Archive for September, 2013
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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University has received a significant gift and opportunity in partnership with Ariel Corporation through the purchase and planned renovation of The Curtis Inn in historic downtown Mount Vernon.
A number of weeks ago, Karen Buchwald Wright, of Ariel Corp., approached Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a proposal to purchase the Curtis Inn property and completely renovate it, so that the university could operate it as a hotel. After careful review, coordination with Wright, the cooperation with the administration of the city of Mount Vernon, and the executive committee of MVNU’s Board of Trustees, the university enthusiastically accepted the offer. The property was purchased at auction on Friday at a price of $433,333, by local attorney Clinton Bailey, acting on behalf of MVNU using funds provided by Ariel.
The project will be a joint partnership between Ariel Corp. and MVNU. Ariel has agreed to provide the resources necessary to update and renovate the existing property but did not wish to oversee the renovation or operations of The Curtis Inn as a business venture. MVNU has agreed to oversee the restoration in cooperation with Ariel and to operate it as a working hotel once completed. The resulting collaborative investment will continue to enhance the communities of Mount Vernon and Knox County for years to come, providing economic and employment opportunities, additional accommodations for tourists and out-of-town guests, and a substantial upgrade to the appearance of Mount Vernon’s historic downtown district.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the City of Mount Vernon, Knox County, and MVNU,” said Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II, MVNU president. “We are privileged to partner with Karen Wright and the Ariel Corp. on such an important venture, and we are confident that this investment will result in significant business development, growth, and economic opportunity for our community. This gift will be one of the largest in the history of the university. Ariel intends to partner with the university to make the new facility a signature building in Mount Vernon and Knox County. It will be our honor to work with Ms. Wright to make a difference in the lives of the people of Mount Vernon.”
While the preliminary structural analysis has taken place, Spaulding has authorized a continued study by architects in order to present a final proposal in consultation with Wright, city officials, and the MVNU board of trustees.
MOUNT VERNON — A long-time, well-known landmark is changing hands after Friday’s Sheriff Sale.
HOWARD —Candidates for the East Knox Board of Education will meet Tuesday for a Meet the Candidates forum presented by Our Kids Our Future Levy Committee.
Candidates Larry Campbell, Kathy Frere, Mary Garn, Don Lemley and Dean Opfer will be in attendance.
The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Photo by Virgil Shipley
This Mount Vernon Police cruiser was heavily damaged in a two car crash at 7:30 a.m. on July 5th. The crash was at the intersection of S. Mulberry St. and W. Ohio Ave. Early indications were that Patrolman Brian Weiser and the driver of the other car were not seriously injured.
By CHUCK MARTIN
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Police Department Patrolman Brian Weiser has been suspended for two days as a result of the accident July 5 at Mulberry Street and Ohio Avenue.
Capt. George Hartz, acting police chief, told the News this morning he issued an order Friday suspending Weiser for two days for not wearing his seat belt and for generally operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner.
Hartz said there was precedent for the disciplinary action, noting three previous cases in the department’s records in which the officer involved received a two-day suspension.
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MVPD’s Weiser not cited in accident September 25, 2013
MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, conducted enhanced enforcement that was concentrated on Ohio 36 west of Mount Vernon. During the enforcement the following people were arrested on various charges:
- Jeremy Dinsmore
Anthony R Ferrell
Shawn M Garrad
Amanda L Higgs
Daniel P. Storts
Alisha L. Vance
•Anthony R. Ferrell, Mount Vernon, charges include possession of drugs and a possible stolen firearm. During a traffic stop, Ferrell fled on foot from officers into a nearby field. A standoff resulted when Ferrell threatened to kill himself with a handgun that was in his possession. Officers were finally able to talk him into surrendering and no one was injured. Traffic was halted on U.S. 36 while officials searched for Ferrell.
•Jeremy L. Dinsmore, Mount Vernon, arrested on an active warrant.
•Shawn M. Garrad, Mount Vernon, arrested on a probation violation. Other possible charges are pending. During a traffic stop, Garrad attempted to flee on foot from officers.
•Amanda L. Higgs, Mount Vernon, arrested for obstruction.
•Also arrested earlier on Thursday night were two persons that were in possession of a large amount of prescription drugs, illegal drugs and stolen property. These were Daniel P. Storts of Mount Vernon and Alisha L. Vance of Mount Vernon.
Persons with information on illegal drug activity are encouraged to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 740-397-3333 or you may leave information on the tip line at 740-393-6800, ext. 230.
GAMBIER — A community-wide reading program, featuring the Carl Phillips poetry book “Double Shadow,” sets the stage for the 2013 Kenyon Review Literary Festival on Nov. 8 and 9 at Kenyon College.
