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Local People: Hobson promoted at First-Knox

MOUNT VERNON– Promotions at First-Knox National Bank were announced at the May board meeting. James Hobson was promoted to senior vice president, commercial lending. Hobson has over 28 years of banking experience and has been with First-Knox since 2006. He manages the commercial lending line of business. Hobson has served in a variety of roles over the course of his extensive career, including collections, consumer lending, and branch management.

“James’ broad commercial lending experience has prepared him to manage the commercial lending function,” Sant said. “He has done an excellent job of growing the business since he took over in 2015.”

Hobson is very active in the Mount Vernon and Fredericktown communities. He is a member of the following organizations: the Ohio Banker’s League, The Old Homestead Club, Mount Vernon Rotary Club, United Way Red Feather Society, Fredericktown Village Council, Paradise in the Sky board, president of the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation, and vice chairperson of Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries.

Hobson is a resident of Fredericktown, where he lives with his wife, Renee, and children, Nathan and Anna. He has one grown son, Tyler.


Local People: Higgs promoted at First-Knox

MOUNT VERNON– Promotions at First-Knox National Bank were made at the May board meeting. Cindy Higgs was promoted to senior vice president, consumer lending.

Higgs joined First-Knox in 1990 and oversees First-Knox’s consumer lending function, which includes direct installment and mortgage lending activities. Throughout her career with First-Knox Higgs has worked in a variety of roles, including branch management, consumer lending, and commercial lending.

“Cindy’s depth and breadth of lending knowledge made her the ideal choice to assume oversight of our consumer lending activities in 2014. Her leadership has been invaluable as we implement technological advancements, navigate regulatory changes, and maintain our focus on providing excellent customer service,” said Vickie Sant, president.

Higgs is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, holds a bachelor of business administration from Olivet Nazarene University, and an MBA from Boston University. She has graduated from a number of professional schools, including the Ohio Banker’s Association Schools of Banking, Commercial Lending, and Real Estate Lending, as well as Bank Leadership School. She is also a 2006 graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Higgs takes an active role in the local community. She is a member of the following organizations: Knox County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador; Knox County United Way board, Women United, and United Way Red Feather Society; Ohio Bankers League; Kiwanis; and the Knox County Board of Elections. She attends the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.

Higgs resides in Mount Vernon with her husband, Bill.


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.


WACO fly-in thrills plane enthusiasts

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 WACO Fly-In was held at Wynkoop Airport on Granville Road Saturday. Horwitz and Kate Cribb flew in to the event in Horwitz's 1942 WACO UPF-7. The open cockpit bi-plane was originally designed to be a primary trainer to prepare pilots for action in World War II. The plane was originally restored by Tom Flock, a well-known restorer of WACO planes.

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KnoxPages.com photo by George Breithaupt

OSU Alumni Club of Knox County awards merit scholarships

MOUNT VERNON - The OSU Alumni Club of Knox County has awarded $11,000 in scholarships for the year 2017-18 for entering and current students. Scholarship recipients are graduates of Centerburg, Mount Vernon, and East Knox High Schools.

Gabriel Coffing, of Centerburg, is a graduate of Centerburg High School and the son of Joel and Melissa Coffing. He will be majoring in neuroscience.

Rebecca McCarty of St. Louisville, is a graduate of East Knox High School and the daughter of Robert and Beth McCarty. She will major in agricultural education and agronomy.

Michael Collins of Centerburg is a graduate of Centerburg High School and the son of Mike and Angie Collins. He will major in criminal justice.

Joelle Cassetto of Fredericktown is a graduate of Fredericktown High School and the daughter of Joel and Merry Cassetto. She is majoring in Biology Pre-Optometry.

Denasan Spalla of Howard is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and the daughter of Dawn Gibson and Russell Spalla. She will major in pre-med.

Jarred Fink of Centerburg is a graduate of Centerburg High School and the son of Gary and Tony Fink. He will major in computer programming.

Keith Altman will be a senior at OSU and will receive his degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He hopes to pursue a career in nuclear power generation. His parents are Wayne and Ranae Altman.

Makenzie Thorpe will be a junior at OSU and is studying health sciences as a pre-med student. She is interested in the field of dermatology.
She is the daughter of Angie Thorpe.

Applications for these scholarships are taken in January. The club has a long history of assisting students, contact them through their website, www.osuknoxalumni.com for more information.

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