Kenton, Oh – Quest Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Kenton, Ohio is pleased to announce that they have requested and been granted permission by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to expand their community charter to include Wyandot County.
The NCUA is the regulatory agency for Federal Credit Unions and has a stringent process that each credit union must go through to request and receive expansion capabilities. Quest currently serves those who live, work, worship, attend school or are affiliated with businesses and organizations in Hardin and Logan Counties and are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Wyandot community.
Quest operates 4 branches in Kenton, Ada and Bellefontaine and will be expanding to the Indian Lake area within the next 24 months. Quest manages $85 million in assets with 12,500 members while offering a complete line of consumer financial products and services including loans, deposit accounts, online banking with a mobile app, electronic services for families and businesses as well as agricultural lending and account servicing.
Matthew Jennings, CEO of Quest commented “We are very proud of our credit union and what we have been able to accomplish starting out with a small group of employees at the Kenton Rockwell Plant in 1969 to where we are today, serving 3 communities with 4 branch locations and over 30 employees. Our credit union is a model for cooperative financial services, our board of directors are community members who volunteer their expertise and our staff are all local people who live in our communities. Wyandot County is very similar to Hardin and Logan in that all three counties are rural, agricultural communities with a scattering of smaller towns and villages, good school systems and hardworking people. At Quest, we want to offer our friends and neighbors a low cost or free banking alternative to help improve their quality of life and to assist them in realizing their dreams.”
“We are excited to come to Wyandot County and will be looking for locations to deploy ATM’s with an eye on having a branch facility in the area as soon as it is fiscally responsible” commented Dick Wilcox, Board President. “We would like to welcome the community to our credit union and hope to prove that we provide the best service experience you can hope for in a financial institution” continued Wilcox.
Jennings added “Credit Unions are built on cooperative principles of people helping people, savers save and borrowers borrow and together we can offer each other a better deal and a leg up as compared to some of our competitors. We hope that you visit us soon; you can apply for membership online and begin benefiting from membership immediately.”
Quest Federal Credit Union can be contacted at 800.333.9571 or visit us online at www.questfcu.com “Explore the Possibilities”
Ridgemont and Upper Scioto Valley will meet tonight in girls basketball action.
Both teams come in with 2 and 2 records. The Golden Gophers dropped their 1st two games of the season by a combined 68 points but have bounced back nicely. Ridgemont won its last 2 games by a total of 70 points, including a 76 to 38 win over Mansfield Temple Christian on Saturday. Aislinn McCullough paced the Gophers with 26 points in the win.
The Rams have taken the more traditional route to their break-even mark. Upper Scioto Valley has alternated wins and losses this season, posting a 52 to 41 win over Cory-Rawson on Saturday in their last outing. Shelby Spradlin led the Rams with 16 points and is one of three players who averages double figures for Upper Scioto Valley.
WKTN will carry the game live tonight from Ridgemont, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. Photo by CNN
LIMA, Ohio (AP) - U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.
The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week. It means Abrams tanks will continue to roll off the line at the nation's only tank manufacturing plant, in Lima (LY'-mah), about 80 miles south of Toledo.
The money for the tank plant will come against the wishes of the Obama administration, which for the past two years has asked Congress not to spend any money to refurbish the M1A1 Abrams battle tank.
Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman supported keeping the plant operating.
Photo from Brenna Gentry
A 2000 graduate of Kenton High School has been making her mark on the music scene in Nashville Tennessee. Heidi Burson has recently made some waves on the Nashville music scene, performing in various clubs and festivals in Nashville and elsewhere. Burson, the daughter of former Kenton music teacher Phil Burson, is a singer/songwriter who focuses on R&B and Soul music, a genre that she has had a particular fondness for, for most of her life.
“Growing up the kind of music I listened to, especially with my father, there was an array of different artists that we would hear on the radio when we were in the car. I've always been drawn to old school R&B and Soul music, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Otis Redding, pretty much anyone who came through the Stacks Recording Studio during the Civil Rights Movement” said Burson.
Heidi Burson with the members of her band. From L-R: James Scott- guitar, Heidi Burson- piano/vocals, Todd Martz- percussion, Frank Reynolds- bass
Burson attended Belmont University when she arrived in Nashville, but also performed in coffee shops and clubs while she could to get exposure for her work. In fact, this is how she was able to form her current band members together.
“I was out one night singing karaoke somewhere and a friend of a friend called her boyfriend, who is my drummer Todd Martz, to come and hear me because he had been talking about wanting to start up a band, and was in between bands. He's like me, really into soul and R&B music. He came and heard me sing, and it just kind of went from there, he knew the bass player and guitar player, and we all got together one night, and it just took off from there. The next thing I know they're learning my originals and putting their own flair on everything and kind of molded it into what you hear today.” said Burson.
Along the way, Burson said she has had the opportunity to perform with many interesting people in the world of music. But none was as memorable as a performance she had earlier this year with her father, Phil Burson.
“He and my Mom were down over Labor Day weekend. They came down to visit and I had a show that weekend and I wanted him to come up and play drums on one of the songs, and sure enough we invited him up there and he rocked it out. It was so awesome. For the guys in my band, it was an honor for them to play with someone who they know is such a huge musical influence in my life. He did a great job.” said Burson.
Photo by Gringo Media, Memphis
The music industry is a difficult profession to get into, let along be successful at, but Burson encourages anyone who has a drive for music to just get out and do it.
“Just get out there and do it. Don't try to follow any rules in the rule book, which may sound like it's against everything you've ever been told but the most important thing you can do is just be out there for everyone to see you. Every chance you get to play in front of people, take it. There have been many nights that I just did some random coffee shop somewhere just sitting by myself with a keyboard and I might end up selling ten CD's that night. That's $100.00 so your end result is to be able to make a living doing what you love, and my ultimate goal is to quit my job because my music is paying my bills. So I would say to anyone, don't let anything get in your way, just get out there and do it. Don't make excuses and be willing to hear the word no, and try again next time because that's going to happen a lot too.” said Burson.
For more information about Heidi Burson, her band and her albums, visit Heidi Burson.com.
Riverdale made 9 three-pointers and forced 23 turnovers as it defeated Upper Sandusky 56-34 in North Central Conference girls basketball play on Tuesday.
Sydney Holderman had 19 points for the Falcons (4-1 overall, 2-0 overall) while Jordan Wright added 17.
Taylor Graboski led the Rams (2-3, 1-1) with 11 points, 11 rebounds & 2 blocks
Mistletoe Ball committee member, Charlotte Gatien, greets Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Sharon Good at the Annual Hardin Memorial Foundation Mistletoe Ball.
The ball is the hospital’s annual fundraising event and was held on December 7 at the Hardin County Armory. The event raised over $50,000 to benefit the renovation project of the Emergency Department. The proceeds were generated through donations, ticket sales, and the traditional silent and live auctions held that evening. Linda Smith, Ball Chairperson, stated “This year’s Ball was outstanding - it was a sold out event and our goal of $50,000 was met. Thank you to all who supported us in any way.”
The Riverdale Lady Falcons travel to Upper Sandusky tonight to take on the Rams.
Tonight’s game will feature a clash in styles. The Rams revolve around 6-foot 2-inch senior Taylor Graboski, who will be playing volleyball at Valparaiso next year. She scored 37 points in Upper Sandusky’s 66 to 32 win over Crestline on Friday.
The balanced Falcons rely on athleticism and quickness. Four players scored in double figures on Friday as Riverdale posted a 59-56 win over Bucyrus in overtime.
Both teams are 1 and 0 in the North Central Conference, while the Falcons are 3 and 1 overall and the Rams are 2 and 2. The game will be broadcast live on WKTN, with the pregame show beginning around 7:30pm.
Slippery road conditions Monday morning led to several mishaps in Hardin County.
In at least two crashes, heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, but there were no injuries.
At around 6:30 Monday morning, Brenda Boecher, of Kenton, was travelling east on Township Road 180 and tapped her brakes after seeing a deer at the side of the road. Due to the icy conditions, Boecher lost control of her car, and it ended up off the south side of the road where it struck a power pole.
