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A Vehicle Was Vandalized Over The Weekend in Kenton

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle parked in the 900 Block of Robinson Avenue was damaged sometime Friday evening.

 

The vehicles Drivers side doors and rear quarter panel of was damaged.

 


 

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Riverdale, USV Net Sectional Titles; HN Comes Up Short

Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley won girls basketball sectional titles on Saturday.

 

The Falcons defeated Edison 60-51 in Division III play at Lexington while the Rams were 57-41 winners over Crestview in Division IV action at Allen East

 

Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley advance to district competition on Thursday, and both their games will be carried live on WKTN.

 

Also on Saturday, Minster defeated Hardin Northern 57-21 in Division IV title play at Bath.

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Defiance Knocks Lady Wildcats Out Of Tournament

The Defiance Bulldogs defeated the Kenton Lady Wildcats 49-39 in Division II girls basketball sectional championship play Saturday at Spencerville.

 

The Bulldogs improve to 16-8 and will play Wapakoneta in district tournament action Thursday at Paulding. The Lady Wildcats end their season with a 16-7 record.

 

Morgan Porter had 18 points and eight rebounds for Defiance while Kennedy Replogle had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

The Lady Wildcats were led by Ashley Morris, who finished with 18 points.

Miranda Gibson and Megan Gier were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

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Employee of Retirement Residence Under Investigation

 
An employee of a local retirement residence is being accused of attempting to gain possession of prescription medications.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were informed about the incident on Friday.
The medication has not been authorized by the facility.
 
The investigation is underway, and so far no charges have been filed against a named suspect. 

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Alliance President Predicts Big Things For Hardin County in 2017

 
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said the annual Meeting and Dinner held this past Thursday evening was a great opportunity to celebrate great things for Hardin County in 2017.
 
He said, "Thirty million dollars worth of new capital investments, new job creation, a lot of new growth in Hardin County, and really the thanks go to communities, our elected officials, the businesses, the investors."
 
One of those capital improvement projects is revitalization of downtown Kenton, which Council President Joel Althauser said will be a long, but worthwhile project, "Probably the biggest thing that we'll have , that will really help us is we are going to totally redo that infrastructure, and that just doesn't benefit the downtown. That has a ripple effect throughout all the delivery system of the water and sewer, so it's good to have out and have it talked about in the public, and we hope we can move it forward."

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Upper Sandusky Rams Finish Perfect Regular Season

 

The Upper Sandusky Rams boys basketball team finished off a perfect season Friday night.

 

The Rams knocked off Colonel Crawford in impressive fashion. The final was 63-36.

 

This is the second straight season the boys have been perfect headed into tournament play.

 

 

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Kenton Lady Cats Continue Tournament Run Tonight

 
The Kenton Lady Wildcats try to win their first sectional title in 19 years when they take on Defiance Saturday night at Spencerville. 
 
Kenton is 16 and 6 on the season and was the district’s third seed. The Lady Wildcats, who last won a sectional title in 1998, will meet fifth-seeded Defiance for a Division 2 sectional championship at 6:15 p.m. at Spencerville. The Bulldogs come in at 15 and 8 after defeating Van Wert 28 to 14 on Wednesday night. The game will be a rematch of a December 15th contest in which the Lady Wildcats defeated Defiance 57 to 51 in double overtime.
 
WKTN will have all the action live from Spencerville High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.
 
Three other county schools are playing for sectional titles at the same time as Kenton. In Division 4 action at Allen East, second-seeded Upper Scioto Valley will meet fifth-seeded Crestview. At Bath, Hardin Northern, the 11th seed, will take on top-seeded Minster in Division 4 play while in Division 3 action at Lexington, fourth-seeded Riverdale will hook up with seventh-seeded Edison.

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Wildcats Scorch Nets In Win Over Celina

The Kenton Wildcats shot 74 percent from the field on their way to a 79-57 victory over the Celina Bulldogs in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at the Celina Fieldhouse.

 

The Wildcats wrap up the regular season at 13-9 overall and went 3-6 in the Western Buckeye League. Celina is now 6-16 overall and 3-6 in the league.

 

The Cats hit 10 three-pointers as they routed the Bulldogs. Kenton scored its most points since hanging 82 on Waynesfield-Goshen in the Cats' season opener.

 

Hunter Phillips scored a game-high 23 points for Kenton while Thomas Phillips had 21 points and seven rebounds. Jaron Sharp added 18 points and seven rebounds while Trent Hites finished with 10 points.

 

Kole Murlin had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs.

 

Hunter Phillips and Thomas Phillips were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Wildcats begin tournament play Tuesday when they take on Shawnee at 6;15 p.m. at Lima Senior. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.

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Member of Findlay Police Department Being Investigated

 
The Hancock County Sheriff has asked Ohio BCI to investigate a member of the Findlay Police Department.
 
WFIN in Findlay reported the investigation was into the allegations of domestic violence against the member of the police department, who's name is not being released since charges have not been filed.
 
The Findlay Law Director has requested a special prosecutor from Hardin County Muncipal Court who will determine if charges should be filed.

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Winners Announced During Annual Alliance Dinner Meeting

 
Several major awards were handed during the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Meeting and Dinner. 
 
The 2016 Citizen of the Year is Deb Curlis who volunteers her time on several boards and committees, including the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and the Wilson Football Museum among others. Curlis on receiving the award said, "I just want to tell you this means so so much to me and thank you. I've made so many wonderful friends here, and my next challenge is, I want to help the people that have the home businesses, and so I'm starting a whole new challenge and I'll be kicking that off soon."
 
The Business of the Year is the newly expanded Mid Ohio Energy Cooperative, and the award was accepted by President and CEO John Metcaffe, "I appreciate this honor, and I'm honored to accept it on behalf of our members, and thank you for awarding that."
 
The Small Business of the Year presented to Iron Fit Gym, and it was accepted by owners Meg Manns and Aaron Johnson. Manns said, "We came together with the idea that it's time to build a gym and time to bring something positive to Hardin County." Johnson had this to say, "Ultimately we would like to thank our members. Without them, we would not be here today."
 
The Community Service Award went to the Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardner Volunteer Program and was accepted by Extension Educator Mark Badertscher, "To be recognized for something we do for fun. For us volunteering is fun, it's what we want to do. We're spreading consumer horticulture to all the people that have interest in that."
 
Finally, The Women LEAD Excellence Award went to Christina Cross who said, "Wow what an honor, and I was like wait a minute we did not discuss this. Who is the recipient of this award I'd love to know. Little did I know it's myself. I'm very, very honored and touched."

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Discover Hardin County Photo Contest Starts in March

 
A Discover Hardin County Photo Contest will take place during the month of March.
 
It is sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, and the Director of Chamber and Tourism, Jesse Purcell said it runs March 1 through the 29th, "What we're hoping is that people will submit their pictures. People will then be able to go out and vote on the pictures, and then also we're planning on doing an art show on April 12th to actually display the pictures that have been taken and submitted."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Marion's Science Café Investigates Fake News Phenomenon

 
With falsehoods a defining characteristic of the 2016 US Presidential Election, despite the best efforts of citizens and news agencies alike, the term “fake news” is now commonplace vernacular around the country.
 
The Ohio State University at Marion’s Science Café returns to The Warehouse Italian Dinners in downtown Marion, Tuesday, March 7, at 6 p.m. with an in-depth look at “fake news”.  Associate Professor of Communication at The Ohio State University Dr. R. Kelly Garrett will present a discussion entitled, “How Can They Believe That?  A Short Introduction to Fake News, Misperceptions & What We Can Do about Them.” 
 
