Friday, September 30th, 2016 11:10pm by Jim Homan
The Kenton Wildcats improved to 3-3 by defeating the Shawnee Indians 62-28 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Shawnee Stadium.
Trent Hites threw for 226 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for a score for Kenton while Jaron Sharp added 272 yards and two touchdowns threw the air for the Cats. Sharp also rushed for a score as the Cats rolled up 543 yards of total offense.
Chris Deardorff caught 10 passes for 191 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Cats, who are 3-2 in the WBL. Hunter Moore caught 11 balls for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns while Cory Ludwig also caught a TD pass for the winners.
Grant Wheeler scored four touchdowns - 2 rushing and 2 receiving - for the Indians (1-5 overall, 1-4 WBL).
Moore was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Ottawa-Glandorf to meet the state-ranked Titans. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Friday, September 30th, 2016 2:46pm by Dennis Beverly
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a local resident is doing his part by wearing pink.
Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said he is one of only 12 men in Lima and Kenton to be invited to participate in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign, "We're basically out raising funds in support of breast cancer awareness, and I certainly said yes to it for several reasons, but I said yes for the most important reason, I want to make sure the money that we raise can really help some of our friends locally."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, September 30th, 2016 2:43pm by Jim Homan
The Kenton Wildcats try to make it back-to-back victories tonight when they travel to Shawnee.
A win tonight for the Wildcats would give Kenton consecutive victory for the first time in 2016 and would bring their record to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Kenton is 2 and 3 overall, including 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, and needs a victory over Shawnee this evening to build some momentum before facing a daunting October schedule.
The Indians are 1 and 4 overall, including 1 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League. Kenton has dominated the rivalry in recent years. The Cats have won seven straight against the Indians, with Shawnee's last victory over Kenton coming in 2008.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Shawnee Stadium in Lima. The pregame show will start at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
In other action tonight around the county, Hardin Northern travels to Ridgemont; Upper Scioto Valley visits Perry; Ada entertains Crestview; and Riverdale hosts Cory-Rawson.
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 6:00am by Justin Draper
On Wednesday evening a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Harco industries to introduce Mathew's Walkway in honor of Mathew Ward.
Mathew Ward was a volunteer with the special Olympics as a basketball official, assisting as a basketball coach, and helped in various other areas.
The walkway is located behind the Harco Industries building on North Ida Street in Kenton.
Superintendent Mark Kiefer said that they would us the track as a great way for the clients at Harco Industries and student at SKS to get exercise. It will be so nice for our Special Olympics athletes to have a safe place to practice walking and running. They will also have a nice designated area, using the inside of the track for Boche practice, volleyball, frisbee and many other track and field events.
Mathew's parents, Bill and Gayle Ward also have purchased benches for under the tree area so families can enjoy the shade while others use the walking path.
The Track will be kept clean and litter free thanks to the Akiton Club who is also developing a lending library to be near the bench area that will be stocked with Children's books for families to enjoy while at the park.
The track is open to the general public and will be the first walking track on this side of Kenton.
a few people and organizations were recognized at the ceremony by Kiefer, donations came from those donating to the Matt Ward Memorial Fund, this included many family members and many friends, including his friends at Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries.
The Hardin County Community Foundation was recognized and Matt Jennings was in attendance also the Hardin County ARC Andy Diller was also present at the ceremony.
Hardin County Board of DD Board President Rhoda Dietz was another person recognized by Kiefer Wednesday evening.
The final portion of the dedication was to say thank you to the organizations and people who physically built the track.
According to Kiefer, the Hardin County Engineer's Department under the guidance of Luke Underwood who orchestrated the project and Mike Crist who was there every day making the final detailed plans and working with the crew.
Roger Crates, Ruth Crates, and Roger Kemry handled all of the excavating, or digging out and removing the dirt for the asphalt. Ken Mantz who is the maintenance technician for Harco industries also helped with the project in many ways.
Finally Kiefer thanked the Special Olympics Committee. Those members are: Terry Holloway, Jenny Grimes, Lenora Prichard, Stephanie Jordan, Jarod Clark and Amy Newland.
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 2:09am by Justin Draper
DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY. WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT THIS MORNING.
VISIBILITIES WILL BE A QUARTER OF A MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. THESE POOR VISIBILITIES WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
MOTORISTS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION. SLOW DOWN, USE LOW-BEAM HEADLIGHTS, AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU AS OBJECTS ON AND NEAR ROADWAYS WILL BE SEEN ONLY AT CLOSE RANGE DUE TO LOW VISIBILITIES.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 1:18pm by Jim Homan
The latest edition of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's computer ratings have been released.
The Kenton Wildcats are tied for 16th in the Division 4, Region 14 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Wildcats are 2 and 3 on the season after last week's big win over Van Wert and will travel to Shawnee this Friday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.
The Riverdale Falcons are 3 and 2 and are 16th in the Division 6, Region 24 rankings, while the rest of the county resides in Region 28, which is in Division 7. The Ada Bulldogs are 3 and 2 and sit 6th in the region, while the 2 and 3 Upper Scioto Valley Rams are 13th. The Ridgemont Golden Gophers, who are also 2 and 3, are tied for 16th while the Hardin Northern Polar Bears, who are 1 and 4, are tied for 21st.
The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season will qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four seeds hosting first-round games.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 1:17pm by Dennis Beverly
Benjamin Logan boys golf season ended Tuesday at Reid Park with a 13th place finish.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It's not the way we saw our season ending but we had some high points and are looking forward to next year."
For the Raiders Will Kenoyer led the way with a 98, Kaiden Weaks 102,
Mitchell Fink 103, Garrett Allen 106, and Drew Wasson 115.
Greenview paced the qualifers with a 336 followed by West Liberty 362,
Springfield Shawnee 369,and Greenon 374.
Coach Conley added, "We squeaked in last year with a 359 in rain and poor conditions. I thought it would take 350 today. It was windy but otherwise a good day. It just goes to show how important it is to play every shot like it has meaning, regardless how your day is going."
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 1:11pm by WKTN News
MARION, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff says an Ohio suspect linked to the slayings of at least four women indicated he can't remember the name of the first victim, who died over a decade ago and hasn't been identified.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said the suspect Shawn Grate thinks the woman was named something like Dana or Diane, but is unsure.
Investigators say the 40-year-old Grate has confessed that he'd stabbed the woman and dumped her body. Authorities had found a woman's body in 2007 near Marion.
Grate was arrested recently after a woman reported being held in an Ashland home. Police found the remains of two other women there. They say Grate led them to another body near Mansfield.
Grate pleaded not guilty to initial charges in Ashland.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 2:28pm by Dennis Beverly
There were no injuries after a car crashed into a house Monday afternoon on State Route 309 north of Alger.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 38 year old James Lhamon, of Lima, was driving west on 309 when an eastbound car being operated by 21 year old Malachi Nolletti, of Jeromesville, Ohio, attempted to turn left from 309 onto County Road 35.
To avoid a collision, Lhamon swerved causing his car to travel off the right side of the road where it stuck the house.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 2:24pm by Holly Layman
The Kenton City Council met for their 18th regular session Monday evening in the City Building. During the prayer, council members and those in attendance observed a prayer for Council Clerk, Brenda Hanna, and her family after the passing of her husband.
After the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, the council heard from Merleen Barnes, United Way Campaign Chair, about the current United Way kickoff. The theme this year is "Turning Compassion Into Action" and the program is celebrating 50 years of service in Hardin County. The United Way currently serves 17 non-profit agencies, and there are 3 current applications for new parties as well. Barnes told the council that in years past, the government section of the campaign had not done as well as they would like with their fundraising efforts. To combat this, the United Way is offering an incentive for government employees: each $1 pledged or donated will give the employee 1 entry into a raffle for a set of tickets to the Ohio State vs. Nebraska football game. The United Way plans to draw for the event at the Hardin Council Chamber and Business Alliance's Buckeye Bash on October 15.
Council then heard from the following committees:
BKP - the BKP board met last Monday. Topics discussed included paying the bills, a new TV for the common room, and the board is looking to insulate the building.
Cemetary - Bob Melvin, of the cemetary board, has retired. The board congratulates Amber Judy as the new Assistant Superintendent.
Regional Planning - Regional Planning will meet on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Commissioner's Office.
Finance - the Finance committee will meet Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers.
Downtown Revitalization - the committee is in the process of getting funding in place for the planning phase of the project.
There was no Old Business to attend to, but the council did hear 3 new pieces of legislation. Each piece moved on to second reading, to be heard again in two weeks. The first ordinance provided for transferring funds; the second, additional appropriations; and the third, amending the city codified ordinances to adjust the city's contribution rate for health insurance premiums.
