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Local News Archives for 2017-08

Hometown Heroes: Hardin County Residents Travel to Houston, Help in Hurricane Harvey Relief

Floodwaters continue to rise in the coastal Texas Region as Tropical Depression Harvey moves inland. Fox News reports that the death toll has reached 31, but rescue efforts are far from over.


A trio from Hardin County consisting of Casey Hamilton, Doug Reed, and Doug Badertscher packed a boat and made the 1,140 mile trek to Houston. Reed talks about what made them decide to help in rescue efforts.


"Just been watching the news, and have been seeing what kind of a disaster was unfolding down there. Monday night after work we made a last minuet decision. We were going to go down to Houston area to help with the Hurricane rescue efforts. Casey Hamilton, Doug Badertscher, and myself quickly packed a bag and gathered a few supplies, put them in our boat, and headed down that way." Reed Said.


Doug said members of the “Cajun Navy” were also helping emergency responders in relief efforts. Reed discusses some of the catastrophic damages in the worst part of Harvey’s path.


"Once you get close to where the intense part of the storm was, there is water everywhere. Some of it only is maybe a foot or a foot and a half deep on up to over your head. Some of the shallow areas make it harder to get a boat back into most of the remote areas because it's hard to find access back into those points. It seems like a lot of the rescues back there were going on with air boats and helicopters." Explained Reed.


Reed documented his trip on his twitter page:




You can hear my complete discussion with Doug Reed on his trip here.



Kenton Man Arrested on Parole Violation


A Kenton man was taken into custody Wednesday on a parole violation.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers responded to a call about a man who was known to be in violation of his parole walking on Garfield Avenue and into the cornfields.


53 year old Timothy Caudill was located and arrested on the parole violation.


He was also charged with possession of drug abuse instruments after officers found he was allegedly carrying a syringe.



Two Escape With Minor Injuries in Crash


Two people were injured in a crash that occurred around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon on State Route 53 at Township Road 60.


Complete information is not available at this time, but according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Forest EMS transported two occupants to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and one of the cars overturned. That stretch of 53 was closed for a short time while the wreckage was cleared from the scene.



HMH Gets 5 Star Rating in Survey


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, released its new Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems annual summary star ratings for national hospitals.


OhioHealth Hardin Memorial has been given a “five star” rating.  In Ohio, HMH was one of ten hospitals to receive this rating.


According to the CMS, their “summary star rating' scores hospitals on a one-to-five-star scale based on the 11 publicly reported measures in the survey, which assesses patient experiences. This information is based on survey data collected between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016.


Ron Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Hardin Memorial Hospital, said the five-star rating not only represents the hospital's commitment to patient care, but it also represents their commitment in treating patients with the utmost respect and compassion.



Sheriff Urges Motorists Not to Drive While Impaired


Motorists are being reminded not to drive while impaired.


Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said that is never a good idea especially during a busy holiday weekend that is coming up.


Americans are expected to hit the roads for the last three day weekend of summer, and the sheriff cautions everyone to make other arrangements if you plan to consume alcohol.


Sheriff Everhart said celebrating Labor Day does not mean getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.


He urged motorists to drive sober or get pulled over.



Dunkirk Organization Seeking Donations for Hurricane Victims


An organization in Dunkirk is taking donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.


According to a release, Not an Ordinary Place, who serves adults with special needs, said the drop off location is at 240 South Walnut Street in Dunkirk.


Specific needs are 55 gallon trash bags, diapers of all sizes and heavy work gloves, however, all donations including monetary are needed.


Donations must be received by noon on September 7.



AEP Promises Better Communication on Scheduled Power Outages


American Electric Power has promised better communication efforts will be made when planned power outage situations are announced in the future.


According to a utility spokesperson, a total of 956 customers mostly in the Dunkirk area lost power this past Saturday morning when the utility conducted needed maintenance.


AEP announced that customers in several Hardin County towns, including Ada and Kenton, would lose power for a two hour period, but the spokesperson said that was only for certain customers not the entire towns. Going forward, the spokesperson said they will phrase the announcements differently and advised customers to call the utility to find out if their specific address would be affected.


The utility apologized for any inconvenience that customers may have experienced.



$1700 in Items Stolen From Garage


Several items were stolen out of a garage in Kenton.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 600 block of East Franklin Street reported his garage was broken into and various tools and other items were stolen. The value of the missing items was listed at just over $1700.


The incident is under investigation.



Car Vandalized in Kenton


A vehicle parked in Kenton was vandalized sometime Monday night into early Tuesday morning.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the car was parked in the 100 block of North Market Street at the time.


The damage estimate was listed at around $400.



New Discover Hardin County Visitors Guide to be Revealed Next Week


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance Tourism Division will reveal a new Discover Hardin County Visitors Guide next week.


According to a release, the Alliance will hold a press conference at their fair booth located in the Merchants building at 1:30pm on Tuesday September 5.


The adventure to create a new Hardin County Visitors Guide began in March with a Discover Hardin County photo contest where participants were encouraged to submit their favorites photos of the county online. Hardin County residents were asked to vote on their favorites and the winner would become the cover artist for the guide.


At the conclusion of the press conference, 100 Discover Hardin County Visitors Guides will be available for the general public. Community members are encouraged to stop over and participate in the revealing of the new guide to support tourism efforts.



ONU Students Heavily Involved in Community Service


Community service is a big part of student life at Ohio Northern University in Ada.


According to an article on ONU's Facebook page, community service is about adding a valuable and unique piece to the student experience.  




Each year, approximately 1,500 ONU students are engaged in about 50,000 hours of community service in their college home, and they do it out of a genuine desire to make an impact.


The village of Ada would certainly not be the same if it weren’t for the students’ desire to leave an impact on their college home. It’s an impact felt both on and off campus.


These endeavors support the University’s commitment to a high-impact learning environment in which education extends beyond the classrooms and labs.


*picture above from ONU Facebook page.



Kenton Football Pre-Sale Tickets Available Starting Thursday


Pre-sale tickets for Friday night’s varsity football game at Celina will be on sale Thursday and Friday from 8:00AM-3:00PM at the  Kenton High School.


Pre-sale ticket prices for adult are $6.00 and students $4.00

All tickets at the gate will be $6.00.


The gates will open at 6 Friday evening and kickoff is at 7.



Kenton Lady Wildcats Sports Teams Post Victories Tuesday


It was a big night for Kenton Lady Wildcat sports.


The Kenton Lady Wildcat soccer team ended their league opening match in a draw last night against Celina.


The Cats tied the game at 2 against the bulldogs. That makes their season record 2 wins and 2 ties. In WBL action, they have only charted up the one tie.


The lady cats are back in action when they host Wapakoneta on Monday, September 11th.


The volleyball team beat Triad last night in 3 sets.


The scoring of the sets were 27-25, 25-22, and 25-17. The wildcats improve to 3 and 1 on the season and host the Celina Bulldogs on Thursday.



Bond Set For Harrod Man Facing Multiple Charges


A Harrod man pleaded not guilty on all 15 counts returned by the Hardin County Grand Jury last week.


According to documents filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Gerrick Anthony Sheldon appeared for a video arraignment Monday afternoon in Hardin County Common Pleas.


Sheldon pleaded not guilty to all charges including 2 counts of complicity to attempted aggravated murder, four counts of complicity to attempted aggravated arson, four counts of complicity to commit aggravated burglary,  2 counts of endangering children and one count each of complicity to unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, complicity to possession of criminal tools and complicity to violation of a protection order.


Judge Scott Barrett set bond at one million dollars cash or surety with multiple conditions.


The jury trial was set for December 5, 6 and 7.



Kenton Man Facing Resisting Arrest Charge


A Kenton man has been charged following an incident Monday night in the 200 block of South Market Street.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the area to investigate a call about a woman heard screaming inside a camping trailer at the rear of the residence. Upon arrival, officers found a man and woman inside the camper and the man, identified as 43 year old Jerry Cannode, was said to be very intoxicated and making menacing advances toward the woman. Officers attempted to take Cannode into custody, but he resisted by pulling away and refusing to be handcuffed.


He was transported to the Kenton Police Department until he was sober. He was released after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.



Truck Driver Charged Following Monday Afternoon Mishap


A truck driver was cited following a mishap Monday evening in Kenton.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a call about a semi that turn west from Oriental Street and struck a utility pole. The driver is then said to have continued on Summit before turning onto Main Street.


The truck was stopped on South Main near Letson Street, and the driver, identified as 60 year old David Peebles, of Napolean, Ohio, was cited for reasonable control and load limits.



Kenton City Council Conducts Regular Meeting


The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


The council moved quickly through the light agenda. During committee reports, the council heard from:


Safety: the Safety Committee has reviewed a petition to vacate an alley on Franklin Street. The initial petition was filed in July. City Law Director John Schwemer will begin drafting the necessary legislation.


Finance: the Finance Committee met on Monday, August 21 at 5:30pm. Safety Service Director Jim Hites will be meeting with the auditors by the beginning of October to discuss funds in the Recreation Department budget to complete 10 campsites with electric at France Lake/Saulisberry Park. The auditor’s office shared information with the committee about an expected increase in health costs, approximating 14% for the next fiscal year. City Auditor Brian Hattery also spoke to the committee about funds used for street materials, income tax funds being held, and meeting with the Income Tax Board of Review to discuss income tax shortfalls in the current fiscal year.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board meeting has been moved to Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00pm.


BKP: the BKP Board is hoping to have three trucks with a full crew available for the week of the Hardin County Fair.


