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Ohio State Downs Michigan, Star QB Injured

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ezekiel Elliott scored untouched on a 44-yard run on fourth-and-1 with 4:58 left to help No. 7 Ohio State, without injured star quarterback J.T. Barrett, beat archrival Michigan 42-28 on Saturday.


Photo by Photo Services, Ohio State University


With no postseason, the only thing left to be decided for Michigan (5-7, 3-5 Big Ten) is the future of coach Brady Hoke. Interim AD Jim Hackett will make the call on whether the coach stays or goes.
Barrett threw for one TD and ran for two before his right leg crumpled underneath him when he was tackled on a run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Cardale Jones came in for the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-0, CFP No. 6) to lead the drive that culminated in Elliott's long run. Darron Lee returned a fumble 33 yards late to add to the lead.


Freshman J.T. Barrett, a Heisman Trophy contender, left No. 7 Ohio State's rivalry showdown with Michigan early in the fourth quarter after his leg twisted underneath him when he was tackled.
The Buckeyes were leading 28-21 when Barrett carried on second and 1 at the Ohio State 33 with 14:45 left in the fourth quarter. He was on the field for 3 minutes before his right leg was put into a temporary air cast and he was lifted onto a cart.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner came to his side and spoke to him before he was taken off the field.
Cardale Jones replaced Barrett.


Ohio Hunters Prepare For Start of Deer-Gun Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say more than 400,000 hunters expect to take to the field during the upcoming deer-gun season in Ohio.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked more than 75,000 deer during last year's season and checked almost 87,000 deer in 2012. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.


The weeklong hunt begins Monday and runs through Dec. 7. The state says specific straight-walled cartridge rifles are now legal for use, which is new this year.


The statewide bag limit is nine deer from all counties combined. But a hunter cannot exceed an individual county's bag limit.


Hunters must have a valid deer permit and a valid Ohio hunting license.



Top-Ranked Knights Rally In Fourth Quarter To Nip Cats

The Archbishop Alter Knights rallied from a four-point fourth-quarter deficit to nip the Kenton Wildcats 25-22 in Division IV state semifinal action Friday at Sidney Memorial Stadium.

The Knights, the top-ranked team in the final Associated Press state poll, improve to 14-0 and will meet Cleveland Benedictine next week in the state title game. The Cats finish an outstanding season with an 11-3 record.



Alter led 7-0 at the half and 10-7 midway through the third period, but the Wildcats grabbed their first lead of the game with 1:06 to go in the third quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Trent Hites.


Kenton's 14-10 advantage held up into the fourth quarter before a series of plays turned the tide in Alter's favor. The Cats were hit with a safety when they were flagged for a penalty in their own end zone early in the fourth quarter. The Knights then returned a punt for a touchdown to reclaim the lead and intercepted a Kenton pass on the first play from scrimmage after the score. Alter needed two plays to convert the turnover into a touchdown and build a 25-14 lead with 5:51 to play.


The Cats rallied, pulling to within 25-22 after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hites to Colyn Blackford and the ensuing two-point conversion pass to Kollin Stollar. The Wildcat defense forced a three-and-out after Alter recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the Knights were able to hold the Cats at bay and get the win.


Hites threw for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for a score. Blackford caught 13 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown while Stollar had 76 yards receiving and a TD on six grabs while Connor Jones added 56 yards on 5 catches.


The Kenton senior class, which has been a part of three regional title teams in the past four seasons, was named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Friday Night Football Roundup

Division II State Semifinals
Nordonia 52, Mayfield 14
Cincinnati LaSalle 48, Lewis Center Olentangy 13
Division III  State Semifinals
Toledo Central Catholic 17, Trotwood Madison 14
Athens 34, Akron St. Vincent 31
Division IV State Semifinals
Cleveland Benedictine 40, Steubenville 12
Kettering Archbishop Alter 25, Kenton 22
Division VI State Semifinals
Kirtland 28, Lucas Valley 7
Minster 14, Tinora 13 (Last second field goal, Minster first appearance in the state finals since 1989)


Boil Water Advisory in Effect For Some Forest Residents

Some residents of Forest are under a Boil Water Advisory.

Residents on North Patterson, North Davis, Blaine and Cleveland Streets are advised to boil water before consumption. A water main break forced crews shut of the water supply on Thanksgiving while repairs were made.

The Boil Water Advisory for the residents on those streets in Forest is in effect until further notice.


Second Look At Sports Rally Scheduled For Area Church



A nationally known motivation speaker will present A Second Look At Sports Rally at Faith Baptist Church in Kenton.

Bruce Boguski said he guarantees that if someone attends the seminar on Saturday December 6 at 7pm, they will get one or two techniques they can take home and apply immediately, "Whether they're playing golf, football or volleyball, whatever it is, it will increase their performance dramatically. All it does is take one idea that you get and applying that idea and using it for peak performance. It doesn't have to be in sports either. The kids are going out on dates, maybe someone's involved in sales, and the techniques we talk about will help in those areas also."

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


Christmas Light Displays Back Again For Holiday Season

Christmas lights are an annual tradition during the holiday season, and you won't have to travel far to see large displays of lights.


Residents of Hardin and the surrounding counties have a couple of options to visit local displays of lights this holiday season. The annual Lake of Lights at Saulisberry Park in Kenton begins Saturday night and will run every night throughout the holiday season from 6pm-9pm through December 26th. The park is located at 13344 State Route 67 West of Kenton, and this year, several special events will be held. There will be a 5k race Saturday morning at the park at 10am, and special character nights will be held on November 29th and December 6th from 6pm-8pm. A live Nativity will be on December 13th from 6pm-8pm. Cost for admission will be $5.00 per vehicle.


You can also check out the Upper Sandusky Winter Fantasy of Lights at the Harrison Smith Park in Upper Sandusky. The annual display will begin on December 1st and will run until December 30th. This year proceeds from the event will help support the Wyandot County Council for Birth Defects and the Upper Sandusky High School Music Department. Cost for the event is $5.00 per car and $15.00 per commercial van. They will also accept free will offerings to benefit the Wyandot County Food Pantries.


Kenton Takes On Archbishop Alter in State Semifinal Football Action Tonight



Two of the premier programs in the state will clash in the state semifinals tonight when the Kenton Wildcats take on Archbishop Alter.


The Wildcats and the Knights have combined for 31 playoff appearances, 63 playoff wins and 4 state titles, with each school winning a pair of state championships.

The Knights are 13 and 0 and were the top-ranked team in the state in the final Associated Press Division IV poll. Over the past quarter century, Archbishop Alter has averaged over 9 wins a season and will be making its 9th appearance in the state semifinals this evening.


The Wildcats finished 10th in the final state poll and are 11 and 2, having won their last 11 games. This is Kenton’s 6th appearance in the state final four, and the school’s third in the last four seasons.


WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Memorial Stadium in Sidney. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff for the Division IV state semifinal set for 7:30 p.m.


Beware Of Deer When Travelling

If you are travelling this Holiday Weekend, keep in mind you may encounter a deer on the roadway no matter where you may be travelling.


Hardin County Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, said there are times when they are more prevalent, "Most active during early morning hours, and right at dusk and after dark. Keep those things in mind if you're driving through rural areas, they can pop out at any time, and defiantly if you see one, you can expect others, so where there's one many times there's more."


Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said if you encounter a deer on the roadway, you has one suggestion, "Do not try to avoid the deer, because that is when people over compensate, and then they end up wrecking and doing more damage or injury themselves or someone else on the roadway. If a deer does run out in front of you, apply your brakes and stay straight and hit the deer."


Helping Hands Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner To Be Held Today

If you need someplace to go this Thanksgiving Day, Helping Hands Outreach will be holding their annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Kenton Eagles Lodge. The lodge is located on State Route 68 North of Kenton, and is free and open to everyone.


People can eat in, or carryout and Helping Hands said that anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the dinner will be welcome to do so.


The annual dinner will be held today from 11am-2pm.


Ohio Bill Seeks Extra Retail Pay On Thanksgiving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A lawmaker in Ohio wants retailers in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving - an effort that comes as Macy's is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day.
Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their families over holiday store hours that have expanded into the holiday.
State Rep. Mike Foley says his bill would allow employees to bow out of the holiday shift without sanctions. It comes after a federal complaint said Wal-Mart illegally fired workers protesting holiday working conditions last year.
Macy's, Wal-Mart and two dozen other major retailers open on Thanksgiving Day say consumers demand it. A spokesman says working the holiday is optional for Macy's employees this year. Those who work will be paid time-and-a-half.

 AP-WF-11-26-14 0615GMT


Snowflake lights in downtown Kenton


The City of Kenton put up the snowflake lights in and around downtown Kenton for the past couple of months in preparation for the Christmas season. The lights were a project of the Historic Downtown Kenton District. Last year, six lights were placed around the square area and this year, twelve additional lights were put up.


Kenton City workers Eric Lightner and Ellis Prater place the snowflake lights on poles around the square.


The lights at the Hardin County Courthouse will be lit tonight following the Kenton Lions Club Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 6:30PM.


Former Riverdale Teacher Sentenced Monday in Findlay

A former Riverdale teacher pleaded guilty to a second degree misdemeanor charge Monday in Findlay Municipal Court.

According to documents filed in the court, Barbara C. Williams pleaded guilty to one count of attempted child endangerment. She had been charged with a first degree misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Williams was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that was suspended on the condition she complete an anger management course.

The case dates back to May of this year, when surveillance cameras at the school captured Williams shoving 6 year old student Ian Nelson against a wall. She was suspended from her job and later resigned.


