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Ohio State Downs Michigan

 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's pass as Michigan went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.
 
Devin Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke went for the lead with his offense.
 
Gardner tried to zip a pass into traffic near the goal line, but Powell came up with it. Buckeyes cornerback Roby Bradley recovered the onside kick to seal Ohio State's 24th consecutive victory and keep its national championship hopes alive.
 
Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns for Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Carlos Hyde ran for a 1-yard score with 2:20 left to make it 42-35.
 
Gardner threw four touchdown passes for Michigan (7-5, 3-5)

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One Injured in Friday Morning Crash

One person was injured in a crash that occurred Friday morning at the intersection of Main and Franklin Street in Kenton.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 26 year old Tarah Riley,of Kenton, was westbound on Franklin and ran a red light at Main.

 

Her car was struck by a northbound car being operated by 50 year old Joseph Jolliff, of Ridgway.

 

Heavy damaged occurred to the vehicles, and Riley was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.

 

She was cited for a red light violation.

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Fire Damages Vacant Kenton House

Submitted by Brandon Hamm

 

A vacant house in Kenton was damaged by an early morning fire.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 12:50 Saturday morning to 216 South Leighton Street.
 

The structure is owned by Donald Elsasser, and was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
 

The gas and electric to the house were shut off, and the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.
 

Firefighters were on the scene for around three and half hours.

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Ribbon Cutting Held at TSC

 

 

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tractor Supply Co., 948 East Columbus Street in Kenton, on Saturday, November 23.  The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with Tractor Supply’s Grand Opening.
 

TSC supply the unique products to support their customers’ rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women’s workwear. You can also find pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more. Business hours are Monday-Saturday 8am to 8pm, and Sunday 9am to 7pm. Tractor Supply Co. store manager is Ben Smith.

 
TSC give away winners are;  Richard Brown of Mt. Victory won a Husky 22 Ton Log Splitter, Todd Oates of Kenton won a $250 Gift Card, Jordan Vermillion won a $250 Gift Card, Joyce Wrasman of Kenton won $150 in Clothing, Tony Taylor won $150 in Power Tools and Sandi Shepherd, Marsha Flinn and Robert Biederman, all from Kenton each won $150 in pet food.

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Kenton Falls to Clinton Massie in State Semifinal.

 
The 2013 Kenton football season ended Friday night as the Wildcats fell to the Clinton Massie Falcons21-20 in the state semifinals at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
 
Kenton ends the season at 13-1 while Clinton-Massie improves to 13-1.
 
Grant Sherman threw for 440 yards and 3 touchdowns for Kenton while Justin Sawmiller caught 8 passes for 178 yards. Colyn Blackfor had 9 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown while Luke Jackson finished with 2 touchdown grabs.
 
Clinton-Massie, which trailed 20-7 heading into the 4th quarter, got 182 yards and a touchdown on 32 attempts from Bayle Wolfe while Chayse Wolfe scored two touchdowns to go with his 123 yards on the ground.
 
The Falcons will take on Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the state final game next week. They defeated Steubenville in their semifinal game 37-7. 
 

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Quest Federal Credit Union Football Scoreboard

Clinton-Massie 21 Kenton 20
 
Akron St. Vincent-St. Marys 17 Marion Franklin 9
Kirtland 10 Bishop Ready 7
Cardinal Mooney 37 Steubenville 7
Glenville 41 Medina Highland 13
Trotwood Madison 54 Clyde 7
Wayne Trace 57 Mechanicsburg 10

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Kenton To Take On Clinton-Massie This Evening

The Kenton Wildcats will face a familiar opponent tonight when they meet Clinton-Massie in state semifinal action in Dayton.
 
The Wildcats in action earlier this season.
 
This will be the fourth time in the last five years that the Wildcats and the Falcons have met in the playoffs. Clinton-Massie defeated Kenton in the regional semifinals in 2009, but the Cats came out on top in a second round matchup in 2010, and once again in the state semifinals in 2011. The teams did not meet in the playoffs last year, and coincidentally or not, the Falcons went on to win the Division IV state title that season.
 
There are very few similarities between the teams on the field. The 12 and 1 Falcons are powered by a running game that features two backs with over 1,200 yards rushing apiece. The 13 and 0 Wildcats counter with a passing attack that has produced three 1,000 yard receivers this season.
 
Kickoff for the Division IV state semifinal game is set for 7:30pm tonight at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm.
 

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Man Arrested Following Disturbance in WalMart Parking Lot

A man has been taken into custody following a disturbance in the WalMart parking lot late this morning.
 

According to information from a Kenton Police officer at the scene, police were dispatched to the area to investigate a report of a man pulling a knife. That individual did allegedly pull a knife following a verbal dispute with another man in the parking lot.
 

The man who pulled the knife has been taken into custody on an unspecified warrant. Additional charges are pending.
 

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

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Woman in Court For Violating Community Control Sanctions

 

 

A Wharton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court for violating terms of her community control.
 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Defiance Nicole Conley was in Court on charges of tampering with evidence and permitting drug abuse. Her community control was extended to five years with conditions.
 

With any further violations, Conley could be sentenced to close to six years in prison.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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United Way at 76%

 

 

The United Way of Hardin County announced that they are at 76% of reaching their 2013 campaign goal.

 

The total to date is $160,177. Breaking that down by division:

 

Agriculture is at 95% of their goal 

 

Special Gifts 104% 

 

FIRE is at 104%

 

Professional 67%

 

Retail is at 30%

 

Government is holding at 30% . 

 

Education 82%

 

Industry is at 82%,

 

Special Events finished at 187% of their goal.

 

Out of County is at 18% of their campaign goal.

 

The United Way is still accepting donations, and if you have any questions call 419-675-1860.

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Christmas Parade Set For Saturday in Kenton

 

 

The Lion's Club Christmas Parade is set for Saturday.

 

Longtime Lion's member Dave Sturgeon said line up is at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot, "I just invite everyone to line Columbus Street, and bring the kids and the neighbor kids and enjoy the parade, and if at the last minute you decide to be in it, just show up at Kroger."

 

The parade will move out starting at 3 Saturday, and for more on what the Lion's Club is all about, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

 

On behalf of all us at 95.3 WKTN, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you, our loyal listeners!!

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Lake of Lights Ready to Get Started

The annual Lake of Lights display is set to open the 2013 Holiday Season at France Lake in Kenton.
 

Committee Member George Wyndham said this years' display is bigger than last year's, "We've been fortunate that we've got to purchase two new displays this year through donations from local businesses, and then we've added  a few other displays that we've built, so we've added two things and we've added some more lights, so it's a little bit bigger and a little bit better again this year than it was last year."
 

He said the display is set to open Friday evening, "We will open on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and then be open nightly from 6-9 through the night after Christmas, and admission is $5.00 per car load."

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Injury Crash Occurred on State Route 31

Mt. Victory – The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating an injury crash the occurred on November 26, 2013 at approximately 9:27 p.m.
 
The crash occurred on State Route 31 just north of the Village of Mt. Victory, in Hale Township, Hardin County.
 
A 2000 Dodge Neon had run out of fuel. The Neon, owned by Ashley D. Miller, age 28, of Mt. Victory, was in the northbound lane of State Route 31. The owner Ashley and a second occupant, Christina A. Davis, age 24, also from Mt. Victory, Ohio, were attempting to push the vehicle off the road. They were able to get the vehicle partially off the west side of State Route 31 when the Neon was struck by a southbound vehicle. The southbound vehicle was a 1994 Toyota Corolla driven by Holly R. High, age 58 of Richwood Ohio.
 
The impact forced the Dodge Neon into Christina Davis, causing non-life threatening injuries. Ms. Davis was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ms. Miller and Mrs. High were not injured.
 
Assisting at the scene were The Hardin County  Sheriff’s   Office, Mt. Victory Fire Department, and Southeast Hardin EMS. Mrs. High was cited for assured clear distance ahead

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Man Steals Television From WalMart

A shoplifting incident occurred at WalMart in Kenton on Tuesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, two employees of the store said they were standing outside General Merchandise entrance, when they saw a man suddenly dash out the emergency fire doors near the garden center.

 

They said the man ran to a white Chevy Impala that had just pulled up outside the emergency doors.

 

He loaded the television into the car, and the driver sped off eastbound out of the parking lot.

 

The incident is under investigation.

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Youth Gun Season a Success

 
COLUMBUS, OH - Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Young hunters were challenged by below-average temperatures and windy conditions during the two-day season.
“Congratulations to all the young hunters who participated and enjoyed Ohio’s youth deer hunting weekend,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “I want to thank the parents and adults who took the time to make the weekend a memorable one for the next generation of hunters.”
 
