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Local News Archives for 2017-02

Tornado Watch in Effect for Hardin County


The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Hardin County until 7:00am Wednesday March 1.  


Severe thunderstorms are forecast to roll through the area during the overnight.  The storms are expected to produce heavy rain, strong winds, hail and tornadoes.  


A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of severe weather that could produce tornadoes.


Kenton Tops Shawnee As County Boys Begin Postseason Tournament

The Kenton Wildcats defeated Shawnee 71-61 in Division II boys basketball tournament action Tuesday at Lima Senior.


The Wildcats improve to 14-9 and will take on Upper Sandusky in sectional championship action on Friday back at Lima Senior. The Indians end their season at 12-11.


In other county tournament action on Tuesday, Ridgemont defeated Hardin Northern 64-45 in Division IV competition at Allen East, with Trevor Stover scoring his 1,000th career point for the Golden Gophers.


At Coldwater, New Bremen knocked off Ada 65-31 in Division IV action while in Division III play at Elida, Parkway eliminated Riverdale by a 70-40 count.



County High School Seniors Attend Local Job Fair

On Tuesday February 28th, Kenton High School hosted the Hardin County Student Job and Career Fair.  This event was sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.  Over 400 seniors from Kenton and other county schools met with employers from over 40 local businesses.


Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President & CEO, Jon Cross, spoke about the purpose of the event.  “Today there’s two functions: one is finding employment and two is exploring careers because I think students don’t realize all the great career opportunities that are in Hardin County”. Cross Said.


Cross hopes to make the career fair an annual event that will involve younger students as well.  “We will work with all of our schools to offer more internship programs and also more job shadowing for our freshman and sophomores.” Explained Cross.


Students in attendance also felt that the event would have a lasting impact on the community.  Senior Austin Buroker, from Kenton High School, gave his opinion.  “It gives a lot of people insight on careers and businesses around the community that they can take advantage of and help impact our community and make it stronger.” Said Buroker.


Any student or parent who was unable to attend the career fair can contact the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance to get more information about student jobs and careers.


Several Incidents Were Handled by KPD Monday

Two 55 gallon size barrels loaded with trash were placed along the south side of Broseke's Car Wash in Kenton sometime over the weekend.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the owner reported finding them on Monday.
The barrels contained what appeared to be yard trash and general household debris. The incident is under investigation.
A McGuffey man was issued a summons for disorderly conduct following an incident Monday afternoon.
According to the report, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North Main Street to investigate a male who was laying in the alley and had earlier allegedly attempted to engage in physical confrontations with others who walked in the alley. 
The male, identified as 46 year old Donald Hall, was issued the summons and released. 
A theft was reported at Walmart on Monday.
Store officials told officers someone made off with a battery that was valued at nearly $50. No suspects were listed.


Different Chain of Command Planned For Kenton Parks and Recreation Division

The Kenton City Council met for its fourth regular session on Monday evening at the City Building. The council moved quickly through the brief agenda, with no citizens requesting time to speak. 
A copy of the minutes from the Parks and Recreation Board meeting held on February 14th were received. Safety Service Director, Jim Hites, was quoted as saying that there were "some issues with the language part" of the employment of a pool manager, but that it would "get taken care of." The council would hear a piece of legislation during new business later in the meeting that reflected the budgetary considerations to hire an Assistant Pool Manager. This position would report directly to the Parks and Recreation Director, a now part-time position, who in turn would report to Hites. According to Hites, this is not a new position, but a position that has been formerly utilized that they are returning to due to the cost of benefits packages for full-time positions. As a result, Hites further clarified that there would be several head lifeguards to share the responsibilities of maintaining the facilities as well. It is a requirement that someone 18 years or older be at the facility to assume management responsibilities at all times, despite the limitation on hours worked. The new legislation that would account for the payroll for the Assistant Pool Manager was the only piece of new business on the council agenda. It was voted to by-pass the three-reading rule and the legislation passed unanimously.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance - the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 6 at 5:30pm at the City Building.
Regional Planning - the Regional Planning Committee will meet Thursday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Commissioner's Office.
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board will meet Monday, March 6 at 7:00pm.
BKP - the BKP Board met on February 20 and submitted typed minutes to the council. 
One item was on the agenda under old business; it was read and moved to third reading in two weeks. 
The meeting was adjourned after a brief comments section.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 


Belle Center Man Injured in Weekend ATV Accident

A Belle Center man was injured in an all terrain crash.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 48 year old John Engle was operating the ATV Sunday evening on Center Street and reportedly attempted to make a left hand turn onto School Street when the vehicle overturned.
Engle was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he was listed in stable condition.


Performing Arts Series Returns to OSU Marion Campus

Ohio State Marion's Five Nights on Campus performing arts series returns from its winter hiatus and is pleased to welcome pianist, composer, and producer Jason Farnham, to Morrill Hall Auditorium stage, Thursday, March 9, 2017. 
Take Jerry Lee Lewis, add some Victor Borge, Beethoven-on-steroids, garnish with Schroeder from Peanuts, throw it all together in a blender, and what comes out is an unmistakable Jason Farnham show.   Farnham has delighted audiences around the country combining contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bosa nova, blues, and classical with a twist. Also included are a handful of Jason's signature original piano pieces that his fans adore!
Raised in Northeast Ohio, Farnham began playing the piano at the age of four. He studied piano with numerous teachers, and was classically trained. Later in high school and his college years at Ohio University, he began crafting his own style of music. Farnham and wife Lisa moved to California in 2006, where he has been involved in numerous projects. A diverse composer, producer and songwriter, his song "Rock Star", from the album "Barriers", was placed in 2 feature films, "Bobby Khan's Ticket to Hollywood" (2011), "American High School" (2009), and a number of commercials. "Morning Coffee", from the same album, was featured on the Filter Magazine Channel on all American Airlines flights for the month of January 2009.
Most recently, he composed the music for the "The Brick People", a documentary that chronicles the legacy of the Mexican immigrants who worked at Simons Brickyard in Montebello, CA during the early part of the 20th Century. Other projects include music for a BMW commercial, a Google/YouTube "My Business Story" ad campaign and Fox Movie Classics Commercial: "Office Space: The Musical". Through Studio 51 Music, Jason also provides background music for Harpo Productions, and one of his tracks was selected as the theme song for "The Dr. Oz Show" (Season 2009-2010). His score for the short comedy film "You Are What You Eat" earned him a Platinum Remi Award at the 2011 Houston International Film Festival.  Jason's music has also been licensed and used in numerous public service announcements, promos, and election campaigns. 
The mission of Five Nights on Campus is to provide exceptional and diverse cultural and educational opportunities and to encourage the community to be a part of campus life.  The popularity of the campus based entertainment series continues to engage the community and bring people to the campus.  
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating.  For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail: iams.18osu.edu
Tickets for Jason Farnham are now available.  Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students, (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff.  
The Five Nights on Campus performing arts series is made possible through the support of community minded businesses, including:  UniPrint, OhioHealth, Marion Industrial Center, Inc., Stifel, iHeartMedia, Merrill Lynch, Marion Community Credit Union, Inc., Frontier, The Marion Star, Wyandot Inc., Morral Companies L.L.C., Marion Technical College, Sims Brothers Recycling, Whirlpool Marion Operations, & ArcelorMittal.


Doubleheader Tournament Basketball Featured Tonight on WKTN

In our first game of the evening, the Kenton Wildcats travel to Lima Senior to meet Shawnee in Division 2 sectional tournament action.
The Indians defeated the Wildcats a month ago during the regular season, topping Kenton 87 to 77 on January 27th, but much has changed since then.
The Wildcats are currently playing some of their best ball of the season. They have won three of their last four games and are 13 and 9 for the year. The Indians have been headed in the other direction. Shawnee has dropped four of its last six games and is 12 and 10 on the season.
WTKN will have all the action live tonight from Lima Senior, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:15 p.m.
In the second part of tonight’s doubleheader on WKTN, the Ada Bulldogs will take on New Bremen at Coldwater. The Bulldogs are 4 and 18 and are looking to break a five-game losing streak while the Cardinals have lost nine in a row and are 1 and 21 for the season.
The pregame show for this Division 4 sectional opening-round game will start around 7:45 p.m., with the opening tip slated for 8 p.m.
In other county tournament openers tonight, Ridgemont meets Hardin Northern in Division 4 action at Allen East while Riverdale takes on Parkway in Division 3 play at Elida. Both those games tip off at 6:15 p.m.
Upper Scioto Valley received a first-round bye and is off until Friday.


Theft Reported on Main Street Sunday

A theft was reported Sunday afternoon.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers received a complaint from a resident in the 200 block of Main Street that $2000 in miscellaneous items were stolen from a lock box in the house.
A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed as the investigation continues. 


Gas Prices Edge Higher to Start Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Drivers in Ohio have seen gas prices creep upward in the past week. 
The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was $2.13 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 6 cents higher than a week ago and well above the average of $1.80 at this time last year.
The national average was about $2.29 on Monday, up a penny from a week ago and much higher than the average of $1.74 a year ago.
AAA has said gas prices stayed relatively steady in recent weeks thanks to a strong supply of crude oil on the market. 


Five Kenton High School Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Tournament

Five Kenton High School wrestlers attended the 2017 OHSAA Division II Sectional Tournament in Clyde, Ohio. 
Brian Blankenship
Kenton had four wrestlers finish on the podium Brian Blankenship and Riley Fitzgerald finish 5th place and will be district alternates. Mason Rhoades finished in fourth place and Noah Eikenbary finished in 3rd place. Both wrestlers are in their Freshman year as Wildcats and will be representing Kenton in the OSHAA Div II District Tournament March 3rd and 4th.
Rhoades competed in the 113 pound weight class and drew byes for the first two rounds before dropping his first match against Matt Luikart a senior from Upper Sandusky. Rhoades dropped his final match in a very tough 9-12 decision to Sophomore JT Pickens of Bowling Green.
Riley Fitzgerald came into sectionals as a 2 seed and a 2016 district qualifier. Fitzgerald Kenton's 132 pound wrestler dropped his first two matches in very close decisions against sophomore Arturo Beltran of Bowling Green 2-6 and Freshman Hank Webb of Clyde 5-9. Fitzgerald then bounced back to defeat Evan Barth a Freshman from Upper Sandusky in a 5-2 decision to secure a fifth place finish and a district alternate position. 
Brian Blankenship entered 2017 sectional tournament as a 3 seed Blankenship pinning his first opponent at the 5:22 mark in the 3rd period while wrestling in the 138 pound weight group. Dropping his next two matches and then bouncing back in his final match with a win over sophomore Gavin Mintey of Bowling Green with a 12-8 decision securing a fifth place finish and a district alternate position.
Noah Eikenbary
Noah Eikenbary a 195 pound freshman wrestler was a 4 seed entering the Sectional Tournament. Eikenbary started out strong with a 16-0 technical decision over Mark Collins, sophomore from Upper Sandusky then stumbling slightly with a tight 3-2 loss to number one seed senior Ryan Kelley of Clyde. Bouncing back with a big pin fall win over freshman Roger Hall of Fostoria. Eikenbary then defeats number 2 seed Burrow Alexander a junior from Toledo Woodward with a pin fall at the 2:45 mark in the match securing a 3rd place finish and trip to the District Division II Tournament.


