Local News Archives for 2017-01

Market Street Apartment Damaged By Fire Monday Evening

 
Fire damaged an apartment at 130 North Market Street in Kenton Monday evening.
 
 
 
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched just after 7 to Apartment 2 at that location.
 
Upon arrival, moderate smoke was visible at the rear of the apartment, which was occupied by Lonnie Adams.
 
 
 
The fire was contained to the rear kitchen and bathroom area and resulted in around $10,000 in damage.
 
Mutual assistance was provided by the McGuffey and Dunkirk Fire Departments.
 
There were no injuries, and the fire remains under investigation. 

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Gas Prices Are Lower in Ohio and Below National Average

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are lower than they were a week ago and below the national average.
 
A gallon of regular gas in Ohio averaged $2.23 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 13 cents from a week ago.
 
Ohio's average Tuesday was 11 cents below the average price of $2.34 reported nationally. The national average was 3 cents lower than it was a week ago.  
 
Those prices are higher than at this time last year, when Ohio drivers were paying about $1.71 per gallon and the national average was $1.90.
 
AAA says the decrease in retail prices can be attributed to less demand and adequate supply, but adds that the downward trend may only be temporary.

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County Boys Basketball Action on WKTN Tonight

 
Two teams in desperate need of a win square off tonight when Ada hosts Waynesfield-Goshen in boys basketball action. 
 
The Bulldogs are 2 and 9 and have dropped their last six games, including Saturday’s 63 to 48 loss to Upper Scioto Valley. 
 
The Tigers are also looking to snap a six-game losing streak. Waynesfield-Goshen is 1 and 10 after Saturday’s 62 to 30 loss to Elgin. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Ada High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. The boys game will be the back half of a varsity doubleheader between Ada and Waynesfield-Goshen as the two schools’ girls teams will square off at 6 p.m. 

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Multiple Crashes Occurred Over the Past Weekend with Possible Injuries

 

The first crash with injuries was reported early Friday morning near the 2,000 block of State Route 53. According to the information from the Hardin County Sheriff department, a vehicle operated by Anna Penwell was traveling on State Route 53 and lost control of her vehicle, struck a utility pole, before stopping on the East side of the roadway in a field. Penwell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with possible injuries.

 

An unoccupied vehicle was found on its top in the 22,000 block of County Road 230 Saturday evening. According to information from the Hardin County Sheriffs office, a report of a possible injury accident was received and a car was found on its top but the vehicle was unoccupied. Ice on the roadway may have been a factor in the crash and the county garage was contacted about the slick roadways.

 

Sunday morning brought two more crashes with possible injuries. The first involving a vehicle striking a front porch occurred just after midnight according to the Kenton Police Department report. A vehicle operated by Joshua Reams, of Rushlyvania, was traveling southeast on West Lima Street and he attempted to turn onto West Franklin Street but was unable to negotiate the curve. Ream continued off the right side of the road and struck the front porch of a residence in the 400 block of West Franklin Street. Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle.

 

Also Sunday Morning around 2:30AM, A vehicle operated by George Robinson of Kenton failed to stop at the intersection of Morningside Drive at the end of Silver Street. Robinson continued over the curb and stopped just past the ditch in a line of trees.

 

Crash

 

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Whirlpool Says Trade Panel Decision A Win for Ohio Workers

 

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Whirlpool Corp.'s chief executive says a recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission is a big win for workers at its washing machine factory in northern Ohio.

 

Marion Whirlpool

 

The commission ruled this past week that two foreign manufacturers made washing machines in China and then sold them in the United States at less than fair value.

 

The ruling means the companies must start paying duties on washers made in China and imported to the United States.

Both Samsung and LG say they disagree with the decision.

 

Whirlpool chief executive Jeff Fettig says it's a gratifying win for the 3,000 employees at the company's factory in the Sandusky County city of Clyde.

 

The appliance maker based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, also has Ohio operations in Marion, Findlay, Ottawa and Greenville.

