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Man Cited For Possession of Marijuana


A Kenton man received a summons for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by 32 year old Kenneth Drumm II was stopped in the 300 block of Jennings Street for a traffic violation.


Drumm was allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana.



Theft From Vehicle Reported Tuesday


A theft from a vehicle was reported to Kenton Police Tuesday morning.


According to that report, a suspect was seen inside a minivan in the 300 block of Kuert Avenue.


Several small items were missing. The owner advised that the vehicle was unlocked.



Arlington Junk Collection Day a Success


Junk collection day in the village of Arlington was a success.


The Findlay Courier reported that village residents filled 11 large dumpsters as well as one small dumpster during the May 20 event.


This year, residents took unwanted items to the village park instead of curbside pickup.


A village official said everything went smooth.


Volunteers from the Arlington Bible Fellowship Church teamed with village employees and other officials to run the event.



Industrial Park Lost Water Service Tuesday


Several companies in the Industrial Park on US 68 south of Kenton were without water for part of Tuesday.


According to information from the Waterworks Office, the outage occurred Tuesday and is blamed on a malfunctioning part. The outage affected facilities from PPI south in the Industrial Park.  


The repair was made quicker than first anticipated, and water was restored to the area by 7 Tuesday night.



Garden Walk to Take Place Saturday in Mt. Victory


A Garden Walk is planned for this Saturday June 3 in Mt. Victory.


The self-guided tour will feature 4 gardens in the village. The event, which is sponsored by the Mt. Victory Shopkeepers Group, will go from noon till five Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are available at the event.


The tour starts at the Tea for Three Antiques Garden, behind the Methodist Church, then to Park Place Garden on Washington at Taylor Streets, then to Don and Linda Houchin’s Garden at the corner of Hale and Taylor Streets and it finishes at Barb Snyder, Master Gardener, the brick house on Main Street.


It will be held rain or shine.



Ohio Hunters Take More Wild Turkeys This Year Over Last


Ohio hunters checked a total of 21,015 wild turkeys during the combined 2017 spring wild turkey hunting seasons April 22-May 28.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, in 2016, hunters checked a total of 17,793 wild turkeys.


Hardin County hunters checked 86 wild turkeys, down slightly from last year. Around the region, Allen County hunters checked 91, Auglaize 60, Hancock 52, Logan 137, Marion 37, Union 59 Wyandot County hunters checked 108.



Logan County Cooperative Receives Grant


The USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements.


Brownfield Ag News reported that Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning says these loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically.


Among the projects receiving funds through the Electric Program of the Rural Utilities Service is Logan County Cooperative Power and Light Association, which will use more than $4 million to build 40 miles of line and invest nearly $430,000 in smart grid technologies.



Union County Possible Site For FedEx


A FedEx is looking to locate in Union county


The Marysville Journal-Tribune reports that a developer has filed a request to build a 530,000 square foot building in Jerome Township in the county.


The documents filed indicate that the facility would be a $50 million distribution hub for the shipping company.


The paper reports that a maintenance building, along with other smaller structures would be housed on the property.



Water Outage Reported in Industrial Park


Several companies in the Industrial Park on US 68 south of Kenton are without water.


According to information from the Waterworks Office, the outage occurred today and is blamed on a malfunctioning part, which has been ordered.


The outage affects facilities from PPI south in the Industrial Park.


Water is expected to be restored sometime Wednesday morning.



Teen Rescued After Jumping Into Scioto River


A 16 year old boy was injured after jumping from a trestle into the Scioto River Sunday afternoon.


According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, the boy was with friends in the area when he jumped about 20 feet into the river, which was around 2 and half feet deep.


The boy suffered injuries mainly to his lower extremities. He was still in the water when rescue crews arrived and pulled him to safety.


He was transported from the scene to Lima Memorial Hospital.



Two Crashes Reported Around Hardin County Monday


Two crashes occurred around Hardin County on Monday.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s office, a crash with injuries was reported around 10:50 Monday morning on State Route 117.


The other accident with injuries was reported at around 9:40 Monday night on State Route 67.


No other information is available at this time from the Sheriff’s Office.



SAFER Academy For Youth Planned For June


The Ada Police Department, in conjunction with the Ada Re-Store’s summer lunch program will be conducting the S.A.F.E.R. Academy for Youth this June at the Ada War Memorial Park.


The event is open to children ages 5 to 17 and is intended to provide an overview of the many different agencies involved in the public safety field.


The program will be held June 19th through the 23rd from 10am until noon each day. It will feature different organizations and exhibits.


The goal is to create awareness and foster a strong relationship among the youth and first responders.



Young Professionals Leadership Holding Event


The Alliance Young Professionals Leadership panel event is scheduled for June 1 at 6pm.


Quest Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the event, and participants will enjoy networking and learning more about eight outstanding young professionals in the community.


The event is free for Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance members.


There will be a $10 fee for non-members.



Several Regional Students Qualify For State In Track

Kenton High School is sending athletes to the state track meet this coming friday. Lauren Johnson Qualified in the Discus event and Chris Deardorff in the Long Jump.


From Riverdale, according to student reporter Emma Carter, Kyle Evans is heading to state in the 400m dash. He set a new record at Riverdale, with a time of 49.7 seconds. The Daily Chief-Union reports that Carrol Pauley, also of Riverdale, qualifies in the shot put event.


Meadow Cromer and Sidney Richardson, of Ridgmeont are also headed to state. Cromer in the pole fault, and Richardson in the 200m dash.


WPKO reports that Reese Wilcoxon qualifies in the Shot Put event. Madison Manns is also headed to state in the High Jump event. They are both students of Benjamin Logan High School.



Allen County Alert Service Introduced

New Technology coming to Allen County will help alert residents in the event of an emergency.


The Lima News reports that if you have a phone number, email address, or smartphone, you can get instant emergency alerts in the event of severe weather, chemical spills, bad traffic accidents, or anything else that could impact the daily lives of citizens.


Emergency Management Director Tom Berger, of the Homeland Security Allen County Office announced the ALERT system on Friday. He assures that all current warning systems are sticking around, this is another method to reach residents.


Alerts are location based, so not all subscribers will be notified if an event doesn’t impact them.


Visit allen-ema.com or call 419-993-1404 to sign up for this service.



Findlay Holding Memorial Day Ceremonies

In Findlay, WFIN reports that the city is set to honor those who have lost their lives with the Annual Memorial Day ceremonies taking place on Monday morning. A bridge ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Ralph D. Cole Bridge on Main Street. The Memorial Day Parade will make its way from the American Legion to the Maple Grove Cemetery in the city. Ceremonies are also planned for War Memorial in the cemetery.



Hardin County Memorial Day Actives Planned

Memorial Day is tomorrow, several events going on in our region. Notably the parade in downtown Kenton lines up around 9:30, and steps off at 10:00. The parade route begins at U.S. Bank on Columbus street, wraps around the historic courthouse district, and marches out to Grove Cemetery for services there. WKTN will have a photo gallery of the parade and services online.


The annual Mount Victory car show will be held tomorrow, registration begins at ten, and numerous other activities are planned.



Man Arrested on Drug Related Charge


A Kenton man was arrested on Friday and is facing a drug related charge.


According to that Kenton Police department report, officers arrested 47 year old Billy Madison on Friday. He has been charged with possession of a drug abuse instrument.


Madison was allegedly in possession of a syringe that is used to inject heroin.


He was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Breaking and Entering Reported on Smith Avenue


A breaking and entering occurred in the 200 block of Smith Avenue.


The incident was reported to Kenton Police on Friday.


According to the report, a shed on the property was entered and two boat motors were stolen.


The incident is under investigation.



Theft of Money Reported at Walmart


A theft from what was called a quick change artist was reported by store officials at Walmart.


According to that report, someone used the practice to make off with around $200.


The incident is under investigation.



ODOT Releases Area Road Construction Project List

For Hardin County:
Bridge repair-
State Route 31 between township Road 265 and state Route 273 will close June 5 for 60 days for bridge repair at two locations: one over Panther Creek just south of township Road 206, the second over Wolf Creek north of township Road 265. Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge.
State Route 195 over Cottonwood Ditch, south of McGuffey, between the north and south jog of Cottonwood Road, will close June 5 for 60 days for bridge repair. Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge.
Drainage work-
State Route 81 at township Road 55, east of Ada, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.
For Hancock County:
Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening
For information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening project through Findlay and Hancock County, visit the I-75 website. 
Placement of berm stone will take place at the following locations with traffic maintained through the work zone. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.
• State Route 235 from the Hardin County line to the Wood County line 
• State Route 103 between Bluffton and state Route 698
Bridge repair
U.S. 68 southbound exit ramp to U.S. 68 southbound over Eagle Creek at state Route 15, south of Findlay, closed May 15 for approximately two months for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto state Route 15 eastbound to the state Route 37 interchange to state Route 15 westbound back to U.S. 68. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland (see map).
State Route 12/state Route 235 overlap between state Route 235 and township Road 57, west of Benton Ridge over Moffitt Ditch, closed April 17 for approximately 60 days for repair of a bridge deck. Traffic on state Route 12 detoured onto state Route 235, Interstate 75 northbound back to state Route 12. State Route 235 traffic detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound to state Route 12 back to state Route 235. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland (see map).
City of Findlay
State Route 12 between Western Avenue and Glessner Street, Findlay, closed during daytime hours only from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until early June for curb repair and replacement. The work is being administered by the city of Findlay.
For Wyandot County:
Culvert replacement
State Route 37 between state Route 53 and township Highway 63 will close June 5 for approximately five days for culvert replacements at two locations. Traffic detoured onto state Route 53, state Route 67 and state Route 294 back to state Route 37. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage (see map).
State Route 231 between state Route 294 near Wyandot and county Highway 330 north of Nevada will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.
Bridge work
U.S. 23 and state Route 15 near their interchange with state Route 103, south of Carey, reduced to one lane in each direction for work related to the removal of two bridge structures over abandoned railroads. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction Inc., Archbold. The following are upcoming traffic impacts related to the project:
The work zone will eventually extend from county Highway 97 to county Highway 95. Traffic patterns will change through the zone as the project progresses. This will likely occur in July. 
The project also includes the resurfacing of U.S. 23 from just north of county Highway 97 to the state Route 103 interchange and of the ramps at state Route 103.  
State Route 53 between state Route 103 and county Road 2, McCutchenville, closed April 24 for approximately six months for bridge replacements over Thorn Run and Tymochtee Creek. Traffic detoured onto state Route 103, state Route 231 and U.S. 224 back to state Route 53. Work is being performed by R & I Construction, Tiffin.


Indian Lake State Park Geared Up For Memorial Day Weekend

The Indian Lake State Park Manager said the park is ready to go, “The beaches are up, the boat ramps, the picnic area. Everything is ready for grilling and boating and fishing and swimming and anything else people want to do out there, so we’re ready to go, we’re doing the finishing touches, but we’re ready to go and we’re anxious for people to come out to the park.”


For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN. Or, to the At Issue Podcast here.



Bellefonatine Students Give away over $17,000

Bellefontaine Intermediate school students ended their last day of school on a positive note.


WPKO reports that The students presented the first of two checks to the Logan County Cancer Society for $5,139.62.


The next check came from the Dare to be Aware Club. This group is composed of eighteen 5th graders, and is designed to promote the acceptance of people, ignoring differences. The group raised $12,619 to donate to Bellefontaine parks.



Court Appearance Made By Two Lima Teenagers In Shooting Connection

Two Lima teenagers made an initial appearance in court this week on charges of shooting on Collett Street on Mother's Day.


WLIO reported that 15 year old Rakeem Jones and 17 year old Kobe Bryant are each facing charges of delinquency by reason of felonious assault with a gun specification. Allen County prosecutors are seeking to move the case to Common Pleas Court so the two can be tried as adults.


No one was injured from the shooting, but nearby homes and cars were hit.



Ohio Hi-Point Graduates 195 Students

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center honored 195 high school students during its annual convocation ceremonies this past Wednesday night.


The ceremony, which celebrates the graduation of students from their career-technical program and from the district’s 14 associate school districts, was held at the Bellefontaine High School gymnasium due to weather conditions.


Nearly $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2017.



Four People Sentenced

Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to documents from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield Office, the following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Erica J. Lafferty on one count each of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and possession of cocaine.


.John Shiver on one count each of possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and trafficking in marijuana.


. Bridget A. Straw on one count of obstructing official business.


Also, according to the document provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Michael K. Mullins was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on multiple charges, including two counts of theft, receiving stolen property and complicity to burglary.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Upper Woman Found Dead in Home

An Upper Sandusky woman was found dead in her home after a drug overdose.


39 year old Carrie Richardson Thiel was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lucas County Coroner, the Daily-Chief Union reports.


Amphetamine toxicity is to blame for her death. The drug is often prescribed to treat narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Assisting at the scene were Upper Sandusky police, Wyandot County sheriff and coroner, Lucas County coroner and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.



Union Middle School Student Faces Concealed Weapon Charges

A Union Middle School student in Upper Sandusky is facing charges after staff members reported finding a handgun in his backpack Thursday.


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers were dispatched to the school after the gun was found by a teacher and reported to the principal.


The officer responding identified the weapon as a CO-2 fired bb gun, but he said without picking it up, it would appear as a handgun.


The student is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon and unruly juvenile, habitually disobedient offense.



Ridgemont School Board Hears Drug Testing Draft Policy

The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education heard the draft policy for the new random, mandatory drug testing program for the district at its May meeting.


Superintendent Emmy Beeson noted that the testing is for all students involved in extracurricular activities including students who drive to school.


Among the highlights, no student may participate in extracurricular activities without agreeing to part of a drug testing program. Penalties are ramped up with each violation. A third violation means the student would be permanently denied participation in activities in Ridgemont Junior and Senior High Schools.


It is anticipated that the Board will vote on the policy at the June 22nd meeting.



Kenton Track Athletes Compete At Regional Meet

Kenton Wildcats competed in the regional track meet last night.


Senior Chris Deardorff placed third in the long jump, and will be competing in the state contest for that event. He will compete in the finals for the 100m dash, where he finished in 8th place.


Freshman Hannah Holland finished in 4th place in her event, the 400m dash.


The wildcats head back to Alexander Stadium in Piqua on Saturday to compete in the finals, with fellow regional qualifier, Lauren Johnson in Discus.

Thanks to Austin Buroker for sending us this information.


Two New Retailers Coming to Kenton


Two new retailers have signed to build stores in Kenton.




According to a release from agent Christopher McFarland from Achor Cleveland, the real estate firm working with Cocca Development, Dollar Tree and O'Reilly Auto Parts have already been signed. They will locate on the site of the former Hardin Central school on East Columbus Street. The agency said that leaves 8 and half acres on what it calls the best corner in town, and they are actively pursuing a tenant. They encourage potential tenants to call the agency at 216-342-2253.




No timeframe was given as to when construction on the new businesses will begin.



Juvenile Receives Pictures From Adult Over Facebook


A report about an adult male sending pictures to a juvenile over Facebook was received Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Railroad Street to investigate the complaint.


No arrests have been made as the incident remains under investigation.



Man Arrested on Pickup Order


A Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Wednesday.


According to that Kenton Police Department report, 19 year old Alan Spangler, who was known to have an active pickup order through the probation office of the Hardin County Municipal Court, was seen walking in an alley behind the police department.


He was arrested and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Pandora Woman Pleas Guilty to Bank Robbery Charges


A woman from Pandora entered guilty pleas to charges connected robbing a Lima bank twice.


WFIN reported that 27 year old Kayle Shoopman entered the pleas today. Shoopman admitted to robbing Fifth Third Bank in Lima on September 28 and then again on October 3.


Shoopman will be sentenced on July 10.



