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Detached Garage and 2 Vehicles Destroyed By Fire

Garage was fully engulfed in flames


Fire destroyed a detached garage and two vehicles early this morning.

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched just after three this morning to 325 Stevens Street.
Upon arrival, the garage was fully engulfed in flames. The structure, a vehicle inside and a car beside the garage were a total loss. A third vehicle was damaged.


Structure and two vehicles were totally destroyed



The house is occupied by Jacob Dyer, and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.


OSP Will Be Out in Force New Year's Eve



The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol will provide extra patrols on Hardin County roads this New Year's Eve.


Interim Post Commander Lt. Chris Kinn said their goal is to make sure people are driving responsibly, "We're going to have troopers out more than what is normally expected, out working the road and just looking for those violators. It's not just people that are driving under the influence that we'll be looking for, but we're also looking at people who are out there committing crash causing violations. It's pretty much what we're doing on a day to day basis, we're just going to have a few more units out on the road to help just because there is going to be an influx of traffic, more people out travelling, and we just want to make sure they get to their destination safely."

He said the best advice is to drive defensive and report erratic drivers, "Just because the crash isn't your fault, doesn't mean you're not going to get hurt seriously or God forbid even killed out of it, so just because the crash isn't your fault, you still have got to be conscience to what everybody else is doing out there and be aware of it, and if you see somebody out there that's driving erratically, just something that is outside the norm,  call #677. You can call it on a cell phone anywhere in the State of Ohio, and it will put you in touch with the Highway Patrol, and we can direct some units that way."

Lt. Kinn stressed that if you plan to drink, get a designated driver, "The best case scenario is you get arrested. The worst case is you kill yourself or you kill somebody else, so that's just not worth that kind of gamble. Drinking and driving is playing Russian roulette, and you would call somebody crazy for doing that, but drinking and driving is not frowned upon as much. That takes the lives of hundreds of people in the State of Ohio every year, don't let it be you."


Cooper/Apollo Merger Deal Dead

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Cooper Tire & Rubber is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion buyout by India's Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world's seventh largest tire company.
Cooper said Monday that financing is no longer available and that it still believes Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.
Apollo representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The boards of both companies and Cooper shareholders approved the buyout, but negotiations with the union representing Cooper employees became a sticking point. An arbitrator ruled that Cooper and Apollo must create new agreements with the union, but a court rejected Cooper's claim that Apollo breached the terms of the deal.
Shares of Cooper, based in Findlay, Ohio, slumped 4 percent before the opening bell.


Ohio Man in Court After Son Killed in Accident

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man remains in jail after state troopers say he drove away without talking to authorities after running over his 4-year-old son who had fallen out of a van.
A $500,000 bond was continued at a hearing in Marysville Municipal Court Monday for defendant Natividad de Jesus Hernandez of Columbus.
Judge Michael Grigsby set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 6. A message was left with Hernandez' attorney.
Hernandez was arrested Thursday after showing up at a hospital where his son died after the accident earlier in Union County.
Hernandez was charged with failure to exchange information after an accident.
State Highway Patrol troopers say the boy fell out the van his father was driving and was run over near a construction site northwest of Columbus.


Ohio Gas Prices Shoot Up to End the Year



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After dipping below the $3 mark at many stations just before the holidays, Ohio gas prices have shot back up to end 2013.
The average Monday morning was $3.40 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up cents 14 cents from last week.
The national average Monday was $3.31, up 6 cents from last week.
The Ohio average is 23 cents higher than a month ago, and 3 cents higher than this time last year.
The lowest average gas price in the state Monday was $3.36 in the Youngtown area.


Porch Fire on Grape

The Kenton Fire Department responded to a structure fire Saturday evening.


According to information provided by the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were called out at 8:32 Saturday evening to 49 Grape Street. Upon arrival firefighters found the back porch to be fully engulfed.


The home was not occupied but still had active electricity to the home.


Firefighters were on scene for just under 2 hours and the incident remains under investigation.



Ada Whips HN, USV Slips Past Shawnee

The Ada Lady Bulldogs snapped a 3-game losing streak with a 48-23 win over Hardin Northern on Saturday.



The Bulldogs (4-4) led 18-4 after 1 quarter and were never threatened, leading 31-10 at the half and 40-16 after three periods.


Tori Wyss had 16 points to lead Ada while the Polar Bears (1-10) got 5 points from Molly Wilson.


Also on Saturday, the Upper Scioto Valley girls basketball team defeated Shawnee 69-56. The Rams (4-3) got 21 points from Shelby Spradlin while Maddie Lowery scored 16 and Shelby Carroll tossed in 12.


Ohio Veterans Face Tuesday Deadline For Bonuses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Military veterans who served during the Persian Gulf War era have until Tuesday to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500.
Ohio voters in 2009 approved a $200 million bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq war eras. Iraq War veterans have another year, until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply. No deadline has been announced for Afghanistan War and all veterans who served after Oct. 7, 2001.
Eligible next of kin of those who were killed in action or died of disease as a result of in-theater service also can apply for the Ohio Veterans Bonus.
As of earlier this month, roughly $60 million had been paid to nearly 72,000 veterans and family members covering all three war eras.


Five Wildcats Score In Double Figures As Kenton Beats BL

Five Wildcats scored in double figures as the Kenton boys basketball team rallied past Benjamin Logan 72 to 65 on Friday.
The Cats scored the game's first 9 points but the Raiders surged back to tie the game at 19 after one quarter and led 37 to 30 at the half. Kenton fought back, pulling to within three points after three periods, then used a 10 to 0 run to build a 63 to 54 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The Raiders chipped away at the Kenton lead but could never mount a serious charge at the Cats. Ben Logan got to within 72 to 65 late in the game but the Cats were able to run the final 51 seconds off the clock and secure the win.
Grant Sherman led 5 Cats in double figures with 15 points. Justin Sawmiller, Colyn Blackford and Matt Bahr had 12 points apiece for Kenton while Austin Phillips finished with 10 points.
This was the 5th straight loss for the Raiders, who are 4 and 5 on the season. Kenton improves to 2 and 1 and is off until next Friday when it will host Liberty-Benton in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.



Burson Making Music in Nashville

Kenton High School graduate Heidi Burson has been making waves on the Nashville music scene recently. Burson talks about how she came to appreciate music, especially the R&B styles.
“Growing up the kind of music I listened to, especially with my father, there was an array of different artists that we would hear on the radio when we were in the car. I've always been drawn to old school R&B and Soul music, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, pretty much anyone who came through the Stacks Recording Studio during the Civil Rights Movement” said Burson.
For the complete discussion with Burson, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Three Sentenced in Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
.Chadwick Dean Musser was sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison on four counts of misuse of a credit card and three counts of burglary.
.Shane Michael Sprague was sentenced to a total of 61 months in prison on two counts of burglary and one count each of robbery and receiving stolen property.
.Joshua Tyler Wallace was placed on three years community control with intensive supervision on four counts of burglary, tampering with coin machines, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of theft and one count of abuse of a corpse.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett


Union County Father Jailed For Running Over Four Year Old Son

PLAIN CITY, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio father was jailed after State Highway Patrol troopers say he drove away without talking to authorities about running over his 4-year-old son who had fallen out of their van.
Union County jail records said 30-year-old Natividad de Jesus Hernandez of Columbus has been charged with failure to exchange information after an accident - a third-degree felony.
Trooper Jeremy Allen said a hearing for Hernandez Friday morning was postponed because of a language barrier. No attorney information for him was available.
The patrol said 4-year-old Angel Gustbabo Hernandez fell out the van his father was driving Thursday morning near a construction site in Union County, northwest of Columbus. Troopers say the boy was run over by the vehicle and taken to a hospital, where he died


Ohio Girls Arrested After 3-County Chase

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in western Ohio say two teenage girls are in custody after leading police on a three-county chase over 20 miles in a stolen car.
Police say West Liberty police tried early Thursday to stop a vehicle seen driving on the sidewalk. Heading southbound on U.S. 68 toward Urbana, it went over tire deflation devices deployed by Champaign County deputies. The Springfield News-Sun (http://bit.ly/1jLHI1U ) reports that the vehicle continued despite two blown tires.
Clark County deputies put out more stop sticks, and the other two tires blew out. Police said the vehicle crashed into a median.
Police say a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl are being held in Logan County juvenile detention center on multiple charges. They reportedly had gone missing from a West Liberty group home.


