Local News Archives for 2014-12

Ag Society Holds January Meeting Early

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Monday, Dec. 29th at the Plaza in Mt. Victory for a Holiday Dinner and their January Regular Meeting.  There were 17 directors and 42 guests present.  Craig Stump, Vice President, called the meeting to order.

 

After having a delicious meal from the Plaza, Craig thanked all guests for attending and then honored the Board’s past 3 director’s for their long time service to the Fair Board.  Plaques were given to Steve Christopher for 9 years of service, Charlie McCullough for 5 years of service and Mike Kleman for 4 years of service.

 

December 6th, 2014 minutes were approved along with Financial Reports and Bills for December.

 

The 2014 Annual Report was approved and 2015 Fair Committees were announced. 

 

The Ground’s Committee reported their findings on what needs done in the Community Building. The committee was given the approval to get bids for painting the building and to make the final decision on who to do it.  The Ground’s Committee will also do a thorough cleaning of the building.  The Board approved a change to the rental contract to read:  “Rental rates are only guaranteed for one year from date signed.  Renters will be notified of rental rate increases the next year and will be given the opportunity to receive a full refund if you no longer want to rent the building d/t the price increase.”  The Ground’s Committee was also given the approval to purchase Kenton High School’s old risers at a cost of no more than $2,000.  Mike Kleman, representing the company Triumph, stated they are looking at Community Service Projects and those project ideas should be submitted to him.  The next Ground’s Committee Meeting date is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12th, at 7pm.

 

The Camping Committee will be meeting sometime in January to go over some changes.

 

Jeff Madison was given the approval to sign entertainment contracts at the Annual Convention in January.  Bob McBride stated he is looking for a speaker for the Hour of Inspiration during the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

The Livestock Sale Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 7pm in the Fair Office with all Livestock Committees to meet after this meeting to pick judges for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

Janie Seiler stated she will be meeting with concessionaires at the Annual Convention in January.

 

Nancy Rickenbacher stated they are still working on getting new members for the Jr. Fair Board.  She will also be ordering ribbons at the Convention. 

 

Under Old Business:  Beef and Dairy Steer Tagging is Saturday, January 3rd from 10am-1pm.  There will be 18 directors attending the annual convention, at least one day. 

 

Judi Cronley, Treasurer, paid all directors for the 2015 upcoming year. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, February 7th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.

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Extra Patrols Tonight Aimed At Keeping Roads Safe

To help ensure a safer commute home from New Year's parties, law enforcement officers plan to be out in force.
 

A word of warning for anyone consuming alcohol at New Year's parties tonight....let somebody else do the driving. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said you can expect extra patrols around Hardin County tonight. He said, "absolutely, we will have extra patrols out due to state grant money for traffic enforcement. We obviously are encouraging anyone who is going to be partaking of any alcoholic beverages to please enjoy yourself and have fun but find a sober driver to drive you home or call a cab."
 

The Sheriff added that it's important for all motorists to drive defensively, "especially in the wintertime, but that goes for anytime of the year. You have to drive defensively, watch out for the other drivers because there will be impaired drivers out amongst us tonight and over the weekend. So we will need to take extra precautions this weekend."
 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said extra patrols can also be expected in the city, "We want to ensure that everybody makes it to and from their destinations safely, so we have cancelled time off requests this time of year to add extra time on the roads. We hope people will have a good time tonight, and refrain from drinking and driving."

 

Have a safe and Happy New year from all of us at WKTN.

 

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Ohio's Average Gas Price Dips Below $2 Per Gallon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The average cost of gas in Ohio has dipped below $2 per gallon for the first time in more than five years.

 

The average for a gallon of regular gas fell to $1.99 in Wednesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.

 

Ohio AAA spokeswoman Kimberly Schwind says that average hasn't been below $2 since April 28, 2009, when it was $1.98. She says back then, the recession was a key factor.

 

This time, Schwind says prices have been dropping for months because of an oversupply of crude oil worldwide. She says there's also a seasonal element, as gas prices tend to be lower during winter.

 

The national average Wednesday was $2.26 per gallon, down from $2.35 last week and $3.32 a year ago.

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Water Line Work To Close Ohio 273 in Mount Victory

A water line project in the village of Mt. Victory will close Ohio 273 between Township Road 197 and County Road 199 beginning January 5 for three weeks.

 

Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 31 back to Ohio 273.

 

Work is being performed by VTF Excavation, Celina.

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Ohio Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Tops Projection

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The number of Ohioans enrolling in Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program has topped state projections during the first year.

 

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/13GJJWr ) reports officials had estimated 377,000 newly eligible residents would sign up by next summer, and more than 450,000 had done so as of November. That's about 20 percent greater than the projection.

 

The state moved forward last fall with extending Medicaid eligibility to cover thousands more people under the federal health overhaul. Coverage took effect last January.

 

The expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain coverage. For a single adult, that's about $16,000 annually.

 

An official with the nonprofit Enroll America, which helps people sign up, says the enrollment numbers show there's demand for coverage.

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Indian Lake Defeats Lady Wildcats In Overtime

The Indian Lake Lakers defeated the Kenton Lady Wildcats 65 to 62 in overtime Monday in girls basketball action.

 

Ashley Morris hit a three-pointer with 1:06 to play to give Kenton a 55 to 53 lead, but Caylee Wurster's bucket for Indian Lake with under a second to play tied the game at 55 and forced overtime.

 

The Lakers never trailed in the extra session, using a strong effort from the foul line to maintain a slim advantage. The Wildcats never trailed by more than three points in overtime and had multiple opportunities to tie the game but could not convert.

 

Indian Lake, which played the final six seconds with just four players, improves to 2 and 6. Sydney Miller had 19 points for the Lakers while Wurster finished with 16. Morgan Evilsizor added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Indian Lake while Sammi Miller was the fourth Laker in double figures as she scored 10 points.

 

Morris finished with a season-best 28 points to lead the Lady Wildcats while Layne Taylor posted a career-high 12 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds.

 

The Lady Wildcats are now 2 and 8 and are off until January 6th, when they will host the always-strong Arlington Red Devils.

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Several Thefts Reported Around Hardin County

Several breaking and entering and theft incidents were reported over the weekend to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

According to the reports:

 

.A dirt bike and all terrain vehicle, valued at $4600 were stolen from a residence in Patterson. That was reported Sunday.

 

.A television, valued at $300, was stolen from a residence in the 200 block of North Street in Mt. Victory. That also was reported on Sunday.

 

.A flat screen television and lap top computer, valued at just over $1300, were stolen following a breaking and entering at Foraker Elevator. That incident was report Saturday and occurred sometime since Christmas Eve.

 

.A flat screen television valued at $1300 was stolen from a residence in Alger. That also was reported Saturday.

 

.Finally a theft of a firearm valued at $400 was reported Saturday. It was taken from a residence in the 14,000 block of County Road 200.

 

All cases are under investigation.

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Average Cost For Regular Gas in Ohio Drops Near $2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The average gas price in Ohio has dropped closer to $2 as the year comes to an end.
 

The state average was $2.03 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 16 cents less than last week and $1.38 per gallon cheaper than a year ago.
 

The national average Monday was about $2.29 per gallon. That's 10 cents cheaper than a week ago and about a dollar less than the average cost at this time last year.
 
A significant drop in oil prices since summer was one factor expected to boost holiday road travel last week and this week.
 
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Two Story House on CR 144 Destroyed By Fire

A Hardin County Family lost pretty much everything in a fire that destroyed their home Sunday morning.

 

Mt. Victory Fire Chief Charles Mowery said firefighters were dispatched around 7:30 Sunday morning, "To a residential fire at 21264 County Road 144, which is just outside of Hepburn. We had a two story frame house that was fully engulfed with fire."

 

The Chief said the house was occupied by the Michael Singledecker family, "They were purchasing it on land contract. The owner was Amy Collins."

 

The home was listed as pretty much a total loss at around $80,000 in damages, and the family lost almost all of their contents. The American Red Cross was on the scene to provide assistance to the family.

 

Chief Mowery said there were a total of five fire departments on the scene, "Southeast Hardin-Northwest Union, Kenton, Scioto Valley, Marseilles and Ridgeway. We had a total of about 40 firefighters there."

 

There were no injuries, and firefighters were on the scene for around 4 and half hours.

 

The cause of that blaze still has not been yet been determined and is under investigation.

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Wildcats Pull Away From Raiders For 59-41 Victory

The Kenton Wildcats pulled away in the 2nd half to defeat Benjamin Logan 59-41 Saturday in boys basketball action.

 

The Wildcats (2-3) scored the game's first 11 points and led 13-1 with three minutes left in the first quarter, but the Raiders (2-5) fought back to tie the game at 17-17 at the half.

 

Kenton outscored the Raiders 20-12 in the third quarter to grab a 37-29 edge and then put the game away by outscoring Ben Logan 22-12 over the final eight minutes.

 

Patrick Jordan and Tanner Rader had 11 points each to lead the Raiders.

 

Colyn Blackford had 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Wildcats while Austin Phillips finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Austin Buroker chipped in with 11 points.

 

Blackford was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action on Saturday when they host Waynesfield-Goshen in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Lady Falcons Grab Early Lead, Cruise Past Panthers

The Riverdale Falcons jumped out to an early lead and cruised past McComb 53-29 in girls basketball action on Saturday.

 

The Falcons led 17-5 after one quarter and were never threatened. Riverdale led 24-11 at the half and then outscored McComb 17-6 in the third period to build a commanding 41-17 advantage.

 

Taylor Frey had another big night for the Falcons, scoring 21 points as Riverdale won for the fifth time in its last six outings. Janessa Taylor scored in double figures for the second straight game for Riverdale as she finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Arica Hill added nine points for the Falcons, who improve to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

 

McComb falls to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in the BVC.

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Police Chief Says Be Careful How You Discard Boxes After Christmas

Now that Christmas is over, residents are being advised to be careful just how you dispose of boxes and other items.
 

Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion said it can be a sure giveaway to criminals as to what is in house, "We're cleaning up the mess, and we're gathering up the old wrapping paper and boxes. Weel those boxes tell the bad guys what you just bought, so as much as we want to get rid of our trash, when we don't conceal it by putting it in the trash bag, it helps to advertise what you have in your house."