Man Facing Drug Charges Following Incident Monday Afternoon

A 25 year old Kenton man was arrested Monday following an incident that started at the Porterhouse gas on Lima Street.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the business around three Monday afternoon to investigate a report of a male allegedly threatening customers.

Upon arrival, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle was leaving the scene. Following a traffic stop, the operator of the car was found to be in possession of heroin.
Dustin Willison was taken into custody and is facing a charge of possession of heroin.


Kenton Business Broken Into Monday

A Kenton business was broken into early Monday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched just before two Monday morning to a report of an alarm at Murphy's USA. The alarm company advised that a window was broken at the business.

An unknown quantity of cigarettes was stolen, and the case is under investigation.


High Wind Gust Blamed For Semi Rollover

A Mt. Victory man escaped serious injury after his semi tractor trailer unit rolled over just before noon on Monday.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Norris Freedman was driving south on State Route 31, when a sudden high wind gust forced the unit into the northbound lane. The trailer went into the ditch, and the unit tipped over. Freedman was able to exit the vehicle without major help. He suffered several lacerations to his fingers, hands and on his head.

Osborn's Towing got the semi unit back onto its wheels and towed it from the scene.


Kenton City Council Hears First Reading of 2015 Budget

The Kenton City Council heard a first reading on the 2015 City Budget Monday night. 


The council finance committee presented the 2015 proposed Kenton City Budget to the overall council at the regular meeting Monday night. As reported previously on WKTN, the proposed budget projects revenues at $3633,562 for 2015, and a projected carryover of $803,000. The general fund request proposed is $3,736,852 in TOTAL appropriations which is $103,290 OVER projected revenues or 2.84% over budget.

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns expressed several concerns over the budget and where it may place the city financially in 2015.


"I really believe the revenue is a little low. Based on the last four years, I added the revenue from 2010 to 2013 come up to around 1.1 million dollars. Back in October, I think the Auditor mentioned that we'd have $740,000 in carry over and the following month it was raised up to $863,000 in carry over. If you average that out it comes up to around 1.1 million again. I wanted to mention that and I know we've talked to the finance committee about nuisance monies before but I do not agree with the money being taken out of the nuisance line item. We've done several homes and I do realize that finance said they will work with us over the next year but I think we've made some headway on nuisance properties and I'd like to continue doing that." said Mayor Manns.


Safety Service Director Jim Hites echoed Manns concerns in regards to the city streets department.The council heard a first reading of the proposed budget, and will be having two more readings prior to the last meeting of the year to hear comments or concerns.


To access a PDF of the 2015 Proposed Kenton City Budget, CLICK HERE.


Also at the meeting, the council passed a contract on fire protection with Buck and Pleasant Townships. Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue noted that the contract was a renewal of the contract from last year, and the council passed an ordinance authorizing the sale of the lots on South High Street, W. Walnut Street, and S. Leighton Street which the city purchased and raized. The city will soon be accepting bids on the sale of those lots.


The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 8th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


Fairboard To Receive Awards For Promotional Items

The Hardin County Fair will be receiving three awards during the Awards Breakfast Program at the Ohio Fair Manager's Annual Conference in January.

According to a release, six documents were entered in the medium fairs category with attendance being between 30,001 and 65,000.

The fairboard received first place for their billboard ad, first place for the promotional brochure and second place for the newspaper flyer.

The awards will be presented during the conference on January 11, 2015.


Ohio Gas Prices Down Heading Into Holiday Week




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices as they prepare to travel for Thanksgiving this week.


The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $ 2.74 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 13 cents from a week ago and a quarter from last month at this time. Last year's state average heading into the Thanksgiving holiday was $3.25 per gallon.


Ohio's average is lower than the national average, which was $2.81 per gallon Monday. That's 8 cents less than a week ago and 26 cents less than last month at this time.


Analysts say gas prices will likely remain low through the end of the year.






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


Minor Damage From Weekend Fire in Kenton

The Kenton Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 431 W. Franklin Street, Kenton, on Saturday at 3:07. 


According to a spokesman at the department, and a report from the Kenton Police Department, the fire was started when a 4 year old juvenile set his bedroom closet on fire while playing with a lighter. 


The fire was extinguished by the home's residents prior to the arrival of the fire department, and the damage was listed at five hundred dollars, primarily due to minor structural and smoke damage.


Wildcats Take on Archbishop Alter in State Semi-Final Matchup

The Kenton Wildcats will take on Archbishop Alter on Friday night in the state semifinals at Sidney’s Memorial Stadium. 



The Wildcats are 11 and 2 and won the Region 12 title when they defeated Wauseon 38 to 14 on Friday at Donnell Stadium in Findlay.

The Knights are a perfect 13 and 0 on the season after dispatching defending state champ Clinton-Massie 35 to 7 at Fighting Hornet Stadium in Monroe on Friday, taking the Region 14 title in the process.

The two storied programs will meet in the Division IV state semifinals Friday night at Memorial Stadium in Sidney.


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


Abatement Contract for Espy and Hardin Central awarded to Cleveland firm

At a special meeting of the Kenton School Board this morning, the board awarded a contract to SAFECO Environmental for the abatement of the Espy and Hardin Central School Buildings. The winning bid from the company came in to $355,995.00. The board noted that the bid from SAFECO came in at nearly half of the initial bid estimate.
Now that the contract has been awarded, the abatement process on the two buildings will begin at the beginning of December. The board said that the process would take around one month to complete and then the board will accept bids on the demolition of the two school buildings. At that time, commemorative bricks will also be made available to the public.
The deadline for completion on the entire abatement, demolition, and landscaping project to bring the properties to green space will be May 1st 2015.


Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony Scheduled Tuesday in Kenton



The Holiday Season in Kenton kicks off Tuesday evening November 25.


Activities get started at 6:30 that evening with the Annual Christmas Parade organized by the Kenton Lion's Club. President Judd Robinson said if you are participating in the parade, they are staging at St. John's Church this year, and he stresses safety first, "Being a nighttime parade, I've asked people if you're going to have small kids, put them in a truck or something. I want people to decorate floats. We've mentioned everyone that I talked to..lights, let's do a lot of lights this year. Santa Claus will be arriving with his sleigh towards the end of the parade."


After that, the lighting ceremony for the courthouse, snowflakes and downtown windows will be held. Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Downtown Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the window display has been in the planning stages for some time, "Definitely a year ago, we started purchasing things for the windows, and we got people on board for sponsorships, it's $500 to sponsor a window, and hey have been exteremly excited and can't wait to see the downtown full, and it's something definitely to create memories, so grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, moms and dads can bring their kids from November 25 till January 3 to look at the windows downtown."


Suffocating Defense Lifts Cats To Regional Title

The Kenton Wildcats forced six Wauseon turnovers en route to winning the Division IV, Region 12 title Friday by a 38-14 count at Donnell Stadium in Findlay.



The Cats (11-2) advance to the state semifinals next Friday, where they will take on Archbishop Alter at a site to be determined. The Indians end their season with a 12-1 mark.


Trevor Downing intercepted two passes for Kenton while Tristan Reichelderfer, Austin Buroker and Travis Downing each picked off one pass. Jake Hale also forced and recovered a fumble for the Cats.


Trent Hites threw for 407 yards and 3 touchdowns for Kenton. Kollin Stollar caught two TD passes and finished with 227 yards while Colyn Blackford finished with 108 yards receiving and one TD.


Hites also rushed for a TD while Reichelderfer returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Chris Deardorff rounded out the Kenton scoring by booting a 31-yard field goal.



Trevor Downing and Reichelderfer were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


WKTN will air next week's state semifinal game live from a site to be determined. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.


Friday Night Football Roundup

Division IV
Region 12
Kenton 38, Wauseon 14
Region 11
Cleveland Benedictine 35, Bay Village 7
Region 13
Steubenville 29, Columbus Beechcroft 21
Region 14
Kettering Archbishop Alter 35, Clinton-Massie 7 
Division III
Region 10
Trotwood-Madison 34, Wapakoneta 28 (4OT)
Division VI
Region 20
Tinora 17, Wynford 0
Region 22
Minster 35, West Liberty Salem 0


Three Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Michael K. Mullins was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay just over $1300 in restitution to Kenton Iron Products.


.Alex P. Madison was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of robbery.


.Jonathan Scott Howard was placed on one year community control on one count of sale of dangerous drugs.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Youth Gun Season Set For This Weekend



There are still more opportunities for deer hunters around Hardin County.

Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy said it starts with the always popular youth gun season this weekend, "And all youth hunters must be accompanied by a non hunting adult during the two day season, and no more than two youth hunters per non hunting adult. Then the big one, which is are traditional gun week. That will be December 1 to December 7, and then muzzleloader season, our traditional four day muzzleloader season, will be January 2 to January 5, 2015."

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


Hardin Leadership Graduates 2014 Class

The Hardin Leadership Class of 2014 Graduation Program was held last night at the Plaza Inn, in Mt. Victory. 


The 2014 Class of Hardin Leadership. Seated:  Amy Albert, Sue Thompson, Judy Scott, Kirstin Reams, Andrea Dicke, and Rhonda Crouse.
Standing:  Joshua Fleming, Kathy Schroeder, Valerie Wedertz, Samantha Gayheart, Jen Dal Polo, Sam Norris, Amy Newland, Vickie Roszman, Tony Hastings, Codee Morris, Andrew Flinn, Cathy Guinn, and Melissa Moore.


A Class Reflection was presented by Class Representative Kathy Schroeder and she reflected on aspects of leadership which the program covered over the past nine months.


