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Woman Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to the report from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Jo L. Walters was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. As part of the sentence, she must permanently surrender her nursing license to the State Board of Nursing.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Kenton Man Placed on Suicide Watch in Logan County Jail


A Kenton man is accused of assaulting a fellow inmate this week while in the Logan County Jail.


WPKO Radio reported that 34 year old Dustin Harber assaulted 34 year old James Gilliam Jr., of Bellefontaine, while both were incarcerated in the jail.


Another inmate reported seeing Harber punch Gilliam three times in the head and then kick him twice. Gilliam was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment.


After being moved to another cell block, Harber then attempted to hang himself, but jail staff members were able to thwart the suicide attempt. He was then placed on suicide watch.



Garage Damaged by Fire Thursday


A detached garage on a property located in the 7000 block of State Route 309 was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon.


McGuffey firefighters were dispatched to the property owned by Jessica Shepherd.


A 4 wheeler in the garage is blamed for starting the fire which resulted in minor damage the structure.


Firefighters were on the scene for a short time.





United Way Continues to Seek Donations


The 2018 United Way campaign continues to seek donations.


Campaign officials said payroll deductions remain the easiest and most popular way to donate.


The money raised goes to support not for profit agencies that provide an array of services to residents of Hardin County.


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



Ada Police Personnel Entertain VanCrest Residents


Members of the Ada Police Department entertained residents of the VanCrest Nursing and Assisted Living Facility this week.


Each month, officers meet with the residents to present guests and conduct informational programs.


The month, the group decided to perform Christmas music in honor of the season.


The Ada Police Ensemble are officially being dubbed Mike and the COP-per Tones.



Ridgemont Board Conducts December Meeting

The following are highlights from the Ridgemont Schools Board of Education held Thursday evening.
Ridgemont is proud to recognize the following students, staff, FFA Chapter, and Board Memberaccomplishments:
Congratulations to Ridgemont FFA Chapter for receiving the following national awards:
-Top 10 FFA Premier Chapter in the Nation in two divisions – Growing Leaders Division and Building Communities Division.
- National Proficiency Finalist, who are top 4 in the USA.
- Nole Gerfen in Diversified Agriculture
- Nathan Stacklin in Diversified Horticulture
- Keaton Fout in Forage Production
Congratulations Ridgemont FFA!
Congratulations to Nole Gerfen-National FFA Proficiency Award in Diversified Agriculture
It is a rarity for a students to win one, but to win two in a row is unheard of and now Nole has won
three in a row! Congratulations Nole!
Congratulations to Cami Lowery, a member of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter. Cami’s SAE project and proficiency for FFA needs to be applauded. Cami showed her Netherland Dwarf Rabbits at the American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention in Indianapolis in October. At the convention, Cami placed third in the Breed Identification contest. She was the District 8 Achievement Winner and National Runner-Up for submitting a 500 word application on her work with rabbits in the county, state and national levels. In the educational contest, she entered a drawing of one of her rabbit and was named the National Winner in the Art Division, with this drawing she is the Featured Artist and was photographed and featured in the Rabbit Tutor website where her drawing can be purchased. Cami has won many County, State and National awards and is the 2017 American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club Queen. Congratulations Cami!
Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Jolliff, Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor. Mrs. Jolliff received the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators. This program recognizes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession—those who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities.
Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education.
Mrs. Jolliff also received the 2017 Association for Career and Technical Education Region I Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. Mrs. Jolliff was recognized at the ACTE Awards Banquet as one the 5 finalists for the 2018 National Title and on December 6 in Nashville, and then was awarded the NATIONAL CARL PERKINS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. 
Mrs. Jolliff is very deserving of this award as this community has seen her leadership develop their students into highly productive citizens. Congratulations Mrs. Jolliff!
Thank you to Mr. Dave Copp, outgoing Board of Education Member. We would like to thank Mr. Copp for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Ridgemont Local School District. Mr. Copp has witnessed many changes at Ridgemont and always given his time to make the school a better educational environment for all students.
The Board approved a salary adjustment and a substitute teacher for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year.
An agreement was approved for the Midwest Regional ESC to represent the business of the Ridgemont Local School District, Ms. Sally Henrick will represent Ridgemont. Memberships and legal fund assistance to the Ohio School Board’s Association were approved as well as updates for access controls.
The Board Re-organizational Meeting was approved for January 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Conference Room. The January Regular Board meeting will follow and then a Board Work Session. A President Pro Temp was approved for the Re-organizational meeting.
Thank you to the following who gave donations to the Ridgemont Local School District:
*Anonymous Donor-Elementary Secret Santa-$250-Students who are not able to purchase presents for their family are given vouchers to buy gifts.
*McCullough Industries-Donation of forklift to use for FFA Fruit Delivery
*Kenton Walmart-Todd Walter-Donation for annual Senior Citizen Luncheon-$504.00
The 2018 January Board Reorganizational and Regular Board Meetings have been scheduled for January 11th at 5:00 pm in the Conference Room and a Board Work Session will follow.


