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Vehicle Heavily Damaged After Driver Strikes Utility Pole


A Kentucky man complained of having pain in his arm, but he was not transported to the hospital following a crash Wednesday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 65 year old William Shepherd lost concentration while driving west on West Espy Street.
 

The car drifted off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole causing heavy damage.
 

BKP was dispatched to the scene, but again Shepherd was not transported.
 

No citations were listed on the report.

Kenton Top 20 Gearing Up For Season


The Kenton High School Top 20 has spent this week gearing up for the new school year.

 

With the end of summer approaching and school activities beginning in earnest, some Kenton High School students spent this last week in the Kenton Middle School dancing and singing. The Kenton High School Showchoir, the Top 20, held their camp at KMS this week. Top 20 Co-Director John Hines said that the camp has gone quite well this week.

 

The members running through their opening number Wednesday at KMS.

 

"Fantastic! We've hit sectional work with our vocals. Every morning we get a full morning in of singing and we hit the choreography really hard in the afternoon. These kids have been like sponges, soaking it all up. Every time we hand them a new piece of music or show them a couple of new steps for a song they're ready to go. In my years working with this group, I've not seen them this excited before." said Hines.

 

The Top 20 Show this year is themed "Romeo & Juliet" and will consist of a wide variety of songs and dancing. The show will feature some 80's power ballads, reggae music, modern hits and even some alternative music, which will be tied together with the overall theme. Professional Choreographers Shane Coe and Isabella Rakityan are also working with the Top 20 this year to help the group with their competitions.

 

Top 20 Co-Director Todd Daquino said that the kids committed to putting together a competitive show that the students and people of Kenton can be proud of, which is all the more impressive when you consider how many different activities many of the students are involved with.

 

 

"By the time this week is over they'll have put in 40 hours this week. They work from the end of July all the way through the end of May with Cabaret so it's a ten month year for these kids, and they had a short summer break and came right back to it. Just watching these kids and seeing how they love to perform and all the work they've put in, all the hours of practice, sacrifices they make, going back and forth between other camps and two-a-day practices with sports and so many other things, when you see this show you'll really see the passion that they have." said Daquino.

 

This year also marks the first year for the new Stageright risers, which replace the old ones in use for the past thirty years. According to Hines the new risers are more durable, versatile, and will allow Kenton to host a showchoir competition later this year.

 

The Top 20 will debut their show on Wednesday September 3rd at the 2014 Hardin County Fair. After that, they will perform at the Findlay Music Fest and the Ada Feast Showchoir Competition, as well as several shows planned over the winter of 2015.

Lopsided Results For Visitor Poll


Do endorsements of candidates by media outlets influence how you vote?

 

In a landslide, a commanding 98% said no they are not influenced by such endorsements.

 

Only 2% said they are influenced.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

Mt. Victory Man Facing Charges Following Breaking and Entering


A man is facing charges following a breaking and entering Tuesday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, deputies were dispatched to Township Road 217 in reference to a theft in progress.
 

A 24 year old man, identified as Jesse Miller,  was apprehended in  the 21000 block of County Road 200.
 

He was listed as a suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.

Helicopter Pilot In Serious Condition After Crash


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A pilot injured when a tree-trimming helicopter crashed in western Ohio remains hospitalized while investigators try to determine the cause of the crash.

 

The helicopter carrying an aerial saw crashed Tuesday near Bellefontaine A spokeswoman for Grant Medical Center in Columbus says Leo Boucher was listed in serious condition Wednesday.

 

A State Highway Patrol dispatcher says the preliminary investigation indicates that a mechanical failure of the helicopter may have led to the crash that injured the 50-year-old pilot from Manchester, New Hampshire. The investigation is continuing.

 

The dispatcher, Sgt. Jeremy Clemons of the patrol's Marysville post, says the helicopter had been clearing trees for a bike path as spectators watched.

Storage Unit Broken Into Over The Weekend


A storage unit at Wayne Street Storage was broken into sometime over the past weekend.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, several tools were stolen from the unit located in the 300 block of South Wayne Street.
 

No dollar amount was listed for the missing items.

City To Raze Dilapidated Properties


The City of Kenton will soon raze several dilapidated properties.  

 

At the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night the Kenton City Council passed an ordinance to purchase three properties in a far state of disrepair for the purposes of razing the structures on them and turning the land into usable space. The three properties in question were 412 S. Detroit Street, 133 South High Street and 419 W. Walnut Street. City Law Director John Schwimer requested that the council pass the ordinance to complete the sale so that the city could begin the process of tearing down the structures currently on the property sites. The council passed the ordinance.

 

Also at the meeting, the council approved a request from the Safety Committee to vacate an alley at 101 Cleveland Avenue, and moved to a second reading several appropriation ordinances, to cover the services of the Parks & Rec Director for the remainder of the year and to officially purchase the tornado siren for the city.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on August 11th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

Drug Bust in Ada on Friday


The Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted two traffic stops on North Main St in the Village of Ada on Friday.

 

According to a release from the Task Force, the first traffic stop resulted in one female being arrested for possession of 24 hits of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments. The female's vehicle was seized and impounded. The second traffic stop also resulted in one female being arrested for possession of 7 hits of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments. The female's car was seized and impounded as well as $107 in cash. 

 

After further investigation by the Hardin County Crime Task Force, 111 hits of heroin were seized at the female's residence in the Village of Ada.

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Ada Police Department and the Sheriff's Office canine unit.

Kenton Home Damaged by Lightning


Saturday's severe weather caused heavy damage to a Kenton home following a lightning strike on Saturday, just before 5pm. 

 

According to the Kenton Fire Department, the home of Mike and Brenda Cramer of 416 North Market Street was struck during the severe storm, causing the structure fire.  Damage was most severe to the upper level of the home, with water damage throughout the house.  Firefighters were called out at 5:22 pm and were on the scene until 9:18 pm.

 

Damage was listed at one hundred thousand dollars and there were no injuries.

Ohio plane crash victim was company CEO


FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio say one of the two people killed in a weekend plane crash was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company.
 

Hancock County deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine Lancair IV-P plane that crashed early Sunday morning into a ditch along a county road just northeast of the city of Findlay. The name of the female passenger hasn't been released yet.
 
Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations.
 
Media reports said plane was traveling from Holland, Michigan, to Bluffton, which is near Findlay.
 

WKTN Weather Advisory


The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Hardin County, in effect until 9pm tonight.

No injuries in two car crash in Kenton


There were no injuries in a two car crash in Kenton Friday morning.

 

According to information from the Kenton Police Department, around 7:10 Friday morning, William Sheets, Age 45 of Kenton was westbound on Columbus Street at the Market Street intersection. Sheets proceeded through the intersection and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Elizabeth Aspinwall, age 61 of Kenton.

 

Minor damage occurred to both vehicles but there were no injuries. Sheets was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

Teacher facing child endangering charge to resign


MOUNT BLANCHARD, Ohio (AP) - A school superintendent in northwest Ohio says a kindergarten teacher accused of pushing and grabbing one of her students is expected to resign.
 
