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Family Fun Day and Car Show Set For Sunday

 

 

The 5th Annual Family Fun Day and Car Show is scheduled for Sunday June 1 at Simon Kenton School.
 

Organizor Larry Gossard said it makes for a perfect family outing, "It's a little bit for everybody. You can come out for an afternoon, eat a hot dog, have some chicken nuggets, have some snow cones, and just walk around and have fun, look at the cars, play games. We have kids games that people can purchase tickets to play, and win prizes."
 

The event starts at noon on Sunday at Simon Kenton School, and all the proceeds are donated to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis.

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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled at Kenton Community Health Center

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at Kenton Community Health Center, 111 West Espy Street, Kenton, on Wednesday, June 4 at 12noon. 

 

The ribbon cutting will be in conjunction with Kenton Community Health Center’s Open House which will run from 12noon to 6pm.

 

Kenton Community Health Center is one of seven federally qualified health centers that are operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio.

 

The Kenton location offers Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy, Substance Abuse, and Social Services.

 

The Open House will include a tour of the Health Center including the new dental area, food, refreshments, freebies and giveaways.

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Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

 

 

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

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

 

.Michael A. Wolfenbarger was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison on three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count each of breaking and entering and tampering with evidence. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.

 

.Max M. Ellcessor was sentenced to a total of 39 months on prison on one count each of possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Stop Sign Being Added On Robinson Avenue

 

 

Kenton City crews will be placing a stop sign on Robinson Ave at the intersection of Oak Street.
 

According to a release, the sign will be in place Monday June 2.
 

Traffic will need to stop while travelling east to west through the intersection once the sign has been installed.

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Bicycle Inspections Offered For Free Saturday

 

 

An event to make sure your child's bicycle is ready for summer will be held Saturday from 10am until noon.
 

The event will be held at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, and you can have your child's bike checked for free.
 

They will offer minor repairs, check tire pressure and chain lubrication. They will also have safety materials and bike helmets to the first 100 children.
 

In addition, a free raffle for bikes will be offered. All you need to do to enter is write your name and contact number for the drawing.
 

The event is sponsored by the Kenton Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Hardin County Sheriff's Office VIP's and Kenton Elks Lodge #157.

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Quest To Build Dog Park Continues

 

 

A 10 year old Kenton girl's quest to have a dog park constructed at Wharton Park continues.
 

Maddie Kugle has spoken to City Council and other groups seeking support for the project, and her grandmother Patti Risner said donations are being collected at Quest Federal Credit Union, "It's called Project Dog Park 114674, and they cal also call Maddie's mom Kellie Kugle at 567-295-0109 or they can call me at 567-674-1520."
 

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

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Two Men Arrested, Third Man Facing Charges, Following Drug Bust

Pictured: Jeremy Slusher (L) and Raymond Goode (R)

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted a traffic stop in the city of Kenton on Wednesday as a result of an ongoing illegal narcotics investigation.
 

According to a release, as a result of the stop 54 hits of heroin were seized. One male, identified as Jeremy Slusher, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, another male, identified as Raymond Goode, was arrested for possession and trafficking in heroin, and another male was released pending charges. 

 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, and Kenton Police Department Canine unit.

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Two Men Arrested in Separate Domestic Violence Disturbances

Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection to separate domestic violence incidents.
 

The first occurred Wednesday morning in the 600 block of High Street. According to the report, 30 year old Derek Kavanaugh was taken into custody and charged with domestic violence.

 

Then Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Eliza Street for a report of domestic violence.
According to that report, upon arrival the suspect became aggressive and a taser was deployed. The suspect, identified as 23 year old Blake Stayman, was taken into custody and later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion pending charges.

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ODOT Assesses Vegetation Along State Highways

 

LIMA– The grass along area highways which remains brown from herbicidal spraying last summer will be reseeded by the contractor this year.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 (ODOT) recently completed an assessment of vegetation along the highways in the district’s eight-county region where a 2, 4-D-based chemical was sprayed last summer to kill broadleaf weeds.

The chemical contained a growth retardant which was believed at the time to have caused the grass to brown immediately and remain brown throughout the summer and fall.

 

“In our conversations with the contractor last year when the issue was first identified, we were assured the grass would recover, but any areas that did not would be reseeded at their expense,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “Based on our recent assessment, we now believe we have several areas that will require reseeding,” he said.

 

The contractor, Mercier’s Inc. of South Point, will be responsible for reseeding dead areas, spraying weeds which have overtaken some of those areas and repairing any washout areas created because of the lack of healthy vegetation. ODOT will request the contractor to perform this work at their expense as soon as possible.


ODOT regularly performs herbicidal spraying by contract. Vegetative retardants, which slow the growth of grass, are typically included in the mix to reduce the number of mowings each year.

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Thefts Reported at Two Kenton Businesses

A theft of lottery tickets was reported to police on Tuesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an employee of Fuel America told officers that the store was missing two full books of scratch off lottery tickets.
 

The employee said the discovery was made after a customer came into the store and tried to cash in an unactivated lottery ticket.
The incident remains under investigation.


 

A theft was also reported at the Kenton Kroger store Tuesday.
 

According to that report, an employee reported the theft of an undetermined amount of merchandise from the store.
 

Two suspects were listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed, and that case also remains under investigation.

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Kenton Water Revenue Improves

Water revenues since the change in the city water rates appear to be doing well.

 

At the Kenton City Council Meeting Monday night, Teresa Styer from the Finance Committee gave a report indicating that the committee met to review the water rates, and found them to be in line with expected revenues, based on the projections on the study conducted last year. Styer mentioned though that the rates have not been in effect long enough to allow for a thorough evaluation. At this time, the committee has no recommendations on possible changes to the rates structure.

 

Also at the meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that the city will be receiving around $189,000 from the Safe Walks to School Grant Program. While the city did apply for a grant of $320,000 Hites said that the funds will be put to good use for sidewalk improvements in and around the new Kenton School Building. Hites also mentioned that ten kids from the Department of Jobs and Family Services will be working again this summer for the city. Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said that the department will be conducting interviews on potential candidates for the open position later this week and that Captain Tim Striker would be serving as the Interim Assistant Fire Chief until a new assistant is appointed.

 

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns also provided an update on the first weekend for the Kenton Pool. Mayor Manns said that 160 people went to the pool on Saturday, 340 on Sunday and the pool sold 109 tickets and 61 people used passes on Memorial Day. Over the weekend, Mayor Manns said that $1700 in passes were sold.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on June 9th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

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Dogs Help Calm Witnesses in Ohio Courtroom

MARION, Ohio (AP) - Specially trained service dogs are helping calm anxious witnesses who take the stand in one central Ohio courtroom.
 
The two pooches - 6-year-old Molly B and 2-year-old Camry - are trained to lie still on the ground in the witness box to provide a more comforting environment for people testifying in family court in Marion County, north of Columbus.
 
Ellen O'Neill-Stephens, founder of Courthouse Dogs Foundation, said the courtroom is one of the first in the nation to have a facility dog.
 
O'Neill-Stephens says testifying in court is a stressful experience, and scientific research shows that dogs can reduce stress in humans.
 
Camry, a golden retriever/Labrador mix, also will work with juveniles in the county court system.

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Weekly Poll Results

A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters did not travel this past Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Following a week of voting on the question, 'How will you be travelling this Memorial Day Weekend?, 79% said they were not travelling, 20% said by car, only 1% said they would travel using a different means and no votes were cast for travelling by plane.

 

Please vote now in this week's poll.

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Boil Water Advisory in Mt. Victory

The village of Mt. Victory will be repairing a water main break in the 500 block of E. Marion St. on Tuesday May 27, 2014 through Thursday May 29, 2014.  Repair of the break could result in a disruption of water service.  As a result a “Boil Order Advisory” is issued for water consumers on E. Marion St. from the intersection of S. Wheeler St. to the east corporation limit.  The advisory will be in effect from 9:00 AM on Tuesday May 27, 2014 until further notice.

 

Boil Order Basics:

 

·During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth

 

·The Village recommends that bottled water or water boiled vigorously for at least one minute should be used for hand washing

 

·It is safe to shower or bathe in the water. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing

 

·It is safe to wash clothes in the water

 

·Use bottled water or boiled water to wash and rinse dishes

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Car Damaged in Sunday Crash

A car was heavily damaged in a crash that occurred this past Sunday.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the car was eastbound on County Road 150 and missed a curve. It travelled into a ditch, struck the embankment and came to rest in a wooded area.
 

The driver then fled the scene. The owner of the car, Nicholas Agin, was a passenger in the vehicle. He said he let a friend drive because he was under the influence. Though he called the driver a friend,

Agin said he had just met him and knew him only by his first name

 

Matt. Agin said that he fell asleep and woke up after the crash, which remains under investigation.

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B & E Reported Near Forest

Deputies are investigating a breaking and entering that occurred over Memorial Day Weekend.
 

According to that report, the incident was reported Sunday. It occurred at a residence on County 304, Forest.

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Ohio Gas Prices Higher To Start Work Week

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are higher to start the post-holiday work week.
 
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.81 in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up 11 cents from a week ago.
 
Tuesday's Ohio price is about 4 cents higher than a month ago, and it's 11 cents higher last year at this time.

 

The national average Tuesday was $3.65 per gallon. That's about the same as a week ago, and a nickel less than a month ago.

 

Analysts still expect prices to drop at a moderate rate into the summer, due to ample U.S. crude oil stocks and other factors.

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AEP Proposed Rate Cut For Residential Customers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - American Electric Power is planning to cut rates for most residential customers by more than 12 percent.
 
A typical household bill would be 12.6 percent less than under current rates under a plan submitted by the utility. That's based on forecasts of market conditions next year, when the plan would take effect.
 
Reports indicate that a trial-like regulatory hearing process to implement the cut begins next week. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will issue a ruling later this year, and the plan would take effect in June 2015.
 
