Archive for June, 2013
Danville Schools recognized 200 years of service by this year’s retirees. Pictured, from left, are physical education teacher Sue Davis, junior high reading instructor Kim Mack, fifth- and sixth-grade social studies teacher Kim Alspach, fifth- and sixth-grade science/ health teacher Judy Doty, K-8 building secretary Sherrie Holmes, LD tutor Brenda Ball and fourth-grade science/social studies teacher Cody Donaldson. Not pictured, intervention specialist Barb Smith.
Strong thunderstorms with heavy rain headed toward the area tonight
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood watch for portions of north central Ohio and northwest Ohio from this evening through Thursday afternoon.
Low pressure moving along a stalled front over the area will produce numerous strong thunderstorms with heavy rain from this evening into early Thursday. Much of the area should see an inch and a half to 3 inches of rainfall from this system.
Many areas may start to see flooding from the repeated thunderstorms tonight into thursday morning. Flooding problems will likely develop in low lying and urban areas first then progress to larger streams and then to the rivers.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Stay tuned to weather radio for further details or updates.
MOUNT VERNON — Due to contractors installing flow isolation valves, a boil advisory has been issued for North Sandusky Street (from Chestnut Street north to Curtis Street), West Pleasant Street (from Mulberry to Norton Street) and West Burgess Street (from Mulberry Street to Norton Street).
Anyone who was without water will be under a boil advisory for a minimum of 24 hours after the water comes back on. As a precautionary measure, residents in this area should bring their water to a rolling boil for at least 2 minutes before consumption. These procedures should be followed until the advisory is lifted.
Door hangers will not be placed in the affected area. Any questions may be directed o the Mount Vernon Water Department at 393-9504 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CENTERBURG — The Heart of Ohio USA Days kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. with rides and food vendors. Live entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.
The event takes place through Saturday at Centerburg Memorial Park. Thursday and Friday starts at 5 p.m. and Saturday starts with the parade at 11 a.m.
MOUNT VERNON — The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission’s Summer Crisis Program is underway. This program, funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance, will assist households with a resident age 60 and older or those with a household member with a qualifying medical condition with payment toward their electric bill.
In addition, air conditioners or fans may be available to qualifying households if they have not received an a/c unit or fan in the past three years. The maximum benefit amount is up to $175 for PUCO regulated electric companies and up $250 for non-PUCO electric suppliers (Co-Op) applied as payment to the household’s electric bill. The cost of the air conditioner and/or fan must be factored in and cannot exceed the maximum total benefit after paying the electric bill for those households seeking them.
Income guidelines are based at 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and are as follows:
Household size of one may earn up to $20,107, household of two $27,142, household of three $34,177, household of four $41,212, household of five $48,247 and household of six $55,282. Income may also be calculated using the past three months, whichever benefits the client. Other documentation is also required including the household gas bill so that a State HEAP application can be generated for additional benefits, proof of disability if disabled, physicians statement if a medical condition exists, and social security numbers and income for all household members.
The program will operate July 1 to Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. To learn more or to schedule an appointment phone the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC office at 397-0378.
MOUNT VERNON — Ventriloquist Comedian Mike Hemmelgarn will bring his unique act to the “Dig Into Reading” Children’s Summer Reading Program on Thursday at the following locations and times:
•Thursday at 10 a.m. at the YMCA Sports Center, Mount Vernon; and 1 p.m. at St. Luke Community Center for the Danville Public Library.
The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the main library 740-392-2665, ext. 243; visit www.knox.net; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUNT VERNON — Each month, Sanoh America management selects an Employee of the Month. The Employee of the Month must have perfect attendance, an excellent work attitude, teamwork, safety habits, quality, and quantity of work and job knowledge. Team players of the month are selected by each shift’s supervisors and must possess outstanding teamwork qualities.
The Employee of the Month for May is Tabitha Braxton.
Team Players for May are, first shift, Marjorie Stine, and second shift, Kurstin Snelling.
MOUNT VERNON — Blacklegged deer ticks were once considered rare in Ohio, but the disease-carrying insect can now be found throughout the state, including Knox County. The blacklegged tick’s existence locally is based on a recently confirmed case of Lyme disease in an individual who has not been out of the county.