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 youth gun season: Coshocton (248), Tuscarawas (220), Muskingum (212), Holmes (196), Knox (189), Licking (189), Guernsey (183), Belmont (165), Harrison (165) and Carroll (161).
 
Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun and were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a safe and early hunting experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are also set aside for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.
Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.com. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.
 
Ohio offers many more opportunities for young hunters to pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Monday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 8. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Find complete details in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or online at wildohio.com.

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Kenton To Run A 8% Budget Deficit in 2014

 
The Kenton City Council heard the first reading on the proposed 2014 operating budget at their meeting last night.
 
Brian Hattery from the Finance committee presented that committees report of the current proposed 2014 Operations Budget at the Council meeting last night. 
 
According to the report;
 
-Revenues are projected to be at $4,632,367.00 which is $25,800.00 less than last year.
 
-The 2014 General Budget requested funds right now are at $3,922,557.00
 
-The city will be running an 8% deficit. ($290,000 in more expenses than revenues)
 
-The proposed budget expenses are $71,000 less than for 2013
 
-The proposed budget doesn't include any union negotiated pay changes, or funds for opening/operating the city pool.
 
-It does include $138,000.00 of "one time" increases including nuisance property abatement, materials and engineering fees for street repairs, planned retirements and traffic light maintenance. Were these removed, the deficit would be reduced to 4%.
 
-If the city's economy doesn't improve, these overages will be paid from the city's carry-over.
 
The council will have to allow for three readings of the budget proposal before voting on it at the last meeting of the year.
 
Also at the meeting, the council passed the proposed changes to the city water and sewer rates, which will go into effect soon, and heard from George Wyndham on the Lake of Lights out at France Lake which will begin operations later this week.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 9th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

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Counterfeit Bills Found at Kenton Store

A counterfeit bill was used recently at a Kenton business.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer was dispatched to Save-A-Lot Monday after the counterfeit bill was found in a register.
 
It is unknown who took in the bill or when it was collected. The counterfeit bill was confiscated and placed into evidence.

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Ohio Gas Prices Jump Back Up

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are finding gas prices a little higher as they get ready to travel for Thanksgiving this week.

 

The state average was $3.25 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.

 

That's up 7 cents from last week, and it's 17 cents higher than two weeks ago, when prices started to rise following a brief flirtation with $3.00-a-gallon levels.

 

The Ohio price was a few cents less than the national average of $3.28, which was up 7 cents from a week ago.

 

The state average is a penny higher than a month ago — but 28 cents lower than this time last year.

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Ohio Welfare Numbers Up After Months of Decline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Statistics show that the Ohio welfare rolls increased in October for the first time since the state started cracking down on job and work-training requirements.

 

More than 100,000 people have been shed from the tax-funded program since January 2011. Many left or were kicked off as the state cracked down on federal requirements that most adult recipients spend 30 hours a week working, looking for a job, going to school or training for employment.

 

But the caseload inched up in October to 130,349 — an increase of 880 from the previous month. That ended 20 consecutive months of declines in the numbers.

 

Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors' Association, says it's now "a true temporary-assistance program."

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One person killed in two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon. **UPDATED**

photo submitted by Traci Gray-Miller

 

Two Hardin County residents were involved in a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred Sunday afternoon.

 

According to a release from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, around 2:15pm Sunday, Taylor Carder, age 20 from Dola was driving northbound on Township Road 125 when she ran a stop sign at Township Road 50 and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by London Crist, age 18 also from Dola. The Carder vehicle rolled and both vehicles ended on the northeast side of the intersection.

 

Carder was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Crist was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Dunkirk EMS for minor injuries.

 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The Findlay Post is investigating the crash. They were assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Dunkirk Fire and EMS, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, Fender Benders Towing and Lowerys Towing.

 

**NOTE**

The original release we received from the State Patrol had identified Carder as Lindsay Carder. The State Patrol later clarified that her name is Taylor Carder. We have since made a correction.

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Wildcats Heading To Dayton To Meet Clinton-Massie

The Kenton Wildcats will travel to Dayton to meet Clinton-Massie in Division IV state semifinal football action Friday.

 

The Wildcats are 13-0 on the season and were the top-ranked team in the final Associated Press state poll. The Falcons come in at 12-1. They were ranked 5th in the final state rankings and won the Division IV state title last season.

 

WKTN will carry the game live on Friday, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Welcome Stadium.

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LCC Trips Up Lady Cats

Lima Central Catholic defeated Kenton 74-51 in the season opener for both girls basketball teams Saturday night.

The Wildcats used a 7-0 run to take a 1-point lead late in the 1st half and led 31-30 in the final minute of the period, but the Thunderbirds scored the final 5 points of the 2nd quarter to take a 35-31 lead at halftime.

LCC steadily pulled away in the 2nd half, outscoring Kenton 21-8 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth period.

Madison Stolly had 25 points to lead LCC while Meredith Shepherd added 23.

Brooke Bostelman had 15 points for the Wildcats while Ashley Morris added 11 and Chyenne Hedges scored 9.

Bostelman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Kenton Overcomes Bryan, Becomes Regional Champs. Ada Falls

 

The Kenton Wildcats defeated the Bryan Golden Bears in a tough Regional 12 final matchup at Findlay's Donnell Stadium Friday night. The final score was 46-43.

 

Kenton will take on Clinton Massie in the State Semi-Finals next Friday night. They defeated Kettering Alter 21-14. 

 

The Cats (13-0) scored on an 11-yard pass from Grant Sherman to Justin Sawmiler with 21 seconds left to secure the win. Sherman completed 56 of 78 passes for 486 yards and 5 touchdowns while also rushing for 2 scores. Sawmiller caught 24 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns while Colyn Blackford had 17 receptions for 147 yards and a score. Connon Jones and Luke Jackson also had TD grabs for the Cats.

 

 

Top-ranked Kenton finished with 585 yards of offense while second-ranked Bryan (12-1) had 543 yards.

 

WKTN will have details on the game when they are announced Sunday afternoon. Keep tuned in and check back to this site for further information.

 

The Ada Bulldogs also ended their 2013 football season Friday night. The dogs fell to Wayne Trace 68-14.

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Quest Federal Credit Union Football Scoreboard

Kenton 46 Bryan 43
West Liberty Salem 28 Mechanicsburg 34
Wayne Trace 68 Ada 14
Bishop Ready 48 Newark Catholic 21
Kirtland 45 Mogadore 7
Clinton Massie 21 Kettering Alter 14 
Steubenville 17 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 14
Cardinal Mooney 28 Benedictine 21

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Two Topics On At Issue This Week

The Kenton Lion's Club is busy planning thr Christmas Parade for saturday November 30. Lion;s President Judd Robinson saying all participants from around Hardin County are welcome, "Church groups, sport groups, dog clubs, anybody that wishes to come is more than welcome."
 
Presale tickets are on sale now for the Candy Cane Tour on Sunday December 1. The event is sponsord by Keep Hardin County Beautiful, and program manager Becky Stevenson said it is a big fundraiser for her organization, "We take care of recycling and litter prevention in Hardin County, and this is just one thing that we put on, and since we do it every other year, we make sure it's really good when we do it."
 
For the complete discussion on both topics, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning 7:35 on WKTN.

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Four Sentenced in Court This Week

Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Shane Spitnale was sentenced to three yearsin prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.
 
Placed on three years community control with conditions were:
 
.Matthew McGinnis on two counts of trafficking in heroin.
 
.Max Ellcessor on one count of possession of heroin.
 
Jessica Jane Price on one count of tampering with evidence. She must serve 18 days of local incarceration as part of her sentence.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Kenton To Take On Bryan Tonight.

The top-ranked Cats and the 2nd-ranked Golden Bears are similar in many ways. Both teams are 12-0 on the season and feature very explosive offenses.
 
 
Kenton averages 46 points a game and has broken the half-century mark five times this season. Bryan averages 48 points a game and has also hung half-a-hundred on an opponent five times in 2013. Both teams are playing some of their best offensive football of the season lately. Kenton is averaging 56 points a game over its last three games while Bryan has scored an average of 50 points a game over its last five games.
 
On the other side of the ball, the Golden Bears allow just under 15 points a game while the Wildcats give up just over a touchdown a contest.
 
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s Division Four Region Twelve championship game live from Donnell Stadium in Findlay. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm. 
 
 
Also tonight, in the Division Six, Region Twenty Championship, the Ada Bulldogs will take on the Wayne Trace Raiders at Lima Stadium. The Bulldogs are 9-3 on the season while the Raiders are 11-1. The kickoff for this game is also set for 7:30pm.
 

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Fifty Years Later, Kennedy Remembered.

 
DALLAS (AP) — The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination is being marked today in Dallas, where he was shot, and elsewhere in the United States and overseas.
 