The council discussed three pieces of legislation during old business. The first, an ordinance regarding parking violations in downtown parking spaces, was on third reading and passed unanimously. The second, an ordinance providing for budget transfers, was on second reading, but it was voted by council to bypass the three-reading rule. The ordinance passed unanimously. The third piece of legislation, a resolution to establish a minimum cash reserve balance for the General Fund of $600,000, was moved to third reading. Councilman David Beazley and Council President Joel Althauser briefly discussed clarifications for the resolution regarding capital improvements and other expenditures. The clarifications will be presented for the third reading of the legislation in two weeks.


There was no new business to present to council.


During the comments portion of the meeting, Chief Deputy Auditor Kerri McLaughlin told council that the city’s audit has been completed and released on the state auditor’s website. Citizens and interested parties can review the audit by visiting https://ohioauditor.gov/ and clicking on “Audits”.


Fire Chief Tim Clark informed council that the written and agility testing had been completed for potential new fire department hires. 8 applicants remain after the two tests and they will begin interviews in the next few weeks.

Mayor Randy Manns told council that the veteran’s fire ring at Saulisberry Park has been completed. There will be an opening ceremony in the near future. Mayor Manns commended Bob Lawrence for his electrical work and diligence in maintaining the quarry and the park.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.



Kenton Resident Receives Scam IRS Calls


A Kenton resident has reported that he has received several phone calls advising him about fraud and misconduct on his tax return.


The recorded message tells the caller they are hiding this from the IRS and it needs to be rectified immediately.

The recipient is then provided a phone number to call to take care of the matter.


This is a scam, and anyone receiving such calls should ignore them and not call the number.


The IRS does not handle these kind of matters in that manner.



Majority Say They Were Impressed With Last Week's Eclipse


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters were either somewhat or very impressed with last week's solar eclipse.


Of those responding to the the question concerning the August 21 event, 30% said they were very impressed and 34% were somewhat impressed. On the other end, 19% were very unimpressed, and the remaining 17% were somewhat unimpressed with the eclipse.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll at wktn.com.



HN FFA Holds Kickoff Meeting


The Hardin Northern FFA kicked off the FFA season last week by hosting their first chapter meeting at the Dunkirk Park.


According to the the HN FFA Facebook page, the group discussed and approved upcoming fundraisers, events and expenditures.


An item of discussion was the Homecoming BBQ, which will be help September 29th. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Members, their families, and many alumni members enjoyed a potluck dinner.


Rodabaugh Meats and Jodi Hassen provided the hamburgers and hot dogs for the celebration.


As recreation the chapter had lawn games such as cornhole, hillbilly golf and washers for everyone to play.



Farm Bureau Members Eligible For Water Testing Kits


Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio can get free nitrate testing of their well water.


According to a release, each county Farm Bureau will receive 25 testing kits from Ohio Farm Bureau. They will be available to members who pre-register with their county organization by Sept. 19. Kits are limited to 25 per county and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The testing kits will be sent to Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research for nitrate analysis.


Kits will be available for pickup in October and samples need to be returned before the end of November. Lab results typically take two to three weeks and will be mailed to homeowners.



15 Count Indictment Returned Against Harrod Man


The Hardin County Grand Jury returned a 15 count indictment against a Harrod man late last week.


According to records filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, 41 year old Gerrick Anthony Sheldon was indicted on 2 counts of complicity to attempted aggravated murder, 4 counts of complicity to attempted aggravated arson, 4 counts of complicity to commit aggravated burglary,  2 counts of endangering children and 1 count each of complicity to unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, complicity to possession of criminal tools and complicity to violation of a protection order.


The indictment alleges that Sheldon secured the service of another person to commit the crime on or about the 13th of this month.


Sheldon is scheduled to appear for a video arraignment this (Monday) afternoon in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.



Juveniles Listed as Suspects in Separate Weekend Incidents


Several juveniles were listed as suspects in separate incidents on Sunday.


According to the first report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of West North Street to investigate a burglary in progress.

Two juvenile males, ages 10 and 7, were listed as suspects.


Later in the day, officers were dispatched to Forest Court Apartments to investigate a burglary.

According to that report, the office at the complex was broken and several small items were stolen. The camera on the surveillance system was also broken.

Three boys, ages 15, 12 and 10 and two girls, ages 13 and 11, were listed as suspects.


So far, no charges have been filed as both incidents remains under investigation.



Handicap Sign Stolen From Car


A theft from a vehicle was also reported to police on Sunday.


According to the report, a man told officers the handicap placard was stolen out of his car while it was parked at Kroger.


This incident is under investigation.



Ridgemont FFA to be Recognized at National Level


The Ridgemont FFA will be recognized on the National level for being top ten in the nation for the two categories of Model of Innovation and Growing Leaders.


The chapter will also be taking three members to compete for National Proficiency awards. Those students will compete on the National level to secure their spot as the best in the United States for their area of expertise.


The Kenton OHP FFA Chapter will also be sending members of its chapter to compete on the National Level. Kolt Buchenroth will be competing against three other members from around the Nation to take the title of the National winner in Agricultural Communications. There will also be two Kenton Students receiving their American Degree. The highest honor bestowed upon an FFA member.


The National Convention will be held October 25-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana.



Red Cross Seeks Donations to Help Texas Hurricane Victims


As Hurricane Harvey batters the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross is mounting a massive relief effort in response to the most deadly and devastating hurricane forecast to strike the United States in over a decade.  


Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter, serving Hancock, Marion, Crawford, Hardin, Morrow, Seneca, Wyandot & Union Counties, is joining the relief effort, travelling to join the Red Cross team in Louisiana.

James will be serving as a Public Affairs Chief, overseeing a team of Red Cross communicators letting local residents know where safe shelter and help is available and updating the media on Red Cross efforts.

The Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort. Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets—enough to support more than 20,000 people—are scheduled to arrive in Texas.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS.


Lady Wildcats Battle Upper Sandusky To 2-2 Draw

The Kenton Lady Wildcats battled Upper Sandusky to a 2-2 draw Saturday in girls soccer action at Merold Field.


The Wildcats controlled play for the vast majority of the match and had numerous scoring chances but were unable to consisently capitalize. The Rams drew first blood with 1:32 left in the first half off a goal by Megan Hensel and held a 1-0 lead at the half.


Kenton (2-0-1) quickly scored twice to begin the second half, with Sidney Plott converting off a corner kick at the 37:38 mark and Haley Hunt finding the back of the net with 32:58 to go.


However, the Rams (1-1-1) scored the equalizer on a direct kick from Alivia Oney with 8:31 to go, and that is the way it stayed despite numerous Kenton scoring chances down the stretch.


Cavaliers Hold Off Wildcat Rally, Top Kenton 35-28

The Coldwater Cavaliers held off a furious Kenton rally to top the Wildcats 35-28 in the 2017 season opener for both teams.


The Cavaliers led 28-7 at the half but the Wildcats fought back and had a pass in the air to potentially tie the game when time expired.


Jaron Sharp threw two touchdown passes for Kenton while Trent Reichelderfer and Luke Baird also tossed one TD pass each. Landon Rush caught two of the TD passes for the Cats while Jayden Cornell and Alex Stephens each recorded one touchdown reception for Kenton.


Trent Lawrence intercepted a pass for the Wildcats on defense.


Rush was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Wildcats begin Western Buckeye League play next week when they travel to Celina. WKTN will carry the game live from Celina Stadium, with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


Week One Football Scores

Week One Regional Football Scores


Kenton 28  Coldwater  35




Napoleon  21 Defiance  7  (*game played on August 24)


Allen East  9    Bath 19


Bellefontaine 19   Wapak  7


Celina  7  Versailles 36


Delphos Jefferson 6   Shawnee 27


Ottawa Glandorf  7  Eastwood 39


St. Mary's 32   Sidney  39


Tiffin Columbian  20  Elida  42


Van Wert 27   Bryan  7


Ada 40  Upper Scioto Valley   7


Arcadia   35    Hardin Northern 57


Arlington  0  Anna 52


Benjamin Logan 34  Fairbanks  19


Carey 12   Van Buren  7


Margaretta 14  Mohawk 30


Ottawa Hills 40  Perry 24


Ridgemont  7  Ridgedale 12


River Valley 34  Upper Sandusky  8


Swanton 13  North Union  7


Triad  25  Indian Lake  55


Waynesfield Goshen   18   Riverdale  40



UPDATE: Power Outage Scheduled in Dunkirk Saturday Morning


American Electric Power has scheduled a two hour power outage for the city of Dunkirk.


According a media contact from the utility, power will be shut off to the city starting around 8 Saturday morning for needed improvements at the transmission station.


Power is expected to be restored by 10am.



Task Force Serves Search Warrant at Kenton Residence


The Hardin County Crime Task Force served a search warrant at 705 East Franklin Street in Kenton this week.  

According to a release, the Task Force was acting on a tip.

At the scene, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills and cash were seized.  One person was arrested and lodged at the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion.

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton and Forest Police Departments, The Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office and Hardin County Children’s Services.



8 Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Eight people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. ..
According to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Dale J. Treen was sentenced to a total of four years and eleven months in prison on one count each of involuntary manslaughter and permitting drug abuse.
The following 7 individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Luther D. Mercer on two counts of receiving stolen property.
.Beth A. Smith aka Beth A. Humphreys on one count of tampering with evidence.
.Nicholas B. Rager on one count each of burglary and criminal damaging or endangering.
.Sterling W. Gore on one count of criminal damaging
.Kendra N. Chamberlain on one count of possession of heroin.
.Angelina L. Might on one count of forgery.
.Stacia D. Harp on one count each of possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


Ridgemont Hires New Superintendent


The Ridgemont School District hired a new superintendent.


During the August meeting of the Board of Education Thursday evening, it was announced that Sally Henrick has been hired. She will begin her duties beginning July 1, 2018.


