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Ridgeway Man Injured Following Short Pursuit Sunday Night

A Ridgeway man was injured Sunday night after crashing his car following a short pursuit.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy on patrol discovered an occupied vehicle stopped in the southbound lane of State Route 292 just north of the railroad tracks in Ridgeway.
 
The driver, later identified as 68 year old Curtis Fraizer, fled in the car as the deputy approached the vehicle to check on his well being.
 
Frazier crashed his car less than a mile away on the southeast side of Ridgeway. He was treated at the scene and then taken by Lifeflight Helicopter to an undisclosed hospital.
 
Frazier is facing a charge of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
 
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol were assisted at the scene by the Logan County Sheriff's Office, Southeast Hardin EMS, Ridgeway Fire and Lifeflight. 
 

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Ag Society to Hold Annual Election For Officers

The Hardin County Agricultural Society will hold their annual election for Directors from 3-7pm Saturday November 5 in the Fairboard Office at the fairgrounds. 
 
Members of the Agricultural Society who reside in the townships open for election may vote on the director representing their township.  All members may vote on two candidates for Director-at-Large.
 
Candidates who have turned in petitions are:
 
.Pleasant Township - Greg Liedel
 
.Director-at-Large for 3 year term -  Kelly Buchenroth (Taylor Creek Twp.), Craig Decker(Marion Twp.), Derrick Meade (Jackson Twp.) and Corey Ledley (Hale Twp.) Top 2 chosen, but no more than a total of three directors out of the 21 directors, can be from the same township.
 
.Jackson Township - Mark Garmon
 
.Liberty Township - Don Spar
 
.McDonald Township - Dan Beale 
 
.Buck Township -  Deana Gibson and Charlie McCullough
 
.Dudley Township - Brad Murphy and Earnie Davis
 
.Hale Township - Jacob McFadden and Janie Seiler     
 
The election will be followed at 7:30pm by an annual meeting and re-organizational meeting.  Then the regular November Agricultural Society meeting will follow.  All members are invited to attend the annual meeting.

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2 County Schools Qualify For State Football Playoffs

Two Hardin County schools have qualified for the state football playoffs.  
 
The Ada Bulldogs finished 7 and 3 and earned the fourth seed in Division 7, Region 28. The Bulldogs will host Fort Recovery on Saturday in regional quarterfinal action. The Indians are 6 and 4 and are the region's fifth seed.
 
WKTN will carry the matchup between the Bulldogs and the Indians live on Saturday from Ada, with the pregame show starting at 6:45 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
 
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams also qualified for the postseason in Region 28. The Rams earned the school's first-ever playoff berth with a 7 and 3 record and are the seventh seed in the region. USV will make the trip to Troy Christian to battle the second-seeded Eagles, who are 9 and 1. That regional quarterfinal game will also kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
 
The other country schools came up short in their postseason bids. Kenton, which finished 5 and 5, placed 13th in Division 4, Region 14. Riverdale went 4 and 6 and finished 22nd in Division 6, Region 24 while in Division 7, Region 28, Hardin Northern was 15th with a 3 and 7 record while Ridgemont, which also went 3 and 7, finished 23rd.
 
In other area playoff games of interest on Saturday, Arlington will host Lucas in Division 7, Region 26 quarterfinal play. In quarterfinal action in Division 3, Region 12, Wapakoneta will host Trotwood-Madison while St. Marys will entertain Dayton Belmont. These games will all kick off at 7 p.m.
 
On Friday, three area teams will play in Division 4, Region 14 quarterfinal action. Ottawa-Glandorf will host Bellevue while Indian Lake will entertain River Valley and Benjamin Logan will visit Port Clinton. Each of these games will start at 7:30 p.m.

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Early Sunday Morning Crash in Kenton Injured Toledo Woman

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report Chioma Abakporo, age 19 of Toledo was traveling north on Fontaine St when Abakporo fell asleep. Her vehicle drifted off the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment .

 

Her vehicle was towed from the scene.  

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Kenton Athletic Boosters Concession Stand Broken Into Over Weekend

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a unknown number of Candy and Soda Pop were stolen from the concession building sometime Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

 

The Investigation is pending.

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Rash of Items Stolen From Vehicles Reported to KPD

Several vehicles from around Kenton were entered and items were stolen overnight last night.

 

According to Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, the incidents have been reported today from throughout the city.

 

He said is most cases, residents are leaving their vehicle doors unlocked, and suspects are simply travelling the city and checking which ones are unlocked.

 

The Chief advises residents to not only lock their vehicles, but to not leave items such as purses and laptop computers and other items in plain view in the vehicles.

 

Residents should also remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to the police department at 419-673-0771.

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Car Deer Collisions On the Rise

Several car/deer collisions were reported to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office on Friday.
 
 
Ryan Kennedy, Hardin County Wildlife Office with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said car/deer collisions are population driven, "Obviously the higher number of deer out there, especially when we get into late October and November when the breeding season starts, the more does that are out there and bucks, the more chasing is going to occur, and that's when the vehicle accidents peak at that time."
 
He said there are times during the day when you're more likely to encounter deer, "Most active during early morning hours and then right at dusk and after dark, so keep those things in mind if you're driving through rural areas, especially with crop fields around, standing corn fields, or even picked corn fields, they can pop out at any time, and definitely if you see one, you can expect others, so where there's one many times there's more."
 
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said if you encounter a deer on the roadway, he has one suggestion, "Do not try to avoid the deer, because that is when people over compensate and then they end up wrecking and doing more damage to themselves or injuring themselves or someone else on the roadway. If a deer does run out in front of you, apply your brakes and stay straight and hit the deer."

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Quality Not a Problem For Soybeans at Harvest Time

Hardin County – Unlike corn, quality is generally not an issue for soybeans at harvest time. Soybeans may be more susceptible to physical damage if the farmer does not use the correct threshing settings in the combine that may result in split and broken beans. However, moldy beans at harvest are generally not a problem since the few molds that may occur do not produce toxins that are harmful to livestock. They may be a serious problem if used for seed, since they may not germinate or produce poor seedlings.
 
Discoloration of the bean is the most common quality issue and this is only a concern for food grade soybeans. Diseases and some weeds may cause the beans to be white, purple or speckled rather than yellow, making them undesirable for human consumption markets such as tofu. Since most of our farmers are not raising soybeans for human consumption or seed, quality is generally not a major concern. However, the elevator will lower the price a farmer receives if there is a high percentage of discolored or damaged beans. Also, diseases and weeds may have lowered the overall yield by decreasing the size of the beans.
 
The problem of weeds and insects are locally present every year, but the diseases that affect soybean seed quality generally are more of a problem in the southern U.S. However, the recent hot and dry summer created an environment more like the southern soybean region causing quality issues that generally do not occur in the soybeans grown in our area. Farmers for the most part have been diligent in keeping their weed control in check. 
Bean Leaf Beetles have caused both pod and seed damage in some areas. Insects such as Stink Bugs suck fluids from the bean, causing seed damage while creating entry points for diseases. Their populations have been increasing the past several years and may become more of a problem in the future.
 
Despite some quality issues, farmers have been pleased with this year’s soybean crop overall.

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Wildcats End Season With Win To Finish 5-5

The Kenton Wildcats finished the 2016 season with a win on Friday, defeating the Celina Bulldogs 23-18 at Robinson Field to secure a winning season in Western Buckeye League play.

 

Kenton finishes 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the WBL, good for a tie for fourth in the league.

 

Trent Hites rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns for the Cats. The Bulldogs (5-5 overall, 5-4 WBL) got 163 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from Ryan Harter.

 

Dalton Kessler was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

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Four People Were 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:
 
 
.Timothy A. Pierce was sentenced to a total of four and half years in prison on three counts of burglary. He was ordered to pay $1250 in restitution to the victims.
 
.Jason S. Hurley was sentenced to a total of nearly two years in prison on one count of escape, a violation of post release control conditions from an earlier case.
 
.Austin E. Hollon was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of aggravated assault. He must serve 20 days local incarceration.
 
.Elizabeth M. Miron was placed on one year community control with conditions on one count of petty theft. She was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Worker's Compensation. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Wildcats Close Out 2016 Football Season Against Celina

The Kenton Wildcats look to secure a winning season in Western Buckeye League play tonight when they host Celina. 
 
The Wildcats are 4 and 5 overall and want to end the 2016 season on a high note. Kenton is 4 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League, so with a win tonight the Cats would finish with a winning season in league action. A victory would also move Kenton into a tie for fourth in the Western Buckeye League - trailing just the playoff-bound trio of St. Marys, Wapakoneta and Ottawa-Glandorf. 
 
The Cats will need to play well to defeat the Bulldogs tonight. Celina is 5 and 4 overall, including 5 and 3 in the Western Buckeye League. The Bulldogs have won their last two games, putting up 98 points  on the scoreboard in the process. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Robinson Field, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 
 
There are several other big games on the docket tonight in the area. Upper Scioto Valley will try to grab a share of the Northwest Central Conference title when it hosts Ridgemont. The Rams are 6 and 3 overall and are tied with Lehman Catholic atop the Northwest Central Conference with a 5 and 1 conference mark. A win over the 3 and 6 Golden Gophers would assure the Rams at least a share of the league title and would also keep their playoff hopes alive. 
 
The Ada Bulldogs will try to improve their playoff position when they make the trip to Allen East to take on the Mustangs in a battle of 6 and 3 teams. At Indian Lake, the Lakers will entertain Benjamin Logan in a battle of unbeatens The Lakers and the Raiders are both 9 and 0 and are tied atop the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference. 
 
Finally, Hardin Northern and Riverdale will try to end the season with wins as the 3 and 6 Polar Bears host 6 and 3 Riverside while the 4 and 5 Falcons travel to Hopewell-Loudon to meet the Chieftains, who are also 4 and 5. 

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Fundraiser For Alger Library Scheduled For November 5

The 2nd Annual Second Expression fundraiser for the Alger Public Library is scheduled for November 5.
 
