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Student Transported From Kenton School Bus Due to Medical Condition

A student was taken off a Kenton school bus this morning after suffering a medical condition.
 

 

 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to King Street around 7:50 this morning where the bus was picking up students.
 

The child was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP, and the bus resumed picking up students around 8:10 this morning.

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Driver Cited For Failure To Yield Following Crash

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon in McDonald Township.

 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 44 year old Tina Pearson, of Belle Center, drove her car from a stop sign on Township Road 65 onto Township Road 150, and it was struck by an eastbound vehicle being driven by 53 year old Troy Baker, of Ada.

 

Functional, but not disabling, damage occurred to both vehicles.

 

Pearson was cited for failing to yield this right of way.

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Drug Take Back Day in Two Hardin County Locations Saturday

You still have a couple of days to gather up any no longer needed prescription drugs around your house so they can be disposed of properly.

 

Drug Take Back Day For Hardin County will take place this Saturday October 3. Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said the locations are in Ada and Kenton, "At the Hardin Memorial Hospital parking lot of the Medical Office Building, and it will be from 9-11am, 75 Washington Boulevard here in Kenton, and we want you to enter off of Memorial Avenue and exit onto East Franklin Street. The location in Ada is South Main Street and East College Avenue parking lot between Rite Aid and Northern On Main, and we want you enter off of Main Street and exit onto College Avenue. we're going to accept items which include household generated pharmacueticals, prescription drugs, liquid medication, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens, but we will not accept any business, industry, farm chemicals or medication. This is strictly households."

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Ada Number 2 in Latest Computer Football Ratings

The Ada Bulldogs have made a big jump in the latest high school football computer ratings.

 

Fresh off their upset of state-ranked Columbus Grove, the Ada Bulldogs have vaulted to second in the Division 7, Region 26 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday.

 

Three other county schools are in Region 26, with Upper Scioto Valley ranked 9th, Hardin Northern sitting in 12th and Ridgemont tied for 24th.

 

In Division 4, Region 12, the Kenton Wildcats are tied for 22nd while, in Division 6, Region 22, Riverdale is tied for 23rd.

 

The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season will qualify for the state playoffs, with the four highest seeds hosting first-round games.

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Ben Logan Golf Team Finishes 4th in Tourney

Ben Logan boys golf finished 4th today in a field of 17 to move on to the district tourney next Thursday at Weatherwax.
 

Scores were high as normal but early morning drizzle that turned into a steady rain during our afternoon round made for difficult playing conditions.
 

Only 2 players broke 80. Grant Engle was medalist shooting 77 from Springfield Shawnee and Grant Ricketts for the Raiders shot 78.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "We started on the back nine which is by far normally more difficult. When everyone came off that side under 50 I felt we had an outside chance. I encouraged the guys to not worry about the scores but just do their best. That's exactly what we did. I never saw a give up attitude that is so easy to happen when things don't seem to be going your way. Guys were concentrating on 20 foot bogey putts the same way they'd look over a 20 foot birdie effort. Consequently we made a few. When the scores were tallied we beat out the 4th place team in the clubhouse by a single shot."
 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders with his 78, Mitchell Fink fired a 88, followed by Colin Headings 97. With 2 players left on the course we knew we needed a 97 to tie, 96 or better to get the 4th place finish. Will Kenoyer came through with a tough 2 putt from 30 feet and a 96. Jared Sater added a 101.
 

Conley added. "The season hasn't been what any of us expected. Winning our preseason tourney we thought another league title was well within our reach. When that didn't happen it would have been easy to dismiss any chance of getting back to districts for a 7th straight year. Score wise this wasn't our best but with the adversity we've faced and the weather conditions today this rates right up there with a great performance. I'm really proud of the guys and the effort they gave."
 

Springfield Shawnee won with a 337, Greenon 341, Northeastern 352 and Ben Logan 359.

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Kenton Getting Closer To Filling Chief of Police Position

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion on Monday evening in Council Chambers at the City Building. Council members reviewed reports from the Kenton Tree Commission, the Parks & Recreation Board, and the Finance Committee before moving on to discussing ordinances.

 

The Council passed, by unanimous vote, an ordinance establishing a job creation incentive program. Though the ordinance will not take effect until 30 days after being signed by Mayor Randy Manns, Director of Law John Schwemer gave the green light to promoting the incentive on city and county websites and advertisements.

 

In other council news, Safety-Service Director Jim Hites notified the council of the police examination that will take place on Thursday, October 1. The rigorous examination is being conducted to select a candidate for the Chief of Police position. Hites added that if all goes well, the city of Kenton will have a new police chief by the end of October.

 

During public comments, President of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, Jon Cross, spoke on behalf of the successful job and career fair event that was held last Friday. He said estimates showed that there were 150 positions and approximately 120 attendees. Cross commended the county on a "great month for economic development" and stressed that it spoke volumes for two companies to expand $70 million operations in Kenton due to the quality of the workforce.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be Monday, October 12, 2015 at 7:00pm at the City Building.

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Majority of Dog Walkers Say They Clean Up After Their Pet

By a two to one margin, people who walk their dog(s) say they clean up after them after they do their business.

 

65% said they do clean up, while 35% said they do not clean up after their pet(s).

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Driver Cited For a Full Time Attention Violation Following Weekend Crash

The Kenton Police Department cited a Kenton woman following a two vehicle, non-injury crash on Saturday , at approximately 11:20 am.

 

According to the report, Levonda Bowman of Kenton was traveling

southbound, turning left to travel Eastbound on E. Columbus Street fromthe parking lot of 925 E. Columbus Street, when she struck a second auto being operated by Riley Broadstone, also of Kenton. Broadstone's vehicle received disabling damage while the Bowman auto was listed as functional.

 

Bowman was cited for a full time attention violation.

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Gas Prices Rise Slightly For Ohio Drivers As Autumn Begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The beginning of autumn has brought an uptick in gas prices for Ohio drivers.

 

Ohio's average price for a gallon of regular gas was about $2.34 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel more than a week ago.

 

It's still significantly cheaper than at this time last year, when the average was $3.30.

 

The national average on Monday was $2.29, the same price as a week earlier. It was $3.34 a year ago.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Two Kenton Men Injured in Marion County Crash

Two Kenton men were seriously injured in a crash that occurred around 5:50 Saturday morning in Marion County.

 

According to information from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 32 year old Andrew Kissling was driving east on Wildcat Pike and failed to stop for a stop sign at State Route 37. The pickup was struck on the driver's side by a semi being operated by 60 year old Phillip Tonk, of Carey. Kissling was taken from the scene by MedFlight Helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. A passenger in the pickup, 25 year old Eric Rickenbacher was transported to Marion General Hospital and later transferred by helicopter also to Grant. Tonk was not injured.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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ODOT Releases Weekly Road Construction Project List

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.

 

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. Work is currently occurring on the east end of the project moving west. Occasional lane closures should be expected during both daytime and nighttime hours. Asphalt work is occurring during nighttime hours during the week, generally between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. During daytime hours work on pavement striping will occur generally between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Work on Main Street from Center Street to Trenton Avenue is expected to begin during the week. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

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. The northbound and southbound driving lanes are currently closed while traffic is traveling in the passing lanes. Work at the rest area ramps will occur in the coming weeks and may result in short-term access restrictions to the rest areas. Work will continue through late fall. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

 

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.

 

Hardin County:

 

Ohio 31 south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 east of Dunkirk and Township Road 165 closed August 31 for approximately 30 days for two culvert replacements. The route is expected to reopen by the beginning of the week. Traffic is detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53 back to Ohio 81. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 

Wyandot County:

 

U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently unrestricted during a bridge, pavement repair and resurfacing project. Traffic will be affected again during the week as follows:

Beginning September 28, U.S. 23/U.S. 30 will be restricted to one lane at the Ohio 53/Ohio 67 overhead bridge during repair of the bridge.

 

Traffic on the bridge on Ohio 53/Ohio 67 will be restricted but maintained with a temporary signal during the work.

Beginning Wednesday September 30, U.S.23 both northbound and southbound from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47 will be restricted to one lane throughout the entire length of the project area until early October.

 

The project will continue through October. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

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Cougars Blank Cats 38-0

The Van Wert Cougars defeated the Kenton Wildcats 38-0 Friday night at Eggerss Stadium.

 

 

 

The Cougars rolled up 401 yards of offense as they defeated the Cats for the first time since 1995. Colin Smith threw for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns and added another 84 yards and a score on the ground for the winners.

 

Justice Tussing finished with 87 yards and two touchdowns rushing for the Cougars, who improve to 3 and 2 overall and 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Ty Carmean intercepted a pass for the Wildcats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Cats, who are 1 and 4 overall and 1 and 3 in league play, are back in action on Friday when they host Shawnee.WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Week Five Scores

Week Five Scores

Van Wert 38 Kenton 0

Celina 42 Defiance 12

St. Mary's 35 Elida 21

Ottawa-Glandorf 42 Shawnee 0

Wapakoneta 24 Bath 14

Arlingon 28 Riverdale 19

Highland 76 Elgin 6

Upper Sandusky 13 Seneca East

Fort Loramie 17 Hardin Northern 0

Riverside 60 Ridgemont 6

Upper Scioto Valley 42 Waynesfield-Goshen 12

Ada 19 Columbus Grove 7

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House on County Road 135 Heavily Damaged By Fire

Fire damaged a house on County Road 135 Friday morning.
 

 

 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 9:30 Friday morning to 8584 County Road 135, which is a house owned by Cheryl Busch. The fire started in the basement and caused severe damage to the structure. No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries. The fire remains under investigation.
 

Mutual assistance was provided by the McGuffey and Dunkirk Fire Departments.

 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and BKP also assisted.

 

Firefighters were on the scene until just after one Friday afternoon.

