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Kenton City Schools Board Meets, Hires Staff

to Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski and building principals introduced their staffs.


Penczarski noted that the district was awarded several grants including the Wildcat Community Connectors Grant through the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance as well as the Final Round of 21st Century Grant. Penczarski also noted that the district report is available here.


The Superintendent announced that all 4th - 6th grade students have an elective course to work on STEM courses in engineering to prepare for 7th grade coursework in collaboration with Ohio Hi Point.


Under Personnel Items

The board accepted the resignation of Angela Miller, KMS fall and winter cheerleading coach and Rebecca Clyborn, bus driver, and Delores Kinnear, KES cook

In employee supplemental contracts, the board approved Kim Gerding, Karen Nease, Rhoda Deitsch, Christina Cross, Jessica Parsley for the design team.

Kimberly Beach was approved in non-employee contracts as the  KMS fall and winter cheerleading coach.


The board created two new positions. Two are 2.25 hour education aides for busses, and one is a 4 hour van driver.

Salary adjustments were made for Brooke Boznango and Dustin Clapsaddle.


The board approved the hiring of Dorothy Britton, Dakota Getz, Lindsay Payne, Jacob Eikenbary, Delores Kinnear, Shawn Smith, Dylan Hunsicker.

Gloria Mullins, Brittney Arnold, Logan Howard, Rebecca Clyborn, Teresa Kindell were approved as various substitutes within the district.


Under Authorizations and Resolutions, the board approved the interdistrict contract with Auglaize County ESC, a new fund for 6th grade camp, the shared teacher service agreement between Kenton City Schools and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center for Ryan Collins and Jared Manns, Cross Categorical (CC) shared services agreement with Ridgemont Local Schools, the contract with North Central Ohio ESC, the contract with the North Central Ohio ESC, the shared transportation service agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools, the 8th grade trip to Washington DC, the bus contract with Ohio Hi-Point.


Finally, the board updated the 457 Plan with the Voya Company.


The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on September 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.



Possible Sex Offense Reported to KPD


A possible sex offense was reported to Kenton Police Sunday afternoon


According to the report from the department, officers were dispatched to Kenton Village Apartments to investigate a complaint that a 12 year old boy sexually touched a 6 year old girl.


The incident remains under investigation.



Kenton Smoke Testing Sanitary Sewers in 2nd Ward This Week


The City of Kenton will be smoke testing sanitary sewers in the 2nd Ward Tuesday through Friday.


Burl Helton, the Public Works Supervisor for the City of Kenton, talks about the purpose of smoke testing, "To identify the I & I infiltration, which is storm water getting into our sanitary sewers, so we'll be doing that starting Tuesday to Friday."


He said the goal is eliminate storm water from getting into the sanitary sewers, "Basically it will stop our sanitaries from overflowing is what we're trying to do. Whenever we get the big rains and it overloads our sanitaries."


What could residents in the 2nd Ward notice when smoke testing is done Tuesday through Friday?, "They might see white smoke coming up next to their home if their downspouts are tied to the sanitary or they might see smoke coming in the middle of the road where manholes have holes in them, so they might see smoke coming into the roads."


Helton added the smoke is non-toxic.



Occupants Escape Injury in 2 Vehicle Crash


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, two cars collided in the 1900 block of State Route 309 just after one Sunday afternoon.


The four occupants in the cars were not injured.


The crash was reported by a passerby.


No other information is available at this time.



RV Headed to Scrapyard Catches Fire Sunday


A recreational vehicle caught fire while being taken to the scrap yard over the weekend.


According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the 13,000 block of U.S. 68 to extinguish the vehicle that is owned by Sam Shafer.


The owner had the engine, transmission and tires removed from the vehicle at the time.


No damage estimate was since the vehicle was going to be scraped.



Kenton School Board Meets Tonight


The Kenton City Schools Board of Education will meet tonight.


Personnel items, including employee and non-employee supplemental contracts, are on the agenda.

Several other items will be acted on, and new Kenton School staff members will be introduced as well.


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



Items Reported Stolen From Main Street Residence


A theft was reported in Kenton on Saturday according to the Kenton Police Department.


The theft occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in Kenton. According to the report a Television and Craftsmen toolbox was stolen from the residence. There are no suspects at this time.


That incident remains under investigation.



AAA Offers Driving Safety Tips During Today's Eclipse


Today is the day for the Solar Eclipse to take place.


AAA offers some safety tips for driving during the event.


You should not attempt to watch while driving, do not wear eclipse glasses while driving, don’t try to photograph the eclipse while driving, watch out for pedestrians and be alert to the possibility of distracted drivers who may be attempting to view the eclipse and swerve into your lane.


The eclipse starts just after one and ends just before 4 this afternoon. The peak time is 2:30.



