Local News Archives for 2016-01

Rams Pull Away Late, Edge Cats 58-47

The Upper Scioto Valley Rams pulled away down the stretch to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 58-47 Saturday at Alumni Fieldhouse.


The game was tied at 38-all after a three-pointer from Kenton's Thomas Phillips early in the fourth quarter, but the Rams scored the game's next six points and were never headed the rest of the way. USV connected on 13 of 14 tries from the foul line in the fourth quarter to win for the eighth time in their last nine outings.

 

Basketball

 

Trevor Dotson scored 21 points for USV (11-7) while Chase Rose had 11 points and Wayne Lowery finished with 10 markers.

 

Kenton (1-15) got 13 points from Hunter Philips and another 10 from Thomas Phillips.

 

Hunter Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Several Marion Residents Arrested in Kenton

Several individuals from Marion were apprehended early Friday morning after they allegedly stole items from vehicles.
 
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, a resident reported seeing five or six young adult males driving an old style dark van. They would then park the van and walk in yards on the east side of town. The caller stated they were checking car doors and garages. The group was wearing all black clothing and open backpacks.
 
Officers later located the individuals and took them into custody.
Officers also recovered all of the stolen property. The van they were driving was towed.
 
The incident remains under investigation. 

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Primary Ballots Being Sent Ohio Military, Overseas Voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Elections officials are starting to send Ohio military and overseas voters their absentee ballots for the swing state's March 15 presidential primary.
 
Early voting for other Ohioans begins on Feb. 17, which is the day after residents must register to vote for the primary election.  
 
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted's office says it will begin sending ballots to military and overseas voters on Saturday. 
 
Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or requested an absentee ballot can still do so by visiting OhioMilitaryVotes.com. Overseas voters can visit OhioVoterPassport.com. Each can track the status of their mailed ballot and sign up for election reminders. 
 
Primary voters will have a chance to cast their ballots for presidential and statewide candidates, as well as local issues. 

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Fireworks Only Celebration Slated For 4th of July

The Freedom Celebration committee met on Thursday, January 28th with 21 people in attendance.
 
Bob McBride called the meeting to order.  
 
McBride gave a little history on how the committee was formed, stating the celebration is not run by the fair board directors, but ran by community members.  There has been a lack of community participation in sponsoring events to occur during the celebration, so discussion was held as to whether the day should just have fireworks.  Also a problem this year, is the conditions of what Fairground Road will be like on the 4th of July. Discussion was had on whether to also move the date of the fireworks, seeing if more from the community would participate on a date not during the 4th of July week.
 
Mike Comstock spoke about the updates made to the firework racks and that he would be applying for a couple of grants from the Community Foundation again this year.
 
Jessica Shepherd stated she was still willing to put on a car show, but road conditions would definitely hinder that show.
Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher stated they would still be willing to help organize the Children's Pedal Tractor Pull.
 
Ray Davis stated he was still willing to help do a 50/50 drawing, but would like others to help him.
 
Bob Wood stated the Grange said they were not willing to sell Chicken Dinners, d/t the fact they lost money last year.
John Vermillion, representing the Sheriff's Dept., said they had much concern about traffic with the road conditions for this year's 4th of July.
 
After much discussion Jim Bidwell and Ray Davis moved to only have a fireworks display this year.  Motion passed.  Hopes of using neighboring businesses to park cars was discussed.
Nancy Rickenbacher and Mike Comstock moved to have the fireworks on July 4th and not another date.  Motion passed.
Mike Comstock and Denna Clem moved to set a goal of $15,000 for the fireworks.  Motion passed.  
 
Mike Comstock and Bob McBride moved to have the next meeting on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm.  Motion passed.

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Titans Blitz Wildcats 89-58

The Ottawa-Glandorf Titans hit 9 three-pointers on their way to an 89-58 win over the Kenton Wildcats in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday at Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.

 

Game

 

The Titans (14-4 overall, 5-1 WBL) got 22 points from Jordan Verhoff while Nick Weihrauch had 17 points and Kordell Stover scored 16.

 

Kenton (1-14, 0-6) got 28 points and 6 rebounds from Hunter Phillips while Thomas Phillips added 17 points and 8 rebounds.

 

Hunter Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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One Person Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Haley M. Hayter was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Increased Demand Putting Strain on Cancer Support Group

Increased demand is putting a financial strain on the not for profit group Not By Choice.
 

The organization provides help for cancer patients, and Founder and CEO Marcia Retterer said in 2015 they gave away more gas cards than they ever have and are on track to break that this year, "We did $28,000 in gas cards in the years 2015, and that doubled in the last six months. Right now, we're showing at this time as of the 21st when we had our meeting, we had already given away $5000 in gas cards, so you can see that at the rate that we're going, if we continue to do that. it will be sitting at just gas cards alone, it could be up to $60,000 by the end of 2016."
 

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

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Escaped teen convicted in murder case found at McDonald's

MARION, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teen serving time in her step-father's killing has been found after she escaped during a Zumba class.

 

The Ohio Department of Youth Services says the 17-year-old was found Thursday evening by police at a McDonald's in Marion on state Route 95.

 

The agency says she had been in a supervised class on Wednesday at a Cleveland recreation center when she ran away. Staff members apparently couldn't catch up before she disappeared.

 

The girl has been in a behavioral health center since August 2014 after she was sentenced to five years on a juvenile charge of complicity to aggravated murder.

 

They say she and four adults teamed up in the killing of her 61-year-old stepdad in 2012, and that they planned to split money from a life insurance policy.

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Kenton Boys Basketball Team Prepares For Back To Back Games

The Kenton Wildcats hit the road this weekend for games at Ottawa-Glandorf and Upper Scioto Valley.

 

Western Buckeye League play has not been kind to the Wildcats, who are 1 and 13 this season. The Cats average less than 40 points a game in league action and have been outscored by almost 20 points a contest while going winless in their first five Western Buckeye League games.

 

The Cats will need to play their best basketball of the season tonight if they are to get that first league win as they travel to Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium to take on the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans.

 

The Titans are strong as always -they are 13 and 4 overall and are 4 and 1 in Western Buckeye League action, a game back of league-leading Defiance.

 

On Saturday, the Cats make the trip to Alumni Fieldhouse to meet county rival Upper Scioto Valley. The Rams had their six-game win streak snapped on Saturday but still bring a 9 and 7 mark into this weekend's action.

 

WKTN will have all the action this weekend, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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Tipp City Defeats Ben Logan in Boy's Basketball Action

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost Thursday against Tipp City  41-18.

 

The Raiders move to 10-5 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 12 points. Nolan Roose added 4 and Marshall Jackson chipped in 2.

 

Tanner Perkins and Landen Hunt led the team in rebounds.

 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday when they travel to Kenton.

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State-Ranked Titans Pull Away Late To Top Lady Wildcats 45-33

State-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf pulled away late to defeat the Kenton Lady Wildcats 45-33 in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action on Thursday.

 

Girls Basketball

 

The Lady Wildcats survived a shaky start to put a scare into the Titans in the second half. Kenton did not record its first field goal until the 6:20 mark of the second quarter but did convert on its first nine free throw attempts to stay in the game.

 

The Cats used a flurry late in the first half to draw to within 24-17 at the break, and then clawed to within 27-24 midway through the third quarter.

 

The Titans, who were ranked fifth in the latest Division II state poll, scored the last six points of the period to go on top 33-24 and then slowly pulled away from the Cats in the fourth quarter to get the win and clinch at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.

 

Lexi Schroeder scored 14 points and Kadie Hempfling had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Titans, who are 17-1 overall and 7-0 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Ellie Mller had 12 points while Layne Taylor scored eight for Kenton, which is 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the league.

 

The Lady Wildcats will be back in action on Tuesday when they host River Valley. WKTN will carry that game live, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.

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Missouri Dismisses QB Maty Mauk After Series of Missteps

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program after a series of missteps.
 
New coach Barry Odom said Thursday he met with Mauk in December and gave him a fresh start. But Missouri suspended Mauk again this week after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the tweet mentions Mauk by name.
 
Maty Mauk
 
Odom says he believes the video is from "a long time ago," but it was clear Mauk had violated team rules in recent weeks and that was the reason for the dismissal.
 
Mauk, a junior, was suspended on Nov. 1 following an incident at a downtown bar not long after returning from a suspension on Sept. 29 for an undisclosed violation of team policy.
 
Here is a statement from Mauk's Facebook Page - CLICK TO ENLARGE:
 
Mauk Letter
Statement from Mauk, Click to Enlarge.
 
 
 

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Upper Sandusky Teen Killed in Wyandot County Crash

An Upper Sandusky teenager was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday evening at the intersection of Township Road 44 and U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.
 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Duane Jacob Davidson drove hie vehicle from 44 onto 23 and was struck by a northbound semi being operated by 24 year old Sergii Bala, of Xenia, Ohio.
 

Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Wyandot County Coroner. Bala was not injured.
 

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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Ada Woman Injured in Crash

An Ada woman was injured in a crash that occurred just before 6:30 Wednesday evening at the intersection of Township Road 35 and County Road 60 in Liberty Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 20 year old Emma Levan pulled from a stop sign on 35 onto 60 and her car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 31 year old John Stuber, of Dola.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Levan was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment. Stuber was not injured.
 

Levan was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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Kenton Girls Prepare For Big Basketball Game Tonight

The Kenton Lady Wildcats will host Ottawa-Glandorf tonight in one of the biggest girls basketball games in recent memory.

 

The Lady Wildcats are 10 and 6 overall and are tied with Bath, Wapakoneta and St. Marys for second in the Western Buckeye League with a 4 and 2 league record. A win tonight would clinch Kenton’s first winning season in WBL girls basketball action in 30 years. A victory would also pull the Cats to within a game of the league lead and keep alive their hopes of winning the first Western Buckeye League title in girls basketball in school history with two conference games to go.

 

Ottawa-Glandorf, of course, has a lot on the line tonight as well. The state-ranked Titans are 16 and 1 overall and a perfect 6 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League. Ottawa-Glandorf, which was ranked 5th in the latest Associated Press Division II state poll, clinches at least a share of its first league title in 10 years with a win tonight.

