Good-hearted woman taken for ride

Posted by & filed under story.

FREDERICKTOWN — Helen Booth has a giving and nurturing soul, like her mother, she said. That’s why she took in a woman she and her daughter, Lisa, believed to be pregnant with twins and in an abusive situation.

Freshwater: Source remains mystery

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — Suspended Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher John Freshwater was the first witness when his contract termination hearing resumed Thursday. His attorney R. Kelly Hamilton asked him questions regarding items acquired from an anonymous source, whose identity is unknown to Freshwater.

Sewer grants reviewed with ODOD

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — Timothy L. Leasure, community development analyst with the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Housing & Community Partnerships, met with the Knox County Board of Commissioners on Thursday morning to review grants awarded for the county's hamlet projects.

Kidney improves Wallot's quality of life

Posted by & filed under story.

BELLVILLE — After waiting 10 months for a match, Robert Wallot of Bellville was overjoyed to hear he would receive a new kidney. Living with diabetes for many years destroyed his own kidneys to where they could not function properly.

Organ donor need continues to rise

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — April is Donate Life Month, a time to learn more about the opportunity each person has to give the "gift of life." It's also a time to bring awareness to the need to donate organs and tissue.

Jackets step up, beat Madison, 8-5

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon baseball team has had different players step up at different times throughout the year. Thursday, four hitters and a sophomore pitcher stepped up, leading the Jackets to an 8-5 victory over visiting Mansfield Madison.

MV spikers steamroll Tigers

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon High School boys volleyball team moved one step closer to its goal of an undefeated Ohio Capital Conference season on Thursday night with a three-game win over Pickerington Central. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Tigers, 25-6, 25-9 and 25-21, improving to 17-2 on the season.

Freshwater takes stand in hearing

Posted by & filed under story.

According to Mount Vernon News reporter Pam Schehl, three witnesses have testified so far this morning at the termination hearing of Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater.

Benick responds to termination

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — In a meeting Monday night, the Knox County Board of Health terminated the employment of Brian Benick, environmental health director for the health department, on the grounds of insubordination. Wednesday, Benick explained his side of the circumstances surrounding his termination, and his reasons for the alleged insubordination.

Kindness continues after death

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — On, Aug. 21, 1994, Bege Wiegman and her family received "the phone call from hell." Her eldest son, Luke, was in a motorcycle accident and had suffered severe head trauma. Three days later, Luke died, forever changing the Wiegman family.

Barone to leave county license bureau

Posted by & filed under story.

MOUNT VERNON — Beginning July 1, Knox County will have a new deputy registrar. Michael Kellenbarger, Newark, has been awarded the 2010-13 contract to operate the Knox County license bureau. He will replace Sam Barone, who has operated the bureau for over 20 years.