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Driver Avoids Deer, But Ends Up Rolling Car

Two people escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Saturday on Township Road 100 in Marion Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 21 year old Charles Hinkle was driving west on 100 when a deer entered the roadway. Hinkle swerved to avoid hitting the animal, and the car went off the left side of the road. Hinkle over corrected, and the car ended up off the right side of the road where it travelled into the ditch and rolled over coming to rest on its wheels.
 

The driver and one passenger, 21 year old Carly Leiter, also of McGuffey, were the only occupants in the car, which was heavily damaged.

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Something Has Been Stolen From A Vast Majority According To Poll

Something being stolen from people is as common as you might expect.

 

The Visitor Poll question backs that up by revealing that 93% said something has been stolen from them.

 

Only 7% said nothing has been stolen from them.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Flood Control Plan in Findlay Upsets Farmers

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - A federal agency's plan for reducing repeated river flooding that has caused millions of dollars of damage over the years in northwestern Ohio has upset some area farmers.

 

The U.S. Corps of Engineers has proposed spending more than $60 million to reduce flooding along the Blanchard River. The current plan calls for building a nearly 10-mile channel to divert water away from downtown Findlay.

 

But farmers at a recent public meeting told the Corps the plan would transfer the problem to landowners along the diversion channel.

 

The Corps dropped an earlier plan to build a levee near the city's reservoir. Some farmers have urged dredging and cleaning the river of trees and other obstacles. But the Corps says dredging and deepening the river would cause environmental damage among other problems.

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Ohio Receives Over $18M in Funding To Help Small Businesses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than $18.7 million in federal funding to help small businesses has been awarded to Ohio.

 

The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced the State Small Business Credit Initiative funding to help small businesses access capital for job growth and creation.

 

To date, more than $55 million in initiative funds have been disbursed to the Ohio Development Services Agency to support small businesses and the local economy.

 

The initiative's director says small businesses are the nation's leading job creators. Director Jeffrey Stout says the initiative connects sources of capital to the businesses that need them.

 

The program's most recent quarterly report shows Ohio has deployed more than $33 million in initiative funds. Through 2014, Ohio business owners reported the program would help them create or retain nearly 7,000 jobs

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Oldaker Manufacturing in Dunkirk Destroyed By Fire

 

 

 

Fire destroyed the Oldaker Manufacturing business in Dunkirk Saturday.

 

Dunkirk Fire Chief Ron Dysert said crews were dispatched around 7 Saturday morning, "Upon arrival we had flames through the roof on what we call the C side, which is the west side of the building. It was already through the roof basically. The whole back in was lit up, and we basically went to a defensive mode at the time and called for our mutual aid."

 

He said they're in the process of figuring out what caused the blaze, "The county investigator is here. I also called the state investigator just to find out since it was a business, and it was operational, so we want to try to figure out what happened."

 

 

Oldaker Manufacturing owner Pat Ream said it's a sad day for him, "We've been here in this building since 1961 and everything's gone. I don't know what we'll do. I don't know whether we'll rebuild or whether we're out of business at this point I don't know. I just have to check and see."

 

Ream said his business employed seven people. Like the fire department he said it's too soon to determine what caused the fire, but he does have his suspicions, "It started in the west end of the building, and I'm guessing at this point it looks to me like it might have possibly been wiring, but I'm kind of premature on that, because I don't know, but there was a lot of old wiring in that building and that type of thing."

 

 

 

Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton, Ada, Forest and Arlington Fire Departments.

 

One firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

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Cavaliers Defeat Wildcats In Season Opener

 

 

The Coldwater Cavaliers picked up in 2015 where they left off in 2014.

 

The defending state champions put on an impressive display in Friday's season opener, scoring touchdowns on its first five possessions en route to a 42-0 win over the Kenton Wildcats at Cavalier Stadium.

 

Jack Hemmelgarn threw three touchdown passes for the Cavaliers, who outgained the Wildcats 398-150 for the game.

 

Trent Hites, who accounted for all of Kenton's yards via the run and the pass, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats return to the gridiron Friday when they host Defiance in their Western Buckeye League opener. The pregame show on WKTN will begin at 6:40 p.m., with the opening kickoff set for 7 p.m.

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Friday Night Scores

Week One Scores

 

Kenton 0 Coldwater 42

 

Arlington 0 Anna 7

Bellefountaine 0 Wapak 33

Celina 28 Versailles 7

Delhos Jefferson 49 Shawnee 0

Delphos St. John's 17 Bath 35

Lima Centeral Catholic 14 Elida 52

Oak Harbor 0 Ottawa-Glandorf 36

Van Wert 42 Bryan 14

Cardington-Lincoln 14 North Union 21

Vanlue 12 Ridgemont 43

Ben Logan 47 Fairbanks 7

Ada 69 Upper Scioto Valley 21

Carey 48 Riverdale 14

River Valle 32 Upper Sundusky 7

 

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Four Men Injured After Falling From Roof

Four Amish men were injured after they fell off a roof late this morning.

 

The incident occurred during a barn raising taking place on County Road 200 in Taylor Creek Township.

 

One man is being transported to an undisclosed hospital by helicopter. The extent of his injuries is not being released.

 

The three other men received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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Early Release Denied For Man Who Was 15 When He Set Fatal Fire

A request for judicial release for a man who set a fire in 2009 that claimed the life of his stepfather was denied Thursday afternoon in the Juvenile Division of Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Public Defender Sheryl Trazaska made the request to release Robert Fortner Junior after he served a year and a half in the Department of Youth Services for setting the fire at a house on Walnut Street in December of 2009 when he was 15 years old. His step-father Gary Wells Junior died in the fire. His mother Sarah Wells and brother Derrick Fortner escaped the house.

 

Fortner was charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault. He admitted to the offenses and in October of 2013, then Judge James Rapp placed him in a treatment facility in lieu of time in the Department of Youth Services.

 

By February 2014, Fortner was back in court for violating terms of the treatment facility and Judge Rapp then ordered Fortner to serve out the balance of his time in D.Y.S. until he is 21 years of age.

 

In requesting early release, Trazaska said Fortner has made progress and the number of offenses committed in D.Y.S. has been diminishing. She noted also that Fortner has completed high school and is taking online college classes and getting good grades.

 

Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick however noted that Fortner has not been rehabilitated and has not even shown remorse for his actions. She noted that on some days, Fortner admits to setting the fire, and also denies his actions on other days. She argued early release would not be in the public interest and safety.

 

Judge Steve Christopher noted that Fortner has made progress and should be recognized for his efforts, but ruled that Fortner is not a good candidate for early release. The judge ruled that Fortner serve out his time in D.Y.S. noting that letting him out now would undermine the seriousness of the crime.

 

Fortner will be released when he turns 21 in November of 2016.

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Six People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

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

 

.Joshua O. Spradling was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of aggravated burglary.

 

.Brad F. Jacques was sentenced to seven months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.

 

The following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Shaylee Jo Gradick on one count each of possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin.

 

.Timothy C. Pratt II on one count of trafficking in heroin.

 

.Destyn C. Jordan on one count of domestic violence.

 

.Deborah l. Hudson was placed on tow years community control with conditions on one count of obstructing official business.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Michael's Mission Drug Awareness Rally Scheduled

A drug awareness rally is scheduled to take place Saturday.

 

Organizer Jawna Ferrell said it will take place from 1-4 Saturday afternoon on the north side of the Hardin County Courthouse, "We will have a deejay there who's going to play music. We want it to be a fun event, but yet informative. We have Hope Over Heroin that's going to be there and Celebrate Recovery, and we do have a guest speaker. Her name is Misty Clyborn, and she is going to share her story through her addiction and how she overcame it and all the obstacles that she had to overcome."

 

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

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Area Teams Ready For High School Football

The 2015 high school football season kicks off tonight on WKTN as the Kenton Wildcats travel to Coldwater to take on the Cavaliers.

 

Three of the certainties in Northwest Ohio are death, taxes, and Coldwater fielding a strong football team. The Cavaliers went 14 and 1 last season on their way to winning their 3rd straight state title. Coldwater has appeared in the last six Division 5 state title games and have won state titles in four of the past eight seasons.

 

Of course, the Kenton Wildcats have established quite a winning tradition of their own over the past several decades. The Cats have not had a losing season on the gridiron since 1992 and finished 11 and 3 last year, grabbing the school's 3rd regional title in the past 4 seasons in the process.

 

However, it will be an inexperienced group of Wildcats making the trip to Coldwater tonight - the Cats lost 17 starters to graduation from last season's squad that was the runner-up in the Western Buckeye League.

 

WKTN will have all the action tonight live from Cavalier Stadium in Coldwater. The pregame show starts at 7:10 p.m., with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

 

In other games involving Hardin County teams tonight, Ada visits Upper Scioto Valley; Riverdale hosts Carey; and Ridgemont entertains Vanlue.

 

On Saturday afternoon, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears open up their season when they travel to Bealsville.

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Records: Parents of Slain Ohio Boys Rejected State Care Plan

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Records show the parents of three young boys whose mother is suspected of suffocating them rejected Ohio's care plan for the family earlier this year.

 

The records show Joseph and Brittany Pilkington refused to sign a copy of the June 12 plan crafted by Logan County Children's Services for the couple's 3-year-old daughter and baby son.

 

Records released Thursday also show there were no concerns for either parent's cognitive or physical abilities and no history of violence at their home in Bellefontaine.

 

Authorities say Brittany Pilkington confessed to killing the baby and two other sons in the past year out of jealousy at her husband. Aggravated-murder charges against her carry the possibility of a death sentence. A lawyer has entered not guilty pleas for her.

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5K Benefit Race Scheduled For Saturday

A 5K benefit race is scheduled for this Saturday.

 

The group Never Stop Running is holding the race this coming Saturday morning starting at 9 at the Roundhead Park.