The rate would fall because AEP will be buying power through an auction process in which power-plant operators compete to offer the lowest price.
 
AEP has about 1.5 million customers in Ohio.

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Fewer Killed On Ohio Roads Over holiday Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Fewer people lost their lives on Ohio roadways over the Memorial Day weekend this year compared with 2013.
 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people lost their lives during the Friday through Monday holiday weekend. That's five fewer than last year. The patrol says three of the fatalities this year were related to drunken driving.
 
The patrol's 757 arrests for impaired driving were a 7-percent increase from 2103. Citations for seat-belt violations increased 19 percent, to 7,278.
 
The patrol said it made more than 21,000 non-enforcement contacts, of which nearly 5,000 were to assist motorists.
 
AAA Ohio Auto Club expected it to be the busiest Memorial Day weekend on the state's roads since before the recession.

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No injuries in minor car crash

The Kenton Police Department responded to a minor accident in Kenton late Sunday afternoon. According to the report provided by the department, Kevin Kapanka of Kenton was stopped facing southbound at the intersection of Market and West Columbus Street. Kapanka proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Timothy Legge of Kenton.

 

Minor damage occurred to both vehicles and Legge was cited for failing to yield the right of way at an intersection. There were no injuries.

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Dr. Johnson Sells Practice To Ohio Health

 

 

A Kenton doctor is moving in a different direction with her practice.
 

Dr. Kate Johnson recently finalized the sale of her office to Ohio Health. Dr. Johnson talks about why that decision as made, "I think it was a multi-factorial decision. I've been in solo practice for 19 years, and with all doctors, it's becoming more difficult to stay in solo practice because of all the changes in medication. There's a lot with insurance. There's a lot with computers, and I just felt that Mark Seckinger talked to me about a year ago about it, and I said I would think about it, which I did, and after much thought and deliberation I thought this was the best thing to do f

or my staff and myself."
 

She said the sale of her practice is a bittersweet moment for her, "Right, the important thing is I still get to practice, and that's what I love, but for the past six months, it's been very hard for me. I feel like I'm losing my child, they're sorting of going off to college, and I'm losing it. The staff is doing great with it, I'm the one that's having problems, but I think in two months, down the road, I'll be very happy about it."
 

As for her patients, the doctor said they will hardly notice a difference "Everything will be the same. In fact, if we hadn't broadcast this, I don't think they would notice the difference at all. Some of them unfortunately, we hope this doesn't happen, but we might have to make a change because of insurance. If they don;t have the insurance that Ohio Health carries, that we'll be carrying now, they may have to find another doctor, but I hope that's not true, but it could happen."

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Rule Changes In Store For High School Football This Fall

High school football fans may see something a little different this fall.

 

 

In the past, high school football games in Ohio could only be shortened by mutual agreement of both head coaches. That will change this fall with the adoption of a football point differential rule.
 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors adopted the rule at its May meeting last week. Starting this coming season, a running clock will be used in the 2nd half any time the score differential reaches 30 points or more. That means the clock will run continuously unless there is an official’s timeout, either coach calls timeout, the period ends, or a score occurs. The clock will then restart on the ready-for-play signal on the 1st play after any of the above.
 

If at any time the point differential drops below 30 points, normal timing rules will resume.
 

Teams and fans will have three more months to adjust to the new rule. High school football returns on WKTN on August 29th when the Kenton Wildcats host Coldwater.

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Man Gets Five Years in Prison

 

 

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Daniel A. Burke, also known as Daniel A. Morgan was sentenced to a total of five years in prison on one count each of burglary and attempted burglary.

 

Judge Scott Barrett ordered Burke to pay restitution in the amount of $228 to the victim.

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Kenton Man Facing Assault Charges

A Kenton man was arrested following a report of assault in the city Thursday night.

 

According to the report provided by the department, a victim arrived at the station Thursday evening to report an assault on Market Street.

 

The victim was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was admitted to the emergency room. Upon investigation, officers found a suspect on Market Street identified as 40 year old Dwayne Miller of Kenton.

 

Miller was taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion where he is currently being held on assault charges.

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5th Annual Family Fun Day Scheduled

The star of the show, Bryce Gossard

 

The 5th Annual Family Fun Day and Car Show is set to take place Sunday June 1 at Simon Kenton School in Kenton.
 

Organizer Larry Gossard said the purpose of the day is to raise awareness about neurofibromatosis and raise money to help find a cure, "All proceeds from this event goes to the Children's Tumor Foundation, New York Office, and is applied towards research , specifically geared on behalf of Bryce Gossard."
 

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

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Coach Mauk Reflects On His Time At Kenton

 

 

The last day of school for Kenton means the last day on the job for a longtime football coach.
 

As everyone knows by now of course, Coach Mike Mauk retired after 31 seasons on the sidelines for Kenton football games. The Coach said this is a bittersweet moment for him, "It really is, it was about 31 years ago this current month is when I first came to Kenton and had my interview and was applying for the Head Football Coaching job and was very fortunate to get that and move my family here. All of my children have been raised in Kenton. Three of them were born and raised here. Jonathan was just a baby when we got here, but my wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment we've been here. We've met some great people. We got to work with some great student athletes, and had tremendous support from our community. You go on a Friday night in the fall, there's nothing more exciting than going to a Kenton High School football game to watch the team play, the band perform and the cheerleaders cheer, and see all the different types of people who would come to the football games."
 

The Coach said he appreciates the support from the community and feels that Kenton has a great following, "It's not just people in the Kenton community, but in Hardin County in general, so leaving those memories and all the things that were generated as a result, friendships, relationships, I'm really going to miss, and I feel very fortunate that I've been given the opportunity to do what I've done for the last 31 years."
 

Kenton wasn't always a football town, and Coach Mauk takes time to talk about how things got turned around, "I would tell you that I'm not the most intelligent coach. I'm not the best x and o coach, but one of the things that I've been able to do is help kids believe in themselves, believe that they can do something that maybe other people didn't believe they could do. Help them build their self confidence. Naturally we work hard on our strength and conditioning, which I think helps in that area. We were able to keep most of our kids healthy, and they began to understand that the only way we could be successful is to play together as a team."
 

And the Coach praised his assistant coaches in helping turn Kenton into a powerhouse, "I was very fortunate to be surrounded by some outstanding football coaches, assistant coaches. Many of them had either played at Kenton or have played for me, Coach Fackler being one f those coaches that came on board a couple of years after I had been here, and their loyalty and committment to our program, to our football team was tremendous, and I'm excited for our program, because I think it's going to be left in good hands, and I think Coach Fackler and the remaining coaches will do a great job of maintaining what we've tried to accomplish here in recent years and keep things going, and that's my hope and desire."
 

Two state championships, two runner-up state championships and multiple Western Buckeye League titles later, the Coach now gets ready for the next chapter in his coaching career, as the Head Coach at Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri.

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Ohio Father And Son Face Sex Trafficking Charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio authorities say a father and son are facing federal charges of sex trafficking involving a child and transporting women for prostitution in exchange for heroin.
 
The Ohio Attorney General's Office says 46-year-old Keith Arrick Sr. of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and 21-year-old Keith Arrick Jr. of Lima were indicted this week on charges that included conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
 
The indictment says the pair took the juvenile and the women to Columbus hotels and advertised them as prostitutes on the Internet. Arrick Sr. is accused of giving the women heroin in exchange for prostituting themselves and threatened to kill them if they tried to leave.
 
Both were in jail in Columbus. No attorney information was available.

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Semi Driver Busted in Downtown Kenton

A Dearborn, Michigan truck driver was cited for drug related offenses following a routine traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

 

Officers question Mohamad Salha in downtown Kenton Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to information from Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion, an officer stopped a semi on Detroit at Columbus Street after the driver ran a red light. The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and the driver was asked to step out. He was searched and a small amount of marijuana was found, which prompted a search of the cab and trailer, and a small quantity of marijuana was found in the cab.

 

 

The driver, 37 year old Mohamad Salha was cited for possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments as well as the traffic offense. He was released and ordered to appear later in court. He did not appear to be under the influence while driving.

 

The Kenton Police Department was assisted by the Hardin County Crime Task Force, Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Patrol and Kenton Police K-9 unit.

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Heated Discussion At Grove Cemetery Board Meeting

 

At a meeting of the Grove Cemetery Board Tuesday night, the board took comments from members of the public regarding the enforcement of rules and regulations on gravesites at the cemetery. Earlier this year, the board decided to enforce many rules which hadn’t been enforced on a uniform basis prior to this year. Many of these rules pertained to decorations at gravesites, and what could be placed and what couldn’t.

 

Click here to view and/or download the Grove Cemetery Rules booklet. The rules are in PDF form.

 

In April, a notice was placed in the Kenton Times and also on the gravesites themselves which were considered not compliant with the cemetery rules. Residents were asked to remove items not in compliance. At the meeting Tuesday night, the board heard from residents in the community who expressed concern and, at times, outrage at the board’s decision.

 

Click here to listen and/or download selected comments from the meeting. The audio file is in mp3 format.

 

The main topic appeared to be a lack of communication between the board and the public. It was suggested that the board explore new options in communicating with the public. According to resident Stephanie Temple;

 

"I looked for a presence on the internet. I thought perhaps I'd be able to find the rules online. I found nothing there. A lot of people get their information now from the internet. Those are the kinds of things you guys should know and I really thing you need to consider because that's how you now make contact with people. through social media, the internet, things like that." said Temple.

 

Board president Jerry Layman said that the board appreciated the public’s input, and while the board would move forward this year as they have been, they will explore new options later this year for implementation next year.

 

"We listened to the comments tonight. Later this fall we will be revisiting the rules and offering revisions at that time which will take effect in 2015. We will invite some of the people who were here tonight to share their insight with the board, and work with our maintance people to see if we can come to an agreement or compromise in regards to some of the decorating rules." said Layman.

