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Knox Chamber announces annual award nominees

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Chamber of Commerce and Corporate Sponsor the Energy Cooperative announce the nominees for the Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The event will be held Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Kenyon Athletic Center. 

Each year the Ambassadors of the Chamber of Commerce nominate three individuals/businesses in nine categories. The 2017 nominees are:

Environmental Sustainability Award sponsored by: Kenyon College
The Environmental Sustainability Award honors the Knox County business or organization that has done most during the past year to introduce sustainable practices into its operations or to promote awareness of sustainable practices and encourage their use. Examples include, but are not limited to, business or organizational commitments to the use of locally grown and raised foods; educational programs at any level; environmentally positive land development; "green" building (especially construction that participates in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system); programs that address clean-air and clean-water issues; ride-sharing and other transportation-related initiatives; and use of less-polluting or non-polluting fuels.
Nominees are:
Foundation Park Conservancy
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Rotary Club of Mount Vernon

Heart Award sponsored by: Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.
The Heart Award is given to a Chamber member business recognized for achieving and maintaining architectural design that complements our community.
Nominees are:
The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge
Kenyon College, Wright Center
Knox Community Hospital, Hull Business Center

Quality of Life Award sponsored by: Knox Community Hospital
The Quality of Life Award is awarded to a non-profit Chamber member business whose work has enriched the lives of Knox County residents.
Nominees are:
Area Development Center
The Freedom Center
United Way of Knox County

Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored by: CenturyLink
The Paul Slaughter Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual whose business has been a Chamber member for at least two years, who consistently volunteers for both Chamber and community projects and has contributed to a single unique project in the county within the past two years.
Nominees are:
Cheri Butcher, First-Knox National Bank
Melanie Bolender, The Ohio Eastern Star Home
Tonya Boucher Gallagher, Woodforest National Bank

Investor in the Future Award sponsored by: Ariel Corporation
The Investor in the Future Award is given to a Chamber member who has demonstrated an investment in the future of Knox County and/or has spearheaded a significant contribution or investment in the youth of Knox County.
Nominees are:
KSAAT, Knox Substance Abuse Action Team
Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County

Women in Business Leadership Award sponsored by: Fredericktown Chevrolet Co., Inc.
The Women in Business Leadership Award is given to a Chamber member who serves as a role model encouraging women to achieve their full leadership potential.
Nominees are:
Arlene Griffith, ACS Title & Closing Services
Jan Reynolds, Ariel Foundation
Kathy Greenich, Knox County Career Center

Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by: Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers, Ltd.
The Small Business of the Year Award is given to a Chamber member business with fewer than 50 employees that has been in operation for more than five years, consistently contributes to both Chamber and community projects, has a reputation for integrity and fair business practice, and has demonstrated management or product innovation as well as successful solutions to business issues.
Nominees are:
Flapper’s Bar & Grille
Heartland Promotional Products
IConn Video Production
Lashley Training Center

Business of the Year Award sponsored by: First-Knox National Bank
The Business of the Year Award is given to a Chamber member business with more than 50 employees that has been in operation for more than five years, consistently contributes to both Chamber and community projects, has a reputation for integrity and fair business practice, and has demonstrated management or product innovation as well as successful solutions to business issues.
Nominees are:
CES Credit Union
The Laurels of Mount Vernon
Ver-Mac Industries

The Judy Klavins Ambassador of the Year Award sponsored by: The Killbuck Savings Bank Co.
To be announced at the dinner.

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by: Central Ohio Technical College
To be announced at the dinner.

Visit www.KnoxChamber.com to register online or email Programs@KnoxChamber.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


KCH presents breast cancer awareness education event


MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Community Hospital Center for Cancer Care encourages you to join us to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a free breast cancer education event on Monday, October 30 at 6:15 pm. This inspiring event will not only be interesting, but it will be educational as well.

The guest speaker for this year’s event is Becky Olson. Becky is a breast cancer survivor who has been featured in numerous publications and is often a keynote speaker for breast cancer events. Her goal in life is to change lives with her words, whether in person, on a stage, or through writing.

This event will be held at the Glenn A. Gallagher Centre. Registration will begin at 5:30 pm followed by the program at 6:15 pm. Refreshments will be served. There is minimal seating, so please RSVP by October 14th to 740.393.5579. We are celebrating 10+ years of breast health awareness and this annual occasion promises to be inspiring, educating, and interesting.


