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Former OSU Drum Major Arraigned On Rape, Kidnapping Charges

(Used by permission of NBC4i -Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio - A former Drum Major at Ohio State University, Christopher Stewart Kitchen was issued a $200,000 bond by a judge Thursday.




Court documents showed Kitchen allegedly raped the victim after refusing to take her home April 15.


Kitchen is facing felony rape and kidnapping charges.


Kitchen was the Ohio State University Drum Major from 2006 to 2007, and an OSU article from 2014 names him the drum major instructor for the Ohio State University Marching Band.


He is listed on the OSU website as an employee with the school of music.


Investigators Seek Public's Assistance in Solving Hardin County Fire

The Division of State Fire Marshal is seeking information from the public regarding a fire that was intentionally set.  Investigators have ruled a barn fire at 13587 County Road 200 in Ridgeway as arson.


The fire occurred around 11:52 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  The Richland Township Fire Department responded to the scene.


The investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Richland Township Fire Department.


A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fire.


“It’s important that if you heard or saw something out of the ordinary, you let investigators know,” said State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers. “That one tip could allow investigators to solve the case.”


Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728 or the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 673-1268.


Former Kenton Band Member Facing Rape Charge

A former Kenton student and current OSU employee is facing serious charges today.                                                                      


Stewart Kitchen was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count each of kidnapping and rape.


The 28 year old Kitchen is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Franklin County Municipal Court.


More details later on WKTN. 


Former Court Bailiff Facing Sex Crimes is Free on Bail

A former court bailiff and probation officer who was indicted on multiple sex offenses is free on bond.


Don Castle met the requirements of the $200,000 cash or surety bond set during arraignment last week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court and was freed from the Multi-County Detention Center on Tuesday.


As part of the standard terms of bond, Castle is required to report to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office for submission of fingerprints and a DNA sample. He is not to leave the State of Ohio and must appear before court at all times as required.


Castle was indicted on seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.


He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial, which is scheduled for four days beginning August 18.


Owner/Operator of McDonald's in Kenton Dies

The owner and operator of McDonald's Restaurant has passed away.



Barbara Ann McClain died Monday evening at Kobacker House in Columbus. She was 66 years old.


Barb worked with her late husband, William "Bill" McClain as the owners of McDonald's in Kenton. Barb continued to operate the restaurant after husband passed away.


Barb graduated from Olmsted Falls High School and St. Elizabeth's College of Nursing in Youngstown. She worked for over a dozen years as a registered nurse. In 1983, she and her husband purchased the McDonald's franchise in Kenton.


She was a leader in the community, participating in and supporting many charities and civic causes ranging from programs aiding disadvantaged children to the State Powerlifting Meet.


Barb was a prior member of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education and was a strong supporter of the Kenton Wildcats.


Click here for a complete obituary.





City Supports 6th Annual Cruise-In For Cure

The City of Kenton will support the 6th Annual Cruise-In For A Cure this year.

Event coordinator Larry Gossard spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council asking for continued support for the annual event. The event will be on Sunday June 7th at Simon Kenton School to raise funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Gossard started the event in honor of his son Bryce who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis. The annual event raises funds to find a cure for the disease. The council voted to support the annual event.


Also at the meeting, the council received a petition to vacate the alleyway to the east of Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral home. The council approved the measure. Safety-Service Director Jim


Hites also reminded residents to not blow grass clippings into the streets as the clippings can get caught and clog city storm drains.


The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on May 11th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


Major Event Announced For Downtown Kenton


The Kenton Historic Courthouse District, part of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, announced a major summer public event coming this summer.


Jacqualine Fitzgerald, the Community Development Director for the Alliance, said the event is called 'Eats on the Streets-Friday Night Food Truck Fest' and it's coming Friday June 26, "And we strategically chose this date because of the Ohio National Motorcycle races that will go on in Lima the next day. we have a lot of people that come in town on Friday nights. They stay here, they shop here, and so we wanted to give them an event that they could come and enjoy with the rest of the community."

She said the event will feature food trucks from Columbus serving a variety of foods, "There will be Pitabilities, Schmidt's Sausage Truck, The Paddy Wagon, Cold Stone Creamery, Phillybuster and Sticky Fingers. So we have a great line-up of lots of food that will be coming in."



(L-R) Jessica Shepherd. Shannon Allmon, Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Marcia Retterer and Jone Cross



Fitzgerald said the event started out as a way to raise funds for Not By Choice, and after speaking to that organization's co-founder Marcia Retterer, "I said what if we do Adirondack chairs and have Kudo's Studio, which is located in our downtown, and have the kids paint those and we can auction those that night."


And Fitzgerald adds that in addition to the food trucks, "We will have vintage motorcycles. we have some local men that have wonderful vintage motorcycles that are incredible to see. A lot of the Lima folks that go to the motorcycle races come here to see those motorcycles, so those will be out. we'll also have a classic car show."


Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Alliance, said Eats On The Street is not just for downtown Kenton, "It's an event that we hope that all residents of Hardin County and all of our surrounding counties will come and enjoy the great things that we'll have as part of this event."




Also at the Tuesday press conference, a new logo was unveiled for the Kenton Historic Courthouse District.




Precincts Established For May 5 Primary/Special Election

The precincts have been established for the 2015 Primary/Special Election on Tuesday May 5.


For the Republican Primary Election in the Kenton Mayor's race where incumbent Mayor Randy Manns is facing challenger Tom Taylor, voters in Kenton wards 1, 3 and 4 will vote in the Community Building at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Residents in Ward 2 will vote in the Arts and Crafts Building also at the fairgrounds.


There will be four precincts open for the Ridgemont Schools levy. Residents in Buck Township will vote in the Arts and Crafts Building at the fairgrounds in Kenton. Dudley Township residents will vote at the Dudley Township Hall on County Road 190, Mt. Victory. Residents in Mt Victory, Ridgeway and Hale Township will vote at the fire station in Mt. Victory and Taylor Creek residents will vote in the Taylor Creek Township Hall on County Road 200, Kenton.


The polls will open at 6:30am and close at 7:30pm on May 5.

Early voting continues this week.


Unoccupied Car Damaged in Crash Sunday Afternoon

An unoccupied car was damaged in an incident that occurred Sunday afternoon.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the car was parked in the 1000 block of West North Street when it jumped out of park and went into neutral.  The car rolled down a hill, crossed Kuert Avenue, jumped a curb, travelled across a lawn and came to rest against a tree.


The car, which is owned by 47 year old David Thomas, of Belle center, received moderate damage.


Gas Costs Rise Again in Ohio; Still Below Year-Ago Averages

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing the cost of gas continue to creep upward as the week begins.


A gallon of regular gas was averaging $2.50 in Ohio in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents compared with a week ago but remains significantly cheaper than a year ago. At this time last year, the state average was $3.77.


Ohio's average was slightly below the national average Monday, which was about $2.54 per gallon. That's up 8 cents from a week ago, but it is $1.16 cheaper than a year ago.


Analysts say prices at the pump are rising as gasoline costs catch up to higher oil prices.






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


Vast Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Mow Their Own Lawns

It was even close when we asked 'Do you mow your own lawn or hire it done?'


The Visitor Poll results show that a commanding 90% of the voters mow their own lawns while only 10% hire it done.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Kenton man involved in crash, facing multiple charges.

A Kenton man is facing several charges following a crash that occurred around 7:30 Thursday morning on Township Road 180 in Lynn Township.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Alex Holly stated that he lost control of his car after he looked at his phone while travelling west on 180.
The car went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole resulting in disabling damage.
While investigating the scene, a deputy found a marijuana pipe on the ground by the car which Holly admitted was his. 
Holly also turned over to the deputy marijuana that was stored in a glass jar.
Holly was charged with failure to control in connection to the accident. He is also facing two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana.


Three sentenced in court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Cody R. Richardson was sentenced to a total of 41 months in prison on one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.
The following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Christina M. Ritchie on one count of breaking and entering. She was ordered to serve 60 days local incarceration and pay $548 in restitution to Walmart.
.Douglas A. Baughman on one count of possession of heroin with a forfeiture specification. The Court ordered that $400 seized be forfeited to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Heartbeat Featured On This Week's

Heartbeat of Hardin County continues to help people deal with pregnancies.