Veterans Cafe Welcomes Troops This Holiday Season

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - At the Veteran's Cafe and Grille in Myrtle Beach, veterans encounter the holiday spirit of goodwill throughout the year.
The cafe in a nondescript shopping center off busy U.S. 17 is a combination diner, museum and hangout for those who have served America. And if a veteran can't afford a meal, well, they eat for free.
It's been just over four years that Lou Mascherino and his wife Rhonda have operated the cafe. And it's become a place where patrons can glimpse a bit of military history.
What started as a suggestion on the menu that people bring in pictures of their relatives in the military has snowballed. Now the walls and ceiling of the restaurant are lined with hundreds of items including photos, military patches, flags and uniforms.


Ohio Deer Hunters Donate 58,500 Pounds of Venison to Local Food Banks

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters donated 1,170 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2013 hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
To date, food banks have received approximately 58,500 pounds of venison and 234,000 meals for needy Ohioans. One processed deer amounts to approximately 50 pounds of venison and 200 meals.
Venison donations will be accepted through the end of the deer-archery season, Feb. 2, 2014. Go to fhfh.org to find a local Ohio deer donation program.
Ohio ranks fifth nationally in hunter-donated venison, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Nationally, hunters provided more than 11 million meals to people in need.
Wild venison is among the most nutritious meats available. The meat is lean with little fat content and it is high in protein and iron. Wild venison has no additives or hormones, and is low in calories, fat and cholesterol when properly prepared.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife collaborates with FHFH to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The program allows for subsidy grants to be provided in allotments that are matched with funds generated or collected by local Ohio FHFH chapters.
Venison donated to participating food banks must be processed by a federal, state or locally inspected and insured meat processor. Hunters wishing to donate their deer are not required to pay for the processing of the venison as long as the program has available funds.
Ohio has 77 participating meat processors and 33 FHFH local chapters. Anyone interested in becoming a local program coordinator or a participating meat processor can go to fhfh.org and click on the Local FHFH tab. The website includes a list of coordinators, participating butchers and the counties they serve.
Hunters can also donate venison through Safari Club International’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Learn more at safariclubfoundation.org. Whitetails Unlimited chapters also use local 


Pope Celebrates First Christmas Mass

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lauded Jesus' humble beginning as a poor and vulnerable baby as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica.
"You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable," Francis said of Jesus as he delivered his homily in the basilica, packed with faithful.
Francis has dedicated much of his nine-month-old papacy to drawing attention to the plight of the poor, of children, and other vulnerable members of society.
He noted that the first to receive news of Jesus' birth were shepherds, who in society were considered "among the last, the outcast."
The bells of St. Peter's rang as Francis, who turned 77 a week ago, walked briskly up the main aisle of the basilica for the ceremony, which began Tuesday 2 ½ hours before midnight. Keeping with the theme of humility he has set for his new papacy, Francis carried the statue instead of an aide, and kissed a knee of the figure of the newly born Jesus.
The occasional wail of babies in the basilica contrasted at times with the sweet voices of the choir.
The Argentine-born pope has also encouraged his flock to be a joyful church, and he called Jesus' "the light who brightens the darkness."
In the world's history and our own personal history, Francis said, "there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. " He added "if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us."
Francis has applied this same vision to the heart of the Vatican's own working, saying in past remarks there is no place for person ambition in the clerical hierarchy. Rather, he has insisted, the Catholic church must be one of service to those in need.
Earlier, in the Holy Land, thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations, bringing warm holiday cheer to the biblical birthplace of Jesus on a cool, clear night.
The heavy turnout, its highest in years, helped lift spirits in Bethlehem as leaders expressed hope that the coming year would finally bring the Palestinians an independent state of their own.
"The message of Christmas is a message of peace, love and brotherhood. We have to be brothers with each other," said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, as he arrived in town.
At the Vatican during the homily, Francis quoted the Apostle John, saying "'whoever hates his brother is in the darkness'" and "'does not know the way to go, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.'"
The basilica ceremony was the pope's only public Mass for Christmas. On Wednesday, Christmas Day, Francis will deliver his Christmas message, meant for the world, from the basilica's central balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.
As he left the basilica in a procession, Francis was preceded by 10 children carrying flowers, a pair of children each from Italy, the Philippines, Lebanon, his native Argentina and Congo.


Crowds Gather in Bethlehem For Christmas



BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - Large crowds have begun to gather in the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations.


Hundreds of tourists packed the town's Manger Square to enjoy the cool, sunny weather ahead of celebrations on Tuesday evening. The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where tradition says Jesus was born.


The number of visitors remains below the levels of the late 1990s, when Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts were at their height. Following the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000, the numbers plunged.


But thanks to a period of relative calm, they have been steadily climbing in recent years - and are expected to get an extra push this year thanks to the resumption of peace talks.


Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maayah says the Palestinians "deserve to have peace."


Kenton Council Passes Budget at Final Meeting of 2013

Retired Kenton Council memebers. BJ Hall, Charlene Hilty and Carl McCullough.
The council passed several items of importance at their meeting last night. The council approved the budget for 2013 as well as contracted with the Police and Firefighters Unions for 2014. Additionally, the council approved a measure to sell several older police cruisers soon as the department is in the process of acquiring new cruisers from the Ohio State Patrol to replace the old units.
Monday night was also the last council meeting for several council members. For Kenton 2nd Ward, Charlene Hilty, Kenton 4th Ward Carl McCullough and Council at large BJ Hall. All three reflected on their time on the council.
"I'm gonna miss it. I'm going to miss being here on council. I've worked with some mighty fine people here. However, I'm looking forward to two years down the road. I will be back." said Hall.
"Being on here for the past ten years I don't think I'll miss it until the next meeting. The biggest thing I'm going to miss is being on the Grove Cemetery Board. We've had a great time, and everything seems to be going real well, and you don't know what isn't going real well when it isn't, so that is a testiment to the people who serve on this council and administration." said McCullough.
"[I'm going to miss] a lot of things. I can't think of anything in particular but I just enjoyed every minute of it. Truthfully. Over the years I've served with a lot of council members that were very good and several Mayors as well. I always enjoyed it. They always were here for the right thing, which is to make the best for the city of Kenton. I hope people appreciate that because that's what we are here for. To make everything right for the city of Kenton." said Hilty.
After the meeting, new and returning council members were sworn in to their new positions.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on January 13th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.


Lady Wildcats Move to .500 By Blasting River Valley

The Kenton Lady Wildcats improved to 4-4 on the season with a convincing 58-35 win over River Valley on Monday.



The Cats held the Vikings to 24 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers as they rolled to the easy victory.


