COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prices at the pump are up in Ohio to start the work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.56 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a nickel higher than last Monday.
Monday's Ohio price is about 4 cents lower than a month ago, and just a penny lower than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was identical to the Ohio average at 3.56 per gallon. That's up 3 cents from last week, and 11 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine have been keeping prices up.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The long, cold winter has been a drain on the household budgets of many Ohioans.
Nearly 134,000 have received $34 million in help with heating bills through Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. Because of the severity of the winter, the deadline to apply for help has been extended to April 15.
The typical deadline is March 31.
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, said that the extension allows those Ohioans who didn't think they would need the help to apply for it.
Regina Clemons, the program's director of emergency assistance, said the agency is seeing lots of people who had never sought before. She said the agency can usually stop disconnects by enrolling people in one or more energy-assistance program.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Exotic animal owners in Ohio are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision that upheld the state's restrictions on exotic animals.
The owners sued the state over the regulations, arguing that the law violates their free speech and free association rights.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati court ruled against the owners earlier this month.
Ohio says the rules address animal welfare, public health and public safety concerns associated with private ownership of dangerous wild animals.
The new law requires owners to get a new state-issued permit by Jan. 1 of this year. They also must pass background checks, pay fees, obtain liability insurance or surety bonds and show they can properly contain and care for the animal.
Katie Martino (left) was named the 2014 Hardin County Pork Queen Saturday night. Pictured with 2013 Pork Queen Haley Sherman.
The Hardin County Pork producers held their annual banquet at St. Johns Church Saturday night. At the banquet, it was announced that Kenton Sophomore Katie Martino was named as the 2014 Hardin County Pork Queen. Martino said that she was looking forward to her year as the queen.
2014 Hardin County Pork Producers Scholarship winners. (L to R) Molly Wilson, Kaitlyn Beale, Haley Sherman, and Jessica Boone. Not pictured: Emily Pfoff and Julia Poling.
Additionally, the Pork Producers handed out six scholarships. They were awarded to Haley Sherman, Kaitlyn Beale, Jessica Boone, Emily Pfoff, Molly Wilson, and Julia Poling.
Two people were injured in a single vehicle rollover crash on State Route 195 near County Road 90 Saturday afternoon. According to a release from the Findlay post of the Ohio State Patrol, Roger A. Parkins, age 22 of McGuffey was driving southbound on 195 when he went off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Parkins, and a passenger in his vehicle, Jack R. Parkins, age 68 of McGuffey were both transported to St. Rita’s hospital in Lima for non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle was a total loss.
The accident remains under investigation, but the patrol does not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
A Waynesfield man was acquitted on two charges following a recent jury trial before Judge Scott Barrett in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, Nicholas Rostofer was found not guilty on one count each of complicity to arson and breaking and entering.
The jury deliberated for around a half hour before returning the not guilty verdicts.
A house in Kenton was damaged by fire starting Thursday evening.
According to information from the Kenton Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched just before 11:30pm to 315 South Wayne Street. The vacant house that is being remodeled is owned by John Onan. Upon arrival, light smoke was coming from the structure, and the fire caused light damage. Firefighters were on the scene for around an hour, but they were called back around 3:20 this morning when the house was on fire again. This time, the fire caused around $3000 in damage, and firefighters were on the scene for around two hours.
The cause has not yet been determined, and the fire is under investigation.
KENTON -- Dominion East Ohio began work last week on Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement program (PIR) number 203 in the area of Columbus and Barron Streets in Kenton.
This project will replace over 9600 feet of bare steel pipe and relocate 112 meters from inside a residence to the outside. The project is expected to take approximately 60 construction days and is part of $10 million in projects for Dominion’s northwest Ohio operations in 2014. In 2012 Dominion replaced 35,000 feet of pipeline in the Barron area at a cost of approximately $3.3 million.
During construction the company or its contractors will need to turn off natural gas service to customers for a short time, generally one to three hours. The company will attempt to notify customers 24 to 48 hours prior to this to arrange access.
The company may need to perform additional work at customers’ homes or businesses, at no charge, including:
·Inspecting and testing any interior service lines
·Verifying the reading on an inside meter
·Replacing the service line, which delivers natural gas from the main line to the gas meter
·Changing the gas meter
Dominion also will assume responsibility for the service lines that run from the curb to the customer’s meter. Company personnel, or a qualified contractor working for Dominion East Ohio, will relight customer appliances once work is complete. If a problem is discovered with any of the house lines, which run from the gas meter to the natural gas appliances, it is the responsibility of the property owner to have the repairs made by a qualified plumber or contractor.
Once the work is complete, restoration will begin as soon as weather permits, including sidewalks, driveways and approaches. Typical yard restoration is limited to grading and seeding.
Dominion will post informational signs in the area where work is being performed. Further details will be available online at www.dom.com, keyword: Pipeline Replacement, and by calling Dominion, toll-free, at 1-800-362-7557, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Customer also may send questions by e-mail to Dominion’s Ohio Construction Support Department at OhioConstructionSupport@dom.com.
This project is part of Dominion East Ohio’s overall Pipeline Infrastructure Replacement project, launched in mid-2008. The $4 billion, 25-year project will involve the eventual replacement of more than 5,500 miles of the company’s 22,000-mile pipeline system.
The Hardin County Job and Family Services along with the Kenton Kiwanis selected artwork winners in preparation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
The winners were selected Thursday at Kudo Studios in Kenton, and J.F.S. Director Barb Maxson talks about the process, "We go through the school systems to acquire the artwork from the students there in the schools and it's judged, and the winners are posted. Then in the month of April, we take that artwork and it's presented on billboards throughout the county to show the community the art itself as well as the message, and the message is to prevent child abuse and neglect."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
Art work winners announced Thursday were:
First Place...Gracie Moore, Ridgemont
Second Place...Sarah Bash, Ridgemont
Honorable Mention...Victoria VanBuskirk, Riverdale
First Place...Ashton Dye, Hardin Northern
Second Place...Justine Messmer, Riverdale
Honorable Mention...Emma Miller, Hardin Northern
First Place...Dakota Miller, Riverdale
Second Place...Natalie Stone, Riverdale
Honorable Mention...Haley Birchfield, Riverdale
The winning artwork will be on display at Kudostudio, 106 W. Columbus Street in Kenton, during the month of April.
Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.
The automaker announced Friday that the plant in Lima (LY'-muh) will make the new 2.7-liter engines for the 2015 Ford F-150.
Ford's Lima engine plant employs about 900 workers.
The company announced earlier this month that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.
A building on a hog farm operation on State Route 67 west of Kenton was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.
According to Belle Center Assistant Fire Chief Dave Johns, firefighters were dispatched around 7 Wednesday evening to the 8000 block of 67 where a machine shop building owned by P.A.D. Enterprises was fully engulfed in flames.
There were no injuries, and there were no animals in the building that caught fire.
The cause has not yet been determined.
Mutual assistance was provided by the Kenton and McGuffey Fire Departments, and firefighters were on the scene for around three hours.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred late Wednesday morning in McGuffey.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 53 year old Teddy Coburn, of McGuffey, pulled from a stop sign on Hunsicker Street onto West Street, and his car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 32 year old Tage Dye, of Harrod.
Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, and so far no citations were issued.
Kenton's Spring Clean Up has been scheduled at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Spring Clean Up is restricted to Kenton residents only.
The dates are as follows:
April 14 for First Ward
April 15 for Second Ward
April 16 for Third Ward
April 17 for Fourth Ward
The hours each day are 8:30am to 6:00pm.
The items that ARE accepted are:
Appliances, refrigerators and/or freezers must have freon removed.
Mattresses and box springs
Wood, paneling and siding. These items must be cut in three foot sections and all nails removed.
Items that ARE NOT accepted:
Fluorescent light bulbs
Plaster or any other substances accumulated as a result of building or remodeling.
Brush and yard clippings can be taken to the Transfer Station for a charge. Call the Hardin County Solid Waste and recycling Facility at 419-673-7183 for the cost and hours of operation.
If a resident does not have the means of getting the accepted items to the fairgrounds, the items must be placed in front of your residence as close to the curb as possible, and have easy access to them.
