Archive for August, 2013
Pictured are former PPG employees at the reunion Aug. 25. They are, from left, Ivan Kent, Earlie Combs, Wesley Looker, Gerald Conard, Joe Metcalf, Larry Miller, Chuck Mowery, Art Cornell, Clyde Wilson, Bill Breeze, Dan Wilson Dewey Bandy, John Booth and Oakley Reffitt. Late arrivals absent from photo are Ray Thibaut, and Oscar and John Jacquet.
MOUNT VERNON — Former Pittsburgh Plate Glass employees gathered Aug. 25 at the Memorial Park in Mount Vernon. At one time the PPG plant was the largest employer in Knox County. When all three glass tanks were running, the Plate employed over 1,000 people. PPG was an excellent employer and always supported the community.
In 1925, the Mount Vernon plant was first to use the Pennvernon drawing machine, approximately the fastest it could draw glass was 120 inches per minute. The float process was later invented and it could float over 600 inches per minute and needed only one-third employees. So there was no way that the older plants like Mount Vernon could compete. Most of the time it is more cost efficient to build a new plant than try to remodel an old plant. So in 1976, the Mount Vernon plant was shut down.
Jeff Boucher and Michael Percy spoke at the PPG reunion about a committee that is being formed to have a memorial of some sort for the PPG employees at the old PPG plant location. While buildings of the former PPG are being demolished and the land cleared, the Carpenter Shop, clock house and smokestack will be left.
Anyone with artifacts, pictures or stories to share should contact Jeff Boucher at 740-392-3230 or Michael Percy at 740-397-7488.
“That’s a good question. I’d say stay out. How can we fix people who don’t help themselves?”
Ray Grandstaff, Mount Vernon
“We should be pressing the U.N. to form a joint coalition to go in and encourage the cessation of chemical warfare.”
Debbie Walton, Mount Vernon
“We should stay out of it. They have their own government. We had to go through this kind of thing and figure it out; they’re going through the same thing.”
Alec Camboni, Mount Vernon
“Stay out of it. We can’t change anything and we’re not going to solve it. We’re just going to lose lives.
Ginny Kirkhart, Mount Vernon
“I think we should stay out. We don’t know enough about our options.”
Bob Heasley, Gambier.
“I don’t want to go to see us go to war, but something has to be done to show that man he can’t do what he’s done to his own people.”
FREDERICKTOWN — An old rivalry returned to Fredericktown High School on Friday night, and the game was a reminder just how good that rivalry used to be. Clear Fork and Fredericktown played a knock-down, drag out contest for four quarters, with the Colts getting past a pesky Freddies team, 47-40.
A give-and-take game, Fredericktown (1-0) took as many penalty yards as Clear Fork (1-0) would give. The Colts committed 15 penalties for 125 yards, and five of those gave the Freddies a first down, extending drives which might otherwise have stalled. However, Fredericktown also gave in return, losing four of its six fumbles.
The Freddies rushed for only 70 yards on 34 carries, compared to 27 rushes for 196 yards for Clear Fork. Freddie QB Austin Hathaway was not particularly accurate, going 11-of-35 for 198 yards, but had a hand in all five of his team’s scores.
The Colts got a great game from QB Kadin Chrastina, who ran 15 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns and hit 17-of-20 passes for 166 yards and one TD.
Clear Fork started the game right, as Silas Finley hauled in the opening kickoff and ran 83 yards for a 7-0 lead. Fredericktown answered at the 4:01 mark, as Hathaway punched in from 1 yard out. Without a kicking game, the Freddies ran conversions on all of its touchdowns and made them all. Hathaway’s conversion run put Fredericktown up, 8-7.
With time running down in the quarter, the Colts faced a 4th-and-24 at the Freddie 25. After a Fredericktown timeout, Chrastina found Ridge Winand downfield, and his 25-yard TD catch with three seconds to play gave Clear Fork a 14-8 lead.
On its next scoring drive, the Colts showed a bit of razzle-dazzle. Chrastina handed the ball to Finley, and he connected with an open Bradley Studemund for a 27-yard TD pass to lift his team to a 22-8 lead. The Freddies then ran off a long drive, helped out by two Clear Fork personal foul penalties, which ended in Hathaway’s 58-yard TD pass to Chris Hoar for a 22-16 deficit. The Colts had the final score of the half, as Chrastina nailed a 40-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, which left Clear Fork ahead 25-16 at the break.
