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Area Colleges Score High in Recent Ranking

 

Several area colleges scored high in a recent ranking report released this week.

 

WFIN in Findlay reported that area colleges landed in the top 25 of colleges in Ohio.

 

The report listed Ohio Northern University in Ada at number 9, Bowling Green State University at number 11, the University of Findlay at number 19 and Bluffton University was ranked at number 20.

 

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Search For Missing Kenton Teenager Underway

 

The search for a missing Kenton teenager is underway today.

 

 

Search crews looking for missing juvenile on Leighton Street bridge over the Scioto River. 

 

According to Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, police are looking for 16 year old Trevor Lease, who was last seen around 10 Tuesday night.

 

He is 5 feet six inches tall and weighs 135 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.

 

Chief Musser said they are concerned for his safety. Lease is on probation through Hardin County Juvenile Court.

 

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.

 

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Body of Second Kayaker Found in Scioto River

 

The body of a second man who drowned in the Scioto River this week has been located.

 

The Marion Star reported today that the body of 28 year old Raymond Williams, of Marion, was found about a mile downstream from a low head dam where his kayak apparently capsized Monday.

 

Another victim, 29 year old Tyler Webb, also of Marion, was found Monday evening.

 

The two experienced kayakers experienced trouble near the low head dam on the Scioto River. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene after someone reported seeing a person in the water wearing a life jacket.

 

One kayak was found near where they entered the water, and the second one was located about a half mile away.

 

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Kenton City Council Supports Salisbury Park Projects, Adopts Resolutions

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. Reverend Scott Johnson addressed the group during public participation with a proposal for a fire ring at Salisbury Park, a collaboration between the Warriors First project and the AMVETS Post 1994. The proposed gathering place would consist of a 40’x50’ patio with a large fire ring in the center and a shelter area alongside the patio for picnic tables and grills. Local veteran Jeff Brown spoke in support of the project, saying, “The military does a great job preparing our servicemen and women to survive in combat...they have a long way to go to teach them how to survive when they get home.” Brown said that it is “an absolute must” to address the issues of PTSD and trauma for veterans returning from duty, and he and Reverend Johnson both believe that the proposed gathering area would be a place of healing and bonding for area veterans. Council voted 7-0 to support the project.

 

Under old business, Law Director Jon Schwemer spoke about a Planning Commission meeting that had occurred previously, where discussion was held about rezoning two buildings on Columbus Street (address 825 and 875, respectively) from an R-1 residential zone to a B-1 neighborhood business district. A public hearing will be held regarding the zoning on June 26.

 

During new business, council voted to suspend the three-reading rule on three separate pieces of legislation. Two of the ordinances passed unanimously; the first, providing for appropriations in the State Highway and Sewer funds totaling $40,000, and the second, an ordinance amending the Kenton codified ordinance relating to classification titles, pay assignments, and salary schedule rates for the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Operator of Record and the Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Operator of Record. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the property at 380 South Leighton Street for $24,028.50, passed by a vote of 5-2, with the dissenting votes being cast by David Beazley and Michael White. Mayor Randy Manns spoke about the acquisition, stating that it was his hope to have the property torn down before Kids Day, thus further improving the area at Wharton Park.

 

Committee members gave reports on the following committees:

Finance: the next meeting of the Finance Committee will be on Monday, June 5 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers.

Downtown Revitalization: there will be an open-to-the-public meeting with the engineering firm OHM in the near future.

 

Cemetery: the Cemetery Board thanked Jim Hites and crew for the use of the city’s chainsaws to assist with a project.

 

Safety: the Safety Committee met two weeks ago and recommended a petition to vacate an alleyway located between two same-owner parcels. Law Director Schwemer’s only caution to the group was that he is not a certified surveyor, and the city may want to consider the cost of a professional surveyor if he is not able to write a description based on the uniquely sized parcels.

 

School Board: the Kenton City School Board honored 6 retirees at their meeting last Monday, and the Superintendent Advisory Committee gave a detailed presentation for the board and those in attendance.

The meeting closed with limited comments from the council members. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that the new heating and cooling system should be installed by the end of the week in the City Building.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.

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Residents Receive IRS Scam Phone Calls

 

Several residents have been getting scam phone calls from the Internal Revenue Service.

 

A Hardin County man got such a phone call from a computerized voice claiming to be from the Tax Crime Investigation Unit of the IRS. The message stated, "The reason you are receiving this pre recorded message is to notify you that the IRS has issued an arrest warrant against you. Right now you and your physical property both are being monitored, and it's very important that I do hear back from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal manner."

 

A return phone number was then provided. The best advice is to ignore these kind of phone calls. Don't call them back, and if you do, do not provide any personal information with the caller.

 

The IRS does not operate in this manner. They don't phone people to tell them arrest warrants have been issued for them, and in the case of tax delinquencies, they operate normally by certified mail.

If the calls persist, you should notify local law enforcement agencies.

 

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Ohio's Click it Or Ticket Campaign Underway

 

The Ohio State Patrol's Click It or Ticket campaign started this week.

 

According to a release, the patrol is reminding motorists to buckle their seatbelts before hitting the roads. The campaign co-responds to Memorial Day weekend, which is one of the busiest times on the roadways.

 

The patrol said they will have zero tolerance for violators. Click It or Ticket is designed to keep everyone safe on the roads. The campaign runs through June 4.

 

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Owner Cited After Dog Attacks Walkers and Other Dogs

 

A report about a dog harassing walkers and other dogs was received Monday evening.

 

According to the report, a man told officers he was walking with his leashed dog in the 300 block of Main Street when a pit bull came from a back yard and bit the neck of his dog.

 

The dogs, owner, identified as Raquel Lawrence, was cited for a violation of the dangerous and vicious dog ordinance.

 

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Fishing Equipment Stolen From Kenton Home

 

A burglary complaint was also taken Monday.

 

The incident occurred in the 700 block of Park Avenue and was reported Monday morning.

 

Several fishing poles and other fishing equipment, valued at just over $600, were stolen.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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New OSU Extension Educator Hired in Wyandot County

 

A new Ohio State University Extension educator has been named in Wyandot County.

 

The Daily Chief-Union reported that Todd Thomas was selected to replace Robbi Sigler who retired earlier this year.

 

Thomas graduated from Carey High School in 2006 and attended Otterbein University.

 

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Upper Sandusky Children Learn Safe Riding Practices

According to the Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky children received free bike helmets Saturday. The kids also registered their bikes with the Upper Sandusky Police, and learned safe riding practices at the Wyandot County Health Alliance’s bike safety rodeo.

The young cyclists worked with volunteers to insure that their bikes were fit to their bodies, and had adequate air in their tires.


Participants also learned to stay a safe distance from traffic and parked vehicles, and how to safely cross roads and sidewalks.

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Theft From Vehicle Reported Sunday

 

A theft from a vehicle was reported on Sunday.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, several items, including an ipod and gps unit, were stolen from a vehicle sometime between Wednesday and Saturday.

 

The incident, which is still under investigation,  occurred in the 300 block of North Wayne Street.

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Man Pulls Knife on Another Person in Upper Sandusky

 

A disturbance was reported to Upper Sandusky police on Sunday.

 

According to that report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, an argument occurred in the 1000 block of Warpole Street during which a man is said to have pulled a knife on another person.

 

No one was injured, and no arrests were made.

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An Ohio Hi-Point Student Competed on a National Stage

 

According to WPKO Radio, Ohio Hi-Point Multimedia Marketing senior, Chelsea Strunk of Graham High School, competed at the 2017 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Competition held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Strunk got 6th in Digital Media Production by creating a video and presenting to BPA judges.