Kenton Boy's Soccer Team Defeats Ben Logan


The Kenton High School Boy's soccer team defeated Ben Logan 8-2 to win the Quest Cup.


On Saturday night the Kenton Boy's soccer team went head to head with the Benjamin Logan defeating the Raiders 8-2. A quote from the team's twitter page reads, “Cats defeat Ben Logan to win Quest Cup 8-2 LR on our sleeves and always in our hearts.”


The Wildcats purchased new jerseys this year with the initials of fallen teammate and soccer player Layton Rogers who was tragically killed in an automobile accident earlier this year.


WKTN will begin broadcasting Kenton Boy’s and Girl's soccer games with Jim Homan and Sam Albert. Tune in to 95.3 to hear those broadcasts.



Area Road Construction Projects For the Week


Several new road construction projects are planned for Hardin County this week.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, pavement repair and resurfacing projects will take place on U.S. 68 in the village of Dunkirk from the south corporation limit to Washington Street and on State Route 235 from the south corporation limit of Alger to State Route 309 and on 235 from the North corporation limit of Ada to the Hancock County line.


Also, State Route 81 at Township Road 55 east of Ada will be reduced to one lane for a drainage tile repair project.



HMH Among Most Wired Hospitals


Results from the 19th Annual Health Care's Most Wired survey show nine OhioHealth hospitals receiving recognition as Most Wired this year.


They include OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth Marion General Hospital in our region.


Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships.


New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.



Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.


Kenton Football Beats West Virginia's Brooke Bruins

The Kenton Wildcat Football team claimed a big victory over Brooke High School.


The wildcats were wrapping up their preseason action by hosting a jamboree scrimmage against the West Virginia team beating the Bruins 47-15. The Wildcats open up their season in their traditional opener against Coldwater this coming Friday Night. Jim Homan and Chad Spencer will have all of the action live on WKTN.



Wildcat Cheerleaders Take Home 1st Place Honors

The Lady Wildcat competition cheerleaders took home first place honors last night.


The 8 piece squad competed at the Liberty Center Cheer Classic. The ladies are set to compete again today at Holgate High School.

(Photo: Facebook/ Kimberly Ramge Wesson)
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Lady Falcons Soccer Take W, Men Fall Short

The Riverdale Lady Falcons beat the Cory Rawson Hornets with a final score of 7-0 last night. The boys soccer team fell to the Hiland Hawks with a final score of 5-2. The JV team beat the Hawks 3-0.


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Kenton Tops Springfield in Quest Cup

The Kenton Wildcat Soccer Team took home a win in the Quest Club.


The Wildcats outscored Springfield 8-0, and will advance to the championship game tonight at 7:30 at Benjamin Logan. WKTN will carry the Ada vs. Kenton Boys Soccer Game this coming Wednesday. Join Jim Homan and Sam Albert for all of the action.

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Wildcat Golf Tops Celina in WBL Action

In Wildcat Golf action, the Kenton Boys won over Celina in WBL Action with a score of 190. Cole Dearing was a match medalist golfing a 45. Rocco Longbrake finished the match with a 47, Peyton Roby finished slightly higher at 48, and Brock Cote rounded out the lineup at 50.


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United Way Holds 2018 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast

The United Way of Hardin County held its Kickoff Breakfast for the 2018 Campaign at St. John’s Church Thursday morning. 
United Way Board President Merleen Barnes said the theme this year is "Red, White and U, United We Can," which she said is very fitting, "Because we need everyone to participate and help our United Way program facilitate with our agencies that we help provide for."
She said United Way dollars help several agencies in the ocunty, "We help fund 20 different non-prfit agencies here in Hardin County, and our research shows that we have served over 20,000 people in a year's time in different areas of health, education and welfare."
The goal this year is $220,000, which Campaign Co-Chair Deb Rall, along with Beth McKinley, said is very achievable. She said it takes a lot of people working together and little donations add up, "It donesn;t necessarily have to be one large domation. Payroll deduction is just a really great way to give to United Way. Nobody normally is going to miss a small amount each paycheck. It's easier to give that way, and then it's consistant as well."
(l-r) Dr. Daniel DiBiasio, Chris Burns-DiBiasio, Deb Rall and Beth McKinley
Honorary Chairpersons for the 2018 campaign are Dr. Daniel DiBiasio and Chris Burns-DiBiasio of Ohio Northern University in Ada. Dr. DiBiasio said the United Way is very important to them becasueit helps so many people in the county, and it takes a group effort to acheive, "It is a great opportunity for the community to work together, to come together and to take some great satisfaction in strenghening the fabic of the community, and that's one of the reasons Chris and I want to support this effort this year. We think it's very worthly and a very important part of the community."


Dunkirk Man Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


A Dunkirk man was sentenced this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, 37 year old Jeffrey Waller Junior was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts each of vehicular assault and criminal damaging or endangering, three counts of vandalism and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence. He must serve 180 days local incarceration.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Man Fled on Foot Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton man is facing charges following a traffic stop Thursday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car on North Cherry Street for a traffic violation.