Group Founder Travis Compton talks about who the fundraiser is being held for, "The benefit run is for David Holbrook, because he's had a couple of back surgeries, and I just thought it would be nice to raise some money for him, because they need it right now.

 

That's what it's about. "He said participants of this coming Saturday's race are being asked to make a small donation, "Just $10, and the group Never Stop Running will donate the proceeds to the Holbrook family. Our club meets every Saturday morning at 9am. Anybody can come out and run or walk if you want to."

 

Compton also talked about why he started Never Stop Running, "I just started the club because I really like to run, and I like to see other people out running. It gets people in shape and makes them healthier, so I like to do stuff like that."

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Funds Sought To Mark 3 Boys' Graves; Mom Charged in Deaths

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A former classmate of the Ohio mother suspected of suffocating her three young sons is collecting donations in hopes of providing markers for their graves.

 

The 4-year-old Gavin Pilkington, who died in April, has an unmarked grave, just like his 3-month-old brother, Noah, who was buried Wednesday. Another infant brother, Niall, died last year and has only a dirty metal nameplate at his plot.

 

The fundraiser, Ashley McLaughlin, says she wants to ensure there are headstones honoring the boys' lives if their surviving sister visits the cemetery to find them when she's older.

 

Authorities say their mother, 23-year-old Brittany Pilkington, confessed to killing the boys. She's charged with murder and pleaded not guilty.

 

She was jailed in Bellefontaine on $1 million bond.

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Ben Logan Prevails in Boys Golf

Ben Logan boys golf defeated Indian Lake Wednesday night at Liberty Hills 170-204.
 

The Raiders were led by Grant Ricketts with a 36. Colin Headings followed with a 37. It was Colin's first time breaking 40. He has so much potential I was so pleased to see him come thru. I hope this is the start of many more sub 40's to come. Jared Sater shot 48, and Mitchell Fink and Garrett Allen added 49's. Daniel Meier saw his first varsity action and shot 50.
 

Indian Lake JV's didn't field a team so the Raiders played solo. Will Kennoyer led the team with a 45, followed by Justin Watkins with a 46, Arie Pequignot 48, Jack Robinson 49, and Drew Wasson 56.
 

Coach Chris Conley said "Grant struck the ball well all night but couldn't get a putt to drop. All in all it was a good night. We're making progress and have some key matches coming up next week. We'll have a couple practices then get ready for Graham next Tuesday at Liberty Hills."

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15 Year Old Boy Accused of Stealing Vodka

A 15 year old Kenton boy is facing theft charges after allegedly shoplifting a bottle of vodka.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an employee of Village Pantry reported the incident Tuesday afternoon. A customer in the store informed the employee that he witnessed the boy take the vodka. The suspect was stopped outside the store and was asked to lift his shirt, which revealed the bottle of vodka.
 

The boy fled on foot before police arrived, and he was located later near his residence on South Leighton Street.

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Staff Moving Into New Ridgemont School Building

Ridgemont's 7-12th grade Visual Arts Teacher, Marianne Galyk moving into her classroom

 

The first day of school for Ridgemont is not until September 15, but the staff has been unpacking classroom items this week at the new building.

 

Ridgemont Superintendent Emmy Beeson said items to be unpacked in the new classrooms actually were moved in starting last week, "Our custodial crew, with the help of our project manager, moved in about a 1000 boxes last week, and teacher came in Monday to start unpacking and kind of visualize their spaces and see how they're going to work with kids this year. Everybody has been super happy."

 

She said teachers were able to see the new building early on during the construction, but this week has been the first time they've been able to see the new building as classrooms, "There's been a lot of smiles. There's been some tears from people who are so grateful for what this building is going to allow us to do for our students."

 

The superintendent added that while it will be different having everyone under the same roof, they are prepared because they've been planning for it for some time, "We're doing a lot of work for co-teaching and collaborating so that our high school classes are working with our elementary students. we're really excited about multi age work and multi disciplinary work with our students."

 

Beeson said students will be surprised by how the building looks and how it functions, "This is not a typical school building. it's not a traditional looking school building, and so I think the students are going to be really excited about the amount of daylight, the amount of variety of student seating, soft seating, just different spaces here that you won't see in every school. It's going to be a great first day."

 

Beeson added that a parent open house will be held Monday September 14 from 5-7pm, "Because we think it's really important that the parents get to see and visualize where their students, where their children will be spending time. We will hold a building dedication later on once we get settled into the building, but right now we will hold an open house so people can see all the spaces."

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Funeral Held For Ohio Baby Prosecutors Say Was Suffocated

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A funeral service was held for a baby who prosecutors say was suffocated by his mother along with his two brothers over a period of 13 months.

 

Three-month-old Noah Pilkington was found dead at his parents' apartment Aug. 18 in Bellefontaine.

 

Services were held at a Bellefontaine funeral home Wednesday afternoon, a day after Noah's mother, Brittany Pilkington, was indicted on aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.

 

The 23-year-old mother is in Logan County Jail on $1 million bond. Police and prosecutors say she confessed the day Noah died to killing him, a 4-year-old brother in April and a baby brother last July.

 

Authorities say Brittany Pilkington was jealous at the attention her husband paid the boys.

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Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Like New Kickoff Time For WBL Games

By a two to one margin, Visitor Poll voters like the new earlier kickoff times for Western Buckeye League football games this season.

 

Of those responding, 68% said they prefer the 7:00pm kickoff time for games, while 32% said they prefer the 7:30pm kickoff times.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Marion Woman Killed, Another Critically Injured in Monday Night Crash

A Marion woman died in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 10:40 Monday night in the 21,000 block of State Route 309 in Goshen Township.

 

According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, an eastbound vehicle went off the left side of the road, rolled over multiple times and came to rest in the westbound ditch.

 

Lauren Sparling was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. Another person in the vehicle, Shelby Sparling, also of Marion, was transported by Lifeflight Helicopter to Grant Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Neither crash victim was wearing seatbelts and both were ejected from the vehicle.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team.

 

The Kenton and Marseilles Fire Departments, BKP Ambulance and Osborn's Towing assisted at the scene.

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Kenton City Council Hears About Job Growth and Opportunities On the Horizon in Hardin County

The Kenton City Council met Monday evening for its 16th regular session. Council President Joel Althauser called the meeting to order and all council members were in attendance.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved before the council moved on to legislative measures.

 

The ordinance to approve the transfer of the former Espy School property from a residential district to a business one passed 7-0 at its third reading. Three other ordinances moved to second and third readings, respectively.

 

During committee reports, Director of Law John Schwemer further discussed the pending legislation for the Job Creation Incentive Program. Schwemer mentioned the importance for the council to take their time writing and tweaking the legislation. The program, once in place, will benefit existing and new businesses in the city with credits towards taxes for meeting the requirements of the plan. Schwemer also mentioned that although it will take awhile for the credits to become evident as this is "new money", as long as the businesses continue to meet the requirements, the necessary money will be built into the budget year after year.

 

In other reports, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jon Cross, explained to council the chamber's vision for the future of Hardin County jobs. He presented a three-tiered plan with the main components as #1 - attracting and maintaining a labor pool, #2 - creating and maintaining new jobs, and #3 - improving the quality of life for county residents. According to Cross, if the first two tiers are met, the rest will "fall into place". Cross also informed council of a Career Expo, to be held on Friday, September 25, from 9am-1pm at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office Community Room. This fair is a collaboration between the Chamber, Ohio Means Jobs, Hardin County Job and Family Services, and the Ada Chamber of Commerce. It is free for businesses to participate in the expo; any interested business owners should contact the Hardin County Chamber for more information and to register.

 

The Kenton City Council will meet next on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 7:00pm at the City Building.

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Grand Jury Gets Case of Ohio Mother Accused of Killing Sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury is weighing possible new charges against Bellefontaine woman accused of killing her three sons because authorities say she was jealous of the attention her husband paid them.

 

Brittany Pilkington is being held on preliminary murder charges in Logan County Jail in Bellefontaine on $1 million bond.

 

Investigators say the 23-year-old smothered two sons, one in July 2014 and the other on April 6. Authorities took custody of her third son after he was born three months ago, but a judge allowed him to be returned home because there wasn't conclusive evidence the first two boys had been killed. The third son died Aug. 18.

 

Pilkington hasn't been required to enter a plea yet. The grand jury was expected to meet Tuesday afternoon.

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Health Department Orders Restaurants in Forest Closed Due To Water Main Break

The Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants in Forest to close due to a water main break in the village.

 

The order will be in effect until further notice.

 

Martin's Meat Mart is prohibited from selling hot food and fountain pop, but prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks can continue to be served.

 

The Health Department is advising citizens of Forest to use bottled water for sanitation and cooking purposes in their homes until further notice.

 

Once the break in repaired and water turned back on, a boil water advisory will be necessary.

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Not Many Details Available on Car Pedestrian Accident

A report of a car verses pedestrian was taken by the Kenton Police Department around 11:45 Sunday night.
 

According to the report at the police department, 9-1-1 reported that the incident occurred in the 200 block of East Columbus Street.
 

Upon arrival of officers, a male, identified in the report as 14 year old Braxton Klesmit, of Kenton,  was observed laying in the west turn lane of Columbus Street, and a tan Buick with a broken windshield was observed sitting just to the north.
 

Klesmit was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.
 

No other information is available at this time.

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Car Strikes Power Pole; Driver Uninjured

A North Carolina woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 21 year old Nicole Glaza was driving west on State Route 309 and her GPS unit announced to make a right turn. She was going to fast to properly make the turn and her car left the roadway and struck a power pole causing heavy damage.

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Ben Logan Golf Team Competes in Arrow Invitational

Benjamin Logan boys golf traveled to Springfield Sat to play in the Arrow Invitational at Windy Knoll.

 

The boys shot 351 and finished 12th in the 20 team field.