Sam Armstrong scored the only touchdown of the third quarter, catching a 27-yard Hathaway pass to cut the lead to 25-24. Chrastina scored on a 15-yard run with 8:27 to play in the game, and the Colts were up, 33-24.
Fans witnessed a massive scoring outburst from the 2:39 mark of the fourth quarter to the 1:03 mark, as the teams each scored a pair of touchdowns. Hathaway’s 1-yard TD run and conversion pass with 2:39 to play cut Fredericktown’s deficit to 33-32, but just 43 seconds later Chrastina ripped off a 17-yard TD run to give the Clear Fork a 40-32 cushion. An important play occurred on the ensuing kickoff, as the Freddie returner fumbled the ball. Phil Wilson picked it up for the Colts for an 18-yard touchdown and a 47-32 lead. Hathaway spent only 41 seconds of the next drive to score again, hitting Armstrong for a 10-yard TD which left the score 47-40. The Colts ran out the clock for the win.
Hoar caught eight passes for 154 yards and a TD for the Freddies, and Finley grabbed eight catches for 78 yards.
Fredericktown will host old MBC rival Danville on Friday at 7 p.m.
DANVILLE — Danville displayed its new spread offense in its season opener against River View on Friday, and five players caught two or more passes in the Blue Devils 34-7 victory.
Danville (1-0) rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries, but threw for 248 yards on 18-of-32 passing. Quarterback Ridge Durbin, a sophomore, threw for three touchdown passes, the first of his career, and two went to Cal Honabarger for the first TDs of his career.
The Blue Devils defense came through again, holding the Black Bears (0-1) to 223 total yards. The visitors ran 45 times for only 136 yards, an average of 3.0 yards per carry, and completed 6-of-15 passes for 87 yards. Danville forced four fumbles and picked up two, and intercepted two passes.
The Blue Devils scored near the end of the first quarter, as Durbin found Austin Morehouse for a 33-yard TD connection. Kenton Mickley’s kick made it 7-0. Danville’s offense continued to push the ball downfield, and with 7:08 to play in the second quarter Durbin pounded in from 3 yards out for another score. Durbin then found Honabarger for a 2-point conversion which left the Blue Devils up, 15-0.
Less than four minutes later, Honabarger hauled in another pass from Durbin, this one from 8 yards out, and Mickley’s kick left Danville up, 22-0. River View finally scored on the Blue Devil defense with less than a minute to play. Brandon Adam rushed for a 24-yard score, and the Black Bears trailed, 22-7, at the half.
Danville ran a possession game with its passing in the third quarter, while its defense blanked River View. Honabarger caught his second touchdown pass, a 10-yarder, with 3:37 left in the third quarter, which left the Blue Devils ahead, 28-7. Danville also scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Morehouse’s 36-yard run finished the scoring.
Morehouse ran just twice for the Blue Devils for 40 yards, and Freddie Hart added four carries for 37 yards. Honabarger finished with six catches for 106 yards, and A.J. Winings and Thomas Hawk grabbed three passes each for 37 and 20 yards, respectively. Zach Wood gained 32 yards on two receptions, and Mickley caught two passes for 20 yards.
Danville will travel to old Mid-Buckeye Conference rival Fredericktown for a 7 p.m. start on Friday.
Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences today in four felony cases. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Corbin D. Heck, 20, Mount Vernon, was convicted of failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer and sentenced to an 18 month prison term. Thatcher said on March 1 at about 2 a.m., Heck lead Mount Vernon Police officers on a high speed chase starting at South Edgewood Road at East Gambier Street, reaching speeds of 95-110 mph on East High Street and Coshocton Avenue, and concluding with Heck crashing his vehicle on Coshocton Road near DePolo Road. Patrolmen Tim Arnold and Rex Young and Sergeant Troy Glazier, Mount Vernon Police Department, made the arrest.
William J. Wheeler, 37, Mount Vernon, was convicted of breaking and entering and grand theft charges. He was sentenced to a three year term of community control supervision, including a 30 day jail sentence and a suspended 17 month prison term. Thatcher said on April 24, witnesses saw Wheeler and a co-defendant break into a storage unit, in Fredericktown, and then steal over $17,000.00 worth of property belonging to a local manufacturing business. Lieutenant Roger Brown, FPD, arrived immediately to make the arrests and recover all of the property.
