Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 10:20am by Dennis Beverly
A Lima man is facing several charges following an incident Tuesday morning.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of County Road 80 near Alger to investigate a complaint about a suspicious person breaking into cars.
The suspect, identified as 36 year old Joshua Lemaster, is still be sought by authorities. When located, he will be charged with theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.
If you have any information about his whereabouts, call the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at 419-673-1268.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 9:55am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan boys golf fell to Greenon Tuesday night at Reid Park in
Garrett Allen led the Raiders with a 45. Will Kenoyer added a 47, Drew
Wasson 51, Mitchell Fink 52,Kaiden Weaks 56 and Alex Naragon 58.
For the Jv's Bryce Loomis led the way with a 53, and Gavin Clay shot 59.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was another disappointing showing for us. The only plus is we've got a
month to improve before coming back to Reid for our sectionals."
The Raiders return home for a JV match at Liberty Wednesday with Indian Lake
then to Cherokee for a varsity match on Thursday.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 4:16pm by Dennis Beverly
OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital and the staff of OhioHealth Physician Group, Dr. Katherine Johnson, Dr. Jeffrey Neuhauser and Danita Podach - PA, will be celebrating the retirement of Dr. Judy Hruschka on Thursday, September 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital's McCullough Conference Room.
Dr. Judy has been practicing in our community for 14 years after receiving her medical degree from the Ohio State University in 1999 and completion of an Internal Medicine Residency at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. Prior to becoming a physician she was a professor at Ohio Northern University in Ada where she taught chemistry.
Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital stated, "Dr. Judy has been an asset to our medical staff and will greatly be missed. I have always called her our blessing in disguise because she took a leap of faith to begin practicing here at a time that didn't look promising for our medical community. At the time I don't think she realized she was joining a team of physicians that helped save our hospital!"
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 2:16pm by Holly Layman
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Monday night to discuss the contracts for the district treasurer and superintendent. The board entered executive session immediately after calling the meeting to order and reconvened after 22 minutes.
The board voted to approve a new five-year contract for Tracy Hiller, district treasurer, and increase her pay. For the 2016 school year, Hiller's compensation will increase from $73,000 to $75,000, which will remain for the 2016 and 2017 school years. Her new contract begins August 1, 2017, and expires July 31, 2022. During the remaining four years of her contract, Hiller will receive a 2% raise each year. She will also move to an HSA (Health Savings Account) medical plan, which aligns with the current district standards.
The board also voted to approve a new five-year contract for Jennifer Penczarski, district superintendent, and increase her pay as well. For the 2016 school year, Penczarski will receive a change in compensation, from $112,000 to $116,750, which represents a 2% increase. For the 2017 contract year, Penczarski will receive $119,000 in compensation, and she will continue to receive a 2% raise for the remaining four years of her five year contract. She will also be moving to an HSA medical plan. Penczarski's new contract begins August 1, 2017 and expires July 31, 2022.
When asked about the change from a three-year contract to a five-year contract for the two district leaders, board member David Haushalter said: "I think a couple things. First, this shows that these ladies want to be here and they want to work here. Second, it shows that they want to follow through and see that the long-term goals set forth under their tenure is achieved, both in financial and educational terms. I'm very happy to see them accept five-year contracts, and I think it will give us consistency in the district to help us move forward."
Penczarski then spoke to clarify some of the terms of the grant to provide health services to students with Health Partners of Western Ohio. The current partnership provides for school-based services across the district, as opposed to previously being at the elementary school only. There is no charge to students or families for these basic services, which include administering over-the-counter pain medication or cough suppressants, bandages, and screenings for lice or other contagious illnesses. Penczarski noted that these school-based services have not changed. The change comes in the addition of a Tier 2 treatment program, which utilizes nurse practitioners as a convenience to students, staff, and their families to fill a potential gap in medical treatment coverage. Kenton City Schools students, staff, and their family members are able to be seen by a nurse practitioner during normal business hours for ailments such as strep throat, which requires a prescription medication to treat. The goal is for those who utilize the clinic to be able to be treated if they are not able to be seen in a timely manner by their regular physician, or to help those without a regular physician be treated. This service is meant to be a convenience, not used in place of a regular doctor, said Penczarski. She particularly noted that any student, even those over the age of 18, will still require parental or guardian consent for any prescription medication to be administered. Anyone with questions about the new program may contact the board office before the next regular meeting on September 19 so that the questions may be answered effectively during the meeting. Penczarski plans to address concerns and questions directly on the 19th.
Also during the meeting, the board approved the following personnel items:
-Approved the written resignation of Emily Courtney for 5th Grade Team Lead effective immediately
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
Tim Davis - Elementary Vocal Music at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
David Clifford - JROTC Orienteering 1/2, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $435.00
Eric Croke - JROTC Orienteering 1/2, Step 0, 0 year experience at a rate of $435.00
Eric Croke - Rifle Team, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $2,052.00
Rick Hudgel - High School Top Twenty Assistant, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $1,148.00
Stefany Jacoby - KES 5th grade team lead at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
-Approved the following volunteers:
Joel Althauser, Ryan Althouse, Vanessa Bell, Young Mi Britton, Deanna Bushong, Katrina Collins, Rick Collins, Judy Donnal, Mel Donnal, Duane Hamilton, Kristin Hamilton, Johnna Horn, Teresa Horton, Randy Humphries, Stephanie Humphries, Amy Kohl, Joyce Roof, Emily Schaub, Brett Schlatter, Brandi Schriber-Lewis, Karin Seiler, Becky Thomas, Mary Dickinson, Chuck Dixon, Jean Huffer, Beth McKinley, Elisabeth Moore, Katelyn Osborn, Deb Rall, Micki Smith, Katherine Temple, Valerie Wedertz
-Approved the following substitutes:
Chris Horner - Substitute bus driver
Jacob Eikenbary - Substitute bus driver
Bradley Harvey - Substitute bus driver
James Evans - Substitute educational assistant
Angela Rembis - Substitute cafeteria
Tammy Mansfield - Substitute teacher
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Cindi Molk, KES 6th grade teacher, effective November 1, 2016. Cindi has been with Kenton City Schools for 28 years. She is requesting severance pay.
*The position of 6th grade math teacher will be posted on the Kenton City Schools website beginning August 30, 2016. The district is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the vacancy immediately.
The board also adopted the following authorizations and resolutions:
-Approved the revision of Policy 1540 - Suspension of Administrative Contracts
-Approved the combined High School choir and band trip to Chicago, IL on March 17-19, 2017
-Approved the Top Twenty trip to Hurricane, WV on January 21-22, 2017
-Approved the Education First educational trip to Europe July 5-19, 2017
-Approved to move the start and end times for KES 7 hour educational assistants to 7:30am-3:00pm
-Approved the SWSD shared services agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year
-Approved the ED shared services agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year
-Approved KHS Musical account: 300-9849
-Approved the following transfer: $4,000.00 from KHS Vocal account (300-9487) to KHS Musical account (300-9849)
-Approved a motion to create the following position:
Bus Driver - 2.5 hour noon route
-Approved the SWSD shared services agreement with Riverdale Local Schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.
Monday, August 29th, 2016 2:05pm by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are a couple of cents higher than a week ago and 15 cents higher than a month ago.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.17 a week ago and $2.04 the same time last month.