Fire Destroys Rural Forest House


A house was totally destroyed by fire Wednesday night.


The Forest Fire Department was dispatched just after 5 to the residence located at 5102 County Road 205.


The house, which was occupied by the family of Daniel and Brandi Kemmere, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.


There were no injuries, and the blaze remains under investigation.


The American Red Cross was on the scene to help provide assistance to the family, which lost everything in the fire.


A fund to help the family has been set up at Quest Federal Credit Union. Anyone wanting to contribute can do so at any Quest location.



Several Crashes Blamed on Slippery Road Conditions


Slippery road conditions were blamed for several crashes that occurred Wednesday evening and into the overnight.


One crash occurred on South Main Street in Dunkirk just before 9 last night.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's, a car driven by Derick Craig, of Kenton, struck a tree. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Dunkirk EMS.


There were no injuries reported in the other mishaps, including one that occurred on State Route 53 near Grant where a car ended up off the road and struck a power pole.



Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund Seeking Donations


The Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund is asking for donations to help supply shoes to students in need.


The organization strives to provide shoes to Hardin County students from kindergarten to 12th grade 365 days a year.


A total of 310 pairs of shoes were distributed last year, and Director Sandy Moore said there has been an increase of applications this year. She noted that 194 applications have been served, and 428 pairs of shoes have been purchased.


To help the local charity, which honors the memory of former Kenton teacher Helen Mabrey, donations can be sent to the Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Post Office Box 505 in Kenton.



Holiday Event Scheduled at Kenton High School


The Kenton-Ohio High Point FFA is hosting a holiday themed event on Monday December 18th at the Kenton High School Cafeteria.


The Holiday Bring and String will start with registration at 6 that evening. The String Art Workshop will then run from 6:30 to 8pm.


Snacks and project supplies will be provided.



Ridgemont School Will Be in Session December 21


Ridgemont School will be in session on Thursday December 21.


According to the school's Facebook page, information on the calendar on the lunch menu is incorrect.


Ridgemont will dismiss one hour early on December 21 as the school begins its Christmas break.



Immunization Clinic in Forest Cancelled for December and January


The Kenton-Hardin Health Department will not have their monthly immunization clinic in Forest in December or January.


Forest officials were notified of the cancellations on Wednesday.


The Health Department plans to resume their normal monthly schedule in February.



Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education Members Recognized For Years of Service

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – The Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education recognized two outgoing board members for their dedication to the students at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center during Wednesday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting. The Board recognized Nancy Osborne (Upper Scioto Valley) for her 5 years of service and Vice President Bill Ramsey (Benjamin Logan) for his 14 years of service to the board.
“We appreciate the service and dedication Nancy and Bill have shown to the district and to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “They will be missed, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. We look forward to working with new board members as we continue to provide our students a 21st century education for the modern-day workforce.”
During the meeting, in the second of two votes required by legal process, the Board unanimously accepted the certificate of the county auditor and approved a resolution declaring intent to proceed with placing a modest .6 mill permanent improvement issue on the May 8, 2018 ballot to renovate the career center’s 43-year old building to provide students advanced technical training for 21st century jobs. This is the first time in 40 years the district has placed an issue on the ballot.
To learn more about the upcoming permanent improvement issue, please visit www.ohiohipoint.com.
The Board approved employment of Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH) as the HVAC-Electrical instructor effective July 1, 2018. The HVAC-Electrical program is new for the 2018-2019 school year, and has been established to help meet the industry demands and provide a successful career path for students.  
The Board also approved employment of Veronnica McCord (Bellefontaine, OH) as the Facilities and Grounds Secretary, effective Nov. 30, 2017.
Alexis Christon, an Allied Health and Nursing senior from Upper Scioto Valley High School, and Hunter Tuel, a Welding and Fabrication senior from Marysville High School, were recognized as the December Students of the Month.
Jon Cook, Dean of Students, was recognized as the December Staff Member of the Month.
In other board action:
.Heard the Legislative Report from Paul McMahill
.Approved the action items recommended by the Treasurer including the November 2017 Financial Statement, interest and investments, appropriation modifications, transfers, and advances, and appropriation increases and decreases
.Approved the revised depository agreements to comply with the Pooled Collateral Program
.Approved the textbook adoption as presented
.Approved internship agreements with Area Electric (Sidney, OH), Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield, OH), and Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, LTD (Bellefontaine, OH)
.Approved employment of Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH) as an hourly, as-needed classified staff member, and Dean Morter (Urbana, OH) and Scott Wasserman (Urbana) as hourly, as-needed certified staff
.Approved extended days and a teacher’s supplemental contract for Michael Hyder (Zanesfield, OH)
.Approved a one-time stipend for approved cafeteria operations staff members
.Approved a stipend for the SkillsUSA Regional Coordinator
.Accepted the FY16 audit results as presented
The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 10, 2018. A reorganization meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a regular board meeting at 7 p.m. 