"Being a leader doesn't necessarly mean that you hold an elected office or be in upper management in a big corporation. I think we can all be leaders in our own way. I think being a leader is a choice, and a choice that we can make every day. Being a leader could mean sticking up for someone who is being treated unfairly, it could mean having to resolve a disagreement between co-workers, it could be organizing meals to be taken to a family in need or serving on a church committee. Being a leader means to recognize a need, realize you can fill that need, and choose to step up and do it. And sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone." said Schroeder.


Graduation certificates were then presented to the Class of 2014:

.Valerie Wedertz
.Amy Albert
.Sue Thompson
.Rhonda Crouse
.Judy Scott
.Jen Dal Polo
.Kathy Schroeder
.Andrea Dicke
.Vickie Roszman
.Joshua Fleming
.Kirstin Reams
.Andrew Flinn
.Sam Norris
.Samantha Gayhart
.Amy Newland
.Cathy Guinn
.Codee Morris
.Tony Hastings
.Melissa Moore


Also not in attendenance but also recognized as graduates


.Jordan Clark
.Jamienne Scott


Kenton To Take On Wauseon For Regional Title Tonight

A regional title is at stake tonight at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium when the Kenton Wildcats take on Wauseon. 



The Indians are 12 and 0 on the season and were the 3rd seed in Region 12. Wauseon was ranked 5th in the final Associated Press state poll and earned a spot in tonight’s regional final by whipping Bellevue 34 to 12.

The Indians will be without star quarterback Zac Robinson, who has accounted for 38 touchdowns with his arm and legs this season, and will have to rely on a steady defense which gives up less than 8 points a game.


The Wildcats, winners of 10 straight games, finished 10th in the last AP state poll. The region’s fourth seed, Kenton is 10 and 2 after slipping past Triway 13 to 6 last week.


Tonight’s winner will earn the Region 12 title and get a spot in next week’s state semifinals against either Archbishop Alter or Clinton-Massie.


WKTN will carry the Division 4, Region 12 title game live tonight from Donnell Stadium in Findlay. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.


Vast Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Disagree with State Board of Education Proposal

Do you agree with a State Board of Education’s proposal to eliminate the mandate that elementary schools provide a certain number of teachers for art, music, PE, counselors, librarians, etc.?


Accoridng to our Vistitor Poll voters, 81% do not agree, while the remaining 19% agree with the State Board of Education.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Belle Center Man Injured in Wednesday Afternoon Crash

A Belle Center man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon on State Route 67 in McDonald Township.

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car being operated by 32 year old Eric Chamberlain travelled off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Chamberlain was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for failure to control.

The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, BMRT-EMS, Richland Fire and Lowery's Towing.


Car Spins Off Icy Road and Strikes Gas Meter

A West Mansfield man was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control following a crash late Wednesday morning.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 55 year old Dean Forsythe lost control of his car on the ice while travelling south on County Road 209. The car spun off the road and struck a meter belonging to Columbia Gas on the property of the Rhinehart United Methodist Church.


Moderate damage occurred to the car.


Forsythe was not injured.


Ag Hall of Fame to Induct New Members


Hardin County – The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2014 honorees, to be inducted at the twelfth annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet.  The 2014 inductees include: Edward Althauser, Eugene Haudenschield, Bruce McCullough, and J. Ray Parrott.  The banquet will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd, beginning at 6:30 pm at St. John’s United Church of Christ on East Carrol Street in Kenton.  The public is invited to come to honor these inductees and their families, and to recognize their many accomplishments.
The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry.   Gary Wilson will present the keynote address.  Gary recently retired as the Hancock County OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Currently Gary works with Pioneer Seeds, and is still involved with raising sheep on the family farm near Jenera.


Edward Althauser graduated from Kenton High School in 1937.  He has been a lifetime farmer with crop and livestock operations including a sizeable Jersey dairy herd, swine, sheep, chickens, and beef cattle.  From his early days of working as Secretary of the Hardin County Agricultural Society and at the Farm Bureau Livestock Auction, to later years of being active in Grange and Farm Bureau, Althauser has been truly interested in contributing what he could, while maintaining a thrifty farm and home.  Not only has he been a frequent exhibitor at the Hardin County Fair, but he has also helped his son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren show livestock at the fair.  Althauser was a delegate to the Ohio State Grange Convention, where he served as a committee chairman giving reports in front of the delegate body.  He has had several articles published in the Ohio State Grange Magazine.  Althauser is a member of both the Goshen and the Hardin County Pomona Grange, where he has served as Master of both organizations.  He was also the County Youth Director for the Pomona Grange. 


Althauser has served on the Hardin County Farm Bureau Board, was a member of the Hardin County Jersey Cattle Club, and is a charter member of the Kenton FFA chapter where he received the State Farmer Degree.  Althauser was a solicitor for contributions to the Grange-sponsored Community Fund Drive to national charities.  He is a 7th Degree member of the National Grange and served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.  Later on, he measured acreage for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), where he also served as a township committee member and was on the county Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) committee.  Althauser was Sunday School Superintendent at Salem United Church of Christ.  He was a member of the Marseilles Volunteer Fire Department and an original BKP EMT.  He is currently co-owner with his grandsons of a Hardin County Century Farm in Goshen Township.




Eugene Haudenschield graduated from Kenton High School in 1953, where he was president of the Kenton FFA chapter and captain of the football team, earning First Team-All State Honors.  Gene has been a farmer, sheep shearer, and a wool buyer.  He operated his farm and raised livestock.  He has worked for many farmers in Hardin County.  For over 60 years, Gene has been a sheep shearer and wool buyer for the sheep that he has shorn.  He has helped many other famers with their sheep, performing such tasks as dipping or worming sheep.  Gene has helped other farmers harvest their crops and has organized a sheep shearing contest at the Hardin County Fair for many years.  He has also helped many youth at the fair to prepare their lambs for the show.  Gene has sheared sheep for other people in Logan, Marion, Crawford, Allen, and Hancock Counties, as well as shearing out of state.  He has given shearing demonstrations at Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio to promote the sheep industry.


Haudenschield is a current Director of the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association.  He received a plaque from the Association for over fifty years of shearing sheep in Hardin County.  He has been both vice president and president of the Hardin Northern Band Boosters and has served on the Hardin Northern School Board.  He is a lifetime member of the Logan County Sheep Association.  He was president of the Sheep Shearers Association for many years and he received a plaque for his years of service.  Haudenschield is a member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and recently received a Proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives, signed by Robert Cole Sprang, for his dedication to agriculture throughout his life and for being a role model for young people.


Bruce McCullough graduated from Kenton High School in 1962.  As a youth he was active in 4-H, FFA, and attended Buckeye Boys State.  He received the FFA State Farmer Degree in 1963 while a student at The Ohio State University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1967.  He later earned his DVM in 1969, MS in 1971, and PhD in 1973.  Bruce was a resident of Hardin County for 21 years and currently resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  He is a board certified veterinary pathologist, and has worked in the area of veterinary pharmaceuticals.  His work at Schering-Plough Animal Health, which later became Merck Animal Health, was with the development and FDA registration for Nuflor (otherwise known as Florfenicol).  This antibiotic has benefited cattle producers in Hardin County and beyond.  Since its launch in 1996, Nuflor has gained several additional approvals.  Nuflor is now prescribed for not only bovine respiratory disease, but also foot rot.


As an employee of Shell Development Company, McCullough was involved with researching several new agri-chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) of value to agriculture.  Later in his career, he was involved principally with human pharmaceuticals as a global research and development manager.  Professionally, McCullough has presented numerous lectures to university students.  In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.  Internationally, McCullough has been recognized by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, Society of Toxicology, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.  Over his career, Bruce McCullough has mentored numerous younger colleagues who have went on to highly successful careers in industry and academia.




J. Ray Parrott graduated from Magnetic Springs High School.  He was a resident of Hardin County for 44 years before passing away in 1988.  He was a grain and dairy farmer, known for his Brown Swiss cattle.  He served on the Hardin County Fair Board and was the speed superintendent for 30 years.  The fair restarted in 1939 and built new buildings and facilities after World War II.  When it came time to design and build the race track, Parrott went back to the Delaware County Fair where he previously served on the board, and saw to it that the Hardin County track was built with the same design as the Little Brown Jug.  It was under his leadership that that the Little Brown Jug, one of the legs in the pacers’ triple crown was begun in 1947.  Parrott spent many hours year around to maintain and improve the race facilities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds where he was recognized for his efforts as the 1983 fair honoree.  He was well known statewide as a Brown Swiss breeder and was a past director and state president of the Brown Swiss Breeders Association.  He was one of eight men who helped organize and was a charter member of the Brown Swiss Futurity, a special show for two year old dairy cattle.  Parrott showed and judged cattle throughout the United States and for 22 years at the Ohio State Fair.


Parrott was a member of the Hardin County Trotting Club and the Dairy Service Unit.  He was elected for seven three-year terms to the Hardin County Fair Board.  His wife Opal traveled with him by car to California in 1922 where he worked in the central valley preparing land for production in what has to become a rich agricultural area.  Parrott was involved in growing popcorn and developing a market for it in the Delaware and Marion County areas.  This market later became the Wyandot Popcorn Company.  His involvement in the dairy industry allowed him to participate in a program where cattle were flown into Havana, Cuba where they were taken to be shown and sold.  Parrott also served on a committee which established a statewide 4-H program on Standardbred horses.  He was also active in the Hardin County Men’s Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent who made sure he got the milking done early so his family could attend church together.
Tickets for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are $12, and available at the Hardin County Extension office (419-674-2297), or from the committee members: Andrew Flinn, Robert McBride, John Messmer, Kerry Oberlitner, Paul Ralston, Don Spar, Luke Underwood, Robert Wood, and Mark Badertscher.


