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Kenton Man Indicted in Logan County on Sex Charges

A Kenton man has been indicted on several sex related charges in Logan County.


According to information on the Logan County Clerk of Courts website, 27 year old Jeremy L. Prater was indicted on three counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempt to commit gross sexual imposition.


Prater was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.



KCS Board Meets Monday

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education will conduct the March meeting this Monday evening.

The board will take care of several personnel items on the agenda, as well as an item to approve 5-C Roofing to re-roof the lower cafeteria areas at the Kenton Middle School in the amount of just over $60,000.

The meeting starts at 7 Monday evening in the Administration Building.



Five Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Peyton William George was sentenced to a total of 8 years and 9 months in prison on two counts of felonious assault and one count each of aggravated burglary and grand theft. One count in the indictment included a firearm specification.


.Kelly J. Joseph Jr. was sentenced to a 8 months in prison on one count of escape.


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


.Christopher L. Amweg on one count of possession of cocaine.


.Dennis R. McKinley Sr. on one count each of having a weapon under disability and possession of marijuana.


.Austin T. Eshelman on one count of domestic violence.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Cross Endorsed by Two Hancock County Leaders


Two Hancock County community leaders endorsed Jon Cross for State Representative of the 83rd District.


According to a release, former Hancock County Commissioner Edward Ingold and Hancock County Republican Central Committee Member Cheryl Blakely announced their support and endorsement of Cross on Thursday.


Both Ingold and Blakely serve as Hancock County campaign co-chairs for the Friends of Jon Cross Committee.


Cross said that he was grateful for the early support of two highly respected community leaders.



Theft Reported at Kenton Iron Products


A theft was reported at Kenton Iron Products on Thursday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to investigate a complaint that two males were stealing scrap metal.


One man, identified as 24 year old Shawn Clyborn, of Kenton, was issued a summons for criminal trespass and theft.



HCSO Releases Number from Latest IRS Scam


Another warning has been issued about an IRS scam taking place.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office issued an alert that people have been receiving calls from fake IRS agents claiming they owe money.


If you receive a call from 313-550-4019, you are advised to hang up.


The Sheriff's Office states these are not real IRS agents, but they are scammers.



Open House Scheduled at Fire House in Mt. Victory


The Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District is hosting and open house this Sunday March 18th.


The event will run from one until five Sunday afternoon at 212 South Wheeler Street in Mt. Victory.


The public is invited to meet and greet all the firefighters and the members of the EMS team.


You'll also be able to check out the trucks, tools and gear while taking a tour of the department.


There will be free popcorn and beverages available at the open house.



Cattle Producers Holding Annual Beef Banquet


The Hardin County Cattle Producers will hold their annual Beef Banquet on Saturday, March 24 in the Community Building at the fairgrounds, starting at 6:00 pm.


Pre-sale adult tickets are $15, and the cost at the door is $20. Youth ages 6-12 are $7.50 ($10 at the door), kids under 6 years old are free, and

2017 Hardin County Junior Fair Beef Barn Exhibitors are free with a reservation given to any Cattle Producers Director.


Reservations can also be made by calling the Extension office at 419-674-2297 ahead of the banquet and pay at the door.



St. John's Church Hosting Benefit Dinner


The St. John's Church Fellowship Hall will be transformed into an Italian Pizzeria as a benefit for a local boy battling cancer.


Blaze's Pizza and Spaghetti House will operate from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday March 24. The church is located at 211 East Carrol Street in Kenton.


Two types of homemade pizza or spaghetti, dessert and drinks will be served.


All of the proceeds will go to Blaze's family as he continues to fight cancer.



Local Church Presents Prom Dress Giveaway


The Kenton First United Methodist Church Youth Group is hosting a prom dress drive and giveaway.


They are accepting donations of long or short formal gowns in all sizes and colors that are in new or gently used condition and are clean and ready to wear.


In addition, donations of shoes and accessories are being accepted.


The gowns may be dropped off at the church, located at 234 North Main Street or at the Kenton High School.


All gowns will be available at the Prom Dress Giveaway scheduled for March 24 from 9 am until noon at the church.


