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Kenton Police Responded to Thefts and Criminal Damaging on Saturday

 

 

Kenton Police Responded to Thefts and Criminal Damaging on Saturday

 

According to the reports from the Kenton Police Department, a burglary was reported in the 300 block of West Railroad Street Saturday Evening. A tan lock and key safe containing a Everett pistol, holder, multiple silver cross necklaces and several Diamond brand perfumes bottles were reported stolen from the home.

 

Theft of gas from the Fuel Mart was received Saturday evening with a reported total value of $15.

 

Also on Saturday, the Kenton Police Department responded to a report of a vehicles tires being slashed in the parking lot of Eagles Point.

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State Government Creates Holiday

As much as students like myself don’t want to admit it, the start of the school year is right around the corner. The state government has created a new holiday to make going to back to school easier on families. Although this new holiday doesn’t call for a turkey, potatoes, and family, it is a pretty big deal to people who are back to school shopping. The sales tax holiday runs from August 5th through August 7th. The holiday waives the 5.75% sales tax on items such as clothes, and school supplies.

 

Some exceptions do apply however. School supplies over $20 and clothing items over $75 are exempt from the holiday. Other items that are exempt include Wallets, Jewelry, Makeup, and Athletic equipment. For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, and exemptions, click here.

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Multiple Thefts From A Kenton Department Store Reported Friday

 

Several Thefts From A Kenton Department Store Reported Friday

 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, the first incident occurred Friday afternoon around 12:30 PM and involved a 48 inch TV being placed in a shopping cart and then the suspect walked out of the store without paying.

 

The second incident was reported a short time later at Walmart and according to that report a man and a woman walked into the store with the female carrying a small backpack. Once in the store the male suspect took possession of the backpack while the female left the store. The Male then proceeded to put items into the backpack and left the store without paying.

 

All items were recovered, both investigations are ongoing.

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ODOT Highway Construction For Week of August 1, 2016

 
ODOT Highway Construction For Week of August 1, 2016
 
The following roads will be restricted with traffic maintained for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage:
 
Ohio 53 from Township Road 114 to Township Road 28.
Ohio 67 from the city limits of Kenton to the Wyandot County line.
Ohio 235 from County Road 92 to the Auglaize County line.
Ohio 273 from the Logan County line to the corporation of Mount Victory.
Ohio 309 from the Allen County line to County Road 145.
Ohio 701 from U.S. 68 to the intersection with Ohio 309.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road, Lima, to Ohio 235, Ada, closed June 6 for approximately 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences will be maintained. Through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod.
 
The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.
Six of the 12 culvert replacements have been completed.
 
 

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One Person Injured After Motorcycle Crash Thursday Evening Near Dunkirk

 

An injury Motorcycle crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 64 by 159 near Dunkirk .

 

According to information gathered at the scene, a group of Motorcycles were traveling West on County Road 64 around 10:15 PM and one motorcycle left the roadway and ended up in the ditch on the North side of the roadway.

 

One male rider was injured and Lifeflight was called in to transport him to an undisclosed location with possible head and internal injuries. 

 

Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN Friday for more information when available. 

 

 

 

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Kenton High School Cheerleaders Host Mini Camp

The cheerleading "Mini Camp" is set for August 1st-4th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on the High School Lawn. Cheerleader Sydney Hater explains when to register.
 
"Registration will start on the 1st at 5:00 PM and early registration starts Thursday July 28th at 9:00-11:00 AM and 6:00-8:00 PM at Kenton High School." Hater Said.
 
The camp is open to all girls that are in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Cheer co-captain Devry Moore explains what the campers will be learning.
 
"The cheer clinic will be taught by Kenton High School Cheerleaders and coaches. Girls will learn the important basics of cheerleading and perform during the first half of the Varsity game on Friday, August 26th. There will be six stations: Jump, Tumbling, Cheer & Chants, Dance, and games, and Wiley the Wildcat will be there on Friday." Moore Said.
 
The camp has a cost of $25.00 which includes a T-Shirt. 
 
If you would like to sign up, the form to do so can be found here.

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Man Escapes Serious Injury in Motorcycle Crash

A Larue man escaped serious injury in a motorcycle accident that occurred Tuesday evening.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 45 year old James Smith was riding east on Columbus Street when a westbound car being operated by 75 year old Elizabeth Francisco, of Kenton, turned left from Columbus onto Memorial Avenue. Smith took evasive action to avoid a collision. He lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down and it skidded several feet before coming to rest. 
 
Smith suffered road rash on his right arm.
 
Francisco was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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Open Gate Program Scheduled in Ridgeway

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board will hold an "Open Gate" support group program tomorrow.
 
The program is for anyone who needs support in employment, housing, education, food assistance and more. It will be held Thursday from 11am to 1pm at the First Church of God in Ridgeway.
 
If you have any questions, call 419-204-7022. 

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City Council Discusses Purchase of Mid Ohio Site

Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. Council received one communication and one petition. The communication, a notice from Liquor Control, requested approval for CVS Pharmacy to change from a C1 permit (beer only) to a C2 permit (wine and certain pre-packaged mixed drinks). Council voted to not hold a hearing for the change and it was approved as requested. The petition came from St. John's Evangelical Church and requested the city to vacate the ally from the northeast corner of The Kenton Times building to Carrol Street. Council President Joel Althauser suggested moving the petition to the Safety Committee for further review and consideration. 
 
During committee reports, it was noted that:
 
School Board - Councilman Clint Sneary reported that the school board was doing well financially, according to the last meeting.
 
Parks & Recreation - Councilwoman Patti Risner commented that there was a great turnout for Kid's Day despite the heat, and that the eagles seemed to be flourishing in their nest at the quarry. 
 
BKP - the board decided to purchase trial memberships to Iron Fit gym for the benefit of employees; new carpet will be installed in the office by mid-August; the board is doing advertisements to hopefully gain paramedic applications; and David Van Horn was put on the inactive list because he had not given availability to BKP for the past several months. 
 
Cemetary - the Cemetary Board is working to seed and flatten out the extra area in preparation for burials in the coming years; they are also updating the employee handbook. The board will meet next on August 8th at 5:00pm. 
 
Regional Planning - the Regional Planning Committee will meet next week.
 
Finance - the Finance Committee will meet next Tuesday, August 2nd at 5:15pm.
 
During old business, council acted on two pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance allowing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for rock salt, was on its third reading and passed 7-0. The second, an appropriation regarding the ally behind the City Building, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and was adopted 7-0.
 
The council then moved into closed session to discuss personnel matters.
 
Upon reconvening, under new business, council discussed seven pieces of legislation. Six pieces were voted to bypass the three-reading rule and were adopted 7-0; only one piece was moved to second reading, an ordinance providing for the transfer of funds. The six pieces of legislation adopted included ordinances referring to the following: weapons, hunting, and trapping at France Lake-Saulisberry Park; providing paid vacation to police dispatch employees; establishing a capital projects fund for reimbursement of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program; providing additional appropriations for the aforementioned grant; transferring funds to cover fire department overtime; and providing additional appropriations for administrative PERS. 
 
