State Senator Cliff Hite issued an apology this morning for what he called inappropriate conduct with a state employee.
Hite, a Republican from Findlay who represented Hardin County in the State Senate, resigned Monday evening amid concerns over improper conduct with a state employee.
The process to replace Hite in the State Senate is expected to start by the end of the week. State Representative Robert Sprague has said he is not interested in the position. Sprague is running for State Treasurer in 2018.
A Silver Anniversary Celebration for SilverSneakers members at the Hardin County Family YMCA is scheduled for next week.
The milestone will be recognized on Friday October 27 from 10 until 11:30am.
Sign up at the front desk at the Y and write what ever number of laps works for you.
On October 27, SilverSneakers members are invited to come in and walk the laps on the gym track.
Afterwards, you can enjoy pie and coffee in the community room.
A Forestry Field Day will take place this Sunday October 22.
It will be held from 1 until 4pm in the woods of the McBride Farms located at 3963 County Road 135, Dola.
Forestry Field Day is sponsored by the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Hardin County Engineer’s Office announced a road opening and closing around the county.
County Road 90, between State Route 235 and County Road 45, is now open following the completion of a project.
Hale Township Road 217, between County Roads 200 and 230 will be closed for 5 weeks starting today for a bridge replacement project.
Ohio Senator Cliff Hite Has Resigned.
According to cleveland.com, A Senate Republican spokesman announced the resignation of Hite without citing a reason. Hite, 63, is from Findlay, and has served in the Ohio Senate since 2011. He chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, and has recently led the charge to reduce restriction on wind-turbine construction.
In the meeting’s student showcase, Kenton FFA Officers Garrett Thomas, Lauren Johnson, Erin Unger, and Jessica Legge spoke about the Agricultural Education program at the school. The team shared their personal experiences from the program, alongside what their chapter has been doing this year. The chapter is preparing for their annual National Convention trip to Indianapolis where the group will have one student competing for a national proficiency award, and two receiving their American FFA Degree. The convention runs next Wednesday through Saturday.
Rick Collins, Assistant Cross country coach and Elementary Physical Education Instructor proposed a plan for the cross country training path at the Elementary school location. The course would offer a variety of distance loops. Collins noted that current spaces are limited for cross country training. The woods adjacent to the training field, which the district currently owns, Collins noted could be used in classroom instruction as well.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that the district’s professional development days were going well, and the next one is scheduled for November 27th. Penczarski noted that the district is in need of substitute teachers and bus drivers. She said she appreciates the community’s understanding as the short-staffed bus garage does their best to keep routes moving on time.
In committee reports, the Finance Committee looked into having more coaches certified to drive busses in order to help provide transportation to away sporting events. Mark Watkins, who spoke on behalf of the committee, noted that the farm rental agreement was up, and would be reexamined with the proposed running path around the property. The committee also discussed the five year forecast presented by district treasurer, Tracy Hiller.
Mark Rush spoke on behalf of the Extracurricular Committee. He commended the girls soccer team for their first winning season, and the boys soccer team for their successful season, which continues this week in post-season tournament action. He also noted that the Volleyball team has improved, scoring their first WBL win in many years. Mark McCullough mentioned that if the Football team wins the remaining games, they could advance to playoff action.
The policy committee is investigating random student drug testing for athletes and potentially students participating in extracurricular activities. The public can expect a survey coming on school website in November.
Approve Kim Gerding, Kendra Hale, and Kaitlyn Sherman as Club ROAR mentors/tutors.
Jane Baker, Courtney Culwell, Zach Ewing, March Minter, Samuel Norris, Charlie Truman, and Stephanie Wilson were all approved as volunteers.
Approve the following substitutes contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI/FBI check, etc. for the 2017-2018 school year:
Mark Bishop - Substitute bus driver, Kevin Kapanka II - Substitute bus driver, Rose Pogue - Substitute custodian, cafeteria, Megan Halsey - Substitute teacher, Bonnie Burroughs - Substitute cafeteria, Linda Carson - Substitute cafeteria, Susan Gensheimer - Substitute cafeteria, Sara White - Substitute cafeteria, Angela Aaron - Substitute cafeteria, Alleynne Gonzalez- Substitute educational assistant, Logan Roby - Substitute educational assistant
Brad Blue’s Employee Supplemental contract for the design team was approved.
The board approved the resignations of Misty Walter, Assistant Treasurer/Accounts Payable, Mikaela Moore, KMS Educational Assistant, Todd Jones, KMS Physical Education Teacher, Aaron Montgomery, and Monica Miller KMS Intervention Specialist.