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Women LEAD To Hold Kickoff Event

The inaugural Women LEAD kickoff event is scheduled for Wednesday September 30 at the Kenton Elementary School.
 

Co-chair Christina Cross said Women LEAD is going to be Hardin County's premiere women's organization, "That provides networking, collaboration, educational workshops and guest speakers for current and prospective members of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, and we just want to create a very engaging environment for women leaders in Hardin County by providing a venue and a platform for them to build connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life."
 

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

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Kenton Travels To Van Wert in Football Action Tonight

The Kenton Wildcats travel to Van Wert tonight to take on an improved Cougar squad.

 

The Cougars have been building towards this season for some time. A veteran Van Wert team is 2 and 2 overall but could easily be undefeated. The Cougars failed to hold fourth-quarter leads against Ottawa-Glandorf and St. Marys and lost to both teams by one point each. Van Wert's 35 to 8 win over Shawnee last week gives the Cougars a 1 and 2 mark in Western Buckeye Leaugue play.

 

Kenton is also 1 and 2 in league action and is looking to get back on track after suffering consecutive losses to highly-regarded Wapakoneta and St. Marys. In fact, overall the Cats are 1 and 3 this season, with all three of their defeats coming to unbeaten and state-ranked teams.

History, however, is on Kenton's side tonight as the Cougars have not defeated the Wildcats on the gridiron since 1995.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Eggerss Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

In other action tonight around the county, Ridgemont, which is 1 and 3, hosts unbeaten Riverside; 2 and 2 Upper Scioto Valley visits winless Waynesfield-Goshen; Ada hosts Columbus Grove in a battle of the Bulldogs - Ada is 2 and 2 while Columbus Grove is 4 and 0; Riverdale tries for its first win when it hosts 2 and 2 Arlington; and 3 and 1 Hardin Northern makes the trip to Fort Loramie to battle the winless Redskins.

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Ben Logan Golf Team Falls at Kittyhawk Course in Dayton

Ben Logan failed in their attempt to repeat as conference champs in boys golf at Kityhawk Golf Course in Dayton today.
 

For the Raiders, Grant Ricketts shot a 81 but was disqualified. Garrett Allen had a 92, Colin Headings 93, Will Kenoyer and Mitchell Fink both had 98's and Jared Sater had a 106.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "All in all we didn't play well and didn't deserve to win. Hats off to Greenon who has made much progress throughout the year and will be the odds on favorite next year.  It was a long bus ride home to have your leader dq'ed through no fault of his own and have a tournament committee made up of 1 make the decision. The score even if counted wouldn't have mattered in the outcome. It did however keep Grant who has been the conference's player of the year for the past 2 seasons from repeating a third year. I know this sounds biter but when you know an injustice has been done it hurts."
 

The Raiders will return to action Tuesday in their sectionals at Reid Park in Springfield.
 

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***Update*** Man Injured in Crash Thursday Morning on US 68

US 68 near the intersection of State Route 701 was closed for several hours Thursday morning due to a crash.
 

 

 

According to information from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a southbound minivan, being driven by 61 year old Charles Wright, of Kenton, travelled left of center and struck the side of a northbound semi, which was being operated by 28 year old John Stockmeister, of Bloomville, Ohio.
 

Wright was entrapped and had to be extracted from the vehicle. He was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima by LifeFlight Helicopter. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
 

 

 

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office continues the investigation.

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Teen Driver Escapes Injury in Wednesday Morning Crash

A 16 year old Ada driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning on County Road 113 in Washington Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, Dalton Pinks was driving south on 113 and was apparently going to fast to negotiate a curve. The car drifted off the south side of the road, where it continued along the side and struck a support wire for a utility pole and a sign. It continued across a yard where it struck another support wire for a utility pole before coming to rest in the yard.
 

Heavy damage occurred to the car, and Pinks was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Job and Career Expo Set For Friday

Those looking for employment or thinking about a career change are invited to a job fair on Friday.

 

Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said the Hardin County Job and Career Expo will indeed be held tomorrow, "It'll start at 9am til 1pm at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office community room. and we're excited to have about 30 businesses in Hardin County that are looking to hire people, many hiring on the spot. we've also got a number of businesses that are looking for entry level jobs all the way to professional level jobs of various industries, so whether you're a high school graduate or you're looking to make a career change or advance your career, this is a great opportunity to be exposed to lots of businesses."

 

He said those looking for a job should come prepared, "The best thing to do is bring many copies of your resume so you can hand those out to the various businesses that will be meeting with you. If you don't have a resume, you can also work with the Hardin County Job and Family Services, which is one of the event sponsors of the program. They're working with people up till Thursday (9/24) closing of business to help get their resumes in shape, so you can bring your updated resume to the Job and Career Expo in Friday."

 

Cross adds that the event is free for job seekers and employers alike, "We're focused on two things, getting unemployed people back to work and the underemployed, trying to find a better job that fits their career and educational needs. This again will be from 9am till 1pm at the Hardin County Sheriff's Office community room, and we appreciate our sponsors, Ohio Means Jobs Hardin County, the Hardin County Job and Family Services and the Ada Chamber of Commerce for joining us, the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance for putting on this event."

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Kenton Man Arrested on Probation Pickup Order Also Charged With Resisting Arrest

A Kenton man is facing several charges after he was arrested on a probation violation Tuesday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers went to 420 East Carrol Street to arrest 23 year old Ryan Treen on a probation pickup order. The report states that Treen came out of the house through the back door, and when officers informed him he was being arrested, he attempted to go back into the residence through the back door.
 

Officers were able to stop him and place handcuffs on him. During a search of the area, officers found a small amount of marijuana inside the doorway and additional drug paraphernalia inside Treen's pocket.
 

Treen was held on the probation pickup order and was issued a summons for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

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First Computer Ratings Released For High School Football Teams

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has released its first computer ratings for the 2015 season. 

 

Three county schools are among the top 11 in the Division 7, Region 26 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. Ada is currently 7th while Hardin Northern ranks 8th and Upper Scioto Valley is tied for 11th. Ridgemont is also in Region 26 and is tied for 22nd.

 

The Kenton Wildcats are currently 20th in the Division 4, Region 12 ratings while Riverdale sits in a tie for 23rd in the Division 6, Region 22 poll.

 

The top 8 teams in each region at the end of the regular season will qualify for the state playoffs, with the top 4 seeds hosting first-round games.

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Ohio Groups Join In Campaign For Preventing Falls By Seniors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Several groups in Ohio are teaming up in efforts to educate older citizens about the importance of preventing life-changing falls.

 

The Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness was supporting a state initiative for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Aging has been promoting its Steady U Ohio program.

 

Steady U Ohio and a state coalition also are working this week with retail pharmacy groups to offer screenings for older adults who regularly take medications about drug combinations that can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion that contribute to falls.

 

State officials say one in three Ohioans over the age of 60 will fall this year, causing emergency room visits, hospitalizations and even death.

 

Prevent Blindness says vision-impaired older adults are often at increased risk.

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Wednesday 09/23/15 Delays

Kenton 2 hr delay

 

Ada 2 hr delay

 

Riverdale 2 hr delay

 

Upper Sandusky 2 hr delay

 

Ridgemont 2 hr delay,  no morning pre school, golf match leaving at 9

 

Hardin Northern 2 hr delay

 

USV 2 hr delay

 

Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay and morning pre school open for walk ins only

 

Kenton Head start 1 and 3 no bus/walk ins only

 

Forest Christian Pre school 1 hr delay

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Kenton Man Facing Assault and Other Charges Following His Arrest Monday

A 47 year old Kenton man was arrested following an incident on Grape Street just after 11 Monday morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the residence to investigate a report of a fight.
 

Upon investigation, it was learned that a robbery had taken place.
 

Terry Holbrook was arrested, and charges, including assault, are pending.
 

The case remains under investigation.

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No Injuries Reported in Monday Crash

A crash late Monday morning damaged two vehicles.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a semi tractor trailer unit, being operated by Robert Grumel, of North Carolina, was in the process of turning left onto State Route 235 from State Route 67, and a vehicle being operated by Nathan Hall, of Ada, failed to stop in time and struck the right side of the trailer.
 

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
 

There were no injuries, and no citations were listed on the report.

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Kenton School Board Remembers Past Member

The Kenton City Board of Education met Monday evening at the Administration Building. Board President Russ Blue began the meeting with a brief speech dedicated to former Board member Saundra Winnett. Winnett served on the Board from 1993 to 2001 and recently passed away. Blue expressed sympathy for her family and gratitude for Winnett's years of service.

 

Blue then turned the Board's attention to several area exchange students. Jennifer Penczarski, Kenton City Schools Superintendent, welcomed Zainab Asghar from Pakistan and Ainara Laborda from Spain, noting that these students had been invited from Lewis Center because they were visiting from countries Kenton has not hosted yet.

 

Exchange Students, Left to Right
Zainab Asghar, Pakistan; Liza Odokiyenko, Ukraine; Ainara Laborda, Spain; and Sasha Khakimova, Kazakhstan.

 

Two Kenton exchange students, Sasha Khakimova from Kazakhstan and Liza Odokiyenko from Ukraine, were also in attendance. All four students gave presentations about their home countries and discussed their acclimation to life in the United States. Superintendent Penczarski also mentioned the district's application for the Tony Cook Memorial Scholarship, a grant that has been used to provide cultural experiences for students. She said the "universal strand" between all cultures is music and mentioned a new group that may be forming as a result of the grant called K.A.T.S. (Kenton Artistically Talented Students, name pending.)

 

In other Board discussions, Penczarski said that the grants previously applied for are coming along. As they are received and implemented, volunteers and mentors from the community will be needed to make the programs most successful. She directly spoke about Community Connectors and Club ROAR, two programs designed to help at-risk students in grades K-10 and assist with professional development in students grades 11 and 12.

