident sports women and men of Ohio number 1.5 million."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Inspector Don Kelby (right) from the Division of EMS, Fire and Medical Transport and Louella Goble, Paramedic with Jackson-Forest EMS
Jackson-Forest Ambulance District achieved renewal of its State of Ohio License as a medical transport agency.
There are currently 457Licensed Medical Transport Agencies in the State of Ohio. Licensure is required for all private sector ambulances in Ohio, but Government or Public Ambulance Services may voluntarily go through the inspection process and become licensed. Jackson-Forest Ambulance has been a Licensed Medical Transport Agency since 2008.
According to correspondence with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, Fire and Medical Transport; only 3 government agencies maintain licensure and Jackson-Forest Ambulance is the ONLY VOLUNTEER agency to achieve such status.
Vehicle Licensed, certification sticker that all Licensed Ambulances in the State of Ohio must display
The yearly inspection for Licensure include thorough review of personnel records, individual certifications, medical documentation, policy and protocol, insurance coverage as well as a complete inspection of the vehicles and required medical equipment.
According to Dean A. Hankins RN, Paramedic and Chief of Operations for Jackson-Forest Ambulance District/ Emergency Medical Services, the department voluntarily submits to licensing inspection as one means of ensuring high quality of service and patient care for residents of its district and contracted area.
The Wildcats are 4 and 0 overall and 3 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League and are ranked 2nd in the latest Division 4 state poll. They have outscored their opponents 172 to 32 so far this season and will face an improved Shawnee team this evening.
After going 2 and 8 last season, the Indians have needed just 4 games to equal their 2012 win total. Shawnee brings a 2 and 2 overall mark and a 2 and 1 league record into tonight's contest.
As always, you can hear all the action live tonight from Robinson Field right here on WKTN. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., and kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
In other games tonight around Hardin County, 3 and 1 Ada looks to bounce back from its 1st loss of the season when it hosts 2 and 2 Bluffton; 0 and 4 Riverdale hits the road for action at 4 and 0 Upper Sandusky; 3 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley entertains 0 and 4 Perry; and Ridgemont looks to improve on its 1 and 3 mark when it hosts winless Millersport.
A Kenton High School student charged with threatening to shoot other students was arraigned in Hardin County Municipal Court Thursday morning.
Derick Craig was charged with a felony county of inducing panic this past Thursday night after he allegedly threatened to shoot other students.
At the request of Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey, felony charges against Craig were dismissed and through his attorney J.C. Ratliff, Craig pled not guilty to a misdemeanor count of inducing panic. Judge Greg Grimslid set a trial date of December 19th 2013 in Hardin County Muncipal Court. Bond was reduced to $2500.00 cash or surety.
As a condition of bond, Craig is to have no contact with Kenton High School outside of the disciplinary process. A meeting will be held tomorrow morning between the school and Craig on that process.
Google Earth image of scene
A Kenton man was killed and another was injured when their vehicle collided with a train in Hancock County Tuesday afternoon.
According to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Joshua Todd, age 23 of Kenton was driving westbound on Jackson township road 168 when he failed to yield to a CSX Train.
The train struck the pickup on the passenger side, which then became airborne striking a railroad crossing sign and utility pole.
A passenger in the truck, William Craig, age 23 of Kenton was pronounced dead at the scene, and Todd was taken by LifeFlight to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where he is listed in serious condition.
The accident remains under investigation.
A search for a new Executive Director of the Hardin County Council on Aging is underway.
After nearly a decade on the job, Shirl Taylor submitted her letter of resignation at Tuesday's Board of Directors meeting.
Board President William VanScoy praised Taylor for her years of service. He said she did a competent job and put together a great staff.
VanScoy said it is "business as usual" at the Center, and services are continuing to be provided to their clients.
He confirmed that Bette Bibler has been named Interim Director, and applications will be sought to fill the position.
Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger
On Thursday, September 26 at 7:00pm the Ada Police Department will be hosting a mock crash scene involving a driver who has been texting as part of our 2013 Citizen's Police Academy.
The event will be held at the Ada War Memorial Park on the north side of the football stadium.
The Ada Liberty Fire and Rescue will be joining us on this evening as well as a visit from Life Flight.
The public is invited to join our Citizen's Police Academy participants in this important demonstration.
Questions may be forwarded to Chief Michael Harnishfeger at 419-634-0010.
The Kenton Wildcats are ranked 2nd in the latest state poll.
The Wildcats trail just Clinton-Massie in the latest Associated Press Division 4 state poll. Clinton-Massie leads the rankings with 233 points and 13 first-place votes while Kenton received 5 first-place votes and 230 points.
Kenton is the only county team listed in the latest poll, but other ranked teams of interest include Upper Sandusky, who is 20th in Division 4; Coldwater, who is ranked 2nd in Division 5; and Arlington, who is 6th in Division 7.
Also, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has released its computer ratings through 4 weeks. In Division 4, Region 12 the Kenton Wildcats are 3rd while Upper Sandusky is 9th. Ada sits 7th in the Division 6, Region 20 ratings while Arlington leads the Division 7, Region 24 rankings. Upper Scioto Valley is currently 10th in the Division 7, Region 26 computer poll.
The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs.
A Kenton High School student charged with threatening to shoot other students made an initial appearance in Hardin County Municipal Court Monday morning.
Derick Craig was charged with one count of inducing panic this past Thursday night after he allegedly threatened to shoot other students.
The incident was reported by a parent of a student who said they heard Craig make the threats.
Craig, who was arrested at his home located at 632 Barron Street in Kenton, appeared before Judge Greg Grimslid Monday morning. Bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety, and arraignment was scheduled for Thursday September 26 at 10:45am.
The 2014 Kenton City Budget was a major topic of discussion at the Kenton City Council meeting last night.
Councilman Brian Hattery from the Finance Committee gave a committee report which said that the committee met with all the department heads last week. Hattery reported that while the budgets submitted to council were slightly higher, the increases came in areas where the council expected.
"There were minimal increases in last years budget, and they were in expected areas. But they were also areas that we went through to trim back and get the budget balanced last year. [for FY2013] So it wasn't a surprise where they asked for increases. Pretty much, their increases would match the amount they've already spent this year or are going to spend." said Hattery.
Going into the next year, Hattery said that the city will need to look into ways of increasing revenue, but he also mentioned that there are no plans whatsoever to reduce current staff.
Also at the meeting, the council heard a first reading on an ordinance to enter into a highway improvement project with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the project will be on US 68 S. out by the Rail Logistics Center and will take place in 2014. The cities share of the project will be $10,000.00 which had been previously budgeted. Brian Hattery also noted that ARCAP is completing their study of the Kenton water and sewer rates. They will present a preliminary report to the finance committee on Oct. 7th at 6pm and then the final report to the council for the meeting on October 14th. The council also accepted a gift of property from Hardin County where the old County Jail site used to be. The plans are to turn that area into a city park.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on October 14 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
View from rear of building where unit damaged by fire was located
Fire damaged a four unit apartment building in Kenton Sunday evening.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to 380 South Leighton Street just before 6:30 last evening.
The fire started in a unit occupied by Jeremy Brown, but the cause has not yet been determined.
$12,000 in damages occurred to the building, and the fire was contained to the one unit. The three other units sustained smoke damage.
The building is owned by John Ramge.
Firefighters were on the scene for around two and a half hours.
