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Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Chad Austin Bolen was sentenced to a total of 6 and half years in prison on one count each of burglary, grand theft and breaking and entering.

 

.Enrique J. Sigala was sentenced to a total of 4 and half years in prison on one count each of felonious assault and abduction.

 

.Trenton A.M. Reed was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of burglary. As part of his sentence, he must serve 30 days local incarceration.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Extra Patrols Will Be Conducted This New Year's Eve

To help ensure a safer commute home from New Year's parties, law enforcement officers plan to be out in force.

 

A word of warning for anyone consuming alcohol at New Year's parties tonight....let somebody else do the driving. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said you can expect extra patrols around Hardin County tonight. He said, "absolutely, we will have extra patrols out due to state grant money for traffic enforcement. We obviously are encouraging anyone who is going to be partaking of any alcoholic beverages to please enjoy yourself and have fun but find a sober driver to drive you home or call a cab."

 

The Sheriff added that it's important for all motorists to drive defensively, "especially in the wintertime, but that goes for anytime of the year. You have to drive defensively, watch out for the other drivers because there will be impaired drivers out amongst us tonight and over the weekend. So we will need to take extra precautions this weekend."

 

Have a safe and Happy New year from all of us at WKTN.

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Ohio Hunters Take Over 9,400 Deer in 2-Day Gun Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hunters in Ohio checked more than 9,400 deer in the two-day gun season this week.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it was the first time since 2012 the state has held a two-day gun season after the initial weeklong gun season in early December. That year, more than 14,300 deer were killed in the two days.

 

The number taken this year on Monday and Tuesday are expected to account for slightly more than 5 percent of all deer harvested this season.

 

Hunters still have a chance to pursue deer this winter. Muzzleloader season is Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, and archery season remains open through Feb. 7.

 

Hunters checked 73,399 deer during the seven-day gun season that ended Dec. 6.

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Death of Ada Woman Under Investigation

The death of an Ada woman is being investigated.

 

According to a release, the Ada Police Department and the Ada Liberty Rescue Squad were dispatched around 7:40 this morning to 439 E. Lehr Street in the village to investigate a report of a female found deceased.

 

Upon arrival, officers discovered the body of 22 year old Brianna Green in the bedroom of the residence. Her body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

 

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Ada Police Department with the investigation.

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Hardin County Ag Society Releases Minutes

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Monday, December 28th at the Plaza Inn for their regular January Meeting and Holiday Dinner.  There were 16 directors and 32 guests present.

 

 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

A Thank You from Abigail Osborne was read.
A plaque was given to Tom King in honor of his 10 years of service to the Hardin County Agricultural Board.  Thank You’s were also given to John Siemon, Kolt Buchenroth, Pete Fout and Deb Fout.  All directors were also paid for the 2016 year.

Last month’s minutes, financial reports and bills to be paid were approved.

 

Craig Stump from the Executive Committee discussed the minutes from their Dec. 8th meeting.  Dan Beale was nominated for McDonald Township Director and Brad Murphy was nominated for Dudley Township Director.  Rob Wilson was nominated to the Hardin County Fair Foundation.  It was noted Gary Casteel was added to receive an employee bonus and there will now be a flat fee of $5.00 for all credit card purchases.  The 2015 Annual Report was approved.  Craig stated that fair committees for 2016 will be in place at the February meeting. 

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their Dec. 15th meeting were discussed.  Pete Fout was given the OK to paint the interior of the arts/crafts building and to purchase one set of double doors for the building.  The board approved to sell the large forklift at the consignment sale.  Jim stated the next Grounds Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 12th at 7pm. 

Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated they will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12th at 7pm to discuss the new camping spots. 

 

Judi Cronley, representing the entertainment committee, stated that it didn’t work out to have Chase Bryant at the 2016 Hardin County Fair.  He turned out to have other commitments for that date.  The Board is now looking into having Canaan Smith perform.  The Great Lakes Timer Show’s contract has been signed.  All reserved tickets for the fair will have “No Refunds” printed on them. 

 

Dale Cockerell stated the steer weigh in will be Saturday, Jan. 2nd at the fairgrounds from 10am-1pm.  The committee will be setting up on New Year’s Day.  There will be a Livestock Sale Committee meeting on Wed., Jan. 20th at 7pm and the Livestock Committee will follow that meeting at 7:30pm.  At this time there will be a poultry show at the 2016 Hardin County Fair, the poultry ban has been lifted.

 

Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated she will be meeting with Durant Amusements, at the OFMA Annual convention, about prices for the 2016 fair and contracts for the 2016 fair will be started after the 1st of the year.

 

Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated she will be placing a ribbon order at the OFMA Annual Convention.  A number for how many Jr. Fair board kids going to the OFMA convention is being worked on.  There will be a 4th of July Committee Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 28th at 7pm and a Relay for Life meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13th at 5pm.  An advertising budget for the consignment sale was approved.

Under old business:  It was noted there are 18 directors attending the annual OFMA convention, at least one day, in January.

 

Under new business: The board agreed to purchase 10 red oak trees from the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District.  Nancy Rickenbacher will be nominated to the 2017 OFMA Hall of Fame. 

 

The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 6th at 7:30pm.

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Theft of Mail Reported on Halvey Street in Kenton

A large amount of miscellaneous mail was stolen from a mailbox sometime on Tuesday.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a neighbor observed an unknown man take the mail from the mailbox at a residence in the 400 block of Halvey Street.
 

A description of the suspect was given to officers, and the incident is under investigation.

 

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Anti-Abortion Bills, Medical Pot On Ohio Lawmakers' Agenda

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With a two-year state budget behind them, Ohio lawmakers are expected to take up other hefty policy debates in the new year.
 
The General Assembly plans to return to the Statehouse in mid- to late January for the last half of its legislative session.
 
Topics on their to-do list include new regulations for providers disposing of aborted fetuses and legislation to divert public money away from Planned Parenthood.
 
Leaders also want to examine potential action on medical marijuana and review Ohio's boards and commissions that regulate cosmetology, medicine and other industries after the U.S. Supreme Court said some panels could be violating antitrust laws.
 
State lawmakers will no doubt be weighing the potential political impact of their actions as they decide what proposals to advance in the election year.

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Court: Consumer Laws Don't Apply To Insurance Estimates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that laws protecting consumers from deceptive practices don't apply to insurance company repair estimates.

 

The court made that ruling on Tuesday in the case involving a Columbus insurer, voting 5-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that said an insurance company providing a repair estimate constituted a "consumer transaction."

 

The case involved a couple who sued Farmers Insurance Co. in a dispute over the use of original manufacturer parts or cheaper non-original parts in the repair of their 2-year-old car.

 

The court's written ruling said that a 1990 law applicable in the case specifically exempts dealings between insurers and customers from the definition of a consumer transaction.

 

The couple had successfully sued using the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

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Ohio Timber Produces More Money For Local Governments

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Timber sales from Ohio's state forests that benefit schools and local governments rose 16 percent this year.

 

That's the word from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which released the new numbers Tuesday.

 

The agency keeps about 35 percent of profit for itself after expenses and sends 65 percent back to the counties, townships and school districts where timber was harvested.

 

Reports show the state collected about $3.7 million from timber sales in 2015, sending almost $2.1 million back to local governments.

 

However, The amount harvested from Ohio's state forests dropped by about 100,000 board feet last year compared with 2014.

 

The agency's Greg Guess says that could be because timber prices are up or because wood harvested in previous years was paid for this year.

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Kenton Officers and One Sheriff Deputy Given Commendations for Exceptional Service

The 24th and final session of 2015 of the Kenton City Council meeting was held Monday December 28th 2015. The meeting began with a special ceremony with Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser.

 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank officer and deputies for their exceptional atcs of duty, for going above and beyond the call of duty”

 

Chief Musser read a recommendation from Deputy Austin Kerry.

 

“During the early morning hours of November 17th the Police Department was notified about an active structure fire at 1037 South Main Street, which is the Scioto Village apartments. As officers normally do, Kemmere and Taylor responded and were the first emergency responders on the scene, both officers quickly accessed the scene and determined that victims may very well be still inside the apartments. Both officers began checking and clearing apartments and in some instances broke windows to gain entry. Officer Kemmere and Officer Taylor did not hesitate to put their own safety at risk to save others, at least one victim was assisted by the officers. While performing these duties Officer Taylor did sustain smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by BKP”

 

Officer Dan Kemmere and Tony Taylor where presented with commendations for their actions during the fire.

 

Commendations 2015

 

Chief Musser also read the recommendation from Patrolman Shane Wood. On November 28th Patrolman Skylar Newfer was dispatched to France Lake on a report of a submerged vehicle with one female occupant.