Executive Director Julie Zaring talks about some of the services her agency provides, "Heartbeat is set up to do free pregnancy tests, help people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy or even a pregnancy they were planning but not expecting but need help with medical expenses. We also do the verfication form for Job and Family Services and for WIC."


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


Investigation: Ohio background check system unreliable

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A joint investigation by a Columbus newspaper and TV station has found that Ohio's computerized background-check system has been flawed and unreliable for years.
The fingerprint-based system operated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine has wrongly indicated that thousands of criminals have clean records.
A review of thousands of pages of records by The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV revealed ongoing problems with the 15-year-old system that is used for more than 1.3 million checks every year.
State officials say the problems are leading them to crack down on the system contractor and buy a multimillion-dollar replacement.
BCI employees acknowledge the system is unreliable. DeWine says it has required constant upgrades.


Jeni's 2nd Ice Cream Company To Stop Production Over Listeria Concern

WASHINGTON (AP) - A second ice cream company has shut down production this week after health officials found listeria in a sample of its frozen treats.


Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio recalled its frozen products following a similar action by Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries Monday. Blue Bell's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states and three deaths.


It wasn't immediately clear if the recalls are connected. Listeria isn't commonly found in ice cream, since the bacteria can't grow at freezing temperatures.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are no known illnesses linked to Jeni's products.


Jeni's said it is recalling all ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches and closing retail stores until its products are "ensured to be 100 percent safe."


Driver Escapes Injury in Wednesday Afternoon Crash

A 60 year old McGuffey man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on County Road 92 in Marion Township.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Tim Jordan lost control of his car while driving west on 92.

The car ended up off the right side of the road where it struck a concrete culvert and came to rest against a grove of trees.

The car was heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

Jordan was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Ohio Police Advisory Group Calls For More Training Hours

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio police relations task force is recommending the state boost the minimum number of required training hours for officers and use stricter screening for applicants.


Attorney General Mike DeWine's advisory group also recommended at a news conference Thursday that the state reduce the number of training academies to help manage training more effectively.


The committee is also suggesting that all potential police officers have a high school degree and undergo drug screening and psychological evaluation.


The task force called for 40 hours of advanced training annually, up from the current requirement of four hours. The committee didn't announce how many additional basic training hours it recommends.


DeWine convened the task force in response to fatal police shootings and protests over those events in Ohio and nationally.


Oklahoma! To be staged in Ada this weekend

The musical Oklahoma will be staged this weekend at Ada High School.
The popular Rogers & Hammerstein show will be held in the Ada High School Auditorium. Senior Haley Crouse, who plays Aunt Eller in the show, said it takes place shortly before Oklahoma became a state.
Haley Crouse as "Aunt Eller" with the rest of the cast
"There are lots of love triangles, and set in Oklahoma right before it became a state. Lots of musical numbers and lots of conflict, and is just a really fun musical" said Crause.
The students have been working on the show since right after Christmas break, having to deal with bad weather and cancelled practices in the process. Senior Molly Gamble, who plays Laurie and Junior Sydney Hartford, who plays Ado Anne both, said that the cast was able to work through the practices to create a show people will enjoy.
Molly Gamble as "Laurey" with the girls of the community.
"We've been working really, really hard. It's a great show for how far we've come and how long we've had the music and memorizing lines" said Gamble.
"People may be skeptical just because it's such an old musical but it's so fun and so relatable. The people at Ada were able to make it so modern and relatable. I feel like that really helped. People also know everyone so you'll see at least one person up there that you know and appreciate. There's a lot of hard work that goes into it." said Hartford.
Like many shows there are good guys and bad guys and Max Whitten will be playing the main villain of the show, Jud Fry.
"It's pretty interesting, it really is. The last couple of days we've been running through the whole show and making sure we have everything down and working out all the kinks" said Whitten.
Drayson Gamble as "Ali Hakim", Sydney Hartford as "Ado Annie" and Evan Smittle as "Will Parker"
Acel Gamble, who plays Andrew Carnes, said that working with family and friends helped to bring the show together.
"My brother Drayson is in it and my sister Molly plays Laurie so with them picking me up and my friends here it's easy to do stuff. You have people that you love surrounding you so that gives you that step up. Everything is really good right now." said Gamble.
And Jacob Dungan, who will be playing Curley McClain, said there will be several chances to catch the show this weekend.
"Friday and Saturday we're having a 7:30pm showing and Sunday we're having a 2pm showing. We encourage everyone to come out. We think it's a great show. We have some amazing high school actors and while we may not be professional I think we do a pretty good job." said Dungan.
The show runs this weekend at Ada High School
"We've put in a lot of hard work and expect a pretty good turn out this weekend" said Whitten.
Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the Ada High School office or at the school the night of the performance.


Bond Set At $200,000 For Former Bailiff Charged With Sex Crimes

A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer was arraigned this morning on several sex related charges.


Through his attorney William Kluge, Don Castle pleaded not guilty to seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.


Ohio Attorney General's Office Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert then argued for a high bond, "In light of the seriousness of this case, the potential penalties, up to and including a life sentence, the State would request bail be set at $200,000."


Kluge argued for a lower bond of up to $100,000 with the assurance of electronic home monitoring, "He's not a risk of harm to anyone else. He is not a threat to anyone. At the present time, he is employed working for his brother. They are working both in the City of Lima and up in Michigan. He would be able to continue to work in Lima."


Judge Scott Barrett sided with the state in setting bond, "I think the State of Ohio would disagree with you. You state Mr. Castle is no danger to the public, but the State of Ohio has a different allegation in the indictment. Seven counts of rape, a felony of the first degree with the possibility of a life sentence and mandatory prison for all of those. Understanding a motion is to follow, the Court is going to establish bond at the sum of $200,000 cash, surety."


The jury trial was then set for four days beginning August 18 in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


Castle was arrested last week following a year long investigation through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The Hardin County Grand Jury returned a nine count indictment against Castle, charging him with seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition alleging that Castle engaged in sexual conduct with four victims, identified in the indictment as Jane Doe, John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3. In the case of John Doe 2, the victim was under the age of thirteen. In the other cases, the victims ability to resist was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition. The first incident allegedly occurred in 1995.


Community Foundation Approves $198,000 in Grant and Scholarship Awards

The Hardin County Community Foundation will award 155 grants and five scholarships to non-profit organizations.


The grants will total $198,000 and will be awarded at a ceremony scheduled for May 14th at the Armory.


Foundation assets now total slightly over 5.8 million dollars.


At the Foundation's Annual and Quarterly meeting this week, William Hart was re-elected President, Matt Jennings was re-elected Vice President. Russ Berger will return as Treasurer and Gina Messner returns as Secretary.


William Hart, Keith Gensheimer and Bruce Neely were re-elected to the Board of Trustees.


Beryl Rogers Dudek will join the Board for a seven year term filling a vacancy after the death of Board Member Ruth Haushalter.


Archery Being Offered To Ridgemont Students

A new sports activity is currently being offered at Ridgemont Schools.


Ridgemont archery students practice under the watch of instructor Stephanie Jolliff.


While Archery isn't exactly a new sport, indeed the sport dates back thousands of years BC but it is a new offering at Ridgemont High School. The Archery program, being offered through the FFA Chapter but open to all Ridgemont students started at Ridgemont this past winter. The program is the result of a three year, student driven effort. Ridgemont FFA advisor Stephanie Jolliff said that it began with students Cody and Kegan McKee, who wanted to see the program offered to students in the school system.


"Cody and Kegan had the vision that we needed to have archery in the schools. I really haven't been around archery that much so I trusted them to walk us through the process. Cody's class wrote the grant and secured almost $2000 in grant funds and we were able to work with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office to secure the remainder of the equipment. This has been a three year that the kids have followed through on and came to be. They were elated when we started shooting this winter." said Jolliff.