 

A spot was open in Ben Logan's schedule and the tam decided to give it a try. The competition was great and the course gives everyone a challenge. Many large schools were there so I had no expectation of finishing well.

 

Conditions were great weather wise but the course was hard and fast. You could get extra yards off the tee but that also led to shots going out of bounds.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "We had our share of penalty strokes but I'm sure most teams did."

 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders with a 73 and a tie for 5th as an individual. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 89, Colin Headings 91, Garrett Allen 98, and Jared Sater 103. I was really pleased with everyone but especially with Colin. I witnessed 2 of his tee shots going out of bounds by inches yet he held it together and shot a decent score. Springboro won the event as expected finishing in the top 10 in the state the last 2 years.
 

The coach added, "We'll regroup and get ready for an important match against Greenon next Tuesday at Liberty Hills. All in all I'm pleased with our teams progress and feel like we are getting close to our potential."

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State: Brown Water in Hancock County Village Is Safe To Drink

MCCOMB, Ohio (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says tap water in a Hancock County village is OK to drink despite its brownish color.
 
Tests in recent weeks have shown that McComb's tap water is safe, but EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce acknowledges the water is "obviously very unappealing."
 
The village is battling the mineral Manganese at its 15-year-old water-treatment plant and coming from its drinking water source.
 
Officials say the village is giving away free bottles of water to its customers and plans to do so every Tuesday and Thursday until the issue is fixed.
 

The brown water issue is slated for discussion at its next village council meeting.
 

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Prosecutors: Boys Taken From US Custody, Put To Work At Farm

 MARION, Ohio (AP) - Federal prosecutors say immigrant teenagers brought to Marion County and forced to work long hours on egg farms had been fraudulently plucked from U.S. custody after arriving at the border.
 
Many of the teens tried to cross the border during a time when the U.S. immigration system was overwhelmed by an unprecedented flow of unaccompanied children fleeing unrest in Central America.
 
U.S. immigration policy dictates that unaccompanied minors trying to escape dangerous situations can't be turned away. According to the indictment, once the Guatemalan teens were in U.S. custody, false paperwork was submitted and conspirators posing as relatives or family friends were sent to pick them up.
 
Prosecutors contend it was all orchestrated by Arodolo Rigoberto Castillo-Serrano, who is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea during a hearing Monday in Cleveland.
 

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Hardin Soil and Water Holds Public Meeting

The meeting, held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, started off with the election of supervisors.

 

The candidates were Dylan Shepherd, Arden (Ardie) Good and Gary Flinn.

 

Flinn and Good were the two elected.

 

Flinn also presented the 2015 Conservation Partner Award to Max and Marilyn Trachsel.

Max and Marilyn Trachsel receive award from board member Gary Flinn

 

During the meeting, Board Chairman Jerry McBride stated that Hardin County is well known all over the state in the area of conservation, "Well Hardin County has produced quite a few leaders. We had Ed Elliott that went all through the state and was state president, and the Gary Schicks, the Dave Lutzs, Donnie Dolls, Tom Briens, they've all been leaders, and they've all been well known throughout the state in their time while they were supervisors."

 

McBride stated that he was very pleased with the turnout for the event, "We had a beautiful night, and I estimate maybe 160 people or so were here, and it's good when we've got that kind of support."

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Public Meeting Scheduled Monday To Discuss Brownfield Assessment Grant Program

The Hardin County Commissioners are holding a public meeting and inviting community members to participate in an upcoming informational meeting and workshop for the county's EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant Program. 

 

With the help of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Regional Planning, the county has received a $200,000 grant to complete assessments of any eligible brownfield property within the limits of the county. 

 

Your input is needed to help create an inventory of potential brownfield sites that may be considered for assessment.


The meeting will be Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in Veteran's Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse.

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Passengers Steer Bus To Safety After Driver Passes Out

PITT, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say passengers on a packed chartered bus have successfully steered the vehicle away from oncoming traffic in northern Ohio after the driver lost consciousness.

 

Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel tells the Daily Chief-Union the bus was headed north on U.S. 23 in Pitt Township when it crossed the median into southbound traffic around 2 p.m. Friday. The bus stopped after striking a guardrail.

 

Witnesses say a nurse on the bus performed CPR on the driver, identified as Richard Hall of Toledo, before he was transported to a hospital. There was no word on his condition.

 

No one was injured as a result of the crash.

 

The bus carried more than four dozen union members returning from a rally in Columbus, about 60 miles south of the crash site.

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Ohio Gets 850 Claims For Share of Road-Salt Price Settlement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More local governments and other public entities have submitted claims for a share of Ohio's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

 

The attorney general's office says about 850 entities filed claims by the extended deadline on Friday, including cities, townships and universities.

 

The state had alleged that Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices, leading to governments paying above-market prices for rock salt to de-ice roads, highways and bridges.

 

The settlement announced in June ends that lawsuit. The claims process was open to public entities in Ohio that bought salt from Chicago-based Morton and Minnesota-based Cargill between July 2008 and July 2011.

 

Both companies denied any wrongdoing.

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Bulldozer Destroyed By Fire

A bulldozer was destroyed by fire just before 4 Thursday afternoon.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to County Road 145, just north of State Route 309, where a hydraulic hose broke and sprayed the bulldozer with oil sparking the fire.
 

The bulldozer, which is owned by Legg's Excavating, was listed as a total loss.

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Drivers Escape Injury in Thursday Afternoon Crash

No injuries were reported in a crash that occurred around 3:45 Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Township Road 180 and County Road 155.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Kolt Buchenroth pulled from a stop sign on 180 and his vehicle struck a southbound car behind the driver's side tire causing it to go into a spin and strike a guardrail. The driver of the southbound car was not listed on the report. Light damage occurred to both vehicles as a result of the crash, but heavy damage occurred to the car on 155 after it struck the guardrail.

Buchenroth was cited for failing to yield from a stop sign.

 

BKP and the Kenton Fire Department assisted the Sheriff's Office at the scene.

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Man Gets Nearly Five Years in Prison

A Kenton man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in Hardin County Common Pleas Court recently.
 

According to the document from Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Randy H. Crum was sentenced to a total of 58 months in prison on one count each of possession of heroin, possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile and having weapons while under disability.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Hardin Northern Forced To Come Up With Different Opening Week Opponent

With a week to go before opening night, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears have a different opening week opponent.
 

The Polar Bears were to open their 2015 high school football season on Saturday, August 29th, by making the trip to Fostoria to take on St. Wendelin.
 

That changed Wednesday when the Mohawks announced they will be cancelling their 2015 season due to low numbers. St. Wendelin, which has just 43 boys listed in grades 10 through 12 in the latest Ohio High School Athletic Association listing, had been hoping to have at least 16 players suited up by opening night, and when it became apparent they could not reach that goal, chose not to field a team this year.
 

WKTN learned Friday morning however that Hardin Northern did line up an opening week opponent. They will travel to Beallsville High School to take on the Blue Devils.
 

That game will be played Saturday August 29 at 2:00pm.

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Ridgemont FFA Named Finalist For National Award

The Ridgemont FFA Chapter has been named a Finalist in both the National Model of Excellence and National Model of Innovation in the Student Division by the National FFA Organization.

 

The Model of Excellence Finalist is the top 10 FFA Chapters in the USA, out of more than 7,600 Chapters. While the Model of Excellence award rates the chapter on the chapter's activities for the students, chapter, and community; the Model of Innovation award in the student division celebrates

 

Ridgemont's innovative project ideas for the students in their chapter.

 

At the National Convention in October, Ridgemont will compete again 9 other chapters from across the country to vie for the #1 ranking in each category. In 2010 and 2011, Ridgemont won the Model of Innovation in Chapter Development Award making them the top chapter in the United States.

 

Programs Ridgemont completes to earn these awards include: Summer STEM Enrichment Programs, Archery In The Schools, School to Work Career Connections, FFA After School Innovation Programs, Strategic Planning for Program Improvement, Upperclassmen Real Life Boot Camp, Shop Local Holiday Extravaganza, Hearing Protection Program, and Locally Grown for Global Agriculture. Ridgemont focuses on creating service-learning programs that prepare their students to become successful citizens. These programs are created to serve the needs of students, school, and community. This year Ridgemont won Ohio's #1 Model of Innovation Chapter for their chapter's program and student achievements.

 

The Models of Excellence and Model of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere.

 

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture.

 

The national convention draws 50,000 plus members, advisors, and guests from across the country.

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Area Agency Helps With Planned and Unplanned Pregnancies

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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Firearms Among Items Stolen From Rural Dunkirk Home

Several items, including firearms, were stolen from a residence in the 2000 block of Township Road 159, Dunkirk.

 

The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon, and according to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, two rifles, a shotgun and a 52 inch television were reported missing.

 

The case is under investigation.

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Man Arrested on Warrant Now Facing Drug Charges

A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant Wednesday evening.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Mary Lou Johnson Library to investigate a report of a suspicious acting person.
 

Police discovered that the man, identified as 24 year old John Shiner, was had an active arrest warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. He was taken into custody, and following a search, officers allegedly found Shiner was in possession of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
 

The items were confiscated, and additional charges are pending.

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Progress Being Made On New Restaurant

Outside of building, which also houses Not By Choice Outreach,  recently received new paint

 

 

Work is progressing on a pay what you can afford restaurant in Kenton.

 

The first part of Table One Ministries is to open the restaurant portion located in the Brunson's Building in downtown Kenton, and the Rev. Loran Miracle said it's been a work in progress, "We've owned the building since Ash Wednesday in February, and we've been remodeling it since then. I'm really hoping to be open probably the end of September with a little bit of luck."

 

But he said that opening date is not set in stone, "This isn't being done on my time exactly, but we're not going to rush it. We will not open till we're ready. I've got a chef, and we're working on our menu now. We may be doing some Italian kinds of things that people enjoy. That seems to be his specialty, and as well as some regular kind of meals that people in Kenton would like, so we're trying to make really good food here."

