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Local News Archives for 2018-02

Pork Producers Banquet Scheduled for March 17


The Hardin County Pork Producers will hold their annual Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 17 at St. John’s Evangelical Church, starting at 6:30 pm.


The evening will include selection of the Queen and Scholarship Recipients as well as food and door prizes.


Ticket prices are $8, and half price for 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair Swine Exhibitors, as well as Fair Workers from the Food Pavilion, and children under the age of 12.


The banquet is open to all interested persons but advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased through March 9 from county Pork Producers Directors or can be reserved by calling the Extension office at 419-674-2297.



Bids Opened for Hog Creek Wind Farm Road Repair Project


Two bids were opened by the Hardin County Commissioners for the Hog Creek Wind Farm Road Repair Project at a recent meeting.


One from Shelly Company and the other from Henry W. Bergman Incorporated.


The bids were accepted and taken under advisement to be awarded later.


Also at the meeting, Engineer Assistant Luke Underwood reported that the Engineer's Office has received at $950,000 settlement agreement on the wind farm roads. The money has been placed into the Engineer's fund.


It was also noted that the wind farm in Marion Township should be starting soon.



Red Cross Provides Aid For Alger Family Following a Fire


A fire damaged a house in Alger early Tuesday morning. No information is available at this time, but we do know the fire occurred on Ohio Street in the village.


The American Red Cross North central Ohio Chapter provided assistance to six people in the house. That included temporary lodging, food and clothing.


Later in the day, a van fire was reported on Walnut Street in Kenton. According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, the van that was destroyed was valued around $2000.


Firefighters were also dispatched to Precision Strip when a pit under one of machines caught fire. There was no damage.



Ada Man Found Guilty on 4 Counts


An Ada man has been found guilty on four counts and not guilty to four others in Hardin County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning.

According to documents filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office,  69 year old Dennis Dellifield was found guilty by Judge Scott Barrett on two counts each of attempted use of a minor in nudity oriented material, which are third degree felonies and two first degree misdemeanor counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance.

The former Allen East High School Band Director was found not guilty on four other counts.

Dellifield was indicted on the charges in the summer of 2017 after he sent text messages to a 16 year old male student requesting a sexually explicit photo.

The case was presented directly to the court instead of a jury.

Sentencing was set for 1:15pm on Thursday April 19.




Driver Cited Following Crash Monday Morning in Kenton


A crash damaged two vehicles Monday morning at the intersection of Columbus and Hester Streets.


There were no injuries in the crash that occurred just before 9:30am.


A driver, identified as Marcus W. Biggs, of Huntsville, Ohio, was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



Student Job and Career Fair Scheduled for Thursday


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is hosting the 2nd Annual "Student Job & Career Fair" this Thursday March 1.


Local and regional businesses are still being sought 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 from our six surrounding school districts.


To participate contact Chris at 419-673-4131 or email alliance@hccba.com.



Citizens Sheriff's Academy Set for March 8-April 26


Applications are still available for the 2018 Citizens Sheriff's Academy slated for March 8 - April 26.


The class will meet weekly on successive Thursdays from 6-8:30 pm. The Academy is designed to provide a working knowledge of your Hardin County Sheriff's Office. It will explain and demonstrate the various aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities using classroom discussion and hands-on participation. Participants observe and experience the talents, skills, diversity and quality of the Sheriff's Office.


Hardin County residents - at least 18 years of age, may apply. Applications may be picked up from the Sheriff's Office and should be returned by Wednesday February 28th.


A $30 fee is required upon submission of the application. Questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Dennis Burns; (419) 673-1268 Ext. 2144.



Forest Police Considering Firearms Range


The Forest Police Department and the Village of Forest are in the process of planning the construction of a Forest Firearms range.


The range would be located on village property outside of Forest.


The intent is to provide a safe environment for local law enforcement to train, so that they better protect the village.


It is also hoped that starting this April, the Forest Police Department will be able to provide firearms training for the general public.


According to the Forest Police Department Facebook page, the classes would be at a cost which will be competitive to local costs and the proceeds would go to assist in future police endeavors, including Santa cops, Safety Services Day, and other needs.


A poll on the Facebook page shows that 84% of the residents are interested in the classes in the Forest area.



KHS Top 20 Looks to Improve Following Weekend Performance


The Kenton High School Top Twenty competed in Class C Division at St.Clairsville Ohio this past weekend where they came short in making finals.


Freshmen Britton Bell received best performer award.


Todd Daquino, the director of the Top Twenty says “They hope to improve, they still put on a great show and that’s all that matters.”


Top Twenty goes back in action Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Teays Valley High School in Ashville Ohio.



Participants Sought For Hardin Leadership Classes


Participants for the twenty-sixth annual Hardin Leadership class, a program designed for the development of informed and effective community leaders, are being recruited now until March 7th.


Hardin Leadership is sponsored and conducted by the Hardin Leadership Steering Committee and Hardin Leadership Inc.


Eight monthly sessions will focus on the knowledge/skills required by today's community leader, such as team building, public speaking, social media and marketing.


This year’s program will be offered in morning sessions, March through October.



Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council met last night for a speedy meeting.


To begin the meeting State Representative hopeful, Cheryl Buckland, addressed the council on her ongoing campaign. Buckland told the council that she is looking for the support of voters in the 83rd district in the upcoming Republican Primary. Voting for the May primary will be on Tuesday, May 8th.


The Kenton Fire Department Chief, Tim Clark, told the council that the newly purchased ambulance is almost ready for commision. And Kenton Police Chief, Dennis Musser, addressed the council by saying that there is a new police officer who will be introduced to the council in the upcoming weeks.


Committee updates included the Kenton City School committee, Council Member, Clint Sneary, shared that the new bus garage is on its way to being completed. The building will be on Kohler Street in Kenton.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be March 12th at seven o’clock in council chambers.



Dola Man Arrested for OVI


A Dola man was cited following a weekend crash.


According to information on the Kenton Police Department daily log sheet, Casey Alan Good was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.


He was also cited for failure to control and was issued a summons for theft.



Kenton High Offers Potentially Life Saving Assessment

Kenton High School is offering a new kind of health screening for its students. The test is called mCore which stands for Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation. The program is implemented in 300 schools across Ohio. Kenton is the first school in the Western Buckeye League to use the test.


Sandy Pruden of Kenton is leading the charge of this initiative after a family member was tested.


“The idea came from my Grandaughter. She lives in Florida, she’s 16 and a soccer player (or was.)” Explained Pruden. “Her high school evaluates all of their athletes. During her evaluation, they found out she had long QT which means she would be a candidate for sudden Cardiac Arrest where you drop over dead for no reason that you know of.” Explained Pruden.


Pruden said that the test is quick, cheap, and painless, especially for what it can prevent.


“It only takes 10-12 minutes and there is absolutely no pain. Anymore pain than putting on band-aids and running a cold marble over your body. So, absolutely no pain and very quick, only about 10-12 minutes of your life.” Pruden assures.


The cost has been reduced to the students thanks to some generous donors in the community.


“It costs us $75, which is still a bargain because it’s over $2,500 worth of testing if you go to a health facility and have it done. We are chasing each person $20 mainly so we have a slush fund to use for future events.” Pruden said.


The first event, slated for the middle of this upcoming week, has been filled. The next event to be screened is in April. To schedule an mCore test at that event, click here.


Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Hosts Coffee Chat, Introduces Levy Campaign

Ohio Hi Point Career Center hosted a coffee Chat in the City. The event gave citizens to meet and converse with Dr. Rick Smith, Superintendent of the Career Center. Smith is educating the community about the upcoming levy that will be on the May 8th Primary Ballot.


“We’re going out for a .6 mil permanent improvement levy over a permanent amount of time. That will generate around $2 million for Ohio Hi-Point.” Said Smith. “It will cost the average taxpayer around $22 for every $100,000 of valuation or around $1.84 a month.” Smith explained. “For most of our average homeowners we think maybe about $5 that cup of coffee at Starbucks or Jitterz where I’m at today.” Smith said.


