A Harrod woman was killed in a one vehicle crash in Allen County Wednesday morning. According to a release from the Allen County Sheriff's Office, Jordan Richardson, age 22 of Harrod was traveling on Reservoir Road and went left of center, striking a concrete driveway embankment. The car came to rest in the yard after vaulting over the driveway. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
A teenager charged in connection to a fatal fire was ordered to complete a treatment program in exchange for any time in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
The fire from December 2009, which claimed the life of Gary Wells Jr.
J.M, who was 14 at the time, and will turn 18 in December, admitted to one count of voluntary manslaughter, which was amended from a count of murder. He also admitted to two counts of felonious assault, both amended from attempted murder charges. Four other counts, including arson and aggravated arson charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, then accepted the joint sentencing recommendation, which placed J.M. in the Department of Youth Services for 3 years up to the age of 21. As part of the agreement, the time in D.Y.S. was suspended, and J.M. was ordered to successfully complete a program at New Horizons Youth Center in Bethesda, Ohio. He will also be educated in the Union Local School District.
J.M. admitted to the charges in connection to a fire that claimed the life of Gary Wells Junior. His mother Sarah Wells, and brother Derrick Fortner escaped the burning house.
Family members of Wells, including his mother, two sisters and a niece, expressed outrage at what they perceived to be a light sentence. The mother, Doretta Wells, asked J.M. why he did what he did, saying that her son loved him and was the only family he had.
Following another angry outburst, Judge Rapp threatened to have them removed form the Courtroom.
After the sentencing, Prosecutor Bailey said given the fact that their request to have the case transferred to the general division, their options were limited, and no matter what the charge was, J.M. could only have been sentenced until he was 21.
Judge Rapp placed J.M. on community control until the age of 21, and stressed that any violations could land him in DYS until he is 21.
It is possible for J.M. to complete the New Horizons program in 12 months, but would remain on community control sanctions until he is 21.
Mary Jane Kirkland passed away on Tuesday October 29th. She was 100 years old.
Kirkland was born on August 31st 1913 in Kenton and she was a 1931 graduate of Kenton High School. In was elected as Buck Township Clerk in the 1940s and served for several years. She married Carl Kirkland in 1950 and together they ran the Kirkland Bootery in downtown Kenton for many years. The store was known throughout the area for custom fit shoes.
Kirkland was a member of St. Johns United Church of Christ, served as President of the Kenton Business Professional Women, active member of the Hardin County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and was a member of the Kenton Area Chamber of Commerce for many years.
Services for Mary Jane Kirkland will be held at the Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home at 2pm Friday, November 1st. Visitation will be from noon until 2pm at the funeral home, and grave side services will be held at Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Johns United Church of Christ.
Numerous items were stolen from a residence in the 400 block of Courtright Street in McGuffey.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the incident was reported Tuesday evening. Someone stole tires and rims off 2 vehicles on the property. The house was also forcibly entered and several items were stolen.
Two suspects were named, and the case remains under investigation.
Twenty-two Hardin Leadership participants will be recognized for completing the nine session program on Thursday November 14 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.
Representing the class with the "Class Reflections" will be David Dellifield, of Ada.
The annual meeting for Hardin Leadership will take place following the graduation, so alumni are encouraged to attend.
Graduates must secure dinner reservations by November 8 for themselves and their sponsors.
Guests and community leaders are invited with meal reservations of $15, also due by November 8.
For more information, contact the OSU Extension Office at 419-674-2297.
(Columbus, OH) – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation continue to seek nominations for the 2014 class of “Great Ohioans.” The award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event, or series of events, of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. Additional criteria include being born in Ohio or lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. At least 25 years must have passed since the commemorated event, in which the nominee participated.
This award is an opportunity to recognize Ohioans who have made an impact in a number of important areas. A complete explanation of the nomination process and nomination forms can be found online at www.ohiostatehouse.org or http://www.capitolsquarefoundation.org/Great_Ohioan.htm.
All Ohioans, including teachers and students, are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.
Great Ohioan nomination categories include:
Deadline for nominations is Sunday, December 1, 2013. The Capitol Square Foundation may select up to three nominees to submit for selection to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the oversight body for the Capitol Square complex. The Great Ohioan Award recipients will be announced and recognized in early 2014.
Since 2003, 30 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. The Great Ohioans include;
2003 Class: Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors; John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth; and Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon;
2008 Class: Jesse Owens, Olympic track and field star; Thomas Edison, inventor; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author; James Thurber, journalist and author; Colonel Charles Young, military leader; and Dr. George Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic;
2009 Class: Catherine Nelson Black, health care humanitarian; Salmon P. Chase, Ohio Governor, Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and author; Charles F. Kettering, inventor; Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I fighter ace; and Denton T. “Cy” Young, baseball legend.
2010 Class: James M. Cox, journalist, member of the United States House of Representatives, Ohio Governor; Florence Ellinwood Allen, first woman Ohio Supreme Court Justice; Bob Feller, baseball legend; and Bill Willis, National Football League hall of famer.
2011 Class: Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General and U.S. President; William Moore McCulloch, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate; William Howard Taft, U.S. President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Harriet Taylor Upton, women’s rights advocate and author.
2012 Class: Gordon Battelle, philanthropist and researcher; Dominic Salavtore “Don” Gentile, World War II fighter pilot; Washington Gladden, clergyman and social reformer; Albert Belmont Graham, founder of the 4-H program; Albert Sabin, medical researcher best known for the oral polio vaccine; and William T. Sherman, Civil War general.
2013 Class: James Abram Garfield, scholar, Civil War General and U.S. President; Granville T. Wood, entrepreneur and inventor; Paul Brown, professional football innovator, coach and executive.
A special exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse Museum pays tribute to all Great Ohioan Award recipients. On a large touch screen, a host of options are available for visitors to explore the life and accomplishments of each recipient. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a “Great Ohioan.” The exhibit allows visitors to have a greater understanding of the recipients of the Great Ohioan award and discover how they affected local, national and world history. The exhibit uses video, photos and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan. The Capitol Square Foundation has raised more than $5 million in private donations for the new museum and enhanced education programming at the Ohio Statehouse.
Center: Cutting the ribbon at Tiki Tanz Grand Opening is owner Shannon Bidwell, with Darin Bidwell, the staff of Tiki Tanz, the Hardin County Ambassadors, Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott, and Director of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, Jacqualine Fitzgerald
KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tiki Tanz, 4 North Main Street in Kenton, on Saturday, October 26. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with Tiki Tanz Grand Opening.
Tiki Tanz is a tanning salon in downtown Kenton, with a total of eight tanning beds. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment necessary. Business hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Tiki Tanz is owned by Shannon and Darin Bidwell.
The Grand Opening gift basket was won by Tonica Martino. Tiki Tanz goal is to offer the best service in this area which includes the best prices, the largest selection of lotions, and the best maintained equipment. They also have monthly specials on tanning packages and lotions.
A juvenile charged in connection to setting a house fire that claimed the life of his step-father is scheduled to change his plea.
J.M., who was 14 at the time, was charged with murder, aggravated arson and two counts of attempted murder in connection to the fire from December of 2009 that claimed the life of Gary Wells Junior. His mother and brother escaped the house.
Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, ruled in July of this year against a prosecution request to have the case transferred to the general division for J.M. to be tried as an adult.
The case was set for a trial starting November 18, but the change of plea hearing will now be held Wednesday afternoon in Hardin County Juvenile Court.
Water bills in the City of Kenton will go up slightly in the next year.
Julie Ward from RCAP presents the Kenton City Council with the findings on the city water rates study Monday evening.
Julie Ward from the Rural Community Assistance Program or RCAP presented the Kenton City Council with a final report on the study that has been done on the current rating system for water and sewer in the city. The report made several recommendations.
For Water Rates:
Increase the minimum monthly base rate from $6.50 to 13.00 in 2014 for the first 100 cubic feet.
Take away the tiered structure for determining rates.
Water capacity charges would be increased proportionately based on their current levels.
Implementating a 3% inflationary increase to the rates on an annual basis.
For Sewer Rates:
Decrease the base rate by $3.00 with a 3% inflationary increase annually to help build up emergency funds.
Set all usage at $4.25 per 100 cubic feet and take away the tiered structure for determining rates.
