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A former Hardin County Common Pleas Court probation officer pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges Wednesday afternoon.


Through his attorney William Kluge, Terry Price pleaded guilty to a third degree misdemeanor count of sexual imposition and a second degree misdemeanor count of dereliction of duty. Both charges date back to March of 2011.


Visiting Retired Judge Kevin Smith, from Findlay Municipal Court accepted the pleas and found Price guilty. A presentence investigation was ordered, and the sentencing date has tentatively been scheduled for July 22. He was released on his own recognizance.


The sexual imposition charge carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail, $500 fine and Tier I sex offender status. The dereliction of duty charge carries up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $750.


Price was charged with the offenses last week following an investigation conducted by the State of Ohio.


It seems a lot of people drive vehicles with over 100,000 miles on them.


According to the results of our Visitor Poll regarding the question, How Many Miles Are On Your Vehicle?, 49% said over 100,000, 22% said between 50,001 to 100,000, 15% said between 25,001 to 50,000 and 14% said between 0 to 25,000 miles.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


A pedestrian escaped serious injury after being struck by a car Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 19 year old Maggie Kimmel, of Kenton, attempted to cross Detroit Street at the West North Street intersection when she was struck by a northbound car being driven by 18 year old Conner Castle, of Ada.
Kimmel was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor visible injuries.

Castle was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.


submitted photo


There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Columbus Street.

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 71 year old Linda Holcomb drove her car from Morningside Drive onto Columbus Street, and was struck by a westbound car being operated by 44 year old John Beltz, of Forest.

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Holcomb was cited for failure to yield the right of way.


The annual showcase "Cabaret" is the highlight of the Kenton Top 20's events each year. Seniors Mariah Clawson and Kyle Phillips both said that the show is a culmination of all the work the group has done over the course of the year.


The Top 20 perform "Uptown Funk" to open the second act.


"Our year has been really good. We've had a lot of success this year. We've gone to about six competitions and we're really excited to come back and perform for everyone in the community." said Clawson.


"Our theme this year is Romeo & Juliet and it's basically a love story theme between two features, which are Mariah and myself and it plays out their love story until their death at the end." said Phillips.


Tickets are still available at the Kenton High School both today and tomorrow and there will be a limited number of tickets at the door. Tickets run $8.00 for a table and $6.00 for general admission. Clawson and senior Bailey Pees encouraged people to come out this weekend for some quality entertainment.



"Everyone should come out and see it. We've worked so hard this year and we have a bit of talent here. We picked these songs ourselves so they're really special to us so we'd like everyone to come out and share a moment with us." said Clawson.


"It's a great way to entertain the community and to show everyone what we've been working towards this entire year" said Pees.


The show will be performed in the high school gym. The show will be Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.


Kenton Wildcat senior Dale Oates will begin play at the Division II state boys tennis tournament tomorrow in Columbus.


Oates, who finished fourth last week at the Northwest District tournament at Bowling Green, will take on Adam Krueger from Bay Village in opening round action of the Division II state boys tennis tournament on Friday morning. Krueger, a sophomore, was the winner of last weekend’s Northeast District tournament at Harvard Park in Canton.

The winner of the contest between Oates and Krueger will advance to the quarterfinals to meet the winner of the match between Coshocton senior Cameron Wiandt and Alexander Warstler, a junior from Indian Hill.


Oates is one of seven seniors in the 16-man state tournament field. Four juniors, three sophomores and a pair of freshmen also qualified for the state event. Asher Hirsch, from Cincinnati Country Day, and Lexington’s Mason Dragos will each be making their fourth appearance in the Division II state tournament. Hirsch finished third as a freshman in 2012 and will be going for a three-peat this weekend as he won state as a sophomore in 2013 and as a junior last year. Dragos has won at least one match at state in each of the past three years and placed third last season.


Action will begin at The Ohio State University Outdoor Tennis Courts with Division I singles play at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, followed by Division II singles action and then doubles competition.


The aftermath of the crash in Mt. Victory. Submitted photo


There was an injury in a car/motorcycle crash in the Village of Mt. Victory Wednesday night. According to sources and the Hardin County Sheriff's Office the crash happened after 6pm Wednesday night north of the downtown area on State Route 31. At least one person was transported for unknown injuries. The crash caused a traffic backup for several hours in the village. No further details are available as the crash is under investigation.


At the Kenton City Council meeting Tuesday night, City Law Director John Schwimer gave the council a report on ongoing negotiations with the county on the ownership of two bridges in the city limts.
The South Leighton Street Bridge
The Wayne Street Bridge and the Leighton Street Bridge. Schwimer said that the county presented the city with two options. To share the costs of maintenance and inspections 50/50 on both bridges for a period of five years, or for the city to take over 100% of the costs on the Wayne Street Bridge and 3/4 of the costs on Leighton Street. The county would be involved for 25% on costs associated with the Leighton Street bridge. Councilman David Beazley moved to direct Schwimer to draw up appropriate legislation to accept the second offer and the council passed Beazley's motion.
The South Wayne Street Bridge
Also at the meeting, Patti Risner from the Safety Committee reccommended that the finance committee look at financing a replacement light at the intersection of South Main and Ohio Street. Risner cited safety issues at that intersection and noted a number of residents have complained about fast moving traffic through that intersection since the light was removed. While a motion to approve the report was made, it did not receive a second from the council members present. Both Councilman David Beazley and Tom Taylor noted that they too received comments on the light noting that it was a good thing that it was removed. The Safety Committee then decided to review the matter further to look into the possibility of installing a four way stop or a flashing light at that intersection.
Doris Kissling from the Hardin County Humane Society also game the council a report on monthly activities. Kissling said that Jake Purcell will be attending training, paid for by the society to become a Humane Agent, and have more responsibility in investigating cases of animal abuse and neglect in the county. Kissling said the training would be complete at the end of June.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on June 8th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


A woman and three children were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 3:10 Tuesday afternoon on US 68 at County Road 200 south of Kenton.
The report is not available at this time, but according to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a child in one of the vehicles involved was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus where she is in critical but stable condition. Two other children and the woman were taken to an area hospital for treatment. 
The crash remains under investigation. 
Emergency crews were also dispatched to a crash that occurred around 3:30 in the afternoon at the intersection of SR's 117 and 235 in Roundhead.
No information is available on that crash which was handled by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. 


There were no changes in the Kenton Mayor's race following a recount of the Republican Primary Election.
According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections Office, the recount showed incumbent Mayor Randy Manns and challenger Tom Taylor still tying as they did election night. Manns won two of the three provisional votes making him the winner 207 to 206.
Manns will face a write in challenge from John Alexander this fall.
The recount was conducted Wednesday morning at the Board of
Elections Office.


The Kenton High School Senior Awards Day held Tuesday was a success.
High School Guidance Counselor Amy Kohl said at least 65 if not more students received scholarships during the ceremony, "We has R.E. and Karen Allen here, and they gave out $26,650 from the R.E. and Joan S. Allen Scholarships. We also had $10,825 worth of Dollars For Scholars scholarships. Our local scholarships total was $16,920. The Kenton Excellence For Education Foundation gave out $60,500. We had about $7550 from other outside scholarships and college scholarships gave out $526,634, so the Class of 2015 total came to $649,179."
Compared to last year Kohl said, "The local scholarships, Dollars for Scholars and R.E. Allen scholarships were up, the college scholarships were down."
Kohl added that without community support they would not be able to give out the amount of scholarships that they do each year. She added that it shows how the community supports the students in the area of higher education. 


