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Local News Archives for 2016-12

Extra Patrols Planned For New Year's Weekend

To help ensure a safer commute home from New Year's parties, law enforcement officers plan to be out in force. 
A word of warning for anyone consuming alcohol at New Year's parties tonight....let somebody else do the driving.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said you can expect extra patrols around Hardin County tonight. He said, "absolutely, we will have extra patrols out due to state grant money for traffic enforcement. We obviously are encouraging anyone who is going to be partaking of any alcoholic beverages to please enjoy yourself and have fun but find a sober driver to drive you home or call a cab."
The Sheriff added that it's important for all motorists to drive defensively, "especially in the wintertime, but that goes for anytime of the year. You have to drive defensively, watch out for the other drivers because there will be impaired drivers out amongst us tonight and over the weekend. So we will need to take extra precautions this weekend."
Have a safe and Happy New year from all of us at WKTN.


Five Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to the documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Cody G. Cowen was sentenced to a total of 59 months in prison on one count each of attempted tampering with evidence, burglary, trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and possession of heroin.
.William M. Dolan II was sentenced to five years in prison on one count of robbery.
.Cecil M. Miller was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of robbery. He was ordered to pay $1800 in restitution to the victim.
.Haley M. Hayter was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of possession of drugs a violation of community control sanctions from an earlier case, and Hayter was ordered to serve a total of 35 months in prison on the previous possession of drugs charges.
.Barbara L. Postell was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. She must serve 68 days local incarceration. 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Hoarders Star Encourages Compassion For Hoarders in Family

A star of the hit nationally televised show "Hoarders" is the guest on this week's At Issue program.
Featured organizer Matt Paxton said the best way to deal with hoarders is through compassion, "All we teach is compassion, compassion compassion, because this is about someone who has been tragically, tragically hurt, and the family members don't understand it. They've been yelling and screaming and getting upset. If you go into it with compassion, you get the person on the right side. You start off good."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Hardin County Ag Society Held December Meeting This Week

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory for their Holiday Meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and 35 guests were present.
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Bob Fish and Bob McBride were honored for their long term dedication to the Hardin County Ag. Society.  Bob Fish had served 18 years on the board and Bob McBride had served 24 years on the board.  .
Mark Light stated dairy steers, market steers and heifer weigh in will be Saturday, Dec. 31st from 10am-12noon at the fairgrounds.
Mark Baterscher, from the Hardin County OSU Extension Office explained some new programs that will be starting in January.  One program is for new farmers.
Craig Stump, representing the executive committee stated committees for 2017 are set.  The Annual Report was approved.
Kelly Buchenroth spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their meeting on Dec. 14th were reviewed.  The next ground’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 7pm.  
The entertainment committee will hopefully have a decision on the tractor pull and singer choices at the February meeting.
Don Spar announced the JR Fair Livestock Committee will be having a meeting on January 18th, 2017.  The sale committee will meet at 7pm and the livestock committees will meet at 7:30pm to discuss who their judges will be and any changes needed to their areas.  
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated the committee has made adjustments to the Durant Ride Contract.  The contract is for 5 years and it was approved.  The rides & concession’s committee recommendations of raising the concession electric fee by $25, having all contracts due by June 15th, lowering the commission rate for the HN and Grange restaurants to 30% from 35%, and having a couple food trucks on the weekend of the fair were approved. 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated that names are coming in for the 2017 Jr. Fair Board.  She then talked about the trophy letters and stated they were ready to be sent, but further discussion was held on where the money for the trophies should be sent.  No decision was made, with the topic being tabled until the February meeting.
It was noted the 4th of July Committee will be meeting at St. John’s Church on Monday, Jan. 9th.
Under old business:  
It was noted all fair board directors will be attending at least one day of the OFMA convention next week.  
Under new business: 
Judi Cronley swore in Mark Garmon as a fair board director for 3years.  The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm.


Ridgemont Edges Parkway 52-49 In Girls Basketball Action

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers defeated Parkway 52-49 in girls basketball action on Thursday.


The win was the sixth in the last seven games for the Golden Gophers, who are now 7-2 on the season.


Clutch Plays Lift Cats To Win Over Harding

Clutch plays down the stretch were the difference for the Kenton Wildcats as they slipped past the Marion Harding Presidents 75-72 in boys basketball action Thursday.


The Wildcats led for all of the second half until back-to-back three-pointers from the Presidents put Harding on top 72-71 with a little over a minute to play.




The Cats reclaimed the lead with 20 seconds left when Brady Donnelly converted a layup off a nice pass from Thomas Philips, and then Hunter Phillips knocked down two foul shots with eight seconds left to seal the win.


Jason Ellis had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Presidents (3-5) while Ryan Sayre and Elisha Browley had 13 points apiece for Harding.


Hunter Phillips had 25 points and seven rebounds to pace the Wildcats, who improve to 4-2 Jaron Sharp finished with 18 points and six rebounds while Thomas Philips added 14 points and seven rebounds.


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


Burglary Reported at Residence Near Alger

A burglary was reported Wednesday from a residence in the 800 block of Township Road 110 in Alger.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the caller stated that someone broke into his garage and stole meat from a freezer. He didn't know if anything else was missing at that time.
The incident is under investigation. 


Kenton Hosts Marion Harding in Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats look to close out 2016 with a win when they host Marion Harding tonight. 
Balanced scoring has been the key for the Wildcats. Kenton has placed four players in double figures three times this season, and is undefeated in those games. Twice this season two or fewer Cats have scored in double-digits, and Kenton has lost both those games. Overall, the Wildcats have alternated wins and losses this season and are 3 and 2 heading into tonight’s game with the Presidents.
Marion Harding has rebounded from a slow start and is 3 and 4 this season. The Presidents lost their first three games but have rattled off wins in three of their last four games, including a 58 to 45 win over Washington Courthouse on Tuesday.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.


Final 2016 Meeting of the Kenton City Council Held Tuesday Evening


Three items were discussed during Old Business at the Kenton City Council meeting including the resolution to vacate an Alley and two applications for street projects. The Alley is located in the 800 block of Cooper Street In Kenton and the applications for grants are for the Silver Street and Columbus and Hester Street projects. All three were discussed and will continue on to a third reading.


The final 2017 budget was was discussed and three amendments were added to the ordinance before being passed. Leftover monies not used from 2016, clarification to a retirement fund, and the City Garage heating and electric bill increases were added to the original ordinance. The amendments were voted on and passed before being voted on passed by the City Council.


In new business an ordinance for transferring funds in 2016 to finish repairs on the sewer plant and the waterworks grants was passed after suspending the 3 reading rule.


The final new business was the creation of the Downtown revitalization capital funds needed to begin the studies and the early engineering work on the future project. Law director Jon Schwimmer talked about how the fund cannot exceed 10 years and the 1 million dollar limit is just a starting point and will most likely need amended down the road based on the cost of project. After suspending the 3 reading rule the creation of the capital funds was passed.


The nest meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on January 9th following a public meeting to discuss rezoning of land.


Non-Injury Crash Tuesday Morning on South Main Street in Kenton


According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by Dawn Curlis-Wilson of Dola was traveling South on Main Street in Kenton when another vehicle operated by Joseph Hunter of Kenton was existing 403 S Main Street and struck Curlis-Wilson's vehicle in the left side. Curlis-Wilson's vehicle was pushed into the curb and damage was also done to the right rear tire.


Disabling damage occurred to Curlis-Wilson's vehicle and minor damage was listed in the report for Hunter's Vehicle. Hunter was cited for Right-of-way violation.


Kenton, Riverdale Post Victories On The Hardwood

The Kenton Lady Wildcats and the Riverdale Lady Falcons each posted girls basketball wins on Tuesday night.


