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Local News Archives for 2018-01

2017 Marked with Significant Successes for ODOT

Approximately $100 million was invested last year in improving the local highway transportation system within ODOT District 1’s eight-county region of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Allen County during 2017:
Allen County ODOT crews performed a culvert lining project on state Route 309 near the Allen County fairgrounds. An innovative concrete cloth material was attached to the bottom and upper third of the culvert to extend its service life. Unlike a culvert replacement project, culvert lining allows highways to remain open during the repair.
Three bridges in the Bluffton area over Interstate 75 were replaced. A bridge on Napoleon Road, Bentley Road and over the Norfolk Southern Railroad were reconstructed by Eagle Bridge, Sidney.
The following represents work completed districtwide by ODOT District 1’s own highway forces and by contractors in 2017:
.Resurfaced 257 lane miles of state highway.
.Chipped and sealed 173 lane miles of state highway.
.Repaired 17,196 feet of guardrail.
.Applied crack sealing to 478 lane miles of pavement.
.Applied 1,413 miles of traffic paint.
.Installed or repaired 9,884 signs.
.Installed 8,032 feet of culvert pipe.
.Replaced nine culverts and repaired another 20 Of the 807 bridges within District 1, seven were replaced, five were removed, 200 were repaired and seven bridge decks were sealed.
.District signal electricians completed approximately 50 percent of a project that will install new 15-year LED lamps in all traffic signal heads in the district. There are nearly 1,200 signal lamps that will be changed
Other notable accomplishments in 2017:
.The reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County began. The $113 million project will complete in 2020.
.The district dedicated and placed into service a new maintenance garage in Paulding County and a maintenance outpost in Hicksville.
.A quality of work life survey, which is administered to all employees, placed ODOT District 1 in the top 29 percent nationwide of employers. The survey measures the overall health of the organization in employee satisfaction.
.The district hired 20 individuals into its apprenticeship program. The program provides participants with the opportunity to earn a CDL (commercial driver’s license) while employed in a temporary position with ODOT and a chance for an available full-time position with the department.
.The district welcomed 25 new, full-time employees who made ODOT their employer of choice. Of those, 12 began with ODOT under the apprenticeship program.
.The district hired 41 winter seasonal employees to support the full-time highway maintenance staff during snow and ice season.


Kenton Man Arrested on Union County Warrant


A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant after Kenton police were called to WalMart to investigate a shoplifting incident.


According to the report, 23 year old Jerrod A. Thomas was a suspect in the theft from the store, and during the investigation, officers discovered an active warrant for his arrest from Union County.


During a search, Thomas allegedly was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.


He was transported to the county line and turned over to a deputy from the Union County Sheriff's Office.


Other charges against Thomas are pending.



Commissioners Discuss Litigation at Recent Meeting


The Hardin County Commissioners discussed a legal situation at a recent meeting.


The executive session regarding litigation was held with Prosecutor Brad Bailey, Auditor Mike Bacon and Job and Family Services Director John Folk.


Following the meeting, the commissioners agreed to contact Downs, Fishel, Hurst and Hass to assist as legal counsel in a grievance litigation situation with Job and Family Services.



Businesses Invited to Student and Job Fair


Businesses are invited to participate in this year's Hardin County Student Job and Career Fair.


Interested businesses should contact the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Office. Updated company and hiring information should be provided by returning participants. New participants need to submit a brief registration form.


The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kenton High School gymnasium.


Call the Alliance at 419-673-4131 or email cbarker@hccba.com to RSVP.



Ridgemont's Sweetheart Court Named


Ridgemont High School has named their 2018 Sweetheart Court!


Congratulations to:


King & Queen - Dillon Beiler & Alexis Elliott , Seniors - Cameron Bright & Maria Buckingham

Juniors - Troy Cameron & Rachael Stacklin , Sophomores - Gage Furer & Mekenzie Jolliff

Freshmen - Preston Brien & Kayla Musson.  


The crowning of the King and Queen will take place on February 3rd at 7pm in the Ridgemont School cafeteria.



Mt. Victory Armed Robbery Remains Under Investigation


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred January 21 at the Mt. Victory Drive Thru.


A masked white male, approximately 6'2" tall entered the business, brandished a black pistol and demanded cash; then left the premises driving a 90's model Honda or Toyota.


Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Detectives Mike Conley or Terry Sneary at (419) 673-1268; or call the Anonymous Tip Line at (419) 675-8475.



Marysville Man Arrested in Kenton Monday


A Marysville man was arrested in Kenton on a warrant from Union County.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 38 year old Dean A. Spearman was located in a car that was parked in the 900 block of West Carey Street. Spearman was taken into custody on the pickup order and later transported to the Union County line and turned over to a deputy from the Union County Sheriff's Office.


Spearman is also suspected of shoplifting incident at Porterhouse Drive Thru over the past weekend. Charges are pending from that incident.



Tree Town Festival Committee Awarding Scholarships


The Tree Town Festival Committee announced that they will be awarding two $500 scholarships to 2018 seniors.


Any Riverdale senior or senior student with a 45843 zip code is eligible to apply. Applications need to be turned in at the Riverdale High School by April 6.


The scholarship winners will be announced this May.


The 2018 Tree Town Festival will be held July 6, 7 and 8 at Gormley Park in Forest.



Youth Leadership Development Speaker Addresses Hi-Point Students


The student body at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center heard from one of America's best youth leadership development speakers last week.


According to a release, Ted Wiese shared the three keys to leadership. Using wit, wisdom, and real-life stories, Wiese challenged students to conquer fear and take meaningful action while reinforcing the habit of having an “I feel great!” attitude.


Students participated in various activities that emphasized Wiese’s message.


At the end of the program, students were reminded that habits shape the world around them and to surround themselves with positive people and positive experiences.



HN FCCLA Taking Carnation Orders


The Hardin Northern FCCLA is taking presale orders for carnations.


The carnations come in the colors of red, pink and purple.


Presale orders are being taken until February 6. The delivery date is at the end of the day February 14.


Follow the link on the Hardin Northern Facebook page for and order form.



Kenton's Top Twenty Competes in West Virginia Show


The Kenton Top Twenty competed in Hurricane’s Red Hot Show Choir Competition in West Virginia this past Saturday.


The Top Twenty team placed first runner up in Class C and were only 2 spots out of the evening Finals competition.


The group's Lindsay Beverly finished first in solo competition at the show.


Top Twenty goes is back in action this Saturday, February 3rd at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.



Former Riverdale Teacher Scheduled to be Sentenced in March

A former Riverdale teacher pleaded guilty to charges in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
The change of plea hearing for Brooke Rosendale was held in Hancock County Common Pleas Court this past Friday.
She was indicted in June of 2017 on three counts of sexual battery following an investigation into the accusation she sexually assaulted a female student.
She pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery, and the other two counts were dismissed.
Rosendale is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7. She could be sentenced to a maximum fine of $10,000 and a maximum 60 months in prison.


Weekend Crash Claims the Life of Forest Man


A Forest man was killed in a Friday night crash that occurred in the northeast portion of Hardin County.


According to a release issued this morning by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Kevin Sampson lost control of his vehicle while travelling east on County Road 20, just west of the Village of Forest.


The car ended up off the right side of the road and rolled several times.


Sampson was ejected from the vehicle. He was taken by Life FLight helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where he died a few hours later.


The crash remains under investigation, and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.



KHS Mock Trial Takes Home 1st Place Honors

The Kenton High School Mock Trial team took home first place honors at their district contest for the first time in school history.


The “Courtroom Crew” as they are known battled other school from around Northwest Ohio. The team is advised and instructed by practicing attorney Mrs. Christina Cross.


