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Shine FM is a contemporary Christian music radio station for West Central Ohio serving Champaign, Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties. The station launched May 10, 2012. We broadcast from 88.5 FM in Kenton (Hardin County) and 88.9 FM in Zanesfield (Logan County). Connect to website

Children's Laugh N Learn Childcare Center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. We are proud to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment that enables every child to grow and learn in their own unique way. We have professional staff that will ensure each child is presented with a developmentally appropriate program for their age and developmental level.

Developing communities means investing in people and their hopes and dreams for the future. By providing products and services that meet the diverse needs of our communities we're helping to provide a social and economic foundation for achieving affordable housing, productive small businesses and culturally vibrant communities.


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Sheldon Gas Company of  Dunkirk, Ohio  is a family owned and operated business spanning five generations of Sheldon family members.  A natural gas distribution company, it serves 1375 customers and operates 47 miles of pipeline in Dunkirk, Dola, Forest, Vanlue, and Kenton.

On September 1, 1914, the Bert L. Sheldon Company opened for business to supply gas to the residents and businesses of Dunkirk.  Upon Bert’s death 1956, his son, Russell H. Sheldon, assumed ownership.  By this time, the demand for natural gas in the Dunkirk and surrounding area had risen to a point where the original local wells could no longer keep up.  Therefore, in September 1956, under the name Sheldon Gas Company, local gas lines were connected to lines operated by the Ohio Fuel Company to meet the increased demand.  Russell operated the company until 1970 then sold it to his son, Bert Sheldon.

The business experienced a great deal of growth and expansion under Bert’s leadership including the purchase of two other gas companies, Forest in 1970 and Vanlue in 1976, the building of the company’s current headquarters in 1980, and the expansion of lines near Kenton in 1988.  During his time running the company, Bert was assisted by his wife and business partner, Martha (Spearman) Sheldon.  Bert and Martha operated the business until their retirement in 1998 when they passed the business on to their nephew and current owner, Richard Walden.

Richard has worked at the company since he was a young boy and became full time after his high school graduation. Richard is married to Dr. Lisa Walden, who is a professor at Ohio Northern University and they have one daughter Lindsay. Lindsay is 2015 graduate of Ada High school, and currently junior at Ohio Northern majoring in management and will be the  fifth generation owner, upon Richard’s retirement.

Throughout its 103 years, Sheldon Gas Company has been an active and supportive member of the communities and schools it serves, especially its hometown of Dunkirk and it’s resident school Hardin Northern.  The business has enjoyed sponsoring countless town festivals, athletic teams, athletic events, community service projects, and school activities.


Community First Bank, N.A. was founded in 1904 and the bank was then known as the First National Bank....

Community First Bank, N.A. was founded in 1904 and the bank was then known as the First National Bank of Forest.  In 1981 the bank opened a branch in the neighboring community of Kenton and in 2002 a branch was opened in Upper Sandusky. We are a locally owned, controlled, family oriented bank, dedicated to providing a safe, secure, competitive source of financial services to the residents of our community, small businesses and family farms in the markets we serve.
We take pride in the fact that we are a locally owned community bank where deposits stay local and are reinvested back into the community. Our customers can speak to a local lender who can make the decision for your financing needs.  Stop or call any office today, we are here to serve you.
CFB continues to receive the 5 Star Rating from Bauer Financial.  This is the highest rating a bank can receive for safety and soundness.  We will continue to provide our customers with quality service and products.

Humble Bros. Construction was originally founded in 1946 however in 1947 Tracy Humble became the sole owner in the company. In the 1940’s Humble Construction Co. was primarily a residential contractor. In the early 1970’s Tracy’s only son, Terry, graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and rejoined the company full time. Upon Tracy’s retirement in 1980, Terry became president and over the years he saw a lot of opportunity in various markets and began to shift the company’s focus from residential to commercial/industrial construction. Today, there is a 3rd generation, Terry’s son, Lance has joined the company carrying on his family’s legacy. Lance is the current President. In 2010 Humble Construction expanded to a second office in Columbus, Ohio and in 2015 we expanded to a third office in Findlay, Ohio. No matter what your commercial/industrial project may be, Steel Fabrication, Steel Erection, Industrial Pit Construction, Concrete, Renovations, Demolition or Design-Build, with over 70 Years in the Construction Industry, Humble Construction Co. is committed to “Quality” and “Outstanding Service”.