During comments, City Law Director Jon Schwemer encouraged all council members to be present at the next meeting on October 10th. The meeting will have legislation that needs to be passed in order for the city to close on the former Mid-Ohio Energy building purchase, set for October 14th. Schwemer explained to council that the building had been broken into approximately three sections for business and utility purposes. The departments currently slated to be moved to the new facility include the Water and Sewer departments, the Income Tax department, a small office for the Parks and Recreation department, office space for the crew of the Street department, garage space for the Street department, and storage space. The proposal has estimated the utilities at the facility to be broken into 3rds; 1/3 water, 1/3 sewer, and 1/3 general. For state auditing purposes, the estimates have to be as close to exact as possible and cannot just be estimated to all be general funding, according to Schwemer. The council briefly discussed the phone situation at the new building, since it was a concern of Council President Joel Althauser that the ability to transfer calls would be lost if the offices were no longer connected to the general phone line at the City Building. The council will be looking into the matter further.
Also during comments, Mayor Randy Manns noted that there will be a Teen Night held at Wharton Park on Sunday, October 9th from 4-7pm. There will also be a 1st Responders Annual Dinner held at the new building (the former Mid-Ohio Energy site) on October 20th at 7:00pm.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.
Monday, September 26th, 2016 3:48pm by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio continue to fall, while the average price in the state also remains below the national average.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.08 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down from $2.17 cents a week ago and 13 cents below the current national average.
The average price in Ohio at this time last month was $2.22, while gas prices in the state a year ago averaged $2.21.
The national average price of $2.21 reported Monday remained at the same level it was this time last week and last month. The national average a year ago was $2.29.
Monday, September 26th, 2016 11:15am by Dennis Beverly
An open house ceremony was held Saturday for the new Mid Ohio Energy facility on State Route 309 west of Kenton.
President and CEO John Metcalf said they are well pleased with how the new facility turned out, "It was several years of planning and a year of construction and it came together very well. We're very pleased to have this facility."
Metcalf talks about one reason why the new facility was needed, "We're putting modern day technology into a modern building now compared to where we had in the building that was built in the 40's, and the main thing is space especially during big storms where we have to have extra equipment and personnel in, we have room to stage that and to manage it efficiently to where we had a hard time doing that when we were in the city with a small property."
President and CEO John Metcalf
He adds members will appreciate what they can do especially in major outage situations, "We should be able to respond much more efficiently and quickly because we have more of a modern location to be able to do that from. It also is very convenient for them coming in if they have to visit and discuss things. It's a lot more convenient than our location before."
5th District Congressman Bob Latta
Kenton Mayor Randy Manns
Hardin County Commissioners Randy Rogers and Gerald Potter
Jon Cross, President and CEO Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance
The new building project benefited numerous local businesses, "For example our warehouse was built here in Kenton by Golden Giant. It was constructed locally, concrete, stone, excavation, a lot of local contractors and community people did a fantastic job in helping us to construct this, and we're very appreciative."
Large crowd on hand
Metcalf concludes that the new building gives them plenty of room to expand in the future, "We were at the prior location for almost 70 years, so we're not planning on going anywhere here. We built this in mind to stay for a very long time."
Saturday, September 24th, 2016 10:37am by Dennis Beverly
The following is work scheduled to occur in the coming week on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Hancock, Hardin and Wyandot. For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com.
Interstate 75 reconstruction from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, through Lima and Allen County, is nearing completion. Current and upcoming impacts to traffic are as follows:
Paving of the final course of asphalt both northbound and southbound has been completed.
Pavement grinding to provide smoothness, pavement striping, installation of pavement reflectors and placement of rumble strips will continue through the week, weekend and through next week.
Lane restrictions both northbound and southbound will occur from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Construction vehicles will be entering and exiting frequently throughout the project area during the week.
Posted speed through the work zone will be lowered while work is taking place.
Yoder Road near the Orthopedic Institute of Ohio (OIO) closed Monday, September 19 for one week for a railroad crossing repair. The OIO facility is accessible from Yoder Road off of Ohio 65 but will not be accessible from Breese Road during the closure. The road is expected to reopen by Friday, September 23.
Traffic patterns on Ohio 65 beneath Interstate 75 will continue to shift during the upcoming week to complete the concrete pavement.
Additional Allen County projects:
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Eastown Road to U.S. 30, including the village of Elida, is restricted for widening, curb and gutter installation, drainage improvements and resurfacing. The project will continue through the fall. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation LLC, Celina.
The following impacts are occurring or upcoming. Traffic patterns will change frequently:
Traffic patterns on Ohio 309 from Greenlawn Avenue to Pioneer Road will switch during the week to one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound. The turn lane will remain available.
Between Pioneer Road and Eastown Road, traffic is now reduced to one lane in each direction at various locations through this area for drainage installation. The turn lane remains available. The restrictions through this area will be in place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Traffic delays should be expected. Traffic patterns will change frequently through this section.
Ohio 117 and Ohio 501 (Wapak Road) intersection realignment and widening project and construction of left-turn lanes on Ohio 117 began June 30. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton. The following impacts to traffic are occurring or upcoming:
Wapak Road at the intersection of Ohio 117 is now open.
Ohio 501 (Wapak Road) south of Ohio 117 is now open.
Widening work on Ohio 117 and final paving are complete. Finish work including intersection lighting and seeding will occur in the coming weeks and may require short-term lane closures.
Ohio 12 eastbound (Fostoria Avenue) from Tiffin Avenue to Bright Road, Findlay, will be closed during daytime hours only, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning September 6 for installation of a storm sewer line. The project will continue for approximately two months. The project is being administered by the city of Findlay.
Ohio 12 from Findlay to Arcadia, and from the southwest side of Fostoria to the Seneca County line reduced to one lane through the work zone for a resurfacing project which began September 6. The project will continue for two months. Work is being performed by M&B Ashpalt, Old Fort.
The following restrictions related to the project are scheduled to begin during the week:
Ohio 12 through the village of Arcadia may be restricted at times through the work zone during installation of curbs, sidewalk and handicap ramps. Work will occur on Saturday, September 24.
Ohio 12 through Fostoria is reduced to one lane in each direction for pavement joint repair followed by pavement resurfacing.
Interstate 75 from just south of Ohio 235 north of Bluffton to just south of the County Road 60 overhead near Rawson is reduced to one lane, both northbound and southbound, for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Paving will occur this Saturday in the southbound direction. The project will continue until late October. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.
The following closures are related to the project:
Interstate 75 northbound exit ramp to Ohio 235 is now open.
Entrance ramp from Ohio 235 to northbound Interstate 75 is now open.
Interstate 75 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 235 closed September 20 for two days for pavement joint repairs on the ramp. The ramps are expected to reopen on Friday, September 23. Traffic detoured onto Interstate 75 southbound to the Ohio 103 interchange, Interstate 75 northbound back to Ohio 235.
Entrance ramp from Ohio 235 to southbound Interstate 75 closed September 20 for two days for pavement repairs on the ramp. The ramps are expected to reopen on Friday, September 23. Traffic detoured south on Ohio 235 to the Ohio 103 interchange back to Interstate 75 southbound.
Paving on the Ohio 235 ramps will begin during the week with traffic maintained.
The southbound rest area is now open.
The northbound rest area is now open.
Interstate 75 between Perrysburg and County Road 99 north of Findlay will have the following restrictions through the fall during reconstruction and widening:
Through November, overnight lane restrictions, generally from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County. Through December, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between U.S. 20 in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County.
Through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between County Road 220 and Township Road 142, is closed for bridge work over I-75.
Ohio 31 at Letson Avenue at the south end of the city of Kenton closed September 12 for 45 days for an intersection and sewer upgrade project. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 68, Ohio 273, Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay, for the city of Kenton.
Ohio 103 between Ohio 231 and the Crawford County line is now open.
Ohio 53 between Ohio 293 and County Highway 108 will be closed September 26 for three days for a culvert replacement. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 293, County Highway 330, Ohio 199 and Ohio 67 back to Ohio 53. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage.
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 10:22pm by Jim Homan
It was a happy homecoming on Friday night at Robinson Field as the Kenton Wildcats defeated the Van Wert Cougars 48 to 12 in front of homecoming queen Daisy White and her court.
Trent Hites threw for 381 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Cats, connecting three times for scores with Chris Deardorff and hitting Hunter Moore for the other touchdown. Hites also rushed for a touchdown as the Cats rolled up 500 yards of offense for the night. Trey Jeffries also threw a touchdown pass to Landon Rush for the Cats.
Deardorff caught nine passes for 174 yards while Moore caught eight passes for 120 yards.
The Wildcat defense forced four Van Wert turnovers, and the Kenton special teams also found the end zone as Jaron Sharp returned a punt 80 yards for a score.
Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are now 2 and 3 overall and 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League while the Cougars slip to 0 and 5 overall and 0 and 4 in the WBL.
The Cats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Shawnee to take on the Indians. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 12:49pm by Dennis Beverly
The 1st Annual Hardin County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk will take place this Sunday.
Donna Dickman, from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, said the walk will start at one Sunday afternoon from the We Care Center, 775 East Eliza Street, "We're going to gather there and the walk will be for about a mile to downtown Kenton and ending up at St. John's Evangelical Church on Carrol Street where we will have special activities taking place, and we hope anyone and everyone can attend."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 12:46pm by Jim Homan
The Kenton Wildcats take on the Van Wert Cougars in tonight's annual Homecoming game.
The Wildcats are 1 and 3 overall, including 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, after a brutal early-season stretch of games and are hoping to capitalize on a much-needed break in the schedule.