Kenton Youth Wrestlers Traveled to ONU For Weekend Tournament

The Kenton Youth Wrestling team traveled to Ohio Northern this past weekend to compete in the MVKWA Regional Tournament. Teams from Ada,  Clarke Shawnee, Delphos, Elida, Lima City, Bath, LCC, Lima Shawnee, Ottawa-Glandorf, St. Mary's, Troy and Wapakoneta attended the tournament. Wrestlers were paired up in 8-man double elimination brackets by age and weight.
Anthony Hunt 
Anthony Hunt and Tim Wilkinson led the team by winning their brackets (3-0) and placing first.
Hunt wrestled in the 10 yr. old 76.1 lb - 85.0 lb bracket.  In the first round, he defeated Samuel Mattox of Elida by Fall.  He then faced Brayden Lester of Troy in the second round and pinned him as well.   Hunt finally defeated Landyn Williams of Lima Bath by decision of 4-1 in the finals to take 1st place. 
Tim Wilkinson
Wilkinson wrestled in the 10 yr old 132.8 lb - 142.4 lb bracket.  Wilkinson pinned Alek Lambdin of St. Mary's in the first round. In the second round, he defeated Cole Donovan of St. Mary's by decision of 8-0. Wilkinson then beat Alden Bowlanger of Ada by decision of 5-0 to earn first place.
Evan Elliott
Evan Elliott (2-1, 2 Pins), Kole Anspach (2-1, 1 Pin), Jayden Mustain (2-1, 1 Pin) and Gavin Sealscott (2-1, 1 Pin) placed 2nd at the tournament.
3rd Place finishers were Christopher DeLong (3-1, 2 Pins), Isaiah Mundy (3-1, 1 Pin) and Karson Davis (2-1, 1 Pin).
The team will be completing their season this coming Sunday, Mar. 5th, in Dayton, Ohio for the MVKWA League Championships at the Wright State University Nutter Center.


A Vehicle Was Vandalized Over The Weekend in Kenton


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle parked in the 900 Block of Robinson Avenue was damaged sometime Friday evening.


The vehicles Drivers side doors and rear quarter panel of was damaged.




Riverdale, USV Net Sectional Titles; HN Comes Up Short

Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley won girls basketball sectional titles on Saturday.


The Falcons defeated Edison 60-51 in Division III play at Lexington while the Rams were 57-41 winners over Crestview in Division IV action at Allen East


Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley advance to district competition on Thursday, and both their games will be carried live on WKTN.


Also on Saturday, Minster defeated Hardin Northern 57-21 in Division IV title play at Bath.


Defiance Knocks Lady Wildcats Out Of Tournament

The Defiance Bulldogs defeated the Kenton Lady Wildcats 49-39 in Division II girls basketball sectional championship play Saturday at Spencerville.


The Bulldogs improve to 16-8 and will play Wapakoneta in district tournament action Thursday at Paulding. The Lady Wildcats end their season with a 16-7 record.


Morgan Porter had 18 points and eight rebounds for Defiance while Kennedy Replogle had 10 points and six rebounds.


The Lady Wildcats were led by Ashley Morris, who finished with 18 points.

Miranda Gibson and Megan Gier were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


Employee of Retirement Residence Under Investigation

An employee of a local retirement residence is being accused of attempting to gain possession of prescription medications.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were informed about the incident on Friday.
The medication has not been authorized by the facility.
The investigation is underway, and so far no charges have been filed against a named suspect. 


Alliance President Predicts Big Things For Hardin County in 2017

Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said the annual Meeting and Dinner held this past Thursday evening was a great opportunity to celebrate great things for Hardin County in 2017.
He said, "Thirty million dollars worth of new capital investments, new job creation, a lot of new growth in Hardin County, and really the thanks go to communities, our elected officials, the businesses, the investors."
One of those capital improvement projects is revitalization of downtown Kenton, which Council President Joel Althauser said will be a long, but worthwhile project, "Probably the biggest thing that we'll have , that will really help us is we are going to totally redo that infrastructure, and that just doesn't benefit the downtown. That has a ripple effect throughout all the delivery system of the water and sewer, so it's good to have out and have it talked about in the public, and we hope we can move it forward."


Upper Sandusky Rams Finish Perfect Regular Season


The Upper Sandusky Rams boys basketball team finished off a perfect season Friday night.


The Rams knocked off Colonel Crawford in impressive fashion. The final was 63-36.


This is the second straight season the boys have been perfect headed into tournament play.




Kenton Lady Cats Continue Tournament Run Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats try to win their first sectional title in 19 years when they take on Defiance Saturday night at Spencerville. 
Kenton is 16 and 6 on the season and was the district’s third seed. The Lady Wildcats, who last won a sectional title in 1998, will meet fifth-seeded Defiance for a Division 2 sectional championship at 6:15 p.m. at Spencerville. The Bulldogs come in at 15 and 8 after defeating Van Wert 28 to 14 on Wednesday night. The game will be a rematch of a December 15th contest in which the Lady Wildcats defeated Defiance 57 to 51 in double overtime.
WKTN will have all the action live from Spencerville High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.
Three other county schools are playing for sectional titles at the same time as Kenton. In Division 4 action at Allen East, second-seeded Upper Scioto Valley will meet fifth-seeded Crestview. At Bath, Hardin Northern, the 11th seed, will take on top-seeded Minster in Division 4 play while in Division 3 action at Lexington, fourth-seeded Riverdale will hook up with seventh-seeded Edison.


Wildcats Scorch Nets In Win Over Celina

The Kenton Wildcats shot 74 percent from the field on their way to a 79-57 victory over the Celina Bulldogs in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at the Celina Fieldhouse.


The Wildcats wrap up the regular season at 13-9 overall and went 3-6 in the Western Buckeye League. Celina is now 6-16 overall and 3-6 in the league.


The Cats hit 10 three-pointers as they routed the Bulldogs. Kenton scored its most points since hanging 82 on Waynesfield-Goshen in the Cats' season opener.


Hunter Phillips scored a game-high 23 points for Kenton while Thomas Phillips had 21 points and seven rebounds. Jaron Sharp added 18 points and seven rebounds while Trent Hites finished with 10 points.


Kole Murlin had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs.


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


The Wildcats begin tournament play Tuesday when they take on Shawnee at 6;15 p.m. at Lima Senior. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.


Member of Findlay Police Department Being Investigated

The Hancock County Sheriff has asked Ohio BCI to investigate a member of the Findlay Police Department.
WFIN in Findlay reported the investigation was into the allegations of domestic violence against the member of the police department, who's name is not being released since charges have not been filed.
The Findlay Law Director has requested a special prosecutor from Hardin County Muncipal Court who will determine if charges should be filed.


Winners Announced During Annual Alliance Dinner Meeting

Several major awards were handed during the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Meeting and Dinner. 
The 2016 Citizen of the Year is Deb Curlis who volunteers her time on several boards and committees, including the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and the Wilson Football Museum among others. Curlis on receiving the award said, "I just want to tell you this means so so much to me and thank you. I've made so many wonderful friends here, and my next challenge is, I want to help the people that have the home businesses, and so I'm starting a whole new challenge and I'll be kicking that off soon."
The Business of the Year is the newly expanded Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative, and the award was accepted by President and CEO John Metcaffe, "I appreciate this honor, and I'm honored to accept it on behalf of our members, and thank you for awarding that."
The Small Business of the Year presented to Iron Fit Gym, and it was accepted by owners Meg Manns and Aaron Johnson. Manns said, "We came together with the idea that it's time to build a gym and time to bring something positive to Hardin County." Johnson had this to say, "Ultimately we would like to thank our members. Without them, we would not be here today."
The Community Service Award went to the Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardner Volunteer Program and was accepted by Extension Educator Mark Badertscher, "To be recognized for something we do for fun. For us volunteering is fun, it's what we want to do. We're spreading consumer horticulture to all the people that have interest in that."
Finally, The Women LEAD Excellence Award went to Christina Cross who said, "Wow what an honor, and I was like wait a minute we did not discuss this. Who is the recipient of this award I'd love to know. Little did I know it's myself. I'm very, very honored and touched."


Discover Hardin County Photo Contest Starts in March

A Discover Hardin County Photo Contest will take place during the month of March.
It is sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, and the Director of Chamber and Tourism, Jesse Purcell said it runs March 1 through the 29th, "What we're hoping is that people will submit their pictures. People will then be able to go out and vote on the pictures, and then also we're planning on doing an art show on April 12th to actually display the pictures that have been taken and submitted."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Marion’s Science Café Investigates Fake News Phenomenon

With falsehoods a defining characteristic of the 2016 US Presidential Election, despite the best efforts of citizens and news agencies alike, the term “fake news” is now commonplace vernacular around the country.
The Ohio State University at Marion’s Science Café returns to The Warehouse Italian Dinners in downtown Marion, Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. with an in-depth look at “fake news”.  Associate Professor of Communication at The Ohio State University Dr. R. Kelly Garrett will present a discussion entitled, “How Can They Believe That?  A Short Introduction to Fake News, Misperceptions & What We Can Do about Them.” 
Inaccurate messages came from all over the web, from parody news sites, foreign disinformation campaigns, and sometimes even the candidates themselves. Although we do not know how misperceptions altered this election, there is no question that decision-making is hindered when citizens do not know what is true. This talk explores what we know about the causes of misperception, and what each of us can do to guard against common sources of bias and error.  
Garrett studies online political communication, with an emphasis on how citizens use new technologies to engage with controversial topics. His most recent work, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on how online sources of news and information can contribute to both the spread and correction of misperceptions. He has over twenty-five research publications and his work has been featured on television, radio, print, and online.
Science Café is free and open to the public, held at The Warehouse, Italian Dinners, 320 W. Center Street Marion, OH; those who wish to order dinner prior to the presentation are urged to arrive around 5 p.m.


Kenton Boys Wrap Regular Season Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats finish their regular season tonight when they travel to Celina to meet the Bulldogs. 
The Wildcats are 12 and 9 and have already clinched a winning season. The Cats are 2 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League, and a win tonight would give Kenton its best league record in six years.
The Bulldogs got off to slow start but have played better as the season has progressed. Celina was 0 and 7 in 2016, but have won six of their eight games in 2017 and are now 6 and 15 overall and 3 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League.