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Kenton Wildcats Host Ben Logan in Boy's Basketball Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats wrap up the 2014 portion of their schedule Saturday when they host Benjamin Logan.

 

This is the middle contest of a three-game homestand for the Cats, who are 1 and 3 on the season. Kenton has lost its last two games, including a 67 to 50 loss to Marysville on Saturday.
 

The Raiders are also looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Ben Logan, led by double-figure scorers Grant Ricketts and Tanner Rader, is 2 and 4 on the season and has not played since a 77 to 52 loss to Greenon on December 19th.
 

WKTN will have all the action live from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Kenton Woman Injured in Christmas Eve Crash

A Kenton woman was injured following a Christmas Eve crash at the intersection of State Route 53 and County Road 114.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 56 year old Jody Camper was driving south on 53 when a car operated by 61 year old Chester McCleese pulled into her path from 114.
 

The resulting collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles, and Camper was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP Ambulance.
 

McCleese was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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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:

 

.Matthew T.A. Manns was sentenced to a total of 4 years and 11 months in prison on one count each of theft, theft of checks, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, burglary and two counts of uttering.

 

.Gage Alan Sheldon was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of tampering with evidence.

 

.Amanda N. Kindle was placed on two years community control with conditions on one count of resisting arrest.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Former Local Resident Returns For Comedy Show

Andy Hart at WKTN for news interview

 

A former local resident will return to the area for comedy show in Bellefontaine Saturday night.

 

Andy Hart talks about how he got involved in comedy, "It seemed like it was the right time, I was like, well it's probably now or never, so I guess sometimes you just make a leap and go for it."

 

He knew that to make it big in comedy, he would have to go to where the action is...Second City in Chicago, "I guess it was in February of 2010 I took an online writing course offered through Second City in Chicago, and it went pretty well, and so at the time I thought well maybe I just want to be a writer, and so I thought well this is going well , might as well give it a shot and go to where the magic happens in Chicago."

 

Hart said since that time, things have been progressing, "I have a main group that I work with, me and a couple of friends, we call ourselves the Fun Fun Boys, and that's of course the show we're doing Saturday at the Holland Theatre. It's a show that we wrote, and we put up in July at a theatre in Chicago."

 

He goes on to talk about the show Saturday night in Bellefontaine, "I guess I should mention, it's an adult show, so it's probably not good for kids. There's some salty language. If you want tickets, you can go on the Holland Theatre website or call the Holland Theatre at 937-592-9002. The tickets are 10 or 15 dollars, and there's still seats available, so if anybody's interested, we would love to pack the house."

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Three Arrested Following Latest Drug Bust

Three people were arrested as a result of a search warrant executed by the Hardin County Crime Task Force Monday.
 

According to a release, the warrant was served at 5 Resch Street where heroin, pills, cash and drug paraphernalia were taken from the residence along with a vehicle.
 

Two females, identified as Amanda Gammon and Shaylee Graddick, and a male, identified as William Miller, were arrested on charges of permitting drug abuse, possession of heroin, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department, Hardin County SRT, Hardin County Dog Warden and Osborn's Towing.

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Most Dislike Idea of Allowing Hunters to Use Silencers

Do you think the State of Ohio should allow hunters to use silencers on their guns?
 

Most of our Visitor Poll voters, 77% in fact, said no to that idea, while the remaining 23% said yes.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Patton's 35 Points Help Rams Stay Perfect

Emily Patton scored a game-high 35 points to help Upper Scioto Valley stay perfect on the season with a 77-68 win over Riverdale Tuesday in girls basketball action at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

Patton helped the Rams improve to 7-0 while the Falcons slip to 5-3.

 

USV led throughout the game but had to withstand several runs from the Falcons, who clawed to within five points in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.

 

Maddie Lowery added 16 points for the Rams while Bree Mullins scored 11.

 

Taylor Farmer scored 15 points to lead four Falcons in double figures. Sydney Holderman chipped in with 14 points while Taylor Frey and Janessa Taylor scored 13 points apiece.

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LaRue Man Arrested; Facing Kidnapping and Other Charges

Rocky Luikart

 

 

A LaRue man was arrested Monday and is facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

 

According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, at around 3:40 Monday afternoon, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a burglary and possible abduction in the 23000 block of Township Road 202. The female victim stated that an ex-boyfriend had been preventing her from leaving her residence against her will for the past few hours.

 

Upon arrival of Deputies the suspect had already left the scene. With the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office the suspect was located and arrested and transported to the Multi County Correctional Center, where records there identified him as Rocky Luikart, of LaRue.

 

He is being held pending the filing of numerous felony charges against him by the Hardin County Prosecutor.

 

The case remains under investigation.

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Two Vehicles Damaged in Monday Night Crash in Kenton

Two vehicles were involved in a crash that occurred just after nine Monday night.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car driven by 41 year old Tina Wilson, of Marion, was westbound on Franklin Street while a vehicle being operated by 35 year old Jose Hernandez, of Kenton was travelling south on Market Street. Both drivers stated that they had the green light as they entered the intersection. The resulting collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles.

 

There were no injuries, and no citations have been issued at this time as the crash remains under investigation.

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Kenton City Council Wraps Up Business For 2014

The Kenton City Council heard a third reading on a proposal to fund a performance audit on city services and operations. The proposed audit would be conducted by the State Auditors Office and would cost around $30,000.00 to the city to conduct. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns reiterated concerns that he has had regarding the audit since it was proposed by Councilman Brian Hattery.

 

"There were two Mayors that I did talk to that did not have a favorable opinion of the audit. The second thing was that I believe it was something that we could do, or at least try to do with the template that we have. Also, I'd like to remind council that our budget is in the red, projected to be $365,000. I'm not sure where we can justify taking money out of the 2014 budget so at this point I would not be in favor of signing it. I think it could be a good thing but I would suggest that we try to do it on our own." said Mayor Manns.

 

Councilman Patti Risner asked the Mayor how he'd like an audit such as this conducted internally, and the Mayor mentioned that he'd like to see it done by a combination of administration, department heads and council members. Councilman David Beazley noted that the city could do something like that when it came time to review the findings.

 

"The Mayor had suggested an internal committee awhile back, and I thought about that a great deal. I like the thought of what you're saying. My suggestion for the use of the internal committee would be to then review the results of the audit because I think the purpose of the audit, as I understand it from Brian Hattery and his research is getting an independent, non involved kind of person that will examine what we do and things that we may overlook every day." said Beazley.

 

Risner also noted that the audit was not meant to be used as a tool to fire people, but rather an independent analysis as to city services. The council passed the ordinance.

 

Also at the meeting, the council approved the 2015 Kenton City Budget, heard a proposal on a possible grant which will be used for improvements to Wharton Park, including the building of a walking path. The grant would be for around $150,000 and would require a $30,000 match from the city, which could also be met with in kind contributions such as labor. The council heard a first reading on an ordinance to proceed with that project.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on January 12th 2015, at the Kenton City Building at 7pm.

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Girls Basketball Featured Tonight on WKTN

Two of the best girls basketball teams in the area square off tonight at Alumni Fieldhouse when the Upper Scioto Valley Rams host the Riverdale Falcons.

 

The Falcons bring a 4-game winning streak into tonight's contest. Sydney Holderman averages nearly 22 points a game while Taylor Frey scores 11 points a contest for Riverdale, which is 5-2 on the season.
 

The Rams have rolled through the early portion of their schedule. Buoyed by balanced scoring and a stingy defense, Upper Scioto Valley is 6-0 in 2014. The Rams' first-five unit of Emily Patton, Shelby Spradlin, Brittany Holbrook, Bree Mullins and Maddie Lowery average nearly 60 points a game between them, and that is more than enough offense for a USV team that gives up only 25 points a night.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Alumni Fieldhouse, with the pregame show staring around 7:30 p.m.

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Roll Over Crash Injuries Bellefontaine Man

A Bellefontaine man was injured in a crash that occurred early Sunday morning near Alger.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 28 year old Mark Johnson was driving north on State Route 235 and travelled off the left side of the road and into the ditch. The car sideswiped a utility pole then rolled over several times before coming to rest on its top.

 

Johnson was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Alger EMS, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Winners Announced for the 25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance announced the winners of the Buy Local First Holiday Contest, which ran from November 24 - December 18.

 

The Alliance partnered with the Buy Ada First Committee and 32 local businesses on the event. There were over $1,600 in prizes given away thanks to the participating businesses.

 

The 25 Days of Christmas Buy Local Contest was a way to educate the community on the benefits of buying local and to encourage shoppers to buy local this holiday season.

 

The $500 Grand Prize winner was Jill Reiter, the $200 winner was Holly Ulrich, and the $100 winner was Craig Crouse.

 

The winners at the participating businesses are: Ada Express Mart, Mr. Kinsley; Artist Boutique on Main, Mary Purvis; Big Wilks Motor Sales, Julie Corbin; Carol Slane Florist, no entries; Community First Bank, Bernie Clawson; DPI Ink, no entries; Enchanted Forest, Del Miracle; Enchanted Forest Christmas House, Sue Hertzell;  Forest Trading Post, Julie Motter; Forney Sales & Service, Merlin Jolliff; Goodrich Photography, Leslie Bogner; Hardin County Historical Museum, Deanna Larrabee; Hempy Water Conditioning, Jill Reiter; House of Yesteryear, Jeanette Nye; kudoStudio, Colleen Limerick; Liberty National Bank, Deb Curlis;  Martin Meat Market, Patty Park; Mason Mercantile, Carol Devers; Mouser Hardware, Joe Ramsey; Mt. Victory State Bank, Heather Lingrel; Nana's, Jan Phillips; New Leaf Garden Center, Ada, Anna Zuercher; New Leaf Garden Center, Kenton, Patti Camper; Plaza Inn Restaurant and Catering, Linda Poling; Quest Federal Credit Union, Cathy Lawrence; Reichert’s, Ann Coe; Simply Torn Boutique, Sheena Stover; The First Citizens National Bank, Jamie Hanson; The Inn at Ohio Northern University, Neil Hess; Tiki Tanz, Erica Smith; Touch of Country, Lorraine Brown; Touch of Whimsy, LLC, Jo Ellen Beaman.

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Ohio Gas Prices Drop Again Ahead of Holidays

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers traveling for the holidays are finding it's much cheaper to fill their tanks this year than it was a year ago.