While the Cougars should not be taken lightly, Van Wert is 0 and 4 overall and 0 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League, while Kenton's first four opponents are a combined 13 and 3 on the season.
WKTN will carry tonight's Homecoming game live from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In other action tonight around the county, Ada visits Columbus Grove; Upper Scioto Valley hosts Waynesfield-Goshen; Ridgemont travels to Riverside; Hardin Northern entertains Fort Loramie; and Riverdale hosts Liberty-Benton.
Friday, September 23rd, 2016 12:41pm by Dennis Beverly
Benjamin Logan improved as a team 28 strokes from their pre season tournamnet but it wasn't enough to move up in the standings.
Coach Chris Conley said, "We haven't played Windy Knoll well the past couple of years. We talked about eliminating the big numbers and for the most part we did. I'm happy with our showing overall. It shows progress."
The Raiders were led by senior Mitchell Fink who shot a 83, good for 10th overall and 3rd on our side of the division. Garrett Allen 87, Will Kenoyer 94, and Kaiden Weaks 96. Drew Wasson added a 107, and Alex Naragon 112. The Raiders placed 3 players on the 2nd team all conference led by Will Kenoyer, Mitchell Fink, and Garrett Allen.
The Coach added, "Will missed out on first team by 1 point. I felt terrible for him because I don't think anyone has worked any harder this year. To be that close is tough but the format of our league puts an emphasis on the year end tourney and things didn't go as well as they could have for the junior."
Drew Wasson won the sportsmanship award for the Raiders.
The Raiders will return to action Saturday at Reid Park in the David Christoff Memorial, which is a rain date make up.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 11:44am by Dennis Beverly
A driver escaped injury in roll over crash that occurred this morning.
Complete information is not available, but according to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred around eight this morning in the 12,000 block of Township Road 95 in Lynn Township. A 9-1-1 call was received from a male stating he had been in an accident. He stated that he believes he fell asleep and went off the road. The car ended up in a field where it rolled over and came to rest on its top.
The name of the driver is not available as the report has not yet been completed.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 11:40am by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thirty-six local pharmacies around Ohio are offering free consultations to seniors on their prescription drug regimens to help prevent falls.
STEADY U Ohio and the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition are partnering to offer the no-cost screenings to mark Thursday's National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Participating pharmacies may offer the screenings any time between Wednesday and Friday.
The aim is to identify certain medication types or drug combinations that can lead to the dizziness, drowsiness or confusion that can contribute to a fall. During the consultations, a pharmacist will review each person's medications and provide a list of potential problem medicines to be taken to their health care professional.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries leading to emergency room visits, hospital stays and deaths among Ohioans over 65.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 9:54am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan ran into a buzz saw Tuesday night when Greenon shot a 157 at
Coach Chris Conley said, "I honestly thought we could give them a match on our home
course. They have 2 of the best players in the conference but I never
expected them to shoot 35 and 36 here. That just shows how good they are. If our top 4 players would have shot their season best we would have won by 1. We didn't and they dominated us. The Raiders return to action Thursday at Windy Knoll where they'll meet the same Greenon team and others. At this point we just want to compete. Do our best and build for another day."
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Kaiden Weaks with 46's, Garrett
Allen 47, Alex Naragon 51, Mitchell Fink 54, and Drew Wasson 55.
The JV's saw Bryce Loomis lead the way with a 52, Gavin Clay 55, and Collin Stewart
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 11:30am by Holly Layman
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met Monday evening at the board offices.
The board heard a brief presentation by Travis Wissman, High School Band Director, who showcased two of the new uniforms worn by members of the marching band. He publicly thanked the board for their funding of the new uniforms and said that thanks to the generosity of the community, the Band Boosters would be able to begin paying back the uniforms two years in advance.
The board then turned their attention to Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski, who gave a report on the state of the district. Contrary to the highly negative state report cards, Penczarski stated that the district is performing very well and is making great strides in education. She compared the state data from the two previous years thusly: In the 2014-2015 school year, under "indicators met", 211 out of 609 (35%) school districts received an "A" rating. 124 (20%) received a "D" and 104 (17%) received an "F". In the 2015-2016 school year, 22 districts out of 608 (4%) received an "A", 128 (21%) received a "D", and 386 (63%) received an "F".
To better show the differences the educators in the Kenton City School district are making, Penczarski released a 19-page State of the District that highlights some of the activities and curriculum that students are participating in. The superintendent included a letter with the document in which she pointed out that in three years, three different state mandated tests have been taken in the district. Students have also had to move to an online test-taking format. During the meeting, Penczarski told the board that the district has adopted a brand new science curriculum, revamped the gifted program, and is on the second year of a new social studies curriculum. She said the district will continue to strive for better preparation and participation for the ACT as well as technology teaching to help students with college and post-graduate preparedness. Penczarski said: "By no means do I believe we are an 'F' district and we will not be satisfied until we continue to prove our growth."
The district report can be found on the school district's website,www.kentoncityschools.org. It is the first document on the homepage, under "Kenton City Schools District Report 2015-2016".
During the meeting, the board also heard from:
Finance Committee: there are two new scoreboards at Kenton Middle School. The committee is also working to update and add phone lines at the high school and to receive quotes for local banking purposes.
Facilities Committee: the tentative sale of the Hardin Central site discussed previously has fallen through, but a new developer is interested in picking up the old deal. If the property sells, the bus garage move will become more urgent. The committee also noted that there is some tile that needs replaced between Silver Street and 114 by the elementary school.
Extracurricular Committee: they are discussing upgrades to the bleachers for the soccer field, baseball field, and softball field.
Career Center: things are going well and they are working to complete summer projects. The renovation estimates came in much higher than expected so the committee is working to solve that issue.
Policy Committee: updates have been made to the guidance counselor evaluation process.
It was noted that October 10th will be a Professional Development work day. There will be no scheduled classes that day.
Under new business, the board:
-Approved the following volunteers:
Jane Baker, Cindy Breidenbach, Stacie Francis, Rayette Hurt, Ruth McCullough, Stacey Pistorova, Cindy Rogers, Pam Sprang, Adeline Terry, Sue Wilcox, Barb Baum, Glenn Brown, Sean Galvin, Melanie Kindell, Donna Myers, Cheryl Purcell, Laura Rogers, Sheena Striker, Shane VanBuskirk, Jean Blechinger, Natalie Comstock, Amanda Hewett, Sandy Leis, Lindsay Payne, Lela Purcell, Chassie Schwemer, Stephanie Temple, and Emily West.
Jami Dellifield, Shirley McBrayer, Tricia Shafer, Scott Johnson, Michelle Musser, Susan White, Tom McBrayer, and Vicki Phillips.
Kim Kaufman - Swim Team
Garrick Sherman - Basketball
C.J. Sharp - Basketball
-Approved the written resignation of Kevin Kapanka, Middle School wrestling coach.
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
Morgan Rogers - High School Girls Freshman Basketball coach at a rate of $2,957.00
Kevin Kapanka - High School Head Wrestling coach at a rate of $5,079.00
Matt Dudek - High School Head Baseball coach at a rate of $5,079.00
Bo Hoppe - High School Assistant Baseball coach at a rate of $1,090.00
Colby Rush - High School Assistant Baseball coach at a rate of $986.00
Bo Hoppe - Freshman Baseball coach at a rate of $870.00
Colby Rush - Freshman Baseball coach at a rate of $777.00
Bill Lawrence - High School Softball coach at a rate of $5,079.00
Rick Hudgel - High School Assistant Softball coach at a rate of $2,957.00
Chuck Downing - High School Head Track Coach at a rate of $5,079.00
Nancy Baum - High School Assistant Track coach at a rate of $3,583.00
Chris Becker - Middle School Robotics at a rate of $1,391.00
Jared Manns - Middle School Robotics at a rate of $1,148.00
Katie Brim - High School Boys Tennis coach at a rate of $1,322.00
Matt Frey - High School Boys Assistant Basketball coach at a rate of $4,627.00
Bill Lawrence - High School Boys JV Basketball coach at a rate of $5,079.00
Colby Rush - Middle School 7th Grade Boys Basketball coach at a rate of $2,052.00
Shawn Smith - Middle School 8th Grade Boys Basketball coach at a rate of $2,052.00
-Approved the following Non-Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year:
Aaron Johnson - High School Assistant Wrestling coach at a rate of $2,644.00
Josh Sheldon - Middle School Wrestling coach at a rate of $2,052.00
Trevor Beazley - High School Assistant Baseball coach at a rate of $986.00
Trevor Beazley - Freshman Baseball coach at a rate of $777.00
Lynn Webb - High School Assistant Track coach at a rate of $1,478.00
Dave Stuck - High School Assistant Track coach at a rate of $1,635.00
Meg Manns - Middle School Head Track coach at a rate of $2,609.00
Emily Schaub - High School Assistant Swimming coach at a rate of $1,322.00
Jenna Sherman - High School Assistant Swimming coach at a rate of $1,322.00
Keith Kissling - High School Boys Tennis coach at a rate of $1,478.00
Aaron Montgomery - High School Boys Freshman Basketball coach at a rate of $2,644.00
-Approved the salary adjustment for Jade Zartman from BA150 to MA.