Smith noted that the funds would only be used for the renovation and expansion of the main campus facility, as well as investing funds into the districts satellite programs. Smith said the that Permanent ballot allows for the lowest millage over a permanent amount of time.


“We could go the lowest amount of mileage if we went permanent long-term. We could use the money for both construction and equipment.” Said Smith.


The district serves over 500 students at the main campus, and over 3,000 students at their various satellite locations. Both the main campus and satellite locations are adding programs in the next year to increase that number. In the county, the district serves students from Ridgemont, Kenton, and Upper Scioto Valley.


The passage of the levy would allow for even more programming to be added.


“Bring back some programs like plumbing, which we know is desperately needed in the construction trade. Things like Cybersecurity, we’re bringing back HVAC for example just this year.” Smith said. “Most people don’t understand that with SMART Homes coming about with Alexa and Google controlling your heating device someone is going to have to cyber secure and protect that because someone will eventually try to hold your heater hostage and make you pay a ransom before they turn it back on. There are going to be all kinds of Cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles that are coming and those type of newer technologies.”


Smith went on to say the career center is also looking at adding “business entrepreneurship and maybe safety ideas like a fire safety or police safety type courses. We have a long-range vision to do things after the levy, but it will take the levy to have the space to do so.” Smith explained.


To learn more about the levy issue, visit the levy’s campaign website at riseohp.com or ohiohipoint.com/PI.



Severe Weather Spotter Training Scheduled

Severe weather spotter training will be held Monday March 12 at the Jacob Parrott Safety Center located at 1025 South Main Street in Kenton.


The training class will start at 6:30 that evening and will be conducted by a representative from the NOAA National Weather Service. It is hosted by the Hardin County Emergency Management Agency.


Volunteer Severe Weather Spotters are an important part of the warning process. They provide aid to the National Weather Service in their mission to provide life-saving severe weather warnings.


The program will last approximately two hours and there is no cost to attend.

To register, call the Hardin County Emergency Management Agency at 419-674-2276 or email hardinema@hardinsheriff.com.


Body Recovered Following Missing Person Search

What started as a search for missing person search turned tragic yesterday.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call at 3:06pm reporting a missing 13 year old male in the vicinity of Township Road 55 near Ada, OH.


Numerous law enforcement officials, firefighter, emergency medical personnel, Ohio Highway patrol, LifeFlight helicopters, the Hardin county Joint Dive Team along with friends, family, neighbors and community members joined in the search.


The release goes on to say that at around 7:00 pm divers recovered the body of the boy around 20 feet from the shore in a pond near the boy's home.


Assisting the Hardin county Sheriff’s Office included the Ada-Liberty Fire Department and EMS, Hancock, Allen, and Delaware County Sheriffs’ Offices, Ada, Kenton, and Findlay Police Departments, Ohio Highway Patrol Aviation and LifeFlight, Hardin County Joint Dive Team, Hardin County Coroner’s Office, and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Volunteers in Police Service.


[Update: 8:00pm] ALERT: Search Called Off, Body Recovered

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office reports that the search has been called off for the missing teenager.


His body was recovered from a pond a short distance from his residence.


Further information is expected at a later time. They would like to thank the public for their assistance.


Kenton Native Named President of BGSU

Dr. Rodney Rogers is Bowling Green State University's new president. The BGSU Board of Trustees promoted him permanently to the post at its meeting Feb. 23.
Rogers was named interim president in December 2017 and assumed the role on Jan. 1. He has a long history with the University, having served most recently as provost and senior vice president since 2012, and as dean of the BGSU College of Business for the prior six years.
Rogers is BGSU's 12th president. He succeeds President Emeritus Mary Ellen Mazey.
Megan Newlove, chair of the trustees, cited the University's tremendous progress and Rogers' pivotal role in that success as keys to his selection.
"Rodney Rogers brings a wide range of talents and accomplishments to the position," Newlove said. "Under his leadership of academic affairs, enrollment has risen. The students we recruit are the most academically prepared in our history. Student retention has improved. Graduation rates are up. He's overseen the creation of critical new programs, launched our eCampus and Honors College, and improved relations with our faculty."
Newlove added, "He has been an effective fundraiser for the University and has played an integral role in the planning and development of our new and renovated facilities. We believe the best leader for BGSU right now is already in place. We are extremely pleased that Dr. Rogers has agreed to remove the 'interim' from his title and continue serving BGSU."
Rogers, who holds an MBA from the University, said he is honored by the appointment.
"It's an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to lead my alma mater," Rogers said. "I look forward to working with our faculty, staff and alumni to continue to strengthen our University, provide an outstanding education for our students, and prepare them for life after BGSU."
According to Daniel Keller, vice chair of the trustees, Rogers' BGSU experience and his understanding of the higher education landscape were also critical.
"While BGSU is doing well, there are daunting challenges ahead for higher education institutions," Keller said. "The board believed that our next leader needed to have an intimate understanding of our University and a firm grasp of the challenges facing higher education, particularly in Ohio. We're counting on Dr. Rogers to turn those challenges into opportunities for BGSU and continue the very positive momentum that we're currently enjoying."
Despite the challenges ahead, Rogers stressed that BGSU is well positioned for the future.
"We are a much stronger University today, thanks to the leadership of President Mary Ellen Mazey," he said. "Our focus will be on continuing that momentum through the implementation and focus of our strategic plan. We have a solid leadership team in place to further elevate our University."
A native Ohioan, raised in Kenton, Rogers is experienced in both academia and business. In addition to his MBA from BGSU, he has a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. from Ohio Northern University in music. Before completing his doctorate, he practiced as a certified public accountant for 10 years.
Before joining BGSU, Rogers served as associate dean and director of academic programs within the School of Business at Portland State University in Oregon. He has taught financial reporting at various universities including Portland State, Case Western Reserve, Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of Management, and the École de Management at EuroMed-Marseille in France.
As a faculty member, his research focused on the ways in which financial analysts use information, strategies firms employ to disclose information to the marketplace and the institutional role of the accounting profession within capital markets. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management in England.
In addition to his academic work, Rogers consulted with a variety of businesses and organizations including Nike Inc., Wendy's International, Starwood Resorts, The Standard, Vestas-America and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. This included the design and delivery of executive education programs integrating the development of financial acumen with leadership competencies, which have been delivered in the United States, The Netherlands, China, Thailand and Canada.
Rogers served on the board of the Wood County Hospital, is a current member of the board of directors of the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.
He and his wife, Dr. Sandra Earle, have two sons, Isaac and Spencer. Isaac is a sophomore at BGSU.


Several Awards Handed Out During Alliance's Annual Meeting

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance hosted their 12th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration on February 22nd commemorating the 2017 business year, presenting their Annual Alliance Awards to outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals as well as celebrating incoming and outgoing Board of Directors members. 
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance presented awards in the following categories to the following recipients:
.Business of the Year-Rick’s Auto Sales
.Small Business of the Year- 235 Grill
.Citizen of the Year- Charlotte Hamm
.Community Service of the Year- Crossroads Crisis Center
.Women L.E.A.D. Professional Excellence Award- Sheryl Haushalter
.Young Professionals Alliance Achievement Award – Dustin McCullough
.Hardin County Ambassador of the Year Award – Kim Reisinger
In conjunction with the presentation of the Alliance Awards, the Hardin County Safety Council also presented five area businesses with grant monies to applaud their efforts to increase safety innovation and wellness cultures within their workplace. The grant recipients were as follows:
.City of Kenton - $250
.Robinson Fin Machines - $500
.Village of Ada - $750
.Ada Technologies - $1,000
.Hardin County -$1,000
The R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award was also awarded to the Elliott family during the celebration. The R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance for those community and business leaders who have made a generational impact for the long-term growth and success of our community. 
At the conclusion of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Annual Meeting, Brian Sprang, Board Chairman passed his gavel to new incoming Board Chairman, Andrew McBride. Tim Street, Peg Wren, Chris Burns-Dibiasio and Michelle Cole will end their term as board members and four incoming board members; Sean Root, Stephanie Temple, Matt Lambdin and Luke Underwood were voted on and accepted as new Board of Directors Members.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is a non-profit organization that encompasses four divisions in one – Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism, and Community Development.  For more information regarding the Alliance, contact 
alliance@hccba.com  or 419-673-4131.


