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Low income housing development set for rehab

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Providing Premier Equities LLC obtains funding, the Meadow Ridge low-income apartment complex on Follin Avenue is slated for rehab in 2018. Premier Equities LLC is the general partner for developer Provident Management Inc.

The proposed rehab covers 12 buildings which hold 48 units: 16 one bedroom, one bath and 32 two bedroom, one bath apartments. Each apartment will have central air conditioning, ceiling fans, kitchen appliances and exterior storage. The community building, which includes an office, laundry room, community room, a library with computer station and an exercise room, will also be rehabbed.

According to Terri Miller of Premier Equities LLC, construction may begin in June 2018 and end in March 2019. Premier Equities will make all efforts possible to accommodate tenants during the rehab project.

MVHS academic rolls for the 3rd nine weeks

MOUNT VERNON - MVHS has announced the academic rolls for the 3rd nine week grading period. 

Freshmen 
Honor Roll: Larissa Blanchard, Sandi Brenneman, Isaac Browning, Emma Buehrer, Owen Decatur, Michaela Hunter, Sara Landon, Hayden Lingel, Kiley Lowe, Samuel Riffle, Spencer Riffle, Netsanet Waal, Maxwell Wolfe,

Merit Roll: Abigail Adu, Cole Alexander, Delora Allen, Saliha Aydin, Landon Barkschat, Spencer Bills, Cheney Bonaudi, Skyler Bower, John Brenneman, Jonah Burson, Jordan Conant, Connor Dailey, Shelby Daughriety, Alexandra Deever, Celina Fritsch, Tyler Gregory, Noah Hagner, Sarah Hamilton, Marissa Hauke, Cassidy Helman, Noah Humphrey, David Jessup, Hannah Johnson, Taelyn King, Wyatt Kissell, Alyse Ladig, Jason Lamoure, Katelyn Lawhorn, , Jacob Lebold, Darius Lytle, Katelyn McKinley, Molly McKinley, Killian Meade, Alexander Mullins, Alexandra Otto, Anna Paxton, Lucille Quinn, Gabriela Rivera Avalos, Brooklynn Rockwell, Travis Rudrick, Katelyn Sanchez, Jillian Short, William Small, Falon Smith, Aaron Stallard, Riley Stetler, Abigail Strong, Kyndall Sullins, Kianna Sunderman, Tristen Taylor, Adam Temple, Ryan Tiell, Anastasia Tracey, Bettie Waggoner, Ian Whitaker, Margaret Williams, Zoe Wise, Brycen Wood, Timothy Wright.

Achievement Roll: Johanna Adkins, Trevor Adrian, Deanndra Allen, Hayden Babcock, Jasmine Baker, Makaela Ball, Zachary Barnes, Owen Baughman, Cory Berg, Lyndsay Bond, Kaylee Burke, Gloria Camarillo-Kelley, Hannah Chadwick, Sierra Clark, , Megan Curry, Jasmine Davidson, Emily Depolo, Hannah Doane, Jeffery Dovenbarger, Noah Eddy, Bryn Elliott, Landon Ewers, Draven Fowler, Zachary Fry, Savanah Haist, Halie Hartman, Cameron Hodges, Ariel Hoffman, Hanna Hyde, Haylee Hyde, Michael Johns, Ashlyn Kelley, Cailyn Kennedy, Samuel Kuhn, Carter Lasater, Jacob Maddux, Alexia McGough, Caleb McNichols, Rachel Mulvihill, Justin Neighbarger, Cade Noel, Claire Ogle, Payton Orr, Kacie Pappas, Caius Paullin-Rogers, Westen Pugh, Jordan Reeder, Jack Russell, Luke Russell, Jackielee Schaade, Jonas Schaaf, Vanessa Schubert, Kayla Shroyer, Isaac Sigman, Patricia Snyder, Austin Stiltner, Madalynn Stradley, Abigail Streiber, Savannah Stumpf, Keith Travis, Marisol Varela Ausec, Kaid Wares, Luke Whitacre, Annikah White, Caleb Zak.

