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Several vehicles were entered in the village of Ridgeway sometime Sunday night to Monday morning.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, four such incidents were reported during that time frame.
 

The vehicles were entered, and various items were stolen.
 

Most incidents occurred in the 100 block of Main Street and the surrounding area.
 

The case is under investigation.

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A Bellefontaine man was injured in a crash that occurred just after 11 Sunday morning on Franklin Street in Kenton.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a pickup truck operated by Moyer Cromwell was travelling east on Franklin, and witnesses reported seeing him grab his head with both hands as his vehicle accelerated. The pickup went off the right side of the road where it struck a parked vehicle, which was owned by Laura Vermillion, of Kenton, continued through the intersection and onto the sidewalk where it went through a fence and came to rest against the side of Kenton Theatre.
 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
 

Cromwell was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital by BKP for treatment.
 

The crash remains under investigation.

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A car ended up partially in the Scioto River after the driver swerved to avoid several deer that entered the roadway.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 22 year old Tia Nichols, of Kenton, was driving south on County Road 95 in Lynn Township when the deer ran onto the road. Nichols swerved to avoid hitting them, and her car ended up off the left side of the road where it slid down the embankment, rolled over and came to rest in the water on the north edge of the river. Nichols was able to climb out and call for assistance. The car was heavily damaged.

 

Nichols told deputies she was sore but refused treatment at the scene.

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Hardin County Fair season and membership tickets will go on sale all over the county this week. 

 

Either ticket sells for $20.  These tickets will allow one adult and that person's school age children accompanied by the person free admission to the fair each day of the fair.  Tickets will be punched at the gate and a hand stamp is required for reentry the same day.  School age means until high school graduation.
 

$8 youth season tickets are available as a convenience to those who purchase a season or membership ticket for older children who may come without their parent.  Students can still come in free with a parent with a season/membership ticket.

The difference between season and membership tickets are that a membership ticket does allow a member to vote for directors or run for director.

 

Regular one day gate admission will be $8 for those ages 9 & over. This price does not include rides.  Daily rides are as follows:  Wristbands for unlimited rides - all day rides - $12.

Membership tickets may be purchased at the secretary's office beginning Aug. 10, from 9:00am to 5:00pm or from any fair board director.

 

Season tickets are available at retail stores and banking institutions all over Hardin County.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices around Ohio are tumbling further toward the $2 mark.

 

The state's average for a gallon of regular gas was about $2.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a decrease of 15 cents compared with a week ago. It's down $1.17 from this time last year.

 

The national average on Monday was $2.65, down six cents from a week ago.

 

The cost of gas for Ohio drivers has been declining from a summer peak in June, and that's expected to continue.

 

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The Kenton High School Top 20 has spent the week preparing for the upcoming school season. The annual camp has been held at the Kenton Middle School. 
 
Kenton High School Top 20 Director Todd Daquino said that the camp has been going better than expected. The Top 20 retained many of its members from last year, so this year's show choir will see the return of veteran members.
 
"The week has been great so far. The kids have put in a lot of hard work. It's a 40 hour week for them and they're incredibly busy. They have intense vocals in the morning and do sectional work with some local choir directors and a choreographer come in all afternoon so it's a full dance boot camp, and intense for sure." said Daquino.
 
The students learn the routine from Crista Warrington of Lyn's Dance Academy out of Lima. Dennis Kratzer, a former ONU professior also has helped this year with the music accompany.
 
The theme of the show this year is "Bewitched" and Daquino was quick to mention that the show will not be a take on the popular television series of the same name, but rather will be a take on the different variations and emotions of the word.
 
"Bewitched has multiple meanings. We're talking about enchanted, we're talking about magical, we're talking about intoxicating, and so we have all these different ways that we're conveying the word bewitched without actually talking about witches.” said Daquino.
 
The annual Top 20 Camp will conclude Saturday. The group will first perform on August 15th at the Kenton Kroger Store for a Local Performances Event. They will also perform at the 2015 Hardin County Fair at the annual show choir show, and their first competition is slated for October 31'st at the Findlay Fall Fest.
 

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KENTON – The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance along with the Hardin County Ambassadors conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Iron Fit Gym, LLC, 148 Harris St., Kenton on Friday, July 31. The ribbon cutting was in conjunction with their Open House. Their Grand Open will be held Saturday, August 1.

 

 

 

Iron Fit Gym is a complete gym offering a certified personal trainer. The gym is open: Monday – Thursday, 5:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday, 5:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 

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A former City of Kenton mayor and city council member has passed away.
 
Gary Ritzler died Thursday afternoon at the age of 72.
Ritzler served as Kenton mayor for eight years and as a council member for another 11 years. He also worked for the city water treatment plant where he retired.
 
Funeral services for Gary Ritzler will be held 11:00am Tuesday August 4 at St. John's Church of Christ. Friends will be received Monday August 3 from 4-8pm at Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton.
 
Online condolences may be left at pricefn.net.

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Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
 
According to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.William E. Miller Junior, on 2 counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile, possession of heroin and attempted tampering with evidence. As part of a forfeiture specification to the indictment, the Court ordered the forfeiture of currency seized during the matter.
 
.Wilma L. Nelson on one count of sale of dangerous drugs.
 
.Cody G. Cowen on one count of possession of heroin. The Court found that Cowen is eligible to be accepted into Recovery Court. 
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Plans for a new facility for Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative Inc. were unveiled at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning.
 
The Mid-Ohio Board of Directors breaks ground on the new site.
 
The new facility will be located on State Route 309 West across from the Hardin Hills Health Center. John Metcalf, President and CEO of Mid-Ohio said that a need for a new facility was demonstrated after the famous ice storm. Current facilities were not adequate to dispatch crews from multiple states in the event of a major storm, so Mid-Ohio spent two years developing plans for a new facility.
 
"We just didn't have the place to stage those types of crews here in Kenton as well as the property material we needed to have because of a lack of warehouse space." said Metcalf.
 
 
Kapp Construction from Springfield will build the facility, at a projected cost of $6.2 million dollars. Kapp plans to use as many local contractors as possible and Golden Giant Building Systems will be a major contributor. Metcalf said that Mid-Ohio operates a fully automated system with meters that talk to each other regularly, and operate on a program called SCATA which allows for technicians to monitor the entire grid and different power stations in real time. The new facility will incorporate all these features.
 
 
"It will be a critical infrastructure. It's designed to withstand severe weather and events such as that where we can have access in here and still operate." said Metcalf.
 
The facility will also house a Community Room for local organizations to use for events and meetings. Metcalf said that the building will facility will begin construction later this month.
 
The projected opening is slated for July 2016.
 

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The Freedom Celebration committee met on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00pm to discuss how the 2015 Freedom Celebration went.
 

Those present were Bob McBride, Ray Davis, Denna Clem, Jim & Marilyn Bidwell, Paul & Nancy Rickenbacher, Mike Comstock, John Siemon, Bob Wood, and Judi Cronley.
Bob McBride called the meeting to order.
 

Bob congratulated everyone present on a job well done and thanked those present for all they do for the day.
Mike Comstock stated he thought the fireworks display was the best ever and several others stated they thought so, too.  The weather cooperated, which helped greatly.  He stated they will be working on the rack project in the fall. 
 

Denna Clem stated that donations to the fireworks fund, totaled $11,681.10.  There were several new donors this year and some donors who didn’t contribute this year.  Denna headed up the parade and said there were the same amount of participants as in the past. 
 

Ray Davis, who does the 50/50 raffle, had more money taken in than in the past.  He also stated this was his last year to head up this project, he said he would help someone, but that someone else needs to be in charge of getting the prizes, etc. 
Bob Wood, representing the Pomona Grange, stated they didn’t do as well with the pork chop and chicken dinners.  They only broke even and contributed 130 dinners to Helping Hands. 

 

The Grange is unsure if they will continue to do the dinners. 
It was noted the Car Show was a success, with their profit being more than double from last year.  Their prizes were all donated by Shaffer’s Auto Body & Paint, LLC. 
 

There was then much discussion about what could be done during the day, to draw more people out for the day, and not just come to see the fireworks display in the evening.  Denna moved to think about having the 4th of July Fireworks and day festivities on maybe the weekend before the 4th of July.  Much talk was about how people go on vacation during the actual 4th of July week and are not in Kenton for the 4th of July.  The committee needs others from the community to help take part in the day and offer activities, this day is not ran by the directors of the fair board.  The motion was seconded by Marilyn Bidwell and the motion passed. 
 