Authorities Crack Down on Criminal Activity Areas;Suspect Hurt During Pursuit

Areas in Kenton and Hardin where known criminal activity has occurred were targeted by law enforcement officers Wednesday.
According to a release from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser and Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a crime interdiction detail was conducted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton and Forest Police Departments and K-9 units from Ada and McComb Police Departments and Hardin County Sheriff's Office. During the detail, law enforcement conducted surveillance which led to several traffic stops in and around the City of Kenton and Hardin County.
At one time during the operation, a vehicle pursuit ensued that ended on the east side of Kenton. A foot pursuit then started, and a suspect, identified as Aaron Miller, of Kenton, was taken into custody near Heritage Co-Op. Miller was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment sustained while fleeing officers. 
The operation conducted Wednesday resulted in 20 traffic stops, numerous citations were issued, two subjects were taken into custody, suspected drugs and one firearm were seized. In addition, stolen property was recovered. 


Tree Seedling Orders Being Taken Now

The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for tree seedlings through the end of February.
Each species of trees is sold in bundles of 10 each.
Order forms can be picked up at the Soil and Water Conservation District office located at State Route 309 west of Kenton.
If interested, call 419-673-0456 extension 3 as soon as possible due to limited quantities.


Ada Girls Basketball Player Receives First Team Conference Honors

Paige Bellman (CG)
Jade Clement (CG)
Paige Motycka (CV) Faith Vogel  (PL)
Alivia Koenig  (BL)
Haley Wyss (ADA)
Sarah Miller (DJ)
Abbie Parkins (BL)
Macy McCluer (CG)
Kayla Schimmoeller (LV)
Faith Vogel  (PL)
Lyvia Black (CV)
Jenna Henline (SV)
Averey Rumer (BL)
Alena Looser (LV)
Briana Townley (PL)
Macy Wallace (DJ)
Lauren Criblez (AE)
Alexis Gregory (CV)
Kaiden Grigsby (SV)
Kelsey Berelsman (DJ)
Katlyn Wendel (LV)
Columbus Grove 8-0
Bluffton               7-1
Delphos Jefferson 6-2
Crestview              4-4
Lincolnview 4-4
Spencerville 3-5
Paulding              3-5
Ada              1-7
Allen East 0-8


Kenton Little League Sign-up Deadline Approaching

The deadline to sign up for Kenton Little League is fast approaching.
Registrations will be taken up until tryouts which will be held Saturday February 25 at the Kenton Athletic Building.
Kenton Little League is open to anyone who lives and attends school in Hardin County.
More information can be found at kenton little league dot com. 


LCC Slips Past Ridgemont 56-50

Lima Central Catholic slipped past Ridgemont 56-50 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament play Wednesday at Bath.


The Thunderbirds improve to 12-11 and advance to Saturday's sectional title game. The Golden Gophers end a fine season at 16-7.


Ridgemont led by as many as 13 points in the second half but the T-Birds used a strong fourth-quarter to get the win.


Madison Stolly had 25 points to lead LCC while Rosie Wiliams added 14 points and seven rebounds.


Priscilla Howland finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Gophers.


Suspect Apprehended Following Pursuit


Kenton Police were involved in a brief pursuit Wednesday evening that ended on the east side of town.


The driver then fled on foot and was apprehended near Heritage Co-Op according to Chief Dennis Musser.  


More information will be released Thursday morning.


Kenton Teen Pedestrian Struck by Car

A 15 year old Kenton boy was injured after being struck by a car Tuesday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Ethan Manns was running along the side of Letson Avenue when he attempted to cross the road. He was struck and knocked to the ground by a car being operated by 31 year old Rebecca Cottingham, of Kenton.
Manns was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later to Children's Hospital in Columbus for treatment of non life threatening injuries.


Kenton Woman Charged Following Routine Traffic Stop

A Kenton woman is facing drug related charges following a routine traffic stop Tuesday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car in the 400 block of North Wayne Street. During an investigation, several items of drug paraphernalia and a white powder substance were allegedly found inside the car. The white substance found in the vehicle will be sent to the lab for analysis. 
The driver, identified as 41 year old Tina Prall was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. She is also facing a felony charge of possesion of cocaine. In addition, Prall was cited for failure to reinstate and a turn signal violation.  


Ridgemont Girls Begin Postseason Play Tonight

Ridgemont begins postseason play tonight when the Golden Gophers take on Lima Central Catholic in Division 4 girls basketball action at Bath. 
Tonight promises to be a difficult and emotional evening for the Golden Gophers as it will be the first time the team has taken the floor since the tragic passing of Ridgemont senior Keegan McKee, who was a member of the Lady Gopher basketball team.
The Golden Gophers are 16 and 6 on the season and earned the sixth seed in the Division 4 Wapakoneta District. They will be tested tonight by a hot Lima Central Catholic team that is paced by Madison Stolly, who is the school's all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls basketball. The Thunderbirds are 11 and 11 and are the district's ninth seed.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:15 p.m.


Hardin Northern Tops Ada 60-49; Riverdale, USV Post Wins

Hardin Northern defeated Ada 60-49 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament action Tuesday at Bath.

The Polar Bears (10-13) led 28-17 at the half but the Bulldogs (7-16) used an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter to take a one-point lead (35-34). Hardin Northern responded by making five of its eight shots from the floor and 15 of its 18 free throw tries in the fourth period to post the win.


Ashton Dye had 25 points and 14 rebounds for HN while Holly Wilson added 23 points and six rebounds.


Ada was led by Haley Wyss, who had 20 points and six rebounds, and Madisyn Gossard, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.


The Polar Bears will take on Minster in sectional final action on Satruday at 6:15 p.m. at Bath.


Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley also won their tournament openers on Tuesday and will move on to sectional title games on Saturday. The Falcons defeated Huron 66-55 while the Rams whipped Perry 75-18.


Hardin County Sheriff Advises Against a Roadside Memorial Tonight


Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart is advising people not to go to the crash site that claimed the life of Ridgmont student Keegan McKee. On Facebook, the Sheriff released the following statement:


"It has come to my attention that a parent has asked everyone to go to the crash sight of Keegan tonight after the ball game to sign the cross. It's also come to my attention that this is being conveyed as it is with my blessing. All of this is inaccurate. We are very supportive of everyone signing the cross in Keegan's memory but not after dark. This is a very dangerous idea and could end up getting more kids and community members hurt. PLEASE do not do this after dark. I implore everyone to NOT stop at the crash sight after dark. Let's do what we can to keep others safe and not encourage anyone to put themselves in harms way. I did know Keegan just as many of you did and she would not want anyone to be risking their lives or others lives for this."




Stolen Car Involved in a Crash Monday Evening

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a one vehicle crash that occurred on St Rt 81 east of Ada at 6:50PM on February 20th, 2017.
According to a release, the owner of the vehicle, Jackie Benton of Dunkirk, reported the vehicle stolen approximately 15 minutes before the crash at the intersection of St Rt 309 and St Rt 195. The driver/suspect then crashed the vehicle on St Rt 81 near the intersection of Twp Rd 55 east of Ada. The investigation continues into the driver/suspect, Jeffrey Staver of Lima, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Ada/Liberty Fire and EMS and Osborn’s Towing.


Kenton Man Arrested on Warrant;Facing Possible Drug Charge

A Kenton man was taken into custody Monday afternoon and is facing a possible drug charge.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers patrolling in the Forest Court Apartment complex recognized a man who was walking in he area who was known to have a warrant through Hardin County Municipal Court. After confirming the warrant, Shane Manns was taken into custody, and while searching him, officers allege he was in possession of a rock of suspected cocaine. 
The substance will be analyzed to determine if a possession of cocaine charge will be filed against Manns. 


Ohio Gas Prices Dip Slightly

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have dipped slightly in the past week.
The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.09 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's three pennies cheaper than a week ago but significantly higher than the average of $1.70 at this time last year.
The national average was $2.28, the same as a week ago. The national average a year ago was much lower at $1.71. 
AAA says there has been a strong supply of crude oil on the market and gas prices have stayed relatively steady in recent weeks.


Girls Tournament Basketball Tips Off Tonight on WKTN

Hardin Northern takes on Ada in Division 4 girls basketball action tonight at Bath. 
This is a rematch of a game played on January 2nd, in which the Bulldogs topped the Polar Bears 56 to 43. 
Ada is the 10th seed in the Wapakoneta District while Hardin Northern is seeded 11th, but the Polar Bears have been the hotter team of late. Hardin Northern is 9 and 13 on the season and has won two its last three games while Ada is 7 and 15 and has lost its last six contests.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath High School, with the pregame show set for 6:45 p.m. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.
In other tournament openers tonight, Upper Scioto Valley meets Perry at 7:15 p.m. at Allen East in Division 4 play while Riverdale will meet Huron at 7 p.m. at Lexington in Division 3 play.


Teacher and Student From Ohio High Point's Kenton Satellite Location Spoke at School Board Meeting


The meeting opened with guest speaker Art Spragen who is a teacher at Ohio High Point Welding and manufacturing class in Kenton. Also joining Spragen was student Blake Treen who talked with the board about the educational tools used by the Ohio High Point Satellite location.

The presentation to the board included photos of the classroom and equipment used at the facility. Spragen also talked about the use of a virtual welder to aide in teaching students proper techniques by scoring the speed and quality of welds. Treen talked about his experience as a student using this and others tools the class provides for educational purposes. The goal of this and other programs at the satellite program is to teach skilled trades to help students earn experience while still in High School.

Superintendent Jannifer Penzarski mentioned that the success of the Satellite program in Kenton is that the courses are unique to that facility and not taught on the main campus in near Bellefontaine.

The Board also discussed the finalized sale of the Hardin Central School Property on February 1st and that the board is actively searching for a new solution to house the buses. It was also noted that the fueling tanks on that property are set to be removed soon and the buses will transition to refueling at Heritage.


Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Meet

The Kenton Youth Wrestling team traveled to Allen East this weekend recording seven first place, seven second place and three third place finishers.
Mason Cook, wrestling in a 9 yr. old - 70 lb group, and Galvin Sealscott, wrestling in a 5&6 yr old - 50 lb group, lead the team with a 3-0 record and 3 pins.  Also placing first were Anthony Hunt (3-0, 2 pins), Kade Smith (3-0, 1 pin, 1 tech-fall), Alannah Jackson (3-0, 1 pin), Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 pin) and William Wilkinson (2-0, 1 pin).
2nd place finishers were Evan Elliott (2-1, 2 pins), Jace Broadstone (2-1, 1 pin), Draden Jordan (2-1, 1 pin), Landen Elliott, Kyle Ball, Isaiah Mundy, and Austin Root. 
Anthony Hunt had a team high of 10 take-downs for the day.  
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 38-52. They had a total of 18 Pins, 75 Take-downs, 30 Near Fall points, 36 Reversals and 28 Escapes. 
The team will be competing at ONU on Sun., Feb. 26 for the MVKWA League Regional Meet.


