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Local News Archives for 2016-11

(UPDATE) Vehicle Hits Parked Car in Kenton Wednesday Evening


A car parked in the 600 block of Detroit Street was damaged after being struck by another vehicle Wednesday night.



According to the Kenton Police Department report, the parked car was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 36 year old Nicholas Thiel, of Forest.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. Thiel was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP ambulance for treatment.
He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control of a motor vehicle. 


Parked Car






Hunters Harvest 18,000 Deer on 1st Day of Ohio Gun Season

The number of deer taken on opening day Monday of the gun season was down this year compared to last. 
Hunters checked 18,776 white-tailed deer on Monday, Nov. 28, the opening day of Ohio's deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). In 2015, 22,253 deer were reported the first day of the deer-gun season.
Around the area (last year's number is in parenthesis):
Allen: 58 (116); Auglaize: 41 (99); Hancock: 95 (135); Hardin: 94 (149); Logan: 155 (249); Marion: 96 (120);  Union: 67 (97); Wyandot: 168 (227).
Ohio's deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 4. Two additional days of deer-gun season (Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18) are available for people to hunt with firearms. 
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more,


Defense, Balanced Scoring Lead Lady Wildcats Past Benjamin Logan 75-58

The Kenton Lady Wildcats used a suffocating defense and balanced scoring to defeat Benjamin Logan 75-58 in girls basketball play on Tuesday.


The Wildcats (2-0) forced the Raiders into 28 turnovers - 17 in the first half and built an 18-point lead in the third quarter. Benjamin Logan (0-2) fought to within seven points in the fourth quarter but Kenton closed the game on a 16-6 run to seal the victory.


Ashley Morris led all players with 22 points for Kenton while Megan Gier added 15 points and eight rebounds. Kori Barrett and Ellie Miller scored 12 points apiece for the Lady Wildcats.


Nikki Current scored 17 points and tallied her 1,000th career point to lead the Raiders, who also got 15 points from Savannah Pavoni.


Gier was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


In other county girls basketball play on Tuesday, Riverdale defeated Hardin Northern 69-34.


Authorities: 5 Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Man

 BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A 21-year-old man is charged with murder and four other people also have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found dead in his Logan County home on Thanksgiving.
Authorities in Logan County say 21-year-old Marquevous Watkins, of Lima, is charged with murder and aggravated robbery in the slaying of 45-year-old Jeffrey Brentlinger. County sheriff's officials say Brentlinger's daughter found her father dead when she returned to their Zanesfield home Nov. 24.
Watkins' bond was set at $500,000 on Tuesday in Bellefontaine. A message seeking comment was left at the office of the Lima man's attorney.
Authorities say another man and three teenagers, all from Lima, were arrested on warrants charging complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit robbery. 
Sheriff's officials haven't commented on a motive.


Crowe Official Winner of Hardin County Commissioner Race

The Hardin County Commissioners January 3rd race is officially over after the Board of Elections received a letter from Candidate Robert Carder waiving his right to an automatic recount. 
This marks the end of an unique commissioners race that began on election night between candidate Carder and Roger Crowe. Crowe maintained a steady lead early on November 8th but when the unofficial total was reported, Carder took the lead and was declared the winner. The Board of Elections later in the evening discovered numerous absentee votes that were not added in, and when they were, Crowe was declared the new winner by 44 votes. Once all provisional ballots and absentee votes were calculated, Crowe held only a 2 vote lead in the official results which triggered the automatic recount. 
Carder had from November 21st, when the official results were posted, until the time of the scheduled recount on November 29th to file a letter waiving his right to an automatic recount. 
Crowe is now officially declared the winner of the commissioners seat and will begin his service on January 3rd, 2017.


Kenton Downtown Revitalization Marks a New Stage in Project

The Kenton City Council met for their 22nd regular session on Monday evening at the City Building. Council moved quickly through the agenda, which did not have any citizens requesting time to speak, communications or petitions, or monthly or annual reports to discuss.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance - the Finance Committee has been scrutinizing the budget, but it is undecided at this time if there will need to be a special meeting of council to discuss budgetary concerns before the next regular council session. 
Safety - the Safety Committee met and passed a recommendation on to council that the petition for the alley at 421 Scioto Street to be vacated be approved, with the understanding that the easement for utilities would be accessible. City Law Director Jon Schwemer said that legislation for the vacated alley would be forthcoming at a later time. 
Under old business, council voted to bypass the three-reading rule and subsequently passed a piece of legislation that allowed for additional appropriations. Councilman Dave Beazley said that $125,000 of the appropriations were one-time payments; $55,000 was for medical insurance premium changes and $75,000 was for income tax refunds for overpayment, respectively.
During new business, Law Director Schwemer announced a public meeting to discuss the H&M development south of the logistics center on State Route 68. The developmental property is seeking to be re-zoned to an M1 zone. The date for the meeting will be Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:30pm at the City Building. 
The council also heard two pieces of legislation during new business, both of which were voted to bypass the three-reading rule and passed by a vote of 6-0. The first piece of legislation was a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter an agreement for the planning phase of the downtown revitalization project between the city and the Ohio Water Development Authority. The second resolution authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with the firm OHM for the engineering stage of the project. 
According to Councilman Dave Beazley, the total for Phase I of the Downtown Revitalization Project is currently $38,000, dispersed as follows: $30,000 by the city and the county revolving loan fund (or CDBG); $6,000 by the Kenton Historic Courthouse District; and $2,000 by the city itself. This is a feasibility study and an opportunity to thoroughly examine the existing infrastructure so the engineering phase can begin. The engineering phase, or Phase II, will come at a cost of $43,700, and city is being assisted with finding low interest loans for the engineering itself. Beazley said, "This is the furthest the Downtown Revitalization Project has come. Until now, we haven't spent a single dime on the project." 
Following new business, the council heard comments from the City Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who said that a yield sign would be painted on the road at the intersection of 309 and West Franklin Street sometime in the near future. He also told council that Emma Bushong, Parks and Recreation Director, has taken a new position with the income tax department. Several council members thanked her for her service to the city with the recreation department and wished her well in her new position. 
Council then voted to enter into closed session to discuss personnel. The closed session lasted approximately one hour. There was no further business discussed after the session and the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.  


Kenton Hosts Ben Logan in Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats entertain Benjamin Logan tonight in girls basketball action. 
The Lady Wildcats opened their season on Saturday as they grounded the Thunderbirds of Lima Central Catholic by a 54 to 35 count. Kori Barrett led the way for Kenton, scoring a game-high 19 points while tying a school record by knocking down six three-pointers. 
Benjamin Logan is 0 and 1 on the season. The Raiders fell to highly-regarded Miami Trace 49 to 27 on Saturday in the "Journey to the Tourney" Showcase at Lakota West. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m. 


Alger Woman Injured in Crash Sunday Afternoon

An Alger woman was injured in a one vehicle crash Sunday afternoon.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a car driven by 70 year old Norma Moore ended up off the left side of Front Street in the village a struck a utility pole. 
Heavy damage occurred to the car. Moore was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
No citations were listed on the report. 


Holiday Weekend Kenton Police and Hardin County Sheriff News


According to the day log from the Hardin County Sheriffs Office, a stolen vehicle was reported in Dunkirk early Saturday morning in the 200 block of McCaskey Street.


Also on Saturday an Accident with injuries was reported in the 2000 block of County Road 200.

No further information available at this time.


According to  the Kenton Police Department day logs, on Saturday a couple reports of theft were reported starting with items taken from a  convenience store in the 700 block of Lima street, items stolen from a vehicle at Blanchard Place, and a report of theft taken at the Police Station.


Also on Saturday a vehicle was vandalized in the 300 block of High Street.


No further information is available at this time.


Upper Sandusky Opens Season With 59-44 Win Over Riverdale

The Upper Sandusky Rams topped Riverdale 59-44 in season-opening girls basketball action Saturday night.


The Rams held the Falcons to 28-percent shooting and placed four girls in double figures as they coasted to the victory. Abigail Fogle had 14 points for the Rams while Megan Hensel had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sierra Carey added 11 points and 6 rebounds for Upper Sandusky while Madison McLaughlin came off the bench to score 10 points.


Riverdale got a game-high 20 points from Sydney Holderman while Janessa Taylor added 9 points and 8 rebounds and Lexie Wright finished with 5 points and a game-best 14 rebounds.


Santa's Hours in Downtown Kenton Set


Kids will have several opportunities to visit with Santa in his red caboose in downtown Kenton in the month of December.