 

The state's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 22 cents less than a week ago and $1.08 under the average at this time last year.

 

It's also well under the national average, which was about $2.39 on Monday. That's down 16 cents from a week ago and is 85 cents cheaper than a year ago.

 

Oil prices have fallen significantly since summer. The relatively low gas prices are one factor contributing to forecasts of increased travel around the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

 

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Top Stories of 2014 From The Ohio Associated Press

A list of the top 10 stories of 2014 from the Ohio Associated Press, as voted on by member newspapers and broadcasters around the state:

 

1. Toxins from algae in Lake Erie contaminated Toledo's water supply, leaving 400,000 people without tap water for two days in August. The crisis led to an effort by the state Legislature to stop farmers from spreading manure on top of frozen or saturated fields, and to plans by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop new guidelines that will give cities and water treatment plants a blueprint for dealing with similar situations.

 

2. In early December, the U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report repudiating Cleveland police for excessive use of force, recklessness and civil rights violations. The report culminated an 18-month DOJ investigation, brought on by a November 2012 event in which 13 police officers fired 137 shots into a car after a high-speed chase, killing two unarmed suspects. It also came on the heels of a rookie police officer fatally shooting a 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun in a city park Nov. 22. The officer said the gun looked real. Cleveland officials are negotiating with the DOJ over reforms.

 

3. Cleveland Cavaliers fans celebrated in the streets at the end of July when Akron native LeBron James announced he was coming back to northeast Ohio. The four-time MVP and two-time NBA champion said he was leaving the Miami Heat and returning to the team he left four years earlier largely due to the lure of home. The NBA's biggest star had departed in 2010 on poor terms, despised by heartbroken fans who burned his jersey and scorned by an owner who felt betrayed. But all was forgiven when he announced he was coming home.

 

4. It was the winter than wouldn't end. The winter of 2014 will be remembered for record snowfall, frigid temperatures and how long it all lasted. The first week of the year brought the now infamous polar vortex that pummeled Ohio and the Midwest with below-zero temperatures that broke decades-old records. The snow didn't stop falling until well into March. As usual, the northern part of the state was socked the hardest. The Weather Channel called Toledo's winter of 2013-14 the worst of any major city in the United States.

 

5. Cleveland leaders rejoiced when the Republican National Committee awarded the 2016 presidential nominating convention to the proud but beleaguered city. Now the pressure is on for the host organizing committee to raise the $60 million it promised Republicans to cover some of the convention costs. Eight cities sought the convention including Cincinnati and Columbus, also in the reliably competitive presidential battleground state of Ohio. Columbus is still a candidate for the Democrats' 2016 convention.

 

Filling out the top 10 Ohio stories, in descending order, are:

 

- Gov. John Kasich easily coasted to a second term as Republican incumbents swept statewide races in the November midterm election.

 

- Democrat Ed FitzGerald's campaign for governor implodes after reports said he lacked a permanent driver's license and was found by police in an empty parking lot with a woman who isn't his wife.

 

- Ohio continued to grapple with a surge in heroin abuse and overdose deaths.

 

- A Dallas nurse who visited family in Ohio was hospitalized with Ebola, leading to quarantines and increased monitoring in the state.

 

- Executions in Ohio were put on hold after inmate Dennis McGuire snorted and gasped several times while taking 26 minutes to die - the longest of any Ohio execution - in January in the country's first execution using a two-drug combination.

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Riverdale Rallies Past Lady Wildcats

The Riverdale Lady Falcons outscored Kenton 19-8 in the fourth quarter as they rallied for a 54-44 win in girls basketball action on Saturday.

 

The Lady Wildcats outscored Riverdale 17-9 in the third quarter to turn a 26-19 halftime deficit into a 36-35 lead heading into the fourth period.

 

Over the final eight minutes, the Lady Falcons were able to capitalize on turnovers and foul shooting to blunt a strong effort from the Lady Wildcats and post the win.

 

Sydney Holderman led all scorers with 27 points for Riverdale and also had 7 steals. Arica Hill added another 10 points for the Falcons while Taylor Frey had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals.

 

Nine players scored for the Lady Wildcats, with Sara Hoyt leading the way with 9 points.

 

Kenton is now 2-6 on the season and visits Marysville on Tuesday. Riverdale improves to 5-2 and will travel to Alumni Fieldshouse to meet Upper Scioto Valley on Tuesday. The matchup between the Rams and Falcons will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Ridgemont Rolls Past Polar Bears 62-46

The Ridgemont Golden Gophers got their first win of the season Saturday as they rolled past Hardin Northern 62-46.

 

The Golden Gophers (1-2) got 17 points from Corey Eversole and another 10 from Cameron Smith while the Polar Bears (0-4) were led by Zach Wilhelm's game-high 22 points. Andrew Stump added 12 points for HN.

 

Ridgemont opened up a 33-17 halftime advantage but the Polar Bears closed to within 10 points late in the third period.


The Golden Gophers scored the final bucket of the third quarter and then used a strong start to the final stanza to put the game out of reach.

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Alliance Accepting Applications For Major Awards

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Community Service Awards. 

 

Anyone from Hardin County may be nominated to receive these honors.  A panel of judges from Alliance members will make the final decision. The recipients will be revealed Thursday, February 26, 2015 during the Alliance’s annual meeting held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.

Selection of Citizen of the Year will be based upon an individual's outstanding achievements and contributions to

improve the Hardin County community.

 

To be considered for the Business of the Year award, a business or industry should give back to the community, support local business, and create or encourage job growth.

The Community Service Award is given to an individual, group or business who has dedicated themselves to helping others and improving our community.

 

To nominate a person, group or business for these awards, complete an application and return it with a short explanation of the qualifications that make this nominee deserving of the award. Entries should be submitted by February 2, 2014, to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  Nominations may be faxed to 419-674-4876 or e-mailed to alliance@hccba.com.

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Kenton Falls To Wapak in WBL Opener

The Kenton Wildcats opened play in the Western Buckeye League Friday night when they traveled the Wapak. However, the Cats were unsuccessful by falling to the Redskins 74-48.
 
 
With the win, Wapak is now 2-1 on the season while the Wildcats fall to 0-1 in the WBL and 1-2 overall on the season. At the half, it was 27-23 with Wapak leading but a 25 point third quarter changed the outcome of the game.
 
Wapak had two players in double figures Friday night. Cory Crawford had 14 and Ethan Good had a game high of 23 points. The Wildcats had three players in double figures with Colin Blackford scoring 11 points, Hunter Phillips had 10 points and Austin Phillips had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Austin was also named the Ace Hardware Player of the game.
 
WKTN's next broadcast will be Saturday night with High School Boys County Basketball between Hardin Northern and Ridgemont. That game is slated to begin around 7:30pm.

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Two Pedestrians Struck By Vehicle That Fled The Scene

Mount Victory – Two people were struck while changing a tire on SR 31 near milepost 4 in Hale Township in Hardin County on Thursday at approximately 6:35 P.M. The vehicle that struck them continued south on SR 31.

 

A 2008 Buick Enclave, owned by Lauren James, was on the southbound side of SR 31 parked well off the roadway. A 2011 Freightliner tow truck was also parked on the southbound side facing north with all emergency lights activated. A dark colored pick-up truck was traveling south on SR 31 and went off the right side of the roadway. The pick-up truck struck both the tow truck driver and the owner of the Buick before leaving the scene.

 

Lauren James, age 82 of Kenton, was Life-Flighted to Riverside Hospital in Columbus with non-life threatening injuries at the time. Jordan Long, age 21 of Richwood, was transported by Southeast Hardin EMS to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Findlay Post was assisted at the scene by Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Victory Fire Department, Southeast Hardin EMS, LifeFlight, and  Kirby Towing.

 

The Patrol is requesting the public’s assistance looking for a dark colored pick-up truck, possibly a Toyota with writing on the tailgate. It will be missing the left side mirror and should have damage on the left front corner. The truck will have Ohio registration plates.

 

If you have any information please contact the Findlay Patrol Post at 419-423-1414.

 

The crash 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:

 

.Keith Allen Wurtsbaugh was sentenced to a total of 36 months in prison on one count each of burglary, possession of heroin, grand theft of a motor vehicle and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

.William Allen Adams Jr. was sentenced to a total of 32 months in prison on one count each of possession of criminal tools, trafficking in heroin and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

Placed on five years community control with conditions were:

 

.Michael K. Mullins on one count each of complicity to burglary, complicity to safecracking and complicity to theft. He was ordered to pay $560 in restitution to the victim.

 

.Ethan McKinley Lyon on one count each of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. As part of a forfeiture specification, just over $500 in currency seized in the case was ordered to be forfeited to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Boil Advisories Lifted in Mt. Victory

Water users in Mt. Victory are advised that all “Boil Advisories” for the village are lifted. 

 

Water samples tested by an independent laboratory have tested negative. 

 

The village is grateful to water users for their patience with regard to boil advisories arising from the water distribution project. 

 

Village officials and employees wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Wildcats Open WBL Basketball Season Tonight

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

 

The Wildcats have split their first two games, falling 59 to 45 at Tiffin Columbian on Saturday before bouncing back to defeat

 

Riverdale 61 to 57 on Wednesday night. Austin Philips, Colyn Blackford and Thomas Phillips are each scoring in double figures in the early part of the season for Kenton.

 

Wapakoneta is also 1 and 1 on the year. The Redskins, who opened their season with a surprising one-point win over Lima Senior, are coming off a 66 to 58 loss to Piqua on Friday.

 

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

 

On Saturday night, county boys basketball action will be featured on WKTN as Hardin Northern hosts Ridgemont.

 

Both the Polar Bears and the Golden Gophers are 0 and 2 heading into tonight’s action.

 

The pregame show on Saturday should start around 7:30 p.m.

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Sources: Person Injured After Jumping From Third To Second Floor in Courthouse

Emergency crews were dispatched to the Hardin County Courthouse late this morning.
 

Multiple sources tell WKTN that it was in connection to a person who jumped from the third floor to the second floor of the courthouse.
 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, which is working on a release, would only confirm at this time that an EMS squad was needed at the scene.
 

We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as we get it on WKTN.

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Y Collecting Items To Donate To Love Inc.