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Root Lumber has a history deeply rooted in Hardin County

Since opening our doors in 1921, it has been our commitment to provide the surrounding area with quality work and services at affordable rates.


In 1921, Paul & Don Root purchased the Callam Lumber Company in Kenton. They operated the business as Root Brothers, until 1924, when Don sold his interest to W E King. The business was known as Root King until 1940, when Paul assumed full ownership and changed the name to Root Lumber Company. Willard Root joined his father in the firm in 1947. His son, Paul joined the family business in 1978. In 1982, a new office building was completed to house an extensive line of plumbing and electrical supplies. A Renter Center was added later. Paul’s son, Chip joined the family business in 2006.

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University has a 94 percent job and graduate school placement rate. Our long-standing success is partly because of excellent professors, partly because of ambitious students, and partly because we’ve always been rooted in the future. At ONU, students move toward a career long before they graduate–and the successes of our alumni prove it. With top-ranked programs and opportunities outside the classroom, any path a student chooses at ONU will be grounded in concrete applications for the future.


The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level in everything they do.


ONU has a rich history of academic excellence, and we’re always evolving to meet society’s ever-changing needs. We’ve most recently been recognized for teaching quality, high graduation rates, commitment to volunteer service and, most impressively, providing a high return on investment for our graduates.


Ohio Northern values excellence, innovation, technology, diversity and our people. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, our students get lots of personal attention from professors who are passionate about teaching and mentoring. In fact, our more than 210 full-time faculty members bring extensive academic, work, travel and life experience to their classrooms.


Our scenic, safe and modern campus rests on nearly 342 acres in the village of Ada, Ohio. Our location provides a small-town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus. Ada offers an array of restaurants, shopping and culture.


Students can choose from a variety of campus activities, including more than 200 student organizations; four national sororities and five national fraternities; fine arts, music, and theatrical events; and intramural and club sports. Residence hall living is an integral part of the educational program and contributes to a student’s personal development. There are nine residence halls on campus as well as eight campus apartment complexes and an Affinity Housing complex.

The ONU Polar Bears compete successfully at the NCAA Division III level in 23 varsity sports as part of the highly respected Ohio Athletic Conference. ONU has 12 men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and wrestling) and 11 women’s teams (basketball, cross-country, fast-pitch softball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball).






The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio has served the local community for more than 128 years and is the oldest financial institution in Hardin County.  We opened our doors in 1888 at 112 N. Detroit Street where WKTN radio station is now and later moved a couple of doors away to 116 N. Detroit Street where we were located for nearly 70 years.  In 1965 our present location at 116 East Franklin Street was constructed with several additions to the building made over the years.

In June of last year we launched a rebranding of the bank to “HSLC”. Although the official name has not changed the bank has evolved over the years into more than a home lender by offering all types of deposit accounts and various types of lending products including agriculture loans, commercial loans, leases, automobile loans.  We also offer other services such as insurance and wealth management products so the rebranding to HSLC was a logical progression. 

Along with the rebranding our new tag line “Infinite Opportunities” is a true reflection of the direction of the bank.  We are proud to be a community bank and our rebranding process shows the commitment the bank has to Kenton and Hardin County.

Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative located in Kenton. Its mission is to provide safe, affordable, and reliable power to its members and communities. In 2016, Mid-Ohio Energy celebrated more than 80 years of local service.


The cooperative has two offices (with its headquarters in Kenton and a district office in Marion) and serves approximately 8,200 members across 1,330 miles of electric distribution line with territory in parts of 10 central-Ohio counties. A nine-member board of trustees governs the operation of the co-op. The board is democratically elected by the membership each year.