The committee needs input from the community about the possibility of changing the fireworks date and would like anyone to call the fairgrounds at 419-675-2396 with their ideas.  The next Freedom Celebration Committee date to meet will be Thursday, Jan. 28th, 2016 @7pm.  The meeting will take place in the Fairgrounds office.  A reminder about the date will be in the Kenton Times again in January, with the hopes of many new faces stepping up to make the day more of a success.

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With the start of a new school year close at hand, now is the time for parents to make sure their child's shots are up to date.
 
Dr. Ryan Voglesang, from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in cases where a child hasn't received vaccinations, they see an increase of illnesses, "And there will be out breaks of things like measles or sometimes whooping cough, and there's been recent outbreaks of a disease called haemophilus influenza which causes meningitis and other severe infections."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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A Marysville man died this morning from injuries resulting from a one vehicle crash Wednesday evening.

 

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a car travelled off the right side of State Route 245 where it struck a mailbox and then crashed into a tree. The victims are identified as 21 year old Brett Madden, who died this morning at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and 22 year old year Chelsie Carpenter, of Marysville, who is listed in critical but stable condition at the Columbus hospital.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Multi County Crash Investigation Team, which is comprised of members from the Union, Champaign, Logan and Hardin County Sheriff's Offices.

 

Investigators are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

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The Ohio State University today announced that Bruce A. McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will address graduates as the speaker for the summer 2015 commencement. Approximately 1,700 degrees will be awarded during the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, in the Schottenstein Center.
 
McPheron joined Ohio State in November 2012 after serving for 3 1/2 years as dean of Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. McPheron, also an alumnus, received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.
 
McPheron has focused on positioning the college to help Ohio plan for the future. Recognizing the importance of water quality, he launched the Field to Faucet initiative in 2014, a statewide collaborative effort led by Ohio State faculty and staff, with a goal of ensuring clean drinking water for all Ohioans.
 
He also convened the Vice President’s Conversation on the Future of Extension, the college’s outreach arm serving all 88 counties in the state, to provide a roadmap to successfully address critical issues facing Ohioans by 2035. On the national front, he served as the 2013-14 chair of the Policy Board of Directors of Agriculture for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.
 
“On behalf of Ohio State, it is my pleasure to welcome an Ohio State alumnus, dean and national agricultural leader as our summer commencement speaker,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “Recognized internationally for his insect genetics expertise, Dean McPheron will underscore the importance of the university’s land-grant mission of elevating communities through scholarship and engagement.”
 
McPheron’s research focuses on the use of genetic tools to examine population structure in pest insects. His molecular diagnostic methods for source identification of the Mediterranean fruit fly developed in his laboratory have been adopted by federal, state and international agencies. An active Twitter user under the handle @medflygenes, he has taught a wide range of classes in entomology and has traveled internationally sharing his expertise.
 
As dean and vice president, McPheron has leadership responsibility for over 2,100 faculty, staff and student employees across the state and more than 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students on the Columbus and Wooster campuses. In addition to Extension, his administrative leadership portfolio also includes the research arm of the college, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
 
“I am honored to serve as the commencement speaker, joining family and friends in welcoming the 2015 summer graduating class to the next chapter of their lives” said McPheron.
 
Also during the ceremony, the university will award the Distinguished Service Award to Stephanie Hightower, president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League and one of the university’s greatest student-athletes.

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A former Hardin County Municipal Court bailiff and probation officer, who is facing numerous sex related offenses, has rejected the latest plea offer.

 

At the final pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Don Castle, through his attorney William Kluge, said he is not willing to accept any offer that has been proposed to this point, and with that, his trial will proceed.

Ohio Attorney General's Office Special Prosecutor Brian Deckert said they have had several discussions with Castle's attorney before presenting the latest proposal which Castle rejected. That document outlining the proposed offer was then sealed by the Court.

 

Castle was arrested in April of this year on a nine count indictment charging him with seven counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition alleging that Castle engaged in sexual conduct with four victims, identified in the indictment as Jane Doe, John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3. In the case of John Doe 2, the victim was under the age of thirteen. If convicted, Castle faces a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 

The jury trial is scheduled for four days beginning August 18 in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

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A Kenton woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning on County Road 115 in Lynn Township.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 42 year old Saundra Thoroughgood was driving north on 115 when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer in the roadway. The car went off the left side of the road where it sideswiped a steel post, spun around and struck a row of tree saplings before coming to rest partially in a ditch.
 

The car was heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene.

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The Kenton City Council has begun the process of re-zoning the Espy School Property for commercial business purposes.

 

The Espy School site

 

Prior to the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night, the Council held a hearing to re-zone the site of the former Espy School Building to commercial from residential. In doing so, the site would be more marketable for development. Concerns were raised at a prior hearing by the regional planning commission on what sort of business could go into the site, but City Law Director John Schwimer said that the council was not empowered to determine site usage but rather zoning. At the regular meeting, the council heard the first of three meetings on the issue, which was moved to a second reading at the next council meeting.

 

Also, the council passed an ordinance to vacate an alley in the Jacob Houser Eastern Addition to the city, and an ordinance for some significant repairs and budget improvements to the city water plant.

 

Finally it was announced that the Kenton Kids Day is slated for this Saturday from 12-3pm at the Wharton Park. The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on August 10th 2015, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7pm.

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The Kenton School board accepted the high bid for the Espy School property and rejected the one for the Hardin Central School Property.

 

The Espy site 

 

At a public bidding process last week the Kenton City Schools received a high bid for the Espy School site from Russ Cahill for $52,500.00 School Board member David Haushalter said that if the school marketed the site through a realtor, and if the site were purchased for the appraised value of $58,000.00, the school would make around $54,000 or so after the sale fees were taken out. Given that, he felt the bid was acceptable...

Board member Mark Watkins echoed Haushalters comments citing word he got from talking with community members...

The board voted 4-0 to accept the bid. Board member Tom Brim abstained from voting, citing prior business dealings with Russ Cahill.

 

The Hardin Central site

 

In reviewing the bid for the Hardin Central site, the board noted that Cahill did submit a starting bid which was the only bid submitted. Given that the appraised value of that site is around $600,000.00, the board voted to reject Cahill's bid of $10,000.00. The School Board will now market the sale of the site through a private realtor.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be a special meeting on August 12th at the board offices at 8:30am. The next regular meeting will be on August 17th 2017 at the board offices at 7pm.

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If you could, would you travel into space?

 

Of those responding to the Visitor Poll question, a commanding 73% said no they would not, while the remaining 27% said they would if they had the opportunity.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll question.

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After a two and one half month investigation, the Multi Agency Drug Enforcement (M.A.D.E.) Task Force has arrested Joshua C. Rorabough, age 22 of 21652 Main Street in Raymond for several heroin related offenses. Rorabough has been charged with one count of Corrupting Another with Drugs (a second degree felony), one count of Trafficking in Drugs (a fourth degree felony), and Possession of Drugs (a fourth degree felony).
 
On July 11, 2015, Rorabough was stopped by a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office. After further investigation, a canine search of the vehicle revealed twenty-eight foil packets of alleged heroin. While waiting on test results of the alleged heroin, Task Force Investigators continued their investigation. While conducting surveillance on July 24, 2015, Task Force Investigators observed what appeared to be an overdose victim leave the Rorabough residence and enter a vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on State Route 739 and an EMS unit from the Liberty Township Fire Department was requested for the overdose victim. The victim was transported to Memorial Hospital. Rorabough allegedly sold heroin to the overdose victim. Rorabough was arrested at his home during the afternoon of July 24, 2015 and transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.
 
He was arraigned this morning in the Marysville Municipal Court. The case will be forwarded to the Union County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges through the Union County Grand Jury. “This is another example of the MADE Task Force Investigators working together with other law enforcement agencies to provide a safe and drug free community”, said Sheriff Jamie Patton.  
 
The MADE Task Force continues to aggressively pursue drug related offenses with the combined efforts of the Marysville Division of Police, the Union County Prosecutor, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and with the support of the Plain City Police and Richwood Police Departments.
 

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Kenton, OH - On Friday, the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance held a press conference to unveil a new Farm-to-Table logo and marketing campaign to promote new agribusiness opportunities in Hardin County, as local farmers and growers are producing locally grown food for consumers.  "Eat Fresh, Eat Local Hardin County" is the motto of the marketing campaign.
 