The Hardin County YMCA is collecting non-perishable food and other items for Love Inc.

 

Fitness Coordinator Michelle Nalls said in addition to the non-perishable food items, they are also collecting household items as well, "Such as cleaning supplies, dish soap, laundry soap and also personal care items, such as soap, body wash, shampoo and that type of stuff."

 

How long will they be collecting the items?, "The program started Tuesday, and we're going to do that through the 28th, and then from there we'll take everything we received, and we will take it to Love Inc."

 

To donate, all you have to do is take the items to the Y, "There's a box set up across from the front desk, and also as an incentive to get people to do this is for every two items that are brought in we will offer a one time class for free. For every eight, a month worth of classes can be taken."

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Kenton Holds Off Riverdale To Net First Win

The Kenton Wildcats withstood a late Riverdale charge to get their first win of the season, defeating the Falcons 61-57 on Wednesday.

 

Photo credit: Rick Abbot

 

The Wildcats (1-1) led 54-38 after three quarters but saw the Falcons score the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to make it four-point game. It was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, with the Wildcats holding off several late Falcon flurries to get the win.

 

Austin Phillips had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead Kenton and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game. Thomas Phillips scord 14 points while Colyn Blackford added 10 for the Cats.

 

The Falcons (1-5) were led by Chad Pever's 16 points. Grant Loveridge finished witih 12 points and 9 rebounds while Noah Hough tallied 12 points and 6 rebounds.

 

The Kenton High School Student Section. Photo by Rick Abbot

 

The Wildcats are back in action Friday when they visit Wapakoneta in their Western Buckeye League opener. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m.

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One injured in crash on State Route 31.

One person suffered minor injuries in a two car crash on State Route 31 Wednesday afternoon. According to information provided by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, just after 3:30pm Wednesday, a car heading northbound on OH 31 failed to maintain control and went into a ditch. The car then overcorrected and went into the southbound lane where it struck another vehicle. 
 
Three juveniles were in the northbound vehicle and one of them was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured. No further details are available as the accident remains under investigation. 
 

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KPD Has Suspect in Copper Theft At Kenton Iron Products

The investigation into the theft of copper from Kenton Iron Products has turned a corner.
 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department this morning, investigators have a suspect in the case. His name though is not being released at this time because no charges have been filed yet.
 

The man is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars of copper from the plant over the past several months.
 

The latest incident was reported yesterday.

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Boil Water Advisory In Effect For Sections of Mt. Victory

A boil advisory is being issued for users in some sections of the village of Mt. Victory because of a disruption in service to install new valves in existing distribution lines. 

 

Installation of these valves was done at this time to avoid boil advisories during the holidays.  Users are advised that a boil advisory could arise at any time due to a leak in the existing system.  Users should also be aware that when work resumes on the project on January 5, 2015 unplanned outages might occur which may result in a boil advisory.  This advisory will remain in effect until water samples are collected and tested by an independent laboratory.  You will be notified when the advisory is lifted by an announcement on WKTN radio in Kenton, Ohio.  

 

Sections of the Village Affected by the Boil Advisory:
 

West Marion St.

 

South West Mansfield St.

 

South Williams St.

 

West. St.

 

200 block of South Elm St.

 

West side on Main St. from Marion St. to North St.

 

East side of High St. from Marion St. to North St.

 

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

 

If you should have any questions, please the village office at (937) 354-2001.

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Free Hams Being Distributed To Veterans

Free hams are being distributed to Hardin County veteran's in need this Holiday Season.
 

Ham vouchers for qualified veterans are available on a first come, first serve basis or through December 22
 

The Hardin County Veteran's Service Office in the Courthouse is in charge of the program.

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Ada Hits Twelve Three-Pointers En Route To Rout Of Ridgemont

The Ada Bulldogs won their season opener on Tuesday, knocking down 12 three-pointers en route to a 75-52 win over Ridgemont.

 

Ada (1-0) got 24 points from Blake Willeke while Grant McBride added 20 and Levi Bass scored 14.

 

The Golden Gophers (0-2) were led by Cole Weyant's 11 points.

 

The Bulldogs visit defending state champion Crestview on Friday while Ridgemont travels to Hardin Northern on Saturday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Factory Broken Into; Copper Stolen

A breaking and entering occurred at Kenton Iron Products on Vine Street.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, someone used a screwdriver to force open a side door and gain entry to the building.
 

Around 1500 pounds of copper was stolen.
 

Video from a surveillance camera is being reviewed as the case remains under investigation.

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Kenton School Board Discusses Need For New Bus Garage

Kenton City Schools is looking at the possibility of building a new bus garage with remaining funds from the Kenton Elementary School Building project. 
 

At the Kenton School Board meeting Monday evening, Board member David Haushalter from the Finance Committee said that the costs for the abatements of the new school buildings were coming in low, meaning that funds might be available to use toward a new bus garage.

 

The current Bus Garage on the site of Hardin Central School

 

"We're trying to figure out if we can get the state to co-fund us a little bit on the bus garage. If we can do that, I think it would be prudent to set up a bus garage. It may not be exactly like the one we have now, of course now we can't park our current busses in ours because they won't fit, so that's another reason to push forward with it, so we're trying to get those numbers together" said Haushalter.

 

Board member Russ Blue echoed Haushalters comments and noted that funds allocated for the abatement were shared costs between the district and the state of Ohio. Given that the funds were already allocated for the school building project, the school would be exploring the possibility of using those funds to build a new bus garage on the site of the new Kenton Elementary Building.

 

The proposal would be to build a new bus garage near the new school building.

 

"This might be the best opportunity we'll ever get to do it. Because there are extra funds there, the LFI and some of the other monies. Mr. Brim and I met the other day with one of our local contractors and they're in the process right now of drawing up some plans and costing it out to see if it can fit our budget and fit the needs of what we're looking at. Again this might be the best opportunity to come along. It's like a gift so I want to look at it really hard." said Blue.

 

Both said that local contractors were working to get the school an estimate on the costs of building a new bus garage and storage building on the site.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved a measure which raised pay of substitute teachers from $80.00 a day to $90.00 a day, approved several salary adjustments and moved to hire Matt Dudek as the new head Baseball coach at Kenton High School beginning later this year. Dudek said that he was excited at the chance to coach at Kenton.

 

"I'm just humbled to be taking this job. You don't always get an opportunity to come back and coach where you went to school. I'm really looking forward to it, I've learned a lot of lessons from Coach Fackler and Coach Mauk over the past ten years. I know the kids are excited, they're already starting practice in the cages and want to start throwing. I'm going to take the lessons I've learned playing under coaches Fackler and Mauk and add to those with the kids and build on what we've got going and take us back to where we've been in years past." said Dudek.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be the first of the year reorganizational meeting, followed by the first regular meeting. It is slated for January 12th at 7pm at the Kenton School Administrative Offices.

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Ada Opens Basketball Season Against Ridgemont Tonight

The Ada Bulldogs take the court for the first time this season when they visit Ridgemont this evening.

 

The Bulldogs will be the final team in Hardin County - boys or girls - to make their season debut when they travel to Ridgemont tonight to take on the Golden Gophers. While the Gophers do have one game under their belt, they have also had some significant down time between games. Ridgemont’s only game of the season came back on December 6th, when the Gophers fell to Delphos Jefferson 86 to 39.
 

WKTN will have all the action live from Ridgemont High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Majority Say They Don't Decorate Home For Christmas

What motivates you the most to decorate the outside of your home for Christmas?
 

Of those responding, 26% said they just enjoy decorating, 18% said they docorate just for others to enjoy, 1% said they are in competition with a neighbor, 1% said for a contest and a Scrooge-like 54% said they don't decorate.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Car/Deer and Other Crashes Occur Over Weekend

It was a weekend for car/deer collisions around Hardin County.

 

Hardin County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to four such incidents throughout the county.

 

Motorists are urged to use caution and be on the lookout for the animals especially in the hours just before dawn and at dusk when they are most active.

 

 

Kenton Police were dispatched to a minor crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Main and Carroll Streets.

 

According to the report, 51 year old Christina Hall, of Kenton, drove from Carroll onto Main, and her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 21 year old Seona Harpel, of Dunkirk.

 

Light damage occurred to both vehicles, and there were no injuries.

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Ohio Gas Prices Still Falling To Start Work Week

 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are down once again to start the new work week.
 
The state's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.41 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 19 cents from a week ago and more than 70 cents less than a year ago.
 
The national average Monday was $2.55, down 12 cents from a week ago. Last year at this time, the national average was $3.23.
 
Oil has now fallen 47 percent since reaching a peak of $107 a barrel in June this year. The prices are good news for consumers but there are also worries the recent plunge is a sign of a sickly global economy.
 
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Monday delays and cancellations

 

Kenton CLOSED

USV 2 hr delay

Hardin Northern CLOSED

Ada 2 hr delay

Ridgemont CLOSED

Simon Kenton Harco Industries CLOSED

McGuffey Head Start No morning bus

Forest Head Start 1/2 hr delay

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no morning bus/open for walk ins only

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Attempted Shoplifting at Kenton Walmart

Kenton Police responded to a report of shoplifting at the Walmart Store in Kenton on Saturday. According to the report from the police department, a Melissa Halker was observed placing items into a shopping cart and into Walmart bags that she personally brought into the store. When Halker attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, she was stopped by employees. According to the report, items in Halkers possession included a 50'' TV, groceries, and an am grinder. Halker was arrested and transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. Charges are pending.

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Falcons Net First Win By Defeating Hornets 58-47

The Riverdale Falcons netted their first win of the season by downing Cory-Rawson 58-47 on Saturday.

 

The Falcons improve to 1-4 while the Hornets fall to 0-3.

 

Cory-Rawson had one player in double figures as Matthew Alspach scored 18 points for the Hornets.

 

Riverdale had three players score in double figures - Noah Hough had 12 points, Chad Pever scored 15 and Grant Loveridge finished with 24 points.

 

It was a one-point game at the half with Riverdale leading 23-22. The Falcons outscored Cory-Rawson in the second half 35-25 to notch their first win.

 

The next broadcast on WKTN will be on Tuesday night as you can hear the boys game between Ada and Ridgemont on 95.3. The pregame show will start around 7:30 p.m.