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Allen County Sheriff Retires Amid Personal, Legal Problems

 

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The Allen County sheriff in northwestern Ohio is resigning at the end of January amid a series of personal and legal problems.

 

Allen County

 

The Lima News reports Sheriff Sam Crish's decision comes months after the FBI searched his office amid an unspecified pending investigation and he acknowledged receiving treatment for a gambling addiction. He also faces several lawsuits alleging loans weren't repaid.

 

His attorney, Mike Rumer, says Crish felt it was best to retire and to focus on his treatment, on repaying people to whom he owes money and on defending against other false claims of unpaid loans.

 

Crish was first elected in 2008 and was re-elected without opposition in November.

 

He has not been charged in the FBI investigation.

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Former Wyandot County Fair Secretary pleads guilty to theft charges.

A Former Wyandot County Fair Secretary pleads guilty to theft charges.
 
According to information from the Daily Chief Union, 34 Year old Kisha J. Taylor of Sycamore, pleaded guilty to a fourth degree felony this past Tuesday in Wyandot County Common Please Court.
 
According to the news story, Taylor  made one comment, saying, "I took money from the Wyandot County Agricultural Society." Taylor agreed to the amount being between $7500 and $150,000. 
 
The maximum penalty Taylor could face is 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
 
Taylor's bond was continued and sentencing will take place after a pre-sentence investigation.
 

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Efficient Riders Take Down Wildcats 63-54

The St. Marys Roughriders used an efficient offensive attack to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 63-54 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

The Roughriders (4-6 overall, 1-2 WBL) shot 55 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the foul line while turning it over just six times. The Wildcats (5-4, 0-3) shot a respectable 47 percent from the field with just eight turnovers and did not miss a foul shot but it was not enough to top the Rougriders.

 

Jacob Grannan scored 24 points for St. Marys, 13 above his season average, while Derek Jay added 21 points for the winners.

 

Hunter Phillips and Thomas Phillips had 17 points each to lead Kenton and shared Ace Hardware Player of the Game honors.

 

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3 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:
 
.Jeremy E. Wyomic was sentenced to a total of five and a half years in prison on one count each of tampering with evidence and possession of heroin. 
 
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.James C. Gudger on one count of domestic violence. He must serve 45 days local incarceration.
 
.Dustin D. Randall on one count of possession of heroin.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Workforce Initiative Aims to Streamline Job Searches

 
Several agencies are teaming to launch a workforce initiative in 2017.
 
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance will be working with Ohio Means Jobs and the Hardin County Job and Family Services office to, as Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said, streamline the process for those looking for work and employers looking to hire, "We want it to be a one stop shop. We want to make it easy. It should not be hard for someone to go out and find a job. We want to make it easy for them to find good employment. If you're an employer, we don't want to put you through a lot of hoops. We want to help you seek out the kind of employees you're trying to look for."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Wildcat Community Connectors Hold 1st Semester Expo

The Wildcat Community Connectors program is a semester long elective course at Kenton High School taught by Mrs. Christina Cross. This program provides internship experiences for both juniors and seniors. Students are partnered with local businesses in fields that interest them. The students develop valuable job skills that will prepare them for successful employment and the future.

 

Maddie Blevins proudly shows off her display.

 

At the expo, Students had displays set up of showcasing their internship and highlighting the skills they learned. Students were also asked to present about their internship. I had the chance to talk with Maddie Blevins, who interned at Kenton Dental Care. Blevins explains the skills she learned while at the practice.

 

“I learned how to maintain a professional and ethical work environment. I love it there because it’s fun but also, they keep things professional. Being a dentist, you’re the leader in the dentist office...so you have to make quick decisions, you have to make sure the are right...you have to be able to take control and make the decision because at the end of the day, it all comes back on you.” Blevins said.

 

The WCC class also teaches workplace success skills and skills needed to acquire a job through guest speakers. These students have learned skills in graphic design, job seeking, application and interview, are trained and certified in CPR.

