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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.


Free seminar will highlight details of stem cell therapy

MOUNT VERNON – A free educational seminar on regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy will take place on Thursday, July 27 at Swetlic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation’s office complex at 11301 Upper Gilchrist Road.

Attendees will learn about the merits of Mesenchymal Stem Cell treatments and how they can aid the body in the healing process by repairing damaged and injured tissue. This technology is being brought to the Knox County area by Dr. James Swetlic’s newest company, JAS Medcal LLC.

Some of the conditions that can be helped by stem cell therapy include the following:

• Knee injuries such as MCL, ACL, PCL, LCL sprains or tears
• Arthritis and osteoarthritis
• Shoulder damage
• Chronic and lower back pain
• Wrist and elbow issues
• Issues with the Achilles tendon
• Ankle and foot pain
• Plantar fasciitis

The seminar will detail the type of stem cell therapy JAS will offer and discuss why it is superior to many other similar treatments on the market. Swetlic said that he expects the majority of cases in which a person is a candidate for stem cell therapy will need only one treatment.

“Only a small minority of patients should need a second injection six to eight months later,” he said. “Each patient’s condition is unique and you will discuss any future possible injections with your provider at follow-up appointments.”

The seminar will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to reserve a seat by calling (740) 392-1407.

Marsy's law advocates seek support in Knox County for victims' rights

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Corey Edwards visited County Commissioners Thom Collier and Roger Reed on Tuesday seeking their support for a statewide ballot initiative protecting victims' rights. Edwards is field director for Marsy's Law for Ohio, a group advocating for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing victims and their families the same rights accorded to offenders.

“It adds nothing to and takes nothing away from criminals' rights,” said Edwards. “It elevates victims' rights so everyone is on an even field. The reality is, it's probably going to pass, but it's not going to do any good if no one knows anything about it.”

In response to Collier's question regarding why the group chose a constitutional amendment versus working through the Ohio Legislature, Edwards said “the big thing is it tends to get watered down” when an issue goes through the legislature.

Edwards said that Ohio statutes passed in 1994 grant victims rights, but those rights are not being enforced. Victims advocates thus have to focus on making sure victims' rights are not violated rather than focusing on the case itself. “A constitutional amendment will clarify once and for all that victims have equal rights in Ohio,” he said. Those rights include the right to:
Receive timely notification of changes in proceedings, major developments in the case and the offender's custodial status
Be present at court proceedings
Provide input to the prosecutor before a plea agreement is finalized
Be heard at plea or sentencing proceedings or any process that may result in the offender's release
Timely restitution

As an example, Edwards cited a scenario in which a victim's rights were violated during a trial. Currently, the victim has no recourse but to wait until after the trial is completed and then file a grievance. With a constitutional amendment, Edwards said there can be immediate intervention.

As a former legislator, Collier said there is a purpose for the legislature and that he is leery any time someone wants to change things via ballot. “There's no opportunity for correction, change, etc.,” he said. “In my opinion, that is a dangerous way to go on any bill, not just this one.”

Marsy's Law for Ohio will collect signatures through Thursday. “We do have high hopes, high aspirations. It looks like we will meet [the signatures] we need to go on,” said Edwards.

Marsy's Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, a University of California Santa Barbara student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. One week after her murder, her brother, Dr. Henry Nicholas, and her mother walked into a grocery store after visiting Marsy's grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. They had no idea he had been released on bail.

Dr. Nicholas is the key backer and proponent of Marsy's Law, which passed California first in 2008. The initiative passed in the five states in which it has been on the ballot. Twenty-five states have something similar already on their books. Ohio, along with Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Maine, does not have a victims' rights guarantee in its constitution.

Village Market finds a new home in Gambier

By George Breithaupt, KnoxPages.com Reporter

GAMBIER - Village Market manager Tim Newton is moving and excited about it. For the last 20 plus years, the Village Market has been a fixture on the corner of Gaskin Avenue and Brooklyn Street in Gambier. But now it will soon be ensconced in a newer, more modern facility and Newton sees nothing but good for the market and for Gambier.

"We've equipped the market with brand new freezers, a brand new produce case where we put the cheeses, yogurt, and milk," Newton said. "We are also working on a new point-of-sale system"

Newton thinks having a market like his is very important and serves the community in many ways.

"I think it (the Village Market) is very important to the community and we take it very seriously," he explained. "That's why we are going to try to get it back up and running as soon as we can."

Newton closed the market on Thursday, June 15th and he intends to re-open today at the corner of Chase Avenue & Brooklyn Street. The move will be largely done by that time but the move will be an ongoing effort. Newton expects to be restocking the shelves in the new market for several weeks.

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New Village Market interior - KP Photo by George Breithaupt

"I had to reduce my inventory in order to make the move," he said. "I have a very good relationship with my distributors and I have a lot of distributors. They are all used to supplying small markets. So I will be getting more stock in on a regular basis."

The Village Market was formerly owned and operated by Bob & Deb Tier and Roger & Katie Fannin. They ran the market for more than 20 years before selling it seven years ago. The original village market before the Fannins and Tiers was the Hays Market. Newton hopes to find the time to do a little research on the history of the market and perhaps do a timeline of its history.


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