A Boil Water Alert was issued this (Monday) morning for residents of Belle Center.
Residents are advised to bring water to a boil before consumption.
The alert is in effect for residents of Belle Center until further notice.
A theft that occurred sometime over the weekend was reported Sunday.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the theft occurred in the 4000 block of County Road 20.
Numerous tools, equipment and other items were stolen from that location.
Total value of the missing items was listed at over $3000.
The case is under investigation.
A Bellefontaine man was cited for possession of marijuana Sunday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Save-A-Lot to investigate a report of an unresponsive male in a vehicle.
He was identified as Tharion Standley, and after he was searched, officers allegedly found a green vegetation that tested positive for THC in his pockets.
Standley was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital and was issued a summons to court for the possession charge.
The marijuana and a pipe were destroyed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's judges, county and state officials, and drug experts are examining treatment programs and other ways to fight opiate abuse in upcoming conferences in Columbus.
Judges from across the state have been invited to an Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities hosts an anti-addictions conference called "Don't Get Me Started."
Like many states, Ohio has seen a surge in heroin use and a sharp rise in overdose deaths.
Among the efforts is a project in drug courts in six counties to examine whether the drugs Vivitrol and Suboxone help heroin users prevent relapses as they seek to become productive citizens.
The participating counties are Allen, Crawford, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking and Mercer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are down in Ohio at the start of this Fourth of July holiday week.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.63 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 11 cents cheaper than a week ago, and it's notably higher than the average of about $3.32 per gallon at this time last year.
Monday's national average was slightly higher at about $3.68 per gallon, essentially unchanged from a week ago.
AAA estimates 41 million people in the U.S. will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period. That projection covers the period from Wednesday through Sunday this week.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
Visitor Poll voters were asked to select their favorite patriotic song from a list of five.
Following nine days of voting, the results have been finalized, and the results will be presented on the Firecracker Countdown Special airing July 4 from 8:30pm until 10pm Friday July 4 on 95..3 WKTN.
Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.
The third annual Kenton Kids Day was held in downtown Kenton Saturday afternoon. Kids of all ages came out to participate in many activities sponsored by many local organizations. Kids participated in a bounce pad and obstacle course, laser tag, a plinko game, and area law enforcement came out to showcase their equipment.
Kids could participate in a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, an acrobat activity, and Kenton Mayor Randy Manns also presented area business owner Barb McClain with a proclamation and the key to the city for her work in promoting activities and Kids Day over the years. The event was well attended and free.
A significant shortage in revenue from Ohio Lottery scratch off tickets at Rite Aid in Kenton has led to an investigation.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the district manager told officers he has found that the store is short more than $19,000.
It is believed an employee has ordered tickets from the Ohio Lottery, and those tickets were never placed on sale at the store, but the winning tickets from those orders were cashed in at local businesses.
So far, no charges have been filed against the employee, and the case remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New census estimates show Ohio has added more than 32,000 Hispanic residents from 2010 to 2013.
The number of Hispanics in the state has grown from about 3.1 percent of the state total population to 3.4 percent.
Reports show two-thirds of Ohio's counties have seen increases in their Hispanic populations since 2010 and declines in the number of non-Hispanic residents.
Ohio has become more diverse like the rest of the nation.
People who identify as Hispanic are driving population growth in 87 of Ohio's 88 counties. The exception is southern Ohio's Meigs County, where the numbers of Hispanic and non-Hispanics both declined.
Hispanic origin is considered to be an ethnicity, so Hispanics can be of any race under Census Bureau definitions.
The Mayor of Mt. Victory resigned Thursday citing health reasons. At the regular meeting of the Mt. Victory Village Council Thursday night, Mayor Laura Williams submitted a letter of resignation to the council, which was received by the members.
Village Administrator Dan Stuck said that Council President Mike Trout was appointed as the new Mayor of Mt. Victory.
The Kenton School Board met in special session this morning to consider several personal matters.
Among the business, the board approved contracts for Bradley Potts, High School Social Studies Teacher, and Stefany Jacoby, Kenton Elementary Math Teacher, as well as approved a number of supplemental contracts and middle school football coach contracts.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on July 18th 2014, at the schools administrative offices at 7pm.
The Annual Kenton Kids Day is slated for tomorrow in Downtown Kenton.
Kenton Economic Development Contractor Becky Potts said that people coming out will see many of the familiar events, but that many new events have been added to this years festival.
Potts said that the event will run from 9:30am until 2pm in downtown Kenton and that the Kenton Pool will be open with free admission after Kids Day until 5pm Saturday afternoon.
All events for Kids Day are free.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one vehicle injury crash that occurred on 06/26/2014 around 8:45PM on Interstate 75 northbound near mile post 161. A white 2014 Volvo Semi being driven by Phillip A. Ewing (66) of Bridgeport Ohio failed to maintain control and drove off the right side of the road. The semi then struck the right of way fence, a utility pole, and a garage located at 3212 Crosshill Drive. The impact with the garage knocked the structure off the foundation and destroyed the west and north walls of the garage. A large privacy fence was also struck. Debris from the garage and the fence then struck Nikki L. Puchta (61) of Findlay. Mrs. Puchta is the owner of the residence and was mowing her yard when she was struck. She was trapped under a large portion of the debris. Mrs. Puchta was freed by other motorists that had stopped to assist after the crash.