On January 18, Hanna R. Harman, 20, Johnstown, was convicted of trafficking in heroin and sentenced to a three year term of community control supervision. She was sentenced to a 70 day jail term for failing to remain in contact with her supervising officer.
In 2010 Matthew L. Shand, 26, Mount Vernon, was convicted of forgery and sentenced to a three year term of community control supervision. He was sentenced to a 60 day jail term for failing to remain in contact with his supervising officer.
WARSAW — The Dutch Run Trinity Church of Christ will be observing its 170th anniversary at its annual Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 8. The church is located in Coshocton County on Coshocton County Road 20.
Sunday School will be at 10 a.m. Church service at 11 a.m., with a covered-dish dinner following. A program of readings, special music and memories will be shared in the evening. The church pastor is John Cadwell from Warsaw.
Call 393-2586 for more information and directions.
Becky and Randy Cronk pose for a photo while recently traveling through the desert in Namibia, Africa. The Cronks survived an elephant attack while on safari at the Okavango Delta.
HOWARD — The home of Dr. Barry and Brenda George on Apple Valley Lake was the site of the “Paws on the Porch” fundraiser benefiting the Knox County Humane Society on Aug. 23. Over 300 guests from near and far took part in the for a record-breaking event that has raised more than $62,000.
The event featured a tour of the Georges’ beautifully decorated home; catering by the Mount Vernon Country Club’s Chef Larry Fontaine; and music by the Erick Augis Trio with vocalist Lisa Clark. A silent auction featured items donated by artists and businesses who share the Humane Society’s love and concern for cats and dogs. “Heartfelt Art,” paintings done by shelter dogs and cats (with the help and imagination of volunteer Sandy Drenning), was a big hit, as celebrity auctioneers challenged the audience to increase their bids. As a follow-up event, Steve Mullins and Jeff Boucher are coordinating a dinner at the Olde Jaol Brewing Co. in Wooster donated by Jerry Baker with all proceeds donated to KCHS.
“Barry and I were happy to share our home for the Knox County Humane Society’s Paws on the Porch,” said Brenda George. “We love dogs (we have 12) and participate in rescue efforts statewide. The puppy mill situation in Knox County is deplorable. We urge you not to shop online for puppies or buy puppies from pet stores. They are supplied directly from puppy mills. There are many wonderful dogs and cats that need adopted at our shelters, rescues, and the Humane Society.”
Fundraiser committee members Brenda George, Carole Rennie Jarvis, Sandy Drenning, Mary Gillan, Carol Sue Owens, Cindy Miller and Carol Garner would like to thank the following sponsors: Platinum Paws Sponsor — Ariel Corporation; Gold Paws Sponsor — Small’s Sand and Gravel; Silver Paws Sponsors — First-Knox National Bank, Oakleaf Landscaping/Skyline Tree Service, Shrock Premier Custom Construction, and Terri Slee Interiors for covering the costs of this fundraiser.
Carole Rennie Jarvis, Board Chair of the Humane Society stated that the funds raised will support the work of the Knox County Humane Society on several levels. Jarvis said: “First and foremost the funds raised will be used to renovate the building currently used to house the canines. As a non-profit organization, we very seldom have extra funds to apply to building repairs and maintenance. We will start by replacing the windows which leak whenever it rains and then identify other areas that will improve the lives of the dogs housed there. We will also set some funds aside for low cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs owned by Knox County residents. The Knox County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the animals in our care. This year we have been focusing our efforts to offer low cost spay and neuter surgeries for felines through our “Sponsor a Spay” campaign. This campaign matches donations from the public with co-pays from the cat’s owner. Using these combined funds, the Humane Society staff and veterinarian Dr. Brian Wennerstrom have performed an amazing 1,134 surgeries as of August 22, 2013.
For more information about the Humane Society, visit the website at www.knoxcountyhumane.org, check out the Facebook page, or visit the shelter located at 400 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MOUNT VERNON — The following is list of streets to be swept the week of Sept. 2:
•Monday — Holiday, no sweeping scheduled.
•Tuesday — No sweeping scheduled.
•Wednesday — No sweeping scheduled.
•Thursday — Ohio Avenue and Gay Street (Chestnut Street to Warden Street).
•Friday — Downtown areas in early morning.
The Street Department crew asks cooperation from residents in having their automobiles moved on the day their street is scheduled for sweeping. This schedule is subject to change or cancellation.
