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AAA Advises Safety for New Year Festivities

As New Year’s Eve approaches, AAA encourages partygoers to make safety a top priority by doing their part to prevent drunk driving.


Alcohol contributed to more than 12,200 crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2016, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety crash statistics. More alcohol-related crashes happened in December than during any other month, with 1,113 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 607 injuries and 20 deaths, during that month alone.  


New Year’s celebrations contributed to those numbers with 47 alcohol-related crashes on Dec. 31, 2016 and 82 alcohol-related crashes on Jan. 1, 2017.


AAA encourages hosts and partygoers to celebrate responsibly and prevent drunk driving by planning ahead. Choose a designated driver or plan to call a cab if you plan to consume alcohol.


Remember that law enforcement will increase patrols in an effort to keep roadways safe.



Hardin Memorial Hospital Donates To Southeast Hardin-Northwest Union Firefighters

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is proud to announce their recent donation of $15,000 to the Southeast Hardin – Northwest Union Joint Firefighters made possible by the OhioHealth Foundation Wellness Programs and Services Fund.


The fund is available to OhioHealth system hospitals to support educational and community-based programs to prevent disease and injury, improve health and enhance the quality of life.



The donation has enabled the department to reach their fundraising goal of $40,000 to purchase equipment, a Lucas 3 (automated chest compression device) and a LifePak 15 which will allow them to cover basic and advanced life support emergency medical services.


I am humbled by the support of all the businesses and organizations that have made the purchase of these life-saving purchases possible for the entire community,” said EMS Chief Travis Bahan. “Thanks to everyone who helped us purchase these tool that will help make our community even safer.”


The LifePak 15 is a cardiac monitor that has a 12-lead EKG (heart monitor), end tidal CO2, and a wireless modem which allows vital information to be transmitted directly to the hospital from the site of the emergency.

Receiving vital information before the patient arrives to the emergency department enables the physician and staff to start a plan of treatment which saves valuable time and can be potentially life-saving,” said OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director, Andrew Hughes, MD.


3 Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:


.David A. Sayre was sentenced to a total of nine years and nine months in prison on one count each of aggravated burglary and abduction and two counts of felonious assault.


.Bradey C. Crisp was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of failure to provide address verification.


.Robert R. Jones was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of importuning. He was classified as a Tier I Sex Offender.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Kenton Woman Reports Identity Theft


An identity theft was reported to Kenton Police on Thursday.


According to the report, a woman in the 600 block of South Detroit Street told officers that she received a notice in the mail of an overdue cable bill from a debt collection agency. When she contacted the agency, she was told that her name and social security number was used in Chicago, Illinois for cable service. She was given an address in Chicago where  the cable was connected.


No other information is available at this time.



Board of Elections Office Announces Change in Meeting Date


The Hardin County Board of Elections will hold a regular meeting next week.


According to a release, the meeting will be held Thursday January 4 at 9am at their office in the Hardin County Courthouse.


The meeting was originally scheduled for January 11, but there will no meeting on that date.



Ridgemont Taking Orders for Clothing Items


The Ridgemont School District has t-shirts, long sleeved shirts and sweatshirts for sale.


The shirts represent the Gold Zone.


The clothing is on sale until this Sunday December 31. All sales take place online with no paperwork.


A link to place an order can be found on the Ridgemont Local School's Facebook page.



Soroptimist Schedule Nuxt Meeting


Hardin County Soroptimist International has announced the date of their next meeting.


According to a release, the group will meet at Henry’s Restaurant on Thursday January 4 at 6 pm.


They ask that you RSVP to hostesses Bev Bahr, Heather Blue, and Wanda Clinger.


Guests are welcome but a complete count for attendance is needed.



Man Facing Drug Charge Following Overdose


A Mt. Victory man is facing drug related charges following a report of an overdose at a house in Kenton Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were flagged down by a BKP squad member in front of a house in the 400 block of West Franklin Street. A 21 year man inside the house was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of a drug overdose.


Several drug paraphernalia items were found in the house, and the suspect is facing a charge of possessing drug abuse instruments.



Kenton Man Arrested on Warrants


A Kenton man was taken into custody Wednesday on two warrants.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, Timothy Caudill arrived at the Hardin County Municipal Court for an appointment with his probation officer and was arrested on warrants out of Municipal Court and Common Pleas Court.


Caudill was transported to the Mult--County Jail in Marion.



Shoplifting Reported at WalMart


An employee of WalMart reported a shoplifting to police on Wednesday.


According to the report, a woman went through the self checkout lane and scanned only four items. Store surveillance film however allegedly show the woman had numerous other items in the cart, including a space heater, that she didn't scan.


The police day lop shows that 31 year old Jayme Laubis, of Kenton, was charged with theft.



State Auditor's Report Critical of Liberty Township Officials


A report that was critical of Liberty Township officials was released by the State Auditor's Office.


The Findlay Courier reported that officials failed to detect two years worth of suspicious monthly credit card charges.


The township was hit with two charges of $14.95 every month during 2014 and all but one month in 2015 two separate accounts, while another charge of $16.95 appeared every month from "EASY SAVER”.


Township officials, according to the auditor's report, were issued a finding for recovery totaling $1,092 because they had approved these charges.



Kenton Resident Involved in Logan County Crash


A Kenton resident was cited following a two vehicle crash in Logan County earlier this week.


WPKO Radio reported that 19 year old Garrett Smith lost control of his vehicle on the snow and ice while driving south on U.S. 68 in Logan County. His vehicle ended up sliding sideways into the northbound lane where it struck a car being driven by 37 year old Melissa Vollmar, of Bowling Green.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, but there were no injuries.


Smith was cited for failure to control.



Cars Heavily Damaged in Tuesday Afternoon Crash


A crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on the west side of Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 52 year old Elizabeth Tackett, of Alger, attempted to turn left from Lima Street onto Ewing Street, and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 20 year old Samantha Williams, of Kenton.


Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Williams was treated at the scene by BKP ambulance personnel.


Tacket was cited for a right of way violation.



Car Crashes into Stall at Car Wash in Kenton


A car ended up wedged sideways in a stall at Broseke's Car Wash Tuesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the private property crash was reported Tuesday morning.


The vehicle was being operated by 37 year old Joseph Murray, of Kenton.


Complete details on how the crash occurred are not available, but the car ended up sideways and stuck in the stall resulting in heavy damage.


Murray was not injured, and so far no charges have been filed.