 

Things are taking shape inside of Table One Ministries Restaurant. Windows expected to be added on the unpainted wall area to the right.

 

 

When it is completed, Rev. Miracle said you won't recognize what used to be Brunson's Restaurant, "It's going to look very, very much different, and yes we've had a lot of help, especially this week. We've had a group of college students from Habitat For Humanity from Ohio Northern who've been here. We've had as many as 28 of them that have come and helped us out. I challenged them to do a Restaurant Impossible which was a lot of fun. They are really getting us down the road. I don't know what we would have done without them quite frankly."

 

Rev. Miracle explains the concept of a pay what you can restaurant, "If you can afford to pay our suggested donation price then you're welcome to come in like a regular restaurant that's what you would pay. If you can pay it forward for somebody else, we would like you to do that, and if you can't afford then in exchange for helping others by serving here, then you would be able to also eat here at the restaurant, so everybody participates in making this a really cool thing."

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Ben Logan Golf Team Kicks Off Regular Season

Ben Logan kicked off it's regular season with a win over visiting Urbana Tuesday night at Liberty Hills. The Raiders shot a 165 to Urbana's 192
 

Ben Logan was led by senior standout Grant Ricketts with a 34. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 40. Both players had great rounds get away from them with trouble at the 8th and 9th holes. However anyone who has ever played golf, let alone those 2 holes has most likely had the same experience at one time or another. Jared Sater turned in a sound performance with a 44 followed by Will Kenoyer 47, Garrett Allen 51, and Colin Headings 52.
 

The JV's got their first taste of victory as well beating the Urbana

JV's 192-217
 

The coach said, "I was really proud of the effort here. Three players shot 45's led by Justin Watkins, Jack Robinson, and Daniel Meier. The JV's also gor a 57 from Arie Pequignot and a 58 from Drew Wasson. We had a great practice yesterday and the guys hard work is starting to pay off."
 

The Raiders return to action Saturday at Windy Knoll in Springfield.

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$1M Bond For Bellefontaine Mother Accused of Killing 3 Young Sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A judge has set a $1 million bond for an Ohio woman accused of killing her three sons because authorities say she was jealous of the attention her husband paid them.

 

Brittany Pilkington appeared briefly Thursday in Bellefontaine Municipal Court but didn't speak. She wasn't required to enter a plea.

 

Investigators say the 23-year-old smothered two sons, one in July 2014 and the other on April 6. Authorities took custody of her third son after he was born three months ago, but a judge allowed him to be returned home because there wasn't conclusive evidence the first two boys had been killed. The third son died Tuesday.

 

Lori Cummins, Pilkington's mother, says she believes her daughter is innocent. Although authorities say Pilkington confessed, Cummins says her daughter told her in a jailhouse call she didn't do it.

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Logan County Pair Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

Two Logan County residents were arrested in Hardin County Tuesday afternoon following a traffic stop.

 

According to a release from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office made the traffic stop on State Route 31 north of Mt. Victory around 2 Tuesday afternoon.

 

23 year old Garrett C. Craig and 24 year old Amber R. Hoy, both of Russell's Point, were arrested on drug trafficking warrants from Logan County. The Logan County Joint Drug Task Force and the Hardin County Crime Task Forces combined efforts to investigate Craig and Hoy, who were both transported to the Logan County Jail.

 

Cash and heroin were recovered by investigators during the traffic stop.

 

Additional charges are expected to be filed by the Hardin County Crime task Force.

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Logan County Prosecutor: Mom Says She Killed Young Sons To Help Daughter

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio woman has confessed to killing her three young sons over the past several months because her husband ignored their daughter.
 
Police in Bellefontaine say Brittany Pilkington is charged with three counts of murder. They say she reported Tuesday one son wasn't breathing and later confessed to killing him and two others.
 
Three-month-old Noah died Tuesday. Four-year-old Gavin died in April. Three-month-old Niall died in July 2014.
 
Logan County prosecutor William Goslee said the mother admitted suffocating the boys. He says in her mind "she was protecting her daughter from being not as loved as the boys were by their father."
 
Three-year-old daughter Hailey is with a child welfare agency.
 
The mother has been jailed. No working telephone number for the family's home can be found. No attorney information is available for her.
 

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Area School Calendar and Football Schedules Updated

Area 2015/16 school calendars and football schedules have now been updated.

 

To see school calendars, click on AREA SCHOOLS and then click on your school.

 

For football schedules, click on SPORTS and then on your school.

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Authorities Confiscate Over $79,000 in Marijuana From Rural Kenton House

Occupants in a rural Kenton house are facing charges after marijuana was discovered on their property.

 

According to a release, on Monday, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call stating a marijuana plant was visible from the roadway at 16722 TR 119, southwest of the City of Kenton. Sheriff's Deputies along with the Hardin County Crime Task Force responded and confirmed the plant to be marijuana. The residents were contacted and a search of the property revealed several other marijuana plants on the property. A grow room was also located inside the residence where several more marijuana plants were also seized. In all 13.05 pounds of marijuana as well as several items used in the cultivation process were confiscated from the property. The approximate street value of the seized marijuana plants is $79,200.00.

 

Charges are pending against the occupants of the residence.

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Driver Faces Charges After Fleeing Following Accident

A Carey resident escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a car was being driven north on Wayne Street at a high rate of speed. The car failed to negotiate a turn onto Chesney Street and struck a utility pole and a tree before coming to rest. The driver, who was later identified as 18 year old Austin Hord, left the area on foot prior to police arriving.
 

He has been cited for failing to maintain reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident. The car was heavily damaged.

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Kenton School Board Introduces New Staff Members

Elementary staff members: Jade Zartman, Robin Shafer, Linda Howard, Cara Wetherill, Amanda Heyder, Erica Grossman, Chelsea Scott, Lindsey Numbers, Brokke Purcell, Rachel McClure, Jamie Donaldson, Mary Cook, Leigh Kelley, Tara Oakes, Rebecca Kimmel, Matt Best, Sarah Zoeller, Robin Bame and Michelle Wise

 

The board welcomed many new teachers to the district. Angela Butterman and Julie Simmons, two of the principals at Kenton Elementary School, welcomed the new teachers, staff, and administrative professionals. Many of those introduced are first-time teachers and new to the district. Butterman expressed her enthusiasm for the new staff. Middle School Principal Kirk Cameron also introduced his new staff and welcomed them to the district and to the school. Lastly, new Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush introduced his new staff to the board as well. Kenton City Schools began classes yesterday and each principal mentioned how much he or she was looking forward to the great opportunities for the new school year.

 

Middle School and High School staff, (front left to right) Matt Fry, Chris Becker and Katherine Manchez. (back left to right) Christina Cross, Jennifer Rogers, Eric Grosley and Heather Hoppe

 

 

In other news, Jennifer Penczarski, Kenton City Schools Superintendent, discussed two grants that the district received this year. The first, called the Community Connector Grant, will benefit grades 5-12 in the amount of $128,000. It has been named the Kenton Professional Mentoring and Leadership Initiative within the district, and will focus on the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing.) Under the goals of the grant, each 8th grade student will leave for the high school with a five-year professional plan to help him or her succeed in high school and beyond into the workforce. The second grant, called the 21st Century Grant, is a three-year grant for grades K-6 in the amount of $600,000. This grant will focus on assisting students who are designated at-risk due to educational or economical deficits outside their control. The students will be able to receive assistance through Club Roar, a program at the elementary school, where they will be offered personalized attention either before or after school each week. Penczarski stressed that these programs are sustainable and that through proper implementation and teaching, they should last long after the funding runs out.

 

The board also heard from Penczarski that the band program is in need of donations of used instruments. The interest in the program is greater than the amount of instruments available, and Penczarski said she would hate for any student to be turned away because they could not afford an instrument. Any person wishing to donate their used instruments can bring them to the board office during normal business hours.

 

The next meeting of the school board will be Monday, September 21, 2015.

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2015 Alliance Golf Scramble Attracts 28 Teams

Kenton: The Alliance Golf Scramble was held August 14, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Park Golf Course in Kenton.

 

This year 28 teams/112 golfers participated splitting cash prizes with individual contests, Nationwide Children’s Championship tickets, merchandise raffles, and many other prizes.  Next year’s outing will be August 12, 2016.

 

The competition was awesome again, but the Valicor Team of Todd Pees, Scott Merideth,  Matt Reed and John Murray posted a 57 to take the first place low gross prize. Figuring in handicap compensations, the Superior Federal Credit Union Team of Gloria Dunahue, Kurt Neeper, Matt Otto, and Drew Kantonen claimed the first place low net prize with a 51.7.  Each team won $400.

 

Second place low gross and net, winning $200 each were the teams of:
Low gross: Hancock County Alliance Team, Tony Iriti, Tim Mayle, Rachel Latta, and JJ Preston
Low net: Charter Realty Team: Jeff Buroker, Walt Buroker, Ben Buroker, and Doug Roberts

 

Third place honors, winning $100 each were:
Low gross: Liberty National Bank Team: Nannette Pfeiffer, Brian McCune, Doug Stemble, and Bill Hart
Low net: Ohio Northern University Team: Tom Simmons, Ed Simmons, Jerry Simmons, and Allen Conley

 

Twenty-eight teams, 112 golfers were present for the perfect day.  Contest competitions were awarded to the following winners:  Longest Drive competitions, Kevin Rickenbacher and Chris Wedding; 2nd Longest Drive competitions, Brian McCune and Nanette Pfeiffer; both Longest Putt competitions were won by Gary Fry; Closest to the pin competitions, Kenny Day and Jayson Wolshire;  Closest to the pin 2nd shot competitions, Rex Good and Dusty Wilcox. All participants received gift bags and a catered meal to finish out the day.

 

The winner of the 50/50 drawing, taking home $325 was Tom Simmons.