 

 

The Grove Cemetery Board meets on the on the third Tuesday each month, generally at the Grove Cemetery Office, which is the former caretakers home at Grove Cemetery. Meetings generally begin at 4:30pm.

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Visitor Poll Results

A majority of our Visitor Poll voters do not feel that weather extremes are caused by global warming.

 

Of those responding to the question, 59% said no, while 41% said yes, the weather extremes are caused by global warming.

 

Vote now on this week's question.

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Riverdale Board Discusses Teacher Situation

Kindergarten teacher Barb Williams was suspended for 10 days without pay after a video of an incident between her and a student surfaced last week. The incident was discussed at Monday's Riverdale board meeting. Board member John Livingston said that while the board does not condone the actions on the video, it does believe in due process of the law. He said the incident had been forwarded to the proper authorities, and that the board is waiting to receive a report on the situation from the authorities before moving forward.

 

The next regular meeting of the Riverdale Board of Education is set for 6 p.m. on June 16th.

 

 

 

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Kenton Schools Board of Education Meets

 The Kenton City Schools will NOT be asking the public to renew an income tax levy.

 

At the Kenton School Board Meeting last night, the board was presented with a five year financial forecast. Kenton School Treasurer Tracy Hiller said that state funding would be increasing in the next several years.

 

"The state has come forward and is giving districts more money. We're one of the few in the county that will be receiving additional funds and that state money is offsetting what we're getting from that 1/2% income tax. So the board felt it was very important to do what they can to not have to renew that. Plus we have been looking at ways to cut expenses, share services, and find other sources of revenue so we don't have to go to our taxpayers for additional revenue." said Hiller.

 

Board Member David Haushalter said that given the increases in state funding, plus additional cuts to expenditures, the board felt the school would be safe in letting the current additional income tax levy expire.

 

"The administration and the board has done a very good job of looking at our expenses and revenues and getting those to coordinate. So that we were able to give back to the tax payers in this community the money that we don't need right now. They helped us out in a pinch, and now that pinch is over and we need to give it back. In the future, should we get pinched again, hopefully the community will be back behind us again at that time." said Haushalter.

 

Also at the meeting, the Kenton School Board finalized plans on the building of a connecting road to the school from Morningside Drive.  The contract was awarded to VTF Excavating LLC as the lowest responsible bidder in the total amount of $773,699.14 including Alternates #1 and #2 in the amounts of $108,580.64 and $12,767.33 respectively. The road project will begin soon and, according to the board members, is still on track to be ready to use by the beginning of the school year.

 

Also, Board member Tom Brim presented a proposal to the school by a resident in the community. The proposal was for the school to purchase a section of property owned by Mike Osborn north of Maydoll Drive and East Pattison Streets to build another connecting road with sidewalks, which would connect to the new school building. Brim said that the road could be of use to the school and could be developed, however it was not critical to the project.

 

"We don't know if we have money left over in this project to do it or not. It's a perfect place for a sidewalk. It's likely a good place for a street. The question is whether there's money in the project and whether the people of this community think we ought to spend that money to build that road. The other one was critical. This one is just handy." said Brim.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be a special meeting on Wednesday June 4th at 8am for hiring, and the next regular meeting will be on June 16th 2014 at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

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Two Burglaries Handled By HCSO

Some details were released on a pair of burglaries that took place over the weekend. 
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office reports, the first occurred in the 17,000 block Township Road 119, where two flat screen televisions, a computer and various other electronic items were reported stolen.

 

The second happened on Hale Street in Mt. Victory, where a quantity of prescription medicine was taken.

 

Both cases remain under investigation.

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Ohio Gas Prices Don't Move Much From Last Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio haven't moved much over the past week.
 
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.72 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up only about a penny from a week ago.
 
 Monday's Ohio price is about 4 cents higher than a month ago, but it's about 6 cents lower than last year at this time.
 
The national average Monday was $3.65 per gallon. That's the same as a week ago, but 2 cents higher than a month ago.
 
Analysts expect prices to drop at a moderate rate into the summer due to ample U.S. crude oil stocks and other factors.
 
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Online:
 
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

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KFD Assistant Chief Calls It A Career

A longtime member of the Kenton Fire Department has retired.

 

 

Assistant Fire Chief Tom Roberts retired this week after forty-two years as a member of the Kenton Fire Department. Chief Roberts said that what drew him to work at the fire department was the uniqueness of the job, plus the fact that it was work that didn't tie you down to a desk all the time.

 

"I just thought it was interesting. It was a job where you could get out and help people. It wasn't something where you were tied down mind and machine. I had worked on an assembly line once and I really didn't care for that once I got out. This way you could work at your job a bit liesurly until you get a call and have to go out on an emergency." said Roberts.

 

Roberts joined the Kenton Fire Department in the early 1970s first working on the lines, and over the years he had the opportunity to work on the various crews before being named as the Assistant Fire Chief. And like many of the firefighters, Roberts also worked in other jobs over the years while he was employed at the firehouse. Roberts said that being a firefighter can be a demanding job, and he hopes people coming into this field understand that going in.

 

"It's a good field to get into. I appreciate it now that I'm older, but in the smaller community you don't have as many runs as you would in a bigger city. It'd wear you out. If you're looking for a job in fire service and want to keep occupied a bit more, I think young people should go to a bigger city. So many of them here get bored on it after a while. Being a firefighter is a long time away from your family when you work twenty-four hours a day." said Roberts.

 

Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue said that in his forty-two years with the Kenton Fire Department, Roberts never took one sick day. He said that Roberts has had a stellar career with the Kenton Firehouse and he will be missed.

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Kenton Pool Getting Ready For Season

Passes for the Kenton swimming pool are on sale now.
 

Opening day will be May 26.

 

Daily admission: 2 & under free and $4 for general admission. Family passes are $100 for two adults and three kids, additional children add $10. A single pass is $50. Senior single passes are $40 and senior couple passes are $70. “Vacation” passes are $20 for 4 people for seven days. Monthly family passes are $40; this includes 2 adults and 3 children, additional children add $10. Pool passes may be purchased at the Kenton City Building Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. For more information please contact Emma Bushong, Parks & Recreation Director at (419) 674-4580.
 

Pool Hours are 12 to 8pm daily. Preview days will be held on May 24 & 25 from 1 to 5pm. Preview days are free.

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Forest Hosts Spring Soccer Classic

The Village of Forest announced that this weekend, Saturday, May 17, 2014 and Sunday, May 18, 2014 is the Spring Soccer Classic hosted by Riverdale Youth Soccer at the Ranger Sports Complex.
 

Traffic will be heavy in the west end of town during the daytime hours. W. Dixon St. from S. Martin to Pickett St. will be reduced to westbound one way traffic only from 7:00 am - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 5/17/14, and from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 5/18/14.

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Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.David Lee Gradick was sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison on one count each of burglary, having weapons while under disability and tampering with evidence with a firearm specification.

 

.Charles William Inmon Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.

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John Anthony Biederman was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present and petty theft. He was ordered to serve 30 days local incarceration with work release.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Hardin County Community Foundation Awards Grants

The Hardin County Community Foundation awarded grants during a ceremony held at the Kenton Armory Thursday afternoon.

 

Numerous non-profit organizations were awarded grants totaling just over $180,000.

 

The grants and amounts were as follows:

 