 

“Without regard for his own safety patrolman Newfer made a hasty entry into the frigid waters of the lake to rescue the female who was in shock and unable to self rescue due to the conditions. Patrolman Newfer was expedient in his decision making process during the entire situation.”

 

Chief Musser went on to say that after speaking with Patrolman Newfer it became apparent that Deputy Joe Carl was a valuable resource and was the one who was able to identify the location of the submerged vehicle. Deputy Carl entered the water and helped Patrolman Newfer carry the pregnant woman to the safety.

 

Commendations 2015

 

Patrolman Newfer was presented with commendation for his actions and also received the Police Officer Life saving award pin. Deputy Carl received a commendation for the service he rendered.

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Kenton City Council Met For The Final Time in 2015

The 24th and final session of 2015 of the Kenton City Council meeting was held Monday night. The meeting began with a special ceremony with Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser.

 

SEE Kenton Officers and One Sheriff Deputy Given Commendations for Exceptional Service

 

The city council entered into close session to work on Labor Negotiation which are moving forward and will continue into 2016.

 

The Tree Commission submitted a report that the the Kenton City crews will select 10 trees to begin cutting once the property owners have been notified. The Commission also discussed the complaints from store owners around the historic downtown who would like the pear trees to be removed. The Tree Commission members would hope to plant more trees in 2016.

 

The Council discussed and passed an ordinance to make annual appropriations for current expenses and other expenditures for 2016. Mayor Randy Manns gave an updated on the current 2015 budget. As of November 28th the city was 345,000 over expected budget for 2015, which is 15,000 from last week, projected budget may exceed 350,000 before the end of the year.

 

Mayor Randy Manns announced that he has met with Sheriff Everhart and Chief Musser about the dispatchers. The Kenton Police has only 3 dispatchers and are needed. Sheriff Everhart has agreed to have a third shift dispatcher at no cost to the city for a trial basis.

 

Outgoing and transitioning council members thanked other members and the community. Kenton City Auditor John Moore thanked the council after 7 years of service. Tom Taylor congratulated the new council members and thanked the council after over 4 years of service. Nicole Fay who was picked by council to fill the position showed her appreciation for the council. Brian Hattery will be transitioning into his new role in 2016 and looked forward to working with the finance committee.

 

Swearing in of current and new officers was performed after the council meeting. Incoming members Clint Sneary, Michael T. White, and Antwilla Davis where sworn in to office.

 

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Ada Pulls Away In Second Half, Defeats HN 65-29

The Ada Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to defeat Hardin Northern 65-29 in girls basketball play on Monday.

 

The Bulldogs (3-4) led 24-19 at the half but outscored the Polar Bears 23-4 in the third quarter to take command of the game. Ada then outpointed Hardin Northern 18-6 over the final eight minutes to put the finishing touches on the victory.

 

Rachel Wildman scored a game-high 22 points for Ada while Morgan Sutton added 14 points.

 

Hardin Northern, which saw its three-game winning streak snaped, got eight points and 16 rebounds from Holly Wilson. The Polar Bears are now 5-4 on the season.

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HN Hosting Ada in Girls Basketball Action Tonight

Hardin Northern hosts Ada in girls basketball action tonight.

 

The Bulldogs come in at 2 and 4 but have faced a particularly difficult schedule. Ada’s four losses have come to area powerhouses Ottoville, Columbus Grove, Crestview and Arlington.

 

The Polar Bears lost their first two games but have been red hot of late. Hardin Northern has won three straight games and five of its last six to shoot to 5 and 3 for the season.

 

WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:00 p.m.

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Ohio Man Arrested After Deadly Shooting of Boy, 16, at Party

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in Logan County say a man hosting an underage drinking party shot a 16-year-old boy who later died.

 

The Logan County sheriff's office said Monday that the shooting happened early Sunday following a dispute involving several people including the boy who was shot.

 

Investigators say the boy left the party following the argument, came back with several others and forced his way inside. They say that's when the party's host shot 16-year-old Brandon Doseck of Jackson Center.

 

The sheriff's office says Evan Hoffman of Lewiston was arrested on alcohol-related charges but not in the shooting. The county prosecutor's office will determine if more charges are warranted.

 

It wasn't immediately clear if Hoffman had an attorney. A woman who answered the phone at one possible family number declined to talk.

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Panel: $650M in Untaxed Ohio Gambling Freebies Need Review

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative panel is questioning more than $650 million in untaxed freebies that Ohio casinos and racinos have distributed since the first legalized gambling establishment opened in March 2012.

 

In a strongly worded report being released Monday, the Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering urges lawmakers to consider revoking tax exemptions the governor and Legislature granted, respectively, to casinos and racinos "to protect the interests of Ohio's schools, local government, and taxpayers."

 

State Sen. William Coley, the panel's chairman, said his office's analysis didn't bear out industry claims that offering free money to customers ultimately increases taxable income at Ohio gambling houses.

 

The committee also recommends temporarily giving the state casino commission authority over jackpot game Queen of Hearts while lawmakers work to streamline Ohio's complicated regulatory structure for gaming.

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Increase Puts Ohio Gas Prices Closer To $2 As Year Ends

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing slightly higher prices at the pump as 2015 comes to an end.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $1.89 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago but down 16 cents compared with this time last year.

 

Ohio's prices have been running below the national average for regular gas, which was $2.00 to start this week. A year ago, it was about $2.30.

 

The relatively low gas prices in recent weeks have been attributed decreases in crude oil prices and the price drop typical in winter months due to lower demand.

 

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Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Sheri Lynn Murphy Gorre was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of tampering with evidence.

 

.Kelly J. Joseph Junior was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of escape.

 

.Carlton C. Burns was sentenced to 6 months in prison on one count of possession of cocaine.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Ohio Patrol and ODOT partner to decrease traffic deaths, impaired driving this Holiday Season

Columbus, OH - As of Monday, 1,070 people have been killed on Ohio roadways this year. That’s a 9 percent increase over the same time last year. As Ohioans prepare for holiday festivities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) want to urge safety while driving on the roadways – especially remembering to always drive sober – to avoid fatalities for the rest of the year.
 

Last year in Ohio, 24 people died in 23 crashes between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Of those crashes, nine were OVI-related, resulting in ten deaths. OSHP will be out in full force this holiday season removing dangerous and impaired drivers in an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes. OSHP arrested 628 drivers for OVI last year between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
 
To illustrate the number of deaths on Ohio’s roadways this year, 1,070 chairs lined the back lawn of ODOT’s central office in Columbus Tuesday morning. The visual depiction is a grave reminder that each traffic fatality results in an empty seat at a family dinner table.

 

Chairs

 

OSHP and ODOT partnered earlier this year to launch a safety initiative to bring awareness to the high number of traffic deaths. Since July, ODOT has been posting the number of fatalities, updated weekly, on more than 130 digital message boards above the highway and several portable message boards around the state. In July, the state had recorded 487 traffic deaths, a 19 percent increase over the previous year.

 


Overall, we are seeing higher increases in crashes involving pedestrians, bicycles, older drivers, and large trucks. The majority of traffic deaths have involved unbelted drivers and passengers, speed, alcohol, and drivers under the age of 25.

"Our top priority is always safety," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. "The increased number of traffic deaths in Ohio is a great concern for both ODOT and our partners at the Ohio State Highway Patrol. A greater awareness before the holiday will hopefully result in one less death, one less loss, and one more family celebrating rather than mourning.”

We all have a role in safety. The public is encouraged to use #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.

 

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Lawyers Want Photos of 3 Slain Sons Barred From Mom's Trial

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Lawyers for an Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons over a 13-month period want photos of the deceased children barred from her trial.

 

Family members don't want jurors to see pictures of the boys taken after their death by a coroner or police.

 

Brittany Pilkington of Bellefontaine has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges. Her trial is March 7.

 

Authorities say the 23-year-old Pilkington confessed to killing her sons and was jealous of attention her husband paid the boys. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

 

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify possible victims of sexual assault, but Pilkington's name and image have been widely published.

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Mauk Reinstated at Missouri

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri has reinstated quarterback Maty Mauk, who was twice suspended by then-coach Gary Pinkel this season.

 

New coach Barry Odom said he was convinced after meeting with Mauk that he was excited about rejoining the program.

 

Mauk has one year of eligibility remaining and could contend with freshman Drew Lock for the starting job next season.
 

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Three-Pointer At The Horn Helps Delphos Jefferson Defeat Kenton 56-55

Jace Stockwell's deep three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats a 56-55 win over Kenton in boys basketball play Wednesday.