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Ben Logan Golf Team Comes Up Short Against LCC

LCC and Ben Logan battled today at Hawthorne Hills. LCC came out on top 321 to Ben Logan's 353 but the Raiders Grant Ricketts took medalist honors with a 69.

 

LCC senior Ian Friesher shot a 72. Conditions were great but I knew it would be an uphill battle. No one on the team had ever played Hawthorne except for Grant and there is always some comfort level in knowing a course. LCC had just won the Russ Houge tournament on Tuesday and we were paired with them so we knew they had some good players.
 

All in all, the coach was pleased with the effort. He said, "We are a long way from playing to our team potential but individual players make strides each time out. Hopefully we'll come together at the right time."

 

Will Kenoyer had the 2nd best score of the day for the Raiders with a 91, Colin Headings followed with a 93, Justin Watkins 95, Garrett Allen 96, Jared Sater 101, and Mitchell Fink 102. Also scoring was Arie Pequignot with a 104, Jack Robinson 118, Daniel Meier 119, and Drew Wasson 124.
 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday with their first conference match against Urbana at Liberty Hills.

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A Stretch of CR 150 Being Closed For Construction Project

A stretch of County Road 150 is being closed today for a culvert replacement project.

 

According to the Hardin County Engineer's Office, the stretch of 150 between Township Roads 115 and 95 will be closed for approximately two to three weeks.

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Woman Facing Possession of Marijuana Charge Following Weekend Shoplifting

A shoplifting incident at Walmart on Saturday afternoon resulted in additional charges being filed against a Kenton woman. 

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, Mylee Monterroza was seen by store personnel allegedly concealing items in her purse in various parts of the store.  She is said to have paid for a few small items, but once she left the register, she was stoppped by Walmart personnel. 

 

Upon arrival, Officers searched her purse and found the items, in addition to two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes. 

 

Monterroza was issued a summons for theft and possession of marijuana.
 

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Driver Cited Following Saturday Afternoon Crash

A driver was cited for a red light violation following a crash that occurred Saturday, at approximately 12 noon.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police department, Donald Sorgen of W. Franklin Street Kenton, was traveling north on South Detroit Street and failed to stop for a red light, and struck a vehicle operated Jerry Waddle of County Road 265 Kenton, who was traveling east on Ohio Street.

 

The crash caused functional damage to both autos, and there were no injuries.

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Call Center Jobs Increase in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State records show call center companies are now among Ohio's largest job creators along with distribution warehouses, automakers and banks.

 

Officials with an Indiana-based trade group tell the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News that labor costs overseas are increasing and companies are being encouraged to open centers in the U.S.

 

They say employers are taking advantage of cheaper property and labor.

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics says there were more than 82,000 customer service representatives working in any type of industry or setting in May 2014. That's up by 4,000 from a year earlier.

 

Critics say call centers pay below-average wages. Industry supporters say call center jobs pay above minimum wage, have flexible hours and don't require an advanced degree.

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Ohio Liguor Sales Set Record Sales in 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says liquor sales in Ohio have set another record, nearly topping $1 billion in the past fiscal year.
 
The Ohio Department of Commerce said Sunday that revenue from liquor sales in 2015 were up by 7 percent to just over $982 million.
 
Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams says one reason is that consumers are buying higher-priced premium brands and specialty spirits.
 
It's a trend that also helped break revenue records in 2014.
 
The commerce department says sales this past May and June were near the volume seen during the busy winter holidays.
 
Williams says the increase over the past year is impressive because the liquor control division is in the middle of replacing its 40-year-old management system with a new inventory control system that will improve ordering and logistics.

 

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Driver Cited For Running Red Light Following Crash

A driver was cited for a red light violation following a crash that occurred Friday morning.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 16 year old Brandon Feltner, of Kenton, was driving east on Columbus Street and thought he had the green light as he entered the intersection with Main Street. Feltner stated that he noticed the light was green for northbound traffic on Main Street moments before his car struck the side of a vehicle being operated by 32 year old Tonya Perkins, also of Kenton.
 

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries, and Feltner was cited for a red light violation.

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ODOT Releases Latest Construction Project List

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 53 from Grant to Patterson will be restricted to one lane for drainage work. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 and Township Road 165 will be closing August 24 for 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Ohio 81 between Sugar Street and Neubrecht Road will continue to be restricted through October as pavement repairs, curb and resurfacing work continues. Two lanes of traffic are traveling in the eastbound direction and one lane in the westbound direction. Work is being performed by R.B. Jergens Contractors Inc., Dayton.

 

Ohio 309 between Leonard Avenue and Devonshire Drive on the east side of Lima will be restricted at times during the week and likely next week for traffic signal modification. Restrictions will occur only at the signal locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 traffic department.

 

Ohio 81 between Neubrecht Road and Stewart Road on the east side of Lima will be restricted at times during the week and likely next week for traffic signal modification. Restrictions will occur only at the signal locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 traffic department.

 

Hancock County:

 

U.S. 224 from Trenton Avenue in Findlay to County Road 212 east of Findlay including Main Street will be restricted through the fall for a resurfacing project. Curb work will begin on August 17 starting at Patriot Drive (Menards entrance) to Main Street on various street corners. Beginning August 24 grinding of the road will take place beginning at County Road 212 east of Findlay. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 613 on the far east side of Van Buren at the railroad crossing closed on August 5 for a railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 18 and Interstate 75. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.

 

Ohio 15 both eastbound and westbound just north of Lima Avenue, south of Findlay, could have occasional stoppages of traffic on Friday, August 14 to allow electrical lines to be placed across the highway. Traffic will be affected by the work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. Message boards will be in place to alert traffic. Work is being performed by American Electric Power, Gahanna.

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate

 

75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Work is currently occurring in the northbound and southbound passing lanes and will continue for approximately a week and a half at which point work will switch to the northbound and southbound driving lanes and traffic will be traveling in the passing lanes. The driving lane has been shifted so that traffic is straddling the rumble strips in both directions. Also as a part of this project the rest areas will close sometime in the coming weeks. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. This project is almost complete, there will only be occasional lane restrictions to finish up the remaining work. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

 

Special events . . .

 

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

  

 

Wyandot County

 

Ohio 294 between Ohio 37 and Ohio 67 will be restricted to one lane on August 20 and August 21 for bridge patching and repair work. Work is being performed by BCC Ohio, New London, Ohio.

 

Ohio 67 between Ohio 294 and County Highway 64 will be closed beginning on August 18 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement and drainage project. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 294, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Mark Haynes Construction, Norwalk.

Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 which closed August 3 for a culvert replacement has reopened.

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

 

U.S. 23 interchange with Ohio 199, Upper Sandusky Bridge deck repairs and resurfacing will impact the interchange as follows. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus:

 

-U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 has reopened.

 

-U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 will be closed on August 17 for one day. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 53/Ohio 67 to U.S. 23 back to Ohio 199.

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Majority of Visitor Poll Voters Do Not Play Musical Instrument

When it comes to playing a musical instrument, a majority of our Visitor Poll voters are not able to do so.

 

According to the results, 66% said they do not play a musical instrument. The remaining 34% said they do play some sort of musical instrument.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll,

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Results Released For Ben Logan Boy's Golf Team

Ben Logan boys golf again placed 5th in the Ryan Reynolds Invitational at Liberty Hills.
 

It's odd that we would shoot 5 shots worse than Monday considering the difference in weather. Ideal conditionsnetted the higher score while the better rounds came in off and on rain showers. Maybe it's the fact we've played Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We'll take Friday off and try to regroup Sat for another 18 hole match in Lima at Hawthorne Hills against LCC.
 

Bellefontaine won the event with a school record 305 followed by Kenton with a 328.
 

Ben Logan's Grant Ricketts tied for 2nd with a 72, while Mitchell Fink added a 86, Colin Headings 89, Jared Sater 94. Also for the raiders Garrett Allen shot a 96 aqnd Will Kennoyer 103. The JV squad was paced by Arie Pequignot with a 95, Justin Watkins 97, Daniel Meier 100, Jack Robinson 111, and Drew Wasson added a 133.
 

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Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run

 

Ohio Health/ Hardin Memorial Hospital will hold the Hardin Hustle 5K Walk/Run which will be begin at 9am Saturday. Check in and registration will start at 8am at the Hardin Rehab and Wellness Center. You can still register at a cost of $20 but shirts are available on a first come first serve basis.

 

A kids fun run will also take place at 8:15am on Saturday. Registration will be $5 and shirts are also available on a first come first serve basis.

    

All proceeds will benefit Not By Choice.

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Three People Sentenced to Prison in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Rickie Leo Tillman was sentenced to a total of 55 months in prison on two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count each of possession of heroin and tampering with evidence.

 

.Michael Joe Collins was sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and vandalism.

 

.Michael K. Jones was sentenced to 12 months in prison on one count of attempted tampering with evidence.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Kenton Ready For New School Year on Monday

The Kenton City Schools will open the 2015/16 school year on Monday.
 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski praised her staff for making adjustments in anticipation for the second year of the new elementary building, "We have an amazing teaching staff. They worked so hard last year just to bring kids together and bring themselves together, and now they know each other, and they are ready to go. The kids have been there one year, so it's very a very exciting year this year."
 

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

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Farmers to Get More Money to Reduce Algae in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving farmers more money this year to help reduce the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

 

The department announced Friday it's making $5 million available to plant cover crops on their land.

 

Doing that can help prevent phosphorus from flowing into waterways and feeding harmful algae blooms.

 

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he wrote to the agriculture department last month asking for more money for cover crops after heavy rains this summer left thousands of acres unplanted this year.

 

Authorities are closely monitoring the spreading algae on the lake. The bloom is expected to grow over the next month and could be one of the largest in recent years.

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Man Struck, Killed By Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A man who entered a restricted area at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park to look for a lost cellphone has been struck by a roller coaster and killed.