Right now archery exists at Ridgemont as sort of like a club sport. Under the direction of a line supervisor, students take turns firing five shots at a target. Five students line up at a time, and when the instructor sounds a whistle, they can shoot at will. Jolliff said that the program is designed to have students compete against themselves individually rather than each other.


The students compete against their own scores and students from all grade levels can participate.


"It's not a competitive shoot. They're shooting against themselves to achieve their personal best. So it internalizes the competitive piece so that they're shooting for their personal best each week. We also have a Bull's-eye Club, so if you hit a crosshair you get a bull's-eye." said Jolliff.


Like any program of this nature, the Ridgemont archery program needs volunteers and funding. Jolliff said that any volunteers who can spend an hour of their time working with and helping to monitor the students who shoot as well as can help students improve their technique would be appreciated. Additionally, funding for more targets, arrows, bows and other associated equipment for archery would be appreciated as well.


"The ultimate goal of this is to give kids an opportunity to get engaged in additional sports that are outdoor sports so that they can truly feel as though they're engaged in their school districts even if it's not through a traditional sport but an innovative outdoor sport." said Jolliff.


If you would like to get involved in the Ridgemont Archery Program or would like to donate, contact the Ridgemont High School for more information.


Freedom Celebration Committee Met Tuesday

The Freedom Celebration committee met on Tuesday, April 21th at  7:00pm to discuss plans for July 4th of 2015.


Those present were Bob & Bonnie McBride, Ray Davis, Denna Clem, Annetta Shirk, Jessica Minter-Shepherd, Pete Fout, Jim & Marilyn Bidwell and Judi Cronley.


The Fireworks display will take place on Saturday, July 4th 2015.  A rain date for just the fireworks will be Sunday, July 5th, 2015.

Denna Clem has sent out donation letters to area individuals and businesses who have donated in the past and she will be working with Annetta Shirk, from the Chamber Office, on other donation letters. 


The committee has received a $500 grant from Mid-Ohio Energy for fireworks. The Hardin County Fair board has given the committee start-up money, to start buying the fireworks.  This money will be paid back to the Fair board, once donations start coming in.


Licenses and permits have been purchased for Mike Comstock.  The committee is still working with Steve Dickinson and Aaron Hensel on the Bumper to Bumper Truck Tug.  Jessica is working on a car show that would be held on the 4th, with sign-in at 3pm and door prizes/trophies at 6pm.  Bob McBride said Pomona Grange is still interested in doing the chicken/pork chop dinners. 


No other new items were discussed.


Ada Woman Cited Following Monday Crash

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon on State Route 235.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 74 year old Claire Vaubel, of Ada, was driving south on 235 and attempted to turn left into a private drive. Her vehicle struck a southbound car being operated by 69 year old Frederick Lindabury, also of Ada.

Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, but there were no injuries.

Vaubel was cited for failure to yield the right of way.


Two New Sports Could Be Offered To Kenton Students

Middle School Soccer and High School Bowling may soon be activities offered at Kenton City Schools.


Kenton School Board member Mark McCullough said that the school is exploring options to offer more sport activities to students, citing middle school soccer and high school bowling. McCullough said that if there was interest in middle school soccer, it would begin informally and have to be a self-funded activity.


"It would be a club sport at first. It wouldn't actually be a sponsored sport by Kenton but they'd be able to call themselves the Wildcats and use school colors. No funding would come from the school. You'd have to have a volunteer coach and find your own transportation. It would be just a self-funded club team for the middle school." said McCullough.


In a much similar fashion, McCullough said that a high school bowling team would begin as a club sport, and depending on interest could become a recognized sport in a year.


"Right now there's six bowling teams in the WBL. If they can have seven it would be a club sport for the WBL for one year and then be a school sanctioned sport after that. I think it's worth strongly considering, putting a team together. I know we have someone interested in being the coach so I think we just need to get the word out and see if we have enough kids that's interested." said McCullough.


Also at the meeting, board member Russ Blue noted several issues with speeders on Silver Street before and after school at the new elementary building. Blue noted the speeders and also a large majority of drivers who fail to notice and stop for the sign at the intersection of Lark Lane and Silver Street.


"I guess what I'm getting at is that we have students walking in that area when they're coming to and leaving school. One of the concerns is that they're walking down in the street. There are no sidewalks in that area on Silver Street yet. We need to be aware of the fact that there are kids up there and we need to watch the speed and stop signs to keep out kid’s safe." said Blue.


The Kenton School Board also approved a calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The calendar in question, Calendar A, allowed for among other things students to be out of school the week of the Hardin County Fair. Board member Mark Watkins, while noting that the majority of the staff approved of the choice, expressed confusion on the issue in light of reasoning in previous years to keep students in school that week.


"We keep chasing out tails around in circles on this, particularly the fair issue of do we go to school that week or not. I'm tired of chasing my tail on this. A couple of years ago it was good for the students to be in school that week and now it's not. I don't understand that quite but I think we should do what's best for the students. I appreciate the staff's input and we want to do as well with them as we can, but the students are the priority. I don't know if that's how we're voting or not. I guess I'm not settled on that." said Watkins


The calendar was approved, however members Mark Watkins and David Haushalter both voted against the measure.


The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on May 18th 2015, at the Kenton School Administrative Offices at 7pm.


Three Injured in Friday Crash

Three people were injured in a crash that occurred around 4:30 Friday afternoon.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Laura Herron, of Ledington, Michigan, lost control of her car while driving south on State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.


The car first went off the right side of the road, and Herron over-corrected, which caused the car to end up off the left side of the road where it overturned two times.


Herron was ejected through the driver's side window and was transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.


Two passengers in the car, 53 year old Marlene Clemons and 21 year old Monica Jolly, both of Lima, were transported to St. Rita's by ambulance.


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


Ada 8th Graders Talk About Their Trip To Nation's Capital

Eight Graders from Ada Schools returned Sunday from a trip to Washington DC last week.  


While on the trip, several students spoke with WKTN Radio about their experiences in our nation's capital. Trip Coordinator Mike Styer has been a part of the annual trip for the past sixteen years. Styer said that each year there is something new to see in Washington DC.


The Ada 8th Graders at The White House


"It does change every couple of years. There's a new museum popping up. We went to the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon last year for the first time so we took the kids again this year. And the kids get to see the different museums getting built. The African American History Museum is being finalized so hopefully we'll be able to see that one next year. We talk about many of the exhibits in the classroom all throughout the year and the students get to see these first hand. It's almost a living history" said Styer.


Student Austin Ambergy said that he was impressed with the number of museums that the students went to see, as well as some of the monuments around the city.


"We've been to a lot of memorials and museums. We saw the Capital Building which is really cool. The Jefferson Memorial was really cool. The Lincoln Memorial was awesome, and we took pictures at the Washington Monument. We went to the National Air & Space Museum and that was really awesome. We got to see floating space and floating planets, Navy planes and how they work. It was really interesting." said Ambergy.


Ada students place a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.


Student Jacob Caldwell mentioned the number of memorials in the city as being particularly impressive as well as Arlington National Cemetery.


"We've been to a lot of the war memorials. The Korean Memorial, Vietnam and World War II, and it was really cool to see the architecture and the design of all the memorials. The museums were all really interesting. We went to Arlington Cemetery where we saw many of the graves, including presidential graves like President Kennedy's. We also had a wreath bearing (at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) from a couple of kids from our class." said Caldwell.


Styer said that in all his years of taking students to Washington DC, this year's class was very impressive, and he hoped that they made some memories on the trip that they'll take with them throughout their lives.



"This has been one of the most disciplined group of kids. The kids have been very respectful and have learned a lot. They answered the questions of our official tour guides really well. I'm proud of what the kids have done and hopefully they've some memories and years down the road they'll remember everything they saw and want to come back and maybe bring their own kids." said Styer.


There were forty-six students and five chaperones on the Ada Eight Grade Trip this year.


Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up again to start the work week.


The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.41 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 7 cents from a week ago, but $1.31 less than last year at this time.


Ohio prices were about a nickel below the national average, which was $2.46 per gallon Monday. That's up 7 cents from a week ago and $1.21 less than last year at this time.


