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With 1.7 million Ohioans depending on food assistance, Sen. Brown calls for action to prevent a government shutdown


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With more than 1.7 million Ohioans depending on food stamps through the SNAP program in 2014 – more than 60 percent of whom are children, the elderly, or Americans with disabilities – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today called on his Republican colleagues to pass a clean spending bill. Brown was joined by Ohio Association of Foodbanks Executive Director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt.

“Another shutdown would hurt all Americans, but would be particularly hard on those that need the help the most: children, older Americans, and those with disabilities,” Brown said. “It’s time to stop the partisan stunts, and pass a clean continuing resolution, so that these Ohio families don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”

While the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was able to use remaining Recovery Act funds to continue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in 2013, there are no contingency funds to cover the cost of SNAP benefits if the government shuts down on Oct. 1, 2015. This could result in the loss or interruption of food assistance for nearly 45 million Americans. In 2014, 1.75 million Ohioans utilized SNAP to put food on the table.

Chickenpox outbreak confirmed in Knox County


MOUNT VERNON - With outbreaks of measles and mumps in Central Ohio during the past year, it shouldn’t be too surprising that there is now an outbreak of chickenpox. The Knox County Health Department has confirmed an outbreak of chickenpox among an Amish community in the south-eastern portion of the county.

Similar to the measles and mumps outbreaks which came from unvaccinated individuals coming in contact with someone with active disease, this chickenpox outbreak is comparable, yet different, stemming from an unvaccinated population being exposed to someone with shingles.

“This is a unique situation because we are dealing with a single virus that can cause two different types of illness”, said Adam Masters, an epidemiologist with the Knox County Health Department. The virus in question is varicella-zoster (VZV) and it follows a progression, first causing chickenpox and then lying dormant and possibly reactivating later in life to cause shingles.

A person with active virus, either chickenpox or shingles, will be contagious to those with no protection and those individuals, if exposed, can develop chickenpox. “Shingles is considered to be less contagious than chickenpox but poses a threat especially among a population of unvaccinated people once the first case of chickenpox develops from exposure to someone with shingles. Once chickenpox emerges, it can spread rapidly among those with no protection,” Masters said.

This is the second time in the past year that an Ohio Amish community has experienced an outbreak of a communicable disease. “This is a group that usually does not get vaccinated, because of holistic reasons. But, anyone who has never had the chickenpox or has never been vaccinated is at risk to catch the chickenpox from someone with shingles,” Masters said.

Most people get chickenpox from exposure to other people with chickenpox. It is most often spread through sneezing, coughing, and breathing. It is so contagious that few non-immunized people escape this common disease when they are exposed to someone else with the disease.

When people with chickenpox cough or sneeze, they expel tiny droplets that carry the varicella virus. If a person who has never had chickenpox or never been vaccinated inhales these particles, the virus enters the lungs. From here it passes into the bloodstream. When it is carried to the skin it produces the typical rash of chickenpox.

People can also catch chickenpox from direct contact with a shingles rash if they have not been immunized by vaccination or by a previous bout of chickenpox. In such cases, transmission happens during the active phase when blisters have erupted but not formed dry crusts.

“On the other hand, a person with shingles cannot transmit the virus by breathing or coughing,” said Masters. “Unvaccinated people can only catch chickenpox from someone with shingles when they come in contact with the actual rash or blisters.”

The health department offers vaccine for both the chickenpox and shingles. Two doses of chickenpox vaccine are recommended for children, adolescents, and adults. Children should receive the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old. Individuals who are 13 years of age and older who have never had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine, should get two doses at least 28 days apart.

People 60 years of age or older should get the shingles vaccine. They should get the vaccine whether or not they recall having had chickenpox. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans aged 40 and older have had chickenpox, even if they don't remember getting the disease. There is no maximum age for getting shingles vaccine. Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to receive the chickenpox or shingles vaccine, contact the clinic at the health department at 740-399-8009.


Long time animal shelter residents for adoption at reduced rate

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor



MOUNT VERNON - Plenty of dogs are waiting to be adopted at the Knox County Animal Shelter at 285 Columbus Road. As a public service, KnoxPages.com is posting pictures and information about dogs who have been at the shelter for a long time, some for two months or more, in need of a forever home. For more information on any of the dogs listed call 740-393-6713.

All of these dogs are available at a reduced adoption cost of $50. Included in the adoption fee is the following: spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, bordetella vaccine, DA2PP vaccine, microchip, heartworm test, heartworm preventative and current year license.

These dogs are available for adoption at the reduced rate:

Apollo is a 1 year old  male Shepherd mix weighing 45 pounds.

Apollo Sept 2015

Apollo - photo submitted

Athena is 4 year old female Shepherd Mix weighing 42 pounds

Athena Sept 2015

Athena - photo submitted

Lou is a 2 year old female shepherd mix weighing 41 pounds.

Lou Sept 2015

Lou - photo submitted

Decatur discusses Buckeye Candy building plans

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


MOUNT VERNON - Kenyon College hosted a reception for community leaders Tuesday evening at Mount Vernon Country Club. Kenyon President Sean Decatur shared information about the new school year on campus and activities the college has planned in the Mount Vernon community.


