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Local News Archives for 2016-02

Ohio May Shorten Jobless Benefits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio could be among the next states to shorten jobless benefits.


Representative Barbara Steers' proposal would cut benefits to as few as 12 weeks by linking their duration to the state unemployment rate.


Steers says some people are "settling in" on the benefits and riding them almost until they expire before actually pressing to get back into the workforce.


Ohio Gas Prices Up Slightly Higher Than National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average price for regular gas is coming in slightly higher than the national average to begin the workweek.


The price per gallon in Ohio was about $1.77 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 8 cents from a month ago, but it's 52 cents less than the average at this time last year.


The national average for regular fuel was about $1.75 on Monday, down from $1.81 a month ago and $2.40 a year ago.


Gas prices have recently remained relatively low as a result of lower crude oil costs. But they are likely to increase some as the spring refinery maintenance season begins.






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


Second Annual Horse Banquet Held

2016 Horse Royalty from Left to Right: Princess, Kade Stump, Queen, Kelli Haudenschield, King, Jared McNeely, Prince, Josh Phillips


The Hardin County horse council held the 2nd annual horse banquet at the Kenton Moose Lodge Saturday night. Ranee Liedel, banquet chairwoman, opened up the event by introductin the 2015 Horse Queen, Layne Taylor, and the 2015 Horse Princess, Sydney Gebberin. Horse council president Sharon Sloan then introduced the evenin's entertainment, Judge David Faulkner. He spoke and shared his personal horse experiences with the crowd. 


Then, Ashley Gossard announced the 2016 royalty. The 2016 queen is Kelli Haudenschield, the king is Jared McNeely, the princess is Kade Stump, and the prince is Josh Phillips.


"I would like promote the horse industry here in Hardin County as well as people being involved in the horse industy in Hardin County. I would like to get younger 4-H members and younger children who aren't even in 4-H yet involved in showing horses at the fair and the horse industry." Said McNeely.


"I want to promote good sportsmanship not just for the county, but the horse industry because there's not a lot of it and there needs to be a lot more of it. A lot more congradulating each other and saying 'good job'." Said Haudenschield. 


Door prizes were also given away and some donated items were put into a silent auction as a fundraiser for the horse council.


High Wind Advisory Issued for Sunday, Wind Gusts 45 to 50 MPH Possible

A Wind Advisory for Hardin County and surrounding area will be in effect Sunday morning starting at 11 AM until 7 PM in the evening.
Wind Advisory
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory due to Southwest wind 20 to 30 MPH with gust 45 MPH to 50 MPH. Winds will increase Sunday morning and continue into the afternoon. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts. High winds can make driving difficult especially for higher profile vehicles.
A wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forcasted to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range from 46 and 57 MPH. 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates


Congressman Would Like Presidential Candidates to Focus On Big Issues

5th District Congressman Bob Latta, who represents Hardin County in the U.S. House of Representatives, said he wishes the candidates running for president would focus on what matters to Americans rather than bashing each other.


Latta said one thing they could talk about is changing the tax code, which he called a mess, "It's usually about six billion hours that we have to spend in this country just preparing and doing our taxes each year. Just think what we could be doing otherwise. You could be out there making things, creating things and having ideas, everything, but what you end up doing is that , but that's why I think that should be the big focus that these candidates should be talking about, and what we need to change to really get this country moving forward."


Defending State Champion Defiance Overpowers Kenton 67-46

The defending state champion Defiance Bulldogs were too strong for Kenton on Friday as they eliminated the Wildcats from the postseason with a 67-46 victory in Division II boys basketball sectional championship action at Paulding.


The Bulldogs, who earned a share of the Western Buckeye League title, improve to 18-5 and will meet Elida in district semifinal action Wednedsay at Ohio Northern.


The Wildcats (2-22) were led by Thomas Phillips, who scored 17 points and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game. Austin Buroker was also named as an Ace Hardware Player of the Game for Kenton.


Cold Shooting Proves Costly For Bulldogs In 62-43 Loss To Minster

A cold shooting night doomed the Ada Bulldogs to a 62-43 defeat at the hands of the Minster Wildcats in Division IV boys basketball sectional championship play Friday at Coldwater.


Ada v Minster


The Bulldogs (13-11) shot 31-percent from the field, including just 27 percent in the second half as Minster outscored Ada 35-20 over the final two periods to break the game ope.


Bryce Schmiesing had 13 points to lead the Wildcats (13-9), who had four players score in double figures.


Blake Willeke had 14 points to lead Ada while Brayden Sautter scored 13 and Jackson Secor tallied 10.


Fort Recovery Takes Sectional Title By Tripping Up USV 67-44

The Fort Recovery Indians won the Division IV boys basketball sectional title by defeating Upper Scioto Valley 67-44 at Allen East on Friday.


The Indians, the district's third seed, are now 16-6 and will play Perry in district semifinal action Tuesday at Wapakoneta.


The Rams, the fifth seed in the district, wrap up their season with a 16-8 mark.


LCC Flies Past Riverdale 95-37

State-ranked Lima Central Catholic blitzed Riverdale 95-37 in Division III boys basketball sectional championship action Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse


The Thunderbirds improve to 22-1 and will meet Bluffton in the district semifinals. The Falcons bow out of the tournament at 6-18.


Commodores Knock Off Gophers 64-48

The Perry Commodores defeated the Ridgemont Golden Gophers 64-48 in Division IV boys basketball sectional championship play Friday at Allen East.


The Commodores, the district's top seed and the champions of the Northwest Central Conference, improve to 20-3 and advance to district semifinal action at Wapakoneta on Tuesday.


The Gophers end their season with an 11-13 record.


Person Selling Candy Bars Falsely Claims to Represent Upward Sports

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office has received a report of a young black man in his 20's has been approaching individuals stating that he is representing the Upward Sports program, and he is soliciting donations by selling candy.


The proceeds from the candy sales would then purportedly be used for the purchase of uniforms and tournament expenses.


Local Upward officials state that they have not authorized any such solicitation on their behalf.


Anyone contacted by this individual should notify local law enforcement to further investigate.


UPDATE: Woman Reported Missing From Hardin County Residence

UPDATED 02/26/16: The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in locating a Hardin County resident.



According to a release, 57 year old Toni L. Schorr is a female who is missing from the southwest area of Hardin County. She was last seen on the evening of Wednesday February 24 at her residence. Schorr reportedly left her residence on foot, wearing a dark trench coat, and has not been seen since.


She is described as 5'9", 140 lbs. with hazel eyes and brown hair.


According to a release the Hardin County Sheriffs office is requesting residents and property owners in the vicinity of County Roads 75 and 210 to check their garages, barns, grain bins, and any other outbuilding for anything that may be unusual in or around them.

Any assistance from the public would be appreciated.

Contact the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at 419-673-1268.


Several Awards Presented During Alliance's Dinner Meeting

Several major awards were presented during the annual Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Dinner Meeting Thursday evening.


(Left to right) David Mulligan, Brenda Jennings, John Hohn, Laura Wingfield, Jason and Jodi Theil



The 2015 Citizen of the Year recipient was John Hohn based on his dedication to improving Hardin County through his work as economic development director, "It's been great working with everybody here in Hardin County, and this award doesn't just go to one person. It takes a whole group of people to make Hardin County great, and I believe that through relationship building with the regions, state and the local people here in Hardin County through relationships as students and athletes that I coached through the years and businesses, acquaintances that we made, we've made Hardin County a great place to call home."


The Business of the Year Award was presented to International Paper Foodservice Business which expanded its operations with a new facility expansion, a 70 million dollar investment that created 125 plus new jobs. The award was accepted by new plant manager David Mulligan, "Thank you very much. It was obvious in the six months that I've been here why International Paper decided to double down in the Kenton, Ohio facility, and it's really a testament to a lot of people in this room and the organizations that are represented here in terms of the power of cooperation and collaboration between businesses, local entities and really just driven by citizens that are concerned about their community, so with that type of teamwork, I really look forward to ongoing collaboration and a great future ahead for International Paper in Hardin County."


The inaugural 2015 Small Business Award was presented to Twirl with the investment of over $450,000 in their historic building which houses a one of a kind bridal shop. The award was accepted by owner Laura Wingfield, "I'm super happy that Twirl is successful in what we do. we keep setting goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals and reaching those goals is great.Twirl wouldn't be where we are today without all my friends and family. They've all helped with anything. They've helped with my kids. My mom and my mother in law have worked bridal shows, they've worked in the shop, they've worked behind the scenes. My sister in law modeled or helped or done something, so it's really , it takes a village, and I'm very thankful for my family."


Two Community Service Awards were presented this year. The first one went to Hardin County Upward Sports for helping local youth develop their basketball and cheerleading talents while building their personal character. The award was accepted by Jason Theil, "What makes Upwards unique compared to other sports program in the community is that we not only teach our athletes the fundamentals of basketball and cheerleading, but we also share the love of Jesus Christ with them. Our athletes not only learn the rules of the game, but they learn to be total athletes, developing mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. They learn right from wrong in order to make wise decisions both on and off the court. Our athletes learn self worth and identity are not, I repeat not, defined by wins and losses, and we pray that they establish a life long relationship with Jesus Christ."


The next one was presented to Brenda Jennings for donating her time and talents as a registered nurse and specifically for her efforts in developing the Kenton City Schools Back Pack Program, "First it's much easier for me to give than it is to receive, so I'm very humbled by this honor. There are many kinds of folks that I am in contact with almost daily that give of themselves freely and never ask for recognition or attention. The Kenton City Schools backpack program was developed to help hungry children in our school districts. Frequent complaints of hunger to the teachers were expressed several years ago, therefore this program was developed to offer nutritional assistance."


Sherry Haushalter and David Haushalter


Finally, the R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late Fred and Ruth Haushalter, represented by the Haushalter family, for their business legacy in Hardin County. David Haushalter shared his thoughts on the award, "I'd have to say that the Haushalter family truly appreciates the honor of being recognized with the lifetime Achievement Award. Our parents Fred and Ruth Haushalter, they did a lot to work in the community, and I think it shows. To be recognized in this fashion is quite humbling, and we are very proud and we just want to say thank you to the community."


The dinner meeting was held in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University in Ada.


Participants Sought For 2016 Hardin Leadership Class

The 2016 class for Hardin Leadership is forming now.


Steering Committee member Krane Stahler said taking the class will help you realize that there is a lot more going on in the area than you might think, "I got to meet a lot of wonderful people from the area, governments, for profits, privately held businesses, non-profits, across the board, and then the people in the class, you also get to meet. They're from all those different business realms if you will, and you really get involved with them, get a good networking opportunity and even leads to some ways you can get involved and interact with the community, whether it be on boards or other committees, whatever it may be that you can really get out there and get to meet even more people and help make a difference."


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


Doubleheader Basketball On Tap Tonight on WKTN

The Kenton Wildcats take on Defiance tonight in sectional championship action at Paulding. 


The Wildcats snapped a 21-game losing streak on Tuesday by whipping St. Marys 68 to 53 in their tournament opener. Tonight they will take on the defending state champion Defiance Bulldogs for the Division II sectional title at Paulding.


