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Joshua Morrison/News On New Years Day, over 40 hikers took to the trails of Ariel-Foundation Park for the First Day Hike, even with the thermometer reading 7 degrees. A fire and hot chocolate was provided by the Foundation Park Conservancy. Trail guides Doug McLarnan and Barry Bowden led two groups through the snow-covered park.

Just a walk in the park

On New Years Day, over 40 hikers took to the trails of Ariel-Foundation Park for the First Day Hike, even with the thermometer reading 7 degrees.

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Joshua Morrison/News Some new concrete was put in place around this culvert on Millstone Lane at the intersection of Newark Road recently by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The concrete and resetting of the guardrail was done to help with water runoff from the road. The runoff trouble had created some potholes at the intersection.

Filling in around the culvert

Some new concrete was put in place around this culvert on Millstone Lane at the intersection of Newark Road recently by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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Joshua Morrison/News Doug McLarnan shares a laugh with those in attendance for his retirement party at the Knox County Service Center on Thursday afternoon. McLarnan served almost 15 years with the Knox County Park District, recently as the operations manager, but also as the first director of the district. McLarnan plans on volunteering and enjoying some kayaking when the weather gets warmer.

McLarnan retires

Doug McLarnan shares a laugh with those in attendance for his retirement party at the Knox County Service Center on Thursday afternoon.

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Joshua Morrison/News The house at 307 W. Vine St., Mount Vernon, was demolished Tuesday by a crew from Shrock Construction. The land is owned by the Winter Sanctuary and was the former site of an accounting business. Calls to Winter Sanctuary Board President Dave Perry seeking more information were not returned as of press time.

House demolished

The house at 307 W. Vine St., Mount Vernon, was demolished Tuesday by a crew from Shrock Construction.

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Joshua Morrison/News A silhouette of Joseph and Mary in the stable with Jesus illuminates a house on Windsor Heights Drive, just north of Mount Vernon.

The reason for the season

A silhouette of Joseph and Mary in the stable with Jesus illuminates a house on Windsor Heights Drive, just north of Mount Vernon.

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Bigger than ever

On the corner of Coshocton Avenue and Highland Drive, Mount Vernon, is a home that is just covered with lights from the front yard to the back.

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