Columbus Woman Injured in Weekend Crash

A Columbus woman was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred this past Saturday morning.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Lauren Humphrey drove from a stop sign on Township Road 74 onto State Route 53, and her car was struck by a southbound truck being operated by 36 year old Adam Morvay, of Elida. 
Humphrey's car ended up off the left side of the road where it came to rest in a farm field. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment and was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.


Three Arrested Sunday on Active Warrants

Three men were taken into custody throughout Sunday on active warrants.
According to separate reports from the Kenton Police Department:
.26 year old Caleb Welch was arrested after officers were called to investigate a domestic violence incident. He had a warrant for his arrest from Marion County.
.37 year old Thomas Scott was taken into custody on a warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
.38 year old William Oglesbee was arrested on an active warrant through the Kenton Police Department. He was later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. 


Bluffton Knocks Off Kenton 54-47 In Overtime

The Bluffton Pirates edged the Kenton Wildcats 54-47 in overtime Saturday in boys basketball action.


The Wildcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but the pesky Pirates fought back, drawing to within 15-11 after one period. Kenton led 27-22 at halftime, but Bluffton scored the first six points of the second half to take the lead. The game was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way as neither team led by more than four points through the end of regulation.


The Pirates scored the first five points of the extra session and never trailed in overtime, leading by as many as eight points. The Cats pulled to within four points in the final minute but could get no closer as the Pirates made three free throws down the stretch to get the win and improve to 11-10 on the year.


Jaron Sharp had 11 points to lead Kenton.Thomas Phillips had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats while Tye Sherman and Trent Hites scored eight points each.


The Wildcats are now 12-9 and will wrap up their regular season on Friday when they travel to Celina for Western Buckeye League action with the Bulldogs. WKTN will carry that game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. from the Celina Fieldhouse.


Riverdale Lady Falcons Finish .500 With Win Over Carey

The Riverdale Lady Falcons finished the regular season with an 11-11 record by defeating Carey 62-59 on Saturday.


The Falcons battled back from an early deficit to take a 43-31 lead after three periods and then held off a fourth-quarter surge from the Blue Devils to post the win on Senior Day.


Sydney Holderman led all scorers with 28 points for the Falcons while Lexie Wright added 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for Riverdale.


The Falcons will begin tournament action on Tuesday when they take on Huron at 7 p.m. at Lexington. The Falcons were the fourth-seed in the Division III Shelby District while the Tigers are the 14th seed.


House on Detroit Street Broken Into

A burglary that occurred in the 500 block of North Detroit Street was reported Friday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the resident told officers that when she arrived home from work, she noticed the door was standing open.
Numerous items inside were disturbed, but it is not known what if anything is missing at this time.


Driver Cited For Possession of Marijuana Following Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop Friday night led to a possession of marijuana citation for a Kenton man.
According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, an officer pulled the car over because the driver, identified as 23 year old James Holland II, failed to activate a turn signal while making a turn. 
Holland allegedly was shaky and unable to make eye contact. When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Holland is alleged to have said he was in possession of a gram of weed.
The substance was confiscated and tested positive for marijuana, according to the report.
In addition to the possession of marijuana citation, Holland was also issued a citation for a turn signal violation. 


Wildcats Clinch Winning Season By Defeating Bath 71-55

The Kenton Wildcats clinched a winning season by defeating Bath 71-55 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.


Kenton is now 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the WBL with two regular-season games left on the schedule. Bath is now 3-16 overall and 0-8 in the league.


On Senior Night and Parents' Night, Kenton shot 56 percent and forced 22 turnovers. At halftime, Kenton also honored its 1967 boys basketball team, which won the Western Buckeye League 50 years ago.


Thomas Phillips had 26 points for Kenton while Jaron Sharp added 16 points and five rebounds and Hunter Phillips finished with 15 points.


Kaden Sullivan and Chad Frey scored 14 points apiece to lead Bath while Harrison Gough scored 12 points.


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


Ridgemont Student Killed in Crash Thursday Night

A 17 year old Ridgemont student passed away from injuries suffered in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 9:50 Thursday night on State Route 292.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Keegan McKee lost control of her car while driving south on 292 near Township Road 206. The car went off the west side of the road where it struck numerous tree stumps. That caused it to roll multiple times, and McKee was ejected from the car. She was flown to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima and died this morning.
The crash remains under investigation. 
Superintendent Emmy Beeson's office issued the following release concerning the loss of one of their own:
"Ridgemont Local Schools was delayed today while staff prepared for the arrival of students after the death of a high school student who died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident last night.  Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) Team of Western Ohio is in the district to provide support for staff and students as need."



Recruiting Underway for 25th Hardin Leadership Class

Hardin Leadership classes are forming for 2017.
This is a milestone year for Hardin Leadership as it celebrates the 25th class. Toby Steinman, President of Hardin Leadership said the classes have changed over the years, "Every year we add or change a program from years past. We look at the feedback from previous years and see what worked and what didn't work an maybe shorten a session that just went on a little too long or try and bring in some new ideas from the changing world out there and everything out there so constantly doing that." 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Busy Scene Set For Kenton High School Tonight

A lot will be happening tonight at Kenton High School as the Kenton Wildcats entertain Bath in their final home game of the 2016-17 season. 
It promises to be a busy evening tonight at Kenton High School. The program's annual Parents' Night festivities are on tap, and it will also be Senior Night for Wildcat seniors Thomas Phillips, Brady Donnelly, Trent Hites and Hunter Phillips. 
Also on the docket, Kenton High School will honor the 1967 boys basketball team which went 17 and 3 and won the Western Buckeye League 50 years ago. 
This year's Wildcats have already won nine more games than all of last season, and a win tonight would clinch a winning season for Kenton. The Cats are 11 and 8 overall, including 1 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League, with three games left in the regular season. 
Bath is stumbling towards the finish of a disappointing season. The Allen County Wildcats are 3 and 15 overall, including 0 and 7 in the Western Buckeye League. Bath has lost seven straight games and 14 of its last 15 after a 2 and 1 start to the campaign. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. 


ODOT Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Project

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, is seeking public comments regarding a proposed project in Hardin County. 
The project on State Route 701 proposes to replace two structures carrying state Route 701 over small waterways 0.10 miles and 1.37 miles east of the state Route 309 intersection.
Traffic on state Route 701 will be detoured during construction; however, access to properties within the construction limits will be maintained.  Construction for this project is scheduled to occur in the summer of 2019.
Written comments regarding the project may be sent to: Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, Attn: Nate Tessler, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; or to nate.tesslerdot.ohio.gov
Please provide comments within 15 days from the day this was published.  To help expedite a response, please provide your contact information.  Comments without contact information cannot be responded to.


Thieves Steal Everything They Can From House

A theft occurred at a home in the 7000 block of County Road 14.
The incident was reported Wednesday morning. The house is for sale, and the owner lives in Michigan. The realtor selling the property informed deputies that someone broke into the house and took "everything they could."
The incident remains under investigation. 


Red Cross Urges Donations During Red Cross Month

The Month of March is Red Cross Month.
The American Red Cross is inviting the community to be part of its life saving mission by giving blood.
There will be several blood donation opportunities in the area in the next several weeks and the Red Cross urges participants to consider donating blood.
The next blood drive in Kenton is scheduled for Monday February 26 from noon until six at the First Baptist Church in Kenton. More dates will be released later. 


Numerous Items Stolen From Residence in Kenton

A residence in Kenton was broken into over the past few days.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Railroad Street to investigate the incident.
The owner stated that a named suspect broke into the house he was away for the weekend. The suspect allegedly stole numerous items in the house and then changed the door locks.
The incident in under investigation. 


Ribbon Cutting For New Organization Held Tuesday

The Partners For Violence Free Families is now open at 302 West Franklin Street. They will be focusing on Addressing Youth & Adult Underage Drinking and the Misuse of Prescription Drugs in Hardin County through a grant award from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services by building a Community Coalition. 


PVFF supports safe and healthy communities through awareness, education and prevention.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday .



Hot Shooting Red Devils Drop HN 79-32

The Arlington Red Devils shot 58 percent from the field on their way to a 79-32 win over Hardin Northern in boys basketball action Tuesday.


The Red Devils (9-10) knocked down 32 of 55 shots from the floor while holding the Polar Bears to 9-of-45 shooting from the field (20 percent).


Zach Wilhelm had 15 points to pace the Polar Bears (2-19).


Arlington had four players in double figures, led by Logan Speyer's 23 points. Conrad Mains added 19 markers while Nathan Insley and Brock Oates had 10 points apiece.


Items Stolen in West Virginia Recovered in Ridgeway

Numerous items reportedly stolen in West Virginia were recovered at a residence in Ridgeway on Monday.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Hardin County Crime Task Force acting on a tip received from the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 109 North Hardin Street in Ridgeway.
Deputies located a stolen goose neck trailer, two side by side UTV's along with numerous other stolen items. A truck was also seized by deputies.
The incident remains under investigation. 


