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Local News Archives for 2017-01

Lady Falcons Top Tiffin Calvert 66-43

The Riverdale Lady Falcons defeated Tiffin Calvert 66-43 in girls basketball action on Tuesday.


The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-8 on the season.


Rams Run Past Bulldogs 80-46

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams ran past the Ada Bulldogs 80-46 in county girls basketball action Tuesday at Alumni Fieldhouse.


The Rams (13-3) got 26 points from Emily Patton while Shelby Spradlin scored 25 points and Alyssa Miler added 12 points.


Haley Wyss led the Bulldogs (7-10) with 21 points while Anney Archer added 14 points.


Driver Cited Following Crash on Silver Street at Morningside Drive

A vehicle was heavily damaged after striking a curb Monday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 25 year old Joseph Capehart II was driving east on Silver Street and failed to stop as he approached Morningside Drive. The car slid through the intersection and struck the curb.
Capehart was not injured. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 


Super Bowl Puts Hardin County on the World Map

Most people are getting ready for the Super Bowl this Sunday, and that is certainly true for the employees of Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada.
Since 1955, the company has manufactured the footballs for the National Football League, including of course the ones used in the Super Bowl. Plant Manager Dan Riegle said they got started as soon the participants were determined, "We have dyes already made. There's four possible combinations going into a week ago last Sunday, so we pulled out the right dye and started stamping as soon as we knew who was going to be that second team. It was a little after ten, and we got started."
Riegle said both teams will each get 54 footballs for the Super Bowl.


Ada Takes On USV in Girls Basketball Tonight

Upper Scioto Valley hosts Ada tonight in county girls basketball action. 
The Bulldogs are 7 and 9 on the season and have been led by Madisyn Gossard and Haley Wyss, who each average around 12 points a game. 
The Rams have won seven of their last eight games to move to 12 and 3 on the year. They boast three players in double figures, with Emily Patton averaging 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists a game. Shelby Spradlin adds 15 points, five rebounds and five assists per contest while Kaycee Carroll is scoring 12 points a game. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Alumni Fieldhouse. This is a varsity-only event, with the opening tip set for 6:30 p.m. The pregame show will start at 6:15 p.m. 


Ohioans Warned of Call Scam Reported in the State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans are being warned about suspicious calls reported recently in the state from callers asking if those answering the phone can hear them. 
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says similar calls have been reported throughout the country as part of an alleged scam to trick people into responding "yes." That response is then used to place unauthorized charges on a consumer's phone or utility bill.    
DeWine's release says those reporting the scam calls say they often appear to come from a local number and sometimes claim the consumer has won a vacation or cruise. 
DeWine advises Ohioans to let calls go to voicemail or hang up, if they seem questionable. 
Consumers also are advised to check phone bills and credit card statements regularly and report any suspicious charges to providers.


Most Plan Vacations 2 to 6 Months in Advance


When it comes to planning a vacation, a majority start the process 2-6 months in advance.


Of those responding, 61% start that soon. 24% start one year or more while the remaining 15% say they start planning 2 weeks to a month before their vacation.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll. 


Ohio's Average Gas Price is Lowest in US as Week Begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is beginning this week with the lowest average gas prices in the country. 
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.02 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. Ohio edged out neighboring Indiana by a penny to claim the lowest average. 
Prices in Ohio have dropped from an average of $2.35 a month ago and $2.13 last week. But they haven't fallen enough to match the state average at this time last year, which was around $1.66. 
The national average was $2.27 on Monday, down a few pennies from a month earlier but higher than the average of $1.80 a year ago.  
AAA says increases in U.S. oil production contributed to gas price decreases in recent weeks. 


