Featured News Archives for 2016-11

November 19, 2016

Area students will begin training for jobs in the near future which may not be fully developed today.

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Superintendent Rick Smith reported to the Hardin County Economic and Community Development Committee Friday morning that within two years his school will begin offering classes in smart technology.

It will be an opportunity for students to be on the cutting edge of self-driving automotive and drone technology which will be unique worldwide.

There are plans in place for development of the technology to be tested on U.S. 33 between Dublin and Bellefontaine, using the Transportation Research Center located between Bellefontaine and Marysville.

Hi-Point enrolls students in Union, Logan, Champaign and Hardin counties, he noted.

There will be need for people to design and develop sensors, switches and communication devices for the project to track the automated vehicles.

“This is a large project,” said Smith after the session.

“It will involve TRC, Ohio State, Michigan, ODOT, Carnegie-Mellon and more. This is a chance for students to help lay the foundation for a whole new job market.”

Cars are already being developed with lane sensors and automatic braking systems, he noted.

It has been predicted that within 15 years, most cars on the highway will be automatically driven.

“This is one of the few places in the world where we could expand the models and develop these type of jobs,” Smith said.

Students in the new program will be able to earn college credits and train for highly marketable careers, he said.

The school will be investing $1.5 million in remodeling classroom space for the smart technology and animal science programs, he said.

Hi-Point is also looking to return some of the courses which had been discontinued, said the superintendent, including HVAC and environmental.

There is also work being done to introduce an applied manufacturing class.

The career center has established satellite programs in 12 of the 14 districts served by Ohio Hi-Point, including one in Kenton and Upper Scioto Valley.

The satellite programs allows students to consider career decisions at a much earlier age with some enrolled in seventh or eighth grades.

Smith said there also are plans at Hi-Point to expand the internship programs to allow for more students to get hands-on training at area businesses.

The program has increased this year from 20 to 35 students with plans within five years to have 100 interns working through the school’s program.

He encouraged the business owners at Friday’s meeting to video the jobs done at their facilities to give the Hi-Point students more of an idea of the type of work they would be doing.

There has been an emphasis this year on expanding and better training the county’s work force, said Jon Cross, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and Economic Development Director.

All county schools are offering internship programs, said Cross.

“Next we need to talk to parents and convince them things have changed in education since they were in school,” he said.

The added training is another example of the good economic news for the county, said Cross.

He noted there are 300 workers based out office located on the former Rockwell lot who are overseeing the installation of a Marathon pipeline through the area.

The workers are making an impact on local restaurants and hotels, said Cross.

There also has been news of EverPower signing an agreement to provide power to Amazon and install $300 million in wind turbines in 2017, said Cross.

Two other wind developers are in the process of setting up units in the county, he noted.

“There could be $1 billion invested in the county over ten years,” he said.

Development and expansion plans also were shared as the business owners went around the breakfast table in a discussion.

Hardin Memorial Hospital is planning to add an oncology department and expand telemedicine technology to bring the best “medical expertise throughout Ohio to Hardin County,” said Crystal Scott, Director of Nursing at HMH.

Thomas and Marker Construction Co. will be building the new department.

“All of this really helps our community,” said Cross.

November 19, 2016


ADA — It would be difficult to not notice Andrea Adams-Miller in a room full of people and she counts on that.

It is part of the message she has delivered across the United States and around the world.

It is also what she wanted to tell the young women from throughout Hardin County as the keynote speaker for the First Annual Women Empowerment Conference in Ada on Friday.

Adams-Miller. who calls Findlay home, is a successful publicist with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

In recent months, she has traveled to London, Paris and Cairo.

At each stop, she wears a bright red dress which represents her outgoing nature.

It wasn’t always that way, she told the high school juniors and seniors who took part in the conference.

She grew up an only child and a lonely child, Adams-Miller said.

She had few friends except the books she read constantly.

