Local News Archives for 2015-10

Area Friday Night Football Scores For Week 10

Western Buckeye League

Elida

21

At

Bath

34

Final

Kenton

19

At

Celina

22

Final

Shawnee

6

At

Defiance

34

Final

ST Marys

7

At

Ottawa-Glandorf

14

Final

Wapakoneta

21

At

Van Wert

20

Final

 

Northwest Central Conference

Hardin Northern

34

At

Riverside

66

Final

Upper Scioto Valley

44

At

Ridgemont

0

Final

 

Northwest Conference

Allen East

6

At

Ada

21

Final

 

Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference

Buckey Valley

3

At

North Union

26

Final

Elgin

44

At

Northmor

28

Final

 

Central Buckeye Conference

Indian Lake

48

At

Benjamin Logan

32

Final

 

Blanchard Valley Conference

Arcadia

13

At

Riverdale

34

Final

Cory-Rawson

0

At

Arlington

28

Final

 

Western Reserve

29

at

Upper Sandusky

23

Final

 

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Celina Rallies For 22-19 Win Over Cats

The Celina Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 22-19 in Western Buckeye League acton Friday at Celina Stadium.

 

Kenton Wildcats at Celina

 

The Bulldogs improve to 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the WBL and advance to next week's state playoffs. The Cats complete their season with a 2-8 record overall, includng 2-7 in the league.

 

Kenton scored two touchdowns in the final 1:13 of the first half to take a 12-7 lead and led 19-7 after Thomas Phillips returned an interception for a touchdown.

 

However, the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.

 

Kenton Wildcat Action

 

Trent Hites threw two touchdown passes to Chris Deardorf for Kenton, with Phillips' pick-six accounting for the other score.

 

Shawn Conover also intercepted a pass for the Wildcats.

 

Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Two Men and Two Women Arrested on Numerous Drug Offenses

Four people were arrested this week after a search warrant was executed at 360 North Market Street in Kenton.
 

According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the warrant stemmed from an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.
 

Deputies seized differing amounts of suspected cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and approximately $400 in cash.
 

Martrivis Burns, of Columbus, Carlton Burns, of Lima, Davon Klesmit and Julie Bloomfield, both from Kenton, were all arrested and charged with numerous offenses including trafficking and possession of illegal narcotics.
 

They were all transported to the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion.

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Trick or Treat is Favorite Halloween Activity Among Visitor Poll Voters

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

 

33% of our Visitor Poll voters said trick or treating, 27% said watching scary movies, 16% said dressing up in costumes, 14% said Halloween parties and the remaining 10% said going to haunted attractions is their favorite part of Halloween.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Harrod Woman Injured in Thursday Morning Crash

A Harrod woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning on County Road 106 in Lynn Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 64 year old Jacqueline Prine was driving east on 106 and failed to negotiate a curve. Her car was heavily damaged after it went off the roadway, slammed into the ditch, travelled through a yard and ended up back on the roadway where it came to rest.

 

Prine was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

 

She was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

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

 

.Varian R. Shepherd was sentenced to two years in prison on one count of possession of heroin. That was ordered to be served consecutively to any prison term imposed in a Union County Common Pleas Court case.

 

.Joseph K. Patton was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of possession of heroin and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Veteran's Services Office Holding Free Dinner For Veterans

The Hardin County Veteran's Service Commission will be hosting the first annual Veteran's Dinner.

 

Veteran's Services Officer Steve Gossard said tickets are free and will be available now until October 30th.

"This is for all Hardin County veterans and their spouses. The veteran basically just has to come to my office and prove that they're a veteran and they've been a resident in the county for the last 90 days, and the have served under honorable or with honorable conditions. The dinner is November the 9th and it's from 1-6pm, and we hope this gives all veterans who works on different shifts the opportunity to attend the dinner. This is a free dinner," said Gossard.

 

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

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High School Football's Regular Season Ends Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats finish up the 2015 season when they visit Celina tonight.

 

The Wildcats are 2 and 7 overall after last week's 34 to nothing loss to Bath. The defeat was Kenton's third straight and dropped the Cats to 2 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Celina comes into tonight's game at 6 and 3. The Bulldogs are 6 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, and a win tonight would assure they finish as the sole runners-up to league champion Wapakoneta. Celina is also currently 5th in the Division 3, Region 10 computer ratings, and a victory over the Cats would all but assure the Bulldogs of a postseason berth.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Celina Stadium.

The pregame show starts at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

 

Two other county schools will be hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive tonight. Ada is 5 and 4 and will host 6 and 3 Allen East, while the 5 and 4 Upper Scioto Valley Rams visit the 3 and 6 Ridgemont Golden Gophers. Both the Bulldogs and the Rams remain in contention for a postseason berth heading into tonight's action.

 

Also this evening, the Riverdale Falcons host the Arcadia Redskins - both teams are 1 and 8 on the season; while the Hardin Northern Polar Bears visit Riverside. The Polar Bears are 4 and 5 while the Pirates are 8 and 1.

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Motorists Advised to Use Caution During Trick Or Treat Hours Tonight

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

 

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

 

October 29th:

 

.Alger-6:00-7:30pm

.Dunkirk-5:00-7pm

.Kenton-6:30-8pm

.Ada-5:30-7:00pm

.Forest-6-7:30pm

.McGuffey-6-7:30pm

.Mt. Victory-6-7:30pm

.Ridgeway-6-7:30pm

 

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

Since trick or treat takes place around the county,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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City of Kenton Announces Leaf Clean-up Schedule

Columbus and Main Streets will be used as a dividing line for sections of the City. The schedule will be as follows-

 

November 2-8: 4TH WARD Southwest section including Columbus and Lima Streets

 

November 9-15:3RD WARD North-West Section including Main, Columbus, and Lima Streets

 

November 16-22: 1ST WARD South-East section including

Columbus and Main Streets

 

November 23-29: 2ND WARD North-East Section including Main and Columbus Streets

 

**As it is impossible to stay on a strict schedule, citizens will be advised, through the news media, when we will be moving from one section to another.** PLEASE DO NOT PARK YOUR VEHICLE IN THE LEAF PILES. DO NOT PUT THE LEAVES IN THE STREET, AS THEY WILL CLOG THE STORM SEWER AND COULD CAUSE A BACKUP INTO YOUR HOME IF THERE IS A HARD RAIN. RAKE THEM TO THE EDGE OF THE TREE LAWN ONLY. Call 419-674-4850 with any questions.

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Police: 2-Year-Old Girl Found Safe; Father in Custody

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police say they have found a 2-year-old Tennessee girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert safe in Ohio.

 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday that Brooklynn Enix was found in Morrow County, Ohio, and her father, 36-year-old Tyler Ward Enix, was taken into custody. No further details were immediately available.

 

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch told media that officers began searching for the father and child after finding the mother dead and the girl missing on Wednesday during a welfare check. Police later issued a warrant charging Tyler Enix with murder in the death of 36-year-old Kimberly Enix.

 

Rausch said the couple was in the process of divorcing.

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Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Receives Grant From AEP

Kenton, OH – The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance is pleased to announce that its Economic Development Division has been awarded a $10,000 grant from AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

 

Photo: L to R: Jon Cross, President/CEO, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, Tom Froehle, Vice President of External Affairs at AEP, John Hohn, Economic Development Director, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and Timothy Wells, Manager, Economic & Business Development, AEP.
 

 

The Alliance economic development staff, Jon Cross and John Hohn, recently returned from the Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio where they were recognized and presented with the grant.

 


Over the past year, the Alliance staff participated in AEP Ohio’s 2015 Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA), which was a multi-phase program that included attending site selection workshops, preparing new marketing strategies and hosting national site selectors for tours of the county’s top industrial sites.  In addition, officials from Ada, Forest and Kenton participated with the tours and workshops to help strengthen the teams approach to a countywide economic development platform.  The final step of the program was to develop an action plan to implement key economic development priorities identified throughout the process.

 

“The purpose of CEDA was to help local economic development professionals and key community leaders understand the types of information required and how to respond quickly to site consultants’ requests for information, said Jon Cross, President & CEO and Business Development for the Alliance.  “We are always trying to gain knowledge and insights that gives us advantages to win new business and create new jobs for Hardin County.”

 

In addition, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is also in the running for an additional grant by AEP Ohio for assisting with their technology upgrades to enhance their marketing and presentations efforts.

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Early Voting Time Winding Down

We are into the last days for early voting leading up to the November 3 election.

 

In person absentee/early voting hours for the 2015 General Election on November 3 are:

 

Wednesday October 28, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 from 8:00am to 7:00pm

 

Saturday October 31 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

 

Sunday November 1 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Monday November 2 from 8:00am to 2:00pm

 

To vote by mail, can the Board of Elections office at 419-674-2211 and they will send you a request or you can go online and print one at www.hardincountyelections.com.

 

In person absentee/early voting will end at 2:00pm on Monday November 2. Absentee/early voting is in the Board of Elections office in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse.

 

Applications for absentee ballots to be sent by mail must be received in the Board of Elections office by noon on Saturday October 31. All mailed absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections office by 7:30pm on Election Day November 3, 2015.

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Two County Schools Remain in Post Season Contention

Ada and Upper Scioto Valley remain in playoff contention heading into the final week of the regular season.

 

At the end of this week, the top eight teams in each region in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s computer ratings will qualify for the state playoffs, and the Ada Bulldogs and the Upper Scioto Valley Rams remain in the running for one of those slots.

 

The Bulldogs are ranked 7th in Division 7, Region 26 in the latest edition of the rankings, which were released on Tuesday, while the Rams are 9th in the region. An Ada win over Allen East should lock up a playoff berth for the Bulldogs, and the Dogs have a decent shot of sneaking into the postseason with a loss and some help. The Rams will need to defeat Ridgemont and then get some breaks to make the playoffs.

