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Rams Heading To Districts After Dropping Ada 63-45

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams defeated Ada 63-45 to win the Division IV boys basketball sectional title Friday night at Kenton.


Lane Hurley scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Rams, who won for the 21st straight time and are 22-1 on the season. Dylan Hunsicker added 12 points for USV, which moves on to district play on Tuesday March 4 against Marion Local at Wapakoneta. Tip off is scheduled for 8, and WKTN will broadcast it live.


Ada, which ends its season at 6-17, got 12 points from Brayden Sautter and 10 from Blake Willeke.


The Bulldogs scored the final 7 points of the 1st quarter to take an 18-15 lead after one quarter, but the Rams outscored Ada 10-6 in the 2nd period to grab a 25-24 lead at the half. USV quickly opened up a double-digit lead in the 3rd quarter and then held off several Ada runs over the final two periods to secure the victory.




Three Major Awards Handed Out at Annual Alliance Dinner

ADA - During the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance’s eighth annual dinner meeting, the following awards were presented: Donna Martin - 2013 Citizen of the Year; Brim’s Imports and Brim’s Imports and Auto Savage - 2013 Business of the Year; and Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club - 2013 Community Service Award. 


Tom Brim from Brim's Imports and Brim's Imports Auto Salvage-Business of the Year; Donna Martin-Citizen of the Year; Joss Gammon from Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club-Community Service Award.


Donna Martin, was the recipient of the 2013 Citizen of the Year based on her dedication to helping students from all over the Kenton community. Donna started a tutoring program over eight years ago and it has gone from ten to over thirty students. It includes transportation from school to tutoring, then home afterwards.  Her dedication is not just limited to tutoring and homework, but also to teaching them to work hard at reaching goals.

Brim’s Imports and Brim’s Imports Auto Savage received the 2013 Business of the Year based on their commitment to giving back to the Hardin County Community. Tom Brim accepted the award on behalf of Brim’s Imports, which opened as a bicycle shop in 1956 and has grown into one of the largest auto dealers in our area, as well as a supplier of foreign auto parts. With their support, many organizations, groups, and clubs in Hardin County have prospered. 

Members of Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club-Community Service Award winners.


The Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club was awarded the 2013 Community Service Award based on their dedication to helping others and improving our community. Joss Gammon accepted the award on behalf of The Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club, which is twenty-five enthusiastic and dedicated individuals, all of whom are adults with a disability.  Co-sponsored by the Ada and Kenton Kiwanis, in conjunction with Simon Kenton HARCO Industries, this group’s members strive to return to their community the benefit, help and caring they have received.


Over 190 were in attendance at the event held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.  Patron sponsors for the evening included: Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc.; Hardin Memorial Hospital; Humble Construction; Liberty National Bank; Ohio Northern University; and Quest Federal Credit Union.

Approved by Alliance members during the annual meeting were the 2014 officers and Board of Directors.


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is a non-profit organization that encompasses four divisions in one – Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism, and Downtown Development.  For more information regarding the Alliance, contact:

alliance@hardinohio.org or 419-673-4131.


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court



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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Shaunna Spearman was placed on five years community control with intensive supervision on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. She must serve 15 days local incarceration as part of the sentence.


.Diana J. Vermillion was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of trafficking in drugs and sale of dangerous drugs.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


New HMH Cardiologist on At Issue

Dr. Perona talks with At Issue host Dennis Beverly for show that airs Saturday.



Hardin Memorial Hospital welcomed a new cardiologist earlier this month.

Dr. Phillip Perona talks about his background at what he will be doing at HMH, "For 25 years, I've practiced as an invasive cardiologist, and I'm trained to do heart catheterizations, but my role here will be to find patients who have cardiac disease, and then referring them to the larger OhioHealth system when they need to have other diagnostic tests, such as heart catheterizations, stint work as well as device therapy or even open heart surgery."

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


Kenton, Ada, and USV featured tonight on WKTN

Boy’s basketball sectional titles will be decided tonight at Kenton and Riverdale.
In the evening’s first game, the 21 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley Rams will meet Ada for the Division IV sectional title at Kenton High School. The Rams have won 20 straight games but were pushed to the limit by the 6 and 16 Bulldogs back on January 4th. The Rams slipped past the Bulldogs 60 to 55 at Alumni Fieldhouse.
At Riverdale, the Kenton Wildcats will hook up with the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes for the Division II sectional title in the nightcap. The Tornadoes, who are 12 and 10 on the season, edged the 7 and 14 Wildcats 60 to 57 back on February 4th.
WKTN will carry both games live. The pregame show for the first game will begin at 6pm with the tip-off set for 6:15pm. The second game should start around 8pm.


New Knoxville, Minster Move On In Tournament

New Knoxville and Minster were winners in Division IV girls basketball district semifinal action Thursday at Wapakoneta.


The Rangers (20-4) won their 18th straight game by defeating Ada 50-20 while the Wildcats (21-3) edged Upper Scioto Valley 77-57. The two teams will meet for the district title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wapakoneta.


Haley Horstman had 13 points to lead the Rangers in the win over Ada (9-14) while Lindsay Walden scored 6 points to pace the Bulldogs.


USV (14-9) got 22 points from Shelby Spradlin while Shelby Carroll added 13 and Bree Mullins scored 10 in the Rams' loss to Minster. The Wildcats were led by Lauren Roetgerman's 16 points.


Fire Destroys House on Pattison Avenue



Fire destroyed a house in the 900 block of Pattison Avenue in Kenton Wednesday evening.

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 7:40 to 912 Pattison, which is owned and occupied by John and Pat Ferrell.

They were home at the time and were able to escape without injuries.

Flames were visible through the roof of the house when firefighters arrived, and the structure was listed as a total loss.

The cause has not yet been determined and remains under investigation.

Firefighters were on the scene for around four hours.


One Injured After Car Strikes Tree in Kenton

One person was injured this morning when a car struck a tree in the 900 block of Main Street in Kenton.

Details are not available at this time, but according to information from the Kenton Police Department, a juvenile driver lost control of the car, and it travelled off the road striking a tree.

Mechanical means were used to free a passenger, who was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is under investigation.


Stop Sign Going Up On Harding Avenue



A stop sign is being installed to help control traffic on Harding at Pattison Avenue.

According to a release from Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, city crews will install the sign on Harding just before the curve that turns into Pattison.

The work should be complete by Monday March 3.


Doubleheader Basketball Featured Tonight on WKTN

Ada and Upper Scioto Valley head to Wapakoneta tonight for Division IV girls basketball district semifinal action.


In the 1st game, the Bulldogs will meet the red-host New Knoxville Rangers. Ada is a solid 9 and 13 on the season after defeating Waynesfield-Goshen 54 to 49 to earn a berth in the districts. The Rangers have won 17 straight games, including a 47 to 32 trouncing of Fort Recovery on Saturday , and are 19 and 4.


The evening's 2nd game features two top-seeded sectional teams as Upper Scioto Valley takes on Minster. The Rams are 14 and 8 and were the top seed at the Kenton sectional while the Wildcats are 21 and 3 and earned the top spot at the Coldwater sectional.


WKTN will bring you both games live tonight from Wapakoneta. The Ada-New Knoxville matchup will tip off at 6:15 p.m., with USV and Minster squaring off at 8 p.m. We will go on the air with the pregame festivities at 6 p.m.


Arlington, Perry Post Tourney Wins

Arlington and Perry posted Division IV boys basketball sectional tournament wins Wednesday at Kenton High School.


The Red Devils (17-4) and the Commodores (18-4) will meet in the 2nd game Friday for the sectional title at Kenton High School.


In the 1st game on Wednesday, Arlington smacked Hardin Northern 71-28 behind 15 points from Jordan Freed and 12 from Michael Blunk. The Polar Bears (1-22) were led by Jacob Gossard's 23 points.


In the nightcap, Perry defeated Ridgemont 80-36. Bruce Hodges led the Commodores with 25 points while Jared Poling had 21 points. The Golden Gophers (3-20) were led by Chris Weyant's 12 points.


Construction on Ada Church set to begin

Two years after a devastating fire that destroyed their 113 year old stone church, First United Methodist Church of Ada will begin construction of their new church home after selection of the General Contractor – Thomas & Marker Construction of Bellefontaine.  
Artist rendering of the completed project.
This six million dollar project began with demolition of the remains from the fire and then a six month “Vision” process that explored the church’s future ministry goals for its members and the community of Ada – that the church exists to live the life of Christ in fellowship with God’s community and to cultivate the seeds of hope for the future. In the fall of 2012, the church retained RCM Architects from Findlay and the building plan emerged after work with the church’s Building Committee and a dozen sub-committees.  
An early decision was to rebuild on the historic site of the old building at N. Main St and Highland Avenue, at the north entry to the Village’s downtown business district.  The two story structure of some 25,000 sq ft will be reminiscent of the old building with a second floor sanctuary and a large fellowship hall on the first floor adjacent to a commercial kitchen.  Significant space has been allocated to children’s ministry and Christian education.  A tower entry at the corner of Main & Highland will welcome all with a large foyer or gathering space enclosed by two story windows.  On the west side of the building, there will be a large drive through portico.  
Proposed layout of the church and property.
Construction will begin early in March with completion in February, 2015 – just prior to the three year anniversary of the fire.  Ada’s Village Council voted to permit temporary closure of W. Highland during the construction period.  The project is being financed by gifts from faithful members of the church, a number of friends and churches in the community and around the state, along with proceeds from their insurance.
First United Methodist Church continues to worship in English Chapel on the campus of Ohio Northern University every Sunday at 10 a.m.  The church and community will celebrate the groundbreaking at 12 noon on Sunday, March 30.


Bulldogs Roll Past Tigers 64-50

The Ada Bulldogs overcame a slow start to knock off the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers 64-50 in Division IV boys basketball sectional tournament play on Tuesday.


The Bulldogs (6-16) trailed for most of the 1st quarter and faced a 15-13 deficit after one period but outscored the Tigers 23-10 in the 2nd period to take control of the game.


Brayden Sautter had 15 points to lead the Bulldogs while Blake Willeke added 14 and Austin Dumbaugh scored 10.


The Tigers (3-19) were led by Matt Spillman's 21 points.


Ada takes on Upper Scioto Valley on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Kenton in a sectional title clash.


Kenton City Council Meets


Brian Hattery from the Kenton City Council's Finance Committee gave that committee's report to council indicating that they were in agreement with the Kenton Administration on the city operating the Kenton pool this summer. Hattery said that the committee met with Mayor Manns which helped to resolve some issues.


"We are no longer going to pursue having an Assistant Manager but instead pursue having two head lifeguards. So that was a funding move of $5000.00 from that one position to the others so the overall budget they were requesting to run the pool stayed the same. My committee has voted to approve that." said Hattery.