 

The junior varsity game will start at 6 p.m. tonight at Kenton High School, with the varsity tip-off set for around 7:30 p.m.

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Boil Water Advisory For Kenton Lifted

The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Kenton has been lifted.

 

Water was turned off to the city so crews could repair a water main break in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

The city would also like to thank city residents who participated in the sampling process.

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Kenton Businesses Target of Phone Scam

An apparent phone scam is targeting businesses in Kenton.

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, some businesses have been contacted by someone claiming to be from American Electric Power. The businesses are being told they owe a large amount of money for their electric service, and they have a very short time to get the money to Waterford, Ohio or the electric is being turned off. They are also being told they can wire the money from CVS Pharmacy.

The police department advises business owners not to fall for this scam.

 

AEP officials released a statement about the scam:

 

AEP Ohio urges customers to recognize and report scams, and we work to protect our customers from scammers. We frequently provide information on our bills and our website, and we send out information through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

If contacted by someone demanding immediate payment, we encourage customers to be sure it’s really us by keeping these tips in mind:

 

AEP Ohio will never call or email to ask for personal or financial information.

 

Only make payments to authorized AEP Ohio agents or through options listed on AEPOhio.com.

 

We’ll never demand immediate payment with prepaid debit cards or threaten to shut off your power if that payment isn’t made.

 

If you’re told your account is past due, it’s quick and easy for you to verify your account’s status online at AEPOhio.com.

 

Our employees always are willing to show their company ID.

 

If customers think they’ve been scammed or have doubts about who they are dealing with over the phone, online or in person, they should call us at 1-800-672-2231. We’re available 24/7.

 

 

 

 

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(UPDATE) Water Gradually Being Restored After Water Leak

A water leak has been repaired in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

According to information from the Safety/Service Director Jim Hites, that forced crews to shut down the water tower and for all of the lines to be drained. The water will gradually be restored as the air in the water lines is removed. WKTN has been informed that water will be restored sometime during the 10:00 PM hour this (Tuesday) evening at the earliest.  There will be a boil water advisory for the entire city once the water is turned back on. To read how to handle water during a boil alert visit our Boil Adviosory FAQ page by clicking here.

 

Press Relase from the Kenton-Hardin County Health Department after pictures.

 

Water

 

For Business Closings, Events, and Sports Cancellations click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

At this time, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring that all restaurants in the City of Kenton to close Tuesday Evening since there was no Water Pressure.
 
We are advising all citizens of the Kenton to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes in the home until further notice.
 
At this time, stores such as will be opened: 
• Grocery stores
• All pharmacies
• Gas stations (PROHIBITED: serving hot food and fountain pop. PERMITTED: prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks).
 
Once the water is returned, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants and residents in Kenton municipal water district to adhere to boil advisory protocols, advising all to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes, until further notice.
 
At this time:
• PROHIBITED:
o Ice Machines (use store bought ice)
o Fountain Pop machines
o Coffee, tea, etc. 
o Cooking with municipal water 
 
• PERMITTED: 
o prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks
o boiling municipal water for handwashing utensils
o bathing and restrooms
 
Boil advisory protocols will in place by the City of Kenton for consumption, cooking and sanitation until further notice.
 
The Kenton-Hardin Health Department continues to work with the City of Kenton agencies at this time.
 
Please stay tuned to WKTN for updates.

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Water Shut Off in Kenton Due to Leak

SEE UPDATED STORY BY CLICKING HERE

 

A water leak has been repaired in the 500 block of Decatur Street.

 

According to information from the Safety/Service Director Jim Hites, that forced crews to shut down the water tower. The water will gradually be restored as the air in the water lines is removed. WKTN has been informed that water will be restored sometime during the 10:00 PM hour this (Tuesday) evening at the earliest.  There will be a boil water advisory for the entire city once the water is turned back on.

 

Water

 

For Business Closings, Events, and Sports Cancellations click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Leak

 

At this time, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring that all restaurants in the City of Kenton to close if water pressure is not restored by 7:00pm this evening.
 
We are advising all citizens of the Kenton to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes in the home until further notice.
 
At this time, stores such as will be opened: 
• Grocery stores
• All pharmacies
• Gas stations (PROHIBITED: serving hot food and fountain pop. PERMITTED: prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks).
 
Once the water is returned, the Kenton-Hardin Health Department is requiring all restaurants and residents in Kenton municipal water district to adhere to boil advisory protocols, advising all to use bottled/gallon water to use for sanitation and cooking purposes, until further notice.
 
At this time:
• PROHIBITED:
o Ice Machines (use store bought ice)
o Fountain Pop machines
o Coffee, tea, etc. 
o Cooking with municipal water 
 
• PERMITTED: 
o prepackaged food and prepackaged drinks
o boiling municipal water for handwashing utensils
o bathing and restrooms
 
Boil advisory protocols will in place by the City of Kenton for consumption, cooking and sanitation until further notice.
 
The Kenton-Hardin Health Department continues to work with the City of Kenton agencies at this time.
 
Please stay tuned to WKTN for updates.

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New Police Officers and Paved Streets Discussed at Council Meeting

The City of Kenton has two new police officers and freshly paved streets to look forward to in 2016.

 

During Monday night's Kenton City Council meeting, Police Chief Dennis Musser introduced one of the departments newest hires, Chad Fenwick. Fenwick addressed council, expressing his excitement to be joining the Kenton police force after a career in active military and previous police service. Chief Musser noted that the other new hire is Shane Woods, who was unable to attend the meeting.

 

Additionally, Robert Carder addressed council during the citizens portion of the meeting about his intent to run for County Commissioner. Carder spoke of his "deep love and respect for the community" and said he looks to "be an advocate to the city and the county."

 

Following the introduction of the new police officer and the commissioner candidate, council voted on two legislative matters. The first involves the proposed repaving of South Leighton Street. Mayor Randy Manns spoke about the project, stating that the city would be responsible for $55,457 and Issue II funds would match it with $36,967 to complete the 60-40 grant. The project, once approved, will take place in 2017. Safety Service Director James Hites updated the council about the Letson Avenue project as well, stating that the contract for the engineering has been signed and things are coming along as projected. The second piece of legislation was approved and authorizes the Housing Revolving Loan Fund agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency. According to Council President Joel Althauser, this is a required legislative act once every three years.

 

City auditor Brian Hattery made mention of the cash balances for several funds during council member reports, specifically the General Fund, Waterworks Fund, and Sewer Fund. He stated that all three funds had seen an increase in end-of-year balances, which is a positive given the water/sewer rate increase that took effect in 2015. The rate increase was designed to give a cushion in the event of unexpected sewer or water repairs, and Hattery said that so far it has done just that.

 

Council member Patti Risner also spoke during member reports about the abundance of curbside trash that has come to several members' attentions. Citizens are reminded to use the authorized red and white Kenton trash bags for trash disposal and to not leave furniture, debris, or other waste at the curb. Kenton residents with questions about where to dispose of trash not accepted by curbside pickup, or to lodge a complaint, are to call the Safety and Service Department at 419-674-4850. Mayor Manns noted that there will be a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers to discuss trash pickup further.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm.

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Kenton Tips Off Busy Week Tonight Against Bluffton

The Kenton Wildcats begin a busy week tonight when they host Bluffton.

 

Tonight begins a difficult week for the Wildcats as they will face three opponents with winning records in a five-day span. Up first will be the Bluffton Pirates, who have had a frustrating season so far.

 

The Pirates are 7 and 6 on the season, but that record is a bit deceiving. Five of Bluffton’s losses have come by a total of 17 points. For instance, the Pirates lost by a point to Ottawa-Glandorf on a foul shot with less than a second left, fell in overtime to powerful Spencerville, and came three points short of upsetting top-ranked Lincolnview.

 

After this week, the schedule opens up a bit for the Wildcats, who are 1 and 13. Three of Kenton’s final five opponents have losing records, but the Cats must survive this week’s gauntlet before they can look too far ahead.

 

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

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Boys Prevail Over Tecumseh

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday against Tecumseh 47-32. The Raiders move to 10-4 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 12 points. Keaghan Stahler added 9 and Trey Allen and Nolan Roose both chipped in 7.

 

Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 15 while Tanner Perkins  had 8. Keaghan Stahler had 3 assists. Trey Allen forced 4 turnovers and Ethan Ricketts forced 3..

 

The Raiders return to action Tuesday when they travel to Kenton.

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Upper Sandusky Police Attempting to Identify Subject

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is looking for a subject in connection with stolen credit card information.

 

Upper Subject

 

The subject used stolen credit card information to purchase merchandise from several locations.

 

Upper Subject 2

 

If you have information to assist in this investigation or know the identity of the subject observed in the photo contact Officer Lucas at the Upper Sandusky Police Dept. 419-294-2324

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Missouri Suspends QB Maty Mauk Indefinitely

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely.
 
Athletic director Mack Rhodes and coach Barry Odom announced the punishment on Monday night after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the accompanying tweet mentions Mauk by name, but there was no confirmation from Missouri that the video shows the quarterback.
 
Maty Mauk
 
Rhodes and Odom say in their joint statement they are "gathering information regarding the video in question." They say they will take "appropriate action" once they have all the facts.
 

 
 
It is Mauk's third suspension in the last four months. He was suspended in September for an undisclosed violation of team policy and again in November for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
 

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A Couple Thefts Occurred on Sunday

A theft from a motor vehicle was reported Sunday Afternoon.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a Theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred on Letson Ave. in Kenton. According to the report $200 worth of $2 bills where stolen from the vehicle.
 
Another theft occurred Sunday evening at Dollar General Store in Kenton. According to information from the Kenton Police Department Saundra Evans, Age 51 of Kenton, alledging stole 2 pairs of girls sweatpants and 2 girls shirts.

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Ohio Gas Prices Continue to Drop

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are still seeing gas prices drop.
 
The state average was $1.56, according to Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about 13 cents less than a week ago and about 36 cents less than this time last month. A year ago at this time, the average was $1.90.
 
Ohio's prices are still running way below the national average, which was about $1.83 on Monday. That's down from $1.89 a week ago and $2.04 a year ago.
 
Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low because there is more than enough oil and gasoline around the world to meet demand. Pump prices also typically fall during winter months due to reduced demand.

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Hardin Memorial Hospital Has a New Look for 2016

KENTON, Ohio — OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital has a fresh new look for 2016 after replacing external signage that was more than 30 years old.
 
Sinage
 
The new signage reflects the hospital’s long-term relationship with OhioHealth, one of the largest and top five healthcare systems in the country. Through this partnership, Hardin Memorial Hospital provides the community with world-class critical care, heart and vascular specialists and a vast network of additional resources. 
 
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots based in Columbus, Ohio.  OhioHealth has been serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.
 
OhioHealth is currently recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the top five health systems in America, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for nine years in a row, 2007-2015.
 
“We are so proud of the many renovation projects and upgrades we have made over the past several years both internally and externally.  Our new signage is no exception,” stated Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital.  “These updates reflect our continued commitment to our community and helps us to provide the best service possible to the community we serve.”
 
The new signage is almost complete and can be viewed on the north side of the hospital and throughout the campus on various ground signs.

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Bulldogs Outlast Wildcats 53-46

The Ada Bulldogs outlasted the Kenton Wildcats 53-46 in boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Bulldogs (7-8) got 14 points and 5 rebounds from Blake Willeke while Owen Conley added 13 points and 6 rebounds and Brayden Sautter scored 12 points.

 

Kenton (1-13) was led by Hunter Phillips, who scored 13 points and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Wildcats Falter In Second Half, Fall To Shawnee 59-30

The Shawnee Indians rallied in the second half to defeat the Kenton Wildcats 59-30 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday at Lappin Gymnasium.

 

 

 

The Indians trailed by a point at the half but outscored Kenton 36-6 in the second half to send the Cats to their 12th straight defeat.

 

Zayne Wilkerson had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Shawnee (11-5 overall, 3-2 WBL) while Jaden O'Neal finished with 11 points, less than half his season average of 23.5 points a game.

 

Thomas Phillips had 8 points and 10 rebounds for the Cats (1-12, 0-5) and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Vast Majority Want More Activities on Fourth of July

When it comes to the day of the fireworks at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, a vast majority of our Visitor poll voters would like for there to be other activites.

 

Of those responding, a whopping 91% said they would like the day to be enhanced with food vendors, entertainment and/or activities.

 

Only 9% said they don't want activities added that day.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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Four Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Delbert J. Gault was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.

 

.James R. Kindle was sentenced to a total of just under five years in prison, three years of which are mandatory, on one count each of grand theft with specification, burglary with specification, receiving stolen property with specification and breaking and entering.

 

.Jyoti L. Burden, also known as Jyoti L. Gipson was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison on one count each of theft and trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.

 

.Garrett D. Bays was sentenced to 14 months in prison on one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Former New York Woman Gives Up Big City For Simpler Life

A woman who made a career change and left New York City to come to Hardin County will be the guest speaker for the next Women LEAD program.

 

Co-chair of Women LEAD Jesse Purcell said women who are thinking about making a career change need to hear the guest speaker's story, "Because she can inspire you if you are on the brink of trying to decide if you want to start a new business, or you want to make a career change. She had the courage to do that, and so for a woman to come out and hear somebody else who's already taken those steps, it can really push you over the edge, or it can just really inspire you to make small changes in your life."

 

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

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Kenton Boys Get Ready For Back to Back Games This Weekend

The Kenton Wildcats take on Shawnee and Ada this weekend.

 

The Wildcats are 1 and 11 overall, including 0 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, and need to put together four good quarters of basketball if they are to snap their 11-game losing streak. The Cats showed flashes of promise last weekend, but inconsistent play doomed them in losses to Van Wert and Indian Lake.

 

Shawnee, which will host the Cats on Friday, has been one of the biggest surprises in the Western Buckeye League this season. The Indians, who won eight straight games at one point this season, are 10 and 5 overall and 2 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League and have not lost to a team with a losing record this season.

 

On Saturday, the Cats will entertain county rival Ada. The hard-luck Bulldogs have lost three straight games heading into tonight's action and are 5 and 8 for the season. Ada is 0 and 4 this season in games decided by single digits and has dropped overtime decisions to area powers Kalida and Delphos Jefferson.

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Ben Logan Boys Team Tops Indian Lake

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Thursday against Indian Lake 33-30.

 

The Raiders, who move to 9-4 on the season,  were led by Kainin Stoner with 16 points. Keaghan Stahler added 5 and Ethan Ricketts had 4 points.

 

Stoner also led the team in rebounds with 11 while Nolan Roose  had 6. Keaghan Stahler had 6 assists. Trey Allen and Kainin Stoner both forced 3 turnovers.

 

The Raiders return to action Monday when they host Tecumseh.

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Lady Wildcats Net Thrilling OT Win Over Shawnee

The Kenton Lady Wildcats netted a thrilling 66-64 overtime victory over Shawnee Thursday in Western Buckeye League girls basketball action.

 

Kenton's Layne Taylor scored with no time left to force the extra session, and the Lady Wildcats then outscored Shawnee 6-4 in overtime to secure their 10th win of the season.

 

The Wildcats led for most of the game and were ahead by double figures in the second half, but the Indians fought back to grab the lead with three minutes to go.

 

Sara Hoyt knocked down two free throws with 50 seconds left to put the Cats on top 58-57, but Shawnee's Kinsey Heistan hit a huge three-pointer to give the Tribe a 60-58 lead with 18 seconds left and set the stage for Taylor's heroics.

 

Each team had four players score in double figures. Shawnee got 15 points from Grace O'Connor, 13 from Heistan and 10 apiece from Kerri Roberson and Alissa Stahler.

 

Ashley Morris led Kenton with 18 points. Taylor added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Hoyt finished with 15 points and Ellie Miller had 14 points.

 

Shawnee is now 3-12 overall and 1-5 in the Western Buckeye League. Kenton improves to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the WBL.

 

Also on Thursday, the Riverdale Lady Falcons used balanced scoring to defeat Leipsic 70-60. Sydney Holderman had 19 points for Riverdale while Aricka Hill scored 16 points, Taylor Frey had 14 points and Reygan Frey tossed in 13 points. The Lady Falcons are now 10-6 overall and 6-2 in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

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Central Dispatching Being Tried at Kenton Police Department

The Kenton Police Department is trying out a central dispatching plan for the overnight period.

 

According to Chief Dennis Musser, dispatching services from 11pm to 7am will be temporarily routed through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. That started last night night according to Chief Musser, and it is being done to find out if it is cost efficient and effective.

 

Residents can still call the Kenton Police Department regular number to report incidents or call 9-1-1 for an emergency.

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Process to Select New Kenton Fire Chief Underway

The process to select a new Kenton Fire Chief has started.
 

Current Chief Russ Blue is retiring in late March.

 

Two firefighters recently came up short on the civil service exam, and Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that is now open to firefighters with at least five years experience.

 

The exam is expected to be re-administered in late March.

 

Hites added that there will likely be a period of 30 to 60 days that a firefighter will be temporarily in charge of the department until a new chief is named.

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Minor Damage From Fire on Summit Street Wednesday

A small fire occurred in a house on Summit Street Wednesday evening.
 

According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched after neighbors heard a smoke alarm at a time when the occupants were not home.

 

Shelving in the basement fell on a heater, and that started a fire which resulted in minor damage.

 

Firefighters were on the scene for around 40 minutes.

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United Way Campaign Comes Up Just Short of Goal

The United Way finished the 2015 campaign just short of its goal.

 

The campaign raised just over $202,000 which is 92% of the goal.

 

Jay Bostelman and Eric Rudasill from Precision Strip

 

Precision Strip was the biggest donor this year by raising what they pledged last year by $18,000.00.

 

.Special Gifts finished at $15,192.00

 

.Agriculture finished at $ 5,940.00

 

.Education finished at 10,471.00

 

.Professional at $11,626.62

 

.Government at $4,261.00

 

.Retail finished at $6,192.00

 

.Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (F.I.R.E.) came in at $14,529.00

 

.Industry finished at $122,209.00

 

.Out of County received $6,596.00

 

.Special events brought in $4,019.00

 

The United Way of Hardin County thanked everyone who donated.

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Hardin County Fair Recognized at State Convention

The Hardin County Fair was recognized during the 91st Convention of the Ohio Fair Managers Association.

 

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presented a certificate of recognition to the Hardin County Fair for the completion of an outstanding 2015 fair season.

 

The certificate was accepted on behalf of the fair board by Hardin County Ag Society President Howard Lyle.

 

Also at the convention, Daniels presented a certificate of recognition for outstanding contributions to the success of the Hardin County Fair to Bill and Connie Oates.

 

Fair board delegates from Ohio's county and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair participated in the convention in Columbus.

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Basketball Team To Show Appreciation To Teachers Tonight

The Kenton High School girls basketball team will be holding "Teacher Appreciation Night" this evening.

 

The Lady Wildcats entertain Shawnee tonight in Western Buckeye League action.

 

Prior to the start of the varsity game, members of the girls basketball team will be honoring current or former teachers who have had a positive impact on their life as a student athlete as part of "Teacher Appreciation Night".

 

Tonight's matchup is a key game for Kenton. Shawnee is 3 and 11 overall, with a 1 and 4 mark in league play while the Lady Wildcats are 9 and 6 overall and 3 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. A victory over the Indians would bring the Cats another step closer to clinching a winning season, and it would also keep them relevant in the league-title chase.

 

The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m., with the varsity contest to start around 7:30 p.m.

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Ben Logan Falls To Graham in 7th Grade Basketball Action

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost Wednesday against Graham 28-23. The Raiders move to 8-4 on the season.
 

The Raiders were led by Keaghan Stahler with 9 points, Kainin Stoner added 6 points.

 

Tanner Perkins  had 7 rebounds and Kainin Stoner had 6.Trey Allen  Ethan Ricketts, and Davontae Fahle all  forced 3 turnovers each.

 

The Raiders return to action Thursday Jan 21st when they travel to Indian Lake.

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Ada Edges USV in Girl's Basketball Action

The Ada Bulldogs took control of the game in the first half and held off a late Upper Scioto Valley to defeat the Rams 69-67 in girls basketball play Tuesday.


