Local News Archives for 2015-02

Upper Scioto Valley, Ada Net Sectional Titles

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams and the Ada Bulldogs won Division IV girls basketball sectional titles on Saturday.


The Rams (21-2) outscored Minser 20-4 in the fourth quarter to stun the Wildcats 57-55 while the Bulldogs (20-4) built an early lead and hung on for a 53-49 win over Fort Recovery.

 

The Rams and the Bulldogs advance to district action Thursday at Wapakoneta.

 

In Division IV sectional championship play at Findlay, Arcadia defeated Riverdale 63-45. The Falcons finish 15-8 for the season.

 

At Riverdale, state-ranked Liberty-Benton defeated Kenton 63-26 in Division III sectional final play. The Lady Wildcats finish the 2014-15 season at 4-18.

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Soil & Water Conservation District Holds Planning Meeting

The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District held their annual planning meeting earlier this week.

 

Jerry McBride, president of the Hardin County District said that the office would be looking at funding opportunities for residents in the county to help with different projects.

 

"The Hardin Soil & Water Conservation District, with the Lake Erie situation right now we're looking at different pools of monies coming in. Cover crops are a hot item right now, anything we can do to keep nutrients in place and keep them from going down the river we're looking at. And we, as farmers have to do our part in the whole situation." said McBride.

 

McBride mentioned two of the major projects the district worked on over the last year, which would work towards improving the Lake Erie Watershed and drainage issues in farmers fields.

 

"A new items we came across last year was Two Stage ditching, new to Ohio but there's been a few put in out in Minnisota. One is built and several more have been planned for Hardin County. Another new item in Northwest Ohio is blind inlets which act as a filter for water so instead of running right into a ditch, it gets filtered before it goes into a ditch. We're doing anything else we can do to keep nutrients in their place and not filter out to our rivers." said McBride.

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Museum Working On Hardin County History Project

The Hardin County Museum will be looking for the public to contribute to a Hardin County History narrative.

 

The family histories will document residents, organizations and businesses in Hardin County as of this year. Tim Striker from the Hardin County Museum said that the last Hardin County History was compiled over thirty years ago.

 

"In 1983 the Hardin County Historical Society at that time realized that there hadn't been a history book on Hardin County written since 1910. So we wanted to capture a lot of lost history. In 1983 we did a family history where people wrote their history. At that time we said that every 25 to 30 years we would do it again to hit each generation so we wouldn't lose a block of 70 years of Hardin County history again." said Striker.

 

While a complete history of residents in Hardin County would be appreciated, Striker mentioned that there will be a limit on the length of each narrative.

 

"With each story we try to limit to 500 words, and if yours goes beyond that we ask that you pay a few dollars to keep the cost of printing down. You get one picture too. Don't give us a family reunion picture though because it'll be too small in the book to make out all the people in the picture." said Striker.

To submit a family history, Striker said that residents can drop them off at the Hardin County Museum, or submit them online through the museum's website. And that not only family histories will be accepted but organizations and business histories as well.

 

"We're collecting not only family histories but also military histories, histories of businesses, Grange, churches, 4-H, FFA Chapters, Boys and Girl Scouts, cemeteries, and basically anything that anyone wants to write and submit we'll accept. We're all about preserving whatever we can for the future and then we'll keep the project going and every 25-30 years we'll hit up another generations history." said Striker.

 

The museum plans to have the historical narratives published by Memorial Day this year to coincide with the Hardin County Courthouse Anniversary Celebration. The books will be soft-back and cost around $25.00 or so. Contact the Hardin County Museum for more information on the project.

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Girls Tournament Basketball Featured Tonight On WKTN

A pair of girls basketball sectional title games will be on tap tonight on WKTN.

 

In the first game of the evening, the Upper Scioto Valley Rams will take on the Minster Wildcats in Division 4 sectional championship action at Kenton High School. The Rams, paced by Northwest Central Conference Player of the Year Emily Patton, are 20 and 2 and were the district’s second seed. The Wildcats, who were seeded fourth in the district, check in with a 17 and 5 mark.
 

The second half of the doubleheader will feature the Kenton Lady Wildcats as they aim for a Division 3 sectional title when they meet Liberty-Benton at Riverdale. The Lady Wildcats are 4 and 17. The Eagles, who were ranked 2nd in the latest Associated Press state poll, are 22 and 0.

 

WKTN will carry both games live. The action will begin with the pregame show at 6 p.m. for the Division 4 championship game. Coverage of the Division 3 title tilt will begin immediately after the conclusion of the first game.

 

Two other county schools will vie for Division 4 sectional titles tonight. At Coldwater, the Ada Bulldogs will meet Fort Recovery while at Findlay, the Riverdale Falcons will take on Arcadia.

 

All of tonight’s winners will advance to district competition next week.

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State-Ranked Defiance Defeats Kenton 61-39

The state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs knocked off the Kenton Wildcats 61-39 on Friday in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs, who were ranked 5th in the last Associated Press Division II state poll, improve to 20-1 overall and 8-1 in the WBL. The Cats fall to 6-16 overall and 1-8 in the league.

 

The Bulldogs scored the final 6 points of the first quarter to take a 25-13 lead and cruised the rest of the way. Defiance led 37-15 at the half and built a 49-20 advantage midway through the third quarter.

 

Katwan Singleton had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Defiance while Michael Menendez added 10 points and Shay Smiddy and Kameron Singleton scored 9 points apiece.

Colyn Blackford had 12 points to lead Kenton while Hunter Phillips, Blake Bushong and Austin Phillips scored 8 points apiece.

Blackford and Hunter Phillips were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

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Three Major Awards Handed Out During Alliance Dinner Meeting

Front Row Left to right: Wesley Lowery, Margaret Carmean, Maddie Kugel; Back Row Quest Federal Credit Union: Left to right: Jennifer Nelson, Jolen Bailey, Mallory Barker, Page Wallace, Tammy Sherman, Matt Jennings, Brian Sprang,and Dick Wilcox 

 

 

ADA - During the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance’s ninth annual membership meeting, the following awards were presented:  Quest Federal Credit Union - 2014 Business of the Year; Margaret Carmean - 2014 Citizen of the Year; Maddie Kugel - 2014 Community Service Award; and Wesley Lowery - 2014 Community Service Award.

 

.Quest Federal Credit Union received the 2014 Business of the Year based on their commitment to giving back to the Hardin County Community. Matt Jennings accepted the award on behalf of Quest Federal Credit Union, which has invested generous amounts of volunteer hours as well as monetary donations to numerous projects.

 

.Margaret Carmean, was the recipient of the 2014 Citizen of the Year based on her dedication to helping others and improving our community.  As a retired school teacher, Carmean has volunteered countless hours to our community and support for various organizations and events.

 

Two Community Service Awards were given out last night for the first time. Both recipients were awarded the 2014 Community Service Award based on the many hours of community service and dedication. 

 

. Maddie Kugel received the award for creating a wonderful dog park, while also improving one of Kenton’s parks.

 

.Wesley Lowery received the award for replacing an old tornado siren in the Village of Alger.

 

Over 200 were in attendance at the event held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center. 

 

Patron sponsors for the evening included: Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc.; Hardin Memorial Hospital; Liberty National Bank; Ohio Northern University; and Quest Federal Credit Union.

 

Approved by Alliance members during the annual meeting were the 2015 officers and Board of Directors.

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Riverdale Cheerleaders Compete in State Competition

 

Members of the Riverdale squad are (front row from left to right) Skylar Farrow, Desirrae Kindle, Lexie Loveridge, Brooke Siesbuttel (second row from left) Tiffany Penwell, Morgan McRill, Aubreah Manns, Lexie Bahn, Jenna Thomas (back row from left) Kori Logsdon, Dianna Greer, Riley McKinnis, Katie Benitez, Lauryn Davis and Coach Kyleigh Gillen.

 

 

The Riverdale Varsity Competition cheerleading squad has made history and has qualified to compete in the State of Ohio

 

Cheerleading Championships on March 1st in St. John Arena at The Ohio State University.

 

On February 8, the Riverdale squad qualified in the Toledo Regional event and made school history as the first competition squad to ever compete at the state level.

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Three Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Terry L. Lewis was sentenced to a total of 39 months in prison on two counts of possession of heroin and one count each of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments and trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.

 

.Larry W. Woodruff was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and failure to appear.

 

.Terry L. Smith was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Camp Jacob Parrott Planned For Saulisberry Park

 

The non-profit veterans organization Warriors First plans to lease Saulisberry Park to use it as a rehibilitation and transitioning camp for veterans and their families. Retired Colonel Jim Ramsey who is a native of Hardin County said that throughout his career he noticed that veterans need help to transition after their years of service.

 

"Let's take on these guys like family. Let's give them an environment where they can feel comfortable and talk to people. In my military career one of the places I enjoyed the most was the USO. For me the USO was like sitting in my living room because I was around people who had similar experiences that I had and felt like I could talk freely. Our first idea was to create a USO type of environment in hometown America." said Ramsey.

 

For the complete discussion with Colonel Ramsey as well as Rev Scott Johnson tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Bricks From Espy School Available

For those looking to get a keepsake brick from Espy School, you can do so beginning after five this evening.

 

The bricks will be piled behind the fence along Lynn Street, and you are asked to take one per person.

 

The bricks will be available through the weekend.

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Kenton Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats wrap up the regular season tonight when they host state-ranked Defiance.

 

The Wildcats are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 56 to 49 victory over a 17-win Upper Scioto Valley squad on Wednesday. Kenton is now 6 and 15 overall and brings a 1 and 7 league mark into tonight’s Western Buckeye League contest with Defiance.
 

The Bulldogs were ranked 5th in the latest Associated Press Division II state poll and are 19 and 1 overall. Unfortunately for Defiance, that one loss came in league action to state-ranked Celina. That leaves the Dogs at 7 and 1 in Western Buckeye League, one game behind Celina. Defiance needs to beat the Cats and get Elida to knock off Celina in order to nab a share of the conference title.
 

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

 

 

 

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School delays for Friday February 27th.

Below is the school information that we currently have;

 

Upper Sandusky schools 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco Ind. 2 hr delay

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Crash Damages Two Vehicles Near Ada Wednesday Afternoon

Two drivers escaped injury in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on County Road 20.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 76 year old Jerry Oates, of Ada, slowed to turn right into his driveway, when his car was struck in the passenger side by a vehicle being operated by 26 old David Roberson, also of Ada.
 

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

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Kenton Successfully Tests Tornado Siren

The City of Kenton conducted a test of the new tornado siren Wednesday afternoon
 

Kenton Safety-Service Director Jim Hites said it performed as expected, "We did a 30 second siren, which is what will sound on our test days, the same amount of times."
 

Hites said a test will be conducted every Wednesday at noon.
 

The siren will be activated at the Kenton Fire Station, which is where it is located, and Fire Chief Russ Blue said in the event of a actual warning, "It will be three minutes and there will be a seven minute pause, then another three minutes, then a seven minute pause and three minutes, and that will continue until the warning is lifted."
 