As part of the Knox Reads! program developed by the Kenyon Review and supported by state and local community and cultural organizations, about 200 copies of Double Shadow will be distributed for free starting on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m., at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market in downtown Mount Vernon. Later that day, copies of the book will be distributed at Paragraphs Bookstore, 229 S. Main St., Mount Vernon; and the Kenyon College Bookstore, 106 Gaskin Ave. Copies will also be shared with members of the Kenyon and Gambier communities starting at noon on Oct. 5 in the Cheever Room of the Finn House, 102 W. Wiggin St.
Phillips, who has published 12 books and a number of poems in the Kenyon Review, will be honored with the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement in New York City on Nov. 7 and travel to Gambier to deliver the literary festival’s keynote lecture Nov. 9.
“Carl Phillips is at the apogee of his generation of American poets,” said David Lynn, editor of the Kenyon Review and Kenyon professor of English. “Smart, challenging — without being deliberately difficult — full of mystery and mythical resonance, he engages contemporary questions of sexual identity and the profound link to creativity.”
Those who read “Double Shadow” are welcome to join a free book discussion led by Royal Rhodes, Kenyon professor of religious studies, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, and a free brown-bag chat led by Thomas Hawks, Kenyon assistant professor of English, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 12:45 p.m., also at the public library.
“Read ‘Double Shadow’ for its music — the sound and rhythm and collisions of sense,” Lynn said. “It is full of fragments of Greek myth made flesh in the immediate, in the twisting arms of the everyday world.”
Phillips is a professor in the departments of English and African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. “Double Shadow” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2011. His other books include “Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006” and “Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004).” He published a translation of Sophocles’s Philoctetes in 2004.
The community-reading project is supported by Ariel Foundation, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, First-Knox National Bank, Kenyon Academic Partnership, Kenyon College Bookstore, Kenyon College Craft Center, Kenyon College English Department, Ohio Arts Council, Paragraphs Bookstore, Peoples Bank, and Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
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MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Master Gardener Volunteers will host a program called, “Fall into Bulbs” on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.
It is never too early to start thinking about spring, especially when it comes to the gardens. The program will help novice and professional gardeners learn something new about fall bulb planting.
The speaker for the evening will be Ann Laudeman, a master gardener volunteer.
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DANVILLE — On Thursday, Sept. 19, several members of the Danville FFA chapter participated in the forestry contest.
The contest consisted of timber cruising, where the student must identify the species of tree and calculate the total number of logs you can get from the tree, the total board feet and how much it would cost to purchase the logs from a buyer’s viewpoint.
Members of the team were Winsten Oyster, Taylor Smith, Hanna Trent, Vanessa Hawk, Lauryn Hawk, Jaret Baker, Gabrielle Hawkins, Deven McLarnan, Nikki Hardy, Will Head and Ethan Shultz, The Danville Forestry Team placed fourth out of five teams.
Members of the Danville FFA chapter also attended the soil judging contests on Sept. 24, and will attend the following Tuesday, Oct. 1. The members that are participating in the soils contest include, Porsha McCulough, Taylor Smith, Hanna Trent, Vanessa Hawk, Lauryn Hawk, Jaret Baker, Gabrielle Hawkins, Nikki Hardy, Emily Hart and Will Head.
The first Danville FFA chapter meeting was held Sept. 19 in the High School Auditorium. Twenty-eight FFA members attended this meeting where they learned how to properly utilize Parliamentary Procedure. The next chapter FFA meeting is held Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., in the High School Auditorium, and all are welcome to attend. There will be a guest speaker, Nathan Brumfield, State FFA Sential and the first year FFA members will receive their Greenhand degrees.
If interested in helping the Danville FFA Chapter, contact Ms. Alyss Swinehart at 740-599-6116 ext. 5234.
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“I’d rather see Braxton Miller. They’re playing a Big 10 team now.”
Bud Byall, Mount Vernon.
“Kenny Guiton. He’s a really good thrower.”
Dennis Rousseau, Mount Vernon.
“I would say the first stringer (Miller) if he can play and isn’t injured. Both are good.”
Sue Miller, Mount Vernon.
“Guiton. It’s just that he’s played more the first part of the season and is better qualified. He’s had more practice and should have better timing.”
Ron Burton, Mount Vernon.
“I don’t know, probably Miller. I’d let him start. They haven’t had stiff competition yet.”
Jim Spearman, Mount Vernon.
“Kenny Guiton. He’s done a wonderful job and has earned the right to continue.”
Utica’s Zack Edmister (24) carries the ball while teammate Travis Baldwin (27) blocks in the second half of Friday’s game against Granville. The Blue Aces won, 56-16.
UTICA — Granville’s high-flying passing game certainly did its job on Friday night at Utica, but the Blue Aces showed other aspects of its offense and special teams in its 56-16 victory.