The Ohio Centers for Law Related Education Mock Trial contest is the largest non-athletic contest for high school students.


Cross said that she’s very proud of her class.


“Absolutely, I think they are going to go far and I think that they take away so much from the competition. Just dealing civilly with your opponents to public speaking and legal research and oral argumentation.”


The team brought home three awards. Alex Haushalter and Brice Heckathorn took home “Best Attorney” awards. Jarrett Dyer won best witness. Cross noted that this is Haushalter’s second time winning her award.


The team will next compete at a regional contest in Columbus.



Photo: Christina Cross



Ambassadors Meeting Approaching

The Hardin County Ambassadors will conduct its first meeting of 2018 on Thursday, February 1st at Hardin Memorial Hospital, McCullough Conference Room from 9:30am-10:30am.


All members of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance are welcome to attend and participate as a Hardin County Ambassador.


Brittany Lasley, of Key Realty, will be introduced as the new Hardin County Ambassador Chair.



United Way Tops $3 Million

The United Way’s 2017 campaign has raised $3,325,159.


The accomplishments were announced this week during the United Way's campaign wrap up event.


The funds will support United Way operations and community initiatives such as the Halt Hunger Initiative, the Financial Stability Initiative, the Findlay City Schools and Hancock County pre-kindergarten scholarship program, the Leader in Me program and Raise the Bar Hancock County.



40 Years Since Great Blizzard of 1978


A lot of people remember what they were doing 40 years ago today.


What they weren't doing was traveling. The Great Blizzard of 1978 was unleashing its fury on the state on that date. The storm is also known as the White Hurricane.



The day before started with warmer conditions and even some rain, but that all changed after midnight. Two low pressure systems converged on the area resulting in a record low barometric pressure reading.


Any precipitation turned to snow and the winds reached hurricane speeds at time.


WKTN’s Amy Chiles remembers working on air, "Boy that's a time I'll never forget. At the time, I had no children, so I was more accessible which was a good thing, because many of our employees were either out of town or they could not get into town to work at the station, so I remember lots of long shifts. There were lots and lots of delays, page after page of delays. I arrived one day by a fire truck, my husband was with the fire department at the time. The next day a sheriff's deputy picked me up on a snowmobile. It was just crazy, but I was just proud to be part of the team to get Kenton through that and to provide the information that they so needed, and to help people out any way we could."



Retired Brigadier General John S. Martin flew helicopters for the Ohio National Guard,

"We flew for weeks around the state and doing things that people don't think of. First of all, there were people trapped because of the snow that needed medical attention. We'd go out and take medicine to them, take them to the hospital. There's a whole community of people in the state that were dependent upon getting to the hospital for kidney dialysis, well they couldn't get there, and we would fly and get them and take them to the hospital and take them home, and it took several weeks for all the road networks to open up. That lifeline, if it hadn't been for the Ohio National Guard Aviation Program, we wouldn't have been there for them. It would have been much, much more tragic than it was ."


Snow drifts up to 16 feet consumed mobile homes and piled as high as two-story houses. Roads and highways became littered with buried cars. Entire towns and villages were forced to close, as were interstates and the Ohio Turnpike. President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency in Ohio.


51 people died in the state as a result of the storm.



Large Amount of Meth Seized by Task Force


The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, The Kenton Police Department, Ohio BCI&I along with Roundhead Fire and EMS.


One person was arrested after a search warrant was served this week at a residence in Roundhead Township.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the warrant was served at 16925 Township Road 39. Upon searching the location, an active meth lab was discovered.


The Task Force seized 360 grams of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of over $10,000. There was also marijuana and heroin seized along with other drug paraphernalia and scales used in the sale of illegal narcotics.


One adult male was arrested at the scene and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center where he is currently being held awaiting arraignment.


Sheriff Everhart issued a statement saying this is by far the single largest seizure of methamphetamine in Task Force history. He said the success of the operation is a credit to the Task Force members who put a lot of time and effort into the case.


The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, The Kenton Police Department, Ohio BCI&I along with Roundhead Fire and EMS.



Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:


Joseph C. Madison on 2 counts of possession of heroin and one count of possession of drugs, and Charles B. Adkins on one count of theft from a person in a protected class and 3 counts of petty theft. He must serve 60 days local incarceration.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Heartbeat of Hardin County Offers Many Services to Residents


Hardin Beat of Hardin County is keeping busy as 2018 rolls along.


Executive Director Julie Zaring talks about the services her agency provides, "We do free pregnancy tests there, and then we have long-term support programs where people can earn cribs, car seats, diapers, formula, and as much as they want to put into they can get out. We're not just a handout, we will do emergency assistance up to three times a year, but we're really about helping them become better people and be able to be self-supportive of their own."


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



Tree Town Festival Planning Meeting Scheduled


A 2018 Festival Planning meeting for the Tree Town Festival is scheduled for 6:30pm on February 4.


The meeting will be held in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building in Forest.


The committee is looking for new faces, new ideas and ways to make them a reality.



Celina Man Escapes Injury in Semi Roll Over Crash


A Celina truck driver escaped injury in a semi roll over crash that occurred around 10 Thursday morning.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Duane Bruns lost control of his semi on a curve while travelling on State Route 235 near Roundhead.


The semi rolled over and spilled the contents of the trailer, which was liquid whey. Diesel fuel also spilled from the truck.


235 was closed for some time while crews cleaned up the area.



Money Stolen From Kenton Residence


A theft of money was reported by a resident in the 500 block of Robinson Avenue on Thursday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a man at the address told officers over $580 had been stolen.


Upon investigation, the suspect, identified as 35 year old David D. Roberts Jr., of Dola, was arrested on warrants out of other counties.


He is also facing a charge of theft.



Kenton Man Killed in Crash Near Dublin

A Kenton man was killed in a one vehicle crash that occurred early this morning on U.S. 33 near Avery Road in Dublin.
WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus reported that 28 year old Dustin J. Willison lost control of his car causing it to crash into a wall.
Willison was the only occupant in the vehicle.
The crash is under investigation and will likely take several weeks to complete.


Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival Set for February 3


The 2nd Annual Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival is scheduled for Saturday February 3 from 4pm until midnight.


Activities include a free showing of Draft Day starring Kevin Costner at the Ada Theater starting at 4.


All are welcome to indoor tailgating starting at 4:30 in the Center on Central. Outdoor tailgating starts at 5 in the parking lot of Ada's Historic Depot. Numerous other activities will be held as well including tailgate games in the depot parking lot starting at 8.


Live music will be featured at 9 and at 11:55, the countdown to Super Bowl Sunday starts. The Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival Ball Drop happens at midnight.


The event celebrates Ada, home of the Wilson Football Factory, as the "Football-Making Capital of America."



Public Invited to Movie Showings at Forest Library


Two movies will be shown Friday at the Forest-Jackson Public Library in Forest.


The film "Victoria and Abdul" will be shown first. The matinee presentation is from 1 until 2:30 Friday afternoon and refreshments will be served.


Family Movie Night will then be held at 7. The kid friendly film "Ninjago" will be on the library's big screen.


Admission to Family Movie Night is one dollar and that includes popcorn and a drink.


The library is located at 102 West Lima Street in Forest.



Young Professionals Alliance Members Invited to Comedy Night


The first 2018 Young Professionals Alliance event will be held at the Elks Lodge #157 in Kenton.


The theme is "Be The Change" and the group is collaborating with the Hardin County Farm Bureau to bring Adam Garman, farmer/comedian for a night of fun, laughter and community on February 10.


Check-In for Young Professional Alliance members will begin at 6:30 p.m. and a Taco & Margarita Bar will be provided at 7:00 p.m.