 

Kenton Wildcats

 

Kenton (1-7) controlled the early part of the game but a Delphos Jefferson spurt late in the second quarter helped the JeffCats to a 27-22 halftime edge.

 

DJ (6-2) pushed its lead to nine points several times in the 2nd half and led 49-40 with 6:03 to play in the fourth quarter. Kenton roared back, taking a two-point lead in the closing seconds after two foul shots from Thomas Phillips and another free throw from Austin Buroker, but Stockwell's heroics at the horn sent Delphos Jefferson home with the victory.


Trey Smith, DJ's all-time leading scorer, had 29 points and eight rebounds while Stockwell finished with 11 points.

 

Kenton got 18 points and eight rebounds from Thomas Philips while Jaron Sharp scored 11 points.

 

Thomas Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Vast Majority Say They Missed Less School or Work in 2015

It seems people missed less school or work due to sickness in 2015 when compared to 2014.

 

According to results from our Visitor Poll question, 81% said they missed less time this year over 2014. The remaining 19% said they missed more.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll Here.

 

Poll WKTN

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Kenton Takes on Delphos Jefferson in Basketball Action Tonight

It will be a "Battle of the Wildcats" tonight as Kenton takes on Delphos Jefferson in boys basketball action.

Kenton will get a nice long break after tonight's game, with its next game not coming until January 8th. The holidays will seem a bit more festive for the Cats if they can get a win tonight and snap a long losing streak. Kenton has lost its last 6 games and is 1 and 6 on the year.

Delphos Jefferson has won 4 straight games and is 5 and 2 this season. Delphos Jefferson is led by 6-foot 5-inch senior Trey Smith, who is the school's all-time leading scorer and will be attending the Air Force Academy after graduation. He is averaging just under 25 points a game this season.

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

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Building That Houses Dream Center Damaged

The old Eastcrest building was damaged after it was broken into sometime within the past week.

 

Drean Center of Ohio
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the building now houses Dream Center of Ohio, and the breaking and entering was reported Tuesday afternoon.
 

Extensive damage was done to the inside of the building, and the incident in under investigation.

 

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Boy Bit By Pitbull; Owner Cited

An owner of a pit bull was issued a summons after her dog bit a child Tuesday.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the 11 year old boy was playing football in the backyard when he was bit by the dog in the neck and chin. The owner said the dog was on a chain at the time, but the boy said the animal was not on the chain.

 

The owner stated she did not have  proof of insurance and was issued a summons for not having insurance on a vicious dog.

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Crash in Kenton Under Investigation

An injury accident was reported Tuesday afternoon.
 

That report from the Kenton Police Department was not available today.
 

The crash occurred around 1:45 Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Columbus and Leighton Streets in Kenton.

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25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest Winners Announced

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announced the winners of the Buy Local First Holiday Contest, which ran from November 23 - December 17.

 

The Alliance partnered with the Buy Ada First Committee and 37 local businesses on the event. There were over $1,700 in prizes given away thanks to the participating businesses.

 

The 25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest was a way to educate the community on the benefits of buying local and to encourage shoppers to buy local this holiday season.

 

 

From left to right: John Ray (accepting for Michelle Ray), Tom Anderson and Christy Clark

 

The $500 Grand Prize winner was Tom Anderson, the $200 winner was Michelle Ray, and the $100 winner was Christy Clark.

 

The winners at the participating businesses are: Ada Express Mart, Rhonda C; Ada Flea Market, Marilee Dellifield; All-Pro Printing, Mandy Morrison; Barb's Design Studio, Barbara Farrell; Big Wilks Motor Sales, Kendra Mulett; Carol Slane Florist, Annette Nelson; Community First Bank, Kathy Cain; Eastman Antiques, Tiffany Black; Enchanted Forest, Susie Ledley; Enchanted Forest Christmas House, Paula Longstreth; Forney Sales & Service, Chris Cole; Goodrich Photography, Danielle Beridge; Lady O's, Brenda Haubert; Hardin County Historical Museum, Ken Carlson; Helen's Gift Shop, Becky Mermann; Hempy Water Conditioning, Jim Sprang; House of Yesteryear, Phyllis Seidel; kudoStudio, Liz Bowman; Liberty National Bank, Bob Simmons; Martin Meat Market, Dale Dunson; Mason Mercantile, Scott Barnes; Mercantile on Main, Donna Plotts; Mouser Hardware, Cheryl Fax; Mt. Victory State Bank, Daniel Hale; Nana's, Scott Barnes; New Leaf Garden Center, Ada, Doris Thompson; New Leaf Garden Center, Kenton, Connie Herzog; Plaza Inn Restaurant and Catering, Shelly Marling; Quest Federal Credit Union, Marlene Bullock; Reichert's, Tom Gossel; RoVals Repurposed, Lori Clark; The First Citizens National Bank, June Montgomery; The Inn at Ohio Northern University, Pat Hodges; Ths. Jitterz Coffee Company, Tina Kanfield; Tiki Tanz, Rhonda Blevens; TJ Livestock LLC, Michael Hall; Touch of Whimsy, LLC, Linda Henton.

 

For more information on Buy Local First Hardin County please contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131 or alliancehccba.com.

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Vehicle Broken Into Over the Weekend

A vehicle was broken into and items were stolen from inside while it was parked at the Moose Lodge over the weekend.
 

The incident was reported Sunday morning, and according to the Kenton Police Department report, officers responded to investigate a report of criminal damaging, and the found that the passenger side window of the car had been shattered.

 

A purse containing credit cards and cash was stolen, and the incident remains under investigation.

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Top Stories of 2015 From the Ohio Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Voters' sound rejection of a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in Ohio has been voted the top news story of 2015 by the state's member newspapers and broadcasters.

 

The proposal voted down by Ohioans in November would have legalized pot for medicinal as well as recreational uses. Despite previous polls showing a majority of Ohioans favor legalized pot, many voters said they had concerns about possibly creating marijuana monopolies. Backers of the measure say they will try again.

 

Rounding out the top 5 were Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) running for president; the Ohio State Buckeyes winning the first College Football Playoff national championship; drug-related deaths significantly increasing in the state, partly due to the rise of fentanyl; and the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), a congressman from southwest Ohio.

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Ohio Gas Prices Remain Below $2 Heading Into Holiday Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists head into Christmas week with gas prices remaining below $2 and more than 10 cents less than a week ago.

 

The state average was about $1.81 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That compares with about $1.92 the same time last week.

 

Ohioans this time last year were paying more than $2, with the state average around $2.22.

 

Average gas prices nationally are around $2. That's about 9 cents less than a month ago and around 41 cents below the average price a year ago.

 

The lower gas prices have been largely driven by the falling price of crude oil. Pump prices also typically fall during the winter months due to reduced demand.

 

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

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Several Law Enforcement Agencies Help With Shop With A Cop

The annual Shop With A Cop event was held Saturday.

 

 

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart talks about how Shop With A Cop works, "We get donations from throughout the community, generally anywhere between 4000 to 5000 dollars, the community is very, very good to us, and then we go through the schools and get a list of needy kids, needy families."

 

Santa

Courtesy of Hardin County Sheriff's Office

 

He said this year they took 30 kids shopping for gifts. They were then taken back to the sheriff's office where the presents were wrapped and pizza was served and Santa even paid a visit. The sheriff said it gives the kids a chance to do something they wouldn't otherwise be able to do, "Talking to some of the families, some of these kids would just not have any gifts at all, so I think we're doing the right thing."

 

 

 

He adds the program has grown so, "This year we opened up to the Kenton, Forest and Ada Police Departments, and they all provided officers to help out because we're getting a little to big to handle it through my guys, so they were very willing to help out."

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Big Third Quarter Lifts Lady Falcons Past Kenton

The Riverdale Lady Falcons used a big third quarter to rally past the Kenton Lady Wildcats 62-43 Saturday afternoon.

 

The Wildcats led 24 to 23 at the half, but Riverdale outscored Kenton 18 to 4 in the third quarter to grab a 41 to 28 advantage. The Falcons then put the game away by outscoring the Cats 21 to 15 over the final eight minutes.

 

Riverdale, which improves to 6 and 3, got 19 points and four steals from Sydney Holderman while Taylor Frey had 11 points and Taylor Farmer scored 10. Rounding out a balanced Riverdale attack were Aricka Hill, who finished with nine points and 7 rebounds, and Janessa Taylor, who scored eight points.

 

Ashley Morris was the only player to score in double figures for Kenton, which falls to 5 and 4. Morris had 10 points while Ellie Miller scored nine and Kori Barrett and Sara Hoyt finished with six points apiece.