She concentrated on perfection in school and when an illness caused her to take home a C and a D on her report card in the eighth grade, she was devastated.

“I thought seriously about killing myself,” she recalled.

“I wanted to be done, but then I realized it was going to be OK.”

She said a poem by Shel Silverstein helped save her life and encouraged her to believe in herself again.

As a plus-size woman, she said, people judged her and her response was to wear black to mask her size.

“I wanted to wear red, but I didn’t because I wanted to blend in and look like everyone else,” she said.

But when she first appeared in public in bright red, the response surprised her.

People saw her in a new way and told her how beautiful she looked.

Red became part of her new message and she named her new company the Red Carpet Connection.

“I am proud of who I am,” said Adams-Miller.

“I walk past a mirror and say to myself, ‘Man, I look good.’”

It really doesn’t matter what people look like to the world, she said.

The important thing is how they look to themselves.

“People have their opinions. If they are not my child or my mother, why do I care what they think of me?” she asked.

“Try to be selling yourself all the time. Let people know what you bring to the table and to the world.”

Find something you enjoy, she told the girls, and make a niche for yourself and share that talent.

Yet even if that plan leads to success, said Adams-Miller, there still will be difficult times.

“You will still have crazy days and the only one who can get you out of it is yourself,” she told them.

To cope with those hard times, said Adams-Miller, she has adopted a mantra.

“I tell myself, ‘All’s OK, Andrea. Everything works out for you. It always does,’” she said.

“Find your own mantra … Honor yourself so you make good decisions.”

November 22, 2016

The 30th annual Christmas Around the Square Craft Fair will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hardin County Courthouse in downtown Kenton.

Sponsored by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, the event will feature three floors filled with arts, crafts, and home party dealers. The Kenton High School Top 20 will perform holiday music at 9:30 a.m. Homemade food will be provided by the Hardin County Homemakers.

The annual basket auction will begin at 11 a.m. in Veteran’s Hall in the courthouse. It will feature 27 baskets with some truly unique containers. As always, they are filled with beautiful gift items, and various gift certificates from local businesses.

For more information on this event contact the Alliance at 419-673-4131 or alliance@hccba.com.

The basket auction will feature:

Ada Technologies – “Christmas Wreath.” Carol Slane Florist in Ada has created a beautiful wreath to decorate your own home or as a gift for someone else’s. Gold berries, gold pinecones and gold tipped leaves adorn this wreath along with a green, red and gold bow and ribbon that runs throughout.

Century 21 Sunway Realty – “Snow Capped Icicles.” This snowcapped, lighted crystal castle sits in the snow covered forest with a lighted snowcapped pine tree and lighted deer looking over the castle. Frosty the Snowman guards the front door to this enchanting display. Deer and tree are lit with AAA batteries and the castle has AAA batteries, plus can be plugged in directly.

Chris’s Country Cabin – “Rustic Reindeer Sleigh.” This metal sleigh features a reindeer with a festive plaid scarf around his neck. The inside is filled with greenery, red berries, a scent warmer with “Mistletoe Kiss” warmer cubes, a “Candy Cane Cappuccino” candle from Swan Creek Candle Company and a snowman ornament.

Community First Bank – “Snowman Lantern.” A festive red lantern with red berries hanging on the handle. Nestled inside standing on white berries is a snowman with a black hat and red, green and white scarf.

Domino’s Pizza – “Family Fun Night.” This is the perfect basket for a cold winter night at home. Included are the games, Trouble, UNO, and Pictionary, coupons for pizza, cheesy bread, and brownies and boxes of M&M’s, Skittles and Reece’s Pieces.

First Citizens National Bank – “Jingle all the Way to First Citizens National Bank.” A cute basket to keep for yourself or give as a gift. It includes 2 First Citizens coffee mugs filled with candy, jingle bell ornaments, 4 State coin collections, Jingle all the Way Pillow, Jingle all the Way picture, 2 First Citizens pens, 2 jingle pens, 2 note pads, 2 jingle candleholders and $30 in Chamber Gold Gift Certificates.