R.E. Allen was recognized at a reception at Kenton High School Monday night. 
The annual reception is held to recognize former Kenton students who benefited from the R.E. Allen Scholarship Fund. Former Kenton students Katie Brim and Tina Hiller both met with Mr. Allen to talk about their college careers and future plans. Allen also talked about his early days in business in Kenton Ohio.
"Made 97 cents the first year of operation. I told my wife that I'm going to quit this racket and get a job as a plumber’s helper. And she said 'No you're not, you're going to get out there and go to work. So my father had loaned me a ten year old Buick and I took the back seat out and sold my candy bars out of the back seat of that Buick. So you talk about a meager beginning, well I had one." said Allen.
Kenton graduates Katie Brim and Tina Hiller meet with R.E. Allen and his daughter Karen Allen. Also pictured is Edison Klingler who serves on the local scholarship selection committee.
In addition to the reception, R.E. Allen was recognized by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance for his years of service to the community. Chamber President Jon Cross presented Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service and the scholarship fund in his name which continues to operate.
"Over two million dollars have been awarded to allow students to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of the Hardin County community keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive. With the highest regards to R.E. Allen and his family the Board of Directors would like to dedicate this special award in his name and honor. Moving forward it will be known as the R.E. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. On behalf of our business community we hope and pray that we can give more of these awards out. Because that means there are more successful entrepreneurs in the community doing great things to create jobs." said Cross.
Kenton Mayor Randy Manns presents R.E. Allen with the Key to the City and Jon Cross, President of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance presents Allen with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Cross also presented Allen with a proclamation from the Hardin County Commissioners and Kenton Mayor Randy Manns presented Allen with a proclamation from Kenton and the Key to the City for his service to the community. Allen was surprised by the honors.
"Well, that's a great memento and I'll certainly do my best to live up to this. It'll have a place on my wall forever. I tell you just go to work every day and ninety-five years later you end up being ninety-five." said Allen.
Around fifty Allen scholarships are expected to be awarded this year, including many new scholarships and renewal scholarships for continuing education.


Kenton’s Dale Oates placed fourth at the Division 2 boys’ tennis district tournament Saturday at Bowling Green.
Oates, who didn’t drop a set in winning two matches on Thursday, ran into a buzz saw Saturday morning. Lexington’s Mason Dragos defeated Oates 6-0, 6-0 in the Division 2 semifinals on his way to winning the district title. Dragos, a senior, lost 2 games in winning his 4 district matches, taking 3 of them via a 6-0, 6-0 score.
Oates then lost a hard-fought match to Sandusky sophomore Brayden Strong in the third-place match. Oates won the first set but Strong rallied to take the final two sets, topping the Kenton senior 6-7 (5-7 in the tiebreak), 6-3, 6-4.
Oates wound up finishing fourth at the district tournament and will continue his season at next week’s state tournament in Columbus. Play at the state tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday morning and will continue on Saturday.


Veterans will be honored during a service at Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Publicity Coordinator Becky Potts said, "We hope everyone shows up to honor the brave veterans during the ceremony. It starts at 10 Memorial Day morning, and services will be conducted in both veteran's circles at the cemetery. The parade will then follow starting at 11 in the morning. It moves west on Franklin Street from the cemetery to downtown Kenton."

A Centennial Celebration for the Hardin County Courthouse will follow the parade.


 MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and a stepdaughter at their home has been convicted.
Union County jurors reached the verdict Friday evening.
The guardsman was convicted of 15 of the 23 counts against him, including rape and sexual battery. He was accused of abusing girls who were under age 13.
Prosecutors also allege he and his wife abruptly sent a fourth girl out of state in July 2012 and threatened the remaining children in the family with a similar fate to keep them from talking about what they knew.
The 42-year-old Marysville man testified in his own defense. His wife testified she never saw signs of such abuse.
The Associated Press isn't naming the couple to protect the children's identities.


A former Hardin County Common Pleas Court Probation Officer has been charged with two misdemeanor charges.

The document filed in Hardin County Muncipal Court Thursday shows that Terry Price was charged with a third degree misdemeanor count of sexual imposition and a second degree misdemeanor count of dereliction of duty.

Both charges date back to March of 2011.

Price is scheduled to appear in Hardin County Muncipal Court on Wednesday May 27.


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


According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following two individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:


.Cheryl Ann Manns on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of drugs.


.Brian Edward Mitchell on one count of heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


An event 100 years in the making will take place on Monday Memorial Day.

The Hardin County Courthouse Centennial Celebration will take place in downtown Kenton. Committee Member Becky Potts called the building remarkable. She said it has been well maintained over the years as well, which has resulted in its great appearance today.

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


Kenton’s Dale Oates is heading to the state boys tennis tournament.
Oates is congratulated following his win today at Bowling Green.
Oates won both his matches Thursday in the Division 2 district tournament at Keefe Courts on the campus of Bowling Green State University. The two victories ensured the Wildcat senior of at least a fourth-place finish at the district, which will be good enough to advance him to the state tournament. Getting to state has been a goal for Oates, who also won the Western Buckeye League and sectional championships earlier this season.
"Today was, I'd say a good day overall. As the matches went by the scores don't really reflect how I thought I could have played. I think I could have played better but I'm happy with the result. It's a great feeling to be the first person to represent Kenton at State. I'm looking forward to go down there for the experience. I'm not expecting to go win a whole bunch of matches or anything. One might be nice because the people down there are really good. I've had a great year, I'm 29-2 and the goal was to get 30 wins this year, and that's almost in my reach so I can't be unhappy with that." said Oates. 
Oates’ teammate, senior Jake Abbott, also made the trip to the district. While Abbott was knocked out in the opening round of the district by Lexington’s Mason Dragos, the fact that the Wildcats were able to qualify two players for the district is quite an accomplishment for the Kenton tennis program, according to Coach Keith Kissling.
"It was great to have Dale advance on to the state tournament. He's the first to go to my knowledge. It's really nice to have that happen. He's put a lot of work in to get to that point. Jake played today and ran into one of the top players in the state, but played well. I was really proud of the way he played also. To get two guys this far along and then to have one advance on to state it's really a great thing for the program. Most of these kids have been playing for three or four years, and they're playing against kids who've been playing pretty much their whole lives. I think that says a lot about where the program is right now, the work that the kids are putting in. They believe in themselves and that they can win and be successful as a program" said Kissling.
Oates advances to semifinal competition Saturday back at Bowling Green, with action beginning at 9:30 a.m.




Listen to WKTN Radio next week for your chance to win tickets to see the Rolling Stones perform live in concert at Ohio Stadium in Columbus May 30th. WKTN will give away several tickets next week so listen for your chance to win.


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man who told police he used a plastic wand from window blinds as a switch on his 5-year-old son before the boy died has been charged with child endangering.


Authorities planned an autopsy Thursday for Michael Barton of Bellefontaine. He died at a Columbus hospital Wednesday, two days after his father's girlfriend called 911 to report the boy wasn't breathing.


A prosecutor said the boy's father, 24-year-old Anthony Barton, told police he used the plastic wand to hit the child.


Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley told the newspaper he expected the autopsy would reveal more about how badly the boy was injured.


Barton remained in the Logan County jail Thursday. It wasn't clear if he has an attorney.


MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio National Guardsman on trial for sexually abusing his adopted daughters and a stepdaughter has vigorously denied the accusations.


The 20-year military veteran used words like "negative" and "absolutely not" when denying the allegations under questioning by defense attorney George Leach.


He also denied abruptly sending a girl who was living in his house back to her adoptive parents in Idaho to keep her from talking about what she knew.


The 42-year-old guardsman has pleaded not guilty to accusations of abusing girls who were under 13.


Earlier Wednesday his wife testified she never saw evidence of such abuse in the home.


The Associated Press isn't naming the couple to protect the children's identities.


Randy Manns has won the Republican primary for Mayor of the City of Kenton.



According to information from the Hardin County Board of Elections, the recount of votes from the May Primary resulted in Manns recieving 207 votes to 206 for Republican Challenger Tom Tayor.