The Bulldogs are 17 and 5 and finished as the co-champions of the Western Buckeye League with an 8 and 1 league mark. Kenton, which is 2 and 21 overall, played Defiance earlier in the season and came up on the short end of a 74 to 40 decision.


WKTN will have all the action live from Paulding, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.


In the second half of Friday's doubleheader on WKTN, the Ada Bulldogs will take on Minster for the Division IV sectional crown at Coldwater. The Bulldogs are 13 and 10 on the season while Minster checks in at 12 and 9.


The pregame show for this game should start around 7:45 p.m., with tipoff slated for 8 p.m.


Three other county schools will be playing for sectional titles tonight. Allen East will host a pair of Division IV sectional title games including county schools as Ridgemont plays Perry at 6:15 p.m. while Upper Scioto Valley meets Fort Recovery at 8 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., Riverdale will take on Lima Central Catholic in Division III play at Elida.


Minster Knocks Off USV 63-47

The Minster Wildcats defeated the Upper Scioto Valley Rams 63-47 in Division IV girls basketball district semifinal action Thursday at Wapakoneta.


The Wildcats improve to 20-4 and will meet Marion Local for the district title Saturday at Wapakoneta. The Rams end their season at 18-7.


Willard's Size Is Too Much For Falcons

The size of the Willard Crimson Flashes was too much for the Riverdale Falcons as the Flashes pounded the ball inside repeatedly en route to a 58-48 win in Division III girls basketball district semifinal action Thursday at Shelby.


Six-foot four-inch Gabi Baldridge finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Willard (22-3) while Ashlee Tuttle scored 13 points and 5-foot 10-inch Maddy Crawford had 12 points and 17 rebounds.


Riverdale (15-10) got 14 points from Janessa Taylor while Taylor Farmer had 12 points and 11 rebounds.


Girls Tournament Basketball Action Continues Tonight

Girls basketball district semifinal action will be on tap tonight on WKTN as Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley continue down the tournament trail.


In the first game tonight on WKTN, the Riverdale Falcons will take on Willard at 6:15 p.m. at Shelby High School in Division III district semifinal action. The Falcons, the district's third seed, are 15 and 9 while the Crimson Flashes are 21 and 3 and were seeded second.


In the nightcap from Wapakoneta, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams will meet Minster in Division IV district semifinal play. The Rams are 18 and 6 and were the district's fourth seed while the Wildcats are 19 and 4 and received top billing in the district. This game will tip off at approximately 8 p.m.


Winners from tonight's games will advance to district championship action on Saturday.


WKTN will carry both district semifinal games live tonight, with the pregame show for the first game beginning at 6 p.m. The pregame show for the second game should begin around 7:45 p.m.


Visitor Poll Voters Will Continue as Normal Despite Public Attacks

In light of attacks on the rise in public places, how do you plan to respond?


Of those participating in the Visitor Poll, 34% said they plan to continue as normal, 32% plan to carry a concealed weapon, 28% will be more vigilant and only 6% will be going out less often.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Second-Half Explosion Propels Falcons Past Parkway 51-33

The Riverdale Falcons outscored the Parkway Panterhs by 24 points in the second half en route to a 51-33 victory in Division III boys basketball sectional tournament action Wednesday at the Elida Fieldhouse.




The Falcons (6-17) advance to Friday's sectional title game against Lima Central Catholic. The Panthers end their season at 4-19.


Parkway led 23-17 at the half but missed 19 of its first 20 shots as the Falcons rallied to the victory.


Clayton Agler had 11 points to lead Parkway while Jackson Hankins scored 26 points - 21 in the second half - to pace the Falcons.


UPDATE 7:45PM: Bomb Threat at Ada High School - No Physical Threat Found

Emergency crews have found no physical threat at the Ada High School after a bomb threat Wednesday shortly before school was released. The school received a suspicious call that forced the evacuation of the buildings. All students were safely removed from the school


Officers from the Ada Police Department as well as deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's office were called in to investigate the incident. The Allen County Bomb squad also assisted in the investigation. 


Ada Police Department will have extra patrols during school hours on Thursday. The Incident remains under investigation.


95.3 WKTN will have more information Thursday from the Ada Police Department.


Bomb Threat


Ada K9 Team Attains State Certification

An officer and a K9 from the Ada Police Department attained Ohio Peace Officer K9 Team certification this week.


According to a release from Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, Sgt. Matt Purdy and K9 Jaeger attained the certification this past Monday.




Jaeger was initially certified in October of 2015 and after a change in handlers, Jaeger and his new handler attended two weeks of training together, culminating in their state certification.


Shawnee Runs Kennel trainer Roger Bice called Jaeger one of the finest narcotics K9 that he has observed in recent times.


Jaeger is trained in narcotics detection, socialization, handler protection, tracking, area and building searches and criminal apprehension.


Chief Harnishfeger said they are very excited to have Sgt. Purdy and K9 Jaeger on the job and look forward to many years of service.


He added that there is no doubt the team will keep Ada, Ohio a SAFER community.


Riverdale Boys in Tournament Action Tonight

The Riverdale Falcons take on Parkway tonight in Division 3 boys basketball sectional tournament action.


The Falcons are 5 and 17 but are entering the tournament on a high note. Riverdale snapped a six-game losing streak with a 55 to 46 win over a good McComb team on Friday.


The 4 and 18 Panthers have struggled down the stretch, losing their last four games by nearly 24 points a contest.


WKTN will have all the action live tonight from the Elida Fieldhouse.


The pregame show will start at 6 p.m., with the opening tip set for 6:15 p.m.


Wildcats Win Tournament Opener

The Kenton Wildcats opened postseason play with a convincing 68-53 victory over St. Marys in Division II boys basketball sectional tournament action Tuesday at Paulding.


The Wildcats (2-21) advance to Friday's sectional title game where they will meet Defiance at 6:15 p.m. back at Paulding.


Four players scored in double figures for the Cats, who were led by Ace Hardware Player of the Game Hunter Phillips, who had 23 points.




The Ada Bulldogs also won their tournament opener at Coldwater. Five players scored in double figures for Ada (13-10) as it rolled past New Bremen 75-58 in Division IV sectional tournament play.


All in all, it was a good night for Hardin County teams as Ridgemont beat Lima Temple Christian 53-46 and Upper Scioto Valey whipped Waynesfield-Goshen 66-46. New Knoxville knocked off Hardin Northern 47-36.


Kenton City Council Approves Extra Funding For Police Department

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening in Council Chambers. Council President Joel Althauser moved quickly through the agenda, with council approving the minutes of the previous meeting with no discussion and with only one communication to discuss. The communication was the new draft artwork of the "Welcome to Hardin County" sign from the Chamber & Business Alliance. There will be 15 new signs total posted along the State and US routes, with the Hardin County Commissioners funding 9 of the signs at $220 per sign. The Chamber & Business Alliance is requesting each of the villages fund 1 sign, with the city of Kenton being requested to fund up to 3 signs.


Under committee reports, the council heard from:


-Finance: The Finance Committee will meet next on Monday, March 7 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers.


-Downtown Revitalization: The Downtown Revitalization Committee will meet next on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00am in Council Chambers.


-M.O.P.: MOP has appointed two individuals to the Income Tax Board of Appeals and both have accepted the appointments. The two appointees are Dave Schwemer and Chuck Dixon. M.O.P. is also working on the upgrade of the codified ordinances for the pay ranges of city employees, and has been in contact with an IT professional regarding a potential contract to maintain and update the city's website.


-BKP Board: The BKP Board met last Monday. The board discussed whether to move the Field Training Officers to salary or keep them on an hourly pay, with the decision being made to keep them as hourly employees. The board also heard that the billing software currently being used is proving troublesome, and has information about a potential new software that is being reviewed. They also received a proposal for pay increases, which is being reviewed as well.


-Safety: The Safety Committee met on Tuesday February 16.


-School Board: The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met on Monday, February 15. Council member Clint Sneary said he enjoyed the student showcase and was glad to see that the school programs are successful.

The council did not have any old business to discuss, so following committee reports they moved forward into new business. Two resolutions were presented. The first was a resolution authorizing the city to enter into an engineering services agreement with the Hardin County Engineer. Public Safety Director Jim Hites explained that the County Engineer's office was going to hire a new engineer, which they asked the city to co-sponsor. In return, the resolution was asking council to approve an agreement that would allow for the city to utilize the additional engineer for a minimum of 10 hours per week at the rate of $38.91 per hour. The resolution creates the agreement, but does not bind the city to using the engineer every week; rather, the agreement allows for the availability of the engineer when the city needs assistance on a project, such as the Letson Avenue project, said Hites. Council member Dave Beazley motioned to suspend the three-reading rule. It was seconded and passed 6-1, with Antwilla Davis being the lone dissenter. Davis expressed her concern about the frequent use of "declaring an emergency" in legislation, stating that "the process was there for a reason...it doesn't make sense to bypass it every time." After the suspension of the three reading rule passed, the resolution passed 7-0.


The second piece of legislation was an ordinance providing for additional appropriations for the police department totaling $36,100 to cover police overtime and the upgrade to the police radio system, and transfers within the general fund to allow for the hiring of a new full-time police officer. Safety Service Director Hites said that after the special meeting last Tuesday to discuss the financial concerns of the police department, changes had been made to increase comp time for the officers to help alleviate the overtime concerns. Police Chief Dennis Musser said that with two officers still out from the shooting that occurred earlier this month, and two cruisers needing to be replaced, that the financial concerns for the overtime were not going to dissipate any time soon. During the new business section of the meeting, council did not take immediate action on the legislation and it was moved to a second reading at the next meeting.


During the comments portion of the meeting, Safety Service Director Hites expressed his concern about the growing amount of trash that is being placed on the curbs around the city. He is reminding all citizens that non-approved trash will not be removed by the city and citations and fines will be assessed to any citizens not complying. Residents who notice furniture and other non-approved trash on the curbs are urged to call the nuisance officer with the police department.


Fire Chief Russ Blue mentioned during his comments that this is one of his last meetings he will be attending as the chief, and he thanked the council for their work to approve the purchase of the new fire engine at the end of last year. He said the department is still looking to hire a new full-time firefighter, which will keep the staff at 12 firefighters after his retirement.


Chief of Police Dennis Musser spoke frankly about his disappointment and upset about the inaction of the council on the legislation to finance the department. He said, "If an officer is at Wal-Mart and gets into a fight, he may not be able to communicate with other officers for back-up. How can you say out of one side of your mouth that you support the department and want the city to be safe, but out of the other side you don't act on legislation to do just that?" Musser said that it was an error on council's part to lump three different things into one piece of legislation, leading the council to remain fiscally cautious instead of acting on things that require immediate attention. Council President Joel Althauser admitted that it was his decision to include the wording about the police radios, stating that "...if I had not included it, this would have been buried. No one else brought this up." He said it was his understanding after the special meeting last week that the department had within their budget the means to purchase the radio upgrades if they were an immediate need. A heated discussion ensued, with several council members and the mayor arguing about the need to remain fiscally aware as responsible members of council versus the ability of the mayor to administrate as he sees fit. "It is my job to administrate," said Mayor Randy Manns, "and I WILL administrate."

