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Ada Woman Suffers Fatal Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Near Dublin


An Ada woman was found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on U.S. 33 near Dublin Thursday morning.


10TV News in Columbus quoted the Union County Sheriff's Office as saying 21 year old Kera-Ann N. Bollinger was found lying in the grass outside the passenger side of a vehicle. A handgun was recovered on the pavement.


Bollinger was transported to Dublin Methodist Hospital where she later was pronounced dead.


The incident remains under investigation.



Crash With Injuries Reported Wednesday Night


A crash was reported Wednesday night on Township Road 45 at County Road 110.


The crash with injuries was reported around 10:50 last night.


No other information is available at this time from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.



Commissioners Receive Updates From Sheriff and JFS Director


The Hardin County Commissioners received an update from Sheriff Keith Everhart at Tuesday's meeting.


The Sheriff, along with Chief Deputy Dennis Burns, told the commissioners that body cameras will be updated for all deputies as well as the dog warden and kennel. They noted the updates will be made in January.


Job and Family Services Director John Folk also addressed the commissioners. One of the things he talked about was the number of households receiving food stamps. He noted that through October, 1481 households received food stamp assistance. He said the cost was $374,209.



Kenton Elks Holding Foul Shooting Contest


The annual Elks foul shooting contest has been set for this Sunday December 3 at the Kenton High School gymnasium.


The free event will start at 3 and is open to any Hardin County student between the ages of 8 and 13 as of April 1, 2018.


Shooters will attempt 25 foul shots and 3 boys and 3 girls winners will advance  to the District contest in Findlay in January.


From there, the winners advance to Regional, State and then National competitions.



Hardin County Sheriff Issues Scam Alert


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office has issued a scam alert.

According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, individuals have received phone calls telling them they have won a cash reward because they are a model citizen. They say that the award is in partnership with Walmart, Apple and an out of state bank.

The award is claimed by the person purchasing Apple gift cards at Walmart then calling a specified phone number where the gift card identification numbers are provided to a program representative. Afterwards, the cash value of the cards and the awarded prize amount supposedly will be sent to the person being scammed. Of course that money never arrives.

The Sheriff's Office said the best advice as always is to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and to hang up when you get these kinds of calls.

Never provide personal information to an unknown or unverified caller.




Kenton Girl Reports a Man Tried to Lure Her Into His Vehicle


A 15 year old female reported that a man tried to get her inside his vehicle while she was walking in the 500 block of West Franklin Street just after 8 Tuesday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a man was driving a tan minivan with a grey stripe down the side. She said she declined his invitation for a ride, and he then offered her alcohol and marijuana which she also declined and moved away from the van.


The victim said the van circled around several times. She said she last saw the van in the area of Wharton Park as she hid in the playground equipment.


The suspect is described as a thin built white male, who appeared to be in his mid 30's. He had a darker or tanned complexion and had what appeared to be acne scars on his face. He also had a goatee and medium length brown hair that was slicked and pulled back.


The investigation is on-going by the Kenton Police Department.



Dog Tags Go on Sale Friday Around Hardin County

The 2018 Dog Tags go on sale starting this Friday December 1.
Every dog three months of age and older must have a  license.
The fee for the tag is 16 dollars if purchased prior to January 31, 2018. After that date, there is a penalty of 16 dollars plus an 80 dollar kennel license. Anyone harboring an unlicensed dog will be cited into court, and will face a fine of between 25 to 150 dollars for the first offense. That increases to 75 up to 250 dollars for subsequent offenses.
The tags go on sale Friday at the following locations:
.Ace Hardware-Kenton
.Ada Animal Hospital-Ada
.Community First Bank-Forest
.Diamond M Vet Clinic-Kenton
.Forest Police Department-Forest
.Hepburn Feed and Supply-Hepburn
.Liberty National Bank-Ada
.Mouser Hardware-Ridgeway
.Mt. Victory Hardware-Mt. Victory
.Oates Vet Clinic-Kenton
.Pfeiffer Station General Store-Pfeiffer Station
.Rams Roost- McGuffey
.Southside Six Carry-Out-Dunkirk
They can also be purchased at the Hardin County Auditor's Office or at the Hardin County Dog Shelter.


Items Stolen From a Garage in Kenton


A garage was broken into and several items were stolen in the 600 block of Gilmore Street in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the resident said he noticed the door to his detached garage was open and noticed the items missing when he went inside the garage.


The incident is under investigation.



Alger Village Council Race Unchanged Following Recount


There are no changes in the Alger Village Council race following a recount conducted yesterday.


According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections, Steve Hunt, Donald Thompson, Steve Collingsworth and Donald Hensley were declared the winners.


Hunt, Thompson and Collingsworth won on election night while Hensley tied Linda Dienstberger.


Hensley won a coin flip last week.



HSLC Conducting Holiday Food and Toy Drive


A Kenton financial institution is currently conducting a holiday food and toy drive.


Barrels are set up at HSLC where non-perishable food items and unwrapped new toys can be dropped off through December 15.


The food collected will be given to Hardin County S.O.U.P., while the toys will go to Helping Hands.



Police Investigating Child Pornography Incident


A report of a minor being used in nudity oriented material was taken by Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, a woman in the 500 block of North Glendale Street said that her daughter was tricked into taking a topless photo of herself.


The investigation into the incident in ongoing.



Man Reports Television Stolen and Son as a Runaway


A theft and a runaway child were reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, officers received a complaint from a resident of Forest Court Apartments that a television was stolen.


The suspect was listed as the man's 17 year old son who was listed as a runaway.


The incident remains under investigation.



Rite Aid Employee Accused of Stealing Money


A theft of money by an employee of Rite Aid was reported to police.


According to the report, store officials told officers that an employee stole over $180 from the store over nine separate instances.


The employee allegedly admitted to the theft and was issued a misdemeanor summons for theft.



Watch Stolen From Columbus Street Apartment


A theft was also reported by a resident in the 200 block of West Columbus Street.


According to the report, the man said a watch valued at $225 was stolen from his apartment.


No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.



Two Houses Damaged by a Truck Monday Morning


Two properties on West Lima Street were damaged after a truck struck them Monday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 40 year old Tony Lee, of Michigan, was driving east on Lima Street and failed to negotiate a curve while preparing to turn left onto Franklin Street. The truck went off the right side of the road and struck a house at 417 West Franklin and came to rest after striking the house at 413.


There were no injuries, and Lee was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



OhioHealth HMH Welcomes New Physician Assistant


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital welcomed a new physician assistant to the Kenton community.


According to a release, after practicing over five years at OhioHealth in Marion, Certified Physician Assistant Corey McMurray has joined OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians and will work in partnership with Jeffrey Neuhauser, MD; Christina Crum, MD; and Danita Podach, PA-C.  


He will be providing primary care services to patients of all ages including physical exams, wellness or illness care as well as management of chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, allergies, asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.


McMurray has resided in Kenton for the past four years and has been active in the community serving as a Board member of Table One and the head coach for the Kenton youth wrestling team.  



Nominations Sought For Alliance Awards


Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Alliance Annual Awards.


The categories are Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Service Award, Women LEAD Excellence Award and Young Professionals Alliance Award.


Nomination forms can be found on the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance website, and must be turned in by December 31.



Garage Broken Into Over the Weekend


Several items were stolen following a weekend breaking and entering at a residence in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 300 block of North Main Street told officers that an air compressor,  television and two gas containers were stolen from a garage on his property.


The incident is under investigation.



Theft From Vehicle Reported Sunday


A theft from a vehicle at Westview Estates was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


According to the report, the resident said cash and several credit and debit cards were stolen from the car.


The incident is under investigation.