A half-dozen Irish soldiers formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin today as the American flag was lowered to half-staff. Among those who gathered there were more than a dozen retired Irish army officers who, as teenage cadets, had formed an honor guard at Kennedy's graveside when he was buried in November of 1963.
 
One of them recalled seeing the dignitaries from around the world who attended the funeral -- and also "the sadness everywhere, people crying in the streets."
 
In Japan, admirers of JFK took photos today with his portrait, folded paper cranes and watched a video of his inaugural ceremony. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, recently arrived to an enthusiastic welcome in Tokyo, where she is now the U.S. ambassador to Japan.
 
Memorial events are planned today in Boston and in Washington, as well as in Dealey Plaza in Dallas

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Alliance Accepting Nominations For Annual Awards

 
KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Community Service Awards. 
 
Anyone from Hardin County may be nominated to receive these honors.  A panel of judges from Alliance members will make the final decision. The recipients will be revealed Thursday, February 27, 2014 during the Alliance’s annual meeting held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.
 
Selection of Citizen of the Year will be based upon an individual's outstanding achievements and contributions which have made Hardin County better.
 
To be considered for the Business of the Year award, a business or industry should give back to the community, support local business, and create or encourage job growth.
 
The Community Service Award is given to an individual, group or business who has dedicated themselves to helping others and improving our community.
 
To nominate a person, group or business for these awards, please complete application and return it with a short explanation of the qualifications that make this nominee deserving of the award. Entries should be submitted by February 3, 2014, to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  Nominations may be faxed to 419-674-4876 or e-mailed to alliance@HardinOhio.org
 

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2013 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Winners Announced

The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 winners, to be inducted at the eleventh annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet.
 
The 2013 inductees include: Franklin Garmon, Laurie Laird, Rex & Joan Sullinger, and Bernard & Virginia Williams. The banquet will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd, beginning at 6:30 pm at St. Johns United Church of Christ on East Carrol Street in Kenton. 
 
 
Franklin Garmon was born and raised on a farm in the Dola area where he attended the Dola School. He was a full-time farmer for 50 years and raised registered Shropshire sheep. He served as president of the Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association, showing and judging sheep throughout Ohio and many other states. Garmon’s herd was known worldwide, as he sold Shropshire sheep to other countries. He was one of the original planners of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), serving on that board for seven years. Garmon was a township trustee and Hardin County Commissioner. He helped start the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association with a few other members. A member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Garmon was the owner and operator of a grocery store at Blanchard Station. He joined his wife Ruth and two other families to start Simon Kenton School, Harco Industries, and the Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Over the years, Franklin Garmon helped many Hardin County 4-H members with their sheep projects before passing away in 1975.
 
 
Laurie J. Laird graduated from Hardin Northern High School. She attended The Ohio State University Landscape Design Short Courses to prepare her for her professional career. Laird started in the industry in 1972 with a lawn care/landscape business. She is the sole owner of New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, with stores both in Ada and Kenton. Along with providing people in Hardin County with gardening and landscaping needs, she has employed many other people over the years in the industry. Actively involved in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Laird regularly gives back to communities with donations to fund raisers, school projects, and other events. She participates yearly in continuing education to stay current on gardening and landscape issues to provide customers with up-to-date information. In addition to running her business, Laird also helped various townships with tree selections in parks and cemeteries. Her stores hold educational seminars and she made several presentations at various garden clubs and other organizations, both in Hardin County as well as other neighboring counties. A member of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, she is always willing to share her plant knowledge with anyone who has questions.
 
 
Rex and Joan Sullinger are being inducted as husband and wife. Rex graduated from Byhalia High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. Joan graduated from North Union High School and then Otterbein College. The Sullingers were married in 1973, and lived on a dairy farm that they managed and later purchased. In 1975, the farm evolved into a field crops and beef cattle operation. Joan has been an elementary teacher at Benjamin Logan Local Schools, while recently Rex has worked at Silver Creek Supply. Members of Silver Creek United Methodist Church, Rex and Joan have been active in Hardin County agriculture. Rex has served on many committee and boards, including the Taylor Creek Township Zoning Board, Rural Electric Association, and the Regional Planning Board. He has testified before the Ohio Senate and House on agricultural issues, served as a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board, and Hardin County Fair with involvement in both the beef and dairy departments. Rex has also served as president on both the Ohio and American Murray Grey beef cattle association boards. In addition, he also participated in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) land stewardship programs, which was highlighted during an OSU Extension Twilight Tour. Both Rex and Joan Sullinger have been active in the Hardin County Cattle Producers Board of Directors for many years. Joan has served as secretary, where she instituted a newsletter to disseminate information about the group’s activities. She has also been active in the Hardin County Fair, serving on several committees, most recently the Antiques committee and has been involved in planting and maintaining flowers at the fairgrounds. Joan currently serves as the secretary of the Ohio Cattlewomen’s Association, has served on the Ways and Means committee, and is the editor of their newsletter. She maintains membership rolls as a service to the membership committee, and has been on the Ohio Queen of Beef Committee. She is also a member of the American National Cattlewomen, Ohio and American Murray Grey Associations. Both Joan and Rex have served as advisors to the Taylor Creek Lads & Lassies 4-H Club, received the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree from the Ridgemont FFA, and are members of the Hardin County Farm Bureau, where they have served on the board and council.
 
 
Bernard and Virginia Williams are also being inducted as husband and wife. Both Bernard and Virginia Williams graduated from Mt. Victory School. Bernard joined the Army Air Force and served during World War II in the South Pacific as a member of the ‘7th Airdrome Squadron.’ Together, Bernard and Virginia have been involved with a beef cattle and crop operation for 68 years. They formerly raised hogs as part of the family operation, and Bernard worked for a short time for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) measuring acreage. Both Bernard and Virginia have served as Sunday school teachers at Otterbein Church and advisors to the Hardin County Grange Youth. They are members of the Painter Creek Grange, where Bernard was Worthy Master and Virginia was Worthy Secretary. Bernard was a member of the Ridgemont School Board, Hardin County Farm Bureau Board, and served over 20 years on the Mid-Ohio Electric Board. Known as a soil conservationist, he never fall plowed, always rotated crops and planted clover after wheat to prevent soil erosion, build soil nutrients and soil tilth. He always kept 25-30% of his farm in hay and pasture for erosion control. In addition, Bernard was a member of the Hardin County Pork Producers and the Hardin County Pamona Grange. Both
Bernard and Virginia always put in a hard day’s work to improve their farm, took the faithful to Painter Creek Grange and Otterbein Church, and were known for taking good care of their land and animals.
 
 
Tickets for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $12, and available at the Hardin County Extension office (419-674-2297), or from the committee members: Andrew Flinn, Robert McBride, John Messmer, Kerry Oberlitner, Paul Ralston, Don Spar, Luke Underwood, Robert Wood, and Mark Badertscher. The deadline for ticket sales is November 25th.

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New Downtown Kenton Decorations Going Up

 

 

Installation of the new Downtown Kenton Christmas decorations began Tuesday.

 

The Downtown Historic District purchased a total of six giant snowflakes for this year. They will be installed on the east and west side of the Hardin County Courthouse.

 

They will be lit, along with the courthouse lights, on Wednesday November 27.

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Kenton Board Explains Teacher Evaluations at Meeting

Board President Tom Brim stated at the meeting that word has reached the board that the evaluations have caused a certain degree of anxiety among the teachers in the district.

 

Brim stated that while before, evaluations were conducted on new teachers, because of changes to the rules, evaluations needed to be done on all the teachers. He stated that the new state and federal funding rules mandate that all teachers be evaluated on a continuing basis, with ideas for improvements to education to be implementated.

 

Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski added that staff, school administrators and the district staff are also evaluated under the new rules.

Another issue discussed was the option for the spousal carve out in the districts insurance policies.

 

Brim stated that the carve out would create significant savings for the district.

"As we looked at it, it would save us around $200,000.00 a year in premiums, and our provider would provide us a discount spread over two years, with a net effect of having close to $600,000.00 in savings over two years, which is a pretty substantial amount of money" said Brim.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of new policies to the districts operations policies, hired several supplemental contracts and new substitutes, and discussed the three hour delay and early dismissal policies. People who would like to know more information about a three hour delay or an early dismissal can contact the school their child goes to for more information or the Kenton City Schools website.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on December 16th 2013, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

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Ohio Youth Deer Hunting Season Starts Saturday

Ohio’s young hunters have the opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer during the state’s 11th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season on Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
 
 
The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters holding a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during these two days.
 
New this year, hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer seasons, including the youth deer season. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
 
All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license as well as a deer permit, and they must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters.
 
Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county limit. Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters must purchase an additional permit to hunt more than one deer.
 