Hadley George is seen shaking hands with her dog, Lola, while practicing tasks she learned through her testing with Therapy Dog International.
MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon News will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Monday’s paper will be a morning edition.
The deadline to submit obituaries for Monday’s paper is 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Other businesses and offices closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday include:
•Office of the Knox Metropolitan Housing Authority, including the office handling CHIP housing rehabilitation activities for the city of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
•Knox County Department of Job & Family Services, including Workforce Development, Opportunity Knox One Stop Employment and Training, Public Assistance, Child Support Enforcement, and Children and Family Services.
•The Knox County Health Department.
•Offices in the Knox County Service Center, 117 E. High St.
•Mount Vernon City offices.
River View at Danville
If there is one thing Danville can look forward to for the 2013 season, it’s that Newark Catholic isn’t in its division anymore. The Blue Devils reached the Division VI regionals last season on the strength of Bryce Staats’ all-state season, and his graduation leaves a big hole at the quarterback spot. Most of the defensive front is back, led by Andy Payne and Conway Baldridge, so opposing offenses should have trouble moving the ball. A similar trip to the regionals is not out of the question.
River View finished 5-5 overall last season, but tied for first place in conference play with a 3-1 record. Last season, the Black Bears gave up over 27 points per game and scored about 23 points, but had a win over Danville nemesis Bishop Rosecrans (6-3). River View gave up over 40 points in four games last season and scored that many in only two games, of which one was a loss. The Blue Devils defense should give this team difficulty.
Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.
Highland at East Knox
Highland definitely will have experience on its side this season, as 16 lettermen and six starters on either side of the ball will return for 2013. Four returning linemen and backs Kyle Minyo and James Cochran should make the Scots’ vaunted running game effective, but Jeremy Gahm is a new signal-caller. With Highland now in the new MOAC Blue Division, which is filled with smaller schools, the Scots should be in line for a division championship.
East Knox faces a much smaller Mid-Buckeye Conference schedule this season, facing old rivals Utica and Centerburg in nonconference action this year. The Bulldogs still have an aggressive linebacking corps with Dylan Wears and Cody Howard, and Colton Rebel led the team in interceptions in the secondary. In addition to linebacker duties, Wears will also look to pull the load at running back, and Howard is an experienced starting quarterback.
The Scots and the Bulldogs kick off the 2013 season at 7 p.m. Friday.
Clear Fork at Fredericktown
Clear Fork is used to adversity as the smallest school in the Ohio Cardinal Conference, but facing Fredericktown after a near 10-year absence still will be a good test. The Colts, traditionally a run-oriented offense, will go to a spread offense this season with the quarterback in the shotgun. They should have good protection up front with a pair of 270-pouhd linemen, but junior QB Kadin Chrastina will have to overcome last year’s broken leg to make the offense go.
After two straight playoff appearances, Fredericktown fell to 5-5 last season. This year brings a new league to make things more complicated. The Freddies return three seniors to the offensive and defensive lines, and junior quarterback Austin Hathaway should be better with a year’s experience. Those factors should make the receiving corps, led by seniors Sam Armstrong and Chris Hoar, a dangerous combination, and will help take the load off of an inexperienced running game.
Kickoff time is Friday at 7 p.m.
DANVILLE — A new sports training facility for Danville Local Schools means the wrestling team has a practice space to call their own and the district can now host athletic events in the larger space. The Devil Dome opened in January and offers a 7,200-square-foot-space where teams can train, rain or shine.
“At a small school like Danville, donations are only way to keep the athletics program going,” said Ronald Hawk, a local farmer who donated to the Devil Dome construction project. “In other school districts with no booster programs, they have to switch to a pay-to-play option, and a lot of students can’t afford to participate. Supporting the athletic program is important because sports are a great way to keep kids active and build confidence.”
Hawk’s support has inspired other Danville community members to also donate to the Devil Dome project. As a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, Hawk was given the opportunity to direct two $2,500 donations to local nonprofits of his choice due to the USDA declaring Knox County a drought county this past year. He chose to direct his first donation to the Danville Athletic Boosters. And because the sports facility means so much to the community, both Hawk and his sons’ company, ECR, matched the $2,500 Monsanto Fund donation. In total, the Hawk family has donated $7,500 to the Danville Athletic Boosters for the Devil Dome construction project.