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Arlington Routs Rams To Stay Unbeaten

The Arlington Red Devils moved to 9-0 with an 89-48 win over Upper Scioto Valley Saturday in girls basketball action at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

Whitney Dodds led the Red Devils with 30 points. Sierra Nichols tossed in 19 for the winners while Jayme Webb scored 13.

 

The Rams, who were held to 21-percent shooting by the Red Devils, got 17 points from Emily Patton. Shelby Spradlin scored 15 for USV, which is 7-1 for the year.

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New KHS Club Has a Global Focus

KATS International Club members presenting to the second grade class at Kenton Elementary School.

 

New to Kenton High School, is a program called the “KATS International Club” which stands for Kenton Association of Traveling Students. The KATS club opens member's eyes to life and culture outside the United States. The Club’s advisor, Miss Susanne Seybold took the idea of an international club and through help of the “Tony Cook Memorial Grant” through “Academic Year In America” she brought it to students. The group meets Bimonthly during the school day to plan their different events. The students in the club sample foods from different counties, learn games that are played and some phrases spoken by those of a different heritage.

Seybold says that the KATS International Club exists to educate students  but also for service projects. Their most recent project took them to the Kenton Elementary School. She tells us more about that.

 

“The event was called ‘Celebrate...Wherever you are.’ It was done in conjunction with the Lion and Lamb Peace Center through Bluffton University. In the third grade unit of the elementary school, every classroom was a different country. We had Kenya, the holiday of Kwanzaa, Mexico and legend of the poinsettia, Chinese New Year, Sweden and the feast of St. Lucia, Diwali which is a holiday from india. The 21 KATS students that attended led the kids in making a craft or another hands-on activity.”

The three Foreign Exchange students at the high school then presented to the 2nd grade class at an assembly.

 

She would like to thank school superintendent Jennifer Penczarski for writing the grant and to Academic Year In America for funding the group. Also, she wants to thank Amy Mikesell and Robyn Sturgeon 2nd, and 3rd grade teachers for helping to put together their service event.

 

Seybold said that if any community members had an international background and wanted to present to the KATS International club, it would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please email seybolds@kentoncityschools.org. For WKTN News, I’m Kolt Buchenroth
 

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Balanced Redskins Ride Fast Start To Drop Kenton 61-47

Nine players scored for the Wapakoneta Redskins on Friday as they scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back on their way to a 61-47 win over Kenton in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play on Friday.


The Redskins (4-1 overall, 2-0 WBL) led 17-4 after one quarter and extended their lead to 32-17 at the break.

 

The Wildcats (1-5, 0-2) fought back in the second half and actually outscored the Redskins over the final 16 minutes but came up short.

 

Nate Schroer led Wapakoneta with 12 points.

 

Luke Nichols had 16 points and 4 rebounds to lead Kenton while Thomas Phillips added 13 points and Hunter Phillips score 10 points.

 

Nichols was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Michael K. Mullins on one count of tampering with evidence.

 

.Joseph R. Gentry on one count of violation of a protection order.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Outgoing Economic Development Director Reflects on Time at Alliance

John Hohn wraps up his eight and half year career as the Economic Development Director for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance this week.
 

Hohn looks back on when he took that position in 2007, and how things bottomed out in 2008, Economic development was probably as low as it could be. Our unemployment numbers were up. They were probably 11 or 12%, just incredible times. Now today, 2015, we're at 3.9%. I don't know how we can go much lower. We're very fortunate that we've had some good things happening along the way."
 

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

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Kenton Vs Wapak Tonight and Arlington Vs USV Saturday

The Kenton Wildcats try to get back in the win column tonight when they host Wapakoneta.

 

The Wildcats could not dig themselves out of a big early hole Monday. Kenton trailed Marysville by 14 points after one quarter and 20 at the half before falling to the Monarchs 62 to 44. The loss was the 4th straight for the Wildcats, who are 1 and 4 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and things will not get any easier tonight as they take on a feisty Wapakoneta team.

 

So far, the Redskins have overcome the twin obstacles of getting a late start to the season due to the success of the football program while simultaneously adjusting to a new coach. Despite a loss to Minster on Tuesday, coach Doug Davis' Redskins are a surprising 3 and 1 overall and 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye.

 

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

 

On Saturday, two undefeated girls basketball teams will meet at Alumni Fieldhouse in McGuffey as Upper Scioto Valley hosts Arlington. The Rams are 7 and 0 while the Red Devils are 8 and 0.

 

WKTN will also carry this game live, with the pregame show starting around 1:30 p.m.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Hoops Team Prevails Over Jackson Center

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Wednesday night against Jackson Center 37-35. With the win the Raiders move to 4-2 on the season.
 

The Raiders were led by Nolan Roose with 11 points, Kainin Stoner added 6, while Keaghan Stahler and Landen Hunt added 5 each.

 

Kainin Stoner led the team in rebounds with 5.

 

The Raiders are off until Jan 5th

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Ohio Lifts Bird-Show Ban Issued Over Avian Flu Concerns

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials are lifting the ban on bird shows that was issued in June because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus that affects domestic poultry.

 

The order prohibited bird shows at the state and local fairs and events such as auctions and swap meets. Ohio's agriculture director and the state veterinarian rescinded the ban Thursday, with the Department of Agriculture saying there is no immediate threat of avian flu.

 

The department says Ohio had no confirmed cases, but more than 48 million birds in the U.S. were affected during the spring and summer. It says the World Organization for Animal Health concluded those outbreaks are now resolved.

 

State officials say bird owners still are urged to remain cautious about protecting their flocks' health during migration seasons.

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The Kenton Creamery Site Is Clear and Ready To Start Building

 

The site is now clear for the new Creamery location on the corner of Madison and Franklin St across from Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton. Dan Warnement who currently owns and operates the main Creamery facility in Delphos purchased the property in March of this year. The Creamery is a family owned business and was founded in 1982, Warnement took over the business in 2012. The Delphos Creamery menu offers its patrons 32 flavors of ice cream, floats, shredded chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs along with many other tasty treats that has people traveling for many miles to enjoy.

 

Creamery Demolished

 

Warnement had originally planned on keeping the building that was on the location in Kenton when he purchased the property and open the facility by the end of this year. But with the building sitting for over a year and not having enough storage space Warnement decided that the building and lot should be demolished and a new structure put into place to uphold the standards of The Creamery. The plan is for construction to begin of a new two story building with the first floor layed out for customers and the second story for storage space. The building will be more to the East of the property to allow for proper parking on both sides of the building and still have room for the drive thru. Warnement is currently working with Morton buildings to come up with a design and he is using local construction companies for the cement pad that needs to be poured. Warnement would like the facility completely built by April of 2016.

 

 

Warnement will be bringing the famous menu from The Delphos Creamery store to Kenton and he has been humbled by the outpouring of support from the Kenton residence. The move will also bring jobs to Kenton, Warnement isn’t sure how many yet and hasn’t started hiring, but said he hopes the location will grow to the size of the one in Delphos, which employs about 30 people during peak season. The new Creamery location would be open 7 days a week and be open during the spring and stay open through the fall. Warnement looks forward to serving the Kenton Community and getting to know people who live and work in Hardin County.  

 

 

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Kenton Business Broken Into

A breaking and entering was reported Tuesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident occurred at Kenton Marble and Granite.

 

A small amount of money was stolen, and the case is under investigation.

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Church Giving Away Stockings and Bicycles

The Kenton Full Gospel Church is conducting a stocking and bicycle giveaway this Saturday.
 

Pastor Annetta VanBuskirk said the giveaway will take place this year in the church's food pantry at the church located at 129 North Wayne Street in Kenton from 2-4pm.
 

She said they are still asking to the public to donate toys and other items for the stockings as well as new or gently used bicycles.

 

She added that cash donations are also appreciated as well.
 

Donations can be dropped off at the church, or the best thing is to call them at 567-674-4228.

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Crash Damages Three Vehicles on Columbus Street

Three vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon on East Columbus Street in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 17 year old Hannah Heilman, of Kenton, failed to stop in time, and her car struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by 35 year old Kiley Sharp. That car was then pushed into the third vehicle, which was being driven by 46 year old Grant Benard, also of Kenton. Heavy damage occurred to Heliman's car, while the Sharp vehicle sustained moderate damage. Light damage occurred to Benard's car.

 

There were no injuries, and Heilman was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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Kenton City Council Meeting 12/14/15

The Kenton City Council met Monday evening for their 23rd regular session.

 

The closed session for labor negotiations was cancelled for the meeting and a motion was moved for a tentative agreement that is close to being completed.

 

Jon Cross from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance updated the council on the achievements for 2015 and the plans for 2016. Cross talked about how the city goals for a development on the corner of Bales Road and State Route 31 where lining up with the developers. The building will be used for a Fastnel building and Jon stated that a second building on this property could be used for additional development.