Lyme disease is transmitted only by the blacklegged deer tick.
“We’ve had two suspected submissions of black-legged ticks, but the positive case of Lyme disease from someone who has not left the county confirms that the black-legged tick is in Knox County,” said Nate Overholt, R.S., director of environmental health for the Knox County Health Department.
The two submissions, brought in by local residents, are “suspected,” because confirmed testing by the Ohio Department of Health is no longer available due to budget cuts. The health department’s environmental health staff is on its own to identify the ticks using photographs and descriptions provided by ODH. The most common tick that the staff sees is the American dog tick which can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The ticks are more easily identified when they are brought in alive and in an enclosed container, said Overholt.
While the two ticks are different in appearance, they also have different habitats. The black-legged tick is more likely to be found in wooded or brushy areas and in the edge area between lawns and woods. The dog tick is often found in overgrown lots and along weedy roadsides, paths and hiking trails.
“Not all ticks are infected with disease, but those that are, must bite and remain attached for hours in order to transmit diseases,” said Overholt. For the black-legged tick, its 36-48 hours; for the dog tick, it’s four to six hours.
Lyme disease is usually transmitted in the spring and summer by juvenile ticks, which are about the size of a pinhead, and in the fall by adult ticks. Symptoms of Lyme disease may appear between three days to a few weeks after a tick bite. Most, but not all infected people develop a circular, ring-like rash called erythema migrans. Other early symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache and joint pain.
Some symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear until weeks, months or years after a tick bite, affecting joints, nervous system and heart.
Diagnosis of Lyme disease is based on history of tick exposure, signs and symptoms and is aided by the use of blood tests. Lyme disease responds to appropriate antibiotic therapy. Early detection and treatment will reduce the risk of arthritis and other complications.
Most cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever occur between April and August when tick populations are highest and outdoor activities are more common Symptoms of RMSF appear suddenly (typically one week after the bite of an infected tick, but may develop between 2 and 14 days after), and often include high fever, headache and aching muscles. A few days after the onset of illness most, but not all cases develop a pink, non-itchy rash starting on the wrists, forearms and ankles.
It is important to receive the appropriate medical care as soon as possible if RMSF is suspected. The fatality rate is approximately four percent and most deaths occur because there is a delay in seeking medical attention. Blood tests can confirm the presence of the disease, but treatment should begin as soon as possible when symptoms and recent tick exposure suggest RMSF.
“If you develop symptoms following contact with a tick, you should see your doctor,” said Overholt. “Prompt removal of an attached tick will significantly reduce the risk of infection.” If you develop symptoms including fever, flu-like illness or a rash within a few weeks of a tick bite, you should tell you doctor about your tick exposure, advised Overholt. He recommends people record the date of any tick bites in case symptoms occur later.
As explained in a brochure ODH brochure, ticks do not jump, fly or fall out of trees. They wait on low growing plants for a host to pass by. When a person or animal brushes against the vegetation, the tick will cling to fur or clothing and crawl upward, looking for a place to attach and begin feeding. The risk of exposure to ticks and disease can be reduced with the following precautions:
•Avoid tick-infested areas such as tall grass and dense vegetation.
•Tuck your pants into sock tops or boots.
•Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.
•Use repellants and follow label instructions carefully.
•Check yourself, your children and pets frequently for ticks.
•Bathe or shower after exposure to tick habitat (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be crawling on you.
Dogs are also at risk for tick-borne diseases and they may carry infected ticks into the home. Infected dogs are not contagious to humans. Keep your yard and outdoor play areas well mowed to discourage tick infestation. Treatments are available to control ticks on dogs. Consult your veterinarian and always follow label instructions. Inspect dogs for ticks every day.
For more information, including photos of the different types of ticks, see the Bugs & Bites page under the Your Family tab on the health department website at www.knoxhealth.com.
MOUNT VERNON — Jon Jones, owner of Heartland Promotional Products, has been serving the area since 2009, helping businesses grow with promotional products such as, but not limited to, shirts, hats, pens, calendars, scrubs, signs, etc.