Record Numbers Expected to Travel During Holiday Weekend


AAA predicts the highest Thanksgiving travel numbers since 2005, with  50.9 million Americans, including more than 2.1 million Ohioans, planning to travel at least 50 miles from home between today and Sunday, Nov. 26.


This is a 3.3 percent increase nationally from last year.


A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, enabling a confident consumer to spend money on travel. This year’s Thanksgiving travel predictions are 35 percent higher than in 2008, during the recession.


Be safe in your travels, and from all of us here at WKTN Radio, Happy Thanksgiving!



Extension Office Releases Rainfall Amounts For Growing Season


The OSU Hardin County Extension Office released rainfall amounts for the 2017 growing season.


From April 15 through October 15, average rainfall was 28.25 inches, which made 2017 a wet year.


This is 4.90 inches above the ten-year average growing season precipitation, and 7.05 more inches of rain than last year’s growing season.


The most rainfall recorded during the growing season was 34.69 inches in Jackson Township. The least rainfall in the county was recorded in Dudley Township with 24.53 inches for the season.



Christmas Open House Scheduled in Mt. Victory


The Mt. Victory Christmas Open House is scheduled for December 2 and 3 in the village.


10 shops will be featuring holiday specials including antiques, crafts, repurposed and home decor items.


In addition, there will be horse drawn wagon rides, food and a tree lighting ceremony on Main and Taylor Streets.


The hours are 10am to 5pm on December 2 and from noon until 5 on December 3.



ONU Holding Jazz Jam Sessions


The jazz culture is blooming at Ohio Northern University thanks to weekly jam sessions that expand learning opportunities for students in settings that extend beyond the classroom.


A jam session is an informal gathering of musicians who play and improvise together, especially in jazz or blues, using no music and literally improvising “on the fly” as they play.


At ONU, jam sessions are run by Professor Gene Parker, who said jam sessions have created a jazz culture at ONU that didn’t exist previously.


Jam sessions occur at El Campo restaurant in Ada. The band usually consists of Parker and his students and, sometimes, other professional musicians in addition to Parker.



No Injuries Reported in Monday Afternoon Crash


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon in the 400 block of West Columbus Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 28 year old Stephanie Moore, of Ada, attempted to turn right onto Columbus and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 28 year old Brooklyn Shields, of Lakeview.


There were no injures, and Moore was cited for failing to yield the right of way.



Kenton Resident Reports Theft From Her Home


A theft was reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, a resident in the 100 block of North Leighton Street told officers that a small amount of money and prescription medication were stolen from her residence.


A suspect was named, but has not yet been charged.



Parade Brings Santa to Town Tonight


The 2017 Lions Christmas parade is scheduled for this evening.


The staging of the parade will be from 5:45 to 6 at the St. John's Church parking lot. The parade moved out starting at 6:30.


The lighting of the courthouse and the Window Wonderland ceremony will take place prior to the parade this evening, and kids will be able to visit with Santa in his caboose afterward.


Forest CIC Promotes Shop Local Event


The Forest Area Community Improvement Corporation announced that it will hold a "Shop Local at the Library" event on Sunday December 3 during the Charlie Brown Christmas.


So far, Mary Kay, LulaRoe, Pampered Chef and more are confirmed vendors.


Interested vendors should send an email to Jessi Alger at j.alger1@ yahoo. com.



KCS Board Hears from Leaders, Speaker, Handles Personnel Business

Kenton Middle School Social Worker Jessica Parsley and students Jacob Taylor and Haylee Keckler presented to the board about their “Leader In Me” Program. Parsley teaches a course where students learn about leadership, but also lead outreach groups. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that the leader in me program is a massive success district wide.


Robin Oates from the Partnership for Violence Free Families spoke to the board about a coalition being formed to raise awareness about underage alcohol consumption. The group comes in light of survey data taken in 2014 revealing underage consumption to be a large issue within the school.


Superintendent Penczarski also noted that this week is the district’s Thanksgiving break. Classes resume on Tuesday after Staff Professional Development on Monday of next week.


The board’s finance committee discussed purchasing a security system to bring the new athletic building site up to date in technology. It was also noted that the school took bids for vehicles they are looking to retire. The committee noted that they will have to replace a previously resigned special education teacher.


The facilities committee expressed concern about entering the field at the Elementary School location after the cross country running path is installed. The committee also noted that the new bus garage is moving forward. The committee is looking at replacing the concession stand at the Merold Soccer Complex.


The board approved the retirement resignation of Miriam Robertson - KES custodian, Kimberlee Thomas - KES Special Education Teacher, and Larry Adams - bus driver as well as the resignations of Gary Dunahue - KMS cafeteria, and Evelyn Titus - substitute, and Kailey Whitaker - Freshman Girls Basketball.


The transfer of Lisa Cochensparger to the accounts payable position after resigning from the payroll position was approved by the board.


An employee supplemental contract was approved for Shana Stout - KMS Power of the Pen.

Sarah Thomas - KHS Assistant Swim coach, and Gregory Jolliff - KMS 8th Grade Boys Basketball coach were awarded non-employee supplemental contracts.


Kevin Kapanka II, was hired as a bus driver.

A resolution was passed regarding the termination of an employee during a probationary period.


Kathryne Mendez’s maternity leave was approved.

Approve Brian Harder, Chase Barnes, and Kaily Whitaker as volunteers.


Jeff Tackett was transferred from KES custodian 2nd shift to KES custodian 1st shift.

Amanda Conkel was hired to the KMS Cafeteria.


Emily Baird, Jason Kimmel, Bonita Burroughs, Angela Aaron, Jaimee Frey, Brenda Jennings,  Jacob Eikenbary, and Jed Thobe were all approved as volunteers.

Several updates to numerous bylaws, administrative guidelines and policies were passed.


The board approved the district's Gifted Service and ID Plan, as well as the Top 20’s upcoming overnight trip.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on December 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


Weekend Crash in Kenton Injures One Person


One person was injured in a crash that occurred in Kenton on Saturday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the crash occurred at the intersection of Main and Franklin Streets in downtown Kenton.


The drivers were identified as 28 year old Lora Drumm, of Forest, and 72 year old Vernon Eldridge, of Kenton.


Drumm, who was cited for a red light violation and driving on a temporary permit with no valid licensed driver, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.



Items Reportedly Stolen From Kenton Residence


Numerous items were stolen from a Kenton residence over the weekend.


According to the report, the theft occurred at an apartment on Morningside Drive.


A suspect was named but has not yet been charged.



Money Withdrawn Using Stolen Debit Card


A theft of a debit card was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


A resident said the suspect who stole the card then withdrew $200 from her account.


The named suspect has not yet been charged.



Women LEAD Empowerment Conference Held


On Friday November 17 around 50 girls from 6 schools in Hardin County came together for the Second Annual Hardin County Women LEAD Women Empowerment Conference.


The conference included courses on etiquette, a discussion panel with local female leaders and break out sessions taught by Mandie Crates-Bayliff, Kim Totten, Shannon Allmon,Hayley Palmer, Shannon Barnes, Natasha Weaver, and Mariah Black.


These sessions included topics like marketing your passion and being true to yourself among many others.


High School girls interested in the event should look for memos from the guidance office next year and apply to attend.



Ridgemont Board Hosts Senior Citizens for Holidays

The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education will present the 13th Annual Senior Citizen's Christmas Luncheon at noon on Thursday December 7 at the school.


Students will present art projects and share what they are learning at school. The Company R and the Jazz Band will also perform.


All seniors in the the Ridgemont School District are welcome to attend.


Call 937-354-2441 by November 29 to make your reservation.



Five People Sentenced Recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Stephen L. Keckler was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison on one count each of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, endangering children and driving under suspension.