Hardin County Elected Officials – “We Are In For A Ride.” Our county officials have put together an old-fashioned sled decorated with greenery, ribbon and glitter stuffed full of gift cards from Martins Meat Mart in Forest, Domino’s, Subway, Viva Maria Restaurant in Ada, Bob Evans and Burger King.

Hempy Water Conditioning Inc. – “Christmas Lantern.” Hempy’s has put together an adorable house-shaped lantern all decked out for winter. Inside is a candle, a sled, snow covered pinecones and frosty logs tied up with rope and a cute little snowman peeking out from the greenery. On top is more greenery, pinecones and tied up logs.

Heritage Cooperative – “Jack Frost.” A wire basket filled with 3 frosted tea light holders (battery tea lights included). A frosted snowman and tree along with Jack Frost table runner. The snowman is wearing a sapphire necklace and diamond ring to frost that special loved one this holiday season.

HSLC – “A Christmas Classic.” Settle in for the evening and fix yourself a mug of hot chocolate, take your pick of assorted theatre candy, open a tin of popcorn and snuggle up with your soft snowflake throw. Once you are all warm and cozy treat yourself to any one of the 5 classic old movies included in this basket. Also included is a $50 HSLC Visa gift card for holiday spending enjoyment.

Iron Fit Gym – “Iron Fit Christmas.” A great gift for yourself or for that fitness buff on your Christmas list. A gym bag is filled with an assortment of things including a 6 month membership, coupons for fitness shakes and snacks, a water bottle, jump rope, elastic exercise bands, an Iron Fit t-shirt and a notebook to keep track of all your workouts in your quest to be more fit in 2017.

Keep Hardin County Beautiful – “Gardener’s Delight.” Everything needed for all those gardeners on your list. Basket includes a box of Febreeze scented trash bags, Miracle Grow Gardening book, decorative tin, Thanksgiving decorative bucket, $45 in gift certificates from New Leaf, $15 in gift certificates from Ace Hardware, an antique wash tub and antique garden snippers.

Kenton Nursing & Rehabilitation – “Holiday Wagon.” This adorable red wagon is ready to welcome everyone in for the holidays. Inside is a smiling snowman all dressed up for the cold and a round candle holder with a battery operated candle.

Ladies of the Alliance – “Church Bells are Ringing.” Santa is standing in the snow ringing his bell outside these two pretty lighted churches with a snow covered tree to the side. This winter scene is sitting on a tall wire basket that could easily be repurposed for a plant stand in the spring.

Liberty National Bank – “A Primitive Christmas.” A five-foot rustic distressed wood tree which lights up and decorated with greenery, raffia, wrapped twigs, berries, bells and a primitive looking star with a bell at the top. Great for those smaller homes with no room for a big tree.

Little Chicago Room – “Cocktail Hour.” A chalkboard beverage tub, shaker, jig, bamboo coasters, martini set, martini glasses, chocolates, olives, mixers and a cocktail towel.

Men of the Alliance – “The Pampered Man.” Start your pampering experience in downtown Kenton with a one-hour massage from Therapeutic Touch and a complimentary bottle of Hempz body lotion from Tiki Tanz, followed by a manly manicure and pedicure from the Element Salon & Spa. Enjoy a new pair of Toms Brogue loafers, accompanied by four pair of stylish socks provided by Twirl. Then stop over at Ths. Jitterz Coffee Company for a fresh cop of joe with your new mug. You can talk on your new bluetooth device provided by Radio Hospital/Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer. Travel to Mt. Victory to get a free oil-change, compliments of Nelson Auto Group. In Ada you will be offered a private tour of the Wilson football factory, receiving a football made for Super Bowl LI . While in town, you can also enjoy court-side seats to an Ohio Northern University men’s or women’s basketball game, wearing your ONU Polar Bear gear. Then enjoy dinner with a gift card from Viva Maria’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant, wearing a new tie and scarf from Reichert’s Clothing Store, as well as a bottle of wine from locally owned Rose Acres. To top off the night, enjoy a sip of bourbon and fresh wrapped cigars before checking-in for an overnight stay at the Inn at Ohio Northern University.