The average price in Ohio a year ago was $2.42.
The national average price Monday was $2.22, up six cents from a week ago and eight cents the same time last month. The average national price a year ago was $2.49.
Pump prices have been driven by crude oil prices surging more than 20 percent in August and refinery issues impacting production in some regions.
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 9:36am by Dennis Beverly
The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $65,000 in scholarships to 52 students in 2016.
Renewal scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $35,000 to 27 students. In May 2016, The Allen Foundation awarded 25 first year scholarships in the amount of $30,000.
Second year scholarships in the amount of $10,500 were awarded to:
Jake Abbott, Brooke Bahr, Mariah Clawson, Travis Downing, Trevor Downing, Caitlan Johnson, Dylan Meyers, Dale Oates and John Rembis.
Third year scholarships in the amount of $11,500 were awarded to:
Emily Baird, Brandi Barrett, Kylie Bell, Braiden Bradley, Margaret Kimmel, Jonathan Szczerba, Daniel Warner, Megan Webb and Evan Wilkerson.
Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $13,000 were awarded to:
Erica Beverly, Ashlyn Flowers, Caleb Halsey, Danyel Heilman, Kathryn Heilman, Tina Hiller, Megan Nichols, Hillary Routt and Chase Ruhlen.
Since 1991, The Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1342 different students in the amount of $2,384,150. According to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation, multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 594 different students.
The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment from R.E. & Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup plant in Kenton. In 2005, Mr. Allen increased the endowment to $1,350,000.
Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees of International Paper Food Service Business and their immediate family members. All grant recipients are eligible to apply for annual renewals.
R.E. Allen said, "It is my desire that these scholarships will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community."
Friday, August 26th, 2016 11:47pm by Jim Homan
The Coldwater Cavaliers sprinted out to a big lead and then held on for dear life as they posted a 58-39 victory over the Kenton Wildcats in the 2016 high-school football season-opener for both teams.
The Cavaliers led 42-7 late in the first half and held a 45-14 lead with 5:59 to go in the third quarter but had to hold off a furious Kenton rally.
The Wildcats outscored the Cavaliers 25-13 over the final quarter and a half, pulling to within 12 points with three minutes to go in the game.
Dylan Thobe was the star for Coldwater, throwing for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns while also rushing for 116 yards and 5 scores.
The Wildcats got offensive production from several places. Trent Hites finished with 353 yards passing and 4 touchdowns while added 62 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Chris Deardorff added 180 yards receiving and a touchdown on 5 grabs while Blake Swearengin caught 4 passes for 98 yards and 2 TDs. Trent Lawrence also snagged a 27-yard TD for the Cats.
Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are back in action Friday when they travel to Defiance for their Western Buckeye League opener. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Fred J. Brown Stadium.
Friday, August 26th, 2016 10:25am by Dennis Beverly
The United Way of Hardin County is ready to kick off fundraising activities for this year's campaign.
Board President Bonnie McBride talks about the goal this year, The campaign goal this year is $220,000. We have two chairmen this year that are in charge of that. They are Merleen Barnes and her cohort is Deb Rall, so they will be out campaigning and actually heading up the campaign for this year."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, August 26th, 2016 10:05am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan boys golf fell to Northwestern Thursday night at Reid Park in
Will Kenoyer again led the Raiders and was medalist with 42. Mitchell Fink
added a 49,Drew Wasson 52, Alex Naragon and Garrett Allen 53. Also for the varsity was Collin Stewart 56.
For the Jv's Bryce Loomis led the way with a 54, Kaiden Weaks added a 56, and Gavin Clay 59.
Coach Chris Conley said, "This was our worse showing in a 9 hole match this year. Scores were high overall for both teams but we were very disappointed in our showing. Time and again we made poor chips, and then didn't recover. We practiced those same shots for hours the night prior but it appeared to have little effect. We'll regroup with a Monday practice and then return to the same course to take on CBC favorite Greenon in a match on Tuesday."
Friday, August 26th, 2016 3:54am by Justin Draper
Representative Sprague visited the Kenton Courthouse to talk about the Ohio Department of Health's report released Thursday morning on the number of Overdose deaths in 2015. Overall Sprague says the repor shows "drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,531 in 2014 to 3,050 in 2015."
Opiods are the number one cause of those deaths according to the report and the biggest increase of death was with the use of Fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is estimated to be 50 times more potent then heroin.
A couple measures that made Naloxone, known as the antidote to Heroin, available in any Pharmacy and State money being made available to pay for Naloxone for first responders have had an impact and according to Sprague "without those measures the statistics in 2015 would of been even worse"
Representative Sprague went on to say that in 2015, "EMS personal in ohio administard 19,782 doses of Naloxone."
This report is a call to action according to Sprague and they must "re-double our efforts at the state level to have an impact."
The Ohio House of Representatives are working on a couple bills, one would address the over prescribing of prescription pain killers and the other would create more space for detox beds and increasing naloxone availability.
The Report also gave a local perspective on the number of overdose deaths, in 2014 Hardin County had one overdose death but that number rose significantly to 8 deaths in 2015. That is an increase of 700% and representative Sprague wanted to remind everyone "behind each one of those 8 people that died is a family thats been struggleing not only with the addiction but with the death of a brother or sister."
The Wildcat Marching Band is back in action Friday night.
Sarah Thomas, the band’s field commander says that there is a lot of hard work that goes into putting on a show.
“There is the week of band camp that we have. This year it was the first of August. It's five days and it's 8-3. At band camp we start out by memorizing the music which is the main thing. Then once we get the music down we start getting the drill down which is how we're set up on the fires. Then once we get that done we put the two components together on the field.”
But the work doesn't stop there. The students report to school at 7:20 for early morning band. This allows the group to practice for an hour each day.
This year, the band will be performing a show based on the musical “Grease”, a Rock show, a performance inspired by the beach boys and the queens of pop show.
New this year, the band can be seen in their new uniforms. Thomas said that the old uniforms hadn't been replaced since the 1980’s
You can catch the band's performance tomorrow night and every Friday night at wildcat football games or at the Hardin County Fair.
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 11:42am by WKTN News
This is a Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service for Hardin, Auglaize, Logan and Union Counties...........
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING. SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY BE SEVERE...WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR GUSTY WINDS...HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A TORNADO.
Listen to 95.3 WKTN for the latest weather information.
Thursday, August 25th, 2016 11:37am by Dennis Beverly
Three vehicles were involved in a crash that occurred Wednesday evening in the 300 block of Detroit Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 67 year old Mary Curtis, of Kenton, was driving south on Detroit and failed to stop in time to avoid a collision with a vehicle operated by 41 year old Kipton Sharp, of Kenton, who was stopped at a railroad crossing. Sharp's car was then pushed into the third car being driven by 44 year old Lori Lowery, of Belle Center.
Moderate damage occurred to the Curtis and Sharp vehicles, while the Lowery vehicle received light damage.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 10:17am by Dennis Beverly
The pharmacy at KMart was the target of an attempted armed robbery late Tuesday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a man walked up to the pharmacy window and placed what appeared to be a handgun on the counter. The suspect then demanded certain types of pills, but a pharmacy employee quickly grabbed the handgun and took it off the counter.
