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One Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, 28 year old Scott A. Hayter was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Drug Take Back Day Scheduled For April 8

Residents looking to rid their homes of unwanted or unneeded medications will soon have the opportunity.
Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said Drug Take Back Day is planned for Saturday April 8, "From 9-11 at three locations: Hardin Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building parking lot, and in Ada on South Main Street and East College Avenue parking lot and then in Forest at the Forest City Building at 211 West Lima Street."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Thefts Reported to Area Law Enforcement on Thursday

A theft of grocery items at Kroger was reported Thursday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, store employees said they witnessed a suspect steal items valued at nearly $350. The suspect, identified as 41 year old Joshua Abrams, of Kenton, was arrested on a Hardin County warrant and is also facing a charge of theft.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office also received a theft complaint. According to that report, a trail camera valued at $1500 was stolen from the 15,000 block of Township Road 110. The incident is under investigation.
A crash occurred in the 10,000 block of U.S. 68 Thursday evening. A car was struck from behind by another vehicle around 5:30pm. No other information is available at this time. 


Woman Arrested in Marion Bank Robbery

An arrest has been made in connection to the robbery of Huntington Bank in Marion this week.
The Marion Star reported that Marion police arrested 43 year old Heather L. Rizzo yesterday. She was charged with robbery. Rizzo is accused of presenting a note demanding money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash.
Customers who were in the bank at the time said they didn’t realize a robbery was happening, and there were no injuries, according to the paper. 


Several Road Construction Projects Announced by ODOT

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced several projects for the 2017 construction season.
According to a release, several road resurfacing projects will have traffic maintained on U.S. 68 in Dunkirk, State Route 235 south of Alger and also north of Ada. Several bridge repair and one bridge replacement projects are planned as well as a culvert replacement.
The total cost of the Hardin County projects is 1.4 million dollars, and they will take place this Spring into Fall. 


Findlay Man Convicted on Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

A Findlay man was convicted this week in connection to an overdose death from last year.
WFIN reported that 28 year old Nathan Brown was found guilty of furnishing another with drugs and involuntary manslaughter. The jury deliberated 4 hours before returning the guilty verdict. Brown is accused of causing the death of 24 year old Jarrod Barger after supplying him with a lethal overdose of heroin.
The sentencing was continued by Judge Reginald Routson, according to the radio station. 


New Water Tower Construction Underway in Belle Center


Construction on the new water tower in Belle Center started this week.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Caldwell Tanks in Louisville, Kentucky, began installing the 150,000 gallon tank in the village’s Murray Griffin Park.
No timetable was listed for the completion of the project.



Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan Discussed at Open House

An Open House to discuss the Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan was held Wednesday evening in the Hardin County Courthouse.
Before the open house, Project Planner Justin Robbins, Senior Planner and Project Manager for OHM Advisors, said putting together the plan is a two track process, “It’s something that needs to be addressed as far as the infrastructure goes in the downtown, but with that comes the opportunity to re-imagine the public spaces in the downtown, so things that we can look at are sidewalks, pedestrian amenities, traffic, all these are items we have to consider with a project like this”
He said an open house was held to seek public input on the project, “Nobody wants to see their community change in ways that the community doesn’t want, so hopefully at the end of this process we can deliver a design and a process and a project that really reflects the best of what this community wants to do.”
Robbins added that the architecture in downtown Kenton makes it unique and attractive for future growth, “The buildings here are almost impossible to reproduce. I couldn’t go out and get somebody to build any of the buildings you have down here right now. They are irreplaceable in the sense, and it’s that kind of urban district, that kind of urban fabric that people are now attracted to, and it’s something that you’re not going to see a whole lot of other places outside of your community.”

Downtown Revitalization Public Meeting 360 Degree Photo

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Spring Clean Up Dates in Kenton Set


The dates for the City of Kenton Spring Clean Up have been



Clean up dates are as follows:


.First ward April 17th


.Second ward on the 18th


.Third ward on the 19th


.Fourth ward on the 20th.


The hours are 8:30am to 6:00pm each day.



For a list of what items will be accepted and to arrange

to have items picked up at your house, call the City

Building at 419-674-4850.


Prison Sentence Extended For Jackson Center Man


The prison sentence for a Jackson Center man was extended during a hearing this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 31 year old Benjamin Rains will spend an extra two years in prison following a multi-county burglary spree.


He was already serving 13 years from burglaries in Shelby and Auglaize Counties, according to the paper. 


Extension Offers Hay Making Workshop

The Hardin County OSU Extension office is having a workshop ‘Making Hay: From Seeding to Harvesting’ on Monday April 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm.


The location of the Extension office is 1021 W Lima Street in Kenton.


Topics taught during this program will include seed selection, soil preparation, planting, monitoring, growth stages, harvest steps, dry-down, bale sizes, storage tips, quality hay, nutritional content and market value.


The cost to attend this workshop is $15, which includes the program, field guide, and refreshments. Call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 for more information.


Buzz Aldrin to Visit Wapakoneta This Summer


The Armstrong Air and Space Museum will welcome the second man to walk on the

moon this summer.


The Lima News reported that Buzz Aldrin will visit the museum in Wapakoneta on July 22. He will attend the 2017 Run to the Moon 5K/10K event.


Event coordinator Amy Kentner said she has worked for two years to bring Aldrin to the 

city. She said it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the city of Wapakoneta, Auglaize and surrounding counties.


Aldrin joined Neil Armstrong on the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969. Armstrong passed away in 2012.


Shoe Sensation Opens For Business Today in Kenton

The new Shoe Sensation opened today in the Kenton Shopping Plaza.
The store opened for business at nine, and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 9:30 this morning.
Prizes will be given away, and WKTN will broadcast live Friday evening from 5-7 and Saturday from 10 until noon as part of the grand opening festivities.
Shoe Sensation offers thousands of name brand shoes for entire family.


Area High School Baseball Results

The Upper Sandusky Rams topped New Riegle Wednesday by a final of 5-1 in Boy's Baseball action.
Coach Daniel Scott Emerick had this to say about the win, "We got a great pitching game out of Jevon Dible going the distance on the mound.  And plenty of offense by Sam Musgrave in a great team win for the Rams."
The Rams improve to 1-3 with the win, and their next game is Thursday at home vs. River Valley at 5:00.
.Elsewhere, Indian Lake edged the Kenton Wildcats by a final of 5-4.
.The Ridgemont varsity team opened league play against Riverside.
The Golden Gophers won 10 to 0 in 6 innings. 
Jace Mcgue was on the mound with seven strikeouts and only gave up five hits.
Ridgemont had 14 hits. McGue led the way with for singles, Xavier McGue added three singles, Garret Pitts added three singles and Trent Sparks added two singles. 


Marion Bank Robbed Wednesday Evening

Marion police say the Huntington Bank at South State and East Church streets in Marion was robbed Wednesday afternoon.

Police were on the scene late Wednesday and according to the Marion Star the police could no be reach for comment about a description at this time.

One witness at the scene was not aware of the robbery until afterwards and several other witness reports were said to not be related to the robbery according to the paper


Carey Woman Cited Following Traffic Stop


A Carey woman is facing charges following a routine traffic stop Tuesday night.


According to information on the day log of the police department, officers were


dispatched to assist the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office for a traffic stop on State Route


309 at County Road 175. The log shows that Crystal L. Taylor was charged with a turn


signal violation and was also issued a summons for drug abuse.


Downtown Revitalization Plan to be Discussed Tonight

The Kenton Downtown Revitalization plan will be unveiled to the public this evening.
An Open House will be held from 6-8pm in Veteran's Hall in the Hardin County Courthouse. 
The public is encouraged to attend. 


Kenton Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Miami County

A Kenton woman pleaded not guilty to charges in Miami County Municipal Court this week.
WHIO in Dayton reported that 24 Megan Hair pleaded not guilty to sneaking drugs into the Miami County Jail. The drugs were blamed for causing an overdose of another female inmate who survived.
Bond was set at $25,000.


Area Unemployment Rates Drop in February

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the county by county unemployment rates for February.
Area unemployment rates edged lower for the month according to a release. Hardin County's rate for February was 5.7 percent down from 6.1 in January.
In the surrounding counties for February, Hancock County was at 4.1 percent, Allen 5.8 percent, Auglaize 4.2 percent, Logan 4.7 percent, Union 4.2 percent, Marion 6.2 percent and Wyandot County was at 4.7 percent for February. 


Erotic Literature Found on BGSU Professor's Computer

A professor at Bowling Green State University is being accused of having erotic literature on his workplace computer.
According to a release from the Ohio Inspector General's Office, an investigation conducted with the Bowling Green State University Police Department found that Alan Atalah accessed the material using state equipment in violation of university policy. A forensic review of Atalah's state computer revealed additional content of a sexually explicit nature.
The matter was reviewed with an assistant United States Attorney and an F.B.I. supervisor assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and was provided to the Wood County Prosecutor's Office for consideration. 


Marion County Designated as Natural Disaster Area by USDA

Marion, Crawford and Seneca counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Daily Chief-Union in Upper Sandusky reported the designations were made due to losses and damages caused by drought that occurred from June 1 through October 4.
As a result, farmers in Hardin, Wyandot, Union, Delaware, Huron, Morrow, Richland, Sandusky and Wood counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because they are contiguous counties.


Legislation to Aid Ohio Trucking Industry Introduced Tuesday

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) recently introduced legislation aimed at increasing on-the-job training opportunities for Ohioans pursuing a career in truck driving. 
House Bill 155 would provide tax credits to trucking companies that offer training programs for individuals interested in starting a career in the industry. Employers would be eligible for up to a 50 percent match of up to $50,000 in annual tax credits, and the total annual statewide tax credit would be limited to $3,000,000 per year. Facilitated through the Ohio Development Services Agency, the program provides an opportunity for companies to have the necessary resources to train new employees, fill in-demand jobs, and address the country’s severe and growing shortage of qualified drivers. 
“Ohio has a strategic advantage when it comes to logistics. It’s something that you cannot replicate,” said Rep. Sprague. “House Bill 155 will assist Ohioans in obtaining the proper training, helping them increase their income and provide for their families.”
"House Bill 155 provides business owners with an incentive to provide real job training opportunities that will connect Ohioans who are unemployed/underemployed to real jobs today,” Rep. Howse said. “This investment from the State of Ohio will be another step to help families break the cycle of poverty.”
The legislation, which has received the support of the Ohio Trucking Association, is part of a package of bills aimed at increasing the number of truck drivers in the industry, which has decreased in recent years. Other bills work to relieve the cost burden of CDL training for students, examine ways to better insure young drivers, and streamline CDL licensing conversions for military veterans. 
These proposed efforts could increase employment in the trucking industry by 8,000 individuals, filling transportation job openings that exist throughout the state. 


Hancock County Fire Departments Share Grant Money

The Arlington Fire Department was one of several departments in Hancock County that will split a grant for communication equipment.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Arlington will receive $6184. In addition, Blanchard Township will receive $20,070 and Jenera Fire Department will get $36,594.
The departments are using the money to pay for equipment that lets them communicate with emergency agencies across Ohio, according to the station. 


Kenton Tennis Team Loses Close Match

Kenton lost a close match River Valley 2-3.  Winners for Kenton were Kenji Kobayashi (2-0) at second singles beating John Kohler 6-2,6-2.
Kenton also picked up a win at third singles with Alex Stephens beating Noah Paxton 3-6,6-2,10-8. Kyle Goodin at first singles lost to Manny Acura 2-6,0-6.  The doubles team of Andrew Boyer/ Landon Rush lost to Jordan Jackson and Patrick Revi 1-6,2-6.  
At second doubles Lucas Rangel /Hayden Robinson fell to Dylan Trefzer/Jarod Tuttle 0-6,0-6.  
Coach Keith Kissling said, "We play better tonight I feel than we did last night still young young team making mistakes that we need to work on but overall I think we're growing as a team. I feel that there's a lot of upside potential of this team. I was really proud of Alex getting his first win of the season at third singles coming back from a set down and being down 1-5 in the tiebreak to come back and win. We have a lot of first-time players that of been forced into a starting position because of injuries and losing one of our four year letterman to a school trip this week,but I feel they have responding well and this will make us a better team once we are back to full strength."
Kenton will host Galion on Wednesday.
Also in Kenton sports, the Kenton Wildcats Boy's Baseball Team topped Elgin on Tuesday by a final of 7-3.


Kenton City Council Met Monday Evening

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous session were approved as recorded and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.
Safety Service Director, Jim Hites, introduced two new city employees to the council. Cedric Brown and Jeremy (Jake) Purcell both expressed their enjoyment of their work with the city. 
Later in the meeting, during comments, Hites also explained to council that the city had erroneously contacted the Columbus representative of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) during the most recent water main break, instead of the usual contact in Bowling Green. As a result, three representatives from the EPA met with Hites and Dale Albert in regards to a possibly improved contingency plan for future water main breaks. Hites told council that the only issue had been contacting the wrong representative, but that he would keep council apprised of any changes the EPA might require to the current plan.
A public hearing was held at 6:30 in council chambers to consider the application of LRC Westover-Forest, LP for a change in zoning classification for the Forest Court apartment complex. The hearing was to re-zone the complex from R-1 (one & two family residence district) to R-2 (multiple family residence district.) During new business of the regular council session, the ordinance requesting the re-zoning was moved to second reading. Council President Joel Althauser noted that there were no disputes or grievances brought against the proposed legislation during the public hearing.
During comments, council heard from City Auditor, Brian Hattery, in regards to the income tax collections he reported on at the last meeting. Current income tax collections are down for the year almost $181,000, and there is still no clear answer to the trend. Hattery told council that he had seen reports that other cities in the area were seeing similar results, but at this time his office was only able to observe and report.
The council also:
-Received communication from the Department of Commerce regarding liquor licenses. At this time, council had no objections to the renewal of any current liquor licenses within the city.
-Received communication from the Celebrate Freedom Fireworks Committee in regards to fundraising for the 4th of July celebration.
-Heard from the Downtown Revitalization Committee that stakeholder meetings would be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 9-10:00am, 12-1:30pm, and 2-3:30pm at Table One restaurant in downtown Kenton. The committee is requesting input from stakeholders and business owners about the revitalization project.
-Learned that the spring cleanup dates and times will be as follows:
1st Ward: April 17th from 8:30am-6:00pm
2nd Ward: April 18th from 8:30am-6:00pm
3rd Ward: April 19th from 8:30am-6:00pm
4th Ward: April 20th from 8:30am-6:00pm
For a list of what can be accepted, please contact the city building at 419-674-4850.
-Heard a request from Jeffrey Ross, 800 North Gilmore Street, for an easement from council to build a garage encroaching upon city right of way. The council voted to table the discussion until Mr. Ross could attend a council meeting to further explain his position.
-Heard from the Finance Committee that they would meet next on Monday, April 3 at 5:30pm in council chambers.
-Heard from Police Chief Dennis Musser that a police exam would be held on April 26. Any person interested in taking the exam to screen for potential employment with the Police Department needs to sign up for the exam.
-Heard from Jon Cross, Chamber & Business Alliance President and CEO, regarding his candidacy for State Representative.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the city building.


