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2014 HMH Health Fair A Success

Dr Phillip Perona speaks with visitor at Health Fair


The Hardin Memorial Hospital Community Health Fair was held today (Wednesday) in the Community Building at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.


Lots of people attended the event for the free screenings, information and door prizes.


HMH Public Relations Director Chris Davis talks with WKTN's Dennis Beverly during Health Fair remote.



The Health Fair hours were from 9am to 2pm, and WKTN broadcast live from 10-1.


Suspect in WalMart Shoplifting Incident Being Sought By Police



A suspect involved in an Easter Sunday shoplifting incident at WalMart in Kenton is being sought by police.

Police released a store surveillance camera image of the suspect and is asking anyone who has information on the suspect to call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.

The man stole merchandise worth nearly $1000 in the evening hours of Easter Sunday April 20 and was last seen leaving in a four door light colored 1990-1993 Honda Accord.




Three Injured in Roll Over Crash Monday Afternoon

Three people were injured in a single vehicle crash Monday afternoon on State Route 195.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 18 year old Aliah Fruchey, of McGuffey, lost control of the car she was driving north on 195.

The car travelled off the left side of the road where it struck the ditch, reentered the roadway where it overturned and ended up spinning off the left side of the road where it came to rest after striking the ditch.

Fruchey was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Two passengers in the car, Melany Vaughn, of McGuffey, and Triston Bruce, of Alger, both 18, were transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Alger EMS.

The car was heavily damaged, and the crash remains under investigation.


Kenton City Council Endorses Annual Fundraiser

The fifth annual "Cruise-In For A Cure" Family Fun Day and Car Show is slated for Sunday, June 1st 2014. Event Organizer, Larry Gossard spoke to the members of the Kenton City Council last night asking for their endorsement of the annual event. The event raises funds for research for the Children Tumor Foundation and is held in honor of Gossards son Bryce, who is afflicted with neurofibromatosis, or NF. Gossard said the event will be held at the Simon Kenton School starting at noon and has been a popular event since its inception. The council moved to endorse the event again this year.


Also at the meeting, the council passed a resolution to permit the city to contract with ODOT on a highway improvement project on State Route 31 on the south side of the city, and moved to adopt a report from the Finance Committee to donate $500.00 to the Hardin County Fireworks fund this year. Tim Striker from the Kenton Fire Department also announced that Firefighter Entrance Exams will be held Wednesday morning at the Veterans Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on May 12th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.


Over $13,000 in Cash And Other Items Stolen From Dunkirk House

Numerous items, including a large sum of money, were stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Patterson Street in Dunkirk over the weekend.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a lock box containing $10,000, a large jar with $1000, a generator and a lawn mower were taken from the residence sometime Saturday night to early Sunday morning.

Total value of the stolen items is listed at just over $13,000.

The case is under investigation.


Kenton Man Arrested On Possession of Drug Charge

While on patrol Sunday night, a deputy from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle parked after hours at Veteran's Memorial Park.

According to the report, 41 year old Christopher Amweg, of Kenton, was taken into custody and charged with a felony count of possession

of drugs.

Deputies impounded the vehicle and confiscated suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.

The case remains under investigation.


Kenton Fire Department Responds to Saturday Night Fire

The Kenton Fire Department responded to a structure fire early Saturday evening.  According to a spokesman at the Department, firefighters were called out at 5:11 pm to a house fire at 13807 County Road 190 Kenton. 


Upon arrival, the home was full of smoke and the west end of the home was fully engulfed.  Firefighters were on the scene for over two hours, and there were no injuries.  The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, and the damage to the property was listed at over fifty thousand dollars.  The property was being rented by Rick Sheldon.


The McGuffey fire department also responded to a fire on Saturday to State Route 701, however no details are available at this time.


Kenton FFA Honors Past Members at Banquet

The Kenton FFA Banquet was held Saturday evening.


Kenton FFA Advisor Shalie Terrel recognizes the Outstanding Senior Officers at the banquet Saturday night.

The National FFA Organization is celebrating an anniversary this year, and many FFA Chapters are recognizing the past achievements of their chapters. At the Kenton FFA Banquet Saturday night, a video was shown with interviews of former members. Members Jerry Layman, Doug Phillips, Adam Cahill, Brian Watkins, the late Don Heilman, Katie McCullough, and Ed Althauser were shown. Althauser was recognized as one of the very first members of the Kenton FFA Chapter.


Also at the banquet a number of awards were presented. Kolt Buchenroth was recognized as an Outstanding Freshman and Courtney Fulton was an Outstanding Senior. The Ag Credit 110% award was presented to Haley Sherman, the Outstanding Job Placement award went to Morgan Houser and the Dekalb Award was presented to Courtney Fulton.


Superior Federal Credit Union Announces New Location



Superior Federal Credit Union announced the construction of a new full-service office and drive-thru in Kenton, located at 1209 E. Columbus Street. Construction has already begun, with completion by October 2014.


“We feel the new Kenton location will complement our other branches throughout thearea,” said Kurt Neeper, Vice-President of Business Development at Superior. “Our goalis to provide our members with great service at the most convenient locations.”
Schnipke Builders has been selected as the General Contractor for the building project.

The new facility was designed by Dick Wuest of K4 Architecture in Cincinnati, OH.


“Our members have really driven this,” Neeper added. “When we consider new branching opportunities, we really look at where our members are already located and then build to suit their financial needs.”


Despite not having an office in Hardin County, Superior was the third-largest mortgage lender (by loan volume) in Hardin County in 2012, according to the most recent HMDA


Superior Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial cooperative serving members in West Central Ohio. Superior FCU currently serves over 51,000 members with assets of $465 million.


The credit union also provides consumer and mortgage loans, checking and savings accounts, insurance and brokerage services, and small business services and loans.


Walk Scheduled Sunday Benefits Not By Choice Outreach

Members of Not By Choice Outreach prepare for walk


The event will be held Sunday afternoon starting at 2pm.


Marcia Retterer from Not By Choice said that the event is being organized by David Dellifield.


"He is a stage four throat cancer survivor. He is going to run in the New York Marathon in November. He is going to represent Not By Choice in that marathon, he's going to run the five buroughs which is 26.3 miles. He has chosen Not By Choice to raise funds for this event, as he has been a big supporter of Not By Choice since he was diagnosed. He is in remission now." said Retterer.


In addition to the walk, there will be a raffle, prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The entry fee to participate will be a quarter ($.25) and the event will be held Sunday afternoon at Boy Scout Lake in Kenton, starting at 2pm.


Voters Against State Recognizing Same Sex Marriages

By a two to one margin, those voting in the Visitor's Poll are against the State of Ohio recognizing same sex marriages.


Following a week and a half, 65% voted no on the question: "Should the State of Ohio recognize same sex marriages?"


35% voted yes.


Vote now on this week's Visitor Poll question.


Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court



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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, placed on five years community control with conditions were:


.Jimmy L. Harpel on one count each of obstructing official business and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.


.Gregory S. Copley on one count of domestic violence.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Hardin County Board of DD Seeks Support of Issue 4



The Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking voters to support Issue 4 on May 6.

Superintendent Mark Kieffer said it is a 4 mill five year renewal levy, "This was passed in 2008 and went into effect in 2010, so it's based on property values at that time. What we've done is we've tried to spend our money efficiently so we don't have to go for an increase, and we're not going for an increase, and I'm really happy about that so that we can continue to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families."

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


Two Men Injured in Union County Helicopter Crash

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - Two central Ohio men were injured when a small, privately-owned helicopter crashed in a Union County field.


Yesterday afternoon's crash sparked a fire and severely damaged the chopper.


What caused the crash wasn't immediately clear.


AG's Office Investigating Criminal Allegations Against Individual in Probation Department

An investigation is underway concerning criminal allegations against an individual in the Hardin County Muncipal Court Department of Probation.