Also at the meeting, the council passed the contract with Economic Development Contractor Becky Potts to continue operating in the next year. They passed an ordinance entering into a highway improvement project with ODOT for work done within the city limits on State Route 31 later this year, and approved an initial agreement with the Kenton City Schools on a Safe Routes to school grant application.


In comments, safety service director Jim Hites said that interest was high for the new online bill pay service for the city water bills. Hites mentioned that 75 residents have been registered and 67 have successfully paid with the service. Councilman Brian Hattery also announced that the time was coming that the council would need to make a decision on uses for carryover funds in the next several years.


"As long as our carry-over continues to hold strong as it has done, I think it's time to think about setting aside funds for future uses. Call it a rainy day fund, capital investments, or funds for grants. In the future, nothing right away but in the coming weeks and months I think the Finance Committee will discuss ways to put aside funds for future efforts and uses for the city and applying for grants." said Hattery.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on March 10th 2014, at the Kenton City Building at 7:30pm.


Weather Spotter Training Class Offered



Hardin County's annual Weather Spotter training is approaching, and participants are being sought for the free training.

Max Trachsel, Hardin County Emergency Management Agency Director, said that every year a meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS) at Wilmington, Ohio is invited to come to Hardin County and teach attendees how to spot and report severe weather. After the training, each attendee is an official Skywarn weather spotter.

Trachsel said the training is both informative to the participants and helpful to the NWS. All attendees are taught to look for any type of severe weather event. After spotting severe weather, a volunteer spotter then provides weather reports to the NWS. This helps the NWS confirm what may be happening in the spotter's location and if a warning needs to be issued. Since Hardin County is on the edge of Wilmington's radar area, spotters perform a valuable service in providing information to the NWS.

This year's training is Wednesday March 5 at 6:30pm at the Jacob Parrott Safety Center's training room. Trachsel said interested parties may register for the class by calling his office at 419-674-2276. He recommends spotters take the class every other year to keep skills up-to-date.

As a bonus this year, some of the local ham radio operators will be holding a demonstration session at the conclusion of the spotter training. All spotter training participants are invited to attend.


Area Boys Tournament Basketball Action Tonight on WKTN

Sectional tournament action for area boys basketball teams kicks off tonight at Kenton High School when the Ada Bulldogs meet the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers.


Tonight's Division IV sectional tournament opener is a rematch of a game played on January 11th, when the Bulldogs topped the Tigers 60 to 51, and both teams have struggled since that meeting. Ada has lost its last 5 games and 7 of its final 8 and is 5 and 16 for the season while Waynesfield-Goshen has lost six in a row and 9 of its last 10. The Tigers are 3 and 18 overall.


WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School. The pregame show will start at 6:45 p.m., with the opening tip set for 7 p.m.

The winner of tonight's game will come back to Kenton on Friday night to meet top-seeded Upper Scioto Valley for the sectional title.


Also tonight, the Riverdale Falcons will meet Hopewell-Loudon in the 2nd game in Division III boys basketball sectional tournament action at Findlay. That game should tip off around 8 p.m.


Fatal Crash in Union County Sunday Night

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car crash that happened early Sunday night near Marysville. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, two vehicles were traveling opposite directions on State Route 161 near State Route 38 when they collided head on.


Two injured were transported to hospitals in Columbus and a two year old was transported to Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Three were killed at the scene. The victims were identified as Joshua Fraley, age 30 of Mechanicsburg, Easton Fraley, age two of Mechanicsburg, and Olivia Aicher, age 17 of Dublin.


The crash remains under investigation. 


Former S & L Employee Facing Felony Charges

A former employee of Home Savings and Loan in Kenton is facing felony charges.

According to information from Hardin County Municipal Court, Barbara J. Fee was charged with two counts of money laundering and one count of theft from an elderly person, which are all third degree felonies.

The charges were filed late last month, and a hearing has been set for Monday March 3 at 9:30am in municipal court.


Ohio Gas Prices Up Again To Start Week



The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.53 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 9 cents higher than last Monday - and 24 cents higher than a month ago.


However, the Ohio average Monday is 18 cents lower than at the same time last year.


The national average is about $3.42 per gallon, which is up 6 cents from last week and 13 cents higher than a month ago.


The lowest average price in the state Monday was $3.48 in the Youngstown area.






AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


Participants Needed For State Fair Choir


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Fair is looking for young musicians to be part of its long-running fair choir and band this year.


The fair says high school students have until the end of March to apply for participation in either group. The applications are available through the fair's website.


A limited number of participants are chosen based on skill, recommendations from band and choir directors and other factors. The musicians learn their music shortly before the fair, stay at the event in Columbus for two weeks and put on a total of nearly 200 performances between the band and choir.


Ohio Congressional Leaders Urge Work on Findlay Flooding Issue

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Ohio members of Congress are again urging the Army Corps of Engineers to support federally-funded flood control along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio.


The Courier in Findlay reports that senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta wrote Thursday to the Corps stressing the economic importance of flood control to the region. They say northwestern Ohio won't be able to reach its full potential as long as the flooding threat remains.


The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 provided a 10 percent funding increase for the Corps. That included $8 million in unallocated funds for flood control projects and $3.6 million for general flood and storm damage reduction projects.


The Corps didn't immediately return a call Saturday to its Washington office.


KPD handles incidents on Saturday.

A Russell's Point man was arrested on Saturday and charged with abduction, following an incident on E. Columbus Street. According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to Taco Bell in reference to an unwanted person, where Blaine Schmitt was charged with the offense. No further information was available.


Officers are also currently investigating a report of a theft and vandalism in the 300 block of North Detroit Street. a report of theft and vandalism in the 300 block of North Detroit Street, as well as a report of a man shooting a rifle from a vehicle at geese at Saulsberry Park. No futher information was available on any report.


Rams, Bulldogs Net Sectional Titles

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams and the Ada Bulldogs won Division IV girls basketball sectional titles Saturday at Kenton High School.


The Rams defeated Hardin Northern 52-37 while the Bulldogs upset Waynesfield-Goshen 54-49.


USV (14-8) and Ada (9-13) advance to district competition on Thursday at Wapakoneta.


USV used a 14-0 2nd-quarter run to subdue Hardin Northern. The Polar Bears (5-18) trailed by just 4 points at 13-9 midway through the 2nd quarter, but the Rams scored 14 unanswered points to take firm control of the game.


USV got 18 points from Shelby Spradlin and 13 more from Shelby Caroll. Hardin Northern was led by Shelby Schlatter and Holly Wilson, who had 9 points each.


The Bulldogs needed a late rally to knock off the Tigers. Waynesfield-Goshen led 41-35 after three quarter, but Ada fought all the way back to notch the win.


Tori Wyss had 12 points for the Bulldogs while Haley Wyss added 11. The Tigers (11-10) got 25 points from Emily Patton and another 14 from Abbie Van Horn.


Two Blood Drives Scheduled For February

Recent severe winter weather has affected the ability of the Red Cross to recruit much needed blood donors.  More donors of all types are needed now, with the greatest need for types O-negative, O-positive, A-negative, and B-negative.


Since the New Year, winter weather has forced the cancelation of 51 area blood drives in Central Ohio so far, resulting in a shortfall of about 1,300 blood donations.  Across the country that shortfall is nearly 35,000 blood donations due to canceled blood drives in 34 states. 


While winter weather can impact blood donation opportunities, hospital patients still need blood every single day. 


Join the Red Cross to give from the heart this February and help restock the blood supply. 


There are two opportunities to donate in Hardin County in February.


On Monday Feb. 24, the Kenton Community Blood Drive at First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175 from noon until 6.


On Thursday Feb 27, The United Way of Hardin County bloodmobile will be in the parking lot at Family Video, 125 West Ohio Street from 1-7pm.


Doubleheader Girl's Basketball Tonight on WKTN

A pair of girls basketball sectional title games will be played tonight at Kenton High School.


In the 1st game, Upper Scioto Valley will take on Hardin Northern. This will be a rematch of a game played a week ago.


The Rams, who are 13 and 8 on the season, defeated the Polar Bears 54 to 25 last Saturday behind 11 points each from Bree Mullins and Shelby Spradlin and 10 more from Maddie Lowery.

The Polar Bears, who are 5 and 17, were led in scoring by Kylee Hooker’s 14 points.


The nightcap will feature Ada taking on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Bulldogs, who are 8 and 13, and the 13 and 7 Tigers, were supposed to meet last month but Mother Nature intervened, so tonight’s matchup will settle the score.


Tonight’s two winners will advance to district competition next week at Wapakoneta.


WKTN will carry both games live tonight from Kenton High School. The first game will tip off at 6:15 p.m, with the 2nd contest starting around 8 p.m.

We will go on the air with the pregame show for opening game at 6 p.m.


Bulldogs Defeat Wildcats, Earn Share Of WBL Title

The Defiance Bulldogs secured a share of the Western Buckeye League boys basketball title with a 45-30 win over Kenton on Friday.


The Bulldogs, who won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings, improve to 18-3 overall and finish 8-1 in the WBL. They share the league title with Elida, who defeated Celina 61-60 on Friday to also finish 8-1 in the conference.


Trey Guilliam led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Will Batt added 11.


Kenton, which falls to 7-14 overall and 0-9 in the league, were led by Matt Bahr's 20 points.


Bahr was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Riverdale to meet Tiffin Columbian in sectional championship action.


Judge Weighing Different Facility or DYS For Teenager

A hearing was held Thursday on a motion to revoke the suspended committment to the Department of Youth Services for teenager.


The hearing was held in Hardin County Juvenile Court before Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment.


Prosecutor Brad Bailey filed a motion earlier this month seeking to have J.M. sentenced until he is 21 year old to the Department of Youth Services due to repeated probation violations at the New Horizons Treatment Facility in Bethesda, Ohio. J.M. is the now 18 year who admitted to setting a fire that claimed the life of his step-father Gary Wells Junior in December of 2009. His mother Sarah Wells and brother Derrick Fortner escaped the house. In late October of 2013, Judge Rapp accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and placed J.M. in the treatment facility in lieu of time in D.Y.S.


One of the more serious infractions was an escape attempt on January 15, 2014.

Records show J.M. walked out of the non-lock down facility with two juveniles. J.M. made it about 1000 yards away and was apprehended in a field.

Bethesda Police Chief Justin Wise said J.M. was taken into custody and held in the Belmont County Jail until being transferred to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.


In addition to the escape attempt, New Horizons Operations Manager Larry Daniels recalled an incident on November 26, 2013 when J.M. refused to participate in recreation time, which is a violation of rules.