UNOH to Hold Commencement Exercises June 11

The University of Northwestern Ohio’s 97th annual commencement exercises will be held this year on Sunday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.  A total of 1,393 students from the College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, and Graduate College will be receiving their degrees and diplomas.  There are 250 students who have earned two or more credentials.
Ms. Kelsey Fiely was nominated to be the graduation speaker representing the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions.  She was nominated by the faculty because of her excellent performance on campus both in and outside of the classroom.  Fiely is from Fort Recovery, Ohio, and graduated from Fort Recovery High School in 2013. Fiely chose to attend UNOH because she was able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Accounting while playing Varsity Volleyball.  While at UNOH, Fiely participated in The Journey and was also a RACER Leader, a student ambassador that assists new students in acclimating to college life during open houses, orientations, and move-in events.  Upon hearing that she was selected as a graduation speaker Fiely said, “Words don’t even describe how honored I am. I was shocked when a professor told me they nominated me, so when I was told I was chosen I was very excited.” Fiely’s speech to the graduating class of 2017 will be all about stepping out of her comfort zone and taking risks.  In June, Fiely will start her job as a staff accountant at Moorman, Hartings and Company in Coldwater, Ohio.
Mr. Erik Dickel was nominated to be the graduation speaker for the College of Applied Technologies.  He was nominated by faculty for being a stellar student and his commitment to the University serving as a student worker.  Dickel is originally from York, Pennsylvania, and is a 2014 graduate of Red Lion High School.  Dickel is obtaining an Automotive & Diesel Technology associates degree along with an Alternate Fuels diploma.  He chose to attend UNOH because it offered an accredited degree in his field of interest. When he learned about being selected as the graduation speaker for the College of Applied Technologies Dickel said, “This is a great feeling.  It tells me that I made an impact on the faculty and that they noticed my efforts to work hard to complete my degree.” Dickel completed classwork in May and has since been working full time as an Auto/Diesel Technician at Empty Tank Diesel and Gasoline in York, Pennsylvania. Dickel’s favorite UNOH memories are the time spent at Limaland Motorsports Park with his friends and meeting people from all over the country and world every six weeks.  
The University Grand Marshal this year is Dr. Holly Norton.  Dr. Norton has been employed by UNOH for 18 years starting as a Senior Instructor and now serving as a Professor.  Jaecob Dennis is the Marshal for the College of Applied Technologies and Madison Lane is the Marshal for the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions, and Graduate College.
The 2017 University of Northwestern Ohio graduates represent 34 states, including Puerto Rico, and 20 countries (Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe).


Riverdale Students Compete in Regional Track Meet


Riverdale Student Reporter Emma Carter says that several Riverdale athletes competed at the Regional District Track & Field Tournament in Tiffin yesterday.  


Kyle Evans advanced to the finals in the 400 meter dash.  


The following athletes qualified to compete at State:




Taylor Bacon in pole vault.


Ben Gannon, Kyle Evans, Josh Hunter and Antonio Renteria (pronounced Ann-tony-oh Rant-Ria) in the 4x800 Relay.


Carrol Pauley in shot put.


Tayler Ashburn ended her season in high jump and the boys 4x400 team of Ben Gannon, Kyle Evans, Josh Hunter and Justyn Scott ended their season tonight as well.


The Kenton Wildcats compete in their regional track meet this afternoon in Piqua.



Caution Advised in Road Construction Work Zones


Memorial Day weekend means the Ohio road construction season is well underway.


That means travellers will see plenty of orange barrels during their trip. The Ohio Department of Transportation is encouraging motorists to pay extra attention when passing through work zones. According to a release, there were 6041 work zone crashes resulting in 28 deaths around the state. Drivers need to slow down and be alert, especially in work zones.


ODOT works to reduce the size and impact of work zones as much as possible over holiday weekends, but motorists are encouraged to plan ahead by following their social media accounts for traffic alerts.



Forest to Hold Safety Services Day


Emergency services personnel in Forest are planning a Safety Services Day.


The event is scheduled to run from 1 to 4pm on Saturday June 10. Lot of activities are planned including fire truck rides, bounce house, bike rodeo and more as well as food and drinks.  All children who attend will have an opportunity to win prizes including bicycles.


The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forest Police and Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services and the Forest-Jackson Public Library.



Two West Liberty-Salem Administrators to be Honored


Two West Liberty-Salem High School administrators will be honored for thwarting an active shooter at the school earlier this year.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the Board of Education learned during their meeting this week that Principal Greg Johnson and Assistant Principal Andy McGill will be awarded the Jake Ryker Hero Award by the ALICE Training Institute during an upcoming national conference held in Washington DC.



State Senator Recognizes Red Cross For 100 Years of Service


State Senator Cliff Hite recognized the North Central Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross for their 100 years of service to the community.


"It is an honor to recognize our local American Red Cross chapter for the impact it has had on so many lives over the last 100 years," said Hite. "I commend the selfless staff and volunteers for their dedicated service to the people in north central Ohio."


The chapter serves Hancock, Marion, Crawford, Hardin, Morrow, Seneca, Wyandot and Union counties.



Woman Seriously Injured in Logan County Crash

A woman was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Logan County.

WPKO radio reported that the crash between a car and sport utility vehicle occurred on US 30 at County Road 57.

The female driver of the car and a passenger were flown to OSU Medical Center. The driver of the S.U.V. was taken by squad to the hospital.

The intersection was closed for over an hour. The crash remains under investigation.



County Unemployment Rates Released

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the county by county unemployment rates for April.

Area unemployment rates edged lower for the month according to a release. Hardin County's rate for April was 4.1 percent down from 4.8 in March

In the surrounding counties for April, Hancock County was at 2.9 percent, Allen 4.5 percent, Auglaize 3.3 percent, Logan 3.5 percent, Union 3 percent, Marion 4.3 percent and Wyandot County was at 3.1 percent for the month of April.



Falcon Baseball Players Recognized

The Riverdale Falcons held their a banquet honoring baseball players.

According to a post on the Riverdale Falcons Facebook Page, Wayne Frey received the Most Valuable Pitcher award as well as an honorable mention in district 9, and the Blanchard Valley Conference.

Aidan Loveridge took home the Rookie of the Year award, as well as made the 2nd Team in the BVC earned an Honorable Mention in the 9th.

Evan McKee was awarded a Captain's Award and Falcon Award, as well as a 4th Year Letter. McKee was recognized for receiving an Honorable Mention in the BVC

Trey Miller was the Most Valuable Hitter award winner alongside winning a Captain's Award, 4th Year Letter. He was also recognized for making the 1st Team in the BVC & 2nd Team in the district.

Austin VandenBosch  won the Golden Glove Award and a Captain's Award.

Jonathan Walter was the Most Improved player.



WL-S Gunman Fit To Stand Trial

The gunman in the incident at West Liberty-Salem Schools is competent to stand trial.

WPKO Radio reports that Champaign County Juvenile Judge Lori Reisnger ruled on Monday. Her decision comes as the result of a closed hearing including mental health professional testimonies. The Gunman, 17 year old Ely Serena faces thirteen charges including two counts of attempted murder, three counts of felonious assault, six counts of improperly discharging a firearm, and counts of inducing panic and illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school

Two students were injured in the January 20th incident at the school.


Kenton High School Spring Athletes Recognized

The Kenton High School athletic department held their spring awards banquet last night.

Athletic Director Mike Leddy said that the school has had The best three year run in the past 17 years in Western Buckeye League action.

Leddy recognized several students for volunteering their time as managers, and for contributing to the athletic program.

Individual coaches awarded Athletic Boost Awards to an athlete from each team.


Booster Award Winners: Hanna Legge, Heath Houser, Austin Bruoker, Alex Howard.

Not pictured is Mason Bloom


  • Softball coach Bill Lawrence awarded Hanna Legge with his award.
  • Mason Bloom was awarded the men’s tennis award by coach Keith Kissling.
  • Track coach Chuck Downing award Austin Buroker and Alex Howard his boys and girls awards, respectively.
  • Boys baseball coach Matt Dudek awarded Heath Houser with his booster award.

The teams then broke apart for individual awards.



Area Colleges Score High in Recent Ranking


Several area colleges scored high in a recent ranking report released this week.


WFIN in Findlay reported that area colleges landed in the top 25 of colleges in Ohio.


The report listed Ohio Northern University in Ada at number 9, Bowling Green State University at number 11, the University of Findlay at number 19 and Bluffton University was ranked at number 20.



(UPDATE) Search For Missing Kenton Teenager Underway

UPDATE.......Missing juvenile Trevor Lease has been found and is safe according to information from the Kenton Police Department.



The search for a missing Kenton teenager is underway today.



Search crews looking for missing juvenile on Leighton Street bridge over the Scioto River. 


According to Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, police are looking for 16 year old Trevor Lease, who was last seen around 10 Tuesday night.


He is 5 feet six inches tall and weighs 135 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.


Chief Musser said they are concerned for his safety. Lease is on probation through Hardin County Juvenile Court.


If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.



Body of Second Kayaker Found in Scioto River


The body of a second man who drowned in the Scioto River this week has been located.


The Marion Star reported today that the body of 28 year old Raymond Williams, of Marion, was found about a mile downstream from a low head dam where his kayak apparently capsized Monday.


Another victim, 29 year old Tyler Webb, also of Marion, was found Monday evening.


The two experienced kayakers experienced trouble near the low head dam on the Scioto River. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene after someone reported seeing a person in the water wearing a life jacket.


One kayak was found near where they entered the water, and the second one was located about a half mile away.



Kenton City Council Supports Salisbury Park Projects, Adopts Resolutions

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. Reverend Scott Johnson addressed the group during public participation with a proposal for a fire ring at Salisbury Park, a collaboration between the Warriors First project and the AMVETS Post 1994. The proposed gathering place would consist of a 40’x50’ patio with a large fire ring in the center and a shelter area alongside the patio for picnic tables and grills. Local veteran Jeff Brown spoke in support of the project, saying, “The military does a great job preparing our servicemen and women to survive in combat...they have a long way to go to teach them how to survive when they get home.” Brown said that it is “an absolute must” to address the issues of PTSD and trauma for veterans returning from duty, and he and Reverend Johnson both believe that the proposed gathering area would be a place of healing and bonding for area veterans. Council voted 7-0 to support the project.


Under old business, Law Director Jon Schwemer spoke about a Planning Commission meeting that had occurred previously, where discussion was held about rezoning two buildings on Columbus Street (address 825 and 875, respectively) from an R-1 residential zone to a B-1 neighborhood business district. A public hearing will be held regarding the zoning on June 26.


During new business, council voted to suspend the three-reading rule on three separate pieces of legislation. Two of the ordinances passed unanimously; the first, providing for appropriations in the State Highway and Sewer funds totaling $40,000, and the second, an ordinance amending the Kenton codified ordinance relating to classification titles, pay assignments, and salary schedule rates for the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Operator of Record and the Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Operator of Record. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the property at 380 South Leighton Street for $24,028.50, passed by a vote of 5-2, with the dissenting votes being cast by David Beazley and Michael White. Mayor Randy Manns spoke about the acquisition, stating that it was his hope to have the property torn down before Kids Day, thus further improving the area at Wharton Park.


Committee members gave reports on the following committees:

Finance: the next meeting of the Finance Committee will be on Monday, June 5 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers.

Downtown Revitalization: there will be an open-to-the-public meeting with the engineering firm OHM in the near future.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board thanked Jim Hites and crew for the use of the city’s chainsaws to assist with a project.


Safety: the Safety Committee met two weeks ago and recommended a petition to vacate an alleyway located between two same-owner parcels. Law Director Schwemer’s only caution to the group was that he is not a certified surveyor, and the city may want to consider the cost of a professional surveyor if he is not able to write a description based on the uniquely sized parcels.


School Board: the Kenton City School Board honored 6 retirees at their meeting last Monday, and the Superintendent Advisory Committee gave a detailed presentation for the board and those in attendance.

The meeting closed with limited comments from the council members. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the new heating and cooling system should be installed by the end of the week in the City Building.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.


Residents Receive IRS Scam Phone Calls


Several residents have been getting scam phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service.


A Hardin County man got such a phone call from a computerized voice claiming to be from the Tax Crime Investigation Unit of the IRS. The message stated, "The reason you are receiving this pre recorded message is to notify you that the IRS has issued an arrest warrant against you. Right now you and your physical property both are being monitored, and it's very important that I do hear back from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal manner."


A return phone number was then provided. The best advice is to ignore these kind of phone calls. Don't call them back, and if you do, do not provide any personal information with the caller.


The IRS does not operate in this manner. They don't phone people to tell them arrest warrants have been issued for them, and in the case of tax delinquencies, they operate normally by certified mail.

If the calls persist, you should notify local law enforcement agencies.



Ohio's Click it Or Ticket Campaign Underway


The Ohio State Patrol's Click It or Ticket campaign started this week.


According to a release, the patrol is reminding motorists to buckle their seatbelts before hitting the roads. The campaign co-responds to Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the busiest times on the roadways.


The patrol said they will have zero tolerance for violators. Click It or Ticket is designed to keep everyone safe on the roads. The campaign runs through June 4.



Owner Cited After Dog Attacks Walkers and Other Dogs


A report about a dog harassing walkers and other dogs was received Monday evening.


According to the report, a man told officers he was walking with his leashed dog in the 300 block of Main Street when a pit bull came from a back yard and bit the neck of his dog.


The dogs, owner, identified as Raquel Lawrence, was cited for a violation of the dangerous and vicious dog ordinance.



Fishing Equipment Stolen From Kenton Home


A burglary complaint was also taken Monday.


The incident occurred in the 700 block of Park Avenue and was reported Monday morning.


Several fishing poles and other fishing equipment, valued at just over $600, were stolen.


The incident is under investigation.



New OSU Extension Educator Hired in Wyandot County


A new Ohio State University Extension educator has been named in Wyandot County.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Todd Thomas was selected to replace Robbi Sigler who retired earlier this year.


Thomas graduated from Carey High School in 2006 and attended Otterbein University.



Upper Sandusky Children Learn Safe Riding Practices

According to the Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky children received free bike helmets Saturday. The kids also registered their bikes with the Upper Sandusky Police, and learned safe riding practices at the Wyandot County Health Alliance’s bike safety rodeo.

The young cyclists worked with volunteers to insure that their bikes were fit to their bodies, and had adequate air in their tires.

Participants also learned to stay a safe distance from traffic and parked vehicles, and how to safely cross roads and sidewalks.


Theft From Vehicle Reported Sunday


A theft from a vehicle was reported on Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, several items, including an ipod and gps unit, were stolen from a vehicle sometime between Wednesday and Saturday.


The incident, which is still under investigation,  occurred in the 300 block of North Wayne Street.


Man Pulls Knife on Another Person in Upper Sandusky


A disturbance was reported to Upper Sandusky police on Sunday.


According to that report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, an argument occurred in the 1000 block of Warpole Street during which a man is said to have pulled a knife on another person.


No one was injured, and no arrests were made.


An Ohio Hi-Point Student Competed on a National Stage


According to WPKO Radio, Ohio Hi-Point Multimedia Marketing senior, Chelsea Strunk of Graham High School, competed at the 2017 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Competition held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Strunk got 6th in Digital Media Production by creating a video and presenting to BPA judges.


Her performance was graded by her overall presentation of how she created the video and what editing software she used in the process.

BPA is a Career and Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business, administration, information technology, and other related fields who are developing their professionalism through leadership activities.


Historic House in West Liberty Purchased to be Renovated

A historic house in West-Liberty has has been purchased for renovations.

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, The West Liberty Historical Society recently purchased the George Bailey House at 112 E. Columbus St., in West Liberty, from the village of West Liberty, which housed the village police department in the building for the past 10 years. When the house was no longer needed by the village because of its deteriorating condition and the relocation of the police department, demolition was suggested.

The home was built in 1850 by Bailey, a Civil War veteran who was a former mayor and council member of the village.

Herb McClain, the great-great-grandson of Bailey, heard about possible demolition and provided funds to buy the structure and renovate it to be used as a museum by the historical society.

The meeting Tuesday includes a report of current conditions, immediate and future renovation needs and the appointment of a committee to oversee the collection, organization and display of museum artifacts, as well as assessing future goals and uses of the building.