5 Injured in 3 Vehicle Crash Late Tuesday Morning


Five people were injured in a three vehicle crash that occurred just after 11 Tuesday morning on State Route 309 at the west edge of Kenton.


According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car being driven by 56 year old John Thomas, of Kenton, was preparing to turn into a driveway from 309, and a vehicle behind him, which was driven by 34 year old Adam Smith, of Delphos, slowed down as well. A third vehicle operated by 20 year old Lucas McLane, of Lakeview, failed to slow in time and struck the rear of the Smith vehicle, pushing it into the Thomas car.


Smith was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Thomas and three passengers in his car were all transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


McLane was not injured. He was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



Two Thefts Reported to Police on Tuesday


A couple of theft complaints were taken by Kenton police on Tuesday.


According to information on the daily log sheet, Christmas lights were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Scioto Street.


Also, packages were stolen from a porch in the 700 block of South Main Street.


The incidents are under investigation.



Hardin County Sheriff's Office Set For Shop With a Cop


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office Shop With a Cop is set for this Saturday December 16.


The 6th annual event allows children from Hardin County to spend a fun filled day with Hardin County law enforcement and volunteers.


Each child will be provided a gift card to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for their families at Walmart.


After shopping, everyone returns to the Sheriff’s Office for lunch and fun. The children wrap the gifts they purchased and Santa will be stopping by to greet all of the children.



Nominations Still Being Sought For Alliance Awards


Nominations are still be sought for the 2017 Alliance Annual Awards.


The 2017 categories are Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Service, Women LEAD Excellence Award and Young Professionals Alliance Award.


Nominations are due by December 31 and can be dropped off at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street in Kenton.



Alliance Presents Update to County Commissioners


The Hardin County Commissioners received a monthly update from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.


CEO Jon Cross and Board President Brian Sprang explained their role in bringing new development to Hardin County. Usually realtors and brokers contact them for space and they bring landowners and the realtor together.


They also reported that the second Student Job Fair will be March 2. Juniors and Seniors are invited.



Man Reports Male Subject Waved Gun at Him


A resident in the 700 block of West Lima Street reported a male subject waved a handgun at him.


The incident was reported Monday.


According to the report, following a brief exchange of words with one male, the resident said another male appeared from around the corner with the handgun.


The two suspects left after the resident told them he has a handgun inside, and the incident is under investigation.



Relay For Life Team Holding Christmas Dinner


The Kroger Relay For Life Team is sponsoring a Christmas Dinner.


The menu consists of baked steak or ham and all the trimmings and will be served Sunday December 17 from noon until 4 at Amvets Post 1994 located at 417 West Espy Street in Kenton.


Tickets , which can be purchased from any Kroger Crusader Relay member, are $10 for those 13 and older and $7 for senior citizens and 12 and under.


All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.



Hi Point Receives Award From Auditor's Office

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Auditor of State Dave Yost recently announced Ohio Hi-Point Career Center as a recipient of the Auditor of State Award for the district’s clean audit report.
The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts that meet the qualifications of a clean audit upon the completion of a financial audit.
Timely financial reports were filed by Ohio Hi-Point Career Center with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). The audit report did not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs. In addition, Hi-Point’s management letter contained no comments related to:
.Ethics referrals
.Questioned costs less than $10,000
.Lack of timely report submission
.Failure to obtain a timely Single Audit
.Findings for recovery less than $100
.Public meetings or public records
The award was first offered after Auditor Dave Yost took office in January 2011. Ohio Hi-Point has received the Auditor of State Award for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years.


Santa Cops Campaign a Success in Forest


A successful Santa Cops campaign was conducted in Forest.


With proceeds raised from an annual bake sale at the Charlie Brown Christmas, a donation $410 was made to the Forest Police Department.


Also there were many generous people who donated coats, hats and toys that totaled $350 that will go a long way towards helping out area families this Christmas.



NWS: Snow Squalls Expected

According to the National Weather Service, A low pressure system and an associated cold front will move through through the region tonight, followed by an upper level disturbance on Tuesday. This will lead to an increasing chance of snow showers and some patchy freezing drizzle later tonight with more widespread snow showers continuing during the day on Tuesday. 

Behind the cold front, a much colder airmass will move into the area on Tuesday with temperatures falling into the 20s through the day. Northwest winds will also increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph possible. This will lead to occasional snow squalls through the day with a quick 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Rapidly changing visibilities will also be possible with brief near whiteout conditions possible.

If you are planning travel late tonight and through the day on Tuesday, be prepared for icy roads and rapidly changing driving conditions.


Car Ends Up Inside a House in Wyandot County


An Arlington man is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a weekend crash in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 9000 block of County Highway 81 to investigate a report of a vehicle crashing into a house.