Henrick has taught for seven years, with six of those at Ridgemont. She has also served as Hardin Northern Elementary Principal and was Ridgemont's K-12 Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for three years.


Henrick will work alongside Ridgemont's interim co-superintendents, Dr. Suzanne Darmer and Ann Harvey, to create a smooth transition.



Hope For Heather Benefit in Forest Sunday


A benefit event will be held in Forest Sunday.


The event “Hope for Heather” is set to take place from 10am - 4pm on the corner of Gormley and Lima Streets in Forest. The Fundraiser is featuring nashville recording artist Julia Neville as well as The Backroads band. Both are free of charge.


Performances from the No Limits Baton Corp and the BW twirlers throughout the day. The Hardin County Sheriff's office will be doing a K-9 demonstration as well.

BBQ Food vendors will present as well as the Frisky Friends Farms petting zoo.



Ohio Hi-Point Board Hears From Superintendent About Construction Plans


The Ohio Hi-Point Board of Education met this week.

Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith spoke about future construction plans on the Bellefontaine Main Campus.

He said the district is committed to providing students quality career-technical and academic education. He said the area is becoming a hub for manufacturing and smart technology opportunities. The superintendent added that the district is moving forward to provide these type of practical learning opportunities to help meet the demands of today's industries.

A permanent improvement fund was established last year using funds from the general fund to begin renovations on campus.



Not By Choice Holding Progressive Dinner Fundraiser


Not By Choice Outreach is selling tickets now for a fundraiser scheduled for next month.

Board President Patti Risner said they are having a progressive dinner, “For $20 a ticket, which is really cheap for everything you get, you join us on Saturday September 23 from 5 until 9 in downtown Kenton.”

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



Two Facing Charges Following Separate Traffic Stops Wednesday


Two people were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia following separate traffic stops in Kenton Wednesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department reports, the first occurred in the afternoon when a car was stopped on Eliza Street at Gilmore Street. The driver, identified as 19 year old Stormy Cochran, of Kenton, was cited for a turn signal violation, and she also received a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia after several items were allegedly found in her car.


Another traffic stop occurred Wednesday evening in the 300 block of South Main Street.

After drug paraphernalia items were found in the car, a passenger identified as 18 year old Conner Miller, of Mt. Victory, allegedly admitted they were hers. She was then issued a summons into court.



Kenton Resident Reports Theft of Wallet


A theft complaint was taken by Kenton Police on Wednesday.


According to that report, a resident in the 400 block of East Carrol Street told officers a wallet was stolen from his residence.


The wallet contained $680 in cash, a debit card and other items.


The incident is under investigation.



Hardin County Will Experience Total Eclipse in 2024


If you haven't heard enough about the solar eclipse, mark your calendar for April 8, 2024.


Unlike the eclipse this week in which 85% of the sun was blocked, in just 6 years and 8 months, Hardin County will see a total eclipse event.


According to time and date.com, the duration of that eclipse will be 2 and half hours, with a total block out of the sun lasting nearly four minutes.



Triad Grad Among the Lost Following USS John McCain Collision


A Triad Graduate is one of the sailors lost after the USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker in the Pacific.


WPKO reports that Jacob Drake graduated from Triad in 2013 and enlisted in the Navy shortly after. The collision punctured the hull of the vessel flooding compartments and leaving ten sailors missing.


Authorities continue to search for bodies from that crash.



Marion Police Department Swears in New Officer This Week


A new officer was sworn in this week at the Marion Police Department.


According to the department's Facebook page, Officer Levi Ansley was sworn in surrounded by his family.


He comes to Marion from the Morrow County Sheriff's Office where he worked in corrections for the past two years.


Officer Ansley is a 2013 graduate of Marion Harding High School and a 2015 graduate of the Marion Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.



Cookbook Discussion Group to Meet in Upper Sandusky


A What's Cookin' Cookbook Discussion Group is scheduled for next week in Upper Sandusky.


According to the Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce website, the event will be held Monday August 28 at the Upper Sandusky Public Library starting at 6pm.


Participants are invited to join Village Gardeners and bring their favorite Mexican dish made with vegetables.


A cooking demonstration on how to use fresh produce will also be presented.



Wildcats Win Battle Of 309 Cup, Lady Wildcats Also Post Victory

The Kenton boys soccer team won the Battle of 309 Cup by defeating Ada 8 to 0 Wednesday at Merold Field. 


Drew Hoppe scored four goals for the Wildcats, who are now 3 and 0 on the season. K.P. Miller, Hayden Hicks, Enrique Mendez and Landon Bartlett each added one score for Kenton, which won the Battle of 309 Cup for the sixth straight time.


The Cats scored twice in the first half, both on Hoppe goals, to grab a 2-0 halftime lead. It stayed that way for over 20 minutes of the second half before an onslaught of six Kenton goals in 11 minutes finally broke the backs of a game Bulldog squad, which slips to 1 and 1 on the year.


Also on Wednesday, the Kenton Lady Wildcats improved to 2 and 0 by blanking Ada 8 to nothing. The Lady Wildcats will entertain Upper Sandusky on Saturday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN, with the pregame show starting at 5:45 p.m. The match will kick off at 6 p.m.


Theft Reported in Upper Sandusky

A theft occurred at a residence in Upper Sandusky early this morning.


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers were dispatched  to the 200 block of East Cook Street in the city. A suspect gained entry through the back door of the residence a stole several items, including electronic equipment and prescription medications.


The incident is under investigation.



Identity Theft Reported to KPD

An identity theft complaint was taken by police on Tuesday.


According to that report, a man reported that personal information was used to establish unauthorized accounts.


The incident is under investigation.



Lottery Tickets Reported as Stolen

A theft of lottery tickets was reported by a business in Kenton on Tuesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, an employee of Fuel Mart reported a suspect stole online and instant lottery tickets from the business. The value of the tickets was listed at $527.


A 25 year old Kenton woman was listed as the suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.



Wildcats, Bulldogs Battle for 309 Cup in Soccer Action

The Kenton boys soccer team hosts Ada tonight in the annual “Battle of 309 Cup.”

Both the Wildcats and the Bulldogs have gotten off to strong starts this season. Over the weekend, Kenton won the season-opening Quest Cup by routing Springfield and Benjamin Logan by a combined score of 16 to 2 while Ada blanked Miller City 3 to nothing on Monday in its season opener.

WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 6:45 p.m.
This will be the first of two soccer matches on WKTN this week as the Kenton Lady Wildcats will entertain Upper Sandusky on Saturday. The pregame show for that match will start around 5:45 p.m.



Richwood Independent Fair Celebrates 125 Years

The Richwood Independent Fair is celebrating their 125th year this year. That fair takes place August 30th through September 4th. Other fairs in our region include Hancock County’s Fair, which is runs that same time. The Hardin County Fair kicks off September 5th and runs through the 10th, and the Wyandot County Fair opens its gates on September 12th and concludes Sunday, September 17th.


Ben Logan Considering Solar Panels

Benjamin Logan Schools are considering installing solar panels on their campus.


According to The Examiner, the district’s board heard a proposal to install the farm east of the football stadium.


The 75-megawatt solar field could save approximately $7,000 annually in energy costs. The 25 year agreement with the columbus based company would cost the district nothing upfront to install the array.



Logan County Residents Charged in Domestic Dispute

Two Logan County Residents were arrested following a domestic dispute.


WPKO reports that 58 year old Craig Lyon and 49 year old Deanna White got into a fight Monday Afternoon.


White’s 19 year old daughter reported the incident to authorities who responded to the incident where they attempted to arrest Lyon. After his resistance, he was brought to the ground and arrested. He sustained a minor injury to his right ear, but refused treatment.


Authorities, unable to determine the primary aggressor, charged both individuals with domestic violence. Lyon was also charged with domestic violence as they were placed into the Logan County Jail.



Bellefontaine Grocery Store Employee Charged With Theft

An employee of a Bellefontaine grocery store has been charged with theft.


According to WPKO’s report, Meghan Griffith admitted to stealing money over the past two weeks totaling just over $280. The incident happened over three times when a manager discovered that her cash drawer was short. She was charged with theft and was booked into the Logan County Jail.



Kenton Man Taken Into Custody on a Warrant


A Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant.


An officer on patrol saw 22 year old Richard Workman walking on South Leighton Street Monday afternoon. Aware of a warrant for his arrest, the officer took Workman into custody without incident.


Workman was later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.



Two Thefts Reported to KPD Monday


A resident in Kenton reported a theft to police Monday.

According to the report, the woman stated that money was missing from her bank account.

The incident is under investigation.



A theft from a vehicle complaint was also taken by police.

According to that report, a man in the 400 block of Carrol Street told officers a guitar and other items were stolen from his vehicle sometime during the overnight.

The value of the missing items was listed at $550.



Juvenile Driver Facing Charges Following Crash


A hit/skip crash occurred just after three Monday afternoon in the 400 block of East Eliza Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 17 year old Riley Fitzgerald  stopped for traffic in front of him when a westbound car being driven 16 year old Chandler Ramey struck his vehicle from behind.


According  to two witnesses, Ramey was driving twice the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.


Four juveniles in Ramey's car fled the area on foot, and Ramey then left the scene travelling west on Eliza Street.


There were no injuries.


Ramey was charged with willful disregard of safety on a street or highway.



Hardin Northern Athletic Complex Upgrade is Progressing


Phase I of the Hardin Northern athletic complex upgrade is progressing.


According to the school's Facebook page, during this phase, various projects are being completed. They include grading and tiling, electrical upgrades for future concession stand, athletic training facility and storage and water upgrades for future restrooms.