Kenton City Council Conducts Third Meeting of 2017

The Kenton City Council met for its third regular session on Monday evening in the City Building. There were no citizens requesting time to speak on the agenda, but Council President Joel Althauser asked for special consideration for a guest, Donoven Quail.
Donavan Quail addresses City Council
Quail is a Webelos in Cub Scout Pack #121, and will soon be honored with his Arrow of Light ceremony to join the Boy Scouts. He gave a presentation to council about an idea for bike paths throughout the city. 
"I've gone to Columbus to visit my brother at college, and I have seen bike lanes around his campus. Bike riders are able to travel more safely to work and to classes," Quail said when asked by Althauser for examples of successful bike paths he had seen. 
Quail's plan focuses on more populated streets, where there is "more traffic and more danger" to bike riders. Council members thanked him for his presentation and said the idea would be further discussed.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance - Finance Committee Chairwoman, Teresa Styer, told council that she would like to form a small committee to start brainstorming items in the water and sewer budget that could present financial strain on the city. 
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board met last week, and according to councilwoman Antwilla Davis, the board is pricing out the niche wall and will be looking for designs from community groups in the near future.
BKP - the BKP Board will meet next Monday, February 20, at 6:00pm.
Special Projects - the Special Projects committee will be meeting within the next few weeks, according to councilwoman Pegg Wren.
There was no old business on the agenda, but City Law Director, Jon Schwemer, told council that the Planning Commission needed to set the date for a hearing to rezone the Forest Courts apartment complex from an R1 to an R2 (residential - family). The date of the hearing was set for Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30pm in council chambers.
In new business, the council heard two pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance for additional appropriations for the new "555" building's heating costs. Since the building is being used differently than the previous tenants, the heating costs are higher than anticipated. Council voted to suspend the three-reading rule and subsequently passed unanimously.  The second piece of legislation was an ordinance allowing for additional appropriations for water and sewer repairs, such as upgrading a well that is currently burning out frequently to an electrical phase 3. The ordinance will go on to second reading in two weeks.
During comments, the council heard from City Auditor, Brian Hattery, about the electrical aggregation program. The city will be entering into a new contract with IGS for 36 months. An opt-out is available for consumers for 30 days from the date the contract letter is mailed, which Hattery approximates will be the week of April 17. Residents who remain in the program could see an estimated $10 a month savings on their current energy bills. The new rates will be reflected on billing statements by June at the latest.
Hattery also mentioned during his comments that the city spent nearly $200,000 more than it received in revenue for 2016, and that his office is working to understand how these financial shortfalls can be alleviated in the 2017 fiscal year. He also noted that water and sewer bills were not being collected in entirety, allowing an additional $5,700 a month for water and $4,900 a month for sewer that were billed, but not collected. Hattery said he's "not sure why" the numbers are so high, but he appreciates the finance committee's move to form a committee to get a handle on these financial shortages.
To conclude the meeting, Mayor Randy Manns gave a "State of the City" address to council. He specifically thanked Donoven Quail for his report to council and councilman Michael White for representing the city at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on January 16. The Mayor then thanked the council, the department heads, and "everybody in the city" for making 2016 a "very successful year." He noted growth in the community, including the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative and Fastenal building completion and the Letson Avenue (Fairground Road) project. "We need to zero in on the positive," said the Mayor. "We completed a $1 million project [Letson Avenue] for $60-$70,000. We received three different grants, the street department pitched in...it was a really great thing." He also mentioned other successful financial projects, including the purchase of the "555" building, grant money for a fully-outfitted K-9 vehicle, and a $300,000 grant for city parks.
"We have a lot to be happy about," the Mayor concluded. 
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00pm in the City Building.


County Basketball Action Featured Tonight on WKTN

The Hardin Northern Polar Bears host backyard rival Arlington tonight in boys basketball action. 
The Red Devils are 8 and 10 but have been playing well of late. Arlington has won four of its last six games but is coming off a 66 to 59 loss to highly-regarded Miller City on Saturday.
The Polar Bears are looking to break a 16-game losing streak tonight. Hardin Northern's 79 to 38 loss to Parkway on Saturday dropped the Bears to 2 and 18 on the season.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Hardin Northern, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.


One Person Killed in Crash South of McGuffey Monday Afternoon

One person was killed in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon on County Road 110 south of McGuffey in Marion Township.
According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Patricia Parr was a passenger in a car being operated by Jack Parkins. 
The car was eastbound on 110 when Parkins lost control and it travelled off the south side of the road where it overturned in a drainage ditch. 
Parkins, Parr and another passenger, Jeffery Lones, were all transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where Parr was pronounced dead.
The crash remains under investigation. 


Crash Damages Two Vehicles;Occupant Charged with Obstructing Official Business

A two vehicle crash occurred Saturday afternoon in the 800 block of East Columbus Street.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by 52 year old James Miller, of Hilliard, stopped for traffic when it was struck from behind by a car driven by 16 year old Jaron Sharp, of Kenton. Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
Sharp was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 
According to a separate report, 18 year old Luke Nichols told officers at the accident scene that he was driving the car, but the police department was informed by his mother the next day that he had lied because he was afraid his father would be upset that someone else was driving the car.
Nichols was issued a summons on a charge of obstructing official business. 


9 Year Old Girl Asking For Money Door to Door in Kenton

A report about a girl going door to door soliciting for money was received Sunday afternoon.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of West North Street to investigate the incident.
A 9 year old Kenton girl was located and her parent was notified. 


Three Kenton Wrestlers Compete in Tournament

The Kenton Middle School wrestling team sent three wrestlers to compete in the Jr. High Ohio Athletic Committee (OAC) District Qualifier tournament at Olentangy High School Sunday, Feb. 12th.  Carter Bays and Noah Thibaut placed and qualified to compete at the 2017 Jr. High OAC State Tournament in Youngstown, Ohio March 18-19.
Thibaut, 8th grader wrestling in the 176 lb class, started quickly in the 2nd round after a bye with a fall over Ian Price in 0:13.  Thibaut was then defeated by Stephen Baldridge of West Holmes in the semi-finals, but claimed victories in the consolation brackets over Gary Call by fall 0:35, and Noah Coker of Mount Vernon by fall 0:53 to place 3rd at the tournament.
Wrestling in the 138 lb weight class, eighth grader Carter Bays bounced back after a tough first round lost to Braden Welch of Ashland, and won his next four matches to make it to the consolation semi-finals.  He defeated Johnathan Martin of London by fall 0:26, Tommy Robbins of OOP by fall 2:47, Robert Tayler of Heath by major decision 10-0, and Samuel Speakman of Teays Valley by decision 3-1.  Bays then lost to Andy Willliamson of Mt. Gilead and Parker Finley of Olentangy to place 6th and qualify for the state tournament.
7th grader Zachary Hart also made the trip to the district meet wrestling in the 126 lb weight class, but fell short of qualifying with a record of 1-2.  Hart won his first round match versus Bryce Mihm of Willshire by major decision 11-2, but then fell to Lincoln Heard of Marysville and then Dakota Clarkson of Covington by decision 2-7.


Ohio Gas Prices Rise Slightly But Remain Relatively Low

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers continue to see some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. 
A gallon of regular fuel in Ohio was averaging $2.12 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel more than last week and much higher than at this time last year, when the state average was just $1.55. 
Ohio's average remains below the national average, which was $2.28 for regular fuel on Monday, up a penny from a week earlier. A year ago, it was $1.70. 


Two Workforce Initiative 2.0 Sessions Scheduled

The Hardin County Economic Development, Hardin County Job & Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs of Hardin County presents Hardin COUNTY
Workforce Initiative 2.0. 
2 Information Sessions on Ohio Means Jobs Center, NEW Workforce Training Dollars, Area 8 Local Planning, Adult & Dislocated Worker Program, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Business Services, WOCAP - Summer Youth Employment Programs and more will be presented. 
The sessions are for Local Employers (Industries of All Types) Human Resources, Directors, Plant Managers, Business Managers/Owners. 
RSVP to Jon Cross  419-673-4131. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance
225 S. Detroit Street, Kenton, OH
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance 
225 S. Detroit Street, Kenton, OH 


Elida Pulls Away Late, Downs Kenton 65-57

The Elida Bulldogs pulled away late to top the Kenton Wildcats 65-57 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.


The Wildcats (10-8 overall, 1-6 WBL) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 4:30 left in the game, but the Bulldogs (12-5, 6-1) outscored Kenton 15-3 the rest of the night to post their seventh straight win.


Daniel Unruh had 20 points to lead Elida while Calon Henderson had 15 points and Trey Harris added 10 markers.


Thomas Phillips had 15 points to pace Kenton while Jaron Sharp scored 13 points and Brady Donnelly added 10 points, with Trent Hites and Hunter Phillips tossing in eight points apiece.


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


Jury Convicts Kenton Woman on Drug Offense

A Kenton woman was convicted on a drug offense this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents filed in the Hardin County Clerk of Courts Office, Pamela S. Kuykendall was found guilty of one count of possession of heroin following the trial held Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. Sentencing was set for March 8.
Also in court,one person was sentenced recently.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Angela N. Cheek was sentenced to two years in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Numerous Accidents Keep Law Enforcement Busy Thursday

Numerous accidents occurred around the county Thursday evening.
As the sun set, the roads froze over creating slippery conditions for motorists.
As a result, around 9 crashes were handled by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
They were reported as property damage accidents meaning there were no injuries. 


Agency Favors a Barrier to Keep Asian Carp Out of Lake Erie

The Ohio Environmental Council backs the idea of a physical barrier as the most effective way to stop Asian carp from invading Lake Erie.
The managing director of agricultural health and clean water programs for the O.E.C., Kristy Meyer, said there is a lot at stake if Asian carp make their way into the Great Lakes. She said Lake Erie alone generates 11 billion dollars in tourism revenue in the State of Ohio, "The Maumee River is the walleye capitol of the world basically, and Lake Erie produces more fish for human consumption than all of the other four Great Lakes combined, so it really would have a big impact on the native fisheries that we have in Lake Erie."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Boys Take on Elida on Friday Night Basketball Action

The Kenton Lady Wildcats close out the home portion of their schedule tonight when they entertain Elida. 
Tonight is Parents' Night as well as Senior Night for the Lady Wildcat Program. It will be the last home game for the program's four seniors - Miranda Gibson, Sara Hoyt, Megan Gier and Ashley Morris - who have helped Kenton to a 14 and 4 record this season. 
The Lady Wildcats are 5 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, good for a tie for third in the conference, and are hoping to finish the season strong as they prepare for the sectional tournament, which begins in two weeks. 
Elida is 7 and 11 overall, and 3 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League. With wins in their final two league games, the Bulldogs will post their first winning season in Western Buckeye League action in 12 years. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show beginning around 7:15 p.m. 


Riverdale Evens Mark With 66-41 Win Over Arcadia

The Riverdale Lady Falcons evened their season record at 10-10 with a 66-41 win over Arcadia in girls basketball play Thursday.


Lexie Wright had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons while Sydney Holderman had 21 points and eight steals. Janessa Taylor added 13 points for Riverdale.


The Falcons used a big first quarter - outscoring Arcadia 24-9 over the first eight minutes - and a stingy defense to subdue the Redskins. Riverdale held Arcadia to 27 percent shooting for the game (14 of 51).


Morris Scores 1,000th Point As Lady Wildcats Top Elida 50-38

Ashley Morris scored her 1,000th career point as the Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Elida 50-38 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball play Thursday.


Morris converted a layup three minutes into third quarter to break the 1,000-point barrier for her career. She finished with 18 points for the game and now has 1,010 points to her credit.


Kori Barrett added 11 points for the Lady Wildcats, who improve to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Western Buckeye League.


Elida (7-12 overall, 3-5 WBL) got 16 points from Shyah Wheeler and 15 points and eight rebounds from Destiney Owens.


First Significant Snow in Some Time Falls on Hardin County Wednesday

Most of Hardin County got in on the high end of the 3 to 5 inches of snow that was forecast to fall Wednesday night.
Residents woke up to a blanket of the white stuff this morning. The first significant snowfall in some time in the area closed schools today and led to numerous crashes around the county.
The calls started coming into the Hardin County Sheriff's Office shortly after five in the evening. There were around ten crashes in all. Most were said to be minor, but injury crashes were reported on Township Road 84 at State Route 195 and the other in the 7000 block of State Route 195.   
So what do kids do on a snow day? If you're 7 year old Oliver Sneary, you help your dad shovel snow. 
Oliver helps his dad Clint shovel snow on the sidewalk around Twirl. The two also cleared the sidewalks in front of Huntington Bank and WKTN Radio.
The snow also coated playground equipment at Pioneer Park this morning.