He talks about how the siren works, "The siren rotates on the post where it's mounted, and it will do a 360 and the sound goes out the direction it's pointing at the time, so it's not just a stationary hit in one direction."

 

In a release today from the city, officials are saying the siren in primarily designed to warn citizens who happen to be outside at the time. They say it is unlikley that the siren can be heard well enough if you are inside. They urged citizens to purchase weather band radios that alerts you of warnings in your area.

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2015 Hardin Leadership Classes Forming Now

Hardin Leadership is now recruiting for participants of the 2015 class.

 

OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Kathy Oliver said that the sessions will begin in March, "The sessions will be on the second Thursday morning of each month, March through November. The third week in September because of the county fair this year, but other than that, the second Thursday morning 8:30 until noon."

 

She said the firm deadline to register will be March 4, "So that we can process and be ready the next week for the class to start. You can see a brochure at go.osu.edu/2015HardinLeadership2015.org or call the extension office at 419-674-2297 and we will get a brochure in your hand just as quick as we can."

 

And the cost of the class is $300, "For those who are sponsored. If there is someone interested in participating and does not have a sponsoring organization, or sponsoring business, we do have scholarships and all that information has to be in the 4th of March to be considered. Everyone, we encourage them to pay $30, which is 10% of the fee as a promise that yes I want to participate in Hardin Leadership."

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Two Hardin County Athletes in State Swim Meet Competition

Two area athletes will be participating in the state swim meet this evening.

 

Kenton junior Mo Gray won the 100-yard breast stroke at last week’s district meet at Bowling Green State University with a time of 1:06.90. That earned her a spot in the state swim meet, which is taking place at the C.T. Branin Natatorim in Canton. Her 1:06.90 district time is the 9th-fastest out of the 24 state qualifiers.
 

Ada’s Mitchell Wilcox will be competing in two events at the state meet. He won the 100-yard breast stroke in 1:00.75 at the Bowling Green district and was 4th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.04. The senior’s 100-yard breast stroke time is 14th-best out of a field of 24 while his 50-yard free time is 11th out of 24.

 

Both Gray and Wilcox will be participating in the Division II state meet. The prelims will start tonight at 5 p.m. in Canton, with the finals set for 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Wildcats Top Rams; Ada, Riverdale Girls Advance

The Kenton Wildcats defeated Upper Scioto Valley 56-49 in boys basketball acton Wednesday at Kenton High School.

 

The Wildcats (6-15) got 20 points from Colyn Blackford and 16 points from Austin Phillips while the Rams (17-5) were led by Lane Hurley's 15 points and Cameron Parker's 13 markers.

 

Phillips and Blackford were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

In girls sectional tournament action at Coldwater, Ada defeated Hardin Northern 62-39. The Bulldogs improve to 19-4 and advance to sectional title action on Saturday while the Polar Bears end their season at 5-18.

 

At Findlay, the Riverdale Lady Falcons rolled past Toledo Christian 59-19 in sectional tournament play. The Falcons are 15-7 for the season and will play for a sectional title on Saturday.

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Imprisoned Ohio Man Avoids Death Penalty in Fire Deaths

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio has avoided being sentenced to death after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima.

 

A jury on Wednesday recommended two more life sentences for 30-year-old Hager Church.

 

Those same jurors found Church guilty last week of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2009 fire.

 

Prosecutors say Church confessed to starting the fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her boyfriend.

 

Church briefly apologized during the sentencing hearing.

 

Church already is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying. He was convicted of fatally beating a woman.

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No Injuries Reported in Tuesday Afternoon Crash

A car was heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on County Road 92 in Marion Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the car was being operated by Robert Greer, of McGuffey.
 

The driver and a passenger in the car were not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

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Doubleheader Basketball On Tap Tonight

Two basketball games are on tap tonight on WKTN.

 

In the evening's first game, the Ada Bulldogs will take on Hardin Northern in Division 4 girls basketball sectional tournament action at Coldwater. The Bulldogs are 18 and 4 and earned the 6th seed in the brutal Wapakoneta district. The Polar Bears are 5 and 17 and got the district's 11th seed. Tonight's game is a rematch of January 5th matchup won by Ada by a 55 to 25 count.

 

In the nightcap, the Kenton Wildcats will host Upper Scioto Valley in regular-season boys basketball play. The Cats are 5 and 15 on the year after Friday's 76 to 49 loss to state-ranked Celina while the Rams are 17 and 4 after defeating Cory-Rawson 74 to 58 on Monday.

 

The action starts tonight on WKTN with the pregame show for the girls tournament game. That will begin at 6 p.m., with the boys broadcast to immediately follow the conclusion of the girls game.

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Ohio Protests Carry On As Refinery Strike Continues

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Workers in northwest Ohio continue to protest as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moves into its fourth week.

 

Reports are about 200 people demonstrated Tuesday outside the Marathon Petroleum Corp. headquarters in Findlay despite temperatures in the teens.

 

More than 60 workers from the BP-Husky refinery in Oregon near Toledo joined the demonstration, and two busloads of workers from Marathon's refinery in Catlettsburg, Kentucky also made the trek.

 

The strike began after the United Steelworkers union said that negotiations with Shell Oil Co. had broken down. Shell is negotiating the national contract for other oil companies.

 

The strike began Feb. 1 at refineries mostly in Texas and California, then later grew to include Ohio and Indiana refineries.

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Delays for Wednesday 02/25/15

Level one has been LIFTED as of 6:40 am

 

 

Kenton 2 hr deay

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

 

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

 

McGuffey Head Start no morning bus/walk ins only

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay alternative schedule for pre school

 

Hardin County Youth Leadership or 9:30 am is cancelled

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Minster Races Past Ridgemont 91-15

The Minster Wildcats opened postseason play with a convincing 91-15 win over Ridgemont in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament play Tuesday at Kenton.

 

The Wildcats improve to 17-5 and will meet 20-2 Upper Scioto Valley Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Kenton for the sectional title. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m.

 

The Wildcats led 29-2 after one quarter. Minster shot 61 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the foul line while holding Ridgemont to 31 percent shooting. The Wildcats also forced 51 turnovers.

 

The Golden Gophers end their season with a 3-20 record.

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Ridgemont Girls Basketball Team Tips Off Tournament Play Tonight

Postseason action begins tonight on WKTN as the Ridgemont Golden Gophers meet Minster in girls tournament action at Kenton High School.

 

Minster is the fourth seed in the district. The Wildcats are 16 and 5 and finished tied for 2nd in the powerful Midwest Athletic Conference with a 7 and 2 league mark. The Golden Gophers are 3 and 19 on the season and were the tournament’s 13th seed.
 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. 

 

The winner of this Division 4 sectional tournament game earns a date with 2nd-seeded Upper Scioto Valley at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday back at Kenton High School. That game will also be broadcast live on 95.3 WKTN.

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Proposal Would Create Camp For Veterans At Saulisberry Park.

A rehibiltation camp for veterans has been proposed for Saulsberry Park in Kenton. 
 
Warriors First, a non-profit veterans organization has approached the City of Kenton to lease Saulisberry Park for the purposes of using it as a rehibiltation camp for United States Veterans of the Armed Services. Camp Jacob Parrott, the proposed camp would provide camping for RV's and tents as well as lodging in Amish-made memorial log cabins for veterans and their families.
 
Saulisberry Park and France Lake adjacent to the Hardin County Airport south of Kenton.
 
Hardin County native Jim Ramge, who served as a Lt. Colonel in the armed services and has since retired co-founded the organization, Warriors First, with Rev. Scott Johnson. Ramge said that in his years of working with veterans, more and more he found a genuine need for a long term and simple rehibiltation camp for the vets.
 
"Let's take on these guys like family. Let's give them an environment where they can feel comfortable and talk to people. In my military career one of the places I enjoyed the most was the USO. For me the USO was like sitting in my living room because I was around people who had similar experiences that I had and felt like I could talk freely. Our first idea was to create a USO type of environment in hometown America." said Ramge.
 
Rev. Scott Johnson said that the project would require a long term lease from the City of Kenton for use of the park, and their organization will begin by forming a steering committee to formulate specific plans.
 
A few of the proposed changes to the park in the project.
 
"We'd like to expand the base of Saulisberry Park and expand the camping that's out there to embrace our wounded warriors and their families. Maintaining public camping and fishing, but to target a number of our fellow Americans who, in a number of different ways have become marginalized. To give them a place to find a kinship with others and healing, and where we can also have resources available on site to deal with PTSD, marital problems and have chaplins there ready to go. So it's a simple thing of expanding the camping so we have places for wounded warriors and veterans that's designated and then to expand it from there by clearing a wooded area out there for memorial cabins." said Johnson.
 
The current plans call for current activities at Saulisberry Park, such as the annual Brian's Run and The Lake of Lights to continue to be incorporated, as well as camping and fishing for the general public. Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance President Jon Cross told the members of the city council that, given the nature of the project, and the fact that it would be the only one of its kind in the entire country, the project has the potential to put the city and county on the map nationally, which will be beneficial for economic development. Cross also noted Kenton is ready to host veterans.
 
A packed chamber consisting mostly of veterans attended the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night to listen and show support of the proposal. The council expressed very positive feelings on the project and agreed to move it into a special committee for further review.
 
"I don't want to sound like we're going to thrive off economic development from this project but we have to prepare for it. Unlike industrial deals or commercial property deals that happen in the community, sometimes they don't drive the need to resturants and hotel development. This will. And as this project grows and prospers we want to make sure that we have a community ready to welcome those folks here. I think that's what makes this project very special, people here in Hardin County are ready to open their arms and welcome these folks here. We have the right community mindset, and the right spirit and that will make this project very successful." said Cross.
 
Ramge said that the proposed facility will be open to veterans of any service and conflict, and his ultimate goal would be to ensure the success of the camp in Kenton, and replicate it all across the country.
 
"My ultimate goal is that this becomes a retreat where veterans from all around the world want to come here and be a part of it. That they embrace not only the Warriors First Camp but also the City of Kenton. Hopefully families move here because it's a place of comfort, it's a place where people feel at home. That businesses come here to hire veterans here. That it becomes a huge hub of veterans. That someone can say let's go to Kenton because we know that community loves our veterans." said Ramge.
 
The Kenton City Council will form a special committee to review the proposal, and all the council members themselves expressed positive thoughts on the project. The City Law Director will explore the legalities of the proposal, and the council will begin working with Warriors First on a lease agreement.
 
For those who would like to volunteer or donate to the project, Ramge said people can contact either him or Rev Johnson. Additionally, he said that an account was set up at Quest Federal Credit Union for people to donate to the project as well.