The semi-truck came to rest on its right side in the ditch after it struck a second utility pole. Mrs. Puchta was transported from the scene to Blanchard Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was later sent to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for further evaluation. Mr. Ewing was treated at the scene and released. Alcohol is not suspected in the crash and Mr. Ewing was wearing his seat belt. Mr. Ewing was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.
The semi did lose approximately fifty gallons of diesel fuel as a result of the crash. Hancock County EMA arrived on scene to ensure the scene was properly cleaned.
The patrol was assisted on scene by Findlay Fire Department, HANCO EMS, Findlay Police Department, Ed’s Towing, ODOT, Hancock County EMA, and SWS Environmental Cleaning.
Columbus, OH - State health leaders are advising Ohio residents to protect themselves against ticks when they are exploring wooded areas this summer.
Precautionary measures can prevent a person from being bitten and avoid the spread of diseases ticks may carry. Comments from Glen Needham,associate professor, Entomology, Ohio State University. Image available: photo of a deer tick.
Concerns about ticks and the diseases they carry should not stop Ohioans from getting out and enjoying nature this summer. Experts say with the right precautions, the chances of being bitten are slim. Ohio State University entomologist Glen Needham says when folks are out exploring wooded areas, they should wear light colors, long pants and long sleeves, and make sure they are tucked in. But that's not all, "Anticipating ahead of time before you go into where ticks are and, if you're responsible for kids or pets, knowing that they need to have on repellent, pets need to have anti-tick products on; doing a tick check and, just as you're walking through the area, just checking your pants and your clothes periodically."
Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. According to the Department of Health, there were more than 90 confirmed cases of tick-borne illness last year in Ohio.
If you do find a tick, Needham says avoid removal methods such as heat or fingernail polish, because they can agitate the tick and cause it to release bacteria into the body, "The best way is to use your protected fingers or tweezers and then carefully pull it off, and usually the mouth parts will come right along with it."
Needham says it typically takes several hours after a tick is attached before any disease is transmitted, sometimes up to 48 hours. So, if you can remove a tick quickly, there is a reduced risk of contracting a disease from it.
A deadline has been set to claim decorations that have been removed from graves at Grove Cemetery.
That deadline to claim the items is Tuesday July 1, and Grove Cemetery Superintendent Jim Litzenberg describes the items, "The Shepherd's Hooks, the blocks, pavers and the boarders that we picked up in the Spring."
And where at the cemetery and when can the items be claimed?, "Right up at the maintenance building is where they've been. They can pick them up anytime they want. A lot of them's got tags on them yet. Some of the tags have come off, but if they can identify them they can get them."
If the items are not claimed by July 1, they will be discarded.
And of course if you have any questions you can call the Superintendent's Office at Grove Cemetery at 419-673-3148.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says it's delaying the enforcement of new regulations that require Ohioans to do more to get unemployment benefits.
The rules require those seeking unemployment compensation to post their resumes on Ohio's job-search website, take three assessments and complete an unemployment questionnaire to continue receiving benefits.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Wednesday that beneficiaries had password trouble in trying to update their resumes through the website, OhioMeansJobs.com. Spokeswoman Angela Terez says customer service representatives couldn't access the passwords or reset them because of security issues.
Terez says the issue is being fixed.
The state posts basic resumes for people. Individuals then have eight weeks to create a detailed resume. If the requirement isn't met, unemployment benefits are stopped until it's completed.
The Finance Committee announced at the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night that they could not recommend fully funding additional street improvement projects.
Committee Chairman Brian Hattery said they made the decision following a committee meeting last week and through information from Regional Planning director Mark Doll, and they did not feel comfortable to fund all of the additional projects requested by the administration, "The funds that were denied, that we were hoping for the intersection improvements for the new school, by McDonald's, and also the fact that we do not have all the monies in hand yet for the street improvements we're already planning on doing this year, those are the two from Mark Doll, then from the last meeting, I received a healthy warning about not being too aggressive moving money around at this time and waiting more towards the end of the year to see how things shake out really with finances."
Hattery said after taking a tour of the requested areas, the committee would recommend spending money for improvements for the worst two, those being North Market Street, between Franklin and Columbus, and Eliza Street in the area of Northwood and the High School.
Safety Service Director Jim Hites said. "No disrespect to the committee, but you should have had someone from the street department with you on the tour, because you're not qualified to make that decision." Hattery agreed as to their level of their expertise, "As it was pointed out, we are not experts in the field of streets and street repairs and materials. We gave it a layman's perspective, but we're willing to talk with the administration."
Mayor Randy Manns said past councils have failed to take action on the roads for the past 20-25 years resulting in the condition the roads are in now. He said it's time to move forward, and offered to sit down and meet with the committee and discuss options, to which Hattery said they are willing, "If they have other information that would make the committee more comfortable to commit additional money at this time, before the end of the year, we would be willing to talk and listen."
Also at the meeting, the Safety Committee recommended moving forward on the purchase of a tornado siren. Mayor Manns noted that he has been meeting with officials from Pleasant Township, who are interested in installing sirens as well, and Manns said they may be able to work together to help bring the cost down some and provide more coverage.
The Special Projects Committee said they are in the early stages of putting together some kind of city-wide sidewalk program. They are meeting with other cities at this time as they continue to explore ideas.
Following a public hearing prior to the meeting last night, no objections were heard, and council approved a petition to re-zone the area of 500 East Columbus Street from Residential to Business, allowing the owner of the property to open a business at the location.