Also during new business, City Law Director John Schwemer discussed before council the tentative agreement that had been entered into between the City of Kenton and Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative for the purchase of the property at 555 West Franklin Street. Schwemer said that the legislation for the purchase agreement would be forthcoming, but explained to council that there are critical issues with the city garage, such as severe wear and structural damage. Schwemer said that the cost to fix the building or build new would be nearly as much as to acquire the Mid-Ohio property, with a tentative purchase price of $552,000. He expressed interest in the income potential that would come with the property in the form of the communications tower, which currently has a lease with the former Alltel that runs through 2023. Schwemer explained to council that the property had a bidding process, in which the city was originally the second highest bidder. The first bid fell through, and in the second bidding process, the City of Kenton was the highest bidder. The building and site are much more secure and well-maintained than the current city garage space, according to Schwemer, and the site has great potential for the city's business aspects.  
 
Council President Althauser then opened the floor for comments, beginning with Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who told council that street paving had been completed on Harding Avenue, Hillcrest Lane, and Harris Street. 
 
Fire Chief Tim Clark told council during his comments that the new department hire, Brian Williams, resigned from the department after a four-month tenure. Clark has hired a new firefighter, with an anticipated start date of August 6th. 
 
Police Lieutenant Rob Lutes thanked council for passing the legislation for the grant money reimbursement and the dispatch vacation time.
 
Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance President, Jon Cross, thanked the city and crew, police, and fire departments for their help with the Eats on the Streets event in June. He welcomed people to join the Chamber on Friday for an appreciation luncheon, and encouraged council members to attend a meeting with the Hardin County Commissioners on August 2nd at 10:30am to discuss a hi-speed rail stop in Kenton. Cross also told council that the Hardin Central site is in progress and the Chamber has potential leads for retail establishments at the site. Cross also mentioned the developmental opportunities at the Espy site and next to the new Fastenal site. Lastly, Cross discussed the passing of House Bill 233, which serves to help rehab historic buildings in downtown areas and includes a diversion of property tax increases, similar to a tax abatement. 
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers. 

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(UPDATE) Armed Robbery Reported at Kenton Subway Saturday Evening

 

 

An armed robbery occurred at Subway in downtown Kenton this past Saturday evening.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, at around 6pm an armed suspect entered the downtown Kenton Subway and robbed the business. The suspect made off with a small amount of money. 
 
He is described as white, between 18-40 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 120-180 pounds. He is also said to have tattos on his neck, left and right forearms and under his left eye.
 
Information gathered from the scene and scanner traffic says a suspect fled on foot from the business and entered a waiting vehicle.
 
If anyone has any information that will aid in the investigation, call the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771. 

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Fight in Dunkirk and Theft of Firearm in Forest Reported Sunday

Three people were charged with disorderly conduct following a fight in Dunkirk Sunday evening.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to the south side of the village to investigate the fight.
 
That's where 43 year old Lonnie Slone and 18 year old Dylan Slone, both of Dunkirk, and 20 year old Brooke Anne, of Dola, where issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
 
They are scheduled to appear in Hardin County Municipal Court on the misdemeanor charges.
 
 
 
 
The Sheriff's Office is also investigating a report of a stolen firearm.
 
According to that report, a resident in the 200 block of Christy Lane in Forest reported the theft Sunday morning.

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Ohio Gas Prices Down As Crude Oil Prices Continue to Decline

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio continue to fall going into the workweek. 
 
Ohio's average gas price for a gallon of regular gas was down to $2.06 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 12 cents from a week ago and about 31 cents below the state average this time last month. 
 
Monday's national average price was $2.16, compared with $2.21 last week and $2.31 a month ago.
 
This time last year, the state average was $2.50 and the national average was $2.72.
 
Gas prices continue to drop in most parts of the country due to abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil costs.
 

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Ohioans Report Police and Fire Charity Scams

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that several Ohioans have reported receiving suspicious calls asking for donations supposedly to support police and fire causes.
 
The calls reportedly ask consumers to give money to support wounded police officers and firefighters, underfunded departments, scholarship funds for families of officers, or similar causes. Consumers say the callers refuse to answer questions or to provide viable call-back numbers.
 
The calls appear to come from Ohio phone numbers, but the numbers could be spoofed or the calls could be made over the Internet, meaning the caller could be located somewhere else entirely. 
 
“Charity scams take money away from legitimate organizations,” Attorney General DeWine said. “While we encourage people to be generous, we also encourage them to be cautious. A little research can go a long way. If you get a call asking for a donation, check it out to make sure it’s not a scam.”
 
Signs of a potential charity scam include callers who:
 
Make vague claims about a cause. 
Use a name similar to a well-known organization. 
Provide little or no detailed information. 
Refuse to answer questions. 
Refuse to provide a call-back number. 
Use a “spoofed” phone number. 
Demand immediate payment. 
Ask for payment via wire transfer or prepaid card. 
Ask for payment to an individual instead of an organization. 
Not all calls seeking charitable donations are potential scams. Legitimate charities and professional solicitors, which generally are for-profit businesses paid to collect donations, can and do seek donations over the phone. When a charitable organization calls a consumer seeking a donation, the caller must provide the name of the organization and the location of its principal place of business. Professional solicitors also must provide this basic information.
 
The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section maintains a registry of charitable organizations and professional solicitors that raise money in Ohio. Both must annually file informational returns or financial reports with the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General also investigates alleged fraud and takes legal action to protect charitable funds.
 
To determine whether an organization has registered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office or to report suspicious charitable activity, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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Three People Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
 
.Robert E. Quant was sentenced to nine months in prison on one count of trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.
 
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Jody V. Hayter on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of drugs. He was ordered to successfully complete and comply with all terms of the Hardin County Recovery Court.
 
.Ayan Ahmed Hassan on three counts of illegal processing of drug documents. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Seeking Water Contamination Solutions

The Ohio Farm Bureau is working to educate the public about what's causing pollutants to enter Ohio's lakes and streams.
 
Spokesman Joe Cornely said when it comes to finding a solution, farmers know they have a role to play, "They're anxious to do what they can, but we need to understand, we need the science, we need to the research to figure out exactly what's going on. Why here in recent years has this become so much more of a problem than ever before."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Ohio's Unemployment Rate Down in June From Previous Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate was down in June compared with the previous month, while up from a year ago. 
 
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state's jobless rate was 5 percent in June, down from 5.1 percent in May. But more Ohioans were unemployed in June compared with the same month last year, when the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. The number of unemployed increased by 17,000 in the past 12 months to 291,000 last month. 
 
 The nation's unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent in May, but down from 5.3 percent a year ago.  
 
Ohio sectors reporting job gains over the month included construction and manufacturing. Losses were reported in mining and logging and educational and health services.

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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY

 

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY.

 

- HEAT INDEX VALUES...100 TO 102 DEGREES DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE LOWER 90S...AND DEWPOINTS IN THE LOWER 70S.

 

- TIMING...HIGHEST VALUES EACH AFTERNOON.

 

- IMPACTS...HEAT STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION AND OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WILL BE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IF YOU SPEND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME OUTDOORS...OR ARE INVOLVED IN ANY STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REDUCE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY FROM MID-MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOSSE FITTING CLOTHING AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF POSSIBLE, SPEND MORE TIME IN AIR CONDITIONED OR WELL VENTILATED PLACES. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION.   HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911.

 

 

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City of Kenton Holding Auction

The City of Kenton will hold an auction of numerous items this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction will be held starting at 10:00am Saturday July 23, 2016 at the Kenton Fire Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Up for auction will be numerous bikes, three cars, two trailers and other  miscellaneous items.

