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Kenton Blanks Defiance 34-0 For Eighth Straight Win

The Kenton Wildcats held Defiance to 141 yards of offense as they defeated the Bulldogs 34-0 on a cold, windy Friday night at Fred J. Brown Stadium to extend their winning streak to eight games.


The Cats finish the regular season at 8-2 overall and were the Western Buckeye League runners-up at 8-1. Defiance completes a winless season, finishing 0-10 overall and 0-9 in the league.


Trent Hites threw for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns - hitting Colyn Blackford and Kollin Stollar for scores. Hites also rushed for 98 yards and 2 TDs while Stollar added a rushing touchdown.


The Ace Hardware Player of the Game honors went to the Kenton offensive line of Larry Wells, Dylan Rothgery, Paxton Rembis, Mason Treen and Tyler Heintz.


The Wildcats advance to playoff action next Friday against a team and at a site to be determined. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff will come at 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:


Kenton shuts out Defiance 34-0

Wapak rolls over Shawnee 31-0

St. Mary's edges out Van Wert 39-14

Ottawa-Glandorf defeats Bath 18-7

Elida wins over Celina 15-6


County Scores:


Elgin falls to Northmor 20-14

Hardin Northern tramples Crestline 47-34

Ada is shut out by Lima Central Catholic 27-0

Riverdale shuts down Arcadia 35-20

Upper Sandusky is defeated by River Valley 51-0

Ben Logan falls short of Indian Lake 18-7

North Union comes up short to Buckeye Valley 12-0

Arlington shreds Cory-Rawson 42-0

Ridgemont rolls over Perry 50-42


USV and Lehman Catholic will play Saturday, November 1, at 7:00pm. 


WKTN would like to congratulate all the area teams on their hard-fought seasons. Stay tuned next Friday to hear the Wildcats take on a to-be-determined opponent in the first round of playoff action, starting on 95.3FM at 7:30pm. 


Open House To Be Held At Dog Shelter

An Open House will be held Saturday afternoon for the new Hardin County Dog Shelter located at 49 Jones Road in Kenton.

The event will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1, and the Open House will for from 1-3 Saturday afternoon.

Refreshments will be served, and raffle tickets will be sold for tickets to OSU Men's and Women's basketball games as well as an OSU hockey game.

You'll also have a chance to win a free microchip during the Open House.


Five Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Todd D, Thomas was sentenced to a total of five years in prison on two counts of domestic violence and one count of having weapons while under disability.


.Zachary D. Thomas was sentenced to a total of 53 months in prison on one count each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.


.Tobias L. Phillips was sentenced to a total of 46 months in prison on two counts of possession of heroin and one count each of tampering with evidence and safecracking.


.Jennifer L. Hildreth was sentenced to 30 months in prison on one count of tampering with evidence.


.Chelsey D. Copley was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of sale of dangerous drugs.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Christmas Around The Square Scheduled For November 8



The annual Christmas Around The Square Festival is set to take place a week from tomorrow in Kenton.

Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Director of Downtown Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said this is the 28th annual craft fair, "Always a wonderful event. It brings everyone to our downtown in Kenton, and we have over 45 vendors. It'll be Saturday November 8 from 9-2 at the Hardin County Courthouse."

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


Kenton Wraps Up Regular Season at Defiance Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats close out their regular season tonight when they travel to Defiance.


The Wildcats are third in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings. They have already clinched a playoff spot and will in all likelihood host a regional quarterfinal game next week regardless of the outcome of tonight’s game.

A victory tonight for the Cats will run their winning streak to eight games and keep alive their hopes of a share of the Western Buckeye League title. The Cats, who are 7 and 2 overall, sit one game back of Wapakoneta in the Western Buckeye League with a 7 and 1 conference mark heading into tonight’s regular-season finale.


The Bulldogs are mercifully coming to the end of a miserable season. A porous defense, the worst in the Western Buckeye League, has done in Defiance this year. The winless Bulldogs have given up an average of 42 points a game this season.


WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Fred J. Brown Stadium in Defiance. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.


In other action tonight around the county, Ada entertains the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds – the Bulldogs are 5 and 4 while the T-Birds are 7 and 2; the 4 and 5 Upper Scioto Valley Rams travel to Sidney to meet the 7 and 2 Lehman Catholic Cavaliers; 2 and 7 Ridgemont looks to snap a 6-game losing streak when it visits 2 and 7 Perry; Riverdale tries for its third straight win when it travels to Arcadia – both teams bring 2 and 7 records into the game; and 3 and 6 Hardin Northern makes the trip to Crestline to take on the winless Bulldogs.


Motorists Urged To Watch Out For Kids During Trick Or Treat This Evening



The streets around Hardin County will be filled with various little characters this evening as trick or treat times will be observed.


The following are times for Trick or Treat in Hardin County communities:


October 30th:














.Mt. Victory-6-7:30pm






In addition, the Halloween Parade takes place in downtown Kenton this evening. Line up and judging at 5:15 in the parking lot beside Kenton Theatre III. The parade moves out starting at 6.


Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion is asking motorists to slow down, "Because the kids are excited, wanting to go door to door for treats, they're not always going to pay attention to the safe traffic rules. We anticipate that they're going to be running out between cars in the middle of the blocks, things like that, and I think the most important thing to start focusing on is to slow down."


The chief also has advice for the parents, "Because they're young children, we can't encourage enough for parents to escort their kids while they're out during their trick or treating this evening."


He adds that they will have as many officers out as possible this evening, but he said everyone can play a role in ensuring safety, "If they see a problem, something that looks suspicious, give us a call right away so we can get somebody to where we're having a problem."


Since trick or treat takes place around the county, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said motorists should be cautious in every village, "From the hours of 5-8, more so than they generally otherwise do, because there's going to be a lot of little ones running around the streets. The kids have masks on quite a few of the times, and that prohibits them from seeing things as clear as they normally would, plus they're excited to get all the candy, so motorists really need to pay attention and drive extra cautiously."


He said trick or treaters should use caution as well, "Stay along the sidewalks. Hopefully the parents are having an adult walk with them or at least in the general vicinity so they don't get so excited that they run out into the streets. Cross at crosswalks and watch for traffic. the kids need to protect themselves a little bit as well."


As for additional patrols this evening, the sheriff said, "We will have deputies in each village and in the City of Kenton to assist the city police department. The deputies will be in the villages just as a presence to not only slow down traffic, but also to hopefully make the parents feel a little more safe that we have a law enforcement presence while the kids are out."


And kids, you should never eat the candy you collect until it can be carefully inspected by your parents.


Jerry Lucas Presents "Weekend To Remember" At Abundant Life Church



A basketball legend will present "A Weekend To Remember" this Sunday and Monday at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.


Jerry Lucas is one of only three people to have ever won championships at four levels, High School, College, NBA and the Olympics. From basketball legend, he's now known as "Dr. Memory." Lucas said while in school, he realized there had to be a better way of learning other than repetition, "I had a teacher that taught me something that changed my life forever. In class one day she said 'I'm going to teach you today how to remember the names of the Great Lakes, and to do that I want you to see a picture in your mind. I want you to see a picture of homes floating on the Great Lakes, and homes is spelled H-O-M-E-S, and those are the beginning letters of the five Great Lakes, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior', and I thought to myself I will never forget that because I can see that picture, and so I began to think about that and so over a period of time I realized that those things that have an identity can never be forgotten."


Lucas will be present three seminars, two on Sunday November 2 at 10am and 6pm and Monday November 3 at 7pm. Lucas said they are stand alone messages, "Sunday morning is a message about the family, Sunday night is the general learning seminar and Monday night is how to remember names and faces, so they stand alone, you don't have to have been to one of them to understand the next one. They do stand alone on their own merits, but there is something different taught at each one of them, so if you're going to benefit, it's best to be at all of them."


He adds like everything including memory, if you don't use it, you will lose it, "What happens with the mind, primarily is that education and learning has never been any fun, and when a person is finished with school, whether it's high school, college whatever it might be, there's a collective sigh of relief, 'man am I glad that's over,' because it has been no fun, and people tend then to not use their mind very much, because they never liked the learning process, it was never any fun for them, and as they don't use it, they begin to lose it, but that can be altered and changed, and I teach people about that aspect of life as well."


All three seminars are free this weekend at Abundant Life assembly of God Church, 1010 East Franklin Street in Kenton. A love offering will be taken, and the public is invited.


Parents Still Allow Children to Trick or Treat

Do you allow your child to go trick or treating?

Visitor Poll voters by a wide margin said yes.  That would be 78%, compared to 22% for those who said they do not allow trick or treating.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Truck Destroyed By Fire

A truck was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 2:30pm to 1010 West Lima Street. The truck was parked beside the bowling alley.
Firefighters were on the scene for a short time.

No cause was given for the fire.


Kenton Leaf Pick Up Begins Next Week

The City of Kenton will begin the leaf pickup schedule next week.  