The suspect then fled the store, and the incident is under investigation.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 10:07am by Dennis Beverly
The Ben Logan boys golf team defeated Graham Tuesday evening at Liberty Hills 178-184
Will Kenoyer and Garrett Allen led the Raiders and were medalisats with 42's. Mitchell Fink added a 44, and Alex Naragon 50. Also for the varsity was Drew Wasson with a 53 and Bryce Loomis 57.
For the Jv's Kaiden Weaks led the way with a 57, Collin Stewart added a 60, and Gavin Clay 63.
Coach Chris Conley said, "This was a key match tonight for us should we have any chance at a conference championship. Our division is pretty balanced with Graham and Greenon the clear favorites. They both beat us in the preseason tournament so to get this win was huge. Where we go from here depends on the efforts we give and improvement we can make, but without the win it would have been an uphill battle. We got the opportunity to play them on the tougher side, the front nine. Scores are always higher there and we know that going in. It's a huge advantage for the home team. I'm sure they'll attempt the same strategy when we travel there next month. We have a day to practice then it's on to Reid Park Thursday where we take on Northwestern."
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 11:58am by Holly Layman
Kenton City Council met for their 16th regular session Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
BKP Board: the board met on August 15th. During the meeting, the board heard updated plans for the new dedicated fax line for better communication with Hardin Memorial Hospital; approved the purchase of a server compatible with the new software; and approved the contract with Kenton City Schools for football games.
Finance: the finance committee will meet next on August 29th at 5:30pm in council chambers at the City Building.
Regional Planning: the regional planning committee will meet next in October, date to be determined.
Cemetary: the cemetary board will meet on August 30th at 5:00pm.
Parks & Recreation: the parks & recreation board met on August 9th and discussed the pool and the parks, which were both determined to be doing well.
Under old business, council voted to amend an ordinance to transfer funds within the RSPO line items in the new amount of $1,764.65; the ordinance passed unanimously. The second ordinance, regarding fire department overtime, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and was ultimately adopted.
In new business, the council discussed four pieces of legislation, three of which regarded fund transfers or appropriations. The first, an ordinance seeking to transfer funds for swimming pool employee payroll, was amended to include an additional appropriation of $800 to cover payroll for the remainder of the season. The ordinance also included a line item transfer for funds for the sewer department to address pump repairs. The ordinance passed unanimously after it was amended. The second ordinance regarded the painting of the slide and swimming pool, and was voted to bypass the three-reading rule before being adopted unanimously as well. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance seeking additional appropriations for a contract engineer, was amended from $11,100 to $2,500, conditional upon meeting the contract engineer at the next meeting in September. The amended legislation was voted to bypass the three reading rule and passed, 7-0.
The last piece of legislation, required to move forward with the purchase of the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative building, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. City Law Director, John Schwemer, said this was the first step to be able to seek financing for the purchase of the building at a cost of $556,500.
The council then moved to go into executive session to discuss property acquisition. No further action was taken following the session.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00pm at the City Building.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 11:54am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan beat Urbana Monday 172-201 at Urbana Country Club.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer who shot a career best 39 to take medalist honors.
Coach Chris Conley said, "What made the round even more special was Will's start. He bogeyed the first hole then made double bogey on number 2. Being 3 over after 2 is never the way anyone anticipates starting but we always emphazise doing our best no matter what. For him to play the final 7 even par on a tough course is remarkable. I'm really proud of the way he hung in there. In addition Garrett Allen shot his low round of the year with a 42. Garrett also started poorly but battled back for a nice round."
Other scores for the Raiders were Mitchell Fink 43 and Drew Wasson 48. Alex Naragon added a 49, and Collin Stewart 64.
For the JV's Bryce Loomis had a 55, Gavin Clay a 56, and Kaiden Weaks a 57.
The Raiders return to action Tuesday when they host Graham at Liberty Hills..
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 3:31pm by Dennis Beverly
A perfect way to enjoy nature is by taking a walk at Lawrence Woods Nature Preserve at 13278 County Road 190 in Kenton.
According to information on the Lawrence Woods website, the forest has large trees of many species including white, yellow, red and bur oaks, as well as beech, white ash, shagbark hickory, red maple, sugar maple and sycamore. There are substantial buttonbush swamps within the forest in areas which are inundated for most of the year.
Early into the walk on the 1.1 mile boardwalk visitors will notice what's been called the "Rhino" tree because of it's resemblance to a rhinoceros.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 1:20pm by Dennis Beverly
A complaint of a male trying to break into a residence on North Barron Street early Sunday morning is being investigated.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, while enroute officers were advised that the suspect was holding a man at gun point at the residence, but was no longer holding the gun when police arrived.
A 20 year old Kenton man was named as the suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 1:18pm by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio have climbed slightly with the start of another workweek.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was around $2.17 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 8 cents from a week ago and 7 cents above the average a month ago. The average price in Ohio this time last year was $2.72.
The national average price on Monday was $2.16, up four cents from a week ago, but down two cents from the same time last month. The average price across the nation this time last year was $2.62.
Pump prices are likely to remain cheap through the rest of the summer, with gasoline supplies high and oil prices still relatively low.
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 10:41am by Dennis Beverly
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has partnered with Hardin County Job and Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs and the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce for a second year on the Hardin County Job and Career Expo.
The Expo is being held at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office conference room, 1025 S. Main St., Kenton, on Monday, August 22 with two sessions, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The expo will promote career opportunities in manufacturing, technology, health care, financial and other growth industries in Hardin County and the surrounding communities.
The career expo will bring together employers looking for qualified workers and job seekers who can both take advantage of training and meet potential employers.
Residents, students, graduates and former residents are encouraged to attend this one-stop opportunity to meet directly with representatives from companies that will be hiring in 2016/2017 or organizations promoting awareness to potential future employees.
For more information contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hccba.com.
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 7:30am by Kolt Buchenroth
Wesley Lowery is no stranger to the news. A few years ago, you may remember that he was the driving force behind the Alger Tornado Siren. He raised the funds for this with his pet casket and pet funeral company. In 2015 he was even awarded the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance’s Community Service Award for his work.
Lowery explains that he tries to make his town known to the general public.
“I try to make this town a good town that people can come to and see the history and what is going in Hardin County.” Said Wesley.
Now, Lowery has another mission. With the help of his grandfather, Jerry Creamer, he has constructed a small chapel at his home south of Alger. Wesley explains the reason for building this chapel.
“This is what I do for God and for community. To know that God is the one living God. He has rose from the dead and he is alive. Two years ago, God called me to build this chapel. My Grandpa helped me build this... and last fall we started.” Said Lowery.
Wesley says he’d like to host monthly church services, roadside chapel weddings, and pet funerals.
Lowery opens the chapel every day from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM and welcomes visitors, he just asks that you sign his guestbook.
Friday, August 19th, 2016 2:54pm by Dennis Beverly
A Lima woman was arrested on a drug related offense following a routine traffic stop on Thursday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, during the traffic stop on West Lima Street, the driver, identified as 38 year old Angel Workman, was allegedly found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin. The narcotics were found following a search of the vehicle by the Kenton Police Department K-9 unit.
Workman was charged with one count of possession of heroin and was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Friday, August 19th, 2016 1:53pm by Dennis Beverly
5th District Congressman Bob Latta said whoever wins the presidency this fall, both sides need to work together.