Any girl attending a high school prom who needs a dress will be allowed to choose one dress for free. The girl must be present, and adults are not allowed to shop for them.


Seamstress will be on hand to discuss minor alterations.



County Unemployment Rates Edge Higher


Counties around the region saw a slight increase in the unemployment rate for January.


The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the numbers on Tuesday.


They show Hardin County's rate at 5 percent.


Around the region:


Hancock County was at 3.5 percent, Auglaize 4.8, Logan 4, Union 3.8, Marion 5 and Wyandot County was at 3.7 percent.


Ohio's unemployment rate was at 4.7 in January, down slightly from December.



Richwood Man Arrested on Warrant


A Richwood man was arrested on a warrant this past Monday.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies went to a residence on East Ottawa Street in Richwood, where they arrested 31 year old Dana M. Hughes for an outstanding warrant from Delaware County.


Hughes was transferred to the custody of a Delaware County deputy.



Soroptimist Announce Week 15 Club 250 Winner


Hardin County Soroptimist International announced that Derek Wise is the Club 250 winner for week 15.


He will receive $100.


Club 250 is a fundraiser to help award local women and girls with some financial stability to help make an independent peaceful life for themselves.  



Hi-Point Student Advances to National Conference


An Ohio Hi-Point Career Center student has advanced to the BPA National Leadership Conference.


According to a release, Matthew Smith, a Multimedia Marketing student from Riverside High School, advanced after competing at the Ohio Conference last week.


Smith placed first in Prepared Speech with his presentation, which focused on addressing distractions to increase productivity.  


Kiarra Coats, from Benjamin Logan, also made the podium, placing third in Presentation Management.


Madison Aldo, from Bellefontaine, and Korwin Kurtz, from Upper Scioto Valley, placed in the top 10 in Digital Media Production and Graphic Design and Promotion, respectively.


Smith will compete at the National BPA Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas in May.



Kenton Man to Participate in Columbus Presentation Wednesday


Representative Robert Cole Sprague will present Ohio Revised Code 5.259 to constituent and Hardin County resident Larry Gossard.


The presentation will be made on the steps of the Ohio State house in Columbus this Wednesday afternoon at 3.


The legislation designates May as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month,” providing recognition and awareness for the genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body.


Neurofibromatosis, or NF, affects 1 in 3,000 people, including Gossard’s son Bryce Wells-Gossard.


Nearly 4,000 people in Ohio are affected by NF; there is no cure at this time.


The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich back in late February.



Sound of Music Character Breakfast this Saturday


Hardin Northern will host The Sound of Music Character Breakfast this Saturday, March 17th from 9am-11am in the school cafeteria.


The cost is $5.00 and includes three hotcakes, three sausage links and a drink.


Sound of Music cast members will be in costume and may perform a scene or two from the show.


Bring your own camera for pictures.


For tickets see any cast member or call 419-759-2331 ext 1510.



Kenton Elementary PTO Hosts Paws for Books


The Kenton Elementary School PTO hosted a Paws for Books family night event on Sunday.


There were special guests, treats, a movie and lots of families got to enjoy some fun together.


The Kenton Police Department K-9 unit, Clifford the Dog, Marley the dog and Pablo the cat were all there.


Numerous volunteers helped to make the night a success.



Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council met last night in Council Chambers.


The Council was first able to hear from Roger Crowe on his downtown veteran banner project. The project aims to fill the Historic Downtown Courthouse District with banners displayed on the light poles of active and non-active members of out nation's armed forces. Applications for the banners are available at the Hardin County Commissioner's office or at the Hardin County Business and Chamber Alliance office. The price for the banners is $115 dollars. Sponsorships are being seeked for veterans who are unable to purchase a banner. For more information on the banners visit www.troop.banners.com.


The Council also heard comments from Congressional hopeful Todd Wolfrum. Wolfrum is competing for the District 5 United States Congressional Seat. In the primary, Wolfrum, will have to face off against incumbent Bob Latta who have served in the seat for 10 years. Voting for the Republican Primary will be Tuesday May, 8th. To learn more about Wolfrum’s campaign visit www.toddwolfrum.com.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be Monday March, 26th at 7 o’clock in Council Chambers.