Organizer Lydia Osborne said this Juried Art Exhibition is unique, "There isn't another event like this in our area where it offers a spotlight for local artists, and not even "artists" but anybody who wants to create a piece of artwork and display it for the community."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Trick or Treating Occurred Late Thursday Evening in Hardin County

 

The annual Trick or treat night parade was held in Kenton Thursday night.

 

 

The 2016 parade participants gathered on South market street in Kenton to show off their unique, scariest, and best group costumes for judging before swarming the streets to parade off their outfits.

 

Lily Evans, Best Costume. Hedwig the Owl

 

Afterwards the eager monsters, superheroes, and zombies flooded the streets of Hardin County for some good old fashion trick or treating to line their bellies with the candy goodness gathered by walking house to house.

 

Trent, Kenzie, Ty, Cameron, and Kayden - Scariest Costume

 

Benton, , and Zayne Delong - Group Costume

 

Jozet Stinson - Orginal Costume

 

 

On Monday the Ada Kiwanis club held their annual Halloween parade in downtown Ada.

 

Some of the Costume winners

 

Ada Halloween Costume winners

 

 

 

 

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Four Arrested During Drug Bust at a Railroad Street House

Four people were arrested Wednesday when a search warrant was executed by the Hardin County Crime Task Force at 336 West Railroad Street in Kenton.
 
According to a release, Flora L. Humphries, Thomas F. Snyder Junior and Robin Lee Parmer, all of Kenton, and Heather Nichole Hilton, of McGuffey, were all arrested and transported to the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion. A juvenile was also removed from the residence. 
 
Several drug abuse instruments, pill and suspected heroin were seized.
 
The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department and BKP Ambulance District.

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Motorists Urged to Use Caution During Trick or Treat Hours Tonight

The streets around Hardin County will be filled with various little characters this evening as trick or treat times will be observed. 
 
The following are times for Trick or Treat in Hardin County communities:
 
October 26th:
 
.Alger-6:00-7:30pm
.Dunkirk-5:00-7pm
.Kenton-6:30-8pm
.Ada-5:30-7:30pm
.Forest-6-7:30pm
.McGuffey-6-7:30pm
.Mt. Victory-6-7:30pm
.Ridgeway-6-7:30pm
 
In addition, the Halloween Parade takes place in downtown Kenton this evening. Line up and judging at 5:15 in front of the Windstream Building in downtown Kenton. The parade moves out starting at 6.
 
Since trick or treat takes place around the county, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said motorists should be cautious in every village, "From the hours of 5-8, more so than they generally otherwise do, because there's going to be a lot of little ones running around the streets. The kids have masks on quite a few of the times, and that prohibits them from seeing things as clear as they normally would, plus they're excited to get all the candy, so motorists really need to pay attention and drive extra cautiously."
 
He said trick or treaters should use caution as well, "Stay along the sidewalks. Hopefully the parents are having an adult walk with them or at least in the general vicinity so they don't get so excited that they run out into the streets. Cross at crosswalks and watch for traffic. the kids need to protect themselves a little bit as well."
 
As for additional patrols this evening, the sheriff said, "We will have deputies in each village and in the City of Kenton to assist the city police department. The deputies will be in the villages just as a presence to not only slow down traffic, but also to hopefully make the parents feel a little more safe that we have a law enforcement presence while the kids are out."
 
And kids, you should never eat the candy you collect until it can be carefully inspected by your parents.

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Police Funding and Nuisance Homes Discussed at Meet the Candidates Wednesday Evening

 

The 2016 Meet the Candidates was held Wednesday Evening at the Kenton City Schools Administration building.

 

Incumbent republican Randall Rogers is facing Democrat Joe Hord for the January 2nd seat.

 

Hord is a former Kenton City Council Member and was on a number of committees. Rogers has served as Hardin County Commissioner for the past 4 years and is a member of many local boards.

 

Independent candidates James Bostater and Roger Crowe and Republican Bob Carder are vying for the January 3rd seat.

 

Bostater worked at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and became the lost prevention director and is a sitting member of many local boards. Carder was a Union president for employees of the Ohio Northern University system and was a branch manager for a local company in Kenton for many years. Crowe worked as deputy for the Hardin County Sheriffs Office before moving to the Kenton Fire Department as a Captain and is a board member of many local organizations.

 

The first question of the evening was about funding for local law enforcement to fight crime and the drug problem.

 

Carder started of this round of questioning and says they need to “Continue to find more resources to continue on with their training and better their education and how to do more with drug related crimes.”

 

Crowe adds that the “collaboration of the multi-agency crime task force is an excellent use of resources. It reduces duplication of effort, and it allows different areas to get the extra manpower and resources needed to fight the crime and drugs in the area.”

 

Hord was next and he says that “funding is the biggest problem, I would like to see more funding. The State of Ohio has granted Hardin county an $80,000 grant, its going to be useful, but it is not near enough.”

 

According to Rogers “ This is a community problem, and it takes strong community based effort to fight it. I believe our community is stepping up though, we are seeing more involvement from churches, community groups, and schools. Working with our law enforcement agency and drug courts. As a commissioner I'm very supportive of this work in our county.”

 

Bostater says “I think that when it comes to the drug problem in Hardin County, I believe we can do better. I think we should look at some option, find out what is successful, and maybe review the process with the judicial system, law enforcement, and the prosecutor. To see if there are alternative solutions we can find to make a more economical way to make the problem go away without creating a worse problem in the debt.”

 

The candidates were asked about the area housing codes and about nuisance properties in Hardin County and how they would handle to situation as commissioner. 

 

Crowe was the first to take this question and according to him “I think some type of nuisance board and enforcement ability is an excellent tool to get a handle on nuisance properties. Currently the county has no building codes and has no enforcement agency.”

 

According to Hord “Nuisance properties and code enforcement has been a problem in the county for some time.  It's a funding issue and legislation must be passed by municipalities and they have to follow it.”

 

Rogers adds its about “Money, Money, Money. You've got to have money to do all of those things. Certainly other counties have a county wide zoning which solves part of that problem. As you know there is no county wide zoning here, we do have nine of the fifteen townships that are zoned and do have zoning boards.”

 

Bostater adds that he “also supports the concept of looking into a zoning board for the county. I think that if we sit down with the municipalities, as well as the county commissioners, and the county government we can find a solution. We can find a solution and we can find the funding through fees and items like that.”

 

Carder says he would “rather do a local zoning committee, since we don't have one try to establish one on our own before the State would happen to step in, because the State would have tougher laws and be more costly."

 

Early voting has begun and can be completed now until election day on November 8th.

 

The complete Meet The Candidates forum can be heard here: http://wktn.com/podcasts/wktn-radio-audio-clip

 

Below are individual clips from the forum:

 

 

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Ada Man Killed in ATV Accident

A 43 year old rural Ada man was killed in an ATV accident that occurred Monday on private property behind his residence.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that Jeremy Imes, of 4597 State Route 701, had been involved in an ATV crash in a wooded area behind his residence. Upon arrival of the emergency responders, Imes was found deceased. A preliminary investigation determined that Imes was travelling west on a trail in the woods and struck a downed tree which caused the ATV to flip over and land on top of him.
 
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. His body was transported to Montgomery County for an autopsy to be conducted, and the crash remains under investigation. 
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Ada Fire and EMS, the Hardin County Coroner's Office and Osborn's Towing. 

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Crash Heavily Damages Two Vehicles

Two drivers escaped injury in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on East Columbus Street in front of Walmart.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 22 year old Rosa Mendoza, of Kenton, attempted to turn from Columbus into the Walmart plaza, and her car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 48 year old Krista Sherman, of Kenton, who had the green light.
 
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. So far, Mendoza has been charged with operating a vehicle without a valid license. 

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Quest Federal Credit Union Opens Fifth Branch

Upper Sandusky, OH – October 25, 2016 – Quest Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch, located in Upper Sandusky, serving the residents of Wyandot County. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The event was held after hours at the fifth branch location for Quest Federal Credit Union, it’s first in Wyandot County. 
 
 
 
“Wyandot County is a great neighbor to Hardin County with solid infrastructure for building, strong employers, and a long-standing, very robust farm community, perfect for what we specialize in with our products and services,” stated Matthew Jennings, Chief Executive Officer.
 
Wyandot County was chartered by Quest Federal Credit Union in 2013. From that time, all those who live, work, worship, or attend school were eligible to join Quest Federal Credit Union as members. In late 2015, the Board of Directors at Quest Federal Credit Union unanimously voted, approving the budget and plans to move forward with the expansion efforts to build a brand new, fully-staffed branch location in Upper Sandusky.
 
The new branch, located at 1725 E. Wyandot Ave, Upper Sandusky, features a full-service, next generation ATM, drive-thru service, technology bar with iPad kiosk for technology training, complete member services, and a NMLS registered loan officer in Misty Hurley.
 
Board President, Richard “Dick” Wilcox added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to welcome the public here in Wyandot County to check out our new location and wish our new staff members, including Lisa Bricely (VP of Branch Operations), the best as we begin and continue to serve residents here in Wyandot County.”
 
For more information on Quest Federal Credit Union, or the new Upper Sandusky Branch, contact Brian Sprang (bsprang@questfcu.com) or Jolene Bailey (jbailey@questfcu.com), at 800-333-9571, or visit www.questfcu.com. 
 
Established in 1969 as Kenton Rockwell Standard Federal Credit Union, Quest Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works, worships, and/or attends school in Hardin, Logan, and Wyandot Counties.

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Elderly Woman Scammed Out of $6200

An elderly Forest woman was a victim of a scam over the weekend.
 
According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the woman said she received a call Friday from someone stating her granddaughter was in a crash and needed money.
 
The woman sent a sum of $6200 by Fed Ex to a residence in Newark, New Jersey. She then received a call from the same person Saturday morning, and this time they requested $17,000.
 
This time, the woman went to the bank and she was told it was a scam.