 

Police say James A. Young had just finished riding the Raptor on Thursday and jumped over a fence to retrieve something he dropped during the 57 mph ride. The Erie County coroner says it was his cellphone.

 

Sandusky police say Young was struck by the ride or someone on it. No one else was hurt.

 

The amusement park sits along Lake Erie in Sandusky and has billed itself as the best in the world.

 

The park confirms the death in a statement saying "a guest entered a restricted, fenced area of Raptor and was struck by the ride." It says its "thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

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Former Court Probation Officer Pleads Guilty on Rape Charges; Bond Revoked

A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer changed his plea to guilty on two counts of rape.

 

Don Castle entered the guilty pleas on the two counts of rape, both first degree felonies. They involved Jane Doe, as identified in the indictment. WKTN will not release her true identity.

 

Five counts of rape involving John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3, as well as two counts of gross sexual imposition were then dismissed as part of the plea negotiations. Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said that the plea deal was accepted by the State after consulting with the victim's in the case.

Castle could be sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on each count, which could be ordered to be served consecutively. Prison time on each count is mandatory. Castle will also be classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

 

A presentence investigation was ordered, and Castle will be sentenced September 2.

 

Defense Attorney William Kluge asked the Court to continue Castle's bond until sentencing, but Judge Scott Barrett said that would create a heightened risk to Castle and the public now that he has been found guilty to two felony counts, "I think for the protection of Mr. Castle as well as for the system in general, Mr. Castle has known that we were going to trial The trial has been set for months. It was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, so I'm quite certain that he was preparing for this for his personal obligations and his family obligations, so the Court is going to be consistent, and the Court is going to revoke Mr. Castle's bond and remand him to the custody of the sheriff pending sentencing."

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Kenton Man Charged With Criminal Child Enticement

An elderly Kenton man was charged with one count of criminal child enticement following an incident Wednesday evening.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers on patrol observed a car that was stopped at an odd angle in the 800 block of Franklin Street. The driver, identified as 88 year old Garl Gene Stober, is said to have made a gesture to a juvenile female, who was standing on the curb next to the car.
 

Police allege that Stober pointed to the 12 year old girl and then pointed to the seat next to him. When the girl shook her head no, Stober drove away.
 

He was not kept in custody due to his advanced age. He is scheduled to appear on the charge in Hardin County Muncipal Court on August 17.

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Driver Cited For Failing to Yield Following Crash

 

 

Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred Wednesday morning at the intersection of Detroit and North Streets.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 25 year old Corey Menard, of Kenton, drove onto Detroit Street from a stop sign on North Street, and his car struck a northbound vehicle being operated by 24 year old Kaileigh Bible, of Kenton.
 

There were no injuries, and Menard was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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Dunkirk Woman Indicted on Theft Charges in Hancock County

A Dunkirk woman was indicted on theft charges in Hancock County.

 

According to WFIN, 50 year old Conna Rexroad faces a felony count of theft. Investigators accuse Rexroad of taking around $250,000 from Circle K, where she was a district manager.

 

Rexroad, who was the Circle K district manager in Allen and Hancock Counties, allegedly deposited the money in Hancock County where the charges were filed.

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Car Damaged After Striking Street Sign Tuesday Afternoon

A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning in Kenton.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 28 year old Justine Biederman, of Kenton, was driving east on Perry Street and stopped for a stop sign at South Main Street. She then proceeded into the intersection, and while turning right, she lost control of her car, which then went off the right side of the road and struck a street sign. Moderate damage occurred to the car.

 

Biederman was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Man Injured in Early Monday Morning Crash

A Kenton man was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred early Monday morning on County Road 175 in Pleasant Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 52 year old Anthony Rettig was driving north on 175, and while negotiating a right curve, his car travelled left of center and struck the trailer of a southbound semi being operated by 44 year old Jeffrey Miller, of Kenton.
 

Heavy damage occurred to the car, and Rettig was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima by Lifeflight Helicopter. Possible damage occurred to Memorial Park Golf Course due to the helicopter landing.
 

Rettig was cited for driving under OVI suspension.

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IGS Energy Error Caused Over Billing For Some Kenton Residents

Some Kenton residents may be receiving a credit on their electric bills due to an error.

 

Kenton City Council members were informed at last night's meeting that IGS Energy, who supplies electric service through the Kenton Aggregation Program, made a mistake on the bills of over 800 customers.

 

The city's consultant for the program, Chris Easton, talks about what happened, "A group of customers in December of 2014 for Kenton, were not converted correctly, so it went undetected, and the scope of the problem essentially is that 868 residents had incorrect bills between December of 14 and June of 2015."

 

Easton said the company responded immediately to the mistake and is taking action to compensate those affected, "For the customers that are active, what their suggesting is 110% credit, so adding 10% to whatever was over billed just as an expression of regret for the inconvenience, is the way that they put it, and for the people that have moved on , their going to have to send them a check for the 110%. What they plan on doing is doing that so customers receive that about August 12."

 

He added that IGS Energy deeply regrets the mistake and has taken measures to ensure this does not happen again.

 

Also at the meeting:

 

.Councilwoman Pegg Wren, from the Special Projects Committee, said that her committee has been working on the Job Creation Incentive Program. The committee has recommended that the city move ahead with the proposal and asked City Law Director John Schwemer to draw up legislation to be presented at the next council meeting.

 

.The ordinance to re-zone the former Espy School site from residential to general business district was on 2nd reading and moved on to third reading.

 

.Council passed an ordinance to transfer funds in order to meet payroll obligations for pool employees on first reading following suspension of the three reading rule.

 

.Council President Joel Althauser, speaking for Kenton Mayor Randy Manns, who was absent, paid tribute to the late Gary Ritzler, former mayor of Kenton. In a statement read by Althauser, Manns said the city has lost a great leader and expressed condolences to the Ritzler family. The mayor added that Ritzler will be greatly missed by all.

 

Althauser echoed those sentiments, adding that we were "spoiled by Gary Ritzler." Council members and those in attendance observed a moment of silence.

 

The next meeting of Kenton City Council will be August 24 at 7:00pm.

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Golfers Battle Rain During Ben Logan Invitational

Ten teams battled the elements Monday in the Benjamin Logan Invitational.

 

Rain was forecast throughout the day and that's exactly what we got. Many of the players had never played in the rain before and found it a challenge.

 

Others battled the elements seemingly unaffected. One of those players was Ben Logan senior and medalist Grant Ricketts who carded the days best round at 69. Grant's really been playing well as of late. He made some changes in the spring and probably wondered if it was worth it. However his play in the last week has been outstanding. Playing before practice last Tuesday he fired a 66 on Tuesday which featured a hole in one on the 18th. He backed that up Wednesday with a 63. Those scores are great in any circumstances but considering the back tees and playing the ball down it's remarkable.
 
Beavercreek again won the event with a team best 295, followed by Newton at 330, and Ben Logan 336. ( Other scores are attached )
 
For Ben Logan Mitchell Fink added a 85, Colin Headings 90, Jared Sater 92, Garrett Allen 98, Will Kennoyer 112.
 
Ben Logan JV's also saw action and were led by Justin Watkins with a 92, Arie Pequignot 102, Daniel Meier 106, Jack Robinson 110, and Drew Wasson 130.

 

The Raiders are back in action Tuesday at Cherokee Hills in the Russ Houge Invitational hosted by Indian Lake.

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Board: Ohio Judges Can't Choose Marriage Type They Perform

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judicial board has ruled that judges who perform weddings can't refuse same-sex couples based on personal, moral or religious beliefs.

 

The board also says judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying same-sex couples may be interpreted as biased and could be disqualified from any case where sexual orientation is an issue.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct issued the ruling Monday after a Toledo judge who refused to perform a same-sex wedding asked the board to clarify his duties.

 

Municipal Judge C. Allen McConnell said he didn't marry a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs after the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states in July.

 

A message left with McConnell seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

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Vacant Mobile Home Destroyed By Fire

According to a spokesman at the Kenton Fire Department, firegighters were called to the scene of an abandoned mobile home at 822 Smith Avenue at 3:30 Sunday morning. 

 

Upon arrival, the mobile home was fully engulfed.  No known property owner is known at this time, and the blaze remains under investigation. 

 

There were no injuries reported and firefighters were on the scene for a little over 2 hours. 

 

The mobile home was listed as a total loss. 

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Driver Leaves The Scene Following Crash in McGuffey Sunday

A hit-skip accident occurred in McGuffey early Sunday.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's office, the

crash occurred around 2:40 A.M. Sunday. Ashley Leiber age 29

of Alger was traveling south-bound on Courtwright Street and

slowed to make a right turn onto Hunsicker, when a car ran a stop

sign at the intersection. The other car struck Leiber's

vehicle and then left the scene.

 

Tthere were no injuries and the crash remains under investigation.

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Two People Injured in Sunday Afternoon Crash in Kenton

Two people were injured in a two vehicle crash.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, Sherry Patrick, age 62 of Kenton, was heading south-bound on Main Street while Michael Dear was west-bound on Eliza and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection. Dear failed to yield the right of way while entering the intersection and struck Patrick's vehicle.
 

Patrick and a passenger, Harold Lease, 56 of Kenton, were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.

 

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

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ICC Summer Festival Ready For One Day of Fun

The Immaculate Conception Church Summer Festival takes place on Sunday.

 

The event runs from 10am to 9:30pm on Sunday , and co-chair Dr. Kate Johnson said it features lots of great entertainment, "We're looking forward to having Spitting Image back, a twin comedy singing team that's going to play at 5 o'clock and then 7, and then we have a couple of teenagers from our church that are going to do some music in the afternoon. Daniel Fink and a couple of his friends."