 

Hardin Northern (14th in Region 26), Ridgemont (17th in Region 26), Kenton (25th in Division 4, Region 12) and Riverdale (26th in Division 6, Region 22) have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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Kenton Middle School Holds Annual Red Ribbon Week Tradition

One of the banners that KMS students have signed for Red Ribbon Week

 

Red Ribbon Week is a 30 year old tradition at Kenton Middle School celebrating being drug and alcohol free. Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by "The Upstanders Club." students participate in various activites throughtought the week. On that that has taken the middle school students by storm is the "Gold Paw Scavenger Hunt" Upstanders co-advisor, Amy Long explains.

 

"There is a golden paw scavenger hunt and five golden paws are hidden throughout the building each day this week, so there are 25 total paws. Each day, the five paws that have been found by students will come together. These students will have to put the words on the front of the paw together to come up with a drug free tip for the week. Then, we are putting their pictures in the display case at the front of the building."

 

The other activities include speakers, students displaying red ribbons tied around their wrists, signing banners, collecting money for the county drug court, a classroom door decorating contest, and dress days. 

 

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign that was started in the Reagan era by a group of concerned parents that wanted to talk with thteir children about bdrug and alcohol abuse. Nancy Reagan had origionaly named the initave the "Just Say No" campaign. KMS students will continue to participate in activities throughout the week.

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Firefighters Respond to Brush Fire Monday Evening

A brush fire occurred in the 6000 block of State Route 309 west of Kenton Monday evening.
 

  

 

 

Firefighters were dispatched around 6pm to the fire, which was contained to a small area.
 

No structures were damaged

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Kenton, Along With Buck and Pleasant Townships, To Purchase New Fire Truck

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion on Monday evening in Council Chambers. Several ordinances were on the agenda, and Council President Joel Althauser encouraged members to consider acting on the legislation promptly.

 

Council members obliged the request, passing at least two legislative pieces that directly impacted the city's ability to purchase a fire truck. Along with Buck and Pleasant Townships, the City of Kenton appropriated a maximum amount of $126,500 towards the purchase of a new fire engine. Fire Chief Russ Blue commended the council on their quick action and said he hopes the new truck will "be in the firehouse before the next council meeting."

 

In addition to the purchase of the new fire engine, council passed several other financial ordinances, including a resolution to begin bidding out work for the Letson Avenue (informally known as Fairgrounds Road) project. Thus far, Mayor Randy Manns has approximated $50,000 from tax revenue that will go towards the project, $60-$70,000 that will be provided by in-kind work, and the remaining $880,000 coming from grants and Issue II.

 

Safety Service Director Jim Hites presented the City of Kenton leaf pick-up schedule. It runs as follows:

 

Section I: November 2, 2015 (start date) 4th Ward, Southwest

 

Section, including Columbus and Lima Streets

 

Section II: November 9, 2015 (start date) 3rd Ward, Northwest

 

Section, including Main, Columbus, and Lima Streets

 

Section III: November 16, 2015 (start date) 1st Ward, Southeast

 

Section, including Columbus and Main Streets

 

Section IV: November 23, 2015 (start date) 2nd Ward,

 

Northeast Section, including Main and Columbus Streets

 

Hites mentioned that a strict schedule is impossible to follow, so citizens will be advised through local media outlets when the city will be moving from one section to another. He also mentioned that leaves should be bagged, if possible, and vehicles should not park in front of the leaf piles. Leaves are not to be put into the street. Any citizens wishing to compost their leaves, grass trimmings, and garden debris may take them to the Hardin County Solid Waste & Recycling Center (45 Jones Road, Kenton) Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm or Saturday from 8:30am to 11:30am.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.

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Ada Holds Halloween Parade

The city of Ada held their annual Halloween Parade on Monday and awards where given to participants for Prettiest, Scariest, and Most Original Costumes. In total the Halloween Parade sponsor, the Ada Kiwanis club, presented 50 awards to deserving parade attendees.

 

 

 

The Ada High School marching band was present to provide background music to this annual event and where also presented with awards for their own costume choices. 

 

 

 

The city of Ada is having their Trick or Treat on Thursday October 29th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

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Two Lima Men Face Drug Charges Following Seizure of More than $300,000 in Heroin

 

(LIMA, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Allen County Sheriff Samuel Crish, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin, and Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick announced today that two Allen County residents are facing multiple charges following what local investigators call one of the largest heroin seizures in Allen County history.


 

 

Marvin Thomas, 45, and Anthony Duvernay, 39, both of Lima, were arrested by members of the Lima Allen County Interdiction Task Force earlier this month, after an ongoing heroin trafficking investigation uncovered two kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of $330,000. Investigators believe the pair were involved in bringing the drugs into Ohio from out of state to distribute locally.

 

A special Allen County grand jury on Friday indicted both suspects on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, and illegal manufacture of drugs, with several of the charges carrying major drug offender and forfeiture specifications. Thomas is also facing an additional charge of having weapons while under disability.

 

The Lima Allen County Interdiction Task Force, which is made up of officers with the Allen County Sheriff's Office and Lima Police Department, was created last year as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) in an effort to stop the flow of heroin and other drugs along I-75 through Allen County.  The task force is funded by more than $500,000 in grants issued as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.

 

"Those who choose to bring heroin into Ohio's communities are taking a great risk because investigators on task forces like the Lima Allen County Interdiction Task Force are watching," said Attorney General DeWine. "Investigators across the state are working hard to confiscate heroin, keep it away from those suffering from addiction, and hold traffickers accountable for their crimes."

 

"Heroin is both illegal and extremely dangerous.  The seizure of this massive quantity of heroin demonstrates what can be achieved by multiple law enforcement agencies working together," said Allen County Sheriff Samuel Crish. "This seizure is a win for local law enforcement and a win for the people of Allen County.  The Allen County Sheriff’s Office will continue to devote every available resource to this ongoing fight against drug trafficking in our community."

 

"This very large seizure of heroin kept this incredibly dangerous drug from reaching the streets of our community, where it would have very likely resulted in the deaths of many people," said Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin.  "This seizure would not have been possible without the cooperative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies.  The cooperation and collaboration of the officers from the various agencies serves as an example to everyone and demonstrates what can be accomplished when we work together."

 

"Over the last year we have seen an incredible increase in heroin abuse. That abuse has caused a historic upswing in theft offenses, home invasions as well as tragic loss of life. Recently our multi-agency task force was able to intercept a very large quantity of heroin bound for the streets of our community. The seizure was made possible through the tireless efforts and dedication of the members of the task force. They should be commended for a job well done," said Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick.

 

The case is still under investigation, and authorities anticipate additional indictments and arrests in connection with the case in the future.  Prosecutors with the Allen County Prosecutor's Office will prosecute the case.

 

Authorities with the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the investigation. 

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Chamber and Business Alliance Produces New Video

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has produced a new "Welcome To Hardin County" promotional video.

 

To view the video, click on the link below:

 

 

 

 

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Car Deer Crashes Likely To Increase Heading Into November

There were a total of four car/deer collisions reported to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office over the weekend.

 

 

 

Rhonda Pees, from the Ohio Department of Transportation, said it's important for motorists to be on the lookout when driving because that number will likely increase as we move into November, "Which is usually the highest month for deer/vehicle crashes, and just some of the things you want to keep aware of, we do have certain places where we have signs posted that we consider high risk areas for deer/vehicle crashes. In Hardin County, the two mile section near the Marion County line two miles into Hardin County is the hot spot for Hardin County for deer/vehicle crashes, so that is one thing Hardin County motorists want to keep in mind. Always be aware that more than one deer travel together. If you see one, you're going to see more, and that typically early morning and evening are the prime times when you will see deer moving."

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Ohio Gas Prices Down to Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists continue to see lower prices at the gas pumps as the week begins.

 

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.14 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 16 cents less than a week ago, and about 7 cents less compared with what motorists were paying last month at this time.

 

A year ago at this time, the state average was $2.95 for regular fuel.

 

Monday's national average for regular fuel was $2.20, down about six cents from a week ago. The national average was $3.05 at this time a year ago.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Hardin County Dog Shelter Celebrating One Year Anniversary With Open House

It's been a year since the new Hardin County Dog Shelter opened, and Hardin County Dog Warden Tammy Ervin said today (Saturday) they are having an Open House and Donor Appreciation Day, "All of the people who have donated a lot of money to help out here, and we would like them to come out. We've been open a year now, and would like them to come out and see where all their money has went to."

 

She said they are well pleased with the new facility, "It is fantastic. It is so nice out here, and the dogs and the way that they can get taken care of out here, with all the donations and all the things that we have put in, it just helps make their lives a little easier."

 

Ervin adds that today would be a great time to stop out and view the new facility if you haven't done so already, "Between one and five, we're having refreshments, and they can come out and see all the new things that the community has helped with through donations."

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ODOT Releases Latest Construction Project List

Allen County:

 

Ohio 65 northbound north of Hanthorn Road, Lima, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone, likely on Monday of the week weather permitting, for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 117 within the village of Spencerville at Ohio 66 closed October 19 for two weeks for a waterline replacement. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 66 to Kolter Road to Monfort Road back to Ohio 117. Work is being performed by the village of Spencerville.

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 
Hancock County:

 

Interstate 75 traffic northbound and southbound just north of Ohio 103 will be slowed and perhaps stopped for short intervals on October 29 while utility lines are installed over the lanes of traffic. Traffic is expected to be affected by the work beginning at 10 a.m. that day until approximately noon. Law enforcement will assist in traffic control. Work is being performed by Hancock-Wood Electric.

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street is restricted at some locations for minor finish work following a resurfacing project. Work is expected to be completed within the week. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is currently not restricted and all lanes are open to traffic. In approximately two weeks, traffic will be restricted once again when pavement striping and installation of rumble strips resumes. The project will be complete in late October. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound is largely complete with some minor finish work remaining. The route is currently unrestricted but work to complete the project is expected to resume within a few weeks. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County.  Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

Hancock and Hardin Counties:

 

U.S. 68 at select locations within Hardin and Hancock counties will be restricted to one lane through the work zone during installation of rumble strips down the center line. The strips will be installed at the following locations. Work will begin at the southernmost point and continue to the north. Work is being performed by ML Markings, Columbus:

From the Logan County line to the south edge of the city of Kenton

From north of the city of Kenton to the south edge of the village of Dunkirk

North of the village of Arlington to the south edge of the city of Findlay

 


Hardin County:

 

Ohio 53 north of Kenton between County Road 90 and County Road 80 will be closed November 9 for two days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 31, U.S. 68 and Ohio 81 back to Ohio 53. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 31 in the village of Mount Victory will be closed October 28 for approximately five days for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad and Vorst Paving.

