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Public Meeting Scheduled in Mt. Victory

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


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


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


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


This meeting will be prior to the council meeting.

Driver Facing OVI Charge Following Accident

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

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

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

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


Hackney was charged with underage consumption.

7 Adults And Two Juveniles Charged With Underage Consumption

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

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

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

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

Milford City Man Indicted For Aggravated Murder

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


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




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


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


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

Ohio Elections Chief Orders Poll Worker Training

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


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


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


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

Governor To Help Kick Off 161st Ohio State Fair



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

School supply lists from area schools



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


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


North Union

Elementary School

Middle School



Hardin Northern






Upper Scioto Valley

Elementary School

Middle School






Ben Logan






Ada Schools



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


Driver Cited Following Monday Crash

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

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

Light to moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.

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

Finishing Touches Being Put On New Elementary Building

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Job and Family Services Conducts School Clothes Program

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

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

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

Kentonite Wins Heart Of Ohio Golf Tournament

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


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

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

Forest Teen Facing Drug Possesion Charges

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

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

The incident remains under investigation. 

Two Men Facing Charges Following Separate Incidents Sunday

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

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


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

Ohio Gas Prices Up Slightly To Start Work Week



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

Wildcats Travel To Alabama For National Passing Tournament

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Steeple Replaced At Kenton Church



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


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


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




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


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

ODOT Releases Road Construction Projects

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

Allen County:


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


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


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


Hancock County:

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


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


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

Interstate 75: 


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


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


U.S. 224:

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


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


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


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

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

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


Hardin County:

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


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


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


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


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


 Wyandot County:

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


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


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


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

Hardin County Relay for Life continues today

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

Four Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


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


Placed on five years community control with conditions were:


.Curtis Daniel Heydinger on four counts of forgery.


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


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


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Three Vehicles Involved in Thursday Afternoon Crash

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

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

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

Search For Fairboard Secretary Continues

The search continues for a new Hardin County Fairboard Secretary.


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


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

Dream Center Continues Mission in Hardin County



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

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

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

Ohioans Urged To Enjoy The Outdoors in July

Lawrence Woods Nature Preserve in Kenton


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Ohio Patrol Cruiser Wins Best-Looking in Contest



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

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



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


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


36% said a day or two after


26% said what expiration date


22% said the day of


16% said a week after


Vote now in this weeks Visitor Poll.

Driver Uninjured in Tuesday Crash

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

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

Carver was cited for a reasonable control violation.

Street Project Scheduled in Kenton

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

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

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

Ohio Returns $74.5M in Unclaimed Funds

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

City Council Says No To Additional Street Funding This Year

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


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


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


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


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

Pleasant Township Considering Alert System Options

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



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


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


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


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


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


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

Area Business Broken Into Over Weekend

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

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

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

The incident remains under investigation.

Three people killed in multiple car crash in Marion

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

Suspect arrested in connection to Ada burglaries

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

Ohio gas prices below national average

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

Several ODOT projects planned for next week.

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


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


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


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


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

Homeless can apply for social security.

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

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

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

Three sentenced this week in court.

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


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


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


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


All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Tree Town Fest set for this weekend in Forest

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


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

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

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

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

Patrick arrested on active warrant

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


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

Deputy Struck in Face By Mt. Victory Teenager

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

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

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

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

Property Tax Deadline is Today

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

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

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

Two Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Crash

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

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

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

There were no injuries.

Driver Cited Following One Vehicle Crash

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

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

Dudek was not injured.

Lightning Sets Tree Ablaze in Rural Ada

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

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

They were on the scene for a short time.

Blanchard Place Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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


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

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


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


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

Uncertainty Remains On Kenton Street Projects

Funding on several proposed street projects remains an uncertinity.


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


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


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


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

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


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

Several Items, Including Cash, Stolen Over Holiday Weekend

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

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

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

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

The incident was reported on Monday and remains under investigation.