Ada Exempted Schools--$500.00
Ada Exempted Schools--$500.00
Ada Exempted Schools--$500.00
Ada Exempted Schools- High School--$500.00
Ada Park District--$1,000.00
Ada Public Library--$1,500.00
Alger First United Methodist Church- Home Missions--$500.00
Alger First United Methodist Church- Home Missions--$2,500.00
Alger First United Methodist Church- Home Missions--$400.00
Alger Memorial Festival Committee--$2,000.00
Alger Public Library--$1,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hardin County--$1,000.00
BKP Ambulance District--$2,129.00
Camp Common Ground  Summer Camp--$1,500.00
Camp Common Grounds--$1,000.00
City of Kenton--$1,500.00
City of Kenton- Murray Park Committee--$1,425.00
Cub Scout Pack 121--$500.00
Dunkirk Community Improvement Corp.--$1,000.00
Dunkirk Masonic Lodge 549--$500.00
First United Methodist Church- Ada--$1,250.00
Forest Fire Department--$500.00
Forest Firefighters Association--$500.00
Forest Police Department--$1,400.00
Forest-Jackson Public Library--$1,500.00
Forest-Jackson Public Library--$1,000.00
Harco Industries, dba kudoStudio--$1,500.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society--$1,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society--$2,500.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society--$1,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society--$4,000.00
Hardin County Agricultural Society--$1,000.00
Hardin County Bowling Association--$250.00
Hardin County Bowling Association--$250.00
Hardin County Building Maintenance--$3,500.00
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance--$1,000.00
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance--$1,000.00
Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance--$1,000.00
Hardin County Coonhunters--$500.00
Hardin County Dog Shelter--$1,500.00
Hardin County Family Safety Coalition/Partnership for Violence Free Families--$500.00
Hardin County Family YMCA--$1,500.00
Hardin County Family YMCA--$665.00
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.--$500.00
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.--$1,000.00
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.--$500.00
Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.--$1,500.00
Hardin County Hospice--$1,800.00
Hardin County Humane Society--$200.00
Hardin County Humane Society--$1,500.00
Hardin County Junior Fair Board--$750.00
Hardin County Juvenile Court--$1,000.00
Hardin County Juvenile Court--$250.00
Hardin County Mounted Posse--$1,300.00
Hardin County Optimist--$500.00
Hardin County Players--$500.00
Hardin County Recovery Court--$1,000.00
Hardin County Sheriff's Office--$3,000.00
Hardin County Sheriff's Volunteers in Police Service--$600.00
Hardin County Special Olympics--$2,000.00
Hardin County Upward Sports--$1,000.00
Hardin Hills Health Center--$4,320.00
Hardin Leadership, Inc- Youth Leadership--$1,000.00
Hardin Leadership, Inc.--$1,000.00
Hardin Northern Community Center--$1,000.00
Hardin Northern- Elementary Library--$500.00
Hardin Northern- High School Library--$500.00
Hardin Northern Public Library--$1,250.00
Heartbeat of Hardin County--$1,850.00
Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Inc--$2,500.00
Helping Hands Outreach Ministries--$5,000.00
Helping Hands Outreach Ministries--$1,200.00
HHWP-CAC Forest Head Start--$700.00
HHWP-CAC Kenton Head Start 1--$500.00
HHWP-CAC Kenton Head Start 2--$500.00
HHWP-CAC Kenton Head Start 3--$500.00
Jackson-Forest Ambulance District--$500.00
Jackson-Forest EMS Association--$1,000.00
Keep Hardin County Beautiful--$1,187.00
Keep Hardin County Beautiful--$800.00
Kenton City Schools--$600.00
Kenton City Schools--$1,000.00
Kenton City Schools--$2,190.00
Kenton City Schools- 7th Grade Robotics--$2,500.00
Kenton City Schools- Espy Elementary--$1,000.00
Kenton City Schools- High School--$1,000.00
Kenton City Schools- High School Library--$1,500.00
Kenton City Schools- Middle School--$500.00
Kenton First United Methodist Church--$2,500.00
*Kenton Hardin Health Department--$1,000.00
Kenton Historic Courthouse District--$1,850.00
Kenton Little League- Home Run Memorial Park--$1,500.00
Kenton Police Department--$1,370.00
Knights of Columbus Council 1597--$2,000.00
Love, INC--$2,000.00
Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library--$1,000.00
Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library--$450.00
Mary Lou Johnson-Hardin County District Library--$450.00
Master Gardeners of Hardin County--$250.00
Master Gardeners of Hardin County--$875.00
Master Gardeners of Hardin County--$2,000.00
Mt. Victory Community Improvement Corp--$1,000.00
Neighborhood Opportunity Center--$1,500.00
NextGen Kids--$750.00
Northern Hardin County Fire District--$1,000.00
Not By Choice Outreach--$5,000.00
ONU Student Society of Health Systems Pharmacists--$1,000.00
OSU Extension Real Money, Real World Day--$1,500.00
OSU Extension- 4-H Council--$1,500.00
OSU Extension- Horse Council--$750.00
Quilts for Kids NW Ohio--$500.00
Ridgemont Cub Scout Pack 131--$500.00
Ridgemont Little Gophers Football--$500.00
Ridgemont Public Library- Mt. Victory Branch--$800.00
Ridgemont Public Library- Ridgeway Branch--$600.00
Ridgemont Schools---$500.00
Ridgemont Schools- Third Grade--$500.00
Ridgeway Firefighters--$1,000.00
Riverdale Schools-K-5--$750.00
Riverdale Schools- Elementary Library--$750.00
Roundhead Township Volunteer Fire Dept.--$3,000.00
Saint Vincent dePaul Society of Immaculate Conception Church--$1,500.00
Serenity Stables Therapeutic Center, Inc.--$1,000.00
Soroptomist of Kenton/Hardin County--$2,000.00
Tree Town Festival, Inc.--$2,000.00
Trustees of Memorial Hall       $500.00
USV Ambulance District- Alger Unit--$2,500.00
USV Ambulance District- Alger Unit--$2,000.00
Veterans Memorial Park Golf Club--$1,500.00
Village of Alger--$2,000.00
Village of Alger Park--$1,500.00
Village of Dunkirk--$1,000.00
Village of Dunkirk- Park Board--$1,000.00
Village of Dunkirk- Tree Committee--$750.00
Village of Forest--$225.00
Village of Forest Park Board--$2,000.00
Village of Forest Park Board--$400.00
Village of Forest Park Board--$1,000.00
Village of Forest- Tree Commission--$1,000.00
Wolf Creek Center for the Arts of Hardin County--$2,500.00
Bondi Funds--$1,050.00
Lichty Funds--$504.00
Jerry Jester Scholarship--$1,000.00
Catherine Lens Scholarship--$500.00
Mr. and Mrs. OJ Hogan Scholarship--$500.00
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship--$2,500.00
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship--$2,500.00
  
TOTAL FUNDS AWARDED      $180,840.00

 

[*] Not present to accept award. Grant forfeited. 

 

 

Foundation President William D. Hart said they have come a long way since their start, "When you consider that back in 1991, we started out with zero, and that now we have 5.4 million dollars, it's a testament to the willingness of the people of Hardin County to support us, and to make us grow more and more every year."

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Changes Planned For HC Players Children Workshop

 

The Hardin County Players is taking registrations now for the Summer Children's Workshop.
 

Co-Director Hannah Hardin said some changes have been made for this year's workshop, "The biggest chang probably we're focusing on telling people about this year is that we're changing the dates and the times around hoping to get some more kids in with the evening time schedule. It's going to be from 5-8pm through the week instead of 1-4, which is what it was inpast years. The the dates are going to be June 16 through June 28. There's lots of information  about that, anything you were wondering about as far as forms or times is on the Hardin County Payers website, that's hcplayers.org."
 

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

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Kenton's Top 20 Presents Cabaret 2014 This Weekend

The theme for this years Cabaret show is "Time for Moving On" and Kenton Top 20 Director Sue Buroker said that the show will feature many songs that people will remember.

 

 

"We picked out closing number for Top 20 which is Time for Moving On. J.D. [Smith] brought that in back in 1980, I believe the first year they did Time for Moving On was the 1979-80 school year. The show has many of my favorite things that I've done over the years, some we brought back that I'd done before, or songs that I always wanted to do but never did." said Buroker.

 

Many of the numbers which were featured in the opening act and throughout the show came from the Top 20 competition show this year. Individual students will perform acts as well, and Buroker said that she was amazed at what the students chose to sing as most of the songs were older numbers.

 

"You know sometimes they'll ask me what should I do and if they pick something out that may not quite be suited to their voice I might try to direct them another way. Most of the time they'll pick out what they want to do. And they'll pick old songs that have come back that I like too and had nothing to do with picking them out. We've got Blue Buyau, the Linda Rhonstat version. And a duet, You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore, which was done by Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond. We have a guy that's doing Johnny Cash, he did one last year, and this year he's doing Rusty Cage, which may not be one of his most well known but it's a good one. It always surprises me what some of the students pick out, you'd think they wouldn't have that interest but they do." said Buroker.

 

 

The Cabaret show will be held in the Kenton High School gym Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Tickets are $6.00 at the door.

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Ohio Unemployment Sees Big Drop To 5.7 Percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in April to the lowest level in more than six years.
 
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate in April was 5.7 percent, which was down from 6.1 percent in March. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since the same rate in February 2008.
 
Ohio's rate remains below the national rate, which fell to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March.
 
The state says Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April.
 
The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in April was 328,000, down 26,000 from 354,000 in March.

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Kenton seniors presented with awards.

Below is a complete recap of the awards and scholarships given out to seniors during the Kenton High School Senior Awards Day Tuesday morning.
 
 
CHELSEA ADKINS – Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion
 
DYLAN ALTVATER - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
ANDREW ANDERSON - HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Fourth Year Academic Award
 
MATTHEW BAHR – Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Jerry Jester Memorial Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Dr. Ed and Mary Holdgreve Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in Memory of Carl Russell, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Mike Mauk and Drey Dearing Wildcat Pride Scholarship sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Carter Cavalier, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Eugene Spencer Memorial Scholarship, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award,  OHSAA Scholar/Athlete Award, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
EMILY BAIRD - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
BRANDI BARRETT - Dollars for Scholarships Kyle Eric Althauser Memorial Scholarship given by the Gerald & Nancy Althauser Family, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Bloom Family Scholarship, Hardin County Farm Bureau Walter Oates Memorial Scholarship, Latham Chapter #364 Order of the Eastern Star Dorthea Kinnear Memorial Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KYLIE BELL – Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Rotary Club Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High Class of 1967 Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Marilyn Klingler Scholarship, Eugene Spencer Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for Two Years certificate, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Perfect Attendance for Two Years certificate, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
JESSICA BOONE - Dollars for Scholarships Quest Federal Credit Union Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, The Dean Edward Martino Memorial Scholarship, OHSAA Award of Excellence, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
BROOKE BOSTELMAN - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High Class of 1965 Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, The Bonnie Pavlovic Nursing Scholarship, Ohio High School Football Coaches' Association Scholarship, Liberty National Bank Scholarship, Golden Giant Building System Award, OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, OHSAA Scholar/Athlete Award, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship.
 
BRAIDEN BRADLEY – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Bill Moffit Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, M. Dean & Barbara J. Dulin Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for Four Years certificate, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship.
 