 

A proposal to upgrade the Wi-Fi at Kenton Middle School and Kenton High School was also discussed. The upgrade would allow for more base stations and better connectivity in the older buildings, a move that was viewed as crucial by the Board since almost all academic lessons today involve an element of technology.

 

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on October 19, 2015 at 7:00pm.

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United Way Football Drop Winners Announced

The United Way of Hardin County held their annual mini football drop on September 18th at Robinson field prior to the game with St. Marys. 

 

Those who purchased tickets for $5.00 each had a chance to win up to $1,000.00. 

 

 

In the photo above, Chris Barker is checking out the twelve balls that fell in the helmet Friday night. 

 

The winners are, Teresa Swavels, Dean Gamman, Karen Van Hoose, Mary Ann Prater, Jane Baker, Jolene Bailey, John Neville, Steve Lee, Dan Foreman, Deb Culis and Sherrill Titus.  Congratulations to all of the winners.

 

The winners will split the $1000 prize.

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Ohio Gas Prices Increase a Bit, Match National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The average cost of gas for Ohio drivers has increased again from the previous week but is significantly cheaper than it was a year ago or even a month ago.

 

The average for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was about $2.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.

 

That's 7 cents more than a week earlier. But it's down 46 cents from a month ago, after prices temporarily spiked because of a partial shutdown at a refinery. A year ago, the state average was $3.20.

 

The national average matched Ohio's at $2.29 on Monday, down from about $2.33 a week ago and $3.34 at this time last year.

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Driver Cited For Failure To Yield Following Saturday Crash

Officers investigated a two vehicle crash near the intersection of Wayne and Decatur Streets on Saturday. 

 

The report showed that a vehicle operated by Glenna Furr of Kenton pulled from the parking lot of Save A Lot, and into the path of a westbound vehicle owned by Rodney McBride of Forest, causing minor damage to both auto's. 

 

Furr received a citation for a driving onto roadway violation, and there were no injuries.

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48 Year Old Male Found Unresponsive in Cherry Street House

The Kenton Police Department also responded to a report of an unresponsive male on Saturday in the 10 block of North Cherry Street. 

 

Upon arrival, BKP was already on the scene, and informed officers that there were no lifesigns detected. 

 

The County Coroner was contacted and the scene was turned over to that office. 

 

The victim was indentified as a 48 year old male.

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Harvest and Herb 2015 in Ada Saturday

The 30th Harvest and Herb Festival is underway in Ada.

 

Despite the rain, a large crowd was on hand for the event

 

Numerous craft and food booths line Main Street in Ada.

A large parade was held in the morning, and the crowning of the 2015 Festival Queen took place in the afternoon.

 

Live entertainment and other activity occurred throughout the day as well.

 

The booths operate until 4 Saturday afternoon.

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Pizza Most Popular Home Delivery Choice

When it comes to food delivered to the house, pizza is by far the most popular choice.

 

According to the Visitor Poll results, 80% said pizza is their choice for home delivery. That was followed by Chinese with 14%. The remaining 6% went for something other than those two.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Ohio Military, Overseas Voters to Soon See Fall Ballots

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Military and overseas voters from Ohio will soon get their absentee ballots containing updated wording about a marijuana legalization proposal.

 

Elections officials were to start mailing absentee ballots Saturday to military and overseas voters who have asked for one. Early voting for others begins Oct. 6.

 

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has said about 230 ballots will be sent this weekend.

 

The Nov. 3 election includes three statewide ballot initiatives.

 

One would let people 21 and older buy marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. The state's Ballot Board met Friday to rewrite the pot proposal's ballot wording after the state Supreme Court ruled it was misleading.

 

A separate ballot issue seeks to ban monopolies and cartels in Ohio's constitution. Another would overhaul how state legislative districts are drawn.

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Ohio's State Highway Patrol Graduates 44 Cadets at Academy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol is sending out dozens of new troopers around Ohio.
 
The patrol says 44 cadets graduated Friday in its 158th Academy Class after going through half a year of paramilitary training. Their courses covered topics such as criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, self-defense and firearms use.
 
The new troopers will report to their posts on Monday and will spend their first two months on the job working under the guidance of veteran officers. The graduates are being assigned to 23 of the agency's 58 posts around the state.

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Ohio Tax Agency Reports Increase in Fraudulent Tax Returns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say they are seeing a significant increase this year in attempts by scammers to steal state money through fraudulent income tax returns.

 

The state's Department of Taxation says fraud attempts have been up this year, though the amount of money intercepted on those returns has dropped compared to 2014.

 

The agency says that through last month, it intercepted more than 168,000 fraudulent returns. That's more than twice the 64,000 returns blocked during all of 2014.

 

Officials say fraudsters obtained $28 million in improper tax refunds last year using stolen personal information to file state returns. Department analysts say more than 90 percent of illegal returns were blocked.

 

The tax department has recovered about $4 million and seeking to get more back with help from banks and law enforcement.

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ODOT Releases Weekly Road Construction List

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 is no longer restricted following completion of a pavement repair, curb and resurfacing project.

 


Hancock County

 

Interstate 75 traffic both northbound southbound between Sandusky Street and the U.S. 68/Ohio 15 interchange will be slowed and potentially stopped for brief periods on Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 while power transmission lines are installed over the lanes of traffic. The operation is expected to begin at 9 p.m. on that Friday and be completed by 7 a.m. the following day. Message boards will communicate the work to travelers. Law enforcement officers will aid in traffic control. Work is being performed by AEP.

 

Ohio 103 between Arlington and Jenera will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 235 between Township Road 28 and Township Road 29 is no longer restricted following bridge repair.

 

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. Work is currently occurring on the east end of the project moving west. Occasional lane closures should be expected during both daytime and nighttime hours. Asphalt work is occurring during nighttime hours during the week, generally between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. During daytime hours work on pavement striping will occur generally between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Work on Main Street from Center Street to Trenton Avenue is expected to begin within the next two weeks. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

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. The northbound and southbound driving lanes are currently closed while traffic is traveling in the passing lanes. Work at the rest area ramps will occur in the coming weeks and may result in short-term access restrictions to the rest areas. 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 is complete with some minor finish work remaining.

 

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.
 

Hardin County

 

Ohio 701 between Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 will be restricted one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 309 just west of Kenton between the Kenton corporation limit to County Road 145 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair at the railroad bridge. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 31 south of Ohio 292 between County Road 190 and County Road 200 closed September 14 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Vernon Nagel, Inc., Napoleon.

 

Ohio 309 between Township Road 245 and County Road 18 at the Marion County line closed September 17 for approximately one day for a culvert replacement. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 67 and Ohio 37 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 81 between County Road 159 east of Dunkirk and Township Road 165 closed August 31 for approximately 30 days for two culvert replacements. Traffic is detoured onto U.S. 68, U.S. 30, Ohio 37 and Ohio 53 back to Ohio 81. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.

 
 

Wyandot County

 

Ohio 67 between Ohio 294 and County Highway 64 is now open following a culvert replacement.

 

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. The project will continue through October. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.

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Riders Rally Past Cats 42-23

The St. Marys Roughriders defeated the Kenton Wildcats 42-23 in Western Buckeye League football play Friday at Robinson Field.

 

 


The Roughriders rallied from a 17-0 first-half deficit to improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Western Buckeye League.


Dustin Howell threw three touchdown passes for the Roughriders while Eric Spicer rushed for 148 yards and two scores.


Trent Hites threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Cats fall to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the WBL.


Devin McGrath was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats return to action on Friday when they visit Van Wert. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
 

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Week Four Scores

Week Four Scores

St. Mary's 42 Kenton 23

Bath 35 Defiance 6

Wapak 31 Elida 14

Celina 21 O-G 13

Van Wert 35 Shawnee 8

McComb 49 Riverdale 0

Van Buren 20 Arlington 7

Tippecanoe 76 Ben Logan 22

Fredricktown 56 Elgin 3

River Valley 16 North Union 0

Buckeye Central 31 Upper Sandusky 14

Hardin Northern 56 Waynesfield-Goshen 14

USV 28 Sidney Lehman Catholic 20 

Perry 56 Ridgemont 7

Spencerville 35 Ada 7

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Theft Ring Broken Up By Several Law Enforcement Agencies

Sheriff Keith Everhart has announced the participation of the Hardin County Sheriff's Office in assisting The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion City Police Department, MARMET-METRICH Drug Task Force, Columbus Police Department, Delaware County Prosecutor's Office and Ohio Organized Crime Commission in the six month investigation of a multi-jurisdictional theft ring. This theft ring affected eleven counties: Delaware, Marion, Hardin, Franklin, Logan, Seneca, Hancock, Morrow, Wyandot, Knox and Richland. Twelve different store chains are victims of these theft suspects with a loss of over $75,000.00 in merchandise.

 

The case resulted in several felony indictments by a Delaware County Grand Jury this week.
 

Those indicted include:

 

Wendy Emmons, 46, currently incarcerated, Marysville, OH

 

Jordan Emmons, 24, 1057 Jamaica Dr., Marion, OH,

 

Justin Emmons, 26, 1821 Dorsetshire Rd., Columbus, OH,

 

Philip Burkholder, 82, 305 E. Dixon St. Forest, OH,

 

Brittany Chafin, 24, 1821 Dorsetshire Rd., Coumbus, OH,

 

Stevie Henry, 25, 476 Polk St., Marion, OH,

 

Sasha Steele, 23, 1057 Jamaica Dr., Marion, OH,

 

Michael Jenkins, 32, 205 Superior St., Marion, OH.

 

All eight defendants were indicted on a first degree felony count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity as well as a third degree felony count of Money Laundering.

