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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.

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.

Ariel Foundation Park Conservancy free concert series announced

MOUNT VERNON – The Foundation Park Conservancy is excited to announce the line-up for its debut Free Summer Concert Series in Ariel-Foundation Park. An ambitious array of concert events will be staged thanks to the generous support of more than 25 corporate and individual sponsors, including First-Knox National Bank, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, and Knox Community Hospital.

Staged in the Schnormeier Event Center, all events are free to the public and open to all ages, although donations will be accepted to support future concerts. Free seating is available at the concert venue, or you can bring your own chair to enjoy a wide variety of free, family-friendly concerts throughout the season at Mount Vernon’s premiere outdoor space. At most concerts preferred seating tables for eight can be reserved by calling 740-501-9293. Food and refreshment vendors will be available at most concerts, including legal beverages at several events. No outside beverages or coolers are allowed in the Schnormeier Event Center.

Concertgoers are urged to visit www.arielfoundation.org to confirm dates and starting times for scheduled events, which are as follows:

Wednesday, May 4 – Lima Interescolar Big Band from Peru – 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 – Kokosing Surf Club – 5 p.m. | Red Ball Jets – 8 p.m.

Friday, May 27 – Six Miles to Nellie – 5 p.m. | Erika Hughes and The Well Mannered – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 4 – Knox County Battle of the Bands (Age 25 & Under) – 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 – Youth Unplugged Showcase – 7 p.m.

Monday, July 4 – Fourth of July – KrisB’s Midnight Railroad – 3 p.m. | American Idol’s Alexis Gomez with The Mad River Band – 6 p.m. | The Dublin Silver Band – 8 p.m. | Fireworks – 10 p.m.

Friday, July 15 – Rarebird – 5 p.m |.King Darwin Band – 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 6 – All Ages Prom – Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express – 7 p.m.

Friday, August 19 – Dala – Award-winning female folk duo from Toronto – 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 – Gospel Music Day – The McNichols Family Band – 5 p.m. | Zach Shelton and 64 to Grayson – 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 27 – International Festival – The General Guinness Band –2 p.m. | Fred Ziwich and his International Sound Machine – 5 p.m. | Op Drift (Rock and Roll Cover Group from The Netherlands) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 – Rastin Challenge – Mark Pennington and The Outlaw Uprising – 3 p.m. | Revolution Pie – 7 p.m.

Friday, September 23 – Swing’s the Thing – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Community Square Dance – Back Porch Swing Band –7 p.m.

Sunday, October 2 – Knox County Symphony Children’s Concert – 3 p.m.

Around Ohio: Coshocton County child dies after lightning strike

COSHOCTON - Sheriff Tim Rogers reports that at approximately 12:35 pm Wednesday, the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call by a local mother reporting her 9 year old son was struck by lightning and was unresponsive in the area of Jefferson Twp. 341.

Coshocton County EMS was first on scene with Walhonding Valley Fire and Coshocton County Sheriff’s office also responding to assist EMS and the family.

The child was transported from the scene to Coshocton County Memorial Hospital where he later died from this injury.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports April 27, 2016



Arrests and Charges:mvpd patch logo

Megan Miller, 23, of Newark was arrested at 4:25 a.m. on Tuesday on an outstanding warrant. She was charged also with possession of drug abuse instruments.


Traffic Citations:

Cory Weiss, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday for driving under a suspended license.

Carley Kuhn, 20, of Mount Vernon was cited at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday for driving under a suspended/revoked license.


At 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Mary K. Conant, 73, of Mount Vernon was traveling southbound on N. Main Street in his 2012 Toyota Rav4. Near the W. Hamtramck Street intersection, she lost control of her vehicle and struck a parked and unoccupied 1998 Volvo S70 belonging to Pamela L. Burley. It was determined at the scene that Conant had a medical condition that may have facilitated the crash. No charges or citations were issued at the scene.


At 1:00 a.m. last Monday, a victim reported a theft from a parked vehicle at the Domino’s Pizza on S. Main Street. Missing items included a 7” Verizon Eclipse tablet.


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Domestic violence on W. Sandusky St.
Assisted the squad on Watson St.
Traffic complaint on Struble Cir.


Assisted the Sheriff’s Office on Spillway Dr.
Found set of keys on St. Rt. 13
Found ring on W. Sandusky St.
Assisted the squad on Tuttle Ave.
Traffic complaint on N. Main St.
Traffic complaint on Montgomery Rd.
Grant L. Smith Jr., Mt. Vernon, citation for speed.


Christopher P. Clayton, Fredericktown, citation for speed.
Traffic complaint on Taylor St.
Residence unlock on Colony Dr.
Animal related complaint on Salem Ave.
Parking complaint on N. Main St.
Disturbance on W. Sandusky St.
Melissa S. Webb, Fredericktown, citation for speed.
Christopher P. Clayton, Fredericktown, citation for speed.

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