Just before eight Monday morning, 16 year old Austin Windle lost control of the car he was driving while travelling east on County Road 30. After travelling off the south side of the road, the car overturned, and came to rest in a field.
The Kenton City Council moved to begin vacating two alleyways in the city.
The two alleys in question are between 404 and 406 N. Ida Street and part of an alley near the Masonic Lodge on North Main Street. Petitions were submitted to the council to have those alleys vacated. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that no utilities were in those areas so there would be no problems with vacating the alleys. The council moved to begin that process.
Resident Barry Fries spoke to the council, posing several questions in regards to the water study that the council received earlier this fall. Council President Joel Althauser and the administration stated that the study will be used in the next year as improvements are planned on the city water systems. He also asked if the Community Development Consultant would be funded in the next year's budget and was told yes, it would be.
The council went into two executive sessions, one to discuss labor negotiations, and the second to interview candidates to fill the open 4th Ward Council position. After interviewing candidates, the council moved to appoint Nicole Fay to the position, and she stated she was looking forward to serving on the council in the next year.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 23rd 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education met Monday night.
The Board got a progress report on the new elementary school building project from Garmann Miller's Jason Fleming. He said when it comes to temporary enclosure, the construction company, Mosser Construction, is ahead of schedule by a few days, "It was supposed to be done by the 16th, and they plan on meeting that milestone by Friday, so a few days ahead of schedule, but just on that milestone. They're looking good as far as the schedule goes, and quality is looking really good out there."
Also last night, the Board tabled a resolution that would authorize the superintendent to sign a contract with Choice One Engineering in the amount of $51,265 as a consultant for the Morningside Drive extension at the elementary site. It was tabled based on concerns raised by Board Member Mark Watkins, "There's still an issue of finalizing the land access that we don't own at this point."
Watkins was concerned that the district would be obligated to pay the amount even if an agreement with the landowner fell through. Board Member Tom Brim stated that he would work to secure a signed agreement with the land owner soon, so that the measure could be acted on by the next next meeting.
The Board did pass a resolution authorizing the superintendent to enter into an agreement with Mosser Construction for the construction of a 20 foot stone access road from the new elementary school to the existing high school, which will connect to Harding Avenue. That is a cost of $72,241, which includes $34,127 of co-funded cost and $38,114 of LFI cost that is the Board's responsibility to pay.
Also last night, the Board heard from Mike Styer, who expressed concerns about the High School Boy's Soccer Program, and given the lack of success over the years why no change has occurred for the coach's position. One question that Styer posed to the Board was, "What exactly are the guidelines by which our athletic director evaluates the currant coaches?"
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski stated though that the Athletic Director does conduct coach evaluations, "What we did this year though, based on last year's evaluations and the process that had been used, was we changed the format of the evaluations. because we weren't sure that it had the depth and the actual how to coach a coach to be better if you will, so just to clarify, I want to make sure that you understand that our athletic director has been evaluating coaches, at least as long as we've had the athletic committee and I've been here. Prior to that, I can't speak to."
Board Member Mark McCullough said the matter would be discussed further at this week's extra-curricular committee meeting.
Mark Watkins was named President Pro Tem, and the reorganizational meeting and next regular meeting was set for January 6.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, December 7th at the fair office with 17 board members and several guests present.
President, Bob Fish read nine letters of interest for the 3 new Director-at-Large positions. Directors voted and the results are Tom King, Pleasant township; Corey Ledley, Hale township and Mark Garmon, Jackson
Don Spar moved to approve the minutes, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.
Financial reports were reviewed; Bob McBride moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.
Bills were presented to pay; Mike Kleman moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Paul Ralston, motion carried.
Committee reports were:
• Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Don Spar moved to approve the 2013-2014 budget, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried. ▪ Don Spar moved to give employee bonuses at the January meeting, 2nd by Mike Kleman
. Don Spar moved to set the Consignment Sale for March 8, 2014 at 9:00am with a $3000
advertising budget, 2nd by Jeff Madison, motion carried.
• Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
. Howard Lyle moved to trade in the lawnmower, 2nd by Justin Beale, motion carried.
. Janie Seiler moved to have Jim Smith start construction on a new Jr Fairboard office
in the machinery building, 2nd by Kerry James, motion carried.
. Next grounds committee meeting is Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
• Camping committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
. Mike Kleman moved to sign a contract with the Hardin County Tractor Pullers for the truck
and tractor pulls for the 2014 Hardin County Fair, 2nd by Howard Lyle, motion carried.
• Livestock committees:
. Don Spar moved to purchase the Showorks software package for large fairs with the auction
companion, 2nd by Mike Kleman, motion carried.
. Livestock Sale Committee meeting will be Wednesday, January 15th @ 7:00pm in the fair
office and the livestock committees will meet at 7:30pm.
• Rides & Concessions committee – Janie Seiler, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
. Trophy donation letters will be sent out next week.
▪ Other Committees:
. Nothing to report.
• Old Business:
▪ OFMA Convention on January 9th-12th, 2014.
• New Business:
. Next Fairboard meeting will be January 4th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.
Corey Ledley moved to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Charlie McCullough, motion carried.
An accident occurred Saturday morning in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department Report, at around 10:20am, a Honda Civic driven by Kathryn Jones of Kenton was southbound on Jacob Parrot Blvd as she started the brake. Jones then lost control of her vehicle sliding off the east side of the road into the boulevard striking a tree. Her vehicle spun around crossing the west side of the road striking a phone box then coming to rest.
Jones was transported by BKP to Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Jones was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.
The Annual ARC Auction held Sunday at Simon Kenton School was a success.
Superintendent Mark Kieffer gives us the amount raised, "The auction sales were $7986, just under $8000, and our kitchen sales was $446. This was down a bit from last years, but last year was a bumper year, and this is pretty much in line with what we've done the last couple of years prior to that, and we sure consider it a huge success."
He said they appreciate all of the donations that make the auction a success, "From the business community, and they come through for us every year. Obviously we appreciate our bidders, who we counldn't;t do it without them, and our auctioneers. They did a great job again this year, Marvin Ford, Cliff Wynegar, Henry Eastman, and new for us last year was Harley Jackson and his son Hal Jackson. Hal is a young man who's just starting out as an auctioneer, and they both did a tremendous job helping out Marvin, Cliff and Henry, who have been with us they whole 24 years."
And where do the proceeds go?, "They go towards the many activities that Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries, some extracurricular activities, some additional supplies, and what I think is the most important fund, we have a special needs fund, which helps out parents who have children with disabilities and have undo expenses such as many hospital visits and that type of thing, and we try to help out the parents with some of those unforseen expenses do to their child's disability."
Kieffer added that they started the auction day Sunday by recognizing Pat Evans, "Patty is retiring from working at Simon Kenton School after 30 years, and she has been a big worker to helping organize and keep straight the auction for the last 24 years, so we recognized her at the beginning of the auction."
The average Monday morning was $3.24 for a gallon of regular gas in the survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a dime higher than at this time last week.
Thanks to healthy production, lower demand and other factors, some stations around the state had dropped below $3 briefly during the middle of last week. But the low price didn't stick.
The national average Monday was $3.26, down a penny from last week.
The Ohio average is 13 cents higher than a month ago, but 13 cents lower than a year ago.
Dennis Beverly stands with, from left to right, 5th graders Karlee Judy and Megan Horner and 4th graders Chelsea Kalb and Marissa Marling.
Listen Tuesday through Friday this week to the Oldies For Lunch Hour as WKTN salutes December's Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School.
A different student will introduce a song each day on the show!
Three people were arrested Friday night in connection to a robbery in Kenton.
According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Robinson Avenue to investigate a report of a robbery.
Details are still sketchy as the report is incomplete, but three people, identified as Aaron Michael Prater, Clinton James Spires and Adam Retterer, all of Kenton, were arrested.
The three were each charged with Aggravated Burglary.
If you watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last week you might have seen several Kenton High School Seniors perform in the parade.