Following the heated debate, council member Dave Beazley asked if the line item about the radio system could be separated out. Council President Althauser said that it indeed could, and the council voted to move back into new business to discuss the legislative change. It was voted upon by council to first separate out the line item for the radios, creating a new piece of legislation (Resolution 16-002) that was just for the appropriation of funds for the radios only. It was then voted to suspend the three-reading rule, which passed 7-0, and the resolution was adopted by a subsequent vote of 7-0. After the vote, President Althauser moved the meeting back to the comments section.


However, during further comments by Chief Musser, who was still dissatisfied with the inaction of the council, another debate ensued before council member Clint Sneary asked if it was possible to revisit new business once more. It was voted and approved, and the council moved a second time back into the new business section to discuss the remaining piece of legislation pertaining to the police department. After another round of discussion, council member Dave Beazley questioned Chief Musser on what he felt was the most important line item for the department at this time. Chief Musser said he felt the allowance of compensation for overtime was of utmost importance, since without the appropriated funds, the city would not be able to process payroll. Two more payrolls will occur before the next meeting, he pointed out, and it was unacceptable to not pay the officers for their work. Council member Pegg Wren motioned to bypass the three-reading rule of the remaining legislation as it stood, and the motion passed. The suspension of the three-reading rule passed 7-0, and the vote to pass the remaining line items of the legislation also passed 7-0. The resolution allows for an appropriation of $25,000 to cover police overtime, and transfers within the general fund totaling $31,000 to accommodate hiring a new police officer. Chief Musser thanked the council for working together to pass the resolution in the best interest of the safety of the city and its residents.


To end the meeting, Kevin Rettig, formerly of McComb, announced his candidacy for State Representative for the 83rd District. He intends to work to counter the growing heroin problem in local communities as part of his potential tenure. After his presentation, the meeting was adjourned with limited further discussion from council members expressing their final thoughts about the police department legislation.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.




Kenton Boys Tip-off Post Season Basketball Season

The Kenton Wildcats begin their postseason journey tonight when they take on St. Marys. Jim Homan has more…

The Wildcats make the long drive to Paulding to meet St. Marys in Division II boys basketball sectional tournament action this evening. The Cats are 1 and 21 overall and finished 0 and 9 in Western Buckeye League play.


The Roughriders have also struggled this season as they  finished 5 and 17 overall and went 2 and 7 in league action. St. Marys has won just twice in its last 15 games, but both those wins came against Hardin County teams as the Riders topped Kenton 44 to 34 on January 8th and then knocked off Upper Scioto Valley 51 to 34 on January 23rd.


WKTN will carry this game live, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.


WKTN will also carry the Ada Bulldogs’ tournament opener this evening. The Bulldogs, winners of 7 of their last 9 games, will take on New Bremen in Division IV sectional tournament play at Coldwater. Ada is 12 and 10 while the Cardinals are 4 and 18 after having split their last 4 games.


The pregame show for this game should begin around 7:45 p.m., with opening tip planned for around 8 p.m.


Most of the other county schools begin tournament play tonight. At Allen East, Ridgemont will meet Lima Temple Christian at 6:15 p.m. while Upper Scioto Valley takes on Waynesfield-Goshen at 8 p.m. In the first game tonight at Coldwater, Hardin Northern plays New Knoxville at 6:15 p.m.


Several Crashes Occur Over Weekend

Local law enforcement officials investigated several crashes on Saturday, with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office handling 4. 


The first was reported at the intersection of Township Road 119 and State Route 67, while two separate crashes were reported in the 22 thousand block of State Route 309. 


The final crash was reported at the intersection of State Routes 309 and 235. 


The Kenton Police Department responded to a crash report in the 300 block of South Detroit Strett, as well. 


No further information was available in any of the crashes and there were no listed injuries.


Higher Education Budget Seeks To Expand '3-Plus-1' Degrees

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's higher education leader says Gov. John Kasich's administration will seek in its upcoming budget to expand partnerships that allow students to take three of four years of their bachelor's degree coursework at a community college.


Chancellor John Carey said Monday expanding "3-plus-1" programs between two- and four-year institutions would continue to reduce Ohio college costs. Kasich's midterm budget also calls for up to 10 bachelor's degrees to be offered through community colleges.


Further, the proposal includes a pilot program where high-school students could receive remediation in tandem with college-level work and skills-based competency certificates, and a requirement that public universities continue cost-sharing and other savings opportunities.


Ohio would also join a Midwest reciprocity program under the plan that provides reduced tuition for select programs at participating out-of-state institutions.


Ohio Gas Prices Remain Low, Slightly Under National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average price for regular gas comes in slightly cheaper than the national average as the workweek begins.


The price per gallon in Ohio was about $1.69 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 9 cents from a month ago, but it's 59 cents less than the average at this time last year.


The national average for regular fuel was $1.71 on Monday, down from $1.85 a month ago and $2.29 a year ago.


Gas prices have recently remained relatively low as a result of lower crude oil costs.


Wildkittens Knock Lady Cats From Tournament

The Bath Wildkittens defeated the Kenton Lady Wildcats 52-35 in Division II girls basketball sectional championship action Saturday at Spencerville.




Bath outrebounded Kenton by 19 and knocked down 10 three-pointers to improve to 14-9. The Lady Wildcats, who end an outstanding season at 14-9, forced 20 Bath turnovers but was done in by 23-percent shooting from the field.


The Wildkittens scored the game's first eight points but Kenton fought back to pull to within 10-8 after one period. However, Bath outscored the Lady Wildcats 14-2 in the second quarter to go on top 24-10 at the half. Kenton got to within single digits several times early in the third quarter but Bath had an answer for every Wildcat run.


Brittanie Ulmer had 14 points to lead Bath while Heidi Craddock scored 13.


Kenton got 10 points from Layne Taylor.


Kenton seniors Kelsey Baughman and Jenna Moore were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


In other sectional finals on Saturday, Upper Scioto Valley defeated Lima Central Catholic 69-43; Minster slipped past Ada 51-45; and Riverdale outlasted Bucyrus 65-50.




Kenton Lady Wildcats Continue on Tournament Trail

The Kenton Lady Wildcats take aim at their first sectional title in 18 years tonight when they travel to Spencerville to take on the Bath Wildkittens.


Kenton last won a girls basketball sectional championship in 1998. Standing between the Lady Wildcats and an end to that drought is the Bath Wildkittens. Kenton is 14 and 8 on the season after defeating Shawnee 50 to 37 on Tuesday in its sectional opener and was the district's seventh seed. Bath, who got a first-round bye in the sectional, is 13 and 9 and was seeded third in the district. These two teams met a little over a week ago, with Kenton pulling out a thrilling 46 to 44 victory.


WKTN will have all the action of tonight's Division II sectional title game live from Spencerville, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tip off is set for 6:15 p.m.


In the other half of tonight's doubleheader on WKTN, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams will meet Lima Central Catholic in Division IV sectional championship play at Bath. The Rams, the district's fourth seed, are 17 and 6 while the eighth-seeded Thunderbirds are 9 and 14. The start time for this game is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m.


Two other county teams will play for sectional titles tonight. In the first game at Bath, Ada will meet Minster at 6:15 p.m. in Division IV play while Riverdale will hook up with Bucyrus in the 2nd game at Lexington in Division III action.


HMH to Hold Diabetes Support Group Meeting

Kenton---Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in the McCullough Conference Room. The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.


Lindsey Decher, a 5th year pharmacy student from Ohio Northern University, will be presenting "Labs and Sick Day for Both Types of Diabetes". Being a person with Type 1 diabetes, she will address similarities and differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She will discuss information about lab values and the sick day plan to be followed as needed.


"Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Prevention and Treatment" will be presented by Kelsey Moore another ONU pharmacy student. In light of February being "Heart Month", information will be given about interventions to maintain good blood pressure and cholesterol levels. People with diabetes are at a greater risk for heart attack and stroke thus leading a healthy lifestyle is beneficial and the need for proper medication may be necessary. There will be time for a question and answer period.


The Diabetic Support Group is part of HMH's Diabetic Self-Management Program, which is directed by Bernadette Coats, RN, and Certified Diabetic Educator at HMH. This support group provides the latest information available on diabetes self-care, promotes wellness, and helps persons with diabetes prevent the complications of chronic illnesses related to the disease.


HMH is dedicated to help individuals achieve and maintain optimal health. For information, call (419) 675-8249.


Celina Defeats Kenton 67-39

The Celina Bulldogs defeated Kenton 67-39 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.


Senior Night

Senior Night


The Wildcats (1-21 overall, 0-9 Western Buckeye League) led 18-14 late in the second quarter but the Bulldogs scored the final 12 points of the half to take a 26-18 into the half.


Celina (11-11, 5-4) held off several early runs by the Cats in the third quarter and built a 45-26 lead after three periods and won going away.


Christian Berry led Celina with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Kole Murlin had 12 points and Jacob Stolly scored 10.


Kenton was led by Jaron Sharp's 14 points and 5 rebounds. Luke Nichols had 12 points and 5 rebounds and Hunter Phillips scored 10 points.


Nichols and Hunter Phillips were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


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:


.Amber N. Dunn was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on two counts of burglary.


.Blynn A. Poland was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison and 34 days local incarceration on one count each of aggravated menacing and having weapons under disability.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Rep. Latta Talks Current Events on At Issue

5th District U.S. Congressman Bob Latta said he opposes a hike on gasoline tax proposed in the budget President Obama sent to Congress last week.



Latta said the extra money from the tax wouldn't be used to fix bridges and roads, "It's important that we fix what we've got, but we're also paying enough in taxes. It's not that we need more taxes, but what we need to do is make sure we're spending the dollars wisely, and not spending it on stuff that we shouldn't be spending in on."


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


Kenton Boys Team Closes Out Regular Season Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats close out their regular season tonight when they host Celina. 

Tonight is the regular-season finale for the Wildcats, who are 1 and 20 overall and 0 and 8 in the Western Buckeye League. They entertain the Celina Bulldogs, who seemed to have found their stride after  a shaky start to the season. A very inexperienced Bulldog team struggled out of the gate, losing six of its first seven games. However, Celina weathered that early storm and has won 6 of its last 8 games to improve to 10 and 11 overall and 4 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League.


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


High Wind Advisory Issued for Friday Morning Through The Evening

A Wind Advisory for Hardin County will be in effect Friday morning starting at 7 AM until 7 PM in the evening.
Wind Advisory
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory due to wind 20 to 30 MPH with gust up to around 40 MPH. Winds will increase Friday morning and continue into the afternoon. Scattered tree and power line damage is possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts. High winds can make driving difficult especially for higher profile vehicles.
A wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forcasted to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range from 46 and 57 MPH. 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates


Bench Warrant Issued For Man Who Failed To Show For Sentencing

A bench warrant was issued this week for a Kenton man who failed to show up for sentencing in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


David M. Picon was scheduled to be sentenced this week in a case dating back to April of last year.


Picon was arrested after a brief stand-off with police at a residence in the 400 block of Main Street. Police approached the situation as if the suspect was armed and holding hostages, but neither turned out to be the case. Following two hours of negotiations, Picon came out voluntarily and was taken into custody.