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Heated Discussion Part of Kenton City Council Meeting

The Kenton City Council met for their 20th regular session on Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and there were no citizens requesting time to speak officially on the agenda. 
 
Council moved quickly through communications and petitions, noting a single communication from Mendez Bell Group Incorporated regarding the previously discussed TREX of a liquor license. A new restaurant, slated to be located in the former Roby Company building, is the project for Mendez Bell Group and the TREX was required to obtain a specific liquor license since the available ones in the city's jurisdiction have been spoken for. Council waived their right to a hearing for the D2-2X requested previously, and also voted to waive their right to hearing for the D3 license that the group was additionally requesting. The D3 license would permit the sale of spirits as well as wine, beer, and other prepackaged mixed drinks. 
 
During committee reports, the council heard from:
 
Finance - the minutes of the finance committee meeting were approved as read. The next meeting will be Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4:30pm.  Council member Dave Beazley reported that for the 2017 budget, the funds were currently outbalanced by approximately 1/2 a million dollars. Council President Joel Althauser noted that it is not uncommon to have an unbalanced proposed budget before the fiscal year begins, but that it is something council and the finance committee are aware of and are working to rectify. 
 
BKP - the BKP board met on October 12. Notable discussions included the board's decision to not pay a bill received from Thermo-Tech, due to dissatisfaction with the service provided. The board will also need to discuss buying a new truck within the next two years. The board also received a resignation letter from one of the FTO.
 
Parks & Recreation - the Parks & Rec board met on October 11. Notable discussions included the 2017 budget for the pool, which showed a proposed increase in line items for the cashiers and lifeguards, as well as a concern being brought up about potential illegal activities at the quarry by campers who are not required to complete an application process before renting a campsite. 
 
Cemetery - the cemetery board will meet next on November 7th at 7:00pm.
 
Safety - the Safety committee expressed concerns about the state of some of the downtown buildings, which may pose a concern for the safety of citizens. City Law Director Jon Schwemer mentioned that there are laws in place that could help enforce the care of the infrastructure of the buildings that are owned or inhabited, but noted that the cost to the city to raze buildings could be upwards of $100,000 with little potential for being reimbursed. 
 
The council moved on to old business, where they voted to pass two piece of legislation that were on 3rd reading; the pieces dealt with year-end transfers and appropriations and contribution rates for city health insurance premiums, respectively. The third piece of legislation, authorizing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials, moved to 3rd reading and will be heard again in two weeks. 
 
Under new business, the council moved one piece of legislation regarding fund transfers to 2nd reading. It will be heard again in two weeks. 
 
It was during the comments section of the meeting that the conversation took a heated turn. Initially, Safety Service Director Jim Hites discussed the upcoming move to the former Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative building. The move will include the water department, income tax department, and parks & recreation department. The move will cause the City Building to close at noon on November 4th, and will not reopen until noon on November 7th. There is still not a decision for a name for the newly acquired building. 
 
Other comments were heard from Bud Winzenried, representative for the Hardin County Sheriff's Department, who discussed briefly the Project Lifesaver sponsored by the auxiliary members of the department. The project is used to provide assistance to seniors with Alzheimer's's or children with autism or other cognitive impairments who may become lost or disoriented. 
 
Council then heard a detailed and emotional plea from two property owners about the city's allegedly mishandled attempt at a sewer repair on a potentially vacated alley between the landowner's properties. Deb Temple and Diane Hanson presented council with documents, correspondence, and photographs detailing the project that began in April with a sewer repair and has resulted in aesthetic, gradient, and safety disturbances to the properties for the past several months. The discussion that ensued between council members and the administration became argumentative. Safety Service Director Hites declared that the alley belonged to the city and he could "put grindings on it if they liked", before being corrected by Law Director Schwemer and Council President Althauser about the difference between a city property and a vacated alleyway. The property owners expressed their displeasure with the length of the project, and when Council President Althauser pointed out that the contracted engineer for the city could be of service re-placing survey pins, Hites responded that having the engineer "didn't really mean anything". This resulted in a brief dispute between Althauser and Hites, ending with Hites clarifying that the contracted engineer is not always available for the man hours. After several more minutes of debate, council member Antwilla Davis presented the council with the immediate issue of the safety problems with one of the property owners being unable to mow her lawn due to the cracks and grooves in the dirt and the too-steep gradient of the lawn. Council member Patti Risner added, "We are going to make this right for you. Every property owner values their property...when things happen, we want to make it right." Council assured the property owners that the issue would be given foremost consideration despite setbacks from the administration itself. 
 
Following the property/city debate, during his comments, Mayor Randy Manns brought up the following budgetary consideration: "The city is at a point where we need to decide: do we want to continue to fund a police and fire department?" At the time of this report, WKTN is in the process of obtaining public records to corroborate and further clarify these statements. 
 
The meeting was adjourned without further comments. The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers. 

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Meet the Candidates Forum Set For Wednesday

Hardin Leadership will be hosting a Meet the Candidates forum Wednesday evening.
 
Candidates participating are running for two Hardin County Commissioner seats.
 
Incumbent Republican Randall Rogers is facing Democrat Joe Hord for the January 2 seat. Independent candidates James Bostater and Roger Crowe and Republican Bob Carder are vying for the January 3 seat.
 
The event will be held at the Kenton City Schools Administration Building Wednesday evening starting at 7, and the public is encouraged to attend. 

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Frost Advisory in Effect For WKTN Listening Area Tuesday Morning

 

FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM EDT TUESDAY.

 

Frost

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A FROST ADVISORY WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM TUESDAY.

 

LOW TEMPERATURES EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WILL BE IN THE MID 30S.

 

SENSITIVE PLANTS LEFT OUTDOORS AND UNPROTECTED MAY BE DAMAGED.

 

PROTECT FROST SENSITIVE PLANTS BY BRINGING THEN INDOORS OR COVERING THEM WITH LAYERS OF NEWSPAPERS OR BLANKETS. THOSE WITH AGRICULTURAL INTERESTS ARE ADVISED TO PROTECT TENDER VEGETATION.

 

 

 

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Alger Man Escapes Injury in Sunday Morning Crash

A car was damaged in a crash that occurred early Sunday morning in Alger.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 36 year old Ashley Staley, of Alger, was driving west on Lee Street in the village and failed to maintain control of the vehicle, which ended up off the road and came to rest in the ditch.
 
Heavy damage occurred to the vehicle.
 
Staley was not injured. 

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Hardin County Among 9 Ohio Counties To Get Funds to Help Prevent Substance Abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nine rural counties in Ohio, including Hardin County, have been awarded funds to help prevent underage drinking and reduce the misuse of prescription drugs among young people.
 
The state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says each county will get $80,000 to address alcohol use among people aged 12 to 20 and prescription drug misuse or abuse among people aged 12 to 25.
 
The grant initiative aims to increase the use of evidence-based programs and strategies to tackle the problems.
 
The state says the funds could be renewable for up to two additional years, depending on the availability of federal funds and on demonstrated progress.
 
In addition to Hardin County, the counties are: Champaign, Coshocton, Holmes, Mercer, Seneca, Tuscarawas, Warren and Wayne.
 

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Rash of Thefts Reported To Kenton Police Department Over Weekend

 

Starting Friday morning the Police Department handled 9 reports of theft from vehicles with the majority of the reports coming from the South side of Kenton. Additionally 3 vehicle doors were found open and re-secured by the Kenton Police Department.

 

According to the day log early Friday morning thefts from vehicles in the 300 block of Smith Avenue, 600 Block of South Main Street, and a report of an open car door in the 400 block of North Cherry Street.

 

Friday evening brought a report of  a vehicle broken into in the 600 block of Fontaine Street and a report of 2 vehicles ransacked in the 100 block of East Lynn Street.

 

The day logs show that Saturday morning a report of a resident in the 800 block of South Detroit Street seeing a subject in their car who then fled on foot. Two open car doors were found by a Kenton Police Department officer, one vehicle was located in the 600 block of South Leighton Street while the other was in the 400 block of Park Street.

 

Two more reports of theft occurred Saturday Afternoon. The first report was of theft from a vehicle in the 300 block of Gilbert Street and finally a theft from a vehicle in the 300 block of Smith Avenue was reported to the Kenton Police Department.

 

No further information available at this time.

 

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Dinner Considered Most Important Meal of the Day

 

When it comes to the most important meal of the day, Visitor Poll voters gave a slight edge to dinner.

 

Of those responding, 42% of the voters selected dinner as the most important meal. 

 

Close behind was breakfast with 38% of the vote.

 

The remaining 20% said lunch was their most important meal of the day.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Kenton Nursing and Rehab Holds Open House

An Open House was held last week at Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
 
The staff showed off the facility's new Private Suites and renovations that have been made.
 
The occasion was also used to celebrate Dr. Kate Johnson's 20 years of dedication to the center.
 
Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located at 117 Jacob Parrott Boulevard in Kenton.

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Kenton Blanks Bath 21-0

The Kenton Wildcats posted their second shutout of the season Friday as they blanked Bath 21-0 in Western Buckeye League action at Bath Stadium.

 

Trent Hites threw two touchdown passes to Blake Swearengin and also ran for a score for Kenton (4-5 overall, 4-4 WBL), but the story of the game was the Kenton defense. Kenton forced three turnovers - with Jaron Sharp and Robert Shemeth intercepting passes - and sacked Bath quarterback Kaden Sullivan eight times.

 

Bath falls to 3-6 overall and 2-6 in the WBL.