The construction process is expected to be completed by the end of this October.  


Baseball and softball fields are expected to be ready for play to begin the 2018 spring season.



OSP Planning OVI Checkpoint in Region


The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week.


The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.


If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.


Operational support for the sobriety checkpoint will be provided by local law enforcement agencies.



Poll Shows Vast Majority Speak Only One Language


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters only speak one language.


Of those responding to the question, Do you speak more than one language?, a commanding 78% said no.


The remaining 22% said yes they speak more than one language.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll at wktn.com.



Kenton City Schools Board Meets, Hires Staff

to Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski and building principals introduced their staffs.


Penczarski noted that the district was awarded several grants including the Wildcat Community Connectors Grant through the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance as well as the Final Round of 21st Century Grant. Penczarski also noted that the district report is available here.


The Superintendent announced that all 4th - 6th grade students have an elective course to work on STEM courses in engineering to prepare for 7th grade coursework in collaboration with Ohio Hi Point.


Under Personnel Items

The board accepted the resignation of Angela Miller, KMS fall and winter cheerleading coach and Rebecca Clyborn, bus driver, and Delores Kinnear, KES cook

In employee supplemental contracts, the board approved Kim Gerding, Karen Nease, Rhoda Deitsch, Christina Cross, Jessica Parsley for the design team.

Kimberly Beach was approved in non-employee contracts as the  KMS fall and winter cheerleading coach.


The board created two new positions. Two are 2.25 hour education aides for busses, and one is a 4 hour van driver.

Salary adjustments were made for Brooke Boznango and Dustin Clapsaddle.


The board approved the hiring of Dorothy Britton, Dakota Getz, Lindsay Payne, Jacob Eikenbary, Delores Kinnear, Shawn Smith, Dylan Hunsicker.

Gloria Mullins, Brittney Arnold, Logan Howard, Rebecca Clyborn, Teresa Kindell were approved as various substitutes within the district.


Under Authorizations and Resolutions, the board approved the interdistrict contract with Auglaize County ESC, a new fund for 6th grade camp, the shared teacher service agreement between Kenton City Schools and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center for Ryan Collins and Jared Manns, Cross Categorical (CC) shared services agreement with Ridgemont Local Schools, the contract with North Central Ohio ESC, the contract with the North Central Ohio ESC, the shared transportation service agreement with Hardin Northern Local Schools, the 8th grade trip to Washington DC, the bus contract with Ohio Hi-Point.


Finally, the board updated the 457 Plan with the Voya Company.


The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on September 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.



Possible Sex Offense Reported to KPD


A possible sex offense was reported to Kenton Police Sunday afternoon


According to the report from the department, officers were dispatched to Kenton Village Apartments to investigate a complaint that a 12 year old boy sexually touched a 6 year old girl.


The incident remains under investigation.



Kenton Smoke Testing Sanitary Sewers in 2nd Ward This Week


The City of Kenton will be smoke testing sanitary sewers in the 2nd Ward Tuesday through Friday.


Burl Helton, the Public Works Supervisor for the City of Kenton, talks about the purpose of smoke testing, "To identify the I & I infiltration, which is storm water getting into our sanitary sewers, so we'll be doing that starting Tuesday to Friday."


He said the goal is eliminate storm water from getting into the sanitary sewers, "Basically it will stop our sanitaries from overflowing is what we're trying to do. Whenever we get the big rains and it overloads our sanitaries."


What could residents in the 2nd Ward notice when smoke testing is done Tuesday through Friday?, "They might see white smoke coming up next to their home if their downspouts are tied to the sanitary or they might see smoke coming in the middle of the road where manholes have holes in them, so they might see smoke coming into the roads."


Helton added the smoke is non-toxic.



Occupants Escape Injury in 2 Vehicle Crash


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Sunday afternoon.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, two cars collided in the 1900 block of State Route 309 just after one Sunday afternoon.


The four occupants in the cars were not injured.


The crash was reported by a passerby.


No other information is available at this time.



RV Headed to Scrapyard Catches Fire Sunday


A recreational vehicle caught fire while being taken to the scrap yard over the weekend.


According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the 13,000 block of U.S. 68 to extinguish the vehicle that is owned by Sam Shafer.


The owner had the engine, transmission and tires removed from the vehicle at the time.


No damage estimate was given since the vehicle was going to be scrapped.



Kenton School Board Meets Tonight


The Kenton City Schools Board of Education will meet tonight.


Personnel items, including employee and non-employee supplemental contracts, are on the agenda.

Several other items will be acted on, and new Kenton School staff members will be introduced as well.


The meeting starts at 7 this evening in the Administration Building.



Items Reported Stolen From Main Street Residence


A theft was reported in Kenton on Saturday according to the Kenton Police Department.


The theft occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in Kenton. According to the report a Television and Craftsmen toolbox was stolen from the residence. There are no suspects at this time.


That incident remains under investigation.



AAA Offers Driving Safety Tips During Today's Eclipse


Today is the day for the Solar Eclipse to take place.


AAA offers some safety tips for driving during the event.


You should not attempt to watch while driving, do not wear eclipse glasses while driving, don’t try to photograph the eclipse while driving, watch out for pedestrians and be alert to the possibility of distracted drivers who may be attempting to view the eclipse and swerve into your lane.


The eclipse starts just after one and ends just before 4 this afternoon. The peak time is 2:30.



Kenton Boy's Soccer Team Defeats Ben Logan


The Kenton High School Boy's soccer team defeated Ben Logan 8-2 to win the Quest Cup.


On Saturday night the Kenton Boy's soccer team went head to head with the Benjamin Logan defeating the Raiders 8-2. A quote from the team's twitter page reads, “Cats defeat Ben Logan to win Quest Cup 8-2 LR on our sleeves and always in our hearts.”


The Wildcats purchased new jerseys this year with the initials of fallen teammate and soccer player Layton Rogers who was tragically killed in an automobile accident earlier this year.


WKTN will begin broadcasting Kenton Boy’s and Girl's soccer games with Jim Homan and Sam Albert. Tune in to 95.3 to hear those broadcasts.



Area Road Construction Projects For the Week


Several new road construction projects are planned for Hardin County this week.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, pavement repair and resurfacing projects will take place on U.S. 68 in the village of Dunkirk from the south corporation limit to Washington Street and on State Route 235 from the south corporation limit of Alger to State Route 309 and on 235 from the North corporation limit of Ada to the Hancock County line.


Also, State Route 81 at Township Road 55 east of Ada will be reduced to one lane for a drainage tile repair project.



HMH Among Most Wired Hospitals


Results from the 19th Annual Health Care's Most Wired survey show nine OhioHealth hospitals receiving recognition as Most Wired this year.


They include OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital and OhioHealth Marion General Hospital in our region.


Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships.


New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.



Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information.


Kenton Football Beats West Virginia's Brooke Bruins

The Kenton Wildcat Football team claimed a big victory over Brooke High School.


The wildcats were wrapping up their preseason action by hosting a jamboree scrimmage against the West Virginia team beating the Bruins 47-15. The Wildcats open up their season in their traditional opener against Coldwater this coming Friday Night. Jim Homan and Chad Spencer will have all of the action live on WKTN.



Wildcat Cheerleaders Take Home 1st Place Honors

The Lady Wildcat competition cheerleaders took home first place honors last night.


The 8 piece squad competed at the Liberty Center Cheer Classic. The ladies are set to compete again today at Holgate High School.

(Photo: Facebook/ Kimberly Ramge Wesson)
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Lady Falcons Soccer Take W, Men Fall Short

The Riverdale Lady Falcons beat the Cory Rawson Hornets with a final score of 7-0 last night. The boys soccer team fell to the Hiland Hawks with a final score of 5-2. The JV team beat the Hawks 3-0.


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Kenton Tops Springfield in Quest Cup

The Kenton Wildcat Soccer Team took home a win in the Quest Club.


The Wildcats outscored Springfield 8-0, and will advance to the championship game tonight at 7:30 at Benjamin Logan. WKTN will carry the Ada vs. Kenton Boys Soccer Game this coming Wednesday. Join Jim Homan and Sam Albert for all of the action.

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Wildcat Golf Tops Celina in WBL Action

In Wildcat Golf action, the Kenton Boys won over Celina in WBL Action with a score of 190. Cole Dearing was a match medalist golfing a 45. Rocco Longbrake finished the match with a 47, Peyton Roby finished slightly higher at 48, and Brock Cote rounded out the lineup at 50.


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United Way Holds 2018 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast

The United Way of Hardin County held its Kickoff Breakfast for the 2018 Campaign at St. John’s Church Thursday morning. 
United Way Board President Merleen Barnes said the theme this year is "Red, White and U, United We Can," which she said is very fitting, "Because we need everyone to participate and help our United Way program facilitate with our agencies that we help provide for."
She said United Way dollars help several agencies in the ocunty, "We help fund 20 different non-prfit agencies here in Hardin County, and our research shows that we have served over 20,000 people in a year's time in different areas of health, education and welfare."
The goal this year is $220,000, which Campaign Co-Chair Deb Rall, along with Beth McKinley, said is very achievable. She said it takes a lot of people working together and little donations add up, "It donesn;t necessarily have to be one large domation. Payroll deduction is just a really great way to give to United Way. Nobody normally is going to miss a small amount each paycheck. It's easier to give that way, and then it's consistant as well."
(l-r) Dr. Daniel DiBiasio, Chris Burns-DiBiasio, Deb Rall and Beth McKinley
Honorary Chairpersons for the 2018 campaign are Dr. Daniel DiBiasio and Chris Burns-DiBiasio of Ohio Northern University in Ada. Dr. DiBiasio said the United Way is very important to them becasueit helps so many people in the county, and it takes a group effort to acheive, "It is a great opportunity for the community to work together, to come together and to take some great satisfaction in strenghening the fabic of the community, and that's one of the reasons Chris and I want to support this effort this year. We think it's very worthly and a very important part of the community."