-Approved Jeff McQuown, Bus Driver, at a rate of $15.95 per hour.
-Approved Benjamin Murphy, KES 2nd shift custodian, at a rate of $14.66 per hour.
-Approved Madge Battles, Academic Coach position, at a rate of $300 per day (hired with funds from Title 1 and Straight A grants).
-Approved Alyssa Johnston, Academic Coach position, at a rate of $300 per day (hired with funds from Title 1 and Straight A grants).
-Approved Carol McKinley, Academic Coach position, at a rate of $300 per day (hired with funds from Title 1 and Straight A grants).
Superintendent Penczarski clarified the Academic Coach positions, stating that the employees would go into the classrooms to help with lesson plans, data analysis, and teaching. The positions were created with funds from the Title 1 and Straight A grants, and without the grant funding, the positions would not have been added. Board member Mark Watkins added that he believes these positions will continue to help teachers in the classroom by providing resources and support they otherwise would not have.
Also during new business, the board:
-Approved the following Club ROAR mentors/tutors:
Brenda Ames, Ashley Chapman, Heather Erwin, Stefany Jacoby, Robin Miller, Courtney Rolf, Chelsea Scott, Leanna Snyder, Michelle Wise, Madison Broering, Jessica Hill, Kelly MacDonald, Tyler Overy, Morgan Schalk, MacKenzie Sowers, Amy Augur, Tomi Cheney, Kim Gerding, Christie Lawrence, Brittanie Oglesbee, Heather Saunier, Ellen Sheldon, Joy Vanhorn, Emily DePauw, Madison Hoffman, Summer Miller, Connor Rockhold, Maggie Schneider, Emily Wilson, Katie Brim, Tim Davis, Tammera Harp, Donna Martin, Kasey Parker, Andrea Schneider, Derek Smith, Ann Wilkerson, Alyssa Goldsmith, Trey Miller, Logan Rockhold, and Caitlin Silva.
-Approved Ruth McCullough, Academic Coach position, at a rate of $300 per day (Board President Mark McCullough abstained on vote).
Under Authorizations and Resolutions, the board:
-Approved the mechanic substitute rate to $10.60 per hour effective July 1, 2016.
-Approved the guidance counselor evaluation policy and guidelines.
-Approve the job descriptions of the following:
Academic Coach, Data Management, Director of Specialized Student Services, Gifted and Talented Supervisor, Principal of Instruction K-6, Principal of Instruction 7-12, Title I Supervisor, Cafeteria II, Custodian.
-Approved the contract between Kenton City Schools and Mary Riepenhoff for the evaluation of the 21st Century Grant for 1 year in the amount of $10,000.
-Approved the Amended Certificate of Estimated Resources for FY2017.
-Approved the FY2017 Permanent Appropriations resolution.
-Approved the following out-of-state and overnight trips for JROTC:
October 22, 2016 to Jackson, MI - Raider Team
November 12, 2016 to Fort Wayne, IN - Raider Team
December 17, 2016 to Louisville, KY - Drill Team
February 9-11, 2017 to Port Clinton, OH - Rifle Team
March 11-12, 2017 to Radcliff, KY - Rifle and Drill Teams
March 16-18, 2017 to Port Clinton, OH - Rifle Team
March 23-April 1, 2017 to Jacksonville NSA/Bahamas - Jr./Sr. Trip
April 22, 2017 to Marion, IN - Raider Team
The board then dismissed into executive session to discuss the sale of property.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on October 17, 2016 at 7:00pm in the board offices.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 11:22am by Dennis Beverly
Blue stripes have been painted in crosswalks in downtown Kenton.
(Left to Right) Lt. Matt Crow, Commander Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites and Deputy Isaac Woltz from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office)
As part of the Back the Blue campaign, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns decided to show support for local law enforcement agencies by having blue stripes painted in the crosswalks around the courthouse square.
Kenton Safety-Service Director Jim Hites saying it's important to show support, "I think clear across America we should be showing this, but the City of Kenton is definitely appreciative of law enforcement that we have both in the city, county and state."
Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser said his agency appreciates that support, "It means a great deal to the police department to have the backing of the administration and the city as a whole. All the support has really been appreciated. We've had a lot of people coming in dropping items off, everyone from local businesses to the Parent-Teacher Association, and a lot of people, so it's been very good."
The plan is to have the blue stripes added every time the crosswalks are repainted every two years.
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 11:17am by WKTN News
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - The Marion County Sheriff says a man charged last week with killing two women and kidnapping another also has confessed to killing a woman about 10 years ago.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said Monday that 40-year-old Shawn Grate told investigators he killed a woman selling magazines sometime between 2003 and 2005.
The sheriff says the body of the unidentified woman was found in 2007 near Marion. That's about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Ashland, where Grate was arrested last week after a woman called 911 and said she was being held inside a home.
Police then found the remains of two other women. Authorities say Grate later led them to a third body in Richland County.
Grate on Monday appeared in a video bond hearing. His attorney entered not-guilty pleas.
Monday, September 19th, 2016 4:45pm by Dennis Beverly
A Minnesota man was injured after being struck by a vehicle Monday morning.
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Daud Mohammed was operating a semi on County Road 175 near Bales Road when he stopped and exited the vehicle. As he was walking around it, he was struck by a pickup truck being operated by Todd Michael, of Kenton.
Mohammed was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by BKP Ambulance for treatment of injuries.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, consisting of deputies from the Hardin, Union, Logan and Champaign County Sheriff's Offices, BKP Ambulance, Kenton Fire Department and Osborn's Towing.
Monday, September 19th, 2016 2:10pm by Dennis Beverly
Structural damage has caused the temporary closing of Table One in downtown Kenton.
"Well we came into work today (Monday) and we found out that there was structural damage to the roof, pretty seriously in the Brunson Building itself, so it looks like we're going to have to close for a little while we get that taken care of."
Table One President Loren Miracle, and as to when the damage occurred, "As far as we know it happened over the weekend, because we came in today and found debris around the building, and then when we went up to the roof to have a better look at it, turned out a lot of it, a lot of the brick work especially, had fallen off."
Speculation is it was caused by Saturday's rainfall, "It sure seem like it, because it was certainly in good shape, well in good enough shape, prior to that. and then when we came in this morning we found that we had quite a bit of structural damage there."
As to what happens for Table One, "We're going to close temporarily while we look for another location to get ourselves opened up here in Kenton, so we're not done, we will be back."
Monday, September 19th, 2016 1:51pm by Dennis Beverly
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, Kenton Historic Courthouse District Committee and the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Kenton Wildcuts during their grand opening on Saturday, September 17th.
(Picture Left to Right) Alliance Community Development Director Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Ambassadors John & Phyllis Hatcher and Marcia Retterer, Barber Scott Schroeder, Ambassador Norma Umberger and Barbershop Owners Jason VanBuskirk and Todd Cannode.
Kenton Wildcuts, located at 116 E. Columbus Street in Kenton, is an upscale barbershop that provides quality services at a great price. Services include men’s haircuts, straight razor shaves, men’s hair care products and beard oils. The new barber is Scott Schroeder and store hours are Tuesday & Wednesday’s 8:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m., Thursday’s 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.. and Friday’s 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 19th, 2016 11:31am by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up compared with last week, while slightly down from the average price reported a month ago.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.17 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's an increase from $2.07 a week ago. The average price in Ohio at this time last month was $2.19 and $2.31 at this time a year ago.
The survey showed Ohio's average price lower than the average for the nation. The national average of about $2.21 on Monday was up from $2.18 a week ago and from $2.14 at the same time last month. The average national price a year ago was $2.30.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 12:02pm by Justin Draper
According to information from a Marion County Sheriffs Department Facebook post, Sheriff Tim Bailey announced that the 2nd Burglary suspect from the Thursday incident has been located and is in custody.
53 year old Melvin Reinbolt was located and arrested in New Bloomington, OH by deputies on Saturday and was taken to the Multi County Correctional Center on burglary charges.
The burglary occurred Thursday morning in the 9000 block of Harding Highway and with the assistance of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 21 year old Briden Carroll, of New Bloomington was taken into custody shortly after the incident while Reinbolt evaded arrest.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 12:01pm by Justin Draper
Harvest and Herb Festival 2016 was held in Downtown Ada Saturday Morning.
Adalyn Morrison from Dola enjoying the Parade
The annual festival was held Saturday and although it got off to a rainy start, the weather did hold off long enough for the crowd to walk through the streets of Ada to check out various vendors and take in the entertainment including the parade.
Aubree and Landen Keckler from Ada Getting some Candy
The winner for Queen of the 2016 Ada Harvest and Hern Festival was Libbie Milks.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 11:33am by Justin Draper
Non-Injury Crash Near Downtown Kenton Saturday Afternoon
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, A vehicle operated by Rebecca Wilson of Belle Center was stopped on South Detroit Street at the stoplight for the intersection of West Franklin Street. When the light turned green, Wilson was waiting for a vehicle in front of her to make a right hand turn when a vehicle operated by Cynthia Stevens of Kenton struck Wilson's vehicle in the rear.