 

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

 

Kenton closes out its season on Friday when it hosts Celina. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 

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Week Nine Scores

Kenton 21 Bath 0

 

County

 

Jefferson 44 Ada 0

 

Upper Scioto Valley 50 Fort Loramie 29

 

Van Buren 41 Riverdale 7

 

Hardin Nothern 46 Perry 27

 

Lehman Catholic 42 Ridgemont 0

 

WBL

Ottawa Glandorf 42 Elida 35

 

St. Mary's 13 Wapakoneta 7

 

Celina 55 Shawnee 28

 

Defiance 27 Van Wert 14

 

Area

 

North Union 41 Galion 3

 

Wynford 53 Upper Sandusky 0

 

East Knox 83 Elgin 34 

 

Benjamin Logan 48 Greenon 12

 

Arlington 34 Vanlue 6

 

 

 

 

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Four Sentenced to Prison 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:
 
.Anthony J. Lowery was sentenced to a total of 4 years and 11 months in prison on one count each of burglary and theft.
 
.Misty D. Richardson was sentenced to a total of 4 years and 6 months in prison on one count each of theft, attempted engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
 
.Cory B. Shepherd was sentenced to a total of 30 months in prison on one count each of failure to appear and burglary.
 
.Christopher D. Stacy was sentenced to 24 months in prison on one count of failure to register. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Rail Service From Chicago to Columbus Still Far Off But Still on Track

An Ohio organization is working to restore a passenger railroad line from Chicago to Columbus.
 
Ron Sheck, Chairman of All Aboard Ohio, said his group is working with the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association in making the project a reality. Sheck talks about a feasibility study completed by NIPRA, "I think what the NIPRA study really does is look at restoring train service on that former Pennsylvania railroad line, which is now owned by the Chicago, Indiana and Eastern Railroad as far east as Kenton and then using the CSX line that goes from Toledo south through Findlay and Kenton and Marysville down to Columbus."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Battle of Wildcats on Tap Tonight

"The Battle of the Wildcats" will be featured tonight on WKTN as Kenton takes on Bath.  
 
It has been a disappointing season for the Bath Wildcats. Bath was thought to be one of the top teams in the Western Buckeye League entering the year, but a disastrous five-game losing streak put an end to any thoughts of a league championship or a playoff berth for the Allen County Wildcats. Bath has rebounded to win its last two games and is now 3 and 5 overall and 2 and 5 in the Western Buckeye League. 
 
Kenton is looking to bounce back after coming up a point short last week against Elida. Kenton's 49 to 48 loss to the Bulldogs was the Cats' second straight loss and dropped Kenton to 3 and 5 for the season. The Wildcats are now 3 and 4 in the Western Buckeye League and must win out to secure a winning season in conference action. 
 
WKTN will carry tonight's game live from Bath Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 
 
In other action tonight around the county, Ada hosts Delphos Jefferson; Upper Scioto Valley visits Fort Loramie; Ridgemont entertains Lehman Catholic; Hardin Northern makes the trip to Perry; and Riverdale hosts Van Buren. 

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Ohio Mom's Confession Details How She Smothered 3 Young Sons

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three young sons over a 13-month period says in a recorded police interview that she smothered each boy with a blanket over the face because she didn't want to see them suffering.
 
 
 
Brittany Pilkington also said she was depressed and worried her sons would eventually become abusive toward women. 
 
A Logan County judge has been reviewing Pilkington's statements while considering a request to exclude her confession in the potential death penalty case. Her lawyers argue it was obtained unconstitutionally.
 
Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Bellefontaine woman knowingly agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer.
 
Authorities allege she killed the toddler and two infants out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave them. She has pleaded not guilty.
 

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United Way at 20%

The United Way of Hardin County campaign has raised 20 percent of the $220,000 goal.
 
 
Beryl Rogers Dudek and Beth McKinley 
 
The total to date is $40,289. Breaking that down by division:
 
.Agriculture is at $4730
 
.Special gifts has a total to date of $9488
 
.Finance, Insurance and Real Estate or FIRE stands at $7725
 
.Education checks in with $1823
 
.Government is at $3175
 
.Professional $3318
 
.Industry is at $3188
 
.Retail $567
 
.Out of County stands at $231
 
.Special Events has a total to date of $5784

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Section of Detroit Street Closed For Repairs

Detroit Street in Kenton between Franklin and Columbus Streets is closed to traffic Wednesday and Thursday for road repairs.
 
The work is scheduled to be done between the hours of 7:30am to 2:30pm.
 
In addition, the intersection of Detroit and Carrol Streets will be closed Thursday for road repairs.
 
The work is being done weather permitting, and if it does rain Thursday, the work will be done on Friday.

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Kenton Man Injured in Aggravated Burglary Incident

A Kenton man was injured in an apparent aggravated burglary incident Tuesday night.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Columbus Street in downtown Kenton to investigate a 9-1-1 call about a bleeding assault victim.
 
The 28 year old man suffered apparent broken bones from the assault.
 
A 22 year old female victim was not injured.
 
A 41 year old man and 42 year old woman, both from McGuffey, as well as a 24 year old Kenton man were listed as suspects, but so far no charges have been filed. 

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Health and Wellness Fair Scheduled For Thursday

A Hardin County Health and Wellness Fair will be held Thursday in Kenton. 
 
The Hardin County Safety Council will be holding the Hardin County Health and Wellness Fair in Partnership with OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene, and Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. The Health and Wellness Fair will be held Thursday, October 20 from 8:30
a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Hardin County Armory, 128 N. Main St.
 
The Fair is free and open to the public. Local health-related businesses will offer a wide range of free screenings, and health information. Register to win a $50 Chamber Gold Gift Certificate and
other prizes.
 
The Health & Wellness Fair benefits attendees of all ages by providing a great array of valuable and interesting products, services, activities, and information related to their overall welfare.
 
From nutrition to fitness and pertinent health information, this fair is an event not to be missed.
 
For more information contact the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance at 419-673- 4131 or alliance@hccba.com.

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Keep Hardin County Beautiful Holds Annual Banquet

Keep Hardin County Beautiful held its 25th Annual Banquet Tuesday evening at the First United Methodist Church.
 
The dinner was prepared and served by the ladies of the church.
 
Judy Dorsey welcomed those in attendance, and Program Manager Deb Phillips introduced elected officials and officers of Keep Hardin County Beautiful.
 
The Garden Beautification award winners were announced.
 
The June Residential, Farm and Business winners were:
 
.Jolene and Buck Buchenroth 
.Linda and Rodney Hensel
.Amy and Kurt Sheldon
.U.S. Bank
 
The July Residential and Business winners were:
 
.Janes and Clayborn White
.Debra Rall
.Robinson Fin Machines
 
The August Residential, Farm and Business winners were:
 
.Paul Logsdon
.Debbie and Kirk Shepherd
.Teresa Herzog
.Hardin Memorial Hospital

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2 County Teams Still in Hunt For Playoff Spots

 
A pair of county teams remain in the hunt for a postseason berth with two weeks to go in the regular season. 
 
The Ada Bulldogs and the Upper Scioto Valley Rams remain in the thick of the playoff race after eight weeks of the high school football season. The Bulldogs are 6 and 2 and are ranked third in the latest Division 7, Region 28 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. The Bulldogs probably need to win at least one of their final two games to clinch a postseason berth. 
 
The Rams are 5 and 3 and are currently 10th in Region 28. Upper Scioto Valley may need to win out and get some help to earn the first playoff berth in school history. 
 
The playoff outlook for the rest of the county looks bleak at best. In Region 28, the Hardin Northern Polar Bears are 2 and 6 and tied for 16th while the Ridgemont Golden Gophers, who are 3 and 5, sit in 22nd place. 
 
In Division 6, Region 24, the 4 and 4 Riverdale Falcons are in 22nd place while in Division 4, Region 14, the Kenton Wildcats, who are 3 and 5, are in 20th position. 
 
The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season qualify for the postseason, with the top four teams hosting first-round games. 

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Judge Reviews Ohio Mom's Confession in 3 Young Sons' Deaths

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge is reviewing recorded police interviews of a woman accused of suffocating her three young sons as he considers her lawyers' request to exclude her confession. 
 
Attorneys representing 24-year-old Brittany Pilkington in the potential death penalty case say the statements were obtained unconstitutionally. They say authorities pressured her into confessing and she didn't understand what she was doing when she agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer. 
 
Prosecutors say she was advised of her rights and her comments weren't coerced. 
 
The Bellefontaine woman has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges.
 
Authorities allege Pilkington killed her toddler son and two infants over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband gave the boys.
 
Her trial is scheduled for late February.
 

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No ID Yet For Slain Woman Despite Tips

MARION, Ohio (AP) - Investigators trying to identify the alleged first victim of an Ohio man linked to four killings say they've received some tips in the month since he told them about her, but they still don't know the woman's name. 
 
Marion County sheriff's Lt. Christy Utley said 10 to 15 tips came in, including that it might be a woman missing in Canada or one from California. Those didn't match. 
 
Authorities say jailed suspect Shawn Grate confessed to killing two women, including one around 2005 in Marion County. Investigators say Grate told them the magazine seller in her mid-20s was his first victim but doesn't remember her name.
 
The body was found in 2007.
 
Grate has pleaded not guilty in two other killings. His attorneys haven't returned calls.
 

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2017 Budget Cuts Discussed at the Finance Committee Meeting Monday Evening

 

Cutting a Half Million dollars from the city of Kenton 2017 budget  was the main topic up for discussion at the second meeting of the finance committee this October. The last meeting Council President Joel Althouser said he could not support an unbalanced budget for 2017. The Committee is tasked with reducing the projected budget.

 

Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser and Fire Chief Tim Clark were present and the committee went through each line item for both departments to find money to cut from areas without jeopardizing public services. Both departments were able to make reductions without interfering with contractual obligations, step increases, and continuing to maintain current staffing levels. The committee also started to work on the projected budget for the Kenton Waterworks Department before adjourning with the acknowledgment that the discussion will continue at the next meeting.

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Kenton Pre-K Program Receives 5-Star Rating

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met in regular fashion Monday evening. The minutes from the September 19 meeting were approved along with the minutes of the special meeting on October 7. 
 