The schedule will be as follows;


November 3rd: Southwest section of town, including Columbus and Lima Streets.


November 10th: Northwest section of town, including Main, Columbus and Lima Streets.


November 17th: Southeast section of town, including Columbus and Main Streets.


November 24th: Northeast section of town, including Main and Columbus Streets.


The City reminds residents to not park vehicles in the leaf piles and do not put the piles in the streets as they could clog the storm sewers. Rake them to the edge of the tree lawn only. Residents are also encouraged to bag their leaves and to place them at the curb at the residence for pickup. No brush, trash, or garbage is to be put in with the leaves.


Traffic light to remain down

The light at the intersection of South Main and Ohio Streets will remain down.  


The Kenton City Council Safety Committee gave a report to the council recommending that the light remain down. The light fell at the beginning of September, and since that time, safety issues in regards to replacing it were reviewed by the council members. Patti Risner from the Safety Committee said that her committee was satisfied that the issues had been addressed, after speaking with the Kenton Police and Fire Departments. The council approved the report, which means the light will remain down.


Also at the meeting, the council approved the dedication of the extension plats of Morningside Drive and Silver Street, thus making the streets in front of the new Kenton School Building city streets. Brian Hattery from the Finance Committee gave an update on the state performance audit. Hattery said that the state auditors office quoted a cost of around $64,000 to conduct the audit which would look into staffing and building issues, financing and other issues. Hattery mentioned that the cost was rather high, and asked the state to trim the audit down to see if the cost would be significantly lower.


Chief Russ Blue also stated that his department, in agreement with BKP, was in the process of being licensed to handle emergency medical calls. Blue stated that fire crews, many times arrive first to a call, and if they could handle certain medical procedures initially until crews arrived, it would help. Chief Blue also noted that crews would not be transporting individuals, but to handle initial conditions until ambulance crews arrive.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on November 10th 2014 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


Man Arrested on Shoplifting Charges/Parole Violation

An Alger man was arrested Sunday for shoplifting and violating conditions of his parole.

The shoplifting incidents were reported at Ace Hardware and WalMart in Kenton. Several items were stolen from those businesses.

The suspect taken into custody was identified as 46 year old Stoney Shough.


Ohio Gas Prices Staying Below $3 Per Gallon



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are staying below $3 per gallon to start the new work week.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.94 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago, and 38 cents lower than last month at this time.


Ohio's average is lower than the national average, which was $3.04 Monday. That's 6 cents less than a week ago, and 30 cents less than a month ago.


Analysts say gas prices will likely remain low amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.


The lowest average price in Ohio was $2.87 in the Dayton and Toledo areas.






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


Bids Submitted On Eastcrest and Westview Buildings



Bids for the Eastcrest and Westview School Buildings were submitted to the district this (Saturday) morning.


Each building was put up on an AS IS basis, meaning that the buildings were being put up in whatever condition they are currently in. The school board accepted bids from interested individuals and the winning bids were as follows;




Westview: $30,0000--bid submitted by Todd Smith.




Eastcrest: $5000--bid submitted by Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.


Kenton School Board President Mark Watkins said that the school has ten days to either accept or reject the bids.


Halloween Parade/Trick or Treat Set For Kenton

On Thursday October 30, the annual Halloween Parade in Kenton will take place.

The parade is sponsored by the Optimists, and Becky Potts tells us how it works, "We're going to be meeting  and judging begins at 5:30. We're meeting in the parking lot right by theater. The same place we've met for the last several years. At about 5:45, we'll line up, and then at 6 o'clock the parade itself will begin. We are judging in four catagories. We're going to have a winner in the Scariest, the Best Costume, the Best Group and the Most Original, and of course we'll then have candy for everyone along the route of the parade, and tons and tons of kids come out. It's just really a fun activity."

After the parade in Kenton, Trick or Treat time will be held from 6:30 until 8. Trick or Treat also on October 30 in Alger from 5:30 until 7, Dunkirk from 5 to 7, Ada 5:30 until 7:30 and from 6 until 7:30 in Forest, McGuffey, Mt. Victory, Patterson and Ridgeway.


Report: No Escape Charges For Ohio School Shooter

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor has decided against filing charges against convicted high school shooter T.J. Lane for escaping prison because he doesn't want to give Lane another chance to anger the victims' families.
The Allen County prosecutor talked with the families of the three students killed in the 2012 school shooting near Cleveland before deciding not to charge the 20-year-old Lane.
He was serving life in prison when he and two others scaled a prison fence in September. They were captured hours later.
Lane had made an obscene gesture and cursed at the victims' families last year at his sentencing hearing while wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled on it.
The prosecutor said that the families never want to see Lane again.


Deardorff's Field Goal Lifts Cats Past Bulldogs 24-22

Chris Deardorff's 24-yard field goal with no time left gave the Kenton Wildcats a 24-22 win over Celina in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.



Trent Hites threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns - hooking up with Colyn Blackford for all three scores - and rushed for another 73 yards. Blackford caught 12 passes for 156 yards while Kollin Stollar snagged 15 balls for 158 yards.


The Cats, winners of seven straight, improve to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the WBL. The Bulldogs fall to 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the league.


The Bulldogs intercepted a pass with 2:03 to play nead the midfield stripe, but the Kenton defense forced a quick three-and-out. The Wildcats then took over at their own 10-yard line, out of timeouts, with 1:23 left on the clock. The Cats drove to the Celina 7-yard line with 3.8 seconds left and then sent in the field goal unit, with Deardorff booting the game-winner as time expired.


Deardorff was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats, who almost certainly clinched a playoff berth with the victory, travel to Defiance in their regular-season finale on Friday. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:


Kenton beats Celina in the final seconds 24-22
Shawnee narrowly bests Defiance 32-29
Wapak shuts out Van Wert 42-0
Elida all over Bath 35-7
Ottawa-Glandorf edges out St. Mary's 42-21


County Scores:


USV defeats Ridgemont 40-20
Elgin tops East Knox in triple OT 28-26
Hardin Northern falls to Riverside 70-14
Ada comes short of Delphos Jefferson 10-0
Riverdale wins in nail-biter against Cory-Rawson 28-27
Upper Sandusky trails Buckeye Valley 28-13
Ben Logan buries Greenon 60-13
North Union stomped by Galion 50-33

Arlington defeats McComb 38-7


Man Exiting His Vehicle Struck By Car

A Mt. Victory man was injured after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 53 year old Wayne Miller Jr. parked on Main Street in Mt. Victory, and after he exited the vehicle, he was struck by a southbound vehicle that then fled the scene.

Miller was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.


Car Ends Up at Bottom of Ditch

A Kenton woman refused transport to the hospital after suffering visible injuries in a one vehicle crash Thursday afternoon.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 24 year old Staci Grogan was driving north on U.S. 68 and travelled to the right side of the road. Grogan over-corrected, which sent the vehicle into a spin. It struck a guardrail, which gave way sending the car to the bottom of the ditch.

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle, and Grogan was cited for failure to control.


Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Michael Duane Gross was sentenced to a total of five years in prison on one count each of felonious assault and heaving weapons while under disability.


.Melody A. Robinson was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of permitting drug abuse.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Group Fights To Keep Asian Carp From Lake Erie



The Ohio Environmental Council backs the idea of a physical barrier as the most effective way to stop Asian carp from invading Lake Erie.

The managing director of agricultural health and clean water programs for the O.E.C., Kristy Meyer, said there is a lot at stake if Asian carp make their way into the Great Lakes. She said Lake Erie alone generates 11 billion dollars in tourism revenue in the State of Ohio, "The Maumee River is the walleye capitol of the world basically, and Lake Erie produces more fish for human consumption than all of the other four Great Lakes combined, so it really would have a big impact on the native fisheries that we have in Lake Erie."

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


Cats and Dogs Battle Tonight at Robinson Field

Tonight is the regular-season home finale for the Kenton Wildcats as they host Celina.


The Wildcats are 6 and 2 overall and are in sole possession of second place in the Western Buckeye League with a 6 and 1 league mark. The Cats need a victory tonight to not only keep pace with league-leading Wapakoneta, who sits a game ahead of Kenton in the Western Buckeye League standings, but also to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Wildcats are fourth in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings and need a win tonight to solidify their playoff position.


Celina was expected by many to contend for the Western Buckeye League title, but back-to-back losses midway through the season ended their league title hopes and put a serious dent into their playoff chances. The Bulldogs boast a 5 and 3 mark overall, including a 4 and 3 record in league action.

As always, WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.


Tonight will be a busy night for football in the county. None of the Hardin County schools leave the county for action this evening as Ada looks to keep its playoff hopes alive when it meets Delphos Jefferson at War Memorial Stadium - the Bulldogs are 5 and 3 while the Wildcats come in at 6 and 2; 3 and 5 Upper Scioto Valley hosts 2 and 6 Ridgemont; 3 and 5 Hardin Northern entertains 5 and 3 Riverside; and fresh off its first win of the season, the 1 and 7 Riverdale Falcons host the 3 and 5 Cory-Rawson Hornets.