The show will begin at 8:00 p.m. There will be a charge of $20 for an individual ticket and $30 for couples.


Space is limited and members should register by February 1st.



BREAKING: Structure Fire In Kenton Trailer Park

WKTN's newsroom heard Hardin County Dispatch send crews to Rush Trailer Park located at 723 W Lima Street in the city in response to a structure fire. Scanner traffic also indicated that the structure was fully engulfed and that all residents of the property got out of the home.


Multiple units responded to the blaze, however the exact details of who responded and the cause of the blaze are unavailable at this time.


This post will be updated as we learn more.


Former Kenton Mayor Tom Ansley Dies


A former Kenton mayor has passed away.


Tom Ansley died Tuesday night after a short battle with cancer. He was 63.


Ansley was appointed interim mayor in May of 1999 following the death of Clay Flinn. He was elected in 2000 and served one term. Prior to that, he was a Kenton City Council member.


Ansley also owned and operated Ansley's Repair for over 30 years and for the past 15 years supported his wife Sara at Jitterz Coffee Shop.


A Celebration of Life service for Tom Ansley will be held at Central Church of Christ in Kenton on Sunday January 28 at 4pm. Friends may call from 1 until time of service at the church.


The Price McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton is handling the arrangements.



Forest Man Pleads Guilty in Home Invasion Case


A Forest man pleaded guilty to several charges in a home invasion and burglary case dating back to the Fall of 2017.


According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, 33 year old Rick K. Gault pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated burglary and grand theft and two counts of felonious assault.


Multiple other counts, including kidnapping were dismissed.


The incident occurred at a house in the 300 block of North Main Street in Kenton. One person in the house was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of injuries.


A presentence investigation was ordered, and Gault will be sentenced at 11am on Thursday March 1 in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.



Scholarships Available to Students Entering Health Field


Scholarships will be offered this year to area students interested in health related fields of study.

Applications are now being accepted for the 29th annual Mary Lou Johnson Health Career Scholarships, which are available through the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation.  The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage and increase interest in hospital-based health careers.

Scholarships of $500 will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year to eligible persons pursuing qualified careers in hospital based undergraduate clinical programs.

Applications and eligibility requirements have been sent to all local school districts and technical schools.




BWC Offering Employee Health and Wellness Program


A new program is designed to help employers start an employee health and wellness program at no cost to them.


The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation program is called Better You, Better Ohio and is designed to help Ohio employers with 50 or fewer employees in certain industries strat the wellness program at no cost, and it's a simple and paperwork free process.


A promotional event for the program is scheduled to be held from 8 until 9 this Friday January 26 in the McCullough Conference room at Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Employers wanting to attend should RSVP to the Hardin County Chamber and Business office by calling 419-673-4131 or emailing alliance@hccba.com.



Commissioners Get Update on Hardin Hills


The Hardin County Commissioners got an update from the Administrator of Hardin Hills Health Center at a recent meeting.


Mark Rogers noted that all the big projects are behind them, and the next will be working on updating and re-flooring the back nurses station.


Rogers also said a new pharmacy should be looked into for any cost saving benefits, but it has been put on hold.


A new call system at a cost of $70,000 was put in, but they were given notice that the server needs replaced. Rogers said it was apparently outdated when it was sold. The minimum cost for replacement is $13,000, and Rogers said he intends to barter that cost.



Ohio Hi-Point Hosting District Coffee Chats


Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is hosting coffee chats around the district.


The events are an opportunity for Superintendent Rick Smith to meet with community members and share more about the district and the 21st century education the career center is providing for 21st century jobs.


The coffee chats are free and open to all community members.


In Kenton, a coffee chat is scheduled for Thursday February 22 from 9-10am and 1-2pm at Jitterz Coffee Company.



Kenton Schools Accepting Nominees for Alumni Hall of Fame


The Kenton City Schools Board of Education announced that the first class of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be selected in March of this year.


According to a release, nominees for this recognition must have graduated from Kenton High School at least 10 years prior to the nomination date and should demonstrate excellence in one or more these areas: achievement, character, citizenship, community, humanity, leadership or philanthropy. Candidates may also be nominated posthumously.


The deadline for submission of nominees is 4pm February 20.


Any questions should be directed to Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski.



Cell Phone Stolen From Kenton Residence


The theft of a cell phone was reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of South High Street to investigate the complaint.


A 17 year old suspect was listed on the report, but he has not yet been charged.



Ada Teen Injured in Weekend Crash


An Ada teenager was injured in a car crash this past Sunday night near Bluffton.


WFIN in Findlay reported that 17 year old Taylor Combs lost control of her vehicle while driving east on Route 103. The sports utility vehicle went off the right side of the road and Combs swerved to get the vehicle back on the road causing it to roll over. Combs was ejected and her vehicle was then struck by an eastbound car being driven by 19 year old Emily Phillips, of Rawson.


Combs and a passenger in her vehicle were both transported to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.



HN Selling Ball Drop Tickets


The Hardin Northern Junior class is selling ball drop tickets to raise money for the Prom.


The tickets are $20 and the winner will receive $1000 or half of the ticket sales.


The ball drop will be on Friday, January 26th, after the boys varsity basketball game.


You do not need to be present to win. See any junior for a ticket or contact Mrs. Hoffman or Mrs. Wright for tickets.



Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council Met last night in Council chambers at seven o’clock.


Jesse Purcell of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Courtney Linke of U.S. Bank addressed the council. In their address, Jesse Purcell cited how with the help from a grant provided by U.S. Bank, the Murray Park will be receiving a sunshade. The grant is allowing the Chamber to purchase a 15 x 15 sunshade that will be placed at Murray park. Purcell cited that there is currently no area of shade at the park and this will allow a safer and more enjoyable experience of the park. If you know of an organization that would like funding for their group you can visit www.usbank.com/communitypossible.


The Council heard comments from the Kenton Fire Department concerning the purchase of a new EMS vehicle. According to Chief Clark, the Kenton Fire Department was able to purchase an ambulance from Bellefontaine that will be used to make service calls in Kenton. The Kenton Fire Department is also asking the Council to provide further funding to equip the ambulance.


An ordinance that will allow Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative to operate in the city of Kenton was adopted by the Council. After being previously laid aside, the Council moved to bring the motion back to the table for discussion. After debate, the Council moved to adopt the ordinance unanimously.


An ordinance giving the Hardin County Airport a go-ahead on purchasing an all weather monitoring system was adopted by the Council. And, the Council also adopted an ordinance that would align the city with newly passed tax legislation on the state level.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be February the 12th at seven o’clock in Council Chambers.



Cross Officially Files as Candidate for State Representative


Findlay, OH – Today, Republican candidate Jon Cross announced that he has officially filed to run for State Representative in the 83rd State House district.  As a sign of the strength and support for his campaign, Cross turned in his declaration of candidacy petitions at the Hancock County Board of Elections office, and is the first candidate to file for the office.  
“I am passionate about representing the people and communities of Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties and making Ohio safer, stronger and open for business,” said Cross. “Our momentum, endorsements and support of voters signals it’s time for fresh, new leadership at the Statehouse in Columbus.  I’ll continue to work tirelessly, as I’ve done on this campaign, to champion our hometown communities in Northwest Ohio.”
Since launching his campaign in early 2017, Jon has assembled a well-respected campaign committee with 80 co-chairs. To-date, the campaign team has hosted 30 meet-and-greet events, knocked doors on 3,000 homes, and made 7,000 phone calls to introduce Cross’ candidacy to the voters of the 83rd district. 
The campaign continues to build momentum with additional fundraising support and local endorsements of elected officials, community and business leaders.
Jon Cross is married to his wife and best friend, Christina Cross.  They are loving parents of their two young boys Carson and Connor.  Cross is a passionate economic development professional, serving as the President/CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.  He is a principled conservative leader who will protect family values, is a strong pro-life candidate and supporter of the 2nd Amendment Rights. 
As part of Cross’ campaign platform to make Ohio safer, stronger and open for business, he will help advance legislative efforts for Ohio to become one of America’s top business friendly states, which results in championing small business growth, advancing workforce solutions, strengthening local communities, supporting current and future farmers and fighting to end Ohio’s drug epidemic. 
To learn more the Jon Cross, details about his platform and campaign, please visit

www.votejoncross.com or follow the campaign on Facebook @votejoncross.  