 

Cross spoke about the positive deal with Equity Investment Group and the purchase of the Hardin Central School property. The developers have been meeting with the local alliance and they are excited to work with the city. Dollar Tree has been announced publicly about moving into that development and the alliance has been looking into bringing in additional business that are needed in the area. The possibility of adding a restaurant has been discussed but the city may need to offer additional incentives for this type of business.

 

The State Route 68 industrial corridor is another priority for the alliance and they have been in negotiations with the rail site developers who say that their focus has shifted away from the wind development and they are exploring other strategies that will work for bringing in additional industries.

 

Cross emphasized the need to bring in new businesses to the area which currently has a 3.9 percent unemployment rate.

 

In New Business the council heard a resolution that indicated the availability of annexing the site on the corner of Bales Rd and State Route 31 and suspended the 3 reading rule to pass the resolution that is the first step in the annexation of this property into the city. The agreement would allow for city water and in the future of offering sewer service to the site.

 

The Council heard from the new Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser about the future of the Kenton Police department. Chief Musser talked about the low staffing levels at the KPD and the equipment issues that will need to be addressed as the Police department moves forward. Dennis would like to add one additional officer to the city streets within the next month. Chief Musser also talked about radio equipment issues and the need of adding body cameras to the officers. Chief Musser talked about needing the police force to be at 16 officers and moving forward the Kenton Police Department needs to be more proactive rather than reactive.

 

The Kenton City Council will meet for their final meeting of 2015 on December 28th.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Boys Beat Northridge in Basketball Action

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday night against Northridge ( Kenton Ridge ) 36-35.

 

With the win the Raiders move to 3-2 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 13 points and Tanner Perkins added 6, all in the 4 th quarter.

 

The Raiders trailed 34-23 entering the 4th quarter and outscored Northridge 13-1 in the final frame to pull out the 1 point victory.

 

Ethan Ricketts and Perkins each had 4 rebounds to lead the team in that stat.

 

The Raiders return to action Wednesday when they travel to Jackson Center.

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Vast Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Against Allowing in Syrian Refugees

The results of the Visitor Poll question: "Do you think refugees from Syria should be allowed into the United States?" were very lopsided.

87% said no they should not be allowed in, while the remaining 13% said yes allow them into the United States.

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Three Injured in Single Vehicle Weekend Crash

A single vehicle crash over the weekend injured three people.
 

The crash occurred just after 7 Saturday morning in the 6000 block of County Road 205 in Goshen Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the driver, identified as 19 year old Tiara Amweg, of Kenton, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital as was a passenger in her car, 18 year old Halie Rose, also of Kenton.
 

Another passenger, 22 year old Michael Taylor, of Kenton, was flown by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
 

A third passenger, 20 year old Cody Ray, of Ada, was not injured.
 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Driver Cited For Failure To Yield Following Crash in Kenton

Two vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries, in a crash that occurred around 7:50 Sunday evening in Kenton.
 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 52 year old Rhonda Frenzel, of Kenton, attempted to turn left from Franklin onto Wayne Street, and her vehicle struck an eastbound car being operated by 29 year old Krystal Schweim, also of Kenton.
 

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

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Ohio To Again Use Tax ID Quiz, Increase Security For Minors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say tax filers in Ohio could again see an identification quiz to verify their identity and validate their refund requests.
 
The increased security efforts come as the state seeks to block tax fraud schemes.
 
Through November, the Ohio Department of Taxation says it intercepted nearly 233,000 suspicious returns claiming $256.5 million in illegitimate refunds.
 
Tax Commissioner Joe Testa says the state is expanding its security measures to protect the identity of minors.
 
In a statement last week, Testa said criminals also are using the identities of minors in their fraud scheme. He says if it appears a child's identity has been compromised, the state will notify the household. Testa says that would let tax filers take additional steps to thwart illegitimate use of that minor's identity.

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Ohio Gas Prices Below $2; Up Slightly From Previous Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Average gas prices in Ohio have risen slightly from a week ago but remain below $2.

 

The state average was about $1.91 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about only about 3 cents from a week ago, but about 15 cents cheaper than a month ago. The state average this time last year was about $2.43.

 

Ohio's average gas prices for regular fuel also remained below the national average of $2.01. The national average was about $2.56 at the same time last year.

 

Refinery production outpacing demand combined with increasing gasoline inventories is helping to keep prices low.

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Riverdale Pulls Away In Fourth Quarter To Top Cats 59-50

The Riverdale Falcons pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 59-50 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Falcons (3-2) led 42-37 after three quarters, but the Wildcats pulled to within two points after some clutch buckets from Thomas Phillips early in the fourth quarter.

 

The Falcons answered with a 5-0 run to build a 7-point advantage. A three-pointer from Jaron Sharp drew the Cats to within 49-45 with 4:44 to play, but Riverdale outscored Kenton 10-5 the rest of the way to post the win.

 

Tommy Dusseau scored 16 points to lead Riverdale while Jackson Hankins and Noah Hough had 15 points each.

 

Thomas Phillips had 17 points to lead Kenton (1-3) and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Fort Recovery Rallies Past Lady Falcons 48-46

The Fort Recovery Indians rallied in the fourth quarter to edge Riverdale 48-46 in a battle of girls basketball powerhouses Saturday.

 

The Falcons (4-3) led 35-30 after three quarters but were outscored 18-11 in the fourth quarter by the Indians (6-1).

 

Grace Thien and Kendra Siebring had 12 points each for the Indians, who had five players score at least 6 points.

 

Riverdale got 16 points, 5 steals and 4 assists from Sydney Holderman while Reygan Frey added 10 points and 5 steals. Taylor Farmer added 7 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons.

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2015 Mistletoe Ball A Success

The 25th Mistletoe Ball sponsored OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital was was a big success.

 

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital associates:  (front - left) Jeryl Kissling, Amanda Hemmerly, Deb Turner, Sandy Dick, Amy Brown, (back - left)  Barb Sullivan, Pam Miller, Tami Holcomb and Rhonda Osborn.

 

 

The ball is the hospital's annual fundraising event and was held on December 5. It raised over $48,000 to benefit the renovation project of the Outpatient Department/2North.

 

The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales, and the traditional silent and live auctions held that evening.

 

Linda Smith, Mistletoe Ball chairperson stated, "I appreciate all the support the community provides to make the ball a success."

 

She added "I hope to see everyone at next year's ball, scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016."

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Defiance Races Past Kenton 74-40 In Western Buckeye League Opener

The defending state champion Defiance Bulldogs were too much for the Kenton Wildcats on Friday as they raced to a 74-40 victory in the Western Buckeye League opener for both schools.

 

Defiance (3-1 overall, 1-0 WBL) forced Kenton into turnovers on its first six possessions en route to building an 11-0 lead and was never threatened.

 

Shay Smiddy and Kameron Singleton had 16 points each to lead Defiance while Braden Frederick scored 10.

 

Kenton (1-2, 0-1) was led by Thomas Phillips' 18 points.

 

Austin Buroker was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

Kenton returns to action on Saturday when it visits Riverdale in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Matthew W. Huffman, on one count of arson. He was registered as an arson offender.

 

.Heather M. Altvater on one count of possession of heroin.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Green Jobs Still Important to U.S. Economy

Though you don't hear as much about it lately, green jobs are still considered an important part of America's future.
 

Dr. Pamela Menges, President of Ohio based Star Sailor Energy defines a green job, "Really a green job could be in any industry. It comes down to the way the organization operates, and it actually functions in terms of its energy footprint. Now in terms of creating new green jobs, and what most people are looking at is how we create a new economy from alternative energy and sustainable products."
 

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

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Kenton Boys Basketball Team Ready For Weekend Games

The Kenton Wildcats hit the road for games at Defiance and Riverdale this weekend.

 

The Wildcats begin Western Buckeye League play tonight when they travel to Defiance to take on the defending state champs. The Bulldogs, led by Kameron Singleton's 16 points and 7 rebounds a game, are off to a 2 and 1 start.

 

The Wildcats are coming off a 67 to 48 loss to Tiffin Columbian. Brady Donnelly and Luke Nichols each scored in double figures in the loss for Kenton, which is 1 and 1 so far this season.

 

On Saturday, the Wildcats will make the trip to Riverdale to take on the Falcons. Riverdale is 2 and 1 for the year, with routs of Carey and Bucyrus sandwiched around a 1-point loss to Upper Scioto Valley.

 

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. each night.

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Lady Wildcats Defeat Defiance 52-44

The Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Defiance 52-44 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Thursday.