Money Stolen From Woman's Account


A Kenton woman reported that money was stolen from her account recently.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the resident on Reely Avenue told officers that over $1000 was taken from her account.


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



Christmas Packages Stolen From Residence


A theft occurred Tuesday in the 300 block of North Wayne Street in Kenton.


According to the report, a woman told police that a package of Christmas gifts was missing.


No suspects were listed, and the theft remains under investigation.



Mid Ohio Announces Community Outreach Contributions

Kenton, OH—Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc., today announced its 2017 community outreach contributions, in which the not-for-profit electric co-op, serving members in Hardin and nine additional north-central Ohio counties, reaffirmed its commitment as a civic partner dedicated to the advancement of social service to its consumers as well as community.
In 2017, Mid-Ohio Energy contributed $23,742 in Hardin County via its “Community Fund,” a program by which the cooperative’s members (consumers) voluntarily round their monthly invoices to the next dollar to donate proceeds to local charitable organizations. Mid-Ohio Energy also awarded $6,700 in college scholarships to 10 area high school seniors. In addition, the co-op returned $677,000 in capital credits—revenue that exceeds operational costs—to its member base. In the past decade, Mid-Ohio Energy's community contributions total 6.8M dollars within its 10-county territory, with nearly half of those funds staying right here in Hardin County.
Mid Ohio crew assists with placing "welcome to Kenton" signs
Mid-Ohio Energy's relationship with the Kenton community goes beyond the numbers. Their Kenton headquarters, constructed in 2016, is a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility that is frequently used by community-based groups for events ranging from meetings and tax preparation sessions, grain rescue demonstrations, and even the Kenton Fire Department's dive team exercises in the on-site pond. The co-op's unique set of resources have been used to assist with many projects-- such as partnering with the Kenton Rotary to place the "Welcome to Kenton" signs to greet individuals as they enter the city. The cooperative's entire workforce resides locally and works directly from our Kenton and Marion offices.
Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies Receive Mid Ohio grant
“Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative has been ingrained in the Kenton community since our inception,” said Mid-Ohio Energy President & CEO John Metcalf. “As we grew, we realized that we had a huge opportunity to do more than just provide electricity.  We wanted to establish ourselves as a trusted community resource to serve not only our members but also our local communities.  We’re proud of the fact that our families live, work, and participate in the Kenton area.
“We believe that we’re making a difference.  Our business model is based on the not-for-profit cooperative difference, including the pillars of local control; rate stability; community development; and member-ownership. We’re looking forward to serving the Kenton community for many more years,” Metcalf noted.


Deal Reached for Turbine-Damaged Roads

Construction on the Hog Creek Wind Farm project has led to several roads being damaged in the northern part of the county. I sat down with Deputy County Engineer Luke Underwood and Assistant County Engineer Trent Bass to get the details and timeline on the repairs.


Underwood said that in the planning phases of the project, the County Engineer’s Office was mainly concerned with the local infrastructure in the form of roads and bridges. He noted that the Power Sighting Board has to give wind farm approval through a road use maintenance agreement. This document outlines who is responsible for the road damages.


Part of the agreement forced RES America, the developer of the wind farm, to test roadways in the northern portion of the county where the Hog Creek Wind Farm is located to better understand what abuse the roadways could withstand. Underwood notes that the study was effective on some roadways, however some roads didn’t hold up to the heavy construction traffic.



The agreement obligated the developer to bring the condition of the roadways back to their state before the wind farm’s construction began.


Underwood said that when the process began, “we were kind of both ends of the spectrum, we were one end, they were the other.”



Within the last month, the developer and the engineers office have come to a verbal agreement, and are working toward putting that to paper.


“They’ve agreed just to give the county a cash settlement, and we would be in charge of making the repairs.” Said Underwood.

He mentioned that the repairs would be both in-house, and contracted. Underwood said that because of the time it took to reach this agreement, the repairs would not be made until the Spring of 2018, making the roads un-plowable. Washington Township and the Engineers Office will be closing Washington Township 85, and portions of 22, and 115 within the next few weeks.



Underwood said that his office was working as hard as they could to complete the road repairs and improvements before the winter season, however some immediate action would be taken to make the roads safe for the winter.


“There were some spots that needed patched and some berms that needed touched up and we’re getting that stuff all wrapped up so they at least aren’t a hazard during the winter months.” Underwood Explained.

There are two more wind farms coming to Hardin County and Underwood said they are both completing studies to assess roadways. The “Hardin Wind” project through the renewable energy company Invenergy is aggressively progressing to begin work in February of 2018, however still has work with the engineer’s office that must be completed before they can begin construction.


We did reach out to a representative of RES America, however, they did not provide comments on the situation.



Former Kenton Pastor Commits Suicide Amid Allegations


A pastor who was located in Kenton at one time claimed his life this week in Chicago.


WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus reported that Father James Csaszar was under investigation for "excessive and questionable text and telephone communications with a minor." He was also being investigated for potential misuse of church funds while he was the pastor of St. Rose Parish in New Lexington, Ohio.


Father Csaszar was placed on administrative leave in early November while at the Church of the Resurrection in New Albany.


After learning of his death, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus issued statement saying that they were shocked and saddened by the news.


Father Csaszar was being investigated by the New Lexington Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.



Several Criminal Damaging Incidents Reported


Several residents reported criminal damaging incidents to Kenton Police on Thursday.


According to the reports, at two locations on Broadway Street, the 400 block of Summit Street and the 300 block of North Market Street, homes were struck by projectives. Upon further investigation, it appeared the damage was done by someone using a BB gun.


In addition, the rear windshield of a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Superior Street was damaged.


All of the incidents are under investigation.



Ada Man Sentenced to Life in Prison


An Ada man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Albert L. Mast Sr. was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 12 years.


He was indicted on multiple sex related charges and was sentenced on one count of rape, 3 counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual imposition.


Mast was classified as a Tier III sex offender.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Money and Drugs Confiscated From Forest House


The Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant Wednesday at 501 West Zimmerman Street in the Village of Forest.  


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the warrant had been issued as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of prescription medication.


The search resulted in the seizure of $3,740.00 cash and a significant quantity of prescription pills.


Minor Curl, of that address, was arrested on drug trafficking charges and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion.


The Task Force was assisted by officers of the Forest Police Department the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the Hardin County Dog Warden, and the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office.



