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MTVarts receives recognition for mural

MOUNT VERNON -  MTVarts, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization providing entertainment to the Knox County community held an Open House Thursday evening for supporters at its warehouse on Ohio Avenue.

The occasion was marked with a presentation from the Knox Landmarks Foundation for the historic downtown mural which was painted on the west facing wall of the MTVarts warehouse last year by local artist John Donnelly. The plaque says "Celebrating all of Knox County Performing Arts, commissioned by the Knox County Renaissance Foundation with support from Ariel Foundation."


MTV arts mural plaque

L to R: Janis Stone, MTVarts; Tom Fish, Knox Landmarks Foundation; Bruce Jacklin, MTVarts;  Artist John Donnelly, Jan Reynolds, Ariel Foundation; Jeff Gottke, Knox Landmarks Foundation. - Photo submitted by Scott Swingle, MTVarts/Westie Productions



Hit-skip driver sentenced in Muni Court

MOUNT VERNON – The Office of the Mount Vernon Director of Law announced that on February 9, 2017 a jury in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court convicted Mark A Eddy of Mount Vernon of failure to stop after an accident. The charge arose out of an incident that occurred on December 5, 2016 when Eddy rear-ended a driving school car at the intersection of State Route 229 and Springwater Drive.

After the accident occurred, Eddy fled the scene without exchanging information with the other driver and was later located by Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Trautman, Jr.

Assistant Law Director Brittany Whitney tried the case to the jury. She presented testimony from Brook Miller, Lincoln Rainer, Trooper Trautman, Kimberly Harris, and Karen Parker. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict. Judge John C. Thatcher sentenced Mr. Eddy to pay a fine of $300 plus court costs, serve 180 days in jail with 177 days suspended, placed him on 2 years of reporting probation on the conditions that he have no similar offenses while on probation, that he pay $100 per month on his fines and costs, and that his driver’s license be suspended for 180 days.

Judge Thatcher also found Eddy guilty of failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead and fined him $100 plus court costs.

Transformation from Buckeye Candy Bldg to Wright Center continues

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Workers transforming the Buckeye Candy building to Kenyon College's Wright Center Wednesday painted over the Buckeye Candy reference on the west side of the structure. The old Mail Pouch tobacco mural will remain on the building's south side.

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The new Wright Center facade was painted on Wednesday afternoon - KP Photo by Marty Trese

Mary Keister, Kenyon's Director of News Media Relations told KP, "Kenyon is committed to maintaining the historic aesthetic of the Wright Center, formerly the Buckeye Candy building. Keeping that goal in mind, the College worked to design and implement a sign, approved by the city, that would recreate the look of the Buckeye Candy banner and retain the building's familiar facade. Kenyon has an obligation to make visible the name of the new Wright Center so that the public can engage in the important community work taking place in the building. The Mail Pouch sign will remain."

On the north wall a Wright Center sign has gone up. 

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The Ariel Foundation helped Kenyon acquire the Buckeye Candy building on South Main Street in 2015, with additional support from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and gifts by private donors. 

The $6 million effort to save and restore the warehouse at 400 S. Main Street for College and community use is on schedule for completion in December. With the building, Kenyon joins Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Central Ohio Technical College in an education corridor on South Main Street.

Women United hosting signature event

MOUNT VERNON - Women United, a United Way of Knox County Women’s Leadership Initiative, will be hosting their signature event, “Power of the Purse, on Friday, May 5, 2017, in Gund Commons, on the Kenyon College Campus.

The “Power of the Purse” event is for women who enjoy and appreciate a variety of new, unused purses. The evening includes dinner and networking, along with a silent purse auction and exciting live purse auction. Gently used purses will be sold on the “Bag Lady Boulevard” which is a collection of gently used purses at rock bottom prices.

Proceeds from this event will be used to support the projects of Women United, specifically Recovery Housing for women and children and the empowerment program ROX.

Donations of new and gently used purses will be accepted at United Way, located at 110 East High Street, Mount Vernon, between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

To reserve a ticket or a table for the event, contact Katie Peterson at  740.397.5721 or email [email protected]

Thornville man charged with importuning

MOUNT VERNON - Officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Wiegard, 37, of Thornville, Sunday. He is currently being charged with Importuning.


Importuning is definied as demanding or soliciting insistently for sex.

Wiegard had been communicating via online and text messages with what he thought was an underage girl to engage in sexual activity with him. The female was actually a Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.


Andrew Wiegard booking photo - photo submitted by KCSO

Wiegard was arrested when he arrived for the pre-arranged meeting. A handgun was discovered in the vehicle during the arrest. If convicted, Wiegard could be sentenced to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

The case remains under investigation.

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