While prices nationally rose about 3.9 percent in March, analysts say gas prices remain relatively low, having fallen about 33 percent over the past year.






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


Red Cross Launches App with Everything You Need to Know in an Emergency



(FINDLAY, OH, APRIL 17, 2015)  — The American Red Cross announces the release of its new Emergency App which gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices.


This all-inclusive app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wildfires and more. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.


“When an emergency occurs, it’s important for families to stay safe and connected,” said Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter. “Our Emergency App does that. It covers 14 different types of disasters and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts so that they will know what to do no matter where they live or travel.”


“Family Safe” is a new, unique feature that allows the app user to notify loved ones who are in an area affected by an emergency or disaster. The recipient can instantly see the alert details as well as specific “what to do now” steps, and then respond with either “I’m safe” or “I’m not safe.” This feature works even if the recipient has not downloaded the Emergency App.


The Emergency App has many features, including:


·Emergency first aid information for situations such as heart attacks, heat-related emergencies as well as water safety information;


·Preloaded content so users can access guidance from Red Cross experts even without mobile connectivity.


·A single map with open Red Cross shelter locations and weather information.


·A home fire section with detailed prevention and safety tips as well as Red Cross “After the Fire” information.


·A “Make a Plan” feature to help families plan what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes.


·The ability to easily toggle between English and Spanish.


In addition to smartphones and tablets, this feature will be available on the new Apple Watch and can be downloaded from the Apple Watch App Store starting April 24.


Red Cross apps have been downloaded more than 6 million times and nearly 400 million alerts have been sent since the launch of the first app in 2012. In the past year alone, more than 350 million pages were viewed and the “I’m Safe” feature was accessed just over 550,000 times across all preparedness apps. 


While apps can help prepare someone for disasters, it’s important to note that they are not substitutes for training. People can take Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses so they’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. They can get information and register at redcross.org/TakeAClass.


(UPDATE) Former Probation Officer and Bailiff of Municipal Court Arrested (UPDATE)

Don Castle


Following a year long investigation, a former probation officer and bailiff at Hardin County Municipal Court has been arrested on several sexually oriented offenses.


According to information from the Multi-County Jail in Marion, 47 year old Don Castle was arrested Thursday evening and transported to the facility.


He has been charged with seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The seven count indictment was filed in Hardin County Common Pleas Court and alleges that Castle engaged in sexual conduct with four victims, identified in the indictment as Jane Doe, John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3. In the case of John Doe 2, the victim was under the age of thirteen. In the other cases, the victims ability to resist was substantially impaired because of a mental or physical condition. The first incident allegedly occurred in 1995.


"During the course of the investigation, agents uncovered evidence leading them to three others, including a child and two adults, who are also believed to have been sexually assaulted by the defendant," said Attorney General DeWine.  "We believe the evidence in this case shows that the suspect specifically targeted individuals who were vulnerable and unable to defend themselves."


None of the victims are associated with the defendant's prior work as a probation officer, however one of the alleged adult victims was a tenant at a now-closed group home where Castle previously volunteered.


The investigation was initiated in April of 2014 when a search warrant was executed and Castle's computer was seized in his office at the court.


A special prosecutor through the Ohio Attorney General's Office has been assigned to the case.


An arraignment date has not yet been set in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


Kenton Man Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Johnny M. Hilvers was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Faith Based Organization Works To Help People Deal With Issues



A group aimed at helping people deal with issues they may have continues to meet every Tuesday.

Pastor Jason Manns said the group is Celebrate Recovery and he talks about how it works, "Anyone who has habits, hurts, hang-ups, just issues their dealing with, and it helps them to walk through it. What we do is, we take the bible, obviously that's our basis, and then we take also the step program, so something like AA or NA that walks through steps for recovery we do the same thing. So we take those steps with biblical backing and we begin to walk people through their issues."

The group meets every Tuesday at St. John's Church in Kenton, and for the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Ridgemont Conducts Mock Crash Investigation Drill

Ridgemont High School held a crash scene investigation program for Ridgemont Juniors and Seniors Wednesday morning.


Deputy Issac Woltz from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office walks the students though the crash investigation. 


In the spring, many schools conduct mock crash scenes for students to drive home the point of making right decisions during prom, graduation and throughout the year. On Wednesday at Ridgemont High School, that concept was taken a step further, in that students were able to see how law enforcement and emergency personal are able to determine cause in a crash investigation.


The program, developed in house at Ridgemont brought in investigators from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Fire Department, Hardin County Prosecutors Office and trauma specialists to walk students through a mock crash scene investigation. Students were presented with the situation, which involved fellow students, and had to determine how the crash happened, potential injuries, and the aftermath of the crash including long term psychological effects. Pulling in work in several class programs, students were able to make observations and recommendations on how the crash may have happened.


Kenton Firefighter Tyler Pitts explains possible injuries suffered in the crash.


Students Logan Hill and Riley Drumm both said that many of the students were able to learn how crashes happen, how easy they can happen, and how investigators are able to determine cause and effect.


"I thought it was a great way to see the different causes of accidents that you might not think about. Also you get to see situations where you may think that one person causes an accident but there may be many multiple factors which cause it. So you need to get to the root of those problems before you begin placing blame" said Hill.


"Having been in an accident when I was younger, it was good to see the people understand kind of what other people go through. Being able to see the psychological effects as well as the physical damage and have to go through and actually think about what happened to those people and what they went through." said Drumm.


Students determine the sequence of events which led to the fictional accident.


Ridgemont educator Stephanie Jolliff said that the idea behind the program was to take the mock crash concept a step further, and show kids how these accidents could happen, and how they can impact those involved.


"Our goal with this was to be able to provide an alternative to the mock crash. After kids have seen a mock crash year after year it begins to lose effect. So we were looking for an alternative that would also integrate other academics into it. So the biology and anatomy classes as well as the technology classes were able to do academic integration into the program as well. So what actually happens to a real person in a crash, what actually happens physically, mentally, all of those pieces into there. The kids had a unique perspective because it allowed them the opportunity to dive into a crash investigation with real professionals." said Jolliff.

The program itself was funded through a grant from Youth Serve America and State Farm Insurance.


Ohio Northern University Named Training Site For The Cadets



Ohio Northern University has been selected as the primary spring training site for The Cadets, one of the oldest and most honored continuously operating drum and bugle corps in the country.


The Cadets will rehearse on campus from May 14 to June 15. A program of Youth Education in the Arts, the group has members from all over the country and world.


During their time on campus, the corps will practice daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rehearsals at Ohio Northern's Dial-Roberson stadium will be open to the public. Visitors should park at Wander Field due to construction on Klingler Road.


Steve Shuey, tour manager and associate director of The Cadets, contacted the University in early March to find a new facility, as their previous home for the past seven years had suddenly become unavailable. After several emails and a brief site visit, a deal was reached to relocate the group's 200 members, staff and volunteers to Ada.


According to David Dellifield, director of McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern, "ONU offered The Cadets everything they need for a successful spring training - multiple practice fields, a turf field stadium, meeting rooms and housing - all within walking distance of one another. It's a perfect combination for them."



The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J., as the Holy Name Cadets in 1934 and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets will travel more than 14,000 miles this summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.


Ohio Military Hall of Fame Holding Annual Induction Ceremony

COLUMBUS – The sixteenth annual induction ceremony for the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor will be conducted on Friday, April 24, 2015. 


The ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse, commencing at 11:30 a.m.


This year’s class includes representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who served during the World War II, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. 


These remarkable Ohioans have all gone above and beyond the call of duty and performed heroically in specific combat actions against armed enemies of the United States of America.  For their actions, they have received such commendations as the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.


The 2015 inductees were born in and / or entered military service from, or currently reside in various towns and cities in Ohio, including Akron, Arcanum, Ashtabula, Batavia, Berlin Center, Bowling Green, Canfield, Carey, Celina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Conneaut, Dayton, Delta, Dillonvale, Euclid, Findlay, Garfield Heights, Goshen, Greenville, Holland, Ironton, Laura, Litchfield, Marion, Medina, Newark,  New Lexington, New Middletown, Pedro, Port Clinton, Portsmith, Reynoldsburg, St. Henry, Springfield, Toledo, Troy, Willoughby, Youngstown, and Zanesville.