If you are not able to put the items in front of your residence, please call for assistance. A release form must be signed by the resident for this assistance to be done. These services will be available from 8:00am to 3:00pm on the clean up days.
If you have any questions, call the city building at 419-674-4850.
Progress is ahead of schedule on the new Kenton Schools Elementary Building, according to the contractors.
Moser Construction is the lead contractor on the new school building project. They and Garmon/Miller, the buildings designers gave WKTN a tour of the facility Monday morning to show the progress on the site. Jason Fleming, project manager with Garmon/Miller said during that tour that work is progressing ahead of schedule.
"As far as schedule goes things are ahead of schedule. The contractors are great, we've not had any issues with contractors. They're keeping up with what they need to do. The inspections have gone off well that we've had thus far so I would say all in all things are going really good." said Fleming.
At the last Kenton School Board meeting, Fleming noted that much of the work on the building has been on the inside, given the cold winter months. The crews are working on the different units, or pods on the building and then rotating through the sections as work is complete. Each Pod has finished installing ceramic tile, most of the painting and drywall, and the classrooms were getting fixtures, cabinets, and electrical as well as technology cables were being installed. The roofing has been completed on each section of the building as well as the main hall, and while we were on the tour on Monday, the Terrazzo flooring was being delivered. It will be installed in the next month or so, depending on the construction schedule.
School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski said that the project has not seen many setbacks, and has had to be revised due to weather issues.
"The only thing we've been dealing with is weather and I think people know that in general. The only thing that has been the factor has been the actual outside of the building, but the constructon managers and superintendents have done a great job of working ahead on the inside. The project itself isn't behind, they're doing a really nice job of on time. We just need the weather to cooperate so we can get some of the outside pieces in place and then when the weather is good, Moser Construction has done a great job of getting more people in to finish the project." said Pensarski.
One of the main issues with the project will be the extension of Morningside Drive and connecting it to the school. Pensarski said that the work on the road is on target to be complete in time for the first day of school on September 8th.
"Right now we're in the process of working to close on purchasing the remainder of the land for the property, and our hopes will be to go out to bid at the end of April or 1st of May. The goal is that everything will be in place by the opening of school. So that whole road and the Morningside extension will be in place when the school opens." said Pensarski.
Provided the project remains on schedule, the school is slated to be officially dedicated on Saturday, August 9th. Faculty and staff will move into the school the week of August 15th and Open Houses for all the grades will be held the week of August 25th. The first day of school will be September 8th.
More pictures showing progress on the school building project can be found under the photo galleries.
An investigation into a suspicious vehicle at Scioto Village Apartments led to the arrest of two Kenton men.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, while investigating the incident, officers arrested the two, who were identified as 31 year old Jeremiah Helton and 40 year old Keith Sorrell Junior. They are facing charges that include trafficking in drugs.
A number of drugs and a shotgun were confiscated. The case remains under investigation.
A Kenton man with several warrants through the Hardin County Sheriff's Office was taken into custody early Monday morning.
According to the reports from both the Sheriff's Office and Kenton Police Department, a police officer was investigating a possible altercation at Springbrook Apartments, and one of the suspects was later identified as 18 year old Chance Wireman. A deputy from the sheriff's office assisted in taking the suspect into custody who had become combative.
Once inside the cruiser, Wireman began smashing his head against the window, and the officer used a chemical spray to subdue him.
Wireman was taken to the Sheriff's Office where he was attended to by BKP medical personnel.
The sheriff's deputy later transported Wireman to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.
The Kenton City Council heard a proposal for a new dog park for the city.
Resident Maddie Kugel spoke to the Kenton City Council at their meeting last night on a proposal to build a new dog park at one of the city parks. Specifically Kugel cited Wharton Park as ideal for a new dog park. Kugel spoke of the dog park at Boy Scout Lake, noting that it was a good park, but perhaps wasn't big enough to accommodate larger dogs, which she has, and wanted to see a larger park built at Wharton Park.
Maddie Kugel addresses the Kenton City Council on the need for a new dog park.
"I will try really hard to make this happen. I found that 78% of travel with their pets look for dog parks for their pets. Given that, I think this will be great for the city" said Kugel.
Maddie's mother Kelli Kugel said that their proposal would be to build two separate dog runs which can help separate larger dogs from smaller ones, and that the Wharton Park was an ideal location due to the amount of space available at that park.
"Our idea was to have two separete enclosures so that the dogs can't be fence to fence and get in each others faces. It could scare dogs and we don't want that. We also thought that many children will walk their dogs, and maybe their parent won't be at the park at that time so they too can take their dog into the area without being scared. It would also help to keep the different dogs from fighting." said Kelli Kugel.
Maddie said that she would be going to Kenton businesses to raise the funds to build the park. The council told Maddie to work with the Kenton Parks & Recreation Department and to keep the city informed on the project as it was a project they believed held merit.
Also at the meeting, the council heard the annual report from Hardin County Muncipal Court. Judge Greg Grimslid noted that the Ohio State Patrol increased its presence in the county in the last year which led to more traffic stops and citations for traffic violations, but Judge Grimslid noted those violations were not all for alcohol related issues. Safety Service Director Jim Hites also announced that the campgrounds at France Lake will be open on April 1st, and the prices will be the same as last year. He also announced that the annual spring cleanup will be April 14th-April 18th.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on April 14th 2014, at the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
Designs by a local FFA Chapter are going to be featured nationwide.
Kenton FFA members Kaitlin Sherman, Morgan Houser, Haley Sherman and Courtney Fulton who were members of the class that designed the shirt, shown here.
A T shirt designed by the Kenton FFA Chapter have been selected to be featured all across America. Kenton FFA member Haley Sherman said that the design began as a class project for the chapter.
"Our Ag Business class created a business plan. Part of our plan was to create a t-shirt for our chapter members to wear as our chapter t-shirt" said Haley Sherman.
When the opportunity to enter the National FFA Contest came about, member Courtney Fulton said that the class couldn't pass up the chance.
"We decided to submit it to the national t-shirt contest which features t-shirts from all over the nation. We were chosen as one of the twelve finalists." said Fulton.
The T shirts were designed for the chapter itself, and feature graphics which contain FFA sayings. Member Kaitlin Sherman explained how the class designed the shirts.
"We started just collaborating and picking designs. Once we got that down, we did have to switch up a couple of the words, but for the most part, the shirt features words that we use in the FFA" said Kaitlin Sherman.
The T shirts went through several phases, and because it was named as one of the finalists, member Morgan Houser explains that the chapter can share in any profits generated from shirt sales.
"The fact that we were named one of the top twelve in the nation, and then of those twelve we were picked as one of the top six to be sent to the National FFA Catalog, I think is a huge boon for our chapter. Not only were we chosen as one of the top six, but also our t shirt will be featured in the catalog and we will make half of the profit from the shirt. It will come directly back to the chapter so it's a great thing for our chapter" said Houser.
The shirts will be on sale in the National FFA Catalog later this year.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Many home and business owners across Ohio with federally subsidized flood insurance are likely to be hit with rate increases this year.
Around 20,000 property owners in Ohio are among the 1.1 million policyholders nationwide facing higher rates to rescue the debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program
Records analyzed by The Associated Press show some of those who will see their rates live in places where flooding is a constant worry.
But many others will pay more despite living in cities where there have been very few damaging floods since the program began in the late 1970s.
Homeowners could pay up to 18 percent more while business owners and those with vacation homes will see their rates rise 25 percent annually.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio gas prices are down to start the work week, following weeks of increases.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.51 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about 14 cents lower than last Monday.
Monday's price is 14 cents higher than a month ago, but is considerably lower than the $3.72 per gallon that Ohioans were paying a year ago.
The national average Monday was about $3.53 per gallon, which is up a penny from last week, and 14 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine have been keeping prices up.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
The Kenton High School Top 20 and Kenton Middle School Dimensions performed at the Wapak Music Fest Saturday at Wapak, taking home several awards.
The Top 20 placed first in the Class B, and the Dimensions were the first runners up in the Junior High Division. Top 20 performer Mo Gray won best performer for the Top 20 and Alex Haushalter won best performer for the Dimensions.