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Driver Cited Following Crash Friday Afternoon

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred just before 3:30 Friday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 39 year old Tamara Baum, of Kenton, was cited for failure to yield the right of way after she drove from Wayne onto Ohio Street, and her car struck a vehicle in the intersection being operated by 75 year old Richard Haudenschield, also of Kenton.
 

Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles. There were no injuries.

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USDA Offering Help For Reducing Farm Runoff

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan to see if they can get financial and technical help for reducing fertilizer runoff from their fields.

 

The department says farmers in Indiana and Michigan will have until next Friday to sign up. The deadline in Ohio is Jan. 16.

 

Cutting down fertilizer runoff has become a big priority since algae on Lake Erie fouled the water supply in the Toledo area this past August.

 

Nutrients from the runoff are one of the contributors to the algae problem on the lake.

 

The money from the department's Environmental Quality Incentives Program can help farmers add buffer strips and cover crops or improve their drainage and improve water quality.

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Man Arrested Today Following Hit/Skip Crash Thursday

Three vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred just before noon on Thursday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 51 year old William Adams, of Kenton, attempted to turn from Main Street onto Eliza Street, and his car was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 62 year old Randy Tyler, of McGuffey. The collision forced Tyler's vehicle into the southbound lane where it struck a car being driven by 26 year old Drew Suman, of Kenton.
Adams then fled the scene on foot and was apprehended this morning on warrants out of Hardin and Union Counties.
 

Additional charges are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

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One Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, William H. Grubbs was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and failure to appear.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Benefit Concert Scheduled For December 19

 

 

The 6th Annual Dinner and Christmas Show will be held next Friday December 19 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton.
 

Local band Tree By Streams will perform some of their original songs as well as lots of Christmas music. Band member Brandon Shape said the event starts at 6:30 next Friday evening. He said admission is $10 per person at the door, and for that you get great food, music, a show and lots of fun, "And I don't know when it started but people started dressing for the occasion, some wear ugly sweaters, some are more formal, and it adds to the festivities. So you will enjoy a great meal plus great music and a lot of fun."
 

Proceeds are used to help area families this Holiday Season, and for more information on the show follow Tree By Streams on Facebook, and for the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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WKTN Will Carry Several Basketball Over The Next Several Days

A busy stretch of basketball on WKTN begins on Saturday when Riverdale hosts Cory-Rawson.
 

The Falcons' boys basketball matchup with the Hornets kicks off a 6-games-in-11-night slate of high school basketball on WKTN.

 

All six county schools will be represented during the pre-Christmas blitz, with highlights including four inter-county matchups and the Western Buckeye League opener for the Kenton Wildcats' boys basketball team at Wapakoneta. It all begins when the Falcons host the Hornets in a Blanchard Valley Conference contest, with the pregame show live from Riverdale High School starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Two B&E Incidents Being Investigated By KPD

Prescription drugs were reported as stolen from a home that was broken into on Ida Street.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a man in the 400 block of Ida told officers that when he arrived home Wednesday morning, he discovered that someone removed the air conditioner unit from a window and gained entry into the house.

 

Two recently filled pill bottles were the only items missing.


 

 

A Lakeview man reported that a garage at his former residence in Kenton was broken into sometime since this past Sunday.
 

According to that report, a large tool chest, loaded with tools, was stolen.

 

 

Both incidents are under investigation.

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United Way Exceeds Goal in Latest Campaign Update

On behalf of its 19 community partners, the United Way of Hardin County like to give the community a "BIG THANK YOU" as it announces the 2015 campaign, the total contributions and pledges totaled $220,772.00. 

 

The goal has been $210,000.00.  Last year's campaign ended up at $207,000.00.

 

At the campaign kickoff in August, honorary chairs, Randy and Merelee Rogers asked everyone to just give a little more this year.  The community responded to their request.

 

The Industry division has increased their donations and pledges $32,000.00 over last year.  International Paper and Precision Strip employees accounted for most of the increase.

 

Other divisions which increased their donations over last year are Education, F.I.R.E. (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) and Agriculture.
 

The divisions of Retail, Government, Professional and Special Gifts are anticipating additional donations before the end of the year.  Donations from residents working out of the county are down, but are not usually received until January.

 

Funds raised by the United Way stays in Hardin County and are used to support the 19 member agencies.  Judi Ludwig, President of United Way, wants to remind residents who have not yet donated that it is not too late.
 

Donations or pledges can be sent to United Way of Hardin County at 225 S. Detroit St. Kenton, OH 43326.  The campaign will wrap up on December 31st.

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted In Mt. Victory

The Boil Water Advisory for Mt. Victory has been lifted.
 

According to a release, water sample results received from the independent laboratory have tested negative.
 

Residents are reminded that during installation of the new water mains that unplanned water outages may occur and result in more boil advisories.

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Ridgemont FFA Holding Shop Local Event

The Ridgemont FFA will be encouraging residents to "Shop Local" next Tuesday night.

 

The "Shop Local Event" will be held Tuesday night at the Ridgemont High School. FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said that the project came about by the students themselves.

 

"Our economic development committee and the FFA program is looking to add additional value and encourage the community to shop local to improve our local economy through this shop local event." said Jolliff.

 

The event will be held during the Ridgemont/Ada Boys Basketball game Tuesday night and Jolliff said that any area business with a product to sell is welcomed.

 

"We are looking for local business people who would like to have their products sold at the event.They can reserve a six foot table for $20.00 and those proceeds will go to support our 2015 Washington DC Trip for our Ridgemont students. The second aspect of this will be to encourage people coming to the game against Ada or who just wants to stop in to do some Christmas shopping will be able to support local businesses through the event." said Jolliff.

 

Currently, there are nine reservations made for the Shop Local Event with eleven more openings. Jolliff encouraged area businesses and residents to attend the game and the event this holiday season.

 

"We are trying to stimulate the local economy and really emphasize the value of what people can find here in Hardin County through many of our vendors" said Joliff.

 

If you would like more information on the Shop Local Event or would like to reserve a space, contact the Ridgemont High School at 937-363-2701.

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Hardin County Fairboard Conducts December Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, Dec. 6th at the fair office with 19 board members and several guests present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

Mark Light, 4-H extension agent, stated all letters about weigh ins for livestock have been sent. DNA kits have been ordered.  Sunday, Feb. 15th, 2015 is the 4-H dance in the Community Building.  Mark Badetscher, OSU extension agent, stated the Ag. Hall of Fame Banquet was held.  There will be 2 dates for anyone interested in the new Farm Bill to attend and those dates are Dec. 18th, 2014 and Jan. 7th, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Veteran’s Hall at the Courthouse.

 

Minutes of the last meeting were approved and everyone reviewed the Annual Meeting and Reorganizational Meeting Minutes.

 

Financial Reports and bills to approve were approved.

The Executive Committee stated there are now new committee assignments and those will be distributed at the next meeting.  Employee Bonuses were approved as the same as last year.  It was decided to move the July 4th, 2015 meeting date to July 11th, 2015 at the same time.  Also the Sept. 2015 board meeting date was moved to August, 29th, 2015 d/t being too close to the Fair.   It was approved to recognize the past 3 directors at the Dec. 29th, 2014, invitations will be sent to them, inviting them to that meeting.  It was noted if renters use the chair covers when they rent the community building, they have to wash, fold and put them away after using them.  If this is not done, their rental deposit will not be refunded.  All directors signed the 2015 Conflict of Interest forms.  A Code of Conflict was looked at.

 

The Ground’s Committee stated ½ of another horse barn is now rented.  The Barn Lease has been changed to read a 30 day notice of eviction for just cause or immediate eviction can be given if the Hardin County Ag. Society feels it is necessary to do so.  The Fairground should be totally switched to using Time Warner Cable for internet and phone by Dec. 18th, 2014.   The next Grounds Committee Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15th, 2014 at 7pm. 

 

Nothing to report for the camping committee.

 

The Entertainment Committee has a new chairman, being Jeff Madison.  There was a Tractor Pull Committee Meeting before this meeting and the Hardin County Tractor Pullers presented a new contract for the 2015 fair.  They want to have the OSTPA Tractor Pull start at 2:30pm on Sunday of the Fair, followed by the Hardin County Tractor Pull.  The contract was approved by the board.  It was approved to have a Signature Series Racing for a Women’s only Horse Racing event during the 2015 fair. 

 

There will be a Sale Committee Meeting on January 28th, 2015 at 7pm, followed by the picking of the judges for the 2015 fair.

 

The Rides and Concessions committee met and proposed some changes for the 2015 fair, which were approved.  Electric rates for concessions will be $75 for 110 volt and $100 for 220 volt.  Camping permits for Concessions will be $150.00.  The Beef and Pork buildings will now pay $100 for electric. There will be an extra charge for electric for Rotary, it’s just not determined to how much that will be.  Tear down times will remain at 8pm on Sunday, with concessionaires being able to start packing up at 7pm.  It was approved to allow the tractor pullers to have a food trailer in the infield during their pull, but will be charged a percentage fee for doing so. 

 

The Junior Fair Board is getting names of kids to take to the Annual Convention in January. 

 

It was approved to do a software upgrade to the computers, for the Consignment Sale. 

 

Judi Cronley was given a list of names to invite to the Dec. 29th, 2014 meeting to be held at the Plaza Inn.  Janie Seiler was given the OK to make up a basket for the Annual Convention. 

 

Bill and Connie Oates were approved as the Hardin County Fair’s 2015 Fair Honorees.

 

The meeting was adjourned with the next meeting date being on Monday, Dec. 29th at the Plaza Inn with reservations being made to Judi by Monday, Dec. 22nd 2014.

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2014 Mistletoe Ball A Success

Looking the part and ready to serve at “Santa’s Workshop”, which was the theme at this year’s Annual Hardin Memorial Hospital Mistletoe Ball is Tina Wireman, Jeff Wireman, Bridget Ellis and Kim Simon.  

 

The ball is the hospital’s annual fundraising event and was held on December 6.  The event raised over $55,000 to benefit the renovation project of the Emergency Department.  The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales, and the traditional silent and live auctions held that evening.  

 

Linda Smith, Mistletoe Ball chairperson stated, “she appreciates all the support the community provides to make the ball a success and also added she hopes to see everyone at next year’s ball, which will mark its 25th year, scheduled for Saturday, December 5.”