Several Area Students Make Dean's List at Rhodes State College

Lima, OH (May 22, 2017) – Rhodes State College is pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s Lists for part-time and full-time students.
Part-time students: 
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least six but not more than 11 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
Ashley Michele Lehman                         
Shaun Charles Simon
Siera Grayce Dickerson
Shaana Rachelle Downing    
Lyndee L Nolan                                                                  
Samantha Jo Stephens
Karissa Sue Dorn
Blane Jared Miller                                                             
Morgann Alexa Rode 
Jacob Dylan Spencer
Erin Elizabeth Gilbert
Anthony Wayne Whitaker
Jonathan S Shivers
Richard Darrell VanAtta         
Breanna Klair Thompson
Erin N Conkle                                                                   
Dawn Renee Myers                                                               
Kayla Sue Rowe                                                                 
Logan Dale Schick
Kevin David Burns
Lacha Annette Jolliff                                                          
Tony Allan Lowery II                                                           
Tonya Renee VanBuskirk
Kody Alan McGue
Ashley Nicole Alger
La'Dell Allen Jr                                                               
Bailey Rae Arthur                                                               
Madison Paige Benroth                                                          
Cassandra Lee Best                                                             
Alexandria Elizabeth Bilikha                                                    
Kyle Thomas Carder                                                             
Eileen Rose Cartagena                                                          
Shannon Kathleen Daley                                                          
Melissa Marie Dershem                                                          
Alexandria L Evans                                                             
Jeremie Brian Fuson                                                             
Melinda Kaye Gilbert                                                           
Bailey Michelle Guy                                                            
Taylor Hites                                                                    
Sherry Lynn Hoffer                                                             
Elizabeth Ann Hylton                                                           
Brandi Anne Jesko                                                              
Whitney R Johnson                                                              
Amondre L Knuckles                                                             
Samantha Lynn Koenig                                                           
Chelsea Victoria Kuck                                                          
Jordon Levi Maag                                                               
Crystal Ann Marshal                                                            
Chavanique Shardae Moore                                                        
Elizabeth Jean Neu                                                             
Megan Bess Nichols                                                             
Raejene Shamae Nichols                                                          
Tosha Kaushall Parekh                                                          
William Webster Reeder                                                         
Bambi Jean Reynolds                                                             
Victoria Lynn Runneals                                                         
Steven Lowell Stoodt                                                           
Austin Taylor Thomas                                                            
Connie Sue Thompson                                                            
Pansi Dawn Turner                                                              
Tonia Lynn Twining                                                             
Kati Marie Walters                                                             
Crystal Gail Whiteside                                                         
Sarah Jo Wilkins                                                               
Alexis T Williams                                                              
Atticus Gerard Williams
Mount Blanchard
Jared Tyler Rickle
Mount Victory
Nathan A Hampton
Sarah J Downey
Kathy Kimpel Oliver                                                             
Matthew James Seigfried
Russells Point
Sybil Leek Castle
Janelle Renee Gallegos             
Mitchell Heckman                                                                
Courtney Sue Kohler                                                            
Jacob Michael Lambert                                                          
Chris Michael Mammone                                                           
Kodi Rae Moser                                                                 
Logan McKenzie Mustaine                                                        
Christine Lynn Reed
Kiley A Valenti                                                                 
West Liberty
Morgan Lynn Miller  
Abigail Elaine Stapleton           
Full-time students: 
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
Hannah Elizabeth Gunn   
Allison M Howard                                                               
Rogelio Rojas Gutierrez                                                         
Kelli Marie Stoner
Ryan Josiah Drerup                 
Belle Center
Haley Marie Hunsicker
Drew David Oglesbee
Seth Adam Campbell                 
Cody Allen Smith
Kennedy Sue Wallbrown                                                          
Brayden Scott Clymer               
Nathan P Risner                                                                
Trevor Jamison Motter                                          
East Liberty                                                                                           
Erin L Bray  
Breyana Skye LeMaster 
Cameron J Parent                                                               
Lucas Ray Risner                                                        
Cassie Rose Betts                                                              
Brett Michael Casady                                                           
Kevin P Duval                                                                   
Tyler David Fay                                                                
Olivia Kathryn Henson                                                          
Chantel Rea Holtzberger                                                        
LaKendra Noel Jackson                                                          
Faith Destiny Johnson                                                          
Megon Nicole Maag                                                              
Alana Marie Maynard                                                            
Carmen Jo Norway                                                               
Kevin Carl Ochs                                                                
Kristy Katana Perry                                                             
Nolan Eugene Roberts                                                           
Brianna Lynn Smith                                                             
Brittaney Nicole Soria                                                          
Samuel Joseph Swygart                                                          
Ruby Michelle White                                                            
Mi'Chaen Armonta Williamson                                                     
Bobbie Jo Wimer                                                                 
Russells Point                                                              
Allysia L Altick                                   
Benjamin B Dearwester                                                          
Nathan Wade Fisher                                                              
Lindsay Renee Heckman                                                          
Haley M Kinstle                                                                
Zachary A Miller                                                                
Griffin James Parrett                                                          
Brock Elisha Sharp                                                             
Mackenzie Renee Short                                                           
James Hudson Thomas III
Thomas Lee Hirn                                    
Quinn Alexander Wygal             
One Night a Week (ONAW) students: 
To be eligible for this ONAW Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
Morgann Alexa Rode
Jordan A Cogley
Megan Ann Phillips


KHS 'Top Twenty' Wraps Up Cabaret

The Kenton Top Twenty wraps up their annual Cabaret today at 2:00pm. The theme this year is “Glass House” to correspond with the group’s competition show theme. It is meant to represent  a George Orwellian 1984 and ‘Big Brother’ feel. The show contains several special acts featuring KHS musicians. Check it out, today at 2:00pm.


KHS 'Top Twenty' Wraps Up Cabaret

The Kenton Top Twenty wraps up their annual Cabaret today at 2:00pm. The theme this year is “Glass House” to correspond with the group’s competition show theme. It is meant to represent  a George Orwellian 1984 and ‘Big Brother’ feel. The show contains several special acts featuring KHS musicians. Check it out, today at 2:00pm.


West-Liberty Salem's Logan Cole Meets VP Pence

Dispatch Photo


According to the Columbus Dispatch, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke to first responders yesterday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Among them, sitting in a far back row, was 17-year-old Logan Cole.

The meeting with Pence was a surprise.

Cole is credited with taking down classmate Ely Serna from taking his own life or the life of a peer at West-Liberty Salem High School on January 20th.

That got the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, who were able to arrange a brief visit with Pence for a few minutes after his speech.

“It was good. I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s just amazing. It’s overwhelming,” Logan told The Dispatch’s Beth Burger

Cole was presented a certificate of appreciation for his heroic actions.

Saturday marked exactly five months from the day Logan was shot and wounded at West Liberty-Salem High School. He was just moments away from boarding a bus to competition when he was shot and critically wounded in a school bathroom. The gunman was wielding a 12-gauge shotgun. Logan was shot twice — one bullet came dangerously close to his heart and another struck his back.

He still has birdshot scattered through his upper body. Logan’s legs still tingle from the wounds. He is optimistic that will improve as time goes on.

Logan carried his Bible with him Saturday and when he went to meet with Pence, he asked him to sign it.

Inside, Pence wrote, “To Logan — Thank you for your ‘strong and courageous’ example. God bless you.”



ODOT Holds 'Paint the Plow' Contest

The Ohio Department of Transportation from the 7th District recognized several local schools for participating in the Paint the Plow Competition.


WKPO radio reports that More than 20 snow plow blades were painted by local school children, first place ended up being awarded to Triad Middle School for their “Kindness is Contagious” message on the plow.


The top seven plows will be displayed throughout the district in festivals and parades.  They are currently on display at the ODOT headquarters in Sidney.  In the winter months, these plows will be used on roads near the local schools that painted them.

The Paint the Plow Competition was created to give students the opportunity to participate in their community and showcase their talent.  The plows promote safety and ODOT wants to use them to make the public more aware of their snow and ice operations.


Findlay City Council, Hancock County Commissioners Ready Help With Opioid Epidemic

The Findlay City Council and Hancock County Commissioners recently adopted some new Community Guidelines to deal with the opioid epidemic.


WFIN radio reports that These guidelines serve to empower the community and encourage all to find solutions to this epidemic.  The ADAMHS Board wants everyone to participate in improving the situation and shift their attitude about addiction.  ADAMHS Board’s Zach Thomas wants everyone to remember that addiction is a disease.


The rallying cry is the hope that the entire community will strive to help those struggling with addiction and help them into recovery.


Elida Middle School Students Participate in Financial Literacy Simulation

Middle School Elida students participated in the Real Money, Real World program to put their financial knowledge to the test.


The Lima News reports that, Throughout the school year in their social studies classes, students took a variety of financial classes.  At the end of the year, they use these skills to complete the Real Money, Real World activity.  Students are given a family income and family size and are then required to visit 13 stations to rent a home, buy a car, and get groceries, among many others.  

This was the 14th year that Elida has held this program, put on by the OSU Allen County Extension Office.


Marion Palace Theater Announces Performances

The Marion Palace Theater has announced the entertainment schedule for the 2017-2018 season.  


According to the Marion Star, Throughout the year the Theater will host, nine national and regional touring artists, six local Palace productions, and four school matinee shows.


Among the most exciting events are the “Wizard of Oz” performing on July 8-9 and 14-16, “Willy Wonka Jr.” on October 6-8, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” from Feb. 9-11, and country artist Tracy Lawrence at 8pm on October 21.


The theater serves over 65,000 patrons annually but that ticket sale revenue only covers a fraction of their costs.  The rest of the money comes from donations and sponsorships.  To help with this, the theater encourages people to contribute to the PCAA membership drive, which includes many member benefits such as early access to tickets for the whole season!

Ticket sales to Palace general membership donors began Monday.  Ticket sales to the general public begin at 9am on June 5.


Upper Alum Creates Summer Camp For Children With Diabetes

Upper Sandusky Alum, 19 year old-Corrie Knapp, created Camp Ohana for children with diabetes and their friends.


The Daily Chief-Union reports that, Knapp was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 11 year olds and attended many similar camps, yet she wanted to bring the experience closer to home.  


Knapp created a 3-day summer camp for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade, from 9am-4pm, June 27th-29.  This camp will be held at Camp Trinity in Upper Sandusky.  Activities include diabetic training and discussions, cooking diabetic recipes, as well as traditional camp experiences such as games and horseback riding!


Campers can register the day of camp, the cost is $30 which includes lunch, snacks, and a T-Shirt.  All campers are encouraged to bring a friend!



Falcons Qualify for Regionals

Several falcons qualified for the regional track contest. Tayler Ashburn in High Jump, Carrol Pauley in Shot Put, Taylor Bacon in Pole Vault, Boys 4x800 team consisting of Kyle Evans, Josh Hunter, Ben Gannon, and Justyn Scott.


Qualifying to District finals were the girls 4x200, Elesha Martin, Tayler Ashburn, Alex Rothlisberger, and Emma Carter. The girls 4x100 consisting of Libby Burd, Alesha Martin, Tayler Ashburn, and Haley Frey qualified. In the 400, Kyle Evans and Josh Hunter moving to finals.


Emma Carter is a Student Reporter for WKTN. Email 95.3wktn@gmail.com or call our studio (419) 675-2355 and ask for Shannon if you are interested in reporting for your school.


Upper Sandusky Rams Qualify for Regional Track Meet

The Upper Sandusky Rams had qualifiers for the regional meet according to the Daily Chief-Union. Shane Pack qualified in Discus, Exchange student Chris Omeonga qualified in the 400 meter dash. Madison Shasteen cleared the bar, qualifying in the pole vault, Katie Conley qualified in the high jump.


Kenton's Holland Wins District, Wildcats Qualify

The Kenton Track team competed at the district meet yesterday.


Senior Chris Deardorff running a relay at the WBL meet.


Chris Deardorff qualified for the regional track meet in the 100 meter dash.


Three of the Four members of the Girls 4x100 Relay. Front Left: Juniors Alex Howard and Haylee Bushong.

Back: Senior Miranda Gibson. Not Pictured: Freshman Hannah Holland


The girls 4x001 relay team consisting of Miranda Gibson, Haylee Bushong, Alex Howard, and Hannah Holland qualified with a 3rd place finish.


Freshman Hannah Holland awaits instructions from meet officials.


Hannah Holland won the 400 meter dash to qualify.


Sophomore Paige Osborn


Paige Osborn qualified in the 300 meter hurdles contest.


The regional competition will be held Wednesday in Piqua.






Spring Tick and Mosquito Tips

As temperatures warm up during springtime in Ohio, the mosquitos and ticks come about. Ticks are most active from April through September, and mosquitoes are prevalent May through October. Ohio has mosquitos that can transmit West Nile virus.

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that Logan County Health Officials advise wearing long shirts and pants, light colored clothing, EPA-registered mosquito repellent (following label directions), and eliminating breeding sites for the insects.


Ticks can transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease. Officials advise avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf content.



Logan County Sheriff's Office partner with Indian Lake High School SADD

Indian Lake High School students know the importance of buckling up.


WPKO radio in Bellefontaine reports that Deputies from the Logan County Sheriff's Office and members of Indian Lake High School SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) stopped cars as they entered the ILHS student parking lot to make sure students are wearing their seat belts.


The overwhelming majority had them on, everyone in the vehicle with a belt on got a coupon for free McDonald's.



Logan County Sheriff's Office Respond to Hit-Skip Accident

The Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a hit-skip accident in on County Road 286 (Turkey Foot Island) Thursday night around 9:05.


According to WPKO, Deputies report that a dark BMW struck seven mailboxes, then continued onto Tecumseh Island.


The driver returned about five minutes later and spoke to one of the mailbox owners.


The suspect admitted to drinking, then fled at a high rate of speed.


If you know anything about the accident, contact the sheriff's office at 937-592-5731.



Celebration for Habitat for Humanity's New Home Project

Habitat for Humanity will break ground for another home in Putnam County this weekend. The Lima News reports the organization has a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. this Sunday in Ottawa.

Following the ceremony, organizers are holding a reception at the Ottawa Presbyterian Church.



Findlay Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle crash injured a Findlay man Thursday afternoon.

According to WFIN radio, the incident happened just before 5 p.m. on Tiffin Avenue.

27-year-old Andrew Gutting was traveling west, striking an eastbound pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Gage Haws of Findlay. Haws was trying to turn left into the a parking lot.

Hanco EMS took Gutting to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Haws for failure to yield while making a left turn.


Upper Sandusky Police Department Partners with Students in Click it or Ticket Program

Upper Sandusky Students work to encourage seatbelt use.


The Upper Sandusky Police Department will again be taking part in the national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign. Wyandot County held a kickoff event yesterday, when winners of the Upper Sandusky High School social media contest were announced.


Students submitted 7, 30, and 60 second videos with a seat belt safety theme. Delaney McQuown won the 30-60 second video contest, with Anthony Chapman taking second place, and Abigail Gerber behind in third.

Maddie McLaughlin won the seven second vine contest. Chapman, the runner up, and Ethan Spaun coming in third.


Ohio Department of Transportation Releases Road Projects

A few road projects to pass along to you according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, State Route 81 at township Road 55, east of Ada, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair.

And if you’re headed to Findlay, U.S. 68 southbound exit ramp over Eagle Creek at state Route 15, south of Findlay, closed May 15 for approximately two months for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto state Route 15 eastbound to the state Route 37 interchange to state Route 15 westbound back to U.S. 68.


Fourth of July Parade Among Other Events at Freedom Celebration

The “Celebrate Freedom Committee” met Wednesday night.


It was decided that the 4th of July parade will be held again this year starting at the Fairgrounds.


Blue Star Mothers of Hardin County has a large part in the organization of the day’s events. Among them, the acceptance of donations for care packages. Veterans will be recognized throughout the day.


Several children's activities will also be held, alongside a car show.


There will also be live music in both the Gazebo and grandstand areas. The day will wrap up with the annual fireworks celebration.



Ohio, National Unemployment Numbers Fall

According to a press release from Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 2017.


The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 288,000, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio, at 5.0 percent, did not change from April 2016.


The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.


Bike Rodeo Slated in Wyandot County

The Wyandot County Health Alliance is holding a bike safety rodeo for children on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am – 12 Noon in the parking lot at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Upper Sandusky.


The event will include an obstacle course for young riders, bicycle fittings and informational stations by local agencies. Law enforcement representatives will register bikes, and bicycle inspections.


In addition to refreshments and giveaways, one participant will win a grand prize bike donated by Kimmel Corp.


The obstacle course and stations will be set up in the church’s back (west) lot, with parking available in the side (south) lot. In case of rain, the stations will be moved to the church basement.


The bike safety rodeo is free with on-site registration from 10 – 11:30 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and should bring their bike and helmet (if they have one).



Two Crashes Occur in Kenton

A couple of accidents occurred on Thursday.


The first occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in Kenton around noon Thursday. According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Tina Pearson of Belle Center was heading northbound on Main Street when she turned on her left hand signal and started to slow. Joy Boone of Kenton was following behind and thought Pearson’s vehicle was pulling to the right and attempted to pass the vehicle. Pearson started her left hand turn striking the side of Boone’s vehicle. Functional Damage occurred to both vehicles and Boone was cited for improper passing.

The second occurred Thursday evening around 8:56 in the 300 block of S Detroit St in Kenton. According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by Weston Kieffer of Kenton was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck the rear of a vehicle operated by Rachel Lloyd of Kenton. Kieffer was cited for wanton and willful disregard of safety on street or highway and Lloyd was cited for driving under suspension-noncompliance.


Kenton Elementary Students Participate in Wildcat Prowl

The Kenton Elementary School PTO held the 3rd annual Wildcat Prowl event Thursday.


Students came to the track at Robinson Field to show their school spirit and creativity, while participating in healthy lifestyle activities.


Groups marched around the track sporting their themes attire. The themes included the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pac-Man, Minions, Sports, and Trolls. Each group of students was judged based on Creativity, School Spirit, Participation, and Fun. The winner of the Roar Award will be awarded a trophy.