Officers told the driver, identified as 22 year old Justin Hale, that there was an active warrant for his arrest. Hale is said to have stepped out of the car and then fled on foot. Officers searched the area but failed to locate him


Hale is facing a charge of obstructing official business.


A small amount of marijuana and a drug paraphernalia item was also allegedly found in the vehicle.



Many People Benefit From Coleman Professional Services

An organization in Kenton serves residents who are dealing with numerous mental health issues.
The Director of Behavioral Health Services for Coleman Professional Services talks about what her agency does, "We have behavioral healthcare services for mental health issues as well as substance use disorder issues. Those include individual counceling, group counseling, case management for both mental health and substance use issues, peer recovery support services as well as psychiatric services."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Wildcats Hosting Football Jamboree Tonight


The Kenton varsity football team will finish up it's pre-season preparation this this evening versus Brooke High School at Robinson Field.


This is an OHSAA sponsored event, there will be an admission charge and no passes will be accepted.


The cost of the Jamboree event is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and students.

The game will begin at 6:00PM with the gates opening at 5:00PM.



Today is Deadline for Open Class Entries at Hardin County Fair


Today is the last day to sign up your open class entries for the Hardin County Fair.


The entry window closes at midnight tonight. You can enter online by visiting hardincountyfair.org.


Entry blanks can also be obtained from the Hardin County Fair Office located on the fairgrounds from 9-5 today (Friday August 18.)



Two Vehicles Damaged in Wednesday Afternoon Crash


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Letson Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 53 year old Charles Stocker, of Cambridge, Ohio, stopped his car on Letson and was preparing to turn right onto Steiner Avenue, when the vehicle was struck from behind by a westbound car being driven by 23 year old Michael Casperson, of Kenton.


Light damage occurred to Stocker's vehicle while disabling damage occurred to Casperson's car.


There were no injuries, and Casperson was cited for a speeding violation.



Stereo Equipment Stolen From Vehicle


A theft from a vehicle was reported to Kenton Police on Wednesday.


According to that report, a resident in the 400 block of Ohio Street told officers someone stole a compact disc player from his vehicle.


A surveillance camera captured three silhouette figures getting into the vehicle, but there was no clear image of the suspects.


The value of the stereo equipment was listed at $500.



Library Hosting Solar Eclipse Viewing Party


The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library in Kenton will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing party on Monday August 21.


Residents are invited to be at the library starting around 12:30. The eclipse starts just after one in the afternoon and will be at its maximum at 2:30 and end just before 4.


The library is offering free viewing glasses and will serve cake, coffee and tea.


We want to see your pictures of the celestial event, make sure you upload those on wktn.com. Remember to take photos only when using the proper safety equipment for yourself and your camera.



Harvest and Herb Festival Scheduled For September 16


The 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest and Herb Festival has been set for Saturday September 16 in Ada.


According to a release, the event will be held on Main Street from Highland Street to College Street from 9am to 4pm.


The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors and so far over 80 spaces are signed-up. Crafters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to insure a booth.


Entertainment takes place from noon to 4 p.m. in the depot parking lot.


Following the opening ceremonies the 2017 Harvest and Herb Festival queen will be announced.



Construction Worker Injured at Work Site in Kenton


A construction worker was injured this morning at a worksite in Kenton.


Sources tell WKTN, the Tice Construction employee was hurt while working at the Athletic Building site near the Kenton High School.


The worker was taken by helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima with non life threatening injuries.


No other information is being released.



Kent State Strength & Conditioning Coach Fired


The Kent State coach that was on duty the day a Kenton graduate died has been fired.


The Columbus Dispatch reports that Kent State University has fired their strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher, who the University claims provided false information about his required certification.


The coach was in charge of conditioning for the Golden Flashes at where offensive lineman Tyler Heintz passed away. The school released a statement saying they self reported the incident to the NCAA.



Victim Chases Intruder From Home


An intruder was chased out of a home early Tuesday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 300 block of Carrol Street told officers an unknown male entered his house at around 2:50 Tuesday morning.


The victim chased the intruder out of the house and down the street before losing sight of him.


The incident is under investigation.



Two Arrested on Warrants


Two people were arrested Tuesday on separate warrants.


According to the reports:


.26 year old Ryan Deshazo was arrested at Scioto Village Apartments on a warrant from the Upper Sandusky Police Department


.27 year old Aaron Anderson was arrested in the 400 block of West Columbus Street on a warrant from the Allen County Sheriff's Office.



Theft Reported at Scioto Village Apartments


A theft was reported at Scioto Village Apartments Tuesday.


According to that report, lawn equipment belonging to the apartment complex was stolen.


The theft occurred sometime Monday night into early Tuesday.