Former Grove Superintendent Pleads Guilty on Several Charges

A former superintendent of Grove Cemetery was in Hardin County Common Pleas Court last week where he entered guilty pleas to several charges.

Shawn Cook waived his right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to seven counts of tampering with records, all third degree felonies.

The July Grand Jury returned a 32 count indictment against Cook, and in exchange for the guilty pleas, 16 counts of theft in office, eight counts of money laundering and an additional count of tampering with records were dismissed.

Each count of tampering with records carries a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, and the sentencing date was set for December 1.


Early Voting in Hardin County Continues

Early voting for the November election continues.

Early voting, which began earlier this month continues until the day before the election on November 4th. According to Hardin County Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmeyer, early voting has been a success.


Early voting can be done at the Board of Elections Office in the Basement of the Hardin County Courthouse.


"The first day we mailed out almost one thousand ballots and all together we have mailed out 1088 ballots. We've had 544 returned, which is normal because people wait until the last minute to return them. They have to be back to our office at the close of the polls at 7:30 on Election Day. We also have had 262 people come in to our office to vote early." said Bookmeyer.

Bookmeyer said that voters who requested an absentee ballot will need to submit their ballots before or on Election Day before the polls close.


Andrew Flinn votes early at the Board of Elections Office at the Courthouse.


"If somebody has received a ballot then they have to vote that ballot. You can't just throw them away and change your mind and go to the polls to vote on the machine. If you do go to the polls, you'll have to vote with a provisional ballot." said Bookmeyer.


The Hardin County Board of Elections Office will remain open this week and next week from 8am-5pm through Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8am-4pm. They will also be open on Saturday November 1st from 8am-4pm and Sunday November 2nd from 1pm-5pm. People will also be able to vote early the day before the election on November 3rd from 8am-2pm.


Most People Don't Travel To Warmer Climate During Winter

It seems a vast majority of us endure the winter months right here at home.


The results of last week's Visitor Poll question revealed that 89.5% of the voters said they do not travel to a warmer climate to live during the winter months.


10.5% of the voters said they do escape Ohio's winter in a warmer climate.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


United Way Weekly Campaign Report Released

The United Way of Hardin County released their weekly campaign

update on Tuesday.


So far, the campaign has raised just over $43,600, or 20% of the 2014 campaign goal of $210,000


Breaking that down by divisions:




.Special Gifts-$7,671.00.








.(FIRE)-Finance, Insurance.


.Real Estate-$3016.00.




.Out of County-$4,069.42.




.Special Events, which included Football Drop, and the Dine Ins, with the McDonald's Dine In yet to be added, $4,158.89.


Kenton Wildcats Move Up One in Computer Ratings

The Kenton Wildcats have moved up a spot in the latest computer ratings.


Thanks to their sixth straight victory last week - coming by a 19 to 13 count at Bath on Friday - the Kenton Wildcats moved up one spot to fourth in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released on Tuesday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The Cats trail Bellevue, Triway and Wauseon in the region. Port Clinton is fifth, followed by Genoa. Keystone and Galion round out the top eight. With wins this Friday over Celina and next week at Defiance, the Cats will in all likelihood secure a postseason berth. The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.


The Ada Bulldogs continued their late-season playoff push by winning for the fourth straight time on Friday. Ada is now 8th in the Division 6, Region 22 computer ratings and must win at least one of its final two games to have a shot at the postseason.


The rest of the county faces long playoffs odds at best. In Division 7, Region 26, Upper Scioto Valley is 13th while Hardin Northern is 17th and Ridgemont is 18th. In Division 6, Region 22, Riverdale is 21st and has been mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration.


Parent Addresses Kenton School Board About Bus Stop Concerns

The Kenton School Board heard a concern from a parent on the procedures for loading and unloading students at the elementary school bus stops.  


Parent Tim Holly addressed the members of the Kenton School Board at their regular meeting Monday evening, in which he re-capped an incident which occurred late last week when his son Forrest was let off the bus at a different stop in the city then he was supposed to. Holly said that Forrest was left alone for around twelve minutes about a mile from his home until a neighbor was able to locate the boy and flag down the Kenton Police Department to return him home. Holly mentioned his displeasure with the way the situation was handled at the school in the interim, and suggested that the school update the tags that are used to identify students who ride the busses so that this could not happen again.


"What they currently have for the students is a little metal circle with paper in the middle which they write the boys bus number on it with a sharpie marker. It's a tiny little thing that's barely noticeable. This tag that I have here shows which bus number he is supposed to be on, it indicates which stop he is supposed to get off at, and then I added at the bottom an in case of emergency number, which is my home phone number or the police department. This is a path of least resistance to prevent anyone's son from being lost boarding or departing any bus or from getting on the wrong bus." said Holly.


Holly also mentioned that the school could hold orientations for the students and the bus drivers to allow for the students to get to know their drivers and routes better and to update the protocols so that when this situation happens that school is contacted quickly and the police are notified. The board took Holly's recommendations to heart and said that they would review his suggestions.


Also at the meeting, the board heard from each school administrator on the school report cards for each building. Overall, Kenton did well on the state reports but there were sections, particularly in Math and Science that the administrators noted needed to show, and have been showing improvement. The board heard and approved a new five year forecast for the district, and also heard from Board member Mark McCullough report on the extra curricular activities in the district through the fall. McCullough pointed out achievements in each of the Kenton High School sports programs in particular golf, tennis and cross country, but then noted issues with the Kenton High School Boys Soccer Team.


"I went out to a couple of games and thought they worked really hard. We've got some athletes out there. But I think all of you got some informational packets sent to you the other day and I went through it. That program is in really bad need of an overhaul. It's really bad and isn't working very well at all. We've got good kids and it's nothing against the coaches, they're not bad people. But sometimes things just don't work. I think that's a program that needs changed now to get it back on track." said McCullough.


The board also announced that the sale of the Eastcrest and Westview Elementary Buildings will be at 9am this coming Saturday at the Kenton City School Administrative Offices. The board will begin accepting abatement bids for Espy and Hardin Central later this month.


The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on November 17th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.


Crash on Columbus Street Damages Two Vehicles Monday

A driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way following a two vehicle crash that occurred around 10 Monday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 66 year old Linda Prater, of Kenton, stopped for a stop sign on High Street at Columbus Street and didn't see an eastbound car being operated by 68 year old George Henry, of Ridgeway before driving into the intersection.

The resulting collision caused moderate to heavy damage to the vehicles involved.

There were no injuries.


Driver Sentenced To 30 Months After Marine's Death

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.
The Dayton Daily News reports that 26-year-old Holly Fowler of Urbana was sentenced Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty in September to failing to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.
Police say Fowler admitted responsibility and that damage on her car was consistent with evidence at the scene where a vehicle struck 34-year-old Monica Plank in February.
The Marine from Stafford, Virginia was struck after leaving a restaurant. She'd been visiting family in Bellefontaine.


Fowler's license was also suspended for five years.


Hardin County Resident Visited Same Bridal Shop As Ebola Patient

The Kenton Hardin  Health Department has been made aware of one  individual from Hardin County who was at the same bridal shop in Akron as the most recently diagnosed Ebola patient, Amber Vinson. 


This individual has contacted the Summit County Health Department to receive direction by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding management of their possible exposure to the Ebola virus.  It is believed at this time there was no direct, high-risk contact between Amber Vinson and the Hardin County person  involved. 


As a precaution, and as advised by the Ohio Department of Health, the Kenton Hardin  Health Department is monitoring the contacts’ temperatures twice a day for a total of 21 days after the contact, which occurred on October 11, 2014.  Quarantine is not indicated due to the low risk of exposure. 


The ODH defines direct contact as skin-to-skin or mucus membrane contact, or contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person.  Kalyan Das, MD, Health Commissioner of the Kenton Hardin Health Department want the community to be aware that we believe there was no direct contact as defined by ODH parameters.  The residents of Hardin County can be assured that our department is staying in constant contact with all involved parties, including health officials from ODH and CDC, to ensure the safety of our residents.  We believe the risk to the community of Hardin County is very low and that the individual being monitored in Hardin County is healthy and symptom free. 

It is important to understand the facts about Ebola and its transmission:

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.

Ebola is spread by touching the blood and body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or things with their blood and body fluids on it like clothes and bedding.  Ebola is not spread through the air, food or water.

Patients are contagious only when they are symptomatic and show signs of a fever.

Anyone believing that they have been in contact with a person with Ebola should call their health care provider.

For more information about Ebola, visit www.cdc.gov.

The Ohio Department of Health also has information available on Ebola at www.odh.ohio.gov


Criminal Damaging Reported at Northwood School Building

Several windows were broken out at Northwood School over the weekend.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called just before 4 Sunday afternoon advising them of the damage.

A total of seven windows were broken on the building.