According to a spokeswoman from Attorney General Mike Dewine's Office, agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed a search warrant at the Hardin County Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Municipal Court Judge Gregory Grimslid would only say, "A subpoena was issued by the Attorney General's Office for the computer of an individual in the Probation Department."

No other information is being released at this time as the case is still under investigation.


Community Foundation Approves 140 Grants

The Hardin County Community Foundation will award 140 grants to non-profit organizations.

The grants will total $180,800, and will be awarded at a ceremony scheduled for 4:30pm May 15th at the Armory. Foundation assets total 5.4 million dollars.

At the Foundation's quarterly meeting this week, William Hart was reelected President, Matt Jennings was elected as Vice-President. Russ Berger will return as Treasurer and Gina Messner returns as Secretary. Along with Hart, Keith Gensheimer and Bruce Neely were reelected to one year terms. Sharon Haymond, Fred Markley and Tim Thomas are returning for two year terms. Berger, Charles VanDyne and David Schwemer return for three year terms, and Keith Kinnear announced that he is retiring from the Board.


Snoopy! and Showcase Set For This Weekend

An entire weekend of entertainment will be available at the Kenton Middle School starting tonight.


The Cast of Snoopy! Mariah Clawson as Snoopy, Alex Dal Polo as Charlie Brown, Hannah Heilman as Lucy, Jacob Manns as Linus, Sydney Schlinglof as Sally Brown, Rachelle Kim as Woodstock, and Hannah Buerger as Peppermint Patty. 


Snoopy! The Musical, based on the long time and ever popular comic by Charles Schultz will be performed by the Kenton High School Music Department this weekend. Director John Hines said that he hopes that audiences will be taken back to their childhood years watching events unfold between Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang.


"This is the advertised sequel to 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' but it's more or less a re-write with different songs and different scenes that the Peanuts gang experience through their time in the back yard. We are doing our best to set this with every intention of highlighting that relationship of a boy and his dog and his friends playing in simple times when there weren't bad things that happened to people like we have today." said Hines.


The show will be performed at the middle school Tonight and Friday night at 7:30pm and Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm. Tickets will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.


The KMS Dimensions perform "I Got A Feeling" for their annual Showcase Show.


On Sunday afternoon, the Kenton Middle School Dimensions will perform their annual show "Showcase" which will be held in the Middle School Auditorium. Todd Daquino, Kenton Middle School Dimensions Director said that the show will be a true showcase of the work the group has done over the past year.


"This is our showchoir, performing their 2014 Showcase, kind of like the high school's version of Cabaret. The theme is music around the world, and it talks about how music is important to all of us as a whole. We'll have some solo acts, some duets, we'll have the whole group doing some numbers. It's just a celebration of all the things the group has done over the last year." said Daquino.


The start time for that show will be at 2pm and tickets will be $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for students.


Four Year Old Rides Bicycle Away From Home Found Later Several Blocks Away

Area emergency personnel, consisting of units from the Kenton Police and Fire Departments, BKP and Hardin County Sheriff's Office, conducted a search for a missing four year old boy late Tuesday afternoon.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, at just before five, officers were informed that the boy rode off on his bike from the 300 block of Kuert Avenue. He was spotted later riding in the 200 block of West Espy Street and was returned home.

His grandparents said the boy was riding the bike up and down the sidewalk when he rode off. They say they were inside, one cooking dinner and the other watching television, but they insisted they were keeping an eye on the boy.

The case will be sent to Children's Services for possible child endangering charges against the grandparents.


Windy Conditions Cause Controlled Burn to Spread Quickly



Area firefighters were dispatched to a large field fire at around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon.

The Forest Fire Department was dispatched to the 5000 block of County Road 205, Forest, and mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton Fire Department.

Firefighters were able to protect a nearby structure, and the fire was contained to the field.

It was believed to have been started as a controlled burn, but it quickly spread in the windy conditions.

Firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours.


Keep Hardin County Beautiful Beautification Awards

The Keep Hardin County Beautiful Commission will once again sponsor the Monthly Beautification Award Program. 


The categories for the awards will be Farm/Business, Residential and Non-Profit.


Nominations are currently being accepted for these awards.  Forms are available at The Mary Lou Johnson Library-Hardin County District Library, Ridgemont Public Library, Hardin Northern Public Library, Forest-Jackson Public Library, Ada Public Library or by contacting the Keep Hardin County Beautiful Office at 419.674.2216.


The deadlines for the awards are May 15, 2014 for the June Award, June 15, 2014 for the July Award, July15, 2014 for the August Award and August 15, 2014 for the September award.


The winners will be honored at the Annual Keep Hardin County Beautiful Banquet in the fall.


Trees Ordered Through Soil and Water Conservation District Ready For Pickup Thursday

With Arbor Day coming up on Friday, many Hardin County residents will soon be able to plant new trees, courtesy of the Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District.


Conservation District Members unpack and sort the trees sold this year. Customers can pick up their orders starting Thursday morning.


Mark Lowery, Director of the Hardin County Office said that customers who ordered trees this year will be able to pick them up Thursday.


"They're ready to pick up on Thursday, people can start picking up at 8:30am and we'll go until 4:30pm Thursday. We had a great sale again this year. We sold a number of verities, we sold over 2500 trees this year, which is up from last year when we sold 2200 trees. The proceeds from the sale go to the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District which help support our programs throughout the year." said Lowery.


OSU Buckeyes Historian Featured Speaker at Hardin County Alumni Group Meeting

A leading historian of the Ohio State Buckeyes will be the featured speaker at next month's OSU Alumni Club of Hardin County Meeting.

Jack Park as been on Ohio State football commentator for over thirty years on WBNS in Columbus and throughout the state on the Ohio State Football Radio Network. Park, who also writes a weekly column during the football season and as authored books about the Buckeyes will be the featured speaker at the OSU Alumni Club of Hardin County meeting on Monday May 12th at St. John's United Church of Christ in Kenton.


Tickets to the event which is open to the public, cost $20.00 and include dinner and a silent auction. The meet-and-greet will begin at 6:30pm with a meeting starting at 7pm.


The deadline for reservations is May 2nd. For more information, contact club president Bob Simmons at 419-634-9510, or via email at bsimmons@wcoil.com.


Kenton School District Hires New Athletic Director

Michael Leddy introduces himself to the Kenton School Board Monday evening.


The Kenton School Board hired Michael Leddy as the new athletic director, to replacing Mike Mauk who is retiring this year. The board approved a contract for $62,000.00 for two years for Leddy at their regular meeting last night. Leddy comes to Kenton from Findlay and said that he is looking forward to working in the Kenton community.


"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work here at Kenton and anxious for future possibilities." said Leddy.

Also at the meeting, the Kenton School Board held a discussion on the deposition of the old elementary school buildings. While discussions has been held to raze both Hardin Central and Espy, essentially turning those properties into green space and selling Westview and Eastcrest, board member Tom Brim said there there were many steps that need to be done before that can happen, and he would like the school to begin public meetings on the subject.


"I suggested the other day that we have a public meeting or public hearing to invite people in to talk about it, how we might do that and also what the abatement costs are and what the processes are. If people were interested in those buildings we'd need to know if they would want to buy them or would be interested in them before or after abatement so there's a lot of questions and a lot of material to cover and I would think the best place to do that would be in a seperate meeting." said Brim.


Kenton will retain the Northwood building for use as a continuing education facility and for use of the Hi-Point Career Center. The board agreed to begin holding public information meetings on the old school buildings in the next month or so.


Finally at the meeting, the board approved a final resolution on the purchase of property, owned by the Taylor family to complete the road to the new building, connecting Morningside Drive to Silver Street, and began the process of formally opening up bids on the road aspect of the project. The school purchased the property for $23,000, and board member Tom Brim stated that the road project has already been funded.


