Archive for May, 2013
MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Players, soon celebrating its 50th year of bringing entertainment and theatrical education to Knox County, will offer two nine-week acting workshops over the summer, Tuesday nights from June 18 through Aug. 13. Two workshops will be offered, one for ages 7 to 12 and a second for ages 13 to 17. At the conclusion of the program, each group will present a showcase on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Knox County Memorial Theater.
The 7- to 12-year-olds will be taught by Aaron and Hannah Paulley, who combined have more than 35 years of experience working with and teaching kids. From short skits to full-length plays and musicals, they have been leading children’s groups in churches and communities for the majority of their lives. This workshop will focus on theatrical basics, creating characters and bringing them to life, reacting to other actors, and more. Over the course of the workshop, the students will work with each other to create their own skits and monologues, and in the process learn the basics of theater, character and “finding their voice” on-stage.
Leading the 13- to 17-year-olds is Steven Meeker Jr., an actor, director, mime, writer, dancer and producer who is a BFA Acting major at Otterbein University. He has been a part of more than 40 productions and is well known for his all-youth productions including “The Laramie Project,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Ah, Wilderness!” and this summer, “The Crucible.” The teen workshop will focus on the production of a complete show during the program.
There is a registration fee, which is good for the entire summer program. For more information, visit www.mtvplayers.org/summer, or call (740) 263-0755. Spots in both workshops are limited, so early registration is recommended.
Today, the Mount Vernon Police Department, along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Officers K9 units conducted a drug interdiction operation dubbed “Operation Allied Force” in the city limits of Mount Vernon. The goal of the operation was to help catch subjects transporting illegal narcotics in the city of Mount Vernon. The operation was extremely successful according to the operational commander Detective Craig Feeney. Feeney said “We targeted areas in the city that we have received multiple complaints as being high drug traffic areas”.
To assist officers, the Mount Vernon Police Emergency Services Unit was utilized along with State Highway Patrol officers. A combination of unmarked and marked patrol vehicles were used to locate subjects possibly involved in illegal activity. Officers confiscated a large amount of contraband including marijuana, Adderall, Vicodin, Percocet, Antidepressants and several items of drug paraphernalia. Officers also issued three citations for driving on a suspended license.
Also, the operation netted three subjects wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and in the case of one of the warrants, officers were forced to pursue a subject in a foot chase through the north end of the city before apprehending him on Lamartine Street.
Detective Corporal Matt Dailey commented “All of the officers involved in the operation conducted their job with the utmost professionalism which is why things went so well”. All officers used in this operation had additional training in drug interdiction Dailey added. The Mount Vernon Police Department is a member of the Metrich Task Force.
MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Treasurer Sandra Mizer announces real estate tax statements for Knox County have been mailed and are due Friday, June 21.
Payments by cash, check or money order are accepted in the treasurer’s office. Credit card payments may be made online at www.officialpayments.com or by calling 800-272-9829 jurisdiction code 8436. Official Payments, the service provider, charges a fee for this service. Payment may also be made at Knox County offices of the First-Knox National Bank, where credit cards will be treated as a cash advance.
Property owner are reminded they are responsible for paying their taxes even if a statement is not received. If anyone fails to receive a statement they should contact the treasurer’s office at 740-393-6739.
MOUNT VERNON — The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County is ready to dig in to a summer full of books and events for the 2013 “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program at all locations for all ages. Registration begins, Saturday, June 1.
At the main library in Mount Vernon, the program themes and dates will be:
•“Dig Into Reading” (children through grade five), June 1-July 11.
•“Beneath the Surface” (youth grades six through 12), June 1-July 11.
•“Groundbreaking Reads” (adults age 18 and up), June 1-July 21.
The Fredericktown Community Library, Danville Public Library and Gambier Community Library will host their own “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program for all ages from June 1 through July 10.
Participants will be eligible for prizes and special incentives throughout the Summer Reading program. For more information, contact the Mount Vernon main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665), the Danville Public Library at 740-599-BOOK (2665), the Fredericktown Community Library at 740-694-BOOK (2665), the Gambier Community Library at 740-427-BOOK (2665); or visit www.knox.net to view program brochures and register online when available.