Inaccurate messages came from all over the web, from parody news sites, foreign disinformation campaigns, and sometimes even the candidates themselves. Although we do not know how misperceptions altered this election, there is no question that decision-making is hindered when citizens do not know what is true. This talk explores what we know about the causes of misperception, and what each of us can do to guard against common sources of bias and error.  
 
Garrett studies online political communication, with an emphasis on how citizens use new technologies to engage with controversial topics. His most recent work, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, focuses on how online sources of news and information can contribute to both the spread and correction of misperceptions. He has over twenty-five research publications and his work has been featured on television, radio, print, and online.
 
Science Café is free and open to the public, held at The Warehouse, Italian Dinners, 320 W. Center Street Marion, OH; those who wish to order dinner prior to the presentation are urged to arrive around 5 p.m.

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Kenton Boys Wrap Regular Season Tonight

 
The Kenton Wildcats finish their regular season tonight when they travel to Celina to meet the Bulldogs. 
 
The Wildcats are 12 and 9 and have already clinched a winning season. The Cats are 2 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League, and a win tonight would give Kenton its best league record in six years.
 
The Bulldogs got off to slow start but have played better as the season has progressed. Celina was 0 and 7 in 2016, but have won six of their eight games in 2017 and are now 6 and 15 overall and 3 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League.
 

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Authorities Crack Down on Criminal Activity Areas;Suspect Hurt During Pursuit

 
Areas in Kenton and Hardin where known criminal activity has occurred were targeted by law enforcement officers Wednesday.
 
According to a release from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser and Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a crime interdiction detail was conducted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton and Forest Police Departments and K-9 units from Ada and McComb Police Departments and Hardin County Sheriff's Office. During the detail, law enforcement conducted surveillance which led to several traffic stops in and around the City of Kenton and Hardin County.
 
At one time during the operation, a vehicle pursuit ensued that ended on the east side of Kenton. A foot pursuit then started, and a suspect, identified as Aaron Miller, of Kenton, was taken into custody near Heritage Co-Op. Miller was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment sustained while fleeing officers. 
 
The operation conducted Wednesday resulted in 20 traffic stops, numerous citations were issued, two subjects were taken into custody, suspected drugs and one firearm were seized. In addition, stolen property was recovered. 

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Tree Seedling Orders Being Taken Now

 
The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for tree seedlings through the end of February.
 
Each species of trees is sold in bundles of 10 each.
 
Order forms can be picked up at the Soil and Water Conservation District office located at State Route 309 west of Kenton.
 
If interested, call 419-673-0456 extension 3 as soon as possible due to limited quantities.

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Ada Girls Basketball Player Receives First Team Conference Honors

 
FIRST TEAM:
 
Paige Bellman (CG)
Jade Clement (CG)
Paige Motycka (CV) Faith Vogel  (PL)
Alivia Koenig  (BL)
Haley Wyss (ADA)
Sarah Miller (DJ)
 
SECOND TEAM:
 
Abbie Parkins (BL)
Macy McCluer (CG)
Kayla Schimmoeller (LV)
Faith Vogel  (PL)
Lyvia Black (CV)
 
HON. MENTION:
 
Jenna Henline (SV)
Averey Rumer (BL)
Alena Looser (LV)
Briana Townley (PL)
Macy Wallace (DJ)
Lauren Criblez (AE)
Alexis Gregory (CV)
Kaiden Grigsby (SV)
Kelsey Berelsman (DJ)
Katlyn Wendel (LV)
 
 
FINAL LEAGUE STANDINGS:
 
Columbus Grove 8-0
Bluffton               7-1
Delphos Jefferson 6-2
Crestview              4-4
Lincolnview 4-4
Spencerville 3-5
Paulding              3-5
Ada              1-7
Allen East 0-8

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Kenton Little League Sign-up Deadline Approaching

 
The deadline to sign up for Kenton Little League is fast approaching.
 
Registrations will be taken up until tryouts which will be held Saturday February 25 at the Kenton Athletic Building.
 
Kenton Little League is open to anyone who lives and attends school in Hardin County.
 
More information can be found at kenton little league dot com. 

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LCC Slips Past Ridgemont 56-50

Lima Central Catholic slipped past Ridgemont 56-50 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament play Wednesday at Bath.

 

The Thunderbirds improve to 12-11 and advance to Saturday's sectional title game. The Golden Gophers end a fine season at 16-7.

 

Ridgemont led by as many as 13 points in the second half but the T-Birds used a strong fourth-quarter to get the win.

 

Madison Stolly had 25 points to lead LCC while Rosie Wiliams added 14 points and seven rebounds.

 

Priscilla Howland finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Gophers.

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Suspect Apprehended Following Pursuit

 

Kenton Police were involved in a brief pursuit Wednesday evening that ended on the east side of town.

 

The driver then fled on foot and was apprehended near Heritage Co-Op according to Chief Dennis Musser.  

 

More information will be released Thursday morning.

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Kenton Teen Pedestrian Struck by Car

 
A 15 year old Kenton boy was injured after being struck by a car Tuesday evening.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, Ethan Manns was running along the side of Letson Avenue when he attempted to cross the road. He was struck and knocked to the ground by a car being operated by 31 year old Rebecca Cottingham, of Kenton.
 
Manns was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later to Children's Hospital in Columbus for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

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Kenton Woman Charged Following Routine Traffic Stop

 
A Kenton woman is facing drug related charges following a routine traffic stop Tuesday evening.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car in the 400 block of North Wayne Street. During an investigation, several items of drug paraphernalia and a white powder substance were allegedly found inside the car. The white substance found in the vehicle will be sent to the lab for analysis. 
 
The driver, identified as 41 year old Tina Prall was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. She is also facing a felony charge of possesion of cocaine. In addition, Prall was cited for failure to reinstate and a turn signal violation.  

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Ridgemont Girls Begin Postseason Play Tonight

 
Ridgemont begins postseason play tonight when the Golden Gophers take on Lima Central Catholic in Division 4 girls basketball action at Bath. 
 
Tonight promises to be a difficult and emotional evening for the Golden Gophers as it will be the first time the team has taken the floor since the tragic passing of Ridgemont senior Keegan McKee, who was a member of the Lady Gopher basketball team.
 
The Golden Gophers are 16 and 6 on the season and earned the sixth seed in the Division 4 Wapakoneta District. They will be tested tonight by a hot Lima Central Catholic team that is paced by Madison Stolly, who is the school's all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls basketball. The Thunderbirds are 11 and 11 and are the district's ninth seed.
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. The opening tip is set for 6:15 p.m.

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Hardin Northern Tops Ada 60-49; Riverdale, USV Post Wins

Hardin Northern defeated Ada 60-49 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament action Tuesday at Bath.


The Polar Bears (10-13) led 28-17 at the half but the Bulldogs (7-16) used an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter to take a one-point lead (35-34). Hardin Northern responded by making five of its eight shots from the floor and 15 of its 18 free throw tries in the fourth period to post the win.

 

Ashton Dye had 25 points and 14 rebounds for HN while Holly Wilson added 23 points and six rebounds.

 

Ada was led by Haley Wyss, who had 20 points and six rebounds, and Madisyn Gossard, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

 

The Polar Bears will take on Minster in sectional final action on Satruday at 6:15 p.m. at Bath.