Domestic Violence Reported Sunday


A domestic disturbance was investigated Sunday at 398 East Forest Road in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the scene just after seven Sunday evening.


At the residence, officers found a plastic bag containing a substance known to be marijuana.


26 year old Travis Treen was then issued a summons for possession of marijuana.



Two Vehicle Crash Kills One

A two vehicle crash occurred over the weekend in Hardin County according to the Hardin County Sheriff's office.


According to the report, the crash occurred at the intersection of State Route 292 and County Road 180 at around 11:55 on Saturday night. Brian Ansley of Rural Ridgeway was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s office. Ansley was the only passenger in his vehicle. A male juvenile who was the operator of the second vehicle was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The Hardin County Sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, Kenton Fire Department, BKP Ambulance District, Hardin County Coroner’s office, Logan County Sheriff's office and, Minic’s Towing.


The crash remains under investigation.



KFD: Change Clocks, Change Smoke Detector Batteries Too

Kenton Firefighter Gabe Sutton dropped by the morning show yesterday to remind us that when we spring our clocks ahead, we should spring some new batteries in our smoke detectors too.


“Change your clocks and change your batteries” Sutton said. “You should change them two times a year with both time changes. That ensures that your batteries are good to go in the case of a fire.”


Time change also can serve as a reminder to practice the home evacuation plan.


“We call it E.D.I.T.H., Exit Drills In The Home” explained Sutton. “We encourage - especially with the younger kids - to know two ways out of the home, but that goes for the adults too” he said. “Then, when you get out, stay out, and have a meeting place...whether it’s the big tree in the front yard or the mailbox. Once everyone is out and meets there, they stay there” he said.


Funding these fire safety programs is provided by events like the 3rd Annual golf outing for the Kenton Firefighters Local 2648. The event is set for July 21st. Some of the proceeds from that event go to fire safety programming in the community.



Eight People Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from the office of Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield:


.Rick K. Gault was sentenced to a total of 4 years and 9 months in prison on 2 counts of felonious assault and one count each of aggravated burglary and grand theft.


The following 7 individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Rickey M. Hamlin, on one count of sexual imposition. He must serve 30 days local incarceration and was classified as a Tier I Sex Offender.


.Johnny L. Bates, on one count each of having weapons under disability, attempted abduction, criminal damaging or endangering and possessing a defaced firearm.


.Monaca E. Mazey, on one count of burglary.


.Jill N. Edgington, on one count of possession of heroin.


.Joel J. Reissig Jr., on one count of domestic violence.


.Emily J. Gore, on one count of perjury.


.Amanda A. Gammon, on one count of complicity to misuse of a credit card.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Juvenile Arrested Following Short Pursuit


A 16 year old male was arrested following a short pursuit this week.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, deputies attempted to stop a car that was travelling north on Township Road 195 near Township Road 24 in Jackson Township.


The driver sped away and crashed his car a short time later. At that point, he fled on foot.


He was located and taken into custody around 2 hours later.


The boy was then transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Logan County.



Banners to Honor Members of Military

Banners will soon be hung around downtown Kenton in honor of members of the military.
Hardin County Commissioner Roger Crowe said it's part of the Hardin County Military Banner Program.
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


County Hires New Deputy Dog Warden


A new Deputy Dog Warden has been hired.


The Hardin County Commissioners accepted the recommendation of Dog Warden Jamie Burchiel and hired Kyle Camper. His pay is $12 per hour for 40 hours per week. He will have a 120 day probation period.


Burchiel also told the commissioners, there are nine dogs in the kennel. Seven of them are harder to adopt pit bulls. He said most of them will be going to Wyandot County.


Pawsitive Pals made a donation of $2500 for spaying and neutering the dogs in the kennel.