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Hardin County Relay For Life Slated For Friday Night

The annual relay for life is an event to raise funds for cancer patients and cancer research. The event runs overnight from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. and is being held at Robinson Field in Kenton. Planning Committee Chairwoman Heather Wedertz explains why.

 

“We still keep ours as an overnight event to kind if symbolize the journey that a cancer patient goes on. So when you stay up all night you get weary and that is to symbolize that cancer doesn't sleep.” Wedertz said.

 

Wedertz says that there will be many events taking place through the event.

 

“We will kick off at 6 o’clock and what that means is that we'll have an opening ceremony. We’ll have a prayer and that national anthem. BJ and Billie is our MC until midnight. We’ll have our opening lap with our survivors and then we'll do a team lap. Each team has lots of different activities. We've got a dunk tank, knocker balls, a bouncy house, so there are lots of kids activities." Said Wedertz.

 

Activities also include a BBQ And chicken cook-off, a survivor dinner which begins at 5 in the Kenton Middle School cafe. If you are a cancer survivor and did not receive an invite, you and a guest may attend the dinner free of charge. At 10:00 P.M., the luminaria ceremony will take place. A luminaria is a candle inside of a bag. Each one represents someone affected by cancer.

 

There will be numerous raffles including, baskets from the teams and a trip to Cancun.

 

If you would like to make a donation, they will be accepting them at the event or you can go to relayforlife.org/hardincounty


The event is free and open to the public.

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Most Have Been at Current Job For Short Time

27% of our Visitor Poll voters say they have been at their current job for only 0-5 years.

 

The next highest group though was the other extreme with 16% saying they have been at their current employer for 31 years and counting.

 

The rest of the results for the question, "How long have worked at your current job?" are as follows:

 

14% said 6-10 years

 

13% said 16-20 years

 

11% said 11-15 years

 

10% said 26-30 years

 

9% said 21-25 years

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll survey.

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Last Week to Register in WKTN Cash Giveaway Contest

This is the final week to register for the WKTN Summer Cash Giveaway Contest.
 
Look for our display at participating sponsors and register.
 
Weekly winners will be eligible for the grand prize of $1200.
 
The winner will be announced on Monday August 1 at noon.

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Four Injured in Union County Crash

Four people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred in Union County Tuesday afternoon.
 
 
 
According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 30 year old Jennifer Diamond, of Marysville, was driving west on Hoover Bault Road and failed to yield at stop sign at Storms Road. Her vehicle was struck by a pickup being operated by 36 year old Jeremy Utley, of Richwood. Diamond's vehicle then overturned and came to rest in a field. Two passengers in her vehicle, ages nine and four, were both transported by Medflight Helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Diamond and Utley were both transported to Memorial Hospital in Marysville.
 
 
 
The crash remains under investigation by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team, which consists of deputies from the Union, Champaign, Logan and Hardin County Sheriff's Offices and officers from the Marysville Police Department. 

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Trial For Ohio Woman Accused of Suffocating 3 Sons Delayed

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons won't go on trial until next year. 
 
A judge on Tuesday rescheduled 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington's trial from October to Feb. 27. 
 
The Bellefontaine woman who has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges was in court Tuesday for what was to be the start of several court hearings on motions filed by her attorneys. The motions involve issues such as whether or not she should face a possible death penalty and genetic testing. 
 
Prosecutors want to test Pilkington to rule out genetic disorders as a cause of death for the three toddlers. Her attorneys say she doesn't oppose that but wants her husband and their 5-year-old daughter tested with her and the boys. 

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Driver Loses Control of Car on Wet Surface

A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday morning on State Route 117.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 56 year old Pablo Banda, of Galloway, Ohio, was driving west on 117 with the cruise control set at 55 miles per hour. The car hydroplaned on the wet surface while coming out of curve.
 
Banda lost control of the vehicle which ended up spinning off the right side of the road where it struck a utility pole causing heavy damage.
 
No citations were listed on the report. 

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School Fees and New Vehcile Purchases Approved at School Board

 
Approval of Fee Schedule and New Vehicles Purchases at Kenton School Board Monday Night
 
The 2016-17 School year approaches and the Kenton City School Board had their Regular Meeting Monday night. Approval of the fees schedule for the each school was passed, the complete list of the school fees is as follows:
 
Kenton High School: ACC or Physical Science - $10.00
ACC Biology & Biology - $15.00 ACC Chemistry - $15.00
Art I & II - $20.00 Art III & IV - $30.00
Choir - $20.00 Anatomy/ Physiology - $20.00
Band - $40.00 Phys. Ed. Locker rental - $1.00
Physical Geology - $5.00 Physical Science - $10.00
Physics - $10.00 Spanish I - $20.00
Technology - $5.00  
 
Kenton Middle School: $50.00 Preschool: $40.00 Month
K-6th grade: $40.00  

 

The board also approved the substitute rates and the sliding fee schedule for Preschool Students:
 
- $100.00 - Above 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (Full pay)
- $50.00 - 100%-200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (Reduced pay)
- $0 - Below 100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (Free)
 
The board also voted on the purchase of three new vehicles for the school system. Included on the purchase was one Heavy Duty Truck with a 2 yard dump body and snow plow package at an approximate cost of $41,658. The purchase of a passenger van for transportation needs came in at approximately $22,700. And finally, a full size car at an approximate cost of $18,063.34.
 
Several personnel items were addressed at the meeting including approval employee and supplemental contracts (See Below.) Superintendent Jennifer Penzarski noted that the school is still looking to hire two new teachers for the 2016-17 school year. At the Middle School a Language Arts position needs filled and at the elementary level a speech pathologist is still open. Penzarski aid that the positions should be filled soon and submitted to the board which may need to hold a special session to approve the hirings.
 
Penzarski also informed the board that the 21st century grant was approved which will be used towards tutoring. She also said the Community Connectors grant was also received for the Kenton School system.
 
 
The board entered intro executive session to discuss evaluations of the superintendent and treasurer, the next meeting of the Kenton School board will be on August 15 th, 2016.
 
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Approve the following extended service time for the following employees:
Brent Fackler - OWE Coordinator (10 days) at a rate of $3,564.00
Cheryl Hiller - Vocational Home Ec (5 days) at a rate of $1,929.00
Amy Kohl - High School Guidance Counselor (25 days) at a rate of $8,388.00
Jennifer Rogers - High School Guidance Counselor (20 days) at a rate of $5,076.00
Susie Thrush - Elementary School Guidance Counselor (10 days) at a rate of $2,447.00
Jessica Parsley - Social Worker (10 days) at a rate of $2,720.00
 
Approve the following substitutes contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. for the 2016-2017 school year:
Angela Rembis - Substitute Educational Assistant, Secretary
 
Approve the written retirement resignation of Floyd Scarberry , Kenton High School custodian, effective July 25, 2016. Floyd has been with Kenton City Schools for 31 years. He is requesting severance pay.
 