MVHS students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program


MOUNT VERNON - MVHS students Noah Shremshock, Aidan Clarkson, Olivia Matulich, Amanda Miglin and Conrad Stein have been recognized for their achievement in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Noah Shremshock has joined an elite group of students nationwide as one of 16,000 students designated as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Noah will have the opportunity to compete for the possibility of earning one of 7,500 scholarships totalling more than $32 million that will be awarded this coming spring.


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Aidan, Olivia, Amanda and Conrad are included in the representation of 34,000 students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

As stated by a spokesperson for NMSC, "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

As stated on the MVCSD website, "MVHS is very proud of their accomplishments and their representation of their families, community and school."


Rep. Carfagna sponsors bill to expand broadband service


COLUMBUS—State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) met with members of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) on Friday to discuss House Bill 281, legislation he is sponsoring that deals with broadband expansion in Ohio. House Bill 281 would effectively combine efforts by government and private enterprise with the goal of expanding broadband connectivity to unserved households across Ohio.

Carfagna represents Knox County and a portion of Delaware County at the Statehouse in Columbus.  

The bill targets the problem of “last-mile” connectivity to residences where it remains too expensive for private broadband providers to extend their services. This would impact both large areas unserved by broadband service, as well as smaller clusters of households within communities that are already served.

By incentivizing cooperative efforts across local, county and state levels to pool resources and reduce last-mile construction costs, the bill encourages these communities to utilize revenues that have been derived from infrastructure and reinvests them back into local infrastructural needs, such as improved broadband access.

At the meeting with the CCAO, Rep. Carfagna underscored the importance of working with local governments on this initiative.

“Too many Ohioans still lack access to broadband service because of where they reside and this legislation is aimed at providing a mechanism to help expand coverage,” said Carfagna. “Our county governments play a vital role in this legislation and I appreciate the opportunity to present my bill and gain input on ways to strengthen it as the legislative process continues.”

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State Representative Rick Carfagna, addressing group on the right, meets with County Commissioners of Ohio to discuss broadband legislation - photo submitted


Local Business: Farmers & Savings Bank to rejoin First Knox


LOUDONVILLE – Farmers and Savings Bank has announced it will rejoin First-Knox National Bank in Spring of 2018. Farmers Bank operates three offices in Ashland county and has grown its business in the communities it serves over the past decade. Through First-Knox, the Farmers Bank clients have better access to the benefits that more financial strength and expertise can offer their family or business.

Farmers Bank already cooperates with First Knox in areas such as investment services and Freedom Years. Under the First-Knox National Bank name, the local bankers and banking offices will continue to operate as usual and remain deeply involved in the community. The local Farmers Bank staff will receive enhanced support from First-Knox bankers in services like business cash management, retirement plans and investments, fraud protection, and special or customized loans.

“Our clients count on us to deliver top-quality services, including modern banking conveniences and specialty banking expertise. At the same time, it is more complex and challenging for small banks to afford and meet regulatory and technological requirements,” said Farmers Bank President Brian Hinkle. “Everyone can see our industry is changing dramatically. Sharing more of First-Knox’s resources is the best way to ensure our bankers can continue to deliver the service our clients and communities expect from us.”

“The community banking principles that have led to our success will not change by rejoining First-Knox – they will be better supported by it,” Hinkle said.
In Spring of 2018, the Farmers Bank Advisory Board members will join the First-Knox board and signage on the Ashland, Loudonville, and Perrysville offices will be updated. Farmers bank clients will begin using the First-Knox website, and that site design already matches their bank’s website. Farmers Bank accounts and loans will not be affected by the name change. Client log-ins, account numbers, debit cards, and phone numbers all remain the same.

Farmers Bank was a division of First-Knox National Bank until 1997 when both banks joined the Park National Family of Community Banks. The Park National organization has eleven successful community banks, each with more than 100 years of banking heritage in their headquarter counties across Ohio. First Knox National Bank is the top bank in Knox County, and has offices in Holmes, Wayne and Morrow counties. Farmers Bank clients already can use any banking office within the Park National family.

To view a detailed message from President Brian Hinkle about this announcement please visit www.farmersandsavingsbank.com.


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