Kenton bounced back from its first loss of the season in impressive fashion by pounding Marion Harding 67 to 36. The Lady Wildcats are now 7 and 1 and will host Bluffton on Tuesday.


Riverdale defeated Marion Local 60 to 55 in the opening round of the Wapakoneta Holiday Tournament. The Lady Falcons improve to 6 and 3 and will meet Dayton Carroll for the tournament title at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta.


Falcons Post Thrilling 53-51 Win Over Bucyrus

The Riverdale Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Bucyrus 53-51 in boys basketball action Tuesday.


The Falcons (2-4) led through most of the game and held a double-digit lead in the second half but the Redmen (1-6) closed to within a point in the final seconds but could not get over the hump.


Kyle Hamm had 13 points and five rebounds for Bucyrus while Gram Dick added 10 points.


Riverdale was led by Alec Loveridge, who hit six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 26 points. Noah Hough added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Falcons.


Majority Does Not Re-Gift Presents


When it comes to re-gifting Christmas presents, most of our Visitor Poll voters say they have never done that.


Of those responding, 58% said they have never re-gifted while the remaining 42% admitted to re-gifting at one time or another.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll. 


Accident on Christmas Day Damages Two Vehicles

Two vehicles were damaged in a Christmas Day crash in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 72 year old Rosemary Large attempted to turn left from a private drive onto Columbus Street, and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 42 year old Donald Grogan, of Kenton.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Large was cited for failing to yield the right of way. 


Citation Issued Following Traffic Stop


According to the report from the Sherrif department, Saturday evening around 10PM a a routine traffic stop was conducted in the area of Columbus Street and Main Street in Kenton. After a positive alert by the Hardin County Sheriffs K9, a search of the vehicle resulted in one female, identified as 20 year old Kaylee Cast of Delaware, allegedly being in possession of a clear plastic bag containing marijuana. Cast was issued a summons for Drug Possession.


Motorist Hits Horse in the Roadway Friday Evening


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff office, around 7:10PM Friday a vehicle was traveling West on County Road 144 near County Road 227 when the driver crested a small hill and struck the black running horse in the roadway.  The horse was believed to be returning home without a rider and the owner was not aware the animal was loose.


The horse was believed to have broken it's back and had to be put down at the scene. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and the driver was not injured in the crash. 


Kenton Woman Arrested on Shelby County Warrant

A Kenton woman was taken into custody after police were called to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers received a call Friday morning about a car parked in the alley behind Domino's Pizza. Upon arrival, the officer located the vehicle with two occupants inside. One was a male who cleared a warrant check and was a valid driver. The other occupant was a female passenger who was found to have an active warrant out of Shelby County.
18 year old Shayla Mullins was taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion. Shelby County authorities were advised of the arrest. 


Kenton Tops Delphos Jefferson in Friday Night Basketball Action

A big third quarter helped the Kenton Wildcats beat Delphos Jefferson 60-51 in boys basketball action on Friday.
The Wildcats trailed 27 to 22 at the halftime break but outscored Delphos Jefferson 22 to 12 in the third quarter to take a 44 to 39 lead. Kenton then slowly pulled away over the final eight minutes to post the win and improve to 3 and 2.
The Cats put four players in double figures, with Jaron Sharp scoring a game high 17 points. Thomas Phillips had 15 points for Kenton while Hunter Phillips scored 12 points and Trent Hites finished with 10 points.
Delphos Jefferson, which falls to 1 and 5, got 16 points from Jace Stockwell.
Kenton is back in action on Thursday when it hosts Marion Harding. That game will be broadcast live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:15pm. 


ODOT Releases Update on Snow and Ice Operations to Date

The Ohio Department of Transportation issued an update regarding snow and ice operations on state highways within District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. 
This report is issued periodically during the winter months and as necessary following snow and ice events.
This report represents October to the present in Hardin and surrounding counties within District 1:
323 miles covered
1,055 tons of salt
18,910 gallons of de-icing liquids 
11,564 miles driven
$160,180 cost to date
474 miles covered
3,286 tons of salt
28,355 gallons of de-icing liquids
19,709 miles driven
$152,771 cost to date
581 miles covered
2,215 tons of salt
35,760 gallons of de-icing liquids
23,102 miles driven 
$260,316 cost to date
475 miles covered
1,751 tons of salt
25,625 gallons of de-icing liquids
19,364 miles driven
$186,344 cost to date


Holiday Travelers to See Busy Highways in Ohio

Ohio highways will be full of travelers for the holidays. 
Traffic volumes in Ohio increase an average of 37 percent for the Christmas holiday and 33 percent for New Year’s Day. The last time the holiday fell on a Sunday – 2011 – the busiest travel days were the Thursday before Christmas and the Monday after Christmas.
AAA is predicting a record 103.1 million Americans, including 4.2 million Ohioans, will be traveling more than 50 miles from home. More than nine in 10 will be driving to their destination, the highest total volume since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2001.
“The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends,” said Director Jerry Wray. “We will do everything we can to make sure everyone gets where they need to go safely and on time. However, we also need drivers to do their part by following the speed limit, avoiding distractions, and making sure they and their passengers are wearing a seat belt.” 
So far this year, there have been 1,094 traffic deaths in Ohio. Sadly, 319 of those deaths involved people not wearing a seat belt.
During high-travel holidays, ODOT makes every effort possible to reduce the size and scope of work zones. In some cases that’s not possible. Ohio has invested $2 billion into the state’s infrastructure this year with more than 1,000 construction projects in progress.
Travelers are encouraged to download Ohio’s official traffic app, OHGO, before they head out the door. The app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, allows users to view real-time traffic speeds, more than 600 live traffic cameras, construction zone information, and traffic alerts. You can even create a customized route and get alerts pushed directly to your phone.


New Director of Chamber and Tourism Named

Kenton, OH - Today, the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held a press conference to name Jesse Purcell as its new director of the chamber and tourism divisions of the organization.  She will start her position on January 2, 2017. 
Alliance president & chief executive officer Jon Cross made the announcement and introduction, with the hiring appointment recently approved by the Alliance Board of Directors. 
"We are pleased to welcome aboard a local native with impressive leadership skills and management experiences," said Cross.  "In her new role, Jesse will help us hit the ground running by directing our membership services, programs and events, promoting year-round tourism efforts to advancing the growth and mission of the Alliance organization."
As part of her division responsibilities, Jesse will oversee the programs and organizations under the umbrella of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.  These include the Hardin County Ambassadors, Hardin County Safety Council, newly formed Women L.E.A.D. program, in-which Purcell served as a co-founder and co-chair, and the recently announced Young Professionals Alliance. 
"I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to serve my community," said Purcell. "Great strides are being made in Hardin County and I feel fortunate to help advance these efforts through the important work being done at the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance."
Purcell recently served as a community manager for the American Cancer Society and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer programs.  In addition, she brings nearly fifteen years of experience in building successful fundraising campaigns, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and stewarding strong business partnerships with career experiences from the nonprofit, retail, business and manufacturing industries.  She also brings about relevant experience in developing membership growth and retention best practices by volunteering with area chamber of commerce organizations in Northwest Ohio. 
Purcell is a graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio and resides with her husband and children in Kenton.   


Driver Injured in Crash Tuesday Evening

A Toledo man was injured in a crash that occurred Tuesday evening on County Road 150.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 22 year old Cameron Goldberg was driving east on 150 and began to slow for a curve. Goldberg lost control of his vehicle on the ice which went off the north side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Moderate damage occurred to the vehicle, and Goldberg was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Alger EMS.


Rams Battle Back From Early Deficit To Top Lady Wildcats 75-63

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams fought back from an early 10-point deficit to defeat the Kenton Lady Wildcats 75-63 in girls basketball action Tuesday at Alumni Fieldhouse on Tuesday.