Ag Society Releases Minutes of March 7 Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for their first Wednesday night regular board meeting.  Nineteen directors were present  and 13 guests were present.
Craig Stump, President, called the meeting to order.
Kolt Buchenroth, stated there have been 50,000 Consignment Sale Posts off of the original post.  There have been a lot of new categories added to the fair book and some of them have been posted through social media.  
Ron Eastman spoke about his bid for running for County Commissioner.
Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated the check for 2018 appropriations to the Hardin County Ag. Society has been sent.
Denna Clem, Chairperson of the 4th of July Committee, stated sponsorship letters have been mailed and reminded everyone that the start of the day on the 4th, will start with the kick off of the parade.  The board moved to advance the 4th of July Committee $7500.    
Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Agent, stated livestock banquets continue and will be wrapping up soon.
Rick Smith, Superintendent from Hi Point, spoke about their issue on the ballot.  He stated this will be the first time in 40 years that they will be on the ballot.  
Nancy Rickenbacher, from the Jr. Fair Board, stated they continue to look for more sponsors for trophy’s and ribbons.  President for Jr. Fair Board this year is Nathan Matheson, Vice President is Chase Fleece and Secretary is McKenzie Jolliff 
Mike Stock asked the board about renting a building for him to store a semi and offer skid sales out of it.  The board agreed to let the ground’s committee decide on a price for him. 
A correspondence was read from the family of Tom Kritzler.  They would like a utility cart or something like it purchased with the money donated in his memory.  
Four proposals for septic prices during the week of the fair were discussed.  The board moved to accept the bid from F&L Septic.  The recommendations from the ground’s committee on issues dealing with the Machinery Building, fencing and portable steps were approved.  A couple issues for the County Engineer were discussed.  
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee moved to keep the truck/tractor pull gate prices and demo derby gates prices the same as last year.  $6 for general admission, $8 for reserved seats, and $10 for pit tickets.  The band and choir show tickets will also remain the same as last year.  They will be $4 for general admission and $5 for reserved seats.  
Jeff Morris, Chairperson for the goat committee stated they have changed the “Just Kidding around Goat Fun Day’ from Sunday afternoon to Thursday evening of the fair.  It was determined there will not be any changes to how livestock judging grades are done this year.  Non livestock judging grade premiums were changed to $2 for an A, $1 for a B, and no money for a C. 
Janie Seiler, chairperson of the rides committee, stated there were 180 contracts mailed today for concession and vendor spots.  Janie also discussed an opportunity to have a combine simulator at the Fair from the Hardin County Farm Bureau.  The board agreed this was a good idea.
It was noted sponsorship packets have been mailed and those are due back by March 14th, to be advertised in the fair book.  
There is still an opportunity for a group that has a 501-C-3 status, to work the fair gates on Friday of the fair.  The group would receive $1000 and around 35 volunteers would be needed to fulfill their obligations.  Any qualified group interested should call the Fair Secretary’s office at 419-675-2396.
Under old business:
The consignment sale is this Saturday, March 10th at 9am, with items being dropped off Wednesday – Friday 9am-5:30pm, March 7-9th.  Those interested in attending the Dist. I & II meeting in Jenera, Ohio were announced.  Judi Cronley noted that all non-livestock fair book changes are needed now.  The 2018 fair book is being finalized this month.  
Under new business: 
Brad Murphy discussed a new Horse Show Rental Agreement.  The new agreement was approved.  Brad also discussed the need for a racing timer and pole bending set for the horse arena and the board OK’d those to be purchased.  Judges for non-livestock and livestock are needed w/email addresses by April 4th to Judi Cronley.  The opening time of the fair was moved to 12 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 4th, to help accommodate those wanting to attend other events starting at 1pm.  Jr. Fair on line entry deadline will be the same as last year, July 31st at midnight.  Open Class entry deadline will be Friday, August 17th at 5pm in the office or on line at midnight.  It was noted campers, trailers, boats, etc. will come out of storage Saturday, April 14th.  Kelly Buchenroth stated the bucket truck from AEP has been repainted and rust spots have been fixed.  The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00pm in the Fair Office.  
Corey Ledley and Howard Lyle moved to go into an Executive Session to discuss some issues regarding the consignment sale.  Pete Fout and Judi Cronley were requested to stay at the meeting.  The meeting began at 8:49pm and ended at 8:59pm.  
The regular meeting reconvened at 9pm.  The board moved to accept the bids from the Executive Session. 
Charlie McCullough moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Mark Garmon.  Motion passed.