Also last night, Fire Chief Russ Blue reminded residents that open burning is against the law except for cooking food with a permit, and then only clean burning material can be used. He said if there are any questions, contact the fire department for more information.
Chief Blue also said they have hired a new firefighter, Chris Koelsch, who will start his career with the Kenton Fire Department this Saturday June 28. The Chief also announced that the Hardin County Firefighters Association will be dedicating a monument in honor of the late firefighter Brian Beaman. The ceremony will be held Sunday June 29 starting at two at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Safety Service Director Hites said they have entered into an agreement with Ohio Health to share in the cost of paving Washington Boulevard. He said the city would pay for half, with Ohio Health, which operates Hardin Memorial Hospital, picking up the other half.
Mayor Manns invited everyone to Kenton Kids Day this Saturday June 29 from 9:30am to 2pm in downtown Kenton.
Council Member Patti Risner invited everyone to a fundraiser being held at the new Bark Park at Wharton Park on July 12. She said there will be a number of activities involving dogs at the event. She said the money will be used to help pay for the remaining cost of the dog park, which she said is being used by a lot of dog owners.
In business, council approved an ordinance following suspension of the three reading rule, which allows for transferring funds within the city budget to fund needed repairs at the waterworks plant.
The next regular meeting of Kenton City Council will be held Monday July 14 at the city building.
A garage was broken into and a motorcycle was stolen over the weekend on North Street in Kenton.
The incident was reported Sunday in the 300 block of North Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, someone was able to bend the locking bar and force the door open. The motorcycle, which was valued at around $4000, was stolen.
The case is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying a bit less at the pump to start the new work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.74 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents less than a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is about a dime lower than a month ago, but it's about 21 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was $3.68 per gallon. That's a couple pennies more than a week ago.
Ohio averages range from $3.60 per gallon in Toledo to $3.80 in the Dayton area.
Analysts say unrest in Iraq has kept the price of crude oil higher.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
KENTON - The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance hosted the "Alliance Membership Summit" on Friday, June 20 at the Kenton Elk's Lodge.
The Alliance presented a preview of the new Five Year Strategic Plan.
Members and guests were also able to meet the new President/CEO & Director of Business Development, Jon Cross.
Updates on projects from the staff were also presented at the summit.
Kenton Little League in partnership with Hardin County Family YMCA, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and United Way of Hardin County will be hosting the 1st annual Battle Of The Businesses Double Elimination Softball Tournament July 26, 2014 at Home Run Memorial Park.
If you feel your business is the best in Hardin County, then you are encouraged to enter the tournament.
The entry fee is $200.
To register and for complete rules contact: John Hohn 419-673-4131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard Baum Jr. 419-957-1762, email@example.com
A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters are in favor of the City of Kenton purchasing a tornado siren.
The results are as follow:
73% are in favor of city purchasing the siren at a cost of $34,800, while the remaining 27% are against the purchase.
Vote now in this week's poll.
Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Ricky Lee Milliron was sentenced to 48 months in prison on one count of aggravated vehicular assault.
.Timothy Jon Durkin was sentenced to eighteen months in prison on one count of escape.
Placed on five years community control with conditions were:
.Colby Lee Rogers on one count of trafficking in heroin and three counts of trafficking in drugs.
.Craig Thomas Bayes on one count of possession of heroin. He must serve 20 days local incarceration.
.Jeremiah Seth Helton on one count of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or vicinity of a juvenile.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A breaking and entering occurred at a Kenton business Wednesday night.
The incident was reported Thursday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the owner of Party Shop said his business was broken into, and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.
It appears that entry was gained on the east side of the building through the basement.
The incident remains under investigation.
The 3rd Annual Kids Day in downtown Kenton is scheduled for a week from tomorrow on Saturday June 28.
Becky Potts, Economic Development Contractor for the City of Kenton, said the event continues to grow, "The first year we had around 500 kids, and the next year we had around 900. This year, we hope to double that. We really have a lot of fun, and we are changing things up a little this year with new things to do."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A long time Hardin County business professional has passed away.
Keith Kinnear died Tuesday at the age of 69.
He worked most of his career in the manufacturing industry, and was very active in the community. Kinnear was a member of the Liberty National Bank Board and recently served on the Hardin county YMCA Board and Hardin County Community Foundation. He was also a former member of the Hardin County Airport Authority.
Funeral services will be held 10am Saturday June 21 at First United Methodist Church. Friends will be received Friday June 20 from 4-8pm at Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Hardin County Community Foundation and/or the Hardin County YMCA.
The Hardin County Fairboard Secretary has resigned.
At a special executive committee meeting of the Hardin County Ag Society Tuesday night, Nancy Motter announced her intention to resign effective tomorrow. Motter, who has held the position since December 2010, said it was for personal reasons.
Executive committee member Howard Lyle told WKTN they plan to advertise for a secretary soon. The 2014 Hardin County Fair is scheduled to run September 2-7.
It's outdoor grilling weather and the 4th of July is close, both adding to increased fire dangers.
With the explosion of a propane grill tank Monday night that injured a Kenton man, Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue says it's important to take precautions in order to avoid such incidents, "When using propane, natural gas grills things of that nature to cook, the thing you want to remember when you're finished is to turn of the gas supply to the unit, and make sure there is no more flame there."
In the case of that Monday night explosion, the grill was left on, and when the resident went to shut it off, something sparked resulting in that explosion. Chief Blue says when you're faced with a similar situation, "To eliminate that, you'll want to try to keep from shuffling your feet or causing any static electricity, or don't be using cell phones around an open leak or anything of that nature. Try to avoid any kind of spark or ignition factor."