Daniels said J.M. was upset because of his interaction with another resident. Daniels testified that J.M. told him he wanted to hurt the juvenile by "inflicting as much pain on him as possible."


Daniels also testified about a one on one conversation in which J.M. shared details about what led to the setting of the fatal fire. He said J.M. told him he wanted to kill his step-dad because he abused his mother. He added that J.M. told him he paid someone named Bob Wallace, noting that Bob was a made up name, $3000 to help set the fire.


Daniels recalled that J.M. seemed to glorify the story and was grinning when recounting the details. J.M. also reportedly told Daniels he "enjoyed the feeling of hurting people."


In addition, therapist Sarah Campbell testified that J.M. showed minimal progress while at the facility and was discharged on January 29 due to lack of progress as well the escape attempt.


His Probation Officer Seth Stolley testified that J.M. was also involved in an incident at J.D.C. this week in which a verbal dispute led to J.M. shoving another detainee.

With that in mind, Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick asked Judge Rapp to grant their motion and place J.M. in D.Y.S. until he is 21.


Public Defender Sheryl Trzaska argued though that would be premature. She said J.M. still has potential and would be able to get better treatment another facility or perhaps a more secure Community Corrections Facility.


Over the objections of the State, Judge Rapp granted a defense request of a continuance until March 17 to allow time to research the other alternatives.


Four Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Donald E. Murphy was sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison on four counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count each of possession of drugs, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and having weapons while under disability.


.Adam W. Retterer was sentenced to a total of four and half years on one count each of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.


.Dustin R. Bolen was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts each of theft and forgery and one count of burglary. He was ordered to pay just over $3200 in restitution to the victim.


.Shawna D. Powell was placed on five years community control with conditions on three counts of trafficking in heroin the vicinity of a school or juvenile.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Recovery Court Aims to Provide Treament Over Prison



Hardin County Common Pleas Court General Division recently launched the Recovery Court.


Administrator Mimi Zarzar said Recovery Court is an initiative of the State of Ohio to help remove people from the prison system due to lack of treatment options, "At most they might be offered AA or NA, and so basically they're surrounded by a lot of high risk individuals, and they become higher risk. They come out and don't learn anything and don't make a change. We're trying to keep people out of the prison system and offer treatment, and we try to start with the lowest restrictive, which Recovery Court would fit in the category, because it's considered an out patient kind of service."


For the complete discussion with Zarzar, along with Judge Scott Barrett, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton At Defiance in Boys Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats make the long trip to Defiance to take on the state-ranked Bulldogs this evening.


The Wildcats, on the strength of Saturday’s 63 to 51 win over Shelby and Wednesday’s 69 to 43 pasting of Waynesfield-Goshen, have strung together consecutive victories for the 1st time this season. Kenton is now 7 and 13 overall but is 0 and 8 in the Western Buckeye League.


The Bulldogs were ranked 9th in this week’s Division II state poll and are 17 and 3 overall. Defiance has won 10 of its last 11 games and is tied for first in the league with Celina and Elida with a 7 and 1 conference mark. A win tonight would give the Dogs a share of its 3rd WBL title in the past five seasons.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Defiance, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Area Wrestlers Set For Busy Weekend

Several area wrestlers will be competing at district meets this weekend.


Kenton’s Sylas Smith will be competing in the 195-pound division at the Division II district meet at Bowling Green State University. The Wildcat junior is 30 and 4 on the season and earned a spot at the districts by placing fourth at last week’s sectional meet.

Ada is sending four wrestlers to the Division III district meet in Troy. Austin Windle, fresh off Northwest Conference and sectional championships, will be competing in the 160-pound weight class.


Joining Windle at the district meet for the Bulldogs will be Jarod Woodland at 195, Noah Beach at 182 and Brady Pitney at 220.

District competition begins today and continues on Saturday. Four from each weight class in each division will advance to the state tournament.


Kenton's Gray Competes At State Swim Meet Today

Kenton's Mo Gray will begin competition today at the Ohio High School Swim Championships in Canton. 
Gray finished 5th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.84 in the Division II Northwest District meet in Cleveland on Friday. That time was good enough to earn her a spot in the state swim meet, which begins today in Canton. 
Ada also qualified a pair of swimmers to the Division II state meet. Mitchell Wilcox advanced to state in the 50 and 100 freestyle while Matthew Wilcox will be competing in the 50 freestyle. 
Action at the state swim championships in Canton begin at 5 p.m. today with the prelims, with the finals set for Friday.


Riverdale Girls Fall To Fostoria

Kamryn Troike had a big night to lead Fostoria St. Wendelin past Riverdale 59-43 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament play Wednesday in Findlay.
Troike finished with 33 points and 21 rebounds as the Mohawks improve to 18-5. They advance to Saturday's sectional title game, where they will take on Arcadia.
Riverdale, which ends its season at 16-6, got 12 points from Jordyn Wright and another 11 from Taylor Frey.


Bellefontaine Police Search For Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit and Run Sunday night.

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Police investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia say they've collected surveillance video from businesses and other evidence from the scene in western Ohio.
Police have been trying to identify the vehicle that struck 34-four-year-old Monica Plank after midnight Sunday after she left a restaurant in Bellefontaine. Plank was a Marine gunnery sergeant from Stafford, Va.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reports Plank had been walking in the roadway to avoid deep snow and ice on the sidewalks. She died hours after the crash at a Columbus hospital.
Her husband, Chris Plank, was an estimate 100 to 200 feet behind her at the time of the crash. He is also a U.S. Marine sergeant and is from the Bellefontaine area.


Drivers Escape Injury in Tuesday Afternoon Crash

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred around noon on Tuesday.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 75 year old Donald Taylor, of Kenton, was stopped on Jacob Parrot Boulevard waiting to turn in to a private drive when his car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 71 year old Gordon Kline, also of Kenton.

There were no injuries, and Kline was cited for a speeding violation.


Riverdale Lady Falcons in Tournament Action Tonight



The Lady Falcons capped off another stellar regular season by finishing 16 and 5 overall. They were 12 and 2 in the North Central Conference, which was good enough to give them a share of the league crown.

Fostoria St. Wendelin bring a 17 and 5 mark to Findlay. The Mohawks had a 13-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they fell to Old Fort 39 to 25. They played without the services of Kamryn Troike, who averages a double-double for St. Wendelin but has missed the last two games due to injury.

You can hear all the action from tonight’s Division IV sectional tournament semifinal live on WKTN. The pregame show will start at 6 p.m., and the game will tip off at Findlay High School at 6:15 p.m.


Ohio Bill Increases Access To Overdose Antidote

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution.
The legislation is aimed at reducing the state's record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.

 The Ohio Senate scheduled a vote on the measure Wednesday following a committee's approval of it earlier.

The bill allows licensed prescribers to provide the drug naloxone (nuh-LOX'-ohn) to an addict's friends or family members. People administering the drug would be immune from prosecution as long as they call 911 immediately before or after giving the antidote and obtained it through proper channels.
The bill also makes it easier for police and emergency responders to administer naloxone.


Upper Sandusky Opens Tournament With Win Over Kenton

Upper Sandusky defeated Kenton 53-33 in Division III girls basketball sectional tournament action Tuesday at Riverdale.


The Rams improve to 14-9 and will meet Liberty-Benton in sectional final play on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats end their season with an 8-15 record.


Upper Sandusky, which led 12-2 after one quarter, got 17 points and 14 rebounds from Taylor Graboski while Kalene Johnson added 12 points. The Rams led 25-17 at the half and 36-28 after three before slowly pulling away from the Cats in the fourth quarter.


Kenton was led in scoring by Ashley Morris' 12 points.


HCSO Busy With Crashes Around County

Hardin County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a crash that occurred around 10:15 Monday night on State Route 309 west of Kenton.

The crash was called in as an injury accident, but according to information from the Sheriff's Office, there were no injuries, and no transports were necessary. No other information is available at this time.


The Sheriff's Office did release details on a couple of crashes that occurred back over the weekend.


According to the reports, one occurred Saturday afternoon when 56 year old Jackie Manns, of Ada, lost control of her vehicle while travelling north on County Road 65.The car ended up off the right side of the road and turned over in the ditch. Manns was not injured.


Then on Sunday afternoon, 26 year old Tegan Morris lost control of her vehicle on a curve while driving east on County Road 144. The car ended off the north side of the road and overturned in the ditch. Morris was not injured.


Kenton Lady Wildcats Tip Off Tournament Action Tonight

The Lady Wildcats make the short trip to Riverdale for tonight’s Division II girls basketball sectional opener against Upper Sandusky.


Kenton comes in at 8 and 14 and has been buoyed by solid play down the stretch from freshman Ashley Morris, who has scored in double figures in three of the Cats’ final five games.

The Rams had a strong finish to the regular season. They have won 6 of their last 7 games, including their final four in a row, and are 13 and 9 for the season. Upper Sandusky has been led by the strong play of Taylor Graboski, who averages 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots a game.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Riverdale, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tip-off is planned for 6:15 p.m.

Also tonight, Kenton High School will host Division IV girls basketball sectional openers. In the first game at 6:15 p.m., Hardin Northern will meet Perry while Waynesfield-Goshen and Ridgemont will clash in the nightcap, which should tip off around 8 p.m.


Tuesday 02/18/14 Cancellations



Upper Scioo Valley Closed


McGuffey Head Start Closed


Ridgedale Closed


Riverdale Closed


Ben logan Closed


Hardin Northern Closed


Forest Christian Pre School Closed


Kenton Closed


Ridgemont Closed


Upper Sandusky Closed


Ada Closed


Kenton 2 and 4 Head Start, no bus, walk ins only


Simon Kenton/Harco Closed


Ohio Hi Point closed


First United Methodist Preschool Closed


Forest Head start 1/2 hour delay no trannsportation




Hardin Co Council on Aging is Closed


Hardin Co License Bureau closed until 10


Kenton Dental Care closed until 10


Dr Osborn closed until Noon


Melvins Convenience closed until 10


Cars Plus bowling at 10 cancelled


Logan Co Bingo at 10 cancelled


Sweet Duet Bakery closed until 10


To Dye For hair Salon closed until 11


Midway Closed


Fackler officially hired as head football coach at Kenton.