A new tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill.
 
 

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Wildcats To Meet Golden Bears In Findlay; Ada To Play In Lima

 

The Kenton Wildcats will travel to Findlay to take on Bryan in Division 4, Region 12 championship action Friday.

 

Both teams are 12-0 on the season, with the Cats ranked 1st in the final Associated Press state poll while the Golden Bears were 2nd.

 

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m.

 

 

In Division 6, Region 20 championship play, Ada will meet Wayne Trace at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lima Stadium. The Bulldogs are 9-3 on the year while the Raiders come in at 11-1.

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Library Offering Food For Fines Program

 

 

The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library in Kenton is currently offering a Food For Fines program.
 

The head of circulation at the library, Pat Pringle, explains how it works, "If you have fines on your library card, you can bring in canned goods or any non-perishables, and you get $1.00 off for each item you bring in, and that goes through the end of the year."
 

And where do the food items go?, "To Helping Hands and other organizations in town."
 

She adds this is the eighth year for the program, and it's gone very well year's past and off to a good start this year, "We have a shopping cart out front that we put all the food in, and we've filled it several times in past years, and we're almost full now, and we've only had it going on for a few days."

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Kenton Rolls Over Triway, Ada Shuts Out Crestview

 

The Kenton Wildcats continue down the 2013 High School Football Playoff trail after a 46-6 win over Wooster Triway Friday night at Arlin Field in Mansfield. Kenton will be taking on Bryan next Friday night in the regional finals. Bryan defeated River Valley 49-19.

Grant Sherman threw for 419 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Wildcats, who are 12-0. Justin Sawmiller and Colyn Blackford had 2 touchdown catches each for Kenton while Kollin Stollar snagged 1 scoring toss from Sherman.

Matt Bahr rushed for a 69-yard touchdown and intercepted 2 passes as the Kenton defense forced Triway into 7 turnovers for the game.

 

 

Additionally, The Ada Bulldogs shut down Crestview in playoff action as well. The final score was 35-0. The Ada Bulldogs will take on Wayne Trace in the regional finals next Friday night as they defeated Tinora 40-7.

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Quest Federal Credit Union Football Scoreboard

Kenton 46 Wooster Triway 6
Bryan 49 River Valley 19
Ada 35 Crestview 0
West-Liberty Salem 21 Cincinnati Summit Country Day 13
Wayne Trace 40 Tinora 7
 
Kenton will play Bryan and Ada will play Wayne Trace next Friday night.

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Tractor Fire In Hardin County This Morning

submitted photo

 

The Mt. Victory Fire Department responded to a tractor fire on County Road 144 Friday morning. According to information provided by the department, crews were dispatched to a field around 11am on County Road 144 owned by Kevin Criswell.

 

Upon arrival, crews found a tractor in the field fully engulfed in flames. The tractor was also owned by Kevin Criswell and he was not hurt. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this point.

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Kenton Man Gets Prison Time On Drug Charge

A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Brenton L. Keim was sentenced to 16 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Two Injured in Thursday Night Crash

Two people were injured in a one vehicle crash just before 10:30 Thursday night.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to the 20,000 block of Township Road 169 in regards to a truck that had struck a tree. Upon arrival, the driver and passenger were not at the scene, but they were located at the residence of the driver on County Road 40 in Logan County. The driver was identified as 17 year old Trenton Robinson, of Ridgeway.

 

The passenger, also at the residence, was identified as 55 year old Lorain Brown. Robinson lost control of the vehicle and ended up off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
 

The two occupants were transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine by a relative. The truck was heavily damaged, and

 

Robinson was cited for a reasonable control violation.

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Crash in Kenton Damages Vehicles

A crash damaged two vehicles at the intersection of North and Detroit Streets in Kenton Thursday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 24 year old Amanda Miller, of Kenton, was eastbound on North and failed to yield for a northbound vehicle on Detroit being operated by 56 year old Wallace Scott, also of Kenton.

 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.

 

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

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Firefighters Offer Fire Safety Tips

 

 

Decorating the outside of your home for Christmas is a tradition for most.
 

So when you put up the outdoor lights, Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue says it is not a good idea to wrap electrical tape around the connecting strands of light, "It's not a good idea to have people wrap them around, usually your outside cords are circuit protected. They're designed to withstand the weather, and the chances of water getting into those connections is pretty slim."
 

For the complete discussion with Chief Blue and Firefighter Kyle Brammel, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Burglary Suspect Caught in Northern Union County

 

 

On November 14, 2013 at approx. 1:16 p.m., the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the 14000 block of Boundary Road.

 

The caller stated they had returned home and found an unknown male exiting the residence. The male reportedly got into a maroon older model sedan and left eastbound on Boundary Road.

 

At approximately 1:30 p.m., a deputy located the suspect vehicle and stopped it on Baldwin Road, north of State Route 739. The driver was identified as Ryan R. Lytle, age 29 of Marion, Ohio.

 

He was taken into custody without incident. Items allegedly stolen from the residence on Boundary Road were recovered from Lytle’s vehicle.

 

Lytle has been charged with aggravated burglary, a felony of the second degree, and theft, a felony of the fifth degree.

 

He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

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Kenton and Ada Continue in Playoff Action Tonight

 

 

 

The Kenton Wildcats will take on Triway tonight in regional semifinal action in Mansfield.
 

Parker Carmichael has been the key for the Titans this season. He has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for another 13 scores. He threw for 4 touchdowns as

 

Triway defeated Wauseon 26 to 21 last week as the Titans won their 1st playoff game in 10 years.
The Wildcats had little trouble in their playoff opener last week as they crushed Galion 58 to 14. Grant Sherman threw 8 touchdown passes in the 1st half for Kenton, which led 58 to nothing at intermission.
 

The Wildcats, the region's 2nd seed, are 11 and 0 while the Titans, seeded 3rd, come in at 9 and 2 for tonight's Division 4, Region 12 semifinal game at Arlin Field in Mansfield. You can hear all the action live tonight on WKTN, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 

Also tonight, the Ada Bulldogs will meet Crestview in Division 6, Region 20 semifinal action at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.

 

The two teams met back on October 11th in Convoy, with the Knights posting a 63 to 12 victory, but the Bulldogs have won 3 of their 4 games since then. Ada comes into tonight's playoff game with an 8 and 3 record while Crestview is 9 and 2. This game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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United Way At 55%

 

 

The United Way of Hardin County announced that they have crossed the halfway point towards reaching the 2013 campaign goal.

 

Breaking it down by Divisions:

 

.Special Gifts-13,447.5096%,

 

.Agriculture-7,055.0094%,

 

.F.I.R.E.-9,794.0093%,

 

.Professional-15,060.0065%,

 

.Retail-2,426.0030%,

 

.Government-2,128.0023%,

 

.Industry-48,450.0044%,

 

.Education-10,002.0083%,

 

.Special Events-4,878.00162%

 

.Out of County-2,878.0018%.

 

The total so far is $116,110.00 or 55% of total goal.

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Kenton Woman Injured in Crash

The damaged car after the crash.

 

A Kenton woman was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 5:40 Tuesday evening on State Route 31 in Hale Township.
 

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 32 year old Angelina Guadarrama was driving north on 31 and struck the rear of a grain auger that was being pulled by a tractor being operated by 51 year old Gary Brill, of West Mansfield. After the collision, Guararrama's Ford Mustang travelled off the west side of the road and struck a utility pole. Guadarrama was air lifted to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Her condition was not available this morning. Brill was not injured.
 

The release stated that the crash remains under investigation, but lack of proper lighting on the farm tractor and auger was a factor in the crash.
 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Victory Fire, Southeast Hardin EMS, Med Flight and Lowery's Towing assisted at the scene.

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Drugs and Cash Confiscated By Crime Task Force

The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at 4459 Co Rd 150 in McDonald Twp. on November 12th, 2013.

 

The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics throughout the county. Over $1000.00 in cash, a large amount of marijuana prepared for sale, marijuana plants, a grow system, drug paraphernalia, 369 prescription pills and a moonshine still were all confiscated from the property. Charges are pending on several subjects related to the investigation.

 

The Crime Task Force was assisted by The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and its canine unit as well as the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Suspicious Death Sunday Morning Ruled Natural Causes, No Indication of a Burglary.

It has been determined that Harold Henry of Ada died from natural causes.

 

According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the office has been investigating the death of Henry, which occurred in the early morning hours of November 10th. Throughout the investigation the office had treated it as suspicious due to the unknown circumstances of Henry’s death.