(UPDATE) Roll Over Crash on 68 South of Kenton


A West Liberty man escaped with minor injuries in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before 2:30 Thursday afternoon on US 68 just south of Kenton.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle driven by Edward Lehman ended up off the right side of 68 and rolled over, coming to rest on its side.


Lehman was entrapped in the vehicle and had to be freed.


He was treated at the scene for injuries, but was not transported to the hospital.



HCSO Keeps Flag at Half Staff


The flag at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office remains at half staff.

Sheriff Keith Everhart posted on Facebook that the flag was originally lowered to show respect for the two fallen police officers of the Westerville Police Department.

Since then, two other law enforcement officers have been murdered around the country, including an officer killed outside Kansas City, Missouri this week.

Sheriff Everhart said he has decided to keep the flag at half staff until the country can go a full 30 days without an officer being killed at the hands of another. That time started on Wednesday.


(UPDATE) Crash Backs Up Traffic on Detroit Street


A Hilliard man was cited for failing to pay full time attention following a crash Thursday morning in the 500 block of North Detroit Street.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 37 year old John J. Price was driving north on Detroit Street when he said he took his eyes off the roadway. The truck drifted off the right side of the road where it struck a parked car, pushing into into a another parked vehicle. One of the parked vehicles also struck a tree.

Heavy damage occurred to all vehicles.

There were no injuries.




Poultry Banquet Scheduled for March 17


The 2nd Annual Hardin County Poultry Banquet is scheduled for Saturday March 17.

The event will start at 6pm that evening at the Kenton Christian Missionary Alliance Church Family Center.

There is no charge for the meal. Each family member is asked to bring a side dish and dessert. The meat and table service is provided.

Updates and helpful information will be shared during the evening, and exciting surprises are planned for the whole family to enjoy.


Amy in the Morning Announces Her Retirement




Amy Chiles, who is a 1971 Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate and a graduate of the Career Academy of Broadcasting in Columbus, began her career at WKTN in 1971 after applying for a night shift.


After working a short time as an afternoon host, Amy became the morning show host and during the course of 43 years has earned the tile, “Amy In The Morning,” as many people in the region started their day with her.


Keith Gensheimer, former President and General Manager of WKTN issued this statement on Amy's retirement, "I was very fortunate to have someone so dedicated as part of my team for the almost 40 years that I operated WKTN. Susan and I wish her the best during the next chapter in her life."


Home Town Media Chief Board Officer Sherri Haushalter commented, "Amy, Congratulations on your retirement! I believe almost 50 years on air establishes you as an institution. Your legacy is going to leave some big shoes to fill, best Wishes in your new adventures."


Current Home Town Media General Manager Shannon Barnes had this to say, "Amy’s career is nothing short of spectacular. To be on air for almost 50 years is an amazing accomplishment, and to be on the same station for all of them is simply outstanding.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Amy this last year and WKTN is not going to be the same when the voice of Amy Chiles is no longer our wake-up call, but I wish Amy nothing but great happiness in her much-deserved retirement."


WKTN Station Manager Chad Spencer added, "I have been fortunate to not only grow up listening to, but to work with Amy Chiles. I applaud her success and tenure of over 46 years in the radio industry, with those being at WKTN. What an amazing accomplishment for anyone in this industry, as most only wish for 20 years. Thank You Amy for your dedication to the community and WKTN. While we will miss you being our morning voice, I wish you the best in retirement."


An open house is planned at WKTN studios on Thursday March 29th from 10am-2pm to celebrate and send best wishes to Amy Chiles. Cards and letters may be sent to WKTN 112 North Detroit St. Kenton, Ohio 43326.


Individuals or businesses wanting to wish Amy a happy retirement may contact Station Manager Chad Spencer by calling 419-675-2355 or bestwishes@wktn.com.



Former Riverdale Teacher Sentenced


A former Riverdale school teacher was sentenced Wednesday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


The Findlay Courier reported that 27 year old Brooke Rosendale was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of sexual battery.


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.


Rosendale pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery, and the other two counts were dismissed.