Minor functional damage occurred to both vehicle's and Stevens was cited for Assured Clear Distance violation.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 11:10am by Justin Draper
Saturday Evening in Kenton brought the Hope Over Heroin event to Wharton Park.
The stage was set and the food was prepared as Kenton welcomed the free Hope Over Heroin event at Wharton Park. The weather impacted the numbers for the earlier events but finally cleared up before the musical entertainment began.
Hope Over Heroin is a collaborative ministry led by Pastors in Ohio and Kentucky who came together to connect in order to bring hope to those who were previously or currently addicted to drugs.
Sunday, September 18th, 2016 11:08am by Justin Draper
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, A resident on Lark Lane found a Craftsman Cordless Drill laying in his front yard. Saturday morning. This property may be related to reports of 2 male individuals getting into cars at Forest Court apartments late Friday, early Saturday morning.
The drill is described as being black and gray in color, 19.2 volt battery attached. The item has letters written on each side with a black marker.
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 11:17am by Dennis Beverly
A three vehicle crash occurred Friday morning in the 200 block of Franklin Street.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 16 year old Mackena Manns, of Kenton, was driving east on Franklin Street and failed to stop in time for a vehicle in front of her that was stopped for traffic. Manns' car struck a vehicle being operated by 43 year old Brandi Rowe, of Kenton, which was pushed into the third vehicle being operated by 59 year old Jennifer Sheldon, of Harrod.
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Manns was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 11:14am by Dennis Beverly
On Friday, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance held its monthly Economic and Community Development Committee Breakfast with many Hardin County business, community and government leaders in attendance to meet with and hear from guest speakers.
Dr. John Navin
The committee was excited to welcome to Hardin County, Dr. John C. Navin, the new Dean of Ohio Northern University's Dicke College of Business Administration. Dean Navin was recently appointed to his position and gave an update on his business and economic development background, and spoke to the committee about his plans to increase partnerships between the business school and the area business community.
The committee heard an educational update from Ridgemont Superintendent Emmy Beeson about the ability for community leaders to advocate to state legislative leaders for more local controls of education by reducing testing to the federal minimum requirements and giving back more control to the local boards of education.
In addition, Nate Green, Director of Economic Development for the Montrose Group, provided details about Ohio's new law, House Bill 233, that allows historical communities to create downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). The approved state legislation will allow historic communities to establish DRD's for the purposes of promoting the rehabilitation of historic buildings, creating jobs, encouraging economic development in commercial and mixed-use areas, and supporting grants and loans. Several communities in Hardin County would be able to take advantage of this new incentive by creating local municipal legislation to incentive redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
The next committee meeting will take place on Friday, October 28th and will be held host at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative's new corporate headquarters in Kenton. For more information, contact Alliance President & CEO, Jon Cross at 419-673-4131.
One suspect was apprehended and another remains at large following a burglary in Marion County Thursday.
According to a release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the burglary occurred Thursday morning in the 9000 block of Harding Highway.
The sheriff's office, with the assistance of both the Hardin and Wyandot County Sheriff's Offices, were able to locate the suspects just north of Marion County inside Wyandot County, and when they stopped them, one suspect was taken into custody and the other fled into a nearby cornfield and wooded area and is still at large. The area was checked by plane, deputies and a K9 unit, but the subject was not located.
Arrested on charges of burglary was 21 year old Briden Carroll, of New Bloomington.
At large is 53 year old Melvin Reinbolt who resides with Carroll. Reinbolt is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, blue eyes, brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue striped shirt and jeans. Reinbolt is believed to be on foot and possibly heading back to the New Bloomington area.
Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey stated that if anyone has any information or sees Reinbolt, they are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 740-383-8244, extension two or zero.
The sheriff advised people not to approach Reinbolt as he could be armed and dangerous.
Sheriff Bailey thanked agencies and witnesses who assisted with the investigation to help identify the individuals.
The investigation is ongoing and no other information is being released at this time.
Friday, September 16th, 2016 2:16pm by Dennis Beverly
Hope Over Heroin will hold an event at Wharton Park in Kenton Saturday.
Promotion Coordinator Amanda Smith talks about the event, "This is an event to bring the community together and those those who are addicted that there is hope. We will numerous events, great music and even kids activities as well."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, September 16th, 2016 2:12pm by Justin Draper
The Roughriders lead the Western Buckeye League in scoring, averaging 44 points a game, which is nearly 10 points a contest more than any other team in the league. That high-scoring attack has helped the Roughriders to a 3 and 0 start, and St. Marys is 2 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League after last week's 43 to 7 victory over Van Wert.
Tonight's game is the latest in a difficult early-season stretch for the Wildcats, who are 1 and 2 overall and 1 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League following last week's 31 to 10 loss to Wapakoneta. St. Marys, Wapakoneta and Kenton's week-one opponent Coldwater are each 3 and 0, which means the Cats have played one of the toughest schedules in the area so far this season.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Skip Baughman Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In other action tonight around Hardin County, Ada hosts Spencerville; Upper Scioto Valley visits Lehman Catholic; Ridgemont travels to Perry; Hardin Northern entertains Waynesfield-Goshen; and Riverdale hosts Vanlue.
Friday, September 16th, 2016 10:17am by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan boys golf fell to Greenon Tuesday night at Reid Park in Springfield, 164-195.
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.
Ben Logan fell to Kenton Wednesday night at Vetrans Memorial Golf Course, 178-186.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer who was medalist with a 40. Drew Wasson and Kaiden Weaks followed with 48's, Garrett Allen 50, and Alex Naragon and Mitchell Fink 52's. Fot the JV's Gavin Clay led the way with a 49, followed by Collin Stewart with a 51, and Bryce Loomis 53.
Coach Chris Conley said, "Hi lites for us would naturally be Will's 40. Anytime you have the medalist that's a good thing reguardless of the score. None of our guys had played the course before but playing the back nine was to our advantage because it was very similar to Liberty Hills back having had the same designer. Other hi lites was Kaiden Weaks who turned in another good performance. We've been looking for some consistency in the 6 slot and Kaiden has been solid his last 3 rounds. We are also always looking for personal bests and Gavin Clay shot 49 which was his first time breaking 50, so that's an accomplishment. The biggest hi lite though was the treatment of the Kenton golf team, coach and course. Our parents have provided meals for our team once school starts to save us time stopping on the way home or eating so late. The Kenton team however provided a meal and even homemade cookies. That was a first and we'll be sure to reciprocate. Hopefully we'll be able to make this an annual match."
Thursday, September 15th, 2016 3:48pm by Justin Draper
Single Vehicle Crash Occurred Wednesday Evening Resulting in a Possible Injury
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Department report, 17 year old Danielle Miller of Dunkirk was traveling East on State Route 81 in Washington Township near County Road 105 when her vehicle left the roadway entering the ditch. Miller's vehicle continued on the South side of the the road and traveled several hundred feet before striking a culvert and coming to rest in a field.
Miller was transported by Lifeflight to St. Rita's Hospital with injuries. Ada, Dunkirk Fire, and EMS assisted at the scene.
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 2:20pm by Dennis Beverly
The 31st annual Harvest and Herb Festival is scheduled for this Saturday September 17 in Ada.
This year's festival is from 9am to 4pm Saturday. As is past years, it will fill Ada's Main Street from Highland to College Street. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.
The event features a large parade at ten Saturday morning, lots of entertainment, food and around 180 craft booths.
Five Ada High School seniors (below) are candidates for queen for the 2016 Ada Harvest and Herb Festival.
They are Libbie Milks, Ashley Breidenbach, Mara Guyton, Olivia Guyton and Reilyn Castle. The winner will be announced at noon in the Cole Motor Sales parking lot during the festival.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 2:08pm by Holly Layman
Kenton City Council met for their 17th regular session Monday evening at the City Building. There were two citizens requesting time to speak, one of which was Trent Bass, contract engineer from the County Engineer's Office.
Bass told council that he had been working one day a week for the city since March, averaging seven to eight hours of work each week. He is currently working on the design phase of a left-hand turn lane from Columbus Street to Hester Street and is working towards a solution for the drainage problem near Jumpin' Jims. Bass also mentioned that he was able to save the city nearly $30,000 for the painting of the silos at the water department, bringing the estimated cost from over $50,000 down to just over $21,000. Bass told the council that his goal for the remainder of the year is to get the intersection design done and updated, technologically relevant utilities maps completed for the city.
The second group requesting time to speak was the duo of Vincente Mendez and Jason Bell, of Mendez Bell Group Inc. The team was requesting approval from council to apply for the TREX D-2-2X liquor permit. The permit would be used for a proposed Italian restaurant at the former Roby Company's site. Currently, there are no openings available in Kenton for the requested permit; however, the TREX program (Economic Development Transfer) would allow the group to move a permit from outside of Kenton and utilize it within the city limits. Council voted to approve support of the application, and Mendez Bell Group Inc. will be cancelling their permit request for a D-5 license and applying instead for the TREX D-2-2X license.
The council received communications from:
Parks and Recreation: the board met on August 9th. They received confirmation of the use of the quarry for the Lake of Lights. The Kenton Police Department will also begin preparing a shooting range at the quarry for department use only.