 

Representative Robert Sprague looks on as WCC Intern Jared McNeely explains his Capstone Project

 

The students also got a visit from Robert Sprague, Ohio State Representative who commended them on a job well done.


If you would like more information on the Wildcat Community Connectors Program, you can email wcc@kentoncityschools.org, or follow them on twitter @KentonWCC.

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Weekend Basketball Starts Tonight on WKTN

 
The Kenton Wildcats host St. Marys tonight in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action. 
 
Balanced scoring has been the key this season for the Wildcats, who are 5 and 3. Hunter Phillips, Jaron Sharp and Thomas Phillips are each averaging well into double figures for Kenton, with Brady Donnelly and Trent Hites following close behind in the scoring column. The Wildcats have placed at least three players in the double-digit scoring column six times this season, and have won five of those games.
 
The Roughriders have the opposite problem. Standout Derek Jay is averaging nearly 23 points a game, but St. Marys has had a hard time finding a reliable second scorer, which is a big reason the Riders are 3 and 6 on the season.
 
Both teams are looking for their first Western Buckeye League win tonight, but Kenton could easily be 2 and 0 in the league as the Cats' two WBL losses have come by a total of four points.
 
WKTN will carry all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.
 
On Saturday, county boys basketball play will be featured on WKTN as the Upper Scioto Valley Rams travel to Ada to take on the Bulldogs. The Rams are 7 and 3 heading into tonight's action while the Bulldogs are 2 and 7.
 
The pregame show for this game will start at around 7:15 p.m. from Ada High School.

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Rams Top Polar Bears; Wilson Nets 1,000th Point For HN

Upper Scioto Valley remained atop the Northwest Central Conference with a 66-28 win over Hardin Northern in girls basketball action Thursday.

 

The Rams, who are now 9-2 overall and a conference-best 3-0 in the NWCC, put four players in double figures. Emily Patton scored a game-high 24 points while Kaycee Carroll had 15 points, Shelby Spradlin scored 11 points and Alyssa Miller finished with 10 points.

 

Hardin Northern (4-9 overall, 0-3 NWCC) got 15 points from Holly Wilson, who also scored her 1,000th career point by knocking down a foul shot with 1:38 to go in the third quarter.

 

(Photo Coursey/Lori Wilson)

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Heavy Rain Leads to Flooded Roads

 
Heavy rains flooded roads throughout Kenton and Hardin County overnight.
 
Espy at Wayne Street in Kenton
 
Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser issued an advisory to motorists Thursday morning telling them not to drive into areas where water covers the road.
 
 
Letson Street (Fairground Road) 
 
He said several motorists found that out the hard way and got stranded in the water when their vehicles stalled out.
 
 
Flooded road at field on Letson
 
There were no injuries

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Hardin Northern Hosts USV in Girls Basketball Action Tonight

 
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams travel to Hardin Northern tonight in Northwest Central Conference girls basketball action. 
 
The Rams continue to set the pace in the Northwest Central Conference. Upper Scioto Valley is 8 and 2 overall and a league-best 2 and 0 in conference action, a half-game clear of three teams in the league race.
 
The Polar Bears have won three of their last five to improve to 4 and 8 overall but are still looking for their first conference win as they are 0 and 2 in the NWCC.
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Hardin Northern. This will be a varsity-only affair, with the pregame show starting at 6:15 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Driver Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash in Kenton

 
Icy roads led to a one vehicle crash in Kenton just before 8 this morning.
 
 
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Dallas Hines, of Kenton, was driving east on Franklin Street when he lost control of his car on the ice. The vehicle travelled off the right side of the road where it struck a guide wire on a utility pole causing it to overturn and come to rest on its top.
 
 
 
Hines was able to get out of the car and was not injured. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 

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School Delays for Wednesday January 11th

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Kenton Man Apparent Suicide Victim in Multi-County Jail

 
A Kenton man apparently committed suicide while being detained at the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
 
Jail Administrator Dale Osborn confirmed to WKTN this morning that 35 year old Shaun Curtis Farley was found dead in his cell at just after 5:30 Monday morning. Osborn said Farley was found hanging by a bed sheet.
 