Following an investigation, it was determined a car being driven by 36 year old Benjamin A. Steinmetz was travelling north on 81 when he ran off the right side of the road. The car spun around, travelled through a yard and crashed into the residence. The car ended up almost completely inside the house and ended through the floor and partially in the basement.


Steinmetz was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. No one in the house was injured.


The driver admitted to consuming several beers in a short time as well as smoking marijuana.


A small amount of marijuana was found inside the car, and in addition to OVI, Steinmetz is also facing a charge of possession of marijuana.



Driver Cited Following Minor Crash in Kenton


A minor crash was reported in Kenton late Sunday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 69 year old Margaret A. Noftz, of Washington Courthouse, was driving north on Fontaine Street when she looked down at something in her vehicle. When she looked back up, she was unable to stop in time, and her car struck the rear of vehicle that was stopped for a red light at Espy Street.


Light damage occurred to the vehicles, and Noftz was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



None Injured in Kenton House Blaze

A house fire occurred in the 500 block of North Glendale street in Kenton over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Fire Department, a structure fire occurred in the 500 block of North Glendale Street. The fire is believed to have started in the ceiling of the home catching the wood of the residence on fire. The report states that the fire was contained in the ceiling of the house causing damage to one story of the building which resulted in moderate damage.


The Kenton Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze in roughly an hour with the assistance of other departments. The damage to the home is estimated to be around $20,000 dollars. No injuries were reported.



Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Milecha Whitacre was sentenced to 11 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.


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


.Shannon A. Archer on one count each of theft and attempted tampering with records. He must pay $7600 in restitution to Job and Family Services.


.Morgan R. Bodine on one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.


.Robert J. McKenzie on one count of domestic violence.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Ridgemont Educator Wins National Award


The Association for Career and Technical Education announced its 2018 national award winners in seven different award categories.


Among those receiving an award was Ridgemont teacher Stephanie Jolliff, who was the recipient of the Carl Perkins Community Service Award.


This award recognizes individuals who have used Career and Technical Education to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.


Jolliff has served as the Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor at Ridgemont since 2005.


She was one of five finalists for the 2018 national title.


The national winners for each award were announced at an awards banquet that took place this past Wednesday evening.



Items Stolen Off Porch in Kenton


A Kenton resident reported that packages were stolen off his porch.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 100 block of North Market Street said that the packages contained a space heater and an air mattress.


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



Christmas Decorations Stolen


Several Christmas decorations were stolen from a residence in the 400 block of North Market Street.


According to the report, the items included a blow up Christmas tree, Santa on a tractor and a snowman.


The theft is under investigation.



Hardin County Dog Warden Urges Dog Owners to Purchase Tags

The 2018 Hardin County Dog Tags went on sale earlier this month.
Dog Warden Jamie Burchiel said you can purchase them at several locations around the county.
The cost is $16, but that doubles after January 31, 2018 and you could also receive a citation.
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Treasurer Presents Investment Report to Commissioners


Treasurer Denise Althauser submitted the November Investment Report to Hardin County Commissioners this week.


Total interest for November was just over $30,000 with total interest to date for 2017 at $297,411.


The total interest year to date for 2016 was just over $219,000.



Alliance Holds Annual Luncheon


The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held their Annual Luncheon Thursday.


CEO Jon Cross spoke about how the chamber is up to 300 members. He also talked about a new plan for a better and more streamlined approach to communications committees and membership by providing a Quarterly Breakfast Meetings.


The Hardin County Brochure is available at the chamber office and is a great asset to communicate with new businesses, visitors, and community.


The chamber is also seeking nominations for the Annual Awards Banquet. Nominations need to be submitted to the chamber by December 31st.



KPD Investigating Theft Complaints


A couple of theft complaints were received by Kenton police on Wednesday.


According to the reports, a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of North Ida Street. Two female suspects were charged as a result.


Also, a resident in the 200 block of South High Street told officers packages were stolen off his porch.


The incident is under investigation.



2017 Mistletoe Ball Raises $52,000


The Mistletoe Ball held this past Saturday was another success story.


According to a release, the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation sponsored event raised $52,000. The money will go towards the renovation project of the OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Department,2 North.


Pictured from left to right: Jim and Sandy Pruden and Sharon and Duane Davis


The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales and the traditional silent and live auctions that were held that evening.


Mistletoe Ball Chairperson Linda Smith said she appreciates all the community support, and she hopes to see everyone at next year's ball.



Fight Involving Large Group of Juveniles Reported Wednesday


Officers were also called to a report of a fight on Wednesday.


According to the report, the fight occurred at the corner of Lark and Clover Lanes.


A large group of juveniles were said to be involved.


Several suspects were listed but no charges have been filed at this time.



Ben Logan School Mourning Loss of Student


Grief counselors are set up at Ben Logan School following the death of a student.


According to information from Superintendent Dave Harmon, an 8th grade student took his own life Tuesday night.