Ward also noted that the study found that 44% of water treated in the city isn't billed for through the current accounting system. She noted that typically municipalities have a rate of 20-30% not accounted for.
Brian Hattery from the Finance committee recommended to the council to initially implement the 2014 changes, which would increase the base rates for water and lower the sewer rates, and eliminate the tier system.
The council also noted that the rate changes will affect monthly bills slightly. On average, monthly water bills will see a change of $5.00 to $10.00 more a month depending on usage in the next year than they are currently.
The changes will be reviewed in mid 2014 to see if they are producing any impact on revenues and the council will decide at that point to proceed with the other recommended changes in the report.
The council will vote on the water rate changes at the next council meeting, which is on November 11th 2013, at the Kenton City Building at 7:30pm.
Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred over the weekend at the intersection of State Route's 385 and 117 in Roundhead Township.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 32 year old Jamie Gottschalk, of St. Mary's, drove from a stop sign on 385 onto 117, and her car was struck by a northbound car being operated by 45 year old Keith Gottfried, of Lima.
There were no injuries, and Gottschalk was cited for failure to yield.
The Kenton Police Department reports that J.R. Dials has been located safe. We appreciate the public's help in locating him.
Kenton Police are asking for help in locating a 71 year old man.
J.R. Dials, a dementia patient, was last seen leaving the 400 block of Gilmore Street. He was walking on Columbus Street toward downtown Kenton.
He is 6 feet, one inch tall, weighs 175 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing OSU flannel pants, and OSU t-shirt and a ball cap with an "O" on the front.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the police department right away at 410-673-0771.
The United Way of Hardin County has announced that they have raised $69,645.35 or 33% of the $210,000 goal.
Broken down by division:
.Special Gifts- 12,425.50 or 88% of goal.
.Agriculture is at 5,555.00 or 77% of goal.
.F.I.R.E. is at 5.170.00 or 49% of goal.
.Professional is at 8,990.76 or 39% of goal.
.Retail is 1,439.00 or 17% of their goal.
.Government is at 2,128.00 or 23% of goal.
.Industry is up to 33,551.78 or 31% of goal.
.Special Events are at 4,753.61 or 158% of goal with one more dine in to go.
.Out of County is at 2,498.94 or 16% of goal.
Thanks to all who have donated and if you would still like to donate contact the United Way office at 225 S. Detroit St. or call 419-675-1680.
In picture above, Hardin County Hospice ladies who had 100% participation in the United Way Campaign this year.
Around 40 kids braved the cold and blustery conditions Saturday for the annual Boys Scouts Cubmobile Races down Detroit Street in Kenton.
District Director Jim Mason talked about the event, "We have our scouts and other community kids racing basically carts built out of 2 X 4's and lawn mower wheels, and their racing down the hill. It's a great time. It's gives them a lot of fun. It's a similar event to our Pinewood Derby Race, which is a great event for all cub scouts where they make little model race cars, but these actually get to ride, which is awesome."
Senior District Executive Eric Heinemann talked about the scouts in general, "We start with Cub Scouts, and that's first through fifth grade. Traditionally you start off as a Tiger Cub, and come in with mom and dad as part of the program. We're family driven obviously, we look at values, training. We look look at character building. We look at physical fitness, citizenship training, obviously building future leaders for America."
Patches were awarded to the scouts, and that was courtesy of Kenton's NAPA Auto Parts.
The Kenton Wildcats clinched at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title with a 28-14 win over Celina Friday.
The Kenton Wildcats after Friday nights win over Celina
Kenton improved to 9-0 overall & 8-0 in the league while Celina fell to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the league.
Matt Bahr & Grant Sherman each rushed for 2 touchdowns as Kenton clinched at least a share of its 5th league title in the last 6 years. Bahr was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Wildcats host Defiance on Friday
Kenton 28 Celina 14
Wapakoneta 51 Van Wert 20
Ottawa Glandorf 47 St. Marys 0
Defiance 21 Shawnee 14
Bath 28 Elida 20
Other Scores of Interest
Buckeye Central 27 Riverdale 26
Arlington 70 Cory Rawson 0
Colonial Crawford 28 Upper Sandusky 27
Elgin 52 Fairbanks 28
North Union 42 Jonathan Alder 7
Ada 25 Delphos Jefferson 20
Upper Scioto Valley 20 Ridgemont 13
Greenon 14 Ben Logan 7
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Joshua William Biederman was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison on one count each of grand theft, burglary and receiving stolen property.
.Dennis Ray McKinley was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of domestic violence.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The Kenton Wildcats travel to Celina to meet the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League showdown.
The Bulldogs are one play away from a perfect season. Wapakoneta converted a 4th-and-32 late in the game to set up the winning score in a 29 to 26 week 5 win over Celina, but that has been the only blemish for the Bulldogs, who are 7 and 1 overall and tied for second in the Western Buckeye League with a 6 and 1 league mark.
With a win tonight, the Wildcats will clinch at least a share of their 5th WBL title in the last 6 years. Top-ranked Kenton is 8 and 0 overall and in sole possession of first in the league with a 7 and 0 conference record.
WKTN will have all the action tonight live from Celina Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
In other games involving county teams tonight, Ada looks to keep its Northwest Conference title hopes alive when it travels to Delphos Jefferson - the Bulldogs are 6 and 2 overall and 5 and 1 in the NWC while the Wildcats are 8 and 0 overall and 5 and 0 in the conference; 1 and 7 Riverdale hosts 2 and 6 Buckeye Central; and Upper Scioto Valley travels to Ridgemont in a battle of Hardin County schools - the Rams are 3 and 5 while the Golden Gophers are 2 and 6.
Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 1010 East Franklin Street across from Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton will host Family Fest 13 Saturday from 6-9pm.
Organizer Bill Lawrence explains the event, "Family Fest is where we come together for a great night of family fun. Businesses come and set up booths all across the grounds and are prepared to give kids a bunch of candy. We've got bounce houses, laser tag, main stage. There's going to music and games, and it's just going to be a great night where we come together. The businesses come together with the church , and we bless kids in the community, and it's a great community event for Hardin County."
Lawrence adds this not just a Kenton event, "The sign says all are welcome. It's just a night where we come together. we want to bless kids with a bunch of candy, have a bunch of great clean family fun. A lot of times these days, good clean family fun is hard to find, and what a better place to do that than around Halloween, and it's a great opportunity for like I said to partner with businesses and have a great night together."
And he said you can't the price, "Everything that night is absolutely free. the laser tag is the same laser tag gentleman that was at the Hardin County Fair, it's absolutely free, the bounce houses are free. They're going to go to the businesses, which are going to have games set up, they're going to be blessed with that, that's free, there's going to be face painting, the fire department's going to be here giving rides in the fire truck ladder. Businesses from all over are coming together, and it's a great opportunity, and it's going to cost everyone absolutely nothing."
"Food Allergies and Intolerances" will feature a keynote presentation given by DeAnna Carey,
Registered Dietitian with Hardin Memorial Hospital followed by a panel discussion about strategies they use when helping family members cope with food allergies and intolerances.
The presentation will take place on October 29 from 7PM to 9PM at the First Baptist Church, 11543 CR 175, Kenton and is free and open to all interested persons.
This health awareness program is sponsored by OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences and the Hardin County Homemakers Council using funding from the Hardin County Community Foundation. Contact OSU Extension 419-674-2297 for more information.
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A Ridgeway man escaped injury in a crash that occurred this past Tuesday night.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Matthew Radcliffe Junior was driving west on County Road 240 and travelled off the right side of the road. The car struck a sign, the embankment and came to rest in a creek.
The vehicle was heavily damaged. Radcliffe was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.
There were also several car/deer encounters since Tuesday.
That includes one on County Road 265. According to that report, 36 year old Diane Long, of, Kenton, was northbound on 265 when three deer entered the roadway. Long swerved to avoid hitting them, and her car ended up off the east side of the road. The front half of the vehicle landed in the water of Scioto River. Long was able to exit the car and was not injured. The vehicle was heavily damaged.
Columbus, OH – Utility customers facing a disconnection or needing to restore service this winter have a one-time chance to remain connected, now that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s annual Winter Reconnect Order is in effect. Comments from Michele Lucas, community services director for HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization. Image available: Photo of a disconnect notice.
