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WORTHINGTON - Friday night the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets lost to Worthington Kilbourne 38-0.  Quarterback Mason Williams sustained a neck injury and didn't play at all in the second half.  The Jackets are now 3-2 on the season, 0-2 in conference play. 

In other games:

  • Centerburg 35 Cardington 25
  • Northmor 34 East Knox 14
  • Fredericktown 53 Mount Gilead 15


Undefeated Danville hosts St. Joseph Central Catholic Saturday night at home.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports Sept. 25, 2015


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Two theft from vehicle reports were taken on Thursday. A resident of Greenacre Circle in Howard says someone took $320 worth of physical therapy home health treatment items from her locked VW. A resident of Apple Valley Drive says someone entered two of his unlocked vehicles and took two GPS units, a trailer hitch with ball, prescription sunglasses, power cords, and a blue tooth ear piece. The thief left the doors open on both vehicles and the trunk of one vehicle was left open.

A Mount Vernon resident reported a break-in at his storage unit on Harcourt Road. The deputy found everthing to be out of storage boxes and thrown around. The victims didn't know what all was stolen. 

Someone stole a set of golf clubs and bag from a car parked in Gambier Thursday. The vicim says the thief left the car door open. 

Todd Strickling, 43, Jeromesville and Angela Dahl, 44, Perrysville, were charged with Criminal Trespass at an address on Howard-Danville Road.  Both are scheduled to appear in Municipal court Friday for arraignment.


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Juvenile related complaint on S. Pleasant St.
Disturbance on Stadium Dr.





Traffic Citations

Sadie Bonham, 19, of Heath was cited at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Daniel Benedict, 64, of Bellville was cited just before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday for operating a vehicle with expired or unlawful plates.

Douglas Whitaker, 72, of Mount Vernon was cited at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Robert Vanhorn, 69, of Mount Vernon was cited at 11:20 a.m. on Thursday for changing lanes without insuring it was safe to do so.



At 10:55 a.m. on Thursday, Barbara K. Snow, 68, of Mount Vernon was heading westbound on W. Gambier Street in her 2015 Chevy Trax.  Wayne L. Sigman, 68, of Gambier was heading southbound on S. Mulberry Street in his 2015 Dodge Journey.  Snow ran a stoplight at the intersection of those streets and struck Sigman’s vehicle.  Snow was cited for the incident.

At 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Marie A. Murphy, 53, of Howard was traveling eastbound on E. High Street in her 2007 Chevy Equinox.  Douglas Whitaker, 72, Mount Vernon was immediately behind him in his 2006 Honda CRV.  When Murphy stopped for stalled traffic ahead, Whitaker rear-ended her.  Whitaker was cited for the incident.

At 11:22 a.m. on Thursday, Paul R. Hunter, 73, of Utica was heading northbound on Teryl Drive in his 1996 Chevy S10.  He stopped behind a trash truck and Robert G. Vanhorn, 69, of Mount Vernon approached from behind in his 2013 Honda Pilot.  Vanhorn attempted to pass both vehicles but had to pull back into the driving lane due to oncoming traffic.  In the process, he struck Hunter’s vehicle in the front left corner.  Vanhorn was cited for the incident.


At 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, a victim reported a fraudulent check.

At 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, an officer responded to a shoplifting incident involving $337.32 worth of alcohol and other merchandise at the Kroger.  A suspect was identified.

At 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, an officer responded to a situation involving an unruly juvenile at a residence on the 00-block of Adamson Street.  A suspect was identified.

Students help cut ribbon for new addition at St. Vincent de Paul School

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


MOUNT VERNON - Catholic education in Knox County got a boost Friday afternoon as the ribbon was cut marking the completion of a new 980 square foot first floor addition at St. Vincent de Paul School. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. Students joined teachers and staffers, board members, donors, alumni and community members outside the school for the occasion. 