Bernadette Ashbrook was hired to the KES Cafeteria
Maternity leave was approved for Alicia Wissman, and Cara Wetherill.
A salary increase was made for Alexandria Massaro.
The board approved the following miscellaneous authorizations and resolutions.
Out of state trips for JROTC:
December 10, 2017 to Indianapolis, IN - Rifle Team/Club
March 19-23, 2018, JROTC Jr./Sr. Trip to Key West, FL/Cozumel
There will be a special meeting held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. for hiring purposes.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on November 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
It was a deadly weekend on Hardin County roadways.
On Friday evening, a motorcycle crash claimed the life of Joel Hauenstein, of Ada.
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Hauenstein was operating the motorcycle east on State Route 81 when a car driven by Kyle Burnett turned into his path.
Hauenstien was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he passed away.
Burnett and two passengers in his car were treated at the scene.
Then on Saturday evening, a two vehicle crash occurred on State Route 292 south of State Route 31.
According to the release, a northbound car being driven by Eric Wood, of Kenton, struck a northbound horse drawn buggy being operated by Amis Yoder, of rural Kenton.
Yoder and one of his passengers, Katie Yoder, were flown to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. They are listed in critical but stable condition this morning.
Three other children on the buggy were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Following that, a two vehicle crash claimed the life of a South East Hardin EMS first responder.
According to the release, Krista McDonald was driving an ambulance south on State Route 292 when a westbound vehicle on State Route 273 being operated by Rachael Willeke, of Belle Center, failed to yield the right of way and struck the ambulance broadside. Both McDonald and another EMT, Peggy Eastman, were ejected from the vehicle. McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene. Eastman and a passenger in the other car identified as Alexander Young, were both flown to OSU Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Eastman is in critical but stable condition. Young is listed in critical condition.
Willeke and a minor child in her car were transported to Lima Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
All crashes remain under investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Multi County Crash Investigation Team.
A Kenton man has been identified as a person who displayed what turned out to be a toy gun at the Honda Plant in Marysville this past Friday.
According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 32 year old Christopher Rager has been charged with one count of inducing panic. He was arrested and transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail and was held over the weekend pending a court appearance today in Marysville Municipal Court.
Union County authorities were dispatched to the Honda Plant in Marysville Friday morning to investigate a report of a man inside the facility with a gun.
Honda's onsite security team quickly responded and detained the man without further incident. Union County Sheriff's deputies arrived as well as the Union County Public Safety Officer and were told by plant security that Rager was in possession of a fake toy handgun.
An Amish buggy/automobile accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 292 and State Route 31 Saturday evening.
According to the report from Hardin County sheriff's office, a vehicle was traveling Northbound by Eric Wood of Kenton when it struck an Amish buggy traveling northbound being operated by Amos Yoder of rule Kenton. Officers responded around 7:21 Saturday evening. Yoder and his wife and passenger Katie were transported be a medical helicopter to St. Rita’s medical center with life-threatening injuries. Three juveniles sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
The Investigation is ongoing by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
A Saturday evening Crash has claimed the life of an EMT and has critically injured two others.
According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a unit of the Southeast Hardin Ambulance District was traveling South on State Route 292 when a vehicle being operated by Rachael Willeke of Belle Center was traveling westbound on State Route 273, and failed to yield at the intersection. The vehicle struck the ambulance broadside, causing it to flip onto it's side.
No patients were inside of the overturned ambulance.
One EMT, identified as Krista McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the ambulance. Another, identified as Peggy Eastman was also ejected from the ambulance is said to be in "serious critical condition" after being transported via Medical Helicopter to Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Alexander Young, a passenger in the Willeke vehicle was also flown to Wexner Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Willeke and a juvenile passenger were transported by BKP ambulance to Lima Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team.
Week Eight Football Scores
Western Buckeye League:
Kenton 35 Ottawa-Glandorf 30
Van Wert 38 Bath 6
Elida 56 Shawnee 16
St. Mary’s 35 Celina 14
Wapakoneta 48 Defiance 7
Riverdale 42 Arcadia 7
Liberty-Benton 40 Arlington 0
Benjamin Logan 46 Graham Local 26
Upper Sandusky 28 Buckeye Central 12
Mohawk 42 Bucyrus 14
Crestview 49 Allen East 21
Elgin 52 Waynesfield-Goshen 32
North Union 68 Galion 26
Hardin Northern 54 Ridgemont 24
Lehman Catholic 55 Upper Scioto Valley 0
Ada 22 Paulding 16
Perry 29 Riverside 20
Indian Lake 20 Urbana 13
McComb 42 Van Buren 7
Bellefontaine 35 Springfield Shawnee 0
The Riverdale Schools Homecoming Court is set for tonight.