Two People Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Jennifer C. Blackford was placed on five years community control with conditions, on two counts of possession of cocaine.


.Kenneth A. Styne must serve 7 days local incarceration on one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Ridgemont Board of Education Met Thursday


The Ridgemont School Board of Education met Thursday evening.


At the meeting, the Board heard from Dr. Rick Smith, Superintendent of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, who talked about the programs at his school. Dr. Smith also thank the Ridgement district for supporting Ohio Hi-Point.


Pat Schmanski, from the Ohio School Board Association-Northwest Region, also attended the meeting. He presented a certificate to Board President Eric Hill for being a board member for 10 years.


The Ridgemont Board approved Calendar B for the 2018-19 school year. The first day of school will be Thursday August 16. Students will get the week of the Hardin County Fair off. The last day of classes for that school year will be Wednesday May 29.


The board also thanked law enforcement personnel from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office for being present throughout the building during the week to ensure safety for the students.



Community Foundation Deadline Approaching

The Hardin  County Community Foundation would like to remind non profit groups and organizations that the deadline for submitting grant applications is this coming Wednesday Feb 28th. Grant applications may be submitted from the Foundations website at www.hardinfoundation.org


KHS Juniors Sweep County Optimist Essay Contest

Three Kenton High School Juniors have won the Hardin County Optimist Club’s International Essay Contest.


Elijah Manns took home first place honors; second place honors went to Haley Hunt; and Kassundra Collins was awarded third prize.


The essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. This year’s essay topic was: “Can Society Function without Respect?”


Students were limited to respond to this question in 700 to 800 words.  In addition to the opportunity for written expression, participants have the chance to win a college scholarship. As the first place winner, Elijah Manns’ essay will next advance to the district contest to compete for that scholarship award.



ONU Opens Play

The Ohio Northern University Department of Theatre Arts premieres its new play, "The Wolves" starting this evening.


The play follows a high school girls’ indoor soccer team and the relationships they build with each other.


The ONU women's soccer team worked with the actors to prepare them for their roles as soccer players.


The show runs tonight through Sunday in the Stambaugh Studio Theatre in the Freed Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and children.



House Bill Set to Honor Local Boy

House Bill 45, sponsored by State Representative Robert Sprague, received approval from the Ohio Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk.


The legislation would designate May as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month,” providing recognition and awareness for the genetic disease impacting an individual’s nervous system.


NF causes tumor growth in the cells that surround and make up nerves throughout the human body.  


Kenton resident Larry Gossard thanked Sprague for his efforts in getting the bill through the legislature. His son Bryce has neurofibromatosis.


House Bill 45 now goes to the governor for final approval before becoming law.



Sheriff: Check Scam Affecting Local Residents

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has received calls regarding a check cashing scam affecting local residents.


An ad was placed in the Kenton Times seeking Home Health Care workers. After responding to the ad, two Hardin County residents received text messages from Katherine Dunn followed by the receipt of a check in the amount of $1650, which was mailed to the victims by priority mail.


The checks were drawn on Michigan First Credit Union in Lathrup Village, Michigan. The victims were instructed to keep $400 and return the rest to an unknown address in Massachusetts.


Michigan First Credit Union has confirmed this is a scam. Anyone who may have received one of these checks or responded to the ad, is asked to contact Detective Scott Willoby at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; (419) 673-1268.



HCSO Warns Residents About Check Cashing Scam

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office has received calls regarding a check cashing scam affecting local residents. 
An ad was placed in the Kenton Times seeking Home Health Care workers. After responding to the ad, two Hardin County residents received text messages from Katherine Dunn followed by the receipt of a check in the amount of $1650, which was mailed to the victims by priority mail. 
The checks were drawn on Michigan First Credit Union in Lathrup Village, Michigan. The victims were instructed to keep $400 and return the rest to an unknown address in Massachusetts. 
Michigan First Credit Union has confirmed this is a scam. Anyone who may have received one of these checks or responded to the ad, is asked to contact Detective Scott Willoby at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; (419) 673-1268.


Trial For Kenton Man Reset for Late March


A jury trial for a man charged with multiple counts of complicity to attempted aggravated murder, arson,burglary and other charges, has been continued.


The indictments against Gerrick Anthony Sheldon were handed down in August of 2017. He was scheduled to go on trial starting today.


Following a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Scott Barrett accepted the request filed by defense attorney Jeff Ratliff to continue the case.


The new trial is now set for five days beginning March 26.



Riverdale Busses Vandalized; Classes Cancelled Today


Riverdale school busses were vandalized sometime during the overnight hours.


That forced the cancellation of classes at Riverdale for today.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office would only confirm the busses were vandalized. They would neither confirm nor deny reports that the tires on the busses were slashed.


Investigators are still on the scene, and the incident is under investigation.


In the meantime, with the cancellation of classes, a reminder was posted on the Riverdale Facebook page. Students need to complete Blizzard Bag number 1. That is located on the school website, riverdale.k12.oh.us.



Sheriff Says Human Trafficking Threat is Real


Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart this week advised people to be alert of possible human trafficking activity.


On the sheriff's office Facebook page, Everhart said a local business in the county had a truck driver stop to purchase food. The man asked a lot of very inquisitive questions in regards to everyone who was at the establishment. He also asked for assistance carrying his food order to his truck. While that may not be illegal, the sheriff said it does seem suspicious and raises red flags about human trafficking.


Sheriff Everhart said he encourages everyone to be suspicious of strangers and never put employees in a position to be alone with customers who are strangers.


He added that the threat of human trafficking is real and encouraged all to take it seriously.



Counterfeit Money Used at Restaurant in Kenton


A complaint about counterfeit money was received by Kenton police Tuesday night.


According to the report, 3 counterfeit bills were used at Wendy's Restaurant.


The incident is under investigation.



Alliance Holding Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

KENTON - The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will host their 12th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration on February 22, 2018. The Alliance will be commemorating the 2017 business year, presenting their Annual Alliance Awards to outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals as well as celebrating incoming and outgoing Board of Directors members.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will present awards to the outstanding 2017 Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Service of the Year and Women L.E.A.D. Professional Excellence Award. New awards this year are the Young Professionals Alliance Achievement Award and Hardin County Ambassador of the Year Award. In conjunction with the presentation of the Alliance Awards, the Hardin County Safety Council will also be presenting five area businesses with grant monies to applaud their efforts to increase safety innovation and wellness cultures within their workplace.
The R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award will also be awarded to the Elliott family during the celebration. The R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor presented by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance for those community and business leaders who have made a generational impact for the long-term growth and success of our community.
At the conclusion of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Annual Meeting, Brian Sprang, Board Chairman will pass his gavel to new incoming Board Chairman, Andrew McBride. Tim Street, Peg Wren, Chris Burns-Dibiasio and Michelle Cole will end their term as board members and four new incoming board members, Sean Root, Stephanie Temple, Matt Lambdin and Luke Underwood with be voted upon and accept seats for new terms.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is a non-profit organization that encompasses four divisions in one - Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism, and Community Development.  For more information regarding the Alliance, contact alliance@hccba.com  or 419-673-4131.


Red Cross Month to be Celebrated in March


For more than 70 years, Red Cross Month has been celebrated in March.


It’s the perfect time to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross and patients in need by donating blood.


You can help save lives by participating in upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area.


A blood drive is scheduled for Monday February 26 from noon until 6 at the First Baptist Church, County Road 175 in Kenton.


In March, a blood drive will be held Monday March 12 from noon until 6 at the Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 West Lima Street.



Fundraiser for Forest Event Scheduled for Friday


A Community Church in the Park Soup and Sandwich supper is scheduled for this Friday February 23.


The fundraiser will be held from 4 until 6 in the Riverdale School Cafeteria.


The menu consists of various soups and sandwiches as well as dessert and water for $5.00 per person.


The proceeds support the Community Church in the Park, which is part of the Tree Town Festival held in Forest each July.


The year, 4 time World Series baseball player Darryl Strawberry will be sharing his story of addiction and how God did not give up on him.


That is scheduled for July 8 at Gormley Park.



