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Joshua Morrison/News Life is starting to return to Wolf Run Regional Park on Yauger Road after a prairie burn on April 10 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Knox County Park District. The burns, set by volunteers, help eliminate weeds and brushy growth, as well as return nutrients to the soil.

Signs of life

Life is starting to return to Wolf Run Regional Park on Yauger Road after a prairie burn on April 10 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Knox County Park District.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Tuesday, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting event to welcome Crickets, an antiques store on South Main Street, as a new business in downtown Mount Vernon. Here, from left, owners Cindy Sperry, Ann Hudson, Barbara Gibson, Laurie Duchesne and Ann Laudeman share a smile while cutting the ribbon. Unable to attend Tuesday was the final owner, Perry Brokaw.

Excited about the opening

On Tuesday, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting event to welcome Crickets, an antiques store on South Main Street, as a new business in downtown Mount Vernon.

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Joshua Morrison/News The Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Memorial Park. Specially-marked eggs were hidden among the playground equipment, tree roots and picnic tables. Area businesses donated additional prizes and candy. Jordan Reynolds, seen here, picks up another egg before searching for more.

Eggs-cellent choice

The Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Department held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Memorial Park.

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Joshua Morrison/News A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce marked the opening of the Toth and Team RE/MAX Consultant Group, 22021 Coshocton Ave., Howard, on Thursday afternoon. Joe Toth, Joseph Toth and Sherrie Toth, Nathan Shipley and Michelle Rine of Toth and Team; and Chamber ambassadors Cindy Cunningham and Deb Kirk were among the many on hand to check out the offices, participate in a raffle and learn more about the real estate office near the entrance of Apple Valley.

Celebrated opening

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce marked the opening of the Toth and Team RE/MAX Consultant Group, 22021 Coshocton Ave., Howard, on Thursday afternoon.

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Joshua Morrison/News While the announcement of Payless ShoeSource’s closing in Knox Village Square is still fresh in the minds of local shoppers, those with an affinity for shoes will continue to have options in Mount Vernon. Shoe Carnival will round out the final retail space in the Marshall’s shopping center on Coshocton Avenue. Kelsey Sheehan, marketing and public relations manager of the shoe chain, confirmed the move on Tuesday. The store is set to open sometime this summer, though no specific date has been set.

In with the new shoe store

While the announcement of Payless ShoeSource’s closing in Knox Village Square is still fresh in the minds of local shoppers, those with an affinity for shoes will continue to have options in Mount Vernon.

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Joshua Morrison/News Central Ohio Roller Derby’s Fannie Maejaelook (Krystal Kettell) fights to get points as Derby City Roller Derby (Louisville, Ky.) jammer, ReXXy Dangerfield (Rebecca Thompson), right, moves in on Saturday, as the Central Ohio Roller Derby opened its 2017 season at home by hosting two bouts. Derby City won, 186-128. In the second bout of the evening, Central Ohio’s Stardust team beat the Silver Bridge Bruisers (Gallipolis), 209-161. The next home bout is Saturday, June 17.

Central Ohio Roller Derby season opener

Central Ohio Roller Derby’s Fannie Maejaelook (Krystal Kettell) fights to get points as Derby City Roller Derby (Louisville, Ky.) jammer, ReXXy Dangerfield (Rebecca Thompson), right, moves in on Saturday, as the Central Ohio Roller Derby opened its 2017 season at home by hosting two bouts.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Friday afternoon at New Life Chiropractic at 14580 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, a Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting took place. Chamber Director Carol Grubaugh, left, helped Nate and Devin Daniels cut the ribbon.

Chiropractor opens door

On Friday afternoon at New Life Chiropractic at 14580 Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, a Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting took place.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Thursday, Mount Vernon Fire Department held a brief ceremony to swear in a new firefighter/paradmedic, Thomas Calland, left, and promoted Trevor Williams, right, to lieutenant. Mayor Richard Mavis performed the ceremony while family members pinned the badges.

New ranks

On Thursday, Mount Vernon Fire Department held a brief ceremony to swear in a new firefighter/paradmedic, Thomas Calland, left, and promoted Trevor Williams, right, to lieutenant.

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Joshua Morrison/News Alicia West, of Mount Vernon, poses with her check and her winning bracket after coming in first place in the local BracketBucks competition. BracketBucks is an annual contest where readers fill out an NCAA bracket, with the best local bracket receiving $100 and eligibility to win the $25,000 national grand prize. West came one pick shy of picking a perfect half, and she predicted that North Carolina would defeat Gonzaga in the championship game.

BracketBucks winner

Alicia West, of Mount Vernon, poses with her check and her winning bracket after coming in first place in the local BracketBucks competition.

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Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Woodward Development Corp., including Larry Grindle, Sandy Crow, Chuck Kindle, Douglas Leonard, Ann Laudeman and Pat Crow, watch as Kurt Waller, Scott Hepburn and Eric Aubihl place a capstone on the center gable of the CB Cooper Building on Tuesday afternoon. The original gables were damaged or destroyed by a fire during the 1940s.

Placing the capstone

Members of the Woodward Development Corp., including Larry Grindle, Sandy Crow, Chuck Kindle, Douglas Leonard, Ann Laudeman and Pat Crow, watch as Kurt Waller, Scott Hepburn and Eric Aubihl place a capstone on the center gable of the CB Cooper Building on Tuesday afternoon.

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Joshua Morrison/News Dave and Carol Ewart begin to cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of Mid-Ohio Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, at 494 Harcourt Road in Mount Vernon, on Friday with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce. Previous owner, Kevin Mishey, now retired, was presented a proclamation from Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis along with various other plaques and gifts, including a $1,000 donation on Mishey’s behalf to The Salvation Army from the Ewarts. The celebration continues today until 4 p.m.

New owners taking over at Mid Ohio

Dave and Carol Ewart begin to cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening of Mid-Ohio Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, at 494 Harcourt Road in Mount Vernon, on Friday with the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Friday, the Fredericktown Junior/Senior High School Musical Theatre performed “Calamity Jane,” bringing to life the story of Wild Bill Hickok and Martha Jane Canary, at the Elementary School Commons. Tickets are available for tonight’s show at the box office starting at 6:30 p.m.

‘Calamity Jane’

On Friday, the Fredericktown Junior/Senior High School Musical Theatre performed “Calamity Jane,” bringing to life the story of Wild Bill Hickok and Martha Jane Canary, at the Elementary School Commons.

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