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Jr. Fair Building Fund established


MOUNT VERNON — Through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, a group is working to ensure that future generations of junior fair participants will have a safe, attractive county fair.

Seven directors of the Knox County Senior Fair Board came together to create the Knox County Junior Fair Building Fund. It is a separate entity from the senior fair board with its own 501(c)3 designation.

“The fund is going to be used to make improvements to the junior fair buildings on the grounds,” said Brian Durbin, president of the building fund corporation. “Repair, replace, add on to; basically anything the committee decides it wants to fund.

“The key is Junior Fair,” he said. “We can't put a roof on the grandstand with that money.”

The fair board contributed $5,000 to the fund, and that initial $5,000 cannot be spent. Although final details are still being worked out, Durbin said the plan is to only spend 80 percent of any amount over and above the $5,000. Final details will include a contingency clause that in the event of a major project, more than 80 percent may be spent.

“We tried to lay the best foundation now so that in 30 years they have good direction,” said Durbin.

The seven directors will serve as an oversight board. A five-member committee will evaluate project requests: two Senior Fair Board members, the Junior Fair coordinator, one community member and one person representing commodity groups such as the Cattlemen's Association and goat and sheep associations. Committee members will serve staggered terms.

Each year, the chairman of each specie committee will submit projects to the committee. “[The committee] will prioritize them and decide which project or projects we can fund each year,” said Durbin. “The first of the year we'll ask for the first batch of requests. The first year we may only put out a few thousand dollars.

“We're hoping the kids during sale day will want to contribute,” he said. Youths who want to contribute a portion of their sale money to the building fund can do so through OSU Extension.

Community members can contribute to the fund through http://mvkcfoundation.org. Click on donate now, and then search for the Knox County Junior Fair Building Fund. Durbin said that everyone who donates will be recognized by name in the foundation's annual report.

Junior Fair buildings comprise the majority of the fairgrounds. “Our buildings are aging,” said Durbin. “We get so many compliments on our fairgrounds, but with financial conditions being tight, we can't do all of the things needed to maintain and improve them.”


Over $1400 reportedly stolen from church sanctuary building

MOUNT VERNON - A representative of the Apostolic Christian Church on Old Delaware Road reported to police that over $1400 was stolen in an apparent burglary from the sanctuary building. The report was made at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 23rd. According to the officer who responded, there was fresh forced entry damage to the back door. 

The report has been forwarded to the MVPD Detective Division for further investigation.

Local People: Karen Schroeder hired at United Way


MOUNT VERNON - United Way Executive Director Kelly Brenneman has announced that Karen Schoeder has accepted the position of Resource Development Coordinator, beginning on July 31, 2017. Schroeder is replacing Katie Peterson, who is moving out of state.

Previously, Schroeder was an educator for 24 years, teaching elementary school music, working as an adjunct professor teaching a variety of classes, and supervising student teachers. She loves the Knox County community and looks forward to working with individual and corporate donors, volunteers, members of Women United and United Way agencies.

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Karen Schroeder - photo submitted

Schroeder lives in Apple Valley and is active in her church and enjoys singing, baking, cooking, reading, Paragraphs Bookstore, and the Mount Vernon Farmers Market. “Although we’ll miss Katie Peterson, we are so thrilled that Karen has chosen to join our United Way team. Karen is sincere, thoughtful and dedicated to Knox County. I know that our community will feel her passion as she begins her journey with United Way," said Brenneman.



Online forms now available for MVCSD parents

MOUNT VERNON - With the start of the 2017-2018 school year just weeks away, the city school district wants to notify parents to login to their Mount Vernon OneView account and begin to fill out the online forms for their student(s). Each year parents are required to submit an updated Emergency Medical Form and District Authorizations Form.

Mount Vernon City Schools, will continue to use an electronic form submissions and student management system through our Mount Vernon OneView. The OneView Parent Portal will be the main access site for: all school forms including athletics, bus routes, ProgressBook access, student fees, and lunches.

The school website contains instructions on how to create an account and use the Parent Portal System. Click the PARENTS ICON on the District Website for directions on creating an account and submitting online forms. If you are already familiar with OneView, click this link to proceed to login to Mount Vernon OneView Portal and begin to fill out student forms.

In the event that you do not have access to a computer, assistance is available at the building level by calling your building secretary. You may also stop by the Board of Education Office on 300 Martinsburg road and a computer will be provided for you to use. Computers will be available at the individual buildings prior to and including Back to School Nights and Student Orientations for parents to set up their account in OneView or complete their online forms.

Additional questions or assistance contact John Frye, district Web Manager, at 740.397.7422 x 6038; email jfrye@mvcsd.us or Deb Doup, district Registrar at 740.397.7422 x 6000; email dedoup@mvcsd.us.

Gift cards available for survey participants during free day at Knox Co. Fair

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Health Department will once again be at the Knox County Fair. The health department booth will be located in the Merchant’s Building, but this year, the agency is located in a new location: on the south side in the southwest corner.

On Saturday, dubbed “free” day at the fair, staff members will be at the booth from noon to 4 p.m. offering a survey for young mothers, women up to age 44 and children up to age 21 from Knox County. Everyone participating in the survey will be eligible to register for a $20 gift card from either WalMart, Kroger or Subway. Multiple gift cards will be awarded at the end of the day. Winners will be notified by phone. The survey is anonymous and can only be taken once by each individual, but multiple entries can be made per family.

The surveys feature questions about nutrition and physical activity needs and barriers to nutritious foods and physical activity, specific to young mothers, women up to age 44 and children up to age 21. The survey is part of the Maternal and Child Health Grant from the Ohio Department of Health and the purchase of gift cards is funded through the grant. This survey will only be offered on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

During the rest of the week, health department staff will be at the booth with the public health prize wheel offering smashlights, hand-sanitizer, flying disks and insect repellent.

“Click It or Ticket” and “Look Out for Motorcycle” bumper magnets will also be available at the booth as well as other program materials.

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