Dates for Kindergarten Screening at Ridgemont Set


Ridgemont Local Schools will hold kindergarten screening for the 2018-2019 school year on May 17th and 18th, 2018.


To register, your child must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2018 to be eligible for next year’s kindergarten class.


Call the school office at 937-354-2141 to schedule an appointment for kindergarten screening and registration.



Activities for FFA Week Continue at HN


FFA Week activities continue at Hardin Northern through this Sunday.


Today, students are wearing their favorite Carhartt's to school. There is also a blood drive from 8 until 2.


Thursday, 9th grade students will dress as hunters, 1oth grade as hillbillies, 11th grade cowboys, 12th grade as lumberjacks, and junior high students can choose any of the four.


On Friday, students will wear blue and gold to support the FFA. It is also drive your tractor to school day.


On Sunday, members who signed up to go with travel to a Toledo Walleye hockey game. The bus departs at 2:30 Sunday afternoon.



Large Solar Farm Approved for Hardin County


A large solar farm for Hardin County has received state approval.


The Columbus Business First website reported late last week that Hardin Solar Energy got approval from the Ohio Siting Board for a 150 megawatt energy plant on 1115 acres of land in the county.


Its farm also will consist of solar panels and support equipment, including a battery storage area and buried electrical lines to connect it to a utility substation.


The company estimates the project will create 768 jobs that will generate $45.6 million in earnings during construction, and 13 long-term jobs that will generate $758,000 in annual earnings during operation.



Cross Endorsed by County Sheriffs

Kenton, OH – The Jon Cross for State Representative campaign received a major endorsement today, as the three county sheriff’s of Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties support and endorse Cross' campaign for the 83rd Ohio House race in the upcoming May 8th Republican Primary Election.  
Hancock County Sheriff Michael E. Heldman, Hardin County Sheriff Keith A. Everhart and Logan County Sheriff Randall J. Dodds provided their personal support within a video endorsement that was released by the campaign.
“The three of us have met with Jon and appreciate his ability to listen, learn and build partnerships to help law enforcement fight crime, end Ohio’s drug epidemic and make our communities safer,” said Sheriff Heldman.
“We believe Jon is the candidate of choice for this election, as we need a strong leader and voice in Columbus who will have our backs and fight for resources that help us do our job,” said Sheriff Dodds.
“Jon understands that in order to have a vibrant and healthy local economy, with good paying jobs, you must have reliable local law enforcement services to make our community stronger,” said Sheriff Everhart.  
“I’m incredibly honored to have the support from our county’s top law enforcement leaders, and have the upmost respect for the men and women who protect us,” said Cross.  “Securing our schools and communities, rejecting sanctuary cities and preventing drug use and abuse is a top priority of mine to keep the 83rd district safer, stronger and open for business.”
Cross has also been previously endorsed by several local elected officials, as well as business, education and agricultural leaders.  For more information about the campaign and previous endorsements, please visit www.votejoncross.com.


Man Charged with Domestic Violence


A Kenton man was arrested following a domestic disturbance Monday night.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to 129 South Wayne Street to investigate a verbal domestic incident between a mother and her son.


At the scene, officers arrested 25 year old Allen M. Parker on a charge of domestic violence.


He was transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Non-Injury Crash Reported on Main and Lynn Streets


A non-injury crash was reported just before 10 Monday night.


According to information on the Kenton Police Department's Daily Log Sheet, the crash occurred at the intersection of Main and Lynn Streets.


Michael Risner III, of Kenton, was cited for a reasonable control violation.


Complete details are not available at this time.



Kenton School Board: Robotics, Career Center, Calendar

To open the meeting, Kenton High School Technology Instructor and Robotics team coach presented to the board with students Brian Collins and Kelsey Flowers. The robotics team combines programming and engineering skills to compete amongst schools in an international contest.


Dr. Rick Smith - Superintendent, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center


In the public participation section of the meeting, Dr. Rick Smith of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center spoke to the board. The Career Center is currently partnering with the school to offer students learning opportunities at their satellite location in Kenton in former Northwood location. The Career Center offers courses and certifications in Information Technology, Allied Health and Nursing, and Advanced Manufacturing.


Dr. Smith continued by informing the board that the school’s name will appear on the May 8th ballot in the form of a levy. The .6 mil permanent levy is the first time that the district has asked the taxpayers to vote on a levy since 1977. The funds are to be strictly used to renovate existing spaces and provide additional programs as well as continue to fund and develop satellite courses and equipment. The math equates to around $22 per year for each $100,000 of home market value.


The superintendent also noted that the Career Center will be bringing back a HVAC course for the upcoming year, but hopes to implement 21st century education opportunities for 21st century jobs with regards to Cyber Security, programming, and robotics.


In Superintendent communications, Jennifer Penczarski noted that Alumni Hall of Fame Applications are still available online and are due by the office’s closing today. Penczarski also said by a vote of 64.9%, Calendar “B” was recommended to the board by the staff for the upcoming school year. Notably the calendar allows students out of school for the week of the Hardin County Fair. That calendar was later approved by the board.


Board member Mark Watkins spoke on behalf of the Finance Committee to announce that the district is working on adding another Mental Health Professional to the district. Currently there are two that serve the district. Superintendent Penczarski noted that end goal is to offer services for students on the Kenton Campuses to better meet their needs


Board member Samuel Albert gave the Extracurricular Committee’s report. He noted that the new Athletic Building Expansion project currently is 6 weeks behind their projected schedule, but is still making progress.


Former board member Russ Blue continues to serve on the Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education. He gave the report of the Career Center Committee, and echoed several of the words mentioned by Dr. Rick Smith previously. Blue also noted that several Kenton students made the Superintendent's List. Also the Allied Health and Nursing students traveled to a  Health Occupation Students of America contest and will be advancing to the state contest in April. Blue also noted the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter finished a busy few months that started the year, and are beginning to gear up for more contest and activities coming up soon.


Board member Doug Carmean spoke about the Policy Committee meeting. In his report, he detailed a drug testing meeting that was held with members of the community. He said that his committee will work to develop a drug testing policy and program for the board to approve either in March or April.


In personnel items and new business:

  • Trevor Beazley’s resignation as High School Assistant Baseball coach

  • A two hour afternoon bus driver position was approved.

  • Employee Supplemental contracts were approved for Ryan Miller as High School Assistant Track coach and Zach Turner as Spring Weight Trainer.

  • In non-employee supplemental contracts, Josh Wormley was approved as a High School Assistant Baseball coach.

  • Kaitlin Sherman, Demi Snider, and Tyson Porter were approved as substitute teachers.

  • Trevor Beazley, Jay Bostelman, Jennifer Brunk, Alana Butler, James Collins, Ricki Coulson, Elizabeth Howe, Greg Jolliff, Eric Oldham, Randall Payne, Kelli Reese, Ed Rogers, Ashley Taylor were approved as volunteers.


In transfers, the board approved Rick Collins transfering from from KES Physical Education teacher to KMS Physical Education.


Under authorizations and resolutions:

  • The board approved the KES Preschool handbook for upcoming school year.

  • The Kenton High School Music Department Florida trip was approved for March 1-7, 2019.

  • The resolution accepting the amount and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor was approved


The board will meet again on March 19th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.



Goats Killed in Barn Fire

Friday afternoon several animals were killed in a barn fire.


In a story by WPKO radio, several show goats were killed in a barn fire near Ben Logan on Friday the 16th.


A civilian passing by called in the fire.


Bokescreek Fire Chief Steve Fields says the barn was destroyed.


The cause remains unknown, but heat lamps being used in the barn could be to blame.


Fire crews from Bokescreek, Tri-Valley, Perry, Raymond, and Ridgeway

were on scene for about three hours.



Hit-skip crash reported on Township Road 56

Wednesday a hit-skip crash was reported on Township Road 56.


According to the  Bellefontaine Examiner, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to township roads 56 and 219 for a hit-skip crash.


A Bellefontaine women was traveling in the northbound lane of Township Road 56 when a southbound vehicle’s side mirror hit the side mirror of her vehicle and then left the scene.

Deputies found remains of the southbound car that suggest that it was white . The Investigation is still underway.