Farley had been detained since late December and was scheduled to be released at the end of April.
 
Osborn said they didn't have any issues with Farley and were unaware of any problems between him and other inmates at the facility.
 
The circumstances of Farley's death remain under investigation according to Osborn. 

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Kenton City Council Meets For First Time in 2017

 
Kenton City Council moved smoothly through their first meeting of 2017 on Monday evening. The meeting was brought to order by Council President Joel Althauser. There were no citizens requesting time to speak or communications and petitions. 
 
During committee reports, the council heard from:
 
Finance - the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:30pm in council chambers.
 
Downtown Revitalization - the Downtown Revitalization Committee will be forming a "steering" committee to work with OHM, the engineering firm contracted to navigate Phase I of the project with the committee. This portion of the phase is to help better understand what the city, and the individual businesses incorporated within its limits, want from the project.
 
Regional Planning - the Regional Planning Committee met last week and determined that two projects would be funded through Issue II funds. The legislation was later voted on during old business.
 
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board is working on a layout for potential new roads and has begun discussing the possibility of a niche wall for cremations. 
 
Council voted unanimously to pass three pieces of legislation during old business. The first vacated an alley in Forest Heights addition; the second and third authorized the mayor to execute a project agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission (Issue II) for improvements to Silver Street and the intersection of East Columbus Street and Hester Street, respectively. 
 
Prior to the start of the council meeting, council also held a public hearing to discuss the rezoning of approximately 45 acres for warehouse use located along State Route 68 and County Road 135. It was the opinion of council to agree with the rezoning and legislation will be forthcoming. 
 
Annual reports were received from the Clerk of Council, Brenda Hanna; City Law Director, Jon Schwemer; and the Kenton Police Department Chief, Dennis Musser. Hanna's report detailed the 24 meetings held by the City Council, including 11 closed executive sessions, and 1 special session. The council passed 54 ordinances and 17 resolutions in 2016. Schwemer's report indicated that the duties of the Law Director had been complied with under the Ohio Revised Code, and no monies were collected by the office during 2016. Musser's report showed the amount of calls received by the department and the nature of such calls. Musser added that 2016 had been "a pretty rough year," but acknowledged that Kerri McLaughlin and Doris Lowe of the Deputy Auditor's office had been integral in helping him write and secure grants for the department. Musser also added that Kenton Police Department officers were now trained to carry 2 doses of Narcan, an opioid drug overdose reversal treatment, and 1 dose of a nasal form of Narcan. Musser finished his report by informing council that the department was in transition to using the Lexipol program, a public safety software system. 
 
During the comments section, City Auditor Brian Hattery informed council that during his tenure with the city, he had seen increased spending; but, according to him, "miraculously or blessedly" the city had also seen an increase in income tax revenue to offset that spending. The city took in $200,000 more in income tax revenue for 2016 than expected. Hattery said that the loss of the Kenton K-Mart store would have an impact of approximately $11,000 per year on income tax revenue and told council that whether that amount was "a little or a lot" was at the discretion of council opinion. "It all depends on how you look at it," said Hattery.
 
Council also heard from Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance President, Jon Cross, about several programs that would benefit Hardin County employment. The first is the Wildcat Community Connectors Program capstone presentations, to be held at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative's Community Room at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 10. The second is the Economic Development meeting, to be held on Friday, January 20. An inaugural student career fair will be held at Kenton High School on Friday, February 10, with all Hardin County seniors attending. Businesses are encouraged to participate to meet directly with the future workforce of Hardin County in an informational setting. Lastly, the Annual Meeting of the Chamber & Business Alliance will be held at Ohio Northern University on Thursday, February 23, at 5:30pm. Cross told council that in 2016, Hardin County saw $25-$30 million in capital new investment. "Northwest Ohio is the place to develop right now; we are in a development hotspot," said Cross.
 