Findlay Man on Trial For Involuntary Manslaughter

The trial for a Findlay man who is charged with involuntary manslaughter started Monday.
The Findlay Courier reported 28 year old Nathan Brown was charged in connection to the overdose death of a Liberty Township man. The Hancock County Prosecutor said the trial is expected to conclude today.
Brown faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted, according to the paper.


Young Professionals Alliance Group Scheduled to Meet

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Young Professionals Members will launch a new board-approved program and organization called Young Professionals Alliance.
According to a release, the group's mission is to create an environment for young leaders, ages 21-45, in Hardin County by providing a platform to build connections  that will facilitate their success in business and life. The Young Professionals Alliance will hold their inaugural kickoff event this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Kenton Elks Lodge. A short program and roundtable discussion will take place for those attending to share their ideas and expectations.
If someone is interested in attending, contact Jesse Purcell at 419-673-4131.


Author and Professor to Present Program at Bluffton University

An author and professor will present a program at Bluffton University on April 11.
According to a release, Dr. James Logan will present "The Art of Hip Hop, Religion and Culture in Civil Society" in Yoder Recital Hall. Logan is a professor of religion and professor and director of African and African American Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Virginia.
The event is free and open to the public.


Kenton Overpowers Upper Sandusky in Boy's Baseball; Girls Also Trip Up Lady Rams

The Kenton Wildcats shut down the Upper Sandusky Rams 11-0 in Boy's Baseball action Monday.
Kenton's Heath Houser put in a great defensive effort in a complete game shutout. He only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 while the team committed no errors. 
Multiple Wildcats had hits and scored runs.
Also Monday, the Kenton girl's varsity team beat the Lady Rams baseball team by a final of 2-1.


Three Crashes Occur in Kenton Over the Weekend

Several crashes kept Kenton Police Officers busy over the weekend.
According to the reports:
One crash occurred just before 8 Saturday evening in the 400 block of East Columbus Street. 18 year old Courtney Vestal, of West Liberty, pulled from an alley onto Columbus, and her car was struck by an eastbound car being operated by 23 year old Sarah Legge, of Kenton. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Vestal was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was cited for failure to yield. 
Then early Sunday morning, a car attempted to turn from Detroit Street onto Walker Street but ended up off the road and struck a utility pole. The driver's side wheel snapped off as a result. When officers arrived, the car was unoccupied. A short time later, a female came to the scene and claimed the car was hers but it had been stolen. Witnesses however said the female, identified as 26 year old Eden Osborne, of Kenton, was the driver. She was cited for failure to stop after an accident.
Finally, around 11:30 Sunday night, a crash occurred in the 300 block of North Detroit Street. 21 year old Mehdi Hasan, of Dublin, Ohio, told officers he was driving south on Detroit and couldn't see due to a semi in front of him. When he looked up, he saw a parked car directly in from of him. Hasan swerved, but still struck the parked car, which is owned by Nathaniel Shaw. Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hasan was cited for failure to control. 


Ohio Gas Prices Dip Further Below Unchanged National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices have dipped in Ohio since last week, sending the average back to where it stood a month ago. 
The state average for regular gas was $2.13 per gallon in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 7 cents cheaper than a week ago and a little higher than at this time last year, when the average was $1.94. 
The national average has remained relatively steady for a few weeks and was about $2.29 on Monday, matching the average a week earlier. It was lower at this time last year at $2.04. 
AAA has said gas prices are expected to rise this spring as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.


YMCA Auction Was a Success on Saturday

It was another success story for the YMCA Radio Day Auction held this past Saturday on WKTN.
Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said if everything gets picked up, they will reach their goal of around $10,000. He said given the nice weather on Saturday, he is extremely pleased with the results.
Galvin said items can be picked up all week at the Y, and he added "the sooner the better." He also thanked the bidders, donors and volunteers who helped make the auction a success.
The money will be used to help purchase equipment and support programs at the Y.


Last Stage of I-75 Project Getting Underway; Long Way To Go


The last stage of rebuilding Interstate 75 through northwestern Ohio is getting underway.

But it will still be two more years before the entire project is finished.

The work that began in 2014 will eventually widen I-75 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction between suburban Toledo and Findlay.

Work this year will start on more widening of lanes and the building of new off ramps.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it's expected to take most of three construction seasons to finish the road work. It says all lanes and ramps are scheduled to open by the fall of 2019.


10 Million Dollar Prize Offered by Marysville Plant and Feed Company


Scotts Miracle-Gro based in Marysville, Ohio will be the presenting sponsor of a $10 million prize that will be awarded to the team that finds the best way to remove an algae-feeding nutrient from water.

Phosphorus discharge feeds toxic algae.

The Everglades Foundation's George Barley Water Prize seeks ways to remove phosphorus from fresh water using technology. It must work in warm and cold environments and on large and small scales.

The winner will be named by 2020 and receive $10 million to commercialize the idea.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Scotts has also donated more than $1 million through its foundation to the Everglades Foundation.

Scotts has removed phosphorus from its lawn fertilizers.


Ridgemont Board Discusses Strategic Plan

The Ridgemont Board of Education met this past Thursday evening.
Among the items taken care of, the board adopted the district's strategic plan. 
The plan focuses on student learning and engagement, fiscal responsibility, and safe and purposeful learning environments.  
A regular monitoring schedule of the plan has been established and it will be evaluated and updated after May of 2018.


Upper Sandusky Man Pleads Guilty on Two Charges


An Upper Sandusky man pleaded guilty this past week to two charges.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 19 year old Zachary D. Young, of Upper Sandusky, pleaded guilty to multiple theft and burglary charges in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.


The charges are third degree felonies according to the paper. 


Lounge Owner in Upper Sandusky Facing Gambling Charges

The owner of an Upper Sandusky sports bar is facing gambling charges.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Everett Taylor, owner of T & T Sports Lounge was cited for gambling and operating a gambling house after a search warrant was served by investigators from the Department of Public Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit.
Investigators also removed illegal video gambling devices and an undisclosed amount of cash from the business late this past Thursday night, according to the paper.


Three People Sentenced Recently

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Tina M. Hall was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of escape.
.John A. Glidden was also sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of escape.
.Breannea Wells was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of burglary. She must serve 30 days local incarceration and pay $1400 in restitution to the victim.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Police Make Arrest on Warrant; Counterfeit Money Turned In

A Kenton woman was taken into custody Thursday on a warrant from Allen County.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Apryl Dible was arrested in the 300 block of Columbus Street after officers confirmed the warrant.
She was transported to the Allen County line and turned over to deputies from the Allen County Sheriff's Office. 
A counterfeit bill was deposited at Community First Bank in Kenton Thursday.
The fake 20 dollar bill was used at Porterhouse West on Lima Street.
The incident is under investigation. 


Young Professionals Group Seeks Input From 21-45 Age Group

The Young Professional's Alliance is ready to present to new ideas for the future of Hardin County.
The group operates through the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Dustin McCullough said people in the range of 21 to 45 are welcome to present their ideas during a meeting March 30 at 5:30pm at the Kenton Elks Lodge,  "We're going to have a roundtable discussion to kind of get a general consensus of everybody participating and what they see the Young Professionals representing and what they would like it to be, and what issues we would like to tackle and just what direction they would like to see our organization go."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


USDA Releases Crop Yields For 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture released crop yields for 2016.
According to a release from Hardin County Extension Educator Mark Badertscher, 94,000 acres of corn were planted and 90,000 acres were harvested in Hardin County with a total of 14 million bushels of corn produced. 118,500 acres of soybean were planted with 118,400 acres harvested.
There were 8200 acres of wheat planted and 8100 acres were harvested, producing a county average of 76.5 bushels per acre.


Ohio Hi-Point Board Met This Week

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education met on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to discuss district updates, construction plans, and upcoming events.
Superintendent, Dr. Rick Smith, gave his district report to the board, including results from several career-technical student organization competitions. Chelsea Strunk and Matthew Smith are advancing to the 2017 National BPA Competition in Orlando, Florida for their performances at the Ohio BPA State Leadership Conference. All of the BPA students who competed at the state competition placed in the top six of their respective categories. Outdoor Career students Ben Brunswick, Creighton Bradley, Stephen Dunham, and Chris Fulmer competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 14-20, 2017 held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where they were only one of two career-technical schools in the nation to compete against two and four-year colleges. Chris Fulmer placed 26th out of 672 students. The group performed well together amongst the collegiate competitors. Outdoor Careers Instructor Cole Carpenter, received the Stihl Faculty Spirit Award which awarded $1,000 to his program. There are 56 OHP students heading to Columbus to compete in the Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference from April 26-28 for their performances at the regional level.
Construction Program Evaluation Committee members were assigned to independently assess school construction needs and oversee the formal evaluation of services and assignment of the
contractor in accordance with the law. Board President, Anne Reames, discussed succession planning for the Hi-Point treasurer's office and Board Member, Paul McMahill, presented the legislative report.
In other topics at the meeting:
.The outstanding senior students of the month for March were Abbygail Dolan (Allied Health and Nursing student from Indian Lake High School) and Josiah Butanis (Culinary Arts student from Graham High School). The main campus staff member of the month for March is Automotive and Diesel Instructor, Bob Alig.
.The Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Section 3309.345 of the Ohio Revised Code that Lavena K. Hubble, who is currently employed by the Board of Education as Assistant Treasurer, will be retired and seeking re-employment with the District in the same position following her service retirement. The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of re-employing the above-named person at a meeting to be held on April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Room 102A in the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center main building located at 2280 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
.More than 80 students from Ohio Hi-Point attended the Logan County Workforce Expo hosted at Indian Lake High School. Students had the opportunity to talk to employers, participate in mock interviews, and even interview for real jobs within the community. This event is part of the Logan County Collaborative efforts to build a better pathway for future employees and help the future of local students.
.Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education President, Anne Reames, received the Warren Stevens award at the 2017 OSBA Southwest Region Spring Conference. OSBA created the Warren Stevens Award "to honor an outstanding board member from a neighboring district." Warren was OSBA's Southwest Region President-Elect last fall. Warren was OHP's board member from Urbana City Schools and passed away in a car accident while traveling to a board meeting in September 2016. Mr. Stevens was on OHP's Board of Education for 12 years, served as legislative liaison and spent an uncountable number of hours serving education. Warren Stevens' wife, Audrey and daughter, Shanee Marshal, were in attendance to present the award to Reames who is the first recipient of the Warren Stevens Award, nominated by Bill Ramsey. Paul McMahill received a ten-year service award at the conference.
.Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education will recognize and honor this year's students and staff members of the month on April 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
.The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center on April 1, 2017 from 7 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria. There will be all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, milk, and contests with prizes. Guests include the Easter Bunny, The Bellefontaine Dazzlers, The Benjamin Logan Jazz Band, and The Elements of Harmony.
The next Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education meeting will be held April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.


Kenton High School Young Republicans Meet Karl Rove

On March 21st, two members of Kenton High School’s Young Republicans (YR) Club attended a breakfast fundraiser for the Ohio Republican Party featuring special guest, Karl Rove, former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, at the Findlay Country Club.  The KHS YR Club provides students with an opportunity to network and socialize with each other as well as with local and national Republican leaders, and hearing Karl Rove speak was one of those opportunities. KHS Sophomore and Chairman of the YR Club, Chase Fleece stated, “It was a great experience to meet such an influential member of our party.”  Club Treasurer and KHS Junior, Alex Haushalter added, “I really appreciated the opportunity to attend the event and gain a better perspective on politics in Washington, D.C. from Karl Rove’s presentation.” Both Fleece and Haushalter met Karl Rove, who also gave them both a personalized and autographed copy his latest book “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.”


Two Hit Skip Crashes Reported

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office received two hit/skip crash reports Wednesday evening.
According to information from the Sheriff's Office, the first occurred at Boy Scout Lake where a caller stated a car struck the ditch and tree.
The the occupants then fled on foot. A description was given to deputies.
Later that evening, a caller in the 15,000 block of Township Road 74 Forest informed the office that a loud crash was heard and the resident walked out and saw a black truck had crashed into the culvert. The driver then fled on foot.
The truck was heavily damaged. A can of beer was found sitting by the truck and two cans were found in the road near the crash site. 
Both crashes remain under investigation. 


Red Cross Urges Blood Donations

The American Red Cross has issued a call for type O negative and AB donations after severe weather in some parts of the country forced the cancellation of thousands of donations this month. 
Eligible donors are encouraged to give to help meet the constant need of patients. 
The next blood drive in Kenton will be at the First Baptist Church on County Road 175 from noon until 6pm on March 27th.


Alliance Board Supports Cross' Run For State Representative

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Board of Directors released a letter supporting the President and CEO as he seeks the State Representative seat.
Board Chairman Brian Sprang said the board has discussed the effects of campaigning  and are confidant that Jon Cross will continue to perform all of his duties and responsibilities while also working on his campaign. They also said in due time, they will have discussions regarding appropriate staffing plans, actions and succession steps should that become necessary.
The board wished Cross the best as he seeks the 83rd State Representative seat representing Hardin, Hancock and part of Logan Counties.


Ohio Senate Passes Police Chief Training Legislation

The Ohio State Senate passed legislation  Wednesday which invests in training for local police chiefs.
The legislation was sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite, who said he was approached by Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger with the idea to establish the training. If signed into law, newly appointed police chiefs would be required to attend a 40 hour training program which would include diversity training with an emphasis on historical perspectives and community police relations.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 


BBB Warns of Scammers on National Puppy Day

On this National Puppy Day, the Better Business Bureau continues to receive reports involving prospective pet owners losing money over online puppy scams.
According to a release, puppy scammers build websites using stolen pictures and content from reputable breeders and promise to send a puppy to you after you wire them the money, but afterwards they will add on additional fees or disappear completely.
The BBB urges consumers not to pay any money or give personal information to websites like these because the puppies do not exist. They said you should always visit the breeder, search for website warning signs, pick your puppy up at the kennel, check references, pay with check or credit card and consider adopting at local shelters. 


Avian Flu Reported in Kentucky

A case of low grade avian influenza that was detected in a commercial poultry flock in Kentucky is being investigated.
Brownfield Ag News reported that the virus was confirmed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The affected premises are under quarantine and the flock of 22,000 hens has been de-populated as a precaution. 
In 2015, a widespread breakout of Avian Flu forced officials to cancel poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and fairs across the state, including the Hardin County Fair.


Commissioners Approve Forensic's Lab Funding

The Hardin County Commissioners approved money to hire a Forensic's Lab expert.
Commissioner Brice Beaman said the sum of $23,000 was approved at the request of Prosecutor Brad Bailey. Beaman said that an expert in the field of forensics will be able to work with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Prosecutor's Office to assist in investigations. Beaman, who called it a prudent and wise investment, praised Bailey for finding money in his budget which allowed the commissioners to fund the additional request. 
The commissioners also approved a request from Judge Scott Barrett for $15,000 to purchase ankle monitoring bracelets.
Beaman said this is a continuation of a program from last year when $7000 was approved. He said this will help with jail overcrowding.  