"The projected cost for the completion of the road is $900,000.00. That money will be paid out of LFI money that the school did not use for the current building project. So there's no additional monies being allocated or requested from the community." said Brim


The Kenton School Board will hold a special meeting Monday May 5th for hiring new staff, and the next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on May 19th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.


Driver Cited Following Sunday Night Crash

A McGuffey man was cited for a reasonable control violation following a crash Sunday night on Township Road 92 just outside McGuffey.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 39 year old Douglas Shuler lost control of his car on a curve while travelling west on 92. The vehicle ended up off the left side of the road where it sideswiped a utility pole, continued into a yard where it struck a parked car and came to rest four feet from a house.

Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation.


Fire Destroys Amish Bakery

An Amish bakery was totally destroyed and another building heavily

damaged following a fire on County Road 200 on Saturday.


According to information provided by Chief Charles Mowery of the Southeast Hardin, Northwest Union Fire District, the fire was initially reported at 12:58 pm at the residence of Eddie Petershiem of 20548 County Road 200. Mowery stated that the fire apparently began in an oven at the bakery and spread to the store before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.


Mutual aide was provided by the Kenton Fire Department and Scioto Valley Fire Department and firefighters were on the scene for  approximately 3 hours. No injuries were reported and the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Ohio Gas Prices Up Again To Start Work Week



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up slightly to start the work week.


The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 2 cents from a week ago.


Monday's Ohio price is 16 cents higher than a month ago, and about 5 cents higher than last year at this time.


The national average Monday was 3.67 per gallon. That's up 3 cents from last week, and it's 15 cents higher than a month ago.


Department of Energy forecasters expect the April through September national average to be about $3.57 a gallon, a little lower than the past few summers.






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Woman Arrested on Drug Charge Following Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a Kenton woman on drug related charges.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers stopped a car because of expired license plates.

A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 42 year old Pam Dague, was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a crack pipe.


She was arrested and charged with a felony count of possession of drugs.


Arbor Day Foundation Names Kenton Tree City USA


Kenton was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.


Kenton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the programs four requirments; a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2.00 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.


The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.


Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.


Parents Cautioned Not To Give Live Animals As Easter Gifts



Easter is tomorrow, and while some parents might be tempted to give their kids live bunnies or baby chicks, experts stress that bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought out decision and not just a holiday whim.

Kristin Branagan with the Humane Society of Greater Akron says with the right nutrition, housing and exercise, rabbits can make great pets, but they are a long term family commitment, "They're not just giving a gift, they're giving a life. They aren't just cute and cuddly at all times, they do need a little bit extra TLC and attention and expenses."

Branagen suggests parents considering a rabbit give their kids a stuffed one for Easter, and then make an appointment with a local shelter to discuss the options after the holiday, "We always have rabbits up for adoption and you can look into fostering maybe before purchasing. So if you're thinking of making a long term commitment with a rabbit, maybe look into fostering a rabbit in your home first and see if that's the right type of animal."

Also, she says it is not realistic to expect a child younger than 12 to be the primary caretaker of any animal, so parents need to accept that the responsibility may fall on them for many years.


Kenton Man Sentenced to 15 Years To Life on Rape Conviction



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

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

Donald D. Grant was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on one count of rape.


Judge Scott Barrett classified Grant as a Tier III Sex Offender.


Drug Take Back Day Set For April 26



National Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday April 26.

Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said operations will be conducted in Hardin County from nine until noon on the 26th, "There will be two locations, one at the Hardin Memorial Hospital parking lot, Medical Office Building located at 75 Washington Boulevard in Kenton, and we want you to enter off of Memorial Hospital and exit onto East Franklin Street. The Ada location is the parking lot just north of Rire Aid at the corner of South Main Street and East College Avenue, and we want you to enter off of South Main and exit onto College Avenue."

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


Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.1 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest level in six years.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate in March was 6.1 percent, which was down from 6.5 percent in February. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since April 2008.
The state's rate has dipped below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in both February and March.
The state says Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, from 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March.
The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in March was 353,000, down 24,000 from 377,000 in February. The state says the number of unemployed has decreased by 68,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000.


Ridgemont School Board Releases Highlights of April Meeting

Recognizing Teens of the Month


The Ridgemont Board of Education recognized Teens of the Month for both March and April at tonight’s board meeting.  Mackenzie Stevenson and Adam Wagner were honored as the March Teens of the Month for their community service, active involvement in a variety of school activities, and leadership experiences outside of school.  The board also recognized Ryan Messner and Kara King as the April Teens of the Month.  Both Ryan and Kara have college plans after high school and have served their communities during school.  Kara serves through FFA and her church while Ryan serves at the public library.  Both students have proven to be role models for their peers.


Board Thanks Community of the Groundbreaking Turnout


Within the next three weeks, community members will see construction begin at the new school site for Ridgemont’s PreK-12 building.  The Board and Superintendent Beeson thanked the many community members and parents who attended the groundbreaking on April 6th sharing that it was a highlight of their years at Ridgemont. Beeson is working with the construction management firm, Smoot, to ensure students can take field trips to the construction site, watch the production on a webcam connected to the district’s webpage, and provide internships and mentoring experiences for high school students interested in the construction field.


Cheryl France Shares Proposals to Remember the Past in the New Building


Over the course of the last three months, community and staff members have met to discuss ways they can remember what is important to the history of Ridgemont as they move into the new building. During the time the team worked together, they discussed a variety of projects which could help future generations remember from where they came.  The 4, 5, and 6th grade classes would like permission to research the best trees for the new property in conjunction with Maintenance Supervisor, J. Mac Geissinger, purchase trees, plant and care for them, and study their growth in their science and math classes.  This is an example of a service learning project. Other proposals include: 1. Moving Donny Dugan’s Flagpole and plaque from the ES to the new building, 2. Reuse of the bricks from the Mt. Victory building to create flower beds, etc. for landscaping at the new building should the elementary school be raised.

3. Reuse of the wood from the gym floor from the elementary school as decoration in the new building.  It is proposed that a section of the gym floor be cut out and framed and hung on the wall in the new gym and in the remaining Ridgeway gym with a plaque to the thousands of athletic events held on the floor. 4. Reuse of the wood from the gym bleachers from the elementary school to create benches for community members to purchased in honor of the Mt. Victory building, should it be raised.  One or two could be kept for the new school.  The benches to be sold could serve as a fundraiser for an item the BOE deems important in the construction of the new building.  The Board of Education will vote to adopt proposals at their May meeting.


District Prepares for Critical Incident Stress Management


With the help of the Regions Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Ridgemont will host meetings on April 28th to provide administrators and board members with information they will need in the event of a crisis.  Beeson noted, “In difficult times, it is important to know we have mental health resources to turn to.”  Crisis could include acts of violence, an accident, or loss of a staff member or student.  After the Crisis Team works with administrators, all staff are invited to attend a meeting after school where they will learn what the team does, how it responds in a time of crisis and the services they can expect from the regional team based in Allen County.


Students are Approved for Graduation


Provided this year’s seniors meet all local and state requirements, the Ridgemont Board of Education approved the list of 38 students to participate in commencement activities.  The graduation ceremony will be held on May 23rd in the HS gymnasium at 7pm.  All of Ridgemont’s staff members will be in attendance to celebrate with this year’s graduates.




Laura Fabian was hired as a new office assistant whose primary roles will be record retention, disposal and electronic archiving as well as providing organizational support for the upcoming move into the new building. The Ridgemont Board of Education also approved paying teachers in grades 7-12 $20 an hour for up to 10 hours of work for the remainder of the year as they prepare for new curriculum and instructional strategies in the new building.  Finally, several supplemental contracts were approved for the next school year ranging from football, golf, cheerleading and volleyball. The Board noted that moving staff members to the next step on the supplemental pay scale would be dependent on the outcome of negotiations with the Ridgemont Education Association.


