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By FRED MAIN and BILL DAVIS
News Staff Editors
COLUMBUS — Centerburg head football coach Jim Stoyle has been awarded the highest honor for his 2013 achievements — being named Division VI All-Ohio Coach of the Year.
Four of his team members were also honored in D-VI, as well as players from Fredericktown and East Knox.
Meantime, seven Danville Blue Devils were named All-Ohio in Division VII, including a rare distinction for First Team quarterback Ridge Durbin.
In his fourth year at the helm, Stoyle coached Centerburg to a 10-0 record and its first playoff bid in years. A loss to Monroe Central in the regional quarterfinals did nothing to squelch the magic of the Trojans’ season: A father, with his son as the starting quarterback, leading a team of hard-working players through a brand-new conference to an unblemished record.
“This award came because I’ve got good players. It’s nice to be recognized by people, but for me, it’s all about the players and we’ve got a lot of good players on this team,” said coach Jim Stoyle. “It’s my name that will be put on it, but really this award is about 37 players and the assistant coaches we have. They are the reason I’m getting recognized.”
That son, Tyler, a senior, was named Division VI Third Team All-Ohio. Stoyle had 2,261 passing yards and 537 rushing yards in 11 games, completing 165 of 239 passes with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 192.9 pass rating. He was earlier named All-Area Offensive Player of the Year by the Mount Vernon News.
Teammates Jake Stewart, Sanford Holden and Jeremy Sesma were named All-Ohio Special Mention.
“All the guys are very deserving of this,” said coach Stoyle. “Obviously, Tyler getting third is very deserving. When we talked about this, I congratulated him and told him he would get his picture on the wall. He wants it to be one with his offensive linemen.”
Also earning D-VI Special Mention is East Knox’s Dylan Wears, who rushed for 1,570 yards in 2013, and Fredericktown’s Tyler Ruhl and Givin Hinkle.
The Danville Blue Devils dominated Division VII voting, placing three players on the All-Ohio First Team. Quarterback Ridge Durbin, who replaced last year’s D-VI All-Ohio Offensive Player of the Year Bryce Staats, had a comparable year with 2,798 yards passing and 36 touchdowns in 12 games, completing 190 of 323 passes. He also had 863 yards on the ground. Durbin is the only sophomore named to the D-VII First Team, and is one of only three sophomores on any First Team at any level.
Teammate Conway Baldridge, who earned All-Area Defensive Player of the Year, was also named All-Ohio First Team. Baldridge led central Ohio with 16.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss while playing the season on an injured leg.
Austin Morehouse, with his six interceptions to lead the Blue Devils, was also named All-Ohio First Team in Division VII.
Special Mention honors went to Greg Briggs, Nick Hawk, Andy Payne and Austin Gonzales.
The three first-teamers are the most the Devils have ever had, and the seven that made all-state were also a best for the school.
“I’m happy for the kids, but I wish we were still playing,” said Danville coach Ed Honabarger. “The kids worked hard to gain these honors. A couple of underclassmen set the bar high with this.
“Ridge did not miss a beat. He broke Bryce (Staats) record for yards passing and touchdowns. He was pretty productive.
“Conway set the school record for sacks in a season and for his career (31 1/2). To do that without an ACL, is pretty impressive. … and Austin had a great year as a junior. He played a lot of offense last year, but to do this in his first year as a starter defensively is impressive.”
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MOUNT VERNON — The Heritage Centre Association’s monthly networking meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Creative Foundations located at 127 S. Main St.
This is a time for business owners to come together to learn “best practices” from one another, discuss challenges, share success stories and enjoy refreshments. Contact HCA at 393-1481 to RSVP for this event. Any businesses interested in hosting a future networking meeting are also encouraged to contact HCA.
These meetings are open to any business and are free for HCA members and any first-time attendees. A small business membership with HCA is only $7 per month for those who are interested.
Monthly networking meetings are coordinated by the Heritage Centre Association, whose mission is to create and enhance the economic, historic and social development of the central business district and downtown Mount Vernon. Learn more at www.VisitDowntownMountVernon.com or by calling 393-1481.