And with the Fourth of July holiday close at hand, the familiar sound of firecrackers and bottle rockets will be heard more and more. Chief Blue says when it comes to those kind of items, "Those are not legal in the State of Ohio. They sell them, but you can't use them. You can't shoot them, so you have to be real careful with that."
As for those novelty items sold in stores, they are legal for use, but the Chief said you'll want to use extreme caution with them, "Don;t be using them around dry areas like dry grass, leaves things like that, especially sparklers. Kids have a habit of throwing them in the air and sometimes they land on the roof, and they are hot enough to ignite shingles and catch leaves and gutters and things like that on fire."
A Kenton man was arrested following a breaking and entering Tuesday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the Neighborhood Opportunity Center to investigate a burglary in progress.
Upon arrival, officers took 40 year old Norris Spangler into custody. He was transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion, and charges are pending.
The incident remains under investigation.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash handled by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon.
According to the report, 16 year old Remington Perkins drove from a stop sign on State Route 292 onto State Route 31, and his car struck the side of a southbound vehicle being operated by 20 year old Logan Brown, of Mt. Victory.
Brown's vehicle spun around, struck a road sign and came to rest in a ditch on the west side of the road.
Perkins was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The Ada Police Department is conducting an investigation relating to possible criminal conduct.
According to a release from the Ada Police Department, the possible criminal conduct occurred at one of the tanning salons in Ada, and the Ada Police Department is asking the public's assistance in identifying a person of interest.
Chief Michael Harnishfeger said at this time, he's reluctant to release any more information as to what that possible criminal conduct is, "At this time, the case remains under investigation. We want to speak with him to get his side of the story. It's important for us not to divulge more information now for the integrity of the investigation."
If you have any information on the identity of the person in the pictures, contact the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010.
The Kenton Wildcats went 13 and 1 in 2013, winning the Western Buckeye League title and the Region 12 championship on their way to the state semifinals.
The 2014 Kenton High School squad will be tested early as the Cats open the season with home dates against Division 5 state champion Coldwater and Western Buckeye League runner-up Wapakoneta. Those 2 programs were a combined 22 and 4 last season.
Kenton’s first road test comes in week 3 when the Cats visit St. Marys. After a home date with Van Wert, the Wildcats hit the road on consecutive weeks to meet Shawnee and Ottawa-Glandorf, then host Elida before traveling to Bath. Celina comes to Robinson Field in week 9, with the regular season coming to end the following week when the Cats make the long trip to Defiance.
All in all, the Wildcats will face 3 playoff teams from 2013 and 6 teams that finished .500 or better.
Kenton’s 2014 football schedule, as well as those from the other Hardin County schools and other area teams, are posted online at wktn.com or Kenton today.com. As always, WKTN will carry every Wildcat football game live, beginning with the matchup with Coldwater at Robinson Field on August 29th.
A Kenton man was injured after a propane tank on a grill exploded around 9:30 Monday night.
According to information from Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue, firefighters were dispatched to 13 Champion Court where the explosion occurred on the back porch of the house owned by Henry Scott. His grandson, Charlie Wynegar Junior, said the grill had been used earlier in the day, and when he checked on it later, he smelled a strong odor of gas and heard a hissing sound. When he went to turn it off, that sparked the explosion which blew out the walls and brought the ceiling of the porch down. The subsequent fire was quickly extinguished.
Wynegar was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus for treatment of burns to his legs.
Total damage was listed at around $6000, and firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.
While summer is approaching, snow days were a topic of discussion at the Kenton School Board Meeting last night.
The Kenton School Board adopted a alternative plan for dealing with calamity days at their meeting last night. Specifically in regards to the Blizzard Bag program which is school work the kids could do while at home on calamity days. There were many issues in regards to the effectiveness of the program this past year, and school superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the alternative plan would address some of the issues.
"Our teachers are going to be the ones that are actually going to develop the lessons so that their instruction will be in line with the lessons. We'll do this instead of our ESC designing what was going to do it which might not be linked directly to the classroom instruction. So even though the lesson might still be online it's going to be designed by the teacher rather than someone who is outside of the district." said Pensarski.
Also at the meeting, the board heard from Technology Coordinator Ryan Collins on updates to the new Kenton Schools Website, and improvements on that site. Collins noted that the new site will provide opportunities for staff to update their content on a daily basis. Jason Fleming from Garmon Miller also gave the board a building update. The buildings fixtures and flooring are installed and cooling units are operational in four of the five sections of the building. Superintendent Pensarski also apologized to parents for not having the bus routes for the next school year finished yet, but noted that they will be and the new routes will be sent out to parents very soon.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be a Special meeting on June 27th to hire staff. That meeting will be at 8am at the board office. The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on July 21st 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
MARION, Ohio (AP) - An early morning fire has destroyed three homes in Marion with residents escaping thanks to a neighbor's help.
Fire officials say the Tuesday blaze started at a home in Marion where four adults and 10 children were living.
The family was able to escape when a neighbor kicked in the door to alert them.
Crews were called about 3 a.m.
The cause has not been determined.
Hardin County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect who allegedly threw objects at a passing vehicle on State Route 117 south of Roundhead early Sunday morning.