The incident remains under investigation.


KPD and HCSO Investigating Incidents Over The Weekend

The Kenton Police Department investigated a breaking and entering on Saturday to a business. 


According to the report, an unknown person forceably entered Up for Grabs and removed items. 


There are no suspects at this time in the early Saturday morning break in.





Deputies from the Hardin County Sheriffs Office are responded to a pair of non injury crashes on Saturday and early Sunday. 


The day log showed that the first took place on State Route 31 South at County Road 240, at approximately 4 am saturday, with the second crash reported on County Road 106 at 12:15 am Sunday morning. 


Both incidents remain under investigation..


Ohio Gas Prices Slightly HigherTto Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up a few cents to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.07 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 3 cents more than a week ago, but 15 cents less than last month at this time.


Ohio's average is lower than the national average, which was $3.10 Monday. That's a dime less than a week ago and about a quarter less than a month ago.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Youngstown area has the lowest average at about $3.02 per gallon.


Analysts say gas prices will likely remain low amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.






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


Ebola Information for Ohio Businesses & Residents

Overview: In light of the Ebola case in Texas, and the recent events in Ohio, the State of Ohio is increasing efforts to protect Ohioans. At this time, Ebola does not pose a significant risk to Hardin County residents.  But now is the time to prepare.


Healthcare System Prepares: Ohio hospitals, including our local hospitals have received a checklist to help identify and safely care for a patient that is suspected of having Ebola. Disease surveillance efforts have increased across the state to aid in early identification of ill persons. The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is also sharing Ebola identification and safety information with first responders and physicians.


Local Community Prepares: The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is increasing surveillance efforts and performing a risk assessment for the residents and employers of Hardin County.


Actions Needed: We are asking local businesses, community organizations and faith based groups to review their international travel plans. If individuals within your organization are planning to travel into or out of one of the following African countries, please let the Kenton-Hardin Health Department know. Please contact Arin Tracy 419-673-6230 x 1030 or Cindy Keller 419-673-6230 x 1024.


African Countries

Sierra Leone



Democratic Republic of Congo


For up to date information on Ebola, including a simple infographic about Ebola, please go to http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.


Kenton Rallies From 13 Points Down To Defeat Bath

The Kenton Wildcats rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Bath 19-13 Friday in Western Buckeye League football action at Bath Stadium.



Kenton's sixth straight win improves the Cats to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the league. Bath falls to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the league.


Bath scored on two fourth-down plays in the second quarter, the second coming on the final play of the first half, to build a 13-0 lead at intermission.


The game flipped in the second half as Kenton forced turnovers on three of Bath's five possessions, with Travis Downing intercepting two passes and Aarin Tillman snatching another Bath aerial.


Trent Hites threw two touchdown passes - one to Kollin Stollar and the other to Colyn Blackford - and also ran for a score.


Downing was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they host Celina in their home regular-season finale. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:


Kenton defeats Bath in a nail-biter 19-13

Celina shuts out Shawnee 42-0
Wapak topples St. Mary's 24-7
Van Wert dominates Defiance 45-14
Ottawa-Glandorf narrowly nudges out Elida 28-21


County Scores:

USV falls to Ft. Loramie 28-14
Elgin is shut out by Centerburg 38-0
Hardin Northern trails Lakota 48-0
Ada defeats Allen East in a close game 28-22
Riverdale bests Vanlue 42-7

Upper Sandusky loses to Pleasant 41-0
Ben Logan trumps Graham 38-18

Ridgemont is stomped by Lehman Catholic 48-22

Arlington tops Leipsic 13-7


Ada Man Gets Nearly Five Years in Prison



An Ada man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Chance Wireman was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison on one count each of burglary, theft, telecommunication fraud, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Hunters Encouraged To Donate Deer To Feed The Hungry Program



During the deer hunting seasons, hunters have an opportunity to donate the deer to a local organization.

Brent Moore, from the Feed The Hungry Program, which is part of Dream Center of Ohio, talks about how the program works, "If someone would like to donate a deer weighing 95 pounds or more, they can drop off the deer at Preston's Wild Game Processing and let them know that you're donating the deer to the Dream Center of Ohio, and whether or not you also would like to help pay for any or all of the processing."

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


Kenton Tennis Player Comes Up Short at State



Kenton's Claire Oates came up short in the first round match up of the State Tennis Tournament Friday.


Oates lost to Aashika Katapadi 6-4, 6-2.


Coach Keith Kissling said she gave it a great effort, "She defininatly deserved to be down there, she was as good as the majority of the girls that were playing...it's tough to make it back twice but she is willing to do the work that is going to be necessary. She needs to get stronger and get some more power and she knows that. She has a year to work on it, and hopefully this will pull along some other kids in the program and bring in some kids to get into the program. I'm hoping to use Claire as an ambassidor and get some of the middle school kids involved more than we have so far. We are moving the bar up and her qualifying for state, even though she didn't win, just seeing her abilities there as compared to the other girls there, she is where she needs to be and that's great!" said Kissling.


Battle of Wildcats Set For Tonight

Bath has won three straight games to get to 4 and 3 overall and 4 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. It will probably need to sweep its last three games to have any shot at the playoffs as Bath is currently ranked 11th in the Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings.

Kenton, winners of five straight, is much better positioned. Kenton is 5 and 2 for the season, which is good for 5th in the Region 12 ratings, and its 5 and 1 league mark gives it sole possession of 2nd in the Western Buckeye League, one game back of Wapakoneta with three conference games to go.

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

In other action around the county tonight, winless Riverdale hosts 1 and 6 Vanlue; 3 and 4 Upper Scioto Valley travels to 4 and 3 Fort Loramie; Ada makes the short trip to Allen East to take on the Mustangs - the Bulldogs are 4 and 3 while Allen East is 3 and 4; 2 and 5 Ridgemont entertains Lehman Catholic, who is 5 and 2 on the season; and Hardin Northern hosts Lakota - Lakota is 2 and 5 while the Polar Bears are 3 and 4.


Kenton Holds Fall Fest 14 Saturday

The City of Kenton will sponsor Fall Fest on Saturday from 2-4pm at Wharton Park in Kenton.


Parks and Recreation Director Emma Bushong said the event features something for everyone, "We'll have games, crafts, face painting and more, including a pumpkin decorating contest where they can decorate the pumpkin at home and bring it to be judged. We also will have pop corn and hot dogs and lots of fun."


With the recently added dog park and more to come, Bushong said Wharton Park is a great venue for Fall Fest 14.


Church Hosting 3rd Annual Family Fest This Sunday

The 3rd Annual Family Fest will be held this Sunday October 19 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.


Organizer Bill Lawrence said the event will be held this Sunday October 18 from 5-8pm, "There's going to be laser tag, inflatables, petting zoo, live entertainment and a whole lot more. There will be around 30 businesses who will be setting up booths, and we are going to bless the kids with lots of candy. It's going to be a great night."


Lawrence said Family Fest was held on a different day the first two years, "We held it on Saturday's, but we feel by moving to Sunday, that will give more people an opportunity to be there. All of the activities are free and there is something for everyone."


While all activities are free, Lawrence said a concession will be set up selling food at a nominal price, "If you know anything about the people at Abundant Life, we know how to cook and we love to eat, so it is awesome food, and that is the only thing you spend any money on, so come out and have a great time with us."


State: More Than 49,000 Ohioans Have Voted Early

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state's elections chief says more than 49,000 Ohioans have cast absentee ballots for the fall election after early voting began last week.
Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person ahead of Election Day. Voters will pick the next governor along with other statewide officeholders on Nov. 4.
Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) says an informal survey of Ohio's 88 county boards of elections found that less than 16,000 residents had voted in person as of Friday. More than 33,000 ballots were cast by mail last week.
Many who plan to vote early have yet to cast their absentee ballot. Husted says he's received close to 741,000 absentee ballot requests.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.


Oates Plays in State Tennis Tournament

Claire Oates begins play at the state tennis tournament on Friday.


Oates, a junior at Kenton High School, is the 1st Wildcat girls tennis player to advance to the state singles tournament. She is 28-1 on the season and will take part in the Division II girls state tennis tournament at Ohio State this weekend.

Oates will meet Aashika Katapadi, a senior at Columbus Wellington School, in opening round action on Friday. Katapadi was the runner-up in the Division II Central District tournament while Oates was the Northwest District runner-up, placing 2nd at Bowling Green State University last weekend. The winner of that match will advance to the quarterfinal to meet either Kelly Pleiman or Claudia Althans.

Oates is one of just 16 players who advanced to the Division II state tournament in singles competition.

Play at the state tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and will run through Saturday.


Antlerless Only Muzzleloader Weekend a Success in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's muzzleloader hunters checked 6,613 antlerless white-tailed deer during a two-day season, Oct. 11-12,


According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). That is an 18 percent increase from 2013, when hunters checked 5,608 deer, the first year for the antlerless muzzleloader season.