COSHOCTON — The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission’s Emergency HEAP program continues to provide assistance with home heating bills. Emergency HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Assistance that provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source, or have already had service disconnected. Those households serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility are encouraged to sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plus Plan (PIPP Plus) or an alternate budget payment plan in order to receive energy assistance. Households utilizing bulk fuel must have a tank containing less than 25 percent of its capacity.
Income documentation for all household members along with social security numbers, electric and gas bills, and other documentation must be presented at the appointment. 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. PIPP Plus customers have a lower income eligibility threshold. Approved applicants will also have their application automatically transmitted to the State HEAP office, where additional assistance may be available under the Regular HEAP program.
Eligible households may receive financial assistance once per heating season. The HEAP heating season is Nov. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. The benefit amounts are as follows: PUCO regulated gas or electric customers may receive a benefit of up to $175, non-regulated electric or gas (i.e. co-ops) may receive a benefit amount up to $450. Income eligible bulk fuel customers may receive up to $350 for wood or coal, up to $750 is available for bulk fuel propane/bottled gas and fuel oil consumers.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission’s HEAP office at 397-0378.
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MOUNT VERNON — The Miracle Life Fellowship will have a “Christmas Joy” Friday night service with Gayla Metzendorf and Healingsong Worship Team at 7 p.m., at 4840 Newark Road, Mount Vernon.
Pastor Metzendorf has been studying the gospel for many years. She has been walking fully in the prophetic since 2010. She has had many God encounters that she is eager to share with anyone that will listen. Her passion is to share the gospel to both non-believers and believers. With this passion comes a desire to restore the backslider to their former relationship with Christ. She has been called to restore the spiritually dead. Those who attend will sense the Father’s love coming deep from within her as she speaks about the glory, grace and love of Jesus Christ.
There is no registration fee. For more information call Pastor Jill L. Street at 740-504-7660.
MOUNT VERNON — Starting Friday, Dec. 6, for three days only, Dean’s Jewelry will host the award-winning Phillip Gavriel trunk show, and 10 percent of all jewelry sales during the event will benefit The Mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Mission of St. Jude Children’s Hospitals is a labor of love in an organization that works tirelessly to advance research, treatment and the prevention of deadly diseases that strike children. And consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
“We chose St. Jude’s for the charity because it was always grandpa’s favorite,” said Michelle Turner, granddaughter of Dean Turner and co-owner of the family business.
“We invite everyone to come by, have a free glass of wine, beer or champagne, see some incredible jewelry, and perhaps help us support this important cause.”
This event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for customers to support St. Jude’s and take advantage of viewing and purchasing a piece from the incomparable Phillip Gavriel jewelry collection.
Phillip Gavriel’s designs are uniquely crafted in 18K gold, sterling silver, and highlighted with natural gemstones and diamonds in sparkling rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
For three generations the Turners have made Dean’s Jewelry a local treasure, deep in the heart of Coshocton and Mount Vernon.
It’s time to think of holiday giving. Come to Dean’s Dec. 6 through 8 and help The Mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
MOUNT VERNON — Robert W. Bigrigg, president of Ohio Heritage Bank, announced the recent promotion of Rebeka Hamilton to compliance officer.
Hamilton is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a bachelor of business administration degree. Hamilton started with Ohio Heritage in November 2005, and worked in various departments including teller, operations and loan processing. In May 2009, Hamilton became the bank’s internal auditor and earned her Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor designation. In 2012, Hamilton earned her Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer designation before her promotion to compliance officer in October 2013
She is married to Jeff Hamilton, a native of Coshocton, and they have one daughter, Sara. Rebeka Hamilton is a member of Park United Methodist Church and Junior Woman’s Club.
Founded in 1995, The Coshocton, Ohio, based Ohio Heritage Bank is an affiliate company of Ohio Heritage Bancorp. Ohio Heritage Bank currently serves consumers, businesses and local governments in four counties with full service banking centers operating in Coshocton, Newark, Heath, Mount Vernon and New Philadelphia.
COLUMBUS — Three players from Highland were named to the Division IV All-Ohio football team by a state media panel.
James Cochran, the team’s top rusher, was named Second Team All-Ohio. Cochran rushed for 1,375 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Eddie Kontul was named Third Team as an offensive lineman. Kontul, a three-year starter, led an offensive line that helped the Scots average 360 yards rusing per game. Kontul finished the season with a team-high 96-percent blocking efficiency.
