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Danville welcomes new K-9 officer

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

DANVILLE –The Danville Police Department is still recovering from the devastating loss of Officer Tom Cottrell in January but is moving forward and has welcomed a new K-9 member to its ranks. A Belgian Malinois, named T.C. for Officer Cottrell, has been assigned to work with Sgt. Chad Lishness. Donations from the Danville community made it possible for T.C. to join the department. 

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Sgt. Chad Lishness with his new K-9 partner T.C. - KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

T.C. was born in Germany three years ago and was trained by Storm Dog Tactical of Sunbury. Sgt. Lishness says T.C. can track guns and narcotics and search buildings, vehicles, and apprehend suspects. T.C. can also make children smile as he did on a recent visit to the Mount Vernon YMCA.  

When asked how the morale of the department is now several months after the death of Officer Cottrell  Sgt. Lishness said, “We are finally getting things to be positive again. We’re not going away, we’re going to stand and help everybody out when they need help.”

The DPD has three full-time officers and three auxiliary officers, plus two K-9’s. The veteran police dog in the department is Lasko who works with Chief Dan Weckesser.  Lasko is due to retire within the next few months. 

BJ Thomas to headline 2016 Dan Emmett Festival


MOUNT VERNON – A warm welcome from the 2016 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival includes the headline performance of legendary artist B.J. Thomas. The concert will be held on Saturday, August 13th at 9:30 pm on the square in downtown Mount Vernon.

A true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them, B.J. Thomas has found a unique way to celebrate an incredible half a century in music and some 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. The singer, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years, invites longtime fans and newcomers alike to his living room.



B.J. Thomas - publicity photo


Orientation dates set for Knox County DYW scholarship program

MOUNT VERNON - Orientation is set for two evenings next week for the Knox County Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program. Monday, October 5th, or Tuesday, October 6th, High school senior girls and their parent(s), living in Knox County, are invited to attend one of the orientation sessions to sign up for the program.

Orientation will start at 7:00 p.m. each night at the Knox County Memorial Theater in the dining room. Practices begin Sunday October 11th at 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Theater.

For more information visit: www.distinguishedyw.org.

Attorney Richard Wetzel to run for Knox County Common Pleas Judge

MOUNT VERNON - Attorney Richard Wetzel has announced he is a candidate to seek election to an open seat on the Knox County Common Pleas Court in the March 2016 Republican primary.

Wetzel, a 1975 graduate of Morgan High School, began his legal career as a sole practitioner in the rural town of McConnelsville, Ohio. Wetzel is a 1979 summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University with a B.A. in History, and he earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1982. After moving to Columbus in 1984, he has spent the past 31 years of practice with his current law firm, where he has been a partner since 1989. Wetzel’s experience includes admission to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Wetzel’s desire to seek election to the common pleas bench for Knox County is driven by his passionate belief that “The local courts are the first defense for the constitutionally protected rights and liberties of the citizens.” Wetzel says that “As a judicial candidate, I am dedicated to continue to preserve the confidence and respect of the people in our local courts, through prompt, fair and impartial decision making, based on the facts and the law of each case. Strong leadership is vital to guaranteeing the constitutionally protected rights and liberties of the people. We live in challenging times, where wise and experienced leadership in the courts is essential to preserve the future for our children and grandchildren.”

Wetzel’s campaign team includes local banker Doug Leonard as Treasurer and Sara Lynn Kerr as Marketing Director.

Wetzel, and his wife Diana, have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with two adult children and one granddaughter. In 2013, after 13 years of Mount Vernon community involvement, they permanently relocated from Westerville to Knox County. Wetzel was appointed by the Liberty Township Trustees to the Liberty Township Zoning Commission in late 2013. He was also appointed to fill a vacancy on the Republican Central Committee in early 2014.

According to LinkedIn.com Wetzel's interests include Oil & Gas, Mineral Rights and New Technology. 

Author Roger Rosenblatt headlines literary festival


GAMBIER - Roger Rosenblatt, author of “Kayak Morning” and “Making Toast” among numerous books, essays, plays and award-winning journalism, will give the keynote lecture Oct. 3 at the 2015 Kenyon Review Literary Festival.
Rosenblatt, the 15th recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, probes the human condition with a wry sense of humor and penetrating point of view in six off-broadway plays and 17 books, including bestsellers “Unless It Moves the Human Heart,” “Rules for Aging” and “Children of War.” He wrote essays for Time and “The PBS NewsHour.” His lecture at 8 p.m. in Storer Hall, 105 College Drive, culminates two days of festival events, including readings by authors and a panel discussion on the future of journalism. Community discussions of Rosenblatt’s book “Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats” are planned in September leading up to his visit.Roseblatt

Describing his solitude in his kayak in the mornings, the book explores handling grief after the death of his 38-year-old daughter, Amy Solomon, from an undetected heart condition.

"Roger Rosenblatt has been one of America's most distinguished writers and essayists for four decades," said Professor of English David Lynn, editor of the "Kenyon Review.”

Past winners of the award from the literary magazine include Elie Wiesel, Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates.

Literary Festival schedule:
All events are free and open to the public on Kenyon’s campus.

Friday, Oct. 2

• Readings by Tarfia Faizullah and David James Poissant, winners of the 2015 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Awards for poetry and fiction, at 8 p.m. at Peirce Hall lounge, 201 College Park St. Faizullah’s poetry collection is titled “Seam,” and Poissant is author of the short-story collection “The Heaven of Animals.” Book signing to follow.

Saturday, Oct. 3

• Sidewalk sale starting at noon outside the Kenyon College Bookstore, 106 Gaskin Ave., featuring a wide selection of literary magazines and small press books.

Roger Rosenblatt - submitted photo

• Print your own bookmark at the Kenyon Review student associates 1939 letterpress print shop from noon to 2 p.m. in Bexley Hall, Room 106, 301 Gaskin Ave.

• Panel discussion “Beyond New Journalism” about journalism and literary nonfiction now and in the future at 2 p.m. at the Kenyon College Bookstore. Featuring Roger Rosenblatt; Lewis Hyde, the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing; and two former journalists on the college’s staff: Editorial Director Robin Davis and Associate Provost Ivonne Garcia, associate professor of English. Veteran journalist Mark Ellis, associate vice president for communications, will moderate.

• Readings by Andrew Grace and Melinda Moustakis at 3:30 p.m. at Finn House, Cheever Room, 102 W. Wiggin St. Grace is the author of three books of poems, most recently “Sancta.” Moustakis’ book, “Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories,” won the Flannery O’ Connor Award and the Maurice Prize and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation.

• The Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture: An Evening with Roger Rosenblatt at 8 p.m. at Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall, 105 College Drive. Book signing to follow.

For more information, visit kenyonreview.org or contact Tory Weber, “Kenyon Review” associate director of programs, at 740-427-5391 or [email protected] The Literary Festival supporters include Ariel Corp., Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, Great Lakes Colleges Association, Kenyon Academic Partnership, Kenyon College Bookstore, Kenyon College English Department, Paragraphs Bookstore, Ohio Arts Council, The and Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

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