Brooke Bostelman had 23 points and 8 rebounds for Kenton while Chyenne Hedges added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Megan Webb and Caitlin Johnson also had 11 rebounds a piece for the Lady Wildcats.


River Valley (2-7) was led in scoring by Kendall Stuckman's 17 points.


Hedges was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


Kenton Man Facing a Charge of Inducing Panic

An elderly Kenton man is facing a charge of inducing panic after allegedly telling a clerk at Dollar General he was buying ingredients to make a bomb.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 75 year old Lonnie Schreckengost told the clerk he wanted to place the bomb under his drug dealing neighbors house to get rid of him.

After an investigation, police determined that Schreckengost did not pose a credible threat, and he was cited for the offense of inducing panic.

Schreckengost is scheduled to be in Hardin County Muncipal Court Thursday afternoon.


Items Stolen in Weekend Breaking and Entering Incident

Several items were stolen after someone broke into a home on East Street over the weekend.

According to that report, the incident was reported Sunday and occurred while the resident was away from home during the overnight.

No dollar amount was listed for the missing property, and the case is under investigation.


Kenton Business Broken Into

A breaking and entering occurred at the Murphy USA gas station Friday.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the business Friday morning.

A window on the attendants entry door was smashed to gain entry.

The suspect made off with 81 cartons of cigarettes, valued at over $4500.

The incident is under investigation.


Kenton Grads Offer Advice To High School Students

An alumni reception was held at the Kenton High School Friday for Kenton graduates currently attending college.


The purpose of which was to speak with current Juniors and Seniors about changes that will be coming for them in the next years. A panel of eight alumni members met with the students.


Kenton High School Guidance Counselor Amy Kohl said that the insight that the recent graduates can offer students is beneficial toward understanding life after high school, "Many of the college graduates talked about how students have to manage their time wisely. That they definitely have to study, go to the professor for questions, make sure that they are prepared ahead of time, and I think it went very well. I think they gave some great advice, and I think our students here at the high school were very respectful and listened well, so hopefully they'll take the advice."


Kohl said that the school tries to hold a panel discussion on this subject every couple of years.


Kenton Falls to St. Mary's in WBL Opener

St. Marys pulled away late to top Kenton 56-42 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play on Friday.
The Roughriders led 36-34 after 3 quarters but outscored the Cats 20-8 over the final 8 minutes to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Isaac Fitzgerald led the Riders with 20 points while Kenton (1-1 overall, 0-1 WBL) got 11 points & 9 rebounds from Austin Phillips and 10 points & 5 rebounds from Colyn Blackford.
Phillips & Blackford were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.


United Way Inches Closer To Goal

Dave Sturgeon, Campaign Co-Chair, Eric Rudasill, Human
Resource from Precision Strip and Hannah Derr, Campaign Co-Chair.  Precision Strip donated $19,954.00 this year.  They are up from $15,000.00 last year.


The United Way of Hardin County that total pledges to date come to $198,968.94 or 94% of goal.


Here are the totals by division: 


Special Gifts-$14,705.50 or 105%,


Agriculture-$7,295.00 or 97%,


F.I.R.E.-$12,595.00 or 97%,


Professional-$15,584.86 or 67%,


Retail-$6,831.00 or 85%,


Government-$2,154.00 or 23%,


Industry-$112,591.32 or 104% of goal.


Education-$10,546.00 or 87%,


Out of County-$11,017.65 or 72%


Special Events holding at $5,628.61 or 187%.


Kenton Boys Tip Off WBL Basketball Schedule Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats begin Western Buckeye League play tonight when they travel to St. Marys.


The Wildcats opened their season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Riverdale on Wednesday. Austin Phillips, Matt Bahr, Grant Sherman and Colyn Blackford each scored in double figures for Kenton as it rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Riverdale 79 to 71.


Tonight the Cats travel to St. Marys to meet a Roughrider team that has struggled out of the gate this season. The Riders are 1 and 3 on the year and are 0 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League as they dropped a 62 to 49 decision to Shawnee last week.


WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from St. Marys with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Man Escapes Injury in Wednesday Accident

A Dola man escaped injury in an accident that occurred late Wednesday morning.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 34 year old Kevin Purdy was driving a truck pulling a trailer loaded with a bobcat, east on State Route 309 when the the trailer hitch broke.
After travelling left and back into the correct lane, the trailer broke loose and swung around striking the truck on the driver's side.

The truck and trailer ended up off the road, while the bobcat fell off the trailer and landed in the eastbound lane.

Heavy damage occurred, and the accident remains under investigation.


Kenton Rallies To Defeat Riverdale

Kenton rallied from 11 points down in the 4th quarter to defeat Riverdale 79-71 on Wednesday.
The Falcons (3-2) led 60-49 after 3 quarters but the Cats stormed back to win their season opener.
Austin Phillips had 20 points & 19 rebounds for Kenton while Matt Bahr scored 16, Grant Sherman added 13 & Colyn Blackford scored 10.
Riverdale got 28 points from Jimmy Fox while Chad Pever scored 19 & Lee Holderman had 14.
Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game


Barn in Hepburn Destroyed By Fire

The Mt. Victory Fire Department was called to the scene of a structure fire in the village of Hepburn Wednesday. According to information provided by the department, crews were dispatched to a structure fire at 13585 Station Street in Hepburn just after 3pm Tuesday afternoon. The property is owned by Wayne Field and rented by Lonnie Mercer. Upon arrival, crews found a barn totally engulfed in flames. The fire also spread to an adjacent garage and house, both of which received damage.
The barn was totally destroyed, but the other structures received minor damage. No one was hurt in the fire. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire which remains undetermined at this point.


Secret Donor Pays Off $25K in Bellefontaine Layaway Bills



BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An anonymous donor is making the holidays merrier for shoppers with Christmas gifts on layaway at an Ohio store.
The Springfield News-Sun and WHIO-TV report that a man provided $25,000 in gift cards to pay off more than 100 layaway accounts at a Walmart in Bellefontaine, 50 miles northwest of Columbus. The donations went toward accounts that included toys and already were partly paid.
One lucky shopper, Stefanie Evans, says she has eight children to gets gifts for and can't put her gratitude into words.
The store manager says some customers who benefited from the generosity decided to pay it forward by making payments toward other layaway accounts.
The manager says employees believe the donor is a man who paid off a similar amount for layaway accounts last year.


Arlington Girls Roll Past Ada

Arlington moved to 6-1 with a 65-42 win over Ada in girls basketball play Tuesday.
Haley Dillon had 14 points for the Red Devils while Sierra Nichols added 13 and Dani Heaster scored 11. Ada, which falls to 3-2, got 12 points from Tori Wyss.


A Week of Basketball on WKTN Tips Off Tonight.

Back to back nights of basketball will be featured on WKTN tonight and tomorrow. Two of the top area girls basketball teams will square off tonight when the Ada Bulldogs host the Arlington Red Devils. Arlington has won its last two games and brings a five and one mark into the contest. The Bulldogs had their three game winning streak snapped in their last time out and are three and one of the year.
On Wednesday night, the Kenton Wildcats will begin their 2013-14 season when they travel to Riverdale. This is the first of three straight road games to open the season for the Wildcats, who are looking to build on the last season’s 13 and 10 record. They will be tested tonight by a Falcon team that is three and one on the season and is averaging 70 points a game. 
WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame shows beginning around 7:30pm both nights.


Five Arrested By Crime Task Force

The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at 114 W Railroad St. in the Village of McGuffey on December 12th.