Mayor Randy Manns mentioned during his comments that a Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly would be held at Payne Chapel in Kenton at 10:00am on Monday, January 16.
 
With no further business or comments, council adjourned.
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00pm in the City Building council chambers.

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Kenton School Board Reorganizational Meeting and New Software Discussed Monday

 

The 2017 nomination and election of board president and vice president was held before the regular meeting of the school board on Monday During the Reorganizational meeting David Haushalter was nominated and accepted as the President of the board, while Mark Rush was nominated and accepted to be the Vice President. The committee appointments where named and stayed the same except the switching of Mark Watkins into Audit and Finance position and Mark McCullough into Facilities and Transportation position.

 

School Board

 

During the Regular session of the School Board Tracy Hiller gave her Treasurer report and told the board that they have made there first payment for the Health Savings Accounts on January 3rd, with only 9 individuals out of approximately 180 who had not set up their accounts as of the 3rd. Hiller also announced that starting Tuesday January 9th through Friday the 13th they will begin training on a new software called Sungard. Sungard is a new financial and Human Resource Software which was selected by the State of Ohio to replace the outdated DOS based software currently in use. The new software will open up new possibilities for the Kenton School system since it offers on-line tools to apply for new job positions, handle tax forms on-line, and will boost efficiency in handling financial and vendor forms. According to Hiller the transition to the new software will be a big undertaking but should be completed by July 1st.

 

The School Board also approved the 2017/2018 school calendar which will still include time off for the Hardin County Fair. According to superintendent Jennifer Penzarski the calendar was voted on by the staff and 81 percent chose the calendar that begins on August 17th, includes the week off for the fair, and will be scheduled to end on May 24th with graduation being held on May 26th.

 

The next School Board meeting will be held February 20th at 7pm.

 

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Kenton Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant

 
A Kenton man got locked out of his vehicle and then got locked up Sunday afternoon.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Dameon J. Hughes called the police department to request help after he locked his keys in his car. While one officer unlocked the vehicle, another officer ran Hughes driver's licence through dispatch and found there was an active warrant on him through Hardin County Municipal Court.
 
Hughes was placed under arrest and transported to the Kenton Police Department and later to the Multi County Jail in Marion. 

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Lady Wildcats Run Record To 9-2 With Win Over Ada

The Kenton Lady Wildcats ran their record to 9-2 by whipping Ada 58-22 in girls basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

 

Kenton held Ada to 17-percent shooting for the game and forced 28 turnovers. The Lady Wildcats led 19-8 after one quarter and 36-11 at the half before stretching their advantage to 47-15 after three periods.

 

Madisyn Gossard had 11 points and seven rebounds for Ada (4-5).

 

Ellie Miller had 16 points to lead Kenton while Ashley Morris added 13 points. Kori Barrett finished with eight points and nine rebounds while Layne Taylor had eight points and five rebounds. Megan Gier grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lady Wildcats.

 

Miller was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Majority Did Not Keep Resolutions in 2016

 

Better luck this year, a vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters say they did not keep their New Year's resolutions made in 2016.

 

The end of the year Visitor Poll showed 78% did not keep them, while the remaining 22% did keep their New Year's resolutions through all of last year.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Buzzer Beating Three-Pointer Gives Redskins Overtime Win Over Kenton 66-63

Aaron Good hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the Wapakoneta Redskins a 66-63 overtime win over the Kenton Wildcats in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday.

 

The Redskins (8-1 overall, 2-0 WBL) led 36-21 late in the first half and were on top 50-42 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats (5-3, 0-2) clawed all the way back and tied the game at 59 on a Jaron Sharp putback with 21 seconds to play in regulation.

 

The Wildcats led early in the extra session - their first lead since 4-2 less than two minutes into the game - and the score was tied when Good's heave found its mark as the final buzzer sounded to give the Redskins the overtime victory.