Kenton High School Senior Cheerleaders Maggie Kimmel, Brandi Barrett, Kaleb Howard, Emily Baird and Kristen Wormley marched in this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as members of the Universal Cheerleaders Association performance. Kimmel said that the opportunity was open only to High School Seniors and came about through their participation in cheerleading camps over the past few years.
“They partner with Spirit of America and Varsity Performance and they give the opportunity to all senior cheerleading captains who participate in their camps to go to the parade...they sent us a DVD which had all the routines on it, and we were supposed to watch and work on the routines leading up to the parade itself, plus we had four hours of rehearsals in the days leading up to the parade itself while in New York.” said Kimmel.
While in New York, the seniors had many opportunities to see the sights that the city had to offer, but as Emily Baird explained they also had to endure grueling workouts each day leading up to the parade itself.
“Sunday in particular we had nine to ten hours of practice on Sunday. We'd have practice in the morning and then a short break and have practice again at night.” said Baird.
However the overall consensus among the seniors was that it was a great experience that would last a lifetime.
"It was just a fun experience to be in the parade and to be in it with your best friends who have all come up with you over the years. To be able to cheer and meet new people, it was just a really fun experience." said Wormley.
"Walking the parade route, everyone was so excited to see you. It didn't matter if it was a little kid or an elderly person; everyone was so excited to see you, wanted to cheer with you and wanted you to see them. It kind of made you feel like a superstar." said Barrett and Howard.
The woman who has served as the Interim Director of the Hardin County Council on Aging was named the new Director of the Agency.
Betty Bibler was named Interim Director in September of this year, and Board President Bill Van Scoy said today that based on her performance in that role, the Board felt she was the right choice as Director. He praised her hard work in the transitional period.
Bibler herself was excited about the opportunity, "I'm enjoying every bit of it so far. The employees and all the clients have been great, and it's just fun to be here."
She said she is settling into her new role, and adds that the future is bright for the Council on Aging, "We're hoping that the next year will show growth in both the Senior Center and Adult Day Care, and people will just come to have the fun that we're having as a group here now."
Residents are reminded to use caution when shopping this Holiday Season.
Kenton Police John Vermilion said one tip to avoid being a victim of a crime is to empty your vehicle as soon as you get home, "They get side tracked and tired having being out shopping or working. They park either in front of their house or pull into their driveway. They go inside and decide to come back out later and carry everything into the house, but they get side tracked and forget, and your car is again a target."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Hardin Central School has been named a High Progress School of Honor by the State of Ohio.
Dr. Richard Ross, State School Superintendent presents the award to Hardin Central. Pictured (L-R) Kenton Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski, Dr. Ross, Hardin Central Principal Julie Simmons, Teacher Annette Ansley, Fifth Grade Student Mary Heilman, and Fourth Grade Student Chloe Anderson.
To become a High Progress School of Honor, a building must first be a Title 1 or Title 1-eligible school with at least 40% of its students eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Additionally, the schools must rank in the top ten percent for gains in proficiency, and must have an Annual Measurable Objectives Grade of C or higher and met or exceeded Ohio's value-added measure for the last three years.
Dr. Ross meets with student Christian Rogers.
Dr. Richard Ross, the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Ohio met with the faculty, staff and students of Hardin Central School to congratulate them for meeting all the objectives necessary for such an honor. Dr. Ross said that it was important to recognize outstanding achievement in the schools in addition to solving issues.
In particular, Dr. Ross noted that the collaboration between the different grade levels, as well as the volunteers, staff, and school faculty is key towards success in the school systems.
Dr. Ross also presented the school with a banner celebrating their achievements.
The Kenton Lady Wildcats won their Western Buckeye League opener on Thursday.
Tipoff of the Kenton Girls Game Vs Defiance Thursday night.
The Cats trailed Defiance 18-11 midway through the 2nd quarter but scored the final 14 points of the first half to take a 27-20 lead at halftime. That was all the cushion Kenton would need as the Cats cruised over the final two quarters en route to a 52-44 victory over the Bulldogs.
Brooke Bostelman led all scorers with 30 points for Kenton while Cheyenne Hedges added 8 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who are 2 and 2 overall and 1 and 0 in the Western Buckeye League. Defiance falls to 0 and 3 overall and 0 and 1 in league play.
The Lady Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they host Marysville.
According to Chief Harnishfeger, Ada’s own S.A.F.E.R. Program (Seeking Aid From Every Resident) will also be featured in the next ODPS “A SAFER Ohio” Magazine.
Chief Harnishfeger advised that when he received the
notification of the award, he was told that this is a fitting inaugural award as the State of Ohio is “just now doing something that Ada has been doing for 12 years”.
S.A.F.E.R. was invented and initiated in Ada, Ohio in 2001 following the attacks of 9/11 in an effort to “Seek Aid From Every Resident”. According to Chief Harnishfeger our S.A.F.E.R. Program has been instrumental in a number of criminal investigations and general quality of life issues as we partner with our residents to keep Ada a SAFER community.
As a way to keep our commitment for a SAFER community strong, many of the departments’ initiatives are centered on the S.A.F.E.R. Program. As people enter the Village of Ada they are greeted by signs declaring Ada a S.A.F.E.R. Community; our youth educational programs are called S.A.F.E.R. Kids Programs; crime alerts are called S.A.F.E.R. Alerts; tips to our police are called S.A.F.E.R. Tips and most importantly, knowing the importance of community coalitions, our S.A.F.E.R. Committee is made up of law enforcement personnel, community residents, Ohio Northern University officials, Ada School officials, local government and business concerns.
To encourage and reward our S.A.F.E.R. contributors, the Wilson Football Company, a S.A.F.E.R. Committee Member, contributes NFL Footballs with the S.A.F.E.R. Logo to our award recipients. Since 2002 approximately 17 people or organizations have earned a S.A.F.E.R. Award.
The S.A.F.E.R. Project was named the Ohio Community Policing Strategy of the Year in 2003 by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and an award finalist for the national Government Security News Community Policing Initiative in
[TOLEDO, OHIO] Tuesday, December, 3, 2013,— The local chapter of the American Red Cross is altering the name of the Allen County Chapter to the West Central Ohio Chapter.
In addition to the name change, the chapter combined valuable resources throughout the seven county territory, while continuing to provide vital Red Cross programs and services.
“This switch is a reflection of the ongoing transformation of the national organization,” said David Collins, executive director of the newly named chapter. “We serve much more than Allen County and the new name seemed more fitting of our service delivery area.”
The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio serves Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties. A community chapter executive maintains office space and emergency response assets in each county served by the chapter. Community executives ensure the Red Cross is ready to provide compassionate care to those affected by local disasters, to teach lifesaving health and safety skills, and to provide assistance to members of the armed forces and their families. The contact numbers and locations of the current offices will remain the same.
“There is no elimination of staff positions with this transition,” affirms Collins, “We are improving the way we’re doing business to serve our clients in a more efficient and focused manner.”
Administration of a variety of back office functions are supported by staff in the chapter office located in Lima as well as the regional office in Toledo. Volunteers continue to be essential for delivering programs and services, supplementing office hours, and providing leadership and advocacy. In addition, funds raised by the American Red Cross of West Central Ohio will continue to be used locally.
“We are always seeking to improve our service delivery efforts and make the best use of the generous donations provided by our supporters,” says Collins. “We want to provide better services to our local community and to disaster victims like those affected by the heavy storms last weekend. We had four different counties who trained, prepared, and practiced to provide assistance as a team. Because they had already worked together and knew each other, it made the response that much smoother and easier for our clients. That’s the goal we’re striving for with this centralization reorganization.”
The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio office is located at 610 S. Collett Street in Lima. For more information on becoming a volunteer or donating to support the Red Cross response, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Pictured are the 2013 Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Class.
Front row (L-R): Joan Sullinger, Laurie Laird, Bernard Williams
Back Row (L-R): Rex Sullinger, The Franklin Garmon Family (Rowe Garmon, Ruthann Richards, Max Garmon and Audine Koehler)
Not Pictured: Virginia Williams
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame honored the 2013 class, who were inducted at the eleventh annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet held at St. John’s United Church of Christ last night. The 2013 inductees were: Franklin Garmon, Laurie Laird, Rex & Joan Sullinger, and Bernard & Virginia Williams.