SUZANNA BRENGARTNER - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Max Montgomery Memorial Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
AKEMI BRITTION - Dollars for Scholarships Dorothy Fullerton Memorial Scholarship given by Gerald & Nancy Althauser Family, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Nichols-Temple Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
HEATH BROWN - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
KAILEY BROWN – United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
BAILEY BULLOCK - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Lions Club and Maxline Express Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Pepsi Cola Scholarship, Northwood Elementary Book Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
CAIN BUROKER - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer Haushalter Business Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
LANEY CARMEAN - Dollars for Scholarships Newland Insurance & Watkins Farms Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
CODY CAUDILL – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in Memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship 
 
ALEX COLLINS - Dollars for Scholarships McKinley & Crates Law Office and Rogers Insurance Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Terry Myers Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden & Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship 
 
ALEX DAL POLO - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
KATRINA DAVIS - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Golden Giant Building Systems Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
CAMERON DEARDORFF - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton City Schools Excellence for Education Foundation Award in Memory of Bob Goodsell, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Hardin County Farm Bureau Jane Ralston Memorial Scholarship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Western Buckeye Chapter of the Ohio Credit League Scholarship, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
DREY DEARING - Dollars for Scholarships Latham Family (Kyle & Julie) Scholarship, Dr. Kate Johnson Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Scholarship, Kenton Athletic Boosters Special Award to a Dedicated Wildcat, OHSAA Courageous Student Award,and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
LOGAN ENGLAND –  Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
COURTNEY FULTON – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Brady Shick Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation David P. Sturgeon Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High Class of 1965 Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Dr. Steven Craig Memorial Scholarship, Eugene Spencer Memorial Scholarship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Dean Edward Martino Memorial Scholarship, Dale & Joanne Layman Memorial Scholarship, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Outstanding Senior Ag Student Award, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
NOAH FURBUSH – OHSAA Award of Excellence, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Fourth Year Academic Award
 
CASSAIDY GALVIN - Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Pat Stiles Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Christopher Nicely Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ramge-Jackson Memorial, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
CODY GILLFILLAN - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Moose Lodge Family Center Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
GAGE HAIR – President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, Third Year Academic Award
 
MEGAN HASTINGS – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Pepsi Cola Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion
 
SARAH HEILMAN - Dollars for Scholarships Althauser Family Scholarship given by the Gerald & Nancy Althauser Family, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Pat McPherson Memorial Book Scholarship, Goshen Community Grange #578 Community Service Student Scholarship, Latham Chapter #364 Order of the Eastern Star Dorthea Kinnear Memorial Scholarship, Paul Heilman Book Scholarship, M. Dean & Barbara J. Dulin Scholarship, Miami Six Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
JENSEN HOLLY - Dollars for Scholarships Clayton Kritzler Memorial, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arnold E. Lange & Lance L. Lange Memorial Scholarship, Fred E. Coats Memorial Scholarship, Hardin Memorial Hospital Mary Lou Johnson Health Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
LAKEAN HOLLY - Dollars for Scholarships Clayton Kritzler Memorial, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arnold E. Lange & Lance L. Lange Memorial Scholarship, Fred E. Coats Memorial Scholarship, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
LYDIA HORNER - Dollars for Scholarships Kenton Rotary Club Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Kenton Senior High Class of 1965 Scholarship,  Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
MORGAN HOUSER – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Ruth A. Plummer Haushalter Business Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KALEB HOWARD - Dollars for Scholarships Home Savings & Loan Company Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship, United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
BAILEY HOYT - Dollars for Scholarships International Paper Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden & Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship, Hardin Memorial Hospital Mary Lou Johnson Health Scholarship, Second Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
HANNAH JENKINS – Reverend H.E. Pfister Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
MARGARET KIMMEL - Dollars for Scholarships Latham Family (Kyle & Julie) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Jeff Zerby Memorial Scholarship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Book Scholarship, Kenton Dental Care Scholarship, Pam Woll Neuhauser Memorial Scholarship, Minerva Club Scholarship, Women of the Moose Kenton Chapter #863 Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
TANNER KING - Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Oren J. & Mary A. Hogan Memorial Award, Goshen Community Grange #578 Community Service Student Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KUERT LAUTENSCHLAGER - Dollars for Scholarships Robinson Fin Machine Inc. Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Arch Rodgers Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Jerry Cross Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Wes Totten Memorial Scholarship, Mike Mauk & Drey Dearing Wildcat Pride Scholarship sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Carter Cavalier, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
ANGELO LOMBARDO –  Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
TAYLOR LUDWIG – The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
MARCUS LUTZ - Perfect Attendance for Five Years certificate
 
MERCEDES MANSFIELD - President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, First Year Academic Award
 
ELIZABETH NELSON - Dollars for Scholarships Liberty National Bank Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
RIVER OATES – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation James W. Pruden & Sandra Lange-Pruden Scholarship
 
AARON OSBORN – Dr. Kate Johnson Scholarship
 
KALEE PRESTON –  Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship
 
JEVIN RAMSEY – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
SAMUEL REA - Dollars for Scholarships Rick Whitaker Auto Sales Award, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement
 
ELISABETH SADLER - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
EMILEE SADLER – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Bloom Family Scholarship, Scott & Becky Grigaliunas Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
ERRON SADLER - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
JUSTIN SAWMILLER – Dr. Kate Johnson Scholarship, Football Coaches Shea Newfer Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
MEGAN SCOTT – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in Memory of Carl Russell
 
CHAD SHARK - Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate
 
DAMIAN SHELDON – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Chris Kanzig Memorial Scholarship, Fred E. Coats Memorial Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
HALEY SHERMAN - Dollars for Scholarships Private Donor’s Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Paul Heilman Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Helen Robinson-Kraus Memorial Scholarship, Ohio Hi-Point/Kenton FFA Scholarship, Paul Heilman Book Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate, Second Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KAITLIN SHERMAN - Dollars for Scholarships McDonald’s Restaurant Bill McClain Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Georgia Robinson Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in Memory of Carl Russell, Marsha & Mark Watkins Scholarship, Eugene Spencer Memorial Scholarship, Ag Business/Production Certificate of Completion, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KRISTEN SMITH – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
ERIN STRUBLE - Dollars for Scholarships Amicitia Lodge Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Judy Harbison Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Gerald & Vivian McNutt Memorial Scholarship, Perfect Attendance for Two Years certificate, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
JONATHAN SZCZERBA – HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
BRIEANNA TRUMAN – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial, Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship 
 
DANIEL WARNER – Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Fred W. Haushalter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medical) Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Band Boosters Scholarship, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, Perfect Attendance for One Year certificate, Third Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
MEGAN WEBB - Dollars for Scholarships Cahill Family Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanelle & Mabelle Frazer Memorial Scholarship, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
MARA WHITE - HSTW Award of Educational Achievement
 
EVAN WILKERSON - Dollars for Scholarships Hardin County Community Foundation Catherine Lens Trust Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Linz-Fath Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Band Boosters Scholarship, Northwood Elementary Book Scholarship, Bob Szymanski Memorial Scholarship provided by the Society Singers, United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, HSTW Award of Educational Achievement, President’s Award for Educational Excellence Certificate, Fourth Year Academic Award, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
KRISTEN WORMLEY - Dollars for Scholarships Robinson Fin Machine Inc. Award, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Avanel Mills Memorial Scholarship, Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation Collegiate Dictionary in Memory of Carl Russell, and the R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation Scholarship
 
Totals
 
Local Scholarship  $24,068
 
R.E & Joan S. Allen  $28,000
 
Dollars for Scholarships  $13,100
 
Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation $57,700
 
Total Money with those listed above $122,868
 
Outside Scholarships  $6,500
 
Total Money from Colleges $636,699
 
Total of all money $766,067
 
 

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Congressman Latta Visits Hardin County

 

 

US Congressman Bob Latta was in Hardin County Wednesday to meet with constituents.
 

Congressman Latta held one on one discussions with members of the public at the Hardin County Courthouse Wednesday morning. The congressman said it was a way to really get in touch with the people in the district and the problems that they face.

A big issue that the people in this district face, according to Congressman Latta is health care. Specifically, he noted that backlogs in the Veterans Administration have become such a problem that many veterans are waiting an absurd amount of time for help with claims.

 

"When you have folks out there for almost a decade working on appeals for some of these things. I've been on letters with other members of the delegation here in Ohio trying to get these things sped up, these are the issues. In Washington, sometimes you're a statistic. And that's why I think it's so important to be out with my constituents who I represent because it gives me the opportunity to tell them face to face who they're dealing with." said Latta.

Latta also touched on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and noted that it's implementation has created many issues, some of which have yet to be seen. He noted that in touring factories and businesses in the district, one of the main issues that owners and managers are dealing with is hikes in their insurance premiums.

 

"In most of the ones I've gone through, I've heard anywhere from 20% to 30% that their premiums had gone up last year, and now they're being told by their carriers to expect the same going into this year. So what's going to happen out there is that folks will have to say We're going to have to pay all this money for insurance which we weren't paying in the past because we thought we had good plans. Second, our employees are going to ask mid year how come we're not giving any kind of a pay increase? Because it's going to pay for the insurance. The third is that these people aren't going to be able to go out and buy more machinery, which means they're not going to hire more people. So this is a horrible thing coming that folks haven't even seen hit yet." said Latta.

 

Congressman Latta also noted several key points that Congress could and should consider when reforming the act.

"If you want to bring down health care costs you have competition. In the State of Ohio our car insurance rates are lower than a lot of other states because we have a lot of competition in this state. You can't buy health insurance across state lines. Why not? You can't pool. For example, why can't people in the news business all pool together...you can't do that.

They didn't do anything about all these junk lawsuits out there that drive up the costs." said Latta.

 

Congressman Latta met with constituents in Wyandot County later on Wednesday as well.

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Plans for fate of the Kenton Elementary Buildings discussed.

What will become of the existing school buildings once the new Kenton Elementary School is open? That is a question on many minds and the Kenton School District held a meeting last night to discuss several options.

 

Current plans for the existing buildings are;

 

 

Northwood: To use that facility for a Career Tech Center. It will reopen and offer students programs in Manufacturing, Health Care, and IT industries.

 

 

Eastcrest: To close the building. The online learning operations will be moved to the Kenton Middle School.

 

 

Westview: To close the building.

 

 

Espy: To close the building.

 

 

Hardin Central: To close the building.

 

The current building plan, for the new elementary building required that the school form a plan for the demolition for the existing buildings. If done so, the state would pay for 63% of the cost to demolish the buildings. The district wanted to know if there was an interest in keeping any of the old buildings, rather than demolishing them.

 

To sell the properties, the school must assess the buildings at fair market value, then offer them to a community school for use, which then has 60 days to respond. Then the district will be able to proceed through the auction process. Should that process fail to reach a price at fair market value, the school then may sell the property through a private commercial real estate sale.

 

Given the costs associated with tearing down the buildings, and interest in the property after the buildings are torn down, the school system was leaning towards tearing down both the Espy and Hardin Central Buildings, provided no entity expressed interest. Eastcrest and Westview could be torn down, or not depending on interest.

 

Making it clear that no decision has been made yet on the fate of the buildings, Board President Mark Watkins said that the school would need to make a decision this fall on how to proceed with the project.