As a result of the search warrant numerous stolen items were retrieved along with heroin, cocaine and illegal prescription pills. This was a result of an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the Crime Task Force with assistance from Hardin County Community Corrections.


Five individuals were taken into custody at the time of the incident. All five adults, identified as Jessica Donnal, Max Ellcessor, Tara Harpel, Benjamin Sheets and Thomas Dunson, either have charges pending or were taken into custody on probation violations.


The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Hardin County Prosecutor's Office and the Hardin County Community Corrections Department.


Jessica Donnal


Max Ellcessor


Tara Harpel


Benjamin Sheets


Thomas Dunson


Snow and Ice Lead To Multiple Weekend Crashes

Slippery roads Saturday led to numerous mishaps around Hardin County.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office reports:


.Just before 8 Saturday morning, 40 year old Nathan Walters lost control of his vehicle while travelling west on State Route 309. The vehicle ended up off the road and struck a highway sign.


.At around 2:40 Saturday afternoon, a vehicle operated by 69 year old Roger Stober ended up off County Road 144 and struck a utility pole.


.Just before 5 in the evening, 36 year old Oscar Ovidio lost control of his vehicle and ended up off of County Road 110. The vehicle first struck a tree and came to rest after striking the porch of a house.


.Then around 5:30 Saturday evening, 43 year old Paul Defibaugh lost control of his vehicle while travelling north on County Road 155 near U.S. 68. The vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.


In all cases, heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, but there were no injuries.


Ohio Gas Prices Lower To Start Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are down in Ohio to start the work week.
The average Monday morning was $3.12 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 12 cents from last week.
Some stations around the state were even below the $3 mark. Healthy production, lower demand and other factors are keeping prices lower this month.
The national average Monday was $3.23, down 3 cents from last week.
The Ohio average is 9 cents lower than a month ago, and 6 cents lower than this time last year.


Sunday Morning Church Cancellations

Sunday Morning Cancellations: As of 9pm Saturday Night
Ridgeway Church of Christ Sunday Services Cancelled
Blanchard River Church of Christ, all services and activities for Sunday cancelled


New Holiday Decoration in Downtown Kenton



Have you noticed the Snowflakes on Main and Detroit Streets this holiday season?  The Historic Courthouse District, a division of The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, purchased six LED snowflake lights to adorn the light poles on the east and west sides of the downtown square.
The efforts to enhance Kenton’s Historic Courthouse District started this summer with the large industrial flower pots. The flower pots were a collaboration with the city of Kenton and a Hardin County Community Foundation grant that was awarded in May. The HCD funded the flowers and décor that went into the flower pots. Also, DJ’s Hauling generously donated the dirt, topsoil and labor. The HCD additionally purchased the tall whimsical pumpkins that were on the courthouse lawn this fall.
The snowflakes have already received attention from several surrounding counties as they would like to duplicate the HCD’s efforts in their hometowns. The snowflakes were ordered from Bronner’s, a company that specializes in Christmas and holiday displays.

The HCD goal is to add additional snowflakes in the future. For more information about this project, please contact the HCD/Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance at 419-673-4131 or alliance@hardinohio.org.


United Way at 85%

Stephanie Temple, Hannah Derr, Barb Winzenried and Jane Baker holding the sign of the different division totals.


The United Way of Hardin County has announced that they are closing in on their 2013 campaign goal.


Total pledges to date come to $178,808, which is 85% of the goal.


By division:


Special Gifts $14,633.50 or 104%


Agriculture is $7,245.00 or 96%


FIRE is $12,595.00 or 119%


Professional is at $15,534.86 or 67%


Retail is at $6,831.00 or 85% of goal


Government is at $2,154.00 or 23%


Industry is at $92,602.32 or 85% of goal


Education is $10,546.00 or 87% of goal


Out of County is $11,546.00 or 72% of the goal


Special Events, which were the football drop and the four


Dine Ins brought us $5,628.61 which is 187% of our goal.


Fire Damages Building in Forest

The Forest Fire Department was dispatched to a fire early this morning.

Complete details are not available at this time, but the fire occurred at an apartment complex at 612 Chestnut Street in the village.

The 9-1-1 call came in just before three this morning.
The Kenton Fire Department provided mutual assistance.


Roll Over Crash Injures One Person

One person was injured in a one vehicle roll over crash around four Thursday afternoon.

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office report is incomplete, but we were told the crash occurred in the 10,000 block of State Route 701.


Shop With A Cop Set For Saturday

The second annual Shop with a Cop day will be held this Saturday.



Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart says that the program was quite successful last year, and they hope to mimic that success this year.


"We get names of needy children from each of the school districts in the county and we have the parents drop them off at the sheriff's office Saturday morning, and we take them out to local stores. They purchase presents for their entire family using money that is donated for this program, and afterwards they come back to the office where volunteers help them wrap the family presents. Also Santa will make an appearance and he will have a present for each child in the program." said Everhart.


This year is the second year for the project, and it is hoped that the project will be able to continue in Hardin County for many years to come.


"The Hardin County Community has been so supportive of this project. This year we received over $4700.00 in donations which goes directly to Shop with a Cop. No tax dollars are used on this project, it is run entirely on donations. Many businesses have provided food or money to take the kids shopping. There has been a great response throughout Hardin County." said Everhart.


Everhart said that the deputies enjoy the experience as much as the kids do.


"A lot of them request the day off so they can particiapte in the Shop with a Cop program. In my 20 years, last year was perhaps the best experience I've ever had in law enforcement and many of my deputies felt the same. We have no doubt that it will be like that again this year." said Everhart.


The program will be from 9am till 2pm on Saturday and if anyone would like to contribute to the program, they can contact the sheriff's office for more information.


Local Church Helping KCS With Backpack Program


A local church is teaming with the Kenton City Schools to implement the Backpack Program.

The Central Church of Christ in Kenton is helping with the project, and for the complete discussion with School Nurse Brenda

Jennings, along with Pastor Willis Moe, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Upper Scioto Valley Girls Roll Past Ridgemont

Upper Scioto Valley jumped out to a 25-4 lead after 1 quarter and never look back on their way to an 81-21 victory.
Five players scored in double figures for the Rams (3-2), with Brittany Holbrook scoring 18, Shelby Spradlin 15, Shelby Carroll 12, Torey Thacker 11 & Bree Mullins 10.
Ridgemont (2-3) got 8 points from Aislinn McCullough


Quest Federal Credit Union Expanding to Wyandot County



Kenton, Oh – Quest Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Kenton, Ohio is pleased to announce that they have requested and been granted permission by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to expand their community charter to include Wyandot County. 


The NCUA is the regulatory agency for Federal Credit Unions and has a stringent process that each credit union must go through to request and receive expansion capabilities.  Quest currently serves those who live, work, worship, attend school or are affiliated with businesses and organizations in Hardin and Logan Counties and are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Wyandot community.


Quest operates 4 branches in Kenton, Ada and Bellefontaine and will be expanding to the Indian Lake area within the next 24 months.  Quest manages $85 million in assets with 12,500 members while offering a complete line of consumer financial products and services including loans, deposit accounts, online banking with a mobile app, electronic services for families and businesses as well as agricultural lending and account servicing. 