 

Good had 16 points to lead the Redskins, with Gage Schenk, Jace Copeland and Kyle Huffman adding 11 points each for Wapakoneta.

 

 

 

Thomas Phillips had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kenton. Sharp added 15 points while Trent Hites and Hunter Philips had 13 points apiece and Brady Donnelly finished with six points and six rebounds.

 

Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Information on Breaking and Entering Suspect Being Sought By KPD

 
A suspect is being sought in connection to a breaking and entering in Kenton that was reported Thursday evening.
 
 
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident was reported as a criminal trespassing at a house in Kenton.
 
If anyone has any information on the man in the picture, call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.

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Ada Man Injured in House Fire Thursday in Ada

 
An Ada man was injured in a house fire that occurred Thursday morning in Ada.
 
According to information from Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley, firefighters were dispatched around 10:51 Thursday morning and arrived to the scene at 301 East North Street a little after eleven. The house was occupied by Dennis Garbrect who suffered burns to his face and hands. Garbrect was first taken to Lima Memorial Hospital and later transferred to OSU Hospital in Columbus. 
 
Chief Epley said investigators know where the fire started in the house but the cause has not yet been determined. He said crews from the Hardin County Fire and Explosion Investigation Team are assisting in the investigation. The house was listed as a total loss.  
 
Mutual assistance was provided by firefighters from the McGuffey, Alger and Lafayette Fire Departments. 
 

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New Shoe Store Coming to Kenton

KENTON, OHIO–MARCH 30, 2017-Shoe Sensation is pleased to announce plans to open a new store this fall in Kenton, Ohio. The store is located in the Kenton Plaza, at 989 E. Columbus Street, Kenton, OH 43452. The store is scheduled to Grand Open on March 30, 2017. This will be the Company’s 21st store in Ohio.

 

Providing its customers with a mix of nationally branded footwear for the entire family from brands such as Under Armour, Nike, Clarks, Skechers and many others, the new Shoe Sensation will be an easy-to-shop environment where associates will deliver exceptional customer service. In addition to a variety of styles of footwear from work shoes and boots to athletic and dress styles for men, women, and children, Shoe Sensation will also offer a wide range of accessories including socks and shoe care along with fashion and athletic accessories including backpacks.

 

“Everyone at Shoe Sensation is excited about the opportunity to serve the community of Kenton. We look forward to assisting our customers with their footwear needs as well as becoming an active part of the community” says Taylor McAdams, Public Relations Coordinator

 

Each store is staffed with local management who are qualified to make decisions based on the local community’s needs. 

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United Way Closes at 98% of Goal

The United Way of Hardin County is announcing the total for the 2017 campaign.  

 

The total as of now is $215,537.87, this is 98% of its goal of $220,000.00.  The Board would like to thank everyone who donated to help out the residents of Hardin County.  

 

The division totals are as follows:

 

Agriculture - $7,608.50

 

Special Gifts - $21,265.79

 

F.I.R.E. (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) - $16,701.75 

 

Education - $10,288.11 

 

Government - $4,890.60

 

Professional - $8,890.60

 

Industry - $130,447.18, Retail - $5,199.60

 

Out of County - $4,280.63  

 

Special Events ended at $5,995.95

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Big First Half Helps Rams Past Golden Gophers

A big first half helped the Upper Scioto Valley Rams past the Ridgemont Golden Gophers 75-52 in a Northwest Central Conference girls basketball showdown Thursday at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

The Rams improve to 7-2 overall and are alone in first in the conference at 2-0. The Golden Gophers slip to 8-4 overal and are now 2-1 in NWCC play.

 

USV led 28-11 after one quarter then blew the game wide open by outscoring Ridgemont 25-7 in the second period. The Rams shot 69 percent from the field in the first half and knocked down nine three-pointers as they built a 53-18 halftime advantage.

 

Emily Patton led all scorers with 27 points for the Rams while Shelby Spradlin scored 19 points and Kaycee Carroll added 14 points.