.Ronnie L. Toler was sentenced to 12 months in prison on one count of escape.


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


.Brittany L. Tillman on one count of obstruction of justice.


.Joey L. Barnett on one count each of receiving stolen property, breaking and entering and petty theft.


.Courtney M. Aryee on one count of aggravated assault.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Ridgemont Board of Education Conducts November Meeting


The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education took care of a light agenda at its November meeting Thursday evening.


The board accepted the resignation of Matthew VanScoy as a bus driver, and Tamela Freshcorn was hired to fill the positions.


A list of substitute teachers was approved, and as part of routine personnel business, all fall supplemental contracts were non-renewed.


Also at the meeting, the board approved entering into a contract with OhioHealth for an Athletic Trainer for the rest of this school year.


Several businesses and individuals were thanked for making a donation to support the school's Fall Festival.


The next regular meeting will be held at 5:00pm on December 14.



Longtime Business in Forest Honored by C.I.C.


The Forest Area Community Improvement Commission presented a recognition certificate to the owners of a longtime business in Forest.


CIC President Jeff Knedler presented the award to Mick McBride and Jody Shields to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of McBride's Furniture Village.


The presentation was made during this week's quarterly meeting.



Forest Police Sponsoring Santa Cops Campaign


The Forest Police Department, with the assistance of the Village of Forest, will be sponsoring the annual Santa Cops Campaign.


If you know about a Forest family that is in need this Holiday season, message the Forest Police Department on their Facebook page.


Funds are limited, and if anyone can help, donations can be made at the Forest Police Department located at 211 West Lima Street in the village.



HMH Foundation's Mistletoe Ball Set For December 2


‘Nutcracker Sweet’ is this year’s theme of Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation’s largest fundraiser, the Mistletoe Ball.  

The black tie optional event will take place on Saturday, December 2 at the Hardin County Armory beginning at 7:30 p.m.


A silent auction will take place over the course of the evening with several packages.


The live auction will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and will feature numerous items including a Nutcracker package consisting of six tickets for the December 16 matinee at the Ohio Theatre, limo service and a gift card for dining.


This year’s goal is $40,000 and will benefit the renovation to the 2 North Outpatient Department.


For reservations or further information, contact Sandy Dick, at the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation office at (419) 675.8144.



Hardin Northern 1st Graders Learn About Harvest Season


Hardin Northern first grade students learned about harvest season this week.


According to the school's Facebook page, the students visited the Ag Building where FFA students taught them about harvesting, tractors and the different types of crops that are harvested during the busy season.


Various objects were brought in for the first graders to see and help them learn. Wilson Farms and the Crooks Family allowed the use of machinery and crops to aid in the lesson.



Dola Man Arraigned on Charge of G.S.I.


A Dola man was arraigned this week on charges handed down by the Hardin County Grand Jury last month.


According to documents filed in Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, 64 year old Rickey M. Hamlin was indicted on one count of gross sexual imposition. He appeared this week and pleaded not guilty to the fourth degree felony charge.


Bond was set at $5000 own recognizance, and the jury trial was scheduled for March 8, 2018.



Hardin Leadership Celebrates 25 Years with 2017 Graduation This Evening


Nineteen Hardin Leadership participants will be recognized for completing the nine session program this evening at the Elk's Lodge Banquet Room, 117 E. Franklin St, Kenton.  


The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. by celebrating the 25 years of Hardin Leadership. The dinner buffet will begin at 6:00.  

Representing the class with the "Class Reflections" will be Jesse Purcell of Kenton.  


The annual meeting will take place following the graduation so former graduates are encouraged to attend.



Hardin County Players Presents Dinner Theatre Production


The Hardin County Players will present "Miracle on 34th Street-A Radio Play."


The Dinner Theatre will be held at the Forbing Community Centre, 122 North Main Street in Kenton on Friday December 8 and Saturday December 9 at 7:30pm. A matinee performance will be held Sunday December 10 at 2.


The dinner will be catered by the Plaza Inn and will be served one hour before the performance.


For tickets, contact Rhonda Swisher at (419) 236-4211 or Shirley Byal at (419) 673-5369.



Forest Area CIC Hosts Community Memory Christmas Tree


As part of the Charlie Brown Christmas, the Forest Area Community Improvement Corporation will host the Community Memory Tree again this year.


According to the Village of Forest Facebook page, a new live tree will be planted on the lot as a permanent fixture.


Bringman, Clark-Shields Funeral Home is sponsoring the tree.


Ornaments are on sale for $5 and can be purchased at the Forest Municipal Building.


The memory service and tree lighting is scheduled for 12:30pm on Sunday December 3.



Ohio Hi-Point Board Votes to Place Levy on May Ballot

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – In the first of two votes, the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education voted unanimously to place a modest .6 mill permanent improvement issue on the May 8, 2018 ballot to renovate the career center’s 43-year old building to provide students advanced technical training for 21st century jobs. The issue, which is the first time in 40 years the district has placed an issue on the ballot, will cost taxpayers $1.84 a month, or $22 a year, per $100,000 of a home’s market value.
The permanent improvement issue is needed to offer enhanced lab-learning classes in fields that have local jobs to be filed, such as healthcare and skilled manufacturing, as well as create new learning spaces so additional training can be offered. The issue is also needed to make repairs and improvements to prolong the use of the existing building.  
The Board has been discussing plans to meet the demand for skilled workers in emerging jobs within the district’s communities and adapt to the ever-changing technology needs for the past few years.
Students who attend Ohio Hi-Point receive advanced technical training and can earn professional certifications needed for the modern-day workforce and college credit for coursework. The district is responsible with taxpayer resources and in the district’s day-to-day operations. In the last 20 years, the career center has lived within its means while growing by more than 3,500 students.
“We know how important it is ensuring every student has a plan, whether for employment or continuing education. Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s successes through advanced technical and skills training will continue to help grow our own local economy,” said superintendent Dr. Rick Smith.
“This permanent improvement issue will provide funds for renovations on the Bellefontaine Main Campus and increase technology, tools, and equipment within the district's satellite programs needed for today's modern-day workforce,” finished Smith.  
The Board will now go to the County Auditor to certify the total current tax valuation of the School District and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by the levy.
To learn more about the upcoming permanent improvement issue, please visit www.ohiohipoint.com.  
The Board also heard presentations from students around the district during the regularly scheduled meeting.
Kolt Buchenroth, a 2017 graduate from Kenton High School who was enrolled in Ohio Hi-Point’s Agriculture program at Kenton, shared his experiences and success of placing first in the Proficiency Award at the FFA National Convention this year. He is currently attending OSU-Lima studying Agriculture Communication and serves as the WKTN Agricultural News Director and handles the communication for the Hardin County Fair.
Stephen Dunham, and Outdoor Careers student and his instructor, Cole Carpenter, spoke to the Board about the multiple community service projects the students have completed this year, including work at the Bellefontaine Middle Shcool, Benjamin Logan High School, and the Hilliker YMCA. The program recently placed first in Ohio High School Landscape Olympics in Wooster, Ohio, winning $1,500 for additional professional development opportunities and events.
During the meeting, the Board approved a donation of a server enclosure and a wall mount enclosure, donated from Rittal Corporation, to be used in the career center’s new Dr. Sloan Smart Technology Center.
Dakota Horton, an Animal Science senior from Benjamin Logan High School, and Austyn Collier, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Graham High School, were recognized as the November Students of the Month.
Justin Lacher, Multimedia Marketing instructor, was recognized as the November Staff Member of the Month.
In other board action:
·Heard the Legislative Report from Paul McMahill
·Approved the action items recommended by the Treasurer including the October 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
·Approved the registration of Christopher Mallow (Bellefontaine, Ohio), Facilities and Grounds Administrative Assistant, effective Oct. 28, 2017, for personal reasons
·Approved the internship agreements with the approved companies
·Approved the employment of Aubrie Stillings (West Liberty, Ohio) as a substitute effective Jan. 1, 2018, and Bradley Jackson (DeGraff, Ohio) as a substitute effective Nov. 13, 2017
·Approved tuition reimbursement catch-up payments for approved staff members
·Approved the out-of-state professional development for Kurt Forrest, Mechanicsburg Satellite CBI instructor, to attend the United States Marine Educator Workshop in Parris Island, SC, in January, and Rodney Peterson, Automotive Academy instructor, to attend the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show and classes in Indianapolis, IN, in December.
·Approved the Salary and Fringe 5-Year Plan
·Approved the joint agreement appointing the Midwest Regional and Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Centers to serve as the Business Advisory Council for the district
·Voted to support Senate Bill 2016 as a start to increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the state system of education
The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, December 10. A reorganization meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular board meeting at 7 p.m. 