 

Following the preliminary autopsy results and consultation with the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office , Hardin County Coroner’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation it has been determined that Henry died from natural causes and was not the victim of any assault or other criminal act.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart spoke with WKTN Radio Tuesday afternoon and he stated that the investigation concluded there was NO burglary at the Henry residence early Sunday morning. While the call indicated a burglary may have happened, the investigation found no indication of a burglary or assault on Henry.

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Area Sees First Hint of Winter

 

There were no major problems on the roadways following Hardin County's first brush with winter this season.
Rained changed over to snow Monday evening, and temperatures continued to fall into the 20's during the overnight.
 

Around an inch of snow fell, but the bigger problem was ice this morning. That caused some schools to close and others to delay this morning.
 

Despite the slippery conditions, there were only a couple of minor mishaps reported around the county.

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Kenton City Council Met Monday Night

 

 

The Kenton City Council covered several issues at their meeting last night. The council considered and then waved hearings for two liquor permits, one for the Party Shop and the other for Michael Angelo's Pizza in Kenton. They heard first readings on several ordinances including two on the city water rates discussed at previous city council meetings.

 

The council also discussed an opening on the council itself. The Kenton Forth Ward Council seat will be vacant as of the first of the year, and the council will be accepting letters of intent to fill the seat. The council will interview applicants in December and fill the seat by the end of the year. If anyone is interested, they MUST live in the Kenton 4th Ward, and must submit a letter of intent to the Kenton Clerk of Council at the City Building by December. The council will then interview the applicants.

 

Councilmen Charlene Hilty and Brian Hattery were not present at the meeting last night, so the council moved to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 19th to discuss a budgeting ordinance which could not be acted upon at last night's meeting. The ordinance is in regards to transferring funds to pay city bills through the end of the year. The meeting will be held next Tuesday night in council chambers at 7:30pm.

 

The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on November 25th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

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Leaf Pick Up Begins Today in Kenton

 

The leaf pickup will begin today in the southwest section, including Columbus and Lima Streets, and move to the northwest section including Main, Columbus and Lima Streets, followed by the southeast section including Columbus and Main Streets and the concluding with the Northeast section of town, including Main and Columbus Streets.

 

The city reminds residents to NOT park vehicles in the leaf piles and DO NOT put the leaves in the streets. They will clog the storm sewers and could cause backup in homes. Rake them to the edge of the tree lawn only. Residents can also bag up their own leaves and put them at the curb in front of their residence for pickup but no brush, trash, or garbage is to be put in with the leaves.

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**ALERT** Power Outage Affects 600 County Residents

**UPDATE to include power restoration**

 

A power outage has affected around 600 Hardin County residences tonight. According to information provided by AEP Ohio, the outage began around 7:30pm and was the result of a vehicle crash on State Route 31.

 

Power was restored around 9:30 Monday evening. If you should continue to have issues, contact your utility company.

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Beware of Deer on County Roadways During Harvest Season

Many dangers exist on county roadways during harvest season, not the least of which is car deer accidents. As farmers work in the fields, deer are on the run.

 

 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to several car/deer accidents throughout the county over this past weekend alone. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said that it's a daily occurrence at this time of year, and encouraged motorists to be more vigilant out of the roadways, especially at night.

 

"They are on the run, during harvest time is also when they mate, so they're running a lot more than they normally would. I would encourage motorists to be more careful than normal, especially at night as deer like to stick to the edges of the fields" said Everhart.

 

Everhart went on to say that it's better to hit the deer, rather than avoid them.

 

"Instinct might be to avoid the deer, but many times this leads to a whole slew of other issues that can happen. People who swerve to avoid a deer may end up in the ditches, and cause more damage or injury to themselves. I would strongly advise people, when they see a deer in the roadway, to apply their brakes and hit the deer if they can't stop in time." said Everhart.

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One Dead In Farming Accident Near Ridgeway.

One person died in a farming accident south of Ridgeway in Logan County on Saturday. The accident happened shortly after 8am Saturday morning near Rushsylvinia. According to sources the accident happened on County Road 114 at a farm owned by John Dugan. Two individuals were working in a grain bin and one became trapped.

 

EMS conducted a grain bin rescue and the individual was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The individual was identified as Troy Dugan, age 50 from Ridgeway. Price Funeral Home in Kenton is handling arrangements

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Wildcats & Titans To Meet In Mansfield

 

The Kenton Wildcats and the Triway Titans will meet in Mansfield Friday night in playoff football action.

 

Arlin Field in Mansfield will host Friday's Division 4, Region 12 semifinal game between the Kenton Wildcats and the Triway Titans. The Cats, the region's 2nd seed, are 11 and 0 on the season after rolling past Galion 58 to 14 last week while the 3rd-seeded Titans are 9 and 2 after knocking off Wauseon 26 to 21.

 

WKTN will carry the game live from Mansfield, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

 

Also on Friday, the Ada Bulldogs will head to Harmon Field in Wapakoneta to meet Crestview in Division 6, Region 20 semifinal play. The 7th-seeded Bulldogs are 8 and 3 on the year after defeating Delphos Jefferson 27 to 22 last week. The 6th-seeded Knights are 9 and 2. They advanced in the tournament by blitzing Lima Central Catholic 48 to 35. That game will also kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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Suspicious Death Being Investigated **Updated**

**Updated to include the name of the victim**

 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a suspicious death, which occurred in the 2000 block of Township Road 30 in Liberty Township.

 

According to a news release from the Hardin County Sheriff's office, at approximately 3:55 Sunday morning, the Hardin County Communications Center received a call regarding an unresponsive mid 70's age male. Upon arrival by Ada/Liberty EMS and Hardin County Sheriff's Deputies it was learned that the victim was assaulted as a result of burglary in progress. The victim, identified as Harold Henry, age 75 was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead.

 

Hardin County Sheriff's Deputies are investigation with the assistance of BCI and I and the Allen County Sheriff's Office

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One Injured in Crash Friday Night

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a one vehicle injury accident on State Route 67 West Friday night. According to information provided by the Kenton Fire Department and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened shortly after 9:30 Friday night on 67 West when a car traveled off the road and struck a utility pole.

 

One person was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for unknown injuries by BKP. No further details are available.

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ODOT Construction Projects for Hardin County Next Week

The following road projects will be underway in Hardin County in the next week. According to information from the ODOT District One Office;
 
U.S. 68 northbound between Township Road 80 and Township Road 90 will be one lane through the work zone for pavement grinding. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.
 
Ohio 701 between County Road 115 and Township Road 125 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement grinding. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.
 
Ohio 701 just east of County Road 75 will be closed for three days beginning November 13 for replacement of drainage tile. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 309, U.S. 68 back to Ohio 701. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage (see link to map.)

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27th Annual Christmas Around The Square Today in Downtown Kenton

 
The annual Christmas basket auction entries.
 
Start your holiday shopping early this year at the 27th Annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair. The Craft Fair will be held today from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Hardin County Historical Courthouse in downtown Kenton. The ever popular christmas basket auction will begin in the courthouse today starting at 11am.
 
Additionally, The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and the Buy Ada First Committee is hosting a Buy Local First Holiday Contest November 9 thru December 12. Over 40 Businesses are participating in the contest. There will be over $1,000 in prizes given away thanks to the businesses. This initiative is to encourage people to shop local this holiday season.
 
For contest rules and a list of participating business visit the Chamber and Business Alliance website at http://www.hardinohio.org/new/

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Wildcats Open Playoffs With Rout Of Galion

The Kenton Wildcats made quick work of Galion on Friday as they posted a 58-14 win in Division, 4, Region 12 quarterfinal play at Robinson Field.

 

 

The Cats improve to 11-0 and will take on Triway Friday in regional semifinal action. The Tigers end their campaign at 9-2.

 

Grant Sherman threw for 499 yards and 8 touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead the WIldcats. Kollin Stollar finished with 170 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns while Colyn Blackford had 2 touchdown catches and Justin Sawmiller and Angelo Lombardo each had 1 TD grab.

 

The Wildcats outgained Galion 536-195 for the game.

 

In Division 6, Region 20 quarterfinal action, Ada defeated Delphos Jefferson 27-22. The Bulldogs will take on Crestview in semifinal action Friday at a site to be determined.

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Quest Federal Credit Union Friday Night Scoreboard

Division 4 Region 12
 
Kenton: 58, Galion 14
River Valley 36, Millbury Lake 25
Wooster Triway 26. Wauseon 20
Bryan 43, Genoa 36
 
Division 6 Region 20
 
Ada 27, Delphos Jefferson 22
Crestview 48, Lima Central Catholic 35
Tinora 34, Northwood 6
Wayne Trace 52, Colonel Crawford 28
 
Division 3 Region 10
 
Springfield Shawnee 41, Wapak 34 OT
 
Division 3 Region 8
 
Toledo Central Catholic 69, Defiance 14

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Mt. Victory Residence

An early morning fire destroyed a vacant residence at 124 Wheeler St. in Mt. Victory around 2:45 a.m. today. (BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER PHOTO | TRACY GRAY-MILLER)

 

The Mt. Victory Fire Department responded to a fire in Mt. Victory overnight. According to information from Chief Mowery from the Mt. Victory Fire Department, the fire started before 3am this morning at 124 S. Wheeler Street, a house owned by Charles Murnahan. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence totally engulfed in flames.