New Leaf Landscape and Garden Center – “Burlap, Berries & Bows.” This 42-inch burlap tree is decorated with a Christmas topper of pine, snow covered berries and twigs, and a red and white country checked bow. Battery operated seed lights accent this topper. This tree is a 2-for-1. The tree topper is interchangeable with a topper of ivy, berries, twigs and a tea stained stars and stripes bow.

Ohio Health Hardin Memorial Hospital – “Christmas Lantern.” A red lantern with 3 candles inside and the top decorated with greenery, red berries and pinecones. Comes with a $50 Chamber Gold Gift Certificate.

Plaza Inn – “Basket of Goodies.” This basket is filled with an apple pie candle, a jar of the Plaza’s Strawberry Apple Spread, a pie shaped potpourri container, 3 battery operated tea light candles, a small decorative dish and teapot, a decorative bottle for your favorite lotion and a $25 gift certificate to the Plaza Inn.

Quest Federal Credit Union – “Warm & Cozy Elegance.” This elegant little chair would be a perfect addition to your home this holiday season. A beautiful cozy throw and sparkly pillow with a festive silver holiday bow round out this item from Quest.

Radio Hospital – “Frosty Nights and Snowy Days.” This rectangular crate is painted green across the front with the quote “I love frosty nights, snowy days and warm hearts.” Inside mixed among the greenery, pine cones, bells and snowman Radio Hospital has included a selfie stick, a cell phone, $15 gift certificate, Bluetooth headphones, and a couple stylus pens.

Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home- “Light of the Season.” This lighted candle lantern is reminiscent of days gone by. The black lantern is embellished with greenery, red berries, and plaid ribbon. A cream colored, battery operated candle adds the perfect glow to welcome in the Christmas season.

Tiki Tanz, LLC – “Christmas at the Beach.” You’ll feel like you’re at the beach even if you aren’t with this basket of goodies from Tiki Tanz. Included in this beach tote are a beach towel, sunglasses, flip flops, tanning lotion, Swedish Beauty Sweet Escape Bronzer, moisturizers, water bottle, stickers, lip smoothie, t-shirts and a Tiki Tanz gift certificate for one month super unlimited tanning.

United Way – “Fifty Years of United Way.” Celebrating its 50-year anniversary, the United Way has put together a basket filled with everything but the kitchen sink! Included is a Christmas door decoration, 4 tickets to any performance throughout the season at the Freed Center, a candle centerpiece, a woman’s and man’s gold watches, a large red tote, 2 cookbooks, 4 tins of Boy Scout popcorn, a box of Lindt chocolates, an Oral B electric toothbrush with extra heads, a cross wall decoration, a gold woven bowl, a jar of change, 3 Subway gift cards, Mulled Cider assorted size candles, a Panera Bread gift card, $25 YMCA gift certificate and a Chamber Gold Gift Certificate.

Universal Home Health – “Holiday Buffet.” Enjoy the holidays with this charming antique buffet. With its worn black paint and rustic feel it will appeal to the eye wherever it is placed, either in the home as a furniture piece, or on the front porch as an outside decoration. Decorated with glowing greenery, accented with silver bells and burlap bows, this is sure to bring the holiday feel to your home.

US Bank – “Snowman & His Christmas Tree.” An old Kenton Bottling Works crate with a candy cane ornament on the front is just the beginning of this cute creation by Chris’s Country Cabin. A burlap snowman stands beside his Christmas tree surrounded by greenery, pine cones, berries, twigs, a battery operated candle, a small wrapped present and a rustic star rounds out the mix.