 

Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley also won their tournament openers on Tuesday and will move on to sectional title games on Saturday. The Falcons defeated Huron 66-55 while the Rams whipped Perry 75-18.

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Hardin County Sheriff Advises Against a Roadside Memorial Tonight

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart is advising people not to go to the crash site that claimed the life of Ridgmont student Keegan McKee. On Facebook, the Sheriff released the following statement:

 

"It has come to my attention that a parent has asked everyone to go to the crash sight of Keegan tonight after the ball game to sign the cross. It's also come to my attention that this is being conveyed as it is with my blessing. All of this is inaccurate. We are very supportive of everyone signing the cross in Keegan's memory but not after dark. This is a very dangerous idea and could end up getting more kids and community members hurt. PLEASE do not do this after dark. I implore everyone to NOT stop at the crash sight after dark. Let's do what we can to keep others safe and not encourage anyone to put themselves in harms way. I did know Keegan just as many of you did and she would not want anyone to be risking their lives or others lives for this."

 

 

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Stolen Car Involved in a Crash Monday Evening

 
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a one vehicle crash that occurred on St Rt 81 east of Ada at 6:50PM on February 20th, 2017.
 
According to a release, the owner of the vehicle, Jackie Benton of Dunkirk, reported the vehicle stolen approximately 15 minutes before the crash at the intersection of St Rt 309 and St Rt 195. The driver/suspect then crashed the vehicle on St Rt 81 near the intersection of Twp Rd 55 east of Ada. The investigation continues into the driver/suspect, Jeffrey Staver of Lima, and the circumstances surrounding the incident.
 
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Ada/Liberty Fire and EMS and Osborn’s Towing.

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Kenton Man Arrested on Warrant;Facing Possible Drug Charge

 
A Kenton man was taken into custody Monday afternoon and is facing a possible drug charge.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers patrolling in the Forest Court Apartment complex recognized a man who was walking in he area who was known to have a warrant through Hardin County Municipal Court. After confirming the warrant, Shane Manns was taken into custody, and while searching him, officers allege he was in possession of a rock of suspected cocaine. 
 
The substance will be analyzed to determine if a possession of cocaine charge will be filed against Manns. 

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Ohio Gas Prices Dip Slightly

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio have dipped slightly in the past week.
 
The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $2.09 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's three pennies cheaper than a week ago but significantly higher than the average of $1.70 at this time last year.
 
The national average was $2.28, the same as a week ago. The national average a year ago was much lower at $1.71. 
 
AAA says there has been a strong supply of crude oil on the market and gas prices have stayed relatively steady in recent weeks.

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Girls Tournament Basketball Tips Off Tonight on WKTN

 
Hardin Northern takes on Ada in Division 4 girls basketball action tonight at Bath. 
 
This is a rematch of a game played on January 2nd, in which the Bulldogs topped the Polar Bears 56 to 43. 
 
Ada is the 10th seed in the Wapakoneta District while Hardin Northern is seeded 11th, but the Polar Bears have been the hotter team of late. Hardin Northern is 9 and 13 on the season and has won two its last three games while Ada is 7 and 15 and has lost its last six contests.
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Bath High School, with the pregame show set for 6:45 p.m. The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.
 
In other tournament openers tonight, Upper Scioto Valley meets Perry at 7:15 p.m. at Allen East in Division 4 play while Riverdale will meet Huron at 7 p.m. at Lexington in Division 3 play.

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Teacher and Student From Ohio High Point's Kenton Satellite Location Spoke at School Board Meeting

 

The meeting opened with guest speaker Art Spragen who is a teacher at Ohio High Point Welding and manufacturing class in Kenton. Also joining Spragen was student Blake Treen who talked with the board about the educational tools used by the Ohio High Point Satellite location.

The presentation to the board included photos of the classroom and equipment used at the facility. Spragen also talked about the use of a virtual welder to aide in teaching students proper techniques by scoring the speed and quality of welds. Treen talked about his experience as a student using this and others tools the class provides for educational purposes. The goal of this and other programs at the satellite program is to teach skilled trades to help students earn experience while still in High School.

Superintendent Jannifer Penzarski mentioned that the success of the Satellite program in Kenton is that the courses are unique to that facility and not taught on the main campus in near Bellefontaine.

The Board also discussed the finalized sale of the Hardin Central School Property on February 1st and that the board is actively searching for a new solution to house the buses. It was also noted that the fueling tanks on that property are set to be removed soon and the buses will transition to refueling at Heritage.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Compete in Weekend Meet

 
The Kenton Youth Wrestling team traveled to Allen East this weekend recording seven first place, seven second place and three third place finishers.
 
Mason Cook, wrestling in a 9 yr. old - 70 lb group, and Galvin Sealscott, wrestling in a 5&6 yr old - 50 lb group, lead the team with a 3-0 record and 3 pins.  Also placing first were Anthony Hunt (3-0, 2 pins), Kade Smith (3-0, 1 pin, 1 tech-fall), Alannah Jackson (3-0, 1 pin), Tim Wilkinson (3-0, 1 pin) and William Wilkinson (2-0, 1 pin).
 
2nd place finishers were Evan Elliott (2-1, 2 pins), Jace Broadstone (2-1, 1 pin), Draden Jordan (2-1, 1 pin), Landen Elliott, Kyle Ball, Isaiah Mundy, and Austin Root. 
 
Anthony Hunt had a team high of 10 take-downs for the day.  
 
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 38-52. They had a total of 18 Pins, 75 Take-downs, 30 Near Fall points, 36 Reversals and 28 Escapes. 
 
The team will be competing at ONU on Sun., Feb. 26 for the MVKWA League Regional Meet.

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Columbus Woman Injured in Weekend Crash

 
A Columbus woman was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred this past Saturday morning.
 
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Lauren Humphrey drove from a stop sign on Township Road 74 onto State Route 53, and her car was struck by a southbound truck being operated by 36 year old Adam Morvay, of Elida. 
 
Humphrey's car ended up off the left side of the road where it came to rest in a farm field. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment and was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

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Three Arrested Sunday on Active Warrants

 
Three men were taken into custody throughout Sunday on active warrants.
 
According to separate reports from the Kenton Police Department:
 
.26 year old Caleb Welch was arrested after officers were called to investigate a domestic violence incident. He had a warrant for his arrest from Marion County.
 
.37 year old Thomas Scott was taken into custody on a warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
 
.38 year old William Oglesbee was arrested on an active warrant through the Kenton Police Department. He was later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. 

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Bluffton Knocks Off Kenton 54-47 In Overtime

The Bluffton Pirates edged the Kenton Wildcats 54-47 in overtime Saturday in boys basketball action.

 

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but the pesky Pirates fought back, drawing to within 15-11 after one period. Kenton led 27-22 at halftime, but Bluffton scored the first six points of the second half to take the lead. The game was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way as neither team led by more than four points through the end of regulation.

 

The Pirates scored the first five points of the extra session and never trailed in overtime, leading by as many as eight points. The Cats pulled to within four points in the final minute but could get no closer as the Pirates made three free throws down the stretch to get the win and improve to 11-10 on the year.

 

Jaron Sharp had 11 points to lead Kenton.Thomas Phillips had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats while Tye Sherman and Trent Hites scored eight points each.