The ceremony will bring the total number of Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor inductees to two hundred and eighty-seven, of whom six have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.


The induction ceremony will be open to the public.  Currently, Timothy C. Gorrell (Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services) has been invited to speak at the event, which will culminate with the singing of “God Bless The USA” by Brian Michael Smith.  A tentative program for the ceremony is attached.

The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is a 501(c)(19) non- profit organization, established in 2000 to recognize Ohio servicemen and women who were decorated for heroism while in combat situations.  Please visit our website (www.ohioheroes.org) for more information regarding The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, the noble service members who have been inducted into its ranks and opportunities for charitable giving.


Majority Against Legalizing Marijuana

Despite a statewide poll to the contrary, a majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against legalizing marijuana.


When asked, 57% said they are not in favor of legalizing the drug, and the remaining 43% said they are in favor of legalization.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


KHS robotics team places third at competition

The Kenton High School Robotics Team was in competition last weekend where they placed third overall.
Members of the KHS Robotics Team. (Front L-R) Nathan King, Ryan Oberlitner, Troy Freetag, Clay Howard. (Back L-R) Lane Shirk, Logan Morris, Kyle Goodin, Troy Goodin. (Absent Ricky Smith)
Programming is one of the computer courses that is offered at Kenton High School. It's purpose is to help educate students on computer programming basics to help them in their future careers. As a part of that, several years ago Kenton High School formed a robotics team as a way to help students see results of their programming class work. The team competed this year for the first time. Team member Troy Goodin and Logan Morris said that both of them wanted to build upon work they were doing in the classroom.
"It was more of just the classes that I was taking and it's more of an extension of those classes" said Goodin
"I want to one day be a computer engineer so this was like the perfect chance to get my hands on some of those skills" said Morris.
Member Troy Freetag said that the team began with basic robots and once they went as far as they could with those, they received more grant money for bigger robotics projects.
"So this year we got a grant from Honda for lots of bigger robots and better robots and we just wanted to compete to see how other people programmed. We wanted to see what it was like to face and race other robots" said Freetag.
At the competition in Marion last Saturday, one of the robots placed third overall beating out six other robots from other schools. Member Troy Goodin describes one of the competitions.
"We did many different things. Mine was Botball, so I had to build a robot with a claw to pick up balls and put them into gutters. They had so many competitions so you could do whatever you wanted" said Goodin.
Team member Clay Howard said that the competition was very educational, and showed the members out of the box thinking.
"We learned to thing outside the box to find solutions. If you were to take a stragety from a certain robot that you saw there and maybe mix match it together with another robot that you saw and you think that this combination could do best next year" said Howard.
The Robotics team is advised by KHS Computer Science Teacher Joe Funkhouser, who said that the educational aspect of the programming classes led to the robotics competition.
"We've been teaching programming at Kenton since 2003. As we continued to work through new types of programming with the kids it became evident that to get the kids really interested and motivated, the physical robots really helped to get them into the process. Not only are we going through the process of programming but the kids also have to build a physical robot and they get to see what that robot does with their code which really helps to motivate them." said Funkhouser.
Funkhouser said that the goal of the program first and foremost is the educational aspects of the class work, as that will be what prepare the students for their careers ahead.


Additional kennels installed at county dog shelter

The Hardin County Dog Shelter has spent the past couple of days installing new kennels at the new facility. The kennels were paid for from donations from the Pawsitive Pals support group. Connie Fletcher from Pawsitive Pals said their group works to support operations at the dog shelter.
Crews install the new kennels at the dog shelter Tuesday afternoon.
"We've held fundraiser and we sell subs once a month. The funds from that have all contrubuted to the kennels, the building and the care for the dogs. Anything we can do to help with the shelter, we do" said Fletcher.
With the new additions, the shelter will have thirty-two kennels which is the same as their old facility. There is space available for forty-two kennels, and Pawsitive Pals will be holding future funraisers to help raise fund for more kennels and operations of the dog shelter.


County capital improvement projects slated for Kenton

Hardin County will be looking to the City of Kenton to help provide funding for several capital improvement projects this year. 
At a Finance Committee meeting prior to last night's Kenton City Council meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites informed council members of several projects that the county will be working on which may involved the city. Specifically he mentioned grinding and paving the parking lot behind Liberty National Bank, and work on the county side of Jacob Parrott Blvd.
There was a question as to which entity owned the majority of the parking lot, to determine potential costs. The county wanted to share the costs 50/50 but Hites said there is a question as to which entity owned the majority share, adding that the city salts and plows the parking lot in the winter.
"They sprung this on us" said Hites, mentioning if the county had informed the city about their plans, they could have been budgeted into the 2015 city finances.
Hites also said that while the city was under no obligation to grind and pave the city portion of Jacob Parrott, it may be something that the city will be forced to consider.
Hites said that county officials also wanted to city to make repairs on Jones Road, which is the road to the county transfer station and Dog Shelter. Hites said the city would be looking into that but any repairs wouldn't be major.
Also at the meeting, the finance committee reviewed rates for the city water and sewer systems. After the review by RCAP last year, the new rating system was put into place.
Recommendations were to raise rates in 2015. Councilman Brian Hattery said that the committee recommended to not raise either water or sewer rates at this time due to revenues in both budgets exceeding expenses. Hattery said that the city will need to develop a system of emergency funds to build for the future, but that the current rates were sufficient for city services.
Rev. Scott Johnson also addressed the council on an update on the Veterans project for Saulsberry Park. Johnson said that talks were ongoing and donations were coming in toward the project. He noted that the planners wanted to get a utilities estimate nailed down on running and upgrading city water and sewer to the park to accodomate increased camping.
Whether costs and estimates will be provided by the veterans organization or the city of Kenton will need to be discussed, but Council President Joel Althauser noted that plans are getting to the point where the city may need to devote some funds to getting estimates for plans.
"We're getting to the point now where we may have to become financially committed to this project to get some of the assessments done for the project to move forward" said Althauser.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 27th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


Man Involved in Stand-off With Police in Court Monday

A man was who was taken into custody following a stand-off with police on Friday made an initial appearance in Hardin County Municipal Court Monday morning.


According to information from the court, David M. Giraldo Picon appeared with his attorney Keith Lange. Judge Gregory Grimslid set bond at $5000 own recognizance with the conditions that Picon not leave the State of Ohio, have no further violations and be of general good behavior. His attorney will keep the defendant's passport at his office.


A preliminary hearing was set for April 20.


Picon is accused of making threats to officers and other individuals because he was not satisfied with the way a domestic situation was handled earlier in the day.


Police responded to 408 North Main Street around 4 Friday afternoon where Picon was holed up inside the residence. Police approached the situation as if he was armed and holding hostages, but neither turned out to be the case.

Following around 2 hours of negotiations, Picon agreed to come out voluntarily and was taken into custody without further incident.


He was charged with two counts of inducing panic, which are felonies of the fifth degree.


ONU Group Contributes Bears To HMH

Accepting polar bears from the Aurora Chapter (Ohio Northern University) Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is (from left)  Tammy Holcomb, RN; Joe Railey; Jason Luthman; Cody Criss; and surgeon Dr. Timothy Schirmer. 


The bears were donated to OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Surgery Department and Emergency Department to be handed out to their patients. 


The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is the preeminent national honor society recognizing senior students for their accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board prides itself on the quality of its members, and the organizations commitment to service on campus and in the local community.


The Aurora Chapter of Mortar Board consists of roughly 50 students who are elected in their junior year for a year of collegiate membership and over 1,000 alumni members. In addition to the polar bear donation to Hardin Memorial Hospital, the chapter annually conducts literacy events at Ada Public Library, a flower sale on campus to recognize the work of secretaries and administrative assistants, an event to recognize a division of the university support staff, and a number of other service events. The chapter also annually promotes scholarship by hosting a Last Lecture, Favorite Faculty Dessert, and a dessert to recognize outstanding sophomore students.