 

Ohio 31 in the city of Kenton between Decatur Street and Espy Street will be closed October 28 for approximately two weeks for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68, County Road 140 (Letson Avenue) back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by CSX Transportation.

 

Ohio 31 south of Kenton, south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for a culvert replacement. The culvert work is expected to be complete before the beginning of the week but the route will remain closed for railroad crossing repair which is occurring to the north (see below). Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

Within this current closure area, work to repair the railroad crossing on Ohio 31 just north of County Road 175 south of Kenton began October 12 and will be completed in approximately two weeks. Traffic will utilize the same detour. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.
 


Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 at Upper Sandusky is restricted at certain locations for finish work following a bridge repair and resurfacing project. The project will continue through October. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

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Area Friday Night Football Scores For Week 9

WBL:

 

Bath 34..Kenton 0

 

Band Parents Night at Robinson Field

 

 

Celina 48...Shawnee 13

 

Elida 28...Ottawa-Glandorf 21

 

Wapakoneta 46...St. Mary's 7

 

Van Wert 56...Defiance 25

 

AREA Scores:

 

McComb 35...Arlington 0

 

Corey-Rawson 42...Riverdale 25

 

East Knox 7...Elgin 0

 

Galion 62...North Union 21

 

Colonel Crawford 38...Upper Sandusky 20

 

 

Fort Loramie 16...Upper Scioto Valley 12

 

  

From USV/Fort Loramie game

 

 

Hardin Northern 20...Perry 18

 

From HN/Perry game

 

Lehman Catholic 62...Ridgemont 0

 

Delphos Jefferson 51...Ada 7

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Bath Running Game Overpowers Kenton

Bath rushed for 393 yards en route to a 34-0 win over Kenton in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.

 

 

Kaden Sullivan rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns for Bath (6-3 overall, 5-3 Western Buckeye League). Bo Gross added 118 yards and a TD on the ground while Tre Terry finished with 80 yards and two scores.

 

C.J. Cook was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game for Kenton.

 

Kenton (2-7 overall, 2-6 WBL) travels to Celina for its season final on Friday. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Driver Escapes Injury After Her Car Struck a Building

A Kenton woman escaped injury after her car struck a building in the 300 block of Franklin Street during the noon hour today.

 

 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, 63 year old Mildred Savage was driving along the back side of the Post Office and thought she hit her brakes, but police believe she hit the accelerator instead. The car travelled across the sidewalk where it sheared off a light pole, continued onto Franklin Street and struck a pickup truck. The car continued across the street and struck a building at 302 West Franklin Street.

 

 

Savage, who was not injured, was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

 

 

 

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Kenton Man Sentenced to Prison

A Kenton man was sentenced recently on numerous charges.
 

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

 

.Daniel Ray Wright, also known as Danny Ray Wisecup was sentenced to a total of ten years and five months in prison on one count each of complicity to assault on a peace officer, burglary, complicity to burglary, receiving stolen property and complicity to theft.
 

Judge Scott Barrett ordered Wright to pay restitution in the amount of $2060 to the victim. 

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Robinson Field is Scene For Battle of the Wildcats Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats host Bath tonight in their 2015 home finale.

 

Kenton is 2 and 6 overall, including 2 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League, and will be looking to send its seniors out on a winning note this evening in their final game at Robinson Field.

 

Bath, which has won 3 straight games, is 5 and 3 overall and 4 and 3 in the ultra-competitive Western Buckeye League. Six schools in the WBL have winning records overall through eight weeks, and another is at the break-even mark. Seven Western Buckeye League schools remain mathematically alive for the playoffs heading into tonight's action.

 

WKTN will carry Kenton's home-finale live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern hosts Perry - the Polar Bears are 3 and 5 while the Commodores are 2 and 6; Ridgemont takes it 3 and 5 record to Sidney to meet 4 and 4 Lehman Catholic; 5 and 3 Ada travels to Delphos to take on the 7 and 1 Jefferson Wildcats; Upper Scioto Valley entertains Fort Loramie in a key battle for playoff position - the Rams are 5 and 3 while the Redskins are 4 and 4; and fresh off their first win of the season, the 1 and 7 Riverdale Falcons travel to Cory-Rawson to take on the 3 and 5 Hornets.

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United Way at 21%

The United Way of Hardin County is at 21% of their goal for the 2015 campaign.
 

          

 

 

The total to date is just over $43,800, and the goal is $215,000.
Leading the way this week is the Special Gifts Division with $11,462. Industry is at $8934, Retail $4409, Education $3906, Agriculture $3774, Event $3440, Financial-Insurance-Real Estate (FIRE) $3275, Government $2703, Professional $1595 and Out of County $365.

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Group Working on Restoring Passenger Rail Service in Ohio

An Ohio organization is working to restore a passenger railroad line from Chicago to Columbus.
 

Ron Sheck, Chairman of All Aboard Ohio, said his group is working with the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association in making the project a reality. Sheck talks about a feasibility study completed by NIPRA, "I think what the NIPRA study really does is look at restoring train service on that former Pennsylvania railroad line, which is now owned by the Chicago, Indiana and Eastern Railroad as far east as Kenton and then using the CSX line that goes from Toledo south through Findlay and Kenton and Marysville down to Columbus."
 

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

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HMH Holding Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Kenton---Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM in the McCullough Conference Room. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

 

DeAnna Carey OhioHealth Hardin Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Registered Clinical Dietitian is presenting "Have Diabetes? Prepare for the Holidays".  Every year at this time we are faced with the upcoming holiday season.  Managing diabetes and maintaining good blood glucose control through this period is even more challenging.  During this meeting you will learn how to plan ahead to successfully navigate through this busy time.  DeAnna will be discussing holiday tips of fitting in sweets, how to handle stress and avoid holiday weight gain. This information can be valuable to all individuals. Participants are encouraged to share what has worked for them in the past if they wish to do so. There will be time for question and answers. 

 

The Diabetic Support Group is part of HMH’s Diabetic Self-Management Program, which is directed by Bernadette Coats, RN, and Certified Diabetic Educator at HMH.  This support group provides the latest information available on diabetes self-care, promotes wellness, and helps persons with diabetes prevent the complications of chronic illnesses related to the disease.  HMH is dedicated to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health.  For information, call 419-675-8249.

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Over 61,000 Voters Cast Ballots So Far in Ohio's Election

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state's elections chief says more than 61,000 Ohioans have cast their ballots ahead of next month's election and nearly 223,000 absentee ballots have been requested.

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted's (HYOO'-steds) office says that as of last week, about 27,000 had voted in person and about 34,000 cast ballots by mail.

 

Voters will decide the fate of three statewide ballot initiatives on Election Day.

 

One would legalize marijuana for medical reasons and recreational use, while another seeks to prevent monopolies from being inserted into the state constitution. A separate measure would overhaul how state legislative districts are drawn.

 

More than 1,700 local issues also are on the ballot.

 

Husted says fewer than 333,000 voters cast absentee ballots in 2013, when there were no statewide questions on the ballot.

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Visitor Poll Voters Say Stricter Gun Laws Won't Help

A Visitor Poll resulted in lopsided results for the question, "Do you think stricter gun control laws will prevent mass killings?"

 

Of those responding, a hefty 89% said no they will not prevent such crimes, while the remaining 11% feel they will.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Field and Brush Fires Keep Firefighters Busy on Tuesday

Dry, windy conditions led to brush and field fires around the county on Tuesday.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to provide mutual aid at a large field fire on Township Road 133 just before five Tuesday evening. The fire spread through a field of standing corn and into a nearby wooded area. Several area fire departments responded to held battle that blaze.

 

 

A brush fire was also reported in a ditch on County Road 90.
That fire was contained to a small area.

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Tools Stolen From Construction Company Office in Kenton

A breaking and entering occurred at Holbrook Construction on South Wayne Street in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident was reported Tuesday morning after it was discovered that the office had been entered and several tools were stolen. The total value of the missing items was listed at $2300.

 

The case remains under investigation.

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Blood Donors Sought Leading Up To Holiday Season

The American Red Cross is encouraging people to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing.
 

According to a release, blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day which causes a drop in the blood available for patients. Donations are needed to help offset the seasonal decline.
 

There are three blood drives being held in the the next couple of weeks. On October 26 from noon to six at First Baptist Church in Kenton, on November 2 from 2-7pm at the YMCA in Kenton and on November 9 from 11:30 to 5:30 at Visiting Nurses and Hospice in Ada. 

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Keep Hardin County Beautiful Holds Banquet

The 25th Annual Keep Hardin County Beautiful banquet was held Tuesday evening at the First United Methodist Church in Kenton.

 

Dinner was prepared and served by the women of the church.

Program Manager Deb Phillips introduced elected officials and Keep Hardin County Beautiful commission members.

 

A special award of the evening was given in memory of 'Sweet Old Bill,' Bill Furbush. It was presented by Jane Furbush to Mark Stanley for the beautification with flowers of his home on East Ohio Street in Kenton.

 

Garden Beautification award winners for June residential: Tom and Brenda Wilcox and Jack and Sue Buroker

 

Residential for July: Bo and Laura Walter and Jim and Pam Sprang

 

Residential for August: Rob and Lori Wilson and Dave and Jane Stuck

 

The August Business award was presented to Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home.

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Four County Schools Remain in Hunt For Playoffs

Four county schools remain mathematically alive for a spot in the postseason heading into this week’s action.