KHS Wrestling Team Competes in Weekend Invitational

The KHS Wrestling Team attended the 38th annual Sally George Invitational Jan. 27th & 28th. 
The 2017 Sally George Invite did not disappoint one of the premier Ohio High School Wrestling Tournaments.  Kenton placed 17th with 10 wrestlers competing 9 KHS wrestlers advanced to the 2nd day of wrestling. KHS grapplers winning matches was Sophomore Riley Fitzgerald in the 126 weight class beating Dylan Winters from Westerville South in a 2-0 decision. Freshman Trenton Coomes in the 132 weight class winning with a 10-5 decision over Senior Keyvon Rashidi from University School. In the 138 weight class Sophomore Brian Blankenship earned a big winner over Freshman Patricl Drury of Grandview Heights with a pin fall at 55 seconds in the 1st period.
Kenton Freshman Andrew Tayler also earned a pin fall in the 160 pound weight class against London Sophomore wrestler Jack Minner at the 4:29 mark. Ethan Manns Kenton’s 182 freshman wrestler won a match againist a freshman North Union wrestler Braxton Conol with a 10-0 Major Decision.
Noah Eikenbary Vs. Jake Burns
Freshman wrestler Noah Eikenbary leads the Kenton Wrestling Team with a 4th place over all finish in the 195 pound weight class.
Trenton Coomes Vs. Wyatt Wells
Noah won a round one match over senior Cooper Dine of Marion Pleasant with a pin fall at the 2:55 mark. Northmor senior wrestler Nathan Price was not able to hold off Eikenbary losing the match by pin fall with 20 second to go in the 3rd period. Eikenbary dropped his 3rd round match to Highly favored and number 1 seed senior Jake burns of West Jefferson. Eikenbary rebounded and beat Garrett Raney a senior from Holland Springfield with a 4-3 decision advancing to the final round. Wrestling for 3rd place Eikenbary loses his final match of the day to sophomore Caleb Carpenter of Liberty center with a 4-0 decision.


Area Firefighters Received Arson Awareness Training on Sunday


Firefighters from every fire department in Hardin County were represented at the arson training held at the Hardin County Sheriffs Department in Kenton.


Arson Training

Hardin County Sheriffs Facebook


The Hardin County Arson Task Force presented the training class and attendees learned about detecting arson fires by a representative from Benson Fire and Safety Services.



Hardin County Sheriffs Facebook





Slippery Conditions Overnight lead to Several Crashes Around Hardin County


The Hardin County Sheriff issued an advisory Saturday evening warning drivers of the slippery and icy road conditions leading to deputies responding to multiple crashes throughout Hardin County.


Car On It's Top


A vehicle ended up on it's top after an apparent One vehicle crash around 9pm on State Route 68 North 2 miles North of Kenton.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff Day Log, on Saturday evening an accident with injuries also occurred on County Road 130 at State Route 235. Reports of Property Damage Accidents in the 13,000 block of State Route 68 South of Kenton and at State route 235 at County Rod 110 was also on the Sheriffs day log.


Sunday Morning brought two additional Property Damage Accidents with one being on County Road 110 and County Road 75 at around 5AM and also on State Route 195 at County Road 65 around 8:45AM according to the day log from the Hardin County Sheriffs office.




Attempted Burglary Of Television Occurred Saturday Afternoon


According to the Kenton Police Department report, around 4PM Saturday a burglary was reported from the Morningside Villas Apartments. Two Male suspects were spotted by a resident attempting to remove a television hanging on the wall in the common area. According to the report, after the suspects had taken down the television, one of the suspects placed the television on a couch and covered it with their jacket. A resident walked in and the two males left the scene.


Two remote controls were found to be missing. 


State-Ranked Arlington Slips Past Lady Wildcats 59-49

The Kenton Lady Wildcats gave state-ranked Arlington all it could handle Saturday afternoon, pushing the Red Devils to the wire before Arlington posted a 59-49 win in girls basketball action.


The Red Devils, ranked 7th in the latest Division IV state poll, improve to 15-2 while the Lady Wildcats slip to 13-3.


Ashley Morris had 15 points for Kenton while Sara Hoyt scored 11 and Layne Taylor finished with 10 points.


The Lady Wildcats will face another state-ranked team on Thursday when they travel to Ottawa-Glandorf to take on the Titans. The Titans are undefeated and ranked first in the latest Division II state poll. They are 6-0 in the WBL, good for sole possession of first in the league, while Kenton is tied for second with a 5-1 league mark.


Wildcats Stay Hot, Bump Off Bulldogs 73-40

The Kenton Wildcats won for the fourth time in their last five outings, defeating the Ada Bulldogs 73-40 in boys basketball play Saturday night.


The Wildcats (9-6) outscored Ada 24-6 in the second quarter to build a 41-20 haltime advantage and were never threatened in the second half.


Connor Frazier, Ethan Swaney and Jordan Bailey had 10 points each for Ada (3-13).