 

"Because we have this twelve month window to work with, really by mid October we need to be deciding if we're going to tear down any of the individual buildings or is there an interest in the purchase of them by a local entity, person or group to use the buildings as they are. So it's really an early fall decision on the demolition part of the process. Then moving forward, once that's decided, if we do demolish buildings we'll have some time to market and go through the process that's layed out to market the bare ground property if a building is torn down. But if a building wants to be purchased or used as is, we need to know by this fall in order for that decision to be made." said Watkins.


A breakdown on the costs associated with tearing down the buildings and converting the property to green space can be found below.

 


Eastcrest

 

Asbestos & Hazardous Material Removal

$83,992

 

Demolition

$60,813

 

Total Costs

$144,805

 


Westview

 

Costs were more or less the same as for Eastcrest.

 


Hardin Central

 

Asbestos and Hazardous Waste Removal

$164,494

 

Demolition

$173,115

 

Total Costs

$337,609

 


Espy

 

Asbestos and Hazardous Waste Removal

$656,549 (Mostly due to around 60,000 square feet of hard plaster)

 

Demolition

$133,505

 

Total Costs

$790,054

 

Given the costs assocated with the tear down, especially the Espy building, School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski noted that if the school didn't take advantage of the funding and tear down the building, it was unlikely another entity could afford to do so for a long time.

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Riverdale Teacher Suspended Without Pay

 

 

A Riverdale teacher has been suspended following an incident with a student this week.
 

Superintendent Eric Hoffman confirmed the incident, "We did have an instance reported that we had some inappropriate physical contact and some inappropriate language. We did do an investigation or a fact finding and at the end of that, we did suspend the teacher for ten days without pay."
 

The incident was caught on camera prompting the action against the teacher, who's been identified as Barb Williams.
 

The student involved is a kindergarten boy, and asked if there's likely anymore punishment to come against the teacher, Hoffman would only say, "That's all I can say at this time."

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Scholarships Awarded During Senior Awards Day

Many Kenton High School Seniors were presented with scholarship awards during Senior Awards Day.

 


Kenton High School Guidance Counselor Amy Kohl said that it was another great year this year, and the public really came out to support the students.

 

"The R.E. and Joan S. Allen Foundation scholarship fund awarded $28,000 to Kenton High School Seniors. The Dollars for Scholarship foundation gave $13,100, the Kenton Excellence for Education Foundation gave $63,000, and the local scholarships totaled $20,725. Bringing a total of $121,025 was awarded to our seniors today" said Kohl.

 

All in all, Kohl said that 55 Kenton Seniors were awarded scholarships from members of the community.

 

"Many people are willing to give to our Kenton High School students in order to further their education so I think our community is very supportive when it comes to that. I think our students are very fortunate because many high schools don't have these kinds of programs." said Kohl.

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Six Students Charged in Marion County Tree-Cutting Prank

CALEDONIA, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors in central Ohio have charged six students with vandalism for allegedly taking a chain saw to two dozen trees outside the school as a senior prank.
 
The Marion County Prosecutor's Office said Monday that three of the River Valley High School students were charged with one count each of felony vandalism. Three others were charged with complicity to commit vandalism, also a felony.
 
Principal Paul Coleman said the students also will face disciplinary action at school, but he didn't provide details.
 
Students and administrators arriving at school last Thursday found the 25 trees chopped off at their bases. The district says clearing the felled trees and replacing them will cost thousands.
 
About 500 students attend the school in Caledonia, about 50 miles north of Columbus.

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Crashes Keep Kenton Police Busy Monday Afternoon

A total of four crashes occurred in downtown Kenton Monday afternoon.

 

In one that occurred around 2:50, 18 year old Jessica Boone, of Kenton, was driving north on Main Street when she attempted to make a left turn. Her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 34 year old Nathan Marsh, of Kenton. Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. Boone was cited for making an improper turn.

 

In the other crashes, one occurred in an alley intersection near Detroit and Market Streets.

 

Another mishap was reported on Franklin at Detroit Street.

 

And one occurred in the Columbus and Detroit Street intersection.

In those crashes, light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.

 

There were no injuries in any of the mishaps.

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Kenton City Council Exploring Options For Tornado Siren

At the city council meeting Monday night, Patty Risner from the safety committee announced that her committee reviewed a proposal from Mayor Randy Manns on a tornado siren. Given the size of Kenton and the logistics of a siren, Risner said that the committee recommends to move forward on collecting more information on the project. Mayor Manns said that the city currently has three quotes for sirens, and would be reviewing those and others before putting the question out to bid.

 

Also at the meeting, the council moved not to hold a public hearing on a new liquor permit for J's Party Store, the former Party Shop Carryout on South Main Street. Prior to the meeting, the Kenton Planning Commission also met to discuss a change in zoning classification for the property occupied by the old Certified Gas Station on East Columbus Street. The proposed change would zone that property as a neighborhood business district, rather than residential. The commission approved the change, and the council will need to hold a public hearing on the matter at the end of June as well.

 

The Kenton Council also passed several pieces of legislation including continuing the partnership with the county to participate in the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program, or CHIP program, and passed a resolution in support of the Cruise-In For a Cure, which was discussed at the last council meeting.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on May 27th 2014, at the Kenton City Building at 7:30pm.

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Alger Woman Arrested On Aggravated Menacing Charge

An Alger woman was arrested over the weekend and is facing a charge of aggravated menacing.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the woman's first grade son told Upper Scioto Valley School officials that her mom made threats to shoot his dad, then "go to the school and take care of things."
 

The boy said his mom has guns, including a 12 gauge shotgun, and he said she angry over a custody dispute.
The incident remains under investigation.

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Smoke But No Fire At High Street Residence

The Kenton Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the 600 block of High Street Sunday for a report of smoke coming from the front of a house.
 

There was no one home at the time, and officers and firefighters were able to gain access to the house, where they discovered that the source of the smoke was from a pellet stove that was connected to a vent in front of the residence.
 

With everything else alright, the residence was secured, and the fire department left a note for the resident.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Work Week

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the gas pump in Ohio are slightly higher than a week ago.
 
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.71 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about 6 cents from a week ago.
 
Monday's Ohio price is identical to a month ago, and about 12 cents higher than last year at this time.
 
The national average Monday was $3.65 per gallon. That's down 2 cents from last week, and it's 2 cents higher than a month ago.
 
Analysts expect prices to fall into the summer due to ample U.S. crude oil stocks and other factors.
 
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Ohio Prison Population Continues To Rise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials say Ohio's prison population is expected to keep rising, despite recent attempts to tamp it down.
 
Ohio's prisons house 50,639 people, and the latest two-year state budget allocated $3.14 billion to run the system.
 
Reports say that the latest projections show the inmate population in 27 prisons will hit 52,000 in two years, and 53,484 in five years.
 
Prisons already are housing 30?percent more prisoners than they were designed to hold.
 
The population has continued to rise despite reforms in recent years such as early-release provisions and enhanced community programs.
 
Prisons director Gary Mohr says he's optimistic the state can get prison population growth under control. Each prisoner in the system costs Ohio taxpayers $22,836 per year.

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AEP Ohio Customers Get Help With Heating Bills

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A utility assistance program has extended the deadline for AEP Ohio customers to apply for financial help to pay this winter's high heating bills.
 
The application deadline for the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor utility assistance program is now May 30.
 
Neighbor to Neighbor resulted from a partnership between AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund. It offers one-time assistance to families facing electric service termination with a grant applied to their AEP Ohio account.
 
The program's network of more than 120 Ohio community based organizations is now taking applications. Total gross household income must be at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Households also must have made a sincere payment effort on their electric bill the last 90 days and have a back balance.
 
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Hardin County Sports Hall Of Fame Adds 2014 Class

The Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame added 6 new members and a team on Saturday night.

 

Joe Campoli, the late Hank Hemmerly, Bo Hurley, Jimmy Kearns, Orland King and Mike Mauk - as well as the 1993-94 Upper Scioto Valley state championship boys basketball team - were inducted during the ceremony at Upper Scioto Valley High School.

 

Campoli coached the Ohio Northern men's basketball team for 13 years, winning 254 games while taking the Polar Bears to two Final Fours and capturing the NCAA Division III national title in 1993.

 

Hemmerly, a graduate of Forest High School, was a standout baseball player and played several years of minor league baseball in the 1950s.

 

Hurley starred at USV in basketball and football before leading the University of Findlay Oilers to two NAIA national titles while earning national Player of the Year  honors in 1997.

 

Kearns excelled on both the hardwood and the diamond at Upper Scioto Valley and Rio Grande, scoring 1,480 points in high school while earning state player-of-the-year honors as a senior.

 

King has given 52 years of service to the youth of Hardin County through his work with the little league program and has also umpired little league events throughout the nation, including the LIttle League World Series in Williamsport.

 

Mauk has led the Kenton High School football team to 221 wins, 10 playoff appearances and nine Western Buckeye League titles over the past 31 seasons. His Wildcats won 5 regional titles, were state runners-up twice and won the state championship in both 2001 and 2002.

 

The 1993-94 USV boys basketball team went 27-1 en route to taking the Division IV state title with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Worthington Christian in the championship game.

 

Also at the ceremony, the Hall of Fame handed out $500 scholarships to Kenton's Matt Bahr and Maggie Kimmel.

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Applications Being Accepted For Summer Youth Program

The Hardin County Job and Family Services is accepting applications for the TANF Summer Youth Program.
 

Applications are available at the Department of Job and Family Services office located at 175 West Franklin Street in Kenton or through the school systems or local libraries.
 

Contact the Department of Job and Family Services at 419-675-1130 for more information regarding the program and eligibility.

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Agency Offers Assistance For Homeless To Access Disability Benefits

The HHWP Community Action Commission has funds to assist the homeless in accessing social security disability benefits.
 

Funding and resources are provided by the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness.
 