Dunkirk Man Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


A Dunkirk man was sentenced this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, 37 year old Jeffrey Waller Junior was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts each of vehicular assault and criminal damaging or endangering, three counts of vandalism and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence. He must serve 180 days local incarceration.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Man Fled on Foot Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton man is facing charges following a traffic stop Thursday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car on North Cherry Street for a traffic violation.

Officers told the driver, identified as 22 year old Justin Hale, that there was an active warrant for his arrest. Hale is said to have stepped out of the car and then fled on foot. Officers searched the area but failed to locate him


Hale is facing a charge of obstructing official business.


A small amount of marijuana and a drug paraphernalia item was also allegedly found in the vehicle.



Many People Benefit From Coleman Professional Services

An organization in Kenton serves residents who are dealing with numerous mental health issues.
The Director of Behavioral Health Services for Coleman Professional Services talks about what her agency does, "We have behavioral healthcare services for mental health issues as well as substance use disorder issues. Those include individual counceling, group counseling, case management for both mental health and substance use issues, peer recovery support services as well as psychiatric services."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Wildcats Hosting Football Jamboree Tonight


The Kenton varsity football team will finish up it's pre-season preparation this this evening versus Brooke High School at Robinson Field.


This is an OHSAA sponsored event, there will be an admission charge and no passes will be accepted.


The cost of the Jamboree event is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and students.

The game will begin at 6:00PM with the gates opening at 5:00PM.



Today is Deadline for Open Class Entries at Hardin County Fair


Today is the last day to sign up your open class entries for the Hardin County Fair.


The entry window closes at midnight tonight. You can enter online by visiting hardincountyfair.org.


Entry blanks can also be obtained from the Hardin County Fair Office located on the fairgrounds from 9-5 today (Friday August 18.)



Two Vehicles Damaged in Wednesday Afternoon Crash


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Letson Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 53 year old Charles Stocker, of Cambridge, Ohio, stopped his car on Letson and was preparing to turn right onto Steiner Avenue, when the vehicle was struck from behind by a westbound car being driven by 23 year old Michael Casperson, of Kenton.


Light damage occurred to Stocker's vehicle while disabling damage occurred to Casperson's car.


There were no injuries, and Casperson was cited for a speeding violation.



Stereo Equipment Stolen From Vehicle


A theft from a vehicle was reported to Kenton Police on Wednesday.


According to that report, a resident in the 400 block of Ohio Street told officers someone stole a compact disc player from his vehicle.


A surveillance camera captured three silhouette figures getting into the vehicle, but there was no clear image of the suspects.


The value of the stereo equipment was listed at $500.



Library Hosting Solar Eclipse Viewing Party


The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library in Kenton will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing party on Monday August 21.


Residents are invited to be at the library starting around 12:30. The eclipse starts just after one in the afternoon and will be at its maximum at 2:30 and end just before 4.


The library is offering free viewing glasses and will serve cake, coffee and tea.


We want to see your pictures of the celestial event, make sure you upload those on wktn.com. Remember to take photos only when using the proper safety equipment for yourself and your camera.



Harvest and Herb Festival Scheduled For September 16


The 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest and Herb Festival has been set for Saturday September 16 in Ada.


According to a release, the event will be held on Main Street from Highland Street to College Street from 9am to 4pm.


The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors and so far over 80 spaces are signed-up. Crafters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to insure a booth.


Entertainment takes place from noon to 4 p.m. in the depot parking lot.


Following the opening ceremonies the 2017 Harvest and Herb Festival queen will be announced.



Construction Worker Injured at Work Site in Kenton


A construction worker was injured this morning at a worksite in Kenton.


Sources tell WKTN, the Tice Construction employee was hurt while working at the Athletic Building site near the Kenton High School.


The worker was taken by helicopter to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima with non life threatening injuries.


No other information is being released.



Kent State Strength & Conditioning Coach Fired


The Kent State coach that was on duty the day a Kenton graduate died has been fired.


The Columbus Dispatch reports that Kent State University has fired their strength and conditioning coach Ross Bowsher, who the University claims provided false information about his required certification.


The coach was in charge of conditioning for the Golden Flashes at where offensive lineman Tyler Heintz passed away. The school released a statement saying they self reported the incident to the NCAA.



Victim Chases Intruder From Home


An intruder was chased out of a home early Tuesday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 300 block of Carrol Street told officers an unknown male entered his house at around 2:50 Tuesday morning.


The victim chased the intruder out of the house and down the street before losing sight of him.


The incident is under investigation.



Two Arrested on Warrants


Two people were arrested Tuesday on separate warrants.


According to the reports:


.26 year old Ryan Deshazo was arrested at Scioto Village Apartments on a warrant from the Upper Sandusky Police Department


.27 year old Aaron Anderson was arrested in the 400 block of West Columbus Street on a warrant from the Allen County Sheriff's Office.



Theft Reported at Scioto Village Apartments


A theft was reported at Scioto Village Apartments Tuesday.


According to that report, lawn equipment belonging to the apartment complex was stolen.


The theft occurred sometime Monday night into early Tuesday.



Kenton Woman's Credit Card Used in Fraudulent Activities


An identity fraud report was made at the Kenton Police Department Tuesday.


A Kenton woman told officers there have been several fraudulent charges made to her debit card recently.


The charges total nearly $200 and appeared to have been made in Florida.



Northern Hardin County Fire District Receives Grant


Over $50,000 in grant money has been awarded to Firefighters in Northern Hardin County


According to information from US Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded $50,905 to the Northern Hardin County Fire District. T


The money is to be used for operations and safety, and is through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. The program is designed to support fire departments across the country.



ONU Observatory Open for Solar Eclipse Viewing

The Ohio Northern University observatory will be open to the public to view “The Great American Solar Eclipse” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.
The following story is from the ONU Facebook page: 
The observatory is located on the west side of campus, off of Lincoln Avenue and near the baseball field.
“We will not experience totality in Ada, but the sun will be covered up to 85 percent,” said Jason Pinkney, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy and manager of the ONU observatory. “For viewers in Ada, the moon will make its first contact with the sun around 1:03 p.m., will reach its maximum eclipse around 2:28 p.m. and its last contact around 3:50 p.m. Thus, the sun will be partially blocked during the entire event.”
“Total solar eclipses are very rare for an observer who remains in a fixed location on Earth, with about one every 370 years, on average,” Pinkney said. “The last time a path of totality for a solar eclipse crossed the United States from coast to coast was 1918. The last time a solar eclipse crossed part of the nation was in 1991, in Hawaii.”
“However, an observer who travels can view a total solar eclipse more often. There are between two and five solar eclipses of some kind every year.”
Pinkney warns that it is dangerous to view this event without taking precautions, and the observatory provides a safe and exceptional viewing experience.
“It is not safe to stare directly at the sun, even when it is 85 percent covered by the moon, but we will have several ways to observe this upcoming event,” he said. “These will include the standard ‘eclipse glasses’ and pinhole projection viewers. We will also have at least three telescopes with solar filters that will provide very high resolution. These can reveal sunspots and prominences on the sun.”
ONU Astronomy Club students will be on hand to help with the event. In case of rain, the observatory roof will not be opened for a viewing.


Crash Near Belle Center May Have Been Caused by Road Rage


A hit/skip crash late Monday night may have started as a road rage incident.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred in the 19,000 block of Township Road 97 near Belle Center. A late 90's or early 2000 white Dodge truck struck a vehicle and then fled the scene.


An occupant in the car was transported to a hospital in Lima by Alger EMS.


Deputies are continuing to search for the white truck, which may have gray or silver paint transfer on it from the the collision with the car.


No other information is available at this time.



Several Thefts Reported to KPD Monday


Several thefts were reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the reports, items were stolen from vehicles parked in the 500 block of Center Street, the 300 block of Carroll Street, the 700 block of Lick Street and the 500 block of Vine Street.


In addition, a resident in the 400 block of Carroll Street reported that a bicycle was stolen out of her garage sometime Sunday night.


The thefts remain under investigation.



Kenton City Council Welcomes New KPD Officer at Monday Meeting


The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


Lieutenant Robert Lutes, of the Kenton Police Department, introduced newly hired officer Jerrod Bowman to the council. Mayor Randy Manns welcomed him to the police force and told council that he had been highly recommended.



KPD Officer Jerrod Bowman


Council received minutes from the Parks & Recreation Board meeting held on July 11. The board received a quote for rubber flooring under the merry-go-round at Murray Park totaling $8,225. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 4:30pm.


Council also heard reports from:


School Board: Councilman Clint Sneary told council that school would be resuming for the Kenton district students on Thursday, August 17. Citizens are reminded to observe all traffic laws and to be especially observant during morning and afternoon school commutes.


BKP: the BKP Board will meet Monday, August 21 at 6:00pm.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00pm.


Regional Planning: the Regional Planning Committee will not meet in September.


Finance: the Finance Committee will meet next Monday at 5:30pm. Councilwoman Teresa Styer reminded council that the meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month, in order to provide the auditor’s office with additional time to prepare budgetary considerations and reports.


Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee has received and returned the final contract for the second phase of the project to the engineering firm OHM.


During old business, the council chose to move one piece of legislation to third reading in two weeks. The ordinance is amending the codified ordinance to increase the penalty for parking violations in limited time parking zones.