Approve the written resignation of Ryan Ludwig , KMS Social Studies teacher effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
 
Approve the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year contingent upon required paperwork (BCI/FBI),etc.,:
Ryan Miller - 7th Grade Team Lead at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Joe Funkhouser - 7-12 Special Area Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Anne Eley - 9-12 English Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Nancy Baum - 9-12 Math Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Brad Blue - 9-12 Social Studies Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
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Zach Turner - 7-12 Intervention Specialist Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Nick Stuck - 9-12 Science Dept. Head at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Amy Kohl - 7-12 Counselor at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Susie Thrush - PK-6 Counselor at a fixed rate of $1,878.00
Allison Kemmere - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Jennifer Woodward - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Brooke Purcell - KCS Design Team member at fixed rate of $1,078.00
Amy Long - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Bari Bradford - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Tom Buroker - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Kendra Hale - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Heather Erwin - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Patty Cribley - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Susie Thrush - KCS Design Team member at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Deb Bartlett - Senior Class Advisor at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Zach Turner - Junior Class Advisor at a fixed rate of $2,157.00
Leslie Cochensparger - Sophomore Class Advisor at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Kevin Kapanka - Freshman Class Advisor at a fixed rate of $1,078.00
Courtney Rolf - High School Assistant Volleyball coach, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $2,644.00
Tomi Cheney - Flag Corp Advisor, Step 1, 1 year experience at a rate of $1,913.00
Jodi Cole - Elementary Library Supervisor at a fixed rate of $2,470.00
 
Approve the following Non-Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year contingent upon required paperwork (BCI/FBI),etc.,:
Brooke Bostelman - 7th grade Volleyball coach, Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $1,635.00
 
Approve Jennifer Spencer , KHS Cafeteria I, Step 1 , 3.5 hours, 187 days at a rate of $11.05 per hour contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. Probationary period beginning August 16, 2016 with the 61st day being November 21, 2016.
 
Approve Monica Fox , Speech Language Pathologist, for a limited one year contract for the 2016-2017 school year, MA , Step 0, 0 years experience at a rate of $39,762.00 contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc.
 
Approve Elisha Kozman , Educational Assistant for school bus, Step 4 , 2.25 hours, 187 days at a rate of $13.51 per hour contingent upon proper certification/training, BCI, FBI check, etc. Probationary period beginning August 16, 2016 with the 61st day being November 21, 2016.

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Ada Woman Injured in Sunday Morning Crash

An Ada woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around 4 Sunday morning on State Route 309.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 21 year old Chloe White lost control of her car while travelling east on 309 near State Route 701.
 
The car ended up off the road where it struck a utility pole causing heavy damage.
 
White was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. She was cited for failure to control.
 
The crash resulted in a power outage for 154 American Electric Power customers in the Alger, McGuffey and Ada area.
They were without power for several hours Sunday morning. 

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3 Streets in Kenton to be Paved This Week

Several streets in Kenton will be paved this week.
 
According to a release from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, city and county crews will begin paving Hillcrest Lane, Harris Street and Harding Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Ohio Gas Prices Up From Last Week; Down From Month Ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's average gas price for a gallon of regular gas is up about 8 cents from a week ago, but 36 cents lower than the price a month ago. 
 
The average price in Ohio heading into the workweek was $2.18 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That compares with around $2.10 at the same time last week. Ohio's average gas price a month ago was $2.54. 
 
Monday's national average price was $2.21, compared with $2.23 a week ago and $2.34 at the same time last month.
 
This time last year, the state average was $2.66 and the national average was $2.76.
 
Drops in crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices have continued to contribute to lower prices at the pump

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Upper Sandusky Man Killed in Sunday Morning Accident Near Findlay

Upper Sandusky Man Killed in Sunday Morning Accident Near Findlay
 
Deadly Crash
 
According to a release from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, at approximately 5:25 AM Keyonte Snow, age 21 of Upper Sandusky, was driving southbound on County Road 220 North of Findlay at a high rate of speed. The vehicle crested the railroad crossing and went airborne. Snow lost control after landing, going off the East side of the road near County Road 216 striking a utility pole. The vehicle continued to travel across the parking lot of the Eagles club striking another utility pole and crashing into the northwest corner of the building.
 
Allen Township Fire Department, Hanco EMS, and Ohio State Patrol were dispatched around 5:27 am and upon arrival they found power lines down in the area. Snow was pronounced deceased at the scene, he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol appears to be a contributing factor.
 
The investigation is ongoing.
 

 

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Power Outage After Early Morning Vehicle Accident

 

AEP Power Outage After Early Morning Vehicle Accident.

 

AEP Power Outage

 

According information from AEP, 154 customers in the Alger, McGuffey, and Ada area are without power due to an vehicle accident which occurred around 4 AM Sunday morning. 

 

According to the day log from the Hardin County Sheriffs office, The injury vehicle accident involved a power pole in the 4,000 block of  State Route 309 near 701, one person was transported with unknown injuries from the scene, no more information is available at this time.

 

AEP estimated that the power would be restored around 10:30 AM Sunday Morning

 

Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN for updated information when available.

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ODOT Releases Weekly Project List

Allen County:
 
 
 
Interstate 75 from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, through Lima and Allen County, will have occasional lane closures throughout the year during the final year of the reconstruction of the interstate. Current and upcoming impacts to traffic are as follows:
 
Lane closures are occurring throughout the project both northbound and southbound for work in the median.
 
 
Traffic on I-75 north and south of the Ohio 65 interchange area continues to travel in a contraflow pattern where two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of traffic are traveling on the southbound side of the interstate, and one northbound lane is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate. Traffic will remain in this pattern until late summer.
 
 
Traffic on I-75 northbound will continue to be reduced to one lane through the contraflow zone Monday through Friday for approximately the next three weeks, from approximately 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, for drainage and bridge work. 
The exit ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to Ohio 65 will likely be closed during these same hours Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. 
Traffic will be detoured north on Interstate 75 to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 southbound to Ohio 65.
On Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m., the right, northbound lane through the Ohio 65 interchange area will be closed until approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, July 18 during pouring and curing of the concrete for the bridge deck at the interchange. 
During the operation, the northbound entrance and exit ramp at Ohio 65 will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 15 until approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. 
Exit ramp traffic will be detoured north on Interstate 75 to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 southbound back to Ohio 65.
Entrance ramp traffic will be detoured south on Interstate 75 to Breese Road back to Interstate 75 northbound.
 
 
Heavy truck traffic will be present throughout the project for the next several weeks, especially in the area of the Ohio 65 interchange and the Yoder Road area, near the Orthopedic Institute of Ohio complex.
 
 
Paving of the final layer of asphalt throughout the project is expected to take place in late July and early August.
 
 
Additional Allen County projects:
 
 
 
Interstate 75 exit and entrance ramps at Bluelick Road will be closed on July 18 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a bridge inspection and pavement and guardrail repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
 
 
 
Interstate 75 northbound will be restricted to one lane at the Ohio 696 interchange on July 19 and July 20 for pavement repairs. The restriction will be in place during daytime hours only. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.  
 
 
 
Ohio 309 will be impacted by several projects throughout the construction season as follows:
 
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Robb Avenue to Cole Street, Lima, is restricted for reconstruction of the curb and gutter, upgrade of traffic signals and resurfacing of the roadway. The continuous turn from eastbound Ohio 309 to Grand Avenue was permanently closed on March 14. Work is being performed by Smith Paving, Norwalk. 
Drainage, curb replacement, resurfacing and pavement marking work is now complete. 
Reconstruction of two traffic signals at Rosedale Ave. and Cole St. is ongoing and may result in short-term lane restrictions.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Eastown Road to U.S. 30, including the village of Elida, is restricted for widening, curb and gutter installation, drainage improvements and resurfacing. The project will continue through the fall. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation LLC, Celina.
 
