The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous session were approved as recorded and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.
Safety Service Director, Jim Hites, introduced two new city employees to the council. Cedric Brown and Jeremy (Jake) Purcell both expressed their enjoyment of their work with the city.
Later in the meeting, during comments, Hites also explained to council that the city had erroneously contacted the Columbus representative of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) during the most recent water main break, instead of the usual contact in Bowling Green. As a result, three representatives from the EPA met with Hites and Dale Albert in regards to a possibly improved contingency plan for future water main breaks. Hites told council that the only issue had been contacting the wrong representative, but that he would keep council apprised of any changes the EPA might require to the current plan.
A public hearing was held at 6:30 in council chambers to consider the application of LRC Westover-Forest, LP for a change in zoning classification for the Forest Court apartment complex. The hearing was to re-zone the complex from R-1 (one & two family residence district) to R-2 (multiple family residence district.) During new business of the regular council session, the ordinance requesting the re-zoning was moved to second reading. Council President Joel Althauser noted that there were no disputes or grievances brought against the proposed legislation during the public hearing.
During comments, council heard from City Auditor, Brian Hattery, in regards to the income tax collections he reported on at the last meeting. Current income tax collections are down for the year almost $181,000, and there is still no clear answer to the trend. Hattery told council that he had seen reports that other cities in the area were seeing similar results, but at this time his office was only able to observe and report.
The council also:
-Received communication from the Department of Commerce regarding liquor licenses. At this time, council had no objections to the renewal of any current liquor licenses within the city.
-Received communication from the Celebrate Freedom Fireworks Committee in regards to fundraising for the 4th of July celebration.
-Heard from the Downtown Revitalization Committee that stakeholder meetings would be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 9-10:00am, 12-1:30pm, and 2-3:30pm at Table One restaurant in downtown Kenton. The committee is requesting input from stakeholders and business owners about the revitalization project.
-Learned that the spring cleanup dates and times will be as follows:
1st Ward: April 17th from 8:30am-6:00pm
2nd Ward: April 18th from 8:30am-6:00pm
3rd Ward: April 19th from 8:30am-6:00pm
4th Ward: April 20th from 8:30am-6:00pm
For a list of what can be accepted, please contact the city building at 419-674-4850.
-Heard a request from Jeffrey Ross, 800 North Gilmore Street, for an easement from council to build a garage encroaching upon city right of way. The council voted to table the discussion until Mr. Ross could attend a council meeting to further explain his position.
-Heard from the Finance Committee that they would meet next on Monday, April 3 at 5:30pm in council chambers.
-Heard from Police Chief Dennis Musser that a police exam would be held on April 26. Any person interested in taking the exam to screen for potential employment with the Police Department needs to sign up for the exam.
-Heard from Jon Cross, Chamber & Business Alliance President and CEO, regarding his candidacy for State Representative.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the city building.
The trial for a Findlay man who is charged with involuntary manslaughter started Monday.
The Findlay Courier reported 28 year old Nathan Brown was charged in connection to the overdose death of a Liberty Township man. The Hancock County Prosecutor said the trial is expected to conclude today.
Brown faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted, according to the paper.
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Young Professionals Members will launch a new board-approved program and organization called Young Professionals Alliance.
According to a release, the group's mission is to create an environment for young leaders, ages 21-45, in Hardin County by providing a platform to build connections that will facilitate their success in business and life. The Young Professionals Alliance will hold their inaugural kickoff event this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Kenton Elks Lodge. A short program and roundtable discussion will take place for those attending to share their ideas and expectations.
If someone is interested in attending, contact Jesse Purcell at 419-673-4131.
An author and professor will present a program at Bluffton University on April 11.
According to a release, Dr. James Logan will present "The Art of Hip Hop, Religion and Culture in Civil Society" in Yoder Recital Hall. Logan is a professor of religion and professor and director of African and African American Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Virginia.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Kenton Wildcats shut down the Upper Sandusky Rams 11-0 in Boy's Baseball action Monday.
Kenton's Heath Houser put in a great defensive effort in a complete game shutout. He only allowed 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 while the team committed no errors.
Multiple Wildcats had hits and scored runs.
Also Monday, the Kenton girl's varsity team beat the Lady Rams baseball team by a final of 2-1.
Several crashes kept Kenton Police Officers busy over the weekend.
According to the reports:
One crash occurred just before 8 Saturday evening in the 400 block of East Columbus Street. 18 year old Courtney Vestal, of West Liberty, pulled from an alley onto Columbus, and her car was struck by an eastbound car being operated by 23 year old Sarah Legge, of Kenton. Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Vestal was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was cited for failure to yield.
Then early Sunday morning, a car attempted to turn from Detroit Street onto Walker Street but ended up off the road and struck a utility pole. The driver's side wheel snapped off as a result. When officers arrived, the car was unoccupied. A short time later, a female came to the scene and claimed the car was hers but it had been stolen. Witnesses however said the female, identified as 26 year old Eden Osborne, of Kenton, was the driver. She was cited for failure to stop after an accident.
Finally, around 11:30 Sunday night, a crash occurred in the 300 block of North Detroit Street. 21 year old Mehdi Hasan, of Dublin, Ohio, told officers he was driving south on Detroit and couldn't see due to a semi in front of him. When he looked up, he saw a parked car directly in from of him. Hasan swerved, but still struck the parked car, which is owned by Nathaniel Shaw. Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hasan was cited for failure to control.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices have dipped in Ohio since last week, sending the average back to where it stood a month ago.