The Aurora Chapter is one of over 200 chapters of Mortar Board located around the country.


Garage Broken Into Over The Weekend

Several tools were stolen when a garage was broken into over the weekend.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a garage in the 400 block of Franklin Street was broken into sometime Saturday night to early Sunday morning. The incident was reported Sunday evening.

No dollar amount was listed for the missing tools.


Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up to start the work week.


The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.34 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents from a week ago, but $1.35 less than last year at this time.


Ohio prices were slightly less than the national average, which was $2.39 per gallon Monday. That's unchanged from a week ago and $1.25 less than this time last year.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Canton and Massillon areas had the lowest average Monday at $2.29 per gallon.


Kentucky Man Charged With OVI

A Kentucky man is facing charges following a hit/skip accident report early Friday morning.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer investigating the accident that occurred near International Paper on Fontaine Street, stopped a car with heavy front end damage on Lynn Street.


The driver was identified as 51 year old Mark Huddleston, who is said to have failed a field sobriety test. Details on the accident are not available, but Huddleston has been charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, driving under suspension, driving an unsafe vehicle and failure to control.




Also Friday, a crash was reported in front of Family Dollar on Detroit Street. The crash occurred around 2:10 Friday afternoon, but the report is not available at this time.


Suspect identified in incident on North Main Street in Kenton Friday afternoon.

One man was taken into custody following an incident on North Main Street in Kenton Friday afternoon. The man is identified as David M. Picon Giraldo.
Law enforcement negotiate with Giraldo near the residence at 408 North Main in Kenton.
A call threatening law enforcement officers and other individuals is what prompted the response from the Kenton Police Department to a possible hostage situation Friday afternoon. Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said that the call this afternoon followed a domestic call that Kenton Police officers responded to shortly after midnight last night.
"The responding officers dealt with a domestic situation last night. He was not happy as far as the outcome of that was. His wife and young child had left last night which we found out through the process of this situation. He was there by himself." said Chief Vermillion "We evacuated the immediate area as a safety issue to get everyone out of harm’s way in the event that the situation would have taken a turn for the worst."
Officers continued to negotiate with the suspect, identified as David M. Picon Giraldo.
"We established contact with him and were able to talk to him and finally reach an agreement where he voluntarily came out on his own and allowed himself to be taken into custody without incident" said Chief Vermillion.
The residence at 408 North Main Friday afternoon.
Throughout the course of negotiations with Giraldo, threats were made against law enforcement members, area residents and others believed to be in the house, which resulted in the belief that officers were dealing with a possible hostage situation.  Chief Vermillion said that the suspect indicated that he was armed while making the threats.
"There was talk that he was armed and that's why the extra precautions were being taken as far as evacuating the neighborhood with assistance from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the other agencies. Our priority was not only the safety of the officers but the public as well as the individual inside" said Chief Vermillion.
Chief Vermillion said that safety of all involved was the top concern throughout the crisis.
"The last thing we want to do is get in a hurry and provoke a confrontation which would have not been necessary. In the end patience and time provided to be the key thing because the whole incident resolved itself without any confrontation." said Chief Vermillion.
Giraldo was taken into custody around 6:15 Friday night and taken to the Kenton Police Department for questioning. Charges will be brought against him but Chief Vermillion said it was too early to speculate as to the nature of charges.


Video shows semi crash into Route 68 Trailer Sales

A woman who was inside the building Thursday morning that was slammed into by a semi is counting her blessings this morning. 

Eileen McNeely, who owns the Route 68 Trailer Sales business with her husband, recalls where she was inside the building Thursday morning, "I was working on my taxes and all at once I just heard the huge crash and the whole building just shook, and actually I don't really remember because I can't even remember what door I ran out of, but I did run towards the semi, because they have me on video. There was a semi in our building, and it was completley buried. We were trying to get stuff off the driver. but it was just buried." 
She said she was in the section that was struck by the semi just moments before, "The refrigerator is right there so yes I did go to the refrigerator. I could have been there, but I wasn't luckily." 
When the impact occurred, McNeely said adrenaline kick in, "Because I was running just trying to look for the driver."


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol around 9:50 Thursday morning a semi driven by Paul Doute, age 73 of Lincoln Park Michigan was traveling northbound on Fontaine (US 68) when the semi went left of center striking a concrete barrior, a light pole and came to rest inside a building. Doute was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with incapacitating injuries and was cited for failure to maintain control.

Crews were on site for several hours cleaning up from the crash which remains under investigation.
The patrol was assisted on scene by Kenton PD, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, BKP EMS, Kenton City Fire Department, Dunkirk Fire Department, McGuffey Fire Department, Kenton City Garage, AEP, ODOT and Osborn’s Towing.



Jury Convicts Kenton Man On Two Felony Charges

A Kenton man was found guilty on two felony charges following a two day trial in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


Andrew Worthington was convicted on one count each of kidnapping and felonious assault. The jury deliberated for two and a half hours before returning the verdict.


The case dates back to the summer of 2014.


Sentencing has been set for May 12.


Also in Court news:


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


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


.Vernon P. Reed Junior was placed on five years community control with conditions on three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Group Working To Legalize Marijuana Use


The group Ohioans To End Prohibition is working to put a measure on the ballot in 2016 that would legalize marijuana use.


The president of the group, Sri Kavuru said voters should not be concerned that the legalization of marijuana would lead to the legalization of other drugs, "When you look at things like addiction rates, physical harm and addiction potential, marijuana is completely different than all other substances. The idea that it's still a schedule one narcotic to a lot of people we've been talking to and myself, we believe it's absurd for marijuana to be at least a schedule one, and the federal government is not moving on this at the moment, so it's up to the states individually to take drug policy reform to an appropriate level."


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


Water service restored, Kenton remains under a Boil Water Alert

A boil water alert remains in effect for the entire City of Kenton. A water main broke Thursday morning at the intersection of Franklin and Main Streets causing water to be shut down throughout the city. Crews spent most of the day on Thursday repairing the line and water was restored Thursday night. The water outage shut down class at Kenton City Schools and many restaurants and businesses were closed by the Hardin County Health Department during the outage.
The boil water alert will remain in effect for the entire city until further notice. Residents are advised to boil water for three minutes before consuming. Residents can shower and wash clothes without issue. 


Water Shut Off To All of Kenton Due to Water Main Break Plus Closing and Cancellations


A water main break on Franklin Street around 11:30 Thursday morning forced crews to turn off water to the entire City of Kenton.


Water will be off for several hours. No estimated time as to when it will be turned back on, but when it is back on, a boil water advisory will be in effect.


Because of no water:

.Kenton City Scools dismissed early


.Simon Kenton School/Harco Industries dismissed early


.First United Methodist Preschool afternoon classes cancelled


.All athletic practices and events at Kenton High School cancelled


.Kenton Middle School Dimensions practice cancelled


The following are closed:


.Hardin County Courthouse and Annex Building. The Board of Elections is open for early voting


.Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance


.Hardin County Council on Aging


.Hardin County YMCA


.Midwest Foot Care




.Mary Lou Johnson Library


.Hardin County Muncipal Court closed


.Liberty National Bank closing at 3:30






Hardin County Ag Society Conducts April Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 4th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 18 directors and 11 guests present.  Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.


The Board heard from Jerry Lones, representing Kenton Amateur Radio.  His club was asking the board to hold their Field Day at the fairgrounds on June 27th and June 28th.  They would like to use the Fire Dept. building. It was approved to let them use the fairgrounds. Jerry was told to contact the Fire Dept. about using the Fire Dept. Building.


Last month’s minutes and Financial Reports were approved.

Bills were approved to be paid. There was discussion about the bill to Dan King, but it was noted he has done a lot that needed to be done for a long time.


Craig spoke on behalf of the Executive Committee.  He stated 2 applicants were interviewed for the Grounds Maintenance Superintendent’s Position.  The Committee was recommending to hire Pete Fout for a 90 day probationary period at $10,000.  After 3 months evaluate and increase pay to $12,000.  Director’s used a paper ballot format and Pete was hired by a unanimous ballot.  Kelly discussed a golf cart that would be a good purchase, it was at the consignment sale. 