He said one area that needs attention is social security, adding that one way to fix it is to create more jobs, "Back when it was formed in 1935, we had 40 to 41 people working to 1 person on social security. Compare that to where we are today at 2.78 to 1, we're running out of people. We've got to have more people working. We have to have people contributing, and so that's what we have to do, and I think there's real yearning out there in the country for that."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 11:03am by Dennis Beverly
A Michigan woman was taken into custody after allegedly trying to have a fake prescription filled at a drug store in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Rite Aid to investigate the complaint. The suspect, identified as 22 year old Brijonai Jones, was still in the store when officers arrived.
She was taken into custody and was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion on a charge of deception to obtain a dangerous drug.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 10:59am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan beat Kenton Ridge Wednesday 182-189 and tied Lima Central Catholic who also shot 182 at Liberty Hills.
The Raiders were led by Drew Wasson who shot a career best 44 to take medalist honors.
Coach Chris Conley said, "Drew has made great strides for us and it was awesome seeing him come through tonight. He has potential making several pars on any given night but usually would have a couple big numbers and be around 50. Tonight was another story. He was solid. Before the match he warmed up on the range and hit the driver well. We talked about strategy and spent some time chipping. It looks like it paid off."
Also for the Raiders Will Kenoyer and Garrett Allen shot 45's, and Mitchell Fink added a 48.
Other scores wer Alex Naragon 49, and Collin Stewart 53. For the JV's Gavin Clay shot 57, and Bryce Loomis 59.
The Raiders return to action Monday when they travel to Urbana.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 10:09am by Dennis Beverly
Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred just before 4 Tuesday afternoon on Fontaine Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car driven by 59 year old Kim Comer, of Bellefontaine, began to slow for traffic and was struck by a vehicle being operated by 53 year old Michael Poeppelman, of West Mansfield, who was following too close.
Disabling damage occurred to Poeppleman's vehicle, and damage to Comer's car was listed as moderate.
Poeppleman was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 10:04am by Dennis Beverly
The Ben Logan boys golf team defeated Indian Lake Tuesday at Liberty Hills 175-191.
The Raiders were led by Mitchell Fink with a 37. Will Kenoyer added a 43,
Garrett Allen 47, Alex Naragon and Drew Wasson both shot 48. Collin Stewart added a 60.
For the JV's Gavin Clay shot 54 and Bryce Loomis 63.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was great to see Mitchell come thru today. He hasn't been scoring to his potential so hopefully this will be the boost in confidence he's needed. I especially liked his finish of birdie, birdie, par on the last 3 holes. We always emphasize "finish strong" and it's great when you see guys do it."
The Raiders return to action Wednesday at Liberty Hills when they host Lima Central Catholic and Kenton Ridge.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 3:18pm by Dennis Beverly
Three people are facing charges as a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation resulting in a traffic stop Monday evening .
According to a release, the Hardin County Crime Task Force initiated a traffic stop on State Route 31 near County Road 190. As a result, one male was taken into custody on an Adult Parole Authority arrest order. Charges of possession and trafficking are pending against him as well as two other adults in the car.
The Task Force was assisted by the Adult Parole Authority, Community Corrections, Ada Police Department K-9 unit and Osborn's Towing.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 1:26pm by Holly Layman
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education introduced their newest faculty members during the regular meeting Monday at the board offices. The new members of the staff are as follows:
Eric Croke, JROTC; Lena Evans, KMS Educational Assistant; Monica Fox, Speech; Pamela Hamilton, KES 2nd Shift Custodian; Alicia James, KES 6th Grade; Ivy Kithcart, KES Intervention Specialist; Alexandra Manley, KES ED Unit; Casey McGrew, KMS Social Studies; Mikaela Moore, KMS CC Unit Educational Assistant; Courtney Rolf, KES 6th Grade; Shelby Ruhlen, KMS KOLA Educational Assistant; Heather Saunier, KES 5th Grade; Shawn Smith, KES ED Unit Educational Assistant; Leanna Snyder, KES Intervention Specialist; Jennifer Spencer, Cafeteria 1; Anne Winings, Assistant Psychologist; and Jordan Zuch, KMS Math.
(Front L-R) Anne Winings, Ivy Kithcart and Monica Fox (Back L-R) Heather Saunier, Courtney Rolf, Alicia James and
Col. Eric Croke
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that school begins Thursday, August 18th for the district. She reminded parents and guardians to check bus schedules, as bussing times have changed. Penczarski, along with Board President Mark McCullough, introduced and thanked two employees for their years of service and congratulated them on their retirement. Floyd Scarberry was thanked for his 31 years of custodial service, and Karen Hogue was thanked for her 19 years in the cafeteria. Penczarski also mentioned that the summer custodial staff at the high school had re-done the lockers in the building in an "innovative way." She encouraged the board members to visit the building and see the transformation.
During committee reports, the board heard from:
Finance - the finance committee noted that the district buses may be going to a fuel card system as opposed to the fuel tank at the bus garage. The committee feels this may save money and is something they are going to try. The committee also noted that the district is fully staffed as of the Monday meeting, with the exception of four intervention coach positions that will be filled out of the Straight A grant. The Hardin Central site is still under negotiation for development, with the current potential buyers asking to remove one developer from the proposal and substitute another. Since it is still under one contract, the committee concluded that the contract would not need to be completely rewritten.
Extracurricular - fall sports are already underway, and football begins with a scrimmage on Friday, August 19th with the season home opener on Friday, August 26. The committee will be meeting on Friday.
Career Center - the career center received a $170,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation in Logan County, which they are "tremendously grateful" for receiving. The juniors will begin classes on Wednesday, August 17th, and the seniors will begin on Thursday, August 18th. The career center will be meeting next Wednesday.
The board took no action under old business.
In new business, the board approved the following personnel items:
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016/2017 school year:
Ellen Sheldon - Elementary Vocal Music at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Traci Jones - Middle School Student Government, Step 1, 1 year experience at a rate of $1,391.00
Amy Long - Middle School Junior National Honor Society, Step 1, 1 year experience at a rate of $731.00
Todd Daquino - High School Top 20 Head, Step 1, 2 years experience at a rate of $2,331.00
-Approved the following Non-Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016/2017 school year:
Sue Buroker - Middle School Dimensions, Step 3, 7+ years experience at a rate of $2,887.00
-Approved Kathy Sammetinger, Speech Language Pathologist, 1 year contract for the 2016/2017 school year for 111 days at a rate of $35,850.00
-Approved Casey McGrew, KMS Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, for a limited one year contract for the 2016/2017 school year, BA, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $36,178.00
-Approved the written resignation of James Evans, Columbus route driver, effective August 4, 2016
-Approved the following volunteers:
Opal Croke - High School
Joann Erwin - Elementary School
-Approved the request of maternity leave for Andrea Schneider with an anticipated due date of October 5, 2016; she is requesting 6 weeks leave.