 

In addition to the first and third degree felonies for each suspect, Wendy Emmons was indicted on 4 additional fifth degree felony counts of Theft. Jordan Emmons and Michael Jenkins were each indicted on three additional fifth degree felony counts of Theft and Justin Emmons with six additional counts of fifth degree felony Theft. Sasha Steele, Stevie Henry and Brittany Chafin each were indicted on two additional counts of third degree felony Money Laundering.

 

Along with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the investigation was also assisted by the Crawford, Deleware, Logan and Richland County Sheriff's Offices as well as the Forest, Tiffin, Mt. Vernon, Upper Sandusky, Westerville and Ontario Police Departments.

 

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey stated that this is the second investigation this year related to a large multi-jurisdictional theft ring where thousands of dollars of merchandise has been stolen which resulted in the several subjects being indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury.

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Two Arrested in Connection To Area Burglaries

Two Ada area men have been arrested by Hardin County Sheriff's detectives, in connection with several burglaries that have occurred in Hardin and surrounding counties.

 

According to Sheriff Keith Everhart, James Ross Kindle age 23 was arrested September 14th after detectives received information regarding a burglary that occurred early that afternoon. On September 16 Chad Bolen, age 24 was also arrested.

 

Both men have been charged with burglary and receiving stolen property.

 

Detectives are continuing their investigation in these cases.

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Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:

 

.Lesa M. Helton on four counts of trafficking in marijuana and one count of possession of drugs.

 

.Pamela S. Dague on one count each of endangering children, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Drug Take Back Day Planned For October 3

Drug Take Back Day 2015 will be held in two locations around Hardin County on Saturday October 3.

 

Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said numerous drugs will be accepted, "A lot of people have to bring drugs in that maybe someone in their family has passed away, and that's one way to get rid of them properly, or if someone has a prescription that they can no longer take, we want you to bring that in, and it's prescription drugs, liquid medications, household pet medications, medicated lotions and sunscreens."

 

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

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Hope Over Heroin Scheduled This Weekend

An event called Hope Over Heroin is scheduled to take place this evening and Saturday evening at Wharton Park.

 

 

 

Organizer Amanda Smith said there will be live music, free food, prizes and more both evenings.

 

 

The park is located on Riverside Drive, off of South Leighton Street in Kenton.

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Kenton Hosts St Marys in High School Football Action

State-ranked St. Marys makes the trip  to Robinson Field tonight to take on the Kenton Wildcats.

 

The Roughriders are 3 and 0 and were ranked 15th in the first Associated Press Division 3 state poll. St. Marys is 2 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League, which puts them in a four-way tie for first place with Wapakoneta, Ottawa-Glandorf & Celina.
 

Tonight’s matchup with St. Marys is another difficult assignment in a brutal early-season stretch of games for the Kenton Wildcats. Including the Roughriders, three of Kenton’s first four opponents are undefeated so far this season. The Cats bring a 1 and 2 overall record and a break-even league mark of 1 and 1 into tonight’s contest.

 

WKTN will broadcast the game live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

In other county action, 2 and 1 Ada visits unbeaten Spencerville in a matchup of state-ranked teams; the 1 and 2 Upper Scioto Valley Rams host Lehman Catholic, which is also 1 and 2; Riverdale looks for its first win when it travels to McComb to take on the state-ranked Panthers; the 2 and 1 Hardin Northern Polar Bears head to Waynesfield-Goshen to meet the winless Tigers; and Ridgemont entertains Perry – the Golden Gophers are 1 and 2 while the Commodores are 0 and 3.

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Ben Logan Tops Northwestern in Boy's Golf

Ben Logan dropped another close match Thursday night this time to Northwestern at Windy Knoll 178-179.
Last year we won 2 matches by a single stroke, this year we won 1 and lost 2.
It's incredible that we've had so many close matches. We knew the league was going to be much tougher this year. Last year we went undefeated but did have 2 close matches. This year we won our pre season tournament but saw much improvement out of Greenon and Graham and Northwestern has always been close. Sure enough at the close of the season Greenon and Northwestern lead the pack with 18 points, followed by Ben Logan with 17.
 
Our year end tournament awards triple points to the conference tournament so whoever wins the tourney also is crowned the league champion. The 3 of us will be paired together so it will be interesting. The conference tournament is next Thursday at Kity Hawk in Dayton.
The course played difficult early in the season so it will be interesting to see who has the mental toughness to prevail.
For the Raiders Grant Ricketts fired a 38 to medal. He was followed by Colin Headings 46, Garrett Allen 47, Will Kenoyer 48, Jared Sater 49, and Mitchell Fink 52.
For the JV's Justin Watkins led the Raiders with a 48, followed by Daniel Meier 51, Arie Pequignot 53, Jack Robinson 55, and Drew Wasson 65

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First State Football Poll of Season Released This Week

The first edition of the Associated Press state football poll has been released.

 

Only one county school earned a spot in the first Associated Press state football poll as the Ada Bulldogs are ranked 17th in Division 7.
 

Several other area teams of interest appear in the state rankings. From the Western Buckeye League, Ottawa-Glandorf is 6th in Division 4 while in Division 3, Wapakoneta is ranked 7th and, checking in at 15th is the St. Marys Roughriders, who will visit Kenton on Friday.

 

Findlay is ranked 8th in Division 1 and Lima Senior is slotted 6th in Division 2. Ada’s opponent this week, the Spencerville Bearcats, are ranked 8th in Division 6 while Columbus Grove, who will meet Ada next week, is ranked 5th. McComb comes in at 10th in Division 7.

 

The Midwest Athletic Conference is well-represented in the rankings, as usual. Coldwater is ranked 1st in Division 5 while Marion Local sits atop Division 6, two spots ahead of St. Henry. St. Henry will meet Coldwater this week and Marion Local next Friday.

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Wyandot County Fair Runs Through Sunday September 20

The 2015 Wyandot County Fair, which started Tuesday September 15, continues through this Sunday the 20 at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.

 

 

Featured entertainment in the grandstand this evening is Pari-mutual harness racing at 6.

On Friday, grandstand entertainment is the Truck Pull at 7:30pm.

 

 

Saturday's grandstand entertainment is the Tractor Pull starting at 6:30pm.

 

 

 

And on Sunday, the Demolition Derby starts at 4 in the afternoon.

 

 

 

The closing of the 164th Wyandot County Fair is at 9 Sunday night.

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Driver Leaves Scene After Striking Pedestrian in Crosswalk

A pedestrian was injured Wednesday morning after being struck by a car while he was in a crosswalk.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 37 year old Joe VanHoose, of Kenton, was walking across Franklin Street when he was struck by a car that turned left from Market Street. The driver of the car then fled the scene.
 

VanHoose was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

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United Way Holds Kickoff Event; Sets 2015 Goal at $215,000

The United Way of Hardin County held its 2016 Campaign Kickoff event Wednesday morning at St. John's Church.
 

Campaign Chair Dave Sturgeon thanked everyone for their donations last year and asked for their continued support this year.
 

Russ and Judy Blue were introduced as Honorary Campaign Chairs, and they encouraged everyone to donate a little more than they did in 2014. Russ Blue added that everyone's donation, no matter how big or small makes a difference.
 

The campaign division chairs and the agencies were also introduced at the kickoff event, and the 2015 campaign goal was set at $215,000.

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Fire Destroys Lodge at Ohio Ski Resort; No Injuries Reported

ZANESFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Fifteen fire departments from four counties fought to contain a fire that destroyed the main building at a ski resort in Logan County.

 

The director of the Logan County Emergency Management Agency says no injuries were reported in the fire at the Mad River Mountain resort in Zanesfield. Authorities said an unknown number of nearby village residents were kept away from their homes until the fire was under control.

 

The blaze reported around 7:30 p.m. was under control by 10 p.m. But fire crews remained on the scene through the night to monitor hot spots.

 

Investigators from the state fire marshal's officer were expected at the site Thursday to try to determine the cause of the fire.

 

The lodge had not yet opened for the season.

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Downtown Revitalization Committee's Summary Presented to Kenton City Council

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion last night in the City Building's Council Chambers. Council members voted 6-0 in favor of five ordinances deemed emergency measures. Four of the five ordinances dealt with financial transfers and appropriations; only one was a proposal for the purchase of potentially blighted property.

 

Recreation Director Emma Bushong also spoke at the meeting and gave council a year-end report for the Kenton City Pool. She noted that the sale of season passes was down dramatically from 2014, due in large part to the unpredictable and wet weather in the early part of the summer. The pool also required repairs for leaks and work on a circulation pump, causing unexpected closings and delays. However, Bushong said that the decision to staff the concession stand, as opposed to the use of a private contractor in 2014, proved to be a positive choice as it brought in needed revenue. Bushong plans to advertise the rental of the pool for private parties as well as potentially offer pre-sale perks for season pass buyers for the 2016 pool season.

 

In other council news:

 

4th Ward Councilwoman Nicole Fay spoke on behalf of the Cemetary Board about the layout of the cemetary website. She explained that the website offers an interactive look at the different walking paths and how much total distance they provide to the many walkers and runners that utilize the serene pathways.

 

Council President Joel Althauser mentioned as a summary of the Downtown Revitalization Committee's report that the committee is looking to pursue a larger grant for the infrastructure of the downtown area. According to Althauser, a rough timeline for the project is between now and 2017.

 

President Althauser also spoke highly of the new business development that was celebrated in Kenton this week, specifically the Sekisui plant and the International Paper expansion.

 

"It is because of the quality of employees at the Kenton plant and in this area that we were chosen as an expansion plant," said Althauser. "We owe the growth of 125 new jobs in our city to the dedicated employees at IP, and I commend them."

 

Kenton City Council will meet next on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.

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Ben Logan Beat Greenon in Boy's Golf

Ben Logan boys golf defeated Greenon Tuesday night at Liberty Hills 172-184.