Barbara Williams has pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge after a surveillance camera appeared to show her shoving and picking the child up by the face.
 
The Courier newspaper in Findlay reports Williams' resignation is listed on the agenda of the Riverdale Local Schools board.
 
Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells the paper he expects the board to receive Williams' resignation Monday evening. It would be effective immediately once the board approves it.
 
Williams and her attorney have declined to comment about the charges. A message was left Friday with Williams' attorney.
 
Hoffman says with a new school year coming, it's time to move forward.

Help Support the Downtown Flower Fund


Three years ago The Kenton Historic Courthouse District, took a large leap from the familiar and decided to install ground level flower planters in the downtown, and this year hanging baskets. We have installed 10 ground level flower planters and 12 hanging baskets in our downtown. These planters bring a ‘green’ element to our downtown and bring us all together planting and maintaining their beauty.  
 
The flower pot/basket program also enlists many volunteers to plant, prune, water the planters, and to decorate them throughout the seasons. This program works because of donations of time and money from our volunteers and donors. 
 
We are asking for donations for the large pots and hanging baskets in the amount of $50.    I would like to invite you to join us in the beautification of our downtown. 
 
Donations should be made out to the Kenton Historic Courthouse District, and can be mailed or dropped off at The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, 225 S. Detroit St. Kenton.    For any questions, please contact me at (419)673-4131 
 
Thank you for all you do to create community in our downtown.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jacqualine Fitzgerald
Co-Chair for the Kenton Historic Courthouse District

United Way of Hardin County and area businesses partner for "Stuff the Bus"


 
A county wide partnership with United Way of Hardin County & the Helping Hands Outreach & area banks and businesses for “Stuff the Bus” will give the community an opportunity to make a difference. While you are shopping please consider picking up an item or more to help with our “Stuff the Bus” program.
 
·         Pencils & pens
·         Colored pencils & crayons
·         Markers & Dry erase markers
·         Erasers, scissors, glue & glue sticks
·         2 pocket folders, 1 & 3 subject notebooks & wide rule loose leaf/filler paper
·         Book bags and trapper keepers
 
These items will be donated to Helping Hands Outreach to prepare packs of “back to school” items so every Hardin County student can start the first day of school ready to learn.  Drop off locations include Quest Federal Credit Union- State Route 68South, State Route 309 East & Ada, Liberty National Bank- Kenton and Ada, US Bank Kenton, Huntington Bank, Kenton, Mt. Victory State Bank, Home Savings & Loan in Kenton, and Community First Bank in Kenton and many libraries throughout Hardin County.
 
Supplies need to be turned in by August 1.  For more information contact Darlene Foreman at the United Way of Hardin County, 419.675.1860

Two sentenced in court this week.


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

 

According to documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office.

 

.Gregory Todd Patrick was placed on five years community control with intense supervision for multiple counts including trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or a juvenile.

 

.Barbara Ann Baum was placed on five year community control with intensive supervision for aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

HC Drug Court featured on "At Issue"


The Adult Drug Court through the Hardin County Common Pleas Court continues to provide treatment for some drug offenders.
Judge Scott Barrett said funding for the court came in soon after he was appointed judge,

 

"By the time I'd been on the bench just six months, we had already received our initial certification from the Supreme Court. It's a fasinating procedure. The Supreme Court truly believes that there'll never be a complete answer to this kind of conduct and this problem, but that this has a very significant possibility of decreasing people re-offending, and it is is amazing."
 

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

Ousted OSU Band Director fights to clear name.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An attorney says the fired director of Ohio State University's celebrated marching band has become a scapegoat for behavior that occurred before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.
 
Jonathan Waters was dismissed Thursday after a two-month investigation determined he knew about and failed to stop a "sexualized" culture of rituals. Investigators found students were pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts to earn often explicit nicknames.
 
Waters' attorney, David Axelrod, says Waters had worked to change the band's culture and chose not to resign because he didn't believe he had acted improperly.
 
Waters led what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" since 2012. Videos of the band's halftime shows draw millions of viewers on YouTube.

No injuries in two car crash


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of County Road 135 and County Road 60 early Wednesday morning.

 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Trevor Satterfield, age 19 of Ada was westbound on CR 60 and had stopped at the intersection. Satterfield pulled into the intersection and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Trevor Prichard, age 19 of Dunkirk.

 

Both vehicles continued on before coming to rest. A stop sign and a telephone pole were struck in the incident but no one was injured. Satterfield was cited for a right of way violation.

Pesticide Disposal Options


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (July 23, 2014) - The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fayette County Airport, 2770 State Route 38 NE, Washington Court House, OH 43160.

 

The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted.  Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

 

Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

Ohio State Marching Band Director Fired


Photo Source: The Toledo Blade

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.
 

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade. His popular halftime shows drew millions of viewers on YouTube.
 

Fledgling university President Michael Drake said in a video statement Thursday that a two-month investigation uncovered a "sexualized" culture inside the band and determined Waters knew and failed to stop harassment.
 

Drake said the band season will go on as usual as the search for a new director begins.
 

Members of the 225-member band are scheduled to perform this weekend with the Columbus Symphony, in an annual event considered the unofficial start of its season.
 

Public Meeting Scheduled in Mt. Victory


The Village of Mt Victory has recently accepted bids for a water distribution system improvements project in the amount of $1.7 million. 

 

Village officials are holding a public meeting to discuss this important project. 

 

Representatives from Page Engineering and the Ohio RCAP will be there to provide information on what to expect during construction and project funding. 

 

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in this important meeting at the Village Office located at 124 S. Washington St. on July 24, 2014 at 6 p.m.

 

This meeting will be prior to the council meeting.

Driver Facing OVI Charge Following Accident


A 19 year old Kenton woman was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated following an accident early this morning.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, Stacia Grindell was backing from a driveway onto Ohio Street, and her vehicle struck 24 year old Craig Robinson, of Kenton, who was laying on the ground. Robinson told officers he got extremely drunk, and when he walked outside he was tired and laid down near the road.

He said the next thing he remembers is being hit by the vehicle.
 

A witness to the accident, Jenna Hackney, of Mt. Victory, helped load Robinson into the vehicle, and he was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

Hackney was charged with underage consumption.

7 Adults And Two Juveniles Charged With Underage Consumption


A report of unwanted subjects in a unit at Forest Court Apartments Tuesday morning has landed a number of adults and two juveniles in trouble.
 

According to that report, officers arrived at the apartment where they observed a number of subjects inside.
 

The 7 adults were identified as Tara Amweg, Austen Barnette, Vinson Hastings, Shawn Russell and Jayme Radcliffe, of Kenton and Clayton Cordrey, of Lima and Megan Scott,of LaRue.
All seven are 18. They were arrested and released to a sober adult.
 

In addition, two 17 year old males were arrested for underage consumption and released to their guardians.

Milford City Man Indicted For Aggravated Murder


After a ten month investigation, the Multi Agency Drug Enforcement (M.A.D.E.) Task Force, announced today the arrest of Jon J. Costell, age 56, of 25 South Mill Street in Milford Center.