Kenton Woman's Credit Card Used in Fraudulent Activities


An identity fraud report was made at the Kenton Police Department Tuesday.


A Kenton woman told officers there have been several fraudulent charges made to her debit card recently.


The charges total nearly $200 and appeared to have been made in Florida.



Northern Hardin County Fire District Receives Grant


Over $50,000 in grant money has been awarded to Firefighters in Northern Hardin County


According to information from US Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded $50,905 to the Northern Hardin County Fire District. T


The money is to be used for operations and safety, and is through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. The program is designed to support fire departments across the country.



ONU Observatory Open for Solar Eclipse Viewing

The Ohio Northern University observatory will be open to the public to view “The Great American Solar Eclipse” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.
The following story is from the ONU Facebook page: 
The observatory is located on the west side of campus, off of Lincoln Avenue and near the baseball field.
“We will not experience totality in Ada, but the sun will be covered up to 85 percent,” said Jason Pinkney, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy and manager of the ONU observatory. “For viewers in Ada, the moon will make its first contact with the sun around 1:03 p.m., will reach its maximum eclipse around 2:28 p.m. and its last contact around 3:50 p.m. Thus, the sun will be partially blocked during the entire event.”
“Total solar eclipses are very rare for an observer who remains in a fixed location on Earth, with about one every 370 years, on average,” Pinkney said. “The last time a path of totality for a solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast was 1918. The last time a solar eclipse crossed part of the nation was in 1991, in Hawaii.”
“However, an observer who travels can view a total solar eclipse more often. There are between two and five solar eclipses of some kind every year.”
Pinkney warns that it is dangerous to view this event without taking precautions, and the observatory provides a safe and exceptional viewing experience.
“It is not safe to stare directly at the sun, even when it is 85 percent covered by the moon, but we will have several ways to observe this upcoming event,” he said. “These will include the standard ‘eclipse glasses’ and pinhole projection viewers. We will also have at least three telescopes with solar filters that will provide very high resolution. These can reveal sunspots and prominences on the sun.”
ONU Astronomy Club students will be on hand to help with the event. In case of rain, the observatory roof will not be opened for a viewing.


Crash Near Belle Center May Have Been Caused by Road Rage


A hit/skip crash late Monday night may have started as a road rage incident.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred in the 19,000 block of Township Road 97 near Belle Center. A late 90's or early 2000 white Dodge truck struck a vehicle and then fled the scene.


An occupant in the car was transported to a hospital in Lima by Alger EMS.


Deputies are continuing to search for the white truck, which may have gray or silver paint transfer on it from the the collision with the car.


No other information is available at this time.



Several Thefts Reported to KPD Monday


Several thefts were reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the reports, items were stolen from vehicles parked in the 500 block of Center Street, the 300 block of Carroll Street, the 700 block of Lick Street and the 500 block of Vine Street.


In addition, a resident in the 400 block of Carroll Street reported that a bicycle was stolen out of her garage sometime Sunday night.


The thefts remain under investigation.



Kenton City Council Welcomes New KPD Officer at Monday Meeting


The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


Lieutenant Robert Lutes, of the Kenton Police Department, introduced newly hired officer Jerrod Bowman to the council. Mayor Randy Manns welcomed him to the police force and told council that he had been highly recommended.



KPD Officer Jerrod Bowman


Council received minutes from the Parks & Recreation Board meeting held on July 11. The board received a quote for rubber flooring under the merry-go-round at Murray Park totaling $8,225. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 4:30pm.


Council also heard reports from:


School Board: Councilman Clint Sneary told council that school would be resuming for the Kenton district students on Thursday, August 17. Citizens are reminded to observe all traffic laws and to be especially observant during morning and afternoon school commutes.


BKP: the BKP Board will meet Monday, August 21 at 6:00pm.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00pm.


Regional Planning: the Regional Planning Committee will not meet in September.


Finance: the Finance Committee will meet next Monday at 5:30pm. Councilwoman Teresa Styer reminded council that the meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month, in order to provide the auditor’s office with additional time to prepare budgetary considerations and reports.


Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee has received and returned the final contract for the second phase of the project to the engineering firm OHM.


During old business, the council chose to move one piece of legislation to third reading in two weeks. The ordinance is amending the codified ordinance to increase the penalty for parking violations in limited time parking zones.


Under new business, council heard three pieces of legislation. An ordinance allowing for funds transfers in the General, Street, RSPO, Waterworks, and Sewer fund was moved to second reading and will be heard again in two weeks. The second piece of legislation, Ordinance Number 17-030, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The ordinance allows for additional appropriations in the General and Sewer funds with the General fund amounts being utilized by the fire department. Fire Chief Tim Clark said that a portion of the appropriations are from a grant received to purchase a new heart monitor, and the other portion from the will of an estate bequeathed to the department. Chief Clark plans to use those funds to purchase new equipment, which he will discuss in more detail at a later date.


