Archive for July, 2013
The Mount Vernon YMCA gymnastics team took part in the 2013 YMCA Nationals Gymnastics Championships in Savannah, Ga., from June 26 through 29. Pictured are, from left, coach Renata Robbins, Shayla Ingram, Emilie Schworm, Taylor Collins, Delaney Short, Tatiana Colopy, Brittany Shaw, coach Aimee Frye, Sadie Brass and Alayna Durbin.
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH 954 AM EDT MON JUL 22 2013 ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL OHIO... NORTHEAST OHIO AND NORTHWEST OHIO...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN NORTH CENTRAL OHIO...ASHLAND...CRAWFORD...ERIE OH... HURON...KNOX...LORAIN...MARION...MORROW AND RICHLAND. IN NORTHEAST OHIO...HOLMES...MEDINA...STARK AND WAYNE. IN NORTHWEST OHIO...HANCOCK...LUCAS...OTTAWA...SANDUSKY... SENECA...WOOD AND WYANDOT. * UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING * SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TODAY. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL OCCUR. REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL OCCUR SO SOME LOCATIONS WILL GET MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF HEAVY RAIN. THE GROUND REMAINS WET TO SATURATED IN MOST OF THE AREA. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING EXISTS ALONG RIVERS AND CREEKS. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA YOU SHOULD MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS CLOSELY. BE READY TO MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IF FLOODING IS OBSERVED OR A WARNING IS ISSUED. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER UPDATES. &&
On July 19, 2013 at approximately 6:07pm officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office along with personnel from the Central Ohio Joint Fire District responded to a 911 call at a residence on Gilbert Rd. The caller indicated that his two-year-old son had been discovered in the family pool and CPR was in progress. The child was transported to Knox Community Hospital. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful. The Knox County Coroner’s Office is also assisting with the investigation.
ATLANTA, Ga. — Foster’s Pharmacy’s Scott Miglin was recently selected and appointed to the Board of Directors for the World Water Relief (WWR) organization in Atlanta, Ga. Miglin will be attending regular meetings and assisting with fundraising for the worldwide organization in order to implement sustainable safe water projects in schools for underserved populations around the world.
Scott Miglin, kneeling, fills his water bottle in the small community of Batey 7 in the Dominican Republic along side of Eliezel “Eli” Trinidad Escalante, a translator that works with Miglin on their medical mission trips.
“The basic premise of World Water Relief is about water, sanitation and hygiene education,” said Miglin. “It’s an indescribable feeling to see someone get excited about having clean water — something that we take for granted here.”
Miglin first became aware of the program on an annual medical mission trip in 2009 as the World Water Relief organization had just installed a clean water system for a small community called Batey 7 in the Dominican Republic. Since then, the WWR has brought drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene education to over 18,000 students in over 20 schools in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
“I like this organization because it is about creating sustainable clean water in the community,” said Miglin. “The water, sanitation and hygiene education is extending beyond the classroom and has now helped the lives of over 58,000 people. That’s impressive for four years of work.”
WWR Board President, Kevin M. Fussell, MD, nominated Miglin because of his medical missions and his commitment to others.
“Mr. Miglin brings a great deal of experience working with underserved populations in the third world through his work with Hands of Hope and the Disaster Medical Assistance Team,” said Fussell. “It is his experience that we are excited to put to work for WWR. He has been a long time supporter of our organization and we are very lucky to have him join our board of directors.”
Miglin’s appointment began in June and his work has already begun as he is helping to recruit attendees to the Water Is Life event in Atlanta this August.
“I was honored and apprehensive when Dr. Fussell said that they wanted me to be on their board,” said Miglin. “I wasn’t sure what I could do as a small-town pharmacist for a worldwide organization, but I really believe in this.”
Miglin summed up his thoughts on his new appointment by saying, “I’m not trying to change the world, but I’m hoping to positively impact the life of somebody who one day will.”
More information about the World Water Relief Organization can be found at www.worldwaterrelief.org.
Danville 8 & Under All-Stars won the third annual Danville All-Star Blast Tournament on July 13-14. The All-Stars went 5-1 over the two days, outscoring their opponents, 64-45, in pool play. Danville then defeated Ontario, 15-8, before beating Fredericktown for the championship, 15-3. Pictured are, front row from left, Jaylyn Workman, Jaylyn Smith, Taryn Mickley, Keaura Shilling, Kennedi Endsley and Hope Moore; Second row, Maddy Cotsamire, Addison Mickley, Darian Holt, Mykenzie Nietzelt, Jaustyn Walters, Tessa Ferenbaugh and Emily Weckesser; Back row, coaches Jeff Endsley, Jason Moore, Tony Mickley and Jaime Endsley.
“The really big one should be marijuana. A lot of states are legalizing it, but we shouldn’t do that until more research is done. There hasn’t been much research since the 1970s and 1980s.”
Ron Mickley, Mount Vernon
“Medial care, mainly medical care.”
Sandy Hughes, Mount Vernon
“Jobs — creating more jobs. We’re pretty good here, with Rolls-Royce and Ariel, but in general, jobs. Some areas of the state are still down.”