 
The following impacts are occurring or upcoming. Traffic patterns will change frequently:
 
 
 
Work to patch and pave on Ohio 309 from west of Elida to U.S. 30, Delphos, has been suspended and will resume the week of July 25. Paving of the final layer of asphalt will take place at the end of August.
Ohio 309 eastbound from Pioneer Road to East Road is maintained with two lanes westbound and one eastbound. The turn lane is maintained as well. 
 
Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction at various locations through this area for drainage installation. The restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Traffic delays should be expected.
Traffic patterns will change frequently through this section.
Traffic will be flagged through the intersection of East Road and Ohio 309 for one day during the week for drainage work.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road, Lima, to Ohio 235, Ada, closed June 6 until mid-August for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences will be maintained. Through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod. 
The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.
Five of the 12 culvert replacements have been completed.
 
The project is on schedule to be completed by mid August, prior to the opening of the Allen County fair.
 
 
Ohio 65, Ohio 81, Ohio 117 and Ohio 309 pavement repair and resurfacing project will have the following impacts to traffic in the coming weeks. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Lima:
 
Paving has been completed. Installation of pavement reflectors and final pavement markings will take place in the coming weeks with traffic maintained through the work zone on Ohio 65/81 (North St.) between Jameson Avenue and Jackson Street, Ohio 117 (Spencerville Rd./Woodlawn Ave.) between Seriff Road and Elm Street, Ohio 117 between Ohio 309 (Harding Hwy.) and just east of Greely Chapel Road, and Ohio 309 (Jameson Ave.) between Cole Street and North Street. 
 
 
Ohio 117 and Ohio 501 (Wapak Road) intersection realignment and widening project and construction of left-turn lanes on Ohio 117 began June 30. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton. The following impacts to traffic are occurring or upcoming:
 
Wapak Road at the intersection of Ohio 117 closed July 5 and is expected to open by the end of the week, weather permitting. 
 
Ohio 501 south of Ohio 117 is expected to close on July 21 for approximately 30 days. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 117, Ohio 198 and back to Ohio 501.
 
 
 
 
Hancock County:
 
Ohio 37 between Township Road 166 and Township Road 37 is now open following a culvert replacement.
 
 
 
Interstate 75 between Perrysburg and County Road 99 north of Findlay will have the following restrictions through the fall during reconstruction and widening:
 
 
 
Through November, overnight lane restrictions, generally from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County. Through December, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between U.S. 20 in Perrysburg and County Road 99 in Hancock County. 
 
 
Through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between County Road 220 and Township Road 142, is closed for bridge work over I-75. 
 
 
Hardin County:
 
 
 
Ohio 31 between Township Road 240 and County Road 230, approximately one mile south of Mt. Victory, is open as of July 14 following a culvert replacement.
 
 
 
Ohio 309 will be impacted throughout the construction season as follows:
 
 
 
Ohio 309 from County Road 171 just east of Kenton to the Marion County line is occasionally restricted through the work zone for resurfacing. The project is essentially complete with minor finish work still occurring. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.
 
 
Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road, Lima, to Ohio 235, Ada, closed June 6 for approximately 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences will be maintained. Through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod. 
 
The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.
 
Five of the 12 culvert replacements have been completed.
 
 
 
Wyandot County:
 
 
 
Ohio 103 bridge over U.S. 23/Ohio 15, south of Carey, is now open. Traffic will occasionally be restricted to one lane for other work to be performed using flaggers. Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.
 
Ohio 37 between County Road 96 and Ohio 67, Marseilles, will be closed on August 1 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 67, Ohio 294 and back to Ohio 37. Work is being performed by Stevens Engineers & Constructors, Inc., Cleveland.
 
 
Ohio 53 from U.S. 23 to the Seneca County line, Ohio 67 from Ohio 53 to Township Highway 121, and Ohio 587 from Ohio 53 to the Seneca County line pavement repair and resurfacing project is nearing completion and is having minimal effect on traffic. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.
 
 
 
U.S. 30 both eastbound and westbound just west of County Road 128 is restricted to one lane through the work zone until late August during a culvert replacement project. Posted speed through the zone varies when workers are present. 
 
County Road 128 both on the north and south side of U.S. 30 closed June 27 until late August.
 
 
Ohio 293 bridge just south of Wharton closed on July 5 for approximately 30 days for repair. Traffic is detoured onto County Highway 91 and County Highway 47 back to Ohio 293. Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.
 
 
 
U.S. 23 southbound at the U.S. 30 interchange, Upper Sandusky, may have occasional shoulder closures through the summer during a slope repair project. Work is being performed by Trucco Construction, Delaware.

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Two People Placed on Community Control in Common Pleas Court

Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Charles E. Jeffrey on one count of domestic violence. He must serve 180 days local incarceration.
 
.David W. Reisinger on one count each of theft, possessing criminal tools and tampering with evidence. He was ordered to pay just over $2500 in restitution to the victim.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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City Sets Dates to Spray For Mosquitoes

The City of Kenton has scheduled dates to spray for mosquitoes.
 
According to a release from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, the spraying will be done this Sunday the 17th and Monday the 18th.
 
The work will be done in the evenings on those days by Landtech Company.

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Latta Offers Advice to GOP Nominee

On the brink of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, U.S. Representative Bob Latta offers some advice to the nominee.
 
Latta said if he could sit down with Donald Trump he would advise him to listen to the people, "Don't just listen to one segment. When I'm out, I don't know who is coming through that door, I listen to everyone who comes through the door, and I think that's very important that you understand what's on the mind of the American people, and it's the economy."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Kenton Woman Injured in Wednesday Morning Crash

One person was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning on State Route 67 in Buck Township.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 44 year old Todd Pees, of Kenton, was driving west on 67 when he travelled left of center. His car struck an eastbound car being driven by 53 year old Frank Butler, of Kenton, who took evasive action to avoid a head-on collision.
 
A passenger in Butler's vehicle, 49 year old Becky Hamilton, of Kenton, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
 
Both vehicles were heavily damaged, and Pees was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control.  

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Electrical Substations May Be On Pokemon Go Game App

Gahanna, Ohio (July 13, 2016) – AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power is urging everyone to be cautious when using the new "Pokemon Go" app and to stay away from all electrical facilities. The app uses buildings and landmarks as gathering sites for players. The company has learned there is discussion that players can catch electric-type Pokemon near substations and transformers. 
 
Electrical equipment is very dangerous and not to be considered gaming locations. AEP Ohio urges gamers, its customers and the public to stay away from substations, all power lines and equipment on utility poles and underground electrical facilities commonly identifiable as those green boxes in neighborhood yards. Never attempt to enter substations or climb company poles to try and reach transformers. Serious injury or death can occur. 
 
The company urges the public to report any such activity around its facilities to local law enforcement or AEP’s security hotline at 1-866-747-5845.

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Wind Turbines Dominated the Discussion at the Zoning Board Meeting Tuesday

 

 

The Wind Turbines are coming through Kenton starting April of 2017 and one company has approached the property owner of 530 South Detroit Street to create a temporary transfer station for loading and unloading of turbine parts.

 

Google Maps

Google Maps

 

According to information from the company the property would be a staging area to transfer the turbines from a lager oversized truck to smaller truck and allow for them to turn the trucks around without blocking the tight turning corner. It was noted that this company is different from the companies that have purchased land on State Route 68 and even if those properties were available the oversized trucks would still need to make the tight turn at the crossing of State Route 67 and State Route 68 and the South Detroit project will help alleviate the traffic jams.