The state average for regular gas was $2.13 per gallon in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 7 cents cheaper than a week ago and a little higher than at this time last year, when the average was $1.94.
The national average has remained relatively steady for a few weeks and was about $2.29 on Monday, matching the average a week earlier. It was lower at this time last year at $2.04.
AAA has said gas prices are expected to rise this spring as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.
It was another success story for the YMCA Radio Day Auction held this past Saturday on WKTN.
Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said if everything gets picked up, they will reach their goal of around $10,000. He said given the nice weather on Saturday, he is extremely pleased with the results.
Galvin said items can be picked up all week at the Y, and he added "the sooner the better." He also thanked the bidders, donors and volunteers who helped make the auction a success.
The money will be used to help purchase equipment and support programs at the Y.
The last stage of rebuilding Interstate 75 through northwestern Ohio is getting underway.
But it will still be two more years before the entire project is finished.
The work that began in 2014 will eventually widen I-75 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction between suburban Toledo and Findlay.
Work this year will start on more widening of lanes and the building of new off ramps.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says it's expected to take most of three construction seasons to finish the road work. It says all lanes and ramps are scheduled to open by the fall of 2019.
Scotts Miracle-Gro based in Marysville, Ohio will be the presenting sponsor of a $10 million prize that will be awarded to the team that finds the best way to remove an algae-feeding nutrient from water.
Phosphorus discharge feeds toxic algae.
The Everglades Foundation's George Barley Water Prize seeks ways to remove phosphorus from fresh water using technology. It must work in warm and cold environments and on large and small scales.
The winner will be named by 2020 and receive $10 million to commercialize the idea.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Scotts has also donated more than $1 million through its foundation to the Everglades Foundation.
Scotts has removed phosphorus from its lawn fertilizers.
The Ridgemont Board of Education met this past Thursday evening.
Among the items taken care of, the board adopted the district's strategic plan.
The plan focuses on student learning and engagement, fiscal responsibility, and safe and purposeful learning environments.
A regular monitoring schedule of the plan has been established and it will be evaluated and updated after May of 2018.
An Upper Sandusky man pleaded guilty this past week to two charges.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that 19 year old Zachary D. Young, of Upper Sandusky, pleaded guilty to multiple theft and burglary charges in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.
The charges are third degree felonies according to the paper.
The owner of an Upper Sandusky sports bar is facing gambling charges.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Everett Taylor, owner of T & T Sports Lounge was cited for gambling and operating a gambling house after a search warrant was served by investigators from the Department of Public Safety's Ohio Investigative Unit.
Investigators also removed illegal video gambling devices and an undisclosed amount of cash from the business late this past Thursday night, according to the paper.
Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Tina M. Hall was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of escape.
.John A. Glidden was also sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of escape.
.Breannea Wells was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of burglary. She must serve 30 days local incarceration and pay $1400 in restitution to the victim.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A Kenton woman was taken into custody Thursday on a warrant from Allen County.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Apryl Dible was arrested in the 300 block of Columbus Street after officers confirmed the warrant.
She was transported to the Allen County line and turned over to deputies from the Allen County Sheriff's Office.
A counterfeit bill was deposited at Community First Bank in Kenton Thursday.
The fake 20 dollar bill was used at Porterhouse West on Lima Street.
The incident is under investigation.
The Young Professional's Alliance is ready to present to new ideas for the future of Hardin County.
The group operates through the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Dustin McCullough said people in the range of 21 to 45 are welcome to present their ideas during a meeting March 30 at 5:30pm at the Kenton Elks Lodge, "We're going to have a roundtable discussion to kind of get a general consensus of everybody participating and what they see the Young Professionals representing and what they would like it to be, and what issues we would like to tackle and just what direction they would like to see our organization go."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The United States Department of Agriculture released crop yields for 2016.
According to a release from Hardin County Extension Educator Mark Badertscher, 94,000 acres of corn were planted and 90,000 acres were harvested in Hardin County with a total of 14 million bushels of corn produced. 118,500 acres of soybean were planted with 118,400 acres harvested.
There were 8200 acres of wheat planted and 8100 acres were harvested, producing a county average of 76.5 bushels per acre.
The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education met on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to discuss district updates, construction plans, and upcoming events.
Superintendent, Dr. Rick Smith, gave his district report to the board, including results from several career-technical student organization competitions. Chelsea Strunk and Matthew Smith are advancing to the 2017 National BPA Competition in Orlando, Florida for their performances at the Ohio BPA State Leadership Conference. All of the BPA students who competed at the state competition placed in the top six of their respective categories. Outdoor Career students Ben Brunswick, Creighton Bradley, Stephen Dunham, and Chris Fulmer competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition from March 14-20, 2017 held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where they were only one of two career-technical schools in the nation to compete against two and four-year colleges. Chris Fulmer placed 26th out of 672 students. The group performed well together amongst the collegiate competitors. Outdoor Careers Instructor Cole Carpenter, received the Stihl Faculty Spirit Award which awarded $1,000 to his program. There are 56 OHP students heading to Columbus to compete in the Ohio FCCLA State Leadership Conference from April 26-28 for their performances at the regional level.
Construction Program Evaluation Committee members were assigned to independently assess school construction needs and oversee the formal evaluation of services and assignment of the
contractor in accordance with the law. Board President, Anne Reames, discussed succession planning for the Hi-Point treasurer's office and Board Member, Paul McMahill, presented the legislative report.
