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Callan Pugh/News Trees are planted in mid-April and will continue to grow for at least four years. Liners, like the one pictured above from Woodridge Tree Farm, are seedlings that have been given an extra two years of growth in a seed bed prior to being planted.

How does your Christmas tree grow?

Cutting down a fresh pine tree is a time-honored tradition at Christmas time for many families, but the process of getting that tree ready for December is far more involved than the few hours it takes to decorate.

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AP file photo In this May 24, 1943, file photo, the capsized battleship USS Oklahoma is lifted out of the water at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. The military says it has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor 76 years ago. The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up nearly 400 sets of remains from a Hawaii to identify the men who have been classified as missing since the war.

Knox Countians recall attack on Pearl Harbor

The Sunday morning attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is slowly becoming an event that only history books remember. But on this, the 76th anniversary, some Knox County citizens can still remember where they were and how it felt to hear that the U.S. was officially entering World War II.

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Joshua Morrison/News The Original Dave's Cosmic Subs will open at its new location, 222 South Main St. in late January or early February according to owner David Stein.

Stein to open new sub shop downtown

Downtown Mount Vernon is getting a little more Rock ’n’ Roll thanks to The Original Dave’s Cosmic Subs, which will be opening in late January or early February.

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Callan Pugh/News Bob Daley of Bob’s Trees helps the Clippinger family look for the perfect tree on Wednesday evening. Dave and Diane Clippinger and their daughters, Allie and Gracie, of Fredericktown, are regulars at Bob’s Trees.

Family traditions start with Christmas tree

When considering going out and cutting your own live Christmas tree, it’s hard not to think back to the suffering the Griswold family endured in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but finding the perfect tree for a “fun, old-fashioned family Christmas” doesn’t have to leave you with frozen eyes and a home full of woodland animals this year.

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Callan Pugh/News Jim and Maureen Buchwald, center, were honored with the 2017 William A. Stroud Jr. Award for Community Service at the Snowflake Gala held in Kenyon’s Gund Commons lounge Friday evening. Presenting them the award were Ken Reynolds, left, and Jan Reynolds, right.

Gala showcases stories of hope, service

In the glow of warm candlelight, guests of the Snowflake Gala chattered happily as they prepared for an evening of touching stories, well deserved awards and, of course, a chance to donate to a great cause.

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Callan Pugh/NewsVendor Jamie Stout of Jamienationcrochet discusses how she creates her hats to shopper Margery Jolliffe at Sunday’s Jingle Bell Marketplace at the Knox County Memorial Building.

Walk excites families

On a chilly Sunday afternoon it’s hard to imagine a more cheerful and fun environment than that found at the 2017 Mount Vernon Christmas Walk.

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