Board Approves Agreement with Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities


The Board was pleased to partner with the Board of Developmental Disabilities to receive student transition services from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 free of charge.  This service would work in conjunction with Ridgemont’s Intervention Specialists to help better prepare students for the workforce after high school.


Hardin County Judge Dead at 89



A longtime Hardin County Judge has passed away.


The body of Burke E. Smith was found in his home in Kenton Wednesday afternoon. He was 89.


Smith was judge of Hardin County Common Pleas Court-Probate and Juvenile Division from 1979-1991.


He was the City Solicitor for the Village of Ridgeway from January 1, 1956 to January 1, 1961.  He was appointed Chairman of the Hardin County Red Cross and helped re-establish the blood program. 


He was elected Chairman of the Hardin County Democratic Party Executive Committee and went on the Board of Elections in 1958 serving as a Board Member and was Chairman.  In 1968, the Election Officials Association elected Smith as the State President of the Association and one of his projects was to try
to get voting machines in every county as Hardin County was still using paper ballots.  In the early 1960's, Smith was also elected to the Hardin Memorial Golf Board Association serving two terms as Chairman of the Board.  A water system and a tree program through a bond issue with three participating local banks was instituted and subsequently implemented.


He also served as Co-Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee to build the Mary Lou Johnson District Library.

Smith was also active as a coach of Little League Baseball for 10 years. 


A funeral service will be held 1:00pm Monday April 21 at St. John's United Church of Christ. Visitation will be held from 11:00am until time of services Monday at the church.


Arrangements are being handled by Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home in Kenton.


Two Seriously Injured in Crash Near Logan/Hardin County Line

Two people were seriously injured in a three vehicle crash around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 68 just inside Logan County.

According to information from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, 40 year old Carl Harris, of Cincinnati, was northbound on 68 and attempted to turn left onto State Route 638.

The box truck was struck by a southbound car being operated by 53 year old Craig D. Ripley, of Willshire, Ohio, which then went left of center and struck a northbound car being driven by 63 year old John N. Ruppert, of St. Mary's.

Heavy damage occurred to the cars, and the truck received light damage.

Ripley and Ruppert were both transported by helicopter to OSU Hospital in Columbus.

Harris, who was not injured, was cited for an improper turn.

All three drivers were wearing safety belts, and the crash remains under investigation.


Kenton Man Seriously Injured in Early Morning Crash

A Kenton man was injured in a crash involving three vehicles around 12:30 Thursday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 46 year old Jack Clark was travelling west in the 300 block of Summit Street, and his car struck a parked vehicle, continued on a struck a second parked vehicle.

Clark's car continued into a yard where it struck a fence and a tree before coming to rest.
Emergency personnel used the jaws of life to free Clark from the car. He was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and transferred by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and the crash remains under investigation.


Easter Egg Hunt and Healthy Horse Derby Set For Saturday in Kenton



Two events will take place in downtown Kenton this Saturday.

First up is the annual Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt around the Hardin County Courthouse, and member Becky Potts said it starts promptly at one Saturday afternoon, "We do have four age groups that participate. One is 0-3, one is 4-6. The we have 7 and 8 year olds and lastly 9 and 10 year olds. We have 3200 eggs that we'll be hiding around the courthouse, and we have eight stuffed bunnies that we'll be awarding. It's a lot of fun, and we hope everyone comes down and joins us for the Easter Egg hunt."

Right after that, the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition will put on the Healthy Horse Derby. Potts is also a member of that organization and talks about the event, "We're going to be shutting down Columbus Street where the Farmer's Market is usually held, and we are going to have Kenton Downs show up, so we're going to have horse races. The healthy horse is something that we came up with. It's kind of like the old horses that you have where there's a big horse head on a stick and there's a little tail at the bottom. It makes kids use their imagination and have a lot of fun."


Fatal Crash at Marion County Line




Troopers from the Marion Post are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Wednesday. According to a release from the State Patrol,  troopers received the call at 1:33 pm for two vehicle crash on State Route 309 near the Hardin County line. 


According to the preliminary investigation a car, driven by Hope Okuly, 44 of Ottawa, Ohio was eastbound on State Route 309 just east of the Marion and Hardin County Line when it went left of center swiping a semi, driven by Rodney J. Whitaker, 49 of Kenton, Ohio which was westbound on State Route 309. The Okuly vehicle overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side.   


Okuly was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitaker was not injured.The report states that neither driver was wearing a seat belt. 


The State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Scioto Valley Fire Department, Marseilles Fire Department, Med Care and BKP EMS, ODOT and Marion County EMA. 


The crash remains under investigation.


County Rainfall Goes High Tech

Hardin County – The county has received its share of precipitation in the past couple of weeks. 


Soon the 15 Hardin County Township Rainfall Reporters will be back at taking care of the important task of recording rainfall.  This type of data has been collected for the past 21 years through the local OSU Extension office. 


Traditionally, rainfall has been collected during the growing season from April 15-October 15.  Monthly reports are sent in to the Extension office and the data is summarized.  A monthly article is then submitted to the area media to let people know how much rainfall has been collected around the county and how this information compares with the past month, past year, and sometimes a ten year average. 


This is useful information for crop producers, but the disadvantage is that immediate rainfall information is not available.  The advantage is that there is a wealth of information from collecting data this way for several years, and this research will be continued.


So what about a person who is interested in knowing the rainfall amount the same day or maybe for the week?  Many farmers now have cropland around the county and in some cases in multiple counties.  Different farms receive different amounts of rainfall.  There is a rainfall collection and reporting system that meets these needs as well.  The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network or CoCoRaHS for short is the nation’s largest rainfall collection network started by Colorado State University in 1998.  Once a CoCoRaHS volunteer collects rainfall in their special gauge, it is entered online that day.  This rainfall information becomes immediately available to anyone with charts and maps on the internet.  Historical records are compiled automatically and can be viewed at http://www.cocorahs.org/.


The Extension office is leading a program to start this method of rainfall reporting in Hardin County in addition to the traditional rainfall collection method that will be starting its 22nd year on April 15.  Ten new CoCoRaHS gauges have been purchased to begin this new rainfall collection process.  The idea is to find volunteers to around the county who are willing to participate in this new effort.  The Extension office will provide these individuals with gauges and training in return for the data that will be collected and will be available for anyone to view online. 


A person is expected to check their rain gauge each morning and enter the amount, if any, online.  If they are going to be away and cannot check the gauge, a multi-day entry can be made.  There are also methods available to check hail and snow to make this reporting system a year-around process if desired.


Currently the Extension office is asking for volunteer CoCoRaHS rainfall collectors.  Ideally, these rainfall collectors should be located in different areas around the county.  If you are interested in becoming a CoCoRaHS rainfall collector, please call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 with your address.  After a site location map is developed, interested people will be called back regarding placement of rain gauges and training for collecting and reporting rainfall using this new system.  This new precipitation information will be used to complement the existing rainfall collection stations that have been in place around the county for several years. In addition to making timely rainfall amounts available to local farmers and homeowners, this will benefit local, state, and national researchers by providing a source of historical data that will be accessible at any time from anywhere.


Student Suspended After Threatening Teacher

A Kenton Middle School student was suspended after allegedly threatening a teacher Tuesday.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the teacher asked the 14 year old boy to turn around in his seat and stop disrupting class, when he stood up and rushed toward the teacher and pushed her backwards.

She ordered him to the office, and he went into the hallway, but stepped back to the door, made a derogatory statement and threatened the teacher.

The school suspended the student for five days, and he is facing a charge of menacing.

The case remains under investigation.