Kenton Music Directors (L to R) Travis Wissman (A-Company), Sue Buroker and John Hines (Top 20) and Todd Daquino (Dimensions)
It was also the final competition for Top 20 Director Sue Buroker who is retiring this year. Buroker formed the Kenton Middle School Dimensions back in 1996-1997 and has been with the Kenton Music Department for eighteen years.
The Hardin County Cattle Producers held their annual banquet at the Hardin County Fairgrounds Saturday night.
2014 Hardin County Beef Princess, Kelli Haudenschield.
The Cattle producers presented several awards at their annual banquet last night. Cassie Deckling was named as the 2014 Hardin County Beef Queen and Kelli Haudenschield was named the 2014 Hardin County Beef Princess.
Additionally, Nanette Pfiffer from Liberty National Bank accepted the Cattleman’s Service Award on behalf of that organization.
The scholarship winners this year were awarded to Demi Snider, Stephanie Harpster. Not pictured: Molly Wilson.
A slim majority of voters prefer Standard Time over Daylight Savings Time.
The Visitor's Poll question was put up shortly after Daylight Savings Time started earler this month.
The results were as follows:
.Daylight Savings Time...49%
A new Visitor's Poll is posted now along the right hand column.
The Ada Kiwanis Club plans to continue their tradition of planting a tree in the village.
Club Public Relations Director Jon Umphress said so far, they've planted a total of 10 to 12 trees in Ada's War Memorial Park,.
"Those have been dedicated to former Kiwanis members, and we plant a tree every year in War Memorial Park in memory of that individual, and if people drive through the park, they will see little plagues that we put by the trees that we dedicate and who they are dedicated to," said Umphress.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's elections chief is reminding Ohioans that early voting in the May 6 primary begins for military and overseas voters on Saturday and for others on April 1.
The election includes same-party candidate contests, a statewide ballot issue and about 600 local issues.
Secretary of State Jon Husted said county election boards would begin mailing requested absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters Saturday. They'll go out to other voters beginning April 1, when early in-person voting begins.
The deadline to request an early ballot is noon on May 3.
Voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by May 5 and received by May 16. Election boards also will accept them until polls close May 6. They can't be returned at polling places.
One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office,
.Russell L. Goodwin was placed on three years community control with intensive supervision on one count of theft.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Money was allocated to 19 partner agencies of the United Way of Hardin County.
The agencies and amount received are as follows:
American Red Cross-$9000.00
Big Brothers/Big Sisters-$8,500.00
Boy Scouts of Hardin County-$5,500.00
Crossroads Crisis Center-$8,000.00
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-$7,500.00
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-$10,500.00
Habitat for Humanity-$7,500.00
Hardin County Council on Aging-$8,000.00
Hardin County YMCA-$14,000.00
Hardin County Hospice-$18,000.00
Helping Hands Outreach-$18,500.00
Kenton Little League-$1,500.00
Love In The Name of Christ-$8,500.00
ReStore Community Center-$4,500.00
Also there was money designated to Heartbeat of Hardin County which is no longer an agency but they received $2,473.50.
Don Rines presents a check for $2500.00 to the Ridgemont FFA
The grant came from the America's Farmers Grow Communities and Monsanto Fund, and was designated to the Ridgemont FFA through local Hardin County farmer Don Rines.
Rines said he wanted to help fund activities at Ridgemont.
"Well I think the kids deserve it, given all that they do and everything" said Rines.
Ridgemont FFA President Andrew Scharf with Don Rines
The grant, which was for $2500.00 is designed to help promote nonprofit organizations in local rural communities which the FFA does. The farmer then gets to designate which local non-profit will receive the funds. The grant is made possible from the America's Farmers Initiative.
Ridgemont FFA Advisor Stephanie Joliff said that the funds will help support food science programs and education workshops at Ridgemont.
With the funds, Ridgemont will conduct food science programs with the profits being donated to a local food bank.
"Our freshman have been studying lands and food deserts with the fact that in 2050 there will be nine billion people on earth, so we have to start getting our students to look at not just production agriculture but also the science behind it. So all our students, freshmen to seniors are doing science fair research projects. This money will fund our freshmen and sophomores who are doing plant and animan research projects and the food produced through the program will be donated to our local food bank, God's Life Line." said Joliff.
The Ada Kiwanis Club will be holding its biggest fundraiser of the year.
Club President Heather Cox said pancake and sausage day will be held a week from tomorrow on Saturday March 29, "From 7am to 2pm in the Ada High School Cafeteria in Ada. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at most any Ada business and from any Kiwanis member. They are $7.00 and kids 10 and under are free."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in February.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in February was 6.5 percent, which was down from 6.9 percent in January. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since June 2008.
The state's rate has dipped below the national rate, which was 6.7 percent in February.
The announcement comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Labor report saying Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New statistics show Ohio juvenile prisons increased its use of solitary confinement last year.
The numbers come as the state prepares to defend itself against a federal lawsuit charging that the facilities illegally secluded mentally ill boys.
Reports that juvenile offenders at Department of Youth Services facilities were in seclusion units a total of 209,266 hours last year - which averages about 453 hours for each youth in all of the facilities, whether they were actually placed in seclusion or not.
That compares with 187,600 hours in 2012, an average of about 362 per offender. The number of hours mentally ill offenders spent in seclusion was not available.
The state must submit a response Friday to the lawsuit filed last week by the U.S. Justice Department.
A woman was injured after a car backed into her in the parking lot of Westview School late Wednesday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 30 year old Katie Brown, of Kenton, was placing her child in the rear seat when a car being operated by 61 year old Margaret Baier, of Kenton, backed into her. Brown was pinned between the vehicles and was driven to Hardin Memorial Hospital by a friend.
No citations have been issued.
The City of Kenton will be operating the Kenton City Pool this summer, and many plans are in the works on that operation.
As reported earlier this year, the City of Kenton will be operating the Kenton Pool this summer.
For the past several years, operations and day to day management of the pool was contracted to the Hardin County YMCA. Kenton Mayor Randy Manns wanted the city to oversee operations of the pool once more, and asked that the city council allocate funds to operate the pool, which they approved earlier this year. Manns said that the YMCA did a great job operating the pool, however he felt that the city opened the pool as a service to the community, and as such, he wanted the city to operate the pool itself.
"To me it's a service that we're rendering to the tax payers of the City of Kenton. It's kind of like the $106,000.00 that we put into roads last year. You could say that we lost $106,000.00 but I don't look at it like that and I don't think anyone else does. It was a service that was needed to make the roadways in the city better for the tax payers who live here." said Manns.
No city pool generates money. Many communities allocate funds as Kenton does to operate their pools and some communities, such as Ada pass tax levies which fund pool operations. Manns said that they would operate this year, and evaluate the result at the end of the year to see if running the pool can continue to be a viable option for the City of Kenton.
"I guess after the first year we'll check everything out and see where we are and re-evaluate it. Anything's possible. However I think, at the end of the day when we subtract expense from revenue and see where we're at, I guess then it would be up to the City of Kenton and the people of Kenton to see if that is something they would want to continue supporting." said Manns.
Manns also noted several plans in the works to help offset some of the costs associated with running the pool.
"We're going to try to cut costs in the labor, looking into a program which pays students during the summer. And of course trying to get sponsorships for tickets for pool passes to give to needy families and for upgrades. Nothing's etched in stone yet but we're going to try to have different hours, stay open longer than usual, just whatever we can do to attract people to attend the pool." said Manns.
And he noted that the pool will remain open, especially on the hot days of summer, bringing up a situation several years ago when the pool was closed for a long time due to a pump breaking down. Manns said that that situation will never happen again and that the city is always looking at ways to improve and increase revenue at the pool.
The Kenton Pool is slated to open Memorial Day weekend, and the city is in the process of selling season passes. If you'd like to purchase a pass, contact the Kenton City Building.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Honda is marking a big milestone at its Marysville plant in central Ohio as the automaker celebrates the completion of 10 million American-made Accords.
Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S. The first Honda Accord was made there in November 1982.
Honda says the Marysville facility and its three other auto manufacturing plants have produced a total of 20 million vehicles in the U.S. The other plants are in East Liberty, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; and Greensburg, Ind.
The company says that it has invested about $1.6 billion in its U.S. auto plants over the past three years to expand production and implement new technologies and manufacturing systems.