Red Cross Honors Local Volunteers

(FINDLAY, OH, NOVEMBER 16, 2017) Local Red Cross volunteers were honored Wednesday night for their work with the organization at the American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting.  
The dinner was held at the Marion Technical College in the Healthcare Building.
Executive Director, Todd James, says the dinner recognizes the tremendous efforts of Red Cross volunteers in their local communities every day.  “We have hundreds of volunteers in the North Central Ohio Chapter who are responsible for providing all of our programs and services.  Whenever our communities call upon the Red Cross for help, our volunteers are there to answer that call. Providing relief, comfort and hope after a home fire or other disaster; installing new smoke alarms to protect homes and families; working behind the scenes to keep our day to day operations running smoothly; helping at blood drives to make the experience a great one for our donors; helping local service members and military families in times of crisis; these are just a few of the many ways Red Cross volunteers make a difference every day.”  
During the dinner, the Red Cross recognized those volunteers who provided exceptional service in 2017.  Volunteers and partners receiving awards include:
Clara Barton Award: 
.Karl Gingrich, Findlay OH
Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service: 
.Amy Huber, Kenton OH 
.Ron Adkins, Marion OH
Volunteer Leadership Award:
.Rita Barton, Mt. Gilead, OH
Operations Support Volunteer Award:
.Andy Anderson, Marion, OH
.Jeanine Girard, Mt. Gilead, OH
Disaster Preparedness & Response Volunteer Award: 
.Daryl Flowers, Kenton, OH
.Paul Grygier, Upper Sandusky, OH
.Joanne Gilmore, Upper Sandusky, OH
.Raina Pfhaler, Crestline, OH
.Steve Renick, Marion, OH
.Dr. Brandy Truelove, Vanlue, OH
Blood Services Dedicated Volunteer Award:
.Anita Ackerman – Crawford County
.Tom Miller – Seneca County
.George Whitmer – Seneca County
.Maria Tong – Union County 
.Roberta Ekleberry – Wyandot County
Blood Services Hearts Open. Sleeves Up. All In. Award:
.Kenton Community Drive Volunteers – Hardin County
.Patricia Plott 
.Bill Bostelman 
.Carol Bostelman 
.Amy Huber 
.Dortha Kaser 
.Janet Oglesbee 
.Julie Pfeiffer 
.Janice Warmbrod 
.Robert Warmbrod 
Red Cross Hero Award:
.The United Way Agencies of North Central Ohio
.Fostoria United Way
.Tiffin-Seneca County United Way
.United Way of Hancock County
.United Way of Hardin County
.United Way of Marion/Crawford/Wyandot County
.United Way of Morrow County
.United Way of Union County
The Red Cross Certificate of Merit was presented to Rod Smith of Findlay during the event. The Certificate of Merit is the highest award given by the American Red Cross to an individual or team of individuals who saves or sustains a life by using skills and knowledge learned in an American Red Cross Health and Safety Services course. The certificate is signed by the President of the United States, who is the honorary chairman of the American Red Cross, and the Chairman of the American Red Cross. The award package also includes a citation, medallion and lapel pin.  Smith was presented the award for performing CPR on an area man who suffered a cardiac arrest in August 2016.  Smith was a longtime volunteer Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor. 
James says all Red Cross volunteers deserve the thanks and appreciation of their community. “Our volunteers are there every day, ready to answer the call for help, protect families and homes, teach lifesaving skills and make our communities safer.  We can’t say thanks enough for all they give of themselves.”
Also recognized during the dinner were retiring members of the Board of Directors Doug Brown, Pat Sadowski and Kari Zellner and new Board members Jessica Fletcher, Jerry Greer and Renee Smith.


Intruder Burglarizes a Kenton Home


A burglary was reported to Kenton Police on Tuesday.


According to the report, a resident in the 700 block of Robinson Avenue told officers that she saw someone in her home when she awoke. The suspect then left the residence out the front door.


A small amount of items is known to be missing at this time.



Veterans Service Commission Conducting Holiday Ham Program


The Hardin County Veterans Service Commission announced the Holiday ham program for 2017.


According to a release, the program is available for needy veterans and widows.


All applicants must visit the Veterans Service Office, which is located on the first floor of the Hardin County Courthouse, between December 1st and 8th in order to request a voucher.


You must bring your county Veteran identification and/or VA card as well proof of both honorable service and Hardin County residency in order to be eligible.



Riverdale Soccer Program Holds Annual Banquet


The Riverdale Girls Soccer program held their annual banquet on November 13.


Several varsity letters were awarded along with all league and division recognition awards.


The team also celebrated the first league championship in the history of the program and coach Andrew Snook was awarded coach of the year by the league.



At Fault Driver Could Not be Determined Following Crash


A two vehicle crash occurred in the city on Monday


According the report provided by the Kenton Police Department, 59 year old Walter Steele of Kenton was traveling north in the 100 block of S. Market street. A semi truck being operated by 54 year old Garrett Ogilbee of Kenton was attempting to back into the truck bay at the US Post office. Ogilbee states that his vehicle was stopped in the southbound lane when Steele struck his semi truck after attempting to travel around it on the sidewalk.


Steele contests that Ogilbee was indeed stopped, but began to back up and striking Steele, forcing his vehicle to the sidewalk to avoid additional damage to the vehicle. Officers were unable to determine who was at fault.


Minor damage occurred to Steele’s vehicle, while none occurred to the semi truck. No injures were reported.



Riverdale Students Honored Veterans

Students at Riverdale honored veterans on Friday.


The Daily chief Union reports that an assembly filled with song welcomed veterans to the Falcon’s. Various choirs sang the the veterans. The veterans also had a chance to shake hands with the students. A riverdale graduate returned to the schools to speak about public service.



Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


Brian Wingfield, an entrepreneur in partnership with several local businesspeople, spoke to council about a proposed medicinal marijuana dispensary in Kenton. Ohio House Bill 523, legislation legalizing the sale and distribution of medicinal marijuana, passed by a majority vote in 2016. According to Wingfield, there will be 60 dispensaries permitted to be licensed in the state of Ohio. Hardin County is part of District 6, which also includes Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot counties. In the Northwest Region, there will be 10 dispensaries total, with only 1 being in District 6. There are currently 30 people applying for the solo dispensary license in the district, Wingfield said, and the application deadline is Friday, November 17.


“We’re looking at the building at 718 West Lima Street, and we want this to be a nice building, not a negative spot in the city,” Wingfield told council. “We would be bringing up to 20 jobs to the area.”