In addition to providing its members with affordable and reliable service, Mid-Ohio Energy sets itself apart from typical utilities through a strong "commitment to community". Each year, Mid-Ohio Energy’s Community Fund contributes around $40,000 to help local organizations. Youth scholarships are awarded to students each spring, and the co-op sponsors an annual Youth Tour trip to Washington D.C.. Free live electric line safety demonstrations are available to first responders and the public.


In late-August of 2016, Mid-Ohio Energy opened its brand new headquarters facility in Kenton. The 30,600-square-foot facility was designed to provide security and communications enhancements with easier access to equipment and inventory-- especially during critical storm situations.


The new location provides the cooperative with a modern space that is equipped to serve members and the community well into the future. The building highlights energy-efficient building practices such as geothermal heating & cooling, and new lighting technology paired with strategic use of natural lighting. A state-of-the-art meeting room is available to be used by local nonprofit organizations and community groups.


For more information about Mid-Ohio Energy, visit the cooperative's website at


Liberty National Bank

Liberty National Bank has been serving local residents since it was founded in 1893.  Initially formed in Ada, its legacy includes another Hardin County location in Kenton, Bellefontaine North and Bellefontaine South in Logan County, Marysville in Union County, and announcing the new Westerville Loan Production office in Franklin County.

At Liberty, customers enjoy benefits like a relationship-based banking experience, superior customer service, and the pride that comes with reinvesting in one’s community. Community banking at Liberty means fast, local decisions on everything; seeing the same knowledgeable, friendly employees year after year; being greeted by name; and an unwavering focus on the needs of local families, businesses, and farmers. And don’t forget free popcorn on Fridays!

Because Liberty National Bank is locally owned and operated, it’s more responsive to the needs of residents and tailors services accordingly. Community banks understand the concerns of their community. They can communicate with and relate to their customers. Customers also get tangible benefits from choosing a community bank like Liberty—like the fact that your money stays in your own area.

Liberty’s tradition of client care has given rise to a promise and Vision of “A Customer For Life.” The Bank makes it easy for customers to stay loyal because there’s no need for them to go elsewhere. As a full-service bank, Liberty offers both personal and business financial products and services. That includes the absolute latest technology designed to enhance and protect your finances. Some of these products include

Remote Deposit Anywhere, which allows you to take a picture of your check and deposit it into your Liberty National Bank account and smsGuardian Fraud Detection Service, which alerts you by text message about possible fraudulent card use. Liberty is also part of the MoneyPass Network, a system that offers tens of thousands of surcharge-free ATMs coast to coast. So no matter where you live, work, and travel, it’s

very likely that you can access your cash without a fee. Liberty National Bank also specializes in helping out business clients through small business and agricultural lending.

Liberty National Bank and its employees don’t give lip service to a community-oriented philosophy; they give considerable time and money. In fact, the list of local events and organizations that bank employees support is longer than the list of staff members! Between them, Liberty’s 60 employees are involved in over 90 community activities.

The Bank itself also puts its money where its mouth is. As an organization, one of Liberty’s most important—but least publicized—values is supporting local groups and events. If a homegrown project is benefiting residents, it’s likely Liberty is involved!


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OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit acute care facility located in Kenton, Ohio, has been providing quality health care to residents of Hardin County and surrounding communities for more than 60 years. In December of 2002, Hardin Memorial was designated as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). This designation is awarded to select small, rural hospitals and allows them to receive cost-based reimbursement for services provided to Medicare patients. 
With a staff of over 200, the hospital is able to provide acute and short-term skilled care, a full range of outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services utilizing state-of-the-art technology, rehabilitation and physical therapy services, as well as numerous community programs and services. The 24-hour emergency department is staffed by nurses and physicians specially trained in emergency care. Hardin Memorial also offers the convenience of a multi-specialty center in which a variety of specialists are able to treat and diagnose patients locally.
Hardin Memorial has been a member hospital of OhioHealth since 1992, and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. As a part of a developing community-based health care system, the hospital provides the needed services or links residents to services not available in the county.

For more information about the hospital and its services click here.




Robinson Fin Machines, Inc.