Two Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Tuesday Crash

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Tuesday morning on County Road 200 at U.S. 68 in Taylor Creek Township.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle operated by John Holycross ran a stop sign on 200 and was struck by a car being operated by Mark Shepherd.
Both vehicles had to be towed, and Holycross was cited for failure to yield. 


(UPDATE) Two Dead in Findlay Shootings

Two shooting victims this past Monday in Findlay have been identified.
WFIN in Findlay reported they are 19 year old Ashley Sayarath, who was found dead with 2 gunshot wounds inside her residence on Palm Drive. Investigators also found the body of her 30 year old cousin, David Sayarath, of Bluffton, who was dead from a single gunshot wound.
The investigation determined that David shot Ashley and then turned the gun on himself, according to the radio station. A motive has not been determined and the investigation continues. 



American Farm Bureau Proposes Dairy Insurance

The American Farm Bureau is developing a new type of commercial dairy insurance that would offer revenue protections from declining prices.
Dr. John Newton, the Director of Market Intelligence for the organization, told Brownfield Ad News that the plan makes sense given the current environment, "Dairy producers saw their milk prices decline by nearly 50 percent in 2015 and there wasn't really a government sponsored safety-net that provided exclusive coverage on the value of the milk that they produced." 
Newton says the Farm Bureau program would supplement current options available to all farmers and give them choices to manage risk.


State Senate Changes Transportation Bill

More state fuel tax money would be diverted for local road and bridge projects, and county officials would need voter approval before adding a new vehicle registration fee under transportation budget changes Monday in the State Senate. 
The Columbus Dispatch reported that a senate committee altered or scrapped several of the house passed changes to the two year 7.8 billion dollar measure. County engineers and local officials have testified about the major backlog of road and bridge maintenance needs across the state. 
The Senate Transportation Committee is expected to vote on the proposal today.


Two Carey Officials Resign

The mayor and Law Director of the Village of Carey in Wyandot County are both resigning effective April 1. 
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Mayor Armand Getz and Law Director Emily Beckley announced their intent to step down at this week's council meeting. The announcements came after a 35 minute discussion about prayer that opened the regular meeting.
The paper reported that council chambers were packed as members heard from community members regarding a recent recommendation to cease praying before meetings. 


Upper Sandusky Mayor Against State Tax Collection Takeover

A proposed state takeover of local business tax collections has drawn criticism from Upper Sandusky officials.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Upper Sandusky mayor Scott Washburn said during the city's council meeting this week that it's another instance where the state needs to stay out of it. He added, according to the paper, that it wasn't long ago that the state was not interested in doing tax collections and yet "here we are." 


Riverdale Girls Basketball Coach Stepping Down

The Riverdale girls basketball coach is stepping away from the game for now.
The Findlay Courier reported that Maryann Holderman is taking a break to play the role of mom. Her daughter Sydney, a Riverdale senior, will play college basketball in Michigan and Holderman knows if she is still coaching, she wouldn't be able to see her play as often as she would like.
Holderman said it's not forever and she plans to return someday, according to the paper.
She has spent 12 years as Riverdale coach and compiled a record of 204 and 82.


Bond Set For Woman Charged With Killing Her Husband

Bond was set for a Rushsylvania woman who is charged with killing her husband.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that bond for 62 year old Rose Kennedy was set at $150,000 during her arraignment late last week.
Logan County Prosecutor Dan Huston requested a $250,000 bond but Judge William T. Goslee decided that amount was too high, according to the paper.
Kennedy has been charged with murder and second degree assault. 


Deadline Set in Case of Ohio Mother Accused of Killing Sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys in the case of a Bellefontaine woman accused of suffocating her three young sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them have been given a deadline for filing any additional motions.
A judge set a May 15 deadline Monday in the case of Brittany Pilkington. Attorneys for the 25-year-old Bellefontaine woman said they need more time to prepare for trial. No trial date has been set.
Pilkington has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges. Authorities allege she killed her toddler son and two infants over a 13-month period in 2014 and 2015 and confessed to all three murders in a recorded police interview.
Pilkington's attorneys have tried unsuccessfully to get that video thrown out.


Man Taken Into Custody on Warrant

A Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Monday evening. 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers spotted 26 year old John Shiver walking in an alley in the 200 block of North Detroit Street. Knowing there was an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Shiver was taken into custody.
During a search, officers allegedly found that Shiver was in possession of marijuana. 


Cross Officially Announces Candidacy For State Representative

Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross officially announced that he is running for State Representative.
Cross first made the announcement in a video posted on social media Monday morning. He talks about why he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Ohio State Representative seat of the 83rd district, which includes Hardin, Hancock and part of Logan Counties, "I'm running to serve the people and community in Hancock, Hardin and Logan Counties by supporting a pro business environment and strengthening our community, education and business partnerships to champion new growth and job creation for our hometown communities."
Cross held a campaign kick-off party Monday evening at Table One in downtown Kenton.


Health Department Offers Cribs For Kids

The Kenton Hardin Health Department is now offering the "Cribs for Kids" program.
This program provides education and cribs to families who do not have a crib or a safe environment for infants. There is no cost to the family for the program, which is funded through the Ohio Department of Health Maternal Child Grant.
Contact the Kenton Hardin Health Department for more information. 


OSU Marion Program Gets United Way Funding Increase

The Ohio State of Marion's Pay It Forward program received money from the United Way of Marion County.
According to a release, the United Way has increased its monetary commitment to $5000 annually up from $2000 due to the success of the program.
Through the Pay It Forward program, OSU Marion English course students seek grant proposals from non-profit organizations in Marion County, asses these proposals, and the students grant funds for projects or needs that have been identified by local organizations. 


Kenton School Board Approves First Step in Purchase of New Bus Garage Building Monday


The Kenton School Board meeting Monday included the authorizing of the purchase of real estate to be the new bus garage for the school system. The property is located at 600 W. Kholer Street and includes the 60,000 square foot steel building located along the East side of the property.




The board discussed that there is cost saving of upwards of a quarter to a half million dollars to go with a purchase of an existing facility instead of building brand new. This is the first step in the process to purchase the property for approximately $700,000 dollars. The Hardin Central property which currently houses the bus garage has already been sold a new location is needed to house the buses and to help with storage issues for the school system. The board hopes to have the offices designed and built along with the installation of the needed garage doors ready to go by January of 2018. Follow this link to see the authorization.


Also at the Kenton City School Board meeting, Kenton Middle School Career Technology Teacher Mr. Jared Manns was joined by several students and they showcased the automation and robotics program for 8th graders and presented their projects for the school board.


JROTC student Brandon Feltner talked about the creation of an obstacle course to be used by Kenton Students. Feltner gave several possible locations for the course and showcased several type of obstacles that would be created. The project will be discussed further before finalization.


In committee reports Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski announced the establishment of an Alumni Hall of Fame Committee.  Also new bleachers will be installed at the Baseball and Soccer fields, the high school parking lot will be tar and chipped, along with new carpeting installed in the Middle school auditorium.


The board announced the hours for schooling in the 2017-18 school year would remain the same as this school year.

            Total number of hours for each building is:
KES (K-6) - 1,062 hours, KMS (7-8) - 1,150.5 hours, KHS (9-12) - 1,150.5 hours
Length of school day is 6.5 hours for KMS and KHS.
KHS student day is 8:10am-3:00 pm.
KMS student day is 8:00am-2:57pm.
Length of school day is 6.25 hours for KES.
KES student day is 8:00am-2:45pm.

Beginning and end dates of instruction: August 17, 2017 - May 24, 2018

Kenton City Schools instructional hours for the 2017-2018 school year will be:
KES Kindergarten - 1,080.25, grades 1st-6th - 1,106.25
KMS and KHS - 1,150.5.  


Personnel Items approved by School Board:


- medical leave of absence for Karin Seiler, Alicia Risner, and Melissa Roby.
- maternity leave for Ashley Anderson
- written retirement resignation of Laura Widder, Barb Moore, and Ivy Kithcart
- written resignation of Merrill Kaufman
- Approved the following volunteers contingent upon required paperwork (BCI/FBI),etc.: Alena Helton, Vincente Mendez, Mary Kay Schriber, Stephanie Sherman, Morgan Sneary, Shaunna Turner, Natasha Wright, and Chris Becker.
- Approved the following Club ROAR mentors/tutors, at the rate approved in the 21st Century Grant, contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc.:  McKenzie Butterman, Alexandra Manley, and Shawn Smith.
- Approved the following substitutes contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. for the 2016-2017 school year: Brian Bays - Substitute bus driver, Jacob Eikenbary -  Substitute educational assistant, Sharron Wells - Substitute educational assistant, Brittney Arnold - Substitute educational assistant/secretary, Brenda Jennings - Substitute teacher (satellite classes), Shannon Donnelly - Substitute teacher.
- Approved a motion to create the following positions: 2 - KES Educational Assistants for 5.75 hrs. per day.
The board also Approved:
- Quality Masonry Company, Inc. for work on brickwork at Kenton Middle School at a cost of $40,400.00.
- 5C Roofing Professionals, Inc. to replace C building roof at Kenton High School at a cost of $39,000.00.
- American Tracks Corporation for work on running track at a cost of $46,000.00.
Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education policies and bylaws:

             Policy 5111.03 - Children and Youth in Foster Care
Policy 8300 - Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
Policy 8305 - Information Security
Policy 8340 - Letters of Reference
Policy 2430
- District Sponsored Clubs and Activities
Policy 2430.02 - Participation of Community/STEM School Students in Extracurricular Activities
Policy 2431 - Interscholastic Athletics
Policy 2461 - Recording of District Meetings Involving Students and/or Parents
Policy 2623 - Student Assessment and Academic Intervention Services
Policy 3120.08 - Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities
Policy 5111 - Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students
Policy 5111.01 - Homeless Students
Policy 5200 - Attendance
Policy 5460 - Graduation Requirements
Policy 5610 - Removal, Suspension, Expulsion and Permanent Exclusion of Students
Policy 5630.01 - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited Use of Restraint and Seclusion
Policy 6320 - Purchases
Policy 6325 - Procurement Federal Grants/Funds
Policy 6423 - Use of Credit Cards
Policy 6700 - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Policy 8210 - School Calendar
Policy 8310 - Public Records
Policy 8320 - Personnel Files
Policy 8330 - Student Records
Policy 8452 - Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
Policy 8500 - Food Services
Policy 8510 - Wellness
Policy 9270 - Equivalent Education Outside the Schools and Participation in Extracurricular for Students Not Enrolled in the District

             AG5111.03 - Children and Youth in Foster Care

             AG8300 - Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
AG8305 - Collection Classification Retention Access and Security of District Data/Information
AG8305A - Information Security Responsibilities
AG8305B - Information Security Incident Management
AG8305C - Notification Information Security Incident
AG8500D - Procedure for the Collection and Payment for Charged Meals
AG8500E - Food Service Employee Health Reporting Procedure
- Security Provisions for Statewide Assessments
AG3120B - Appointment of Personnel to Compensated Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities
AG5111 - Admission to the District
AG5111.01 - Homeless Students (Role of the Local Liaison)
AG5610 - Suspension and Expulsion
AG6423 - Use of Credit Cards
AG8310B - Redaction of Non-Public Information/Records
AG8320 - Personnel Records
AG8330 - Student Records
AG8452 - Use and Maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AED)




(Ohio Revised Code §3313.17 and §3313.37)

WHEREAS, Bart C. Bailey and Jolene L. Bailey, a married couple (collectively, “Seller”) own certain real property located at 600 W. Kohler Street, in the City of Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio;

WHEREAS, in connection with the relocation of the school district’s bus garage facility and related administrative offices, the Board wishes to purchase a portion of Seller’s 600 W. Kohler Street property (the “Property”) and Seller desires to sell the Property to the Board on other terms and conditions set forth in a certain Letter of Intent dated February 23, 2017, attached hereto and reviewed by the Board (the “LOI”).

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Kenton City School District as follows:

1. It is found and determined by the Board that the Property is needed for school

2. The Board hereby approves, ratifies, and affirms the execution of the LOI on behalf of the Board by the Board President.

3. The Board hereby authorizes and approves the purchase of the Property for a purchase price of $700,000 (subject to prorations, credits, closing costs and other adjustments) and authorizes the Board President, Superintendent, and Treasurer to negotiate the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”) consistent with the terms set forth in the LOI, and to execute such PSA and any and all other documents required to be executed or reasonably necessary in connection with the Board’s performance under PSA and the closing of the transaction contemplated thereunder.

4. Any prior actions taken consistent with this resolution are hereby ratified, affirmed, and approved.




Patchy Dense Fog in WKTN Listening Area Tuesday Morning

This update is from the National Weather Service on 03/21/17, Fog has begun to develop early this morning, and some patches of dense fog will be possible.
Motorists should use extra caution. Slow down, use low-beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you as objects on and near roadways will be seen only at close range due to low visibility.
Dense Fog


Cross Running For State Representative

Hardin County Chamber and Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross announced today that he is a candidate in the Republican Primary in 2018 for the State Representative of the 83rd District.
A video announcement was made this morning and a campaign kick-off party is scheduled for 6:30 this evening at Table One in Kenton.
Current State Representative Robert Sprague announced earlier this month that he is running for State Treasurer in 2018. 


Two Taken Into Custody Following a Sunday Evening Crash

A traffic accident Sunday evening led to charges against one driver and two people in the car not at fault were taken into custody on warrants.
According to the report at the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to the crash at the intersection of Wayne and Decatur Streets around 6:30 Sunday evening. While at the scene, an officer ran the names of two people in the vehicle not at fault. It was discovered that 53 year old Kimberly Action was wanted on a warrant through Hardin County Municipal Court, and a passenger, 22 year old Christopher Workman had an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. Both were taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.
The driver of the car at fault, Jennifer Snyder, of Mt. Victory, was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


Columbus Man Charged Following Traffic Stop in Upper Sandusky

A Columbus man is facing drug related charges following a routine traffic stop in Upper Sandusky Sunday evening.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers stopped a car because of a window tint violation. During the stop, officers suspected illegal contraband may be in the vehicle and a subsequent search turned up marijuana.
The driver, identified as Dquan Smith, was then charged with possession of marijuana and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. 


Gas Prices Up a Bit in Ohio at the Official Start of Spring

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing slightly higher fuel prices at the official start of spring. 
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.20 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.14 a week ago and about $1.93 at this time last year. 
The national average was $2.29 on Monday, remaining about where it has been for the past few weeks. A year ago it was $1.98. 
AAA has said gas prices fell in early March due to decreasing crude oil prices and a strong supply, but they're expected to rise this spring as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.


Vehicle Reportedly Struck a Building in Kenton Saturday Evening


According to the Kenton Police Department report, around 7:30pm Saturday, officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into the Verizon Radio Hospital building located on Main Street in Downtown Kenton.


No other information is available at this time.




Bowling Green to close university golf course this year

Bowling Green State University is closing the school's golf course.

The university says declining revenues, the cost to upgrade the course and the number of other courses nearby played a role in the decision.


Golf Course

It says it can't ask students to continue to subsidize the golf course.

The course will close after this year's season. It first opened in 1965 and sits near the university's football stadium and along Interstate 75.

The university says it hired a consultant to review the course and decided that even with significant upgrades it would be tough to break even.