Temperatures are going from chilly to cold this week, and just in time, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s "Winter Reconnect Order" will help struggling families stay warm in their homes. Under the order, any utility customer has the opportunity to restore service or avoid a shutoff by making a one-time payment of 175-dollars. Michele Lucas with the HARCATUS Tri-Community Action Organization says customers must also enroll in a payment plan to catch up any past-due balance on their utility bill, "We’re establishing a routine of responsibility with our utility customers that have maybe fallen into this through no fault of their own – a recent layoff – and they’ve really been faced with no choices."
Unlike other heating assistance programs, there's no income requirement for a Winter Reconnect Order. Any residential utility customer may use the order one time between now and April 15th.
Lucas says the payment plans are set up based on monthly income, and there’s been an increase over the past few years in those who are able to pay on time and in full. She says the ability to get their bills back on track also sparks a great deal of pride, "We have seen people with arrearages on their electric or gas bill as high as $5,000, in a two-year period, get that amount completely wiped out."
Other programs also are available to help low-income customers stay connected, including the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus, and budget billing offered by the utilities. More information is available at 'puco.ohio.gov.'
One of the major components of the Kenton Elementary Building project, building a road between Silver Street and Morning Side Drive, is projected to cost around one million dollars.
The road has been a major component on the project almost since it's inception, with the board, at various times touting the overall impact such a road could have on community development. A study by Choice One Engineering, announced by the Kenton School Board that the road would run in front of the new school building, and be extended just past the school as part of the construction project, and Silver Street would then be extended out towards Morning Side Drive to the east.
Additionally, sidewalks, striping, and other factors would need to be built in to the project which would bring the cost of the project to around one million dollars when it was completed. The school would pay for through Locally Funded Initive funds as a part of the overall building project. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the project could be put out for bids next March and the road could, in theory, be ready and in place by next August
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and the Kenton City Schools partnered on a grant proposal to increase broadband access and technology access to students and residents in Hardin County.
The project, entitled Kenton Alliance: A Model Community for Educational and Economic Development, was announced by Kenton School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski at the Kenton School Board meeting this past Monday. Pensarski said that the grant had several phases, the first part which would initially seek around two million dollars toward getting electronic devices to all of the students in the school district, and make plans toward the goal of increasing broadband access across Hardin County.
"One of the major parts of it is how can we improve Broadband access to our community. How can we know that every child, when they take a device home, how can we know that they're plugged into that device and using it for learning? How do we level that playing field? So with the Chamber Alliance, they have a Broadband committee, and they approved all of this. They're committed to say how do we approve broadband access to our children, because if we do that, we're improving broadband access for our businesses and future business so we think that will help with all the economic development in our community that the chamber is already doing." said Pensarski
Thus far, many community businesses have partnered with the Chamber and school on the project, and Pensarski said that two colleges will also provide support as well.
"Rhodes State College is partnered with us to help us get some interns to help us organize, distribute and teach people in our community how these tools work, and Ohio Northern University is providing us with professors who believe, through their engineering department, they have some really strong connections with how broadband really works in Hardin County. They're going to help us plan what is the best broadband fit for us, how does this all work" said Pensarski
If successful, Phase II can begin in the spring which will focus on the broadband component of the plan.
The Kenton Wildcats remain third in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings.
The Wildcats are in the middle of a tight race at the top of the Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released Tuesday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. River Valley heads the region, followed closely by Bryan, Kenton and Genoa. Each of the top 4 teams in the region are undefeated and ranked in the top 4 in the latest Associated Press state poll.
While Kenton is well-positioned to not only earn a playoff spot but host a first-round game, Upper Sandusky remains just outside the postseason cutline. The Rams are 10th in the region and will need some help to make the playoffs.
The Ada Bulldogs are 9th in the Division 6, Region 20 computer ratings and in all likelihood must win one of their final two games to qualify for the postseason.
In Division 7, Region 24, Arlington is in a strong position to earn a playoff berth. The Red Devils are currently 2nd in the region, trailing just McComb.
The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs, with the top 4 teams hosting first-round games
Two breaking and entering incidents were reported to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office on Monday.
According to the reports, vehicles and a garage on property located in the 3000 block of County Road 80 Alger and an apartment on Courtright Street in McGuffey, were broken into sometime over the weekend.
Numerous items were stolen from the locations.
Both are under investigation.
The Kenton School Board heard progress on one of the grants that has been in the works in the district for some time at their meeting last night.
The Race to the Top grant has been active in the Kenton School District for some time, and the Kenton Board heard a progress report on the current status of the grant. Kenton HS Assistant Principal Chad Thrush gave a presentation to the board last night on the grant and the changes that his school has made as a result of it. Thrush said that the biggest change is in the curriculum, in that the changes needed to be made for students to better prepare in this modern world.
"Curriculum has to change for the betterment of the kids because obviously we don't do things the same way we did back in the 50s and we can't prepare them the same way we did back in the 50s so the cirriculum is always going to be changing. This change has been a big shift. We went from the old state standards that were tested on the OGA's and the OGT's to the Common Core Standards. We're going to new state standards in science and social studies so the teachers needed to get all those new standards and start teaching them. That sounds easier than what it is, because when you've tailored all your lessons and all your tests to a particular set of standards and now you're being told these are the new standards, it takes some time to change." said Thrush
Thrush noted that some of the changes will require permanent improvements, which will need to be budgeted for, once the Race to the Top grant expires.
"As you know state law doesn't just allow for you to bring a new teacher in and say 'Good Luck'. We actually are expected to assign a mentor to that teacher and they have to be with them for four years. Well during that time Race to the Top has helped to pay for stipens to allow that teacher more time to pay for subs at times and go meet with those teachers so it's helped to take care of that resident educator program. One of the things the board needs to be aware of is that once Race to the Top goes away and we don't have those dollars here, the mentor program remains so there's going to be some things that will need to be budgeted for in the upcoming years to help us continue the work we're building on today" said Thrush
Also at the meeting, the board approved several contracts, among which were new contracts for Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski and Treasurer Tracy Hiller. The contract for the Superintendent states that the superintendent is to be paid an annual rate of $112,000, with insurance that covers 90% premium costs and 100% of a $40,000.00 life insurance policy. The contract for the treasurer states an annual payment of $73,000 annually with the same insurance rates as the Superintendent. Both contracts are for the 2013-2014 school year.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on November 18th 2013, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
There was a rash of incidents where vehicles were entered during the overnight hours in Kenton.
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, up to 13 vehicles were entered around the city's south side.
In most cases, nothing was taken from the vehicles.
WIth two weeks to go in the regular season, the Kenton Wildcats remain at the top of the latest Division Four State poll.
Kenton, last Friday night at Robinson Field.
The Wildcats are 8-0 on the season after last week's 62 to 6 win over Bath, and that is good enough to keep their top ranking in the sixth weekly Associated Press state football poll, which was released on Monday.
The Cats received 19 first place votes and 268 points in the poll and edged out Bryan for the top spot. The Golden Bears earned three first place votes and 235 points. Genoa is third, with River Valley fourth and Clinton-Massie is fifth, with each of those teams receiving at least one first place vote. Kettering Archbiahop Alter, Urbana, Wauseon, Chagrin Falls, and Licking Valley comprise the rest of the top ten.
Several other area teams are ranked this week, including Wapakoneta, which is slotted 18th in Division Three, In Division Five, Liberty-Benton sits third while Coldwater is eighth and North Union is 14th.
It was a busy weekend for car/deer collisions around Hardin County.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office reports, four occurred from Saturday into Sunday.
They were on County Road 195 in Goshen Township, U.S. 68 in Pleasant Township, County Road 200 in Taylor Creek Township and on State Route 81 in Jackson Township.
A shoplifting was reported over the weekend at WalMart.
According to the Kenton Police Department, two male suspects took four new tires from the store without paying for them.
The same two are suspected of leaving the store without paying for a cart full of toys last week.
The two are said to have left in a smaller size silver four door car.
The case is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's gas prices are up for the second straight week.
The state average was $3.36 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 6 cents from last week but still a dime below the cost a year ago, when the average was $3.40.
The national average was about $3.34 Monday. That's up a penny from a week ago, but still well below the $3.68 average at this time last year.
The lowest average in Ohio Monday was $3.25 in the Canton-Massillon area. The highest average was $3.41 in the Cincinnati area.
The first career start for Kenton graduate Maty Mauk was a good one Saturday afternoon.