Santa's hours are:


Sunday December 4 from 2-4pm


Sunday December 11 from 4-6pm


Monday December 19 from 4-6pm


Friday December 23 from 3-5pm


ODOT to Hold Job Fair in Defiance

LIMA- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will host a job fair next week to find temporary, seasonal employees to work this winter.
The department is searching for employees to assist in snow and ice removal efforts and general highway maintenance functions.
The fair will be held Tuesday, November 29 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at the ODOT Defiance County garage, 2340 Baltimore Road, Defiance. 
Positions are available in Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Hancock and Hardin counties. Salary is $16.19 per hour.
Minimum qualifications are three months experience operating heavy equipment, valid class A or B CDL license with tanker endorsements and without airbrake restrictions, and a good driving record. 
Prospective applicants will participate in an on-site application review, interview and physical abilities test. Applicants must also submit to drug screening and background check.
Application may be made during the fair and also online at www.careers.ohio.gov. Those planning to attend the fair are encouraged to complete an application prior to arrival.
For further information contact the human resource department at the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 at 419-999-6819.


Two Thanksgiving Night Burglaries Reported to KPD

A couple of burglaries were responded to by Kenton Police yesterday. 
According to the first report provided by the Kenton Police Department the first one occured Thursday afternoon at Westview Estates. So far, 19 year old Breyannea Wells was arrested and charged with burglary in connection to the incident. In addition, four other suspects were listed on the report, including a minor, but they have not yet been charged. The victim reported that cash, gift cards and miscellaneous items were stolen.  
The other burglary occurred in the 800 block of South Detroit Street. According to that report, someone forced open a garage door and back door to gain entry to the residence. Gaming equipment and tools were stolen. There were no suspects, and both burglaries are under investigation. 


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court recently.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Randall L. Cummings on one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was ordered to serve 21 days local incarceration and was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.
.Rex D. Shark on two counts of burglary. He must serve 60 days of electronically monitored house arrest and must pay $17,850 to the victims.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Sheriff Offers Tips to Reduce Your Chance of Being Crime Victim

Tis the season for holiday shopping and with that comes an increased chance of being a victim of a crime. 
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said there are some common sense things people can do to cut down on those chances, "Keeping your gifts out of sight. The ladies need to be carrying their purses close to them. Gentlemen to be carrying their wallet possibly in their front pocket to avoid pick-pockets. It's things we should be doing all year long anyway, but this time of year we really need to think about it, because this is when the bad guys really know that people are susceptible."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Basketball Action Tips Off Saturday on WKTN

WKTN kicks off its basketball broadcast season on Saturday when the Riverdale Lady Falcons travel to Upper Sandusky to take on the Rams in girls basketball action. 
Riverdale is coming off a 15 and 10 season and are led by seniors Janessa Taylor and Sydney Holderman, who are both three-year letterwinners for the Lady Falcons. 
Upper Sandusky went 20 and 4 last year and is expected to have another strong season this time around. The Rams' roster features six returning letterwinners, four seniors and five players listed at 5-foot 10-inches or taller. 
WKTN will carry this county girls basketball game live, with the pregame show starting around 7 p.m. 
This will be the first of several dozen basketball broadcasts this season on WKTN, featuring the Kenton Wildcats and Lady Wildcats and all the Hardin County schools. The broadcast season begins with this weekend's season-opening games and will carry through the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament next March.


Mt. Victory Man Charged With OVI Following Crash

A Mt. Victory man was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a crash in Kenton just before 8:30 Wednesday night.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 67 year old David Roby was driving east on Espy Street and attempted to turn right onto Main Street. His vehicle struck a car that was stopped for a red light while facing north on Main Street. Both vehicles were disabled due to a flat tire. There were no injuries.
In addition to the operating a vehicle while intoxicated charge, Roby was also cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Date Set For 2016 Mistletoe Ball

'Magic in the Snow' is this year's theme of Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation's largest fundraiser, the Mistletoe Ball.  The black tie optional event will take place on Saturday, December 3 at the Hardin County Armory beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Committee members above (from left) Sherri Haushalter, Candi Callinan and Linda Smith stand with some of the items that will be featured in the silent and live auctions.
In keeping with the tradition of the ball, a silent auction will take place over the course of the evening with several packages including home décor, OSU items and many gift certificates.  The live auction will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and will feature trips for two to Chicago and The Greenbrier, a trip for four to Geneva-on-the-Lake, a casino package, a day trip to Journey Day Spa, a symphony package, jewelry and a garage package.  
Music for the evening will be provided by the "Chris Buzzelli Group", a jazz band from Bowling Green, and heavy hors'deurves will be offered by Bistro on Main from Findlay.  Bailey Bullock Photography will also be on hand for photo packages. 
This year's goal is $40,000 and will benefit the renovation to the 2North Outpatient Department.  
 "The committee puts endless hours in over the year to ensure this evening is one of a kind for the community and for support of the hospital," stated Linda Smith, chairperson of the event.  Smith stated, "This year we have added several trips to enhance the live auction and are hoping this will be something we can continue to offer. We thank the generous individuals and businesses who support this gala event in so many ways!"
For reservations or further information please contact Sandy Dick, at the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation office at (419) 675.8144.


Kenton Parade, Window Wonderland, and Lighting Ceremony Held Tuesday


The 2016 Kenton Christmas Parade, Window Wonderland, and Courthouse lighting ceremony was held Tuesday Evening.


Hundreds of people took in the parade and the beautiful lights plus the lucky kiddos got to meet Santa Clause.



The Downtown Historic Courthouse district was a wonderful backdrop to get the Holiday season started in Hardin County.




Travelers Encouraged to be Prepared on Thanksgiving Trip

As you get ready to head out to your Thanksgiving destination, AAA advises motorists to be prepared.
Kimberly Schwind, Senior Public Relations Director for AAA Ohio Auto Club, said that includes making sure you have an emergency kit, "Just in case you're stranded, you want to pack things like extra blankets, extra clothes, maybe even a shovel in case there is some snow, flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit, some non-perishable  food and water, jumper cables, and don't forget your mobile phone charger in case you do need to call for help. Just anything you might need if you are stranded and waiting for help for a little while."
AAA has predicted that more than 2 million Ohioans and nearly 49 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Holiday weekend.


Crowe Wins Commissioner Seat by 2 Votes

The January 3 Hardin County Commissioner seat has come down to two votes.
The Hardin County Board of Elections met Monday to factor in 215 provisional votes and 35 absentee votes from the November 8 election, and Roger Crowe came out the winner with 4805 total votes. The independant candidate topped Republican candidate Robert Carder, who had 4803 votes.
It was a roller coaster election for the candidates. Crowe maintained a steady lead early in the evening, but as the unofficial total came in, Carder took a 125 vote lead and was declared the winner. Later in the night however, the Board of Elections informed the candidates plus the media that there were numerous absentee votes that were not added in, and when they were, Crowe came out on top by 44 votes.
The roller coaster continues as the 2 vote win triggers an automatic recount unless Carder waives the recount right. He has five days to decide. 