Finance: the committee met on August 29th. They heard five year plans from the fire department and parks and recreation board. They also received a report from City Law Director Jon Schwemer, who informed them of the cost for a study for the proposed high-speed rail hub in Kenton. The cost would be $13,431, which he is going to submit a counter-proposal based on the Kenton tax base instead of the railroad mileage.
During Committee reports, the council heard from:
Downtown Revitalization: the committee has met with people to move the project forward out of the planning stage, and is seeking sources of funding for the initial engineering.
Regional Planning: will meet again in October.
MOP, BKP, Special Planning, and Safety Committees: have not met.
Cemetary: the Cemetary Board noted that their assistant superintendent is retiring; Jim Cougar has been with the cemetary for 30 years.
Parks and Recreation: the dog swim at the city pool raised $154 for the Bark Park.
Under old business, the council passed one piece of legislation, an ordinance providing for appropriations for fire department overtime, pension, and repairs.
In new business, the council heard seven pieces of legislation. Each piece of legislation was voted to suspend the three-reading rule, and each piece of legislation subsequently passed unanimously. One piece of legislation, an ordinance providing for fund transfers, was amended to include a line item about restocking the fish at the quarry. The amended line item added $437.00 to the ordinance. The ordinances and resolutions included the following: a resolution accepting a proposal from the budget commission and certifying it to the county auditor; a resolution to adopt the solid waste management plan for the Allen-Champaign-Hardin-Madison-Shelby-Union joint solid waste management district; an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into a bridge inspection program with the state; a resolution establishing a waterworks capital projects fund; a resolution establishing a sewer capital projects fund; the aforementioned fund transfers; and an ordinance providing for additional appropriations for Grove Cemetary.
Also during the meeting, the council heard from City Law Director Jon Schwemer on the request for proposals for bond financing to purchase the former Mid-Ohio Energy site. The city received eight bids, and the council deliberated between three bids of interest. Community First Bank offered a rate of 2.4% for 10 years or 2.75% for 15 years; Superior Federal Credit Union offered 2.4% for 10 years or 3.6% for 15 years; and Park National Bank offered a rate of 2.08% for 10 years or 2.25% for 15 years. The city is seeking financing in the amount of $556,500. Schwemer noted that Park National was the bank that did not allow for prepayment of the loan, but added that the city does not have a history of prepayment anyway. After discussion, the council decided to support the Park National 15 year rate and submitted their recommendation to the City Auditor.
During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites said the Letson Avenue project is underway and thanked the police department for their work in directing traffic and handling road closure issues. Police Chief Dennis Musser asked for the public to bear with the department and be patient during the State Route 31 road closure. Fire Chief Tim Clark commended his department for their hard work at the Hardin County Fair. City Auditor Brian Hattery gave a report on several of the line items that his staff had found to be coming up short in the near future. He said council would be receiving some legislation to accommodate for the shortages, and noted that most of them were outside his department's control. The report estimated that the various line items would be short in the general fund by approximately $68,000; in the street fund by approximately $7,800; in the RSPO fund by $200; in the Waterworks fund by approximately $32,500; and in the Sewer fund by approximately $11,900.
Council then dismissed into executive session to discuss the acquisition of property. No business was conducted after the closed session and the meeting was dismissed.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00pm.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 2:04pm by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan fell to Graham Monday night at Lakeland Golf Course, 171-184.
Coach Chris Conley said, "The 13 strokes difference was much closer than it appeared. I think we had the match won with a hole to play. A lot of things went wrong all at once. We shotgunned the players off so everyone finished on a different hole. Yet each last hole for the most part was our players worse. I wouldn't call it a choke. It was a case of bad breaks as well as some self inflicted. None the less I'm glad it happened now so we can work on a few things before we come into our year end tournaments."
The Raiders were led by Mitchell Fink and Will Kenoyer with 44's, Alex Naragon followed with a 47, Garrett Allen 49, Drew Wasson 51, and Collin Stewart 53. For the JV's Kaiden Weaks led the way with a 45, followed by Bryce Loomis 48, and Gavin Clay 67.
The Raiders return to action Wed when the travel to Kenton.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 6:30am by Justin Draper
The 165th Wyandot County fair gets rolling today in Upper Sandusky and will continue until the 18th of September.
The opening day is also Veterans Day and all vets are admitted for free.
Judging will be completed throughout the week with the main attractions tonight being the Jr. Fair King and Queen at 5:30pm, Parade starting at 6:30pm , and the County High School Band Show in the Grandstands gets underway at 7:30pm.
The rest of the week features include Rides, Pari-mutual Harness Racing, Truck pull on Friday, Tractor pull on Saturday, and the Demolition Derby on Sunday. General admission tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the gate.
Below is the 2016 Wyandot County Fair Schedule and Map of grounds:
Monday, September 12th, 2016 1:48pm by Dennis Beverly
The 2016 Hardin County Fair Livestock Sale this past Saturday brought in just over $427,000
The total premium sales over market price was $245,225. The add-on total, referring to additional amounts added to exhibitors totals after the final bid in the sale ring, totaled $37,488. The sales total was $427,819, down slightly from 2015's $431,435.
The Grand Champion Steer: Wyatt Daniels-$2550.00
Buyers: USV Lions Club, Sullinger Farms, Jeff & Felicia Thompson, Citizens National Bank, Dunson Farms, Liberty National Bank, Ferguson Insurance Agency, Community First Bank, Hempy Water, Kenton Ace Hardware, Heritage Cooperative, Quest Federal Credit Union, Grandpa Grandma Daniels, Underwood Stock Farms, Foraker Elevator, 235 Grill.
Reserve Champion Steer: Lane Underwood-$4075.00
Buyers: Quest Federal Credit Union, Klinger Farm, Ag Credit, Findlay Implement, Sullinger Farms, Maple Brook Farms, Larry & Cindy Underwood, Heritage Cooperative, USV Lions Club, Shelly Company, Liberty National Bank, Wagner Family Livestock, Buckenroth Excavating, Circle R Corporation, Foraker Elevator Mennel Milling, Hepburn Feed Supply, Wilson Tire Company, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Wyandot Mutual Insurance Agency, Superior Federal Credit Union, 235 Grill, Henderson Genetics, RD Jones Excavating & Show Cattle, Jeff & Felicia Thompson, HSLC
Champion Lamb: Mckala Grauel - Lamb-$1750.00
Buyers: Shroyer Show Stock & Genetic Solution, Wagner Family Livestock, B & R Farms, Manns Farms, McClaren Farms, Manns Farms, VanScoy Farms, Post Show Cattle, Hempy Water, Billenstein Farm & Drainage, Kenton Ace Hardware
Reserve Champion Lamb: Madisyn Gossard-$2600.00
Buyers: Joyce's Carmel Apple, Mary Ann Stair, Wyss Farm, 302 Carryout, AWS Properties, Gossard Lawn Service, Guyton Builders, Quest Federal Credit Union, Cessna Transport, Precision Strip, Shelley Materials, Steve Stair
Champion Goat: Kaitlyn Long-$2000.00
Buyers: Allen County Fabrication
Reserve Champion Goat: Abigail Osborne-$800.00
Buyers: Mouse House & Zoeller Trucking, WKTN-FM Radio
Champion Gilt: Evan Thompson-$2200.00
Buyers: Indian Ridge Sporting Clays, Studio M, Farmers Equipment, Foraker Elevator, Wilson Tire Company, Brice Beaman, Block Insurance Agency, Allen Tire Company, Wagner Family Livestock, Henderson Genetics, 235 Grill, Henderson Auto Parts, Landtech Company, Holbrook Farms, Ag Credit, RD Jones Excavating & Show Cattle, WSV Lions Club
Reserve Champion Gilt: Trenton Sparks-$1200.00
Buyers: Underwood Stock Farms, Lean Value Sires, Quest Federal Credit Union, Hempy Water, Wagner Family Livestock, Kroger Company, Liberty National Bank, Steve Austin Auto Group, Brian McCune, Community First Bank, Circle R Farms, PMR Genetics, Belle Center Dairy Corner, K & B Feeds
Grand Champion Barrow: Ross Thompson-$3100.00
Buyers: Indian Ridge Sporting Clays, Studio M, Farmers Equipment, Foraker Elevator, Klingler Farms, Wilson Tire Company, Brice Beaman, Allen Tire Company, Wagner Family Livestock, USV Livestock, Hardin County Pork Producers, Holbrook Farms, Block Insurance Agency, Landtech Company, Ag Credit, Henderson Genetics, 235 Grill, Henderson Auto Parts, Kroger Company, Farm Bureau, RD Jones Excavating & Show Cattle
Reserve Champion Barrow: Evan Thompson-$1600.00
Buyers: Hensel Ready Mix
Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits: Mara France-$1000.00
Buyers: Thomas & Marker Construction Company, Mouse House & Zoeller Trucking, Little Chicago Room, Quest Federal Credit Union
Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits: Justin Smith-$550.00
Buyers: Nelson Auto Group
Champion Dairy Feeder: Addison Modd-$1200.00
Buyers: Robinson Fin, Kenton Times, Quest Federal Credit Union, HSLC, Underwood Stock Farms, Hempy Water, Wilson Tire Company, K & B Feeds, Ken McCullough Farms
Champion Born & Raised Lamb: Ashtin Elliot-$800.00
Buyers: Parrott Implement Company, The Mt Victory State Bank
Reserve Champion Born & Raised Lamb: Elisha Lowery-$1500.00
Buyers: Cessna Transport, Wilson Tire Company, Foraker Elevator, HSLC, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Wyandot Mutual Insurance Agency, Hempy Water, County Line Ag Services, Billenstein Farm & Drainage, Lowery Club Lambs
Champion Born & Raised Goat: Faith Holbrook-$700.00
Buyers: Block Insurance Agency, Landtech Company, Findlay Implement Company, Ag Credit, Jeff & Felicia Thompson, Heritage Cooperative
Champion Born & Raised Steer: Garrett Royer-$2000.00
Buyers: Egbert Livestock, Tony Lay, Lane Good Agri Gold, Sunrise Cooperative, Allen Tire (Bellefontaine), Foraker Elevator, Casper Farms, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, County Line Ag Services, Jeff & Felicia Thompson
Reserve Champion Born & Raised Steer: Caleb Delong-$2850.00
Buyers: Egbert Livestock, Tony Lay, Brice Beaman, HSLC, Lane Good Agri Gold, Sunrise Cooperative, Casper Farms Stewart Seed, Foraker Elevator, County Line Ag Service, Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Allen Tire Service, Dunson Farms, Wyandot Mutual Insurance Agency, Jeff & Felicia Thompson, RD Jones Excavating, Advance Drainage Systems, Kent Williams Drainage
Buyers: Hardin County Pork Producers, Holbrook Farms, Quest Federal Credit Union
There were 373 buyers in the sale, and there were 420 sellers participating in the sale.