The Ada Police Department is releasing a S.A.F.E.R. Alert (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) in an attempt to identify individuals who used a stolen credit card at several businesses in Ada and Lima.
Update: According to Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, the two women in the photo above have been taken into cusotdy. He is not releasing their names at this time as the investigation continues. The identity of the man in the picture below is still being sought by police.
On August 23, 2013 at 12:38pm a female in a blue “Betty Boop” shirt used a stolen credit card at the Rich Station in Ada to purchase merchandise.
On the same date at 1:41pm the same female along with a black male in a white shirt and a heavy set female in a pink shirt used the same card to purchase a significant amount of merchandise from Menards in Lima, Ohio. At 3:20pm this same date the trio attempted to use the card again at the Foot Locker in Lima.
Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals should call the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010.
Information sources may remain anonymous.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average gas price is about the same as the national average as the week begins.
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.48 in the Monday survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents from a week ago but is 25 cents cheaper than the price a year ago.
Monday's national average was a penny cheaper at $3.47 per gallon, down a nickel from $3.52 a week earlier. The national average at this time last year was significantly higher at $3.81.
Last week, AAA reported Ohio had reached a notable benchmark - more than 1,000 consecutive days with gas prices topping $3. Experts don't expect the streak to stop anytime soon.
Parking lot changes as HMH ER renovation project progresses
Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department renovation project continues to move forward.
Effective September 23, changes will occur to the Emergency Department entrances and parking area. The u-drive will close and the newly created parking lot to the west of the hospital will be the main parking lot for emergency department patients and their loved ones. The entrance to the new lot is located off of Memorial Avenue.
The walk-in entrance will change slightly but remain on the south side of the hospital. Pam Beverly, Director of the Emergency Department stated, “To assist patients with their arrival we will have signs showing patients where to enter and if someone needs assistance, we are advising them to call (419) 675-8130. The entrance for the emergency medical mobile units (i.e. BKP) and air ambulances will also be altered. The helipad to the north of the hospital will begin to be used during the transition.”
The entire renovation project is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of 2015. Isaac Houser, Director of Maintenance stated, “The project will be done in three stages and as we continue to make changes that will affect the community we will keep you updated. There are still a few transformations that will occur outside including the new 5,000 square foot addition, the helipad and the completion of the entire parking lot. We appreciate your patience as we continue to update our facility to provide the best health care to the residents of Hardin County.”
Kenton---Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 8 PM in the McCullough Conference Room. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.
Bernadette Coats RN, Certified Diabetic Educator of Hardin Memorial Hospital will present "Overcoming Barriers- Get Motivated". Mrs. Coats’ presentation will focus on barriers and adherence to a patient-specific-management plan. She will discuss effective ways of overcoming these barriers and how to get motivated with healthy eating, being physically active, and adhering to medication regimes.
There will be time to discuss what works for you, share success stories, and learn new strategies to help improve personal outcomes.
The Diabetic Support Group is part of HMH’s Diabetic Self-Management Program, which is directed by Bernadette Coats, RN, and Certified
Diabetic Educator at HMH. This support group provides the latest information available on diabetes self-care, promotes wellness, and helps persons with diabetes prevent the complications of chronic illnesses related to the disease.
HMH is dedicated to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health. For information, call 419-675-8249.
Kenton 32 Van Wert 0
Wapakoneta 21 Bath 0
Celina 14 Defiance 10
Ottawa Glandorf 14 Shawnee 13
Elida 34 St. Marys 14
Other Scores of Interest
Ft. Loramie 14 Ada 8
River Valley 62 Elgin 7
Bucyrus 34 Riverdale 14
Upper Scioto Valley 22 Waynesfield 16
North Union 20 Pleasant 7
Arlington 49 Leipsic 7
Kenton's defense pitched a shutout Friday as the Cats whipped Van Wert 32-0 in Western Buckeye League action.
The Wildcats (4-0 overall, 3-0 WBL) held the Cougars to minus 32 yards rushing and minus 13 for the game while forcing 5 turnovers.
Grant Sherman threw for 2 touchdowns - hitting Kollin Stollar & Connor Jones for scores - and also rushed for a score. Stollar also had a rushing TD while the Kenton defense recorded a safety.
Austin Phillps was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game. The Wildcats host Shawnee Friday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN
An 18 year old Kenton High School student was arrested last night for allegedly threatening to shoot other students.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were informed about the threat by a parent of a student, who said they heard Derick Craig make the threat in a classroom during the day Thursday.
Officers arrested Craig last night at his residence on Barron Street.
He has been charged so far with one count of inducing panic.
The report also says a safe full of guns was found in the house. In addition, a large amount of marijuana was confiscated in the house, along with drug paraphernalia. Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said this morning that officers will be present at the school today as a precaution.
Derick Craig is currently being held in the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
The case remains under investigation.
Kenton superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said that student's safety remains the school's top priority. She praised officers and staff of the school for working through the night to get everything resolved,
"I think the best part of this situation is being able to communicate the information to the our parents prior to the start of school so that they know what to expect when they got there. Sometimes we're not able to do that, and so I think that was a big piece. I think the piece that the police and the school are communicating and they're working together and trying to get things resolved. I mean student safety is our number one priority. I think overall things were handled very efficiently and quickly by the police, and thank goodness we could actually find a person this time and really get it resolved." said Pencarski
She also encouraged parents and students to report what they know,
"If your child tells you something, or if you hear something, assume we don't know, and let us know, because ir was because of those actions that we were able to act last night and get to the bottom of it, so I really appreciated that input." said Penczarski.
Benjamin Fowler is being held at the Multi-County Jail in Marion on charges of recieving stolen property in connection to the probe.
Several recent theft investigations could be resolved following an arrest last night by the Hardin County Crime Task Force.
According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Task Force assisted Kenton Police Officers at KMart last night.
As a result, search warrants were served a residences on Harris Street.
Benjamin Fowler was arrested during the investigation. So far, he has been charged with receiving stolen property.
The case remains under investigation.
The 28th Annual Harvest and Herb Festival is set for this weekend in Downtown Ada. According to information provided by Arlene Allison, who is serving as one of the festival planners, activities are set to begin early Saturday morning,
"We have over 150 vendor booths, we have a whole slate of entertainment all day. All local musicians or used to be local musicians who have agreed to come back and perform for us for the day. The parade will be held downtown at 10:00am with the crowning of the queen at noon." said Allison
The festival will feature activities in the Ada Railroad Park and the parking lot at Cole Motor Sales all day. In addition, a Children's Tractor Pull will be held at 1pm at the railroad park.
Ada Midget Football players are putting together the 1st Annual Cancer Walk.
The event is scheduled for Sunday October 13 at War Memorial Park in Ada.
Board of Directors Secretary Amy Dirken said all of the proceeds from the walk will be donated to Not By Choice Outreach, "We spoke to the CEO, and they have agreed to accept our proposal, and so all of the proceeds from our walk will go to that organization to help people in our community."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
For the 3rd time in 4 weeks, the Kenton Wildcats hit the road as they travel to Van Wert tonight.
The Cougars have not had a winning season since 2004, and they will be hard-pressed to post a winning mark this season. Van Wert is 0 and 3 so far in 2013, including 0 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. Defense has been a big concern for the Cougars. They have allowed 146 points through 3 games and things don't look to get any easier for the Van Wert "D" with the high-flying Wildcats coming to town.