The addition has created a more secure and welcoming entrance as well as expanded learning space for students. In addition, aging windows first installed in the 1930’s were replaced with modern energy efficient updates.

Father Mark Hammond began by giving a brief history of the school which now sits on the 200 block of East Chestnut Street. St. Vincent de Paul parish was founded in 1842, the school came along in 1856 in a residence on MacArthur Street between High and Vine Streets. During the years of the Civil War the school was closed. It reopened in 1872 in a small school house. Many sisters have been part of the school, the sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky served at the school from 1884-1975. In 1829 a new school was built for grades K-12.  In 2015, the new adminstration addition was completed. 

Father Hammond also said, "So many have made this possible.  I'm very grateful for the support of our parish, of our school families, and the community at large.  You've made, obviously, a commitment to us and we hope that in building this building we've made a commitment to you too, that we want to continue to be here, to continue to make a positive contribution to the community of Mount Vernon and Knox County." 

The ribbbon was cut with the help of four current St. Vincent students Bryan Sabula, Sophia Percy, Ellie Salvucci, and Colin Crane.

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Students joined Father Mark Hammon to cut the ribbon on the new St. Vincent school addition. From left Bryan Sabula, Sophia Percy, Father Hammond, Ellie Salvucci, and Colin Crane. KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

The ceremony wrapped up with the singing of the St. Vincent School alma mater.



Local People: Culbertson honored by Ohio Association of Realtors with Community Service Award


COLUMBUS - Realtor Dave Culbertson of Mount Vernon was honored with the Ohio Association of REALTORS 2015 Excellence in Community Service Award.

The presentation of the award was made at the Association’s Opening Session, a highlight of OAR’s 105th Annual Convention, Sept. 20-22, in Columbus. Culbertson, who was nominated by the Columbus REALTORS, is associated with Real Living Home Team.

The Excellence in Community Service Award is presented to an individual REALTOR who has shown exemplary commitment to community service.

Culbertson was honored for his efforts in establishing the Arms of an Angel Foundation, a non-profit drug awareness outreach program created in loving memory of his son, Carl, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2009.

The purpose of Arms of an Angel is to reach out to students, young adults and parents to spread education and awareness of the heroin and opiate epidemic and other drug issues that have become a growing problem across Ohio and the nation. Arms of an Angel has become the lifelong ministry for the Culbertson family where, in the last six years, Dave has spoken to more than 15,000 young people on feeling good about themselves and the inner strength needed to help fight negative peer pressures related to drugs, as well as everyday life struggles.

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OAR Communications Committee Chair Anjanette Frye presents the organization’s prestigious Excellence in Community Service Award to Dave Culbertson, of Columbus REALTORS, for his remarkable work in establishing the Arms of an Angel Foundation. The Foundation, a drug awareness/prevention outreach program, was created in loving memory of his son, Carl, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2009. - photo submitted

With the stakes being so high and young people bombarded from all angles with negative and mixed messages, Dave’s message is designed to not only reach their minds, but tug at their hearts.

Culbertson has also taken this message to many adult groups, including Rotary, Kiwanis and Exchange clubs in Central Ohio.

Arms of an Angel has developed and operated several Old Prescription Roundups and has been recognized for its efforts and passion. This Foundation also supports and works with a neighboring county’s program “Together We Hurt, Together We Heal,” and operates a Clean and Sober Fall Colors Poker Run fundraiser for Ohio motorcyclists every autumn.

In addition, Culbertson and the Arms of an Angel Foundation have been featured in an Ohio Department of Health video about Naloxone – a nasal spray that helps revive victims suffering from heroin or prescription drug overdose.

Arms of an Angel anticipates reaching out to more than 10,000 young people each year and plans to expand its services to provide transition housing and vocational and life-skills training to help recovering addicts stay away from their dealers and “triggers,” and help them transition back into society in a productive way.

