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Host parents needed for exchange students in July

MOUNT VERNON - Host families are being sought by Forte International Exchange Association for 11 days in July.

Chinese middle school students will arrive in Mount Vernon on July 14th through July 25th and stay with the host families. During the day, the students will attend English and culture classes in the morning and summer camp activities in the afternoon.

Host families may include working parents, childless couples, single parents, empty nesters and adoptive parents. The host families provide moral support, comfort and basic needs to the students, who have their own spending money and medical coverage. A modest stipend for host families is available of $200 per student.

For more information contact local representative Perry Brokaw at 419-525-7359 or [email protected]

Downtown parking map made available by Main Street Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON - If you find yourself saying it is tough to find a parking spot in downtown Mount Vernon you'll want to check out a new resource just released by Main Street Mount Vernon. The organization, formally known as Heritage Centre Association, has created a parking map of the downtown using Google Maps. The color-coded map details where visitors can find free parking, also noting the time restraints on each parking section.

You can also find directions to a parking spot using Google Maps.

New parking lots are available now at the corner of Gay Street and Ohio Avenue as well as behind Johnny's Mattress & Furniture Superstore on Gay Street. More than a hundred employees are about to begin working downtown at the new Knox Community Hospital office in the old Y-Not cycling location.

On the map Green indicates free 2-hour parking, Purple indicates free 4-hour parking, Yellow indicates free parking (garage), no time limit Blue indicates 3-hour parking, some spots reserved. 

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Downtown Mount Vernon parking map - courtesy Main Street Mount Vernon/Google Maps


Arrest Warrant issued for Michael A. Miller

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a warrant be issued for the arrest of Michael A. Miller, age 33, for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing this morning.

If you know the whereabouts of Mr. Miller, please contact the respective law enforcement agency in your area and let them know where he can be found. 

Mount Vernon Police - 740-397-2222.

Knox County Sheriff's Office - 740 - 397-3333.

Soroptomist Style show raises funds to help women and girls

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

GAMBIER - You know spring has arrived in Knox County when you attend the annual Step into Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon presented by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County. The event was held Saturday at Kenyon College's Gund Commons to raise funds to support the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. Soroptimists represent women in all walks of life, in a wide variety of professions. The focus of the organization is sex trafficking, locally, statewide and worldwide. Soroptimists also support New Directions Domestic Violence Shelter, Hope Now, Distinguished Young Women of Knox County, Christmas in July and The Winter Sanctuary. Scholarships are also awarded each year to women working to further their education.

After lunch, served by AVI Foodsystems, the style show began featuring the latest fashions from several local stores. The trends this year include off the shoulder tops, leggings, and flowy dresses. Jean Wyatt of the Weather Vane says the colors for spring are white, pink and blush. Emcee Matt Starr introduced the models as they took the runway. Clothing merchants featured included Christopher and Banks, Fredericktown Interchurch Social Services, JC Penney, Lula Roe, Peebles, Rue 21, The Blonde Robin and The Weather Vane. Accessories were from Down Home Leather.

Many corporate sponsors, basket raffle and silent auction donors, came together to make the fundraising event possible.


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Heatherlyn Thomas models an outfit from the Weather Vane at Saturday's Soroptimist Style Show - KP Photo 

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Megan Shoemaker models a dress from the Weather Vane



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.

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