 

Her performance was graded by her overall presentation of how she created the video and what editing software she used in the process.


BPA is a Career and Technical Student Organization for students pursuing careers in business, administration, information technology, and other related fields who are developing their professionalism through leadership activities.

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Historic House in West Liberty Purchased to be Renovated

A historic house in West-Liberty has has been purchased for renovations.

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, The West Liberty Historical Society recently purchased the George Bailey House at 112 E. Columbus St., in West Liberty, from the village of West Liberty, which housed the village police department in the building for the past 10 years. When the house was no longer needed by the village because of its deteriorating condition and the relocation of the police department, demolition was suggested.

The home was built in 1850 by Bailey, a Civil War veteran who was a former mayor and council member of the village.

Herb McClain, the great-great-grandson of Bailey, heard about possible demolition and provided funds to buy the structure and renovate it to be used as a museum by the historical society.

The meeting Tuesday includes a report of current conditions, immediate and future renovation needs and the appointment of a committee to oversee the collection, organization and display of museum artifacts, as well as assessing future goals and uses of the building.

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Several Area Students Make Dean's List at Rhodes State College

Lima, OH (May 22, 2017) – Rhodes State College is pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s Lists for part-time and full-time students.
 
Part-time students: 
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least six but not more than 11 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
 
Ada 
 
Ashley Michele Lehman                         
 
Shaun Charles Simon
                                               
   
                           
Bellefontaine
 
Siera Grayce Dickerson
 
Shaana Rachelle Downing    
 
Lyndee L Nolan                                                                  
 
Samantha Jo Stephens
 
       
 
Bluffton 
Karissa Sue Dorn
 
Blane Jared Miller                                                             
 
Morgann Alexa Rode 
 
Jacob Dylan Spencer
                                                            
 
 
Carey
 
Erin Elizabeth Gilbert
 
           
 
 
 
 
Dunkirk
 
Anthony Wayne Whitaker
 
 
                                                                              
Findlay 
 
Jonathan S Shivers
 
Richard Darrell VanAtta         
 
 
 
Forest
 
Breanna Klair Thompson
 
 
 
 
Harrod 
Erin N Conkle                                                                   
 
Dawn Renee Myers                                                               
 
Kayla Sue Rowe                                                                 
 
Logan Dale Schick
 
 
 
 
Kenton 
Kevin David Burns
 
Lacha Annette Jolliff                                                          
 
Tony Allan Lowery II                                                           
 
Tonya Renee VanBuskirk
 
 
Lakeview 
Kody Alan McGue
 
 
 
Lima 
Ashley Nicole Alger
 
La'Dell Allen Jr                                                               
 
Bailey Rae Arthur                                                               
 
Madison Paige Benroth                                                          
 
Cassandra Lee Best                                                             
 
Alexandria Elizabeth Bilikha                                                    
 
Kyle Thomas Carder                                                             
 
Eileen Rose Cartagena                                                          
 
Shannon Kathleen Daley                                                          
 
Melissa Marie Dershem                                                          
 
Alexandria L Evans                                                             
 
Jeremie Brian Fuson                                                             
 
Melinda Kaye Gilbert                                                           
 
Bailey Michelle Guy                                                            
 
Taylor Hites                                                                    
 
Sherry Lynn Hoffer                                                             
 
Elizabeth Ann Hylton                                                           
 
Brandi Anne Jesko                                                              
 
Whitney R Johnson                                                              
 
Amondre L Knuckles                                                             
 
Samantha Lynn Koenig                                                           
 
Chelsea Victoria Kuck                                                          
 
Jordon Levi Maag                                                               
 
Crystal Ann Marshal                                                            
 
Chavanique Shardae Moore                                                        
 
Elizabeth Jean Neu                                                             
 
Megan Bess Nichols                                                             
 
Raejene Shamae Nichols                                                          
 
Tosha Kaushall Parekh                                                          
 
William Webster Reeder                                                         
 
Bambi Jean Reynolds                                                             
 
Victoria Lynn Runneals                                                         
 
Steven Lowell Stoodt                                                           
 
Austin Taylor Thomas                                                            
 
Connie Sue Thompson                                                            
 
Pansi Dawn Turner                                                              
 
Tonia Lynn Twining                                                             
 
Kati Marie Walters                                                             
 
Crystal Gail Whiteside                                                         
 
Sarah Jo Wilkins                                                               
 
Alexis T Williams                                                              
 
Atticus Gerard Williams
 
 
 
Mount Blanchard
 
Jared Tyler Rickle
 
 
 
Mount Victory
 
Nathan A Hampton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rushsylvania 
Sarah J Downey
 
Kathy Kimpel Oliver                                                             
 
Matthew James Seigfried
 
                                                                                 
Russells Point
Sybil Leek Castle
 
 
 
 
 
Wapakoneta 
Janelle Renee Gallegos             
 
Mitchell Heckman                                                                
 
Courtney Sue Kohler                                                            
 
Jacob Michael Lambert                                                          
 
Chris Michael Mammone                                                           
 
Kodi Rae Moser                                                                 
 
Logan McKenzie Mustaine                                                        
 
Christine Lynn Reed
 
 
Waynesfield
 
Kiley A Valenti                                                                 
 
 
 
West Liberty
 
Morgan Lynn Miller  
 
Abigail Elaine Stapleton           
 
 
 
Full-time students: 
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
 
                 
 
Ada
 
Hannah Elizabeth Gunn   
 
Allison M Howard                                                               
 
Rogelio Rojas Gutierrez                                                         
 
Kelli Marie Stoner
 
 
 
Arlington                                                                           
 
Ryan Josiah Drerup                 
 
                                                                                
 
Belle Center
 
Haley Marie Hunsicker
 
Drew David Oglesbee
 
 
 
Bellefontaine                          
 
Seth Adam Campbell                 
 
Cody Allen Smith
 
Kennedy Sue Wallbrown                                                          
 
       
 
Bluffton                                                                           
 
Brayden Scott Clymer               
 
Nathan P Risner                                                                
                                                                       
 
   
Dunkirk                                                                      
 
Trevor Jamison Motter                                          
 
   
 
East Liberty                                                                                           
 
Erin L Bray  
                               
 
                  
Kenton                                                                
 
Breyana Skye LeMaster 
 
Cameron J Parent                                                               
 
Lucas Ray Risner                                                        
               
 
         
Lima                                                                     
 
Cassie Rose Betts                                                              
 
Brett Michael Casady                                                           
 
Kevin P Duval                                                                   
 
Tyler David Fay                                                                
 
Olivia Kathryn Henson                                                          
 
Chantel Rea Holtzberger                                                        
 
LaKendra Noel Jackson                                                          
 
Faith Destiny Johnson                                                          
 
Megon Nicole Maag                                                              
 
Alana Marie Maynard                                                            
 
Carmen Jo Norway                                                               
 
Kevin Carl Ochs                                                                
 
Kristy Katana Perry                                                             
 
Nolan Eugene Roberts                                                           
 
Brianna Lynn Smith                                                             
 
Brittaney Nicole Soria                                                          
 
Samuel Joseph Swygart                                                          
 
Ruby Michelle White                                                            
 
Mi'Chaen Armonta Williamson                                                     
 
Bobbie Jo Wimer                                                                 
        
                                        
 
                     
Russells Point                                                              
 
Allysia L Altick                                   
 
 
Wapakoneta                                                          
 
Benjamin B Dearwester                                                          
 
Nathan Wade Fisher                                                              
 
Lindsay Renee Heckman                                                          
 
Haley M Kinstle                                                                
 
Zachary A Miller                                                                
 
Griffin James Parrett                                                          
 
Brock Elisha Sharp                                                             
 
Mackenzie Renee Short                                                           
 
James Hudson Thomas III
 
                   
 
Waynesfield                                                                       
 
Thomas Lee Hirn                                    
 
Quinn Alexander Wygal             
 
 
 
One Night a Week (ONAW) students: 
To be eligible for this ONAW Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
 
 
 
Bluffton
 
Morgann Alexa Rode
 
 
 
Lima 
Jordan A Cogley
 
Megan Ann Phillips

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KHS 'Top Twenty' Wraps Up Cabaret

The Kenton Top Twenty wraps up their annual Cabaret today at 2:00pm. The theme this year is “Glass House” to correspond with the group’s competition show theme. It is meant to represent  a George Orwellian 1984 and ‘Big Brother’ feel. The show contains several special acts featuring KHS musicians. Check it out, today at 2:00pm.