Two people were injured in a crash that occurred around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon on State Route 235.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 31 year old Ryan Arn, of Lima, was driving north on 235 and said he took his eyes off the road briefly. When he looked back up, he couldn't stop in time to avoid colliding into the rear of a vehicle being operated by 34 year old Charles Seimet, of Belle Center.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.
Seimet was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Arn, who was cited for speeding, was treated at the scene.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state has approved a wind farm with 176 turbines and associated electric transmission facilities to be located in western Ohio.
The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in Hardin and Logan counties will be capable of generating 300 megawatts of electricity and will include up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines and four meteorological towers.
The farm could power up to 83,000 homes.
The Ohio Power Siting Board on Monday authorized Hardin Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., to construct the project on 17,000 acres of private land.
The siting board says the wind farm is associated with two additional projects involving the construction of a 4.8 mile long, 345 kilovolt transmission line and a 345 kilovolt substation in Hardin County.
Six people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 7:20 this morning on U.S. 68 at Township Road 80 around five miles north of Kenton.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car driven by 36 year old Tasa Henry, of Kenton, was stopped on 68 preparing to turn left onto 80 when her car was struck from behind by a northbound car being operated by 24 year old Cory Brunow, of Dunkirk.
Henry was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital. Two passengers in her car, 11 year old Nickolas Gauntt and 9 year old Skylar Henry were both transported by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus. Another passenger, 14 year old Jaurie Henry was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital, and a fourth passenger, 14 year old Aerial Yarger, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.
Brunow, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transferred from Hardin Memorial Hospital by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
Henry and her front seat passenger Jaurie were wearing seatbelts but the three rear seat passengers were not.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Patrol and charges are pending.
An 18 year old man will serve time in the Department of Youth Services until he is 21 following a hearing Monday.
J.M. was 14 when he set a fire on Walnut Street in Kenton that claimed the life of his step-father, Gary Wells Junior. His mother Sarah Wells and his brother Derrick Fortner were able to escape. That was December of 2009.
J.M. admitted to one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault.
Judge James Rapp, who is sitting by assignment, accepted a joint sentencing recommendation and sentenced J.M. to the Department of Youth Services, but suspended time is D.Y.S. to allow him time for treatment in the New Horizons Treatment Facility.
Following a series of violations at the facility, including attempting to escape, Prosecutor Brad Bailey filed to have the suspended sentence revoked.
Public Defender Sheryl Trazaska said Monday that she failed to locate another facility that was willing to accept J.M., and that there is no other choice but to place J.M. in the Department of Youth Services. She argued though that the Court consider imposing one of the four other counts, including arson and aggravated arson that were dropped, and place J.M. in D.Y.S. for only a year with the balance in Juvenile Detention. That was idea that Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Limerick called "ludicrous."
Judge Rapp said while he wouldn't use the term ludicrous, he agreed with the State and ordered J.M. to serve out his time in Department of Youth Services. J.M. will turn 21 in November of 2016. Judge Rapp encouraged J.M. to take counseling serious so that he can complete the sentence and have a brighter future. He cautioned him that since he is now 18, any crimes committed in the future will be as an adult, and he will not afforded the opportunities he had in the juvenile court system.
At the Kenton School Board meeting last night, School Superintendent Jennifer Pensarski updated the board on the various grants that the school is working on and participating in, including the Safe Routes to school grant, several grants for preschool and intervention programs, and a larger grant for the Straight A fund. Pensarski said that Kenton would be partnering with several other county schools on this grant opportunity.
"When we first applied there was a five million dollar limit when you applied by yourself. That's changed and now if you apply by yourself you can only apply for one million dollars. Many of the things we were doing for Kenton City Schools were intended for Hardin County schools, so we formed a group of county schools together to go for a grant and we can apply for up to fifteen million dollars. As of today, we are partnered with Ada, Ridgemont, Hardin Northern, and Ohio Hi Point and we are going to write a new version of the straight A grant focusing on community action, career building and community development." said Pensarski.
Also at the meeting, it was announced that the students will be in session on March 26th as a make up day. This date had been scheduled for teacher in-service training, and the board heard from the student representatives in the Hardin Youth Leadership program this year reflect on their experiences.
Mondays meeting also saw the retirement resignations of several staff members including Athletic Director Mike Mauk. Board member David Haushalter, as well as other members thanked Mauk for his years of service.
It was announced that the school received 67 applications for the Athletic Directors position, and candidates will be interviewed soon. Additionally, Ann Quinn, Sue Buroker, Carolyn Moyer, and Barbara Baum will be retiring this year as well.
The next meeting of the Kenton School Board will be on April 21st 2014, at the Kenton Schools Administrative Offices at 7pm.
A longtime business in Kenton announced recently that they will be closing.
The Roby Company announced in a letter to customers that with regret the business would be closing on April 15.
Company President Pamela Smith Turner said Monday that it was a very difficult decision to make. She said all businesses have changed over the years, but especially office supply companies.
Jerry and Pam Smith bought the company in 1973. It started in 1906. Two other stores in Bellefontaine and Lima closed over the past two years.
Smith-Turner added that she wants to thank all of their customers over the years for their patronage and support.
Roby's closing sale started yesterday with an additional 25% discount on all in-store supplies and furniture.
Dennis Beverly stands with from left to right: Arayah James, Alec Deardorff, Amber Brown and Austin Turner.
Listen all week for Students of the Month from Excellent Espy School. A different student will announce a song each day on the Oldies For Lunch Hour on 95.3 WKTN.
Arayah James was heard Monday, Alec Deardorff on Tuesday, both fifth graders, Amber Brown on Wednesday and Autin Turner on Thursday, both fourth graders.
Three people were injured in a crash that occurred Saturday afternoon involving a car and a semi.
According to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office report, 23 year old Brandi Reynolds, of Marion, was driving west on County Road 190 and failed to stop for a stop sign at State Route 31. Her car struck a southbound semi being operated by 30 year old Aaron McKinley, of Hampton, Virginia.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Reynolds was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. A passenger in her car, 3 year old Deseree White, was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Dayton. Another passenger, 41 year old Ronald Ramey, of Marion, was taken by BKP to Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton. McKinley was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio motorists will be paying more at the pump to start the work week.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.65 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about 7 cents higher than last Monday.
Monday's price is 31 cents higher than a month ago, but is a few cents lower than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was about $3.52 per gallon, which is up 3 cents from last week, and 18 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say the national average price has been rising due to ongoing seasonal maintenance at refineries and concerns over simmering tensions in the Ukraine.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
Portman stands with IP Plant Manager Dan Drengler (left) and John Hohn (right) from Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) paid a visit to International Paper Saturday afternoon.
The company announced earlier this year that they would be expanding operations at the Kenton plant and add 120 additional workers.
Following a brief presentation from Plant Manager Dan Drengler, Portman said the expansion is exciting news for Ohio, "I think it's an example of what can happen with everybody working together, but I also feel like Washington can do a lot more to help by creating a better policy environment for success."
He also explained how he got involved in the process, "One of my areas that I focus a lot on is worker training, and we help connect these guys with Apollo and they've got an on-going discussion with them as to how they can help to ensure those 125 people that they want to hire will be trained up and ready to go."
Sen. Portman talks with two employees of International Paper
Following the presentation, Senator Portman took a tour of the plant with company officials.
The Hardin County Commissioners this past Thursday heard more concerns from a group who are opposed to wind farms in their area.
Board President Brice Beaman said the group re-emphasized their points, "Some of their concerns about setbacks and sun flicker and those things. and the commissioners took those points very seriously, and we have been talking to some of the other counties that did as Hardin County did several years ago, put the Alternative Energy Zones in place, and Van Wert County had that, and they have a wind mill project that was put up, and they have since moved away from the Alternative Energy Zone, and so we talked to them and we've got some calls into the State and trying to find out what's best for Hardin County when it comes to Alternative Energy Zones versus not having it, and we don't really want to give up our position that we have because it does set in place a taxing structure that benefits the schools, ambulances and fire and the county itself, so we're just trying to arm ourselves with information to make sure that if we were to make a change, we make a change that benefits Hardin County."