 

Costell was indicted this week by a Union County Grand Jury on one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Involuntary Manslaughter (1st degree felony), one count of Failing to Provide for a Functionally Impaired Person (4th degree felony), and one count of Domestic Violence (3rd degree felony).

 

 

 

The indictments are the result from the investigation into the death of Debra Costell, who passed away in September of 2013. The MADE task force was assisted in the investigation by the Union County Coroner’s Office and the State of Ohio Department of Medicaid. Costell, who is currently in the Tri County Regional Jail, will be arraigned today in Union County Common Pleas Court at 1:15 pm.

 

On September 25, 2013, at approximately 5:30 am, Jon Costell called 9-1-1 to report that Debra Costell was not breathing. Debra Costell was pronounced dead at the scene. Union County Coroner David Applegate ordered an autopsy be performed. The Franklin County Coroner’s Office conducted the autopsy and authorities learned that Debra Costell had died from acute intoxication by the combined effects of two prescription drugs, Sertraline and Tramadol. After extensive witness interviews with home health care aids, home health care nurses, and several physicians; investigators learned that Debra Costell was bed ridden and did not have the ability to walk.

 

The MADE Task Force continues to aggressively pursue drug related deaths and offenses with the combined efforts of the Marysville Police Department, the Union County Prosecutor, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Ohio Elections Chief Orders Poll Worker Training


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief has issued an order requiring all poll workers to undergo mandatory training before the fall election.

 

State law already requires new poll workers to go through training before they work an election. Retraining is required at a minimum of every three years for those who have previously worked at the polls.

 

The directive issued Tuesday by Secretary of State Jon Husted would require training for every poll worker this year, regardless of previous experience. He says the state's 88 county elections boards would have access to $760,000 in grants to help offset training costs.

 

Husted says in a statement that about 40,000 poll workers are needed on Election Day, and his directive will ensure that all poll workers are ready for the Nov. 4 election.

Governor To Help Kick Off 161st Ohio State Fair


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - It's time for the Ohio State Fair.
 
The annual event kicks off Wednesday in Columbus. The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the sloppy donut, banana dog, chicken dog and funnel cake sundae.
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join general manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies. Kasich then will tour parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. Ohio's governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair.
 
Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive in Cleveland.
 
This is the 161st year for the fair.
 
Admission Wednesday is $3 before 3 p.m.

School supply lists from area schools


 

 

As the end of the summer season approaches, many parents are focusing efforts on getting kids ready for school. As such, area school systems have compiled school supply lists to aid parents as they prepare kids for school this year, and while many of the lists are similar in nature, each school has a unique list of items that students will need as they prepare to return to school in the next month or so.

 

To access each schools supply list, click on the link provided.*

 

North Union

Elementary School

Middle School

 

 

Hardin Northern

 

 

Kenton

 

 

Upper Scioto Valley

Elementary School

Middle School

 

 

Riverdale

 

 

Ben Logan

 

 

Ridgemont

 

 

Ada Schools

 

 

*More schools will be added as the lists are made available.

 

Driver Cited Following Monday Crash


There were no injuries in a crash that occurred Monday morning on East Columbus Street at Morningside Drive.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 86 year old David Mullett, of Ada, pulled from Morningside onto Columbus, and his car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by Shirley Newland, of Alger.
 

Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.
 

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

Finishing Touches Being Put On New Elementary Building


Kenton City Schools are preparing to open their new Elementary Building.

 

As August approaches, the school is getting closer and closer to the opening of the new Kenton City Schools Elementary Building. At the Kenton School Board meeting Monday night, School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski announced that the finishing touches were being applied to the building structure.

 

"They're working on the stripeing out at the parking lots. They're assembling all the furniture, putting together teachers desks and getting those in place. The mulch is all in at the playgrounds and all the equipment is in so right now they're working on getting the concrete prepared for the painting out at the playgrounds, and we were very excited to see the work that is being done on all the murals in the building so a lot of the final touch painting is going on throughout the building." said Pensarski.

 

Pensarski also noted that in the past week the emergency alert systems have been tested and approved. Additionally, Board member Tom Brim said that the Morning Side Drive Road extension project is on target to be complete by the school opening in September.

 

"I did drive that new road today, the Morningside addition. They have all the drainage in, all the bases in, so they're getting ready to backfill a bit more on the tiles and start putting base in for the road. They're still on projected target to pave in August so we will be ready." said Brim.

 

As the opening for the new building approaches, the school is also looking into the disposal and sale of the existing elementary buildings. Dave Hausalter from the finance committee said that the school has received land appraisals for the existing buildings that the school intends to sell.

 

"Hardin Central and Espy were both appraised as being vacent lots. Hardin Central was valued at $600,000.00 and Espy was valued at $58,000.00 as empty lots. Eastcrest and Westview were appraised with the buildings left on them. Eastcrest was valued at $330,000.00 and Westview was valued at $372,000.00" said Haushalter.

 

Haushalter noted that the appraisals were for value on the property only, and were not the asking price. The school is continuing the process of liquidating the existing school buildings.

 

Also at the meeting, the board approved a number on employee supplemental contracts, however in one grouping of contract approvals, Board member Tom Brim voted no. Prior to the vote, Brim explained his position.

 

"There's one on here that I am not voting for and I don't want to pretend like I'm penalizing the other ones so my vote no will be against Tim Davis as Band Director." said Brim.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on August 18th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.

Job and Family Services Conducts School Clothes Program


The Hardin County Job and Family Services will conduct a school clothing funding program again this year.
 

Eligibility Supervisor Terri Hires-Suter said they have received extra funding that allows them to continue the program again this year, It is an eligibility program. They have to meet eligibility requirements. At that point, we would approve kids K-12 in the county for $150 to be spent on school clothes at our local KMart."
 

She said people can sign up July 28 through July 31 at the Job and Family Services office, "You will fill out the application here, and we would then approve or disapprove as it were. We hope we don't have to disapprove anyone, and as long as they meet the eligibility requirements, they will be approved."

Kentonite Wins Heart Of Ohio Golf Tournament


Kenton's Britton Hensel won the summer's final Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association tournament on Monday.

 

Hensel shot a 73 at Monday's Heart of Ohio Junior Golf Association tourney at Valley View Golf Course in Galion. That earned him in a spot in a playoff with River Valley's Brock Faulkner and Nate Smith of Wynford. Hensel made quick work of the playoff, winning the 16- to 18-year-old division title with a birdie on the first extra hole. Hensel finished with 5 birdies and 10 pars in regulation on his way to the 1-over par 73.
 

In the 13- to 15-year-old division, Kenton's Braytton Krock placed 7th. He carded a 92 over 18 holes.

Forest Teen Facing Drug Possesion Charges


A Forest teenager is facing charges after Hardin County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of East Lima Street to investigate a complaint.
 

While there, deputies found a juvenile in possesion of marijuana.
The 15 year old male is facing charges of possesion of drugs.
 

The incident remains under investigation. 