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KHS 'Top Twenty' Wraps Up Cabaret

The Kenton Top Twenty wraps up their annual Cabaret today at 2:00pm. The theme this year is “Glass House” to correspond with the group’s competition show theme. It is meant to represent  a George Orwellian 1984 and ‘Big Brother’ feel. The show contains several special acts featuring KHS musicians. Check it out, today at 2:00pm.

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West-Liberty Salem's Logan Cole Meets VP Pence

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According to the Columbus Dispatch, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke to first responders yesterday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Among them, sitting in a far back row, was 17-year-old Logan Cole.

The meeting with Pence was a surprise.

Cole is credited with taking down classmate Ely Serna from taking his own life or the life of a peer at West-Liberty Salem High School on January 20th.

That got the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, who were able to arrange a brief visit with Pence for a few minutes after his speech.

“It was good. I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s just amazing. It’s overwhelming,” Logan told The Dispatch’s Beth Burger

Cole was presented a certificate of appreciation for his heroic actions.

Saturday marked exactly five months from the day Logan was shot and wounded at West Liberty-Salem High School. He was just moments away from boarding a bus to competition when he was shot and critically wounded in a school bathroom. The gunman was wielding a 12-gauge shotgun. Logan was shot twice — one bullet came dangerously close to his heart and another struck his back.

He still has birdshot scattered through his upper body. Logan’s legs still tingle from the wounds. He is optimistic that will improve as time goes on.

Logan carried his Bible with him Saturday and when he went to meet with Pence, he asked him to sign it.

Inside, Pence wrote, “To Logan — Thank you for your ‘strong and courageous’ example. God bless you.”

 

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ODOT Holds 'Paint the Plow' Contest

The Ohio Department of Transportation from the 7th District recognized several local schools for participating in the Paint the Plow Competition.

 

WKPO radio reports that More than 20 snow plow blades were painted by local school children, first place ended up being awarded to Triad Middle School for their “Kindness is Contagious” message on the plow.

 

The top seven plows will be displayed throughout the district in festivals and parades.  They are currently on display at the ODOT headquarters in Sidney.  In the winter months, these plows will be used on roads near the local schools that painted them.


The Paint the Plow Competition was created to give students the opportunity to participate in their community and showcase their talent.  The plows promote safety and ODOT wants to use them to make the public more aware of their snow and ice operations.

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Findlay City Council, Hancock County Commissioners Ready Help With Opioid Epidemic

The Findlay City Council and Hancock County Commissioners recently adopted some new Community Guidelines to deal with the opioid epidemic.

 

WFIN radio reports that These guidelines serve to empower the community and encourage all to find solutions to this epidemic.  The ADAMHS Board wants everyone to participate in improving the situation and shift their attitude about addiction.  ADAMHS Board’s Zach Thomas wants everyone to remember that addiction is a disease.

 

The rallying cry is the hope that the entire community will strive to help those struggling with addiction and help them into recovery.

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Elida Middle School Students Participate in Financial Literacy Simulation

Middle School Elida students participated in the Real Money, Real World program to put their financial knowledge to the test.

 

The Lima News reports that, Throughout the school year in their social studies classes, students took a variety of financial classes.  At the end of the year, they use these skills to complete the Real Money, Real World activity.  Students are given a family income and family size and are then required to visit 13 stations to rent a home, buy a car, and get groceries, among many others.  


This was the 14th year that Elida has held this program, put on by the OSU Allen County Extension Office.

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Marion Palace Theater Announces Performances

The Marion Palace Theater has announced the entertainment schedule for the 2017-2018 season.  

 

According to the Marion Star, Throughout the year the Theater will host, nine national and regional touring artists, six local Palace productions, and four school matinee shows.

 

Among the most exciting events are the “Wizard of Oz” performing on July 8-9 and 14-16, “Willy Wonka Jr.” on October 6-8, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” from Feb. 9-11, and country artist Tracy Lawrence at 8pm on October 21.

 

The theater serves over 65,000 patrons annually but that ticket sale revenue only covers a fraction of their costs.  The rest of the money comes from donations and sponsorships.  To help with this, the theater encourages people to contribute to the PCAA membership drive, which includes many member benefits such as early access to tickets for the whole season!


Ticket sales to Palace general membership donors began Monday.  Ticket sales to the general public begin at 9am on June 5.

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Upper Alum Creates Summer Camp For Children With Diabetes

Upper Sandusky Alum, 19 year old-Corrie Knapp, created Camp Ohana for children with diabetes and their friends.

 

The Daily Chief-Union reports that, Knapp was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 11 year olds and attended many similar camps, yet she wanted to bring the experience closer to home.  

 

Knapp created a 3-day summer camp for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade, from 9am-4pm, June 27th-29.  This camp will be held at Camp Trinity in Upper Sandusky.  Activities include diabetic training and discussions, cooking diabetic recipes, as well as traditional camp experiences such as games and horseback riding!

 

Campers can register the day of camp, the cost is $30 which includes lunch, snacks, and a T-Shirt.  All campers are encouraged to bring a friend!

 

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Falcons Qualify for Regionals

Several falcons qualified for the regional track contest. Tayler Ashburn in High Jump, Carrol Pauley in Shot Put, Taylor Bacon in Pole Vault, Boys 4x800 team consisting of Kyle Evans, Josh Hunter, Ben Gannon, and Justyn Scott.

 

Qualifying to District finals were the girls 4x200, Elesha Martin, Tayler Ashburn, Alex Rothlisberger, and Emma Carter. The girls 4x100 consisting of Libby Burd, Alesha Martin, Tayler Ashburn, and Haley Frey qualified. In the 400, Kyle Evans and Josh Hunter moving to finals.

 

Emma Carter is a Student Reporter for WKTN. Email 95.3wktn@gmail.com or call our studio (419) 675-2355 and ask for Shannon if you are interested in reporting for your school.

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Upper Sandusky Rams Qualify for Regional Track Meet

The Upper Sandusky Rams had qualifiers for the regional meet according to the Daily Chief-Union. Shane Pack qualified in Discus, Exchange student Chris Omeonga qualified in the 400 meter dash. Madison Shasteen cleared the bar, qualifying in the pole vault, Katie Conley qualified in the high jump.

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Kenton's Holland Wins District, Wildcats Qualify

The Kenton Track team competed at the district meet yesterday.

 

Senior Chris Deardorff running a relay at the WBL meet.

 

Chris Deardorff qualified for the regional track meet in the 100 meter dash.

 

Three of the Four members of the Girls 4x100 Relay. Front Left: Juniors Alex Howard and Haylee Bushong.

Back: Senior Miranda Gibson. Not Pictured: Freshman Hannah Holland

 

The girls 4x001 relay team consisting of Miranda Gibson, Haylee Bushong, Alex Howard, and Hannah Holland qualified with a 3rd place finish.

 

Freshman Hannah Holland awaits instructions from meet officials.