She was also classified as a Tier III sex offender.


Rosendale, a former 5th grade teacher intervention specialist and junior high girls volleyball and basketball coach, resigned from the position in March of 2017.



Red Cross: Check Smoke Detectors During Time Change Weekend


Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and the American Red Cross reminds everyone to test the batteries in their smoke alarms as they turn their clocks ahead an hour.


The batteries should also be changed at least once a year.


Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms.


Residents should also test smoke alarms, which is recommended once a month.


The Red Cross said it is also a good time to practice an escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.



Master Gardeners Present Go Native Seminar


The OSU Extension Hardin County Master Gardeners are planning a "Go Native" seminar.


Reservations are being accepted now. Those attending will hear from 4 speakers covering choices for perennials, trees and shrubs. They will also talk about why gardeners should choose native plants.


"Go Native" will be held March 22 at the Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative Community Room, 1210 W Lima Street in Kenton.


The cost is $40 which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, handouts and door prizes.


For Active OSU Master Gardener Volunteers the fee is $35. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the program starts at 9:00.

The registration deadline is March 15 and class size is limited. For more information call 937-935-3970.



HN Hosting Character Breakfast


Hardin Northern is hosting the Sound of Music Character Breakfast.


Those attending will be able to meet and take pictures with Maria, Captain von Trapp and the von Trapp children as well as other special guests, all while enjoying breakfast. Guests should bring their own camera.


The menu includes hotcakes, sausage and a drink for only $5.00. It will be served from 9-11am on Saturday March 17 in the Hardin Northern Cafeteria.


Tickets are available from any SOund of Music cast member or by leaving a message at 419-759-2331, extension 1510.



Longtime Kenton Business Man Dies


A well known Kenton insurance agent passed away Monday at the age of 71.


David C. Deever began his career in Ada with State Farm Insurance Company and moved to Kenton to establish a new agency where he served the area for 47 years before retiring in May of 2017.


He was also the Chairman of the Board for Home Savings and Loan Company from 2012 to 2017.


Deever enjoyed the game of golf and was a longtime member of the Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course in Kenton.


Funeral services for Dave Deever will be held starting at 10:30am Friday March 9 at Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home. Friends may call from 6-8pm Thursday at the funeral in Kenton.



Numerous Items Stolen From Kenton Residence


A Kenton resident reported a burglary to Kenton police on Monday.


According to the report, several items, including a rifle, shotgun and ammunition, were stolen from her residence in the 800 block of King Street.


A juvenile female was listed as a suspect, but no charges have been filed.


The the theft remains under investigation.



Woman Reports Theft of ATM Card


A theft of an ATM card was also reported Monday.


According to the report, a woman on Hillcrest Lane reported the theft.


That incident is under investigation.



Purse Bingo Scheduled at HN


The Hardin Northern School Purse Bingo is set for this Saturday March 10.


The event will start at 6pm in the Junior High gym.


All High School athletes are being reminded that their assistance is needed in order to make the event a success.


Proceeds from the purse bingo will go to the Hardin Northern Boosters.



Club 250 Winner Announced by Soroptimist


Hardin County Soroptimist International announced the  Club 250 winner for week 14.


Holly Ferrell will receive $100.


Club 250 helps award women and girls a chance to attain more education that can lead to an independence for a better life.


The Celebration of Women banquet will be held at ONU on March 22 at 6 p.m.


Tickets are $20. Contact Soroptimist members.



Man Found Competent to Stand Trial


A competency hearing was held this past week for a Kenton man who is facing multiple sex related charges.


According to the document filed in Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, 22 year old Jeromy A. Ramge was determined to be capable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him and of assisting in his defence.


Ramge was indicted last fall on 4 counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, 10 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and one count of sexual imposition.


Judge Scott Barrett set the three day jury trial to begin June 6.



May Designated NF Awareness Month in Ohio


House Bill 45, which cleared the Ohio legislature last week, was signed into law by Governor John Kasich this past Thursday.


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


Ohio becomes the first state in the country to make the designation. State Representative Robert Sprague will present local resident Larry Gossard with a copy of the law at an event in Columbus on Wednesday March 14 for his efforts in getting the legislation passed.  His son Bryce has neurofibromatosis.


