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Local people: Kyle Walls joins First-Knox as banking officer


MOUNT VERNON – Kyle M. Walls has joined First-Knox National Bank as a banking officer and commercial lender, specializing in agricultural lending. “We are very excited to bring Kyle on board,” said First-Knox president, Vickie Sant. “Kyle has spent a number of years working in various aspects of the ag industry. He is familiar with farmers and those involved in agricultural endeavors. He understands their unique lending needs and that will be very beneficial as he determines how we can best assist them."

Walls will spend the majority of his time at First-Knox, but will also assist with agricultural lending needs at affiliated banks Farmers and Savings Bank (Loudonville), United Bank (Bucyrus), and Richland Bank (Mansfield).

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Kyle Walls - photo submitted 

A native of Indiana and graduate of Indiana University, Walls currently resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Ashton, and daughter, Jolee. He is active with the Knox County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Ohio Young Agriculture Professionals State Committee, and is a director with the Knox County Cattleman’s Association.

Walls can be reached at the Mount Vernon Main Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He can be reached at 740.399.5601 or [email protected]


Knox County Relay for Life to focus on cancer survivors and caregivers

MOUNT VERNON -  Knox County's Relay for Life event will be held at Mount Vernon High School's football stadium on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. This year's theme is "Pirates of the CURE-abbean: Making Cancer Walk the Plank."

The event will be filled with activities for the whole family. Many of the teams raising funds through the event will have campsites located around the track that will be decorated and have activities according to the event's pirate theme. There will also be food vendors, music, entertainment and hourly games and theme laps.

Additional activities include a survivor/caregiver dinner at 6 p.m. (must register in advance), opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., a live auction, a silent auction, local DJ David McCandlish as emcee and the memorial Luminaria ceremony at 10 p.m.

Local cancer survivor Tammy Lemley serves on this year's Knox County Relay for Life leadership team, coordinating activities for survivors who will have their own tent featuring pampering services from 8-10 p.m., including massages, manicures, facials, make-up makeovers, consultants from the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" program, nutrition consultants, and organic body lotions. Volunteers will be on hand from Knox Community Hospital' Wellness Center, Knox County Career Center, Mary Kay, Avon and Lashley Training Center. There will also be drawings for products and services.

"This event is for everyone. You don't have to be part of a team to come out and enjoy Relay for Life," said Kim Franks, local event lead. "There will be lots for children to do, plus many ways for families to have fun while donating to the cause. Come out and listen to some music, enjoy some food, bid on auction items and walk a lap around the track with a friend."

The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in 5,000 events worldwide in 2016. Last year, more than 450 people participated in the Relay For Life of Knox County and raised $269,000. Visit relayforlife.org/knoxco to learn more about the event, or contact Carrie Haver at 740-398-6603 or Sarah Thomas at [email protected]

This year's event sponsors include CES Credit Union, Knox Community Hospital, and WNZR 90.9 FM.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Foundation for KCH kicks off "Labor of Love" campaign

MOUNT VERNON - The Foundation for KCH is pleased to announce its new fundraising campaign, “Labor of Love” to the community. The goal is to raise funds for a series of upgrades for the Birthing Center. These will include maternal-fetal monitors and an advanced birthing simulator.
“We’re very excited about the addition of wireless maternal-fetal monitors,” said Joanne Yates, RN, BSN, Director of the Birthing Center. “They allow moms the flexibility and freedom to walk around during the labor process.”

The Novii wireless system monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and uterine activity, all with a single 'peel and stick' patch. It is effective for monitoring mothers with a high body mass index (BMI) and minimizes the risk of confusing the maternal and fetal heart rates. This wireless, belt-free system allows the expectant mother greater freedom of movement and a more comfortable birthing experience.

The campaign will also raise funds for an advanced full-body birthing simulator called the SimMom that has accurate anatomy and functionality. SimMom will facilitate multi-professional obstetric training using both manual and automatic delivery modes. Birthing simulators represent the best clinical training exercises available as difficult delivery scenarios may be practiced and prepared for should an unusual case occur.

For more information about the campaign, contact Lori Wilkes at 740.393.9602 or by email at [email protected]

Around Ohio: Witness charged with Tampering, Vandalism in Rhoden murder case

COLUMBUS - A witness has been charged with destruction of a GPS device as part of the investigation into the murders of eight members of the Rhoden Family in Pike County.

James Manley, 40, of Pike County was charged with:

*One count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree
*One count of Vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree

Manley is alleged to have destroyed a GPS device used in the investigation. The charges Manley faces are not uncommon when a witness destroys such a device used in a government investigation.

Library's Book Warehouse opens Saturday, 5/27, free books for children under 18


MOUNT VERNON - The Friends of the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Book Warehouse will again open its doors to the public for the summer on Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. at 13081 Coffing Road, Mount Vernon. Friends of the Library volunteers have stocked thousands of new and used books, videos, DVD’s, CD’s, audiobooks, records and magazines that will be available during sale hours throughout the summer from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday until the first week in November. The popular ‘Stuff It’ Bag sale will continue this summer.

Donations for items are used to fund programs at public libraries in Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, Danville and Gambier throughout the year. Books and other materials from the warehouse have been donated to libraries, schools, and non-profit, military and community organizations around the world.

Every child under age 18 can select one free book per visit. The book warehouse is located north of Mount Vernon off of State Route 13 North and Green Valley Road near Knox Berry Farm in the former Coffing Green Valley Meats/Pie Factory building.

To volunteer, request community service hours, or for more information, call the main library 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext 243, call the FOL warehouse during open hours, 740-485-9193, visit www.knox.net or email [email protected]


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