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Joshua Morrison/News On Tuesday, the Mount Vernon High School jazz band practiced in preparation for their spring concert. The concert will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Middle School commons.

Tops ‘N’ Pops jumps with jazz

Music lovers should not miss this year’s Tops ‘N’ Pops concert in the Mount Vernon Middle School Commons at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

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Community pitches in for students

Generous donors make it possible for gifted and talented high school students from around the county to participate in the Summer Honors program.

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Change in busing concerns parents

Busing inside the Utica village limits was a topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting of the North Fork school board.
The parent of an elementary pupil and a community member expressed concerns about the discontinuation of the pick up of students at the corner of Maple and Washington streets.

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Joshua Morrison/News Renovation work has begun on the Ray Richardson Children’s Garden at the Knox County Career Center.

Imagining a new Children’s Garden

Changes are in the works at the Ray Richardson Children’s Garden at the Knox County Career Center, which was first dedicated on Sept. 25, 1999. A major renovation is under way to upgrade various areas, install additional seating and increase the opportunities for children (and adults) to exercise their imaginations while enjoying the outdoors.

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Submitted photo An artist’s rendering of the improved Columbia Elementary playground.

Columbia playground ready for transformation

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations, improvements to the Columbia Elementary playground, as well as the construction of an outdoor learning pavilion, will take place this summer.

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Pam Schehl/News Seven students from the KCCC Landscape Design & Management program competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in March. First row, from left, are Cassie Rine, Ethan Rogers, Joe Arms and Austin Anderson; second row, from left, Hunter Pinyerd and Nate Wilson. Not pictured: Zachary DePew.

KCCC landscapers raise the bar

The 2017 National Collegiate Landscape Competition was held at Bringham Young University in Provo, Utah, March 15-18, and seven high school students from Knox County Career Center held their own against students in interior and exterior horticulture programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities from across the nation.

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Pam Schehl/News Members of the Knox County Career Center National Technical Honor Society recently spent a day at the Ohio Eastern Star Home. Pictured working on a memorial brick are, from left, student Kay Stelzer and resident Dorothy Pierce.

Students, seniors simpatico

There was no generation gap in evidence March 30 when residents welcomed students from the Knox County Career Center National Technical Honor Society to spend some quality time with them at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.

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Making mosaics, forming new friendships

The ancient Roman practice of creating artwork using colored tiles — mosaics — is alive and well in Mount Vernon thanks to the Roman Arts in All Hands project spearheaded by Mary Jo Behrensmeyer, Latin instructor at Mount Vernon High School.

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