“It’s not natural for parents to bury their children,” Culbertson said. “If we can help prevent other families from going through what we went through, and are still going through, then we will help bring purpose to Carl’s short life.”

Culbertson currently serves on numerous anti-drug task forces, including the Governor’s Opiate Task Force; the Attorney General’s Drug Advisory Committee, Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Knox County Substance Abuse Advisory Council.

Culbertson is available to speak to middle schools, high schools and church youth groups throughout the state. There is no charge for this service.

For more information on Arms of an Angel Foundation visit www.ArmsOfAnAngel.org.

Around Ohio: Fetanyl contributes to rise in Ohio Drug Overdose deaths


COLUMBUS – Based on law enforcement drug seizures, Ohio has seen a major increase in drug reports involving fentanyl, a more lethal opiate that is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. With 502 fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths in Ohio in 2014, fentanyl was a significant contributor to a rise in drug overdose deaths, according to preliminary data released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). By comparison, in 2013 just 84 deaths involved fentanyl. Overall, drug overdose deaths in Ohio increased from 2,110 in 2013 to 2,482 in 2014.

“At the same time we are experiencing positive progress in our fight against drug addiction, such as fewer opiates being dispensed and a decrease in high-doses of opiates, we are also seeing some individuals begin to use more dangerous drugs to achieve more intense effects,” said Mark Hurst, M.D.,medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). “As they build up tolerance to drugs they’re using, they may progress, for example, from prescription pain pills, to heroin, to fentanyl which is often cut into heroin.”

In response, the state is expanding the fight against opiate abuse to counter fentanyl and other opiate misuse. Building on efforts that started in 2011, state agencies are partnering to improve interdiction, raise awareness, expand treatment options and reduce the number of inappropriately prescribed pills. Additionally, Ohio is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fully analyze Ohio’s fentanyl-related drug overdose data so that local and state officials, law enforcement and doctors better understand the nature of the fentanyl problem in Ohio and how to address it.

Since Ohio started to aggressively fight back against opiate abuse, the state has begun seeing some
promising progress:

*The number of opiate prescriptions dispensed to Ohio patients in 2014 decreased by more than
40 million doses compared to 2013. Fewer doses lessen the opportunity for opiates to be
redistributed or abused.

*The number of individuals “doctor shopping” for controlled substances including opiates as
identified through the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) decreased from more
than 3,100 in 2009 to approximately 960 in 2014.

*Patients receiving prescription opiates for the treatment of pain at doses greater than an 80 mg
morphine equivalent dose decreased by 10.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 when
Ohio’s opiate prescribing guidelines were announced, to the second quarter of 2015.

*The percentage of opiate prescribers registered to use OARRS increased by 30.3 percent from
the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2015. This upward trend will continue
because prescribers are now required to show that they are registered in OARRS for re-licensing.

*Ohio patients receiving prescriptions for opiates and benzodiazepine sedatives at the same time
dropped 8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2015. Multiple drug
use was the single largest contributor to unintentional drug overdoses in 2014.

“We are committed to aggressively fighting opiate abuse in Ohio, including the rise of fentanyl,” said
Andrea Boxill, OhioMHAS deputy director and coordinator of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action
Team (GCOAT). “We’re building on the many good things we are already doing by pursuing new
initiatives to strengthen drug abuse prevention, expand efforts to control access to opiates; and
continue to enhance access to treatment, but much more needs to be done to address this new crisis
facing Ohio.”

Included in these new initiatives is an additional investment of $500,000 per year to purchase the lifesaving overdose antidote naloxone. Also, Ohio officials released in July the Health Resource Toolkit for Addressing Opioid Abuse to help communities fight back. Additional new strategies and tactics can be found here. ODH’s release of 2014 preliminary drug overdose death data is seven months faster than past years and ahead of most states. By getting this data out more quickly it enables the state, local governments and Ohio communities to have a better understanding of the challenges they face and the tactics necessary to take on the struggle against drug abuse.

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