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Bank fund set up to assist Waldron family

MOUNT VERNON - An account has been set up to assist the family of Glenda Waldron who died this week after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a local parking lot.

Send donations to:
“Glenda Waldron Memorial Fund”
c/o First Knox National Bank
One S. Main St.
Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050

Or any Park National Affiliate


Knox Co. Visitors Bureau and Woodward Opera House name new marketing director


MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Woodward Opera House announce their newest employee; Justin Bauer-Careins of Mount Vernon as their Marketing Director.

Bauer-Careins comes to the CVB and Woodward Opera House with over 20 years of Marketing experience. Over the past 10 years she has been employed by CUSA Management LLC. in the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for five hotels that are located in Berea, Kentucky; Southampton, New York; and most recently at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel.

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Justin Bauer-Careins - photo submitted


Bauer-Careins has been a board member for the Knox County CVB for the past two years; most recently holding the Chair position of the Marketing Committee. She is also involved in Leadership Knox and will graduate from this program on May 18th.

She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Retail and is a Ohio native growing up in West Unity, Ohio located in Williams County.

Bauer-Careins joined the Knox County CVB and Woodward Opera House officially on Monday, May 1, 2017.


Letter to the KP Editor - Mount Vernon ISS thrift shop

Dear KP Editor,

Are you a penny pincher, a bargain hunter or do you just plain like to find a good buy? Then we want to let you in on what may be Mount Vernon’s best kept secret.

Clothes ‘n’ Counters Thrift Shop (benefitting Interchurch Social Services) has a wide variety of gently used, and sometimes even NEW, clothing and accessories as well as household items.

Now, it is obvious that you know we are here. We can tell by the loads and loads of great donations you bring us. What you may not be aware of is that you can buy items here, too! Many people believe that because we give away clothing and other items, we don’t sell to the general public. But we do!! And we could do more if you would just come in and try us out! We do give away a lot to low income and others in need, but even with all the items we give away, we still have a wide selection available – for you! The proceeds from purchases help provide services to the people that Interchurch assists. With the exception of our part-time store manager, all of our other staff members are volunteers.

At Clothes ‘n’ Counters you may find designer labels and your favorite brands in children, teen and adult sizes – everything from bathing suits to winter coats! We have accessories – footwear, handbags, belts, ties, etc. We also have household items from dishes to bedding (we do not handle furniture or electronic items).

We are easy to find at 306 West Gambier Street in Mount Vernon (just west of the fire department on the same side of the street) with parking available. The trip will be well worth it in the savings you will find. Come give us a look. We think you will enjoy the shopping and find it worthwhile.

Volunteers of Clothes ‘n’ Counters Thrift Shop

Beth Sheffer, Fran Knaus, Judy Smith, Ada Carey, Pruitt McCoy, Rose Earnest, Mary Alice Gordon,  Melinda Amheiser, Kayla Clawson

Broeren to seek public comments on medical marijuana


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — City Law Director Rob Broeren said a commercial real estate company recently contacted him about opening up a manufacturing and growing facility for marijuana.

Ohio's medical marijuana law, in effect since September 2016, allows Ohioans with one of 20 qualifying diagnoses to buy and use marijuana if a physician licensed in Ohio approves it. Effective May 6 through Sept. 8, 2018, regulations allow for 12 Level 1 and 12 Level 2 marijuana cultivators in Ohio. Level 1 licenses cover up to 25,000 square feet of growing space; Level 2 covers up to 3,000 square feet.

Applicants for a Level 1 license must pay a $20,000 nonrefundable application fee and a $180,000 license fee. Level 2 applicants must pay a $2,000 nonrefundable application fee and an $18,000 license fee.

Broeren said that the law gives municipalities the right to say yes or no to cultivators, dispensers or both. “If we do nothing, we allow it,” he said, adding that if the city wants to restrict marijuana in any way, council needs to adopt legislation stating those restrictions. He plans to schedule a committee meeting on May 22, prior to council's legislative session, to give residents a chance to voice their thoughts.

Sept. 8 is the next date in the timeline. By then, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy must complete rules for marijuana dispensaries and create a process for registering patients. The Ohio State Medical Board must also have criteria set detailing how physicians can be certified to recommend medical marijuana, and the Ohio Department of Commerce must finalize the rules for marijuana growers and testing labs. The program must be fully operational by Sept. 8, 2018.

The qualifying medical conditions are HIV/AIDS; Alzheimer's disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); cancer; chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); Crohn's disease; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; fibromyalgia; glaucoma; hepatitis C; inflammatory bowel disease; multiple sclerosis; pain that is chronic and severe, or intractable; Parkinson's disease; post traumatic stress disorder; sickle cell anemia; spinal cord disease or injury; Tourette's syndrome; traumatic brain injury; and ulcerative colitis.


Rain forces Main Street Mount Vernon's First Friday event indoors

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Rain cancelled the planned First Friday activities on the Public Square but there were some well-attended activities indoors.  

Music headliner Katty Whomp-us performed their unique blend of Americana, zydeco and pop music inside the C A & C depot. Sarah Goslee Reed performed at the Coleman Gallery.

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Katty Whompus performed at the C A & C depot during First Friday - KP Photo 

Kenyon College showed off the recently renovated Wright Center, formerly the Buckeye Candy building, with a public open house. The three floor building now houses the college's film department, the college's office for community partnerships and SPI, the non-profit children's science play space.

Kenyon film students shared their experiences and showed off the facilities. Visitors also saw sculptures Kenyon art students created sculptures based on features of Ariel Foundation Park. 



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