Obituary

John David Graves

In the company of family and friends, beneath the live oaks of his Webster, Fla. ranch, one of life’s greatest cowboys, John David Graves, rode into the light on the Lord on Nov. 28, 2016.

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Alan Reed/News A field of solar panels can be seen on the north grounds of Licking Rural Electric, just south of Utica. LRE customers will now have the chance to go solar in getting renewable energy through solar panels.

Solar age comes to Utica

A step into the next generation of consumable energy is being taken by The Energy Co-Op, as a large array of solar panels were recently installed near Utica.

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Photo courtesy of Helen Rosser Mount Vernon Middle School seventh-grade BEE Team students completing “Operation Gratitude” paracord bracelets for troops and first responders include top row, from left, Marcus Bradley, Hayden Murray and Will Daley; middle row, Emilee Burke and Ashley Berg; and bottom row, Rhyli Pope.

MVMS students make paracord bracelets

Seventh-graders at Mount Vernon Middle School “celebrated” Veterans Day by making paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude, which distributes care packages to veterans, active soldiers, first-responders and military families.

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Alan Reed/News A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the opening of Gospel Christian Life Shop, 117 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, took place Friday afternoon with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. Co-owners John and Karen Norris purchased the Gospel Supply Shop in May, changed the name and did some inside renovations to give the store a fresh new look. Pictured at Friday’s ceremony are front row, from left, Chamber ambassador Margie Bennett, Karen Norris, John Norris and ambassador Deb Kirk. Back row, Dave Matos, Melanie Bolender and Amy Boyd.

New owners

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the opening of Gospel Christian Life Shop, 117 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, took place Friday afternoon with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon’s First Congregational United Church of Christ pastor Scott Elliot purchased the “Peace on Earth” sign that resides on the south side of the belltower of the church. Scott Mickley, with his son, Tyler, constructed and placed the sign into place. The sign will remain throughout the holiday season. You can see the sign on the corner of Main and Sugar streets.

Peace on Earth

Mount Vernon’s First Congregational United Church of Christ pastor Scott Elliot purchased the “Peace on Earth” sign that resides on the south side of the belltower of the church.

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