 

According to the Chief the residence was abandoned and was a total loss. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire as being suspicious. There was a report of a someone being in the house at the time of the fire, and dogs were called in to investigate. The chief said no human remains were found in the house.

 

Crews were on site until 1pm today due to a gas leak at the residence. No one was hurt.

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Three Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Ricky Lynn Hatcher was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin.

 

Placed on three years community control with conditions were:

 

.Jeffrey Lee Myers on one count of possession of heroin. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.

 

.Tavia Mae Legge on one count of receiving stolen property.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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PPA Program 8 Years Old

 

 

The Partnership For Prescription Assistance is celebrating its 8th Anniversary this month.
 

Ken Johnson, Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, explains the program, "It's a safety net and one stop shopping for people who have no place to turn to for prescription medicines. You know, there are over 40 million Americans today, including over a million in Ohio, who don't have insurance, and a lot of those people are struggling to find ways to pay for everything from their rent, their home note to even their prescription medicine."
 

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

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High School Football Playoffs Kick Off Tonight

 

 

It has been a banner year for the Galion Tigers. Galion went 9 and 1 in the regular season and earned a share of the North Central Conference title with a 6 and 1 league mark. The Tigers’ calling card has been defense. Galion allows just 8 points a game and has shut out its last 2 opponents. No team has scored more than 14 points against the Tigers this season.

 

How Galion’s defense holds up against Kenton’s high-powered offense will go a long way towards deciding the game. The Wildcats score 45 points a contest and have scored at least 22 points in every game on their way to a perfect 10 and 0 regular season. The state’s top-ranked team also won the outright Western Buckeye League title and is the 2nd seed in the Region 12 playoffs while the Tigers are the 7th seed.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field.

 

The pregame show will begin at 7:10 p.m., with the opening kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.

 

Also tonight, the Ada Bulldogs begin Division 6, Region 20 playoff action when they hit the road to take on Delphos Jefferson. Ada, the region’s 7th seed, is 7 and 3 on the year while the 2nd-seeded Wildcats are 9 and 1. This is a rematch of a week 9 matchup in which Ada upset DJ 25 to 20 to force a three-way tie for the Northwest Conference title between the Bulldogs, the Wildcats and the Crestview Knights. Kickoff for this game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Sheriff's Cruiser Damaged in Minor Mishap

A Hardin County Sheriff's Office cruiser was involved in a minor mishap Wednesday evening on State Route 309.
 

According to the Sheriff's Office report, Deputy Kendrick Garman pulled in behind a car to check on the status of a driver who had pulled off the right side berm.
 

As the deputy exited the cruiser, it rolled into the rear of the stopped car, which was being driven by 39 year old Brandon Daniels, of Ada.
 

Light damage occurred to both vehicles.

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Vehicles Collide in Intersection

Two vehicles collided in the intersection of Columbus and Market Streets Wednesday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 35 year old Klisty Helton was westbound on Columbus and stopped for the stop sign at Market. 60 year old Reba Bushong was southbound on Market and stopped for the stop sign at Columbus.
 

Both drivers entered the intersection at the same time, and the resulting collision caused minor damage to the vehicles.
 

No citations were issued as fault could not be determined.

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Semi Knocks Over Pole in Downtown Kenton

A pole at the corner of Franklin and Main Streets was knocked down by a semi Wednesday evening.
 

According to that report, 48 year old Michael Murphy, of Mansfield, was turning south onto Main from Franklin, when the semi struck the pole and knocked it over.
 

Light damage occurred to the semi.

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Ohio School, NASA Will Partner on Space Research

CINCINNATI (AP) - The University of Cincinnati and NASA are partnering on space science research in an effort honoring the first man to walk on the moon.

 

UC President Santa Ono on Wednesday signed an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The school announced plans for the Neil Armstrong Space Science Institute.

 

Armstrong was an aerospace engineering professor at UC during the 1970s. He died last year at age 82.

 

His widow and two sons joined in the unveiling of a life-sized bas (BAHS) relief of Armstrong and previewed a campus exhibition about his life.

 

The school says the Institute will promote research, education in space science and engineering, and manage space-related data. The agreement connects UC researchers with experts at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

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OH Youth Offenders Spending Less Time in Seclusion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A state report shows the worst youth offenders in Ohio are spending less time in secluded confinement at detention facilities.

 

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee reported that juvenile offenders spent nearly 187,000 hours in "last resort" seclusion last year. That's a 26.7 drop from the previous year.

 

The report by the inspection committee - a state legislative agency that monitors adult and juvenile prisons - showed that use of seclusion averaged 358.1 hours per youth over the four state detention facilities. That was a 5.9 percent drop per juvenile from 2011, but nearly the same as it was in 2009.

 

Isolating juvenile offenders in their rooms has been a common and sometimes controversial punishment for years at Ohio youth facilities.

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Unofficial 2013 Hardin County General Election Results

The following is a breakdown of the unofficial results from the 2013 Hardin County General Election. For the sake of clarity, some of the uncontested races have been removed from this list. 
 
Kenton Treasurer
 
Terri L. Downey 655
Donald Mitchell 183
 
Kenton Council at Large
 
B.J. Hall 192
Brian Hattery 634
Patricia A. Risner 625
Peggy Wren 616
 
Candidate Patty Risner reads the returns at the HC Courthouse Tuesday night.
 
Alger Council
 
Steve Collingsworth 98
Linda Dienstberger 87
Charles Downing 55
Betty Fitzpatrick 82
James H. Summa 68
 
Dunkirk Council
 
Joshua Cramer 109
Judith Crowe 46
William E. Gunther 75
Bob Hayes 89
Daniel E. Marshman 121
Sandra K. Prater 90
 
 
Forest Council
 
Dean A. Hankins 143
P.J. Noascono 118
Denis E. Phillips 162
David Hankins 0
Write-in Votes 28
 
McGuffey Council
 
Drake J. Krummrey 48
Robert Spradlin 30
 
Mt. Victory Council
 
Alexis Hilyard 41
Michael A. Trout 49
 
Ridgeway Council
 
Jodi Clark 19
Michael S. Jenkins 27
 
Blanchard Trustee
 
Greg Hinebaugh 58
Timothy L. Jolliff 165
Kevin L. Ridgeway 175
Steven C. Wykes 202
 
Buck Trustees
 
S. Jerry Layman 143
Randy Scharf 149
 
Cessna Trustees
 
Michael V. Ault 94
Bill Hull 81
 
Dudley Trustees
 
Nathan A. Brooks 102
Michael S. Holland 108
Bradley D. Murphy 32
Joyce M. Wilkerson 41
 
Goshen Trustees
 
Richard D. Barrett 88
Daryl G. Flowers 91
Joseph C. Sherman 125
 
Hale Trustees
 
E. Scott Elliott 126
Ken McCullough 114
 
Jackson Trustees
 
Ronald L. Oates 258
Nathan Deringer 0
Write-in Votes 29
 
Liberty Trustees
 
Gary G. Hall 364
Bradley D. Hays 438
 
Lynn Trustees
 
Tom Sprang 106
Richard Wilcox 95
 
Marion Trustees
 
Leonard G. Guyton 174
Gary A. Hall 202
Paul Osborne 227
Jeffery N. Thompson 267
 
McDonald Trustees
 
John S. Acheson 104
Randy Hopkins 79
Twila Kilburn 26
Kevin Skidmore 124
 
Pleasant Trustee Candidate Beryl Rogers Dudek reads the returns at the Courthouse Tuesday evening.
 