Hunter Phillips scored 25 points to lead all players for Kenton. Thomas Phillips added 14 points while Landon Rush and Brady Donnelly had 13 points apiece.


Donnelly was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Car Strikes House; Driver Flees the Scene

A car struck a house in Kenton then left the scene Friday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car was eastbound on Decatur Street and went off the road where it struck the southeast corner of a house in the 300 block. The driver then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
There was visible damage to the residence and to shrubbery in the yard.
The crash remains under investigation. 


Blizzard of 1977 Struck 40 Years Ago Today

While the Blizzard of 1978 is considered the blizzard of all blizzards by most people, the Blizzard of 1977 packed a powerful punch of its own on this date.
40 years ago today, a blizzard warning was issued early Friday morning on January 28 of 1977. A cold wave that produced high winds and falling temperatures from rolled across the state at dawn. Temperatures went from 20 down to 5 to 10 degrees below zero during the day.
Wind speeds of 35 to 45 miles an hour with gusts up to 60 miles an hour blew any new snow and snow already on the ground into huge drifts. Visibility of course was also obscured. 
By afternoon, the state of Ohio was effectively shut down, and there was little if any improvement on Saturday. 
According to Ohio History records, first responders, including the Ohio National Guard, police and fire crews as well as ordinary citizens worked to provide care and comfort to stranded citizens around the state. By Sunday, many roads were opened and most stores and businesses were able to open on Monday.
The storm of 1977 was a precursor to what was to come almost on the same date one year later....the Great Blizzard of 1978. WKTN will be working to put together a special feature story on that storm for the 40th anniversary next year. 


4th of July Committee Planning to Bring Back Activities on the 4th

The Fourth of July committee met on Wednesday, Jan. 25th with 12 people in attendance.
Howard Lyle called the meeting to order.
Denna Clem gave an update on the new volunteers for the 4th of July.  St. John's Church has decided to use the fairgrounds on the 4th for their annual Cruise In.  There are several other groups that have shown interest in volunteering that day, too.  There will be small group concerts starting at the gazebo from 12 noon until 5pm, then the larger concert will be in the grandstand from 5 - 9pm.  There will be a kid's area with blow up activities and an obstacle course for teens.  
There will still be a 4th of July parade starting to advance from the fairgrounds at 4pm.  There will be local food vendors, food trucks and the grange will be selling chicken and pork chop dinners in the community building.  The day will also be a day to raise awareness to veterans, with the Blue Star Mothers playing a major roll with that.  The grange restaurant will also be open for people to sit in, to eat.  
There will still be a pedal tractor pull and a car show that day.  Ray Davis is willing to still have a 50/50 drawing, if he can get someone to help him. 
Ray and Greg Liedel moved to have a goal of $15,000 for the fireworks display.  Motion passed.   
Mike Comstock and Denna moved to nominate Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher as this year's 4th of July Honorees. Motion passed.  
Mike also requested an advance from the Hardin County Ag. Society of $7500 for the fireworks.  Howard Lyle stated he would ask for this at the next board meeting.  Mike stated the rain date for the fireworks display will be Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.  
The next 4th of July Committee Meeting will be Wednesday, May 17th at 7pm.  Ray and Greg moved to adjourn the meeting. 


Local Residents Honored For Support of Hardin County Fair

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 27, 2017) – Two Hardin County residents were among 45 individuals or organizations who were recently recognized at the 92nd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Of this group, eight received the Director’s Award for Innovation and Excellence for their progressive ideas and actions to improve and strengthen their fairs. Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presented each winner with a certificate. Among those honored from Hardin County were Annetta Holmes and Mary Lou Haley.
Holmes (left) and Haley (right) receive certificate from Daniels (center)
Ohio’s 94 county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair support the local economy and help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and the many necessities it provides, including food, clothing, shelter, fuel and energy. In addition to setting and approving the dates for the independent and county fairs, the department is responsible for helping to assure the safety of amusement rides, for monitoring livestock shows to help assure honest competition, and for coordinating animal health efforts with designated local veterinarians.


Indians Outlast Wildcats 87-77

The Shawnee Indians outlasted the Kenton Wildcats 87-77 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action on Friday.


Eleven players scored for the Indians (10-6 overall, 3-2 WBL), led by Sean McDonald's 22 points. Jared Thomas had 17 points while Johnny Caprella added 15 points.