Sheriff Presents Revised Budget to Commissioners


A revised Hardin County Sheriff budget was presented to the Hardin County Commissioners at a recent meeting.


Sheriff Keith Everhart and Chief Deputy Dennis Burns reviewed the submitted 2018 budget with the commissioners. After some refiguring of the budget based on expenditures of 2017, the new total budget of 1.4 million dollars was then submitted.


Also at the meeting, Tom Covrett and Nick Bohland, Civil Engineering, met with Mike Smith and Luke Underwood to review 2018 activities at the landfill.


It was noted that a well needs replaced which will increase their contract.


The commissioners then approved a new contract with CED for 2018 at a cost of $41,627.



ONU Mobile Clinic Visits Forest Twice Month


The ONU HealthWise Mobile Clinic visits the Village of Forest twice a month.


The Ohio Northern University Pharmacy Resident Students comprise the the mobile unit.


The visits are on the 1st Thursday of the month, in the VFW parking lot (across from the municipal building) from 9-11 am.


They are also at the Food Pantry at the Forest United Methodist Church from 1-3 pm on the 4th Monday of each month.


Free health screenings include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, smoking cessation assistance, and medication consultation.


For a fee, and pending availability, immunizations and flu shots are provided.



United Way at 75% of Campaign Goal


The United Way of Hardin County Campaign released an update on Tuesday.


The campaign is at 75% of the goal of $220,000.  


The division breakdown is as follows; Agriculture - $6,854, Education - $9,780, Event - $5,985, F.I.R.E. (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) - $22,571, Government - $3,648, Industry - $86,579, Out of County - $5,927, Professional - $6,961, Retail - $1,441 and Special Gifts are at $13,871.  


This totals $163,617.  


Donations are still being accepted. They can be dropped off at the office or mailed to 225 S. Detroit St. Kenton, OH 43326.



Driver Cited Following Tuesday Afternoon Crash


Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Franklin Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car being driven by 55 year old Cherry Berry, of Kenton, was driving west on Franklin and ran a red light at Memorial. Her car struck a car being driven by 68 year old Sharon McConnell, who was turning from Memorial onto Franklin at the time.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and Berry was cited for a red light violation.



Most Wait Until Closer to Christmas to Wrap Presents


It seems a vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters wait until close to Christmas to wrap presents.


Of those responding to the poll, 79% said they put off wrapping the gifts while the remaining 21% have them wrapped and under the tree right away.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.



Hardin Hills Administrator Presents Update to Commissioners


The Hardin Hills Administrator gave an update to the Hardin County Commissioners at a recent meeting.


Mark Rogers said presented the November status report. He said the average census was 59 residents. Revenue was $391,623, expenses at $361,622.


Rogers noted if the census were under 55 he would be nervous, adding that it would be doubtful the facility would make it with a census under 50. He said that would depend on what Medicare and Medicaid does.



Conservation Tillage Breakfast Programs Set For 2018


The 2018 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, January 9 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.


 Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.  Other sessions will be held on January 23, February 6 and 20.

The first session will feature Hardin County Auditor Mike Bacon and Andrea Weaver, who serves as Union County’s Auditor. The Meeting will cover CAUV property tax changes.



Dates Set For Goo Crew Activities


Little Sparks Goo Crew has released their dates for the new year


The program is designed to offer adults and young children a variety of activities to encourage an array of development. The first session is set for January 3rd, and is a cooking session.


You are urged to contact Jami Dellifield of the OSU extension office at 419-674-2297 for more information.



HN FFA Teaching Students About Agriculture


The Hardin Northern FFA is hosting a new FFA activity this year in the form of teaching elementary students about Agriculture.


According to Hardin Northern FFA Reporter Cassidy Crooks, the chapter recently taught the second grade polar bears about Christmas trees, and their origins. Other topics for the youth agriculture lessons included growing pumpkins in October, and harvesting in November.


The lessons are planned to resume in the new year with more students.



Fire Damages House on Goodin Street


Fire damaged a house on Goodin Street in Kenton around 5:30 this morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Fire Department, the home is owned by John Whitaker and occupied by Jason Doster.


The fire started in an upstairs bedroom and spread into the attic area. Most of the damage occurred in the bedroom.


The cause has not yet been determined.


Mutual assistance was provided by the Richland Township and Ridgeway Fire Department.


There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for around an hour and a half.



Four Juveniles Accused of Damging Library Property


Four juveniles were accused of damaging property at the Mary Lou Johnson Library.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the metal cigarette ashtrays attached to the building were damaged and the metal boxes inside them were stolen.


The four male juveniles who were listed as suspects ranged in age from 12 to 16.


So far no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.



OhioMeansJobs Hardin County Hosting Orientation Session


OhioMeansJobs Hardin County is holding an orientation that is designed to assist you in a job search.


The orientation will be held every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. on the first floor at 175 W. Franklin Street in Kenton.


The participants will receive an overview of services, including training opportunities, employment paths and resume development.

After the brief presentation, the staff will be available to answer questions on the wide range of services and help job seekers get started on their career path.


For more information, contact OhioMeansJobs Hardin County at 419-674-2312.



Red Cross Urges Blood Donors During Holiday Season


The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.


Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms.


The next blood drive in Hardin County is Wednesday December 27 from 2-7pm at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima Street in Forest.  



Census Bureau Releases Household Incomes


Figures showing median family income in Ohio cities and counties were released this month by the Census Bureau.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer printed the findings this week.


The City of Kenton ranked 178 out of 247 for the period of 2012-2016 with an average family income of $50,634. The highest ranking city in our region was Marysville with $79,907.


Hardin County ranked 59 with a medium family income of $56,429. Union County ranked 5th with $82,022.



Scam Alert Issued by AG's Office


The Ohio Attorney General's Office is warning of a phone scam offering federal grants.


The office states they have received dozen of reports on the scam. It begins with a phone call or Facebook message claiming the person was selected for being a "good citizen, paying taxes or not having a criminal record."


The potential victim has to pay a few hundred dollars to cover processing fees or taxes to receive the grant.


The best advice as always is to remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


For more information the scam, visit ohio attorney general dot gov.



Kenton Board Passes Resolution to Explore New Building Project

Kenton elementary school teachers Amy Root and Allison Kemmere and their students, Peyton Bailey, Audrey Carlson, Olivia Plaugher, Adlai Ruhlen, Brielle Ruhlen, Ben Schneider, Dawson Wallace, Steena Dudek, Anderson Latimore, Anna Manns, Gabe Purcell, Meredith Donnelly, Lucas Getz, Maggie Musser, Callie Schwemer, Weston Sherman, Ashkii Smith, Sophia Zechiel, presented their school’s "Leader in Me" presentation to the board.