Slippery Roads Still Causing Problems Around Hardin County

Icy roads contributed to more accidents on Hardin County's roads Tuesday.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office handled up to nine reports of crashes throughout the county.

The most serious occurred in the 11,000 block of State Route 309 around 9:30 Tuesday morning. There were three vehicles involved in that crash that had that section of 309 closed for several hours. Only minor injuries were reported.

The complete report is not available at this time from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.


Boil water alert in Mt. Victory lifted

According to a release from Mt. Victory Village Administrator Dan Stuck, the boil water alert in the village has been lifted as of noon today.


The Marvelous Wonderettes to be staged this weekend

The Hardin County Players will present "The Marvelous Wonderettes!" this weekend.


"The Marvelous Wonderettes" From L to R: Vanessa Richards, Holly Layman, Julie Crowe and Lindsay Ault.


The show is a journey back in time to both 1958, and 1968. Cast member Holly Layman said that the show will feature four friends.


"The show this weekend, 'The Marvelous Wonderettes!' is about four high school friends who are in a singing group and they're performing at the 1958 Super Senior Prom. It also shows what happens at the ten year reunion in 1968." said Layman.


Also starring in the show with Layman is Vanessa Richards, Lindsay Ault, and Julie Crowe. The show is directed by Jonathan Byal and the music director is Sue Buroker. Layman said that the show will feature a number of songs that many people will remember.


"The show actually does not have any original music. It is all jukebox hits from the 1950s and the 1960s, so there are many songs that people will recognize, like 'Mr. Sandman' 'The Leader of the Pack' there's a lot of fun golden oldies in this show." said Layman.


The show will be presented at the Forbing Community Center, which is the building next to the Kenton Armory this weekend. Shows will be Friday November 23rd at 7pm, Saturday November 22nd at 1pm and 7pm and Sunday November 23rd at 1pm. Tickets are available at Jitterz Coffee Shop this week which can be purchased for $5.00. At the door, tickets will be $7.00, and there will be limited seating so people are encouraged to purchase tickets early.


Sears holds ribbon cutting

Pictured with the Hardin County Ambassadors are Kirk and Erica Berryman, owners of Sears.


KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Sears, 989 E. Columbus Street in Kenton, on Tuesday, November 19. Sears is under new ownership and management. The new owners are Kirk and Erica Berryman.


School delays and cancellations for Wednesday, November 19th

The following schools will be on two hour delays on Wednesday, November 19th.


Kenton City Schools (this was previously scheduled for a teacher inservice)


Ridgemont Schools, two hour delay plan B for preschool


Upper Scioto Valley Schools


Ada 2 hr delay


Ben Logan 2 hr delay


Riverdale 2 hr delay


Hardin Northern 2 hr delay


Upper Sandusky


Simon Kenton 1 hr delay


Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 open for walk ins only, no bus


Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay


McGuffey Head Start-walk ins only. Morning bus not running


Icy Roads Lead To Numerous Mishaps Around Hardin County

The area's first taste of winter caught motorists off guard Monday.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office handled a total of 24 accidents that occurred throughout the day and throughout the county.

One of the crashes occurred Monday morning on Township Road 180 where Sarah Brandyberry, of Belle Center lost control of her vehicle on the ice. The car travelled off the road and into the ditch where it overturned on its passenger side. The driver and a passenger were not injured.


Then Monday night, 68 year old Gary Cornell, of Kenton, encountered black ice while driving west on State Route 67. The vehicle ended up off the road where it struck a utility pole causing heavy damage. Cornell was not injured.


Ada Police Investigating Rash of Thefts

The Ada Police Department is investigating several thefts and an attempted theft on and near Ohio Northern University Property and including a break-in of the East of Chicago Restaurant on S. Main Street across from the university.


According to a pizza delivery driver, on Sunday, November 16th, around 11:30pm, while making a pizza delivery on campus, an unknown individual was able to enter his vehicle and stole a money bag.


On Monday, November 17th, shortly after midnight a female was approached while walking on campus and was approached by another female who demanded her wallet.  When the victim advised that she did not have any money the subject quickly fled the scene.  Although the subject advised that she had a knife, no weapon was observed.


On Monday, November 17th at approximately 2:00am unknown subjects entered the East of Chicago Restaurant on Main Street after breaking the glass on a rear door and were able to take an undisclosed amount of cash.


All three of these incidents are being investigated by the Ada Police Department and the public is requested to provide any information that they may have by calling 419-634-0010.


Finance Committee To Propose Budget

The Kenton City Council Finance Committee will present a budget proposal for 2015 at the next city council meeting.


At a meeting of the Kenton Council Finance Committee Monday evening, the council approved a budget proposal for 2015.


After many months of negotiations between the members of the council, and the city administration, the budget will account for several items. It projects revenues at $3,633,562 for 2015


The city will have a projected carryover of $803,000.

The General Fund expense request proposed is $3,736,852 in TOTAL appropriations, which is $103,290.00 OVER projected revenues or 2.84% over budget.


The budget does not include funds for a FULL TIME parks and rec director. (The position currently is a part time position, and will be in the 2015 budget)


The budget will not include increases for nuisance abatement, the hiring of summer mowers and an increase in street materials.

It will include a $25,000 transfer in funds to the Capital Project Fund to aid in future business development.

Any increase in revenues will be used to make up for the budget shortfall.


The budget shortfall for the city water fund is $9500.00 over projected revenues or .73%, and does not include any increase in employee pay due to ongoing AFSCME Union negotiations. The city sewer fund is projected to be $36,000 over budget or 1.67%, and also does not include any increase in employee pay due to ongoing AFSCME union negotiations. The members of the committee said that both funds will be reviewed after the beginning of the year.


The 2015 city budget proposal will be presented to the city council at the next council meeting.


United Way at 97%

The United Way has announced that they have reached 97% of goal for the campaign.


The total to date is at $202,731.53 with the divisions coming in as follows;


Agriculture is at &5,879.00


Special Gifts-$9,463.50


Professional- $6,545.50




Industry has came in at $144,090.78




FIRE- Finance, Insurance and Real Estate-$8,510.96


Government- $4,255.44


Special Events- $ 4,708.89


Out of County pledges are at $4,346.16.


The campaign runs to the end of December if anyone else would like to make a pledge to United Way.


Board Accepts Bid For Sale of Eastcrest Building

The Kenton School Board has approved a bid on the sale of the Eastcrest Building.



At the Kenton School Board meeting last night, the Kenton School Board approved a bid of $30,000.00 for the sale of the Eastcrest Building. The bid was submitted by the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. Other bids included one for $4000.00 from Russ Cahill for the property around the building, but not the building, a bid of $16,500 from Enoch Simon and a bid of $21.500 from Brad and Michelle Heckathorn. After meeting in executive session to review the bids, the board approved the request from Abundant Life.


Also at the meeting, the board heard from the various exchange students talk about their experiences as a part of the Kenton School District over the past year, they approved a number of volunteers, substitutes and coaches for the school, and approved a few teacher and staff resignations as well.


The Kenton School Board will meet in special session to review the abatement of the Hardin Central and Espy school buildings on November 24th at 8am. The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on December 15th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.


Tuesday Delays and Cancellations

Kenton 2 hr delay

USV Closed

Ridgemont 2 hr delay Plan B for Preschool

Riverdale Closed

Ada 2 hr delay

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

Upper Sandusky Closed


Simon Kenton/Harco Ind. Closed

Kenton First United Methodist Preschool 1/2 hr delay

Kenton Head start 1 and 3 no morning bus walk ins only

Forest Christian Preschol Closed

Forest Head start 1/2 hr delay no bus

McGuffey Head Start cancelled


Mt. Victory Church of Christ cancelling all activities at the Church tonight (Tuesday)

Goshen Grange cancelled for tonight

Boy Scout Troop #125 scheduled to meet tonight at Epworth Church is cancelled


Cynergy Dance Academy cancelled for tonight

Society Singers Practice for tonight cancelled

West Central Ohio Chapter of Compassionate Friends is cancelling their meeting tonight and rescheduling for Tuesday, November 25th


Ada woman killed in multiple car crash Monday morning.

An Ada woman was killed following a multiple vehicle accident near Ada this morning. Carla Dysert, age 56 of Ada was killed in the crash, and James Britt, age 30 also of Ada was injured in the accident.
According to information provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, around 9am Monday Britt was traveling eastbound on State Route 81 near Ada when he went left of center and struck the westbound vehicle driven by Dysert head on. A vehicle behind Dysert, driven by Kayla Dodds of Lima swerved to avoid the crash and was struck by the Britt vehicle as well. Dysert was pronounced dead at the scene and Britt was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for unknown injuries. Dodds was not injured.
Dysert was the mother of of Ada High School graduate Zac Dysert who was member of the Denver Broncos practice squad. Denver media reported that Dysert left the team on Monday.
The crash remains under investigation. 


First snowfall of the season hits Hardin County

The Hardin County Courthouse Monday morning.


Hardin County was hit by the first snowfall of the season late in the day on Sunday, and throughout early Monday morning. All together, around three to four inches of snow fell onto county roadways and city streets. The Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to several reports of cars being involved in crashes due to the snowy conditions, however none of the crashes were reported to have injuries.


Almost all Hardin County schools closed Monday morning due to snow conditions on the roadways as well. The county remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Monday.


