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Historical Society wants to locate 1800's cabin near Dan Emmett House


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — If city officials agree, another early1800s home will join the Dan Emmett House on the south end of town near the Kokosing River.

Mark Ramser, speaking to city council on behalf of the Knox County Historical Society on Monday night during a Parks and Lands Committee meeting, said the two-story cabin currently sits on Burtnett Road in Harrison Township. “We need to move it from its present location by November. We would reconstruct it next year,” said Ramser. “We thought it would be a nice location for it to be next to the Dan Emmett House.

“There will be no land transfer, we're just asking for the right to locate the cabin there and maintain it,” he said. Ramser said there will be no cost to the city other than possibly extending and paying for electricity in the future. The city pays the electric bill for the Dan Emmett House.

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Historic cabin to be moved to Mount Vernon adjacent to Dan Emmett house - photo courtesy of Mark Ramser

Larry Wise owns the cabin, which was built around 1810 to 1820 and was in the Dudgeon family for many years. It is 18-by-25 feet and in very good condition. “Richard Morey inspected it and said it's one of the better ones he's seen,” said Ramser. “We are planning to reconstruct the entire house.”

City Engineer Brian Ball said the proposed site will not interfere with the Kokosing Gap Trail bike path. Although the site is in FEMA's flood plain, it sits above the 100-year flood plain level.

Councilwoman Susan Kahrl, chairwoman of the Parks and Lands Committee, liked the idea and said the area will be “more enticing” with more than one building. No formal action was taken on Ramser's request.




MV Council hears another plea for speed bumps on Edgewood Road


MOUNT VERNON — At Monday's city council meeting, Dennis Swingle once again asked for the city's help in controlling truck traffic on Edgewood Road. He said that when he and other neighbors submitted a petition asking for speed bumps to be installed, he did not realize the magnitude of the problem.

He said that after meeting with Mayor Richard Mavis, Swingle was told that in 2016, 10 semi trucks were recorded on Edgewood Road in a 24-hour period. In March 2017, that number was over 62 semis in 24 hours.

“It really has pointed out to me that it's a huge problem and it's been going on for a while. The Mount Vernon Police Department can't get there in time to do anything about it,” he said, adding that he did not blame the MVPD because he knows it is spread thin.

Even if it is a temporary solution, Swingle said that speed bumps will help until the city comes up with something more permanent. “I am sure the semis would not appreciate speed bumps,” he said.

He thanked Safety-service Director Joel Daniels for tracking down a few of the drivers after neighbors provided license plates and truck numbers.

Health Commissioner Julie Miller updated council on the department's activities. Highlights include applying for up to $209,000 in grant money to assess gaps in and offer more tobacco cessation education in the county; the least amount the department will receive is $70,000 to $75,000.

The number of patients visiting the community health center continues to rise; plans are to open another dental position, and medical services are growing as well. The center is applying for a $150,000 grant to enhance mental health services within the health center's jurisdiction. Miller said plans are to hire another provider and technician to reach those who need mental health services.

Councilman John Francis read a proclamation designating September Hunger Action Month.

In other business, council:
*Directed Daniels to submit an application for grant money for the Parrot/South Main Street intersection improvement project
*Designated First-Knox National Bank, PNC Bank, STAR Ohio and Home Loan Savings Bank as depositories for the city's funds
*Approved appropriations that include $1,000 from the Foundation Park Conservancy for the Rastin Challenge, $636,228 from a FEMA grant for a new Quint fire truck, $11,821.07 in excess water bill collections, $1,500 from VFW Charities of Ohio for the police bike patrol, $337,900 Bureau of Workers Compensation refund and a $30,000 grant for the municipal court's MERIT Drug Court program.
*Approved fund transfers
*Adopted legislation banning the cultivating and dispensing of medical marijuana within the city limits
*Approved a $2-per-hour raise to bring the MERIT Drug Court's coordinator pay to $22.40 per hour. The city pays $17 of that; the rest is paid through grants.
*Approved an amendment to allow for two safety-service administrative assistants for a one-week period. Dee Woods will retire the end of September; the amendment allows for training of her replacement.


New probation office to offer multiple services

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — When the Court of Common Pleas' Adult Court Services moves to 118 E. High St. later this fall, Probation Officer Joshua Gutridge envisions the site to be a “single point of multi-service agencies.”

The new location has enough classroom and consulting space for two or three organizations to meet with probationers at the same time. Gutridge wants to make the space available to other agencies in the county that work with the same population. Potential agencies include Behavioral Health Partners, Knox County Job & Family Services and the Freedom Center.

“The goal is to have everybody come in and get all of the services they need in one day,” he said. Those services include GED training, trauma counseling and anger management, to name a few. He also wants to establish a computer lab and self-help groups. Often, job certification and obtaining a GED are requirements of the court's community sanctions program.

He would like each organization to schedule a block of time when a representative is present. With predetermined times, Gutridge and other probation officers can schedule appointments for their probationers rather than leaving it up to them to schedule appointments. This also makes it easier for probationers to arrange transportation, a problem that often leads to missed appointments and lack of followup.

Gutridge is looking at the most common offenses to see determine which groups could best use the space. Using grant money, Adult Court Services plans to hire an additional probation officer; Gutridge is hopeful that with the additional officer, night appointments might be an option for probationers who work during the day.

“The more we work together, the better for this town and community,” he said.

Girls Scouts work to achieve Silver Award

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - While some teenagers may have enjoyed kicking back and relaxing last weekend, Isabel Hooley, 14, and Alaina Pullins,13, spent the weekend working to achieve one of the top honors in Girl Scouts - the Silver Award. The girls stained picnic tables, power washed a deck, swept and mopped at Camp Cornish on Cornish Road. Both are required to put in at least 50 hours on a project to receive the award. They are members of Troop 2793 led by Dena Hooley, Kathy Pullins and Sylvia Cook.

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Girl Scouts Isabel Hooley, left, Alaina Pullins, center and Kayleigh Ross stained picnic tables at Camp Cornish as part of Isabel and Alaina's Silver Award project. - KnoxPages.com photo

The project involves more than the physical labor.  The girls made a presentation to the Community Foundation for permission to complete the project.  They also sought funding from local attorney Scott Pullins, Alaina's dad, to purchase paint and other materials. 

Kayleigh Ross, a Centerburg 7th grader, helped out Isabel and Alaina.  She has plans for her own Silver Project in the future to make tie blankets for area law enforcement. 

Alaina said she likes the service and social aspects of scouting and "Friendships that last." 

2017 HS Football scoreboard - Week 1

MOUNT VERNON - It was a tough home opener for the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets as they lost to Marion Harding 14-10. Kicker Gannon Reddy scored a field goal for the Jackets in the first quarter and Kaden Daniels rushed for a TD in the second quarter followed by an extra point by Reddy. The Jackets were unable to score the rest of the game. In the waning moments of the 2nd quarter Marion Harding scored a TD after they blocked a Mount Vernon punt. The Presidents'  extra point attempt was no good when it struck the upright.  

In the second half, the Presidents recorded two more points with a safety to make the score 10-8. Marion Harding then scored a TD with :08 left on the clock. The final was 14-10 Marion Harding. Next week, the Jackets travel to Newark to take on the Wildcats.

Other Friday night scores:

Centerburg defeated Utica 19-14.

Danville 31 Ponitz Career Tech 6

Clear Fork beat Fredericktown 27-6.

East Knox beat West Muskingum 33-6.

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The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets take the field Friday night as the marching band and cheerleaders provide the spirit. KP Photo





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