Manns will be on the ballot officially unopposed this fall as a non-party challenger, John Alexander, was disqualified from running as a non-party candidate. However Alexander is planning to run as a write-in candidate this fall.


Manns said that he was looking forward to the fall election and hopefully another four years serving the City of Kenton.


"It goes to show the value of one vote. I think that should speak volumes to people to be involved in the process. I'm looking forward to the election we have coming up this fall, hopefully winning that as well, going on and completing several projects that we started and working on new ones. I believe this is a vote for progress and I believe we're going to continue to see progress in the City of Kenton." said Manns.


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.


It's part of a settlement announced Tuesday over allegations of Clean Air Act violations against Marathon at 10 different facilities.

The federal government said that Marathon had failed to comply with some fuel quality emissions standards along with record keeping, sampling and testing requirements.


An agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio says Marathon will make changes to reduce emissions at fuel storage tanks.


The company says most of the alleged violations happened several years ago, and that it's taking steps to prevent them from happening again.


Marathon Petroleum is based in Findlay, Ohio.


The highway interchange from US 33 to I-270 in Dublin near Columbus will be closing soon for a major highway project upgrade.
According to information from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the interchange will officially close starting June 8th and will remain closed for four months afterward. The project, which is projected to cost around $70 million, is designed to improve safety and reduce congestion by eliminating the weaving and merging that is present today.
While the project is underway, ODOT has released a listing of alternative routes that commuters can take as they make their way around the project site. A complete listing of alternative routes can be found on the ODOT Website devoted to the project at http://27033interchange.org/


Retiring educators and staff were recognized at the Kenton School Board meeting Monday night.


Seventeen educators and staff members who are retiring this year were recognized for their years of service to the Kenton School District. Rick Abbott, Andrea King, Richard Eyestone, Kate Williams, Dawn Dorsey, Roberta Tevis, Alicia Kleinfelter, Evelyn Titus, Jodine McKinley Scott, Mary Ramge, Annette Ansley, Sandy Berry, Diana Copp, Kevin Kapanka, Larry Chamberlin, Brenda Lutz and Ed Baier were all recognized for their many years of service to Kenton.


Also at the meeting, the board renewed contracts for many Kenton educators and staff and hired several new educators for the next school year. The board heard a presentation from Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance President Jon Cross on potential marketing for the Espy and Hardin Central School sites, and how those properties could be marketed. Cross mentioned re-zoning issues as well as potential industries that the school can market to as they decide to sell those properties. The school also heard a five year forecast for the district. The forecast called for stable revenues and expentidures, with the state of Ohio having increased funds moving into the district. Board member Dave Haushalter thanked residents again for voting an income tax increase that helped the district in the recent past when the budget hadn't been as stable.


The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be a special meeting on Thursday June 4th at 8am for the purposes of hiring staff. The next regular meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on June 15th 2015, at the Kenton School Administrative Offices at 7pm.



Shown driving the camouflage car is Kynna Parthemore



Ridgemont 7th grade science teacher Zach Balch led a class project that resulted in an over night trip to Akron for the SoapBox Derby Race. 


It was the 2015 All American Soap Box Derby Super Stock Gravity Racing Challenge. 


Ridgemont entered 3 cars on the race and ended up placing 15th with our green car out of more than 70 participates from 3 different states racing.




A Russell's Point man escaped serious injury after he lost control of his car and ended up crashing into a house this past Saturday night.

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Jimmy Campbell lost control of his car while travelling north in the 17,000 block of State Route 117 near Roundhead.

The car crossed the center line and went off the left side of the road, where it travelled over a sidewalk and crashed into the house causing major structure damage.

Campbell received minor injuries, and the occupants of the house were not injured in the mishap.

Charges against Campbell are pending.


The Kenton Lady Wildcats will take on Fairview on Tuesday in Division 3 district softball tournament play at Bath.


The Lady Wildcats won their 2nd sectional title in 4 years on Friday with a 4 to 2 win over 9th-seeded Ottawa-Glandorf.


The 6th-seeded Cats advance to the district semifinals on Tuesday where they will meet top-seeded Fairview at 5 p.m. at Bath.


The winner of that game will advance to Friday’s district title tilt against the survivor of Wednesday’s matchup between 2nd-seeded Tinora, which is coached by Kenton High School graduate Garry Rodenberger, and 3rd-seeded Parkway.

Hardin Northern will also begin district play Tuesday when the Polar Bears will meet Arlington in Division 4 action at 5 p.m. at Kenton High School.


The Red Devils were the district’s top seed while the Polar Bears were slotted fourth.


In the other half of the draw at Kenton, 2nd-seeded Carey will meet 3rd-seeded New Riegel Wednesday afternoon.


The winners of those games will meet Friday at KHS for the district title.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gasoline prices are up across Ohio by more than a dime on average from last week.


The auto club AAA says the pump price across Ohio now averages $2.60 a gallon.


Ohio prices continue to run more than a dime below the national average.


Casting a vote in the Primary Election on May 5 disqualified a man's status as a No Party candidate for Kenton mayor.

John Alexander voted in the Republican Primary after he had filed as a no party candidate in the November election.

While he was disqualified as a no party candidate, Alexander did file as a write in candidate. He will face the winner of the Republican Primary Election between Incumbent Mayor Randy Manns and challenger Tom Taylor.

Those two tied on Election Day, and the race will be decided by three provisional votes.


The winner will be announced on May 21.


Kenton Middle School 8th Grader's have spent this past week in Washington DC.


The Kenton Middle Schools annual 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC has been taking place this week, and students on the trip spoke to WKTN Radio Thursday afternoon about the experience. Haley Hunt said that she was impressed with Arlington National Cemetery, where some of the students placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


At Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


"When we went to Arlington National Cemetery we got to watch the changing of the guard at the tomb. It was really neat to watch and see how they change the guard every thirty minutes." said Hunt.


Isaac Mendez was quick to note that it was exciting to see many of the places and buildings that the students had only read about up until that time.


At Lincoln Memorial


"Many of the things that we've learned about in class are cool. You don't think you're ever going to need it but when you come here it's like wow. These things are a lot bigger than they look in the pictures." said Mendez.


Drew Hoppe said that he was impressed at the memorial to the battle of Iwo Jima, because of a special presentation there.


"It's a statue of six soldiers holding up the American Flag during World War II. When we were hearing about it one of the veterans sons came and he was there and we heard some stories about his father." said Hoppe.


Molly Moore said that she enjoyed going to George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon and The White House.


"It was really cool to go into the house [Mt. Vernon] and to see some of the things that they set up there. We went through some of the rooms, and it was really cool. We did go to The White House last night [Wednesday] and a lot of us took pictures. There's this protester that's been there for many years and we got to talk to him. It was cool to see and hear about why he's there. The older buildings are really cool, because it makes you think about an older town. Because it's been around for many many years. It's really cool to see all the old buildings and how they look." said Moore.


At Roosevelt Memorial



Trip Coordinator Shana Stout said the trip went very well, and the class returned home early this (Saturday) morning.



Construction and Maintenance Projects for

Week of May 18, 2015


Hardin County:


Ohio 273 in the village of Mount Victory which was closed May 4 for approximately five days for a waterline has reopened.


Ohio 67 westbound from County Road 75 to Township Road 85 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone during the week for a drainage project. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.


U.S. 68 between Washington Street and Wayne Street in the village of Dunkirk which was closed for continuation of a railroad crossing repair has reopened.


Allen County


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


Interstate 75 and Ohio 696, Beaverdam - The southbound entrance and northbound exit ramps at Interstate 75 and Ohio 696 are now open following pavement repair on the ramps.



Hancock County


Ohio 15 northbound east of the U.S. 68 junction is one lane through the work zone for a roadside slide repair project which is expected to continue through July. Work is being performed by Sand Ridge Excavating, Cloverdale.