The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2014 antlerless-only muzzleloader season: Ashtabula (228), Columbiana (180), Coshocton (177), Licking (164), Tuscarawas (151), Guernsey (150), Trumbull (147), Stark (145), Knox (143) and Adams (142).


Taking a look at Hardin and surrounding numbers. The numbers in parenthesis is from last year:


Allen: 41 (46); Auglaize: 42 (39); Hancock: 33 (31); Hardin: 42 (43); Logan: 102 (77); Marion: 27 (27); Union: 58 (32); Wyandot: 88 (58).


An additional 1,313 deer were harvested by archery hunters on Oct. 11-12. The total number of antlerless deer checked by hunters during the two days was 7,926, a 21 percent increase from 2013 (6,553).


Ohio hunters have many more opportunities to pursue deer throughout the fall and winter. The youth gun season is Nov. 22-23, gun season is Dec. 1-7, muzzleloader season is Jan. 2-5, 2015, and archery season is open through Feb. 1, 2015.



Wildcats Still in Thick of Playoff Chase

The Wildcats have won five straight games and are currently 5th in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday.
Bellevue leads the region, followed by Port Clinton, Triway and Wauseon. Kenton is next, with Genoa, Galion and Keystone rounding out the top eight.

The Ada Bulldogs have put together a winning streak of their own to vault back into playoff contention. The Bulldogs have won three straight games, including last week’s win over previously-unbeaten Crestview, and have moved to 12th in the Division 6, Region 22 rankings.

Despite consecutive losses, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams remain within striking distance of a playoff spot. The Rams are 12th in the Division 7, Region 26 ratings.

As for the rest of the county schools, Ridgemont is 16th and Hardin Northern sits 19th in Region 26 while Riverdale is tied for 21st in Region 22.

The top 8 teams at the end of the regular season in each region qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.


Texas Nurse With Ebola Had Visited Northeast Ohio



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas.
The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas.
The state epidemiologist, Dr. Mary DiOrio (dee-OR'-ee-oh), says Ohio and Summit County health officials are working to identify and alert people who may have been in close contact with the woman and implement quarantines if necessary.
She says information is being gathered about whether the nurse showed symptoms while in Ohio. Ebola is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of someone with the virus.
She says local health departments will be kept apprised of the situation.


Vistor Poll Voters Prefer Casual Dining in Downtown Kenton

Responding to the question, "What type of restaurant would you prefer to have located in the Downtown Historic District in Kenton?" a solid majority, 57%, said Casual.


25% prefer a Diner.


The remaining 18% would prefer to have a Bistro.


Vote now on this week's Visitor Poll question.


Harrod Man Killed in Early Morning Crash

A 29 year old Harrod man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred just before 3:30 this morning on State Route 67 in McDonald Township.


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Brian Stolzenburg was driving west on 67 east of State Route 235 when he travelled left of center. His Ford Explorer struck an eastbound semi head-on. The semi was being operated by 45 year old David Browning, of Spring Hill, Florida.


Stolzenburg was pronounced dead at the scene. Browning was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


Both drivers were wearing safety belts, and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. which remains under investigation.


The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Roundhead Fire and EMS and Osborn's Towing.


Kenton City Council/Grove Cemetery Board Hold Joint Meeting

The two entities met together to discuss making a formal change in the operations of the Grove Cemetery Board.


Upon a review by the Hardin County Prosecutors Office, it was found that the board had not been operating in accordance with the rules of the Ohio Revised Code. So it was proposed that the following changes would be made.


Jerry Layman would serve as the non-voting board chairman

Joe Sherman would serve as Vice Chair on a one year term

Ron Rogers would serve on a two year term

Nicole Fay would serve on a three year term.


At this point, the chairmanship would rotate among the members. Layman said that making the change would put the board in good standing with the Ohio Revised Code, according to the Prosecutors Office. The members present approved the change.


At the regular city council meeting, the Kenton City Council approved the sale of the old crane at the Kenton Waterworks, and tabled a discussion on the placement of a traffic light at the intersection of Main and Ohio streets until further investigation.


It was announced at the meeting that the Special Projects Committee would be meeting Thursday to review property values on recently acquired city properties and that the annual Fall Fest will be held this Saturday at Wharton Park from 2pm-4pm. The city is also going to be making further reviews on the proposed city budget and that the finance committee is still waiting on an estimate from the state auditors on a performance audit.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on October 27th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


Death Of Wyandot County Prosecutor Being Investigated

The death of the Wyandot County Prosecutor is under investigation.

The Upper Sandusky Police Department issued a release that stated, "On October 12, 2014, Jonathan Miller, 57, of Upper Sandusky, was found deceased in this city."

The release went on the state that the Upper Sandusky Police Department is conducting the investigation, and further details will be made available at the conclusion of the investigation.


Motorcycle Group On Cross Country Journey For Fallen Soldier



Members of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle group are attempting to travel cross country as a memorial for a fallen soldier.


Rich Vogel with the Heritage Springer Owners motorcycle group said one of their members is the uncle of the fallen soldier, "Five year ago, Earl Scott Jr. died in Afghanistan, and one of his lifetime goals was to ride his Harley in every state in the Union, so since he couldn't do that himself, we took it upon ourselves to take his memory cross-country, and this will be our second attempt at it. We are now in Ohio heading west after Ohio."


Vogel said they hope to complete the journey within a year, "Well we started off in Jacksonville, Florida, and one of our members grabbed the memorial and went down to Key West as a starting point. We came back up to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina to Tennessee, Kentucky and now Ohio."


He said they specifically chose Kenton as a place to visit on the trek, "I drive through Kenton four or five times a year on my way for business to Springfield, Ohio. I drive down 68 from Toledo to Findlay, and it's a great drive, and one thing I noticed entering your town was the plague mentioning the first Medal of Honor winner Jacob Parrott. He was a citizen and now buried in your city, so that's why I picked Kenton specifically for the first Medal of Honor recipient."

Fiance of soldier looks over memorial scrapbook presented by motorcycle group


While in town Vogel said they will present a simple memorial to the fallen soldier's finance who currently resides in Columbus, "She didn't see it the first time around , and she just moved back to the area, so we thought we would present her the memorial before we move it west."


Two Killed in Wyandot County Crash Over Weekend

Two people died as a result of a one vehicle crash that occurred this past Saturday afternoon in Wyandot County.


Friends say the man was killed on his wedding day when a pickup truck carrying him, his new wife and friends crashed over the weekend.


According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a driver identified as Timothy N. Tebbe, of Nevada, Ohio, lost control of his vehicle while travelling north on Township Road 135. The vehicle ended up off the west side of the road where it struck the embankment and rolled over. It struck a utility pole and rolled several more times before coming to rest in a field.


Two passengers in the pickup truck, 26 year old Elizabeth Shelton, of Bucyrus and 27 year old Andrew Bloomfield, of Galion, were both ejected from the vehicle. Shelton was pronounced dead at the scene and Bloomfield died later at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.


Tebbe and another passenger, 37 year old Ruth Driskill, of Galion, were both taken by Lifeflight and Medflight helicopters to St. Rita's Medical Center.


The crash remains under investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.


Ohio Gas Prices Hovering Around $3 a Gallon



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are hovering around the $3 mark to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.04 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago. The price has dropped by a quarter in the past two weeks.


The average price was below the $3 mark on Monday in the Columbus, Dayton and Toledo areas.


The national average was $3.20 on Monday, 9 cents less than a week ago.


Analysts say gas prices will likely continue to fall amid decreased demand and lower crude oil prices.






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


Kenton's Oates Heading To State

Kenton's Claire Oates is heading to state.


Oates finished as the district runner-up Saturday during girls tennis competition at Bowling Green State University. As a result, the Kenton High School junior will compete in the Division II state girls tennis tournament this week at Ohio State.


Oates won her district semifinal contest before falling in the district title match. She is currently 28-1 for the season.


Goal Line Stand Lifts Cats Past Bulldogs

The Kenton Wildcats stopped the Elida Bulldogs on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 45 seconds to play and posted a 21-14 Homecoming victory in Western Buckeye League football action.



The Wildcats won their fifth straight game to improve to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the WBL while the Bulldogs fall to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the league.

Trent Hites threw 2 touchdown passes - one each to Kollin Stollar and Luke Jackson - while Derric Legge returned a fumble for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage as the Cats got the win in front of Homecoming Queen Caroline Lombardo and her court.