Kenton is off to a 3 and 0 start and is averaging over 46 points a contest. The Cats, who are 2 and 0 in the WBL, have been strong in every facet of the game. They are giving up just over 10 points a contest and have also come up big on special teams as they returned a punt for a score in last week's rout of St. Marys.
History is also on the Cats' side tonight. Kenton has won 17 straight games against the Cougars, with Van Wert's last win over the Cats coming back in 1995.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Eggerss Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
In other games tonight involving county teams, Riverdale tries to secure its 1st win when it hosts Bucyrus; unbeaten Ada travels to Fort Loramie; and Ridgemont and Upper Scioto Valley each try to get back on the winning track as the 1 and 2 Golden Gophers host Riverside while the 2 and 1 Rams visit Waynesfield-Goshen.
One person was injured in a two vehicle crash that happened Wednesday evening. According to information provided by the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the crash happened around four miles north of Kenton of St. Rt. 68 around 7:30pm.
According to information provided by the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, Joseph Cook, age 74 of Kenton was southbound on 68 and stopped to turn into a private drive, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another southbound vehicle driven by Kevin L. Hollenbacher, age 47 of Lima.
Hollenbacher was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for unspecified injuries and Cook was not injured. No further details were available.
A public meeting was held Wednesday evening on the Ridgemont Schools Building Project.
Ridgemont Superintendent Emmy Davis unveils the floor plans at the public meeting Wednesday night.ã€€
The public got to see the plans for the new Ridgemont Schools K-12 Building project at a public meeting last night at Ridgemont High School. The plans for the new building are designed with a focus on collaborative learning, rather than lecture based learning, which means there are many common areas for large projects, group work, and so on, which incorporate the latest in technology, energy efficient systems. School Superintendent Emmy Davis said that during the design process, it was decided that the building should be as future based as possible.
"The building really is future focused. When we started the design, we were asking the question 'What do we do now?' and quickly we came to realize that we needed to be asking 'What will we do in the future?'. This building is going to last this district another hundred years, just like the buildings that it has. So we started thinking about how the world has changed and is continuing to change and what we need to do in order to adapt to that. Not only are we changing our professional practices, and we're working with professional developers to assist in that now, but the building is designed with a focus on that." said Davis
Ridgemonts youngest students get a chance to see the new school floor plans.
And as far as the timetable for the project, Davis said that the project is proceeding right on schedule.
"Design documents will be done in January/February for bidding. Groundbreaking will be April to May and we're still planning to be open for the 2015-16 school year." said Davis
The site of the new building, located just outside of Mt. Victory on State Route 273. Groundbreaking is slated for next spring.
Armand Young on the road across America
A California man's cross country "Human Kindness Walk" has brought into Hardin County.
Armand Young has been on the long journey, carrying what he calls the most signed object in the world, the 9-11 pole, "It has 553,000 signatures on it from people across America that simply promise to commit an act of kindness in the next 24 hours, and to honor the act of kindness to somebody that died in 9-11 or a fallen soldier, and I'm trying to get a million acts of kindness by the time I walk back to California."
The 48 pound pole has 419 flags on it, "And each flag represents a homeless family that I got a home for across America to honor a fallen soldier. Like say I got a woman with four kids I found in a town that don't have a home, I try to get as many people in the town to rally around that family and surprise them with first and last month's rent paid to get them into a place."
Young stayed last night in Ada, and is hitting the road back to California today. He said it's been a long process, "Well it's been altogether of walking, it's been 22 months of walking so far. I started my walk six years ago, but I took three breaks in between because my mom passed away, my sister passed away, and then I had to save my own home by working to build up my rent."
Cohen Hamlin of Ada signs one of Young's flags during his stop in Ada Wednesday.
And a lot has happened to him along the way, "I've been shot at twice by gangers, I've been robbed in Denver, they took my backpack with everything in it. I got bit by a recluse in Oklahoma, Nebraska. I got chased by a bear in Colorado. I've been through a lot, but you know what, every step is worth it for the troops that's walking for me right now."
And for more information his journey, Young said that social networking has been very useful throughout the journey.
"Basically, I run everything off of my Facebook, which is Armand Young, and I have two Facebooks, join both of them, and I basically run off of Facebook. I have my You Tube videos on them, and I have pretty good support on Facebook. I get good inspiration. A million people have told me I have inspired them in some way to do something positive for somebody in some way. I've had people tell me like this woman just wrote me about a week ago, and told me because of my walk, she didn't kill herself. That keeps me going right there."
Kenton – In an effort to reduce the number of serious and deadly traffic crashes in Hardin County, area law enforcement agencies plan to target crash causing violations tomorrow, September 18, 2013. From midnight September 18 to midnight September 19, 2013, officers from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police, Ada Police, Forest Police Departments, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be working a “STOPS” program in Hardin County.
“Simply put, officers will make as many traffic stops as possible to remind motorists about safe driving habits,” said Lieutenant Matthew Meredith, Findlay Post Commander. Hardin County residents are encouraged to wear their safety belts, drive the speed limit, pay attention, and don’t use a cell phone while driving.
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.
New rescue equipment for Forest-Jackson EMS
Jackson Township, Hardin County recently took delivery of a 2013 Heavy Rescue Vehicle on behalf of the Forest Fire Department with Jackson-Forest Ambulance District. The new vehicle consists of an International 4400 chassis with an 18 foot custom, aluminum, and extruded body. The truck is equipped with an on-board; breathing air cascade system, 20KW PTO generator, air compressor, electric hydraulic pump and pre-connected air and hydraulic reels for rescue tools.
Total cost of the vehicle is $ 278,595 of which Jackson Township paid $233,089. Jackson-Forest Ambulance District contributed $36,400 for accessories to assist with Emergency Medical Service and rescue response. The Ambulance District’s funds were obtained from its operations budget obtained from patient transport fees. A majority of the townships funding were obtained from an estate tax settlement and funds remaining after a levy for the purchase of its 1995 Pierce Engine. The remainder was obtained from the Townships general fund and Fire and EMS fund raising projects. Much of the equipment had been obtained through federal and state grants over the past 10 years.
The Ambulance District purchased an additional $7372 worth of medical equipment that will be placed in service with the truck. $6,500 of this funding was provided by an Ohio EMS Grant in 2012.
Old 1974 ambulance that was replaced
Over the next several months, much of the rescue equipment in the vehicle will be upgraded through purchases with an Ohio Fire Marshal Grant and remaining finances from previous Fire and EMS fund raising events.
The new heavy rescue vehicle deemed “RESCUE 35” replaces a 1974 Chevy, raised roof van purchased and placed in Forest, as a new Ambulance by the County Commissioners with funding through the National Emergency Medical Services Systems (EMSS) Act of 1973. This Act established Emergency Medical Services and replaced many private, “funeral home” ambulances in the area. The 1974 van was later donated by the Ambulance District to the Township and Fire Department after the District purchased a new Braun Modular Ambulance in 1989.
Over the past several years, the Chevy Van has become increasing overloaded with needed rescue equipment and it had been declared “barely safe for emergency responses” by community leaders and area mechanics.