The Bulldogs (8-6) led by 7 points after one quarter, 6 at the half and 9 points after three periods. The Rams, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, fought back in the fourth quarter and pulled to within 2 points but could not get over the hump.


Rachel Wildman and Melina Woods had 21 points each for Ada while Haley Wyss scored 12.


USV (11-3) got 28 points from Emily Patton and 20 more from Shelby Spradlin.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Boys Beat Northwestern in Basketball Action

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Tuesday against Northwestern 32-30.

 

The Raiders move to 8-3 on the season.
 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 10 points, Nolan Roose added 8 points while Tanner Perkins and Davontae Fahle had 6 points.

 

Kainin Stoner had 10  rebounds and Tanner Perkins added 7. Ethan Ricketts and Keaghan Stahler both had 2 assists, and Trey Allen and Tanner Perkins each forced4 turnovers.

 

The Raiders return to action Wednesday Jan 20th when they host Graham.

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Woman Injured in Tuesday Evening Crash

A Wapakoneta woman was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred just before 6 Tuesday evening on State Route 235 near County Road 20.

 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 63 year old Lois Messner was attempting to turn west from 235 onto 20 when her car was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 18 year old Weston Robinson, of Ada. Robinson swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that was stopped waiting for Messner to turn, and his vehicle travelled left of center striking the Messner vehicle.

 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Messner was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

 

Robinson was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

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Lawmakers Consider Childproofing For E-Cigarette Liquids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Liquids used in electronic cigarettes would have to be sold in child-resistant packaging under a bill getting a hearing in the Ohio House.

 

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol puffs that typically contain nicotine and sometimes flavorings like fruit or chocolate.

 

The House Health and Aging Committee scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a Senate version of a bill previously passed by the House.

 

Bill supporters say liquid nicotine refills can harm children if ingested or absorbed through the skin.

 

The legislation would require Ohio's health department to develop standards for packaging resistant to children 5 and under. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

 

Neither bill affects pre-filled cartridges of liquids, only those liquids that can be added to e-cigarettes. The proposals also apply to non-nicotine liquids.

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Public Meeting Held on Kenton Taking Over Trash Collection

An open town hall meeting was held Tuesday evening to get feedback from the community on the possibility of the City of Kenton taking over Trash pickup for the community.
 
The meeting according to Mayor Randy Manns is to get a feel from the community and to get some feedback about trash and recycle pickup in the City of Kenton.
 
 
North Central Ohio Solid Waste District is the current trash and recycling pickup provider in Kenton, the City just resigned a contract with NCO Waste to provide services up until August of 2018. Manns stressed to the meeting attendees that he is not dissatisfied with the current provider but wanted to explore other options to keep revenue inside the city. Manns has been talking with Upper Sandusky, Forest, and will be reaching out to other cities who currently provide their own curbside pickup for expenses and revenue as a model. Mann's did not provide any projected numbers for Kenton, but said from the numbers he has seen,
 
 
 
The meeting was open to public comments and several community members spoke about wanting to get cost and benefit analysis of switching to a new system before they can make a informed decision. Some attendees asked where the City would get money to purchase the trucks needed for curbside pickup, what city department would be in charge of the operation, and what would be the cost to dispose of the waste once collected. Mayor Manns talked about looking into each issue including possibly needing 2 trucks for pickup but didn't want to get into the specifics at this preliminary meeting.
 
Several attendees brought up issues they had with the current trash and recycling system in place. Currently residents must purchase special bags to place refuse in and recyclable items must be placed in the small red bins for pickup. Several residents brought up the cost of the special bags is too high and others suggested that a large trash bin might be a better option. Patti Risner talked about Simon Kenton Harco Industires and their current role in the trash system,
 
 
Other attendees including Teresa Styer felt the city should be focusing time and energy on other areas in the city that need to be worked on and that,
 
 
Mayor Manns will setup another Town Hall Meeting in the near the future to provide the community with projected financial numbers if the trash system where to be changed and to discuss what possible changes could be made to the curbside trash service for the community. 
 
 

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Several Breaking and Entering and Theft Complaints Reported Monday

Several breaking and entering and theft complaints were reported to authorities on Monday.

 

According to the reports from the Kenton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office, several power tools and other items were stolen after an office at a business in the 900 block of South Wayne Street was broken into.

 

In the 500 block of South Wayne Street, a building on that property was forcibly entered and several tools were stolen.

 

An overhead garage door was damaged to gain entry into a garage on Gilmore Street. It is not known what, if anything, is missing from there.

 

Finally, numerous tools and other items were stolen from a residence in the 1200 block West North Street.

 

All of the incidents are under investigation.

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New Law Sets Uniform Municipal-Income Tax Rules For Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new municipal income-tax law designed to simplify tax preparation in the state is in effect in Ohio.

 

The legislation that went into effect Jan. 1 establishes a uniform tax base that applies to all municipalities that levy an income tax.

 

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/23c5Gra) reports that the law defines the income that municipalities may and may not tax, with a few exceptions. It also changes the municipal income-tax withholding deadline for monthly and quarterly filers to the 15th of the month.

 

Many municipalities previously had allowed a deadline of the end of the month.

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USV At Ada in Girl's Basketball Action Tonight

Ada entertains Upper Scioto Valley in girls basketball action tonight.

 

The Bulldogs have won three of their last four games to improve to 7 and 6 for the season. Rachel Wildman has been Ada’s top scoring threat. She has scored in double figures 11 times this season and is averaging 14 points a game.

 

The Rams are 11 and 2 and feature two of the top players in the area. Emily Patton averages 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists a game while Shelby Spradlin, who scored her 1,000th career point last week, scores 17 points and grabs 7 rebounds a contest.

 

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

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Ohio Gas Price Falls to About $1.66 a Gallon

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing an average price at the gas pump of about $1.66 for a gallon of regular fuel.

 

The state average reported in Tuesday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. was about 16 cents lower than the average price drivers were paying a week ago and about 33 cents below what they were paying a year ago.

 

Ohio's prices for regular gas continue running below the national average, which was about $1.88 on Tuesday. A year ago, the national average price was about $2.06.

 

Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low because there is more than enough oil and gasoline around the world to meet demand. Pump prices also typically fall during winter months due to reduced demand.

 

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Wind Chill Advisory for Tonight and Tuesday Morning Commute

A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Hardin County and surrounding areas until 10AM Tuesday morning.
 
Hazards include wind chill readings as low as 12 below zero.  The wind will make it feel like it is between 10 and 24 below zero for a period of several hours.
 
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when a strong wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin.
 
Winds of 10 to 15 MPH and gusts up to 20MPH may be expected with this advisory, Make sure all exposed skin is covered.
 
Temperatures from 2 to 11 Above. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates.
 
 

 

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Several Non-Injury Accidents Occurred Over the Weekend.

 

The first occurred on Saturday around 7:05 pm in Roundhead Township. A vehicle operated by Jason Collins, of Marion, was traveling North on Township Road 39 when he failed to navigate a curve and smashed through a guard rail and began spinning until he came to rest in a ditch. Heavy Damage occurred to the vehicle.

 

Another incident occurred in the village of McGuffy around 11:30 pm Saturday night. 22 year old Robert Nelson of Kenton was at the intersection of Hunsicker St and Courtright St. when he missed his turn. While backing his vehicle he struck a utility pole causing minor damage to the rear of his vehicle.

 

The final incident was on Sunday afternoon in Kenton. A vehicle being operated by Victoria England, age 56 of Kenton, was stopped on E. Franklin St. waiting to turn left onto Jacob Parrott Blvd. Another vehicle being operated by Megan Hair, 25 of Kenton, was driving on Jacob Parrott Blvd and attempted to stop but slid on the ice and into the intersection where she impacted Newland's vehicle. Minor damage occurred to Newland's vehicle.

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Memorial Scheduled for Ex-Ohio Congressman Mike Oxley

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - A memorial service is scheduled next month in the hometown of former Ohio congressman Mike Oxley, who died on Jan. 1.
 
The service will be at the University of Findlay on Feb. 5.
 
Oxley died at age 71 in northern Virginia after suffering from a type of lung cancer seen in nonsmokers.
 
Oxley
 
He spent 25 years in Congress, where he devoted most of his time to issues involving corporate oversight and insurance protection.
 
Oxley was born and Findlay and rarely faced a close election in his rural northwest Ohio district.
 

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Lady Wildcats Top Monarchs, Kenton Boys Team Falls To Indian Lake

The Kenton Lady Wildcats scored a come-from-behind victory over Marysville on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Monarchs 55-54 in non-league girls basketball play.

 

The Wildcats trailed by six points with three minutes to play but rallied for the win to improve to 9-6 on the season.

 

The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Thursday when they will host Shawnee in Western Buckeye League play.

 

On Saturday night, the Indian Lake Lakers built a big early lead and held off Kenton 74-57 in boys basketball play.

 

The Lakers (7-6) led by 17 points at the half and were up by 16 points after three periods.

 

The Cats are now 1-11 and travel to Lappin Gymnasium to meet Shawnee Friday in Western Buckeye League action before hosting Ada on Saturday. Both those games will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m. both nights.

 

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Stover, Eversole Lead Golden Gophers Past Riverdale

Big nights from Trevor Stover and Corey Eversole helped the Ridgemont Golden Gophers defeat Riverdale 64-57 in boys basketball action on Saturday.

 

Stover scored a game-high 25 points while Eversole tossed in 22 points for Ridgemont (9-6), which also got 11 points from Trenton Sparks.

 

Riverdale (3-10) was led by Tommy Dusseau's 24 points. Noah Hough scored 13 and Jackson Hankins added 11 for the Falcons.

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Ribbon Cutting at Easter House Bed and Breakfast in Ada

Ada, OH –The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance and the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Easter House Bed and Breakfast, 508 North Main St., Ada on Wednesday, January 13. 
Ribbon Ada
 
Easter House is Ada's premiere bed and breakfast, offering visitors a homey, unique and delight-filled alternative to a conventional hotel, motel or dormitory. For more information on Easter House B & B go to www.easterhouse.net.