Legge was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they visit Bath. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Scores

WBL Scores:
Kenton defeats Elida in a Homecoming showdown 21-14
Bath shuts out Shawnee 42-0
Wapak downs Ottawa-Glandorf  21-14
St. Mary's topples Defiance 49-21
Celina dominates Van Wert 22-7
County Scores:
USV falls to Lucas 45-8
Elgin beats Cardington-Lincoln 28-18
Gibsonburg rolls over Hardin Northern 41-12
Ada defeats Crestview 22-15
Riverdale falls to Liberty-Benton 42-7
Jonathan Alder shuts out Upper Sandusky 42-0
Urbana narrowly defeats Ben Logan 28-27
Waynesfield-Goshen beats Ridgemont 35-12
Arlington dominates Arcadia 62-0
North Union stomps Fairbanks 39-0


Kenton's Clair Oates Wins at Districts

Kenton's Claire Oates is one win away from the state tournament.
Oates, a junior at Kenton High School, won both her matches Thursday at the Division II girls tennis district tournament at Bowling Green State University. She is now a perfect 27-0 on the season and gets to head back to BGSU to continue tourney play on Saturday.
Oates is one of four players left in the draw and will play two matches on Saturday. With the top three placers at the district earning state berths, Oates will need to win one of her two matches to punch her ticket to next week's state tournament.
Action at the district tournament will resume at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.


Man Gets Year in Prison on Drug Charge



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

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

.Roby L. Smith was sentenced to one year in prison on one count of Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana in the Vicinity of a Juvenile.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Church Operating Backpack Program Again This School Year



The Central Church of Christ will again operate the Backpack Program through the Kenton City Schools for the 2014/15 school year.

Pastor Willis Moe says the meals sent home with the students are designed to get them through the weekend, "They're all non-perishable. They have two breakfast items, two lunch items and two dinner items. They are sent home with the student on the third and fourth Fridays of the month so that they will have something through the weekend, because a lot of them are on fixed income or assistance programs, and when you get to the end of the month, it gets pretty slim."

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


Kenton Celebrating Homecoming at Robinson Field

The Kenton Wildcats host Elida tonight in the school’s annual Homecoming game.


Elida comes in at a hard-luck 2 and 4 for the season. The Bulldogs, who are 2 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, have lost two games in overtime and a third by three points.

The Wildcats are 4 and 2 overall and 4 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League after winning their fourth straight game last Friday. A fifth straight win would clinch another winning season in league play for the Cats. Kenton has not posted a losing season since 1992, which, coincidentally or not, is the last time Elida defeated the Wildcats.

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

In other games involving county teams this evening, 0 and 6 Riverdale hosts 6 and 0 Liberty-Benton; 3 and 3 Ada entertains unbeaten Crestview; Upper Scioto Valley travels to Lucas in a matchup of 3 and 3 teams; 2 and 4 Ridgemont hosts 1 and 5 Waynesfield-Goshen; and 3 and 3 Hardin Northern entertains the 6 and 0 Gibsonburg Golden Bears.


Lima Man Competent For Trial in Arson Slayings

A judge in Lima ruled Thursday that 29-year-old Hager Church is able to understand the proceedings.
He's accused of setting a house fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her 54-year-old boyfriend on June 14, 2009. If convicted of aggravated murder, Church could face a death sentence.
Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying.
Reports show that Church had written a letter to the newspaper requesting that he be put to death for his crimes.
He's scheduled for trial on Feb. 3.


Hardin County Ag Society Board Meets

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met on Saturday, October 4th at the Fair Office with 18 Board members and 20 guests present.

Bob Fish called the meeting to order.

Kathy Guinn, representing Hardin Leadership, expressed an interest in their group taking on the recycling of aluminum and plastic during the fair.  This will be looked at closer to next year’s fair.

Alesia Martin had a question about camping.  She wanted to know how early can campers, during the fair, move their trailers in.  Craig Stump, camping chairman, said this will be discussed at the next camping committee meeting.

Mark & Kelly Carder expressed their dissatisfaction in how their daughter’s memorial was held during the fair.

Chris Vermillion, representing the Hardin County Tractor Puller’s Association, gave an update on how the tractor pulls went during the fair.  They had an income of $15,100 and expenses were $18,536.70, giving them a loss of $3,436.70.  They will be looking at maybe switching the 2 pulls around on Sunday of the Fair – having the OSTPA pull in the afternoon and the Hardin County Pull in the evening.

Betty Bibler and Virginia Tice, representing the Hardin County Council on Aging, expressed their dissatisfaction on how Senior Citizen’s Day was held during the Fair.  They stated their board has already approved to give out 1,000 meal tickets next year, to hopefully not run out.  They want to continue with the lunches, but maybe pass out the tickets in another location of the fairgrounds.  They will get with the Senior Citizen’s Day committee earlier in the year, to finalize plans and make the day run smoother. 

Mark Badertscher, from the Hardin County Extension Office, presented the Carcass Show results.  He passed out information on the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame nominations.  These nominations are due by October 15th, 2014 and are to be turned in to the Hardin County Extension Office.

Mark Light, Hardin County 4-H Extension Agent, stated they have held a 4-H Council meeting and discussion was held on how premium money is different among departments of the fair.  He also expressed concern over how “A”, “B”, and “C” premiums are all the same.
A letter from Ace Hardware, was moved by Paul Ralston and seconded by Steve Christopher, to be discussed in closed session at the end of the meeting.

Thank You’s were read from several people about the fair.
The minutes of the last meeting were reviewed and approved by Steve and seconded by Dale Cockerell.  Motion carried.

Financial reports were reviewed and approved by Jim Bidwell and Jeff Madison seconded the motion.  Motion carried.
Bills were presented to be paid with Dale moving to pay them and seconded by Howard Lyle.  Motion carried.

Executive Committee:  Howard Lyle, chairman, set the date of October 13th, 2014 at 7pm, to discuss the 2015 budget and employee contracts.  Judi’s 90 day evaluation will also need to be done at this time.

Grounds Committee:  Jim Bidwell, chairman, set the date of October 14th, 2014 at 7pm, to finalize the priority list for the commissioners.  The committee has met with Time Warner Cable about switching over to them.  The service drop has to be done first.  Valleys in the barn roofs have been started to be fixed, d/t leaking.  The annual inventory needs to be done.  Grass seed has been planted in the East parking lot.  Paul Ralston moved to purchase hoods for the fans in the Grange Restaurant and Hardin Northern Restaurant and Mark Garmon seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Craig Stump will order the hoods.  The 4-H Horse Arena has been closed for the season.  It was noted we should make a list of items that could be addressed by the ADA and work to fix those items.
It was noted several thank you letters need to be sent to ground’s helpers.  Judi will send those out.

Camping Committee:  Craig Stump, chairman, stated they will meet after the first of the year.

Entertainment Committee:  The State Demo Derby was discussed and it was not a good money maker for the Society.  3-D Promotions have stated they will not be doing it next year.

Livestock Committee:  There is still $15,500 due from buyers before checks can be written to the kids.  A Sale Committee Meeting is scheduled for October 15th, 2014 at 7pm.  Post cards will be sent to members about the meeting date.
Rides & Concessions Committee:  Janie Seiler, chairman of the committee, stated she will be looking into different ideas for games, since games are starting to be a losing interest among fairgoers.  She stated there will be more farm equipment next year.  She stated any interested food vendor, needs to fill out an application.

Junior Fair Board:  Nancy Rickenbacher stated they all loved their new office.

Old Business:  The fair attendance spreadsheet was discussed.  The Fair board still has whole hog sausage for sale.  It’s $3.50 per pound and there is seasoned bulk, unseasoned bulk and unseasoned patties left to be purchased.  If anyone is interested in the sausage, they should contact the secretary’s office on either Wednesday or Friday’s from 9am-4pm.  Petitions for the November election are due by October 24th at 4pm. 

New Business:  The 3 Judges and 2 Clerks needed for the election on November 1st were selected.  Bob McBride, Janie Seiler and Kelly Buckenroth will be the judges and Howard Lyle and Craig Stump will be the clerks.  A news release and legal ad will be placed in the Kenton Times about the November Election.  Another news release after all petitions have been turned in on October 24th will run, stating who is running in the election.  Claire Latham was nominated for the Outstanding Fair Supporter, to be honored on Friday, Jan. 9th, 2015 at the OFMA convention.  Judi and Eileen Latham will work on his biographical information.  Howard moved to approve the request for the 2015 Ohio Fairs Fund Money and Ray Davis seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  There was a request by Steve Smith, an auctioneer, to hold a real estate Auction at the Fair grounds on November 1st, 2014.  The board stated the Arts and Crafts building can be used for this.  Judi will contact him with the cost.  Jim Smith was given the OK to go to the school auctions in October and to possibly purchase items needed.  Paul Ralston would like the board to consider a different date to hold board meetings.

The board then went into closed session to discuss the letter received from Ace Hardware.

After coming out of closed session, Charlie McCullough resigned from Dudley Township d/t moving out of the county.
Craig moved to have a Special January meeting on Monday, December 29th at the Plaza Inn at 6pm.  Ray seconded the motion.  Motion carried. 

The meeting was adjourned by Dale and seconded by Bob McBride.  Motion carried.  The next board meeting is scheduled for November 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm.


Traffic Stops Lead To Drug Charges Against Several Individuals

The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township this week.