Representatives from the Ohio State University Extension Office taught Yoga, Nutrition, and Hydration to the students.

The event was sponsored by the Kenton Elementary School PTO.


Findlay Veterans Set to be Honored

Four Veterans will be honored this weekend at the 30th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration in Findlay.


According to WFIN, The event is being hosted by the Findlay Military Association from 7am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 7am-noon on Sunday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.  The event is open the public with costing $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-17.  

Honorees are: Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Arlt is the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year”. Frederick Makrancy of the Army, Warren Bean, Jr. of the Marines, and Thomas Wells of the Navy are being recognized as the Veterans of the Year”.  They will be recognized at 8:30 am on Saturday.


Upper Sandusky Non-Union City Employees Get Raise

Upper Sandusky’s Service Committee recently voted to increase pay for non-union city employees.


According to the Daily Chief-Union, Pending a vote by Upper Sandusky City Council, starting January first, non-union, full time, city service employees will have an increased starting wage from $12 to $14.  This change would bring pay raises to 6 city employees who work in the street, water, and sanitation departments.


According to the city auditor, Mark Droll, the increased wages will fit into the city’s budget.  Mayor Scott Washburn cites the importance of the increased wages to insure that Upper Sandusky remains a competitive employer.

City council will vote on this issue as part of the annual payroll ordinance that deals with the salaries with all Upper Sandusky employees.  


Riverside Bus Driver Notices Road Issue on State Route 235

A Riverside Bus Driver noticed a small roadway hole that led to the discovery of a much larger problem.


A bus driver from Riverside Local Schools noticed a 12-inch in diameter roadway hole on State Route 235, just north of Quincy and preceded to notify state highway officials.

Once the authorities arrived they discovered a large area of erosion underneath and quickly shut down the road.  Ohio Department of Transportation crews will dig into the roadway and repair damages as soon as possible.


Community Foundation Presents Awards

The Hardin county Community Foundation held their annual grant awards presetations on Thursday. Matt Jennings, Vice-President of the Hardin County Community Foundation talks about the purpose of the County Community Foundation.


“The Hardin County Community Foundation was formed twenty-six years ago by members of our community that had a vision of letting people donate to donate to something where the principal is protected and managed well and that would create earnings. Those earnings would then be given back to the community organizations for youth, for senior citizens, church organizations, any kind of charitable organization or entity within the county.” Said Jennings.


Jennings explains this year's awards.

“This year we received 174 applications that totaled requested dollars of $350,000. We had to pare that down through a process that the grant committee goes through to a process that the grand committee goes through, to 119 grants that were awarded this evening for 132,000 with two of those as bequests and five scholarships to area students.” Jennings Said.


Award Recipients

Ada Exempted Village Schools

Ada Music Boosters
Ada Public Library
Alger Assembly of God
Alger Community Fire Association
Alger First United Methodist Church
Alger Public Library
Armory Foundation
BKP Ambulance District
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. OH 32
Boy Scout Troop 124- Ada
Boy Scout Troop 125- Kenton
Boy Scout Troop 131- Mt. Victory
Camp Common Ground
Christian Missionary Alliance Church
City of Kenton
Crossroads Crisis Center
Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County
Dunkirk Community Improvement Corporation
Dunkirk Masonic Lodge #549
Forest Area CIC
Forest Fire Department
Forest Firefighters Association
Forest Police Department
Forest United Methodist Church
Forest-Jackson Public Library
Hardin County 4-H
Hardin County Ag Society
Hardin County Bd of DD- Simon Kenton
Hardin County Bowling Association
Hardin County Building Maintenance
Hardin County Dog Shelter
Hardin County Family YMCA
Hardin County Genealogy Society and Robert Reed, Jr. Genealogy Library
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.
Hardin County Humane Society
Hardin County Juvenile Court
Hardin County Mounted Posse
Hardin County Players
Hardin County Sheriff Special Deputies
Hardin County Sheriff's Office
Hardin County Veterans Memorial Park Clubhouse
Hardin County Vets' Service Commission
Hardin Hills Health Center
Hardin Leadership, Inc.
Hardin Northern Community Center
Hardin Northern Public Library
Hardin Northern School Library
Heartbeat of Hardin County
Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Inc.
Helping Hands Outreach Ministries
Jackson-Forest EMS
Jackson-Forest Joint Ambulance District
Jerry Cross Memorial Park Fund
Keep Hardin County Beautiful
Kenton City Schools- Life Skills
Kenton Epworth United Methodist Church
Kenton Fire Department
Kenton Full Gospel Church
Kenton Historic Courthouse District
Kenton Little League, Inc.
Kenton Police Department
Kenton Tree Commission
Kenton-Hardin Health Department
Lake of Lights
Love INC of Hardin County
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County Library
Master Gardeners of Hardin County
McGuffey Church of Christ
Memorial Park Golf Club, Inc.
Mt. Victory Community Improvement Corp.
Neighborhood Center of Corporation of Hardin County
Northern Hardin County Fire District
Not by Choice Outreach
Pawsitive Pals of Hardin County
Quilts for Kids NW Ohio
ReStore Community Center
Ridgemont Public Library- Mt. Victory
Ridgemont Public Library- Ridgeway
Ridgeway Firefighters
Roundhead Volunteer Fire Department
Saint Vincent dePaul Society of Immaculate Conception Church
Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District
St John Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Park District Liberty Township
Tree Town Festival, Inc.
Trustees of Memorial Hall
Upper Scioto Valley Roundhead EMS
Upper Scioto Valley Schools- Student Council
USV Ambulance District- Alger Unit
Village of Alger
Village of Dunkirk
Village of Dunkirk Tree Committee
Village of Forest
Village of Forest Tree Commission
Village of Mt Victory
Village of Ridgeway
Wolf Creek Art Center
Bequests and Scholarships
Bondi Funds
Lichty Funds
Jerry Jester Scholarship
Catherine Lens Scholarship
Mr & Mrs OJ Hogan Scholarship
Mr & Mrs Donald Spath Scholarship


Lima City Schools Students Taste Farm Life

About 900 Lima City Schools elementary students caught a glimpse of life on the farm Tuesday during the eighth annual Farm Day at South Science and Technology Magnet School.

According to the Lima News, The day provided students with hands-on experiences that introduced them to the world of agriculture. For many students, it is something they have never seen up close.

Students also learned about farming, gardening, caring for animals, conservation, and much more.

Elida FFA members helped the younger students with the small animals and how to handle them.


Three Findlay Citizens Arrested

A Monday evening drug bust in Findlay led to the arrest of three people.


According the WFIN, The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant around 8:30 p.m. Officials found heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana. drug paraphernalia, and a large sum of cash.


Officers arrested 24-year-olds Dana Ryan II of Detroit, Michigan and Ashley Beckett of Findlay, as well as 18-year-old Cedric Slough. Beckett and Slough were charged with permitting drug abuse. Ryan was charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of crack cocaine.



Logan County Man Convicted of Insurance Fraud

On Monday, the Third District Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding the conviction of Timothy McVety age 31, of Lewistown for Insurance Fraud

According to WPKO, McVety was convicted of one count of insurance fraud after a trial in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

After he appealed, saying the State failed to prove venue, The Court of Appeals found sufficient evidence to uphold the venue and upheld the guilty verdict of the trial court.

McVety was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail and placed on community control.

wMcVety’s Logan County Based tow truck service billed rendered a bill in Miami County to an insurance company from that business.


Bellefontaine Group Aims to Revive County Animal Shelter

A Logan County group is moving toward its goal of eventually returning an animal shelter to Logan County, and are working on projects that will help control the animal population.

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, Animal Haven, which formed after the closing of the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter due to financial reasons, met with Logan County Commissioners Dustin Wickersham and John Bayliss as well as Logan County Dog Warden Tim Klingelhofer on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the group’s progress.

The commissioners identified the Union County Humane Society as the best alternative to having a local shelter and signed a contract to accept local stray dogs.


Small Airplane Crash Reported in Findlay

A small airplane crashed Wednesday evening near Findlay after high winds affected its path. According to the Lima News, Dale Weaver, 79, of Findlay, flew a CGS Hawk single prop ultra light aircraft in Marion Township near Findlay., Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy T.J. Brooks said in a press release. He was flying the plane low above the field east of township Road 242, near Forest Lake Drive in Marion Township.

High winds and the slow speed of the aircraft caused the engine to stall, crashing the plane into the field. The aircraft landed on both tires and sustained minor damage.


Weaver was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with unknown injuries by Hanco EMS. The investigation continues through the sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.


'Hospets' In Marysville Recognized by Secretary of State Husted

A representative of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be meeting with “Hospets” in Marysville to present them with a certificate in recognition of their being a featured business in the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Profile Program. Secretary Husted recognized May as “Nonprofit Businesses” month.  


Hospets is an all-volunteer organization that provides care to the pets of senior citizens.  Some of their services include transporting pets to grooming and veterinary appointments, and assisting with the pet’s basic needs.


The presentation happens on Friday at 2pm at Hospets 20028 Westlake Lee Road in Marysville.


Senator Hite Introduces Legislation Regarding Fantasy Sports

State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) introduced legislation wednesday affirming the rights of the millions of fantasy sports enthusiasts in Ohio and implementing sensible protections to ensure safety and transparency for consumers.


Drafted in coordination with the Ohio Attorney General's office, the Casino Control Commission, leaders in the gaming industry as well as fantasy sports enthusiasts, the proposed legislation updates state laws clarifying the legality of fantasy sports and e-sports.


"Ohioans love sports," said Hite. "We should protect their continued enjoyment of these games. At the same time, we must create thoughtful standards for the industry to protect consumers and ensure transparency."


The bill also puts important consumer protections in place, establishing a clear set of regulations fantasy sports companies must follow to operate within the state. If adopted, Ohio would join ten other states that have already adopted such legislation.


Senate Bill 153 affirms the legality of fantasy sports in Ohio. Reflecting federal guidelines adopted under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, the bill is aimed at addressing concerns about whether the contests are permitted under existing state law.

The legislation will now be referred to a Senate standing committee for further consideration.


Hardin County Courthouse Lit For Neurofibromatosis Awareness

May is Neurofibromatosis awareness month. May 17th is World NF Awareness Day and If you drove by the court house last night you may have noticed the east and west sides of the hardin county court house were lit up in blue and green for Shine A Light on NF.


Larry Gossard talks about why May 17th was an important day for NF.


"May 17th is world NF day, and approxametly 147 buildings and monumnets around the world light up blue and green to raise awareness about Nurofibramatosis, and help my son Brice and all of the other NF kids in Ohio. It's just phenominal to have the support from the community that allows us to do this, and it's important that not only the courthouse, but the city building too. These are two buildings of 147 worldwide." Said Gossard.


Hardin County Safety Council Meets

The Hardin County Safety Council met today and heard an inspirational message from Brad Hurtig who has been featured on CBS, Ted Talks, and ESPN to name a few.


Brad Hurtig was an all American high school athlete with a bright future when he was involved in a workplace accident involving a 500 ton power press.  After losing both his hands Brad quickly realized a mindset of safety is needed in our daily lives, he urged the council to “Slow down, and move your eyes before your body”.  Reminding us that hindsight is 20/20 because it is usually easier to see missed signs when we slow down and reevaluate the situation. Brad stresses: “now is the time to bring that hindsight to the foresight.”


Brad’s message was not just one of safety, it was one of overcoming adversity. Brad was determined to play football again, and joined his team on the practice field as soon as he was able. Brad quoted his high school coach saying  If you are thirsty enough, you will find away.”  His senior year, Brad led his team with 111 tackles and earned all-state honors, all while playing with no hands. .” Brad’s passion for making excuses, adapting, and adjusting is one that can resonate with us all.


For more information on booking Brad to speak with your safety team email: eddie@relevantspeakers.com

For information on joining the Hardin County Safety Council contact Jesse Purcell at jpurcell@hccba.com



Wildcat Baseball Heads to Next Round of Tournament Action

The varsity cats, which are 15-6 overall and 7-2, finishing 2nd in the Western Buckeye League, and knocked off Vermillion last Friday for the Sectional Champion title.


The team travels to Heidelberg University to take on Lexington, the 4th seed in the district. That game set for a 4:00 start time, this afternoon.


Coach Matt Dudek on the game ahead:

“They pitch really well, and they play really good defense. It’s going to be a formidable foe, probably comparable to some of the stuff we saw in the league. But, if we play our game and do what we do, I know we’ll make a game of it and give them all they can handle.” Said Dudek.


Lima Man Sentenced to Life In Prison

A Lima man was sentenced to life in the murder of a Zanesfield man


According to WPKO in Bellefontaine, Marquevous Watkins, age 22, of Lima, was sentenced to life in prison Monday


He will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years.


Watkins allegedly, murdered  Brentlinger, inside his rural Zanesfield home on Thanksgiving. Last month, Watkins pleaded guilty to murder with a three-year gun specification.

During the sentencing, Watkins apologized for the pain he caused the Brentlinger family.


Bellefontaine Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Following a Domestic Dispute, a Bellefontaine man was arrested on Felony Drug Charges


According to WPKO, police responded to domestic dispute between William Jarman (21) and his girlfriend.  When police arrived Jarman was outside with clear signs of intoxication.  


At the home Jarman admitted to storing a small bag of cocaine in his wallet.  He was subsequently charged with possession of cocaine and public intoxication.


Due to his actions toward the police staff, Jarman was placed in a restraint chair at the police station.



Benjamin Logan Teachers Protest At School Board Meeting

Ben Logan Teachers gathered in protest at Benjamin Logan Board of Education Meeting.


According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, 150 teachers and supporters gathered to protest the current state of teacher contract negotiations at the Ben Logan School Board meeting on Monday.  

The Benjamin Logan Board is at a standoff with administrators on how much the district can afford to pay its teachers in the coming years.  According to Ben Logan teachers, their salaries are considerably lower than those of administrators in surrounding areas such as Kenton, Indian Lake and Bellefontaine. The parties have met three times to discuss the issue and are scheduled to meet again on May 30th with a mediator.  


Upper Sandusky School Board Meets

The Upper Sandusky School Board met Monday Night.


According to the Daily Chief-Union, the school board made several new hires such as Corrina Waggy who was hired as the new high school assistant principal.  


The board also recognized two retiring employees, Sharon Calvin and Nancy Ross.

Graduation details were also announced.  Upper Sandusky graduation will be May 26th at 7pm in the high school gym.  


Upper Sandusky Male Arrested

The Upper Sandusky Police department arrested a Male on Tuesday. According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, Austin J. Creviston of Upper Sandusky was arrested at the Adult Parole Office on two warrants from Upper Sandusky Municipal Court. The warrants were on original complaint for charges of Petty theft and Vehicle Trespass from motor vehicle.


Medical Scholarship Awarded to Rhodes Student

Rhodes State College is pleased to announce Brandy Sealscott, Rhodes State College Medical Assisting student, is the recipient of a $1,000 Mary Buckley Scholarship. This was one of four scholarships given out each year by the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants. The scholarship was awarded at the President’s Luncheon during their annual meeting in Lima. The top six applications were very closely matched and it was a tough decision for the committee to narrow this down to the four winners.


The Mary Buckley Scholarship Fund was established in 1959 in memory of the second president, Mary Buckley of Toledo, who tragically died in a fire in her home 2 weeks before the end of her term as president. The first scholarship was awarded in 1972 making 2017 scholarships the 45th year of awards.  Selection is based upon desire to enter the allied health profession, financial need, GPA of 2.5 or higher and 2 letters of recommendation, one being from their program director.



Ohio Hi-Point Students Work Together to Print Books

The Ohio Hi-Point (OHP) Career Center Early Childhood Education students have been working together with the Printing and Graphics Arts students to produce pre-school children’s books for the Council on Rural Services organization which offers support services and education programs like Head Start and Early Start to families in Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert counties.


By combining their unique concentrations, the two career-tech programs created books that are going directly into classrooms that were built from scratch. The Early Childhood Education students wrote the stories and also constructed rough drawing representations of the story boards to match and then took the concepts to the Printing and Graphic Arts students to design and print the books.


The Council on Rural Services currently has Head Start classrooms at Benjamin Logan, Riverside, Indian Lake, and Bellefontaine which has been a great internship opportunity for several Ohio Hi-Point juniors and seniors the last couple of years.

Starting this next upcoming school year, Early Childhood Education students will have the opportunity to acquire their CDA certificates while at OHP, which will allow Head Start to hire them directly after high school as a teaching assistant without being required to take extra courses.


