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Shoe donations sought to help couple adopt children from Ukraine

MOUNT VERNON – Got shoes?  New and gently used shoes can help a Newark family adopt three children from Ukraine by raising funds through an organization called funds2org.com. The shoe drive has been organized by Mount Vernon’s  Arley Clinedinst. She is helping Caity and Brett Blacet adopt by collecting at least 2500 pairs of shoes by the end of May.  

The adopting couple is traveling to Ukraine at the beginning of June.

Among the local businesses collecting shoes is Duke’s Quick Lube and Quality Auto Service at 311 S Mulberry St. Several hair salons are collecting as well.   

Both adult and children’s shoes are being collected.

Summer tennis lesson sign ups extended

MOUNT VERNON - The City Recreation Board and the Kokosing Valley Community Tennis Association announce that registration for their summer tennis lessons is continuing and will end Wednesday, May 24. All Knox County students are welcome. The lessons will be at Mount Vernon’s Memorial Park’s tennis courts.

Lessons for three age groups will be offered. The age groups are determined by the grade that a player will be attending starting next August. The age groups are kindergarten - third grade, fourth and fifth grade, and sixth through ninth grade.

The lessons will be offered on eight Wednesdays from May 31 - July 19th, with the date of July 26 reserved as a date to make up any rained out sessions. The cost is $85 and includes a t-shirt, instruction, racket, ball and tennis goodie bag for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Middle and high school students receive a can of three balls rather that a bag.

On May 31, the lessons will be offered at 1:00 for grades K-3, 2:00 for grades 4-5, and at 3:00 for grades 6-9. For all other Wednesdays, the times will be 9:00 for K-3, 10:00 for 4-5, and 11:00 for 6-9.

To register, go to the website http://www.midwestteamtennis.com/

For additional information, send an email to [email protected] or call Steve Tier
at 740-398-2626.

Around Ohio: Witness charged with Tampering, Vandalism in Rhoden murder case

COLUMBUS - A witness has been charged with destruction of a GPS device as part of the investigation into the murders of eight members of the Rhoden Family in Pike County.

James Manley, 40, of Pike County was charged with:

*One count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree
*One count of Vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree

Manley is alleged to have destroyed a GPS device used in the investigation. The charges Manley faces are not uncommon when a witness destroys such a device used in a government investigation.

Local people: Kyle Walls joins First-Knox as banking officer


MOUNT VERNON – Kyle M. Walls has joined First-Knox National Bank as a banking officer and commercial lender, specializing in agricultural lending. “We are very excited to bring Kyle on board,” said First-Knox president, Vickie Sant. “Kyle has spent a number of years working in various aspects of the ag industry. He is familiar with farmers and those involved in agricultural endeavors. He understands their unique lending needs and that will be very beneficial as he determines how we can best assist them."

Walls will spend the majority of his time at First-Knox, but will also assist with agricultural lending needs at affiliated banks Farmers and Savings Bank (Loudonville), United Bank (Bucyrus), and Richland Bank (Mansfield).

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Kyle Walls - photo submitted 

A native of Indiana and graduate of Indiana University, Walls currently resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Ashton, and daughter, Jolee. He is active with the Knox County Farm Bureau, is a member of the Ohio Young Agriculture Professionals State Committee, and is a director with the Knox County Cattleman’s Association.

Walls can be reached at the Mount Vernon Main Office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He can be reached at 740.399.5601 or [email protected]


Foundation for KCH kicks off "Labor of Love" campaign

MOUNT VERNON - The Foundation for KCH is pleased to announce its new fundraising campaign, “Labor of Love” to the community. The goal is to raise funds for a series of upgrades for the Birthing Center. These will include maternal-fetal monitors and an advanced birthing simulator.
“We’re very excited about the addition of wireless maternal-fetal monitors,” said Joanne Yates, RN, BSN, Director of the Birthing Center. “They allow moms the flexibility and freedom to walk around during the labor process.”

The Novii wireless system monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and uterine activity, all with a single 'peel and stick' patch. It is effective for monitoring mothers with a high body mass index (BMI) and minimizes the risk of confusing the maternal and fetal heart rates. This wireless, belt-free system allows the expectant mother greater freedom of movement and a more comfortable birthing experience.

The campaign will also raise funds for an advanced full-body birthing simulator called the SimMom that has accurate anatomy and functionality. SimMom will facilitate multi-professional obstetric training using both manual and automatic delivery modes. Birthing simulators represent the best clinical training exercises available as difficult delivery scenarios may be practiced and prepared for should an unusual case occur.

For more information about the campaign, contact Lori Wilkes at 740.393.9602 or by email at [email protected]

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