Bellefontaine man was killed in a three vehicle crash

A Bellefontaine man was killed in a three vehicle crash that occurred this past Thursday near East Liberty.


WPKO Radio reported that 57 year old Billy Cowan exited Route 33 onto State Route 347 and failed to stop at a stop sign at the end of the exit ramp.


His car was struck by a northbound car and continued into the southbound lane of 347 where it was struck head on. Cowan was transported to Memorial Hospital in Marysville where he passed away. The other two drivers were not injured.


The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol continues the investigation.



The death of a Bellefontaine woman is under investigation.

The death of a Bellefontaine woman is under investigation.


WPKO Radio reported that the body of 35 year old Misty Nichols was found in her living room by a neighbor. The family had asked the neighbor to do a well being check after Nichols didn't answer her phone.


She was believed to have been dead for 2 to 3 days.


The Bellefontaine Police Department is investigating with the assistance of the Logan County Coroner's Office.



Teenagers of the Month for January

The Teenagers of the Month for January have been announced.


They are: Caitlyn Stover and Jayson Chase Sumner of Ada, Lacey Isenbarger and Alexis Wilch of Hardin Northern, Kylie Erwin and Kobey Rawlins, of Kenton, Amaya Cummins and Liam Kearns, of Ridgemont and Katherine Moore and Trey Risner of Upper Scioto Valley.


The group was honored by the Kenton Elks at a luncheon held this past Wednesday.



Theft Reported to KPD on Thursday


A Kenton woman reported a theft on Thursday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the woman told officers that a money card from her workplace was taken from her purse and was used for a little over $100.


Four suspects, three men and one woman, were listed as suspects, but they have not yet been charged.


The incident remains under investigation.



Kenton's Ace Hardware Wins Prestigious Award


Ace Hardware Corporation announced that Kenton's Ace Hardware has achieved designation as a "Pinnacle Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance.


Kenton's Ace Hardware is one of only a few hundred Ace retailers to achieve the prestigious Pinnacle status.


The team at the Kenton store successfully completed a number of key performance drivers that will help them provide a better overall shopping experience.


David Amweg, General Manager at Kenton's Ace Hardware store, said the team is incredibly pleased to have earned the status.


He added that they are even more committed than ever to provide loyal shoppers with the best experience possible, and they are taking "Ace Helpful" to a new level.



Section of 53 in Wyandot County Set to Close


A section of State Route 53 in Wyandot County is scheduled to close beginning Monday February 26.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, 53 over Oak Run, between the village of Kirby and the city of Upper Sandusky will be closed for 60 days for a bridge deck replacement.


Traffic will be detoured onto State Routes 294 and 67 back to 53.



HN's Awakened Commotion Finalist for Ohio Has Talent Competition


Hardin Northern's Awakened Commotion has once again been chosen as a finalist to compete in the Ohio Has Talent competition.


The eleventh annual talent show will take place Saturday February 25 at 7pm as the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.


The audience will decide the winner with one ticket equaling one vote.


Tickets range in price from $11 to $25. They may be purchased at comhealthpro.org.



Ridgemont Yearbook Staff Asking for Pictures


The Ridgemont School yearbook staff is currently seeking baby, child and senior pictures of the Class of 2018.


The pictures are needed for the senior slideshow that will be played during graduation.


The pictures will be included with the student's bio in the yearbook as well.


They can be emailed to Jen Frederick at j frederick at ridgemont dot k12 dot oh dot us. You can also dropped them off at the Welcome Center anytime.



Hardin Northern Spelling Bee Winners Announced

The BeeHardin Northern Spelling Bee 2018 winners were announced this week. 
They are in picture from left to right: elementary runner-up Luke Price (4th grade), elementary winner Chardonay-Aseta Auelva-Butler (6th grade), junior high winner David Shirk (8th grade) and junior high runner-up Ellie Curlis. 
The winners will advance to the regional spelling bee at the Knights of Columbus in Lima on March 17th at 10:00 am.


Mt. Victory Family Practice Joining OhioHealth HMH

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that Mt. Victory Family Practice has joined the OhioHealth family of healthcare providers.  The provider team at the location will consist of current physician, Holly Recob, DO and joining the practice is certified Physician Assistant, Danita Podach. 
The office will be providing primary care services to patients of all ages including physical exams, wellness or illness care as well as management of chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, allergies, asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Dr. Holly Recob
Dr. Recob is board certified in Family Medicine and has been providing care to our community since 2005.  She will continue to see patients at the location on Tuesdays.
Danita Podach
Danita has been providing healthcare services at the OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians office in Kenton over 12 years.  She enjoys giving back to her community by serving on the Love Inc. board and by being on the Kenton Football medical team.  Danita will be available Monday through Friday for appointments.
Dr. Recob and Danita are both accepting new patients.  For more information or to schedule an appointment contact the office staff at (937) 354.2027.


College Credit Plus Meeting Scheduled at KHS

A College Credit Plus (CCP) informational meeting will be held at Kenton Senior High School in the Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21st for parents and students. 
This is a mandatory meeting for students planning to participate in any type of CCP courses for the 2018-2019 school year. The student and/or parent must be present.
The College Credit Plus Program allows qualified high school students to earn college credit and/or high school credit through successful completion of college courses. A program overview, qualifications, and deadlines will be discussed. Representatives from area colleges will be present. 
The necessary paperwork to begin the enrollment process will be distributed and must be returned to KHS by March 31, 2018.


Conservation Tillage 2018 Breakfast Scheduled

The 2018 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will conclude on Tuesday, February 20 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory. 
The session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.
The February 20 program will feature Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems with OSU Extension sharing her Soybean Populations information. 
Hawkin’s research interests include using on-farm research to identify methods to increase farm profits including improved crop yields, better management of resources, and the employment of effective precision agriculture technologies. She is using on-farm research to better understand how to make precision technologies like site-specific and prescriptive agriculture work, both agronomically and economically. Before coming to The Ohio State University to specialize in in Precision Agriculture, Agronomic Crop Production, On-Farm Research, Hawkins earned degrees from Purdue and the University of Illinois.
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. Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses. All events are open to the public and no advance registration is required. 
Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers are available.


ODOT Snow and Ice Removal Operations Update Released


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 office released an update on the cost of snow and ice operations on state highways within the district, which includes Hardin County.


So far this season, 56,769 tons of salt and 901,834 gallons of liquid de-icer have been used. State trucks have driven 747,999 miles, and the total cost to date is just over 7 million dollars.


Last year at this point, the cost for snow and ice removal was 3.8 million dollars.



Polar Bear Wrestlers Wrap Up Regular Season

The Ohio Northern Wrestling team wrapped up it’s season with at 21-14 loss at Heildelberg on Tuesday evening.


The Polar Bears finish 9-10 in the season and 3-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Heidelberg won the first four classes to see the polar bears pull out three wins.


The Polar Bears are back in action on February 23rd and 24th for the NCAA III Regional tournament in Wabash Indiana.



Ridgemont Hosting Health Fair

The Ridgemont Schools District is hosting a Gopher Health Fair later this month.


The event is scheduled for February 22 from 5 to 6:30pm in the Commons area of the school located at 500 West Taylor Street in Mt. Victory.


Several participants will be setting up a booth and will offer health information.


In addition, there will be crafts, a Wii dance led by Ridgemont cheerleaders and demonstrations.



Applications Being Accepted for HCSO Citizens Academy

Applications are being accepted now for the next Hardin County Sheriff's Office Citizens Sheriff's Academy, which will be held on consecutive Thursdays from March 8 through April 19.


The Academy will provide participants a working knowledge of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Academy is designed to develop and continue a partnership for safety and security for the benefit of Hardin County citizens.


Applications may be picked up at the Sheriff's Office in Kenton. They need to be completed and returned with a $30 non-refundable fee by February 28. Class size is limited.


Questions may be directed to Sheriff Everhart or Chief Deputy Dennis Burns at 419-673-1268.



Commissioners Updated on Health Center

The Hardin County Commissioners received a report on the Hardin Hills Health Center.


Administrator Mark Rogers presented the January update at a recent meeting. Rogers said that revenue was $376,555 and expenses were $347,590.