The golf cart belonged to Eric Lowery.  The board approved this purchase.  Judi Cronley, Treasurer discussed the advertising in the phone book with the fairground’s phone number.  The white pages listing will no longer be free, since the phone service is not with Windstream now and the cost of advertising in the yellow pages will increase without a discount from being a Windstream customer.  The Board moved to not advertise in the phonebook for at least a year.


Jim spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  The minutes from their March 17th meeting was discussed.  The committee would like to purchase 2 sets of bleachers with 20 people donating $100 or one person purchasing a set for $2,000.  The board agreed to purchase 2 sets of bleachers.  There was discussion that a local group may be interested in purchasing 2 sets of bleachers for the fairgrounds, this will be looked into further by Jeff Madison.  Jeff stated 16 benches have been started to be built for this year’s fair.  This will be the last year for Memorial Benches, memorial donations will be for bleachers from now on.  The board approved  McBride Construction to make improvements to the Blacksmith shop, with only parts being charged.  Labor would be free. Jim stated that we received a grant for $1,000 from Mid Ohio.  This will go towards new lights in front of the grandstand, looking towards the gazebo.  Dennis Hinton will be contacted about this project.  Jim stated that campers, boats,  and RV’s will be coming out of storage on April 11th.  Storage items need to be paid for before they will be released. 

Craig stated the camping letters will be mailed out this month to current campers. 


Bob McBride from the Entertainment Committee stated Jason Manns, from New Hope Ministry and Dave Dooley, from the Church of the Nazarene will be in charge of the Hour of Inspiration during the fair. 


The Livestock Committee discussed that 1099’s will be sent to all livestock exhibitors that receive over $600 at the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale.  Social Security numbers will need to be provided to the Secretary’s office before checks will be sent to the seller.  The IRS is mandating that 1099’s are issued whenever anyone receives over $600 as a gift.   Written thank you cards to buyers, with self-addressed envelopes, will also need to be given to the Secretary’s Office before checks are mailed to the seller and this is because buyers are saying they are not receiving thank you’s from the kids. 


Contracts for Booth Rentals, sponsorships, and concessions have been mailed and payments have started to be returned.

Jr. Fair board elected officers at their last meeting with Brady Weaver as President, Ashton Cole as Vice President and McKenzie Madison as Secretary.  The Jr. Fairboard had a profit of $2,324.27 from concessions at the Consignment Sale. 

The Freedom Celebration Committee had their first meeting of 2015 in March.  The board approved to give the Committee $7500 in start-up money.


The Senior Citizen’s Committee met this past week and many new ideas were discussed with them for the fair. 

Kerry stated the Advertising Committee needs to meet soon, he will look into a date for this to happen. 

Under old business:  Bumper Stickers for the 2015 Fair are now in the office and ready for anyone to get. There will be 8 people attending the District I & II meeting in Findlay on April 11th.  Don stated he will be contacting the Kenton Choral Boosters about purchasing their old risers.  Judi stated the first half of the Fairbook is now done and Open Class updates will be started this week.  The Fairbook will go to the Kenton Times on Friday, April 17th.
Under new business:  Kenton’s Spring Clean Up will take place at the Fairgrounds next week. 


The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, May 2ndth at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.


Hardin Northern to stage Cinderella this weekend.

Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will be presented at Hardin Northern this weekend.


Lukas Schroeder stars as the prince and Mariah Burton stars as the title character of Cinderella.


Senior Lukas Schroeder, who plays Prince Charming, talks about the show, "There's a lot of comedy in it. There's a love story in it. There's a lot of singing, dancing, and yes it's a good show."


The shoe is tested on step sister Portia (played by Lydia Rush) while the evil step mother (Kayla Whitaker) looks on.


Sophomore Lydia Rush, who plays step-sister Portia, said it makes for a great family outing, "You have that comedy for the kids, and you have that love story for the teenagers and adults, and I think it just really produces to everybody."


She said a lot of work has gone into the production, "We worked for months and months, practicing every day, I mean we became really close because we're with each other every day."


The shoe is tested on all the young ladies of the kingdom


For Schroeder, his last production at Hardin Northern is kind of bittersweet for him, "The musical every year, it's what I look forward to, and i don't know if I'm going to have time in college to do it, so yes it's kind of bittersweet."


The show will be presented Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm with a matinee performance Sunday afternoon at 2, and Schroeder said tickets can be purchased at the door, "This year like it was last year, it's $5.00 for students and seniors, and it's $8.00 for adults."


Wednesday 04/08/15 Delays


Kenton 2 hr delay


Hardin Northern 2 hr delay


Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay


Ridgemont 2 hr delay


Riverdale 2 hr delay


Ada 2 hr  delay


Hi Point 2 hr delay


Forest christian Pre School 1 hr delay


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


Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay, alternate schedule pre school


Congressman Latta laments high regulation, touts energy at legislative breakfast.

Congressman Robert Latta spoke to members of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance this morning. 
Congressman Robert Latta addresses the members of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at the Spring Legislative Breakfast
At the first annual Chamber & Business Alliance Spring Legislative Breakfast Congressmen Robert Latta updated members on the work his office is doing in Washington DC. Latta mentioned the lack of jobs as being a huge hindrance toward the rebound of the economy.
"To make sure we have those jobs out there we have to do things in Washington. Number one; we have to balance the budget and make sure we cut spending. Make sure that down the road we're not taking the dollars out of the people back home's pockets who create jobs." said Latta
Additionally, Latta discussed undue burdens on businesses in Northwest Ohio due to the shear volume of government regulations. Latta mentioned that currently, 1.9 trillion different regulations are in force on the government books.
"On the Republican side of the house we're trying to reduce those regulations. Obamacare is another big issue. The US Supreme Court is going to be hearing a case soon that will address some of the issues. But I hear from people in my district that businesses are not hiring more people because costs keep going up so they put money back into insurance rather than reinvesting back into their businesses." said Latta
But Latta mentioned energy as being a huge boon for both Ohio and the United States as a whole.
"We have good oil production and natural gas production. But we can't have more regulations coming from an administration that will hinder that from occurring. The President and the administration has come out recently with more regulations, including things like hydraulic fracturing on public lands. The reason we've seen a huge amount of oil & gas being produced is that it's been done on private and state grounds but not yet on federal lands and theres much there. So we want to make ourselves as independent as we can. Rather than send those dollars overseas we can keep those dollars here, reinvest them here and put more American's to work" said Latta.
The Spring Legislative Breakfast was sponsored by Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative and Buckeye Power Incorporated.


Majority Say They Didn't Attend Easter Sunday Church Services

Will you be attending Easter Sunday church services at the church of your choice this weekend?

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 54% said no, while 47% said yes.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Water Heater Explosion Causes Minor Fire in Rural Kenton Home

The Kenton Fire Department responded to a water heater fire on



According to the Department, they were called out to a

residence at 9231 County Road 195 Kenton, where the water heater had apparently blew up, causing a small fire, which was contained to the heater. 


There were no injuries and the fire was reported out upon arrival.


Driver Cited Following Saturday Crash in Kenton

The Kenton Police Department investigated a non-injury crash from Saturday. 


The report showed that an unoccupied vehicle owned by

Michael Heberling of Kenton was parked in the lot of 981 W. Franklin Street, at apporximately 12:25 pm., when a second vehicle operated by Dylan Cannode of Kenton, attempted to back up and struck the Heberling auto causing moderate damage to the passenger's side. 


Cannode was cited for failure to pay full time attention.


Ohio Gas Prices Down To Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices to start the work week.


The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.25 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 13 cents less than a week ago and $1.36 cheaper than this time last year.


The national average was $2.39 per gallon Monday. That's down 3 cents from last week and $1.19 less than a year ago at this time.


Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, the Columbus area had the lowest average Monday at $2.21 per gallon.






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


Kenton Man Facing Multiple Charges Following Friday Disturbance

A Kenton man is facing multiple charges after being arrested following a disturbance at Forest Court Apartments Friday morning.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers responded for a second time to the apartment complex to investigate the disturbance complaint in the parking lot.