Brent Fackler has officially been hired as the new head football coach at Kenton High School.
Brent Fackler addresses the Kenton School Board after being hired as head football coach.
At the February meeting of the Kenton School Board, the board officially hired Fackler as the new head football coach at Kenton, to replace retiring football coach Mike Mauk. Fackler has been the defensive coordinator at Kenton for the past 29 years and has taught at Kenton for 25 years, teaching the CBI program and adaptive Physical Education. Fackler introduced several members who will be staying to coach with him on his staff next year including DJ Burris, Chuck Downing, Matt Dudek, Zach Turner, Jason Jones, Chuck Moore and Tony Osbun. Fackler also said that while taking the position was a bittersweet moment for him, he thanked Coach Mike Mauk for his years as coach, and said that he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Members of Fackler's staff for next year look on while he addresses the Kenton School Board. Many of the staff members will remain with the program next year.
"I am really pleased now; I'm fired up about this. We've got some weightlifting in with this being done. Coach Mauk has been great about it with me. Anything I've needed, he's let me know. We've already talked with college coaches together. He's given them my numbers and guys are starting to contact me where before they needed to talk to the head coach. We're going to do a lot of our seven on seven's, and YES, we are going to run the ball this year. And I'll use this one from Coach Mauk, we're gonna run right after we catch the pass." said Fackler.
The process for hiring a new Athletic Director was discussed as well. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the school has been consulting with all of the participants in the school athletics, from players to coaches in order to formulate a plan for finding a new athletic director.
"We have these advisory committees which are giving input as to what we are looking for in an athletic director. So then we can advertise for that position. We'll post it internally and externally for that position and then an athletic hiring committee will be formed to do interview screening. We really hope to have that position filled by the April board meeting." said Pensarski
Also at the meeting, Tiffany Crum, advisor for the 6th Grade Robotics Program at Kenton spoke to the board about that program, and it's investment at Kenton. Crum said that the program was geared toward young students interested in the world of engineering.
Kenton 6th graders Gabe Coomes, Hannah Holland and Skyler Slusher demonstrate their robotics projects at the board meeting.
"Above and Beyond Robotics is the fact that we're building engineers starting in sixth grade. So Vex IQ is a program that just started this year. Vex has been around for about five years. So we've kind of been the guinea pigs this year. As they bring out their robots I want to say that engineering is a lifelong skill. But really, what the kids learn the most is how to collaborate, and build as a team. Problem solving is huge in robotics so they have an opportunity to do problem solving." said Crum
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on March 17th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.


School Delays for Tuesday February 18th 2014 (As of 10pm Monday)

Hardin County is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.


Upper Scioto Valley Schools will be on a two hour delay.


McGuffey Head Start--No Morning Bus.


Ridgedale Schools will be on a two hour delay Tuesday.


Riverdale Schools will be on a two hour delay


Ben Logan Schools will be on a two hour delay.


Forest Christian Preschool will be on a one hour delay.


Kenton City Schools will be on a two hour delay on Tuesday.


Ridgemont Schools will be on a two hour delay with Plan B for preschool.


Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay.


Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay on Tuesday.


Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start, no bus service, walk ins only.


Simon Kenton/Harco Industries will be on a two hour delay with no morning preschool on Tuesday.


Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will be on a two hour delay.


The Kenton First United Methodist Christian Preschool will be on a 1/2 hour delay.


R.E. Allen Discusses Origins of International Paper

International Paper announced plans late last week to expand operations at the Kenton facility, and WKTN caught up with the man who started the company.


RE Allen (center, pictured in the Spring of 2013) started Imperial Cup in 1958.


R.E. Allen started Imperial Cup in 1958 by using the cups they made in their own vending machines. He said, "We started with the seven ounce vending cup, and with a vending cup, it has to be perfectly round in order to vend."

With a laugh he said he had no idea the company would grow the way it did, "No, Heaven's no. I started with one cup machine making our own cups."

Allen was instrumental in building the facility where they are currently located, "We had that building in process, in fact it was about 80% completed at the time we sold the company. We sold the company in 1989, and we started it in 1958."

He said he resisted selling the company until a personal tragedy happened in his life, "My wife was very ill at that time with lung cancer, and she had an operation in Mayo at Rochester, and they didn't get all of the cancer, so her time was limited, and after she expired is the time that we sold the company."

Allen still keeps up to date with the company and was excited to hear about the expansion plans, "That is exciting, and I'm very happy that the company we started is doing well, and that they're expanding in the Ohio plant. I'm sure International Paper has many plants where they could build on and expand and hire people, but I'm happy that they have chosen  Kenton, Ohio and it's good for the people, and I'm sure the company will benefit by it."

Allen sold the company in 1989 to Federal Paperboard, which sold to International Paper a few years later.


Driver Cited Following Hit/Skip Crash Sunday

An Alger man has been cited for failing to report an accident following a crash early Sunday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 56 year old Hector Rodriquez was driving north on Market Street and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting a car that was stopped for red light at Franklin Street. His car struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by 24 year old Latricia Holcomb, of Kenton.

Rodriquez then left the scene and was located later.

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.


Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Week




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists who've filled up in the last couple days will have noticed that gas prices are rising.


The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.44 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 4 cents higher than last Monday, and it's the third straight week the price has risen.


The national average is about $3.36 per gallon, which is up 7 cents from last week.


The Ohio average is 17 cents higher than this time last month - but 37 cents lower than a year ago.






AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


February Students of the Month From Espy on WKTN This Week

Brandon Slack, Tawshia Keen, Alyasa Nichols and Salena Knight stand with WKTN's Dennis Beverly




Listen all this week as 4th and 5th grade Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School introduce songs on the Oldies For Lunch Hour on 95.s WKTN.


Monday Delays 02/17/14

Kenton 2  is on a 2 hour dellay


Ridgemont is on a 2 hour delay and plan B pre school


Three car crash in Kenton Saturday

The Kenton Police Department is currently investigating a three car crash that took place in the 100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon.  No further information on injuries or damage is available from the department at this time.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a pair of non-injury crashes from Saturday as well.  The first took place on County Road 65, while the second was reported on Township Road 100.  No further information was made available.


Hazelton selected at 2014 Hardin County Dairy Princess

Hope Hazelton (at left) was named the 2014 Hardin County Dairy Princess at the banquet Saturday afternoon. Pictured with Hazelton are 2013 Dairy Princess Taylor Weaver and scholarship winner Jessica Boone.
The 2014 Hardin County Dairy Banquet was held Saturday afternoon at Walnut Grove Church. At the banquet it was announced that exhibitors Christine Rader, and OSU Senior, and Jessica Boone, a Kenton High School senior were the recipients of the dairy scholarships this year. Also it was announced that Hope Hazelton was selected at the 2014 Hardin County Dairy Princess. Hazelton shared an idea of a dairy farm tour to kick off her year as dairy princess.
"I'm working on the farm tour idea. We'd start at our farm and show how people how we operate at our dairy, and I've also talked with several other farmers I know and they were interested as well, so that's an idea I'd like to see done this year." said Hazelton.
Applications for the 2014 Dairy Service Unit Cheese sale were also available which can be picked up at the OSU Extension Office.


Rams Stay Hot, Top HN 54-25

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams won for the ninth time in their last 11 outings on Saturday, dropping Hardin Northern 54-25 in girls basketbal action at Alumni Fieldhouse.


With its third straight win, USV improves to 13-8 on the season while the Polar Bears slip to 4-17.


Kaylee Hooker led all scorers with 14 points for the Polar Bears, but no other player for Hardin Northern scored more than 3 points. The Rams got 11 points each from Bree Mullins and Shelby Spradlin while Maddie Lowery scored 10, Brittany Holbrook and Shelby Carroll added 7 points each and Olivia Yaussy taliled 6.


USV took control of the game early, leading 12-3 after one quarter before opening up a 20-7 lead at the half. The Rams then outscored the Polar Bears 34-18 in the 2nd half to coast to the victory.


Dunkirk Man Injured in Friday Evening Crash

A 20 year old Dunkirk man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before 7:30 Friday evening.

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Caleb Delong lost control of his vehicle while travelling east on County Road 160. The vehicle ended up off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.


Delong, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The vehicle was totaled, and the crash remains under investigation.


Arrests Made in Connection to Area Vandalism Cases

The Forest Police Department is currently investigating reports of vandalism that have occurred recently in the village.


Through the investigation it was learned that similar incidents have occurred in the Village of Carey and the City of Upper Sandusky along with criminal acts of a similar nature on Us. Rt. 30 in Wyandot County.


On February 13th, 2014 one adult female was arrested in regards to the acts of vandalism and is currently incarcerated in the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion. An adult male, Ridge Montgomery of Forest, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from a previous vandalism incident in the Village of Forest. More charges are expected and the case remains under investigation.


The Forest Police Department received investigative assistance from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, Hancock and Wyandot Counties Sheriff’s Office, the Upper Sandusky Police Department and the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority.


Wildcats Put Scare Into Bulldogs, Fall 69-65 To WBL Leaders

The Kenton Wildcats put a serious scare into Western Buckeye League co-leaders Celina on Friday, taking a lead deep into the fourth quarter before falling to the Bulldogs 69-65.


The Buldogs improve to 13-6 overall and remained tied with Defiance and Elida for the league lead with 1 week to play with a 7-1 WBL mark. The WIldcats fall 5-13 overall and 0-8 in the league.


Ryan Hoyng led Celina with 18 points while Logan Delong and Grant Laffin added 15 points each and Mason Ross scored 11.


Austin Phillips tallied a game-high 23 points for the Cats while Matt Bahr tossed in 12.


Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Shelby.


Fackler to be named as new head football coach.

The Kenton School Board will soon be making a selection of a new high school head football coach.
According to the agenda for the Monday Kenton School Board meeting, the board will consider hiring Brent Fackler as the new head football coach for Kenton High School to replace retiring head coach Mike Mauk. Fackler has been with Kenton Schools for over twenty-five years and has served as the defense coach for the Kenton Wildcats for most of that time.
The Kenton School Board will consider the hiring of Fackler at the Monday board meeting, at the Kenton School Board offices at 7pm.


Two Injured in Thursday Evening Crash

Two people were injured in a crash that occurred Thursday evening.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 20 year old Jenna Mills, of Perry, Ohio, drove from County Road 35 onto State Route 81, and her vehicle was struck by an eastbound car being operated by 35 year old Miquel Melendez, of Lima.

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and two passengers in the Melendez car, 39 year old Linda Youngblood and 2 year old Mario Melendez, were both transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Mills was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Violations Could Land Teenager in Department of Youth Services

A teenager who was sentenced last October on one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault in connection to a fatal fire in 2009 could be spending the next 2 and half years in the Department of Youth Services.


The teenager, who we are still referring to as J.M. even though he turned 18 in late November of 2013, was sentenced to up to the age of 21 for setting a fire in December of 2009 that claimed the life of his stepfather, Gary Wells Junior. Two other people in the house, his mother Sarah Wells and his brother Derrick Fortner were able to escape.


Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and suspended time in D.Y.S. in favor of the successful completion of a program in the New Horizons Youth Center in Bethesda, Ohio.