 

Hannah Holland won the 400 meter dash to qualify.

 

Sophomore Paige Osborn

 

Paige Osborn qualified in the 300 meter hurdles contest.

 

The regional competition will be held Wednesday in Piqua.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Tick and Mosquito Tips

As temperatures warm up during springtime in Ohio, the mosquitos and ticks come about. Ticks are most active from April through September, and mosquitoes are prevalent May through October. Ohio has mosquitos that can transmit West Nile virus.

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that Logan County Health Officials advise wearing long shirts and pants, light colored clothing, EPA-registered mosquito repellent (following label directions), and eliminating breeding sites for the insects.

 

Ticks can transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease. Officials advise avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf content.

 

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Logan County Sheriff's Office partner with Indian Lake High School SADD

Indian Lake High School students know the importance of buckling up.

 

WPKO radio in Bellefontaine reports that Deputies from the Logan County Sheriff's Office and members of Indian Lake High School SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) stopped cars as they entered the ILHS student parking lot to make sure students are wearing their seat belts.

 

The overwhelming majority had them on, everyone in the vehicle with a belt on got a coupon for free McDonald's.

 

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Logan County Sheriff's Office Respond to Hit-Skip Accident

The Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a hit-skip accident in on County Road 286 (Turkey Foot Island) Thursday night around 9:05.

 

According to WPKO, Deputies report that a dark BMW struck seven mailboxes, then continued onto Tecumseh Island.

 

The driver returned about five minutes later and spoke to one of the mailbox owners.

 

The suspect admitted to drinking, then fled at a high rate of speed.

 

If you know anything about the accident, contact the sheriff's office at 937-592-5731.

 

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Celebration for Habitat for Humanity's New Home Project

Habitat for Humanity will break ground for another home in Putnam County this weekend. The Lima News reports the organization has a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. this Sunday in Ottawa.

Following the ceremony, organizers are holding a reception at the Ottawa Presbyterian Church.

 

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Findlay Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle crash injured a Findlay man Thursday afternoon.

According to WFIN radio, the incident happened just before 5 p.m. on Tiffin Avenue.

27-year-old Andrew Gutting was traveling west, striking an eastbound pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Gage Haws of Findlay. Haws was trying to turn left into the a parking lot.

Hanco EMS took Gutting to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police cited Haws for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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Upper Sandusky Police Department Partners with Students in Click it or Ticket Program

Upper Sandusky Students work to encourage seatbelt use.

 

The Upper Sandusky Police Department will again be taking part in the national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign. Wyandot County held a kickoff event yesterday, when winners of the Upper Sandusky High School social media contest were announced.

 

Students submitted 7, 30, and 60 second videos with a seat belt safety theme. Delaney McQuown won the 30-60 second video contest, with Anthony Chapman taking second place, and Abigail Gerber behind in third.


Maddie McLaughlin won the seven second vine contest. Chapman, the runner up, and Ethan Spaun coming in third.

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Ohio Department of Transportation Releases Road Projects

A few road projects to pass along to you according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, State Route 81 at township Road 55, east of Ada, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair.


And if you’re headed to Findlay, U.S. 68 southbound exit ramp over Eagle Creek at state Route 15, south of Findlay, closed May 15 for approximately two months for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto state Route 15 eastbound to the state Route 37 interchange to state Route 15 westbound back to U.S. 68.

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Fourth of July Parade Among Other Events at Freedom Celebration

The “Celebrate Freedom Committee” met Wednesday night.

 

It was decided that the 4th of July parade will be held again this year starting at the Fairgrounds.

 

Blue Star Mothers of Hardin County has a large part in the organization of the day’s events. Among them, the acceptance of donations for care packages. Veterans will be recognized throughout the day.

 

Several children's activities will also be held, alongside a car show.

 

There will also be live music in both the Gazebo and grandstand areas. The day will wrap up with the annual fireworks celebration.

 

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Ohio, National Unemployment Numbers Fall

According to a press release from Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 2017.

 

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 288,000, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio, at 5.0 percent, did not change from April 2016.

 

The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.

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Bike Rodeo Slated in Wyandot County

The Wyandot County Health Alliance is holding a bike safety rodeo for children on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am – 12 Noon in the parking lot at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Upper Sandusky.

 

The event will include an obstacle course for young riders, bicycle fittings and informational stations by local agencies. Law enforcement representatives will register bikes, and bicycle inspections.

 

In addition to refreshments and giveaways, one participant will win a grand prize bike donated by Kimmel Corp.

 

The obstacle course and stations will be set up in the church’s back (west) lot, with parking available in the side (south) lot. In case of rain, the stations will be moved to the church basement.

 

The bike safety rodeo is free with on-site registration from 10 – 11:30 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and should bring their bike and helmet (if they have one).

 

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Two Crashes Occur in Kenton

A couple of accidents occurred on Thursday.

 

The first occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in Kenton around noon Thursday. According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Tina Pearson of Belle Center was heading northbound on Main Street when she turned on her left hand signal and started to slow. Joy Boone of Kenton was following behind and thought Pearson’s vehicle was pulling to the right and attempted to pass the vehicle. Pearson started her left hand turn striking the side of Boone’s vehicle. Functional Damage occurred to both vehicles and Boone was cited for improper passing.


The second occurred Thursday evening around 8:56 in the 300 block of S Detroit St in Kenton. According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by Weston Kieffer of Kenton was traveling at a high rate of speed and struck the rear of a vehicle operated by Rachel Lloyd of Kenton. Kieffer was cited for wanton and willful disregard of safety on street or highway and Lloyd was cited for driving under suspension-noncompliance.

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Kenton Elementary Students Participate in Wildcat Prowl

The Kenton Elementary School PTO held the 3rd annual Wildcat Prowl event Thursday.

 

Students came to the track at Robinson Field to show their school spirit and creativity, while participating in healthy lifestyle activities.

 

Groups marched around the track sporting their themes attire. The themes included the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pac-Man, Minions, Sports, and Trolls. Each group of students was judged based on Creativity, School Spirit, Participation, and Fun. The winner of the Roar Award will be awarded a trophy.

 

Representatives from the Ohio State University Extension Office taught Yoga, Nutrition, and Hydration to the students.


The event was sponsored by the Kenton Elementary School PTO.

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Findlay Veterans Set to be Honored

Four Veterans will be honored this weekend at the 30th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration in Findlay.

 

According to WFIN, The event is being hosted by the Findlay Military Association from 7am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday and 7am-noon on Sunday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.  The event is open the public with costing $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-17.  


Honorees are: Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Arlt is the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year”. Frederick Makrancy of the Army, Warren Bean, Jr. of the Marines, and Thomas Wells of the Navy are being recognized as the Veterans of the Year”.  They will be recognized at 8:30 am on Saturday.

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Upper Sandusky Non-Union City Employees Get Raise

Upper Sandusky’s Service Committee recently voted to increase pay for non-union city employees.

 

According to the Daily Chief-Union, Pending a vote by Upper Sandusky City Council, starting January first, non-union, full time, city service employees will have an increased starting wage from $12 to $14.  This change would bring pay raises to 6 city employees who work in the street, water, and sanitation departments.

 

According to the city auditor, Mark Droll, the increased wages will fit into the city’s budget.  Mayor Scott Washburn cites the importance of the increased wages to insure that Upper Sandusky remains a competitive employer.


City council will vote on this issue as part of the annual payroll ordinance that deals with the salaries with all Upper Sandusky employees.  

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Riverside Bus Driver Notices Road Issue on State Route 235

A Riverside Bus Driver noticed a small roadway hole that led to the discovery of a much larger problem.