Interstate 75 in Wood and Hancock counties: Through 2016, southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes from US 20 to I-475 in Perrysburg. Through November, from 8pm until 6am, single lane restrictions are possible on I-75 between the I-75/I-475 interchange in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Through 2016, 11-foot lane width restrictions are in place on I-75 between US 20 in Perrysburg to CR 99 in Hancock County. Project complete: October 2017. All work is weather permitting.


Special events . . .

Effective Monday, April 27, through December, Township Road 101 in Hancock County, between CR 220 and TR 142, will be closed for bridge work on I-75.



Wyandot County


Ohio 294 from just west of U.S. 23 to just west of Ohio 231 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.


Ohio 231 from just north of Township Highway 56 to Ohio 103 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.


U.S. 23/30 northbound and southbound at Upper Sandusky is currently reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge and pavement repair and resurfacing. On U.S. 23 the zone extends from south of Ohio 182 to just south of County Road 47, and on U.S. 30 from the U.S. 23 split to Township Highway 103. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.


U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from eastbound U.S. 30 closed May 4 for approximately three weeks for pavement resurfacing and bridge deck repair. Traffic detoured east on U.S. 30, north on Ohio 199 back to U.S. 23 northbound. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is asking the public to report sightings of wild turkeys and ruffed grouse to help with the state's annual survey of the game birds.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey every year to estimate population growth. The survey relies on the public to report sightings of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen during May, June, July and August. Wildlife watchers and hunters can report observations at the Turkey Brood Survey page on Ohio Division of Wildlife website.


The information helps predict future wild turkey populations and guide state's hunting regulations.


Biologists began tracking summer observations of wild turkeys in 1962. More than 6,000 turkeys were reported during the 2014 survey.


Ruffed grouse were added to the survey in 1999.






A Kenton man was sentenced this week in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

According to the document from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Andrew C Worthington was sentenced by Judge Scott Barrett to a total of eight years in prison on one count each of kidnapping and felonious assault on a peace officer.


Worthington was convicted on the charges following a two day trial last month.


The case dates back to the summer of 2014.


WKTN's Dennis Beverly talks with Foundation President William Hart


The Hardin County Community Foundation awarded 155 grants and scholarships to non-profit organizations during a ceremony Thursday evening.


Foundation President William Hart said they gave out over $190,000 in grants during the ceremony, "We now have approximately six million dollars in assets that we can invest and get money to pay for these grants. I'm looking forward tonight to see a big crowd, to see a lot of grateful people and programs in Hardin County serviced by that $190,000."


He said the organization has grown over the years thanks to a dedicated board, "starting with John Jester and his vision and a lot of the members including WKTN's Keith Gensheimer, who's been on board since the very first day, and through a very conservative but dedicated investment philosophy, we've ben able to grow from zero funds in 1991 to almost six million dollars now."


Board Member Charles Van Dyne and Secretary Gina Messner announcing grant recipients


Hart adds that they appreciate the public's support, "We hope that the people in Hardin County see the worthwhile efforts that we're making in the county to improve things for various groups and organizations, and that they will continue to support us like they have in the past by way of giving."


Award recipients during ceremony


The following is a complete list of grant recipients and the amount received:


.$900.00 Ada Food Pantry


.$1,000.00 Ada Public Library


.$1,000.00 Ada Safe Routes to School Team, Ada CIC


.$1,500.00 Ada Soccer Association


.$1,000.00 Alger Community Fire Association


.$2,000.00 Alger First United Methodist Church-Home Missions


.$2,000.00 Alger First United Methodist Church--Home Missions


.$2,000.00 Alger Memorial Festival Committee


.$1,000.00 Alger Public Library


.$1,000.00 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hardin County


.$435.00 BKP Ambulance District


.$480.00 BKP Ambulance District


.$1,388.00 BKP Ambulance District


.$2,728.00 BKP Ambulance District


.$1,000.00 Blue Star Mothers of America OH#32


.$1,380.00 BMRT Ambulance District


.$500.00 Boy Scout Troop #124


.$500.00 Boy Scout Troop #125


.$500.00 Camp Common Ground


.$1,000.00 Camp Common Ground


.$900.00 City of Kenton


.$2,500.00 City of Kenton


.$1,000.00 City of Kenton-Bark Park


.$1,000.00 Crossroads Crisis Center


.$500.00 Cub Scout Troop #121


.$2,000.00 Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Hardin County


.$1,000.00 Dream Center of Ohio


.$2,000.00 Dunkirk Community Improvement Corporation


.$500.00 Dunkirk Masonic Lodge $549


.$300.00 Forest Boy Scout Troop #164


.$1,600.00 Forest Fire Department


.$500.00 Forest Firefighters Association


.$1,600.00 Forest Police Department


.$1,000.00 Forest Tree Commission


.$1,000.00 Forest-Jackson Public Library


.$1,000.00 Forest-Jackson Public Library


.$1,500.00 Friends of the Alger Public Library


.$1,500.00 Hardin County 4-H Council


.$1,500.00 Hardin County Agricultural Society



.$2,000.00 Hardin County Agricultural Society


.$2,000.00 Hardin County Agricultural Society


.$2,500.00 Hardin County Agricultural Society


.$3,500.00 Hardin County Armory Restoration Foundation


.$500.00 Hardin County Bowling Association


.$500.00 Hardin County Bowling Association


.$2,500.00 Hardin County Building Maintenance Department


.$1,200.00 Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance


.$1,140.00 Hardin County Dog Shelter


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Family YMCA


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Family YMCA


.$1,500.00 Hardin County Family YMCA


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Firefighters Association


.$3,000.00 Hardin County Golf Foundation


.$500.00 Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.


.$2,000.00 Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.


.$3,000.00 Hardin County Hospice


.$500.00 Hardin County Humane Society


.$1,140.00 Hardin County Humane Society


.$500.00 Hardin County Junior Fair Board


.$250.00 Hardin County Juvenile Court


.$1,500.00 Hardin County Juvenile Court


.$1,500.00 Hardin County Mounted Posse


.$100.00 Hardin County Optimists


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Players


.$2,000.00 Hardin County Recovery Court


.$2,000.00 Hardin County Special Olympics


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Upward Sports


.$1,000.00 Hardin County Veterans Memorial Park Clubhouse


.$2,500.00 Hardin County Volunteers in Police Service, Inc.


.$4,450.00 Hardin Hills Health Center


.$1,000.00 Hardin Leadership, Inc.


.$1,000.00 Hardin Leadership, Inc.


.$525.00 Hardin Memorial Hospital


.$750.00 Hardin Northern Elementary School Library


.$750.00 Hardin Northern High School Library


.$1,000.00 Hardin Northern Public Library


.$1,800.00 Heartbeat of Hardin County


.$3,000.00 Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund, Inc.


.$5,000.00 Helping Hands Outreach Ministries


.$600.00 HHWPCAC Forest Head Start


.$600.00 HHWPCAC Kenton 1 Head Start


.$600.00 HHWPCAC Kenton 2 Head Start


.$600.00 HHWPCAC Kenton 3 Head Start


.$600.00 HHWPCAC Kenton 4 Head Start


.$600.00 HHWPCAC McGuffey Head Start


.$1,500.00 Jackson-Forest Emergency Medical Services


.$1,400.00 Jackson-Forest Joint Ambulance District


.$2,500.00 Jackson-Forest Joint Ambulance District


.$500.00 Keep Hardin County Beautiful


.$900.00 Keep Hardin County Beautiful


.$750.00 Kenton Area Swim Team


.$600.00 Kenton City Schools


.$1,000.00 Kenton City Schools


.$1,000.00 Kenton City Schools


.$400.00 Kenton City Schools-4th Grade


.$500.00 Kenton City Schools-Elementary


.$1,000.00 Kenton City Schools-High School


.$500.00 Kenton City Schools-Preschool


.$1,500.00 Kenton Fire Department


.$1,100.00 Kenton First Baptist Church


.$250.00 Kenton Hardin Health Department


.$515.00 Kenton Hardin Health Department


.$424.00 Kenton Historic Courthouse District


.$750.00 Kenton Historic Courthouse District


.$1,000.00 Kenton Little League, Inc.