The Lady Wildcats (6-1) led 19-9 in the first quarter but the Rams went on a 13-0 run to grab a 22-19 lead. The game seesawed back and forth for the rest of first half, with USV grabbing a 34-29 halftime lead. The Rams (5-1) then outscored Kenton 15-4 in the third quarter and held the Cats at arm's length the rest of the night.


Four players scored in double figures for USV, with Emily Patton leading the way with 21 points. Shelby Spradlin added 19 points while Kaycee Carroll scored 12 points and Alyssa Miller tallied 10 points.


The Lady Wildcats were led by Ashley Morris, who scored a game-high 24 ponts and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.Megan Gier added 12 points for Kenton.






Kenton School Board Conducts Last Board Meeting of 2016

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met for their regular December meeting on Monday evening at the Board Offices. The minutes of the previous meeting, held on Monday, November 17th, were approved.
Grace Collins, the daughter of Kenton City Schools technology coordinator, Ryan Collins, gave the annual technology report in the form of a whimsical holiday poem written by her father. The "report" indicated that a new technology manual had been created this calendar year, and also mentioned the district phone upgrades, currently being finished at Kenton Middle School. Once finished, the new phone system will connect each building in the district to the other buildings, making transferring calls between buildings possible. 
There were no members of the public seeking public participation Monday evening, and the reports of the Treasurer were approved. 
Under the Superintendent's report, Jennifer Penczarski announced that the district would be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, December 20th, due to the still-icy roads. She also recognized one of two retirees: Kathy Reffner, who had been with the district for 17 years. The other retiree, Kristi Harp, who had been with the district for 18 years, was unable to attend the meeting. 
Penczarski said of Reffner, "She has made wonderful decisions for this district" and called her a "mastermind" in regards to the EMIS system. Reffner thanked her and the board members, saying that working with EMIS had been a "never-ending learning experience." 
During committee reports, the board heard from:
Finance - the Finance Committee has opened the initial estimate/bidding process for the proposed bus barn for the district. The committee has received four estimates so far, and it was noted by board member Mark Watkins that the numbers were not official bids, as the district does not have a design for the barn set in stone at this time. The estimates received are as follows: Morton Buildings, $1.7 million; Robinson Building, $1.1 million; Golden Giant, $1.3 million; and Miller Contracting, $1.4 million.
The committee also reported that they were looking into signing up for Navigate, a school safety program application that allows for access to a digital system with classroom layouts, messaging capabilities, and other features. The system is designed to be used in the event of an intruder or other catastrophic event. The initial setup fee is $10,500, and annual maintenance fees are $3,000. 
Extracurricular - the Extracurricular Committee reported that fall sports are going well, and noted that a few sporting events have had to be rescheduled due to the inclement weather. 
Career Center - the Career Center wrapped up their year end with an annual Christmas dinner, prepared by the Hi-Point culinary students.
There was no old business to be discussed. 
Under personnel items, the board approved 9 items:
-Approved the request of maternity leave for Emily Courtney with an anticipated due date of April 15, 2017. She is requesting six (6) weeks leave. Upon exhausting all sick and personal leave, she is requesting an unpaid leave of absence all running concurrently with FMLA.
-Approved a motion to create the following position:
  Bus Driver to Mac-a-Cheek - 4 hour route
-Approved the following substitutes:
Deb Manns - substitute teacher
Carrie Miller - substitute cafeteria
Cindy Rogers - Substitute educational assistant, secretary
McKenzie Butterman - substitute teacher
-Approved the following volunteers:
Sue Bailey, Deb Bartlett, Judi Cronley, Samantha Evans, Wanda Horner, Randy Humphries, Steffanie Humphries, Katie Ketcham, Matthew Ketcham, Amy Kohl, Mike Kohl, Robyn Sturgeon.
-Approved Chris Horner, Kenton City Schools bus driver, Step 1, 4 hours, 187 days at a rate of $14.43 per hour. Probationary period of 60 days beginning December 20, 2016 with the 61st day being March 29, 2017.
-Approved the written resignation of Julie Simmons, Curriculum/Principal of Instruction effective January 2, 2017.
-Approved Rebecca Clyborn, Mac-a-Cheek bus driver, Step 3, 4 hours, 187 days at a rate of $15.03 per hour. Probationary period of 15 days beginning December 20, 2016 with the 16th day being January 24, 2017.
-Approved the following Club ROAR mentors/tutors:
Addison Carter, Rick Collins
-Approved the written resignation of Patty Cribley, Design Team supplemental effective December 13, 2016.
Under authorizations and resolutions, the board approved 4 items:
-Approved the payment of $5,338.00 for the annual membership dues to Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) for January-December 2017.
-Approved the Kenton High School Band trip to Cedar Point May 25-26, 2017.
-Approved the date and time for the re-organizational and regular meeting for Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm. 
-Approved the appointed of President Pro-Term (current year Vice President or other Board appointee - not the Treasurer or Superintendent); the board selected current Vice President, David Haushalter. 
An addendum was added to the meeting, regarding changes to several current administrative positions. Under Resolutions, Addendum, 15A, the board approved the creation of the position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. The board simultaneously voted to abolish the Principal of Instruction position, as well as the 7-12 Curriculum and Information Resource Specialist position. Under Personnel, Addendum, 16A, the board then voted to approve Jodi Cole as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for a contract beginning January 3, 2017 and ending June 30, 2019, 220 days, at a rate of $80,000.00 per year. 
The board then approved a motion to go into executive session to discuss the purchase or sale of property.
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on January 9, 2017 at 7:00pm. 


Union County Sheriff Warns Union County Residents About Phone Scam

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls from Union County residents involving individuals impersonating a deputy. 
Individuals are making fraudulent calls wherein the caller attempts to obtain money by representing themselves as a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office. The Union County Sheriff’s Office DOES NOT call the public over the phone and tell them they owe money. 
Scam artist use tactics to scare honest people into believing they will be arrested if they don’t pay money. Tell them you are hanging up and calling your local Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone receiving fraudulent calls to contact us at 937-645-4110.


Vast Majority Would Rather Give a Gift Than Receive

In the true spirit of Christmas, a vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters would rather give a Christmas gift than receive one.


Of those responding to the poll, 87% said they would rather give, while only 13% said they would rather receive a gift.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Hardin County Experienced Taste of Winter Over Weekend

A number of accidents kept area law enforcement agencies busy over the weekend. Most were blamed on the icy road conditions that hit the area Saturday.
Hardin County was under a Level 1 or 2 Snow Emergency for much of the weekend, but all levels were lifted as of Sunday afternoon.
A crash that really wasn't weather related occurred Saturday evening on State Route 31.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car driven by 33 year old Nathan Dillard, of Kenton, was driving south on 31 and slowed for traffic when a semi travelling at a high rate of speed behind him attempted to pass.
The trailer of the semi struck the car, and operator of the semi continued on after the crash. The car was heavily damaged. Dillard was not injured. 


Ohio Gas Prices Up at Beginning of Busy Holiday Travel Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Drivers are seeing slightly higher gas prices at the start of what's likely to be a week of heavy holiday travel. 
A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 7 cents from a week ago and well above the average from a year ago, which was about $1.83. 
The national average for regular fuel was $2.24 on Monday, up three pennies from a week earlier. The national average at this time last year was $2.00. 
Average gas prices increased in recent weeks following the OPEC agreement on Nov. 30 to cut production beginning in January.


Delay Information

Quest Credit Union all branches will open at 10 am


Hardin County Council on aging   is closed


Forest Wharton Food Pantry cancelled for today and rescheduled for Wednesday 12/21

Dr Deshmukh's office is closed

Dave Deever State Farm Ins is closed


Slippery Roadways Kept Sheriffs Department and KPD Busy Over The Weekend


The Slippery Roadways Kept the Hardin County Sheriff and Kenton Police Department Busy over the Weekend.