Among the shortcomings are an out-of-date clubhouse and a lack of a banquet facility and food services.


Man Charged with Stealing From Vehicles

A Kenton man is facing additional charges of stealing from vehicles.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a report of a male gaining entry to cars and stealing items. The suspect, identified as 19 year old Jayden Kramer, was located and allegedly admitted to breaking into vehicles and stealing change.
Kramer was also implicated in several car thefts, stealing from vehicles and numerous other theft offenses late last month.


Assault Reported at Life Works

A report of an assault at Life Works in Kenton was received late Friday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers ended up charging a 16 year old Dunkirk boy with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of cigarettes or other tobacco products as a juvenile.


Trooper recognized For Saving Woman's Life

An Ohio State trooper was recognized this past week for saving a woman's life.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Trooper Robert Gatchel earned the patrol's certificate of recognition.
While on patrol late last year, Gatchel pulled over a woman for speeding and noticed she was in distress and having difficulty breathing. She then made the universal sign for choking, and Gathel removed her from her vehicle and performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged a piece of food from her airway thus saving her life.


LaRue Man Killed in Wyandot County Crash

A LaRue man was killed in a two vehicle crash Thursday evening at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Highway 81 in Wyandot County.
According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 78 year old Allen E. Barry drove his car from 81 onto 30 and was struck by an eastbound pickup being operated by 62 year old David Sharrack, of Crestline. Barry was pronounced dead while being flown from the scene by LifeFlight Helicopter. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the release.
Sharrock was not injured.


Downtown Revitalization Plan Discussed During Breakfast Meeting

An Economic and Community Development Committee Breakfast meeting was held this morning.
The breakfast was hosted by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and among the topics was the Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan aims to improve the infrastructure to include stopping water line breaks and outages which can add up to savings for the community. The overall goal is to make people want to visit as well as live here. The planning stage is expected to take 6-8 months with another year for the design stage. The estimated completion of the Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan is between 3 to 5 years.
More on the plan will be unveiled during an Open House from 6-8pm on Wednesday March 29 at Veteran's Hall in the Hardin County Courthouse.


Three Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Tonya L. Farley was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison on one count each of trafficking in heroin and aggravated trafficking in drugs.
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Michael A. Castle on one count each of possession of cocaine and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
.Brijonai N. Jones on one count of illegal processing of drug documents.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Man Arrested on Warrant; Shoplifting Reported at Walmart

A 19 year old Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Thursday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Bradey Crisp was arrested at a residence in the 700 block of Lick Street on a warrant from Madison County. He was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Two separate shoplifting incidents were reported to police from Walmart Thursday.
In one, someone stole ammunition, and a short time later, miscellaneous were stolen from the store.
Both are under investigation.


Heartbeat Provides Help For Soon to be Parents

An agency in Hardin County helps parents and soon to be parents.
Julie Zaring, Executive Director of Heartbeat of Hardin County, said that is one of their primary focuses, "Heartbeat is set up to do free pregnancy tests, help people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy or even a pregnancy they were planning but not expecting but need help with medical expenses. We also do the verification form for Job and Family Services and for WIC."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Ohio Farm Bureau Seeks Help with Drug Epidemic i

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. this week.
Among the issues discussed was the drug epidemic that has hit rural communities hard.
Ross County Farm Bureau President Greg Garman told Brownfield Ag News he would like see legislation passed to help with the problem, "And not just in the area of incarceration, because the prisons are full of people sentenced on drug charges and not receiving help, so we would like to see the problem addressed."


New Superintendent Named at Riverdale

A new superintendent for Riverdale School has been hired.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that the Riverdale Board of Education approved a contract for Assistant Principal Jeff Young to take over as superintendent effective August 1. His salary was set at $92,500 per year, according to the paper.
Young will take over for Eric Hoffman, who is retiring in less than five months. 


Mt. Blanchard Receives Grant

The Village of Mt. Blanchard is getting a large grant.
WFIN in Findlay reported that the village will receive around $170,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
Mt. Blanchard is the recipient of the organization's second Heart and Soul grant. The money will be used for a two year community engagement project, according to the radio station. 


Hite Announces Passage of Clean Water Legislation

COLUMBUS - State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of legislation that continues Ohio's efforts to protect our natural resources and ensure safe, clean drinking water for all Ohioans. 
"This science-based, holistic legislation takes further steps to help protect one of our most precious natural resources," said Senator Hite. "I appreciate the input received from the agriculture and environmental communities as well as local governments in helping to develop this important piece of legislation."
Senate Bill 2 enhances the role of the Lake Erie Commission by meeting Ohio's commitments to reducing phosphorus run-off by 40 percent, as outlined in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This legislation better equips the Commission as it works to implement the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Strategy.
Other provisions of Senate Bill 2 include: 
.Assures thorough management of privately owned water systems. 
.Requires ongoing asset management improvements by public water systems to address recurrent problems. 
.Harmonizes federal and state law, allowing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director to issue permits for entities discharging into privately owned treatment facilities. 
.Encourages beneficial use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels such as Port Cleveland and Port Toledo. 
.Strengthens the Ohio EPA's ability to evaluate and enforce the clean up of landfill facilities and properties. The bill also updates state requirements pertaining to construction and demolition debris to ensure safe processing, storage and disposal of materials. 
.Provides the Ohio EPA Director authority to waive, transfer and revoke or modify a 401 Water Quality Certification. Ohio law currently only allows the Director to approve or deny a certification.  
Senate Bill 2 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.  


Kenton's Spring Clean Up Dates to be Announced

City of Kenton residents will soon know the dates for the 2017 Spring Clean-Up.
Safety Service Director Jim Hites said during the City Council meeting this week that the dates will be announced by the end of next week.
Spring Clean Up in Kenton is typically held in mid April.



Semi Sideswipes Pickup in Downtown Kenton

A minor crash occurred in downtown Kenton late Wednesday morning.
According to information on the day log at the police department, a semi operated by Buddy Robinson, of Wellston, Ohio was attempting to turn south from Franklin onto Main Street, when his semi sideswiped a pickup truck that was in the lane waiting to turn left.
Moderate damage occurred to the pickup, and Robinson was cited for failing to stay in marked lanes.  


Findlay Man Allegedly Pulls Knife on Officer

A Findlay man was arrested this week after allegedly pulling a knife on a police officer.
WFIN in Findlay reported that 34 year old Vincent Fedele was taken into custody in Tiffin on a warrant through Hancock County Common Pleas Court after he failed to report to the Adult Probation Department.
He was charged in October with possession of heroin and tampering with evidence. No officer was hurt according to the radio station.


Celina Man Escapes Injury Having Crash Landing Plane

A man from Celina escaped injured after crash landing his plane Wednesday at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the 67 year pilot lost control of the plane after landing and it travelled into a field along the runway. The front end and nose gear of the plane was damaged.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene to aid the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol in the investigation, according to the paper. 


31 in Marysville to be Widened

The City of Marysville is moving toward a plan to widen State Route 31 near the intersection with U.S. 33.
The Marysville Journal-Tribune reported that the plan add curbs, widen the road and add striping along with walking paths in the area of Mill Road, according to the paper.
No timetable was given. 


Semi-Annual Cheese Sale Underway

The semi-annual cheese sale conducted by the Hardin County Dairy Service is currently going on.
Order forms can be obtained until Wednesday March 22 at the Extension Office in Kenton.
Pick up dates are set for March 31 from noon until 7 and April 1st from 9am until noon. 


Bluffton University Hosting Civic Engagement Forum

BLUFFTON, Ohio-"Beauty Is Something to Love" will be Jeff Gundy's topic for Bluffton University's Civic Engagement Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in Yoder Recital Hall. His 11 a.m. presentation is free and open to the public.
The Forum revolves around Bluffton's 2016-17 civic engagement theme of, "Creativity, the Arts and Civic Life." Each year, the university focuses on a significant contemporary issue that is related to its mission and becomes the subject of cross-disciplinary exploration. Gundy's lecture/multimedia presentation explores how, "beauty is everywhere in this world, and our yearning for beauty and desire to create it both enrich and complicate all of our lives."
The presentation will include poems, images, music and reflections that will invite participants to consider beauty-how we experience it, respond to it and try to create it-in new ways. We will explore how beauty is intertwined with our search for truth, justice, and peace, with exploitation and violence, and indeed with just about everything that makes us human beings, citizens and children of God. 


Kenton Man Facing Drug Charges Following Arrest

A Kenton man was arrested and is facing drug charges following an incident on Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to County Road 130 to investigate a report of a man passed out in a car.
38 year old Michael Stansbery was arrested on a charge of drug abuse. He was also issued a summons for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 


Tips Lead to Identification of Theft Suspect

A man who was wanted in regards to a theft was arrested Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers arrested 39 year old William Miller, of Alger, on an arrest order from his probation officer. Miller was also issued a summons of theft for allegedly stealing two large screen televisions from WalMart on Monday.
The Kenton Police Department issued a release stating that the case was solved thanks to tips generated from posting a picture of the suspect captured on the store's surveillance camera.
The Kenton Police Department thanked WKTN News and the tipsters for their assistance. 


Two Vehicles Were Damaged in Crash Tuesday

A crash occurred late Tuesday morning in the intersection of Ohio and Main Streets in Kenton.
According to the report, 84 year old Lee Ellcessor, of Forest, drove from a stop sign on Ohio Street, and his vehicle was struck by a northbound car being operated by 59 year old Duane Sobecki, of Indiana.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Ellcessor was cited for failing to yield the right of way.


New Language Program Available at Mary Lou Johnson Library

The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library has a program available for anyone wanting to learn a new language. 
It is the Rosetta Stone program, and Library Director Sam Norris said you can access the program at the library, "The only thing you have to have is a library card that's valid and good working order, which means you're free of fines and your record is up to date, and they can utilize that from our computer machine. Basically they'll come in and sign in, they'll reach the Rosetta Stone link and from there it's very simple, you'll put in your own information, your name and create an account with Rosetta Stone and that way it will save your progress."
He said you can also access the program at home as well, "Except you'll download a small application on your phone if you'd want to or if you have a home computer, access our website, long in with your library card number and then create an account from there and you can learn one of 30 languages from Rosetta Stone."
Norris said the Rosetta Stone program is new this year at the library this year after trying several programs in the past, "We felt Rosetta Stone may be one of the best and well known, but since they stopped selling software, most of it's all done online, so there is really even today, there's nothing for you come into the library to get, it's more of just signing up and  using the software program online."


Extension Offers Wellness Challenge

The 2017 Spring Wellness Challenge by Ohio State University Extension's Live Healthy Live Well Program is a FREE six week on-line email experience designed to help participants improve their health by encouraging physical activity, enjoying healthy foods, and practicing healthy lifestyle suggestions. Now's the time to wake up and spring forward into a new routine! Don't just reset your clocks; reset your lifestyle with a renewed commitment to moving more, eating more plant foods, and making small (but vital) changes that will reduce your risk for chronic disease.
Those who sign up will receive two weekly e-communications from Ohio State University Extension containing science-based nutrition, health and wellness tips.  Tracking logs will be available for download to help participants record their progress.  A pre- and post-online survey will gather comments to improve future challenges and provide information to funders about participants' health progress. All data collected will be kept confidential. 
Participants will be encouraged to "Spring Forward 4 Health!" by practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors. Does this sound like fun? If you are interested in joining this FREE on-line challenge, register by going to this sign-up link:  http://go.osu.edu/HARD17SP  
Once you register, you will begin receiving e-communications starting in early April.  The Challenge lasts from April 10 to May 22, 2017. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your OSU Extension Educator, Jami Dellifield in Hardin County, at dellifield.2osu.edu or call 419-674-2297


Extra Patrols Planned For St. Patrick's Day Weekend

The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is preparing for what is expected to be a busy weekend.
With the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick's Day, many people are expected to be out celebrating.
Findlay Post Commander Lt. Matt Crow said troopers will be working closely with law enforcement partners in Hardin and Hancock Counties to ensure safe travel for those who will be out. Lt. Crow added they will be focusing their efforts on impaired drivers, not wearing seatbelts, distracted driving and those transporting illegal drugs.
He added that there will be zero tolerance for those who make poor decisions in these areas. The extra patrols will be added starting Thursday night through Sunday.


House Destroyed by Fire Tuesday Morning

Fire destroyed a house on County Road 106 late this morning.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, which was one of three departments that provided assistance to McGuffey, no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
The Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team is currently investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
Also providing mutual assistance were the Dunkirk and Richland Township Fire Departments. 


Woman Injured Roll Over Crash

One person was injured in a roll over crash that occurred on County Road 110 around 8:30 Monday night in Cessna Township.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the driver, identified as Amber Motter, travelled off the road where her car overturned. Motter was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. 


Car Strikes Utility Pole on Bales Road

A utility pole was snapped in two following a crash Monday evening on Bales Road.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 22 year old Jade Woods, of Williamstown, was driving west in the 300 block of Bales Road when he travelled off the right side of the road where the car struck a utility pole. Woods suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene. 
His car received moderate damage, and he was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Kenton City Council Hears About Financial Anomalies