.$1,370.00 Kenton Police Department


.$1,000.00 Kenton Tree Commission


.$1,000.00 Knights of Columbus Council 1597


.$2,000.00 Love Inc.


.$400.00 Master Gardeners of Hardin County


.$1,250.00 Master Gardeners of Hardin County


.$1,000.00 MLJ-Hardin County Library


.$1,000.00 MLJ-Hardin County Library


.$1,000.00 MLJ-Hardin County Library


.$1,200.00 Mt. Victory Community Improvement Corp.


.$900.00 Neighborhood Opportunity Center


.$500.00 Northern Hardin County Fire District


.$1,000.00 Northern Hardin County Fire District


.$500.00 Not By Choice Outreach


.$2,000.00 Not by Choice Outreach


.$500.00 ONU Student Society of Health System Pharmacists


.$1,000.00 Pawsitive Pals of Hardin County


.$1,140.00 Pawsitive Pals of Hardin County


.$2,500.00 Payne Chapel AME


.$500.00 Quilts for Kids NW Ohio Chapter


.$1,380.00 Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department


.$1,000.00 Ridgemont FFA


.$500.00 Ridgemont High School Visual Art


.$900.00 Ridgemont Public Library-Mt. Victory Branch


.$600.00 Ridgemont Public Library-Ridgeway Branch


.$450.00 Ridgemont Schools-Elementary


.$400.00 Ridgemont Schools-Third Grade


.$1,000.00 Ridgeway Firefighters


.$1,500.00 Roundhead EMS


.$1,850.00 Roundhead Volunteer Fire Department


.$1,500.00 Saint Vincent dePaul Society of Immaculate Conception Church


.$800.00 Serentiy Stables Therapeutic Center


.$1,250.00 The Park District Liberty Twp-Ada


.$2,500.00 The Tree Town Festival, Inc.


.$1,380.00 Upper Scioto Valley Ambulance Alger Unit


.$1,500.00 Upper Scioto Valley Ambulance Alger Unit


.$1,000.00 Upper Scioto Valley Ambulance Roundhead EMS


.$750.00 Upper Scioto Valley FFA


.$400.00 Upper Scioto Valley Schools


.$1,000.00 Upper Scioto Valley Student Council


.$575.00 Veterans Memorial Park Golf Club


.$500.00 Village of Alger


.$1,000.00 Village of Alger Park


.$2,000.00 Village of Dunkirk


.$1,000.00 Village of Dunkirk Tree Committee


.$1,000.00 Village of Forest


.$1,000.00 Village of Forest


.$750.00 Village of Forest Park Board


.$1,000.00 Village of Forest Park Board


.$2,000.00 Village of Forest Park Board


.$1,500.00 Village of Mt. Victory


.$2,000.00 Village of Mt. Victory


.$1,500.00 Village of Ridgeway


.$250.00 Wolf Creek Art Center


.$500.00 Wolf Creek Art Center


.$1,000.00 Jerry Jester Scholarship


.$500.00 Catherine Lens Scholarship


.$500.00 Mr. and Mrs. OJ Hogan Scholarship


.$2,500.00 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship


.$2,500.00 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spath Scholarship


Hardin County Hospice is planning a big fundraiser in June.

Hospice nurse Jamie Minix said tickets for the event are on sale now, "It's called "Peace, Love and Hospice" and it's going to be Saturday June 27 at the Armory here in Kenton. It's going to be from 7 till 10pm. It's going to be a fun event. We're going to have a silent auction, a service auction, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, photo booth, deejay, and it's going to be 70's and 80's theme"

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


The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, the Kenton Historic Courthouse District and the City of Kenton, are teaming up with downtown business owners for a volunteer Spring Clean Up Day to spruce up the downtown business district around the Courthouse Square.


Volunteers are asked to join business owners and service organizations in planting new flowers, pulling weeds, power washing sidewalks, hanging flower baskets and washing outside store front windows. This will also prepare the downtown for the Memorial Day Parade and the Hardin County Courthouse Centenniel Celebration.


The Spring Clean-up Day is Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Food, beverages and great music will make for an enjoyable day! Call us to participate (419) 673-4131.


Rain day, Sunday, May 17, 2015 1:00 p.m.


A vast majority of our Visitor Poll voters say they do not have a home security system.


Of those responding to the question, 72% said they do not have one, while the remaining 28% said they do have a home security system.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.





Workers install a new cell tower for Verizon Wireless.
The tower is located on South Leighton Street near Brim's Imports.



The Kenton Police Department will once again participate in the "Click It Or Ticket" mobilization in Ohio that will focus on increased enforcement of adult and child restraint violations.

The enforcement period will run from May 18 to May 31.

It's part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety's effort to save lives and reduce injuries by the increased use of restraint devices.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band, and a Kenton graduate, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a female student.


Twenty-eight-year-old Stewart Kitchen is suspected of assaulting an Ohio State student at his home April 16.


Defense attorney Tom Hayes says Kitchen posted bond set at $70,000 and was expected to be released Wednesday.


The indictment includes two counts each of rape and sexual battery and a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with underage alcohol laws.


Court documents allege he sexually assaulted the 19-year-old woman in his bedroom after they had drinks, walked to his Columbus house and he refused to return her to her home.


Last year, Ohio State fired the band's director after an investigation determined he ignored "a sexualized culture" in the band.


A longtime Kenton business owner has passed away.

William "Bill" Furbush died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 87.

Known as Sweet Old Bill, he owned and operated Finney Glass and Paint in downtown Kenton. Prior to that, he was the plant manager at International Car.


Click link below for obituary:




The Sekisui Plastics expansion project is moving right along.  


Crews move one of the mold fabrication machines into place to install.


Local media was given a tour of the facility Tuesday to see how far along the expansion project has been. Crews were in the process of installing several machine molders which will be used to mold products to ship to automobile manufactures. When complete, the facility will be around 120,000 square foot large and house manufacturing and office space, tooling design, product prototyping, technical service and customer service. The company will be supplying products for Honda, Tesla, and Subaru as well as other clients.


Over fifty full time employees will be hired initially and with the expansion, that number is expected to increase. Sekisui has hired a plant manager to oversee operations. The plant is expected to begin operations this July with an official grand opening slated for early September.


One person was injured in a car/semi crash on State Route 67 East last night.



According to deputies at the scene, the accident happened around 9:45 Tuesday night and at this time it appears that a woman, identified as Rebecca Muller, was driving a car westbound on 67 and went left of center striking an eastbound semi truck being operated by Vincent Lazza, of Carey.



The semi came to rest in a field while the car was spun around and came to rest on the side of the road.
Muller was cut out of the vehicle and taken by helicopter to an undisclosed hospital for what was described as "serious" injuries. Lazza was not injured.

No further details are available at this time as the crash remains under investigation.


