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Aldi open for now while renovations are underway

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Renovation on the Aldi store, 1545 Coshocton Ave., is underway. According to an Aldi customer service representative, the store will close on July 5 to complete the renovations and reopen in September.

Improvements include more effective lighting, open ceilings and other energy-efficiency measures. The Mount Vernon location will also expand in size with a nearly 20-foot-wide addition.

The renovation of the Mount Vernon store is part of a $1.6 billion investment strategy designed to provide customers with what the company calls “a modern and convenient shopping experience.” Aldi plans to remodel or expand more than 1,300 stores by 2020.

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Renovations at the Aldi store on Coshocton Avenue are underway. The store will close July 5 to complete the renovations and reopen in September. KP Photo by Cheryl Splain

In announcing the nationwide remodeling campaign in February, Jason Hart, Aldi chief executive officer, said the company continues to expand its fresh offerings, which means more space is needed for meat, produce and bakery items.

In addition to its remodeling program, Aldi plans to open 650 new stores throughout the U.S. By 2018, it expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. Aldi plans to invest $3 million in this expansion project.

Over the last few years, the chain has added gluten-free foods SimplyNature organic products. It also removed added MSG, partially hydrogenated oils and certified synthetic colors from its Aldi brand foods.

Got Drugs? Prescription drug take back day this Saturday

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) is partnering with several agencies to coordinate Knox County Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. KSAAT volunteers and officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the Danville Police Department, and the Fredericktown Police Department will collect unused, unwanted and expired medications at the following locations:

Mount Vernon - Knox County Health Department

Centerburg - Foster's Pharmacy

Danville - Municipal building

Fredericktown  - Police Station








Business News: Park National reports 1st Q 2017 financial results

NEWARK - Park National Corporation (Park) (NYSE MKT: PRK) announced financial results Friday for the first quarter of 2017 (three months ended March 31, 2017). Park’s board of directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on June 9, 2017 to common shareholders of record as of May 19, 2017.

Park reported $20.3 million in net income for the first quarter of 2017, an 8.5 percent increase from $18.7 million for the same period in 2016. Net income per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2017 was $1.31, compared to $1.21 in the first quarter of 2016.

Park's community-banking subsidiary, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $21.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to $21.7 million for the first quarter of 2016. The bank had total assets of $7.7 billion at March 31, 2017, rising from $7.4 billion at December 31, 2016.

In the first quarter of 2017, the bank grew consumer loans by $59.7 million (21.5 percent annualized). Total loans for the bank were $5.28 billion at March 31, 2017, a $42 million (3.2 percent annualized) increase over $5.23 billion at December 31, 2016.

About Park National Corporation:
Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, Park National Corporation had $7.7 billion in total assets (as of March 31, 2017). The Park organization principally consists of 11 community bank divisions, a non-bank subsidiary and two specialty finance companies. Park's Ohio-based banking operations are conducted through Park subsidiary The Park National Bank and its divisions, which include Fairfield National Bank Division, Richland Bank Division, Century National Bank Division, First-Knox National Bank Division, Farmers Bank Division, United Bank, N.A. Division, Second National Bank Division, Security National Bank Division, Unity National Bank Division, and The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division; and Scope Leasing, Inc. (d.b.a. Scope Aircraft Finance). The Park organization also includes Guardian Financial Services Company (d.b.a. Guardian Finance Company) and SE Property Holdings, LLC.

KnoxEats restaurant review: Southside Diner - A Family Gathering

By the Diversified Diner

I’ve joined ‘em for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each time service is swift and my order correct. Each time I see old and new friends and I can’t get to a table without hearing laughter and waving, “Hi” to familiar faces. It’s like being at a family gathering.
Where’s this homey eatery? Southside Diner at 620 S. Main Street.

Early this month, I schlepped to Southside for a wee hour breakfast. They open at 6:45 AM. At this time, seats are easy to select. Experience taught me to avoid 8:00 and 9:00 AM or I’ll wait for a vacant table. A few familiar faces greet me as I scoot into a nearby booth.

While every server is friendly and fast, I’m amazed at the skills of one in particular. Crissy. How does she do it? I’m not her only customer yet she remembers our previous conversations, my former orders, and my favorites. It’s Crissy and other long-time employees who add to the family environment.

My eggs arrive, prepared to order. My ham – from a local butcher – is juicy, tasty, and satisfying. It’s so tender I cut it with my fork and there’s hardly any fat to remove. My servings are generous. Coffee is hot and my cup refilled several times throughout breakfast.Knox eats 4 forks

The atmosphere is comfortable, at times crowded – like Mom’s house. The customers, including tots to teens, are noisy, jovial – like my family. The walls are adorned with beloved 1950-60’s era items – like Grandma’s home. And like Grandma, the bathroom needs updated.

Southside is neither elegant nor upscale. Working people seem to be a large representation; I see uniforms, jeans, and jogging outfits. It’s like coming in off the job or track and joining kinfolk for a casual meal.

As a family owned and operated diner, Southside is one of our hometown gathering places. Don’t leave without buying the homemade sugar cookies or a pie. And if you want a quiet and quick meal, go during their off-hours.

Atmosphere: 3 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 4 Forks
Overall: 4 Forks

New Health Center open in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Community Health Center is officially open.

The Health Center is located inside the Knox County Health Department at the corner of Upper Gilchrist and Coshocton Roads. Presently, the Center’s hours are the same as the health department: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon and 1 – 4:30 p.m. The Center is open until 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month and plans to add additional evening hours as well as hours on Saturday.

The new Health Center is a patient-centered medical home offering preventive and primary care to patients of all ages. Patient-centered means that individuals can come to the center for medical services and also get dental care and help with mental health issues and receive education on how to avoid high blood pressure. “We will be a one-stop shop for healthcare,” said Lane Belangia, chief operating officer for the center

Medical services include, but are not limited to: treatment of illness such as ear aches, colds, sore throats, sinus infections and management of chronic disease such as diabetes; physical exams for work, school and sports; well-child exams; immunizations for children and adults; and women’s health including pregnancy tests and Pap tests.

Dental services include cleanings, fillings, sealants, extractions, x-rays, fluoride treatments, oral health exams and oral cancer screenings.

“The lack of insurance or income should never be a barrier to getting heath care,” said Belangia. “We will strive to serve the entire community.”

The Health Center accepts uninsured individuals as well as those on Medicaid, all Medicaid managed care plans, Medicare, and with other insurance companies. If patients do not have health insurance, there is a sliding fee with proof of income. Also, there is Health Center staff who can assist patients with enrolling in health insurance or Medicaid if they qualify.

Health Center staff will also connect patients with other community services that can help them including tobacco cessation classes, nutrition counseling, substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling.

To make an appointment at the new Health Center, call 740-399-8008.

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