Armed Robbery Reported at Mt. Victory Drive Thru


An armed robbery occurred at the Mt. Victory Drive Thru around 10:15 Sunday night.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a suspect brandished a black pistol at the business and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.


He is described as a white male between 40 to 60 years old. The 6 feet 2 inch man weighing around 160 pounds was wearing a mask and dark gloves. A small 90's model silver or gold Honda or Toyota was used to escape the scene.


The Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone with any information to call the office at 419-673-1268. You can also use the anonymous tip line at 419-675-8475.



Kenton Man Charged with Domestic Violence


A Kenton man has been charged in connection to a domestic disturbance incident that was reported Sunday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to Hardin Memorial Hospital where a woman was being treated for injuries that occurred during an incident in the 300 block of North Wayne Street.


The suspect, identified as 27 year old Ryan Deshazo, was charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.



Village of Forest Updates Website

The Village of Forest has been updating its website.


The village is working with area civic groups, libraries and churches to get as much community happenings uploaded.


Those wishing to as an event should contact the municipal building.


The website is villageofforest.com



Deadline Extended for Polar Bear Senior Trip

The final day to pay for the Hardin Northern senior class trip to New York has been pushed back one week.


According to information on the school's Facebook page, the deadline to pay is now January 26.


Parents should pay according to the room type that is planned.


If you are not sure what amount, call the office at 419 759 2331.



Hardin Northern Warns of Break-Ins

Hardin Northern school officials are warning the public of break-ins happening in the schools parking lot.


An email communication from the school makes students aware of a black Hyundai SUV with a pink steering wheel cover that has allegedly been involved in over five different thefts in area school districts.


The district is reminding students to lock their vehicles. If you see the vehicle in question, school officials urge you to contact the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.



2nd Quarter Honor, Merit and Principal Rolls Released by KMS

2nd Quarter Principal’s Roll (4.0 GPA)
7th Grade:
Mario Arreola, Grady Baum, Madison Breakey, Anlyn Carlson, Connor Defibaugh, Jayson Dyer, Drake Grant, Carter Hale, Allison Harpel, Brock Heckathorn, Brinley Hites, Tyson Hopkins, Riley Hunt, Kooper Johnston, Seth Manns, Aaron Modd, Trevor Robinson, Avery Smith, Shane Spencer, Alyvia Spriggs, Abigail Temple, Elaine Webster, Gabriella Wetherill, Jenna White, Aidan Wood.
8th Grade:
Kylie Allmon, Chloe Anderson, Lauren Bartlett, Luke Baughman, Asher Bridenstine, Angel Chen, Grace Collins, Andrew Fox, Wyatt Gerlach, Bert Grubbs, Taylor Harshfield, Maxwell Haushalter, Zachary Heintz, Helen Huang, Katie Kearns, Noah Ketcham, Liberty Lowe, Samantha Lowe, Caleb MacKenzie, Nicole Martinez, Madison McPherson, Zane Preston, Brenna Shirk.
2nd Quarter Merit Roll (3.5-3.9 GPA)
7th Grade:
Charolette Culwell, Addison Epling, Alexander Furr, Kendyl Gibson, Raven Grogan, Anabella Halcomb, Caleb Harp Pulfer, Brody Heckathorn, Natalie Horton, Shaidyn Hughes, Wyatt Kindell, Tyson Lawrence, Gavin Manns, Tatum Miller, Ashton Mullins, Abigail Mustain, Kennedy Nelson, Rexton Paquin, Dustin Proffitt, Brylee Ramge, Caiden Risner, Christian Rogers, Kasee Sandrus, Micaiah Saylor, Syvanna Shepherd, Mitchell Stevens, Skylynn Vogel, Manny Wilson.
8th Grade:
Kaylee Adams, Caitlyn Boyle, Jillian Burd, Alexander Cole, Devan Dulin, Caleb Hershberger, Alexis Herzog, Theodore Jesionowski, Jarrett Jolliff, Chelsea Kalb, Madison Kugel, Madalynn Long, Hailey Melvin, Addison Modd, Brent Rader, Aaliyah Rogers, Joslyn Stauffer, Gunnar Stout, Katelyn Sturgeon, Jacob Taylor, Matthew Temple, Sophie Thompson, Lascha Wells, Trenton Yoder.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll (3.0-3.4 GPA)
7th Grade:
Keith Bates, Brooklyn Burris, Cheryl Coomes, Makayla Dunson, Jaxon Ferrell, Mason Flint, Hunter Furr, Hayley Gallant, Lora Harder,  Devin Hastings, Trayce Hendrickson, Neveah Hugley, Amiya Manns, Emogin Miller, Kailie Mullett, Parker Rarey, Stone Sauber, Madison Shanks, Branson Sharp, Dorien Slusher, Abigail Smith, Jarron Willoby, Haylie Wilson, Cansas Witzberger, Vern Woodruff.
8th Grade:
Hannah Beach, Brianna Blanton, Katelyn Blum, Austin Brill, Amber Brown, Gage Buxton, Emma Clum, Karina Contreras, Alana Coon, Daniel Davidson, Seth Dunahue, Hunter Gingery, Zachary Hart, Eyan Helton, Keegan Hendrickson, Mitchell Jennings, Kyle Kirk, Marissa Marling, William Mercer, Derrick Newman, Bailee Phillips, Riley Risner, Mahaila Sharp, Conner Shirk, Brandon Slack, Aryanna Spangler, Christian Stepp, Shelby Tillman, Evan Tudor.


ONU Holds Panel Discussion on MLK Campus Visit in 1968


Dr. Martin Luther King's speech at Ohio Northern University was discussed at an event held at the university on Thursday.


Those who were at the historic event were invited to share their memories about the speech during a panel discussion in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.


The event yesterday marked the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's talk at ONU's Taft Gymnasium that was given by the civil rights leader on January 11, 1968.


The panel discussion kicked off a series of events to honor the occasion that will culminate with the unveiling of a statue of Dr. King on April 17 outside of Taft Hall.



Commissioners Get Update on Hi-Point Levy


The Hardin County Commissioners got an update about a levy that is being planned by Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.


Superintendent Rick Smith met this week with the commissioners and updated them on the point 6 mill permanent improvement levy that the school is planning to put on the ballot.


The money would go to renovate and expand buildings. If passed, the cost would be around $1.84 per month or $22 per year on a property value of $100,000.


Smith explained they went with the lowest millage, and this levy should carry them for forty years without having to come back to the people.


Ohio Hi-Point represents fourteen schools with 14 programs and are starting a manufacturing program and H-VAC program.



Red Cross Aids Fire Victims in McGuffey


The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter responded to a fire on Pamelia St. in McGuffey this week.


The Red Cross provided assistance for immediate needs such as food and clothing to those affected.


Executive Director Todd James  said they we’re deeply saddened for those who were impacted by this fire.


He urged everyone to take steps to minimize the risk of a fire occurring in their home by removing any fire hazards. James also said everyone should install and maintain smoke alarms and develop a fire evacuation plan.



