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Kenyon set to welcome students from 37 states, 19 countries

GAMBIER - The summer calm in the village will soon become the din of activity as students return to Kenyon College. Mary Keister, Director of News Media Relations, says this year, Kenyon is expecting 460 first-year students from 19 countries, including the U.S. and 37 states, including Ohio.

Upperclass students return to campus beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio.


Local business: Law firm to relocate at the Woodward


MOUNT VERNON— Zelkowitz, Barry, & Cullers, Ltd. will be relocating on the first of the new year to The Woodward, 103 S. Main St., where Charles Zelkowitz and Fred Barry opened the firm in 1953, with James Cullers joining in 1959. At the heart of Mount Vernon, The Woodward Opera House dates back to 1851 and is the oldest authentic 19th century theatre still standing in America.

The attorneys at ZBC, Larry J. Grindle, Noel B. Alden, Kathy Miller Trimble, Nicole Derr, and coming in the fall - Claire Almendinger Dague; are focused on creating individual solutions for their clients unique needs. With offices in Mount Vernon, Johnstown, and Danville, the practice areas include the following: Estate Planning/Wills & Trusts, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Domestic Adoptions, Business Formation/Corporate law, Criminal Law, Landlord/Tenant, Municipal Law/Real Estate Development, Insurance, Probate, Oil/Gas, Employment, Agricultural Law, and General Civil Litigation.

The Woodward’s mission is to bring the community together with art, education, local food and so much more. Kathy Miller Trimble, a partner at the law firm, says “We are optimistic about what the future holds for us at The Woodward and excited to bring in the new year by going back to our roots.”

Zelkowitz, Barry, & Cullers is excited to continue business with their clients and are welcoming everyone to visit their new location, 103 S. Main St., beginning on January 1st, 2018.



Highway patrol promotes school bus safety

MOUNT GILEAD – Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio children later this week and in the weeks to come as when they head back to school. For many, their day starts and ends by riding on a school bus. School buses are required to be inspected twice every year to ensure the buses are safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.

From 2014 to 2016, a total of 4,160 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers. As the buses return to the roadways, the Patrol has a few reminders for motorists. Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed. Drivers also must not resume driving until the school
bus begins moving.

“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility,” said Lt. G. S. Grewal, commander of the Mount Gilead Post. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are exiting and boarding a bus.”

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops.


Suicide prevention coalition bringing awareness with 5K walk/run

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 Knox County Suicide Prevention 5KWalk/Run event is set for Saturday, September 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Gambier. The event is held to bring about awareness that suicides can be prevented.

To sign up visit this link.

On the average local police, fire, and sheriff responders are called to about 25 incidents per month on suicidal threats or attempt calls. In 2016 there were 12 such deaths in Knox County and 5 accidental overdose statistics suspected as death by suicide. 

Kathy Wantland coordinates the coalition’s Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.) Team. Coalition volunteers respond to the scene to offer support and resources. Wantland also facilitates the Survivor of Suicide Support group that meets each month at Hospice of Knox County.

NAMI (Natioinal Alliance on Mental Illness) facilitates a Peer group every Thursday for folks challenged by such illnesses as depression, bipolar, anxiety, and others. This group meets at 7:00 p.m., at the Gay Street United Methodist Church. Statistics show that some 90% of deaths by suicide are attributed to clinical depression.

The annual Suicide Survivor Memory dinner is planned for Thursday, September 14. Details will be announced.


State Route 13 bridge replacement project to begin near Fredericktown


FREDERICKTOWN - Beginning Monday, August 14, Rietschlin Construction will begin working on a bridge deck replacement on SR 13 between SR 546 and the Richland County line. Motorists can expect a signalized lane closure on SR 13 during bridge construction.

The estimated completion date for this project is November 15, 2017.


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