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Around Ohio: Eight dead in Pike County killings

PIKETON - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader confirm that eight individuals are dead in what appears to be execution-style killings.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the same family, and they were found in three Union Hill Road homes in Pike County. Late Friday, a fourth crime scene was determined.

Early indications are that the victims were shot in the head, execution style.

No arrests have been made. Law Enforcement officials are requesting that anyone with information regarding the eight individuals found deceased in Pike County today to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 740-947-2111.

Video of today's media briefing on Periscope can be found here.

Pre-diabetes 101 offered by KCH


MOUNT VERNON - Has your doctor told you that you are pre-diabetic or borderline diabetic? Maybe you have known that your blood sugar runs a little high, but you’ve never been quite sure what to do about it. This educational event is just for you.

Pre-Diabetes 101 is offered, free of charge, on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 pm -6:30 pm in the Third Floor Meeting Room at Knox Community Hospital.

Learn more about how to manage your blood sugars and how to prevent your “pre-diabetes” from becoming a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. A light meal will be provided, and seats are limited. Call 740-393-9970 by April 26 to reserve your seat.

Water Department issues statement on city website

MOUNT VERNON - The following was posted on the city of Mount Vernon website on April 18, 2016:

The water customers of the City of Mount Vernon and Village of Gambier are requested to conserve water.

Due to the replacement of a pump at the well we will need to run at a reduced production rate for a few days. The Employees will fill the system to the maximum level possible before the reinstallation of the pump. With your cooperation we foresee the ability to keep up with demand thus not having to issue a city-wide boil advisory. Some consumers may experience low water pressure during this time.

Ways to save water:
• Take shorter showers
• Turn faucet off while brushing teeth
• Do not wash your vehicles
• Wash only full loads of dishes or clothing
• Do not leave water running while rinsing dishes

Thank you for your cooperation, if you have any concerns please call the City of Mount Vernon water department at 740-393-9504.

Letter to the KP Editor - Water alert warning comes after the fact

Dear KP Editor:

Why is it that Knox County can send out boil advisory "lifted" notices, but not the initial "boil alert warning"... Seems as if their warning system needs scrutiny. Given the fact the texts are indeed a "warning" notification -wouldn't the precedent be the actual BOIL WARNING?

I suppose my tax dollars are paying for the notification - I'd like to see it working in favor of the entire warning process.

Kind regards,
Kim Cox

Editor's blog: Boil Alert issued, communication lacking

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


Kenyon College sent out an alert at 5:26 Tuesday evening stating a boil alert is in effect for the village of Gambier. Posts on Facebook indicate that there is a boil alert also in effect for the city of Mount Vernon. A boil order for students living in dorm rooms brings up an interesting question, what if a student doesn't have the means to boil water?

KnoxPages.com contacted the MVPD and a dispatcher said they had no information on the order. The city water department was closed at 4:00 p.m. and the voice mail for after hours calls mentions that the office will be closed January 18th, but no mention of a boil order in effect.

Those who have signed up for KnoxAlerts, the system where one can sign up for such alerts could have received info about the boil alert.  But what about the rest of the population of Mount Vernon and Gambier? 

A boil order is usually just a precaution used when a water main is ruptured and there's a chance that water could be contaminated.  This lack of communication with the public and the local media underscores the necessity for the city, county, and the villages to hold a summit to address communication when something other than a boil order is issued. We hope that such a meeting is convened immediately.

While "unofficial" comments on the boil order were posted on social media Tuesday evening, no official agency communication appeared to be available.  

Any water official is welcome to contact KnoxPages.com anytime 24/7 at 740-501-7019 so we can pass the information on to the public.  Emails can be sent to [email protected]  Questions remain:

  • Why is there a boil alert?
  • Those who don't have access to a kitchen for boiling (college students in dorms),what are they supposed to do for water? 
  • How long is this boil order in effect?
  • Why isn't there a system in place to inform ALL residents of this?

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