 
This announcement was tied together with the Alliance Membership Appreciation Day Luncheon, where members were treated to a BBQ lunch prepared by Chef David Wagner of the Plaza Inn Family Restaurant. The luncheon was a farm-to-table event in itself, as Hardin County's newest agribusiness, Harvest Pride Tortilla & Chips, provided samples of their new chips as part of the menu.  Alliance Members also had the chance to purchase bags of chips as a special preview sale.
 
"We are excited to develop a marketing initiative to spotlight the agribusiness efforts and opportunities of our local farmers and growers who are growing fresh produce for consumers, said Jon Cross, President & CEO of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.  "Harvest Pride Tortilla & Chips is one of the recent examples of locally grown corn harvested and produced in Ada, Ohio and it's the best tasting chips in the market."
 
 
"A key element to farm-to-table is being able to get the locally grown produce into our local restaurants, schools, grocery stores, etc., said Mark Badertscher, with Hardin County's OSU Extension.  "It's great to have the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance work with our agricultural industry in building some collaboration between our farmers and growers and the potential buyers of these products."
 

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Kenton Kid's Day is scheduled for Saturday August 1 at Wharton Park.
 
Mayor Randy Manns said there's several reasons why the event was moved from downtown, "The first one was a safety issue. We have a lot of truck traffic downtown, and we felt like it was safer for our kids. We have hundreds and hundreds of kids that show up, so that was one of the reasons we moved it, but also we're adding a lot more activities for the kids this year, and we just flat out ran out of room."
 
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Three people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to documents from Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office;
 
.Timothy Caudill was sentenced to twenty-four months in prison for one count of domestic violence.
 
.David Keith Smith was sentenced to 78 months in prison on multiple counts including Grand Theft, Breaking & Entering
 
.Joshua Tyler Wallace was sentenced to over eight years in prison on multiple counts in multiple cases including vandalism, tampering with coin machines, and two counts of burglary.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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A former Hardin County Common Pleas Court probation officer was sentenced to ten days in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
 
In Hardin County Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon, Terry Price was sentenced after pleading guilty to the charges back in May. In a statement, Price stated that he was "sorry for things that happened, or supposedly had happened". Price had pleaded guilty to a count of sexual imposition and dereliction of duty, both charges dating back to March of 2011.
 
The victim, who asked to not be identified, spoke through the victim's advocate asking that the maximum punishment be imposed.
 
Visiting retired Judge Kevin Smith from Findlay Municipal Court stated that trust is monumental in the legal justice system, which Price betrayed, and noted that the court couldn't treat Price any different from any other defender in the court, regardless of his years working with the probation department.
 
Judge Smith ordered that Price be sentenced to 90 days in jail on the dereliction of duty charge, which was suspended in light of being placed on two years' probation. He then ordered Price to be sentenced to 60 days in jail on the sexual imposition charge, 30 days suspended and 20 days credit upon completion of community service leaving a remainder of ten days in jail to be served. Price will also be required to register as a tier one sexual offender.

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The 2015 Relay For Life walk will be held starting Friday evening at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. 
 
 
Sponsorship leader Tina Sams said registrations for the Survivor Dinner will start at 4:30 Friday afternoon, "Any survivor can go out and register, and they will have a chance to win door prizes."
 
Opening Ceremonies will then start at six Friday evening, "Following the National Anthem, the survivor's and their care givers will take the first lap of the actual walking."
 
Each hour of the walk will have different themes, such as the local heroes lap starting at 8 Friday night, "That includes military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS;s, doctors and nurses, teachers, anybody that we consider  hero can come out and walk from eight to nine."
 
A Luminaria Service will be held at ten Friday night, "Everybody that purchased a luminaria bag, and they can still be purchased the night of the event, they will light all those up around the track, and that's what we will walk to rest of the night into the morning."
 
And after walking all night, Closing Ceremonies start at eleven Saturday morning. Sams said that will include a Cruise In For Cause Tunnel, "We want everybody that has a motorcycle to come out to the fairgrounds. Be there at 11 o'clock. They're going to line up the midway, and everybody is going to walk the final lap through those tunnels, through the motorcycles, and as we walk by, the motorcycles are going to rev up their engines."
 
The goal is $66,000, and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer.
 

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Christina Cross has become the newest lawyer in Hardin County, as she was officially sworn-in to the Ohio State Bar.  A special swearing-in ceremony was held today at the Hardin County Courthouse with Judge Vern Preston, of the Third District Court of Appeals, administering the oath.  Local attorney, Thomas A. Roof, served as her sponsoring attorney.   
 
Christina has over 13 years of legal experience and licensed to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and now in Ohio.  She has earned admission to the Ohio State Bar via application without examination, which is a lengthily process involving an interview, background investigation and moral character and fitness examination by the Ohio Supreme Court.
 
Upon graduation from U.C. Davis School of Law in 2002, Christina practiced primarily insurance defense in both Sacramento and San Diego, California.  She has considerable deposition, motion and trial experience in the business litigation, employment, products liability, personal injury, and construction defect fields. During and prior to law school, Christina held a series of interesting legal internships and paralegal positions, including an U.S. Department of Justice internship in the Office of The United States Attorney General Janet Reno, a law clerk position at the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada, and a legal assistant position to General Counsel of Harley-Davidson.  She also earned a Legal Assistant Certificate from Georgetown University and a Special Education Advocacy Certificate from the University of San Diego. 
 
For over three years, Christina practiced construction defect defense of residential and commercial developers at Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP.   She was responsible for organizing and managing all aspects of litigation, including document review of contracts, purchase and sales agreements, invoices and insurance coverage issues.  She prepared, reviewed and negotiated settlement agreements working closely with plaintiffs' counsel and subcontractors' counsel.  Additionally, she represented her client and client's interests during mediation and informal negotiation. 
 
Her career highlights include, serving as one of the lead defense counsel in cases: In re Fancy Nails (products liability case) and Shi v. Coach USA (brain injury case).   In March 2011, Christina chaired a 3-week civil jury trial involving a personal injury case in San Diego County Superior Court.  She defended a national insurance company in the trial, and it concluded with a defense verdict.
 
Christina later ran her own successful law practice in San Diego focusing on business law cases.  She also taught “Civil Procedure” at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
 
Since moving to Kenton in August 2014, Ms. Cross worked as a substitute teacher at Kenton City Schools.  She served as a board member of the Kenton Elementary School PTO.  She is a member of Culture Club and the Hardin County Republican Women.  For the 2015-16 academic year, Christina will teach American Government and World History at Kenton High School, and will also open her own law practice in Kenton.

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The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), John Deere, and OSU Extension have teamed up to plan an Agriculture Conservation, Protecting Water:  Keeping Soil and Nutrients in the Field event on Friday, September 18th, 2015.  Registration is from 8:00-8:30 a.m.at Jerry McBride’s farm located at 11312 CR 60, Dola. 

 

Wagons will depart at 8:40 a.m. to travel to concurrent sessions at various locations and will cover topics such as Nutrient Management presented by Glen Arnold, OSUE; Soil Health, Soil Pit and Smoking Tile Demo presented by Frank Gibbs; Update on SB1 and SB150 Legislation presented by Sam Custer, OSUE; demonstration of John Deere’s 2510H retrofitted for injection of phosphorus presented by Justin Leader, John Deere; Drainage Water Management presented by Nathan Utt, Ecosystem Services Exchange; Two-Stage Ditches presented by Jon Witter, OSU-ATI and Lauren Lindemann, TNC; Tile and Phosphorus Research presented by Kevin King, USDA-ARS and Cover Crop Plots presented by Jamie Scott, Farmer/Owner of Scott’s Cover Crop Seeds.

CCA credits are being offered.  The free event is scheduled to end with a complimentary lunch.  Please RSVP by September 10th by contacting the Hardin SWCD at 419-673-0456, ext. 3.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Hardin SWCD.

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Over the past five days 4-H members from Hardin County participated in the annual Hardin County 4-H Camp at Camp Ohio. Members participated in many camp activities including cookout, archery, evening recreation, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and a whole host of other activities and team building events.
 
Many members of the Hardin County 4-H Camp were able to attend the camp this year through grants from the Hardin County Community Foundation. The camp ended this morning and members also wrote thank you notes to the Hardin County Community Foundation thanking them for supporting 4-H Camp in Hardin County.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you would like more information about Hardin County 4-H, you can contact the Hardin County OSU Extension Office at 419-674-2297.
 

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Bids were submitted for the Hardin Central and Espy School sites.