Pleasant Trustees
 
Wesley L. Broseke 659
Beryl Rogers Dudek 687
Tony Mathews 263
Scott D. Steiner 398
 
Roundhead Trustees
 
Mike Lautenschlager 109
John A. Peoples 58
Rick Royer 99
 
Taylor Creek Trustees
 
James Bidwell 68
Jerrold Elsasser Jr. 61
 
Washington Trustees
 
Lauren Eibling Jr. 86
Craig A. Stump 83
 
Kenton Board of ED
 
Russell Blue 1023
David Haushalter 1054
Jason Howe 649
Mark McCullough 862
Bradd A. Molk 725
 
Ada Board of ED
 
Thomas Dearth 321
Tara M. Griffith 314
Terry Price 238
 
Benjamin Logan Board of Ed
 
William N. Ramsey 61
Keith A. Stoner 72
David S. Willoby 51
 
Hardin Northern Board of Ed (full)
 
Kenneth Hopson 361
Tim Roby 277
Anthony Whitaker 234
 
Hardin Northern Board of Ed (unexpired)
 
Charles E. Amweg 79
Jaide McBride 193
Chris W. Rodabaugh 387
Kathy Schroeder 273
 
Ridgemont Board of Ed
 
David Copp 224
Corey Ledley 217
 
Riverdale Board of Ed
 
John R. Livingston 269
Joan E. Beckwith 0
Write-in Votes 13
 
USV Board of Ed
 
Barry Campbell 545
Roger Moore 457
Nancy Osborn 510
 
Mental Health Levy
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 1860
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 2310
 
Kenton Grove Cemetery
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 508
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 378
 
Ridgeway Fire
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 16
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 16
 
Blanchard Current Exp
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 157
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 165
 
Buck Cemetery
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 63
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 55
 
Goshen Cemetery
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 115
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 62
 
Hale Cemetery
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 96
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 75
 
Pleasant Cemetery
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 221
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 125
 
Benjamin Logan School
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 57
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 58
 
Riverdale School
 
FOR THE TAX 218
AGAINST THE TAX 104
 
Tri Rivers JVS
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 2
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 7
 
USV
 
FOR THE TAX LEVY 395
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY 427

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Various Races and Money Issues on the Ballot Today

 

 

Today is Election Day, and the polls opened at 6:30 this morning.

 

On the ballot today:

 

.Three seats are open for Kenton City Council-at-large. Four Candidates are running.

 

.Three seats are open on Alger Village Council, and five candidates are running.

 

.The incumbent Kenton City Treasurer is facing a challenger on the ballot today.

 

Township trustees positions are in:

 

.Blanchard Township, four people are running for two seats.

 

.Dudley, four candidates are running for two seats.

 

.Goshen, three running for two seats.

 

.Marion, four candidates running for two seats.

 

.McDonald, four running for two seats.

 

.Pleasant Township, four candidates are running for two open seats.

 

.Roundhead, three are running for two open seats.

 

As for Board of Education races:

 

.Ada Schools, two seats are open, and three candidates are running.

 

.Hardin Northern full term, three candidates are running for two seats, and Hardin Northern unexpired term, four candidates are running for two seats.

 

.Kenton, five candidates are running for three open seats.

 

Money Issues are for:

 

.Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

 

.Grove Cemetery.

 

.Village of Ridgeway.

 

.Blanchard Township.

 

.Goshen Township.

 

.Hale Township.

 

.Pleasant Township.

 

.Upper Scioto Valley, Ben Logan, Riverdale and Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School Districts.

 

The 21 precincts will close at 7:30 tonight, and live election night coverage begins at 8 on WKTN.

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Kenton Wildcats Finished Atop the Final AP D-4 State Poll

 

 

The unbeaten Wildcats easily topped the Division 4 rankings in the 8th and final AP state poll. The 10 and 0 Cats received 18 first-place votes and 239 points in the rankings to outdistance Bryan, which received three first-place votes and 202 points. Genoa was next with two first-place votes and 190 points. River Valley finished 4th with one first-place vote and 154 points, with Clinton-Massie placing 5th with 142 points and a single first-place vote. Archbishop Alter, Urbana, Wauseon, Chagrin Falls and Valley View round out the top 10.
 

The Wildcats will begin playoff action on Friday when they host Galion in Division 4, Region 12 quarterfinal action. Tickets for the game will be on sale in the Kenton High School office Thursday and Friday during school hours. They will also be on sale Thursday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 

Presale tickets are $7, and all tickets at the gate will be $9. The Kenton High School Athletic Department will receive $1.20 of all presale tickets sold at KHS.
 

Western Buckeye League championshp T-shirts and state playoff T-shirts will also be on sale at the same time.
Kickoff for the game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and of course WKTN will have all the action live from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m.

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NWS Says No Tornado Hit Kenton

The Huntington Bank building was damaged by late week storm.

 

The storm that left behind damage around the county, mostly centered in the downtown Kenton area, and Andrew Snyfer,

 

Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, tells us what occurred late last week, "The National Weather Service in Wilmington sent meteorologists to survey the damage that occurred in the Kenton area on Thursday night, and it was determined that the damage was caused by straight line winds and not a tornado. The wind speeds were estimated around 65 miles per hour."
 

He tells how that determination was made, "A lot of it is determined on how the damage is oriented. We are looking for damage that is tossed in a direction that is counter-productive to the storm's path, so if the storm is moving east we want to see damage that is kind of tossed either to the north or even into the direction from which the storm came, because a tornado is a lifting mechanism, and it kind of tosses debris opposite of which the storm is moving."
 

Snyder also said the storm system did produce tornadoes, but most of those were in the Dayton area to our south.

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Kenton Man Injured in Sunday Morning Crash

A Kenton man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before six Sunday morning on U.S. 68 in Pleasant Township.

 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 38 year old Jamey Brandt was driving south on 68 when he travelled across the center line. The car ended up off the left side of the road where it became airborne across a private drive and struck a tree causing heavy damage.

 

Brandt was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

The crash remains under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up From a Week Ago

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up slightly from a week ago.

 

The state average was $3.25 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 4 cents from last week.

 

Ohio's price is still under the $3.33 per gallon price at this time last year.

 

The national average was down slightly Monday, to $3.25 - 4 cents lower than a week ago and 23 cents lower than a year ago.

 

Analysts say the wildly fluctuating gas prices - sometimes jumping 20 cents or more in a single day - are becoming more common. They blame it on fewer refineries and a fuel system increasingly vulnerable to short-term shocks.

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Cats To Take On Galion Next Friday

The Kenton Wildcats and the Ada Bulldogs have qualified for the state football playoffs.
 
The Wildcats finished the regular season a perfect 10 and 0 and won the outright Western Buckeye League title. They earned the 2nd seed in the Division 4, Region 12 playoffs and will host 7th seeded Galion Friday in quarterfinal action. The Tigers are 9 and 1 overall and were co-champions of the North Central Conference with a 6 and 1 league mark.
 
As always, WKTN will have all the action live Friday from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 7:10 p.m., with the opening kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
 
Also on Friday, the Ada Bulldogs will travel to Delphos to take on Jefferson in Division 6, Region 20 quarterfinal play. The 7th-seeded Bulldogs are 7 and 3 on the year while the Wildcats, the region’s 2nd seed, are 9 and 1. That game will also kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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Accidents Around The County

A vehicle accident occurred early Sunday morning.

 

According to information provided by the Kenton Fire Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a call came in for a single vehicle injury accident north of the Kenton city limits on U.S. 68 before 6am.

 

The Kenton Fire Department was on scene to provide lift assistance and inspection of leaked fluids.

 

One person was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and no further information was provided.

 

 

 

 

The Hardin County Sheriff's office also responded to a couple of non-injury accidents on Saturday.

 

According to the day log from the Sheriff's office, the 1st occurred in the 16000 block of State Route 309 east of Kenton around 6:47 in the morning.

 

The 2nd occurred around 7:10pm in the 11000 block of County Road 75.

 

No further information was available at press time.

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Daylight Savings Time Returns Tonight

 

Daylight Savings Time is Saturday night. When you go to bed Saturday night, turn your clocks back one hour.

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Two Killed In Shooting At Wyandot County Conservation Club

Two people were killed in a Friday night shooting inside the Carey Conservation Club in Wyandot County.
 
According to a release, the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office was dispatched just before 9:30 Friday night after numerous 9-1-1 calls were received advising of a shooter.
 
Wyandot County Sheriff's deputies, officers from the Carey Police Department and Emergency Medical personnel from Carey, Upper Sandusky and Sycamore arrived at the scene and found two shooting victims inside with multiple gunshot wounds.
 
They were identified as 49 year old Roger Fredritz, of Carey and 49 year old Cynthia L. Hawkinberry, of Tiffin. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The shooter, identified as 65 year old Richard Clark, of Tiffin, brandished a gun following a brief confrontation with officers. He was taken into custody without further incident.
 
Clark is currently being held at the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office pending the filing of formal charges.
 
The incident remains under investigation.

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Carter Lumber Consolidates Stores. Kenton Store Closing

After approximately 30 years in business, Carter Lumber in Kenton closed its doors.
 
 
According to a release from the company, 26 stores in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Indiana closed as of Friday. They will be consolidated into other stores, including eight new ones that have opened in the last eighteen months.
 
David McCafferty, Vice President of Marketing, did not know how many employees will be affected at the Kenton store, but with the closing of all 26 locations, less than 30 full time positions are expected to be lost.
 
