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Suspect arrested with 14 hypodermic needles outside grocery store

MOUNT VERNON - At 1:10 a.m. on Thursday three MVPD officers responded to the area of Kroger on Coshocton Avenue on a report of a disturbance, possibly involving a firearm. After further investigation, no firearms were located at the scene. Micah Dean was found to be in possession of 14 hypodermic needles and was arrested at the scene. Dean was charged with Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments.

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Micah Dean - Knox County Jail photo

This morning, Dean, 38, is in the Knox County jail.

White House invites Knox Co. Commissioners to DC

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners, along with other Ohio county commissioners, will head to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28 at the invitation of the White House.

Details are still sketchy, but Commissioner Roger Reed said the trip includes a five-hour conference with Administration officials on the 29th. and a tour conducted by the Secret Service. He does not know whether the conference will be with President Trump's advisors or whether the President will also attend.

“The Administration is very clear about meeting with commissioners directly and not their associations,” said Commissioner Teresa Bemiller.

“We don't know whether they have questions for us. It sounds like they do,” said Reed.

If White House officials do not have questions for the commissioners, the commissioners have questions and concerns for the White House.

“The drug issue. We could certainly use more funding for that problem,” said Bemiller. “And CDBG. That's been a program that has been really helpful for our communities. We hate to see that program cut off.”

“If they can tell us anything that's coming down the pike that will affect our projects, that will be a top priority for the commissioners there,” said Reed.

“How federal funding affects the counties,” said Commissioner Thom Collier regarding roads, bridges and other infrastructure. “I think sometimes they forget how much we take care of as a county.”

President Trump's Intergovernmental Affairs office issued the invitation in an effort to reach out to leaders involved at the grass-roots level. Commissioners from Pennsylvania and Florida have already visited Washington. The deadline to RSVP was Tuesday. Ohio's delegation is limited to 200.


Inspector asks for county's support in fire safety at fairgrounds

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Terry Davis, fire safety inspector for the Mount Vernon Fire Department, spoke to the county commissioners on Tuesday about his desire to be more proactive regarding fire safety at the Knox County Fairgrounds.

Davis said he wanted to talk with the commissioners in their role as owner. The county owns the fairgrounds, and the Knox County Fair Board leases it from the county.

Davis does pre- and post-fair inspections as well as inspections during the fair. He said that over the last few years, the fair board has worked to bring the buildings up to code. Lighting and signage are improved, and vendors have gotten “better and better with trailers, tents and doing things the way they need to be.”

Still, “There are minor violations that happen over and over. We want to get ahead of it before anything happens,” said Davis.

Noting that some things come to light when everything is plugged in, such as fans in the barns, Davis said he wants to make sure 4-H'ers and vendors use the right fans and extension cords, that extinguishers are readily available, there are no blocked aisles and there is appropriate EMS access. He said they get the information, but it is up to the fair board to enforce regulations.

Davis plans to work with OSU Extension and meet with the 4-H'ers during Quality Assurance meetings prior to next year's fair. He also has requested to be part of the safety meetings for vendors.

Acknowledging that the fair board members are busy, Davis said, “things are moving kind of slow. We need to stay on top of things before anything happens.”


Farm First Friday to feature farm animals, machinery and pie-throwing

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Executive Director for Farm Service Agency, Katie Hill, invites you to visit Farm First Friday. The Celebrity Pie Throwing Contest, will be one of many highlights of Farm First Friday hosted by the Knox County Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Knox Soil and Water Conservation District on September 1st from 6-9 downtown.

Agriculture will descend down the 100 block of Main Street starting at the First-Knox National Bank’s parking lot during the First Friday event. The 100 block of Main St. will be filled with machinery, animals, displays, agricultural activities, and agriculture vendors and organizations. All booths will have a short hands-on activity or display to teach kids and their parents about how our food gets from the farmers field to the grocery store.

Kids and parents can learn how a cow is milked, sit on tractors and learn about how they are used in the fields around Knox County, and talk with farmers and ask answer questions on what it takes to bring our food from fields to dinner plates. Local orchards will have apples on hand for the picking, maple syrup producers will show us the process on how syrup is made and have maple cotton candy, and the Bee Keepers Association will show us how bees pollinate our plants to make food. Guests can also visit vendors from the farmers market, learn about soil erosion, ethanol vehicles and corn products, why the farm bill is important to us all, by-products from the Cattleman’s and Sheep Improvement Association, food safety, cooking demos, Celebrity Pie Throwing Contest, pedal tractor races, and much more.

This event is brought to you by Knox County’s Agricultural industry to help all understand the importance of agriculture in the community and beyond. Visit the Ag block at Vine and Main Street during First Friday on September 1st.

For more information call your local FSA office at 392-0891 or visit www.VisitDowntownMountVernon.com


Kenyon set to welcome students from 37 states, 19 countries

GAMBIER - The summer calm in the village will soon become the din of activity as students return to Kenyon College. Mary Keister, Director of News Media Relations, says this year, Kenyon is expecting 460 first-year students from 19 countries, including the U.S. and 37 states, including Ohio.

Upperclass students return to campus beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio.


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