Accepting the award on behalf of Franklin Garmon was his son, Rowe Garmon.
“The family would like to thank the Hall of Fame committee and the family here tonight for selecting Dad to the Hall of Fame. It’s quite an honor. When we were filling out the forms we didn’t know what to write. We weren’t sure how to answer some of the questions asked so we just did the best we could. We didn’t think it would ever go through so we greatly appreciate it.” said Garmon.
Laurie Laird talked about her early days working in Hardin County Agriculture.
“How I got to where I am today is a long story. It’s not like when I was looking at career choices in the late 60’s at Hardin Northern my guidance counselor said you could be a teacher, a homemaker, or get involved in landscape design and operate two stores. That wasn’t anything that was available to women at that time. So the fact that I do what I do, some might call it luck or fate, but I like to think it’s all a part of God’s master plan for my life…I want to thank you all for this and for your support over the years. It has been a joy and blessing to have been a part of this county.” said Laird.
Rex and Joan Sullinger were inducted as well, and Rex said that it an honor to be counted amongst such outstanding individuals.
“I want to thank everyone for inducting us into the Hall of Fame. It’s great to be inducted into this class, and it’s great to be in the Hall of Fame period. It’s such an honor. When I look around the room at those who have been in the Hall of Fame, sometimes I think I don’t equal up. I’ve always kind of wondered that…all we’ve ever tried to do is just give back a little bit. It’s what God asked us to do and we’ve always tried to do that, so thank you very much.” said Sullinger.
While his wife Virginia couldn’t attend, Bernard Williams accepted the award on behalf of both of them, and he looked back to his years of service in the South Pacific during World War II.
“70 years ago when I was in the jungle in the South Pacific, little did I ever dream I would be participating in something like this. All that was on my mind was trying to stay alive and get back home safe. I guess I’m a survivor, I’m still here anyway. I want to thank each and every one of you. As I look around the room I see a lot of familiar faces and read many more on the program. It’s an awful nice honor to be given to, so I thank you all.” said Williams.
The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry. Because these Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees’ service is vital to Ohio Agriculture and the citizens of our great state, Ohio Senator Cliff Hite has arranged for Senate Commendations for each inductee. He will deliver these commendations when they are approved and ready from the Ohio Senate. The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame would like to thank the sponsors who made this banquet possible. For further information, go to hardin.osu.edu.
The Ada Bulldogs rallied past Upper Scioto Valley for a 52-47 win in non-league girls basketball action Tuesday.
The Rams (1-2) led for most of the 1st half and held a 27-23 advantage at the half. The game was tied after 3 quarters, but the Bulldogs (2-0) held USV without a field goal for the first 6 minutes of the final period en route to the win.
Alexis Amburgey and Tori Wyss had 15 points each for the Bulldogs while Brittany Holbrook scored 14 and Shelby Spradlin and Shelby Carroll had 13 apiece for USV.
No injuries were reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Monday morning on State Route 235 Alger.
According to the Hardin County sheriff's office report, a vehicle operated by Andrew Williams started to turn left while travelling north on 235 at the same time a vehicle being driven by Lester Burkett was in the passing lane. No damage estimate was listed on the report.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Ada Lady Bulldogs renew their backyard rivalry with Upper Scioto Valley tonight.
The Bulldogs are 1 and 0 on the season. Alexis Amburgey scored 22 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures as Ada opened its season with a 73 to 50 win over Cory-Rawson last week.
The Rams have split their opening two contests, falling to Riverdale before edging Bluffton 52 to 50 last Tuesday. USV used some balanced scoring of its own to top the Pirates as five Rams scored at least 8 points in the win.
WKTN will broadcast the game live tonight, with the pregame show starting around 7:30 p.m.
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance continues to encourage residents to Buy Local First.
As past of the campaign, Anneta Shirk, Director of Chamber and Tourism, said 55 Hardin County businesses signed up to participate in the first ever Buy Local First Holiday Contest.
She said lots of great items will be given away, "The minimum is $25 gift cards, most are giving more than that. They're giving multiple gift cards away. They're giving items from their stores, so we're going to be giving away over $1000 worth of products and gift cards."
Drawings for the prizes will be held on December 12.
The second vacant structure fire in as many days occurred early Sunday morning.
According to information provided by the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were called out for a vacant house fire at 713 South Main Street in Kenton.
Firefighters were on scene just after 2 a.m. The Kenton Fire Department, upon request, was assisted with mutual aid from Mount Victory Fire Department. Firefighters were on scene for approximately 4 hours.
All utilities to the home were shut off and the fire department was unable to contact the owner.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohioans whose wallets are lighter after a weekend of holiday shopping will at least pay a little less for gas to start the week.
The state average was $3.14 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 11 cents from last week, and it's the first drop in the average price in two weeks.
The Ohio price is 13 cents lower than the national average of $3.27, which is down a penny from a week ago.
The state average is down 14 cents from a month ago, and it's a quarter less than this time last year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Employees of Ohio's Division of Wildlife are monitoring deer around the state as deer-gun season opens this week.
The state says studying a sampling of deer can help them make assumptions about the health and age of the deer population. Officials say that translates into better management of the herd through proper setting of hunting limits. The Columbus Dispatch reports that division officials also say too many deer mean more vehicle crashes. Deer also can damage crops, leading to higher prices at the grocery store.
But the state also monitors deer for disease to protect the herd and Ohio's captive deer farms and other livestock.
The gun season beginning Monday runs through Dec. 8. Hunters are expected to kill as many as 90,000 deer.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's pass as Michigan went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.
Devin Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke went for the lead with his offense.
Gardner tried to zip a pass into traffic near the goal line, but Powell came up with it. Buckeyes cornerback Roby Bradley recovered the onside kick to seal Ohio State's 24th consecutive victory and keep its national championship hopes alive.
Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns for Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Carlos Hyde ran for a 1-yard score with 2:20 left to make it 42-35.
Gardner threw four touchdown passes for Michigan (7-5, 3-5)
One person was injured in a crash that occurred Friday morning at the intersection of Main and Franklin Street in Kenton.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 26 year old Tarah Riley,of Kenton, was westbound on Franklin and ran a red light at Main.
Her car was struck by a northbound car being operated by 50 year old Joseph Jolliff, of Ridgway.
Heavy damaged occurred to the vehicles, and Riley was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.
She was cited for a red light violation.
Submitted by Brandon Hamm
A vacant house in Kenton was damaged by an early morning fire.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched around 12:50 Saturday morning to 216 South Leighton Street.
The structure is owned by Donald Elsasser, and was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
The gas and electric to the house were shut off, and the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.
Firefighters were on the scene for around three and half hours.
KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Tractor Supply Co., 948 East Columbus Street in Kenton, on Saturday, November 23. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with Tractor Supply’s Grand Opening.
TSC supply the unique products to support their customers’ rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women’s workwear. You can also find pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more. Business hours are Monday-Saturday 8am to 8pm, and Sunday 9am to 7pm. Tractor Supply Co. store manager is Ben Smith.
TSC give away winners are; Richard Brown of Mt. Victory won a Husky 22 Ton Log Splitter, Todd Oates of Kenton won a $250 Gift Card, Jordan Vermillion won a $250 Gift Card, Joyce Wrasman of Kenton won $150 in Clothing, Tony Taylor won $150 in Power Tools and Sandi Shepherd, Marsha Flinn and Robert Biederman, all from Kenton each won $150 in pet food.
The 2013 Kenton football season ended Friday night as the Wildcats fell to the Clinton Massie Falcons21-20 in the state semifinals at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
Kenton ends the season at 13-1 while Clinton-Massie improves to 13-1.
Grant Sherman threw for 440 yards and 3 touchdowns for Kenton while Justin Sawmiller caught 8 passes for 178 yards. Colyn Blackfor had 9 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown while Luke Jackson finished with 2 touchdown grabs.