 

Truck

 

The trucks will bring the parts down from the shipping ports in Toledo to the building site, passing through Kenton in the process. The lot will hold a crane which would be used to move the big turbine parts and possibly a small building for offices. During the lifespan of the project it is expected that 10 trucks would be processed at the site a day Monday through Friday. The project is expected to last 6 months starting in April of 2017 and ending around October with with the possibility of going into December if the weather doesn't cooperate. The oversized trucks would be accompanied by contracted Ohio State Highway Patrol officers as transports for any Traffic issues.

 

Currently the property is zoned as B2 which would allow for a closed-in structure but the zoning would need to be changed to allow for the open lot. It is possible under the Kenton City ordinance to issue a variance to the zoning for a certain period of time and that is what is needed for this project. The company who is interested in the property is still bidding on the project and may not be awarded the contract so this zoning variance may never be used. The fate of the bid will be learned on August 1st at which time the property owner will be told if the transfer station will be completed.

 

Several residents spoke up in favor and against the zoning change with concerns for safety of children do to the proximity of a bus loading area, if the site would be fenced in, and the concern for dust and mud from the open stoned site.

 

After Debate the zoning measure passed with a vote of 3 in favor to 1 against, the board attached the time frame of April 2017 through December 2017 and stipulation that the property be fenced in.

 

 

 

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City Council Discussed Mosquito Control Spraying at Monday Meeting

Kenton City Council Discussed Mosquito Control Spraying at Monday Meeting.

On Monday evening the Kenton City Council met in regular fashion at the Municipal building where the Mosquito problem in Kenton was raised. Patti Risner began the discussion by saying, that several resident have contacted her by phone and even by coming to her front door to raise concerns about the mosquito population.

The increase in mosquitos this year is due to the heavy rainfall that the City has received which contributes to the increase in the mosquito population. During the discussion a couple Council members asked about how effective the spraying is at killing the mosquito’s and Mayor Randy Manns talked about how a few residents thought last years spraying did not work. According to safety service director Jim Hites in 2015, the city of Kenton sprayed just once sometime around July 4th. Hites goes on to tell the council that he talked with the company the City used last year and "most municipalities spray up to 12 times during the peak mosquito season"

If the city was to decided to pass legislation to pay for spraying, the company is not sure on when the first fogging could occur. The cost per spray is $2,300 and Hites told the council that he could use money from the street material funds that is already marked for use for street repairs but he would like assurances that money would be transferred back into that fund at a later date. Hites also would recommend to start by spraying at least four times and possibly add more later if needed.

David Beasley talked about the fear of the outbreak of Zika Virus has many residents think it is coming to Hardin County. Council President Joel Althauser said he wanted the public to know that the Zika Virus is not in mosquitos in the 48 states.

Althauser goes on to say that he talked with the City of Marysville to ask them how they handle mosquito spraying and learned that they own their own sprayer. Althauser suggested that it may be a good idea in the future to look into the cost of purchasing the equipment. Ultimately Althauser says that "whether the spraying is effective or not it makes the public feel better to spray."

The council did motion to create legislation that will be presented at the next council meeting for debate and possible approval to have at least 4 separate sprays for mosquitoes.

In Old business, one ordnance was voted on and passed after 3 readings and the Rock Salt Bids legislation was sent to a 3rd reading. Police Chief Dennis Musser spoke to the council about the recent events in Dallas and how the Kenton Police Departments thoughts and prayers are with the officers and the families affected by the incident. Fire Chief Tim Clark introduced the new Firefighter Gabe Sutton who started on June 25th to the City Council.

The next City Council Meeting is on July 25th at 7pm.

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Alger Man Killed in Commercial Vehicle Accident Monday Afternoon

 
Alger Man Killed in Commercial Vehicle Accident Monday Afternoon
 
Fatal Accident
 
According to the report from the Ohio State Patrol Bowling Green post, Dale Dunaway, age 50 of Alger, was driving a commercial vehicle southbound on State Route 235, near Hoytville, when a vehicle driven by Brandon Helberg, age 24 of Custar, attempted to pass Dunaway.  Helberg was on his way to a medical emergency with lights and sirens activated when Dunaway's truck traveled off the right side of the road and overturned. 

Dunaway had to be extricated from the tanker truck which was loaded with raw sewage and Dunaway was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is pending.
 

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Former Kenton Middle School Principal Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

 

Former Kenton Middle School Principal Passes Away After Battle With Cancer.

 

Mr. Ickes

 

Steven L. “Steve” Ickes who was 63 years old passed away Sunday July 10th after a 10 month battle with cancer.

 

Ickes was a 1970 graduate of Hardin Northern High School and through his 35 years as an educator he touched many lives. Ickes was the principal at Kenton Middle School from 2002 until 2009 and worked for other school districts including Hardin Northern throughout his career.

 

Funeral Services will be held at Coldron-Crates Funeral Home in Findlay on Friday July 15th at 11am. Friends will be received from 12 to 3pm and 5 to 8pm Thursday July 14th at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ickes's name here: http://www.mypelotonia.org/donate.jsp?MemberID=790. Online condolences may be shared with the family via www.ColdrenCrates.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Gas Prices Still Falling Remain Below National Average in Ohio

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's gas prices continued to fall heading into the workweek.

 

Gas Prices

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.10 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 11 cents from the average of around $2.21 reported this time last week and 60 cents below the state average a month ago.

 

Monday's national average of $2.23 remained higher than Ohio's average price, but 15 cents lower than the national average a month ago.

 

This time last year, the state average was $2.62 and the national average was $2.76.

 

Gas prices at the pump continue to benefit from crude oil remaining relatively less expensive than in recent years.

 

 

 

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Deadline to Pay Real Estate Tax is July 13th Without Penalty

 
Tax
 
Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser is reminding Hardin County property owners that the deadline to pay real estate tax bills without a penalty is this Wednesday July 13. 
 
The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday July 27, 2016.
 
If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.
 
 

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60 Pounds of Marijuana Edibles Found in Vehicle in Upper Sandusky Saturday

Large Quantity of Marijuana Found in Vehicle in Upper Sandusky Saturday Evening
 
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, the K9 unit stopped a vehicle for no tail lights Saturday around 11pm. The K9 police dog Hunter indicated on the vehicle and a search was initiated. During the search a large quantity of marijuana edibles were found including brownies, suckers, hard candies, drinks, capsules, and other candy treats. 
 
Marijuana Edibles
 
By the completion of the search approximately 60 pounds worth of edible items and around $3200 in cash was seized. Damon Gordon, of Columbus, was incarcerated in the Wyandot County Jail on possession of marijuana and Trevor Payne, of Lebanon, may also be charged pending further investigation.
 
 

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Three Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Sheila L. Campbell was sentenced to a total of 8 years in prison on one count each of felonious assault, aggravated burglary and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
 
The following two individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Jason C. Broadstone on one count each of theft and domestic violence. He was ordered to pay $1200 in restitution to the victim.
 
.Lisa A. Miller on one count of possession of heroin. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

A Kenton resident was arrested on a drug related offense following a routine traffic stop Thursday night.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car for a traffic violation and the driver, identified as 19 year old Halie Breeden was allegedly in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
 
She was taken into custody and later transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion. 

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Farmers Seeking Solutions For Water Contamination

The Ohio Farm Bureau is working to educate the public about what's causing pollutants to enter Ohio's lakes and streams.
 
