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Around Ohio: College of Wooster athlete dies following football game

WOOSTER - Clayton Geib, a senior chemistry major and football player at The College of Wooster, died Sunday afternoon at Wooster Community Hospital. Geib was transported to the hospital on Saturday after complaining that he did not feel well, following the conclusion of the Wooster – Ohio Wesleyan football game. He was 21.

"Clayton was a wonderful student and member of the College of Wooster community, and beloved by many," said Sarah R. Bolton, Wooster's president, "Our hearts are breaking, and all our prayers and thoughts are with Clayton's family, teammates, and friends."

Clayton Geib

Clayton Geib - Wooster.edu

Geib, a native of London, Ohio, was an all-conference lineman and two-time NCAC Academic Honor Roll member at Wooster.

Plans to honor his life and his contributions to the campus community will be made in the coming days.


Foreclosure may be in the future for old middle school property

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter


MOUNT VERNON — Inaction on the part of the owners of the former middle/high school on North Mulberry Street may ultimately lead to the city foreclosing on the property.

Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels said that after reading a story on KnoxPages.com, interested buyers approached the current owner about buying the property.

“Wallick Communities has been looking at the old middle school site,” said Daniels. “They made a very generous offer of $125,000 for the property. They gave the current owners a deadline of last Friday [Sept. 8] to respond.”

The current owner, Jason Gunsorek, has not done so.

Daniels said that in an email earlier this week, Wallick Communities told Daniels that the company was “moving on to other projects,” but Daniels has not yet given up completely on the deal. “We are still trying to make this work to get the current owners [an incentive] to sell,” he said.

If Gunsorek fails to respond, Daniels said that the city needs to start hanging the “condemned” title on the property. “We are looking at foreclosure, we are looking at condemnation,” he said.

Gunsorek has delinquent taxes on the property at 301 N. Mulberry St. of around $13,000.


Citizens group formed to support 1/2 percent income tax increase

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - A citizens committee (Citizens for Mount Vernon) has been formed to promote passage of the 1/2 percent income tax increase to go before voters in the November, 2017 election. If passed, the tax will be used to to fund Police, Fire and EMS services. The City of Mount Vernon has not had an income tax increase in 34 years. This tax will apply only to wage earners - Social Security, retirement plan income (such as pensions, 401K plans, and IRAs), interest, and dividends are not subject to the tax.

A Citizens Finance Study Group looked at the city's financial books for one calendar year and unanimously recommended this proposal.

The group is chaired by Clint Bailey and the treasurer is Gordy Yance.

Plans are in the works to present a forum about the income tax increase at MVNU's Foster Hall at Ariel Arena October 3rd at 7 p.m. Residents will be given the opportunity to ask questions. KP readers are invited to submit any questions they have and email them to [email protected]

The event will also feature a candidates debate between the five vying for three city council at large seats - John Booth, Donald Bovinett Jr., Chris Menapace, Janis Seavolt and Matt Starr - and the candidates to represent the 4th Ward on council - Jeff Gottke and Susan Kahrl.

KnoxPages.com, the Mount Vernon News, WNZR and MVNU are collaborating to present the forum. 

Kenyon College receives $75 million donation

GAMBIER  - Kenyon College announced today that it has received the largest gift in its nearly 200-year history, $75 million from an anonymous donor. This transformational gift will support the development of a new library and academic quad on Kenyon’s historic campus. The interdisciplinary hub in the core of campus will bring together 21st century teaching and learning with 21st century library, information and student services.

“This is an incredible show of confidence in Kenyon’s vision for the liberal arts and sciences, and its track record for educating students at the highest levels,” President Sean Decatur said. “This gift advances several priorities of the Kenyon 2020 strategic plan, including our focus on an integrated, comprehensive experience that equips students to thrive at Kenyon and in their lives after.”

The $75 million gift is the largest-ever single gift to any private liberal arts college in Ohio. Previously, Kenyon’s largest single gift was $25 million, received in 2002, also from an anonymous donor. Other significant recent gifts include a $12 million bequest, designated in 2016 by the estate of 1953 graduate Robert P. Hubbard to support scholarships.

The new quad, called the West Quad for its location on the west side of campus, will consist of three new buildings: the library and academic commons to replace Olin and Chalmers libraries; a new interdisciplinary academic building for the social sciences; and a new home for admissions and other key student services. Underground parking in the new quad will improve accessibility as well as reclaim green space. Ascension Hall, one of the College’s most beloved and historic buildings, will be renovated to ensure that all students and faculty are able to access it. The gift also enables the College to proceed with an expansion of facilities for the English department.

“Investing in our historic campus and our community is one of the ways we remain competitive, enabling us to attract and retain a talented and diverse student body — a Kenyon 2020 priority,” said Kenyon College Board of Trustees Chairman Brackett B. Denniston III, a 1969 graduate of Kenyon. “This gift also better enables us to address another Kenyon 2020 priority: financial aid, the endowment and affordability.”

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the new library will be a hub for undergraduate research and a laboratory for pedagogical innovation. Intentionally interdisciplinary, the new academic building will offer flexible spaces to support high-impact experiences in the humanities and social sciences — student-designed research, capstone projects and other collaborative work.

Kenyon library projectRendering of new library at Kenyon - submitted graphic

“Teaching and learning are evolving, and Kenyon needs facilities that are a match for the kinds of flexible, high- and low-tech approaches that faculty and students expect to use seamlessly,” Decatur said. “Classrooms that allow students and faculty to work in various configurations, to use multiple pieces of technology simultaneously, to collaborate with people around a table or via videoconference — these are the kinds of high-impact practices that serve students in the classroom, and in their careers.”

In addition, the West Quad will provide a new home for the career development office, furthering the College’s efforts to build a continuum between work in the classroom and in the world.

“Now more than ever, it is critical that we make visible the ways in which Kenyon equips students of all backgrounds for post-graduate success. Centering the admissions and career development offices in the academic core of campus puts the values, and the value, of a Kenyon education front and center,” Decatur said.

Kenyon Quad Update

Rendering of West Kenyon quad - submitted graphic

This gift will enable the College to make major strides toward a more accessible Kenyon campus, and replacing Olin and Chalmers libraries represents one of the largest available opportunities to reduce Kenyon’s carbon footprint. The new library is designed with the LEED Gold certification in mind and will be significantly greener and more energy efficient than the current buildings.

“This is an extraordinary gift,” said Vice President for College Relations Heidi Hansen McCrory. “Philanthropy is an expression of a donor’s passion for the mission of an institution and an optimism about the future. This gift is a powerful statement of belief in Kenyon's mission and bright future.”

The first phase of work, expanding the English facilities, will begin in the fall of 2017. Construction of the library will begin in June 2018 and is expected to be complete in summer 2020. The West Quad project is expected to be complete in summer 2021.


Carfagna provides update on state's efforts to combat Ohio's drug epidemic

COLUMBUS - Addiction to opiates is an epidemic that has been plaguing our local communities, the state, and the nation as a whole for sometime. Ohio has been hit especially hard, with the most opiate-related deaths in the nation in 2015.

State Representative Rick Carfagna, who represents Knox County and part of Delaware County at the Statehouse said, "This problem is far too complex for a single measure to bring it to an end, but I am hopeful that several initiatives enacted in the state budget, along with an all-hands-on-deck approach, will create a strong front line."

Through what is known as the HOPES (Heroin, Opioids, Prevention, Education, Safety) Agenda, the legislature invested $180 million in new money to specifically go towards fighting this epidemic. Four key areas were identified - prevention, treatment, mental health, and the workforce - as focus points for funding. The image below provides a detailed breakdown of funding.

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