The Kenton City Council met Monday evening at the City Building for its fifth regular session of 2017. During communications and petitions, council member Dave Beazley commented on the report from the Income Tax Department, noting what he called a "substantial anomaly" in the total deposits for February. In February 2016, the department deposited $389,440.45. For the same time period in 2017, the deposits were only $190,812.09, an almost $200,000 difference from the previous year's deposits. According to Keri McLaughlin, Chief Deputy Auditor for the city, the department is aware of the issue and is researching further. McLaughlin will provide an update to council when one is available.
Additionally, City Auditor, Brian Hattery, issued a statement to council regarding a report he had given at a previous meeting about the receipts from the water and sewer departments. His statement reads:
"During the second council meeting held in the month of January this year, I made a report to this council concerning the collections of the water and sewer billings. At that time, I stated that the city was not receiving over $100,000 of what it had been billing annually from both sewer and water. I based these figures on reports that I had retrieved from the water and sewer office after being told which reports to use. I have since learned that there was a mis-communication which resulted in me referencing the wrong reports and as such, that my stated underpayment calculations were incorrect. As a matter of explanation to the council, the city's water and sewer office uses a utility billing software that seems designed specifically for that use and not for accounting or the auditing of records.
I have always considered it a part of my duties as Auditor for the City of Kenton to inform council and others when I and my office have found something of concern. That was my intent in these chambers on the 23rd of January. However, all people, including elected officials, are responsible not only for their intentions but also somewhat responsible for the outcomes of their actions and statements.
It seems that I have, what is commonly referred to as, 'jumped the gun.' This is an entirely human but entirely unprofessional mistake. I should have consulted with others to verify my numbers and understanding before making such a public declaration.
I apologize to the council, the administration, and the public for my haste. If my words in any way cast doubt on abilities, honesty, or integrity of those who work in our water and sewer office, I especially apologize to them."
During old business, council read one piece of legislation for the third time. The ordinance, providing for appropriations to upgrade and repair a well, passed 7-0.
In new business, the council by-passed the three-reading rule for three pieces of legislation. The first, an annual editing of the codified ordinances, passed 7-0; the second, an ordinance for appropriations to repair the sewer plant, passed unanimously as well; and the third, an ordinance providing for the HVAC replacement and upgrade in the city building, also received "yes" votes from all 7 council members. The total appropriations for the repair to the well and the HVAC unit were $42,132.00 and $238,500.00, respectively. 
The council also heard from several committees:
Finance: the Finance Committee met on March 6th. Two companies discussed their proposals for the HVAC at the City Building. After hearing both proposals, the committee recommended moving forward with ATR. Legislation was put forth and approved unanimously. 
Special Projects: the Special Projects Committee met on March 1st to discuss the Kenton Amateur Radio Club's request to put receivers on the tower at the 555 building. It was the recommendation of the committee to conduct a study to understand the tower's actual capabilities before making a final decision.
Safety: the Safety Committee met March 1st to discuss complaints about the intersection of Vine and Grove Streets. No action was taken at the March 1st meeting, and at Monday night's council meeting, Police Lieutenant Rob Lutes told council that in 10 years of traffic violations, the department could not find any accidents occuring at that specific intersection. The committee also discussed the speed of truck traffic on North Detroit Street and what can be done to discourage high speeds. Possibilities include a digital speed sign and a police officer being positioned to issue citations. 
Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee will be announcing a date for spring cleanup in the coming weeks. There will be a public meeting to discuss the committee's plans on March 29th.
MOP: An annual reorganizational meeting will be held for the MOP Committee on the first Thursday in April.
Parks and Recreation: the Parks and Recreation Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 14th, at 4:30pm at the 555 building.
The council also received a notice from Ohio Health that a Medication Disposal Day will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 9-11am. There are three locations that will be accepting unused and/or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as medicated lotions and sunscreen. The locations are:
-Hardin Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Parking Lot
-South Main Street and East College Avenue Parking Lot in Ada
-Forest City Building
During the comments portion, the council heard from:
Safety Service Director, Jim Hites, who said spring cleanup dates for the city would be announced by the end of next week; he also said he would be introducing the new Recreation Director, Pool Manager, and four new street employees at the next council meeting.
Police Lieutenant, Rob Lutes, who said that the department is going to be utilizing a local section of law to handle trash citations from now on. The law, number 660.04, section (b), reads: 
"No person shall cause or allow offal, filth, or noisome substances to be collected or remain in any place to the damage or prejudice of others or of the public."
Lutes said that by utilizing this law, the department will be able to expedite the trash citations and also issue citations to tenants directly instead of having to go through the landlords. The department is also looking at raising parking ticket costs around the city square. Currently, tickets are $10, and people "seem to be ok with paying that," said Lutes. The department reasons that a stiffer financial penalty may deter repeat offenders, many of whom are courthouse employees.
The meeting was then adjourned.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers. There will be a Council Public Hearing prior to the meeting regarding the rezoning of the Forest Court Apartments at 6:30pm.


Lima Bank Robbed on Monday

A robbery late Monday morning at the Huntington National Bank in Lima is being investigated by the Lima Police Department.
The Lima News reported the police department was dispatched just before noon to the bank located at 631 West Market Street in Lima.
The suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old with red hair and a red goatee. He was said to be driving a 1990's model Lincoln Town Car, according to the paper.


OhioHealth Named to Fortune's List of "100 Best Companies to Work For".

COLUMBUS, Ohio - OhioHealth announced today it has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the 11th consecutive year by FORTUNE Magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work®. The list, now in its 20th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.
The list is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel towards leaders, the pride they take in their jobs and the camaraderie they experience with co-workers.
“What I am most proud of,” said Johnni Beckel, senior vice president and Chief Human
Resources Officer for OhioHealth, “is that being selected as a Best Company to Work For
depends on what our own associates think about us. They are the ones filling out the surveys and
saying we are a Best Place to Work and that is incredibly satisfying.”
“Being a Best Company to Work For” is all about our culture and how we treat each other,” said
Dave Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth. “And when our associates are happy and feel
respected, there is a direct connection to better, more compassionate care for our patients and
that is ultimately what we are here to do. This recognition is validation that what we are doing to continuously build and strengthen our culture is working and we’re very proud of that.” 
OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. 


Tree Town Festival Committee Seeking Suggestions

The 2017 Tree Town Festival Committee will hold a meeting Sunday March 19 at the Forest Council Chambers.
The committee is requesting suggestions for the Parade Grand Marshall and Community Spirit Awards from the Forest community. People can email their suggestions by March 19 to tree town festival at hotmail dot com or through the contact us link on the Village of Forest website. 
The event will be held July 7, 8 and 9, 2017 at Gormley Park in Forest.


Riverdale Athlete Competed on a National Stage Sunday

Riverdale Athlete Competed on a National Stage Sunday.


Riverdale Student Athlete Carroll Pauley finished as an All American at the 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor contest put on by the National Scholastics Athletics Foundation held in New York over the weekend. 


Riverdale Student


Pauley finished in 6th place in the Weight Throw Competition with throws of: 16.58m, 17.45m, 16.60m, and in the final a throw of 17.54m.






KPD Seeks Help Identifying WalMart Shoplifter

The Kenton Police Department is seeking to identify a male who is suspected in the theft of two large screen televisions from the Kenton Walmart. 
According to a release from the Kenton Police Department, the theft occurred Sunday night at 9:16.  The male parked a light colored, older model minivan, possibly a Pontiac, directly in front of the grocery entrance. The suspect then entered the store and removed two large screen televisions, which he loaded into the minivan, before leaving. The male is approximately six foot three inches in height and two hundred sixty pounds. 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771. 


Man Suffers Stab Wounds Following Domestic Disturbance

A possible stabbing at a residence in the 1200 block of West North Street was reported just before noon on Sunday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the victim was a 53 year old man, who suffered unspecified injuries.
The suspect was a 35 year old woman.
No charges have been filed as the incident, which is a possible domestic disturbance, is under investigation. 


Driver Cited Following Weekend Crash

A car was heavily damaged in a crash that occurred this past Saturday afternoon in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by 43 year old Tammie Dible, of Kenton, was stopped at a stop sign leaving Forest Court Apartments. Dible told officers out of anger from an incident that just occurred, she slammed down the accelerator while attempting to turn left onto State Route 53. Dible lost control of the car and it crossed over the road and struck the embankment.
The driver was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.


Ohio Gas Prices Down to Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans are seeing lower gas prices than drivers in neighboring states as the week begins. 
The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.14 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down from about $2.23 a week ago and $1.93 at this time last year. 
The national average was higher than the state average at $2.30 on Monday, down a penny from a week earlier. A year ago it was $1.93. 
AAA has said gas prices are expected to increase this month as demand rises and refiners start switching from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.


(UPDATE) Vehicle Collides With Amish Buggy Causing Injuries Sunday Evening


Four members of an Amish family were injured after the horse drawn buggy they were on was struck by a car Sunday.


Amish Crash


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred around 8 Sunday evening on State Route 31 near Township Road 206. Four members of the Raber family were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.


There were a total of 8 people on the buggy at time, and the other four were not injured.
The driver of the car was identified as Andrew Furer, of Union County.


Amish 2


No other information is available at this time as the crash remains under investigation. 




The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, which is in effect from noon Monday to 2 PM Tuesday.


* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.

* TIMING...Monday morning into Tuesday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...The heavy snow will create snow covered roads and may produce isolated power outages.

* WINDS...Northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* TEMPERATURES...Lower 30s, falling into the mid and upper 20s Monday night.


Use caution if traveling. Roads will be slippery and visibility.


Rushsylvania Woman Charged in Shooting Death Friday Evening


A Rushsylvania woman has been charged with murder in connection with a reported shooting death of her husband late Friday.

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, around 10:30 pm Friday evening the Logan County Sheriff's department responded to a report of a shooting in the 8,000 block of Township Road 110.

When deputies arrived, the suspect identified as 62 year old Rosalie Kennedy was ordered out of the house and was taken into custody without incident. 66 year old Gary L. Kennedy was found dead on the floor of the kitchen.

According to radio communications, Mrs. Kennedy admitted to shooting him during what may have been a domestic dispute. No official statement has been released on the wife's motive.

Mrs. Kennedy has been charged with the murder in connection with her husband's death. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations was contacted to help the Logan County Sheriff's department process the scene.


Elida Outlasts Upper Sandusky In District Final

The Elida Bulldogs defeated the Upper Sandusky Rams 58-53 in Division II boys basketball district championship play Saturday afternoon at Ohio Northern.


The Bulldogs improve to 16-9 and advance to next week's regional tournament. The Rams suffer their first loss of the season and end a fine campaign at 24-1.


The Rams used a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead midway through the first quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied to grab a five-point after one quarter and seized control of the game in the second stanza. Elida led by 11 points at the half and was on top by a 45-37 count after three quarters. The Rams came roaring back, snagging a 51-50 lead with 2:34 to play, but the Bulldogs finished the game on an 8-2 run to take the victory.


Daniel Unruh, who sank four big free throws late in the game, had 17 points for Elida while Baylen Stinson added 15 points and nine rebounds and Drew Sarno finished with 10 points.


Upper Sandusky got 20 points from Jevon Dible while Wes Vent added 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.


Drug Charges Expected to be Filed Following Traffic Stop

Two people are facing drug charges following a routine traffic stop on Friday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car for a turn signal violation. During the stop, the K9 unit was called and alerted officers to the presence of possible drugs in the vehicle.
A search turned up suspected heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The items were seized, and a 31 year old Harpster man and a 31 year old Kenton woman were arrested. 
They were released pending lab results on the seized items. 


Two Sentenced Thursday in Common Pleas Court

Two people were sentenced this past Thursday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents filed in Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:
.Shawn M. Prater was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.
.Ralph E. Bailey was placed on five years community control with conditions on multiple counts of theft. He must pay $745 in restitution to Quest Federal Credit Union.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Lions Club Show Presented This Weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, take in the 65th Anniversary of the Lions Club show.
"Fun and Games in Hardin County" will be presented tonight at 8 and a matinee performance Sunday afternoon at 2.
Tickets for the show at the Kenton Middle School Auditorium are available at the door. 


Freezing Overnight Temperatures Expected Through Next Week


Freezing temperatures are expected through the middle of next week according to the National Weather Service. The overnight low temperatures will drop below freezing every night through at least Thursday March 16th, 2017. 

Freezing Temps
Due to warm temperatures of the past several weeks, some vegetation may already be vulnerable to these cold temperatures. Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors if possible. Those with agricultural interests are advised to protect their vegetation.


Kenton Preparing Downtown Revitalization Plan

The City of Kenton is in the process of preparing a Downtown Revitalization Plan.
According to a release, the city is built upon infrastructure that is nearing the end of its lifecycle.
The plan will address needed capital improvements, while making sure that streets and sidewalks benefit the community.
The city has scheduled an Open House for Wednesday March 29th from 6-8pm in Veteran's Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse to discuss the plan. 


3 Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents filed in Hardin Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:
.Pamela Kuykendall was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of possesion of heroin. She was convicted on the charge last month.
.Kory D. Inglis was sentenced to seven months in prison on one count of escape. 
.Sara E. Powell was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of burglary. She must serve 30 days local incarceration.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Dog Owner Cited After Girl is Bitten by Dog

An 11 year old girl was bitten by a dog Thursday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the incident occurred in the 500 block of South Wayne Street. The girls injury was said to be minor.
The dog's owner was cited for a violation of the city's dangerous or vicious dog ordinance. 


Car Spins Into Ditch Early This Morning

A driver lost control of his car early this morning after applying his brakes to avoid hitting an animal in the road.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 24 year old Cody Newman, of Forest, was driving east on County Road 20 when the animal entered the roadway. Newman applied his brakes which caused the car to spin off the road where it came to rest in a ditch.
Newman was not injured.
Moderate damage occurred to the car. 


Doctor Discusses Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The month of March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
Dr. Timothy Schirmer, from Hardin Memorial Hospital talks about the importance of screening for colon cancer, "Colon cancer screenings, unlike some screenings, can actually to prevent cancer."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Farm Safety Day Scheduled

Hardin County – OSU Extension and the Hardin County Farm Bureau are holding a Farm Safety Day on Saturday, March 18 at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, 1210 W. Lima Street, Kenton. This free event will start at 8:30 am with donuts, coffee, and juice. It will meet the requirements for a Workers Compensation two hour safety meeting for farmers who hire employees to work on their farm. Wayne Dellinger, OSU Extension Educator from Union County will do a presentation on Farm Safety, including information about working with pesticides and other chemicals, grain handling, farm equipment, and roadway hazards.
There will also be a grain bin rescue demonstration from the Kenton Fire Department on the OSU Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer (CART). This CART is a portable grain rescue training modular suitable for agricultural
rescue and other safety educational programs for agricultural audiences. While the CART is in Hardin County, the Ohio Fire Academy will provide agricultural training for both the Kenton Fire Department and volunteer firefighters
separate from the Farm Safety Day. Every 10 years, 235 farmers lose their life in an agricultural-related accident.
Grain bin fatalities are steadily increasing each year. Such fatalities occur for a variety of reasons with the two most common being suffocation by engulfment and entanglement with moving parts. In addition to a grain bin rescue demonstration, the CART includes other safety topics such as entanglements with augers, preventing falls
from ladders and other heights, as well as electrical safety.
Another activity happening in the afternoon of the Farm Safety Day on March 18 will be the hands-on portion of the Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation for Youth training course that has been taking place during February
and March at the OSU Extension Spark Lab. Students enrolled in this course will be completing their written test and participating in both the Pre-Operational Skills Test and Driving Skills Test portion of the training for certification. This skills training will begin at 1:00 pm, and if time permits, will allow an opportunity for adult
farmers to participate in the pre-operational and driving skills course. Both the morning session and afternoon session are open to the public who may attend free of charge, as made possible by the sponsorship of the Hardin County Farm Bureau. Please call the Farm Bureau office at 419-523-5874 to pre-register so that there will be enough food and accommodations for those who plan to attend.


Riverdale Student Told Not to Fly Confederate Flag

A Riverdale student was told to stop flying the Confederate flag on his pickup truck while on school grounds.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Levi Barger was told by Principal Dan Evans to take the flag down or leave.
The radio reported that Barger chose to leave. Barger stated  that he started flying the flag this month because the Civil War broke out in March adding that he had ancestors who fought in the war.


KHS Winter Athletes Honored

On Thursday Night the athletic department at Kenton High School honored their winter athletes at the annual Winter Sports Award Night.  The event began with highlighting the Booster award winners from each sport.  
Booser Award Winners for the Winter Sports Season.
From Cheerleading: Allie Cummins.  From the Girls Basketball Team: Sara Hoyt and from the Boys Basketball Team: Trent Hites.  From Boys Swimming: Mason Blooms and from Girls Swimming: Sarah Thomas.  From Boys Bowling: Brandon Feltner and from Girls Bowling: Konner Alban. From the Wrestling Team: Mason Rhoades.  
Senior Ashely Morris was honored at the Banquet by Basketball Coach Ryan Miller.
Each sporting team offered their own awards to athletes which included 1st year letters as well as 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year awards.  For girls basketball, senior Ashley Morris was highlighted for scoring her 1,000th point for her career and ending with a total of 1,059 points.  The swim team honored their "Ironman", Tyler Rosebrook and "Woman of Steel", Jana Cronley for competing in the most events.  The Boys basketball team also showcased two of their seniors, Thomas and Hunter Phillips, as they got honorary mentions in the Northwest.
Kenton's Athletic Director, Mike Leddy, described the event.  "This is really to honor and pay tribute and really just kind of a big thank you to everyone that helped make our Winter Sports possible."  Leddy cited that Kenton High School is extremely proud of the work the athletes put in this season. "We played very hard, we competed well, and we're proud of our work." 