In other topics at the meeting:
.The outstanding senior students of the month for March were Abbygail Dolan (Allied Health and Nursing student from Indian Lake High School) and Josiah Butanis (Culinary Arts student from Graham High School). The main campus staff member of the month for March is Automotive and Diesel Instructor, Bob Alig.
.The Board of Education hereby gives public notice in accordance with Section 3309.345 of the Ohio Revised Code that Lavena K. Hubble, who is currently employed by the Board of Education as Assistant Treasurer, will be retired and seeking re-employment with the District in the same position following her service retirement. The Board of Education will hold a public meeting on the issue of re-employing the above-named person at a meeting to be held on April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Room 102A in the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center main building located at 2280 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
.More than 80 students from Ohio Hi-Point attended the Logan County Workforce Expo hosted at Indian Lake High School. Students had the opportunity to talk to employers, participate in mock interviews, and even interview for real jobs within the community. This event is part of the Logan County Collaborative efforts to build a better pathway for future employees and help the future of local students.
.Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education President, Anne Reames, received the Warren Stevens award at the 2017 OSBA Southwest Region Spring Conference. OSBA created the Warren Stevens Award "to honor an outstanding board member from a neighboring district." Warren was OSBA's Southwest Region President-Elect last fall. Warren was OHP's board member from Urbana City Schools and passed away in a car accident while traveling to a board meeting in September 2016. Mr. Stevens was on OHP's Board of Education for 12 years, served as legislative liaison and spent an uncountable number of hours serving education. Warren Stevens' wife, Audrey and daughter, Shanee Marshal, were in attendance to present the award to Reames who is the first recipient of the Warren Stevens Award, nominated by Bill Ramsey. Paul McMahill received a ten-year service award at the conference.
.Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education will recognize and honor this year's students and staff members of the month on April 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
.The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center on April 1, 2017 from 7 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria. There will be all you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, milk, and contests with prizes. Guests include the Easter Bunny, The Bellefontaine Dazzlers, The Benjamin Logan Jazz Band, and The Elements of Harmony.
The next Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education meeting will be held April 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.
On March 21st, two members of Kenton High School’s Young Republicans (YR) Club attended a breakfast fundraiser for the Ohio Republican Party featuring special guest, Karl Rove, former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, at the Findlay Country Club. The KHS YR Club provides students with an opportunity to network and socialize with each other as well as with local and national Republican leaders, and hearing Karl Rove speak was one of those opportunities. KHS Sophomore and Chairman of the YR Club, Chase Fleece stated, “It was a great experience to meet such an influential member of our party.” Club Treasurer and KHS Junior, Alex Haushalter added, “I really appreciated the opportunity to attend the event and gain a better perspective on politics in Washington, D.C. from Karl Rove’s presentation.” Both Fleece and Haushalter met Karl Rove, who also gave them both a personalized and autographed copy his latest book “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.”
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office received two hit/skip crash reports Wednesday evening.
According to information from the Sheriff's Office, the first occurred at Boy Scout Lake where a caller stated a car struck the ditch and tree.
The the occupants then fled on foot. A description was given to deputies.
Later that evening, a caller in the 15,000 block of Township Road 74 Forest informed the office that a loud crash was heard and the resident walked out and saw a black truck had crashed into the culvert. The driver then fled on foot.
The truck was heavily damaged. A can of beer was found sitting by the truck and two cans were found in the road near the crash site.
Both crashes remain under investigation.
The American Red Cross has issued a call for type O negative and AB donations after severe weather in some parts of the country forced the cancellation of thousands of donations this month.
Eligible donors are encouraged to give to help meet the constant need of patients.
The next blood drive in Kenton will be at the First Baptist Church on County Road 175 from noon until 6pm on March 27th.
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Board of Directors released a letter supporting the President and CEO as he seeks the State Representative seat.
Board Chairman Brian Sprang said the board has discussed the effects of campaigning and are confidant that Jon Cross will continue to perform all of his duties and responsibilities while also working on his campaign. They also said in due time, they will have discussions regarding appropriate staffing plans, actions and succession steps should that become necessary.
The board wished Cross the best as he seeks the 83rd State Representative seat representing Hardin, Hancock and part of Logan Counties.
The Ohio State Senate passed legislation Wednesday which invests in training for local police chiefs.
The legislation was sponsored by Senator Cliff Hite, who said he was approached by Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger with the idea to establish the training. If signed into law, newly appointed police chiefs would be required to attend a 40 hour training program which would include diversity training with an emphasis on historical perspectives and community police relations.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
On this National Puppy Day, the Better Business Bureau continues to receive reports involving prospective pet owners losing money over online puppy scams.
According to a release, puppy scammers build websites using stolen pictures and content from reputable breeders and promise to send a puppy to you after you wire them the money, but afterwards they will add on additional fees or disappear completely.
The BBB urges consumers not to pay any money or give personal information to websites like these because the puppies do not exist. They said you should always visit the breeder, search for website warning signs, pick your puppy up at the kennel, check references, pay with check or credit card and consider adopting at local shelters.
A case of low grade avian influenza that was detected in a commercial poultry flock in Kentucky is being investigated.
Brownfield Ag News reported that the virus was confirmed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The affected premises are under quarantine and the flock of 22,000 hens has been de-populated as a precaution.