Picon was charged with two counts of inducing panic, and he ended up pleading guilty last month to one count of obstructing official business. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, but he failed to show up.


His defense attorney requested a continuance, but that was denied, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. As of this time, Picon has not been located.


Two Separate Roll Over Crashes Occur Wednesday Morning

An Alger woman was injured in a crash that occurred just before 7 Wednesday morning on County Road 15 in Marion Township.


According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 42 year old Jade Keith was driving north on 15 when she lost control of her vehicle, which ended up off the east side of the road and rolled over twice before coming to rest on the driver's side.


Keith was trapped in the vehicle and was freed with the assistance of sheriff's deputies and personnel from the Alger Fire Department and Alger EMS. She was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.




Another roll over crash occurred around 8:15 Wednesday morning on County Road 265 in Taylor Creek Township.


According to that report, 27 year old Christina Worley lost control of her car while driving north on 265. The car ended up off the left side of the road where it overturned in a field.


The car was heavily damaged, but Worley was not injured.


Talented Local A Cappella Group Going to Audience Choice Competition

Hardin County a cappella group Awakened Commotion is competing in the Ohio has Talent contest for the second time on Saturday March 5th at 7pm. The group is a pop singing group with students from the Hardin Northern High School.
Last year, they placed third at this event at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert and first at the Ohio FFA Convention Talent Show. Listen to a sample song right here:
Awakened Commotion
Group member Collin Hoffman talked about the Ohio has Talent Competition. 
“Ohio has talent is an opportunity for people who feel they have a special talent to show the world, they can go through the Ohio has Talent Program and get themselves some public exposure and it's just really neat way to compete with people who you normally wouldn't have a chance to compete with”
Fellow member David Allen talks about the performance and how the winner is chosen.
“It's all performed live, there are judges and an audience. The Audience is the one who gets a voting system during the performance and they will have a time when the audience can vote on how they want to rank the performances”
This year the Awakened Commotion has a great performance prepared for you.
“This year we are performing 'Save the World/Don't Worry Child Mash Up'
Ultimately speaking for the group Collin Hoffman says,
“Come if you are interested, it's at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on State Route 18 in Van Wert at 7pm Saturday March 5 th, Please come and support us!”
Ohio Has Talent


Rams Open Tourney Run With 64-41 Win Over Tigers

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams defeated Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers 64-41 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament action Wednesday at Bath.



The Rams (17-6) advance to Saturday's sectional championship game at Bath at 8 p.m. The Tigers end their season at 5-18.


Emily Patton had 25 points to lead the Rams while Madison Crumrine and Kaycee Carroll scored 10 points each.


Kayla Wicker had 12 points to lead the Tigers.


Also on Wednesday, Riverdale defeated Fostoria 53-25 in Division III girls basketball sectional tournament play. The Falcons advance to sectional title play on Saturday at Lexington.


Lima Woman Injured in Tuesday Morning Crash

A Lima woman was injured in a crash that occurred around 9:15 Tuesday morning on County Road 20 in Marion Township.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 56 year old Lyudmyla Morgan lost control of her car while driving south on 20. The vehicle went into a spin before going off the left side of the road where it struck a small tree and flower bed. It then accelerated across the property where it struck another tree and continued on for approximately 100 yards and struck several more trees before coming to rest.

Morgan was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


Driver Escapes Injury in Crash

An Upper Sandusky man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 5:30 Tuesday morning on County Road 130 in Pleasant Township.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 50 year old Mark Bryant lost control of his car on a curve while travelling west on 130.

The car slid off the road where it struck a guardrail causing heavy damage.


USV Heads Down Tournament Trail Tonight

The Upper Scioto Valley Lady Rams begin postseason play tonight when they meet Waynesfield-Goshen.


The Rams steamrolled through the Northwest Central Conference, posting a perfect 6 and 0 league mark to take the title. USV is 16 and 6 overall and will take on Waynesfield-Goshen tonight in Division 4 sectional tournament play at Bath. The Tigers are 5 and 17 overall and finished 3 and 3 in the NWCC. These two teams met last month, with the Rams rolling to a 62 to 43 victory on January 28th.


WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tip off is set for 6:15 p.m.


In other county tournament openers tonight, Hardin Northern will take on Marion Local at Allen East while Riverdale hooks up with Fostoria in Lexington. Both of those games will also tip off at 6:15 p.m.


Early Voting Begins for March 15 Primary in Swing State Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans can begin voting for candidates in the swing state's March 15 primary contests.


Wednesday marks the start of early voting in the state. Residents can vote by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason. Registered voters can cast their ballots early over the course of four weeks, including two Saturdays and a Sunday.


Ohio voters will have the chance to help decide races for their party's presidential nominee. The primary contests also include congressional contenders and a number of local candidates.


Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says voters in 82 of the state's 88 counties will help decide the outcome of 465 local issues.


New Kenton Police Officer Requested at Special Council Meeting


Chief Dennis Musser is experiencing issues with staffing levels and budgeting at the Kenton Police Department (KPD). A special meeting of the Kenton City Council was convened on Tuesday Evening to discuss the current situation.


Police Budget and Staffing


The special meeting was called into session after Mayor Randy Manns, Chief Dennis Musser, and the Safety Service Director Jim Hites met to discuss the amount of overtime being used by the KPD. They learned that there was a need to hire another full-time officer due to the extenuating circumstances that has left the KPD with only 9 full-time officers and one officer in training. That is 6 less than the maximum allowed by the current strength ordinance.


At this time four officers are not active, two officers are not able to serve due to medical leave and two officers due to the shooting incident that occurred on February 6th. Chief Musser told council that Officer Kaufman is expected to return to administrative duties on Wenesday after the BCI finished their interviews with the officer on Tuesday evening. As is standard procedure after an officer involved shooting a grand jury must convene before any officers involved can return to active duty.


The officers that are on active duty are working hours of overtime and on different shifts during the same 5 day work week to cover all hours. The reduced staffing also has affected the ability of the KPD to conduct investigations in an expedited manner, and Chief Musser would like to get staffing levels to 16 in order to devote at least one officer to pending investigations.


After the meetings with Mayor Manns, Chief Musser, and Safety Service Director Hites they have found some possible savings in the police budget from several line item to help pay the $47,426 salary for an additional officer through December 31st of 2016.


2016 Savings
$19,000 Savings would be from the 3rd shift dispatching being transferred to the Hardin County Sheriff’s office which for the near future is being offered at no cost to KPD.
$12,000 Gas savings. Musser told the council members that some savings can be found in the gas for the police cruisers but he reminded the council that this can change due to fluctuation in gas prices. The cost of fuel can be controlled by limiting mileage on the cruisers during on duty hours.
$19,000 Additional monies can be found by the hiring of a new officer who's salary would be less than a current full-time officer patrolling the city streets and due to the separation of another full-time officer.
$48,000 Total Savings in 2016


The new officers salary for an entire year is $63,000, in 2017 the savings to offset this expense are as follows:

2017 Savings
$22,000 Dispatching minus any cost for Hardin County Sheriffs office 3rd shift dispatching
$10,000 Gas cost for operation of cruisers.
$13,000 New Cruiser cost limiting the purchase to just one vehicle Budget ½
$64,000 Total Savings in 2017


City Council President Joel Althauser spoke on the fact that this will not be the only issues with the KPD budget in 2016 and beyond. He reminded the council of the $11,046 for the radio upgrades and other increased costs of providing public safety. Althauser asked Mayor Manns if they had explored finding savings in the cities general fund for transfer and Mayor Manns told council that he did not explore this option after finding the money in the KPD budget.


Althauser told council that they need to be responsible when making transfers from the general fund since the expected revenue may be less than the previous year and that the city is projected to be $249,000 under water. Representative David Beazley told council that there are some discretionary funds that are not essential and can be addressed if the need for additional monies is needed.


On the other issue of overtime being accumulated in 2016, Chief Musser requested from the council a one time appropriation bill of $25,000 to cover current overtime expenses. The KPD started 2016 with an overtime budget of $28,000 and currently have used $12,500 to date.


Representative Beazley told Chief Musser that the council is taking this matter seriously and will move expediently for the well being of the current patrolling officers and for the safety of the public. The council decided that legislation should be introduced at the next council meeting for the appropriations bill that will include the requested overtime and money for the radio upgrades.


On the broader issue of the city budget Law Director John Schwemer talked about seeing a constant growth in expenses but not in generating revenue from infrastructure. Council President Althauser expanded on Schwemer's comment to say that eventually there may need to be an increase in revenue to the cover the increased expenses. The council discussed the possibility of needing to introduce a millage that would be targeted to public services like police an fire if the council were to continue in that direction.


The next council meeting will be on February 22nd at 7pm in the Council Chambers.



Ada Defeats Ridgemont 60-35 In Tournament Action

The Ada Bulldogs defeated Ridgemont 60-35 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament actoin Tuesday at Spencerville.


The Bulldogs improve to 16-7 and will take on Minster at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Bath for the sectional title.


Ridgemont ends its season at 11-12.


Lady Wildcats Open Tournament Play With 50-37 Win Over Shawnee

The Kenton Lady Wildcats began tournament play with a 50-37 win over Shawnee in Division II sectional action at Spencerville.


Kenton improves to 14-8 and will take on Bath in sectional championship play Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Spencerville. Shawnee ends its season at 6-17.


The game was tied at 6-all after one quarter, but the Indians scored the first five points of the second stanza to take an 11-6 lead. Kenton rallied to go on top 20-15 at the half and extended its advantage to 31-25 after three periods.


The Lady Wildcats scored the first five points of the fourth quarter - via a layup from Megan Gier and a three-pointer by Ashley Morris - to build an 11-point advantage and blunted several Shawnee runs to post the win.


Alissa Stahler led Shawnee with 14 points.


Layne Taylor finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds - both game highs - for Kenton while Morris had 17 points and 5 rebounds.


Taylor was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


WKTN will carry Saturday's sectional title game live from Spencerville, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.