According to the report, a Hilliard man said as he was driving south on 117, something hit his vehicle. The driver said a white male between the ages of 16 and 20 was in a ditch on the east side of 117 and was seen when he stood and threw the objects. The vehicle had a dent on the driver's side door.
A description of the suspect was obtained, and the incident remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans are paying about a nickel more per gallon for gas compared with a week ago.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.87 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.
Monday's Ohio price is about 16 cents higher than a month ago, and it's about 8 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was $3.66 per gallon. That's a penny more than a week ago, and 2 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say unrest in Iraq has driven up the price in crude oil.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.
Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. surrounded by family and friends.
Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was "Mama Told Me Not to Come," by Three Dog Night.
The show continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — until his retirement in 2009. In his signoff, he would tell viewers: "And don't forget: keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles, when the No. 1 song was Three Dog Night's cover of Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come." The show expanded to hundreds of stations, including Armed Forces Radio, and continued in varying forms — and for varying syndicators — into the 21st century. He stepped down from "American Top 40" in 2004 and retired altogether in 2009, completing his musical journey with Shinedown's "Second Chance."
While many DJs convulsed their listeners with stunts and "morning zoo" snarkiness, Kasem would read "long distance dedications" of songs sent in by readers and introduce countdown records with sympathetic background anecdotes about the singers.
"The idea from the beginning was to do the type of thing on radio that Ed Sullivan did on television, good, honest stories with human interest," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1975.
Succeeding him at the main "American Top 40" show in 2004 was multiplatform star Ryan Seacrest, who has said he had been a fan of Kasem since boyhood and would imitate him in pretend countdown broadcasts at age 9.
Kasem's legacy reached well beyond music. His voice was heard in TV cartoons such as "Scooby-Doo" (he was Shaggy) and in numerous commercials.
"They are going to be playing Shaggy and Scooby-Doo for eons and eons," Kasem told The New York Times in 2004. "And they're going to forget Casey Kasem — unless they happen to step on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I'll be one of those guys people say 'Who's that?' about. And someone else will say, 'He's just some guy who used to be on the radio.'"
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Kasem was active in speaking out for greater understanding of Arab-Americans — both on political issues involving the Mideast and on arts and media issues.
"Arab-Americans are coming out of the closet," Kasem told The Associated Press in 1990. "They are more outspoken now than ever before. People are beginning to realize who they really are, that they are not the people who yell and scream on their nightly newscast."
Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in 1932 in Detroit. He began his broadcasting career in the radio club at Detroit's Northwestern High School and was soon a disc jockey on WJBK radio in Detroit, initially calling himself Kemal Kasem.
In a 1997 visit with high school students in Dearborn, Michigan, home to a large Arab-American community, he was asked why he changed his name to Casey.
"It didn't sound like a deejay; it wasn't hip. So we decided I'd be 'Casey at the Mike' — and I have been since," Kasem said.
In the 1975 Los Angeles Times interview, he said he had been doing "a regular screaming DJ show" in San Francisco in the early 1960s when his boss suggested he talk about the records instead.
He was unconvinced, since his screaming routine had brought him top ratings. But he said he had learned "after a particularly unpleasant situation in Buffalo never to argue with general managers."
American Top 40, and American Top 20 were popular shows on WKTN Radio for many years, where Casey Kasem was heard each Saturday morning.
Biographical material in this story was written by former AP staffer Polly Anderson.
A Kenton man was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery Friday night.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Kenton Iron Products to investigate an assault that occurred at that location.
28 year old Zachary Jackson was arrested and charged with the offense.
The incident remains under investigation.
Another Kenton man was arrested for possession of drugs Friday evening.
According to that report, an officer observed a man operating a vehicle in the 700 block of Franklin Street. The officer was aware that the man did not possess a valid driver's license. 19 year old Richard Workman parked his vehicle and attempted to enter a nearby residence as the officer approached. Workman was detained and allegedly found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected heroin.
He was taken into custody and later transferred to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Charges are pending.
Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Friday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 88 year old Floyd Rose, of Forest, was driving west on Columbus Street and failed to notice a car in front of him, being driven by 47 year old Kimberly Tallman, of West Mansfield, was slowing to make a right turn into a private drive.
To avoid a rear end collision, Rose swerved to the right at the same time Tallman began to turn right and his car struck the passenger side of Tallman's vehicle.
There were no injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is partnering with 34 local businesses to kick off a Buy Local First Hardin County Summer Contest.
The contest will run from June 14 to August 14. This effort is designed to encourage residents to keep their dollars within Hardin County. The campaign’s focus is to inform community members about the economic and cultural benefits of buying, eating and thinking local.
There are so many advantages when you shop local, like having merchandise and services close to home. Shopping local saves you time and money. It also keeps Hardin County unique, reduces environmental impact, creates more jobs, and encourages local success. If we want to continue to have these products and services available to us, we need to frequent these businesses and let them know through our patronage that we value and appreciate them.
The Summer Contest is your opportunity to check out and support not only the businesses participating in the contest, but also all the local businesses in Hardin County.
The contest is simple; just visit Hardin County’s participating businesses and register to win gift certificates, coupons, and more! A list of participating businesses and details of the contest are available at the Alliance office, 225 South Detroit Street, Kenton. It will also be available at any of the participating businesses, online at www.hardinohio.org, or our Facebook page, Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.