Tickets On Sale for Soup and Sandwich Supper


The Forest Municipal Building has tickets on sale for the Soup and Sandwich Supper on February 23, 2018 from 4-6 pm at Riverdale School Cafeteria.


This will be held before the Boys Varsity Basketball Game vs. Van Buren. Tickets are $5 per person.


The proceeds will benefit the Community Church in the Park on July 8, 2018. This years speaker is 4-time World Series baseball player Darryl Strawberry. He will be sharing his story of addiction and how God did not give up on him.



Plea Hearing Set for Former Riverdale Teacher


The trial for a former Riverdale teacher was cancelled this month, and a plea hearing is scheduled for next week.


Brooke L. Rosendale was indicted in June of 2017 on three counts of sexual battery. According to information from the Hancock County Clerk of Courts Office, the trial was scheduled for earlier this month but was cancelled. The plea hearing is scheduled for Friday January 26 in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


Rosendale resigned in March of 2017 amid an investigation into the accusation she sexually assaulted a female student.



ODOT Releases Update on Cost of Snow and Ice Operations


The Ohio Department of Transportation released an update for snow and ice operations for District One from November 2017 to the present.


Crews used nearly 35,000 tons of salt, 364,000 gallons of liquid de-icer and they drove just under 459,000 miles during the time. The total cost of just over 4 million dollars. That is nearly double for the same period last year.


In our region, District One includes Hardin, Allen, Hancock and Wyandot Counties.



Kenton Man Killed in Tuesday Evening Crash on US 68


One person was killed in a crash that occurred Tuesday evening in the 7000 block of U.S. 68 north of Kenton.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, 45 year old Joseph Wayne Hoey, of Kenton, attempted to pass a semi while  driving south on 68. The car was struck by a northbound semi being operated by David Cherry, of Canada.


Hoey was pronounced dead at the scene. Cherry was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, Hardin County Volunteers in Police Service, Kenton Fire Department, BKP Ambulance District and Osborne’s Towing.


The crash remains under investigation.



Car Damaged While Parked on Kenton Street


A car was damaged while it was parked in the 10 block of North Main Street in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, it appears another vehicle may have backed into it causing damage to the front left portion of the car.


The incident was reported Tuesday evening and is under investigation.



Main Street Parking Restricted

The city parking on Main street will be restricted next week.


According to the Kenton City Safety Service Director Jim Hites there will be no parking on either side of South Main Street between Franklin and Ohio Streets beginning on Monday, January 22nd through Friday, January 26th due to construction and installation of a water line.



Kenton Board Swears In Three

The board first reorganized. Samuel Albert, Doug Carmean, and Sheena Striker were sworn in by board treasurer Tracy Hiller. Mark Rush was elected as President, and Mark Watkins was named his Vice. The meetings were set for the third Monday of each month at 7pm.


The board handled several miscellaneous items regarding it’s reorganization.

  • Authorized for the Treasurer to request advance draws of tax settlements of up to
    $600,000. Each.

  • Authorized for the Treasurer to invest interim and inactive funds as deemed
    appropriate to gain the best interest rate.

  • Designated of Purchasing Agent for the district and establishment of maximum
    allowable single purchases without prior Board authorization.

  • Purchasing Agent - Jennifer Penczarski Maximum allowable single purchase amount of $25,000

  • Authorized the cafeteria manager, maintenance supervisor, technology supervisor

and transportation supervisor to purchase supplies and materials up to a maximum of
$2,500 per order.

  • Authorized the Superintendent to approve staff member attendance at professional

  • Committee Appointments by the President:

    • Audit/Finance:  Mark Rush and Mark Watkins

    • Facilities/Transportation:  Mark Watkins and Doug Carmean

    • Personnel:  Mark Watkins and Sheena Striker

    • Curriculum/Instruction:  Mark Rush and Sheena Striker

    • Business and Education Council:  Doug Carmean

    • Cafeteria:  Samuel Albert and Sheena Striker

    • Co Curricular Music/Athletics:  Mark Rush and Samuel Albert  

    • OSBA Legislative Liaison:  Samuel Albert

    • Parks and Recreation:  Doug Carmean and Tracy Hiller

    • R.E. Allen Scholarship:  Sheena Striker

    • Records Commission:  Mark Rush  

    • Policy Committee:  Mark Rush and Doug Carmean

    • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center:  Russ Blue

  • Appoint Jennifer Penczarski as the title IX Compliance Officer (Sexual Discrimination) and Title VI Coordinator (race, color and national origin).

  • Appoint Michelle Wise as the Section 504 Coordinator (Handicap).


During the regular board meeting it was noted that the board will be voting on next year’s school calendar. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that Calendar A will allow the first semester of classes to be completed before the holiday break, with school starting August 15th and dismissing for the summer on the 21st of May. The calendar has classes in session during the week of the Hardin County Fair.


The second option, B, will allow for the Hardin County Fair week off, but will end the semester after the holiday break, similar to this year’s current calendar. School will be set to begin the same day, but will be let out one day later on the 22nd of May. Penczarski said that the staff members are currently voting on the two calendar options now with the majority of the results leaning toward the B calendar. The result of that vote will be the staff’s recommendation to the board, who will then vote at the February meeting.


Penczarski explained the school frigid weather delay process. She said that the district considers a delay option when the wind chill is below zero. When the temperatures dip to the double digit figures below zero, the district entertains a cancellation. Penczarski then noted that any families with children in need of warm clothing should contact the school building office for assistance.


In personnel items, Beth Burgbacher, Patricia Davidson, Judy Donnal, Mel Donnal, JoAnn Erwin, Ronda Hottman, Sherry Pash, Pam Stollar, Siobhonne Ward were all approved as ticket takers for the new year.

Jaime Crippin was approved as a volunteer.

Katie Brim and Sarah Manns were approved as Club ROAR tutors.

The following employee supplemental contracts were approved: Sharon Martin, Dual Enrollment, Matt Dudek, High School Head Baseball coach, Bo Hoppe, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Colby Rush, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Bo Hoppe, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Colby Rush, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Bill Lawrence, High School Head Softball coach, Rick Hudgel, High School Assistant Softball coach, Chuck Downing, High School Head Track coach, Nancy Baum, High School Assistant Track coach, Jared Manns, Middle School Assistant Track coach, Kevin Kapanka, Middle School Assistant Track coach, Rick Collins,  High School Boys Tennis coach.

Trevor Beazley, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Trevor Beazley, High School Assistant Baseball coach, Dave Stuck, High School Assistant Track coach, Meg Manns, Middle School Head Track coach, were awarded non-employee supplemental contracts.


The board approved an agreement with the Hardin County Emergency Management Agency that allowed for the use of school busses in the event of an emergency and the mileage reimbursement of 54.5 cents.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on February 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.



Weekend Forest Fire Total Loss

A second blaze occurred in Forest on Saturday night.


According to Wyandot County News, the blaze erupted in a house on Township Highway 82 in Rural Forest. The family that occupied the house is now residing in a temporary shelter provided by the American Red Cross.


No other details are available at this time.



Weekend Structure Fire Reported In Kenton

A fire occured in Kenton on Saturday night that was listed as a total loss.

According to a report from the Kenton Fire Department, the fire occurred in the 200 block of Letson Street in Kenton. The home was reported to be vacant went up in flames, and is listed as a total loss.


Assisting the Kenton Fire Department were the Belle Center Fire Department, Mt. Victory Fire Department and the Ridgeway Fire Department. The fire is still under investigation by the Kenton Fire Department. No injuries were reported.



Winter Weather To Blame For Two City Crashes

The Kenton Police Department responded to two crashes that were winter weather related.


