Five people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 5:30 Friday evening in Alger.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car driven by 68 year old Robert Stevens, of Lima, was westbound on Shadley Street and failed to stop for a stop sign at Front Street.
His car was struck by a southbound car being driven by 72 year old Marion Gross Jr., of Alger.
Severe damage occurred to both vehicles, and those injured were all transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A passenger in Gross' car, 41 year old Angela Roby, of Ada, suffered serious injuries.
Both drivers and two other passengers in Gross' car, 49 year old Tammy Elwood, of Ada, and 47 year old Stacey Gross, of Grove City, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A fourth passenger in Gross' car, 51 year old Timothy Gross, of Grove City, was not injured.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
It is time change weekend, which means clocks spring ahead one hour, and 2 o'clock Sunday morning becomes 3, so you may want to take care of that before going to bed Saturday night otherwise you'll be an hour late for everything Sunday morning.
Firefighter Donnally from the Kenton Fire Department said it's also a good time to remember to change the batteries in those smoke detectors, With there being two time changes during the year, it's helps people remember to change those batteries, which is recommended every six months, so these are the opportune times to do it."
He said don't wait to change the batteries until the smoke detector gives you that low battery tone, "If you have a problem while that's going on and beeping then it may not actually alert you to more serious problems."
Plus he adds, don't forget the carbon monoxide detectors, "Some of the carbon monoxide detectors, people don't really talk about them as much in terms of changing the batteries in them, but it is also a good idea to change the batteries in those too just so they don't give you any false alarms."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials are extending a deadline for a heating assistance program that's available to those threatened with disconnection or whose service has been disconnected.
The Ohio Development Services Agency administers the Winter Crisis Program, which helps qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs. The program also provides assistance to people if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.
The agency says it will extend its application deadline from March 31 to April 15.
Eligibility for the program depends on the total gross household income. That annual income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is about $41,213 for a family of four.
Those interested in the help must have a face-to-face interview with a Winter Crisis Program provider.
The Marion Local Flyers won the Division IV boys basketball district title on Friday by defeating Arlington 44 to 34 at Wapakoneta.
The Flyers improve to 21-5 and will meet Russia in the regional tournament Tuesday at Kettering Fairmont. The Red Devils close out another fine season with a 19-5 mark.
Marion Local, which was led by Cole Griesdorn's 19 points, led 7-6 after one quarter and 18-13 at the half. The Flyers led 32-27 after three quarters, and neither team could score for over three minutes to open the fourth quarter. Arlington, which got 12 points from Andrew Hunter, could not muster a sustained offensive attack down the stretch and came up just short in their bid for the district title.
Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following were all placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Cody Gregory Cowen on one count each of burglary, trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.
.John S. Shadley on one count of robbery.
.Tina Louise Carroll on one count each of possession of heroin and failure to appear.
.James Lee Bolden III on one count of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.
.Paul T. Brookhart on one count of vandalism.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Ridgemont students will be hosting a series of Community Outreach and Engagement programs over the next month.
There will be a total of four programs dealing with how to make a resume, prepare for job interviews and on technology issues, including how to get the most from smart phones.
The programs are free, and FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said not only will the public benefit, but it is great for teaching students, "When we talk about the application of real world education, this is it at it's finest. Our kids are taking the knowledge they have gained, partnered with business and industry, received grants to fund these processes, and then are providing that engagement to the community to be able to really utilize their knowledge, because there's no better way to learn something than to teach it to someone else."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Division IV boys basketball district title will be on the line tonight at Wapakoneta as the Arlington Red Devils meet the Marion Local Flyers.
The Red Devils, champions of the Blanchard Valley Conference, are coming off a convincing 61 to 37 victory over Spencerville in Tuesday's district semifinals. Led by BVC Player of the Year Andrew Hunter, Arlington brings a 19 and 4 mark into tonight's district title tilt.
The Flyers, who won the Midwest Athletic Conference, counter with a ridiculous amount of size. Marion Local runs out a lineup that goes 6-6, 6-7 and 6-10 across its frontline, and that height is a big reason the Flyers are 20 and 5 this season.
WKTN will carry tonight's district championship game live from Wapakoneta. The pregame show will start shortly before the 7 p.m. tip-off.
A major auction will be held this Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The Annual Hardin County Fair Consignment Sale will take place Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Hardin County Fairboard Director Bob McBride said that the consignment sale has become an annual tradition in Hardin County over the years.
Several of the Fairboard Directors in front of sale items. The sale will run all day Saturday.
"This is the 27th year. All of the profit goes to support the Hardin County Fair. 100% of the profit goes to the fair and the fair directors and other community members come in to help. It takes a lot of work to put on a consigned sale. Last year there were well over 1000 buyers and that many items consigned so it takes a lot of people." said McBride.
The largest items on sale this year will be farm implements, both old and new, ranging from trailers, wagons, hay rakes and balers, grain elevators, and even larger items such as tractors and other heavy machinery. However, the sale also will feature a number of smaller items as well, such as tools, equipment, livestock accessories and pens, and numerous other items. McBride said that the sale will begin early Saturday morning and run all day.
"It will be all day Saturday, there's a food stand that the Jr. Fairboard runs and there's plenty of things to eat out here. It's a big crowd. If it's a cold day and you look out its Carhart day. Everyone's got brown Carharts on and they all look the same. It's amazing how many people come. We have people come from northern, western and central Ohio and not just Hardin County. We have people that bring things in and consign them, and buyers come in from all over the state." said McBride.
If you'd like to participate in the sale, either as a buyer or a seller, you need to stop by the Hardin County Fairgrounds Secretaries Office today to register.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force is working on a case that started as a report of a suspicious person.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to Ace Hardware this past Tuesday evening where they discovered that two male suspects were buying supplies that have been linked to the manufacturing of illegal drugs.
The case remains under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the state's child enticement law, concluding it's too broad and outlaws several activities protected by the state constitution.
The 5-2 decision came in the case of a Columbus man charged with child-enticement after asking a child to carry boxes to his apartment for money.
Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger says in the court's Thursday ruling that while the law has the admirable goal of preventing child abductions and lewd acts against children, it can't also ban protected speech and activity.
Last year a state appeals court in Akron threw out the conviction of a man accused under the same law of trying to entice a 13-year-old girl to be his Facebook friend.
The Elida Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Kenton 60-47 in Division II boys basketball district semifinal play Wednesday at Liberty-Benton.
Elida improves to 21-3 and will play Bath Saturday night at Liberty-Benton for the district title. Kenton ends its season at 8-15.
The Wildcats led for most of the 1st half and held a 28-23 advantage at intermission. Kenton's lead held up for most of the 3rd quarter, but a late Bulldog rally put Elida on top 39-38 heading into the final stanza. Elida opened up its lead in the early portion of the period and held off a late Kenton rally to get the win.
Dakota Mathias led Elida with 28 points while Matt Bahr had 19 points from Kenton and Grant Sherman finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said they've been working on the case for the past 6-8 months, resulting in the warrants that have been executed starting around 5 Wednesday morning, "We've been working with the Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Prosecutor's Office and all the law enforcement agencies, and we just pulled our resources and got them all out and got them arraigned, and got them in and out in one day, which saves a lot of money on housing the prisoners at the jail."
He said there were a total of 40 indictments and arraignments were held throughout the day mostly on drug related charges, "Most of the warrants are for trafficking in narcotics. There have been a few that we arrested this (Wednesday) morning that will probably receive more charges from things that we found in the house when we arrested them, but I believe all 40 of the indictments are narcotics related."
29 of the 40 people from around Hardin County who were indicted made initial appearances in Hardin County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning. They are identified as:
.Richard Clark Jr.
Arraignment dates were set for each individual.
Arlington and Marion Local will play for the Division IV boys basketball district title Friday night at Wapakoenta.
The Red Devils and the Flyers each posted wins in semifinal play on Tuesday. Arlington rolled past Spencerviller 61-37 while Marion Local rallied past USV 47-46.
Jordan Freed and Blake Courtney had 16 points each for the Red Devils, who are 19-4 on the season. Spencerville (16-6) was led by Zach Goecke's 21 points.
Marion Local got 10 points each from Ryan Bruns, Adam Bertke and Luke Knapke as the Flyers fought back from 13 points down after three quarters to beat the Rams. USV, which saw its 21-game winning streak snapped, trailed for just the final 15 seconds. Dylan Hunsicker scored 19 points for USV, which ends its season at 22-2.
The accident scene at the intersection of Detroit and Eliza Tuesday afternoon.
Two vehicles were involved in an injury accident on Detroit Street in Kenton Tuesday afternoon. According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, around 3pm Tuesday afternoon a car driven by Haley Jones of Kenton was heading east bound across Detroit at the Eliza intersection, coming out of an alleyway. Jones pulled across Detroit and was struck by a northbound pickup driven by Jeffery Penwell of Arlington. Jones was treated at the scene but two passengers in the Penwell pickup, Elizabeth Harmon of Arlington and Jared Clark of Findlay were transported to Hardin Memorial for unspecified injuries. Jones was cited for a stop sign violation.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene and N. Detroit was closed while the accident was attended to.