Kenyon President Sean Decatur spoke to community leaders at the Mount Vernon Country Club
KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

The College welcomed 492 first year students and 13 transfer students this year, one of the largest classes the institution has every had. They received over 7,000 admission applications.

Decatur reported there are 20 Knox County students studying at Kenyon this year from Mount Vernon, Danville and East Knox high schools. Decatur said, "those are numbers we would like to see increase." When asked about the cost for students to attend Kenyon, which their website lists as $ 61,100 per year, Decatur said available financial aid reduces the "sticker price" to a point where tuition and fees are comparable to those of some state institutions.

Decatur said Kenyon is excited to be kicking off work at the Buckeye Candy Building in downtown Mount Vernon with construction to begin in November. SpiSpot, the science playspace initiative for children, will be housed there. It will also house Kenyon's film program, including a studio and editing facilities. Kenyon students will produce their own films. There will also be programming to connect Kenyon students, faculty and staff to local high school students in filmmaking efforts.

The building will also house the Center for Community Engagement which will be led by Jennifer Odenweller, former Executive Director of the United Way of Knox County.   Kenyon is kicking  it off with a grant from the Mellon Foundation to connect students to the surrounding community to strengthen collaboration and provide new and different types of learning oppportunities.
When I think about the challeges of liberal arts education today, one of the big ones is making a case to the broader world, the broader society.

Decatur said, "I'm a believer that a liberal arts education is really the cornerstone of success in the business world.. the arts.. and the sciences. It's also fundamentally, a cornerstone for developing students who go on to become good citizens, good stewards of their community and making a diffference in the world around them."

The Center is a place for students to connect the work they do in the classrooom to real world situations but also an opportunity to engage directly in partnerships and projects that can have an impact on the surrounding community.

The Buckeye Candy building will be on on board next fall to facilitate partnerships. 

Knox County Law Enforcement reports September 23, 2015


Arrests and Charges:
Trevor Hagans, 26, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 9:30 a.m. on Monday for possession of drug abuse instruments.MVPD twitter icon

Traffic Citations
Samantha Hyatt, 32, of Mount Vernon was cited at 4:25 a.m. on Monday for driving under a suspended license.

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At 9:30 a.m. on Monday, an officer responded to a report of a suspicious male sleeping at a table at the McDonalds on Sandusky Street. He was arrested for possession of drug abuse instruments. He was found to be in possession of $46.00 in cash, 85 cents in change, a baggie of meth, a baggie of Suboxone strip, a baggie of syringe wash, two hypodermic needles, an LL Bean credit card in one name, a Verizon rebate card in another, a scope, a set of Jackco speakers, a Black & Decker drill battery and charger, a Kawasaki key, and a blue screwdriver.
At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, a victim reported the theft of an LG cell phone from his vehicle while it was parked overnight on the 00-block of Woodlake Trail.
At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, an officer responded to a parking complaint at Riverside Park. An improperly licensed Ford TK was towed from the scene by Danny’s Auto Center.
At 6:55 p.m. on Monday, a victim reported being harassed by phone. A suspect was identified.
At 7:15 p.m. on Monday, a father reported that his daughter’s Apple cell phone had been stolen on the playground at Dan Emmett School. A suspect was identified.






Juvenile related complaint on E. College St.Fredericktown PD logo
Theft on S. Main St.
Animal related complaint on Tuttle Ave.

Burglary in progress on N. Main St.
David P. Zwayer II, Powell, arrested for criminal damaging.
Lost and found on E. 5th St.
Theft on S. Mulberry St.
Animal related complaint on Tuttle Ave.
Disturbance on Zent Ave.

Animal related complaint on Zent Ave.
Assisted the squad on Stadium Dr.
Suspicious vehicle on Columbus Rd.
Suspicious person on Mt. Vernon Ave.




Disturbance:DPD patch
DPD responded to a argument between a male juvenile and a adult male in the 200 block of West Rambo Street 9/22.

DPD responded to a dispute between a adult female and a adult male in the 200 block of East Walnut Street 9/22.

DPD responded to a dispute between two juvenile in the 200 block of South Linwood 9/22.

DPD responded to a reported theft of gasoline in the 300 Block of North Street 9/22.

Suspicious Vehicle:
DPD responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle pulling in an out of driveways on South Richard street 9/22.

DPD responded to a report of a vicious dog in the area of South Cedar Street 9/22.

Traffic Complaint:
DPD responded to a report of a motorist speeding through the School Zone 9/22.



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At 8:40 a.m. on Monday, a complainant reported that someone had attempted to gain entry to
D & B Auto Sales in Fredericktown via an overhead door. They also attempted to enter two outbuildings on the property. The complainant noted that nothing appeared to be missing.

At 8:15 p.m. on Monday, an employee of the Dollar General on N. Sandusky Street reported that an unknown male had been shoplifting from the store. A video surveillance recording showed him taking items and placing them into his pockets. A surveillance DVD was collected as evidence.



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