For more information on this Buy Local First Hardin County event please contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Kenton man was sentenced on multiple charges in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jerrod Andrew Thomas was placed on five years community control with conditions on charges of trespassing in a habitation where a person is present or likely to be present, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, forgery and theft.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A Kenton native is excited about the chance to guide the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.
It was announced this week that Jon Cross will serve as its new President/CEO and Director of Business Development. He said he is happy to be back.
"I look forward to returning home to help my community grow and prosper," said Cross. "Hardin County has been, and will always be a great place to live, work and prosper. I look forward spreading that message near and far, as we strive to make Hardin County a model community in Northwest Ohio."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A new dog run at Wharton park was named Thursday afternoon.
Maddie Kugle, who headed up the project for the Bark Park with her dog Lombardi.
The Bark Park was officially named Thursday afternoon. An effort spear headed by resident Maddie Kugle raised funds to build a dog run for larger dogs at the Wharton Park. Maddie said that through the course of the project, the name Bark Park seemed to be the best name for the run.
"We got some names and most people really liked Bark Park, but we had some others. We though about Fort Wolf, and Lombardi Park after my dog's name but everyone really liked Bark Park" said Kugle.
The Bark Park will have two separate runs which are separated by fencing and a walkway down the middle. There are two large run areas which will be designated for smaller types of dogs and then for larger dogs as well. There will also be equipment for the dogs to play on, set up like an obstical course. The equipment was installed by employees of Proctor & Gamble in Lima. Once the instillation of the equipment is finished, the Bark Park will be open for general use.
Two vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries in a crash that occurred Wednesday.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Jonathan Flowers, of Alger, was driving east on County Road 90 and stopped for a stop sign at State Route 195. He then proceeded into the intersection, and his vehicle struck a northbound car being driven by 46 year old Barbara Harpel, of McGuffey.
Flowers was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
Future planning on Kenton infrastructure and finances are in the works.
The Kenton City Council Finance Committee met Tuesday night to discuss future planning and other expenditures currently in the works in Kenton. Committee Chair Brian Hattery said that the purpose of the meeting was to determine if the council should begin the process of setting aside carryover funds to be used in capital improvement project accounts which could be built up over time. Through the discussion, it was mentioned that a number of projects are currently in the works in Kenton, primarily the Kenton Pool operations, works on park improvements and the possible purchase of a tornado siren, among other things. Hattery mentioned that while funds are improving, it is currently too early to begin setting aside rainy day funds.
"We do have a cash balance that's very healthy right now. It's the healthiest it's been since I've been on the council. But there's still some expenditures and we still have the rest of the year to go through to see where we're going to end up as far as any carryover balance. Where we go from here, is to wait and see for a moment. It's not something I like but it is the wise thing to do. I believe we're going to see the income to the city increase, I see some good economic signs in the community, it's my desire to see the year end financially stronger than when we started. If that is truly the case you're going to see me push for setting aside funds to build for the future." said Hattery.
However, and what was discussed at length during the meeting was a request from the various city department heads to submit five year budget proposals with their budgets this year, which can account for certain known factors. As Hattery explained.
"It's the idea of being more proactive rather than reactive. You can't predict everything, but we'd like to have an idea from the department heads as to who might be retiring, if someone retires you're going to have to hire someone. If you know you're going to have a piece of equipment that may break down, like say the fire department if they know in three to four years they'll have a fire truck that needs replaced or a major replacement of equipment or hoses, if the water department knows that a pump is getting towards the end of life and in the next five years we're going to need to have $100,000.00 set aside for that, these are things that we've requested that they think and plan for the future, so that now, today we can begin setting aside funds that they can build up." said Hattery.
The committee is requesting that the 2015 department budget proposals be submitted by the end of August.
Also at the meeting, the committee voted to recommend that the city appropriate funds for the purchase of a tornado siren, and that the city will not request a post audit review by the state auditors.
A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against the deal that resulted in the releasing of 5 Taliban terrorists.
Responding to the question, "Do you think the United States did the right thing by releasing five detainees at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl?" a commanding 82% said no, while only 18% said it was the right thing to do.
Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.
A Forest man was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 5:15 Monday evening in the 20,000 block of County Road 144.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 29 year old Matthew Mulholland was driving west on 144 and travelled left of center. His sport utility vehicle collided head on with an eastbound Peacock Water Conditioning truck being operated by 64 year old David Musolf, of LaRue. Witnesses said that Mulholland had been exceeding the speed limit and was travelling left of center for some time.
Mulholland was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Musolf was treated at the scene.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and the crash remains under investigation.
Kenton may be moving closer to purchasing a tornado siren.
At a joint meeting between the Kenton Council Safety Committee and Finance Committee after the council meeting last night, the issue of the siren was discussed. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns presented a recommendation to the committees to move forward with the purchase of the siren. At a meeting last week, a representative from Federal Signal presented a proposal for a two way siren which would allow the city to monitor the siren on a daily basis. Total cost for the project would come to a total of $34,856.60.
The members of the Safety Committee stated that they would like to see the project move forward, provided that funds could be found. The finance committee will meeting this week to discuss the funds for the siren as well as review city finances for future planning.
At the council meeting, a petition was received to vacate an alley at the end of Cleveland Street which dead ends. The petition was referred to the Safety Committee. Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue announced that Captain Tim Clark has been promoted to Assistant Fire Chief and Tony Hastings has been promoted to Captain. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns also spoke to the council in regards to sidewalks in the city.