Under new business, council heard three pieces of legislation. An ordinance allowing for funds transfers in the General, Street, RSPO, Waterworks, and Sewer fund was moved to second reading and will be heard again in two weeks. The second piece of legislation, Ordinance Number 17-030, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The ordinance allows for additional appropriations in the General and Sewer funds with the General fund amounts being utilized by the fire department. Fire Chief Tim Clark said that a portion of the appropriations are from a grant received to purchase a new heart monitor, and the other portion from the will of an estate bequeathed to the department. Chief Clark plans to use those funds to purchase new equipment, which he will discuss in more detail at a later date.


Council also heard a resolution establishing a minimum cash balance reserve for the general fund. City Auditor Brian Hattery addressed council about the proposed new fiscal policy, noting that it was not a modification to the codified ordinance, but rather an “unwritten rule, made written.” Hattery also described it as “good business practice” and indicated that the proposed amount, $600,000, would serve to provide a financial cushion in the event of unexpected, immediate-need expenses. The language in the resolution expressly states in Section II that “the reserve in the General Fund shall only be used when all other reasonable forms of budgeting have failed and said use has been agreed upon by the Council and Administration.” The council will hear the resolution again in two weeks.


During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that mowing throughout the city will be finished on September 1 due to budgetary considerations. He also told council that the parking spots throughout the city were being painted in the evenings.


Mayor Randy Manns detailed how the 4th Ward is spending the $300,000 grant it received. Four homes are currently scheduled to be razed in the area, 140 new stop signs are being installed, roads are being paved, and work is being done to the ball diamond. He also praised the work of a local group, Pick Up and Shape Up, for voluntarily picking up trash at the area parks and throughout neighborhoods in the city.


Councilman Michael White told council that he had received comments regarding the mosquitos in the city. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that he obtained quotes for mosquito spraying, but it was not done this year due to cost concerns. Council President Joel Althauser noted that members of the council and others did not notice a significant difference in the mosquito population after last year’s spraying.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.



Voters Prefer Driving Over Flying When Travelling Long Distances


A small majority of our Visitor Poll voters prefer driving over flying when it comes to travelling a long distance.


Responding to the question, 58% said they would rather drive. The remaining 42% said they would choose to fly when it comes to long distance travelling.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.



Juvenile Suspected of Breaking Into Car


A vehicle in Kenton was broken into early Sunday morning.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of South Cherry Street to investigate the incident.


A suspect, identified as a 17 year old male, forcibly entered the vehicle and stole a small amount of money.


The juvenile was charged with criminal damaging, theft without consent and a curfew violation.



America's Educator Encourages Kenton School Staff


The Kenton City Schools hosted a motivational speaker today.


Ron Clark, known to many as "America's Educator," was the Keynote Speaker for the Staff Opening Day. The activities were held at the Kenton Elementary School Cafeteria. Clark has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said everyone was amazed by Clark's presentation.


Classes for Kenton resume this Thursday.



Gas Prices Up to Start the Week


Gas prices around Ohio were up slightly from a week ago.


According to GasBuddy.com. Prices around the state averaged $2.36 a gallon to start the week.

That is up a penny from a week ago, but it’s an increase of 23 cents a gallon from a year ago.


Prices in Kenton were up slightly as well this week. Averages ranged from $2.11 a gallon on the low end to up to $2.19 a gallon at two locations.



USS Frank E. Evans Memorial Erected in Harrod


A memorial was erected Saturday morning in Harrod to honor the four Ohio sailors that were killed in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evans in 1969.


Harrod was selected as the site for this memorial because one of the four Ohio men to perish was from Lima in Allen County. The USS Frank E. Evans sank in the South China sea in the early part of June in 1969. In total 74 men perished when the boat sank, four of those men being from Ohio.


Lima Resident and Shawnee High School graduate, Larry Allen Gracely was one of those men who perished on the USS Frank E. Evans. The monument is erected in Honor of Larry Gracely  and the other 73 victims of the tragic boat sinking.



Five Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the documents from Hardin County Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office:
.William A. Oglesbee was sentenced to a total of 48 months in prison on two counts of theft and one count of burglary.
.Jason M. Schutte was sentenced to a total of 46 months in prison on one count each of posssion of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence.
The following three individuals were each placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Emilie L. Smith on one count of possession of heroin with two forfeiture specifications. She must forfeit $159 in cash to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and a 2006 Hyundai automobile to the Hardin County Commissioners.
.Aaron Henthorne on one count of breaking and entering. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.
.Alyssa M. Burchiel on one count of attempted tampering with evidence.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Tires Punctured on Car Parked in Kenton


A criminal damaging incident was reported to Kenton police Thursday.


According to the report, a Coldwater man reported that the passenger and driver’s side rear tires on his vehicle were punctured while parked at the Country Hearth and Inn.


A suspect, identified as 24 year old Troy Robinson, of Dayton, was charged with criminal damaging.



Theft From Vehicle Reported


A theft from a vehicle was also reported Thursday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a wallet containing cash and credit cards was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Smith Avenue.


The incident is under investigation.



Ridgemont's Meet the Team, Scrimmage Tonight


High School football season is just around the corner.


At Ridgemont, a Meet The Team event is scheduled to take place this afternoon at 4.


That will be followed by the football scrimmage starting at 6 this evening.



Jackson-Forest EMS Member Receives Certification


A member of the Jackson-Forest EMS received certification recently.


According to the Village of Forest Facebook page, Sara Southward was certified as a Nationally Registered, Advanced EMT.


The certification will allow her to perform the advanced skills including Carian Monitor, I V Therapy, Airway Maintenance and some Medication administration.



Farmers and Merchants Picnic Set For Saturday in Ada


The 104th Farmer’s and Merchants Picnic is scheduled to take place tomorrow.


The event will be held at War Memorial Park in Ada.


The day will start with OWHA Show at 8. The F&M Picnic Pull starts at 10. Don’t miss the parade starting at 9:30 on West Lincoln Street. It will to Main Street and end at the park.


In addition to great food, entertainment will be featured all day as well as rides and games for the kids.



Church Festival Offers Something For Everyone

The Immaculate Conception Church Summer Festival will take place this Sunday.
Chairperson Dr. Kate Johnson said the day offers something for everyone, "We will have entertainment, games, kids activities and of course some of the best food served, it's just a great day for everyone to enjoy."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN or on the Public Eye podcast on your favorite mobile device, or on wktn.com.


Theft Suspect Facing Possible Felony Charges


A former employee of a Kenton business may be facing more serious charges.


As reported last week, the employee of Cricket Wireless was charged with theft after being accused of inflating the cost of products being sold to the public then pocketing the overture.


The employee has been fired according to company officials.


The investigation continues, and possible felony charges could be filed.



Man Wanted on Warrant Turns Himself Into Police


A man turned himself in at the Kenton Police Department Wednesday.


According to the report, 27 year old Ray Legge went to the lobby of the police department and said he wanted to turn himself in on the warrant for his arrest.


The warrant was confirmed through the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, and Legge was taken into custody.



Car Gets Stuck on Railroad Tracks


An elderly man from Delaware, Ohio needed help getting home Wednesday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the 86 year old man, who was described as alert and coherent,  told police he made a wrong turn and ended up in Kenton.


After giving him directions home, the man still ended up behind Heritage Cooperative where his car got stuck on the railroad tracks.


After consulting Adult Protective Services, it was decided the car should be towed, and the man was driven home by the tow truck company.



Stolen Car Recovered Wednesday


A car that was reported stolen in Kenton on Tuesday was recovered yesterday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the car was stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Carroll Street.


It was found Wednesday at the grain bins on State Route 309.



ICC Festival Set For Sunday

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is holding its annual Summer Festival this Sunday.
Festival Chairperson Dr. Kate Johnson said it is the oldest church festival in the county, " It started in the 1950's when the nuns were operating San Antonio Hospital, and they held a Lawn Fete as a fundraiser. We have progressed from there and try different things every year."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN or on the Public Eye podcast on your favorite mobile device, or on wktn.com.


Kenton City Schools Hosting a Motivational Speaker


The Kenton City Schools is hosting a motivational speaker on Monday August 14.


Ron Clark, known to many as "America's Educator," will be the Keynote Speaker for the Staff Opening Day at the Kenton Elementary School Cafeteria. He has been featured on the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.


The day starts with breakfast at 7, followed by a district meeting from 8 until 9 and Clark will speak from 9-11. The day will conclude with a book signing by Clark, and books will be available for purchase.


Non-Kenton City School employees can register to attend Clark's address. The cost for non-employees is $75 per person and $250 for a team of 5. Call Linda Dickerson to register by calling 419-673-0775 extension 6021.



Three Charged With Trespassing


Three people were cited for criminal trespassing Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to the 900 block of Meadow Lane to investigate trespassers in a vacant apartment.


Officers charged the three,identified as Joseph Robinson, of West Mansfield, John Messer Jr.,of Bellefontaine and Ronnie Harmon Jr., all 20 of Kenton, with criminal trespass. All three are scheduled to be in Hardin County Municipal Court Thursday afternoon.


A 16 year old female was also in the apartment but has not been charged.



Mom Reports Her Son was Assaulted Tuesday Evening


An assault was reported to Kenton Police Tuesday evening.


According to the report, a woman in the 700 block of West Franklin Street reported that two boys on bicycles beat up her 7 year old son.


The incident remains under investigation.



Stolen Car Reported Tuesday


A stolen car was reported Tuesday morning.


According to that report, a resident in the 300 block of West Carroll Street told officers his vehicle was stolen.


The incident is under investigation.



Did Kent State Head Strength Coach Have Proper Certification?


Kent State is unable to produce documents proving the school’s head strength coach has proper certification.