Matthew Jennings, CEO of Quest commented “We are very proud of our credit union and what we have been able to accomplish starting out with a small group of employees at the Kenton Rockwell Plant in 1969 to where we are today, serving 3 communities with 4 branch locations and over 30 employees.  Our credit union is a model for cooperative financial services, our board of directors are community members who volunteer their expertise and our staff are all local people who live in our communities.  Wyandot County is very similar to Hardin and Logan in that all three counties are rural, agricultural communities with a scattering of smaller towns and villages, good school systems and hardworking people.  At Quest, we want to offer our friends and neighbors a low cost or free banking alternative to help improve their quality of life and to assist them in realizing their dreams.” 


“We are excited to come to Wyandot County and will be looking for locations to deploy ATM’s with an eye on having a branch facility in the area as soon as it is fiscally responsible” commented Dick Wilcox, Board President.  “We would like to welcome the community to our credit union and hope to prove that we provide the best service experience you can hope for in a financial institution” continued Wilcox. 


Jennings added “Credit Unions are built on cooperative principles of people helping people, savers save and borrowers borrow and together we can offer each other a better deal and a leg up as compared to some of our competitors.  We hope that you visit us soon; you can apply for membership online and begin benefiting from membership immediately.”


Quest Federal Credit Union can be contacted at 800.333.9571 or visit us online at www.questfcu.com “Explore the Possibilities”


Ridgemont Vs. USV in Girl's Basketball Tonight

Ridgemont and Upper Scioto Valley will meet tonight in girls basketball action.


Both teams come in with 2 and 2 records. The Golden Gophers dropped their 1st two games of the season by a combined 68 points but have bounced back nicely. Ridgemont won its last 2 games by a total of 70 points, including a 76 to 38 win over Mansfield Temple Christian on Saturday. Aislinn McCullough paced the Gophers with 26 points in the win.


The Rams have taken the more traditional route to their break-even mark. Upper Scioto Valley has alternated wins and losses this season, posting a 52 to 41 win over Cory-Rawson on Saturday in their last outing. Shelby Spradlin led the Rams with 16 points and is one of three players who averages double figures for Upper Scioto Valley.


WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Ridgemont, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Deal Will Keep Ohio Tank Plant Running

The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. Photo by CNN


LIMA, Ohio (AP) - U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.


The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week. It means Abrams tanks will continue to roll off the line at the nation's only tank manufacturing plant, in Lima (LY'-mah), about 80 miles south of Toledo.


The money for the tank plant will come against the wishes of the Obama administration, which for the past two years has asked Congress not to spend any money to refurbish the M1A1 Abrams battle tank.


Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman supported keeping the plant operating.


Kenton Grad Making Waves in Nashville

Photo from Brenna Gentry
A 2000 graduate of Kenton High School has been making her mark on the music scene in Nashville Tennessee. Heidi Burson has recently made some waves on the Nashville music scene, performing in various clubs and festivals in Nashville and elsewhere. Burson, the daughter of former Kenton music teacher Phil Burson, is a singer/songwriter who focuses on R&B and Soul music, a genre that she has had a particular fondness for, for most of her life.
“Growing up the kind of music I listened to, especially with my father, there was an array of different artists that we would hear on the radio when we were in the car. I've always been drawn to old school R&B and Soul music, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, pretty much anyone who came through the Stacks Recording Studio during the Civil Rights Movement” said Burson.
Heidi Burson with the members of her band. From L-R: James Scott- guitar, Heidi Burson- piano/vocals, Todd Martz- percussion, Frank Reynolds- bass
Burson attended Belmont University when she arrived in Nashville, but also performed in coffee shops and clubs while she could to get exposure for her work. In fact, this is how she was able to form her current band members together.
“I was out one night singing karaoke somewhere and a friend of a friend called her boyfriend, who is my drummer Todd Martz, to come and hear me because he had been talking about wanting to start up a band, and was in between bands. He's like me, really into soul and R&B music. He came and heard me sing, and it just kind of went from there, he knew the bass player and guitar player, and we all got together one night, and it just took off from there. The next thing I know they're learning my originals and putting their own flair on everything and kind of molded it into what you hear today.” said Burson.
Along the way, Burson said she has had the opportunity to perform with many interesting people in the world of music. But none was as memorable as a performance she had earlier this year with her father, Phil Burson.
“He and my Mom were down over Labor Day weekend. They came down to visit and I had a show that weekend and I wanted him to come up and play drums on one of the songs, and sure enough we invited him up there and he rocked it out. It was so awesome. For the guys in my band, it was an honor for them to play with someone who they know is such a huge musical influence in my life. He did a great job.” said Burson.
Photo by Gringo Media, Memphis
The music industry is a difficult profession to get into, let along be successful at, but Burson encourages anyone who has a drive for music to just get out and do it.
“Just get out there and do it. Don't try to follow any rules in the rule book, which may sound like it's against everything you've ever been told but the most important thing you can do is just be out there for everyone to see you. Every chance you get to play in front of people, take it. There have been many nights that I just did some random coffee shop somewhere just sitting by myself with a keyboard and I might end up selling ten CD's that night. That's $100.00 so your end result is to be able to make a living doing what you love, and my ultimate goal is to quit my job because my music is paying my bills. So I would say to anyone, don't let anything get in your way, just get out there and do it. Don't make excuses and be willing to hear the word no, and try again next time because that's going to happen a lot too.” said Burson. 
For more information about Heidi Burson, her band and her albums, visit Heidi Burson.com.


Riverdale Girls Roll Over Upper Sandusky

Riverdale made 9 three-pointers and forced 23 turnovers as it defeated Upper Sandusky 56-34 in North Central Conference girls basketball play on Tuesday.
Sydney Holderman had 19 points for the Falcons (4-1 overall, 2-0 overall) while Jordan Wright added 17.
Taylor Graboski led the Rams (2-3, 1-1) with 11 points, 11 rebounds & 2 blocks


Mistletoe Ball A Success


Mistletoe Ball committee member, Charlotte Gatien, greets Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Sharon Good at the Annual Hardin Memorial Foundation Mistletoe Ball. 



The ball is the hospital’s annual fundraising event and was held on December 7 at the Hardin County Armory.  The event raised over $50,000 to benefit the renovation project of the Emergency Department.  The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales, and the traditional silent and live auctions held that evening.  Linda Smith, Ball Chairperson, stated “This year’s Ball was outstanding - it was a sold out event and our goal of $50,000 was met.  Thank you to all who supported us in any way.”


Riverdale Girls Take On Upper Sandusky Tonight

The Riverdale Lady Falcons travel to Upper Sandusky tonight to take on the Rams.
Tonight’s game will feature a clash in styles. The Rams revolve around 6-foot 2-inch senior Taylor Graboski, who will be playing volleyball at Valparaiso next year. She scored 37 points in Upper Sandusky’s 66 to 32 win over Crestline on Friday.
The balanced Falcons rely on athleticism and quickness. Four players scored in double figures on Friday as Riverdale posted a 59-56 win over Bucyrus in overtime.
Both teams are 1 and 0 in the North Central Conference, while the Falcons are 3 and 1 overall and the Rams are 2 and 2. The game will be broadcast live on WKTN, with the pregame show beginning around 7:30pm.


Icy Roads Blamed For Monday Morning Crashes

Slippery road conditions Monday morning led to several mishaps in Hardin County.

In at least two crashes, heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, but there were no injuries.

At around 6:30 Monday morning, Brenda Boecher, of Kenton, was travelling east on Township Road 180 and tapped her brakes after seeing a deer at the side of the road. Due to the icy conditions, Boecher lost control of her car, and it ended up off the south side of the road where it struck a power pole.



Just before eight Monday morning, 16 year old Austin Windle lost control of the car he was driving while travelling east on County Road 30. After travelling off the south side of the road, the car overturned, and came to rest in a field.