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Wildcats Come Up Empty In Third Quarter In Loss To Cougars

A poor third quarter doomed the Kenton Wildcats in a 56-39 loss to Van Wert Friday in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play.

 

The Cougars (2-9 overall, 1-3 WBL) led 30-28 at the half, and the Cats (1-10, 0-4) drew to within 30-29 on a free throw from Hunter Phillips at the 6:31 mark of the third quarter.

 

That would be Kenton's only point of the period as Van Wert outscored the Cats 16-0 over the rest of the quarter and took control of the game.

 

Colin Smith had 17 points and 4 rebounds for the Cougars while Ryan McCraken added 10 markers.

 

Thomas Phillips had 11 points and 5 rebounds for Kenton while Hunter Phillips and Jaron Sharp scored 9 points each.

 

Hunter Phillips, who also grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds, was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Bones Found Near Celina Are Human Remains

CELINA — The bones recovered at a site near Grand Lake St. Marys are believed to be of an adult male, according to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey. 
 
The announcement was made at a press conference Friday and Sheriff Grey said that the incident will now be investigated as a homicide.
 
“We have evidence recovered that leads us to believe that foul play was involved,” Sheriff Grey said at the press conference.
 
Grey said the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office estimated the age of the male involved in this case is between 20-35 years old and possibly between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-1.
 
A full skeleton was not recovered during the 2-day crime scene investigation last week, but investigators believe the bones recovered have been there no more than a year, Grey said.
 
The victim’s bones have been transported to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in London, Ohio, where investigators will work to extract DNA from the recovered bones.
 
Following BCI’s investigation the information found will be entered into a database before the victim’s bones are sent to the University of North Texas for further examination, Grey said.
 
“There are a lot of unanswered questions at this point,” Grey said at the news conference.
 
The other bones found at the site near Coldwater Creek off of U.S. 127 a mile south of Celina were determined to be animal bones.
 

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Forest Police Looking For Burglary Suspect

The Forest Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted in connection to a burglary that occurred in 2015.

 

 

 

He is identified as 18 year old Gage White. He is 5 feet seven inches tall and weighs 127 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

 

He is wanted for burglary, and if you see him, you are asked to call the Hardin County Sheriff's Office at 419-673-1268 or the Forest Police Department at 419-273-2520.

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Kenton Business Broken Into

A Kenton business was broken into sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the incident was reported by the owner of Thomas Family Tavern Thursday morning.

 

An unknown person forcibly entered the business and took money and a flat screen television.

 

The incident is under investigation.

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Woman Placed on Community Control in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

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

According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Tia M. Crowe was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of misuse of a credit card.

 

Judge Scott Barrett ordered Crowe to pay $2096 in restitution and serve 30 days local jail time.

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Books Supplied To Children Birth to 5 Years Old By Dolly Parton Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County has been supplying books to children from birth to age 5 for 10 years now.

 

One of the women responsible for getting the program started in the county, Ronnie McLane, talks about the advantage of getting a child signed up to receive books starting at birth, "It's encouraging the parents to read to the children even though the child might not even recognize pictures or what ever. They can listen to the sound of their parents voice or grandparents, whoever is reading to them, and develop a very early love of reading."

 

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

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High School Basketball Featured This Weekend on WKTN

The Kenton Wildcats shoot for their first Western Buckeye League win of the season tonight when they host Van Wert.

 

The Wildcats and the Cougars have identical records entering tonight’s game – both teams are 1 and 9 overall and 0 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

While the Wildcats have dropped their last 9 games, they have shown steady improvement and figure to have a decent shot at nabbing their first league win of the season tonight against a Van Wert squad that has lost three straight and nine of its 10 games this season.

 

In fairness, some of the Cougars’ struggles can be attributed to a brutal schedule.  Van Wert has faced just one opponent with a losing record so far this season, and the first 10 teams the Cougars have played are a combined 81 and 32 for the season.

 

On Saturday, county boys basketball action will be featured on WKTN as the Ridgemont Golden Gophers host the Riverdale Falcons.

 

The Golden Gophers are 7 and 5 heading into tonight’s play while the Falcons are 3 and 8.

 

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

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Euclid Man Injured in Semi Crash Wednesday Morning

A semi driver was injured in a crash that occurred just before 11 Wednesday morning on East Franklin Street in Kenton.
 

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 39 year old Oliver Tate, from Euclid, Ohio, was travelling east in the 400 block of Franklin Street, when the semi drifted left of center and slammed into a tree resulting in heavy damage. Oliver was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP. He was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.
Franklin Street was reduced to one lane while crews cleared the wreckage.
 

 

Both lanes were reopened around 4 Wednesday afternoon.

 

Photo Gallery: Multiple Accidents Monday Jan. 11 Through Wednesday Jan. 13

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Ohio Sees Fewest Unemployment Benefits Claims in Decades

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New state data shows the number of unemployment benefits claims filed in Ohio last year was the lowest since 1973.

 

Just under 422,000 applications for benefits were filed in 2015 as the state's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade. Benefits claims have trended lower since 2009, when there were nearly 1.2 million applications.

 

The peak in filings over the past four decades came in 1982, when 1.6 million applications were submitted during a recession.

 

A spokesman for the Department of Job and Family Services says the drop in claims "strongly suggests" that people are keeping their jobs and that the risk of layoffs has fallen. Spokesman Benjamin Johnson says more people are working and not relying on unemployment insurance.

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Several Injury Crashes Among A Slew of Crashes Reported Around Hardin County Tuesday

State Route 31 south of Mt. Victory was closed for several hours Tuesday evening following a crash.
 

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said, "We had one 18 wheeler that had gone off into the ditch on State Route 31 South of Mt. Victory. While in the process of attempting to pull the semi out, Osborn towing had their big wrecker at the scene. Another Semi who was also southbound came along and ran into the tow truck of Osborne towing and subsequently jack-knifed and we just have a big mess down here. Minor injuries, no one was transported to the hospital."
Numerous crashes occurred on Tuesday as a result of the icy road conditions.
 

Hardin County Sheriff's Deputies were kept busy throughout the day as crashes were reported around the county.
A total of 14 crashes occurred, and three of those, including the one on State Route 31, were reported as injury crashes.
 

Another crash just after one Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 68 and State Route 81 in Dunkirk injured an Upper Sandusky man.
 

 

According to that report, 52 year old Michael Kelly pulled from 81 onto 68 and his car was struck by a southbound semi being operated by 32 year old Charles Best, of Arlington.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Kelly was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of injuries.

 

Photo Gallery: Multiple Accidents Monday Jan. 11 Through Wednesday Jan. 13

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Gary Lowe to be Inducted into Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame

Former WKTN sports director Gary Lowe headlines the list of 2016 inductees into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

Lowe, the “Voice of the Kenton Wildcats” and Hardin County sports for three decades on WKTN, heads the list of 2016 inductees into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Joining Lowe in the Hall of Fame will be Upper Scioto Valley basketball star LeAnn Hicks; long-time high-school county basketball coach Steve Kick; college basketball coaching standouts Gale Daugherty and Mark Ehlen; and the late Helen Ludwig, a pioneer for women’s sports at Ohio Northern University.

 

The 1993 Ohio Northern men’s basketball team, which won the Division III national championship, will also be honored.

 

The Induction Ceremony for the 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be held at Upper Scioto Valley on May 7th.

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Imagination Library is Celebrating 10 Years of Supplying the Community With Books

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Hardin County is celebrating 10 years of serving the community with children books. 
 
Imagination Library
 
The Imagination Library is a program that delivers brand new books based on their age directly to the young enrolled reader. Each and every month from birth until 5 years of age the child receives a new book by mail creating a home library of up to 60 books. The goal is to increase parent-child interaction in the homes by reading together, bolstering the child’s interest in reading, and also have the child reading at an advanced reading level.
 
The program leaders Annetta Holmes and Ronnie McLane have seen the program grow over the years and have distributed nearly 43,000 books to more than 7,000 children in the county since the beginning. The program cost about $30 per year for a child with most of the funding coming from the United Way of Hardin County. In 2015 the program delivered 7,845 books to 891 Hardin County children. 
 
Parents can sign up their child for the program by filling out and application at any library in the county 
 
To enroll go to:
 
 
Dolly Books

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Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance New Website Launch

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance is promoting our community worldwide by launching a newly redesigned website.
 
The HCCBA's modern website went live Tuesday afternoon and the main goal according to Jon Cross is to promote the community by showing people and businesses outside of Hardin County what the area has to offer. The new site can be found at www.HCCBA.com and provides a visual representation of the county's new motto “a great place to live, work and prosper.”
 
HCCBA
 
Cross said the HCCBA started the process by deciding on an overall design theme and branding for the site and this modern responsive web site will retain the same design concept across different computers and on mobile devices. It was designed to speak to two audiences Cross said “ The first is to speak to those community members in Hardin County to use this site as a central hub to get information.” an the second “is speaking to those not from Hardin County and is designed to make a great first impression.”
 
On the new site you''ll find a menu with information about Hardin County, the 4 divisions of the HCCBA, Membership details, News and Events, and ways to contact them. Each menu item has several sub-pages to highlight different aspects of that menu tab. The website will be populated with pictures, video's, highlighted news from around the area, and will be connected to social media. 
 
The web address is: www.HCBA.com
 
 
 

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Police: Man Who Sent Selfie to Replace Mugshot is Arrested

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A man Ohio police say sent them a selfie because he didn't like the mugshot they were using has been arrested in the Florida panhandle.
 
Lima, Ohio, police say Donald "Chip" Pugh was arrested Tuesday in Century, Florida, and is being held on another warrant out of Georgia.
 
Police in Ohio say Pugh also is wanted for failing to appear in court and is a person of interest in several other cases.
 
Lima police say Pugh sent them a picture of himself in a sport coat and sunglasses along with a message stating, "Here is a better photo that one is terrible." 
 
The police department has posted on its Facebook page a new mugshot of a smiling Pugh after his arrest in Florida.
 
Pugh can't be reached for comment while he's in custody.
 
 

 

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Wind Chill Advisory Issued For Overnight and Wednesday

A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Hardin County and surrounding areas until 11AM Wednesday morning.
 