Family of Four Loses Everything in Wednesday Evening Fire

Fire destroyed a house and a family of four lost all of their belongings after a Wednesday evening fire in Wyandot County.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, which was one of several departments that provided mutual assistance for the Forest Fire Department, the fire occurred in the 17,000 block of Township Highway 76 just outside of Hardin County.
Also assisting Forest were departments from Upper Sandusky, Marseilles and Wharton.
The fire remains under investigation. 
The family of Steve Schreck lost everything in the blaze, and donations are now being accepted to help them.
Monetary donations can be made at Quest Federal Credit Union.
For more information on how to donate, call Quality Mechanical Services, where Steve is employed, at 419-675-2518 or cell phone number 567-295-9280.


High Winds Hit Hardin County Wednesday

High winds blew through the area on Wednesday.
A High Wind Warning was in effect for Hardin County into Wednesday evening.
There were reports of tree limbs down, scattered power outages and roof damage occurred to homes around the county, but no major damage was reported. 
The high wind caused a semi tractor trailer unit to roll onto its side on State Route 31 just south of Kenton late Wednesday morning. The road was closed and traffic was routed around the wreckage while the area was cleared. 
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol handled the incident. 


New Bloomington Man Drowns in Sandusky River

A New Bloomington man was the victim of an accident drowning on Wednesday.
According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, at around nine Wednesday night a call came in to investigate an overdue kayaker who was out on the Sandusky River.
Deputies initiated a search in the area of County Highways 37 and 29 and at around 11:30pm, the body of 47 year old William "Mike" Shanaberger was found submerged underneath his overturned kayak.
The Wyandot County Coroner ruled his death to be an accidental drowning.
The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Upper Sandusky Police Department and the Upper Sandusky EMS Water Rescue Team. 


Allen County Man Seeks to Overturn Life Sentence

A Continental man is trying to appeal his life sentence.
The Lima News reported that 47 year old Marvin Martin is seeking the disclosure of evidence presented to the Putnam County Grand Jury in 2001. 
He was convicted of killing his 15 year old former brother in law in 2001 and was sentenced to life in prison and is serving the time at the Marion Correctional Institution.


Marion Man Killed in Logan County Crash Tuesday

A crash in Logan County this past Tuesday claimed the life of a Marion man.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 29 year old Edward Moore was the passenger in a car that collided with a semi. The driver of the car, 21 year old Kayla Brewer was transported to Union Hospital in Union County for treatment of serious injuries.
This is the second fatal crash in Logan County this week. 
A Columbus man died in a crash Monday morning. 



Kenton Not Among Cities That May Miss Deadline on Mapping Lead Pipes

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency says about half of the state's public drinking water systems are in danger of missing a deadline requiring them to map out their lead pipes.
A state law passed last year says the surveys need to be turned in by today.
The Ohio EPA says it has received only about half of the maps from the nearly 1,900 public drinking water systems.
Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said the City of Kenton has beat the deadline and has already submitted the required survey.


Ag Society Releases Minutes of March Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting. Nineteen directors were present and 12 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Doris Kissling stated she has the 2016 Hardin County Fair scrapbook done.
Paul Ralston, representing the Hardin County Fair Foundation, gave the 2016 financial report for the foundation.
There were $28,242.12 donations for 2016, with a balance of $63,880.34. There were 76 Jr. Fair contributions for an amount of $3,982.06 and 3 businesses more than matched the Jr. Fair contributions. The fair foundation would like to thank all of those who donated last year and for the past 3 years.
Lesa Heacock, representing the Kenton Times, presented the 2017 fair premium booklet proposal.
A correspondence from the Hardin Northern Boosters was read. The board moved to donate 2 season passes for their Booster Bingo fundraiser as a silent auction/door prize donation.
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. Minutes from their meeting on Feb. 15th were discussed.
The board moved to go with the committee's recommendation for a new sound system in the livestock barns. It was noted all grants have been turned in. The board moved to sell the society's fogger in the consignment sale.
It was noted there are now motion sensor lights in the rest rooms. The board moved to purchase the auctioneering trailer and speakers from Marvin Ford. The next ground's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7pm.
Craig Stump, representing the camping committee, stated there are currently 15 off season campers. The fairgrounds currently has a temporary camping permit and the fairground is applying for a state camping license
and will have to have a variance in the meantime.
Free entertainment for the 2017 Hardin County Fair was accepted. There will be a Great Bear Show with 3 North American Black Bears for $8500. They will have 3 shows a day for all 6 days. The Columbus Zoo will be having a
one hour show on Friday and Saturday for a total of $1400. They will be bringing 6-8 animals each day. And there will be a First Bite Fish Tank for children to fish at for $6000. This is catch and release fishing. They will be present all week of the fair.
It was noted Senior Citizen's Day will be the same as last year.
The Hardin County Tractor Pull Association's proposal for a truck/tractor pull on Friday night of the fair was accepted. There will be 4 classes which will start at 7pm. One class will be a light pro COTPA tractor pull class, rules for that class are sponsored by the Central Ohio Tractor Puller Association. There will be a cheater street
gas 4x4 pickup class, rules for that class are sponsored by the Hardin County Pullers and Buckeye Power Productions. A third class will be 2.6 smooth bore diesel 4x4's, rules sponsored by the Hardin County Pullers and Buckeye Power Productions. And the fourth class will be hot/altered semis, rules sponsored by the Hardin
County Pullers.
There will be a dairy wether goat class added to the 2017 Hardin County Fair. Some of the open class sheep breed classes and wool classes are going to be combined this year.
It was noted vendor contracts will be mailed soon.
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated they have had their election of officers and they will be meeting the 3rd Monday of each month in the community building. 
It was noted the Hardin County Fair's website is going to be revamped. The board agreed to keep the fair book copies printed the same as in the past. Thea 2017 advertising budget was accepted. The 2017 bumper sticker design was also accepted.
Under old business:
There will be eight directors and guests attending the OFMA District 1 & 2 spring meeting in Findlay on March 25th.
The Hardin County Fair's Annual Consignment Sale will be Saturday, March 11th , starting at 9am. Items to be consigned are being accepted March 8, 9 and 10 from 9am-5:30pm.
All fair book changes are needed to Judi ASAP.
Under new business:
Judi Cronley stated the 1st quarter fair newsletter will be going out after the consignment sale.
The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, April 1st at 7:30pm.


Scholarships Available Through Hardin County Cattle Producers

Up to five $500 scholarships are being offered by the Hardin County Cattle Producers.
The scholarships are offered to qualified students for the 2017-18 school year. Applications can be obtained from any FFA advisor, high school guidance counselor or any county school.
More information is available by calling 937-538-1537. The deadline to apply is March 17.


Africentric Defeats Riverdale 85-46

The Africentric Nubians defeated the Riverdale Falcons 85-46 in Division 3 regional semifinal girls basketball action Wednesday at Lexington High School.


Africentric, the defending state champions, improve to 24 and 3 and will face Archbold for the regional crown Saturday afternoon. Riverdale ends its season with a 15 and 12 record.


The Nubians led the Falcons 39 to 25 at the half and then broke the game open by outscoring Riverdale 30 to 6 in the third quarter.


Sydney Holderman scored 22 points for Riverdale, becoming the Falcons' all-time leading scorer in the process. Reygan Frey added 11 points while Lexie Wright finished with nine points and eight rebounds.


Motorcyclist Injured in Tuesday Evening Crash

A motorcyclist was injured in a crash that occurred late Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the motorcycle, which was operated by 32 year old Justin Pollock, of Kenton, was south on High Street when it collided with an eastbound vehicle being driven by 42 year old Todd Porter, also of Kenton. The crash occurred in the intersection, and both units had a stop sign.
Pollock was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the pavement. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash remains under investigation. 


Man Facing Drug Charge Following Arrest on Tuesday

A Kenton man was taken into custody Tuesday and is facing a drug related charge. 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the man was seen leaving a house that is suspected of drug activity.
During a conversation, the man was allegedly in possession of suspected crack cocaine.
He was taken into custody and later released pending results on the lab tests of the suspected drug.


County Unemployment Rates Released

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the county by county unemployment rate for January.
Hardin County's rate is at 6.1 percent.
In the surrounding counties, Hancock County was at 4.4 percent, Allen 6.2 percent, Auglaize 4.5 percent, Logan was at 5.1 percent, Union 4.5 percent, Marion at 6.5 percent and Wyandot County was at 4.9 percent for January.


Farmers Reminded About Crop Insurance Deadline

COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor is reminding Ohio farmers that the deadline to purchase or modify certain insurance coverage for spring-planted crops is March 15.  
“Farmers should contact an agent if they have not already addressed their crop insurance needs,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Crop insurance can be an important piece of a risk management strategy.” 
Federally-subsidized, multiple-peril crop insurance covers certain weather, pest and revenue related losses. This coverage is dependent on crop establishment and reporting dates determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) that farmers must meet. The dates vary by crop and county and are listed at www.rma.usda.gov.  
State-regulated policies such as for damage caused by hail and fire are also available. Many of them have crop establishment and reporting requirements as well. 



State Lawmaker's Son To Challenge US Rep. Latta in Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The son of a former state lawmaker says he'll challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Latta next year in the congressional district covering much of northwestern Ohio.
65-year-old J. Michael Galbraith, of Maumee, plans a Democratic campaign in the 5th Congressional District.
The first-time candidate runs an investment fund and teaches personal finance at Bowling Green State University. His father, Republican John A. Galbraith, served in the Ohio Legislature from 1967 to 1986.
Galbraith says he'd advocate for strong protections for Lake Erie and favors a federal single-payer health care plan such as universal Medicare.
Latta has repeatedly been re-elected since 2007, when he won a special election for the seat.
His challenger last year, James Neu Jr. of Perrysburg, also plans to run again.


Mid Ohio Hears From Elected Officials During Breakfast Meeting

Members of the Mid-Ohio Energy Action Committee heard from federal and state legislators during a breakfast this week.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that among those speaking was 4th District Congressman Jim Jordan, who told the group that when you do what you were sent to Congress to do, it makes the job much easier. 
He added that means that Congress should not just fix the Affordable Care Act, but it should be scrapped and turned back over to the marketplace. 
The breakfast was held at the Mid Ohio facility in Kenton.


Upper Sandusky City Council Votes to Raise Sewer Rates

Upper Sandusky residents will see an increase in monthly sewer rates.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that the Upper Sandusky City Council voted this week to increase rates by one dollar effective May 1.
The paper added that the council voted unanimously to have the rates increase one dollar each year through 2019, and the minimum bill also increase by two dollars a month each year.
The increase, according to the paper, is necessary to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant. 


Arlington Mayor Delivers State of Village Address

Arlington's mayor spoke about a couple of projects during his State of the Village address.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Mayor Michael Palmer highlighted passage of the park levy passed by voters that will help with needed repairs at the village park and swimming pool.
Palmer added that plans are to continue repairs on Main Street adding that the village is trying to get state and federal funds since the street is also U.S. 68 through the town. 


Iconic Isaly's Ice Cream Returning to Grocery Stores

Here's something sweet for today, the iconic Isaly's Ice Cream brand will soon be in the freezer section of some grocery store chains.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based company announced today that the brand will be sold in stores throughout the tri-state area starting this spring.
Many people in this area remember the Isaly's Ice Cream Shoppe that operated in downtown Kenton before closing in the late 70's. The last ice cream shop to close in fact was in Marion in the mid 1990's.
The company did not specify which stores will carry the brand this spring.


Riverdale Lady Falcons Tournament Game Featured Tonight on WKTN

The Riverdale Lady Falcons will take on defending state champion Africentric in Division 3 girls basketball regional semifinal action tonight at Lexington High School. 
The Falcons finished the regular season with a .500 record but have scrapped their way to four straight postseason wins. Riverdale's four tournament victories have come by a combined 29 points, with no victory coming by more than 11 points, but the Falcons have found a way to survive-and-advance and took home the district title with a 65 to 61 win over Willard on Saturday.
Africentric, the defending Division 3 state champs, has breezed through the tournament. The Nubians' 12-point win over Cardington Lincoln in the district final has been their closest call in the postseason. Africentric defeated their first three playoff opponents by 59, 82 and 70 points, respectively.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight between the 15 and 11 Riverdale Falcons and the 23 and 3 Africentric Nubians, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m. at Lexington.


(UPDATE) Runaway Juvenile Reported in Wyandot County By Sheriff's Office


UPDATE.....The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office announced on its Facebook page that Carmen Holloway has been located and is safe.


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a runaway juvenile.

According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Carmen Holloway left her residence Monday night after 9. She was thought to heading toward Kenton or Dunkirk but there were no reports she turned up in this county.


Missing Juvenile


She has black or dark brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wyandot County Sheriff at 419-294-2362.




Lakeview Couple Arrested on Drug Charges

A Lakeview couple has been arrested on drug related charges.
According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, 42 year old Joseph Myers and 38 year old April McCurdy were taken into custody at their home following an operation conducted by the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force.
They are facing charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs and were being detained in the Logan County Jail Monday morning. 


Some Kenton Residents Lose Electricity Monday

A power outage affected a section of Kenton this morning.
At the height of the outage, around 450 American Electric Power customers lost service.
Most residents had their electricity back by around 9 this morning.


Minor Crash Reported Monday

A minor crash occurred Monday afternoon in the 300 block of Franklin Street. 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, two vehicles collided while one driver was in the process of parallel parking and the other driver was making a left hand turn.
Only minor damage occurred, and since there were no witnesses, officers could not determine who was at fault.


Deadline For Hardin Leadership Classes Approaching

The deadline to register for the 2017 Hardin Leadership class is this Friday March 10.
Nine monthly sessions will start later this month and conclude in November.
A tuition fee of $300 per person covers the expenses of the program.
At least four scholarships are available to Hardin County residents. For more information contact, call 567-674-2579 or find Hardin Leadership Inc. on Facebook. 


Art Exhibit Underway at Bluffton University

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Senior artists and graphic designers will showcase their most prominent work from their four years at Bluffton in their exhibit titled “Viewer Discretion Advised.” The artists will be available to discuss their work during a reception from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, in the Sauder 
Visual Arts Center. The public is invited to the exhibit and the reception. Both are free of charge.
Each respective collection is made up of digital prints, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography. Tracy Cook, Defiance, Ohio; Anna Hairston, Mansfield, Ohio; Mackenzie Hoeckley, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Courtney Rettig, Bluffton, Ohio; Aaron Ward, Toledo, Ohio; and Justin Weaver, Bluffton, Ohio, will have work on display. 
The exhibit opened March 6 and runs through March 24 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekly and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 


Broken HVAC For Downtown City Building Discussed at Finance Meeting Monday Evening


According to information from the contractor, the average life span of a rooftop HVAC unit is typically 20 to 25 years and due to a compressor failure the main control unit at the Downtown Kenton City building needs replaced. After questions where raised at the last Finance meeting of the need of an engineering firm to elicit bids as opposed to going directly to a contractor, Safety Service Director Jim Hites arranged for a representative from the engineering firm Garmann Miller and a qualified contractor from All Temp(ATR) to answer questions about the project.