UTICA — Utica High School, 260 N. Jefferson St., has a limited number of yearbooks for the following school years: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Due to the limited quantities, the books cannot be held and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For price of yearbooks or other information, contact Lisa Ritzer at Utica High School 740-892-2072 or Lritzer@uhs.laca.org
The 12U Ohio Stingrays went undefeated last weekend in Gahanna to win the 11th annual Brittany Anderson Memorial Tournament, which was held Saturday and Sunday. The Stingrays began Saturday with a 5-2 win over the 12U Ohio Hawks in 38-degree weather, then defeated the 11U Buckeye Heat, 16-1, before finishing the day by defeating the Dublin Rocks, 12-3. They began Sunday by beating the Gahanna Lady Lions, 24-0, followed by a win over the Lady Laser Green, 11-2. In the championship game, the Stingrays downed the 12U Buckeye Heat, 19-5. Team members are, front row from left, Sophie Pressler, Kaitlynn Briggs and Paige Vilvens; middle row, E.P. Poling, Macee Marcum, Lauren Barclay and Ashley Compston; back row, Hal Bennett, Breezy Pizzarro, Taylor Duncan and McKenna Saunders.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department is teaming up with Interchurch Social Services of Mount Vernon to help elderly and financially strapped families beat the summer heat. We are seeking donations of new or gently used fans and window air conditioners. Donations can be dropped off any time at the Main Fire Station, 200 West Gambier Street. Monetary donations can be made to Interchurch Social Services, please specify “fan drive” in the memo line.
Photo courtesy of the Mount Vernon Fire Department
Mount Vernon Police Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, left, received the Firefighter Cross Award for his investigation of the Feb. 14 arson at 209 Shirley Ave. Pictured with Dailey are his wife, Kelly, and children, Annalise and Lane.
The Fredericktown Middle School 4×800-meter relay team set a school record at the 2013 Junior High State Championships on Sunday at Dublin Scioto High School. From left, Lauren Davis, Molly Linhares, Olivia Bates and Fiona Roddy combined for a time of 11:09.3, good for second place in the state.
DUBLIN — The Fredericktown Middle School 4×800-meter relay team set a school record and finished in second place in the state at the 2013 Junior High State Championships, held Sunday at Dublin Scioto High School.
The relay team, consisting of Fiona Roddy, Olivia Bates, Molly Linhares and Lauren Davis, already held the school’s junior-high record, set earlier this season, but cut a full 17 seconds off their time at state for a new mark of 11:09.3.
Head coach Julia Geiger said the team had trained for this event in particular, and gaining a place on the podium was their overall goal.
“Obviously we would have loved to win, but there’s always next year,” said Geiger. “We had certain goals for each of the four girls, time wise, and each of them ran faster than what we had predicted, so the team definitely did what we came to do. I’m very proud of them.”
In all, 11 members of the team made the trip, and for the first time since the creation of the event eight years ago, the Freddies sent a whole girls team to the meet. Four girls competed in field events, including the shot put, discus throw and high jump. Eighth-grader Halle Campbell had the best field-event finish for the Freddies, earning a spot on the podium with a tie for eighth place overall in the high jump. Campbell was coached by Fredericktown High School record-holder and Mid-Buckeye Conference champion Carolyn Webster in the event.
“Carolyn came to the meet and really worked with Halle,” said Geiger. “Seeing all of Carolyn’s success this year has been inspiring to all the girls, but for Halle in particular, being a part of this meet and having a high school record-holder with her gives her a glimpse of all she will accomplish next year in high school.”
Leia Hoeflich led the Freddies in the throws, finishing in the top 15 for the second year in a row in the discus. Hoeflich was joined this year by teammates Jackie Hathaway and Elyse Swihart in the event, while she and Swihart also participated in the shot put.
Eighth-grader Taylor Evans was the team’s top sprinter, winning her heat in the 200-meter dash and placing 11th overall, and also placed 13th in the 100-meter dash. Evans came within .03 seconds of the school record in each race.
Davis and Elly Styers brought home medals for being in among the top four seventh-graders in their individual events, and Bates and Roddy also ran additional distance events. The 4×400-meter relay team of Davis, Linhares, Styers and Roddy also earned a spot on the podium, taking home seventh place overall.
The Freddie boys were represented by A.J. Clevenger, who ran in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
MOUNT VERNON — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. The crash occurred on Hopewell Road, east of Ohio 586, in Pleasant Township.
Josie L. Kaylor, 19, Danville, was traveling westbound on Hopewell Road in a 1998 Honda Accord. Kaylor drove off the right side of the roadway into a ditch and struck a culvert. Impact with the culvert caused the vehicle to overturn. She was partially ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. Kaylor was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Kaylor was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS and transported to Knox Community Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
Bear Den Scouts from Pack 332 of St. Vincent de Paul Church recently visited the property of Tom and Oneta Debolt near Utica. Mr. Debolt shared his vast collection of arrowheads and other stone and flint tools that have been recovered from his family’s farm. Participants were given a chance to search a recently tilled field to find their own artifacts. A nicely formed arrowhead more than 3 inches in length was recovered by Brooklyn Ellis, sister to Scout Cade Ellis, both of Mount Vernon.
MOUNT VERNON — The results from day one of the offender check conducted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies. Of the 78 sex offenders that are registered with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, officers were able to verify that 50 were in compliance. Officers will continue to follow up on the remaining 28 persons to make sure that they are also in compliance.