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Riverdale Rally Comes Up Short

Bucyrus held off a late Riverdale rally to post a 63-59 victory in boys basketbal action on Tuesday.


The Redmen improve to 3-0 while the Falcons fall to 0-3.

 

Bucyrus led by double figures in the 2nd half but the Falcons drew to within three points in the closing minutes and had a three-point shot in the air in the final moments with a chance to tie the game.

 

Dalon King led Bucyrus scored 19 points to lead all scorers while DJ Dagher added 12 points.

 

Riverdale got 15 points from Alex Pickett while Chad Pever scored 10.

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Kenton City Council Meets

Construction on a dog park project in the City of Kenton is officially completed.

 

Kenton resident Maddie Kugel reported to the Kenton City Council Monday night that the Bark Park, located in the Wharton Park on the south side of Kenton is officially completed. Maddie reported that with the support of the community, donations from individuals, and sponsorships from local businesses, the park was completed and opened. She encouraged people to make use of the park before the winter snows set in.

 

Also at the meeting, the council moved to establish a capital projects fund for the purposes of building funds for capital improvements and for economic development purposes and passed an additional appropriations measure for paying several end of the year utility bills among other issues.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 22nd 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Sign Stolen From Museum Farm

A sign was stolen from the Hardin County Museum Farm over the weekend.

 

The sign in question had the words "Walk Down Memory Lane" written on it and it was placed on the road leading to the schoolhouse. The sign and the pole it was on were cut off at the base.

 

If anyone has any information about the theft, they are asked to contact the Hardin County Museum or the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

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Bills Legalizing Fireworks Use Progressing In Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Consumer grade fireworks would be legal to use in Ohio under legislation moving through the state Legislature.

 

Current state law prohibits setting off such fireworks and says firecrackers, smoke bombs and other recreational fireworks available for purchase in Ohio must be transported out of the state within 48 hours of being bought.

 

State Sen. Dave Burke, a Marysville Republican, introduced his bill last month. He says it would give Ohioans "the freedom to celebrate their national pride and joy in a safe and responsible manner."

 

The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee was taking up the issue Tuesday. A companion measure was scheduled for a vote in the House Health & Aging Committee later in the day.

 

Lawmakers expect to wrap up their two-year session this week.

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Holderman Scores 27 To Lead Falcons Past Polar Bears

Sydney Holderman scored 27 points to lead Riverdale to a 59-14 win over Hardin Northern in girls basketball action on Monday.

 

Holderman hit 5 three-pointers as the Falcons improved to 3-2. Janessa Taylor added 11 points for Riverdale, which led 19-4 after one quarter and 31-4 at the half.

 

Briana Campbell had 6 points to lead the Polar Bears, who are 0-3.

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Man Arrested On Warrant Also Facing Drug Possession Charge

A Kenton man was arrested Sunday morning after officers were called to investigate a complaint.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the officer arrived in the 600 block of East Street and found the suspect, identified as Richard Butler, who had an active warrant for his arrest out of Lima.
 

Butler was searched after being taken into custody and allegedly was in possession of drugs.
 

Additional charges are pending in that case.

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Most Pay No Attention To Calorie Content on Menus

Though they are required to be there, most people pay no attention to calorie content at restaurants.

 

Responding to the question 'Do you pay attention to calorie content listed on menus and menu boards at restaurants?,' a solid 74% said they do not pay attention, while the remaining 26% said they do pay attention to the numbers.

 

Vote down in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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ARC Auction On Sunday A Success

The 26th Annual ARC Auction was held Sunday at Simon Kenton School Harco Industries.

 

Superintendent Mark Kieffer said it was a success, "We break down our proceeds from the actual auction, and bidding with the auctioneers we brought in $6618, and that was great. With our kitchen sales of our noodles and other snacks and homemade foods, we brought in $790. So our total for the day was $7400. We're very, very pleased with that with our auction and all of the support that we got. Our auctioneers for the day were Marvin Ford, Cliff Wynegar, Henry Eastman and Hal Jackson, and they kept it rolling and kept it fun, and of course we had donations from throughout the community, and we couldn't do withour our bidders, so we had many bidders and we all had a really good time and some good food."

 

Kieffer added that the money will be put to good use, "The money goes to the Hardin County ARC, to the programs and families within Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries, and one of the largest thing it goes to is the summer respite program, and that's what we have for the kids in the summer who need some day care and that type of thing with disabilities. The ARC runs that. We have a special needs fund that if parents need money for high expenses due to having a child with disabilities some money goes towards that, and then some of the extracurricular functions within Simon Kenton School Harco Industries and equipment at Harco Industries."

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Buckeyes shut out Wisconsin to win Big Ten Championship

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Cardale Jones threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns, Ezekiel Elliott ran for a career-high 220 yards and two scores and No. 6 Ohio State made an emphatic statement with a 59-0 rout over No. 11 Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten championship game.

 


 Now the Buckeyes (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) must wait to see if they've done enough to earn one of the four spots in this year's inaugural playoff.
 
Ohio State has won 11 straight, this time with Jones, who started the season No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart. Jones finished 12 of 17 and led the Buckeyes to scores on five of their first six possessions, building a 38-0 halftime lead.
 
Melvin Gordon ran for 76 yards as the Badgers (10-3, 7-1, No. 13) had a seven-game winning streak snapped. It was Wisconsin's worst loss since 1979 and its first shutout since 1997.

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Second Look At Sports Rally Scheduled At Faith Baptist Church

A Second Look At Sports Rally will be held this weekend at the Faith Baptist Church on State Route 53 in Kenton.

 

Dr. Dwight Allen, host of the radio show A Second Look At Sports, said the first seminar featuring nationally known motivation speaker Bruce Boguski will be held this (Saturday) evening at 7, "And then we're going to keep him over for the Sunday morning service on the seventh, and he'll be speaking again. It's going to be two great nights for people who may not love sports, but they have people around them who love sports, so we just wanted them all to feel free to come out in faith to listen to this guy, because he is unique."

 

As part of the seminar, Boguski will share an encouraging message, "When I was a kid, I broke my neck and was paralyzed in a car accident, and a lot of the times when I speak to businesses especially, I'll bring some of that in to show people how to overcome adversity in their lives. There's a lot of faith also involved in this as I've recently been saved and my whole life has changed."

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Annual ARC Auction Set For Sunday

The annual ARC Auction will be held Sunday at Simon Kenton School Harco Industries in Kenton.

 

Superintendent Mark Kieffer said it is a big fundraiser for the school, "The funds go towards various items in the classrooms and supports Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries students, adults and their families."

 

Kieffer said that the doors at Simon Kenton will open at noon on Sunday, "And we'll have various lunch items. We have our homemade noodles and some other lunch items, and then the bidding will begin at one, and we have very qualified auctioneers, Marvin Ford, Henry Eastman, Cliff Wynegar and Harley and Hal Jackson."

 

He said once again this year there are a number of items to bid on, "We have many, many Christmas decorations and wreaths, OSU Men's Basketball tickets, OSU Women's Basketball tickets, hockey tickets for OSU and football tickets, Blue Jackets tickets, a few of each in each of these sports. Other items are designer sunglasses, some Super Bowl footballs, various kitchen items, electronic items such as a seven inch tablet, 32 inch flat screen television and a Chromecast."

 

And Kieffer said that's just to name a few, "We have very many donated items. We're very appreciative of the business community. They always come forward. We also have our regular donors, and we really appreciate that, and we hope to see you there on Sunday."

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Boil water advisory issued for Mt. Victory

A boil advisory is being issued for users in Mt. Victory due to a break in the service line during the installation of a new 8" water main in the alley between Elm St. and High St.

 

According to a release from the village this will affect the following areas.

 

All of W. Taylor Street from High St to the village limits

All of W. Mansfield St.

Users on the west side of the 100 block of North High St.

West North St. from N. High to Kyle Drive.

North Elm St. from Taylor to West North St.

 

This boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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Ada Man Gets Over Four Years in Prison

 

 

An Ada man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

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

.Josue Rodrigo Martinez was sentenced to a total of 54 months in prison on three counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. Martinez was ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly $4000 to the victims.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips Offered

 

 

Residents using real Christmas trees are advised to take precautions to avoid a fire this Holiday Season.

 

It may not be a surprise to hear that real trees are a bigger fire hazard than artificial ones, but Kenton Firefighter Kyle Brammell said there are things you can do to reduce the risk, "The easiest way is to water it to keep it alive and keep it fresh. If you go on-line, you can look up different times when they burn trees, and they take one that was watered and one that wasn't, and for me the it's unbelievable how it changes,, so definitely keep the tree watered and don't put a lot of lights on the tree or around the tree and overload them with extension cords. Those things do hand in hand when it comes to that."

 

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

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Cleveland Benedictine Wins D-4 State Championship Game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - First-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Jerome Baker scored two touchdowns and Justin Layne returned an interception for a score to lead Cleveland Benedictine to a 21-14 victory over top-ranked Kettering Alter in the Division IV state title game on Friday at Ohio Stadium.

 

It was the seventh state crown for the Bengals (13-2), ranked No. 4 in the final regular-season AP poll.

 

Alex Pack and all-state QB Dusty Hayes ran for touchdowns for Alter (14-1), making its fourth trip to the finals.

 

The Knights got the ball back after a late fumble but a last-minute drive came up empty when Hayes was stopped a yard short on a fourth-down run under pressure in Benedictine territory.

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Lady Rams Stay Perfect By Defeating Kenton 58-28

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams stayed perfect on the season by defeating Kenton 58-28 in girls basketball play on Thursday at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

 

The Rams, who are 2-0 on the season, scored the game's first 19 points and never looked back. Shelby Spradlin had 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Rams. Emily Patton added 17 points while Bree Mullins chipped in with 8 points.

 

Kenton (0-3) was led by Lauren Rush, who had 6 points and 6 rebounds and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Ohio Senate Delays Vote On Updated Weapons Laws

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Senate committee has delayed passage of gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions.

 

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Bill Coley, a Middletown Republican, said Thursday that lawmakers are still working on the final version of the legislation.

 

The hunting bill, which passed the House earlier this year, would let licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

 

Another pending bill reduces from 12 hours to eight the training time to get a concealed weapons permit.

 

President Keith Faber says the GOP-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote on a measure that includes a self-defense proposal.