School Cancellations And Delays

Kenton - Closed

Simon Kenton - Closed

USV - Closed

Ridgemont - Closed

Ada - Closed

Upper Sandusky - 2 hr delay

Riverdale - 2 hr delay

Ohio Hi Pt Career Center - Closed

Hardin Northern - Closed

Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start no bus service no morning pre school

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

Forest Head Start 1/2 hr delay no bus service

McGuffey Head start - Closed


Donnell Stadium To Host Regional Title Game Between Kenton And Wauseon

Donnell Stadium in Findlay will be the site of Friday's Division IV, Region 12 title game between the Kenton Wildcats and the Wauseon Indians.


The Indians are 12 and 0 on the season and are the region's 3rd seed. They advanced to the title game by routing Bellevue 34 to 12 on Friday.


The Wildcats finished 4th in the region and are 10 and 2 on the season after edging Triway 13 to 6 in their regional semifinal on Friday night.


WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff for the regional title game is set for 7:30 p.m.


Deer continue to cause issues on Hardin County roadways

Deer continue to cause issues with Hardin County motorists. In the past week, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has responded to over fifteen separate calls regarding motorists who have either struck deer on Hardin County roadways or have been involved in car/deer crashes.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart reminds motorists that deer are out and about late in the fall months, particularly when farmers are out in the fields harvesting.
“Every year, we see an uptick in car/deer crashes at this time of the year. We ask that motorists take it easy on roadways and not drive overly fast, as the deer tend to hang out along the roadways, and cause issues. If you wreck into a deer, call the sheriff’s office right away and don’t try to move the deer or the car as that could be unsafe.” said Everhart.


Kenton man arrested for heroin possession

A routine traffic stop led to a drug bust in the City of Kenton on Thursday. According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, while on patrol officers observed a vehicle which had failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Harding Avenue and Eliza St.


After initiating a traffic stop in the 300 block of Stonehenge Lane, officers found that the driver was in possession of heroin. The driver, identified on the day log as Joseph Hildreth of Kenton was taken into custody and charged with possession of heroin.


Ohio's Youth Deer-Gun Season is Nov. 22-23

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio’s 12th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season gives young hunters the opportunity to pursue the state’s most popular big-game animal on Nov. 22-23, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The youth deer-gun season is open to hunters with a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Youth hunters must be 17-years-old or younger at the time they purchase their youth hunting license.
Deer can be hunted with a shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger, specific straight-walled cartridge rifles and bows during these two days. Go to wildohio.gov for a complete list of legal straight-walled cartridge rifles.
All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license as well as a deer permit, and they must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all seasons. Youth hunters checked 6,645 deer during the 2013 season.
Youth hunters can commemorate their achievement with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov. Parents can upload a photo and type in the hunter’s information to personalize the certificate.
Deer bag limits are determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit. Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio, regardless of method of take or location.
Antlerless permit use was changed for the deer hunting seasons, and these permits are no longer valid in some counties. Antlerless permits are valid in the remaining counties until Nov. 30, the Sunday before the deer-gun season. Only one antlerless permit may be used per county, regardless of the bag limit.
Hunters are required to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill. Go to the Deer Hunting Resources page at wildohio.gov for more information about the game check process.
All other regularly scheduled hunting seasons will continue during the two-day youth deer season. All hunters (except waterfowl hunters) are required to wear hunter orange during this time. More information can be found in the 2014-2015 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations and at wildohio.gov.


Wildcats Advance To Regional Title Tilt With Win Over Triway

The Kenton Wildcats advanced to the Division IV, Region 12 championship game by defeating Triway 13-6 in semifinal action Friday at Ashland's Community Stadium.


The Cats (10-2) will take on Wauseon (12-0) on Friday at a site to be determined for the Region 12 title. The Indians defeated Bellevue 34-12 on Friday in the other regional semfinal.


Trent Hites threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns for Kenton, with Connor Jones and Colyn Blackford reeling in TD tosses.


Parker Carmichael threw for 398 yards and one touchdown for Triway. The Titans (11-1) outgained the Cats 406-348, but the Kenton defense caused five Triway turnovers and forced the Titans to turn the ball over on downs on five other possessions.


Jones and Blackford were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Friday Night Football Roundup

Division Four, Region Twelve Semi-Finals
Kenton 13, Wooster Triway 6
Wauseon 34, Bellevue 12
Division Four, Region Fourteen Semi-Finals
Clinton Massie 28, McNicholas 14
Kettering Alter 42, Cincinnati Wyoming 28
Division Three, Region Ten Semi-Finals
Wapakoneta 28, Tippecanoe 7
Division Six, Region Twenty Semi-Finals
Tinora 37, Spencerville 0
Wynford 25, Van Buren 15


Boil water advisory issued for Mt. Victory

A boil advisory is being issued parts of the Village of Mt. Victory. According to a release from Village Administrator Dan Stuck, the following sections of the village will be under an advisory because of a water service shut-off required for installation of a new 6” water main on E. Taylor Street.
This advisory will remain in effect until water samples are collected and tested by an independent laboratory.  You will be notified when the advisory is lifted by an announcement on WKTN radio.  
This advisory ONLY affects sections of the village on the east side. NO other sections of the village are affected by the advisory including the elementary school and South Main Street from Marion Street to the village limits.
Sections of the Village Affected by the Boil Advisory
East side of Main St from Marion Street to North Street
North and South Washington Street
North and South Hale Street
North and South Wheeler Street
East North Street
East Hale Street
East Marion Street
Boil Order Basics:
During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth.
The Village recommends that bottled water or water boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be used for hand washing
It is safe to shower or bathe in the water. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing
It is safe to wash clothes in the water
Use bottled water or boiled water to wash and rinse dishes
If you should have any questions, please the village office at (937) 354-2001.


Two sentenced in court.

Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office;


.Raymond Dwayne Goode was sentenced to thirty months in prison with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.


.Sherri Lee Gale was placed on five years of community control with conditions on one count of forgery.

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Kenton native makes waves in Nashville

Kenton High School graduate Heidi Burson has been making waves on the Nashville music scene recently. Burson talks about how she came to appreciate music, especially the R&B styles.



"Growing up the kind of music I listened to, especially with my father, there was an array of different artists that we would hear on the radio when we were in the car. I've always been drawn to old school R&B and Soul music, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, pretty much anyone who came through the Stacks Recording Studio during the Civil Rights Movement" said Burson.


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


Kenton travels to Ashland tonight to take on Wooster Triway

The Kenton Wildcats will meet a familiar foe tonight when they take on Triway in Division 4, Region 12 semifinal play in Ashland. 
Last year, the Wildcats drubbed the Titans in the regional semifinals, but this is a much more-experienced Triway team than the squad that lost to the Cats by 40 points in 2013. The Titans went undefeated in the regular season for the 1st time in school history and are 11 and 0 on the season. The region’s top seed, Triway averages well over 50 points a game.
The Wildcats, the region’s fourth seed, give up around 11 points a game, setting up a battle between the irresistible force and the immovable object. Kenton has won nine straight games and brings a 9 and 2 record into tonight’s game.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Community Stadium in Ashland. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff for the regional semifinal set for 7:30 p.m.


Trial postponed in Bucyrus murder case

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a defendant charged with killing four men found at their homes in the City of Bucyrus.
Forty-one-year-old Donald Hoffman's potential death penalty case was scheduled for trial Monday in Crawford County. The court clerk's office says the judge on Thursday rescheduled the trial for Jan. 20.

Hoffman has pleaded not guilty on 21 counts, including aggravated murder and robbery.
In court filings, his attorneys asked for more time to prepare for trial, saying the charges are serious, there's lots of evidence to review and they're still awaiting reports from defense experts.

A cororner found the bodies were beaten, strangled or both. Friends and relatives said at least some of them knew Hoffman.


Ada PD to present S.A.F.E.R. Award to two residents

Next Tuesday, November 18, 2014 the Ada Police Department will honor two Ada citizen’s with a S.A.F.E.R. (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) Award for their actions and assistance to an Ada Police Officer on October 18, 2014.

On that date an officer of the Ada Police Department was investigating a domestic issue just north of Ada on St. Rt. 235, having been reported by Larry Cheney of Ada.  Upon the officer’s arrival he found a male subject and female subject walking along St. Rt. 235.  The officer had dealt with the two people earlier in the day for the same issue.  
As the officer approached the male subject he refused to stop for the officer and when the officer attempted to stop the male, the male began to fight with the officer, both of whom landed in the ditch next to St. Rt. 235.  The male subject began hitting the officer and wrestled with the officer as he attempted to place handcuffs on the subject.
While the officer was struggling to get control of the subject an off-duty Ada Police Officer arrived on scene to give assistance.  The subject was still struggling with both officers when the initial caller, Larry Cheney decided to assist the officers.
At about the same time that Mr. Cheney began to assist officers a gentleman by the name of James Beckwith was driving by and noticed the struggle.  Mr. Beckwith exited his vehicle to assist officers who had now successfully cuffed the subject, although the subject continued to fight with officers and would not enter the cruiser.  Mr. Beckwith was able to assist officers in placing the subject into the cruiser.
Mr. Beckwith was also helpful when the girlfriend of the subject attempted to free the subject from the rear of the cruiser on two different occasions.
As a result of the initial call and the struggle that ensued Julian Barraza and Amanda Kindle were transported to the Multi-County Jail where Barraza was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Kindle was charged with Obstruction.
The Ada Police Department publically thanks Mr. Cheney and Mr. Beckwith for their valuable assistance to our officers; Ada is a SAFER Community because of their actions.