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Mauk, a redshirt freshman, threw for 295 yeards and the 14th ranked Missouri Tigers defeatede #22 Florida 36-17 in Southwestern Conference action at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.
Mauk completed 18 of 36 passes with one touchdown and one interception and also rushed for a score as the Tigers improved for seven and zero overall and three and zero in the SEC. The Gators. who were outgained 500 to 151, fall to four and three overall and three and two in the SEC.
Missouri is in complete control of the SEC East with five games left in the regular season. The undefeated Tigers have at least a two game lead in the loss column on the rest of the division and will host South Carolina next Saturday.
At Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, another Kenton grad found the end zone as Max Morrison hauled in a touchdown pass and the Bearcats breezed past UCONN 41 to 16. Morrison caught four passes for 54 yards and the score and has caught nineteen passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns for the Bearcats, who are now five and two overall and two and one in the American Athletic Conference.
The Fall Fest 13 event that was scheduled for today (Saturday) at Wharton Park in Kenton has been cancelled due to the weather.
Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said it will now be held Saturday October 26 from 2-4pm at Wharton Park in Kenton.
The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding a Forestry Field Day on Sunday October 20.
Cathy Bash, from the District Office, said many activities ware planned for this year, including the ever popular horse drawn wagon rides through the woods. She said, "In addition to the wagon rides, we will also have a coloring contest and we serve corn bread, cider and more. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions from experts."
The field day will be held at 17947 Township Road 95 west of Kenton. It will be Sunday October 20 from 1-4pm. It is free and open to the public.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Public Safety says recent alcohol- and drug-fueled sex assaults in the state and across the country have prompted them to call on bystanders to intervene.
The department is urging every Ohioan who thinks they may be witnesses such a crime to call police, and if safely able to do so, intervene.
The department reminds residents that sexual assailants often use alcohol and drugs as weapons to help take advantage of their victims.
The department also reminds residents that it's illegal to have sex with a person who is unwilling or unable to consent because they're drunk or on drugs.
Department Director John Born says "one sexual assault in Ohio is one too many."
Grant Sherman threw for 565 yards and 8 touchdowns as the Kenton Wildcats defeated Bath 62-6 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Robinson Field.
Kollin Stollar caught 9 passes for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns while Justin Sawmiller grabbed 14 passes for 125 yards and 4 scores.
Tristan Reichelderfer intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown to round out the Kenton scoring.
Kenton improves to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the WBL wihle Bath falls to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the league.
Sherman and Stollar were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.
Kenton is back in action on Friday when it visits Celina in a WBL showown. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Kenton 62 Bath 6
Ottawa Glandorf 10 Elida 0
Wapakoneta 49 St. Marys 14
Celina 53 Shawnee 14
Defiance 49 VanWert 35
Other Scores of Interest
Arlington 69 Vanlue 0
Ft. Loramie 54 Upper Scioto Valley 0
Galion 48 Riverdale 12
Upper Sandusky 26 Buckeye Central 8
Ada 45 Allen East 14
Lehman Catholic 61 Ridgemont 6
Elgin 45 Northmor 26
North Union 55 Buckeye Valley 0
Ben Logan 32 Graham 29
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Michael Joe Collins was sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison on charges of Resisting Arrest, Breaking and Entering and Vandalism. He was ordered to pay $1900 in restitution to WalMart.
.Joshua David Prater was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count of receiving stolen property.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
An Ohio group continues to work on a feasibility study into restoring a passenger railroad line from Chicago to Columbus.
All Aboard Ohio Chairman Ron Sheck said it would take several years for the project to become reality, but he said it is worth the effort. He noted that there is increased development in areas where passenger rail service is improved.
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Pictured: Rep. Ryan Smith, Rep. Nickie Antonio, Rep. Sprague, Rep. Nan Baker at today’s press conference at the Ohio Statehouse
COLUMBUS—Today, the Chairman of the House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Study Committee, Robert Sprague (R-Findlay), was joined by members of the study committee at a press conference to discuss the study committee’s recommendations and findings.
The study committee, which was initiated by the Speaker of the Ohio House, William G. Batchelder (R-Medina), as an effort to address drug abuse and addiction, reached out to Ohioans through a series of regional hearings intended to elicit ideas and feedback from interested parties.
“As a General Assembly, we can take steps to fight this epidemic,” said Rep. Sprague. “First, we must strive to limit the amount of opioids being prescribed through our medical system, thereby slowing the rate of new people becoming addicted. Second, we need to prevent people who are already addicted from diverting more pills from the medical system. Third, we need to keep people alive even while they are consumed by the misery of their addiction in the hopes that they will eventually get treatment and recover. And forth, we need to integrate addiction treatment that is now practiced in medical silos, and fund our court system’s specialty dockets that are clearly providing success in getting people off opioids.”
The report also outlines potential opportunities for legislation that will incorporate suggestions from the more than 80 witnesses who testified before the committee.
Pictured are Police Chief Shawn Taylor, EMT/ Firefighter Brad Street and Paramedic/ Firefighter and EMS Lieutenant Darron Moe reviewing Medical Assist Skills during one of the annual skills review sessions at the Jackson Township Hall on October 17, 2013
The EMS, Fire and Police annually review and update skills in Medical Assisting and Basic First-Aid/ Life Saving procedures. The Forest Fire Department and Forest Police Department routinely respond to medical and trauma calls with Jackson-Forest EMS to render assistance. All Firefighters, Police Officers and public works employees in Forest are required to maintain a minimum of First Aid and CPR certification as part of their job requirements. Some Firefighters and Police are also certified as Emergency Medical Responders (First Responders) or Emergency Medical Technicians. Those employees also serve as members of the Jackson-Forest EMS.
The Police are routinely dispatched in conjunction with the EMS to medical calls in and around Forest. They are often first on scene and are trained in Basic First Aid procedures and use of the Automated Defibrillator so that they can perform life sustaining care prior to Ambulance Arrival. The Forest Fire Department has responded to all motor vehicle crashes and as needed, to assist with medical emergencies since the establishment of the EMS in 1974.
In a statement from Dean Hankins RN/ Paramedic, Chief of Operations for Jackson-Forest EMS; “The Village of Forest, Mayor and Council, have always considered the Life Safety of, not only it’s residents, but also the people living near the Village as a priority. As such it is extremely supportive of Fire and EMS.
After dropping its 1st four games, Bath has rattled off 3 straight “w”s to improve to 3 and 4 overall. The Allen County Wildcats are 3 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League and have improved on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. After allowing 46 points a game through three games, Bath has allowed 17 points a contest the last month of the season. Offensively, Bath scored just 10 points a game while starting 0 and 4 but has averaged just under 30 points a game during its three-game win streak.
Kenton has been pretty consistent throughout the season. The Hardin County Cats have scored at least 32 points in each of its six league games, and Kenton’s opponents have combined to score just 44 points all season against the Cats’ league-leading defense. That combination of a high-flying offense and a rock-solid defense has helped Kenton to a 7 and 0 record overall, and a league-best 6 and 0 mark in the Western Buckeye League, with just three weeks to go in the regular season.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
In other action around Hardin County tonight, 5 and 2 Ada hosts 3 and 4 Allen East; Riverdale looks for its 2nd win of the season against 6 losses when it entertains 6 and 1 Galion; Upper Scioto Valley tries to improve on its 3 and 4 mark when it hosts 5 and 2 Fort Loramie; and 2 and 5 Ridgemont hits the road for action at 2 and 5 Lehman Catholic.
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle this morning in McGuffey.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the male pedestrian was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital.
No other information is available at this time.
A breaking and entering occurred in the 12,000 block of Township Road 80 sometime since Tuesday night.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the incident was reported on Wednesday.
A garage on the property was entered, and numerous tools and equipment were stolen.
There are no suspects at this time, and detectives are investigating.
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio muzzleloader hunters enjoyed warm weather as they harvested 5,608 antlerless white-tailed deer during the new antlerless-only muzzleloader hunting weekend Oct. 12-13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“Ohio’s first antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season was a success, and we are pleased so many hunters participated,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “We remain committed to providing Ohio’s sportsmen and women with some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation.”
The new antlerless muzzleloader weekend was the first opportunity to take advantage of Ohio’s new extended hunting hours. A half hour of golden opportunity hunting time after sunset was added to all of this year’s upcoming deer-gun hunting seasons.