Freshman Attendants Drew Frey and Peyton Rodruguez
Sophomore Attendants Matthew Mason and Alesha Martin
Junior Attendants Thane Gallegos and Alexa Brooks
And the following King and Queen Candidates:
Cody Mason and Lexie Wright
Ethan Hayes and Brooke McKamey
Gabi Rodriguez and Aiden Loveridge
One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Ryan C. Cutlip was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison on one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possessing drug abuse instruments.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Authorities are searching for a runaway juvenile from Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the mother of a 13 year old boy reported her son missing early Thursday morning.
He is 5 feet 1 to 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 105 to 110 pounds with blond or strawberry hair and blue eyes.
The boy was wearing a black hoodie and shorts.
If you have any information of his whereabouts, call Kenton Police at 419-673-0771.
During the month of September, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 1.77 inches of rain.
The most rain for this month, 2.92 inches, fell in Goshen Township, as measured by Brien Brothers Farm. The least rain reported during the month, 0.95inches, was reported in Hale Township by Travis Ramsey.
During the same month last year, an average of 3.12 inches of rain fell.
The rainfall recorded in September over the past ten years averaged 3.37 inches.
A burglary that was believed to have occurred earlier this year was reported Thursday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the incident occurred sometime between May and June at a residence in the 500 block of Moriah Drive when someone entered the attached garage and stole several power tools and a large amount of hand tools.
A more accurate list of items that are missing is still be compiled and will be provided later.
A Kenton woman is facing several charges following a minor crash that occurred Thursday evening.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car backed from a parking space in the 900 block of East Columbus Street and struck a parked car. A witness reported that they saw the driver, later identified as 30 year old Griselda Bautista, get out of her vehicle and look at both vehicles. She then is said to have got back into her car and leave the scene without making any attempt to contact the owner of the car she struck.
Bautista was located later and charged with failing to stop after an accident and for not having an operator's license.
Angels for the Elderly is holding a Quarter Auction and Food Drive at the Eagles Lodge in Kenton on Saturday.
The group’s Founder and President Mary Roby talks about how the auction works, "It's ten dollars to get in and that get you one paddle, and each paddle has a number on it, which we put into a drum. Additional paddles are two dollars each and each time you want to bid on an item you hold your paddle up. I then pull a number from the drum and if I pull your number you win that item."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The 6th Annual Family Fest will be held this Sunday October 15 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.
Lots of activities are planned for the kids, including laser tag, bounce houses, kiddie fire truck rides and more.
Numerous businesses will be there as well providing fun games and passing out lots of candy.
All the activities are free. A concession stand will sell food at a nominal price.
Family Fest runs from 5-8pm this Sunday at Abundant Life Church, 1010 East Franklin Street, across from Hardin Memorial Hospital.
The annual Cubmobile Race will be held in downtown Kenton Saturday.
Youth in grades 1 through 5 will be given the opportunity to race downhill in a soap box derby type car.
If you are interested, contact St. John's Evangelical Church at 419-673-3205.
The event will run from 9 until 11 Saturday morning on Detroit Street in downtown Kenton.
Lauren E. Bartlett received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s District 16 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under this week.
She is currently the Director of Law Clinics and an assistant professor of Law at Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law in Ada. In her spare time, she is leading the next generation of volunteers through community service.
Bartlett co-founded the Louisiana Justice Institute, a nonprofit civil rights legal advocacy organization focused on protecting the rights of persons affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
A sexual assault was reported early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Kenton.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to an apartment at 1037 South Main Street to investigate the incident.
The victim was listed as a 22 year old female. The suspect, who has not yet been charged, is a 33 year old man.
Several items were confiscated as evidence, and the incident is under investigation.
Several batteries have been stolen out of a truck belonging to a construction company in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Tice Construction reported that three batteries have been stolen sometime in the past two days.
The value of the batteries was listed at $426.
A suspect was listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed.
There were no injuries reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on West Lima Street.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 17 year old Kade Brown, of Dunkirk, was driving east on Lima Street and failed to stop in time to avoid striking a vehicle being driven by 40 year old David Amweg, of Kenton, who was stopped for traffic at the time.
Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.
Brown was cited for failing to pay full time attention.
A non-perishable food drive is being held during the Kenton Wildcat football game at Robinson Field Friday night.