Hardin County saw below average rainfall during growing season

Hardin County - With the help of fifteen volunteer rainfall reporters, the Hardin County Extension office has collected unofficial township rainfall data for the past twenty-two consecutive years.  This year, a cool and rainy planting season started off the growing season.  Although some corn was planted in early May, rains spread planting season through the end of June and into July for soybeans.
Because of the wet soils and cool temperatures, root systems were slow to develop, slowing the intake of nutrients to the plants.  Many fields in the county were saturated in the early stages of growth, requiring replanting of some areas.  July and August were drier months, giving crops a chance to grow with moisture accumulated in the soil.  Lower amounts of rain in the summer months had adverse effect on crop growth in some areas, but also held back disease and insect pressure.  Hail damage also set back crops in part of the county.
During the growing season, from April 15 through October 15, average rainfall was 21.04 inches.  This is 2.82 inches below the ten-year average growing season precipitation, and 3.39 less inches of rain than last year’s growing season.  Harvest came later this year, with several corn acres still remaining to be harvested along with a few soybean fields.  Shelling of corn has been steady in the past couple of weeks as farmers work to get the grain in the bin.
Crop yields have been variable, depending on the area rainfall, date of planting and other factors.  Some yields varying greatly in fields, bringing in lower than expected bushels with lower crop prices than a year ago.  Fall planting of winter wheat has emerged with good stands.  Because of the late soybean harvest, some intended wheat acres were either planted later than normal or not planted at all.  There has been a large amount of fall tillage in the county, in between days that otherwise allowed for good harvest progress.
The most rainfall recorded during the growing season was 25.16 inches in Liberty Township by Phil Epley.  Blanchard Township was close behind with 25.13 inches as reported by Crop Production Services.  The least amount of rain was recorded in Buck Township by Heritage Cooperative (Kenton), with 17.69 inches for the season.  A range of 7.47 inches in rainfall accumulation from high to low across the county is an indication of the variability in rainfall throughout Hardin County in 2014.

Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for October 1-15, 2014 (recorded in inches)






Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2014)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services



Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton



Cessna Township

Steve Lowery



Dudley Township

Dale Rapp



Goshen Township

Brien Bros. Farm



Hale Township

Tim Ramsey



Jackson Township

Jim McVitty



Liberty Township

Phil Epley



Lynn Township

Jan Layman



Marion Township

Mark Lowery



McDonald Township

Jerry Stout    



Pleasant Township

Robert McBride



Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager



Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply



Washington Township

Randy Preston









Richwood man to be sentenced today in prison homicide

URBANA, Ohio (AP) - A judge is ready to sentence a man in the death of a central Ohio child rape suspect who died after a jail assault.
A report by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office says inmate David Piersol was the victim of an assault on April 5 at Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg and died a few days later.
Defendant Zachary Butler, of Richwood, pleaded guilty last month to one count of reckless homicide and one count of tampering with evidence.  He faces six years in prison at his Wednesday sentencing.
While Butler's family has said other inmates forced him to attack Piersol, Champaign County prosecutor Kevin Talebi says no other charges are expected.
A message was left with Piersol's attorney.


State school board considers policy change which could eliminate elementary programs.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A proposed change in an Ohio schools policy that could open the door for elimination of art, gym and other classes is causing controversy.
A State Board of Education committee this week approved a change in administrative code that requires districts to have certain number of elementary art, music and physical education teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers and visiting teachers.
The proposed change eliminates a mandate that schools must have five of eight of those positions per 1,000 students. Some fear the change would allow elementary schools to do away with those classes and support staff.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that critics voiced their opposition to the proposed policy change at a board meeting Tuesday. A final vote on it won't happen until March.


Results From Weekly Visitors Poll

The majority of our viewers believe that gridlock will continue after Republicans take control of congress. In the results from our Kenton Today.com poll from last week, 116 voters believe that the congressional gridlock will continue under the new congress, and 30 voters believe that things will improve. 
Be sure to check out the new poll question for this week; do you agree with the State Board of Education’s decision to eliminate the mandate that elementary schools provide a certain number of art, music, PE, counselors, librarians, etc.?
Let us know what you think by going to www.kentontoday.com and vote in the weekly visitors’ poll.


Kenton Schools Posts Legal Notice For Intent To Sell Eastcrest

The Kenton City Schools have announced that they are seeking private bids on the sale of the Eastcrest School Building.



After a public auction held in October, in which the Kenton School received the minimum bid of $5000.00 for Eastcrest, submitted by the Abundant Life Church, the school board voted to reject the bid, citing a difference in the bid proposal between Eastcrest and Westview. (Westview sold for $30,000.)


According to the guidelines, this meant that the district would have to then have to go to a private sale for the structure and land that the school building sets on.


The Kenton Schools posted on their website Monday afternoon their intent to solicit private bids for the property. According to the posting;


No acceptable bids were obtained at the auction, and the Board is now soliciting proposals for the private sale of the property.
Proposals must state the name of the party making the offer to purchase the property, the amount of the proposed purchase price, the date of the offer, the date through which the offer is open for acceptance, and the intended use of the property. Offers may be presented on a form of purchase contract selected by the offeror or on a form of purchase and sale agreement provided by the Board. The Board is not obligated to accept any offer and may reject any or all proposals.
To be considered, offers must be received by Friday, November 14, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.
The sale of the property will include permanent improvements on the land and certain movable equipment, furniture, and other furnishings, trade fixtures, and other personalty located within or affixed to the building.
For more information on the sale of Eastcrest, view the posting here, on the schools website or contact the Kenton City Schools Administration Offices.


City budget talks continue

Budget talks between the city administration and the Kenton City Council continue. 

At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday evening, Brian Hattery from the Finance Committee gave a report to the council in which he detailed budget talks. At a meeting of the finance committee, the committee members reviewed a budget proposal from councilman Brian Hattery which brought the budget deficit down to around $75,000.00. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns reviewed the proposal and proposed a budget with a deficit of $110,000 which included funds for a full time Parks and Rec Director, increased funds in the streets department, and lowering workers compensation by 2%. The finance committee reviewed the proposal and said it would continue to work with the Mayor's office to present a budget by the next council meeting.


The administration also noted that it has not heard back from some of the unions in their negotiations as the unions were waiting to see what the council would pass in its budget. Councilman Hattery, and other members of the council indicated that they would not be open to approving salary adjustments retroactively in the next year, so if the unions wanted to discuss any changes to the contract, they needed to get it done before the next budget was approved.


Also at the meeting, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance President Jon Cross gave the council an update on projects that the chamber was working on. In discussing the projects, Cross impressed upon the council member the importance of setting aside funds to provide incentives to companies thinking about expanding in Kenton.


"When we have these deals and projects come through, at the bottom of the agreement they ask 'what is your city incentive, what is your county incentive?' and I don't want to keep putting N/A in there. [Not available] We hope, in the next many years that the mayor's office, and the county commissioners will continue to set money aside for a warchest of sorts. If you put aside $5000, $10,000, $25,000, you make the number up and start building reserve funds when we have projects coming through, we can offer incentives. We can say in addition to tax abatements we might be able to do up to twenty-five, fifty or one hundred thousand dollars in matching funds. Anything that we can do to give ourselves a slight advantage over, sometimes, twenty different locations that get submitted. It isn't easy to be in your shoes during these budget negotiations, it's not easy to set aside money that can go to pay for an extra this or that, but at some point we have to make a tough decision to start setting aside dollars because if we don't the expectations of landing more businesses only get tougher." said Cross.


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


Kenton man killed by fallen tree

A Kenton man was killed on Sunday after being struck by a falling tree. According to information provided by the Hardin County Sheriff's office, Jeff Vermillion was struck by a falling tree around noon on Sunday on near county road 179. According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Vermillion was transported but later died at the hospital. No further details were made available.


Christmas Around The Square Held Saturday

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announced the 28th annual Christmas Around the Square event was a big success. The courthouse was filled with craft and gift vendors on all three floors. The annual auction featured thirty unique baskets which were donated by Alliance member businesses. Over $4,900 was raised during the event.



The highest bid received during this year’s auction was $675 for “Home for the Holidays” donated by the Ladies of the Alliance and purchased by Robinson Fin Machines.



The annual auction is a fundraiser sponsored by the Alliance with proceeds benefiting the Alliance’s efforts to promote economic growth, business development and retention, tourism, and downtown revitalization in Hardin County.


Wildcats Heading To Ashland To Meet Triway

The Kenton Wildcats will travel to Ashland to take on Triway in Division 4, Region 12 semifinal action Friday night.


The Titans are the top seed in the region and come in at 11-0. Triway is powered by a high-octane passing attack, led by Parker Carmichael. During Triway's 42-7 win over Galion on Friday, Carmichael passed Ada's Zac Dysert for third on the Ohio High School Athletic Association's list for career passing yards.


The Wildcats are the region's fourth seed and have won nine straight games. The Cats are 9-2 on the season after Friday's 49-14 win over Port Clinton.


WKTN will carry the game live Friday from Ashland High School's Community Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Drivers Escape Injury in Friday Afternoon Crash

A crash damaged two vehicles Friday afternoon at the intersection of Main and Ohio Streets.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 71 year old William Brooks, of Kenton, drove from Ohio onto Main Street, and his vehicle was struck by a southbound truck being operated by 62 year old John Guthrie, of Lima.

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. There were no injuries, and Brooks was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Area FFA Team Won The National FFA Agronomy Skills Contest

(L-R) Team Coach Jared Evans, Seniors Taylor Bahan and Maggie Hall, and Juniors Madi Shawver and Kiersten McMahon


An area FFA team won the National FFA Agronomy Skills Contest at the National FFA Convention last week.  