Ben Logan is open today, and students were welcome to attend classes or meet with counselors throughout the day.


The superintendent said several mental health professionals are on site today as students mourn the loss.

In the time since we originally broke this story, the Bellefountaine Examiner reported that 13 year old Blaine Morris was found outside of his residence in Belle Center after an apparent self-inflicted death. Emergency responders arrived on scene around 3am after a call from a neighbor. The child's parents told deputies that he went to bed around 9pm and they hadn't noticed any unusual behavior. 
Authorities noted that an investigation that is pending will examine the boy's cellphone recrods.


Hardin County Democratic Party to Host Christmas Party


The annual Hardin County Democratic Party Christmas Holiday Dinner will be held next Wednesday evening, December 13 at Henry's Restaurant in Kenton.


Holiday greetings from Chairman Michael Hubbell will be at 6:00 PM with the catered dinner to follow.


Hardin County citizens that support the Democratic Party are encouraged to attend. Dinner will cost $16.00 payable Wednesday evening. All attendees are encouraged to bring holiday gift items for the Donkey Auction.


Reservations may be made by calling Michael Hubbell at 416-673-6346.



Ag Society Releases Minutes of December Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Eighteen directors were present and 13 guests were present. 
Craig Stump, President, called the meeting to order.
Rick Bard, representing the Mid Ohio Cushman’s Club, requested to have a meeting to discuss the idea of having their annual scooter show at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  The organization is looking into having a new site for May of 2019.  A meeting was set for Wednesday, Dec. 6th at 1pm to discuss this idea further.  
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the Jr. Fair Board, stated they are currently looking for new Jr. Fair Board members, with hopes of some of them attending the annual OFMA convention in January.  
A thank you was read from Kim Butcher, Central Ohio Tractor Pullers.
Corey Ledley, Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee discussed the executive committee meeting minutes.  The board moved to pay off the loan the board has with Quest Federal Credit Union.  The Annual Holiday Dinner at the Plaza Inn Rest., will be on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 6pm.  The board moved to start having a cleaning fee of $200 for use of the chair covers in the community building.  There is currently no charge for using the chair covers and no cleaning fee.  The board also moved to change the linear footage charge for boats, trailers, rv’s etc. from $7.00 to $10.00 – which will go into effect next season.  Meal ticket prices were agreed to change during the 2018 fair to $12 max on the adult meal ticket and increase the Jr. Meal ticket to $6.  Monthly board meetings are being changed to the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm, to start on March 7th, 2018.  The board moved to change the office hourly staff rate and increase the Sec./Treasurer salary.  Employee contracts were updated for 2018.  The 2018 budget was approved.  Jason Fulton was nominated for the Buck Twp. Director for one year.  Current directors then voted by paper for the Director at Large Vacancy for one year.  Those interested in the position were:  Jeff Haudenschield, Justin Dick, Eric Haudenschield, Earnie Davis and Dale Cockerell.  After voting was done, the top vote getter was Dale Cockerell.  The 2018 code of conduct was then signed by all board members.  Judi Cronley then swore in directors Jeff Morris and Jason Fulton.  Two new members for the executive committee were voted on by paper vote with Howard Lyle and Paul Ralston winning those votes.  They will join committee members:  Craig Stump, President, Corey Ledley, Vice President, Kelly Buchenroth, and Brad Murphy.  
Kelly Buchenroth, chairman of the Grounds Committee, stated they are working on prices for trading in the mower.  Judi Cronley stated winter storage is full except for small items and vehicles that can still be stored.  
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, discussed the entertainer survey that was done through Facebook.  Dylan Scott, with an opener, won by a 77% margin over Michael Ray.  There were 456 people who voted.  The board moved to offer Dylan Scott more money to try and secure him as our entertainer if needed.  Rob discussed the KOI drag racing idea for Wednesday night of the fair and needs ideas for the Hour of Inspiration.  Brad Murphy then discussed other free entertainment for the week of the fair.  The board moved to have Bear Hollow Wood Carvers and a glass blower for the week.    
Judi Cronley announced there are still 16 families that need to cash their Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitor checks.  Don Spar stated he will address this issue.  It was noted internet options for fairground use and especially for the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale are being researched.  Don Spar announced the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 7pm with the Livestock Committees meeting after this meeting.  
Under old business:  
Judi Cronley discussed those wanting to attend the annual OFMA convention in January.  
Under new business: 
It was announced Ray Davis will be inducted into the Ohio Fair Managers Associations Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 7th, 2018.  Other inductees from Hardin County have been Giles Koehler in 1997 and Dave Howard in 2007.  The Board will receive one communication award during the Ohio Dept. of Ag. Breakfast, also on Sunday, Jan. 7th.  The next regular board meeting will be Thursday, December 21st at 6:00pm at the Plaza Inn Rest, in Mt. Victory for a dinner and meeting.  The board will be honoring 4 past directors for their long time service to the board. 