Prosecutor Brad Bailey recently filed a motion to invoke the suspended D.Y.S committment citing several violations committed by J.M. at the treatment facility. Among the violations cited in the motion, is the fact that J.M. escaped the facility on January 15, but also his poor effort and minimal progress while in the facility.


A hearing on the motion has been set for Thursday February 20 before Judge Rapp.


Three Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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


According to court documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office;


James Jacob Born was sentenced to over six years in prison on multiple counts including Burglary, Grand Theft, Safecracking and Identity Fraud.


Seth M. Vent was sentenced to 29 months in prison for drug trafficking, to be served consecutively with a sentence for a separate incident in Wyandot County.


Michael T. Robinson Jr. was sentenced to 36 months in prison for multiple counts including trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and theft.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Registrations Being Accepted For Hardin Leadership Classes




Registrations are being taken now for 2014 Hardin Leadership classes.


Steering Committee member Teresa Allen said the classes can benefit everyone where they are looking for personal or professional growth.


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


Major Expansion Project Announced at International Paper in Kenton



MEMPHIS, Tenn. – February 14, 2014 – International Paper (NYSE: IP) today announced plans for a 250,000 square foot expansion at its Kenton, Ohio, manufacturing facility, doubling its current manufacturing space at this location. The facility is part of the company’s Foodservice business which manufactures fiber-based hot and cold cups, food buckets and containers, plates and lids for the foodservice industry. The expansion is expected to create 125 new jobs and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2015. 


“International Paper is expanding to support the organic growth of our customers and the increased demand in the marketplace for our products,” said Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, IP Foodservice. “The foodservice industry overall is experiencing solid growth fueled by consumer demand for convenience food and beverages as part of their daily routines. Consumers are also voicing a stronger preference for products and packaging made from renewable materials, helping drive more demand for sustainable fiber-based packaging.”


“Our Foodservice business continues to drive shareholder value for the company,” said John Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer, International Paper. “This investment in the Kenton plant further reinforces our commitment to providing innovative, fiber-based packaging that meets the growing demands of our customers in the foodservice industry.”


Kenton Plant Manager Dan Drengler said the news was received well when it was announced Friday morning, "Everybody is really excited being able to add over 100 new jobs over the next few years is great news to be able to share. We're looking forward to growing here in Kenton."


International Paper’s Kenton facility was selected for the expansion based on access to a skilled workforce, its multi-mode transportation capabilities and easy distribution access to the Midwest, East Coast and southern markets.  Hardin County, the city of Kenton, the state and JobsOhio provided incentives that helped secure the expansion and new jobs for the greater Kenton, Ohio, area. The company appreciates their support in making Ohio competitive, creating jobs and helping make the expansion in Kenton possible.


“We have a strong history and successful manufacturing team here in Kenton,” said Pearson. “We look forward to expanding our operations, growing our presence in the Kenton community and providing new employment opportunities.”


Online bill pay offered to Kenton residents


The City of Kenton announced today a new service. Online, mobile and phone utility payment.


According to a release from the Kenton Water Department, residents can now pay their bills anywhere, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. To pay, you can go to the city website at www.kentoncity.com and download the “PSN Payments” app, or call toll-free 877-885-7968 which is an automated phone payment service. Residents can make a credit/debit card or checking/savings account payment.


Additionally, customers can make an immediate payment, schedule a payment or set up Auto-Pay and not have to worry about making a payment for each bill.


Scholarships available from local agriculture organizations.

Young people have a chance to apply for local scholarships from Hardin County Agriculture organizations. 
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association and the Hardin County Pork Producers are both accepting scholarship applications for 2014. The awards will be announced at both organizations annual banquet.
In order to be eligible, applicants must have raised their respected livestock through 4-H or FFA and have shown at the Hardin County Fair. This is open to any senior in a Hardin County school. More information about scholarships and the applications can be picked up at the Hardin County OSU Extension Office.
Additionally, both organizations are looking for applicants for Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen and Hardin County Pork Queen. This is typically open to Hardin County girls ages 15-19 and have raised their respected livestock on a farm in Hardin County. They are required to present a speech at the banquet and be interviewed by a panel of judges. Applications for the queen can also be picked up at the OSU Extension Office or from any livestock organization director.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association Banquet is Saturday March 1st at 6:30pm. The Hardin County Pork Producers Banquet will be Saturday March 29th at 6:30pm. Both will be held at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Kenton.


Comcast to buy Time Warner

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comcast Corp. has confirmed that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable for about $45.2 billion in stock in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies.
The deal amounts to $158.82 per share, which is about 17 percent above the Wednesday closing price of Time Warner Cable Inc. shares.
The deal trumps a proposal by Charter Communications Inc. to buy Time Warner for about $38 billion in cash and stock worth $132.50 per share and comes just a day after Charter said it was preparing a proxy fight by nominating a full slate of directors to Time Warner Cable's board.


Wildcats Get Back On Winning Track, Top Bluffton 63-49

The Kenton Wildcats snapped an 8-game losing streak on Wednesday by defeating Bluffton 63-49 in boys basketball play.


The Wildcats jumped out to an early 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Kenton led by double figures most of the rest of the way and blunted several Pirate charges in the 2nd half. Bluffton, which lost for the fourth straight time, got as close as six points in the second half but could never get over the hump.


Levi Kistler led Bluffton (8-11) with 16 points. Colyn Blackford led Kenton with 13 points while Grant Sherman finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


Sherman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats (5-12) host Celina on Friday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN. The pregame show should start around 7:30 p.m.


Extension Offering Parenting Classes

Parenting—is there an app for that? 


Parenting is the most difficult and challenging job you will ever do.  Children don’t come with instruction books or apps; it is difficult to know what to do when your children misbehave.  It is also hare to know how to help them grow up in the best way. 


Research shows that parents still have the greatest influence on their kids, more than anything or anyone else.  You are your child’s best bet for a safe, happy and fulfilling life. 


Be involved with your kids.  Talk with your kids. Active Parenting Now in 3 gives you great practical ways to connect and stay connected with your children.  OSU Extension, Alger First United Methodist Church, and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund are offering parents of school aged children an opportunity to intentionally explore how to be the greatest influence on their kids. 


They will be offering a series of three sessions of Active Parenting Now in 3 on Tuesdays, February 18, 25 and March 4 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Alger First United Methodist Church, 101 Montville, Alger.  Child care will be provided by church volunteers during the sessions for those families requesting it.


Register by phoning the Extension office at 419-674-2297, e-mailing oliver.1@osu.edu or go on-line at go.osu.edu/usvregistersforapn3 


Kenton Wildcats Host Bluffton in Basketball Action

Two teams that are in desperate need of a win square off tonight in Kenton as the Wildcats host Bluffton.


The Wildcats' last victory came on January 18th, when they upset state-ranked Pleasant 74 to 72 in overtime. Since that big win, Kenton has lost its last 8 games, including Monday's 71 to 49 loss to Wapakoneta that dropped the Cats to 4 and 12 for the season.


The Pirates also come into tonight's game looking to snap a losing streak. Bluffton has lost its last 3 games and has an 8 and 10 record.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Morris Scores 21 As Lady Wildcats Top Spencerville

Ashley Morris scored a career-high 21 points as the Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Spencerville 61-51 in girls basketball action on Tuesday.


The Lady Wildcats, who improve to 8-13, took a double-digit lead into the 4th quarter and then iced the game at the foul line, knocking down 13 of 14 tries over the final 8 minutes.


Chyenne Hedges added 10 points and 14 rebounds for Kenton while Megan Gier finished with 8 points and 13 caroms.


Spencerville, which slips to 5-14, got 19 points from Schylar Miller.


Morris was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


In other girls basketball action on Tuesday, Riverdale defeated Wynford to earn a share of the North Central Conference title. The Falcon JVs also finished as co-champs of the NCC. In non-league play, Pandora-Gilboa defeated Ada 59-39.


Pedestrian Struck By Pickup in Downtown Kenton

A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a pickup truck in downtown Kenton around 11 Tuesday morning.

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, Daniel Robinson, of Mt. Victory, was walking with the red light north in the crosswalk across Columbus Street, when Michael Sites, of Dunkirk, turned left from Main onto Columbus. The front fender of the pickup struck Robinson, who suffered a knee injury. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Sites was cited for not following a driver's duty at a crosswalk.


Marion Man Injured in Car/Semi Crash Monday Night

A Marion man was injured in a crash involving a car and a semi around 10 Monday night in Taylor Creek Township.

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 42 year old Jimmie Rankin was driving his vehicle west on County Road 200 and failed to stop for a stop sign at U.S. 68. The Ford Escape struck a southbound semi being operated by 50 year old Robert Myer, of Ontario, Canada. Both vehicles ended up off the east side of 68 and came to rest in a field. Emergency personnel using mechanical means freed Rankin from his vehicle. He was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine with non-life threatening injuries. Myer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.


Support Shown For Potts at Kenton City Council Meeting

Mike Melvin, from the new Melvin's Convienance Store, and Bud Winzenreid from the Kenton Tree Commission addressed the recent decision to not recommend the renewal of the economic development contractor contract. At a meeting of the Maintenance, Operations and Personnel committee last Monday, it was decided to not recommend a renewal of the contract. Melvin and Winzenreid both addressed the council asking that they reconsider that recommendation.


Mike Melvin addresses the city council.


Melvin citing the work Potts did in getting their store opened, and Winzenreid citing the continued cooperation between all the city entities in ensuring that Kenton progress forward, and not backward.


"That's what we have to do. We're a small community. We can't be like the Washington folks and fight all the time, talking about how things should be this way or that way. And if we do, go in the back room and talk about it, don't stand up in the press and talk about it. We can't afford that folks. We have to work together. There's no reason why we can't sit down like ladies and gentlemen and talk about issues and bring things together and say here's what we all agreed on. This is what we have to do" said Winzinreid.


The MOP committee met after the council meeting to hammer out several of the questions in the current contract that needed to be addressed. Specifically, to clarify the reporting procedures to the council as a whole. It was decided that the amended contract would include an amendment that the economic development contractor meet with the Council Special Projects committee once a month and provide quarterly reports to the council, in addition to being present at the meetings to answer questions. Clarification on the activities reports and compensation issues were also clarified. The committee moved to present the amended contract to the council for it's approval. Councilman David Beazley noted that progress was made moving forward.


"I think we did a much better job of communicating between parties tonight, both council and administration, as well as the current contractor. I think we ironed out some issues that wen't clear to all of us at the previous meeting. We got everyone together and had a fruitful discussion. I think we're moving in the right direction because we all want what is best for the city." said Beazley


Also at the council meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that the administration was considering hiring a Parks & Recreation Director again, and would be presenting a proposal for that soon, the council hired Damian Sheldon as an Information Technology Contractor. Sheldon, a Kenton high school student will work for a couple of hours each day on the Kenton website and conduct training for Kenton City Employees on use of the website.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on February 24th 2014 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.


