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Local People: Tammy Lemley, cancer survivor, emphasizes resources available through ACS

MOUNT VERNON – The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event has always held a special place in the hearts of participants and local residents Don and Tammy Lemley, even before Tammy's late 2013 diagnosis of breast cancer. Today, Tammy is proud to say she is a cancer survivor and is now a member of the leadership team for Knox County's Relay for Life.

Just before Thanksgiving 2013, Lemley discovered a lump in her left breast. After making it through an anxious holiday season, she had a mammogram after which doctors told her she would need a surgical consult. Following was a biopsy, lumpectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, consults with more doctors for a treatment plan of chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. "Once I heard the word 'cancer,' I didn't hear anything else," said Lemley. "My family and I were overwhelmed."

Through their association with Relay for Life, her family quickly discovered the many resources available through the American Cancer Society. "ACS played a huge part in walking with me through my journey. I attended the Look Good Feel Better program provided by ACS through Knox Community Hospital. The facilitator (cosmetologist) provided education about beauty techniques to help manage appearance-related side effects of my treatment," Lemley said. "There were days of fatigue and no energy, so this was a great class and very helpful."

Tammy also received a "cost-free" wig from ACS, in addition to articles and education on resources for staying healthy and active during and after treatment, advice for caregivers and survivorship care plans. "The ACS is a great resource to help know and understand the right questions to ask along the way," she said. One of the greatest goals of ACS is to find a cure for cancer--it is the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research. As Lemley explained, "ACS funded the research for a drug known as Herceptin, which ultimately saved my life."

Now, as a survivor, Relay for Life means more than ever to Lemley and her family. "We're representing the survivors and caregiver groups this year on Relay's leadership team," she said. "It's so important for our community to understand the impacts of cancer and how it affects everyone, from survivors, caregivers, families, friends and community members."

Tammy and her husband Don have four children, ages 26, 21, 13 and 8. As she stated, "I have discovered that I wear many different hats that include, a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, chef, nurse, children's church leader, cheer coach, girl scout leader and employee. There were times throughout my treatment that I struggled with which hats I could actually wear. My faith and support from my husband, children, friends and staff at the Center for Cancer Care, and the American Cancer Society have helped me and my family throughout my journey."

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 5,000 events worldwide in 2016. Last year, more than 450 people participated in the Relay For Life of Knox County and raised $269,000. The 2017 Knox County Relay for Life will be held June 16-17 at Mount Vernon High School football stadium.

Visit relayforlife.org/knoxco to learn more about the event, or contact Carrie Haver at 740-398-6603 or Sarah Thomas at sarah.thomas@cancer.org.


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OSU Alumni Club of Knox County awards scholarships


MOUNT VERNON - The OSU Alumni Club of Knox County has awarded six first-year scholarships and one upperclassman scholarship. Scholarship recipients are Milan Pozderac, Casey Miglin, Emily Derikito, Caleb Hickman, David Alden, Mason Myers and Cierra Light.

Recipients of $2,000 are Milan Pozderac, Casey Miglin and Emily Derikito.

Milan Pozderac of Mount Vernon is a graduate of Fredericktown High School and the son of Milan and Kim Pozderac. He will be majoring in animal science.

Casey Miglin of Mount Vernon is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and the daughter of Scott and Susan Miglin. She will major in international studies.

Emily Derikito of Fredericktown is a graduate of Fredericktown High School and the daughter of Sheri and Tracy Divelbiss and Alan and Connie Derikito. She will pursue a degree in pharmaceutical science.

Recipients of $1,000 include:

David Alden of Danville, a Danville High School graduate. He is the son of Noel and Kate Alden and will major in political science.

Mason Myers of Centerburg, a Centerburg High School graduate. He is the son of April Myers and David Myers and will major in engineering.

Caleb Hickman of Mount Vernon, a Mount Vernon High School graduate. He is the son of Michael Hickman and Alice Hickman and will be majoring in agricultural education.

Cierra Light is the recipient of the upper class student award. She is a Mount Vernon High School graduate and the daughter of David and Christina Light. She is currently a senior in the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences where she is in the Sonography Program. She is an active member of the Health Sciences Scholars Program.

The awards are merit based. The club has been assisting students for many years and remains committed to student recruitment, scholarship initiatives, cultural programs and community service.

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


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. 

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. 

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