 

The latest edition of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s computer ratings were released on Tuesday, and with two weeks to go in the regular season, all four Hardin County schools in Division, 7 Region 26 are technically still alive for a playoff berth.

Of the four, Ada and Upper Scioto Valley are best positioned to earn a spot in the postseason as the Bulldogs are currently 4th while the Rams rank 8th.

 

Hardin Northern is 15th while Ridgemont is one spot down at 16th, and both the Polar Bears and the Golden Gophers  will need a lot of help down the stretch to have a shot at the playoffs.

 

Kenton - which is 24th in Division 4, Region 12 – and Riverdale – which ranks 26th in Division 6, Region 22 – have both been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

 

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

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Fire Department Asks Residents To Refrain From Open Burning

The Kenton Fire Department is advising residents to refrain from any kind of open burning.

 

Chief Russ Blue said it's because of the lack of rain and breeze conditions today, "We currently are out fighting fires in two different sections of the county, and our resources are getting pretty thin.

 

We have a mutual aid call from everywhere, and it's due to open burning and it's getting into corn fields and stubble fields, and it's just taxing us beyond what we can handle right now."

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VA Mobile Unit in Kenton on Tuesday

The VA Mobile Unit visited Kenton on Tuesday.

 

 

The Columbus unit comes into town from time to time to administer flu shots and meet with veterans to sign them up for benefits.

 

As of Tuesday afternoon. 7 flu shots were administered to veterans and the staff met with 10 veterans to discuss benefits.

 

 

In picture above from left to right are Nurse Practitioner Patricia Lorbach, Clerk and Driver Christine Alley and Ron Decker, a local Navy Vietnam veteran who was there to get a flu shot. Decker took time to thank the staff of the VA Mobile Unit for their services.

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Kenton School Board Gets Update on Hi-Point Program

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met Monday evening at the Administration Building. After roll call and the approval of previous meeting minutes, the Board heard from students at the new Ohio Hi-Point satellite program, housed in the former Northwood building.

 

Haven Reisinger and Logan Caudill, students in the Level 1 Health Science Technology Course, gave a presentation on wellness and wellbeing designed for a local business. Teacher Deb Purcell explained that the classes had been instructed to create a wellness plan for a company in order to see how overall health affected costs for medical plans like the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. By encouraging employees to participate in wellness activities like exercise, meal planning, and tobacco cessation, companies can expect to see an increase in employee productivity and a decrease in health care costs, according to the study. Purcell added that the Ohio Hi-Point program is "a real benefit for our students and for Hardin County...we are teaching, the students are learning, and everyone benefits."

 

In other Board news, the Extracurricular Committee commended the excellence of the fall sports programs, noting that several students have moved on to Sectional or State competitions. It was noted that Coach Blue, of the Golf Team, was awarded Coach of the Year for the Western Buckeye League (WBL), and that there will be a bowling team offered this year for the first time in school history.

 

The Policy Committee discussed updates to current policies that read differently than the student handbook, and will be reviewing at least four policies that need further modification.

The Board dismissed into executive session to discuss the sale of property. Upon reconvening, the Board collectively approved several personnel items, authorizations, and resolutions before adjourning.

 

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Administration Building.

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Rape Suspect Arrested by Union County Sheriff's Office

The Union County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning the arrest of a Columbus man for the alleged rape of a female victim at a residence in the 22000 block of Buck Allen Drive in Allen Township.

 

John R. Schloss

 

The alleged rape occurred on October 16, 2015. The suspect,

John R. Schloss Jr., age 24 of 4616 Ralston Street in Columbus, was arrested without incident by officers from the Columbus Police Department on October 19, 2015.

 

On October 17, 2015, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of the alleged rape by the victim. Detectives investigating the case were able to determine the identity of the alleged suspect and worked with the Columbus Police Department to locate him. Schloss has been charged with one count of rape, a felony of the first degree.

 

He was arraigned yesterday morning in Marysville Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $100,000.00. Schloss is being held at the Tri County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

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Search For New Kenton Police Chief Continues After Five Fail Exam

The search for a new Kenton Police Chief continues after no one passed a required civil service exam.
 

According to Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, five officers took the exam, but no one achieved the necessary 70% needed to pass.
 

Hites said city officials are unsure what the next step will be. He said they will meet in the next couple of days with the local civil service commission and their legal advisers to figure how to proceed.
 

The Kenton Police Department has been without a chief since the retirement of John Vermillion in May of this year.

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Ohio Gas Prices Down to Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pumps as they start the new work week.

 

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.30 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 17 cents less than a week ago, and about level with what motorists were paying last month at this time.

 

A year ago at this time, the state average was $3.08 for regular fuel.

 

Monday's national average for regular fuel was about $2.26 Monday, down about a nickel from a week ago but about the same as a month ago.

 

The national average at this time last year was $3.11.

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Driver Escapes Injury in Crash at Start of Weekend

A Reynoldsburg woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash to start the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 21 year old Leah Douglas lost control of her car while travelling east on County Road 60. The car went off the right side of the road where it struck a guardrail causing heavy damage.
 

Douglas was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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North Lewisburg Man Killed in Logan County Motorcycle Crash

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle in Ohio.

 

20-year-old James Long was stopped in the southbound lane of Route 292 in a county northwest of Columbus when he was hit by an SUV shortly after 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that the North Lewisburg man was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

 

Authorities say 50-year-old Edward Marland's car went left of center when Long was struck. Marland was not injured in the crash.

 

Authorities say alcohol may have been a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation.

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New Family Consumer Science educator in Hardin County

Jamie Dellifield is the new Family Consumer Science Educator at the Hardin County Ohio State University extension office. She is a 1990 graduate of Riverdale High School. She graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Communications from Ohio Northern University. Dellifield completed her undergraduate work at the Methodist Theological School majoring in Christian Education with a specialization in Youth Ministry. Dellifield has previously worked as a Youth and Children’s pastor and a cheer coach at the High School, Collegiate, and All-Star levels. She also the previous owner and lead teacher at Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool in Ada. Dellifield is looking forward to helping the people of Hardin County in her new position and continuing what predecessor Kathy Oliver has already accomplished.

 

“Actually I’m looking forward to serving the people of Hardin County to this first year, maybe even the first two years, assessing the needs, looking at where we’ve been, and continuing what Kathy [Oliver] has started and then moving forward into helping people of all ages. Parents, grandparents, singles, newly marrieds, people who want to maybe get a start in a fitness life and don’t know where to begin with that. Maybe helping people who think that they would love to know how to sew a button on. And then, we have that brand new SPARK lab that Mark Light was able to get the grant for. So, we are really looking forward to utilizing that space to teach Hardin County in ways they can’t even imagine!”


She also wants to collaborate with, and educate, other people and organizations. If you would like more information, or to be involved with a program, you can contact the OSU extension office at (419) 674-2297 or by email at dellifield.2@osu.ed

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Abundant Life Church Hosting 4th Annual Family Fest

The 4th Annual Family Fest will be held this Sunday October 18 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.
 

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

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

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ODOT Releases Weekly Construction Project List

Allen County:

 

Ohio 117 within the village of Spencerville at Ohio 66 will be closed October 19 for two weeks for a waterline replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 66 to Kolter Road to Monfort Road back to Ohio 117. Work is being performed by the village of Spencerville.

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street is restricted at some locations for minor finish work following a resurfacing project. Work on Tiffin Avenue is nearly complete with some incidental finish work occurring which will require short-term lane closures. Short-term closures are also occurring on Main Street between Center Street and Trenton Avenue. Work is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Paving is complete with berm work, installation of reflective pavement markers and placement of temporary pavement striping continuing. All lanes are expected to be open to traffic during the week and will remain so for approximately two weeks before final pavement striping and installation of rumble strips will resume. Once under way the work is expected to be completed in approximately four days. The project will be complete in late October. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound is largely complete with some minor finish work remaining. The route is currently unrestricted but work to complete the project is expected to resume within a few weeks. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County.  Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.
 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 31 south of Kenton, south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for a culvert replacement. Due to a delay in material delivery, the project will continue through late October.

Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

Within this current closure area, work to repair the railroad crossing on Ohio 31 just north of County Road 175 south of Kenton began October 12 and will be completed in approximately two weeks. Traffic will utilize the same detour. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.
 

 

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23 at the following locations will be restricted to one lane through the work zone on Friday, October 16 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for guard rail repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 guard rail department with traffic control by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage:

 

-Northbound just south of Ohio 67 near Upper Sandusky

-Southbound just south of Ohio 294 near Harpster

-Northbound at Ohio 53 near Upper Sandusky

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 at Upper Sandusky is restricted at certain locations for finish work following a bridge repair and resurfacing project. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

As part of the project, bridge work on Ohio 53/Ohio 67 over U.S. 23 is nearing completion. No further long-term restrictions on Ohio 53/67 are anticipated.

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Bulldogs Best Cats 28-19 For First Win Over Kenton Since 1992

The Elida Bulldogs built a 21-0 halftime lead and held off a fierce Kenton rally to defeat the Wildcats 28-19 in Western Buckeye League play Friday at Kraft Stadium.

 

     

 

 

 

The Bulldogs got 171 yards rushing and a touchdown from Cole Harmon. Logan Alexander added 119 yards and a TD and also thrw for two scores as Elida defeated Kenton for the first time since 1992.

 

Trent Hites threw for two touchdowns - to Trey Reichelderfer and Austin Buroker - and rushed for another score for the Cats. Buroker and Ty Carmean intercepted passes for Kenton.

 

Buroker was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Cats fall to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the WBL while the Bulldogs improve to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the league.