Council also heard a resolution establishing a minimum cash balance reserve for the general fund. City Auditor Brian Hattery addressed council about the proposed new fiscal policy, noting that it was not a modification to the codified ordinance, but rather an “unwritten rule, made written.” Hattery also described it as “good business practice” and indicated that the proposed amount, $600,000, would serve to provide a financial cushion in the event of unexpected, immediate-need expenses. The language in the resolution expressly states in Section II that “the reserve in the General Fund shall only be used when all other reasonable forms of budgeting have failed and said use has been agreed upon by the Council and Administration.” The council will hear the resolution again in two weeks.


During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that mowing throughout the city will be finished on September 1 due to budgetary considerations. He also told council that the parking spots throughout the city were being painted in the evenings.


Mayor Randy Manns detailed how the 4th Ward is spending the $300,000 grant it received. Four homes are currently scheduled to be razed in the area, 140 new stop signs are being installed, roads are being paved, and work is being done to the ball diamond. He also praised the work of a local group, Pick Up and Shape Up, for voluntarily picking up trash at the area parks and throughout neighborhoods in the city.


Councilman Michael White told council that he had received comments regarding the mosquitos in the city. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that he obtained quotes for mosquito spraying, but it was not done this year due to cost concerns. Council President Joel Althauser noted that members of the council and others did not notice a significant difference in the mosquito population after last year’s spraying.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.



Voters Prefer Driving Over Flying When Travelling Long Distances


A small majority of our Visitor Poll voters prefer driving over flying when it comes to travelling a long distance.


Responding to the question, 58% said they would rather drive. The remaining 42% said they would choose to fly when it comes to long distance travelling.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.



Juvenile Suspected of Breaking Into Car


A vehicle in Kenton was broken into early Sunday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Cherry Street to investigate the incident.


A suspect, identified as a 17 year old male, forcibly entered the vehicle and stole a small amount of money.


The juvenile was charged with criminal damaging, theft without consent and a curfew violation.



America's Educator Encourages Kenton School Staff


The Kenton City Schools hosted a motivational speaker today.


Ron Clark, known to many as "America's Educator," was the Keynote Speaker for the Staff Opening Day. The activities were held at the Kenton Elementary School Cafeteria. Clark has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said everyone was amazed by Clark's presentation.


Classes for Kenton resume this Thursday.



Gas Prices Up to Start the Week


Gas prices around Ohio were up slightly from a week ago.


According to GasBuddy.com. Prices around the state averaged $2.36 a gallon to start the week.

That is up a penny from a week ago, but it’s an increase of 23 cents a gallon from a year ago.


Prices in Kenton were up slightly as well this week. Averages ranged from $2.11 a gallon on the low end to up to $2.19 a gallon at two locations.



USS Frank E. Evans Memorial Erected in Harrod


A memorial was erected Saturday morning in Harrod to honor the four Ohio sailors that were killed in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evans in 1969.


Harrod was selected as the site for this memorial because one of the four Ohio men to perish was from Lima in Allen County. The USS Frank E. Evans sank in the South China sea in the early part of June in 1969. In total 74 men perished when the boat sank, four of those men being from Ohio.


Lima Resident and Shawnee High School graduate, Larry Allen Gracely was one of those men who perished on the USS Frank E. Evans. The monument is erected in Honor of Larry Gracely  and the other 73 victims of the tragic boat sinking.



Five Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the documents from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:
.William A. Oglesbee was sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison on two counts of theft and one count of burglary.
.Jason M. Schutte was sentenced to a total of 46 months in prison on one count each of posssion of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
The following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Emilie L. Smith on one count of possession of heroin with two forfeiture specifications. She must forfeit $159 in cash to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and a 2006 Hyundai automobile to the Hardin County Commissioners.
.Aaron Henthorne on one count of breaking and entering. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.
.Alyssa M. Burchiel on one count of attempted tampering with evidence.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Tires Punctured on Car Parked in Kenton


A criminal damaging incident was reported to Kenton police Thursday.


According to the report, a Coldwater man reported that the passenger and driver’s side rear tires on his vehicle were punctured while parked at the Country Hearth and Inn.


A suspect, identified as 24 year old Troy Robinson, of Dayton, was charged with criminal damaging.



Theft From Vehicle Reported


A theft from a vehicle was also reported Thursday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a wallet containing cash and credit cards was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Smith Avenue.


The incident is under investigation.



Ridgemont's Meet the Team, Scrimmage Tonight


High School football season is just around the corner.


At Ridgemont, a Meet The Team event is scheduled to take place this afternoon at 4.


That will be followed by the football scrimmage starting at 6 this evening.



Jackson-Forest EMS Member Receives Certification


A member of the Jackson-Forest EMS received certification recently.


According to the Village of Forest Facebook page, Sara Southward was certified as a Nationally Registered, Advanced EMT.


