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Knox County Children Services receives grants

MOUNT VERNON – The Knox County Department of Job & Family Services’ Children Services Division has received two grants in the amount of $5,000 each through the Ariel Foundation and The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The grants will be used to provide funding for Foster Parent recruitment and retention.

The objective of the newly reorganized Foster/Adopt program through the local DJFS is to provide more quality foster homes for the children in the agency’s care. Knox County has seen a significant increase in the number of children who require care outside of their own homes. Contributing factors for the increase include increasing stresses on families, especially the increased incidence of alcohol and drug addiction cases.

“We’re thankful for the financial support of the foundations of our outreach efforts,” said Matthew Kurtz, KCDJFS Director. “We hope that many concerned citizens will partner with us in the care of these innocent victims of abuse and neglect. Every child deserves a safe and stable home that encourages his or her future success.”

Knox County DJFS will be hosting free training starting April 22 for anyone interested in serving their community as a foster parent. For more information about the agency’s foster program or to register for the training, call Kristin Seveigny at 740-399-3054.

Local business: Chamber events planned throughout March

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Chamber of Commerce has released a list of public events for the month of March.

On Thursday, March 9th at 9:00 a.m. a free presentation will be given by Tonya Boucher-Gallagher from Woodforest National Bank on “Tax Planning”. After completing this module, the participants will be able to; predict their businesses’ federal, state and local tax liabilities, prepare for tax obligations and establish proper accounts, obtain the proper licenses for their business, and more.

The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge grand re-opening and Ribbon Cutting will take place on March 17th beginning at 5:00pm, come check out the newly remodeled restaurant located at 116 S Main St. Mount Vernon.

e-Merge Real Estate and Property Management will hold a Ribbon Cutting and an Open House on March 22nd from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The Ribbon Cutting will take place at 5:15pm. e-Merge Real Estate is located at 110 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon (the iCare Vision building, lower level).

Come meet the new owners of Mid-Ohio Suzuki, Dave and Carol Ewart, on March 31st through April 1st for a 2-day grand re-opening event. A Ribbon Cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, March 31st at 12:00pm. The 2-Day Open House hours are: Friday, March 31st from 9:00am until 5:30pm Saturday, April 1st from 9:00am until 4:00pm

RSVP for events online by visiting www.KnoxChamber.com. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 400 South Gay Street in Mount Vernon, Ohio, serving all of Knox County.

Fredericktown welcomes Goodwill Plus Store at grand opening

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

FREDERICKTOWN - The third Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries store in Knox County opened Friday morning with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuting, door prizes, free lunch and deals on new and used merchandise.  A large crowd turned out on a cold, blustery morning to shop at the additional retail option dubbed Goodwill Plus at 16482 Village Parkway.

Vice President of Communications Lisa Baker told KnoxPages.com that the store provides 12 permanent jobs, 18 work there now. She said the company had been looking to expand in the area.  Mount Vernon has two Goodwill stores. "The community has welcomed us with open arms," said Baker.  

Baker also said the store "thrives on donated items" but they do sell new items based on needs of the community.

Goodwill shoppers

 

Goodwill Plus shoppers check out the bargains Friday morning in Fredericktown - KP Photo by Marty Trese 

FCFD awarded State Fire Marshal grant for radios

FCFD awarded State Fire Marshal grant for radios

The Fredericktown Community Fire District recently was awarded $28,722.04 in grant funds from the State Fire Marshal’s Office for the purchase of MARCS radio equipment and service fees. In total through the grant the FCFD will receive two additional mobile radios, nine portable radios, spare batteries, a bank radio charger, and all required costs of equipment for installation. The grant requires no local financial match from the fire district.

“The department is very appreciative to have been awarded this grant. The items that this grant funds will greatly enhance our communication capabilities in some of our specialized vehicles that we were previously unable to outfit, and to further personal communication capabilities,” said FCFD Chief Scott Mast.

This grant will allow the FCFD to install a mobile radio into its rescue boat and firefighting ATV to improve incident communications. Portable radios will be assigned to apparatus to ensure incident command and line firefighters have sufficient communication as needed. The fire district was provided with MARCS radio equipment through a regional grant last year, however this will further meet needs of the department.

“We strive to seek out and work for grants that benefit our firefighters, which in turn ultimately benefits the citizens we serve,” said FCFD Public Information Officer Jason Bostic. “We have seen great success in grants that allow us to provide some of the finest equipment possible at low to no cost.”

In 2016, fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies in Knox County transitioned to the MARCS radio system that uses a network of digital radio towers and networked infrastructure throughout the State of Ohio. The system allows a greater interoperability between agencies and over a much longer distance.

State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers announced on Thursday morning that the FCFD was one of 165 departments awarded from 25 counties in throughout the state. In total, this grant provided $3 million in equipment to promote better communication between agencies around Ohio.

“The operational costs associated to communications are continuing to increase with the advancements in technology. Securing a grant such as this helps ease the financial burden in conjunction with improving the overall safety of our firefighters,” said Chief Mast.

The Fredericktown Community Fire District operates from two stations within the 115 square mile district in northwest Knox County. Fire and rescue services are provided by a team of 25 firefighters with varying levels of experience from the basic 36-hour to the 240-hour professional firefighter certification

March Madness: resources available for problem gambling

MOUNT VERNON -  With March upon us, Knox County residents look forward to warmer weather, St. Patrick’s Day, and filling out their March Madness brackets. March is also known for another important reason: it’s Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Gambling opportunities have grown in Ohio with casinos and racinos (race tracks with video lottery terminals) opening across the state. In addition, residents can play the lottery, bingo and daily fantasy sports.

In Knox County, Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties and Pathways of Central Ohio have joined the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) in sharing information so that community residents, parents and young people understand what responsible gambling looks like and what to do when gambling stops being fun and starts to become a problem.

What are some signs of problem gambling?

*Bragging about winning, exaggerating wins and/or minimizing losses.
*Spending a lot of time gambling, thinking about or planning to gamble.
*Restless or irritable when not gambling.
*Borrowing for gambling.
*Hiding time spent gambling or hiding bills and unpaid debts.
*Lying about how much time or money is spent on gambling.


“Although a small percentage of people will develop a gambling addiction, those few people who develop a gambling addiction may cause pain and damage to numerous lives,” explained Kay Spergel, Executive Director at Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties. “We make sure that quality services are available for prevention of problem gambling and for treatment when it is needed. Problem Gambling Awareness Month helps us get the word out.”

A number of resources are now available for people faced with problem gambling behavior in themselves or a family member. Pathways of Central Ohio’s 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline offers referrals for gambling treatment in Knox County, as well as help with other concerns that can be impacted by gambling, such as housing, food, employment, financial counseling, etc.

If you believe that someone you love has a gambling problem, some simple steps can get a conversation started:

* Talk in a comfortable, private place where you won't be disturbed or distracted.
* Keep it simple and straightforward; focus on your concern for the person and behavior.
* Be specific about how the behavior is affecting others.
* Be clear about expectations.
* Allow the person to respond, and listen without passing judgment.

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties and Pathways have partnered to offer a website, playitsafeohio.org, that has resources available including safe gambling tips and where to get help.

For more information about problem gambling services in Knox County, contact Pathways of Central Ohio any time of day at 2-1-1 or 1-800-544-1601. You may also text your zip code to 898211 to reach Pathways from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Calls and texts are confidential.

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