Students Spoke at the Kenton School Board Meeting Monday

The Kenton City School Board met in regular fashion Monday evening at the Board Office.  The meeting began with a presentation from Kenton Senior High School Principal, Chad Thrush, about the KHS Kommunity Konnectors program. This program is the result of a grant that was received at the beginning of the school year, and to date, has connected 20 students with internships, capstone projects, and potential employers.  
Students Clay Howard and Kameron Kaylor spoke about their respective capstone projects; Kaylor is working rebuilding a 1976 tractor with John Deere and Howard is researching portable security systems with Hardin County IT personnel.  Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski mentioned that there will be a showcase of all the participating students’ projects in May,  and the Ohio Department of Education will have members in attendance to do a feature on the program.
High School history teacher, Rick Hudgel, also gave a presentation with several of his students on Junto (yoo-toe),  a program founded by Benjamin Franklin to foster creative and intelligent discussion between fellows.  The students will begin reading the novel 1984 and developing a response to the dystopian narrative.  Superintendent Penczarski mentioned during her comments that a two-hour delay will be on Wednesday February 24 for Teacher Professional Development.  She is currently working with a committee to finalize the calendar for the upcoming school year;  in March she will present two calendars, representing the switch from cumulative school days to cumulative school hours per academic year.
The calendars will be discussed and voted on with staff and district supervisory personnel before being voted in April.  Penczarski noted that Kenton students currently maintain a schedule that is longer than required by the state, but added that she believes firmly that this type of schedule should be maintained regardless of the switch to hours.  
During committee reports, the Finance Committee reported that they had reviewed the pay rates for substitute custodians and cafeteria workers and felt that the district was in good standing with those rates.  It was also discussed that the contract was in good standing with those rates.  It was also discussed that the contract with the Auglaize County ESC was still in negotiation,  but that the district was expected to be able to maintain the services provided to the students.  Additionally, the committee has been in contact with the Health Partners of Western Ohio In regards to potential medical services that could be provided to students, including mental health and dental;  Treasurer Tracy Hiller said these talks are continuing with the assistance of the Community Health Center, Located by the old Espy site. 
The Extracurricular Committee noted that the high school girls basketball team is currently 3rd in the Western Buckeye League, and also maintained that the 7th grade boys basketball team played in the finals over the weekend and the 7th grade girls basketball team will play in the championships tonight. Board member Mark Watkins motioned during Authorizations and Resolutions for a resolution to accept a farming bid to be excluded from the group vote.  The motion was carried and the line item was discussed individually after the other authorizations and resolutions were voted upon.  Watkins discussed his belief that the farm land should be farmed by someone from within the Kenton City School District and  “not automatically given to the highest bidder just for the monies sake.”  Treasurer Hiller disclosed the other bids received:  John Dulin, for $181 per acre;  Vanderpool Farms for $200 per acre;  and Mann Farms, Dave and Patty Mann, for $240 per acre.  The resolution was to approve the bid from Mann Farms for a two year farm ground Lease at $240 per acre.  The resolution passed with no further discussion 4-1, with Watkins being the sole  “no” vote.  The meeting was adjourned with no further business after the vote.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on Monday March 21, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Board Office.


Two People Injured in Four Vehicle Crash Monday

Two people were injured in a crash involving four vehicles just before 6:30 Monday morning on State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Arevalo Chinchilla, of Florida, was driving south on 117, and his vehicle travelled left of center striking a northbound vehicle being operated by 40 year old Timothy Fate, of Rushsylvania.

Chinchilla's vehicle became disabled in the middle of the road and was struck by vehicles being operated by 33 year Josiah Mathews, of Lima and 28 year old Crystal Best, also of Lima.


Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. Fate and Chinchilla were both transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.


Ada Teenager Escapes Injury in Monday Morning Crash

An Ada girl escaped injury in a crash that occurred around 10:30 Monday morning on County Road 20 in Blanchard Township.

According to that Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 17 year old Kamryn Dye lost control of her vehicle on the ice was driving west on 20. The vehicle ended up off left side of the road where it struck the guardrail, travelled into the ditch and came to rest on its right side.

Dye was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Hardin Northern FFA To Host Blood Drive

The Hardin Northern FFA senior class is hosting the annual blood drive on February 18, 2016. We will be hosting it in the Ag Building at the high school, and we asking students, as well as community members to sign up. Time spots are available from 8:00 am to 10:15 am. To claim your time please contact our FFA advisors Krista Hellwig or Maverick Liles at 419-759-2331 X 1604.



Kenton Lady Cats Begin Post Season Play Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats begin tournament play tonight when they take on Shawnee.


It has been a memorable season for the Lady Wildcats, who are 13 and 8 for the season. In the Western Buckeye League, Kenton posted a winning record for the first time in 30 years. The Lady Wildcats’ league mark of 6 and 3 was good for a tie for third in the Western Buckeye League, which also marks Kenton’s highest league finish in three decades.


The Cats begin postseason play tonight when they travel to Spencerville to meet Shawnee in Division 2 sectional semifinal action. The Indians are 6 and 16 overall and finished 2 and 7 in the Western Buckeye League, good enough for an eighth-place finish in the conference. However, the young Indians are not to be underestimated as they pushed the Lady Wildcats to the limit a few weeks back. Kenton needed overtime to top Shawnee 66 to 64 on January 21st.


WKTN will carry tonight’s tournament game live from Spencerville, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tip off is set for 6:15 p.m.


Also tonight in tournament openers, the Ada Bulldogs will take on Ridgemont in Division 4 action at 7 p.m. at Bath. The rest of the county will begin postseason play on Wednesday.


Dense Fog Advisory Affecting Your Tuesday Morning Drive

The Dense Fog Advisory has been extended for Hardin County and surrounding area until 8 AM Tuesday Morning.


Dense Fog


The National Weather Service issued a Dense Fog Advisory due to substantially reduced visibility. Hazards include reduced visibility of a quarter of a mile or less. Please use caution while driving, these poor conditions will result in hazardous travel.


Objects on and near the roadways will be seen only at close range, motorists are advised to use caution and slow down while traveling.


Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates.


School Delays and Business Closings can be seen here if WKTN gets them by following this link.



Ohio Gas Prices Are Lower, For Some Just Pocket Change

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Some northwest Ohio drivers who were able to fill their tanks for mere pocket change have been left in disbelief after a computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations. 
WTOL-TV reports a computer malfunction dropped prices at one north Toledo gas station, and another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive early Sunday morning.
Customer Taylor Kline told the station he filled his empty tank for just 26 cents. The extra-low pricing lasted at least three hours before returning to normal. 
Ohio's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.55 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down from $2.29 a year ago. 
The national average Monday for regular gas was $1.70.


US 68 Was Closed Due to Car, Semi-Truck Accident Sunday Evening

US 68 was closed due to a car, semi-truck accident on Sunday evening.
US 68 Accident
According to the report a vehicle operated by Brandy Alexander, 21 of Dunkirk, was travelling North on US 68 when she lost control of her vehicle and stuck a Southbound semi-truck being operated by Lawrence Obrian, of Whitehall MI.
Disabling damage occurred to the rear of the vehicle driven by Alexander and she was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.
The accident occurred around 8:20pm North of Kenton between Co. Rd. 50 and Co. Rd. 60. Traffic was being diverted until 10:10pm onto State Route 81 and State Route 701.


  1. Semi and Deputy Blocking US 68
  2. Car and Semi Across US 68
  3. Semi Across US 68



Fire Damages Home Near Ada Friday

A house on State Route 309 near State Route 235 south of Ada was damaged by fire Friday evening.


According to information from Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley, firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 7:30pm. He said the fire started in the basement area and spread to a second floor room. Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the structure.


Mutual assistance was provided by the Alger, McGuffey, Dunkirk and Lafayette Fire Departments.


There were no injuries.


Majority Plan To Give a Card For Valentine's Day

What do you plan to give your sweetheart on Valentine's Day?


If you said a card, you are in the majority. 54% of our Visitor Poll voters said that's their gift of choice. 19% said they plan to give chocolates, 15% said flowers, 3% said jewelry, and things will really go well for 9% of the voters, as they plan to give all of the above. Happy Valentine's Day.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Oxley Honored on Floor of U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives honored the late Michael Oxley on the house floor this past Thursday.


Tributes were read by numerous speakers, including Jim Jordan, the man who succeeded Oxley in the 4th District, which used to include Hardin County.


Jordan said, "Mike was one of the finest and most respected public servants Ohio has ever known. He was tireless in his promotion of his hometown Findlay and of all of Ohio's 4th Congressional District, its people. its businesses and institutions. His work on behalf of Lima's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, commonly known as the tank plant, helped preserve that vital facility and its skilled workforce for a long, long time, ensuring that it remains open today to make the armament that our armed forces need to keep our great country safe"


Oxley passed away January 1 after a battle with lung cancer. He would have been 72 on the day of the tributes.


Preparations Made for 4-H Week

Mark Light, Hardin Counties OSU Extension 4-H Program director and Amanda Raines, Hardin Counties OSU Extension 4-H Program assistant have been hard at work planning 4-H week events. 4-H week is designed to help promote the 4-H program. They will start off the week on March 6th with the 4-H Movie Day at the Kenton Theatre starting at 12:30 PM. On March 7th, 4-H’ers or youth that want to join 4-H will be helping the new Family and Consumer Science Director, Jami Dellifield with her service project, “Blanketing Hardin County” 6:30-8:00 at the SPARK Lab. These blankets will go to local Hardin County Charities. March 8th will be the Sphero Robotics Workshop from 6:30-8:00 at the SPARK Lab. The 4-H Family Information night will be March 9th at 6:30-8:00 at Kenton Elementary School. On March 10th, 4-H older youth leaders will be teaching Line Dance Lessons starting at 6:30 at the SPARK Lab. 4-H Awareness Day is March 11th. Light and Raines are asking 4-H members and volunteers to wear their 4-H green. To wrap up the events on March 12th, youth and volunteers will attend the “Ohio 4-H Volunteer and Teen Conference” where they will get new ideas to bring back to the county.


4-H got it’s roots in Agriculture but has expanded and there are a variety of projects to choose from rather than the traditional sewing, cooking, or livestock projects. These include Robotics, Electricity, Fishing, Bug Collecting, Welding, and woodworking. And if none of those sound interesting, you can create your own project with the “Self-Determined Project.” In Hardin County, children that have been through Kindergarten can join the “Cloverbuds” until they are through the 2nd grade. Then they can join, the traditional 4-H in one of the 33 4-H clubs in the county. Raines explains how to join 4-H.


4-H offers many opportunities in addition to working together and making new friends in the club setting. These opportunities include: Camps, Conventions, Workshops, and, the State and County fairs. Raines pointed out that the annual 4-H camp is a widely popular event, and highlight of most 4-H’ers summer. Campers, counselors, and county adults travel two hours every summer to Licking County for a five day, four night session where the youth participate in nature activities, dancing, learning opportunities, and lots of fun.


Something new to Hardin County Extension is the SPARK Lab. This is a space that is right beside the OSU Extension Office. They were able to create this space with the help of a grant. Light says that out of 50 that applied, our county was one of the eight in the country to receive the grant, and the only one in Ohio. The lab offers a variety of resources such as: A Video Production Studio, Field Drones, iPad Library, Laptop Library, Clickers, An Interactive Whiteboard, Webinar Capabilities, 3-D Printing Technology, Numerous Robotics Kits, and Technology Workshops. Light wants the SPARK lab to be a space where people learn, as well as to be a resource center from the county. Raines is seeking community input in the form of a survey about what classes and workshops the public would like to see offered at the lab. That survey can be found here. If you’d like to see in the SPARK Lab, there will be an open house on March 17th from 4:30-6.


If you have any questions about 4-H, the SPARK Lab, or any other programs that OSU Extension has to offer, you can give them a call at 419-674-2297 or find them online at hardin.osu.edu


Bath Overpowers Kenton In Second Half, Nets 61-44 Victory

The Bath Wildcats surged in the second half and defeated Kenton 61-44 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.




Bath (9-11 overall, 5-3 WBL) led 23-19 at the half but outscored Kenton 17-9 in the third quarter to go on top 40-28. Bath then put the game away in the fourth period, building a lead of over 20 points in the stanza before cruising to the win.