North Union High School, located in Richwood Ohio, has been known for many things over the years. It was the filming location for the feature "Gibsonburg" and the school has also won several sports tournaments over the years. The school is also home to an active FFA Chapter, where last week, for the second year in a row, the chapter won the National FFA Agronomy Contest at the National FFA Convention.


Juniors Madi Shawver and Kiersten McMahon, and Seniors Taylor Bahan and Maggie Hall participated in the contest where members were tested on many diverse aspects of agriculture science and engineering, as Senior Taylor Bahan explained.


"You have to identify machinery, plants, seeds, insects, diseases, you have to judge soil and place vegatables and hay. Then they give you a diognostic clinic where they give you an issue and you have to solve that issue. There's also grain grading and a fifty question test. There's a lot involved." said Bahan.


The contest itself, which took place during one full day of the convention, tested the students on their ability to score, calculate and plot a sceinero of agricultural practices. Students needed to identify plant types, herbicides, application procedures and costs associated. And together together as a team, put together a three year crop rotation plan for a hypothetical field plot. A process which team member Kierston McMahon said was a challenge at times.


"There were times when we all got along and there were times when we all hated each other. I learned how to get through that challenge and get through that work as a team, which can be very challenging at times depending on the circumstances." said McMahon.


At the end of the contest, the participants were graded individually as well as overall team grades. Bahon placed third in the contest, Shawver 6th, McMahon 7th and Hall received a Gold rating. Shawver and Bahan said that the moment it was announced that North Union placed first in the nation was particularly memorable.


"And then they announced the second place team and it wasn't us. Taylor and I immeditely started crying and Kierston and Maggie just sat there and looked at us. We were kind of in shock because we didn't expect to win, and we didn't want to expect us to win because we didn't want to be sad when we didn't. But then it was announced and we were just shocked. We cried because we were so proud of ourselves in that we got to represent Ohio and bring home a win." said Shawver and Bahan.


And the members also noted that they learned much through the process which they hope to use in their futures.


"I also learned how to work as a team and together. Because there were many times when we just were screaming at each other because we were so frustrated. I feel that's the biggest takeaway. How to work with others and to stay patient and calm through the process." said Hall.


The North Union FFA Agronomy Team was coached by Jared Evans and the North Union FFA Chapter Advisor is Tom Jollif.


Most Have Started Christmas Shopping Or Soon Will

It may be three weeks before Thanksgiving, but a lot of people are in the mood for Christmas shopping.


According to the results from our Visitor Poll question, 51% have already started shopping.


Believe it or not, 6% said they have already finished their shopping.  Another 29% will start soon.


8% plan to start on Black Friday, and 6% are waiting until Christmas Eve.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Friday Night Football Scores

Division 4, Region 12
Kenton 49, Port Clinton 14
Wooster Triway 42, Galion 9
Wauseon 9, Genoa 7
Division 2, Region 6
Harrison 37, Lima Senior 36
Division 3, Region 10
Wapakoneta 49, Talawanda 14
Bellebrook 18, Bellefontaine 13
Division 6, Region 20
Wynford 29, Delphos Jefferson 12
Spencerville 36, Crestview 7
Division 6, Region 22
Versailles 34, Miami East 27
Minster 42, Mechanicsburg 41 (2-OT)
West Liberty-Salem 29, Cincinnati Country Day 7


Wildcats Romp Past Redskins In Playoff Opener

The Kenton Wildcats rolled past Port Clinton 49-14 in Division IV, Region 12 quarterfinal action Friday night at Robinson Field.



The Wildcats improve to 9-2 and will take on Triway on Friday in regional semifinal action. The Redskins end their season at 7-4.


The Cats scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions en route to the victory. They outgained Port Clinton 559-321 for the game behind 523 yards passing from Trent Hites.


Hites threw six touchdown passes - five to Kollin Stollar - and rushed for a touchdown. Stollar caught eight passes for 225 yards and the handful of TDs while Colyn Blackford finished with 11 catches for 157 yards and a score.



Hites and Stollar were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


The Cats will be back in action next Friday against Triway at a site to be determined. WKTN will have all the action, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Pregame is set for 7:30 p.m.


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court




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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Sebastian E. Caudill was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on one count each of burglary and theft.


.Amie Pham was sentenced to 76 days local incarceration on a first degree misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

She was given credit for time served of 76 days.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Authorities Investigating NW Ohio Plane Crash

GROVER HILL, Ohio (AP) - Officials in northwest Ohio are investigating a small plane crash believed to have been fatal for all on board.


The Paulding County Sheriff's office confirmed that a crash involving a single-engine plane occurred around 6 p.m. Thursday in an open field near Grover Hill in Paulding County.


A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the plane was on approach to land about 23 miles away in Findlay.


Witnesses reported flames visible from the plane before it crashed in the field. The sheriff's office says 911 callers reported a possible explosion.


Authorities said no one was transported to hospitals for injuries. The number of people on board was not immediately released, and the county coroner had been called.


Officials are still investigating the crash.


Hospice Holding Annual Memorial Service



Hardin County Hospice will hold its 26th Annual Memorial Service this Sunday.


Hospice Chaplain Chantel Cornell said it will be held starting at three this Sunday afternoon and the First United Methodist Church in Kenton, "It recognizes the patients we lost in the year, and it's to honor them and bring the families together to be able to come together and grieve. They say that when two people grieve, and if you bring it together and you share grief, then it's grief halfed, and so it's a great time for families to come together and be with other families that are grieving as well."


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


Kenton Kicks-Off Post Season Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats begin postseason play tonight when they take on Port Clinton at Robinson Field.


Port Clinton finished 7 and 3 in the regular season, and those seven victories were the most wins for the school since 1979. The Redskins placed 5th in the final Division IV, Region 12 computer ratings, which was good enough to earn the school its first-ever trip to the playoffs and a date tonight with the Wildcats.

While this is Port Clinton’s first foray into the postseason, Kenton has become accustomed to playing into November. This will be the school’s 11th postseason appearance – all of which have come since 1998 – and its fifth in the last six years. The Cats, winners of their last eight games, are 8 and 2 and earned tonight’s home game by virtue of their 4th-place finish in Region 12.


WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s regional quarterfinal game live from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


Also Due to the large number of Port Clinton band buses coming to the game, the parking lot behind the south end of the field will be closed


Ada Church Project Right on Schedule

The 113 year old church in Ada was destroyed by fire in February of 2012. Now standing in its place is the newly designed building.



The Chairman of the Building Committee, Robert McCurdy, said the projec is right on schdule with the exterior just about completed, "We've gor some stone work to finish up this week. We're pouring sidewalks, and we've got a few windowns, including the two stained glass windows that have to be installed yet, and then the inside will all be the main effort for the next couple of months."

He said they've had some bump in the road during the construction project, including heavy rain that hit the Ada area back in August of this year, "We took over four inches in less than an hour, and just because of where we were at that point most of that water went into the basement, and damaged some of the mechanical equipment that had been put in there before the concrete floor was poured on the first level."

He said insurance did not cover the damage, but they were able to partner with the constrctor and sub-contractor to reduse the cost. McCurdy said now that the new building is taking shape, the positive comments are pouring in, "It's almost to the point were you expect just on a daily basis, because you get so many positive remarks every day, and most of those quite frankly come from the community, not people from the church. I think those of us in the church have started to take what we have for granted, I know you should never do that, but I think the community is still sort of pinhing themselves that the community is fortunate enough to have a building this size and scope grace the entrance to the downtown from the north."

They hope to take possession of the building in February 2015, which would be three years after the devasting fire that destroyed the old structure.


PTO Announces Winners of Successful Fundraiser

Kenton Elementary PTO held their first fall fundraiser.


The PTO would like to thank those who bought or sold tickets for making it a huge success!


Congratulations to the following raffle drawing winners:


1. John Taylor


2. Laura Fish


3. Scott Bodey


4. Charlene Beideschies


5. Alex Haushalter


6. Christine Hooe


7. Jason Ainsworth


8. Burl Helton


9. Alyssa Johnston


10. Matt Manns


The PTO would also like to thank the Beideschies for donating half of their winnings back to the PTO!


Kenton Elementary PTO meets the third Wednesday of every month at 3:34 at the Elementary Building.


Inmate Gets 5 More Years For Ohio Prison Escape

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A man who fled an Ohio prison with a convicted school shooter and another inmate has pleaded guilty to escape and been sentenced to five more years behind bars.


Forty-five-year-old Clifford Opperud was sentenced Wednesday in Allen County court. He's already serving time for robbery, burglary and kidnapping.


His attorney confirmed the case is resolved and didn't have additional comment.


Authorities say Opperud, 20-year-old Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane and another inmate escaped a Lima prison on Sept. 11 by scaling a fence in a recreation yard. They were caught within hours.


The prosecutor said Lane wasn't charged with escape because his victims' families didn't want him to have an opportunity to mock them again.


The third inmate also won't be charged. He's already serving a life sentence.


Cats Finish in Top 10 of Final AP Poll

 The Kenton Wildcats finished 10th in the final Associated Press state poll.


On the strength of their 8th straight win on Friday – a 34 to nothing white-washing of Defiance- the Wildcats moved into the Associated Press top 10 for the first time this season. The Cats were 15th in last week’s Division IV AP state poll and moved up five spots in the final rankings, which were released this week.

Kettering Archbishop Alter finished first in the Division IV rankings, followed by Clinton-Massie, Triway, Benedictine and Wauseon. McNicholas came in sixth, followed by Beechcroft, Marion-Franklin, Crestwood and Kenton.


