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Joshua Morrison/News College Township firefighters responded to a grass fire in the 11900 block of Upper Gilchrist Road on Thursday afternoon. A rubbish burn got away from a property owner and set the creek bed on fire. Firefighter Ally Palia and Ben Tauber work to put out flames and hotspots. An open burn ban from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily is in effect through the end of May.

Grass fire

College Township firefighters responded to a grass fire in the 11900 block of Upper Gilchrist Road on Thursday afternoon.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Friday evening, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at the Alcove Restaurant on Main Street in Mount Vernon. Pictured are, from left, Head Chef Brock Leach, General Manager Mike Maya and co-owner Katie Wright ,cutting the ribbon. The Alcove officially reopened on Thursday.

Triumphant return

On Friday evening, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at the Alcove Restaurant on Main Street in Mount Vernon.

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Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Danville community came out on Market Street Thursday to cheer on the high school girls basketball team as they made their journey to play Fairfield Christian at Pickerington North for the District IV regional semifinal. Danville won, 42-30.

Building excitement

Members of the Danville community came out on Market Street Thursday to cheer on the high school girls basketball team as they made their journey to play Fairfield Christian at Pickerington North for the District IV regional semifinal. Danville won, 42-30.

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Joshua Morrison/News The warning barricades for the Sandusky Street/High Street intersection project, including this one at the intersection of Mulberry and High, are up reminding motorists they will not be able to go through the construction zone. Motorists are able to reach the businesses on the streets before reaching the intersection. The warnings are at the intersections of Mulberry and High streets, Norton and High, Chestnut and Sandusky, Sandusky and Gambier, and around the intersection itself. Jason Epley, assistant to the engineer, said there was some confusion Monday morning, but the barricade positions have been adjusted and signs will be added to make it clear the access is still available.

Barricades adjusted

The warning barricades for the Sandusky Street/High Street intersection project, including this one at the intersection of Mulberry and High, are up reminding motorists they will not be able to go through the construction zone.

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Joshua Morrison/News Beginning today, there will be a single-lane closure on U.S. 62 between Hazel Dell Road and Cavallo Road near Millwood. The bridge deck on U.S. 62 is being replaced. The project is estimated to last through the summer and fall, with completion around Oct. 15. Traffic lights will be used to help with the flow of traffic.

Bridge work

Beginning today, there will be a single-lane closure on U.S. 62 between Hazel Dell Road and Cavallo Road near Millwood.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Friday, in the basement of the Memorial Theater, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton spoke to local officials, mental health advocates and law enforcement on Friday about Stepping Up, a program that attempts to reduce the number of people incarcerated with mental illnesses. The event was coordinated by the Knox County Probate/Juvenile Court.

Advocating for mental health

On Friday, in the basement of the Memorial Theater, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton spoke to local officials, mental health advocates and law enforcement

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Joshua Morrison/News A new sign for the Grand Hotel is being hoisted into position by workers from United Aggregates using a crane this morning. The sign was delivered by Custom Cutters and will be visible to traffic both north and southbound on South Main Street. The street was closed this morning for the installation of the sign, but it is expected to open later today.

More ‘grand’

A new sign for the Grand Hotel is being hoisted into position by workers from United Aggregates using a crane this morning.

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Joshua Morrison/News The intersection of West High and Sandusky streets will be closed for three weeks beginning today for a reconstruction project by the city. The street project is expected to last two months.

Intersection closing

The intersection of West High and Sandusky streets will be closed for three weeks beginning today for a reconstruction project by the city. The street project is expected to last two months.

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Joshua Morrison/News A fire broke out Friday afternoon at 5 Kenyon St. in Mount Vernon. Firefighters from Mount Vernon, College-Monroe Township and Fredericktown departments were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Friday and were there for approximately 1 1/2 hours. One person was transported by medics to Knox Community Hospital. The fire remains under investigation.

Fire destroys Kenyon Street home

A fire broke out Friday afternoon at 5 Kenyon St. in Mount Vernon. Firefighters from Mount Vernon, College-Monroe Township and Fredericktown departments were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Friday and were there for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

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Joshua Morrison/News Area schools closed on Monday for Presidents Day and students took advantage of the 60-degree temperatures and sunshine. Here, Josh Strohl of Mount Vernon prepares to drop in at the Skate Park at Memorial Park. The mild weather will continue for a few days before cold and snow return in the forecast.

Droppin’ in

Area schools closed on Monday for Presidents Day and students took advantage of the 60-degree temperatures and sunshine.

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