Ryan and Grace Collins presented the technology report and noted that the technology website underwent a transformation providing more resources for teacher. New websites are now secure, with more security to be released soon.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski recognized two retirees for their service and dedication to the students of the district. Larry Adams had 39 years with the district, and Miriam Robertson for 30 years at KCS

Penczarski also recognized board members that have finished Serving on the board. Russ Blue sat on the board for 16 years. David Haushalter and Mark McCullough both clocked eight years on the board.


Penczarski noted that when she came to the district, the board wanted “...to provide the highest quality education that we can afford.”


All three outgoing members thanked the staff, students, and the public for allowing them to continue to improve the district.


Under committee business, the board passed a resolution to being exploring a plan to construct a middle and high school facility. The resolution allows for a planning and exploration year. It was made clear that there would be no funding available until 2020, which would mean a potential tax levy would be coming in November of 2019. Members noted that the elementary school site was designed with another building in mind to sit adjacent to the existing structure. Mark McCullough noted that there is existing infrastructure to support a new building.


The facilities committee noted that the business inhabiting the new bus garage location has vacated, and they are now able to continue forward on that project.

Board member Russ Blue announced the Kenton City Schools alumni Hall Of Fame that is coming to the district. Applications for distinguished and achieved alumni of the district to be inducted into the hall of fame will be open in January on the Kenton City Schools website, with inductees selected in March. Graduates must be 10 years graduated until they can be nominated.


In November, a community survey taken on random Drug testing  688 responses. The board is holding two focus group meetings to discuss the topic further. One is to be held January 22nd at 5:30 in the KMS cafeteria. The second will be held January 24th at 5:00 in the KHS cafeteria. Attendees must sign up between December 19th and January 12th online or by calling the district office. Superintendent Penczarski notes that if you are calling to sign up over the winter break, to leave your name and telephone number so you can be contacted. Penczarski also said that this registration was strictly for planning purposes.


In personnel items, the board approved the transfer of Rebecca Reed, Gary Dunahue was approved for an additional bus route, and Kevin Kapanka transferred bus routes.


Tammy Ludwig, Christa Quail, Caleb Burkey, Joseph Day, and Chad Thrush were approved as substitutes.


The board approved the resignation of Chase Barnes, Freshman Boys Basketball coach


The board hired  Lance Strahm as a bus driver, Donna Martin, for an newly created cafeteria position, and Rose Pogue as a Kenton Elementary School Custodian.


The board approved maternity leave for Lindsey Oldham


The board approved motions to pay several bills and fees as well as approved various policies from around the district.

The re-organizational meeting and next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on January 15, 2018 at 7:00pm with newly elected president Mark Rush presiding.


Two People Injured in Dunkirk Following Bar Fight


Two people were injured in Dunkirk Friday night following what started as a bar fight.


According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Office Keith Everhart, a vehicle was involved in a felonious assault involving two victims, who were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. Both victims have since been released.


Sheriff Everhart would not release details on how the vehicle was used in the assault citing the ongoing investigation.


He said detectives are in the process of interviewing the victims as well as suspects and expects more information will be released later this week.



Several Items Stolen From Yard in Kenton


A theft was reported in the 300 block North High Street in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a woman told officers that several items were stolen from her yard.


The items included two bicycles. No value was listed, and the theft remains under investigation.



Get in the Christmas Spirit at the Lake of Lights

If you're looking for something to help put you in the Christmas spirit, the Lakes of Lights display will continue through December 26.


The cost is $5 per car, and all the proceeds are shared with local charities.


Some special events include a live Nativity on Sunday's from 6-8. Wagon rides will be available on Sunday December 17.


The hours are 6-9 each evening at France Lake in Kenton.



Woman Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to the report from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Jo L. Walters was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. As part of the sentence, she must permanently surrender her nursing license to the State Board of Nursing.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Kenton Man Placed on Suicide Watch in Logan County Jail


A Kenton man is accused of assaulting a fellow inmate this week while in the Logan County Jail.


WPKO Radio reported that 34 year old Dustin Harber assaulted 34 year old James Gilliam Jr., of Bellefontaine, while both were incarcerated in the jail.


Another inmate reported seeing Harber punch Gilliam three times in the head and then kick him twice. Gilliam was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment.


After being moved to another cell block, Harber then attempted to hang himself, but jail staff members were able to thwart the suicide attempt. He was then placed on suicide watch.



Garage Damaged by Fire Thursday


A detached garage on a property located in the 7000 block of State Route 309 was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon.


McGuffey firefighters were dispatched to the property owned by Jessica Shepherd.


A 4 wheeler in the garage is blamed for starting the fire which resulted in minor damage the structure.


Firefighters were on the scene for a short time.





United Way Continues to Seek Donations


The 2018 United Way campaign continues to seek donations.


Campaign officials said payroll deductions remain the easiest and most popular way to donate.


The money raised goes to support not for profit agencies that provide an array of services to residents of Hardin County.


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



Ada Police Personnel Entertain VanCrest Residents


Members of the Ada Police Department entertained residents of the VanCrest Nursing and Assisted Living Facility this week.


Each month, officers meet with the residents to present guests and conduct informational programs.


The month, the group decided to perform Christmas music in honor of the season.


The Ada Police Ensemble are officially being dubbed Mike and the COP-per Tones.