In 2015, a widespread breakout of Avian Flu forced officials to cancel poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and fairs across the state, including the Hardin County Fair.
The Hardin County Commissioners approved money to hire a Forensic's Lab expert.
Commissioner Brice Beaman said the sum of $23,000 was approved at the request of Prosecutor Brad Bailey. Beaman said that an expert in the field of forensics will be able to work with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Prosecutor's Office to assist in investigations. Beaman, who called it a prudent and wise investment, praised Bailey for finding money in his budget which allowed the commissioners to fund the additional request.
The commissioners also approved a request from Judge Scott Barrett for $15,000 to purchase ankle monitoring bracelets.
Beaman said this is a continuation of a program from last year when $7000 was approved. He said this will help with jail overcrowding.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Tuesday morning on County Road 200 at U.S. 68 in Taylor Creek Township.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle operated by John Holycross ran a stop sign on 200 and was struck by a car being operated by Mark Shepherd.
Both vehicles had to be towed, and Holycross was cited for failure to yield.
Two shooting victims this past Monday in Findlay have been identified.
WFIN in Findlay reported they are 19 year old Ashley Sayarath, who was found dead with 2 gunshot wounds inside her residence on Palm Drive. Investigators also found the body of her 30 year old cousin, David Sayarath, of Bluffton, who was dead from a single gunshot wound.
The investigation determined that David shot Ashley and then turned the gun on himself, according to the radio station. A motive has not been determined and the investigation continues.
The American Farm Bureau is developing a new type of commercial dairy insurance that would offer revenue protections from declining prices.
Dr. John Newton, the Director of Market Intelligence for the organization, told Brownfield Ad News that the plan makes sense given the current environment, "Dairy producers saw their milk prices decline by nearly 50 percent in 2015 and there wasn't really a government sponsored safety-net that provided exclusive coverage on the value of the milk that they produced."
Newton says the Farm Bureau program would supplement current options available to all farmers and give them choices to manage risk.
More state fuel tax money would be diverted for local road and bridge projects, and county officials would need voter approval before adding a new vehicle registration fee under transportation budget changes Monday in the State Senate.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that a senate committee altered or scrapped several of the house passed changes to the two year 7.8 billion dollar measure. County engineers and local officials have testified about the major backlog of road and bridge maintenance needs across the state.
The Senate Transportation Committee is expected to vote on the proposal today.
The mayor and Law Director of the Village of Carey in Wyandot County are both resigning effective April 1.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Mayor Armand Getz and Law Director Emily Beckley announced their intent to step down at this week's council meeting. The announcements came after a 35 minute discussion about prayer that opened the regular meeting.
The paper reported that council chambers were packed as members heard from community members regarding a recent recommendation to cease praying before meetings.
A proposed state takeover of local business tax collections has drawn criticism from Upper Sandusky officials.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Upper Sandusky mayor Scott Washburn said during the city's council meeting this week that it's another instance where the state needs to stay out of it. He added, according to the paper, that it wasn't long ago that the state was not interested in doing tax collections and yet "here we are."
The Riverdale girls basketball coach is stepping away from the game for now.
The Findlay Courier reported that Maryann Holderman is taking a break to play the role of mom. Her daughter Sydney, a Riverdale senior, will play college basketball in Michigan and Holderman knows if she is still coaching, she wouldn't be able to see her play as often as she would like.
Holderman said it's not forever and she plans to return someday, according to the paper.
She has spent 12 years as Riverdale coach and compiled a record of 204 and 82.
Bond was set for a Rushsylvania woman who is charged with killing her husband.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that bond for 62 year old Rose Kennedy was set at $150,000 during her arraignment late last week.
Logan County Prosecutor Dan Huston requested a $250,000 bond but Judge William T. Goslee decided that amount was too high, according to the paper.
Kennedy has been charged with murder and second degree assault.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Attorneys in the case of a Bellefontaine woman accused of suffocating her three young sons out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them have been given a deadline for filing any additional motions.
A judge set a May 15 deadline Monday in the case of Brittany Pilkington. Attorneys for the 25-year-old Bellefontaine woman said they need more time to prepare for trial. No trial date has been set.
Pilkington has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges. Authorities allege she killed her toddler son and two infants over a 13-month period in 2014 and 2015 and confessed to all three murders in a recorded police interview.
Pilkington's attorneys have tried unsuccessfully to get that video thrown out.
A Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Monday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers spotted 26 year old John Shiver walking in an alley in the 200 block of North Detroit Street. Knowing there was an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Shiver was taken into custody.
During a search, officers allegedly found that Shiver was in possession of marijuana.
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross officially announced that he is running for State Representative.
Cross first made the announcement in a video posted on social media Monday morning. He talks about why he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Ohio State Representative seat of the 83rd district, which includes Hardin, Hancock and part of Logan Counties, "I'm running to serve the people and community in Hancock, Hardin and Logan Counties by supporting a pro business environment and strengthening our community, education and business partnerships to champion new growth and job creation for our hometown communities."
Cross held a campaign kick-off party Monday evening at Table One in downtown Kenton.
The Kenton Hardin Health Department is now offering the "Cribs for Kids" program.
This program provides education and cribs to families who do not have a crib or a safe environment for infants. There is no cost to the family for the program, which is funded through the Ohio Department of Health Maternal Child Grant.
Contact the Kenton Hardin Health Department for more information.
The Ohio State of Marion's Pay It Forward program received money from the United Way of Marion County.