According to a release, as a result of the traffic stops two females are facing charges for possession of drugs. One male is facing charges for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another male was arrested for possession of drugs.


The Task Force seized two vehicles, heroin, pills, marijuana, cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia. The Task Force was assisted by the Sheriff's Office Detective Division, Sheriff's Office Canine Unit and Osborn's Towing.


Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Nominations Open


Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame through the end of business on October 17.  Nominees must have made their major contribution to agriculture primarily as a result of being born, growing up, living in, or working in Hardin County, Ohio.  Outstanding agriculturalists may be nominated by individuals or organizations.  Nomination forms are available at the Hardin County OSU Extension office or on the Hardin County OSU Extension website at: hardin.osu.edu.  Completed forms must be returned to the OSU Extension Office, 1021 W. Lima Street, Suite 103, Kenton, Ohio, 43326.


The Purpose of the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to agriculture by Hardin County people.  Annual awards will be made to men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field.  We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as a stimulus to others.  Selected individuals who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, will be honored at the Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.



Download a PDF of the nomination form by clicking here.


Chief Offers Tips During Fire Prevention Week

This is National Fire Prevention Week.


Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said the National Fire Academy theme this year is all about smoke detectors, "That's their push, is to make sure everybody has smoke detectors and keeps them up to date and tests them and things of that nature. It's a great tool."


He said testing the smoke detectors is recommended once a month, "Usually your battery operated ones have a built in sensor that when the battery is getting low it starts to chirp, and when you hear that chirping, it's time to change the battery. They used to recommend changing the battery once a year, but now we're kind of using the time change, changing them in the Fall and changing them in the Spring, whenever you set your clocks up or back."


The Chief said a fire inside your home looks totally different than the way television makes it look, "Fire is pitch black, and you can be disoriented and lose your way very, very quickly and not only that the smoke will start to overcome you once it starts into your lungs you get really groggy and usually pass out, so the first line of defense being the smoke detector is a great idea. That gives you enough time to exit the house if need be."


He said you may know your home very well, but in a fire everything changes. If you don;t believe it, he recommends this, "I always tell people go home this evening, go to your bedroom. It's one of the most familiar places as you're ever going to be. Put a blindfold on and then turn in a circle about three or four times and then get down on the floor and try to crawl to the door and I guarantee you probably won't make it on the first attempt, because you are disoriented at that point, but that will give you an idea of what it's like in a fire."


He adds it's important to come up with a plan and go over that with the entire family, "Establish an escape route, and establish a meeting point so that when everybody;s out they meet at that location and then you know everybody's out safely."


Hardin County's New Logo and Motto Unveiled at Alliance Event

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, along with the Hardin County Commissioners and countywide mayors, held a joint press conference to announce the new Hardin County logo and motto on Tuesday.



The new motto, Hardin County, a Great Place to Live, Work and Prosper, was incorporated into a new logo designed by Wesley Goldsmith, a local Hardin County resident and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University in graphic design.


As part of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliances strategic plan, expanding Hardin County’s market awareness on a regional, national and global scale starts with a clear and simple message. 


“We hope to use our new logo and motto as the foundation of our marketing efforts, said Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Alliance.  “We want to deliver a positive and business friendly message to those looking to "build here, invest here, work here, live here, learn here, and love it here, all things Hardin County."


Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman talks about the new motto and logo.


“We are very excited about the opportunities for Hardin County and see many great things in-the-works that will help us become a model community in Northwest Ohio,” said Tim Street, Board Chairman of the Alliance.  “As a community, we must think big, be bold and take calculated chances to accomplish great things for our community.” 


Immediately following the brief press conference, around 100 guests attended an open house luncheon and toured the Alliances newly renovated front offices visiting with staff, board leadership and county ambassadors. 


State, county and local elected officials, including the Hardin County Commissioners, countywide mayors and council members, Hardin County Ambassadors, as well as other Hardin County dignitaries, were in attendance.


Kenton Moves Up in Computer Rankings

The Kenton Wildcats have made another big jump in the computer ratings.


Fresh off their win over state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf, the Kenton Wildcats jumped several spots to fourth in the latest Division 4, Region 12 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Cats trail Bellevue, Port Clinton and Triway in the region and are currently in a tight battle for fourth with Galion. Bryan, Keystone and Wauseon round out the top eight.


The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.


While Kenton is in good position to earn a postseason berth, the other Hardin County schools are going to need some help to make the playoffs. In the Division 7, Region 26 rankings, Upper Scioto Valley is 12th while Ridgemont is 15th and Hardin Northern checks in at 16th. In the Division 6, Region 22 ratings, Ada is 14th while Riverdale is tied for 22nd.


Warehouse Fire Destroys 7 Buildings in Ohio

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a massive warehouse fire in northwest Ohio destroyed all seven buildings on the site.


Investigators say the cause of the fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon near downtown Lima (LY'-muh) is under investigation.


The fire was fueled by rubber and plastic in a warehouse and quickly spread to six other buildings on the site.


The Lima News reports firefighters had to strategically use their water supply because so many hoses were being used to douse the flames.


Firefighters even pulled water from a nearby lake while battling the blaze.


Marion Man Gets Life in Wife's Killing

MARION, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting that he killed his wife and hid her body under some boxes in their basement.


Prosecutors say 37-year-old David Shockey planned to kill wife Shelly in March so he could be with his 19-year-old mistress.


David Shockey pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated murder in Marion, 45 miles north of Columbus. He'll be eligible for parole after 25 years.


Police say 41-year-old Shelly Shockey was strangled and stabbed. Her body was found in the basement by officers who searched the house.


David Shockey's girlfriend at the time, 19-year-old Danielle Crokie, also was arrested. She is scheduled for trial in November on charges including complicity to aggravated murder.


Parents of Riverdale Student Charged

The parents of a student who was allegedly victimized by a Riverdale school teacher who was later charged have themselves been charged with child endangering.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call at the residence of Anthony Nelson in Wharton. The boy who called woke up to find his parents missing and seven year old brother asleep.
The boys’ father returned home and told the deputy his mother typically watches the children. The report stated that Autumn Nelson, the boys’ mother, has been charged with leaving them home alone and Anthony Nelson has been charged with leaving stacks of medication bottles in reach of the children.
The case will be reviewed by the Wyandot County Department of Job and Family Services.
Former Riverdale teacher Barb Williams was videotaped in May shoving the student at the school. She has pleaded not guilty in Findlay Municipal Court to a child endangering charge and is scheduled for a Dec. 15 trial.


Vehicle Sideswipes Utility Pole

A vehicle was damaged after sideswiping a utility pole Monday evening.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 51 year old Tim Legge, of Kenton, became disoriented while driving east on Espy Street. His vehicle travelled off the right side of the road and sideswiped the utility pole causing moderate damage.

Legge was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for medical reasons.


Early Voting Begins in Ohio Following Dispute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans can start casting ballots Tuesday in the fall election after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a dispute over the swing state's voting schedule.


Voters can pick their choices for the next governor along with other statewide officeholders in the Nov. 4 election. Also up for a vote are a number of legislative races and more than 1,600 local issues.


Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person.


The start of early voting had shifted amid a lawsuit over two election-related measures.


A federal judge temporarily blocked a Republican-backed law. His ruling lengthened the early voting schedule and moved the start of early voting to Sept. 30.


But a later ruling from the Supreme Court returned the start to Tuesday, following a request from state officials.


New Ditch Expected to Improve Drainage Issues in Blanchard Watershed

The improvements will turn the Warmbroad Ditch into a Two-State Ditch, rather than a single stage ditch.



The new ditch is being constructed on US 68 North just south of Dunkirk, on property owned by Chris Kurt. According to information provided by the Nature Conservancy, the primary threats to the Upper Blanchard River Watershed are excess sedimentation from crop fields, stream flashiness and nutrient loading, also from crop fields. The excesses in sediments and nutrients get into the water in the ditch and move upstream towards the Blanchard River, which can cause problems in areas such as the Blanchard River and Lake Erie further down. Issues with toxic algae blooms and erosion are of particular concern.


Lauren Lindemann, WLEB Conservation Director with the Nature Conservancy said that the project will reduce issues by educating landowners on management practices.


"They've been tested at land grant universities so there's science that is saying they'll be useful to stablize sediment, reduce erosion and to reduce nutrients. We're trying to bring those extra better management practices that people might not know about out here in the real world setting and get them implemented and tested to see if they'll actually work the way we're told they will." said Lindemann.


Lindemann explains how the width of the ditch is measured.


In a two stage ditching system, the ditch is designed to absorb some of the nutrients, sediments and reduce the flow of the water in order to help control the release. The bank itself acts as a reservoir in places to permit water to collect and move toward the rivers at a slower pace, thus clearing out certain sediments before they reach the river.


Lindemann said that the Hardin County Project has been going well, with much interest from area farmers and landowners.