Kenton City Schools Encouraging Future Leaders

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held their November meeting Monday evening at the Board Offices. The meeting began with a presentation by Amy Mikesell, a third grade teacher at Kenton Elementary School, and five of her students. 
Principal Robin Bame introduced Mikesell and the building initiative that strives to "unleash each child's full potential" by emulating the book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. The book, as well as the school initiative, stresses the belief that every individual has leadership qualities that can be refined with structure and daily practice. Fourth grade students Will Browning and Kyla Bostater, along with third grade students Ava Keel, Zayne Perkins, and Junior (Justin) Wright, gave a presentation based on the first three principles the students embody. The classroom model uses a tree as a visual aid, with the different steps or "habits" listed among the trunk, branches, and leaves of the tree.
The students discussed their individual classroom "leader" jobs, including turning off the lights, cleaning the desks, and helping to pass out papers. The students also explained their data binders, a self-designed set of goals that track the progress each individual makes throughout the school year. The initiative has been received positively by the students at Kenton Elementary, and those present at the meeting showed genuine excitement to participate in the program. 
Following the presentation, the board approved the reports of the Treasurer, and heard from Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski that the district would be closed Wednesday, November 23 through Monday, November 28 for Thanksgiving break, with Monday serving as a professional development day for staff. 
During committee reports, the board heard from:
Finance: the Finance Committee reported that some district employees are already enrolled in Medicare, which means they cannot participate in the Health Savings Accounts through the district; however, board member David Haushalter said that they can participate in a health reimbursement plan instead. The details are being worked out with the Treasurer and the health consortium the district uses.
Facilities: the Facilities Committee is in pre-bid meetings for a new bus garage. Board member Mark Watkins referred to the meetings as "information sharing". Superintendent Penczarski did clarify, however, that the new structure will likely be two buildings; a barn to house the buses, and a separate structure for maintenance and repair. 
Extracurricular: the Extracurricular Committee reported that participation in winter sports is down this year, due to a large number of seniors graduating at the end of last year. In spite of the lower numbers, the committee also reported that the sports facilities are being utilized in the off-season by other sports.
Career Center: the Career Center reported that new machines are being moved into the Northwood building for students to learn with, particularly about the new driver-less automotive technology.
The Policy Committee had not met since the last regular meeting. 
There was no old business on the agenda. 
Under new business, the board approved the following Personnel Items:
-Approved the following substitutes for the 2016-2017 school year:
Kim Wirbel - substitute educational assistant
Tom McBrayer - substitute van driver
John McEntee - substitute teacher
Louella Vermillion - substitute educational assistant, cafeteria
Kelly MacDonald - substitute teacher
-Approved the following volunteers:
Kathy Hilty, Marissa Root
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Kristi Harp, KES Cafeteria I, effective February 1, 2017. Kristi has been with Kenton City Schools for 18 years. She is requesting severance pay.
-Approved salary adjustment for Adam Burtchin from BA to BA+.
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Robin Hughes, KES Integrated Technology teacher, effective June 1, 2017. Robin has been with Kenton City Schools for 31 years. She is requesting severance pay.
-Approved the written resignation of Dan Preston, Bus Driver, effective November 14, 2016. 
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Charlene Collins, KES Cook, effective June 1, 2017. Charlene has been with Kenton City Schools for 36 years. She is requesting severance pay.
-Approved Carlton Kissling, Kenton City Schools bus driver, Step 10, 4 hours, 187 days at a rate of $15.78 per hour. Probationary period of 60 days beginning November 29, 2016 with the 61st day being March 9, 2017.
-Approved the written resignation of Morgan Rogers, High School Girls Freshman Basketball coach effective immediately.
-Approved the following Employee Supplemental contract for the 2016-2017 school year:
Morgan Rogers - High School Girls Freshman Basketball coach 1/2, Step 1, 2 years experience at a rate of $1,478.00.
-Approved the following Non-Employee Supplemental contract for the 2016-2017 school year:
Brooke Bostelman - High School Girls Freshman Basketball coach 1/2, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $1,322.00.
Under authorizations and resolutions, the board:
-Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education policies and bylaws:
Policy 7540 - Technology
Policy 7540.01 - Technology Privacy
Policy 7540.02 - Web Content, Services and Apps
-Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education administrative guidelines:
AG7540A - Staff and Student Training Regarding the Internet
AG7540.02 - Web Content and Functionality Specifications
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 purchase of property. The board dismissed into executive session at 7:32pm. No action was taken afterwards. 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Offices.


Annual Parade and Lighting Ceremony Tonight in Kenton

The annual Kenton Lion's Club Christmas parade will take place this evening.
Line-up for the parade will be at 5:30 at the St. John's Evangelical Church. It moves out from there starting at 6:30.
Also this evening is the lighting of the Courthouse lights and 17 windows in the Window Wonderland display. 


GOBA Announces Trek Through Kenton in 2017

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure  is Coming Through Kenton in June
The 29th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure or GOBA announced today that the 2017 tour will feature a route in north central Ohio and Kenton.
The expected 1,500 riders will start gathering for the tour on Saturday, June 17 and will be coming through Kenton on Friday June 23rd before ending the tour on the 24th in Findlay, Ohio
Julie Van Winkle, Director of the tour stated that the event features bicycles touring at a leisurely pace, for approximately 50 miles per day for the entire week. This will be the twenty-ninth year for GOBA. 
Winkle says that "The tour is to help raise money for the benefit of bicycle-related projects in Ohio."


Vast Majority Do Not Use Store Lay-a-ways

When it comes to laying away items at stores for Christmas, a vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters do not use that service.


A commanding 84% said they do not lay-a-way items compared to only 16% who do use the service.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Ohio Gas Prices Rise as Week of Thanksgiving Travel Begins

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up to begin what's expected to be a busy period of travel around the Thanksgiving holiday. 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.09 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from 1.98 a week ago and $1.86 a year ago.
Nationally, the average for regular fuel is $2.14. That's down from $2.17 a week ago but up a nickel compared with this time last year. 
AAA is predicting the state will see its highest amount of Thanksgiving travel since 2005, and that could mean more crowded highways. It estimates that more than 2 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home between Wednesday and Sunday.


Unknown Burglar Entered Kenton Home While Resident Was Sleeping Saturday


According to the Report from the Kenton Police Department, a home in the 100 block of Railroad Street was entered sometime between 12:15 AM but before 5:30 AM Saturday morning. The unknown person entered the home through an unlocked attached garage and removed a purse from a dresser while the resident was sleeping and took the purse to another room before rummaging through it. Approximately 800 dollars in cash was stolen while the purse was left at the home.


The resident returned to the police station to also report his pickup truck missing from his yard. The vehicle is described as a Red 2002 Dodge pickup truck with a regular cab.


Also on Saturday a residence at the Forest Court Apartments was entered and a flat screen television and 40 hypodermic needles were removed from the apartment.


Both investigations are pending.



Snow Posing Hazardous Driving Conditions

A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. 


Scattered snow showers will continue across the area into the afternoon. Although tempratures will remain above freezing, some locally heavy bursts of snow will be possible. The breif heavier snow, combined with gusty winds between 30 MPH and 40 MPH will result in visibilities of a mile or less at times.


If traveling today, be aware of rapidly changing visibilities in a short distance. Slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.


New Technology Added at HMH

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital has recently updated its technology with a new mammography system and made improvements to its mammography suite.  The new mammography unit is able to produce clearer images allowing the radiologist to diagnose any abnormalities faster.  The unit also requires less views resulting in lower radiation exposure to the patient.  Laura Johnson, manager of the Imaging Department stated, “Patients will also find their mammogram to be more comfortable due to less compression”.
Techs Kristie Lyons and Amber Ramge
The American Cancer Society indicates regular mammograms can often help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.  A mammogram can find breast changes that could be cancer years before physical symptoms develop. Results from many decades of research clearly show that women who have regular mammograms are more likely to have breast cancer found early, less likely to need aggressive treatment (like surgery to remove the entire breast [mastectomy] and chemotherapy), and more likely to be cured.
Hardin Memorial Hospital offers a fund made possible by Soroptimist International of Kenton/Hardin County to assist uninsured individuals for digital mammograms.  To receive this funding or to schedule an appointment a person must contact their physician to get an order.  For more information regarding mammogram services please call the Imaging Department at (419) 675.8181.


Mom's Confession in Sons' Deaths Can Be Used at Trial

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A judge has ruled that a recorded police interrogation of a Logan County woman saying she smothered her three young sons can be used during her trial.
 The judge ruled Friday that 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington's recorded statements to police Aug. 18, 2015 were voluntary.
The Bellefontaine woman has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated murder. She says in the recording that she smothered each boy with a blanket because she didn't want to see them suffering.
Pilkington lawyers argued the statements were obtained unconstitutionally. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday
Two of Pilkington's sons were infants, and one was a toddler. They were killed at different times over 13 months.


October Unemployment Rate Up Slightly

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose just a bit from September to October.
The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio's rate of 4.9 percent was up from 4.8 percent the previous month.
Ohio's rate was in line with the national average 4.9 percent. That's slightly lower than the 4.8 percent rate from a month ago and in October 2015.
The state says Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 2,800 last month.
Job gains were reported last month in sectors including manufacturing, construction and leisure and hospitality. Losses were reported in professional and business services, trade, transportation, and utilities and government employment. 