Sale Committee President Don Spar said he was pleased with the sale this year, which he noted was only slightly lower than last year. He thanked all the buyers, sellers and everyone else who made it a successful sale.
Monday, September 12th, 2016 1:35pm by WKTN News
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are down compared with last week and slightly lower than a month ago.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.07 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a drop from $2.16 a week ago and from $2.10 last month.
The average price in Ohio at this time last year was $2.24.
According to the survey, Ohio's average price was lower than the nation's.
The national average price Monday was $2.18, down two cents from a week ago and up five cents from the same time last month. The average national price a year ago was $2.35.
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 10:49am by Dennis Beverly
When it comes to attending the Hardin County Fair, most of our Visitor Poll voters have more than one reason to do so.
Of those responding to the question "What is your main reason for attending the Hardin County Fair?", 6% said to enjoy visiting the animal barns, 6% said for the exhibits, 29% said for the food, 11% said to meet with family and friends, 4% said for the shows, rides and attractions and the remaining 44% said all of the above.
Saturday, September 10th, 2016 10:16am by Dennis Beverly
United Way of Hardin County held their annual mini football drop Friday evening at Robinson Field, 1,000 numbered balls were dropped by a sky high bucket truck, supplied by AEP. The winners sharing $1,000 are
Each will receive $111.11
United Way officials noted their appreciation for the communities support by contributing for this worthy project.
Friday, September 9th, 2016 10:09pm by Jim Homan
The Wapakoneta Redskins pulled away in the second half to top the Kenton Wildcats 31-10 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.
The Redskins (3-0 overall, 2-0 WBL) and the Wildcats (1-2, 1-1) were knotted at 3-3 at the half courtesy of a 30-yard field goal from Kenton's Chris Deardorff and a 25-yard boot from Wapakoneta's Tristan Meyer.
Wapakoneta took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Cats 21-0, and then held Kenton at arm's length in the fourth quarter to post its 28th straight Western Buckeye League win.
Landon Hall finished with 157 yards and three touchdowns on 14 rushes for Wapakoneta, which tallied 308 yards on the ground for the night.
Kenton's touchdown came via a 15-yard pass from Trent Hites to Deardorff.
Mason Crabtree was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday when they travel to Skip Baughman Stadium to take on the St. Marys Roughriders. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Friday, September 9th, 2016 2:16pm by Dennis Beverly
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the 300 block of East Forest Road just before 8:30 Thursday night.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 35 year old Buddy Miller, of Kenton, was walking north on the east side of the road when he was struck by the northbound truck being operated by 25 year old Chase Cook, of Tiffin.
The report indicated that Miller was wearing a black shirt and that Cook didn't see him.
Miller was thrown off the roadway and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by the BKP ambulance squad.
Miller was cited for a violation of pedestrians walking along highways.
Friday, September 9th, 2016 2:13pm by Dennis Beverly
A Lima man was sentenced to prison on numerous charges in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Nicholas E. Meeker was sentenced to a total of 5 and a half years in prison one one count each of felonious assault, failure to comply with the order of a police officer, possessing drug abuse instruments, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, operating a vehicle under the influence of a listed controlled substance, willful or wanton operation of a street or highway and driving under suspension.
Friday, September 9th, 2016 1:39pm by Jim Homan
The two-time defending Western Buckeye League champion Wapakoneta Redskins pay a visit to Robinson Field tonight to take on the Kenton Wildcats.
The Redskins were the champions of the Western Buckeye League in 2014 and 2015 and were the preseason favorites to grab their third straight title this season. Wapakoneta has lived up to those expectations so far. The Redskins are 2 and 0 overall, including 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League after drubbing Shawnee 31 to nothing last week.
The Redskins have won 27 straight league games, but their last loss in league play came at the hands of the Kenton Wildcats in the conference opener in 2013.
This year's edition of the Wildcats are 1 and 1 overall and are 1 and 0 in the league after blowing out Defiance 35 to zip in Kenton's Western Buckeye League opener last Friday.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will begin at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
In other action around the county tonight, 1 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley hosts unbeaten Indian Lake; Ridgemont tries to stay perfect on the season when it visits 1 and 1 Mount Gilead; Hardin Northern looks to get its first win of the year when it travels to 1 and 1 Danbury; and undefeated Riverdale heads to North Baltimore to meet the 1 and 1 Tigers.
On Saturday, the Ada Bulldogs will make the trip to Lima to take on Lima Central Catholic. The Bulldogs are 1 and 1 on the season while the Thunderbirds are 0 and 2.
Friday, September 9th, 2016 1:37pm by Dennis Beverly
Ben Logan boys golf won a tri match Thursday night shooting 172 to Riverside 195, and Botkins 201.
For the Raiders Will Kenoyer led the team with a 41.He was followed by
Garrett Allen and Drew Wasson with 43's, Mitchell Fink 45, Kaiden Weaks 46 and Alex Naragon 49. Collin Stewart shot a 42 for the JV's Bryce Loomis added a 46 and Gavin Clay 57.
Josh Miller from Botkins was medalist with a 38.
Coach Chris Conley said, "Just last night I was pleading with the bottom 6 to come thru and come thru they did. Four players had season best led by Collin Stewart with a42. Also shooting season best were Drew Wasson with a 43 and Kaiden Weaks and Bryce Loomis with 46's. I couldn't be more proud of the effort these boys have given. I my 4 years of coaching I've not seen a night like this. It's all about making improvement and we've got it going in the right direction."
The Raiders will next be playing in the David Christoff Memorial atn Reid
Friday, September 9th, 2016 1:34pm by Dennis Beverly
A program called Kids Blitz will be presented Saturday September 17 at Wharton Park in Kenton.
Organizer Becky Potts talks about the program, "It targets elementary age kids, but it involves all ages, so we encourage the family to come down with their elementary school kids. The spectators actually become the participants, so they kids get to have a ball. It's really fun. It lasts for an hour and 20 minutes, so we're going to start at noon and we're going to be feeding everyone pulled pork."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Thursday, September 8th, 2016 11:54am by Dennis Beverly
Hardin County native Jon Cross announced Wednesday he is considering a run for state representative.
Cross, who currently serves as President & CEO of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, has filed paperwork with the Hardin County Board of Elections to form a campaign committee to explore a run in 2018 for State Representative of the 83rd Ohio House District, which includes Hancock, Hardin and part of Logan Counties.
Nathan Brooks has been designated treasurer of the Friends of Jon Cross Committee.
As recently reported, current State Representative Robert Sprague is exploring a potential run for a statewide office in 2018, therefore providing a potential open seat during the next election cycle.
Cross provided the following statement upon forming the exploratory committee:
"I am proud to champion economic develop efforts for Hardin County, providing a positive voice for growth and advancement, and with this unique opportunity to expand my civic duty, I feel we have a greater opportunity to further advance our local and regional education, business and community development efforts at the State House in Columbus."
"State Representative Robert Sprague continues to serve our district very well and I appreciate his leadership in helping us advance our strategic business development efforts with our work at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance."
Over the next several months, Cross will be meeting with business, community and political leaders throughout the district to build support for a potential run, while also helping Republicans win and retain seats at the local, state and federal levels during the upcoming election in November.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 12:35pm by Dennis Beverly
An Alger man was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following a crash in which a car struck a house over the Labor Day Weekend.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 49 year old Bradley Pickford lost control of his car after crossing a bridge on County Road 35 in Marion Township. The car ended up off the left side of the road and came to rest after striking the residence. Two walls of the structure collapsed. The occupant of the house was home at the time but not in the room that was struck.