Two Men Facing Charges Following Separate Incidents Sunday


Two Kenton men were summoned into Court following separate incidents on Sunday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department reports, 34 year old Chad Mundy was charged with disorderly conduct in connection to a domestic dispute on North Detroit Street Sunday evening.

 


Then Sunday night, 53 year old Adauto Flores was charged with theft following a shoplifting incident at Kroger in Kenton.

Ohio Gas Prices Up Slightly To Start Work Week


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are up slightly to start the work week but remain below the national average.
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.49 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 2 cents more than a week ago - and 28 cents lower than a month ago in Ohio.
 
Monday's national average was $3.57, which is 4 cents lower than a week ago. It's 10 cents lower than the price last year at this time.
 
Analysts say the price of crude oil was elevated on anxiety about the Middle East, though the likelihood of disruption in supplies was small.
 
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Wildcats Travel To Alabama For National Passing Tournament


The Kenton Wildcats traveled to Alabama to compete in the National Select 7-on-7 Passing Tournament this weekend.

 

The Wildcats won the 2013 national title and made the trip to Hoover, Alabama over the weekend to take part in the 2014 event.

 

The Wildcats went 4 and 3 in pool play on Friday. That was good enough for a 4th-place finish in their 8-team pool. That earned them the 13th seed overall out of 32 teams for Saturday's double-elimination championship tournament.

 

Kenton won its first 2 games on Saturday before falling by 2 points to Spanish Fort, an Alabama school that is coming off back-to-back state championships. The Cats won their first game in the loser's bracket before dropping a 9-point decision to #1 overall seed Brandon, Mississippi.

 

Warren Easton out of Louisiana won the tournament, with Spanish Fort finishing second and Brandon placing third.

 

The Cats, who have won four 7-on-7 passing tournaments this summer, went 7 and 5 overall at the national tournament.

 

The Wildcats begin their regular season on August 29th when they host Coldwater. That game, like every other Kenton High School football game, will be carried live on WKTN.

Steeple Replaced At Kenton Church


 

 

Crews went to work Friday to replace the steeple at Trinity United Presbyterian Church on West Columbus Street in Kenton.

 

3 workers from Mike's Roofing in Prospect, Ohio started the project on Friday July 18.

 

The work continued Saturday, and not even the wet weather could put a damper on their work.

 

 

 

When the rain fell, the work crew simply put an umbrella atop the lift truck to cover them.

 

Work on the project is expected to be completed Saturday July 19.

ODOT Releases Road Construction Projects


The Ohio Department of Transportation released the latest list for upcoming area road construction projects.


Allen County:

 

.Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County please visit www.odotlima75.org

 

.Ohio 66 between Delphos and the Auglaize County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and cones noting the lane closures. Work is being performed by the Allen County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.U.S. 30/Ohio 309 near Delphos may be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone for culvert work. Work is expected to be completed in late July. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting, Boardman.

 

Hancock County:
 

.U.S. 224 interchange at Interstate 75 reconstruction, Findlay

 

.The U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75, Findlay, is currently being reconstructed. The project began in February and is expected to be completed late this fall. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold.

 

The following traffic impacts related to the reconstruction are in effect or will occur in the upcoming weeks:

Interstate 75: 

 

-Both the northbound and southbound lanes are narrowed and shifted approaching the U.S. 224 interchange. 

 

- Lane restrictions will continue both northbound and southbound for overhead work at the bridge. Restrictions will occur between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m.

 

U.S. 224:
 

-The ramps on the south side of the interchange (northbound exit, southbound entrance) closed July 14 for approximately two weeks for reconstruction. Traffic is detoured to the County Road 99 interchange and back. Once the south side ramps are open, the ramps on the north side of the interchange will close, also for two weeks (southbound exit, northbound entrance).

 

-Short-term, daytime lane closures should be expected throughout the week. Traffic maintained at times with flaggers.

 

-Traffic on the bridge over Interstate 75, Findlay, is traveling on the north half of the bridge, one lane in each direction with no turn lanes. All ramps at the interchange are currently open. 

 

-Motorists are cautioned to watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting at various locations throughout the work zone on U.S. 224 and along the interchange ramps.

 
.Interstate 75 between Ohio 235 and the city of Findlay will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair which began July 14. Work is taking place in the northbound direction, beginning at Ohio 235 and continuing north. Traffic restrictions will be in place during weekdays and will be removed on the weekends. Work is being performed by Becdir Construction, Berlin Center.


Ohio 568 between Blanchard Avenue in Findlay to County Road 180 is currently not restricted for pavement repair and resurfacing. The project is temporarily suspended to allow adjoining work by the city of Findlay to take place. The project will resume in September. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.

 

Hardin County:


.Ohio 31 in the village of Mt. Victory will close August 4 for approximately three weeks for waterline installation. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 47 back to Ohio 31. Work is being performed by Page Engineering, Marysville.

 

.Ohio 117 between Ohio 235 and County Road 200 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.Ohio 67 will have a one-lane restriction through the work zone at Township Road 179 for pavement repairs. Work will be performed through the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.Ohio 31 from the Union County line to Ohio 292 restricted to one lane through the work zone during pavement resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.

 

.US 68 resurfacing from the Kenton Corporation limit to the Logan County line is complete.

 

 Wyandot County:
 

.US 30 eastbound from north of Upper Sandusky to the Crawford County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for berm work. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

.Ohio 53/67 (8th Street/Marseilles Avenue) in the city of Upper Sandusky from High Street to Wyandot Avenue will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for water line installation and pavement repair. The project is expected to continue until early October. Work is being performed by Park Enterprises, Marion.

 

.US 23 between Upper Sandusky and Carey will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 53 pavement repair and resurfacing from the west corporation limit of the city of Upper Sandusky to Ohio 67, and from the courthouse in the city north to the Ohio 53/67 split is complete.

Hardin County Relay for Life continues today


 
The Hardin County Relay for Life has been going on all night featuring many activities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Last night the relay featured a scavenger hunt, big wheel race, deal of the wheel and an apple bash among other activities. As the event continues on this morning, it will feature frozen turkey bowling, Locks of Love, Race the Whale and a Race to Recovery Car Show at 11:30. The Relay ends at noon today.
 
The Hardin County Relay for Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

Four Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Shaun Jeffery Patrick was sentenced to a total of 47 months in prison on one count of trafficking in heroin and three counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or the vicinity of a juvenile.

 

Placed on five years community control with conditions were:

 

.Curtis Daniel Heydinger on four counts of forgery.

 

.Jennifer Jo Borba on one count each of theft of drugs and tampering with drugs.

 

.Kris L. Kaylor on one count each of permitting drug abuse, forgery and theft from an elderly person or disabled adult.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Three Vehicles Involved in Thursday Afternoon Crash


Three vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 33 year old Andrew Rhinehart, of Kenton, was driving south on Main Street and failed to stop in time for a car stopped in front of him being operated by 50 year old William Laverse, of Columbus. That car was pushed into a third car that was stopped for a pedestrian at Railroad Street. The third vehicle was being driven by 64 year old Alberta Bowdle, of Kenton.
 