Hunter Phillips scored a game-high 39 points for the Cats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game. Jaron Sharp scored 16 points for Kenton (8-6, 1-4) while Thomas Phillips had 10 points.


The Wildcats are back in action on Saturday when they visit Ada. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.


Female Reported Being Sexually Assaulted Thursday

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office received a report in the evening hours of Thursday January 26 from a female stating that she had been sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the incident occurred in Roundhead Township in the southwest part of Hardin County.
In the release, Sheriff Everhart is encouraging all residents of Hardin County to exercise vigilance in their daily routine and to notify the Sheriff's Office of any suspicious activity observed in your area.
Detectives are working diligently to resolve this case as quickly as possible.
No other information is available at this time, but Sheriff Everhart said updates will be provided as soon as reasonably possible.


Kenton Man 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, Bradley P. Elsasser was placed on five years community control with conditions on 2 counts of domestic violence and one count of criminal damaging and endangering.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Ohio Farm Bureau Promotes Clean Water

The Ohio Farm Bureau is working to educate the public about what's causing pollutants to enter Ohio's lakes and streams.
Spokesman Joe Cornely said when it comes to finding a solution, farmers know they have a role to play, "They're anxious to do what they can, but we need to understand, we need the science, we need to the research to figure out exactly what's going on. Why here in recent years has this become so much more of a problem than ever before."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Wildcats Ready For Back to Back Games This Weekend

The Kenton Wildcats look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they take on Shawnee and Ada.  
The Wildcats have won three straight games, including Tuesday’s 63 to 37 win over Riverdale, and are now 8 and 5 on the season. The Cats are 1 and 3 in Western Buckeye League play heading into tonight’s home clash with the Shawnee Indians. 
The Indians have faced a difficult schedule so far and are 9 and 6 for the season after edging highly-regarded Crestview 61 to 59 on Tuesday. Shawnee is 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, with the pair of losses coming to league co-leaders Wapakoneta and Ottawa-Glandorf, who were both ranked in the latest Associated Press state poll. 
On Saturday, the Cats make the trip to Ada to take on the Bulldogs. Ada has lost eight of its last 10 games heading into tonight’s contest at Allen East and is 3 and 11 for the season. 
WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. both evening. 


Local Students Wear Orange For West Liberty School

Schools, businesses and individuals across the county came together Wednesday to support West Liberty Salem.
Numerous pictures were posted online and on social media of students and staff of schools.
A 17 year old student allegedly shot a 16 year old student and shot at a teacher at the Champaign County school on Friday January 20.


Kenton Man Facing Drug Charges in Hancock County; Sentenced in Separate Case in Hardin County

A Kenton man is facing drug charges in Hancock County.
According to WFIN in Findlay, a recently unsealed indictment showed that 23 year old Kyle Brumage was indicted on a charge of trafficking in heroin. He has also been charged with trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances by the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office.
Brumage, who is also known as, Kyle D. Kemmere, was sentenced in a separate case last week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to the document from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Brumage was placed on five years community control on one count each of burglary, receiving stolen property and petty theft. The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Dog Tag Sales Winding Down in Hardin County

The 2017 dog tag sales are coming to a close. 
Hardin County Dog Warden Tammy Ervin said the dog shelter will be open extended hours to accommodate dog owners, "Thursday and Friday, we're here until 6pm, and then Monday and Tuesday we're also going to stay open until 6pm. It gives everybody a chance to get out the later hour to get them. There's still locations around the county that are still selling dog tags, and they will be selling them until the last day on the 31st until they close."
She said the price remains at $16.00, "It hasn't changed in 8 years. It's still the same price. After January 31st, starting on February 1st, the price doubles. It's a penalty of $16.00, so it's a total of $32.00, and there's also a possibility of a citation for having that delinquent dog tag."
As to when a dog tag is required, "If you just get a dog, you have 30 days to get a tag, but the dog is s months of age or older in order to get a dog tag. People think it's 6 months, but it has always been 3 months of age and older."


Vehicle Damaged By Fire Tuesday Afternoon

A vehicle was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon on State Route 31 just south of Kenton.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 3:45 to the 14,000 block of 31. Upon arrival, the car was pulled off to the side of the road, and the passenger side was fully involved in flames.
The fire, which is still under investigation, started in the glove box area on the passenger side.
The car, which was listed as a total loss, was being driven by Annette Rhoades, of Kenton. She was not injured.
Firefighters were on the scene for just under one hour. 