Items can be taken to the southwest ticket gate starting at 5:45 Friday evening, and they will be collected until the end of the first quarter. The first 200 people to give food items will receive a Wildcat spirit cup donated by Rogers Nationwide Insurance.
The most needed items are pasta, cereal and canned vegetables, but all nonperishable foods will be accepted.
The items collected will be split between the SOUP Kitchen and the Neighborhood Opportunity Center.
The 2017 Ohio Attorney General's Office Law Enforcement Conference was held Wednesday in Columbus.
This year's conference was on cyber security. The keynote speaker was the founder of Blue Courage, which focuses on ethical and heartfelt leadership in law enforcement.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart and Investigator Terry Sneary were among law enforcement personnel who attended the event.
The next Women LEAD program is scheduled for October 25 from noon until 1.
The program will explore the topic of women and long-term care.
The speaker is Cheryl Evans, who has close to thirty-three years of financial industry experience. She will talk about planning for the future.
The program is sponsored by HSLC and Centric Financial Group.
Registrations are being taken now by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.
An Alger native is continuing a 75 year Seabee tradition.
The U.S. Navy's Construction Force is known as the Seabees, and their motto is "We Build, We Fight."
2017 Upper Scioto Valley graduate and Navy Constructionman Recruit Peyton Dyer builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Dyer works as a builder which is responsible for construction of an array of projects for the military and for humanitarian relief.
He credits his hometown of Alger for teaching him about fellowship and what it means to be a neighbor and how important it is to work together.
The jobs of some of the Seabees today have remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile road to victory for the allies in the Pacific and in Europe.
A domestic disturbance was reported Tuesday night in the 400 block of East Columbus Street.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the resident there told officers that her 16 year old son came home and kicked the front door open. He then is accused of damaging numerous items inside the house and then went outside and damaged two vehicles. The damage was listed at around $700.
The boy then fled on foot and has not yet been located and has been listed as a runaway.
Unauthorized withdrawals were made from the savings and checking accounts of a Kenton woman.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a named suspect has withdrawn over $3500 from the accounts over the past several months.
No charges have been filed at this time as the incident is under investigation.
A theft that occurred over the weekend was reported to police on Tuesday.
According to the report, several batteries were stolen on the property of Large's Exhaust.
The video surveillance system at the business was able to capture the incident on film.
A suspect was named, and the incident remains under investigation.
Applications for the 2017 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame are being accepted now through October 16.
Nominees must have made a contribution to agriculture by being born, grown up, living in or working in Hardin County.
Forms are available at the OSU Hardin County Extension Office or by calling 419-674-2297.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting. Sixteen directors were and 13 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Denna Clem, chairperson of the Antique Dept, requested changing their entry drop off times to Noon-4pm on Monday, Labor Day. Her request was granted.
Bob McBride requested a History Committee be formed, with the president, sec/treasurer, a JR Fair Board Representative and 2 board members on it. He would also like the committee to meet 1x yearly in November. The board moved to go ahead with forming a history committee.
Rick Black requested a tug a truck/drag racing idea be looked into for next year’s fair. He was told to get all of the information together for the entertainment committee.
Roger Crowe congratulated the fair board on having a great fair.
Many thank you’s were read from various people.
Minutes of last month’s meeting were discussed and Dan Beale noted they needed to be amended d/t Buck Township not having an open seat for the election in November. The minutes were approved as amended.
Craig Stump stated there will be an executive meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7pm. The audit will start on Wednesday, Oct. 11th with a meeting with the auditor starting at 10am that day.
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. There will be a ground’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7pm. A building, belonging to Oakridge Realty, is still on the fairgrounds and discussion was held on how to get a hold of them to remove it. One call has already been made to them, with no action taken as of yet. Pete Fout requested the ok for him to build a front porch to the caretaker’s house. The board moved to let Pete go ahead with building a porch. It was noted winter storage continues with items being stored.
Craig Stump stated there will be a camping committee meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th during the ground’s meeting. Items to be discussed at that meeting are the current waiting list of 23 people and campers moving out before 7pm on Sunday night of the fair.
Rob Wilson, representing the entertainment committee, stated there will also be an entertainment meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17th at 7pm to start discussing ideas for next year’s fair. Overall, the entertainment had a positive number for the 2017 fair. The demo derby continues to be the largest money maker and the Columbus Zoo was a huge hit this year. The board moved to have another concert at the 2018 Hardin County Fair.