Kenton City Council Begins Process To Vacate Two Alleys

The Kenton City Council moved to begin vacating two alleyways in the city.  


The two alleys in question are between 404 and 406 N. Ida Street and part of an alley near the Masonic Lodge on North Main Street. Petitions were submitted to the council to have those alleys vacated. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that no utilities were in those areas so there would be no problems with vacating the alleys. The council moved to begin that process.


Resident Barry Fries spoke to the council, posing several questions in regards to the water study that the council received earlier this fall. Council President Joel Althauser and the administration stated that the study will be used in the next year as improvements are planned on the city water systems. He also asked if the Community Development Consultant would be funded in the next year's budget and was told yes, it would be.


The council went into two executive sessions, one to discuss labor negotiations, and the second to interview candidates to fill the open 4th Ward Council position. After interviewing candidates, the council moved to appoint Nicole Fay to the position, and she stated she was looking forward to serving on the council in the next year.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 23rd 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.


Kenton School's Board of Education Meets

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met Monday night.


The Board got a progress report on the new elementary school building project from Garmann Miller's Jason Fleming. He said when it comes to temporary enclosure, the construction company, Mosser Construction, is ahead of schedule by a few days, "It was supposed to be done by the 16th, and they plan on meeting that milestone by Friday, so a few days ahead of schedule, but just on that milestone. They're looking good as far as the schedule goes, and quality is looking really good out there."


Also last night, the Board tabled a resolution that would authorize the superintendent to sign a contract with Choice One Engineering in the amount of $51,265 as a consultant for the Morningside Drive extension at the elementary site. It was tabled based on concerns raised by Board Member Mark Watkins, "There's still an issue of finalizing the land access that we don't own at this point."


Watkins was concerned that the district would be obligated to pay the amount even if an agreement with the landowner fell through. Board Member Tom Brim stated that he would work to secure a signed agreement with the land owner soon, so that the measure could be acted on by the next next meeting.


The Board did pass a resolution authorizing the superintendent to enter into an agreement with Mosser Construction for the construction of a 20 foot stone access road from the new elementary school to the existing high school, which will connect to Harding Avenue. That is a cost of $72,241, which includes $34,127 of co-funded cost and $38,114 of LFI cost that is the Board's responsibility to pay.


Also last night, the Board heard from Mike Styer, who expressed concerns about the High School Boy's Soccer Program, and given the lack of success over the years why no change has occurred for the coach's position. One question that Styer posed to the Board was, "What exactly are the guidelines by which our athletic director evaluates the currant coaches?"


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski stated though that the Athletic Director does conduct coach evaluations, "What we did this year though, based on last year's evaluations and the process that had been used, was we changed the format of the evaluations. because we weren't sure that it had the depth and the actual how to coach a coach to be better if you will, so just to clarify, I want to make sure that you understand that our athletic director has been evaluating coaches, at least as long as we've had the athletic committee and I've been here. Prior to that, I can't speak to."


Board Member Mark McCullough said the matter would be discussed further at this week's extra-curricular committee meeting.


Mark Watkins was named President Pro Tem, and the reorganizational meeting and next regular meeting was set for January 6.


Minutes of Fairboard Meeting Released

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 7th at the fair office with 17 board members and several guests present.


President, Bob Fish read nine letters of interest for the 3 new Director-at-Large positions. Directors voted and the results are Tom King, Pleasant township; Corey Ledley, Hale township and Mark Garmon, Jackson

Don Spar moved to approve the minutes, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.


Financial reports were reviewed; Bob McBride moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.

Bills were presented to pay; Mike Kleman moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.


Committee reports were:
 • Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
  . Don Spar moved to approve the 2013-2014 budget, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried.               â–ª Don Spar moved to give employee bonuses at the January meeting, 2nd by Mike Kleman
     motion carried.
  . Don Spar moved to set the Consignment Sale for March 8, 2014 at 9:00am with a $3000
     advertising budget, 2nd by Jeff Madison, motion carried.
 • Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
  . Howard Lyle moved to trade in the lawnmower, 2nd by Justin Beale, motion carried.
  . Janie Seiler moved to have Jim Smith start construction on a new Jr Fairboard office
     in the machinery building, 2nd by Kerry James, motion carried.
  . Next grounds committee meeting is Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
 • Camping committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
  . Nothing to report.
 • Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
  .  Mike Kleman moved to sign a contract with the Hardin County Tractor Pullers for the truck
     and tractor pulls for the 2014 Hardin County Fair, 2nd by Howard Lyle, motion carried.
 • Livestock committees:
  . Don Spar moved to purchase the Showorks software package for large fairs with the auction
    companion, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried.
  . Livestock Sale Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 15th @ 7:00pm in the fair
    office and the livestock committees will meet at 7:30pm.
• Rides & Concessions committee – Janie Seiler, chairman
  . Nothing to report.
 • Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
  . Trophy donation letters will be sent out next week.

â–ª Other Committees:
  . Nothing to report.
 • Old Business:
  â–ª OFMA Convention on January 9th-12th, 2014.

 • New Business:

. Next Fairboard meeting will be January 4th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.

 Corey Ledley moved to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Charlie McCullough, motion carried.


Kenton Woman Injured in Weekend Crash

An accident occurred Saturday morning in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department Report, at around 10:20am, a Honda Civic driven by Kathryn Jones of Kenton was southbound on Jacob Parrot Blvd as she started the brake. Jones then lost control of her vehicle sliding off the east side of the road into the boulevard striking a tree. Her vehicle spun around crossing the west side of the road striking a phone box then coming to rest.


Jones was transported by BKP to Hardin Memorial Hospital.


Jones was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.


2013 ARC Auction a Success



The Annual ARC Auction held Sunday at Simon Kenton School was a success.


Superintendent Mark Kieffer gives us the amount raised, "The auction sales were $7986, just under $8000, and our kitchen sales was $446. This was down a bit from last years, but last year was a bumper year, and this is pretty much in line with what we've done the last couple of years prior to that, and we sure consider it a huge success."


He said they appreciate all of the donations that make the auction a success, "From the business community, and they come through for us every year. Obviously we appreciate our bidders, who we counldn't;t do it without them, and our auctioneers. They did a great job again this year, Marvin Ford, Cliff Wynegar, Henry Eastman, and new for us last year was Harley Jackson and his son Hal Jackson. Hal is a young man who's just starting out as an auctioneer, and they both did a tremendous job helping out Marvin, Cliff and Henry, who have been with us they whole 24 years."


And where do the proceeds go?, "They go towards the many activities that Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries, some extracurricular activities, some additional supplies, and what I think is the most important fund, we have a special needs fund, which helps out parents who have children with disabilities and have undo expenses such as many hospital visits and that type of thing, and we try to help out the parents with some of those unforseen expenses do to their child's disability."


Kieffer added that they started the auction day Sunday by recognizing Pat Evans, "Patty is retiring from working at Simon Kenton School after 30 years, and she has been a big worker to helping organize and keep straight the auction for the last 24 years, so we recognized her at the beginning of the auction."


Ohio Gas Prices Shoot Back Up To Start Week


The average Monday morning was $3.24 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime higher than at this time last week.
Thanks to healthy production, lower demand and other factors, some stations around the state had dropped below $3 briefly during the middle of last week. But the low price didn't stick.
The national average Monday was $3.26, down a penny from last week.
The Ohio average is 13 cents higher than a month ago, but 13 cents lower than a year ago.