Beaman said he asked the group to pinpoint their three top concerns, "That the commissioners could look at and possibly work with the wind mill companies to see how we could make them better neighbors than what I'm afraid that they're afraid will be, so they were going to go back with that and they had suggested to maybe a committee to meet with us, and so we have some calls into the State to look at the taxing structure of what happens if you do away with the Alternative Energy Zone and the pilot payment, and if we lose a good position for a position that may not be beneficial to the entirety of Hardin County."
Beaman also talks about where the commissioners stand at this point, "We're actually, I think we are to the point we're going to have the prosecutor review that we were to move away from the Alternative Energy Zone, how that would posture the county as far as taxation of these wind mills if they did come to the county."
The presentation of the sixth Excellence in Entrepreneurship award sponsored by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Columbus.
The award will be presented during the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception, which begins at 3:30 p.m. As in years past, the award winner will receive a check for $25,000 and the local chamber that nominated the winner will receive $1,000.
This award is designed to identify, honor and financially assist a company in Ohio that is demonstrating the historical innovative spirit of our state. The award recipient best demonstrates this entrepreneurial spirit through a recently introduced or pending introduction of a unique product or service that will have the ability to sustain long-term growth for the company, increase local employment and assist in the creation of economic prosperity within the state.
“In honor of our state’s history of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce created this award to recognize those who continue to take considerable initiative and risk in creating new products and services,” explained President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Andrew E. Doehrel. “As the state’s oldest and most diverse business group, we continue to support the endeavors of Ohio business people through this award as well as our continued business advocacy. This year’s nominees are all excellent examples of the innovative spirit that resides in Ohio’s historic past.”
Local chambers of commerce submitted nominations earlier this year. From those nominees, 10 were selected to compete for the award. An award committee, made up of members from the Ohio Chamber’s board of directors, will review the detailed applications and select the winner who will be announced on April 8. The local chamber that nominated this year’s winner will receive $1,000 in recognition of their work for nominating an award-winning company.
The finalists for this year’s Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award and the local chambers that nominated them are:
• A & P Technology of Cincinnati, nominated by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce
• Birdeye of Wooster, nominated by the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce
• Capture Education Consulting Services of New Albany, nominated by the New Albany Chamber of Commerce
• Homestead Beer Company of Heath, nominated by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce
• IC3D LLC of Dublin, nominated by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce
• LifeCare Alliance of Columbus, nominated by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce
• McWane Poles of Coshocton, nominated by the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce
• Pleasant Precision, Inc. of Kenton, nominated by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance
• Slate Rock Safety LLC of Medina, nominated by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce
• The Toasted Oat of Columbus, nominated by the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce
For more information on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Legislative Reception, visit the Ohio Chamber’s Web site at www.ohiochamber.com.
A public auction for the former Alger School/Wind Academy on April 5th at 10:am on site. (701 N Main in Alger)
The property consists of the gymnasium, classrooms, former bus garage, and approximately 4 acres of land.
The building was renovated in 2008 and is in excellent condition.
The auction will provide an excellent opportunity for a business, church, or daycare center, etc.
An open house is being held until noon on Saturday March 15.
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office:
.William Dolan, also known as Kenny Dolan, was sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison on one count each of Theft, Trafficking in Heroin and Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance.
.Paul William Pierson III was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of Domestic Violence.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A star of the hit nationally televised show "Hoarders" is the guest on this week's At Issue program.
Featured organizer Matt Paxton said the best way to deal with hoarders is through compassion, "All we teach is compassion, compassion compassion, because this is about someone who has been tragically, tragically hurt, and the family members don't understand it. They've been yelling and screaming and getting upset. If you go into it with compassion, you get the person on the right side. You start off good."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A 14-year-old girl who prosecutors said tweeted a threat to set off a bomb and shoot people at her Allen County high school will serve house arrest until her sentencing.
A judge in Lima on Thursday ordered the Elida High School freshman to be electronically monitored and stay away from the school. She'll live with her grandparents after entering an admission in juvenile court to a misdemeanor charge of making a false alarm.
The girl, who told the judge she needed help, could face up to 90 days of detention or other penalties when she is sentenced later.
The threat was discovered March 3 when a man researching school shootings came across her tweet. She did not have access to weapons.
KENTON –A Grand Opening will be held this Saturday, March 15 from 10am-3pm at the Kenton Gun Store located on the lower level of the Kenton Convenience & Deli Inc., at 20 North Main Street, Kenton.
The Kenton Gun Store is a buy, sell, and trade gun store. They will handle hand guns, rifles, ammunition, accessories and have an onsite gunsmith. The gun store’s selection of ammunition includes 22L. Business hours are Monday-Friday 11am to 7pm, and Saturday 10am to 3pm. The Kenton Gun Store is owned and operated by Donna Melvin.
The Kenton Gun Store will be holding a free raffle for a Ruger 10/22 handgun on Saturday, with the winner being drawn at approximately 3pm; you do not have to be present to win.
Five more people who were indicted on drug related charges have been identified.
According to the documents from Hardin County Common Pleas Court, the following were among 40 people from around the county who were indicted last week. 29 others were rounded up and made initial appearances last week. This week, five more were in court. They are identified as:
.Jeffrey A. England
.Storm David Copley
.Nathan S. Getz
.Colby L. Rogers.
Arraignment dates were set for each person.
That leaves six individuals who have not yet been located.
MARION, Ohio (AP) - Police say the arrest of 22 people on drug charges this week should put a dent in central Ohio's heroin trade.
Police in Marion said they arrested 22 people during a sweep in the city on Wednesday following a four-month investigation.
Investigators said suspected drug dealers from Marion, Detroit and Chicago were sought in the drug task force's round-up. Heroin, cocaine and marijuana were seized during the operation.
Most of the defendants are charged with trafficking or possessing drugs, or permitting drug abuse. Marion police Maj. Jay McDonald said he expects additional charges will be filed as the investigation continues.
Other suspects are being sought.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking a court order to force Ohio juvenile detention facilities to stop what it describes as rampant use of seclusion to discipline boys with mental health disorders.
A motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Ohio seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the punishment of mentally ill boys through solitary confinement at four facilities.
Federal prosecutors say Ohio violates the boys' due process rights by depriving them of education, exercise and mental health care, and doesn't appropriately adjust treatment when they return to the general population. It says the boys suffer "irreparable harm."
The Ohio Department of Youth Services says it offers individualized behavioral health services and uses seclusion as a last resort. It says youth in seclusion still get treatment and programming.
As of 9:00 AM Thursday
Kenton is on a 2 hr delay
Ridgemont is on a 2 hour delay with plan B pre-school
Riverdale is on a 2 hr delay with no OGT testing today
Ridgedale is on a 2 hr delayUSV is on a 2 hr delay
Ada iis on a 2 hr delay
Hardin Northern is on a 2 hr delay
Simon Kenton is on a 2 hr delay no morning pre-school
First United Mewthodist 1/2 hr delay
Kenton 2 and 4 Head Start walk ins only, no bus
Mcuffey Head start walk ins onkly no bus
Forest christian pre-school 1 hr delay
Upper Sandusky Schools will be on a two hour delay on Thursday.
The Hardin Leadership kickoff meeting slated for 8:30am at ONU has been postponed till Thursday, March 20th at 8:30am at ONU.
There were no injuries from a two vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Franklin Street.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 21 year old Jennifer Skeens, of Kenton, pulled from a parking space onto Franklin, and her car struck an eastbound vehicle being operated by 20 year old Carrie Burns, of Springfield.
Minor damage occurred to Skeens car, while Burns' vehicle received disabling damage.
Skeens was cited for improper starting and stopping.
LEVEL TWO SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED BY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 2:00pm
Hardin County Council on Aging closed
Goldrush Jewelers closed for the day
ReStore Community Center in Ada closed for today
OK Auto Sales closed
United Way Annual meeting has been re-scheduled. Will be held on March 20th at 7:00 am at St John's Church
Hardin County Master Gardeners Progam scheduled for 6:30 tonight is cancelled
Kenton Hardin Health Dept has closed their immunization clinics @ Forest & Dunkirk today
ACT Parenting scheduled at Heartbeat for 6:30 tonight cancelled
Hardin Co. Humane Society Bingo for tonight cancelled
All activities at St. John's United Church of Christ cancelled for tonight, includes all children, youth and all choir activities
Heartbeat is closed today
Abundant Life Assembly of God. No evening service.