The 6th Annual TAB Awards were held Tuesday night at Riverdale High School. 
All of the 2015 TAB Award Winners
The TAB or Take-A-Bow Awards are hosted by the Hardin County Players organization and they're designed to showcase and honor area high school students for their achievements in musical theater and drama throughout the school year. Award categories such as Best Show, Best Choreography, Best Male and Female Solo, and so on are honored each year.
The award winners this year were as follows;
Creative Costuming
Upper Scioto Valley School—Director Dale Morgan—The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet
Best Choreography
Ridgemont High School—“When You’re An Addams”—The Addams Family Musical
Best Male Solo
Max Whitten as “Jud Fry—Ada High School—“Lonely Room”—Oklahoma!
Best Female Solo
Miriah Burton as Cinderella—Hardin Northern High School—“In My Own Little Corner”—Cinderella 
Outstanding Junior Performance
Mackenzie Thompson as Brigitta Von Trapp—Riverdale High School—The Sound of Music
Outstanding Female Supporting Performance
Sydney Hartford as Ado Annie Carnes—Ada High School—Oklahoma!
Best Female Comedic Performance
Alex Shirk as the Nurse—Upper Scioto Valley High School—The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet
Best Male Comedic Performance
Wyatt James as Lurch—Ridgemont High School—The Addams Family Musical
Best Duet
Jacob Dungan and Max Whitten as Curly & Jud—Ada High School—“Pore Jud is Daid”—Oklahoma!
Best Scenic Design
Hardin Northern High School—Director Kelly Eikenbary—Cinderella
Outstanding Male Lead Performance
Wayne Geissinger as Gomez—Ridgemont High School—The Addams Family Musical
Best Ensemble
Maria and the children—Riverdale High School—“Do-Re-Mi”—The Sound of Music
Outstanding Male Supporting Performance
Evan Smittle as Will Parker—Ada High School—Oklahoma!
Outstanding Female Lead Performance
Riley Drumm as Morticia—Ridgemont High School—The Addams Family Musical
Best Group Comedic Performance
Crystal Brown & Helena Taylor as Narrators 1 & 2—Upper Scioto Valley High School—The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet
Best Show
Ridgemont High School—Director Rhonda Hill—The Addams Family Musical
The Hardin County Players hold the awards as a way to honor students for their achievements and to encourage them to keep an interest in musical theater after they graduate high school.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A drum major instructor for Ohio State University's marching band, and a graduate of Kenton High School, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student has been indicted on rape charges.


Twenty-eight-year-old Stewart Kitchen is suspected of assaulting an Ohio State student at his home on April 16.


The indictment announced Tuesday by the Franklin County prosecutor's office includes two counts each of rape and sexual battery. Kitchen also faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with underage alcohol laws.


A message seeking comment was left with Kitchen's attorney.


Court documents allege the assault occurred after Kitchen and the 19-year-old woman went out drinking, then walked to his Columbus home. The woman reported that Kitchen refused to return her to her home and sexually assaulted her in his bedroom.


There has been a request to the City of Kenton to place a traffic light back at the intersection of South Main and Ohio Street.


Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites said at the Kenton City Council meeting Monday that Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue, as well as several others have made a request that the city look into putting the traffic light back at the intersection. Hites said that the reason given was the speed of traffic through that intersection and on South Main street. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns said that options such as placing a police cruiser and a meter showing a drivers speed at that intersection are being considered as well. The request was forwarded to the Safety Committee to review.


Hites also announced that bids have been submitted on two city/county re-surfacing projects. One of which was for the parking lot behind Liberty National Bank.


"Our price that they [the county] quoted us was $14,578.74. And of course I let people know before, and when I talked to the county today I still told them that I don't think that we should have to pay anything. I still hold fast to that unless the Mayor or City Council overrides me. But I don't think we ought to pay it, I think we need to hold fast and continue maintaining it." said Hites.


Hites noted that the city maintains the lot in the winter, and given how exact ownership of the lot is in question, he didn't recommend that the city pay for the re-surfacing. The other section was the city portion of Jacob Parrott Blvd. The county will be paving the county portion on the side of Grove Cemetery.


"I received our bid in from the county for the paving of Jacob Parrott Blvd. And of course that would be from Quest Federal Credit Union on 309 and up to and beside McDonalds which is pretty wide up there, and that bid is $39,138.29 for our portion." said Hites


Both measures were forwarded to the Finance Committee.

Also at the meeting, the city formally adopted a measure to support the Cruise In For A Cure Family Fun Day event, and John Cross from the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance gave the council an update on the work that the Chamber is doing in the city. Cross talked about several upcoming events, such as Eat's on the Streets and also discussed the work that the chamber is doing to promote Kenton to potential developers and how that process works.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Tuesday May 26th, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A federal agency says a central Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer accused of 11 worker safety violations is facing proposed penalties of $134,000.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says HBD/Thermoid Inc., based in Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN'-tihn), puts workers at risk of serious injuries by ignoring safety rules for industrial machines.


HBD/Thermoid's offices were closed Monday evening. A message was left for the general manager.


The agency says the company must put required safety guards on large industrial machines used to cut and manufacturer rubber hoses at its plants in Ohio, California, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


OSHA says the citations followed an October 2014 inspection at the company's Bellefontaine facility after the death of a worker caught in an industrial machine at its Salisbury, North Carolina, plant in May 2014.


The 5th annual Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held Saturday night at Upper Scioto Valley.


Five individuals and a team were inducted into the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday night.


Entering the Hall of Fame on Saturday were Kenton track athlete Todd Black; Jerry Burrey, a player, coach and administrator at several Hardin County schools; Ada girls basketball standout Lynn Coe Farlow; racing innovator Ray Marshall;  and the late Steve Rolston, a baseball star at Upper Scioto Valley.


The 1961 Mount Victory Green Devils, who advanced to the boys basketball regional finals, were also inducted into the hall.


With the 2015 class, 29 individuals and five teams are now a part of the Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.


The Hall of Fame Committee also awarded scholarships to three area athletes on Saturday. Receiving $500 scholarships were Ethan Beverly and Caitlin Johnson, both from Kenton; and Ada’s Alexis Amburgey.


A Dunkirk woman reported being robbed early Sunday morning outside her residence in the 100 block of Washington Street in the village.

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, the woman said an unknown male grabbed the purse off her arm and fled.

The purse contained just over $2000 in cash as well as a checkbook, identification and personal papers.

The incident remains under investigation.


A Mt. Victory business was broken into over the weekend.

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, someone entered Heritage Cooperative by forcing open a sliding window on the west side of the office.

Only a small amount of change was missing in the incident that remains under investigation.


MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Trial is underway for an Ohio National Guardsman accused of sexually abusing three adopted daughters and his stepdaughter.


Jury selection was completed Monday in Union County in the case of the 42-year-old Marysville man. He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has declined to comment.


The Associated Press isn't naming him to protect the children's identities.


The defendant is accused of abusing girls who were under 13. Prosecutors say he and his wife abruptly sent a fourth adopted daughter out of state and threatened other children in the family with a similar fate to keep them from talking.


The man's wife was charged with intimidation, obstructing justice and evidence tampering and pleaded not guilty. Her attorney hasn't commented.


A prosecutor said the children no longer lived with the guardsman.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing higher gas prices to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.49 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up a nickel from a week ago and 12 cents from a month ago. Yet Ohio gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.72 per gallon.


Ohio's average was below the national average Monday, which was about $2.66 per gallon. That's up 4 cents from a week ago, but 99 cents cheaper than last year at this time.


Analysts have anticipated increased prices at the pump as gasoline costs catch up to higher oil prices.






AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


Lynda and John Vermillion



Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion ended his career with the Kenton Police Department on Friday.


A reception was held Friday in the City Building where the Chief wrapped up his 38 year at the Kenton Police Department.

The former chief reflecting on his time here, "It's been very positive. I can't express just how pleased I am to have been given the opportunity to work for the City of Kenton, and to end my career after 38 years and going out as the Chief of Police, and I can just see down the road where things are going to continue to improve. New chief, new goals, that's what it's supposed to be."




Related to that, two Kenton police officers will split the duties of the Kenton Police Department until a new chief is named.


According to Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites, the duties will be shared by Lt. Robert Lutes and Sgt. Dennis Musser.


He said the two are scheduled to take a test in early June, and the new chief will be named sometime in July.


RICHWOOD, Ohio (AP) - Police say an 18-year-old youth drowned while swimming with his friends in Richwood Lake in central Ohio.