-Approved the following salary adjustments for the 2016/2017 school year:
Brent Fackler - from MA to MA+
Tara Oakes - from BA+ to MA
-Approved a motion to adopt changes in compensations for administrative employees
Under authorizations and resolutions, the board voted to approve the following:
-Approved the 7th grade trip to Heartland, Marengo, Ohio for May 3-5, 2017
-Approved the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. for May 9-13, 2017
-Approved the SWSD shared services agreement with Ridgemont Local Schools for the 2016/2017 school year
-Approved foreign exchange student Lucas Rangel de Oliveira from Spain for the 2016/2017 school year
-Approved the following list of depositors where the Treasurer may deposit interim funds:
Liberty National Bank, Community First Bank, Huntington National Bank, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase Bank, STAR Ohio Plus, STAR Ohio, Fifth Third Securities, Multi-Bank Securities
-Approved the agreement between Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Kenton City Schools for student transition services from August 15, 2016 through June 30, 2017
-Approved the revised administrative personnel policy, including personal days, holidays, insurance benefits, and life insurance benefits, effective July 27, 2016
-Approved the contracted services from Health Partners of Western Ohio for a nurse's assistant at a cost of $25,824.00
-Approved acceptance of the Straight A grant in the amount of $607,168.00 and contracted services for the Straight A grant
-Approved the 2 year agreement between Hardin County Board of DD and Kenton City Schools for bus maintenance
The board then approved a motion to go into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee and the sale of property.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00pm at the board office.
Monday, August 15th, 2016 11:33am by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are down slightly heading into the workweek.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.09 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 6 cents from a week ago and 10 cents below the average reported a month ago. The average price in Ohio at this time last year was $2.88.
The national average price on Monday remained unchanged from a week ago, at $2.12, but was down 10 cents from a month ago. The average price across the nation this time last year was $2.67.
Abundant supplies of gasoline have helped keep prices at the pump relatively low during the summer driving season.
Saturday, August 13th, 2016 9:33am by Dennis Beverly
Findlay– Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio children this month, who will then head back to school. For many, the trip to and from school involves riding on a school bus. The Ohio State Highway Patrol has been in the process of inspecting every Ohio school bus to ensure each bus is safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.
The Patrol has a few reminders for motorists now that buses are back on the roads more regularly. Motorists should remember to stop at least 10 feet back when approaching a school bus from either side while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm, and to not resume driving until the school bus begins moving. From 2013-2015, 4,043 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers.
“Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped to load or unload passengers, children should not rely on them to do so,” said Lt. Matt Crow, commander of the Findlay Post. “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.”
The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops. Motorists are also urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.
Friday, August 12th, 2016 8:10pm by Kolt Buchenroth
A member of the Elida football team died from injuries he suffered in a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon.
According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 15 year old Jakob Sexton died at St. Rita's Medical Center where he was taken following the crash.
Sexton was a passenger in a car being operated by 16 year old Lawrence Slygh, of Elida. The release states that Slygh was driving west on Elida Road and travelled off the right side of the road where the vehicle struck a ditch, became airborne, struck a fence and tree before overturning.
All six occupants in the car were ejected. Slygh and the four other passengers were also taken to St. Rita's Medical Center. The Lima News reported that two passengers are in critical condition. Two are listed in stable condition, and a fifth was treated and released.
None of the occupants were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash which remains under investigation.
UPDATE 8/14/16: The Lima News reports that Drew Duhlebohn, age 15 of elida, was pronounced dead on Saturday, making this the second fatality connected to the crash.
Friday, August 12th, 2016 8:56am by Dennis Beverly
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Krystal L. Altvater was sentenced to a total of 5 years in prison on one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence. This was in violation of a community control sentenced which was handed down in an earlier case involving possession of heroin.
.Michael J. Collins was sentenced to 30 months in prison on one count of burglary.
Friday, August 12th, 2016 8:54am by Dennis Beverly
Hope Over Heroin will hold a community event in September designed to reach individuals addicted to drugs.
Pastor Jason Manns, from New Hope Fellowship Church, said it's important for the community to come together to give hope to those addicted, "There's such a stigma that goes along with it, and also a lot of misconceptions that go along with it, and I think that's the whole point of the Hope Over Heroin. I think within our community, I think they're tired. I think that they're frustrated, so I think when you even mention heroin in some settings, people kind of just write them off, they're already gone, there's no hope for them, and that's definitely what we're trying to being, and I think as churches, obviously we're spreading the hope of Christ and through salvation is that you're never without hope. There's always going to be an opportunity for you to turn it around."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, August 12th, 2016 8:49am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan competed Thursday in the Ryan Reynolds tournament at Liberty Hills finishing 9th.
The Raiders shot a 357 and were led by Will Kenoyer and Mitchell Fink with 83's. garrett Allen added a 93, Alex Naragon 98. Additionally Drew Wasson 105 and Collin Stewart 114. For the JV's Bryce Loomis had a 112 and Gavin Clay 115.
Coach Chris Conley said, "We had players who counted some big numbers so I feel as we mature we'll be able to cut those out and score much better. All in all I'm pleased with the effort and mindset thus far. I feel like we'll be a much better team as the season continues."
The Raiders return to action next Tuesday at Liberty Hills when they take on Indian Lake.
Meadalist Sam Reed Lima Shawnee 68, 1st place Vandalia Butler 296, Bellefontaine was 2nd at 308
Thursday, August 11th, 2016 6:00am by Kolt Buchenroth
The Kenton Top Twenty's Opening Number, "Shatter Me"
The theme for this years show is “The Glass House” with a heavy emphasis on the idea that someone is always watching. KHS Vocal Music Director Todd Daquino explains the theme and it’s purpose.
“So our theme for the 2016-2017 school year is "The Glass House" and the idea is kind of like Big Brother, 1984, George Orwell, the idea that someone is always watching. It's a little bit of an edgey theme but all of the songs have to relate back to it in some way. So we like to take music and tell a story with it and so if we have a theme we can tie it back to, all of the songs kind of tell a story from different perspectives.” Said Daquino.
The show’s songs include Lindsey Stirling “Shatter Me”, Friends On The Other Side from the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog, Friend Like Me of Aladin, Vienna Teng’s Hymn Of Acxiom (Axium), Another One Bites The Dust by Queen, Summertime Sadness of Lana Del Rey mashed up with We Found Love In A Hopeless Place by Rihanna. The group ends their show with the 70’s funk tune Hey Big Brother from Rare Earth.
The Top Twenty was started by J. D. Smith, who is a legend in the show choir world, in 1969. Since then, the group has seen numerous directors over the years. Daquino took the reins of the group after Sue Buroker retired at the end of 2014 school year.
Daquino explains that directing show choir is more than singing and dancing.
“When I first got hired in a school that had show choir, I was very concerned. I was afraid it was something that just wasn't going to be for me. I wasn't in show choir when I was in high school and I kind of had a stigma about it but I quickly leared that it's a way for kids to express themsleves that they may not have a different kind of outlet. I've just really fallen in love with it. I love to be able to be creative and work with a design team, work with a choreographer, work with a costumeer, and to have all of those element to make a show come to live.” Said Daquino.
Jacob Manns, a senior mesmber of the group, says that this year’s theme is quite unique.
“I think it's unique and it's something that I haven't seen before. With these show chior's you recycle them over and over and this one is brand new.” Said Manns.