WKTN Salutes Espy December Students of the Month

Dennis Beverly stands with, from left to right, 5th graders Karlee Judy and Megan Horner and 4th graders Chelsea Kalb and Marissa Marling.


Listen Tuesday through Friday this week to the Oldies For Lunch Hour as WKTN salutes December's Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School.

A different student will introduce a song each day on the show!


Three Arrested Following Robbery in Kenton

Three people were arrested Friday night in connection to a robbery in Kenton.

According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Robinson Avenue to investigate a report of a robbery.


Details are still sketchy as the report is incomplete, but three people, identified as Aaron Michael Prater, Clinton James Spires and Adam Retterer, all of Kenton, were arrested.


The three were each charged with Aggravated Burglary.


KHS Cheerleaders Perform In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

If you watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last week you might have seen several Kenton High School Seniors perform in the parade.
Kenton High School Senior Cheerleaders Maggie Kimmel, Brandi Barrett, Kaleb Howard, Emily Baird and Kristen Wormley marched in this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as members of the Universal Cheerleaders Association performance. Kimmel said that the opportunity was open only to High School Seniors and came about through their participation in cheerleading camps over the past few years.
“They partner with Spirit of America and Varsity Performance and they give the opportunity to all senior cheerleading captains who participate in their camps to go to the parade...they sent us a DVD which had all the routines on it, and we were supposed to watch and work on the routines leading up to the parade itself, plus we had four hours of rehearsals in the days leading up to the parade itself while in New York.” said Kimmel.
While in New York, the seniors had many opportunities to see the sights that the city had to offer, but as Emily Baird explained they also had to endure grueling workouts each day leading up to the parade itself.
“Sunday in particular we had nine to ten hours of practice on Sunday. We'd have practice in the morning and then a short break and have practice again at night.” said Baird.
However the overall consensus among the seniors was that it was a great experience that would last a lifetime.
"It was just a fun experience to be in the parade and to be in it with your best friends who have all come up with you over the years. To be able to cheer and meet new people, it was just a really fun experience." said Wormley.
"Walking the parade route, everyone was so excited to see you. It didn't matter if it was a little kid or an elderly person; everyone was so excited to see you, wanted to cheer with you and wanted you to see them. It kind of made you feel like a superstar." said Barrett and Howard.


New Director Named at Hardin County Council on Aging



The woman who has served as the Interim Director of the Hardin County Council on Aging was named the new Director of the Agency.


Betty Bibler was named Interim Director in September of this year, and Board President Bill Van Scoy said today that based on her performance in that role, the Board felt she was the right choice as Director. He praised her hard work in the transitional period.

Bibler herself was excited about the opportunity, "I'm enjoying every bit of it so far. The employees and all the clients have been great, and it's just fun to be here."


She said she is settling into her new role, and adds that the future is bright for the Council on Aging, "We're hoping that the next year will show growth in both the Senior Center and Adult Day Care, and people will just come to have the fun that we're having as a group here now."


Shoppers Urged To Use Caution This Season




Residents are reminded to use caution when shopping this Holiday Season.


Kenton Police John Vermilion said one tip to avoid being a victim of a crime is to empty your vehicle as soon as you get home, "They get side tracked and tired having being out shopping or working. They park either in front of their house or pull into their driveway. They go inside and decide to come back out later and carry everything into the house, but they get side tracked and forget, and your car is again a target."


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


Hardin Central School Honored For Academic Achievement

Hardin Central School has been named a High Progress School of Honor by the State of Ohio.
Dr. Richard Ross, State School Superintendent presents the award to Hardin Central. Pictured (L-R) Kenton Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski, Dr. Ross, Hardin Central Principal Julie Simmons, Teacher Annette Ansley, Fifth Grade Student Mary Heilman, and Fourth Grade Student Chloe Anderson.
To become a High Progress School of Honor, a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible school with at least 40% of its students eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Additionally, the schools must rank in the top ten percent for gains in proficiency, and must have an Annual Measurable Objectives Grade of C or higher and met or exceeded Ohio's value-added measure for the last three years.
Dr. Ross meets with student Christian Rogers.
Dr. Richard Ross, the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Ohio met with the faculty, staff and students of Hardin Central School to congratulate them for meeting all the objectives necessary for such an honor. Dr. Ross said that it was important to recognize outstanding achievement in the schools in addition to solving issues.
In particular, Dr. Ross noted that the collaboration between the different grade levels, as well as the volunteers, staff, and school faculty is key towards success in the school systems.
Dr. Ross also presented the school with a banner celebrating their achievements.


Lady Wildcats Find Success in WBL Opener

The Kenton Lady Wildcats won their Western Buckeye League opener on Thursday.
Tipoff of the Kenton Girls Game Vs Defiance Thursday night.
The Cats trailed Defiance 18-11 midway through the 2nd quarter but scored the final 14 points of the first half to take a 27-20 lead at halftime. That was all the cushion Kenton would need as the Cats cruised over the final two quarters en route to a 52-44 victory over the Bulldogs.
Brooke Bostelman led all scorers with 30 points for Kenton while Cheyenne Hedges added 8 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who are 2 and 2 overall and 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League. Defiance falls to 0 and 3 overall and 0 and 1 in league play.
The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they host Marysville.


Ada Police Department Recognized For S.A.F.E.R. Program

According to Chief Harnishfeger, Ada’s own S.A.F.E.R. Program (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) will also be featured in the next ODPS “A SAFER Ohio” Magazine.
Chief Harnishfeger advised that when he received the
notification of the award, he was told that this is a fitting inaugural award as the State of Ohio is “just now doing something that Ada has been doing for 12 years”.
S.A.F.E.R. was invented and initiated in Ada, Ohio in 2001 following the attacks of 9/11 in an effort to “Seek Aid From Every Resident”.  According to Chief Harnishfeger our S.A.F.E.R. Program has been instrumental in a number of criminal investigations and general quality of life issues as we partner with our residents to keep Ada a SAFER community.
As a way to keep our commitment for a SAFER community strong, many of the departments’ initiatives are centered on the S.A.F.E.R. Program.  As people enter the Village of Ada they are greeted by signs declaring Ada a S.A.F.E.R. Community; our youth educational programs are called S.A.F.E.R. Kids Programs; crime alerts are called S.A.F.E.R. Alerts; tips to our police are called S.A.F.E.R. Tips and most importantly, knowing the importance of community coalitions, our S.A.F.E.R. Committee is made up of law enforcement personnel, community residents, Ohio Northern University officials, Ada School officials, local government and business concerns.
To encourage and reward our S.A.F.E.R. contributors, the Wilson Football Company, a S.A.F.E.R. Committee Member, contributes NFL Footballs with the S.A.F.E.R. Logo to our award recipients.  Since 2002 approximately 17 people or organizations have earned a S.A.F.E.R. Award.
The S.A.F.E.R. Project was named the Ohio Community Policing Strategy of the Year in 2003 by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and an award finalist for the national Government Security News Community Policing Initiative in


American Red Cross Introduces West Central Ohio Chapter

[TOLEDO, OHIO] Tuesday, December, 3, 2013,— The local chapter of the American Red Cross is altering the name of the Allen County Chapter to the West Central Ohio Chapter.


In addition to the name change, the chapter combined valuable resources throughout the seven county territory, while continuing to provide vital Red Cross programs and services.

“This switch is a reflection of the ongoing transformation of the national organization,” said David Collins, executive director of the newly named chapter. “We serve much more than Allen County and the new name seemed more fitting of our service delivery area.”