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (200), Licking (164), Guernsey (144), Muskingum (143), Knox (141), Coshocton (138), Adams (135), Columbiana (128), Carroll (120), Athens (117) and Trumbull (117).
The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes. This new early muzzleloader season also serves to help manage the state’s deer herd. Progress toward reducing locally abundant herds can be expected, and strides have been made to reduce deer herds in many counties closer to target levels.
Ohio hunters are encouraged to hunt more does this season to help the needy in their area. The ODNR Division of Wildlife is working with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to help pay for the processing of donated venison. Hunters who donate their deer to a food bank are not required to pay the processing cost as long as funding for the effort lasts. More information about this program can be found online at fhfh.org.
Deer hunting in Ohio continues to be a popular activity for many who enjoy the outdoors. Ohio hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2013 season. Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication. Find more information about Ohio deer hunting at wildohio.com.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
The updated computer ratings for high school football teams have been released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Region 12 in Division IV is shaping up to be one of the most competitive regions in the state. Despite being 7 and 0 and ranked 1st in the Associated Press state poll, the Kenton Wildcats are slotted 3rd in the region’s latest computer ratings. River Valley is 1st, with Bryan sitting 2nd, followed by Kenton, Genoa, Wauseon and Galion. Each of those six teams were ranked in the top 11 in the state in the latest AP poll.
Also in Region 12, Upper Sandusky is currently just outside the playoff cutline as the Rams are 10th.
Ada is in a tough battle for playoff position in Division VI, Region 20. The Bulldogs, who are 5 and 2, are 6th in the region and in all likelihood have to win two of their last three games to make the playoffs. That will be easier said than done as Ada hosts 3 and 4 Allen East this week before finishing the regular season with road games at 7 and 0 Delphos Jefferson and 5 and 2 Lima Central Catholic.
In Division VII, Region 24, Arlington is ranked second and is well-position to not only make the playoffs but earn a first-round home game.
The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season will qualify for the state playoffs, with the top 4 teams hosting first-round games.
The study into Kenton Water Rates has recommended that the current water rates be doubled, while also decreasing sewer rates.
At a meeting of the Kenton City Council Finance Committee last night, ARCAP presented findings from the water usage study it has conducted over the past several months. Based on the projections, and accounting for the number of users on the various systems throughout the city, the recommendations have the water rates doubling their current levels. The rationale for this was to get the city water rates back on track so that the revenues can meet their budget's. In addition to this, the recommendation also has for slight decreases across the board in the sewer rates, which will help to offset the overall cost to most Kenton residents. Councilman Brian Hattery explains the study results.
"When you look at water and sewer seperatly, with the water rates we're most concerned right now because that's where we are losing the most money with our current rates. So we have base rates, and then we have a compacity rate, and a usage rate. The proposal we were presented with, which again is not necessarly what we will go with, but the proposal is to double the base rate for all users. So anyone's base rate, regardless as to how much water you used will be doubled." Hattery went on to explain "Water is the fund that is hurting. We're looking to increase the rates for water, and we're decreasing them a little bit with sewer. The proposal does build in a three percent inflationary increase starting in 2014 and 2015. Hopefully that will eliminate the need for any type of a rate increase in the future ever again." said Hattery.
Hattery also stated that the overall impact per customer would be low under the recommended proposal.
"The numbers we got, a typical home, if they use over 600 cubic feet, the overall increase to the bill would be about $7.18 more than currently" said Hattery
The finance committee voted to have ARCAP present their final report to the Kenton City Council at their next meeting, on October 28th. The Council will have to decide at that point whether or not to accept and adopt the findings into official city policy. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns, while expressing concern for the water rate increases, noted that something needed to be done to make up for lost revenue in the city water/sewer budget.
"Something's going to have to be put in place because we are losing money in the water and sewer combined. How we get there will be whatever we come up with as a solution, and that's what we have to do. [ARCAP] is going to give us their recommendations and we're going to meet, talk it over and see what the best solution for the city of Kenton is." said Manns.
Two men were arrested following a traffic stop Tuesday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car was stopped on North Main Street, and it was discovered that the driver and a passenger both had felony warrants for their arrest out of Marion County.
Ronald Mills and Joshua Lowe, both from Prospect, were taken into custody and were later transferred to Marion County.
Several theft from vehicle incidents were reported to Kenton Police on Tuesday.
Up to seven reports were received throughout the day from around the city.
Miscellaneous items and small amounts of money were taken from the vehicles.
The Community Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross of Hardin County has resigned her position.
According to a release, Collene Conley's resignation was effective on September 24.
Replacing Conley as of October 14 is Forest resident Audrey Hankins, who currently works as the Hardin County Local Emergency Planning Committee Information Coordinator. Allen County Community Chapter Executive Director David Collins said Hankins brings a strong background in emergency services, public relations and fund raising experience to the American Red Cross.
Collins also thanked Conley for her years of service and dedication to the Red Cross.
Speaking of the American Red Cross, in addition to the blood drive that was held this past Monday, another one is scheduled for Monday October 21 from Noon to Six in the Recreation Room of the Kenton Moose Family Center in Kenton.
A solid majority of our website voters put the blame on President Obama for the partial givernment shutdown.
60.57% blamed the president, while 31.15 blamed Republicans in Congress, and 8.25% blame Democrats in Congress.
Vote now in this week's question on the home page.
OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) - An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the slayings of two teen brothers in northwest Ohio.
Michael Fay pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated murder Tuesday morning in Putnam County.
He faces up to life in prison in the May 9 slayings of 14-year-old Blaine Romes and his 17-year-old brother, Blake Romes. Fay is due to be sentenced next month.
Prosecutors say Fay killed the brothers at the Ottawa mobile home he and his mother were sharing with the brothers and their mother.
The brothers were found dead after Fay was arrested in Columbus and pointed officers to them
The Kenton City Council approved a number of items at their meeting last night.
They approved a measure to fund the cities share of a highway improvement project on US 68 South, which is being done in conjunction with The Ohio Department of Transportation. The council approved a measure to begin the process of constructing a sewer system in the recently annexed Letson Sub-division on the south side of Kenton, and approved the paying of a number of bills including repairs to the water heater at the city building.
In comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that a stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Oak St. and Robinson Avenue. The sign will be on the exit from Oak onto Robinson, due to safety issues. Additionally, Brian Hattery from the Finance committee announced that the committee will be meeting tonight (Tuesday) to finalize the results from the study on the city water rates. That meeting will be held at 6pm.
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on October 28th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
Dennis Beverly stands with from left to right Lacie Nichols, Bruklyn Nichols, Eyan Helton and Blaine Huston.
4th and 5th grade Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School can be heard this week on WKTN.
A different student will introduce a song on the Oldies For Lunch Hour.
The first student was featured Monday, and this will continue until Thursday.
A woman and her infant daughter escaped injury after they were thrown from their horse drawn buggy following a crash over the weekend on County Road 200.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a vehicle being driven by 73 year old Dennis Blue, of Richwood, was attempting to pass a car and the buggy, when the vehicle struck the buggy causing the horse to bolt. Alice Petersheim and her infant daughter were thrown from the buggy. Petersheim said their injuries were not serious enough for a squad to be called.
So far, no citations have been issued, as the crash remains under investigation.
Several items were stolen from a shed in Kenton over the weekend.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident was reported Sunday afternoon.
The shed is located in the 1200 block of west North Street, and several items, including three knives, a bicycle and several other miscellaneous items, were stolen.
The incident is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's gas prices have risen closer to the national average after dipping during the second week of the partial government shutdown.
The state average was $3.30 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up eight cents from last week but still well below the cost a year ago, when the average was $3.64.
The national average was about $3.34 Monday. It's down a penny from a week ago and 45 cents less than the average at this time last year.
If the budget impasse and government shutdown drag on, it's expected to decrease demand for energy and lead to lower fuel prices. That would benefit drivers but also signal a weak economy.
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A long time Kenton health care center has been sold. The Corinthian Center, located on Wayne Street in Kenton sold on Friday, and many of the furnishings throughout the building are being sold today. Harry Hooyenga, building owner, spoke to WKTN Friday afternoon about the sale.