According to Ross Bowsher from cbssports.com, who was overseeing the activities when Tyler Heintz passed away, may have been the only member of the coaching staff without certification.


Bowsher is starting his second year with the program, and if not certified, would be in violation of NCAA Bylaw 11.1.5 which claims that coaches must maintain a current certification  through a national accredited program.


Heintz was the 35th college football player to die since the year 2000. Heintz died June 13th after collapsing during the second day of workouts due to hyperthermia.



Ridgemont Board Continues Search For New Superintendent


The Ridgemont Board of Education met in executive session Tuesday evening to interview an internal candidate for the full time superintendent’s position.


According to the press release the Superintendent’s Position will be available on July 1, 2018 when the one year interim position concludes. Board members are committed to filling the superintendent position with a candidate which will continue the positive culture of student and staff empowerment through real life learning experiences.  


The Board is encouraged that a strong candidate exists within the district as they consider succession planning.  Their primary goal is to preserve the work built through the District’s Directional System and select a candidate who brings the district to the next level.


Vast Majority Against Microchips in Humans


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters are against getting a microchip implanted.


Of those responding to the question, 95% said they would not allow their employer to embed a microchip in them. The remaining 5% said they would.


The question was based on a Wisconsin company where some employees allowed their employer to implant microchips that will allow them to open doors, log onto computers or buy breakroom snacks by simply waving their hand.


41 of the company’s 85 employees allowed the implants.


Vote now in this week’s Visitor Poll at wktn.com.



Hardin County Ag Society Conducts August Meeting

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting.  Seventeen directors and 16 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, discussed the cases of swine flu at some county fairs.  He also talked about needing a backup location for the carcass show for Thursday, Sept. 14th.
Clay Hastings and three of his friends stated they were building a car for the demolition derby in memory of Keegan McKee.  They wanted the car to be accessible to the community for people to sign the car, which will be donated to Keegan’s family.  The board stated it could be located in the infield before the derby.  
Mark Light, representing the OSU 4-H Extension Office, stated 4-H livestock interviews will be on August 8th from 1-8pm and last chance for Quality Assurance will be on August 9th from 1-3pm.  He stated he has had more requests from 4-H clubs wanting a booth this year for the fair.  Horse Council wants to update electrical in the Horse Barn.  Jim Bidwell and Greg Liedel moved to let the community trick or treat through the 4-H building, an event being sponsored by 4-H council.  Motion passed.  
Jack McBride stated there is 2660 Jr. Fair entries.
Correspondences were read from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian and Chief, ODA Division of Animal Health, regarding Swine influenza and erysipelas.  It was stated in the letter that both of these illnesses can be directly transmitted between swine and humans in the same way that illness can be transmitted between people.  Information will be posted throughout the swine building about proper sanitation, there will be hand washing/sanitizing stations near all entrances to the barns, and people are to refrain from bringing food and drinks into the barns. The board received an email from Jessica Jones regarding her sister who is battling rectal cancer.  The directors moved to donate 2 tickets to the Lauren Alaina concert to them.  A thank you letter from the Kenton Area Summer Swim Team Board was read, regarding the use of the fairground’s trash barrels during their Summer Swim Champs.  An invitation to Hardin Soil & Water Conservation Dist. and Natural Resources Conservation Service’s customer appreciation day was read.  
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  It was noted ridge vents have been installed in the horse barn to help with ventilation, money was donated for this project.  Tice Construction have poured a new sidewalk to the community building and sidewalks around the new show arena.  New fans have been installed in the show arena and tarps have been ordered for the new show arena.  Memorial signs for the livestock barn projects were discussed.  A work day for the directors has been set for Saturday, August 12th and the next ground’s committee meeting is set for Monday, August 14th at 7pm.  
It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License.  There are currently 2 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017.  These are new campers for this year.  Craig Stump stated a camping meeting will be held after this board meeting.  
Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert.  Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  600 tickets have been sold so far.
All livestock judges have been acquired for the fair.  Weigh licenses have been received.  Rabbit tattooing will be on Saturday, August 12th from 9am-11am.  The swine barns are going to be disinfected.  The goat scrapie paper is going to be on the OSU 4-H website for accessibility.  It was decided to purchase mulch for the new show arena.   
Janie Seiler, representing the rides/concession’s dept. stated all booths in the buildings have been filled.  Outside space is still available.  There is a new implement dealer coming to the fair, along with a couple new food vendors.  Ray Davis and Don Spar moved to not let another group sub lease from the Genealogy Society during the week of the fair.  This is per rule #8 and #32 as stated on their contract.  They will be notified.  The same amount of golf carts will be ordered for the fair week, which has been used in the past.  Departments needing tents during the week of the fair, need to be turned in to Janie Seiler, by Monday, August 28th.  
Committee reports for Jr. Fair board kids were given to the directors.  It was suggested that the kids meet with their department chair people at 8:15am on August 19th before fair work day begins.  The board moved to have a Jr. Fair board kid answer the phone in the office for a couple hours a day during the fair.    
Kolt Buchenroth mentioned the internet speed during the week of the fair is not fast enough to do a live internet video stream.  This issue will be researched.
Under old business:  
Jr. Fair entries were due on July 31st.  Open class entries are now being accepted in the office or by going on line and submitting them that way until August 18th.  The fair office is now open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  All reserved tickets can be purchased in the office now.  Season tickets have gone on sale in the community and the fair website has a list of where tickets can be purchased. 


Juvenile Arrested in Kenton on Marion County Warrant


Kenton Police Officers assisted the Marion County Juvenile Probation in locating a wanted person at Eagles Point Apartments Monday.


The 17 year old male juvenile was located and taken into custody by Marion County authorities on a warrant for failure to appear.



Kenton Woman Reports Theft of Money


A Kenton resident in the 500 block of South Wayne Street reported a theft on Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the woman told officers that she, her son and her mother were the victims. The woman said a named suspect stole nearly $1400 from them.


So far no charges have been filed.



Employee Suspected in Theft at Local Business


A theft at Autozone in Kenton was also reported.


According to that report, an employee said the theft actually took place back in April, and an investigated showed the suspect was an employee of the business.


Items valued at just over $100 were stolen. No charges have been filed at this time.



Benefit Craft Show Scheduled in Forest


A Hope For Heather Craft and Vendor Show is scheduled for Sunday August 27 in Forest.


The fundraiser will be held at the corner of Lima and Gormley Streets in Forest.


Heather worked as an EMT until she was no longer able to work due to her medical condition.


In addition to the Craft and Vendor Show, the day will also feature food, fun and entertainment.


All the proceeds go to Heather and her family to help offset medical expenses.



Kenton Woman Aims to Make Tracks Safer

Laurel Rogers lost her son the beginning of May. A tragedy felt by many in the Kenton community. But, Laurel is determined to ensure something of this nature doesn’t happen again.


“I just felt as if two children was enough.” Rogers Said.


Railroad crossing gates are set to be installed at that crossing on County Road 60. The project will be completed by railroad transport company CSX.


Rogers credits Dom Tiberi of Maria’s Message, and Representative Robert Sprague’s office for helping to jumpstart this project, which is set to be completed by this time next year.


Laurel says if [the gates] will save anyone, it’s worth it.


(Photo: Google Maps)



Two Accidents Occur in Hardin County Sunday


Two accidents around Hardin County were reported to authorities on Sunday.


A crash with injuries occurred just before 4:30 Sunday afternoon in the 500 block of Gage Street in Forest.


Another crash with injuries was reported in the 400 block of Johnson Street in Ada just before 7:30 Sunday evening.


No other information on either crash is available at this time.



Blood Donors Urgently Needed


The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.


In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.


There are two blood drives scheduled in Hardin County this month.


They are:


In Kenton on Monday August 28 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church, County Road 175


And in Forest Wednesday August 30 from 2 until 7 at McVitty Memorial VFW, 204 West Lima Street.



Trial Date Set For Former Riverdale Teacher


A trial date has been set for a former Riverdale teacher who is facing sex related charges.


26 year old Brooke Rosendale was indicted in late June on three counts of sexual battery. She pleaded not guilty to the charges in July, and at a pretrial hearing late last week, the trial was set to begin January 8, 2018.

Rosendale, a former fifth grade intervention specialist and High School Girls Volleyball and Basketball coach, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 13 year old student on three different times starting in January of this year.


She resigned in March.



Firearm Stolen From Garage in Kenton


A theft from a garage was reported on Sunday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department a man came on station Sunday afternoon around 2:25pm to report that his son’s gun was stolen from the garage in the 300 block of East Columbus Street in Kenton. No make or model was listed and the report describes it as a brown stock, with either a 22 cal black barrel or 20ga black barrel.


No further information was provided on the report.



Deadline For SBA Loans Approaching


The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Sept. 5 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Ohio as a result of the drought from June 1 through Oct. 4, 2016.

The declaration includes Hancock, Hardin, Marion, Union and Wyandot Counties.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online at disasterloan.sba.gov.


Allen Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarships Awarded


The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $66,000 in scholarships to 52 students in 2017.


In May, 2017 the Allen Foundation awarded 24 first year scholarships in the amount of $30,500,


Second year scholarships in the amount of $17,000

Third year scholarships in the amount of $10,000

And Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $8500


Since 1991, the Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1367 different students in the amount of $2,450,150.


The scholarships are made possible by an endowment from R.E. & Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup Plant in Kenton. Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees and immediate family members of International Paper Food Service Business in Kenton.



Power Outage in Hardin County Reported This Morning


Some customers in Kenton and Hardin County are without electricity at this time.


According to a spokesman from American Electric Power, around 500 customers lost power this morning due to equipment issues. Power is estimated to be restored around 10 this (Monday) morning.


The spokesman also confirmed a larger outage in southeast Columbus affecting around 2500 customers.