Judi Cronley gave an update on the 2017 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale. Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors received $433,990 this year, which was only down $2,000 and there were less livestock at the sale.
Under old business:
Petitions for fair directors running for open positions are due by Friday, Oct. 27th at 4pm. There was a total of 1,109 lbs of whole hog sausage sold this year, which was up by 530 lbs. from last year. The Annual Fair Board Election for directors is Saturday, Nov. 4th from 3-7pm in the fair office.
Under new business:
A legal ad and article about the fair board election will run in the Kenton Times this month. Mark Garmon, Ray Davis, Jim Bidwell, Janie Seiler and Justin Beale will be the judges and clerks for the Nov. Election. The board moved to request the 2018 Ohio Fairs Fund Money. The board moved to nominate Ray Davis for our Outstanding Fair Supporter to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. It was noted the Fair district meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 7pm at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Corey Ledley requested to purchase the 2 wireless mic’s that were rented this year during the fair. The board agreed to purchase the mic’s. The fair board received notice of change in taxable values on the 3 parcels owned by the Ag. Society. It was noted several directors did not like the hand held radios that were rented for this year’s fair. The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm in the fair office, with the annual meeting and re-organizational meetings to occur at this time, too.
Kenton High School is encouraging parents to monitor their students social media usage and what they are posting online.
A letter penned by Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush released to the school’s website calls for cooperation of parents alongside the school in discussing internet usage with their children. Thrush writes that internet connected devices are not going anywhere, and the students must be taught to utilize them properly.
He notes that the school hosts local law enforcement and guest speakers to highlight the importance of a student’s digital footprint, and how postings could affect college enrollment and jobs in a student’s future.
There were no injuries in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 23 year old Shawn Clyborn was driving north on Fontaine Street when he said the car’s ball joint went out. The car travelled off of Detroit Street and struck the curb and came to rest off the west side of the road.
Disabling damage occurred to the car, and Clyborn was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control of a vehicle.
A shoplifting was reported at Save A Lot in Kenton Monday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, an employee of the store told officers that two young males came into the store, and each of them took a bottle of vodka off the shelf and walked out. They got into a full size white truck that was waiting for them in the parking lot and left southbound on Wayne Street.
A 13 year old boy was one of the suspects listed. No information on the other suspect was listed on the report.
The incident remains under investigation.
The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The council members voted to excuse the absence of President Joel Althauser, with councilman David Beazley leading the meeting in his place.
Tim Street, Director of Communication and Member Services with Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Inc., spoke to the council about forthcoming legislation that will establish whether or not the service franchise agreement with the power provider will be renewed. According to Street, there are a few areas, particularly along Bales Road, where Mid-Ohio is able to provide service. “We would like the opportunity to serve those within our established areas,” said Street. Councilman Beazley said that legislation discussing the proposed agreement will likely be put before council in the next few weeks.
During old business, the council passed one piece of legislation and moved a second piece to third reading, to be heard again in two weeks. The passed legislation vacated an alley in James Ewing’s third addition to the city; the additional resolution will confirm the adoption of the rules and regulations by the Civil Service Commission upon its passing in two weeks.
Under new business, council heard one piece of legislation, an ordinance authorizing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials for the 2018 calendar year. The legislation moved to second reading and will be heard again in two weeks.
The city also announced the 2017 leaf pickup schedule, beginning Monday, November 6 with the 4th Ward. The schedule runs as follows:
Section I: Start Monday, November 6, 4th Ward
South-West section - including Columbus and Lima Streets
Section II: Start Monday, November 13, 3rd Ward
North-West section - including Main, Columbus, and Lima Streets
Section III: Start Monday, November 20, 1st Ward
South-East section - including Columbus and Main Streets
Section IV: Start Monday, November 27, 2nd Ward
North-East section - including Main and Columbus Streets
Residents are advised to not park in the leaf piles or sweep the leaves into the street. Sweeping the leaves into the street clogs the storm sewers and could cause backup into residences if there is a particularly hard rain. Residents are also encouraged to bag leaves and put them at the curb in front of the residence.
Council heard from the following committees:
Finance: the Finance Committee will meet next on Monday, October 16 at 5:30pm. Currently, they are meeting with department heads to discuss five-year plans and begin the budgeting process for the 2018 calendar year.
Parks & Recreation: the Parks & Recreation Board will meet next on Tuesday, October 10 at 4:30pm.
Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet next on Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00pm. There will be a dedication for the new committal building on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00am. The niche wall is also being completed. The committal building will be free and open to the public for holding services at the cemetery.