During the compliance check officers were also attempting to locate persons with active criminal warrants.
Two people were arrested on active warrants
Stephen W. Smithson Keller Rd. Butler -Warrant on Indictment for possession of heroin.
Ryan L Brown Keller Rd. Butler- Warrant for failure to report to jail for traffic offenses.
By CHUCK MARTIN
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — About 20 law enforcement officers spread out across Knox County this morning, checking on the accuracy of information registered sex offenders have filed with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. “Operation Safe Summer” is expected to continue into Wednesday at least.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer said there are about 78 registered sex offenders who will be checked for registration compliance.
Joining deputies on the sweep operation were Mount Vernon police officers, a representative of the Ohio Attorney General’s office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Knox County Common Pleas Court (Adult Court Services), Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation, the Knox County Prosecutor’s office and the Mount Vernon Law Director’s Office.
Shaffer explained that the officers, working in teams of four, would be checking the registered addresses for all sex offenders. Officers would not be out to harass the offenders and would not be going to places of employment.
“We want the public to know we are checking on these offenders and we want the offenders to know they need to be truthful in registering where they live,” he said.
Shaffer also said citizens are encouraged to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on an address or location of a registered sex offender if they believe he or she is not in compliance. Residents can check on whether registered sex offenders are living in their neighborhood by visiting the sheriff’s office website at www.knoxcountysheriff.com or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office website at www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.
Shaffer said deputies would also be carrying some active arrest warrants from Common Pleas and Municipal Court and would execute those warrants as the opportunity arose.
Photo courtesy Florida Southern College
Florida Southern junior Tim Crouch lines up a putt during the recent NCAA Division II championship tournament. The Mount Vernon native won the individual national championship on Thursday.
By ALAN REED
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Police Department is searching for further information regarding seven bottles found Saturday evening on Taylor Road.
Capt. George Hartz told the News the MVPD received a call about some suspicious looking bottles found along a tree line near Dan Emmett Park. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered the bottles which were believed to have been used in manufacturing methamphetamines. The officers contacted detectives who then neutralized and destroyed the bottles.
There are currently no suspects, and Hartz encourages anyone with further information to contact the police department at 393-9559.
Lexi Snyder opens the show season at the Knox County Horse Park carrying the American Flag. For more information about the park, visit KnoxCountyHorsePark.com.
In April, Fredericktown’s FT Precision was presented a triple award for excellence in quality, delivery and cost improvements. The award was presented May 20. Pictured are, from left, Masashiro Ii, chief engineer; Tamamai Nishimura, president; Mike Williams Sr., manager administrative; Tom Lakes, purchasing division manager; John Reffitt, quality assurance coordinator; Jeff Kelly, purchasing machining group staff; Casey Brayshaw, production engineering manager; Mitsuhiro Yoshida, vice president; and Shawn Hinger, production manager. The manufacturing facility produces new model parts for Honda and employs 365 employees.
The Mid-Ohio Diamond Dawgs won the Baseball Players Association Mid-Ohio Spring Shoot Out Tournament 13U Division on Sunday. The Diamond Dawgs play in the Central Ohio Youth Baseball League. Team members are, front row from left, Dylan Beekman, Seth Wasilewski and Gage Espy; Second row, Garett Dudley, Ethan Beckett, Tanner Elliott, Sam Mullins, Hunter Bishop, Jared Strickler and Austin Parrigan; Back row, head coach Dave Dudley and assistant coaches Dan Parrigan, Greg Wasilewski and Darrel Strickler.
Students of the Piano Studio of Jennifer A. Kershner auditioned at the Columbus Guild Center of the National Piano Playing Guild and were accepted to the National Fraternity of Student Musicians. The Guild Auditions have been held across the United States for over 80 years. Over 120,000 pianists of all ages participate, including nearly 1200 students of eighty Guild teachers at the Columbus Guild Center, the largest in the U.S. Students who auditions are, front row, from left, Madison Miller, Laura Lodwick, Paige Wagner and Leah Turner. Back row, from left, Jennifer Kershner, Victoria Risko, Ramey Turner and Miranda Wagner.
The Mount Vernon High School baseball team was honored at an awards banquet on Wednesday. Receiving special awards were, seated from left: Duke Cunningham, Man of Many Gloves Award; Nick Hoar, Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference, Honorable Mention All-Central District, Most Inspirational; and Alex Arck, co-Rookie of the Year. Standing from left: Paul Smith, Most Improved; J.D. Orr, First Team All-OCC, First Team All-District, Silver Slugger Award; Griffen Menke, Honorable Mention All-OCC, co-Rookie of the Year; Nick Rummel, Gold Glove Award; and Austin Blanton, We Over Me Award.