The certification will allow her to perform the advanced skills including Carian Monitor, I V Therapy, Airway Maintenance and some Medication administration.



Farmers and Merchants Picnic Set For Saturday in Ada


The 104th Farmer’s and Merchants Picnic is scheduled to take place tomorrow.


The event will be held at War Memorial Park in Ada.


The day will start with OWHA Show at 8. The F&M Picnic Pull starts at 10. Don’t miss the parade starting at 9:30 on West Lincoln Street. It will to Main Street and end at the park.


In addition to great food, entertainment will be featured all day as well as rides and games for the kids.



Church Festival Offers Something For Everyone

The Immaculate Conception Church Summer Festival will take place this Sunday.
Chairperson Dr. Kate Johnson said the day offers something for everyone, "We will have entertainment, games, kids activities and of course some of the best food served, it's just a great day for everyone to enjoy."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN or on the Public Eye podcast on your favorite mobile device, or on wktn.com.


Theft Suspect Facing Possible Felony Charges


A former employee of a Kenton business may be facing more serious charges.


As reported last week, the employee of Cricket Wireless was charged with theft after being accused of inflating the cost of products being sold to the public then pocketing the overture.


The employee has been fired according to company officials.


The investigation continues, and possible felony charges could be filed.



Man Wanted on Warrant Turns Himself Into Police


A man turned himself in at the Kenton Police Department Wednesday.


According to the report, 27 year old Ray Legge went to the lobby of the police department and said he wanted to turn himself in on the warrant for his arrest.


The warrant was confirmed through the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, and Legge was taken into custody.



Car Gets Stuck on Railroad Tracks


An elderly man from Delaware, Ohio needed help getting home Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the 86 year old man, who was described as alert and coherent,  told police he made a wrong turn and ended up in Kenton.


After giving him directions home, the man still ended up behind Heritage Cooperative where his car got stuck on the railroad tracks.


After consulting Adult Protective Services, it was decided the car should be towed, and the man was driven home by the tow truck company.



Stolen Car Recovered Wednesday


A car that was reported stolen in Kenton on Tuesday was recovered yesterday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the car was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Carroll Street.


It was found Wednesday at the grain bins on State Route 309.



ICC Festival Set For Sunday

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is holding its annual Summer Festival this Sunday.
Festival Chairperson Dr. Kate Johnson said it is the oldest church festival in the county, " It started in the 1950's when the nuns were operating San Antonio Hospital, and they held a Lawn Fete as a fundraiser. We have progressed from there and try different things every year."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN or on the Public Eye podcast on your favorite mobile device, or on wktn.com.


Kenton City Schools Hosting a Motivational Speaker


The Kenton City Schools is hosting a motivational speaker on Monday August 14.


Ron Clark, known to many as "America's Educator," will be the Keynote Speaker for the Staff Opening Day at the Kenton Elementary School Cafeteria. He has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.


The day starts with breakfast at 7, followed by a district meeting from 8 until 9 and Clark will speak from 9-11. The day will conclude with a book signing by Clark, and books will be available for purchase.


Non-Kenton City School employees can register to attend Clark's address. The cost for non-employees is $75 per person and $250 for a team of 5. Call Linda Dickerson to register by calling 419-673-0775 extension 6021.



Three Charged With Trespassing


Three people were cited for criminal trespassing Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the 900 block of Meadow Lane to investigate trespassers in a vacant apartment.


Officers charged the three,identified as Joseph Robinson, of West Mansfield, John Messer Jr.,of Bellefontaine and Ronnie Harmon Jr., all 20 of Kenton, with criminal trespass. All three are scheduled to be in Hardin County Municipal Court Thursday afternoon.


A 16 year old female was also in the apartment but has not been charged.



Mom Reports Her Son was Assaulted Tuesday Evening


An assault was reported to Kenton Police Tuesday evening.


According to the report, a woman in the 700 block of West Franklin Street reported that two boys on bicycles beat up her 7 year old son.


The incident remains under investigation.



Stolen Car Reported Tuesday


A stolen car was reported Tuesday morning.


According to that report, a resident in the 300 block of West Carroll Street told officers his vehicle was stolen.


The incident is under investigation.



Did Kent State Head Strength Coach Have Proper Certification?


Kent State is unable to produce documents proving the school’s head strength coach has proper certification.


According to Ross Bowsher from cbssports.com, who was overseeing the activities when Tyler Heintz passed away, may have been the only member of the coaching staff without certification.


Bowsher is starting his second year with the program, and if not certified, would be in violation of NCAA Bylaw 11.1.5 which claims that coaches must maintain a current certification  through a national accredited program.


Heintz was the 35th college football player to die since the year 2000. Heintz died June 13th after collapsing during the second day of workouts due to hyperthermia.