Wildcats Win Third Straight, Whip Riverdale 63-37

The Kenton Wildcats won their third straight game by defeating the Riverdale Falcons 63-37 Tuesday in boys basketball action.


The Wildcats (8-5) led 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and then scored the first 10 points of the second period to break the game open.


Jaron Sharp had 17 points to pace Kenton while Trent Hites had 12 points and Thomas Phillips scored 11 points.


Riverdale (3-11) was led by Noah Hough's 10 points.


Sharp and Hites were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host Shawnee. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.


Committee Stops 4 Way Stop on Detroit Street at North Street Intersection


New Stop Signs on Detroit Street at North Street Stopped by Safety Council


No New 4 Way Stop


Monday evening the Kenton Safety Committee told the Kenton City Council that the 4 way stop project on Detroit and North Streets was being put on hold.


At the December 12th 2016 meeting of the Kenton City Council it was introduced that the installation of stops sign on North Detroit Street at the intersection of North Street would be installed and create a temporary 4 way stop to be reviewed for possible permanent installation. At that December meeting Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that “This started out after getting calls from the school bus garage.”


Police reports dating back to 2013 from the Kenton Police Department were introduced to the council at that meeting. Patrolman Kaufman said at that time In the entire city of Kenton “We averaged around 205 traffic crashes, of those there has only been 13 reported crashes at the intersection of North Detroit Street and North Street.


Patroman Kaufman went on to say “Only 6 of those (crashes) was dealing with crossing traffic. The otheres were from rear ending crashes or from pedestrians crossing."


At Monday's meeting the safety committee updated the council on the project. According to Dave Beasley the Safety Committee received additional information that was given to them from the bus garage and with the information from the Police Department the decision was made to keep the project under review and put on hold.


The intersection will remain a 2 way stop with drivers on North Street continuing to have to stop and wait for crossing traffic.




Public Comments and Fire Chief Clark Spoke at Kenton City Council Meeting Monday


Opening up the meeting was citizens requesting time to speak and a representative from the amateur Hamm Operators of Hardin County ask council about the possibility of having a secondary repeater on the new tower at the new Kenton City building location. The operators currently only have one location and if it losses power they are not able to send out public weather alerts and the backup would help keep them online. This would be sent to the special projects committee for research and possible approval.


Also a member from the Board of Health spoke to the council about it's help in filling an open spot on the board. The City of Kenton can appoint a total of 3 people to the 8 member board and currently there is one open slot. The qualified person is appointed by the Mayor of Kenton and the board has been in need of another person to help handle the work load for some time. Appointees must be 18 or older, live within the City of Kenton, and can't be an elected official.


Committee reports included the announcement of projects starting in June to build sidewalks for children walking to school and the nuisance properties in the city was once again brought up at the Safety Council Committee meeting as an ongoing issue in the City of Kenton.


In new business the legislation for the rezoning of property along State Route 68 and County Road 135 in the City of Kenton was introduced. This item was discussed at the open forum meeting before the last city council meeting. The legislation had the 3 reading rule suspended and was passed by the council.


The Kenton Fire Chief Tim Clark gave an update to the Council for 2016 operations and said that the biggest impact from last year was getting staffing levels back to full status. Chief Clark also said that the fire department was able to work on several items on their 5 year plan and it included maintenance of the property and equipment.


The Next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be February 13th at 7pm




Big Third Quarter Run Helps Gophers Top Bulldogs 65-55

Ridgemont used a big third-quarter run to race past Ada 65-55 in girls basketball action Monday.


The game was knotted at 30-all early in the third quarter, but the Golden Gophers (13-5) ripped off 14 unanswered points to take control of the game.


Priscilla Howland led the Golden Gophers with 16 points and got plenty of help from her friends. Meadow Cromer, Faith Jenkins and Sydney Totten had nine points each for Ridgemont while Shaylee McGrath tallied eight points.


The Bulldogs (6-9) got a game-high 21 points from Haley Wyss while Madisyn Gossard scored 14 points and Anney Archer added eight points.