 

Coach Chris Conley said, "It looked much closer than that as I watched the matches unfold and spoke with players. Greenon is a young team with a good coach and always improving. I thought they'd battle us and they did. We made some big numbers on certain holes that seemed uncharacteristic of us, at least at this point in the season. At the same time I witnessed several big putts made that go with our team attitude of never giving up. We stress all the time, never to give less than our best, and in this sport that can be difficult at times."

 

The Raiders were paced once again by senior standout Grant Ricketts with a 36. Mitchell Fink and Will Kenoyer added 44's. Colin Headings and Jared Sater both shot 48's and Justin Watkins added a 52. In the JV match Garrett Alen paced the Raiders with a 47. He was followed by Arie Pequignot 50, Drew Wasson 51, Jack Robinson 53, and Daniel Meier 54.
 

The Raiders return to action Wed at Liberty where they host Indian Lake.

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Not Guilty Plea By Husband of Woman Accused of Killing Sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A Logan County man whose wife is accused of suffocating their three young sons has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexually assaulting her when she a teenager.
 
An indictment says 43-year-old Bellefontaine resident Joseph Pilkington was considered to be Brittany Pilkington's stepfather when he impregnated her in 2009, when she was 17.
 
The now-23-year-old Brittany Pilkington has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and could face a death sentence if convicted of killing their sons.
 
Joseph Pilkington entered the not guilty plea Monday in Logan County court.
 
The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who might be victims of sexual assault, but Brittany Pilkington's name and image have been widely published since her arrest in her sons' deaths.
 

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International Paper Celebrates Completion of Expansion Project

Company and public officials conduct ribbon cutting

 

 

KENTON, Ohio — September 14, 2015 — International Paper (NYSE:IP) has completed the 250,000 square foot expansion at its Kenton, Ohio manufacturing facility, which produces fiber-based hot and cold cups, food buckets, containers, plates and lids for many popular quick-service restaurant brands. During the past year, International Paper has invested approximately $70 million into constructing the extended building structure, installing new equipment and creating additional positions to support the increased capacity of the plant.

 

IP Chairman and CEO Mark Sutton

 

"Demand for fiber-based packaging is driving marketplace place trends and creating growth opportunities for our company," said Mark Sutton, International Paper Chairman and CEO. "Our Foodservice business is an important part of International Paper. This strategic investment will add local jobs and help us better serve our customers."

 

The food service industry has experienced solid growth fueled by consumer demand for convenient, on-the-go food and beverage containers as part of their daily routines. Consumers are also voicing a stronger preference for products and packaging made from renewable, sustainable, and recyclable materials. Beyond doubling the existing manufacturing space at Kenton, the increased capacity allows the plant to produce more than six billion cups, lids and cartons annually.

 

IP Vice President and General Manager Tracy Pearson

 

"After months of hard work, it is exciting to see the expansion complete and machines running and making products our customers value, but one of the most exciting parts of this expansion story is the growth of a sustainable product," added Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, International Paper Foodservice business. "We believe our sustainability efforts are crucial to continuously improve our operations and helping our customers and suppliers improve their sustainability footprint. The completion of Kenton is a significant milestone towards enhancing our overall sustainability efforts through fiber-based packaging."

 

The completion of the expansion was a collaborative effort between International Paper and key local, county and state community partners. Kenton, Ohio was selected based on its access to a skilled workforce, multi-mode transportation capabilities and easy distribution access to the Midwest, East Coast and Southern markets.

 

IP Kenton Plant Manager David Mulligan

 

"Today, we celebrate the hard work and dedication of so many people. This was really a team effort and we’re grateful for everyone that contributed to its success including our team at Kenton, colleagues from across International Paper, and partners within the community," shared David Mulligan, plant manager. "We look forward to this new chapter in the success of the Kenton facility."

 

JobsOhio Director Glenn Richardson

 

The Director of JobsOhio, Glenn Richardson, pointed out who deserves the credit for the expansion project in Kenton, "This is a testament to the strength of the City of Kenton, Hardin County, and also a testament to the skilled labor that this region provides to important employers such as International Paper, so just a wonderful story all the way around."
 

US Senator Sherrod Brown

 

U.S. Senator Sharrod Brown said as a U.S. Senator, he's going to continue to work hard to ensure fair trade rules are enforced, "One of things I particulary focus on in Washington is making sure our trade rules are enforced so that U.S. workers can compete. We don't need advantages, we just need a level playing field that will matter when it comes to supporting Ohio and supporting American manufacturing."
 
Also speaking at the ceremony were U.S. Representantive Robert Latta, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite and State Representative Robert Sprague.

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2015 Hardin County Fair Overall Attendance Down Slightly From 2014

The 2015 Hardin County Fair is in the history books, having wrapped up its run on Sunday.

 

 

 

Looking at numbers from yesterday, the paid gate was 1775, compared to 1644 last year.

 

Estimated attendance on Sunday was 9940. Last year that figure was 9206.

 

 

 

Overall estimated attendance for this year's fair was 57,422, compared to 59,517 for the 2014 fair.

 

Attendance for the Hour of Inspiration yesterday was 546. In 2014 that number was 532.

 

 

1376 people attended the OSTPA Truck and Tractor Pull Sunday afternoon. That figure was 990 in 2014.

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Junior Fair Livestock Sales Slightly Lower Than 2014

The 2015 Hardin County Junior Fair Livestock Sale brought in over $400,000 on Saturday.

 

The total premium sales over market price were $231,797 at last count. The add-on total, referring to additional amounts added to exhibitors totals after the final bid in the sale ring, totaled $37,488.

 

Total sales were $431,435, down slightly from 2014. According to Don Spar, President of the Sale Committee, the lower overall total was due in part to a drop in market prices for the re-buy animals.

 

There were 497 registered buyers in this year's sale. Total youth exhibitors participating in the sale was 436. The sale concluded at 3:40pm, running ahead of the estimated 5:30pm end time.

 

Spar thanked all of the active buyers and the sale committee for another successful livestock sale.

 

"All in all, we had a really good sale...a really good sale," said Spar.

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Livestock Sale Grand and Reserve Buyers and Sellers

2015 HARDIN COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR LIVESTOCK SALE SUMMARY

 

Grand Champion Steer: Ross Thompson - Steer 169 (1363#) $7000.00 Buyers: Indian Ridge Sporting Clays, RD Jones Excavating, Farmers Equipment, Windmill Swine Farms, Lawrence Cattle Company, Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, 235 Grill, Commissioner-Brice Beaman, Henderson Auto Parts, Wyandot Mutual, Block Insurance, Allen Tire, Good Farms, County Line Ag Services, Big Ag Habit, LLC, Rodney & Carrie Haudenschield, Holbrook Farms, Landtech, Ag Credit, ACA, Big Red Farms, RJD Farms

 

Reserve Champion Steer: Lane Underwood - Steer 860 (1335#) $3300.00 Buyers: Sullinger Farms, Maple Brook Farms, Plaza Inn, Hardin Motors, Ed Elliott-Commissioner, Wilson Tire, Liberty National Bank, Brice Beaman-Commissioner, Wyandot Mutual, Cessna Transport, Brad Bailey-Prosecutor, Quest FCU, Steve Austin’s, Hepburn Feed, Heritage Cooperative, Findlay Implement, Ag Credit, ACA, Mid-Ohio Energy, Gary Saylor-Auctioneer, Central Ohio Farmers’ Cooperative, Underwood Family Farms, Hempy Water

 

Grand Champion Lamb: Adam Wagner - Lamb 17 (135#) $1400.00 Buyers: Home Savings & Loan, Holbrook Farms

 

 

Reserve Champion Lamb: Madisyn Gossard - Lamb 150 (126#) $3750.00 Buyers: Cessna Transport, Wilson Tire, Maryann Stair, Al Schmithorse, Guyton Builders, 302 Carryout, Wyss Farms, Shelly Materials, Brice Beaman-Commissioner

 

Grand Champion Goat: Faith Ann Holbrook - Lamb 107 (80#) $2400.00 Buyers: Rodney & Carrie Haudenschield, Block Insurance, Landtech, Hardin County Farm Bureau, Brad Bailey-Prosecutor, Kalmbach Swine Management, Findlay Implement, Ag-Credit

 

Reserve Champion Goat: Sean Hurley - Lamb 73 (72#) $1650.00 Buyers: Precision Strip, USV Lions, Brad Bailey-Prosecutor, Brice Beaman-Commissioner, Allen Tire, Hempy Water, Kenton Ace Hardware, Kenton Times, Robinson Finn, WKTN, Block Insurance, Ed Elliott-Commissioner, Quest FCU, Community First Bank, Henderson Genetics, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Holbrook Farms, Jeff & Felicia Thompson

 

Grand Champion Gilt: Drew Jacobs - Gilt 282 (265#) $1750.00 Buyers: Kroger, Little Chicago, Hempy Water, Kenton Ace Hardware, Quest FCU, Steve Austins, Community Markets, Ed Elliott-Commissioner, The Plaza Inn, Heritage Cooperative

 

 

Reserve Champion Gilt: Kelsey McKinley - Gilt 182 (272#) $1200.00 Buyers: McCullough Industries, Kenton Truck & Equipment

 

Grand Champion Barrow: Molly Wilson - Barrow 224 (270#) $3100.00 Buyers: Precision Strip, Buchenroth Excavating, Landtech, Ag Credit, ACA, Rodabaugh Bros Meats, Rodabaugh Farms, Wyandot Tractor, Wilson Tire, Crop Production Services, Gerlach Farms

 