Kenton firefighters were dispatched to a minor incident Tuesday morning.
According to information from Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue, firefighters were called out just after 11:00am to Rush Trailer Court, 723 West Lima Street, where a resident at Lot 59, Mike Redman, was using a salamander to thaw frozen water pipes. That caused a lot of smoke, but there was no fire or damage.
Firefighters were on the scene for around 20 minutes.
A Hardin County health care facility was recently named as one of the top facility in the state of Ohio.
Blanchard House in Kenton has been named as a Top 25 Assisted Living Facility by the Ohio Department of Aging. According to a release from the Department of Aging, the award was the result of a survey which covered over 11,000 residents in around 600 facilities across the state. The department of aging uses the survey to help families identify which facilities in their communities best fit particular needs.
The Resident Director of Blanchard House, Starla West, said that she was surprised and pleased with the results, citing the 24 hour nursing, many activities, and the longitivy of the staff as the reasons why Blanchard House was named as a Top 25 facility.
No one was injured in a two car roll over accident on Jennings Street Monday afternoon. According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Alexander Barnett of Kenton was traveling west bound on Jennings street, stopped at the sign at N. Wayne. Believing there was a stop on N. Wayne, Barnett proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by 17 year old Karley Ann Wireman, from Kenton. The Barnett vehicle came to rest on it's side after the impact.
Barnett was cited for a stop sign violation.
As part of 4-H week, an Informational Fair will be held Tuesday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Mark Light, Hardin County 4-H Educator, said it'll be held Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 7:30 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, "this is where our returning 4-H members will come and display the projects that they took to the State Fair last year."
He said it will operate like an open house format, "And our hope is that youth and their families that are interested in 4-H would be able to come out and be able to walk through, ask questions of the members and see all the different projects that they could take through 4-H."
Light adds that you don't have to be in 4-H to take in the informational fair, "It is also a great way for the community to see what outstanding things our youth have been doing."
The case of a former employee of Home Savings and Loan was bound over to Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
Barbara J. Fee waived her right to a preliminary hearing this morning in Hardin County Municipal Court.
Fee was charged earlier this year with two counts of money laundering and one count of theft from an elderly person, all third degree felonies.
Judge Greg Grimslid set a $15,000 own recognizance bond.
Fee was represented in court today by Lima attorney Robert Grzybowski.
A Kenton woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around eight Monday morning.
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, Paulina Watkins lost control of her vehicle on the ice covered road while travelling west on Bales Road.
The vehicle ended up in a field where it overturned onto the driver's side.
Watkins was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.59 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 6 cents higher than last Monday - and 27 cents higher than this time last month.
Analysts say prices are up because seasonal maintenance is taking place at refineries, and crude oil prices have been rising as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.
The national average is about $3.46 per gallon, which is up 4 cents from last week and 18 cents higher than a month ago.
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Four Kenton High School basketball players have received All-Western Buckeye League recognition.
Kenton senior Brooke Bostelman has been named to the All-Western Buckeye League first team after averaging over 20 points a game for the Lady Wildcats. She is joined on the first team by
Bath's Madison Dackin and Danielle Van Dyne, Van Wert's Erin Morrow, and Ottawa-Glandorf's Kristen Miller, with Miller being named the league's Player of the Year.
Bostelman's teammate, freshman Ashley Morris, was named honorable mention all-league.
Two Wildcat boys basketball players also received all-league honors. Junior Austin Phillips was placed on the All-WBL third team while classmate Colyn Blackford was an honorable mention selection.
Elida's Dakota Mathias was picked as the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year and was joined on the all-league first team by Bath's Taren Sullivan, the Defiance duo of Katwan Singleton and Trey Guilliam, Celina's Ryan Hoyng and Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, March 1st at the fair office with 18 board members and several guests present.
Mike Kleman moved to approve the minutes, 2nd by Mark Garmon, motion carried.
Financial reports were reviewed; Ray Davis moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Jeff Madison, motion carried.
Bills were presented to pay; Justin Beale moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Corey Ledley, motion carried.
Committee reports were:
• Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Bob McBride moved to set gate admission at $8.00, 2nd by
Don Spar, motion carried.
. Jim Bidwell moved to approve contracts with S.V. & E, R.G.
Communications, F & L Septic,
and TJD Industrial Cleaning for the 2014 fair, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
. Bob McBride moved to have multiple day sponsors at $600 for the week, 2nd by Mark
Garmon, motion carried.
. Executive committee meeting on April 5th at 6:30pm.
• Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
. Next grounds committee meeting is Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
• Camping committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Camping committee meeting on March 6th at 12:00pm.
• Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Livestock committees:
. The market goat class will also include does.
• Rides & Concessions committee – Janie Seiler, chairman
. Contracts are ready to send.
• Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
. Had great attendance at the first Jr. Fairboard meeting and there is a waiting list of
students that would like to be on Jr. Fairboard. Officers will be elected at the next meeting.
▪ Other Committees:
. There will be a 4th of July meeting on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:00pm.
• Old Business:
. Nothing to report.
• New Business:
. 2014 Collector baskets are available for $40 each at the
. Next Fairboard meeting will be April 5th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.
Mike Kleman moved to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Charlie McCullough, motion carried.
The Kenton Police Department is currently investigating a report of a possible injury accident that took place in the 200 block of South Detroit Street on Saturday at approximately 12:30 pm. No further information is available at this time.
Officers also received a report of several items being taken from a residence in the 600 block of South Detroit Street on Saturday. According to the report, Karson Evans of Upper Sandusky told officers that he was working on a home and upon arrival, he noticed that several tools had been removed from the residence. Entry was gained through an unlocked bathroom window.
Deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to several non-injury crashes on Saturday., as well as a Hit/Skip that took place at the intersection of US 68 and County Road 110. No further information is available on any of the reports.
2014 Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen Hannah Heilman. (Left) Pictured with 2014 Lamb & Wool Scholarship winner, Sarah Heilman.
The 2014 Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association's annual banquet was held Saturday night. At the banquet, it was announced that exhibitor Hannah Heilman was named as the 2014 Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen. Heilman said that she was looking forward to her year as lamb & wool queen.
"I'm looking forward to meeting everyone involved in the industry, and promoting the industry at the Hardin County Fair" said Heilman.
Also, it was announced that the 2014 Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association scholarship winner this year was exhibitor Sarah Heilman, who will be attending Ohio State University in the fall.
The forecast is for up to seven inches of snow by Monday morning, which means many people will be breaking out the snow shovels again.
Dr. Phillip Perona, from Hardin Memorial Hospital, said don't over do it, especially if you have a heart condition, "Because of the exposure to cold air, that the coronary arteries can develop spasms especially in exposure to cold air. Patients may have moderate disease of 50 to 60 percent, but have no symptoms, and they get out and shovel snow for an hour, and they develop symptoms of shortness of breath or in some instances, they develop heart attacks because they never knew that they had any silent heart disease."
Three blood drives are scheduled around the area over the next couple of weeks.
According to information from the Hardin County Chapter of the American Red Cross:
.Wednesday March 5, 8am to 2pm at Ada Technologies, 805 E. North Street in Ada.
.Monday March 10, 11:30am to 5:30pm at Community Health Professionals, 1200 South Main Street in Ada.
.Tuesday March 11, 10am to 4pm at the Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library, 325 East Columbus Street in Kenton.
Call 800-Red-Cross to schedule an appointment, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.
The Kenton Wildcats avenged a regular season loss to Tiffin Columbian by beating the Tornadoes 48-45 in the Division II Sectional Final Friday night at Riverdale.
Kenton advances to District Tournament action and will play Elida Wednesday March 5 at Liberty Benton High School.
Tip off is scheduled for 6:15pm, and WKTN will carry the game live.
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams defeated Ada 63-45 to win the Division IV boys basketball sectional title Friday night at Kenton.
Lane Hurley scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Rams, who won for the 21st straight time and are 22-1 on the season. Dylan Hunsicker added 12 points for USV, which moves on to district play on Tuesday March 4 against Marion Local at Wapakoneta. Tip off is scheduled for 8, and WKTN will broadcast it live.
Ada, which ends its season at 6-17, got 12 points from Brayden Sautter and 10 from Blake Willeke.
The Bulldogs scored the final 7 points of the 1st quarter to take an 18-15 lead after one quarter, but the Rams outscored Ada 10-6 in the 2nd period to grab a 25-24 lead at the half. USV quickly opened up a double-digit lead in the 3rd quarter and then held off several Ada runs over the final two periods to secure the victory.
ADA - During the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance’s eighth annual dinner meeting, the following awards were presented: Donna Martin - 2013 Citizen of the Year; Brim’s Imports and Brim’s Imports and Auto Savage - 2013 Business of the Year; and Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club - 2013 Community Service Award.
Tom Brim from Brim's Imports and Brim's Imports Auto Salvage-Business of the Year; Donna Martin-Citizen of the Year; Joss Gammon from Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club-Community Service Award.
