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Mavis: Fix coming to MV Shopping Plaza entrance

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - The confusion many drivers encounter when entering the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza across from Vernedale Drive may soon be coming to an end.  Mayor Dick Mavis tells KnoxPages.com that he has spoken with representatives of the plaza, the Kroger gas station, Firestone, and Chipotle about the entrance. Potential customers to those three businsses - as well as the plaza in general - face a free-for-all when trying to navigate the traffic pattern.  Currently, there is no pattern - no signs and no lines to direct traffic through the parking lot.   

Mavis says City Engineer Brian Ball has suggested a pattern or median to improve traffic flow.  There are plans to widen the entrance and to have to two lanes going eastbound and one turn lane into the plaza from Coshocton Ave. 

To hear more of Mavis' comments visit this SoundCloud link for a KP Radio interview. 

2-1-1 Referrals now available by text message

NEWARK – First it was “Call 2-1-1”. Then it was “Visit 2-1-1 online”. And now, it is “Text 2-1-1”.

Pathways of Central Ohio is making it easier for Licking and Knox County residents to find and access all types of community services by adding texting capability to its 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline service. Texting to 2-1-1 allows anyone to receive referrals for human, social and governmental services via text so they do not have to use valuable phone minutes. Texting to 2-1-1 can also be used to reach crisis services in situations such as domestic violence, substance abuse and even suicide.

“In 2016, the 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline received nearly 19,000 information and referral and crisis calls from Licking and Knox Counties,” said Walt Zang, Program Director of the 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline. “But many lower-income residents have limited phone minutes and unlimited texting. This information combined with preferences among people 55 and under for texting, led us to explore ways to use texting in the 2-1-1 setting.”

Licking and Knox County residents can text their zip code to 898211 if they need assistance or have questions about local services. The staff will then utilize the 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline resource database to find the services that meet their needs.

“Many people don’t realize how challenging it is to know what organizations are open and available on the day they need assistance,” said Zang. “We are continuously updating our resource database to make sure we have the most accurate information available.”

Residents are still welcome to call 2-1-1 or 1-800-544-1601 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The texting service is available 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The online resource database where residents can conduct their own searches for resources at 211pathways.org.

2-1-1 is a simple, easy-to-remember number to be connected to local social, human and governmental services. As 9-1-1 eliminated the need to remember the number for the police and fire departments, 2-1-1 eliminates the need to remember local social service numbers. 2-1-1 is available to over 90% of the United States and Ohio.

The 2-1-1/Crisis Hotline is a service of Pathways of Central Ohio. It is funded by Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties, the Licking County Foundation, the United Way of Licking County and the United Way of Knox County.

Grand Jury indicts Kevin Remillard on two counts in death of Nick Remillard

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Grand Jury has indicted the Gambier man accused in the death of 20 year old Nick Remillard June 10th.

According to count one of the indictment, Kevin Remillard committed murder by purposely causing his cousin Nick's death. The indictment also states that Kevin had a firearm while commiting the offense. Count two says Kevin tampered with evidence. Earlier reports from law enforcement said Nick's body was found in an abandoned pool behind the Remillard home.

Knox County Prosector Chip McConville told the Mount Vernon News that the murder weapon has not been recovered. He also said that Kevin will soon be transferred to a behavioral mental health facility in Columbus. While officers were searching last week Sheriff David Shaffer sent out a news release saying, "[Kevin] is believed to suffer from mental health issues." 

Kevin was on the run for three days before turning himself in. 

Nick's memorial service was held last Saturday.

Kevin Remillard indictment

 

Brew pub coming to downtown Mount Vernon

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter

 

MOUNT VERNON - A few years ago, a local businessman learned about a new method that makes it possible for a restaurant to have an on-site brewery at a relatively low cost.

Now, he's putting the idea into practice in downtown Mount Vernon.

Stein Brewing Company Restaurant & Taproom will open early November in the Woodward Opera House building, according to founder David Stein of Mount Vernon. According to his research, it will be the first brewery to open in the county in over 140 years and only the second that the city has ever seen.

The multifaceted 4,600 square foot business will include a small brewery, a full-service kitchen and a taproom.

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Stein Brewing Company pub image - courtesy David Stein

"With most brewers, their passion is beer," he said. "The food part is completely ancillary to what they're trying to do. They want to be the next big brewery. My goal is to make awesome beer to complement the food."