According to a release, the United Way has increased its monetary commitment to $5000 annually up from $2000 due to the success of the program.
Through the Pay It Forward program, OSU Marion English course students seek grant proposals from non-profit organizations in Marion County, asses these proposals, and the students grant funds for projects or needs that have been identified by local organizations.
The Kenton School Board meeting Monday included the authorizing of the purchase of real estate to be the new bus garage for the school system. The property is located at 600 W. Kholer Street and includes the 60,000 square foot steel building located along the East side of the property.
The board discussed that there is cost saving of upwards of a quarter to a half million dollars to go with a purchase of an existing facility instead of building brand new. This is the first step in the process to purchase the property for approximately $700,000 dollars. The Hardin Central property which currently houses the bus garage has already been sold a new location is needed to house the buses and to help with storage issues for the school system. The board hopes to have the offices designed and built along with the installation of the needed garage doors ready to go by January of 2018. Follow this link to see the authorization.
Also at the Kenton City School Board meeting, Kenton Middle School Career Technology Teacher Mr. Jared Manns was joined by several students and they showcased the automation and robotics program for 8th graders and presented their projects for the school board.
JROTC student Brandon Feltner talked about the creation of an obstacle course to be used by Kenton Students. Feltner gave several possible locations for the course and showcased several type of obstacles that would be created. The project will be discussed further before finalization.
In committee reports Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski announced the establishment of an Alumni Hall of Fame Committee. Also new bleachers will be installed at the Baseball and Soccer fields, the high school parking lot will be tar and chipped, along with new carpeting installed in the Middle school auditorium.
The board announced the hours for schooling in the 2017-18 school year would remain the same as this school year.
Total number of hours for each building is:
KES (K-6) - 1,062 hours, KMS (7-8) - 1,150.5 hours, KHS (9-12) - 1,150.5 hours
Length of school day is 6.5 hours for KMS and KHS.
KHS student day is 8:10am-3:00 pm.
KMS student day is 8:00am-2:57pm.
Length of school day is 6.25 hours for KES.
KES student day is 8:00am-2:45pm.
Beginning and end dates of instruction: August 17, 2017 - May 24, 2018
Kenton City Schools instructional hours for the 2017-2018 school year will be:
KES Kindergarten - 1,080.25, grades 1st-6th - 1,106.25
KMS and KHS - 1,150.5.
Personnel Items approved by School Board:
- medical leave of absence for Karin Seiler, Alicia Risner, and Melissa Roby.
- maternity leave for Ashley Anderson
- written retirement resignation of Laura Widder, Barb Moore, and Ivy Kithcart
- written resignation of Merrill Kaufman
- Approved the following volunteers contingent upon required paperwork (BCI/FBI),etc.: Alena Helton, Vincente Mendez, Mary Kay Schriber, Stephanie Sherman, Morgan Sneary, Shaunna Turner, Natasha Wright, and Chris Becker.
- Approved the following Club ROAR mentors/tutors, at the rate approved in the 21st Century Grant, contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc.: McKenzie Butterman, Alexandra Manley, and Shawn Smith.
- Approved the following substitutes contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. for the 2016-2017 school year: Brian Bays - Substitute bus driver, Jacob Eikenbary - Substitute educational assistant, Sharron Wells - Substitute educational assistant, Brittney Arnold - Substitute educational assistant/secretary, Brenda Jennings - Substitute teacher (satellite classes), Shannon Donnelly - Substitute teacher.
- Approved a motion to create the following positions: 2 - KES Educational Assistants for 5.75 hrs. per day.
The board also Approved:
- Quality Masonry Company, Inc. for work on brickwork at Kenton Middle School at a cost of $40,400.00.
- 5C Roofing Professionals, Inc. to replace C building roof at Kenton High School at a cost of $39,000.00.
- American Tracks Corporation for work on running track at a cost of $46,000.00.
Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education policies and bylaws:
Policy 5111.03 - Children and Youth in Foster Care
Policy 8300 - Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
Policy 8305 - Information Security
Policy 8340 - Letters of Reference
Policy 2430 - District Sponsored Clubs and Activities
Policy 2430.02 - Participation of Community/STEM School Students in Extracurricular Activities
Policy 2431 - Interscholastic Athletics
Policy 2461 - Recording of District Meetings Involving Students and/or Parents
Policy 2623 - Student Assessment and Academic Intervention Services
Policy 3120.08 - Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Activities
Policy 5111 - Eligibility of Resident/Non-Resident Students
Policy 5111.01 - Homeless Students
Policy 5200 - Attendance
Policy 5460 - Graduation Requirements
Policy 5610 - Removal, Suspension, Expulsion and Permanent Exclusion of Students
Policy 5630.01 - Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports and Limited Use of Restraint and Seclusion
Policy 6320 - Purchases
Policy 6325 - Procurement Federal Grants/Funds
Policy 6423 - Use of Credit Cards
Policy 6700 - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Policy 8210 - School Calendar
Policy 8310 - Public Records
Policy 8320 - Personnel Files
Policy 8330 - Student Records
Policy 8452 - Automatic External Defibrillators (AED)
Policy 8500 - Food Services
Policy 8510 - Wellness
Policy 9270 - Equivalent Education Outside the Schools and Participation in Extracurricular for Students Not Enrolled in the District
AG5111.03 - Children and Youth in Foster Care
AG8300 - Continuity of Organizational Operations Plan
AG8305 - Collection Classification Retention Access and Security of District Data/Information
AG8305A - Information Security Responsibilities
AG8305B - Information Security Incident Management
AG8305C - Notification Information Security Incident
AG8500D - Procedure for the Collection and Payment for Charged Meals
AG8500E - Food Service Employee Health Reporting Procedure
AG2623B - Security Provisions for Statewide Assessments
AG3120B - Appointment of Personnel to Compensated Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities
AG5111 - Admission to the District
AG5111.01 - Homeless Students (Role of the Local Liaison)
AG5610 - Suspension and Expulsion
AG6423 - Use of Credit Cards
AG8310B - Redaction of Non-Public Information/Records
AG8320 - Personnel Records
AG8330 - Student Records
AG8452 - Use and Maintenance of Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
-AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF REAL ESTATE-
(Ohio Revised Code §3313.17 and §3313.37)
WHEREAS, Bart C. Bailey and Jolene L. Bailey, a married couple (collectively, “Seller”) own certain real property located at 600 W. Kohler Street, in the City of Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio;
WHEREAS, in connection with the relocation of the school district’s bus garage facility and related administrative offices, the Board wishes to purchase a portion of Seller’s 600 W. Kohler Street property (the “Property”) and Seller desires to sell the Property to the Board on other terms and conditions set forth in a certain Letter of Intent dated February 23, 2017, attached hereto and reviewed by the Board (the “LOI”).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Kenton City School District as follows:
1. It is found and determined by the Board that the Property is needed for school
2. The Board hereby approves, ratifies, and affirms the execution of the LOI on behalf of the Board by the Board President.