On Friday, June 28, the Chamber of Commerce will be present for the office’s official ribbon cutting at 3 Public Square. The event starts at noon and the public is invited.
Rita Johnson, business administrator, will be assisting Jones. Office hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.
COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its final enrollment qualifications for fall tournament. As expected, most teams from local schools are remaining in the same divisions.
The exceptions are the Highland and Utica volleyball teams, which now drop to Division III. Both were formerly Division II. Both schools saw female attendance figures at below 200, which is the cutoff for the D-II level.
Highland and Utica will now join Fredericktown, East Knox and Centerburg in the D-III postseason volleyball tournament. Mount Vernon remains at Divison I, while Danville stays at Division IV.
All other teams remain unchanged. Mount Vernon stays at D-I in all fall sports other than football, where the school will stay at D-II. Highland and Utica remain at D-II for golf and cross country. Centerburg, East Knox, Fredericktown and Danville are still in D-III for golf and cross country.
Centerburg’s girls golf team remains at D-II. East Knox soccer is also D-II.
By ALAN REED
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — The incorporation of an all-day kindergarten option will become reality for the Mount Vernon City Schools when classes resume for the 2013-14 school year. This comes after the proposal was officially adopted Monday evening when the Mount Vernon City Schools board of education met in regular session in the Mount Vernon Middle School library.
“If you go through the research, it is pretty resounding that all-day, every-day kindergarten for youngsters provides our kindergarten students with the greatest opportunity of moving forward,” said district superintendent William Seder. “Socially and emotionally they do better; classroom teachers get more time to spend with our youngsters to identify learning challenges moving forward.”
You can read more about the decision in today’s Mount Vernon News and online this afternoon in the e-edition.
The General Henry Knox Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently honored a Centerburg couple for their display of the American Flag. Pictured, from left, are General Henry Knox Secretary Ernie Moreland, Leroy Bumpus, Juanita Bumpus and General Henry Knox President Lynn McCann.
CENTERBURG — Each year the General Henry Knox Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution selects a community in Knox County and presents a Patriotic award to a business or individual who most prominently displays the American Flag. This year the community selected was Centerburg.
Leroy and Juanita Bumpus were honored for their display of a properly-lighted flag at their home. The award is presented in June in conjunction with Flag Day.
The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage based, patriotic society. Anyone interested in membership can call 740-625-6799.
FREDERICKTOWN — Two Amish women are in stable condition today from injuries they sustained when their buggy was hit Sunday night. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Emma Shrock, 24, and Edna Shrock, 24, both of Fredericktown, were flown to Ohio State University Medical Center by MedFlight helicopters.
The patrol said the crash was at 11:14 p.m. in Batemantown when the buggy driver, Emma Shrock, pulled from Yankee Street onto Waterford Road into the path of a car driven by James DeBoard, 40, Mount Vernon.
No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation.
Jerry Mann, Hospice volunteer, left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Chalmer Reed for his service during World War II.
FREDERICKTOWN — Chalmer L. Reed was honored Friday evening at his home for his military service during WWII. Jerry Mann and Larry Andrejewski, volunteers of Hospice of Knox County, took time out of their schedules to visit with Reed and his family, then presented him with a lapel pin and certificate of appreciation.
Although Reed is 93, he quickly told his visitors that he was in Manduria, Italy and served in the 15th Army Air Corp., hauling bombs, ammo and airplane motors for the B-24 bombers. He also shared with them how he tracked down his brother, Galen, there. Galen was in the U.S. Navy at the time and his ship was docked close by. Reed paid an Italian local to row him out to his brother’s ship with one of the sailors he had gotten details from. They had a great reunion on board the ship and sat up all night while Chalmer entertained many of the sailors with his story telling.
Chalmer said he enjoyed the visit and recognition from the Hospice volunteers.
On behalf of the Stephanie Sprang Foundation, scholarships were awarded to Hadleigh Rundell, left, and Madi Phillips for 2013. The foundation was developed to offer scholarship opportunities in the name of Sprang who died in 2010.
The Living Flag, made up of Centerburg residents, will be part of the 2013 Red, White and Boom parade on July 3.