 

A bus driver from Riverside Local Schools noticed a 12-inch in diameter roadway hole on State Route 235, just north of Quincy and preceded to notify state highway officials.


Once the authorities arrived they discovered a large area of erosion underneath and quickly shut down the road.  Ohio Department of Transportation crews will dig into the roadway and repair damages as soon as possible.

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Community Foundation Presents Awards

The Hardin county Community Foundation held their annual grant awards presetations on Thursday. Matt Jennings, Vice-President of the Hardin County Community Foundation talks about the purpose of the County Community Foundation.

 

“The Hardin County Community Foundation was formed twenty-six years ago by members of our community that had a vision of letting people donate to donate to something where the principal is protected and managed well and that would create earnings. Those earnings would then be given back to the community organizations for youth, for senior citizens, church organizations, any kind of charitable organization or entity within the county.” Said Jennings.

 

Jennings explains this year's awards.


“This year we received 174 applications that totaled requested dollars of $350,000. We had to pare that down through a process that the grant committee goes through to a process that the grand committee goes through, to 119 grants that were awarded this evening for 132,000 with two of those as bequests and five scholarships to area students.” Jennings Said.

 

Award Recipients

Ada Exempted Village Schools

Ada Music Boosters
Ada Public Library
Alger Assembly of God
Alger Community Fire Association
Alger First United Methodist Church
Alger Public Library
Armory Foundation
BKP Ambulance District
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. OH 32
Boy Scout Troop 124- Ada
Boy Scout Troop 125- Kenton
Boy Scout Troop 131- Mt. Victory
Camp Common Ground
Christian Missionary Alliance Church
City of Kenton
Crossroads Crisis Center
Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County
Dunkirk Community Improvement Corporation
Dunkirk Masonic Lodge #549
Forest Area CIC
Forest Fire Department
Forest Firefighters Association
Forest Police Department
Forest United Methodist Church
Forest-Jackson Public Library
Hardin County 4-H
Hardin County Ag Society
Hardin County Bd of DD- Simon Kenton
Hardin County Bowling Association
Hardin County Building Maintenance
Hardin County Dog Shelter
Hardin County Family YMCA
Hardin County Genealogy Society and Robert Reed, Jr. Genealogy Library
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.
Hardin County Humane Society
Hardin County Juvenile Court
Hardin County Mounted Posse
Hardin County Players
Hardin County Sheriff Special Deputies
Hardin County Sheriff's Office
Hardin County Veterans Memorial Park Clubhouse
Hardin County Vets' Service Commission
Hardin Hills Health Center
Hardin Leadership, Inc.
Hardin Northern Community Center
Hardin Northern Public Library
Hardin Northern School Library
Heartbeat of Hardin County
Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Inc.
Helping Hands Outreach Ministries
Jackson-Forest EMS
Jackson-Forest Joint Ambulance District
Jerry Cross Memorial Park Fund
Keep Hardin County Beautiful
Kenton City Schools- Life Skills
Kenton Epworth United Methodist Church
Kenton Fire Department
Kenton Full Gospel Church
Kenton Historic Courthouse District
Kenton Little League, Inc.
Kenton Police Department
Kenton Tree Commission
Kenton-Hardin Health Department
Lake of Lights
Love INC of Hardin County
Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County Library
Master Gardeners of Hardin County
McGuffey Church of Christ
Memorial Park Golf Club, Inc.
Mt. Victory Community Improvement Corp.
Neighborhood Center of Corporation of Hardin County
Northern Hardin County Fire District
Not by Choice Outreach
Pawsitive Pals of Hardin County
Quilts for Kids NW Ohio
ReStore Community Center
Ridgemont Public Library- Mt. Victory
Ridgemont Public Library- Ridgeway
Ridgeway Firefighters
Roundhead Volunteer Fire Department
Saint Vincent dePaul Society of Immaculate Conception Church
Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Joint Fire District
St John Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Park District Liberty Township
Tree Town Festival, Inc.
Trustees of Memorial Hall
Upper Scioto Valley Roundhead EMS
Upper Scioto Valley Schools- Student Council
USV Ambulance District- Alger Unit
Village of Alger
Village of Dunkirk
Village of Dunkirk Tree Committee
Village of Forest
Village of Forest Tree Commission
Village of Mt Victory
Village of Ridgeway
Wolf Creek Art Center
 
Bequests and Scholarships
 
Bondi Funds
Lichty Funds
Jerry Jester Scholarship
Catherine Lens Scholarship
Mr & Mrs OJ Hogan Scholarship
Mr & Mrs Donald Spath Scholarship

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Lima City Schools Students Taste Farm Life

About 900 Lima City Schools elementary students caught a glimpse of life on the farm Tuesday during the eighth annual Farm Day at South Science and Technology Magnet School.

According to the Lima News, The day provided students with hands-on experiences that introduced them to the world of agriculture. For many students, it is something they have never seen up close.

Students also learned about farming, gardening, caring for animals, conservation, and much more.


Elida FFA members helped the younger students with the small animals and how to handle them.

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Three Findlay Citizens Arrested

A Monday evening drug bust in Findlay led to the arrest of three people.

 

According the WFIN, The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force executed a search warrant around 8:30 p.m. Officials found heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana. drug paraphernalia, and a large sum of cash.

 

Officers arrested 24-year-olds Dana Ryan II of Detroit, Michigan and Ashley Beckett of Findlay, as well as 18-year-old Cedric Slough. Beckett and Slough were charged with permitting drug abuse. Ryan was charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of crack cocaine.

 

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Logan County Man Convicted of Insurance Fraud

On Monday, the Third District Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding the conviction of Timothy McVety age 31, of Lewistown for Insurance Fraud

According to WPKO, McVety was convicted of one count of insurance fraud after a trial in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

After he appealed, saying the State failed to prove venue, The Court of Appeals found sufficient evidence to uphold the venue and upheld the guilty verdict of the trial court.

McVety was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail and placed on community control.

wMcVety’s Logan County Based tow truck service billed rendered a bill in Miami County to an insurance company from that business.

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Bellefontaine Group Aims to Revive County Animal Shelter

A Logan County group is moving toward its goal of eventually returning an animal shelter to Logan County, and are working on projects that will help control the animal population.

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, Animal Haven, which formed after the closing of the Top of Ohio Pet Shelter due to financial reasons, met with Logan County Commissioners Dustin Wickersham and John Bayliss as well as Logan County Dog Warden Tim Klingelhofer on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the group’s progress.

The commissioners identified the Union County Humane Society as the best alternative to having a local shelter and signed a contract to accept local stray dogs.

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Small Airplane Crash Reported in Findlay

A small airplane crashed Wednesday evening near Findlay after high winds affected its path. According to the Lima News, Dale Weaver, 79, of Findlay, flew a CGS Hawk single prop ultra light aircraft in Marion Township near Findlay., Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy T.J. Brooks said in a press release. He was flying the plane low above the field east of township Road 242, near Forest Lake Drive in Marion Township.

High winds and the slow speed of the aircraft caused the engine to stall, crashing the plane into the field. The aircraft landed on both tires and sustained minor damage.

 

Weaver was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital with unknown injuries by Hanco EMS. The investigation continues through the sheriff’s office and the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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'Hospets' In Marysville Recognized by Secretary of State Husted

A representative of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be meeting with “Hospets” in Marysville to present them with a certificate in recognition of their being a featured business in the Secretary of State’s Ohio Business Profile Program. Secretary Husted recognized May as “Nonprofit Businesses” month.  

 

Hospets is an all-volunteer organization that provides care to the pets of senior citizens.  Some of their services include transporting pets to grooming and veterinary appointments, and assisting with the pet’s basic needs.

 


The presentation happens on Friday at 2pm at Hospets 20028 Westlake Lee Road in Marysville.