3. The Board hereby authorizes and approves the purchase of the Property for a purchase price of $700,000 (subject to prorations, credits, closing costs and other adjustments) and authorizes the Board President, Superintendent, and Treasurer to negotiate the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”) consistent with the terms set forth in the LOI, and to execute such PSA and any and all other documents required to be executed or reasonably necessary in connection with the Board’s performance under PSA and the closing of the transaction contemplated thereunder.
4. Any prior actions taken consistent with this resolution are hereby ratified, affirmed, and approved.
This update is from the National Weather Service on 03/21/17, Fog has begun to develop early this morning, and some patches of dense fog will be possible.
Motorists should use extra caution. Slow down, use low-beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you as objects on and near roadways will be seen only at close range due to low visibility.
Hardin County Chamber and Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross announced today that he is a candidate in the Republican Primary in 2018 for the State Representative of the 83rd District.
A video announcement was made this morning and a campaign kick-off party is scheduled for 6:30 this evening at Table One in Kenton.
Current State Representative Robert Sprague announced earlier this month that he is running for State Treasurer in 2018.
A traffic accident Sunday evening led to charges against one driver and two people in the car not at fault were taken into custody on warrants.
According to the report at the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to the crash at the intersection of Wayne and Decatur Streets around 6:30 Sunday evening. While at the scene, an officer ran the names of two people in the vehicle not at fault. It was discovered that 53 year old Kimberly Action was wanted on a warrant through Hardin County Municipal Court, and a passenger, 22 year old Christopher Workman had an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. Both were taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.
The driver of the car at fault, Jennifer Snyder, of Mt. Victory, was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
A Columbus man is facing drug related charges following a routine traffic stop in Upper Sandusky Sunday evening.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers stopped a car because of a window tint violation. During the stop, officers suspected illegal contraband may be in the vehicle and a subsequent search turned up marijuana.
The driver, identified as Dquan Smith, was then charged with possession of marijuana and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing slightly higher fuel prices at the official start of spring.
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $2.20 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.14 a week ago and about $1.93 at this time last year.
The national average was $2.29 on Monday, remaining about where it has been for the past few weeks. A year ago it was $1.98.
AAA has said gas prices fell in early March due to decreasing crude oil prices and a strong supply, but they're expected to rise this spring as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, around 7:30pm Saturday, officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into the Verizon Radio Hospital building located on Main Street in Downtown Kenton.
No other information is available at this time.
Bowling Green State University is closing the school's golf course.
The university says declining revenues, the cost to upgrade the course and the number of other courses nearby played a role in the decision.
It says it can't ask students to continue to subsidize the golf course.
The course will close after this year's season. It first opened in 1965 and sits near the university's football stadium and along Interstate 75.
The university says it hired a consultant to review the course and decided that even with significant upgrades it would be tough to break even.
Among the shortcomings are an out-of-date clubhouse and a lack of a banquet facility and food services.
A Kenton man is facing additional charges of stealing from vehicles.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a report of a male gaining entry to cars and stealing items. The suspect, identified as 19 year old Jayden Kramer, was located and allegedly admitted to breaking into vehicles and stealing change.
Kramer was also implicated in several car thefts, stealing from vehicles and numerous other theft offenses late last month.
A report of an assault at Life Works in Kenton was received late Friday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers ended up charging a 16 year old Dunkirk boy with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of cigarettes or other tobacco products as a juvenile.
An Ohio State trooper was recognized this past week for saving a woman's life.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Trooper Robert Gatchel earned the patrol's certificate of recognition.
While on patrol late last year, Gatchel pulled over a woman for speeding and noticed she was in distress and having difficulty breathing. She then made the universal sign for choking, and Gathel removed her from her vehicle and performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged a piece of food from her airway thus saving her life.
A LaRue man was killed in a two vehicle crash Thursday evening at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Highway 81 in Wyandot County.