The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio serves Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties. A community chapter executive maintains office space and emergency response assets in each county served by the chapter. Community executives ensure the Red Cross is ready to provide compassionate care to those affected by local disasters, to teach lifesaving health and safety skills, and to provide assistance to members of the armed forces and their families. The contact numbers and locations of the current offices will remain the same.


“There is no elimination of staff positions with this transition,” affirms Collins, “We are improving the way we’re doing business to serve our clients in a more efficient and focused manner.”

Administration of a variety of back office functions are supported by staff in the chapter office located in Lima as well as the regional office in Toledo. Volunteers continue to be essential for delivering programs and services, supplementing office hours, and providing leadership and advocacy. In addition, funds raised by the American Red Cross of West Central Ohio will continue to be used locally.


“We are always seeking to improve our service delivery efforts and make the best use of the generous donations provided by our supporters,” says Collins. “We want to provide better services to our local community and to disaster victims like those affected by the heavy storms last weekend. We had four different counties who trained, prepared, and practiced to provide assistance as a team. Because they had already worked together and knew each other, it made the response that much smoother and easier for our clients. That’s the goal we’re striving for with this centralization reorganization.”


The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio office is located at 610 S. Collett Street in Lima. For more information on becoming a volunteer or donating to support the Red Cross response, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

Pictured are the 2013 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Class.
Front row (L-R): Joan Sullinger, Laurie Laird, Bernard Williams
Back Row (L-R): Rex Sullinger, The Franklin Garmon Family (Rowe Garmon, Ruthann Richards, Max Garmon and Audine Koehler) 
Not Pictured: Virginia Williams
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame honored the 2013 class, who were inducted at the eleventh annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet held at St. John’s United Church of Christ last night.  The 2013 inductees were: Franklin Garmon, Laurie Laird, Rex & Joan Sullinger, and Bernard & Virginia Williams.
Accepting the award on behalf of Franklin Garmon was his son, Rowe Garmon.
“The family would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee and the family here tonight for selecting Dad to the Hall of Fame. It’s quite an honor. When we were filling out the forms we didn’t know what to write. We weren’t sure how to answer some of the questions asked so we just did the best we could. We didn’t think it would ever go through so we greatly appreciate it.” said Garmon.
Laurie Laird talked about her early days working in Hardin County Agriculture.
“How I got to where I am today is a long story. It’s not like when I was looking at career choices in the late 60’s at Hardin Northern my guidance counselor said you could be a teacher, a homemaker, or get involved in landscape design and operate two stores. That wasn’t anything that was available to women at that time. So the fact that I do what I do, some might call it luck or fate, but I like to think it’s all a part of God’s master plan for my life…I want to thank you all for this and for your support over the years. It has been a joy and blessing to have been a part of this county.” said Laird.
Rex and Joan Sullinger were inducted as well, and Rex said that it an honor to be counted amongst such outstanding individuals.
“I want to thank everyone for inducting us into the Hall of Fame. It’s great to be inducted into this class, and it’s great to be in the Hall of Fame period. It’s such an honor. When I look around the room at those who have been in the Hall of Fame, sometimes I think I don’t equal up. I’ve always kind of wondered that…all we’ve ever tried to do is just give back a little bit. It’s what God asked us to do and we’ve always tried to do that, so thank you very much.” said Sullinger.
While his wife Virginia couldn’t attend, Bernard Williams accepted the award on behalf of both of them, and he looked back to his years of service in the South Pacific during World War II.
“70 years ago when I was in the jungle in the South Pacific, little did I ever dream I would be participating in something like this. All that was on my mind was trying to stay alive and get back home safe. I guess I’m a survivor, I’m still here anyway. I want to thank each and every one of you. As I look around the room I see a lot of familiar faces and read many more on the program. It’s an awful nice honor to be given to, so I thank you all.” said Williams.
The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry. Because these Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees’ service is vital to Ohio Agriculture and the citizens of our great state, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite has arranged for Senate Commendations for each inductee.  He will deliver these commendations when they are approved and ready from the Ohio Senate.  The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame would like to thank the sponsors who made this banquet possible.  For further information, go to hardin.osu.edu.


Bulldogs Rally Past Rams 52-47

The Ada Bulldogs rallied past Upper Scioto Valley for a 52-47 win in non-league girls basketball action Tuesday.

The Rams (1-2) led for most of the 1st half and held a 27-23 advantage at the half. The game was tied after 3 quarters, but the Bulldogs (2-0) held USV without a field goal for the first 6 minutes of the final period en route to the win.


Alexis Amburgey and Tori Wyss had 15 points each for the Bulldogs while Brittany Holbrook scored 14 and Shelby Spradlin and Shelby Carroll had 13 apiece for USV.


Drivers Escape Injury in Monday Crash

No injuries were reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning on State Route 235 Alger.

According to the Hardin County sheriff's office report, a vehicle operated by Andrew Williams started to turn left while travelling north on 235 at the same time a vehicle being driven by Lester Burkett was in the passing lane. No damage estimate was listed on the report.


The crash remains under investigation.


Ada Plays USV in Girl's Basketball Tonight

The Ada Lady Bulldogs renew their backyard rivalry with Upper Scioto Valley tonight.

The Bulldogs are 1 and 0 on the season. Alexis Amburgey scored 22 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures as Ada opened its season with a 73 to 50 win over Cory-Rawson last week.

The Rams have split their opening two contests, falling to Riverdale before edging Bluffton 52 to 50 last Tuesday. USV used some balanced scoring of its own to top the Pirates as five Rams scored at least 8 points in the win.

WKTN will broadcast the game live tonight, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.


Alliance Enourages Residents to Buy Local First

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance continues to encourage residents to Buy Local First.

As past of the campaign, Anneta Shirk, Director of Chamber and Tourism, said 55 Hardin County businesses signed up to participate in the first ever Buy Local First Holiday Contest.


She said lots of great items will be given away, "The minimum is $25 gift cards, most are giving more than that. They're giving multiple gift cards away. They're giving items from their stores, so we're going to be giving away over $1000 worth of products and gift cards."

Drawings for the prizes will be held on December 12.


Another Vacant House Damaged By Fire

The second vacant structure fire in as many days occurred early Sunday morning.


According to information provided by the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were called out for a vacant house fire at 713 South Main Street in Kenton.


Firefighters were on scene just after 2 a.m. The Kenton Fire Department, upon request, was assisted with mutual aid from Mount Victory Fire Department. Firefighters were on scene for approximately 4 hours.


 All utilities to the home were shut off and the fire department was unable to contact the owner.


The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Gas Prices Down Slightly




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans whose wallets are lighter after a weekend of holiday shopping will at least pay a little less for gas to start the week.
The state average was $3.14 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 11 cents from last week, and it's the first drop in the average price in two weeks.
The Ohio price is 13 cents lower than the national average of $3.27, which is down a penny from a week ago.
The state average is down 14 cents from a month ago, and it's a quarter less than this time last year.


Ohio Monitors Deer For Health, Public Safety



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Employees of Ohio's Division of Wildlife are monitoring deer around the state as deer-gun season opens this week.
The state says studying a sampling of deer can help them make assumptions about the health and age of the deer population. Officials say that translates into better management of the herd through proper setting of hunting limits. The Columbus Dispatch reports that division officials also say too many deer mean more vehicle crashes. Deer also can damage crops, leading to higher prices at the grocery store.
But the state also monitors deer for disease to protect the herd and Ohio's captive deer farms and other livestock.
The gun season beginning Monday runs through Dec. 8. Hunters are expected to kill as many as 90,000 deer.


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