The Wildcats (4-3 overall, 1-1 WBL) scored the game's first seven points, but the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-1) fought back. The game was knotted at 38 after three quarters, but two three-pointers from Sara Hoyt and another from Kori Barrett to open the fourth quarter staked Kenton to a lead it would not relinquish.

 

Ashley Morris scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Wildcats while Sara Hoyt scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Layne Taylor finished with eight points and 13 caroms for the winners.

 

Morgan Porter scored 16 points - all in the second half - to pace Defiance.

 

Morris and Hoyt were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

In other girls basketball action on Thursday, Riverdale defeated Liberty-Benton 63-54.

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Musser Named New Kenton Police Chief

Out of a field of seven candidates who interviewed, a new Kenton Police Chief was introduced this morning.

 

Chief Musser stands with wife Michelle, daughters Mia (8), Maggie (4) and Molly (18 months). Also pictured Safety Service Director Jim Hites ( far left) and Mayor Randy Manns.

 

 

Since May of this year, the Kenton Police Department has been without a chief. Leadership duties have been split between Lt. Robert Lutes and Sgt. Dennis Musser, the latter of which was named the department's new chief.

 

And new Chief Dennis Musser said it was a rocky process to get there, but he is excited about the opportunity, and he adds there is a lot of work to be done, "It's not going to be an overnight process. Our department has a lot it is in need of, so we're going to get started on that right away, and I'm very excited about making that happen. I think everybody in the department as well as the city as a whole is ready to move forward."

 

 

 

Safety Service Director Jim Hites said Chief Musser has been with the department since June of 2000, "Then he was promoted to sergeant in March of 2007. He did the duties of a sergeant very well, and he was a candidate out of the seven, and we decided that because of his qualifications and his desire for the job, that we chose Dennis, and we hope to have many years of good service from him.:

 

Mayor Randy Manns said they are confident that they have the right man for the right job, "We have high expectations for the police department, and I believe that Police Chief Musser is going to do an excellent job, and I'm looking forward to working with him. He's done an excellent job of being an interim with Lt. Lutes, and I just look for great things."

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Ada Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

An Ada man was arrested and is facing several drug related offenses following a routine traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, deputies conducted the traffic stop on County Road 65 at State Route 701.

 

Upon investigation, a man identified as 30 year old Eric Brite was allegedly found to be in possession of suspected heroin and xanax.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Drug

Picture Coutesy of Hardin County Sheriff's Office

 

Brite was taken into custody on a charge of drug possession.

 

The case remains under investigation.

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Kenton Man Injured in Early Morning Crash

A Kenton man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 12:30 this morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 30 year old Shane Kleman was driving north on East Forest Avenue when, for an unknown reason, the car went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole. It is believed the vehicle then started to spin and struck another utility pole on the passenger side.

 

Kleman was unconscious when authorities arrived. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.

 

The car was heavily damaged, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Ben Logan 7th Graders Hand Springfield Shawnee First Loss

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Wednesday night against previously unbeaten Springfield Shawnee 43-40. This evens their record to 2-2 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 19 points and Keaghan Stahler added 11.

 

Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 17 while Nolan Roose pulled down 9.

 

Stoner, Stahler, and Tayte Williamson all forced 2 turnovers each.

 

The Raiders return to action Monday when they travel to Northridge.


 

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Kenton Hosts Defiance in Girls' Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats host the Defiance Bulldogs tonight in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action.

 

Tonight’s contest will be the fifth in eight days for the Bulldogs, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end Tuesday as they fell to Archbold in the finals of the Mercy Clinic Classic. Defiance is 4 and 2 overall, including 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye, with Zariah Scott’s 14 points a game leading the way for the Bulldogs.


The Lady Wildcats have alternated wins and losses through the first six games of the season. Kenton is 3 and 3 overall and 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight’s game. Ashley Morris leads the Cats in scoring at 13 points a contest while Layne Taylor averages just under 10 points a game.

 

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

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Ada Police Department Honors Employees

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 the Ada Police Department held our annual Christmas and Awards Dinner to honor several employees who have performed above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Sgt. Donnie Deckling was presented with a Departmental Certificate of Appreciation for his work with our newly formed K9 Unit which was certified in October of this year.

 

Ptl. Andrew Peterman and Det. Rob Sheldon were presented a Meritorious Award for discovering and apprehending a suspect involved in the manufacturing of Meth within the Village of Ada.  Their actions also averted a potentially dangerous situation.

 

Sgt. Bollinger was honored with a Life-Saving Award for his actions in assisting with CPR on an individual who had overdosed on heroin.  The individual survived the overdose in part due to Sgt. Bollinger’s actions.

 

Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger with Dispatcher Fran Wince

 

Finally, the department honored long-time Dispatcher Fran Wince as our 2015 Employee of the Year.  Dispatcher Wince has been with the department and Village of Ada since 1973.  Fran was one of the first dispatchers for the department and saw us through the transfer of dispatch services to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

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Ridgemont's Jolliff Receives Award From Ohio Farm Bureau

A Ridgemont educator received an award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

 

 

 

Ridgemont's FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff received the Cooperative Agriculture Educator Award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and she talks about what it meant to receive that recognition, "It truly is a blessing to one be able to teach kids and two be able to be recognized for just working with Farm Bureau and serving those that we teach everyday."

 

Jolliff also took time to point out her teaching technique that proves to be so successful, "I think one of the values of teaching is understanding that every kid that walks into our room needs to learn how to become a productive citizen, and if they're already a productive kid, how do we take the skills and talents that they have and truly polish those so that when they enter the work force, they can make the world a better place, and when I think you look at every kid individual like that and understand all of them have God given talents that we just have to dig deep and be able to find. That's the basis of education."

 

The award was presented to Jolliff during the annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation in Columbus last week.

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Hardin County Ag Society Met Over the Weekend

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 5th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. 

 

There were 16 directors present and 13 guests present.

 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

A Thank You from the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District was read.
 

Brad Murphy was present to show his interest in being appointed as representation for Dudley Township.
 

Mark Badertscher requested using the fairgrounds for a pesticide disposal collection site.  This was approved by the fair board. 

 

Paul Ralston was present to show his interest in being appointed as a director in either McDonald or Dudley Townships.
 

Ron Sites requested the fair board look into having the flower entries during the fair, have a later entry deadline than the rest of the open class entries.  He also requested the fair board use a different demo derby promoter than 3-D Promotions during the fair.  He was told the fair board will be looking into other promotors during the OFMA Annual Convention.

 

Last month’s minutes, financial reports, annual meeting minutes, re-organizational meeting minutes and bills to be paid were approved.

 

Craig Stump from the Executive Committee stated there will be an Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8th at 7pm to discuss a director needed for the Fair Foundation and appoint open Township Director positions.  Fair Board meeting dates for 2016 were given out.  Employee Bonuses for 2015 were discussed and approved.  The board also moved to give Kolt Buchenroth and Jamie Smith gift cards for all of their work they have done this past year. The Code of Conduct was given to each director to sign.

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  He stated the 3rd race horse barn is going to be rented, starting in January.  The race horse barn agreement was approved to include electric in the price.  It will now be $110 per month, up $10. The other two race horse barn that are currently rented, will receive a bill for electric.  Old lights have been scrapped and there has been a deposit of $944.61 collected so far.  The board moved to increase the deposits for the arts/crafts building and community building by $100.  The deposit for the arts/crafts building will now be $200 and the community building will be $300. Jim stated they will be meeting with the commissioners on Dec. 8th, to discuss needs at the fairgrounds.  It was noted the snow blower has been paid for, by an anonymous donor.  The wheelbarrows, with money from Lynn Valley Farmers, have been purchased.  The next grounds meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 15th at 7pm. 

 

Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, stated they will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12th at 7pm to discuss the new camping spots. 

 

Jeff Madison, chair of the entertainment committee spoke about their meeting they had.  It was noted the Showmen of Showmen Contest will be moved to Sunday afternoon from Saturday night.  The demo derby will be on Sunday night of the 2016 fair and the committee will be researching other out of county groups to put on the event during the OFMA Annual Convention.  The board moved to have the Bear Hollow Wood Carver come back for the 2016 fair and to sign a contract to have the Great Lakes Timber Show perform for 6 days, using 3 guys at a cost of $8,000.  They also moved to have Chase Bryant be the entertainment on Saturday night of the fair.  It will cost around $30,000 to have the Saturday evening entertainment with renting a stage, bleachers, lights and cancellation insurance.  Tickets will cost $10 and $15.  The board moved to increase the general admission and reserved seats for the band and choir shows by $1.00.