Horse Killed After Runnning Into Train

A horse was killed after running into the side of a CSX train car Sunday afternoon.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the horse was attached to a buggy and ran off from an amish residence when the accident occurred on Township Road 247 in Dudley Township.
The horse was owned by Harvey Miller, of Mt. Victory.

There were no passengers on the buggy.


Kenton Police Respond To Two Accidents Monday Afternoon

The Kenton Police Department handled two accidents within minutes of each other Monday afternoon.



Just after 3:30 Monday afternoon, Kenton Police Officers were dispatched to an accident at the intersection of North Street and N. Detroit. Upon arrival officers found three vehicles had been involved. According to the report provided by the department, Lance Hart, age 68 of Kenton was stopped at the intersection of North and Detroit and pulled into the intersection striking a vehicle driven by Nathan Hovast, age 23 of Gilboa. The Hovest vehicle the proceeded to strike another vehicle driven by Michael Bannick, age 56 of Springfield. No one was injured and two vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Traffic was backed up while the accident was cleaned up.



Then at 3:45pm officers were dispatched to another accident on South Main Street at Railroad Street. According to the report in that incident, a vehicle driven by Samuel Dalton, age 82 of Kenton was backing up, attempting to turn onto Railroad and backed into another vehicle driven by Erin Struble, age 17 of Kenton. No one was injured in that accident.


Kenton City Council Meets

The Kenton City Council met last night.

The council heard a first reading on an ordinance which would, among other things, help fund a road study for the re-paving project on State Route 31 and Bales Road. The study will be used for economic development projects in that area.


The council also approved, on a first reading, several ordinances on an agreement with the county on leachate discharge from the county landfill. As stated at a meeting last month, the agreement would lower the rate that the county pays the city on the leachate discharge from the landfill. The Kenton City Council also heard the first reading on an ordinance which would add additional appropriations to build storm drains in the north end of Kenton.


Also, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns asked the Safety Committee to review a couple of proposals on tornado sirens for the city. The committee will review and make a recommendation to the whole city council.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 28th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.


Visitor's Poll Results

With early voting underway now, last week's Visitor's Poll asked when you plan to vote.

The results were as follows:


On May 6....45%


Not Voting...30%


Before May 6...25%

Vote now in the new Visitor's Poll along the right side column.


Saturday's YMCA Auction Successful

The 2014 YMCA Radio Day Auction was held this past Saturday on WKTN.

Y Membership Administrator Cassie Zimmerman said it was a big success, "We made around $10,345. That's before our expenses. We'll have a final number probably within a week, and of course we still have people bringing in cash donations. First of all, we want to thank all of our volunteers. It would not be possible without them, and we had all day and half day sponsors this year, Davis Motor Sales, Quest Federal Credit Union, Michael Angelo's, Goshen Farms and Robinson Fin Machines was another big one, and everybody who donated within the county. They have been awesome, and they've been really good to us and we really appreciate them."


Ohio Gas Prices Up Again To Start Work Week



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up again.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.68 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 8 cents from a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is identical to the price a month ago, 29 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was 4 cents lower than the Ohio average, at 3.64 per gallon. That's up 6 cents from last week, and it's 12 cents higher than a month ago.
Department of Energy forecasters expect the April through September national average to be about $3.57 a gallon, a little lower than the past few summers.
     AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


American Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross Blood Drive has scheduled three blood drives this month.


Monday, April 14, 8am – 2pm, Upper Scioto Valley High School, 510 Courtright Street, McGuffey


Monday, April 21, 12pm – 6pm, First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175, Kenton


Wednesday, April 23, 8am – 2pm, Ada High School, 725 W. North Ave., Ada


Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment.


Ohio Wildlife Officials OK Regulations For Hunters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio wildlife officials have signed off on new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, including decreased deer bag limits in many counties.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the Ohio Wildlife Council also approved a rule letting hunters use straight-walled cartridge rifles during the 2014 season's gun week.
Biologists with the state prepared the deer hunting proposals. The natural resources department says the new bag limits reflect the decrease in the deer population in many counties, as the number approaches target levels.
Bag limits were trimmed in half of Ohio's counties. The limits increased in five, while staying the same in 39 counties.
The council also voted to remove bobcats from Ohio's list of threatened species, though they are still considered a protected species.
     Division of Wildlife: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/


Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

.Stephen Lee Cruson, of Alger, was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of domestic violence. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs as part of the sentence.

.Jazmine Marie Robinson, of Toledo, was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. She was fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Search Warrant Served at Skilled Games Business

A search warrant was executed Thursday afternoon at the Lady Luck skilled games business in the Kenton Shopping Plaza.


Employees of the Kenton City Garage haul out the confiscated equipment from the Lady Luck facility at the Kenton Shopping Plaza Thursday afternoon.


According to Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion, the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.


"Thursday afternoon around 4pm, the Kenton Police Department along with the Hardin County Crim Task Force with assistance from the Ohio Attorney Generals Office executed a search warrent at this location in reference to illegal gambling. The main thing being seized out of the business are all the machines being used in this particular business." said Chief Vermillion.


Vermillion said that the task force investigation continues, and should the investigation prove that illegal activity has taken place, charges may be filed against the business owners.


Hardin Northern FFA Holds Banquet

The Hardin Northern FFA Chapter held their annual banquet Thursday night.


Auctioneer Dave Wedertz auctions off donated items at the banquet.


One of the highlights of the Hardin Northern Banquet is the annual dessert auction, where members, families and community members donate items to be auctioned off to help fund chapter activities. This years auction raised over $1700.00 for the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter.


FFA Advisors Don Paulin and Anna Creswell award the Star Awards and scholarships to members.


The banquet also saw a number of awards being handed out to members. The Star Greenhand Awards went to members David Allen and Samuel Diller, The Star in Ag Business went to Grant Hites, The Star in Natural Resources went to Ashton Stevenson, the Distinguished Member award went to Tiffany Breidenbach, the Ag Credit 110% Award went to Brett Roby and the Star Chapter Farmer Award went to Molly Wilson.


The Hardin Northern FFA also handed out over $6100.00 in scholarships to many of its Seniors who are planning on attending college after graduation.


YMCA Auction Set For Saturday



The annual YMCA Radio Day Auction is set to take place tomorrow.

Y Executive Director Sean Galvin said as always great items will go to the highest bidder, "Like every other year, we've got a lot of gift certificates, and this year seems to be more items like gift baskets, which would be great for Easter or Mother's Day coming up. With Spring on the way, we have a lawn mower. We also have a weed eater, and just a nice variety of items like a Y family membership and just a lot usual nice things that we have."

He said the over 200 items will be auctioned off during the day, "9am to 5pm, with that break from 12:00 to 12:30. It'll be on WKTN and Time Warner Cable public access channel and streamed live on the internet too. We know it's going to be a busy weekend for everybody, so we're asking people if you're going to be out and about to have your cell phone and listen to WKTN. The phone number is 419-673-4141."

He adds that the proceeds benefit the YMCA, "It is our biggest fundraiser other than our Strong Kids campaign, and every year we raise round about $10,000, and we hope to raise a little more this year."


Two Big Activities Planned For April 19 in Downtown Kenton


Two activities will be held in downtown Kenton next Saturday April 19.

The first is the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Optimist Club around the courthouse starting at one that afternoon. Right after that, Becky Potts said an all new event will take place for four year old participants sponsored by the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, The first Healthy Horse Derby. We're going to be shutting down Columbus Street where the Farmer's Market is usually held, and we are going to have Kenton Downs show up, so we're going to have horse races. The healthy horse is something that we came up with. It's kind of like the old horses that you have where there's a big horse head on a stick and there's a little tail at the bottom. It makes kids use their imagination and have a lot of fun."

