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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.”

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.”

Suspect arrested with 14 hypodermic needles outside grocery store

MOUNT VERNON - At 1:10 a.m. on Thursday three MVPD officers responded to the area of Kroger on Coshocton Avenue on a report of a disturbance, possibly involving a firearm. After further investigation, no firearms were located at the scene. Micah Dean was found to be in possession of 14 hypodermic needles and was arrested at the scene. Dean was charged with Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments.

Dean Micah needle man

Micah Dean - Knox County Jail photo

This morning, Dean, 38, is in the Knox County jail.

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



White House invites Knox Co. Commissioners to DC

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Commissioners, along with other Ohio county commissioners, will head to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28 at the invitation of the White House.

Details are still sketchy, but Commissioner Roger Reed said the trip includes a five-hour conference with Administration officials on the 29th. and a tour conducted by the Secret Service. He does not know whether the conference will be with President Trump's advisors or whether the President will also attend.

“The Administration is very clear about meeting with commissioners directly and not their associations,” said Commissioner Teresa Bemiller.

“We don't know whether they have questions for us. It sounds like they do,” said Reed.

If White House officials do not have questions for the commissioners, the commissioners have questions and concerns for the White House.

“The drug issue. We could certainly use more funding for that problem,” said Bemiller. “And CDBG. That's been a program that has been really helpful for our communities. We hate to see that program cut off.”

“If they can tell us anything that's coming down the pike that will affect our projects, that will be a top priority for the commissioners there,” said Reed.

“How federal funding affects the counties,” said Commissioner Thom Collier regarding roads, bridges and other infrastructure. “I think sometimes they forget how much we take care of as a county.”

President Trump's Intergovernmental Affairs office issued the invitation in an effort to reach out to leaders involved at the grass-roots level. Commissioners from Pennsylvania and Florida have already visited Washington. The deadline to RSVP was Tuesday. Ohio's delegation is limited to 200.


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