"The idea was to widen it and create a floodplain so it has a bit more of a natural function. It's taken us about a year and a half and it's been going really well. Chris Kurt has been very open and forward thinking, he's come to us with questions and concerns and we've had a wonderful relationship. We've had a great partnership with the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District, the landowners, the contractor and everyone. It's been a great partnership." said Lindemann.


Crews working on sections of the ditch project.


The cost of the project is around $24,559.50, which includes mobilization and site preparation, as well as labor, engineering, excavation and repair to the culvert outlets and seeding. The project is being paid for through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant. The Nature Conservancy is working through the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District to reach area landowners on practices such as filter strips and cover crops which can be used to reduce the number of sediments in the ditch as well.


Kenton Tennis Player Wins Sectional Title

Kenton's Claire Oates won the Division 2 girls tennis sectional championship over the weekend.

Oates stayed unbeaten on the season en route to winning the Division 2 girls tennis sectional title over the weekend at the University of Northwestern. Oates did not lose a game as she breezed through the first three rounds of competition, recording 6-0, 6-0 wins over Celina's Breanna Jenkins, Shawnee's Margaret Arabpour and Bath's Kylee Morris. In the semifinals, Bluffton's Maggie Fett managed to take a few games from Oates, but the Wildcat junior still rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. In the finals, Oates was pushed to three sets but won the sectional crown with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spencerville's Kaylee Davis.

Oates will now advance to district competition this week at Bowling Green State University. She will be joined at district's by Ada's Mackenzie Wills, who finished fourth at the UNOH Division 2 sectional.

Action at the district tournament will begin on Thursday and wrap up on Saturday.


Three United Way Dine-In's Scheduled

There are three United Way Dine-In’s scheduled for the month of October.


That's were a percentage of the sales on each of these days will be contributed to the 2015 United Way Campaign.

You can support your Hardin County United Way agencies by dining at one of these restaurants.


.October 13 – Plaza Inn, Mt. Victory


.October 14 – Arby’s, Kenton


.October 23 – McDonald’s, Kenton 7am-7pm


Wildcats Upset State-Ranked Titans 28-3

The Kenton Wildcats upset state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf 28-3 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Titan Stadium.



The Cats' fourth straight win moved them to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the WBL while the Titans fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the league.


Kenton outgained Ottawa-Glandorf 349-202. The Titans led 3-0 on a 27-yard Mitch Niese field goal in the 1st quarter, but the Cats took a 7-3 lead into the half on a 1-yard TD run from Kollin Stollar.


The Cats put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Titans 21-0 in the stanza. Sollar returned a fumble 20 yards for a score while Trent Hites ran for one score and hit Colyn Blackford for another touchdown.


Trevor Downing intercepted two O-G passes while Tristan Reichelderfer also tallied an interception as the Cats forced four Titan turnovers.


Downing was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action on Friday when they host Elida in the school's annual homecoming game. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Scores

Kenton stomps state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf 28-3
Bath narrowly defeats Van Wert 15-14
Wapak dominates Defiance 38-0
Elida beats Shawnee 28-21
St. Mary's tops Celina 21-13
County Scores:
USV falls to Riverside 26-6
Mt. Gilead defeats Elgin 12-7
Hardin Northern topples Open Door Christian 41-36
Ada rolls over Paulding 61-14
Riverdale falls short of North Baltimore 35-21
Galion defeats Upper Sandusky 21-14
Ben Logan takes down Northwestern 24-19
Fort Loramie trumps Ridgemont 69-0
Arlington falls to Liberty-Benton 25-13
Pleasant shuts out North Union 14-0


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:


.Nathanial J. Rohrer was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison on four counts of sexual battery. He was classified as a Tier III Sexual Offender.


.Vincent L. Calloway II was sentenced to a total of 44 months in prison on two counts each of felonious assault and assault.


.Michael E. Bickle Jr. was sentenced to a total of 41 months in prison on one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.


.Desiree C. Howard was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


The month of October has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Emily Wrencher, the Executive Director of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, said domestic violence cases are more prevalent than you might imagine, "The national statistics tell us that one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime and also one in thirty-three men. Domestic violence is also the umbrella for elder abuse and child abuse also."

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:365 on WKTN.




FBI Joins Search For Missing Teen in Northern Ohio

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - FBI agents have joined the search for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a week from her home in Bucyrus in north central Ohio.


An FBI spokeswoman says the FBI joined the searched Thursday at the request of local law enforcement agencies. Rebecca "Becky" Kemper was last seen by her mother at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Her mother called police after discovering the girl's bedroom window open and her daughter nowhere to be found.


Special Agent Vicki Anderson says the teen is home-schooled and not believed to be a runaway. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue pajamas.


Wildcats Face Titans in Key WBL Game

The Kenton Wildcats look to run their win streak to four games tonight when they travel to Ottawa to take on the state-ranked Titans.


The Wildcats have won their last three games by an average margin of 33 points a game and are now 3 and 2 overall. Kenton is 3 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight's showdown with the state-ranked Titans.


Ottawa-Glandorf, which is ranked 3rd in the latest Division V state poll, is 5 and 0 overall and looks like the best team in the Western Buckeye League. The Titans are undefeated in league play, winning their games by an average of 31 points a contest, and are tied with Wapakoneta for the top spot in the league.


A victory for the Cats would put them right back into the picture for the Western Buckeye League title and would be a big boost to their playoff chances. Kenton is in sole possession of third in the league, a game back of the Titans and Skins, and remain in the thick of the playoff race midway through the season.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Titan Stadium. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is slate for 7:30 p.m.


In other games around the county tonight, 2 and 3 Ridgemont visits Fort Loramie, which is 3 and 2; Upper Scioto Valley hosts Riverside in a matchup of 3 and 2 teams; Ada travels to Paulding - the Bulldogs are 2 and 3 while the Panthers check in a 1 and 4; the 2 and 3 Hardin Northern Polar Bears hit the road for action with the 1 and 4 Open Christian Academy; and Riverdale goes for its first win of the season when the Falcons visit 3 and 2 North Baltimore.


Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Wraps Up Season

The Benjamin Logan boys golf team ended their season Thursday with a 10th place finish at their district tournament.


We thought we'd do better but yet we improved on last year. Getting beat by 9 teams of a field of 12 seems disheartening, but when you consider 75% of the teams weren't there because you beat them last week it puts things in perspective.

The sour taste you get from not playing to your potential leaves a void until you look at the whole season.


We wanted to win our conference which we did, 20-0. We wanted to place at sectionals to get back to districts, we placed 2nd this year compared to 4th last year. Lastly we wanted to improve on our last years showing at districts and again we did. We'll loose 2 seniors ( TJ Fink and Tanner Rader ) and their leadership will be missed. However with 4 of our top 6 back and some encouraging jv play we're already thinking of next year.


In addition some of the best lessons learned on a golf course don't always involve golf. I'm proud of the way our boys carried themselves all year and I know they are better individuals because of those experiences.


The Raiders were paced by Grant Ricketts who shot a 82, TJ Fink 87, Tanner Rader 100, Colin Headings 106 and Mitchell Fink 110.


Oakwood and McNicholas tied and moved on to state next week where our district has emerged as the state champion in 4 of the last 5 years.


Ben Logan ended the season at 68-32.


Slight Majority Plan To Get Flu Shot

Visitor Poll voters were almost evenly split on the idea of getting a flu shot.

Responding to the question, "Do you plan on getting a flu shot this season?, a slight majority, or 54% of the voters said they plan on getting one, while 46% said they will not be getting a flu shot.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Kentucky Man Dies Following Crash on S.R. 31 in Union County

A head-on collision between a semi tractor trailer unit and a box truck on State Route 31 near Byhalia in Union County has claimed the life of a Kentucky man.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred just before two Wednesday afternoon. 35 year old Jack Moore, of Ashland, Kentucky, was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County where he was later pronounced dead.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy and official ruling by the Union County Coroner's Office.


Two other crash victims, 67 year old Theodore Yocum, of Lewistown, Ohio and 52 year old Donald Cummings, of Columbus, were both transported to the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus by Medflight Helicopter.


The crash remains under investigation by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, consisting of deputies from Union, Champaign, Logan and Hardin Counties.


State Route 31 was closed for several hours while the crash scene was investigated and cleaned up.


Business in Dunkirk Broken Into

A business in Dunkirk was broken into sometime Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, someone pushed in a window at the back of Shenanigan'z Lounge on Main Street in the village to gain entry.

An inventory is being conducted to determine what, if anything, is missing.


Ohio Early Voting Case Returns To Lower Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A dispute over early voting rules in Ohio will return to a district court for further proceedings following a ruling from a federal appeals panel in Cincinnati.


On Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated its decision to uphold an order that lengthened Ohio's early voting schedule and moved the start of voting to this week. That order by a judge doesn't affect the fall election because a divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request from state officials to delay it.


Early voting in the swing state now will begin Tuesday.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sued in May on behalf of the state's NAACP chapter and others. The ACLU of Ohio says it is reviewing all the court decisions.


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