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


39 Arrested in Latest Drug Sweep in Marion County

MARION, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in Marion county say they've arrested more than three dozen people as part of an ongoing effort to cut into the trafficking of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs.
The two-year effort by federal, state and local authorities in Marion produced the arrests of 39 people Thursday on a total of 125 felony and misdemeanor charges. The suspects were indicted by a grand jury last week.
The arrests followed those of 19 other people on federal charges in February as part of the same effort.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the arrests Thursday targeted "mid-level traffickers and addicts who are fueling the demand for drugs being brought into Marion County."


Woman Arrested in Scam Operation

A Vinton, Ohio woman was arrested Wednesday on theft by deception charges.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, Joanna Stacey was taken into custody after allegedly scamming two businesses, Advance Auto and the Kroger gas station, out of money by telling them they short-changed her.

She told police that a friend taught her how to commit that kind of crime.

The case remains under investigation.


KHS Holds Mock Crash

A Mock Accident was held at Kenton High School Wednesday Afternoon. 
In all its graphic detail, Kenton High School students watched events unfold during the mock accident at the school Wednesday afternoon. Students Emily Baird, Matt Bahr, Maggie Kimmel, and Dylan Abrams were the participants in the crash designed to graphically demonstrate the effects of drinking and driving. The mock accident was a joint effort by Hardin County and Ohio Emergency services, and for many of the students, the point was made. They stated that seeing their fellow classmates in such extreme conditions made them pause and think. And for others, that detail drove the point home. With the High School Prom coming up, the message was clear. Don't drink and drive.
Trooper Matthew Cook Jr from Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol stated that the point was to illustrate what could happen when people make the wrong choices. He stated that he and the others on the squad have been involved in a number of these crashes over the years and each time it’s difficult to process what has transpired.
Trooper Cook talks with the students prior to the mock accident.
However the message remains the same. If you go out a party at any time of the year, and especially this time of the year, be responsible, and don't drive impaired.


Kenton & Mt. Victory Host Tree City Awards

The City of Kenton and Village of Mt. Victory co-hosted the Northwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards Wednesday in Kenton.
Stephanie Miller, Regional Urban Forester for ODNR presents the Growth Awards.
The awards event featured fifty-four communities and one university from all across northwest Ohio. Laura Williams, Mayor of the Village of Mt. Victory and Randy Manns, Mayor of Kenton both said that co-hosting the event was an honor for both communities.
"We're very excited to be co-hosting this with the City of Kenton. This brings a lot of people to our area, and I think Randy and I both agree that this isn't just about the City of Kenton or the Village of Mt. Victory, this is the whole community and county and we like to do everything together." said Mayor Williams.
"The people involved in the Tree Commission are defiantly unsung heroes. They do so much for the community and many times the community members don't even know who they are.
They provide a valuable resource for the city in evaluating trees, and bad trees, planting good trees. It's just a great time for the city to open up our arms to bless the people who come and bless them so it's a great opportunity." said Mayor Manns
The event saw awards as well as presentations. Michelle Comer from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Vickie Phillips, a Hardin County Master Gardener both gave presentations on Lawrence Woods and the work done in that area, and the Villages of Ada, Bryan, Lakeside, Waterville and Whitehouse were honored with Growth Awards for growing their commissions and activities in the last year.
Chair of the Kenton Tree Commission, Steve Phillips said that hosting the event was good for the area as it highlighted the work done by the commission over the years.
"It means a time that we can really highlight our community by bringing all the outside communities in. With all the Tree City USA participants this year we've really looked forward for the opportunity to do this. It means a time of fellowship with fellow tree commissioners all around Northwest Ohio" said Phillips.


Kenton Company Honored at State Awards Ceremony



Pleasant Precision Incorporated in Kenton was selected in the Top 3 at the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award ceremony held in Columbus Tuesday.

Ron Pleasant started the company in 1976 and has seen tremendous growth through the years. He said being nominated by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance for this week's recognition was appreciated, "Very complimentary, and of course as this kind of rolled down the way here, we realized that it was very significant, and as it turned out that we were nominated and then presented and found out that we were selected as one of the top 10."

He talks about Tuesday's ceremony, "As a group we went up with my wife Nicki and Ken Jenkins our President. We went up along with Jacqueline Fitzgerald and I was pulled onto the stage and given a nice plaque."

Pleasant added that though they didn't;t know going in they would be recognized in the top 3, they did have an idea that they would be called on stage, "I think we may have had a glimpse that we were probably selected to go on stage. I think they wanted to prepare us a little bit for that. So we had a glimpse, but had no idea whether we had won the prize or not, and so I'm sitting back trying to decide what I might say in appreciation, and I think at the end of the day I was kind of glad I didn't have to get up in front of 500 people (including Governor John Kasich) and make that kind of statement, but anyway the young lady that did receive the award was very appreciative of it, and she is just a small company and it will mean a lot to her."

And Pleasant talks about the product that led to this week's honor, "Our particular product is a new device for Round Mate system. It is a new way to mold silicone parts, and a lot of these silicone parts would be used in the medical industry. The medical industry uses a lot of silicone, so you can imagine going into the medical area, let's say a emergency room, and you can find various types of devices used i emergency room environments. Silicones play a large role in some of those types of systems, and this system that we developed was a system that can be used in the manufacturing of those kinds of medical devices."

And for her part, Alliance Director Jacqueline Fitzgerald said the recognition for PPI was well deserved and positive news for Hardin County.


Spring Craft and Home Show Set For Saturday

The Rhinehart United Methodist Women will hold the 14th Annual Spring Craft and Home Show this Saturday.

Janie Seiler, President og the Rhinehart United Methoodist Women and Chairman of the Craft Show said the event this Saturday April 12 will go from 9 to 3 in two buildings at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, "The Community Building is full and the Arts and Crafts Building is about half full of vendors. We have everything that you would need to remdel your home, with the Home Show vendors. We have gutters and remodling companies. We also have all of your craft vendors with everything from home party plans that will have a lot of cash and carry items as well as people with things for your yard for that Spring cleanup here and spruce up of your yard."

She added that new this year is the Mom to Mom Sale, "Which is mothers selling things to each other, and that will be going on in the Grange Building at the same time as the Craft and Home Show."
As to admission price for the show she said, "There is no admission charge and parking is of course free at the fairgrounds."


Ohio Driver Indicted After Virginia Marine's Death

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver has been indicted on charges of failing to stop and tampering with evidence after a hit-and-run crash killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia.
The indictment was filed Tuesday against 26-year-old Holly Fowler of Urbana. The Logan County prosecutor said a grand jury declined to indict Fowler on vehicular homicide charges.
Defense attorney Darrell Heckman wouldn't comment on details but says Fowler looks forward to resolving the case.
Police say Fowler admitted responsibility and that damage on her car was consistent with evidence at the scene where a vehicle struck 34-year-old Monica Plank on Feb. 16, shortly after midnight.
The Marine from Stafford, Va., was struck after leaving a restaurant. She'd been visiting family in Bellefontaine.


Tree Town Awards Ceremony Set For Wednesday in Kenton

Tree enthusiasts from all across Northwest Ohio will be converging on Kenton Wednesday morning.  


Kenton was selected to host the Northwest Ohio Tree City USA Awards event, which means that over fifty communities from eighteen counties all across NW Ohio will be in Kenton Wednesday morning to be recognized for their work in promoting and maintaining trees in their communities.


The term, Tree City USA is given to communities who actively promote the value of trees as well as maintain them throughout their communities. These communities will also have a commission which oversees the tree planning and maintenance, a community forestry program and hold Arbor Day observances. Kenton will be partnered with the Village of Mt. Victory in hosting the awards ceremony this year. Both communities have been recognized as a Tree City USA in the past.


The event will be held at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church at 1010 East Franklin Street and will begin at 9am Wednesday morning.