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According to the day logs of the Hardin County Sheriffs office, starting early Saturday morning 35 property damage accidents were reported to the Sheriff department throughout the county. These include cars into ditches, single car crashes, and private property incidents. 3 additional crashes were reported with injuries and one hit skip accident was on the day log.


Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN or go to WKTN.com for updated information when made available. 



Sunday, December 18th Cancellations on WKTN


Silver Creek United Methodist Church - Services Canceled


Meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses - Canceled


St. John’s Lutheran Church of Dola - Services Canceled


Roundhead United Methodist Church - Services Canceled

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church - Services Canceled


Church of the Nazarene - 9:15 and 11am Service Canceled


Bridgeport Church - Services Canceled


Youth Breakfast at Epworth United Methodist Church - Canceled


Rhinehart United Methodist Church - Services Canceled

St. John’s Evangelical Church - All Sunday Activities Canceled
Blanchard River Church - Services Canceled
Payne AME Church - Services Canceled
Dinkirk Assembly of God - Services Canceled
First Christian Church - Services Cenceled
McGuffey Church of Christ - Services Canceled
Ada Full Gospel Church - Services Canceled
Central Church of Christ  - Morning Services Canceled and Christmas Concert
Herritage Oaks Full Gospel Church - Services Canceled
Abundent Life Church Assembly of God - 10am Service Canceled
Mt Victory Church of Christ - Services Canceled
Grant United Methodist Church - Services Canceled
First Baptist Church - Services Canceled
Our Saviors Lutheran Church - Services Canceled
Oasis Ministries Church - Services Canceled
Kenton Alliance Church - Services Canceled
New Hope Church Services moved to 7pm, rehersal at 5pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church - Services Canceled
Epworth United Methodist Church - Services Canceled
First Reformed Church of Christ - Services Canceled
Alger New Birth Living Word Minstries Church - Services Canceled
Ridgeway Church of Christ - Services Canceled
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church - Services Canceled
Grace United Methodist Church Dunkirk - Services Canceled
Belle Center Church of Christ - Services Canceled
Church of New Beginnings Patterson - Services Canceled
Alger First United Methodist Church - Services Canceled


Saturday, December 17th Cancellations

School Events

Kenton girls basketball game at Riverdale - Canceled


Riverdale boys basketball game at Kenton - Rescheduled for Monday, December 19th. No Freshman Game


Hardin Northern boys basketball game at North Baltimore - Canceled


Ada boys basketball game at Perry - Canceled


Ada girls basketball game against Arcadia - Canceled



Church Events

Church of the Nazarene family movie night - Canceled.



Community Events

Price McElroy Funeral Home's candle lighting service - Canceled.


Lake of Lights - Closed



Gopher Pizza - Closed


The Plaza Inn - Closing at 7:30



Late Defiance Foul Shot Sinks Wildcats

Michael Menendez knocked down a foul shot with 7.2 seconds left to lift the Defiance Bulldogs to a 39-38 win over the Kenton Wildcats in the Western Buckeye League boys basketball opener for both schools on Friday night.


The Bulldogs are now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the league while the Wildcats are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in WBL play.


Defiance led by two points after one quarter, and the game was tied at the half. The Bulldogs opened up an eight-pont lead in the third quarter, but the Cats rallied to pull to within two points entering the fourth quarter to set up the thrilling finish.


Menendez finished with a team-high 14 points to lead the Bulldogs, with half of those points coming in the fourth quarter.


Hunter Phillips led the Wildcats with 13 points while Thomas Phillips addd 12 points and five rebounds.


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


One Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Christopher P. Fout was sentenced to a total of 39 months in prison on two counts of possession of drugs and one count each of possession of heroin and theft.
Judge Scott Barrett also ordered Fout to pay restitution in the amount of $1150 to Walmart. 


OSP Offers Winter Driving Tips

The 2016/17 winter driving season has already created dangerous driving conditions.
Lt. Matthew Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said some good advice for motorists is to reduce your speed on snow and ice covered roads, "When you're taking your turns around corners, do it slower than normal. When you're accelerating obviously don't step on the gas too hard or it's going to spin out. Same with braking, everything takes longer on snow covered roadways, so you've got to give yourself that extra time to maneuver just by driving slower speed to begin with."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Ridgemont Improves To 6-2 With 47-39 Win Over Hardin Northern

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers improved to 6-2 with a 47-39 win over the Hardin Northern Polar Bears in Northwest Central Conference girls basketball action on Thursday.


The Gophers, who are now 2-0 in the NWCC, got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Priscilla Howland and 11 points and 13 rebounds from Meadow Cromer.


Hardin Northern, which drops to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the NWCC, were led by Holly Wilson's 17 points and seven rebounds.


Hardin Community School Holds Photography Gallery Walk

Students at the Hardin Community School showed off their photography skills during an event held Wednesday at the school.
15 year old Alexis Miller
Upstart in partnership with Hardin Community School held a Photography Gallery Walk from 3:30 to 5:30 at the school on Decatur Street in Kenton.
14 year old Treyvon Higgens
15 year old Jonny McClain
Those attending were able to view the students work and talk to them about their experiences. 


United Way at 93%

The United Way campaign is at $203,355.55 which is 93% of our goal of $220,000.00.  
Breaking that down by divisions:
.Agriculture - $7,069.00
.Special Gifts - $20,355.79
.Fiance, Insurance & Real Estate (F.I.R.E.) is at $16,052.03
.Education - $10,288.11
.Government - $4,859.76
.Professional - $8,611.85
.Industry - $124,889.08
.Retail - $4,612.80
.Out of County - $621.18 
.Special Events are at $5995.95
We want to thank everyone who donated so far. The campaign is still going on.


Court Dismisses Appeal Over Sex Abuse of Adopted Ohio Girls

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A court has dismissed an appeal by a former Ohio National Guardsman sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing three adopted daughters.
An attorney for the 43-year-old Marysville man argued evidence didn't support the conviction, the man had ineffective legal counsel and the child witnesses recanted their accounts at some point.
The man denied abusing the girls. His wife testified she never saw signs of such abuse. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for intimidation and obstructing justice.
The appeals court ruling issued last month dismissed the man's appeal because the case wasn't fully resolved at the county level, as the jury deadlocked on one charge that hadn't yet been retried or dismissed.
The Associated Press isn't naming the couple to protect the children's identities.


Arlington Structure Fire Closes US 68 Tuesday Evening


A Structure Fire in Arlington closes US 68 at 501 N. Main Street Tuesday Evening.


Structure Fire


According to information gathered at the scene, the initial call came in around 10:00PM Tuesday evening to the Arlington fire department. Trucks from multiple areas were called for mutual aide to help with the fire.


Structure Fire Arlington


US 68 was closed for several hours and traffic was diverted around Arlington while the fire crews battled the fire.


Smoke from Fire


Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN or here on WKTN.com for updates when made available.




Woman Injured in Crash Monday Afternoon

A Kenton woman was injured in a crash that occurred around 2:15 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Main Street and Fairground Road.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 34 year old Nicole Hobensack was driving south on Main when a northbound semi being operated by 46 year old Raymond Driesbaugh, of Kenton, turned left from Main onto Fairground Road. Hobensack's car struck the semi causing heavy damage to the car and moderate damage to the semi. 
Hobensack was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. 
Driesbaugh was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Street Project Funding, 2017 Budget, and Snow Plow Procedure Discussed at Kenton City Council Meeting


The 23rd Meeting for 2016 of the Kenton City Council was held Monday Evening and a number of ordinance and resolutions were introduced to the council.


The first Ordinance introduced for first reading was the 2017 budget submission from the Finance Committee. It was reiterated that the finance committee has reduced the projected budget shortfall from the projected $500,000 to $57,000 and all members agree that no more reductions could be made. It was suggested that the budget go through 2 reading before being passed. The council determined if not enough members were present for the second reading a third City Council meeting may need to happen in order to pass the budget before January 1st 2017. The vacating of an alley in the 800 block of Cooper Street In Kenton was introduced along with ordinance dealing with the transfer of  funds to cover additional expenses in 2016 for a total of $6.575. This final ordinance was passed after suspending the 3 reading rule.