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Senator Hite Introduces Legislation Regarding Fantasy Sports

State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) introduced legislation wednesday affirming the rights of the millions of fantasy sports enthusiasts in Ohio and implementing sensible protections to ensure safety and transparency for consumers.

 

Drafted in coordination with the Ohio Attorney General's office, the Casino Control Commission, leaders in the gaming industry as well as fantasy sports enthusiasts, the proposed legislation updates state laws clarifying the legality of fantasy sports and e-sports.

 

"Ohioans love sports," said Hite. "We should protect their continued enjoyment of these games. At the same time, we must create thoughtful standards for the industry to protect consumers and ensure transparency."

 

The bill also puts important consumer protections in place, establishing a clear set of regulations fantasy sports companies must follow to operate within the state. If adopted, Ohio would join ten other states that have already adopted such legislation.

 

Senate Bill 153 affirms the legality of fantasy sports in Ohio. Reflecting federal guidelines adopted under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, the bill is aimed at addressing concerns about whether the contests are permitted under existing state law.


The legislation will now be referred to a Senate standing committee for further consideration.

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Hardin County Courthouse Lit For Neurofibromatosis Awareness

May is Neurofibromatosis awareness month. May 17th is World NF Awareness Day and If you drove by the court house last night you may have noticed the east and west sides of the hardin county court house were lit up in blue and green for Shine A Light on NF.

 

Larry Gossard talks about why May 17th was an important day for NF.

 

"May 17th is world NF day, and approxametly 147 buildings and monumnets around the world light up blue and green to raise awareness about Nurofibramatosis, and help my son Brice and all of the other NF kids in Ohio. It's just phenominal to have the support from the community that allows us to do this, and it's important that not only the courthouse, but the city building too. These are two buildings of 147 worldwide." Said Gossard.

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Hardin County Safety Council Meets

The Hardin County Safety Council met today and heard an inspirational message from Brad Hurtig who has been featured on CBS, Ted Talks, and ESPN to name a few.

 

Brad Hurtig was an all American high school athlete with a bright future when he was involved in a workplace accident involving a 500 ton power press.  After losing both his hands Brad quickly realized a mindset of safety is needed in our daily lives, he urged the council to “Slow down, and move your eyes before your body”.  Reminding us that hindsight is 20/20 because it is usually easier to see missed signs when we slow down and reevaluate the situation. Brad stresses: “now is the time to bring that hindsight to the foresight.”

 

Brad’s message was not just one of safety, it was one of overcoming adversity. Brad was determined to play football again, and joined his team on the practice field as soon as he was able. Brad quoted his high school coach saying  If you are thirsty enough, you will find away.”  His senior year, Brad led his team with 111 tackles and earned all-state honors, all while playing with no hands. .” Brad’s passion for making excuses, adapting, and adjusting is one that can resonate with us all.

 

For more information on booking Brad to speak with your safety team email: eddie@relevantspeakers.com

For information on joining the Hardin County Safety Council contact Jesse Purcell at jpurcell@hccba.com

 

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Wildcat Baseball Heads to Next Round of Tournament Action

The varsity cats, which are 15-6 overall and 7-2, finishing 2nd in the Western Buckeye League, and knocked off Vermillion last Friday for the Sectional Champion title.

 

The team travels to Heidelberg University to take on Lexington, the 4th seed in the district. That game set for a 4:00 start time, this afternoon.

 

Coach Matt Dudek on the game ahead:


“They pitch really well, and they play really good defense. It’s going to be a formidable foe, probably comparable to some of the stuff we saw in the league. But, if we play our game and do what we do, I know we’ll make a game of it and give them all they can handle.” Said Dudek.

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Lima Man Sentenced to Life In Prison

A Lima man was sentenced to life in the murder of a Zanesfield man

 

According to WPKO in Bellefontaine, Marquevous Watkins, age 22, of Lima, was sentenced to life in prison Monday

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He will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years.

 

Watkins allegedly, murdered  Brentlinger, inside his rural Zanesfield home on Thanksgiving. Last month, Watkins pleaded guilty to murder with a three-year gun specification.


During the sentencing, Watkins apologized for the pain he caused the Brentlinger family.

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Bellefontaine Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Following a Domestic Dispute, a Bellefontaine man was arrested on Felony Drug Charges

 

According to WPKO, police responded to domestic dispute between William Jarman (21) and his girlfriend.  When police arrived Jarman was outside with clear signs of intoxication.  

 

At the home Jarman admitted to storing a small bag of cocaine in his wallet.  He was subsequently charged with possession of cocaine and public intoxication.

 

Due to his actions toward the police staff, Jarman was placed in a restraint chair at the police station.

 

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Benjamin Logan Teachers Protest At School Board Meeting

Ben Logan Teachers gathered in protest at Benjamin Logan Board of Education Meeting.

 

According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, 150 teachers and supporters gathered to protest the current state of teacher contract negotiations at the Ben Logan School Board meeting on Monday.  


The Benjamin Logan Board is at a standoff with administrators on how much the district can afford to pay its teachers in the coming years.  According to Ben Logan teachers, their salaries are considerably lower than those of administrators in surrounding areas such as Kenton, Indian Lake and Bellefontaine. The parties have met three times to discuss the issue and are scheduled to meet again on May 30th with a mediator.  

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Upper Sandusky School Board Meets

The Upper Sandusky School Board met Monday Night.

 

According to the Daily Chief-Union, the school board made several new hires such as Corrina Waggy who was hired as the new high school assistant principal.  

 

The board also recognized two retiring employees, Sharon Calvin and Nancy Ross.


Graduation details were also announced.  Upper Sandusky graduation will be May 26th at 7pm in the high school gym.  

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Upper Sandusky Male Arrested

The Upper Sandusky Police department arrested a Male on Tuesday. According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, Austin J. Creviston of Upper Sandusky was arrested at the Adult Parole Office on two warrants from Upper Sandusky Municipal Court. The warrants were on original complaint for charges of Petty theft and Vehicle Trespass from motor vehicle.

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Medical Scholarship Awarded to Rhodes Student

Rhodes State College is pleased to announce Brandy Sealscott, Rhodes State College Medical Assisting student, is the recipient of a $1,000 Mary Buckley Scholarship. This was one of four scholarships given out each year by the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants. The scholarship was awarded at the President’s Luncheon during their annual meeting in Lima. The top six applications were very closely matched and it was a tough decision for the committee to narrow this down to the four winners.

 

The Mary Buckley Scholarship Fund was established in 1959 in memory of the second president, Mary Buckley of Toledo, who tragically died in a fire in her home 2 weeks before the end of her term as president. The first scholarship was awarded in 1972 making 2017 scholarships the 45th year of awards.  Selection is based upon desire to enter the allied health profession, financial need, GPA of 2.5 or higher and 2 letters of recommendation, one being from their program director.

 

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Ohio Hi-Point Students Work Together to Print Books

The Ohio Hi-Point (OHP) Career Center Early Childhood Education students have been working together with the Printing and Graphics Arts students to produce pre-school children’s books for the Council on Rural Services organization which offers support services and education programs like Head Start and Early Start to families in Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert counties.

 

By combining their unique concentrations, the two career-tech programs created books that are going directly into classrooms that were built from scratch. The Early Childhood Education students wrote the stories and also constructed rough drawing representations of the story boards to match and then took the concepts to the Printing and Graphic Arts students to design and print the books.

 

The Council on Rural Services currently has Head Start classrooms at Benjamin Logan, Riverside, Indian Lake, and Bellefontaine which has been a great internship opportunity for several Ohio Hi-Point juniors and seniors the last couple of years.