Pickford had to be freed from the vehicle by the Alger EMS squad. He was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 12:31pm by Dennis Beverly
Today is Day 1 of the 2016 Hardin County Fair.
Fairboard Secretary Judy Cronley said opening day is Veteran's Day at the Hardin County Fair, "All veterans get in free.
They can show their identification or they can get a veteran's day pass from the Veteran's Office. Our opening ceremony is at 1:00pm at the gazebo. We will honor our two fair honorees, Annetta Holmes and Mary Lou Haley, and the flag raising is going to be by the Vietnam veterans. Any dignitaries will be at that too. The National Anthem will be sung by the Junior Fairboard."
Board President Howard Lyle noted that opening night in the grandstand is always a highlight of the fair, "The crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen is at 7 Tuesday evening, along with the High School Band Show, and we're very excited this year that Upper Scioto Valley is going to be back in our Band Show. I happen to be a proud band parent this year, my son's going to be in there, so as a former graduate, I'm glad to see them back on the track this year."
The 2016 Hardin County Fair runs through this Sunday September 11.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 4:57am by Justin Draper
The All Ohio Model T Jamboree drove through Kenton making a stop at Brim's Import and then again at the Hardin County Historical Museum. This was the 28th Annual Jamboree and the event organizer Jack Putman talks about this unique event.
"The Jamboree Rotates Amongst Clubs within the state and just so happens this year its being held in North West Ohio. We have 112 cars here today."
The route for the classic cars started in Findlay Ohio on Friday and then traveled to Grand Rapids, Ohio on Saturday. The model years for the Model T's range from 1910 to 1927.
The estimated crowd size was around 300 people and Annitta Shirk talks about the impact of events such as these on the local economy.
“Its going to help out a lot of the restaurants, people are going to be stopping in before they leave and eat and also refuel”
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 9:30am by Dennis Beverly
Kenton, Ohio - Kenton will be visited by 100 plus Model T Fords ranging in model year from 1910 to 1927 this Sunday, September 4.
"The All Ohio Model T Jamboree is made up of model T clubs from all over Ohio and seven different states coming together touring and driving their cars" said Jack Putman event organizer.
"This is the 28th Annual Jamboree," said Putman, every year it rotates to a different community in Ohio.
This year the group will be staying in Findlay on Friday, traveling to Grand Rapids, Ohio, on Saturday and coming to Kenton on Sunday. They will be leaving Findlay around 9:30 a.m. make a stop in Mt. Blanchard and travel St. Rt. 53 into Kenton. They have two stops scheduled in Kenton, first is Brim's Imports arriving around 11:00 a.m. and second is Hardin County Historical Museum.
Tom Brim encourages anyone interested in seeing over one hundred Model T Fords to stop down at Brim's and check them out. The Hardin County Historical Museum will be open to the public from 12noon to 2:00 p.m. or until the last person leaves.
The two hundred plus people expected Sunday will be exploring Kenton and the surrounding communities. The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has put together welcome packets that includes brochures, maps and information on restaurant and shopping in Kenton and Hardin County.
" The group will be on their own for lunch, dining at restaurants mainly in Kenton" said Putman. Putman recommends for retail stores, "if you are open Sunday make sure you have an open sign out."
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 11:26pm by Jim Homan
A quick start and a strong defensive effort helped the Kenton Wildcats defeat the Defiance Bulldogs 35-0 on Friday in Western Buckeye League football play at Fred J. Brown Stadium.
The Wildcats (1-1 overall, 1-0 WBL) led 14-0 early in the first quarter and were never threatened. Trent Hites threw for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns for Kenton, connecting twice with Blake Swearengin and once with Chris Deardorff for scores. Hites and Austin Buroker each rushed for TDs for the Cats.
The Wildcat defense stymied Defiance (0-2, 0-1) all evening long. The Cats forced four turnovers - with Buroker, Robert Shemeth and Nathaniel Leffler intercepting passes - and held the Dogs to just 124 yards of offense.
Buroker was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host Wapakoneta. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 10:12am by Dennis Beverly
A Forest resident was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred Thursday morning on State Route 81.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 19 year old Alexander Fintel lost control of his car while driving east on 81. The car went into the ditch where it struck a utility pole and continued back across 81 where it came to rest against a house.
Fintel was taken by Lifeflight Helicopter to St. Rita'a Medical Center in Lima.
He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 10:08am by Dennis Beverly
The 2016 Hardin County Fair is set to take place next week at the fairgrounds in Kenton.
Fairboard President Howard Lyle said fairgoers will notice several improvements made on the fairgrounds this year, in particular in the Show Arena, "The whole interior of the Show Arena has been re-painted. We have changed the lighting in the Show Arena as well. You'll also notice that we have now television hanging from the ceilings like you would see at a basketball game. Those will be used to display messages, and on sale day, the buyers, when they purchase something will be flashed upon the screen, so that's something that we've been trying to get done for a few years, and I think we've got that figured out this year."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 9:59am by Jim Homan
The Kenton Wildcats begin Western Buckeye League play this evening when they make the long trip to Defiance to take on the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats are hoping to build on a strong finish in last week's 58 to 39 loss to Coldwater. The Cats trailed by as many as 35 points in the game but clawed back to pull to within two scores late in the contest before the Cavaliers were able to put the game away. The Cats outscored Coldwater 32 to 16 over the game's final 25 minutes and are hoping some of that momentum will carry over tonight as they travel to Defiance.
The Bulldogs are also 0 and 1 on the season as Napoleon returned two interceptions for touchdowns in its 21 to 7 victory over Defiance on Thursday.
Tonight is the Western Buckeye League opener for both schools, and it will also be the first regular-season game on the new turf field at Fred J. Brown Stadium in Defiance. While the Bulldogs will have the home-field advantage, Kenton has history on its side as the Cats have not lost to Defiance since 2006.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Fred J. Brown Stadium. The pregame show will start at 6:40 p.m., with the opening kickoff set for 7 p.m.
In other action around the county tonight, Ridgemont tries to improve to 2 and 0 when it hosts winless Arcadia; Upper Scioto Valley entertains Cory-Rawson in a battle of 0 and 1 teams; Riverdale travels to Plymouth - both the Falcons and the Big Red won their season-openers last week; and the 1 and 0 Ada Bulldogs host the 0 and 1 Arlington Red Devils.
On Saturday, Hardin Northern travels to Fairfield Christian Academy. The Polar Bears are 0 and 1 while the Knights are 1 and 0.
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 3:15pm by Dennis Beverly
All law enforcement officers who were involved in a shooting that killed a Kenton man were cleared of wrongdoing.
According to a release, the facts of the case were presented to the Hardin County Grand Jury by Special Prosecutor Douglas Rowland, Wyandot County Prosecutor, and after reviewing the case, the grand jury declined to return any Bill of Indictment for criminal liability against the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department or any law enforcement officers who were involved.
The incident dates back to February of this year when officers shot and killed Stephen C. Davis following a chase that began in Kenton and ended on State Route 309 at County Road 106 west of town. During one exchange of gunfire between Davis and officers, Kenton Police Officer Skyler Newfer was hit twice and was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment.
The shooting was investigated for around a month by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 10:03am by Dennis Beverly
"Turning Compassion into Action" is the theme for the 50th anniversary of the United Way of Hardin County 2017 Campaign which supports 17 area non profit agencies, dedicated for the betterment of our communities in the areas of health, education and welfare.
The campaign kick off was officially opened for a breakfast meeting, Wed morning at St John's church. Co-chairs Merleen Barnes and Deb Rall presented the program, including some background for the 50 year anniversary, honorary chairmen and special announcements.
In the meeting, Barnes thanked the agencies for their tremendous abilities, making a difference in the lives of those persons who are most in need and to strengthen our communities
United Way Dedicated Supporters, Bud and Barbara Winzenried, were recognized as the honorary chairmen for the upcoming campaign.
Barbara, a former board member of the United Way , emphasized and commended the diversity of the agencies supported by the United Way, which all touch our community. She also emphasized the Hardin County citizen can be assured that the funds collected from the campaign will be kept in Hardin County
Bud Winzenried commented that the county may not by a rich community, but the United Way and its supporters are rich at heart and devoted for the betterment of our communities and to improve the lives of many.
Other Highlights included a new video presentation, which can be seen on the United web sight. www.unitedwayhardincounty.org.
Deb Rall announced additional 2016 campaign funds received would allow an additional distributing beyond those presented at the annual meeting in February. Agencies will now receive an additional distribution in the 4th quarter of 2016.
In addition, tickets are on sale now for the "Football Drop" happening at the Kenton football game Friday September 9 at Robinson Field. The winner could win up to $1000. The tickets can be purchased from any board member or prior to the game.
The 2017 campaign goal is $220,000.
Funds are received through payroll deductions, direct pledges and donations to the United. Other Campaign projects include the annual mini-football drop Sept 9, as well as Dine Out events scheduled with El Camp Sept 9, The Plaza Inn Oct 3 and Viva Marie's Oct 25.