 

At a public auction Tuesday morning, bids were taken for the purchase of the Hardin Central and Espy School properties. The first property was the Hardin Central site. The property is a twelve acre green field adjacent to State Route 67 East and includes the school bus garage, which the school reserves the use of for 18 months after which it will be an empty building on the site.

Russ Cahill opened bidding at $10,000 and with no other bids submitted it became the high bid for that property.

 

The second parcel, the Espy site, is a 1.9 acre field adjacent to US 68 and is in the process of being re-zoned commercial by the City of Kenton. There were several who bid on that property, but the high bid was also submitted by Russ Cahill for $52,500.00

 

Kenton School Board Member Mark Watkins said that the board will review both high bids and will either accept or reject them. The board will make a decision by July 31st.

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There were no injuries reported in two separate crashes that occurred Monday afternoon in Kenton.

 

According to the first report from the Kenton Police Department, at around 12:30, a car driven by 54 year old Mike Gordon, of Kenton, was stopped on Franklin Street waiting for a car in front of him to turn, when his vehicle was struck from behind by an eastbound car being operated by 18 year old Kyle Phillips, of Kenton.

 

Disabling damage occurred to Phillips car, while Gordon's vehicle sustained light damage.

 

Citations are pending.

 

 

Then around 3:10 Monday afternoon, a car being driven by 26 year old Rebecca Holland, of Kenton, slowed for traffic while travelling north on Fontaine Street when it was struck from behind by a car being operated by 21 year old Darian Smith, of Kenton.

 

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.

 

Smith was cited for driving under OVI suspension and additional charges are pending.

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Only 1% of our Visitor Poll voters admitted to reading or sending a text while driving, and while that is good, a vast majority admitted to committing multiple things behind the wheel of a car.

 

2% admitted to turning to look at someone in the back seat, 5% reached for something that fell, 26% admitted to eating while driving, but the scariest of all is that 66% said they have done of these things while driving.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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A breaking and entering occurred over the weekend at Golden Giant in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the incident was reported Saturday.
 

A money box containing just over $1000 was missing.
 

No other information is available at this time as the case is under investigation.

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The 2015 Real Kids Camp will start this Thursday at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.

 

Organizer Bill Lawrence said the first eight camps have been great and this year will be no exception, "Well we're excited about Kid's Camp 2015. Registration is in full effect. You can register by stopping our our church at Abundant Life Assembly of God and pick your packet, or you can go online,on Facebook at the Real Kid's Camp page, and you can download the forms there. The dates are July 23 through the 26, so we're fast approaching."

 

Lawrence talked about who can attend the camp, "The ages are first to eighth grade. What we have provided is for the first graders if possibly they can't spend the night, they can be picked up after the night activity and then brought back for breakfast, but it's first to eighth grade."

 

He adds that Kid's Camp packs a lot of activities into three nights and four days, "Once they register on Thursday afternoon about four o'clock, they won;t pick up their children until Sunday night. Three meals a day, showers, the whole nine yards, it's a great time with a lot of fun, but also it's a great time of ministry, and we're excited about this year."

 

The cost of Kid's Camp is $50, but scholarships are available.

For more information, visit Real Kid's camp on Facebook, or call the church at 419-675-3120.

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The Kenton City Schools has announced the auction date for the land sale of the former Hardin Central and Espy School sites. 

 

The public auction will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

The sale will be conducted at the administrative offices (Oaklief Building) located at 222 W. Carrol Street, Kenton, Ohio. 

 

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gas prices for motorists in Ohio start the week a bit lower than they have in recent weeks.

 

The average for a gallon of regular gas in the state was about $2.63 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 12 cents compared with last week and compared with a month ago.

 

The national average was $2.76 on Monday, a penny cheaper than a week earlier.

 

Gas prices have remained well below the average from a year ago, when a gallon cost about $3.50. Analysts have predicted prices will continue to drop as summer gives way to fall.

 

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Online:

 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has announced its opposition to the marijuana legalization measure likely to be on the November 2015 ballot. 
 
The proposal distorts Ohio’s constitution, creates a monopoly that excludes average Ohioans and puts the state at odds with federal law.
 
Ohio Farm Bureau is one of the first statewide organizations to oppose the measure. The organization’s board of trustees chose to oppose the measure following an extensive study of the issue and in accordance with Farm Bureau policy. 
 
The proposal would amend Ohio’s Constitution to grant a small group of investors a monopoly on the commercial growing and selling of marijuana. The investors would profit from an industry estimated to be worth more than $1 billion by 2020. 
 
Constitutionally benefiting wealthy investors is especially troublesome to Farm Bureau.
 
“The state constitution is about guaranteeing Ohioans’ basic freedoms, not guaranteeing a few people’s profits,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, OFBF’s executive vice president. 
 
Farm Bureau also questions the wisdom of amending the state constitution to be in direct conflict with U.S. statutes. Marijuana is an illegal drug despite the current Washington administration’s decision to not enforce federal law. 
 
“We’re going to get a new president in just over a year,” Fisher said. “What happens if he or she decides to get tougher? How much will it cost Ohio taxpayers to fight that battle?” 
 
Farm Bureau also thinks Ohioans will benefit from a more deliberative approach to such an important issue. Four other states have recently legalized marijuana, which allows Ohio the opportunity to monitor and learn from their experiences. 
 
Fisher said the organization recognizes that societal views on marijuana are evolving. But he believes even supporters of recreational or medical use should oppose the current measure.
 
“Manipulating the constitution in a way that’s legally questionable to profit a small number of investors is just a really bad idea,” he said.

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As part of the Hardin County Extension Twilight Tour series, area residents and farmers toured the farm of Jerry McBride Thursday night to review a solar power operation recently installed on his farm. McBride researched the possibilities of solar power in order to reduce the electric bills for his farm operation. McBride Farms primarily operate a grain operation which used significant power, especially during the fall harvest season, and McBride reviewed wind and solar as a way to reduce the bills.
 
Jerry McBride shows the inverters which convert the solar power into electricity.
 
The solar power operation at McBride Farms was installed by Ecojiva Solar LLC, and Jess Ennis, Senior Director of Sales for the company met with McBride over his operation. They agreed to install solar panels on the roof of one of his barns which were projected to generate around 40 kilowatts of power. During the summer, on bright sunny days the panels generate electricity and as the electric is put back into the transmission lines, McBride is credited for that amount, greatly reducing his monthly bill. 
 
The solar panels on McBride Farms, formed in a unique pattern paying homage to McBride's college days.
 
The panels went into operation in January of this year, and six months in, McBride said that he has already observed tangible results from the investment.
 
"It's been working great, even on days when it's been cloudy and rainy. It even works on those days. Just a little bit of ambient light starts it working. Sunshine makes it work a lot better but so far it's been doing just what they told me it would do and it's produced about what it should have produced for half a year." said McBride
 
Upkeep on such a solar operation is also low as the system has no moving parts. McBride and Ennis both said that the efficiency on the solar panels is so good that the panels will generate power prior to sunrise and even after sunset. 
 
There are incentives for such a system on farm operations, and McBride said that if the incentives and grants come through as they are supposed to do, the system itself will pay for itself in the next five years.
 
A system like McBride has on his farm and the associated incentives designed for agriculture and commercial use and are different from residential use. 
 

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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.
 
 
Hancock County:
 
 
Ohio 12/U.S. 224 in Findlay just west of North Blanchard Street at the railroad crossing will be closed beginning July 22 for approximately two weeks for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75, County Road 99, County Road 212 and Bright Road back to Ohio 12 (Fostoria Avenue) or U.S. 224 (Tiffin Avenue). Work is being performed by CSX Railroad.
 
Ohio 37 (Lincoln Street) in Findlay between Grand Avenue and South Blanchard Street will be closed at the railroad crossing beginning July 20 for approximately two weeks for a railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto South Blanchard Street, East Sandusky Street (Ohio 568) back to Main Street (Ohio 37). Work is being done by CSX Railroad. 
 
Interstate 75 northbound and southbound south of Findlay, from north of County Road 313 to two and a half miles south of Ohio 698 will be restricted to one lane in each direction starting the week of July 27 for a joint repair and resurfacing project. Also as a part of this project the rest areas will close sometime in the coming weeks. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay. 
 
Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay. 
 
Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line, Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line and Ohio 613 from Ohio 235 at McComb to Interstate 75 will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. The Ohio 613 portion of this project has been completed and work is now being done on Ohio 12 and Ohio 18. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.
 