"We're selling everything in the building. If it can be removed it can be sold. We've taken care of the second and third floors on Friday and Saturday will be the first floor, the main floor and the basement. In the basement, there's diatary kitchen stuff, laundry equipment, tools, maintenance stuff, that will all be done on Saturday and the building itself sold Friday." said Hooyenga
Auctioneer Dave Wedertz sells the building and property Friday afternoon.
The building was purchased by Kenton resident Jerry Wiley for $15.00, plus closing costs. Hooyenga said that registrations will be open by 9am for the sale today (Saturday), and people can register in the front office of the center. All furnishings will be sold today (Saturday).
Kenton moved to 7-0 with a 48-2 win over Elida Friday in Western Buckeye League football action.
Kenton during pregame warm up's Friday night at Elida
Grant Sherman threw for 541 yards & 6 TDs as the Cats 545 to 252 for the game.
Justin Sawmiller caught 15 passes for 179 yards & 1 TD to become the unofficial national receptions leader. Colyn Blackford had 12 catches for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kollin Stollar, Angelo Lombardo & Connor Jones also caught touchdown passes for the Cats.
The Kenton Band doing their halftime show Friday night.
Blackford & Sawmiller were named Ace Hardware Players of the Game.
Kenton is now 7-0 overall & 6-0 in the league while Elida is 4-3 overall & 3-3 in the league. Kenton will host Lima Bath next Friday night at Robinson Field.
Kenton 48 Elida 2
Bath 34 Shawnee 14
Celina 55 Van Wert 19
Defiance 27 St. Marys 23
Wapakoneta 45 Ottawa Glandorf 13
Other Scores of Interest
Colonel Crawford 59 Riverdale 14
Lucas 26, USV 8
Bucyrus 37 Upper Sandusky 36 OT
Liberty Center 28 Arlington 23
North Union 54 Fredericktown 44
Urbana 39 Ben Logan 14
Crestview 63 Ada 12
Jonathan Alder 36 Elgin 22
Waynesfield-Goshen 34 Ridgemont 8
A passenger, who was one of two people killed in a fiery crash this past Tuesday morning, has been positively identified.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office used dental records to identify the man as Benjamin D. Fowler, 26 of Kenton.
He was in the pickup truck that had been stolen from Cars Plus in Kenton early Tuesday morning. The vehicle was travelling in a private lane on County Road 200, when it struck a boulder and burst into flames. The driver was later identified as 35 year old Michael R. Fay, also of Kenton.
The Ohio State Patrol worked with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office during the investigation.
A Lima man was sentenced for his part in a drug sting operation in Ada back in May of this year.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Rashad Akeem Lott was sentenced to four years and eleven months in prison on one count each of felonious assault and permitting drug abuse.
The charges stem from an incident in which the
Crime Task Force was attempting to arrest Lott and Andre Lewis, also of Lima, on drug charges. That's when a car driven by Lott attempted to run over a detective, who fired his weapon to defend himself.
Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 28.
Also in Court:
.Jeremy Lee Pack was sentenced to 2 years in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
.Robert Joseph Plescher was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of cocaine and attempted tampering with evidence.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Dream Center of Ohio continues its mission to help those in need in Hardin County.
Heather Preston, who along with her husband Keith, is co-founder of the organization, and she talks about their goals, "Providing essentials that we think come as common knowledge, but there really not. If individuals are not taught, even growing up as children, if their not taught how to cook, how to clean, how to take care of their children, they don't know how to do that, so a big part of the Dream Center is really just teaching individuals, helping develop life skills."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The rivalry between Kenton and Elida has been one-sided over the past two decades. The Wildcats have won 20 straight games against the Bulldogs, with the last Elida victory coming in 1992.
Elida will have its work cut out for it this evening as it tries to end that long losing streak to the Cats. The Bulldogs are a solid 4 and 2 overall, including 3 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, but
Kenton has been even better, scoring 42 points a game and giving up just 7 points a contest. The Wildcats are 6 and 0 overall and 5 and 0 in the league and are ranked 1st in the latest Division 4 state poll.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kraft Stadium in Elida. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff on tap for 7:30 p.m.
In other action tonight around Hardin County, Ada hits the road for a key Northwest Conference matchup with Crestview - the Bulldogs are 5 and 1 while the Knights are 4 and 2; Ridgemont tries to improve on its 2 and 4 record when it visits 1 and 5 Waynesfield-Goshen; 1 and 5 Riverdale hosts 5 and 1 Colonel Crawford; and the 3 and 3 Upper Scioto Valley Rams entertain Lucas - the Cubs are 2 and 4 on the season.
Claire Oates in action in Bowling Green
Kenton's Claire Oates advanced to the girls tennis district semifinals with a pair of wins Wednesday at Bowling Green.
Oates opened play at the Division II girls tennis district tournament at BGSU by whipping Port Clinton's Kelsey Dietrich 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarters, Oates needed 3 sets to knock of Courtney Ahmed from Lexington. Ahmed, a senior, was the champion of the Shelby Sectional, but the Wildcat sophomore rallied from a set down to post a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory and improve to 25-3 on the year.
Oates now returns to Bowling Green State University on Saturday, where she is one of 4 remainings players in the draw. She will meet Rochell Issa from Maumee Valley Country Day in one district semifinal, with Ottawa Hills' Lilli Boice taking on Olivia Rohrbacher from Perkins in the other semi.
The top 3 placers at districts will qualify for the state tournament.
Action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at Keefe Courts on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
Kenton, Ohio - The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently handling a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 5:30A.M. on October 8, 2013. The crash occurred at a private residence, located at 19034 County Road 200, Kenton, Ohio.
The crash occurred when a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south on the driveway of 19034 CR 200. The vehicle continued south into a pasture where it struck a large rock. The driver was ejected from the vehicle. The crash claimed the lives of both the driver and one passenger.
Through a cooperative investigation with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that the vehicle involved in the crash had been stolen in the early morning hours of October 8, 2013 from the south side of Kenton. A joint investigation is still on going to determine the identity of the vehicle occupants. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at (419)423-1414.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the driver as Michael R Fay, 35 years of age from Lima Ohio. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office continue to follow-up on leads to the identity of the passenger.
The Kenton Wildcats remain atop the state in the latest Associated Press poll.
The Cats are 6-0 after defeating Ottawa-Glandorf 34-10 last week and remain in the top spot in the latest Associated Press Division 4 state poll. Kenton received 20 first-place votes and 277 points in the rankings, with Bryan, Genoa, River Valley and Clinton-Massie rounding out the top 5 and Upper Sandusky placing 16th.
In Division 6, Ada is ranked 16th while in Division 7, Arlington dropped to 9th after falling to McComb on Friday.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has released its latest computer ratings. In the Division 4, Region 20 ratings, Kenton is 2nd while Upper Sandusky is 9th. Ada sits 4th in the Division 6, Region 20 rankings while Arlington is 1st in the Division 7, Region 24 poll and Upper Scioto Valley is 12th in the Division 7, Region 26 ratings.
The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs, with the top 4 teams in each region earning home games in the opening round of the postseason.
Kenton's Claire Oates will be participating in the district girls tennis tournament Wednesday in Bowling Green.
Oates will take on Port Clinton's Kelsey Dietrich in opening round action Wednesday in the Division 2 girls district tennis tournament at Bowling Green State University. Oates finished as the runner-up over the weekend at the University Of Northwestern sectional while Dietrich finished 3rd at the Clyde sectional.
Oates, a sophomore, is one of 16 players who will be competing in the tournament. She is 23-3 on the season.
The district tournament will be held on Wednesday and Saturday at Keefe Courts at BGSU, with action set to begin at 10 a.m. on both days. The top 3 placers at the districts will advance to the state tournament.
Google Earth image of property where crash occurred
Two people were killed after the stolen vehicle they were in struck a boulder on property located on County Road 200 northeast of Mt. Victory.
According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a pickup was stolen from Cars Plus on U.S. 68 at the south edge of Kenton.
At about five this morning, the driver was driving the pickup in a stone covered private drive when it struck a boulder and burst into flames.
The vehicle in the crash. Photo by the Ohio State Patrol
The two occupants were killed, and authorities are now in the process of identifying them.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stolen pickup report, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is investigating the double fatal crash.
Both agencies are working together to identity the two deceased persons in the vehicle.
The Kenton City Council Finance Committee held a meeting last night on city water rates.