Spokesman Joe Cornely said when it comes to finding a solution, farmers know they have a role to play, "They're anxious to do what they can, but we need to understand, we need the science, we need to the research to figure out exactly what's going on. Why here in recent years has this become so much more of a problem than ever before."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Blood Donations Urgently Needed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 5, 2016) - The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. 
 
Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what's needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans. A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4. 
 
"Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations," said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of  Red Cross Blood Services. "Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you've thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It's the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs." 
 
The next blood drive in Hardin County is in:
 
. Ada
 
 Monday 7/18/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.

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Wendy's Says More Than 1,000 Restaurants Affected by Hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Wendy's says hackers were able to steal customer's credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought. 
 
The hamburger chain says hackers were able to access card numbers, names, expiration dates and codes on the cards. Some customer's cards were used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores.  
 
In May, it said malware was found in fewer than 300 restaurants starting in the fall of 2015. About a month later, it said two types of malware were found and the number of restaurants affected was "considerably higher." 
 
There are more than 5,700 U.S. Wendy's restaurants.
 
Wendy's said Thursday it would post a list of affected restaurants on its website. As of Thursday morning, the list wasn't posted because of "technical difficulties."  

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Researchers Predict Smaller Harmful Algae Bloom on Lake Erie

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) - Researchers are predicting that harmful algae will form on Lake Erie this summer but the bloom probably will be considerably smaller than those of recent years.
 
University and government scientists released a forecast Thursday for the western portion of the lake, where algae blooms fueled by farm runoff and sewage treatment plants have turned the water pea-soup green in recent decades.
 
The bloom that spread across the lake last summer was the largest on record, spreading scum for 300 square miles. In 2014, algae rendered tap water undrinkable for two days in Toledo, Ohio, and parts of southeastern Michigan.
 
Richard Stumpf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says less rainfall this spring reduced the amount of phosphorus and other nutrients washing into the lake, which should mean less algae.

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Burglary Reported in 300 Block of Main in Kenton

A burglary occurred sometime Monday night at a residence in Kenton.
 
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, someone entered a home in the 300 block of North Main Street and stole two bottles containing around $100 in coins.
 
The incident was reported Tuesday and is under investigation. 

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Hardin County Ag Society Holds July Meeting Saturday

 

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, July 2, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular July Meeting.  Fifteen directors were and 14 guests were present.
 
Ag Society Hardin County
 
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Jolene Buchenroth asked for board approval to get 4-H clubs and FFA Chapters to adopt flower areas around the fairgrounds – a project that would be started next year.  This was approved by the board.  Mark Light stated the Horse Council was awarded money from the Hardin County Community Foundation for sand to go in the horse show arena.  He would like a date for this to happen.  This will be coordinated with the Ground’s Committee.  Mark also stated non livestock 4-H judging appointments are now available on line.  
Mark Badertscher stated the ODA Pesticide Collection Site Date will be Monday, August 22nd from 9am-3pm and this will be held at the fairgrounds.  ODA will supply everything for this.
 
Last month’s minutes, financial reports and bills to be paid were approved. 
 
Howard Lyle representing the Executive Committee, discussed their minutes from the June 14th meeting.  Discussion was held on what to do with the consignment sale money and no decision was made at this time.
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee discussed their minutes from their June 14th meeting.  There is now a locked mailbox outside the secretary’s office for people to drop off money during non-office hours.  It was noted the Hardin County Ag. Society was granted a $50,000 matching grant from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  Part of that money will be used to build a new show arena for the goats, rabbits and poultry.  The board moved to go with Stevenson Construction to build the building.  This building should be ready for the 2016 Hardin County Fair.  The board moved to purchase a fan for the hog barn and buy a gate valve.  Saturday, July 23rd starting at 8am was chosen as a work day to paint at the fairgrounds.  Gary Casteel stated the new camping spots are ready.  Pete Fout has put new siding and a new roof on the pari mutual building.  The mulch is now in the show arena.  The next ground’s meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12th at 7pm.  
 
Judi Cronley gave a report on camping during the fair.  There are currently 3 camping spots still available for the 2016 Hardin County Fair.  There are 10 new campers that still need to pay for their spots.  
 
Judi Cronley stated Chase Bryant concert sales are still looking good.  There are only a couple reserved seats left, and still track and general admission tickets available.  Tickets can be bought at the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm and through pay pal on our website.  
 
Judi Cronley still needs livestock judges for sheep and rabbits.  Everyone was given a 2016 Livestock Fact Sheet on what is new this year.  The board moved to not opt out of any state livestock rules for the 2016 fair.  
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, stated that JR Woods and Jeff Prowant have now taken over Durant Amusements, but no one should see any changes due to this change.  Janie stated there is still some building spots and ground space available to rent during the fair.  If anyone is interested in renting a booth or interested in food concessions please fill out an application – located on our website at www.hardincountyfair.org.  Information on fees for booths, etc. is also on our website.  
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, requested the use of the shelter house for a wiener roast.  The board approved this.   
 
The 4th of July Committee announced that there will be fireworks displayed on the 4th of July.  The rain date will be July 5th.  Donations for the fireworks can be sent to PO Box 317, Kenton.  Parking will be available at the fairgrounds.  
 
Under old business:  
The 2016 fair books can now be picked up at the office during office hours or at the Kenton Times.  The book is on our website and the Kenton Times website, too.  
Judges are still needed for Open Class Home Ec, open class decorative painting, open class fine arts, dogs, and ag education.
Still waiting on some box seat money, which was due June 30th. 
Grandstand ticket booth workers are still needed for Saturday and Sunday nights, those nights are being covered by spouses for fair board directors.  
The 2nd quarter Hardin County Ag. Society Newsletter has gone out by email and there are some copies available in the office.  Jr. Fair entries are due at the end of this month – July 31st.  
 
Under new business: 
2016 Fair t-shirts are now available for purchase.  Coloring books from International Association of Fairs were ordered and are now available in the office for anyone to have.  Invoices have gone out to the owners of 5 vehicles still being stored in the Merchant’s Building.  Those vehicles need to be gone by the end of the month.  Open Class entries can start to be made on line starting August 1st.  The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, August 6th at 7:30pm.

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Four juveniles Attempted to Break into Concession Stand Saturday Afternoon

 

Four juveniles Attempted to Break into Concession Stand Saturday Afternoon

 

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According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, around 3:30 pm Saturday afternoon a report of juveniles breaking into the concession stand at Waterworks Ball Park was received. Upon arrival four juveniles, 3 males and 1 female, were identified and their parents were notified by the officers. The Juveniles range in age from 10 to 14 years old.

 

The investigation is pending.

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Breaking and Entering by A Drunk Male Occurred Early Saturday Morning

Breaking and Entering by A Drunk Male Occurred Early Saturday Morning

 

Breaking and Entering

 

According to a report from the Kenton Police Department, at approximately 2:00 AM officers responded to 398 East Forest Road building B for a report of a drunk male attempting to break into apartment number 18. Upon arrival a glass top patio table was damaged and a Sony PS3 was reported stolen.

 

The alleged male suspect was identified as 26 year old Donald Redmon II, from Marion Ohio, and he was issued citations for burglary trespassing, criminal damaging, and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

 

The investigation is pending.

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Baby Ducklings Rescued from the Kenton Sewer System Saturday Afternoon

 

Several ducklings were rescued from the Kenton Sewer System Saturday Afternoon.

