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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. 

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.


Fatal plane accident over the weekend at Wynkoop

MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a plane accident involving a single engine plane at approximately 1:30p.m. on Saturday at Wynkoop Airport, in Clinton Township in Knox County. 

Larry L. Hoover, age 79, of Millersport was starting his 1941 Aeronca 65-CA fixed wing single engine airplane. Mr. Hoover was struck by the propeller blades after the engine had started. He was transported to the OSU Medical Center by MedFlight where he succumbed to his injuries at 5:50 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Mount Vernon Fire Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was notified and responded to the scene.

Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the incident.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead Patrol Post.


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


County to seek funds for mandated mental health assessments

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Payment for a service that used to be covered will now become the responsibility of the county. Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer told the county commissioners on Thursday that mandated mental health assessments for inmates who are sentenced to 14 or more days of jail time will no longer be covered by a grant through Behavioral Health Partners.

Shaffer said that his office will either have to contract with BHP for 15 to 20 hours a week for the assessments, which would cost around $339, or hire his own personnel. From November 2016 through May 2017, the BHP counselor working in the jail completed 216 14-day assessments totaling $30,240.

Shaffer said that he has talked with the superintendents of East Knox and Centerburg school districts regarding a school resource officer. "Both schools seem to be on board with it," he said. The plan is to split the SRO's time between the two schools.

In the area of cash flow, Capt. Jay Sheffer told the commissioners that CORSA (County Risk Sharing Authority, a liability risk-sharing group through the County Commissioners Association of Ohio) will reimburse the county for some officer training programs up to a maximum of $2,800. Each training program costs around $475.

Shaffer said the security system upgrade is almost complete and has gone well.

The current jail population is 75. The 62 males include two federal prisoners and five from Lawrence County. Thirteen are female.

The meeting adjourned into executive session to discuss security issues.


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