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.
 
 
Hardin County:
 
 
Ohio 81 from the Allen County line to Dunkirk will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for removal of pavement reflectors in preparation for an upcoming chip seal project. Work is being performed by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage. 
 
Ohio 273 west of Mount Victory before the Ohio 292 and Ohio 273 intersection which was closed at the railroad for a railroad crossing repair on July 10 has reopened. 
 
Ohio 701 between U.S. 68 and Township Road 105 which closed July 6 for culvert replacements has reopened. 
 
Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.
 
 
Wyandot County:
 
Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 will be closed beginning August 3 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103 and Ohio 53. Work will be performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage. 
 
Ohio 37 south of Ohio 53 closed July 13 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 53, Ohio 67, and Ohio 294 back to Ohio 37. 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 interchange with Ohio 199, Upper Sandusky Bridge deck repairs and resurfacing will impact the interchange as follows. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction, Columbus:
 
U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 will be closed for three weeks beginning July 20. Traffic will be detoured to Ohio 53/67 to U.S. 23 north back to Ohio 199. 
 
U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 will be impacted by the project but will have no long-term closures. 
 

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While it is of no surprise to area residents, Hardin County saw record rainfalls for the month of June. 
 
According to numbers provided by the Hardin County Extension Office, the month of June saw on average around 10.99 inches of rain. The data, collected by rainfall reporters in each township in Hardin County, has been calculated by the Hardin County Extension Office for the past twenty-three years. Hardin County Agriculture Educator Mark Badertcher said that upon reviewing numbers over the course of the past twenty three years, the closest to this record fell in 2009 when Hardin County averaged 8.46 inches of rain.
 
For this year, the largest contingent of rain fell in Liberty Township, which saw around 13.43 inches of rain. The least amount fell in Buck Township which saw 8.41 inches of rain. 
 
Heavy rains continued to fall in the county throughout June, causing flooding and ponding in several fields.  Several large areas in fields have been washed out and crops in these locations have not survived.  Corn and soybeans have shown stress from too much rain and lack of nutrient uptake, specifically nitrogen in the saturated soils.  
 
Several farmers have been unable to get into fields with the wet conditions to finish applying nitrogen to corn and herbicides to soybean crops.  Wheat harvest is about 50% complete, with frequent rains causing sprouting and grain quality issues, becoming worse each time it rains.
 
Below is a breakdown of the rainfall numbers for Hardin County townships. 
 

Hardin County Extension Rainfall Report for June 2015 (recorded in inches)

Township

Reporter

June 2015

Growing Season (from Apr. 15-2015)

Blanchard Township

Crop Production Services

12.10

17.75

Buck Township

Heritage Cooperative/Kenton

8.41

13.53

Cessna Township

Steve Lowery

10.41

15.30

Dudley Township

Dale Rapp

11.90

15.31

Goshen Township

Brein Bros. Farm

9.62

13.15

Hale Township

Tim Ramsey

10.35

14.56

Jackson Township

Jim McVitty

10.69

16.16

Liberty Township

Phil Epley

13.43

19.10

Lynn Township

Jan Layman

10.80

15.79

Marion Township

Mark Lowery

12.20

16.52

McDonald Township

Jerry Stout    

11.77

16.69

Pleasant Township

Robert McBride

10.83

15.78

Roundhead Township

Mike Lautenschlager

11.10

17.00

Taylor Creek Township

Silver Creek Supply

11.02

14.95

Washington Township

Randy Preston

10.23

14.57

 

Average

10.99

15.74

 

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The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Hardin County which will be in effect from noon on Saturday until 8pm Saturday night. The service notes that temperatures will reach into the lower 90’s both Saturday and Sunday with a heat index ranging from 100 to 103 both days. 
 
Take extra precautions if you work or plan to spend time outside, and be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothes and drink plenty of water. And if you or anyone you know is overcome from the heat, they should be moved to a cool and shaded location. And as always, call 911 in case of an emergency.
 

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There were no injuries in a barn fire on County Road 135 Friday morning. According to firefighters and witnesses at the scene, shortly after 10am witnesses were in a barn located at the residence of Steve Gerlach. Gerlach and several others were in the barn at the time when a large flash came across the barn. Flames were seen shooting in both directions from the back end of the barn which proceeded to catch on fire.
 
The cause is undetermined but is believed to have been sparked by lightening hitting this utility pole.
 
Gerlach and the others managed to get out of the barn and fire crews arrived to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time but is believed to have been sparked by lightening hitting a utility pole which also received significant damage. Damage estimates are unknown at this time as well, and crews were on site until just before noon.
 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:

 

.Richard S. Jenkins was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison on two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, and one count each of failure to provide a change of address and failure to periodically verify current address. He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.

 

.Amy Lynn Wells was sentenced to a total of four years and ten months in prison on one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property.

 

.Vickie Sue Collins was placed on five years community control with conditions on three counts of burglary. She was ordered to pay around $2500 in restitution to the victims.

 

All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol is beginning a month long campaign to address the problem of distracted driving.

 

Captain B.G. Smith said it's not like they've been ignoring the issue, but it's obvious more needs to be done, " I think the efforts on distracted driving to educate the public, I think those are pretty well documented, and yet we still seem to be experiencing some pretty significant crashes that seem to have distraction as a root cause, and we're going to kind of step up our enforcement in this arena."

 

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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will require students to be immunized against meningitis under a new law.

 

Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law Thursday.

 

It requires students to be immunized against meningococcal disease once they reach a certain age, which will be determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The requirement would start in the 2016-17 school year.

 

With few exceptions, the proposal would apply to students at public and nonpublic schools that are subject to state standards. Students could be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

 

The measure was sponsored by Republican Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay. Hite has said his family learned how quickly meningitis can affect young people when his niece died hours after contracting the disease.

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A concert event is slated for this fall to help people and their families overcome heroin addiction.

 

John Price with "Hope Over Heroin" speaks about the organization and the proposed concert event slated for this fall in Kenton.

 

The faith based organization "Hope Over Heroin" holds similar events across the country addressing the rising use of heroin and heroin addiction in communities. The event, slated for September 18th and 19th will take place at the Wharton Park in Kenton.

 

John Price with Hope Over Heroin spoke to people and volunteers about the concert events and different aspects of the program.

 

Overall the program is designed to bring together volunteers and communities from churches and organizations all across the community. Volunteers will be needed to help with soliciting donations for prize giveaways, setting up an organizing a prayer march, preparing food and cleanup, and working with local organizations already in place, security and a wide variety of different activities.

 

Locally, efforts are being organized by administrator Angel Kindle, and if anyone would like to volunteer services for the event or would like to get involved, they can contact Kindle at angelkindlegmail.com or by calling 419-303-7796.

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A Lima man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon in the 18,000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township.

 

According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, 27 year old James Dellinger was driving north on 117, and it appears he lost control of his car which then travelled into the southbound lane where it was struck by a semi tractor trailer unit being operated by 62 year old George Hudson, of Kenton.

 

After the collision, Dellinger's car continued to spin counter-clockwise, and the driver was ejected from the car. Dellinger was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. Hudson sustained non-life threatening injuries.

 

Assistance at the scene was provided by the USV/Roundhead EMS, Roundhead Fire, Hardin County EMA and Haz-Mat Team, Hardin County Coroner's Office, Osborn's Towing and the Multi-County Crash Investigation Team comprised of the Logan, Union, Champaign and Hardin County Sheriff's Offices.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, July 11th at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.  There were 19 directors and 10 guests present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

Mark Light, Hardin County’s 4-H educator, explained a loophole that Defiance County found with having to issue 1099’s to livestock sale recipients.  Therefore, The Hardin County Fair, will not be issuing the 1099’s either.  This is due to the fair not being a managerial or functional oversight position with respect to the bidding price of the animal.  The purchase price of the animal is between the bidder and the exhibitor, therefore it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to claim the income on their taxes.  Anyone receiving $600 or more in livestock premium from the sale of their livestock should report the full income received as “other income” on their tax return.  Mark also showed the “Farm to Table” logo that is being used at the Chamber of Commerce and that Farm Bureau is going to use on t-shirts.  The Extension Office also has a good copier that they would like to donate to the Hardin County Fairgrounds, since they have received a new copier from OSU.  They would like our old copier to go into the JR. Fair board Office and keep there’s in the Secretary’s office.  The board approved this recommendation.   Mark also discussed JR. Fair on line entries can be done during 4-H interview judging on Tuesday, July 14th in the Community Building. 