American Architecture Course Offered at ONU


Community members can join Ohio Northern University students for the course “American Architecture: Understanding the World Around You” during spring semester 2018 at ONU.


The course will examine the importance of architecture in understanding history and the built environment.


The first class will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. January 23 and will continue each Tuesday throughout the term, except during spring break March 5-9.


Individuals who are not ONU students can attend course sessions without enrolling, and a schedule of topics will be available so non-ONU students can select which discussions to attend.



Ridgemont FFA Hosting Shop Local Event Friday Evening


The Ridgemont FFA is hosting a Ridgemont Shop Local Event this Friday from 5:30 until 9 at the Ridgemont School in Mt. Victory.


You'll be able to take your Christmas list and get your shopping done locally.


More than 15 local vendors will be at the event.



Cridersville Runaway Juvenile Crashes Stolen Car


A runaway juvenile was involved in a crash that occurred Monday morning on County Road 265 near the intersection with State Route 31 in Buck Township.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a 14 year old boy from Cridersville, Ohio, was driving a vehicle east on 265 and failed to negotiate a curve. The car went off the north side of the road, travelled through a yard and crashed into a tree. The vehicle he was driving was reported stolen in Auglaize County.


The juvenile was not injured. He was detained and later released into the custody of the Cridersville Police Department. The incident remains under investigation.


Sheriff's Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Kenton Fire Department and BKP Ambulance.



Vehicle Sideswiped Parked Car Monday Afternoon


A two vehicle crash occurred Monday afternoon in the 300 block of North Wayne Street in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 58 year old Gregory S. Hatfield, of Arcadia, was driving north on Wayne when his vehicle sideswiped a parked minivan.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hatfield was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



Ada Senior Citizens Group to Meet December 13


The Ada Senior Citizens will meet Wednesday, December 13 in the Community Room of the Ada Community Health Professionals on South Main Street.  


Breakfast will be provided.


Members and guests attending are invited to bring packaged food, candy or items they would like to donate to fill the 35 baskets that will be packed and distributed to friends in the Ada Area.  


Citizens age 55 and over who reside in the Ada area are invited to come and join the group for a $10 annual membership fee and participate in the twice-monthly meetings and activities.



Red Cross Encourages Blood Donors During Holiday Season


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.


In December, donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.


To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets December 21, 2017, through January 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.


In Hardin County, two blood drives are scheduled this month. First in Kenton on December 18 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church on County Road 175, then on December 27 from 2 until 7 at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182 in Forest.



Hunters Take More Deer During First Week of 2017 Gun Season


Hunters checked 72,814 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2017 weeklong deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Last year, hunters checked 66,758 deer over the season. Hardin County hunters took 529 deer, compared to 477 last year.


There are two days of deer-gun season remain. That is on Saturday, December 16, and Sunday the 17th.


The muzzleloader season is January 6-9, 2018, and archery season remains open through Sunday, February 4, 2018.



Kenton Woman Reports Identity Fraud


A Kenton woman reported an identity fraud to Kenton Police on Sunday.


According to the report, the woman said fraudulent activity resulted in the purchase of 3 Apple Iphone 8 plus phones, which didn’t authorize.


The value was listed at $3000.


The incident is under investigation.



Car Vandalism Reported in Kenton


A criminal damaging incident occurred over the weekend in the 400 block of North Leighton Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department,  a man told officers a tire on his vehicle was flattened sometime Saturday night.


The tire appeared to have been punctured.



ID Theft Reported to KPD

A complaint of theft was reported to the Kenton Police Department.


According to the report, a resident of the 700 block North Leighton Street alleges that his identity was stolen in the form of a debit or debit card. No suspect was listen on the report.


The investigation continues.



Candy Cane Tour Set For Sunday


Keep Hardin County Beautiful will present the Candy Cane Tour of Homes and Businesses this Sunday.


Director Deb Phillips talks about some of the stops on the tour, "We have two historical homes on the tour this year and one newer home, and those are for people to see how you decorate your to see those grandier homes, and then the businesses just gives them a little bit of advertising, but they also decorate very well, and so you just want people to see that too."


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



American Red Cross to be at Forest Christmas Event


The American Red Cross of Hardin County, North Central Ohio Chapter, will be at The Charlie Brown Christmas in Forest, Sunday December 11 in the Jackson Forest Library.


Stop by the table to pick up information on winter storm preparedness, fire prevention, and being Red Cross Ready in the event of any disaster .


You can also learn about the free smoke alarm campaign and all the other education and services provided before and after disaster hits.


Audrey Hankins will be at the table to answer any questions you may have about the American Red Cross.



Ada Woman Suffers Fatal Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Near Dublin


An Ada woman was found suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on U.S. 33 near Dublin Thursday morning.


10TV News in Columbus quoted the Union County Sheriff's Office as saying 21 year old Kera-Ann N. Bollinger was found lying in the grass outside the passenger side of a vehicle. A handgun was recovered on the pavement.