Forest Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges in Wyandot County

A Forest woman was sentenced this week in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.
The Daily Chief Union in Upper Sandusky reported that 27 year old Cami L. Neese was sentenced to a total of just over four years in prison on one count each of complicity to the illegal assembly and possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.


Kenton Lady Cats Take on Elida in Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats close out the home portion of their schedule tonight when they entertain Elida. 
Tonight is Parents’ Night as well as Senior Night for the Lady Wildcat Program. It will be the last home game for the program’s four seniors – Miranda Gibson, Sara Hoyt, Megan Gier and Ashley Morris – who have helped Kenton to a 14 and 4 record this season. 
The Lady Wildcats are 5 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, good for a tie for third in the conference, and are hoping to finish the season strong as they prepare for the sectional tournament, which begins in two weeks. 
Elida is 7 and 11 overall, and 3 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League. With wins in their final two league games, the Bulldogs will post their first winning season in Western Buckeye League action in 12 years. 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show beginning around 7:15 p.m. 


Interim Allen County Sheriff Dies Days After Being Appointed

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An interim sheriff in Ohio has died less than a week after he was appointed.
Officials in Allen County say 62-year-old Jimmy Everett died Tuesday after a sudden illness. 
Everett was a deputy in the sheriff's office for about 40 years before he was appointed last week to take over for Sam Crish. 
Crish resigned in January amid an investigation into a series of personal and legal problems and after he acknowledged having received treatment for a gambling addiction. 
Everett worked nearly every job in the sheriff's office as a deputy and was a former mayor in the Allen County village of Cairo.


Car Strikes House in Early Morning Crash Near Mt. Victory

A car struck a house early this morning in the 18,000 block of County Road 197 in Hale Township.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a male driver who may have been intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, travelled off the road and his car struck the house. The driver complained about knee pain but was otherwise not injured. The driver stated that "people" made him do it and that he was on his way to the crazy house.
So far, the driver has been charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and a stop sign violation, but the crash remains under investigation. 


United Way of Hardin County Reaches Goal


United Way of Hardin County is announcing that they have reached goal thanks to all of the donors.


The campaign took in  $220,252.87 and the divisions are as follows:


.Agriculture - $7,893.50


.Special Gifts - $21,544.79


.F.I.R.E. - $18,880.11


.Education - $10,288.11


.Government - $4,859.76


.Professional - $9,047.10


.Industry - $131,891.62


.Retail - $5,193.60


.Out of County - $4,447.90 


.Special Events ended at $6,006.38.  


The United Way of Hardin County Board said, "We would like to thank everyone who donated their time and money to help our community."


Hardin County Conducts February Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Fifteen directors were present and 18 guests were present.
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Lisa Ferguson and Kenny Kearns, representing the draft horse association, asked to have another draft horse show during the fair.  The fair board moved to have another show during the fair and to give them $1700 for putting on the show. 
Shawn Herzog and Melissa Modd introduced her children Addison and Aaron Modd.  Addison donated $100 to the dairy beef barn and Aaron donated $50 to the dairy beef barn.  
Roger Crowe stated he was present representing the Hardin County Commissioners.  
There was a letter read from the Hardin County OSU Extension Office, requesting a donation for the various trips and camps being offered to outstanding teen 4-H members this year.  The fair board moved to donate $750 to the program.  
Howard Lyle, representing the executive committee requested a nomination for the 2017 Hardin County Fair Honoree.  Ray Davis was nominted to be this year’s Hardin County Fair Honoree.  
Box seat prices will remain the same as last year at $500.  The gate admission price will remain the same as last year at $8.00.  The Open Class entry fee will remain the same as last year at $.50.  Day sponsorship and other sponsorship prices were tabled until the March meeting, after the sponsorship committee can work on those prices.  
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their meeting on Jan. 17th were reviewed.  A final decision was made as to where to build the new livestock show arena.  It was noted the new LED lights are now in the community building.  The fair board moved to go with the ground’s committee’s recommendations for what to request from the Hardin County Community Foundation for grants.  It was noted the fair board has received the liability insurance from the horse show pitchers.  The fair board moved to go with the ground’s committees recommendations on what to sell in the consignment sale.  Jim stated the committee is looking at selling cloth chairs from the community building, a show case, an old gator, golf cart, the old pari mututal building, an old generator and various other things.  Jim stated the committee is looking into putting the lights in the bathrooms on timers.  It was noted that only service animals will be allowed on the fairgrounds during the fair.  Those animals only include dogs and miniature horses.  The next ground’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 7pm.  
A discussion was held about the fairgrounds also being a state campground during the off season from the fair.  There is talk of doing this, since there are currently 9 campers that need a place to camp locally, while working in the area and there is no campground close for them to stay at.  It was noted it would be cost effective to apply for a state license.  The fair board moved to apply for the state camping permit.  
Brad Murphy, representing the entertainment committee, proposed the week long entertainment for the 2017 Hardin County Fair.  The fair board moved to accept their proposal.  New for the 2017 fair will be a fishing tank for kids.  Other free entertainment is still being worked on, along with Saturday night’s concert.  
Don Spar, representing the Jr. Fair Livestock Committee, stated he would like the fair veterinarian and himself to attend a state training.  The fair board moved to pay for the vet and Don to attend the state training.  The fair board accepted all of the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee’s recommendations from their meeting on Jan. 18th.  It was noted there will be a late fee for buyers that don’t pay their invoices in 2 weeks after the sale and there will be no add on’s done on the day of the sale in the sale arena.  
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated the contract for the Durant Ride Company has been signed.  The all-day ride wristband for $12 will stay the same as last year.  Janie also stated vendor contracts will be mailed in March.
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated their first meeting will be at the end of February.  Sherri Beale stated they will be offering a breakfast sandwich at the consignment sale.  
Brad Murphy spoke about the meeting held on Jan. 18th about the process of receiving ribbon and trophy money.  It was noted that meeting was not a sponsorship committee meeting.  The fair board moved to have the money, along with the postcards come to the fair board office first and then the cards will be given to the OSU extension office to keep track of who pays, etc.  
The 4th of July Committee met on Jan. 18th and Howard Lyle stated they have a goal of raising $15,000 for the fireworks.  He announced the 4th of July honorees this year are Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher.  The fair board moved to have the Fair board give an advance of $7500 to the fireworks committee to purchase fireworks before all of the money is raised.  
Under old business:  
It was noted all fair book changes are due to Judi Cronley by the next board meeting on March 4th.  
It was also noted the consignment sale rates will be staying the same as last year.  
Judi Cronley then announced awards received at the OFMA convention held last month.  The fair board received a certificate of accomplishment for a successful 2016 fair, received a 2nd place plaque with 33 registered attendees at the convention for a medium size fair, a 1st place trophy for the 2016 printed fair brochure that Golden Graphics prints, 1st place for the Fair newsletter that Judi Cronley distributes quarterly, and a 2nd place for the Fair placemat that Golden Graphics prints.
Under new business: 
It was announced there will be a District 1 & 2 Spring meeting on March 25th in Findlay, Those directors wanting to attend need to let Judi know at the next board meeting.  
The radio contract from Audio Innovators to use their 2way radios during the 2017 fair was approved.
It was noted a sponsorship/advertising committee meeting needs scheduled soon, along with a Sr. Citizen’s day meeting.  


Lady Wildcats Come From 10 Points Down, Rally Past Riverdale 69-64

The Kenton Lady Wildcats rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to top Riverdale 69-64 in girls baketball action on Tuesday.

The Lady Wildcats trailed by double digits in the third quarter and trailed 51-47 heading into the final period but rallied to improve to 14-4 on the season.


Ashley Morris had 24 points for Kenton while Layne Taylor scored 13 points and Kori Barrett scored 12.


Riverdale (9-10) got a game-high 31 points from Sydney Holderman while Reygan Frey scored 13 points.

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


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


Sale of WKTN Finalized

Kenton, Ohio - February 7, 2017 - Home Town Media Ltd, a company owned and operated by a small group of investors including the local Haushalter family has officially purchased WKTN radio from Radio General LTD. The company began operation of WKTN on Wednesday, February 1. 
(Left to Right) Chad Spencer, Shannon Barnes and Keith Gensheimer
Named as General Manager is Shannon Barnes. Barnes has over 19 years of office and management experience and states she is excited for the direction the station is moving and future of WKTN. Additionally, long time radio personality and local DJ Chad Spencer , will transition into a new role as Station Manager. 
Keith Gensheimer and Sherri Haushalter finalizing sale of WKTN
Home Town Media would like to personally extend a huge thank you to Keith and Susan Gensheimer for making this such a smooth transition.


Kenton City Council Finance Committee Met for First Meeting in 2017


The Finance meeting started with discussion about the increased cost of utilities, currently the gas bill, at the new City building located at 555 West Franklin Street. The budget for 2017 utilities was calculated using information from the previous building owner but was only based on operation during regular business hours and the city works department is a 24 hour operation.


The gas utility bill is greater than the budget so it was asked of the finance committee to send appropriations to the Kenton City council to increase the budget for 2017.


City Auditor Brian Hattery spoke to the Finance committee about a meeting with AMP Ohio, which is a representative for the electric aggregation for the city of Kenton. Hattery said that it's time to renew and they had received 2 bids that were both lower than the Kilowatt per hour residence in the city of Kenton currently pay.


Currently city residents pay 6 cents per kilowatt an hour and under the new agreement residents would be locked in at 5.55 cents for 3 years. The new agreement would be with IGS the same provider that is currently being used so no new legislation should be needed to enter into the agreement.


Hattery also discussed that the City would be apart of the Ohio Checkbook which will go public on Funerary 14 th which will allow the city finances to be easily search able and will offer transparency going back at least 5 years. Hattery told the committee that there is no cost to the city to be a part of the new system and that it would most likely be updated Quarterly or Bi-Annually.


Safety Service Director Jim Hites gave an update on the heating and cooling system at the downtown city building. According to Hites the boilers are still in working order but it is the control system of the unit which is not functioning properly. The company who regularly services them has said that the heating system will work properly but some areas would be colder than others and the real issue will be when the cooling system comes on line. As of now the control system would not allow for the air conditioning to function at all so the downtown city building would be left with no air conditioning this summer.


A similar issue had occurred with the courthouse annex located directly next to the City building and Hites had got information about what they needed to fix the issue. Based on  that info a quote was received from one company which came to a total of $196,740 for construction costs and a replacement unit.


Committee member David Beasley asked if additional quotes could be obtained to get a batter idea of the total cost for the project. The current quote includes cost for an engineer to work on the project and it was asked by the committee members if this was needed for the project. Hites will reach out to the current heating and cooling maintenance company who does not have the capabilities to complete this project but may have recommendations for additional companies to quote for the project.