Special Cemetery Board Meeting Set

There will be a special meeting of the Grove Cemetery Board on Friday, May 19th beginning at 7:30 AM in the cemetery conference room.  The only business will be the discussion and a decision on Rules and Regulations interpretation.



Two Lady Cats Commit to Wilmington

Two Kenton High School Athletes have committed to continue their careers as Wilmington Quakers.


Ashley Morris signs alongside Randy and Amy Morris and Wildcat Coach Ryan Miller


Ashley Morris signed yesterday to play basketball at the college. She said that playing collegiate ball has been a long time goal of hers, and she was excited when this opportunity came along. Morris plans to study early childhood education, and to return to Hardin County to teach.


Gibson signs to run, parents Tom and Jessica Gibson look on.

Miranda Gibson signed for track and field. Gibson will be studying to become an athletic trainer. She is excited to run for the new coaches at the school. Gibson said she chose the school due to the small-town feel.


Runaway Teen Located

A runaway Lakeview Teen was located in Belleview Friday Afternoon.


According to WPKO, The Bellevue Police Department located Kyle Richardson, age 15, of Lakeview. Richardson was transported back to the county by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and was placed under arrest on a failure to appear warrant from Logan County Family Court. He had been missing since last Monday. Deputies were notified by his mother, Jessica Daly, Wednesday morning.


Daly allegedly dropped her son off at a friends home. He left at some point that morning. Richardson was also arrested in August after running away from home. Richardson is being housed at the Logan County JDC.



Rushylvania Under Boil Water Alert

The Village of Rushsylvania is under a boil water advisory.


WPKO Reports that the advisory was issued Monday morning after replacing a valve. Residents should boil water for at least five minutes before consumption. The advisory is in effect until further notice.



Drunk Driver Causes Hit-Skip Crashes

Two hit-skip crashes occurred near Bellefontaine Saturday morning.


According to WPKO radio, Scott Hedges of 46 was driving while intoxicated on County Road 43 when he went through the intersection of County Road 18. His vehicle went off the road and struck a barn. Hedges then fled the scene.


He then went through the stop sign at County Road 11, and struck a tree, and fled that scene. Hedges failed field sobriety tests. The car sustained heavy damage. He was charged with OVI, operating an unsafe vehicle, two counts of leaving the scene, and two counts of failure to control.


He was not injured, and was transported to the Logan County Jail.



Fostoria House Fire Sends Firefighters to Hospital

A house fire sent two Fostoria firefighters to the hospital on Sunday.

WFIN in Findlay reports that firefighters responded to a home around 11:15 Sunday Morning. The home was vacant and for sale according to officials. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital, but didn’t suffer any injuries. The incident remains under investigation, and no damage estimate is available.


Kenton Board of Education Meets, Discusses Bus Garage, Contracts

The 6th Grade students presented a slideshow to the board about their recent trip to Camp Wilson.


Kenton Elementary, Middle, and High School students of the Superintendent Advisory Committee presented video projects to the board.


The projects were designed to showcase highlights of each individual schools.


Treasurer Tracy Hiller presented the proposal from the government for funding, that bill is currently in the House of Representatives (HB49). Hiller noted that due to the CUAV bill, the school is seeing a boost in real estate tax and are  seeking alleviation of state.


The board recognized Vickie Krock, Robin Hughes, Charlene Collins, Barb Moore, and Laura Widder for their retirement, and thanked them for their years of service.


The finance committee discussed the bus garage projects, administrative contracts that were presented at the meeting for approval, evaluation of English/Language Arts curriculum and Insurance plans.


The facilities committee also discussed the bus garage project, and noted that new lights have been installed in the gyms at the middle and high schools, as well as the athletic building.


The extracurricular baseball went 27-2 in the WBL, most wins ever in history. It was noted that there has been some interest in a girls golf team, Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that the KHS Athletic Director Mike Leddy is working on those details.


R.E. and Joan S. Allen 23 New Scholarships totalling $30,000, the foundation is also awarding $30,000 in renewals, the board thanks the Allen’s for their support of Kenton students. The Foundation is in their 27th year of awarding scholarships. The Allen foundation has awarded 2.4 million dollars in scholarships to 1,365 students.


The Board approved Limited One Year Contracts

Ashley Anderson, Adam Burtchin, Brandy Cox, Carolyn Dilley, Matt Frey, Teresa Harris, Rick Hudgel, Rebecca Kimmel, Alexandra Manley, Talia McKinniss, Jordan Nicol Jessica Parsley, Christopher Becker, Leslie Cochensparger, Christina Cross,, Robin Eibling, Erick Grasley, Amanda Heyder, Alicia James, Christie Lawrence, Matt McCullough, Kathryne Mendez, Lindsey Numbers, Brooke Purcell, Katherine Brim Mary Cook, Megan Davis, Monica Fox, Erica Grossman, Lindy Howard, Kevin Kapanka, William Lawrence, Casey McGrew, Scott Miller, Tara Oakes, Jennifer Rogers, Colby Rush, Leanna Snyder, Sarah Zoeller, Heather Saunier, Cara Wetherill, Jordan Zuch, Derek Smith, Jade Zartman.


The Board approved Limited Two Year Contracts

Brenda Ames, David Clifford, Rhonda Grubbs, Morgan Rogers, Susie Thrush, Tomi Cheney, Michelle Gammon, Allison Kemmere, Amanda Sprang, Amy Augur, Emily Courtney Stefany Jacoby Makenzi Ruhlen Zach Turner.


The non-renewal contracts for Courtney Rolf, Madge Battles, Alyssa Johnson, Ruth McCullough, Carol McKinley, and Kathy Sammertinger were also approved.


Administrative contracts were approved for Robin Bame, Angela Butterman, Ryan Collins, and Chad Thrush.


Two year contracts were approved for Matt Best, Heather Hoppe, Jason Jones, and Michelle Wise.


Administrative Contract Adjustments were approved for Mike Leddy and Adrienne Smythe.


Employee Supplemental contracts approved:

Jared Manns, Rick Collins, Chuck Moore, Chuck Downing, Jason Jones, Zach Turner, Matt Dudek, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Bartlett, Alexandra Manley, Bo Hoppe, Matt McCullough, Katie Brim, Jeremy Reed, Ryan Miller, Lindy Howard, Matt McCullough, Matt Frey, Darren Gilbert, Bill Lawrence, Kevin Kapanka, Katie Ketcham, Jennifer Ewing, Jennifer Woodward, Stefany Jacoby, Brenda Ames, Zach Turner, Heather Erwin, Joe Funkhouser, Anne Eley, Nancy Baum, Brent Fackler, Nick Stuck, Susie Thrush, Amy Kohl.


Non-Employee Supplemental contracts approved:

Jordan Martin, Brooke Bostelman, Kaily Whitaker, Andrew Hobensack, Julie Baird, Angie Miller, Chad West, Jay Bostelman, Brooke Bostelman, Kaily Whitaker, Sarah Cooper, Chase Barnes, Aaron Montgomery, Aaron Johnson, Josh Sheldon, Julie Baird, Angie Miller.


Approved Volunteers:

Drey Dearing, Colby Rush, Tony Osbun, CJ Sharp, DJ Burris, Doug Carmean, Brice Fackler, Kollin Stollar, Jay Bostelman, Keith Kissling, Bethany Schafer Tanya Beamer, Shellie Crabtree, Ashlee Dawson, Holly Fields, Kathy Forester, James Furr, Tara Howell, Dennis Musser, Katie Mustain, Ashley Smith, Zach Snowden.


The board approved the transfers of Robin Eibling and Talia McKinniss within Kenton Elementary School.


The resignation of Shelby Ruhlen and John Georgeson.


Approve the hiring of Cassandra Battles, Christina Dick, Dylan Hunsicker, McKenzie Butterman, and Luke Abbott.


Approve Summer Help

Adam Burtchin, Mariah Clawson, Gary Dunahue, Jacob Eikenbary, Jeff McQuown.


Steve Black, Charles Fox, Jaimee Frey, Bo Hoppe, Caitlin Johnson, David Kah, Kevin Kapanka Jr., Karen Murphy, Jennifer Spencer.


Vickie Clements, Dee Kinnear, Maggie Kirk, Tammy Legge, Donna Martin, Kelli Reese

Kenton High School’s Graduation List Was Approved.


Other Approved Items:

*KHS Cheerleaders - BGSU Cheer Camp.

*Renewal of the voluntary student accident insurance with Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company offered by Student Protective Agency.

*Approve the Assistive Technology contract with West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center/Auglaize County ESC.

*Policy 5460 - Graduation Requirements.

*Medical Leave for Various Staff Members.

*KHS Summer Football Activities.

*Increase of KES Lunch by 10 cents.

*McGraw-Hill K-12 English/Language Arts Curriculum.


The board dismissed to executive session to discuss the finalization of the bus garage, no further action was taken.


Upper Scioto Valley Drama Club Holds Award Ceremony

On  Monday May 8th, the USV Drama Club held the annual BERT Awards.



At this event the Drama Club gives out awards. Some of these awards are Best Actor, Best Actress, Rising Star, Friend of the Arts, and Dream Thespian.


A few special awards were given out as well. They were, First Year Awards, Second Year Awards, Third Year Awards, Fifth Year Awards, Sixth Year Awards, and First Stage Kiss Award. The theme for the awards was Disney Princes and Princesses.


The Drama Club was nominated for and won Best Production for the play "And A Child Shall Lead" at the TAB Awards, which is the county wide drama awards.  ​


Crash Occurs in Downtown Kenton

A crash occurred at the intersection of Columbus and Market in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Tommy Leffler was stopped at a stop sign, and failed to yield to Christina Steele. Leffler stated that Steele had stopped at the stop sign to attend to her purse. Steele said that when she looked back up, Leffler’s vehicle was right in front of her.


No further information is available.


Ada Native, CEO Speaks at ONU Commencment

An Ada native who is now the president and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corp. spoke about the power of “servant leadership” at the 146th Undergraduate Commencement ceremony Sunday at Ohio Northern University.

Walt Bettinger, an Ada High School graduate with strong ties to the university, told some 400 undergraduates that leadership is conveyed only by one’s ability to serve others.

As president and CEO of Charles Schwab, Bettinger leads a workforce of some 16,000 full-time employees from across the globe.


Police Search for Lima Shooting Suspects

Police are searching for three males after several shots were fired by two groups of teens in west-central Lima Sunday morning. 


According to WLIO Lima police, were called to a scene in the 300-block of N. Collett Street at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday to reports of several shots exchanged between two groups of young men.


Shots hit two nearby houses and multiple vehicles. No one was hurt and three juveniles are being sought, but police have not yet released their names.


If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Lima Police Department.


University of Findlay Business Honor Society Donates Funds to Community

Delta Mu Delta, University of Findlay’s business honor society chapter, this month donated $7,000 to the community from funds raised during fall 2016 and spring 2017 events.


Recipients include:

Children’s Mentoring Connection – $1,500 to support Bowling for Kids and the educational scholarship fund;

City Mission – $1,000 for book bags, school supplies and school clothes for children at the homeless shelter;

Hancock Saves – $1,000 for book bags and school supplies for children in Findlay;

Donnell Middle School – $1,000 for special equipment and hokki stools to be used in a special needs classroom that serves autistic students;

UF Giving Green Campaign – $500 for a tree at the new Center for Student Life and College of Business.
The remaining funds will be used to help support the University’s annual Christmas on Campus event.


Just Shy of 10,000 Entities File To Do Business In Ohio

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced 9,569 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during April 2017, an increase of 263 when compared to the same month in 2016. 

So far, 42,633 new entities have filed to do business in Ohio in 2017. Due to the use of Ohio Business Central, the online business filing site founded by Secretary Husted in 2013, this number continues to climb. Already in 2017, three out of every four entities founded were started online.


From the time Ohio Business Central was launched until the end of April 2017, the Secretary of State’s Office has processed over 240,000 online filings.  


Lakeview Man Arrested

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lakeview man for a felony count of rape Thursday related to incidents involving a 10-year-old boy.

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that James E. Putsch, 35, was placed into custody Thursday afternoon.

Deputies had been contacted by officials regarding incidents that reportedly occurred at Putsch’s address between 2014 and 2016.

Thursday, Putsch was asked to report to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and after detectives interviewed him, he was placed under arrest, Logan County Sheriff Randall J. Dodds said.

Additional charges could be forthcoming, according to the paper.



Six Individuals and HN Football Team Inducted Into Hardin County Sports HOF

Six individuals and the 2004 Hardin Northern football team were inducted into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame at its 7th annual induction ceremony on Saturday night at Upper Scioto Valley.



Joining the Hall of Fame were long-time Kenton girls basketball coach Bob Davis, Ohio Northern roundball star D'Artis Jones, Forest standout athlete Don Lease, Ohio Northern volleyball coach Sheila Wallace Kovalchik, Ada hoops coach Gene Fries and ONU gridiron great Stacey Hairston. 



The 2004 Hardin Northern football team, which finished 14 and 1 and won the Division VI state championship, was also inducted into the hall.


Scholarship Recipients: Elizabeth 'Libby' Milks, Chris Deardorff, Taryn Fullom


Also on Saturday, the Hall of Fame awarded three scholarships to local athletes, with Kenton's Chris Deardorff and the Ada duo of Elizabeth Milks and Taryn Fullom each receiving $500 scholarships.


The Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame now consists of 41 members and seven teams.


View the photo gallary here.


Nursing Week Salute Concludes Today with Spotlight on Area Nurse


National Nurses Week wraps up today, and so does WKTN’s week long series spotlighting nursing careers in our area.





Today we feature Heather Hokens, the Infections Preventionist at Marion General Hospital and Hardin Memorial Hospital. She said she’s been in nursing for 23 years now and said her career has exceeded her expectations, “I got into it to help people, and I think I had a certain picture of that in my mind with what that would be like. As I’ve gotten deeper into nursing, I’ve found that look look like a number of different things. What I do now on the surface to me wouldn’t seem like it really does much for the patients, but it does just in a different way, so it’s been an excellent career. I highly recommend it.”


Hokens added she has no regrets choosing nursing as her career, “I’ve just been blessed from the day I started honestly. It’s been a good career. It’s been challenging and interesting, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way. If I had it do all over again and I could pick from anything I want, which I guess I could have, I would do the same thing.”


We hope you’ve enjoyed our week long series spotlighting nursing during this National Nurses Week, and on behalf of all us here at WKTN, we say thank you nurses.”



Kenton Woman Arrested on Warrant


A Kenton woman was arrested on a warrant early Saturday morning.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer on patrol saw 32 year old Rachael McGrath walking in the 300 block of North Cherry Street. McGrath had an order of arrest warrant on her through adult parole. She was taken into custody and transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.


She also received a summons for obstructing official business.



ONU College of Pharmacy Receives Grant


The Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy has been awarded a 2017 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Excellence in Pharmacy Education Scholarship.


The $20,000 grant will support a two-year program to utilize the college’s Mobile Health Clinic to screen 1,000 underserved patients in Hardin County for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.


The Mobile Health Clinic improves access to health care services for the county’s rural residents. The grant will expand those services to include testing for HCV, which will begin July 1.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HCV testing is recommended for all persons born between 1945 and 1965, as well as individuals with an increased risk of HCV infection.


Hardin County is among the highest in Ohio for injection-drug use per 100,000 persons, which is a risk factor for HCV infection.



ONU Commencement Set For Sunday


Ohio Northern University in Ada will hold commencement for students this Sunday May 14.


The Pharmacy Commencement begins at 9am, the Undergraduate and MSA and Law ceremonies start at 2pm.


The commencement ceremonies will be held in the King Horn Sports Center on the campus in Ada.



Upper Sandusky Woman Arrested After Being Indicted on Assault Charges


A woman from Upper Sandusky is facing charges having being accused of assaulting Upper Sandusky police officers and Wyandot County corrections officers.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 22 year old Morgan Flowers was arrested this past Thursday at her home in the 400 block of North Third Street. A grand jury indicted Flowers on two counts of assault, which are fourth degree felonies.


Flowers appeared in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court on the fourth degree felony charges, were Judge Kate Aubry appointed an attorney for her. She was released on her own recognizance while awaiting trial.



Wyandot County Humane Society Dog Walk Scheduled


The Wyandot County Humane Society will hold Pawzfest 2017 on Sunday June 11.


The 15th Annual Dog Walk and Fun Day celebrates dogs and the people that love them.


Mark you calendar now, registration starts at noon and the walk begins at 1.


The one kilometer walk takes you around the scenic Harrison Smith Park. There will also be contests, demonstrations and raffles.


For more information, call 419-294-4477. All proceeds benefit the animals at the Wyandot County Humane Society.


Area Baseball Results


In sports, the Kenton Lady Wildcat softball team ends their season after they fall 7-1 to Napoleon. Kenton Baseball holds the sectional title after defeating Vermillion 1-0.