Record Numbers Expected on Roadways Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Triple A is predicting crowded roads this Thanksgiving weekend.
Kimberly Schwind, Senior Public Relations Director for AAA Ohio Auto Club, said predictions are more than 2 million Ohioans and nearly 49 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Holiday weekend, "The good is is that we have seen over the last several years the travel being spread out just a little bit. Some people take advantage of leaving early. They leave on Tuesday, and some people even travel on Thanksgiving morning, so the travel is just a little bit more spread out than it used to be, but still Wednesday afternoon is going to be especially busy on the roadways, and if you are going to be flying really all day Wednesday is going to be the peak day, so you want to make sure that you get to the airport two to three hours ahead of your flight."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Five Hardin County Law Enforcement Officers Honored by State Association

Five Hardin County law enforcement officers were honored by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association during an awards banquet held Wednesday morning. 
At the event Patrolman Skyler Newfer and Deputy Joe Carl were recognized for their actions on the day of November 28th, at France Lake, in Kenton. Patrolman Newfer and Deputy Carl were credited with saving the life of a young pregnant woman who had accidentally driven into the frigid waters of France Lake. Upon arriving Deputy Carl was able to locate the sinking vehicle, at which time both officers entered the water. Patrolman Newfer swam out to the submerged vehicle and pulled the woman approximately fifty yards to safety, with Deputy Carl's assistance.
Deputies Bryan Bodine and Jason Scott as well as Patrolman Coffman and Newfer were recognized for their actions during the February 2nd pursuit and shoot out, in which Patrolman Newfer was wounded.
Sheriff Keith Everhart on the awards, "The Sheriff's Association every year has a conference and hold an awards brunch, and so there are awards given to deputies throughout the state for heroic and selfless acts, and I'm just very proud that we have five law enforcement officers in this county that deserve to get these awards on the state level."
Sheriff Everhart and Administrative Deputy Dennis Burns received the Certified Law Enforcement Management Award from the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, "The best way to put it is just trying to stay up to date on all of the newest laws and training, and that's something I personally strive for each year to attain," said Everhart.
This is the 10th year the sheriff has received the award, " I started receiving applying for that back when I was a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. I just kept trying to attain that each year. That's sort of my personal goal, and Administrative Deputy Burns  applied for it this year, and I think it's a good thing for Hardin County to make sure that the administration is staying up to date on all the training."
The banquet was held at the Kalahari resort in Sandusky Ohio.


Thursday 11/17/16 Delays

 Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

Harco Ind 2 hr delay staff report at 8am


Dense Fog Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for several counties in the WKTN listening area including Hardin county. This advisory is in effect until 8:00 am Thursday Morning. 


Visibility is expected to be a quarter of a mile or less at times. These poor visibilities could result in hazardous travel conditions. Motorists should excersise caution when driving.


Truck Driver Cited Following Tuesday Evening Crash

A truck driver was cited for improper passing following a crash just before 8 Tuesday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 24 year old Marcos Zamora, of Fontana, California, was operating a semi south on Detroit and attempted to pass a car being driven by 69 year old Diane Gibbs, of Kenton, who had activated the left turn signal. While the semi was passing, Gibbs turned left and struck the trailer of the semi. Gibbs' vehicle was heavily damaged.
There were no injuries. 


Delays and cancellations for Wednesday 11/16/16



  Ada 2 Closed

  USV Closed

  Hardin Northern Closed

  Simon Kenton Closed

Forest Head Start No am bus, walk ins only, and 1 hr delay




Kenton K9 Unit Honored at City Council Meeting

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building, with a special city employee present. Ares, the K9 unit police dog, was honored at the meeting by Maddi Kugel, the granddaughter of Councilwoman Patti Risner. Maddi presented Ares and his handler, Officer Skyler Newfer, with a basket of treats and toys and a certificate of appreciation. The Kugel also presented Ares with a police badge. Jolene Bailey, representing Quest Federal Credit Union, presented Ares with a bullet and stab-proof vest.
Standing behind Ares left to right are: Maddi Kugel, Jolene Bailey, Chief Dennis Musser and Officer Skyler Newfer
Councilwoman Risner explained that after the police shootout last spring, in which Officer Newfer was wounded, she and others realized that Ares had been in the car without additional protection. Her granddaughter Maddi, an integral member of the founding of the Bark Park, decided to seek a sponsor to provide the dog with a vest. Officer Newfer gave a brief presentation of the exclusively German commands that Ares responds to after the dog received his vest and badge. Police Chief Dennis Musser, also in attendance, thanked those present for their sincere generosity and concern for the well-being of a valuable member of the police department force. 
After the K9 presentation, Musser also explained that the police department is participating in "No-Shave November", a fundraising activity where department members forgo shaving their faces for the month of November to raise money for charity. The department will be donating their funds to the Shop With a Cop event at the Hardin County Sheriff's department. 
During the remaining citizens speaking time, George Wyndham gave an update on the Lake of Lights. The annual holiday event will be opening at France Lake on Friday, November 25, and will run nightly from 6-9pm through the holiday season. Featured events on different nights will include a live nativity and carriage rides will be featured on December 10th. Wyndham said the group was able to give approximately $4,000 to the local groups that volunteered at the event last year, and the lights brought in 1,500 cars. Wyndham thanked the council and the local groups for supporting the event every year and extended wishes for everyone to come see some of the new displays offered this year. 
The council received one petition from the property owners that spoke at the last council meeting to vacate the disputed alley between their residences. Council President Joel Althauser delegated the Safety Committee to research and discuss the matter further. 
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance - the Finance Committee has met twice since the last regular council meeting, and Councilwoman Teresa Styer anticipates the committee will need to meet once more before the next council meeting on November 28 to prepare the budget for first reading. 
Regional Planning - the Regional Planning Committee met on November 10th. Councilman Dave Beazley said the committee was making progress on their various projects. 
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board met on November 7th. Councilwoman Antwilla Davis commented that the cemetary is currently short-staffed due to employee illness, and reminded the council members present that the next meeting will be held at 6:30pm on November 28 to include the annual Grove Cemetary Association and City Council Meeting. 
BKP - the BKP Board will meet next week. 
Parks and Recreation - the Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, November 15th at 4:30pm in the new 555 building (the former Mid-Ohio Energy site.)
The council then moved on to old business, where two pieces of legislation passed. The first, an ordinance on third reading regarding the authorization of the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials, passed unanimously. The second, an ordinance regarding funds transfers, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. 
Under new business, the council heard two pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance regarding funds transfers, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The second, an ordinance regarding additional appropriations, was sent to second reading and will be heard again on November 28th. 
During comments, the council heard from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who said that the city was in the second week of leaf cleanup and things were going well. He also noted that the Letson Avenue street project was completed. 
Police Chief Dennis Musser commended one of his Patrolmen, Chuck Carey, for an exceptional job as a football coach at Upper Scioto Valley high school. The football program at USV advanced to their district's first football playoffs in the school's history, falling just short of a win last Saturday. Musser said it was an incredible achievement and the department was very proud of Carey and his team. 
Councilwoman Teresa Styer, along with the rest of the city council, commended Chief Deputy Auditor Kerri McLaughlin and Assistant Deputy Auditor Doris Lowe for their diligent work on keeping the Finance Committee informed of necessary appropriations and transfers needed to keep the city in business. 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00pm in the City Building. 


Hit and Skip Crash Occurred Sunday Evening in Kenton


According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle was parked in the 500 Block of South Wayne Street when an another vehicle struck the left rear Sunday evening. The unknown driver of a full sized dark colored vehicle then backed up and continued South on Wayne Street, leaving the scene according to a witness.


The investigation is ongoing.


Attendance up From Last Years Christmas Around the Square Craft Show


The 30th Annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair Sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance was held on Saturday in the Hardin County Historic Courthouse in downtown Kenton.


The Craft Fair featured three floors with 45 vendors of arts, crafts, and home party decor. The Kenton Top 20 performed holiday music while the overall event attendance numbers were up from 2015.




The Annual Basket Auction, which featured 27 baskets from local businesses, raised close to $3500. The highest bid received during this year’s auction was $501 for the “Pampered Man” basket donated by Men of the Alliance.




Up next for the Historic Downtown Courthouse district and the Chamber and business Alliance is the Window Wonderland and courthouse lighting ceremony on November 22nd.  



Non-injury Crash Occurred Friday Evening On East side of Kenton


According to the Hardin County Sheriffs report, at approximately 6:15pm a Vehicle driven by Pamela Rapp, of Larue, was exiting the parking lot at 101 Jacob Parrot Blvd. Rapp failed to yield to a vehicle operated by Sydney Schlinglof of Kenton who was traveling west on State Route 309.  Rapp's vehicle hit the passenger side of Schlinglof's vehicle which sustained heavy disabling damage.


Rapp was issued a citation for Failure to Yield.


Truck Tailgates and Purse Stolen Over the Weekend in Hardin County


According to the reports from the Hardin County Sheriffs office, deputies responded to a report of truck tailgates stolen late Friday or early Saturday morning at Nelson Auto Group in Mt. Victory. The report listed that 2 trucks on their lot and one customer pickup truck was missing their tailgates.


