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Allen Scholarship Fund Awards $65,000 in Scholarships in 2016

The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $65,000 in scholarships to 52 students in 2016.
Renewal scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $35,000 to 27 students. In May 2016, The Allen Foundation awarded 25 first year scholarships in the amount of $30,000.
Second year scholarships in the amount of $10,500 were awarded to:
Jake Abbott, Brooke Bahr, Mariah Clawson, Travis Downing, Trevor Downing, Caitlan Johnson, Dylan Meyers, Dale Oates and John Rembis.
Third year scholarships in the amount of $11,500 were awarded to:
Emily Baird, Brandi Barrett, Kylie Bell, Braiden Bradley, Margaret Kimmel, Jonathan Szczerba, Daniel Warner, Megan Webb and Evan Wilkerson.
Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $13,000 were awarded to:
Erica Beverly, Ashlyn Flowers, Caleb Halsey, Danyel Heilman, Kathryn Heilman, Tina Hiller, Megan Nichols, Hillary Routt and Chase Ruhlen.
Since 1991, The Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1342 different students in the amount of $2,384,150. According to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation, multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 594 different students.
The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment from R.E. & Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup plant in Kenton. In 2005, Mr. Allen increased the endowment to $1,350,000.
Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees of International Paper Food Service Business and their immediate family members. All grant recipients are eligible to apply for annual renewals.
R.E. Allen said, "It is my desire that these scholarships will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community."


Coldwater Builds Early Lead, Holds Off Gutty Kenton Rally To Post 58-39 Win

The Coldwater Cavaliers sprinted out to a big lead and then held on for dear life as they posted a 58-39 victory over the Kenton Wildcats in the 2016 high-school football season-opener for both teams.





The Cavaliers led 42-7 late in the first half and held a 45-14 lead with 5:59 to go in the third quarter but had to hold off a furious Kenton rally.


The Wildcats outscored the Cavaliers 25-13 over the final quarter and a half, pulling to within 12 points with three minutes to go in the game.

Dylan Thobe was the star for Coldwater, throwing for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns while also rushing for 116 yards and 5 scores.


The Wildcats got offensive production from several places. Trent Hites finished with 353 yards passing and 4 touchdowns while added 62 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. Chris Deardorff added 180 yards receiving and a touchdown on 5 grabs while Blake Swearengin caught 4 passes for 98 yards and 2 TDs. Trent Lawrence also snagged a 27-yard TD for the Cats.


Hites was named the Ace Hardware Player of the Game.


The Cats are back in action Friday when they travel to Defiance for their Western Buckeye League opener. WKTN will carry the game live, with the pregame show starting at 6:40 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Fred J. Brown Stadium.


Week One Scores

Coldwater 58 Kenton 39

Bath 28 Delphos St. John’s 27

Versailles 13 Celina 7

Ottawa Glandorf 28 North Clarkson Prep 13

St. Mary’s 43 Sidney 39

Bryan 28 Van Wert 19

Wapakoneta 10 Bellefontaine 14 - Game to be continuned Saturday at 10:30 AM

Ada 38 USV 6 - Thanks to our score spotter for this game, Lori Dyer.

Leipsic 43 Hardin Northern14

Ridgemont 20 Ridgedale 0 - Game to be contiuned Saturday at 2:00 PM -Thanks to our score spotter for this game, Delaney Miller. 

Riverdale 23 Waynesfield-Goshen 6

Anna 28 Arlington 0

North Union 49 Elgin 15

River Valley 48 Upper Sandusky 12 


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Kitchen Fire at East Side House

Kenton Fire Department on the scene at 507 Moriah Street on the east side of Kenton.  


The fire started in the kitchen and was contained to that area.


According to information at the scene, there was a lot of smoke, but only minor damage.


Findlay Woman Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

A Findlay woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Tasia M. Carver was ordered to serve two years in prison on one count of complicity to robbery.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett. 


United Way Sets Goal at $220,000

The United Way of Hardin County is ready to kick off fundraising activities for this year's campaign.
Board President Bonnie McBride talks about the goal this year, The campaign goal this year is $220,000. We have two chairmen this year that are in charge of that. They are Merleen Barnes and her cohort is Deb Rall, so they will be out campaigning and actually heading up the campaign for this year."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


Ben Logan Golf Team Falls to Northwestern

Ben Logan boys golf fell to Northwestern Thursday night at Reid Park in 
Springfield, 187-196
Will Kenoyer again led the Raiders and was medalist with 42. Mitchell Fink 
added a 49,Drew Wasson 52,  Alex Naragon and Garrett Allen 53. Also for the varsity was Collin Stewart 56.
For the Jv's Bryce Loomis  led the way with a 54, Kaiden Weaks added a 56, and Gavin Clay 59.
Coach Chris Conley said, "This was our worse showing in a 9 hole match this year. Scores were high overall for both teams but we were very disappointed in our showing. Time and again we made poor chips, and then didn't recover. We practiced those same shots for hours the night prior but it appeared to have little effect. We'll regroup with a Monday practice and then return to the same course to take on CBC favorite Greenon in a match on Tuesday."


Ohio Overdose Deaths Increase and Rep. Sprague Talks About the Numbers


Representative Sprague visited the Kenton Courthouse to talk about the Ohio Department of Health's report released Thursday morning on the number of Overdose deaths in 2015. Overall Sprague says the repor shows "drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,531 in 2014 to 3,050 in 2015."


Opiods are the number one cause of those deaths according to the report and the biggest increase of death was with the use of Fentanyl, a synthetic drug that is estimated to be 50 times more potent then heroin.


A couple measures that made Naloxone, known as the antidote to Heroin, available in any Pharmacy and State money being made available to pay for Naloxone for first responders have had an impact and according to Sprague "without those measures the statistics in 2015 would of been even worse"


Representative Sprague went on to say that in 2015, "EMS personal in ohio administard 19,782 doses of Naloxone."


This report is a call to action according to Sprague and they must "re-double our efforts at the state level to have an impact."


The Ohio House of Representatives are working on a couple bills, one would address the over prescribing of prescription pain killers and the other would create more space for detox beds and increasing naloxone availability.


The Report also gave a local perspective on the number of overdose deaths, in 2014 Hardin County had one overdose death but that number rose significantly to 8 deaths in 2015. That is an increase of 700% and representative Sprague wanted to remind everyone "behind each one of those 8 people that died is a family thats been struggleing not only with the addiction but with the death of a brother or sister."


Full report is attached below:






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