The average census at the facility in January was 55.


Rogers also said the house physician is expected to see the residents once every 30 days if they are taking certain medications.


Also, due to the flu, the residents have been put in isolation mode to prevent infections. Activities where residents would congregate have been temporarily stopped.



Some Residents in Forest Under Boil Alert

A water main break occurred in the Village of Forest on Tuesday.
According to the village's Facebook page, the break affected residents of Smith Street, West Gage Street and Wells Road.
Water was off for several hours while the repair was made.
A boil water advisory for those residents is now in effect until further notice.


Fire Destroys House in Kenton


Fire destroyed a house in Kenton this afternoon.


Kenton firefighters were dispatched to 630 South Wayne Street at around 1:35 pm. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.




According to information from witnesses at the scene, two people live in the house and made it out safely. There were unconfirmed reports that a dog may have perished in the fire.


Multiple fire departments from around Hardin County provided mutual assistance.


WKTN will have more information later.



Two Men Facing Drug Charges


Two men are facing drug related charges following an incident reported Monday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of South Leighton Street to investigate a complaint about suspected drug activity that was happening in a green car parked in the area.


Officers found two people inside the car, and one man was said to be in possession of a used syringe, two small plastic baggies with white powder residue inside them and a clear, crystal like substance that was inside a cigarette pack.


The two men in the car, one from Heath, Ohio and the other from Richwood, were both arrested, but so far charges have not been filed.



Body of Man Found in Burned Out Home


The body of a man missing after a fire near Alger this past Sunday has been found.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the body of 65 year old Hugh Ries was discovered Monday in a crawl space beneath the rubble of the collapsed kitchen.


The fire was reported Sunday afternoon at the home located at 0529 County Road 80. Ries was the only person known to be in the house at the time.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Hardin County Fire and Explosion Investigation Team and Ohio BCI&I are assisting the Alger Fire Department. The cause of the fire is still undetermined and remains under investigation.


The investigation is also being aided by the Hardin County Crime Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol aircraft, Hardin County Coroner's Office, Hardin County Sheriff's Volunteers in Police Service and Osborn's Towing.



Handgun Reportedly Stolen From Residence


A burglary was reported by a resident in the 800 block of South Main Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the man at the address told police that sometime over the last couple of months, someone entered his residence and took a handgun.


There were no signs of forced entry into the house, and the incident remains under investigation.



KHS Offering Heart Screenings For Student Athletes


The Kenton High School is partnering with M-CORE to offer heart screenings to students.


Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation will screen athletes for cardiac conditions and abnormalities that may put them at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, which is the number one killer of student athletes each year.


Screenings will be offered Wednesday February 28 from 8am to 4pm at the Health Clinic. Thanks to generous donations, the cost is $20 instead of the normal $75.


Athletes must pre-register online at m core athletes dot com.



Horse Banquet Set For February 24


The third annual Hardin County Horse Banquet will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 6:30 pm at the Kenton Moose Lodge.


Doors open at 5:30 for a silent auction to raise funds for a scholarship.


Banquet tickets this year are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for youth under 18 years of age. Children age 6 and under are admitted free.


Tickets are available until February 21 from advisors and committee members. More on the story is posted on the Hardin County Fair Facebook page.



Ada Mayor Endorses Cross for State Representative

ADA, OH - Today, the Jon Cross for State Representative campaign released a second weekly endorsement video.  Ada Mayor David Retterer provided his personal support and endorsement for Jon Cross in the 83rd Ohio House race for the Republican Primary Election on May 8, 2018. 
Statement from Jon Cross:  “I am grateful for Mayor Retterer's personal support and have worked extremely well with the Mayor and various county, township, city and village officials on economic and community development projects.  I look forward maintaining my strong public and private partnerships to strengthen our local communities and to champion their needs and resources at the Statehouse.  It's important to have a strong voice for 83rd district and not what is just best for Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati." 
The Cross campaign previously announced public support from local elected officials, which include:  
Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson 
Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman
Hardin County Commissioner Roger Crowe
Hardin County Commissioner Randy Rogers
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart 
Logan County Sheriff Randy Dodds
Alger Mayor James (Von) Summa
Forest Mayor Tom Seem
Kenton Mayor Randy Manns
McGuffey Mayor Greg Howard
Mt. Victory Mayor Mike Trout
Ridgeway Mayor Kevin Howland


Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council met last night in a speedy session.


In the twenty minute meeting President of the Council Joel Althauser opened and after the normal proceedings discussion was had over the small amount of funds available. Mr. Althauser assured the Council that this was normal for the beginning of the year.


In old business an ordinance was passed by a unanimous vote after the suspension of the third hearing rule.


This was also the case for an ordinance in new business which pertained to homeowners who have garages obstructing the pathway of small alleyways.


In comments, Mr. Althauser encouraged the council to consider how to ease the growing problem of feral cats in the city of Kenton. This was brought up after several council members admitted that they had several complaints from citizens over the past few years.


In other comments, the finance committee's monthly meeting was moved to next Tuesday at 5:30PM in the council chambers to accommodate Presidents day.


The City Council will meet again on February 26th at 7pm.



Man Missing Following House Fire Near Alger


One person is missing after a fire destroyed a house west of Alger Sunday afternoon.


According to a release, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Hardin County Fire and Explosion Investigation Team and the Ohio BCI&I are assisting the Alger Fire Department in the investigation of a 2 alarm fire that destroyed the residence of Hugh and Hilma Reis at 0532 County Road 80.


Hardin County Dispatch received a call at approximately 4:20pm reporting fire and heavy smoke coming from the home, and that someone may have been entrapped. Mr. Reis is the only person believed to be in the house at the time of the fire. He has not been located, and his whereabouts is unknown.


Investigators are continuing to work through heavy debris as they search the residence and continue their investigation.


Anyone with any information concerning the fire and/or Mr. Reis’ whereabouts should contact Detective Mike Conley or Detective Terry Sneary at 419-673-1268.


Fire and EMS agents assisting the Alger Fire Department at the scene include: Ada Fire and EMS, Dunkirk EMS fire departments from McGuffey, Forest, Harrod, Kenton, Belle Center and Roundhead.



Two Arrested Following B & E at Kenton Business


Two men have been arrested in connection to a breaking and entering at Show Place Rental early Sunday morning.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the business at 905 East Columbus Street to investigate a breaking and entering in progress.


The suspects were located in a car that was stopped in the area of Wayne and Decatur Street and were taken into custody.


They are identified as 26 year old Caleb Kelley, of New Bloomington and 52 year old James Chafin, of Marion.


They are facing charges of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The incident remains under investigation.



Man Charged with Criminal Damaging


A Kenton man was charged with criminal damaging following an incident over the weekend on Waterworks Drive.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers responded to the location to investigate a report of a man with a gun.


27 year old John W. Hale II was charged with criminal damaging for allegedly smashing out a car windshield.


No gun was discharged during the incident.



Riverdale PTO Hosting Craft Show

The Riverdale PTO will be hosting a Craft and Vendor show on Saturday February 24.


The event will run from 9am to 2pm in the cafeteria at Riverdale School in Mt. Blanchard.


Local vendors selling one of a kind gifts will be participating. There will also be a raffle and bake sale.


Admission and parking for the show are free.



Home Near McGuffey Destroyed by Fire


Fire destroyed a house near McGuffey Thursday afternoon.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office media report, McGuffey firefighters were dispatched just before one to 5498 Township Road 100.


Several fire departments, including Kenton and Alger provided mutual assistance.



The home was a total loss, and the fire remains under investigation.


The home was occupied by the Matt Fry family. There were no reports of injuries.


The American Red Cross North Central Chapter provided help to the family of six.


Assistance to the the two adults and four children included temporary lodging, food, clothing, blankets and stuffed animals for the kids.


***our thanks to Danny Klingler for submitting pictures via WKTN Facebook page***



Armed Robbery Reported at Rite Aid in Kenton


An armed robbery was reported at a Kenton business Thursday night.

According to a release from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, a lone gunman entered the store at 130 South Detroit Street at around 8:40pm. He brandished a handgun and demanded specific narcotics. The man left the store with an undisclosed amount of stolen property.