The board then welcomed Kenton Elementary School teachers, Katie Ketcham and Lindsay Numbers, along with educational assistant Melissa Roby and principal Angela Butterman. The four presented the board with the 5-star rating the Pre-Kindergarten program received at the beginning of October as part of Ohio's Step Up To Quality Rating Program. The state program focuses on rewarding preschool programs that prepare students age 3 thru 5 for kindergarten and future learning. The program utilizes learning through play, early childhood intervention screening services, parental involvement, age-appropriate lessons, and other learning tools to help best prepare the students for school. Five students involved in the program also gave a short statement about how they were a "star" through their classroom environment. The students were: Adella Dudek, Steena Dudek, Judah Hudgel, Noah Reed, and Finnegan Sprang. The board applauded the educational efforts of the staff in the Pre-K program and thanked them for enriching the lives of Kenton's youngest students.
 
Also during the meeting, the board recognized 6th grade teacher, Cindi Molk, for 28 years of service with the district. Molk is retiring in November.
 
Under committee reports, the board heard from:
 
Finance - the finance committee will be staying with Liberty National Bank for district banking purposes, and has begun seeking bids to rebuild the bus garage off the former Hardin Central property, pending it's purchase. The board also heard from District Treasurer, Tracy Hiller, about the five year forecast for the district. The line item for "Other Objects" in expenditures, which included the employment of Auglaize County educators through the Educational Service Center, has been moved to "Personal Services (Salary and Wages)", causing that line item to appear to increase exponentially in the coming five years. Board member David Haushalter pointed out that based on the current estimates, the "Unreserved Fund Balance" will be at it's lowest possible amount in Fiscal Year 2019 at $3,070,676. The following two years, the number is projected to dip to $2,017,659 and $192,205 in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, respectively. Haushalter noted that the district cannot operate with a fund balance below the three million, and the board is aware that they will need to adjust their budget accordingly to prevent the severe deficit expected by 2021. However, he said, the numbers are just projections, not actual figures, and therefore are not a threat to the district just yet. 
 
Extracurricular - the extracurricular committee has completed work on the baseball and softball fields and is currently recruiting for the new bowling team. Two new basketball scoreboards will be installed at Kenton Middle School, and the old scoreboards will be moved to the football practice field. 
 
Career Center - the career center is seeing an increase in student participation, both at the satellite campuses and on main campus. They will be joining with Ohio State University for a study on autonomous (self-driven) vehicles in the near future. 
 
Policy - the policy committee has made updates to the manuals, and the Health Partners have sought advice from the board on their school policies. 
 
Under new business, the board approved the following Personnel Items:
 
-Approved the following substitutes:
 
Lauren Weaver - substitute teacher
Angela Brown - substitute teacher
Carol Wilcox - substitute educational assistant
Carrie Aurand - substitute educational assistant, secretary
Dorothy Britton - substitute cafeteria
 
-Approved the following Non-Employee Supplemental contracts:
 
Ryan Althouse - High School Pep Band, Step 0, 1 year experience at a rate of $557.00
 
-Approved the salary adjustment for Nick Stuck from MA to MA+
 
-Approved the following volunteers:
 
Jaimee Frey, April Miller, Duane Hamilton, Carrie Kauble, Patrick Potts, Kristin Hamilton, Jeremy Kauble, Joel Althauser, Michelle Heckathorn, William Keller, Jodi Tudor, Kim Lowe, Jill Wetherill, Emily Schaub
 
-Approved the transfer of Amanda Dyer from KES Integrated Technology teacher to KES 6th grade teacher effective November 1, 2016
 
-Approved the following for Club ROAR mentors/tutors:
 
Tara Oakes
 
-Approved the written retirement resignation of Vickie Krock, KMS 8th grade teacher, effective June 1, 2017. Vickie has been with Kenton City Schools for 31 years. She is requesting severance pay. 
 
-Approved Carrie Dilley, KES Integrated Technology teacher, for a limited one year contract for the 2016-2017 school year, MA, Step 6, 6 years experience at a rate of $48,110.00.
 
Under Authorizations and Resolutions, the board:
 
-Approved the 6th grade trip to Camp Willson March 9-10, 2017.
 
-Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education policies and bylaws:
 
NEW:
Policy 1619 - Group Health Plans
Policy 1619.03 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Policy 3223 - School Guidance Counselor Evaluation
Policy 3419.03 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Policy 4419.03 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Policy 6605 - Crowdfunding
 
REVISED/REPLACED:
Policy 0100 - Definitions
Policy 1540 - Suspension of Administrative Contracts
Policy 0167.1 - Use of Electronic Mail/Text Messages
Policy 0169.2 - Open Meetings/Sunshine Law
Policy 1530 - Evaluation of Principals and Other Administrators
Policy 1619.01 - Privacy Protections of Self-Funded Group Health Plans
Policy 2460 - Special Education
Policy 3220 - Staff Evaluations
Policy 3419 - Group Health Plans
Policy 3419.01 - Privacy Protections of Self-Funded Group Health Plans
Policy 4419 - Group Health Plans
Policy 4419.01 - Privacy Protections of Self-Funded Group Health Plans
Policy 5830 - Student Fund Raising
Policy 6700 - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Policy 8330 - Student Records
Policy 9700 - Relations with Special Interest Groups
 
-Approved to adopt/revise/replace/delete the following Board of Education administrative guidelines:
 
NEW:
AG1619 - Employee Wellness Program
AG1621 - Federal Group Health Continuation (COBRA)
AG2280 - Preschool Staff
AG2280.08 - Preschool Equipment and Supplies
AG3419 - Employee Wellness Program
AG4419 - Employee Wellness Program
AG6470 - Stale Dated Checks Procedure
AG6605 - Crowdfunding
 
REVISED/REPLACED:
AG1623A - Section 504/ADA - Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
AG2623B - Security Provisions for Statewide Assessments
AG3123A - Section 504/ADA - Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
AG3421 - Federal Group Health Continuation (COBRA)
AG4123A - Section 504/ADA - Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment
AG4421 - Federal Group Health Continuation (COBRA)
AG8330 - Student Records
 
DELETED:
AG3220A - Evaluation of Staff
 
-Approved the following resolution:
 
Approving transportation/maintenance facility and bus barn project and authorizing the solicitation of proposals for the work: The Superintendent requests approval of the Transportation/Maintenance Facility and Bus Barn Project and authority to solicit cost proposals for the Project.
 
Rationale:
1. A performance specification has been prepared for the Transportation/Maintenance Facility and Bus Barn Project, and the specification is included in a proposal package for the Project.
2. The project is outside the scope of the statutory competitive bidding process, and cost proposals will be solicited from experienced contractors for the project, with a recommendation for award of a contract for the Project to the contractor submitting the best proposal for the work to be brought to the Board for action.
3. A notice will be placed in the local newspaper and will also be provided to other contractors in the area requesting receipt of proposals by December 14, 2016, unless that date is modified through addendum by the Superintendent, as the Board's authorized representative, or by operation of law. 
 
The Kenton City School District Board of Education resolves as follows:
1. The Transportation/Maintenance Facility and Bus Barn Project is approved based upon the performance specification prepared for the Project.
2. The Board authorizes the Treasurer to prepare and place a legal notice in the local newspaper, to register the Project with the Dodge Plan Room, and to provide copies of the proposal package to qualified local contractors for the solicitation of cost proposals for the Project, with proposals to be received on December 14, 2016, unless the date is extended by the Superintendent, as the Board's authorized representative, through Addendum or by operation of law. 
 
-Approved the 5 year forecast FY 2017-2021.
 
The board also:
 
-Approved a depository agreement with Liberty National Bank for a period of November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2018.
 
The board then approved a motion to go into executive session to discuss the purchase of property.
 
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Schools Board of Education will be held on November 21, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Board Office. 

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Reforestation and Wetlands The Topic of Annual Forestry Field Day

 

The Annual Forestry Field Day was held last night at the home of Kelly (Buck) and Jolene Buchenroth. They have planted over 7,800 Sycamore, Red, White Swamp, and Bur Oak trees on land that was previously unmaintained pasture and contained undesirbale weeds and undergrowth.

 

"The Buchenroth's have put in about 8 acres of new tree plantings as well as three wetlands. Two of which  are dugouts and one is a damed up wetland." Says District Conservationest Megan Burgess.

The project was funded through EQIP.

 

"EQIP stands for Environemntal Quality Incetives Program and it is a cost share program authorized through the 2014 farm bill. It helps provide funds to farmers and land owners to improve their natural resources whether thats cropland practices, wildlife practices, or livestock practices." Explained Burgess.

 

If you're interested in signing up for a program or getting technical assistance with your land, stop into the Hardin County Soil and Water office at 12751 SR 309 or call 419-673-7238 Extension 3.

 

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Intoxicated Underage Male Knocking On Wrong Residence Door Early Sunday Morning

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, around 1 AM Sunday morning an unwanted, unknown male was reported to be knocking on a door of a house in the 800 block of South Main Street.

 

The alleged Male, identified as Brandan Oglesbee of Kenton, had left the home by the time officers arrived but was found allegedly attempting to open the front door of a house further South of the first residence on Main Street. He told officers that he was attempting to enter his friends house but the officer advised him that his friends residence was further down Main Street. Oglesbee appeared to be heavily intoxicated according to the report and the odor of an alcoholic beverage could be identified by the officer.

 

Oglesbee told officers he was 20 years old but it was later determined that he is 18 years of age. Oglesbee was placed under arrest for public intoxication and underage consumption.

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Buckeye Bash Game Watch Party in Downtown Kenton Tonight

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and its Historic Courthouse District Committee presents the Buckeye Bash Game Watch Party.
 
The event will be held in downtown Kenton starting at five this (Saturday) evening. 
Food trucks/vendors and beer & wine tents will be onsite to enjoy
before and during the game including the following:
 
.Pig Eaters BBQ, Dine & Dash, Jac & Do’s, Buerger's Fries & More, Larsons BBQ, Pitabililties, Schmidts, Sweet! The Cupcake Truck, Paddy Wagon, Pillybuster, Hot Diggity Doggers & More, Hunger Struck, and Dominoes.
 