In McGuffey the Hardin County Sheriffs department received a report of a purse being removed from a vehicle on Saturday morning. According to the report the purse was left in the running vehicle by a female who was leaving for a trip. When she went back inside her home the purse was removed from the driver side seat. She reported that nothing else was removed from the vehicle. The purse contained cash and a number of prescription pills.


Both investigations are pending. 


Historic Season Ends For Rams

An historic season for Upper Scioto Valley came to an end on Saturday as the Rams fell to Minster 41-8 in Division 7, Region 28 semifinal action at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.


The Rams - who won the school's first league title and also claimed the school's first playoff appearance and posteason victory - finish with an 8-4 record. The Wildcats improve to 8-4 and will meet Fort Recovery in regional final action next week.


The Wildcats returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looked back. Minster scored three touchdowns in the final 1:34 of the second quarter to build a 41-0 halftime lead and held off the Rams in the second half.


Wayne Lowery hit Drew Oglesbee with a 5-yard touchdown pass with one second left to account for the USV touchdown. Lowery and Chase Rose hooked up on the ensuing two-point play for the Rams.


Non-Injury Accident Reported in Kenton

A non-injury accident occured on Friday morning in Kenton. According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Larry Hayter of Kenton was stopped at a stop sign, facing south, on Long Street. Hayter then entered the intersection and attemped to make a turn onto Summit Street striking an east boud vehicle operated by Laura Hamilton of Kenton.


Minor damage occured to Hayter's vehicle while functional damage was caused to the vehicle operated by Hamilton. Hayter was cited for right of way violation.


30th Annual Christmas Around the Square Held

The 30th Annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair was held today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Hardin County Historic Courthouse in downtown Kenton. 


Sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Allican, the Craft Fair features three floors filled with arts, crafts, and home party dealers. The Kenton Top 20 performed holiday music and Homemade food was provided by the Hardin County Homemakers.

The annual basket auction was held at 11:00 am in Veteran's Hall in the courthouse. The auction featured 27 baskets with some truly unique containters. As always, they were filled with beautiful gift items, and various gift certificates from local businesses. These auction items make wonderful decorations as well as gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. 


Traffic Stop in Kenton Leads to Drug Charges


A traffic stop in Kenton leads to drug charges. A report from the Kenton Police Department shows that around 9:16 on Thursday evening, police pulled over a vehicle operated by 44 year old Matthew Beltz from Kenton along with a 29 year old passenger Tiffany Lowry from Richwood.


During the stop, assistance was called for the canine unit of the Hardin County Sheriff's Department in conducting a sniff of the vehicle. In the report, Beltz allegedly admitted to having a joint in the vehicle before any search was conducted.


The canine indicated positive on the sniff of the vehicle and a search  of the vehicle was performed. According to the report, the search of the vehicle found suspected heroin and numerous items of heroin related drug paraphernalia.


The report also states Beltz was released on a traffic citation and issued a summons for possession of marijuana. Lowry was taken into custody at the scene and later released with drug possession charges pending.



Three People Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.David Glyn Shirk was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of Domestic Violence. He must serve 60 days local incarceration with credit for 14 days in time already served.


.Zachary Lee Kibler was sentenced to nine months in State prison on one count of theft. He must pay restitution and a fine totaling $794.


.Devin Corey Pummell must serve 30 months in State prison on one count of having a weapon while under disability. He gets credit for 11 days time already served.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


On At Issue Joe Cornley Talks Pollutants in Ohio Lakes and Streams


The Ohio Farm Bureau is working to educate the public about what's causing pollutants to enter Ohio's lakes and streams.

Spokesman Joe Cornely said when it comes to finding a solution, farmers know they have a role to play, "They're anxious to do what they can, but we need to understand, we need the science, we need to the research to figure out exactly what's going on. Why here in recent years has this become so much more of a problem than ever before."

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


Breaking and Entering in Kenton Wednesday Evening


Kenton police responded to a report of breaking and entering on Wednesday afternoon. According to the report from the police department a home in the 400 block of N Leighton Street was forcibly entered.


Tools, household items, and a microwave all totaling $1000 were removed from the home. The incident remains under investigation. 


Surprising Election Night Events Occurred Late Tuesday Evening


A surprising turn of events in the Hardin County Commissioner Race January 3rd Seat when the polls closed on election night it showed that Bob Carder a Republican had beaten Independent candidate Roger Crowe. Carder has 4,049 votes and Crowe with 3,700 votes however the Board of Elections discovered later on in the night that there were additional absentee ballots not counted. When they were factored in Crowe actually ended the night with the lead. Roger Crowe had 4,743 votes Bob Carder 4,699 votes and with 250 provisional votes to be counted.


Crowe has not claiming victory just yet “It is Surprising, the turn of events and I guess the election is not over yet. Our lead of only 44 votes is not necessarily going to hold up until we get the provisionals counted. It's going to be an interesting few days while we wait for that. I would like to thank everyone for supporting me and hope that 44 votes will hold and we'll go forward from there.”



Bob Carder says he was “Pretty excited about last night finding out that I had won then walk away and getting a phone call later that there was a miscount in the votes. But there are still 250 provisional ballots out there, I believe Hardin County Spoke and there are a lot of people behind me, I just hop come November 21st that I still prevail at the end. If not we'll just go from there and congratulate everyone. If I possibly win I'm gonna continue on with what I promised to Hardin County.”



The January 2nd race was won by incumbent republican Randall Rogers over Democrat Joseph Hord.

Rogers had this reaction, “ I'm humbled by the support that the voters have shown me. It is an honor and a privilege to severe the people of Hardin County as commissioner for 4 more years. I look forward to working with the other commissioners as we face the challenges and opportunities ahead.


These results are the unofficial totals, there are 250 provisional votes to be counted and also 130 absentee ballots out if they return to the Board of Elections post marked by November 7th they to will be counted which could make a difference in that January 3rd Hardin County Commissioner Seat. Those votes will counted and the election certified on November 21st.


Here are the money issue results from Tuesday Evening.




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City Council Finance Committee Met Tuesday to Further Reduce 2017 Budget


The Kenton City Council Finance Committee met Tuesday evening to continue to cut the 2017 budget.


The committee is looking to cut around $250,000 dollars from the budget after they have already reduced the total by the same approximately the same amount.


Once again the committee went line by line to make cuts from areas that have either increased budget from 2016 or are duplicates that need to be removed due to moving to the new city building or from a reduction in staffing.


The Finance Committee is 3 weeks away from having to send a budget for a first reading to the Kenton City Council.



Vehicle Stuck on Railroad Tracks Tuesday Evening Near Kenton


The Hardin County Sheriffs Office Report says that shortly after 7:30PM A vehicle was traveling North on State Route 31 near County Road 160 and was approaching the railroad crossing. The driver, Roy Bledsoe of West Virginia, stated that another unidentified vehicle entered his lane when he took evasive action to avoid a collision and became stuck on the South rail of the tracks.


CSX was notified and stopped all trains in the area until the vehicle could be removed from the tracks.


Kenton Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison on Tuesday


A Kenton man was sentenced yesterday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

According to court documents, Thomas J. Todd was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison on four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Todd was found not guilty on one count of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count each of contributing to the unruliness of a child and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The verdicts were returned following a two day trial in late September. The jury deliberated for nearly six hours. 


Hardin Northern Mock Election Predicts Presidential Election Outcome

Mock Election Predicts Presidential Election Outcome
By Cassie Miller / In Hardin Northern District News & Announcements, Jr & Sr High School, School Newspaper / November 9, 2016


This year the senior government classes held a mock debate and election on November seventh and eighth. Mr. Foster’s second period class chose Brayden Haley to be their candidate and he represented the Republican party. Dr. Price’s class represented the Libertarian party with Lydia Rush as their candidate. The Democratic party was represented by Mr. Foster’s sixth period class and Andrew Stump was their candidate. On debate day, senior Ty Schiewe filled in for Andrew Stump (who was absent) to represent the Democratic party.


Each class had their own campaign team that consisted of a campaign manager, activists, pollsters, propagandists, an advisor, and speech writers. The classes have been working on the project since the beginning of October. They prepared speeches, created polls to determine qualities of the ultimate candidate, and made posters that endorsed their candidates. Each of the three candidates spent lots of time learning about their parties and their stances on certain issues to prepare for the debate. Libertarian candidate Lydia Rush said, “I studied up on the Libertarian stances and on the other party’s stances a lot to really try to understand all the parties.”