Donna Martin, was the recipient of the 2013 Citizen of the Year based on her dedication to helping students from all over the Kenton community. Donna started a tutoring program over eight years ago and it has gone from ten to over thirty students. It includes transportation from school to tutoring, then home afterwards. Her dedication is not just limited to tutoring and homework, but also to teaching them to work hard at reaching goals.
Brim’s Imports and Brim’s Imports Auto Savage received the 2013 Business of the Year based on their commitment to giving back to the Hardin County Community. Tom Brim accepted the award on behalf of Brim’s Imports, which opened as a bicycle shop in 1956 and has grown into one of the largest auto dealers in our area, as well as a supplier of foreign auto parts. With their support, many organizations, groups, and clubs in Hardin County have prospered.
Members of Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club-Community Service Award winners.
The Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club was awarded the 2013 Community Service Award based on their dedication to helping others and improving our community. Joss Gammon accepted the award on behalf of The Hardin Pioneer Aktion Club, which is twenty-five enthusiastic and dedicated individuals, all of whom are adults with a disability. Co-sponsored by the Ada and Kenton Kiwanis, in conjunction with Simon Kenton HARCO Industries, this group’s members strive to return to their community the benefit, help and caring they have received.
Over 190 were in attendance at the event held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center. Patron sponsors for the evening included: Buckeye Machine Fabricators Inc.; Hardin Memorial Hospital; Humble Construction; Liberty National Bank; Ohio Northern University; and Quest Federal Credit Union.
Approved by Alliance members during the annual meeting were the 2014 officers and Board of Directors.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is a non-profit organization that encompasses four divisions in one – Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism, and Downtown Development. For more information regarding the Alliance, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-673-4131.
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Shaunna Spearman was placed on five years community control with intensive supervision on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. She must serve 15 days local incarceration as part of the sentence.
.Diana J. Vermillion was placed on three years community control with conditions on one count each of trafficking in drugs and sale of dangerous drugs.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Dr. Perona talks with At Issue host Dennis Beverly for show that airs Saturday.
Hardin Memorial Hospital welcomed a new cardiologist earlier this month.
Dr. Phillip Perona talks about his background at what he will be doing at HMH, "For 25 years, I've practiced as an invasive cardiologist, and I'm trained to do heart catheterizations, but my role here will be to find patients who have cardiac disease, and then referring them to the larger OhioHealth system when they need to have other diagnostic tests, such as heart catheterizations, stint work as well as device therapy or even open heart surgery."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Boy’s basketball sectional titles will be decided tonight at Kenton and Riverdale.
In the evening’s first game, the 21 and 1 Upper Scioto Valley Rams will meet Ada for the Division IV sectional title at Kenton High School. The Rams have won 20 straight games but were pushed to the limit by the 6 and 16 Bulldogs back on January 4th. The Rams slipped past the Bulldogs 60 to 55 at Alumni Fieldhouse.
At Riverdale, the Kenton Wildcats will hook up with the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes for the Division II sectional title in the nightcap. The Tornadoes, who are 12 and 10 on the season, edged the 7 and 14 Wildcats 60 to 57 back on February 4th.
WKTN will carry both games live. The pregame show for the first game will begin at 6pm with the tip-off set for 6:15pm. The second game should start around 8pm.
New Knoxville and Minster were winners in Division IV girls basketball district semifinal action Thursday at Wapakoneta.
The Rangers (20-4) won their 18th straight game by defeating Ada 50-20 while the Wildcats (21-3) edged Upper Scioto Valley 77-57. The two teams will meet for the district title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wapakoneta.
Haley Horstman had 13 points to lead the Rangers in the win over Ada (9-14) while Lindsay Walden scored 6 points to pace the Bulldogs.
USV (14-9) got 22 points from Shelby Spradlin while Shelby Carroll added 13 and Bree Mullins scored 10 in the Rams' loss to Minster. The Wildcats were led by Lauren Roetgerman's 16 points.
Fire destroyed a house in the 900 block of Pattison Avenue in Kenton Wednesday evening.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 7:40 to 912 Pattison, which is owned and occupied by John and Pat Ferrell.
They were home at the time and were able to escape without injuries.
Flames were visible through the roof of the house when firefighters arrived, and the structure was listed as a total loss.
The cause has not yet been determined and remains under investigation.
Firefighters were on the scene for around four hours.
One person was injured this morning when a car struck a tree in the 900 block of Main Street in Kenton.
Details are not available at this time, but according to information from the Kenton Police Department, a juvenile driver lost control of the car, and it travelled off the road striking a tree.
Mechanical means were used to free a passenger, who was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash is under investigation.
A stop sign is being installed to help control traffic on Harding at Pattison Avenue.
According to a release from Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, city crews will install the sign on Harding just before the curve that turns into Pattison.
The work should be complete by Monday March 3.
Ada and Upper Scioto Valley head to Wapakoneta tonight for Division IV girls basketball district semifinal action.
In the 1st game, the Bulldogs will meet the red-host New Knoxville Rangers. Ada is a solid 9 and 13 on the season after defeating Waynesfield-Goshen 54 to 49 to earn a berth in the districts. The Rangers have won 17 straight games, including a 47 to 32 trouncing of Fort Recovery on Saturday , and are 19 and 4.
The evening's 2nd game features two top-seeded sectional teams as Upper Scioto Valley takes on Minster. The Rams are 14 and 8 and were the top seed at the Kenton sectional while the Wildcats are 21 and 3 and earned the top spot at the Coldwater sectional.
WKTN will bring you both games live tonight from Wapakoneta. The Ada-New Knoxville matchup will tip off at 6:15 p.m., with USV and Minster squaring off at 8 p.m. We will go on the air with the pregame festivities at 6 p.m.
Arlington and Perry posted Division IV boys basketball sectional tournament wins Wednesday at Kenton High School.
The Red Devils (17-4) and the Commodores (18-4) will meet in the 2nd game Friday for the sectional title at Kenton High School.
In the 1st game on Wednesday, Arlington smacked Hardin Northern 71-28 behind 15 points from Jordan Freed and 12 from Michael Blunk. The Polar Bears (1-22) were led by Jacob Gossard's 23 points.
In the nightcap, Perry defeated Ridgemont 80-36. Bruce Hodges led the Commodores with 25 points while Jared Poling had 21 points. The Golden Gophers (3-20) were led by Chris Weyant's 12 points.
Two years after a devastating fire that destroyed their 113 year old stone church, First United Methodist Church of Ada will begin construction of their new church home after selection of the General Contractor – Thomas & Marker Construction of Bellefontaine.
Artist rendering of the completed project.
This six million dollar project began with demolition of the remains from the fire and then a six month “Vision” process that explored the church’s future ministry goals for its members and the community of Ada – that the church exists to live the life of Christ in fellowship with God’s community and to cultivate the seeds of hope for the future. In the fall of 2012, the church retained RCM Architects from Findlay and the building plan emerged after work with the church’s Building Committee and a dozen sub-committees.
An early decision was to rebuild on the historic site of the old building at N. Main St and Highland Avenue, at the north entry to the Village’s downtown business district. The two story structure of some 25,000 sq ft will be reminiscent of the old building with a second floor sanctuary and a large fellowship hall on the first floor adjacent to a commercial kitchen. Significant space has been allocated to children’s ministry and Christian education. A tower entry at the corner of Main & Highland will welcome all with a large foyer or gathering space enclosed by two story windows. On the west side of the building, there will be a large drive through portico.
Proposed layout of the church and property.
Construction will begin early in March with completion in February, 2015 – just prior to the three year anniversary of the fire. Ada’s Village Council voted to permit temporary closure of W. Highland during the construction period. The project is being financed by gifts from faithful members of the church, a number of friends and churches in the community and around the state, along with proceeds from their insurance.
First United Methodist Church continues to worship in English Chapel on the campus of Ohio Northern University every Sunday at 10 a.m. The church and community will celebrate the groundbreaking at 12 noon on Sunday, March 30.
The Ada Bulldogs overcame a slow start to knock off the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers 64-50 in Division IV boys basketball sectional tournament play on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (6-16) trailed for most of the 1st quarter and faced a 15-13 deficit after one period but outscored the Tigers 23-10 in the 2nd period to take control of the game.
Brayden Sautter had 15 points to lead the Bulldogs while Blake Willeke added 14 and Austin Dumbaugh scored 10.
The Tigers (3-19) were led by Matt Spillman's 21 points.
Ada takes on Upper Scioto Valley on Friday at 6:15 p.m. at Kenton in a sectional title clash.
Brian Hattery from the Kenton City Council's Finance Committee gave that committee's report to council indicating that they were in agreement with the Kenton Administration on the city operating the Kenton pool this summer. Hattery said that the committee met with Mayor Manns which helped to resolve some issues.
"We are no longer going to pursue having an Assistant Manager but instead pursue having two head lifeguards. So that was a funding move of $5000.00 from that one position to the others so the overall budget they were requesting to run the pool stayed the same. My committee has voted to approve that." said Hattery.