The new RESCUE 35 was phased into service as equipment was transferred and fire/ EMS personnel were trained in its
function and operations. According to Douglas Hankins, Forest
Fire Chief and other department leaders, “the addition of this new rescue vehicle and equipment will greatly enhance and expedite rescue operations and fire responses in the Forest area”. The equipment will also be available for mutual aid responses into surrounding areas. The Jackson Township, Hardin County, Trustees and Members of the Jackson- Forest Ambulance District Board acknowledge that the purchase of such a quality piece of equipment would not have been possible without strong community support for the Forest Fire Department and Jackson-Forest EMS as well as a dedicated and committed membership in both organizations.
Chris Vermillion in front of the loader used during the Directors Cup competition last week.
Chris Vermillion of Alger took first place in the loader event at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Director’s Cup Truck and Loader Roadeo held last week in Columbus.
Vermillion competed against ODOT employees from each of the 12 ODOT districts who earned the right to compete in the statewide event after having placed first or second in their individual roadeos earlier this year.
Vermillion represented ODOT District 1 which encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Vermillion had placed third in the district event, but agreed to compete when the district’s second place finisher was unable to attend.
“I was really surprised,” said Vermillion about his win, and admitted to being nervous before his run. As a member of his local tractor pulling association, Vermillion said it’s good to be nervous before a performance. “If you’re not nervous you’re not doing what you care about,” he said.
Vermillion finished with a score of 2,485 points out of a possible 3,025.
“Our district competitors are perennial top finishers, so we’re not surprised when they compete this well,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “Our employees demonstrate their abilities in a number of ways each day, but the roadeo is certainly an opportunity to showcase what sets them apart,” he said.
Vermillion competed in the statewide American Public Works Association national equipment roadeo in Columbus yesterday where he placed third overall in the state in the truck division and fifth overall in the state in the loader division.
Kenton Kroger Pharmacist D. Jack Buroker gives a flu shot to WKTN's Dennis Beverly live on the air.
Flu shots are now available at Kenton Kroger's Pharmacy.
Everyone at least six months of age on up should get a flu vaccine.
Kroger has Certified Vaccinating Pharmacists who will administer the shots 7 days a week. No appointment is necessary.
It is a quick and easy way to get a flu shot, even while doing your grocery shopping.
An update on the School Elementary project was presented at the Kenton School Board meeting Monday night.
Overhead view of the progress on the Kenton School Building project.
Jason Fleming from Garmann Miller gave a site work report at the meeting last night. Miller said that progress has been made on the building site in getting it ready prior to winter. He specifically mentioned that top soil has been spread to be seeded later as well as stone installation at the Silver St. entrance and tile work. The electrical vault is complete and the lines are being pulled to the AEP power poles. Fleming also mentioned parts of the roofing are beginning to go up as well.
Also School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski announced that there are upgrades on the Kenton City Schools website. New to the site, was a link to various forms that parents can access for the different school buildings. Pensarski said that the purpose was to provide those forms in an easy to find, and print area for all parents and guardians to access if they need them without going to the buildings themselves. The idea to streamline the process and make it more convenient for parents and students.
In new business, the board, in separate votes, approved Dave Conover and Dwane Stalder as volunteers for the Kenton Middle School football program. Both were approved but Conover was approved 4-1 with Board member Russ Blue voting against the measure. Blue explains his reasoning.
"In the recent past we had an issue before the board on a wrestling situation where we non-renewed the assistant principal and the wrestling coach and Mr. Conover attended that meeting and he didn't agree with what we decided and voted on. That's fine. But when he left here that evening he left, I would say, not in the best of terms. Made some derogatory statements toward the board and used some language when he was walking out that I didn't appreciate. I do appreciate volunteers and commend them all for what they do, but I have an issue. If he'll act that way in a public meeting, I don't want him acting that way with our students. If that be the case, I will be voting no." said Blue.
Also, new staff members and teachers were introduced at the board meeting last night. They are pictured below.
New school teachers.
Front (L-R): Amy Minsell, Lauren Clark, Amy Jeffers, Ashley Parrish, Tiffany Crum, Christine Lawrence, and Brandy Cox.
Middle (L-R): Teresa Harris, Briana Laubenthal, Megan Harmon, Amanda Wiley, Ashley Chapman, and Tracy Orians
Back (L-R) Todd Daquino, Shalie Terrill, Susanne Seybold, Ben Mauk, Adam Burtchin, Bill Lawrence, and Travis Wissman
New teacher aides.
L-R: Ryan Morgan, Amy Brown, Tara Cabes, Samantha Smith, Natalie Bulloch, Susie Thrush
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on October 21st 2013, at the schools administrative offices at 7pm.
A vast majority of our poll voters are against the United States using military force against Syria.
Of those responding during the week long poll, a commanding 88% were against military force, while the remaining 12% were in favor of using force to punish Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons.
Vote now on this week's poll question located along the right hand side.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average gas prices are dropping as travelers say goodbye to summer.
The average per gallon of regular gas was $3.39 on Monday, according to the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 13 cents from a week ago and 48 cents compared with this time last year.
The national average Monday was a bit higher at about $3.52 per gallon, a nickel cheaper than a week ago. A year ago, that average was $3.86.
The possibility of a conflict in Syria or the surrounding region recently drove oil prices to two-year highs. The price of oil fell Monday after the U.S. and Russia reached an agreement on getting Syria to give up its chemical weapons.
Dennis Beverly stands with students from Espy, left to right, Alyssa McLoughlin, Caitlyn Boyle, Kannon Ruble and Derrick Newman.
Listen Monday through Thursday this week during the Oldies For Lunch Hour on 95.3 WKTN.
4th and 5th grade Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School will be introducing a song each day on the show.
Congratulations to the Students of the Month as well as the staff at Excellent Espy School!!
The Kenton Police were dispatched to a report of burglary in the 300 block of South Leighton Street Saturday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the resident left his home for a short time. He then returned to find his Samsung flat screen TV and a smart TV converter missing.
No other items were missing or disturbed in the house. The incident occurred just before 6pm on Saturday and remains under investigation.
A breaking and entering occurred Friday night at the Kenton High School Athletic Building.
According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, the building was entered sometime during the high school football game.
The report is not available at this time, and the incident is under investigation.
A breaking and entering was also reported at a repair shop in the 1000 block of West Lima Street in Kenton.
According to that report, someone entered the shop through a back door and made off with several automotive tools and parts.
No dollar value was listed for the missing property, and that case is also under investigation.
Heartbeat of Hardin County's "Walk For Life" event was held today at Veteran's Memorial Park, also known as Boy Scout Lake.
Executive Director Julie Zaring said walkers made a two mile trek on the course.
Participants paid twenty dollars to walk and for a chance to win gift baskets.
The event is a major fundraiser for the agency.
The 162nd Wyandot County Fair will continue through this weekend. On tap for today and tomorrow at the fair in Upper Sandusky,
The Jr. Fair Livestock Sale and an Antique Tractor Pull will begin at 9am. The Wyandot County Conservation Clubs will serve Venison Stew starting at 11:30am, and Zippy and the Slow Tones will perform in the Masters Building at 1pm. The big event this evening will be the Tractor Pull which will be at the Grandstands starting at 6:30pm. There will be $5.00 admission with $10.00 pit seating.
Sunday Mass will be held at the arena at 10:30am and the big event will be the Truck Tug at the grandstands at noon. The 4-H Clover Bud graduation will also be held at noon at the Masters Building and the Van Dells will perform in the arena at 2:30pm. The big event Sunday night will be the Demolition Derby at the Grandstands at 6pm. $5.00 admission with $10.00 pit seating.