Man Taken Into Custody Following Burglary in Dunkirk

One person was taken into custody early this morning following a report about a burglary in Dunkirk.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call informing them an individual planned to break into a home on West Wayne Street in the village.
Sheriff's Deputies were in the process of setting up a surveillance  operation at the scene when they discovered that the suspect had already gained entry into the house.
The Hardin County man, who's name is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges, was taken into custody and is currently being detained in the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is assisting the Sheriff's Office in the on-going investigation.


Most Say They Do Not Play a Musical Instrument


By a 2 to1 margin, Visitor Poll voters say they do not play a musical instrument.


Of those responding, 62 said no they do not play, while the remaining 38% say they do play a musical instrument.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll. 


Ohio Drivers Are Seeing Some of Country's Lowest Gas Prices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has some of the country's lowest gas prices as the workweek begins. 
A gallon of regular gas in Ohio averaged about $2.13 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents cheaper than a week ago but much higher than a year ago, when the average was $1.58. 
The national average was higher at $2.31 per gallon Monday. That's down a few pennies a week ago but higher than the averages of $2.27 a month ago and $1.84 at this time last year. 
The recent downward price trend might be only temporary. OPEC and key non-OPEC oil producers are reducing the amount on the market in efforts to raise the price of crude. 


County Girls Basketball on WKTN Tonight

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers host Ada in girls basketball play tonight. 
The Golden Gophers have already clinched a winning season. Ridgemont’s three-game winning streak has bumped its record to 12 and 5 with just five games left in its regular season.
The Bulldogs are looking to regain some momentum. Ada has lost three of its last four games and is 6 and 8 heading into tonight’s game.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Ridgemont High School, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m.


Kenton Top Twenty Competes

The Kenton High School Top Twenty competed Saturday afternoon at Hurricane High School in Hurricane West Virginia.


Under the direction of Choir Director Todd Daquino, Top Twenty placed 2nd runner up in class C and missed making the finals by one spot finishing 7th overall. The top 6 show choirs advance to compete in the finals.


Daquino said he was "very proud of our Top Twenty, and they were incredibly respectful and well-received with groups who weren't too familiar with our program."


The next competition for Kenton Top Twenty is Saturday February 25th in Twinsburg Ohio.





KMS Honor Students Recognized

2nd Quarter Principal’s Roll (4.0 GPA)
7th Grade
Kylie Allmon, Chloe Anderson, Lauren Bartlett, Angel Chen, Grace Collins, Andrew Fox, Wyatt Gerlach, Bert Grubbs, Taylor Harshfield, Zachary Heintz, Eyan Helton, Helen Huang, Theodore Jesionowski, Noah Ketcham, Madalynn Long, Samantha Lowe, Caleb MacKenzie, Addison Modd, Zane Preston, Brenna Shirk, Katelyn Sturgeon.
8th Grade
Abigail Anglemyer, Claire Bailey, Ace Baum, Britton Bell, Ryenne Caudill, Brittani Combs, Jaret Dyer, Augustin Forester, Jed Fulton, Mary Heilman, Megan Horner, Jazlen Hugley, Logan Hurt, Tawshia Keen, Brady Klesmit, Lenore Kohl, Anna Longbrake, Erin Lyons, Alyssa McLaughlin, Kaden Miller, Lacie Nichols, Lily Osborn, Sarah Piper, Owen Styer, Alexia Wetherill, Callie Wright.
2nd Quarter Merit Roll (3.5-3.9 GPA)
7th Grade
Kaylee Adams, Luke Baughman, Hannah Beach, Caitlyn Boyle, Asher Bridenstine, Amber Brown, Jillian Burd, Gage Buxton, Alexander Cole, Daniel Davidson, Anthony George, Hunter Gingery, Zachary Hart, Maxwell Haushalter, Caleb Hershberger, Alexis Herzog, Christopher Jarvis, Mitchell Jennings, Jarrett Jolliff, Chelsea Kalb, Katie Kearns, Kyle Kirk, Madison Kugel, Liberty Lowe, Marissa Marling, Nichole Martinez, Madison McPherson, Hailey Melvin, Brent Rader, Aaliyah Rogers, Aryanna Spangler, Joslyn Stauffer, Gunnar Stout, Jacob Taylor, Sophie Thompson, Lascha Wells, Trenton Yoder.
8th Grade
Chaselyn Baier, Keelee Barrett, Carter Bays, Hannah Blue, Darian Brown, Trevor Brown, Tyler Buxton, Aidan Carlson, Abigayle Caudill, Jayden Cornell, Seth Creamer, Eden Cronley, Carly Dearing, , Jacob Eversole, Ashlynn Fischmann, Laney Harpel, Kaitlin Heberling, Jordan Hewett, Kaylin Hildreth, Lucas Hites, Colton Howard, Centauri Keel, Kierra Krohmer, Anna Lightner, Orlando Marcos, Andi Martinez, Jazmine Mendez, Kate Mendez, Rylee Messenger, McKinley Oates, Preston Rembis, Amanda Saylor, Jayden Smith, Samantha Unger, Emma Webster, Kolby Wilcox, Ethan Wirbel, Keegan Wright.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll (3.0-3.4 GPA)
7th Grade 
Brianna Blanton, Katelyn Blum, Joseph Claybaugh, Emma Clum, Karina Contreras, Devan Dulin, Bobby Morrow, Seth Nelson, Derrick Newman, Alyssa Nichols, Bailee Phillips, Riley Risner, Haley Sams, Mahaila Sharp, Conner Shirk, Brandon Slack, Shelby Tillman, Evan Tudor, Jaiden Watkins, Trenton Webb, Zachary Wedertz, Lela Yoder.
8th Grade
Myranda Archer, Makenzie Bays, Kaylon Boger, Caden Bolling, Chelaine Cole, Malachi Cooper, Evelyn Fleece, Jonathon Harber, Brylee Hayter, Arayah James, Anissa Johnson, Karlee Judy, Kailr Manns, Wesley Minter, Kolten Musser, Cameron Pulfer, Maria Romero, Lindsey Smith, Trae Watkins, Landen West, Sierra Wolford, Cameron Zickafoose.