Clinton-Massie, which trailed 20-7 heading into the 4th quarter, got 182 yards and a touchdown on 32 attempts from Bayle Wolfe while Chayse Wolfe scored two touchdowns to go with his 123 yards on the ground.
The Falcons will take on Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the state final game next week. They defeated Steubenville in their semifinal game 37-7.
Clinton-Massie 21 Kenton 20
Akron St. Vincent-St. Marys 17 Marion Franklin 9
Kirtland 10 Bishop Ready 7
Cardinal Mooney 37 Steubenville 7
Glenville 41 Medina Highland 13
Trotwood Madison 54 Clyde 7
Wayne Trace 57 Mechanicsburg 10
The Kenton Wildcats will face a familiar opponent tonight when they meet Clinton-Massie in state semifinal action in Dayton.
The Wildcats in action earlier this season.
This will be the fourth time in the last five years that the Wildcats and the Falcons have met in the playoffs. Clinton-Massie defeated Kenton in the regional semifinals in 2009, but the Cats came out on top in a second round matchup in 2010, and once again in the state semifinals in 2011. The teams did not meet in the playoffs last year, and coincidentally or not, the Falcons went on to win the Division IV state title that season.
There are very few similarities between the teams on the field. The 12 and 1 Falcons are powered by a running game that features two backs with over 1,200 yards rushing apiece. The 13 and 0 Wildcats counter with a passing attack that has produced three 1,000 yard receivers this season.
Kickoff for the Division IV state semifinal game is set for 7:30pm tonight at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm.
A man has been taken into custody following a disturbance in the WalMart parking lot late this morning.
According to information from a Kenton Police officer at the scene, police were dispatched to the area to investigate a report of a man pulling a knife. That individual did allegedly pull a knife following a verbal dispute with another man in the parking lot.
The man who pulled the knife has been taken into custody on an unspecified warrant. Additional charges are pending.
There were no injuries reported in the incident.
A Wharton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court for violating terms of her community control.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Defiance Nicole Conley was in Court on charges of tampering with evidence and permitting drug abuse. Her community control was extended to five years with conditions.
With any further violations, Conley could be sentenced to close to six years in prison.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The United Way of Hardin County announced that they are at 76% of reaching their 2013 campaign goal.
The total to date is $160,177. Breaking that down by division:
Agriculture is at 95% of their goal
Special Gifts 104%
FIRE is at 104%
Retail is at 30%
Government is holding at 30% .
Industry is at 82%,
Special Events finished at 187% of their goal.
Out of County is at 18% of their campaign goal.
The United Way is still accepting donations, and if you have any questions call 419-675-1860.
The Lion's Club Christmas Parade is set for Saturday.
Longtime Lion's member Dave Sturgeon said line up is at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot, "I just invite everyone to line Columbus Street, and bring the kids and the neighbor kids and enjoy the parade, and if at the last minute you decide to be in it, just show up at Kroger."
The parade will move out starting at 3 Saturday, and for more on what the Lion's Club is all about, tune in At Issue tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
On behalf of all us at 95.3 WKTN, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you, our loyal listeners!!
The annual Lake of Lights display is set to open the 2013 Holiday Season at France Lake in Kenton.
Committee Member George Wyndham said this years' display is bigger than last year's, "We've been fortunate that we've got to purchase two new displays this year through donations from local businesses, and then we've added a few other displays that we've built, so we've added two things and we've added some more lights, so it's a little bit bigger and a little bit better again this year than it was last year."
He said the display is set to open Friday evening, "We will open on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and then be open nightly from 6-9 through the night after Christmas, and admission is $5.00 per car load."
Mt. Victory – The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating an injury crash the occurred on November 26, 2013 at approximately 9:27 p.m.
The crash occurred on State Route 31 just north of the Village of Mt. Victory, in Hale Township, Hardin County.
A 2000 Dodge Neon had run out of fuel. The Neon, owned by Ashley D. Miller, age 28, of Mt. Victory, was in the northbound lane of State Route 31. The owner Ashley and a second occupant, Christina A. Davis, age 24, also from Mt. Victory, Ohio, were attempting to push the vehicle off the road. They were able to get the vehicle partially off the west side of State Route 31 when the Neon was struck by a southbound vehicle. The southbound vehicle was a 1994 Toyota Corolla driven by Holly R. High, age 58 of Richwood Ohio.
The impact forced the Dodge Neon into Christina Davis, causing non-life threatening injuries. Ms. Davis was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ms. Miller and Mrs. High were not injured.
Assisting at the scene were The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Victory Fire Department, and Southeast Hardin EMS. Mrs. High was cited for assured clear distance ahead
A shoplifting incident occurred at WalMart in Kenton on Tuesday.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, two employees of the store said they were standing outside General Merchandise entrance, when they saw a man suddenly dash out the emergency fire doors near the garden center.
They said the man ran to a white Chevy Impala that had just pulled up outside the emergency doors.
He loaded the television into the car, and the driver sped off eastbound out of the parking lot.
The incident is under investigation.
COLUMBUS, OH - Young hunters checked 6,645 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day youth gun season, Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Young hunters were challenged by below-average temperatures and windy conditions during the two-day season.
“Congratulations to all the young hunters who participated and enjoyed Ohio’s youth deer hunting weekend,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “I want to thank the parents and adults who took the time to make the weekend a memorable one for the next generation of hunters.”
The Ohio counties that reported the most checked deer during the 2013 youth gun season: Coshocton (248), Tuscarawas (220), Muskingum (212), Holmes (196), Knox (189), Licking (189), Guernsey (183), Belmont (165), Harrison (165) and Carroll (161).
Youth hunters could pursue deer with a legal shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun and were required to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult during the two-day season. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a safe and early hunting experience for young hunters. Youth hunting seasons are also set aside for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl.
Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.com. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.
Ohio offers many more opportunities for young hunters to pursue deer. The deer-gun season is Monday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 8. Deer-muzzleloader season is Saturday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Deer-archery season is open now through Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Find complete details in the 2013-2014 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or online at wildohio.com.
The Kenton City Council heard the first reading on the proposed 2014 operating budget at their meeting last night.
Brian Hattery from the Finance committee presented that committees report of the current proposed 2014 Operations Budget at the Council meeting last night.
According to the report;
-Revenues are projected to be at $4,632,367.00 which is $25,800.00 less than last year.
-The 2014 General Budget requested funds right now are at $3,922,557.00
-The city will be running an 8% deficit. ($290,000 in more expenses than revenues)
-The proposed budget expenses are $71,000 less than for 2013
-The proposed budget doesn't include any union negotiated pay changes, or funds for opening/operating the city pool.
-It does include $138,000.00 of "one time" increases including nuisance property abatement, materials and engineering fees for street repairs, planned retirements and traffic light maintenance. Were these removed, the deficit would be reduced to 4%.
-If the city's economy doesn't improve, these overages will be paid from the city's carry-over.
The council will have to allow for three readings of the budget proposal before voting on it at the last meeting of the year.
Also at the meeting, the council passed the proposed changes to the city water and sewer rates, which will go into effect soon, and heard from George Wyndham on the Lake of Lights out at France Lake which will begin operations later this week.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on December 9th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
A counterfeit bill was used recently at a Kenton business.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer was dispatched to Save-A-Lot Monday after the counterfeit bill was found in a register.
It is unknown who took in the bill or when it was collected. The counterfeit bill was confiscated and placed into evidence.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio motorists are finding gas prices a little higher as they get ready to travel for Thanksgiving this week.
The state average was $3.25 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc.
That's up 7 cents from last week, and it's 17 cents higher than two weeks ago, when prices started to rise following a brief flirtation with $3.00-a-gallon levels.
The Ohio price was a few cents less than the national average of $3.28, which was up 7 cents from a week ago.
The state average is a penny higher than a month ago — but 28 cents lower than this time last year.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Statistics show that the Ohio welfare rolls increased in October for the first time since the state started cracking down on job and work-training requirements.
More than 100,000 people have been shed from the tax-funded program since January 2011. Many left or were kicked off as the state cracked down on federal requirements that most adult recipients spend 30 hours a week working, looking for a job, going to school or training for employment.
