Major pantries feed families

Sarah Poole/News Amber Brady, food program coordinator, left, and Lt. Brandon Gonzalez-Cottrell of the Mount Vernon Salvation Army pose in the organization’s food pantry. The current food-pantry program will undergo changes in 2017, as new “staple food boxes” become implemented.

Throughout Knox County, organizations, such as the Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon, are hard at work, striving to feed locals in need through the use of food pantries.

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Baker unveils new devotional

Author and Mount Vernon resident Martha Lou Baker recently completed her first book, a Christian devotional, “In the Shadow of the Shepherd.”

After retiring from her many years as a Knox Community Hospital medical transcriptionist, Bladensburg native and current Mount Vernon resident Martha Lou Baker has been enjoying her time volunteering for TouchPointe Ministries and Interchurch Social Services, as well as completing her first book, a Christian devotional, “In the Shadow of the Shepherd.”

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Melvin tapped ‘queen’ of NAMI

Dodie Melvin, left, accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award from NAMI of Ohio Executive Director Terry Russell Thursday. The honor was given by Mental Health and Recovery for Knox and Licking Counties during the Art of Recovery program at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery.

Longtime advocate for mental health care and suicide prevention, Dodie Melvin, director of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Knox and Licking Counties, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from Mental Health and Recovery for Knox and Licking Counties.

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Hot Meals provides nutrition, fellowship

The month of September has been recently declared Hunger Action Month by the Knox County Board of Commissioners as a means to raise awareness of hunger issues throughout the county.

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Artwork blasts through the stigma

Throughout the month of September, the Mental Health & Recovery Board for Licking and Knox Counties is showcasing an art exhibit named The Art of Recovery, which seeks to abolish mental- illness and addiction-related stigmas by publicly displaying the pain, struggle, and joy of recovery through art.

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Rinehart tabbed Little Miss Tomato

Clothed in tomato-red formal dresses, 17 6-year-olds graced the First-Knox National Bank stage to compete in Wednesday evening’s Little Miss Tomato contest during the 40th Annual Tomato Show.

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Sovine finds passion with movies

Local aspiring film director, David Sovine, has been taking every chance he can get to break into the industry, and so far he’s been quite successful.

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Pie contest a slice of America

The start of school, a crisp feel to the air and ongoing apple harvest create the perfect scenario for America’s favorite dessert — apple pie.

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