Earlier this year, the Kenton City Council approved a measure which hired the firm ARCAP to study and report on any changes that the city could make in regards to the way it structures and collects city water usage bills. ARCAP reported initial findings at a meeting of the Kenton Council Finance Committee Monday evening. Committee Chair Brian Hattery said that the results are far from conclusive but they to account for the savings that the council needs to begin considering.
"We're doing a good thing, which is building funds for capital improvements in the future and emergency repairs which we've never done before. So we'll be building that in, so that's good. So we'll have our operating costs which we have now, plus our debt services which are mostly on the sewer end plus we're going to add in these monies, a small percentage every year for capital improvements in the future and emergency funds. That will give us the total costs that we need to be collecting for water and sewer each year." said Hattery.
There were some changes to the proposed model discussed at the meeting, as well as a discussion on getting more accurate numbers to bring the study up to date. Hattery said that while the changes are needed, the council will still need to review them before adopting any official policy.
"We're getting away from the tiered model which we've had, where the more water you used, your rate decreased or increased for sewer and water. We're looking at a base rate and we're also looking at changing the capacity charges, so right now what we're looking at is going with per hundred cubic feet of water usage everyone will be paying the same amount. That rate is still being worked on. So the main difference in charges will be the water meter, the water services that you get. It could be a significant increase for the higher capacity users. We're not exactly sure we want to go to as high of an increase to them so we're looking at it." said Hattery.
The finance committee will hold another meeting next Tuesday night to review the updated study models and results should be available for the entire council to review by the meeting on October 28th.
A long time Kenton Business has changed its name.
The new owners of Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home. Front (L-R): Retiring director Tom Stout, Amanda Crates, and Scott Crates. Back (L-R) Theron Stout and Andrew Crates
Schindewolf-Stevens-Stout Funeral Home in Kenton officially changed its name to Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home last week. Long time directors Tom Stout and Terry Wuethrich are retiring, and some new individuals will be taking over the reins of the business. Stout talked about what made him interested in the funeral business many years ago, and why it was time to pass the torch to a new generation.
"My grandmother lived across the street in an apartment and when I was a kid maybe ten or twelve years old and I was up at her place I would look out the window and that just intrigued me. I thought it was something that I'd like to do. It's time to make a change. I've always felt that you wanted to do it when the time is right. I wanted things to be decided when I could be involved in making the decisions. We wanted to find someone that we felt would be a good fit. There just doesn't seem like there's that many good employees out there anymore. The Crate's and ourselves started talking last February." said Tom
Scott, Amanda, and Andrew Crates have joined in the partnership with Theron Stout to continue operations here in Hardin County. Amanda Crates said it was a natural fit for someone who is from the area.
"I graduated from Hardin Northern and I live in Dunkirk so my heart has always been down here. Findlay is something that we're all close to but we thought if we were going to go in any direction it was going to be south. We have so much respect for the Stout family and what they've been able to do here. You can't just jump into business with someone who does not have the same business philosophy. We're here to serve families in a very difficult time. They've done a great job with that." said Amanda
Scott Crates said that the public has reacted to the change with enthusiasm.
"People have been wonderful. The few families we've dealt with so far have been very receptive and just good people" said Scott
Additionally, Sarah Jefferies will be joining the staff as an office administrator, and Theron Stout said that the changes will be great as the funeral home business moves forward in the 21st Century.
"It brings some youth on board with me, and our industry like every other industry in the world is going straight to technology. Everything we do is computer based, documentation, paperwork, register and booking, death certificate, so that was something that I did most of. It's nice to have eight extra hands now including Sarah that we can all jump on there and do that work. It's going to allow us to divide some responsibility and at the same time know that if any of us needs to jump in there we can do that without missing a step." said Theron
For his part, Tom Stout said that while he will no longer be running things on a day to day basis, he'll still be around to help and assist as needed on a part time basis. Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home became official as of October 1st
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have dipped further as the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its second week.
A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.22 in Ohio in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 11 cents cheaper than a week ago and 54 cents less than a year ago.
Monday's national average was about $3.35, a nickel less than a week ago. It's 46 cents cheaper than the national average at this time last year.
The downward trend is expected to continue if the budget impasse and government shutdown drag on, reducing demand for energy and resulting in lower fuel prices. That would be a boon for drivers but also signal a weak economy.
The Kenton Police responded to a couple of hit skips accidents Saturday.
According to reports available from the Police department the first occurred around 7:50 in the morning.
A Honda Odyssey was stopped for a red light eastbound on Columbus Street at the Main Street intersection. While stopped, a black Chevrolet S10 pickup struck the rear of the van and then left the scene of the accident.
2 occupants were in the van with one being treated by BKP at the scene for minor injuries.
The second was reported around 4:50 Saturday afternoon.
A vehicle was legally parked on the side of the road in the 600 block of North Wayne street and was struck, with damage occuring to the driver side door.
According to the report, the incident was to have happened sometime between 9:40am Friday and at the time of the report.
Both incidents remains under investigation.
United Way of Hardin County has announced that 17% or $36,119.48 of their goal has been reached.
Campaign co-chairs Hannah Derr and Dave Sturgeon reported the following results by division:
Special Gifts chaired by Barb Winzenried and Merleen Barnes are at $10,559.50 or 75% of their goal.
Education chaired by Jane Baker is at $2,439.00 or 20% of goal.
Professional chaired by Angela Newland and Paul Govekar are at $7,529.76 which is 32% of their goal.
Government chaired by Bonnie McBride and Steve White are at $2,052.00 or 22% of their goal.
Agriculture is chaired by Nancy Wilcox and they are at $5,265.00 or 70% of the goal.
Retail chaired by Chip Root and Stephanie Temple is at $1,239.00 or 15% of their goal.
F.I.R.E. (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) is chaired by Beth McKinley and Matt Manns. They are at $350.00 or 3% of their goal.
Industry is chaired by Ted Riggs and Chad Guckes and they reported that industry is just starting their campaigns.
Special Events is at $4,453.61 with still two Dine Ins to go. We are at 148% of goal.
Out of County is at 15% or $2,406.61.
Kenton 34 Ottawa Glandorf 10
Elida 19 Shawnee 12
Bath 27 Van Wert 13
Celina 49 St. Marys 23
Wapakoneta 52 Defiance 7
Other Scores of Interest
Riverside 50 Upper Scioto Valley 20
River Valley 7 North Union 6
Riverdale 48 Crestline 26
Buckeye Valley 26 Elgin 13
McComb 40 Arlington 35
Ada 30 Paulding 6
Upper Sandusky 26 Wynford 0
Ft. Loramie 56 Ridgemont 6
Northwestern 48 Ben Logan 45
The Kenton Wildcats celebrated Homecoming in style on Friday as they rolled past Ottawa-Glandorf 34-10 in front of Queen Emily Baird and her court at Robinson Field.
The top-ranked Cats improve to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Western Buckeye League while the Titans fall to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the league.
Kenton's Grant Sherman threw for 479 yards and 5 touchdowns while Justin Sawmiller caught 13 passes for 194 yards and 3 scores. Colyn Blackford had 15 receptions for 148 yards for the Cats while Kollin Stollar and Slate Johansen each caught a TD pass.
The Cats outgained the Titans 498-209 and forced O-G into 4 turnovers.
2013 Kenton Homecoming Queen Emily Baird
Tristan Reichelderfer intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Elida. 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 Dunkirk man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court to nearly seven years in prison.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Billy Joe James was sentenced to a total of 73 months in prison on a charge of failure to periodically verify current address. James was on post release control after being sentenced in earlier cases, including pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor in 2011. In that case, he was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.
Also in Court:
.Barbara L. McLoughlin, also known as Barbara L. Makin, was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of petty theft.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The Neighborhood Opportunity Center is in the process of taking registrations for Christmas baskets.
Board of Directors head Brian Heath said they are teaming up with Love INC this year, "People from Love in the name of Christ will be at the Neighborhood Opportunity Center pantry when we distribute food on Wednesdays from 5-6pm. They will also be at the office in the old City Building from 9-11 Saturday mornings in October, and in November, the will be at the library from 9-11 Saturday mornings."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Kenton Wildcats host Ottawa-Glandorf in tonight's annual Homecoming contest at Robinson Field.
The annual Homecoming Bonfire Thursday evening at the high school.