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$5.2 Million Manufacturing Expansion project announced for Kenton

KENTON, OHIO  USA - Citing increased customer demand for its products in the Midwest region of the U.S., Sekisui Plastics USA, Inc., (SPUS) has chosen Kenton, Ohio as the location for its new $5.2 million manufacturing facility.  Scheduled to come online in July, 2015, the plant will initially produce foam products molded mainly from Piocelan® hybrid moldable foam resin, for use in automotive parts, baby seat core parts, and other industrial markets such as protective packaging.  
 
“Since opening our first U.S. manufacturing plant in Tennessee in 2007, we have experienced tremendous growth, in South/Central U.S., and we are anticipating similar growth in the Northern Midwest,” said Thomas Pontiff, Vice President of SPUS.  “Locating our new plant in Kenton, Ohio gives us both the increased molding capacity we need for our expanding customer base plus closer proximity to both our current and targeted OEM customers who require just in time (JIT) delivery.”
 
When completed, the 120,000 square foot facility will house manufacturing and office space, including tooling design, manufacturing and repair, product prototyping, technical service, and customer service. “With a molding capacity for 20-40 metric tons per month, which we expect to increase to 100 metric tons in the near future, we will initially mold products designed for automotive energy absorption and safety, automotive light-weighting, and automotive sound absorption,” explained Pontiff.  “We will also produce packaging products for complex automotive parts for transport as well as consumer and industrial protective packaging.”  Looking to the future, Pontiff said the company has plans to expand the facility to produce the actual raw material used to mold its various products, as well as for other manufacturing capabilities to support new markets. The site will also be used to warehouse other products imported for sale within the Americas.
 
 
“We are delighted Sekisui Plastics USA has chosen Ohio for their new automotive manufacturing facility that will bring 50 new skilled jobs in Kenton,” said Kristi Tanner, JobsOhio Managing Director. “We look forward to working closely Sekisui Plastics as they work to get their operation under way over the next few years.”
 
 “We are thrilled Sekisui recognized the advantages of doing business here by choosing this region as the site for its new manufacturing facility,” said Paul Zito, Vice President of International Development at the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP). “The automotive industry continues to surge in Northwest Ohio, further establishing this region as the automotive supply capital of the world.
 
The Kenton facility is projected to eventually provide up to 50 area jobs. “One of the characteristics we looked for in our original search for a geographic location was a small community with a good, stable workforce, and one that has ready access to shipment via highway and rail,” said Pontiff.  “Kenton offered everything we needed plus the locale and state have offered tremendous support enabling an easy decision to locate here.”
 
“We are excited and ready to welcome Sekisui Plastics USA, Inc. and their advanced manufacturing operation to Hardin County,” said John Hohn, Director of Economic Development for the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance. “This project came together because of great collaboration between the RGP, Jobs Ohio, American Electric Power, Hardin County, the City of Kenton, the Alliance, and our local building owner. This announcement continues to justify that Hardin County has the workforce and transportation logistics necessary for manufacturing growth.”  
 
The facility will be located on the building that once housed Plastics Systems on U.S. 68 south of Kenton.
 

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Cars Heavily Damaged in Tuesday Morning Crash

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred just before eight Tuesday morning on Eliza Street.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car driven by 62 year old Denver Mullins, of Kenton, slowed to make a stop at Gilmore Street, and his car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 18 year old Justin Titus, also of Kenton.
 

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Titus was cited for following too close.

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Committee Meets To Discuss Parking in Downtown Kenton

A public forum regarding downtown business parking in Kenton was held Tuesday night.

 

The Kenton Downtown Revitalization Committee, consisting of members of Kenton City Council, Kenton Mayor's Office, Hardin County Commissioners, Historic Courthouse District and the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance attended the meeting, "To talk about parking solutions and ways that we can enhance our parking for consumers and those that shop and eat and dine in the downtown marketplace."

 

 

Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross, who added the ultimate goal is to improve the Historic Courthouse District, "Because we believe, the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, along with the City of Kenton, along with Hardin County, believe that this is a great place and we are really trying to revitalize the downtown community, and parking is just one of many things that we're working on. so we want to try to start with providing more parking for the consumers and making sure that our businesses can continue to thrive in the downtown marketplace."

 

 

The plan is to make a block of Columbus Street, between Main and Detroit Streets, one way, and then change the parking from parallel parking to angle parking in that block. Cross said that will add a number of parking spaces to that area, "We would be able to increase the parking by possibly a minimum of 16 parking spots."

 

The plan was well received by those attending the meeting last night, and the process to implement the plan will continue.

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Committee Vote Postponed On Hunting Gun Silencers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Senate committee has postponed voting on a plan to let hunters use silencers on their guns under some conditions.

 

The bill, which passed the House earlier this year, allows licensed hunters use the noise suppressors while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

 

The Senate Civil Justice Committee delayed the vote at Wednesday's meeting. Only those authorized under state and federal laws could use the devices, which must be registered.

 

The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Cheryl Grossman, has said the suppressors would help protect hunters' hearing, while making field commands easier to hear because hunters would not have to shout.

 

Opponents have said quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.

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2014 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame presented the 2014 inductees, who were honored at the twelfth annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet held at St. John’s United Church of Christ on December 2.  The 2014 inductees were: Edward Althauser, Eugene Haudenschield, Bruce McCullough, and J. Ray Parrott.
 
2014 inductees to the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame include (front l to r) Marcy Shepherd and Sharon Heilman representing J. Ray Parrott family, (back l to r) Edward Althauser, Bruce McCullough, and Gene Haudenschield.
 
 
Each inductee received a plaque honoring their nomination and a congressional proclamation from Congressman Bob Latta. Their names are also added to the roll of honor among past recipients.
 
 
Edward Althauser graduated from Kenton High School in 1937.  He has been a lifetime farmer with crop and livestock operations including a sizeable Jersey dairy herd, swine, sheep, chickens, and beef cattle.  From his early days of working as Secretary of the Hardin County Agricultural Society and at the Farm Bureau Livestock Auction, to later years of being active in Grange and Farm Bureau, Althauser has been truly interested in contributing what he could, while maintaining a thrifty farm and home.  Not only has he been a frequent exhibitor at the Hardin County Fair, but he has also helped his son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren show livestock at the fair.  Althauser was a delegate to the Ohio State Grange Convention, where he served as a committee chairman giving reports in front of the delegate body.  He has had several articles published in the Ohio State Grange Magazine.  Althauser is a member of both the Goshen and the Hardin County Pomona Grange, where he has served as Master of both organizations.  He was also the County Youth Director for the Pomona Grange. 
 
Althauser has served on the Hardin County Farm Bureau Board, was a member of the Hardin County Jersey Cattle Club, and is a charter member of the Kenton FFA chapter where he received the State Farmer Degree.  Althauser was a solicitor for contributions to the Grange-sponsored Community Fund Drive to national charities.  He is a 7th Degree member of the National Grange and served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.  Later on, he measured acreage for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), where he also served as a township committee member and was on the county Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) committee.  Althauser was Sunday School Superintendent at Salem United Church of Christ.  He was a member of the Marseilles Volunteer Fire Department and an original BKP EMT.  He is currently co-owner with his grandsons of a Hardin County Century Farm in Goshen Township.
 
 
Eugene Haudenschield graduated from Kenton High School in 1953, where he was president of the Kenton FFA chapter and captain of the football team, earning First Team-All State Honors.  Gene has been a farmer, sheep shearer, and a wool buyer.  He operated his farm and raised livestock.  He has worked for many farmers in Hardin County.  For over 60 years, Gene has been a sheep shearer and wool buyer for the sheep that he has shorn.  He has helped many other famers with their sheep, performing such tasks as dipping or worming sheep.  Gene has helped other farmers harvest their crops and has organized a sheep shearing contest at the Hardin County Fair for many years.  He has also helped many youth at the fair to prepare their lambs for the show.  Gene has sheared sheep for other people in Logan, Marion, Crawford, Allen, and Hancock Counties, as well as shearing out of state.  He has given shearing demonstrations at Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio to promote the sheep industry.
 
Haudenschield is a current Director of the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association.  He received a plaque from the Association for over fifty years of shearing sheep in Hardin County.  He has been both vice president and president of the Hardin Northern Band Boosters and has served on the Hardin Northern School Board.  He is a lifetime member of the Logan County Sheep Association.  He was president of the Sheep Shearers Association for many years and he received a plaque for his years of service.  Haudenschield is a member of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and recently received a Proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives, signed by Robert Cole Sprang, for his dedication to agriculture throughout his life and for being a role model for young people.
 
 
Bruce McCullough graduated from Kenton High School in 1962.  As a youth he was active in 4-H, FFA, and attended Buckeye Boys State.  He received the FFA State Farmer Degree in 1963 while a student at The Ohio State University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1967.  He later earned his DVM in 1969, MS in 1971, and PhD in 1973.  Bruce was a resident of Hardin County for 21 years and currently resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania.  He is a board certified veterinary pathologist, and has worked in the area of veterinary pharmaceuticals.  His work at Schering-Plough Animal Health, which later became Merck Animal Health, was with the development and FDA registration for Nuflor (otherwise known as Florfenicol).  This antibiotic has benefited cattle producers in Hardin County and beyond.  Since its launch in 1996, Nuflor has gained several additional approvals.  Nuflor is now prescribed for not only bovine respiratory disease, but also foot rot.
 
As an employee of Shell Development Company, McCullough was involved with researching several new agri-chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) of value to agriculture.  Later in his career, he was involved principally with human pharmaceuticals as a global research and development manager.  Professionally, McCullough has presented numerous lectures to university students.  In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.  Internationally, McCullough has been recognized by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, Society of Toxicology, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.  Over his career, Bruce McCullough has mentored numerous younger colleagues who have went on to highly successful careers in industry and academia.
 
