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OSU Alumni Club of Knox County welcomes Gee

MOUNT VERNON -- Retired Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee brought his unique comedy routine to the Glenn A Gallagher Center Tuesday night for the annual Buckeye Spirit Event. The dining room was a sea of scarlet and grey as Gee began his remarks by saying, "I love Notre Dame!" The opening comment was an apparent reference to his controversial slam on Notre Dame at an OSU trustees meeting last December.

Gee kept the audience in stitches as he read a few emails from students. He also talked about how education is changing and that the American dream is still that education should be available to everyone. On politics, Gee said our government in Washington doesn't work and called for compromise, common ground and collaboration.

The event featured silent and live auctions, a tailgate style dinner and an appearance by members of the The Ohio State Marching Band. The band performed traditional OSU favorites, including Carmen Ohio. 

Scholarship money is raised each year at this event which is awarded to Knox County students studying at OSU. The 2013 scholarship recipients were introduced. They are Whiteney Hawk, Daniel Tharp, Tyler Zeller, Cierra Light, and Kaitlyn Boggs. 

For more information about the OSU Alumni Club of Knox County "like" them on Facebook.

Halloween drunk driving crackdown planned by law enforcement

MOUNT VERNON -- This Halloween, area law enforcement will crack down on drunk drivers throughout the county with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and officers have given a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

In 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Thirty-eight percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of "buzzed" or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.

If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel. A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.


Jacklin, MV Film honored at film festival

SAN FRANCISCO – The Best Actors Film Festival (BAFF) celebrated its third year this past
weekend honoring the Ohio-based short film, ‘Neitzsche’ Ate Here (‘Nietzsche’ is misspelled
intentionally as part of the story line), at their festival in San Francisco. In addition to
‘Neitzsche’s official selection status, co-actors Bruce Jacklin (Mount Vernon) and Gail Griffith
(Columbus) were chosen as Best Supporting Actors for a Dramatic Short Film at the awards
gala Saturday, October, 19th

‘Neitzsche’ was selected as one of the twenty-two films out of hundreds submitted from around
the world. Organizer, Shari Carlson of Shari Carlson Studios, began the competition for one
reason. “I wanted to start a festival that focuses attention on the acting and directing,” said
Carlson. “Many of the other film festivals around the world focus on the production end of films,
so I want to give actors a place to shine.”

“I am extremely proud of Bruce and Gail,” said Matt Starr, producer and director of ‘Neitzsche’
Ate Here. “From the moment that we shot our first scene last May, I knew that this was going to
be a special performance.”

Jacklin plays PAUL, a sophisticated lawyer from D.C. who wanders into a Virginia road side
diner owned by CHERYL, a hardened, sarcastic waitress (played by Griffith). Although the two
are from vastly different worlds, they share a common vulnerability. Adapted from the play
written by Roy C. Berkowitz, ‘Neitzsche,’ audiences deeply connect with both characters in a
surprising twist of fate at the story’s climax as they see PAUL and CHERYL delve into universal
emotional depths.

“To be a part of a great story is wonderful,” said Griffith. “When other actors recognize you for
your work, it validates what we do.”

Jacklin also felt humbled to receive the recognition. “When I see great story telling that these
other independent film makers are producing, it’s an honor to be included in that group,” said

The BAFF is the third stop of the film festival circuit for the Mount Vernon-based production
company, Kokosing River Productions. ‘Neitzsche’ made its world premiere at the Montreal
World Film Festival in August followed by the U.S. premiere at the Cincinnati Film Festival in
September. In November, ‘Neitzsche’ will be featured at the Ohio Independent Film Festival in
Cleveland. More information about the film can be found at www.NeitzscheFilm.org.

Free Halloween Classic Scary Movie Marathon scheduled at library

MOUNT VERNON – Ten hours of nostalgic chills and thrills will be featured during the second annual “Halloween Classic Scary Movie Marathon” beginning at 2:00 p.m. until midnight on Saturday, October 26, at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.

The marathon will feature the following classic horror movies with start times:

2:00 p.m. "Them!" (PG)
4:00 p.m. Dracula w/Bela Lugosi (PG)
6:00 p.m. Night of the Comet (PG-13)
8:00 p.m. Young Frankenstein (PG-13)
10:00 p.m. The Raven (R)

Participants can come for one or all shows. Halloween costumes welcome with door prizes awarded.

Children under 13 must have parent or guardian present. Movie rating age requirements will be followed.  After library closes at 5:00 p.m., the only door open will be the west entrance on the side of the parking lot.

The movies are free and open to the public.  Free popcorn provided by Subway of Mount Vernon. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Library. For information, call 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, email communityrelations@knox.net or visitwww.knox.net.

MVPD reports October 22, 2013

MVPD reports

No reports available

Traffic Violations:

Daniel J. McDade, 67, of Mount Vernon was cited just before noon on Saturday for driving under a suspended license. He was cited also for driving a vehicle with an expired registration.

Michael L. Lonzo, 52, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for operating a vehicle while under the influence. He was cited also for failing to control his vehicle.

No reports available

Just after 4:00 p.m. last Wednesday (10/16/2013), a resident of Plaza Drive reported the theft of $129 in cash from his home.

At 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, a resident of Kirk Street reported the theft of a PlayStation 3 game system and a PS3 Dead Red game. Their estimated value was $700.

At around 7:40 p.m. on Monday, a resident found a clear plastic baggie containing white crystals on N. Main Street. It was taken into police custody.

At around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, a resident of the 400-block of N. Gay Street reported that a man had tried to enter the window of her residence. A suspect was identified.

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