Steve Baugher, Mount Vernon
“Taxes, especially how to fund our schools. I’m all for our kids and supporting schools and sports.
Mary Grashel, Mount Vernon
“Lowering taxes — all of them. It’s just too much, people can’t handle it. People are struggling these days.”
Steve Bishop, Mount Vernon
“The economy, that’s the main thing. Everybody’s struggling. (They need to) help find more jobs and build businesses up.”
Staci Riddick, Mount Vernon
Photo courtesy of Darlene Yeager-Torre
A portion of the old abandoned PPG plant is being torn down for development of Ariel-Foundation Park. The stairwell and elevator on the left are scheduled to be saved.
COLUMBUS — State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 68th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/RuhlSurvey68.
“Ohio faces many challenging issues — from economic recovery efforts to healthcare reform,” Ruhl said. “As your local representative, it’s crucial that I know where you stand on these issues, so I can better represent you at the Statehouse.”
Additionally, residents of the 68th District are welcome to contact Rep. Ruhl’s office at 614-466-1431.
The 68th District includes all of Knox County and part of Delaware County.
Six Mount Vernon athletes won eight gold medals at the 2013 Ohio Senior Olympics in Canton on June 28 and 29. Larry Miller, left, won three golds, one in the 70- to 74-year-old Men’s Singles, one in Mixed Doubles with wife Janet Miller, second from left, and one in Men’s Doubles with Joe Christopher, third from right. Other medalists include Pothen Varughese, third from left, gold, 75-79 Men’s Singles; and Larry Smith and John Cline, second from right and right, silver in the 65-69 Men’s Doubles. Smith also took silver in the 70-74 Men’s Singles.
The Mount Vernon 8U Machine Pitch tournament team went 6-0 this past weekend at the Lakewood 8U All-Star Machine Pitch Tournament. On Sunday, the team beat the North Newark 8s, 20-6, to claim the championship. The All-Stars are a combined 13-0 with two tournament titles in the past two weekends. The team will travel to Fredericktown this weekend for another tournament, and will host its own 12-team tournament from July 26 through 28 at Phillips Park. Team members are, front row from left, Rylan Firebaugh, Caden Rowland, Logan Trace, Cash Finnell, Jordan Rucker and Mack Hanna; Middle row, Jaxen Doup, Ben Bridges, Marcus Bradley, Trevor Buttke, Landon Spearman and Braylon Clinedinst; Back row, coaches Ryan Clinedinst, Trevor Trace, Chris Buttke and Jordan Spearman.
MOUNT VERNON — Christmas in July, a food and fundraiser designed to support the Interchurch food pantries, fell short of the $25,000 goal on July 13. The combined total of food and funds raised was $11,753.40 at the close of the day.
The Interchurch pantries located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon serve over 700 households each month. Eligible households can access the pantry once every 30 days. Many households continue to struggle with the poor economy. At the same time, food costs have risen and gasoline continues to fluctuate. Like any household, Interchurch has also seen a rise in costs to keep the pantry shelves stocked with the basics. Mid-Ohio Foodbank prices has risen and are passed on to us, the consumer. Local donations ensure that Interchurch can keep the shelves well-stocked.
Pantry assistance helps each family bridge that “end-of-the-month” gap. They receive enough food to provide three meals for three days, a total of nine meals. Christmas in July is an opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County and it is not too late to participate in this event. Nonperishable food or monetary donations can be dropped off at any Interchurch office.
Suggested donations include boxed dinners, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna and canned chicken, spaghetti sauce and noodles, soups and personal care items.
Checks should be made payable to Interchurch Social Services with Christmas in July noted on the memo line. Mail to P.O. Box 1052, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Remember, every dollar donated provides three meals. For more information call 397-4825.
MOUNT VERNON — A recent financial audit of Knox County Transit Board dba Knox Area Transit by the Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. Knox Area Transit’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.
The Knox Area Transit is transparent and has implemented a continuous auditing approach to ensure full accountability of funds. Hilary Patterson, administrator, welcomes all audits and thanks the staff for keeping good documentation and being good stewards of our grant funds.
The Auditor of State Aware is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report: must be a GAAP entity without a CAFR (Certified Annual Financial Report) that timely files their financial reports with the Auditor of State; the audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies and Single Audit findings or questioned costs. The entity’s management letter must also contain no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100, and public meetings or public records.
MARTINSBURG — Beginning Monday, U.S. 62 will be closed at three separate locations during nighttime hours. Work will progress from the south to the north on U.S. 62 beginning two miles west of Martinsburg and ending just south of Millwood.
The following information provides a schedule for the separate closures and locations on U.S. 62 that begin Monday evening and end next Saturday morning.
Each closure will be in place from 6:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. on the following dates:
•Monday-Tuesday: About 2 miles west of Martinsburg.
Detour: via Ohio 13 to Ohio 586 back to U.S. 62.
•Wednesday–Thursday: About 2 miles north of Martinsburg
Detour: via Ohio 541 to Ohio 206 to U.S. 36 to Ohio 229 back to U.S. 62.