BKP: the BKP Board will meet next on Monday, October 16 at 6:00pm.
Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee will have several representatives attending a meeting in Columbus on Friday, October 13.
Council heard about several upcoming community events during the comments section:
-A First Responders Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00pm at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative.
-A quarter auction fundraiser and food drive for Angels for the Elderly will be held on Saturday, October 14 starting at 1:00pm at the Kenton Eagles Community Room.
-Fire Chief Tim Clark reminded those present that it is Fire Prevention Week. He encourages all residents to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and to remain vigilant of fire safety as we approach the holiday season.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.
A completely remodeled and refurbished dining hall in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University in Ada is a hit with students.
The transformed space, which opened to students this fall, caters to the tastes of today’s college students as never before. The renovations offer expanded meal options as well as a more open and inviting atmosphere.
At the focal point of the reimagined space is the brand new 360 Grill, a new meal station where diners handpick their own ingredients and then watch a chef cook their creation right in front of them on a large Mongolian-style griddle.
The renovation caps off a massive transformation of McIntosh Center that began in 2016.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross is encouraging the public to give blood for cancer patients and others who depend on transfusions.
Upcoming blood drives include:
In Kenton- Monday October 23 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church, County Road 175 and on October 31 from 11am until 4pm at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
In Forest- Friday October 27 from 2 until 7pm at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post.
The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education October meeting has been moved up by a week.
According to information from the school, the meeting will be held Thursday October 19.
It was originally scheduled for Thursday October 26.
The meeting will be held in the conference room at the school.
A juvenile was bitten by a pitbull Sunday in the 400 block of Carroll Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the area Sunday evening.
The dog's owner, Shacota Gayheart was issued a summons for not securing a vicious dog.
The extent of the boy's injuries was not listed on the report.
An accident occurred late Sunday afternoon on State Route 53.
No information is available at this time from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
According to information on the activity log, the mishap was reported as an accident with injuries and occurred on 53 at Township Road 114.
The misuse of a credit card was reported to Kenton Police on Friday evening.
According the report from the police department, an adult male came on station to report that an unauthorized charge of $83.70 was made to his card.
No suspects or location of the unauthorized charge were listed on the report.
A breaking and entering was reported to Kenton Police on Saturday.
According the report, sometime within the last month a vacant house in the 500 block of North Wayne St was forcibly entered.
A taxidermied fish and some clear dishes were stolen.
No other items were listed as stolen and there was no value listed on the report for the missing property.
Numerous staff members received recognition and awards at the Hardin County Sheriff's annual appreciation and awards program this past Thursday evening.
According to information on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Deputy Christina Henderson was named Deputy of the Year.
The program included dinner at the Plaza Inn and featured Judge Scott Barrett of the Hardin County Common Pleas Court as guest speaker.
The Kenton Hardin Health Department will be in the Village of Forest on the second Wednesday of each month.
They provide an immunization clinic including flu shots.
The next visit is Wednesday October 11 from 9am until noon at the Forest Fire Department.
Bring your insurance card and immunization records to the clinic.
Week Seven Football Scores - WBL:
Kenton 43 Shawnee 37
St. Mary's 49 Bath 0
Ottawa-Glandorf 48 Defiance 12
Celina 34 Wapakoneta 28 *OT
Elida 35 Van Wert 27
Week Seven Football Scores - Regional:
Seneca East 24 Mohawk 21
Van Buren 27 Cory-Rawson 7
Arlington 30 North Baltimore 20
Upper Sandusky 20 Bucyrus 14
Carey 45 Buckeye Central 0
Allen East 7 Paulding 6
Bellefontaine 19 Jonathan Alder 6
Marion Harding 31 North Union 28
Lehman Catholic 77 Waynesfield-Goshen 14
Benjamin Logan 32 Tecumseh 21
Riverside 32 Upper Scioto Valley 0
Perry 56 Ridgemont 6
Elgin 66 Hardin Northern 18
Indian Lake 35 Northwestern 24
McComb 42 Riverdale 19
Crestview 49 Ada 21
A crash occurred Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of North Detroit Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 25 year old Wanda Cannode was driving north on Detroit and failed to stop for a car in front of her that slowed down for traffic. Cannode's car struck the rear of a car being driven by 45 year old Melanie Woods, of New Knoxville.
Light damage occurred to Woods' car, and Cannode's car received disabling damage.
There were no injuries, and Cannode was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation for driving with an expired operator's license.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
Max M. Ellcessor was sentenced to 18 months in prison on one count of having weapons while under disability.