Ridgemont Board Conducts December Meeting

The following are highlights from the Ridgemont Schools Board of Education held Thursday evening.
Ridgemont is proud to recognize the following students, staff, FFA Chapter, and Board Memberaccomplishments:
Congratulations to Ridgemont FFA Chapter for receiving the following national awards:
-Top 10 FFA Premier Chapter in the Nation in two divisions – Growing Leaders Division and Building Communities Division.
- National Proficiency Finalist, who are top 4 in the USA.
- Nole Gerfen in Diversified Agriculture
- Nathan Stacklin in Diversified Horticulture
- Keaton Fout in Forage Production
Congratulations Ridgemont FFA!
Congratulations to Nole Gerfen-National FFA Proficiency Award in Diversified Agriculture
It is a rarity for a students to win one, but to win two in a row is unheard of and now Nole has won
three in a row! Congratulations Nole!
Congratulations to Cami Lowery, a member of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. Cami’s SAE project and proficiency for FFA needs to be applauded. Cami showed her Netherland Dwarf Rabbits at the American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention in Indianapolis in October. At the convention, Cami placed third in the Breed Identification contest. She was the District 8 Achievement Winner and National Runner-Up for submitting a 500 word application on her work with rabbits in the county, state and national levels. In the educational contest, she entered a drawing of one of her rabbit and was named the National Winner in the Art Division, with this drawing she is the Featured Artist and was photographed and featured in the Rabbit Tutor website where her drawing can be purchased. Cami has won many County, State and National awards and is the 2017 American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club Queen. Congratulations Cami!
Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Jolliff, Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor. Mrs. Jolliff received the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This program recognizes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities.
Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
Mrs. Jolliff also received the 2017 Association for Career and Technical Education Region I Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. Mrs. Jolliff was recognized at the ACTE Awards Banquet as one the 5 finalists for the 2018 National Title and on December 6 in Nashville, and then was awarded the NATIONAL CARL PERKINS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. 
Mrs. Jolliff is very deserving of this award as this community has seen her leadership develop their students into highly productive citizens. Congratulations Mrs. Jolliff!
Thank you to Mr. Dave Copp, outgoing Board of Education Member. We would like to thank Mr. Copp for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Ridgemont Local School District. Mr. Copp has witnessed many changes at Ridgemont and always given his time to make the school a better educational environment for all students.
The Board approved a salary adjustment and a substitute teacher for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year.
An agreement was approved for the Midwest Regional ESC to represent the business of the Ridgemont Local School District, Ms. Sally Henrick will represent Ridgemont. Memberships and legal fund assistance to the Ohio School Board’s Association were approved as well as updates for access controls.
The Board Re-organizational Meeting was approved for January 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Conference Room. The January Regular Board meeting will follow and then a Board Work Session. A President Pro Temp was approved for the Re-organizational meeting.
Thank you to the following who gave donations to the Ridgemont Local School District:
*Anonymous Donor-Elementary Secret Santa-$250-Students who are not able to purchase presents for their family are given vouchers to buy gifts.
*McCullough Industries-Donation of forklift to use for FFA Fruit Delivery
*Kenton Walmart-Todd Walter-Donation for annual Senior Citizen Luncheon-$504.00
The 2018 January Board Reorganizational and Regular Board Meetings have been scheduled for January 11th at 5:00 pm in the Conference Room and a Board Work Session will follow.


Fire Destroys Rural Forest House


A house was totally destroyed by fire Wednesday night.


The Forest Fire Department was dispatched just after 5 to the residence located at 5102 County Road 205.


The house, which was occupied by the family of Daniel and Brandi Kemmere, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.


There were no injuries, and the blaze remains under investigation.


The American Red Cross was on the scene to help provide assistance to the family, which lost everything in the fire.


A fund to help the family has been set up at Quest Federal Credit Union. Anyone wanting to contribute can do so at any Quest location.



Several Crashes Blamed on Slippery Road Conditions


Slippery road conditions were blamed for several crashes that occurred Wednesday evening and into the overnight.


One crash occurred on South Main Street in Dunkirk just before 9 last night.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's, a car driven by Derick Craig, of Kenton, struck a tree. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Dunkirk EMS.


There were no injuries reported in the other mishaps, including one that occurred on State Route 53 near Grant where a car ended up off the road and struck a power pole.



Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund Seeking Donations


The Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund is asking for donations to help supply shoes to students in need.


The organization strives to provide shoes to Hardin County students from kindergarten to 12th grade 365 days a year.


A total of 310 pairs of shoes were distributed last year, and Director Sandy Moore said there has been an increase of applications this year. She noted that 194 applications have been served, and 428 pairs of shoes have been purchased.


To help the local charity, which honors the memory of former Kenton teacher Helen Mabrey, donations can be sent to the Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Post Office Box 505 in Kenton.



Holiday Event Scheduled at Kenton High School


The Kenton-Ohio High Point FFA is hosting a holiday themed event on Monday December 18th at the Kenton High School Cafeteria.


The Holiday Bring and String will start with registration at 6 that evening. The String Art Workshop will then run from 6:30 to 8pm.


Snacks and project supplies will be provided.



Ridgemont School Will Be in Session December 21


Ridgemont School will be in session on Thursday December 21.


According to the school's Facebook page, information on the calendar on the lunch menu is incorrect.


Ridgemont will dismiss one hour early on December 21 as the school begins its Christmas break.



Immunization Clinic in Forest Cancelled for December and January


The Kenton-Hardin Health Department will not have their monthly immunization clinic in Forest in December or January.


Forest officials were notified of the cancellations on Wednesday.


The Health Department plans to resume their normal monthly schedule in February.



Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education Members Recognized For Years of Service

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – The Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education recognized two outgoing board members for their dedication to the students at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center during Wednesday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting. The Board recognized Nancy Osborne (Upper Scioto Valley) for her 5 years of service and Vice President Bill Ramsey (Benjamin Logan) for his 14 years of service to the board.
“We appreciate the service and dedication Nancy and Bill have shown to the district and to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “They will be missed, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. We look forward to working with new board members as we continue to provide our students a 21st century education for the modern-day workforce.”
During the meeting, in the second of two votes required by legal process, the Board unanimously accepted the certificate of the county auditor and approved a resolution declaring intent to proceed with placing 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. This is the first time in 40 years the district has placed an issue on the ballot.
To learn more about the upcoming permanent improvement issue, please visit www.ohiohipoint.com.
The Board approved employment of Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH) as the HVAC-Electrical instructor effective July 1, 2018. The HVAC-Electrical program is new for the 2018-2019 school year, and has been established to help meet the industry demands and provide a successful career path for students.  
The Board also approved employment of Veronnica McCord (Bellefontaine, OH) as the Facilities and Grounds Secretary, effective Nov. 30, 2017.
Alexis Christon, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Upper Scioto Valley High School, and Hunter Tuel, a Welding and Fabrication senior from Marysville High School, were recognized as the December Students of the Month.
Jon Cook, Dean of Students, was recognized as the December 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 November 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
.Approved the revised depository agreements to comply with the Pooled Collateral Program
.Approved the textbook adoption as presented
.Approved internship agreements with Area Electric (Sidney, OH), Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield, OH), and Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, LTD (Bellefontaine, OH)
.Approved employment of Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH) as an hourly, as-needed classified staff member, and Dean Morter (Urbana, OH) and Scott Wasserman (Urbana) as hourly, as-needed certified staff
.Approved extended days and a teacher’s supplemental contract for Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH)
.Approved a one-time stipend for approved cafeteria operations staff members
.Approved a stipend for the SkillsUSA Regional Coordinator
.Accepted the FY16 audit results as presented
The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 10, 2018. A reorganization meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular board meeting at 7 p.m. 