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School delays for Tuesday February 24th

Below is the school information we currently have;

 

Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Upper Scioto Valley 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

 

Ada 2 hr delay

 

 

Ohio Hi Pt 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton CLOSED/Harco open at 10 for those with own transportation

 

Kenton Head Start 1 and 3 no morning bus, walk ins only

 

McGuffey Head Start no morning bus, open for walk ins only

 

First United Methodist Pre School 1/2 hr delay

 

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

 

Hardin County Council on Aging CLOSED

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Area Business Broken Into

The Kenton Police Department responded to a report of a breaking and entering on Saturday Morning to an area business. 

 

The Kenton Police Department report showed that Royal Buffett had been broken into through the front door by shattering the front door glass. Cash was taken and several other items were damaged. 

 

The incident took place sometime early Saturday morning,

and remains under investigation.

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Car Heavily Damaged After Striking Guardrail

A Richwood woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash over the weekend.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 35 year old Melissa Rasey was driving west on County Road 240 and failed to see a curve in time to slow down. Rasey applied the brakes, but the car slid several yards before crashing into a guardrail.

 

The car was heavily damaged, and Rasey was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start Work Week

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

 

The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.33 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a nickel from a week ago.

 

Monday's Ohio price is about 42 cents higher than a month ago, but $1.14 less than last year at this time.

 

The national average Monday was $2.30 per gallon. That's up five cents from last week but $1.11 less than a year ago.

 

Analysts attribute the increased prices at the pump to a jump in crude oil prices last month and labor strikes at several refineries.

 

Online:

 

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

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Delays for Monday 02/23/15

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay

 

McGuffey Head Start no morning bus/open for walk ins only

 

Forest Christian Preschool will be on a one hour delay Monday

 

Simon Kenton CLOSED/ Harco open at 10 am for those that can provide own transporationl

 

Hardin County Council on Aging CLOSED

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Hardin County Dairy and Horse Banquets Held Saturday

2/21/15  ATF
 
Feasel with 2014 Princess Hope Hazelton
 
The Hardin County Dairy Service Unit held the annual Hardin County Dairy Banquet Saturday afternoon at Walnut Grove Church. At the banquet, Robin Feasel from Kenton High School was selected as the 2015 Hardin County Dairy Princess.
 
 
Additionally, exhibitors Rose Rall and George Bauer were each awarded a $500.00 scholarship from the Dairy Service Unit.
 
 
The first annual Hardin County Horse Banquet was held Saturday night at the Hardin County Fairgrounds Community Building. At the banquet Sydney Geberin was selected as Hardin County Horse Princess for 2015 and Layne Taylor was crowned 2015 Hardin County Horse Queen.
 

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Ada church destroyed by fire, set to open its doors again.

Born in the ashes of tragedy, and built through the perseverance of its congregation, the Ada United Methodist Church is ready to open its doors to the public. 
 
 
The Ada United Methodist Church caught on fire in March of 2012, destroying the 113 year old historic structure. Over the past thirty-five months, the parishioners of the church worked to rebuild and re-envision the church and its mission. Robert McCurdy, who served as a Chairman of the building committee said that it was a long and very involved process.
 
The entryway in the new church building
 
"The first year and a half was a planning phase determining what this church could be for this community and what we could do to serve our God. After that we retained an archetect and we explored different design options. Then we moved into finding a contractor and getting underway so the actual construction was just short of a year." said McCurdy.
 
The fellowship hall
 
Finding itself in a unique position, the committee retained much of the feel of the old structure, while at the same time, incorporating elements into the new structure which would benefit the church and allow changes and modernization as needed. McCurdy noted that the committee developed four guiding principles as the project moved forward.
 
The choir room which will also be used for the bridal party for weddings.
 
"We wanted the church to appear to be more open to the community and more accessable. The second thing we wanted was more emphsis on the community and community access to use the facility so that guided us. A big fellowship hall and a commercial kitchen were essential for that. We wanted to serve children and families in a way we haven't been able to so we built significant children's space and plans are developing to have a preschool here. The last thing was to design and build a sacred space where when you walk into it you know you're in the sancuary" said McCurdy.
 
The entryway for the childrens rooms and preschool
 
McCurdy said that the project was quite a learning experience for the congregation and for himself personally, but as the project moved forward, and things began to happen and fall into place, the church became a reality. The final cost of the project is unknown but is estimated to be around 6.4 million dollars, of which 5 million was paid for through insurance on the old church. McCurdy noted that the other million was collected from residents in the Ada community, business donations and through fundraisers and loans.  He said that the church members were humbled and grateful for the support from the community and other area churches.
 
The preschool room
 
"We're a relatively small church and to see the people in this church who have brought their gifts to bear on this project has been, for me, heartwarming and emotional. To understand stewardship in a way I've never understood it before...we focus so much on monitary donations and you get to see in spades the whole idea of spiritual gifts and how they come into play. It's still happening today." said McCurdy.
 
The Sancuary
 
The first service in the new church was held Wednesday evening for Ash Wednesday, and since the fire, the church members have been meeting in the chapel at Ohio Northern University. McCurdy said that the church will hold its final service in the ONU Chapel Sunday morning, after which an event is planned.
 
"We'll start our worship there and after our formal worship we will process from there to the new building. Some other churchs from Ada will join us along the way. We'll have a brief ceremony here then and people are welcome to join in that procession which will be around 11:30am and we'll have some light refreshments here afterward. The church will be open for people to tour then. Our first Sunday service will be on March 1st" said McCurdy.
 
Two features were salvaged from the old church building. The first was the original church bell which was restored after the fire.
 
The second feature was the original cornerstone from the old building, which was built into the wall of the new building.
 
The church plans on holding services in the new building through Easter Sunday to adjust to the new structure and work out any minor issues. The official dedication of the new church will be held Sunday April 12th.

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Closings and Cancellations Sat Feb 21, 2015

CANCELLATIONS:

 

Bible quizzing at Full Gospel Church in Ada

 

Hardin County Upward Sports-all basketball games

 

Youth bowling at Hillcrest Lanes for 11am

 

Upper Scioto Valley girls basketball game at New Knoxville for noon, postponed until 6pm Monday Feb 23

 

CLOSED:

Pak Mail

 

OK Auto Sales

 

Dr Jonathan Warner Kenton Vision Care

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Bulldogs Knock Down 8 Triples In Win Over Kenton

The Celina Bulldogs hit their first seven shots from the field and never looked back on Friday, notching a 76-49 win over Kenton in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action.

 

The Bulldogs improve to 18-2 overall and are a league-leading 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League. They have clinched at least a share of the league crown and can take the title outright with a win over Elida on Friday.

 

The Bulldogs knocked down eight three-pointers in the win and placed four players in double figures.

 

Kenton (5-15 overall, 1-7 WBL) got 19 points from Austin Phillips and 10 points each from Blake Bushong and Colyn Blackford.

 

Bushong was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Cats are back in action on Saturday when they host Upper Scioto Valley in a game that will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Mt. Victory Man Among Two Arrested in Richwood Murder Case

A Mt. Victory man is among two people who have been arrested in connection to the robbery and murder of a Richwood man this past Wednesday night.

 

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, on Friday February 20, deputies arrested Joseph Magana, age 29 of 33611 State Route 31 Mt. Victory, Ohio and Amber N. Parish, age 27 of 9260 State Route 37 Ostrander, Ohio.

 

Magana and Parish are charged with one count each of Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Robbery. Both charges are felonies of the first degree. Magana and Parish are currently being held in the Tri County Regional Jail and appeared this morning in Marysville Municipal Court, where they were given a one million dollar bond. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office, the Marysville Division of Police, and the Columbus Police Department recovered several weapons allegedly stolen during the robbery. The weapons were recovered during the execution of a search at a residence in the 14000 block of US Route 36 and at a home in the City of Columbus. Investigators believe one of the firearms, a 22 caliber rifle, was used in the murder of Arthur Burchett. Autopsy results showed that Burchett died of a single gunshot wound to the head. As a result of the investigation, deputies have also seized a Honda Civic used during the commission of the robbery.

 

The investigation is on-going and additional charges are expected pending the forensic analysis of evidence by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The case is now being investigated by the MADE (Multi Agency Drug Enforcement) Task Force. The MADE Task Force is a combined effort of the Union County Sheriff's Office, the Marysville Division of Police, and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

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Two People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

 

 

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

According to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the two were both placed on five years community control with conditions. They are:

 

.Lakiesha M. Tate on one count each of theft from an elderly or disabled adult, receiving stolen property and burglary.

 

.Corey Watts on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and one count each of failure to appear and trafficking in drugs.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Kenton School Board Hires New High School Principal

Kenton City Schools has hired High School Assistant Principal Chad Thrush as the next Kenton High School Principal starting at the end of the school year.

 

At a special session of the Kenton School Board Thursday afternoon, Thrush was hired after the retirement of current high school principal Rick Abbott. Thrush was hired on a two year contract at $87,500.00 a year.

 

Also at the meeting, the board hired Katherine Brim as a first grade teacher at Kenton Elementary and Tara Oakes as an intervention specialist at Kenton Elementary School.

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Alliance Board Chairman Discusses Changes on At Issue

 

 

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance has gone through a number of changes over the past year.

 

Board Chairman Tim Street said it has been a process, "We've really done some different things with the Alliance. The way we operate through the Board side of things, we went from basically one term chairmanship, to now we're kind of working through a process to increase that to two years. It just gives the leadership of the Alliance Board a little more time to work through some of the programs and processes that we're working through."

 

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

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Kenton Ready For Challenging Weekend of Basketball

A tough weekend is in store for the Kenton Wildcats as they take on Celina and Upper Scioto Valley. 

 

The Wildcats broke a 21-game Western Buckeye League losing skid on Friday by defeating Bath 71 to 57. Tonight the Cats will look to snap another streak when they visit Celina. The Wildcats, who are 5 and 14 overall and 1 and 6 in the league, will be looking to win on the road in the Western Buckeye League for the first time in over 4 years. The Cats have not won a league game away from the friendly confines of Kenton High School since they defeated Wapakoneta 54 to 52 on February 18th, 2011. The Cats will be hard-pressed to snap that streak this evening against a state-ranked Celina team that will be looking to clinch a share of the Western Buckeye League title. The Bulldogs were ranked 8th in the latest Associated Press Division 2 state poll and are 17 and 2 this season. Celina is 7 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League and leads Defiance by a game with two league outings to go.
 

On Saturday night, local rival Upper Scioto Valley comes to Kenton to take on the Wildcats. Led by Lane Hurley’s 20 points a game, the Rams are 15 and 4 heading into this weekend.

WKTN will carry both games live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Hosts Briefing on Governor's Buget Proposal

State Senator Cliff Hite addresses Alliance Breakfast Meeting

 

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance hosted a breakfast briefing today with State Senator Cliff Hite and 30 of Hardin County’s CEOs, executives and business owners to discuss and provide input on Governor Kasich’s 2016/17 budget proposal.  The group represented various industries, such as education, healthcare, manufacturing and small businesses throughout Hardin County.