 

The Wildcats are now 12-9 and will wrap up their regular season on Friday when they travel to Celina for Western Buckeye League action with the Bulldogs. WKTN will carry that game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. from the Celina Fieldhouse.

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Riverdale Lady Falcons Finish .500 With Win Over Carey

The Riverdale Lady Falcons finished the regular season with an 11-11 record by defeating Carey 62-59 on Saturday.

 

The Falcons battled back from an early deficit to take a 43-31 lead after three periods and then held off a fourth-quarter surge from the Blue Devils to post the win on Senior Day.

 

Sydney Holderman led all scorers with 28 points for the Falcons while Lexie Wright added 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for Riverdale.

 

The Falcons will begin tournament action on Tuesday when they take on Huron at 7 p.m. at Lexington. The Falcons were the fourth-seed in the Division III Shelby District while the Tigers are the 14th seed.

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House on Detroit Street Broken Into

 
A burglary that occurred in the 500 block of North Detroit Street was reported Friday afternoon.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the resident told officers that when she arrived home from work, she noticed the door was standing open.
 
Numerous items inside were disturbed, but it is not known what if anything is missing at this time.

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Driver Cited For Possession of Marijuana Following Traffic Stop

 
 
A routine traffic stop Friday night led to a possession of marijuana citation for a Kenton man.
 
According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, an officer pulled the car over because the driver, identified as 23 year old James Holland II, failed to activate a turn signal while making a turn. 
 
Holland allegedly was shaky and unable to make eye contact. When the officer asked if there was anything illegal in the car, Holland is alleged to have said he was in possession of a gram of weed.
 
The substance was confiscated and tested positive for marijuana, according to the report.
 
In addition to the possession of marijuana citation, Holland was also issued a citation for a turn signal violation. 
 

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Wildcats Clinch Winning Season By Defeating Bath 71-55

The Kenton Wildcats clinched a winning season by defeating Bath 71-55 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday.

 

Kenton is now 12-8 overall and 2-6 in the WBL with two regular-season games left on the schedule. Bath is now 3-16 overall and 0-8 in the league.

 

On Senior Night and Parents' Night, Kenton shot 56 percent and forced 22 turnovers. At halftime, Kenton also honored its 1967 boys basketball team, which won the Western Buckeye League 50 years ago.

 

Thomas Phillips had 26 points for Kenton while Jaron Sharp added 16 points and five rebounds and Hunter Phillips finished with 15 points.

 

Kaden Sullivan and Chad Frey scored 14 points apiece to lead Bath while Harrison Gough scored 12 points.

 

Thomas Phillips and Hunter Phillips were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

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Ridgemont Student Killed in Crash Thursday Night

 
A 17 year old Ridgemont student passed away from injuries suffered in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 9:50 Thursday night on State Route 292.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Keegan McKee lost control of her car while driving south on 292 near Township Road 206. The car went off the west side of the road where it struck numerous tree stumps. That caused it to roll multiple times, and McKee was ejected from the car. She was flown to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima and died this morning.
 
The crash remains under investigation. 
 
Superintendent Emmy Beeson's office issued the following release concerning the loss of one of their own:
 
"Ridgemont Local Schools was delayed today while staff prepared for the arrival of students after the death of a high school student who died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident last night.  Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) Team of Western Ohio is in the district to provide support for staff and students as need."

 

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Recruiting Underway for 25th Hardin Leadership Class

 
Hardin Leadership classes are forming for 2017.
 
This is a milestone year for Hardin Leadership as it celebrates the 25th class. Toby Steinman, President of Hardin Leadership said the classes have changed over the years, "Every year we add or change a program from years past. We look at the feedback from previous years and see what worked and what didn't work an maybe shorten a session that just went on a little too long or try and bring in some new ideas from the changing world out there and everything out there so constantly doing that." 
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Busy Scene Set For Kenton High School Tonight

 
A lot will be happening tonight at Kenton High School as the Kenton Wildcats entertain Bath in their final home game of the 2016-17 season. 
 
It promises to be a busy evening tonight at Kenton High School. The program's annual Parents' Night festivities are on tap, and it will also be Senior Night for Wildcat seniors Thomas Phillips, Brady Donnelly, Trent Hites and Hunter Phillips. 
 
Also on the docket, Kenton High School will honor the 1967 boys basketball team which went 17 and 3 and won the Western Buckeye League 50 years ago. 
  
This year's Wildcats have already won nine more games than all of last season, and a win tonight would clinch a winning season for Kenton. The Cats are 11 and 8 overall, including 1 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League, with three games left in the regular season. 
 
Bath is stumbling towards the finish of a disappointing season. The Allen County Wildcats are 3 and 15 overall, including 0 and 7 in the Western Buckeye League. Bath has lost seven straight games and 14 of its last 15 after a 2 and 1 start to the campaign. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m. 

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ODOT Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Project

 
The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, is seeking public comments regarding a proposed project in Hardin County. 
 
 
The project on State Route 701 proposes to replace two structures carrying state Route 701 over small waterways 0.10 miles and 1.37 miles east of the state Route 309 intersection.
 
Traffic on state Route 701 will be detoured during construction; however, access to properties within the construction limits will be maintained.  Construction for this project is scheduled to occur in the summer of 2019.
 
Written comments regarding the project may be sent to: Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, Attn: Nate Tessler, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; or to nate.tesslerdot.ohio.gov
 
Please provide comments within 15 days from the day this was published.  To help expedite a response, please provide your contact information.  Comments without contact information cannot be responded to.

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Thieves Steal Everything They Can From House

 
A theft occurred at a home in the 7000 block of County Road 14.
 
The incident was reported Wednesday morning. The house is for sale, and the owner lives in Michigan. The realtor selling the property informed deputies that someone broke into the house and took "everything they could."
 
The incident remains under investigation. 

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Red Cross Urges Donations During Red Cross Month

 
The Month of March is Red Cross Month.
 
The American Red Cross is inviting the community to be part of its life saving mission by giving blood.
There will be several blood donation opportunities in the area in the next several weeks and the Red Cross urges participants to consider donating blood.
 
The next blood drive in Kenton is scheduled for Monday February 26 from noon until six at the First Baptist Church in Kenton. More dates will be released later. 

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Numerous Items Stolen From Residence in Kenton

 
A residence in Kenton was broken into over the past few days.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Railroad Street to investigate the incident.
 
The owner stated that a named suspect broke into the house he was away for the weekend. The suspect allegedly stole numerous items in the house and then changed the door locks.
 
The incident in under investigation. 

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Ribbon Cutting For New Organization Held Tuesday

 
The Partners For Violence Free Families is now open at 302 West Franklin Street. They will be focusing on Addressing Youth & Adult Underage Drinking and the Misuse of Prescription Drugs in Hardin County through a grant award from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services by building a Community Coalition. 
 

 

PVFF supports safe and healthy communities through awareness, education and prevention.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday .

 

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Hot Shooting Red Devils Drop HN 79-32

The Arlington Red Devils shot 58 percent from the field on their way to a 79-32 win over Hardin Northern in boys basketball action Tuesday.

 

The Red Devils (9-10) knocked down 32 of 55 shots from the floor while holding the Polar Bears to 9-of-45 shooting from the field (20 percent).

 

Zach Wilhelm had 15 points to pace the Polar Bears (2-19).

 

Arlington had four players in double figures, led by Logan Speyer's 23 points. Conrad Mains added 19 markers while Nathan Insley and Brock Oates had 10 points apiece.