.A Craft beer station and local wines from Rose Acres.
 
.Music during tailgate party.
 
The game itself will be shown on a jumbo screen, so bring your lawn chairs.
 
Buckeye Bash will be held in the Kenton Historic Courthouse District: W. Columbus Street and N. Main Street around the Courthouse in downtown Kenton.

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Church Holding Annual Family Fest Event

Family Fest 2016 will be held Sunday from 5-8pm at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 1010 East Franklin Street in Kenton.
 
Organizer Bill Lawrence explains the event, "Well Family Fest is a night where businesses in the community come out and set up booths, and we have bounce houses and train rides and laser tag. It's just a great night for the entire family. All activities are absolutely free. A concession stand will serve food at a small price, and we just have a good time of fellowship, and it's for our community, and it's a wonderful time together."
 
He adds that it's grown over the years, "It's out 5th Annual Family Fest, and it just gets bigger and bigger each year, and we're excited about 2016. It looks like it's going to be even bigger and better this year as well. We'd love to see everyone come out and be a part. It''s a time just to get together and fellowship and have a great time."

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Week Eight Scores

Elida 49 Kenton 48

County

 

Ada 38 Bluffton 14

 

Riverdale 49 Arcadia 13

 

Ridgemont 26 Waynesfield-Goshen 16

 

Upper Scioto Valley 64 Hardin Northern 64

 

WBL

 

St. Mary’s 41 Defiance 0

 

Celina 43 Van Wert 12

 

Bath 43 Shawnee 40

 

Wapakoneta 31 Ottawa Glandorf 21

 

Area

 

Jonathan Alder 34 North Union 14

 

Mohawk 28 Upper Sandusky 26

 

Centerburg 60 Elgin 12

 

Ben Logan 54 Graham 13

 

Liberty-Benton 35 Arlington 28

 

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Bulldogs Hold Off Wildcats 49-48

The Elida Bulldogs won a shootout with the Kenton Wildcats Friday, stopping a late two-point try to preserve a 49-48 win in Western Buckeye League action at Robinson Field.

 

The two teams combined for 1,010 yards of offense, and the scoring didn’t end until the Bulldogs stopped the Cats’ try for two points and the lead with 1:39 to go in the game.

 

Isaac McAdams threw for 504 yards and six touchdowns for Elida (5-3 overall, 4-3 WBL) and also rushed for a score.

 

Kenton (3-5, 3-4) got a big night from Trent Hites. Hites rushed for 124 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing for 321 yards and three scores. Hunter Moore caught two TD passes for the Cats while Chris Deardorff snagged the other scoring pass from Hites.

 

Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

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

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Infant Injured in Two Vehicle Crash Thursday

An infant was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 11:30 Thursday morning at the intersection of State Route 53 and County Road 114 in Pleasant Township.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 32 year old Kathleen Wolf, of Marysville, pulled from 114 onto 53 and her car was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 36 year old Matthew Waddle, of Marion.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
 
The infant passenger in Wolf's vehicle was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by the BKP emergency squad.
 
Wolf was cited for failure to yield. 

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Two Sentenced to Prison in Common Pleas Court

Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Charles R. Featherston, also known as Carlos Charlie Featherston and Carlos Rey Featherston, was sentenced to a total of fours and nine months in prison on one count each of receiving stolen property, a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, a firearm, receiving stolen property, a credit card, identity fraud against a person in a protected class and forgery.
 
.Michael F. Taylor was sentenced to 10 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
 
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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New Diabetes Educator at OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital

A new Diabetes Educator is on the job at OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital.
 
DeAnna Carey recently took over for the retired Bernadette Coates. Carey said she is up to the challenge, "Diabetes has a little special piece of my heart I guess you can say, because I have a huge family history for diabetes, including myself. I never really announce it a whole lot, but I had gestational diabetes with my 2 year old, so I have a little personal experience."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Kenton Hosts Elida in High School Football Tonight

Two similar teams will hook up tonight at Robinson Field when the Kenton Wildcats host the Elida Bulldogs in Western Buckeye League football action.
 
The Wildcats and the Bulldogs are tied with Celina for fourth in the Western Buckeye League with 3 and 3 league records, three games back of the league-leading trio of Wapakoneta, Ottawa-Glandorf and St. Marys.
 
Elida has been very up-and-down this season. The Bulldogs, who are 4 and 3 overall, average nearly 43 points a game in their wins but have been held to 21 points total in their three losses.
 
The Wildcats have had a similar season. Kenton, which is 3 and 4, is scoring over 48 points a game in its wins but is averaging under 18 a points a contest in its losses.
 
WKTN will carry tonight's Western Buckeye League game live from Robinson Field. The pregame show will start at 6:40 p.m., with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
 
In other action around the county tonight, Upper Scioto Valley hosts Hardin Northern; Ada travels to Bluffton; Riverdale visits Arcadia; and Ridgemont entertains Waynesfield-Goshen.

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Rifles Stolen After Home Entered in Kenton

A burglary was reported to the Kenton Police Department on Wednesday.
 
According to the report, a resident in the 700 block of Ida Street told officers that his home was entered sometime since Tuesday afternoon and four rifles are missing. The value of the missing firearms was listed at $1250. 
 
The incident is under investigation. 

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Local Farmer Calls Soybean Yields Phenomenal

Despite a challenging growing season, local farmers are so far pleased with their crop yields.
 
Lynn Township farmer Jan Layman told Brownfield Ag News that his soybean yields have been phenomenal, "That's all you can say for it. Everybody I talk to talks like they're probably some of the best soybeans they've ever got. We were fortunate. We had a real dry spell. It looked we were headed for a disaster, and the rains, on soybeans at least, came in the nick of time, and we're cutting some of the best beans we've ever raised."

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Arrests Made After Search Warrant was Served at Apartment in Kenton

The Hardin County Crime Task Force served an arrest warrant on Tuesday at 1037 S Main St Apt 32 in the City of Kenton.

 

According to a release, one male, Christopher Fout was arrested on a Failure to Appear warrant.  

 

A search of the apartment resulted in findings of several pills, marijuana, suspected Psilocybin mushrooms, an unknown white powder, and several drug paraphernalia items.  

 

An adult female was also arrested for Tampering with Evidence in connection to the search, and one adult male was issued a summons for Attempting to Obtain A Controlled Substance.  

 

Further charges are expected for the 2 adults taken into custody.  

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by Hardin County Community Control, The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, and BKP.

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Flu Shot Wednesday at WKTN

Wednesday was flu shot day at WKTN.
 
Kroger Pharmacist Kaylee Jones talks about the importance of getting flu shot
 
Kenton Kroger Pharmacist Kaylee Jones administered a flu to WKTN's Dennis Beverly while live on the air.
 
Customers can get a flu shot at the pharmacy while grocery shopping.
 
Jones administers flu shot live on air (Beverly even got a Bugs Bunny band aid)
 
No appointment is necessary.

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Historic Courthouse District Pledges $6000 to Kenton Downtown Revitalization

Kenton City Council met for their 19th regular session of 2016 on Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous session were approved and there were no citizens requesting time to speak. 
 
The council received a communication from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control regarding the TREX hearing for Mendez Bell Group Incorporated. The group had previously spoken to council about the TREX and their hopes to obtain a liquor license for a proposed new restaurant at the former Roby Company store site. Council waived the right to a hearing, allowing the group to continue through the process without opposition from council. 
 
Council also received monthly reports about the General and Major Funds, the Water Department, the Income Tax Department, and the Fire Department. During comments, the council heard from Police Chief Dennis Musser, who said that nuisance reports were costing the city and the police department a great deal of money and resources. Musser encouraged the council the consider a punishment incentive for repeat offenders, hoping to curb the high volume of nuisance complaints. Council President Joel Althauser commented that he knew of other municipalities addressing the issue with higher fines or penalties for repeat nuisance calls to the same property or property owner. 
 
Also during reports, City Law Director Jon Schwemer spoke about the finances being requested for a rail study about a potential new high-speed commuter rail system traveling to Chicago with a hub in Kenton. The original cost for Hardin County to participate in the initial study was $13,431, based on the miles of rails that would go through the county. After speaking to the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Schwemer was able to negotiate the cost from the first figure to $4,076, which represents 9.6% of the cost of the study. The figures for Hardin County's cost were calculated at 30% mileage of rails, 50% population, and 20% tax revenue. Schwemer said at this time, the Hardin County Commissioners are not interested in contributing financially to the study, and asked council to consider whether or not they desired to participate in the study at the altered cost. 
 
During committee reports, the council heard from:
 
Finance - the finance committee has discussed five-year plans with five different department heads. They have also received the budget requests from department heads, which are currently being reviewed. The finance committee will hold a working meeting at 5:15pm on Monday, October 17, 2016 in Council Chambers. 
 
Regional Planning - will hold a meeting later this month or next month.
 
BKP - the BKP board will meet Wednesday, October 12 at 6:00pm.
 
No other committees had reports at the time of the meeting.
 
In old business, the council moved a piece of legislation regarding year-end transfers to 3rd reading in two weeks, as well as an ordinance amending health insurance premium contributions for city employees. A third ordinance, providing for appropriations for the city engineer, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and passed unanimously.
 
Under new business, the council heard three pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance allowing the Safety Service Director to advertise for bids for materials for 2017, moved to 2nd reading and will be heard again in two weeks. The second piece of legislation, dealing with fund transfers for the police canine unit and the swimming pool, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The third piece of legislation was the previously discussed legislation necessary to close on the purchase of the former Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative building on West Franklin Street in Kenton. After bypassing the three reading rule and passing the legislation unanimously, council heard from City Law Director Schwemer about the taxes and other costs associated with the closing. If the building closes as scheduled on Friday, October 14, the cost to the city will be $550,668.60. Any additional delays, even by one day, will adjust the cost of the property and require council to consider additional adjustments to the legislation. Mayor Randy Manns said that following the closing, the city hopes to begin moving offices and resuming operations in the new building by some time in November. 
 
