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Maple promoted to COTC Vice President

NEWARK – The director of the Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is being promoted to the vice president for workforce development, community affairs and extended campuses. Vicki Maple, M.Ed., will assume her new responsibilities on July 1.

“I am honored to accept this position,” said Maple. “The extended campuses are vital to the economic development of the communities in which they are located. Similarly, they are vital to developing the workforce in our region and meeting the needs of business and industries. There is a synergy in these areas, and I look forward to using my experience and the relationships we have established with community leaders and students to further execute the mission of Central Ohio Technical College, which is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area.”

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Vicki Maple - photo submitted

Maple graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Speech/Communication and Radio/Television Performance, Production and Programming, and also earned a Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership Administration at Ashland University.

In her expanded role at COTC, Maple will provide strategic leadership to all of the extended campuses to ensure their financial viability and growth. She will continue to serve as the principal liaison between the institution and business and industry, as well as to the extended campus advisory boards and groups external to the college that are instrumental to the development of each of the college’s service areas. Additionally, Maple will be responsible for community affairs that span the scope of outreach opportunities, special events and sponsorship, and public affairs. Maple will continue to direct and oversee the operations of the WDIC and LLI.

“With her new responsibilities, Vicki Maple will further explore how individuals can combine their work experience, non-credit training, and credit-eligible education to complete certificate and degree programs that meet the workforce needs of area employers in all of our campus communities,” said COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D. “I am thrilled to bring Vicki’s leadership to this area and am excited about the possibilities for expanding our outreach into the communities we value and serve.”

COTC's Knox Campus is on South Main Street in Mount Vernon.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

KnoxEats restaurant review: Door 142

 Welcome to the West by The Diversified Diner

Head ‘em up, move ‘em out.
If you enjoy country-western music, wood floor boards – complete with knot holes – and mixed drinks in a relaxed atmosphere then you’ll appreciate Door 142 Restaurant and Bar in Fredericktown. Housed on the street-level of a three story early 20th century hotel, Door 142 welcomes diners and drinkers.

Upon entering, I get a wave from a woman behind the bar. I assume we seat ourselves. Taking a table, a server greets me. She takes my order and I sit and watch the woman behind the bar feeding herself. While I enjoy a casual atmosphere, I find it unprofessional and distracting to watch an employee stab food and continually fork feed herself.

Knox Eats 3 forks

Three bar patrons chat, drink and eat. Then I notice a young child – maybe 10-years-old mingling among the bar patrons. Isn’t it against the law to allow minors in a bar? I wonder.

Country music booms in the background with, “Louisiana Saturday Night.”

Voices echo, two TVs are on, and I have a hard time hearing my dinner partner. Maybe it’s because the restaurant isn’t crowded and noise echoes.

I amuse myself with the antique décor including original doors from the once-busy hotel. Framed black and white pictures hang on the wall with barb wire. Occasionally I look down to insure the leg of my chair isn’t sinking into a large knot hole. “This could be a truck stop in Wyoming,” quips my partner.

Two adult diners amble in and take a table. She orders a Margarita. The server delivers my beverage, an Angus burger and hot, hot French fries on a large, white square plate. I eat my fries first; they’re like large crunchy planks with a soft center. Lightly salted and steaming. I love ‘em. Western songs play.

The Angus burger is piled with fresh tomato, lettuce, and onion. I take a bite and it’s a bit dry but tasty. Since there are no condiments on the table, I ask the server, “May I have ketchup and mustard?”

The large French fries nearly fill me so I ask for a take-home box for the remainder of my burger. I will enjoy it later that evening or next day.
“The desserts are good. Do you want any?” asks the server.
“I’m full. Thanks.”

She smiles and leaves, returning a short time later with my bill.

Door 142 is recycling a historic building and offering Fredericktown citizens a choice of eating establishments.

Come as you are and come after 7:00 PM when live music adds to the din.

Atmosphere: 2 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 3 Forks
Overall: 3 Forks

Door 142 exterior

Door 142 in Fredericktown - KP Photo

Exchange Club honors ACE award winners


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter


MOUNT VERNON — The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon/Knox County honored five local high school students on Friday for their efforts in overcoming adversity and obstacles in their lives.

The ACE Award (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) recognizes high school students who made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years and are now eligible for graduation. Ginny Williams, coordinator of the ACE award program, presented a certificate and $100 to Richard Mejia, Centerburg; Kathryn Carr, Danville; Nancy Avery, Fredericktown; and Megan Wolfe, Knox County Career Center. Dakota Shock, Mount Vernon, was not present but will also receive a certificate and $100.

As the overall winner, Carr also received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship. She is eligible for the district competition.

Students are nominated by their school's guidance counselor or principal, who write a short essay describing why the student is being nominated. The students also write a short essay describing events they are most proud of and their plans for the future.