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Items Stolen in West Virginia Recovered in Ridgeway

 
Numerous items reportedly stolen in West Virginia were recovered at a residence in Ridgeway on Monday.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Hardin County Crime Task Force acting on a tip received from the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 109 North Hardin Street in Ridgeway.
 
Deputies located a stolen goose neck trailer, two side by side UTV's along with numerous other stolen items. A truck was also seized by deputies.
 
The incident remains under investigation. 

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Kenton City Council Conducts Third Meeting of 2017

 
The Kenton City Council met for its third regular session on Monday evening in the City Building. There were no citizens requesting time to speak on the agenda, but Council President Joel Althauser asked for special consideration for a guest, Donoven Quail.
 
Donavan Quail addresses City Council
 
 
 
 
Quail is a Webelos in Cub Scout Pack #121, and will soon be honored with his Arrow of Light ceremony to join the Boy Scouts. He gave a presentation to council about an idea for bike paths throughout the city. 
 
"I've gone to Columbus to visit my brother at college, and I have seen bike lanes around his campus. Bike riders are able to travel more safely to work and to classes," Quail said when asked by Althauser for examples of successful bike paths he had seen. 
 
Quail's plan focuses on more populated streets, where there is "more traffic and more danger" to bike riders. Council members thanked him for his presentation and said the idea would be further discussed.
 
During committee reports, the council heard from:
 
Finance - Finance Committee Chairwoman, Teresa Styer, told council that she would like to form a small committee to start brainstorming items in the water and sewer budget that could present financial strain on the city. 
 
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board met last week, and according to councilwoman Antwilla Davis, the board is pricing out the niche wall and will be looking for designs from community groups in the near future.
 
BKP - the BKP Board will meet next Monday, February 20, at 6:00pm.
 
Special Projects - the Special Projects committee will be meeting within the next few weeks, according to councilwoman Pegg Wren.
 
There was no old business on the agenda, but City Law Director, Jon Schwemer, told council that the Planning Commission needed to set the date for a hearing to rezone the Forest Courts apartment complex from an R1 to an R2 (residential - family). The date of the hearing was set for Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30pm in council chambers.
 
In new business, the council heard two pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance for additional appropriations for the new "555" building's heating costs. Since the building is being used differently than the previous tenants, the heating costs are higher than anticipated. Council voted to suspend the three-reading rule and subsequently passed unanimously.  The second piece of legislation was an ordinance allowing for additional appropriations for water and sewer repairs, such as upgrading a well that is currently burning out frequently to an electrical phase 3. The ordinance will go on to second reading in two weeks.
 
During comments, the council heard from City Auditor, Brian Hattery, about the electrical aggregation program. The city will be entering into a new contract with IGS for 36 months. An opt-out is available for consumers for 30 days from the date the contract letter is mailed, which Hattery approximates will be the week of April 17. Residents who remain in the program could see an estimated $10 a month savings on their current energy bills. The new rates will be reflected on billing statements by June at the latest.
 
Hattery also mentioned during his comments that the city spent nearly $200,000 more than it received in revenue for 2016, and that his office is working to understand how these financial shortfalls can be alleviated in the 2017 fiscal year. He also noted that water and sewer bills were not being collected in entirety, allowing an additional $5,700 a month for water and $4,900 a month for sewer that were billed, but not collected. Hattery said he's "not sure why" the numbers are so high, but he appreciates the finance committee's move to form a committee to get a handle on these financial shortages.
 
To conclude the meeting, Mayor Randy Manns gave a "State of the City" address to council. He specifically thanked Donoven Quail for his report to council and councilman Michael White for representing the city at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration on January 16. The Mayor then thanked the council, the department heads, and "everybody in the city" for making 2016 a "very successful year." He noted growth in the community, including the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative and Fastenal building completion and the Letson Avenue (Fairground Road) project. "We need to zero in on the positive," said the Mayor. "We completed a $1 million project [Letson Avenue] for $60-$70,000. We received three different grants, the street department pitched in...it was a really great thing." He also mentioned other successful financial projects, including the purchase of the "555" building, grant money for a fully-outfitted K-9 vehicle, and a $300,000 grant for city parks.
 
"We have a lot to be happy about," the Mayor concluded. 
 
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00pm in the City Building.

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County Basketball Action Featured Tonight on WKTN

 
The Hardin Northern Polar Bears host backyard rival Arlington tonight in boys basketball action. 
 
The Red Devils are 8 and 10 but have been playing well of late. Arlington has won four of its last six games but is coming off a 66 to 59 loss to highly-regarded Miller City on Saturday.
 
The Polar Bears are looking to break a 16-game losing streak tonight. Hardin Northern's 79 to 38 loss to Parkway on Saturday dropped the Bears to 2 and 18 on the season.
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Hardin Northern, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.
 

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One Person Killed in Crash South of McGuffey Monday Afternoon

 
One person was killed in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon on County Road 110 south of McGuffey in Marion Township.
 
According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, Patricia Parr was a passenger in a car being operated by Jack Parkins. 
 
The car was eastbound on 110 when Parkins lost control and it travelled off the south side of the road where it overturned in a drainage ditch. 
 
Parkins, Parr and another passenger, Jeffery Lones, were all transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where Parr was pronounced dead.
 
The crash remains under investigation. 

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Crash Damages Two Vehicles;Occupant Charged with Obstructing Official Business

 
A two vehicle crash occurred Saturday afternoon in the 800 block of East Columbus Street.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle operated by 52 year old James Miller, of Hilliard, stopped for traffic when it was struck from behind by a car driven by 16 year old Jaron Sharp, of Kenton. Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
 
Sharp was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 
 
According to a separate report, 18 year old Luke Nichols told officers at the accident scene that he was driving the car, but the police department was informed by his mother the next day that he had lied because he was afraid his father would be upset that someone else was driving the car.
 
Nichols was issued a summons on a charge of obstructing official business. 

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9 Year Old Girl Asking For Money Door to Door in Kenton

 
A report about a girl going door to door soliciting for money was received Sunday afternoon.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of West North Street to investigate the incident.
 
A 9 year old Kenton girl was located and her parent was notified. 

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Three Kenton Wrestlers Compete in Tournament

 
The Kenton Middle School wrestling team sent three wrestlers to compete in the Jr. High Ohio Athletic Committee (OAC) District Qualifier tournament at Olentangy High School Sunday, Feb. 12th.  Carter Bays and Noah Thibaut placed and qualified to compete at the 2017 Jr. High OAC State Tournament in Youngstown, Ohio March 18-19.
 
Thibaut, 8th grader wrestling in the 176 lb class, started quickly in the 2nd round after a bye with a fall over Ian Price in 0:13.  Thibaut was then defeated by Stephen Baldridge of West Holmes in the semi-finals, but claimed victories in the consolation brackets over Gary Call by fall 0:35, and Noah Coker of Mount Vernon by fall 0:53 to place 3rd at the tournament.
 
Wrestling in the 138 lb weight class, eighth grader Carter Bays bounced back after a tough first round lost to Braden Welch of Ashland, and won his next four matches to make it to the consolation semi-finals.  He defeated Johnathan Martin of London by fall 0:26, Tommy Robbins of OOP by fall 2:47, Robert Tayler of Heath by major decision 10-0, and Samuel Speakman of Teays Valley by decision 3-1.  Bays then lost to Andy Willliamson of Mt. Gilead and Parker Finley of Olentangy to place 6th and qualify for the state tournament.
 