Moderate damage occurred to all three vehicles. There were no injuries, and citations are pending.

Search For Fairboard Secretary Continues


The search continues for a new Hardin County Fairboard Secretary.

 

At a special meeting of the Hardin County Fairboard Thursday night, the board reviewed a recommendation from the executive committee and decided to re-advertise for the position of fairboard secretary in an effort to increase the pool of applicants. The fairboard will continue to accept applications until August 1st and will review them at the next fairboard meeting on August 2nd.

 

Interviews are slated to be done on August 6th. Applications can be picked up at the Hardin County Fairgrounds at the office.

Dream Center Continues Mission in Hardin County


 

 

The Dream Center of Ohio continues to provide services aimed at helping those addicted to drugs beat the habit.
 

Founder Keith Preston said while the program is bigger than a building, having a location is still important to them, "We have been working with local and state officials and our volunteers, and we remain focused on opening a facility outside Kenton and serve Hardin County at the facility. Then, Lord willing, as we grow with will work with officials throughout Ohio."
 

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

Ohioans Urged To Enjoy The Outdoors in July


Lawrence Woods Nature Preserve in Kenton

 

July is "National Park and Recreation Month," a reminder to people to spend more time enjoying the great outdoors.

 

Ohioans and people elsewhere are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices and head outdoors during "National Park and Recreation Month" in July. And if you don't have the time or money to travel far, Jean Backs with the Ohio State Parks says sometimes, the most fun and the best experiences are in your own backyard.

 

"Just getting outdoors with your family - with a picnic, with a round of disc golf, with a bike ride, with a hike - the simple things in life. And state and national parks are available for people to experience those very things," said Backs.

 

Ohio has more than 70 state parks in 60 counties, and Backs says no matter where you live, there are opportunities to experience nature. A recent study shows about 30-percent of Americans don't spend any time outdoors on a daily basis. The same study found even those who manage to get outdoors are there for 30 minutes or less per day.

 

For those who aren't used to spending time outdoors and don't really know where to start, Backs suggests hiking.

 

She said. "We offer trails from just a quarter of a mile, some paved boardwalk trails, some wheelchair accessible trails - and then five, 10, or even 15 miles of day-hiking - that's a possibility in our state parks."

 

Lauren Hoffman with the National Recreation and Park Association says the hope is that promoting outdoor activity in July will help people develop and enjoy the benefits of a more active lifestyle throughout the year.

 

"There are various studies that are showing that parks and outdoor time can really help improve your mental health, reduce stress. Parks and recreation - they really provide the opportunity to get out there and get physically active," said Hoffman.

 

Hoffman says another major challenge to getting both young people and adults outdoors is that so many are glued to their smart phones and tablets.

 

She encourages contacting your local parks and recreation department to learn more about the programs and services offered in your area.

Ohio Patrol Cruiser Wins Best-Looking in Contest


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol is touting the sleek silver Dodge Charger driven by troopers after it won an organization's online contest for best-looking cruiser.
 
The American Association of State Troopers named the winner Wednesday on its Facebook page after fans "liked" the Ohio cruiser photo nearly 22,000 times during a two-week contest. The runner-up was the cruiser for state police in neighboring West Virginia.
 
The patrol said the winning photo gets featured on the cover of the association's newsletter.
 
Ohio troopers began using the silver Dodge Chargers a couple years ago. They are topped by blue light bars and have decals that include the patrol's "Flying Wheel" image on the door.

A Fair Number of People Tend To Ignore Expiration Dates On Food Items


 

 

When it comes to expiration dates on food items, most people tend to not take the date too seriously.

 

The results for the Visitor Poll question, "When Do You Stop Consuming a Food Item After the Expiration Date?" are as follows:

 

36% said a day or two after

 

26% said what expiration date

 

22% said the day of

 

16% said a week after

 

Vote now in this weeks Visitor Poll.

Driver Uninjured in Tuesday Crash


A Washington Court House man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash Tuesday.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 60 year old Joseph Carver attempted to turn right from State Route 235 onto County Road 200. Due to driving too fast to make the turn safely, Carver lost control of the car, and it travelled off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail. Disabling damage occurred to the car, and it had to be towed from the scene.
 

Carver was cited for a reasonable control violation.

Street Project Scheduled in Kenton


Traffic will be impacted when a street repair project takes place in Kenton next week.
 

According to a release from Safety-Service Director Jim Hites, the southbound lane of North Detroit Street from Kohler to North Street is scheduled to be closed to traffic beginning Monday July 21.
 

The work, which will be done weather permitting, should take approximately two or three days.

Ohio Returns $74.5M in Unclaimed Funds


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans collected a record amount of previously unclaimed money from the state during the past 12 months.
 
The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Unclaimed Funds said Tuesday that nearly $74.5 million was paid to Ohio residents for the fiscal year that ended on June 30. That was an increase of 7.6 percent from the amount paid out the year before.
 
The money includes the balances of forgotten dormant or forgotten bank accounts; rent or utility deposits; uncashed checks and insurance policies; and undelivered stock certificates.
 
The state paid an average of more than $1,500 for 47,697 claims for the year. The biggest claim was for more than $743,000.
 
Since the effort began, about $1 billion has been returned. About $2 billion remains.

City Council Says No To Additional Street Funding This Year


More funds will NOT be allocated for street repairs in Kenton this year.  

 

At the Kenton City Council meeting last night, Brian Hattery from the Finance Committee gave a report which said that the committee will not recommend further funds be allocated for street repairs this year. Hattery said that the city has already allocated around $67,000 funds which can be used for any street repairs and that the city would be applying for matching Issue II funds in 2015. Additionally, a negotiated pay raise for city workers and around $35,000 to be allocated for a tornado siren are in the works, therefore the committee didn't feel it was the right time to allocate additional funds toward street repairs. The council accepted the committees report.

 

In other business, the council voted to approve an appropriations measure to purchase additional pool chemicals and misc items in relation to the Kenton Pool, and Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that the last day that the pool will be open will be on August 31st. Hites cited a lack of lifeguards as the reason for the closure date.

 

Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue also announced that the department recently hired Josh Adams as a new firefighter. Adams has been working with the department since the week of July 4th and Blue said he would be leaving in a couple of weeks to attend the fire training academy.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on July 28th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.

Pleasant Township Considering Alert System Options


Pleasant Township continues to explore options on an emergency alert system.

 

 

Recently the City of Kenton announced its intentions to purchase a tornado siren for the city. When that announcement was made, Pleasant Township, which includes the city, decided to explore options on its own emergency siren or alert system, and held discussions with the city on the subject. The township trustees met with representatives from the city and the siren company to see what options were available.

 

Trustee Beryl Rogers Dudek said that upon researching the issue, the trustees learned that in order for a siren to cover the entire township, multiple sirens would need to be installed, and even so wouldn't necessarily cover the entire township. Through research, Dudek said she discovered that the Nixle System that the Hardin County Sheriff's Office uses can be upgraded for use as a multi alert system, which can send messages on many communication platforms.

