What do you recall from local news in 2014?

  • Question:

    What spirit is now crafted and bottled at a distillery in Utica?

    False

    utica-distilleryMill Street Distillery opened for business on Dec. 18, 2013, manufacturing and selling “moonshine” whiskey plus various flavorings of brandy. The whiskey is made from corn meal purchased locally at D&L Grain in Utica. Corn byproduct taken from the separation process is then given to local farmers for cattle feed. The owners of Mill Street Distillery went through an extensive process in obtaining a license to distill their product.

    False

  • Question:

    Tomahawk Hollow Golf Course was purchased in March with the intention of changing one-half of the course into what?

    Philander Chase Corp., a nonprofit land trust associated with Kenyon College, purchased the 51-acre golf course with plans of forever preserving the land as green space. Natural burial plots to preserve the integrity of the land allow bodies to be placed in shrouds or biodegradable caskets, typically wooden or made of wicker. Graves are also distinguished by unobtrusive markers, and the cemetery also permits the burial of and scattering of cremation ashes.

  • Question:

    What three entities began steps in 2014 toward forming a joint fire district?

    Village of Utica, Morgan Township, Washington Township Public meetings began in September at Utica Town Hall between three entities in forming a joint fire district to serve those in the Village of Utica, Morgan Township in Knox County and Washington Township in Licking County. The joint venture would provide fire and EMS service. Local officials claim the consolidation would help improve response time and provide better service to all communities served.

  • Question:

    What local landmark was depicted on the set of 12 bells auctioned at the 2014 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival?

    A total of $5,500 was raised in the auction of 12 bells at the 2014 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival bell auction. Featured on this year’s bell was the R.R. Hodges Chapel building at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in honor of its 25th anniversary.

  • Question:

    This fall, area school children and staff members received special training in how to deal with an armed person entering a school building. What is the name of the method being taught?

    Alan Reed/News Mount Vernon City Schools staff members barricade the door while others throw objects to distract a shooter in an active shooter training session Friday afternoon at Mount Vernon High School.
    ALICE, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate, is the method endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Attorney General, the National Emergency Management Agency and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Schools were required by the State of Ohio to have an active shooter plan in place and to perform a drill at least once before Dec. 31.

    False

  • Question:

    In January 2014, Gov. John Kasich was in Mount Vernon to applaud the donation of $1 million to Knox County Career Center from Ariel Corp. Which KCCC lab was the beneficiary?

    Gov. John Kasich told an audience of 900 at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction in Columbus Monday that “We have to work as a team.” At right is Gary Mohr, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
    In January 2014, Ariel Corp. announced a $1 million donation to the Knox County Career Center to renovate and refurbish its Computer Numerical Control manufacturing technology lab. Students will learn the process Ariel Corp. uses to produce components and those who successfully complete the program will graduate as members of a highly skilled workforce. The CNC lab, by October 2014, was brought up to current industry standards by updating some of the machines it already had and by the purchase of some new equipment and new software. Robotics was added to the curriculum and as well as a water jet cutting system.

  • Question:

    What classic car tour brought hundreds of cars through Mount Vernon during the seven-day, 1,600-mile trek in June?

    hot-rod-tourAs many as 1,700 classic cars rumbled through Mount Vernon on June 10 on Ohio 13 on their way to Norwalk on the fourth-day of a seven day drive with the Hot Rod Power Tour. Sponsored by Hot Rod Magazine and Chevrolet Performance, up to 4,400 cars participated in the event at some point which began in Concord, N.C., and ended in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.

  • Question:

    In March 2014, dog lovers in the community mobilized to save the life of a canine scheduled for euthanasia at the Knox County Animal Shelter. A court order prevented the dog’s death. What is the animal’s name?

    False

    Fletch spends some time in the sunshine with the man who wants to adopt him, Cody Jackson, after Judge Paul Spurgeon released Fletch to the custody of a foster family while the case plays out in court.
    On April 2, 2014, a settlement was reached concerning the welfare of a former animal shelter dog named Fletch. Fletch had been at the shelter for seven months, and had been scheduled to be killed due to aggressive behavior. A court order saved Fletch’s life and placed him in foster care. Cody Jackson then filed a suit with the court to be permitted to adopt Fletch and the settlement agreement gave custody of Fletch to Jackson.

    False

These questions and others appeared in the December 31, 2014 edition of the Mount Vernon News

 

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