In order to be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Hardin, Wyandot or Putnum Counties, be 18 years of age or older, homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, suffering from a severe physical/mental illness expected to last 12 months or more and are unable to work substantially due to their disability.
 

Once determined to be eligible, the SSI specialist will guide the individual through the application process, assisting in completing forms and gathering necessary medical and collateral information to send to SSA and the Bureau of Disability Determination.
 

The SSI specialist will also assist the individual in accessing community resources needed to meet his/her basic needs to include housing, food and medical, as well as assist individuals in finding a payee to help manage their funds and one time back award as needed.
 

Call Marci Sease, SSI Specialist, for an appointment by calling 419-889-3539 or 1-800-423-4304 or stop in and see her in her new office at the New Hope Ministry Park at 13671 West Pattison Avenue in Kenton.

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Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Kenton man is facing drug related charges following a routine traffic stop conducted by the Kenton Police Department.
 

According to the report, an officer pulled over a van Thursday evening, and a passenger in the vehicle allegedly was in possession of narcotics and drug abuse instruments.
 

37 year old Nathan Zofcin was arrested and is facing a felony count of possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments.
 

Officers confiscated a syringe loaded with a liquid suspected to be heroin.

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Man Arrested During KPD Burglary Investigation

A burglary in the 100 block of Brum Street in Kenton is being investigated by the Kenton Police Department.
 

Officers were dispatched early Thursday morning to investigate the burglary in progress. No details are available at this time.
 

Related to that, a Kenton man was cited for obstructing official business. According to that report, while officers were investigating the burglary, 39 year old Jack Shirk was arrested and received the summons for the offense.
 

The burglary remains under investigation.

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Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Christopher Stephens was sentenced to a total of 96 months in prison on charges of failure to notify of change of address and failure to register new address, both in violation of terms of his community control.

 

.Clinton Spires was sentenced to four years in prison on one count of burglary.

 

Placed on five years community control with conditions were:

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Aaron Prater on one count of trespass in a habitation where a person is present or likely to be present-.

 

.David Woodruff III on one count of permitting drug abuse.

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Driver Cited Following Crash on Market Street

A car was heavily damaged Thursday afternoon after running into a mail truck on Market Street.
 

According to the report, 82 year old Joanne Amsler, of Dola, was driving north on Market Street, and attempted to drive around a semi that was backing into the dock at the post office. Instead of driving around, Amsler's car struck the front of the truck that was being operated by 39 year old Craig Estep, of Orient, Ohio.
 

Amsler was not injured.
 

She was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

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Former Buckeye Talks Life, Christianity and Business After Football

 

 

A former quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes will be speaking at Central Church of Christ in Kenton on Monday May 19.
 

Stanley Jackson will share his story about being a Christian and how that impacted his life.

 

He said he still loves football but understands the transition from the sport to real life, "It comes with a lot of baggage, a lot of depression, a lot of physical damage to your body, and as much as I enjoyed that, none of that comes with my relationship with Jesus Christ. Everything I get out of this relationship is good, and even at times when you think it's painful. I remember back when I decided to get serious about God, there were some friends that I had to tell them, 'you change or I can't hang with you.' I thought that was painful, but that was for my best, and even for them, that example of standing up for what you believe in and walking out with Jesus and Righteousness had an impact on them too."
 

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

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Two Arrested in Recent Drug Busts

Two arrests were made recently by the Hardin County Crime Task Force.

 

Kevin Burns

 

According to a release, on April 29 the Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a traffic stop in the 18000 block of S.R. 309 in Goshen Township. As a result, 20 hits of heroin and cash were seized. One male, identified as Kevin Burns, was arrested and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center.

 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office , Hardin County Sheriff's Office Canine unit and the Kenton Police Department.

 

 

Michael Bickle Jr.

 

Then on May 7, the Task Force executed a search warrant at 11 N Cherry St in Kenton for trafficking in narcotics. The Crime Task Force arrested one adult male, identified as Michael Bickle Jr., and seized 84 hits of heroin, pills and marijuana. The Crime Task Force also seized two cars and over $3000.00 in cash.

 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Canine unit, The Kenton Police Department and the Hardin County Prosecutors Office. Charges are pending in the case.

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Huntsville Man Injured in Wednesday Crash

A Huntsville man was injured in a two vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 68.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 23 year old Chase Brown was driving north on 68 and travelled left of center. His car struck along the driver's side of a southbound truck being operated by 23 year old Randy Gregg, of Rudolph, Ohio.
 

Both vehicles received moderate damage.
 

Brown, who was cited for a left of center violation, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

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Letter Carriers Conducting Food Drive Saturday

 

 

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is scheduled for this Saturday May 10.
 

Letter carriers across the country will be collecting food for families in need this Saturday.
 

Kenton Postmaster Darci Marlow talks about how residents can participate, "They can place non-perishable goods at the door or out near their mailboxes if they're on rural routes for the carriers to collect while they're out delivering the mail on their routes."
 

As for the food items to be donated, Marlow said, "Make sure there's nothing expired, canned goods, boxed goods. They don't prefer glass, but just anything non-perishable.
 

She added that the food items collected will go to the local food bank, thus keeping your donation in this community.

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Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Against $10 Minimum Wage

A majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against a minimum wage of at least $10 an hour.

 

President Obama is asking Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, but 55% of the voters said they are not in favor of that idea.

 

The remaining 45% said the minimum wage should be raised to that amount.

 

Please vote now in this week's poll.

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Bahr Signs Letter of Intent With Kent State

 

 

Matt Bahr signed his National Letter of Intent with Kent State University this (Wednesday) morning in the Kenton High School Library with his parents.  
 
Bahr was a four year letterman in Football at Kenton High School.  His teams won three WBL Championships, Two Regional Championships and he started on the State Runner Up team as a sophomore.  He is a two time First Team All-WBL Defensive Player and was named Defensive Back of the Year in the WBL last fall.  Kenton had a 44-8 record over his four years playing and extended Kenton's WBL consecutive winning seasons to 21.
 
Bahr also lettered three years in Basketball and Baseball for the Wildcats.

 

He is the son of Brett and Amy Bahr.

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Eyeing Summer Events, Ohio Officials Urge Vaccines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials tracking measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio are urging residents to stay up-to-date on immunizations to prevent illnesses from spreading.
 
The Department of Health says the spread of such diseases can accelerate when people gather in large groups, such as at picnics, camps, fairs and other common warm-weather activities.
 
Health agencies have confirmed 321 mumps cases in central Ohio, and 191 of those are linked to Ohio State University. Officials say the origin of the outbreak might never be known.
 
A measles outbreak is being tracked a bit further to the northeast in a six-county area. Twenty-nine of the 42 confirmed cases are in Knox County. Officials say that outbreak began with unvaccinated travelers who visited the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.
 
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Hardin County Primary Election Results (UNOFFICIAL)

The following results are the UNOFFICIAL results from the 2014 Hardin County Primary Election.

 

Commissioner Brice Beaman reads the unofficial results.

 

 
Republican Hardin County Commissioner
 
Brice S. Beaman 1921- 70.87%
Brad Wingfield 778- 29.13%
 
"I certainly want to thank the voters of Hardin County for supporting me in the election. It's a privilege and an honor to serve as a county commissioner. I've enjoyed the first term and I'm really looking forward to the second term. I'm working with a couple of other good commissioners and we have some plans for the future. I think Hardin County is moving in the right direction and I'm just very happy to be a part of that." said Beaman.
 
Republican State Senator
 
Cliff Hite 1828 74.46%
Milo Schaffner 288 11.73%
Corey Shankleton 339 13.81%
 
 
Ada School Levy
 
For the Tax Levy 444 61.07%
Against the Tax Levy 283 38.93%
 
Hardin Northern Library Levy
 
For the Tax Levy 331- 66.09%
Against the Tax Levy 166- 33.91%
 
Mental Health Recovery Services Board Levy
 
For the Tax Levy 2208- 56.76%
Against the Tax Levy 1721- 43.24%
 
Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities Levy
 
For the Tax Levy 2626- 66.57%
Against the Tax Levy 1698- 33.43%
 
"Obviously we're very happy for the community's support. We appreciate everyone who came out to vote for us. We're glad that people realize the good we do in the community and I think it's a real reflection of the role of our individuals and the quality of our program. People have faith in what we do and we appreciate that the public see's that and understands that. We hope that we can continue to be good stewards of the counties funds." said Superintendent Mark Kieffer.
 
Hardin County Extension Levy
 
For the Tax Levy 2415- 60.97%
Against the Tax Levy 1571- 39.03%
 
"I think we were a little nervous because we couldn't do the renewal this time so we had to do a new levy. So we're pleased that the word got out and people are still in support of the programming that we provide." said 4-H Educator Mark Light.
 
 
Ridgeway Fire Levy (with Logan County)
 
For the Tax Levy 29- 56.10%
Against the Tax Levy 27- 43.90%

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Primary Election Day

 

 

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

 

Several money issues are on the ballot today including:

 

.Ada Schools 2.8 mill renewal levy.

 

.Hardin Northern Public Library is seeking an additional .5 mill levy.

 

.Mental Health and Recovery Services Board has an additional 1 mill levy on the ballot.

 

.The Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is seeking renewal of a 4 mill levy.

 

.The OSU Hardin County Extension Service is going for a .35 mill five year levy.

 

.Village of Ridgeway has a 6.5 mill levy on the ballot.

 

The only contested race is the Republican Primary race between incumbent Hardin County Commissioner Brice Beaman and Challenger Brad Wingfield.

 

The polls close at 7:30 tonight, and live election night coverage starts at 8 here on WKTN.

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Boy Injured in Lawn Mowing Accident

A three year old boy was injured in a lawn mowing accident over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Jeffrey Hites was mowing his front lawn, and while backing up, the mower struck the boy, who suffered a large cut on his stomach.
 

The boy was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus.

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Kenton School Board Holds Special Meeting

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting this morning.
 