Kenton is one of three Western Buckeye League teams to appear in the final AP rankings. League champion Wapakoneta finished third in Division III while Ottawa-Glandorf placed 14th in Division V.


Other ranked teams of interest in the final state poll include Coldwater, Liberty-Benton and Pleasant in Division V - those schools finished second, third and fourth, respectively - while Arlington placed 7th in Division VII while McComb was 10th.


The poll champions in each division were Hudson in Division I, Perrysburg in Division II, Hubbard in Division III, Archbishop Alter in Division IV, Canton Central Catholic in Division V, Kirtland in Division VI and Marion Local in Division VII.


The Wildcats, who went 8-2 in the regular season and were the runners-up in the Western Buckeye League, will host Port Clinton in opening round playoff action Friday at Robinson Field. Presale tickets for the game will be on sale at Kenton High School from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.


WKTN will carry the game live on Friday, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


UNOFFICIAL Results from the 2014 Hardin County General Election

These are the UNOFFICIAL returns from the Hardin County General Election. The results are from the money issues.
Forest Jackson Library
417 In Favor of the Levy
117 Against the Levy
Tri-Rivers Tax Levy
3 In Favor of the Levy
11 Against the Levy
Ada Ambulance District
957 In Favor of the Levy
313 Against the Levy
BKP Ambulance District
1818 In Favor of the Levy
950 Against the Levy
Southeast Fire District
Hardin County:
266 In Favor of the Levy
272 Against the Levy
With Union County, the levy passed 396 in favor, 363 against
Hardin County Sheriff Office
3998 In Favor of the Levy
2507 Against the Levy
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart was appreciative of the support from Hardin County voters, "They've always been very supportive of the office of Sheriff in this county. I would like to thank the staff of the Sheriff's Office, because of them and the things they they're doing, the positive outreaches that we're doing in the county I believe would be why the residents have supported us, and I just want to say a big thank you to all the voters, and we'll make you proud."
Ada Pool Levy
441 In Favor of the Levy
283 Against the Levy
Blanchard Township Levy
155 In Favor of the Levy
209 Against the Levy
Jackson Township Fire Levy
308 In Favor of the Levy
181 Against the Levy
Liberty Tax Levy
665 In Favor of the Levy
584 Against the Levy
Liberty Park
782 In Favor of the Levy
475 Against the Levy
Pleasant Township
379 In Favor of the Levy
120 Against the Levy
Local Option
274 In Favor
213 Against


Finance Committee Proposes Cuts For 2015 Budget

The process for forming the 2015 budget for the City of Kenton continues.  


The Kenton City Council Finance committee met Monday evening to discuss several items, and particularly the projections for the 2015 Kenton City Budget. Over the course of this process, the city was presented with a budget proposal from the administration which was around $300,000 over projected revenues. Councilman Brian Hattery said that he took the proposals and found other potential cuts to the budget which would bring the deficit to around $72,666.00 over projected revenues.


Speaking for the administration, Safety Service Director Jim Hites took exception to some of the cuts, in particular cuts to his own salary, the lack of a full time Parks & Rec Director, as well as many of the departments under his jurisdiction. The members of the finance committee noted that the budget deficit needed to be cut significantly as the committee could not accept, let alone recommend, a budget proposal to the council with a $300,000.00 deficit, regardless of any potential changes in revenues in the next year. Hites said that he and the Mayor would review the committee's suggestions for changes to hopefully come to an agreement in the next week or so.


Councilman Hattery said that the committee wants to be able to present a budget to begin the approval process at the end of the month.


Also at the meeting, the committee approved a revised estimate on the State Auditors Performance Audit. The original scope of the audit would cost the city over $60,000. The auditors paired down the scope of the audit to over only the Police, Fire and Streets Departments and look at staffing and Operations. The revised costs came to $35,000, and the committee voted to present the recommendations to the rest of the council.


Money Issues on Ballot Around Hardin County Today

Voters will be deciding the fate of several money issues around Hardin County today.


There is one county wide money issue, that is the Hardin County Sheriff one mill renewal levy on the ballot.


Other issues are:


.Blanchard Township additional for current expenses.


.Ada Liberty Joint Ambulance District, renewal levy.


.The Park District if Liberty Township replacement levy.


.Liberty Township replacement levy for current expenses.


.BKP one mill renewal levy.


.Pleasant Township, renewal for fire protection and emergency medical services.


.Village of Ada, seeking continuation of existing .15% income tax levy for the purpose of swimming pool repairs, maintenance, operations and improvements.


.Jackson Township fire levy, additional tax.


.Forest-Jackson Public Library renewal levy.


.Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District additional tax.


The polls close at 7:30 tonight and live Election Night coverage starts at 8 on WKTN.


School Board accepts bid for Wesview, Rejects bid for Eastcrest

The Kenton School Board accepted the bid for the Westview School Building and rejected a bid for the Eastcrest School Building.


The Eastcrest Building


At a special meeting of the Kenton School Board Monday morning, the board reviewed submitted bids for the two school buildings. A couple of weeks ago, the board took a bid for the Westview Building from Todd Smith for $30,000.00 and took a bid for Eastcrest from Abundant Life Church for the minimum bid of $5000.00.


The Westview Building


The board reviewed both bids and accepted the bid for Westview, and rejected the bid for Eastcrest. Board members Tom Brim, Russ Blue and Mark McCullough explained their reasoning.


"In my earlier comments I thought that selling that building at $5000.00 was a giveaway. And as long as it helped the community and the people who bought it had the means to operate it, I didn't have a real problem. But there's a third piece to it in does it adversly affect the school district. Based on that, I think there might a chance that it might impact the school negatively. I'll vote no for that reason and I'm getting some imput from people on the street that think that's too low of a price and they thought it was a ridiculous price. So I'm on the record as not supporting it" said Brim.
"When you compare the two buildings, they're the same. I really feel we should not take less for Eastcrest than we did for Westview." said Blue.
"I would agree with that. I mean, they're almost equal buildings. Built at the same time. They pretty much set their own values" said McCullough.

All board members except for Mark Watkins voted to reject the bid. The board then directed the Superintendent to contract with a realtor on exploring other options on the sale of Eastcrest.


Active Parenting Program Offered By Extension Office

The Active Parenting Now in 3 program will be held this month.


The acclaimed program is sponsored by Hardin County OSU Extension, Hardin County YMCA and Ohio Children Trust Funds.


The three session workshops will be held November 7, 14 and 21 from 9:30-11:30 those Friday mornings at the YMCA in Kenton.


The program is free and open to all interested parents, adults and caregivers of children. Free child care will be provided at the Y for parents who are registered and attend the program.


Contact Kathy Oliver at 419-674-2297 to register or for more information. You can also register by e-mail oliver.1osu.edu.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Open House 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.


Pre-Sale Playoff Tickets Go On Sale

Pre-sale tickets for the Kenton football playoff game at Robinson Field Friday night will go on sale Tuesday for Season Ticket holders only from 4 to 6pm.


Tickets go on sale to the General Public Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 and Friday from 9-3 at the Kenton High School.


Ohio Gas Prices Remain Below $3 Per Gallon

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


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.95 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a penny from a week ago but is about 31 cents cheaper than at this time last year.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Toledo area has the lowest average at about $2.92 per gallon.


The national average was $2.98 Monday. That's 6 cents less than a week ago and about 37 cents less than a year ago at this time.


AAA expects gas prices to remain low through the end of the year.






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


Wildcats To Host Port Clinton In Playoff Opener

The Kenton Wildcats will begin postseason play at Robinson Field on Friday night.


The Wildcats will meet Port Clinton in Division 4, Region 12 quarterfinal action. The Cats finished the regular season with an 8-2 mark and earned the region's 4th seed while the Redskins went 8-3, good enough for 5th in Region 12.


The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Robinson Field. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m.


In other Region 12 matchups on Friday, top-seeded Triway hosts 8th-seeded Galion; Bellevue, the region's 2nd seed, entertains 7th-seeded Keystone; and Genoa, the 6th seed, makes the trip to Wauseon to meet the 3rd-seeded Indians.


Kenton was the only county school to qualify for the postseason and was one of two Western Buckeye League teams to advance to the playoffs. League champion Wapakoneta is the top seed in Division 3, Region 10 and will host Talawanda on Friday night. Ottawa-Glandorf went 8-2 and finished 9th in the Division 5, Region 16 computer ratings, missing the postseason by three-tenths of a point.


Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 6 will play on Friday night while Divisions 1, 5 and 7 will play on Saturday.


Morrison, Mauk Come Up Big On The Gridiron

Two Kenton graduates had big nights on the college gridiron this weekend.


On Friday night, Max Morrison finished with a game-high 57 yards receiving as the Cincinnati Bearcats defeated Tulane 38 to 14. Morrison caught five balls, including a 5-yard touchdown pass. For the season, Morrison has caught 31 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns to help the Bearcats to a 5 and 3 record.


On Saturday afternoon, Maty Mauk used his arm and his legs to lead the Missouri Tigers to a 20 to 10 win over Kentucky. Mauk threw for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns - giving him 18 TD throws for the year - and added a team-best 75 yards on the ground for the Tigers, who are 7 and 2 in 2014.


Morrison and Mauk are two of 10 Kenton High School graduates who are on college football rosters this season.


Majority of Parents Inspect Halloween Candy

By a wide margin, parents inspect their child's Halloween candy.


The results of the Visitor Poll question show 82% of those voting said yes they do inspect the candy. Only 18% of the parents said they do not inspect the candy before their child consumes it.


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