Ottawa-Glandorf stormed into the Western Buckeye League title and an appearance in the regional title game last season but it will be an entirely new group of Titans that will meet the Wildcats tonight. The Titans graduated 21 players, including 18 starters, from that squad and are three of two so far this season. They are two and two in the Western Buckeye League.
The Wildcats are flying high midway through the season. Kenton is ranked first in the latest Associated Press Division IV state poll and leads the league in most offensive and defensive categories. The Cats are currently five and zero overall and are all alone atop the Western Buckeye League standings with a four and zero mark.
The seniors Thursday evening with head coach Mike Mauk
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
In other games involving county teams tonight. Three and two Upper Scioto Valley visits two and three Riverside; zero and five Riverdale travels to Crestline to take on the one and four Bulldogs; two and three Ridgemont hosts four and one Fort Laramie; and state-ranked Ada looks to improve on its four and one record when it hosts two and three Paulding.
If you plan to vote in the November 5 election and have not registered, the time to do so is running out.
Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said the deadline is this Monday October 7. She said they will be open late that to to accommodate those looking to register, "We will be open until 9 Monday evening. You must register to vote by the 7th if you want to vote in the General Election November 5."
Bookmyer added that if you moved since the last election, you also need to change your address, "Many people think that if they change their address at the post office, they don't need to with us, but that is not the case. They can change their address with us in our office, or on our website at www.hardincountyelections.com."
No one was seriously hurt in a two vehicle accident which happened on S. Main Street Wednesday afternoon. The accident temporarly shut down traffic on S. Main.
According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, Stephanie Minix of Kenton was traveling eastbound on Lynn Street when she proceeded through the intersection at S. Main and was struck by a vehicle driven by David Burrell of Florida.
No one was seriously injured and Minix was cited for a right of way violation. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Traffic was moving again by 2:30pm.
The Kenton Wildcats are ranked 1st in the state in the latest Associated Press poll.
The Kenton Wildcats as they take on Shawnee last Friday night.
The Wildcats sit atop the latest A.P. Division 4 rankings. Kenton received 21 first-place votes and 288 points to earn the top spot, trailed by Bryan, Genoa and River Valley. Clinton-Massie rounds out the top 5, while Upper Sandusky is tied for 20th in Division 4.
In Division 6, Ada is tied for 20th while Arlington is 6th in Division 7.
The latest Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings have also been released. The Kenton Wildcats are 2nd in the Division 4, Region 12 rankings while Upper Sandusky is tied for 9th. Ada is tied for 5th in the Division 6, Region 20 ratings while Arlington leads the Division 7, Region 24 grouping. Upper Scioto Valley is currently 12th in Division 7, Region 26.
The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs.
A Meet the Candidates Forum was held Tuesday evening at The Oakleaf Center.
Candidates for the first part of the forum. (L-R): Terri Downey (City Treasurer), B.J. Hall (Council) Brian Hattery (Council), Donald Mitchell (City Treasurer), and Patti Risner (Council). (Missing Peg Wren, City Council)
The forum featured several candidates from contested races in the City of Kenton. Kenton Treasurer, Kenton City Council at Large, and Kenton School Board. Each of the candidates was asked at one point during the forum what they hoped to achieve as an elected office holder in their position. To begin, current councilman Brian Hattery said that the main goal of the city council was to manage the budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
"If I'm reelected to this office what I hope to accomplish is another balanced budget. I'd also like the city continue to go forward to make this a business friendly community. To make steps to bring more business and make it easier for businesses to come. To continue the work of the police department and working in conjunction with the Sheriff's Department to continue the fight against drugs in our community and to find ways to aid their job in that respect." said Hattery.
Current Councilman BJ Hall said that the city could do more to curtail the drug problem and clean up the city landmarks.
"As I go around the city I see so many things that needs to be done. But we have seen so many improvements in the city already. We have seen the Cherry Street Park, which has a new name I believe [Murray Park] and the improvements there. We need to improve on our streets; I'd like to see that happen. People have talked with me about the sidewalks; they'd like to see the sidewalks improved. Because there are some people that are old and walk in the evenings, tell me they're afraid to walk because of the uneven sidewalks. I think there is so much that we need to do." said Hall.
Current Councilman Patty Risner also touted the work done by council on the drug issue and city improvements.
"I would hope to help bring in business and also work on the drug problem. I know that's a big problem that we face not only locally but worldwide as well." said Risner.
Candidate Peg Wren, who is also in the running, was not in attendance at the forum Tuesday.
For the Kenton Treasurer position, candidate Donald Mitchell said that he’d like to find ways to cut the city budget to ensure more fiscal responsibility in the city finances.
"Again, not knowing exactly what the job entails, knowing my experience in budgeting and cost cutting, I'd like to find a way to cut expenditures that we have so that the town has the money to do the necessary things that are happening." said Mitchell.
Current City Treasurer Terri Downey said that the position didn’t allow for much input by way of spending cuts, but rather was more about managing the city books.
"I don't have an office at the city building. This is a job that is part time. I really don't have anything to do with the spending of the money for the city. All that is done in the city building. They are the ones who write the checks and work on the budget and I don't have anything to do with any of that. I just balance the books. So I have to say that I have the easy part of the job. At the city building they do most of the work. I keep up with rates for investments and keep the books balanced." said Downey
Candidates for the second half of the forum. (L-R): Kenton School Board Candidates Russ Blue, David Haushalter, Mark McCullough and Bradd Molk. (Missing, Jason Howe)
The second part of the Meet the Candidates Forum featured candidates for the Kenton School Board. Again, all candidates were asked what they hoped to achieve as members of the board. Current board member Mark McCullough said that the primary goal was to ensure the continued work done on the new Kenton Schools Elementary Building.
"My number one thing right now is that the school [project] is done on time and done correctly. And I think that right now we are right on schedule, right where we should be. I'm real excited about the school going up, it's a real big thing for us to do and will garner some significant results in the years to come." said McCullough
Candidate Bradd Molk touted his experiences in other school districts over the course of his career and said he'd like to see some improvements in the classes at the high school level.
"I would really like to see us advance our high school curriculum with AP studies, that's advanced placement classes. I'd like to train our teachers in those core areas of Math, Science, Social Studies and English at board expense and have that brought in because I think that is very monumental and a very strong additive or punch that we can put toward our academics." said Molk.
Current Board member Russ Blue said that he has spent a number of years on the board and the building project remains a top priority.
"I've been a part of that for the past twelve years and I'd really like to be on board with that when the doors open to share in the joy of that project. I'd also like to stay on track with our educational goals and it seems like they constantly change. The state sets the parameters for us and the testing and the things we need to do to teach our students and it seems like they're constantly changing every three or four years." said Blue.
Current Board member David Haushalter echoed the comments from Blue and also Molk in that the curriculum needed to be looked at.
"Our curriculum has taken a turn for the best. We continue to work forward with that. As Russ talked about as the state makes changes, as ODE makes changes we need to keep up. We weren’t really keeping up before and so we've had to catch up a bit. We're doing that and I think we have a positive plan into the future." said Haushalter.
Candidate Jason Howe was not in attendance at the Meet the Candidates Forum.
Meet the Candidates was sponsored by Hardin Leadership.
Early and Absentee voting starts today in Ohio.
Hardin County Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said you can start voting today at Board of Elections Office in the Hardin County Courthouse, "We have machines set up here just like a polling place, so you can come in and vote. You can call us, and we can send you an application if you need it mailed to your home."
She said absentee voting will go until the Saturday before Election Day, "They can ask for them to be mailed up until the Saturday before. We can mail them out, the last day is on Saturday November 2 at noon. That's the last ones that are mailed, and early voting will finish up at noon on Saturday."
The Board of the Elections Office is located in the basement of the Courthouse in Kenton, "If you come in the south entrance, we are the first office on your right hand side."
A "Volley for a Cure" fundraiser was held at the Kenton/Ridgemont Girls Volleyball game Monday evening at Kenton High School.
Assistant Coach Miranda Straus said that the goal was to increase awareness of cancer issues, specifically breast cancer, with both schools pitching in to help raise funds, This has been going on for a few years now, and we just decided that since Kenton versus Ridgemont is such a good rivalry, it would bring a lot of local people into town and raise some good money."
The goal at the game last night was to raise $1000.00 for Volley for a Cure, and if anyone would like to make a donation for the cause, they can contact Kenton High School.