The 2013 Wyandot County Fair ends Sunday night.
Kenton 66 St. Marys 14
Wapakoneta 42 Elida 0
Celina 24 Ottawa Glandorf 14
Shawnee 35 VanWert 20
Defiance 49 Bath 21
Hardin County Scores
Upper Sandusky 48 Mohawk 19
Carey 62 Riverdale 12
Elgin 54 Ridgedale 7
Indian Lake 52 Upper Scioto Valley 0
Arlington 63 Pandora Gilboa 7
Ada 20 Columbus Grove 0
Middletown Christian 16 Ridgemont 0
Kenton Ridge 50 Ben Logan 7
The Kenton Wildcats stayed unbeaten on the season by trouncing St. Marys 66 to 14 Friday night at Robinson Field.
The Cats improve to 3 and 0 overall and 2 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League while the Roughriders fall to 0 and 3 overall and 0 and 2 in the WBL.
Grant Sherman threw for 476 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Cats. He connected for 4 scores with Justin Sawmiller, who caught 11 passes for 284 yards and also returned a punt for a touchdown. Kollin Stollar had a pair of touchdown receptions while Colyn Blackford also caught a TD pass.
Trent Hites hit Angelo Lombardo with an 18-yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring for the Wildcats, who scored 9 touchdowns for the game. Kenton outgained St. Marys 597 yards to 237 for the contest.
Sherman and Sawmiller were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.
The Cats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Eggerss Stadium to meet Van Wert. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
A Forest man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court to nearly a decade behind bars.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Craig William Hipsher was sentenced to nine years in prison on two counts of grand theft and one count of burglary.
In other Court cases:
.Brian Paul Flowers, of Kenton, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on one count each of possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.
.Jamal Rashard Thornton, of Kenton, was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated assault.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Heartbeat of Hardin County is sponsoring a benefit Walk For Life event Saturday morning.
Executive Director Julie Zaring said registration starts at 8:30 Saturday morning, "And we will be at Veteran's Memorial Park, or Boy Scout Lake. The walk begins at 9, and anybody can walk, there is no charge to walk, but for those who pay $20, you will be given a gift, plus a ticket to win a gift basket."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Wildcats opened the season with 2 convincing road wins, topping Coldwater 22 to 2 in the season opener before thumping Wapakoneta 52 to 16 last week. They are 2 and 0 overall and 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight’s home opener with St. Marys.
The Roughriders are trending in the opposite direction as St. Marys is 0 and 2 overall and 0 and 1 in the league. The Riders have lost 13 straight games and 16 of their last 17. Going back to 2009, St. Marys has won just 5 of its last 35 games.
As always, WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff planned for 7:30 p.m.
Also tonight, the United Way mini football drop will be held prior to the game at the north end of Robinson Field at 7 p.m. Some tickets remain and can be purchased for $5 at each of the ticket gates starting at 5:30 p.m. The $1,000 prize will go to the ticket holders of the mini footballs that go into the helmet. The proceeds from the drop go directly into the fall giving campaign for the United Way.
In other county games this evening, Riverdale looks for its 1st win when it travels to Carey; 1 and 1 Ridgemont host Middletown Christian; Upper Scioto Valley tries to stay unbeaten when it visits Indian Lake; and 2 and 0 Ada makes the trip to Columbus Grove.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's Republican senator says the Obama administration's long-term strategy for Syria appears "very confused."
Sen. Rob Portman, of the Cincinnati area, had decided to oppose authorizing a military strike, but President Barack Obama asked Congress to hold off on voting this week while a diplomatic solution is sought.
Portman says he doesn't think the United States should take a military action without having a sound overall strategy. He also says it's important to attract more international backing, especially in the Middle East region.
He says the presence of chemical weapons in Syria remains a major concern, and he hopes diplomatic efforts with Russia will work.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland says he is encouraged by this week's developments. He had indicated he was undecided on the military strike authorization.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's top judge says the judicial system must cooperate with efforts to reduce the state's soaring inmate population.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court says judges' involvement must continue even after defendants leave their courtrooms.
O'Connor said Thursday she is working with the head of Ohio's prison system to find ways to lower the number of inmates.
She says a 2011 plan to reduce Ohio's prison inmate population is not yet having the hoped for impact.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Ohio's already high population of 50,000 could soar to 52,000 in two years and top 53,000 in six years.
A 25 year old Lakeview man was critically injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred just after six this morning at the intersection of State Route 235 and County Road 60 south of Ada.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Ralph Red was driving west on 60 and failed to stop for a stop sign at 235. His car was struck by a northbound truck being operated by 58 year old Virgil Calvelage, of Columbus Grove.
The impact cut the car in two pieces. Red was taken by Life Flight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, where he is listed in critical condition.
Calvelage was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Hardin County Chapter of the American red Cross has scheduled two blood drives this month.
The first will be Tuesday September 17 from 1:30 to 7:30 in the Activities Room at Ohio Northern University in Ada.
After that, a blood drive will be held Monday September 23 from noon to six at the Kenton Moose Family Center in Kenton.
A breaking and entering occurred at a property in Dunkirk sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, someone broke into a building in the 200 block of Main Street in the village.
Gambling machines were forced open and the money inside was stolen.
The value of the missing money along with damages was listed at $6000.
The incident is under investigation.
At the city council meeting last night, councilman Brian Hattery of the Finance Committee announced that the committee would be meeting next Wednesday and Thursday evenings with department heads to begin going over budget negotiations for 2014.
Hattery informed the council that while the city has currently some funds in its carryover accounts, the city is still operating at a deficit, and as a result, it would be imperative for all the department heads to keep increases in funds under control going into negotiations, otherwise the city would be looking into staff reductions, which Hattery said, and the council agreed, everyone would like to avoid at all costs.
Also at the meeting, Becky Potts, Economic Development Contractor for the city gave her quarterly report to the council. Potts provided the council with several ideas in the works, including a possible go-cart and concert series next spring for Kenton teens, as well as updates on several new businesses and business expansions in the works for the city.
Councilman Brian Hattery also announced that the company which was looking into the city water rates this summer. ARCAP, will be holding a seminar on Thursday, September 19th on how they calculated those rates. Hattery said that hopefully the company will be able to make a recommendation to the council in the next month on adjustments to the city water rates.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on September 23rd 2013 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
It was a record year at the 2013 Jr. Fair Livestock sale held this past Saturday at the Hardin County Fair. Many new bidders attended the sale, and several new records were set for Grand & Reserve Champion livestock.
According to information provided by the Hardin County Jr. Fair Sale committee, a grand total of $271,050.00 was bid in the show arena during the sale itself, and around $28,040.00 was added on to the individual sales after the sale had completed.
All together, this brought a total of $299,090.00 in premiums* being paid to the Jr. Fair Sale Exhibitors at this years fair.
Don Spar, chairman of the Jr. Fair Sale Committee said that overall, it was a great year at the sale.
“We had a record year, beating our previous record set last year. Additionally we had 42 new buyers in the sale this year, and I can’t thank them enough. All of the volunteers, the committee members, and the bidders came together to make it a great day for the kids, and we can’t ask for any more than that” said Spar.
