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Ordinance prohibiting the sale of Medical marijuana among issues to be discussed Monday by City Council

MOUNT VERNON - Several public committtee meetings are scheduled for this evening prior to the legislative session of Mount Vernon City Council. During the summer months of June, July and August council only meeets once a month.

At 5:40 the Finance and Budget committee will discuss a proposed 1/2% income tax increase.

At 5:55 the Planning and Zoning committee will discuss charter government.

At 6:15 Parks and Lands committee will discuss American National Can (ANC) land exchange.

At 6:30 Planning and Zoning Committee is set to discuss EZ Abatement

At 6:40 Planning and Zoning committee will discuss Medicinal Marijuana. An ordinance (2017-21) is scheduled for first reading "To prohibit all medical marijuana activiites, including the cultivation, processing or retail sale of medical marijuana in any zoning district in the city Mount Vernon, Ohio."

The legislative session begins at 7:30.

Woolson buys Odd Fellows Building


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — The Odd Fellows building, 114 S. Main St., is under new ownership. Michael Woolson of Main Street Creative bought the building from the Knox Landmarks Foundation for $135,000.

Jeff Gottke, president of KLF, said the foundation sold the building because it did not want to be a landlord, it wanted to be a catalyst for historical preservation.

“We bought it in 2009 from the Odd Fellows because they knew we were an organization dedicated to preserving the historical character of buildings. So that was our mission in acquiring it,” said Gottke. “Over seven years we pretty much restored it top to bottom to its 1880s style and character. We felt like we did our job with the building; they could take care of it and we could focus on preservation.”

Shakti Fit is a tenant on the first floor of the Odd Fellows building and will remain there through the end of July. “We've had some considerable growth and need more space, so we're using this opportunity of transition in ownership to take that step,” said Shakti Fit owner Sarah Schlievert. “We just signed a lease at 14 E. Gambier St., where the LJJA martial arts studio used to be.”

Moving forward, the Knox Landmarks Foundation has other projects on tap, including grants for improving houses on the east side of town and a mural on the Masonic Hall building. Gottke said he would also like to start semi-permanent historical home tours in the downtown area and around the county. Another project involves starting a group for historical homeowners to get help with restoration projects.



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.


No charges in parking lot accident that claimed Mount Vernon woman's life

MOUNT VERNON - Six weeks after an accident in the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza parking lot near the Dollar General store that claimed the life of a 70-year-old local woman word is that no charges will be filed.

Glenda Waldron was leaving the Dollar General store when she was struck by a pick up truck. She was taken to the local hospital and pronounced dead. 

City Law Director Rob Broeren told KnoxPages.com that after reviewing statements from the driver, the victim's husband, a witness, and security camera video no charges will be filed against the driver of the pickup truck. Broeren also said that there is no proof that the driver committed any traffic offenses.

Ms. Waldron's family has retained a local attorney.

Community invited to give back with Christmas in July food drive


MOUNT VERNON - The 34th annual Christmas in July event is scheduled for Saturday, July 8. Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The food drive benefits the pantries of Interchurch Social Services located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown, and Mount Vernon. The goal for Christmas in July, 2017 has been set at $ 20,000 in combined cash and non-perishable food items.

Despite the summer warmth and sunshine, the need for pantry assistance continues. In 2016, the Interchurch pantries provided service to 8,074 households – an average of 673 households each month. Our busiest time was June - August. That isn’t too surprising when thought about. Children are home from school. Families that are eligible for free or reduced price lunches (and in some cases, breakfasts) are having to provide those meals for their children during the lazy days of summer. Need truly knows no season!

“Christmas in July is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County,” said Joy Harris, ISS executive director. Residents may bring non-perishable food or monetary donations to collection sites throughout the county. Suggested donations include boxed dinners and sides, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, pork and beans, and personal care items. Every dollar donated purchases ten dollars’ worth of food at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Centerburg area collection sites, open from 9:00 am to noon, are Centerburg Post Office, Dollar General, and the Hometown Market. The Interchurch office will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and, in addition to accepting donations for the pantry, will have special sales in the thrift store!

In the Danville area, open 9:00 am – noon, accepting cash donations only, are First-Knox National Bank and Killbuck Savings Bank. Other locations, open from 9:00 am -2:00 pm, are Lonsinger Pharmacy, Hometown Market and the Dollar General in Howard. Also open from 9 am to 2 pm will be the Danville Interchurch office.

NEW this year is the Christmas in July village-wide event, hosted by the Fredericktown Merchants, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. A wide variety of activities are planned and Santa Claus will be visiting Interchurch. For every 5 food items donated or a $10.00 donation, you will receive a raffle ticket for a quilt donated by Kathy Toms. 

In Gambier, donations can be dropped off at the Village Market from 9 am to 2 pm.

Mount Vernon collection sites include Kroger, Lanning’s Foods, Mount Vernon Interchurch, Neff’s, Pakmail, and Walmart. Monetary donations will also be accepted that morning at the Farmers Market on the Public Square.

Checks should be made payable to “Christmas in July – ISS” and may also be mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

For more information call 740-397-4825.


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