 

Kenton is back in action on Friday when it hosts Bath.WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Week Eight Scores

WBL
Elida 28 Kenton 19 
Van Wert 34, Celina 28 (2OT)
St. Mary's 50 Defiance 12 
Bath 39 Shawnee 6 
Wapak 35 OG 10
 
Blanchard Valley Conference
 Leipsic 22 Arlington 7
Riverdale 28 Vanlue 0
 
Central Buckeye Conference
Ben Logan 60 Graham 0
 
Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference
Centerburg 56 Elgin 6 
Jonathan Alder 35 North Union 14
 
Northern 10
Wynford 34 Upper Sandusky 7 
 
Northwest Centeral Conference
Ridgemont 12 Waynesfield-Goshen 7
USV 36 Hardin Northern 7
 
Northwest Conference
Bluffton 27 Ada 21

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One Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

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

 

.Lindsey E. Holland was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of heroin and endangering children. She was found to be eligible for Recovery Court and was ordered to comply with all terms and conditions of the program.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Founders Seek New Leadership For Mentoring Program

A new leader is being sought to take over a program called Success Express.

 

Becky Potts said the program is a fully funded non-profit organization, "Success Express was founded several years ago by the nurse, Brenda Jennings, out at the elementary school and myself. Unfortunately neither one of us can continue running it, so it's been inactive for about the last year. It is fully funded, and rather than just let it go, we wanted to reach out to the community and try to find someone to take the helm."

 

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

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Kenton is at Elida in High School Football Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats look to extend their lengthy winning streak against Elida tonight when they take on the Bulldogs.

 

Elida has not defeated Kenton on the gridiron since George Bush was President of the United States. The Bulldogs' last victory over the Cats came in 1992, during the Presidency of George Bush Senior, and Kenton has dominated the rivalry between the schools ever since. The Cats will take a 22-game winning streak over the Bulldogs into tonight's game at Kraft Stadium in Elida.

 

The Wildcats are 2 and 5 overall, including 2 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, while the Bulldogs are 4 and 3 overall and 3 and 3 in league play.

 

WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kraft Stadium in Elida, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

In other games tonight around Hardin County, Hardin Northern entertains Upper Scioto Valley - the Polar Bears are 3 and 4 while the Rams are 4 and 3; Riverdale visits Vanlue in a battle of winless squads; 5 and 2 Ada hosts 4 and 3 Bluffton; and Ridgemont travels to Waynesfield-Goshen - the Golden Gophers are 2 and 5 while the Tigers are 0 and 7.

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Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent in September

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in September, remaining below the national rate of 5.1 percent for the month.
 
The Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's jobless rate for September fell from a revised 4.6 percent in August.
 
The state said Ohio had 254,000 unemployed in September 2015, down 11,000 from 265,000 in August.
 
Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 8,600 over the month.
 
Job losses over the month were reported in manufacturing, construction, mining, logging, trade, transportation and utilities. Job gains were reported in leisure and hospitality, educational and health services, financial activities and information.
 
The number of unemployed in Ohio has decreased by 51,000 in the past 12 months. Last month's unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.3 percent in September 2014.

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Snyder Named Hardin Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — OhioHealth announced today that Ron Snyder has been named chief operating officer (COO) of OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital.

 

Ron Snyder

 

"I'm blessed to be given the opportunity to continue to lead the hospital. The hospital has worked constantly at improving the health of our community by providing excellent care for the patients and their families, but providing our physicians and associates with a great place to work, and by being part of OhioHealth which is one of the top 5 health care systems in the country. We've been able to make a lot of improvements over the past few years mainly because of the tremendous support we've received from the community. Time and time again they've continued to support us, and I'm very thankful for that support. I look forward to strengthening the relationship with the community and continuing to improve and provide excellent care to all of our patients," said Snyder.

 

In April, Ron, chief financial officer at the time, was named interim president of Hardin Memorial after serving 34 years at the hospital. During that time he was instrumental in driving the financial stability of Hardin Memorial, assisting the hospital in obtaining Critical Access status in 2002 and working as part of the executive team that led Hardin into full membership with OhioHealth in 1992.

 

"Ron has done a remarkable job serving in the interim capacity over the past six months while wearing multiple hats that included his finance responsibilities," said Cheryl Herbert, senior vice president of Regional Operations for OhioHealth.

 

"Ron’s professionalism combined with his 34 years working in this hospital and in this community make him an ideal person to continue the good work being done to serve the people of Kenton and the surrounding area."

 

The decision to name a chief operating officer as the top executive at Hardin Memorial, as opposed to a president, is consistent with what has been done at other OhioHealth member Critical Access hospitals.

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Two Area Athletes Will Compete in State Tournament Tennis and Golf Action

Two county athletes will begin state tournament competition on Friday.

 

Kenton’s Claire Oates is making her second straight trip to the girls state tennis tournament. Oates won the Western Buckeye League first-singles championship this fall and then placed third at both the sectional and district tournaments to punch her ticket to state.

 

Oates, a senior, will take on Gahanna Columbus Academy’s GeorgiaTuckerman  in opening round action at the Division II state tournament. A sophomore, Tuckerman was the runner-up in the Central District tournament. Play at the state tournament will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. and conclude on Saturday at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason.

 

Also on Friday, Ridgemont’s Devin Mouser will tee off in the Division III boys state golf tournament at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus. The senior earned a berth in the state tournament by carding a 79 at last week’s district tournament.

 

The state golf tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. both days.

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Driver Injured and Facing Several Charges Following Late Night Crash

A 19 year old Kenton man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before midnight Tuesday in McDonald Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Scott Bailey was travelling east on State Route 67 at a high rate of speed when the car went off the right side of the road at the start of a curve. Bailey lost control of the vehicle, and it ended up off the left side of the road where it eventually overturned and came to rest on its wheels in the ditch.

 

Bailey was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Roundhead EMS. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control, no operator's licence and fictitious plates.

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Heavy Damage But No Injuires in Tuesday Crash

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred around 10:50 Tuesday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 19 year old Andrew Anderson, of Kenton, drove from a stop sign on Jacob Parrott Boulevard onto East Columbus Street and his car struck the side of a westbound car being operated by 52 year old Susan Moeller, of Kenton.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries, and Anderson was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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County Veterans and Spouses Invited to Free Dinner

The Hardin County Veteran's Service Commission will be hosting the first annual Veteran's Dinner.

 

Veteran's Services Officer Steve Gossard said tickets are free and will be available now until October 30th.

 

"This is for all Hardin County veterans and their spouses. The veteran basically just has to come to my office and prove that they're a veteran and they've been a resident in the county for the last 90 days, and the have served under honorable or with honorable conditions. The dinner is November the 9th and it's from 1-6pm, and we hope this gives all veterans who works on different shifts the opportunity to attend the dinner. This is a free dinner," said Gossard.

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Playoff Race Taking Shape For Some Area Football Teams

The race for the playoffs is beginning to take shape with three weeks to go in the high school football season.

 

The Ada Bulldogs are 3rd in the latest Division 7, Region 26 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are 5 and 2 and could wrap up a playoff spot with just one more win. That may not be easy for Ada as the Bulldogs finish with a tough slate of games as Bluffton, Delphos Jefferson and Allen East are a combined 15 and 6 this season.

 

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams are 4 and 3 and are currently in the 8th and final playoff spot in Region 26. The Rams face an easier closing schedule than Ada as their final three opponents are 8 and 13 this year. However, Upper Scioto Valley does not have much margin for error and may have to win out to ensure itself of the school's first playoff berth.

 

The playoff hopes for the remainder of the county schools are on life support. Kenton is 24th in Division 4, Region 12 while Riverdale is tied for 25th in Division 6, Region 22. In the aforementioned Division 7, Region 26, Hardin Northern is ranked 14th while Ridgemont is in 19th.

 

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

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Break-Ins, Thefts and Unauthorized Credit Card Use Being Investigated

Several breaking and entering and theft complaints were filed with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Monday.

 

According to the reports:

 

.A breaking and entering occurred in the 100 block of Walnut Street in Dunkirk. A lawn mower, air compressor and a tool box with miscellaneous tools were reported stolen. The total value of the missing property was listed at $3500.

 

.An unauthorized use of a credit card was also reported.

A named suspect allegedly used the credit card of a Kenton woman to make purchases of over $2000. So far, no charges have been filed.

 

.Finally, a Kenton woman reported the theft of a firearm.

The Smith and Wesson handgun valued at just over $600 was believed to have been taken some time within the past month.

 

All cases remain under investigation.

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Smoke But No Fire at New Leaf

Kenton firefighters were dispatched to New Leaf Garden Center on East Columbus Street around 6:30 this morning.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, there was a report that smoke was seen at that location.

 

There was no fire, and firefighters were on the scene for around an hour as a precaution.

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Council Hears About Saulisberry Park Revitalization Plans

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved before the council moved on to citizens requesting time to speak.

 

Reverend Scott Johnson spoke during this portion of the meeting on behalf of the Warrior's First project at Saulisberry Park. Reverend Johnson presented some initial design plans for the project "Camp Jacob Parrott", a revitalized camping and respite center for service veterans and park enthusiasts alike. He mentioned that the project is in the beginning phases of fundraising, as those involved wanted to see the design plans before compiling numbers, but that donations can be made for the future of the project by contacting Matt Jennings at Quest Federal Credit Union or Reverend Johnson. The proposed renovations would include cabins, a chapel, primitive campsites, potential swimming, a multi-use center, and an amphitheater.

 

In other council news, Fire Chief Russ Blue spoke on behalf of the city about the potential purchase of a new fire engine. The rescue pumper would be the first large-purchase collaboration between the townships and the city, and Blue expressed his enthusiasm and appreciation for such collaborative effort. The council is moving forward with discussions regarding financing for the project.

 

Safety-Service Director Jim Hites also spoke about the upcoming Fall Festival at Wharton Park, to be held this Saturday, October 17. Activities are free and open to the public. He added that details about leaf cleanup will be announced at a later time, though any city resident who has bagged leaves may contact him to schedule pickup prior to official leaf cleanup.

 

The Kenton City Council will meet next on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.

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No Injuries Reported in Two Separate Crashes To Start The Weekend

Two crashes occurred around the county to start the weekend.

 

According to the first report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 28 year old Erik Ferriman was driving south on Township Road 265 in Buck Township when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle ended up off the east side of the road where it struck a utility pole.

 

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle, but Ferriman was not injured.

 

He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

 

 

Another crash occurred on County Road 75 in Liberty Township.