 

And of course, it also features lots of great food, "We have chicken dinners going from 12 o'clock pm until about 8:30 in the evening. We also have sloppy joes and shredded chicken sandwiches. We're going to have ice cream of course, lots of games for the kids, a bounce house, a clown that's going to do balloons for the children. We have beer and brats in a tent outside with Bernie Zoeller, we have a book sale and we have the country store. So it's going to be lots of fun."

 

The festival will be held in the parking lot of the St. Anthony Center in Kenton.

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ODOT Releases Latest Road Construction List

Hardin County:

 

There will be occasional lane restrictions in various locations throughout the county for drainage work. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 and Township Road 165 will be closing August 24 for 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

Allen County:

 

Interstate 75 Reconstruction project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org.

 

Ohio 81 between Sugar Street and Neubrecht Road will continue to be restricted through October as pavement repairs, curb and resurfacing work continues. Two lanes of traffic are traveling in the eastbound direction and one lane in the westbound direction. Work is being performed by R.B. Jergens Contractors Inc., Dayton.

 

Hancock County:

 

Ohio 12 at the Interstate 75 overpass will be restricted to one lane on August 11 for bridge inspection. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 235 just south of U.S. 224 will be restricted to one lane on August 11 for bridge inspection. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 568 west of County Road 236 will be restricted to one lane on August 11 for bridge inspection. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 613 on the far east side of Van Buren at the railroad crossing will be closed beginning August 5 for one week for a railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 18 and Interstate 75. Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.

 

Ohio 15 both eastbound and westbound just north of Lima Avenue, south of Findlay, could have occasional stoppages of traffic on Friday, August 14 to allow electrical lines to be placed across the highway. Traffic will be affected by the work beginning at 9 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. Message boards will be in place to alert traffic. Work is being performed by American Electric Power, Gahanna.

 

Ohio 12/U.S. 224 in Findlay just west of North Blanchard Street which was closed at the railroad crossing for repair has reopened.

 

Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from three miles south of the rest areas to the Interstate 75/Ohio 15 interchange is restricted to one lane in each direction for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Work is currently occurring in the northbound and southbound passing lanes and will continue for the next several weeks. The driving lane has been shifted so that traffic is straddling the rumble strips in both directions. Also as a part of this project the rest areas will close sometime in the coming weeks. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. This project is almost complete, there will only be occasional lane restrictions to finish up the remaining work. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction which was a roadside slide repair project is now complete.

 

Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.

 

Special events . . .

 

There will be a nightly (7pm-6am) lane closure for northbound Interstate 75 between Van Buren and Cygnet on Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6 for traffic switch prep work. Friday, August 7 the nightly closure will be from 7pm to 1pm Saturday, August 8 to allow northbound traffic to be switched onto the new pavement.

Along with the work on the night of August 7 into August 8 there may be intermittent ramp closures at Ohio 18 and Eagleville Road for the northbound on and off ramps. There will be signs and message boards to direct traffic. No two adjacent ramps will be closed at the same time.

 

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.

 

 

 

Wyandot County:

 

Ohio 67 between Ohio 294 and County Highway 64 will be closed beginning on August 18 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement and drainage project. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 294, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53. Work is being performed by Mark Haynes Construction, Norwalk.

 

Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 will be closed beginning August 3 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103 and Ohio 53. Work will be performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103.

 

U.S. 23 interchange with Ohio 199, Upper Sandusky Bridge deck repairs and resurfacing will impact the interchange as follows. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus:

 

.U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 closed July 20 for approximately three weeks. Traffic is detoured to Ohio 53/67 to U.S. 23 north back to Ohio 199.

 

.U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 will be closed beginning on August 3 for four days. The ramp will reopen for the weekend and then will be closed again on August 10 for 24 hours. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 53/Ohio 67 to U.S. 23 back to Ohio 199.

 

Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

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Two Teen Girls Claimed They Were Victims of Sexual Crime

Two separate reports of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor are being investigated by the Kenton Police Department.
 

According to the reports, two female juveniles, ages 14 and 15, told officers they were the victim of a sexual crime.
 

A 19 year old Kenton man was listed as the suspect in both incidents.
 

The cases are under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.

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Castle Opts For Trial Before a Judge; Waives Right To Jury Trial

The trial for a former Hardin County Muncipal Court Probation Officer and Bailiff will be presented to the judge and not a jury.

 

Don Castle, through his attorney William Kluge, filed papers in Hardin County Common Pleas Court waiving his right to a trial before a jury, instead electing to be tried by a Judge of the Court.

 

The trial is still scheduled to last four days beginning August 18. Castle was indicted earlier this year on seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

 

If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

Also in Court, three people were sentenced recently.

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.John J. Pierce was sentenced to a total of just under 6 years in prison on three counts of trafficking in heroin, two counts of possession of heroin and one count of tampering with evidence.

 

.Kimberly Wise was sentenced to a total of five years in prison on nine counts of attempted aggravated arson and two counts of assault.

 

.Matthew C. Radcliffe was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on three counts of breaking and entering and one count each of robbery and failure to appear.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Marine Travelling Cross Country To Raise Awareness About Suicide Among Veterans

Individuals are participating on a cross-country journey to raise awareness of the rise in suicide among veterans.

 

Toby Flaget (pictured at left) with Jeff Brown and Roi Deich. Flaget has been traveling across the country to raise awareness of the rise of sucides among veterans and what can be done to prevent them.

 

Toby Flaget is a veteran of two organizations. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps, and is a former police officer. Flaget also copes with mental illness. Over the course of his career in both the military and law enforcement, Flaget had seven close friends and colleagues who committed suicide. He himself has dealt with mental health issues.

 

"I've had my own personal battles. It's why I had to retire and get out of the Marine Corps and not be a police officer. I contracted epilepsy late in life, from lead poisoning or inoculations. I don't know and they don't know for sure. I had suicide issues with the first medication they put me on, so that's why I take it to heart as well as losing seven close friends." said Flaget

 

Flaget, who hails from Washington State, launched a campaign called "22 is 22 Too Many" to raise awareness in the rise of suicides among veterans of both the military and law enforcement, and has been embarking on a nationwide tour to rise awareness and share stories with fellow veterans who are struggling with mental health issues.

 

Over the course of his nationwide trip, which has consisted of both walking and driving across the nations highways, Flaget has had the opportunity to meet with many veterans and community members and share his story.

 

"Raising awareness is one of the keys. The second is dropping the stigma so they're [veterans] are not afraid to talk about it or ask for help. It doesn't make them weak, it's just an illness no different than cancer, diabetes or even epilepsy like I have. Understanding that it's a problem, breaking the stigma and making it easier for them to talk about." said Flaget.

 

"22 is 22 Too Many" refers to the number of veterans who, on average commit suicide on a daily basis, according to Flaget and so he is working to curtail that number. Over the course of his campaign, Flaget has been contacted by veterans of all walks of life and has share their stories in hopes of helping others dealing with mental health issues.

 

"We've had so much support from, like motorcycle clubs, American Legion Posts, VFW's, and fellow Marine Corps members and veterans have just opened up their houses, some whom I haven't even met but they heard about us through the campaign so it's just been amazing." said Flaget.

 

The Toby's Walk Campaign is partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and their goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of the walk this fall, and thus far, they have raised 6% of that goal. If you would like more information or would like to contribute, you can do so on the web at Toby's Walk.com or on Facebook at "Toby's Walk For Awareness" Toby said that the Facebook page has also been a great way for veterans to share stories and help others who are struggling with mental health issues.

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OSP Continues Crackdown on Distracted Driving

The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is in the middle of a month long campaign to address the problem of distracted driving.
 

Captain B.G. Smith said it's not like they've been ignoring the issue, but it's obvious more needs to be done, " I think the efforts on distracted driving to educate the public, I think those are pretty well documented, and yet we still seem to be experiencing some pretty significant crashes that seem to have distraction as a root cause, and we're going to kind of step up our enforcement in this arena."
 

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

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KMS Show Choir Dimensions Learn Fundamentals At Camp

 
Members of the Kenton Middle School show choir The Dimensions has been in camp this week learning show choir methods and techniques. 
 
Working with students who have never participated in show choir before is a challenge, but it's a challenge that has been met by the staff of the Kenton Schools Vocal Music Department. Director Todd Diquino said that there are a lot of new members in the company this year who have not ever participated in show choir before, and the camp is an opportunity for them to learn how show choirs work.
 
"It's been a good week, and a challenging week but a good week for sure. We have a lot of kids that are brand new this year, a lot of 7th graders and some returning 8th graders but this whole idea of show choir is pretty new to the kids. We're going over fundementals right now with the kids as far as showing them proper singing techniques, proper dance techniques, and just showing them the right way to do things" said Diquino.
 
Diquino works with the students on their vocal technique.
 
The Dimensions are working on a show this year called "Dream Big" which will consist of many songs that the Kenton High School Top 20 has performed over the years. Diquino said that those watching the performances will recognize many of the numbers.
 
"We are doing a song called 'Dream Big' by Ryan Shoop and the Rubber Band, a medley of "Sweet Dreams' by both Beyonce and the Eurythmics, 'I Have A Dream' from Momma Mia, 'I Dreamed The Dream' from Les Mis, and 'Enter Sandman' by Metalica and we might be the only show choir in Ohio doing Metalica. There's a lot of cool songs and the whole concept is dream big" said Diquino.
 
The Dimensions camp will conclude later this week. Diquino said that their first performance will be at the annual show choir show at the Hardin County Fair. Following that there will be several community performances and two competitions early in 2016.

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Most Go For Price in Determining School Clothes Purchases

A majority of our Visitor Poll voters look at price when it comes to what school clothes to buy for their child.

 

Of those responding to the question, 60% said price is the determining factor. 23% said they consider durability and the remaining 17% said they go for style.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Woman Arrested Following Shoplifting at WalWart

A Kenton woman is facing charges of theft and tampering with evidence following a shoplifting incident at WalMart Tuesday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to investigate the theft of $550 in video games from the store.
 