In preparing for the award presentations, Williams researched each student's first name. “I found each one interesting and true to their meaning,” she said.

Mejia did not have enough credits to graduate in 2017. He, along with his counselor, Stephen Parpart, developed a plan for him to graduate in 2018. With his hard work and motivation, he achieved enough credits to graduate this year with his classmates. Parpart said he is proud of Mejia's achievements and that he made the third-quarter honor roll for the first time. Mejia plans to learn a trade at the Knox County Career Center. His name means powerful, strong and brave.

Carr overcame the loss of her father and then, a few years later, her mother. She plans to attend Knox Technical Center to learn massage therapy. Her counselor, Cynthia Durbin, said she is continually awed by Kathryn's ability to cope and commit to achieving her goals. The name Kathryn means Pure One and innocent.

Avery is proud to serve her church, school and hospital while overcoming the obstacles of diabetes. Her favorite thing to do is mentor a group of young girls at Knox Community Hospital, encouraging them to do all activities within their personal limits. She wants to give a voice to children in the foster care system and plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University this fall. Her counselor, LeeAnn Jurkowitz, said Avery is the most resilient student she has ever met. The name Nancy is the English form of Agnes and means grace, chaste and pure.

Wolfe said she is most proud that she met her goals through hard work and overcoming personal challenges. She joined the JROTC because of its focus on integrity, service before self and excellence. She plans to attend basic training in Texas for the Air National Guard; when she returns home, she plans to attend North Central State College for academics and then pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing at Ashland University. Wolfe's counselor, Beth Marhefka, wrote that she was impressed with Wolfe's hard work, high goals and determination to be a positive influence. The name Megan means a pearl.

Shock persevered after losing all of his personal belongings when his father's house burned down. He is most proud of how that experience made him a stronger person. He applied himself to his studies and sports and excelled in track. He plans to attend The Ohio State University, Newark campus, this fall. His counselor, Jacqueline Earnest, writes that she is proud of his persistence in making good decisions and encouraging other students with his desire to achieve. The name Dakota is a tribal name from the Native American Sioux and means friend.


ACE Awards 2017

The Exchange Club of Mount Vernon/Knox County presented its annual ACE Awards (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) on Friday. Each student received a certificate and $100. Pictured are, from left, Richard Mejia, Centerburg; Nancy Avery, Fredericktown; Megan Wolfe, Knox County Career Center; Kathryn Carr, Danville; and Ginny Williams, Exchange Club member and coordinator of the ACE awards. Carr also won the overall award and received a plaque and $1,000 scholarship. Not pictured: Dakota Shock, Mount Vernon High School.
Photo courtesy of Cathern Collier


MVHS Academic Booster Club honors students, awards scholarships

MOUNT VERNON - Academic awards earned by 240 MVHS students were given Monday night at the annual Academic Booster Club Awards Celebration at the Knox County Memorial Theater. Students receive the first (academic letter), second (academic achievement emblem), third (academic excellence award) and fourth awards (outstanding academic achievement) based on points accumulated for academics throughout their high school career.

In addition, the Academic Booster Club Scholarship is awarded based on student aplications demonstrating intellectual curiosity and outstanding academic excellence. A committee from the Kenyon College Admissions office selects the scholarship recipients.  This year three students were selected: Fiona Keller, Nicole Steady, and Jillian Vance.

ABC scholarship winners 2017 plus Bev Morse

From left, MVHS seniors Jillian Vance, Nicole Steady, Fiona Keller and M. Beverly Morse from Kenyon College Admissions Office - KP photo

Keller plans to study biology at Williams College. Steady will attend Kenyon College. Vance will study graphic design at MVNU.

The Academic booster Club is an all-volunteer, parent organization.  All MVHS parents are invited to participate. For more information contact [email protected] 



Red Cross recognizes local volunteers


MOUNT VERNON - The American Red Cross in Knox County held a volunteer and donor appreciation event on March 28, 2017 at the Knox County Developmental Center in the Great Room. Pizza and cookies were donated by local businesses.

The Red Cross in Knox County is a partner agency and receives support from United Way. Several of the local volunteers were honored, with special recognition going to Marie Poe, who was given the Disaster Volunteer of the Year award, and Doug Peach, who was given the I Made A Difference award.

Red Cross Dee and Becky

Dee Allerding, left, Knox County Blood Drive Volunteer of the year and Becky Glass, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Account Manager 
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Blood volunteers were also recognized with special honors being given to Dee Allerding as the Knox County Blood Drive Volunteer of the Year and Barbara Bower as an Outstanding Blood Drive Coordinator.

Milestone donors were also presented certificates and pins. The Red Cross invited donors who have contributed 10 gallons or more to the life-saving blood supply in Knox County, with the highest donor giving 31 gallons.

To schedule an appointment to give blood call 1-800-RED-CROSS OR VISIT redcrossblood.org.


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