“I have 17 grandchildren and a number of them have been able to use the facility,” said Hawk. “My grandsons joke about how they don’t like the dome because when it rains during football practice, they move drills inside instead of lifting weights or watching films.”
The Hawk family’s generosity does not stop there. Barb Mickley, director at Sanctuary Community Action, works each day to improve the quality of life for others in Knox County. Since Mickley is Hawk’s sister, it was easy for him to decide where to direct his second America’s Farmers Grow Communities $2,500 donation. Mickley is thankful to have a brother who supports her organization and the Knox County community.
“Ron is one of many who understand what our agency means to the community,” said Mickley. “Since the development of Sanctuary Community Action in 1995, numerous organizations, individuals, businesses and churches have provided support. Each one of these people has sparked another to make a contribution. Ron has been influential on others and he is committed to the community as a whole.”
Using Hawk’s donation, Sanctuary was able to implement a second GED diploma program for adult students that ran through May of this year. The class will begin again in September to assist more community members who are motivated to complete their GED. The remaining money the organization received continues to help the organization with other community programs. The Sanctuary was able to partner with Knox County Head Start to run its family health fair that offered child health screenings in preparation for the upcoming school year.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives winning farmers the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county. Farmers have helped fund more than 5,200 organizations in rural America through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program launched nationally in 2011 and has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. To support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought last year, winning farmers in these counties, which included Highland County, Ohio, were able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000 to local nonprofits.
Farmers and rural community members can now visit GrowCommunities.com and register to win or submit an idea in need of funding. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to support rural communities.
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon firefighters were called to a fire at 312 Wooster Road at 2:31 a.m. Tuesday. The fire was in the basement of the Terry Hofferberger residence under a workbench, according to fire chief Chris Menepace. He added the fire is under investigation.
MOUNT VERNON — Knox County is mourning the passing of Ron Staats. Staats, who died Monday, was a longtime program director at Mount Vernon’s radio station WMVO and the on-air host of the popular “Radio Line,” served as master of ceremonies for the Knox County Junior Miss scholarship program auction for many years and worked on community service projects such as Food for the Hungry and Christmas in July.
CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Area Business Association has contracted with Tracey Payne, owner of Tradeye Machine and Tool in Centerburg, to build new steel light poles to replace the five that were maliciously pulled down over the past year.
CABA raised the money through the spring Car Show, hosting the Kelly Miller Circus, and golf scrambles over the past 10 years in order to beautify and enhance downtown Centerburg and to assist small business that needed help with improving their store fronts and/or signs. The first light pole was placed next to the Scissor Shack on Main Street with the next four lights to be installed in the corner park over the next several weeks. The Centerburg Area Business Association has tried to utilize local business and talent within the surrounding community when work was needed and that craftsmanship shows through the fine detail work that Tracey Payne accomplished in building the replacement light poles.
Ronda Seligman announced that the Heart of Ohio Women’s Club has raised the needed funds to begin work on the proposed mural that will be painted on the side of the Village Administration Building next to the large parking lot on the corner of North Clayton Street. Local artist Rick VanHorn has been contracted to paint the mural that will depict historic scenes of downtown Centerburg.
It was erroneously announced that the Centerburg Area Business Association gave up on the annual Central Ohio Cruise-In and Car Show hat is held the Sunday in May each year. CABA, along with the organizational skills of business association president Dale Pennington, did not abandon hosting the cruise-in and car show. The most active members of CABA had too many commitments and obligations that prevented the Sunday afternoon gathering from going forward this year. Pennington has been an integral part of the car show each year for the past 13 years with the group deciding to take a break this year and quite possibly next year. Pennington did offer the car show and the proceeds to any group in the area that wanted to host the annual event. There was no individual or group that contacted Pennington or CABA with a desire to keep the show active for 2013. Pennington has offered his knowledge and contact information to whoever was willing to take over the work and dedication that went along with putting on a successful car show, but for the record, CABA has not abandoned this annual event.
MOUNT VERNON — Twenty-one students of Lynn Jurkowitz met Aug. 24, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cosby for the summer session recital “Music out of this World.” The recital took place outdoors under the stars, complete with an alien visitor “ZAR.” Sound system was provided by Tom Noonan. Refreshments were provided by the Cosby family.