Gossard noted that the designation was made in the year of the 40th Anniversary of the Children's Tumor Foundation, which spearheads efforts to find a cure for NF.



KPD Stresses Kenton Students Were Never in Danger


No threats were ever made to the Kenton High School.


Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser wants to make that clear to parents who are calling the police department and making comments on Facebook.


The Chief said they take any and all threats seriously, "Many of us have kids in Kenton City Schools. We are close with the staff and the children there, and we most certainly take any and all threats regarding our kids and our school faculty seriously, and we will investigate them thoroughly every single time, so I would just ask that people avoid the innuendo, the rumor spreading. It does nothing but worsen the situation for us."


He said the whole situation got out of control when two students made comments to each other, "It was simply two high school kids that had an argument, and one child made a remark about wanting to essentially assault the other child. There was never a mention of a weapon, never a phone call to the school making threats, nothing like that at all. It was just that it was simply taken out of context by the other kids and turned into what we had to deal with this morning."


Chief Musser added that they work very closely with the schools, and if there ever was a credible threat, there wouldn't be school on that day.



Kenton Top 20 Places 3rd in Weekend Competition


The Kenton Top Twenty competed at Teays Valley High School in Ashville, Ohio this past weekend.


The group placed third runner-up overall for the competition, first runner-up overall for vocal performance, and first runner-up overall for show concept and execution. They were only 3.5 points away from making Finals.


Kenton High School Junior Lindsay Beverly was named best performer.


Todd Daquino, Top Twenty’s director says “Best show of the season. I am especially proud of the group’s execution today, and their resilience.”


Top Twenty will compete again at Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio on March 17, 2018.



Events Planned This Month at HC Museum


The Hardin County Museum is holding two events in the upcoming months.


On May 6th, the Hardin County museum will be holding a “Cast Iron Toy Show” at 223 N. Main Street in Kenton. The show is the 5th annual Toy Show held by the Hardin County Museum and the Kenton Toy Collectors. The event is free admission and vendor space is still available.

The second event, being held on May 19th, is the Barn Sale and Craft Show. The two day event will be held at the Hardin County Heritage Farm located at 14380 County Road 140. Admission is donation toward the museum. If you have any question about either event, contact Sheena Striker at sheena@hardinmuseums.org


KPD: Threat Made Against KHS Poses No Threat

A threat was made to Kenton High School this evening.


On a recorded telephone message, Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush explained that a broad, non-specific threat was made against the school. After school officials were notified, officers from the Kenton Police Department were contacted and an investigation was conducted. 


The investigation concluded that no threat was apparent to school students or staff members. The school is set to start classes on time tomorrow, with a law-enforcement presence. Thrush also noted that the presence will be maintained by law-enforcement through the remainder of the school year.


Semi's Fuel Tank Ruptured After Collision with Deer


A semi driver escapes injury after a crash this morning on State Route 67 just west of Kenton.


The driver of the semi struck a deer causing the vehicle to go off the roadway. The fuel tank was ruptured causing the diesel fuel to spill. The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched to help in the cleanup.


The incident occurred around 5:30 this morning.



Commissioners Get Update From HCSO


The Hardin County Commissioners got an update from the Sheriff's Office in a meeting earlier this week.


Sheriff Keith Everhart and Chief Deputy Dennis Burns reported that text to 9-1-1 should be ready to go by the end of the year. They said there are some issues being worked on with autowave for EMS/Fire.


They also announced that between 11 to 15 people are enrolled in the Citizens Academy, which starts next week.


After four years, the Sheriff's Office is pulling a person out of the Kenton City Schools Truant Officer/School Resource position due to finances. The Kenton Police Department will be stepping into the Kenton City School position. It was noted the DARE program will continue to be offered.



Local Man Looking to Start Scholarship Fund


A Hardin County man is in the early stages of starting a scholarship fund for students going into the HVac trade.


Daryl Bodine wants to award the scholarships for students of Ridgemont in honor and memory of Radcliffe brothers, who were involved in the heating and cooling business.