Firearm Stolen From House in Alger

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

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

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

Officials Elated By RNC Panel Picking Cleveland



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

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

Visitor Poll Results

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


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


Vote now in this week's poll.

Weekend News Roundup

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

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



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

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



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

No further information is available at this time.

Ohio Gas Prices Continue To Drop After Holiday



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

Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court



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

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


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


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


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

Bark Park Fundraiser Scheduled For July 12

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

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

Insurers to Save $11 Million With Ohio Rule Change

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


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


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


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


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

Freedom Celebration at Fairgrounds on July 4

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

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

from 11 until 2.

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

One Car Heavily Damaged in Two Vehicle Crash Wednesday

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

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


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


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

Motorcycle Operaor Cited For OVI

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

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

Cars Vandalized at Kenton Dealership

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

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

The incident is under investigation.

Farmers Assess Crops at Halfway Point in Growing Season

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


Jeff Wahl in his fields out in Dudley Township


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


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


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


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


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


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

Ohio Ends Fiscal Year With $800 Million Surplus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has ended its budget year as expected with a nearly $800 million surplus, money set aside to fund tax breaks and any unexpected Medicaid expenses coming from federal health care reform.
State budget director Tim Keen said Wednesday Ohio beat projections for the fourth consecutive fiscal year through spending cuts and better-than-expected tax revenues. Overall, revenues lagged the previous year because of tax cuts in Gov. John Kasich's (KAY-siks) current two-year budget.
Besides $300 million earmarked for a Medicaid reserve, the funds will pay for: $76 million in tax credits for low- and middle-income Ohioans; $91 million in accelerated income-tax cuts; and $229 million for expanded income-tax breaks for small-business owners.
What's left carries over to the new fiscal year that began Tuesday.

Judge Won't Toss Charges Against P&G Protesters

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

Ada Church Making Recovery

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


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



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


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


Rendering of the finished church building.


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

Boil Water Alert Issued For Belle Center

A Boil Water Alert was issued this (Monday) morning for residents of Belle Center.


Residents are advised to bring water to a boil before consumption.


The alert is in effect for residents of Belle Center until further notice.

Numerous Items Reported Stolen From Residence on CR 20 Over Weekend

A theft that occurred sometime over the weekend was reported Sunday.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the theft occurred in the 4000 block of County Road 20.

Numerous tools, equipment and other items were stolen from that location.

Total value of the missing items was listed at over $3000.

The case is under investigation.

Man Cited For Possesion of Marijuana

A Bellefontaine man was cited for possession of marijuana Sunday afternoon.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Save-A-Lot to investigate a report of an unresponsive male in a vehicle.


He was identified as Tharion Standley, and after he was searched, officers allegedly found a green vegetation that tested positive for THC in his pockets.

Standley was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital and was issued a summons to court for the possession charge.

The marijuana and a pipe were destroyed.

Ohio Conferences Will Examine Anti-Drug Programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's judges, county and state officials, and drug experts are examining treatment programs and other ways to fight opiate abuse in upcoming conferences in Columbus.
Judges from across the state have been invited to an Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities hosts an anti-addictions conference called "Don't Get Me Started."
Like many states, Ohio has seen a surge in heroin use and a sharp rise in overdose deaths.
Among the efforts is a project in drug courts in six counties to examine whether the drugs Vivitrol and Suboxone help heroin users prevent relapses as they seek to become productive citizens.


The participating counties are Allen, Crawford, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking and Mercer.

Ohio Gas Prices Drop As Fourth of July Week Starts


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices are down in Ohio at the start of this Fourth of July holiday week.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.63 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 11 cents cheaper than a week ago, and it's notably higher than the average of about $3.32 per gallon at this time last year.
Monday's national average was slightly higher at about $3.68 per gallon, essentially unchanged from a week ago.
AAA estimates 41 million people in the U.S. will travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday period. That projection covers the period from Wednesday through Sunday this week.
     AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

Visitor Poll Voters Select Favorite Patriotic Song

Visitor Poll voters were asked to select their favorite patriotic song from a list of five.