You can catch the Kenton Top Twenty’s first performance on Wednesday September 7th at the Hardin County Fair Swing Choir Show. They group will also perform at various competitions around the state.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 1:24pm by Dennis Beverly
Four juveniles were taken into custody early Tuesday morning after being found inside a vacant house.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the property in the 500 block of Detroit Street where they found two male juveniles, ages 14 and 17, who had been reported as missing earlier this summer. The two said they were the only ones in the house, but following a search, two females, ages 13 and 14, were found in another room.
All four were taken into custody, and the two males are being detained at the request of their probation officer. The two females were released to the custody of their parents.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 1:22pm by Dennis Beverly
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical blood shortage.
There are three scheduled blood drives in Hardin County in the next few weeks.
In Kenton on August 22 from noon till six at the First Baptist Church on County Road 175 and on August 30 from 1-7pm at St. John's Evangelical Church and on September 1 from 1:30 till 7:30, a blood drive will be held in Ada in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 11:46am by Holly Layman
Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building with all council members and city personnel in attendance.
The meeting began with a presentation by City Auditor, Brian Hattery, who gave a mid-2016 financial report to the council. At the end of June, estimated revenues were at $4.3 million with estimated expenses at $4.4 million. The starting cash balance for the general fund at the beginning of 2016 was $1.2 million, with the bulk of the carryover having been generated between 2011 and 2012. Hattery explained that 75% of the revenue for the city comes from income tax, with the bulk collected in the first half of the year and the remainder collected in the second half. With revenue trending the way it is currently, Hattery expects the end-of-year revenue to be between $4.3 and $4.7 million. Council President Joel Althauser commended Hattery for his report and noted that the carryover was critical to live through a rough two or three year period, such as the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009. Althauser said the report "defines and explains the cyclical nature of economics" and shows the importance of the carryover funds.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance: the finance committee submitted a written report from their August 2nd meeting.
BKP: the BKP board will meet next Monday, August 15th, at 6:00pm.
Cemetary: the cemetary board will meet again on August 30th at 5:00pm.
Parks & Recreation: the parks and recreation board will meet Tuesday, August 9th at 4:30pm at the City Building.
Under old business, the council allowed an ordinance regarding recreation department transfers to go to third reading.
In new business, the council heard three pieces of legislation and acted upon two. The first, an ordinance transferring funds within the sewer budget, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and ultimately passed unanimously. The second, an ordinance allowing additional appropriations for fire department overtime, was moved to third reading and will be heard again in two weeks. The third, an ordinance allowing for appropriations to purchase a new industrial paper shredder, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously as well.
During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the white line in front of the stop light on Jacob Parrot Boulevard will be amended so traffic can better see the light.
Police Chief Dennis Musser also spoke to commend Detective Dan Kemmere, who, through "a tremendous amount of work" was able to assist in the arrest of the Subway restaurant robber.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 7:00pm at the City Building.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 5:27pm by WKTN News
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 6, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular August Meeting. Nineteen directors and 16 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Jack Lambert presented the board with a check for $1500 in memory of his wife Sue Lambert. He would like a plaque placed in the new show arena in her honor.
Mark Light stated Quality Assurance is now done in the county. Livestock exhibitors had to have gone through a quality assurance session to show at the Hardin County Fair.
Laura Gossard had questions about the electric/lights charge used in the horse show arena. She was told that the horse show arena will have a separate rental agreement, starting next year, about electric usage. She also stated her displeasure in the ground of the arena.
Jim Harder gave an update on the new swine wash racks that will be ready for this year’s fair.
Mark Badertscher stated the ODA Pesticide Collection Site Date will be Monday, August 22nd from 9am-3pm and this will be held at the fairgrounds. ODA will supply everything for this. Mark also stated the Carcass Show will be at Mt. Victory Meats on Wednesday, Sept. 14th – a day later than usual. The board moved to give the Carcass Show $50. Mark also stated there will be a Hardin County Farm Safety Day at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 18th. This day will be sponsored by OSU Extension and Hardin County Farm Bureau.
A letter was discussed about an issue that occurred in the Community Building. It was determined that the Rental Agreement states that “the Renter assumes all liability for any claims of damage arising out of the Renter’s activities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.”
Last month’s minutes, financial reports and bills to be paid were approved.
Kerry James discussed a certified letter received from a group that has worked the fair gates. They were requesting to be able to work the fair gates on Thursday of this year’s fair. The board moved to not let them work the fair gates this year and keep all who have signed contracts for this year to work. It was noted we will need pit workers during the demolition derby this year. The board moved to pay around 10 men to work the pits for $250. Howard Lyle stated he will offer this option to the group wanting to work the fair gates.
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee, discussed their minutes from their July 12th meeting. There is now a TV stand in the show arena. Painting has started in the show arena and the roof of the horse barn. Electrical work has started in the merchant’s building and on the concession white boxes. The exterior of the Arts/Crafts building will be painted this month. New lights for the show arena are ready to be installed. There will be a painting day at the fairgrounds on Saturday, August 13th, starting at 8am. Lights are going up in the new camping area. The grounds will be sprayed by Silver Creek on Wednesday, August 31st. There have been shavings put in the parking lots. A new fan for the swine barn has been ordered and installed. The interior of the Dairy Barn has been painted. A fence on the grounds was damaged with a camper and their insurance will be covering it. The fire hydrants will be flushed this week. The board moved to purchase a bus for the week of the fair, to have, just in case people need transported due to flooding in the parking lots. The next ground’s meeting will be on Wednesday, August 17th at 7pm.
Judi Cronley gave a report on camping during the fair. There are currently 6 new campers that still need to pay for their spots. Those people will be called this week to ask for their money again or the sites will be given to people will to pay now.
Judi Cronley stated Chase Bryant concert sales are still looking good. There are only a couple reserved seats left, and still track and general admission tickets available. Tickets can be bought in the office Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and through pay pal on our website. Reserved seats for the Band Show, Choir Show and Demolition Derby can now be purchased in the office, too. Rob Wilson stated Chase Bryant will be doing a phone interview with a couple of the country radio stations in the area. There will be 4 pairs of meet and greet tickets given to those radio stations for give a ways, too. Bob McBride stated “Pantasia” will be performing in the Shelter House on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 2pm during the fair.
The weigh scales were tested and approved for use on August 1st. Rabbit tattooing is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th from 9-11am at the fairgrounds.
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, Janie stated there is still some building spots and ground space available to rent during the fair. If anyone is interested in renting a booth or interested in food concessions please fill out an application – located on our website at www.hardincountyfair.org. Information on fees for booths, etc. is also on our website.
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, passed out committee assignments for all directors.
Under old business:
The 2016 fair books can now be picked up at the office during office hours or at the Kenton Times. The book is on our website and the Kenton Times website, too.
Grandstand ticket booth workers are still needed for Saturday and Sunday nights, those nights are being covered by spouses for fair board directors. 2016 Hardin County Fair t-shirts can be purchased in the office. Open class entries can now be entered on line or by coming into the office until Friday, August 19th at 5pm.