Also at the meeting, the council passed the contract with Economic Development Contractor Becky Potts to continue operating in the next year. They passed an ordinance entering into a highway improvement project with ODOT for work done within the city limits on State Route 31 later this year, and approved an initial agreement with the Kenton City Schools on a Safe Routes to school grant application.
In comments, safety service director Jim Hites said that interest was high for the new online bill pay service for the city water bills. Hites mentioned that 75 residents have been registered and 67 have successfully paid with the service. Councilman Brian Hattery also announced that the time was coming that the council would need to make a decision on uses for carryover funds in the next several years.
"As long as our carry-over continues to hold strong as it has done, I think it's time to think about setting aside funds for future uses. Call it a rainy day fund, capital investments, or funds for grants. In the future, nothing right away but in the coming weeks and months I think the Finance Committee will discuss ways to put aside funds for future efforts and uses for the city and applying for grants." said Hattery.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on March 10th 2014, at the Kenton City Building at 7:30pm.
Hardin County's annual Weather Spotter training is approaching, and participants are being sought for the free training.
Max Trachsel, Hardin County Emergency Management Agency Director, said that every year a meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS) at Wilmington, Ohio is invited to come to Hardin County and teach attendees how to spot and report severe weather. After the training, each attendee is an official Skywarn weather spotter.
Trachsel said the training is both informative to the participants and helpful to the NWS. All attendees are taught to look for any type of severe weather event. After spotting severe weather, a volunteer spotter then provides weather reports to the NWS. This helps the NWS confirm what may be happening in the spotter's location and if a warning needs to be issued. Since Hardin County is on the edge of Wilmington's radar area, spotters perform a valuable service in providing information to the NWS.
This year's training is Wednesday March 5 at 6:30pm at the Jacob Parrott Safety Center's training room. Trachsel said interested parties may register for the class by calling his office at 419-674-2276. He recommends spotters take the class every other year to keep skills up-to-date.
As a bonus this year, some of the local ham radio operators will be holding a demonstration session at the conclusion of the spotter training. All spotter training participants are invited to attend.
Sectional tournament action for area boys basketball teams kicks off tonight at Kenton High School when the Ada Bulldogs meet the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers.
Tonight's Division IV sectional tournament opener is a rematch of a game played on January 11th, when the Bulldogs topped the Tigers 60 to 51, and both teams have struggled since that meeting. Ada has lost its last 5 games and 7 of its final 8 and is 5 and 16 for the season while Waynesfield-Goshen has lost six in a row and 9 of its last 10. The Tigers are 3 and 18 overall.
WKTN will have all the action live tonight from Kenton High School. The pregame show will start at 6:45 p.m., with the opening tip set for 7 p.m.
The winner of tonight's game will come back to Kenton on Friday night to meet top-seeded Upper Scioto Valley for the sectional title.
Also tonight, the Riverdale Falcons will meet Hopewell-Loudon in the 2nd game in Division III boys basketball sectional tournament action at Findlay. That game should tip off around 8 p.m.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal car crash that happened early Sunday night near Marysville. According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, two vehicles were traveling opposite directions on State Route 161 near State Route 38 when they collided head on.
Two injured were transported to hospitals in Columbus and a two year old was transported to Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Three were killed at the scene. The victims were identified as Joshua Fraley, age 30 of Mechanicsburg, Easton Fraley, age two of Mechanicsburg, and Olivia Aicher, age 17 of Dublin.
The crash remains under investigation.
A former employee of Home Savings and Loan in Kenton is facing felony charges.
According to information from Hardin County Municipal Court, Barbara J. Fee was charged with two counts of money laundering and one count of theft from an elderly person, which are all third degree felonies.
The charges were filed late last month, and a hearing has been set for Monday March 3 at 9:30am in municipal court.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.53 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 9 cents higher than last Monday - and 24 cents higher than a month ago.
However, the Ohio average Monday is 18 cents lower than at the same time last year.
The national average is about $3.42 per gallon, which is up 6 cents from last week and 13 cents higher than a month ago.
The lowest average price in the state Monday was $3.48 in the Youngstown area.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Fair is looking for young musicians to be part of its long-running fair choir and band this year.
The fair says high school students have until the end of March to apply for participation in either group. The applications are available through the fair's website.
A limited number of participants are chosen based on skill, recommendations from band and choir directors and other factors. The musicians learn their music shortly before the fair, stay at the event in Columbus for two weeks and put on a total of nearly 200 performances between the band and choir.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Ohio members of Congress are again urging the Army Corps of Engineers to support federally-funded flood control along the Blanchard River in northwest Ohio.
The Courier in Findlay reports that senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta wrote Thursday to the Corps stressing the economic importance of flood control to the region. They say northwestern Ohio won't be able to reach its full potential as long as the flooding threat remains.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 provided a 10 percent funding increase for the Corps. That included $8 million in unallocated funds for flood control projects and $3.6 million for general flood and storm damage reduction projects.
The Corps didn't immediately return a call Saturday to its Washington office.
A Russell's Point man was arrested on Saturday and charged with abduction, following an incident on E. Columbus Street. According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were called to Taco Bell in reference to an unwanted person, where Blaine Schmitt was charged with the offense. No further information was available.
Officers are also currently investigating a report of a theft and vandalism in the 300 block of North Detroit Street. a report of theft and vandalism in the 300 block of North Detroit Street, as well as a report of a man shooting a rifle from a vehicle at geese at Saulsberry Park. No futher information was available on any report.
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams and the Ada Bulldogs won Division IV girls basketball sectional titles Saturday at Kenton High School.
The Rams defeated Hardin Northern 52-37 while the Bulldogs upset Waynesfield-Goshen 54-49.
USV (14-8) and Ada (9-13) advance to district competition on Thursday at Wapakoneta.
USV used a 14-0 2nd-quarter run to subdue Hardin Northern. The Polar Bears (5-18) trailed by just 4 points at 13-9 midway through the 2nd quarter, but the Rams scored 14 unanswered points to take firm control of the game.
USV got 18 points from Shelby Spradlin and 13 more from Shelby Caroll. Hardin Northern was led by Shelby Schlatter and Holly Wilson, who had 9 points each.
The Bulldogs needed a late rally to knock off the Tigers. Waynesfield-Goshen led 41-35 after three quarter, but Ada fought all the way back to notch the win.
Tori Wyss had 12 points for the Bulldogs while Haley Wyss added 11. The Tigers (11-10) got 25 points from Emily Patton and another 14 from Abbie Van Horn.
Recent severe winter weather has affected the ability of the Red Cross to recruit much needed blood donors. More donors of all types are needed now, with the greatest need for types O-negative, O-positive, A-negative, and B-negative.
Since the New Year, winter weather has forced the cancelation of 51 area blood drives in Central Ohio so far, resulting in a shortfall of about 1,300 blood donations. Across the country that shortfall is nearly 35,000 blood donations due to canceled blood drives in 34 states.
While winter weather can impact blood donation opportunities, hospital patients still need blood every single day.
Join the Red Cross to give from the heart this February and help restock the blood supply.
There are two opportunities to donate in Hardin County in February.
On Monday Feb. 24, the Kenton Community Blood Drive at First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175 from noon until 6.
On Thursday Feb 27, The United Way of Hardin County bloodmobile will be in the parking lot at Family Video, 125 West Ohio Street from 1-7pm.
A pair of girls basketball sectional title games will be played tonight at Kenton High School.
In the 1st game, Upper Scioto Valley will take on Hardin Northern. This will be a rematch of a game played a week ago.
The Rams, who are 13 and 8 on the season, defeated the Polar Bears 54 to 25 last Saturday behind 11 points each from Bree Mullins and Shelby Spradlin and 10 more from Maddie Lowery.
The Polar Bears, who are 5 and 17, were led in scoring by Kylee Hooker’s 14 points.
The nightcap will feature Ada taking on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Bulldogs, who are 8 and 13, and the 13 and 7 Tigers, were supposed to meet last month but Mother Nature intervened, so tonight’s matchup will settle the score.
Tonight’s two winners will advance to district competition next week at Wapakoneta.
WKTN will carry both games live tonight from Kenton High School. The first game will tip off at 6:15 p.m, with the 2nd contest starting around 8 p.m.
We will go on the air with the pregame show for opening game at 6 p.m.
The Defiance Bulldogs secured a share of the Western Buckeye League boys basketball title with a 45-30 win over Kenton on Friday.
The Bulldogs, who won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings, improve to 18-3 overall and finish 8-1 in the WBL. They share the league title with Elida, who defeated Celina 61-60 on Friday to also finish 8-1 in the conference.
Trey Guilliam led the Bulldogs with 15 points while Will Batt added 11.
Kenton, which falls to 7-14 overall and 0-9 in the league, were led by Matt Bahr's 20 points.
Bahr was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Riverdale to meet Tiffin Columbian in sectional championship action.
A hearing was held Thursday on a motion to revoke the suspended committment to the Department of Youth Services for teenager.
The hearing was held in Hardin County Juvenile Court before Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment.