Some of the key discussions were about the Governor’s tax reform proposals, as the current plan calls for the elimination of state income tax from all small businesses with annual gross receipts under $2 million.   In addition, personal income tax rates will be cut for all Ohio taxpayers by 23 percent over the next two years.  

 

Both legislators took many questions on issues ranging from higher education and tuition costs, PK-12 educational funding to healthcare and workforce issues.


Alliance President & CEO Jon Cross noted, “it's important that our business leaders, and those making daily management decisions of their respective industry, have the opportunity to provide some front-line information to our legislators.   Keeping the Governor and Ohio Legislature well informed about our needs will hopefully lead to a healthy debate and actions that allow our local school districts, university, healthcare community, small businesses and financial institutions continue to grow and prosper.”


Alliance Board Chairman Tim Street stated, “I am glad to see that Hardin County has a voice in this budget process. The Alliance will continue to advocate on behalf of our membership that more money back in the pockets of our employers and employees, as well as our schools will only allow our businesses to reinvest and grow within our communities, employing more people with good paying jobs and students gaining the proper training for our future workforce needs.”

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Celina Pulls Away In Second Half, Defeats Cats 62-47

The Celina Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to defeat Kenton 62-47 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action on Thursday.


The Bulldogs (6-16 overall, 4-5 WBL) led by 6 points at the half but outscored Kenton 29-20 in the second half to post the victory.

 

Kelly Stahl led the Bulldogs with 20 points while Heather Heiby added 15 points and Jenna Berry scored 14 points.

 

The Wildcats (4-17, 1-8) got a season-best 17 points from Sara Hoyt while Layne Taylor added 9 points.

 

Hoyt was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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School delays for Friday February 20th

 

Kenton 2 hr delay
Hardin Northern 2 hr delay
USV 2 hr delay
Ada 2 hr delay
Ridgemont 2 hr delay
Riverdale CLOSED
Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay
Ohio Hi point 2 hr delay
Simon Kenton/Harco CLOSED, Harco staff to report at 9am
 
Forest Christian Pre school CLOSED
McGuffey Head Start no morning bus/walk ins only
Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start no morning bus/walk ins only
Hardin County Council on Aging CLOSED
REStore in Ada is CLOSED

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Death of Richwood Man Being Called Apparent Murder

A Richwood man was killed in what Union County investigators are calling an apparent murder.

 

According to a release, the Union County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 7:45 Wednesday evening from 10500 Askins Road reporting a man with a head injury.

 

Deputies and crews from the Leesburg Township Fire Department and the Northern Union County Fire and EMS District responded to the residence and found a man with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The victim was flown by Careflight to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:37 pm. An autopsy will be conducted today by the Franklin County Coroner's Office.

 

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at the residence and have interviewed several witnesses. The deceased has been identified as Arthur D. Burchett, age 67 of 10500 Askins Road Richwood, Ohio 43344. The Sheriff's Office is also being assisted in the investigation by staff from the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

 

The shooting remains under investigation.

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Car Ends Up Against House Following Crash in Roundhead Township

A vehicle ended up off the road and came to rest against a house following a crash Wednesday afternoon in Roundhead Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 49 year old Mark Fry, of Roundhead, was driving north on State Route 117 and slowed to turn into a driveway.
 

His car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 66 year old Duane Dulmage, of Lima.
 

Fry's car travelled off the right side of the road and slid into the side of the house.
 

Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles. The house was not damaged.
 

Dulmage was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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Unoccupied Car Involved in Wednesday Crash

A vehicle with no driver was involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, an unoccupied vehicle parked in front of a house in the 700 block of Detroit Street began accelerating from the driveway. The vehicle, which is owned by Victoria Loubert, travelled onto Detroit Street and struck a northbound car being driven by 72 year old Robert Wroten, of Arlington.
 

Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.

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School delays for Thursday February 19th

 

Upper Sandusky Schools  CLOSED

 

Kenton City Schools CLOSED

 

Ridgemont SchoolsCLOSED

 

The Kenton First United Methodist Church Preschool CLOSED

 

Upper Scioto Valley Schools CLOSED

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

Ada 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale CLOSED

 

Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start, CLOSED

 

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center CLOSED

 

Forest Christian Preschool CLOSED

 

Simon Kenton CLOSED/ Harco Ind open at 10 for walk ins.

 

Hardin County Council on Aging is CLOSED

 

McGuffeyHead Start CLOSED

 

Calico Circle at First Baptist is cancelled tonight

 

N Mens Bingo in ADA tonight is cancelled

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Fire Alarm Prompts Brief Evacuation of Hardin County Courthouse

A false alarm caused a temporary evacuation of the Hardin County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

 

The alarm sounded around 1:15pm. According to Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue the alarm sounded when work crews drilling in the building kicked up enough dust to sound the alarm. Kenton

 

Firefighters inspected the building and found no fire issues.

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Two Men in Pickup Trying To Lure Children Into Their Vehicle

Two suspects are being sought in connection to a report that they were trying to lure young boys into their vehicle Tuesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the men were in a black GMC pickup truck with a scratch down the side.
 

The men approached two boys on West Walnut Street and a short time later, the approached two other boys in the same area. Each time, the men asked the boys if they wanted some candy.
The truck had tinted windows, so the driver could not be seen clearly. The passenger got out of the truck as the boys were running away. He was wearing a gray shirt with a yellow Under

Armour emblem on it.
 

If you have any information, call the police department at 419-673-0771.

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Dog Stolen Following Overnight Break-In At Dog Pound

The Hardin County Dog Pound was broken into during the overnight hours and a dog was stolen.
 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, someone forced open the front door and then also made entry into the office.
 

A baby pit bull dog was stolen.
 

A reward is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
 

Call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771 if you have any information.

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Drivers Uninjured in Tuesday Morning Crash

Two drivers escaped injury in a crash that occurred just before eight Tuesday morning.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Grace Clarke, of Kenton, attempted to turn left from State Route 309 onto Jacob Parrott Boulevard, and her car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 25 year old Megan Castle, of LaRue.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Clarke was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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Meeting Held in 4th Ward on Grant Proposal

A meeting of the Kenton Fourth Ward Revitalization Grant proposal was held Tuesday night at Epworth Church.

 

The proposed project would be to work for a block grant from the State of Ohio, and it would be for several projects in the fourth ward.

 

Grant planners have put out several surveys to get an idea as to types of projects to do as a part of the grant. As of the meeting, twenty-seven surveys have been returned, identifying park improvements and sidewalks as several main issues, and also street improvements and drainage issues in the fourth ward. The committee is still accepting surveys to get an idea as to types of projects that could be done in that section of town.

 

Additionally, volunteer opportunities will need to be done as a part of the grant proposal. Volunteers and non-profit organizations looking for volunteer projects are invited to the next meeting on March 10th to hear about opportunities for their contributions. That meeting will also be held at Epworth Church at 7pm.

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Hardin Northern Singing Group Selected For Talent Show

An ensemble group of singers from Hardin Northern was selected to perform at a talent show this month.

Members of Awakened Commotion a pop acapella group from Hardin Northern performed Survivor by Destiny's Child. A rendition that got them selected to perform at Ohio Has Talent. A show scheduled for February 28 in Van Wert.

 

Lukas Schroeder, a senior at Hardin Northern, talks about what a pop acapella group is. "We mean, not necessarily the genre of music pop, but we mean more so popular music."

 

Schroeder tells us how the group was selected for the talent show. "There's 18 different acts and we auditioned for it in front of a panel of judges and we got the word that we were in".

 

They are preparing now for the competition. "We actually will be singing a mash-up. You take two different songs and put them together. It may not actually work but sometimes it is a hit or miss. In this one we are going to be performing 'Do You Love Me' by Justin Bieber and mashed-up with Katy Perry 'Wide Awake'.

 

Collin Hoffman, a junior at Hardin Northern tells us what goes into putting a show together, "Every practice, every other performance is what prepares us for the next show. There's not really a set number of times you can practice in order to hit that musical nirvana, so everything sounds well together. You just have to keep getting experience."

 

Schroeder adds that there's a cash prize on the line for first, second and third at Ohio Has Talent, "And it's an audience vote. They actually vote based off of how you did, and who they thought was the best."

 

Tickets for the show start at $10 on up to $25. For more information, visit the website npacvw.ticketforce.com

 

 

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Jury Convicts Ohio Man of Setting Fire That Killed 2

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio is now facing a possible death sentence after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima.
 
A jury on Tuesday found 30-year-old Hager Church guilty of aggravated murder and aggravated arson in the 2009 fire.
 
Prosecutors say Church confessed to starting the fire that killed a 45-year-old woman and her boyfriend.
 
Jurors on Wednesday will begin the process of deciding whether to recommend the death penalty.
 
Church is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying. He was convicted of fatally beating a woman.
 

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3-Year-Old Boy Perishes in Marion County Fire

MARION, Ohio (AP) - A 3-year-old boy has died in a fire in a trailer home in Marion County.
 
Pleasant Township Fire Chief Clint Canterbury says an adult and another child were injured but survived the Tuesday morning blaze that heavily damaged the rural home near Marion.

 
Canterbury says the two survivors - the mother and a sibling of the child who died - were suffering from smoke inhalation and frostbite. They were hospitalized in Columbus. Another adult got out without injury.
 
The call came in at 6:44 a.m., and flames were visible in the front windows and door by the time fire crews arrived. The boy's body was found in a bedroom.
 
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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House Destroyed By Fire in Alger

A house in Alger was destroyed by fire this morning.

 


 

According to Alger Fire Chief Ethan Hunt, when firefighters arrived at 308 McConnel Street, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
He said the house was occupied by the family of Shawn Sanders, but no one was home at the time, and there were no injuries.
 

The cause has not yet been determined, and the blaze remains under investigation.

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Kenton School Board Considering Options For Use of Northwood

Future plans for the Northwood School Building are in the works.

 

 

The Kenton City Schools has maintained that the Northwood School Building will be utilized for Ohio Hi-Point to operate a Satalite Career Center for the students of Kenton High School. At the board meeting Monday night, the board heard some of the costs that can be associated with bringing the current building up to standards on that project.

 

After reviewing the current building with the staff and administration from Hi-Point, the school has received an initial estimate on renovation costs to be near $500,000, which would include the abatement of the current structure as well as upgrades and improvements to the building.

 

School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that was a high number for the potential outcome of the project, and that the renovations would be mainly internal. The outside structure would not be changed. Pensarski said that paring down those costs, while still keeping the building in line with Hi-Point's goals could be done in the range of $200,000.00. Board

 

President Russ Blue said all the board members were in agreement that the lower costs would help the project, provided an agreement could be worked out with Hi-Point.

The Proposed Career Center would house programs for Allied Health and Nursing, Engineering and Manufacturing, IT Support and Services Training, and Programming and Software Development, with programs tailored to fit existing Hardin County Business Operations.