Following nine days of voting, the results have been finalized, and the results will be presented on the Firecracker Countdown Special airing July 4 from 8:30pm until 10pm Friday July 4 on 95..3 WKTN.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

2014 Kenton Kids Day a Success

The third annual Kenton Kids Day was held in downtown Kenton Saturday afternoon. Kids of all ages came out to participate in many activities sponsored by many local organizations. Kids participated in a bounce pad and obstacle course, laser tag, a plinko game, and area law enforcement came out to showcase their equipment. 
Kids could participate in a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, an acrobat activity, and Kenton Mayor Randy Manns also presented area business owner Barb McClain with a proclamation and the key to the city for her work in promoting activities and Kids Day over the years. The event was well attended and free.

Kenton Business Investigating Shortfall in Revenue From Lottery Tickets

A significant shortage in revenue from Ohio Lottery scratch off tickets at Rite Aid in Kenton has led to an investigation.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the district manager told officers he has found that the store is short more than $19,000.

It is believed an employee has ordered tickets from the Ohio Lottery, and those tickets were never placed on sale at the store, but the winning tickets from those orders were cashed in at local businesses.

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

Census Shows Hispanic Population Growing in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New census estimates show Ohio has added more than 32,000 Hispanic residents from 2010 to 2013.

The number of Hispanics in the state has grown from about 3.1 percent of the state total population to 3.4 percent.
Reports show two-thirds of Ohio's counties have seen increases in their Hispanic populations since 2010 and declines in the number of non-Hispanic residents.
Ohio has become more diverse like the rest of the nation.
People who identify as Hispanic are driving population growth in 87 of Ohio's 88 counties. The exception is southern Ohio's Meigs County, where the numbers of Hispanic and non-Hispanics both declined.
Hispanic origin is considered to be an ethnicity, so Hispanics can be of any race under Census Bureau definitions.

Mt. Victory Mayor Resigns

The Mayor of Mt. Victory resigned Thursday citing health reasons. At the regular meeting of the Mt. Victory Village Council Thursday night, Mayor Laura Williams submitted a letter of resignation to the council, which was received by the members.


Village Administrator Dan Stuck said that Council President Mike Trout was appointed as the new Mayor of Mt. Victory.

Kenton School Board Holds Special Meeting

 The Kenton School Board met in special session this morning to consider several personal matters.


Among the business, the board approved contracts for Bradley Potts, High School Social Studies Teacher, and Stefany Jacoby, Kenton Elementary Math Teacher, as well as approved a number of supplemental contracts and middle school football coach contracts.


The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on July 18th 2014, at the schools administrative offices at 7pm.

Kenton Kids Day 2014 Set For Saturday

The Annual Kenton Kids Day is slated for tomorrow in Downtown Kenton.


Kenton Economic Development Contractor Becky Potts said that people coming out will see many of the familiar events, but that many new events have been added to this years festival.


Potts said that the event will run from 9:30am until 2pm in downtown Kenton and that the Kenton Pool will be open with free admission after Kids Day until 5pm Saturday afternoon.


All events for Kids Day are free.

Findlay Woman Injured After Semi Strikes Garage Off I-75

The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one vehicle injury crash that occurred on 06/26/2014 around 8:45PM on Interstate 75 northbound near mile post 161. A white 2014 Volvo Semi being driven by Phillip A. Ewing (66) of Bridgeport Ohio failed to maintain control and drove off the right side of the road. The semi then struck the right of way fence, a utility pole, and a garage located at 3212 Crosshill Drive. The impact with the garage knocked the structure off the foundation and destroyed the west and north walls of the garage.  A large privacy fence was also struck.  Debris from the garage and the fence then struck Nikki L. Puchta (61) of Findlay. Mrs. Puchta is the owner of the residence and was mowing her yard when she was struck.  She was trapped under a large portion of the debris.  Mrs. Puchta was freed by other motorists that had stopped to assist after the crash. 


