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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. 

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

Mount Vernon mayoral debate set for Oct. 1 at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON - KnoxPages.com is partnering with the Mount Vernon News, WMVO/WQIO, WNZR, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University to provide the citizens of Mount Vernon with an opportunity to hear the two mayoral candidates debate about local topics of interest.

Incumbent Richard Mavis, Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Matt Starr in the Nov. 3 election for the city’s top spot. The two will debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Thorne Performance Hall on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

KnoxPages.com’s Trese encourages Mount Vernon residents to submit questions for the candidates through the knoxPages.com Contact us tab or by text to 740-501-7019.

Questions will be asked by News Managing Editor Samantha Scoles, KnoxPages.com Owner/Editor Marty Trese, WQIO/WMVO Operations Manager Curtis Newland and WNZR News Director Mariah Powell.

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.



Mayor looks forward to more info on Sgt. Dailey's administrative leave

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


MOUNT VERNON - In his monthly chat with KnoxPages.com Mayor Richard Mavis said he is looking forward to finding out more about Detective Sgt. Matt Dailey's administrative leave which was announced by MVPD Chief Monroe last Friday.

Mavis said, "Administrative leave [for Dailey] is indefinite at this time. I'm confident that there's an investigation ongoing. I think that's what is good about administrative leave, it gives everybody a chance to consider what evidence is available of some issue. At this time I don't have information on that so we look forward to gaining more information on Sgt. Daileys adminstrative leave."  Dailey is being paid while on leave.

On other topics Mavis said 57,902 patrons came through the gates at the city's Hiawatha Water Park and Pool in 2015. That amount is up from recent years. The pool was closed 11 days due to weather. A new policy that the pool wouldn't open unless the temperature was 70 degrees or more was implemented this year.  That policy saved the city money in personnel costs. The mayor sees the pool as a public service despite the city losing more money than making from the facility.

Fall begins Wednesday, September 23rd, and Mavis says residents will again be able to drop off leaves in West Foundation Park beginning in October. The specific date for that to begin has yet to be determined. Leaf pickup by city personnel begins the first week of November.

To hear more comments from Mavis click here to listen on KP Radio. 

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