Stein said construction on the business is already underway. Stein Brewing Company Restaurant & Taproom will stretch across 105, 107, 109 and 111 South Main Street. The brewery and restaurant will sell wine and beer (including kegs) while the taproom will serve a wider variety of alcoholic beverages. He said the restaurant and taproom each require a separate liquor license, which sets limits on what can be sold, but added that patrons will be able to order the same menu items anywhere in the business.

"I started getting ideas," Stein said. "I got the idea for the brewery. Then I started thinking that I'd like to do the restaurant. Then I started to think of all the food that I like to eat that I can't necessarily get in Mount Vernon. I kind of rolled all these ideas into one. And the idea keeps morphing."

He said he expects to employ anywhere from 40 to 50 people, including a full time chef and general manager. The brewery/restaurant side will accomodate about 95 people, Stein added, and the taproom should allow for about 50 people at once. He plans to serve American Brew Pub fare including smoked burgers and smoked chicken wings and has over 100 different beer recipes to choose from.

"I've had a vision of a tremendously unique style of brewery restaurant for some time," Stein said. "I have worked very hard trying to find a site and the Woodward building presented itself as an ideal spot."

He said he is working with a leading Canadian brewing company, SmartBrew, to set up the brewing equipment. Stein said the method is twofold: the first half of the process is done off-site and includes the preparation of ingredients so they are "pre-ready."

"The brewing is done on-site," he said. "This helps reduce cost and makes it affordable to implement this concept in a small town. I don't have to make it so expensive that I price the own out of a good craft beer experience."

Stein grew up in Columbus but has lived in Mount Vernon for the last eight years. He said has worked in the hospitality industry and focused on selling beverage dispensers to bars, restaurants and other businesses. SBC will be his first restaurant. In January, he sold his company in Plain City, Ohio and made good on a promise to his wife that his next business venture would be closer to home.

"I wanted to do something local. I've really taken a liking to Mount Vernon. I really enjoy the city," Stein said. "I like the rural communities. They support things. If you support them. They'll support you."

He said he hopes that he hopes open similar brew pubs in multiple locations and eventually turn the concept into franchise. Stein said he wants to cater to "underserved" communities with a population of between 40,000 to 60,000, markets that are too small to attract franchises like a Rooster's or an Old Bag of Nails

"I am really testing my concept." he said. "I think Mount Vernon is probably at the low end in terms of the number of people: I can't do something of this magnitude in a city with a population less than what we have in our town. If I can make it successful here, I can make it successful in plenty of other towns across the country."

Stein said he is grateful for the helpful advice he has received from local officials and members of the business community. He added that he looks forward to reaching out to the community and will give customers the option to donate to local organizations by "rounding up" their tips.

 

Village Market finds a new home in Gambier

By George Breithaupt, KnoxPages.com Reporter

GAMBIER - Village Market manager Tim Newton is moving and excited about it. For the last 20 plus years, the Village Market has been a fixture on the corner of Gaskin Avenue and Brooklyn Street in Gambier. But now it will soon be ensconced in a newer, more modern facility and Newton sees nothing but good for the market and for Gambier.

"We've equipped the market with brand new freezers, a brand new produce case where we put the cheeses, yogurt, and milk," Newton said. "We are also working on a new point-of-sale system"

Newton thinks having a market like his is very important and serves the community in many ways.

"I think it (the Village Market) is very important to the community and we take it very seriously," he explained. "That's why we are going to try to get it back up and running as soon as we can."

Newton closed the market on Thursday, June 15th and he intends to re-open today at the corner of Chase Avenue & Brooklyn Street. The move will be largely done by that time but the move will be an ongoing effort. Newton expects to be restocking the shelves in the new market for several weeks.

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New Village Market interior - KP Photo by George Breithaupt

"I had to reduce my inventory in order to make the move," he said. "I have a very good relationship with my distributors and I have a lot of distributors. They are all used to supplying small markets. So I will be getting more stock in on a regular basis."

The Village Market was formerly owned and operated by Bob & Deb Tier and Roger & Katie Fannin. They ran the market for more than 20 years before selling it seven years ago. The original village market before the Fannins and Tiers was the Hays Market. Newton hopes to find the time to do a little research on the history of the market and perhaps do a timeline of its history.

 

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