 

According to that report, 22 year old Desiree Harpel lost control of her vehicle while travelling south on 75. The car first went off the east side of the road, and Harpel over-corrected, which sent the vehicle into a spin and off the west side of the road where it overturned and came to rest on its side in a ditch.

 

Functional damage occurred to the car, but Harpel was not injured.

 

She was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up Over Several Weeks; National Average Dips

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are running higher than last week.

 

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.47 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 8 cents more than a week ago and 23 cents more than a month ago. A year ago, the state average was $3.05 for regular fuel.

 

The state average has increased in recent weeks even as the national figures dropped over the same span.

 

Monday's national average for regular fuel was about $2.31 Monday, up a couple pennies from last week but slightly lower than a month ago. It's significantly cheaper than at this time last year, when the average was $3.21.

 

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Online:

 

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

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ODOT Releases Latest Construction Project List

Allen County:

 

Ohio 117 within the village of Spencerville at Ohio 66 will be closed October 19 for two weeks for a waterline replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 66 to Kolter Road to Monfort Road back to Ohio 117. Work is being performed by village of Spencerville.

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street is restricted at some locations for a resurfacing project. Work on Tiffin Avenue is nearly complete with some incidental finish work occurring which will require short-term lane closures. Work is also occurring on Main Street between Center Street and Trenton Avenue where paving work is nearing completion which will be followed by finish work. Work is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Traffic both northbound and southbound is currently traveling in the driving lane. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound is largely complete with some minor finish work remaining. The route is currently unrestricted but work to complete the project is expected to resume within a few weeks. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 235 north of Ada to the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 at Ohio 235 south of Ada to the Allen County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 235 between Ohio 309 and the south corporation limit of Alger will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 31 south of Kenton, south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for a culvert replacement. Due to a delay in material delivery, the project will continue through late October.

Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

Within this current closure area, work to repair the railroad crossing on Ohio 31 just north of County Road 175 south of Kenton will begin October 12 and will be completed in approximately two weeks. Traffic will utilize the same detour. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.

 

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23 northbound just east of Ohio 67 at Upper Sandusky and southbound just south of Ohio 294 near Harpster will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for guardrail repair. The lane closures will occur on Tuesday of the week, generally from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Work is being performed by ODOT District 1 roadway services.

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 at Upper Sandusky is restricted at certain locations for finish work following a bridge repair and resurfacing project. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

 

As part of the project, bridge work on Ohio 53/Ohio 67 over U.S. 23 is nearing completion. No further long-term restrictions on Ohio 53/67 are anticipated.

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Area Football Games - Final Scores

Western Buckeye League

Ottawa-Glandorf 24, Kenton 14

Bath 21, Van Wert 14

Elida 35, Shawnee 0

Celina 28, St. Marys 21

Wapakoneta 50, Defiance 0

 

Blanchard Valley Conference

Arlington 29, Arcadia 0

Liberty-Benton 27, Riverdale 14

 

Central Buckeye Conference

Benjamin Logan 35, Urbana 14

 

Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference

Cardington-Lincoln 34, Elgin 0

North Union 46, Fairbanks 21

 

Northern 10

Mohawk 20, Upper Sandusky 7

 

Northwest Conference

Fort Loramie 55, Ridgemont 0

Lehman Catholic 49, Hardin Northern 13

Riverside 35, Upper Scioto Valley 8

 

Northwest Conference

Ada 44, Paulding 0

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Titans Rally Past Cats 24-14

The Ottawa-Glandorf Titans rallied in the 2nd half to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 24 to 14 Friday night at Robinson Field.

 

          

 

 

The Wildcats led 14 to 7 at the half but the Titans, behind two touchdown runs from Connor Niese, outscored the Cats 17 to nothing over the final 2 quarters to improve to 6 and 1 overall and 5 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

The Cats, who are 2 and 5 overall and 2 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, got two touchdown passes from Trent Hites. Hites connected with Chris Deardorff from 10 yards out and hit Trey Reichelderfer with a 15-yard strike as he threw for 185 yards for the game.

 

Blake Swearengin caught seven passes for 66 yards for the Cats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action next week when they visit Elida. WKTN will carry the game live, wih the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. at Kraft Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Services Available to Veterans Through Veterans Services Office

The Hardin County Veteran's Services Office offers assistance to veterans in the county.
 

Executive Director Steve Gossard said he is ready to get the word out on what he said has been called the county's best kept secret, "I want to make sure that the Hardin County residents, the veterans and widows out there to know that there are services within the Courthouse in the Veterans Services Office that we can provide to them, so again, it's the best kept secret, but yet I don't want to keep it a secret."
 

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

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Kenton Hosts O-G in Football Action Tonight

Fresh off a win over Shawnee, the Kenton Wildcats hosts the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans this evening in Western Buckeye League football action.

 

Tonight begins a daunting home-stretch of the regular season for the Wildcats. The final four teams on Kenton's schedule are a combined 15 and 9 this season, with tonight's opponent, the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans, checking in at 5 and 1.

 

The Titans are 4 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League and are just a game behind league-leading Wapakoneta. With the Redskins making the trip to Ottawa next week, the Titans cannot afford to slip up tonight against a Wildcat team that got back on the winning track last Friday.

 

The Wildcats defeated Shawnee 21 to 14 last Friday to snap a three-game losing streak. The Homecoming victory improved the Cats to 2 and 4 overall and moved them to 2 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

WKTN will carry tonight's game live from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

In other action tonight around Hardin County, Riverdale looks for its first win when it visits 4 and 2 Liberty-Benton; Ridgemont hosts Fort Loramie in a battle of teams with 2 and 4 records; the Upper Scioto Valley Rams take their 4 and 2 mark to Riverside to battle the 5 and 1 Pirates; 4 and 2 Ada hosts winless Paulding; and Hardin Northern visits Lehman Catholic- both the Polar Bears and the Cavaliers are 3 and 3 for the season.

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Results From Ben Logan Boys Golf District Tournament

Scores seemed higher than normal for the entire field. We were no exception.
 

The Raiders were led by Grant Ricketts with a 80. He was followed by Mitchell Fink 90, Colin Headings 99, Jared Sater 103, and Will Kenoyer 107. As a team the Raiders shot 372.

 

Coach Chris Conley said, "I knew moving on was not very likely. However I thought this might be Grant's year. He played several holes well and was only 1 over thru 6, then finished with 3 bogeys for a front nine 40. The 2nd nine started with a par, then birdie to get back to plus 3. A par on the tough par 3, 12th set up a great drive and reaching the par 5 4th in 2, setting up a 10' eagle attempt. "

 

He added, "When that came up short and the subsequent birdie putt lipped out the momentum he needed just seemed to fade. It's tough when your year is only measured by your last round, but that's the way golf is. I've always stressed, our success isn't measured by who we beat, because we can't control that. Rather it's measured by always doing our best. I think the boys proved that time and again on the course and I'm proud of them for their efforts."
 

Finishing 12th is a 12 team field doesn't feel that good until you consider you beat 13 teams last week just to get here.
 

All in all the season was one of ups and downs but reaching the districts again is an accomplishment.

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Kenton Man Arrested After Allegedly Solicting Sex From Girl

A Kenton man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly soliciting a juvenile girl for sex.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were informed that a 10 year old girl was contacted on Facebook by an adult male and solicited for sex.
 

Following an investigation, 34 year old William Reed II was arrested on a charge of importuning.

 

The case remains under investigation.

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Upper Sandusky Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A 24 year old Upper Sandusky man was arrested Wednesday on several drug related charges.

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Wyandot County Special Response Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 13,000 block of County Highway 115, and 24 year old Zachery Scofield was arrested on felony possesion of cocaine and marijuana charges.

 

A large amount of marijuana as well as cocaine, prescription pills and a loaded 9 millimeter handgun were found inside the residence.

 

A large amount of cash was also seized.

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Kenton Teenager Taken Into Custody Following Pursuit

A 17 year old Kenton boy was taken into custody this morning after allegedly taking a vehicle without the owner's permission.

 

The incident was reported Wednesday night when the boy's mother called 9-1-1 and said her son had taken her vehicle without her permission.

 

An officer on patrol observed the vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed east on a gravel road near Brim's Import. The officer activated the overhead lights on the cruiser in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, but the driver fled prompting a short pursuit. The vehicle continued on East Franklin Street, where it turned onto Grape Street and stopped in front of residence. The driver then fled the area on foot and was not located.

 

This morning, the boy's mother reported that her son returned home, and when officers arrived, he again fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later.

 

Charges are pending, and the case remains under investigation.

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Kenton Senior Tennis Player Advances to State Tournament

A Kenton girl's tennis player has advanced to the state tournament after winning two matches yesterday.
 

Oates and Coaches Keith Kissling and Katie Brim

 

Kenton High School Senior Claire Oates won her first match Wednesday, 6-2, 6-1 over a player from Lexington. She beat her next opponent from Port Clinton 6-1, 6-1. The wins assured Oates return to the state tournament for the second year in a row.

 

This is her fourth year in a row to make it to the districts.
 

The state tournament is next October 16 in Mason.

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Kenton, Ridgemont Golfers Advance to District Competition

Golfers from Kenton and Ridgemont will compete in district golf competition today.

 

It has been an outstanding 2015 for the Kenton High School boys golf team. The Wildcats grabbed a share of the Western Buckeye League title this season and placed three golfers – Britton Hensel, Anthony McKee and Luke Nichols – on the all-league first team, with Cole Dearing nabbing honorable mention all-league honors.
At last week’s sectional tournament at Country Acres in Kalida, the Cats continued their strong play. McKee earned medalist honors at the event, and the Cats as a team finished second in the sectional to earn their trip to today’s Division II district tourney at Red Hawk Run in Findlay.

 

Two individuals and two teams from the Division II district tournament will earn their ticket to the state championships.

In Division 3 action today, Ridgemont’s Devin Mouser will tee it up in the district tournament at Stone Ridge Golf Course in Bowling Green. Mouser was the medalist at the sectional tournament last week at Sycamore Springs in Arlington.