 

Don Spar, representing the Livestock Committee, stated there has not been a good response about the meeting being held about the showorks sale committee program, so he is going to start calling the other fairs, to see if they are interested in coming to the meeting on Sat., Dec. 19th.  Dale Cockerell stated the steer weigh in will be Saturday, Jan. 2nd at the fairgrounds from 10am-1pm.  Don stated the Livestock Sale Committee will meet on Wed., Jan. 20th at 7pm and the Livestock Committee will follow that meeting at 7:30pm.  There are currently 24 JR. Fair Livestock exhibitors that still need to cash their checks from the fair, which includes 19 families. 

They have 90 days to cash those checks.

 

Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated she will be meeting with Durant Amusements, at the OFMA Annual convention, about prices for the 2016 fair. 

Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated she will be placing a ribbon order at the OFMA Annual Convention. 

 

Under old business:  All whole hog sausage has been sold with a profit of $1,080 made.  The January regular board meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 28th, at 6pm, at the Plaza Inn.

 

Under new business: No new business was discussed.

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Kenton Business Broken Into

A Kenton business was the target of a breaking and entering.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Blossom Gallery Florist just after nine Monday morning.
 

It was discovered that someone threw a large piece of concrete through a window to gain entry to the store. Once inside, the suspect removed change from the cash register and took a safe from under a cabinet. The safe was empty. The suspect left the store by opening the back door.
 

The case remains under investigation.

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Retail Stores Possible at Former Hardin Central School Site

The former Hardin Central Elementary School property officially sold at the Kenton City School board meeting on Monday evening.

 

After a brief executive session to discuss the sale, Board President Russ Blue asked for a motion to pass the resolution accepting the sale. The buyer, Equity Investment Group, LLC, has purchased the entire property for $550,000. The property includes the current bus garage location, though the buyer has granted 12 months continued use of the space to the Board with the possibility of extending the use an additional six months. Tracy Hiller, Board Treasurer, said that the funds from the sale of all the former elementary buildings or sites (Eastcrest, Hardin Central, Westview, and Espy) are able to be used for the purchase or construction of a new bus garage in the future. The site for a new bus garage has yet to be determined. The buyer has confirmed the possibility of the retail store Dollar Tree at the location; other retail stores may be moving in as well.

 

Also during the meeting, the board:

 

-Heard from Choral Director, Todd Daquino, about the upcoming musical production of "High School Musical", to be held on Friday, December 11, Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday's matinee will begin at 2:00pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors or students;

 

-Heard a technology report that announced every student in grades K-6 currently have a laptop computer; computers for KMS and KHS students, as well as updated computers or laptops for instructors, are also in the works;

 

-Recognized KHS student AJ Sorgen as the Hi-Point Student of the Month for his landscaping and outdoor refurbishing project, and also recognized instructor Shalie Logan for receiving the "Teachers Turn the Key" Award;

 

-Recognized member Tom Brim for his years of dedication and service; Brim will be replaced in January by incoming Board member Mark Rush;

 

-Approved the appointment of member Mark McCullough to President Pro-Tem for the January Meeting.

 

The re-organizational meeting and next regular meeting of the Kenton City School Board will be on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Office.

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Greenon Tops Ben Logan in 7th Grade Boys Basketball

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost to Greenon Monday night 37-29

 

The Raiders were led by Keaghan Stahler with 10 points and Trey Allen added 7.

 

Davontae Fahle  led the team in rebounds. Ethan Ricketts led the team in steals.

 

The Raiders return to action Wednesday when they host Springfield Shawnee.

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More Deer Harvested During Gun Season This Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say good weather last week have helped the deer harvest eclipse last year's total during the week-long gun season.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Monday that 73,399 deer were checked in the state during the annual seven-day gun season that ended Sunday.

 

That's nearly a 9-percent increase over the 65,484 checked last year, and just below the 75,408 taken in 2013.

 

Two days of deer-gun season remain, on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. The muzzleloader season is Jan. 9-12, and archery season remains open through Feb. 7.

 

Coshocton and Muskingum counties, both in east-central Ohio, led the way in number of deer harvested.

 

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries.

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Four People Injured in Three Weekend Crashes

Authorities were busy with injury crash reports over the weekend.

 

According to one report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Brad Rickle, of Dunkirk, lost control of his car on a curve while travelling south on County Road 113 Sat evening. The car ended up off the road and slid sideways into a utility pole. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top. Rickle was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

 

According to another Sheriff's Office report, late Sunday afternoon, 16 year old David Spardlin, of Ada, lost control of his pickup truck while driving west on State Route 81. The vehicle ended up off the road where it overturned and came to rest on its driver's side. Spradlin was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay by Dunkirk EMS.

 

Two people were injured in a crash that occurred in Kenton Sunday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Andrea Castellanos, of Lakeview, ran a red light on Franklin at Main Street, and her car struck a southbound vehicle being operated by 74 year old Glen Watkins, of Kenton. Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and both drivers were transported to Hardin Memorial by BKP. Castellanos was cited for a red light violation.

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Annual ARC Auction a Success

The Annual A.R.C. Auction was held Sunday at Simon Kenton School.

 

 

 

 

Andy Diller, SSA Director and ARC President, said once again this year, the auction was a big success, "Our auction sales were $7502, and our kitchen proceeds were an even $500, giving us a total of $8002 for the day, and we still have some cash donations coming in, so we're very excited and happy to have a good auction."

 

He said getting results like that takes a team effort, "Many of our staff and parent and volunteers, and auctioneers and local businesses donating items, it was definitely a group effort."

 

And Diller said the money will be put to good use, "We use it for many services at Harco Industries and Simon Kenton School. we run a summer respite program for students who need a place to go during the summer. We assist Special Olympics, and we have many, many different resources that it goes to"

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Ohio Gas Prices Below $2 Mark and Below National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Average gas prices in Ohio remained below the $2 mark and below the national average to start the week.

 

The state average was about $1.88 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 6 cents from a week ago, but about 35 cents cheaper than a month ago. The state average this time last year was about $2.62.

 

The national average for regular fuel has dropped about a cent since last week to $2.03. The national average was about $2.68 at the same time last year.

 

Increased refinery output and the decreased demand for gasoline that typically occurs during the winter months could help keep gas prices relatively low.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Balanced Scoring Helps Lady Wildcats Whip Van Buren 58-30

Three players scored in double figures for the Kenton Lady Wildcats as they defeated Van Buren 58 to 30 on Saturday.

 

Layne Taylor had 15 points while Ashley Morris scored 13 and Sara Hoyt had 11 to help the Lady Wildcats improve to 3 and 2 with the rout of Van Buren.

 

Kenton took control of the game early, leading 14 to 3 after one quarter. The Black Knights pulled to within 22 to 15 at halftime, but the Lady Wildcats put the game away in third quarter by outscoring Van Buren 21 to 6 to take a commanding 43 to 21 advantage. Kenton outscored Van Buren 15 to 9 over the final eight minutes to put the finishing touches on the victory.

 

In other girls games around the county on Saturday, Arlington defeated Ada 42 to 31 while Hardin Northern whipped Moncolva Christian 48 to 35.

 

In boys action on Saturday, Ridgemont defeated Vanlue 67 to 43; Ada knocked off Ottoville 66 to 46; Upper Scioto Valley topped Arcadia 55 to 31; and Hardin Northern got past Moncolva Christian 58 to 37.

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Lady Red Devils Remain Perfect With Win Over Ada

The Arlington Lady Red Devils stayed perfect on the season by defeating the Ada Lady Bulldogs 42-31 on Saturday in girls basketball action.

 

The Red Devils are 5-0 while the Bulldogs are 1-2.

 

Ada led 8-4 after one quarter but trailed 32-16 after three periods.

 

Arlington had one player score in double figures as Sierra Nichols had 11 points.

 

Rachel Wildman had a game-high 13 points for Ada.

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Kenton High School Puts On Disney's "High School Musical"

 

The Kenton High School's 2015 musical production is Disney's hit movie trilogy "High School Musical." It will be next weekend, December 11th and 12th at 7:30 PM and December 13th at 2:00 PM in the Kenton Middle School Auditorioum. Kenton High School vocal music director and the show's music director, Todd Daquino explains the storyline.

 

"High School Musical is so cool becuase it is relevant for all different kinds of pople or people of all ages. It's cool for high school kids becuase it talks about how they ballance extra-curriculars, how they balance school work, how they deal with relationships. There are different cliques, groups of people they like and groups of people they dislike. It's cool for adults and especialy parents because it talks about how parents deal with their students and their activities. Parents push kids in one direction and sometimes it's good and sometimes it's not good. It really hits home on a lot of levels."