 

Also at the meeting, the Board heard from Tech Wizards from OSU Extension discuss programming in the Kenton Elementary School, and accepted retirement resignations from several faculty members including teacher Annette Ansley and HS Principal Rick Abbott.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on March 16th 2015 at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

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Man Arrested Following Domestic Violence Incident

A man with a Marion address is facing charges following a domestic violence incident Sunday afternoon.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to Forest Court Apartments to investigate the complaint. The victim is said to have had marks around her throat, bite marks on her wrist and finger, and a swollen thigh caused by alleged strike from a shower rod.

 

The suspect, identified as 26 year old Nicholas Griffith, the victim's live-in boyfriend, was arrested and later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion. Charges are pending.

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Two Vehicles Collide At Intersection in Kenton Sunday

Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred just after nine Sunday morning in the intersection of Main and Columbus Streets.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Brittany Plocek, of Monclova, Ohio, was driving north on Main and said she attempted to make it through the intersection before the light turned red. Her vehicle struck a car being operated east on Columbus Street by 50 year old Cheryl Lowe, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Icy Roads Blamed For Causing A Crash On Sunday

Slippery roads contributed to a one vehicle crash that occurred around 7:20 Sunday morning on County Road 92 in Marion Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Joshua Bailey, of Alger, was driving east on 92 when his car slid on the ice and travelled off the left side of the road where it struck a utility pole.  Heavy front end damage occurred to the car.

 

Bailey was not injured.

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Visitor Poll Voters Disagree With Performance Audit

By a nearly two to one margin, Visitor Poll voters disagree with Kenton City Council's decision to spend $35,000 on a performance audit.

 

The results show 61% are not in favor of the decision, while the remaining 39 agree.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Snow and high wind cause problems for county motorists

 

Snow and high winds made for hazardous driving conditions around the county on Saturday. Hardin County was placed on a level 2 snow emergency Saturday afternoon, which was lifted early Sunday morning. The Hardin County Sheriff's office investigated a multitude of weather related crashes with most being just property damage. However, one of those crashes resulted in injuries.

 

The day log from the Sheriff's office showed that the crash took place in the 19000 block of State Route 81 early Saturday morning. However, no further information was available.

 

The Kenton Police Department investigated several crashes Saturday as well. Crashes were reported on W. Franklin Street, Main Street, South Main and at the intersection of Columbus and Memorial Avenue. There were no injuries in any of the crashes but a Kenton and Marion man were cited in two of these crashes.

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Kenton and Ada excel at Sectional Swimming Meet Saturday

The Sectonal Swimming meet was held at the Lima YMCA on Saturday with Wapak finishing first in both the boys and girls events.

 

In the girls events, Kenton finished third overall while Ada swam to a tenth place finish. Kenton's Mo Gray finished first in the 100 breast stroke and was third in the 50 free style. Also for Kenton, Ashton Cole took 2nd place in the 200 free style as well as the 500 free style. Kenton's Jenna Sherman was fourth in the 100 butterfly. As a team, Kenton swam to third place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay as well as the 400 Freestyle Relay. Ada's Kyley Stewart was the top Ada swimmer as she finished third overall in the 100 butterfly.

 

In boys action, Ada finished forth while Kenton finished seventh of the 12 teams. Mitchell Wilcox of Ada won the 100 breast stroke and finished third overall in the 50 freestyle. The Ada boys finished third in both the 200 Medley and Freestyle Relay's

 

 

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Cancellations for Saturday Feb 14th and Sunday Feb 15th

Hardin County under a level 2 snow emergency
 
Saturday
 
McDonalds Resturant will close at 10pm tonight. They will reopen at 7am Sunday morning.
 
Sunday
 
The Dunkirk Assembly of God Sunday morning services have been cancelled.
 
Salem United Church of Christ Sunday morning services cancelled.
 
Dola Presbyterian Church Sunday services cancelled.
 
The St. Paul Lutheran Church in Genera Winter Carnival Sunday night postponned.
 
The Grant United Methodist Church Sunday Services Cancelled
 
St Johns Lutheran Church in Dola Sunday services cancelled.
 
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Jumbo Sunday services cancelled.
 
Roundhead United Methodist Church Sunday services cancelled.
 
Heritage Oaks Full Gospel Church in Dunkirk all Sunday services cancelled.
 
The Blanchard River Church of Christ all Sunday services cancelled.
 
All Grace Free United Baptist Church in Maysville all Sunday services cancelled.
 
The Dunkirk Grace United Methodist Church all Sunday services cancelled.
 
Ada Church of Christ all Sunday services cancelled.
 
Central Church of Christ all Sunday services cancelled.
 
Forest United Methodist Church all Sunday services cancelled.
 
Mt. Victory Church of Christ Sunday services cancelled.

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Video shows Ohio man recounting four killings during drug binge

BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) - Newly released video shows an Ohio man confessing to murdering four people during a cocaine binge and telling police that two people knew of the killings before the last one.
 
Forty-one-year-old Donald Hoffman pleaded guilty and is serving life in prison for the slayings that stunned the City of Bucyrus last fall.
 
Police and the Crawford County prosecutor say Hoffman was the only person charged because other people didn't participate in the killings and there was no corroborated evidence that they had knowledge that would have prevented a death. Hoffman himself told police he wasn't sure the acquaintances believed him when he admitted killing people.
 
Video of his police interviews was released Friday. It offers some explanation for the slayings, mostly a combination of drugs, money and anger.

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Blackford, Phillips Lead Kenton Past Bath 71-57

Colyn Blackford and Austin Phillips combined for 44 points as the Kenton Wildcats defeated Bath 71-57 on Friday in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play.

 

Blackford had 23 points and 4 rebounds while Phillips finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds as the duo shared Ace Hardware Player of the Game honors.

 

The victory improved Kenton to 5-14 overall and 1-6 in the WBL. The win also snapped a 21-game league losing streak for the Cats, whose last WBL win came on January 11, 2013, when they defeated Shawnee 58-47.

 

Bath (4-14, 0-7) got 28 points and 8 rebounds from Andrew Renner while Chase Clark finished with 12 points.

 

Kenton is off until next Friday when it will travel to Celina to take on the league-leading Bulldogs. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Investigation of car fire in McGuffey ongoing.

The investigation of the suspicious car fire in the Village of McGuffey is continuing. According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the department has developed a person of interest in connection to the fire which occurred on February 8th. Everhart states that no arrest has been made yet but a grand jury indictment will be sought at the conclusion of the investigation and he thanks the public's help for their tips and information which was provided during the investigation.
 
There has been a concern that the car fire in McGuffey may have been related to a structure fire in the village also this week, but Sheriff Everhart confirmed to WKTN Radio that the two incidents are separate and not suspected to be related.

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Four Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Robert K. Counts was sentenced to a total of 54 months in prison on three counts of money laundering. 
 
.Joseph B. Hildreth was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of possession of heroin and one count of tampering with evidence.
 
.Dustin J. Willison had community control sanctions extended to five years after being found guilty of one count of possession of heroin in violation of previous community control conditions.
 
.Cesar G. Esqueda was placed on one year community control with conditions on one count of receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of just over $530 to WalMart.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Heartbeat of Hardin County featured on At Issue this week.

Heartbeat of Hardin County continues to help people deal with pregnancies.
 
Executive Director Julie Zaring talks about some of the services her agency provides, "Heartbeat is set up to do free pregnancy tests, help people that are facing an unplanned pregnancy or even a pregnancy they were planning but not expecting but need help with medical expenses. We also do the verfication form for Job and Family Services and for WIC."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Kenton Middle School Principals, Honors, and Merit Roll

The following is a list of Kenton Middle School students recognized for their academic achievement in the 2nd nine weeks grading period.

 

2nd Quarter Principal’s Roll (4.0 GPA)
 
7th Grade
Madison Adams, Bailie Clark, Gabriel Coomes, Michael Crawford, Riley Dickinson, Luke Fackler, Abby Gerding, Alexis Grubbs, Riley Hershberger, Hannah Holland, Libby Kearns, Chesney Moore, Emily Pistorova, Grace Rall, Mason Rhoades, Steven Spencer.
 
8th Grade
Landon Bartlett, Kaitlyn Dodge, Chase Fleece, Kelsey Flowers, Abigail Hartshorn, Elizabeth Heintz, Haley Hunt, Kobe Kirk, Isaac Mendez, Delaney Miller, Nickolas Molk, Paige Osborn, Keller Stout, Amya Swygert, Keeley Wright.
 
 
2nd Quarter Merit Roll (3.5-3.9 GPA)
 
7th Grade
Kristyn Bushong, Reed Cook, Carah Deardorff, Bryce Ellis, Jacob George, Brice Heckathorn, Loralei Hurt, Paige Hurt, Trey Jeffries, Timothy Jewett, Carson Kayler, Hunter LaRue, Logan Levan, Ethan Manns, Sidney Plott, Payton Preston, Kaylee Ritter, Mary Rosebrook, Miranda Rowe, Landon Rush, Sidney Smalley, Casey Smith, Gaberiel Spears, Julius Tapia, Garrett Thomas, Aubrey Thrush, Olivia Whiting.
 
 
8th Grade
Brittany Archer, Lindsey Beverly, Mariah Blevins, Afton Brown, Kody Buchenroth, Marki Burchiel, Erin Castle, Mantaj Chahal, Randi Jo Clements, Aerin Cummings, Juliana Delapaz, Sumner Good, Sydney Hayter, David Heilman, Cobe Heydinger, Drew Hoppe, Allison Howard, Mackenzie Howard, Annabelle Humphries, Carter Kauble, Alec Keller, Catherine Lawrence, Trent Lawrence, Rocco Longbrake, Destiny Morales, Chloe’ Musser, Preston Oates, Abby Oberlitner, Shelby Phillips, Sutton Plott, Alivia Purtee, Jonathan Routt, Marie Sanchez, Tye Sherman, Morgan Speirs, Caitlin Tudor, Wesley Webb, Allison Wolfe, Madelyn Woodruff, Patience Woodruff.
 
 
2nd Quarter Honor Roll (3.0-3.4 GPA)
 
7th Grade 
Patrick Bartlett, Brady Beaman, Destiny Belew, Faith Boggs, McKenzie Brown, Brady Cameron, Chelsie Clark, Bryant Conley, Trenton Coomes, Allison Cummins, Grace Gibson, Joseph Hastings, Matthew Howard, Chelsey Jacques, Michaela Markwell, Jacob McKee, Kelley Meeks, Dylan Mouk, Ayden Mundy, Cheyenne Newland, Bradley Osborn, Peyton Roby, Chloe Schlatter, Mykaela Schriber, Kayce Sherman, Skyler Slusher, Alyssa Spencer, Andrew Taylor, Payton Teeters, Nicolas Whitaker, Aiden Winfield, Adrianna Wright. 
 