"If you've been walking around the town you'll notice that our sidewalks are in bad shape...I'd like to have a discussion on how to address it. If anyone would like to go to Wapak, I know they've been into this for over a year and we can see what they've done, but I'd like to have a discussion on ways we can fix up the sidewalks around the city." said Mayor Manns.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on June 23rd 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance made a major staffing announcement.
According to a release, Hardin County native Jon Cross will serve as its new President/CEO and Director of Business Development.
Cross said he will take what he's learned since being away and apply it to his new position, "We want to try to take our message and our marketing tools beyond the borders of Hardin County, and really search both regionally, across the state, nationally and even globally, so I'm glad they reached out. I'm excited and accepted without any hesitation. I've enjoyed California. It's provided my family and I with some great opportunities, but I also understand the importance of giving back to the community, and I'm ready to come back and give back."
Cross will start in October of this year. Current Director Jacqualine Fitzgerald will transition to the roll of the Director of the Downtown Development Division, and Economic Development Director John Hohn will work with Cross during a planned 15 month transition period starting in October.
Front of HMH with new addition
Hardin Memorial Hospital will be holding an open house this Thursday from 2-6pm to show off the new Emergency Department addition.
The hospital announced the addition to the Emergency Department in the Spring of 2013, and the official date that patients will be seen in the new 5000 square foot area is June 17.
Joy Bischoff, Chief Nursing Officer, said the addition is great, "I'm very excited about the privacy and opportunity that we have to offer patients in the new facility. It's much better flow for the patients, much better access for the patients and their families to participate in their care. I'm excited for the associates and physicians as well to have a space that they can be proud to work in."
View of nurses station in new addition
She adds the new area turned out even better than imagined, "Really we wanted to make a place that provided privacy and confidentiality for the patients, so that when they their care in the community, their confidentiality is secured, that their getting quality care from excellent providers here locally, and I think this facility will assist with that."
One of an eventual nine patient rooms when project is complete
Bischoff said round two of the renovation project begins now, "The next part is we take the existing emergency department and totally gut and renovate it so that we will have four additional patient rooms when that part is completed, and we anticipate that being completed in January of 2015."
Workers put final touches in hallway of new addition.
One person was injured in a two vehicle accident on CR 144 Monday afternoon.
According to information provided by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, shortly after 5pm Monday, a car heading westbound on CR 144 went left of center striking a commercial van which was heading east. The driver of the car was Lifeflighted to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima where his condition remains unknown. The driver of the van was treated at the scene.
No further details are available and the crash remains under investigation.
A Marion woman was cited following a two vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 309 near County Road 135 around 10 Sunday morning.
According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 20 year old Makayla Harrod was driving east on 309 and her car drifted left of center striking the trailer that was being towed by a westbound vehicle operated by 30 year old Roland Antes, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Harrod was cited for not driving in marked lanes.
The crash remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are down in Ohio since last week, but the state's prices are still way above the national average.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.81 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 11 cents lower than a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is about 7 cents higher than a month ago, but it's 12 cents lower than last year at this time.
The national average today was $3.65 per gallon. That's 2 cents lower than a week ago, and a penny lower than a month ago.
Analysts say the higher prices are due to stronger than expected demand and other factors.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
A Wharton man was arrested for possession of heroin Friday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the McDonald's parking lot to investigate a report of people in a vehicle who were involved in a drug deal.
Officers arrived and located five people around the vehicle. All of the people were identified and checked for warrants. 44 year old John Symonds was allegedly found to be in possession of heroin. He was arrested and transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
Another man, identified as 35 year old Adam Harvey, of Forest, was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Friday morning on Detroit Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 17 year old Jaydon Boedicker, of Kenton, was driving south on Detroit and his vehicle collided with the rear of car driven by 36 year old Venard Frater, of Dunkirk, who had stopped to turn left into a gas station.
Heavy damage occurred to Boedicker's car, while Frater's vehicle sustained light damage.
The crash remains under investigation.
On June 6, 2014 at 5:37 a.m., the Union County Sheriff's Office received a report of a three car crash on State Route 31, just north of the State Route 347 intersection. Deputies along with Fire and Medical personnel from Marysville, Raymond, Allen Township and Northern Union County Fire District responded to the scene.
Pronounced dead at the scene, by the Union County Coroner, was Oscar M. Hamby, age 60, of 323 Kuert Ave., Kenton, Ohio 43326. Mr. Hamby was traveling southbound on State Route 31 in a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van. Hamby was following another southbound vehicle being driven by Sarah Jackson, age 36 of County Road 209, Mt. Victory, Ohio. Jackson was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County and later transferred to OSU hospital and is listed in serious condition. A passenger in the Jackson vehicle, Marcus Jackson, age 29, also of County Road 209 Mt. Victory, Ohio was not injured in the crash.
A third vehicle, traveling northbound on State Route 31, was driven by a Kaleb Nebel, age 19, of Wellwood Road, West Mansfield, Ohio. Nebel was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County and later transferred to OSU hospital. Nebel's condition was also listed as serious.
Investigators from the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team (MCCIT) will continue their investigation into the crash to determine what caused the three vehicles to collide with each other. The MCCIT team consists of Deputies from the Champaign, Hardin, Logan and Union County Sheriff's Offices. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Union County Emergency Management Agency assisted the MCCIT team with traffic control while State Route 31 was shut down for more than four hours. The road way was re-opened at 9:42AM.
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Jarrod D. Sumney was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of tampering with evidence. He must serve 20 days local incarceration.