Hardin Co. Genealogy closed for today
Epworth UMW meeting scheduled for 7:00 tonight cancelled
All evening classes at the YMCA cancelled. Soccer coaches meeting moved to Saturday @ 8:30 am
Barrett Tax & Accounting Service closed for today
Hardin Northern Library Chick Flick movie scheduled for tonight is cancelled. Re-scheduled for next Wednesday night at 7:00.
Ben Logan Schools --All evening activities cancelled.
Kenton Middle School Track practice cancelled (3:30)
No Limits Hair closed
Katrina Hughes Collins office closed for today
Apollo Career Center -- All evening classes cancelled. Office closed
Hardin Co. Woodworkers Club scheduled for 7:00 tonight cancelled
Cessna Minutemen 4-H Club meeting scheduled for 7:00 cancelled for tonight
All evening activities for Faith Baptist Church cancelled
All activities for tonight for Kenton First United Methodist Church cancelled
Forest-Jackson Public Library closed after 3:00 pm today
Lenten Service for Grace Lutheran Church at 7:00 cancelled
235 Grill in Alger closed at 1:30
First Baptist Church -- All activities cancelled for tonight
Kenton Immaculate Conception Church -- all activities cancelled for tonight
Bible Study for Walnut Grove United Methodist Church for tonight cancelled
At the Kenton City Council meeting last night, Hardin County Engineer Mike Smith addressed the council on a county proposal to reduce the fee that the county pays to treat water coming into the city off the county landfill. Smith cited studies done by an independent contractor indicating that the landfill runoff is much better than it has been in previous years, and causes no more burden to the city to treat than sewage methods. Smith also indicated that the EPA is satisfied with inspections of the landfill that it is reducing it's oversight inspections to one a year, as the landfill has produced better results over the past ten. It was for these reasons, Smith noted, that the county would like to see a reduction in the treatment rates,"It causes no extra burden on your sewage treatment plant than what sewage does from any place else you're collecting in the city. Gallon for gallon it costs you the same dollar to treat that. The [County] Commissioners feel that since it is so very common, the same treatment process as what your sewage takes, they're willing because even though there is still a potential, however slight of causing a problem, that they're willing to go to one and a half times the sewer rate" said Smith.
Mike Heilman from the Kenton Water Department said that he has researched several other communities, which didn't produce accurate results simply because each landfill is significantly different, but it did give a ballpark as to what communities are charging in this area, "The question is what's a fair rate? The range is one to ten cents per gallon. We're at two and one half right now. That's a pretty good rate. They're asking for a reduction of two and a half cents to .8 cents. Which comes to a 50-75% reduction." said Heilman.
City Law Director John Schwimer gave the council an opinion that if the county were to treat the runoff water itself, the city would stand to loose all revenues generated from the treatment, rather than some, "What we really need to consider is, if they go treat this on their own we're losing all of the revenue. And ultimatly who's paying for that then? The city loses the revenue, and the county is going to have the same or a bit less of the costs involved in treating it. We're not getting the revenue, well who's paying the counties bills? It's all of us from sales tax and other revenues so the buck isn't being passed, we all share in this one way or another." said Schwimer.
The council voted to have the city law director work out an agreement with the county on a rating system and contract on water treatment from the city landfill which the council will consider at a future meeting.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on March 24th 2014. At the Kenton Muncipal Building at 7:30pm.
A burglary was reported in the 400 block of Halvey Street Monday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, someone broke into a residence there and stole around 185 pounds of meat as well as other miscellaneous household items.
No dollar value was listed on the report, and the case remains under investigation.
Howard Watkins passed away this past Friday night. He was 78 years old. Watkins was born January 30, 1936 in Hardin County, the son of the late Howard N. and Frances (Johnson) Watkins Sr. On April 26, 1959 he married Ruth Ramsey, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage next month.
Watkins graduated from Kenton Senior High School in 1954 and attended The Ohio State University where he graduated 1958 with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science. He enlisted in the Army ROTC and later served in active duty and was a United States Veteran of the Army.
He was a lifelong Farmer in Hardin County and was very active in many Hardin County organizations. Watkins was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kenton, the Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity at O.S.U., the Kenton Lion's Club, Kenton Latham Masonic Lodge #163, Hardin Co. Shrine Club, Kenton ELKS Lodge #157, the Republican Colonels Club, was Chairman of the O.S.U. Lima Board of Trustees, and served for many years as a Hardin County Commissioner and Hardin County Pleasant Township Trustee.
Watkins was a longtime Hardin County 4-H advisor, currently was the Secretary of C.I.C., Treasurer of the Hardin County Golf Foundation, served as a member of the Kenton City School Board for Twelve years. Watkins was also a former bank board member of the Kenton National, Bank One, and most recently served on the board for Home Savings and Loan Co., and the Farmers Mutual Insurance Board.
Early in life he served as a State FFA Officer, was President of Ohio Young Farmers, and was an International Farm Youth Exchange Delegate to New Zealand. Howard was awarded the Hardin County Citizen of the Year and elected into the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame. In his free time, which he made room for on occasion, you would find Howard on the golf course as he was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Watkins of Kenton, OH; sons Brian Watkins of Dublin, OH and Mark (Marsha) Watkins of Kenton, OH; daughter Alison (Sean) Gill of Worthington, OH; grandchildren Trent (Lacey) Watkins, Meredith Watkins, Graham Watkins, Claire Watkins, Olivia Watkins, Audrey Watkins, and Harrison Gill; and his sister Eleanor (Wayne) Keur of Jenison, MI.
A service to celebrate the life of Howard N. Watkins Jr. will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Kenton on Wednesday March 12 at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest following the service in Grove Cemetery, Kenton, OH. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday March 11 at the Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Kenton, the Hardin County Golf Foundation, and/or the Lima O.S.U. Student Scholarship Fund.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - After weeks of increases, Ohio gas prices have flattened out.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.58 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's about a penny lower than last Monday.
Monday's price is 35 cents higher than a month ago, but is 2 cents lower than last year at this time.
The national average Monday was about $3.50 per gallon, which is up 4 cents from last week, and 23 cents higher than a month ago.
Analysts say prices are up because of seasonal maintenance at refineries, and crude oil prices rising as Russia's advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.
The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office says the body of 36-year-old Richard Moon was found Sunday afternoon hanging upside-down from a creek bridge outside St. Marys, his leg caught in a guardrail support.
Moon's car was found wrecked nearby.
Sheriff Allen Solomon says detectives believe Moon got in a car accident before walking across the bridge.
Solomon declined to say whether Moon had any head trauma or how he might have died until an autopsy is performed this week.
He says foul play and suicide are not suspected.
Solomon says Moon grew up in the area and has extensive family there, including his parents and children.
Five people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred around 5:30 Friday evening in Alger.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a car driven by 68 year old Robert Stevens, of Lima, was westbound on Shadley Street and failed to stop for a stop sign at Front Street.
His car was struck by a southbound car being driven by 72 year old Marion Gross Jr., of Alger.
Severe damage occurred to both vehicles, and those injured were all transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A passenger in Gross' car, 41 year old Angela Roby, of Ada, suffered serious injuries.
Both drivers and two other passengers in Gross' car, 49 year old Tammy Elwood, of Ada, and 47 year old Stacey Gross, of Grove City, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A fourth passenger in Gross' car, 51 year old Timothy Gross, of Grove City, was not injured.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
It is time change weekend, which means clocks spring ahead one hour, and 2 o'clock Sunday morning becomes 3, so you may want to take care of that before going to bed Saturday night otherwise you'll be an hour late for everything Sunday morning.
Firefighter Donnally from the Kenton Fire Department said it's also a good time to remember to change the batteries in those smoke detectors, With there being two time changes during the year, it's helps people remember to change those batteries, which is recommended every six months, so these are the opportune times to do it."
He said don't wait to change the batteries until the smoke detector gives you that low battery tone, "If you have a problem while that's going on and beeping then it may not actually alert you to more serious problems."