5 Injured in 3 Vehicle Crash Late Tuesday Morning


Five people were injured in a three vehicle crash that occurred just after 11 Tuesday morning on State Route 309 at the west edge of Kenton.


According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car being driven by 56 year old John Thomas, of Kenton, was preparing to turn into a driveway from 309, and a vehicle behind him, which was driven by 34 year old Adam Smith, of Delphos, slowed down as well. A third vehicle operated by 20 year old Lucas McLane, of Lakeview, failed to slow in time and struck the rear of the Smith vehicle, pushing it into the Thomas car.


Smith was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Thomas and three passengers in his car were all transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


McLane was not injured. He was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



Two Thefts Reported to Police on Tuesday


A couple of theft complaints were taken by Kenton police on Tuesday.


According to information on the daily log sheet, Christmas lights were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Scioto Street.


Also, packages were stolen from a porch in the 700 block of South Main Street.


The incidents are under investigation.



Hardin County Sheriff's Office Set For Shop With a Cop


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office Shop With a Cop is set for this Saturday December 16.


The 6th annual event allows children from Hardin County to spend a fun filled day with Hardin County law enforcement and volunteers.


Each child will be provided a gift card to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for their families at Walmart.


After shopping, everyone returns to the Sheriff’s Office for lunch and fun. The children wrap the gifts they purchased and Santa will be stopping by to greet all of the children.



Nominations Still Being Sought For Alliance Awards


Nominations are still be sought for the 2017 Alliance Annual Awards.


The 2017 categories are Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Service, Women LEAD Excellence Award and Young Professionals Alliance Award.


Nominations are due by December 31 and can be dropped off at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street in Kenton.



Alliance Presents Update to County Commissioners


The Hardin County Commissioners received a monthly update from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.


CEO Jon Cross and Board President Brian Sprang explained their role in bringing new development to Hardin County. Usually realtors and brokers contact them for space and they bring landowners and the realtor together.


They also reported that the second Student Job Fair will be March 2. Juniors and Seniors are invited.



Man Reports Male Subject Waved Gun at Him


A resident in the 700 block of West Lima Street reported a male subject waved a handgun at him.


The incident was reported Monday.


According to the report, following a brief exchange of words with one male, the resident said another male appeared from around the corner with the handgun.


The two suspects left after the resident told them he has a handgun inside, and the incident is under investigation.



Relay For Life Team Holding Christmas Dinner


The Kroger Relay For Life Team is sponsoring a Christmas Dinner.


The menu consists of baked steak or ham and all the trimmings and will be served Sunday December 17 from noon until 4 at Amvets Post 1994 located at 417 West Espy Street in Kenton.


Tickets , which can be purchased from any Kroger Crusader Relay member, are $10 for those 13 and older and $7 for senior citizens and 12 and under.


All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.



Hi Point Receives Award From Auditor's Office

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Auditor of State Dave Yost recently announced Ohio Hi-Point Career Center as a recipient of the Auditor of State Award for the district’s clean audit report.
The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts that meet the qualifications of a clean audit upon the completion of a financial audit.
Timely financial reports were filed by Ohio Hi-Point Career Center with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). The audit report did not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs. In addition, Hi-Point’s management letter contained no comments related to:
.Ethics referrals
.Questioned costs less than $10,000
.Lack of timely report submission
.Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
.Findings for recovery less than $100
.Public meetings or public records
The award was first offered after Auditor Dave Yost took office in January 2011. Ohio Hi-Point has received the Auditor of State Award for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years.


Santa Cops Campaign a Success in Forest


A successful Santa Cops campaign was conducted in Forest.


With proceeds raised from an annual bake sale at the Charlie Brown Christmas, a donation $410 was made to the Forest Police Department.


Also there were many generous people who donated coats, hats and toys that totaled $350 that will go a long way towards helping out area families this Christmas.



NWS: Snow Squalls Expected

According to the National Weather Service, A low pressure system and an associated cold front will move through through the region tonight, followed by an upper level disturbance on Tuesday. This will lead to an increasing chance of snow showers and some patchy freezing drizzle later tonight with more widespread snow showers continuing during the day on Tuesday. 

Behind the cold front, a much colder airmass will move into the area on Tuesday with temperatures falling into the 20s through the day. Northwest winds will also increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph possible. This will lead to occasional snow squalls through the day with a quick 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Rapidly changing visibilities will also be possible with brief near whiteout conditions possible.

If you are planning travel late tonight and through the day on Tuesday, be prepared for icy roads and rapidly changing driving conditions.


Car Ends Up Inside a House in Wyandot County


An Arlington man is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a weekend crash in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 9000 block of County Highway 81 to investigate a report of a vehicle crashing into a house.


Following an investigation, it was determined a car being driven by 36 year old Benjamin A. Steinmetz was travelling north on 81 when he ran off the right side of the road. The car spun around, travelled through a yard and crashed into the residence. The car ended up almost completely inside the house and ended through the floor and partially in the basement.


Steinmetz was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. No one in the house was injured.


The driver admitted to consuming several beers in a short time as well as smoking marijuana.


A small amount of marijuana was found inside the car, and in addition to OVI, Steinmetz is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.



Driver Cited Following Minor Crash in Kenton


A minor crash was reported in Kenton late Sunday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 69 year old Margaret A. Noftz, of Washington Courthouse, was driving north on Fontaine Street when she looked down at something in her vehicle. When she looked back up, she was unable to stop in time, and her car struck the rear of vehicle that was stopped for a red light at Espy Street.


Light damage occurred to the vehicles, and Noftz was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



None Injured in Kenton House Blaze

A house fire occurred in the 500 block of North Glendale street in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Fire Department, a structure fire occurred in the 500 block of North Glendale Street. The fire is believed to have started in the ceiling of the home catching the wood of the residence on fire. The report states that the fire was contained in the ceiling of the house causing damage to one story of the building which resulted in moderate damage.


The Kenton Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze in roughly an hour with the assistance of other departments. The damage to the home is estimated to be around $20,000 dollars. No injuries were reported.



Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Milecha Whitacre was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.


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


.Shannon A. Archer on one count each of theft and attempted tampering with records. He must pay $7600 in restitution to Job and Family Services.


.Morgan R. Bodine on one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.


.Robert J. McKenzie on one count of domestic violence.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Ridgemont Educator Wins National Award


The Association for Career and Technical Education announced its 2018 national award winners in seven different award categories.


Among those receiving an award was Ridgemont teacher Stephanie Jolliff, who was the recipient of the Carl Perkins Community Service Award.


This award recognizes individuals who have used Career and Technical Education to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.


Jolliff has served as the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Ridgemont since 2005.


She was one of five finalists for the 2018 national title.


The national winners for each award were announced at an awards banquet that took place this past Wednesday evening.



Items Stolen Off Porch in Kenton


A Kenton resident reported that packages were stolen off his porch.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 100 block of North Market Street said that the packages contained a space heater and an air mattress.


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



Christmas Decorations Stolen


Several Christmas decorations were stolen from a residence in the 400 block of North Market Street.


According to the report, the items included a blow up Christmas tree, Santa on a tractor and a snowman.


The theft is under investigation.



Hardin County Dog Warden Urges Dog Owners to Purchase Tags

The 2018 Hardin County Dog Tags went on sale earlier this month.
Dog Warden Jamie Burchiel said you can purchase them at several locations around the county.
The cost is $16, but that doubles after January 31, 2018 and you could also receive a citation.
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Treasurer Presents Investment Report to Commissioners


Treasurer Denise Althauser submitted the November Investment Report to Hardin County Commissioners this week.


Total interest for November was just over $30,000 with total interest to date for 2017 at $297,411.


The total interest year to date for 2016 was just over $219,000.



Alliance Holds Annual Luncheon


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held their Annual Luncheon Thursday.


CEO Jon Cross spoke about how the chamber is up to 300 members. He also talked about a new plan for a better and more streamlined approach to communications committees and membership by providing a Quarterly Breakfast Meetings.


The Hardin County Brochure is available at the chamber office and is a great asset to communicate with new businesses, visitors, and community.


The chamber is also seeking nominations for the Annual Awards Banquet. Nominations need to be submitted to the chamber by December 31st.



KPD Investigating Theft Complaints


A couple of theft complaints were received by Kenton police on Wednesday.


According to the reports, a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of North Ida Street. Two female suspects were charged as a result.


Also, a resident in the 200 block of South High Street told officers packages were stolen off his porch.


The incident is under investigation.



2017 Mistletoe Ball Raises $52,000


The Mistletoe Ball held this past Saturday was another success story.


According to a release, the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation sponsored event raised $52,000. The money will go towards the renovation project of the OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Department,2 North.


Pictured from left to right: Jim and Sandy Pruden and Sharon and Duane Davis


The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales and the traditional silent and live auctions that were held that evening.


Mistletoe Ball Chairperson Linda Smith said she appreciates all the community support, and she hopes to see everyone at next year's ball.



Fight Involving Large Group of Juveniles Reported Wednesday


Officers were also called to a report of a fight on Wednesday.


According to the report, the fight occurred at the corner of Lark and Clover Lanes.


A large group of juveniles were said to be involved.


Several suspects were listed but no charges have been filed at this time.



Ben Logan School Mourning Loss of Student


Grief counselors are set up at Ben Logan School following the death of a student.


According to information from Superintendent Dave Harmon, an 8th grade student took his own life Tuesday night.


Ben Logan is open today, and students were welcome to attend classes or meet with counselors throughout the day.


The superintendent said several mental health professionals are on site today as students mourn the loss.

In the time since we originally broke this story, the Bellefountaine Examiner reported that 13 year old Blaine Morris was found outside of his residence in Belle Center after an apparent self-inflicted death. Emergency responders arrived on scene around 3am after a call from a neighbor. The child's parents told deputies that he went to bed around 9pm and they hadn't noticed any unusual behavior. 
Authorities noted that an investigation that is pending will examine the boy's cellphone recrods.


Hardin County Democratic Party to Host Christmas Party


The annual Hardin County Democratic Party Christmas Holiday Dinner will be held next Wednesday evening, December 13 at Henry's Restaurant in Kenton.


Holiday greetings from Chairman Michael Hubbell will be at 6:00 PM with the catered dinner to follow.


Hardin County citizens that support the Democratic Party are encouraged to attend. Dinner will cost $16.00 payable Wednesday evening. All attendees are encouraged to bring holiday gift items for the Donkey Auction.


Reservations may be made by calling Michael Hubbell at 416-673-6346.