Under new business:
Season tickets can be purchased in the office or at establishments around the county for $20. Membership Tickets can be purchased in the office or from a fair board director for $20. An emergency management meeting will be held in the grange restaurant on Wednesday, August, 24th at 6:30pm. The arts/crafts building will be set up for the fair after that meeting. A work day for directors and JR fair board kids will be held on Saturday, August 27th starting at 9am. The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, September 3rd at 7:30pm.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 4:42pm by Justin Draper
Ada Police Cruiser On It's Side After Being Struck by Vehicle Monday Afternoon
Photo courtesy of Ada Icon
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's department, at approximately 1:45 pm Monday Sgt. Donald Deckling was traveling East on North Street in his Police Cruiser. As Deckling was passing the intersection of North Johnson St, a vehicle operated by Summer Miller, of Lima, struck the passenger side of Deckling's Cruiser. The impact of the crash caused Deckling's vehicle to be turned in its side.
Deckling was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center for evaluation and Miller was treated at the scene and released.
Miller was cited for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Ada Police department were assisted at the scene by Ada-Liberty Fire Department, Ada-Liberty EMS, and Osborn Towing.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 3:27pm by Dennis Beverly
A Toledo man was arrested in connection to an armed robbery at Subway in Kenton last month.
According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, 25 year old Tyler Lake was arrested following a two week old investigation led by Det. Kemmere, the Crime Task Force and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
Chief Musser said Lake was arrested in Toledo on an unrelated charge and is currently being detained pending extradition back to Hardin County.
Lake allegedly entered Subway in downtown Kenton on July 23 and made off with a small amount of money.
He has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery and the investigation is ongoing.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 1:09pm by Dennis Beverly
A Kenton woman was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated following a crash Saturday night on County Road 245 in Dudley Township.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 23 year old Jessica Honaker lost control of her car while attempting to turn left from 245 onto Township Road 202. The car ended up off the road where it struck an underground telephone marker and a guide wire on a utility pole before coming to rest in a field.
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle. Honaker was not injured.
Monday, August 8th, 2016 1:06pm by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are up slightly as the new workweek begins.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.15 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 6 cents from a week ago, and a penny more than the average reported a month ago. The average price in Ohio a year ago was $2.45.
The national average price on Monday was $2.12, a penny less compared with last week's average.
Analysts say a drop in crude oil prices has driven a nine-week decline in costs at the pump, but those prices have strengthened in the past week and retail price drops are likely to be smaller or cease.
Saturday, August 6th, 2016 9:33am by Dennis Beverly
Kenton, Ohio – OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees met to hear committee reports.
The Finance/Audit/Compliance Committee report revealed that year-to-date the hospital system’s operating margin is running slightly above budget.
The Quality of Care Committee made a recommendation and the Board approved the new medical staff appointment of William Phipps, MD, Critical Care/Pulmonary; and approved several cardiologist reappointments including Philip Perona, MD.
Matt Jennings gave the chairman’s report that included information on the recent announcement of OhioHealth’s expansion of emergency services in several communities in central Ohio encompassing Grove City, Hilliard, southeast/Obetz area and the north region in Ontario/Mansfield.
The senior management report included a physician update with the retirement announcement of Judy Hruschka, MD, who has been practicing with Katherine Johnson, MD; Jeffrey Neuhauser, MD; and Danita Podach, PA for the past several years. New physician, Christina Crum, MD, will join the practice in late September.
Chris Davis, from the marketing and communications team reminded the group that the Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run will be taking place on Saturday, August 13 at the Hardin Wellness Center. A kid’s fun run will be held prior to the race. The race proceeds will be donated to the Hardin County Family YMCA swimming lesson program.
Saturday, August 6th, 2016 8:03am by Dennis Beverly
Columbus, OH – The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for all blood types at hospitals in Ohio and many other states, so blood centers are asking eligible Ohioans to take the time to donate. A blood transfusion is performed every two seconds in the United States, and hospitals' daily need in Ohio alone is 2,000 pints.
Health officials are asking Ohioans to consider helping to save a life during the dog days of summer. Rodney Wilson with the American Red Cross Blood Services in Columbus says there's typically a spike in traumatic injuries during the summer – while at the same time, blood donations drop. He explains hospitals began this summer in Ohio with supplies down about 15 percent, so now, there is an emergency need, "In Ohio, the Red Cross provides blood to 142 hospitals, and the average daily need is about 2,000 pints of blood, every single day of the year. So, it’s a significant need and right now, not enough people are donating. "
He notes summer blood shortages usually affect those blood types that are needed most, but this year's need is urgent for all blood types. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with signed parental consent.
Some factors – including some medications or international travel – may make a person ineligible to donate blood, but Wilson notes it’s best to discuss your situation with staff at a blood center. And he also has advice for how to prepare for a donation, "You should get a good night’s sleep the night before. Make sure you have a meal before you donate, and drink lots and lots of water. If you do all of three of those things, you should have a quick and easy donation."
Wilson adds a blood donation is, quite literally, a gift of life, "A lot of people don’t think about the other end of that process. But typically, within five days of your donation, your blood is being transfused into a patient and help helping save their life. So there’s not much more you could do with your time that has that kind of value."
It’s estimated that every two seconds in the United States, someone is receiving a blood transfusion.
Saturday, August 6th, 2016 7:54am by Dennis Beverly
The Ben Logan boys shot a 388 Friday at Windy Knoll in Springfield.
Only 3 players broke 80.
Coach Chris Conley said, "After a good week in practice I thought we'd do better but the course played difficult. Only 3 players broke 80. Conditions were hard and fast and the course is pretty tight. There's a lot of places you don't want to hit the ball there and you learn that over time. Hopefully we'll learn from our mistakes and play better next week."
For the Raiders Garrett Allen shot 91, followed by Mitchell Fink 92, Will Kenoyer 99, Drew Wasson 106, Alex Naragon 111, and Colin Stewart was DQ but shot 120.
The Raiders return to action Monday at Liberty Hills where they host the Raider Invitational.
Friday, August 5th, 2016 1:09pm by Dennis Beverly
A driver was cited for improper backing following a crash Thursday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Tyler Alberding, of Kenton, was backing from a parking area in an alley behind the 500 block of Franklin Street, and his vehicle struck an eastbound car in the alley being driven by 39 year old Jeffrey Smith, also of Kenton.
Friday, August 5th, 2016 1:07pm by Dennis Beverly
With the start of a new school year close at hand, now is the time for parents to make sure their child's shots are up to date.
Dr. Ryan Voglesang, from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in cases where a child hasn't received vaccinations, they see an increase of illnesses, "And there will be out breaks of things like measles or sometimes whooping cough, and there's been recent outbreaks of a disease called haemophilus influenza which causes meningitis and other severe infections."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 3:05pm by Justin Draper
Kenton Pool Repairs, Loan Approval for New City Garage, and Passenger Rail Topics for discussion at Kenton Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.
An update on the potential pool repairs needed was given to the finance committee with an total estimated cost of around $31,000 to help maintain the pool. This involves fixing some cracks in cement, tightening bolts, and also performing regular maintenance for safety. The projects are to begin around this fall. An update on Pool hours was also given and it will be open until August 17th with regular hours and then Saturdays noon to 8 and Sundays 1 to 6 until labor day weekend.
The committee also started the discussion on financing the cost of the new Kenton City Garage for the purchase of the old Mid-Ohio building in Kenton. According to City Law Director John Schwemer the cost of the building would be $552,000, the legal fees for would come to around $4,500 so a total of $556,500 would need to be financed to purchase the building. Schwemer asked the committee on their thoughts of financing options for 5, 10 or 15 years and gave an estimate on the annual cost of the loan and it was determined by the committee members to draw up papers for a 10 or 15 year loan with and estimated interest rate of 3%.