According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 78 year old Allen E. Barry drove his car from 81 onto 30 and was struck by an eastbound pickup being operated by 62 year old David Sharrack, of Crestline. Barry was pronounced dead while being flown from the scene by LifeFlight Helicopter. He was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the release.
Sharrock was not injured.
An Economic and Community Development Committee Breakfast meeting was held this morning.
The breakfast was hosted by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and among the topics was the Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan aims to improve the infrastructure to include stopping water line breaks and outages which can add up to savings for the community. The overall goal is to make people want to visit as well as live here. The planning stage is expected to take 6-8 months with another year for the design stage. The estimated completion of the Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan is between 3 to 5 years.
More on the plan will be unveiled during an Open House from 6-8pm on Wednesday March 29 at Veteran's Hall in the Hardin County Courthouse.
Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Tonya L. Farley was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison on one count each of trafficking in heroin and aggravated trafficking in drugs.
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Michael A. Castle on one count each of possession of cocaine and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
.Brijonai N. Jones on one count of illegal processing of drug documents.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A 19 year old Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Thursday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Bradey Crisp was arrested at a residence in the 700 block of Lick Street on a warrant from Madison County. He was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Two separate shoplifting incidents were reported to police from Walmart Thursday.
In one, someone stole ammunition, and a short time later, miscellaneous were stolen from the store.
Both are under investigation.
An agency in Hardin County helps parents and soon to be parents.
Julie Zaring, Executive Director of Heartbeat of Hardin County, said that is one of their primary focuses, "Heartbeat is set up to do free pregnancy tests, help people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy or even a pregnancy they were planning but not expecting but need help with medical expenses. We also do the verification form for Job and Family Services and for WIC."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Ohio Farm Bureau leaders met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. this week.
Among the issues discussed was the drug epidemic that has hit rural communities hard.
Ross County Farm Bureau President Greg Garman told Brownfield Ag News he would like see legislation passed to help with the problem, "And not just in the area of incarceration, because the prisons are full of people sentenced on drug charges and not receiving help, so we would like to see the problem addressed."
A new superintendent for Riverdale School has been hired.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that the Riverdale Board of Education approved a contract for Assistant Principal Jeff Young to take over as superintendent effective August 1. His salary was set at $92,500 per year, according to the paper.
Young will take over for Eric Hoffman, who is retiring in less than five months.
The Village of Mt. Blanchard is getting a large grant.
WFIN in Findlay reported that the village will receive around $170,000 from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
Mt. Blanchard is the recipient of the organization's second Heart and Soul grant. The money will be used for a two year community engagement project, according to the radio station.
COLUMBUS - State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of legislation that continues Ohio's efforts to protect our natural resources and ensure safe, clean drinking water for all Ohioans.
"This science-based, holistic legislation takes further steps to help protect one of our most precious natural resources," said Senator Hite. "I appreciate the input received from the agriculture and environmental communities as well as local governments in helping to develop this important piece of legislation."
Senate Bill 2 enhances the role of the Lake Erie Commission by meeting Ohio's commitments to reducing phosphorus run-off by 40 percent, as outlined in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This legislation better equips the Commission as it works to implement the Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Strategy.
Other provisions of Senate Bill 2 include:
.Assures thorough management of privately owned water systems.
.Requires ongoing asset management improvements by public water systems to address recurrent problems.
.Harmonizes federal and state law, allowing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director to issue permits for entities discharging into privately owned treatment facilities.
.Encourages beneficial use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels such as Port Cleveland and Port Toledo.
.Strengthens the Ohio EPA's ability to evaluate and enforce the clean up of landfill facilities and properties. The bill also updates state requirements pertaining to construction and demolition debris to ensure safe processing, storage and disposal of materials.
.Provides the Ohio EPA Director authority to waive, transfer and revoke or modify a 401 Water Quality Certification. Ohio law currently only allows the Director to approve or deny a certification.
Senate Bill 2 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
City of Kenton residents will soon know the dates for the 2017 Spring Clean-Up.
Safety Service Director Jim Hites said during the City Council meeting this week that the dates will be announced by the end of next week.
Spring Clean Up in Kenton is typically held in mid April.
A minor crash occurred in downtown Kenton late Wednesday morning.
According to information on the day log at the police department, a semi operated by Buddy Robinson, of Wellston, Ohio was attempting to turn south from Franklin onto Main Street, when his semi sideswiped a pickup truck that was in the lane waiting to turn left.
Moderate damage occurred to the pickup, and Robinson was cited for failing to stay in marked lanes.
A Findlay man was arrested this week after allegedly pulling a knife on a police officer.
WFIN in Findlay reported that 34 year old Vincent Fedele was taken into custody in Tiffin on a warrant through Hancock County Common Pleas Court after he failed to report to the Adult Probation Department.
He was charged in October with possession of heroin and tampering with evidence. No officer was hurt according to the radio station.
A man from Celina escaped injured after crash landing his plane Wednesday at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the 67 year pilot lost control of the plane after landing and it travelled into a field along the runway. The front end and nose gear of the plane was damaged.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene to aid the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol in the investigation, according to the paper.
The City of Marysville is moving toward a plan to widen State Route 31 near the intersection with U.S. 33.
The Marysville Journal-Tribune reported that the plan add curbs, widen the road and add striping along with walking paths in the area of Mill Road, according to the paper.
No timetable was given.
The semi-annual cheese sale conducted by the Hardin County Dairy Service is currently going on.