Ridgemont Board Continues Search For New Superintendent


The Ridgemont Board of Education met in executive session Tuesday evening to interview an internal candidate for the full time superintendent’s position.


According to the press release the Superintendent’s Position will be available on July 1, 2018 when the one year interim position concludes. Board members are committed to filling the superintendent position with a candidate which will continue the positive culture of student and staff empowerment through real life learning experiences.  


The Board is encouraged that a strong candidate exists within the district as they consider succession planning.  Their primary goal is to preserve the work built through the District’s Directional System and select a candidate who brings the district to the next level.


Vast Majority Against Microchips in Humans


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against getting a microchip implanted.


Of those responding to the question, 95% said they would not allow their employer to embed a microchip in them. The remaining 5% said they would.


The question was based on a Wisconsin company where some employees allowed their employer to implant microchips that will allow them to open doors, log onto computers or buy breakroom snacks by simply waving their hand.


41 of the company’s 85 employees allowed the implants.


Vote now in this week’s Visitor Poll at wktn.com.



Hardin County Ag Society Conducts August Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Seventeen directors and 16 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, discussed the cases of swine flu at some county fairs.  He also talked about needing a backup location for the carcass show for Thursday, Sept. 14th.
Clay Hastings and three of his friends stated they were building a car for the demolition derby in memory of Keegan McKee.  They wanted the car to be accessible to the community for people to sign the car, which will be donated to Keegan’s family.  The board stated it could be located in the infield before the derby.  
Mark Light, representing the OSU 4-H Extension Office, stated 4-H livestock interviews will be on August 8th from 1-8pm and last chance for Quality Assurance will be on August 9th from 1-3pm.  He stated he has had more requests from 4-H clubs wanting a booth this year for the fair.  Horse Council wants to update electrical in the Horse Barn.  Jim Bidwell and Greg Liedel moved to let the community trick or treat through the 4-H building, an event being sponsored by 4-H council.  Motion passed.  
Jack McBride stated there is 2660 Jr. Fair entries.
Correspondences were read from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian and Chief, ODA Division of Animal Health, regarding Swine influenza and erysipelas.  It was stated in the letter that both of these illnesses can be directly transmitted between swine and humans in the same way that illness can be transmitted between people.  Information will be posted throughout the swine building about proper sanitation, there will be hand washing/sanitizing stations near all entrances to the barns, and people are to refrain from bringing food and drinks into the barns. The board received an email from Jessica Jones regarding her sister who is battling rectal cancer.  The directors moved to donate 2 tickets to the Lauren Alaina concert to them.  A thank you letter from the Kenton Area Summer Swim Team Board was read, regarding the use of the fairground’s trash barrels during their Summer Swim Champs.  An invitation to Hardin Soil & Water Conservation Dist. and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s customer appreciation day was read.  
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  It was noted ridge vents have been installed in the horse barn to help with ventilation, money was donated for this project.  Tice Construction have poured a new sidewalk to the community building and sidewalks around the new show arena.  New fans have been installed in the show arena and tarps have been ordered for the new show arena.  Memorial signs for the livestock barn projects were discussed.  A work day for the directors has been set for Saturday, August 12th and the next ground’s committee meeting is set for Monday, August 14th at 7pm.  
It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License.  There are currently 2 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017.  These are new campers for this year.  Craig Stump stated a camping meeting will be held after this board meeting.  
Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert.  Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  600 tickets have been sold so far.
All livestock judges have been acquired for the fair.  Weigh licenses have been received.  Rabbit tattooing will be on Saturday, August 12th from 9am-11am.  The swine barns are going to be disinfected.  The goat scrapie paper is going to be on the OSU 4-H website for accessibility.  It was decided to purchase mulch for the new show arena.   
Janie Seiler, representing the rides/concession’s dept. stated all booths in the buildings have been filled.  Outside space is still available.  There is a new implement dealer coming to the fair, along with a couple new food vendors.  Ray Davis and Don Spar moved to not let another group sub lease from the Genealogy Society during the week of the fair.  This is per rule #8 and #32 as stated on their contract.  They will be notified.  The same amount of golf carts will be ordered for the fair week, which has been used in the past.  Departments needing tents during the week of the fair, need to be turned in to Janie Seiler, by Monday, August 28th.  
Committee reports for Jr. Fair board kids were given to the directors.  It was suggested that the kids meet with their department chair people at 8:15am on August 19th before fair work day begins.  The board moved to have a Jr. Fair board kid answer the phone in the office for a couple hours a day during the fair.    
Kolt Buchenroth mentioned the internet speed during the week of the fair is not fast enough to do a live internet video stream.  This issue will be researched.
Under old business:  
Jr. Fair entries were due on July 31st.  Open class entries are now being accepted in the office or by going on line and submitting them that way until August 18th.  The fair office is now open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  All reserved tickets can be purchased in the office now.  Season tickets have gone on sale in the community and the fair website has a list of where tickets can be purchased. 