Andrew Renner had 18 points for Bath while Kaden Sullivan scored 11 and Chase Clark finished with 10.


Thomas Phillips had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Kenton (1-19, 0-8) while Hunter Phillips had 13 points and 6 rebounds.


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


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 each placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Robert E. Grindell Junior on two counts of attempted gross sexual imposition. He must serve a total of 120 days local incarceration and was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.


.James A. Holland on one count each of possession of heroin and endangering children.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Minor Injuries Reported in Thursday Evening Crash

One person was treated at the scene of a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening at the intersection of Wayne at Decatur Streets.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 29 year old Elisha Kozman, of Kenton, drove from Decatur onto Wayne Street, and her car struck the side of a southbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Ala Harp, of Alger. Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and a passenger in Harp's car was treated at the scene by the BKP emergency squad.

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


OSP Aims To Stop Distracted Driving

The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol continues to address the problem of distracted driving.

Captain B.G. Smith said it's not like they've been ignoring the issue, but it's obvious more needs to be done, " I think the efforts on distracted driving to educate the public, I think those are pretty well documented, and yet we still seem to be experiencing some pretty significant crashes that seem to have distraction as a root cause, and we're going to kind of step up our enforcement in this arena."

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


Battle of the Wildcats in Basketball Action Tonight

Kenton travels to Bath for the annual “Battle of the Wildcats” tonight in boys basketball play.


Both sets of Wildcats have battled some tough luck this season as Bath and Kenton are a combined 2 and 11 in games decided by single-digits. Bath brings an 8 and 11 overall record, including a 4 and 3 mark in the Western Buckeye League, into tonight’s game while Kenton is 1 and 18 overall and 0 and 7 in league action.


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


Ben Logan Boys 7th Graders Finished Basketball Season Thursday

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost Thursday against Mad River  38-29. The Raiders finish the season at 12-7.


The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner who had 11 points, while Keaghan Stahler added 10. Tanner Perkins chipped in 4.

Stoner  also led the team in rebounds.


The Raiders bow out of the tournament making the final 4. A sports banquet will be held next Wednesday at 7pm at the middle school to honor the winter athletes.


Kroger to Offer Anti-Overdose Drug Without Prescription

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. is making the heroin overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined Kroger officials at a Cincinnati store for Friday's announcement. Kroger says 200 pharmacies will offer naloxone over the counter within days.


CVS said recently it soon will offer naloxone without a prescription at its Ohio pharmacies, which state regulators have allowed.


Ohio fire crews use naloxone thousands of times a year to revive opioid overdose victims. Ohio overdose deaths jumped 18 percent rise in 2014, one of the nation's sharpest increases.


Cincinnati-based Kroger is the nation's largest traditional grocer and has 2,774 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia.


Investigation Into Kenton Police Officer Shooting Continues

The shooting that injured a Kenton Police Officer and a suspect was killed remains under investigation.


The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is conducting the investigation, and the first step is to figure out if the suspect, Stephen C. Davis, was shot by officers in several rounds of gunfire, or if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The incident started Saturday evening February 6 when officers were dispatched to a residence on Grove Street in Kenton to investigate a domestic disturbance. Davis then fled in a car west on State Route 309 and stopped his vehicle at County Road 106, where he is said to have then got out of his car with a rifle and opened fire. In that exchange, Kenton police officer Skyler Newfer was hit twice. He was eventually taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he was kept until Monday and is now recovering at home.


Davis then got back into his car, eventually stopping again where another round of gunfire was exchanged. He continued on in his vehicle before crashing the car. He was found dead inside the vehicle. a spokeswoman with the Ohio Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that the fatal gunshot wound sustained by Davis does not appear to be self-inflicted, however they are still waiting on the final autopsy report for the official determination.


WKTN requested any dash cam video of the incident, but the request was denied at this time, as it is still be used by B.C.I. & I. as part of their investigation.


Davis was a former Hardin County Dog Warden. He was fired from that position after being charged with Theft in Office and Tampering with Evidence. He spent time in jail on those charges in 2009.


Ohio Deer Hunters Take More Deer During Past Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio wildlife officials say good weather and other factors led to an increase in the number of deer killed by hunters this past season.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked 188,335 white-tailed deer dating back to the opening of archery season in the fall. That's up from the 175,745 deer checked during the 2014-2015 season.


The increase came even as the state lowered bag limits and eliminated antlerless permit use in most counties. Coshocton and Licking counties produced the most tagged deer.


The state says that until recently deer populations in nearly all of Ohio's counties were well above the wildlife agency's goal. In the last few years, the population in most counties has been brought down to near the goals.


Hardin County hunters took 1270 deer during the season, which was up from last year's 1149. In our surrounding counties:


Allen County was 1102 compared to 1027 deer last season.


Auglaize 828 up from last year's 786


Hancock County 1185 up from last year's 1116


Logan County hunters took 2071 deer, a hefty increase from last year's 1885


Marion County was at 892 compared to last season's 819


Union County hunters took 932 deer. Last year, they took 904


Wyandot County hunters took 1515 deer, which was slightly lower than last year's 1568 deer taken.


Bluffton Closes Game On 12-0 Run, Tops Cats 60-43

The Bluffton Pirates closed the game on a 12-0 run to cap off a 60-43 win over the Kenton Wildcats on Tuesday.


The Pirates led 48-43 but scored the game's last dozen points to post their fifth straight win and improve to 12-6.


Kenton V Bluffton



Mitchell Ault scored 18 points to lead the Pirates while Joe Schriner added 13 markers.


The Cats (1-18) got 15 points and four rebounds from Luke Nichols, who was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Most Use Forced Air Furnace to Heat Home

A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters use a forced air furnace to heat their home.


72% of the voters use a forced air furnace as their primary heating source. 14% of the voters say they use electric baseboards, 11% use wood or pellet burning stoves, 2% use a fireplace and only 1% use a kerosene heaters.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Kenton Mayor Gives State of the City Address

Mayor Randy Manns gave his State of the City address to Kenton City Council Monday evening. In the address, Manns noted that the city took in more revenue than expenditures for the year 2015 and thanked all city workers, staff, and fellow council members for their assistance with his projects and vision for the city.


"We want to show businesses that we are business friendly," said Manns. "I want to focus on improving our bridges and parks and making other improvements to bring more business in."


During committee reports, the Parks and Recreation Board minutes were discussed. Mayor Manns stated that a walking path has been installed at Wharton Park, and additional finishing touches will be added in the spring. Also:


-The Downtown Revitalization Committee has slated their downtown Spring Cleanup Day for Saturday, April 30; rain date will be Saturday, May 14.


-Management, Organization, and Personnel Committee (MOP) will hold a meeting on Monday, February 15 at 1:00pm in the Century 21 office. Council member David Beazley requested a list of city employees who will be at or near the salary cap according to the city's code within the next five years.


-The Finance Committee met with Police Chief Dennis Musser and discussed the need to add a full-time officer. The committee will work with the chief to try to find a way to accomplish this in the near future. Musser also gave the committee a quote for a needed radio upgrade which is upwards of $11,000. The committee also met with Fire Chief Russ Blue, who echoed that the fire department also needs to add a full-time firefighter. Safety Service Director Jim Hites discussed with the committee the priorities for the five-year plans with the department heads and is looking into quotes to update the employee and civil service workers handbooks. City Auditor Brian Hattery also mentioned to the committee that the Allen Building, where the city records are currently kept, is in a state of disarray and needs to be looked at for safety and preservation purposes.


Under new business, council passed two pieces of legislation after voting to bypass the three-reading rule. Both legislative pieces authorize the advancement of funds from the general fund into two separate funds: the Jobs and Commerce Economic Development Capital Projects Fund and the Development Services Agency Capital Projects Fund, respectively. Both of these funds deal with the Letson Avenue repaving project and will be reimbursed by state grant monies.

All city council members, city employees, and members of the public in attendance at the meeting spoke their gratitude to Chief Dennis Musser in regards to the incident over the weekend that left Patrolman Skyler Newfer wounded. Chief Musser said that Newfer is now home and resting and that he hopes to return to the force in the near future. Musser said, "We received an overwhelming response from law enforcement...the first responders, the Sheriff's office, the fire department, even officers as far away as Carey and the City of Columbus provided us with any assistance we could have needed. It really is a brotherhood."


Lastly, Council President Joel Althauser reiterated the thanks for the impressive response from local law enforcement over the weekend. Althauser also mentioned the passing of Commissioner Ed Elliott and spoke his sincere regrets for the loss of "a man for Hardin County above all else" and his appreciation for all Elliott did for the county.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.


Elliott's Successor To Be Named March 7

The Hardin County Republican Party will meet March 7 to name a person to fill the seat of Hardin County Commissioner following the death of Ed Elliott.

That person would then serve until the term is completed in early January 2017.

For the January 3 commissioner seat, Roger Crowe filed as a no party candidate. In November, he will face Republican Robert Carder, who is on the March 15 Primary ballot.


Elliott's name will still be on the ballot this March, but a notice will be given to voters advising them a vote for him will not count.


Hardin County Drug Court is a Success and Will Be Expanded in Ohio

State and Local officials discussed the lessons learned from Ohio's Addiction Treatment Program.


On Monday evening officials from the local criminal justice system, addiction treatment experts, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction services joined together to highlight Hardin County's success from the pilot program of Ohio's Addiction Treatment Program or ATP. Launched in 2014 as a multifaceted strategy to fight prescription painkiller and heroin abuse, the ATP has contributed to a decrease in drug use and criminal activity among participants.


“Ohio is committed to fighting the scourge of addiction on all fronts” said Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.


The Ohio General Assembly set aside $5 million dollars to begin the pilot programs in 7 Ohio counties including Hardin County and the money was used to setup up certified Drug Courts to provide addiction treatment, including medication-assisted treatment to non-violent adult offenders with a dependence on Opioids, Alcohol, or both.


Said Representative Robert Sprague said “Ohio's Drug Courts have Proven to be an effective tool in fighting substance abuse”


Judge Scott Barrett said that “The Power of the Court is a Useful Tool” and that “all the treatment in world will not help recovery, it's up to the individual person to join this program voluntarily.” In Hardin County “130 people have been recommended to join the ATP program and 78 individuals have accepted.” 23 of the program participants have completed the process successfully and Judge Barrett pointed out that none have reentered the felony system. Ultimately Barrett says the program is a “Win-Win.”


Nathan Getz, a Hardin County resident spoke about his problem with addiction.With the Drug court system Getz was able to have access to support groups and medications to help reduce his addiction which Getz says he couldn't afford without the program. Getz said he now has a full time construction job, a wonderful wife and kids to help support him in his continued recovery.


With the success of the pilot program an additional investment of $11 million dollars has been approved to sustain and expand the program to additional counties. With Ohio's drug overdose deaths reaching an all time high of 2,482 in 2014 Mental Health and Recovery services Board of Allen, Auglaize, an Hardin Counties Executive director Mike Schoenhofer said “with help from local recovery coaches, Medication and Health services, and with oversight from the court system it has given hope and a second chance for happiness for hundreds of men and women in Hardin County.”