Plus he adds, don't forget the carbon monoxide detectors, "Some of the carbon monoxide detectors, people don't really talk about them as much in terms of changing the batteries in them, but it is also a good idea to change the batteries in those too just so they don't give you any false alarms."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials are extending a deadline for a heating assistance program that's available to those threatened with disconnection or whose service has been disconnected.
The Ohio Development Services Agency administers the Winter Crisis Program, which helps qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs. The program also provides assistance to people if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.
The agency says it will extend its application deadline from March 31 to April 15.
Eligibility for the program depends on the total gross household income. That annual income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is about $41,213 for a family of four.
Those interested in the help must have a face-to-face interview with a Winter Crisis Program provider.
The Marion Local Flyers won the Division IV boys basketball district title on Friday by defeating Arlington 44 to 34 at Wapakoneta.
The Flyers improve to 21-5 and will meet Russia in the regional tournament Tuesday at Kettering Fairmont. The Red Devils close out another fine season with a 19-5 mark.
Marion Local, which was led by Cole Griesdorn's 19 points, led 7-6 after one quarter and 18-13 at the half. The Flyers led 32-27 after three quarters, and neither team could score for over three minutes to open the fourth quarter. Arlington, which got 12 points from Andrew Hunter, could not muster a sustained offensive attack down the stretch and came up just short in their bid for the district title.
Five people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey's Office, the following were all placed on five years community control with conditions:
.Cody Gregory Cowen on one count each of burglary, trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school or juvenile.
.John S. Shadley on one count of robbery.
.Tina Louise Carroll on one count each of possession of heroin and failure to appear.
.James Lee Bolden III on one count of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present.
.Paul T. Brookhart on one count of vandalism.
All cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
Ridgemont students will be hosting a series of Community Outreach and Engagement programs over the next month.
There will be a total of four programs dealing with how to make a resume, prepare for job interviews and on technology issues, including how to get the most from smart phones.
The programs are free, and FFA Advisor Stephanie Jolliff said not only will the public benefit, but it is great for teaching students, "When we talk about the application of real world education, this is it at it's finest. Our kids are taking the knowledge they have gained, partnered with business and industry, received grants to fund these processes, and then are providing that engagement to the community to be able to really utilize their knowledge, because there's no better way to learn something than to teach it to someone else."
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
The Division IV boys basketball district title will be on the line tonight at Wapakoneta as the Arlington Red Devils meet the Marion Local Flyers.
The Red Devils, champions of the Blanchard Valley Conference, are coming off a convincing 61 to 37 victory over Spencerville in Tuesday's district semifinals. Led by BVC Player of the Year Andrew Hunter, Arlington brings a 19 and 4 mark into tonight's district title tilt.
The Flyers, who won the Midwest Athletic Conference, counter with a ridiculous amount of size. Marion Local runs out a lineup that goes 6-6, 6-7 and 6-10 across its frontline, and that height is a big reason the Flyers are 20 and 5 this season.
WKTN will carry tonight's district championship game live from Wapakoneta. The pregame show will start shortly before the 7 p.m. tip-off.
A major auction will be held this Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The Annual Hardin County Fair Consignment Sale will take place Saturday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Hardin County Fairboard Director Bob McBride said that the consignment sale has become an annual tradition in Hardin County over the years.
Several of the Fairboard Directors in front of sale items. The sale will run all day Saturday.
"This is the 27th year. All of the profit goes to support the Hardin County Fair. 100% of the profit goes to the fair and the fair directors and other community members come in to help. It takes a lot of work to put on a consigned sale. Last year there were well over 1000 buyers and that many items consigned so it takes a lot of people." said McBride.
The largest items on sale this year will be farm implements, both old and new, ranging from trailers, wagons, hay rakes and balers, grain elevators, and even larger items such as tractors and other heavy machinery. However, the sale also will feature a number of smaller items as well, such as tools, equipment, livestock accessories and pens, and numerous other items. McBride said that the sale will begin early Saturday morning and run all day.
"It will be all day Saturday, there's a food stand that the Jr. Fairboard runs and there's plenty of things to eat out here. It's a big crowd. If it's a cold day and you look out its Carhart day. Everyone's got brown Carharts on and they all look the same. It's amazing how many people come. We have people come from northern, western and central Ohio and not just Hardin County. We have people that bring things in and consign them, and buyers come in from all over the state." said McBride.
If you'd like to participate in the sale, either as a buyer or a seller, you need to stop by the Hardin County Fairgrounds Secretaries Office today to register.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force is working on a case that started as a report of a suspicious person.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to Ace Hardware this past Tuesday evening where they discovered that two male suspects were buying supplies that have been linked to the manufacturing of illegal drugs.
The case remains under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has struck down the state's child enticement law, concluding it's too broad and outlaws several activities protected by the state constitution.
The 5-2 decision came in the case of a Columbus man charged with child-enticement after asking a child to carry boxes to his apartment for money.
Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger says in the court's Thursday ruling that while the law has the admirable goal of preventing child abductions and lewd acts against children, it can't also ban protected speech and activity.
Last year a state appeals court in Akron threw out the conviction of a man accused under the same law of trying to entice a 13-year-old girl to be his Facebook friend.
The Elida Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Kenton 60-47 in Division II boys basketball district semifinal play Wednesday at Liberty-Benton.
Elida improves to 21-3 and will play Bath Saturday night at Liberty-Benton for the district title. Kenton ends its season at 8-15.
The Wildcats led for most of the 1st half and held a 28-23 advantage at intermission. Kenton's lead held up for most of the 3rd quarter, but a late Bulldog rally put Elida on top 39-38 heading into the final stanza. Elida opened up its lead in the early portion of the period and held off a late Kenton rally to get the win.
Dakota Mathias led Elida with 28 points while Matt Bahr had 19 points from Kenton and Grant Sherman finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said they've been working on the case for the past 6-8 months, resulting in the warrants that have been executed starting around 5 Wednesday morning, "We've been working with the Hardin County Common Pleas Court, Prosecutor's Office and all the law enforcement agencies, and we just pulled our resources and got them all out and got them arraigned, and got them in and out in one day, which saves a lot of money on housing the prisoners at the jail."
He said there were a total of 40 indictments and arraignments were held throughout the day mostly on drug related charges, "Most of the warrants are for trafficking in narcotics. There have been a few that we arrested this (Wednesday) morning that will probably receive more charges from things that we found in the house when we arrested them, but I believe all 40 of the indictments are narcotics related."
29 of the 40 people from around Hardin County who were indicted made initial appearances in Hardin County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning. They are identified as:
.Richard Clark Jr.
Arraignment dates were set for each individual.
Arlington and Marion Local will play for the Division IV boys basketball district title Friday night at Wapakoenta.
The Red Devils and the Flyers each posted wins in semifinal play on Tuesday. Arlington rolled past Spencerviller 61-37 while Marion Local rallied past USV 47-46.
Jordan Freed and Blake Courtney had 16 points each for the Red Devils, who are 19-4 on the season. Spencerville (16-6) was led by Zach Goecke's 21 points.
Marion Local got 10 points each from Ryan Bruns, Adam Bertke and Luke Knapke as the Flyers fought back from 13 points down after three quarters to beat the Rams. USV, which saw its 21-game winning streak snapped, trailed for just the final 15 seconds. Dylan Hunsicker scored 19 points for USV, which ends its season at 22-2.
The accident scene at the intersection of Detroit and Eliza Tuesday afternoon.
Two vehicles were involved in an injury accident on Detroit Street in Kenton Tuesday afternoon. According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, around 3pm Tuesday afternoon a car driven by Haley Jones of Kenton was heading east bound across Detroit at the Eliza intersection, coming out of an alleyway. Jones pulled across Detroit and was struck by a northbound pickup driven by Jeffery Penwell of Arlington. Jones was treated at the scene but two passengers in the Penwell pickup, Elizabeth Harmon of Arlington and Jared Clark of Findlay were transported to Hardin Memorial for unspecified injuries. Jones was cited for a stop sign violation.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene and N. Detroit was closed while the accident was attended to.
Kenton firefighters were dispatched to a minor incident Tuesday morning.