The suspect, later identified as 44 year old Sheri L. Murphy, allegedly ran across the parking lot and discarded the stolen merchandise in a field.
 

She was apprehended in the field and later transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.

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Driver Leaves The Scene Following Crash

A hit/skip crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on East Columbus Street.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a car driven by 18 year old Brent Osbun, of Kenton, was stopped for traffic on Columbus Street when it was struck from behind by a Honda Acura.
 

A witness reported that the female driver of the Honda got out of her car, looked at the damage and said it's okay. She then got back in her car and left the scene.
 

A description of the driver was obtained and the crash remains under investigation.

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Alliance Partners With Kenton City Schools on Grant

A grant award will help Kenton City Schools boost its internships, mentoring programs and capstone projects.

 

Kenton City Schools, in partnership with the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance announced Tuesday that a grant has been secured from the Ohio Community Connector Grant Program. The grant is for $128,000.00.

 

Both organizations partnered in 2014 to write the grant and develop programs and curriculum models to provide more opportunities for student access to role models and mentors. The idea is to help motivate and inspire students and to help them develop skills in school and in the workplace.

 

Across the state, eighty-two community partnerships will share more than $6.8 million as part of the grant program.

 

In addition, Quest Federal Credit Union and the Hardin County Ministerial Association joined the school and business alliance to help secure the grant for Kenton City Schools.

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Hardin County Ag Society Meets This Past Saturday Night

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 1st at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 18 and 10 guests present.

 

 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Doris Kissling thanked Gary Casteel and Pete Fout for their help during her Poker Run she had in July.

Mark Badetscher stated there is still no one hired for Kathy Oliver’s position.  He stated the carcass show is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 6pm @ Mt. Victory Meats.  It was moved to help sponsor $50 for the carcass show from the Livestock Committee.

 

Last month’s minutes with a correction made to who was finding the judge for Jr. Fair Dairy Feeders and Dairy Steers was approved. That director is Craig Stump, not Cory Ledley.

 

The Financial Reports and bills to paid were approved.

Craig Stump from the Executive Committee talked about the grant money received to upgrade the lighting outside.  The Ag. Society has received $42,000 in grant money so far.  The Ground’s committee is hoping to have many of the lights changed before the 2015 Hardin County Fair begins.  Ray Davis stated that Tractor Supply is donating buckets to the beef exhibitors this year and will be donating buckets next year to another species and so on.  It was noted there is a CD maturing from Home Savings and Loan and it was agreed to just let it roll over. 

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  The Community Building parking lot has been sealed and now needs striped.  Several of the metal roofs have been painted, using 31 5 gallon buckets of roof paint.  Which covered 20,000 square feet.  New saw dust has been put down in the show arena.  New electrical wiring has been done in about 1/3 of the merchant’s building with Community Foundation Grant money.  A pole has been installed by the East Parking lot for a new electric meter.  The hay has been cut in the East parking lot.  Stone was put in by the speed barns to help keep water out of the barns.  Now dirt needs put in the stalls, in the speed barns.  Someone is going to come and work on the speed office phones.  The next grounds meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 10th at 7pm. 

 

Kevin Mabry has sent his contract for entertainment.

A judge is still needed for JR. Fair Dairy Feeders and Dairy Steers.  Scales are being checked on August 4th.  Rabbit tattooing is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8th from 9-11am.  The office now has the guidelines for the poultry posters. 

Janie Seiler, from the Rides/Concessions committee stated there are still openings in the Community Building for rental booths and new outside vendors are still welcome.  Bob McBride stated the crash simulator will be here again this year, on Saturday of the fair, in front of the Goshen Barn.

Nancy Rickenbacher passed out the Jr. Fair committee helpers.  She stated her new picnic tables have been delivered and the cement for the pads need poured.  There will be a memorial plaque laid in the cement pad in memory of Jim Smith. 

 

We still need a judge for Ag. Education.  Bob McBride gave a report on Freedom Celebration.  He talked about the idea of moving the date of the celebration to the weekend before the 4th of July.  Their next meeting is scheduled for January. 

Under old business:  JR. Fair on line entries were due on July 31st.  There were over 2500 entries made with 810 exhibitors.  There are still some missing entries and those exhibitors who didn’t get their on line entries made, are encouraged to contact their 4-H advisor.  Open class on line entries can now be made until August 21st at 5pm.  Exhibitors can still make paper entries in the Fair office from Monday, August 10th – August 21st from 9am-5pm.  If the exhibitor chooses to make on line entries, they will pay for their entries when they come to pick up their tickets on Friday, Sept. 4th 9-5pm, Saturday, Sept. 5th 9-5pm, Sunday, Sept. 6th 12-5pm or Monday, Sept. 7th from 9-6pm.  There will be 3 new box seat holders this year, and those on the waiting list will be called that week.  The office still has had no interest in anyone chairing the Home Ec. Dept. in the Arts/Crafts Building. 
 
Under new business: Fair Office Hours will be open 9-5pm Monday through Friday, starting Monday, August 10th.  The Emergency Management Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th at 6pm.  After the meeting, the Arts/Crafts Building will be set up for the fair.  The fair ground work day is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th starting at 9am.  The Hood and Fire extinguishers will be checked on Friday, August 14th at 9am. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 5th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.

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Rash of Car Break-ins Reported in Ridgeway

Several vehicles were entered in the village of Ridgeway sometime Sunday night to Monday morning.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, four such incidents were reported during that time frame.
 

The vehicles were entered, and various items were stolen.
 

Most incidents occurred in the 100 block of Main Street and the surrounding area.
 

The case is under investigation.

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Pickup Ends Up Against Side of Kenton Theatre Following Crash Sunday

A Bellefontaine man was injured in a crash that occurred just after 11 Sunday morning on Franklin Street in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a pickup truck operated by Moyer Cromwell was travelling east on Franklin, and witnesses reported seeing him grab his head with both hands as his vehicle accelerated. The pickup went off the right side of the road where it struck a parked vehicle, which was owned by Laura Vermillion, of Kenton, continued through the intersection and onto the sidewalk where it went through a fence and came to rest against the side of Kenton Theatre.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
 

Cromwell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.
 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Driver Swerves To Avoid Deer in Road; Car Ends Up in Scioto River

A car ended up partially in the Scioto River after the driver swerved to avoid several deer that entered the roadway.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 22 year old Tia Nichols, of Kenton, was driving south on County Road 95 in Lynn Township when the deer ran onto the road. Nichols swerved to avoid hitting them, and her car ended up off the left side of the road where it slid down the embankment, rolled over and came to rest in the water on the north edge of the river. Nichols was able to climb out and call for assistance. The car was heavily damaged.

 

Nichols told deputies she was sore but refused treatment at the scene.

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Hardin County Fair Season and Membership Tickets On Sale This Week

Hardin County Fair season and membership tickets will go on sale all over the county this week. 

 

Either ticket sells for $20.  These tickets will allow one adult and that person's school age children accompanied by the person free admission to the fair each day of the fair.  Tickets will be punched at the gate and a hand stamp is required for reentry the same day.  School age means until high school graduation.
 

$8 youth season tickets are available as a convenience to those who purchase a season or membership ticket for older children who may come without their parent.  Students can still come in free with a parent with a season/membership ticket.

The difference between season and membership tickets are that a membership ticket does allow a member to vote for directors or run for director.

 

Regular one day gate admission will be $8 for those ages 9 & over. This price does not include rides.  Daily rides are as follows:  Wristbands for unlimited rides - all day rides - $12.

Membership tickets may be purchased at the secretary's office beginning Aug. 10, from 9:00am to 5:00pm or from any fair board director.

 

Season tickets are available at retail stores and banking institutions all over Hardin County.

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Gas Prices Tumble Around Ohio As Summer Starts to Wind Down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are tumbling further toward the $2 mark.

 

The state's average for a gallon of regular gas was about $2.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a decrease of 15 cents compared with a week ago. It's down $1.17 from this time last year.

 

The national average on Monday was $2.65, down six cents from a week ago.

 

The cost of gas for Ohio drivers has been declining from a summer peak in June, and that's expected to continue.

 

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Kenton Top 20 Gearing Up For 2016-2016 Season

 
The Kenton High School Top 20 has spent the week preparing for the upcoming school season. The annual camp has been held at the Kenton Middle School. 
 
Kenton High School Top 20 Director Todd Daquino said that the camp has been going better than expected. The Top 20 retained many of its members from last year, so this year's show choir will see the return of veteran members.
 
"The week has been great so far. The kids have put in a lot of hard work. It's a 40 hour week for them and they're incredibly busy. They have intense vocals in the morning and do sectional work with some local choir directors and a choreographer come in all afternoon so it's a full dance boot camp, and intense for sure." said Daquino.
 
The students learn the routine from Crista Warrington of Lyn's Dance Academy out of Lima. Dennis Kratzer, a former ONU professior also has helped this year with the music accompany.
 
The theme of the show this year is "Bewitched" and Daquino was quick to mention that the show will not be a take on the popular television series of the same name, but rather will be a take on the different variations and emotions of the word.
 
"Bewitched has multiple meanings. We're talking about enchanted, we're talking about magical, we're talking about intoxicating, and so we have all these different ways that we're conveying the word bewitched without actually talking about witches.” said Daquino.
 
The annual Top 20 Camp will conclude Saturday. The group will first perform on August 15th at the Kenton Kroger Store for a Local Performances Event. They will also perform at the 2015 Hardin County Fair at the annual show choir show, and their first competition is slated for October 31'st at the Findlay Fall Fest.
 

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Ribbon Cutting Held For Iron Gym in Kenton

 

 

 

KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Iron Fit Gym, LLC, 148 Harris St., Kenton on Friday, July 31. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their Open House. Their Grand Open will be held Saturday, August 1.

 

 

 

Iron Fit Gym is a complete gym offering a certified personal trainer. The gym is open: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday, 5:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 

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