Kenton Lady Cats Home Finale Tonight

The Lady Wildcats have battled through an injury-plagued season.

Kenton was 6 and 5 through 11 games but the combination of multiple injuries and a difficult closing schedule resulted in the Cats losing 8 of their last 9 games. They bring a 7 and 13 mark into tonight's game.

Spencerville has won two of its last 3 games and is 4 and 13 on the season.

WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Redskins Nab First WBL Win, Defeat Kenton 71-49

The Wapakoneta Redskins nabbed their 1st Western Buckeye League win of the season, defeating Kenton 71-49 on Monday.


The Redskins won for the third time in four games and improve to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the league. The Cats fell for the 8th straight time and now stand at 4-12 overall and 0-7 in the WBL.


Keaton Metz led Wapakoneta with 20 points while Adam Henderson scored 17. Kenton got 16 points from Matt Bahr while Grant Sherman scored 10.


Bahr was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bluffton in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.



No Injuries in Roll Over Crash This Morning

Emergency crews were dispatched to a one vehicle crash around eight this morning about a mile north of Kenton on U.S. 68.

Details are not available at this time, but we were told a vehicle ended up off the road and rolled onto its side. There were no injuries.

We will have more later when the information is available from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol.


Mayor Declares Snow Emergency For City of Kenton

Effective today (Monday February 10) through Friday February 14 at 3:30pm, the Mayor and Safety Service Director have a declared a Snow Emergency in the City of Kenton.

Parking on a public street in Kenton is permitted on the even numbered side of the street on even numbered days and the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days during the Snow Emergency.

Vehicles parked in violation of this will be towed at the owner's expense.


Kenton Wildcats Set For Busy Week of Basketball

A busy week for the Kenton Wildcats begins tonight when Wapakoneta comes to town. Jim Homan has the details...

The Wildcats will play four times in a six-day span. Kenton entertains Wapakoneta tonight before hosting Bluffton on Wednesday and Celina on Friday. The week wraps up for the Cats on Saturday when they will visit Shelby.

Kenton is 4 and 11 on the season and 0 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League. Wapakoneta, which has won 2 of its last 3 games, brings a 3 and 14 overall mark into tonight's game and is also 0 and 6 in league play.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Kenton Schools to make up two calamity days

The Kenton City Schools has used all of its calamity days and will being using make up days.
According to a release from the school system, as of Friday the Kenton City Schools has used ten calamity days, which means they have two school days to make-up.  The school will make-up one day on Monday, February 17, 2014 (President’s Day), and will make-up the second day on Monday, April 21, 2014 (day after Easter).
If any parents have any questions regarding the district make-up days, they are asked to contact their child’s building principal.


School Delays for Monday February 10th

Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay


Ben Logan is on a two hour delay


Rams Get Top Sectional Seed

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams received the top seed at the Kenton Division IV sectional boys basketball tournament on Sunday.


The top-seeded Rams received a first-round bye at the Division IV sectional at Kenton. In opening round action, Ada will meet Waynesfield-Goshen at 7 p.m. on February 25th, with the winner to meet Upper Scioto Valley for the sectional title at 6:15 p.m. on February 28th.


In the other half of the draw, Arlington will meet Hardn Northern at 6:15 p.m. on February 26th, with Perry and Ridgemont to play in the 2nd game that night. The two winners will play for the sectional championship at 8 p.m. on February 28th.


In the Division 2 sectional at Riverdale, the Kenton Wildcats received a first-round bye and will take on Tiffin Columbian for the sectional title at 8 p.m. on February 28th.


In the Division III sectional at Findlay, the Riverdale Falcons will play Hopewell-Loudon at 6:15 p.m. on February 25th, with the winner to meet Carey for the sectional crown at 8 p.m. on February 28th.


Kenton and Ada have success in District Swim Meet

The Division II Sectional 5-Northwest District Swim Meet was held Saturday at the Lima YMCA.  Kenton and Ada both sent teams to the meet, with success.
The Kenton Girls team finished 5th overall while the Kenton Boys ended with a 7th place finish.  Ada's boys took 3rd place honors, while the Ada girls finished 9th overall.
Individuals who placed for Kenton were, Sophomore Mo Gray touched the wall 1st in the 100 Breast Stroke and finished third in the 50 Freestyle; Sophomore Ashton Cole swam to a 2nd in the 500 Freestyle and a 3rd in the 200 Freestyle, while Senior Evan Wilkerson finished 2nd in the 200 IM and 3rd in the 100 Breast Stroke.
For Ada, the 200 Freestyle Relay team finished in 2nd, and also 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay, while Matthew Wilcox touched the wall 1st in the 50 Freestyle, and Mitchell Wilcox swam to a 2nd in the 100 Freestyle.
Wapakoneta landed first place in both the boys and girls divisions on Saturday.


Bulldogs Zip Past Polar Bears

The Ada Bulldogs knocked off Hardin Northern 60-40 in boys basketball play on Saturday.


The Bulldogs led 15-14 after one quarter and slowly pulled away from there, leading 31-22 at the half and 43-24 after three periods.


Ada (5-11) got 15 points from Blake Willeke and 14 from Austin Dumbaugh while Hardin Northern (1-18) was led in scoring by Rylie Drumm's 12 points.


Rams Improve To 11-8 With Win Over Lady Wildcats

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams improved to 11-8 on the season by defeating Kenton 53-43 on Saturday afternoon.


The Lady Wildcats jumped out to the early lead and led 8-7 late in the 1st period. The Rams scored the final four points of the quarter to grab an 11-8 lead and then outscored Kenton 14-2 in the 2nd quarter to take a 25-10 advantage into intermission.


USV upped its lead to 39-23 after three periods, but the undermanned Wildcats fought back. A scrappy Kenton squad methodically cut into the Ram lead, getting as close as 7 points down the stretch, before USV salted the game away at the foul line.


Ashley Morris scored 16 points to lead Kenton, tying a career-high for the freshman. Shelby Spradlin paced USV with 19 points and added 6 rebounds while Olivia Yaussy added 14 points and a game-high 8 rebounds.


The Rams host Arcadia on Thursday. The Lady Wildcats, who are 7-13 on the season, entertain Spencerville in their home finale on Tuesday. That game will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Alliance Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Set

KENTON - The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.  Registration will begin at 5:30 pm, with the presentations of awards at 6 pm.  A full dinner buffet will start at 6:30 pm and the annual meeting will be held at 7:30 pm.  

Awards that will be presented include the 2013 Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Community Service. 


The meeting and dinner is open to the public and cost for this event is $20 per person. The Alliance is currently accepting reservations through Thursday, February 20, 2014. Contact the Alliance office at 419-673-4131 or email the alliance@HardinOhio.org to make your reservation.


Bath Uses Three-Pointers, Defense To Smother Kenton; USV Wins NWCC Title

The Bath Wildcats rained in 10 three-pointers and forced 18 turnovers as they romped past Kenton 78-47 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.


Bath improves to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the WBL. Kenton falls to 4-11 overall and 0-6 in the league.


Taren Sullivan led 4 Bath players in double figures with 23 points. Austin Phillips had 13 points and 7 rebounds to pace Kenton while Justin Sawmiller added 11 points.


Phillips and Sawmiller were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Also on Friday, Upper Scioto Valley won the Northwest Central Conference title with a 60-54 win over Perry. The Rams improve to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in the league while the Commodores slip to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference.


Trucks Heavily Damaged in Thursday Morning Crash

Two drivers walked away with minor injuries following a crash between a commercial vehicle and a propane truck late Thursday morning.

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 70 year old Larry Roose, of Lima, was driving the commercial vehicle north on County Road 75, stopped for a stop sign at State Route 67 and proceeded into the intersection into the path of the westbound propane truck being operated by 58 year old Sterling Brown, of Ada. The resulting collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles.

Roose, who was cited for failure to yield, was treated at the scene, and Brown was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.


One Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court



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

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

Stephanie R. Manns was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of heroin and

tampering with evidence.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Real Estate Tax Deadline Approaching

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that the deadline to pay real estate tax bill bills is fast approaching.


The last day to pay real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 12, 2014.


The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 26, 2014.


If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.


Nationally Known Comedian Set To Perform in Kenton



Love in the Name of Christ is bringing a top name comedian to town.

Office Manager Robin Oates said tickets are on sale now for the fundraiser show featuring Anita Renfroe on Saturday February 15, "Well I'm very excited, because everything is in Hardin County, so she is staying in Hardin County, she's performing at the Kenton Middle School at 300 Oriental Street in Kenton. The doors open at 7pm, and it's general seating. The show starts around 7:30, we're going to have a small presentation about Love In The Name of Christ that should last 5- to 7 minutes, and then it's Anita. Tickets are $20.

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


Boy's Battle of the Wildcats Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats travel to Bath tonight in a key Western Buckeye League boys basketball matchup.


Bath has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12 and 3 overall for the season. The Allen County Wildcats are 5 and 1 in league action, which puts them in a four-way tie for first in the Western Buckeye League with Celina, Defiance and Elida.

Kenton is hoping to get its first league win of the season tonight. The Cats are 0 and 5 in conference play and are hoping their recent luck in close games will change. Kenton has lost six straight games, five of those by 7 points or less, and is 4 and 10 overall.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Bath, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Also tonight, the Northwest Central Conference title will be decided in Lima as the Perry Commodores host Upper Scioto Valley. The Rams are 15 and 1 overall while Perry is 13 and 2 on the season. Both teams are a perfect 5 and 0 in the league, with the winner of tonight’s tilt claiming the outright conference title.


On Saturday night, WKTN will bring you county boys basketball action as Hardin Northern visits Ada. The Polar Bears are 1 and 16 on the season while the Bulldogs check in at 4 and 10. The pregame show for this game should start around 7:30 p.m.


Wildkittens Roll Past Kenton 105-42

The state-ranked Bath Wildkittens knocked down 15 three-pointers en route to a 105-42 win over Kenton in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Thursday.


The Wildkittens improve to 17-1 overall and 8-0 in the league. They have clinched at least a share of the WBL title and can win it outright with a win over Elida next week.


Madison Dackin had 22 points for Bath. Twelve Wildkittens scored in the win, with four scoring in double figures.


Kenton (7-12 overall, 2-6 WBL) got 12 ponts from Chyenne Hedges and 10 from Megan Gier. Hedges and Gier were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


The Wildcats host Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday.


School Delays for Friday February 7th 2014 updated at 8am

Ben Logan Schools will be on a two hour delay.