The recital consisted of the following students: Bradley Hardesty, “2001 Space Odyssey”; Abi Grogg, “Space Walk”; Averie Rutter, “Aquarius”; Alliya Ballenger, “Aliens on the Playground”; Melanie Boatwright, “Aliens over the Rainbow”; Jack Ferguson, “Aliens Rock”; Anna Dinnen, “Princess Leah”; Kira Bielecki, “Star Treck”; Hayden Lingel, “Superman”; Aubrey Wiest, “Fly Me to the Moon”; Noah Shremshock, “Theme from X-Files”; and John Brenneman, “Close Encounters.”
Joseph Hedge, “Throne Room”; Nick Martinsen, “Imperial March”; Mason Boatwright, “Theme from E.T.”; Jacob Lehman, “Theme from Dr. Who”; Zach Ballenger, “Star Wars”; Matthew Dinnen, “Star Treck the Motion Picture”; Alex Lingel, “Theme from Contact”; Sarah Lord, “Can you read my mind?”; Bradley Hardesty, “The Wrath of Khan”; and Nathan Dinnen, “The Arrival from Transformers.”
GAMBIER — The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County has awarded a Leadership Knox tuition grant to Thomas Karako, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College.
Leadership Knox, a program of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, is intended to enhance leadership skills by developing informed and committed community members. Participants meet for a full day once a month over a 10-month period and learn about agriculture, county history, economic development, government, social services, and the county’s challenges and opportunities for growth. The program begins this month.
Karako of Mount Vernon received a tuition grant of $695 from the Community Foundation. Also an assistant professor of political science, he is an expert on Constitutional law, national security and arms control. He joined Kenyon in 2009. He spent the 2010-11 academic year as an American Political Science Association Congressional fellow and worked during that time with the staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO. The Community Foundation is a non-profit, philanthropic organization with assets exceeding $38 million. The foundation has distributed an average of $1.8 million in community grants and scholarships in each of the last three years.
4:29 p.m. MOUNT VERNON — Four fire departments have responded to a fire at the former PACS facility on Columbus Road.
Ted Schnormeier, project administrator for the expansion of Ariel-Foundation Park, told the News contractors were cutting metal with torches when the fire started.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department received mutual aid from Central Ohio Joint Fire District, College Township Fire Department and Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District.
There was black smoke present but no visible flames were seen.
More information will be published in Tuesday’s edition of the News.
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3:54 p.m. MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Fire Department is working an active fire at the former PACS facility on Pittsburgh Avenue, off of Columbus Road. Mutual aid is being provided by College Township and Central Ohio Joint Fire District.
More information will be published as it becomes available.
MOUNT VERNON — This year’s Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Day has turned into a recycling extravaganza thanks to the addition of TVs, electronics and fluorescent bulbs. The Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with the Knox County Commissioners has selected Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the collection event, which will also include household hazardous waste, scrap tires, computers and cell phones. As usual, the event will take place at the Knox County Fairgrounds. Residents wishing to attend should enter the fairgrounds at the east gate, located approximately a quarter mile west of the intersection of Fairgrounds Road and State Route 3 (Wooster Road).
All types of electronics (e-waste) including: Cables, cameras, cell phones, computers, copiers, game consoles, printers, servers, switches, telephones, televisions and VCR/DVD systems will be accepted.
Acceptable household hazardous waste include: Acids, adhesives, ammonia, antifreeze, batteries, drain cleaners, fertilizers, flares, gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, motor oil and filters, pool chemicals, propane cylinders (a maximum of 20 pounds in size), rat poison, transmission fluid and turpentine.
Scrap tires of any size and fluorescent bulbs will also be collected. Mandatory charges will be accessed this year on every tire and television. Passenger tires will be charged a fee of $1 per tire, truck tires $4 each and tractor tires $25. All televisions regardless of size and model will be accessed a $10 fee. To help defray the cost of the event, a suggested donation of $5 per car and pickup truck, or $10 per large truck is requested for the hazardous waste and computers.
In order to shorten waiting periods, please have an exact count on your tires before entering the fairgrounds.
No paint will be accepted at this year’s event. People can safely dispose of paint after the addition of kitty litter, sawdust or any type of paint hardener. Once the paint is completely dry, it can be safely disposed into the local solid waste stream.
Household Hazardous Waste events are open to all residents residing in Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow counties.
Citizens are urged to call Recycling Coordinator, Linda Montgomery, in the Knox Commissioners office at 393-6704 with any questions regarding this recycling extravaganza.