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MV School bus hit in traffic accident


By George Breithaupt, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON - A Mount Vernon City Schools bus, driven by Mark Robison, was traveling south on Newark Road Monday afternoon when it was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Newark Road and Commerce Drive. The second vehicle was driven by Leona M. Williamson.

According to the police report released Wednesday the accident was witnessed by one driver stopped at Lakeview Drive and Newark Road. That witness stated that Robison went through the intersection against a red light. Williamson, who the witness said, had the green light, struck the bus in the center front region. The report had Robison traveling at the posted speed limit of 45 mph. Robison was cited for running a red light.

There were four reported with possible injuries and were treated at the scene. Two others had injuries that required transportation by the Mount Vernon Fire Department EMS Unit to Knox Community Hospital for treatment.


Young woman's body found in Mount Vernon home

MOUNT VERNON - A 21 year old woman was found dead Monday in a home on North West Street. Her family and friends don't know what happened to her. KnoxPages.com is not releasing her name until MVPD releases information about this case. Crime tape surrounded the home Monday afternoon. 

Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle said she was called to the scene. The woman's autopsy is being performed today.

Both Dr. Ogle and MVPD are conducting an ongoing investigation in this case. 



Local People: Sheila Mills hired by Touchpointe Marriage & Family Resources

MOUNT VERNON - TouchPointe Marriage & Family Resources welcomes Sheila Mills as a newly hired employee of the local faith-based non-profit. The TouchPointe organization was founded in 2010 and has grown tremendously in the last seven years. Executive Director, Dan Humphrey, says that with the launching of the KnoxWorks program, additonal paid staff is necessary to handle the extra work load. Mills will work along side Cheyenne Kuhn at the TouchPointe Life Center located at 120 S. Norton, Mount Vernon.

Mills’ title as TouchPointe’s Development Coordinator will include administrative duties as well as working with various local organizations and agencies, and the local courts to help the TouchPointe clientele overcome barriers and obstacles that sometimes prevents stableness in their lives. Mills knows firsthand that having a good support team is vital in keeping lives on track. Along with Cheyenne, Sheila joins with over fifteen TouchPointe volunteers who work directly with men and women who are in need of a “hand up.” Such help may be nothing more than being a positive role model, or it may be one-on-one mentoring, or group instruction.

Sheila holds an Associate’s degree in Administrative Assisting from American Business College in San Diego, CA. She received the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Leadership Recognition Award and serves as a Knox County Chamber Ambassador. Mills leads women’s small group at the local Celebrate Recovery, and is the Assistant Secretary for Ohio Women’s Mission Union. She is a member of Green Valley Southern Baptist Church and the leader of church’s Children in Action.

TouchPointe is about building relationships and prefers to refer to the men and women they work with as “neighbors” rather than as “clients.” The organization’s purpose is to “Touch the lives of people and offer Hope to the Hurting.”

Knox Area Development Foundation receives grant from AEP Ohio


COLUMBUS - The Area Development Foundation of Knox County has been awarded a $10,000 grant for economic development by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power.

AEP Ohio awarded the grant to the Area Development Fund of Knox County through their Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP). LEAP provides funding to help local communities grow with a focus on retention and expansion of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, AEP Ohio is directing dollars back into the communities they serve to invest in their growth.

The Area Development Fund of Knox County will use the grant money to help pay for a comprehensive economic development plan for Knox County. The project is expected to be completed over the next nine months.

AEP check presentation to ADF

Left to right Darrell Severns, Knox County Regional Planning Commission director; Paul Prater, AEP; Jeff Harris Area Development Fund Executive Director at Monday's check presentation in Mount Vernon - KP photo by Marty Trese

“The award of grant funding from AEP OH’s LEAP initiative will directly assist the Foundation and its partner, the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, in completing the 2017 update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan.” Said Jeff Harris Executive Director of Area Development Foundation of Knox County. “This critical document, used by townships, villages and the City of Mount Vernon to guide zoning and planning efforts, will be written with input from the community towards a vision of how we’ll develop in 20 years. The LEAP award will offset the costs of reaching out to the public for their feedback and ideas.”

Area Development Fund of Knox County was one of 21 local economic development organizations to receive a LEAP grant in 2017.

“AEP Ohio is proud to partner with our communities through our ongoing LEAP grants,” said Tim Wells, manager of economic and business development for AEP Ohio. “Our goal is to help the communities we serve thrive.”


MVPD interns recognized

MOUNT VERNON - The MVPD recognized interns Paige Wilt and Kirsten Allnut on Friday. They are assigned ​to ​various duties throughout the internship, such as assisting the administrative o​ffice maintain the file system, assisting with compiling and revising the MVPD's ​p​olicy and ​p​rocedure ​m​anuals, and assisting the records department.  Interns also have the ​opportunity​ to participate in ​MVPD's Ride - Along ​P​rogram​,​ giving them opportunities to oversee the daily operations of the​ Mount Vernon Police Department ​P​atrol ​D​ivision and ​D​etective ​B​ureau. ​

The overall goal of this program is to give interns the opportunity to obtain experience and knowledge​ regarding all aspects of our Judicial System.

​Interns participated in the program from ​April through August 2017.

MVPD interns 2017

MVPD interns Paige Wilt (left) and Kirsten Allnut  - photo submitted by MVPD



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