 

Four teams and four individuals at the Division III district event will qualify for the state tournament.

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Thursday 10/08/15 Delays

 

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Forest Christian Pre school 1 hr delay

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Most Have Furnace Cleaned Once A Year

When it comes to having their furnace cleaned, or routine maintenance performed on it, most, 44%, of our Visitor Poll voters say they have that done once a year, however, 42% answered, 'you have to have that done?'

 

The remaining 14% said they have that done twice a year.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll quesion.

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Tis the Season For Car Deer Crashes

This is the time of the year that car/deer collisions tend to increase.

 

Ryan Kennedy, Hardin County Wildlife Officer, added that is only the beginning.

 

"It'll continue to increase through November when the breeding season starts. That's typically the peak time, and once the breeding season is out, those accidents tend to drop off," said Kennedy.

 

The best advice he said is to be aware when driving.

 

"Be very aware going to work early in the morning and coming home at night. Morning and evening are peak times for deer activity," added Kennedy.

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Delaware Man Killed in Union County Crash

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man was killed after his car went off the road and crashed into a tree.

 

 59-year-old Christopher Ball, of Delaware, was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday afternoon.

 

The State Highway Patrol says Ball was traveling east on Route 132 in Marysville when he went off the right side of the road, turned the car over and struck a tree.

 

His wife, 71-year-old Marcia Ball, was a passenger in the car. She was airlifted to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Police say her condition was stable as of Tuesday night.

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Hardin County Ag Society Releases Minutes of Weekend Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, October 3rd at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 18 directors and 12 guests present

 

 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

Thank You’s from several JR Fair Kids were read.
 

Mike Comstock suggested forming an advisory or trustee committee for past directors to be a part of.  He thought the committee would be something good for current directors to be able to ask questions to.
 

Chris Vermillion, representing the Hardin County Pullers, spoke on behalf of the Hardin County Fair tractor pull.  The income from the event was $14,570 and their expenses outweighed their income by $2,753.  Total attendance for the event was 1,376.

 

Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports, and bills to be paid were approved.

 

Craig Stump from the Executive Committee stated there will be an executive committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 12th to go over next year’s budget.  That meeting will be at 7pm.  Craig read a letter of resignation from director Justin Beale.  He has moved out of his township and can no longer represent McDonald Township. 

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Winter storage has started with storage rates to continue like last year, but payments are due up front.  Vehicle storage is $20 per month and trailers and campers, etc is $7.00 per linear foot.  All trailers and campers will need to be picked up on the 2nd Saturday in April, when they are brought out of storage.  Race Horse Barn leases have been sent.  Jim set the next Ground’s Committee Meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 13th at 7pm.  He said a list will need to be made at that time for the county commissioners for needs at the fairgrounds.  He also asked that the livestock chairs devise a list of issues from their barns. 

 

Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated there will be a camping committee meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 7pm. 

 

Rob Wilson, representing the Harness Racing Committee, stated there will have to be 2 sessions of harness racing next year during the fair.  It will either have to be 2 sessions on 1 day or separate them out onto 2 nights.  The board will have to make that decision at next month’s board meeting.

 

An update on the JR Fair Livestock Sale was given by Judi Cronley.  Total sales were $446,341.05 with $177,520.63 of that being re-buy and add-ons.  The kids donated $4,966.15 to the Hardin County Fair Foundation. There are currently 22 buyers that still owe a little over #20,000.  Those kids whose buyers have paid, will be getting their livestock checks in the next week.

 

Janie Seiler, chairperson from the Rides/Concessions committee stated income for this area was up a little from last year.  Commission from the Grange Restaurant was up and the grange was very pleased with their profit this year during the fair.

 

Nancy Rickenbacher asked the board if the art teachers from USV and Ada schools could sign their money sheets from their students receiving money from the fair, instead of having the students sign their own money out.  A motion to that effect was made and the motion failed with a 7 to 6 hand vote.  Students can still sign their money sheets when the secretary is in the office, to receive their premium money.  The money will be available through October. 

 

Under old business:  Fair attendance during the fair was discussed.  Saturday had the highest attendance day with Friday being the poorest attended day.  Friday of this year’s fair was cold and rainy.  Attendance for the week of the fair was 57,422, which was very close to last year’s total.  Season ticket sales and membership ticket sales were both up significantly from last year. 
 

It was noted 3D Promotions is hosting a state demolition derby at the fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 17th at 2pm.
Petitions for those running for a fair board director are due by Friday, Oct. 30th at 4pm.  There are 2 township director positions that are in need of directors, those being Dudley and McDonald.  Interested people should stop by the Secretary office on Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 9 and 4pm to pick up a petition. 
 

There is still whole hog sausage available for purchase.  The sausage is $3.50 per pound and are in 1 lb. packages.  If anyone is interested in purchasing the sausage they should call the secretary’s office at 419-675-2396.

Under new business: The board needed 5 directors to help with the fair board election on Saturday, Nov. 7th from 3-7pm.  An ad about the fair board election will run in the Kenton Times 2 times this month. 
Bill and Connie Oates as Hardin County’s Outstanding Fair Supporters, to be honored on Friday, Jan. 8th, 2016, during the OFMA Annual Convention. 
A motion was made to apply for 2016 Ohio Fairs Fund money. 
 

Jim Bidwell stated he knows someone who is interested in buying the Community Building old cloth chairs.  A donation amount was suggested.
 

Ray Davis asked about having an alpaca exhibition show at the fair.

 

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

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Wednesday 10/07/15 Delays

 

Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 3 hr delay

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

 

Simo Kenton/Harco Ind 2 hr delay - walk ins for pre school @ 10:30

 

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

 

Kenton Head Start 1 nd 3 no morning bus, open for walk ins.

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Fire Prevention Week: Learn the Do's and Don'ts of House Fire Safety

This is Fire Prevention Week, which is used to emphasize fire safety and preparedness.

 

October 4 - 10, 2015 marks Fire Prevention Week, a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and an opportunity to emphasize fire safety and preparedness.

Remember these dos and don'ts to help you and your family protect against the dangers of a house fire:

 

.DO keep a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Stay safe with smoke alarms outside of every bedroom and each separate sleeping area.

 

.DON'T forget to test your smoke alarm every month. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. If your alarm doesn't sound when tested, it's time to replace it.

 

.DO address your needs. If you require eyeglasses, hearing aid, cane or a wheelchair, ensure they are next to your bed to quickly grab if necessary. If there is a fire, you may have less than three minutes to get out of your home. Be ready to act immediately.

 

.DON'T assume you'll hear the fire alarm if it sounds. If you test the alarm and can't hear it, consider getting a strobe light that will flash or a bed shaker that will shake when the smoke alarm sounds.

 

.DO make a fire escape plan that shows at least two ways out of every room. Identify a meeting place in the front of your home, to verify that everyone is safe and help firefighters ensure everyone exited safely.

 

.DON'T stop to call 911 until you're safely outside and away from danger. Stay outside until the fire department says it's safe to go back inside.

 

For even more fire safety tips, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's webpage at www.usfa.fema.gov. You can also follow FEMA Region V at twitter.com/femaregion5 and www.facebook.com/fema. Individuals can always find valuable preparedness information at www.Ready.gov.

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Nominations Sought For Three Major Awards

The Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Community Service Awards.

 
Anyone from Hardin County may be nominated to receive these honors.  A panel of judges from Alliance members will make the final decision, and the recipients will be revealed Thursday, February 25, 2015 during the Alliance's annual meeting held at Ohio Northern University's McIntosh Center.
 
Selection of Citizen of the Year will be based upon an individual's outstanding achievements and contributions which have made Hardin County better.
 
To be considered for the Business of the Year award, a business or industry should give back to the community, support local business, and create or encourage job growth.
 
The Community Service Award is given to an individual, group or business who has dedicated themselves to helping others and improving our community.


To nominate a person, group or business for these awards, please complete an application and return with a short explanation of the qualifications that make this nominee deserving of the award.  Also, the application can be downloaded from our Facebook page or picked up in the Alliance office.
 
Entries should be submitted by November 27, 2015, to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  Nominations may be faxed to 419-674-4876 or e-mailed to alliance@hccba.com.

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Area Girl's Tennis Players Ready For District Competition

District tennis competition begins Wednesday for several area girls tennis players.

 

Two doubles teams and one singles entry will represent Hardin County at the Division II girls tennis district tournament, which begins Wednesday at Bowling Green State University. The Ada team of Mackenzie Wills and Meredith Marshall placed third in the sectional tournament over the weekend in Lima to earn a berth in the districts. Joining them in the doubles competition will be Kenton’s Calynn Morris and Lauren Rush, who placed fourth at the sectional.

 

In singles competition, Claire Oates will be representing the Wildcats at the district tournament. Oates, the Western Buckeye League first-singles champ, was the third-place finisher at the sectional event.

 

Action at the district tournament at BGSU begins Wednesday and wraps up on Saturday. The top four placers in both the singles and doubles competition will advance to next week’s state tournament.

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Belle Center Man Injured in Sunday Morning Crash

A Belle Center man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred Sunday morning in the 14,000 block of County Road 115.
 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 55 year old David Herring was driving north on 115, and his car ended up off the roadway where it struck a tree.
 

Herring was trapped in the vehicle and had to extracted. He was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Alger Teen Facing Charges Following Domestic Incident in Alger

A 15 year old Alger boy is facing several charges following a domestic violence incident over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, an unruly juvenile was reported in the 200 block of Shadley Street in the village.

 

The victim received minor injuries as a result. The teenager is facing charges of escape, assault, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

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Deadline is Today To Register to Vote in November Election

Today is the deadline for state residents to register or update their registrations if they want to vote in November's election.
 

For your convenience, the Hardin County Board of Elections Office in the lower level of the Hardin County Courthouse is open until 9 tonight. You can register there, or online.
 

The ballot includes three statewide initiatives, including one legalizing marijuana and a second changing how state legislative districts are drawn.

