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Yoga to be featured at Women's Health Week event

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Health Department is once again hosting a Healthy Happy Hour in recognition of National Women’s Health Week. This year’s event will be held Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Allison’s Finer Diner located at the corner of Coshocton and Upper Gilchrist roads.

Healthy Happy Hour is for women only, ages 18 and older. The event will include health-related displays, informational tables and services for women. There will be items for sale by local women including jewelry and other accessories. Admission is FREE, but RSVP is required. Women can RSVP by calling 740-399-8014.

Healthy appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Allison’s Finer Diner.

In addition to vendors, displays and refreshments, this year’s event will feature a program on yoga, Pilates and meditation. Titled “Rest, Relax and Renew in a Hectic World,” the program will be presented by Charlene Bland of Hot Yoga Escape. The program will include yoga movements that can be performed while seated in a chair or while standing as well as a guided meditation that participants can do on their own.

Studies have found that the regular practice of yoga can enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being.

National Women’s Health Week is May 14-20. The observance is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.

Around Ohio: Congressional redistricting petitions rejected

COLUMBUS - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Thursday rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would change Ohio's congressional redistricting process.

On April 24th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled the Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform Amendment, from the attorney representing the petitioning committee, Fair Congressional Districts for Ohio. Attorney General DeWine’s letter rejected the summary for several reasons, including

The summary omits that as a result of the proposed amendment, the Supreme Court of Ohio would have exclusive, original jurisdiction over court challenges to any congressional district plan, pursuant to Article XI, Section 9(A) of the Ohio Constitution.
The summary omits references in the amendment to Article XI, Section 9(B), regarding invalidation by courts.

“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment,” DeWine stated in his letter rejecting the petition. “However, I must caution that this letter is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all defects in the submitted summary.”

In order for a constitutional amendment to proceed, an initial petition containing summary language of the amendment and 1,000 signatures from Ohio registered voters must be submitted to the Ohio Attorney General. Once the summary language and initial signatures are certified, the Ohio Ballot Board would determine if the amendment contains a single issue or multiple issues. The petitioners must then collect signatures for each issue from registered voters in each of 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, equal to 5 percent of the total vote cast in the county for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election. Total signatures collected statewide must also equal 10 percent of the total vote cast for the office of governor at the last gubernatorial election.

Aldi open for now while renovations are underway

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Renovation on the Aldi store, 1545 Coshocton Ave., is underway. According to an Aldi customer service representative, the store will close on July 5 to complete the renovations and reopen in September.

Improvements include more effective lighting, open ceilings and other energy-efficiency measures. The Mount Vernon location will also expand in size with a nearly 20-foot-wide addition.

The renovation of the Mount Vernon store is part of a $1.6 billion investment strategy designed to provide customers with what the company calls “a modern and convenient shopping experience.” Aldi plans to remodel or expand more than 1,300 stores by 2020.

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Renovations at the Aldi store on Coshocton Avenue are underway. The store will close July 5 to complete the renovations and reopen in September. KP Photo by Cheryl Splain

In announcing the nationwide remodeling campaign in February, Jason Hart, Aldi chief executive officer, said the company continues to expand its fresh offerings, which means more space is needed for meat, produce and bakery items.

In addition to its remodeling program, Aldi plans to open 650 new stores throughout the U.S. By 2018, it expects to operate nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. Aldi plans to invest $3 million in this expansion project.

Over the last few years, the chain has added gluten-free foods SimplyNature organic products. It also removed added MSG, partially hydrogenated oils and certified synthetic colors from its Aldi brand foods.

Shannon Kitts sentenced on heroin trafficking charges

MOUNT VERNON - A local woman accused of dealing heroin in a house on East Sugar Street earlier this year pleaded guilty and will now spend the next 5 years behind bars. Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel sentenced Shannon Kitts, 38, to 71 months on Friday.

In January MVPD investigated a a nuisance complaint at 204 East Sugar Street. The complaint alleged that the owner, Phillippe Lesage and two tenants, Kitts and Raymond Leroy Williams had knowledge of or allowed illegal felony drug offenses to occur on the property. Officers executed a search warrant and then arrested Kitts. At that time she was charged with permitting drug abuse. The trafficking charge was filed later.

Shannon Kitts jail photo

Shannon Kitts - Knox County Jail photo

The East Sugar Street property had been the focus of many citizen complaints and law enforcement call-outs since August of 2016, according to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville. According to 911 call records, four drug overdoses were reported at the house since August, with two occurring on January 5, 2017. Law enforcement also had evidence of a series of illegal drug transactions taking place at the property. Wooden boards have now been placed on the windows at that address.

In January McConville said, “This house has become notorious for drug activity in recent months, and the neighbors are concerned about their safety,” McConville said. “This legal action is designed to get the landlord to put a stop to the illegal activity on his property.” 

On Friday, Kitts' charge of permitting drug abuse was dismissed. She is still charged with drug possession by Franklin County according to the Knox County jail website.

Lesage is currrently facing an unrelated complicty charge in Mount Vernon Municipal court. 






KnoxEats restaurant review: Southside Diner - A Family Gathering

By the Diversified Diner

I’ve joined ‘em for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each time service is swift and my order correct. Each time I see old and new friends and I can’t get to a table without hearing laughter and waving, “Hi” to familiar faces. It’s like being at a family gathering.
Where’s this homey eatery? Southside Diner at 620 S. Main Street.

Early this month, I schlepped to Southside for a wee hour breakfast. They open at 6:45 AM. At this time, seats are easy to select. Experience taught me to avoid 8:00 and 9:00 AM or I’ll wait for a vacant table. A few familiar faces greet me as I scoot into a nearby booth.

While every server is friendly and fast, I’m amazed at the skills of one in particular. Crissy. How does she do it? I’m not her only customer yet she remembers our previous conversations, my former orders, and my favorites. It’s Crissy and other long-time employees who add to the family environment.

My eggs arrive, prepared to order. My ham – from a local butcher – is juicy, tasty, and satisfying. It’s so tender I cut it with my fork and there’s hardly any fat to remove. My servings are generous. Coffee is hot and my cup refilled several times throughout breakfast.Knox eats 4 forks

The atmosphere is comfortable, at times crowded – like Mom’s house. The customers, including tots to teens, are noisy, jovial – like my family. The walls are adorned with beloved 1950-60’s era items – like Grandma’s home. And like Grandma, the bathroom needs updated.

Southside is neither elegant nor upscale. Working people seem to be a large representation; I see uniforms, jeans, and jogging outfits. It’s like coming in off the job or track and joining kinfolk for a casual meal.

As a family owned and operated diner, Southside is one of our hometown gathering places. Don’t leave without buying the homemade sugar cookies or a pie. And if you want a quiet and quick meal, go during their off-hours.

Atmosphere: 3 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 4 Forks
Overall: 4 Forks

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