Ridgemont Schools will be on a two hour delay with plan B for preschool.


Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay


Ridgedale Schools will be on a two hour delay


Kenton City Schools will be on a two hour delay


Upper Scioto Valley Schools will be on a two hour delay.


There will be no morning bus service for McGuffey Head Start.


Hardin Northern Schools will be on a two hour delay


Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay


Riverdale is on a 2 hr delay


The First United Methodist Christian Preschool will be on a 1/2 hour delay.


Simon Kenton is closed, Harco Ind. open for walk ins @ 10 am.


Forest Christian Pre School is on a 1 hr delay.


Drivers Escape Injury in Two Vehicle Crash Wednesday

Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a pickup operated by 34 year old Adam Haudenschield, of Kenton, pulled from an alley onto Glendale Street and was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 46 year old Michael Steele, also of Kenton.

After the collision, Haudenschield's vehicle continued on and came to rest after striking a power pole.

There were no injuries, and Haudenschield was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Area Salt Supplies Holding Up During Rough Winter




Despite more snow and ice this winter, area salt supplies appear to be holding up well.


Sandy Knott, the Transportation Administrator for the Hardin County Ohio Department of Transportation said the salt supply is holding up well despite more usage, "Right at the moment, we've used here in the county before this storm roughly 4063 ton, which definitely is more than we've used the past couple of winters per season. Right now, we're setting right at about 1500 ton here at our main garage. We've got maybe 1300 at our new Forest outpost and about 300 at Roundhead outpost."


She said the extreme cold temperatures pose another problem, which causes them to try new ways to clear the roads, "We are getting more and more liquids that are helping us go and activate our salt into the sub-zero temps, but we're still kind of in the trial stages of what's going to work the best for us, so we're actually trying to do a few different studies figuring out what is the best product for us to try to clear the roads in these sub-zero temperatures, because they've really hit us this year."


Luke Underwood, Deputy Hardin County Engineer, echoed Knott's comments about salt usage, "Well we've used plenty, I'll ut it that way, but we've still got 600 ton available that we can still purchase, and we haven't had any problems getting it at this point."


And not to be left out, Kenton Street Supervisor Burl Helton said the city has used its fair share of salt as well, "I've used a lot more of course than normal. I would say I've used probably roughly around 150 to 160 tons so far this year, which has caused me to order and extra 100 ton. Normally 200 ton will carry us from year to year."


All three stated that their supply should get them through the rest of the winter, with Knott pointing out one caveat, "Depending on what Mother Nature does to us."


School Delays and other closings for Thursday February 6th 2014 (As of 10pm Wednesday evening)

As of 9 am Hardin County is not  under any Snow Emergency levels
Kenton Schools will be on a two hour delay on Thursday: The elementary schools field trip to Marion Palace is cancelled.
Ridgemont Schools will be on a two hour delay Thursday with plan B for preschool
Upper Scioto Valley will be on a two hour delay Thursday
Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay Thursday
Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay on Thursday.
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will be on a two hour delay on Thursday.
Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start, no bus service, walk ins only Thursday
No morning bus service for McGuffey Head Start. Walk ins only.
Ridgedale Schools will be on a two hour delay Thursday
The First United Methodist Christian Preschool will be on a 1/2 hour delay on Thursday
Riverdale Schools will be on a two hour delay on Thursday
Forest Christian Preschool will be on a 1 hour delay Thursday
Hardin Northern Schools will be on a two hour delay Thursday.
Simon Kenton/Harco Industries will be on a two hour delay on Thursday
Painter Creek Grange meeting for Thursday at 7:00 cancelled
Diamond Plastics 3rd Shift tonight cancelled. 1st to report as normal Thursday.


Accident Causes Power Outage Tuesday Evening

A power outage occurred for some American Electric Power customers following an accident just after seven Tuesday evening.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a vehicle being operated by 76 year old Sandra Gasson, of Kenton, crossed the center line while travelling west on Township Road 110. The vehicle ended up off the left side of the road where it struck a power pole resulting in heavy damage. Gasson was not injured, and no citations were listed on the report.

At it's peak, the power outage affected over 2000 customers, including WKTN Radio. Power was off for around two hours.


No Injuries in Roll Over Crash Tuesday

There were no injuries in a crash that occurred around 7:30 Tuesday evening on State Route 292.

Complete details are not available, but we were told a car ended up off of 292 and rolled onto its side.

The report is incomplete at this time.


Kenton Board Approves Land Agreement Paving Way For Access Road

Now that an agreement has been finalized with landowners, the Morningside Drive extension project to the new Kenton Elementary School Building will proceed.

At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Kenton Schools Board of Education approved an agreement in the amount of $23,000 to the estate of Lynne Konheim and to the Richard Taylor and Grace Taylor Trust.

With that in place, the Board authorized the superintendent to sign a consultant agreement with Choice One Engineering in the amount of $51,265 for the extension project.

Also at the special meeting, the Board officially accepted the resignation of High School Football Coach Mike Mauk as well as the resignation of High School Girls Soccer Coach Sybolt Hijma.

The next regular meeting for the Kenton Board of Education is February 17th at 7pm.


Inclement Weather Has Impact on Mt. Victory Water Bills

The recent inclement weather has had an impact on water bills for some residents of the Village of Mt. Victory.

According to a release, the village was not able to read all meters within the normal period of January 17 through the 23rd.
As a result, consumers predominately residing east of State Route 31 in Mt. Victory will receive water bills for February that are higher than normal because of the additional 10 to 13 days of usage added to the bill. For those affected, the March billing period will be based on fewer days of usage.


Residents who have a question  concerning their bills can call the village office at 937-354-2001.


Accident Causes Power Shut Off for Kenton Residents Tuesday

An accident caused a significant power outage in the City of Kenton Tuesday night. The outage happened around 7:30pm and affected over 2000 customers at it's peak, including us here at WKTN Radio. Crews had power restored after 9pm Tuesday evening. Details on the crash are unavailable at this time.


Tornadoes Hold Off Wildcat Rally

Tiffin Columbian held off a late Kenton rally to post a 60-57 victory in boys basketball action on Tuesday.


The Tornadoes led 46-34 after three periods, but the Wildcats fought all the way back. Kenton closed to as close as 2 points and had the ball three times in the final minute with a chance to tie the game or take the lead but came up empty.


Tiffin Columbian, which is 8-7, got 21 points and 7 rebounds from Derek Dryfuse. Colyn Blackford had 16 points and Matt Bahr scored 12 for the Wildcats.


Blackford and River Oates were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Kenton, which lost for the 6th straight time, falls to 4-10 on the season and visits Bath on Friday.


Cancellations for Wednesday February 5th 2014

Hardin County remains under a Level 2 snow emergency as of 6am Wednesday morning.




Upper Sandusky Schools Closed 


Kenton City Schools will be closed 


Ridgemont Schools closed 


Simon Kenton/Harco Industries closed 


Hardin Northern Schools Closed 


Upper Scioto Valley Schools closed 


The First United Methodist Church Christian Preschool will be closed 


McGuffey Head Start will be closed 


Riverdale Schools closed 


Ben Logan Schools closed


Ohio Hi-Point Career Center closed. All Boards Banquet Wednesday night also cancelled.


Ada Schools Closed 


All Kenton Head Starts closed today


Brown Mackie College in Findlay will be closed 


Ohio Northern University closed


Ridgedale Schools closed 


Rhodes State College will be closed until noon 


The University of Findlay Closed


Forest Christian Preschool closed


Marion Technical College closed


Forest Head Start Closed


Other Closings


The Community Thrift Store in Kenton will be closed on Wednesday.


The Hardin County Wellness Center will be closed till 7am on Wednesday


Memorial Park Bridge Club cancelled for Wednesday afternoon.


New Hope Fellowship offices, New Hope Ministry Park, and Hope Recovery Center Offices Closed on Wednesday.


Dr. Fenzels Office in Forest Closed on Wednesday


Davita Kenton Dialysis closed on Wednesday


Honda of America Manufacturing will be operating on a two hour delay for A shift on Wednesday.


Hardin County Family YMCA will be closed until 10am.


Golden Giant Building Systems closed


Diamond Plastics 1st shift Wednesday cancelled


HHWP Community Action Commission all offices closed today.


Kenton City Building closed till 10am.


Cole Humphrey Insurance closed today


Liberty National Bank, all offices closed till 10am today.


Hardin County License Bureau closed


Quest Federal Credit Union, all branches closed till 10am


Home Savings & Loan, closed till 10am.


Dr. Kate Johnsons Office closed till 1pm


Ricks Auto Sales Closed till noon


Hardin County Muncipal Court closed till noon


Morelli Auto in Mt. Victory closed


Huntington Bank closed till 10am


Hardin County Council on Aging Closed


Tiki Tans closed till 10am
Blossem Gallery closed till 10am.
Hardin County Title office closed till 9am
FLR Insurance Closed till 10am
Forest Trading Post closed
Dr. Deschmuks office closed
Kenton Dental Care closed till noon
US Bank Closed till 10am
Borns Tire Center closed till 10am
Jolenes Cozy Cafe closed


Dr. Paul Wessons Office Closed till noon


Gidges Hair Studio closed


Dr. Sadd's office closed today


Nelson Insurance Agency closed


Dr. Sadds office closed today
Nelson Insurance Agency closed
Humphrey Insurance closed
Goldrush Jewelers Closed
Not By Choice Outreach closed
Dr. Wigton Office closed till 1pm
Forest Jackson Library is closed
Universal Home Health is closed  emergency and on call is available.
Dr Das in Ada is Closed
Dave Deever State Farm Ins is closed until 10am
Goo Crew is cancelled
Katrina Hughes Collins office closed until 1:30
Ferguson Ins in Ada is closed
Pak Mail closed until 11
Re Store in Ada closed
Kenton Post Office informs WKTN trucks are late but deleviries will be attempted
Kenton Vision Care closed until 1
No Limits closed until 10
Two Dye For Salon closed
MIdwest Foot Care closed
DataBit Solutions closed until noon
Unique Boutique & Salon closed
Lambda OCCL meeting for tonight at 7:30 cancelled
Kenton Hardin Health Dept. closed today
License Bureau closed until 10
Kenton Elks Lodge closed until 6:00
Amvets Post 1994 closed for today
Kenton Dental Care closed today
Heartbeat closed today
Neighborhood Opportunity Center closed today
Kenton Freshman Boys basketball game with Bath cancelled for tonight
Masters & Sylvania Driving School cancelled--driving & classroom both
Heritage Oaks Full Gospel Church, Dunkirk, evening service at 6:00 cancelled
Ruthie's Cutting up, Mt. Victory, closed for today
Hardin Co. Humane Society Bingo at 6 cancelled for tonight
Apollo Career Center evening classes cancelled
Kenton City Schools Local 344 Union Meeting @ 4:00 at Hardin Central  cancelled
St. Johns Church -- all evening activities cancelled
Cynergy Dance Academy --all classes for tonight cancelled
Painter Crrek Grange meeting for Thursday @ 7:00 cancelled
Faith Baptist Church -- all evening activities cancelled
First Baptist Church -- all evening activities cancelled
Kenton First United Methodist Church -- Kids Club and Middle Small Group cancelled
Abundant Assembly of God Church Bible Study for tonight cancelled
Kenton Vision Care closed today
Varsity Closed @ 4
Belle Center Church of Christ Bible Study @ 6:30 cancelled
Berea Baptist Church in Kenton Activities @ 7 cancelled
Immaculate Conception Church PSR Youth Classes & Adult Choir Practice @ 6 cancelled
All Classes @ the Hardin County YMCA Cancelled today (stop reading @ 7)
Diamond Plastics 2nd Shift cancelled today
Hardin County Upward Basketball & Cheerleading practice cancelled @ 6 & 7 today
Maurices closing @ 5
Church of the Nazarene in Kenton evening activities cancelled


Kenton Economic Development Coordinator Postion To Be Non-Renewed


The Kenton City Council Personnel committee has voted to not recommend a contract for the position of economic development coordinator for the next year.