 

“Right now they have a system that’s for text and email. You can go on to the Sheriff’s website and sign up and get texts which will alert you for any weather that’s coming. So that’s something that we’re looking into the possibility of upgrading that system so that it’s not limited to texting or email. It could also call that can go to cell phones or landlines and anyone would be able to have access to those alerts.” said Dudek.

 

Pleasant Trustee Chairman Ron Rogers said that the trustees were concerned that a siren wouldn't cover the entire township.

 

“One of the things with the siren is that they cannot be heard in the house at night. Also the coverage area didn’t cover everyone in our township. So there’s some holes that we saw. With that said, this other system that we’re looking at, pricewise, accessibility, and the fact that it can grow with very low maintenance and can serve multipurposes. At this point the board is looking into the other system rather than the sirens.” said Rogers.

 

However, Rogers also noted that the purchase of a siren has not been ruled out completely, and that the trustees would be meeting with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and County Commissioners on potential upgrades to the emergency alert system.

Area Business Broken Into Over Weekend


A breaking and entering occurred at a local business sometime over the past weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the burglary was reported Monday morning by officials from Hensel Ready Mix on County Road 265.
 

It is not known what, if anything, is missing at this time.
 

The incident remains under investigation.

Three people killed in multiple car crash in Marion


MARION, Ohio (AP) — A dispatcher for the State Highway Patrol says multiple vehicles were involved in a fatal crash on Ohio 423 in north-central Ohio.
 
The dispatcher at the patrol's Marion post says the crash occurred just before 3:30 p.m. Monday in Marion. The dispatcher could not immediately confirm other details about the accident.
 
Staff Lt. Ken Garloch with the State Highway Patrol in Bucyrus told the Marion Star that a car sideswiped another vehicle before continuing down the highway and hitting several other vehicles.
 
Three people were killed in the crash. They are identified as Johanna Sisson, age 45; Edwin Sisson, age 50; Amanda Sisson, age 27. All three are from Marion.
 
A total of 11 occupants of the cars were transported to Marion General Hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries.
 
Ttwo cars ignited after they crashed, and city firefighters extinguished the blaze.
 
The crash remains under investigation.

Suspect arrested in connection to Ada burglaries


One person has been arrested in an ongoing investigation into a rash of burglaries in the Village of Ada. 
 
According to a release from the Ada Police Department; During the early morning hours of July 13, 2014 the Ada Police Department investigated three separate reports of burglaries in the village in which a suspect was able to steal cash and other personal affects.
 
During a third burglary the occupants were awaken as the suspect was in their home and the suspect fled without getting anything from the home.
 
Within hours of the burglaries, officers found a suspect who was under investigation for other thefts within the village and began to question him regarding these burglaries.  Finding evidence of a drug offense and other evidence on the suspect related to the burglaries, officers arrested Josue “Joey” R. Martinez, 24 years old, of Ada, Ohio.  
 
Martinez is incarcerated in the Multi County Jail in Marion, Ohio and has been charged with two counts of Burglary, felonies of the 2nd degree and one count of Illegal Drug Possession, a felony of the 3rd degree.
 
An interview of Martinez led to the recovery of items taken from the homes as well as clearance of multiple thefts within the village. Several theft cases are still under investigation with several more arrests expected.
 

Ohio gas prices below national average


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are still falling and are well below the national average.
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.47 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 9 cents cheaper than a week ago - and 41 cents lower than a month ago in the Buckeye State.
 
Monday's national average was $3.61, which is 4 cents lower than a week ago. And it's just a penny higher than the price last year at this time.
 
Analysts say the price of crude oil is lower on expectations Libyan oil will soon return to the market, and higher wholesale gasoline prices have begun to subside in many parts of the country.

Several ODOT projects planned for next week.


The Ohio Department of Transportation has released it's weekly report on activity for Hardin County. According to the release from ODOT, several Hardin County projects will be in the works next week.

 

Ohio 117 in Roundhead will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work will be performed through the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 will have a one lane restriction through the work zone at Township Road 179 for pavement repairs. Work will be performed through the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 31 from the Union County line to Ohio 292 will be restricted during pavement resurfacing beginning this week. Work is being performed by Shelly Co., Findlay.

 

U.S. 68 from the Kenton Corporation limit to the Logan County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for minor finish work following a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Co., Findlay.

Homeless can apply for social security.


The Community Action Commission of Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot and Putnum Counties has obtained a grant to help those who are homeless or in danger of being homeless apply for social security disability benefits.
 

Marci Sease, Social Security Specialist, said you have to meet all three qualifications, "You have to be 18 years or older and homeless. If you have an eviction notice, maybe you're couch hopping and family or friends say you need to get out and you have to feel like you have a disability or physical or mental issue that keeps you from working up to 12 months continuous."
 

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

Three sentenced this week in court.


Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to court documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office;

 

.Jeffery Allen England was sentenced to five years community control with conditions on multiple counts of trafficking in marijuana.

 

.Rickie Leo Tillman was sentenced to five years community control with conditions for multiple counts of trafficking in heroin.

 

.Nikia Tyrone Baker was placed on five years community control with conditions for complicity to trafficking in marijuana.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Tree Town Fest set for this weekend in Forest


The 2014 Tree Town Festival in Forest takes place this weekend.
 

 

The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Gormley Park in Forest. and Marketing Director Audrey Hankins said things kick off Friday night with the parade at 6:30, but if you're hungry, you can get started a bit earlier, "The pavilion and the food stands do open at 5:00pm at Gormley Park. We have the Greasy Spoon again, which has hamburgers, brats, fried bologna, fish and fries, and the Main Pavilion that features homemade noodles and homemade sandwiches, pies and cakes. Everything is homemade, and it's all local people that operate the food pavilion."
 

The wrist band promotion for the rides from 5-11 is $15, "This year, they're having Air Extreme Euro-Bungee and Crash Combat Laser Tag. I don't know what that is, but it will probably be fun."
 

Numerous games and other activities happen Friday night as well, including the Tree Town Idol Karaoke Contest at 9, "They can win up to $300 first prize, $150 second and $50 for third."
Hankins said numerous sporting events happen Saturday morning, "We have three on three basketball, four on four volleyball, that's co-ed, cornhole tournament, fishing derby, we also have a kickball tournament this year."
The games Saturday night also include Let's Make A Deal at 7:30, "They're giving away over $6000 in cash and prizes at Let's Make A Deal."
 

The always fabulous fireworks display caps Saturday night starting at 10:30, and then Sunday morning, it's the 9th Annual Community Church in the Park, "That's sponsored by the Community Church Park Committee, and this year the speaker is Brock Mealer. He's a young man who was injured in an accident and told he would never walk again, but God had other plans. His motivational talk is called 'Strive for the Impossible' and that will be in the park at 10:30 Sunday morning."

Patrick arrested on active warrant


A Kenton man was arrested on an active warrant and was allegedly found to possess drugs on Wednesday. According to the report provided by the Kenton Police Department, Shaun Patrick was observed in the area of Carey and N. Ida Streets. Knowing a warrant for Patrick was active, officers detained him at his residence.