Three resolutions dealing with street projects were introduced to the council for first reading. The Silver Street improvement project (pictured above) resolution is a road overlay project to fix some of the bad spots in the pavement before paving from State Route 53 to the new Elementary School. The total project cost is $76,205 with the city requesting a grant to reduce the total city cost to $45,723. This project is estimated to be completed by 2018 if funding is awarded.


Columbus and Hester


The second resolution is for the widening of the intersection at East Columbus Street and Hester Street (pictured above) in Kenton with a total cost of $49,100 and if grant money is received the city match being $29,460. This project would add an additional 12 feet of road to the north side of East Columbus Street. Project projected completion date would be in 2017.


The third resolution for the downtown revitalization plan with a total project cost of $38,000 with $15,000 coming from the city revolving loan fund in grant form, another $15,000 match from the county, and 6,000 from the downtown historic district fund. This resolution was passed by council after suspending the 3 reading rule.


In other committee reports the Cemetery committee passed a 2017 budget and purchased a new lawn mower. 


Brian Hattery spoke to the City Council about the YMCA Scholarship program which is raising money during the month of December. 


A question was raised during the public time to speak about how the City of Kenton determines when they operate their snow plows during inclement weather. Safety Service Director Hites said that any citizen can call the Kenton Police Department to report any dangerous roadways or hazards that need attention and the Police Department will pass that information onto the city garage. Hites also said that during weekends the snow plows would be operating only after 4 inches of snow to help reduce overtime to the city unless called into action by the KPD. During the weekdays the plows would be available beginning around 7AM and through normal operating hours.





New Stop Signs to Be Installed on North Detroit Street at North Street Intersection


The Kenton Safety Committee and the Administration will be installing and studying the impact of making the Detroit and North street intersection a 4-way stop. Safety Service director Jim Hites introduced the committees recommendations at last nights city council meeting.


According to Hites “This started out after getting calls from the school bus garage. The bus drivers don't feel they can safely cross there because of the continual traffic. So we are going to install, in the next few days, some (stop) signs and then we are going to do a study on it to see how it works out.”


Hites says the new sign will be installed on North Detroit Street along with warning signs. This intersection previously had a light but that was removed after the school closed and it was determined it wasn't necessary anymore.


Mayor Randy Manns adds that “What we were looking at is for 30 or 60 days observing and see how the truck traffic goes and see how things go and we'll either take them down, leave them there, or look at putting a light. That is the only three options we have.”


The Kenton Police Department pulled crash reports from this intersection and patrolman Kaufman presented the information from January 2013 when the light was removed to now.


In the entire city of Kenton “We averaged around 205 traffic crashes reported to us (Kenton Police Department) a year in that time frame, of those there has only been 13 reported crashes at the intersection of North Detroit Street and North Street. In comparison to other intersections and the one I picked was Carroll Street and Detroit there has been 10 crashes.” Patrolman Kaufman continues “Of those all were happening during daytime hours and only 6 of those was dealing with crossing traffic. The others were from rear ending crashes or pedestrians crossing.”


3rd ward Council Member Antwilla Davis says that "It's not the safest intersection and obviously not the most dangerous intersection in town but there is a lot of bus traffic that goes through there. It has been brought to our attention on multiple occasions, is it the perfect answer, I wish it were, It may or may not be but we are just trying to come up with an idea to make is safer."


The signs would be installed within the next ten days and WKTN will give an update once the signs are installed.  




Ohio Gas Prices 21 Cents Higher Than Same Time Last Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up 21 cents compared with this time a month ago.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.22 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The price in Ohio at the same time last month was $2.01, with an average of $2.16 reported a week ago. 
The average in Ohio at this time last year was $1.92.
Nationally, the average for regular fuel was $2.21 on Monday. The national average reported a month ago was about $2.18. The national average a year ago was $2.02. 
Average gas prices have been increasing the past few weeks following the OPEC agreement on Nov. 30 to cut production beginning in January. 


Slight Majority Still Send Christmas Cards

Just a small majority of people still send Christmas cards to family and friends.


Of those responding to the Visitor Poll, 55% said they still send cards, while the remaining 45% say they do not send them.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll. 


Delays & Cancelations for Monday December 12th 2016

Kenton: Two Hour Delay

Ada: Two Hour Delay

Hardin Northern: Two Hour Delay

Ridgemont: Two Hour Delay

Riverdale: Two Hour Delay

Simon Kenton: Two Hour Delay

Upper Sandusky: Two Hour Delay

Upper Scioto Valley: Two Hour Delay


Forest Christian Preschool: One Hour Delay - PM Classes Only

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3: No Bus - Walk-Ins only

Forest Head Start open at 9:30 for walk ins only, no bus service














Vehicle Was Damaged and A Baseball Thrown at Window Saturday in Kenton


Police News


According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle in the 300 Block of North Detroit Street had it's driver side mirror completely broken off sometime late Friday evening or early Saturday morning. The Mirror was found further down the street from the legally parked vehicle. Their was no evidence of another vehicle being involved but according to the report it was suspected.


Saturday evening the Kenton Police Department responded to a report of a baseball getting thrown at a window.

Both incidents are currently under investigation.



UPDATED 12:25PM - Delays and Cancellations for Sunday December 11th




- Ada Full Gospel Church 6PM Service Canceled


- Canceled Church Services for First Reformed United Church of Christ 


- Meeting for Jehovah Witnesses for 10 has been canceled


Lady Wildcats Blitz Van Buren 79-36 To Stay Perfect

The Kenton Lady Wildcats blitzed Van Buren 79-36 Saturday afternoon to stay perfect on the season.


The Lady Wildcats eliminated any doubt as to the outcome in the early going, hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter en route to building a 26-10 lead after one period. Kenton opened its lead to 41-20 at the half and then broke the game wide open by outscoring the Black Knights 21-6 in the third quarter to take a 62-26 lead and cruised in the fourth quarter to post their fifth victory in as many outings this season.


The Cats used balanced scoring, an aggressive defense and the three-point shot to get the win. Kenton hit 13 three-pointers in the game and placed four players in double figures, led by Ashley Morris' 23 points. Sara Hoyt added 19 points and nine rebounds while Kori Barrett finished with 12 points and Ellie Miller had 10 points. Megan Gier scored seven points for Kenton while Layne Taylor had six points and a game-high 14 rebounds.


Lydia Reineke led Van Buren with 12 points.


The Lady Wildcats are now 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Western Buckeye League and will travel to Defiance to take on the unbeaten Bulldogs on Thursday in a key early season WBL contest.


Huntington Bank in Arlington Robbed

The Huntington Bank in Arlington was the scene of an armed robbery Saturday morning.
The call was received around 11:15 by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. A description of the suspect was released to area law enforcement, who were advised to be on the lookout.
According to sources, the suspect is described as a tall build white male, standing around 6'5" tall and weighing approximately 230 pounds and was dressed in all black.
He fled the area on foot. A gun was said to have been shown at the scene, and authorities are not disclosing how much money the robber made off with.
The investigation is being conducted by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.