Mr. Thomas moderated the debate by asking each candidate several questions about controversial issues. Some topics were national security, America’s youth, education, and marijuana legality. Each candidate was given the opportunity to answer each question based on their party’s views on the issue and not their personal views.


The day after the debate, Election Day, all students in the high school and junior high voted for the candidate they wanted to be President. Brayden Haley, who represented the Republican party, won with 44% of the votes; Lydia Rush came in second with 39% of the votes; and Andrew Stump came in last with 17% of the votes. Later that evening, Donald Trump, who was the real-life Republican candidate, won the American Presidential election and became the new President-elect of the United States.


Read More Here


Investigation Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspect

The Kenton Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating several thefts from vehicles, as well as burglaries, that have occurred the last several weeks in Kenton and Hardin County. 
Eliberto Deleon III
Last Friday (11/4/16) a suspect,  Eliberto Deleon III, of Bellefontaine, was located at the Scioto Village Apartment complex in Kenton and was taken into custody. He is currently being held at the Marion Multi County Jail on a probation violation, pending charges. 
The Hardin County Crime Task Force has recovered numerous items believed to have been stolen and charges are pending on at least three other individuals suspected in the crimes.


Two Commissioner Seats and Money Issues Being Decided Locally

There are two contested races and a few money issues on the ballot today. 
As far as contested races, Incumbent Republican Randall Rogers is facing Democrat Joe Hord for the January 2 seat. Independent candidates James Bostater and Roger Crowe and Republican Bob Carder are vying for the January 3 seat.
Money issues include:
.Renewal levy for Ada Public Library
.2 replacement levies for the Park District of Liberty Township
.Renewal levy for Riverdale Schools
.Bond issue for Village of Forest
.Liquor options for two Ada businesses. 
The polls close at 7:30pm, and live election night coverage starts at 8 on WKTN.


OSU Vice President Speaks To High School Studnets

Dr. Bruce McPheron, Provost and Executive Vice President of The Ohio State University visited his Alma Mater Monday. He spoke to students of Kenton, Ridgemont and Hardin Northern schools about college and it’s importance in the workforce. He credited his successes to Kenton and Hardin County, citing the Hardin County Fair and Hardin County’s 4-H program. He describes his job as Provost as the metaphorical mayor of the University. He is second in command to OSU’s president, Dr. Michael Drake. He makes sure that everything on campus is running smoothly, from college classes, to the medical center, and everything in between.


Students were reminded that while they are college searching, they should remember to focus on their current classes at the high school level. McPheron said that on average, a person will change jobs 10 times in their lifetime and that Ohio State was there to help them for that. The provost reminded seniors that the application deadline for The Ohio State University is February 1st, 2017.


When asked what he would suggest to a student that is entering college undecided on a major, Dr. McPheron says that those students enrolled at OSU have the option to enroll in the extremely popular exploration program. This program offers advisors trained in programs across the campus. These students take basic courses while they decided on their major.


21 Precincts Will Be Open on Election Day Tuesday

21 precincts will be open when voters go to the polls on Election Day tomorrow. 
Here's where voters can cast their ballots around the county Tuesday:
.Kenton's 4 wards- in the Community Building at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
.Pleasant and Buck Townships- in the Arts and Crafts Building at the fairgrounds.
.Dunkirk/Blanchard- Blanchard Ambulance Building.
.Cessna Township- Cessan Township Hall.
.Goshen Township- Goshen Grange Hall.
.Mt. Victory/Ridgeway/Hale- Mt. Victory Community Building.
.Forest/Jackson- Forest All Weather Pavilion.
.Ada North/South- Ada Community Health Profession Building.
.Liberty Township- N-Men's Association.
.Lynn Township- Lynn Township Hall.
.Alger/McGuffey/Marion Township- Alger Assembly of God Church.
.McDonald Township- McDonald Township Hall.
.Roundhead Township- McDonald Township Hall.
.Taylor Creek Township- Taylor Creek Township Hall.
.Washington Township- Washington Township Hall. 
The polls open at 6:30 Tuesday morning and close at 7:30pm. Live election coverage starts at 8 on WKTN.


(UPDATE) Amish Buggy Hit By Vehicle on 309 East of Kenton Sunday Evening


One person was injured when a horse drawn buggy was struck by a car Sunday evening on State Route 309.


Amish Buggy


According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 19 year old Anna Miller was operating the buggy east on 309 when it was struck by the eastbound car being driven by 76 year old James Rhoades, of Kenton.
The buggy ended up off the road and overturned in the ditch. Miller was ejected and was transported to Marion General Hospital for treatment. An occupant on the buggy, 27 year old William Miller, was also ejected but was not injured.



The report showed that the buggy did have working lights. 
The crash remains under investigation. 



Ag Society Conducts Re-Organizational/Annual and Monthly Meetings

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met on Saturday, November 5th with Howard Lyle, President, presiding.  
Howard Lyle reported the election results:
Hale Township:  Janie Seiler
Buck Township:  Charlie McCullough
Dudley Township:  Brad Murphy
Pleasant Township:  Greg Liedel
Liberty Township:  Don Spar
Jackson Township:  Mark Garmon
McDonald Township:  Dan Beale
Top 2 At-Large Director winners:  Corey Ledley and Kelly Buchenroth
All directors present were sworn into office by Judi Cronley, notarizer.
With 40 members paid for 2017, the election of officers was held.  Dan Beale moved to keep the keep the current slate of officers the same for next year.  Janie Seiler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  Rob Wilson moved to close the nominations and Justin Beale seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  President for 2017 is Howard Lyle and Vice President is Craig Stump.
Janie Seiler moved to keep the monthly meeting dates, the 1st Saturday of each month at 7:30pm.  Ray Davis seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  
Bob McBride and Bob Fish were thanked for their many years of service to the Agricultural Society.
In addition, the Ag Society held it's annual and monthly meeting and released the following minutes:
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, November 5th, 2016, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular November Meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and 18 guests were present.
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Chris Vermillion, representing the Hardin County Tractor Pullers, expressed their interest in having a tractor pull at next year’s fair.  He gave a proposal to the tractor pull committee.  He stated Friday night of the fair would be the best night for them.
Craig Stump, representing the executive/budget committee went over their minutes from their meeting on Oct. 4th.  There will be another executive/budget meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15th  at 7pm to finalize the budget for 2017.  Employee contracts will also be reviewed at this time, along with rental rates for next year.  It was noted a loan payment of $12,000 had been made.  Howard discussed some items from the district meeting that was attended by 8 members for the society.  He would like to look into how the society’s executive committee is formed.  The board moved to have Don Spar and Paul Rickenbacher be the Society’s delegates at the OFMA convention in January.  
Kelly Buchenroth spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  He discussed their minutes from their Oct. 12th meeting.  He noted that to move a road to accommodate the new show arena building would cost $21,000, so further discussion will be held with the committee to determine a site for the building.  Two painters have been contacted about receiving bids to paint the grandstand.  The board moved to purchase new hardware for the panic door in the community building at a cost of $2400.  Pete Fout noted he continues to build and put new windows in the horse race barns.  He also said the fairground is now winterized.  The next ground’s meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 7pm.   
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment and harness racing committees stated dates for harness racing at the 2017 fair had to be determined at this meeting.  A motion to have harness racing on Thursday and Friday nights failed.  Another motion to have harness racing on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with the show choir show moved to early Sunday afternoon passed.
Judi Cronley gave a report on Jr. Fair Livestock Sale checks.  Two businesses have still not paid, so 6 livestock checks are still being held.  Dale Cockerell stated the steer weigh in will be on Saturday, Dec. 31st from 10am-1pm.  
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated they will be having a committee meeting to discuss rates for 2017 after a proposal from Durant is received.
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated letters for new members are being sent.  She and Sherri Beale discussed new rules for the King/Queen Contest to include students open enrolled, doing on line classes or being homeschooled.  The new rules were approved by the board.  The Jr. Fair Affidavit form, for the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture was approved.  The 2016 Jr. Fair Report, also for the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture was approved.
A meeting date for Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 6:30pm for the gates/admissions committee to meet was set.  Gate workers will be discussed at this meeting.
Under old business:  
Open Class and Jr. Fair unclaimed premium money has been redeposited.  
And they released the minutes for the annual meeting:
The Hardin County Agricultural society met with President, Howard Lyle presiding.  18 directors along with 17 Hardin County Agricultural Society members were present.  
The minutes of last year’s annual meeting were read.  Bob Fish moved they be approved as read.  Craig Stump seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  
Kerry James moved the price of a membership and season ticket be set at $20.00, the same as last year.  Craig Stump seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  
Janie Seiler moved that Director’s pay continue to be an annual price of $1.00.  Craig Stump seconded the motion.  Motion carried.  
The annual conflict of interest document for 2016/17 was given to every director and signed by all directors in attendance.  
Next year’s annual meeting, with the annual election to be held on the same day from 3-7pm, will be on Nov. 4th, 2017.  