Bollinger was transported to Dublin Methodist Hospital where she later was pronounced dead.


The incident remains under investigation.



Crash With Injuries Reported Wednesday Night


A crash was reported Wednesday night on Township Road 45 at County Road 110.


The crash with injuries was reported around 10:50 last night.


No other information is available at this time from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.



Commissioners Receive Updates From Sheriff and JFS Director


The Hardin County Commissioners received an update from Sheriff Keith Everhart at Tuesday's meeting.


The Sheriff, along with Chief Deputy Dennis Burns, told the commissioners that body cameras will be updated for all deputies as well as the dog warden and kennel. They noted the updates will be made in January.


Job and Family Services Director John Folk also addressed the commissioners. One of the things he talked about was the number of households receiving food stamps. He noted that through October, 1481 households received food stamp assistance. He said the cost was $374,209.



Kenton Elks Holding Foul Shooting Contest


The annual Elks foul shooting contest has been set for this Sunday December 3 at the Kenton High School gymnasium.


The free event will start at 3 and is open to any Hardin County student between the ages of 8 and 13 as of April 1, 2018.


Shooters will attempt 25 foul shots and 3 boys and 3 girls winners will advance  to the District contest in Findlay in January.


From there, the winners advance to Regional, State and then National competitions.



Hardin County Sheriff Issues Scam Alert


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office has issued a scam alert.

According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, individuals have received phone calls telling them they have won a cash reward because they are a model citizen. They say that the award is in partnership with Walmart, Apple and an out of state bank.

The award is claimed by the person purchasing Apple gift cards at Walmart then calling a specified phone number where the gift card identification numbers are provided to a program representative. Afterwards, the cash value of the cards and the awarded prize amount supposedly will be sent to the person being scammed. Of course that money never arrives.

The Sheriff's Office said the best advice as always is to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and to hang up when you get these kinds of calls.

Never provide personal information to an unknown or unverified caller.




Kenton Girl Reports a Man Tried to Lure Her Into His Vehicle


A 15 year old female reported that a man tried to get her inside his vehicle while she was walking in the 500 block of West Franklin Street just after 8 Tuesday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a man was driving a tan minivan with a grey stripe down the side. She said she declined his invitation for a ride, and he then offered her alcohol and marijuana which she also declined and moved away from the van.


The victim said the van circled around several times. She said she last saw the van in the area of Wharton Park as she hid in the playground equipment.


The suspect is described as a thin built white male, who appeared to be in his mid 30's. He had a darker or tanned complexion and had what appeared to be acne scars on his face. He also had a goatee and medium length brown hair that was slicked and pulled back.


The investigation is on-going by the Kenton Police Department.



Dog Tags Go on Sale Friday Around Hardin County

The 2018 Dog Tags go on sale starting this Friday December 1.
Every dog three months of age and older must have a  license.
The fee for the tag is 16 dollars if purchased prior to January 31, 2018. After that date, there is a penalty of 16 dollars plus an 80 dollar kennel license. Anyone harboring an unlicensed dog will be cited into court, and will face a fine of between 25 to 150 dollars for the first offense. That increases to 75 up to 250 dollars for subsequent offenses.
The tags go on sale Friday at the following locations:
.Ace Hardware-Kenton
.Ada Animal Hospital-Ada
.Community First Bank-Forest
.Diamond M Vet Clinic-Kenton
.Forest Police Department-Forest
.Hepburn Feed and Supply-Hepburn
.Liberty National Bank-Ada
.Mouser Hardware-Ridgeway
.Mt. Victory Hardware-Mt. Victory
.Oates Vet Clinic-Kenton
.Pfeiffer Station General Store-Pfeiffer Station
.Rams Roost- McGuffey
.Southside Six Carry-Out-Dunkirk
They can also be purchased at the Hardin County Auditor's Office or at the Hardin County Dog Shelter.


Items Stolen From a Garage in Kenton


A garage was broken into and several items were stolen in the 600 block of Gilmore Street in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the resident said he noticed the door to his detached garage was open and noticed the items missing when he went inside the garage.


The incident is under investigation.



Alger Village Council Race Unchanged Following Recount


There are no changes in the Alger Village Council race following a recount conducted yesterday.


According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections, Steve Hunt, Donald Thompson, Steve Collingsworth and Donald Hensley were declared the winners.


Hunt, Thompson and Collingsworth won on election night while Hensley tied Linda Dienstberger.


Hensley won a coin flip last week.



HSLC Conducting Holiday Food and Toy Drive


A Kenton financial institution is currently conducting a holiday food and toy drive.


Barrels are set up at HSLC where non-perishable food items and unwrapped new toys can be dropped off through December 15.


The food collected will be given to Hardin County S.O.U.P., while the toys will go to Helping Hands.



Police Investigating Child Pornography Incident


A report of a minor being used in nudity oriented material was taken by Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, a woman in the 500 block of North Glendale Street said that her daughter was tricked into taking a topless photo of herself.