City Law Director, John Schwemer, explained to council that as part of the application process, Wingfield would have to submit a letter from the city verifying whether any legislation had been introduced that would preclude the dispensary from operating in the city. Since no current legislation exists specifically prohibiting the operation, Schwemer said, a letter stating so would be prepared and included in the application. Schwemer confirmed to WKTN news that this letter is not a letter of direct support for the dispensary; rather, it states only that there is no current ordinance or law prohibiting its existence.


Also during the meeting, the council:


-Passed one piece of old business, an ordinance authorizing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials and supplies for the year 2018;


-Voted to suspend the three-reading rule for three pieces of new legislation, all of which passed unanimously. The first was an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into a highway improvement project with the Ohio Department of Transportation; the second provided for additional appropriations for repairs to the sewer plant and system; and the third provided for transferring funds;


-Heard from City Law Director John Schwemer that representatives from both American Electric Power and Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative will be at the next meeting to discuss a proposed revision to an existing contract between the city and the energy suppliers;


-Learned of the “Bowling for Blaze” event that will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the bowling alley in Ada. Children 12 and younger can bowl for $5, with adults and youth age 13 and up able to bowl for $10. The proceeds will benefit Blaze, a 10-year-old battling childhood leukemia. Also, on December 16, citizens are encouraged to participate in “Light It Up For Blaze”, a community support event where orange lights can be shone outside the home beginning at dusk to show support for Blaze.


-Heard from Cheryl Buckland, a Republican candidate announcing her plan to run for the 83rd Ohio House Seat in the spring primary election.


The council also voted to hold their second meeting in December on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers. The meeting date change is to accommodate the Christmas holiday, which falls on the regularly scheduled meeting date.


The next scheduled meeting for the BKP Board will be Monday, November 20 at 6:00pm, and the Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, November 14 at 4:30pm.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.



ODOT District 1 Looking For Snow Plow Drivers

ODOT District 1 looking for snowplow drivers

Hiring event to be held Nov. 16 in Lima

LIMA (Nov. 14, 2017) – Each year, the kind of winter we will experience is an unknown. Being fully prepared for whatever may come is the reason the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 is looking for snowplow drivers and will hold a hiring event on Thursday, Nov. 16 to find them.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at ODOT’s District 1 office, located at 1885 N. McCullough St. in Lima.

That day, interested applicants may apply for a total of 19 temporary positions available in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties.

Applicants will undergo a driving record check and must take a required physical abilities test prior to being interviewed for a position.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent; a valid class A or B commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a tanker endorsement, without air brake restriction; and three months of training or experience in basic equipment operation.

The salary is $16.59 per hour. These are temporary positions and benefits are not provided.

Plowing snow is the primary need of the department, said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1.

“We’re looking for people who can work 40 hours a week from December to March, but on-call and part-time options may be available,” he said. “If you have another job or only work weekends and you’d like to work Monday through Thursday, we can perhaps accommodate that,” he said.

It’s also not necessary to have experience in a plow. 

“If you meet the basic requirements, we will teach you to plow,” said Slusher.

Those interested are encouraged to apply in advance at careers.ohio.gov prior to attending the hiring event. On the website, filter results by department and select “Transportation - District 01.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.


Ada Wins NWC Scholastic Bowl



Ada won the Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl competition with a 8-0 record in matches held at Bluffton High School on Saturday. Crestview and Spencerville tied for 2nd with 5-3 records in the competition followed by Paulding, Bluffton, Delphos Jefferson, Lincolnview, Columbus Grove and Allen East.


Standings for varsity and jv teams are below:


Varsity:                                                       Junior Varsity:


Ada 8-0                                                      Spencerville 5-0

Crestview 5-3                                             Crestview 3-2

Spencerville 5-3                                         Delphos Jefferson 3-2

Paulding 4-4                                               Ada 2-3

Bluffton 4-4                                                Paulding 1-4

Delphos Jefferson 3-5                               Columbus Grove 1-4

Lincolnview 3-5

Columbus Grove 2-6

Allen East 2-6


The Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl is an annual competition among the schools of the conference with teams of 4 students competing in a round robin quiz bowl competition.


Kenton Athletic Building Expansion Progressing Well

The Kenton High School Athletic Building expansion project continues throughout the winter months.
We spoke with Kenton High School Athletic Director Joey Day, who said that things are progressing very well.
“Things are going great As you can see if you‘ve driven by anytime in the last couple days. We’ve got most of the outside shell completed on the North and South side as well as the back end…Some of the lines were put down for the heated floors back where the wrestling room is going to be located at the back of the building, as well as the concrete has been poured for that” Explained Day.
Day adds that crews are beginning work on the roof in an effort to enclose the space before snow flies so crews can work on the interior.”
The space will be to be used for all sports programs, especially the ones that can’t always get outside for both training, and competition purposes. Day reports that the coaches and students are very excited to be able to have this new space to train, and have the chance to improve themselves and their teams.
But, the expansion is not just going to be used for athletics.
“We want to make sure that everyone that is part of Kenton can utilize utilize this facility” Day Said.
The project is estimated to be completed in June or July of 2018.


Athletes Sign to Continue Education, Athletic Careers

Regional athletes have signed to continue their athletic and educational careers.


Woods goes D1. Pictured: Coach Melissa Gossard, Melina Woods, Melanie Woods, and Dexter Woods.


From Ada, Melina Woods signed to play Division I Volleyball at Canisius University in Buffalo, NY.




Madisyn Gossard has signed to play Softball with Heidelberg.


Newland to become a Racer. Pictured: Coach Troy Erickson, Sydney Newland, Angela Newland, and Brian Newland


Sydney Newland also penned her signature to become a Racer of the University of Northwestern Ohio playing softball.


Alloway goes D2; Pictured: Matt Alloway, Shelby Alloway, Jennifer Alloway,

(Back) Principal Andrew Cano, Coach Dorothy Cory and Athletic Director Brady Mast


From Hardin Northern, Shelby Alloway has signed to play Division II volleyball at California University of Pennsylvania.



Ohio Hi-Point announces first quarter Superintendent's List, Honor Roll

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently announced the career center's Superintendent's List, Honor Roll and half-day Honor Roll for the first nine weeks.

According to a release from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s website, To be eligible for the Superintendent's List students must receive all A's, while Honor Roll students must receive letter grades of B or better.

The Superintendent's List recipients are as follows:

Bellefontaine High School

Carter Aten, Jonathan May, Victoria Pine-Moore, Dashae Rogan, Daniel Weikart, Beigh Wilson, Brianna Workman

Benjamin Logan High School

Abigail Austin, Ondrea Bryant, Makayla Cayot, Jason Henry, Orion Horn, Garrett Horsley, Levi Horsley, Autumn Horton, Dakota Horton, Hannah Phillips, Chanceler Price, Lexi Stewart

Graham High School

Stephen Dunham, Houston Eubanks, Gabrielle Fisher, Brandi Ussher

Indian Lake High School

Trenton Devine, Charles Hicks, Shaina Huffman, Sierra Lensman, Tyann Scipio, Jonathan Ward, Celese Wischmeyer

Kenton High School

Devin Arnold, Kylee Baker, Tamara Combs

Marysville High School

Harley Adkins, Matthew Carnes, Cassandra Duran, Hayleigh Hansen, Claudia Hewitt, Agatha Livingston, Stephanie Marshall, Kayleigh Pennington, Hallie Sergent, Olivia Thallman, Hunter Tuel

Mechanicsburg High School

Ronald Grider

Ridgemont High School

Victor Kep

Riverside High School

Jadzia Café, Graceanne Hawson, Samantha Neeley, Matthew Smith


Triad High School

Karen Alspaugh, Alyson Inskeep, Katherine Pennington, Thomas Tossey

Upper Scioto Valley High School

Alexis Christon, Stevie Clark, Jeremy Hensley, Sean Hurley, Alexa Lowry

Urbana High School

Evan Botkin, Sarah Hall, Dylan Youngdahl

Waynesfield-Goshen High School

Kylie Beers, Elijah Cotter, Karen Kuhn, Ethan Miller, Hope Wicker

West Liberty-Salem High School

Emily Elser, Rachel Larson

The following students achieved Honor Roll:

Bellefontaine High School

Madison Aldo, Alex Ball, Raven Beair, Gavynn Beck, Cody Board Hindenlang, Benjamin Brunswick, Brittney Buffkin, Kaleb Burkhammer, Tevin Burris, Nathan Carothers, Brittany Case, Alexis Dunn, Drew Grumbling, Amanda Hanley, Noah Jackson, Tristin Jarrett, Hannah Johnson, Paige Judd, Jacob Lewis, McKenzie Kapphahn, AnnaMarie Nance, Payten Nott, Madison Payne, Meghan Pooler, Kody Riley, Drake Robinson, Weston Rose, Barbara Stein, Ian Stevens, Dylan Webb, Zavier Ziegler

Benjamin Logan High School

Reede Anderson, Christian Blumenschein, Kiarra Coats, Dustin Drake, Cori Grimes, Joselyn Herzog, Chase Johnson, Kiersten Kuch, Kyle Linebaugh, Shannon McEvoy, Chase McKinney, Kristen Miller, Antonio Morelli, Tyler Nicholas, Justin Rice, Jacob Smith, Cierra Stultz, Stephen Stultz, Isaiah Taylor, David Watkins, Victoria Wohlgamuth

Graham High School

McKenzie Algren, Bryce Bowman, Hope Burton-Hughes, Austyn Collier, Sky Griffith, Hallie Johnson, Thomas Martin, Joshua Mays, Dylan Reed, Danielle Ropp, Kiara Sanderson, Patrick Trace


Joy Brandt, Dale Brumfield, Samuel Laird, Nathan Reeves, Joshua Starnes

Indian Lake High School

Devin Brown, Peyton Farley, Amanda Faulkner, Zolena Franklin, Tristin Goings, Anna-Marie Harford, Maggie Henry, Macey Hurley, Taylor Mackesy, Mercedes Massie, Taylor Mayes, Hannah Park, Cayne Parker, Hunter Phillips, Britney Pond, Austin Rench, Nichole Ricketts, Seth Shields, Destiny Shinkle, Trevor VanHoose, Daltin Williams

Kenton High School

Braden Britton, Jessilyn Broadstone, Mackenzie Brooks, Caylie Landon, Molly Moore

Marysville High School

Jacob Arnold, Paige Baldwin, Payton Barnett, Kyle Booher, Andrew Brady, Brittany Burney, Madilynn Cantrell, Rachel Clarridge, Xavier Friley, Grant Hoffman, David Hudson, Noah Lucas, Gary Markin, Samantha Marshall, Cheyenne Muncy, Haylee Rainer, Kevin Reef, Brian Roark, Michelle Tran, Cameron Wilson, Morgan Young

Mechanicsburg High School

Baylie Allen, Shawn Bowers, Frank Magyar, Aubrey Schaffner, Sabrina Wolford

North Union High School

Mallory Case

Ohio Connections Academy

Ava Zell

Ridgemont High School

Alexis Lingrel

Riverside High School

Wyatt Auflick, Aaron, Brown, Elizabeth Ordean, Kailynn Roby

Triad High School

Lyndsey Alspaugh, Kyler Beckley, Creighton Bradley, Dawson Dellinger, Matthew McConnell

Upper Scioto Valley High School

Hannah Brant, Tony Christon, Neal Compton, James Goodin, Elaney Overs

Urbana High School

Kaitlynn Appel, Mckenzie Cobaugh, Kaylie Craig, Ethan Edwards, Johnathan Elliott, Kayla Evans, Adam Fidelibus, Donavan Grider, Lacey Hendrickson, Scott Hill, Jacob Hudson, Addison Ropp, Shawn Stump, Briana Ussher, Baileigh Walters, Charles White

Waynesfield-Goshen High School

Cathleen Case, Gabriel James, Kaytlyn Kuhn, Keaton Webb

West Liberty-Salem High School

Garett Avila, Amber Bell, Bailey Cushman, Deana Dappert, Karli Dowden, Brennan Oder, Kaelen Redden, Michelle Young




New Hardin County Dog Warden Featured on Public Eye

New Hardin County Dog Warden Jamie Burchiel said he plans to continue working hard to see that dogs in the shelter are adopted.


He said Hardin County’s fee of $60 to adopt a dog is among the cheapest in the state.

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


One Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

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


According to the document from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Joey L. Barnett was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and petty theft.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Sheriff Thanks Citizens for Supporting 9-1-1 Levy

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office thanked the citizens of Hardin County for supporting the 9-1-1 renewal levy.


Voters overwhelmingly passed the measure in Tuesday's elections.


The Sheriff's Office used their Facebook page to say that they will continue to provide the best level of communications possible to the citizens and first responders. T


They also said they appreciate the continued support and that they are honored to serve the public.



Cash Stolen From Kenton Residence


A theft of cash from a residence in Kenton was reported to police on Tuesday.


According to the report, the victim told officers that over $500 was stolen from her residence in the 600 block of South Detroit Street.


No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.



Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For Oakridge Realty and Universal Home Health


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Oakridge Realty & Auction Company.


The event will be held this Friday November 10 at 2p. The grand opening celebration will then go until 6 Friday evening.


Also at the location, Universal Home Health and Hospice, which serves Hardin, Logan and Union Counties, has moved and will share space with Oakridge Realty, located at 825 East Columbus Street.


The public is invited to stop in for hot appetizers, cookies and hot apple cider.



Ag Society Releases Minutes of November Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and 22 guests were present.
Craig Stump, Vice President, called the meeting to order.
Mark Light from OSU Extension stated they had a good turnout for their first 4-H Fall Fest that was held in the 4-H building.
Chloe Anderson, 4-H member from the Boots and Buckles 4-H club, stated her club was donating 2 wheelbarrows and a manure fork for the horse show arena.
Many thank you’s were read from various people.
Judi Cronley gave an update on the audit, it should be tying up soon.  There will be an executive committee meeting on Tuesday, November 7 to discuss the 2018 budget and various other items.  It was noted the new executive committee will be formed at the December Board Meeting.  Paul Rickenbacher and Don Spar were nominated as our fair delegates, at the Annual OFMA Convention.  
Kelly Buchenroth spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from the ground’s committee meeting were discussed.  Winter storage is almost full for all items, except vehicles.  Judi passed around inventory sheets that need updated by November 15th.  
Craig Stump discussed the camping committee meeting that was held in October.  There will not be any new sites added for the 2018 fair.  There are 5 fair campers that are receiving letters, stating they cannot camp during the 2018 Hardin County Fair, because they moved out before 7pm on Sunday night of the fair.    
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, went over the entertainment committee’s meeting minutes.  He stated harness racing will be Thursday with 2 sessions that day, there will be a truck/tractor pull on Friday night again, there will be a concert on Saturday night of the fair and Sunday’s entertainment in the grandstand will remain the same as 2017’s fair.  Wednesday night entertainment in the grandstand is being further discussed.  
Judi Cronley announced all JR Fair Livestock exhibitor checks have been mailed.
Nancy Rickenbacher, chairperson of the JR. Fair Board, stated they are looking into purchasing a digital sign for the front gate entrance.  She also stated Hardin County will have a queen representation at the Annual Convention.  The JR. Fair Affidavit report was approved.  This report was then notarized by Bonnie McBride. 
Under old business:  
Judi Cronley gave a report on the District Meeting held this past week at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.  
Under new business: 
The board approved the Hardin County Fair’s request for the 2018 Fair to be September 4th – 9th.  The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30pm in the Fair Office. 