Prosecutor Brad Bailey filed a motion earlier this month seeking to have J.M. sentenced until he is 21 year old to the Department of Youth Services due to repeated probation violations at the New Horizons Treatment Facility in Bethesda, Ohio. J.M. is the now 18 year who admitted to setting a fire that claimed the life of his step-father Gary Wells Junior in December of 2009. His mother Sarah Wells and brother Derrick Fortner escaped the house. In late October of 2013, Judge Rapp accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and placed J.M. in the treatment facility in lieu of time in D.Y.S.
One of the more serious infractions was an escape attempt on January 15, 2014.
Records show J.M. walked out of the non-lock down facility with two juveniles. J.M. made it about 1000 yards away and was apprehended in a field.
Bethesda Police Chief Justin Wise said J.M. was taken into custody and held in the Belmont County Jail until being transferred to the Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.
In addition to the escape attempt, New Horizons Operations Manager Larry Daniels recalled an incident on November 26, 2013 when J.M. refused to participate in recreation time, which is a violation of rules.
Daniels said J.M. was upset because of his interaction with another resident. Daniels testified that J.M. told him he wanted to hurt the juvenile by "inflicting as much pain on him as possible."
Daniels also testified about a one on one conversation in which J.M. shared details about what led to the setting of the fatal fire. He said J.M. told him he wanted to kill his step-dad because he abused his mother. He added that J.M. told him he paid someone named Bob Wallace, noting that Bob was a made up name, $3000 to help set the fire.
Daniels recalled that J.M. seemed to glorify the story and was grinning when recounting the details. J.M. also reportedly told Daniels he "enjoyed the feeling of hurting people."
In addition, therapist Sarah Campbell testified that J.M. showed minimal progress while at the facility and was discharged on January 29 due to lack of progress as well the escape attempt.
His Probation Officer Seth Stolley testified that J.M. was also involved in an incident at J.D.C. this week in which a verbal dispute led to J.M. shoving another detainee.
With that in mind, Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick asked Judge Rapp to grant their motion and place J.M. in D.Y.S. until he is 21.
Public Defender Sheryl Trzaska argued though that would be premature. She said J.M. still has potential and would be able to get better treatment another facility or perhaps a more secure Community Corrections Facility.
Over the objections of the State, Judge Rapp granted a defense request of a continuance until March 17 to allow time to research the other alternatives.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Donald E. Murphy was sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison on four counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count each of possession of drugs, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and having weapons while under disability.
.Adam W. Retterer was sentenced to a total of four and half years on one count each of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.
.Dustin R. Bolen was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts each of theft and forgery and one count of burglary. He was ordered to pay just over $3200 in restitution to the victim.
.Shawna D. Powell was placed on five years community control with conditions on three counts of trafficking in heroin the vicinity of a school or juvenile.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Hardin County Common Pleas Court General Division recently launched the Recovery Court.
Administrator Mimi Zarzar said Recovery Court is an initiative of the State of Ohio to help remove people from the prison system due to lack of treatment options, "At most they might be offered AA or NA, and so basically they're surrounded by a lot of high risk individuals, and they become higher risk. They come out and don't learn anything and don't make a change. We're trying to keep people out of the prison system and offer treatment, and we try to start with the lowest restrictive, which Recovery Court would fit in the category, because it's considered an out patient kind of service."
For the complete discussion with Zarzar, along with Judge Scott Barrett, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Kenton Wildcats make the long trip to Defiance to take on the state-ranked Bulldogs this evening.
The Wildcats, on the strength of Saturday’s 63 to 51 win over Shelby and Wednesday’s 69 to 43 pasting of Waynesfield-Goshen, have strung together consecutive victories for the 1st time this season. Kenton is now 7 and 13 overall but is 0 and 8 in the Western Buckeye League.
The Bulldogs were ranked 9th in this week’s Division II state poll and are 17 and 3 overall. Defiance has won 10 of its last 11 games and is tied for first in the league with Celina and Elida with a 7 and 1 conference mark. A win tonight would give the Dogs a share of its 3rd WBL title in the past five seasons.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Defiance, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
Several area wrestlers will be competing at district meets this weekend.
Kenton’s Sylas Smith will be competing in the 195-pound division at the Division II district meet at Bowling Green State University. The Wildcat junior is 30 and 4 on the season and earned a spot at the districts by placing fourth at last week’s sectional meet.
Ada is sending four wrestlers to the Division III district meet in Troy. Austin Windle, fresh off Northwest Conference and sectional championships, will be competing in the 160-pound weight class.
Joining Windle at the district meet for the Bulldogs will be Jarod Woodland at 195, Noah Beach at 182 and Brady Pitney at 220.
District competition begins today and continues on Saturday. Four from each weight class in each division will advance to the state tournament.
Kenton's Mo Gray will begin competition today at the Ohio High School Swim Championships in Canton.
Gray finished 5th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.84 in the Division II Northwest District meet in Cleveland on Friday. That time was good enough to earn her a spot in the state swim meet, which begins today in Canton.
Ada also qualified a pair of swimmers to the Division II state meet. Mitchell Wilcox advanced to state in the 50 and 100 freestyle while Matthew Wilcox will be competing in the 50 freestyle.
Action at the state swim championships in Canton begin at 5 p.m. today with the prelims, with the finals set for Friday.
Kamryn Troike had a big night to lead Fostoria St. Wendelin past Riverdale 59-43 in Division IV girls basketball sectional tournament play Wednesday in Findlay.
Troike finished with 33 points and 21 rebounds as the Mohawks improve to 18-5. They advance to Saturday's sectional title game, where they will take on Arcadia.
Riverdale, which ends its season at 16-6, got 12 points from Jordyn Wright and another 11 from Taylor Frey.
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - Police investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a U.S. Marine from Virginia say they've collected surveillance video from businesses and other evidence from the scene in western Ohio.
Police have been trying to identify the vehicle that struck 34-four-year-old Monica Plank after midnight Sunday after she left a restaurant in Bellefontaine. Plank was a Marine gunnery sergeant from Stafford, Va.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reports Plank had been walking in the roadway to avoid deep snow and ice on the sidewalks. She died hours after the crash at a Columbus hospital.
Her husband, Chris Plank, was an estimate 100 to 200 feet behind her at the time of the crash. He is also a U.S. Marine sergeant and is from the Bellefontaine area.
Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred around noon on Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 75 year old Donald Taylor, of Kenton, was stopped on Jacob Parrot Boulevard waiting to turn in to a private drive when his car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 71 year old Gordon Kline, also of Kenton.
There were no injuries, and Kline was cited for a speeding violation.
The Lady Falcons capped off another stellar regular season by finishing 16 and 5 overall. They were 12 and 2 in the North Central Conference, which was good enough to give them a share of the league crown.
Fostoria St. Wendelin bring a 17 and 5 mark to Findlay. The Mohawks had a 13-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they fell to Old Fort 39 to 25. They played without the services of Kamryn Troike, who averages a double-double for St. Wendelin but has missed the last two games due to injury.
You can hear all the action from tonight’s Division IV sectional tournament semifinal live on WKTN. The pregame show will start at 6 p.m., and the game will tip off at Findlay High School at 6:15 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill to provide a drug overdose antidote to friends or family members of addicts without the risk of prosecution.
The legislation is aimed at reducing the state's record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes.
The Ohio Senate scheduled a vote on the measure Wednesday following a committee's approval of it earlier.
The bill allows licensed prescribers to provide the drug naloxone (nuh-LOX'-ohn) to an addict's friends or family members. People administering the drug would be immune from prosecution as long as they call 911 immediately before or after giving the antidote and obtained it through proper channels.
The bill also makes it easier for police and emergency responders to administer naloxone.
Upper Sandusky defeated Kenton 53-33 in Division III girls basketball sectional tournament action Tuesday at Riverdale.
The Rams improve to 14-9 and will meet Liberty-Benton in sectional final play on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats end their season with an 8-15 record.
Upper Sandusky, which led 12-2 after one quarter, got 17 points and 14 rebounds from Taylor Graboski while Kalene Johnson added 12 points. The Rams led 25-17 at the half and 36-28 after three before slowly pulling away from the Cats in the fourth quarter.
Kenton was led in scoring by Ashley Morris' 12 points.
Hardin County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a crash that occurred around 10:15 Monday night on State Route 309 west of Kenton.
The crash was called in as an injury accident, but according to information from the Sheriff's Office, there were no injuries, and no transports were necessary. No other information is available at this time.
The Sheriff's Office did release details on a couple of crashes that occurred back over the weekend.
According to the reports, one occurred Saturday afternoon when 56 year old Jackie Manns, of Ada, lost control of her vehicle while travelling north on County Road 65.The car ended up off the right side of the road and turned over in the ditch. Manns was not injured.
Then on Sunday afternoon, 26 year old Tegan Morris lost control of her vehicle on a curve while driving east on County Road 144. The car ended off the north side of the road and overturned in the ditch. Morris was not injured.