During the comments section of the meeting, council heard from Chamber and Business Alliance Director, Jacqueline Fitzgerald, about the Chamber's upcoming Buckeye Bash event. The Bash will be held in Downtown Kenton on Saturday, October 15, beginning at 5pm with food trucks and the screening of the Ohio State game at 8pm. Attendees are to bring their own chairs. 
 
Fitzgerald also told council that the Historic Courthouse District would like to pledge $6,000 towards Project 1, Phase 1 of the Downtown Revitalization Project. The pledge was graciously received by the members of council.
 
Also during comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that State Route 31 would reopen for thru traffic on October 13.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00pm at the City Building. 

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Car Stolen From Residence in Kenton

A vehicle was reported stolen Sunday morning.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department, the incident was reported around 10:30 Sunday morning by a woman in the 200 block of East Ohio Street, who said a named suspect took her 2008 Ford Focus without her permission.
 
The incident is under investigation.

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Average Gas Prices in Ohio Up 20 Cents From Month ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio have increased by 20 cents compared with a week ago.
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.29 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up from $2.09 at the same time last month and seven cents higher than the average of $2.22 reported a week ago. 
 
The average price in the state on Monday was three cents higher than the national average of $2.26.
 
The average price in Ohio at the same time a year ago was $2.50. The national average at this time last year was $2.32.
 
Pump prices in some regions have moved up, partly due to pipeline disruptions and refinery maintenance. 

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Window Shot With BB Gun and Department Store Theft Reported Over Weekend

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a homeowner on Grape Street reported that a window on their residence was shot with a BB or Pellet Gun sometime late Friday Evening.

 

On Saturday Afternoon the Kenton Police Department with the assistance from the Hardin County Sheriffs office responded to the Kenton Walmart for a report of theft. Two Leapfrog smart watches and 2 Leapfrog game cartridges, valued at $160 total, were allegedly removed from the department store around 1:17pm.

 

The investigation is pending.

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Awards and Citations Presented to Sheriff Office Staff and Volunteers

 

The 2nd annual Appreciation and Awards Dinner was held Thursday October 6th At the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory.

 

Sherriff Keith Everhart

Hardin County Sherriff Office Facebook Page

 

Sherriff Keith Everhart presented Several awards to the staff and volunteers in appreciation of their dedication to serving our community.

 

Volunteers

Hardin County Sherriff Office Facebook Page

(L to R)Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS): Jeff Beach, Vickie Beach,Dick Pees, Gary Burris, Mike Shuster, Roy Justice & Chuck Self

 

The ceremony included the guest speaker Robert Cornell, Executive Director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association.

 

Hardin County Sherriff Office Facebook Page

 

Deputy Chuck Mulligan was recognized at the ceremony as the 2016 Deputy of the Year.

 

Awards

Hardin County Sherriff Office Facebook Page

Front (L to R): Deputies Isaac Woltz,Joe Carl,Chuck Mulligan,Christina Henderson, Rich Williams; Rear: Dispatchers Tim McMillion & Luke Heilman; Sgt. Dwight Underwood, Det. Mike McKee, Sgt. Scott Holbrook & Det. Mike Conley

 

 

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Kenton School Board Approves Resolution to Sell Property

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education passed a resolution at a special meeting held Friday authorizing the sale of the Hardin Central property to a new developer.
 
Google Earth image of Hardin Central Site
 
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski cleared up a misconception that last year's resolution was a done deal to sale the property, "But how the resolutions actually work is, they pass the resolution for us to sign the contract once the agreement is finalized, and so what happened last time was we had done all that, but we couldn't reach agreement."
 
This time around, Penczarski said the new developer, Boardman, Ohio based Cocca Development, came to them making reaching an agreement more promising, "The developer actually came to the table and met with the Facilities Committee, and that would be our maintenance director, two board members, the treasurer (Tracy Hiller) and myself, and was very excited to development the property for Hardin County and to work with the community in trying to make sure that we're getting good businesses and those kinds of things there, and just very reputable, just like the other company did, has a lot of positive experience in developing these kind of areas, so I think he'll do great things for that property."
 
Penczarski said the terms of the sale are the same as last year, with Cocca agreeing to pay $550,000. She added that the promising sale of the property will accelerate the building of a new bus garage, "We're confident that you'll see probably November or December, us going out and requesting proposals, requesting bids for a bus garage, and it's actually when it's the bus garage, just so everyone understands, it's the actual bus barn that would store our busses, and then the maintenance facility where they do repairs and those kind of things, and then we will probably even do our warehouse there where we have all of our storage and equipment and those kinds of things." 
 
The district would have one year to vacate the bus garage currently located on the Hardin Central property, and Penczarski said they hope to have the new bus garage in operation in time for next school year.

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State-Ranked Titans Top Wildcats 44-7

The state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans defeated the Kenton Wildcats 44-7 in Western Buckeye League football action Friday at Titan Stadium.

 

 

The Titans, ranked 9th in the latest Division IV state poll, improve to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the WBL. The Wildcats fall to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the league.

 

Jay Kaufman threw 3 touchdown passes for the Titans and rushed for another while Daniel Beemer added 2 TD runs for the winners.

 

Trent Hites scored Kenton's only touchdown via a 1-yard run.

 

Chris Deardorff caught 10 passes for 115 yards for the Wildcats and was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.

 

Kenton is back in action on Friday when it hosts Elida. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

 

 

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Week Seven Scores

County

Ottawa Glandorf 44 Kenton 7

 

Lehmen Catholic 49 Hardin Northern 14

 

Fort Loramie 61 Ridgemont 12

 

McComb 56 Riverdale 7

 

Upper Scioto Valley 36 Riverside 21

 

Ada 49 Paulding 20

 

Area

Arlington 49 North Baltimore 6

 

Benjamin Logan 49 Tecumseh 14

 

Cardington 77 Elgin 22

 

North Union 35 Fairbanks 31

 

Upper Sandusky 47 Bucyrus 14

 

WBL

Bath 32 Van Wert 13

 

St. Mary's 30 Celina 0

 

Wapakoneta 42 Defiance 0

 

Elida 40 Shawnee 24

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Two People Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. 
 
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Vickie S. Collins was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison on four counts of burglary.
 
.William Charles Mowery was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of grand theft. The long time Mt. Victory Fire Chief was ordered to pay just over $9100 to the Southeast Hardin Northwest Union Firefighters.
 
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 

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Hunters Enjoying Lengthy Bow Season

Bow season for deer hunters is well underway.
 
Hardin County Wildlife Officer Ryan Kennedy said bow season started in late September and will run through February 5, 2017, "So that's one of the longest bow season's, it never stops during that time. Bow hunters are allowed to hunt any of the gun seasons, provided they wear the required hunter orange. There's no break for them, and they get a nice long season."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Kenton Visits Ottawa-Glandorf in High School Action Tonight

A stiff challenge awaits the Kenton Wildcats tonight as they take on the state-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf Titans. 
 
The Titans are 6 and 0 and were ranked 9th in the latest Associated Press Division 4 state poll. Ottawa-Glandorf is tied with Wapakoneta and St. Marys for first in the Western Buckeye League with a 5 and 0 league mark. The Titans lead the Western Buckeye League in scoring defense and rank second in scoring offense. 
 
The Wildcats are riding a two-game winning streak, having defeated Van Wert and Shawnee by a combined score of 110 to 40. Kenton is now 3 and 3 overall and 3 and 2 in the Western Buckeye League. 
 
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Titan Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. 
 
In other games tonight around Hardin County, Upper Scioto Valley hosts Riverside; Riverdale visits McComb; Hardin Northern entertains Lehman Catholic; Ridgemont makes the trip to Fort Loramie; and Ada travels to Paulding. 

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Two Vehicles Damaged in Wednesday Afternoon Crash

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Franklin Street.
 
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 78 year old Ronald Ridenour, of Kenton, was driving west on Franklin, and his car drifted to the right and struck a parked car owned by Jacob Hale, of Kenton.
 
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
 
Ridenour was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 

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Alger Man Killed in Tuesday Evening Crash

An Alger man was killed in a crash that occurred around 6:40 Tuesday evening.
 
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 70 year old Terry Hattery was driving a pickup truck west on State Route 309 near County Road 115 when the vehicle went off the north side of the road and struck a tree.
 
Hattery was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team, BKP Ambulance, McGuffey Fire Department, the Hardin County Coroner's Office and Osborn's Towing.

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Teen Driving Safety Week Observed October 16-22

Findlay – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teens, ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. As National Teen Driving Safety Week is October 16-22, it’s the perfect time for teens and their parents to discuss the dangers new drivers face so they can make safe and responsible decisions. Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in few crashes. 
 
Young drivers who are 15 to 19 years old were involved in 15 percent of all traffic crashes in Ohio from 2013-2015. Of those crashes, a teen driver was at-fault 73 percent of the time. These crashes resulted in 271 fatalities and 40,505 injuries.
 
While crash causes may vary, speed-related factors contributed to a majority of the crashes caused by teens. Another 20 percent of crashes were brought about by failure to yield, running a red light or running a stop sign.
 
“Teen drivers need to realize that poor decisions while driving now can stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Lt. Matt Crow Findlay Post Commander. “That is why responsibility, awareness and safety are so important for our youngest drivers.”
 
Teen drivers are encouraged to plan ahead when traveling in order to eliminate rushing from one location to another. They are also reminded that safety belts save lives and they should encourage everyone in their vehicle to buckle up, every time.
 
For a statistical map regarding teen drivers and a county-by-county breakdown of where Patrol citations have been issued, please Click Here

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Latest OHSAA Computer Ratings Released

The Kenton Wildcats remain 16th in their region is the latest Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings. 
 
The Wildcats are 3 and 3 after thrashing Shawnee 62 to 28 on Friday. That is good enough for sole possession of 16th place in the latest Division 4, Region 14 computer ratings, which were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday.
 
