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Host parents needed for exchange students in July

MOUNT VERNON - Host families are being sought by Forte International Exchange Association for 11 days in July.

Chinese middle school students will arrive in Mount Vernon on July 14th through July 25th and stay with the host families. During the day, the students will attend English and culture classes in the morning and summer camp activities in the afternoon.

Host families may include working parents, childless couples, single parents, empty nesters and adoptive parents. The host families provide moral support, comfort and basic needs to the students, who have their own spending money and medical coverage. A modest stipend for host families is available of $200 per student.

For more information contact local representative Perry Brokaw at 419-525-7359 or [email protected]

Downtown parking map made available by Main Street Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON - If you find yourself saying it is tough to find a parking spot in downtown Mount Vernon you'll want to check out a new resource just released by Main Street Mount Vernon. The organization, formally known as Heritage Centre Association, has created a parking map of the downtown using Google Maps. The color-coded map details where visitors can find free parking, also noting the time restraints on each parking section.

You can also find directions to a parking spot using Google Maps.

New parking lots are available now at the corner of Gay Street and Ohio Avenue as well as behind Johnny's Mattress & Furniture Superstore on Gay Street. More than a hundred employees are about to begin working downtown at the new Knox Community Hospital office in the old Y-Not cycling location.

On the map Green indicates free 2-hour parking, Purple indicates free 4-hour parking, Yellow indicates free parking (garage), no time limit Blue indicates 3-hour parking, some spots reserved. 

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Downtown Mount Vernon parking map - courtesy Main Street Mount Vernon/Google Maps


Arrest Warrant issued for Michael A. Miller

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a warrant be issued for the arrest of Michael A. Miller, age 33, for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing this morning.

If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Miller, please contact the respective law enforcement agency in your area and let them know where he can be found. 

Mount Vernon Police - 740-397-2222.

Knox County Sheriff's Office - 740 - 397-3333.

Soroptomist Style show raises funds to help women and girls

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

GAMBIER - You know spring has arrived in Knox County when you attend the annual Step into Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The event was held Saturday at Kenyon College's Gund Commons to raise funds to support the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. Soroptimists represent women in all walks of life, in a wide variety of professions. The focus of the organization is sex trafficking, locally, statewide and worldwide. Soroptimists also support New Directions Domestic Violence Shelter, Hope Now, Distinguished Young Women of Knox County, Christmas in July and The Winter Sanctuary. Scholarships are also awarded each year to women working to further their education.

After lunch, served by AVI Foodsystems, the style show began featuring the latest fashions from several local stores. The trends this year include off the shoulder tops, leggings, and flowy dresses. Jean Wyatt of the Weather Vane says the colors for spring are white, pink and blush. Emcee Matt Starr introduced the models as they took the runway. Clothing merchants featured included Christopher and Banks, Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services, JC Penney, Lula Roe, Peebles, Rue 21, The Blonde Robin and The Weather Vane. Accessories were from Down Home Leather.

Many corporate sponsors, basket raffle and silent auction donors, came together to make the fundraising event possible.


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Heatherlyn Thomas models an outfit from the Weather Vane at Saturday's Soroptimist Style Show - KP Photo 

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Megan Shoemaker models a dress from the Weather Vane



Woodward progress photos presented to council

MOUNT VERNON - During Monday night's update on the Woodward Opera House project by manager Pat Crow shared several photos to illustrate the progress of the $22 million project.  It is slated to be complete at the end of 2017. 

Woodward inside March 2017a

View looking out from stage

Woodward Geothermal March 2017

Geothermal units in Woodward basement

Woodward outside ditch March 2017

Exterior work outside basement - photos courtesy WDC 

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