8th Grade
Alexis Brooks, Clayton Burris, Kasaundra Collins, Hanna Donegan, Riley Fitzgerald, Peyton Flint, Gabby Gibson, Jenna Gibson, Ethan Gilmore, Emaleigh Haimerl, Robert Halsey, Hayden Hicks, Jacob Jolliff, Ian Lyons, Erick Mendez, Cameron Miller, Molly Moore, Colin Morris, Haleigh Mouk, Destiny Price, Chandler Ramey, Haven Reisinger, Sabrina Rostorfer, Symone Sexton, Reonna Shafer, Jaron Sharp, Lyndi Taylor, Zamaya Wilkins, Austin Wilson, Hunter Winfield, Garrett Wise, Clark Zickafoose.

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School delays for Friday, February 13th 2015

The following is the school information that we have for Friday, February 13th.

 

Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay.

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McGuffey Man Suspected in Arson Fire

 

 

A 19 year old McGuffey man was arrested in connection to a suspected arson fire in McGuffey.
 

The arrest was announced in a news release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Ohio State Fire Marshall's Office. The suspect, identified in records at the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion as Michael Huffman, was taken into custody Wednesday on charges related to the fire at 503 Pamelia Street in the village. The case remains under investigation.

 


The burned out home in the Village of McGuffey. The home was abandoned and no one was hurt in the fire.

 

Sheriff Keith Everhart said this morning that Huffman has not been charged in connection to a car fire that that occurred in McGuffey this past weekend. The case also remains under investigation.

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Car Struck By Semi On Detroit At Eliza Street

A car was heavily damaged after being struck by a semi late Wednesday morning in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 25 year old Amanda Kindle, of Ada, drove from Eliza Street onto Detroit, and her car was struck by a southbound semi being operated by 55 year old John Blackburn, of Angola, Indiana.
 

There were no injuries, and Kindle was cited for failure to yield at an intersection.

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HMH Emergency Department Renovation Project Complete

The last phase of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department renovation project has been completed.

The renovation project started just over a year ago and was completed in three phases.

 

 

Dr. Andrew Hughes, Director of the Emergency Department, talks about what the changes mean to patients, "We've increased the number of staff members. Our beds went from seven to now eleven with probably three times the square footage, and it's just a beautiful facility that really allows us to flow smoothly from the waiting room, which we hardly ever have waits to work up to the discharge."

 

 

Chief Nursing Officer Wendy Rodenberger said being able to provide better care for patients was the ultimate goal of the renovation, "The goal is excellent patient care and patient privacy. So keeping keeping our patients privacy and their needs in mind was forefront with the renovation."

 

 

Administrative Nurse Manager Kim Totten said judging by the comments they receive from patients, they've achieved that goal, "They appreciate the privacy, the doors and the waiting areas. They appreciate the staff that care for them and knowing them when they come to see them."

 

 

Rodenberger compares busy times in the old ER to busy times in the newly renovated facility, "Busy times before meant waiting in the waiting room. Busy times now means that the patients have a private room that they know what's going on with them. They're closer to the staff because of the proximity of the rooms to the nurses station, and it's not as hectic."

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Thursday 02/12/15 Delays

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay plan B Kindergarten

Ohio Hi Point 2 hr delay

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Sheriff Offers Space To Make Exchanges From Online Purchases

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is offering space for people to use to pick up items purchased from someone on line such as Craigslist.

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said that space is at the Sheriff's Office on South Main Street in Kenton, "We've used our lobby and our parking lot for a number of years for the exchange of children through domestic issues, and we decided why not open that up to people who are meeting someone that they met online through a purchasing contract. You see these things going on throughout the country where these people unfortunately are meeting disaster when meeting some person who wants to do that harm. We just felt this is the right thing to do, to try to protect the people of Hardin County."

 

The Sheriff talks about how citizens can take advantage of the space, "When they arrive, all they need to do is come into the lobby and let the on duty communications staff know so we can just keep an eye on them with our camera system that we have there at the office, that way we know to be looking out for some things."

 

He said using a location like a Sheriff's Office, can go a long way in helping to deter crimes, "That is our hope, that if someone is intending to do another person harm through a Craigslist deal, that they would certainly not do that if they were meeting at the local Sheriff's Office."

 

And the Sheriff urges residents not to let someone talk you into meeting them at a different location, "There is absolutely no reason for them to go anywhere but there. They can bring their money, they can exchange whatever items that they are exchanging, and they can go about their way."

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Ag Society Releases Minutes From Weekend Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, Feb. 7th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 17 directors and 14 guests present.  Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

The Board heard from Lesa Heacock, from the Kenton Times.  She gave the Kenton Time’s proposal for printing the Fair premium book, the post fair recap, photo coverage during the fair and a fair schedule – daily.  The proposal was approved.  Greg Liedel, from the Horse Council, invited everyone to their first Horse Banquet.  It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21st at 6:30pm at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in the Community Building.  Tickets can be purchased at the OSU Extension Office.  Shallie Terrill, Bailey Pees and Hannah Heilman from

 

Kenton’s FFA Chapter, discussed the County FFA Dance that will be held in the Community Building on Friday, Feb. 20th from 8-11pm.  Schools being represented are Kenton, Hardin Northern, Riverdale and Ridgemont.  The dance will be a fundraiser, benefitting Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  They also invited the Board members to their Annual Community Breakfast that is being held on Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 7-9am in the Kenton High School’s Cafeteria.  Kenny Kearns and

Lisa Ferguson requested to have a draft horse show during the 2015 Hardin County Fair.  Kenny stated this will be the 29th year to have a draft horse show.  Marilyn Bidwell requested money to plant the flowers at the Fairgrounds again this year. 

 

Mark Badetscher, from the OSU Extension Office, noted there are several programs being offered during the winter and if you are interested in any of them to contact the OSU extension office.

 

Last month’s minutes, financial reports, and bills to pay were approved.

 

The executive committee discussed several items that needed acted on.  It was moved to change the Box Seats during the fair from $400 to $500.  The only other change was for the demolition derby and those prices will be general admission at $8.00 and reserved seats at $10.00.  Gate admission prices will stay the same as last year, which is $8.00 per person.  Fair entries are being raised from .25 to .50.  The executive committee will meet on Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm to review applicants for the Grounds Maintenance

 

Superintendent.  An ad for this position will run in the Kenton Times for 14 days.  Discussion was held about youth groups wanting to use the Arts/Crafts Building and Community Building on the weekends for free.  It’s currently free for youth groups to use those buildings and any building on the grounds for free Monday through Thursday.  Youth groups will now pay ½ price to use the buildings on the weekends. 

 

The grounds committee discussed several items.  The board discussed how many benches the fairgrounds has and that there is a need for bleachers now.  Those on the list that are wanting to purchase a bench this year will be contacted to see if they would have an interest in putting their memorial donation to a bleacher.  Memorial plaques will be displayed on the bleachers.  There is going to be new tile ran behind the barns and then the road behind the barns will need to be repaired by the county.  One of the refrigerator doors in the community building will not close, so the board approved to replace that refrigerator.  Judi Cronley will apply for the Hardin Community Foundation Grants.  Those grants will be for electric upgrade in the Merchant’s building and more chairs for the Community Building (replacing old chairs).  A MidOhio grant will also be applied for.  It was moved to purchase a tree in memory of Jim Smith, Grounds Maintenance Superintendent, who recently passed away.

 

The entertainment committee announced that several contracts have been signed for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.  There will be white tigers in the children’s area, Bear Hollow Wood Carver, and the tractor pulls on Sunday of the Fair.  Other contracts are still being discussed, along with entertainment for Friday night of the Fair.

 

The JR Fair Livestock Sale Committee met in January and several items were acted upon.  It was moved to have Jr. Fair kids only go through the sale 1 time, unless they have 2 champions.  (Market animals only.)  Several buyers have expressed dissatisfaction with not receiving thank you notes from the kids, who they purchase from.  For the year 2015, kids will be receiving 1099’s for premium money over $600, so they will need to give social security numbers for this purpose.  2015 checks to kids will now have to be picked up and signed for at the Secretary’s office.  Checks will only be mailed if they receive under $600.  The sale order for the 2015 Hardin County

 

Fair will be Dairy Beef Feeders selling first, with milk, lambs, goats, beef steers, dairy steers, rabbits, hogs, broilers and turkeys to follow. 

 

Changes for the 2015 Fair book need to be turned in to Judi by Friday, March 13th.

 

The rides/concessions committee stated that ride prices will stay the same as last year, with Durant being used for rides.  There will be at least one new food vendor for the 2015 fair.

Jr. Fair board will be holding their first meeting of 2015 on Monday, Feb., 23rd in the Arts/Crafts Building from 8-9pm.  The Jr. Fair board is also applying for a Hardin Community Foundation Grant.  Nancy Rickenbacher noted all trophy letters have been mailed for donations. 

 

Under old business:  The Annual Consignment Sale is Saturday, March 14th starting at 9am.  Farm machinery items will be accepted on March 11th, 12 and 13th.  The deadline for consignment items to run in the paper is Monday, February 16th.

 

Under new business:  The OFMA District 1 & 2 Spring Meeting will be Saturday, April 11th at the Brugeman Lodge in Findlay, starting at 10:30am.  Lunch will follow and reservations need to be given to Judi by Friday, March 20th. 
Bumper stickers were discussed and it was decided to have a blue ribbon on them. 

 

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

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Arlington Uses Big Run To Get Past Falcons

The Arlington Red Devils used a 14-0 second-half run to defeat Riverdale 55-39 in Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball action Tuesday.

 

The Red Devils (9-7 overall, 6-3 BVC) and the Falcons (4-14, 4-6) were knotted at 34-all late in the third quarter, but Arlington put the next 14 points on the board to build a commanding 48-34 lead.

 

Matt Glick had 17 points for Arlington while Aaron Starr added 10. Grant Loveridge led the Falcons with 16 points while Noah Hough scored 13.

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Reward Offered For Information On Car Fire in McGuffey

The State Fire Marshall's Office is looking for the public's assistance regarding a car fire they say was intentionally set.
 

The fire occurred early this past Sunday morning on West Railroad Street in McGuffey, and Jerry Ault, Fire Chief in McGuffey, said the vehicle was a total loss. He said the vehicle was registered to a resident of Forest.
 

The State Fire Marshall's Office, which is assisting the McGuffey Fire Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office in the investigation, issued a release Monday announcing that a reward of up to $5000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fire.
 

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshall's Office at 1-800-589-2728.

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Kenton City Council Considering Business Incentive Plan

The City of Kenton is looking at incentives that they can offer potential businesses looking to locate in the area.

 

Jon Cross, President of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance presented the Kenton City Council with a Job Creation Tax Incentive program idea. The basic premise of the idea was for the city to set up tax incentives for businesses which would make Kenton a more attractive choice to locate. Cross said that the incentives could be tied to the number of jobs which would be created over a long period of time, and noted that many communities in Northwest Ohio, such as Defiance and Hicksville have such programs.

 

The council will be reviewing the proposal through the next several months to determine if it is viable for the city of Kenton.