Granville (4-1) certainly passed well, 27-of-35 for 281 yards and three TDs, but it also got 100 yards and three touchdowns from its rushers. The Blue Aces might have done even better if not for three lost fumbles. The Redskins (1-4) finished with 214 total yards, with 204 yards coming in 63 carries. Both teams were heavily penalized, Granville 10 for 105 yards and Utica nine for 72.
Not to be left out of the Blue Aces scoring success was its return teams, led by Blake Compton. He took the opening kickoff 85 yards to score at the 11:48 mark of the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. The Redskins mounted a scoring drive later in the period, which produced Travis Baldwin’s 1-yard TD run with 3:37 to play. Zach Edmister’s conversion run gave Utica the lead, 8-7.
Granville was not down long, as Compton took the ensuing kickoff back as well, 75 yards this time, and lifted the Blue Aces to a 14-8 lead.
That play punctured Utica’s tire, and Granville QB Isaac Maurer did not provide a spare. He threw for three TDs in the second quarter alone, a 1-yarder to Brock Hill and for 29 and 14 yards to Ajay Alderman, and the Blue Aces led at halftime, 35-8.
Granville still used its passing game to gain first downs in the third and fourth quarters, but got the running backs more carries. Conner Koester ran in from 5 yards out with 3:48 to play in the third quarter to increase the lead to 42-8. Patrick Oehlman scored on a 2-yard run with 8:52 left in the game for a 48-8 advantage.
Pierce Piazza broke the scoring drought for the Redskins with a 5-yard run with 4:25 to play, and Baldwin’s conversion catch left Utica down, 48-16. Trevor Steyn, however, scored on the first play of the Blue Aces next drive on a 53-yard run to add punctuation to the win.
Baldwin led the Redskins with 21 carries for 94 yards, and Piazza gained 62 yards on 18 carries. Mitchell Marston completed 1-of-6 passes, to Jacob McKee for 10 yards.
Maurer went for 24-of-31 for 227 yards and three TDs for Granville, and Alderman caught nine of those passes for 122 yards.
Utica will try to regroup next Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Licking Valley.
MORRAL — Centerburg toyed with Ridgedale through the first half of their Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game on Friday, scoring seven touchdowns in the first half alone in a 55-0 victory.
Austin Glasscock found the end zone five of those times, once by pass for 56 yards and four by rush. He finished with nine carries for 147 yards. Tyler Stoyle was nearly flawless, completing 9-of-12 for 167 yards and two scores.
But, as has often been the case this season, the offense was just one part of the Trojans (5-0, 2-0) success. The defense gave up only 14 total rushing yards on 34 carries, three pass completions for 64 yards and just three first downs. Centerburg limited the Rockets (1-4, 0-2) to 16:45 of play clock, almost half of its total.
Less than three minutes into the game, the Trojans scored their first TD on Glasscock’s 56-yard reception. The lead was still 8-0 later in the period, when Glasscock tallied on an 11-yard run with 3:30 remaining for a 14-0 edge.
Centerburg had the ball again to start a brilliant second quarter, when they scored five touchdowns, most within three minutes of the last one. Jeremy Sesma’s 15-yard TD pass from Stoyle with 11:45 to play left the Trojans up, 21-0. With the ball again with 9:13 to play, Glasscock ran for a 26-yard score and a 28-0 lead, then picked up a 7-yard TD 3:02 later.
Centerburg scored next at the 3:37 mark on Glasscock’s 61-yard run, which put his team ahead, 41-0. The team’s longest scoring drought of the period, all of 3:23, came to an end on Anthony Puluso’s 5-yard TD run with 14 seconds to play in the half, and left the Trojans with a 48-0 halftime lead.
Reserve players pretty much took over in the second half, and the scoring pace dropped off considerably. Centerburg did not need any more points, but Puluso took one in from 9 yards out with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Sesma and Jake Stewart each caught three passes for 43 and 32 yards, respectively, for the Trojans. Zach Stayner ran for a team-high 31 yards on 18 carries for Ridgedale.
On defense, Centerburg had five sacks and eight tackles for loss. Kyle Hogan and Jamison Little made 1 1/2 sacks apiece, and Dalton Webb led the team with 7 1/2 tackles.
Centerburg will host their final home game in the next four weeks against Fredericktown at 7 p.m. on Friday.
GALION — Fredericktown’s rushing game was in full glory on Friday night, but its defense gave up its share of points in a 56-44 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference victory at Northmor.
Tyler Ruhl rushed for a career-high 349 yards on 28 carries for the Freddies (3-2, 2-0), who won their third-straight game after two season-opening losses. Ruhl scored five touchdowns, the shortest for 10 yards. QB Austin Hathaway ran 10 times for 95 yards and a pair of scores.
Overall, Fredericktown ran 54 times for 524 yards, and gave up 245 yards on 46 carries and 150 yards passing to the Knights (2-3, 0-2). The Freddies lost the turnover battle, 3-1, and two of those resulted in Northmor scores. The Freddies also committed 11 penalties for 97 yards.
