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MVHS Soccer's Alvarez named OCC Offensive Player of the Year

MOUNT VERNON - MVHS Senior soccer player Mario Alvarez has been named Offensive Player of the Year by the Ohio Cardinal Conference. Senior Chad Finnel and Junior Solvi Gunderson were named to 1st team. Seniors Gannon Reddy and Cole Rapp were named to 2nd team. Two Yellow Jackets were recognized on the Honorable Mention list, Senior Nick Otto and Sophomore Spencer Stanley. The Jackets were 4-1-1 on the season this year.

Mario Alvarez from program

Senior Mario Alvarez - MVHS program photo

In girls volleyball Senior Addy Mullins made 1st team while Senior Molly Burnside and Junior Lily Burnside made 2nd team. Honorable Mention honors went to Freshman Maddy Burdette and Junior Tonya Merillat. MVHS volleyball was 5-7 on the season.

In girls soccer Sophomore Kim Trapp was named to 1st team. Junior Aleah Wood was named to 2nd team. Junior Emily Trapp and Sophomore Emily DePolo earned Honorable Mention honors. MVHS Girls Soccer was 1-5 for the season.


Rx Drug Take Back day set for Oct. 28

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Substance Abuse Action Team and local law enforcement have teamed up to offer a drug take back day on Saturday, October 28. Pills should be placed in baggies.

The drop off is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four locations:

The Knox County Health Dept., 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon

Danville Police Department, 512 S. Market St.

Fredericktown Police Department, 182 S. Main St.

Foster's Pharmacy in Centerburg, 4584 Columbus Road


BHP honors Williams, Wetzel

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — On Tuesday, Behavioral Health Partners of Central Ohio honored staff member Linda Williams and Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel for their contributions in fulfilling BHP's mission: to improve and save the lives of others.

“Our intention of having a ceremony is not just to recognize individuals, but to also recognize what's being one in the community,” explained Laura Russell, BHP board secretary.

Kate Saylor, president and CEO of BHP, presented the Robert W. Partridge Vision Award to Williams and the John Kozak Award to Wetzel.

After receiving an MBA from The Ohio State University in 1966, Partridge served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years. After his retirement, he served on the Columbus Area Council on Alcoholism for United Way and supported Spencer House, a BHP residential program. He passed away in 2010.

“The award is given to [a staff member] who embodies a sense of caring and concern for making sure the folks who come through our doors get the best possible service,” said Saylor.

She said the fact that Williams has been with BHP for 37 years shows her compassion and concern, adding that Williams shows comfort to clients, shares their concerns and advocates for clients. “Oftentimes I will walk out into the lobby and I will see her sitting in the lobby helping people fill out forms,” said Saylor.

“I see the impact you make on our clients on a daily basis,” she told Williams.

“I know this is a great honor, and thank you for choosing me,” said Williams.

Saylor said that BHP honored Wetzel for having established meaningful and supportive relationships in the community that make lasting, life-saving changes in individuals.

“Before taking office in January, he actually took time to meet the service providers in the county,” said Saylor. “Not just spending time getting to know their needs but also what services are provided. He has a keen awareness of the correlation between active treatment and reducing recividism.”

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Behavioral Health Partners honored Linda Williams and Judge Richard Wetzel for their efforts to improve the lives of those affected by mental health and drug addiction issues. Pictured are, from left, Kate Saylor, president and CEO of BHP; Wetzel; and Williams. KP photo by Cheryl Splain


Noting that Wetzel has said that he feels he's been called to serve, Saylor said he has clearly demonstrated that calling since he's been in office.

“This is profoundly humbling because I only have been on the bench 10 months. There's no way anything fantastic can be done without a tremendous staff,” Wetzel said before introducing his staff.

Brian Reed, BHP board president, said that the court staff and BHP staff encounter many of the same people. “It's a well-oiled machine,” he said of the relationship between the two. “Whether it's court staff or BHP, they are still trying to lead those individuals through difficult times in their life. “Everybody needs to pitch in, and we are fortunate to have people in BHP who strive to better the lives of people who need help and [people] in the court system cognizant of the needs of the community and taking steps to better those people's lives.

“That's what it's all about: trying to find out what individuals need and doing their best to try and help them,” he added.

Reed said that fulfilling BHP's mission, to improve and save the lives of others, wouldn't be able to happen if it weren't for individuals like Williams and Wetzel.


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United Way and Familywize use data to help local residents battle heart disease, diabetes and mental illness

MOUNT VERNON - United Way of Knox County and FamilyWize have announced that local Knox County members have saved $102,229 on prescription heart disease, diabetes and mental health medications between 2013 and 2016. The results come as United Way and FamilyWize launch a new aggressive, data-driven chapter in its joint community initiatives across the country. Using targeted data reports created by FamilyWize, local United Ways can now better evaluate what assistance their communities need most, rather than trying to piece together a story using only national-level and state-level reporting. 

Key community highlights from the data report for Knox County include:
• $46,787 savings on prescription heart disease & diabetes medications
• $55,442 savings on prescription mental health medications
• 514 total community members helped

The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of 40 percent off of their prescription medications in 2016. Accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and covering all FDA-approved prescription medications, the FamilyWize card has no eligibility requirements and is available to anyone. To sign up for the program, visit www.familywize.org, download the Apple or Android mobile app, or print out the card. The card is also available at uwayknox.org.

Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped over 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on prescription medications. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription medications which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations.

For more information about United Way of Knox County or FamilyWize, visit uwayknox.org or call 740-397-5721.


Fence to surround vacant middle/high school building

MOUNT VERNON - What some call the city's biggest eyesore will soon be getting a construction fence around it. The owner of the old high/middle school property on North Mulberry Street has told Mayor Dick Mavis that construction will begin to turn the site into a senior living facility. According to county records Jason Gunsorek's Mulberry MV LLC bought the property in 2015 for $10,000.

Gunsorek is slated to meet with the mayor and other city officials this week to discuss the project.

The site has been vacant for decades, except for trespassers.

Listen to a KP Radio interview with Mavis about the site in this mini-podcast at this link.


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