Last month’s minutes, the financial reports and bills to be paid were approved

 

The Executive Committee presented to the Board their approval of increasing Pete Fout’s salary to $12,000 after his 90 day evaluation.  The Board received a thank you from the Hardin County Commissioners for letting them hold their District meeting in the Community Building at the Fairgrounds.  Judi Cronley talked about the Public Record’s Training she attended in June, in Ottawa.  She will attend these meetings every 2 years. 

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee.  The minutes from their June 15th meeting were discussed.  There will now be WiFi in the Arts/Crafts Building, Community Building, Merchant’s Building and Caretaker’s House at all times.  In addition to those buildings, during the fair, there will be WiFi in the Machinery Building and Show Arena.  There is an issue with the phone in the Speed Office that needs to be dealt with.  The Board approved to have the Community Building parking lot sealed.   A 24 month gas contract with Ohio Gas and Electric at $4.10 per Mcf was approved.  The Fairgrounds is currently paying $4.50 per Mcf.  The board approved to just have an electric meter for behind the barns and East Camping lot.  It was noted that the rewiring in the Merchant’s Building has been started, with some walls getting redone.  Kelly Buchenroth discussed a reserved grant for $15,953.83 from AEP Ohio, will have to be used by 10/7/2015.  This money will be used toward’s exterior LED lights and race track lights.

 

Hardin County Fair has also given their list of proposed projects for Capital Improvement moneys to OFMA.  The Ohio House and Senate have agreed and Governor Kasich has approved $4,700,000 of Capital Improvement moneys to Ohio’s County and Independent Fairs. The money will more than likely be put into next year’s budget by the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture.  A painting day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 1st, starting at 8am.  The board approved to only use ATM’s supplied by Durant Amusements during the Hardin County Fair. The next Grounds Committee Meeting will be on July 14th at 7pm, with the group touring the livestock barns.

It was noted there are still several people on the waiting list for Fair Camping, with the hope of having more spots available next year. 

 

Kevin Mabry is sending his contract for the fair.

A judge for JR. Fair Dairy Feeders and Dairy Steers is still needed.  Justin Beale is working on this.  Paul Ralston had a discussion about the poultry posters and how they were going to display them.  Bob Fish stated that the market lambs have been weighed.  It was noted a new printer for the scale has been ordered. 

 

Janie Seiler, from the Rides/Concessions committee noted that rental contract final payments are due in July. There are still openings in the Community Building for rental booths and new outside vendors are still welcome.

 

Nancy Rickenbacher noted there will be different ribbons used for this year’s horses.  There is a leak in the ceiling, in the JR. Fair Board Office, and Pete Fout is trying to locate the leak.

We still need a judge for Open Decorative Painting and Ag. Education.  Bob McBride gave a report on Freedom Celebration.  He stated his disapproval of the Tug a Truck Committee, in how they cancelled their event at the last minute and how they did not notify him about the cancellation.  The 50/50 raffle brought in more money, along with the car show bringing in more money this year.  There will be a follow up Freedom Celebration Committee Meeting on Thursday, July 30th at 7pm in the Fairground Office. 

 

Under old business:  JR. Fair on line entries are due by July 31st.  Open Class Entries will open on line, on Aug. 3rd and will close on Aug. 21st.  80 new chairs are now in the Community Building, bought with the Community Grant money.  80 old chairs from the Community Building were put in the Grange Rest and 120 old chairs will now be sold during the consignment sale.  Platforms/old risers from Kenton City Schools are now at the fairgrounds – they will replace the old wooden platforms in the Community Building.
 
Under new business: 2015 Hardin County Fair t-shirts can now be purchased in the Secretary’s Office.  2015 Hardin County Fair tickets have been ordered, along with the 2015 brochures and placemats.  Just a couple vehicle storage invoices had to be sent.  New Saturday gate workers were discussed.  Mary Lou Haley and Annetta Holmes in the Open Class Home Ec Dept have stated this will be their last year to work the fair and are looking for new people to take over.   They would like anyone interested in taking over, to be able to work with them during this year’s fair.  There have been a few people interested in all year storage and it was noted only 11 months would be allowed at $20 per month.  During the summer months it would be outside storage and indoor storage during the winter months.  Cynergy Dance has asked about renting the Arts/Crafts Building for their classes and they will be contacted to come to a ground’s meeting to discuss this further. 

 

The Fair Board’s next meeting will be Saturday, August 1st at 7:30pm in the Fair Office.

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A Tuesday morning crash damaged two vehicles at the intersection of Detroit and North Streets.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, 56 year old Kevin Kapanka, of Kenton, drove from a stop sign onto Detroit Street, and his vehicle struck a southbound car being driven by 26 year old Julian Brown, of Findlay.

 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, and Kapanka was cited for a right of way violation.

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The first step in transferring all Ada Police Department dispatch services to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office by the end of this year begins next week.

 

Effective Monday, July 20, 2015 the Ada Police Department will be dispatched through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office each night from 12:00 midnight through 8:00am every night. As always the public is encouraged to dial 911 for any emergency.

 

Ada residents will still be able to dial our local police line 419-634-0010 for non-emergency police services. This local line will be answered by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office who will then dispatch Ada Police Officers.

 

Chief Michael Harnishfeger also told WKTN that they are still looking for two suspects who broke into a Pepsi machine in the Ada laundromat last week.

 

 

He said since the images of the suspects, which were captured on a surveillance camera, have been widely distributed and they have no leads, he is led to believe they are not from this area. Plus he said that similar incidents have occurred this past week in Logan County.

 

Chief Harnishfeger said if you do recognize the men in the enhanced pictures, you can call the Ada Police Department at 419-634-0010, and you can remain anonymous.

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An Ada woman escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday evening on County Road 60 in Washington Township.
 
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 27 year old Ashley Ritchie was driving west on County Road 60 when a small animal entered the roadway. Ritchie swerved to avoid hitting the animal, and the car ended up off the right side of the road where it struck a utility pole.
 
The car was heavily damaged, and Ritchie was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control. 

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The State of Ohio has NOT approved of funding to upgrade the intersection of State Route 67 East and Morningside Drive. 
 
Kenton Safety Service Director Jim Hites announced at the Kenton City Council meeting Monday night that the funding, which would have allowed for the upgrades to begin in 2017 was not approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The upgrades would have included widening the roads to accommodate special turn lanes onto Morningside Drive and would help to align Jacob Parrott Blvd with Morningside.
 
Additionally, they would have provided sidewalks and a traffic light at that intersection.
 
"This does set us back so we're going to go make to Mark [Doll] and see what grant funds may be available" said Hites.
 
Jon Cross from the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance echoed concerned from Hites, noting that the intersection will play a significant role in the marketability of the old Hardin Central School property.
 
Also at the meeting, the Special Projects committee was assigned the task of reviewing a potential tax incentive package that the city can offer to potential businesses as part of the city's economic development plans. The council also approved a mid-year cleanup appropriations budget to fill gaps in city departments and pay bills. Line items included funds for incidentals, insurance and bills that needed to be paid out.
 
Safety Service Director Jim Hites also reminded residents to NOT mow their grass clippings into the city streets. Given the rains this summer, Hites said that the clippings fall into the storm drains, which then clog, causing flooding issues. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns also announced that Kenton Kids Day will be on August 1st and this year will be held at the Wharton Park.
 
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be July 27th at 7pm. The council will also hold a public hearing on a re-zoning proposal for the Espy School Property before that meeting. It will be held at 6:30pm also in council chambers. 

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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio judge has denied early release to a 77-year-old woman sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother's death by severe neglect.
 
Mary Strawser pleaded guilty in March to reckless homicide and theft from an elderly person, and was eligible to apply for early release after 30 days in prison.
 
Prosecutors said Strawser neglected her mother, Blanche Cohen, for years, leaving her to die on a couch in a dilapidated trailer in Rushsylvania.
 
Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark O'Connor denied Strawser's request in a Monday ruling.
 
The Columbus Dispatch reports Strawser wrote to O'Connor that high blood pressure kept her from caring for her mother, and she thought a developmentally disabled man also living in the trailer was taking care of her.

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A Lima man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday afternoon on State Route 309.
 

According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 51 year old Donald Gronas lost control of and crashed the motorcycle after he attempted to turn left from State Route 235 onto 309.
 

Gronas was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Alger EMS.
 

The motorcycle was heavily damaged.