 

Daquino enjoys presenting this musical because it provides yet another way for students to be involved in musical activities that may not be comfortable with the show choir, or concert choir setting. It also provides students that help out with the stage crew, lighting, and other technical aspects of the show with oppurtunities.

 

Tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

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ARC Auction Set For Sunday

The annual ARC Auction will be held Sunday at Simon Kenton School Harco Industries in Kenton.

 

Superintendent Mark Kieffer said it is a big fundraiser for the school, "The funds go towards various items in the classrooms and supports Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries students, adults and their families."

 

Kieffer said that the doors at Simon Kenton will open at noon on Sunday, "And we'll have various lunch items. We have our homemade noodles, tacos and some other lunch items, and then the bidding will begin at one, and we have very qualified auctioneers."

 

He said once again this year there are a number of items to bid on, "We have many, many Christmas decorations and wreaths and gift certificates. There are a number of great Christmas items that you can get for a pretty good bargain."

 

And Kieffer said that's just to name a few, "We have very many donated items. We're very appreciative of the business community. They always come forward. We also have our regular donors, and we really appreciate that, and we hope to see you there on Sunday."

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Second-Quarter Surge Helps Tiffin Columbian Past Kenton

The Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes used a late surge in the second quarter to pull away from the Kenton Wildcats on their way to a 67-48 victory in boys basketball action Friday.

 

Tiffin Columbian used a 12-2 run to break a tie late in the first half. The Tornadoes, who were led by Stone Simmons' 18 points and 7 rebounds, kept the Cats at arm's length throughout the second half en route to improving to 1-2.

 

The Wildcats (1-1) got 12 points from Brady Donnelly while Luke Nichols scored 11. Thomas Phillips added 8 points and 7 rebounds while Austin Buroker had 7 points and 7 rebounds.


Donnelly was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they begin Western Buckeye League play with a trip to Defiance to meet the defending Division II state champions. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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City Officials Moving Closer to Naming New Police Chief

The interview process in the search for a new Kenton Police Chief has wrapped up.
 

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said seven officers interviewed for the position, and he said they hope to name a new chief within the next week or two.
 

He said it is going to be a difficult decision, since all of them did very well during the interviews. He commended them as well as the entire police department.

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Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Brittany R. Bradley on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.

 

.Shanita K. Harp on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

 

.Sara L. Pugh on one count of retaliation.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Sheriff Offers Advice on How to be Safe During Holiday Season

There are a number of common sense things people can do to avoid being a victim of a crime during the Holiday Season.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said it starts with your shopping trips, "I would recommend that when you are shopping and you make multiple to your car from the stores, make sure to put the items you purchase in the trunk. If you have an sport utility vehicle, put them in the back and cover them up. Do everything you can to make it harder on the bad guy."

 

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

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Basketball Action Featured Tonight and Saturday Afternoon on WKTN

Tonight is the home opener for the Kenton Wildcats as they entertain the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes.

 

The Wildcats began their season on Saturday by posting a 61 to 48 road win over Waynesfield-Goshen and will begin the home portion of their schedule this evening when they host Tiffin Columbian.

 

The Tornadoes are off to a slow start this season. They dropped both of their games last weekend, falling 50 to 38 to Clay on Friday before dropping a 73 to 62 decision to Upper Sandusky on Saturday.

 

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

 

On Saturday afternoon, girls basketball will be featured on WKTN as two of the best girls basketball teams in the area collide in Ada as the Lady Bulldogs host Arlington. The pregame show for that game should start around 2:30 p.m.

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Fog Listed as Factor in Wednesday Crash

Fog was blamed for an accident that occurred Wednesday morning.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 23 year old James Kindle, of Ada, was driving east on County Road 50 and stated that the fog was so thick, he didn't see a stop sign at County Road 75 until the last minute.

 

The car travelled into the intersection where it bottomed out, went into a field and slid down an embankment coming to rest in a drainage ditch.

 

Kindle was not injured.

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Ohio Patrol, 5 Other States To Target Impaired Driving

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol in Ohio will participate in a crackdown on impaired driving in a multi-state enforcement effort this week.

 

State police from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia also will take part in the project from 12:01 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

 

The patrol in Ohio says the effort to create high visibility enforcement on the highway is aimed at making the roadways safer.

 

The latest effort is part of a multi-state partnership to coordinate law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

 

Ohio's patrol says its troopers have made more than 22,000 OVI arrests in the state so far this year.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Basketball Team Tops Ridgemont

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys defeated Ridgemont Wed night 55-37

 

The Raiders were led by Tanner Perkins with 11 points. Kainan Stoner scored 10, while Landon Hunt, Keaghan Stahler and Trey Allen all added 7 each.

 

Perkins also led the team in rebounds with 12, 10 of them offensive. Defensively Kainin Stoner, Ethan Ricketts, and Keaghan Stahler all had 2 steals each.

 

The Raiders return to action Monday when they host Greenon.

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Forest Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The Kenton-Hardin Health Department has been made aware the boil alert in Forest, OH for West Gage Street and Wells Road (SR37) has been lifted as of 01:00PM Wednesday. 

 

At this time, boil advisory protocols have been lifted, and residents may resume normal water consumption.

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Several Chances To Donate Blood in December

There will be several opportunities to donate blood during the month of December.

 

Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative.

 

To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

 

Blood drives are being held on the following dates:

 

 

Ada:

 

12/11/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, 525 S Main, McIntosh Center

 

Forest:

 

12/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima St.

 

Kenton:

 

12/4/2015: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Hardin Memorial Hospital, 921 East Franklin Street

 

12/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County LIbrary, 325 East Columbus Street

 

12/28/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175

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Gun Season is Under Way For Ohio Deer Hunters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hunters in Ohio checked 22,256 deer on Monday, the opening day of the state's weeklong gun season.
 
That's up from 17,512 deer taken on the first day of gun season a year ago.
 

The top five counties reporting on Monday's harvest were Coshocton, Ashtabula, Muskingum, Guernsey and Knox.
 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunting is the most effective management tool for maintaining Ohio's healthy deer population.
 
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in number of resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries.
 
The deer gun season runs through Sunday.

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Boil Water Advisory in Effect For Part of Forest

Some residents in Forest are under a Boil Water Advisory.
 

According to information from the village, a water main break occurred and forced the water to be turned off for residents on West Gage Street and Wells Road.
 

The break has been repaired, and the water is back on, but the Boil Water Advisory, again for residents on West Gage Street and Wells Road in Forest, is in effect until further notice.

 

The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring West Gage Street and Wells Road residents only in the Forest municipal water district affected by the water main issue to adhere to boil advisory protocols, advising those residents to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes, until further notice.

 

At this time:

 

PROHIBITED:
Ice Machines (use store bought ice)
Coffee, tea, etc. (prepare with bottled water only)
Cooking with municipal water 
 

PERMITTED:
Boiling municipal water for 1 minute for consumption and handwashing utensils
bathing and restrooms


Boil advisory protocols will remain in place by the Village of Forest for ONLY residents affected by the water main issue, on West Gage Street and Wells Road, for consumption, cooking and sanitation until further notice.

 

The Kenton-Hardin Health Department continues to work with the Village of Forest agencies at this time.

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Number of Car-Deer Crashes Occur in County

There were a total of four car/deer collisions reported around Hardin County Monday evening.
 

Two occurred on State Route 309 in Cessna Township. Another one happened on County Road 219 in Dudley Township.
 

There was even one in the City of Kenton that occurred in the 1000 block of West Lima Street around 7 Monday evening.
 

In that one, a westbound car struck a deer that entered the roadway. The deer was spun into the eastbound lane where it was struck by another vehicle.

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Kenton Business Closes its Doors as of November 30

A store that became a staple in downtown Kenton has closed.

 

 

 

 

Finney Glass and Paint, which was made famous in Kenton by Bill Furbush, who became known as Sweet Old Bill, closed its doors for the last time on Monday following his death in May of this year. His son Bernie said it was difficult decision, "A lot of sentimental value associated with the business, but we needed to make a decision based on business and closing seemed like the best deal."

 

He added that the store predates his dad, "Finney's has been there as long as I've been around. I remember it there as a kid. My dad bought the store in 1979, and he had it ever since, so for about 35 years. Typically it was just one employee, Bill Lynch, and I worked at the business while I was going to school in Lima. I left in 1987."

 

Furbush talks about what happens next, "Bill Lynch will be moving out to Ace Hardware and continuing on with his regular duties, just not for Finney's anymore."

 

As for the store's contents, "Most of the glass, framing and window stuff has already been procured by Ace Hardware. They're going to take all that. There wasn't much paint left, and the rest of the stuff, I'm probably just going to donate to Habitat For Humanity."

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