.William K. Kindle was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of complicity to theft. He was ordered to pay $377 in restitution to the victim.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The City of Kenton is still looking into acquiring a tornado siren.
The Kenton City Council Safety Committee heard a proposal from Craig Huth, of Federal Signal on the purchase of a tornado siren for Kenton Thursday afternoon. Huth presented a couple of options for the city. One of which was described as a one way signal, where a button is activated and the siren would blast. The other was a signal that held two way communication, which allowed for a monitoring on the status of the siren on a daily basis, which would allow for potential problems to be fixed prior to any storms, and also allowed for digital encryption to be used to protect the siren from outside interference. Huth said that the siren could be mounted on a fifty foot pole if necessary. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns has made the siren a priority for the city and was satisfied with the report.
If an agreement could be reached, it would take around ten weeks before the siren could be operational. This would allow for the siren to be built, tested, delivered and installed in Kenton. The two way system was the more expensive quote, and it came to just over $34,000.00. Mayor Manns said that this quote is significantly lower than it would have been even a few years ago.
At this point, a joint meeting between the Safety Committee and the Finance Committee will be held after the Kenton Council meeting Monday night to review the proposal and determine if funds are available to proceed with the project.
The Hardin County Players are getting ready for their Summer Children's Workshop.
Member Lauren Schlingloff said the workshop will culminate with a different kind of production, "I think what's really exciting to us this year is that we are doing a major Broadway show. It's the kid's version of Annie, so this a really. really big change for us, and it's going to be a more realistic theatre experience, and so we really are looking to spread the word about that as well."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is investigating an injury crash north of Dunkirk from early Wednesday afternoon.
The aftermath of the crash. Photo by Richard Katterjohn.
According to a release provided by the state patrol, around 1:43pm Wednesday, a semi driven by Clarence Jewett Jr, age 57 of Galloway failed to yield to active rail crossing signals and was struck by a southbound CSX Train at a crossing near US 68.
The semi was pushed over 800 feet down the tracks before CSX engineers could stop the train. The semi then caught on fire and caused damage to the locomotive. Jewett was able to climb out of the truck with minor injuries. No one on the train was injured but a nearby CSX maintenance worker; working near the tracks at the time did receive minor injuries as well. All injured were treated at the scene.
Jewett was cited for failing to yield to active rail grade signals and neither alcohol nor distracted driving are believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting this morning to take care of mostly personnel issues.
Among them, the Board accepted the written resignation of Ben Mauk as High School Social Studies teacher and Assistant High School Football Coach effective at the end of the just completed school year.
Several others items were also taken care of, and the next regular meeting will be held Monday June 16 starting at 7pm.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Columbus Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 81 year old William Newman was driving west on Columbus and attempted to merge into the driving lane. His car struck a westbound vehicle being operated by 46 year old Sherry Munts, pushing it into the ditch.
Heavy damage occurred to Munts' car, and it had to be towed from the scene. Light damage occurred to Newman's car, and the crash remains under investigation.
MOUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio (AP) - Riverdale kindergarten teacher Barbara Williams has been charged with child endangerment.
The charge was filed this week in connection to a shoving incident involving a young student caught on surveillance video.
Williams had already been suspended by the district last month after the video surfaced. The boy's parents are pressing to have Williams fired.
As to further disciplinary action that may be taken by the district, Riverdale Superintendent Eric Hoffman said he could not comment at this time.
Director Mark Lowery at the 2012 Pond Clinic
The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District and Hardin County Extension office will be conducting a pond clinic on June 25th. According to information provided by the Soil & Water office, the clinic will present an opportunity for individuals to learn how to properly stock and maintain their ponds. Soil & Water District Director Mark Lowery said that the clinic will provide much information for people.
“Eugene Braig, Program Director for Aquatic Ecosystems for The Ohio State University will be there to present information on what kinds of fish to stock ponds with, how much to fish out in a years’ time and what to maintain. Additionally, he will talk about weed management for ponds”
The clinic will be held at Sid and Janet Gerbers pond, located at 16066 CR 180 south of Kenton on June 25th. It will start at 6:30pm and Lowery said it will be beneficial for residents who have ponds on their properties.
“Weed management is especially difficult these days, given the number of chemicals and regulations so it’s important to keep informed as to what you can do, should do, and need to do when maintaining your pond, before you spend a lot of money on certain chemicals and things like that” said Lowery.
The clinic will be outside so you can bring lawn chairs and dress for the weather. For more information, contact the Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District at (419) 673 0456, ext. 3.
Half of our Visitor Poll voters say they do not buy souvenirs while on vacation.
Of those responding, 50% said they spend nothing on souvenirs, while 30% spend 50 to 100 dollars, 11% spend 201 dollars or more, 7% spend between 101 and 150 dollars and 2% spend 151 to 200 dollars.
Vote in this week's Visitor Pol.
A meeting to review information on tornado sirens is scheduled for this Thursday in Kenton.
The meeting will be held June 5 at 10:00am in the Kenton City Building.
A representative from Federal Signal will be present to answer questions and hear any concerns people may have.
The meeting is open to the public.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices, with some stations around the state flirting with $4 a gallon.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.93 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime higher than a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is about 23 cents higher than a month ago, and it's 30 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Tuesday was $3.67 per gallon. That's a penny higher than a week ago, but 2 cents less than a month ago.
Ohio averages ranged from $3.77 in the Youngstown area to $3.97 in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com