But the caseload inched up in October to 130,349 — an increase of 880 from the previous month. That ended 20 consecutive months of declines in the numbers.
Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors' Association, says it's now "a true temporary-assistance program."
photo submitted by Traci Gray-Miller
Two Hardin County residents were involved in a two vehicle fatal crash which occurred Sunday afternoon.
According to a release from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, around 2:15pm Sunday, Taylor Carder, age 20 from Dola was driving northbound on Township Road 125 when she ran a stop sign at Township Road 50 and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by London Crist, age 18 also from Dola. The Carder vehicle rolled and both vehicles ended on the northeast side of the intersection.
Carder was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Crist was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Dunkirk EMS for minor injuries.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The Findlay Post is investigating the crash. They were assisted at the scene by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Dunkirk Fire and EMS, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, Fender Benders Towing and Lowerys Towing.
The original release we received from the State Patrol had identified Carder as Lindsay Carder. The State Patrol later clarified that her name is Taylor Carder. We have since made a correction.
The Kenton Wildcats will travel to Dayton to meet Clinton-Massie in Division IV state semifinal football action Friday.
The Wildcats are 13-0 on the season and were the top-ranked team in the final Associated Press state poll. The Falcons come in at 12-1. They were ranked 5th in the final state rankings and won the Division IV state title last season.
WKTN will carry the game live on Friday, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Welcome Stadium.
Lima Central Catholic defeated Kenton 74-51 in the season opener for both girls basketball teams Saturday night.
The Wildcats used a 7-0 run to take a 1-point lead late in the 1st half and led 31-30 in the final minute of the period, but the Thunderbirds scored the final 5 points of the 2nd quarter to take a 35-31 lead at halftime.
LCC steadily pulled away in the 2nd half, outscoring Kenton 21-8 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth period.
Madison Stolly had 25 points to lead LCC while Meredith Shepherd added 23.
Brooke Bostelman had 15 points for the Wildcats while Ashley Morris added 11 and Chyenne Hedges scored 9.
Bostelman was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.
The Kenton Wildcats defeated the Bryan Golden Bears in a tough Regional 12 final matchup at Findlay's Donnell Stadium Friday night. The final score was 46-43.
Kenton will take on Clinton Massie in the State Semi-Finals next Friday night. They defeated Kettering Alter 21-14.
The Cats (13-0) scored on an 11-yard pass from Grant Sherman to Justin Sawmiler with 21 seconds left to secure the win. Sherman completed 56 of 78 passes for 486 yards and 5 touchdowns while also rushing for 2 scores. Sawmiller caught 24 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns while Colyn Blackford had 17 receptions for 147 yards and a score. Connon Jones and Luke Jackson also had TD grabs for the Cats.
Top-ranked Kenton finished with 585 yards of offense while second-ranked Bryan (12-1) had 543 yards.
WKTN will have details on the game when they are announced Sunday afternoon. Keep tuned in and check back to this site for further information.
The Ada Bulldogs also ended their 2013 football season Friday night. The dogs fell to Wayne Trace 68-14.
Kenton 46 Bryan 43
West Liberty Salem 28 Mechanicsburg 34
Wayne Trace 68 Ada 14
Bishop Ready 48 Newark Catholic 21
Kirtland 45 Mogadore 7
Clinton Massie 21 Kettering Alter 14
Steubenville 17 Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 14
Cardinal Mooney 28 Benedictine 21
The Kenton Lion's Club is busy planning thr Christmas Parade for saturday November 30. Lion;s President Judd Robinson saying all participants from around Hardin County are welcome, "Church groups, sport groups, dog clubs, anybody that wishes to come is more than welcome."
Presale tickets are on sale now for the Candy Cane Tour on Sunday December 1. The event is sponsord by Keep Hardin County Beautiful, and program manager Becky Stevenson said it is a big fundraiser for her organization, "We take care of recycling and litter prevention in Hardin County, and this is just one thing that we put on, and since we do it every other year, we make sure it's really good when we do it."
For the complete discussion on both topics, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning 7:35 on WKTN.
Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.Shane Spitnale was sentenced to three yearsin prison on one count of trafficking in heroin.
Placed on three years community control with conditions were:
.Matthew McGinnis on two counts of trafficking in heroin.
.Max Ellcessor on one count of possession of heroin.
Jessica Jane Price on one count of tampering with evidence. She must serve 18 days of local incarceration as part of her sentence.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
The top-ranked Cats and the 2nd-ranked Golden Bears are similar in many ways. Both teams are 12-0 on the season and feature very explosive offenses.
Kenton averages 46 points a game and has broken the half-century mark five times this season. Bryan averages 48 points a game and has also hung half-a-hundred on an opponent five times in 2013. Both teams are playing some of their best offensive football of the season lately. Kenton is averaging 56 points a game over its last three games while Bryan has scored an average of 50 points a game over its last five games.
On the other side of the ball, the Golden Bears allow just under 15 points a game while the Wildcats give up just over a touchdown a contest.
WKTN will have all the action from tonight’s Division Four Region Twelve championship game live from Donnell Stadium in Findlay. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm with the pregame show starting at 7:10pm.
Also tonight, in the Division Six, Region Twenty Championship, the Ada Bulldogs will take on the Wayne Trace Raiders at Lima Stadium. The Bulldogs are 9-3 on the season while the Raiders are 11-1. The kickoff for this game is also set for 7:30pm.
DALLAS (AP) — The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination is being marked today in Dallas, where he was shot, and elsewhere in the United States and overseas.
A half-dozen Irish soldiers formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin today as the American flag was lowered to half-staff. Among those who gathered there were more than a dozen retired Irish army officers who, as teenage cadets, had formed an honor guard at Kennedy's graveside when he was buried in November of 1963.
One of them recalled seeing the dignitaries from around the world who attended the funeral -- and also "the sadness everywhere, people crying in the streets."
In Japan, admirers of JFK took photos today with his portrait, folded paper cranes and watched a video of his inaugural ceremony. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, recently arrived to an enthusiastic welcome in Tokyo, where she is now the U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Memorial events are planned today in Boston and in Washington, as well as in Dealey Plaza in Dallas
KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Community Service Awards.
Anyone from Hardin County may be nominated to receive these honors. A panel of judges from Alliance members will make the final decision. The recipients will be revealed Thursday, February 27, 2014 during the Alliance’s annual meeting held at Ohio Northern University’s McIntosh Center.
Selection of Citizen of the Year will be based upon an individual's outstanding achievements and contributions which have made Hardin County better.
To be considered for the Business of the Year award, a business or industry should give back to the community, support local business, and create or encourage job growth.
The Community Service Award is given to an individual, group or business who has dedicated themselves to helping others and improving our community.
To nominate a person, group or business for these awards, please complete application and return it with a short explanation of the qualifications that make this nominee deserving of the award. Entries should be submitted by February 3, 2014, to the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, 225 South Detroit Street, Kenton, Ohio 43326. Nominations may be faxed to 419-674-4876 or e-mailed to alliance@HardinOhio.org
The Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 winners, to be inducted at the eleventh annual Agriculture Hall of Fame recognition banquet.
The 2013 inductees include: Franklin Garmon, Laurie Laird, Rex & Joan Sullinger, and Bernard & Virginia Williams. The banquet will be held on Tuesday, December 3rd, beginning at 6:30 pm at St. Johns United Church of Christ on East Carrol Street in Kenton.
Franklin Garmon was born and raised on a farm in the Dola area where he attended the Dola School. He was a full-time farmer for 50 years and raised registered Shropshire sheep. He served as president of the Ohio Shropshire Sheep Association, showing and judging sheep throughout Ohio and many other states. Garmon’s herd was known worldwide, as he sold Shropshire sheep to other countries. He was one of the original planners of the Hardin County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), serving on that board for seven years. Garmon was a township trustee and Hardin County Commissioner. He helped start the Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association with a few other members. A member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Garmon was the owner and operator of a grocery store at Blanchard Station. He joined his wife Ruth and two other families to start Simon Kenton School, Harco Industries, and the Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Over the years, Franklin Garmon helped many Hardin County 4-H members with their sheep projects before passing away in 1975.