 

Upon detainment, officers found one dose of suspected heroin on his person. Patrick is currently being held on the warrant.
 

Deputy Struck in Face By Mt. Victory Teenager


A Hardin County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered minor injuries after being struck in the face by a juvenile early Tuesday morning.
 

According to the report, the deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Main and Taylor Streets in Mt. Victory to investigate a report of a male falling while trying to climb onto a tractor trailer.
 

The 15 year old male struck the deputy twice in the face.
 

So far, no charges have been filed, and the case remains under investigation.

Property Tax Deadline is Today


Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser reminds property owners that the deadline to pay real estate tax bills without a penalty is today Wednesday July 9.
 

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday July 23, 2014.
 

If you have any questions, contact the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.

Two Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Crash


Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Jacob Parrot Boulevard.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 86 year old Audrey Ramsey was northbound on Jacob Parrot and attempted to turn left. Her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 17 year old Evan Lozano, of Kenton.
 

Ramsey, who said she didn't see the southbound vehicle, was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
 

There were no injuries.

Driver Cited Following One Vehicle Crash


A Kenton man was cited for a reasonable control violation following a one vehicle crash Tuesday morning on East Columbus Street.
 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 62 year old Franklin Dudek said he looked down for a second while driving east on Columbus, and his car proceeded off the road and struck a pole causing heavy damage.
 

Dudek was not injured.

Lightning Sets Tree Ablaze in Rural Ada


Lightning struck a tree setting it on fire just before 10 Tuesday morning.
 

Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley said firefighters were dispatched to the 1700 block of County Road 75 after the storm rumbled through the area.
 

They were on the scene for a short time.

Blanchard Place Celebrates Grand Re-Opening


Blanchard Place officials along with Hardin County Ambassadors at ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

A ribbon cutting ceremony was part of the festivities during the grand re-opening of an assisted living complex in Kenton on Tuesday.
 

Blanchard House is now known as Blanchard Place, and Public Relations Director Paul Anglemyer talks about the changes, "Our parent company changed hands, and it went from Assisted Living Concepts to Enlivant. We have a brand new website to help out our families, it's enlivant.com. We're going to go through and be more active in the community, We're still going to provide a top level of support and care for our residents."

 


Anglemer (left) stands with Kenton Mayor Randy Manns and Ambassador Patti Risner.

 

He said the changes were made earlier this year, "It was official in March of this year. Enlivant took over and changed our name to Blanchard Place. We're just now getting the word out to all of the community. Going forward, we will be Blanchard Place. Still at the same location there at 825 Richard Lane, and still here to support everybody in Kenton."

Uncertainty Remains On Kenton Street Projects


Funding on several proposed street projects remains an uncertinity.

 

At a meeting of the Kenton City Council Finance Committee Monday evening, the members of the committee and the city administration discussed several of the proposed street projects to get an assessment on where the city stands in its efforts to improve the condition of city streets.

 

Two major projects were discussed, improvements to Fairground Road and the Jacob Parrott/Morningside Drive intersection. According to Mayor Randy Manns and Safety Service Director Jim Hites, the city is in line to receive a grant for around $500,000 in connection with that project, which could be used to build a water retention pond in connection with the International Paper expansion project and upgrades on Fairground Road. Mayor Manns and Hites both mentioned that an impact study would be forthcoming to address the issues, but the city was not obligated yet to follow the recommendations of the study. It would depend on whether funding is available.

 

According to Hites, the entire Fairground Road falls in the city limits.

 

The committee tried to garner an assessment on any major planned projects in the works. In regards to Jacob Parrott and Morningside Drive, the city did not receive a grant for upgrades on that intersection. Given that, the city has no plans in the works on upgrades to that intersection, though the administration noted that they would apply for funding again next year to make any improvements. Given how the intersection would tie into the building of the new Kenton Elementary Building, it is still considered a priority.

Given how the budgeting process for 2015 will begin in August, the committee asked the administration to finalize numbers (what the city needs to carry over in street funding/leave in accounts for matching funds/what they have to use) so that planning and approval of street projects could be done quickly.

 

The committee also moved to hold a standing committee meeting on the first Monday each month at 6pm to go over any issues related to city financing.

Several Items, Including Cash, Stolen Over Holiday Weekend


Cash and other items were stolen from a residence over the 4th of July Holiday Weekend.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the burglary occurred at a residence in the 5000 block of Township Road 100, McGuffey.
 

$400 in cash, along with jewelry, prescription medicine and a broken rifle were stolen.
 

The total value of the missing property was listed at around $600.
 

The incident was reported on Monday and remains under investigation.

Firearm Stolen From House in Alger


A firearm was stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Front Street in Alger.
 

The theft was reported Monday and occurred over the holiday weekend.
 

According to the Sheriff's Office report, the firearm is valued at around $385.

Officials Elated By RNC Panel Picking Cleveland


 

 

CLEVELAND (AP) - Local and state officials are jubilant that Cleveland is the likely host for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
 
The GOP's site selection committee on Tuesday picked Cleveland over Dallas as convention host. The formal decision will come next month when the 168-member Republican National Committee meets in Washington.
 
Democratic Cuyahoga County executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald says the choice shows Cleveland is in the midst of a historical renaissance.
 
Ohio's GOP chairman Matt Borges credited Republicans and Democrats alike for their efforts in showcasing Cleveland and its capabilities during the site selection panel's visits to the city.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says the convention will not only benefit a rejuvenated Cleveland, but it also will showcase the rest of the state and its business advancements.

Visitor Poll Results


Most people take the easy way out when their community is under a Boil Water Alert.

 

The results of last week's Visitor Poll show that when a Boil Water Alert is issued for their community, 62% buy bottled water, 26% take the advice and boil the water before consumption and the remaining 12% ignore the alert (not recommended) and consume the water without boiling it first.

 

Vote now in this week's poll.

Weekend News Roundup


The Kenton Police Department is currently investigating a report of burglary in which a small framed hand gun was taken from an unoccupied residence. 

According to the report, Connie Deitz of W. Columbus Street told officers that she is the caretaker of an empty residence on Heisel Street.  Sometime over the past couple of weeks, someone entered the residence by pushing in an air conditioner and removed the gun from an upstairs dresser. 

 

 

Officers also investigated a two car crash that took place in front of 18 North Main St. on Saturday morning. 

According to the report, a car owned by Casey Richards of Kenton backed into a second auto, owned by Lautur Living Trust of Kenton, causing minor damage to both autos.

 

 

Finally, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a crash that took place on State Route 235 near Roundhead, at approximately 3:40 Sunday morning. 

No further information is available at this time.

Ohio Gas Prices Continue To Drop After Holiday


 

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices have gone down again and remain below the national average.
 
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $$3.56 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 7 cents cheaper than a week ago, but it's also notably higher than the average of about $$3.38 per gallon at this time last year.
 
Monday's national average was higher than the state average at about $3.66 per gallon, down 2 cents from a week ago.
 
As the week opened, oil fell below $104 per barrel as expectations of increased supply offset strong U.S. job growth.
 