The following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Ray M. Legge on one count of escape
.John L. Byers on one count of receiving stolen property
.Deven C.E. Disbennett on one count each of burglary and arson
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
When it comes to behavioral issues, chances are there is a program to help through Coleman Behavioral Services in Kenton.
Melanie Woods said they have a lot of success thanks to organizations in Hardin County working together, "I have had a great deal of luck working with other social support services here in Hardin County. There's definately a strong feel of collaborative relationships, working together to make sure that the needs are met rather than being territorial of who provides what."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Early voting hours leading up to the November 7 General Election will start next week in the State of Ohio.
According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections:
.From Wednesday October 11 through the 13th, from October 16 through the 20, and from October 23 through the 27, the hours are from 8am to 5pm.
.From October 30 through November 3, the hours are from 8 until 7.
.On Saturday November 4 from 8-4,
.On Sunday November 5 from 1-5
.On Monday November 6 from 8-2.
Early voting will be held in the Board of Elections Office in the Hardin County Courthouse.
The Forest Police Department is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat event on October 26.
Anyone wanting to reserve a spot should call the Municipal Building at 419-273-2500.
There is no charge for reserving a spot, but the department needs to know who will participate so space is available.
There are two blood drives scheduled in Forest over the next two months.
The first one is Tuesday October 17 and then on Wednesday December 27.
The hours for both are 2 until 7pm.
They will be held at the Forest-McVitty Post 1182 V.F.W.
The Ada Police Department's Coffee with a Cop forum that was held this week was a success.
According to the department's Facebook page, around 50 people participated along with officers and Chief Michael Harnishfeger.
Officers spoke with students from Ohio Northern University and well as teachers, retirees and others from around Ada.
Another Coffee with a Cop is being planned for sometime next year.
Owner Joan Wagner talks about the remodeled kitchen project, "Right now we worked on the equipment. We've updated the equipment and made it more chef friendly so that they don't have to make so many steps in getting your product."
She said the restaurant was closed for five days during the project, and customers were glad when they reopened, "Several came and forgot we were going to be closed, but they've come back, so you can see today we've been busy and that's great. It's always worth the drive."
She noted that it's been awhile since they've done any major improvements at the kitchen. She also said they may have another project in the works come winter but nothing to this magnitude.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the 900 block of East Columbus Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 81 year old Phyllis Sparks turned east onto Columbus Street from a property and her car sideswiped an eastbound vehicle being operated by Ronald Decker, of Kenton.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. Sparks was cited for a reasonable control violation.
Several community improvement and public safety projects were completed in Forest recently.
The village maintenance staff re-installed speed bumps along West Zimmerman Street and South Mary Street around Gormley Park.
That is an effort to slow down motorists and provide safety for anyone using the park.
Also in the village, railroad crossings have been completed at South Martin and Campbell Streets to provide additional safety with increased railroad traffic in town.
A theft was reported at a Kenton business Tuesday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, an undisclosed amount of money was stolen at Family Video.
No suspects were listed, and the incident is under investigation.
A juvenile was injured after being stabbed following a large fight Tuesday night at the Cherry Street Park.
According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, a 16 year old boy was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima for treatment of a severe laceration. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Two adults are facing charges in connection to the stabbing. So far, a 20 year old man was taken into custody, but again has not yet been charged.
A knife was recovered at the scene, and the incident remains under investigation.
Two women were taken into custody at two locations in Kenton during the day on Tuesday.
According to the report, 30 year old Nicole Manns was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a bench warrant through the Kenton Police Department. Later in the day, 29 year old Georgina Lightner was taken into custody on a warrant through the police department at a residence in the 400 block of South Leighton Street.
Both women were transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
An accident with injuries was reported Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office log, the crash was reported around 4:10 Tuesday afternoon in the 5000 block of County Road 90 Alger.
No other information is available at this time.
The Village of Ada has announced the leaf pick up schedule.
The Northwest District A dates are October 30, November 6, 13 and 27, Northeast District B October 31, November 7, 14 and 28, Southeast District C November 1, 8, 15 and 29 and Southwest District D November 2, 9, 16 and 30.
Dates are subject to change due to weather emergencies.
The Village of Forest has acquired more recycling totes for household usage.
Each residence is permitted to have a total of 2 per household. The Village Administrator reminded residents that they do not need to separate the recyclables by material.
The village received a total of 50 new totes, and Forest residents can call 419-273-2500 to have one delivered.
A theft involving identity fraud was reported to Kenton police on Monday.