Kenton Boys Host Bluffton Tonight

The Bluffton Pirates come to Kenton High School to take on the Wildcats in boys basketball action tonight.

Tonight is “Parents’ Night” for the Kenton High School boys basketball program, and the Cats are looking for any kind of spark they can get as they try to snap a 17-game losing streak. Kenton is 1 and 17, but will play three of its final four games at home, beginning with this evening’s tilt with Bluffton.


Four players scored in double figures for the Pirates as they defeated Riverdale 67 to 38 on Saturday. It was the fourth straight win for Bluffton, which is 11 and 6 on the season.


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


Ben Logan 7th Graders Prevail Over Greenon

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday against Greenon  36-33. The Raiders move to 12-6 on the season.


The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner had 12 points, while Tanner Perkins added 6, and Nolan Roose and Trey Allen chipped in 5 each.


Perkins and Stoner  led the team in rebounds.


The Raiders were the 6 seed traveling to 3 seed Greenon trailed by 6 at the half but outscored Greenon 24-15 for the comeback win.


The Raiders return to action Thursday when they play the winner of the Madriver / Northridge game in the 3rd round of the tournament.


Freight Trains Collide, Derail Near Union County Plant

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Police say two people suffered minor injuries when two freight trains carrying cargo boxes collided and about 10 train cars overturned in Union County.


The accident happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday in the area of the Scotts Miracle-Gro plant located just southeast of Marysville.


The names of the two injured CSX employees weren't released. They were taken to Memorial Hospital with injuries that weren't believed to be serious.


Deputy Chief Tony Brooks says the victims were the only people onboard the locomotives at the time of the crash.


Union County Emergency Management Agency officials say the train wasn't carrying hazardous materials but fuel was spilled. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency responded.


Ben Logan Beats Northwestern in 7th Grade Boys Basketball

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Saturday against Northwestern  48-34. The Raiders move to 11-6 on the season.
The Raiders were led by Keaghan Stahler with 14 points while  Kainin Stoner had 10 and Nolan Roose 9.
Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 12 while Tanner Perkins had 6.
Trey Allen and Stahler both had 3 assists and Roose led the team with 4 forced turnovers, while Kanin Stoner and Tayte Williamson forced 3 each.
The Raiders return to action Monday when they travel to Greenon in a 2nd round tournament game.


Hardin County Ag Society Holds February Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, February 6th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular February Meeting.  There were 16 directors present and 16 guests present.
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Brad Murphy was sworn in by Judi Cronley, as director for Dudley Township.
Lesa Heacock presented a proposal from Kenton Times to print and distribute the Fair Premium Booklet and the on line version. Her proposal was accepted.
Roxie Snider and Kenny Kearns requested to have another draft horse show during the 2016 fair.  This will be the 30th year for the show.  Jim Bidwell asked them if they would be willing to move the horses to the Goshen Barn, if it was available.  Kenny stated that would be great.
Sharon Sloan, incoming Horse Council President, asked the board if they could have an Open Class Horse Show, that would be sanctioned, on Saturday of the fair.  Then Craig Stump commented on the new structure of having a horse committee and how they were going to change the layout of the Junior Fair Horse Show.
Ryan Tittle, from Twisted Metal Demo Derby, gave his proposal for hosting the 2016 fair demo derby.  He came with references for the board to research.  The board has received 4 proposals and the demo derby committee will be selecting a group soon.  
Mark Badertscher stated there has been another outbreak of Avian Flu in Southern Indiana, so having a poultry show during the Hardin County Fair is in question again.  At this time there will be a show, but it could still be cancelled at any time.  He also commented on all of the banquets that are coming up, with the first one being the Horse Banquet on Feb. 27th at the Moose Lodge.
Jolene Buchenroth and Breean Sutherland from the Boots and Buckles 4-H club requested their club to take over the Junior Fair board Flower Garden at the front of the fairgrounds.  Nancy Rickenbacher and Bob Fish gladly passed the garden over to them. 
There were 3 thank you cards read and several Memorial cards signed. 
Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports and Bills to be paid were approved. 
Craig Stump from the Executive Committee discussed the 2016 Fair Committees, for the most part, stayed the same.  Copies of the assignments will be given to all directors at the next meeting.  Nominations for this year’s Fair Honoree were discussed, Mary Lou Haley and Annetta Holmes were chosen has this year’s fair honorees.  Box seat prices, gate admission prices, Open Class entry fees at .50. and day sponsor prices will be same as last year. A separate letter for current golf cart sponsors, with keeping the price the same as last year, will be mailed this year.  There will be another letter sent for other sponsors at $250, which will be sent out after the golf cart sponsors have paid.
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their Jan. 12th meeting were discussed.  Pete Fout stated his main work currently has been on redoing the arts/crafts building and the beef barn rest rooms.  There was a Relay for Life meeting on Jan. 13th and details on that meeting were discussed.  During the Consignment Sale the board will be using 2 way radios from Audio Innovators.  Requests for the Hardin County Community Foundation grant and Mid Ohio Energy Community Fund were discussed.  Howard went over the new contracts for electric, since it is time to renew.  The agreement with AEP for 36 months was agreed upon.  The next Ground’s Committee Meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 15th at 7pm.  
Craig Stump, chair of the Camping Committee, went over the minutes from their Jan. 12th meeting.  The board approved to go ahead with the 40 new camping spots and have the price for 50 amp service set at $200.  
Bear Hollow Wood Carver’s contract was signed and discussion about a 3rd choice for entertainer on Saturday night was discussed.  The Board is still waiting on a signed contract from the entertainer, who is currently on a tour.
Don Spar spoke about the livestock committee meetings that were held on Jan. 20th.  The sale commission rate was approved to go from 5% from 3% and decrease the insurance fund rate to .10% from .25%.  Don stated there will be a Sho Works meeting at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Feb. 20th from 10am-12noon.  It was noted fair book changes need to be given to Judi Cronley by Friday, March 11th.
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated ride prices will continue to be the same as last year.  She noted tent prices have gone up, but Delphos Tent and Awning was still the reasonable price.  
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated the next Junior Fair Board meeting will be on Feb. 22nd and discussion about the consignment sale refreshments will be discussed at that time.  Nancy stated donations for trophies and ribbons have started to come in.  
The 4th of July Committee met on Jan. 28th and it was announced that there would only be a fireworks display this year on the 4th, d/t the road being torn up and only having one entrance/exit from the fairgrounds.  
Under old business:  It was noted all fair book changes need to be given to Judi Cronley by Friday, March 11th.  Don Spar talked about the Consignment Sale, which will be on Saturday, March 12th – starting at 9am.  He said they will be having 3 rings for the sale and aim for a 3pm end time.  Farm machinery items will be collected at the fairgrounds March 9th, 10th and 11th from 9am-5pm.  
Under new business: The District 1 & 2 Spring Meeting will be on Saturday, April 9th at 10:30am in Findlay.  Reservations need to be given to Judi by Friday, March 18th.  A billboard Contract from Lind was signed.
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, March, 5th at 7:30pm.


Ohio Gas Prices Drop About 40 Cents a Gallon Over Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas pump prices for a gallon of regular fuel have dropped about 40 cents from the average a month ago. 
The state average reported in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. was about $1.50 compared with around $1.90 a month ago. 
Ohioans also are seeing about a 10-cent drop from the previous week. 
The state's average price remained below the national average of $1.74 reported Monday. 
The survey reports that the average price in Ohio a year ago was about $2.25, compared with a national average of around $2.18.
Gas prices have continued to remain relatively low as a result of the reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs.


State Says Painkiller Prescriptions Continue to Fall in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers continues to fall as Ohio battles a deadly addictions epidemic.
Data released by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday show 701 million painkiller pills were dispensed to Ohio patients last year, down 12 percent from a high of 793 million in 2012.
The data also show a 71 percent decrease in the number of patients going from doctor to doctor in search of drugs thanks to the pharmacy board's computerized reporting system.
Steven Schierholt, the board's executive director, attributes the decline to efforts to educate pharmacists and prescribers about the painkiller addiction problem.
He says recent state efforts to make the reporting system easier to use and stricter guidelines for writing painkiller prescriptions also have helped.


Kenton Police Officer Involved in Shooting - Suspect is Deceased

A Kenton police officer was shot following a round of gunfire with a suspect.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said it all started following a report of a domestic dispute on Grove Street in Kenton, "The suspect fled in a vehicle westbound out of Kenton. The city police department pursued along with my deputies. Once they got on County Road 106, which is just west of Kenton, the suspect stopped, exited his vehicle for a short period and fired rounds at the Kenton police officers and my deputies. Return fire was made and one Kenton police officer was shot. The Police Chief (Dennis Musser) is with him now at Grant Medical."
Skylar Newfer
The sheriff identified the officer as Skyler Newfer, who is in stable condition at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He was wearing a bulletproof vest according to the sheriff. Officer Newfer was recently given a commendation for exceptional service. See Kenton Officers and One Sheriff Deputy Given Commendations for Exceptional Service
After this initial round of gunfire, the sheriff said the incident continued, "The suspect then got back into the vehicle and continued westbound on 106 where my deputies pursued, again another exchange of gunfire was made a couple of miles down the road, and the suspect was struck at some point in time throughout these exchanges of gunfire and is now deceased."
Sheriff Keith Everhart
The suspect has been identified as 47 year old Stephen C. Davis, of Kenton. The incident remains under investigation according to Sheriff Everhart,  "I have called in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification to investigate the scene, because it was one of my officers that was involved as well as the police department, so I brought in an outside agency."
Davis is a former Hardin County Dog Warden. He was fired in 2009 after being charged with Theft in Office and Tampering with Evidence. He served time in jail on those charges.


Lady Wildcats Clinch Winning Season With Win Over Waynesfield-Goshen

The Kenton Lady Wildcats assured themselves of a winning season by defeating Waynesfield-Goshen 63-44 Saturday afternoon.


The Lady Wildcats improve to 12-8 on the season. They are also 5-3 in the Western Buckeye League and have clinched the program's first winning season in league play in 30 years.


Kenton Waynsfield


Ellie Miller had 13 points for Kenton while Ashley Morris added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jenna Moore had 8 points while Kori Barrett and Sara Hoyt scored 7 points each.


Overall, 9 players scored for Kenton. Each of the 10 players who saw the court on Saturday either scored or grabbed a rebound for the Lady Wildcats.


Post Game Kenton Waynesfield


The Tigers (4-16) got 11 points from Bailie Barrington and another 10 points and 8 rebounds from Jenna Crawford.


Moore and Barrett were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Property Tax Deadline Approaching

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that the deadline to pay real estate tax bill is fast approaching.

The last day to pay real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 10.

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 24, 2016.

If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.


18-0 Run Sparks Elida Past Kenton

The Elida Bulldogs used an 18-0 run in the first half to race past the Kenton Wildcats 57-43 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.




The Wildcats (1-16 overall, 0-7 WBL) led 10-6 late in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs (6-12, 5-2) scored the final four points of the period and then tacked on the first 14 points of period #2 to go on top 24-10.


Elida led by 11 at the half and 19 at the third quarter and cruised to the victory.