7th grader Zachary Hart also made the trip to the district meet wrestling in the 126 lb weight class, but fell short of qualifying with a record of 1-2.  Hart won his first round match versus Bryce Mihm of Willshire by major decision 11-2, but then fell to Lincoln Heard of Marysville and then Dakota Clarkson of Covington by decision 2-7.

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Ohio Gas Prices Rise Slightly But Remain Relatively Low

 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers continue to see some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. 
 
A gallon of regular fuel in Ohio was averaging $2.12 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel more than last week and much higher than at this time last year, when the state average was just $1.55. 
 
Ohio's average remains below the national average, which was $2.28 for regular fuel on Monday, up a penny from a week earlier. A year ago, it was $1.70. 

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Two Workforce Initiative 2.0 Sessions Scheduled

 
The Hardin County Economic Development, Hardin County Job & Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs of Hardin County presents Hardin COUNTY
Workforce Initiative 2.0. 
 
2 Information Sessions on Ohio Means Jobs Center, NEW Workforce Training Dollars, Area 8 Local Planning, Adult & Dislocated Worker Program, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Business Services, WOCAP - Summer Youth Employment Programs and more will be presented. 
 
The sessions are for Local Employers (Industries of All Types) Human Resources, Directors, Plant Managers, Business Managers/Owners. 
 
RSVP to Jon Cross  419-673-4131. 
 
INFO SESSION #1
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance
225 S. Detroit Street, Kenton, OH
 
INFO SESSION #2
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance 
225 S. Detroit Street, Kenton, OH 

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Elida Pulls Away Late, Downs Kenton 65-57

The Elida Bulldogs pulled away late to top the Kenton Wildcats 65-57 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.

 

The Wildcats (10-8 overall, 1-6 WBL) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 4:30 left in the game, but the Bulldogs (12-5, 6-1) outscored Kenton 15-3 the rest of the night to post their seventh straight win.

 

Daniel Unruh had 20 points to lead Elida while Calon Henderson had 15 points and Trey Harris added 10 markers.

 

Thomas Phillips had 15 points to pace Kenton while Jaron Sharp scored 13 points and Brady Donnelly added 10 points, with Trent Hites and Hunter Phillips tossing in eight points apiece.

 

Thomas Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Jury Convicts Kenton Woman on Drug Offense

 
A Kenton woman was convicted on a drug offense this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents filed in the Hardin County Clerk of Courts Office, Pamela S. Kuykendall was found guilty of one count of possession of heroin following the trial held Wednesday in Common Pleas Court. Sentencing was set for March 8.
 
 
Also in court,one person was sentenced recently.
 
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Angela N. Cheek was sentenced to two years in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.
 
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Numerous Accidents Keep Law Enforcement Busy Thursday

 
Numerous accidents occurred around the county Thursday evening.
 
As the sun set, the roads froze over creating slippery conditions for motorists.
 
As a result, around 9 crashes were handled by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
 
They were reported as property damage accidents meaning there were no injuries. 

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Agency Favors a Barrier to Keep Asian Carp Out of Lake Erie

 
The Ohio Environmental Council backs the idea of a physical barrier as the most effective way to stop Asian carp from invading Lake Erie.
 
The managing director of agricultural health and clean water programs for the O.E.C., Kristy Meyer, said there is a lot at stake if Asian carp make their way into the Great Lakes. She said Lake Erie alone generates 11 billion dollars in tourism revenue in the State of Ohio, "The Maumee River is the walleye capitol of the world basically, and Lake Erie produces more fish for human consumption than all of the other four Great Lakes combined, so it really would have a big impact on the native fisheries that we have in Lake Erie."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Kenton Boys Take on Elida on Friday Night Basketball Action

 
The Kenton Lady Wildcats close out the home portion of their schedule tonight when they entertain Elida. 
 
Tonight is Parents' Night as well as Senior Night for the Lady Wildcat Program. It will be the last home game for the program's four seniors - Miranda Gibson, Sara Hoyt, Megan Gier and Ashley Morris - who have helped Kenton to a 14 and 4 record this season. 
 
The Lady Wildcats are 5 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, good for a tie for third in the conference, and are hoping to finish the season strong as they prepare for the sectional tournament, which begins in two weeks. 
 
Elida is 7 and 11 overall, and 3 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League. With wins in their final two league games, the Bulldogs will post their first winning season in Western Buckeye League action in 12 years. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show beginning around 7:15 p.m. 

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Riverdale Evens Mark With 66-41 Win Over Arcadia

The Riverdale Lady Falcons evened their season record at 10-10 with a 66-41 win over Arcadia in girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Lexie Wright had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons while Sydney Holderman had 21 points and eight steals. Janessa Taylor added 13 points for Riverdale.

 

The Falcons used a big first quarter - outscoring Arcadia 24-9 over the first eight minutes - and a stingy defense to subdue the Redskins. Riverdale held Arcadia to 27 percent shooting for the game (14 of 51).

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Morris Scores 1,000th Point As Lady Wildcats Top Elida 50-38

Ashley Morris scored her 1,000th career point as the Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Elida 50-38 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball play Thursday.

 

Morris converted a layup three minutes into third quarter to break the 1,000-point barrier for her career. She finished with 18 points for the game and now has 1,010 points to her credit.

 

Kori Barrett added 11 points for the Lady Wildcats, who improve to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Elida (7-12 overall, 3-5 WBL) got 16 points from Shyah Wheeler and 15 points and eight rebounds from Destiney Owens.

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First Significant Snow in Some Time Falls on Hardin County Wednesday

 
Most of Hardin County got in on the high end of the 3 to 5 inches of snow that was forecast to fall Wednesday night.
 
Residents woke up to a blanket of the white stuff this morning. The first significant snowfall in some time in the area closed schools today and led to numerous crashes around the county.
 
The calls started coming into the Hardin County Sheriff's Office shortly after five in the evening. There were around ten crashes in all. Most were said to be minor, but injury crashes were reported on Township Road 84 at State Route 195 and the other in the 7000 block of State Route 195.   
 
So what do kids do on a snow day? If you're 7 year old Oliver Sneary, you help your dad shovel snow. 
 
 
 
Oliver helps his dad Clint shovel snow on the sidewalk around Twirl. The two also cleared the sidewalks in front of Huntington Bank and WKTN Radio.
 
 
The snow also coated playground equipment at Pioneer Park this morning.
 

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Forest Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges in Wyandot County

 
A Forest woman was sentenced this week in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.
 
The Daily Chief Union in Upper Sandusky reported that 27 year old Cami L. Neese was sentenced to a total of just over four years in prison on one count each of complicity to the illegal assembly and possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs.

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Kenton Lady Cats Take on Elida in Basketball Action Tonight

 
The Kenton Lady Wildcats close out the home portion of their schedule tonight when they entertain Elida. 
 
Tonight is Parents’ Night as well as Senior Night for the Lady Wildcat Program. It will be the last home game for the program’s four seniors – Miranda Gibson, Sara Hoyt, Megan Gier and Ashley Morris – who have helped Kenton to a 14 and 4 record this season. 
 
The Lady Wildcats are 5 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League, good for a tie for third in the conference, and are hoping to finish the season strong as they prepare for the sectional tournament, which begins in two weeks. 
 
Elida is 7 and 11 overall, and 3 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League. With wins in their final two league games, the Bulldogs will post their first winning season in Western Buckeye League action in 12 years. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show beginning around 7:15 p.m. 