The semi-truck came to rest on its right side in the ditch after it struck a second utility pole.  Mrs. Puchta was transported from the scene to Blanchard Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was later sent to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo for further evaluation. Mr. Ewing was treated at the scene and released. Alcohol is not suspected in the crash and Mr. Ewing was wearing his seat belt.  Mr. Ewing was issued a citation for failure to maintain control.


The semi did lose approximately fifty gallons of diesel fuel as a result of the crash.  Hancock County EMA arrived on scene to ensure the scene was properly cleaned. 


The patrol was assisted on scene by Findlay Fire Department, HANCO EMS, Findlay Police Department, Ed’s Towing, ODOT, Hancock County EMA, and SWS Environmental Cleaning.

Take Precautions Against Ticks This Summer

Columbus, OH - State health leaders are advising Ohio residents to protect themselves against ticks when they are exploring wooded areas this summer.
Precautionary measures can prevent a person from being bitten and avoid the spread of diseases ticks may carry. Comments from Glen Needham,associate professor, Entomology, Ohio State University. Image available: photo of a deer tick.
Concerns about ticks and the diseases they carry should not stop Ohioans from getting out and enjoying nature this summer. Experts say with the right precautions, the chances of being bitten are slim. Ohio State University entomologist Glen Needham says when folks are out exploring wooded areas, they should wear light colors, long pants and long sleeves, and make sure they are tucked in. But that's not all, "Anticipating ahead of time before you go into where ticks are and, if you're responsible for kids or pets, knowing that they need to have on repellent, pets need to have anti-tick products on; doing a tick check and, just as you're walking through the area, just checking your pants and your clothes periodically."
Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. According to the Department of Health, there were more than 90 confirmed cases of tick-borne illness last year in Ohio.
If you do find a tick, Needham says avoid removal methods such as heat or fingernail polish, because they can agitate the tick and cause it to release bacteria into the body, "The best way is to use your protected fingers or tweezers and then carefully pull it off, and usually the mouth parts will come right along with it."
Needham says it typically takes several hours after a tick is attached before any disease is transmitted, sometimes up to 48 hours. So, if you can remove a tick quickly, there is a reduced risk of contracting a disease from it.

Deadline Set To Claim Removed Items at Grove Cemetery

A deadline has been set to claim decorations that have been removed from graves at Grove Cemetery.

That deadline to claim the items is Tuesday July 1, and Grove Cemetery Superintendent Jim Litzenberg describes the items, "The Shepherd's Hooks, the blocks, pavers and the boarders that we picked up in the Spring."

And where at the cemetery and when can the items be claimed?, "Right up at the maintenance building is where they've been. They can pick them up anytime they want. A lot of them's got tags on them yet. Some of the tags have come off, but if they can identify them they can get them."

If the items are not claimed by July 1, they will be discarded.


 And of course if you have any questions you can call the Superintendent's Office at Grove Cemetery at 419-673-3148.

Ohio Delays New Requirements For Jobless Benefits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says it's delaying the enforcement of new regulations that require Ohioans to do more to get unemployment benefits.
The rules require those seeking unemployment compensation to post their resumes on Ohio's job-search website, take three assessments and complete an unemployment questionnaire to continue receiving benefits.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Wednesday that beneficiaries had password trouble in trying to update their resumes through the website, OhioMeansJobs.com. Spokeswoman Angela Terez says customer service representatives couldn't access the passwords or reset them because of security issues.

Terez says the issue is being fixed.
The state posts basic resumes for people. Individuals then have eight weeks to create a detailed resume. If the requirement isn't met, unemployment benefits are stopped until it's completed.

Finance Committee Says No To Additional Street Projects in Kenton

The Finance Committee announced at the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night that they could not recommend fully funding additional street improvement projects.