Shannon McGowan was named All-Ohio Special Mention. McGowan had a team-high 56 tackles (37 solo) including eight tackles for loss. He also played offensive line for the Scots.
Divisions VI and VII All-Ohio selections will be announced Thursday.
COLUMBUS — NBC4 (WCMH-TV) continues to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease with a new edition of “A Journey Through Alzheimer’s,” a locally produced program dealing with the complex disease. The show will air 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Hosted by NBC4’s Colleen Marshall, the program includes a look at the warning signs, research that reveals a shift in the cause and treatment, and a local doctor who is blazing the trail with a new treatment. Colleen also introduces us to families with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s including one local woman who knows the journey too well. Five years ago her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. One year later she learned her husband, a prominent community leader, was also on the road to dementia.
Interviewed for the show were Debbie McLarnan and four other individuals to discuss their efforts as a caregiver for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and Frontal Temporal Dementia.
MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross announces the Knox County blood drives for December:
•Today — Martinsburg Church of Christ, 1 to 7 p.m.
•Friday — Peirce Hall (Alumni Dining Hall), Kenyon College Campus, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 Gambier Road, 1 to 7 p.m.
•Friday, Dec. 13 — Danville High School, 1 to 7 p.m.
•Monday, Dec. 16 — Community Christian Fellowship, Newcastle Road, Gambier, 2 to 7 p.m.
•Tuesday, Dec. 17 — Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road, 1 to 7 p.m.
•Wednesday, Dec. 18 — East Knox High School, Howard, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Thursday, Dec. 19 — Moose Lodge, Mount Vernon, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Gay Street United Methodist Church, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Knox County Career Center, Martinsburg Road, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•Saturday, Dec. 21 — Domino’s Pizza, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
•Friday, Dec. 27 — Knox Community Hospital, 2 to 7 p.m.
•Saturday, Dec. 28 — Whispering Hills Care Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•Monday, Dec. 30 — The Living Center, 201 N. Main St., 1 to 7 p.m.
•Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Kroger in Mount Vernon, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown community is preparing again to host the annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction to benefit Food for the Hungry. The auction will be held Sunday, at 1 p.m., in the Fredericktown Senior Center at 2 East Sandusky Street. It is time to begin searching through basements, attics and homes for possible donations. The auction will feature antiques, collectibles, gift baskets, pies, cakes, homemade jams, and jellies.
The number of people needing assistance from Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army has increased as the economy struggles. This Charity Auction provides funds to help meet the needs for food and other emergency services. Many who never thought they would find themselves in need are helped by donations to the auction. Last year, $2,500 was proudly raised and given equally to Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army of Fredericktown.
The community is invited to search their attics and their hearts to see what they may be able to donate to make this auction special. Families, friends, neighbors, churches and organizations are encouraged to partner to create themed baskets, service offerings and gift certificates to donate.
Donations may be dropped off at the Village Office, or may be picked up by calling Laurey or Dean Grogg at 740-358-6846.
Larry Moore, Hershel Thomas and Jason Gilmore will serve as auctioneers. Receipts can be obtained for donations for tax purposes. For more information, contact Laurey or Dean Grogg at 740-358-6846.
To learn more about hunger in Knox County and the Food for the Hungry drive, visit FoodForTheHungryCares.org.
HOWARD — The East Knox FFA recently represented the state of Ohio and competed in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. Cierra Marshall, Luke Wells, Tori Anders and Erik Hull placed 17th out of a field of 40 teams from across the United States with a team rating of Silver. The top 10 teams in the nation received a Gold rating, with the next 15 teams finishing with a Silver ranking, and the final 15 teams receiving Bronze ratings. Individually, each student is rated Gold, Silver or Bronze. Marshall finished with a Gold rating and Wells, Anders and Hull each received a Silver rating. The team received a plaque for its placing, and Marshall, Wells, Anders and Hull received medals for their individual national ranking at the awards banquet held Nov. 29 at the National FFA Convention.
Submitted photo The East Knox FFA recently represented the state of Ohio and competed in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event. Team members include, from left, Cierra Marshall, Erik Hull, Tori Anders and Luke Wells.