 

Priscilla Howland paced Ridgemont with 21 points while Faith Jenkins had 13 points.

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Gophers Take On Rams In County, NCC Girls Basketball Showdown

The Golden Gophers and the Rams are the last two teams with unbeaten league records in the Northwest Central Conference. Ridgemont is 8 and 3 overall and 2 and 0 in the league and is coming off a 48 to 46 win over Elgin on Tuesday. Upper Scioto Valley was a 60 to 40 winner over Allen East in its last outing and brings a 6 and 2 mark overall and a 1 and 0 conference record into tonight's contest. 

 

This will be a varsity-only evening at Alumi Fieldhose, with the opening tip set for 6:30 p.m. WKTN will carry the game live with the pregame show starting at 6:15p.m.

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Local Kmart Set to Close

The Kenton Kmart Store is now on the list for a 2017 Closure. According to a Sears Holding statement on their website, the company informed associates at 78 Kmart stores and 26 Sears stores nationwide today that their stores would be closing this spring. On the list of todays announced closings is Kenton’s Kmart, located at 1005 E Columbus St, along with 7 other Ohio Kmart stores and 4 Ohio Sears stores, which will be closing at the end of March. The statement went on to announce liquidation sales will begin as early as January 6 at all closing stores.

 

A call to local store management confirmed the closure for March, but an exact date is dependent on liquidation sales which could start as early as this week. No other comments were made and no information was provided of total number of employees impacted. 

 

Also according the statement, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, the company informed associates at 30 Kmart stores and 16 Sears stores nationwide that their stores would be closing this spring. 

 

Click here for the complete statement.

 

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No Injuries in 3 Vehicle Crash Tuesday Afternoon

 
Three vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Columbus at Broadway Streets in Kenton.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by Wesley Kavanagh, of Ridgeway, struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by John Blanton, of Kenton, which was pushed into the third car being driven by Rebecca Buxton, also of Kenton.
 
Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles. There were no injuries, and Kavanagh was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation. 

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New Year Sees Gas Prices Lower in Ohio, Up Nationally

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices begin the new year lower than they were a week ago, though the national average went the opposite direction.

 

Gas Down

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio averaged $2.32 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 6 cents from a week ago.

 

Ohio's average was a few pennies below the national average of $2.35 on Tuesday. That's up 6 cents from a week ago.

 

Those prices are notably higher than at this time last year, when Ohio drivers were paying about $1.90 per gallon and the national average was $1.99. 

 

AAA says gas prices have been rising in recent weeks largely in reaction to an OPEC agreement to cut production beginning in January.

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Bulldogs Win Third Straight Game By Defeating Hardin Northern 56-43

The Ada Bulldogs won their third straight game on Monday, defeating Hardin Northern 56-43 in girls basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs (4-3) trailed 13-11 after one quarter but hit four three-pointers in the second period en route to grabbing a 30-18 halftime lead. Ada built its lead to 41-28 after three quarters and then held off a fierce Hardin Northern rally. The Polar Bears (2-7) closed to within five points in the fourth quarter but the Bulldogs made eight straight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

 

Madisyn Gossard led Ada with 13 points. Holly Wilson had 16 points for the Polar Bears while Ashton Dye added 14 points.

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Ohio Troopers Add Anti-Drug Effort to Traffic Safety Mission

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the agency's new anti-drug emphasis is paying off with record seizures of heroin, opiates and other illegal substances.

 

The agency says troopers confiscated 156 pounds of heroin in 2016, a 290 percent increase from the previous year. The agency has also seized a record amount of illegal painkillers and methamphetamines.

 

Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers says the agency is building on a plan developed in 2011 to bring troopers into the state's efforts to reduce Ohio's addictions epidemic.

 

The patrol has doubled the number of drug-sniffing dogs to 34 statewide and now trains every trooper in techniques for locating illegal drugs.

 

Sellers says the agency has elevated the search for criminal activity on highways to the same level as traffic safety.

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