The complete discussion on the topic can be heard on Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.



Alliance Hosts Job and Career Fair on Thursday


Juniors and seniors from all around the county attended a career fair at Kenton High School on Thursday.


Jesse Purcell from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance commented that over 30 businesses attended the function and that it was a huge success, claiming that many businesses had already taken in many applications and had already began contacting students.


According to Purcell this event was organised to help the problem of a shortage in the workforce in Hardin County by getting kids who are about to join the workforce to be better able to meet with employers.



3 Hardin County Blood Drives Scheduled in March


The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.


Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day for patients.


There are three blood drives scheduled for March in Hardin County.


The first is March 19 in Ada from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Visiting Nurses and Hospice. Also in Ada, a blood drive will be held March 29 from 10am to 4pm in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University.


You can also donate in Kenton on March 26 from noon until 6 at the First Baptist Church on County Road 175.



HN School Hosting Proper Nutrition Program


Hardin Northern School is hosting a public event on proper nutrition.


The event is for all community members, parents, students and student athletes.


Nutritionist Becca Kirian will provide families with nutritional information as well as affordable choices for a healthier lifestyle.


The event will also focus on athlete nutrition and sport specific preparation.


Everyone is encouraged to attend. The event is free to the public and starts at 7 pm on Thursday March 8 in the Hardin Northern school cafeteria.



OSP Focusing on Impaired Drivers


The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to focus on impaired drivers in its ongoing effort to contribute to a safer Ohio.


According to a release, OVI related crashes accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes in 2017, which was a decrease from the year before.


Of drivers considered at fault in OVI related crashes, 52 percent were between the ages of 21 to 39, and of them, 71 percent were male.


The public is encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers, drug activity or stranded motorists.



Therapy Dog on Duty at Riverdale


Riverdale School has a new therapy dog.


Spencer, who has been visiting the Village of Forest, will now be working with Counselor Tessa Swavel at the school.


Permission slips will be going home with students soon. The slips need to be signed and brought back to the office as soon as possible. Students won't be able to play with the dog until the slips are returned.


Spencer the Therapy Dog is a Goldendoodle who is a certified therapy dog through Pawsible Angels in Findlay.



Free Trees Offered to Kenton Residents


The Kenton Tree Commission is purchasing 110 seedlings through the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District.


The purchase of the red oak and riverside birch seedlings is part of Arbor Day celebration in April.


The trees are free for residents within the City of Kenton.


Through the program, the tree commission is able to replace some of the many trees that have been removed.


Kenton residents who would like one or more trees should contact the municipal building at 419-674-4850 by March 26.



ODOT Battling Potholes on District 1 Roads


Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation have been fluctuating between winter and spring work on District 1 roadways.


This is the time of year where they are not only ready for snow and ice, but also respond to potholes which can develop quickly in pavements due to freezing and thawing.


The challenge for highway crews is there is often no indication of when or where a pothole will appear. And once an area of pavement is compromised, it doesn’t take long for a pothole to develop and expand.


To date, the district has spent over 5,600 hours and has used 72 tons of material this winter in repairing areas of highway pavement throughout our eight-county region, which includes Hardin County.


Potholes are discovered by transportation managers during their normal monitoring of pavements, and are also reported by motorists.


They are repaired as quickly as possible once the department learns of them.



UW Partner Agency Holding Spring Sale


A partner agency of the United Way of Hardin County is having a spring sale.


The Children's Development Center of Lima will be selling baked goods, easter baskets and more.


The event is scheduled for Friday March 23 from 6:30am to 2:30pm in the west dining room at Lima Memorial Hospital.


A 50/50 raffle will also take place with the drawing scheduled 2 that afternoon.



Polar Preview Day Set at ONU


Wednesday March 28 is Polar Preview Day at Ohio Northern University in Ada.


Students at all stages of the college search and all academic majors are invited to attend the day from 9am to 2pm and get a true picture of what the campus has to offer.


Among the many other benefits, the visit will give the student a chance to meet with faculty members and learn more about scholarships and financial aid opportunities.


More on the Polar Preview Day can be found on the Ohio Northern University Facebook page.



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.


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