CENTERBURG — Centerburg’s Living Flag, or “flag ladies,” recently received a letter stating, “On behalf of NBC 4, Pepsi, and WNCI 97.9, we are pleased to announce that your organization has been accepted into the 34th annual Independence Day Parade presented by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The parade will take place on Wed., July 3 at 6 pm.”
All participants in the Columbus parade, also known as the Red, White, & Boom parade, have to pay to participate. Parade officials were able to find a corporate sponsor for the group.
Centerburg’s Living Flag made its debut at the Centerburg 4th of July Parade in 2002. The design was inspired by a picture of a similar group of women in Wisconsin, seen by Mary Jane Porterfield of Centerburg. She and Deb Sykes, also of Centerburg, decided to try to make the individual outfits to represent the flag in the early summer of 2002, the summer following 9/11.
Besides the Centerburg parade, the Flag has also participated in the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival Parade, the Centerburg USA Days Parade, the Mount Vernon Bicentennial Parade, the Sunbury 4th of July Parade, the Fredericktown Tomato Show Parade, the Mount Vernon Christmas Parade, the Delaware County Bicentennial Parade, the Hartford Fair, the Utica Velvet Ice Cream Festival, the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, the Worthington Memorial Parade and the Upper Arlington Fourth of July Parade.
A number of women have participated in the Living Flag over the years. Current members include Jennifer Fielding, Connie Kristof, Lori McBride, Mary Jane Porterfield, Deb Sykes, Becky Walpole and Taffy White. Cathy Clutter and Debbie Hartong are alternates.
Kaitlynn Briggs runs the bases during a recent tournament game. Briggs, from Danville, is part of the Ohio Stingrays 12U team which is currently 38-0.
“It’s mind-boggling.” That is the only way that Mount Vernon’s Mike Marcum can describe being 38-0.
MOUNT VERNON — Recently, members of the Mount Vernon FFA attended the State FFA Convention in Columbus.
Caleb Hickman participated in the State FFA Choir. Hunter McVay and Bailee Shipley were awarded gold ratings for their officers’ books. Members also toured The Ohio State University sheep research facility and the Ohio FFA building. They were also able to participate in the convention proceedings along with the opportunity to talk with individuals in the agriculture industry at the career show.
By PAM SCHEHL
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — After a lengthy executive session to confer with legal counsel, the Knox County Career Center board of education voted to suspend a teacher without pay Thursday night to consider contract termination proceedings.
The resolution states Anne Marie Orr’s conduct “may constitute grounds for termination.” The information technology instructor can now request a formal termination hearing before an impartial referee and may not be fired while the hearing process is taking place. The board would have to bear the cost of the hearing, including board attorney fees, referee and court recorder salaries and incidental expenses.
You can read more about this and how the board pulled a resolution regarding the retire/rehire of superintendent Bernie Pachmayer in today’s Mount Vernon News.
J. Andrew “Andy” Jooste poses with a good luck banner at a retirement party honoring his years of service to the Newark Road Church of Christ.
MOUNT VERNON — Due to health conditions, J. Andrew “Andy” Jooste retired as minister of the Newark Road Church of Christ in Mount Vernon at the end of 2012. He had served in this role since 2001, along with his wife, Alfreda Adkins, who passed away in February 2012.
Mr. Jooste was born in South Africa in 1935, and has been active in Churches of Christ from the early 1950s. He began his career as an architect after qualification at the University of Natal in Durban in 1957, conducting his own practice for 13 years.
Jooste married Alfreda “Freda” in 1971 in Virginia, and then completed undergraduate studies at Freed Hardeman University in Tennesee in the early 1970s. What followed was 28 years of ministry service in South Africa, working with all ethnic groups — speaking English, Dutch and Xhosa. He, along with Freda, then returned to Freed Hardeman University to obtain a master’s degree in Ministry before resuming his ministry service in Mount Vernon. Jooste’s ministries included preaching in eight U.S. states, including Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Pennsylvania as well as teaching courses in evangelism at the Southern Africa Bible College.
In 2008, Jooste became a U.S. citizen. He is still serving God in various ways, because as he would say, “No one ever really retires from serving God.” Besides the ministry, Jooste is a former Rotarian and hopes to become more involved in local civic organizations, such as the historical society.