While investigating, the suspect, identified as 33 year old James L. Robinson, was arrested for disorderly conduct. During the arrest process, Robinson is said to have resisted, and while being booked into jail, he allegedly made a threat of bodily harm to the arresting officer.


Robinson was eventually transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. In addition to the disorderly conduct charge, Robinson is also facing charges of criminal mischief, menacing and resisting arrest.


Early Voting Hours Set For May 5 Primary/Special Election

The Hardin County Board of Elections has released the hours for In-Office/Early Voting for the 2015 Primary/Special Election on Tuesday May 5.


The hours are as follows:


.Tuesday April 7 through Friday April 10...8am to 5pm


.Monday April 13 through Friday April 17...8am to 5pm


.Monday April 20 through Friday April 24...8am to 5pm


.Saturday April 25...8am to 4pm


.Monday April 27 through Friday May 1...8am to 5pm


.Saturday May 2...8am to 4pm


.Sunday May 3...1pm to 5pm


.Monday May 4...8am to 2pm


Related to that, the deadline for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the May 5 election is Monday April 6. The Board of Elections office, located in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse, will be open Monday April 6 from 8:30am to 9pm for your convenience. If you have moved, you can also change your address at that time.


Dixon Named CEO/President of Home Savings and Loan

Chuck Dixon


The Board of Directors of The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio has named Charles E. Dixon as its new Chief Executive Officer and President.


Dixon was also appointed to the bank's Board of Directors.


Dixon, who joined the bank in October, 2014, as its Chief Operating Officer, replaces Russell E. Berger who retired from Home Savings and Loan after more than 30 years with the bank and 40 years in banking.


Dixon, a 40 year banking veteran stated, "It is an honor to serve our community bank in this new capacity. The bank has a long legacy of providing great products and services and I pledge to see that we continue to do so."


Chairman David Deever stated, "The Board of Directors thanks Russ for his many years of service and we wish him well in whatever endeavors he moves into. We feel that with Chuck's leadership Home Savings will continue to be a leader in the financial community."


Dixon and his wife, Yvonne, reside in Kenton. Dixon is a member of the Kenton Rotary and of Alger First United Methodist Church.


The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio, is a community bank and has served the community for the past 127 years.


Woman Ordered To Pay $21,000 in Restitution To Former Employer



A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in connection to the theft of lottery tickets from Rite Aid last year.


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Kristi M. Jordan was placed on five years community control with conditions, on one count of grand theft. She was ordered to pay $21,200 in restitution to her former employer Rite Aid. The case dates back to June of 2014.


Also in Court, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Carrie P. Sykes on one count of complicity to breaking and entering. She was ordered to pay just over $3600 in restitution to Murphy USA.


.Devon E. Clum on one count each of burglary, tapering with evidence and forgery. He was ordered to pay $550 in restitution to the victim.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Drug Take Back Day Scheduled For Saturday April 11


Drug Take Back Day 2015 will be held in two locations around Hardin County on Saturday April 11.


Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said numerous drugs will be accepted, "A lot of people have to bring drugs in that maybe someone in their family has passed away, and that's one way to get rid of them properly, or if someone has a prescription that they can no longer take, we want you to bring that in, and it's prescription drugs, liquid medications, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens."


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


Elementary Student Suspended For Bringing Knives to School

A 12 year old student was suspended Wednesday for bringing knives to school.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the Kenton Elementary Building to investigate complaints that the suspect was showing off knives to other students at the school.


The suspect told police that he accidentally brought the knives to school and denied showing them off, but there were at least seven complaints from different students that the suspect had knives.


The boy's mother was called and told police that she had taken the knives from him earlier in the week and they were in a dresser drawer.


After being suspended, the student left the building. School officials say they have had ongoing problems with the juvenile, and he has been suspended four times prior to this event. They said each event is getting more severe in nature and believe that the court system needs to be involved.


The case was sent to the juvenile prosecutor's office for charges.


Patrol Reminds Drivers To Keep Eyes And Focus On The Road

Findlay –April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving.


Last year 17,827 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 44 fatal crashes. Ohio law prohibits all cell phone usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offence.


Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.


“Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”


Distracted driving is any non-driving activity that has potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction


For more distracted driving facts please visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Distracted_Driving_Bulletin_2015.pdf


Lakeview Woman Injured in Crash

A Lakeview woman was injured in a crash that occurred Tuesday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 18 year old Randi Jo Cox was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu north on State Route 117 when she said the car began making a rattling sound. At that point, Cox said the steering wheel locked up, and the car travelled off the road into the ditch, where it spun across a driveway and came to rest after striking a power pole.


The car was heavily damaged, and Cox was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Ridgemont Students Participate in Class Project

The students of Ridgemont High School spent Tuesday working on a school wide collaborative learning project.




The project was a Candy Car Collaborative Learning event, sponsored by the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. The event used all the students in attendance at Ridgemont High School working in teams to build and race vehicles made from candy.

Sarah McFadden from the Chapter Development committee said that when she was brain storming ideas for an event, she wanted to find something that the entire school could participate in.


"I was trying to find an activity for not only the FFA chapter but the whole school to participate in. When I Googled some things and found another school that had done this before so that's where the idea came from" said McFadden.



In this event, students from different grade levels were divided into teams and each team was given the task of designing, building and racing a vehicle made entirely out of candy pieces.


Teachers from Ridgemont also participated by coaching teams and judging the effectiveness of the racing vehicles. Ag Education Instructor Stephanie Jolliff said that the main focus of the event was to encourage project based learning which can teach different things than can be found in a classroom.


"Because in the real world when our students go out into industry, the boss if going to give them a job and say what I need done and the employee is going to figure out how to do it. On the other hand, when our kids become the leaders they need to be able to manage people, do teamwork to complete activities. And most importantly, when failure occurs, like if the car doesn't run right the first time, how do they regroup themselves, not cry in a corner and actually go and make a productive event." said Jolliff.



McFadden said that the event was well received by the Ridgemont students, and they'd be reviewing the events of the day to make it a better event next year.


"I think it went well, everyone had fun. There will be a lot of reflection pieces that we will go off of and change next year but it was a trial run and it went great!" said McFadden.


Jolliff was also pleased with the results and how the students came together to create interesting projects.


"The kids were able to synthesize 'OK when my car didn't work the first time through I had to redesign the axles, and when I redesigned the axles this is what I did and this worked but this didn't work and so on.' Perservance is one of those things that really hard to lecture but when we can give a real life example on how that works, then we've achieved our goal" said Jolliff.


Farmer Wins Cash Prize For Ridgemont FFA

A Hardin County farmer has won a cash prize for the Ridgemont FFA Chapter.



The contest, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund awards a cash prize to a non-profit of the farmers choice. The winner this year was Daniel Scharf of Mt. Victory, who chose to award the prize to the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. Scharf, who runs a grain and livestock farm near Mt. Victory said, as a former member of the Ridgemont FFA, he was glad at the chance to give back to the chapter.


"When I was in high school here at Ridgemont I had a good teacher my first couple of years here. I really appreciated the Vo-Ag program and the FFA portion of it. I feel that they have a good teacher here now and that she and the program was well worth having the money given to them." said Scharf.

The cash prize is $2500.00 which the FFA chapter plans to use for agriculture technology training. FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said that with Ag Tec ever changing the was farming operates, it's important for students to be educated in how the tec works, and how it can be used on modern farms.



"We are trying to teach our kids 'how do we take the latest technology in agriculture and bring it into the classroom?' So through this grant we are going to be able to purchase a drone and a couple of auxiliary drones and we're going to do a program this summer with our STEM summer program, and also we have a group of students right now studying the effects of crop scouting. Is it quicker to crop scout with a drone or a human and which one is more accurate? We have the speed figured out, so now we're going to start working on accuracy next year. Kids will take the agronomy skills that they're learning and put it in application hand in hand with technology primarily because of this grant from Daniel so we're excited about that." said Jolliff.


The prize was sponsored by Monsanto Fund.


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