Richwood police Lt. Marcus Ballinger says police responded to a call of a possible drowning at Richwood Lake beach about 4:15 p.m. Friday. Ballinger says police were told the teen was swimming with friends but was not a good swimmer and had gone underwater, come up but then gone down again.


Rescue crews and a dive team were called and a search began.


Ballinger says divers found the body of Conrad Mangus about 5:45 p.m. in about 10 feet of water about 20 yards off shore. He says Mangus was from the Richwood area and a North Union student who was attending a vocational-technical school.


Residents would like to see the grant application for the 4th Ward revitalization project to go to other projects rather than the City Waterworks Park.


In a series of public meetings, residents of the 4th ward, as well as the rest of the city of Kenton have been developing a series of projects, both contracted and volunteer projects for the Kenton 4th Ward. These project plans will go into a grant application to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.


At a prior meeting, when projects were to be finalized, a discussion was held to focus on improvements to the City Waterworks Park. Discussions at the public meeting Thursday night, which included several members of the Kenton City Council and one resident from the 4th ward, said that they'd like to see projects focused more broadly.


Cost estimates on Waterworks park improvements were discussed including the building of dugouts, ball field rehabilitation and play equipment. City council member Teresa Styer questioned the reasoning behind putting funds toward that park, in light of recent improvements to Wharton Park in the same area. Styer and Kenton Councilman Dave Beazley both noted that many of the cost estimates could also be applied to projects at Wharton Park.


Resident Michael White from the 4th Ward also mentioned some drainage issues on Steiner Avenue as being a concern and wondered if the grant could fund improvements to fix those issues. Safety Service Director Jim Hites said that storm drains are already scheduled to be installed to correct flooding issues on Steiner.


The discussion focused on moving the focus of the parks projects to Wharton Park, and working on streets and sidewalk issues in the 4th ward, as well as drainage issues.

Additionally, volunteer projects would be needed to make the grant application successful. Mark Doll noted that four to six volunteer projects would be needed, and things such as Kenton Kids Day being held at Wharton Park would qualify toward that goal. However commitments are still needed from volunteer organizations on improvement projects in the 4th ward.


The grant will need commitments from volunteer organizations no later than May 29th. The application deadline is slated for June 26th and the grant is for $300,000 for civic improvements in the 4th Ward.


A Kenton woman was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:


.Wanda M. Cannode was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of grand theft.


Judge Scott Barrett ordered Cannode to pay just over $8900 in restitution to the victim.


The group Ohioans To End Prohibition is working to put a measure on the ballot in 2016 that would legalize marijuana use.

The president of the group, Sri Kavuru said voters should not be concerned that the legalization of marijuana would lead to the legalization of other drugs, "When you look at things like addiction rates, physical harm and addiction potential, marijuana is completely different than all other substances. The idea that it's still a schedule one narcotic to a lot of people we've been talking to and myself, we believe it's absurd for marijuana to be at least a schedule one, and the federal government is not moving on this at the moment, so it's up to the states individually to take drug policy reform to an appropriate level."

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


A green pickup truck that belongs to a missing Upper Sandusky man was pulled from the city’s reservoir this morning.
The Upper Sandusky Police Department confirmed that 72-year-old James Zoll’s vehicle was retrieved by a water rescue team. They said they are now searching the area for any sign of Zoll.
A missing adult alert was issued for Zoll Wednesday evening after he left his home and didn’t return.
Zoll is described as a white male, is around 5′ 11″ tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He has reddish gray hair and green eyes. Zoll suffers from medical conditions.
As published by WFIN Radio in Findlay


Two people were injured in a car/semi crash on State Route 68 just south of Dunkirk Thursday morning. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said that at this time it appears as one of the drivers fell asleep behind the wheel.
"It appears that we had a north bound minivan traveling south of Dunkirk. The driver appears to have fallen asleep and went into the southbound lane into the path of a semi truck. The semi did everything he could to avoid the crash and did not hit the minivan head on. But they did strike and both vehicles ended up on their side. Both vehicles were occupied by one single driver each and they were both transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. They didn't appear to have life threatening injuries but they were both banged up pretty good" said Everhart.
No further details are available at this time as the crash remains under investigation


The Kenton Mayor's race ended in a tie. Incumbent Mayor Randy Manns receiving 205 votes, and challenger Tom Taylor also receiving 205 votes.


So what happens now? There are 3 absentee votes that still could come in, and providing they have the May 5 postmark, they would still be counted right away. We are told that rarely happens, which means it comes down to 3 provisional votes that won't be counted until May 21 following an automatic recount.


So no winner on Election Night and we may not know until those provisional votes are counted on May 21 for the Kenton Mayor's race.


As for the Ridgemont School renewal levy, with Hardin and Logan County totals, it passed.. 259 in favor, 224 against.


Superintendent Emmy Beeson was happy with those results, "We are just super excited about the community support and the passage of this income tax renewal levy. We are very grateful that our community is supporting the district and our vision of designing the future and really moving into our new building on a positive footing and knowing the community is behind us."


The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, May 2nd at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 14 directors and 10 guests present. Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.


Mark Badertscher, from OSU Extension, stated Kathy Oliver, Hardin County’s OSU Extension Educator, is retiring in June and her job is now posted on their website.  Mark Light, Hardin County’s 4-H educator, stated that the Allen County JR.


Fairboard is going to use their lap tops during Allen County’s Fair and in exchange for that, will be making photo ID’s for our JR. Fairboard members.  A discussion was then held about the new process of on line entries being done this year.  JR. Fair will be having a deadline of July 31st, 2015 to make their on line entries, with corrections still be allowed after that date.  Don Spar and Jack McBride are offering their help to any 4-H club that needs assistance in doing on line entries. 

Last month’s minutes, Financial Reports, and bills were approved.


The Executive Committee addressed a letter received by Matt Jennings, from Quest Federal Credit Union, about having the kids turn in thank you cards to receive their check from the Livestock Sale.  Matt would like that to be re-addressed by the directors.  It was discussed that some members of the Sale Committee noted that they were not receiving thank you’s, that’s why this idea was introduced.  After further discussion, thank you cards will not be enforced, but everyone needs to be aware this could cause some buyers from buying again, since they are not receiving any form of a thank you.  The directors agreed to pay Classic Trophy & Engraving an advance to start making the trophies for the 2015 fair. It was noted that the Financial Aid request from the County has been received. 


Jim spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  The minutes from their April 13th meeting was discussed. Thank you letters were sent to Billenstein Farm Drainage, for their help in installing the new tile behind the barns and Craig Eibling, from LandTech, for his help during the Consignment Sale.  There is only 1 boat that still needs to be picked up and paid for from winter storage.   Judi Cronley is now working with the Treasurer of Kenton City Schools in purchasing the choral dept’s old risers.  The committee will be meeting with the commissioners on Tuesday, May 5th about the paving of the community building parking lot.  An electric bill, that was received this past month, is being further researched.  During our transition from Windstream to Time Warner Cable, a phone line to our electric meter was disconnected, so our electric meter is now having to be read by person and the electric company is requesting this to be changed.  More research needs to be done, to see if this is a cost saving matter or not. Jeff Madison stated that the benches have been started to be made.  Judi Cronley ordered 3 new sets of bleachers.  It was noted the Blacksmith shop is almost done with being repaired. The wall in the Grange Rest., where the Hall of Fame pictures are going to be hung, is going to be painted. Pete Fout listed some of the items he has done or is working on.  The directors rehired Gary and Patti Casteel for seasonal help.  The next Grounds Committee Meeting will be on May 11th at 7pm, with the group touring the Speed Barns first.


Camping letters were sent this past month and have started to be returned with payments.  Current campers have until May 31st to pay for their current spots, before waiting list campers can be offered sites.