Mostly end of school year personnel matters were taken care, and the High School Band and Choir trip to Florida for March 20-26, 2015 was approved.
 

The next regular meeting of the board will be May 19 at 7:00pm.

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Hardin County Ag Society Meets

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, May 3rd at the fair office with 15 board members and several guests present.

Mark Light, Hardin County Extension Educator informed the fairboard that the Horse Council will receive a Hardin Community Foundation Grant to purchase a stand for the horse show arena. We were also 1 of 8 fairs to receive an Educational Commodity display for beef.  Mark also reminded everyone to please vote for Issue 5 the Hardin County OSU Extension Levy on Tuesday, May 6th.

Ed Elliott, Hardin County Commissioner informed the fairboard that they will pay for the replacement of windows in the grandstand.

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:
  
. Jim has repaired water leaks, worked on the infield, started building the new Jr.
   
Fairboard office on the north side of the Machinery building and Gary and Patti are working in the flower beds and mowing the grounds.
  
. HN FFA tore out the Jr. Fairboard office on the south side of the Machinery building.
  
. New lights have been installed in the show arena office.
  
. Worked on the horse show arena- moved sand along the edges and re-worked it. The flag pole was also removed and will install at the 4-H horse barn. Work-outs will start on May 13th.
  
. Motion was approved to accept a recommendation from the grounds committee to purchase a bucket for the telehandler.

. Next grounds committee meeting is Monday, May 12th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
 
 
• Camping committee - Craig Stump, chairman:
  
. Nothing to report.
  
 
• Entertainment committee - Mike Kleman, chairman:
  
. Nothing to report.
 
 
• Livestock committees:
  
. Dairy feeder weigh-in will be on Saturday, May 31st from 8am-10:30am at the fairgrounds.
   
Mark Light will be sending out a letter to exhibitors to remind them of the weigh-in.
  
. Motion to purchase Microsoft Office with Access and anti-virus protection for 6 computers was approved.
  
• Rides & Concessions committee - Janie Seiler, chairman:
  
. Deadline for contract deposits is May 15th.
  
. Working with Pepsi on a contract for this year's fair.
 
 
• Junior Fairboard - Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman:
  
. Jr. Fairboard committee assignments were handed out to the Directors.
. Other Committees:
  
. The board approved the advertising budget.
  
 
• Old Business:
  
. Received a letter from the Hardin Community Foundation Grant Committee stating we will be receiving grant money to be picked up on May 15th.
  
. Tuesday, September 2nd will be Veteran's Day and free admission with proof of a Veteran's ID card or a pass can be obtained from the Veteran's office.
  
. Friday, September 7th will be Senior Citizens Day and free admission with proof of birth over age 60 or Golden Buckeye Card.

 
• New Business:
  
. Next Fairboard meeting will be June 7th  7:30pm in the fair office.

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Ohio Gas Prices Down To Start Work Week

 

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are down to start the work week.
 
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.65 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down about 11 cents from a week ago.
 
Monday's Ohio price is about 2 cents higher than a month ago, and about 4 cents lower than last year at this time.
 
The national average Monday was $3.67 per gallon. That's down 3 cents from last week, but it's a dime higher than a month ago.
 
Analysts expect the prices to keep falling due to ample U.S. crude oil stocks and other factors.
 
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Community Garden Space Available in Kenton

 

 

Space has been made available in Kenton for community gardens.
 

Becky Potts, Economic Development Contractor for the city, said the space is perfect for families who would like to plant a garden but have small yards, "The fresh corn, green beans, onions, peppers whatever they would like for their family, and it's a space that they take care, and it is truly their own family garden."
 

She talks about how the space became available, "I was contacted by someone who offered us the space. We have a two acre lot on Franklin Street that has been offered to the community's for a garden. It's something that I've been very interested in for a very long time, and it's something that's going to allow people to be able to kind of defray the cost of rising food prices and also to allow them to have fun with their family planning and maintaining and getting the goods out of their garden."
 

Potts said if interested, contact the City Building to let them know, "Right now depending on interest, we'll see how large those plots will be, and I would like them to get a name, phone number and an address, and we'll be contacting them. Each of the plots will be marked, and they certainly will be given something to put their name in that, and they will be responsible for that plot for the rest of summer. They'll be free to plant whatever they would like in those plots, and it's just a great opportunity to have a garden when you don't have the space in your own home to do so."

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Ridgemont FFA Receives State Award

At the Ohio FFA Convention this week, the Ridgemont FFA Chapter was named as the number one in the Chapter Division Model of Innovation in the State of Ohio. This is a program which is designed to showcase unique work that FFA Chapters do in their Chapters, schools and communities.

 

Accepting the award on behalf of the Ridgemont FFA are member Adreonna Radcliffe, Andrew Scharf, Adam Wagner, Bailey Wagner and Logan Hill.

 

Members Adreonna Radcliffe and Logan Hill were chosen to make a presentation on three of the projects that the chapter took on over the course of the past year. Radcliffe describes the three projects.

 

"The first one that we presented on was our Random Acts Of Kindness program, which was just as it says, spreading random acts of kindness throughout the school to get people in the spirit of being kind of one another. The second one was the Bridge Issue Analysis Process which was a partnership with the Albert Enterprise Center which was a program whic taught analytical skills and professional tools to help members lead business meetings and make decisions when we're older. The third one was our Pinterest Ag Literacy Page, which just a way for us to advocate for agriculture to our members, community members to help them grow and also to people we didn't even know." said Radcliffe.

 

And while the two members made the presentation, Hill was quick to note that the work was done by all the members of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter.

"Adreonna and I were just representing our entire chapter so the member themselves were the ones who really completed these activities. Each activity had 100% involvement of all of our chapter members in some way, so we were honored to represent those members and everything they've done for our chapter." said Hill.

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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:

 

.Michael J. Missler was sentenced to a total of 47 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, safecracking and tampering with evidence. He was ordered to pay just over $2000 in restitution to the victim.


.Orvel E. McClelland was placed on one year community control with conditions on one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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OSU Hardin County Extension Agents Promote Issue 5

 

 

OSU Hardin County Extension Agents are seeking support for Issue 5 on the May 6 ballot.
 

4H agent Mark Light said that it had to be listed as an additional tax, but the .35 mill levy is lower than the current levy that was passed five years ago, "The auditor helped us realize that a .35 mill would generate the same amount that we were getting right now, and so that was the closest to a renewal that we could provide the voters.

 

The only thing is it will be listed as an additional tax because it is a new levy, but the old levy expires."
 

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

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New Park Dedicated in Kenton

The Jerry Cross Memorial Park, located on the site of the old Hardin County Jail, was dedicated at a ceremony Wednesday morning. The development of the park is in its initial stages, and project coordinator, Pastor David Dankin from the First United Methodist Church said that the committee is still looking for funds for the park project.

 

 

"So far, through the giving of local businesses and individuals we have be able to raise a little over $45,000.00 and our goal is $60,000.00. So we're ten to fifteen thousand dollars short of our goal. That would include a playground for two to five year olds and a pavilion right next to it. We're also looking into the possibility of putting in a mineture basketball court with like five foot hoops for little kids. The whole idea for the park, as far as the equipment is that it would be for preschool age kids, but a good portion of the park will be grass for older kids and community festivals and things like that." said Dankin.


The park, named after former Hardin County Commissioner Jerry Cross, will be geared towards younger children of a preschool age, but will also have facilities for older children and even adults. Once it is built, the park will be turned over to the City of Kenton to maintain. Dankin said that a work session on the park site is slated for Saturday.

 

 

"This Saturday [May 3rd] we're going to be putting in playground equipment which will be an all day event. If there are people who would like to help, or even to just come up to watch it might be exciting for younger kids. But we'll also be able to use anyone who wants to come and particiapte. We'll be there from about 8pm till 4pm Saturday. We have a contractor coming in who will bring in some of the equipment and will help set it up which is what we want, which is to get it done right. We will provide the actual labor." said Dankin.

 
If you would like to contribute to the park project, you can donate to the Jerry Cross Park Fund at the St. Johns United Church of Christ in Kenton.

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New Probation Officer/Bailiff Hired at Municipal Court

A new Probation Officer and Bailiff for Hardin County Municipal Court has been hired.

 

The vacancy was created when Donald Castle resigned from the position effective at midnight last night.

 

Judge Gregory Grimslid said this morning that David Holbrook has been hired to replace Castle.

 

Holbrook, who is leaving his position as an investigator with the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office, will start May 19.

 

All of this follows on the heels of an investigation launched by the Ohio Attorney General's Office concerning criminal allegations against an individual in the probation office.

 

Judge Grimslid told WKTN last week that agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, served a subpoena at the court for the computer of an individual in the probation office.

 

So far no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed as the investigation continues.

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Job and Family Services Recognizes May as Fraud Awareness Month

The month of May is Fraud Awareness Month.
 

Ginny Ley, the Fraud Investigator for Hardin County Job and Family Services, said they will be out Thursday and Friday with activities promoting the month, "Handing out some reusable grocery bags to a lot of the area stores. We have a billboard that's going to be out on 68, and I will be at a couple of the service clubs speaking, and so we're trying to get the word out."
 

Ley said the most common cases they deal with at Job and Family Services is abuse of food stamps, "People selling them, people buying food stamps are just as guilty as the person trying to sell them, because we have a lot of people who will buy them for half of what they're worth and the person gets cash, and they do with it whatever they want with it, and that is the biggest problem we see."
 

She said if caught, the penalty can be steep, "The first penalty if you're charged is basically a year off of food stamps, second occurrence is two years and then the third is forever. You can also serve jail time depending on what type of a claim it is."
 

And Ley encourages people to report abuse to the agency, "They can call in here to the agency, it's 419-675-1130. They can ask for the fraud unit, and they'll get me, and basically we don't ask for names, but it helps if we have to prosecute someone to have witnesses, but if they call in it is anonymous, but the more information they can give us, the better we have to go on."

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