The Ada Bulldogs are the best-positioned Hardin County team in the rankings. The Bulldogs, who are 4 and 2, are currently third in the Division 7, Region 28 ratings. Three other county schools are in Region 28 - Upper Scioto Valley is 3 and 3 and is ranked 12th; Hardin Northern is 2 and 4 and is tied for 14th; while Ridgemont, who is also 2 and 4, sits in 20th position.
 
The Riverdale Falcons are 19th in the Division 6, Region 24 rankings. The Falcons are 3 and 3 so far this season.
 
The top eight teams in each region at the end of the regular season will qualify for the state playoffs, with the top four teams hosting first-round games.
 
The Associated Press has also released its latest state football poll, and while no Hardin County teams are ranked, several area teams of note made the list.
 
Three Western Buckeye League schools are ranked in the top 10 in the state in their respective divisions. Wapakoneta is fourth while St. Marys is ninth in Division 3, while Ottawa-Glandorf - who will face Kenton this Friday - sits ninth in Division 4. Not surprisingly, Coldwater heads the Division 5 rankings and is one of four teams from the Midwest Athletic Conference to make the rankings. Marion Local is second in Division 6 while, in Division 7, Fort Recovery is 11th while Delphos St. John's sits 13th.

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Hardin County Ag Society Releases Minutes of October Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, October 1st, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their regular October Meeting.  Eighteen directors were and 15 guests were present.
 
 Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
 
Marissa Osborne wanted to thank the fair board for all they do before, during and after the fair.  She said her family totally enjoys the week.  
Madelyn Lowery also praised the fair board on a great job done during the fair.  She stated the sheep lead class had a lot of participants and that they would have to break down some of the classes into smaller groups.  Having 22 in one category is just too much.  This will be addressed in the 2017 fair book.  
Mark Badertscher stated there were 35 people in attendance for the 2016 Carcass Show.  He thanked the Hardin County Ag. Society for being a sponsor of that event.  He noted the Dairy Service Unit is having their annual cheese sale until Oct. 12th.  He stated there are applications for the Ag. Hall of Fame Nominations at the Extension Office.  They are due Oct. 14th.  He expressed some displeasure in the rental price of the arts/crafts building for the plant sale, which is held annually by the Master Gardeners.  
Kevin Pleasant, a new 4-H advisor for a horse club expressed his displeasure in the Open Class Horse Show being cancelled during the fair.  He stated he would like to look into moving the horse arena to the horse practice arena site and possibly having a roof installed over the arena.  Jim Bidwell stated there were plans made up for this a couple of years ago and he would gladly go over them with him after the meeting. 
 
Last month’s minutes were approved with a correction that the Jr. Fair Board did not request signs be put in the community about the location of the fair, just that the Jr. Fair Board paid for the signs.
 
Craig Stump stated there will be an Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 7pm.  The 2017 budget will also be discussed at that time.  
 
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  He discussed their minutes from their Sept. 21st meeting.  Winter storage has started and rates are the same as last year.  Automobile storage is $20 per month, boats, trailers, RV’s, and campers are charged $7.00 per linear foot.  Jim said Table One had requested to use the Grange Restaurant while their building roof was repaired.  He didn’t know if they were still interested or not.  Kelly Buchenroth spoke about the Time Warner Cable internet contract.  A new contract was signed after the fair.  There were heat issues in barns and buildings during the fair and those issues are going to be addressed.  Corey Ledley is working on installing a new PA system in the barns.  It was noted the next Ground’s Meeting is going to be on Wednesday, Oct. 12th at 7pm.  The new show arena for goats, sheep, poultry and rabbits will be discussed before this meeting, so anyone on those committees are urged to attend.  Bob McBride stated a family has come to him and wants to donate an ice machine for the community building.  Jim Bidwell stated he would contact the health board to see what the board would need to do about something like that.  
 
Judi Cronley reported there are currently 19 people on the camping waiting list.  Craig Stump stated he is calling current campers who left before 7pm on Sunday night of the fair and caused more congestion.  The letters for campers, which go out in the spring, will be clearer about campers cannot leave until after 7pm on Sunday night.  Also, those campers who have a new 50 amp campsite will need to know about adapters they need or don’t need at those sites.  
 
Judi Cronley gave an update on entertainment during the fair.  
 
Don Spar gave an update on how the Jr. Fair Livestock Sale went.  Buyers for the sale were up from last year, but sellers in the sale were a little down.  There were 373 buyers and 420 sellers.  The 2016 total sales of market, premiums, and add-ons were $427,234, very close to last year’s amount of $431,435.  He noted there are still around $150,000 still needing to be paid, before livestock checks can be written to the sellers.  Those checks will hopefully go out around the middle of October.  
 
Janie Seiler, representing the Rides/Concession Committee, gave a report on how this area did during the fair.  
 
Nancy Rickenbacher, representing the JR. Fair board, stated there are still 5 donors who haven’t paid for their trophies.  
 
Under old business:  
Petitions for fair directors are due by Friday, Oct. 28th at 4pm.  If anyone is running for a director, you have to have a membership ticket – not a season ticket and those tickets can be exchanged until Oct. 15th at the secretary’s office.  
Whole hog sausage has all been sold and next year there will be an ad in the paper about needing to sign up for sausage during the fair.  Don Spar will determine how many hogs to purchase at the sale from sausage orders.  Total ticket sales for the fair was up around $3000, but paid gate attendance was down about $4000.  Estimated attendance was down around 3,000.  Total attendance for the 2016 fair was 54,376.  
 
Under new business: 
Legal ads and an article about the election for fair directors will run in the Kenton Times this month.  
Dale Cockerell, Jeff Madison, Jim Bidwell, Justin Beale and Ray Davis signed up to help during the election.  
Annetta Holmes and Mary Lou Haley were approved to be nominated as outstanding fair supporters to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. 
The 2017 Ohio fairs fund money was approved.
It was noted the district meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.  Eight directors showed interest in attending.  
Bob Fish stated the board needs to look into purchasing a chain length fence for the east side of the fairgrounds, by the horse track.  He stated, it’s been observed people are jumping the fence to get into the fair without paying.
 
The next regular fair board meeting will be Saturday, November 5th at 7:30pm, with the annual meeting and re-organizational meeting beginning and the fair board director election will be that day from 3-7pm, too.  

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Shoppers Use Self Check-out Lines Infrequently

When it comes to self check-out lanes, Visitor Poll voters use them somewhat infrequently.

 

Of those responding, 31% said they use them only when they have a few items, 25% use them when other lines are too long, 29% say they never use them, and only 15% use the self check-out lanes everytime they go to the store.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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Items Stolen From Several Vehicles in Kenton

Several incidents of theft from vehicles were reported to the Kenton Police Department Monday.
 
According to the reports from the police department, two thefts were reported in the 300 block of High Street, two in the 700 block of Franklin Street and one in the 400 block of Summit Street.
 
Windows on some vehicles were broken to gain entry and some were left unlocked.
 
Numerous miscellaneous items were stolen.

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3 Dunkirk Residents Injured in Saturday Morning Crash

Three people from Dunkirk were injured in a crash that occurred early Saturday morning in the village.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 37 year old Jeffry Waller was driving north on Main Street, and his car sideswiped a parked vehicle. It continued on and struck an orange barrel, large concrete planter and an American Electric Power utility pole, which knocked out electricity to the village. The car came to rest after striking a parked bobcat owned by Crates Excavating. 
 
Waller was taken by Lifeflight Helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
 
Two passengers, 34 year old Nichole Waller and 25 year old Tyler Crom, were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.
 
A separate Sheriff's office report indicates that Waller is facing a charge of driving under the influence and possession of drugs. Crom is also facing a charge of possession of drugs. 

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Dunkirk Crash Causes Power Outage

 

Reportedly, a car was traveling through Dunkirk late Friday night struck and another vehicle parked on the side of the road, owned by Eric Miller, and came to rest after hitting a power pole.

 

As a result, the village temporarly lost electricity. Stay with WKTN as we learn more about this crash as the Hardin County Sherriff's office investigation is ongiong. 

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One Person Died in Early Morning Kenton Crash

A Kenton man was killed in an early morning crash in Kenton.
 
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the crash occurred just before two Saturday morning on the stretch of road that runs between West Walnut Street and South Leighton Street.
 
41 year old James Cline was driving west on the road and struck a parked flatbed semi trailer. 
 
Cline was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The crash remains under investigation by the Multi County Crash Team with the assistance of the Kenton Police Department.  

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Fire Damages House on West North Street in Kenton

Fire damaged a home in the 700 block of West North Street Friday evening.
 
 
The fire at 722 West North Street was first reported Friday evening around 6:30. According to information gathered at the scene, the family living there was able to make it out safely. The Red Cross provided shelter for the family.
 
 
Then around 7:30 Saturday morning, Kenton firefighters were called back to the house after the fire rekindled.
 
 
 
The cause is not known at this time.

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New Physician Joins OhioHealth Primary Physicians Group

A new physician has joined OhioHealth Primary Physicians Group.
OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital announced Christina Crum, MD, has joined OhioHealth Primary Physicians Group.
 
(L-R) HMH Chief Operating Officer Ron Snyder, Dr. Crum and Chief Nursing Officer Wendy Rodenberger
 
Dr. Crum is a board eligible internal medicine physician recently completing her residency in internal medicine at Summa--Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
 
Originally from Alger, and a 2005 graduate from Upper Scioto Valley High School, she began her education at Ohio Northern University in Ada graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and then attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio.
 
"I'm just very excited to begin my practice back in this area and care for a community where I grew up. I will be providing a full range of internal medicine services and I have a special interest in diabetes management and treating high blood pressure," said Dr. Crum
 
Dr. Crum will start her practice Wednesday October 5. She will accept new patients over the age of 18.
 
To learn more, visit the practice website at OhioHealthPrimaryCareKenton.com. 

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