Reserve Champion Barrow: Trevor Sparks - Barrow 175 (256#) $1600.00 Buyers: Allen Tire, Quest FCU, Hepburn Feed & Supply, The Plaza Inn, Holbrook Farms, Zac McCullough, K & B Feeds, PMR Genetics, Circle R Corp, International Paper, Gene & Brenda Rainsburg, Childrens Laugh & Learn Daycare, Kenton Times, Robinson Finn, Kroger, Heritage Cooperative Grand Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits: Korwin Kurtz $450.00 Buyers: Hensel Ready Mix Reserve Champion Pen of 3 Rabbits: Hannah Lackey $375.00 Buyers: Hensel Ready Mix

 

 

Grand Champion Dairy Feeder: Kody Buchenroth – Feeder 215 (637#) $1700.00 Buyers: McCullough Industries Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder: Samantha Unger – Feeder 252 (530#) $1200.00 Buyers: Quest FCU, Steve Austins

 

Grand Champion Dairy Steer: Andrew Stump – Steer 86 (1770#) $2500.00 Buyers: Findlay Implement Company, LandTech Co, Crop Production Services, McCullough Seed Services, Farm Credit, Rodabaugh Farm, Rodabaugh Brothers, Wyandot Mutual, Buchenroth Excavating

 

Reserve Champion Dairy Steer: Morgan Houser – Steer 176 (1178#) $1100.00 Buyers: Cessna Transport & AG Bradley

 

 

Milk – 19 Dairy Exhibitors $4950.00

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WKTN Hardin County Fair Booth Winners

Kroger Gift Card winners

 

Dean Lenhart, Dola, Ohio

 

Alan Kendrick, Kenton, Ohio

 

 

School Jacket Winners

 

Zeb Wilson, Hardin Northern

 

Autumn Andreasenn, Ada

 

Sadie Jane   Larabee, Kenton

 

Amber Moore, Ben Logan

 

Howard Jones, Simon Kenton

 

Keyana Miller, Ridgemont

 

Caleb Chafin, Upper Sandusky

 

Lincoln Cummings, Riverdale

 

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Domestic Disturbance Ends With Double Stabbing

The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a double stabbing that took place on Saturday night on County Road 155. 

 

According to Sheriff Keith Everhart, a male and female were reportedly in a domestic situation at 13230 County Road 155, Apartments 9 and 10, when the male stabbed the female in the facial area. 

 

The male then turned the knife on himself.  Both were treated and released from Hardin Memorial Hospital, and the male was taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail, with charges pending. 

 

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names at this time.

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Saturday Numbers Up Over 2014 at Hardin County Fair

Today is your last chance to take in the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

 

 

Looking at Saturday numbers, the paid gate was 4289, compared to 3938 in 2014.

 

The overall estimated attendance yesterday was 24,018. Last year that number was 22053.

 

 

 

The Demolition Derby attracted 1461 spectators to the grandstand last night, compared to 1498 in 2014.

 

Featured entertainment in the grandstand this afternoon is the OSTPA Tractor and Truck Pull followed by the Hardin County Tractor and Truck Pull starting at 2:30.

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Local and State Officials Speak Out Against Legalizing Marijuana

Local and state elected officials announced their opposition to Issue 3 on the November ballot, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

 

(left to right) Commissioner Ed Elliott, Sheriff Keith Everhart, Rep. Robert Sprague, Prosecutor Brad Bailey and Commissioner Brice Beaman

 

Led by State Representative Robert Sprague, who said he opposes Issue 3 in part because it would create a monopoly in Ohio's constitution for 1100 retail locations to dispense the drug, "Which are more than the number of McDonald's in the State of Ohio. If you think you can get McDonald's everywhere in the state, think about how much more you're going to be able to get pot in the State of Ohio, it's going to be everywhere, and it's not right for these 20 wealthy individuals to put up 20 million dollars and buy their own constitutional amendment in Ohio's constitution. That constitution is reserved for the rights of the citizens of the State of Ohio not to secure for these rich investors a commercial monopoly on selling weed in the state."

 

Hardin County Commission Brice Beaman said he opposes the issue especially when you consider the cost of incarcerations, "Our belief is that marijuana is a gateway drug to that, and we spend over one million dollars in incarcerations a year, and we could use that money in a lot better way. One of things that bothers us is the female incarceration because of drugs is going up now, so we're seeing moms incarcerated because of drugs, so for us, any form that starts you on that path of drug abuse, and to us marijuana certainly is one that puts you on that path, and it's not a recreational drug like some people think, it's a drug that is a gateway drug, so when we look at our cost going up for incarcerations and moms and dads being put in jail, it concerns us, and we just in no way want to support anything that will provide a gateway for young people towards a life of drugs."

 

Commissioner and business owner Ed Elliott spoke out against the measure because he said it would adversely affect the workforce, "Obviously the performance test, people working and showing up in a building and many on employment at regular times, whether it be arriving at work versus being able to stay at work or being able to perform at work, and it's a performance issue for anybody that employs, whether it be the county or the state or even an individual employer."

 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart spoke out against the issue from a law enforcement perspective, "I've seen the heroin overdose deaths and marijuana has been a gateway drug to many, if not all, of the heroin addicts that we have in this county. I've talked to them personally, and they're not bad people, they've made poor decisions, and it started with marijuana, so why would we want to legalize something that is a gateway drug, and that's exactly how I feel about it."

 

Rep. Sprague holds a picture of "Rush Bus" featuring "Buddy" A super hero mascot which he says targets kids in the campaign

 

Representative Sprague added that the campaign targets kids in part because of edibles, "You'll have brownies that have been laced with marijuana. You'll have cookies that are laced with marijuana, gummy bears, candies, suckers, and these specifically are attractive to children. They're not attractive to adults, they're attractive to children in these products. They claim that they're not going to be marketing this thing to kids, well I can tell you for a fact we have evidence that this going to happen, because already with their green rush bus, they're going around with "Buddy" a super hero mascot that's this muscular super hero with a cape. Well I can tell you my 9 year old loves super heros with a cape. My 14 year old little boy, he's already grown out of that in middle school, he doesn't think super heros are cool anymore. Absolutely this is targeted toward our kids, and it's going to make it more dangerous for them in Ohio."

 

Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey also attended the Friday press conference and added his opposition to Issue 3 on the November ballot.

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Rain Reduces Numbers For Hardin County Fair on Friday

The weekend has arrived for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

 

Rain and football reduced the crowd on Friday.

 

Friday's paid gate was 568, compared to 1211 in 2014.

 

Overall estimated attendance Friday was 3181. Last year, that figure was 6782.

 

 

186 people took in the Kevin Mabry and the Mule Skinner Band concert. Last year's Nashville Crush concert attracted 453 people to the grandstand.

 

 

Featured entertainment tonight is the Demolition Derby in the grandstand starting at 7.

 

The Junior Fair Livestock Sale is taking place throughout the day.

 

 

The fair runs through Sunday.

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Redskins Run Past Cats 35-7

The Wapakoneta Redskins won their 21st straight regular-season game and their 19th consecutive Western Buckeye League contest by defeating the Kenton Wildcats 35-7 Friday night at Harmon Field.

 

A rainy evening at Harmon Field where Kenton took on Wapakoneta

 

 

The Redskins stay perfect on the year at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the WBL while the Cats fall to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.

 

Cameron Lauck rushed for 166 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Redskins and the Wapakoneta defense turned in a dominant performance as it held Kenton to 185 yards of offense while forcing 4 Wildcat turnovers.

 

Trent Hites hit Chris Deardorff with a 58-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in the game to account for the Wildcat touchdown.

 

Deardorff was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action Friday when they host St. Marys. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Week Three Scores

Wapak 35 Kenton 7 
WBL
Celina 20 Bath 12
Elida 49 Defiance 20 
Ottawa-Glandorf 26 Van Wert 25
St. Marys 21 Shawnee 6 
 
Northern 10
Upper Sandusky 37 Ridgdale 7
Blanchard Valley Conference
Hopewell-Loudon  6 Arlington 7
 
Non-leauge
Oberlin 27  Hardin Northern 13
Lima Central Catholic 22 Ada 20
Buckeye Centeral 54  Ridgemont 6 
Indian Lake 48 USV 3 

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Five Vendors Asked To Vacate Fairgrounds For Selling Counterfeit Items

A total of five vendors were shut down operating at the Hardin County Fair this week.

 

According to Sheriff Keith Everhart. "They were selling counterfeit items, purses and phone cases and what not, and they were trademark violations, and we just aren't going to tolerate that out here at the fairgrounds."

 

As the Sheriff said it may not be a huge crime, but it's just something they won't tolerate, "There were other issues that we were dealing with , and we just thought it was in the best interest and safety of everyone if we just had them vacate the premises."

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Man Arrested on Active Warrant

A Mt. Victory man was arrested around 9 Thursday night on an active warrant through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department, officers observed a vehicle leaving a residence where suspected drug activity occurs.
 

The report states that the driver, later identified as 31 year old Joshua Legge, drove quickly down an alley in an apparent attempt to elude officers.
 

The car was stopped in the 500 block of Carroll Street, and the suspect fled on foot. He was located hiding under a bush a short distance away. Legge was taken into custody on the warrant, and during a search, a small amount of marijuana was found in a baggy in his front pants pocket.
 

Legge was issued a summons for possession of marijuana.

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Thursday Numbers Up Over 2014 Numbers at Hardin County Fair

Today is day number 4 for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

 

 

As for Thursday numbers, the paid gate was 1640, compared to 1374 last year.

 

 

Overall estimated attendance Thursday was 9184. Last year that number was 7694.

 

 

 

536 people took in Harness Racing yesterday, compared to 298 in 2014.

 

Kevin Mabry and the Mule Skinner Band performs in the grandstand tonight starting at 8.

 

 

The fair runs through this Sunday.

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Kenton Travels to Wapak in WBL Football Action Tonight

Fresh off their come-from-behind win over Defiance, the Kenton Wildcats travel to Wapakoneta tonight to take on the Redskins.     