KHS Cheerleaders Place in First Competition

The Kenton Cheerleaders competed in their first competition yesterday.


The cheerleaders placed 2nd at their first competition at the Wood County Fair. 8 girls from the varsity squad have been practicing since June to compete against other schools. The cheerleaders are set to go to more competitions. The next one is set for next weekend.


(Photo: Cindy Snyder Deardorff/Facebook)


Pride of the Wildcats Gets Ready for Wildcat Football

The Kenton High School Marching Band has been hard at work this past week at their annual band camp. This year the group boasts 79 members, the most band members in almost eight years. Both students and directors are excited about the talent and number they have this year. Senior Elaina Schaub is beyond impressed with the improvement she has seen from her freshman year until now. Many of the 14 seniors this year cited how they wish they could stay on for at least one more year and keep progressing with the band!


This week, band members have been learning marching fundamentals, the halftime show for the first football game on August 25th, and of course forming a tight bond with each other.

Senior Morgan Kohl stated that band camp to her is about "instilling positive leadership and respect within all members." The Kenton Band not only wants to showcase their talent but to be a positive representation of Kenton High School!




Kenton Football Tickets On Sale Next Week

Tickets for the Kenton High School Wildcat Football games are going on sale soon.


According to information from Kenton High School Athletic Director Joey Day, Reserved seats go on sale August 14th at 8:00am at the Kenton High School Office. Those seats are $35 per seat. If you are planning on renewing your reserved tickets, you are urged to email dayj@kentoncityschools.org.


Parking passes will be sold for all home football games. Those with passes will be able to park in the first row directly behind the stadium at Robinson Field. Those passes are being sold for $20.


Presale tickets for the cats will go on sale on Wednesdays of a home game. Buying presale tickets will save you two dollars on student tickets. All tickets are $6 at the gate.


The first home regular season game is scheduled for Friday, September 8th at 7:00p.m. against the Defiance Bulldogs.


Senior Citizen tickets can be picked up the same day, but are a lifetime pass and do not need renewed annually. Senior citizen passes can only be obtained by residents of the Kenton City Schools District who are over 65 years old.


Adult Punch Cards offer $36.00 worth of admission into KMS or KHSS regular season home athletic contests. The cost of the punch cards is $30.00, and can be purchased at the KHS athletics office, or at any regular season home athletic event.


Hog Creek Wind Turbine Project Continuing


Construction on the wind turbine project near Dunkirk continued Thursday.


Hog Creek Project LLC, which is affiliated with the Minnesota based Renewable Energy Systems Americas, started the construction process in late fall of 2016 and following a break, restarted in May. It continued Thursday with the pouring of concrete in advance of putting the turbines in place.


In all, 30 turbines will be constructed in the area.


No completion date was available at this time.



Possible Breaking Entering Being Investigated


A possible breaking and entering was reported to Kenton Police Thursday evening.


According to the report, officers were dispatched to Barb’s Design Studio in downtown Kenton to investigate the complaint.


The report listed the incident as a criminal trespassing, but no other information was released.



Shoplifting Reported at WalMArt


A shoplifting occurred at WalMart on Thursday.


According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, store officials reported that an air conditioning unit was stolen.


No suspects were listed.



Runaway Juvenile Arrested in Kenton


A runaway juvenile from Bellefontaine was arrested in Kenton Thursday.


The 17 year old male was taken into custody on a parole violation.


He was transported to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center in Bellefontaine.



OSP Urges Motorists to Pay Full Time Attention When Driving

The Ohio State Patrol urges motorists to pay full time attention especially during the times kids will be travelling to and from school.
As School Bus Safety Month continues, Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, said you should always be prepared when driving, "It only takes a second to look down at something or maybe reach for the McDonald's breakfast and something stops in front of you and you don't have enough time to stop, so we encourage everyone to pay full time attention when behind the wheel."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Ada Man Pleads Not Guilty to 123 Sex Related Counts


An Ada man was arraigned Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court on multiple sex related charges.


According to documents filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s office, Albert Mast Sr. pleaded not guilty to 123 counts that were contained in the indictment. They include 20 counts of rape, 68 counts of gross sexual imposition, 15 counts of sexual imposition and 20 counts of sexual battery.


Mast was found indigent and Todd Workman was appointed as his attorney. Bond was set at $150,000 cash, surety or 10 percent with the condition that he wear an ankle bracelet monitor through the conclusion of the trial which was set for December 12 through the 14, 2017.



OSP Urges Motorists to Use Caution When School Busses Are Out

The month of August is School Bus Safety month as students prepare to go back to school.
Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, urges motorists to drive carefully when school busses are out. He also said pay close attention to speed limits in school zones as well. Lt. Crow said violations can be costly, "A mandatory court appearance is required, plus the fines and penalties can be pretty stiff as well."
For the complete discussion, tune in Public Eye this Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


ODOT Releases Construction Project Schedule


The highway construction schedule within Hardin County has been released by the Ohio Department of Transportation.


Tarring and chipping of the roadway will take place with traffic maintained through the work zone on State Route 53 between Forest and Patterson and State Route 385 throughout Hardin County starting next week.


Also State Route 195 over Cottonwood Ditch, south of McGuffey is expected to reopen to traffic perhaps as early as Friday, August 4. That stretch of 195 has been closed since early June for a bridge repair project.



Repaving Project in Kenton Delayed


The repaving project for West Columbus Street in Kenton has been delayed.


According to a release from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, the project will start later this month. He said that is due to a scheduling conflict.


The city will notify residents through the news media once the specific dates are established.



Ada Schools Looking For Donations to STEM Program


The Ada School Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or STEM program still has some needs if you would like to donate.


Items needed include AA and AAA batteries, Playdoh, Small toothbrushes and hot glue guns. A complete list can be found on the Ada Bulldogs Facebook page.


You can drop off the items at the Central Office or any of the school offices before school starts on August 15.



ADA VFW Donates to APD K9 Program


The Ada VFW donated 250 dollars recently towards the Ada Police Department's K9 Program.


To date the department has received nearly 1600 dollars in donations towards the program.


In a statement, the police department said they are thankful to the residents and organizations who have donated and look forward to serving the public very soon with their new K9 member.



CINCO and Superior Credit Union to Combine Operations


LIMA, OH— CINCO Family Financial Center of Cincinnati and Superior Credit

Union of Lima have announced plans to combine their operations.


Under the arrangement, CINCO will integrate its $117 million in assets and 11,500 members with Superior, which has $720 million in assets and over 67,000 members.


The combined organization will operate as Superior Credit Union.


The Boards of both credit unions had to approve the merger proposal. Approval from

state and federal regulators was needed and received, as well. It is expected to be completed on October 31, 2017.



Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Grant Money From State


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that his office is awarding more than $2.7 million in grant funds to a number of law enforcement agencies across the state for drug use prevention education programs in public schools.


A total of 130 sheriffs' offices and police departments will receive a portion of the $2.7 million dollars in Drug Use Prevention Grant funds, which will be used to establish or maintain drug abuse prevention education and awareness programs for students during the 2017 - 2018 school year.


In our region, grants in varying amounts were awarded to the Hardin County, Allen County and Auglaize County Sheriff's Offices as well as police departments in Bellefontaine, Lima and Marysville.



Kenton Man Arrested on Pick Up Order


A Kenton man was taken into custody Tuesday by Kenton police officers.


According to information from the department, Ashton D Mundy was taken into custody on a probation pickup order.


During the process of arresting Mundy, he was also issued a summons for possession of marijuana.



Employee of Kenton Business Facing Theft Charge


An employee of Cricket Wireless is facing a theft charge.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the employee is accused of inflating the cost of products being sold to the public and then pocketing the overture.


The incident remains under investigation.



Vehicle Stolen in Kenton;Recovered Short Time Later


A vehicle was stolen Tuesday morning and recovered a short time later.


The car was reported as stolen around 8 yesterday morning from the 700 block of Franklin Street.

It was recovered on Steiner Avenue around 9:30 am.


The incident remains under investigation.



Visitor Poll Voters Either Live Close or are Far From Workplace


A majority of our Visitor Poll voters either live close to work or travel for a somewhat lengthy commute.


Of those responding to the question concerning how far they live from work, 29% said between 1 to 5 miles. On the other end, 26% said they live 26 miles and over from their workplace.

17% live between 6 to 10 miles, 8% live between 11 and 15 miles, 10% between 16 to 20 and the remaining 10% live between 21 to 25 miles from work.


This week's question is whether you would allow your employer to embed a microchip in you like a company in Wisconsin did with its employees.




Ada Man Pleads Not Guilty to Multiple Sex Charges


An Ada man was arraigned Monday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court on several sex related charges.


According to documents filed in Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, 68 year old Dennis L. Dellifield pleaded not guilty Monday to four counts of attempted pandering obscenity involving a minor, two counts of attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and two counts of attempted use of a minor in nudity oriented material and performance.


Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety, and the trial was scheduled for November 14 and 15.


Dellifield will be required to wear an ankle monitor through November 15.



Girl Injured After Being Struck by Car in Marion County


A 12 year old girl was injured after being struck by a car around 7:30 Monday evening in Marion County.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the girl attempted to walk across  Marion Cardington Road when she was struck by an eastbound car being driven by 48 year old Roger L. Mitchell, of Marion.


The girl was taken by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Columbus with life threatening injuries.


The accident remains under investigation.



Home Broken Into in Kenton


A breaking and entering was reported to Kenton Police on Monday.


According to the report, a resident in the 400 block of Carroll Street told officers her home was forcibly entered while she was out of town.


A mini fridge and a flat screen television were stolen.


A suspect was listed but has not yet been charged.



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