A discussion on the current contract with the economic development coordinator was held in a Management, Operations, and Personnel Committee meeting for the Kenton City Council Monday night. At the last council meeting, Economic Development Coordinator Becky Potts gave the council a report on her activities over the last year, working in the Kenton Parks, detailing her work soliciting new Kenton businesses, and helping to coordinate several programs, such as acquiring downtown re-vitalization funds, the new Kenton website, and the internship program with several Kenton businesses.


The MOP committee wanted a review of the contract as it is stated as to what the person in that position was hired to do, and what not, and there were several pointed questions from the committee members. Councilman Dave Beazley, new to the council this year, questioned in some of the coordinators' activities over the last year were not more suited to the Mayor's position itself, and Councilman, and committee Chair Tom Taylor stated that when the position was created, there were specific directives toward that position which he didn't notice were being followed through on.


Kenton Mayor Randy Manns stated that he didn't know why the position was being critiqued given the report at the last council meeting, and a rundown of all the activities over the last year. He noted that if anyone had a question about a specific issue, they could have contacted his office. Many of the committee members also stated that the contract itself had a bit of ambiguity which needed to be resolved, or re-evaluated in light of the report at the last meeting, and Chair Tom Taylor put the question forth to either keep the current contract, change it, or disregard it, and the committee voted to recommend that it not be renewed this year. Taylor explains the vote.


"We looked at the contract and the shortcomings of the contract. We gave the Mayor ample time to try to tell us what he was doing and how he could change the contract. He said that he wasn't willing to change anything basically, and so being that as it was our committee voted to recommend that the contract not be renewed." said Taylor.


Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said he was disappointed with the decision in light of the activities Potts made over the last year on behalf of the city.


"I disagree with the vote and recomendation. I believe Becky Potts has done the City of Kenton a superb job this past year. I've outlined what she has achieved this year and I believe without having her on board we're going to take a step backwards and that's not why I became Mayor. I wanted to be Mayor so we could make progress, so we could move forward. I actually see some progress and us moving forward but now it looks like we're trying to take a step backward and that's exactly what will happen without her on board." said Mayor Manns.


The Council will re-visit the recommendation at the next council meeting.


Kenton Council Exploring Options on Running Kenton Pool

A discussion on the viability of the City of Kenton operating the Kenton Pool was held Monday evening.

The Kenton City Council Finance committee met Monday night to discuss a plan presented by Kenton Mayor Randy Manns on the city itself operating the Kenton pool. For the past several years, pool operations have been contracted to the Hardin County YMCA. Mayor Manns stated that he would like to see operations return to the cities control.
Finance Committee Chairman Brian Hattery presented the Kenton Parks and Recreation Budget over the past several years in order to understand how that particular project had been proceeding prior to operations being contracted to the Y and afterward. The city had been operating the pool at a loss, and because of other budgeting issues, the decision was made to contract operations out to the YMCA. When questioned as to the Y operating the pool again this year, Mayor Manns said that they wanted $50,000.00 to run the pool, which he didn't think was a reasonable offer. Asking what his proposed budget would be for pool operations, including oversight, maintenance, hiring staff and setting rates for the coming year, Mayor Manns stated that he was asking for $70,000.00.


When pressed for a breakdown for how those numbers were arrived at, Manns didn't have the breakdown for the committee at the meeting, but would be getting them to the council this week. Several other issues were discussed, such as the question as to why the administration didn't make a counter offer to the YMCA as to the pool operations funds, or if the city can hire a Parks & Recreation Director again to oversee the pool operations in addition to the Kenton Parks. The position was eliminated several years ago for budget issues.


Kenton Mayor Randy Manns stated that he would provide for the questions when he presents his itemized budget proposal to the committee for review. Until then the discussion was tabled. Chair Brian Hattery said that the committee couldn't make a recommendation to the council until the revised numbers were reviewed.


"We are requesting more detailed numbers in a more accurate proposed budget for the recreation fund which includes the pool. At the moment we are in a holding pattern until we can see those numbers, so that we can have a frank and open discussion about the viability on the city running the pool." said Hattery.


Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that he understood the committee's request, and would provide the council with the numbers because he believed the city would be in a better position to make changes and improvements necessary for the Kenton Pool.


"I believe it's the City of Kenton, the people in the city pay for the pool and I just think it is the right thing to do, for us to run it like we used to. All I'm asking for is one year, and we can evaluate at the end of the year and see where we're at. If we didn't do a good job, then OK, we'll look at other options. But if we do a good job and it allows for us to do more activities for our children here in the City of Kenton then we go forward with it." said Mayor Manns.


Kenton Boys Basketball Featured Tonight on WKTN

The Kenton Wildcats host Tiffin Columbian tonight in non-league boys basketball action Jim Homan has more…

The Wildcats have dropped their last 5 games, with 4 of those losses coming by 7 points or less. Kenton is 4 and 9 on the season after Saturday’s 47 to 44 loss to Upper Scioto Valley.

The Tornadoes have won their last 2 games to get to the .500 mark for the season. Tiffin Columbian is now 7 and 7 after defeating Shelby 54 to 41 on Friday.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Weekend Crash

Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a two vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend on State Route 31.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 50 year old Latha Krishna, of Michigan, travelled left of center while driving north on 31. Her car struck a southbound vehicle being operated by 24 year old Cassandra Haley, of Forest.

There were no injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.


So far, no citations have been issued.


Ohio Gas Prices A Little Higher to Start Week




 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists will find gas prices slightly higher to start the work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel higher than the average last Monday and a penny less than the price at this time last month.
The national average is about $3.28 per gallon, which is nearly unchanged over the past month, and 23 cents lower than at this time last year.
The lowest average price in Ohio Monday was $3.24 in Cincinnati.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


Sectional Tournament Draw Held For Area Girls Basketball Teams

The sectional tournament draw for area girls basketball teams was held on Sunday.


In the Division III sectional at Riverdale, the Kenton Lady Wildcats will meet Upper Sandusky in opening round play at 6:15 p.m. on February 18th. The winner will come back to Riverdale on February 22nd to meet Liberty-Benton for the sectional title.


Action at the Division IV sectional at Kenton will begin on February 18th with a pair of games. In the 1st game at 6:15 p.m., Waynesfield-Goshen will meet Ridgemont, with Perry and Hardin Northern hooking up in the nightcap at 8 p.m. Ada and Upper Scioto Valley received first-round byes and will meet the first-round winners on February 22nd in sectional championship action.


At Findlay, Riverdale will meet Fostoria St. Wendelin at 6:15 p.m. on February 19th. The winner will take on either Arcadia or Cory-Rawson for the sectional title in the 2nd game at Findlay on February 22nd.


Rams Win 14th Straight Game, Top Cats 47-44

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams won their 14th straight game on Saturday, knocking off Kenton 47-44 at Alumni Fieldhouse.


The Rams (15-1) outscored the Wildcats 9-6 over the final 2:12 to break a 38-all tie. Dylan Hunsicker had 16 points to lead USV.


Kenton, which lost its 5th straight game and is now 4-9, got 19 points from Austin Phillips.


Phillips and Justin Sawmiller were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Tuesday when they host Tiffin Columbian in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.


New Convenience Store Conducts Soft Opening in Kenton



Melvin's Convenience Store in downtown Kenton conducted a soft opening Saturday.

Owner Donna Melvin said she and her husband Mike have been planning this for some time, and the Melvin's have been in Kenton for about a year and a half now, "And even back in North Carolina, we were looking to do something like this, but the right thing never came along, and we were originally looking at a couple of other buildings, but they didn't;t feel right, things didn't fall into place like they should, but this one, everything has fallen into place, and I can't tell you, I can't say enough about the Chamber of Commerce with Jacqueline (Fitzgerald) and Becky Potts with Economic Development. They have been, actually in all honesty, if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be open today."

They plan to open the deli part of the store within the next 60 to 80 days, and Donna Melvin talks about what is planned after that, "We're really trying to center our sales around the high school and the community, not just the square area, but we also want to try and help bring residents into the downtown area."

The soft opening was held Saturday to give the staff an opportunity to train. They plan to take Sunday February 2 off, and they plan to be back at early Monday morning.


WKTN Website Poll Voters Pick Denver Over Seattle in a Landslide



Voters in our Visitors Poll recently were asked which team would win Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.


In a landslide, voters say the Denver Broncos will prevail over the Seattle Seahawks.

Denver got 79% of the votes, while Seattle got only 21% in the week long poll.


The big game will be played Sunday evening at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.




It has two Hardin County connections. The football of course is made at Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada, and the Broncos rookie back-up quarterback is Ada graduate Zac Dysert.


Hamilton County Official Won't Run For Governor

CINCINNATI (AP) - A veteran Cincinnati-area officeholder says he won't be running in the Democratic Ohio governor's race.


Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has been trying to line up a running mate while gauging support around the state for his challenge to presumptive Democratic nominee Ed FitzGerald. The 55-year-old Portune had scheduled an announcement on his plans last week, then had to postpone because no one had agreed to run with him as lieutenant governor.


Candidates for the May 6 primary have a Feb. 5 filing deadline.


FitzGerald is the Cuyahoga County Executive and has been running for months with the backing of state party leaders. But Portune had said he was hearing from rank-and-file Democrats a desire for a choice.


No Republicans have filed to oppose Gov. John Kasich.


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