The Livestock Committee noted that Dairy Beef Feeder weigh in and vaccinations will be on Saturday, May 30th from 8-10:30am. 


Janie Seiler, from the Rides/Concessions committee noted that rental contracts are due May 15th and then those on the waiting list can be contacted with available spots.

Jr. Fair board will be having their next meeting on Monday, June 22nd in the Shelter House.  They will be having a cookout.  Nancy Rickenbacher stated that the county bands will be receiving letters about the Band Show during the Hardin County Fair.  Guidelines will have to be followed this year. 

The Freedom Celebration Committee met on April 21st and it was noted they have been notified they received 2 grants from the Hardin Community Foundation.  Donation money for fireworks continues to be received. 


The Budget for Advertising was accepted for this year. Numbers mainly said the same, with more focus being given to the web. It was also noted that county license numbers need to be checked this year.  Marilyn Bidwell, from the Shuttle Committee, said her committee can do this. 


Under old business:  Judi Cronley stated the 2015 fair book has gone to print. 
Under new business:  The Hardin County Community Foundation has awarded the Fairgrounds with 2 grants that need to be accepted on May 14th at the Armory.  The grants will be for electric in the Merchant’s Building and for more chairs in the community building. The directors agreed to do billboard advertising like last year.  The board received a bid from Horses Sanitation for portable toilets, which is was tabled until other bids have been received.  A restroom cleaning bid from Joe Routt for the Hardin County Fair was accepted.  Rental Brochures were passed out to all directors to review.  A dead memorial tree is going to be replaced.


The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, June 6th at 7:30pm in the Fair Office. 


Kenton 3 hr delay


Riverdale 3 hr delay


Ridgemont 3 hr delay, no am preschool


Hardin Northern 2 hr delay


USV 3 hr delay with one hour extended day.


ADA 2 hr delay


Simon Kenton/Harco 2 hr delay with alternate sch pre school


Forest christian pre school AM class cancelled, afternoon class on as scheduled.


McGuffey head Start walk ins only no morning bus


Kenton 1 and 3 Head Start no morning bus walk ins onlyl


Here are the UNOFFICIAL Results from the 2015 May Primary Election.


The Ridgemont School renewal Levy passed. The break down was


259 in favor


224 against


In the Kenton Mayor's Race, both current Kenton Mayor Randy Manns and challenger Tom Taylor each received 205 votes, ending in a tie race.


At this point, the Hardin County Board of Elections will count any provisional ballots. According to the board, three provisional ballots will be counted on May 21st. If no change in the votes happens at that time, the race could be decided by a coin flip between the two candidates.


These are UNOFFICIAL results.


A meth lab is being blamed for causing a house fire near Ada that severely burned a man Monday evening.


According to a release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, a call was received about a house fire at 4781 State Route 235 around 6:30 Monday evening.


Upon arrival, the house was fully engulfed in flames.


One male patient, identified as Charles Thomas Louden, was first transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then transferred by helicopter to Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus due to severe burns to his body.


A further investigation into the cause of the fire revealed it was caused by an active methamphetamine lab.


Ada Fire Chief Jay Epley said there were a total of six people who lived in the house. He said they include four children who may have been outside when the fire started. The other occupant was the children's mother, identified as Julia Music, who is the girlfriend of the burn victim. Louden was the only one injured.


Music has been taken into custody on a charge of complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs. Louden remains hospitalized and has not yet been charged.


The Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification are currently still investigating the scene.


Agencies assisting at the scene include: The Hardin County Crime Task Force, Ada EMS, Alger EMS, State Fire Marshall's Office, Ohio State Patrol and Ada Fire Department along with mutual assistance from the Alger and McGuffey Fire Departments.


By a two to one margin, Visitor Poll voters feel the U.S. Supreme Court should uphold Ohio's ban on same sex marriages.


63 percent voted yes to the question, while the remaining 37% said no the ban should be overturned and same sex marriages should be allowed.


Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.


Today is Primary/Special Election Day.

The polls opened at 6:30 this morning.

On the ballot today, Kenton Mayor Randy Manns is facing challenger Tom Taylor and Ridgemont School is seeking renewal of a 3/4 percent income tax levy.

The polls close at 7:30, and WKTN's Election Night coverage starts at 8.


BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - A 77-year-old Ohio woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother's death by severe neglect. 
Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark O'Connor sentenced Mary Strawser Monday and says it's "incredulous" that more wasn't done to take care of Strawser's mother. 
Prosecutors say Strawser neglected her mother for years, leaving her to die on a couch in a dilapidated trailer in Rushsylvania. 
Authorities found Blanche Cowen dead in 2014 after a mentally-disabled man who also lived in the trailer discovered she wasn't breathing. She was 84 pounds when she died. 
Strawser's didn't make a statement in court.  
Strawser pleaded guilty in March to reckless homicide and theft from an elderly person. She's eligible to apply for early release after 30 days behind bars.


Two construction projects will impact traffic in Hardin County this week.


According to information from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the projects are:


U.S. 68 in the village of Dunkirk between Washington Street and Wayne Street will be closed beginning May 6 for approximately two days to complete a railroad crossing repair. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 81, Ohio 235 and U.S. 30 back to U.S. 68. Work is being performed by LandRail Inc., LaOtto, Ind.


Ohio 273 in the village of Mt. Victory, just west of SR 31 closed May 4 for five days for waterline construction. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 31 back to Ohio 273.  Work is being performed by VTF Excavation, Celina.


Several personnel issues were taken care of at a Special Meeting of the Kenton School's Board of Education this morning.

The Board approved moving High School Band Director Tim Davis to K-12 General Music, Travis Wissman was moved from K-6 General Music to High School Band Director.

The Board also accepted the written resignation of Mark Gainer as Kenton Elementary School Associate Principal effective August 1.
Several other teaching positions were filled before the Board went into executive session but no action was taken.

The next regular meeting of the Kenton Board of Education is scheduled for Monday May 18 starting at 7pm.


A Kenton man was reportedly robbed early Sunday morning.

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 23 year old Aaron Feasel told officers that he knew the male suspect who pulled a knife on him and demanded money. The suspect took the victim's cell phone, hat and a small amount of money. So far no charges have been filed against the named suspect.

While investigating the robbery, officers discovered that there was an active warrant for the arrest of Feasel, and he was taken into custody and transported to the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices in Ohio are down slightly to start the work week.


A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.44 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 6 cents from a week ago. Gas prices remain significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.66 per gallon.


Ohio's average was below the national average Monday, which was about $2.62 per gallon. That's up 8 cents from a week ago, but it is $1.06 cheaper than last year at this time.


Analysts have said prices at the pump could rise as gasoline costs catch up to higher oil prices.






AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com


Two people were injured in a crash that occurred just before 4 Friday afternoon on U.S. 68 at County Road 14 north of Dunkirk.

According to information from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car driven by a 16 year old driver, who's name is not available at this time, was stopped on 68 waiting to turn left onto 14 when his car was struck from behind by a northbound car being operated by 27 year old Aaron Henthorne, of Dunkirk.

Henthorne and a 12 year old passenger in the other car were transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of minor injuries.

Henthorne was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.


The Issue II Street Resurfacing project will begin Monday May 4, weather permitting.


Roads to be resurfaced include:


.Bales Road (between CR 175 and SR31)


.Harding Ave (between Eliza and Maydoll)


.North Cherry St (between Eliza and Marie Ave)


.Marie Ave (between Main and Gilmore)


.North High Street (between Eliza and Marie)


.Cherry St (between Columbus to the dead end)


.High St (between Franklin and Decatur)


.Decatur St (between Main and Madison)


.Madison St (between Franklin and Lick)


.Market St (between North and Kohler)


Planing will begin May 4 thru May 8, and paving will be done May11-15 weather permitting.


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