Wildcats Get First WBL Win By Tripping Up Cougars 51-43

The Kenton Wildcats recorded their first Western Buckeye League win of the season by defeating the Van Wert Cougars 51-43 on Friday.


The Wildcats (6-5 overall, 1-3) WBL scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to take a 10-point lead and held the Cougars at arm's length the rest of the night. Van Wert (6-6, 1-3) got as close as four points in the final three minutes but a 5-0 Kenton run salted the game away.


Nate Place hda 17 points and six rebounds for Kenton while Dylan Lautzenheiser added 10 points for the Cougars.


Three Wildcats scored in double figures. Thomas Phillips, the Ace Hardware Player of the Game, had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Hunter Phillips scored 14 points and Jaron Sharp finished with 11 points.


Injury Crash on US 68 (Details Not Available)

A two vehicle injury crash occurred around 5 Thursday evening on U.S. 68 near Dunkirk.
No other information is available at this time from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.


Kenton Man Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison

A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Joshua D. Keim was sentenced to 10 months in prison on one count of escape. The offense occurred while Keim was on post release control from an earlier case and as a result, Keim was ordered to serve an additional year in prison for a total of 22 months.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Girl Scout Cookie Sales Have Started

Girl Scouts cookie sales are well underway.
Katelyn Scott, the Communications and Marketing Manager for the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, talks about some of the popular brands, "The thin mints, the delicious chocolate covered mint flavor is our iconic brand, but new this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie is smore's."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Boys Take on Van Wert Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats shoot for their first Western Buckeye League win of the season when they visit Van Wert this evening. 
The Wildcats are a hard-luck 5 and 5 on the season. Kenton's five losses have come by a total of 18 points, with four of those defeats coming by three points or less. 
The Cats are 0 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League and will be facing a Van Wert team that also may be better than its record indicates. The Cougars are 6 and 5 overall, including 1 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, with both of the league losses coming in overtime. 
WTKN will have all the action live tonight from Van Wert, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. 


21-0 Run Lifts Lady Wildcats Past Cougars


The Kenton Lady Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points in the first half to take control of the game en route to a 74-29 win over Van Wert in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action Thursday.




The Cougars led 7-5 late in the first quarter but the Lady Wildcats put the next 21 points on the board to build a 19-point lead midway through the second quarter and were never threatened.


Van Wert (4-11 overall, 1-4 WBL) got nine points and seven rebounds from Abby Jackson.