Sophomores 
Honor Roll: Zachary Ballenger, Carson Carpenter, Erika Conant, Kristyn Conrad, Nathanael Cook, Jonathan Crow, Dakota Daniels, Sarah Day, Matthew Dinnen, Angelia Fuscaldo, Elizabeth Gifford, Chase Holdener, Christopher Hull, Sarah Lord, Herbert Meyer, Josephine Noonan, Harrison Ogle, Abigail Plants, Mehmet Schubel, Halseighanne Thomas.

Merit Roll: Gabriella Acker, Jilliann Baker, Victoria Baker, Hannah Baldwin, Chase Barron, Emma Barteau, Averey Bell, Leslie Bell, Charles Bonham, Kyle Boucher, Zachary Broeren, Trinidy Brown, Julianna Burcham, Lily Burnside, Taylor Combs, Mia Craigo, Max Luke Elliott, Curtis Erlandson, Corinne Eutsey, Jenna Fink, Devon Flack, Meghan Foos, Kylie Goudy, Jordan Hoag, Andreas Kladias, Layne Lepley, Rylin Lybarger, Clare Mazzei, Alyssa McElhatten, Kacie Mill, Desaray Moore, Rachel Murray, Madison Neale, Anna Neipling, Ryan Neuerer, Maygan Newcomb, Ashley Parsons, Jonathan Pastor, Syvannah Payne, Scott Presley, Madison Pruitt, Mackenzie Rayburn, Carson Rhoades, Dylan Riffle, Michelle Sant, Delaney Short, Hanna Sims, Kendra Spitzer, Drew Staats, Noah Stephens, Alexis Swihart, Kennedy Thomas, Brandy Thompson, Mary Troy, Leslie Vincelet, Kayley Wiles, Ryan Yarger, Noah Zoldak.

Achievement Roll
Arya Anak Agung, Vincent Anderson, Kira Bielecki, Savannah Blubaugh, Madison Brokaw, Jacob Burris, Zoey Cook, Hunter Coscia, Cassidy Daniels, Jacob Dehart, Brittany Dyckes, Allison Dyer, Chase Ferguson, Kaitlyn Fisher, Noah Gleason, Brandon Grabow, Abigail Hamman, Jacklyn Heaton, Latasha Hogan, Brooke Hubbard, Noah Hubbard, Allen Jacobson, Taryn King, Samuel Long, Malcolm MacDonell, Tyler Mackie, Charles Mayville, Ryan McManaway, Tonya Merillat, Lee Miller, Jersie Monroe, Megan Pentz, Olivia Reich, Richard Roman, Matthew Sabula, Collin Sager, Colton Skal, Autumn Smith, Marshall Smith, Jaxon Snyder, Ashley Stacy, Samuel Stanley, Steven Stelzer, Hope Straight, Avery Tannehill, Christian Thompson, Jacob Walton-Keys, Cody West, Ava Wiggand, John Yarman, Grace Ziegler, Killian Zornes.

Juniors

Honor Roll: Eleanor Broeren, Ethan Buehrer, Molly Burnside, Aidan Clarkson, Alani Copas, Connor Curry, Sulekh Fernando-Peiris, Mary Harris, Abagail Hawk, Andrew Hedrick, Ashlee Hulse, Lauren Keaton, Hannah Kinnear, Angela Kladias, Samuel Mader, Taylor McCann, Peyton McCord, Brooks McKinley, Amanda Miglin, Mayre Newcomb, Maggie Nussbaum, Nikolas Otto, Kelsey Plasse, Nicholas Rapp, Noah Shremshock, Ryan Tarr, Amanda Walton, Luke Whitaker.

Merit Roll: Richard Baer, Finia Bonder, William Browning, Bradyn Burke, Jasmeen Cales, Maxwell Chandler, Kaden Daniels, Hudson Dennis, Alexander Diehl, Rachel Duvall, Joshua Egan, Colton Fields, Audrianna Fiorilli, Abbie Fisher, Cody Flack, Corey Frye, Kayla Gilmore, Annika Kanuckel-Wolfe, Jada Kennerly, Seth Lawhon, Olivia Matulich, Frederick Mayville, Jade McCurdy, Joshua Miller, Benjamin Moore, Veronica Morgan, Jordan Mullett, Kaylee Myers, Sean Nestor, Daria O'Brien, Alexis Oliver, Natalee Plank, Makylee Poole, Shannon Powers, Morgan Pryor, Nicholas Ries, Jeffrey Rucker, Jack Rummel, Gennete Saciri, William Shannon, Marcus Shellenbarger, Isaac Stallard, Zachary Thompson, Lauren Trace, Luke Trese, Emily Waters, Aleah Wood, Danielle Wynkoop, Terra Zollars.