It was also discussed how the property will be split amongst the possible tenants of the building which at this time looks to be Water, Sewer, and the Kenton City Garage. The recommended way to split the property would be by using square footage so they can determine how much each division would need to pay towards the loan. Also the Tower income from the property will help pay towards the loan with an estimated annual income of $20,000.
The Passenger Rail system that was discussed a the Commissioners meeting was brought up at the finance meeting. The project would eventually bring a high speed passenger rail system through the Kenton and Hardin County area. The estimated total cost of the project would be $1.285 Billion dollars which comes to about 4 Million dollars per mile. The project is in the early stage and would take 10 years before it would start happening but the project organizers are looking to cities to commit to the project and help pay for the financial study in the state of Ohio. The total cost of the study would be $42,326 and would cover the feasibility of the project, business impact, and environmental impact of the project in the Hardin County and Kenton area. The cost for the county and Kenton would be around $13,431 which according to Law Director Schwemer seems high compared to the tax base in our area compared to other areas the project would impact. The study is split by square miles and Hardin county is a larger county but other counties including Allen County have a much larger tax base but would pay less due to being smaller square miles. Schwemer would be concerned that this would set a precedent for how much the county would have to pay towards the final project. Also the concern was raised about the findings of the study which may show Kenton as not feasible for the project and the city would have paid a high price to get those results. The project is in the early stages but the finance committee needs to be prepared for the possible costs of the project when time to begin draws near.
The Kenton Fire Chief Tim Clark gave an Overtime update to finance committee to cover a possible short fall in the budget of around $5.500. Also the Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser provided an update on the crashed cruiser and told the committee they received the check from the insurance and would like to put that money towards the cruisers being purchased in 2017.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 2:22pm by WKTN News
The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted two separate narcotics investigations within the last week in the county.
According to the informatiom from the release, The first investigation occurred on July 26th, 2016 during the late afternoon. The Task Force initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of uniformed Hardin County Sheriff's Deputies on St Rt 31 south of the City of Kenton. As a result of the traffic stop 60 individual hits of heroin were discovered along with drug paraphernalia.
Two adult males, Scott Hayter and Jason Schutte, and one adult female, Ashley Drumm, were taken into custody for numerous charges including possession, tampering with evidence and permitting drug abuse. All three suspects were incarcerated at the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion. The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office canine unit and the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office.
The second investigation also was initiated via a traffic stop on Co Rd 144 near Co Rd 195 east of Kenton at approximately 10:30PM on Friday July 29th, 2016. See complete story here:
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 2:12pm by Dennis Beverly
ADA – Family members of former Ohio Northern University professor and women’s athletics pioneer Dr. Helen Spar Ludwig have made a $508,000 gift to support the scholarship fund that bears her name. James “Jim” Ludwig, Helen’s son, passed away in April 2015 and requested that the remaining value from the 2010 sale of his farm in Dola, Ohio, be directed to ONU.
Jim Ludwig’s brother Gary Ludwig, sister Jacqueline Sperling and sister-in-law Charolette Ludwig presented the gift to ONU President Daniel A. DiBiasio in June 2016 after the estate was finalized.
“The Ludwig name is held in the highest regard at Ohio Northern, and this gift is further evidence of the family’s devotion to education,” said DiBiasio. “It is fitting that the Helen Ludwig Scholarship will now be able to help even more students, because she helped so many throughout her illustrious career at Northern.”
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Jim Ludwig attended ONU in the late 1960s. Although he did not graduate, he remained a supporter of the University for the remainder of his life. He was proud of his mother’s accomplishments in bringing about gender equity in athletics. Gary Ludwig and Jacqueline (Ludwig) Sperling graduated from ONU in 1969 and 1971, respectively.
Helen Ludwig was a professor in the physical education department from 1963-84 and is considered to be one of the developers of women’s athletics at ONU. She also served as a coach, assistant athletic director and academic director of the physical education department, and she received regional and national recognition for her leadership.
The Helen A. Ludwig Scholarship is given annually to students in ONU’s Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences who display scholastic achievement, leadership and personal character.
Monday, August 1st, 2016 1:12pm by Justin Draper
Saturday evening a traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 125 hits of Heroin.
According to the report from the Hardin Count Sheriffs office, a traffic stop near Township Road 199 and County Road 144 resulted in the seizure of Heroin and Cash.
Two suspects identified as Misty Richardson, age 24 , and Denise Harp, age 26, both from Kenton were allegedly in possession of 125 hits of heroin and around $300 in cash. The heroin and cash was seized and the pending charges include Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of Drug, and Tampering with Evidence. The investigation is pending.
Monday, August 1st, 2016 12:51pm by Justin Draper
Thrown Beer Can From Vehicle Hits Bicyclist Resulting in Underage Consumption Offenses
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, A bicyclist reported being hit by a beer can from a passing vehicle Sunday morning around 6:00 AM. The bicyclist identified as Donovan Kennedy gave a detailed description of the vehicle which had continued on the roadway and entered a parking lot.
The officer identified the vehicle in the lot and the driver as 21 year old Kasey Hoag of Kenton. Two other males identified as 20 year old Cody Dyer and 19 year old Tate Hoag admitted to being in the vehicle but denied throwing a beer can from the window.
Both Dyer and Tate Hoag appeared to be heavily intoxicated and when asked admitted to being intoxicated.
Based on the admissions of the individuals they were issued summons to the Hardin County Municipal Court.
Monday, August 1st, 2016 12:18pm by Justin Draper
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office handled multiple reports over the weekend, according to those reports on Friday afternoon a Tanker truck operated by Karlen Waugh, age 45 of Ada, was traveling East on State Route 309 and was slowing down to make a turn on County Road 144 when a vehicle operated by Howard Mullins, age 37 of Larue, failed to slow down and ran into the back of Waugh's tanker.
Waugh's Tanker suffered minor rear damage while heavy front end damage occurred to Mullins vehicle and he was cited for an assured Clear Distance violation.
On Saturday morning around 6:45 am a vehicle operated by Joshua Pemberton, of Larue was traveling East on County road 130 and stopped at the intersection of County Road 95. Pemberton was attempting to the enter the intersection when a Tractor Trailer operated by Cody Forrester of Hartford City Indiana failed to stop at the sign on County Road 95 and struck Pemberton's vehicle. Both vehicle entered the ditch after the crash and suffered disabling damage. Forrester was cited for a stop sign violation.
Monday, August 1st, 2016 10:48am by Justin Draper
Dog Warden Attempting to Locate Dangerous Dog Lost Near Ada
The Hardin County Dog Warden is trying to locate a dog who was last seen jumping out of a car window at State Route 309 and State Route 235 this past weekend. This is a joint investigation between the Allen County and Hardin County Dog warden due to the dog being owned by an Allen County Resident. The dog is reported to be very dangerous and is described as a medium sized black lab mix with brown under neck and belly, it is not known if the dog had tags.
Please do not approach this dog if seen near Ada as this dog is very dangerous and has bitten in the past. Please contact the Hardin County Sheriffs Department at 419-673-1268 or Ada Police at 419-310-0010 if seen.
95.3 WKTN will keep you updated as new information is learned about this missing dangerous dog.