For such a high-scoring game, the first score came relatively late. With 4:21 left in the first quarter, Ruhl ran for a 21-yard touchdown that put Fredericktown ahead, 7-0. Lane Foster knotted the score at 7 with a 1-yard TD run for the Knights with 1:59 to play.
Scoring picked up in the second quarter, and did not let up. Hathaway rushed for a 2-yard touchdown to lift the Freddies to a 15-7 lead at the 10:44 mark, and Ruhl blitzed Northmor for a 35-yard TD run and a 23-7 lead with 7:18 left. The Knights cut the lead to eight, 23-15, on Mason Jordan’s 17-yard halfback pass to Mitchell Whistler with 3:38 remaining, but Ruhl scooted in from 10 yards out in the final minute to leave Fredericktown up, 29-15, at the break.
The Knights got a break to start the second half, when the Freddies fumbled the kickoff. Northmor scored at the 10:17 mark on Zach Caroll’s 12-yard run to get to within a touchdown, 29-22. Fredericktown answered with 9:00 to play on a Ruhl’s 36-yard run, but Caroll closed the gap to nine points, 37-28, after his 2-yard TD with 3:20 left.
Brenden Reed’s 5-yard TD run at the 2:36 mark of the third began a nice run for the Freddies, who scored two straight TDs in the fourth quarter. Hathaway’s 35-yard run and Ruhl’s 56-yarder combined to give Fredericktown a 56-28 lead with 8:53 left in the game.
Northmor made it closer at the end with a Jamie Baldridge 1-yard TD reception with 5:05 to play. Foster recovered another Freddie fumble to rumble 82 yards for a score with 2:33 to play, but could only cut the final margin to 12 points.
Hathaway completed 8-of-11 passes for 119 yards, with three each going to Chris Hoar and Devin Kessler for 55 and 50 yards, respectively. Caroll ran 15 times for 111 yards for the Knights, and went 9-of-25 for 133 yards.
Fredericktown will face a big test on Friday, traveling to Centerburg to face the unbeaten Trojans at 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington Kilbourne held down Mount Vernon’s best runner, J.D. Orr, on Friday night, and dominated from start to finish in a 41-14 victory.
Orr, who averages about 130 yards per game and has scored 12 touchdowns this season, was limited to 54 yards on 14 carries for the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-1). QB Ryan Fitzgerald took up some of the slack with 15 carries for 128 yards, but his normally crisp passing was disrupted. Fitzgerald had thrown only six incomplete passes all season, but went 11-of-28 for 137 yards and his first two interceptions. The offense was 0-of-11 on third-down conversions, and 1-of-5 on fourth downs. The team finished with eight penalties for 70 yards, and turned the ball over three times. The Wolves (4-1, 2-0) had two 100-yard rushers in Justin Stoner (22-124) and QB Griffin Dahn (12-101), and outgained Mount Vernon 469-316.
Kilbourne took little time scoring the first touchdown of the game. After a nice kickoff return, Chandler Bridges rushed in from 20 yards out, and with less than a minute off the clock the Wovles led, 7-0. Not three minutes later at the 8:04 mark, Stoner pounded in from a yard out to give Kilbourne a 14-0 lead.
The Wolves scored on another Stoner run, an 8-yarder, with 10:07 to play in the first half to go up, 21-0. The Jackets got on the board on Fitzgerald’s 1-yard run at the 8:10 mark, but Stoner provided another score before the half for Kilbourne. His 6-yard TD run put the Wolves on top at the half, 28-7.
Mount Vernon started its third quarter with a nice drive, and Lucas Staten and Fitzgerald hooked up for a 40-yard TD pass which cut the lead to 28-14. Staten finished with five catches for 100 yards on the night.
Kilbourne, however, continued to have success on the ground, scoring on Taylor Wilson’s 1-yarder with 3:40 to play in the third. The Wolves finished the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Dahn to D.J. Freer in the fourth quarter.
Logan Rhea caught a pair of passes for 25 yards for the Jackets, and Joe Davis led the Wolves with 62 yards on two receptions.
Mount Vernon concludes its two-game road stand with a 7:30 p.m. game at Olentangy Orange on Friday.
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By VIRGIL SHIPLEY
News Staff Photographer
BANGS — A traffic stop that went wrong had Knox County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives searching an area along U.S. 36 for a suspect who threatened suicide Friday evening.
Sheriff Dave Shaffer told the News, a deputy stopped a car for a traffic violation. The driver fled the vehicle and told the deputy he was going to commit suicide. The deputy called for backup.
The road was sealed off both ways while they looked for the driver. A squad responded from Mount Vernon Fire Department and was relieved by a Central Ohio Joint Fire District squad. Radio traffic just before 8:30 p.m. announced the suspect had been apprehended.
No further details were available at press time.