Alliance Announces New Initiatives For 2017

KENTON, OH - Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance President & CEO Jon Cross announced two new initiatives for 2017 during the Alliance Christmas Luncheon.  The organization will develop a student focused job and career fair, as well as the formation of the "Young Professionals Alliance" for those ranging in age of 21 - 40, under the umbrella of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance organization. 
As part of its ongoing workforce development strategies, the Alliance will host a new "Hardin County Student Job & Career Fair" in February 2017 for graduating seniors and college students.  Nearly 500+ twelfth grade students from local school districts throughout Hardin County, as well as area college students, will be invited to meet with several local and regional businesses that are recruiting full-time or part-time employment, summer jobs and internship opportunities. Businesses expected to participate will range from careers in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, education, financial, healthcare, retail and service industry.   
"As a first of its kind event for our community, not only does it give students the opportunity to explore more career pathways and interview for job opportunities, it allows businesses to recruit a skilled and viable workforce, and helps our community attract and retain a younger generation to live, work and prosper in Hardin County," said Jon Cross, who also serves as the director of economic development. 
The student job & career fair will be held at the Kenton Senior High School gymnasium on Friday, February 10th  from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Businesses, at no cost, can preregister by contacting the Alliance at 419-673-4131.  Each participant will be supplied with a table and chairs. 
In addition, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will launch the "Young Professionals Alliance" to allow professionals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, farmers, manufacturers, realtors, and many other career industries throughout Hardin County the opportunity to come together for networking, educational and social opportunities.   
Last year, the Alliance met with 30 plus young professionals to discuss the formation and experiences they would like to participate in to help with their networking or career development focus.  Details will be announced in early 2017 about the first organized gathering.  
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Young Professionals Alliance, please email your name and contact information to alliance@hccba.com.


Subway Robber Among Six Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Six people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Tyler S. Lake was sentenced to a total of six years in prison on one count of aggravated robbery. The charge is in connection to the robbery of Subway in Kenton in July of this year.
.Michael J. Lowry was sentenced to a total of 40 months in prison on 2 counts of possession of heroin and one count of failure to appear.
.Benjamin A. Camper was sentenced to a total of 34 months in prison on one count each of theft, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property. 
The following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Nevin N. Neff on 2 counts of aggravated menacing and one count of menacing by stalking. He must serve 60 days local incarceration. 
.Kevin E. Kinnear on 2 counts of trespassing and one count of attempting trespassing. 
.Damien A. Stewart on 3 counts of burglary.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Agency Works To Help Victims of Domestic Violence

An area agency continues to work to help victims of domestic violence. 
Emily Wrencher, the Executive Director of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima, said domestic violence cases are more prevalent than you might imagine, "The national statistics tell us that one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lifetime and also one in thirty-three men. Domestic violence is also the umbrella for elder abuse and child abuse also."
She adds that when it comes to domestic violence, abuse is not always physical, "So much damage is done from the psychological abuse or emotional abuse- the mind games, the name calling and never forget the sexual abuse. Rape can be marital, whether it's a relationship or a stranger. In fact, most of the rapes that do occur is within the dating scene or an acquaintance."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:365 on WKTN.


Annual Shop With A Cop Set For Saturday

On December 10, 2016 the Hardin County Sheriff's Office will sponsor the 5th annual "Shop with a Cop" program. 
The event allows children from Hardin County to spend a fun filled day with Hardin County Law Enforcement  and volunteers. Donations are now being accepted at the Sheriff's Office located at 1025 South Main Street Kenton, Ohio 43326. 
Each child will be provided a gift card to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for their families at Wal-Mart. The gift cards are purchased through donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. 
After shopping, everyone returns to the Sheriff's Office for lunch and fun. The children wrap the gifts they purchased and Santa will be stopping by to greet all of the children. 
For further information on the program, please contact Deputy Henderson at 419-673-1268 ext. 2140.


2016 Mistletoe Ball Brings in $55,000

The Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation Mistletoe Ball was held on Saturday December 3.  
Pictured at this year’s Mistletoe Ball from left to right are Robert and Aida Norman, Auctioneer Dave Wedertz and Christina and Dave Amweg. 
The event raised approximately $55,000 to benefit the renovation project of the OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Department/2North.  The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales, and the traditional silent and live auctions held that evening.
Mistletoe Ball chairperson Linda Smith said she appreciates all the support the community provides to make the ball a success.
Next year's ball is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017.


Hardin County Ag Society Conducts Monthly Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular December Meeting.  Eighteen directors were and 11 guests were present 
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Judi Cronley swore in Charlie McCullough and Don Spar for their 3 year terms.
James Bostater expressed his interest in renting the fairgrounds for a 3 day festival in October 2017.  The festival would be honoring W.W. Durbin, a magician that was from Hardin County.  It was noted there are no available dates to rent the fairgrounds in October, due to already being rented every weekend in October.  He then suggested the last weekend in September.  James stated he would get back with the fairgrounds on that date or a date in 2018.  
Mark Light stated letters went out to all 4-H members about livestock dates coming up and other special events of interest.  He stated he’s currently working on the 2017 calendar of events.  
Mark Baterscher introduced a flyer about a new veterinary fee that will be starting January 1, 2017.  This will involve getting prescriptions for all medications used with livestock, including any medication used in feed.  The Hardin County OSU Extension Office have more flyers on this subject in their office.  
Denna Clem, representing the 4th of July committee, spoke about a group that has come to her about wanting to hold events at the fairgrounds on the 4th of July.  This group is called “Freedom from Addiction” and they would like to hold their events at the fairgrounds from noon until the fireworks display.  This would coincide with the Annual Car Show and Annual Fourth of July Parade.  Four directors expressed their interest in having the group and will be attending their meeting at St. John’s Church on January 9th to research this more.  
Craig Stump, representing the executive/budget committee went over their minutes from their meeting on Nov. 15th.  Yearly bonuses, salary increases and contracts for 2017 were approved.  Off season camping was changed to $25 per day and a horse show arena rental agreement to state renting the arena on the weekends is now $200 per day and using the lights is $15 per hour was approved.  The show arena is now going to be worked prior to a show and one time during the show and only a representative of the fair board will be allowed to work the ground.  A new executive committee was formed with the current president and vice president on the committee, along with 2 directors on for a 2 year term and 2 directors on for a 1 year term.  All directors voted for 4 members, with the top 2 chosen getting the 2 year term and the next 2 chosen given the 1 year term.  When a director goes off of the committee, they will not be eligible to be voted for a committee member for 1 year.  Those elected to the committee were Kelly Buchenroth and Brad Murphy chosen for the 2 year term and Rob Wilson and Corey Ledley chosen for the 1 year term.  The next executive committee meeting is Monday, Dec. 12th at 6pm and they will be forming all of the rest of the committees.  The code of conduct for 2017 was signed by all directors.  The 2017 budget was approved.  
Kelly Buchenroth spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their meeting on Nov. 16th were reviewed.  A contract for GOBA to use the fairgrounds on June 23rd, 2017 was approved.  The next ground’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 7pm.  
Judi Cronley read a letter from a circus company that wanted to rent the community building in the spring.  The board unanimously said “no” to another circus group using the community building.  The board moved to have another concert on Saturday night of the fair.  
Don Spar announced the JR Fair Livestock Committee will be having a meeting on January 18th, 2017.  The sale committee will meet at 7pm and the livestock committees will meet at 7:30pm to discuss who their judges will be and any changes needed to their areas.  The new ODA family rule for livestock was approved.  It states that sheep, dairy beef feeders, dairy steers and market steers will now be allowed to have one extra animal as a “family” option – per household address.  That family animal will not be eligible for the rate of gain contest.  It was also noted that all JR. fair livestock checks have been mailed.  
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated they will be having a committee meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14th at 6pm to discuss the Durant contract and go over rental rates for the 2017 fair.  
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated that Hardin County will not have a queen participating for the state fair queen.  Both the 2016 Hardin County Fair queen and runner up have sports related conflicts and will not be able to attend the OFMA convention for the contest this year.
Kerry James, representing the gates/admissions committee, went over their committee minutes from their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15th.  The board moved to increase the price of daily gate workers from $750 to $1,000.  Last year’s gate workers will be receiving letters, to see if they are interested in working the gates again and then if there is available days for workers, a notice will go in the paper about availability.  
Under old business:  
Final updates were made for those directors attending the OFMA convention in January.    
Under new business: 
It was announced the Hardin County Fair will be honored with three Ohio Fairs Communication Awards at the OFMA convention.  Those awards are first place for our brochure and newsletter and 2nd place for the Kenton Times Keepsake.  It was announced that the Hardin County Fairboard’s Holiday/Honoree Dinner will be on Wednesday, December 28th at 6pm, at the Plaza.  
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm.