The Lady Polar Bear Softball Team holds the sectional title. They defeated Van Buren with a score of 5-3.


Bellefontaine Police Asking For Help Identifying Small Boy

A young boy was found alone earlier today at the Kaleidoscope Park in Bellefontaine.
If anyone recognizes the boy is asked to call the Bellefontaine Police Department at 937-599-1010.
Officer Peterson is investigating the case. 


Two Crashes Occur on SR 67 in Wyandot County Thursday


Two people were seriously injured in a head a head on crash Thursday night on State Route 67 in Wyandot County.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 22 year old Emilee D. Lester, of Marion, swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the roadway. Her car went left of center and struck a southbound car being operated by 46 year old Teresa Wheeler, of Upper Sandusky.


Lester and a passenger in her car, 22 year old Allison Gales, of Westerville, were both transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.


Wheeler was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Lester was cited for a marked lanes violation.




A Kenton man escaped serious injury in a rollover crash on 67 Thursday evening.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 21 year old Drake A. Barnes was driving north on 67 near State Route 294 in Mifflin Township in Wyandot County, and his car drifted to the right. Barnes overcorrected causing the car to spin and strike a guide wire on a utility pole. The car overturned and came to rest in a field.


Barnes was checked for injuries at the scene by the EMS squad. He was cited for failure to control.


HMH Nurse Wins Facets of Nursing Award


As National Nurses Week continues, WKTN features a nurse who won the Facets of Nursing Award at Hardin Memorial Hospital this week.




Brenda Price, Clinical Nursing Manager at Hardin Memorial Hospital, said her 24 year career so far has been very rewarding, "When you can have someone that you've taken care of before and the next time they come in or see you maybe even at WalMart and they say, 'oh you're the nurse that took care of me...thank you thank you' and you feel good that you actually made a difference in their life, becasue they remember you, maybe you helped them get better."


What advice does she have for someone entering the nurses field, "I tell them first of all even though the computers are a big thing now, your patient always comes first, and you should focus on your patient and a little bit less on your computer chart."


Price is the winner of the Facets of Nursing award presented this week by Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Activities also continue this week at Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky. Director of Nurisng Marty Gray said that the nursing career offers many different paths, "You can be a bedside nurse, you can work shift work, you can be in the operating room, you can be a like me in an office part of the time. There's nurses in insurance businesses. There's nurses in doctor's offices and schools. There's all kinds of opportunities. It's almost limitless."


The complete discussion with Marty Gray can be heard on At Issue Saturday morning at 10 on WKTN.


House Heavily Damaged by Fire


A house was heavily damaged by fire Thursday evening.


The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched just before 7 to 913 Cooper Street in Kenton. The home was occupied by Bill Grider and owned by Kathy Dick.


The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. The occupants were able to make it out safely, but lost everything in the fire.




A Kenton firefighter was injured and was treated and released at Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Richland Township and Mt. Victory. Firefighters were on the scene until just before 11 last night.


The cause has not yet been determined.


3 Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office:


.Joshua A. Rose was sentenced to a total of 14 and half years in prison on one count of grand theft and two counts of burglary.


The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Devin M. Rowe on one count each of possession of heroin and endangering children.


.Jody V. Hayter on one count of tampering with evidence.

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Several Burglaries Reported to Kenton Police Thursday


Several burglary complaints were received by the Kenton Police Department on Thursday.


According to the reports, one occurred in the 600 block of East Franklin Street where several furniture pieces were missing. Another took place in the 300 block of North High Street. The resident there said a couple of old style flip phones and a set of keys were stolen. Finally, a resident in the 300 block of North Main Street said someone forced their way into a detached garage and stole a portable air compressor.


The incidents are under investigation.


Woman Arrested on Warrant;Facing Drug Charge


A woman was arrested on a warrant Thursday at the Country Hearth Hotel in Kenton.


According to the report, officers arrested 32 year old Lyndsay Teeters. During the arrest process, Teeters allegedly was in possession of a drug abuse instrument that possibly contained heroin residue.


She was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.


Kenton Police Cruiser Damaged in Accident


A Kenton police cruiser was damaged in an accident early this morning.


According to the report, the Officer Tonya Edens was driving in alley between East Carrol and East North Street and drifted off to the right. The car struck a light pole causing the airbag to deploy, and the cruiser appeared to have heavy front end damage.


The officer was not injured.


Wildcat Community Connectors Program Held Thursday


The Kenton High School’s Wildcat Community Connectors Internship Expo was held Thursday.


Christina Cross, the Wildcat Community Connectors Internship Program Coordinator, said the program gives the students exposure to a career pathway that they might not have the connections to in their own circle, "It's a way to explore something beyond the high school curriculum, and to see whether or not they would want to pursue a certain career path or major in something  in college or go to technical school for it, so it's a way for them to experience just one semester here in high school and also get connected to somebody locally who may be a cheerleader and push them forward through their career in the future and help guide the way for them."


She said it also helps the students realize all the businesses and great things in Hardin County, "A lot of students are very surprised that wow we have this opportunity right here in our county. I don't need to move to Columbus or Cincinnati or Cleveland to a major city. I can actually have employment and be very gainfully employed right here in Hardin County."




The students also presented their capstone project during the Internship Expo. They are:


.Konner Alban


.Madison Blevins


.Olivia Brown


.Blake Espinoza


.Kelli Haudenschield


.Rydin Ramsdell


.Jeese Reed


.Cheyanne "Desyre" Vansky



The event was held in the Community Room at Mid Ohio Energy in Kenton.


Car Theft Suspect Arrested in Findlay


A suspect was arrested in connection to the theft of a car in Findlay this past Wednesday.


WFIN reported that 28 year old Christopher Anders was taken into custody after police used Onstar to track him to the vehicle that had been stolen from a Findlay car dealership.


During the investigation, Anders was connected to a burglary at the Big R store in the Findlay Village Mall that happened early Wednesday morning.



May is Foster Care Month


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recognizes May as Foster Care Month in Ohio and encourages more Ohioans to consider becoming kinship and foster caregivers.


In Ohio, foster parents are licensed through a county public children services agency or private agency certified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to approve and recommend foster parents. Foster parents must be at least 21 and able to meet a child’s basic needs. They also must complete training as part of a home study process.


For more information about becoming a foster parent, call or visit the Hardin County Department of Job and Family Services at 175 W. Franklin St in Kenton. The number is (419) 675-1130.



Bike Safety Event Planned in Upper sandusky


A Bike Safety Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 - 12:00 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 120 North Eighth Street, Upper Sandusky.


The event is organized by the Wyandot Health Alliance to promote health and wellness in our community.


 Several community groups are sending volunteer assistance for the morning including the Boy Scouts, Upper Sandusky Fire Department and Police Department, and Kiwanis.



ODOT Holding Road-E-O Event


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will hold its annual truck and loader road-e-o.


The event will also feature the entries from area high schools which participated in this year’s paint the plow contest.


The overall winner will be chosen at the roadeo, which is a friendly competition among ODOT equipment operators and requires them to maneuver a truck and/or loader through a series of obstacle courses designed to mimic what they may encounter on the job. Employees from each of ODOT District 1’s eight-county region of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot are eligible to participate. Winners will advance to the state competition in the fall.


The event will be held starting 9am Tuesday May 16 at the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage on N. McCullough Street in Lima.



Annual Awards Banquet Held at Ohio High Point


The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center FFA Chapter held its Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday and honored several members of the Animal Science and Outdoor Careers programs.

Parents, guests, FFA members, and several Hi-Point staff and administrators were in attendance for the recognition program. Awards were given to students who have participated in conferences, state events, regional invitationals, and leadership development events.  Animal Science seniors include Audesy Bice, Ann Mabrey (Student Advisor), Austin Magoto (Sentinel), Tim McCoy, Jolene Moore, Alanna Nelsen, Ashely Powers (Sr. Activities Coordinator), Shelby McMaken (President), Allison Cox, Kaitilin Fazio, Caleb King, and Lachelle Yates (Secretary). Animal Science juniors include Leaha Anderseon, Destiny Browning (Jr. Activities Co-Coordinator), Brittany Burney, Erin Casto, Eva Deffenbaugh, Julie Downing, Kathryn Dull, Lindsay Eddy, Emily Heckel (News Reporter), Dakota Horton (Vice President), Samantha Kolakowski, Veronica Krieger, Hannah Park, Haley Shaner (Treasurer), Destiny Shinkle, Kaylien Shough, Michael Smith (Jur. Activities Co-Coorinator), Elizabeth Wahl, Brianne Williams.


Highlights of the Animal Science Awards Banquet presented by Animal Science instructor, Robin Curley:

.Attendance Awards – Michael Smith and Caleb King


.Scholarship Awards – Kaitlyn Fazio and Destiny Shinkle


.Leadership Awards – Dakota Horton and Shelby McMaken


.Stand Fast Task Force Awards – Dakota Horton and Ann Mabrey

.Community Service Award – Lachelle Yates


.Outstanding Junior Student – Destiny Shinkle


.Outstanding Senior Student – Caleb King


Outdoor Careers seniors Hadden Brinkman, Noah Mullins, David Buroker, Dustin Larson, Adam Rinker (Senior Sentinel), and Christopher Shoemaker-Fulmer (President). Outdoor Careers juniors Cody Board, Eli Cotter, William Howard, Creighton Bradley (Junior Sentinel), Stephen Dunham (Vice President), Tylar Jett (Treasurer), Garret Predmore, Ben Brunswick (Reporter), Orion Horn (Secretary), and Jacob Martin.

Highlights of the Outdoor Careers Awards Banquet presented by Outdoor Careers instructor, Cole Carpenter:


.Overall 2nd place team finish at Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (Christopher Shoemaker-Fulmer, Adam Rinker, Ben Brunswick, Stephen Dunham, Hadden Brinkman, Creighton Bradley Orion Horn, David Buroker, Tylar Jett, and Garett Predmore)

.Overall 8th place team finish at State Nursery and Landscape CDE (Christopher Shoemaker-Fulmer, Stephen Dunham, Ben Brunswick, and Garett Predmore). Ben Brunswick and Garett Predmore joined together to claim 2nd in both Tree Planting and Sod Installation at the event.


.Finishing 47 out of 60 teams at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Provo, Utah. Students AJ Sorgen, Tyler Porter, Jacob Gullett, Christopher Shoemaker-Fulmer, Creighton Bradley, Stephen Dunham, and Ben Brunswick competed in events such as landscape install, irrigation assembly, hardscape install, truck and trailer, plant install, skid steer operation, excavator operation, tractor backhoe operation, and cost estimation.



Face of Nursing Has Changed Over the Years


As National Nurses Week continues, today WKTN takes a look at some changes in the profession over the years.


Wendy Rodenberger, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services a Hardin Memorial Hospital said one change is more and more men have entered the nursing profession over the years, and the profession has become more diversified in general, "I think that has enhanced nursing to many levels and the respect of nurses as well as the desire to be a nurse, seeing the benefits in that profession for males has been a huge benefit."


The Director of Nursing at Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky Marty Gray said technology has also had an impact on the profession, "Nursing and medicine in general has been transformed through the almost light warp speed movement. It's amazing, the people,  the patients haven't changed and the care hasn't changed, but how we go about doing it certainly has."


National Nurses Week continues through Saturday.



Two Breaking and Entering Incidents Reported Wednesday


The Kenton Police Department was called to two separate breaking and entering incidents on Wednesday.

The first occurred at Lifeworks on Decatur Street.

According to the report, someone broke the glass on an east side door to gain entry.

Nothing was believed to be missing.


Another breaking and entering was reported at an Ohio Health building on Washington Boulevard. Nothing was listed as missing on the report.


Both incidents are under investigation.



Stolen Car From Hardin County Recovered in Columbus


A resident in the 18,000 block of Township Road 245 Mt. Victory reported that her car was stolen Wednesday.

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect was listed, which led investigators to Columbus.

Police there informed officers in Kenton that the car was recovered there. The investigation continues at this time.



Immunization Clinics Scheduled For Next Week


The Kenton Hardin Health Department is conducting back to school immunization clinics next week.


Required vaccines will be offered for first year kindergarten, 6th graders going into 7th, 11th graders going into 12th and 12th graders going to college.


The clinics will be held May 15 from 2 to 4pm at Forest Court Apartments multi-purpose room and May 17 from 2 to 4pm at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Community Room.


Parents should bring their child’s shot records and insurance card.


Semi Driver Escapes Serious Injury in Roll Over Crash


A semi driver escaped with minor injuries following a rollover crash late this past Tuesday night on State Route 739 in Logan County.


WPKO reported the driver lost control of the semi while driving north on 739. The vehicle ended up off the road and overturned.


It took several hours to clean up the wreckage, and the road was reopened around 6 Wednesday morning.


The crash remains under investigation.


Priceless Movie Event Scheduled For June 2


Heartbeat of Hardin County and Crossroads Crisis Center are joining together in an effort to educate 7th to 12th grade girls on how to keep from being a victim of sex trafficking.


The Priceless Movie Event is scheduled for Friday June 2 from 7 to 10pm at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Kenton. Girls will receive information and gifts as well as see the movie Priceless. A representative from Gracehaven, who works with girls who have been trafficked, will be the guest speaker.


The event is free, and registrations should be made by May 26 by calling Heartbeat at 419-674-4716.


Two Join Wyandot Chamber of Commerce Staff


Two people recently joined the staff of the Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Kelsey McColly joined as an administrative assistant. She is a 2016 graduate of Pleasant High School.


Savannah Piecha, who is a 2013 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School and a senior at Ohio State University, will be a summer intern.



Ohio Farm Bureau Appreciates Ohio Senate's Passage of SB 36


The Ohio Farm Bureau applauded the Ohio Senate's passage of Senate Bill 36 calling it a much needed step to help farmers who have been subjected to extraordinary property tax increases.


The bill reforms the Current Agricultural Use Value formula, which the Farm Bureau says will bring relief to family farmers who have seen farmland property taxes increase by more than 300 percent in recent years.

The bureau says it will continue to work with the Senate and House as they complete their efforts to reform the C.A.U.V. formula.


Former University Findlay Student Sentenced in Rape Case

A former University of Findlay student was sentenced in a Bowling Green rape case.

WFIN radio reporting the that 20-year-old Thomas Schoenlein was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday. He was found guilty of one count of rape and one count of kidnapping back in March.

The alleged incident was reported to have happened on January 17 of last year.


UF media relations Joy Shaw said that Schoenlein was kicked off the football team in the fall of 2015 and left the university on January 19 of 2016.


The school was unaware of the rape case.


Motorcycle Crash Claims Findlay Man's Life

A motorcycle crash took the life of a Findlay man Tuesday night.

WFIN Radio reports that The Findlay Police Department says the crash happened just after 8:15 p.m.

40-year-old Mark Woodruff Jr. was riding his motorcycle northbound on Broad St. when he clipped the back of a pickup truck slowing to make a turn. The collision caused Woodruff to hit a curb ejecting him into a nearby utility pole.

Hanco EMS pronounced Woodruff dead at the scene of the crash.

Investigators say speed could have been a factor in the incident.


Area High School Baseball Action

Kenton won 10-0  to finish 7-2 in the WBL and clinched at least a share of 2nd place in the league.
Trent Reichelderfer pitched throwing a shutout over 5 innings giving up 2 hits and 1 walk.
We scored 5 in the 1st and 5 in the 4th.
Dalton Kessler was 2-3 with 4 RBI's 2 runs scored
Brady Donnelly was 1-2 with 2 RBI's and 1 run scored
Heath Houser, Trent Reichelderfer, Shawn Conover, Nathaniel Leffler, Brenden Whitaker, and Steven Stalder all chipped in with hits as well.
Also Tuesday, Parkway topped Upper Sandusky by a final of 1 to 0. 

The Kenton Wildcats defeat Ontario in baseball action final score 5-2 and advance in the tournament, the Cats will be hosted by Vermilion on Friday.

The Lady Polar Bears of Hardin Northern defeated Lima Perry in doubleheader softball action last night, the first game score was 19-0 in five innings, and the second was 16-1, also in five innings. The Lady Polar bears are the NWCC co-champions, sharing the title with Riverside.




Upper Scioto Valley Holds Annual Relay for Life

Upper Scioto Valley's 9th Annual Relay For Life was held on Satruday, May 6th. It took place in the Alumni Field House due to bad weather. The opening lap was taken by the cancer survivors and their camilies. In addition to walking laps, there was a three-on-three basketball tournament, dodge-ball, euchre tournament, talent show, and many fun games.


Over the history of othe event, more than $81,000 has been raised for cancer research.