HN 5th and 6th Grade Classes Participating in Spiritwear Fundraiser


The Hardin Northern 5th and 6th Grades are doing a Spiritwear Fundraiser.


According to the school's Facebook page, all items can be purchased through an online store at polar bears 17 dot item order dot com.


The online store is currently open and will remain open until November? ?26th.? If purchasing online is an issue, contact one of the 5th or 6th grade teachers.


Proceeds from the sales will go towards classes field trip to Camp Wilson in April.



Crash in Kenton Alley Damages Two Vehicles


Two vehicles collided in an alley Monday morning in Kenton.


According to the report, a car being operated by Brian Burchiel, of Kenton, was driving in the wrong direction in a one way alley adjacent to Carrol Street. His car collided with a westbound car. The alley is clearly posted as one way at the West Carrol Street intersection.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.


There were no injuries, and Burchiel was cited for driving the wrong way on a one way street.



2 Positions on Hardin County Fair Board Open

The Hardin County Fair Board has 2 positions available for an appointed 1 year term.  
These positions have now become open due to directors resigning from these positions.  
If you are interested in either of the positions, which are for Buck Twp. and an At-Large position, write a letter of intent to the Fair Board.  
The fair board will try to appoint someone from Buck Twp. to the Buck Twp. position and anyone in the county can be appointed to the At-Large position.  
You can only apply for one of the positions if you are a member of the Ag. Society for 2017.  
All letters need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 4:00pm.  
Letters should be addressed to the Hardin County Ag. Society, P.O. Box 317, Kenton, Ohio 43326.


Don't Forget to Vote; Polls Open Until 7:30 Tonight


Today is Election Day, and the polls opened at 6:30 this morning.


There are several contested races on the ballot including for council seats, school boards and township trustees.


In addition, there are two county-wide money issues. They are renewal levies for Hardin County 9-1-1 and the Hardin County Council on Aging.


The polls close at 7:30 this evening, and live Election Night coverage can be heard starting at 8 on WKTN.



Mini Hiring Blitz/Job Fair Scheduled


OhioMeansJobs Hardin County will be hosting a Mini Hiring Blitz and Job Fair on Wednesday, November 15 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on the first floor at 175 W. Franklin Street in Kenton.


Help on writing or updating a resume will be provided to job seekers prior to the event from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


Participating companies include International Paper, MPW, Walmart and Shoe Sensation. Door prizes will also be given away at the event.


For more information on the Hiring Blitz and Job Fair or services, contact OhioMeansJobs Hardin County at 419-674-2312.



Dedication For Grove Cemetery Committal Building Held Saturday


The transfer of ownership and dedication of the American Legion Committal Building at Grove Cemetery was held this past Saturday.


The Grove Cemetery Association Fiscal Officer Roger Crowe explains what a committal building is, “It is a structure so that the people can be in and out of the elements when they have a graveside service, so the people don’t necessarily have to go to the graveside for a funeral, they can go to the building and have their service there where it’s out of the rain and the wind and the snow and everything.”




Crowe said the American Legion came to the Cemetery Board in April and said they had funds that they would like to contribute for the building. The building is dedicated to veterans, but can be used by anyone according to Crowe, “It’s free of charge, so it’s their choice. They can still have a tent at the gravesde if they would like, but the building’s available for everyone free of charge.”


Crowe said the dedication ceremony went well on Saturday, “We had a nice crowd. It was comfortable inside the building, and we had a proclamation in that the American Legion officially turned ownership of the building over to Grove Cemetery, and then a few words were spoken by Larry Phillips, from the American Legion and Jerry Layman from Grove Cemetery.”


The 20 by 40 building could house up to 100 people.and sits in Section J of Grove Cemetery.



Severe Weather Rumbles Through Region Sunday


A line of severe weather blew through the region Sunday afternoon leaving behind scattered power outages, downed tree limbs and high water in some places.


A tornado warning was issued at one point Sunday afternoon for Auglaize and Mercer Counties. From the storms, widespread damage was reported in Celina in Mercer County. Damage was also reported in Findlay, including to the Findlay High School, which cancelled classes for today.


Residents in and around Ada lost electricity during the storm. Scattered outages are still being reported today. The tornado siren was activated in Kenton on word that a twister was spotted near Ada, but the National Weather Service never issued a warning for Hardin County.


After the storm blew through, flood watches and warnings were active in the region. They expired early this morning.



Weekend Crash Injures Kenton Man


A Kenton man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 55 year old James Cornell travelled off the right side of the road while driving south on North Wayne Street. The car crashed into the northwest corner of a building.


Cornell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP and later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.


The crash remains under investigation.



Kenton Home Burglarized Over the Weekend


A burglary was reported to Kenton Police on Sunday.


According to the report, a home was burglarized in the 100 block of North Market Street. $100 in cash and a box of diabetic needles were stolen from the residence.


Two witnesses identified a suspect who they saw leaving the house.


The 30 year old Kenton woman has not yet been charged.



Kenton High School Holds Sock-Tober Drive


This October students and staff at Kenton High School got into the holiday spirit a little early!


The Kenton OHP FFA Chapter hosted a successful “Sock-Tober” drive. Students organizing the event set a goal to raise 1,000 pairs of socks. By the end of the week, students ended up raising nearly 1,900 pairs of socks for our community.


The idea was inspired by a national movement that a speaker presented at National Convention a year ago. The sock drive ran for one week in the end of October. During that time, the chapter collected socks for men, women and children.


The drive was organized by the FFA Chapter and all the socks will be donated to numerous local, nonprofit agencies within our community.



Fair Board Holds Election of Directors; Swears in Members

New Fair Directors were elected and sworn in this weekend.


According to information from the Hardin County Fair’s website , seven directors were elected and sworn in over the weekend. The winning seats on the Hardin County Fair Board of Directors are:


Craig Decker

Kelly “Buck” Buchenroth

Charles “Charlie” McCullough

Dan Beale

Paul Ralston

Rob Wilson

Jack McBride

Brad Murphy


The seven directors were sworn into office on Saturday by Hardin County Fair Secretary and Treasurer, Judi Cronley. During the reorganizational meeting held on Saturday evening, Craig Stump was elected to Fairboard President and Corey Ledley was elected to Vice President of the Fair Board.



KCS Policy Committee Seeks Public Input on Random Student Drug Tests

Kenton City Schools is asking for your survey response as they begin to investigate random drug testing for students.


In a statement released on the district’s facebook page, The school’s policy committee is asking for the public’s input as the district assess the pros and cons of the policy for next school year. The district says that the data from this survey will be used to shape the future of the process. It will be available until midnight on November 14th.


You can access the survey herehttps://s.surveyplanet.com/Hyldc6ec0W



Women LEAD and County FFA Chapters Partner to Empower Girls

Women LEAD is partnering with the Hardin County FFA Chapters to host the 2nd Annual Girl's Empowerment Conference.


The lunch program features Keynote Speaker Rachel Bowling, MBA, MBOL on November 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1pm at The Inn at the Ohio Northern University.


All Women Business Leaders are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their communication skills by overcoming perceptions.


Registration is necessary as limited seats are available. The cost to attend this event is $20. RSVP to 419-673-4131.



ODNR Hosting Field Dressing Workshop

Outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning to field dress and butcher a white-tailed deer are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop on Tuesday, November 21st according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two Headquarters, located in Findlay.


The workshop is free of charge, but preregistration is required by November 17, as space is limited. Interested individuals can register by calling 419-429-8321.


Trained professionals will cover topics including field dressing, skinning, and butchering.