Currently the finance committee doesn't know if there is enough funding to cover this replacement but the auditors office will look into ways to pay for this project.


Hites also talked about the decision to hire a Seasonal Temporary Part-Time Recreational Director plus a Seasonal Temporary Part-Time Pool Director. The decision to hire two people came after Hites talked with current employees who said that a single Part-Time Receptionist is not needed at the Downtown City Building.


Hites went on to say that the City would not go over the budgeted amount for 2017 for these two positions. Beasley wanted to clarify that these positions would not need to be covered by a benefits package so no surprise costs would arise later when these new temporary seasonal positions start to work. Hites confirmed that it was his understanding by qualified personal that there would be no additional costs in the form of benefits later down the road.


It was also asked of Hites what the job duties would be of these new positions and if there would be enough work between them. Hites told the committee that the Seasonal Pool Director would handle the scheduling, food ordering, and daily running of the pool. The Rec director would be in charge of opening and closing the parks and also will be working with Mayor Randy Manns on creating special events and projects to help promote local parks.


Water Superintendent Dale Albert talked with the Finance committee about a well that is currently being ran by a single phase electrical service and has always required a 3-phase converter to operate the well. The converter has been replaced 3 times since 1976 and this current converter has had repairs needed upwards of $4,000 dollars over the years. Albert is asking for $32,014.13 to switch to a 3 phase electrical service and upgrade the motor to 480volts which will be less expensive to operate in the long run. The committee asked the Auditors office to look into the budget to see if money already exists to cover this cost and if not, legislation could be introduced to fund this project.


Finally Committee Chair Teresa Styer talked with the committee about creating a special sub-committee to focus on the current City water and Sewer issues. Styer says that they have talked about fixing the infrastructure and the need to increase rates in the past but they have not moved forward with anything to date. She goes on to say the committee would bring together city council board members, the administration, and the water and sewer department personal to tackle the issues that have occurred and may occur in the future.




8 Year Old Harrod Boy Killed in Allen County Crash Monday


A Two Vehicle Fatal Crash in Allen County Monday Evening.


According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lima, at approximately 5:50 PM Monday evening a vehicle being operated by Richard Ortiz, 31, of Flatwood Kentucky was traveling Southbound on Lawrence Road and failed to yield to a vehicle operated by Lisa Alexander, 29, of Harrod who was traveling Eastbound on Clum Road. After the impact Alexander's vehicle traveled off the southeast side of the roadway and struck several tombstones in the Ridge Cemetery.



An 8 year old boy who was sitting in the middle rear seat of Alexander's vehicle was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Alexander received serious but non-life threatening injuries and Ortiz was transported to hospital with minor injuries.


Safety belts were in use during the time of the crash.


The crash remains under investigation.




Two Alger Fires Determined to be Arson

Two fires in Alger over the weekend were determined to be arson.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Alger Fire Department responded to a garage fire Friday night at 207 West Wagner Street in the village. Then on Sunday, the fire department was dispatched to a field fire in the 1200 block of County Road 92 in Marion Township. 
The Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team was dispatched to both fires and it was determined that both were arson.
The team has posted a $5000 Blue Ribbon Arson reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for setting the fires. 
Anyone with information  is asked to call Detective Conley at 419-673-1268 extension 2106.


Kenton Youth Wrestlers Have Successful Meet

Ten youth wrestlers placed 1st at MVKWA Meet at Elida this past weekend.
Leading the team with a 3-0 record and 2 pins were Tristen Hale, Kyle Ball and Ronald Boyer. Wrestlers with a 3-0 record and 1 pin were Christopher DeLong, Evan Elliott and Anthony Hunt.
DeLong also score a Tech Fall.  Placing 1st with a 3-0 record were Alannah Jackson, Sebastian Pascual, and Isaiah Mundy.  Jayden Mustain had a record of 2-1, but also claimed 1st with a pin to break a 3 way tie in his round robin group.
2nd place finishers were Gavin Manns (2-1, 2 Pins), Landen Elliott (2-1, 1 Pin), Mason Cook (2-1, 1 Pin), Gavin Sealscott (2-1) and Karson Davis (2-1). 
Sealscott and Jackson share the most takedowns for the day with eight.
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 46-45. They had a total of 18 Pins, 91 Takedowns, 33 Near Fall points, 25 Reversals and 33 Escapes. 
The youth team will be hosting a MVKWA meet on Sunday, Feb. 12th at Kenton High School. Wrestling will begin a 1:00 pm.


Minor Crash Reported Sunday Afternoon

A non-injury crash occurred Sunday afternoon in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 56 year old Joy Smith, of Kenton, pulled from a stop sign on Forest Road onto Detroit Street and her car struck a northbound vehicle being operated by 16 year old Kilee Brown, of Arlington.
Light damage occurred to both vehicles, and Smith was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


KHS Wrestling Competes in WBL Championships Over the Weekend

The Kenton High School wrestling team attended the WBL Championships this weekend. Placing 9th as a team this year. That was no indication of how well they have done and how much these wrestler have over come this season. Interring the tournament with only 8 wrestles Kenton fielding a very young team touting only one Junior Kodi Jones and 2 Sophomores Riley Fitzgerald and Brian Blankenship. Kenton still battled back and had 4 wrestlers make it to the finals. 
Mason Rhoades a Kenton freshman in 115 lbs weight class finished in 4th place. Beating Andrew Puschel of Celina with a pin fall at the 1:47 mark in the 1st period. Dropping his second match to Austin Selvaggio of Elida then rebounding back to defeat Owen Burgess from Shawnee with his second pin fall of the day at the 2:32 mark in the second period and then dropping his match in the finals to Keaton Eling of Wapakoneta to finish in fourth place. 
Brady Beaman vs Andrew Purtee 
Brady Beaman Kenton 134 lbs Freshman wrestler struggled slightly in the first round with a tough loss to Andrew Purtee then picking up a bye in the 2nd round allowed Beaman to rally back with a with a major decision win against Mike Lawhorn of Defiance. Beaman lost his final match to Purtee to place him in fourth overall. 
Brian Blankenship vs Malik Morris of Elida
Kenton's 140 lbs wrestler Brian Blankenship and Kenton's only upper classman to made it to the finals after dropping his first match to Collin Mell Of Bath. Blankenship pulled out a second round upset over Jasper Scarberry of OG with a pin fall at the 3:34 mark in the 2nd period. Blankenship earned his second pin fall for the day with a win over Aric Gilmore of Celina. The pin came in the second period at the 3:00 mark to send Blankenship to the 3rd place finals match. Brian dropped his final match with a pin fall to Malik Morris of Elida
Noah Eikenbary vs Noah Arnett of Defiance
Noah Eikenbary the 195 lbs Freshman for Kenton had a great tournament with a first round pin fall over Malachi Battle of Van Wert at the 1.58 point in the first period. Eikenbary faltered against Daniel Beemer top seed and WBL Champion from OG. Eikenbary bounces back to defeat Alan Schrader of Elida with a 7-1 decision to advance him to the finals. Eikenbary matched up against Noah Arnett of Definace in a hard fought match dropping the match 4-2  placing Eikenbary in fourth place over all in the WBL
Kenton's Riley Fitzgerald unfortunately did not place but actually had a stellar day by beating number 3 seed Austin Drummond of St.Marys with a pin fall  in the second period (2:35). Fitzgerald then dropped a hard fought over time 10-8 decision loss to Isaac Hernandez of OG. Hernandez finish second to Danny Assaf of Defiance. 
Kenton High School Wrestling team will next attend the OHSAA sectional tournament on February 18th.


Gas Prices in Ohio Remain Cheaper Than in Most Other States

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio remain relatively low compared with the rest of the country as the week gets underway. 
The average for a gallon of regular fuel in Ohio was about $2.07 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. Only Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee had lowers averages. 
Ohio's average was down from $2.40 a month ago but still significantly higher than a year ago, when drivers were paying just $1.53. 
The national average Monday was $2.27, about the same as last week but up from $1.75 at this time last year. 
AAA says the national average decreased daily for three weeks in January, amid increased crude oil production and lower driving demand.


Employee Theft Reported at Local Store on Friday


According to the Kenton Police Department, a report of theft by an employee at the Walmart store location in Kenton occurred Friday morning.


Upon investigation, it was learned that the employee was stealing from this location for 3 months and was doing so to live according to a statement in the report.


The investigation is pending.



Wildcats Get 10th Win, Top USV 75-59

The Kenton Wildcats improved to 10-7 with a 75-59 win over Upper Scioto Valley in county boys basketball play Saturday.


Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Thomas Philliips' 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jaron Sharp had 21 points and seven rebounds while Hunter Phillips had 13 points and Brady Donnelly finished with 10 points.


USV (12-6) got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Trevor Dotson while Wayne Lowery added 13 points.


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


Most Like the Commercials Aired During Big Game


What is your favorite part of the Big Game on Sunday?


Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, 40% say they like the commercials. 20% said they enjoy the game itself, 7% like the halftime show and 6% like the food they have before and during the game. The remaining 27% like it all.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question. 


State Patrol Troopers Increase Patrols on Super Bowl Weekend

Findlay - As part of the Patrol's ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers from the Findlay Post will continue their increased focus on impaired driving enforcement over the upcoming super bowl weekend.  "There will be additional troopers patrolling the roadways in Hancock and Hardin Counties over the weekend specifically looking for those who choose to drive while impaired," said Lt. Matt Crow of the Findlay Post.
Last year during the super bowl weekend, troopers in Ohio made over 400 impaired driving arrests.
"We need motorists to commit to keeping our roads safe by planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up," said Lt. Crow.  "You can also help tackle impaired driving by actively influencing friends and family to do the same."
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists. 


Property Tax Deadline Approaching

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that the deadline to pay real estate tax bill is fast approaching. 
The last day to pay real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 8.
The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 22, 2017.
If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.


Competency Evaluation Ordered For School Shooting Suspect

URBANA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a 17-year-old student charged in a school shooting.
Authorities allege 17-year-old Ely Serna fired a 12-gauge shotgun in the Jan. 20 attack at a high school in West Liberty. He is charged in juvenile court with attempted murder, felonious assault and other counts.
A 16-year-old student, Logan Cole, remains hospitalized in Columbus with wounds and injuries from the shooting.
Champaign County Juvenile Judge Lori Reisinger on Friday ordered the evaluation at the request of the defense attorney. The judge will then rule whether the youth can understand the proceedings and assist in his own defense.
Serna has denied the charges.
The judge ordered that he remain in juvenile detention.


Titans Hold Off Furious Kenton Rally, Nip Cats 71-64

The state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans held off a furious fourth-quarter Kenton rally and nipped the Wildcats 71-64 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday.