The Lady Wildcats make the short trip to Riverdale for tonight’s Division II girls basketball sectional opener against Upper Sandusky.
Kenton comes in at 8 and 14 and has been buoyed by solid play down the stretch from freshman Ashley Morris, who has scored in double figures in three of the Cats’ final five games.
The Rams had a strong finish to the regular season. They have won 6 of their last 7 games, including their final four in a row, and are 13 and 9 for the season. Upper Sandusky has been led by the strong play of Taylor Graboski, who averages 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots a game.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Riverdale, with the pregame show starting at 6 p.m. Tip-off is planned for 6:15 p.m.
Also tonight, Kenton High School will host Division IV girls basketball sectional openers. In the first game at 6:15 p.m., Hardin Northern will meet Perry while Waynesfield-Goshen and Ridgemont will clash in the nightcap, which should tip off around 8 p.m.
Upper Scioo Valley Closed
McGuffey Head Start Closed
Ben logan Closed
Hardin Northern Closed
Forest Christian Pre School Closed
Upper Sandusky Closed
Kenton 2 and 4 Head Start, no bus, walk ins only
Simon Kenton/Harco Closed
Ohio Hi Point closed
First United Methodist Preschool Closed
Forest Head start 1/2 hour delay no trannsportation
Hardin Co Council on Aging is Closed
Hardin Co License Bureau closed until 10
Kenton Dental Care closed until 10
Dr Osborn closed until Noon
Melvins Convenience closed until 10
Cars Plus bowling at 10 cancelled
Logan Co Bingo at 10 cancelled
Sweet Duet Bakery closed until 10
To Dye For hair Salon closed until 11
Brent Fackler has officially been hired as the new head football coach at Kenton High School.
Brent Fackler addresses the Kenton School Board after being hired as head football coach.
At the February meeting of the Kenton School Board, the board officially hired Fackler as the new head football coach at Kenton, to replace retiring football coach Mike Mauk. Fackler has been the defensive coordinator at Kenton for the past 29 years and has taught at Kenton for 25 years, teaching the CBI program and adaptive Physical Education. Fackler introduced several members who will be staying to coach with him on his staff next year including DJ Burris, Chuck Downing, Matt Dudek, Zach Turner, Jason Jones, Chuck Moore and Tony Osbun. Fackler also said that while taking the position was a bittersweet moment for him, he thanked Coach Mike Mauk for his years as coach, and said that he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Members of Fackler's staff for next year look on while he addresses the Kenton School Board. Many of the staff members will remain with the program next year.
"I am really pleased now; I'm fired up about this. We've got some weightlifting in with this being done. Coach Mauk has been great about it with me. Anything I've needed, he's let me know. We've already talked with college coaches together. He's given them my numbers and guys are starting to contact me where before they needed to talk to the head coach. We're going to do a lot of our seven on seven's, and YES, we are going to run the ball this year. And I'll use this one from Coach Mauk, we're gonna run right after we catch the pass." said Fackler.
The process for hiring a new Athletic Director was discussed as well. School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the school has been consulting with all of the participants in the school athletics, from players to coaches in order to formulate a plan for finding a new athletic director.
"We have these advisory committees which are giving input as to what we are looking for in an athletic director. So then we can advertise for that position. We'll post it internally and externally for that position and then an athletic hiring committee will be formed to do interview screening. We really hope to have that position filled by the April board meeting." said Pensarski
Also at the meeting, Tiffany Crum, advisor for the 6th Grade Robotics Program at Kenton spoke to the board about that program, and it's investment at Kenton. Crum said that the program was geared toward young students interested in the world of engineering.
Kenton 6th graders Gabe Coomes, Hannah Holland and Skyler Slusher demonstrate their robotics projects at the board meeting.
"Above and Beyond Robotics is the fact that we're building engineers starting in sixth grade. So Vex IQ is a program that just started this year. Vex has been around for about five years. So we've kind of been the guinea pigs this year. As they bring out their robots I want to say that engineering is a lifelong skill. But really, what the kids learn the most is how to collaborate, and build as a team. Problem solving is huge in robotics so they have an opportunity to do problem solving." said Crum
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on March 17th 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
Hardin County is under a Level 2 Snow Emergency.
Upper Scioto Valley Schools will be on a two hour delay.
McGuffey Head Start--No Morning Bus.
Ridgedale Schools will be on a two hour delay Tuesday.
Riverdale Schools will be on a two hour delay
Ben Logan Schools will be on a two hour delay.
Forest Christian Preschool will be on a one hour delay.
Kenton City Schools will be on a two hour delay on Tuesday.
Ridgemont Schools will be on a two hour delay with Plan B for preschool.
Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay.
Ada Schools will be on a two hour delay on Tuesday.
Kenton 2 & 4 Head Start, no bus service, walk ins only.
Simon Kenton/Harco Industries will be on a two hour delay with no morning preschool on Tuesday.
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will be on a two hour delay.
The Kenton First United Methodist Christian Preschool will be on a 1/2 hour delay.
International Paper announced plans late last week to expand operations at the Kenton facility, and WKTN caught up with the man who started the company.
RE Allen (center, pictured in the Spring of 2013) started Imperial Cup in 1958.
R.E. Allen started Imperial Cup in 1958 by using the cups they made in their own vending machines. He said, "We started with the seven ounce vending cup, and with a vending cup, it has to be perfectly round in order to vend."
With a laugh he said he had no idea the company would grow the way it did, "No, Heaven's no. I started with one cup machine making our own cups."
Allen was instrumental in building the facility where they are currently located, "We had that building in process, in fact it was about 80% completed at the time we sold the company. We sold the company in 1989, and we started it in 1958."
He said he resisted selling the company until a personal tragedy happened in his life, "My wife was very ill at that time with lung cancer, and she had an operation in Mayo at Rochester, and they didn't get all of the cancer, so her time was limited, and after she expired is the time that we sold the company."
Allen still keeps up to date with the company and was excited to hear about the expansion plans, "That is exciting, and I'm very happy that the company we started is doing well, and that they're expanding in the Ohio plant. I'm sure International Paper has many plants where they could build on and expand and hire people, but I'm happy that they have chosen Kenton, Ohio and it's good for the people, and I'm sure the company will benefit by it."
Allen sold the company in 1989 to Federal Paperboard, which sold to International Paper a few years later.
An Alger man has been cited for failing to report an accident following a crash early Sunday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 56 year old Hector Rodriquez was driving north on Market Street and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting a car that was stopped for red light at Franklin Street. His car struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by 24 year old Latricia Holcomb, of Kenton.
Rodriquez then left the scene and was located later.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists who've filled up in the last couple days will have noticed that gas prices are rising.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.44 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 4 cents higher than last Monday, and it's the third straight week the price has risen.
The national average is about $3.36 per gallon, which is up 7 cents from last week.
The Ohio average is 17 cents higher than this time last month - but 37 cents lower than a year ago.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
Brandon Slack, Tawshia Keen, Alyasa Nichols and Salena Knight stand with WKTN's Dennis Beverly
Listen all this week as 4th and 5th grade Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School introduce songs on the Oldies For Lunch Hour on 95.s WKTN.
Kenton 2 is on a 2 hour dellay
Ridgemont is on a 2 hour delay and plan B pre school
The Kenton Police Department is currently investigating a three car crash that took place in the 100 block of South Main Street early Saturday afternoon. No further information on injuries or damage is available from the department at this time.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a pair of non-injury crashes from Saturday as well. The first took place on County Road 65, while the second was reported on Township Road 100. No further information was made available.
Hope Hazelton (at left) was named the 2014 Hardin County Dairy Princess at the banquet Saturday afternoon. Pictured with Hazelton are 2013 Dairy Princess Taylor Weaver and scholarship winner Jessica Boone.
The 2014 Hardin County Dairy Banquet was held Saturday afternoon at Walnut Grove Church. At the banquet it was announced that exhibitors Christine Rader, and OSU Senior, and Jessica Boone, a Kenton High School senior were the recipients of the dairy scholarships this year. Also it was announced that Hope Hazelton was selected at the 2014 Hardin County Dairy Princess. Hazelton shared an idea of a dairy farm tour to kick off her year as dairy princess.
"I'm working on the farm tour idea. We'd start at our farm and show how people how we operate at our dairy, and I've also talked with several other farmers I know and they were interested as well, so that's an idea I'd like to see done this year." said Hazelton.
Applications for the 2014 Dairy Service Unit Cheese sale were also available which can be picked up at the OSU Extension Office.
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams won for the ninth time in their last 11 outings on Saturday, dropping Hardin Northern 54-25 in girls basketbal action at Alumni Fieldhouse.
With its third straight win, USV improves to 13-8 on the season while the Polar Bears slip to 4-17.
Kaylee Hooker led all scorers with 14 points for the Polar Bears, but no other player for Hardin Northern scored more than 3 points. The Rams got 11 points each from Bree Mullins and Shelby Spradlin while Maddie Lowery scored 10, Brittany Holbrook and Shelby Carroll added 7 points each and Olivia Yaussy taliled 6.