Additionally, several of the Grand and Reserve Champion projects set new sale records as well. A breakdown of the Sale of Champions is as follows:
The Grand Champion Market Steer, shown by Molly Wilson of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes, sold for $5000.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ag Credit, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Bill D. Hart, Landtech, Buckenroth Excavating, Findlay Implement, Moser Oil, Wilson Tire, McDonalds, Guardian Lima, Rodabaugh Farms, Rodabaugh Bros. Meats, Mt. Victory Meats, and Wyandot Tractor.
The Reserve Champion Market Steer, shown by Cameron Deckling of the Hardin Northern FFA, sold for $3100.00 and it was bought by Root Lumber, McCullough-Hoffman Show Cattle, Golden Giant Buildings, Tice Construction, McCullough Industries, Liberty National Bank, Bill Hart, Crop Production Services—Dunkirk, Precision Strip, Royer Farms, Hepburn Feed and Supply, and Farmers Mutual Insurance.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb, shown by Madisyn Gossard of Liberty Belles & Boys 4-H Club, sold for $3600.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ron Wyss Terus Energy, Buckeye Soil, SVG, Cessna Transport, Joyce’s Caramel Apples, Courtyard Marriott—Lima, Majestic Plastics, Steve Stair, J&B Equipment, Brent Burris Trucking, Guyton Home Builders, Wyss Farm Holdings, Nickell Farms, 302 Carryout, L&M Concessions, Barb & Jim Ulrey, Gossard Farms, Gossard Lawn Service, Mary Ann Stair, and Kenton Trucking.
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb, shown by Adam Wagner of the Ridgemont FFA, sold for $1000.00 and it was purchased by Kenton Truck and McCullough Industries.
The Grand Champion Market Goat, shown by Teja Hoge of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes 4-H Club, sold for $700.00 and it was bought by Mouse House and Dr. Kate Johnson.
The Reserve Champion Market Goat, also shown by Teja Hoge of the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes 4-H Club, sold for $650.00 and it was purchased by Community First Bank, and BVF dba Legacy Famers Cooperative.
The Grand Champion Gilt, shown by Shelby Rowe of the Alger Jr. Farmers 4-H Club sold for $4100.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Precision Strip, Beck’s Hybrids—Aaron Hensel, Moser Oil—Central Farmer’s, Michelle Harsh Ins. Agency, Ag Credit, Rohrs Farms, Dave Pfoff—Allen Tire, Landtech, Foraker Elevator, R&K Farms, USV Lions, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Quest Federal Credit Union.
The Grand Champion Barrow, shown by Kaitlin Heberling of the Hardin County Wranglers 4-H Club, sold for $1200.00 and it was bought by Hensel Ready Mix.
The Reserve Champion Gilt, shown by Kylie Hites of the Alger Junior Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $1500.00 and it was bought by Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Peacock Water, Quest Federal Credit Union, Precision Strip, Alger Carryout, Alger Freeze, Rams Roost Burgee Show Pigs, Colonial Golf Course, Linda & Doug Putnam, Nelson Insurance Agency, Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Schindewolf-Stevens-Stout Funeral Home, Diamond-M Vet Clinic, Hair Studio 801, Jim & Jerry Hites and Rohrs Farms.
The Reserve Champion Barrow, shown by Brian Quillen of the Ada FFA, sold for $1200.00 and it was purchased by McCullough Industries.
The Grand Champion Pen of Three Meat Rabbits, shown by Miguel Jordan of the Liberty Belles and Boys 4-H Club, sold for $1450.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by SVG, Buckeye Soil, Becks Hybrids, Ada Buyers Group, Quest Federal Credit Union, Lowery Club Lambs, Foraker Elevator, Wal-Mart, Ed Elliott-Hardin County Commissioner, Kroger Company, High Farms LLC, Liberty National Bank, McMurray/Pfeiffer, and Steve Austin’s Auto Group.
The Reserve Champion Pen of Three Meat Rabbits, shown by Shaye Creamer of the Country Timers 4-H Club sold for $650.00 and it was bought by McCullough Industries, Kenton Truck, and Hardin Motors.
The Grand Champion Dairy Feeder, shown by Jackson Althauser of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club sold for $2050.00 and it was bought by McDonalds, Krogers, Cliff Hite, Trupointe, Wyandot Tractor, Ace Hardware, Bill Hart, Liberty National Bank, Layman Farms LLP and Auction Service, Ag Credit, Landtech, Community Markets and Denise Althauser, Hardin County Treasurer.
The Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder, shown by Delany Althauser of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club sold for $1900.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Hensel Ready Mix.
The Grand Champion Pen of Three Meat Chickens, sold by Mason Garmon of the Riverdale FFA, sold for $1200.00 and it was purchased by BVFC Legacy Farmers Cooperative, Hempy Water Conditioning, Robinson Fin Machines, The Kenton Times, Community First Bank, WKTN Radio, Krogers and Ace Hardware.
The Reserve Champion Pen of Three Meat Chickens, sold by Seth Kuhlman of the High Flyers 4-H Club, was sold for $500.00 and it was purchased by Farmers Mutual Insurance.
The Grand Champion Dairy Steer, shown by Kaden Parker of the Scioto Valley 4-H Club, sold for $600.00 and it was bought by Silver Creek Supply.
The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer, shown by Mitchell Jennings of the Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies 4-H Club, sold for $4000.00 which was a new sale record. It was bought by Ag Credit, Hensel Ready Mix, Precision Strip, Circle R Corp, McCullough Industries, Quest Federal Credit Union, K&B Feeds, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Krogers, Robinson Fin Machines, McDonalds, Ace Hardware, Oates Farms, Kale Marketing, Rowe Farms, Wilcox Farms and Steve Austins Auto Group.
The Grand Champion Turkey, shown by Skyler Lotz of the Lynn Valley Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $750.00 which was a new sale record. It was purchased by Ag Credit, Landtech, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Becks Hybrids—Aaron Hensel, Tony & Ranae Sherman, Crop Production Services, and Hillbilly Sound.
The Reserve Champion Turkey, shown by Caralee Stover of the Ada Barnyard Farmers 4-H Club, sold for $300.00 which was a new sale record. It was purchased by Cessna Transport.
The Jr. Fair Milk Sale also brought in around $5050.00 for the Jr. Fair Dairy Program.
The Hardin County Jr. Fair Sale is a premium sale, in that the exhibitors are paid the dollar amount bid in addition to the market price for their livestock projects.
The 2013 Hardin County Fair is in the history books, having wrapped up its run on Sunday.
Looking at numbers from yesterday, the paid gate was 1752, compared to 1911 last year.
Estimated attendance on Sunday was 9811. Last year that figure was 10,702.
Overall estimated attendance for this year's fair was 66,695, compared to 54,426 for the 2012 fair.
Attendance for the Hour of Inspiration yesterday was 457. In 2012 that number was 625.
Attendance for the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull last night was 966. Last year the figure was 815.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have inched closer to the national average over the past month but remain slightly below it.
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.52 on Monday, according to the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime less than a week ago and a nickel cheaper than the national average of $3.57.
Both the state and national averages are 25 cents cheaper than a year ago. The national average is down two pennies from last week.
The price of oil reached a two-year high last week amid fear of escalating tension in the Middle East and hope for continued economic stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The presiding judge in the case of a teenager accused of setting a fire that claimed the life of his step-father has been settled.
In a ruling released Friday morning, Judge James Rapp overruled a motion filed by Prosecutor Brad Bailey seeking to have him removed as presiding judge in the case of JM, the teenager charged with setting the fire that killed Gary Wells Junior in December of 2009.