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There were no injuries reported in a two vehicle crash that occurred this past Saturday night.
 

According to that report from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 42 year old Nickalyn Taylor, of Kenton, drove from a stop sign on Township Road 185 onto County Road 155, and her vehicle was struck by a southbound car being driven by 36 year old Melissa Saltzman, of Bellefontaine.
 

Light damage occurred to Taylor's vehicle, while the Saltzman car sustained heavy damage.

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Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred around 6:15 this past Saturday morning in Kenton.
 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle being operated by 61 year old Sharon Richardson, of Ridgeway, was stopped for a red light on Franklin Street at Detroit Street, when it was struck from behind by a car being driven by 43 year old Jason Mosser, of Hilliard.
 

Heavy damage occurred to the vehicles, but there were no injuries.

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A majority of our Visitor Poll voters say they are paying attention to the 2016 Presidential Election now.

 

Of those responding, 60% said they are paying attention now, 19% said they will pay attention in the Fall of 2016, 10% said after the Spring 2016 Primary Elections, 8% said after the first Primary Election in 2016 and the remaining 3% said they will start paying attention to the Presidential election this fall.

 

Vote now in this week's Visitor Poll.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Average gasoline prices in Ohio are up to start the work week.

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.75 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's up about a nickel from last week at this time.

 

Average prices in Ohio remained slightly below the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.

 

Ohio gas prices have remained significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.48 per gallon.

 

Experts expect a substantial decline in gas prices in late summer and fall, pushing average prices in some states to below $2 a gallon.

 

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

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The 2015 Tree Town Festival in Forest kicked off Friday night with the annual parade. After the parade, the royal court was selected. This year the Princess is Megan Reiter, Aubreah Manns was named Queen, Corbin Knedler was named King, Mitchell O'Flaherty was named prince and Avery Perkins won the baby contest.
 
The Tree Town Festival continues today and tomorrow at Gormley Park. On tap today will be the Tree Town Trot, Tree Town Talent Contest, many different games and a car show. The big event this evening will be the annual fireworks show at 10pm.
 
 
The festival will continue Sunday morning with a service. Special guest will be John Godwin from the hit television series Duck Dynasty. The festival concludes Sunday.
 

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Some area farmers have seen growth in their cornfields, but many crops remain in uneven conditions. 
 
Dave Burkhart standing in front of his field in Lynn Township.
 
Dave Burkhart, a sheep farmer in Lynn Township has seen much growth in one of his corn fields this year, even in spite of the record rains. Burkhart, who farms in a partnership with Wilcox Farms, said that he was fortunate to get his crops in early enough this year so they would have growth before the large rains in June.
 
"We were done by April 28th. I'd also attribute the growth in this field to getting the right amount of moisture at the right time and then later too much moisture. The other thing was that it kind of got a double shot of fertilizer. I put sheep manure on it and also it needed a little bit of extra as well. Overall, the corn crop this year has been pretty well, once we got into it. Soybeans weren't too bad either. The beans we have over on the other road were planted on May 10th and all the planting that Wilcox's did was done by the 15th or 18th, so we lucked out on the rains." said Burkhart.
 
Across the county, and in northwest Ohio, many farmers have had mixed results in their fields. According to the Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), 79 percent of the Ohio corn crop was in fair-to-good condition. Fourteen percent of the corn crop was in the poor to very poor category.
 
The condition of the Ohio soybean crop has also shown a decline. 77 percent in the latest report. Another five percent of the crop has dropped to the poor to very poor category.
 
One of the biggest issues Burkhart said that he's faced this year was getting hay cut and baled for his sheep farm. The weather has put the hay cutting on hold at times.
 
"It's been an awful tough year to try and make hay. I just finished my first cutting on six acres and I have forty-eight acres to go. The problem is that there's standing water still in a couple of the fields." said Burkhart.
 
Many farmers are trying to cut hay in spite of the wet conditions, which can cause significant issues with mold, but additionally can be very dangerous. Captain Tony Hastings from the Kenton Fire Department warns farmers to be careful when baleing wet or damp hay this year, and to try to avoid doing so, as these bales can start a fire.
 
Hay fire (stock photo)
 
"The biggest thing is to not be in a hurry. Basically you're taking the hay and compacting it into a bale. When you compact that bale and the hay is wet it's going to generate heat. When it generates the heat, once it reaches its flash-point the hay will spontaneously combust. When it burns, depending on how much air it has or how much it can get determines the size of the blaze. If it's in the middle of a stack of hay, odds are you're going to have just a smoldering fire but if it gets enough air then you're going to have a larger problem like a barn fire." said Hastings. 
 
Brownfield Media contributed to this report.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 Office has released its weekly construction report for next week. The following work will be projects ODOT is overseeing;

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Hancock County

 

Ohio 103 west of Mount Blanchard at the Ohio 67 and Ohio 103 junction to the Wyandot County line will experience single lane closures throughout the week for a chip seal project. Work is being done by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 15 from the Findlay airport to Ohio 37 eastbound and westbound will remain restricted through the end of summer for a resurfacing project. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company.

 

Ohio 37 between Ohio 15 and the Hardin County line will experience single lane closures throughout the week for a chip seal project. Work is being done by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 12 from Arcadia to the Seneca County line and Ohio 18 from Fostoria west to the Seneca County line will be restricted through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing which began June 1. The Ohio 613 portion of this project has been completed. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.

 

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.

 

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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.
 

Hardin County

 

Ohio 81 from the Allen County line to Dunkirk will experience single lane closures throughout the week for the preparation for an upcoming chip seal project. Work is being done by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 273 west of Mount Victory before the Ohio 292 and Ohio 273 intersection at the railroad crossing will be closed for the day on July 10 for a railroad repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 292 and Ohio 31. Work is being done by CSX Railroad.

 

Ohio 701 between U.S. 68 and Township Road 105 closed July 6 and will remain closed for approximately 17 days for three culvert replacements. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 309 and U.S. 68. Work is being done by the Hardin County ODOT maintenance garage. 

 

Ohio 67 north of the village of Roundhead just east of Ohio 235 closed June 15 for approximately three months for a bridge repair project over the Scioto River. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 309 and U.S. 68 back to Ohio 67. Work is being performed by Eagle Bridge Co., Sidney.

 

Ohio 81 at the west end of Ada will which was closed for a sanitary sewer installation on July 6 has reopened.

 

 

Wyandot County

 

U.S. 23 northbound near the junction with Ohio 15 and Ohio 103 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for the day on July 13 for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 67 between Township Highway 31 and County Highway 30 will be closed beginning August 3 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 103 and Ohio 53. Work will be performed by the Wyandot County ODOT maintenance garage.

 

Ohio 37 south of Ohio 53 will be closed beginning July 13 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 53, Ohio 67, and Ohio 294. 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 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 199 and U.S. 23 northbound entrance ramp from Ohio 199 will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning July 20 for pavement resurfacing. Traffic will be detoured to Ohio 53/67 to U.S. 23 north back to Ohio 199. Work is being performed by Kokosking Construction, Columbus.

 

U.S. 23 southbound exit ramp to westbound U.S. 30 is now open.

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The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance presented it's first 2015 mid year report. 
 
 
Alliance President and CEO Jon Cross said the report was presented by conference call for Alliance members and investors, "Where we had a great opportunity to talk about a lot of positive economic development activity in northwest Ohio and also what's happening in Hardin County with regards to development from industrial development to restaurant to retail. There's a lot of exciting things happening, and we're working to try to get some of those to come to fruition."
 
He said positive positive things happening within the Alliance were discussed, "We're seeing a tremendous growth of membership, welcoming over 50 new members this year. We're providing a lot of great member services, programs and events, and we're looking at trying to get more people engaged in the community through networking, lunch and learn programs, talking about SBA loans, business after hours, getting our community business leaders to have a chance to connect, so a lot of good things taking place."
 
He also said industrial growth in Hardin County was also talked about, "International Paper's expansion of the 125 new jobs was one of the top six major companies making an announcement in the northwest Ohio market. The top 5 had anywhere from 150 to 200 new jobs, and this 125 job creation for Hardin County is a major capital investment by the company, but also a major economic boost."
 
And he adds that's not all of the positive things happening in industry in Hardin County, "Sekisui Plastics USA is hiring for new employees, and that will be a potential of up to 50 new jobs for this market, so there's a lot of great employment activity taking place with all of our businesses, and we're excited the economic development activity in Hardin County."