Upcoming Conference Aims to Empower Women

Women LEAD is a premier women's organization that brings women together to have mentoring and networking connections to enhance the community. The Girls Empowerment Conference is aimed at upper classmen students in hardin County. Women LEAD Student Committee Member Shaye Creamer explains.


“So this conference is really about upperclassmen in Hardin County for girls...We have an opportunity for them to network with other women leaders in the county and network with themselves in a professional setting.” Creamer said.


Kenton FFA Advisor Shalie Logan says the student portion of the confrence is designed to model the real world setting.


“We are going to have over forty high school students from our county who will be attending the Women LEAD Girl Empowerment Event. They will be engaging in panelists discussions, workshops, opportunities to learn about networking and mentorship, and then they will also be attending this luncheon with our women leaders throughout our community. The goal really is to give them a natural and true opportunity to actually network and work together with those business leaders within our community.” Explained Logan.


The conference is being held in collaboration with the Hardin County FFA Chapters through the help of a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.


Andrea Adams-Miller will be the luncheon speaker at the event. She helps famous actors, celebrities, and Fortune 500 Businesses increase their visibility in the media. Christina Cross, Women LEAD Co-Chair explains what Adams-Miller will be addressing during the luncheon.


“What she’s talking about is how to enhance your confidence, and your credibility, and influence and that can range from any type of person in any type of employment setting or even just their home life. “ Cross stated.


If you are interested in attending, you are asked to register in advance for $20 payable to the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. The networking portion will be from 11:00-11:30 Lunch Promptly begins 11:30 Seating is limited. If you’re interested in attending, contact the chamber by November 9th @ (419) 673-4131.


Rams Heading To Wapakoneta For Matchup With Minster

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams will travel to Wapakoneta to take on Minster in playoff football action on Saturday.


The Rams, the seventh seed in Region 28, will make the trip to Harmon Field in Wapakoneta to meet the third-seeded Minster Wildcats in regional semifinal action Saturday night.


Upper Scioto Valley is 8 and 3 after defeating Troy Christian 27 to 21 in opening-round playoff action while Minster checks in at 7 and 4 after beating Lehman Catholic 33 to 15 in its postseason opener.


WKTN will have all the action live from Harmon Field on Saturday for this Division 7 regional semifinal game. The pregame show will start at 6:45 p.m, with the opening kickoff on tap for 7 p.m.


UPDATED 12:40PM - Power Outage; Crash Leaves East Side of Kenton Without Power Sunday Morning


Approximately 800 customers in Hardin County were without power early Sunday morning East of Kenton.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 19 year old Kathryn Gault, of Kenton, was driving north on County Road 175 and approached the intersection at State Route 67. Her car ended up off the right side of the road where it struck a power pole, which had to be replaced. 

Power has be restored to some customers but due to the power pole replacement approximately 600 customers are still without power and it is estimated to be restored around 4:00PM Sunday. Areas effected by outage include some Columbus Street East side businesses and residents stretching to the East of Kenton.



Stay tune to 95.3 WKTN for more information when made available. 



Week One Night Two Playoff Scores

County Games

Fort Revocery 58 Ada 21

Upper Scioto Valley 27 Troy Christian 21


Division 3, Region 12

Trotwood-Madison 41 Wapakoneta 7

St. Marys 42 Belmont 8


Division 5, Region 18

Pleasant 35 Eastwood 28


Division 5, Region 20

Coldwater 47 Brookville 13


Division 7, Region 26

McComb 56 Danbury 8

Arlington 21 Lucas 19

Convoy Crestview 54 Tiffin Calvert 20

Hicksville 33 Leipsic 16


Division 7, Region 28

Covington 49 Hillcrest 0

Minster 33 Sidney Lehman Catholic 15


Homan Leads Indians Past Ada 58-21

Will Homan's big night helped the Fort Recovery Indians defeat the Ada Bulldogs 58-21 in Division 7, Region 28 quarterfinal play Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Ada.


The Indians improve to 7 and 4 and will take on Covington in regional semifinal play next week. The Bulldogs end their season with a 7 and 4 mark.


Homan scored six touchdowns for the defending state champs, rushing for five and also catching a TD pass from Caleb Martin.


Ada got a two-yard touchdown run from Mason Klinger and a nine-yard TD pass from Seth Conley to Owen Conley. Jordan Bailey rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs as he returned an interception for a touchdown.


Rams Win Playoff Opener, Defeat Troy Christian 27-21

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams made the most of their first-ever playoff game by defeating Troy Christian 27-21 in Division 7, Region 28 quarterfinal action in Troy on Saturday.


The Rams, winners of seven straight games, scored the game's first 14 points and were never headed. They improve to 8 and 3 and will take on Minster in regional semifinal action next Saturday at a site to be determined. The Wildcats, who are 7 and 4, defeated Lehman Catholic 33 to 15 in their regional quarterfinal.


WKTN will carry this game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.



Clocks Go Back One Hour This Weekend


This is time change weekend.



At 2:00am Sunday morning, the clocks will be turned back to 1:00am.


Make sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night, otherwise you will be early one hour for everything Sunday morning. Most importantly, you won't get the extra hour sleep.


Downtown Kenton Being Decorated For Holiday Season

The Kenton Historic Downtown District is starting to transform for the Christmas season.
The lights at the Hardin County Courthouse are being installed, and new this year, tin soldiers will stand guard at each corner of the building.
Crews will be working to decorate storefronts in the downtown for the Window Wonderland display.
Snowflakes will once again shine from street lights around the downtown Kenton area as well.
The lighting ceremony will take place following the annual Lion's Club Christmas parade November 22. 


Alert Issued After Company Recalls Overdose Antidote Device

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's addictions agency has issued an awareness alert after a company recalled a device used to deliver the drug overdose antidote naloxone.
The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services said Friday the recall by Gurnee, Illinois-based Teleflex Medical does not involve the drug itself, which is used frequently to revive overdose victims.
The state says faulty nasal atomizers shoot a stream of the drug into patients' noses rather than producing a mist, which could make the drug less effective.
State officials have pushed to expand access to the reversal drug to curb increasing overdoses and deaths attributed to heroin and stronger drugs, such as fentanyl.
A law signed last year lets pharmacies distribute naloxone to at-risk opioid users or their relatives or friends without a prescription.


Upper Scioto Valley Pep Rally Friday Evening To Celebrate First Playoff



Click above to hear the sounds from the pep rally held Friday evening to support The Upper Scioto Valley Rams who are heading to their first High School Playoffs in school history.




Fans, Cheerleaders, band, past players, previous coaches, and parents gathered at the USV Field-house to support their team as they head to Troy Christian this evening. 




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The Rams Tunnel to start the Pep Rally




Week One Playoff Scores

Division 1, Region 2

Dublin Jerome 42 Findlay 7


Division 4, Region 44

Port CLinton 41 Benjamin Logan 28

Ottawa-Glandorf 49 Bellevue 34

Indian Lake 34 River Valley 7

Bishop Harley 35 Jonathan Alder 21


Division 6, Region 22

Patrick Henry 39 Tinora 0

Wynford 22 Gibsonburg 6

Ayersville 49 Senca East 0

Liberty Center 28 Colnel Crawford 21


Division 6, Region 24

Marion Local 34 West Liberty-Salem 7

Delphos Jefferson 41 Cincinnati Summit Country Day 10

Mechanicsburg 39 Miami East 6

St. Henry 37 Spencerville 22


WKTN Radio Sold To Local Group

WKTN Radio sold to local group.
President and General Manager Keith Gensheimer signed the purchase agreement Thursday setting in motion the ultimate transfer of ownership from Radio General Ltd. to Home Town Media Ltd.
Sherri, Mark and David Haushalter are primary owners of Home Town Media. They also own and operate Robinson Fin Machines Inc. in Kenton.
Keith Gensheimer and Sherri Haushalter signing purchase agreement
Gensheimer, who has headed WKTN since May of 1977, stated, "I am grateful that the new owners have a vested interest in our local community."
Closing is expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
No staff changes are planned at WKTN, according to Sherri Haushalter.


Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Lisa Anne Miller was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of tampering with evidence. She must serve 30 days local incarceration.
.Tyler D. Alberding was placed on five years community control on one count of aggravated assault. He must serve 90 days local incarceration.
.Stephanie R. Manns must continue to serve five years community control with conditions on one count of receiving stolen property a violation of conditions of community control from an earlier case.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Two County Schools Ready For Post Season Football

A pair of county schools begin playoff action on Saturday night. 
The Ada Bulldogs finished 7 and 3 this season and placed third in the Northwest Conference with a 5 and 2 league mark. That added up to the fourth spot in the Division 7, Region 28 standings and a quarterfinals date with Fort Recovery. 
The Indians will be a tough out for the Bulldogs. Fort Recovery, which won the Division 7 state title last season, is the region's fifth seed. The Indians are 6 and 4 and finished tied for fourth in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 4 and 4 record in MAC play.
WKTN will carry this regional quarterfinal game live from War Memorial Stadium in Ada, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
At the exact same time as the Bulldogs and the Indians meet in Ada, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams will make their postseason debut when they visit Troy Christian in another Region 28 quarterfinal game. 
This has been a season of firsts for the Rams, who are 7 and 3. Upper Scioto Valley won a share of its first-ever league title, going 6 and 1 in the Northwest Central Conference to tie for the top spot in the league with Lehman Catholic. This will also be Upper Scioto Valley's first playoff appearance in school history as the Rams earned the seventh seed in the region and will travel to Troy to take on the Eagles, who are 9 and 1 and are the region's second seed. This game will also kickoff at 7 p.m.


Christmas Around The Square Scheduled For November 12

The 30th annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair will take place Saturday November 12.
Jacqueline Fitzgerald, the Director of Community Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, said the event will be held next week inside the Hardin County Courthouse, "There will be three floors full of crafts and vendors, and we will have entertainment around 9:30, and we'll have the Top 20 group, and we have our basket auction that starts at eleven and that's in Veteran's Hall, and we also have in the basement, food will be served by the Hardin County Homemakers, and that's always really good."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Michigan Driver Lifeflighted After Single Car Rollover Crash Thursday Afternoon

According to information gathered at the scene, at approximately 2:30PM Thursday afternoon a lone driver with Michigan license plates was traveling South on US 68 near CR 60 when the vehicle left the East side of the roadway. The Vehicle traveled over CR60, missing a brick building but hitting a tree before rolling over and ending up in a field on the East side of US 68.
Lifeflight was dispatched to the scene and the driver was transported to undisclosed hospital with unknown injuries.
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN or on our website at www.WKTN.com for updated information when made available.


Kenton Leaf Pickup Begins Next Week

The Leaf Pick Up Schedule for the City of Kenton begins next week. 
The schedule is as follows:
Kenton Safety Service Jim Hites said leaves should be raked to the tree lawn, but not into the street as they will clog the storm sewer. He said leaves can also be bagged and placed at the side of the road. Residents can call the city building to have the bagged leaves picked up. 


Amazon Web Services Announces Second Ohio Wind Farm in Hardin County

Amazon Web Services announced this week that Amazon Wind Farm US Central 2 will operate a new 189 megawatt wind farm in Hardin County.
According to a release, Amazon engaged with EverPower to construct, own and operate the new wind farm.
The company announced that the Hardin County wind farm will generate  530,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually starting in December 2017.
This is Amazon Wind Services fifth renewable energy project globally and its second wind farm in Ohio. The Paulding County wind farm, which was announced in November of 2015, will start producing wind energy in May of 2017.


November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

The month of November is National Diabetes Month. 
DeAnna Carey, the Diabetes Educator for OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, said a number of people have diabetes and are unaware they do, "Estimated right now 86 million Americans are at risk, and yes there are so many more people walking around every day with diabetes and aren't even aware."
She talks about the symptoms, "Very common are extreme thirst, going to the bathroom a lot, hunger, constant hunger. I have people tell me they're so hungry all the time and that's another thing and unexplained weight loss, itchy skin, those are all the main common symptoms that I hear all the time from people who have diabetes or don't know they have diabetes yet."
Carey adds that diet and exercise go a long way in dealing with diabetes and your overall health in general, "I have so many friends that are so health conscious now, which is huge, because growing up I never had that, I'm like you're dieting, why? You're exercising, I know so many older people too, they're watching their diets, they're walking, their exercising. The Silver Sneakers program at the YMCA, I here so many people go out there, it's amazing, so yes we're definitely the best seat to take control of our health."


Cutting 2017 Budget on Agenda Once Again at City Council Finance Committee Monday


Cutting Money from the 2017 Budget was Once Again the Topic up for Discussion at the Kenton City Council Finance Committee Monday Evening.


Once again in October the finance Committee continued its work on balancing the projected budget for 2017. Currently the city has a $500,000 budget shortfall for next year and the committee is working on reducing that by going through each line item individually.


City Auditor Brian Hattery started the discussion by talking with the committee about determining the 2016 City income tax numbers in order to set projected revenue for 2017. Currently Hattery says the numbers look like their just over 3.2 Million and next year he looks to surpass that in tax revenue for the city. Also Hattery discussed the insurance shortages and the return of money overpaid by businesses for water and sewer and it was determined that this should be taken out of the 2016 budget and not extended into 2017.


Mayor Randy Manns talked about the Police department only needing one police cruiser, not the two that had originally been requested for 2017. Mayor Manns discussed the possibility of some money savings if the City would do some moving around of jobs and doesn't have a Parks and Recreation position for 2017. Also Mayor Manns brought up several line items that could be safely reduced from the 2017 budget.


The Committee continued line by line and found some significant reductions in several department most notably with fuel costs budgeted for 2017. Also the committee had some line items that may be duplicates and would need further clarification before they can be looked at for reduction.


The meeting closed with Mayor Manns stating that “the administration and council from 2012 to 2015 have added $393,375 to carryover so we have worked our budgets out. That is actual money to carryover not spent. Manns continues by adding “We have done a good job at working together.”


The Next Finance Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday November 8th at 5:15PM




Visitor Poll Voters Determine the Scariest Horror Movie Villian

Here are the Top 5 scariest horror movie villians according to our Visitor Poll voters:




Jason Vorhees-Friday the 13th with 5% of the vote



Leatherface-Texas Chainsaw Massacre with 16%



Michael Myers-Halloween with 19%



Freddy Krueger-Nightmare on Elm Street with 21%


and the #1 scariest horror movie villian........



Hannibel Lecter-Silence of the Lambs with 39% of the vote.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


After 40 Years, Hardin Motors Gets New Owner and New Name

Hardin Motors in Mt. Victory opens for business today as Nelson Auto Group. 
New owner Greg Nelson (left) with previous owner Jerry Burrey
That was a change made when Greg Nelson purchased from Jerry Burrey and the Elliott Family.
The closing on the sale was yesterday (10/31/16.) 
Burrey has been in the business for 40 years, and said the time was right to make the sale, "40 years is a long time to be in retail business and there comes a time when you have to decide it's time to move on. and the opportunity afforded itself, and of course my wife worked with me here for 40 years, and we're really looking forward to doing something else in the next chapter of our life."
He said a lot has changed at the dealership during his time there, "The dealership has grown, and of course selling
Chrysler products, which is the smallest of the Big 3, we've always had a challenge, but we've had good support from the Hardin County community, and we've been able to build a really good strong loyal customer base, and it's flourished and continued over the years basically because of the support we've gotten from Hardin and surrounding counties."
New owner Greg Nelson said not many changes are planned initially, "We want to keep the same customer service that Jerry has provided. What you will see is an increase in inventory. We're going to increase the used cars and the new cars, and hopefully sell a few more cars."
He said he does have plans to add what he called some freshness, "Kind of make it look like a car dealership, put a couple of platforms out there and have some cars out there, some vibrant colors and just kind of spiffy it up a little bit so to speak."
Nelson added that he's excited to get back into the new car business, and he gave a brief look at his background, "It started out with a loan from my father. $15,000, and I bought two used cars. I started Columbus Classic Cars in Columbus, and I specialized in special interest cars, cadillacs and corvettes back then , and then we moved out onto 5th Avenue in Columbus and expanded our inventory. We got into more muscle cars and exotic cars, and then I got into the cellular phone business that's really propelled me."


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