Chief Musser credits the calm and professional actions of the pharmacy staff for preventing injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male, in his early thirties. He is approximately six feet three inches tall with a thin build.

The suspect was dressed in a neon reflective coat, black stocking cap and khaki pants.

The police department was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Crime Task Force, and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information should call the police department at 419-673-0771.




Real Estate Tax Due Soon

Hardin County Treasurer, Denise Althauser would like to remind all property owners that Real Estate Tax Payments are due this Wednesday, February 14th.
The last day to pay Manufactured Home (trailer) Tax in Hardin County without penalty is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
If you have a questions please contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Courthouse or by calling 419-674-2246.


Kenton Man Arrested on Union County Warrant


A Kenton man was arrested by Kenton police officers this week on a warrant from Union County.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies met with an officer from the Kenton Police Department to take custody of 31 year old Matthew A. Kennedy for an outstanding warrant.


Kennedy was transported to the Tri-County Jail.



Man Sentenced on Multiple Charges 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, Zachary T. Ray was sentenced to just over 8 years in prison, 12 months of which are mandatory, on three counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft, failure to comply with the order of signal of a police officer, criminal damaging or endangering, having weapons under disability and operating a vehicle while under the influence.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Commissioners Receive Update on Dog Tag Sales


Hardin County Dog Warden Jamie Burcheil gave an update on dog tag sales to the Hardin County Commissioners.


Burchiel reported that 6201 tags were sold as of this past Tuesday. That is down 90 from last year. He said he is doing research on how to increase dog tag sales next year.


Burchiel also said that his office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 2pm. They are closed Tuesday and Thursday. He said he can adjust the hours as needed.



OSU Extension Offering Master Gardner Training Course


The Allen County and Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will partner to host a Master Gardener Volunteer training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers this spring.


The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office.


Classes will be held on the Ohio State University Lima Campus beginning with orientation on Tuesday, March 6 and will be held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning March 13 and continuing through April 26.


The registration deadline is February 27.



ODOT Releases Latest Snow and Ice Cost Report


A more active winter is keeping crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation busy.


ODOT released an update on the cost of snow and ice operations in District 1 since November.


So far crews have used 42,753 tons of salt and just over 567,000 gallons of liquid de-icer. 579,900 miles have been driven at a total cost of 5.5 million dollars.


That is almost double the figures from last winter at this time.



Hardin County Ag Society Releases Minutes of Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, February 3, 2018, for their last Saturday night regular board meeting night. 
Eighteen directors and 18 guests were present.
Craig Stump, President, called the meeting to order.
Jon Cross, Economic Director for Hardin County, spoke about his reasons for running for State Representative.  He also thanked the fair board for putting on a great fair.
Mark Light, Hardin County OSU Extension Agent announced the Amanda Raines has been promoted as another Hardin County OSU Educator.
Kenny Kearns and Lisa Ferguson announced they have the draft horse show bill and sponsors for their show.  
Tim Striker, who is running for Hardin County Commissioner, thanked the fair board for all they do and presented the fair board with a framed print of an advertising poster from 1907.  
Catherine Osborne thanked the bard for all they do.
Ray Davis thanked the fair board for his OFMA Hall of Fame Honor.
Lesa Heacock, from the Kenton Times, gave the Kenton Times proposal for making the fair premium books at the same cost as last year.  
Chad Spencer, from WKTN radio, stated they will be having the same coverage of the fair as in the past.
Dave Compton, from Digital Signage, gave some quotes for having a digital sign at the fairgrounds.  This will be discussed further with the advertising committee.
Correspondences were read from Paul Harris, 2nd Vice President of the Ohio Fair Managers Association, Crista Wortkoetter, 2017 Ohio Fair’s Queen, and Quest Federal Credit Union.  
Jim Bidwell was nominated as the 2018 Fair Honoree.  The prices for box seats, gate admission and open class (everything other than livestock) will be the same as last year.  Box seats are $500, gate admission is $8 and open class entries are $.50.  
There will be a reserved bid for the mower at the consignment sale.  Items to be sold at the consignment sale were approved.  The board agreed to purchase a portable post driver.  Two sets of portable steps will be sold at the consignment sale.  Suggestions for Community Foundation grants were discussed.  Those were portable steps for the community building, folding plastic 8’ tables and foldable plastic picnic tables.  Kelly Buchenroth discussed the gas bill.
Craig Stump, chairman of the Camping Committee, there will be a camping committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 7pm. 
Brad Murphy, representing the entertainment committee, stated free entertainment for the 2018 Hardin County Fair will be a glass blower for every day of the fair, the Columbus Zoo for 2 days – like last year, the woodcarver – Thursday – Saturday of the fair and Dino-Roar.  The Dino-Roar exhibit will have 4 one hour shows every day of the fair and will have a roaming dinosaur walking the midway several times throughout the day.  The board moved to accept having a Hardin County Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday night of the fair.  There will 2 sessions of harness racing on Thursday of the fair, one at 11am and one at 6pm.  Rob Wilson stated an entertainer for Saturday night of the fair has been accepted and the name of the entertainer will be announced on May 6th.  The board moved to accept the prices of the tickets for the concert at $15, $20, and $25.  There will also be an opening act to start at 7pm.  It was announced the Sheep Lead show will now start at 5pm, to allow those individuals participating, to be able to attend the concert.  There will be a JR Fair Kid’s Fun Night on Wednesday night of the fair in the grandstand.  The board moved to accept a time change for the Hour of Inspiration - to start at 10am.  The auction of glass blower items and wood carver items will now start at 11:30am.  
Howard Lyle, chairperson of the swine committee announced a change for 2018 in the swine dept.  Only hogs weighing 220-285 pounds will be able to go through the JR Fair Livestock Sale on Saturday of the fair.  There will no longer be over and underweight categories.  Those hogs not making weight will only get market value for their hogs and those exhibitors will only be able to do showmanship.  Those hogs will also have their own market value.  The board moved to sell beef feeders at the Saturday livestock sale, so those exhibitors can receive a premium.  Cattle will also need to receive their shots and 840 tags by June 1st of this year.  A discussion regarding livestock judging grades, to be the same as their premium grade was tabled until the next board meeting.  More discussion is needed on this topic.  Discussion about non-livestock projects all receiving $2, for A, B, and C grades needs more discussion, too.  The board moved to change the showmanship age to Jan. 1st, the 4-H age.  This will help the beginner showmanship exhibitors to show in the level 8 year old categories.    
Janie Seiler, chairperson of the rides committee, stated Durant is keeping their prices the same this year.  They will continue to be all day $12 wristbands.
Nancy Rickenbacher, chairperson of the Jr. Fair board, stated Claire Wilson – Hardin County’s 2017 Fair Queen,  was in the top 15 out of 76 at the Ohio Fair Queen’s Contest in January.  Anyone wanting to run for the 2018 Hardin County Fair Queen, that doesn’t belong to a current Hardin County School, will now apply through the Hardin County OSU Extension Office.  Nancy stated anyone wanting to donate towards ribbons or trophies at the Hardin County Fair should contact the fair office.  There are opportunities available.  The 1st Jr. Fair Board Meeting for 2018, will be on Monday, Feb. 26th in the Community Building.  
Rob Wilson, chairperson for the advertising/sponsorship committee, stated billboards outside of the county will be utilized this year.  There will be a map of the fairgrounds added to the brochures.  Bumper stickers will be made by T & L Graphics.  There will be a new category for sponsorship this year, a $50 add on feature for advertising on the TV’s in the show arena.  The board accepted the 2018 advertising budget.    
Under old business:
The consignment sale is Saturday, March 10th at 9am, with items being dropped off Wednesday – Friday 9am-5pm, March 7-9th.  The constitution for the Hardin County Ag. Society was reviewed, so it could be sent to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  The 2016-2017 Audit is now complete.  
Under new business: 
Discussion was had about the selling of membership tickets.  A 5 year contract for renting golf carts for the fair was approved.  The contract for F & L Septic was forwarded to the ground’s committee for further discussion.  The district I & II meeting in Jenera, Ohio is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th at 10:30am and a final count of who is attending will be needed by the next board meeting.  The board accepted a donation of $150 from the Hardin County Dairy Service to set up a fair fund.  
The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm in the Arts & Crafts Building.  This will be the board’s first regular meeting on a Wednesday.