Achievement Roll: Kori Baughman, Brady Bemiller, Kayla Bialota, Tyler Bills, Benjamin Camara, Lily Christian, Hunter Davis, Jave Deitz, Hannah Dowalter, Jacob Ferguson, Clarice Frye, Jordyn Galbraith, Jaxon Gregory, Elise Griffiths, Makenzy Groom, Kristen Harris, Joy Henry, Caden Henthorn, Kendall Hinkle, Meghan Holland, Hunter Kiser, Shelby Lance, Alannah Mazza, Luke McKee, Alexander Metcalf, Logan Meyer, Cameron Minton, Addysun Mullins, Kimberly Ramos, Gannon Reddy, Burim Saciri, Jacob Smith, Conner Squires, Conrad Stein, Lilianne Tatman, Macy Wolfe.

Seniors

Honor Roll: Sean Badger, Kennedey Bell, Matthew Brenneman, James Burcham, Nicholas Burson, Lindsey Conant, Elizabeth Day, Nathan Dinnen, Devin Durbin, Odalys Fajardo, Kenneth Franz, Alula Hunsen, Sara Jordan, Fiona Keller, Abigayle Kuhn, Joshua McClure, Margaret McCluskey, Monica McGough, Natasha Miller, Nathaniel Miner, Clayton Noggle, Jennifer Noonan, David Phillips, Theodore Reed, Victoria Risko, Alexis Robinson, Stephanie Sant, Denasan Spalla, Nicole Steady, Matthew Stephens, Jessica Stitts, Jacob Tiell, Torrey Totman, Lauryn Williams, Timothy Zeller.

Merit Roll: Tatum Adrian, Megan Aune, Cameron Booth, Chloe Burdette, Michael Dowalter, Dimitrios Giakoumas, Gregory Gillen, Katelyn Goetzman, Taylor Gregory, Savannah Harris, Dustin Hess, Kailyn Jackson, Brooke Johnson, Lauren Jones, Nicholas Jones, Cecelia King, Morgan Lang, Bryce Mortera, Avery Mullins, Julia Paxton, Levi Perry, Hailey Priest, Hunter Rine, Keith Robinson, Danielle Sant, Cole Shuman, Alexa Skal, Logan Springer, Joshua Swartz, Sydney Thompson, Kevin Vincelet, Jessica Wilds, Ashley Wilson.

Achievement Roll: Isabella Ballantyne, Megan Bell, Camilo Best, Randall Bialota, Ryan Bielecki, Dawn Christine, Morgan Comer, Damian Cook, Andrew Crane, Benjamin Daley, Max Feller, Mark Fongheiser, Elizabeth Garcia, Walton Paige Hashman, Joseph Higginbotham, Mary Lowe, Taylor Lowe, Alyssa Miller, Dalayna Riffle, Dakota Shock, David Stebbins, Cody Valrance, Gregrey Wyatt.

Expanded conceal/carry law could mean concealed handguns on Ohio college campuses

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter 

MOUNT VERNON - A new law that expands concealed-carry rights in Ohio is set to go into effect March 21. Among other provisions, the law will give state colleges and universities new authority to decide whether to permit licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

Under current state law, the carrying of firearms on campuses is banned, even by those with a concealed handgun license (CHL). Colleges and universities have no legal discretion to set policy regulating the carrying of firearms on campus. The new law, Ohio Senate Bill 199, allows the boards of trustees at these institutions of higher learning to vote allow or to disallow the concealed carrying of firearms by those who hold a CHL. The boards also have the authority to allow only a certain licensed groups - such as faculty or staff - to carry concealed firearms.

KnoxPages.com has sought comments from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Central Ohio Technical College and Kenyon College regarding the bill and its possible implications for each institution. A representative from each was asked whether the boards of trustees had voted on the matter and whether the college or university in question was opposed to or in favor of allowing concealed carry on campus.