 

The Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat Defiance 35 to 21 Friday night at Robinson Field. The victory in the Western Buckeye League opener evened Kenton’s record at 1 and 1 overall and should give the Cats some momentum as they head to Wapakoneta tonight to take on the powerful Redskins.
 

Wapakoneta won the Western Buckeye League last season and is projected to be one of the top teams in the league once again this year. The Redskins have gotten off to a strong start in 2015. They are 2 and 0 for the year and have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 71 to 6.

 

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Harmon Field in Wapakoneta. The pregame show will start at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

 

In other action tonight around the county, the 2 and 0 Hardin Northern Polar Bears host 0 and 2 Oberlin; Upper Scioto Valley visits Indian Lake in a matchup of 1 and 1 teams; Ridgemont travels to Buckeye Central – both those teams are 1 and 1 this season; the undefeated Ada Bulldogs entertain the 1 and 1 Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds; and Riverdale looks for its first win of the season when it hosts winless Pandora-Gilboa.

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Ben Logan Golf Team Competes at 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. We had a spot open in our schedule and 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. I told the guys just treat it like a practice round since we'll be playing Northwestern here late in the year.
 

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. 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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Vast Majority of Poll Voters Do Not Have a Fitbit

While it may seem everyone has a Fitbit to monitor their steps, diet and exercise routine, a vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters say that is not the case.

 

A commanding 76% said they do not have such a device.

 

The remaining 24% said they do have one.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Wednesday Crowd at 2015 Fair Down Over 2014 Numbers

Fun ride at Hardin County Fair

 

The 2015 Hardin County Fair is at day number three today.

 

 

As for Wednesday numbers, the paid gate was 942, compared to 1343 in 2014.

 

Taking in the Swing Choir and Society Singers

 

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 5275. Last year that number was 7521.

 

666 people took in the Swing Choir and Society Singers Show, compared to 858 last year.

 

One of the school swing choirs in action in front of grandstand

 

Harness racing will be featured this evening, starting at 6 in the grandstand.

 

The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

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Ben Logan Defeats Indian Lake in Boys Golf

Ben Logan defeated Indian Lake Tuesday night at Cherokee Hills 165-219B 

 

The Raiders were paced by senior Grant Ricketts with 35. He was followed by Colin Headings 42, Garrett Allen 43, Will Kenoyer 45.

 

Also Mitchell Fink and Jared Sater shot 49's. Indian Lake didn't field a JV team but the Raiders played and got a 49 from Justin Watkins, Arie Pequignot 51, Jack Robinson and Daniel Meier both shot 52's and Drew Wasson added a 59. 

 
The Raiders are tied atop the Mad River division in the CBC for first place but begin the meat of their schedule with their last home match against Northwestern Thursday nightat Liberty Hills.
 
Coach Chris Conley said "The season hasn't been what I expected but we're still tied for first and how these next 3 matches go will all but determine our season."

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Opening Ceremony Held Tuesday Afternoon To Start the Hardin County Fair

An opening ceremony was held at one Tuesday afternoon to officially start the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

Flag being raised during opening ceremony

 

During the opening ceremony held at the gazebo at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, Fairboard President Howard Lyle introduced the 2015 Hardin County Fair honorees Bill and Connie Oates.

 

Lyle pointing out Connie's years of service as fairboard secretary, "Connie served as the fair secretary for over 15 years beginning in 1995 and retiring at the end of 2010. Bill served as a volunteer all those years as well."

 

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Fairboard President Howard Lyle (left) recognizes Connie and Bill Oates, 2015 Fair Honorees

 

He said numerous projects were completed on her watch, "A new secretary's and concessions office was built, and all records became computerized. The fair entries were also computerized. Grants were applied for and new buildings and restrooms were built. The farm machinery and consignment sale grew, and there was more and more usage of the buildings in the off season."

 

Connie Oates pointed out her success took a team effort, "We're just two of many people it takes to put this fair on to make the Hardin County Fair one of the best agricultural fairs in Ohio."

 

Tractors on display at the fairgrounds

 

The 2015 Hardin County runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

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2015 Hardin County Fair Underway at Fairgrounds in Kenton

Fair Royalty: Queen Nicole Sutherland, from Ridgemont and King Ty Hiller, from Kenton.

 

It's day number two for the 2015 Hardin County Fair.

 

Taking a ride on the YoYo

 

Taking a look at opening day numbers, the paid gate Tuesday was 1040, compared to 1118 in 2014.

 

Tiger performing during a free tiger show at the fair

 

Overall estimated attendance yesterday was 5824. Last year that figure was 6261.

 

Junior Fair King and Queen contestants

 

The crowning of the Junior Fair King and Queen and the High School Band Show drew 593 to the grandstand, compared to 825 for last years' show.

 

The Junior Fair King is Ty Hiller, of Kenton, and the Fair Queen is Nicole Sutherland of Ridgemont.

 

Featured entertainment tonight in the grandstand is the Swing Choir Show and Society Singers in the grandstand starting at 7.

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Car Narrowly Misses Hitting Building Following Crash in Downtown Kenton

 

 

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 7:30 Monday night in downtown Kenton.
 

The report at the Kenton Police Department is incomplete as officers are still trying to sort out what led to the crash. The drivers listed on the report are 23 year old Dane Rau and 34 year old Jessica Amweg, both of Kenton.
 

The crash occurred at the intersection of Columbus and Main Streets, and one vehicle travelled onto the sidewalk and stopped just short of a building.

 

The Kenton Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, but there was no fire.
 

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.

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2015 Hardin County Fair is Underway

Today is the first day of the 2015 Hardin County Fair.
 

Fairboard Secretary Judy Cronley said opening day is Veteran's Day, "All veterans can get in for free with a pass from the Veteran's Office or their veteran's Identification card, so that's a plus for the veterans. The big draw in the evening is the crowning of the 2015 Junior Fair King and Queen. You do pay to get into the grandstand for that, $4.00 for the reserve seats and general admission is $3.00. It's a big draw, and we've already sold a lot of reserved seats."
 

The fair runs through Sunday September 13.

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New Lighting Installed At Hardin County Fairgrounds

When the 2015 Hardin County Fair kicks off tomorrow, one thing you might notice come nighttime is new lighting.

 

According to Haridn County Fairboard President Howard Lyle, "You don't think about the amount of energy it takes to run the fair that week. We looked at our lighting, and it was starting to get a little old, and we investigated into some grants that helped pay for that, and we have changed over 260 lights at the fairgrounds to new LED lights, and all the race track and most of the lights on the inside and parking lots have all been changed. What that's going to do for us is not only upgrades our electrical system, but also it's going to help us with our electric bill as well."
 

The fair starts Tuesday and runs through Sunday September 13 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

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Avian Flu Threat Means No Live Birds at Hardin County Fair

Work continues this weekend at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in preperation for the first day of the Hardin County Fair on Tuesday.
 

Fairboard President Howard Lyle reminded visitors that becasue of the ban due to Avian Flu, there will be no live chickens on display this year, "You won't see any birds, any feathered friends on the fairgrounds this year, but the exhibitors have done poster projects and different things, and those will be displayed down in what we calll the Goshen Barn, which is down by the Hog Barn. They'll have all there project posters and things down there, and they'll still be doing showmanship and will actually using stuffed animal type chickens and things so they can still demonstrate how you show tose animals."
 

The Hardin County Fair kicks off Tuesday and runs through Sunday September 13 at the fairgrounds in Kenton.

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Week Two Football Scores

 

Kenton 35 Defiance 21         

 

Ada 28 Arlington 14

 

Cardington-Lincoln 39 Riverdale 20

 

Mt. Gilead 48 Ridgemont 12                 

 

Upper Scioto Valley 44 Corey-Rawson 14

 

Hardin Northern 14 Fairfield Christian 6

 

Upper Sandusky 20 Carey 6

 

Ottawa-Glandorf 28 Bath out 16

 

Elida 34 Celina 35                     

                       

St. Mary’s 21 Van Wert 20

 

Wapakoneta Shawnee   POSTPONED UNTIL 10AM SATURDAY

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Hites Throws For Three TDs, Runs For Two More As Cats Top Defiance 35-21

Trent Hites accounted for 5 touchdowns as the Kenton Wildcats defeated the Defiance Bulldogs 35-21 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Robinson Field.

 

Hites threw for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns - hooking up with Alex Stephens, Hunter Phillips and Chris Deardorff for scores - and rushed for 183 yards and 2 more TDs for the Wildcats.

 

The Wildcats improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the WBL while the Bulldogs fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the WBL.

 

Hites and Aarin Tillman were named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

The Wildcats are back in action Friday when they travel to Wapakoneta. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Ben Logan Falls To Greenon in Boys Golf

 

Greenon defeated Ben Logan tonight at Reid Park in Springfield 178-183
Any loss hurts but this one just plain got away from us. We had many double bogeys or worse coming down the stretch and that's not like us. 
I've always felt that was our trademark and why we've had the success we've had, being our ability to overcome bad breaks and finish strong. 
Tonight was anything but. Bright spots however was Grant Ricketts being the medalist with a 35 and Jack Robinson getting his first birdie on the JV side.
Other scores were Colin Headings 46, Mitchell Fink and Jared Sater 51, Will Kenoyer 52 and Garrett Allen 53.
The JV's tied Greenon 218-218. They were paced by Daniel Meier and Drew Wasson with 53's, Jack Robinson 54, Justin Watkins 58 and Arie Pequignot 59.
We'll take the weekend off and attempt to regroup next Tuesday when they play Indian Lake at Cherokee Hills.

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Man Gets Community on Trafficking in Heroin Charges

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

 

According to the document from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.James David Sexton was placed on five years community control with condition on three counts of trafficking in heroin.