In overruling the motion, Judge Rapp cited "Certificates of Assignment" issued by Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, which establish without question that Rapp is the presiding judge in the case.
He also overruled a motion to hold an oral hearing in the matter to the objection of the prosecutor.
The trial has been set for October 14 through the 18, with a backup date of November 18-22.
JM will remain in the custody of the Juvenile Detention Center in Bellefontaine during the proceedings.
The Hardin County Fair will end Sunday with the annual Truck and Tractor Pull. Chris Vermillion, President of the Hardin County Pullers Association said that the event this year will be bigger than ever before, with different heats running all afternoon and evening on Sunday.
"Starting at 1pm Sunday we're going to run a class of 6500 lb. Street altered gas trucks, 8000lbs diesel trucks and street altered semi's. Starting at 6:30 in the evening, we'll have the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association running many different heats, including super modified 4X4 and street altered semi's, so it should be quite exciting to see all the different heats in the field.
If anyone local would wish to participate, Vermillion said that it was simple to register.
"Just come on in Sunday, and we'll weigh you in, get you registered and we'll have a lot of fun throughout the day!" said Vermillion.
The cost to get into the pull on Sunday will be as follows:
$15.00 All day pit pass
$10.00 Evening pit pass
$10.00 All day grandstand admission
$6.00 Evening grandstand admission.
The weekend has arrived for the 2013 Hardin County Fair.
As for Friday numbers, the paid gate was 1690, compared to 1096 in 2012.
Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 9464. Last year that number was 6104.
884 people took in the A-Bar Rodeo last evening, compared to 635 people who watched the Phil Dirt and the Dozers Concert last year.
Featured entertainment tonight is the Demolition Derby in the grandstand starting at 7.
The fair runs through tomorrow.
Kenton on their opening drive Friday night at Harmon Field (photo by Brandon Hamm)
The Kenton Wildcats opened Western Buckeye League play with a dominating 52-16 win over Wapakoneta Friday at Harmon Field.
Grant Sherman threw 405 yards & 6 touchdowna for the Cats, who are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the WBL.
Kenton scored the game's first 52 points and were never threatened as the Redskins fell to 1-1 overall & 0-1 in the league. Sherman & Noah Furbush were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.
Kenton is back on action Friday when it hosts St. Marys in a game that will be carried live on WKTN
Kenton 52 Wapakoneta 16
Defiance 28 Elida 27 (Double OT)
Shawnee 14 St. Marys 13
Celina 42 Bath15
Ottawa Glandorf 42 VanWert 0
Hardin County Scores
West Liberty Salem 56 Ben Logan 12
Ada 39 Spencerville 21
Upper Scioto Valley 38 Riverdale 0
Elgin 52 Mt. Gilead 18
North Union 41 Willard 6
Upper Sandusky 28 Seneca East 27
Ridgedale 31 Ridgemont 14
Arlington 70 Arcadia 7
The Kenton Wildcats begin Western Buckeye League play tonight when they travel to Wapakoneta.
Tonight’s conference opener may be the biggest game of the year in the Western Buckeye League when the Cats and the Redskins clash at Harmon Field. Kenton and Wapakoneta were picked near the top of most preseason WBL polls, and both teams posted impressive victories in week 1 as the Wildcats topped defending state champion Coldwater 22 to 2 while the Redskins knocked off Bellefontaine 35 to 17.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Harmon Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
In other action this evening around the county, Upper Scioto Valley entertains Riverdale; Ridgemont heads East to take on Ridgedale; and Ada begins Northwest Conference play when it hosts Spencerville.
L-R Eric Parthemoore, Heritage Coop & Jim Lammers, Precision Strip
West Mansfield, OH: Heritage Cooperative (Heritage) today announced a major expansion to its branch in Kenton, Ohio, that will benefit the local economy and increase services to the organization’s customers.
In the fall of 2013, Heritage will break ground on the over $7 million project, which includes building a state-of-the-art fuel station, located at Bales Road and State Route 31, and construction of several storage tanks and a load-out building for the agronomy division that will provide increased services to Heritage Cooperative’s local customers.
“Making this investment in Kenton provides an important growth opportunity for our organization and greatly expands the services we can offer to Heritage customers,” said Eric Parthemore, Heritage CEO. “Contributing to the communities where we operate is a core part of our values, and our ongoing partnership with the Kenton community is critical to our continued success.”
The first phase of the expansion is the fuel station, which is estimated to be completed in Spring of 2014. The station will offer gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station will be a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation. Pumps will accept all major credit cards and Heritage Fleet Cards.
“Environmental responsibility is essential to what we do,” said Parthemore. “We are pleased to give the community unmatched access to a clean-burning, environmentally friendly, affordable fuel source like CNG.” He said the station is designed for additional growth in the future as CNG use increases, and that the station uses patented technology that allows fueling and storage fill simultaneously without interruption.
In December, Heritage’s Agronomy Fertilizer facility in Kenton will expand with the construction of a two-million-gallon tank for storage of liquid fertilizer and a state-of-the-art, computer-automated liquid load-out building. The building will house both a 24/7 unstaffed load-out bay as well as a staffed retail bay. It also will include eight, ten-thousand gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers. Four, thirty-thousand gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks will also be added to the site.
“Our roots are in agriculture, and our core customer base is the farm community. Expanding our agronomy services makes sense and allows us to maintain and offer even better solutions for the farmers we serve,” said Parthemore. “Making these types of investments is good for our customers and our employees and provides even greater benefits and programs for the communities we serve.”
Heritage is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees, its facilities and the communities where it operates. The investments being made in Kenton incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures that will provide for successful operations and a safe environment for everyone.
Updates on the expansion projects will be available on the Heritage website at www.heritagecooperative.com.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Bradi Neil Hennison was sentenced to 17 months in prison on one count of burglary.
.Bobby Joe Harber was placed on three years community service with conditions on one count of aggravated theft in drugs.
.Cody Alan Ray was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of receiving stolen property.
.Nicole Diane Jaeger was placed on one year community control on one count of attempted forgery.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Suspects are being sought in connection to a shoplifting incident at the Kenton Wal-Mart store.
According to the Kenton Police Department report,officers were called to the store on Wednesday in reference to merchandise being stolen. Security video showed two suspects allegedly placing the stolen items in a shopping cart and leaving the store.
The value of stolen merchandise is listed at approximately $960.
The investigation continues.
Today is day number 4 of the 2013 Hardin County Fair.
As for Thursday numbers, the paid gate was 1477, compared to 1378 last year.
Overall estimated attendance Thursday was 8271. Last year that number was 7717.
233 people took in afternoon harness racing last year. There was no afternoon heat this year. Evening harness racing yesterday attracted 556 people to
grandstand, compared to 436 in 2012.
Featured entertainment tonight in the grandstand is the A-Bar Rodeo, and the fair runs through this Sunday.
The Jr. Fair Livestock Sale is set for Saturday morning at the Hardin County Fair. ã€€
The 2013 Hardin County Jr. Fair Livestock sale will begin promptly at 8am.
Sale Committee Chair Don Spar said that the sale will be a premium sale, in that the buyers will be bidding on the premiums paid to the exhibitors on top of their market value. One of the things that has grown over the years is multiple buyers bidding together on the same exhibit, and Spar said that calculating that was simple.