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A group aimed at helping people deal with issues they may have continues to meet every Tuesday.
 
Pastor Jason Manns said the group is Celebrate Recovery and he talks about how it works, "Anyone who has habits, hurts, hang-ups, just issues their dealing with, and it helps them to walk through it. What we do is, we take the bible, obviously that's our basis, and then we take also the step program, so something like AA or NA that walks through steps for recovery we do the same thing. So we take those steps with biblical backing and we begin to walk people through their issues."
 
The group meets every Tuesday at St. John's Church in Kenton, and for the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, tomorrow morning at 7:35 on WKTN.

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Four people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court. According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
 
.Daniel R. Wright was sentenced to a total of four years and six months in prison on one count each of burglary and complicity to assault on a peace officer. 
 
The following three individuals were placed on five years community control with conditions:
 
.Rocky R. Conley Jr., on one count of complicity to breaking and entering. He was ordered to pay just over $3600 in restitution to Murphy USA.
 
.Jennifer N. Heacock on two counts of grand theft. She was serve 28 days local incarceration.
 
.Rachel A. Jolliff on one count of vandalism. She was ordered to pay $2378 to Blanchard River Church for vandalism to property.
 
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Two of four teenage boys were injured while trespassing inside a vacant house in the 400 block of Walnut Street Wednesday afternoon.
 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received a call that several juveniles were seen going into the house.
 

Upon arrival, four boys were inside the house and attempted to flee on foot. Two of the boys were injured when the floor of the house fell through. One of the boys had to have stitches in his leg.
 

The boys, ranging in age from 13 to 16, are suspected of using drugs inside the house. The case remains under investigation.

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The 2015 Tree Town Festival is scheduled for this weekend at Gormley Park in Forest.

 

Committee member Lisa O'Flaherty said a parade Friday evening starting at 6:30 will kick things off, "Once the parade is finished. then we have our opening ceremonies where we will crown our royalty, our King and Queen, our Prince and Princess and our baby, and they do that right after the end of the parade, and then all the events in the park just start taking off."

 

Activities then start back up bright and early Saturday morning, "We've got our 3 on 3 basketball, we've got our co-ed volleyball tournament, we've got a cornhole tournament and for the kiddies, we have our fishing derby, and all of that kicks off with registration at eight o'clock and all of those all start at nine o'clock for the events themselves."

 

And following a full day of games, rides and fun on Saturday, the night is capped off by a terrific fireworks display at 10:30, "It's a beautiful display of fireworks for a small town we really try our best to ensure a good display and our fire squad will do that."

 

The event concludes Sunday with Church in the Park, and O'Flaherty said this is a milestone year for that, "This year is our 10th year of doing our Church in the Park on Sunday, and because it was our 10th year, we through it would be spectacular if we could get someone everybody really knew, who was maybe kind of close to in our area at least a household name, and we think we've done that, we've gotten John Godwin. He is from the Duck Dynasty show, and he has agreed to come and speak to us this year on what he entitles his testimony...faith, family and ducks."

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Spraying for mosquitoes is scheduled to be conducted starting tonight.
 

According to Safety Service Director Jim Hites, "The contractor that we got is Land Tech, which is a local contractor that does several of the towns around us, and depending on the weather, they will be sparying, tonight (Wednesday),  Thursday night and finishing up Friday, but again that depends on the weather."
 

In the event weather causes a schedule change for the spraying, WKTN will pass along the information.

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The deadline to pay real estate tax bills without a penalty is today.

 

The last day to pay manufactured home (trailer) tax in Hardin County without a penalty is Wednesday July 22, 2015.
 
If you have any questions, contact Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser's Office located on the second floor of the Hardin County Courthouse or call 419-674-2246.

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Around 418 residents and businesses in Hardin County were without power late Tuesday afternoon. According to AEP Ohio, the power went down shortly before 5pm and was found to have been caused by an equipment issue on the transmission lines. Crews restored power to customers around 7:15 Tuesday night. If anyone continues to have issues, they are asked to contact AEP Ohio.

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The Hardin County Pioneer Relay For Life Team is conducting a fundraiser tomorrow.

 

Simon Kenton School's Coordinator Amber Shaffer talks about how the fundraiser works, "We're doing a sub sale for the Hardin County Pioneer Relay Team, and for an $8.00 donation, you get an italian sub or ham and cheese sub, and you get chips, apple sauce and a brownie, and the proceeds are going to the Relay For Life here in Hardin County."

 

She said they are asking that orders be placed by today (7-7-15), "You can call Harco at 419-674-4158 or you can fax your order at 419-673-1741, and we can get your order taken care of for you."

 

And those orders can be picked up between 10am to 6pm on Wednesday July 8, "Swing by the Simon Kenton School. You can pay for it then and pick up your sub, or if you have three or more orders we can deliver them to you at a business."

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Seven people were killed in crashes on Ohio roads over the four-day Fourth of July holiday period.
 
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that those deaths occurred in six separate crashes from Thursday to Sunday.
 
In addition, the patrol reports that troopers made 690 arrests for impaired driving during that period, and 391 on drug-related charges.
 
The patrol responded to 643 crashes during that time, and issued more than 2,600 citations for aggressive driving and more than 6,000 citations for safety belt violations.
 
During the Fourth of July reporting period in 2014, 12 people died in 11 crashes.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pump to start the work week after the holiday weekend.

 

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.70 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's down 11 cents from last week.

 

Average prices in Ohio were below the nation's average, which was $2.77 per gallon on Monday.

 

Ohio gas prices have remained significantly cheaper than last year at this time, when prices were averaging $3.57 per gallon.

 

Among the state's metropolitan areas, the Canton and Massillon area had the lowest average prices Monday at $2.61 per gallon.

 

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

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CINCINNATI (AP) - The increase in Ohio's older population is so far outpacing overall growth that a new projection forecasts that 22 percent of the state's residents will be 65 or older in less than two decades.

 

The study for the state by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University says the baby boomer-fueled graying poses increasing challenges for Ohio officials. The need for long-term services is expected to mount as the number of people 85 and older grows from 260,000 today to some 675,000 by 2050.

 

A report co-author, Robert Applebaum, says Ohio is facing a dramatic demographic change. But he also says the state has been taking steps for years to look ahead and improve availability of senior services.

 

The Associated Press obtained the study in advance of public release.

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One person was injured in a three vehicle crash on US 68 North at State Route 701 Saturday afternoon. According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, Dawn Evans, age 49 of Harrod was stopped to turn from 68 onto 701 and had another vehicle driven by Jacob Cordonnier, age 33 of Bowling Green behind her. A third vehicle, driven by Richard Hyde, age 66 of Columbus failed to maintain assurred clear distance and hit the Cordonnier vehicle which then hit the Evans vehicle.
 
Hyde was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for injuries and was cited for failure to maintain clear distance ahead and failure to wear a seatbelt. The patrol was assisted by deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

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Experts say rain in Ohio is drowning crop fields and preventing others from being planted altogether.
 
 
Matthew Roberts, an agricultural economist at Ohio State University, tells The (Toledo) Blade two to three million acres of corn won't be planted in Ohio alone, and analysts predict between four million and five million acres of soybeans across the country will go unplanted.
 
Additionally, reports indicate twice as much corn is in poor condition compared to last year in Ohio.
 
Peter Thomison, a corn-production specialist with Ohio State University Extension, tells the Columbus Dispatch weeds creep in as the soil stays wet. He says rot, disease and other issues dent yields and take nitrogen away from fields or too far underground for crops to reach.

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From all of us at WKTN Radio:

 

Have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July!!

 

There will be many activities at the Hardin County Fairgrounds today. The parade will line up at the fairgrounds at 3pm today. The parade will start at 4pm, and move from the fairgrounds onto Main, up Main to Columbus, around the square and back down Detroit Street to the fairgrounds.

 

After the parade, a car show will be held at the fairgrounds until 6pm. Childrens Pedal Tractor Pull at 7pm and a 50/50 Raffle all evening. The fireworks show will be held at 10pm.

 

Listen to 95.3 WKTN for special holiday programming today.

 

.Andrew Flinn keeps us up to date on activities at the fairgrounds with reports airing from 3-6pm.

 

.Amy Chiles hosts Songs of Summer from 7:30 to 8:30pm

 

.Dennis Beverly hosts the Firecracker Countdown Special from 8:30 until 10pm.

 

.Special music will air starting at 10 to accompany the fireworks display at the fairgrounds, so take your radio along to listen.

 

 

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