According to the report, a man in the 19,000 block of County Road 144 told officers that someone made 300 to 400 dollars in fraudulent credit card charges on accounts in his name.
The incident is under investigation.
An unruly juvenile offense occurred Monday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of North Detroit Street to investigate the complaint.
A 16 year old girl was charged with unruly juvenile offenses.
Village of Forest residents are reminded that everyone has an important part to play in deterring crime in the community.
Police Chief Donny Southward issued a few reminders on how to keep your property and that of your neighbor safe.
He said you should be aware of your surroundings, keep home and automobile doors locked at all times, secure valuable items and never leave you wallet or purse in your vehicle.
Above all, he urged residents to report any and all suspicious activity to the police department or sheriff's office.
The Village of Ada will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow.
Residents will be able to enjoy a free cup of coffee from 8 to 10am Wednesday at COSI, on the corner of Main and College Streets.
Officers from the Ada Police Department will be on hand giving community members an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
The mission for these kind of community events is to build relationships with the public.
There’s been a tragic shooting overnight on the Las Vegas strip.
Fox News is reporting that over 50 people have been killed and over 400 have been hospitalized.
The shootings occurred from the top floor of Mandalay Bay starting around 10 Pacific time Sunday night.
Police identified the suspect as 64 year old Stephen Paddock. Reports say he committed suicide as officers moved into his room at the resort.
A female person of interest, identified as Paddock’s roommate Marilou Danley, has been taken into custody.
The shooting occurred during an outdoor concert.
Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said said an "excess of 10 rifles" were found in the room, but did not immediately reveal a motive. Paddock had been in the hotel room since September 28, according to Lombardo.
A Kenton woman was arrested Sunday evening following a domestic argument.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Eagle's Point Apartment complex to investigate a report of a loud argument in the yard of building D.
40 year old Sheryl Simms was arrested on a charge of domestic violence and was also issued a summons on disorderly conduct.
The Ada Police Department will be hosting a Coffee With a Cop Event on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at COSI, corner of Main and College.
You can enjoy a free cup of coffee and officers from the Ada Police Department will be on hand, giving community members an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns as they work to make Ada a S.A.F.E.R. place to live.
The purpose for community events like this is to build relationships with customers and the public.
Week 5 Football Scores
Kenton 35 Van Wert 27
Celina 42 Defiance 14
St. Mary’s 63 Elida 21
Ottawa-Glandorf 30 Shawnee 16
Wapakoneta 31 Bath 0
Benjamin Logan 28 Northwestern 24
Bluffton 28 Allen East 14
Ada 37 Columbus Grove 0
Elgin 70 Ridgemont 13
Arlington 15 Hopewell-Loudon 14
Indian Lake 26 Graham Local 7
Lehman Catholic 63 Hardin Northern 0
Perry 41 Upper Scioto Valley 6
Pleasant 26 North Union 7
Riverdale 21 Cory-Rawson 14
Riverside 48 Waynesfield-Goshen 6
Carey 48 Troy Christian 13
Seneca East 41 Upper Sandusky 0
Wynford 7 Mohawk 0
Bellefontaine 41 Tecumseh 0
North Baltimore 35 Van Buren 7
Two people were arrested following a report of an assault on Main Street in Kenton Thursday morning.
According to a release from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, officers were dispatched to a house on North Main Street in reference the assault. During the initial investigation, it was discovered that a home invasion involving several suspects had occurred.
One of the victims of the home invasion was transported to Hardin Memorial with unspecified injuries. He was later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
As a result of the day long investigation, the Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant at 368 North Main Street and suspected narcotics and weapons were recovered.
Two suspects, identified as 18 year old Peyton George and 20 year old Ashton Mundy were both taken into custody and are being held on charges of aggravated robbery.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Ohio Bureau of Investigation, Kenton Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation is ongoing.
A Dunkirk woman was sentenced this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Sara L. Pugh was placed on five years community control on three counts of possession of controlled substances analog and one count of aggravated possession of drugs.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Deer hunting season is about to get started in Ohio.
Ryan Kennedy, Hardin County Wildlife Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, said archery season kicks off Saturday, "Ohio has one of the longest archery seasons in the nation, and it's going to run all the way to February 4, 2018. So if you're an archery hunting, you've got a long time to hunt. Last year, hunters harvested 182,169 deer during the 2016-2017 season."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a tree on fire Thursday night.
According to information from the fire department, firefighters received a call around 10:45pm about a tree on fire in the 1000 block of West North Street.
Electric lines running through the hollowed out tree may have sparked the fire, which was quickly extinguished.