Ridgemont Holds Groundbreaking for New School Building

Ridgemont Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school building Sunday afternoon. 
All of Ridgemont turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony held at the site of the new building on State Route 273 near Mt. Victory. The main topic during the ceremony was thanking all the individuals who have contributed to the project. Eric Hill, President of the Ridgemont School Board thanked many of the individuals including the voters of the Ridgemont School District.
"The board would like to thank YOU, our community. Without your support, and belief in our kids and school, our teachers, support staff and administration, and the board of education, this would not be possible. Every single one of you is making a financial sacrifice to make this happen. And many of you sacrifice and give more than that. You give of your time, you give up personal things that are important to you, to help out kids have experiences and opportunities that they otherwise would not have. We as a board do not take that lightly, and we thank you for the gift you have given our community and our kids." said Hill.
Superintendent Emmy Beeson thanks members of the Elliott family for donating the land for the project.
The new building is budgeted to cost around 21 million dollars and will have geothermal heating and cooling systems, updated security systems, the latest technology and a new design which is to enhance the collaborative learning experiences that the school has been working to implement. The school will also be able to serve up to 525 students.
Emmy Beeson, Ridgemont Superintendent said that the end result will be a culmination of the collaborative effort of the citizens in the Ridgemont community.
"I think whenever you think about Ridgemont you think about the people. Look how many people have been thanked here today for the work that they've done. It's really a community of individuals who come together to support students. Most of what we're going to do for the groundbreaking today is to tell you Thank You, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts." said Beeson.
If the project proceeds on schedule, the school should be completed in 18 months


Ridgemont FFA Celebrates 50 Years

The Ridgemont FFA Chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary at their annual banquet Sunday night.


Wellington "Duke" Rapp speaks at the Ridgemont FFA Banquet Saturday night.


As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the Ridgemont FFA honored their students and past students throughout the years. Former FFA member Wellington "Duke" Rapp spoke to the members about his years in the program. Rapp joined the program prior to it being the Ridgemont FFA when the high school was located in Ridgeway. He is a lifetime member of the Ridgemont community, farmer, and served in WWII.



Also at the banquet, the Ridgemont FFA honored many of its members with awards, including Star awards. The Ag Credit 110% Award was presented to Cody McKee and James Randall. The Star Chapter Greenhand Award was presented to Clay Gearford and Nicole Sutherland. The Star Chapter placement award was presented to Chapter President Andrew Scharf and the Lauren Ledley Legacy Award went to Bailey Wagner.


Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Work Week



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are up slightly in Ohio to start the work week.


The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.60 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 4 cents from a week ago.


Monday's Ohio price is about a penny lower than a month ago and 5 cents higher than last year at this time.


The national average Monday was 2 cents lower than the Ohio average, at 3.58 per gallon. That's up 2 cents from last week, and 9 cents higher than a month ago.


Experts say gas prices tend to go up as spring arrives and level off around Memorial Day.






AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


Hardin County Ag Society Meets

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 5th at the fair office with 20 board members and several guests present.

Chris Vermillion, Hardin County Tractor Pullers reported they have $2100 in sponsorships for the Hardin County Fair Tractor Pull.

Mark Light, Hardin County Extension Coordinator informed the Fairboard they have new computer software and he brought levy signs to put out for the upcoming election.

Mark Badertscher, Hardin County Ag. Extension Agent handed out information on the PED virus.

Minutes of the last meeting, financial reports and bills to pay were reviewed and approved.

Committee reports were:

• Executive committee - Howard Lyle, chairman

. Nothing to report.


• Grounds committee - Jim Bidwell, chairman

. Motion was approved to put up a sign of donors for the new wash racks.

. Approved a motion to re-grade the pulling track and any other improvements that

need done.

. Motion was approved to accept a recommendation from the grounds committee to

change the boat/camper storage rates to $7.00/linear ft. with a $100 minimum charge

and starting in 2015 boats & campers will all be taken out for pick-up on the 2nd Saturday

of April and car storage rates will be $20/month with a $100 minimum.

. Next grounds committee meeting is Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00pm in the fair office.


• Camping committee - Craig Stump, chairman

. Nothing to report.


• Entertainment committee - Mike Kleman, chairman

. Approved a motion to have the State Demolition Derby by 3D Promotions on Saturday,

September 27th.


• Livestock committees:

. Nothing to report.


• Rides & Concessions committee - Janie Seiler, chairman

. Receiving contracts and deposits.


• Junior Fairboard - Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman

. Elected Jr. Fairboard officers; President-Julia Naus, Vice President-Adam Wagner and

Secretary-Sidney Albert.

. The concessions for Consignment Sale did well.

. Other Committees:

. The next 4th of July committee meeting will be on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:00pm.

. Consignment Sale was a success.


• Old Business:

. Had good response for Day Sponsors.

• New Business:


. Motion was approved to put a ½ page ad in the Hardin County

Extension 100th Year

Anniversary Special Edition.


. Next Fairboard meeting will be May 3rd 7:30pm in the fair office.


Ridgemont Board of Education Meets

The Ridgemont Schools Board of Education met Friday.


Several items were acted on at the meeting including:


Ridgemont Announced the Groundbreaking for the New PreK-12 Building


Superintendent Beeson invited the community to the Groundbreaking Ceremony on Sunday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the site of the new PK-12 Building Project. Due to wet conditions at the building site, parking will be available at the Elementary East Lot, The Mt. Victory Methodist Church, Mt. Victory Park, The Plaza Inn or Hardin Motors (park at the back of the lot) and buses will transport guests to and from the site.  Bus shuttles will start at 1:15 p.m. with the last pick up at 1:45 p.m. If the weather does not cooperate, the ceremony will be moved to the Elementary Gym.  The community is reminded to wear green and gold to support Ridgemont and bring their cameras for many photo opportunities for classes and families.  Dress will be casual and wearing boots is suggested.


Artist rendering of new building

HS Track Resurfacing Project

The work to resurface Ridgemont’s HS Track is not within the scope of the school district bidding statute.  The district’s plan is to solicit cost quotes from qualified contractors to perform the work and present a motion to the Board of Education on the April 17, 2014 at the district’s Regular Board meeting for consideration.


Awarding the Single Prime Construction Contract for Ridgemont’s New PreK-12 School

At Friday night’s special board meeting, the Ridgemont School Board voted to accept the withdrawal of the first bid from the Jeffrey Car Construction Company.  Accepting the withdrawal had to occur before the district could award a contract to the second lowest and responsive bidder.  The BOE listened to testimony from Tom Sisterhen, Vice President of Smoot, Elford, McDaniels Construction who serves as a construction manager for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Ridgemont Local Schools.  Sisterhen explained how bids and construction companies and subcontractors are reviewed and vetted for quality.  Smoot, Elford, McDaniels made a recommendation based on their review and confidence in quality work of subcontractors and oversight in conjunction with the Adena Corporation.  In a 5-0 vote, the BOE awarded the Adena Corporation a single prime building construction contract in the amount of $17,192,600. 


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching



The deadline for voters to register to be eligible to vote in the May 6 Primary Election is Monday April 7.


The Board of Elections Office is located in the basement of the Hardin County Courthouse in Kenton, and they will be open April 7 from 8:00am to 9:00pm for your convenience.


In person absentee/early voting hours for the 2014 Primary Election are as follows:


8:00am to 9:00pm Monday April 7


8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Friday April 8-11


8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday April 14 through May 2


8:00am to 12:00pm Saturday May 3


To vote by mail, call the Board of Elections Office at 419-674-2211 and they will send you a request ir you can go to hardinohiosecretaryofstate.gov to print one.

In-person absentee/early voting will end at noon on Saturday May 3. Absentee voting is in the Board of Elections Office in the basement of the courthouse.


Applications for absentee ballots to be sent by mail must be received in the Board of Elections Office by noon on Saturday May 3. All mailed absentee ballots must be in the Board of Elections Office by 7:30pm on Election Day May 6.


Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court



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


According to documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Kevin Jarold Joseph was placed on five years community control with conditions for one count of Felonious Assault.


.Jeffrey Lee Myers was sentenced to thirteen months in prison for one count of possession of heroin.


.Sophronia A. Legge was placed on five years community control with multiple conditions on one count of possession of heroin.


.Robert Kendall Counts was sentenced to fifty-four months in prison on multiple counts of money laundering.


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Meet The Candidates Night Held Thursday

Beaman and Wingfield (l-r) prepare for forum


The candidates for Hardin County Commissioners participated in the Meet The Candidates forum last night.


The two Republicans, challenger Brad Wingfield and Incumbent commissioner Brice Beaman, answered an array of questions during the nearly one hour forum held at the Kenton City Schools Administrative Office Building.


Panelists included (l-r) Robin Oates, Jessica Shepherd and Tobey Steinman


One question came from the audience from property owner Michael Shepherd, who is opposed to wind turbines coming to his area.

His question was, 'Would you has a commissioner be willing to explore using revenue from the wind farm operations to compensate property owners adversely impacted by the operations?'

It was answered first by Beaman:
"We've had this conversation, and we've asked your group to come back with the three top issues that you felt, and I think setback is one. There's health issues and that kind of thing. We have looked at some studies through the commissioner's office that listed the negative impacts on property values, and clear at the bottom of the list was a half percent possible negative impact to property values. There were many more way above that, and I guess the short answer to that is on the front end, we need to get these issues settled before they're ever built to lower the impact as much as we can before they're ever built, get that stuff negotiated in place, and see if we can make a difference, and beyond that, the short answer to that question would be no."
And followed by Wingfield:
"Again, that's a fairly subjective question, it really is. To say that there is the negative effect to that many residents in that area. I think that depending on what the setback is to the property line, if that's addressed. I think you can negate a lot of these issues with technology and setbacks. I'm not saying you can create a mute issue out of this, but I think that something that you can address with a couple of well planned ideas when it comes to that."


The moderator for the night was Matt Jennings 

Early voting is underway now, and the Primary Election itself is scheduled for Tuesday May 6.


Kenton Girl On Mission To Construct Dog Run

Maddie with her Grandma, City Council Member Patti Risner


A 10 year old Kenton girl is on a mission to raise money for a dog run at Wharton Park.

Maddie Kugle talks about what she has done so far, "I talked to the Parks and Recreation Committee and they approved it. I then wrote and gave a speech to City Council, and they told me that I will be invited to talk to Parks and Recreation again in April."

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


Man Arrested Following Bomb Threat Investigation at Ada Technologies



A Lima man was arrested Wednesday in connection to a bomb threat earlier this week at Ada Technologies.

According to a release from the Ada Police Department, 19 year old Nicholas P. Simpson was charged with a fourth degree felony count of inducing panic, and is currently being held in the Multi-County Jail in Marion.

Simpson has been employed at Ada Technologies for about a month.

Ada police officers were dispatched to the factory after a bomb threat was found written on the wall within the facility.

The building was evacuated, and a search was conducted, but no devices were found.

Ada Police were assisted by the Allen County Sheriff's Office.


Driver Cited For Speeding Following Crash

Two vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries in a crash that occurred Wednesday morning on U.S. 68 north of Kenton.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 80 year old Henry Reffitt, of Dunkirk, was northbound on 68 and slowed down as he approached a construction zone. His car was struck from behind by a car being operated by 33 year old Bradley Woodard, of Forest.


There were three warning signs posted leading up to the work zone, and Woodard was cited for speeding.


Nominations Sought For Tree Town Festival Parade Grand Marshall and Spirit Award

The 2014 Tree Town Festival Committee is accepting nominations for the Parade Grand Marshal and Community Spirit Award. Anyone interested in nominating someone for these honors should call the Forest Fire Department at 419-273-2520 and leave a message.


Nominations can also be e-mailed to treetownfestival@hotmail.com or mailed to The Tree Town Festival c/o the Forest Fire Department, P.O. Box 104, Forest, Ohio 45843. Candidates can be from the Forest village or surrounding area.

The selections will be made at the next Tree Town Festival meeting Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm. at the Forest City Council Chamber.


The event will be held on July 11, 12, and 13 in Gormley Park, Forest Ohio and is sponsored by the Jackson Forest Fire and Emergency Medical Services.


Law Enforcement to increase presence on US 68

Sheriff's, Police Chief's, and State Patrol officers for Hardin, Logan, Champaign and Hancock counties.


Area law enforcement has combined forces to increase awareness of accidents on State Route 68. The State Highway Patrol along with Hardin, Logan, Champaign, and Hancock County Sheriff's Offices and Kenton, Bellefontaine, West Liberty, Urbana, and Findlay Police Departments will be increasing enforcement on 68 throughout April. According to information provided by Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, State Route 68 was the scene of many accidents in 2013.


"We had over 400 accidents in this four county stretch in 2013 alone, so we need focus speed, driver and attention type violations. And I don't mean more citations but simply to remember this is a heavly traveled road through the four counties and get people to slow down and pay attention a bit more." said Everhart.


The initiative will focus on decreasing the amount of crash-causing violations and provide traffic safety awareness. The top three violations that caused crashes across Ohio last year were assured clear distance ahead, failure to control, and failure to yield violations.


Law enforcement will focus on these violations on State Route 68.


Journalists detained at Lima Tank Plant. Publication files complaint.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio newspaper and two of its journalists have filed complaints with the FBI after the staffers were detained and had cameras confiscated at a tank plant last week.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo, a reporter and a photographer filed the complaints on Tuesday alleging that their civil rights were violated when they were detained by military police outside the General Dynamics tank plant in Lima.
Blade reporter Tyrel Linkhorn and photographer Jetta Fraser met with an FBI agent to detail the Friday incident. The pair was detained for about an hour, and Fraser's cameras were confiscated outside the gates of the plant. Police told them photography of any part of the plant was prohibited. Fraser was also briefly handcuffed.
FBI and plant officials haven't commented.


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Drugs Found Hidden in Secret Compartments of Impounded Car

Sgt. Holbrook and Sheriff Everhart stand in front of confiscated drugs.


A car that was impounded following a traffic stop last year ended up being a hiding place for drugs.

Sergeant Scott Holbrook, from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, recalls making the traffic stop in April of 2013, "The night of the stop, the driver did not have a valid driver's license, it was out of Chicago. We actually impounded the car, because he was not allowed to drive it away, and the vehicle was not registered to him."

But when no one came to claim the car, Sheriff Keith Everhart said they knew something wasn't quite right, "Very early on we realized there's something in that vehicle that they don't want to come back and get their car, because it's a fairly decent car, so we did the forfeiture process. Once we got it into the county commissioners names, and it's legally our vehicle, we tore into it, and this is what we found."

Secret compartments were added under seats of car to hide drugs


What they found is a sizeable quantity of cocaine and heroine hidden in secret compartments built under the seats of the car, but as to drug related charges against the driver, Sheriff Everhart said that is not likely, "At this point to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure about the legality of the gentlemen's residency in this country. There's a lot of issues that we are aware of with this particular case that, I would love to go get him, but I just don't think it's going to be practical to even try to find this person."


Early Voting Begins in Ohio For May 6 Primary



CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohioans can start voting for contenders in the May 6 primary.
Early voting begins Tuesday in the state. In-person voting hours are mostly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in all 88 counties. Voters also get the Saturday before Election Day to cast a ballot.
Contests include races for congressional and state legislative seats. Ohio voters also will decide whether to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roadways, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.
Two Democrats are competing to face Republican Gov. John Kasich  this fall. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the endorsed Democrat, has campaigned for months to be the party's nominee. Democrat Larry Ealy also is seeking the office.


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