Committee Chairman Brian Hattery said they made the decision following a committee meeting last week and through information from Regional Planning director Mark Doll, and they did not feel comfortable to fund all of the additional projects requested by the administration, "The funds that were denied, that we were hoping for the intersection improvements for the new school, by McDonald's, and also the fact that we do not have all the monies in hand yet for the street improvements we're already planning on doing this year, those are the two from Mark Doll, then from the last meeting, I received a healthy warning about not being too aggressive moving money around at this time and waiting more towards the end of the year to see how things shake out really with finances."

Hattery said after taking a tour of the requested areas, the committee would recommend spending money for improvements for the worst two, those being North Market Street, between Franklin and Columbus, and Eliza Street in the area of Northwood and the High School.
Safety Service Director Jim Hites said. "No disrespect to the committee, but you should have had someone from the street department with you on the tour, because you're not qualified to make that decision." Hattery agreed as to their level of their expertise, "As it was pointed out, we are not experts in the field of streets and street repairs and materials. We gave it a layman's perspective, but we're willing to talk with the administration."

Mayor Randy Manns said past councils have failed to take action on the roads for the past 20-25 years resulting in the condition the roads are in now. He said it's time to move forward, and offered to sit down and meet with the committee and discuss options, to which Hattery said they are willing, "If they have other information that would make the committee more comfortable to commit additional money at this time, before the end of the year, we would be willing to talk and listen."

Also at the meeting, the Safety Committee recommended moving forward on the purchase of a tornado siren. Mayor Manns noted that he has been meeting with officials from Pleasant Township, who are interested in installing sirens as well, and Manns said they may be able to work together to help bring the cost down some and provide more coverage.
The Special Projects Committee said they are in the early stages of putting together some kind of city-wide sidewalk program. They are meeting with other cities at this time as they continue to explore ideas.

Following a public hearing prior to the meeting last night, no objections were heard, and council approved a petition to re-zone the area of 500 East Columbus Street from Residential to Business, allowing the owner of the property to open a business at the location.

Also last night, Fire Chief Russ Blue reminded residents that open burning is against the law except for cooking food with a permit, and then only clean burning material can be used. He said if there are any questions, contact the fire department for more information.

Chief Blue also said they have hired a new firefighter, Chris Koelsch, who will start his career with the Kenton Fire Department this Saturday June 28. The Chief also announced that the Hardin County Firefighters Association will be dedicating a monument in honor of the late firefighter Brian Beaman. The ceremony will be held Sunday June 29 starting at two at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.

Safety Service Director Hites said they have entered into an agreement with Ohio Health to share in the cost of paving Washington Boulevard. He said the city would pay for half, with Ohio Health, which operates Hardin Memorial Hospital, picking up the other half.

Mayor Manns invited everyone to Kenton Kids Day this Saturday June 29 from 9:30am to 2pm in downtown Kenton.

Council Member Patti Risner invited everyone to a fundraiser being held at the new Bark Park at Wharton Park on July 12. She said there will be a number of activities involving dogs at the event. She said the money will be used to help pay for the remaining cost of the dog park, which she said is being used by a lot of dog owners.

In business, council approved an ordinance following suspension of the three reading rule, which allows for transferring funds within the city budget to fund needed repairs at the waterworks plant.

The next regular meeting of Kenton City Council will be held Monday July 14 at the city building.

Motorcyle Stolen From Garage in Kenton

A garage was broken into and a motorcycle was stolen over the weekend on North Street in Kenton.

The incident was reported Sunday in the 300 block of North Street.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, someone was able to bend the locking bar and force the door open. The motorcycle, which was valued at around $4000, was stolen.

The case is under investigation.

Ohio Gas Prices Down To Start Work Week



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are paying a bit less at the pump to start the new work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.74 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 12 cents less than a week ago.
Monday's Ohio price is about a dime lower than a month ago, but it's about 21 cents higher than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was $3.68 per gallon. That's a couple pennies more than a week ago.
Ohio averages range from $3.60 per gallon in Toledo to $3.80 in the Dayton area.
Analysts say unrest in Iraq has kept the price of crude oil higher.
     AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


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