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Interim Allen County Sheriff Dies Days After Being Appointed

 
LIMA, Ohio (AP) - An interim sheriff in Ohio has died less than a week after he was appointed.
 
Officials in Allen County say 62-year-old Jimmy Everett died Tuesday after a sudden illness. 
 
Everett was a deputy in the sheriff's office for about 40 years before he was appointed last week to take over for Sam Crish. 
 
Crish resigned in January amid an investigation into a series of personal and legal problems and after he acknowledged having received treatment for a gambling addiction. 
 
Everett worked nearly every job in the sheriff's office as a deputy and was a former mayor in the Allen County village of Cairo.

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Car Strikes House in Early Morning Crash Near Mt. Victory

 
A car struck a house early this morning in the 18,000 block of County Road 197 in Hale Township.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a male driver who may have been intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, travelled off the road and his car struck the house. The driver complained about knee pain but was otherwise not injured. The driver stated that "people" made him do it and that he was on his way to the crazy house.
 
So far, the driver has been charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and a stop sign violation, but the crash remains under investigation. 

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United Way of Hardin County Reaches Goal

 

United Way of Hardin County is announcing that they have reached goal thanks to all of the donors.

 

The campaign took in  $220,252.87 and the divisions are as follows:

 

.Agriculture - $7,893.50

 

.Special Gifts - $21,544.79

 

.F.I.R.E. - $18,880.11

 

.Education - $10,288.11

 

.Government - $4,859.76

 

.Professional - $9,047.10

 

.Industry - $131,891.62

 

.Retail - $5,193.60

 

.Out of County - $4,447.90 

 

.Special Events ended at $6,006.38.  

 

The United Way of Hardin County Board said, "We would like to thank everyone who donated their time and money to help our community."

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Hardin County Conducts February Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Fifteen directors were present and 18 guests were present.
 
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Lisa Ferguson and Kenny Kearns, representing the draft horse association, asked to have another draft horse show during the fair.  The fair board moved to have another show during the fair and to give them $1700 for putting on the show. 
 
Shawn Herzog and Melissa Modd introduced her children Addison and Aaron Modd.  Addison donated $100 to the dairy beef barn and Aaron donated $50 to the dairy beef barn.  
 
Roger Crowe stated he was present representing the Hardin County Commissioners.  
 
There was a letter read from the Hardin County OSU Extension Office, requesting a donation for the various trips and camps being offered to outstanding teen 4-H members this year.  The fair board moved to donate $750 to the program.  
 
Howard Lyle, representing the executive committee requested a nomination for the 2017 Hardin County Fair Honoree.  Ray Davis was nominted to be this year’s Hardin County Fair Honoree.  
Box seat prices will remain the same as last year at $500.  The gate admission price will remain the same as last year at $8.00.  The Open Class entry fee will remain the same as last year at $.50.  Day sponsorship and other sponsorship prices were tabled until the March meeting, after the sponsorship committee can work on those prices.  
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  Minutes from their meeting on Jan. 17th were reviewed.  A final decision was made as to where to build the new livestock show arena.  It was noted the new LED lights are now in the community building.  The fair board moved to go with the ground’s committee’s recommendations for what to request from the Hardin County Community Foundation for grants.  It was noted the fair board has received the liability insurance from the horse show pitchers.  The fair board moved to go with the ground’s committees recommendations on what to sell in the consignment sale.  Jim stated the committee is looking at selling cloth chairs from the community building, a show case, an old gator, golf cart, the old pari mututal building, an old generator and various other things.  Jim stated the committee is looking into putting the lights in the bathrooms on timers.  It was noted that only service animals will be allowed on the fairgrounds during the fair.  Those animals only include dogs and miniature horses.  The next ground’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 7pm.  
 
A discussion was held about the fairgrounds also being a state campground during the off season from the fair.  There is talk of doing this, since there are currently 9 campers that need a place to camp locally, while working in the area and there is no campground close for them to stay at.  It was noted it would be cost effective to apply for a state license.  The fair board moved to apply for the state camping permit.  
 
Brad Murphy, representing the entertainment committee, proposed the week long entertainment for the 2017 Hardin County Fair.  The fair board moved to accept their proposal.  New for the 2017 fair will be a fishing tank for kids.  Other free entertainment is still being worked on, along with Saturday night’s concert.  
 
Don Spar, representing the Jr. Fair Livestock Committee, stated he would like the fair veterinarian and himself to attend a state training.  The fair board moved to pay for the vet and Don to attend the state training.  The fair board accepted all of the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Committee’s recommendations from their meeting on Jan. 18th.  It was noted there will be a late fee for buyers that don’t pay their invoices in 2 weeks after the sale and there will be no add on’s done on the day of the sale in the sale arena.  
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated the contract for the Durant Ride Company has been signed.  The all-day ride wristband for $12 will stay the same as last year.  Janie also stated vendor contracts will be mailed in March.
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated their first meeting will be at the end of February.  Sherri Beale stated they will be offering a breakfast sandwich at the consignment sale.  
 
Brad Murphy spoke about the meeting held on Jan. 18th about the process of receiving ribbon and trophy money.  It was noted that meeting was not a sponsorship committee meeting.  The fair board moved to have the money, along with the postcards come to the fair board office first and then the cards will be given to the OSU extension office to keep track of who pays, etc.  
 
The 4th of July Committee met on Jan. 18th and Howard Lyle stated they have a goal of raising $15,000 for the fireworks.  He announced the 4th of July honorees this year are Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher.  The fair board moved to have the Fair board give an advance of $7500 to the fireworks committee to purchase fireworks before all of the money is raised.  
 
Under old business:  
It was noted all fair book changes are due to Judi Cronley by the next board meeting on March 4th.  
It was also noted the consignment sale rates will be staying the same as last year.  
Judi Cronley then announced awards received at the OFMA convention held last month.  The fair board received a certificate of accomplishment for a successful 2016 fair, received a 2nd place plaque with 33 registered attendees at the convention for a medium size fair, a 1st place trophy for the 2016 printed fair brochure that Golden Graphics prints, 1st place for the Fair newsletter that Judi Cronley distributes quarterly, and a 2nd place for the Fair placemat that Golden Graphics prints.
 
Under new business: 
It was announced there will be a District 1 & 2 Spring meeting on March 25th in Findlay, Those directors wanting to attend need to let Judi know at the next board meeting.  
The radio contract from Audio Innovators to use their 2way radios during the 2017 fair was approved.
It was noted a sponsorship/advertising committee meeting needs scheduled soon, along with a Sr. Citizen’s day meeting.  

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Lady Wildcats Come From 10 Points Down, Rally Past Riverdale 69-64

The Kenton Lady Wildcats rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to top Riverdale 69-64 in girls baketball action on Tuesday.


The Lady Wildcats trailed by double digits in the third quarter and trailed 51-47 heading into the final period but rallied to improve to 14-4 on the season.

 

Ashley Morris had 24 points for Kenton while Layne Taylor scored 13 points and Kori Barrett scored 12.

 

Riverdale (9-10) got a game-high 31 points from Sydney Holderman while Reygan Frey scored 13 points.


Morris and Taylor were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they host Elida. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:15 p.m.

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Sale of WKTN Finalized

 
Kenton, Ohio - February 7, 2017 - Home Town Media Ltd, a company owned and operated by a small group of investors including the local Haushalter family has officially purchased WKTN radio from Radio General LTD. The company began operation of WKTN on Wednesday, February 1. 
 