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Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


 

 

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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Timothy James Mullins was sentenced to a total of 33 months in prison on three counts of trafficking in heroin and two counts of receiving stolen property.

 

.Savannah M. Williams, also known as Savannah M. Rowe was placed on five years community control on one count each of burglary and attempted burglary.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Bark Park Fundraiser Scheduled For July 12


The Bark Park Dog Daz of Summer fundraiser is scheduled for a week tomorrow on Saturday July 12.
 

Organizer Patti Risner talks about a few of things that will be taking place, "We will have the K-9 unit with demonstrations, Photo's with your dog, Dog costume contest, Mutt judging contest and dog wash, along with a whole lot more."

Insurers to Save $11 Million With Ohio Rule Change


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says insurance companies are expected to save more than $11 million annually under an Ohio rule change that recently took effect.

 

The Ohio Department of Insurance says the savings comes after a reduction in the fee companies pay to "appoint" insurance agents who can act on their behalf to sell insurance products.

 

A rule change that took effect on June 30 cuts the agent appointment fee to $15 from $20.

 

Insurers mostly pay the agent appointment fee. Though agents also could stand to benefit because insurance companies can pass the cost onto them.

 

The department trimmed other insurance industry-related fees in 2013, including those for renewing licenses late.

Freedom Celebration at Fairgrounds on July 4


Freedom Celebration 2014 is taking place Friday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
 

There's lots of activities planned for the entire family along with great food and entertainment. Listen for Andrew Flinn's live reports

from 11 until 2.
 

The big fireworks display will take place at 10 Friday night at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.

One Car Heavily Damaged in Two Vehicle Crash Wednesday


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on State Route 235.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 22 year old Greggory Martin, of Ada, was northbound on 235 and attempted to turn left into a private drive. His vehicle was struck by a southbound car being driven by 26 year old Joshua Falk, of Bluffton.

 

Following the collision, Falk's car spun into the ditch and came to rest against a tree resulting in heavy damage. Minor damage occurred to Martin's car.

 

Martin was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Motorcycle Operaor Cited For OVI


A Kenton man was cited for operating a vehicle intoxicated following the crash of a motorcycle on Steiner Avenue Wednesday night.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the operator of the motorcycle, 51 year old Russell Scott, was cited for failure to control as result of the crash. After a sobriety test was administered, Scott was arrested for operating the vehicle while intoxicated.

Cars Vandalized at Kenton Dealership


Multiple vehicles were vandalized on the lot at Davis Motor Sales on Wednesday.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a total of seven cars on the lot had scratch marks on them.
 

The incident is under investigation.

Farmers Assess Crops at Halfway Point in Growing Season


July 4th traditionally marks the halfway point of the summer season and this is true of farmers in Hardin County.

 

Jeff Wahl in his fields out in Dudley Township

 

As Independence Day approaches, Hardin County farmers are making assessments on how well their crops will fare throughout the rest of the growing season. Many Hardin County farmers have dealt with issues related to weather this year which have caused significant setbacks. However, Jeff Wahl, who has a small farm in Dudley Township said that his fields were able to be planted in spite of the weather that other areas of the county saw this year.

 

"I waited until the second week of May, the ground was good and dry, everything went really good. We didn't get some of the big goose drowner rains that other people got. They came close by here but we didn't get them. The biggest rain we got here was 7/10th which did come in one hour but we were dry before it and got along ok with that." said Wahl.

 

According to information from the Hardin County Extension Service, up until June 25, there was a pattern of heavy rains every week or so which has saturated the soil and increased the length of the planting season.  Crops that were planted early and have good drainage in the field have done well and are progressing well except for low areas that have been flooded out.  These lower areas slowed root growth and therefore delayed the availability of nutrients to the plants.

 

Soybeans too have seen issues related to the wet spring, and in many cases not producing enough nitrogen and other issues, but the wheat crop, not a large crop in Hardin County is coming along well and should be harvested over the next several weeks. In regards to corn, farmers have had difficulty side-dressing nitrogen into their corn if they did not apply all of their nitrogen pre-plant or a combination of pre-plant and planting. However Wahl says that he was able to get his crops in and side dressed before they got too big.

 

"We missed the big rains, and I was able to get in and side dress corn when it was about six inches tall. I know there's guys still trying to side dress now where waist high in some places, which is getting too tall to side dress with a tractor so they'll have to hire a high planter to go in and put on more nitrogen on it." said Wahl.

 

Wahl mentioned that his fields were on track to be harvested on schedule in early to mid October.

Ohio Ends Fiscal Year With $800 Million Surplus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has ended its budget year as expected with a nearly $800 million surplus, money set aside to fund tax breaks and any unexpected Medicaid expenses coming from federal health care reform.
 
State budget director Tim Keen said Wednesday Ohio beat projections for the fourth consecutive fiscal year through spending cuts and better-than-expected tax revenues. Overall, revenues lagged the previous year because of tax cuts in Gov. John Kasich's (KAY-siks) current two-year budget.
 
Besides $300 million earmarked for a Medicaid reserve, the funds will pay for: $76 million in tax credits for low- and middle-income Ohioans; $91 million in accelerated income-tax cuts; and $229 million for expanded income-tax breaks for small-business owners.
 
What's left carries over to the new fiscal year that began Tuesday.
 
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Judge Won't Toss Charges Against P&G Protesters


CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio judge has refused to dismiss burglary charges against nine Greenpeace activists arrested after an eye-catching protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.
 
Hamilton County Judge Robert Winkler rejected arguments from the defense that the actions were free speech.
 
In a stunning security breach on March 4, the activists slipped past P&G's security and used a zip line to unfurl giant banners from the consumer products company's two towers as a helicopter filmed them.
 
The activists have pleaded not guilty to burglary and vandalism charges.
 
They were protesting P&G's use of palm oil from a supplier, saying the oil is tied to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia.
 
P&G has said the company is committed to 100 percent sustainable sourcing of its palm oil by 2015.

Ada Church Making Recovery


An Ada Church, destroyed by fire three years ago is making a recovery.

 

In March of 2012, the Ada First United Methodist Church was destroyed by a fire. Since that time, plans have been in the works to rebuild that structure, and over the past several weeks, a framework has begun to take shape in the village of Ada.

 

 

According to Robert McCurdy, who serves as a chairman on the First United Methodist Church Building Committee, progress on building the new structure is moving along on schedule.

 

"It's on schedule and creating a lot of excitment in the community. We're out of the ground and we've got steel going up past the second floor now, so all the steel is basically there. The side structure is being constructed, the first floor has been poured. The next thing we'll see is the second floor being completed and eventually the celing trusses which are wood will arrive, at which point we'll begin to get a feeling for the height of the church. When the steeple is erected, and the steeple is going to be constructed on site and then lifted in place, from the ground to the top of the cross will be 89 feet." said McCurdy.

 

Rendering of the finished church building.

 

Barring any unforeseen complications, the finished building should be open to the public in March of 2015, four years after the fire. McCurdy said that the committee is now focused on determining furnishings for the new building, such as church pews, carpeting, and other interior furnishings.

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