Order forms can be obtained until Wednesday March 22 at the Extension Office in Kenton.
Pick up dates are set for March 31 from noon until 7 and April 1st from 9am until noon.
BLUFFTON, Ohio-"Beauty Is Something to Love" will be Jeff Gundy's topic for Bluffton University's Civic Engagement Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in Yoder Recital Hall. His 11 a.m. presentation is free and open to the public.
The Forum revolves around Bluffton's 2016-17 civic engagement theme of, "Creativity, the Arts and Civic Life." Each year, the university focuses on a significant contemporary issue that is related to its mission and becomes the subject of cross-disciplinary exploration. Gundy's lecture/multimedia presentation explores how, "beauty is everywhere in this world, and our yearning for beauty and desire to create it both enrich and complicate all of our lives."
The presentation will include poems, images, music and reflections that will invite participants to consider beauty-how we experience it, respond to it and try to create it-in new ways. We will explore how beauty is intertwined with our search for truth, justice, and peace, with exploitation and violence, and indeed with just about everything that makes us human beings, citizens and children of God.
A Kenton man was arrested and is facing drug charges following an incident on Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to County Road 130 to investigate a report of a man passed out in a car.
38 year old Michael Stansbery was arrested on a charge of drug abuse. He was also issued a summons for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
A man who was wanted in regards to a theft was arrested Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers arrested 39 year old William Miller, of Alger, on an arrest order from his probation officer. Miller was also issued a summons of theft for allegedly stealing two large screen televisions from WalMart on Monday.
The Kenton Police Department issued a release stating that the case was solved thanks to tips generated from posting a picture of the suspect captured on the store's surveillance camera.
The Kenton Police Department thanked WKTN News and the tipsters for their assistance.
A crash occurred late Tuesday morning in the intersection of Ohio and Main Streets in Kenton.
According to the report, 84 year old Lee Ellcessor, of Forest, drove from a stop sign on Ohio Street, and his vehicle was struck by a northbound car being operated by 59 year old Duane Sobecki, of Indiana.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Ellcessor was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library has a program available for anyone wanting to learn a new language.
It is the Rosetta Stone program, and Library Director Sam Norris said you can access the program at the library, "The only thing you have to have is a library card that's valid and good working order, which means you're free of fines and your record is up to date, and they can utilize that from our computer machine. Basically they'll come in and sign in, they'll reach the Rosetta Stone link and from there it's very simple, you'll put in your own information, your name and create an account with Rosetta Stone and that way it will save your progress."
He said you can also access the program at home as well, "Except you'll download a small application on your phone if you'd want to or if you have a home computer, access our website, long in with your library card number and then create an account from there and you can learn one of 30 languages from Rosetta Stone."
Norris said the Rosetta Stone program is new this year at the library this year after trying several programs in the past, "We felt Rosetta Stone may be one of the best and well known, but since they stopped selling software, most of it's all done online, so there is really even today, there's nothing for you come into the library to get, it's more of just signing up and using the software program online."
The 2017 Spring Wellness Challenge by Ohio State University Extension's Live Healthy Live Well Program is a FREE six week on-line email experience designed to help participants improve their health by encouraging physical activity, enjoying healthy foods, and practicing healthy lifestyle suggestions. Now's the time to wake up and spring forward into a new routine! Don't just reset your clocks; reset your lifestyle with a renewed commitment to moving more, eating more plant foods, and making small (but vital) changes that will reduce your risk for chronic disease.
Those who sign up will receive two weekly e-communications from Ohio State University Extension containing science-based nutrition, health and wellness tips. Tracking logs will be available for download to help participants record their progress. A pre- and post-online survey will gather comments to improve future challenges and provide information to funders about participants' health progress. All data collected will be kept confidential.
Participants will be encouraged to "Spring Forward 4 Health!" by practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors. Does this sound like fun? If you are interested in joining this FREE on-line challenge, register by going to this sign-up link: http://go.osu.edu/HARD17SP
Once you register, you will begin receiving e-communications starting in early April. The Challenge lasts from April 10 to May 22, 2017. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your OSU Extension Educator, Jami Dellifield in Hardin County, at dellifield.2osu.edu or call 419-674-2297
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is preparing for what is expected to be a busy weekend.
With the start of the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick's Day, many people are expected to be out celebrating.
Findlay Post Commander Lt. Matt Crow said troopers will be working closely with law enforcement partners in Hardin and Hancock Counties to ensure safe travel for those who will be out. Lt. Crow added they will be focusing their efforts on impaired drivers, not wearing seatbelts, distracted driving and those transporting illegal drugs.
He added that there will be zero tolerance for those who make poor decisions in these areas. The extra patrols will be added starting Thursday night through Sunday.
Fire destroyed a house on County Road 106 late this morning.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, which was one of three departments that provided assistance to McGuffey, no one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
The Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team is currently investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
Also providing mutual assistance were the Dunkirk and Richland Township Fire Departments.
One person was injured in a roll over crash that occurred on County Road 110 around 8:30 Monday night in Cessna Township.
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the driver, identified as Amber Motter, travelled off the road where her car overturned. Motter was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
A utility pole was snapped in two following a crash Monday evening on Bales Road.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 22 year old Jade Woods, of Williamstown, was driving west in the 300 block of Bales Road when he travelled off the right side of the road where the car struck a utility pole. Woods suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.
His car received moderate damage, and he was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.