Clocks Fall Back Tonight

This is time change weekend.


Eastern Standard Time returns Sunday morning at 2 when the clocks go back one hour.


WKTN reminds you to do that before going to bed Saturday night or you will be an hour early for everything Sunday morning, but most importantly, you will miss out on an extra hour sleep.



Week Eleven Football Scores

Week 11 Football Scores


Liberty-Benton 49 Ada 18  


Hicksville 35 Gibsonburg 8


Carey 7 Wynford 2


Lima Central Catholic 45 Dayton Christian 7


Lehman Catholic 46 Lima Perry 6


Coldwater 42 Bethel 7


McComb 21 Leipsic 0


Delphos St. John’s 48 Riverside 21


Crestview 63 Ansonia 22


St. Mary’s 48 Marengo Highland 8


Minster 40 Fort Loramie 24


Pandora-Gilboa 19 Mohawk 15


Marion Local 27 Fort Recovery 0


Archbold 23 Indian Lake 14


Trotwood Madison 48 Elida 7


Bellefontaine 55 Granville 28


Spencerville 34 Mechanicsburg 0


Hillsdale 28 Seneca East 7


Second Expression Art Show and Sale Scheduled Saturday at Alger Library


The 3rd Annual Second Expression Literary Art Show and Sale to benefit local artists and the Alger Public Library is scheduled for Saturday evening.


Lydia Osborne, from the Friends of the Public Library group, said the event is an important fundraiser, "The artwork is priced from 50 to 200 dollars, and half of the money goes to the artist. The other half goes to the library, therefore the fundraising part of the event, and it's kind of the most important part of the evening is probably the sale of the artwork."


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



OhioHealth HMH Hosting Diabetes Support Group Meeting


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Wednesday November 8 at 1 p.m. in the McCullough Conference Room.


The topic for this month will be the complications of diabetes and how to avoid them. You will learn how to tackle these obstacles and best manage diabetes and avoid complications.


The event will also be used to celebrate November as National Diabetes Awareness month.


There will also be time for a question and answer period.



Jewelry Stolen From Home in Kenton


A theft was reported to Kenton Police on Wednesday.


According to the report, a resident in the 300 block of West Railroad Street reported that numerous jewelry items were stolen from her residence.


A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed.



Woman Reports Fraudulent Charges on Credit Card


Fraudulent charges were made on a credit card belonging to a Kenton resident.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a named suspect made several charges on the credit card belonging to a resident on Hillcrest Lane.


A 25 year old Dunkirk woman was listed as the suspect, but she has not yet been charged.



Veterans Service Office Hosting Dinner for Veterans


The Hardin County Veterans Service Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Dinner.


It will be served on Tuesday November 7 from 11:15am until 12:30 pm at the Kenton Armory.


Tickets for the dinner are available at the Veterans Service Office in the Courthouse.



Red Cross Encourages Blood Donations During Holiday Season


The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.


A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel.


To help out, three blood drives are scheduled this month in Hardin County.


They are in:


Ada on Monday November 20 from 11am to 5:30pm at Ada Visiting Nurses and Hospice.


Kenton on Monday November 27 from noon until six at the First Baptist Church.


And in Dola on Tuesday November 28 from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Hardin Northern High School.



AEP to Unveil Newly Designed Bills


AEP Ohio is introducing a new design next month for its residential and commercial customer bills.


According to a release from the utility, the new bill format features color, graphics, and section headers to make it easier for customers to find important information.


Customers will begin to receive the new bill in December 2017. Changes to the bill were guided by input from more than 1,400 customer surveys.



Benefit Dinner For EMT's at Ridgemont on Sunday


A benefit dinner for EMT's who were involved in a tragic accident last month will be held this Sunday at the Ridgemont School in Mt. Victory.


Krista McDonald and Peggy Eastman were returning from an accident scene when the ambulance they were in was struck by a vehicle.


McDonald passed away at the scene, and Eastman continues to recover from injuries she suffered in the crash.


The proceeds from the dinner will go to McDonald's family to help cover funeral expenses and to the help cover medical expenses for Eastman.


The cost of the meal is by donation and is sponsored by the friends of the Mt. Victory and Ridgeway communities.



HN Music Boosters Hosting Christmas Bazaar


The Hardin Northern Music Boosters will host their 11th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show this Saturday.


The bazaar will be held in the HN JH gym from 9am-3pm. Admission is $1.00. Music Booster membership holders get in free.


Food will be served in the cafeteria and entertainment will be provided by HN Band and Choir students.


The event offers a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and support the HN Music Boosters.



Man Facing Drug Charges Following Overdose Investigation


A Kenton man was arrested following a report of a drug overdose Tuesday in the 300 block of North Main Street.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the residence to investigate a report of a possible overdose.


Upon arrival, the victim, identified as 47 year old Brett Zachariah, was found unresponsive. He was revived by EMS and transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Zachariah fled on foot. He was located and taken into custody by police officers a short time later.


Zachariah was transported to Logan County for an outstanding warrant. He is also facing charges of possession of heroin.



Man Arrested For Parole Violation Following Domestic Disturbance Incident


A man was arrested following a report of a domestic incident Tuesday afternoon.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Stevens Street to investigate the incident.


At the scene, 51 year old Tracy Sherman was arrested on a probation violation.


He was later transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Numerous Items Stolen From Garage in Kenton


A breaking and entering was reported Tuesday in  the 300 block of North Main Street.


According to the report, someone broken into the garage and stole numerous items, including tools and power equipment.


No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.



Burglary Reported on Wayne Street Tuesday


A burglary occurred Tuesday at a residence in the 300 block of North Wayne Street.


According to the report, someone broke into the garage, and a battery charger was stolen.


The incident is under investigation.



Two Boys Accused of Criminal Damaging


A criminal damaging was reported at the Cherry Street park Tuesday evening.


According to the report, two juveniles were seen damaging a white fence at the park.


Two boys, ages 8 and 12 were listed as suspects. They are facing charges of criminal damaging.



Kenton Elks Sponsoring Veterans Day Breakfast and Bus Trip


The Kenton Elks Lodge is hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday November 12.


The event includes breakfast and entertainment, and the public is invited to attend to help honor veterans.


The breakfast will be served at 8 that morning and is free for veterans and $5.00 for non veterans.


Afterward, a bus trip will be taken to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton. Reservations for the trip, which are limited, must be made by November 7 by contacting the lodge.



Deputy Dog Warden Promoted to Hardin County Dog Warden


The Deputy Dog Warden for Hardin County will drop the deputy from that title starting today.


The Hardin County Commissioners approved Jamie Burchiel to succeed Tammy Ervin, who resigned from the position effective yesterday.


Burchiel has been Deputy Dog Warden for 4 years, and he plans to continue working with Pawsitive Pals and with the adoptions and rescue operation that the Commissioners feel have been very successful over the years.


A deputy Dog Warden position will be advertised.



HCSO Using No Shave November as Fundraiser


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a No-Shave-November inspired fundraising campaign beginning today.


The traditional No-Shave-November campaign is to bring awareness to the plight of cancer sufferers nationwide and the Sheriff's Office supports that initiative.


This year however, the proceeds of the campaign will go to the Eastman and McDonald families of the South East Hardin EMS squad to assist in offsetting the medical bills of Peggy Eastman and the funeral expenses of Krista McDonald.


Each Deputy participating will pay $40.00 to take part in the fundraising event and all monies will be collected and dispersed evenly to the two families.



Street Lights Replaced with LED Lighting in Ada


Crews in Ada began replacing lighting on street lights in the Streetscape District this week.


According to the village's Facebook page, traditional lights in the district are being replaced with LED lighting.


The change will reduce operation and maintenance costs for the village.



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