The team advanced to the national contest after placing first in the State FFA Forestry Career Development Event at Hocking College in Nelsonville on Oct. 5. Individually in the State, Marshall finished first, Wells was second, Anders placed fourth and Hull placed seventh out of 283 competitors. The team will received a banner on-stage for its first place state finish, and Marshall, Wells, Anders and Hull will receives plaques for their top ten individual placing at the annual Ohio FFA Convention next May in Columbus.
The Forestry Career Development Event is an activity designed to demonstrate students’ skills in the area of Forestry Management. The national contest is a three-day event. On the first day students complete a 50 question test over the forest industry and meet with the sponsors. The second day of the event was held at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, which is located about 30 miles south of Louisville where they spent the entire day doing field work. They had to identify tree species, identify forestry tools, complete a timber cruise to determine the volume and value of saw logs in the woods, and complete a compass course where they had to determine azimuth and distance. They also had to answer questions in a 10-minute interview with a forest industry professional over one of 10 forest issues.
Additionally, they completed a team activity that incorporated parts of all of the individual practicums. Due to extreme high winds on the day of the outside events, some of the activities had to be canceled because of falling limbs in the woods. The third day of events was the National FFA Forestry CDE Banquet held at the Crowne Plaza near the Kentucky Exposition Center.
This is the third time that an East Knox FFA forestry team has represented Ohio at a national-level event.
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GRANVILLE — According to the Newark Advocate, a Mount Vernon man died today following a one-car accident in Granville.
The Granville Police Department said Michael Kirk, 59, died at Licking Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving hit a tree, at what is believed to be a high rate of speed.
An autopsy is expected to be completed Wednesday in order to determine if a medical condition lead to the accident.
No one at the Granville Police Department could comment on the accident this afternoon.
MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 147 is joining with Knox County Toys for Tots and the Mount Vernon Fire Department to conduct their annual toy drive.
On Saturday, local law enforcement and fire personnel will collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Wal-Mart, Big Lots and Kmart.
All contributions stay in Knox County to benefit local children in need, through The Salvation Army, Interchurch Social Services and the Children’s Resource Center.
For those wanting to donate toys until Dec. 13, drop off locations include:
•Mount Vernon Fire Department.
•Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District (Danville or Howard).
•Central Ohio Joint Fire District (Centerburg).
•College Township Fire Department (Gambier).
•Bladensburg Fire Department (Bladensburg or Martinsburg).
•Premiere Theatre, 11535 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon.
•Shearer Equipment, 496 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon.
•Whispering Hills Care Center, 416 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon.
•Ohio Heritage Bank, 1345 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon.
•Dollar General, 60 Parrott St., Mount Vernon.
MOUNT VERNON — Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter will once again auction the number one dog tag for the county.
As they did last year, the Friends will use proceeds from the sale to buy needed equipment for the Knox County Animal Shelter. Last year the weeklong auction raised $530.
The number one tag for 2013 was purchased by Jim and Judy Lee of Gambier, owners of Campus Auto and Tire, who used the tag for Sadie Sue, a boxer mix which was found along Laymon Road.
Funds from the sale of the number one tag for 2014 will go towards surgical supplies, equipment and other items the shelter needs.
Go to Ebay.com and search for “Knox County, Ohio dog tag.” Bidding opened Sunday and runs through Dec. 8.
All dogs in Knox County over three months old must have a license by the end of January. The cost is $16 and they can be obtained either at the auditor’s office, at the Animal Shelter on Columbus Road or online. Click on dog licenses on the auditor’s website.
The amount you pay is tax deductible, minus the basic cost of the tag.
Submitted photo Alpaca and llama fibers were used to make these items which will be available Sunday at the 45th annual Gambier Craft Sale.
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon junior J.D. Orr has been named First Team All-Ohio by sports writers throughout the state.
Orr, a running back, broke the school record for rushing yards in a 10-game season by totalling 1,838 yards on the ground. His average of 7.8 yards per carry was among the best in the Central District.
Orr scored 22 touchdowns in 2013, placing him second all-time in school history, behind only William “Brownie” Corcoran’s 28-TD performance in 1920.
Mount Vernon failed to reach the postseason despite a 6-4 record. The Yellow Jackets lost their final two games, including a narrow 17-14 defeat at the hands of New Albany.
Complete Division I and II All-Ohio selections can be found on the Scoreboard on Page 2B. Divisions III through VII will be announced Wednesday and Thursday.