Also at the meeting, the council approved a motion to accept bids on three properties, one on South High, one on Walnut, and one on Leighton Streets. The South High property was sold for $5000.00, the property on Walnut for $1300.00 and the property on Leighton Street sold for $100.00.

 

Captain Tony Hastings from the fire department also announced that Captain Tim Striker retired from the department earlier this month and Bruce Donnelly was selected to replace him. The department is actively reviewing candidates to fill the vacancy.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on February 23rd 2015 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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Real Estate Tax Due Wednesday in Hardin County

Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser has announced that the deadline to pay real estate tax bill is fast approaching.
 

The last day to pay real estate tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 11.
 

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday February 25, 2015.
 

If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.

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Arlington At Riverdale in Boy's Basketball Action Tonight on WKTN

The Arlington Red Devils make the trip to Riverdale to meet the Falcons in Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball action tonight.

 

The Red Devils are 8 and 7 overall and are 5 and 3 in the Blanchard Valley Conference. Arlington defeated North Baltimore 47 to 40 on Friday to snap a modest 2-game losing streak.

 

The Falcons are coming off a 51 to 44 win over Hardin Northern on Saturday. The victory snapped a 6-game losing streak for Riverdale and moved the Falcons to 4 and 13 overall. Riverdale is 4 and 5 in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

 

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

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Two Kenton Men Escape Injury After Buggy Was Struck By Car

There were no injuries after a car struck an Amish buggy on State Route 309 this morning.
 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a car being driven by Ashley Newman, of Kenton, was travelling west on 309 and failed to stop in time to avoid striking the buggy, which was westbound on 309 and being operated by Paul Lambright. He and a passenger on the buggy, Tobias Bontrager, refused treatment.
 

Newman was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start The Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are up to start the work week and above the national average.

 

The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.24 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 20 cents more than a week ago, but a $1.10 less than last year at this time.

 

The national average Monday was $2.18 per gallon, about 12 cents higher than a week ago. The national average last year at this time was $3.28 per gallon.

 

Analysts a say a rebound in the price of crude oil caused the increased prices at the pump.

 

Among Ohio's metropolitan areas, Youngstown has the lowest average at about $2.18 per gallon.

 

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

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Monday 02/09/15 School Delays

Ridgemont 2 hr delay

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Forest Christian Pre School 1 hr delay

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Trojans Outlast Wildcats 64-43

The Findlay Trojans defeated the Kenton Wildcats 64-43 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Trojans improve to 10-7 while the Wildcats fall to 4-14.

 

Five players scored between 8 and 14 points for Findlay. Colyn Blackford led Kenton with 14 points and 4 rebounds and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they host Bath in Western Buckeye League play. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Crash Damages Two Vehicles Friday Afternoon in Kenton

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Allison Herriott, of Van Buren, lost control of her car while turning left from Glendale Street onto Columbus Street. The car went left of center and struck a car being operated west on Columbus by 83 year old Carl Bushnell, of Kenton.

 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles. Herriott was cited for failure to control.

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Bridal And Prom Expo Set For Sunday in Upper Sandusky

The 4th Annual Bedazzled Bridal and Prom Expo will be held Sunday February 8 from 11:30am until 3:00pm.

 

Kathy Grasz, Executive Director of the Upper Sandusky Chamber of Commerce said the event will be held in the Master's Building at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, "We have over 35 exhibitors that will be coming in from all around our community that will be supporting that special day in every young woman's life, her wedding day."

 

She said the event will offer everything you need to plan that big event, "We have everything from venues to cakes, photographers, tuxedos, that will all have opportunity for them to talk to the actual small business owners, hear about the services they provide, and possibly do some booking for their special day."

 

Grasz added that in addition to weddings, the event will give you lots of ideas for other big events, "Let's say it's a 50th Anniversary or a retirement party, a bridal shower or baby shower, again you will be getting great ideas and opportunities to see some of the services that are out there and just keep you up to date on what's going on in the party planning business."

 

She said admission to the event is $7.00, "We do offer a dollar off coupon by going to uppersanduskychamber.com website, you can print off a dollar off coupon right there. We're also on Facebook if you wanted to share that, it's Bedazzled Expo on Facebook."

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Allemeier's 30 Points Lifts Elida Past Kenton

Austin Allemeier scored 30 points to lift the Elida Bulldogs past the Kenton Wildcats 63-52 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday at the Elida Fieldhouse.

 

Allemeier made 11 of his 16 tries from the field and knocked down 6 of his 9 attempts from beyond the three-point line for the Bulldogs (7-8 overall, 4-2 WBL).

 

Kenton (4-13, 0-6) got 14 points and 6 steals from Colyn Blackford while Trevor Downing added 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Austin Phillips chipped in with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for the Cats.

 

Downing was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats host Findlay on Saturday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.

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Woman Struck By Car in Kenton Crosswalk

A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a car in crosswalk in downtown Kenton late Thursday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 44 year old Dawn Murphy was legally crossing Franklin Street when she was struck by the car driven by 66 year old Carol Pleasant, of Kenton, who was turning from Detroit Street onto Franklin.
 

Murphy was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP with non-life threatening injuries.
 

Pleasant was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

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Several Items Stolen From Vehicles in Kenton

Several vehicles were entered and items were stolen from inside.
Reports came into the Kenton Police Department Thursday morning from residents on Cherry, East Ohio, Wayne and High Streets.
 

In most cases, the doors on the vehicles were unlocked.

 

In one incident, a Hardin County Sheriff's Office cruiser parked on Cherry Street was damaged.
 

According to the report, the passenger side front door handle was broken off the vehicle.
 

No other damage was observed, and entry was not gained to the cruiser.

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One Person Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, John D. Symonds was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of possession of heroin.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Relay For Life Kick-Off Event Scheduled For February 11

 

 

A kick-off event for the 10th Anniversary of Hardin County's Relay For Life will be held February 11.

 

Sponsorship Committee member Tina Sams said the event will be held at Harco Industries in Kenton from 6-7pm, "They will be able to meet the teams, and also get an idea on how to form a team, plus get some fundraising ideas as well."

 

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

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Kenton Boys Team At Elida Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats begin a challenging final month of the regular season this evening when they travel to Elida.

 

Tonight begins a tough February portion of the schedule for the Wildcats. The Cats are 4 and 12 overall, including 0 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League, and will be severely tested over their final 6 games. Kenton's final six opponents are a combined 58 and 32 for the season. The final half-dozen teams on the slate for the Cats include a pair of state-ranked teams and two teams that are currently leading their respective leagues. Four of Kenton's final six opponents currently have winning records, and the surging Elida Bulldogs may finish over .500 when things are all said and done.

 

Elida lost its first 5 games of the season but has been playing its best basketball of late. The Bulldogs have won 6 of their last 9 games and are 6 and 8 overall for the season, clawing out a respectable 3 and 2 record in the Western Buckeye League along the way.

 

On Saturday, the Cats will host Findlay in non-league action. This is a pivotal contest for the Trojans, who are 8 and 7 on the season. Findlay must win 4 of its final 7 games to clinch its 16th straight winning season.

 

WKTN will have all the action live, both tonight from the Elida Fieldhouse and on Saturday at Kenton High School. The pregame show should start around 7:30 p.m. on both nights.

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Poor Third Quarter Costs Lady Wildcats In Loss To Elida

A poor third quarter doomed the Kenton Lady Wildcats in a 63-45 loss to Elida Thursday.

 

Kenton led 10-5 in the early going, but the Bulldogs used a 13-0 run to take an eight-point lead early in the second quarter. The Lady Wildcats fought back and pulled to within 31-27 at halftime.

 

However, the third quarter belonged to Elida as the Bulldogs outscored the Cats 17-2 to build an insurmountable 48-29 advantage. Kenton continued to fight in the fourth quarter, outscoring Elida 16-15 over the final eight minutes, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs posted the 18-point victory.

 

Five-foot 10-inch freshman Shyah Wheeler led a balanced Elida attack with 18 points. Jenna Moore had 11 points to lead the Lady Wildcats.

 

Elida improves to 7-12 overall and 3-4 in the Western Buckeye League while Kenton slips to 4-14 overall and 1 and 6 in league play.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they make the trip to Marion to take on River Valley.

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Budget Officials Release Preliminary School District Funding Formulas

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State budget officials have released preliminary school district-by-school district allotments as they stand under Governor John Kasich's changes to school funding formulas.

 

Kasich's budget proposal increases education funding by $700 million but more than half of the state's public school districts are getting less money because of the formula changes.

 

Kenton City Schools is the only district in Hardin County that would see an increase in funding. The district stands to get a 16.2% increase over the next two fiscal years.

 

Ada, Hardin Northern, Ridgemont, Riverdale and Upper Scioto Valley would all get a slight decrease in funding under the proposed formula changes.

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Only One Contested Race On May Ballot

A special Republican Primary will be held May 5 after Wednesday's filing deadline passed.
 

The only contested race on the ballot is for Kenton Mayor, where incumbent Mayor Randy Manns will be challenged by Republican Tom Taylor.
 

The winner will so far face one non-party candidate in the fall. The deadline for non-party candidates to file is May 4.
There is one money issue on the ballot this May, that is the Ridgemont Schools 3/4 percent income tax renewal levy for current expenses.
 

Board of Elections Director Sandy Bookmyer said there will be eight precincts open for the primary election.

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School delays for Thursday, February 5th 2015

 

 

Kenton 2 hr delay

Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay.

USV 2 hr delay

Ridgemont CLOSED

Upper Sandusky CLOSED

Riverdale 2 hr delay

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

Ohio Hi Pt Career Center 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco Industries will be on a two hour delay. Alternative schedule for preschool.

Kenton 1 and 3 head Start no morning bus/ walk ins only

Forest Chrstian Pre School 1 hr delay

First United Methodist Pre School is CLOSED

McGuffey Head Start no morning bus open for walk ins only

Hardin County Council on Aging is CLOSED

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Kenton Man Arrested Following Hit/Skip Crash

A Kenton man was arrested following a hit/skip crash that occurred Tuesday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were informed that a vehicle travelling north on Oriental Street sideswiped a parked car, and the driver then left the scene.
 

The suspect, identified as 69 year old Robert Clark, was located later and arrested on charges of assault and failure to comply with order or signal of a peace officer.

 

In the traffic offense, he was cited for failure to report an accident.

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Armed Robbery Reported On Main Street in Kenton

An armed robbery was reported by a resident on South Main Street in Kenton Tuesday evening.
 

According to the report, the incident occurred in the 700 block of Main, where $800 was stolen.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

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City of Kenton Begins Process For Performance Audit

The City of Kenton is beginning the process of conducting a performance audit of city services.

 

At the last Kenton City Council meeting, the council approved a measure to fund a performance audit for $35,000.00. The audit itself will be conducted by members of the State Auditor's Office, and members of that office met with the Kenton Council Finance Committee Tuesday night to review the next steps.