The purpose of the discussion was to clarify 3 items involved in the project. Should the boiler that is still functioning but out of date be replaced, how soon the project could be completed, and should the city take on more debt to complete the project that could cost upwards of $250,000.


Over sounds of loud banging from the boiler in the Council chambers both the engineering firm and the contractor told the committee that the cost to replace the boiler would be far less if completed at the same time as the replacement of the control unit. The current boiler was designed to be around 80% efficient and any new replacement could bring that number up to around 95% efficiency which would bring down utility costs in the future.


The project could be completed by early June if going directly through the contractor or late June if going through the engineering firm due to the addition of the boiler and enough time to properly elicit bids on the project.


The original estimate for the project from the engineering firm did not include the boiler replacement but included the Control unit, engineering costs, and thermostats which came in around $250,000. The quote submitted by the contractor included the boiler which came in around $238,505.


It was determined that the boiler should be replaced and that the city accept the quote from the contractor and a recommendation was offered by representative Dave Beasley to put together a resolution to send to the full Kenton City Council for a vote and discussion. Council President Joel Althauser added that all members of the council should take some time to think if they want to incur more debt to pay for the project or pay for the total out of the general fund all at once. The discussion will continue at the next City Council Meeting. 




Volunteers and Staffing Approved at Special Meeting of the Kenton School Board


The special meeting of the Kenton School board Monday evening included the Approve the following volunteers contingent upon required paperwork (BCl/FBI),etc.:


Richard Baum Meg Manns
Greg Claybaugh Brad Murphy
Krystle Conley Christa Rarey
Megan Defibaugh Cynthia Rhodes
Cory Dyer Ron Rogers
Heather Erwin Chad Spencer
Brad Heckathorn Gregg Stephens
Paul Hopkins Anne Temple
Michael Hunt Robert Truman
Bill Lawrence Shane Wood
Julie Ledesma  


Also approved was Claire Long for substitute teaching and Darlene Heckathorn for tutoring at Kenton High School contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. for the 2016-2017 school year.


The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 


Sprague Announces He is a Candidate For State Treasurer

State Representative Robert Sprague has announced he is running for a statewide office.
Sprague said yesterday he will seeking the State Treasurer position in 2018. He has served Hardin, Hancock and part of Logan County in the Ohio House of Representatives since 2011.
If elected as State Treasurer, Sprague said he wants to help those with disabilities gain more financial independence without losing benefits. He also said he wants to financially help college bound families.


(UPDATE) Fatal Crash Occurred in Logan County

One person was killed in a crash that occurred around 8:30 Monday morning on U.S. 68 in Logan County.
According to a release from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 44 year old Terry E. Turner, of Columbus, was driving south on 68 when his car travelled into the northbound lane and struck a semi being operated by 30 year old Justin M. Samples, of Hamilton, Ohio.
Turner was pronounced dead at the scene. Samples was treated and released from a local hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.



Kenton Man Charged with OVI Following Sunday Crash

A hit/skip crash occurred in Kenton on Sunday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car struck the rear of a vehicle that was stopped for a red light on Columbus Street at Detroit Street in downtown Kenton. The car then backed up, struck a pole then fled the scene.
The driver, identified as 43 year old Thomas Wolfenbarger, of Kenton, was located a short time later and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and for leaving the scene of an accident. 


Missing Teen Reported in Richland County

The Shelby Police Department in Richland County took a missing persons report today.
According to information on the police department's Facebook page, police are looking for 17 year old Samuel Baker. He is believed to be driving a 2000 silver Dodge Stratus. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Shelby Police Department at 419-347-2242.


Two Men Cited on Drug Charges in Upper Sandusky

Two Michigan men were cited for drug related offenses following a traffic stop in Upper Sandusky on Sunday.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers stopped a car for a routine traffic violation, and during a search, a passenger, Bryant Hartwick was cited for possession of marijuana.
Another passenger, identified as Nathan Pruss, was cited for possession of hashish and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. 


Ohio Gas Prices Up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have increased again over the past week. 
Ohio's average for regular fuel was about $2.23 per gallon in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime more than the state average last week and well above the average of $1.87 at this time last year. 
The national average was $2.31 on Monday, up from $2.29 a week earlier and $1.81 a year ago. 
AAA says gas prices mostly held steady during February but are expected to increase this month as demand rises and refiners start switching from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.


Kenton Youth Wrestling Team Competed in Dayton

Twenty wrestlers from the Kenton Youth Wrestling team competed in the Miami Valley League Championship Meet in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, March 5.  The team posted two champions, three runner-ups, four third placers and  five fourth place finishers.
Gavin Sealscott and Tim Wilkinson led the team and placed 1st in their respective divisions.
Sealscott, wrestling in a 6 yr. old, 49.6 - 50.5 lb bracket; pinned his way to the championship.  Eric Bustos of Ottawa-Glandorf (:53), Dylan Cassidy of Preble Shawnee (:56) and Liam Horn of Northmont all fell to Sealscott for a 3-0 record on the day.
Wilkinson, wrestling in a 10 yr. old, 138 - 149 lb bracket, won his championship with a bye in the first round, a major decision 9-1 over Dillon Garza of Tecumseh in the second round and then a hard fought decison 2-0 over Aiden Miller of Tecumseh.
Anthony Hunt (2-1, 2 Pins), Mason Cook (2-1, 1 Pin) and Kade Smith (2-1) were all runner-ups at the meet.  Hunt pinned his opponents, Aiden Nipp of Tecumseh and Dalton Creech of Union County, in the first and second rounds, but lost by a decision of 8-6 in the finals to Mason Vitols of Northmont.  Cook pinned his first opponent Caden Sands of Vandalia-Butler (:31), defeated Bryson Doran of Preble-Shawnee 7-3, but fell to Landon McCargish of Northmont in the finals.  Smith, won the first round over Michael Kenney of Carroll 5-0, defeated top seed Logan Wells of Miami East 6-4, but lost a tough battle 4-1 in the finals to Cameron Mingee of Northwestern.
Third place winners were Alannah Jackson (3-1, 2 Pins), Isaiah Mundy (3-1), Bill Wilkinson (2-1) and Ronald Boyer (2-1).
Aaron Modd (2-2, 2 Pins), Kole Anspach (2-2), Christopher DeLong (2-2), Sebastian Pascual (1-2) and Austin Root (2-2) placed fourth.
5-0 to earn first place.


50 Years Since Lake Central Plane Crashed Near Marseilles


Kenton, Ohio - It was 50 years ago today, Sunday March 5, 1967, that a place crash near Marseilles claimed the life of 38 people.


Lake Central Plane


Lake Central Flight 527 had just completed flights from Chicago making stops in Lafayette, Indiana, Cincinnati and the Columbus with no problems reported.


The aircraft, a Convair 580, was serviced in Columbus before departing at 7:52pm for the short flight to Toledo.
Witnesses in the area of Marseilles reported hearing sounds from an aircraft at times between 8:05 to 8:10pm. Some reported sounds like an engine revving up and shortly thereafter, the sound of an explosion was reported.


The aircraft had crashed in a field off State Route 67 near Marseilles killing the three crew members and 35 passengers on board.

The next day, Kenton resident Judy Faulkner had heard about the crash and decided to volunteer helping the Red Cross at the scene since school had been cancelled due to the weather. She recalls the scene that day, "I can still remember the plane fuselage looked like a bomb had gone off in it. There was not much left of it. There was luggage scattered all around, belongings scattered all around, and you could still see the blood in the snow from where people had been."


Faulkner said she remembers how heartbreaking the experience was,
"They'd find the bodies of children and adults in different places where they had been scattered. That's what I remember about the crash. I remember working until dark, but it was so sad. It was so heartbreaking ."

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report on the crash in February, 1968 that stated the investigation revealed that all four blades of the right propeller separated in flight and one of the blades penetrated the fuselage which destroyed its structural integrity. The fuselage then failed along the line of the penetration and the plane crashed.


Today at the crash site, the Wyandot County Historical Society is holding a 50th Anniversary Memorial Service at the crash site to remember the 38 people who were killed. Among the guests is the son of Roger Skillman, the First Officer or co-pilot of the doomed flight.

The ceremony will include a brief description of the accident followed by a reading of names of the crash victims. 




Minster Pulls Away In Second Half To Defeat Rams 73-52

The Minster Wildcats pulled away in the second half to defeat Upper Scioto Valley 73-52 in Division 4 Girls Basketball District Title play Saturday at Wapakontea.


The Wildcats (23-2) led 30-26 at the half but outscored the Rams 43-26 over the final two periods to get the win.


Taylor Kogge had 22 points and nine rebounds for Minster.


Upper Scioto Valley (21-4) got 24 points and seven rebounds from Emily Patton while Shelby Spradlin tallied 13 points.


Falcons Win District Title By Topping Willard 65-61

The Riverdale Falcons won the Division 3 Girls Basketball District Championship by defeating Willard 65-61 at Shelby High School Saturday afternoon.


The Falcons improve to 15-11 and advance to regional action Wednesday where they will meet Africentric at 7 p.m. at Lexington. The Crimson Flashes end their campaign with a 13-13 record.


Lexie Wright had 18 points and 14 rebounds, both game highs, for the Falcons. Reygan Frey added 17 points and Sydney Holderman finished with 16 points and five assists.


Lydia Wiers had 14 points to lead Willard, which led 26-23 at the half but was outscored 44-35 over the final two quartes by the Falcons.


The Falcons made 26 of 32 tries from the foul line while the Flashes knocked down just 13 of 30 tries from the charity stripe.


In their two district games at Shelby, the Falcons were 63 of 73 from the free throw line (86 percent).



Water Main Break Forces Water Shut Off in Kenton

Water to the entire City of Kenton is being shut off due to a water main break.
The break occurred near the Water Treatment Plant. 
It will be turned back on as soon as possible after the repairs are made.
A boil water advisory will be in effect after that.


Sheriff Urges Residents to Join Buckeye State Sheriff's Association

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office issued an appeal this past week to Citizens in the fight against crime.
Sheriff Keith Everhart announced that citizens are invited to become Associate members of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.
Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as a $20 donation. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.
More information can be found on the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.


Missing Hardin County Teenager Found Safe

An anonymous tip led authorities to the whereabouts of a missing Forest area teenager.
13 year old Devin Holbrook was reported missing Thursday by way of the Forest Police Department Facebook page.
The teenager was safely located late Thursday night.
No other information is being released at this time. 


Kenton-Hardin County Soroptimist Conduct Meeting

Members of the Kenton-Hardin Co. Soroptimist International Club met at Henry's Restaurant on March 2. President Hope Myers welcomed 19 members and 1 guest at 6 p.m. She thanked the hostesses Annetta Holmes, Amanda Crates-Bayliff, and Eve Timmons. A delicious dinner was enjoyed after Laura Ferguson led the club in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and Annetta Holmes led the Soroptimist Grace.
Vice-Pres. Carrie Haudenschield introduced the speaker Deb Purcell. Purcell discussed what is offered at the former Northwood School which is now a satellite school for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.  She discussed her program that offers teaching Kenton's  9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders some classes to become a certified nursing assistant. This beginning can then provide a quick avenue to jobs or more education for job opportunities in the health care field without extra school cost to the student as would be charged by a medical college or school for nursing. There are more needs for certified nursing assistants as well as other medical careers as defined by an area survey of businesses. 
Deb Purcell addresses Soroptimist
Deb Purcell has been an RN for 38 years but had obtained a teaching degree as necessitated through the Ohio Department of Education so that she could lead into this opportunity to help area students. She has taught at the Bellefontaine Hi-Point Career Center as well as the satellite school in Kenton for 18 years following 20 years as a nurse. By dedicating her life to this extra education, she has enabled students to stay close to their friends and school activities. She sees 88 students a day within 6 periods at Kenton's Northwood which means her classes are full. The 11th and 12th graders have the option to attend Bellefontaine's Hi-Point. 
Purcell's program of Allied Health & Nursing is one of 3 programs offered at Northwood in Kenton. She welcomes any visitors to come to her lab to get an idea of what is offered. She offers four levels to help the students progress into their careers. She stated 100% of Kenton's 8 senior students passed this year's state exam in both written and skill tests and is very proud of their achievements. At this point, 5 students are going to be nursing assistants and 3 students will be interning in hospitals for other health careers. The nursing career has historically been predominantly female but males are welcome. Purcell is proud that she has made a difference so that her female students, especially, have had a chance to be stronger, smarter, and feel a greater self-worth.
In the questions that followed, Purcell made it clear that she is paid by Hi-Point and not Kenton School system. The money provided from the state follows that student from his home school to whatever vocational school that the student attends. 
Pres. Myers led the club in thanking Purcell for her informative presentation about her nursing program at Northwood School. Myers began the meeting with acceptance of the February minutes from Laura Ferguson as digitally distributed. Treasurer Ruth Ann Cook has gathered $88.80 for several weeks from members for Dimes for Dreams and will send this on to the SI headquarters. Her report was filed for audit. She asked for a final list of attendees for the spring conference. 
The business meeting began with the discussion that Andrea Richardson and Courtney Linke are willing to attend Hardin Leadership on behalf of the Soroptimists for which they were thanked. There are funds that will support them. Richardson also asked for anyone to mentor 3 little girls and 3 teen boys for her Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Kenton. 
Committee reports followed. Missie Austin reported for Project Care and Comfort that was held on Monday. Personal items were gathered and a quilt was tied as it nears completion. The next meeting will be on March 27 at 6:30 pm. Eve Timmons had a request for her smoke alarm project. Carrie Haudenschield reported for the mammogram fund. Pres. Myers stated that there are squares for $10 a square available on the quilt for the Laurel Society. Wanda Clinger wanted to hold a quick meeting at the conclusion of this main meeting to help decide the Outstanding Soroptimist Award to be given on March 30 at the Celebration of Women banquet. 
Pres. Myers listed a reminder for the upcoming events. March 21 will be a membership event at Mid Ohio Energy Conference Room at 6:30 pm to hear Debbie Norris about Heather's Voice. Missie Austin will check to see if our club can reserve her a room at The Inn for her evening stay following the meeting. March 25 will be an Easter Bingo from 5 to 8 pm at the Findlay Inn for the SI Hancock Co. Tickets are $20. March 30 will be the Celebration of Women banquet at 6 pm at ONU's McIntosh Ballroom. Check with Missie Austin for $15 tickets by March 9. Linda Moon will be serving on the science fair committee at ONU. More info will be coming. April 1 will be a Dream It Be It Program at  Mary Lou Johnson Public Library from  10 am to 2 pm. April 21-23 is SI spring conference at Kalahari Resorts and Conference Center. May 20 is SI Style Show at St. John's Evangelical Church of Christ of Kenton from 10 am to 2 pm. Committees will be asked to report at the next meeting. October 20-21 is the fall conference at Lima's Holiday Inn & Suites.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Linda Moon thanked all for visits, flowers, and food when she had been unable to attend meetings. Courtney Linke advised that there may be possible funds for projects through Mid Ohio Energy. Laura Ferguson made an explanation for the use of funds there. A drawing for Club 250 winners followed. A reminder that the next meeting will be on April 6 with hostesses Colleen Limerick, Chris North, Diane Neuhauser, and Linda Moon at Henry's Restaurant. Hostesses distributed doorprizes. The meeting was adjourned, and the members circled the room to recite the Soroptimist Pledge led by Norma Frederick. All were wished safe travels home.