Laurie J. Laird graduated from Hardin Northern High School. She attended The Ohio State University Landscape Design Short Courses to prepare her for her professional career. Laird started in the industry in 1972 with a lawn care/landscape business. She is the sole owner of New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center, with stores both in Ada and Kenton. Along with providing people in Hardin County with gardening and landscaping needs, she has employed many other people over the years in the industry. Actively involved in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Laird regularly gives back to communities with donations to fund raisers, school projects, and other events. She participates yearly in continuing education to stay current on gardening and landscape issues to provide customers with up-to-date information. In addition to running her business, Laird also helped various townships with tree selections in parks and cemeteries. Her stores hold educational seminars and she made several presentations at various garden clubs and other organizations, both in Hardin County as well as other neighboring counties. A member of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, she is always willing to share her plant knowledge with anyone who has questions.
Rex and Joan Sullinger are being inducted as husband and wife. Rex graduated from Byhalia High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. Joan graduated from North Union High School and then Otterbein College. The Sullingers were married in 1973, and lived on a dairy farm that they managed and later purchased. In 1975, the farm evolved into a field crops and beef cattle operation. Joan has been an elementary teacher at Benjamin Logan Local Schools, while recently Rex has worked at Silver Creek Supply. Members of Silver Creek United Methodist Church, Rex and Joan have been active in Hardin County agriculture. Rex has served on many committee and boards, including the Taylor Creek Township Zoning Board, Rural Electric Association, and the Regional Planning Board. He has testified before the Ohio Senate and House on agricultural issues, served as a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Board, and Hardin County Fair with involvement in both the beef and dairy departments. Rex has also served as president on both the Ohio and American Murray Grey beef cattle association boards. In addition, he also participated in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) land stewardship programs, which was highlighted during an OSU Extension Twilight Tour. Both Rex and Joan Sullinger have been active in the Hardin County Cattle Producers Board of Directors for many years. Joan has served as secretary, where she instituted a newsletter to disseminate information about the group’s activities. She has also been active in the Hardin County Fair, serving on several committees, most recently the Antiques committee and has been involved in planting and maintaining flowers at the fairgrounds. Joan currently serves as the secretary of the Ohio Cattlewomen’s Association, has served on the Ways and Means committee, and is the editor of their newsletter. She maintains membership rolls as a service to the membership committee, and has been on the Ohio Queen of Beef Committee. She is also a member of the American National Cattlewomen, Ohio and American Murray Grey Associations. Both Joan and Rex have served as advisors to the Taylor Creek Lads & Lassies 4-H Club, received the Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree from the Ridgemont FFA, and are members of the Hardin County Farm Bureau, where they have served on the board and council.
Bernard and Virginia Williams are also being inducted as husband and wife. Both Bernard and Virginia Williams graduated from Mt. Victory School. Bernard joined the Army Air Force and served during World War II in the South Pacific as a member of the ‘7th Airdrome Squadron.’ Together, Bernard and Virginia have been involved with a beef cattle and crop operation for 68 years. They formerly raised hogs as part of the family operation, and Bernard worked for a short time for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) measuring acreage. Both Bernard and Virginia have served as Sunday school teachers at Otterbein Church and advisors to the Hardin County Grange Youth. They are members of the Painter Creek Grange, where Bernard was Worthy Master and Virginia was Worthy Secretary. Bernard was a member of the Ridgemont School Board, Hardin County Farm Bureau Board, and served over 20 years on the Mid-Ohio Electric Board. Known as a soil conservationist, he never fall plowed, always rotated crops and planted clover after wheat to prevent soil erosion, build soil nutrients and soil tilth. He always kept 25-30% of his farm in hay and pasture for erosion control. In addition, Bernard was a member of the Hardin County Pork Producers and the Hardin County Pamona Grange. Both
Bernard and Virginia always put in a hard day’s work to improve their farm, took the faithful to Painter Creek Grange and Otterbein Church, and were known for taking good care of their land and animals.
Tickets for the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $12, and available at the Hardin County Extension office (419-674-2297), or from the committee members: Andrew Flinn, Robert McBride, John Messmer, Kerry Oberlitner, Paul Ralston, Don Spar, Luke Underwood, Robert Wood, and Mark Badertscher. The deadline for ticket sales is November 25th.
Installation of the new Downtown Kenton Christmas decorations began Tuesday.
The Downtown Historic District purchased a total of six giant snowflakes for this year. They will be installed on the east and west side of the Hardin County Courthouse.
They will be lit, along with the courthouse lights, on Wednesday November 27.
Board President Tom Brim stated at the meeting that word has reached the board that the evaluations have caused a certain degree of anxiety among the teachers in the district.
Brim stated that while before, evaluations were conducted on new teachers, because of changes to the rules, evaluations needed to be done on all the teachers. He stated that the new state and federal funding rules mandate that all teachers be evaluated on a continuing basis, with ideas for improvements to education to be implementated.
Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski added that staff, school administrators and the district staff are also evaluated under the new rules.
Another issue discussed was the option for the spousal carve out in the districts insurance policies.
Brim stated that the carve out would create significant savings for the district.
"As we looked at it, it would save us around $200,000.00 a year in premiums, and our provider would provide us a discount spread over two years, with a net effect of having close to $600,000.00 in savings over two years, which is a pretty substantial amount of money" said Brim.
Also at the meeting, the board approved a number of new policies to the districts operations policies, hired several supplemental contracts and new substitutes, and discussed the three hour delay and early dismissal policies. People who would like to know more information about a three hour delay or an early dismissal can contact the school their child goes to for more information or the Kenton City Schools website.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on December 16th 2013, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
Ohio’s young hunters have the opportunity to pursue white-tailed deer during the state’s 11th annual youth white-tailed deer hunting season on Nov. 23-24, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters holding a valid youth hunting license and a deer permit. Deer can be hunted with a plugged shotgun using slugs, a muzzleloader .38 caliber or larger, a handgun .357 caliber or larger and bows during these two days.
New this year, hunting time is extended 30 minutes for all deer seasons, including the youth deer season. Deer can be hunted from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license as well as a deer permit, and they must be accompanied in the field by a non-hunting adult. One adult may accompany no more than two youth hunters.
Deer bag limits are now determined by county. The statewide bag limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county limit. Hunters may take only one antlered deer, regardless of hunting method or season. A deer permit is required in addition to a valid Ohio hunting license. Hunters must purchase an additional permit to hunt more than one deer.
A new tagging procedure administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife requires hunters to make their own game tag to attach to a deer. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the kill.
The Kenton Wildcats will travel to Findlay to take on Bryan in Division 4, Region 12 championship action Friday.
Both teams are 12-0 on the season, with the Cats ranked 1st in the final Associated Press state poll while the Golden Bears were 2nd.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. WKTN will have all the action live, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m.
In Division 6, Region 20 championship play, Ada will meet Wayne Trace at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lima Stadium. The Bulldogs are 9-3 on the year while the Raiders come in at 11-1.
The Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library in Kenton is currently offering a Food For Fines program.
The head of circulation at the library, Pat Pringle, explains how it works, "If you have fines on your library card, you can bring in canned goods or any non-perishables, and you get $1.00 off for each item you bring in, and that goes through the end of the year."
And where do the food items go?, "To Helping Hands and other organizations in town."
She adds this is the eighth year for the program, and it's gone very well year's past and off to a good start this year, "We have a shopping cart out front that we put all the food in, and we've filled it several times in past years, and we're almost full now, and we've only had it going on for a few days."
The Kenton Wildcats continue down the 2013 High School Football Playoff trail after a 46-6 win over Wooster Triway Friday night at Arlin Field in Mansfield. Kenton will be taking on Bryan next Friday night in the regional finals. Bryan defeated River Valley 49-19.
Grant Sherman threw for 419 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Wildcats, who are 12-0. Justin Sawmiller and Colyn Blackford had 2 touchdown catches each for Kenton while Kollin Stollar snagged 1 scoring toss from Sherman.