Starting this next upcoming school year, Early Childhood Education students will have the opportunity to acquire their CDA certificates while at OHP, which will allow Head Start to hire them directly after high school as a teaching assistant without being required to take extra courses.

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Special Cemetery Board Meeting Set

There will be a special meeting of the Grove Cemetery Board on Friday, May 19th beginning at 7:30 AM in the cemetery conference room.  The only business will be the discussion and a decision on Rules and Regulations interpretation.

 

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Two Lady Cats Commit to Wilmington

Two Kenton High School Athletes have committed to continue their careers as Wilmington Quakers.

 

Ashley Morris signs alongside Randy and Amy Morris and Wildcat Coach Ryan Miller

 

Ashley Morris signed yesterday to play basketball at the college. She said that playing collegiate ball has been a long time goal of hers, and she was excited when this opportunity came along. Morris plans to study early childhood education, and to return to Hardin County to teach.

 

Gibson signs to run, parents Tom and Jessica Gibson look on.


Miranda Gibson signed for track and field. Gibson will be studying to become an athletic trainer. She is excited to run for the new coaches at the school. Gibson said she chose the school due to the small-town feel.

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Runaway Teen Located

A runaway Lakeview Teen was located in Belleview Friday Afternoon.

 

According to WPKO, The Bellevue Police Department located Kyle Richardson, age 15, of Lakeview. Richardson was transported back to the county by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and was placed under arrest on a failure to appear warrant from Logan County Family Court. He had been missing since last Monday. Deputies were notified by his mother, Jessica Daly, Wednesday morning.

 

Daly allegedly dropped her son off at a friends home. He left at some point that morning. Richardson was also arrested in August after running away from home. Richardson is being housed at the Logan County JDC.

 

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Rushylvania Under Boil Water Alert

The Village of Rushsylvania is under a boil water advisory.

 

WPKO Reports that the advisory was issued Monday morning after replacing a valve. Residents should boil water for at least five minutes before consumption. The advisory is in effect until further notice.

 

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Drunk Driver Causes Hit-Skip Crashes

Two hit-skip crashes occurred near Bellefontaine Saturday morning.

 

According to WPKO radio, Scott Hedges of 46 was driving while intoxicated on County Road 43 when he went through the intersection of County Road 18. His vehicle went off the road and struck a barn. Hedges then fled the scene.

 

He then went through the stop sign at County Road 11, and struck a tree, and fled that scene. Hedges failed field sobriety tests. The car sustained heavy damage. He was charged with OVI, operating an unsafe vehicle, two counts of leaving the scene, and two counts of failure to control.

 

He was not injured, and was transported to the Logan County Jail.

 

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Fostoria House Fire Sends Firefighters to Hospital

A house fire sent two Fostoria firefighters to the hospital on Sunday.


WFIN in Findlay reports that firefighters responded to a home around 11:15 Sunday Morning. The home was vacant and for sale according to officials. Two firefighters were transported to the hospital, but didn’t suffer any injuries. The incident remains under investigation, and no damage estimate is available.

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Kenton Board of Education Meets, Discusses Bus Garage, Contracts

The 6th Grade students presented a slideshow to the board about their recent trip to Camp Wilson.

 

Kenton Elementary, Middle, and High School students of the Superintendent Advisory Committee presented video projects to the board.

 

The projects were designed to showcase highlights of each individual schools.

 

Treasurer Tracy Hiller presented the proposal from the government for funding, that bill is currently in the House of Representatives (HB49). Hiller noted that due to the CUAV bill, the school is seeing a boost in real estate tax and are  seeking alleviation of state.

 

The board recognized Vickie Krock, Robin Hughes, Charlene Collins, Barb Moore, and Laura Widder for their retirement, and thanked them for their years of service.

 

The finance committee discussed the bus garage projects, administrative contracts that were presented at the meeting for approval, evaluation of English/Language Arts curriculum and Insurance plans.

 

The facilities committee also discussed the bus garage project, and noted that new lights have been installed in the gyms at the middle and high schools, as well as the athletic building.

 

The extracurricular baseball went 27-2 in the WBL, most wins ever in history. It was noted that there has been some interest in a girls golf team, Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that the KHS Athletic Director Mike Leddy is working on those details.

 

R.E. and Joan S. Allen 23 New Scholarships totalling $30,000, the foundation is also awarding $30,000 in renewals, the board thanks the Allen’s for their support of Kenton students. The Foundation is in their 27th year of awarding scholarships. The Allen foundation has awarded 2.4 million dollars in scholarships to 1,365 students.

 

The Board approved Limited One Year Contracts

Ashley Anderson, Adam Burtchin, Brandy Cox, Carolyn Dilley, Matt Frey, Teresa Harris, Rick Hudgel, Rebecca Kimmel, Alexandra Manley, Talia McKinniss, Jordan Nicol Jessica Parsley, Christopher Becker, Leslie Cochensparger, Christina Cross,, Robin Eibling, Erick Grasley, Amanda Heyder, Alicia James, Christie Lawrence, Matt McCullough, Kathryne Mendez, Lindsey Numbers, Brooke Purcell, Katherine Brim Mary Cook, Megan Davis, Monica Fox, Erica Grossman, Lindy Howard, Kevin Kapanka, William Lawrence, Casey McGrew, Scott Miller, Tara Oakes, Jennifer Rogers, Colby Rush, Leanna Snyder, Sarah Zoeller, Heather Saunier, Cara Wetherill, Jordan Zuch, Derek Smith, Jade Zartman.

 

The Board approved Limited Two Year Contracts

Brenda Ames, David Clifford, Rhonda Grubbs, Morgan Rogers, Susie Thrush, Tomi Cheney, Michelle Gammon, Allison Kemmere, Amanda Sprang, Amy Augur, Emily Courtney Stefany Jacoby Makenzi Ruhlen Zach Turner.

 

The non-renewal contracts for Courtney Rolf, Madge Battles, Alyssa Johnson, Ruth McCullough, Carol McKinley, and Kathy Sammertinger were also approved.

 

Administrative contracts were approved for Robin Bame, Angela Butterman, Ryan Collins, and Chad Thrush.

 

Two year contracts were approved for Matt Best, Heather Hoppe, Jason Jones, and Michelle Wise.

 

Administrative Contract Adjustments were approved for Mike Leddy and Adrienne Smythe.

 

Employee Supplemental contracts approved:

Jared Manns, Rick Collins, Chuck Moore, Chuck Downing, Jason Jones, Zach Turner, Matt Dudek, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Bartlett, Alexandra Manley, Bo Hoppe, Matt McCullough, Katie Brim, Jeremy Reed, Ryan Miller, Lindy Howard, Matt McCullough, Matt Frey, Darren Gilbert, Bill Lawrence, Kevin Kapanka, Katie Ketcham, Jennifer Ewing, Jennifer Woodward, Stefany Jacoby, Brenda Ames, Zach Turner, Heather Erwin, Joe Funkhouser, Anne Eley, Nancy Baum, Brent Fackler, Nick Stuck, Susie Thrush, Amy Kohl.

 

Non-Employee Supplemental contracts approved:

Jordan Martin, Brooke Bostelman, Kaily Whitaker, Andrew Hobensack, Julie Baird, Angie Miller, Chad West, Jay Bostelman, Brooke Bostelman, Kaily Whitaker, Sarah Cooper, Chase Barnes, Aaron Montgomery, Aaron Johnson, Josh Sheldon, Julie Baird, Angie Miller.