McCafferty said the local employees will have an opportunity to stay during the closing and cleaning process, and for those that due, they will receive a compensation package at the end.
All of the closed stores merchandise will be transferred to other locations

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Groundbreaking At Heritage Expansion Project

Heritage Cooperative broke ground on a new expansion project at their Agriculture campus south of Kenton Friday afternoon. 
 
 
Pictured from L-R: George Rellinger, Heritage Cooperative Board Chairman, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns, Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman, David George, Marketing Director Trillium CNG, John Hohn, Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Kimmi Tacket, Ridgemont FFA, and Eric Parthemore, President and CEO Heritage Cooperative.
 
 
The expansion project was announced at the Hardin County Fair this past year. It will be the building of a state-of-the-art fuel station, located on Bales Road and St. Rt. 31 South. This fuel station will service vehicles with compressed natural gas transmissions, and Heritage is partnering with Precision Strip and Trillium CNG to bring the project to a reality. Eric Parthemore, President and CEO of Heritage said that it was a first step toward making the United States less reliant on foreign fuel sources.
 
"Like I said before, the old Chinese saying. 'Every journey begins with a small step' and this is what we have here. It is a great project for Heritage, Precision Strip and Trillium but more important, it will go a long way towards improving the environment, and help the United States develop alternative fuel resources" said Parthemore.
 
The first phase of the expansion is the fuel station. The station will offer gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station will be a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation. Pumps will accept all major credit cards and Heritage Fleet Cards.
 
Also on hand were State Senator Cliff Hite, US Congressman Bob Latta, and State Rep. Robert Sprague. Pictured here with Heritage President and CEO Eric Parthemore.
 
Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman said that the project will be a huge boon for the community and will go a long way towards helping economic development.
 
"Governor Kasich put out a request, that there be one CNG station located somewhere between Columbus and Toledo. We took that request to heart to help make this happen. Given the truck traffic we have, it will go a long way to helping Kenton and Hardin County get on the map and go a long way to economic development in Kenton and Hardin County." said Beaman.
 
If all goes according to schedule, the total expansion project should be complete by the fall of 2014.

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Quest Federal Credit Union Football Scoreboard

WBL
 
Kenton 62, Defiance 8
Wapak 49, Shawnee 13
Ottawa Glandorf 42 Bath 28
Elida 31 Celina 0
Van Wert 41 St. Marys 32
 
Other Scores of Interest
 
Lehman Catholic 62 Upper Scioto Valley 26
Marion Pleasant 66 Elgin 0
Wynford 47 Riverdale 7
Galion 27 Upper Sandusky 0
Lima Perry 12 Ridgemont 0
Liberty Benton 42 Arlington 28
Indian Lake 45 Ben Logan 0
North Union 59 Fairbanks 14

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Wildcats Clinch Outright WBL Title With Win Over Defiance

The Kenton Wildcats clinched the outright Western Buckeye League title with a 62-8 win over Defiance on Friday at Robinson Field.

 

 

The Wildcats improve to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the WBL. The state's top-ranked moves on to playoff action next week while the Bulldogs, who are 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the league, will have to wait and see if they will get into the post season.

 

Grant Sherman threw for 427 yards and 6 touchdowns, hitting Kollin Stollar for 3 scores, as the Cats outgained the Dogs 520-249. Kenton's defense forced 7 Defiance turnovers, intercepting 4 passes and recovering 3 fumbles.

 

 

Sherman and Seth Kuhlman were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

The Wildcats begin playoff action next Friday when they host an opponent to be determined at Robinson Field. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Storms Rock Kenton Ohio Early Friday Morning, Buildings Damaged.

Lots of damage was left behind after a severe storm that blew through the area during the overnight hours.
 
Damage to the emergency tower and St. John's Church
 
 
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said he had time to survey the damage this morning, "Numerous roofs have been partially or totally blown off buildings. We had Huntington Bank that lost a number of windows that were blown out, so serious damage fortunately was concentrated where people were not, and that's downtown."
 
Damage to Huntington Bank
 
There were tornado warnings issued for Hardin County around midnight last night, and unconfirmed reports of a funnel cloud reported in the county, but the Chief is not sure if that's what caused the downtown damage, "I've not heard from any actual official source that would have been able to confirm whether it was just extremely high wind or a tornado."
 
The Chief added that the good news here is there were no reports of injuries, "You hate to see when anybody in business have to repair damages, but the old saying goes, it could have been worse, and we're very fortunate all the around that it wasn't."
 
Park of a roof in a parking lot on Detroit St.
 
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said the county itself was spared major damage, "I know of some trees and a couple of power poles down, but for the most part there was no severe damage around the county."
 
Damage at Price Funeral Home
 
He did say the communications tower on Carrol Street, the site of the old Sheriff's Office location was totally destroyed, which disrupted communications between fire and EMS around the county for a very brief time, "We were only out of communications for maybe an hour or so, but again that was very early hours of the morning, but we are back up and running I'm going to say maybe 85% coverage of what we had before, and we are working on getting that back to 100% in the outlying areas of the county.

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Christmas Around The Square Featured On At Issue Saturday Morning

 
The annual Christmas Around the Square event is scheduled for Saturday November 9.
 
The Director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jacqualine Fitzgerald, said it will be held November 9 from 9-2 at the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton, "Filled with over 45 booths. The third floor is filled with direct sales like pampered chef, 31 and more. You will also find some new vendors at the craft fair, actually we have a lot of new vendors this year. We have a couple coming from the Country Living magazine that will be there also. Just kind of some exciting new ones coming from out of town to participate. They heard what a great event it is, so they wanted to jump in and participate in this."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Walk For Hope Kicks Off Saturday

Dream Center of Ohio is sponsoring its second Walk For Hope, Release the Light event.
 
Organizer Keith Preston said it will be held tomorrow at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 1010 East Franklin Street in Kenton, "The registration will start at 3:15pm, and the actual race will start at 4:30. There's a lot that we have in place for the event. There's going to be a concert, guest speakers. At the end of the race, and once everything gets settled down, when we move up to the concert and the event speaking, there will be a full meal provided for free to anyone who attends."

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Ridgemont Spanish Department To Host Breakfast Saturday Morning

The Ridgemont Spanish students. From L-R: Teacher Danielle Weber, Taylor Cronley, Taylor Hardin, Kimmi Tacket, Hanna Organ, and Jordan Furer.
 
If you want a good breakfast tomorrow morning and also want to help students reach their educational goals, you need to be at Ridgemont High School.
 
The Ridgemont High School Spanish Department will be hosting a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday morning at Ridgemont to help raise funds for the students trip to Europe next year. Spanish instructor Danielle Weber explains how the opportunity came about.
 
"Several years ago, I had the chance to work with Ben Logan on a similar trip that they took, and it was a great experience for their students, so when the opportunity came up to host a joint venture with our students they were excited to take part in it." said Weber.
 
The trip will be next march, and the students will have a chance to experience culture in Rome, The Vatican, Barcelona and Paris while they are in Europe. Additionally, the students have been selling items at Ridgemont Football games to help raise funds. The Pancake Breakfast will begin at 8am Saturday morning and run till 11am. The cost for the breakfast is by a free will donation

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Three in Court This Week

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Joshua William Biederman was sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison on one count each of Burglary, receiving stolen property and grand theft.
 
.Chad Michael Harris was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison on one count of domestic violence.
 
.Dustin Scott Harris was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count of attempted trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Kenton Wraps Up League Play at Home Tonight.

The Kenton Wildcats wrap up the regular season tonight when they host Defiance.
 
The Bulldogs are 6 and 3 overall and 6 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. Powered by the play of quarterback Will Batt and receiver Trey Guilliam, Defiance has clinched its first winning season since 2008 and remains in the playoff hunt. Guilliam holds every major receiving record in school history while Batt is poised to break most of Defiance's single-season passing marks.
 
Kenton can throw the ball a little as well. Grant Sherman has thrown for over 3600 yards and 39 touchdown on the season, and the combination of a high-powered offense and the league's best defense has lifted the Cats to a 9 and 0 record and a berth in the state playoffs. At 8 and 0 in the league, Kenton has already clinched at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title and can claim the crown outright with a win this evening.
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm, Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
 
In other action tonight around the county, 1 and 8 Riverdale travels to 5 and 4 Wynford, 4 and 5 Upper Scioto Valley hosts 8 and 1 Lehman Catholic; and Ridgemont entertains Perry. The Golden Gophers are 2 and 7 while the Commodores are 3 and 6. On Saturday, Ada travels to Lima to take on LCC. The Bulldogs are 7 and 2 on the season and have already clinched a playoff spot while the T-Birds also come in at 7 and 2.

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