The first occurred around 3:15 pm on Friday. A vehicle owned by Mya Campbell of Marion was parked and unoccupied along the 100 block of North Detroit Street. A semi truck being operated by Jessie McDaniel of Uniopolis ws traveling Southbound on Detroit and lost control of his vehicle as braked for the approaching intersection. The trailer attached to the semi struck the rear of Campbell’s vehicle and drug it around 15 feet. McDaniel was cited for failure to yield.


Functional damage occurred to Campbell’s Vehicle.


The second crash occurred just a short time later around 4:00 pm.


Jennifer McGinnis of Ironton, Ohio was traveling South on North Detroit street in the city and was stopped for a red light. A vehicle being operated by Samuel Harris of Holgate, Ohio was traveling in the same direction and failed to come to a stop before striking the rear of McGinnis’s vehicle. Harris was cited for following too close.



HCCBA Hosting 2nd Student Job Fair

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is hosting the 2nd Annual "Student Job & Career Fair."


The Alliance is seeking local and regional businesses to participate.


If your company is looking to hire part-time or full-time positions, summer jobs or internships, this will be a great opportunity to meet with nearly 500+ graduating high school seniors and juniors.


Schools participating include Ada, Hardin Northern, Kenton, Ridgemont, Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley.  


The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kenton High School gymnasium.  Businesses can setup between 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and a light breakfast will be provided.  


There is no cost to participate.



County Democrats to Meet

The monthly meeting of the Hardin County Democratic Party will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018.


The meeting location will be Henry’s Restaurant in Kenton, Ohio.


Attendees are encouraged to come early at 6:00 PM to order dinner from the menu.


Items on the agenda will include reports on the ODCCA Winter meeting, the MLK Day Activities and updates from the Community Outreach and Involvement workgroup.



MLK Celebration Scheduled in Kenton on Monday


A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Kenton is scheduled for Monday January 15.


According to a release, the day will begin at 10:30 Monday morning at St. John's Church, 211 East Carrol Street.


The community program will feature representatives from various political, religious and ethnic organizations who will discuss Dr. King's motivation to empower the people and make their voices heard. The program will conclude with a unity march that will begin and end at the church. That will be followed by a free meal which will allow participants to reflect on the day and discuss how to keep the movement going.


The celebration is being put together by the pastor and members of the Payne Chapel AME Church, community activists and clergy from the Kenton area.



One Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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


According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Jonathan N. Rhoads was sentenced to a total of 34 months in prison on one count each of escape and failure to notify of a change of address.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Driver Cited Following Crash in Kenton


There were no injuries reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Thomas S. Cooper, of Perrysburg, was driving north on South Detroit Street and failed to stop for a red light at Ohio Street. His vehicle collided with an eastbound car being operated by Ruth Richards, of Findlay.


Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Cooper was cited for a red light violation.



Davis Among 36 Honored for Service to County Fairs


Thirty-six individuals were recently recognized at the 93rd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs.


Among those honored was Ray Davis for his service to the Hardin County Fair.


In our region, Harold Stoner was recognized in Allen County as was Candy Tripp in Marion County.



Ridgemont Holds Reorganizational Meeting


The Ridgemont School Board of Education held a reorganizational meeting Thursday evening.


Eric Hill was elected president and Corey Ledley vice president for 2018. Ledley and Paige Wallace were sworn in as newly elected board members.


The meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month with the exception of November and December due to the holidays. November's meeting is scheduled for the 15th and December on the 13th.


All meetings will start at 5 in the school's conference room.



Third Floor Work Underway at Courthouse


Work got started this week that took crews to the very top of the Hardin County Courthouse


Brian Brothers is doing the work on the third floor plaster repair.





All offices in the courthouse were informed of the work. 




The pictures are courtesy of Richard Lawson, Maintenance Supervisor at the courthouse.


Kenton Man Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge


A Kenton man is facing charges following a domestic disturbance on Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to a residence at Westview Manor to investigate a report that a man became violent and threatening to his live-in girlfriend. Another resident is said to have physically subdued the man in order to protect the woman.


59 year old James Collins Jr. was arrested on a charge of domestic violence.



Tampering with Records Incident Under Investigation


A report of possible tampering with records incident is being investigated by Kenton police.


According to the report, officers received information from the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office about the incident.


The records in question were documents from Recovery Court.


A 22 year old Kenton woman was listed as the suspect but has not yet been charged with the felony offense.



Life Works Student Facing Menacing Charge


A 15 year old Kenton boy is facing charges following a disturbance at Life Works on Decatur Street in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the school on a report that threats were being made by the suspect.


The juvenile is facing a charge of menacing.



Guns Among Items Stolen From Kenton Home


A burglary was reported to Kenton police on Wednesday.


According to the report, a resident in the 300 block of Hayes Avenue reported the theft of two guns and a lock box.


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



Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education Celebrates School Board Recognition Month

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – In conjunction with School Board Recognition Month, the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education recognized board members’ years of service during the board meeting Wednesday evening.
Alyssa Dunham (Urbana) and Corey Ledley (Ridgemont) were recognized for one year of service. Doug Chivington (Marysville) and Mike Ludlow (Graham) were recognized for two years of service. Matt McConnell (Triad) was recognized for six years of service to the board. David Campbell (Midwest Regional Educational Service Center) and Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg) were recognized for seven years of service. Tom Brookhart (Waynesfield-Goshen), Chuck Buck (West Liberty-Salem), and Brian Wright (Riverside) were recognized for eight years of service. Larry Mouser (Midwest Regional Educational Service Center) was recognized for 12 years of service. Russ Blue (Kenton), Kim Boswell (Indian Lake), Jeff Burroughs (Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Center), and Anne Reames (Bellefontaine) were recognized for 14 years of service to the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education.
“We appreciate the service and dedication our board members show to Ohio Hi-Point and our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “We look forward to the future of education as we continue to provide our students a 21st century education for the modern-day workforce.”
An organizational meeting was held before the regularly scheduled board meeting. Anne Reames (Bellefontaine) and Matt McConnell (Triad) were unanimously voted Board President and Vice President, respectively. Paul McMahill (Mechanicsburg) was unanimously voted as Legislative Liaison. John Stanford (Benjamin Logan) was inducted as a new board member.
During the Board meeting, Carter Aten (Multimedia Marketing), Victor Kep (Allied Health & Nursing), and Jimmy Stickley (Graham Satellite Agriculture) shared what students are doing for hurricane relief efforts in Texas.
Jimmy Stickley and the Graham Ohio Hi-Point Satellite FFA chapter went to Refugio, Texas in November to assist in the Hurricane Relief efforts. Students assisted in cleaning up the Refugio Fairgrounds, including weeding, hauling sheet metal and debris, and replacing roofs on buildings.
The Ohio Hi-Point campus in Bellefontaine adopted Ingleside High School in Ingleside, TX. As requested, students are collecting composition books for the Ingleside’s standard testing materials. In addition, students are writing encouraging notes in the books for students and staff.
Jenna Alspaugh, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Mechanicsburg High School, and Stephen Dunham, an Outdoor Careers senior from Graham High School, were recognized as the January Students of the Month.
Laura Stackhouse, Special Education, Data, & Assessment Supervisor, was recognized as the January 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 December 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
.Authorized the Treasurer to renew membership in the Ohio School Boards Association for 2018
.Approved employment of Vivian Brewer (Mt. Victory, OH) as a substitute cook
.Approved the textbook adoptions as presented
.Approved the internship agreements with IEG Plastics (Bellefontaine, OH) and Veritas Tavern (Columbus, OH)
.Approved the out-of-state professional development of Tanner Schoen (Indian Lake Agriculture Education instructor) to attend CASE Training in Manhattan, KS in June
.Approved the out-of-state study trips of Cole Carpenter (Outdoor Career instructor) to accompany six students competing at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Graham, NC in March; and Justin Lacher (Multimedia Marketing instructor) to accompany four students competing at the National BPA Leadership Conference and Competition in Dallas, TX in May
.Approved the contract with Madison-Champaign Education Service Center to provide certified physical education instruction for students unable to receive such instruction at their home school due to scheduling conflicts
The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 p.m. Roger Moore (Upper Scioto Valley) will be inducted as new board member at that meeting.