Ag Society Releases Minutes of December Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and 13 guests were present. 
Craig Stump, President, called the meeting to order.
Rick Bard, representing the Mid Ohio Cushman’s Club, requested to have a meeting to discuss the idea of having their annual scooter show at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  The organization is looking into having a new site for May of 2019.  A meeting was set for Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 1pm to discuss this idea further.  
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the Jr. Fair Board, stated they are currently looking for new Jr. Fair Board members, with hopes of some of them attending the annual OFMA convention in January.  
A thank you was read from Kim Butcher, Central Ohio Tractor Pullers.
Corey Ledley, Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee discussed the executive committee meeting minutes.  The board moved to pay off the loan the board has with Quest Federal Credit Union.  The Annual Holiday Dinner at the Plaza Inn Rest., will be on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 6pm.  The board moved to start having a cleaning fee of $200 for use of the chair covers in the community building.  There is currently no charge for using the chair covers and no cleaning fee.  The board also moved to change the linear footage charge for boats, trailers, rv’s etc. from $7.00 to $10.00 – which will go into effect next season.  Meal ticket prices were agreed to change during the 2018 fair to $12 max on the adult meal ticket and increase the Jr. Meal ticket to $6.  Monthly board meetings are being changed to the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm, to start on March 7th, 2018.  The board moved to change the office hourly staff rate and increase the Sec./Treasurer salary.  Employee contracts were updated for 2018.  The 2018 budget was approved.  Jason Fulton was nominated for the Buck Twp. Director for one year.  Current directors then voted by paper for the Director at Large Vacancy for one year.  Those interested in the position were:  Jeff Haudenschield, Justin Dick, Eric Haudenschield, Earnie Davis and Dale Cockerell.  After voting was done, the top vote getter was Dale Cockerell.  The 2018 code of conduct was then signed by all board members.  Judi Cronley then swore in directors Jeff Morris and Jason Fulton.  Two new members for the executive committee were voted on by paper vote with Howard Lyle and Paul Ralston winning those votes.  They will join committee members:  Craig Stump, President, Corey Ledley, Vice President, Kelly Buchenroth, and Brad Murphy.  
Kelly Buchenroth, chairman of the Grounds Committee, stated they are working on prices for trading in the mower.  Judi Cronley stated winter storage is full except for small items and vehicles that can still be stored.  
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, discussed the entertainer survey that was done through Facebook.  Dylan Scott, with an opener, won by a 77% margin over Michael Ray.  There were 456 people who voted.  The board moved to offer Dylan Scott more money to try and secure him as our entertainer if needed.  Rob discussed the KOI drag racing idea for Wednesday night of the fair and needs ideas for the Hour of Inspiration.  Brad Murphy then discussed other free entertainment for the week of the fair.  The board moved to have Bear Hollow Wood Carvers and a glass blower for the week.    
Judi Cronley announced there are still 16 families that need to cash their Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitor checks.  Don Spar stated he will address this issue.  It was noted internet options for fairground use and especially for the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale are being researched.  Don Spar announced the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 7pm with the Livestock Committees meeting after this meeting.  
Under old business:  
Judi Cronley discussed those wanting to attend the annual OFMA convention in January.  
Under new business: 
It was announced Ray Davis will be inducted into the Ohio Fair Managers Associations Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 7th, 2018.  Other inductees from Hardin County have been Giles Koehler in 1997 and Dave Howard in 2007.  The Board will receive one communication award during the Ohio Dept. of Ag. Breakfast, also on Sunday, Jan. 7th.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, December 21st at 6:00pm at the Plaza Inn Rest, in Mt. Victory for a dinner and meeting.  The board will be honoring 4 past directors for their long time service to the board. 


American Architecture Course Offered at ONU


Community members can join Ohio Northern University students for the course “American Architecture: Understanding the World Around You” during spring semester 2018 at ONU.


The course will examine the importance of architecture in understanding history and the built environment.


The first class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. January 23 and will continue each Tuesday throughout the term, except during spring break March 5-9.


Individuals who are not ONU students can attend course sessions without enrolling, and a schedule of topics will be available so non-ONU students can select which discussions to attend.



Ridgemont FFA Hosting Shop Local Event Friday Evening


The Ridgemont FFA is hosting a Ridgemont Shop Local Event this Friday from 5:30 until 9 at the Ridgemont School in Mt. Victory.


You'll be able to take your Christmas list and get your shopping done locally.


More than 15 local vendors will be at the event.



Cridersville Runaway Juvenile Crashes Stolen Car


A runaway juvenile was involved in a crash that occurred Monday morning on County Road 265 near the intersection with State Route 31 in Buck Township.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a 14 year old boy from Cridersville, Ohio, was driving a vehicle east on 265 and failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the north side of the road, travelled through a yard and crashed into a tree. The vehicle he was driving was reported stolen in Auglaize County.


The juvenile was not injured. He was detained and later released into the custody of the Cridersville Police Department. The incident remains under investigation.


Sheriff's Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Kenton Fire Department and BKP Ambulance.



Vehicle Sideswiped Parked Car Monday Afternoon


A two vehicle crash occurred Monday afternoon in the 300 block of North Wayne Street in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 58 year old Gregory S. Hatfield, of Arcadia, was driving north on Wayne when his vehicle sideswiped a parked minivan.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hatfield was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



Ada Senior Citizens Group to Meet December 13


The Ada Senior Citizens will meet Wednesday, December 13 in the Community Room of the Ada Community Health Professionals on South Main Street.  


Breakfast will be provided.


Members and guests attending are invited to bring packaged food, candy or items they would like to donate to fill the 35 baskets that will be packed and distributed to friends in the Ada Area.  


Citizens age 55 and over who reside in the Ada area are invited to come and join the group for a $10 annual membership fee and participate in the twice-monthly meetings and activities.



Red Cross Encourages Blood Donors During Holiday Season


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.


In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.


To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets December 21, 2017, through January 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.


In Hardin County, two blood drives are scheduled this month. First in Kenton on December 18 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church on County Road 175, then on December 27 from 2 until 7 at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182 in Forest.



Hunters Take More Deer During First Week of 2017 Gun Season


Hunters checked 72,814 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2017 weeklong deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Last year, hunters checked 66,758 deer over the season. Hardin County hunters took 529 deer, compared to 477 last year.


There are two days of deer-gun season remain. That is on Saturday, December 16, and Sunday the 17th.


The muzzleloader season is January 6-9, 2018, and archery season remains open through Sunday, February 4, 2018.



Kenton Woman Reports Identity Fraud


A Kenton woman reported an identity fraud to Kenton Police on Sunday.


According to the report, the woman said fraudulent activity resulted in the purchase of 3 Apple Iphone 8 plus phones, which didn’t authorize.


The value was listed at $3000.


The incident is under investigation.



Car Vandalism Reported in Kenton


A criminal damaging incident occurred over the weekend in the 400 block of North Leighton Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department,  a man told officers a tire on his vehicle was flattened sometime Saturday night.


The tire appeared to have been punctured.



ID Theft Reported to KPD

A complaint of theft was reported to the Kenton Police Department.


According to the report, a resident of the 700 block North Leighton Street alleges that his identity was stolen in the form of a debit or debit card. No suspect was listen on the report.


The investigation continues.



Candy Cane Tour Set For Sunday


Keep Hardin County Beautiful will present the Candy Cane Tour of Homes and Businesses this Sunday.


Director Deb Phillips talks about some of the stops on the tour, "We have two historical homes on the tour this year and one newer home, and those are for people to see how you decorate your to see those grandier homes, and then the businesses just gives them a little bit of advertising, but they also decorate very well, and so you just want people to see that too."


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



American Red Cross to be at Forest Christmas Event


The American Red Cross of Hardin County, North Central Ohio Chapter, will be at The Charlie Brown Christmas in Forest, Sunday December 11 in the Jackson Forest Library.


Stop by the table to pick up information on winter storm preparedness, fire prevention, and being Red Cross Ready in the event of any disaster .


You can also learn about the free smoke alarm campaign and all the other education and services provided before and after disaster hits.


Audrey Hankins will be at the table to answer any questions you may have about the American Red Cross.



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