Baylen Stinson led Elida with 21 points and 6 rebounds while Josh Press added 13 points while Daniel Unruh scored 11 points.


Kenton got 17 points and 5 rebounds from Hunter Phillips.


Luke Nichols had 9 points and 5 rebounds for the Wildcats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Lima Man Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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

According to the documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, 26 year old James S. Parker was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on two counts of possession heroin and one count of assault.

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Celebrate Recovery Helps People Deal With Numerous Issues

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


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


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


Battle of Cats and Dogs Tonight on WKTN

The Kenton Wildcats entertain Elida tonight in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.


The Bulldogs have steadied the ship after a slow start to the season. Elida lost its first four games and was 1 and 10 after a loss to Wapakoneta on January 8th. However, the Bulldogs have found their stride over the past few weeks, winning four of their last six games to improve to 5 and 12. Elida is also a somewhat-surprising 4 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, which puts them in a tie for third in the league, two games behind league-leading Defiance.


The Wildcats are still looking for their first league win of the season. Kenton is 1 and 15 overall and 0 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League.


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


On Saturday afternoon, WKTN will feature girls basketball action as the Kenton Lady Wildcats entertain Waynesfield-Goshen. The pregame show for that game should start around 1 p.m.


Forest Burglary Suspect Surrendered After Public Alert

A burglary suspect surrendered himself to the authorities on Thursday afternoon.


The Village of Forest Police Department announced that on Thursday February 4th, 18 year old Gage White surrendered himself to police after an incident that occurred in 2015.


Gage White


On January 15th the Forest Police put out an alert to the community to be on the lookout for White who was wanted on an alleged burglary charge. The Village of Forest Police Department issued a statement on Facebook and would like to thank the community for their efforts in apprehending White.   


Fire Destroys Popular Mennonite Store

Fire destroyed a building that housed a popular Mennonite store Wednesday night.

The McGuffey Fire Department was dispatched around 11:30 Wednesday night to the 8000 block of State Route 67. The building, which housed a grocery store and where furniture was made, was totally destroyed.

Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton Fire Department.
Firefighters were on the scene for most of the night.

No other information is available at this time.


Driver Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash

A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning on Township Road 240 in Hale Township.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 18 year old Austin Biederman, of Kenton, was driving east on 240 and lost control of his car on a curve.

The vehicle went into a spin and ended up off the right side of the road where it rolled over several times before coming to rest on its driver's side.

The car was heavily damaged, and Biederman was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Memorial Service for the Congressman Michael G. Oxley Set for Friday

A memorial service to celebrate the life of the late U.S. Congressman Michael G. Oxley, hosted by the family and The University of Findlay, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.




Congressman Oxley, who died on Jan. 1, 2016, was born and raised in Findlay and had deep ties to the University in his hometown. He was a member of the UF Board of Trustees for many years. The University was one of three that awarded him honorary doctoral degrees.


The service will feature a video tribute to Congressman Oxley’s life. Speakers will include UF President Katherine Fell, Ph.D.; lifelong friend Dr. Jim Robertson; law partner and friend Judge Allan Davis; Congressman Pat Tiberi (Twelfth Ohio District); Congressman Bob Latta (Fifth Ohio District); U.S. Senator Rob Portman; and son Elvis Oxley.


As designated by the Oxley family, charitable donations made in Oxley’s memory may be directed to the following nonprofit organizations: Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH, 45840; Lung Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 418372, Boston, MA, 02241-8372; and Prevent Cancer Foundation, 1600 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA, 22314.


One Vehicle Hit Two Deer on Tuesday Morning.

One vehicle hit two deer on Tuesday morning.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's office Report, A vehicle operated by Ricky Kiess, age 53 of Kenton, was travelling east on State Route 67 when two deer entered the roadway causing moderate damage to to the vehicle's front passenger headlight and drivers side mirror. Kiess was not injured.


Vikings Build Double-Digit Lead, Hold Off Late Kenton Rally

The River Valley Vikings built a double-digit second-half lead and held off a late Kenton rally to top the Cats 74-67 in girls basketball action.




The Vikings (11-7) led 55-44 after three quarters. The Cats clawed to within two points late in the game but couldn't get over the hump.


Jensen Lewis had 22 points for River Valley while Morgan Lott and Kendall Stuckman had 20 points apiece.


Kenton (10-8) got 23 points from Ashley Morris while Layne Taylor finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Ellie Miller scored 12 points.


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


(UPDATED FOR SERVICES) Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott Dies

A Celebration of Life service for Hardin County Commissioner Ed Elliott has been set.



The service for Edward O. Elliott II, who passed away Saturday January 30 at the age of 69, will be held Sunday February 7 from 2-5pm at the Ridgemont School Commons in Mt. Victory. A Memorial Service will then be held at 5pm in the Ridgemont School Gymnasium. The Price-McElroy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


He was first elected as Hardin County Commissioner in 1996 and served one term. He was elected again in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and was on the ballot for another term this year.


Elliott was also a partner in the Plaza Inn Restaurant, Hardin Motors and the family farm. The Elliott Family has owned and operated the Plaza Inn Restaurant since 1959.


He was a member of the County, State and National levels of the Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Restaurant Association, Hardin County Farm Bureau, Hardin Memorial Hospital Board and the Hardin County Republican Party.


Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada in Spotlight

The participants have changed over the years, but the one constant in the Super Bowl is where the football is manufactured.




Of course we know that those footballs are in deed made right here in Hardin County at Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada, "Every point scored in the NFL since 1941 has been with a Wilson Football. Obviously we've been the football of every Super Bowl. We are also the official football of the Canadian Football League, NFL Europe, there's a professional league in Italy and one in Japan which use our ball and we're the official ball of the NCAA. Many of the state high school organizations, like the OHSAA, also use our ball. We make three to four thousand footballs here every day," according to Plant Manager Dan Riegle.



Riegle takes us through the manufacturing process, "It's not a pig skin. That fallacy came up because originally a pig bladder held the air in the ball. It's actually cowhide, which is purchased through plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and then sent to Chicago to be processed. When it comes in here it looks like the outside of a football with the dimples on it. We cut four panels for every ball. We stamp it when it's flat, and then the ball is sewn together inside out."



He credits the success of the plant to a skilled and dedicated work crew, "They come to work and make the best product, and we make footballs every day, which doesn't happen in all the foreign factories. They're never going to truly be able to maintain the quality and consistency that we can. It's the employees that make our product as successful as it is."


Drivers Escape Injury in Monday Morning Crash

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's office report, 37 year old Robert Ashbrook, of LaRue, attempted to turn left from State Route 67 onto County Road 175. His vehicle struck the driver's side of a westbound car being driven by 23 year old Jonathan Fissel, of Kenton.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Ashbrook was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Two Cited For Drug Related Offenses

Two people were cited for drug related offenses on Monday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a female sleeping in a vehicle.


Upon arrival, two individuals, identified as 43 year old Rae Gault and 24 year old Justin Haugh, were found in the vehicle.


Gault was allegedly in possession of a used heroin syringe, and Haugh was allegedly in possession of a marijuana grinder.


Both were issued a summons and released at the scene.


Big Second Half Lifts Falcons Past Rams 82-68

A big second half was the difference for the Riverdale Falcons as they defeated Upper Scioto Valley 82-68 in girls basketball action Monday.


USV Riverdale


The Rams (13-6) made their first five shots and zipped out to the early lead, but the Falcons (11-8) fought back to take a 39-37 halftime advantage. Riverdale outscored USV 24-11 in the third quarter to take command of the game and held the Rams at arm's length over the final eight minutes.


Sydney Holderman had 28 points for Riverdale, which placed four players in double figures. Taylor Frey added 17 points and 5 rebounds while Taylor Farmer had 13 points and 9 rebounds and Janessa Taylor added 13 points and 6 rebounds.


Emily Patton had 31 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams while Kaycee Carroll added 16 points and Shelby Spradlin finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds.


Fire Damages House in Kenton Sunday Evening

Fire damaged a house Sunday evening in Kenton.

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 7:40 to 404 Levings Street. Smoke was pouring out of the house upon arrival, and fire was visible in the attic area.

A wood burning stove is believed to have started the fire that caused around $5000 in damage to the structure.

The home is occupied by Kelly Campbell.

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.

American red Cross volunteers provided assistance at the scene.


Firearms Among Items Stolen From County Residence

Several items, including firearms, were stolen from a residence over the weekend.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 8000 block of County Road 106 to investigate the complaint.

Two rifles and miscellaneous tools were missing.

The incident remains under investigation.


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Board Meets

Kenton, Ohio – Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees began their meeting by approving past minutes and the consent agenda which consisted of the Finance and Audit Committee and Quality of Care Committee reports. 


The Finance/Audit/Compliance Committee report revealed that through the first six months of fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) the hospital system’s operating margin was running slightly below budget.  Mr. Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital, discussed trends of the hospital’s patient volumes and cost structure adjustments.


The Quality of Care Committee report was given by new board member, Nikki Haushalter who shared the Quality and Patient Safety scorecard results and mentioned the committee reviewed and approved the Plan of Care policy. 


The senior management report was given by Mr. Snyder and Mrs. Wendy Rodenberger, Chief Nursing Officer who shared information regarding the recent information systems conversion to Epic, the electronic medical record system; and PeopleSoft which consists of accounts payable, the general ledger, payroll and benefits.  These conversions will keep the operations of the hospital consistent across the OhioHealth system and will help the hospital to operate more efficiently.


Mrs. Rodenberger also shared that the Ebola outbreak is in western Africa has ended which means the Ebola screening process has ended and all posters and signage has been removed from the entrances.   Mrs. Christine Davis, Marketing and Communications Manager, reported that the new signage is almost complete and can be seen throughout the hospital campus.  She added the old signage was over 30 years old and the new signage reflects the hospital’s long-term relationship with OhioHealth.


Mr. Matt Jennings, Chairman of the Board reported there will be a presentation at the next scheduled meeting in March that will focus on the Community Health Needs Assessment that the hospital undergoes every three years. 


To conclude his report, Jennings acknowledged that President and CEO of OhioHealth, Mr. David Blom, President was picked as the recipient of the 2016 Columbus Award that will be presented by the Columbus Chamber at its annual meeting on February 11. He is the 53rd recipient of the award.


USV Vs. Riverdale in Girls Basketball Tonight

Upper Scioto Valley will take on Riverdale in girls basketball action tonight.


Both the Rams and the Falcons are looking to build some momentum heading into the postseason.


The Rams are 13 and 5 and are coming off a convincing 62 to 43 win over Waynesfield-Goshen on Thursday.


The Falcons are 10 and 8 after dropping a tough 62 to 59 decision to McComb in their last time out.


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


Ohio Gas Prices Stay Below $2, Though Up From Week Ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are still seeing gas pump prices below $2 despite a slight increase over the past week in the average price for a gallon of regular fuel.

Gas Up

The state average reported in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. was $1.64. That's about 8 cents higher than a week ago, but well below the $2.05 price reported a year ago in Ohio.

The state's average price also remained below the national average of $1.80 reported Monday. The survey reports the national average price of a regular gallon of gas that time last year was $2.06.

Gas prices could head even lower as a result of the reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs.


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