Top-Ranked Upper Sandusky Edges Wildcats 68-67

Top-ranked Upper Sandusky edged Kenton 68-67 in Division II boys basketball sectional championship action Friday at Lima Senior.


The Rams improve to 23-0 and advance to district play Wednesday at Ohio Northern.The Wildcats close out their season with a 14-10 mark, a 12-win improvement from last season.


Wes Vent had 29 points and seven rebounds to lead the Rams while Ry Adams scored 13 points and Eli Kinley added 11 points.


Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Thomas Phillips, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hunter Phillips added 16 points whie Trent Hites scored 12 points and Jaron Sharp tossed in 11 points.


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


One Man Injured Another Charged with OVI Following Crash

A Kenton man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a crash early this morning in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the crash occurred in the 600 block of North High Street.
Three vehicles were damaged as result of the crash.
The driver, identified as 30 year old Thomas Snyder was charged with the offense. 
A passenger in the car, 27 year old Kyle Greenfield, of Kenton, was taken by helicopter to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. 


Arrest Made in Recent Car Theft and Burglary Incidents

An arrest on Thursday could help put a big dent in recent burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in Kenton.
According to a release from Kenton Police Dennis Musser, a man was taken into custody Thursday who is suspected in at least two automobile thefts, one burglary and numerous thefts from vehicles. The male may have been entered at least thirty vehicles in the last 24 hours alone.
19 year old Jayden Kramer has so far been charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. Charges of burglary and theft are pending.
If any residents have had any items stolen from their vehicles, they are encouraged to call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.


Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Roger A. Melson was sentenced to a total of 17 months in prison on one count each of possession of heroin and falsification.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Man Arrested on Warrant; Crash Investigated & Theft Reported to KPD

A Kenton man was arrested Thursday on an active warrant.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers observed 38 year old William Oglesbee leaving an apartment at Scioto Village. He was known to have a warrant for his arrest from Logan County. The warrant was confirmed, and Oglesbee was taken into custody. He was transported to the county line and turned over to the Logan County Sheriff's Office.
A crash occurred late Thursday morning at the intersection of Franklin Street and Jacob Parrott Boulevard. A narrative of the crash is not available, but the drivers involved were identified as 39 year old Paul Anglemyer, of Marion and 32 year old Andrea Leonard, of Kenton. Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, but there were no injuries. 
A theft was reported Thursday at a residence in the 600 block of Franklin Street.
A suspect stole around $300 in gaming equipment from the house.
The incident is under investigation. 


Former Wyandot County Fairboard Secretary Sentenced

The former Wyandot County Fairboard Secretary was sentenced this week.
The Dailey Chief-Union reported that 34 year old Kisha J. Taylor was sentenced to 30 days in the Wyandot County Jail and ordered to pay restitution of $10,000.
The paper reported that Taylor was sentenced on the felony charge after admitting to stealing from the Wyandot County Agriculture Society during her employment as fairboard secretary.


Patrol Continues Focus on Impaired Driving Arrests in 2017

Findlay – As part of the Patrol’s ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio, troopers are continuing their increased focus on impaired driving enforcement – and these efforts are paying off. Troopers have removed well over 24,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways per year over the last 5 years.
OVI-related crashes accounted for 37 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio in 2016, this percentage has remained relatively constant since 2013.
There were 14,420 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 423 people and injuring 8,785. Speed was a contributing factor in 59 percent of all OVI-related crashes. Of drivers considered at-fault in OVI-related crashes, 54 percent were in their 20s and 30s, and 72 percent were male.
“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. matt Crow.  “You can also help fight the battle against impaired driving by actively influencing friends and family to do the same.”
Last year, state troopers from the Findlay Post, arrested 264 impaired drivers in this area.
The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists. 


Mobile Health Services Provided by ONU

Ohio Northern University pharmacy students operate a mobile health service to Hardin County.
Michael Rush, the Director of Healthwise at ONU, said it has provided services since 2015, "We were fortunate to receive a federal grant to provide the screenings and primary care services to the county. We do lots of screening for primary conditions like heart disease and diabetes, high blood pressure, and hopefully try to plug individuals into the healthcare system where we can."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Kenton Takes on Upper Sandusky in Basketball Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats shoot for a sectional title tonight when they take on top-ranked Upper Sandusky.  
The Wildcats are 14 and 9 on the season after knocking off Shawnee 71 to 61 in their tournament opener on Tuesday. The win sets up a sectional title tilt against the Upper Sandusky Rams, who were the top-ranked team in Division II in the final Associated Press state poll. The Rams were 22 and 0 this season and ran their regular-season winning streak to 46 games. The Rams were a perfect 16 and 0 in the Northern 10 as they rolled to their second straight league title.
WKTN will carry tonight's Division II sectional title game live from Lima Senior High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:15 p.m.
Two other county teams are playing for sectional titles tonight. Ridgemont will be taking on Perry at Allen East while Upper Scioto Valley meets St. Henry at Coldwater. Both those Division IV sectional title games begin at 6:15 p.m.


Rams, Falcons Advance To District Finals

Upper Scioto Valley and Riverdale posted district semifinal girls basketball victories on Thursday.


In Division IV acton at Wapakoneta, the Rams (21-3) rallied from 12 points down in the first half to defeat Marion Local 47-43 in overtime. Emily Patton had 16 points for the Rams while Alyssa Miller scored 11, Kaycee Carroll finished with nine points and Shelby Spradlin had eight markers.


At Shelby, Riverdale built a double-digit lead and held on to top Margaretta 77-72 in Division III play. Janessa Taylor had 30 points for the Falcons (14-11) while Sydney Holderman scored 19 points and Lexie Wright added 13 points.


Both teams advance to district final competition on Saturday, and both games will be carried live on WKTN. Riverdale will meet Willard at 2 p.m. back at Shelby, with the pregame show starting at 1:45 p.m. Upper Scioto Valley returns to Wapakoneta for a 7 p.m. date with Minster. The pregame show for that game will begin at 6:45 p.m.


A Local Hardin County Teenager Has Gone Missing

According to a post on the Village of Forest Facebook Page, the missing teenager is identified as 13 year old Devin Holbrook of Hardin County.
Missing Teenager
He has been missing for over 48 hours and If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact the Hardin County Sheriffs Department at (419) 673-1268.


Sex Crimes Lands Kenton Man in Prison

A Kenton man was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to several sex related offenses. 
According to information from the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office, 30 year old Kevin Shepherd changed his pleas to guilty this week on 3 counts of illegal use of a minor in  nudity oriented material or performance and one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Judge Scott Barrett then sentenced Shepherd to a total of 11 years in prison, which included an additional year because the new offenses occurred while he was on post release control from an earlier case.
Shepherd was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.
The case was scheduled to go to trial last week.


Hit/Skip Crash Occurs Wednesday; KPD Arrests Man on Warrant

A hit/skip crash is being investigated by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
A witness told deputies that a car went left of center and struck another car then left the scene.
The incident occurred in the 17,000 block of County Road 209 Mt Victory.
The driver has since been identified, but information is not available at this time as the crash remains under investigation. There were no injuries.
Kenton Police received a report of theft at KMart. That was reported wednesday morning.
Officers also arrested a Kenton man on a warrant. According to information on the day log at the police department, the man is identified as Zachary Ray, who was wanted on a warrant through Hardin County Muncipal Court.
A vehicle was stolen in the 300 block of Columbus Street.
According to information at the police department, the owner left the keys in the car. The vehicle has been recovered, and the incident remains under investigation. 


Four Blood Drives Planned For March

The Month of March is Red Cross Month.
Red Cross officials say that is the perfect time to support patients by donating blood.
There will be several opportunities during the month.
In Kenton on March 13 from noon until six, a blood drive will be held at Kenton Moose Family Center. Then on March 27 from noon until six, they will be at the First Baptist Church.
In Ada on March 20 from 11:30am untl 5:30, a blood drive will be held at Visiting Nurses and Hospice and on March 30 from 2 until 8pm in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University. 


Discover Hardin County Photo Contest Underway

The Discover Hardin County Photo Contest got started Wednesday and will go through the 29th.
For anyone interested in submitting photos, Hardin County Chamber and Tourism Director for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jesse Purcell, said the place to start is at the Alliance website, "Which is hccba.com. At the landing, they will have a pop up box that's going to ask them if they want to submit a photo. They's click on yes and it'll take them right to the site. They'll have to read through eligibility requirements. There are specific things that we're asking not to have submitted, obviously. They'll click on the button to say submit, and from there it will take them to Woobox. They'll upload the file just as they would an attachment in an email. It's very easy."
A different photo can be submitted every day through the 29th. 


Indian Lake Boat Show Set For This Weekend

The 3 day Indian Lake Boat Show is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The event features three huge displays of new and used boats as well as motors, trailers and accessories. 3 marinas will participate. They are Indian Lake Marine, Spend a Day Marina and Bud's Marine.
Monica Hurst, Sales Manager for Spend A Day Marina said there is something for everyone, especially boating enthusiasts, "Definitely geared toward the boating enthusiast, but also it's very enjoyable for anybody who just wants to experience the lake, and what the lake feel is like, and some of the things that we have to offer around the lake as well."
She said depending on the weather, between 6000 and 8000 people take in the show each year, "It has turned into the community festival if you will where everyone comes out and enjoys the new boats, the different dealerships displays, the boater comradery that we have at the lake. It is a big event here." 
Door prizes and refreshments will also be part of the event this weekend during the Indian Lake Boat Show in Russel's Point. 


Girls Basketball Featured Tonight on WKTN

Upper Scioto Valley and Riverdale begin district girls basketball tournament action tonight. 
The Rams are 20 and 3 and have ripped off nine straight wins heading into tonight's Division 4 district semifinal game with Marion Local. The Flyers are 14 and 10 and are coming off a two-point win over New Knoxville in their sectional title game on Saturday.
This battle between the second-seeded Rams and the third-seeded Flyers will be carried live tonight from Wapakoneta, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:15 p.m.
Later tonight, Riverdale will take on Margaretta in Division 3 district semifinal play at Shelby. The fourth-seeded Falcons are 13 and 11 on the season while the Polar Bears, the district's third seed, are 14 and 10.
WKTN will also carry this game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:45 p.m. The opening tip is planned for around 8 p.m.


Ben Logan Freshman Orientation Tonight

An orientation for incoming freshman at Ben Logan High School will be held this evening.
It will start at 6 in the high school auditorium.
Students will be able to ask questions regarding the transition to high school plus they can tour the building.


March Comes in Like a Lion

There were no reports of widespread damage caused by a line of severe weather overnight that ushered in March like a lion.
A Tornado Watch was issued for the area around 11:30 Tuesday night and expired at 7 this morning. At one point, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for the county as well. High winds, heavy rain and lightning were reported, but there were no tornadoes spotted in the area.
Some residents in the western part of the county, especially in the area of McGuffey, lost electricity. As of the morning, the American Electric Power website shows only scattered outages remain.


Several Thefts Reported to KPD Tuesday

Several incidents were handled by Kenton Police officers during the day on Tuesday.
According to information on the day log, a burglary was reported in the 100 block of South Wayne Street. Two separate thefts of bicycles occurred. A theft was also reported in the 300 block of Railroad Street.
In addition, officers arrested a Kenton man Tuesday night on a warrant through Hardin County Muncipal Court. 


Two Road Construction Projects Planned For Hardin County

Two road construction projects will impact traffic in Hardin County.
According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, U.S. 68 will close today through Dunkirk for an emergency railroad repair. It will be closed for approximately one week.
Then starting on March 6 for 60 days, County Road 155, between Township Road 180 and U.S. 68 over Taylor Creek will close for a bridge replacement project. The project is funded through the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program. 


City of Bellefontaine Gets BWC Grant

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced that 34 employers will share more than $895,000 in grants to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. 
According to a release from Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison, the closest employer in the WKTN listening area is the City of Bellefontaine, which received $40,000 to purchase equipment to improve the patient transport process. 


Farm Bureau Members Make Case For Property Tax Relief

Ohio Farm Bureau members recently made their case for property tax relief during testimony before the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee. In addition, Farm Bureau leaders met with Ohio House members as the representatives continue to explore pathways forward for CAUV reform. Farm Bureau is seeking changes to the state's Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula, which in recent years has threatened the viability of family farms.
Ohio farmers saw a 307 percent increase in property taxes between 2008 and 2014. Those higher taxes are now being paid at a time when some farm crop prices have fallen as much as 50 percent.
In testimony before the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Farm Bureau State Trustee Mike Bensman told lawmakers, "For those of you who have worked in small business, ask yourselves if you would be able to manage a tax increase of 300 percent. It's not an easy thing to budget for." Bensman and his brothers are the fourth generation to farm in Shelby County where they currently operate 4,000 acres of crops.
Katherine Harrison owns a small livestock farm in southeastern Franklin County and also is a Farm Bureau state trustee. She recently repurchased a portion of the family farm where she will be the fifth generation to work the land. "I anticipate (the farm) can bring in about $180 per acre per year. The taxes run approximately $120 per acre per year. That leaves a possible net of $60 per acre per year to pay down a loan for $300,000 to purchase the land."
The Farm Bureau leaders testified on Senate Bill 36, which would remove incorrect assumptions in the CAUV calculation formula and make the formula less affected by non-farm factors. The bill would also remove a disincentive for farmers to adopt practices that protect water quality.
The hearing took place when nearly 300 Farm Bureau members were in Columbus for their annual legislative visits. In meetings in lawmakers' offices, the farmers shared their personal stories about the tremendous burden being felt by family farmers throughout Ohio and asked for their help in reforming CAUV.
"CAUV has become the absolute No. 1 issue for our members," Bensman said.
"Farmers are deeply vested in and play a vital role in our community," Harrison added. "Part of the responsibility of being a steward of the land, is paying appropriate levels of taxation. But the current tax situation creates pressures that make it more difficult for small farms to remain."


Two Upper Sandusky Banks Merge

Two banks in Upper Sandusky merged this week.
The Courier reported that First Defiance Financial Corporation merged with Commercial Bancshares of Upper Sandusky.
The newspaper said the deal cost 70 million dollars. 
They will continue to operate the seven Commercial Savings Bank branches in Wyandot, Hancock and Marion Counties.
The merger brings the number of First Federal Bank branches to 43.


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