As a member of the student council, I think the event was a success.


Evan Lyle is a WKTN Student Liaison Reporter at Upper Scioto Valley School.


Longtime Nurse Has No Regrets About Career Choice


As National Nurses Week continues, a  longtime nurse at Hardin Memorial Hospital said she has no regrets choosing nursing as her career.


Registered Nurse Pam Beverly, who is the Case Manager and Discharge Planner at Hardin Memorial Hospital said she started in nursing 36 years ago and couldn't imagine doing anything else, "It's so rewarding when you can make a difference in someone's life, and I can't imagine going to work and not having something unusual come across, which is what the medical field sees on a daily basis. There's always something that comes up that's a challenge to try and make it right for the patient or help them feel better in some way."


Why did she choose nursing to begin with?, "I had had a lot of illness in my family as a child, not myself, but family members, and I knew what it was like, and I wanted to make a difference in people's lives the way my family had a difference made for them."


(L-R) HMH Chief Operating Officer Ron Snyder, Brenda Price, Alainy Krueger and Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services Wendy Rodenberger



Tuesday at Hardin Memorial the Facets of Nursing Award was presented to RN Brenda Price and the Scholarship Award was given to Alainy Krueger.


At Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky. the Blessing of the Hands has continued this week according to Director of Nursing Marty Gray, "Wyandot Memorial's Spiritual Care Team has been coming in all week to circulate around through the hospital and the units and offices and providing one on one Blessing of the Hands throughout Nurse's Week. That's been a really cool thing, we've done that a number of years."



Burglary Reported to KPD Tuesday


A burglary was reported to Kenton Police on Tuesday.


According to the report, a resident in the 300 block of Oriental Street told officers a lunch bag containing excedrin and nasal spray was stolen from his residence.


The incident is under investigation.



Some Upper Sandusky Residents Lose Power Following Accident


A crash in Upper Sandusky Tuesday evening knocked out power for some residents in the area.


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, 17 year old Andrew Manzi lost control of his car while crossing the railroad tracks on County Highway 49. The car went off the road and struck a utility pole owned by American Electric Power.


The area was blocked to traffic while the scene was cleared.


There were no injuries.



Multiple Vehicle Crash Reported in Upper Sandusky


A multiple vehicle crash occurred in Upper Sandusky Tuesday evening.


Three vehicles were involved in the crash. The drivers of the cars involved were identified on the reports as Larry Rogner, of Michigan, Brianna Franklin, of Tiffin and Justin Canfield, of Indiana.


The crash occurred on Warpole Street, but no other information is available.



Morton Buildings is Now an Employee Owned Company


Morton Buildings, with a manufacturing plant and sales office in Kenton, announced Tuesday that 100% of the company is now owned by its employees.


According to a release, prior owners sold their shares to the employees’ Employee Stock Ownership Plan, giving current and future employees full ownership of the company. John Russell, the President and CEO of Morton Buildings, said this is good for the company, "This ESOP transaction will have an overwhelming positive effect on the company by further strengthening the historical bond among our very capable and committed employees. Full ownership will not only increase retirement security for employee owners, but it will also reinforce their commitment to our loyal customer base. Employee ownership stimulates enthusiasm and changes lives."

Morton Buildings is the leader in post-frame manufacturing and construction. The company will continue to operate under its existing business model and management structure.



Five Arrested in Auglaize County Drug Bust


Five people have been arrested in a drug bust following a two month long investigation in Auglaize County.


WLIO reported that 55 year old Kimberly Thomas, 48 year old Wesley Wooddell, 38 year old Eric George, 31 year old Julie Altenburger and 35 year old Billie Jo Houston, were all charged with varying degrees of trafficking in drugs all involving pharmaceutical drugs and/or marijuana.


The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation assisted by the Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Drug Task Force and the Wapakoneta Police Department.



Upper Sandusky Man Sentenced to Prison on Burglary and Other Charges

An Upper Sandusky man was sentenced to more than four years in prison on burglary charges Monday in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

The Daily Chief-Union reports that Zachary D. Young, age 19, was sentenced to four and a half years on three counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft, all third-degree felonies.
A fifth-degree felony charge of complicity to breaking and entering was dismissed. 
Young pleaded guilty to the third-degree felonies.



Indian Lake Spillway Construction Underway


Construction on the Indian Lake Spillway is underway.


WPKO reported that the historic spillway being replaced was built in 1908. It replaced the original one built in 1856.


Governor John Kasich approved the project at a cost of 7.5 million dollars. The work is being done by CJ Mahan Construction in Columbus.



Archery in the Schools Program Instructors Invited to Workshop


Classroom teachers and other members of school communities who are interested in becoming certified National Archery in the Schools Program instructors are invited to attend a free training workshop Saturday, July 8, in Hancock County according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


The Basic Archery Instructor Training will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two office located at 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay. Preregistration is required by July 6.


NASP instructors teach target archery to elementary, middle and high school students, within the school gym.



Marion Man To Be Charged with Rape

A 40-year-old Marion man will be charged with rape after the reported sexual assault of a child, police announced Monday.


According to the Mansfield News Journal, Marion officers responded Monday to the northwest section of the city for a reported sexual assault of a child by a family friend who was then involved in a physical altercation with the victim's father and then fled the scene before officers arrived.


Officers and detectives later located Michael Brown, of Marion, in Wyandot County where he allegedly attempted to resist arrest, and officers used electric stun guns to subdue him, according to the release.


Brown was taken to Marion General Hospital because of injuries from the altercation with the victim's father. He was later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for further treatment.


After he is released from the hospital, he will be brought back to Marion County for formal charges, including rape, according to the news release.


Findlay Career Center May Offer New Certifications

Millstream Career Center in Findlay may be offering students a way to earn new certifications starting next year. The Findlay Courier reports the Findlay City School Board learned more about Google for Education and Microsoft Office Specialist certification classes during their board meeting Monday. The School Board will vote on the classes on May 22.


Life Expectancies Rise in Ohio

A new report shows that life expectancies have risen in all 88 of Ohio’s counties.


The Columbus Dispatch reported that statewide, Ohio’s life expectancy in 2014 was 77.9. That compares with a U.S. life expectancy of 79.1.


Geauga County, located in northeast Ohio, leads the state with 81.6 years. The county with the lowest life expectancy was Jackson, in southern Ohio, with 74.6.

The report was published on Monday.


Sidney Man Facing Charges in Logan County

A Sidney man is facing charges following a traffic stop near DeGraff this past Sunday.

WPKO reported that the Logan County Sheriff's Office stopped a car being driven by 56 year old Jerry Foster on State Route 235. A deputy initially noticed the vehicle was being driven by his 15 year old son, but somewhere down the road, Foster moved into the driver's seat. Foster failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the Logan County Jail. While searching the vehicle, deputies found a loaded 9mm gun on the middle row of seats that was partially covered by a blanket. Foster is also facing a felony weapons charge.


Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient Announced

The 2017 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient was announced.


She is Mary L. Marker a 1980 graduate and member of the first class of the Respiratory Care Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is a Certified Respiratory Therapist and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist.


Marker is a long-time employee of St. Rita’s Medical Center.,


Mary remains an invaluable volunteer for the College, as well as a board member for the Veterans Memorial Civic Center Foundation. Marker has served consistently on the Rhodes State College Respiratory Care Advisory Committee, thirteen years as chair and was instrumental in the establishment of the Respiratory Care Alumni Scholarship.


Facets of Nursing, Superheroes in Scrubs Awards Given - National Nurses Week

Activities continue this week at two area hospitals in recognition of National Nurses Week.


Hardin Memorial Hospital Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, Wendy Rodenberger, said two awards will be presented this afternoon including the Facets of Nursing award, "We have been giving the facets of nursing award to one of our nurses who displays the core behaviors of the Ohio Health standard since 2008 and we are giving our first nursing scholarship award this year."  


Rodenberger said that nurses are a very big part of any hospital operation, "This is who patients see 24 hours a day.  There is a nurse by their side when they are admitted to the hospital and it is the person who holds their hand  while they walk through the processes.  They come in for an outpatient procedure, there is always a nurse.”


At Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky, the Superheroes in Scrubs Award was presented to four members of the nursing staff.   They are:


Ashlee Coppus – LPN in the ED/CCU depts.


Stefanie Hushour – Unit Clerk in Med/Surg dept.


June Morter – RN in Dr. Conklin’s Office


Tracy Vanderpool – RN in OB dept.


Kenton City Council Supports 8th Annual "Cruise-In For a Cure"

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday Evening. Judge Greg Grimslid and Municipal Court Clerk Jenifer Alger gave their annual report. In which it was stated that a new bailiff and probation officer is now employed by the court. Judge Grimslid commended all of his staff their work.


Clerk Alger noted that the court has implemented an online payment and e-ticket system. The online system has brought in approximately $161,000 in payments in the last year. This system is also helping recover funds from cases that were never paid.


Council President Joel Althauser noted a petition to vacate an Alley between Tracy and Leonard streets in the city.


Council heard, and approved, three pieces of legislation. The first was a resolution to support the “Cruise-In For a Cure” 8th annual family fun day and car show. Larry Gossard, a supporter of the resolution, noted that state legislation is approving May as Neurofibromatosis awareness month. He also noted that May 17th, the city building and courthouse will be one of 147 historical landmarks around the globe lit up in blue and green for the disease.


The second resolution was approved to transfer various funds within the city budget.


The third piece of legislation provided for additional appropriations. Councilman David Beazley stated that the funds will be use for a raise for the manager of the wastewater treatment facility, and supervisor of the water works facilities, in reward for taking on additional responsibilities.


All resolutions passed after the suspension of the three reading rule.


The Council heard from Fire Chief Carter, who reminded citizens in the Southeast portion of the city that firefighters are testing fire hydrants.


Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser noted that the department has received a large number of high grass and junk complaints. He asked the council’s Special Projects Committee to look at consequences for repeat offenders of the violations.


Councilwoman Teresa Styer noted that the downtown cleanup was canceled due to rain, but flowers have been planted on the square.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held May 22nd, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.



Theft Reported in Marion

Several Items were reported stolen in Marion.


The Marion Star reports that items were reported stolen from a garage in the 1000 block of Somerlot Hoffman Road. Stolen were a Honda four-wheeler, a generator, a lawn mower and fishing gear. The value of the items was estimated at $2,200.


Most Recent Drug Take Back Day A Success

According to a release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office. He and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are thanking Ohioans for properly disposing of an estimated 16.6 tons of unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which was held on April 29, 2017.


The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of prescription drug disposal.  Unused prescription drugs in homes create a public health and safety concern because the medications can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.


Crash Heavily Damages Two Vehicles


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred this weekend at the intersection of Ohio and Henry Streets in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 20 year old Kelci Wehinger, of Kenton, was driving east on on Ohio Street and failed to stop for a stop sign at Henry Street. Her car was struck by a northbound car being operated by 63 year old Delmore Kinnear, of Kenton.


There were no injuries, and Wehinger was cited for failing to stop for a traffic control device.



Upper Sandusky Residents Report IRS Phone Scam


Two residents of Upper Sandusky reported receiving scam calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS.


The Upper Sandusky Police Department did not list the nature of the calls or if any of the intended victims gave out personal information to the caller.


The incidents are under investigation.


Bucyrus Boy to Get Real Drum Set


A boy in Bucyrus will soon have a drum set after a picture of him playing on a street corner using a homemade kit of five gallon buckets was posted on Facebook.


WTOL in Toledo reported that a resident drove by and noticed the boy and took a picture which he posted to the social media site Sunday morning. By last night, people commented on the picture and enough money was raised to purchase a real drum set.


The boy apparently sits outside and plays the homemade drum set every day and loves music.


They hope to get the money collected by next weekend so the drum set can be delivered the following week.  



3 Candidates File For Carey Mayor


Three independent candidates filed to run as mayor of Carey.


The Findlay Courier reported that current mayor Jennifer Rathburn filed as an independent, and she will be challenged by independent candidates Robert Maison and John Green.


The three as well as five candidates who will run for four council seats filed before the May 1 deadline.



Findlay Drug Store Robbed


A drug store in Findlay was robbed Sunday morning.


WFIN reported that three men entered the CVS store located at 463 Tiffin Avenue just before noon on Sunday. The men jumped over the counter and demanded a narcotic. They then ran out of the store with the drug and were picked up by someone driving a black or gray four door car.


The suspects never showed a weapon, and no one was injured during the incident which remains under investigation.



Council on Aging Holds Senior Citizens Day


The Hardin County Council on Aging held Senior Citizens Day this past Friday May 5.


The theme was Hawaiian Luau and the event was held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.


The 2017 Volunteer of the Year was massage therapist Nick Alger. Co-Senior Citizens of the Year were Rose Sorgen and Barbara Brown.


The award for Best Dressed Woman was presented to Chris Donnal and the Best Dressed Man award went to Chris Willford.


Lunch was catered by the Plaza Inn, and the Guest Speaker was Sheriff Keith Everhart, who talked about the Life Saver Wristband Program.


The Master of Ceremonies was Hardin County Commissioner Roger Crowe.




Disorderly Conduct Reported Over the Weekend


A disorderly conduct complaint was filed this weekend.


According to that report, officers received a call that a man was running down the street yelling.


The 30 year old suspect was located lying in a yard at the corner of Grove and Oak Streets. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for evaluation.



Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Weekend Crash


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred this weekend at the intersection of Ohio and Henry Streets in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 20 year old Kelci Wehinger, of Kenton, was driving east on on Ohio Street and failed to stop for a stop sign at Henry Street. Her car was struck by a northbound car being operated by 63 year old Delmore Kinnear, of Kenton.


There were no injuries, and Wehinger was cited for failing to stop for a traffic control device.



Area Hospitals Plan Activities For National Nurses Week


This is National Hospital and Nurses Week.


The theme this year is "Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit." Activities are planned all week at Hardin Memorial Hospital including a Nurses Breakfast Monday morning, a Facets of Nursing Scholarship Award Celebration on Tuesday, a Blessing of the Hands on Wednesday and Florence Nightingales's Birthday Celebrations will be held on Friday.


Wyandot Memorial Hospital will also honor nurses this week.


Among activities there, the Superhero in Scrubs award will be presented to four nurses Monday. The award is to recognize an extraordinary nursing staff person who makes a difference in the lives of so many people.


WKTN will air a series of news stories this week honoring nurses in the area.



Semi Damages Kenton Fire Hydrant

A single vehicle crash damaged a fire hydrant in Kenton Saturday Night.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 50 year old Rodney Ouellette of Orington Maine was attempting to turn east onto State Route 309 from South Leighton Street in Kenton. IN doing so, the right rear axle of Ouellette’s semi trailer went over the curb and onto the sidewalk where a fire hydrant was struck. 

The trailer sustained minor damage, the fire hydrant was knocked off of it’s base and was damaged. The extent of those damages was not listed on the report. No citation was listed.


Teen Driver Evades Injury in Rollover Crash

A teen driver was cited following a rollover injury accident in Logan county Friday Afternoon.


WPKO radio is reporting that according to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, 17 year old Kelly Horne of Bellefontaine was traveling eastbound on State Route 47. She then lost control of her vehicle on wet pavement. Her vehicle went off the road and overturned. Horne was cited for failure to control. No major injuries were reported

Bellefontaine Fire and EMS were assisted by The Rushcreek Fire Department


Gun Magazine Found at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School

A full gun magazine was found at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School.


According to WFIN Radio, the .22 caliber magazine was found at the end of the day on Thursday. School officials notified parents by way of a voice message. The school hasn’t received any threats but police were posted around the school on friday. No other info available at this time.



Ruling Expected in WL-S Shooting Case

A Champaign County judge will rule within 15 days whether the 17-year-old accused of shooting two classmates at West Liberty-Salem schools is fit to stand trial.

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that Ely Serna appeared Friday before Champaign County Juvenile Judge Lori Reisinger for a competency hearing where psychologists testified about his mental competency. The testimony was closed to the media.

Serna is facing two counts of attempted murder; three counts of felonious assault; six counts of improperly discharging a firearm in a school; and a single count of inducing panic and illegal conveyance of a firearm into a school.

On the morning of Jan. 20, he allegedly shot his classmate Logan Cole and then went into the hall and began firing additional rounds, striking one other student.

Cole was seriously injured but has returned to school and is recovering while the second student was not seriously injured.


Massive Rainfall Amounts Cause Flood Waters to Rise

Several areas around the region saw areas of high water the end of last week and this weekend. Areas received amounts of between 2 and a half and 3 inches between the timespan of Thursday and Sunday. Several reports of high water were made to the Kenton Police Department. Several roads and areas were closed as floodwaters rose.