Hazards include wind chill readings as low as 10 to 15 below zero.  The wind will make it feel like it is between 10 and 24 below zero for a period of several hours.
 
The National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Advisory when a strong wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin.
 
Winds of 5 to 10 MPH may be expected with this advisory. Make sure all exposed skin is covered.
 
Temperatures will fall to 6 above zero or zero. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates.
 
 

 

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(UPDATED) St. Rt. 31 is Now Open After Being Closed For Several Hours

The Hardin County Sheriffs office has confirmed that State Route 31 South of Mt. Victory is now open after an accident. 

 

The accident occurred around 6:15PM near C.R. 240 on State Route 31 and involved one semi-truck and a wrecker. No serious injuries occurred.

 

No further information is available at this time.

 

Please be careful while traveling due to snow blowing and high winds.

 

Tune in to Amy Chiles in the Morning for the details on 95.3 WKTN.

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Vast Majority Prefer Fireworks on the 4th of July

A vast majority of Visitor Poll voters prefer to keep the fireworks display on the 4th of July.

 

A commanding 89% say the display should be on the 4th.

 

Only 11% were in favor of moving the display to another date.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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(EXTENDED) Winter Weather Advisory Extended Through Tuesday Evening

 
January 12th Winter Storm Driving

A quick look around Kenton and Hardin County after the first winter storm of 2016 creates school closures. Listen to 95.3 WKTN or visit our website at www.WKTN.com to stay updated.

Posted by WKTN Radio on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 

The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended for Hardin County and surrounding area until Tuesday Evening.
 
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for blowing snow and snow showers until 7pm Tuesday evening. Hazards include snow with possible accumulation of half an inch and blowing snow. Be prepared for some reduced visibility and snow accumulation. Please use caution while driving.
 
Winds of 10 to 20 MPH with strong gusts up to 40 MPH may be expected with this advisory. Winds this strong can make driving difficult and create blowing snow. 
 
Temperatures will fall through the evening, reaching the lower teens by eveing. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates.
 
 

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Kenton School Board Selects New Leadership For 2016

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education has new leadership.

 

At the re-organizational meeting Monday evening, President Pro-Term Mark McCullough was elected as official President of the school board. Member Dave Haushalter was elected to the position of Vice President.

 

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The Board also welcomed new member Mark Rush, who replaces Tom Brim.

 

McCullough appointed board members to the various committee positions (listed below) and established the meeting date, time, and location. Kenton City School Board meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 7:00pm at the Board Office.

 

Committee Appointments:

 

Audit/Finance: McCullough, Haushalter

 

Facilities/Transportation: Blue, Watkins

 

Personnel: McCullough, Rush

 

Curriculum/Instruction: Haushalter, Watkins

 

Business and Education Council: Haushalter

 

Cafeteria: McCullough, Watkins

 

Co-Curricular Music/Athletics: McCullough, Rush

 

OSBA Legislative Liaison: Haushalter

 

Parks and Recreation: McCullough, Tracy Hiller

 

R.E. Allen Scholarship: Blue

 

Records Commission: McCullough, Jennifer Penczarski

 

Policy Committee: Haushalter, Rush

 

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center: Blue

 

Also during the re-organizational meeting, the board appointed Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski as the Title IX Compliance Officer (Sexual Discrimination) and Title VI Coordinator (race, color, and national origin). Michelle Wise was appointed as the Section 504 Coordinator (Handicap). The re-organizational meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.

 

The regular board meeting began with a student showcase by members of the popular Tech Wizards after-school group. 4th grade teacher Patty Cribley and 4-H Program Assistant from the OSU Extension in Hardin County, Amanda Raines, discussed the Sphero robotics project and the purpose of the group. The group serves to connect young students with positive adult mentors, and in its 5th year, served 24 students and 7 mentors. Four 5th grade students (Avery Smith, Seth Manns, Drake Grant, and Nevaeha Murphy) spoke about the Sphero project and the chariot races that were conducted using mathematics and robotics computer software.

 

Under committee reports, Finance Committee member Russ Blue announced that the high school marching band will be purchasing new uniforms. The current uniforms were purchased in 1996. Band Director Travis Wissman will be delivering a proposal to the board after meeting with the Band Boosters to develop a suggested borrowing and re-payment schedule.

 

Superintendent Penczarski mentioned during committee reports that the Hardin Central property has not officially been sold; rather, the board has entered into a contract to discuss the future finalization of the sale.

 

The board approved the resignation of several athletic coaches during personnel items discussion. Those resigning are Carrie Miller, Fall and Winter cheerleading coach; Tyson Porter, High School head girls soccer coach; and Brad Blue, High School golf coach. The board thanked them for their service and accomplishments in the district.

 

In addition to the resignations, the board also approved the hiring of several employee supplemental contracts for the 2015-2016 school year. These include Matt Dudek, High School head baseball coach; Bo Hoppe, High School assistant baseball coach; Colby Rush, High School freshman baseball coach; Bill Lawrence, High School softball coach; and Rick Hudgel, High School assistant softball coach. Several district volunteers, substitute teachers, and non-employee supplemental contracts were approved as well.

 

The board dismissed into executive session at 7:49pm with no further business to be discussed. The next official meeting of the Kenton City School Board will be on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Office.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Boy's Team Tops Urbana in Basketball Action Monday

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Monday against Urbana 49-26.

 

The Raiders move to 7-3 on the season.
 

The Raiders were led by Nolan Roose with 12 points. Kainin Stoner added 10 points while Ethan Ricketts, Trey Allen and Marshall Jackson all  had 6 points.

 

Kainin Stoner and Nolan Roose both had 10  rebounds. Trey Allen had 3 assists, and Nolan Roose had 5 steals.

 

The Raiders return to action Wednesday Jan 13th when they host Urbana.

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State Rep. Sprague and Sheriff Everhart Announces Support for CDC Opioid Prescription Guidelines

Ohio representative Robert Sprague and Sheriff Everhart held a news conference Monday on the Heroin epidemic that is plaguing Ohio and the nation. 
 
Sprague and Everhart
 
 
Rep. Sprague is asking for support of a purposed guidelines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about prescribing opioids for chronic pain. During a press conference Monday morning at the Hardin County courthouse, Representative Sprague talked about the national and Ohio statistics of Heroin overdose deaths.
 
Rep. Sprague said, “The Heroin and Prescription narcotic epidemic which has now killed more Americans than the Vietnam War. Last year in Ohio, 2,482 Ohioans died of drug overdose which puts Ohio 2nd in the country for drug overdose deaths.” 
 
 
Over the last ten years the medical system has increased the usage of prescription narcotics, the only issue with this according to Representative Sprague is theses pills are addictive and contain the same active ingredient as heroin.
 
The usage of prescription narcotics has increased "Nearly 10 fold in the last decade, the rate of addiction in narcotics has increased in lock step.”
 
Representative Sprague announced his support of the new rules to change the prescription habits in Ohio and put an end to over prescribing narcotics.
 
Representative Sprague says that “It's better to use non-narcotic prescriptions for pain.”
 
If narcotics are prescribed according to the new purposed guidelines they should be used for no more than 3 days. If the prescription is needed for long term pain the doses should be reduced and the individuals should be closely monitored. If addiction occurs the person should be refereed to treatment and medication assistance. 
 
 
Sheriff Everhart talked about how the addiction issues are clogging up our justice system and putting a heavy burden on the tax payers. "Locally everyone knows we have an Opioid and Heroin issue in Hardin County, its no different from the state or country. Anything that we can do federally or on the state level to encourage common sense prescribing of narcotics. This should of been done a long time ago to be perfectly blunt about it. " 
 
Most of these individuals probably didn't start out intending for them to be addicted. Local programs to curb the drug issue in Hardin county has had an impact. "I don't believe it has gotten a lot worse, but it certainly hasn't gotten better."
 
The Sheriff is very glad that the CDC is working on fixing the issues and said “I think Every tax paying citizen should give comments to the CDC because the more they hear from the average American that they need to start doing something it will definitely encourage them to make the right decision."
 
 
Representative Sprague says that making comments is as easy as posting a Facebook Comment.
 
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Riverdale Takes on USV Tonight in Girls Basketball Action

Riverdale takes on Upper Scioto Valley tonight in girls basketball action.
 
Tonight’s matchup between the Falcons and Rams features two of the best teams in the area, as well as some of Northwest Ohio’s most talented players. Riverdale is 9 and 5 and features Sydney Holderman, who averages 21 points a game, and Janessa Taylor, who scores 13 points a contest. The Rams are 10 and 2 and have several players who can fill up a stat sheet. Emily Patton averages 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists a game while running mate Shelby Spradlin tallies 17 points and 8 rebounds a contest for the Rams. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Riverdale High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
 

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Indian Lake Residents Reach Agreement with Wind Farm Developer

Over the past eight months, wind developer EverPower has been meeting to hear the concerns of citizens and landowners in the Indian Lake area, where the company plans to construct its Scioto Ridge Wind Farm. As a result, EverPower has agreed to reduce the number of turbines in the project, to address concerns regarding viewshed from the lake.
 
Residents were concerned that turbines were going to be built within too close a proximity to the Indian Lake State Park. 
 
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“We have listened to residents’ concerns and we are sensitive to the viewshed and proximity issues raised, and through mutual agreement, have agreed to remove a significant amount of turbines,” announced Chris Shears, Chief Development Officer for EverPower. “This will make for a more compact project that we are now focused on moving to construction by the end of 2016.”
 
“Knowing that EverPower was willing to listen to our concerns and make adjustments to their plan makes me feel much better about the project moving forward,” said Jim Rudolph, an Indian Lake resident. “I’m confident this will be a positive for our community in terms of recreation, tourism and development.”
 
The proposed Wind Farm is sited on a number of privately owned farms in Hardin and Logan Counties and will provide over $1 million in annual landowner payments once operating. The project will now consist of up to 107 turbines that will produce approximately 225 MW of electricity at full output; enough to power 50,000 homes on average. During the construction period, approximately 150 full and part-time jobs will be created. Once the project is operational, it will require 14 full-time employees, and, importantly, will generate around $1.8 million in annual revenue to local governments and school districts.
 
