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Library to host "big" events as part of Summer Reading program

The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County will be thinking “big” for several events as part of the “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program.

  1. Wednesday, July 10, the Fredericktown Community Library will host a “Kokosing Big Equipment Day,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library parking lot. The public is welcome to bring cameras. On the same day, the Gambier Community Library will celebrate the conclusion of its summer reading program with an all-day reception beginning at 11 a.m. with refreshments and prizes for participants.

Then, on Thursday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, the main library in Mount Vernon will host their popular “Big Truck Day” in the library parking lot.  A variety of equipment and big trucks are scheduled to appear including a fire truck from the Mount Vernon Fire Department, the American Red Cross disaster response vehicle and a Trail City H2. Special prizes for children who completed their summer reading program reading requirements will be distributed closing the children’s summer reading program. The public is welcome to attend and take photos.

  1. on Thursday, the teen “Beneath the Surface” summer reading program will end with a special viewing of “The Hobbit,” open to students in grades 6-12, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Teens who participated in reading challenge should bring in their reading logs to be eligible for prizes and drawing for Nook e-book reader.

The Danville Public Library will commemorate the end of its “Dig Into Reading,” Summer Reading Program with an open reception with refreshments and participant prizes all day on Thursday, July 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

The adult “Groundbreaking Reads,” summer reading program at the Mount Vernon main library will continue through Sunday, July 21, and will conclude with the Ice Cream Social on the grounds of the original 1888 public library (currently The Living Center parking lot).

For more information, contact the main library at 740-392-2665 Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email  [email protected].

Theater review - The Music Man

The Music Man is one of those musical theater productions that made a huge impression on me growing up in the 1960’s. Back then, the Mount Vernon Players put on the show and to this day, I know all (OK… most) of the lyrics to Pick a Little, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Gary, Indiana, and 76 Trombones. When you take your children and grandchildren to the 2013 production of The Music Man, no doubt, they will remember it for a lifetime. It’s a fun show with singing, dancing and a great message to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tonight is opening night for the MTVarts production of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. We were invited to the final dress rehearsal at the Memorial Theater Friday night. The story is about a swindling salesman, Harold Hill, who descends on a small town, River City, Iowa to form a boys’ band and make a fortune doing it. He sets out to sell band instruments and uniforms to parents, supposedly, as a way to keep their kids out of trouble. While in town, he falls in love with Marian, the Librarian, and eventually, brings the town together.

The huge cast , 62 strong, is led by director Leah Andrews. Hill, played by Leah’s husband, Mike Andrews, is no stranger to MTVarts productions. He played in last summer’s production of Grease and previously appeared as the Tin man in The Wizard of Oz.

Hill’s love interest, Marian Paroo, is played by Elizabeth Barrett. Her rendition of My White Knight was beautiful. Her voice is one of the musical highlights of the production. Barrett is new to MTVarts and teaches music at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Otterbein University.

The children cast in this production are as cute as can be, especially Charlie Mayville who plays Winthrop Paroo. Winthrop has a lisp and is very shy, but with Hill’s promise that he can play the cornet, Winthrop’s attitude changes.

The performance of Pick a Little was superb. Kudos to the ladies who sang every word of the difficult song and made it look easy thanks to the leadership of music director Diane Dingler.

The production is set around 1912 and costume director Mary Ann Calhoun should be commended. The ladies had wonderful period dresses and fluffy hats, reminiscent of that period. The dancing in this production was choreographed by Katie Delozier. The pit orchestra is conducted by Dr. Dane Heuchemer from Kenyon College.

First-Knox National Bank brings Meredith Willson's The Music Man to the Memorial Theater on July 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th at 7:30 PM and on July 7th and 14th at 2:00 PM. Ticket costs are $18.00 for main floor, $15.00 for lower balcony and $12.00 for upper balcony. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.mtvarts.com or at First-Knox National Bank, One South Main Street and 810 Coshocton Avenue in Mount Vernon. For further information call 740-399-5116.

MVPD reports July 1, 2013


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Colton Dean Michael Billingsley, 22, of Mount Vernon was cited at 7:30 a.m. on Friday for driving under a suspended license.


Wendy Chester, 42, of Howard was cited at 3:40 p.m. on Friday for starting and backing without insuring it was safe to do so.


Samantha L. Yeater, 21, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday with theft from Wal-Mart.


Phillip W. Bentz, 44, of Howard was cited at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for failure to yield.


Jessica P. West, 38, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for running a stop-sign.


Bradley E. Lake, 31, of Zanesville was cited at around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for making an illegal turn at an intersection.


Savanna McDonald, 18, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday with contributing to the delinquency and unruliness of a child at Wal-Mart.  She was charged also with complicity to theft.


Michael R. Smithhisler, 26, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for failure to yield while entering a public roadway from private property.