The Blanchard River crested Saturday afternoon at 12.37 feet according to the The Courier which is considered moderate flood stage. Floodwaters are now receding, according to the paper.


ODOT Announces Road Construction Projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced the latest road construction projects for the week of May 8.
Berming will take place at the following locations with traffic maintained through the work zone. 
 .U.S. 68 south of Kenton to the Logan County line
 .State Route 53 north of Kenton to Patterson
 .State Route 81 from Patterson to Dunkirk
.U.S. 23 and state Route 15 near their interchange with state Route 103, south of Carey, will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning May 8 for work related to the removal of two bridge structures over abandoned railroads. 
.State Route 53 between state Route 103 and county Road 2, McCutchenville, closed April 24 for approximately six months for two bridge replacements.
.State Route 231 from state Route 294 to county Road 330 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing. 


Honda to Cut Back on Production at Marysville Plant

Honda in Marysville is cutting back production amid a nationwide plunge in demand for sedans.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the plant is cancelling two production days in each month through September, and the normal one week break in July will be followed by an extra week of no production. While the lines are idle, employees can take vacation time or report to work for non- production duties. The Marysville plant’s main product is the Accord. It also makes the Acura ILX and Acura TLX. As of April, Accord’s sales were down 11 percent this year, according to the paper.
The plant has about 4000 workers.


Hydrants to be Flushed in Part of Kenton Next Week

The Kenton Fire Department will be flowing fire hydrants in the southwest part of town Monday through Friday next week.
According to information from the fire department, anyone south of Franklin Street and East of Main will have a decrease of water pressure.
Residents will not lose water, and it will be safe to drink.



Theft of Gas Tank Cover Reported


A complaint about a theft was taken by Kenton Police on Thursday.


According to the report, an employee of Village Pantry reported that someone stole the cover off the underground gas tank.


The cover is valued at $100. The incident remains under investigation.


Driver Cited Following Crash in Kenton Thursday Afternoon


Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Kenton.


According to the report, 39 year old Joshua Fout lost control of his vehicle while driving north on Main. The pickup struck a car being operated by 34 year old Ann Miller, of Kenton, who was stopped for a red light at the intersection of Main and Espy Street.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries, and Fout was cited for failing maintain reasonable control.


Fed Ex Truck Rolls After Driver was Forced Off Road


A crash involving a Fed Ex truck occurred late Thursday morning.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred in the 22,000 block of County Road 144 around 11:30 Thursday morning. The driver of the Fed Ex truck told deputies he was forced off the road by a full size red pickup, which continued eastbound.


The Fed Ex truck went off the road and rolled over in a wooded area.


The driver was not injured, and the crash remains under investigation.


Drug Charges Land Woman in Prison For 3 Years


One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office, Chasticy R. Larson was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and two counts of possession of heroin.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Celebrate Recovery Continues to Meet


Celebrate Recovery continues to meet every Tuesday in Kenton.


Pastor Jason Manns the program helps people with various issues in their lives. He said they meet once a week at St. John’s Church, and the program is operated by several area churches.

For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Two Lima Men Convicted on Sex Trafficking Charges


Two Lima men were convicted by a federal jury of human trafficking charges for their roles in a conspiracy in which girls, then 14 and 16 years old, were forced into commercial sex acts.


According to an FBI release:


.Lorenzo Young, 31, was convicted on eight counts, including conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking of a minor and participating in a child exploitation enterprise, among other crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7.


.Aundre Davis, 35, was convicted on six counts, including conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking of a minor, and other crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 31.


In addition, Megan Hitt, Randy Thompson and three other people previously pleaded guilty to crimes related to the conspiracy. Hitt is scheduled to be sentenced June 1.



Father and Son Arrested For Drugs Near Indian Lake


A father and son are facing drug charges after being arrested this week near Indian Lake.


WPKO reported that Washington Township police officers stopped a car driven by 44 year old Richard Dircksen for a lane violation.


A search of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous prescription medications and other drug paraphernalia items.


Both men were charged with felony drug charges and were taken to the Logan County Jail.



Woman Facing Drug Charges Following Fire in Ada


One person has been arrested following a fire in Ada that destroyed a house Wednesday afternoon.


The fire occurred at 409 North Main Street in a structure that houses two apartment units. Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley said flames were coming out of several windows when firefighters arrived. Everyone in the apartments made it out safely. An Ada firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.




Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger released a statement this morning that said following an investigation, it was discovered that the occupant of the downstairs apartment had assembled or possessed chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, namely methamphetamine. Officers arrested Karen Troglin for the assembly and/or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. Further charges are possible as the case remains under investigation. Troglin was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.


The Hardin County Crime Task Force and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation assisted in the investigation


Fire departments from Dunkirk, McGuffey, Lafayette and Mt. Cory assisted the Ada Fire Department in battling the blaze.


Driver Cited After Semi Contents Rolled onto Road


A semi driver was cited after the contents of the trailer he was pulled spilled onto the road late Wednesday morning.


The incident occurred on Detroit Street between Ohio and Franklin Streets. The empty containers rolled out of the back of the trailer and some crashed into a parked car causing moderate damage.


The semi driver, identified as Dennis Lambert, of Weston, Ohio, was cited for an unsecure load.


That stretch of road was closed for several hours while the containers were loaded back up.


Kenton School Bus Receives Minor Damage in Crash


A Kenton school bus received light damage following an accident around 3 Wednesday afternoon.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 55 year old Rebecca Clyborn drove the bus from Long Street onto Summit Street and was struck by a car being driven by 18 year old Alec Burroughs. Light damage occurred to both vehicles.


Clyborn was cited for failing to yield the right of way.



Runaway Russells Point Teen Found in Lewistown


A runaway teen was arrested after he was found in Lewistown Tuesday afternoon.


According to WPKO radio, The Washington Township Police Department reports that Jonny Golden, 15, of Russells Point, ran away from home early Sunday morning.


The Logan County Sheriff's Office and Washington Township Police responded and noticed a strong odor of marijuana.


Michael Golden, age 18,  admitted that he and Golden had been smoking the drug


Deputies recovered drug paraphernalia, and was charged with a probation violation, and issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.



Two Area Organizations Featured in Ohio Business Profile


COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature nonprofit businesses throughout the month of May.  


There are more than 65,000 active nonprofit corporations filed with the Secretary of State’s office. The nonprofit sector is one of the largest employers in the state, employing roughly 480,000 people.  


Companies profiled this month in our area include:


.Hospets in Marysville. It is an all-volunteer organization that provides care to the pets of senior citizens.  Some of their services include transporting pets to grooming and veterinary appointments, and assisting with the pet’s basic needs.


.Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio. It is a research and development service with a focus of facilitating collaborations that can generate new capital investments and create jobs.



Russells Point Man Charged With OVI Following Crash


A Russells Point man was injured in a one vehicle crash this week in Logan County.


WPKO reported that 48 year old Amelio Peluso III lost control of his car while driving north on County Road 130. The car went off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole.


Peluso was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine and then transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.


He was cited for operating a vehicle intoxicated and failure to control.



Student At A Lima School Accused of Bringing Gun to School


A student at Perry High School in Allen County is being accused of bringing a loaded gun onto school grounds.


WLIO in Lima reported that the unnamed student is being detained in the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center.


Allen County Sheriff's deputies were sent to the school after another student informed the principal that the other student had a gun. The principal found the gun in the student's locker and secured it until deputies arrived.


The gun was reported stolen in Auglaize County.



Ada Home Damaged By Fire


Fire damaged a home in Ada Wednesday afternoon.


According to information from Ada Fire Department Chief Jay Epley, when firefighters arrived flames were coming out of several windows.


The structure in the 400 block of Main Street houses an upstairs and downstairs apartment. All occupants made it out safely. An Ada firefighter was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.


Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from McGuffey, Lafayette, Mt. Cory and Dunkirk.

The cause has not yet been determined, and the fire remains under investigation.


Semi Loses Load of Empty Containers in Downtown Kenton


A car in parked in downtown Kenton was damaged after empty containers fell from the back of a semi trailer late Wednesday morning.


The incident occurred on Detroit Street between Ohio and Franklin Streets.

That stretch of road was closed for several hours while the containers were reloaded.



Theft Reported From Garage in Dunkirk


A theft was reported in the 300 block of Main Street in Dunkirk on Tuesday.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office report, the resident told deputies someone broke into his garage and stole meat out of the freezer. The intruder also went through the house, but nothing was believed to be missing.


The incident remains under investigation.



Farm Bureau Supports CAUF Reform in State Budget


The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation released a statement supporting passage of Current Agricultural Use Value reform and important agricultural measures in the House budget bill.


The bureau said Ohio’s family farmers appreciate the inclusion of C.A.U.V. reform in the budget bill passed Tuesday by the Ohio House. The adjustments to the formula will provide critical relief to farmers who have seen farmland taxes increase by more than 300 percent at a time when farm income has dropped dramatically. The bill also ensures that farmers are not penalized for adopting conservation practices that protect water quality.


The Ohio Farm Bureau also supports the bill’s crucial funding for Extension services, agricultural research and development and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. These services provide important science-based information that benefits the farm and food community.



University of Findlay Commencement Set For Saturday


The University of Findlay's Commencement 2017 will be held this Saturday, May 6.


The graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex on North Main Street.


Featured speakers will be Adam Hechko for the graduate ceremony, and Ohio Senator Randy Gardner for the undergraduate ceremony.



ONU Scores High in First Time Bar Passage Survey


The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law ranks first among Ohio law schools for first-time bar passage.


According to a release, in the results for the February bar exam released by the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Northern ranked first among Ohio law schools in first-time bar passage with a rate of 88 percent, which is well above the statewide average of 66 percent.


David Crago, interim dean of the Pettit College of Law, said the result of the most recent bar exam is confirmation of the commitment to providing each student with the education and training needed to begin a successful legal career and an acknowledgement of the hard work of the graduates.



First Week of Wild Turkey Hunting Season Successful For Ohio Hunters


Ohio hunters checked 10,280 wild turkeys during the first week of the wild turkey hunting season, April 24-30.


That was way up from last year's opening week take of 8,629.


Around our area, Hardin County hunters took 43, which was down from last year's 49, Allen County: 36, Auglaize: 30, Hancock: 24,  Logan: 69,  Marion: 22,  Union: 27 and Wyandot County hunters took 50 wild turkeys during the first week of the hunting season.



Gypsy Moth Spraying Begins in Area This Month


The Ohio Department of Agriculture will soon begin aerial treatments designed to control the gypsy moth population in Ohio.


According to a release, treatments on 1,135 acres in Hancock, Hardin, Lucas, Marion and Union counties will begin in early May, as larvae and leaf development reaches the optimal threshold for treatment.


Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies just above tree tops. High humidity, low temperature and minimal wind are crucial for a successful application. Treatment will most likely take place during early morning hours.


Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate over 300 species of trees and shrubs.



Rhodes State College Holds Scholarship Awards Reception

LIMA, Ohio – The 20th Annual Rhodes State College Scholarship Awards reception was held April 12, 2017, in Keese Hall on the College’s campus with a record crowd of over 300 recipients, donors and guests. For the 2017–2018 academic year, the Rhodes State College Foundation has 137 scholarship awards totaling $127,800 to award to students. Over the past 18 years, the Foundation has awarded 1,876 scholarship awards to students totaling over $2 million through endowed and annual scholarships. Presently, the Foundation has 50 endowed and annual scholarship funds.
The scholarship recipients for the 2017–2018 academic year are: 
Makayla Callahan-Rhodes State Scholarship
Stefnay Dick-McClain/Marshall Scholarship
Alexis Hamilton-Rhodes State College Faculty and Staff Student Scholarship
Morgan Madison-Thomas R. and Gloria P. Leech Scholarship
Trevor Motter-Roger P. Jones Concrete Technology Scholarship
Breanna Thompson-Roger P. Jones Concrete Technology Scholarship
Sara Haley-Gilbert Scholarship
Kitsommad Kaedaeng-James J. Countryman Scholarship
Cheyanne Ogborn-Distance Education Scholarship
Levi Probst-Frank and Shirley Hill Scholarship
Kelsey Rettig-John and Margie Robenalt Memorial Scholarship
Brett Mullholand-Rhodes State College Faculty and Staff Student Scholarship


Hancock County Dog Park Set To Reopen

Hancock Park District will reopen the Field of Dreams Dog Park in Riverbend Park tomorrow at sunrise.

WFIN reporting that the park had closed last week to install a new waste disposal system and fence.

The new system eliminates the need for trash cans inside the dog park. One trash can will be located at the entry outside of the gate.

The park district asks that visitors don’t put trash bags in the new tank. Instead, the park will have scoops available beside the front gate.


Covered Bridge Renovations Planned

The Daily Chief-Union reports that the Wyandot County Board of Commissioners accepted two bids totaling more than $1 million for renovations to two historical landmarks in the county.

The bridges being renovated are Parker Covered Bridge and Swartz Covered Bridge.

Wyandot County will only be responsible for approximately 5 percent of the cost of the work.

County Engineer Mike Kohl said 80 percent of the funding will come from a federal grant from the Transportation Alternative Program and 15 percent will be provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Toll Revenue Credit, according to the paper.

The projects will include the bridges receiving work on the roofs and siding.

The work is expected to begin this summer and the bridges will be closed until the projects are completed.


(UPDATE) One Killed in Car Train Crash



A Dola teenager was killed after his car was struck by a train around 3:50 Monday afternoon in the 12,000 block of County Road 60, west of U.S. 68.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, 16 year old Layton Rogers was driving west on 60 and failed to yield to the southbound CSX train. Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene by Hardin County

Coroner Larry Kuk.


The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team, Dunkirk Fire and EMS, CSX Railroad Police and Minich's Towing.


The crash remains under investigation.



Disturbance Investigated by KPD


A disturbance was reported in the area of King and High Streets Monday afternoon.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a juvenile male was said to have a knife.


A 10 year old suspect was listed on the report.



Man Arrested on Warrant


A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers observed 31 year old Ryan Osborn walking in the 400 block of North Main Street. Osborn had an active warrant for his arrest through Hardin County Municipal Court.


He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Zika Case Reported in Clark County


The Clark County Combined Health District has reported a suspected case of Zika virus in a resident who returned from traveling recently.


NBC4 in Columbus reported that the suspected person is recovering at home and there is no evidence that Zika is being transmitted locally.


Zika is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The illness is typically mild and goes away within one week.



Man Revived After Overdosing in Lakeview


A Lakeview man was revived after a suspected overdose on heroin this past Sunday night.


WPKO reported that 36 year old Shane Slagle was found unresponsive on the front porch of a Lakeview home. A resident at that house said he heard a car pull up and later heard Slagle fall to the ground. A needle was removed from his arm.


Slage was revived by the Indian Lake EMS and transported to Mary Rutan Hospital.


The incident remains under investigation.


Sidney Man Arrested on Drug Charges in DeGraff


A man was arrested in a church parking lot over the weekend on drug related charges.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that 30 year old Brandon Whitt, of Sidney, was arrested following a drug transaction in DeGraff.


Heroin and drug paraphernalia were said to be in Whitt's vehicle at the time of his arrest.


Whitt was arrested and charged with felony counts of trafficking in heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments.


Delay Information, May 2nd, 2017

Kenton High School students will be on a two hour delay Tuesday May 2nd. State testing is cancelled. All students are to report at 10:00AM. Busses will run at normal time.


Crash Damages Two Vehicles Sunday in Kenton

There were no injuries reported in a weekend crash that occurred on Franklin at Detroit Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car driven by 56 year old Timothy Altvater, of Kenton, slowed down for a traffic light that was turning from yellow to red. His car was struck from behind by a vehicle being driven by 37 year old Chrystal McCafferty, also of Kenton.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and McCafferty was cited for driving under financial responsibility suspension or cancellation. 


Five Crashes From Around the County Reported Sunday

Several crash reports were taken by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office throughout the day on Sunday.
In all, 5 crashes were reported. 
They occurred in Ridgeway, Dunkirk, Roundhead Township, Kenton and Blanchard Township.
The reports were not available at this time, but there were no injuries reported in any of the crashes.


Assault Reported at Apartment Complex Sunday

A report of an assault was investigated by police on Sunday.
According to that Kenton Police Department report, the incident occurred in an apartment in the 600 block of East Street. A suspect was listed, but so far no charges have been filed. 


Woman Arrested Following a Disturbance Sunday

A Kenton woman was arrested following an incident Sunday in the 100 block of Hester Street in the city.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to investigate a complaint about an unwanted person causing a disturbance at that location.
The suspect, identified as Hannah Scott, was arrested and transported to the police department. She’s been charged with criminal mischief, obstructing official business and open container.


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