Ridgemont Presenting Anti-Bullying Program


Ridgemont Local School will be presenting a program on how to Bully-proof our children, school and community.


The session will cover how to teach a child to respond to verbal, physical and social bullying as well as group manipulation.


They will also learn what to do and what never to do if their child comes to them and reports that they are being targeted.


The program is scheduled for Thursday January 18 from 6 until 8:30pm at the Ridgemont School in Mt. Victory.


More information can be found on the school's Facebook page.



Crowe Voted Chairman of Board of Commissioners


The reorganizational meeting was held recently by the Hardin County Commissioners.


Roger Crowe was selected has the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for 2018, and Randy Rogers was named Vice-President.


At the regular meeting, Jon Cross and Jacqueline Fitzgerald gave an update from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.


It was noted that two new restaurants have received permits to move ahead with construction around the square. One should be ready to open late this winter. The commissioners were also informed that Kudos Studios is moving to the east side of the square from their current location on the north side.


It was also noted that Graphic Packaging International has completed its buy of International Paper.



Passenger in Car Issued Summons for Drug Possession


A Kenton man was issued a summons for possession of drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers stopped a car in the 200 block of West Columbus Street for a traffic violation.


During a search, a plastic baggy containing a small amount of marijuana was found on the front passenger side door.


24 year old Brandon Thomas, a passenger in the car, allegedly smelled strongly of marijuana when he stepped from the vehicle.


The drug in the baggy tested positive for marijuana and the summons on the misdemeanor charge was issued.



Accident With Injuries Being Investigated by HCSO


No information is available at this time on a crash that occurred around 6:15 Tuesday evening.


According to information on the Hardin County Sheriff's Office media report, the crash occurred in the 12,000 block of State Route 67.


It was listed as an accident with injuries, but the report is not available at this time.



OhioHealth HMH Holding Diabetes Support Group Meeting


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is holding a Diabetes Support Group meeting on Wednesday, January 10 at 5 p.m. in the McCullough Conference Room.


The support group will have a focus on eye disorders related to diabetes and an overview of how improving our health will improve diabetes and those conditions related to the disease.


The presentation will be provided by Dr. Todd Oates, of Kenton Family Eye Care.


Any questions or concerns you may have regarding your medications will be answered during the meeting.



Use Caution When Passing Snowplows


When winter weather hits, it's great to see snowplows out clearing the roads of snow and ice.


The Bellefontaine Police Department shared information reminding motorists to drive safe around the vehicles.


They say you should give snowplows room to work, keeping in mind they are wide and can cross the centerline.


The trucks travel below the posted speed limit, so be patient and take it slow on the snow and ice. If you must pass, take extreme caution and be aware of the snow cloud.


Finally, a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops or turns.



Ada Senior Citizens Meeting Cancelled


The Ada Senior Citizens meeting for Wednesday, January 10 has been cancelled.  


Cloe Cole, the president of the group, cited unpredictable weather and illnesses for making the decision to cancel.


The first meeting of 2018 will now be held Wednesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ada Community Health Professionals on South Main Street.  The business meeting will be followed by card games and fellowship.


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.



Kenton City Council Holds First New Year Meeting

The Kenton City Council met in Council Chambers at 7 o’clock for their first meeting of 2018.


The meeting began with the swearing in of the City Council members and City officials. Two new City Council members were sworn in along with the new Kenton Treasurer. Filling the vacant seat for the First Ward on City Council is John McEntee. Filling the vacant seat for the Fourth Ward City Council is Tim Leffler. And, the new Kenton City Treasurer is Terri Downey.


The Kenton Police Department Chief, Dennis Musser presented to the council, members of the Police Department who were receiving personal award commendations. Sergeant Ed McNamara, Officer Jen Brand, Officer Dan Foulk and, Dispatcher Karen Harp were all award commendations for their service with the Kenton Police Department.


In Old Business, an ordinance allowing Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative to provide business in the city of Kenton was read before the council for its third reading. Council Member Dave Beazley moved to have the council lay the motion aside before voting. He explained that with the addition of the two newest members of the council, laying the motion aside would provide the new members ample time to understand past discussion of the ordinance.


Two dates were brought to the attention of the Council by Council Member Pegg Wren. Those dates were June 22nd and April the 28th. June the 22nd will be the date for the Eats on the Streets that is held in the Downtown Historic Courthouse District in Kenton. April the 28th is expected to be the date of the “Spring Clean Up” in Kenton.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on January the 22nd at 7 o’clock in Council Chambers.    



Lima Man Arrested in Connection to Ada Carry Out Robbery


A Lima man has been arrested in connection to the robbery of the 302 Carry Out in Ada last week.


According to a release from Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, 42 year old Clark E. Sturgeon is facing a 3rd degree felony count of robbery. He allegedly robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money. Sturgeon is currently being housed in the Miami County Jail, Troy, Ohio on unrelated charges.


The Ada Police Department thanked the public for their assistance in resolving the crime.



Driver Cited Following Weekend Crash in Kenton


Two vehicles were damaged in a weekend crash in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by 24 year old Justin Williams, of Delphos, was stopped for traffic while driving north on Main Street. His vehicle was struck from behind by a car being operated by 31 year old Anthony Fuqua, of Kenton.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.


There were no injuries, and Fuqua was cited for following too close.



Kenton City Crews Picking Up Christmas Trees


Christmas tree pickup in the City of Kenton is an ongoing process.

Those disposing of live trees can take them to the curbside and city crews will eventually pick them up.

If a resident would like them picked up right away, they can call Safety Service Director Jim Hites' office in the city building and he will send a crew out.

The city building phone number is 419-674-4850.




Assault Reported in Kenton on Sunday


A person was reportedly assaulted on Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of East Carroll Street to investigate the incident.


A suspect, identified as Hector Santiz, of Kenton, was issued a summons for assault.



Patrol Encourages Commercial Vehicle Safety


Findlay – Motorists are encouraged to use caution when driving around commercial vehicles. Large trucks and buses have operating limitations such as blind spots, longer stopping distances, and limited maneuverability that make it essential for other vehicles to focus on safety.

The no-zone areas are located directly behind, in front and on either side of the vehicle. Those areas are more prone to crashes because the commercial driver cannot see the motorist. From 2014 through 2016, there were 72,632 crashes on Ohio’s roadways involving at least one commercial vehicle.
“Crashes occurring in the no-zone are can be avoided by sharing the road with commercial vehicles,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post. “Remember, if you cannot see the commercial vehicle driver in their side view mirror, assume they cannot see you.”
To enhance safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol commercial motor vehicle inspectors conducted 216,041 vehicle inspections in the last two years. These inspections led to the discovery of 262,883 safety violations. 
Safety inspections follow a thorough process to ensure both the truck and the driver meet state and federal regulations. Vehicles and drivers that fail to meet these regulations may be placed out of service and cannot continue operation until regulation standards are met.