“Striking a balance with the community’s concerns, while allowing a large, secure, clean energy project to proceed is a win for everybody,” said Jason Dagger, project manager for EverPower. “We are excited to move forward with the potential of up to a $250 million investment in Hardin and Logan Counties.”
 
“With the support of the Indian Lake community, including residents, businesses and elected officials, the board members labored many hours to protect the tranquil beauty of this treasure, which belongs to all Ohio residents,” said Don Eggenschwiller, president of Logan Hardin County Neighbors United. “We appreciated the professionalism of the staff of EverPower, which helped produce this historic agreement.”
 

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Icy Roads Lead To Numerous Crashes, Two of Which Injures 3 People

Three people were injured in separate crashes on Sunday that were blamed on the icy road conditions.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 42 year old Jennifer Fuqua, of Ada, was driving north on State Route 235 when her vehicle slid on the ice and ended up off the left side of the road where it struck a utility pole resulting in heavy damage.

 

The driver and a passenger, 19 year old Justina Fuqua, were both transported by Ada Liberty EMS to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

 

Then around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, a crash occurred on State Route 117 near State Route 235.

 

According to that report, 28 year old Robert Tummel, of Lima, was driving south on 117 and lost control of his car when he slowed down to make a turn onto 235. His car went into a spin and was struck on the driver's side by a car that was following him and being operated by 59 year old Alexis Rodriguez, of Lima. Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Tummel was transported to St. Rita's in Lima was the Roundhead EMS.

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Ohio Gas Prices Drop Slightly, Remain Under National Average

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers head into the week with the average price at the pump about five cents lower than a week ago.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $1.84 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about three cents lower than the average price that drivers were paying a month ago and down about 14 cents compared with a year ago.

 

Ohio's prices for regular gas continue running below the national average, which was about $1.97 to start the week. A year ago, the national average price was about $2.14.

 

An abundance of crude oil has contributed to the relatively low gas prices. Pump prices also typically fall during the winter months due to reduced demand.

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Ohio Hopes To Cut Women Inmate Spike Via Prison Alternatives

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio hopes to help curb rising numbers of women inmates in the state's prisons through a program focusing on community alternatives.

 

A state budget provision allows the director of Ohio's prisons to move nonviolent, low-level felony drug offenders out of prison and into community programs or electronically-monitored house arrest if they have less than a year remaining of their sentence.

 

The move marks the first time the director has been authorized by legislators to shorten prison sentences. More than 2,000 inmates are likely to be eligible this year for the program that applies to men and women. Women will get first priority in the new program.

 

A national prisoner-advocacy group reports female prison intake is increasing nearly double the rate for men.

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(UPDATED) Winter Weather and High Wind Advisory For Sunday

A Winter Weather Advisory and High Wind Advisory has been issued for Hardin County and surrounding area for Sunday Morning.
 
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow from 5am to 11am Sunday morning. Hazards include snow with possible accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Be prepared for some reduced visibility and snow accumulation. Please use caution while driving.
 
The High Wind Advisory is in effect from 7am to 1pm Sunday. West winds of 15 to 25 MPH with strong gusts up to 50 MPH may be expected with this wind advisory. Winds will increase behind a low pressure system moving into our area. Winds this strong can make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. 
 
Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN on the radio and on the web at www.WKTN.com for the latest updates.
 

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Eagles Outlast Wildcats 60-51

The Liberty-Benton Eagles held on down the stretch and outlasted the Kenton Wildcats 60-51 in non-league boys basketball action Saturday.

 

The Eagles (8-2) got 26 points and 6 rebounds from Anthony Masterlasco while Nathan Craft finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

 

The Wildcats (1-9) put three players in double figures. Thomas Phillips had 17 points and 15 rebounds while Hunter Phillips added 14 points and Jaron Sharp scored 10 points.

 

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

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Local Cheerleaders Perform in National Spotlight

Four of the Hardin Heat cheerleaders recently returned from Florida where they performed at the pre-game show of the Citrus Bowl. Kami Stanfield, a member of the squad, tells a little bit about the group.

 

 

 

"Hardin Heat is a competative all-star cheer squad. We stunt, tumble, and jump. There are 24 people involved."

 

"We went to cheer camp and we won first place out of our section and we got an invitation to the Citrus Bowl." Says Cheerleader Hannah Soulder

 

Nora Dellifiled explains what all the trip involved.

 

"We went to Disney for four days while we were there. We also had practices in the morning that were 3 and a half hours long. We had two of those, one on the field and one at the resort we stayed at. We were in the tunnel with the Florida Gators and performed with 631 other cheerleaders and mascots from 32 states.

 

The Hardin Heat has some local events coming up, if you wish to watch them perform.

 

"We are performing locally at the MKJ competition at Riverdale High School on Janurary 16th and we have our "Made to Move" Expo at the Hardin County Family YMCA on the first Satruday in March. Most of our competitions are out of town in Dayton, Columbus, Toledo, Indianapolis, or Sandusky." said squad member Hailey Wise. 

 

Hardin Heat coach Jami Dellifield explains how you can get involved.

 

"The first thing you would do is you would call the YMCA. We have tumbling classes two days a week. We start as young as three and we go through college, so through adult. That is the best way to start is to get involved in a tumbling class. Then we have Try-Outs in May. What we'll do in May is we'll put you on a team and then you will join us and compete year-round. We go from May until about the Middle of April, take a couple of weeks off, and do it agian."

 

If you would like to try out, contact the Hardin County Family YMCA.

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Riders Surge In Fourth Quarter, Nip Cats 44-34

The St. Marys Roughriders used a fourth-quarter surge to slip past Kenton 44-34 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball play Friday.

 

The Wildcats rallied in the third quarter to tie the game at 27-all heading into the fourth quarter, but the Riders scored the first eight points of the final period to take control of the game. St. Marys (4-6 overall, 2-1 WBL) used solid foul shooting down the stretch to salt the game away, making eight straight free throws at one point to blunt the Kenton rally.

 

Colin Clements had 11 points to lead St. Marys while Jacob Grannan had 10.

 

Kenton (1-8, 0-3) got 10 points from Thomas Phillips, who was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Two Drug Overdose Incidents on Thursday Being Investigated

A 31 year old Mt. Blanchard man was treated at the scene after being found unconscious in his vehicle.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Henry's Restaurant parking lot Thursday afternoon to investigate a possible overdose. The officer had to forcibly enter the vehicle, and the suspect, identified as Ryan Yantis, was removed and treated by BKP personnel. A piece of white pill, a burnt spoon with residue and a hypodermic needle were recovered from the vehicle.

 

Charges including possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia are pending against Yantis, and the investigation is on-going.

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force was also dispatched to a possible overdose Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of Patterson Street in Dunkirk.

 

According to that report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the 25 year old suspect, identified as James Paugh, is also facing charges of possession of drugs and drug abuse instruments.

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Three Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Rodney K. McKean was sentenced to a total of 41 months in prison on one count each of possession of criminal tools, receiving stolen property and illegal cultivation of marijuana.

 

.Kristopher K. Spradlin was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison one three counts of abduction.

 

.Joshua E. Legge was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated possession of drugs.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Alger Church Celebrating Centennial

The Alger 1st United Methodist Church is conducting their 100th year celebration this weekend.

 

Committee Co-chair Connie Dyer said special services will be held this Sunday at the church, "Some of the pastors are coming back. We'll have special music. We've got some choir numbers we'll be singing. A quartet will be singing, and the youth will be giving a little bit of a reading on stewardship."

 

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

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Kenton Boys Prepare For Two Weekend Games

The Kenton High School boys basketball team will take on St. Marys and Liberty-Benton this weekend.

 

While the Wildcats have lost their last 7 games, there were some encouraging signs for the Cats as they closed out 2015. Kenton's last two games of the year - a 6-points loss at Benjamin Logan and a buzzer-beating defeat to Delphos Jefferson - may have been the Cats best two efforts of the season. Thomas Phillips has scored in double figures in each of the last six games for the Cats and is averaging around 17 points a game for Kenton, which is 1 and 7 overall and 0 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League.

 

Tonight, the Wildcats make the trip to Auglaize County to take on league foe St. Marys. The Roughriders are 3 and 6 overall, including 1 and 1 in the Western Buckeye League, and have struggled of late. After a 2 and 2 start, the Riders have dropped 4 of their last 5 games, including a 74 to 53 decision to Marion Local in their last time out.

 

After taking on St. Marys tonight, the Cats will be back in action on Saturday night as they entertain Liberty-Benton. As always, the Eagles are putting a strong team on the court this season. Liberty-Benton is 6-2, with its only two losses coming to Ottawa-Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic, who are a combined 19-1.

 

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

 

 

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Riverdale Girls Roll Over Cory-Rawson

The Riverdale Lady Falcons had four players score in double figures on their to a 70-17 win over Cory-Rawson Thursday evening.
 

Riverdale improves to 9 and 5 overall and 5 and 1 in the Blanchard Valley Conference.

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Ben Logan 7th Grade Boys Top Bellefontaine in Basketball Action

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys won Thursday night against Bellefontaine 44-17.

 

The Raiders move to 5-3 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner and Davontae Fahle with 8 points each while Tanner Perkins added 7. 11 of the 14 Raiders scored in the game.   

 

Kainin Stoner and Carter Rees led the team in rebounds with 5n each.

 

The Raiders return to action Saturday Jan 9th when they host Riverside.

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Freezing Rain May Impact Early Friday Commute

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Hardin County overnight Thursday and Friday Morning.
 
Rain is expected to move into our area Friday Morning. With tempatures close to freezing there will be a chance of freezing rain before 8 a.m. Friday, and then it is expected to continue to rain.
 
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Tune to 95.3 WKTN or NOAA weather radio for details before your drive.

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Kenton Police Officer Injured While Making Arrest

A Kenton Police Officer responding to a report of a domestic disturbance Wednesday morning was injured during the process of arresting a suspect.
 

According to the report, the officer was sent to 620 North Cherry Street to investigate the complaint. The suspect, identified as 25 year old Jenna Morrison was accused of stealing credit cards from her mother and was being taken into custody on a charge of theft when she is said to have resisted arrest. The officer suffered minor injuries as a result.