The Titans (15-2 overall, 6-0 WBL) led 55-33 after three quarters but the Wildcats - helped by 17 points from Jaron Sharp and six three-pointers from the team as a whole - scored 31 points over the final eight minutes, closing to within five points late in the game.


Jay Kaufman led the Titans with 17 points while Ethan White added 14 points. Jake Dible and Owen Hiegel had 12 points apiece whie Bryce Schroeder gave Ottawa-Glandorf five players in double figures as he scored 10 points.




Kenton (9-7, 1-5) was led by Sharp's 23 points. Thomas Phillips had 12 points and six rebounds while Hunter Phillips scored 10 points.


Sharp was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Ada Police Investigating Threat at Ada Schools

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Ada Police Department was called to the Ada Schools in reference to a written threat that had been discovered on a wall within the school.  After an investigation by Ada School Administration and the Ada Police Department a student was identified as the writer and no credible threat existed.
The Ada Schools will be handling any disciplinary action while the Ada Police Department continues to its investigation into possible criminal charges.
As the threat was identified after school hours and resolved late Thursday evening, there was no interruption in school activities and school resumed as normal on Friday morning.
The Ada Police Department routinely patrols the exterior and interior of the school during school hours and will increase our presence as a precaution and to alleviate further concerns.


Pickup Slams Into House on Detroit Street

A vehicle ended up off the road and struck the front of house this afternoon.
The pickup truck was pulling another pickup and was travelling south in the 300 block of Detroit Street. The driver ended up off the right side of the road and struck the front of the house.
The driver was not injured. 


Gas Leak Leads to Evacuation of U.S. Bank in Kenton

A malfunctioning furnace forced a temporary closure of U.S. Bank in Kenton.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, elevated levels of carbon monoxide and natural gas were detected in the building.
Firefighters evacuated the building for several hours, and the business reopened at 11am. Repairs are being made on the furnace.


Fire Damages House on County Road 82 in Wyandot County

A house fire occurred Thursday night on County Road 82 in Wyandot County.
The Forest Fire Department was dispatched, but no other information is available at this time.
We hope to have more later on WKTN.


Three People Placed on Community Control in Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Carrie R. Nava on one count of grand theft. She was ordered to pay $30,796 in restitution to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
.Halie Breeden on one count each of possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
.Bryan E. Hipsher on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of drugs.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Wilson Sporting Goods Employees Proud of Product Used in Big Game

Employees of Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada have a lot to be proud of especially this time of year.
The company produces footballs that are used by the NFL, including in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Plant Manager Dan Riegle said their finest moment comes as soon as the game kicks off, "Just knowing the football was made right here in Ada, Ohio, and of course you have employees wondering if they were the one to stitch the football, or if they turned it, so yes all eyes are on the football."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Wildcats Gear Up For Busy Weekend

A big weekend is on tap for the Kenton Wildcats as they host Ottawa-Glandorf and Upper Scioto Valley. 
The Wildcats have won four of their last five games to improve to 9 and 6 on the season. Hunter Phillips is coming off a big weekend for the Cats as he scored 64 points as Kenton split a pair of games with Shawnee and Ada. 
The Cats are 1 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League and will host one of the league leaders tonight when Ottawa-Glandorf comes to town. The Titans are 14 and 2 overall and are tied with Wapakoneta for first place in the league with a 5 and 0 Western Buckeye League mark. 
On Saturday night the Wildcats will entertain Upper Scioto Valley. The Rams, winners of six of their last eight games, are 11 and 5 on the season heading into tonight's game with Waynesfield-Goshen. 
WKTN will carry both games live from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. on both nights. 


Chimney Fire Damages House in Kenton Wednesday

Fire damaged a house Wednesday morning in the 800 block of North Street.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, when firefighters arrived, smoke and fire was visible in the chimney of the house, which is owned by Don Rudasill.
The fire was contained to the chimney area and resulted in light to moderate damage.
There were no injuries. 


Burglary Reported in 700 Block of Cooper Street

A burglary occurred at a residence in the 700 block of Cooper Street sometime during the day on Wednesday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the occupant of the house told officers when he got home from work he noticed that the glass in the back door was broken, and he noticed that his television was missing.
Nothing else was taken, and the incident in under investigation. 


Ohio State Patrol Enforcing Move Over Law

Findlay - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio's Move Over law. From 2012-2016, Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were involved in 73 crashes that appear be related to the move over law. These crashes resulted in deaths of two civilians, 24 injured officers and 32 injured civilians.
According to the FBI, from 2006 to 2015, 93 law enforcement officers across the United States were struck by vehicles and killed while working.
Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution. The move over law now exists in all 50 states.
Alcohol and/or drugs played a role in 19 percent of move over crashes, and wet roads or those covered in snow or ice accounted for 59 percent of these crashes. The vast majority of crashes, 82 percent, occurred on interstate, US and state routes. Troopers wrote 12,179 citations for violations of the move over law from 2012 - 2016. 
"By moving over, motorists are helping to protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways," said Lt. Matt Crow "It's not just the law; it's the right thing to do."
As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.


New Photo Released in Reference to Arlington Bank Robbery from Last December


The Hancock County Sheriff has asked for the assistance of the public in helping to identify a subject in a photo in reference to and Armed Robbery at the Huntington Bank in Arlington Ohio which occurred on December 10th of 2016. 
Anyone with information identifying this person can contact the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Detective Division, Detective. Barry Boutwell at blboutwell@co.hancock.oh.us phone 419-424-7234.
A reward has been offered for information leading to the suspects identification and prosecution.
Read Original Story Here: Hunington Bank in Arligton Robbed


Marathon Pipeline Project Enters Next Phase; Union Protests Non-Union Contractor

Residents north of Kenton will notice that the Harpster to Lima Marathon pipeline project has entered a new phase. 
Marathon Pipeline Commercial Development Manager Jason Stechschulte talks about the project, "So the Harpster to Lima project is really just a piece of Marathon's pipeline buildup plan for the Utica and Marcellus shale. What we're doing in 2017 is we're expanding  a couple of existing pipelines, and then we will be building a new pipeline from Harpster to Lima, which will be a 50 mile, 12 inch system, and really what it will do is it'll tie in the refineries in Western Ohio in Lima also in Toledo there's two refineries and then further throughout the midwest, so this is a critical piece for Marathon Pipeline."
As to what residents in the area can expect, "If you look, you'll see there are stakes out in the fields, and along the right of way. What we've done so far is we've worked with landowners, so Marathon as acquired 100% of the right of ways. we've achieved all of our permits. We have a construction yard here in Kenton. Most of our pipe is stored there. A lot of our equipment. So what will be happening here, and it actually started last week, is some tree clearing. This pipeline for the most part is co-located with an existing Marathon pipeline, but there are some trees that need to be cleared, so that started last week. Here this week, we'll begin grating work, so getting the ground ready, and then we'll be bringing the pipe to the site. That will be going on here for about the next four months or so and then we anticipate to bring the pipeline into service in mid 2017."
When completed, Stechschulte talks about how consumers will benefit, "Once this pipeline comes in place, the Utica will have more efficient means, and that is via pipeline, and more economical and safer to get to these various destinations."
In a related story, protesters were at the construction yard on U.S. 68 just south of Kenton today.
A labor union from Ashtabula, Ohio is protesting Marathon Oil for hiring a non-union contractor for the pipleline project.
Marathon company representatives told WKTN that they sent the project out for bids and all bids were reviewed as is company policy, and the best and lowest bid was accepted.


KHS Mock Trial Team Finishes 2nd at District Competition


Back L to R: Chase Fleece, Tiffany Geberin, Josh Freshcorn, Brittany Archer.
Front L to R: Colton Worthington, Alex Haushalter, Abigail Saylor 


Not shown -- KHS Senior Andrew Kinter 


On January 20th, Kenton High School's Mock Trial Team joined more than 3,000 other Ohio high school students, by entering courtrooms across the state to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial's District Competition.  


Kenton High School's Mock Trial team is named: "Operation 8" with eight KHS students playing the following roles: Brittany Archer portraying Plaintiff's Expert Witness; Chase Fleece as Plaintiff's Attorney, Josh Freshcorn as Plaintiff, Tiffany Geberin as Plaintiff's Attorney, Alex Haushalter as Defense Attorney, Andrew Kinter as Defense Attorney, Abigail Saylor as Defense Expert Witness and Colt Worthington as key Defense Witness.  
Operation 8 competed at the Findlay Municipal Court and faced teams from Celina High School and Sidney High School.  Attorney and KHS alumnus Patrick Potts of Roof Law Office in Kenton serves as the team's legal advisor along with Christina Cross, KHS Mock Trial teacher who is also a local practicing business lawyer and owner of Cross Law Firm. 
Mock Trial students argued a defamation case involving a public official and a news station. In the fictitious case, called Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., Governor Pat Justice speaks at a high school assembly. Afterward, he meets with the principal, and an argument ensues. Governor Justice leaves abruptly, and the principal is found dead from a brain aneurysm. A student who overheard the argument reports to a local news outlet that Governor Justice killed the principal. While the student’s account is quickly disproven, the story goes viral. The governor loses a bid for re-election and files civil suit against the news station, alleging defamation.  
Although Operation 8 finished in second place in the competition, KHS Junior Alex Haushalter was awarded with OCLRE's "Outstanding Attorney Award."  Mrs. Cross stated that, "Operation 8 represented KHS well at the competition, and I am very proud of their hard work. They demonstrated proper court etiquette and were extremely civil to the opposing teams at all times, which I think is probably the most important lesson of all."



Hardin Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Hardin County Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants starting today. 
Foundation President William D. Hart said applications will be accepted until the end of this month on the 28th, "We've run into problems in the past with people filing late. We would sure like to have everybody file early and give us the opportunity to give them some money."
Those applications can be filled out online at hardinfoundation.org, and this year $132,602 in grants will be awarded which is a little over $9000 more than last year, and Hart said it's always good to be able to give more, "We've hopefully been conservative enough that our investment strategy that we are in fact able to increase our funds every year and therefore be able to give more money out to the community."
The Foundations's total assets has also reached a milestone this year, "This is the first time that I can officially announce that we are over 6 million dollars in assets. Every time I look at it I am just awestruck by the fact that the citizens of Hardin County have been so generous the last 26 years to allow us to go from nothing to six million dollars, and we hop to continue that and look forward to serving Hardin County for years to come."
The grants will be awarded during a ceremony scheduled for May.


Kenton Wildcat Football Player Signs Letter of Intent


A Kenton football player will go from Kenton to Kent State.


Tyler Heintz signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Kent State University. 


Back L to R: Elizabeth Heintz, Coach Brent Fackler, Zach Heintz
Front L to R: Michelle Heintz, Tyler Heintz, Chris Heintz




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