 

WageMore Photos here

 

According to information gathered at the scene, a report of several young ducklings and their mother in a storm drain were reported Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Main Street and Ohio Street. The Kenton Police Department and Fire Department worked for about an hour in multiple storm drains and were able to recover 7 ducklings. The mother of the ducklings left the scene and was not recovered.

 

The seven young ducks were taken to a local farm to be raised.

 

Baby Ducks

 

Stay tuned to 95.3 WKTN for updated information when available.

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ODOT Releases Road Construction Project List

Allen County:
 
Interstate 75 from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, through Lima and Allen County, will have occasional lane closures throughout the year during the final year of the reconstruction of the interstate. Current and upcoming impacts to traffic are as follows:
.Traffic on I-75 north and south of the Ohio 65 interchange area continues to travel in a contraflow pattern where two southbound lanes and one northbound lane of traffic are traveling on the southbound side of the interstate, and one northbound lane is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate. Traffic will remain in this pattern until late summer.
 
.Traffic on I-75 northbound will continue to be reduced to one lane through the contraflow zone Monday through Friday for approximately the next three weeks, from approximately 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, for drainage and bridge work. (The lane closure will not occur the Friday prior to the July 4th holiday.)
 The exit ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to Ohio 65 will be closed during these same hours Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (The ramp will not be closed on the Friday prior to the July 4th holiday.)
 
.Traffic will be detoured north on Interstate 75 to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 southbound to Ohio 65.
 
.Heavy truck traffic will be present throughout the project for the next several weeks, especially in the area of the Ohio 65 interchange and the Yoder Road area, near the Orthopedic Institute of Ohio complex.
 
.Hanthorn Road over Interstate 75 was reopened on June 28.
 
.Paving of the final layer of asphalt throughout the project is expected to take place in late July and early August.
 
Additional Allen County projects:
 
Interstate 75 northbound and southbound will be restricted to one lane at the Ohio 81 overhead for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
Ohio 309 will be impacted by several projects throughout the construction season as follows:
 
.Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Robb Avenue to Cole Street, Lima, is restricted for reconstruction of the curb and gutter, upgrade of traffic signals and resurfacing of the roadway. The continuous turn from eastbound Ohio 309 to Grand Avenue was permanently closed on March 14. Work is being performed by Smith Paving, Norwalk.
 
.Drainage, curb replacement, resurfacing and pavement marking work is now complete.
 
.Reconstruction of two traffic signals at Rosedale Ave. and Cole St. is ongoing and may result in short-term lane restrictions.
? Ohio 309 (Elida Road) from Eastown Road to U.S. 30, including the village of Elida, is restricted for widening, curb and gutter installation, drainage improvements and resurfacing. The project will continue through the fall. Work is being performed by VTF Excavation LLC, Celina.
 
The following impacts are occurring or upcoming. Traffic patterns will change frequently:
 
.Ohio 309 eastbound from Pioneer Road to East Road is maintained with two lanes westbound and one eastbound. The turn lane is maintained as well.
 
.Traffic will continue to be reduced to one lane in each direction at various locations through this area for drainage installation. The restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for approximately two weeks. Traffic delays should be expected.
 
.Traffic patterns will change frequently through this section.
 
.Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road, Lima, to Ohio 235, Ada, closed June 6 for approximately 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences will be maintained. Through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309. Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod.
 
.The location just west of Mumaugh Road is expected to reopen at some point over the July 4th weekend.
 
.The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.
 
Ohio 65, Ohio 81, Ohio 117 and Ohio 309 pavement repair and resurfacing project will have the following impacts to traffic in the coming weeks. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Lima:
 
.Paving has been completed on Ohio 65/81 (North St.) between Jameson Avenue and Jackson Street, Ohio 117 (Spencerville Rd./Woodlawn Ave.) between Seriff Road and Elm Street, Ohio 117 between Ohio 309 (Harding Hwy.) and just east of Greely Chapel Road, and Ohio 309 (Jameson Ave.) between Cole Street and North Street. Installation of pavement reflectors and final pavement markings will take place in the coming weeks with traffic maintained through the work zone.
 
Ohio 65 from Yoder Road to East 4th Street is now open.
Ohio 117 and Ohio 501 (Wapak Road) intersection realignment and widening project and construction of left-turn lanes on Ohio 117 began June 30. No major impacts to traffic are currently occurring. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton. The following impacts to traffic are upcoming:
 
.Wapak Road at Ohio 117 will close on Tuesday, July 5 for approximately 30 days.
 
Hardin County:
 
U.S. 68 between Walnut Street and Perry Street in Kenton is now open.
Ohio 273 between Ohio 292 and Township Road 179, Mount Victory, is now open.
 
Ohio 31 between Township Road 240 and County Road 230, approximately one mile south of Mt. Victory, will be closed on July 11 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292, Ohio 47 and back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.
 
Ohio 309 will be impacted throughout the construction season as follows:
 
.Ohio 309 from County Road 171 just east of Kenton to the Marion County line is restricted through the work zone for resurfacing which began May 17. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.
 
.Ohio 309 (Harding Highway) from Bowman Road, Lima, to Ohio 235, Ada, closed June 6 for approximately 70 days for culvert replacements at several locations. Access to area residences will be maintained. Through traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309.
 
Work is being performed by R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod.
 
.The entire length of roadway is closed to through traffic. Those not residing within or traveling to a business within the project area will be subject to fines by law enforcement.
 
Wyandot County:
 
U.S. 23 southbound at the U.S. 30 interchange, Upper Sandusky, may have occasional shoulder closures beginning in late June during a slope repair project. Work is being performed by Trucco Construction, Delaware.
 
U.S. 30 both eastbound and westbound just west of County Road 128 is restricted to one lane through the work zone until late August during a culvert replacement project.
 
.County Road 128 both on the north and south side of U.S. 30 closed June 27.
 
Ohio 103 bridge over U.S. 23/Ohio 15, south of Carey, closed on June 13 for approximately 30 days. The detours for this route are as follows. Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.
 
 
.(Ohio 103 eastbound) Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 23 south, Ohio 199 north, U.S. 23 north and back to Ohio 103.
.(Ohio 103 westbound/U.S. 23 southbound) Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 15 west, Ohio 330 south, Ohio 15 east and back to Ohio 103.
 
Ohio 293 bridge just south of Wharton is currently restricted to one lane through the work zone for a bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge will close on July 5 for approximately 30 days. Traffic will be detoured onto County Highway 91 and County Highway 47 back to Ohio 293. 
 
Work is being performed by DOT Construction Corp., Canfield.

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3 People 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:
 
.Saundra L. Evans was sentenced to a total of 17 months in prison on one count each of breaking and entering and theft from a person in a protected class.
 
The following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Ivan D. Brown on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. He must serve 14 days local incarceration. 
 
.Davon T. Klesmit on one count of possession of heroin.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Prevent Blindness Discourages Use of Backyard Fireworks

Several organizations have teamed up to encourage Ohioans to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday without backyard fireworks.
 
Sherry Williams, President and C.E.O. of Prevent Blindness Ohio, said injuries from backyard fireworks are common this time of year, "70% of all injuries from fireworks tend to occur within a week of the July 4th Holiday."
 
Williams said when it comes to fireworks, the safest thing is to let the professionals handle the display and refrain from the backyard variety.
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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