Robert P. Nobile, 79, of Howard was cited at around 8:15 p.m. on Friday for failing to yield while making a left turn.


Jordan Myers, 23, of Mount Vernon was picked up for a warrant at around 2:15 p.m. on Friday.


Kaitlin Campbell, 21, of Mount Vernon was charged at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday with theft from the Wal-Mart.




Just before 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Bradley E. Lake, 31, of Utica was travelling southbound on N. Mulberry Street in the right traffic lane in a UPS freight van.  Leah S. Hendrickson, 15, of Centerburg was also travelling south on N. Mulberry Street but was in the right-turn lane in a 1999 Toyota Camry.  Both had slowed or stopped at the W. High Street intersection. Lake illegally turned right across the right-turn lane and side-swiped Hendrickson’s vehicle.  Lake was cited for the incident.




At around 12:45 a.m. on Friday, a resident reported that he had found a CES credit card in the CES Credit Union’s ATM machine on Yauger Road.  An officer took possession of it and secured it in an MVPD evidence locker.  Its owner can claim it at the station.


At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of Taylor Road reported that he had found a stolen bicycle.


At about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, an officer was dispatched to arrest two adult female shoplifters who had been detained by Wal-Mart employees.  They were alleged to have attempted to steal $42.54 worth of merchandise—including sunglasses, a shirt, a hat, cheese sticks, and tea.  Their activities had been recorded by security cameras and a CD-R video was provided as evidence.


Just before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, a resident of Taylor Road reported that his mailbox had been vandalized.


At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, a burglary was reported at Phillips Park.  Suspects made off with $600 worth of candy and other goods—including two boxes of Airheads, one box of Reese’s peanut butter cups, a Mount Vernon orange-and-black baseball hat, five cans of Mountain Dew, and two bags of sunflower seeds.


Lepley named Gambier's Citizen of the Year

GAMBIER - A few raindrops did not stop Gambier's Fourth of July festivities Thursday morning. The events included the naming of Tom Lepley as Citizen of the Year. Lepley is a long-time resident of the village and employee of Kenyon College. Village administrator Suzanne Hopkins introduced Lepley, saying he cares about the community and is always willing to help a neighbor in need.  Upon accepting the honor, Lepley said, "It's been a great pleasure working with the village, the college, and the surrounding community."

Lepley then left the podium and took a seat in a convertible to lead the annual Gambier 4th of July parade through downtown Gambier. 





Knox County Grand Jury indicts 8


According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury returned eight indictments on Monday.  Arraignment hearings in the cases will be held before Judge Otho Eyster, in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, on July 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Steven L. Smith, 32, Howard, is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 15 year old female on multiple occasions, between December 1, 2012, and February 14 of this year.  Thatcher said the seriousness of the offense is enhanced to a third degree felony because Smith is more than ten years older than the alleged victim.  Deputy Dan Bobo, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

According to the indictment, James A. Cooper, Jr., 25, Howard, was convicted of a sexually oriented offense in the State of New York, in 2006, requiring him to register as a sexual offender.  Cooper is charged with failing to register his address with the Knox County Sheriff within five days of the date he entered the county, on June 1.

According to the indictment, Kenneth C. Strickland, 19, Centerburg, was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, in 2012.  Due to the prior conviction, Strickland is accused of felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting a family member, on June 26.  Sergeant Al Dexter, KCSO, investigated the domestic disturbance call.

Jeremiah Linn Leist, 31, Mount Vernon, was indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs.  Thatcher said on June 13, Leist allegedly sold Methamphetamine to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police Department, and on June 18 he offered to sell “Meth” again to a confidential informant.  Detective James DeChant investigated the case.

Kelly Marie Shreiner, 44, Mount Vernon, faces trafficking in drugs and trafficking and possession of heroin charges.  Thatcher said on April 25, Shreiner allegedly sold Alprazolam (Xanax) tablets to a confidential informant working for the MVPD, and the next day she allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant.

Tiffiny Rose Rutter, 25, Mount Vernon, is accused of trafficking in drugs on May 8 and 16.  Rutter allegedly sold Suboxone to a confidential informant working for the MVPD on those days.  Detective Corporal Matt Dailey investigated the Shreiner and Rutter cases.

Brian M. Winand, 22, Mount Vernon, faces two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.  During a traffic stop on May 30, Patrolman Tim Arnold, MVPD, allegedly found an Adderall and an Oxycodone (Vicodin) pill in the motor vehicle Winand was driving.

Frank J. Stoutenburgh, 33, is accused of one count of aggravated possession of drugs.  During a traffic stop on October 14, 2012, Trooper Ryan Mann, State Highway Patrol, allegedly found an Oxycodone (Vicodin) pill in Stoutenburgh’s jeans pocket.


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