"There will be some paperwork for them to fill out down by the sale table, and when they fill it out it will help us calculate how much each bidder owes for a particular project" said Spar.
The sale will begin promptly at 8am with the Hogs selling first. Followed by the Broilers, Dairy Beef
Feeders, the milk sale, lambs, goats, beef steers, dairy steers, rabbits and finally the Turkey sale.
First time buyers will also be able to register as well.
OSU Extension, Hardin Memorial Hospital and the Hardin County YMCA are sponsoring a Dining With Diabetes program.
Extension Educator Kathy Oliver said the program series will start later this month, "These will start on Mondays, three consecutive Monday evenings. Monday September 23, 30th and October 7th.
You may say we're talking about this a little early before the event, but we need to know you're coming, so that we can make all the arrangements and provisions for this program, so we're asking for registration by September 13th."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Hardin County Fair is at day number three today.
As for Wednesday numbers, the paid gate was 1250, compared to 1098 in 2012.
Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 7000. Last year that number was 6149.
889 people took in the Swing Choir and Society Singers Show, compared to 753 last year.
Harness racing will be featured this evening, starting at 6:00 in the grandstand.
The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.
The Hardin County Fairboard is sticking to Rule 43 that does not allow livestock exhibitors to show their project unless they are present. That decision was made following a discussion at this past Saturday's meeting.
This was brought up due to an exhibitor, Ashton McCullough not being present at the fair this year due to enlistment in the Navy. According to a statement, given to WKTN by the Hardin County Fairboard, the family was informed of the rule in June of this year, and didn't respond to the situation until just last week. The fairboard did not change the rule, citing a number of exhibitors who also could not show this year for similar reasons.
According to the statement "The rules do not permit an exemption, they all made the choice, and she made the choice"
Ashton's dad, Kerry McCullough issued a statement to WKTN earlier today. He said, "Ashton McCullough serving in the United States Navy has made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our great country. She left August 14 after being called up two months earlier than expected. Ashton's family was never notified in June about Rule #43 that states: Jr. Fair animals must be shown by the Jr. Fair exhibitor. She was able to fulfill her 4-H Swine Project before she left. I, Kerry McCullough, went to the Fair Board meeting August 31 to ask for an exception to Rule #43 due to uncontrollable military obligations. The Fair Board said 'They wouldn't make an exception because she made a choice', even though they have made exceptions in the past."
Hardin County Fairboard President Bob Fish gave a statement to WKTN Wednesday which states that the fairboard stands by their decision.
The 2013 Hardin County Fair officially got underway Tuesday afternoon.
The fair was formally opened at the newly renovated Grandstands early Tuesday afternoon. Fair Honoree Marvin Ford was recognized for his efforts to promote and support the Hardin County Fair through the years. Ford talked about the newly renovated grandstands and all the work that went into making that project become a reality.
"What do you think of this new grandstand?! Let's hear it! I just want you to know that the people in the red shirts, the fair directors are the ones you really need to thank because they have worked hard on this project and without them, we wouldn't have the kind of fair we have so thank you all!" said Ford.
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 2013 Hardin County Fair King is Grant Hites from Hardin Northern, and the fair queen this year is Sarah Heilman from Kenton. Both said that they were looking forward to the rest of the fair.
"I'm looking forward to the fair this year and next and hope to see everyone out at the fair this year" said Hites
"I'm looking forward to all the new people I'll get to meet during my reign and hope everyone is having as fun a time at the fair as I am" said Heilman.
The King and Queen runners-up were Caleb Garmon from Ada and Molly Wilson from Hardin Northern.
It's day number two for the 2013 Hardin County Fair.
Taking a look at opening day numbers, the paid gate yesterday was 1482, compared to 939 last year. Overall estimated attendance on Tuesday was 8299.
Last year overall attendance was 5258.
The crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show drew 993 to the grandstand, compared to 830 in 2012.
Featured entertainment in the grandstand tonight is the Swing Choir Show and Society Singers starting at 7.
The fair runs through this Sunday.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 31st at the fair office with 16 board members and several guests present.
Phil Lowe, Hardin County Tractor Pullers informed the fairboard that if we need any extra help at the gates they will get us some help.
Kerry McCullough was present to ask the fairboard to change rule #43 and a good discussion was held.
Mark Light, Hardin County Extension Educator is setting up for the 4-H activities is the Goshen barn and will need 6 picnic tables.
Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Ag. Extension sent out letters for the carcass show and the commodity groups will each give $50 to sponsor the carcass show.
The minutes of last meeting were reviewed; Tom King moved to accept the minutes, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried.
Financial reports were reviewed; Jim Bidwell moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Kerry James, motion carried.
Bills were presented to pay; Don Spar moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
Committee reports were:
• Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
â–ª Ray Davis moved to purchase 4 hogs to make whole hog sausage to sell, 2nd by Kerry
James, motion carried.
â–ª Janie Seiler moved to purchase 1 steer for employees.
â–ª Don Spar moved to spend up to $500 for the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale.
â–ª Janie Seiler moved to pay all fair bills, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
• Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
â–ª Ray Davis moved to leave the Race Horse Barn rent the same, 2nd by Paul Rickenbacher,
â–ª The ribbon cutting ceremony for the grandstand will be held at opening ceremonies which
has been moved from the Gazebo to the Grandstand. Veterans will do the flag raising and
Bill Hart will read a proclamation.
â–ª Don Spar moved to accept the recommendation from the grounds committee to purchase
new scales, 2nd by Howard Lyle, motion carried.
â–ª Bob McBride moved to purchase 3 racks for the rabbit barn, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion
â–ª Bob McBride moved to replace the wooden supports for the grandstand benches with
metal brackets, 2nd by Jim Bidwell, motion carried.
â–ª Arts & Crafts building tear down will be on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00pm.
• Camping committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
â–ª Laid out 10 camping lots for primitive camping.
â–ª Row markers were moved so all rows are even.
• Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
â–ª Bear Hollow Wood Carvers schedule has changed. They will be here on Wednesday,
Sept. 4th - 2 shows, Thursday, Sept. 5th – 4 shows, Friday, Sept. 6th – 2 shows and
Saturday, Sept. 7th – 4 shows.
• Livestock committees:
â–ª Nothing to report.
• Rides & Concessions committee – Janie Seiler, chairman
â–ª Have ground space still available.
• Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
â–ª Jr. Fairboard will take Westview kindergarten a tour of the livestock barns and 4-H
activity area on Thursday.
â–ª Other Committees:
â–ª Nothing to report
• Old Business:
â–ª Nothing to report
• New Business:
â–ª Next Fairboard meeting will be October, 5th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.
There were no injuries in a one vehicle crash that occurred over the Labor Day Weekend.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 23 year old Danielle Clark, of Kenton, was driving east on County Road 106, when she failed to make a gradual curve to the left. The car spun off the road and struck two trees before coming to rest.
The car was heavily damaged, but Clark was not injured. She was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.
Today is the first day of the 2013 Hardin County Fair.
Fairboard Secretary Nancy Motter said opening ceremonies are scheduled for one this afternoon, "That is normally held at the gazebo, but this year, it will be at the grandstand to show off the work that has been done there. So that will be at one, and this evening, we will have the Crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen, followed by the High School Band Show. That starts at seven, and the cost of admission is $2.00 general and $3.00 for reserved seat tickets."
The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.