Matt Bahr rushed for a 69-yard touchdown and intercepted 2 passes as the Kenton defense forced Triway into 7 turnovers for the game.
Additionally, The Ada Bulldogs shut down Crestview in playoff action as well. The final score was 35-0. The Ada Bulldogs will take on Wayne Trace in the regional finals next Friday night as they defeated Tinora 40-7.
Kenton 46 Wooster Triway 6
Bryan 49 River Valley 19
Ada 35 Crestview 0
West-Liberty Salem 21 Cincinnati Summit Country Day 13
Wayne Trace 40 Tinora 7
Kenton will play Bryan and Ada will play Wayne Trace next Friday night.
The Mt. Victory Fire Department responded to a tractor fire on County Road 144 Friday morning. According to information provided by the department, crews were dispatched to a field around 11am on County Road 144 owned by Kevin Criswell.
Upon arrival, crews found a tractor in the field fully engulfed in flames. The tractor was also owned by Kevin Criswell and he was not hurt. The cause of the fire has not been determined at this point.
A Kenton man was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Brenton L. Keim was sentenced to 16 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Two people were injured in a one vehicle crash just before 10:30 Thursday night.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to the 20,000 block of Township Road 169 in regards to a truck that had struck a tree. Upon arrival, the driver and passenger were not at the scene, but they were located at the residence of the driver on County Road 40 in Logan County. The driver was identified as 17 year old Trenton Robinson, of Ridgeway.
The passenger, also at the residence, was identified as 55 year old Lorain Brown. Robinson lost control of the vehicle and ended up off the right side of the road and struck a tree.
The two occupants were transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine by a relative. The truck was heavily damaged, and
Robinson was cited for a reasonable control violation.
A crash damaged two vehicles at the intersection of North and Detroit Streets in Kenton Thursday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 24 year old Amanda Miller, of Kenton, was eastbound on North and failed to yield for a northbound vehicle on Detroit being operated by 56 year old Wallace Scott, also of Kenton.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles.
There were no injuries, and Miller was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
Decorating the outside of your home for Christmas is a tradition for most.
So when you put up the outdoor lights, Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue says it is not a good idea to wrap electrical tape around the connecting strands of light, "It's not a good idea to have people wrap them around, usually your outside cords are circuit protected. They're designed to withstand the weather, and the chances of water getting into those connections is pretty slim."
For the complete discussion with Chief Blue and Firefighter Kyle Brammel, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
On November 14, 2013 at approx. 1:16 p.m., the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the 14000 block of Boundary Road.
The caller stated they had returned home and found an unknown male exiting the residence. The male reportedly got into a maroon older model sedan and left eastbound on Boundary Road.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., a deputy located the suspect vehicle and stopped it on Baldwin Road, north of State Route 739. The driver was identified as Ryan R. Lytle, age 29 of Marion, Ohio.
He was taken into custody without incident. Items allegedly stolen from the residence on Boundary Road were recovered from Lytle’s vehicle.
Lytle has been charged with aggravated burglary, a felony of the second degree, and theft, a felony of the fifth degree.
He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.
The Kenton Wildcats will take on Triway tonight in regional semifinal action in Mansfield.
Parker Carmichael has been the key for the Titans this season. He has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for another 13 scores. He threw for 4 touchdowns as
Triway defeated Wauseon 26 to 21 last week as the Titans won their 1st playoff game in 10 years.
The Wildcats had little trouble in their playoff opener last week as they crushed Galion 58 to 14. Grant Sherman threw 8 touchdown passes in the 1st half for Kenton, which led 58 to nothing at intermission.
The Wildcats, the region's 2nd seed, are 11 and 0 while the Titans, seeded 3rd, come in at 9 and 2 for tonight's Division 4, Region 12 semifinal game at Arlin Field in Mansfield. You can hear all the action live tonight on WKTN, with the pregame show starting at 7:10 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Also tonight, the Ada Bulldogs will meet Crestview in Division 6, Region 20 semifinal action at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
The two teams met back on October 11th in Convoy, with the Knights posting a 63 to 12 victory, but the Bulldogs have won 3 of their 4 games since then. Ada comes into tonight's playoff game with an 8 and 3 record while Crestview is 9 and 2. This game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
The United Way of Hardin County announced that they have crossed the halfway point towards reaching the 2013 campaign goal.
Breaking it down by Divisions:
.Out of County-2,878.0018%.
The total so far is $116,110.00 or 55% of total goal.
The damaged car after the crash.
A Kenton woman was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 5:40 Tuesday evening on State Route 31 in Hale Township.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 32 year old Angelina Guadarrama was driving north on 31 and struck the rear of a grain auger that was being pulled by a tractor being operated by 51 year old Gary Brill, of West Mansfield. After the collision, Guararrama's Ford Mustang travelled off the west side of the road and struck a utility pole. Guadarrama was air lifted to Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Her condition was not available this morning. Brill was not injured.
The release stated that the crash remains under investigation, but lack of proper lighting on the farm tractor and auger was a factor in the crash.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Victory Fire, Southeast Hardin EMS, Med Flight and Lowery's Towing assisted at the scene.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at 4459 Co Rd 150 in McDonald Twp. on November 12th, 2013.
The search warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics throughout the county. Over $1000.00 in cash, a large amount of marijuana prepared for sale, marijuana plants, a grow system, drug paraphernalia, 369 prescription pills and a moonshine still were all confiscated from the property. Charges are pending on several subjects related to the investigation.
The Crime Task Force was assisted by The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and its canine unit as well as the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office.
It has been determined that Harold Henry of Ada died from natural causes.
According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the office has been investigating the death of Henry, which occurred in the early morning hours of November 10th. Throughout the investigation the office had treated it as suspicious due to the unknown circumstances of Henry’s death.
Following the preliminary autopsy results and consultation with the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office , Hardin County Coroner’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation it has been determined that Henry died from natural causes and was not the victim of any assault or other criminal act.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart spoke with WKTN Radio Tuesday afternoon and he stated that the investigation concluded there was NO burglary at the Henry residence early Sunday morning. While the call indicated a burglary may have happened, the investigation found no indication of a burglary or assault on Henry.
There were no major problems on the roadways following Hardin County's first brush with winter this season.
Rained changed over to snow Monday evening, and temperatures continued to fall into the 20's during the overnight.
Around an inch of snow fell, but the bigger problem was ice this morning. That caused some schools to close and others to delay this morning.
Despite the slippery conditions, there were only a couple of minor mishaps reported around the county.
The Kenton City Council covered several issues at their meeting last night. The council considered and then waved hearings for two liquor permits, one for the Party Shop and the other for Michael Angelo's Pizza in Kenton. They heard first readings on several ordinances including two on the city water rates discussed at previous city council meetings.
The council also discussed an opening on the council itself. The Kenton Forth Ward Council seat will be vacant as of the first of the year, and the council will be accepting letters of intent to fill the seat. The council will interview applicants in December and fill the seat by the end of the year. If anyone is interested, they MUST live in the Kenton 4th Ward, and must submit a letter of intent to the Kenton Clerk of Council at the City Building by December. The council will then interview the applicants.
Councilmen Charlene Hilty and Brian Hattery were not present at the meeting last night, so the council moved to hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 19th to discuss a budgeting ordinance which could not be acted upon at last night's meeting. The ordinance is in regards to transferring funds to pay city bills through the end of the year. The meeting will be held next Tuesday night in council chambers at 7:30pm.
The next regular meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on November 25th 2013, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
The leaf pickup will begin today in the southwest section, including Columbus and Lima Streets, and move to the northwest section including Main, Columbus and Lima Streets, followed by the southeast section including Columbus and Main Streets and the concluding with the Northeast section of town, including Main and Columbus Streets.
The city reminds residents to NOT park vehicles in the leaf piles and DO NOT put the leaves in the streets. They will clog the storm sewers and could cause backup in homes. Rake them to the edge of the tree lawn only. Residents can also bag up their own leaves and put them at the curb in front of their residence for pickup but no brush, trash, or garbage is to be put in with the leaves.
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