USV took control of the game early, leading 12-3 after one quarter before opening up a 20-7 lead at the half. The Rams then outscored the Polar Bears 34-18 in the 2nd half to coast to the victory.
A 20 year old Dunkirk man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred just before 7:30 Friday evening.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Caleb Delong lost control of his vehicle while travelling east on County Road 160. The vehicle ended up off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.
Delong, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The vehicle was totaled, and the crash remains under investigation.
The Forest Police Department is currently investigating reports of vandalism that have occurred recently in the village.
Through the investigation it was learned that similar incidents have occurred in the Village of Carey and the City of Upper Sandusky along with criminal acts of a similar nature on Us. Rt. 30 in Wyandot County.
On February 13th, 2014 one adult female was arrested in regards to the acts of vandalism and is currently incarcerated in the Multi County Correctional Center in Marion. An adult male, Ridge Montgomery of Forest, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from a previous vandalism incident in the Village of Forest. More charges are expected and the case remains under investigation.
The Forest Police Department received investigative assistance from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, Hancock and Wyandot Counties Sheriff’s Office, the Upper Sandusky Police Department and the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority.
The Kenton Wildcats put a serious scare into Western Buckeye League co-leaders Celina on Friday, taking a lead deep into the fourth quarter before falling to the Bulldogs 69-65.
The Buldogs improve to 13-6 overall and remained tied with Defiance and Elida for the league lead with 1 week to play with a 7-1 WBL mark. The WIldcats fall 5-13 overall and 0-8 in the league.
Ryan Hoyng led Celina with 18 points while Logan Delong and Grant Laffin added 15 points each and Mason Ross scored 11.
Austin Phillips tallied a game-high 23 points for the Cats while Matt Bahr tossed in 12.
Phillips was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Shelby.
The Kenton School Board will soon be making a selection of a new high school head football coach.
According to the agenda for the Monday Kenton School Board meeting, the board will consider hiring Brent Fackler as the new head football coach for Kenton High School to replace retiring head coach Mike Mauk. Fackler has been with Kenton Schools for over twenty-five years and has served as the defense coach for the Kenton Wildcats for most of that time.
The Kenton School Board will consider the hiring of Fackler at the Monday board meeting, at the Kenton School Board offices at 7pm.
Two people were injured in a crash that occurred Thursday evening.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 20 year old Jenna Mills, of Perry, Ohio, drove from County Road 35 onto State Route 81, and her vehicle was struck by an eastbound car being operated by 35 year old Miquel Melendez, of Lima.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and two passengers in the Melendez car, 39 year old Linda Youngblood and 2 year old Mario Melendez, were both transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Mills was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
A teenager who was sentenced last October on one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault in connection to a fatal fire in 2009 could be spending the next 2 and half years in the Department of Youth Services.
The teenager, who we are still referring to as J.M. even though he turned 18 in late November of 2013, was sentenced to up to the age of 21 for setting a fire in December of 2009 that claimed the life of his stepfather, Gary Wells Junior. Two other people in the house, his mother Sarah Wells and his brother Derrick Fortner were able to escape.
Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and suspended time in D.Y.S. in favor of the successful completion of a program in the New Horizons Youth Center in Bethesda, Ohio.
Prosecutor Brad Bailey recently filed a motion to invoke the suspended D.Y.S committment citing several violations committed by J.M. at the treatment facility. Among the violations cited in the motion, is the fact that J.M. escaped the facility on January 15, but also his poor effort and minimal progress while in the facility.
A hearing on the motion has been set for Thursday February 20 before Judge Rapp.
Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to court documents provided by Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office;
James Jacob Born was sentenced to over six years in prison on multiple counts including Burglary, Grand Theft, Safecracking and Identity Fraud.
Seth M. Vent was sentenced to 29 months in prison for drug trafficking, to be served consecutively with a sentence for a separate incident in Wyandot County.
Michael T. Robinson Jr. was sentenced to 36 months in prison for multiple counts including trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and theft.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Registrations are being taken now for 2014 Hardin Leadership classes.
Steering Committee member Teresa Allen said the classes can benefit everyone where they are looking for personal or professional growth.
For more on the topic, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – February 14, 2014 – International Paper (NYSE: IP) today announced plans for a 250,000 square foot expansion at its Kenton, Ohio, manufacturing facility, doubling its current manufacturing space at this location. The facility is part of the company’s Foodservice business which manufactures fiber-based hot and cold cups, food buckets and containers, plates and lids for the foodservice industry. The expansion is expected to create 125 new jobs and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2015.
“International Paper is expanding to support the organic growth of our customers and the increased demand in the marketplace for our products,” said Tracy Pearson, vice president and general manager, IP Foodservice. “The foodservice industry overall is experiencing solid growth fueled by consumer demand for convenience food and beverages as part of their daily routines. Consumers are also voicing a stronger preference for products and packaging made from renewable materials, helping drive more demand for sustainable fiber-based packaging.”
“Our Foodservice business continues to drive shareholder value for the company,” said John Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer, International Paper. “This investment in the Kenton plant further reinforces our commitment to providing innovative, fiber-based packaging that meets the growing demands of our customers in the foodservice industry.”
Kenton Plant Manager Dan Drengler said the news was received well when it was announced Friday morning, "Everybody is really excited being able to add over 100 new jobs over the next few years is great news to be able to share. We're looking forward to growing here in Kenton."
International Paper’s Kenton facility was selected for the expansion based on access to a skilled workforce, its multi-mode transportation capabilities and easy distribution access to the Midwest, East Coast and southern markets. Hardin County, the city of Kenton, the state and JobsOhio provided incentives that helped secure the expansion and new jobs for the greater Kenton, Ohio, area. The company appreciates their support in making Ohio competitive, creating jobs and helping make the expansion in Kenton possible.
“We have a strong history and successful manufacturing team here in Kenton,” said Pearson. “We look forward to expanding our operations, growing our presence in the Kenton community and providing new employment opportunities.”
The City of Kenton announced today a new service. Online, mobile and phone utility payment.
According to a release from the Kenton Water Department, residents can now pay their bills anywhere, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. To pay, you can go to the city website at www.kentoncity.com and download the “PSN Payments” app, or call toll-free 877-885-7968 which is an automated phone payment service. Residents can make a credit/debit card or checking/savings account payment.
Additionally, customers can make an immediate payment, schedule a payment or set up Auto-Pay and not have to worry about making a payment for each bill.
Young people have a chance to apply for local scholarships from Hardin County Agriculture organizations.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association and the Hardin County Pork Producers are both accepting scholarship applications for 2014. The awards will be announced at both organizations annual banquet.
In order to be eligible, applicants must have raised their respected livestock through 4-H or FFA and have shown at the Hardin County Fair. This is open to any senior in a Hardin County school. More information about scholarships and the applications can be picked up at the Hardin County OSU Extension Office.
Additionally, both organizations are looking for applicants for Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen and Hardin County Pork Queen. This is typically open to Hardin County girls ages 15-19 and have raised their respected livestock on a farm in Hardin County. They are required to present a speech at the banquet and be interviewed by a panel of judges. Applications for the queen can also be picked up at the OSU Extension Office or from any livestock organization director.
The Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association Banquet is Saturday March 1st at 6:30pm. The Hardin County Pork Producers Banquet will be Saturday March 29th at 6:30pm. Both will be held at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Kenton.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comcast Corp. has confirmed that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable for about $45.2 billion in stock in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies.
The deal amounts to $158.82 per share, which is about 17 percent above the Wednesday closing price of Time Warner Cable Inc. shares.
The deal trumps a proposal by Charter Communications Inc. to buy Time Warner for about $38 billion in cash and stock worth $132.50 per share and comes just a day after Charter said it was preparing a proxy fight by nominating a full slate of directors to Time Warner Cable's board.
The Kenton Wildcats snapped an 8-game losing streak on Wednesday by defeating Bluffton 63-49 in boys basketball play.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Kenton led by double figures most of the rest of the way and blunted several Pirate charges in the 2nd half. Bluffton, which lost for the fourth straight time, got as close as six points in the second half but could never get over the hump.
Levi Kistler led Bluffton (8-11) with 16 points. Colyn Blackford led Kenton with 13 points while Grant Sherman finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Sherman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats (5-12) host Celina on Friday in a game that will be carried live on WKTN. The pregame show should start around 7:30 p.m.
Parenting—is there an app for that?
Parenting is the most difficult and challenging job you will ever do. Children don’t come with instruction books or apps; it is difficult to know what to do when your children misbehave. It is also hare to know how to help them grow up in the best way.
Research shows that parents still have the greatest influence on their kids, more than anything or anyone else. You are your child’s best bet for a safe, happy and fulfilling life.
Be involved with your kids. Talk with your kids. Active Parenting Now in 3 gives you great practical ways to connect and stay connected with your children. OSU Extension, Alger First United Methodist Church, and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund are offering parents of school aged children an opportunity to intentionally explore how to be the greatest influence on their kids.