 

As part of the sentence, Judge Scott Barrett ordered Sexton to spend 30 days of local incarceration.

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Labor Day Weekend Means Just That at Hardin County Fairgrounds

Work is being done this weekend at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in preparation for the start of the 2015 Hardin County Fair Tuesday.

 

Fairboard Secretary Judy Cron;ey also said for those who have entered open class items in the fair, "You can pick up exhibitor tickets in the fair office. We're open Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-5 and Monday 9-6, so you can get those tickets and put them on your things before you bring out all your open class entries."

 

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

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Cats Host Bulldogs; Other County Teams Ready For Week 2 of Football Season

A very young and inexperienced Wildcat team struggled last week at Coldwater, falling to the three-time defending state champs 42-0 at Cavalier Stadium.

 

Tonight, the Cats return to the friendly confines of Robinson Filed for the first time this regular season and will begin Western Buckeye League play against the improved Defiance Bulldogs.

 

The Bulldogs, who were 0 and 10 in 2014, have already surpassed their win total from last season as they rallied past Napoleon 20-14 in their season opener.

 

WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 6:40pm, with kickoff set for 7pm.

 

In other action tonight around the county:

 

.Ada travels to Arlington in a battle of 1-0 teams.

 

.Upper Scioto Valley heads to Cory-Rawson to meet the Hornets, both teams are 0-1.

 

.1-0 Ridgemont visits 0-1 Mount Gilead.

 

.Riverdale hosts Cardington-Lincoln in a match-up of 0-1 squads.

 

.1-0 Hardin Northern entertains 0-1 Fairfield Christian Academy. The first Hardin Northern football team from 1953 will be honored before the kickoff of the game.

 

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Ben Logan Golf Team Rebounds From Loss

Ben Logan defeated Urbana Wednesday night 182-210 at Urbana CC.
 

Coach Chris Conley said, "The scores were a little higher than normal but the course plays difficult. All in all I thought we rebounded well from a tough loss the night before."
 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders with a 37. He was followed by Mitchell Fink with a 45, Will Kenoyer with a 49, Colin Headings and Garrett Allen with 51's and Jared Sater 56.
 

The Raiders return to action tomorrow at Reid Park in Springfield where they will take on Greenon.

 

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Former Probation Officer Sentenced To Nearly A Decade in Prison

A former Municipal Court Probation Officer and Bailiff was sentenced to nearly a decade Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

Don Castle was sentenced to total of 8 years in prison on two counts of rape. He pleaded guilty to the offenses on August 12. Five other counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

 

The victim pleaded for a longer prison sentence stating that Castle brainwashed her and left her with a trust issue, especially with people in law enforcement.

Castle addressed the victim and in tears stated that he was truly sorry for his actions and apologized to her and her family as well as his.

 

Breaking the sentence down, Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Castle to 3 years on the first count of rape noting that it occurred before the two were married. The other rape count brought a 5 year prison sentence since, as Judge Barrett pointed out, it occurred after they were married, "The Court sees this as a different situation. There has been evidence before the Court that after the first situation. The evidence that I have here is that promises were made that this wouldn't happen again. After that date, the parties entered into the sanctity of the relationship of marriage, and even though the standards of marriage are declining in the world around us, still the Court finds no relationship that is more based upon trust in each other than that intimate relationship of marriage, and I find that Mr. Castle has violated the sanctity of that marriage."

 

Castle, who will not be eligible for early release, was also classified as a Tier III Sex Offender.

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Sekisui Plastics Holds Ribbon Cutting at Kenton Plant

 

 

A new manufacturing facility held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

 

Sekisui Plastics, located on US 68 at the south edge of Kenton, welcomed company officials and other dignitaries to the event.

 

Those officials include Thomas Pontiff, Sekisui Plastics USA President, who talked about what the new Kenton facility will produce, "A variety of molded parts for a number of different applications including automotive parts, protective packaging and other industrial applications consumer products. In the future, we have plans to expand to perhaps produce other products here based on our technologies in Japan, and probably the raw material that we use in our molding process."

Pontiff added that the initial 50 jobs is only the beginning as they have plans to expand the company to better serve their customers.

 

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor speaking at Sekisui Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

The Lt. Governor of Ohio, Mary Taylor was also on hand, who said she was excited to have Sekisui coming to Kenton, Ohio, "And the opportunities that this is going to present to all of the families that will be impacted in a positive way because of a new job, and of course for the community and for the State of Ohio."

 

Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said bringing Sekisui to Kenton took a group effort, "Everybody worked together, and it starts from the Governor's Office on down, and that made it very conducive to getting something accomplished."

 

Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross also welcomed Sekisui to Hardin County and said the work doesn't stop there, "We're very excited not only to help you get to this point today, but help you for the many years to come to get to your global expansion and to your 100 year goal. I wish we had hundred year goals here in the City of Kenton, but we are working on a five year to ten year plan, and we want to be a part of that to help you succeed."

 

The company plans to start production at the new Kenton facility sometime next week.

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Two Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Tuesday Morning Crash

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Main and Carrol Streets in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 29 year old Jerica McKenzie, of Kenton, was cited for failure to yield after she drove from Carrol onto Main Street, and her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 35 year old Tiffany Black, also of Kenton.
 

Both vehicles were heavily damaged, but there were no injuries.

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September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio

Findlay – September is Safe Driving Awareness Month, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to commit to only driving while buckled, focused and sober.

 

In addition, motorists help keep roadways safe when they take their time, drive defensively and know all traffic safety laws.

 

“By devoting their full attention to the road, motorists can reduce their risk of getting into a crash,” said Lt. Matt Crow Findlay Post Commander. “We need all motorists to practice safe driving habits to make the roadways safe all across Ohio.”

 

From 2010-2014, an average of 287,303 motor vehicle crashes occurred on Ohio’s public roadways each year. Of these, an average of 957 involved fatalities with 1043 people being killed.

 

Last year 1008 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This was the 2nd lowest total recorded in Ohio since record keeping began in the 1930s.


September was designated as Safe Driving Awareness Month by Senate bill 294, signed by Governor John Kasich in June 2014 to honor Maria Tiberi and other victims of motor vehicle crashes. Maria Tiberi was a 21 year old college student who died in a distracted driving crash in September 2013. She is the daughter of Columbus television sports anchor, Dom Tiberi.

 

To view the statistical analysis regarding our safe driving awareness month visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/SafeDriving_Bulletin_2015.pdf

 

As always, the Patrol asks drivers to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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Graham Top Ben Logan in Boys Golf

Graham defeated Ben Logan tonight at Liberty Hills 167-168.

 

Coach Chris Conley said, "It was tough being on the opposite end of a 1 stroke outcome. We had a couple go our way last year so now we know how it feels to be on the other end.

 

It was Ben Logans first conference loss in over 2 years.

 

"We'll attempt to put it behind us and get back to business tomorrow as we travel to Urbana,"  said Conley

 

He added, "Our overall score was descent for us but we left a lot of opportunities out there."

 

Grant Ricketts led the Raiders in scoring with a 39. He was followed by Mitchell Fink 40, Jared Sater 43, Will Kenoyer 46. Also scoring was Colin Headings and Garrett Allen who both shot 47's

Graham JV's only had 3 players so there score was a 156. The Raiders JV scored a 139. They were led by Arie Pequignot with his low round of the year 45. Also scoring were Justin Watkins and Jack Robinson with 47's. Daniel Meier shot a 50 and Drew Wasson a 59.

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Alliance Launches New Women's L.E.A.D. Program

 

 

 

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Women Members held a press conference Monday to announce a new board-approved program and organization, within its Chamber Division, called Women L.E.A.D "Women Leading Women Forward."

 

Women L.E.A.D. will strive to be Hardin County's premier women's group, providing networking, collaborations, educational workshops, and guest speakers for current and prospective women members of the Alliance. Topics will range from how to start a new business and entrepreneurship opportunities to career and leadership development.

 

The founders and 2015-2016 Co-Chairs are Christina Cross, a local business attorney and educator, and Jesse Purcell, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society. In developing this new program from the ground-up, both Christina and Jesse saw an opportunity in the county for women professionals, of all ages, titles and positions, to network while also providing an education and training outlet.

 

"The mission is to create an engaging environment for women leaders in Hardin County and of the Alliance organization, by providing a venue and platform to build connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life," said Christina Cross.

 

Jesse Purcell also noted, "It is both a membership value-add and recruitment arm of the Alliance that provides an opportunity for women to learn, lead, connect, and build career-advancing relationships."

 

The word L.E.A.D. within the new logo and organizational name stands for: Leadership through actions; Embracing and encouraging personal growth; Advancing career opportunities; and Developing strategic relationships. The logo was designed by Ohio Northern University student Rebecca Carman.

 

"Many chambers of commerce in other counties and states include a women's professional-leadership group, and Women L.E.A.D. will now be implemented as part of the Alliance's new program development," said Annetta Shirk, Chamber and Tourism Director for the Alliance.

 

It was also announced that Women L.E.A.D has set the date for their inaugural kickoff event, set for Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hardin Memorial Hospital Stephen McCullough Conference Room. The kickoff event is free for any women professionals and women in business wanting to learn more about the program and organization.

 

The keynote speaker will be Ms. Tracy Stuck, Vice President of Student Life at The Ohio State University. Tracy, a former Hardin County resident, has worked for OSU for over 20 years and oversaw development and construction of the new the Ohio Union student center, which was a multi-million dollar project during her time as the Director of the Ohio Union. Quest Federal Credit Union and the Hardin Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the event. RSVP is required by contacting the Alliance office at 419-673-4131 or email, womenlead@hccba.com.

 

In 2016, Women L.E.A.D will start their full program development with four quarterly events. If someone is interested in participating or having a business partnership, please contact Alliance Chamber & Tourism Director Annetta Shirk at the same contact as the RSVP information.

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