 
J. Ray Parrott graduated from Magnetic Springs High School.  He was a resident of Hardin County for 44 years before passing away in 1988.  He was a grain and dairy farmer, known for his Brown Swiss cattle.  He served on the Hardin County Fair Board and was the speed superintendent for 30 years.  The fair restarted in 1939 and built new buildings and facilities after World War II.  When it came time to design and build the race track, Parrott went back to the Delaware County Fair where he previously served on the board, and saw to it that the Hardin County track was built with the same design as the Little Brown Jug.  It was under his leadership that that the Little Brown Jug, one of the legs in the pacers’ triple crown was begun in 1947.  Parrott spent many hours year around to maintain and improve the race facilities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds where he was recognized for his efforts as the 1983 fair honoree.  He was well known statewide as a Brown Swiss breeder and was a past director and state president of the Brown Swiss Breeders Association.  He was one of eight men who helped organize and was a charter member of the Brown Swiss Futurity, a special show for two year old dairy cattle.  Parrott showed and judged cattle throughout the United States and for 22 years at the Ohio State Fair.
 
Parrott was a member of the Hardin County Trotting Club and the Dairy Service Unit.  He was elected for seven three-year terms to the Hardin County Fair Board.  His wife Opal traveled with him by car to California in 1922 where he worked in the central valley preparing land for production in what has to become a rich agricultural area.  Parrott was involved in growing popcorn and developing a market for it in the Delaware and Marion County areas.  This market later became the Wyandot Popcorn Company.  His involvement in the dairy industry allowed him to participate in a program where cattle were flown into Havana, Cuba where they were taken to be shown and sold.  Parrott also served on a committee which established a statewide 4-H program on Standardbred horses.  He was also active in the Hardin County Men’s Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School Superintendent who made sure he got the milking done early so his family could attend church together.
 
 
Gary Wilson presented the keynote address entitled ‘Salute to Agriculture.’  Members of the Agriculture Hall of Fame Committee are: Kerry Oberlitner (Farm Bureau) - chairman, Paul Ralston - vice chairman, Mark Badertscher (OSU Extension) – secretary, Robert McBride, Treasurer, Robert Wood (Grange), John Messmer, Andrew Flinn, Luke Underwood, and Don Spar.
 
Nominations for the Hall of Fame are always open and welcomed. For more information on the process, contact the Hardin County OSU Extension Office.
 

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Raiders Rally Late To Trip Up Lady Wildcats

Benjamin Logan rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Kenton Lady Wildcats 51 to 49 on Tuesday.

 

The Raiders scored the game's final four points to win a back-and-forth game with the Lady Wildcats to improve to 1 and 1 on the season.

 

The biggest lead for either team came early in the third quarter, when the Raiders jumped out to a 28 to 19 advantage. Kenton stormed back, scoring the game's next nine points to tie the game, and neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way.

 

Kenton sophomore Ashley Morris scored in double figures for the second time this season. She led the Cats with 16 points while Megan Gier added 12.

 

Kenton is now 0 and 2 on the season and is back in action on Thursday when it travels to Alumni Fieldhouse to take on the Rams. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

 

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Former Grove Cemetery Superintendent Sentenced Monday

A former superintendent of Grove Cemetery was sentenced Monday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

According to information from Prosecutor Brad Bailey, Shawn Cook was placed on 5 years community control with conditions on seven counts of tampering with evidence. He pleaded guilty to the charges in October. The July Grand Jury returned a 32 count indictment against Cook.
 

Judge Scott Barrett ordered Cook to serve 30 days in jail and pay a fine of $1400.
 

Cook must also perform 75 hours of public service and pay restitution in the amount of $480. Bailey said the reason the amount is low is because the bonding company already paid $5000 leaving the balance.
 

A presentence investigation showed that Cook had no prior record and was cooperative during the investigation. Cook also admitted to wrongdoing in Court Monday.

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Patrol: 19 Died in Ohio Crashes Over Thanksgiving Weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says 19 people died in crashes around Ohio during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

 

The preliminary total covering last Wednesday through Sunday is up from comparable periods during the past few years. Seventeen people were killed around the holiday in 2013 and in 2011, and a dozen died in 2012.

 

The patrol says four of the 19 people who died were pedestrians. Five were involved in crashes related to someone operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

Troopers say they stopped more than 440 drivers for OVI. About 1,300 people were cited for not wearing seat belts, and about 650 were cited for aggressive driving.

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New Business Opens in Downtown Kenton

Kenton, OH – AT&T will be the newest retailer moving into the Kenton Historic Courthouse District, as another anchor storefront will open today, according to an announcement made by local real estate investor and Alliance member Brad Wingfield.  

 

AT&T purchased Alltel Wireless earlier this year and will be opening a wireless retail store at 100 W. Columbus Street in Kenton.

 

In addition, two new boutique-shopping stores have also recently opened in downtown Kenton.  They include A Touch of Whimsy, a gift shop located at 110 W. Columbus Street and Lady O’s, a primitive and rustic home decor, which is now located at 133 North Detroit Street in Kenton.

 

“We are excited to see our downtown shopping district come alive over the past year, with many wonderful new additions,” said Jacqualine Fitzgerald, Director of Community and Downtown Development for the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.   “We look forward to hosting more community events and programs around the courthouse square to reinforce the importance of buying local and attracting shoppers and visitors to the Historic Courthouse District, much like we did with the Window Wonderland storefront decorations.”

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Hardin Soil & Water District Holds Conservation Tour

The Hardin County Soil & Water Conservation District conducted a conservation tour of several of their recent projects on Monday. 
 
The tour is an annual event put on by the district to showcase some of the work that the district managers do for soil and land conservation throughout the year. Mark Lowery, Director of the Hardin County Soil & Water District said it was a way to showcase the projects that the district works on and is involved with throughout the year.
 
Members look over the new wetlands
 
The tour began on Max Heilman’s farm in eastern Hardin County. The members were shown a wetland restoration project that is intended to help water flow on the edge of a field. In this project, the district planted several mounds with water and swamp bearing trees which, when in heavy rains, will help control the water flow in that area. The mounds were planted with nine trees, including swamp white oaks, dogwoods, pin oaks, silver maple among others. Over the course of ten years, as the trees grow, soil erosion issues will be maintained and the water will flow from the fields more efficiently, according to district managers.
 
 
The second stop was a grass waterway project near Doll and Breidenbach farms in central Hardin County. This grass waterway connected to a sod drainage chute that connected into a culvert which ran across the road. The Soil & Water office worked on the waterways and the planting of the grass throughout the fields to help with the water issues, and the grass was part of the Conservation Reserve Program.
 
The third stop was looking at a two stage ditch on the Kurt LLC Farm on US 68 North. WKTN reported on this project earlier this year, and the idea behind it was to help alleviate drainage issues in the Blanchard River Watershed by slowing down the pace of the water flow and helping to remove some of the sediments in the water to retain most of the nutrients in the fields.
 
The group was also given a tour of Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada, where they observed the fabrication process in making footballs. Wilson supplies footballs for the NFL, many NCAA teams (including Ohio State) and to sell. Every Wilson football is made at the factory in Ada.
 
 
Later in the afternoon, the group stopped by Lauren Eibling’s farm in northern Hardin County where they observed a recently completed EQUIP Roofed Dry Stack Facility for cow manure. In the near future in the state of Ohio, farmers will be required to store manure on their farms during cold, frozen months. The facility is designed to store the manure until it can be applied and converted to barn space if need be in the future.
 
 
The last stop on the tour was a field owned by Jerry McBride, to observe blind inlets on WASCOBS. These are square patches in fields built and tiled out where the water collects, and are covered with a rocky, sandy layer to help remove sediments and nutrient. When they are in fields, farmers have the ability to plant right over them without losing any integrity to the structures.
 
Lowery said that the tour was a success and he hoped proved educational to area farmers who participated.
 

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Two injured in crash on Columbus and Main Sunday Night

A couple from St. Paris was injured in a crash that occurred around 9:44 Sunday night.

 


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According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a pickup being driven by 22 year old Cameron Ward was travelling west on Columbus Street and proceeded into the intersection at Main Street where his pickup was struck by a northbound semi being operated by 50 year old Richard Oborn, of Akron, Ohio.

 

The pickup was pushed for some distance before coming to rest in the southbound lane of Main Street. Ward and a passenger, 20 year old Myranda Walmsley, of St. Paris, who is 6 and half months pregnant, were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later transferred to a medical facility in Columbus with non life threatening injuries.

 

The mother and unborn baby are doing well.
 

The crash remains under investigation, and the police department is asking that if there any witnesses to the crash, please contact the police department at 419-673-0771.

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Ada Man Facing Charges After Attempting to Elude Officers

An Ada man is facing charges after allegedly fleeing from deputies over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, deputies attempted to stop a car in the Village of Dunkirk, but the driver fled.
The car was later stopped on County Road 30, and the driver, identified as 21 year old Ian Musselman, was taken into custody.
 

He is facing a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and was cited for having an open container of liquor.

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Woman Cited For OVI Sunday

A Kenton woman was cited for several violations following a traffic

stop on Saturday. 

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an Officer was traveling Westbound on Kohler Street when an oncoming driver went left of center and almost struck the cruiser.

 

The officer stopped the vehicle and cited Wendy Bristoll for OVI, possesion of drugs, and possession of drug paraphenalia.

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Kenton Schools Food Drive A Success

The Kenton High School Student Council conducted their annual food drive November 17-21.

 

With the help of students, families, staff and community members, Kenton City Schools was able to donate around 6,800 individual items and $173 in cash donations to local community organizations Helping Hands, Neighborhood Opportunity Center and the Kenton Full Gospel Church.

 

The high school collected around 3050 items, Kenton Elementary contributed 3600 items and the Kenton Middle School was able to donate over 150 items.

 

Kenton High School Student Council would like to thank Kroger and KMart for donating boxes and the use of carts to collect items, as well as everyone who participated and made the event a success.

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Most Think President Should Work With Congress on Immigration Reform

A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters, 81%. feel that President Obama should work with Congress on immigration reform legislation.

 

Only 19% are in favor of the President acting on his own by executive order.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Ohio Gas Prices Rise Slightly After Holiday Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are up slightly in Ohio after the Thanksgiving holiday break.

 

The state's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $ 2.76 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up two cents compared with a week ago but is about 40 cents cheaper than a year ago.

 

Ohio came in just under the national average of $2.77 on Monday. That's down four pennies from a week earlier, and it's 50 cents less than at this time last year.

 

Retailers are hoping the lower prices fuel more trips to stores this holiday season. But analysts say shoppers still may spend conservatively as they search for deals and face higher costs in other areas, such as food and health care.

 

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