(Left to Right) Chad Spencer, Shannon Barnes and Keith Gensheimer
 
Named as General Manager is Shannon Barnes. Barnes has over 19 years of office and management experience and states she is excited for the direction the station is moving and future of WKTN. Additionally, long time radio personality and local DJ Chad Spencer , will transition into a new role as Station Manager. 
 
Keith Gensheimer and Sherri Haushalter finalizing sale of WKTN
 
Home Town Media would like to personally extend a huge thank you to Keith and Susan Gensheimer for making this such a smooth transition.

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Kenton City Council Finance Committee Met for First Meeting in 2017

 

The Finance meeting started with discussion about the increased cost of utilities, currently the gas bill, at the new City building located at 555 West Franklin Street. The budget for 2017 utilities was calculated using information from the previous building owner but was only based on operation during regular business hours and the city works department is a 24 hour operation.

 

The gas utility bill is greater than the budget so it was asked of the finance committee to send appropriations to the Kenton City council to increase the budget for 2017.

 

City Auditor Brian Hattery spoke to the Finance committee about a meeting with AMP Ohio, which is a representative for the electric aggregation for the city of Kenton. Hattery said that it's time to renew and they had received 2 bids that were both lower than the Kilowatt per hour residence in the city of Kenton currently pay.

 

Currently city residents pay 6 cents per kilowatt an hour and under the new agreement residents would be locked in at 5.55 cents for 3 years. The new agreement would be with IGS the same provider that is currently being used so no new legislation should be needed to enter into the agreement.

 

Hattery also discussed that the City would be apart of the Ohio Checkbook which will go public on Funerary 14 th which will allow the city finances to be easily search able and will offer transparency going back at least 5 years. Hattery told the committee that there is no cost to the city to be a part of the new system and that it would most likely be updated Quarterly or Bi-Annually.

 

Safety Service Director Jim Hites gave an update on the heating and cooling system at the downtown city building. According to Hites the boilers are still in working order but it is the control system of the unit which is not functioning properly. The company who regularly services them has said that the heating system will work properly but some areas would be colder than others and the real issue will be when the cooling system comes on line. As of now the control system would not allow for the air conditioning to function at all so the downtown city building would be left with no air conditioning this summer.

 

A similar issue had occurred with the courthouse annex located directly next to the City building and Hites had got information about what they needed to fix the issue. Based on  that info a quote was received from one company which came to a total of $196,740 for construction costs and a replacement unit.

 

Committee member David Beasley asked if additional quotes could be obtained to get a batter idea of the total cost for the project. The current quote includes cost for an engineer to work on the project and it was asked by the committee members if this was needed for the project. Hites will reach out to the current heating and cooling maintenance company who does not have the capabilities to complete this project but may have recommendations for additional companies to quote for the project.

 

Currently the finance committee doesn't know if there is enough funding to cover this replacement but the auditors office will look into ways to pay for this project.

 

Hites also talked about the decision to hire a Seasonal Temporary Part-Time Recreational Director plus a Seasonal Temporary Part-Time Pool Director. The decision to hire two people came after Hites talked with current employees who said that a single Part-Time Receptionist is not needed at the Downtown City Building.

 

Hites went on to say that the City would not go over the budgeted amount for 2017 for these two positions. Beasley wanted to clarify that these positions would not need to be covered by a benefits package so no surprise costs would arise later when these new temporary seasonal positions start to work. Hites confirmed that it was his understanding by qualified personal that there would be no additional costs in the form of benefits later down the road.

 

It was also asked of Hites what the job duties would be of these new positions and if there would be enough work between them. Hites told the committee that the Seasonal Pool Director would handle the scheduling, food ordering, and daily running of the pool. The Rec director would be in charge of opening and closing the parks and also will be working with Mayor Randy Manns on creating special events and projects to help promote local parks.

 

Water Superintendent Dale Albert talked with the Finance committee about a well that is currently being ran by a single phase electrical service and has always required a 3-phase converter to operate the well. The converter has been replaced 3 times since 1976 and this current converter has had repairs needed upwards of $4,000 dollars over the years. Albert is asking for $32,014.13 to switch to a 3 phase electrical service and upgrade the motor to 480volts which will be less expensive to operate in the long run. The committee asked the Auditors office to look into the budget to see if money already exists to cover this cost and if not, legislation could be introduced to fund this project.

 

Finally Committee Chair Teresa Styer talked with the committee about creating a special sub-committee to focus on the current City water and Sewer issues. Styer says that they have talked about fixing the infrastructure and the need to increase rates in the past but they have not moved forward with anything to date. She goes on to say the committee would bring together city council board members, the administration, and the water and sewer department personal to tackle the issues that have occurred and may occur in the future.

 

 

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8 Year Old Harrod Boy Killed in Allen County Crash Monday

 

A Two Vehicle Fatal Crash in Allen County Monday Evening.

 

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lima, at approximately 5:50 PM Monday evening a vehicle being operated by Richard Ortiz, 31, of Flatwood Kentucky was traveling Southbound on Lawrence Road and failed to yield to a vehicle operated by Lisa Alexander, 29, of Harrod who was traveling Eastbound on Clum Road. After the impact Alexander's vehicle traveled off the southeast side of the roadway and struck several tombstones in the Ridge Cemetery.

 

 

An 8 year old boy who was sitting in the middle rear seat of Alexander's vehicle was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Alexander received serious but non-life threatening injuries and Ortiz was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

 

Safety belts were in use during the time of the crash.

 

The crash remains under investigation.


 


 

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Two Alger Fires Determined to be Arson

 
Two fires in Alger over the weekend were determined to be arson.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Alger Fire Department responded to a garage fire Friday night at 207 West Wagner Street in the village. Then on Sunday, the fire department was dispatched to a field fire in the 1200 block of County Road 92 in Marion Township. 
 
The Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team was dispatched to both fires and it was determined that both were arson.
 
The team has posted a $5000 Blue Ribbon Arson reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for setting the fires. 
 
Anyone with information  is asked to call Detective Conley at 419-673-1268 extension 2106.

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Kenton Youth Wrestlers Have Successful Meet

 
Ten youth wrestlers placed 1st at MVKWA Meet at Elida this past weekend.
 
Leading the team with a 3-0 record and 2 pins were Tristen Hale, Kyle Ball and Ronald Boyer. Wrestlers with a 3-0 record and 1 pin were Christopher DeLong, Evan Elliott and Anthony Hunt.
 
DeLong also score a Tech Fall.  Placing 1st with a 3-0 record were Alannah Jackson, Sebastian Pascual, and Isaiah Mundy.  Jayden Mustain had a record of 2-1, but also claimed 1st with a pin to break a 3 way tie in his round robin group.
 
2nd place finishers were Gavin Manns (2-1, 2 Pins), Landen Elliott (2-1, 1 Pin), Mason Cook (2-1, 1 Pin), Gavin Sealscott (2-1) and Karson Davis (2-1). 
 
Sealscott and Jackson share the most takedowns for the day with eight.
 
As a team, Kenton posted  record of 46-45. They had a total of 18 Pins, 91 Takedowns, 33 Near Fall points, 25 Reversals and 33 Escapes. 
 
The youth team will be hosting a MVKWA meet on Sunday, Feb. 12th at Kenton High School. Wrestling will begin a 1:00 pm.

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