Seven players scored for Kenton (12-2, 4-1). Sara Hoyt had 23 points while Layne Taylor added 15 points and 13 rebounds and Ashley Morris tossed in 11 markers. Ellie Miller had eight points while Miranda Gibson finished with seven points and five rebounds. Kori Barrett added five points and seven rebounds while Megan Gier chipped in with five points and five rebounds.


Hoyt and Taylor were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Driver Cited For Several Offenses Following Crash

A Kenton man was cited for several offenses following a crash Wednesday night in the 600 block of Lick Street.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 45 year old Lance Baker lost control of his car while driving west on Lick Street. The car went off the right side of the road where it struck a fire hydrant.
Baker was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, open container and failing to maintain reasonable control.


First Phase of HMH Renovation Project Completed

The first phase of a renovation project at Hardin Memorial Hospital has been completed.
The first phase of the renovation project to the Outpatient Department/2nd consisted of a new endoscopy suite, high level disinfectant processing area and one patient room completed in 2016.  The new endoscopy suite has more than doubled in size from the old suite and has been modernized.  Each of the areas are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the patient experience and to assist the physicians.  
Jeryl Kissling, manager of the department stated, "Specialty center physicians - Dr. Schirmer, general surgeon and Dr. Amigo, urologist will use the new suite for various procedures, and the pulmonologist department can use it as well." Kissling also added she is very proud of the new area and said the hospital was able to fund the project,  "Through hospital operations and the proceeds from the Mistletoe Ball, the hospital foundation's largest fundraiser."  
The second phase of the project will begin in July, 2017 and will consist of patient rooms, nurse's station, patient family room, supply room, consult room and a few additional offices. 


Kenton Vs. Van Wert in Girls Basketball Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats look to remain in the thick of the Western Buckeye League race when they host Van Wert tonight. 
The Lady Wildcats are 11 and 2 overall and are 3 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League heading into tonight’s action, which puts them squarely in the middle of a logjam near the top of the league standings. Ottawa-Glandorf and Wapakoneta are each 4 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League, while Kenton and Bath sit just a game back of the co-league leaders, so the Lady Wildcats cannot afford to trip up tonight against the Cougars. 
Van Wert is 4 and 10 on the season and is 1 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League. The Cougars are coming off an impressive win on Tuesday as they whipped Paulding 60 to 29. Ally Jackson was the star for the Cougars as she knocked down a school-record seven three-pointers on her way to 23 points. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. 


Driver Being Sought Following Hit/Skip Crash

A hit/skip accident occurred Tuesday afternoon on County Road 95 in Lynn Township near Alger.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a driver of a car stated that a van pulled out in from of him causing a collision. The driver of the van then sped away from the scene and is being sought by deputies.
No other information, including names and extent of damage to the vehicles, is available at this time. 
The incident remains under investigation. 


Officials: Flu Widespread in Ohio; Hundreds Hospitalized

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials say influenza-like illness has become widespread around the state for the first time this flu season. 
The Department of Health says Ohio had 287 new hospitalizations associated with the flu during the first week of January. That's a little under half of the 650-plus flu hospitalizations reported around Ohio since the flu season started in October. 
That number is expected to increase. State officials say Ohio's flu season typically lasts into May, though the related hospitalizations usually peak between December and February. 
There were nearly 3,700 flu-related hospitalizations during last year's flu season. 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu activity has been increasing nationwide, and that is expected to continue for weeks. 


Bulldogs Sweep Waynesfield-Goshen

The Ada boys and girls basketball teams posted victories over Waynesfield-Goshen on Tuesday night.


The Bulldog boys team snapped a six-game losing streak by topping the Tigers 71-68. Ada (3-9) got a game-high 22 points from Seth Evans while Owen Conley scored 13 points and Ethan Swaney and Cade Mullins had 10 points apiece.


The Tigers (1-11) were led by Jaden Maxwell's 13 points. Kurtis Bowersock added 12 points, Tanner Hurley scored 11 and Kale Kaufman finished with 10 for Waynesfield-Goshen.


In the girls game, the Bulldogs improved to 6-7 with a 54-29 win over the Tigers. Madisyn Gossard had 23 points for the Bulldogs while Haley Wyss tossed in 19 markers.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.





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.


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.


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.


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.



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. 


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.


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.


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.


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)


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


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.


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. 


School Delays for Wednesday January 11th


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. 


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.


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.




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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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


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.


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.


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.



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. 


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.


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.


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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