Councilman Brian Hattery mentioned that the audit itself would review the operations of the police department, fire department and the streets departments, and Councilman Tom Taylor reiterated previous comments on the matter by saying that the council wanted an impartial view of operations as they prepare for the 2016 city budget negotiations later this year.

 

Mike Day from the state auditor's office stated that after the agreement is signed, the auditors will meet with the heads of each department and other employees and begin planning the entire scope of the audit. In this process, the auditors will review staffing, budget issues, and scheduling as well as determining other cities which can be used as peer cities to Kenton for comparison. After that process, which takes around one month or so, the auditors will review operations in Kenton. Day mentioned that the final report will be made available to the city in nine months if not sooner, and that his department will be holding regular status updates with city officials throughout the process.

 

Council President Joel Althauser said that, in spite of his earlier veto of the measure, Mayor Randy Manns was on board with the audit and the administration would be working to provide the auditors with any materials they would need.

 

"While there has been some trepidation on this issue, we all know that our purpose here is to help educate ourselves and validate our operations. We would just like to know the things that we can improve on and the things we are doing right." said Althauser.

 

The agreement on the audit will be finalized later this week, and the initial meetings are slated to begin in the next two weeks.

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Seven Kenton Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent

National Signing Day for high school athletes was held this morning at Kenton High School.

 

The seven student athletes sign their letters of intent 

 

Seven student athletes were recognized for their achievements in high school sports at Kenton, and all seven signed letters of intent to continue their sports careers at the college level.

 

Kaylee Burd with parents Shane and Jacinta Burd and Coach Bill Lawrence

 

For Softball, Kaylee Burd signed a letter to play at Cuyahoga Community College and Kenton Softball Coach Bill Lawrence said that Burd will be ready to move on to the college level.

 

"It's a big day for Kaylee. She's done a great job for our program. She's been with me since freshman year and worked very hard. She's one of those girls that lives in the gym in the off season and prepares all season long. We're very proud of her today. It means a lot for our program" said Lawrence.

 

Burd won All-League honors in the WBL in both her Sophomore and Junior Years.

 

Larry Wells with parents Karla and Jeff Wells, Larry Wells Senior and Coach Brent Fackler.

 

Five football players also signed letters of intent. Larry Wells to Purdue University, Seth Kuhlman to the University of Findlay, and Tristan Reichelderfer, Austin Phillips and Trevor and Travis Downing all signed letters for Ashland University. Kenton High School Coach Brent Fackler said that all will be credits to their programs.

 

Seth Kuhlman with parents Shannon and Scott Kuhlman and Coach Brent Fackler.

 

"It means the guys have put in a lot of hard work over their four years here. Not only have they worked hard but they've competed at a high level and have been very successful as players and as student athletes. I know we have a couple more that might be coming down the road that will be going on this year too but it just says a lot about the hard work that these young men put in every day that people don't see." said Fackler.

 

Tristan Reichelderfer with parents Davius and Jeff Reichelderfer and Coach Brent Fackler.

 

 

Austin Phillips with parents Doug and Deb Phillips and Coach Brent Fackler.

 

Trevor and Travis Downing with parents Chuck and Peggy Downing with Coach Brent Fackler.

 

Kenton Wildcats went 11-3 last season and won the school's 3rd regional title in 4 seasons. Over the past 4 seasons, the Cats have won 3 regional titles and 2 Western Buckeye League championships.

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USV Halts Ada's Win Streak, Drops Bulldogs 56-36

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams put an end to Ada's 9-game win streak on Tuesday as they handed the Bulldogs a 56-36 defeat in girls basketball action at Alumni Fieldhouse.

 

The Rams (16-2) led 14-6 after one quarter and 24-22 at the half. The Bulldogs (15-4) surged to the lead in the third quarter, but Upper Scioto Valley used a late burst in the period to take a 38-30 into the fourth quarter. It was all USV over the final 8 minutes as the Rams outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 to secure the win.

 

Tori Wyss and Lindsay Walden had 10 points each for the Bulldogs. The Rams were led by Bree Mullins, who scored a game-high 18 points. Shelby Spradlin added 14 points while Emily Patton scored 11.

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Kenton Man Charged With Assault Arraigned in Municipal Court

A Kenton man, who is charged with assault, made an initial appearance in Hardin County Municipal Court this morning.

 

David Bates was charged with the first degree misdemeanor offense after allegedly throwing an object at a Kenton firefighter who was on scene to extinguish a fire at Bates home on North Street early Sunday morning.

 

Bates appeared by video from the Multi-County Jail in Marion where he is currently being held.

Judge Gregory Grimslid set bond at $2500 cash or surety at the recommendation of City Prosecutor Jason Miller, who told the Court Bates has 28 prior cases, including an assault on a peace officer. Miller stated that Bates was intoxicated at the time of the offense this past Sunday morning when the latest offense occurred.

 

That prompted Bates' wife Vicky to speak up telling the judge her husband was not drunk but was having seizures all day. Judge Grimslid informed her that they were not there to hear the facts of the case, only to set bond. Another member of the audience, who said he was Bates pastor told the Court that he was told by Jason Miller that Bates would receive an own recognizance bond prompting Judge Grimslid to say, "That's up to me."

 

The trial date was then set for March 2.

 

The fire at 517 West North Street caused an estimated $8000 in damage to the home, and the Kenton Fire Department listed the fire as accident/unintentional in nature.

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Forest Business Damaged By Fire

The Forest Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 1800 block of Township Road 195 around 11:45 Monday morning.
 

The business at that address is listed as Jolly's Corn, but no other information is available at this time.

 

The Kenton Fire Department provided mutual assistance.

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Driver Uninjured in Roll Over Crash

A West Mansfield man escaped injury in a one vehicle accident that occurred Monday afternoon.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 62 year old Larry Rasey was travelling south on County Road 45 in Marion Township when his vehicle slid on the ice. The van went off the right side of the road and turned over, coming to rest on the driver's side.
 

Damage was listed as minor.

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Ada Visits USV in Girl's Basketball Action Tonight

Two of the best girls basketball teams in Northwest Ohio will square off tonight as the Ada Bulldogs travel to Alumni Fieldhouse to take on the Upper Scioto Valley Rams.

 

The Bulldogs are red hot, having won their last 9 games. Tori Wyss averages just under 15 points a game to lead a balanced Ada attack. Six players average at least 5 points a game for the Bulldogs, who are 15-3 this season.
 

The Rams won their first 13 games and bring a 15 and 2 mark into tonight’s game. Emily Patton leads Upper Scioto Valley in scoring at 19.5 points a game while Shelby Spradlin averages 16.5 points a game, with three other Rams scoring better than 6 points a contest.

 

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

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OSP Urges Motorists To Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

The Ohio State Patrol is reminding motorists to follow Ohio's Move Over Law.

 

According to a release from the Ohio State Patrol, last month, a trooper was struck by a vehicle as he was standing outside of his cruiser while responding to a crash on the side of Interstate 475. He sustained non-life threatening injuries, but he was knocked over a guardrail and fell into a steep ditch. He had to be pulled to safety by a rope.

 

Hundreds of people are killed or injured each year after pulling over to the side of a road and subsequently getting struck by another vehicle. The Ohio State Patrol is asking motorists to help keep fellow drivers as well as law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio's Move Over Law.

 

The law requires all drivers to move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.

 

Findlay Post Commander, Lt. Matt Crow said, "it's not just the law, it's the right thing to do." He added, "By moving over, motorists are helping to protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways."

 

The reminder to Move Over is part of the Patrol's Safe Driving Awareness Month in February.

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School delays for Tuesday, February 3rd 2015

The following schools will be delayed on Tuesday, February 3rd 2015.

 

Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay.

Riverdale 2 hr delay

Forest Christian Preschool will be on a one hour delay.

 

 

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Close Results on Visitor Poll Question

Visitor Poll voters were almost evenly split on President Obama's idea to raise taxes on wealthier Americans in order to give a tax break to the Middle Class.

 

The results show 55% of the voters support the idea, while the remaining 45% do not.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Not A Major Snow But Enough To Cause Problems

We're not digging out from the foot or more of snow that was forecast over the weekend, but what did fall caused some travel issues for Hardin County motorists.
 

There were several minor mishaps reported to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office as a result.
 

The most serious occurred Sunday evening on State Route 81 in Jackson Township.
 

According to the report, 41 year old Michael Miller, of Dunkirk, lost control of his car while driving east on 81. The car ended up off the east side of 81 and rolled over before coming to rest.
 

Miller and a passenger were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Several Fires Keep Kenton Firefighters Busy

The Kenton Fire Department had a busy Sunday, as they were called out three times during the day.

 

According to information from the department, firefighters were called out first around 2:45 Sunday morning to extinguish a house fire at 517 West North Street. The home was occupied by Vicky Bates, and the fire caused an estimated eight thousand dollars in damage. There were no injuries and the McGuffey Fire Department was called to assist. The blaze and remains under investigation.

 

 

Then Sunday evening, firefighters were called to the 16,000 block of County Road 120 to a chimney fire. resulting in minor damage. Firefighters were on the scene for a short time.

 

 

Finally, the department was dispatched to Blanchard Place on Richard Lane just before 8:30 Sunday night. A heater shorted out resulting in a small fire that was extinguished prior to firefighters arriving.

 

Residents in that section of the building were evacuated to another section of the building, and firefighters were on the scene for around an hour.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up To Start The Work Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week.

 

The state's average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.04 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 15 cents higher than a week ago but nearly $1.30 less than a year ago at this time.

 

Ohio came in a few cents under the national average of $2.06 on Monday. That's up 3 cents from a week ago but $1.22 cheaper than a year ago.

 

The state average had dropped below $2 in recent weeks for the first time in more than five years, but analysts predicted increases due to rising costs of crude oil.

 

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

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School delays and cancellations for Monday

 

Kenton CLOSED

Ada CLOSED

Upper Sandusky CLOSED

Ridgemont CLOSED

Riverdale CLOSED

Hardin Northern CLOSED

USV CLOSED

Ohio Hi Pt 2 hr delay

 

Rhodes State College 2 hr delay

Ohio Northern in Ada 2 hr delay

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

Simon Kenton CLOSED   /  Harco Ind open for walk ins at 10

Forest Christian Preschool CLOSED

McGuffey Head Start CLOSED

Hardin County Council on Aging CLOSED

Forest Head Start CLOSED

 

 

Ferguson Ins in Ada is CLOSED

Kenton Middle School Science Fair cancelled for today. Will be rescheduled for Monday, February 9.

Kenton Band Boosters Trip Meeting scheduled for 7:00 tonight cancelled.  Rescheduled for Monday, Feb 9 at 6:00 in cafeteria

Tops 434 meeting scheduled for 1:00 today cancelled

Forest-Jackson Public Library will close @ 5:00 pm today.  Monday FUNDday is cancelled.

Kenton Middle School boys basketball at USV cancelled

Kenton Freshman Boys basketball @ Wapakoneta still on schedule for 6:00.

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