Majority Plans to Spend About the Same or Less For Christmas Shopping


When it comes to spending for Christmas this year, 44% of our Visitor Poll voters plan to spend about the same as they did in 2015.


Another 43% said they plan to spend less, and the remaining 13% said they plan to spend more than they did last year.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.


Finance Committee Ready to Present 2017 Budget to Kenton City Council

2017 Budget Deficit for Kenton was discussed for a final time at the City Council Finance Committee Monday.
Towards the end of every calendar year the City Council of Kenton projects it's revenue for the next year and it's the task of Finance Committee is to comb through the expected expenses and calculate if the city will be in the black or the red. At the beginning of this process back in October the general fund for the City of Kenton was showing a projected deficit of around $500,000 dollars. By going through the line items one by one the committee has reduced the projected deficit to $57,700 or 1.38% of total estimated revenue for 2017. It was decided by the committee members that at this time nothing further can be cut and it was time to send the budget for 2017 to the full Kenton City Council for discussion and approval. 
Committee member David Beazley mentioned to the administration that with any of the departments, "That even if they touch the general fund they need to know we are in defeict, so if there is a way to save a nickle, save the nickel."
Other topics up for decision was the introduction of an ordinance heading to the City Council to fill a shortage in funds after purchasing items for the new building and the Auditors office also received more money from a grant for the Kenton Police Department K9 unit than expected and additional appropriations must be passed to reflect the over-payment of approximately $471.
Safety Service Director Jim Hites updated the committee on an issue with billing for the brush and debris disposal for the City. The billing issue started in 2014 and is currently being worked out in conjunction with the North Central Solid Waste District and the Hardin County Commissioners. The total bill for debris and brush disposal comes to $7,408.10 with NCO Waste paying half and the remaining being split between the City of Kenton and the Commissioners. The cost to the city of Kenton would be a $656.55 and appropriations would need to be passed to cover the cost. With the knowledge of the cost going forward the City would only use the facility for trash disposal when needed. 
City Auditor Brian Hattery brought up possible issues with the Kenton Sewer Department showing a deficit in the budget that will be sent to the City Council for approval. Hattery questioned why there would be a deficit when nothing has changed in expenses and seeing how the..."original rate were dropped by 3 dollars I would see how you would want to look into raising rates" The Finance Committee Chair Teresa Styer, Clint Sneary, and Beazley all agree that exploring raising Sewer and even Water rates in the near future is something the committee should be looking at to help keep both departments healthy.


2016 ARC Auction Down Slightly From 2015; Still a Success

The 2016 ARC Auction held this past Sunday at Simon Kenton School was a success again this year.
Simon Kenton School Superintendent Mark Kieffer said the total raised this year was $11,821, "$7612 was from the auction sales, which is about $500 less from last year. I think our crowd was down a little bit. It seems like all the Christmas events are now happening much earlier in the month, so there's a lot of folks sharing our time, but we appreciate that. Our kitchen sales was $609, and the Roof Law Office sends out letters for cash donations and those have brought in $3600 already."
He said the proceeds benefit Simon Kenton School, "Most of the money will go to our Summer Respite Program, and that is for students of Simon Kenton School and other special ed classes throughout the county who's family needs some summer babysitting or respite. It's quite an undertaking. It also goes towards extracurricular events at Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries and sometimes special projects such as our walking track. Money from previous auctions has gone for our new walking path. It's located just north of Harco and then we have a Special Needs fund, which helps out families who's medical bills or travel really exceeds what they can afford due to their child's disability or medical needs of the child. That Special Needs fund is I think one of the most valuable funds to help out families at a time of need."
Kieffer thanked the many people who helped make the auction successful including donors, auctioneers, volunteers and of course the bidders, "Folks that come out and spend their money and but the items. Sometimes they get a good deal and sometimes they go at cost or above cost, but it's our bidders that really put the cash in our till, and we really appreciate them the most, so I just want to thank the whole Hardin County community for the support again at our auction."


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Meet

Kenton, Ohio – Hardin Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees met Wednesday to receive committee reports.
The Finance/Audit/Compliance Committee report revealed that year-to-date the hospital system’s operating margin is running slightly above budget.  
The Quality of Care Committee made recommendations to the medical staff and the Board approved several new medical staff appointments in the specialties of Cardiology, Neurology, Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Radiology. Reappointments were also approved which included 65 physicians, and one Advance Practice Providers.  
The Community Needs Committee met and received updates from Chief Operating Office, Ron Snyder, regarding physicians and Phase I of the renovation project to the outpatient department on the 2nd floor consisting of a new endoscopy suite and one patient room.  Phase II of the project is scheduled to begin July, 2017 and will include a new nurse’s station and renovation of all the patient rooms.  A report was also given on the Press Ganey satisfaction results and the scoring process. Chris Davis, Marketing and Communications Manager, shared information on many of the community events the hospital has participated in over the last few months and announced the new website for OhioHealth, OhioHealth.com, is now live.  
The Nominating Committee recommended a new slate of officers as well as new proposed committee members for the upcoming year.  The Board approved the recommendations.
During the Senior Management report Wendy Rodenberger, Chief Nursing Officer, announced that JCAHO (Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) will be on site to survey the hospital in the next few weeks.  Accreditation from JCAHO ensures that we are meeting quality and patient safety standards.  This is an elective process and done every three years. Snyder also informed the group that he and Rodenberger have been conducting interviews with oncologists to expand the oncology service line to the Specialty Center. 
Matt Jennings, Chairman of the Board, thanked all of the board members for their commitment to the hospital as well as entrusting him to be the chairman for the past several years.  Chip Root will be the Board chairman beginning January, 2017.


Lady Wildcats Stay Perfect By Beating Bellefontaine 55-31

The Kenton Lady Wildcats stayed perfect on the season by defeating Bellefontaine 55-31 in girls basketball action Monday night.


The Lady Wildcats got off to a slow start, missing their first eight shots and needing over five minutes to score their first point. After trailing 6-0 in the early going, Kenton fought back to trail by just a point after one quarter and then took control of the game in the second period. The Lady Wildcats outscored the Chieftains 17-12 in the second period to take a 24-20 lead into the halftime break. Kenton steadily pulled away in the second half, outscoring Bellefontaine 31-11 over the final 16 minutes to improve to 3-0.


Ashley Morris scored 18 points to lead the Lady Wildcats, knocking down four three-pointers along the way. For the game, five Lady Wildcats combined to make 10 shots from behind the three-point line, while Megan Gier provided another rugged effort inside for Kenton. Gier finished with eight points and six rebounds as seven players scored at least five points for the Lady Wildcats.


The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they host Celina in their Western Buckeye League opener. The JV game will start at 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.


Two Vehicles Damaged in Sunday Evening Crash

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred just after 7 Sunday evening on State Route 309.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 67 year old Lloyd Salyer, of Alger, slowed down while driving west on 309 and attempted to turn left onto County Road 95. His car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Don Sheldon, of Kenton, who was in the process of passing Salyer's car at the time.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. No citations were listed on the report. 


Ohio Gas Prices Up; Remain Slightly Below National Average

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up about 13 cents compared with this time a week ago, while remaining below the national average. 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.16 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.03 a week ago and $2.12 a month ago. 
The average in Ohio at the same time last year was $1.91.
Nationally, the average for regular fuel is $2.18. That's up from $2.13 a week ago, but down four cents compared with this time last month. The national average a year ago was $2.04.  
Some price increases have been reported since OPEC's announcement last week that it plans to cut production.