In response to questions on S.B. 199, Joe Noonan, assistant to the Chaplain for Mission and Ministry Opportunities at the MVNU, gave the following written response: "We have had representatives from the university present in various settings to learn about the bill and are framing our policies moving forward to present to our BOT."

Cheri Russo, a spokeswoman for COTC, gave the following written reponse to questions: "The college has no position on S.B. 199 at this time. This will be discussed in public session by the board at our March and May meetings."

She added that COTC's current concealed carry policy is in perfect compliance with S.B. 199.

Mary Keister, director of news media relations at Kenyon College, issued the following written statement in response to questions regarding the new law: "Kenyon College does not allow firearms on campus. A message will go out to the campus community in the near future regarding S.B. 199's implication for Kenyon's campus."

In an interview, Mark Kohlman, the chief business officer for Kenyon College, said, "The college has always had a policy banning weapons on campus. This law doesn't change that."

Governor John Kasich signed S.B. 199 on Dec. 19, 2016, in the wake of a knife attack on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. So far, the impending law has had little effect on the policies of a number of state universities. Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and Wright State University - to name a few - have announced plans to continue the ban on concealed firearms on campus.

OTHER ASPECTS OF THE LAW

S.B. 199 will also force private employers to allow CHL holders to store firearms or ammunition in a vehicle located on a company-owned parking lot. Currently, private employers have the legal right to restrict the carrying of firearms on company property, including parking lots. Concealed carry laws will be expanded in others ways as well: CHL holders will be allowed to carry firearms at public, non-secure areas of airports, private aircraft and some daycare centers. Active members of the military who have the same level of training as a CHL holder will be granted concealed carry privileges without a license.

The controversial new law has drawn both criticism and praise from groups across the state. The Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action, a group that promotes gun safety, released a statement calling S.B. 199 a "a dangerous gun bill" that "limits the ability of businesses to keep people from carrying guns on private property" and added that law enforcement officers, business leaders and college students have voiced concerns about the bill.

Those in favor of the bill include the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association, an Ohio gun advocacy group, which has stated that it is pleased by "the changes and improvements" that S.B. 199 will make to Ohio law.

Community encouraged to be prepared for severe weather

MOUNT VERNON - In conjunction with the State of Ohio, the Knox County Commissioners have passed a resolution proclaiming March 19 - 25, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week. As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, Knox County Emergency Management Agency will be encouraging the community to get prepared. On Tuesday, March 21st, the county will be testing the reverse 9-1-1 capabilities which will include a reminder of the tornado drill scheduled for the following day.

On Wednesday, March 22nd the county will be participating in the statewide tornado drill which is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. During this time the County will sound the outdoor warning sirens and the State of Ohio will test the Emergency Alert System. Schools, businesses, and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.

Mark Maxwell, Director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to be prepared.  He says everyone should develop an emergency plan, make an emergency supply kit, and test the plan.




St. Vincent school receives Heart Safe School Status through 2019

MOUNT VERNON - St. Vincent de Paul School has been awarded a re-accreditation of their Heart Safe School Status until December 17, 2019 through the SADS Foundation.

St. Vincent makes a commitment to making sure their faculty and staff are as prepared as possible to respond to not only a possible cardiac event but also other medical emergencies by receiving Heart Saver CPR and First Aid Training/certification through the American Heart Association. The students and faculty also actively participate in medical emergency response drills several times during the school year.

St Vincent de Paul students in 7th grade participate in Heart Saver First Aid training and the 8th grade participates Heart Saver CPR training and receive certification through the American Heart Association.

Students kindergarten through 6th grade learn about heart health and participate in Heart Safe Day where they learn about Heart Health, the steps they should follow if they find a family member or friend who may be unresponsive. They also learn and practice hands only compression and learn about AED use.

St Vincent de Paul School is one of 38 schools in 5 states that are accredited and the first parochial school in the country to achieve that status.

The St. Vincent school community encourages all schools to move toward this student safety model and is willing to help schools in Knox County and the Columbus Diocese through the accreditation process.

Principal Martha Downs said, "St. Vincent de Paul acknowledges and thanks Lieutenant Leo Swank and the Mount Vernon Fire Department personnel for their continued support and response to our drill situations."

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