According to information from Kenton Fire Chief Russ Blue, firefighters were called out just after 11:00am to Rush Trailer Court, 723 West Lima Street, where a resident at Lot 59, Mike Redman, was using a salamander to thaw frozen water pipes. That caused a lot of smoke, but there was no fire or damage.
Firefighters were on the scene for around 20 minutes.
A Hardin County health care facility was recently named as one of the top facility in the state of Ohio.
Blanchard House in Kenton has been named as a Top 25 Assisted Living Facility by the Ohio Department of Aging. According to a release from the Department of Aging, the award was the result of a survey which covered over 11,000 residents in around 600 facilities across the state. The department of aging uses the survey to help families identify which facilities in their communities best fit particular needs.
The Resident Director of Blanchard House, Starla West, said that she was surprised and pleased with the results, citing the 24 hour nursing, many activities, and the longitivy of the staff as the reasons why Blanchard House was named as a Top 25 facility.
No one was injured in a two car roll over accident on Jennings Street Monday afternoon. According to information provided by the Kenton Police Department, 20 year old Alexander Barnett of Kenton was traveling west bound on Jennings street, stopped at the sign at N. Wayne. Believing there was a stop on N. Wayne, Barnett proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by 17 year old Karley Ann Wireman, from Kenton. The Barnett vehicle came to rest on it's side after the impact.
Barnett was cited for a stop sign violation.
As part of 4-H week, an Informational Fair will be held Tuesday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds.
Mark Light, Hardin County 4-H Educator, said it'll be held Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 7:30 at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, "this is where our returning 4-H members will come and display the projects that they took to the State Fair last year."
He said it will operate like an open house format, "And our hope is that youth and their families that are interested in 4-H would be able to come out and be able to walk through, ask questions of the members and see all the different projects that they could take through 4-H."
Light adds that you don't have to be in 4-H to take in the informational fair, "It is also a great way for the community to see what outstanding things our youth have been doing."
The case of a former employee of Home Savings and Loan was bound over to Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
Barbara J. Fee waived her right to a preliminary hearing this morning in Hardin County Municipal Court.
Fee was charged earlier this year with two counts of money laundering and one count of theft from an elderly person, all third degree felonies.
Judge Greg Grimslid set a $15,000 own recognizance bond.
Fee was represented in court today by Lima attorney Robert Grzybowski.
A Kenton woman was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred around eight Monday morning.
According to information from the Kenton Police Department, Paulina Watkins lost control of her vehicle on the ice covered road while travelling west on Bales Road.
The vehicle ended up in a field where it overturned onto the driver's side.
Watkins was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.59 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 6 cents higher than last Monday - and 27 cents higher than this time last month.
Analysts say prices are up because seasonal maintenance is taking place at refineries, and crude oil prices have been rising as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.
The national average is about $3.46 per gallon, which is up 4 cents from last week and 18 cents higher than a month ago.
AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com
Four Kenton High School basketball players have received All-Western Buckeye League recognition.
Kenton senior Brooke Bostelman has been named to the All-Western Buckeye League first team after averaging over 20 points a game for the Lady Wildcats. She is joined on the first team by
Bath's Madison Dackin and Danielle Van Dyne, Van Wert's Erin Morrow, and Ottawa-Glandorf's Kristen Miller, with Miller being named the league's Player of the Year.
Bostelman's teammate, freshman Ashley Morris, was named honorable mention all-league.
Two Wildcat boys basketball players also received all-league honors. Junior Austin Phillips was placed on the All-WBL third team while classmate Colyn Blackford was an honorable mention selection.
Elida's Dakota Mathias was picked as the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year and was joined on the all-league first team by Bath's Taren Sullivan, the Defiance duo of Katwan Singleton and Trey Guilliam, Celina's Ryan Hoyng and Ottawa-Glandorf's Noah Bramlage.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, March 1st at the fair office with 18 board members and several guests present.
Mike Kleman moved to approve the minutes, 2nd by Mark Garmon, motion carried.
Financial reports were reviewed; Ray Davis moved to accept the financials, 2nd by Jeff Madison, motion carried.
Bills were presented to pay; Justin Beale moved to pay the bills, 2nd by Corey Ledley, motion carried.
Committee reports were:
• Executive committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Bob McBride moved to set gate admission at $8.00, 2nd by
Don Spar, motion carried.
. Jim Bidwell moved to approve contracts with S.V. & E, R.G.
Communications, F & L Septic,
and TJD Industrial Cleaning for the 2014 fair, 2nd by Ray Davis, motion carried.
. Bob McBride moved to have multiple day sponsors at $600 for the week, 2nd by Mark
Garmon, motion carried.
. Executive committee meeting on April 5th at 6:30pm.
• Grounds committee – Jim Bidwell, chairman
. Next grounds committee meeting is Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00pm in the fair office.
• Camping committee – Howard Lyle, chairman
. Camping committee meeting on March 6th at 12:00pm.
• Entertainment committee – Mike Kleman, chairman
. Nothing to report.
• Livestock committees:
. The market goat class will also include does.
• Rides & Concessions committee – Janie Seiler, chairman
. Contracts are ready to send.
• Junior Fairboard – Nancy Rickenbacher, chairman
. Had great attendance at the first Jr. Fairboard meeting and there is a waiting list of
students that would like to be on Jr. Fairboard. Officers will be elected at the next meeting.
▪ Other Committees:
. There will be a 4th of July meeting on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:00pm.
• Old Business:
. Nothing to report.
• New Business:
. 2014 Collector baskets are available for $40 each at the
. Next Fairboard meeting will be April 5th @ 7:30pm in the fair office.
Mike Kleman moved to adjourn the meeting 2nd by Charlie McCullough, motion carried.
The Kenton Police Department is currently investigating a report of a possible injury accident that took place in the 200 block of South Detroit Street on Saturday at approximately 12:30 pm. No further information is available at this time.
Officers also received a report of several items being taken from a residence in the 600 block of South Detroit Street on Saturday. According to the report, Karson Evans of Upper Sandusky told officers that he was working on a home and upon arrival, he noticed that several tools had been removed from the residence. Entry was gained through an unlocked bathroom window.
Deputies from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office responded to several non-injury crashes on Saturday., as well as a Hit/Skip that took place at the intersection of US 68 and County Road 110. No further information is available on any of the reports.
2014 Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen Hannah Heilman. (Left) Pictured with 2014 Lamb & Wool Scholarship winner, Sarah Heilman.
The 2014 Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association's annual banquet was held Saturday night. At the banquet, it was announced that exhibitor Hannah Heilman was named as the 2014 Hardin County Lamb & Wool Queen. Heilman said that she was looking forward to her year as lamb & wool queen.
"I'm looking forward to meeting everyone involved in the industry, and promoting the industry at the Hardin County Fair" said Heilman.
Also, it was announced that the 2014 Hardin County Sheep Improvement Association scholarship winner this year was exhibitor Sarah Heilman, who will be attending Ohio State University in the fall.
The forecast is for up to seven inches of snow by Monday morning, which means many people will be breaking out the snow shovels again.
Dr. Phillip Perona, from Hardin Memorial Hospital, said don't over do it, especially if you have a heart condition, "Because of the exposure to cold air, that the coronary arteries can develop spasms especially in exposure to cold air. Patients may have moderate disease of 50 to 60 percent, but have no symptoms, and they get out and shovel snow for an hour, and they develop symptoms of shortness of breath or in some instances, they develop heart attacks because they never knew that they had any silent heart disease."
Three blood drives are scheduled around the area over the next couple of weeks.
According to information from the Hardin County Chapter of the American Red Cross:
.Wednesday March 5, 8am to 2pm at Ada Technologies, 805 E. North Street in Ada.
.Monday March 10, 11:30am to 5:30pm at Community Health Professionals, 1200 South Main Street in Ada.
.Tuesday March 11, 10am to 4pm at the Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library, 325 East Columbus Street in Kenton.
Call 800-Red-Cross to schedule an appointment, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.
The Kenton Wildcats avenged a regular season loss to Tiffin Columbian by beating the Tornadoes 48-45 in the Division II Sectional Final Friday night at Riverdale.
Kenton advances to District Tournament action and will play Elida Wednesday March 5 at Liberty Benton High School.
Tip off is scheduled for 6:15pm, and WKTN will carry the game live.