Since 1983, Robinson Fin Machines has been successfully meeting the growing demand for quality folded fin products for the aerospace, automotive, audio equipment electronics and medical equipment industries.  
Located in Kenton, Ohio, the company manufactures “fin” - folded metal parts capable of transferring heat to or from gases or liquids that pass through its folds. The company’s fin is on the cutting edge in heat-transfer technology with diverse and impressive applications, including the International Space Station, fighter jets, Pizza Hut ovens, NASCAR race cars, Dell computers, Sea Wolf nuclear class submarines and BMW car seats just to name a few. 
These various industries, throughout the world, have come to depend on Robinson Fin Machines’ quality folded fin conforming to ISO-9001, short lead times and competitive pricing.
Strategically located in a modern 40,000 sq. ft. facility, in an easily accessed industrial area in Northwest Ohio, Robinson Fin Machines has the technical experience and personnel/equipment resources to meet a variety of folded fin product needs, including prototype quantities developed with minimal lead time and nominal cost.
A three-generation company, Robinson Fin operates with family-oriented work ethics and values that started with Fred and Ruth Haushalter.  
Fred Haushalter was a mechanical engineer who became close friends and collaborator with James Robinson, who invented the fin machine.  Fred helped James to improve the machine’s design and when Robinson passed away in 1983, his widow sold the business and patent to Fred and Ruth.  At that time, they changed the core business from selling fin machines to manufacturing and selling the fin itself. Fred passed away in 1993, and his wife, Ruth Haushalter assumed control of the company.
Even though Ruth had always served as the company president, she had to guide Robinson Fin through a transition that could have been devastating to the business and its employees. Ruth didn’t back down, even though there were few women-owned manufacturing companies at the time.  Ruth’s skills and determination produced a thriving business to share with her children.  Ruth recently passed away in 2015, but the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Fred and Ruth continue on with the leadership and success of their children, Sheryl (Haushalter) Sopher, David Haushalter and Mark Haushalter and grandchildren. 
For more information about the company and its products, please visit   

David Haushalter - Vice President Sales & Marketing
and Sheryl (Haushalter) Sopher - President

Mark Haushalter - Vice President Manufacturing & Engineering


Buckeye Machine Fabricators - Monthly Member Spotlight

In 2014, Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc. celebrated their 40th year anniversary of its automated industrial equipment business and manufacturing facility in Forest, Ohio.
In 1974, Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc. was incorporated and a new 5500 sq. ft. facility was built.  What started out as a small machine shop has evolved into a complex manufacturing facility that designs and builds automated industrial solutions, robotic systems, and precision machined parts.  The modern, well equipped facility now has over 80,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and office space.  
“Our continued success has been driven by our workforce,” said Neal Boyd, Vice President of Operations.  “Over the past 40 years, we have developed a very diverse customer base who has entrusted us for our innovative ideas, quality workmanship, competitive price, and on-time delivery.”
For the last 40 years Buckeye Machine has continued to reinvest in the business with the purchase of machinery, the expansion of the facilities, and the commitment to leading edge technology.  Buckeye Machine has also been an avid supporter to the local community through continued charitable donations and community projects.  
“As the President and Owner of Buckeye Machine Fabricators, I am both honored and grateful in having reached such a milestone”, said D. Ray Marshall.  “I am very thankful for great employees and the support of my loving wife Nancy and my family, without which I would not have been afforded the opportunity to spend my life pursuing my dreams and growing Buckeye Machine into the business it has become.  After several expansions in recent years and the purchase of additional acreage, we are now in a position to expand our output, increase our workforce, and activate a 10 year plan that will allow for continued growth and expansion to our product line and facilities.  I am very excited to see what the next decade brings for Buckeye Machine as it reaches its golden anniversary in 2024.  Thank you to all of our customers, employees, and local community for making this possible.”
About Buckeye Machine
Buckeye Machine is a premier supplier of specialized automated equipment and precision-machined parts.  Our experienced staff can take your project from the design stage through completion.  If you are just looking for some help along the way, we can also provide the services you need whether it be fabrication, mechanical or electrical design, refurbishing, custom machining or painting.  We utilize the latest in technology and robotics to make our customers’  projects a reality all the while maintaining the highest levels of quality and customer service.

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