Juvenile Arrested in Kenton on Marion County Warrant


Kenton Police Officers assisted the Marion County Juvenile Probation in locating a wanted person at Eagles Point Apartments Monday.


The 17 year old male juvenile was located and taken into custody by Marion County authorities on a warrant for failure to appear.



Kenton Woman Reports Theft of Money


A Kenton resident in the 500 block of South Wayne Street reported a theft on Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the woman told officers that she, her son and her mother were the victims. The woman said a named suspect stole nearly $1400 from them.


So far no charges have been filed.



Employee Suspected in Theft at Local Business


A theft at Autozone in Kenton was also reported.


According to that report, an employee said the theft actually took place back in April, and an investigated showed the suspect was an employee of the business.


Items valued at just over $100 were stolen. No charges have been filed at this time.



Benefit Craft Show Scheduled in Forest


A Hope For Heather Craft and Vendor Show is scheduled for Sunday August 27 in Forest.


The fundraiser will be held at the corner of Lima and Gormley Streets in Forest.


Heather worked as an EMT until she was no longer able to work due to her medical condition.


In addition to the Craft and Vendor Show, the day will also feature food, fun and entertainment.


All the proceeds go to Heather and her family to help offset medical expenses.



Kenton Woman Aims to Make Tracks Safer

Laurel Rogers lost her son the beginning of May. A tragedy felt by many in the Kenton community. But, Laurel is determined to ensure something of this nature doesn’t happen again.


“I just felt as if two children was enough.” Rogers Said.


Railroad crossing gates are set to be installed at that crossing on County Road 60. The project will be completed by railroad transport company CSX.


Rogers credits Dom Tiberi of Maria’s Message, and Representative Robert Sprague’s office for helping to jumpstart this project, which is set to be completed by this time next year.


Laurel says if [the gates] will save anyone, it’s worth it.


(Photo: Google Maps)



Two Accidents Occur in Hardin County Sunday


Two accidents around Hardin County were reported to authorities on Sunday.


A crash with injuries occurred just before 4:30 Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of Gage Street in Forest.


Another crash with injuries was reported in the 400 block of Johnson Street in Ada just before 7:30 Sunday evening.


No other information on either crash is available at this time.



Blood Donors Urgently Needed


The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.


In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.


There are two blood drives scheduled in Hardin County this month.


They are:


In Kenton on Monday August 28 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church, County Road 175


And in Forest Wednesday August 30 from 2 until 7 at McVitty Memorial VFW, 204 West Lima Street.



Trial Date Set For Former Riverdale Teacher


A trial date has been set for a former Riverdale teacher who is facing sex related charges.


26 year old Brooke Rosendale was indicted in late June on three counts of sexual battery. She pleaded not guilty to the charges in July, and at a pretrial hearing late last week, the trial was set to begin January 8, 2018.

Rosendale, a former fifth grade intervention specialist and High School Girls Volleyball and Basketball coach, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 13 year old student on three different times starting in January of this year.


She resigned in March.



Firearm Stolen From Garage in Kenton


A theft from a garage was reported on Sunday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department a man came on station Sunday afternoon around 2:25pm to report that his son’s gun was stolen from the garage in the 300 block of East Columbus Street in Kenton. No make or model was listed and the report describes it as a brown stock, with either a 22 cal black barrel or 20ga black barrel.


No further information was provided on the report.



Deadline For SBA Loans Approaching


The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Sept. 5 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Ohio as a result of the drought from June 1 through Oct. 4, 2016.

The declaration includes Hancock, Hardin, Marion, Union and Wyandot Counties.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov.


Allen Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarships Awarded


The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $66,000 in scholarships to 52 students in 2017.


In May, 2017 the Allen Foundation awarded 24 first year scholarships in the amount of $30,500,


Second year scholarships in the amount of $17,000

Third year scholarships in the amount of $10,000

And Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $8500


Since 1991, the Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1367 different students in the amount of $2,450,150.


The scholarships are made possible by an endowment from R.E. & Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup Plant in Kenton. Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees and immediate family members of International Paper Food Service Business in Kenton.



Power Outage in Hardin County Reported This Morning


Some customers in Kenton and Hardin County are without electricity at this time.


According to a spokesman from American Electric Power, around 500 customers lost power this morning due to equipment issues. Power is estimated to be restored around 10 this (Monday) morning.


The spokesman also confirmed a larger outage in southeast Columbus affecting around 2500 customers.



KHS Cheerleaders Place in First Competition

The Kenton Cheerleaders competed in their first competition yesterday.


The cheerleaders placed 2nd at their first competition at the Wood County Fair. 8 girls from the varsity squad have been practicing since June to compete against other schools. The cheerleaders are set to go to more competitions. The next one is set for next weekend.


(Photo: Cindy Snyder Deardorff/Facebook)


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