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Clouds partially obscure Solar Eclipse in Knox County

MOUNT VERNON - Clouds partially obscured the view of the Great American Solar Eclipse in Knox County Monday. Several public viewing events were held in the area including one at Wolf Run Park on Yauger Road. The Knox County Park District hosted the event at the park and provided the special glasses needed to view the spectacle of when the moon passed in front of the sun between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Among those who turned out to watch the eclipse at Wolf Run was home schooled 10th grader Anna Emmelhainz of Mount Vernon. In addition to the glasses, she and her mother/teacher Jill Emmelhainz showed up with some appropriate snacks including Sunny D, Moon pies, and Star Crunch.

Eclipse Anna

Anna Emmelhainz had the appropriate snacks for eclipse viewing at Wolf Run Park Monday - KP Photo

News Coverage of the eclipse was extensive nationwide on television and the internet. In case you missed it, parts of Ohio will be in the totality of the next solar eclipse in 2024.


Commissioners move to install gas pipeline on Fairgrounds Road


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — The county commissioners have agreed in principle to grant an easement to Ohio Cumberland Gas Co. for installation of a gas pipeline on Fairgrounds Road. The line will extend from 781 Fairgrounds Road, the former Seventh-day Adventist bookstore, to about 400 Fairgrounds Road.

Mark Ramser of Ohio Cumberland Gas told the commissioners on Thursday that the 3-inch plastic pipe will run parallel to Fairgrounds Road on the north side. It will be buried 3 feet deep. The pipeline easement will extend 60 feet from the center of Fairgrounds Road.

The county will receive 50 cents a foot for the right-of-way easement. The commissioners forwarded the contract to the Knox County Prosecutor's office for review.

Ramser is requesting a similar easement from other landowners located between 781 Fairgrounds Road and 400 Fairgrounds Road. He plans to install the pipeline before the 2017 heating season starts.

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer also spoke with the commissioners on Thursday. Before going into executive session to discuss personnel, Shaffer told the commissioners he was going to talk with counsel from the Public Defender Office about scheduling their visits to the jail. Shaffer said that consultation space is limited, and when several attorneys are visiting clients at the same time, space and privacy are issues.

The Knox County Jail population stands at 96: 82 male and 14 female. Three are prisoners from Lawrence County; one is federal. Due to consistently high population rates, Shaffer said he was going to talk with Chief Roger Monroe of the Mount Vernon Police Department about the possibility of MVPD officers simply issuing a summons rather than making an arrest in certain low-level misdemeanors.


Dan Emmett Festival features motorcycle show & cruise-in

MOUNT VERNON – 2017 marks the 16th consecutive year for the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Motorcycle Show & Cruise In. The event, facilitated and sponsored by Mid-Ohio Suzuki-Honda-Yamaha-Kawasaki, will be held on Sunday, August 13th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Motorcycles of all makes and models are invited to cruise into town to show off their wheels. Five (5) classes of competition – Custom, Touring, Vintage (25 years and older), Trike, and Cruiser, will have the opportunity to participate in a judged show, with a special award for Best in Show.

Day of show registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If engines and paint jobs weren’t enough, the EKG will provide live entertainment on the Square beginning at Noon.  With a beautiful mix of two part harmonies accompanied by intricate acoustic six string guitar, twelve string guitar, mandolin, electric/acoustic bass, they are the perfect musical accompaniment. In the new South Main area, Project Roundtable will perform at noon and the Shauman Band at 2 p.m.

Returning this year, you can rise and shine with a good old-fashioned Pancake Breakfast. Grace Community Church of Mount Vernon will provide a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. on the Public Square.  A worship service featuring the Frank Boyd Jr. Blues Ministry and Pastor Roger Tickle will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Motorcycle Show & Cruise-In will be held in the center of the Public Square. Participants should enter from Sandusky Street (SR 13) onto High Street and park as directed by the show staff. This show will be held simultaneously with the annual Antique and Classic Car Show.

The 2017 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival runs August 13th in Downtown Mount Vernon with various activities each day. This year’s Festival is made possible through the contributions of Ariel Corporation and First-Knox National Bank. 


Mavis: Goose hunts set for Ariel Foundation Park, Hiawatha pool hours reduced

MOUNT VERNON - Mayor Richard Mavis announced that the city will offer permits for goose hunting in Ariel Foundation Park September 6th and 8th. Hunters should call 740-393-9577 for an application. 

Mavis also announced that August 16th is the last day for regular operating hours at Hiawatha Water Park/Pool.  From August 17th through September 4th the pool will be open weekends only. 

The city's Shade Tree and Beautification Commission will host Tree City USA awards in April 2020 with the Village of Gambier and Kenyon College. The commission will also be starting a new tree planting program to be known as the Tree City Partners. An Ariel grant will be offered to make trees available to residents who want them for the tree lawn area and who will commit to watering and caring for the tree. City Engineering Department will accept requests for fall plantings. For more information call 740-393-9528.

MVHS varsity cheerleaders win Dan Emmett festival competition

MOUNT VERNON - For the third year in a row the Mount Vernon High School cheerleaders won first place for varsity squads at the Dan Emmett Festival downtown Thursday evening. The cheer competition has been a big part of the festival for 12 years.

Squads were judged on their motion technique, voice projection, transitions, formation/spacing, flow/pace, jumps, dance, synchronization/timing, effective/appropriate words and skills, use of signs, pom-poms and megaphones, showmanship/presentation, choreography, and overall impression. 

MVHS cheerleaders at DEFMount Vernon Cheerleaders with the trophy their squad won for first place Thursday at the Dan Emmett Cheer Competition. Left to right Kianna Sunderman, Kendall Hinkle, Morgan Pryor, and Jada Kennerly. These four choreographed the dance that was part of the competition. Photo courtesy Monica Pryor.


Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story we misspelled the last name of Kianna Sunderman, we apologize for the error.

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