Red Cross Says There is a Critical Need For Blood

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2018) — This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 
Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. In Ohio, the Red Cross has seen a shortfall of more than 2,600 blood donations.  
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Rodney Wilson of the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now: 
Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations. 
Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients. 
Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation. 
How to help:
Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.
Who blood donations help:
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family. Hrouda was 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began bleeding. An emergency cesarean section was performed, but Hrouda hemorrhaged during surgery. She received 14 units of blood and seven units of plasma before she and her newborn son, Rusher, were flown to a nearby hospital. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count.
“My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors,” said Hrouda. “It is safe to say that without their time and donations, Rusher and I would not be here today. Because of donors, I get to watch my kids grow up and become the adults they dream of being.” 
The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 8-31:
Hardin County
1/15/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.
1/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, 525 S Main, McIntosh Center
1/8/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street
1/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175
Logan County
1/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Union Station, 613 Hamilton Street
1/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N
1/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benjamin Logan High School, 6609 St. Rt. 47 East
Marion County
1/13/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, LaRue United Methodist Chruch, 166 North High St
1/8/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Marion Public Library, 445 E Church Street
1/11/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584, 142 Olney Ave.
1/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Church Homes Inc., 170 E Center Street
Union County
1/17/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., First UMC, 207 South Court Street
1/19/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St
1/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St
1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 18 South Fulton Street


Bluffton University Hosting 2D, 3D Artist

Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery will host “Unconfirmed” by John Dickinson, a 2D and 3D mix artist.


The exhibit, which opens January 10, is free and open to the public through January 26. Gallery hours in the Sauder Visual Arts Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


A reception for the artist will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, January 21.



Logan County Robbery Under Investigation

A convenience store in Logan County was robbed early Friday morning.


WPKO Radio reported that Logan County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the Quincy Handy Mart gas station.


The front door glass was broken to gain entry into the building. No one was found inside.


Several packs of cigarettes, lighters and possibly flavored cigars were missing.


The incident is under investigation.



Law Enforcement Say Remember Pets

Law enforcement agencies are warning residents not to forget their outdoor pets during the dangerously cold weather.


Make sure that outdoor pets are kept inside if possible or provide them with proper shelter to stop the wind.


Check on them frequently and make sure their food and water has not frozen or become buried in snow.


The issue was highlighted with the recent discovery of dogs living in cold and filthy conditions in Wyandot County.


One dog was found dead, and the other 23 were rescued by the Wyandot County Humane Society.


The owner is facing charges.



Local Sheriffs Visit Texas Drug Enforcement Center

Law enforcement officials from Ohio visited the Drug Enforcement Administration's El Paso, Texas Intelligence Center or EPIC last month.


The facility is on the grounds of Fort Bliss.


EPIC coordinates the collection, analysis and dissemination of drug-related intelligence with federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement organizations. The DEA intelligence program helps law enforcement initiate investigations of drug organizations, strengthens ongoing ones and develops information that leads to seizures and arrests.


EPIC also provides many services to law enforcement agencies including analytical support, investigatory support and training. These shared services are tailored to an agencies needs and frees up local resources to be used in other capacities.


Among those attending in our region were Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart and Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia.



Kenton Man Among 3 Injured in Wyandot County Crash


Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 29 year old Charles Rayburn, of Ridgeway, failed to stop for a stop at County Highway 330 while travelling south on County Highway 108. His car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 55 year old Ronette Cheney, of Upper Sandusky. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.


Rayburn and a passenger in his car, 28 year old Anthony Murphy, of Kenton, as well as Cheney were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


Rayburn was cited for a stop sign violation.



Conservation Tillage Club Programs Set


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.


On January 9, the program will feature Mike Bacon, Andrea Weaver, and Mike Yoder, auditors from Hardin, Union and Logan Counties respectively.


The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.



APD Seeking Help in Identifying Robbery Suspect

The 302 Carry Out in Ada was robbed this past Wednesday night.
According to a release from the Ada Police Department, an unknown white male wearing a dark blue hoodie and dark colored sweat pants robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of money.
The subject, who did not brandish a gun, is described as approximately 5’10”, heavy build and brown facial hair. 
Photos of the suspect are posted on the Facebook pages of the Ada Police Department and WKTN, and the public's assistance in identifying the suspect is being requested. 
Information can be forwarded to the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010.
The Ada Police Department is being assisted by the Ohio BCII in processing evidence left behind by the subject.


Vacant Kenton House Destroyed by Fire


A vacant house was destroyed by fire early this morning.


According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 1:12 this morning to the 200 block of Letson Street.


Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.


They are also attempting to confirm the name of the owner.


There were no injuries, and the bitter cold weather did not pose any major problem for firefighters.



One Arrested in Drug Bust Wednesday Morning


The Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant early yesterday in the 12,000 block of County Road 195.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s office, the search uncovered a large amount of crack cocaine, marijuana, and over $2,000 in cash.


One person was arrested on drug trafficking charges, another was arrested on an unrelated warrant. They are being held in Multi-County.


The task force was assisted by officers of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Kenton Police Department.



HN Remembers Two Hall of Distinction Members


Two members of the Hardin Northern Hall of Distinction passed away in December.


According to the school's Facebook page, Tom McNutt passed away on December 13 at the age of 84. He was a graduate of Dunkirk High School in 1951 and was known as the NBC 4 gardening expert for many years.


This past Friday, Lawrence E. Stager, who graduated from Hardin Northern in 1961, died at the age of 74 from injuries he suffered from a fall. He was a preeminent American archaeologist who unearthed evidence that ancient Israelites sinned by worshiping a “golden calf,” just as the Bible said.


The Hall of Distinction is designed to recognize graduates of Dola, Dunkirk, and Hardin Northern that have gone on to make significant contributions in their chosen field and communities.



Healthwise Mobile Clinic in Forest on Thursday

ONU's HealthWise Mobile Unit will be in Forest Thursday January 4, 2018 from 9am-11am in VFW parking lot.  
According to the village's Facebook page, it is a great opportunity to start the New Year off on the right foot.  
The clinic offers free health screenings, immunizations and medication consultations. 
The services are provided by the Pharmacy Department at Ohio Northern University.


Details Unavailable on Tuesday Afternoon Crash


Emergency crews were dispatched to a crash Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of County Road 180 and U.S. 68.


One vehicle ended up off the north side of the road where it struck a utility pole. A news tip indicated a second vehicle was involved, but it's unclear how at this time.


The crash remains under investigation, and more information is expected to be released later today.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by BKP and the Kenton Fire Department.



Soroptimist Group Announces Club 5 Weekly Winner


The week 5 Club 250 winner was announced by Hardin County Soroptimist International.


According to a release, Sandi Messmer will receive $100.


Club 250 is a fundraiser to provide scholarships for local women and girls.



Man Assaulted on New Year's Day


A rural Kenton man was assaulted on New Year's Day.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Hardin Memorial Hospital to investigate the complaint.


No suspects were listed on the report, and the felonious assault remains under investigation.



Minor Crash Blamed on Slippery Road


Slippery roads led to on minor crash in Kenton on New Year's Day.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Tiffany Ashbrook was driving west on Lick Street and attempted to turn onto Madison Avenue. The car slid on the snow and ice and struck a stop sign.


No citations were issued.



Suspect Facing Domestic Violence Charge


A domestic disturbance was reported Monday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Ohio Street to investigate.


A 28 year old Kenton man is facing a charge of domestic violence.



Theft Reported to Police


A theft was reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, several items were stolen from a residence in the 500 block of North Main Street.


Two suspects were listed, but so far no charges have been filed.



**UPDATE** Man Arrested Following Standoff with Police


A Kenton man was taken into custody following a brief standoff on New Year’s Day.

According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, officers were called to the 200 block of South Wayne Street where a man allegedly fired a gun while his girlfriend was inside the house.

Police were able to talk to the man over the phone and after about an hour, the suspect, identified as 57 year old David Wright,  came out of the house unarmed and was taken into custody. There were no injuries.

Wright is facing a charge of aggravated menacing.




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