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ODOT Releases Weekly Construction Report

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street will be restricted through the fall for a resurfacing project. Work on Tiffin Avenue at Center Street is nearly complete with some work occurring this weekend which will affect traffic. Work is now occurring on Main Street between Center Street and Trenton Avenue. Lane closures should be expected during both daytime and nighttime hours. Asphalt work is occurring during nighttime hours during the week, generally between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. During daytime hours work on pavement striping will occur generally between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Traffic is currently traveling in the northbound passing lane and in the southbound driving lane. At some point during the week northbound traffic will be switched to the driving lane. Work at the rest area ramps will occur in the coming weeks and may result in short-term access restrictions to the rest areas. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound is largely complete with some minor finish work remaining. The route is currently unrestricted but work to complete the project is expected to resume within a few weeks. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 81 just east of Ada at the Grass Creek bridge will be restricted to one lane through the work zone on Monday for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 235 north of Ada to the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone on Monday and Tuesday of the week for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 at Ohio 235 south of Ada will be reduced to one lane through the work zone on Wednesday for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 235 between Ohio 309 and the south corporation of Alger will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair on Thursday and Friday. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 31 south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for a culvert replacement. Due to a delay in material delivery, the project will continue through late October. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 east of Dunkirk and Township Road 165 is now open.

 

Wyandot County:

 

Berm work will take place at the following locations with traffic maintained through the work zone. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage:

 

-Ohio 53 north of Upper Sandusky

 

-Ohio 103 between SR53 and Sycamore

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently restricted during a bridge, pavement repair and resurfacing project. Traffic will be affected during the week as follows:

.U.S. 23/U.S. 30 is restricted to one lane at the Ohio 53/Ohio 67 overhead bridge during repair of the bridge.

.Traffic on the bridge on Ohio 53/Ohio 67 will be restricted but maintained with a temporary signal during the work.

U.S.23 both northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 is restricted to one lane throughout the entire length of the project area until early October. The work zone will continue to decrease throughout the month as finish work continues. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

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Week Six Scores

Week Six Scores
Kenton 21 Shawnee 14
Bath 28 St. Mary's 7
Wapak 35 Celina 14
OG 33 Defiance 6
Elida 38 Van Wert 34
Liberty-Benton 34 Arlington 0
North Baltimore 23 Riverdale 6
Mt. Gilead 58 Elgin 12
North Union 45 Plesasant 13
Upper Sandusky 35 Bucyrus 0
Ridgemont 14 Hardin Northern 7
USV 45 Perry 0
Ada 14 Crestivew 13

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Cats Win On Homecoming By Defeating Shawnee 21-14

The Kenton Band entertains parade spectators

 

It was a happy Homecoming at Robinson Field Friday night as the Kenton Wildcats defeated Shawnee 21-14 in Western Buckeye League action.

 

Kelsy Baughman in parade prior to being named Queen

 

In front of homecoming queen Kelsey Baughman, the Cats built a 14-0 lead and held on to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the Western Buckeye League. The Indians fall to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the league.

 

The Kenton FFA along the parade route

 

Trent Hites threw for 120 yards and a score and rushed for 130 more yards and another TD for the Cats. Mason Crabtree rushed for a Kenton TD, while Austin Buroker caught a touchdown pass and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Kenton JROTC leads the parade

 

The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host Ottawa-Glandorf. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

   

 

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Ada Man Involved in Meth Lab Fire Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

An Ada man was sentenced recently on charges connected to a house fire that was blamed on a meth lab.

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

. Charles Thomas Louden III was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison on two counts of aggravated arson and one count each of endangering children, vandalism and illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. The case backs to May of this year when a fire destroyed a house in the 4000 block of State Route 235 near Ada.

 

Investigators determined the fire was caused by an active methamphetamine lad in the house. Louden received severe burns from the house. His girlfriend, Julie Music, was not injured nor were her four children, who were outside at the time. Music pleaded guilty in September to two counts of complicity to aggravated arson, two counts of endangering children and one count of complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. She will be sentenced on October 13.

 

In other court cases, the following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Krystal M. Belew on one count of theft.

 

.Dalton L. Bowman on one count of petty theft.

 

.Anthony B. Ross on one count each of assault, falsification and failure to stop after an accident. He must serve 60 days local incarceration.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Deer Hunting Archery Season Continues

Deer hunting archery season is entering its second week.
 

Hardin County Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy said hunters took less deer last season over the previous season, but he said that was by design, "In the last few years, we've had increased deer harvest through the use of anterless permits that hunters could use during the early archery season. We've had liberal bag limits, and we killed a lot of deer, and now our harvest is getting more toward acceptable goals, so strides have been made in the county and throughout the state to allow for a smaller harvest."
 

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

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Kenton Wildcats Celebrate Homecoming at Robinson Field

The Kenton Wildcats host Shawnee tonight in the school's annual Homecoming game.

 

The Indians have lost 20 of their last 22 games and are 0 and 5 this season. Shawnee, which is 0 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, has faced a tough early-season slate as its first five opponents are a combined 21 and 4 this year.

 

The Kenton Wildcats have lost three straight games and are 1 and 4 overall. They have a 1 and 3 mark in Western Buckeye League play, and, like Shawnee, have faced a brutal early-season schedule. Three of Kenton's first five foes are undefeated and state-ranked heading into this evening's play.

 

WKTN will carry tonight's annual Homecoming game live from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

 

In other action tonight around Hardin County, 3 and 2 Ada travels to 2 and 3 Crestview; 3 and 2 Upper Scioto Valley hosts 1 and 4 Perry; Ridgemont visits Hardin Northern - the Golden Gophers are 1 and 4 while the Polar Bears are 3 and 2; and the Riverdale Falcons look for their first win of the season when they host 3 and 2 North Baltimore.

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Women LE.A.D. Kickoff Event a Success

Women L.E.A.D. held its Kick-Off event Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Kenton Elementary School with a wonderful keynote address from Assistant Vice President for Student Life at The Ohio State University, Tracy Stuck.  The event was a big success with nearly 100 women leaders, professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs joining together to network and inspire each other.

 

 

 


 Women L.E.A.D., “Women Leading Women Forward”, is a new, board-approved women’s group of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance (HCCBA) that provides networking, collaborations, educational workshops, and guest speakers for current and prospective members of the HCCBA.

 

 


If you are interested in serving on the Women L.E.A.D. Committee, or would like more information please contact Women L.E.A.D. at womenlead@hccba.com or call the Alliance at 419-673-4131.

 

 


The next event is on November 19, 2015, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Kenton Armory and is a joint event with the Hardin County Safety Council and Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital.   This event is open and free for Women L.E.A.D. members to attend.

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Marion Man Injured in Two Vehicle Crash Wednesday Afternoon

One person was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon near Ridgeway.

 

 

 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Brian Johnson, of Marion, was driving south on State Route 292 and stopped for a stop sign at State Route 273.

 

Johnson proceeded to turn left onto 273, and his car was struck by an eastbound pickup being driven by 42 year old Jeremy Brown, of Mt. Blanchard.

 

Johnson, who's car was totaled, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Southeast Hardin Ambulance. Brown was not injured, and his vehicle sustained moderate damage. He was able to drive it from the scene.

 

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

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Local Governments Get $6.8M From Ohio Road-Salt Settlement

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Attorney General Mike DeWine says 848 public entities in Ohio will get a share of the state's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

 

The state Department of Transportation gets $1.7 million from the settlement as Ohio's largest single rock salt buyer. About $6.8 million will be distributed to local governments. Some of the money also goes to the Ohio Turnpike Commission and Ohio's antitrust fund.

 

DeWine says all the public entities that made eligible claims are getting a check.

 

The settlement ends a lawsuit in which the state alleged that Chicago-based Morton Salt Inc. and Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices on rock salt used to de-ice roads and bridges. Both companies denied wrongdoing.

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Buckeye State Sheriff's Association Speaks Out Against Issue 3

The Board of Directors of the Buckeye State Sheriff Association announced its opposition to the proposed Constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of marijuana and allow a limited number of grow operations within the State of Ohio.

 

The Board of Directors felt strongly that the legalization of marijuana will cause more issues for our youth and law enforcement. The Association remains committed to the youth of our state by supporting the D.A.R.E. Program and SRO Officers. As Sheriff, being the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County, it is our belief that Ohio’s businesses need to offer a safe work environment while remaining competitive in the work force. Society is not immune to the social ills that follow destructive behavior.

 

Part of Law Enforcements issues is the threat of the target to young people.

 

Marijuana edibles and marijuana-infused beverages will be sold. These products contain higher THC (the high of cannabis) in other legalized states, which is causing more dangerous consequences such as children poisonings, adverse health effects, etc.

 

.Up to 70% THE

 

.More potent than smoking marijuana (12°7» THC)

 

.THC levels are inconsistent, even with packaging

March 9, 2014 Denver Post — testing showed that labels didn't match actual

 

.THC level "Claude" the THC infused Black Cherry Gummy Bear has 100 mg of THC PER BEAR. Colorado law is only to have 10mg per serving. So "Claude's foot alone would be one serving!

 

Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victim 1.

 

28% of driver fatalities and more than 11% of the general driver population tested positive for non-alcohol drugs, with marijuana being the most commonly detected substanw 2

 

Things you did NOT know about Colorado:

 

.In 2014, nearly 40%, equivalent to 53 tons of the marijuana sold in Colorado was via the black market.3

 

.The number of pets poisoned from ingesting marijuana has increased four-fold in the past six years.

 

.THC potency has risen from an average of 3.96% in 1995 to an average of 12.33% in 2013

 

.The average for Colorado marijuana-related exposures per year increased 89% from 2006-2009 to 2010-2013.

 

This compares to a 32% increase nationall 4

 

"Marijuana continues to be the most commonly detected illicit drug of workforce unne drug tests."

 

The Sheriffs' natural concerns regarding legalization of marijuana are the effect on Law Enforcement. The effect on YOUTH is a concern for Sheriffs and Deputies and should also be a concern of yours!

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