 

Morrison was taken into custody for theft and additional charges are pending.

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Red Cross Launches Home Fire Campaign

(FINDLAY, OH, JANUARY 4, 2015) Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the American Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over a five year period. The Home Fire Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods

 

The American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region has set up a toll free phone line and an online form to accept requests for free home fire safety visits and smoke alarm installations, as part of the Home Fire Campaign. Call 1-844-207-4509 or visit rdcrss.org/1IT5mXk to request a free home safety visit and smoke alarm installation from the Red Cross and our local partners.

 

"This is another way for us to protect families and communities from home fires" says Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter. "Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we're excited to be able to offer this life-saving service to the community."

 

James says the Red Cross is also recruiting local volunteers to join the Home Fire Campaign team. Anyone interested in volunteering for an installation team can contact the Red Cross at (419) 422-9322 or michael.vanceredcross.org.

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Authorities suspect bones found by hiker in Ohio are human

CELINA, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say there is a high probability that skeletal remains found in northwest Ohio are from a person.
 
     A hiker found the bones Sunday near Grand Lake in the Mercer County city of Celina. Sheriff Jeff Grey said Wednesday that authorities thought the bones were from an animal carcass until questions were raised about some of them.
 
     Grey says the bones will be taken to a university for testing to confirm if they are human and to try to detect DNA.
 
     He declined to release the location of the university other than that it wasn't in Ohio. 
 
     Grey says there are no cases of reported missing people in Mercer County.
 
     Test results could be ready by the end of the week.
 

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Residents Advised To Hang Up On Scam Callers

Several phone scam incidents were reported to the Kenton Police Department on Tuesday.
 

At least two of the victims were elderly. They were told to give personal checking and savings account information, and if they didn't someone would come to their home and hurt them.
 

Chief Dennis Musser advises residents who receive such calls to not give the caller information and to simply hang up.
 

In addition, some residents have received scam calls from the IRS as well. The caller claims to be from the IRS and wants information to pay tax bills. Keep in mind, the IRS does not operate that way, and if you get those kind of calls, you're advised again to just hang up.

 

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Fairlawn Tops Ben Logan in 7th Grade Boy's Basketball

Benjamin Logan 7th grade boys lost Tuesday night against Fairlawn 52-30.

 

The Raiders move to 4-3 on the season.

 

The Raiders were led by Kainin Stoner with 8 points, while Trey Allen added 7. Kainin Stoner and Tanner Perkins led the team in rebounds.

 

The Raiders return to action Thursday Jan 7th when they host Bellefontaine.

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Patrol:19 Died in Ohio Traffic Accidents Over Holidays

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says a total of 19 people died on Ohio roadways during the recent holidays.

 

Ten people were killed in crashes in the four days surrounding the New Year's holiday from Dec. 31 through Jan. 3.

 

Troopers also arrested 438 drivers for impaired driving during the New Year's holiday.

 

The patrol also says nine people were killed in eight separate crashes in the state over the four-day Christmas holiday.

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2 Treated For Smoke Issue After Fire at Putnam County Nursing Home

LEIPSIC, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a fire at a nursing home in Putnam County forced patients to be evacuated in the middle of the night.

 

Firefighters in the village Leipsic say two people were treated for smoke inhalation, but there were no serious injuries.

 

The fire started in a room at the Meadows of Leipsic just after midnight Wednesday. Authorities say everyone was able to get out safely.

 

A resident and a staff member were treated after being evacuated.

 

The village fire chief says the cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

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Funeral Mass Today For Former U.S. Congressman

A local memorial service will be held for a longtime congressman who represented Hardin County in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 

 

 

Mike Oxley, who was 71, died in his sleep New Year's Day in northern Virginia.
 

He spent 25 years in Congress, where he spent most of his time on issues involving corporate oversight and insurance protection.
 

WFIN in Findlay reported that the local memorial service likely will be held on the campus of the University of Findlay, but no date and time has been set.
 

The station reported a funeral mass will be held at 2 this (Tuesday) afternoon at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia.

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Car Strikes Utility Pole Monday Afternoon on CR 200

A Lakeview man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon on County Road 200 in Dudley Township.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Josh Johnston was driving east on 200 and lost control of his vehicle on a curve. The car was heavily damaged when it went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.
 

Johnston was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.

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Contractor Killed in Union County Honda Plant

A contractor for Honda was killed Monday morning at a plant in Union County.
 

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ghouse Gulam was struck in the head by a forklift at Honda R&D Americas.
 

According to Union County Coroner David Applegate, Gulam died from a crushed skull around 7:30 Monday morning at Memorial Hospital in Marysville.

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Slight Majority Say Front Ohio License Plate is Unnecessary

It was close, but a slim majority say the front license plates on vehicles in Ohio should not be required.

 

Of those responding, 54% said they should not be required. The remaining 46% said they should be required.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Firearm Stolen From Hardin County Residence

A breaking and entering occurred over the weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a handgun was stolen at a residence in the 9000 block of State Route 81.
 

The incident is under investigation.

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Ohio Gas Prices Average Same As Previous Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are seeing the same average price at the pump as they did a week ago.

 

The state average for a gallon of regular fuel was about $1.89 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's the same average price drivers were paying a week ago and down only about 2 cents compared with this time last year.

 

Ohio's prices continue running below the national average for regular gas, which was $1.99 to start this week. A year ago, the national average was about $2.21.

 

The relatively low gas prices have been attributed largely to falling prices of crude oil. Pump prices also typically fall during the winter months due to reduced demand.

 

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Online:

 

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

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Lady Wildcats Place Three In Double Figures In 59-45 Win Over Ada

Three players scored in double figures for the Kenton Lady Wildcats as they defeated Ada 59-45 Saturday afternoon.

 

Ashley Morris scored a game-high 18 points for Kenton while Ellie Miller had 13 points and Layne Taylor added 12 points and 8 rebounds as the Lady Wildcats improved to 7-5 for the season.

 

Ada (4-5) got 17 points from Rachel Wildman and another 14 markers from Alyssa Vore.

 

Miller and Taylor were named the Ace Hardware Players of the Game.

 

In other girls basketball action around the county on Saturday afternoon, Riverdale improved to 8-5 with a 62-42 win over Mohawk.

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(UPDATE) Deputies Respond to a Reported Stabbing in Alger Friday Morning

An Alger man was stabbed following a fight in Alger on Friday.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's office, at 3:15 AM deputies responded to reports of the fight at 707 N McConnell Street in the village.

 

According to Sheriff Keith Everhart, Cody Dunkin was stabbed during the fight. Dunkin was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital and remains in the intensive care unit.

 

One male, identified as Stephen Jacobs of Lima, has been arrested in connection to the incident, which remains under investigation.

 

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Ohio Removes Question About Driver's Licenses from Job Form

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has removed the question asking job applicants if they have a driver's license from the state's online hiring system.
 
     The change grew out of Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) Workforce Integration Task Force created in the 2014 mid-budget cycle update.
 
     The change was aimed at boosting application opportunities for people with disabilities that prevent them from driving, including individuals with complete loss of sight or total hearing loss.
 
     The Department of Administrative Services implemented the change as of November 16th by making the settings for driver's license questions optional instead of required.
 
     On June 1st, 2015, Ohio also became the latest state to remove the question "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" from its hiring process.
 

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Mad River Mountain to Open After Fire Destroys Lodge

Mad River Mountain has announced they will open for operation Saturday January 2nd beginning at noon.

 

The Mad River Mountain Ski Lodge will begin the winter season several months after a fire destroyed the main ski lodge. The Fire began around 7:30 pm on September 26th and by the time firefighters had arrived the lodge was fully engulfed. The State Fire Marshal has said that they could not determine what caused the fire that destroyed the lodge. The investigators could not rule out that a discarded cigarette or other smoking materials were to blame, nor could they rule out an electrical issue. The damage to the lodge was so extensive that no final cause could be found.

 

Mad River Mountain

 

The new lodge was designed and constructed in 56 days with help from construction crews from several other states. The Resort has over 500 employees.

 

The Resort will have limited lifts spinning & trails open for Skiing and Snowboarding! They will remain open Saturday for the first session of Midnight Madness and have slopes, lifts & lodge available till 2am.

 

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Kenton's New Police Chief Ready For the Challenge

It may have been a rocky process to get there, but Kenton's new police chief said he has been able to hit the ground running.

 

He credits in part the city's administration and city council for helping, "The Safety Service Director Mr. Hites, and the mayor Randy Manns have always been very supportive of the police department and very open to new ideas. They are very progressive and proactive, and that is definitely helpful as well as city council. I spoke with city council and made them aware of my intentions in terms of getting our staffing up to par. Our training and equipment issues need to be addressed, and I've gotten an overwhelming amount of support in terms of making that happen, so it's been very good."

 

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

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The Kenton Lady Wildcats make the trip to Ada Saturday afternoon.

The Kenton Lady Wildcats make the trip to Ada to meet the Lady Bulldogs Saturday afternoon.
 
This will be the 3rd game of the week for the lady wildcats. They split their first two games, routing Indian Lake on Monday before falling to powerhouse Arlington on Wednesday, anda are 6 and 5 for the season.
 
This will also be the 3rd game of the week for the Lady Buldogs. Rachel Wildman scored 22 points in each of Ada's two games this week, both of which were wins, as the Bulldogs improved to 4 and 4.
 
WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting around 1:30 p.m.
 

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Traffic deaths in Ohio increase for 2nd straight year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol says the number of traffic deaths around Ohio has increased for the second year in a row. 
 
     The state had at least 1,057 confirmed traffic fatalities in 2015. That's up from 1,008 for 2014 and 990 confirmed for 2013, which was the lowest reported since the record-keeping started in the 1930s.
 
     Preliminary statistics tallied before New Year's Eve show at least 42 more deaths from the past year are under review but not yet confirmed as traffic fatalities.
 
     A patrol spokesman says roughly 60 percent of Ohio's fatal crashes in 2015 involved someone not wearing a seat belt. About one-third involved a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. 
 
     He says the numbers of fatal crashes involving motorcycles, commercial vehicles and pedestrians each increased compared with 2014.

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