 

Approved Volunteers:

Drey Dearing, Colby Rush, Tony Osbun, CJ Sharp, DJ Burris, Doug Carmean, Brice Fackler, Kollin Stollar, Jay Bostelman, Keith Kissling, Bethany Schafer Tanya Beamer, Shellie Crabtree, Ashlee Dawson, Holly Fields, Kathy Forester, James Furr, Tara Howell, Dennis Musser, Katie Mustain, Ashley Smith, Zach Snowden.

 

The board approved the transfers of Robin Eibling and Talia McKinniss within Kenton Elementary School.

 

The resignation of Shelby Ruhlen and John Georgeson.

 

Approve the hiring of Cassandra Battles, Christina Dick, Dylan Hunsicker, McKenzie Butterman, and Luke Abbott.

 

Approve Summer Help

Transportation:
Adam Burtchin, Mariah Clawson, Gary Dunahue, Jacob Eikenbary, Jeff McQuown.

 

Custodial:
Steve Black, Charles Fox, Jaimee Frey, Bo Hoppe, Caitlin Johnson, David Kah, Kevin Kapanka Jr., Karen Murphy, Jennifer Spencer.

 

Cafeteria:
Vickie Clements, Dee Kinnear, Maggie Kirk, Tammy Legge, Donna Martin, Kelli Reese

Kenton High School’s Graduation List Was Approved.

 

Other Approved Items:

*KHS Cheerleaders - BGSU Cheer Camp.

*Renewal of the voluntary student accident insurance with Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company offered by Student Protective Agency.

*Approve the Assistive Technology contract with West Central Ohio Assistive Technology Center/Auglaize County ESC.

*Policy 5460 - Graduation Requirements.

*Medical Leave for Various Staff Members.

*KHS Summer Football Activities.

*Increase of KES Lunch by 10 cents.

*McGraw-Hill K-12 English/Language Arts Curriculum.

 

The board dismissed to executive session to discuss the finalization of the bus garage, no further action was taken.

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Upper Scioto Valley Drama Club Holds Award Ceremony

On  Monday May 8th, the USV Drama Club held the annual BERT Awards.

 

 

At this event the Drama Club gives out awards. Some of these awards are Best Actor, Best Actress, Rising Star, Friend of the Arts, and Dream Thespian.

 

A few special awards were given out as well. They were, First Year Awards, Second Year Awards, Third Year Awards, Fifth Year Awards, Sixth Year Awards, and First Stage Kiss Award. The theme for the awards was Disney Princes and Princesses.

 

The Drama Club was nominated for and won Best Production for the play "And A Child Shall Lead" at the TAB Awards, which is the county wide drama awards.  ‚Äč

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Crash Occurs in Downtown Kenton

A crash occurred at the intersection of Columbus and Market in Kenton.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Tommy Leffler was stopped at a stop sign, and failed to yield to Christina Steele. Leffler stated that Steele had stopped at the stop sign to attend to her purse. Steele said that when she looked back up, Leffler’s vehicle was right in front of her.

 

No further information is available.

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Ada Native, CEO Speaks at ONU Commencment

An Ada native who is now the president and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corp. spoke about the power of “servant leadership” at the 146th Undergraduate Commencement ceremony Sunday at Ohio Northern University.


Walt Bettinger, an Ada High School graduate with strong ties to the university, told some 400 undergraduates that leadership is conveyed only by one’s ability to serve others.


As president and CEO of Charles Schwab, Bettinger leads a workforce of some 16,000 full-time employees from across the globe.

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Police Search for Lima Shooting Suspects

Police are searching for three males after several shots were fired by two groups of teens in west-central Lima Sunday morning. 

 

According to WLIO Lima police, were called to a scene in the 300-block of N. Collett Street at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday to reports of several shots exchanged between two groups of young men.

 

Shots hit two nearby houses and multiple vehicles. No one was hurt and three juveniles are being sought, but police have not yet released their names.

 

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Lima Police Department.

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University of Findlay Business Honor Society Donates Funds to Community

Delta Mu Delta, University of Findlay’s business honor society chapter, this month donated $7,000 to the community from funds raised during fall 2016 and spring 2017 events.

 

Recipients include:


Children’s Mentoring Connection – $1,500 to support Bowling for Kids and the educational scholarship fund;


City Mission – $1,000 for book bags, school supplies and school clothes for children at the homeless shelter;


Hancock Saves – $1,000 for book bags and school supplies for children in Findlay;


Donnell Middle School – $1,000 for special equipment and hokki stools to be used in a special needs classroom that serves autistic students;


UF Giving Green Campaign – $500 for a tree at the new Center for Student Life and College of Business.
The remaining funds will be used to help support the University’s annual Christmas on Campus event.
 

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Just Shy of 10,000 Entities File To Do Business In Ohio

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced 9,569 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during April 2017, an increase of 263 when compared to the same month in 2016. 


So far, 42,633 new entities have filed to do business in Ohio in 2017. Due to the use of Ohio Business Central, the online business filing site founded by Secretary Husted in 2013, this number continues to climb. Already in 2017, three out of every four entities founded were started online.

 

From the time Ohio Business Central was launched until the end of April 2017, the Secretary of State’s Office has processed over 240,000 online filings.  

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Lakeview Man Arrested

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lakeview man for a felony count of rape Thursday related to incidents involving a 10-year-old boy.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that James E. Putsch, 35, was placed into custody Thursday afternoon.


Deputies had been contacted by officials regarding incidents that reportedly occurred at Putsch’s address between 2014 and 2016.


Thursday, Putsch was asked to report to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, and after detectives interviewed him, he was placed under arrest, Logan County Sheriff Randall J. Dodds said.


Additional charges could be forthcoming, according to the paper.

 

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Six Individuals and HN Football Team Inducted Into Hardin County Sports HOF

Six individuals and the 2004 Hardin Northern football team were inducted into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame at its 7th annual induction ceremony on Saturday night at Upper Scioto Valley.

 

 

Joining the Hall of Fame were long-time Kenton girls basketball coach Bob Davis, Ohio Northern roundball star D'Artis Jones, Forest standout athlete Don Lease, Ohio Northern volleyball coach Sheila Wallace Kovalchik, Ada hoops coach Gene Fries and ONU gridiron great Stacey Hairston. 

 

 

The 2004 Hardin Northern football team, which finished 14 and 1 and won the Division VI state championship, was also inducted into the hall.

 

Scholarship Recipients: Elizabeth 'Libby' Milks, Chris Deardorff, Taryn Fullom

 

Also on Saturday, the Hall of Fame awarded three scholarships to local athletes, with Kenton's Chris Deardorff and the Ada duo of Elizabeth Milks and Taryn Fullom each receiving $500 scholarships.

 

The Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame now consists of 41 members and seven teams.

 

View the photo gallary here.

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Nursing Week Salute Concludes Today with Spotlight on Area Nurse

 

National Nurses Week wraps up today, and so does WKTN’s week long series spotlighting nursing careers in our area.

 

 

 

 

Today we feature Heather Hokens, the Infections Preventionist at Marion General Hospital and Hardin Memorial Hospital. She said she’s been in nursing for 23 years now and said her career has exceeded her expectations, “I got into it to help people, and I think I had a certain picture of that in my mind with what that would be like. As I’ve gotten deeper into nursing, I’ve found that look look like a number of different things. What I do now on the surface to me wouldn’t seem like it really does much for the patients, but it does just in a different way, so it’s been an excellent career. I highly recommend it.”

 

Hokens added she has no regrets choosing nursing as her career, “I’ve just been blessed from the day I started honestly. It’s been a good career. It’s been challenging and interesting, and I’ve met some wonderful people along the way. If I had it do all over again and I could pick from anything I want, which I guess I could have, I would do the same thing.”

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our week long series spotlighting nursing during this National Nurses Week, and on behalf of all us here at WKTN, we say thank you nurses.”

 

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