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Suicide prevention coalition bringing awareness with 5K walk/run

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 Knox County Suicide Prevention 5KWalk/Run event is set for Saturday, September 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Gambier. The event is held to bring about awareness that suicides can be prevented.

To sign up visit this link.

On the average local police, fire, and sheriff responders are called to about 25 incidents per month on suicidal threats or attempt calls. In 2016 there were 12 such deaths in Knox County and 5 accidental overdose statistics suspected as death by suicide. 

Kathy Wantland coordinates the coalition’s Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.) Team. Coalition volunteers respond to the scene to offer support and resources. Wantland also facilitates the Survivor of Suicide Support group that meets each month at Hospice of Knox County.

NAMI (Natioinal Alliance on Mental Illness) facilitates a Peer group every Thursday for folks challenged by such illnesses as depression, bipolar, anxiety, and others. This group meets at 7:00 p.m., at the Gay Street United Methodist Church. Statistics show that some 90% of deaths by suicide are attributed to clinical depression.

The annual Suicide Survivor Memory dinner is planned for Thursday, September 14. Details will be announced.


Highway patrol promotes school bus safety

MOUNT GILEAD – Summer break ends for thousands of Ohio children later this week and in the weeks to come as when they head back to school. For many, their day starts and ends by riding on a school bus. School buses are required to be inspected twice every year to ensure the buses are safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.

From 2014 to 2016, a total of 4,160 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers. As the buses return to the roadways, the Patrol has a few reminders for motorists. Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed. Drivers also must not resume driving until the school
bus begins moving.

“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility,” said Lt. G. S. Grewal, commander of the Mount Gilead Post. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are exiting and boarding a bus.”

The Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for these school bus stops.


Eagle Scouts commended by commissioners


MOUNT VERNON - The Board of Knox County Commissioners recognized and commended two local boy scouts Thursday who have achieved Eagle Scout, the Scouts highest honor.

Samuel Wendt is a member of Troop 332 in Mount Vernon. His leadership service project involved building storage box spaces at Saint Vincent de Paul School.

Jospeh Hibbits is a member of Troop 382 in Centerburg. His leadership service project involved building a handicap ramp at Centerburg Interchurch.

The commissioners congratulated both on their outstanding achievements.


State Route 13 bridge replacement project to begin near Fredericktown


FREDERICKTOWN - Beginning Monday, August 14, Rietschlin Construction will begin working on a bridge deck replacement on SR 13 between SR 546 and the Richland County line. Motorists can expect a signalized lane closure on SR 13 during bridge construction.

The estimated completion date for this project is November 15, 2017.


Strout arrested after suspected methamphetamine, firearm and cash found

CENTERBURG - In a news release Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said that on Wednesday the KCSO arrested 36 year old Michael Strout of Vanatta Rd. Centerburg as part of multiple ongoing drug investigations.

While executing a search warrant that had been obtained, approximately 32 grams of suspected methamphetamine, cash, and a firearm were seized. Strout is also under felony indictment on separate charges.

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Michael Derek Strout - Knox County Jail photo


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