Sexual Assault of 2 Young Victims Under Investigation


A sexual offense against two young girls is being investigated by the Kenton Police Department.


According to the report, the police department was contacted by a member of Richland County Children's Services about an alleged sexual offense that occurred in the City of Kenton.


The two juvenile victims are aged 5 and 4.


They were on a visit at a grandparent's home in Kenton at the time of the alleged offense.


The suspect has not yet been charged as the incident remains under investigation.



Cross Receives Endorsement of Local Business


Republican State Representative candidate Jon Cross received an endorsement from local business owners.


According to a release, Sherri Haushalter Sopher and David Haushalter of Robinson Fin Machines appeared with Cross in a video to make the endorsement.


Robinson Fin Machines is a locally owned manufacturing company located within the 83rd district.


Cross issued a statement saying he is honored to receive the endorsement. He added that conversations with local community and civic leaders are more than endorsements, they are important partnerships to make the 83rd district safer, stronger and open for business.


Cross' next meet and greet event is scheduled for this Saturday from 9am to 10am at Iron Fit Gym in Kenton, and Monday the 12th, he'll be at the Logan County Republican Party Luncheon at the American Legion in Bellefontaine.



Several Blood Drives Scheduled in February


Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school, it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood donation appointments.


The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.


Three blood drives are scheduled in Hardin County this month.


On February 21 from 8am to 2pm, the bloodmobile will be at Hardin Northern School. Also on the 21st, from 2pm to 7pm at McVitty Memorial VFW in Forest. Finally on February 26 from noon until 6pm, the bloodmobile will be at the First Baptist Church in Kenton.



Hardin County SWCD Taking Tree Orders


Orders are being taken now for the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District's annual tree sale.


Species available are: River Birch, Chinkapin Oak, Red Oak, Arborvitae, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce and Eastern White Pine.


The order deadline is February 28.


If interested in ordering trees, contact the office at 419-673-0456, extension 3. You can also stop by the office at 12751 State Route 309, Kenton.



United Way Campaign at 79%


The United Way campaign is at 79% of the goal.


To date, $172,771 has been pledged.


By division: Agriculture - $7,337, Education - $9780, Events - $5985. Finance, Insurance and Real Estate- $22,921, Government - $4,447, Industry - $87,627, Out of County - $9,371, Professional - $9,032, Retail - $1,674 and Special Gifts - $14,596.


The Annual meeting will be held on March 15 at St. John's.  



Sheriff's Office Reminds Residents to Check Expiration Dates


We are a little over one month into the year 2018, and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office said this would be a good time to check expiration dates on important documents.


You should check the dates on your driver's license, passport and if you  have one your conceal carry permit as well as other important documents.


Some items expire on your birthday, while others depend on the date of issuance.


The public service announcement on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page encourages residents to take time and make sure the documents are still valid.



Hardin County Democrats Holding Presidents Day Luncheon


The Hardin County Democrats will host their annual Presidents Day Luncheon at noon on Saturday, February 17, 2018.


The luncheon will be held at the Kenton Moose Lodge.


Featured speakers for the luncheon include Ohio Supreme Court Candidates Judge Melody J. Stewart and Judge Michael P. Donnelly as well as J. Michael Galbraith, candidate for US House District 5.


Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 up through college age.


Anyone interested in luncheon reservations or carry-out should contact Michael Hubbell, Chair, at 419-673-6346 no later than Saturday, February 10.



Kenton Top Twenty Competed in Show Choir Competition


The Kenton High School Top Twenty competed in the Walsh Jesuit High School show choir competition in Cuyahoga Falls last Saturday.


Top Twenty placed 6th in their class with Lindsay Beverly receiving an award for best performer.


Todd Daquino, Top Twenty’s director says that “they had a better all-around performance than last week, and I call that a win! Especially being down a couple members!”


Top Twenty goes back in action on February 22th in St.Clairsville Ohio.



Church Holding 2nd Sportsman Banquet


Heritage Union Christian Church is holding their 2nd Annual Sportsman Banquet.


The event will be held Saturday February 17. Doors open at 10:30 am.


The Grand prize is three Canadian Fishing Trips.


All events are free and family friendly, and food will be served from 11am to 3pm.



Suspect Facing Charges in Shoplifting Incident


A Ridgeway man is facing charges following a shoplifting at Rite Aid in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, two bottles of rum valued at $54 were stolen from the business.


A suspect was named but has not yet been charged.



Soroptimist Announce Latest Club 250 Winner


Kenton-Hardin County Soroptimist International announced the Club 250 week 10 winner.


According to a releasem Cindy Hefner will receive $100.


Club 250 is a fundraiser to help provide scholarships to local area women and girls for further education and improvement of lifestyle.


Awarding of scholarships will be at Ohio Northern University on March 22 at the Celebration of Women banquet.



Hardin Northern FFA Hosts Blood Drive

The Hardin Northern FFA is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross on February 21, 8-2pm in the Ag building.


Interested donors can schedule an appointment by calling the Ag Office at 419-759-2331 ext 1604.


The Red Cross is in major need of blood at the current time, so please consider becoming a donor.



All Eyes on Wilson Football During Big Game


When the Super Bowl is played this Sunday, Ada, Ohio will play a big role.


Wilson Sporting Goods produces all the footballs used by the NFL.


Plant Manager Dan Riegle said you might think more attention goes into the footballs used in the big game compared to the regular season, but that's just not the case, “The same quality goes into every football we send to the NFL. The Super Bowl ball is no different. The only difference is that the Super Bowl logo and names of each team is imprinted on them.”


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



Kenton Woman Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


23 year old Salena L. Adams was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of attempted theft. She was ordered to pay $1445 in restitution to the victim.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



2nd Annual Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival Happens Saturday


The 2nd Annual Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival is scheduled for Saturday 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."



OSP Patrols Produce Increased Drug Arrests


Efforts by troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol have resulted in an increase in drug arrests.


According to a release from Findlay Post Commander Lt. Matt Crow, troopers are trained to look beyond the initial traffic stop for possible indicators of criminal activity.


In 2017, the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated a wide range of felony offenses and saw an increase in total drug arrests from 2016.


Troopers made 16,653 total drug arrests, representing a 25 percent increase compared to 2016.


Large drug seizures from 2017 included more than 29 pounds of meth, more than 35 pounds of heroin and 8,500 ecstasy pills.


Motorists are reminded that public involvement is critical to highway safety. Call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.



Fire Destroys House in Kenton


Fire destroyed a house Wednesday evening in Kenton.


According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 7:15pm to 118 South Leighton.


The home is owned by Mark Elsasser and occupied by the family of Adam Bowermaster. The family escaped the house with no injuries.


The house was listed as a total loss, with $37,000 in damage. The fire remains under investigation.


Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Mt. Victory, Belle Center and Ridgeway.


Firefighters were on the scene until around 9:50 Wednesday night.



Ada Man Injured in Crash


One person was injured in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the area of State Routes 235 and 309.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Phillip Battles, of Ada, lost control of his car while driving north on 235.
The car struck a guardrail of a bridge causing it to roll and land in a nearby creek.
Battles was extricated from the vehicle and transported by helicopter to an area hospital.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Ada Fire Department, Ada-Liberty EMS, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Minich Truck Repair.
The crash remains under investigation.


Counterfeit Money Used at Kenton Business


Counterfeit money was used at a Kenton business Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Officer, an employee of Jumpin' Jims took in a $20 bill from a customer.


A description of the suspect was given, and the incident is under investigation.



HN Hosting College Credit Plus Meeting


The Hardin Northern Guidance Office will be hosting a College Credit Plus meeting for all interested parents on Wednesday, February 7 in the multimedia lab at the school at 7 pm.  


The 16 courses offered for college credit at Hardin Northern will be discussed along with the availability of courses on college campuses.  


Students and parents interested in receiving college credit while still in high school are encouraged to attend.



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