The investigation into the incident in ongoing.



Man Reports Television Stolen and Son as a Runaway


A theft and a runaway child were reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, officers received a complaint from a resident of Forest Court Apartments that a television was stolen.


The suspect was listed as the man's 17 year old son who was listed as a runaway.


The incident remains under investigation.



Rite Aid Employee Accused of Stealing Money


A theft of money by an employee of Rite Aid was reported to police.


According to the report, store officials told officers that an employee stole over $180 from the store over nine separate instances.


The employee allegedly admitted to the theft and was issued a misdemeanor summons for theft.



Watch Stolen From Columbus Street Apartment


A theft was also reported by a resident in the 200 block of West Columbus Street.


According to the report, the man said a watch valued at $225 was stolen from his apartment.


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



Two Houses Damaged by a Truck Monday Morning


Two properties on West Lima Street were damaged after a truck struck them Monday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 40 year old Tony Lee, of Michigan, was driving east on Lima Street and failed to negotiate a curve while preparing to turn left onto Franklin Street. The truck went off the right side of the road and struck a house at 417 West Franklin and came to rest after striking the house at 413.


There were no injuries, and Lee was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.



OhioHealth HMH Welcomes New Physician Assistant


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital welcomed a new physician assistant to the Kenton community.


According to a release, after practicing over five years at OhioHealth in Marion, Certified Physician Assistant Corey McMurray has joined OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians and will work in partnership with Jeffrey Neuhauser, MD; Christina Crum, MD; and Danita Podach, PA-C.  


He will be providing primary care services to patients of all ages including physical exams, wellness or illness care as well as management of chronic illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, allergies, asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.


McMurray has resided in Kenton for the past four years and has been active in the community serving as a Board member of Table One and the head coach for the Kenton youth wrestling team.  



Nominations Sought For Alliance Awards


Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Alliance Annual Awards.


The categories are Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Community Service Award, Women LEAD Excellence Award and Young Professionals Alliance Award.


Nomination forms can be found on the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance website, and must be turned in by December 31.



Garage Broken Into Over the Weekend


Several items were stolen following a weekend breaking and entering at a residence in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 300 block of North Main Street told officers that an air compressor,  television and two gas containers were stolen from a garage on his property.


The incident is under investigation.



Theft From Vehicle Reported Sunday


A theft from a vehicle at Westview Estates was reported to Kenton police on Sunday.


According to the report, the resident said cash and several credit and debit cards were stolen from the car.


The incident is under investigation.



Record Numbers Expected to Travel During Holiday Weekend


AAA predicts the highest Thanksgiving travel numbers since 2005, with  50.9 million Americans, including more than 2.1 million Ohioans, planning to travel at least 50 miles from home between today and Sunday, Nov. 26.


This is a 3.3 percent increase nationally from last year.


A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes, enabling a confident consumer to spend money on travel. This year’s Thanksgiving travel predictions are 35 percent higher than in 2008, during the recession.


Be safe in your travels, and from all of us here at WKTN Radio, Happy Thanksgiving!



Extension Office Releases Rainfall Amounts For Growing Season


The OSU Hardin County Extension Office released rainfall amounts for the 2017 growing season.


From April 15 through October 15, average rainfall was 28.25 inches, which made 2017 a wet year.


This is 4.90 inches above the ten-year average growing season precipitation, and 7.05 more inches of rain than last year’s growing season.


The most rainfall recorded during the growing season was 34.69 inches in Jackson Township. The least rainfall in the county was recorded in Dudley Township with 24.53 inches for the season.



Christmas Open House Scheduled in Mt. Victory


The Mt. Victory Christmas Open House is scheduled for December 2 and 3 in the village.


10 shops will be featuring holiday specials including antiques, crafts, repurposed and home decor items.


In addition, there will be horse drawn wagon rides, food and a tree lighting ceremony on Main and Taylor Streets.


The hours are 10am to 5pm on December 2 and from noon until 5 on December 3.



ONU Holding Jazz Jam Sessions


The jazz culture is blooming at Ohio Northern University thanks to weekly jam sessions that expand learning opportunities for students in settings that extend beyond the classroom.


A jam session is an informal gathering of musicians who play and improvise together, especially in jazz or blues, using no music and literally improvising “on the fly” as they play.


At ONU, jam sessions are run by Professor Gene Parker, who said jam sessions have created a jazz culture at ONU that didn’t exist previously.


Jam sessions occur at El Campo restaurant in Ada. The band usually consists of Parker and his students and, sometimes, other professional musicians in addition to Parker.



No Injuries Reported in Monday Afternoon Crash


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon in the 400 block of West Columbus Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 28 year old Stephanie Moore, of Ada, attempted to turn right onto Columbus and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 28 year old Brooklyn Shields, of Lakeview.


There were no injures, and Moore was cited for failing to yield the right of way.



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