•Thursday, July 24–Saturday, July 26: Just south of Millwood.
Detour via: Ohio 229 to U.S. 36 back to U.S. 62
Work is to be completed by Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 a.m., weather permitting.
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH 337 PM EDT THU JUL 18 2013 ...HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY WITH HEAT INDEX UP TO 104... .A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE IN THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE WILL BEGIN TO BREAK DOWN TONIGHT BUT THE HEAT WILL LAST THROUGH FRIDAY WITH HIGHS EXPECTED TO REACH INTO THE LOWER 90S. HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL ALSO CONTINUE WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW TO MIDDLE 70S. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO PRODUCE HEAT INDEX VALUES OF AROUND 100 TODAY...AND AGAIN ON FRIDAY...MAKING IT FEEL EVEN HOTTER THAN IT ACTUALLY IS. ...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING... ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY. * HEAT INDEX VALUES...UP TO 103. * TIMING...HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL EXCEED 100 TODAY AND FRIDAY PRIMARILY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS. * IMPACTS...THE PROLONGED NATURE OF THE HEAT WAVE WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THOSE WORKING OUTDOORS AND PEOPLE AND ANIMALS WITHOUT ACCESS TO AIR CONDITIONING ARE MOST AT RISK FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. AVOID UNNECESSARY ACTIVITY DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE, RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY-CALL 911.
This truck tried to turn north on Gay Street this afternoon from East High Street. The driver was expecting to follow East Chestnut Street north to U.S. 36, and realized he was not going to make the turn. Traffic on High and Gay streets were backed up while the truck maneuvered its way back to High Street.
The Mount Vernon YMCA Barracudas finished second in Division III at the Southeast Ohio-West Viriginia Swim League summer championship meet on Saturday and Sunday. Team members are, front row, from left, Elaine Matulich, Katie Lindeman and Elizabeth Cline; second row, Danaye Nixon, Rhiannon Pierce, Casey Miglin, Rylee Jarosz, Mary Helen Lowe, Maggie Williams and Olivia Matulich; third row, Konnor Dingman, Victor Lowe, Robert Williams and Collin McFarlane.
The first law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel to sign on to the county prosecutor’s “Fitness Challenge” gathered for fitness assessments recently at the Knox Community Hospital Wellness Center. They are, from left, Deputy Kate Staffeldt, Assistant City Law Director Rob Broeren, Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Deputy Kreig Cline, Deputy Chad Kennedy, Sheriff Dave Shaffer, Detective David Light and Deputy Grant Lyons.
Heat advisory remains in effect until 9 pm edt this evening… …heat advisory in effect from 1 pm to 8 pm edt Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a heat advisory…which is in effect through early this evening and from 1 pm to 8 pm edt Thursday.
Heat index values…up to 100.
Timing…heat index values will exceed 100 today and Thursday.
Impacts…the heat index values are expected to reach to between 100 and 104 during the afternoon and early evening hours today and Thursday. This will make it feel even hotter than the temperature indicates. Expect hazy… hot and humid conditions today and avoid unnecessary activity during the heat of the day.
A heat advisory means that high temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air- conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on relatives and neighbors.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible… reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency-call 911.
NEWARK — The Energy Cooperative is again issuing a Peak Alert between the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm today due to electric loads across the Ohio region. Loads are expected to remain high today. These conditions are expected all week.
A Peak Alert occurs when The Energy Cooperative is extremely close to demanding more electric power than we’ve ever used before. Peak Alerts are not a notice of a power shortage, they are simply a load management effort used to reduce the demand for electricity and keep the cost of power as low as possible. By keeping high electrical demand levels to a minimum, electric members reap the benefit, in the form of a lower cost of power.
Please help by reducing your energy consumption. Some easy ways to do this are:
• Raise your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
• Turn off lights and appliances you aren’t using.
• Delay doing laundry or running the dishwasher until later in the evening.
• Take advantage of using the outdoor grill to avoid using stove/oven appliances and keep cooking heat outside.
For more information on peak alerts or for more energy savings tips please log on to www.theenergycoop.com. The Energy Cooperative, based in Newark, Ohio, is a not-for-profit energy enterprise and serves more than 60,000 electric, natural gas and propane members. The Energy Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy® Partner.
Mount Vernon Parkside Restaurant 8 & Under softball team won the Fastpitch at the Frew Tournament in Frazeysburg this past weekend. The team went 6-0, beating teams from Plain City, Johnstown, Tri-Valley, Newark, Philo and Zanesville. The team will try to continue this success at the Dixie Days tournament this weekend. Team members are, front row, from left, Peyja McCord, Lilly Erb, McKenzie Krownapple, Emilee Myers, Malaya Smith, Navaeh Williams and Macy Rayburn; second row, Shanda Melick, Olivia Ferguson, Madeline Henricksen, Nadalie Smith, Madelyn Sinsel, Emma Clakins and bat girl Rylee Myers; back row, coaches Jale Erb, Derrick McCord, Terrance Smith and John Myers.