Rams Knock Off Falcons 78-52

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams defeated the Riverdale Falcons 78-52 in boys basketball action on Friday.

Upper Scioto Valley took control of the game in the first half, building a 50-35 edge at intermission, and pulled away in the second half.


The win moves to the Rams to 1-0 on the young season while the Falcons, who began their season by defeating Carey 64-44 on Friday, fall to 1-1.




Total Team Effort Lifts Wildcats Past Tigers 82-41

It was a total team effort from the Kenton Wildcats on Saturday as the Cats defeated Waynesfield-Goshen 82-41 in their season-opening contest.


Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats, witih Hunter Phillips leading the way with 18 points and five rebounds. Jaron Sharp added 17 points and six rebounds while Brady Donnelly tallied 13 points and five rebounds. Trent Hites finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds while Thomas Phillips chipped in with 10 points.


Jardon Bly was the only Tiger to finish in double-digits as he had 10 points and five rebounds.

The Tigers (0-2) led 6-0 early in the game and 14-7 midway through the opening quarter. The Cats then went on a 17-0 run to grab control of the game and never looked back.


Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Riverdale Improves To 3-1 With Big Win Over Wynford

The Riverdale Lady Falcons improved to 3-1 on the season by rolling past Wynford 71-43 on Saturday afternoon.


The Falcons led 20-10 after one quarter then opened up a 43-21 halftime lead before outscoring Wynford 28-19 in the second half.


Sydney Holderman led four Falcons in double figures with 18 points. Reygan Frey added 16 points and eight assists while Janessa Taylor scored 15 points and Brooke Kuenzli tossed in 13 points. Lexie Wright added five points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Bry VandenBosch finished with four points as the Falcons benefitted from a total-team effort.


Wynford falls to 0-3 on the young season.


Congress Approves Funding For Ohio-Made Military Vehicles

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Congress has OK'd $1.2 billion in funding for two military vehicles produced in Allen County.
The money approved this week will go toward production of the Abrams tank and Stryker armored vehicle.
Both are made at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman calls it good news for workers at the plant.
Just three years ago that plant was on shaky footing amid numerous threats to its federal funding.
But millions have been spent on recent upgrades at the plant to get it ready to make next-generation tanks now in development.


Bulldogs Open Season With 51-45 Win Over Ridgemont

The Ada Bulldogs opened the 2016-17 high school boys basketball season with a 51-45 win over Ridgemont on Friday.


The Bulldogs built a 13-point second-half lead but the Golden Gophers rallied to pull within a point in the fourth quarter. Ridgemont had the ball and a chance to take the lead on several fourth-quarter possessions but could not convert, and Ada was able to pull away down the stretch for the victory.


Trenton Sparks led all scorers with 20 points for Ridgemont.


Jordan Bailey had 13 points and nine rebounds for Ada while Owen Conley had 11 points and nine rebounds and Seth Evans tallied nine points and nine caroms.


Three Injured in A Three-Vehicle Crash Friday Evening


According to information gathered at the scene, a vehicle was traveling East on State Route 309 and stopped to yield to oncoming traffic before making a left hand turn onto State Route 701. At that time, another vehicle traveling East failed to stop and struck the rear of the turning vehicle.




Both vehicles then entered the Westbound lane striking a third vehicle.


Two unidentified individuals were transported via ambulance while the third injured person was transported by private vehicle. 




The intersection of State Route 309 and State Route 701 was closed for almost an hour due to the incident.


Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN or WKTN.com for updated information when made available.




Six People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Six people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jamie L. Whittaker was sentenced to a total of 5 years in prison on 3 counts each of sale of dangerous drugs, possession of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs, two counts each of possession of dangerous drugs, trafficking in drugs and one count of possessing criminal tools.
.Ronald L. Hildreth was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on one count each of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and importuning. He was classified as a Tier I Sex Offender.
.Joshua R. Lemaster was sentenced to a total of just over 4 years in prison on one count each of receiving stolen property and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer which were committed while on post release control from an earlier sentence. 
.Brian M. Burchiel was sentenced to a total of 26 months in prison on one count each of theft, breaking and entering and attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
.Michael J. Lowery was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on one count each of possession of heroin and failure to appear.
.Melissa M. Halker was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of theft. She was ordered to serve 60 days local incarceration.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Ohio Department of Aging Says Most Falls Are Preventable

The Ohio Department of Aging is working to educate people about ways to prevent falls.
Kim Norris, spokesperson for the agency, said too many older Ohioans are being injured in falls, "Here in Ohio and across the country, falls are one of the leading causes of people ending up in the emergency room. That's probably not a surprise to anyone but they're the leading cause of injury related hospitalization and even deaths among Ohioans who are age 65 and older, and largely it's preventable."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Basketball Featured This Weekend on WKTN

Boys basketball action begins on WKTN with a pair of games this weekend. 
Tonight the Ada Bulldogs travel to Ridgemont to take on the Golden Gophers. This is a matchup of two experienced teams. The Bulldogs return five senior letterwinners from last season's 13 and 11 team while the Golden Gophers, who were 11 and 13 last year, feature seven seniors on their roster. 
On Saturday night, the Kenton Wildcats will kick off their 2016-17 campaign when they host the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers. The Wildcats are looking to bounce back from last year's tough 2 and 22 season while the Tigers are hoping to improve on last season's 5 and 17 campaign. 
WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. both nights. 


Crash Causes Power Outage in Area of County Road 144

One person was injured in a crash that occurred just before 10 Wednesday night in the 19,000 block of County Road 144.
to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car went off 144 and struck a power pole.
The driver was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Some residents lost electricity last night as a result of the crash.
No other information is available at this time.


Girls Charged After Taking Alcohol to School

Three Kenton Middle School students are facing charges after bringing alcohol to school.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, school officials reported the incident Wednesday morning.
The two bottles of vodka recovered by officers was reportedly stolen from Village Pantry.
The girls are 13 and 14 years old.


Findlay Man Cited Following Crash

A Findlay man was cited for a red light violation following a crash that occurred Wednesday night in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 30 year old Stephen Ekleberry was driving north on Main Street and ran a red light at the Columbus Street intersection. His vehicle was struck by a westbound car being operated by 50 year old Darius Murphy, of Kenton.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. There were no injuries. 


Suicide Prevention The Topic of Panel Discussion

Kevin Hines is an Award Winning Author and speaker. He is a part of the 1% of people that jump off of the Golden Gate bridge in an attempt at suicide, and lived, and is one of only five people to regain full physical mobility upon surviving the jump. He spoke Wednesday night at Kenton Middle School about his mental illness and how we can fight mental illness locally.


At the conclusion of his keynote presentation, he sat on a panel consisting of mental health experts from the Partnership for Violence Free Families, We Care People, the Family Resource Center, and local law enforcement. The panel spoke about what was being done in Hardin County to combat suicide and mental illness. The experts agreed that the best way to help someone suffering from a mental illness is communication from both loved ones and professionals.


One of the ways to do that is through the help of Alicia Cook, who is a community support provider and case manager at the Family Resource Center of Hardin County. Cook explained a program being offered in every Hardin County School known as Teen Screen. This confidential computerized questionnaire helps identify student that may be at risk of suicide, and begin the process of getting that student the help they need. Cook encourages parents have their students participate in the school hosted screenings but they can be done anytime by contacting her at (419) 679-1219 or by email at ajcook@frcohio.com. The experts said that if there is a need for immediate help, anyone can contact what is known as the "hopeline" to be immediately connected with a mental health professional. That number is 1-800-567-HOPE or by texting 741741 from any mobile phone. Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser also said that if someone is in need of immediate help, they can contact the Kenton Police Department by calling 9-1-1.


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