They will be offering a series of three sessions of Active Parenting Now in 3 on Tuesdays, February 18, 25 and March 4 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Alger First United Methodist Church, 101 Montville, Alger. Child care will be provided by church volunteers during the sessions for those families requesting it.
Register by phoning the Extension office at 419-674-2297, e-mailing email@example.com or go on-line at go.osu.edu/usvregistersforapn3
Two teams that are in desperate need of a win square off tonight in Kenton as the Wildcats host Bluffton.
The Wildcats' last victory came on January 18th, when they upset state-ranked Pleasant 74 to 72 in overtime. Since that big win, Kenton has lost its last 8 games, including Monday's 71 to 49 loss to Wapakoneta that dropped the Cats to 4 and 12 for the season.
The Pirates also come into tonight's game looking to snap a losing streak. Bluffton has lost its last 3 games and has an 8 and 10 record.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
Ashley Morris scored a career-high 21 points as the Kenton Lady Wildcats defeated Spencerville 61-51 in girls basketball action on Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats, who improve to 8-13, took a double-digit lead into the 4th quarter and then iced the game at the foul line, knocking down 13 of 14 tries over the final 8 minutes.
Chyenne Hedges added 10 points and 14 rebounds for Kenton while Megan Gier finished with 8 points and 13 caroms.
Spencerville, which slips to 5-14, got 19 points from Schylar Miller.
Morris was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
In other girls basketball action on Tuesday, Riverdale defeated Wynford to earn a share of the North Central Conference title. The Falcon JVs also finished as co-champs of the NCC. In non-league play, Pandora-Gilboa defeated Ada 59-39.
A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a pickup truck in downtown Kenton around 11 Tuesday morning.
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, Daniel Robinson, of Mt. Victory, was walking with the red light north in the crosswalk across Columbus Street, when Michael Sites, of Dunkirk, turned left from Main onto Columbus. The front fender of the pickup struck Robinson, who suffered a knee injury. He was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Sites was cited for not following a driver's duty at a crosswalk.
A Marion man was injured in a crash involving a car and a semi around 10 Monday night in Taylor Creek Township.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 42 year old Jimmie Rankin was driving his vehicle west on County Road 200 and failed to stop for a stop sign at U.S. 68. The Ford Escape struck a southbound semi being operated by 50 year old Robert Myer, of Ontario, Canada. Both vehicles ended up off the east side of 68 and came to rest in a field. Emergency personnel using mechanical means freed Rankin from his vehicle. He was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine with non-life threatening injuries. Myer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.
Mike Melvin, from the new Melvin's Convienance Store, and Bud Winzenreid from the Kenton Tree Commission addressed the recent decision to not recommend the renewal of the economic development contractor contract. At a meeting of the Maintenance, Operations and Personnel committee last Monday, it was decided to not recommend a renewal of the contract. Melvin and Winzenreid both addressed the council asking that they reconsider that recommendation.
Mike Melvin addresses the city council.
Melvin citing the work Potts did in getting their store opened, and Winzenreid citing the continued cooperation between all the city entities in ensuring that Kenton progress forward, and not backward.
"That's what we have to do. We're a small community. We can't be like the Washington folks and fight all the time, talking about how things should be this way or that way. And if we do, go in the back room and talk about it, don't stand up in the press and talk about it. We can't afford that folks. We have to work together. There's no reason why we can't sit down like ladies and gentlemen and talk about issues and bring things together and say here's what we all agreed on. This is what we have to do" said Winzinreid.
The MOP committee met after the council meeting to hammer out several of the questions in the current contract that needed to be addressed. Specifically, to clarify the reporting procedures to the council as a whole. It was decided that the amended contract would include an amendment that the economic development contractor meet with the Council Special Projects committee once a month and provide quarterly reports to the council, in addition to being present at the meetings to answer questions. Clarification on the activities reports and compensation issues were also clarified. The committee moved to present the amended contract to the council for it's approval. Councilman David Beazley noted that progress was made moving forward.
"I think we did a much better job of communicating between parties tonight, both council and administration, as well as the current contractor. I think we ironed out some issues that wen't clear to all of us at the previous meeting. We got everyone together and had a fruitful discussion. I think we're moving in the right direction because we all want what is best for the city." said Beazley
Also at the council meeting, Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced that the administration was considering hiring a Parks & Recreation Director again, and would be presenting a proposal for that soon, the council hired Damian Sheldon as an Information Technology Contractor. Sheldon, a Kenton high school student will work for a couple of hours each day on the Kenton website and conduct training for Kenton City Employees on use of the website.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on February 24th 2014 at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
The Lady Wildcats have battled through an injury-plagued season.
Kenton was 6 and 5 through 11 games but the combination of multiple injuries and a difficult closing schedule resulted in the Cats losing 8 of their last 9 games. They bring a 7 and 13 mark into tonight's game.
Spencerville has won two of its last 3 games and is 4 and 13 on the season.
WKTN will bring you all the action live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
The Wapakoneta Redskins nabbed their 1st Western Buckeye League win of the season, defeating Kenton 71-49 on Monday.
The Redskins won for the third time in four games and improve to 4-13 overall and 1-6 in the league. The Cats fell for the 8th straight time and now stand at 4-12 overall and 0-7 in the WBL.
Keaton Metz led Wapakoneta with 20 points while Adam Henderson scored 17. Kenton got 16 points from Matt Bahr while Grant Sherman scored 10.
Bahr was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Cats are back in action on Wednesday when they host Bluffton in a game that will be carried live on WKTN.
Emergency crews were dispatched to a one vehicle crash around eight this morning about a mile north of Kenton on U.S. 68.
Details are not available at this time, but we were told a vehicle ended up off the road and rolled onto its side. There were no injuries.
We will have more later when the information is available from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol.
Effective today (Monday February 10) through Friday February 14 at 3:30pm, the Mayor and Safety Service Director have a declared a Snow Emergency in the City of Kenton.
Parking on a public street in Kenton is permitted on the even numbered side of the street on even numbered days and the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days during the Snow Emergency.
Vehicles parked in violation of this will be towed at the owner's expense.
A busy week for the Kenton Wildcats begins tonight when Wapakoneta comes to town. Jim Homan has the details...
The Wildcats will play four times in a six-day span. Kenton entertains Wapakoneta tonight before hosting Bluffton on Wednesday and Celina on Friday. The week wraps up for the Cats on Saturday when they will visit Shelby.
Kenton is 4 and 11 on the season and 0 and 6 in the Western Buckeye League. Wapakoneta, which has won 2 of its last 3 games, brings a 3 and 14 overall mark into tonight's game and is also 0 and 6 in league play.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Kenton High School, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
The Kenton City Schools has used all of its calamity days and will being using make up days.
According to a release from the school system, as of Friday the Kenton City Schools has used ten calamity days, which means they have two school days to make-up. The school will make-up one day on Monday, February 17, 2014 (President’s Day), and will make-up the second day on Monday, April 21, 2014 (day after Easter).
If any parents have any questions regarding the district make-up days, they are asked to contact their child’s building principal.
Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay
Ben Logan is on a two hour delay
The Upper Scioto Valley Rams received the top seed at the Kenton Division IV sectional boys basketball tournament on Sunday.
The top-seeded Rams received a first-round bye at the Division IV sectional at Kenton. In opening round action, Ada will meet Waynesfield-Goshen at 7 p.m. on February 25th, with the winner to meet Upper Scioto Valley for the sectional title at 6:15 p.m. on February 28th.
In the other half of the draw, Arlington will meet Hardn Northern at 6:15 p.m. on February 26th, with Perry and Ridgemont to play in the 2nd game that night. The two winners will play for the sectional championship at 8 p.m. on February 28th.
In the Division 2 sectional at Riverdale, the Kenton Wildcats received a first-round bye and will take on Tiffin Columbian for the sectional title at 8 p.m. on February 28th.
In the Division III sectional at Findlay, the Riverdale Falcons will play Hopewell-Loudon at 6:15 p.m. on February 25th, with the winner to meet Carey for the sectional crown at 8 p.m. on February 28th.
The Division II Sectional 5-Northwest District Swim Meet was held Saturday at the Lima YMCA. Kenton and Ada both sent teams to the meet, with success.
The Kenton Girls team finished 5th overall while the Kenton Boys ended with a 7th place finish. Ada's boys took 3rd place honors, while the Ada girls finished 9th overall.
Individuals who placed for Kenton were, Sophomore Mo Gray touched the wall 1st in the 100 Breast Stroke and finished third in the 50 Freestyle; Sophomore Ashton Cole swam to a 2nd in the 500 Freestyle and a 3rd in the 200 Freestyle, while Senior Evan Wilkerson finished 2nd in the 200 IM and 3rd in the 100 Breast Stroke.
For Ada, the 200 Freestyle Relay team finished in 2nd, and also 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay, while Matthew Wilcox touched the wall 1st in the 50 Freestyle, and Mitchell Wilcox swam to a 2nd in the 100 Freestyle.
Wapakoneta landed first place in both the boys and girls divisions on Saturday.
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