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This year’s summer reading program theme was “Build a Better World,” and Fredericktown Community Library expanded that to include a “Build a Warmer World” activity.

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Northridge names new superintendent

The Northridge Board of Education on Monday hired Scott Schmidt as the district’s new superintendent, effective Aug. 1.
Schmidt is currently the assistant superintendent of Gahanna-Jefferson City School District in Gahanna and was interim superintendent for the district prior to that for a year and a half.

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Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Mount Vernon Community Band rehearse in preparation of a concert on Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Developmental Center Great Room.

Young musicians stay in tune

The Mount Vernon Community Band is sponsoring a summer youth band for instrumentalists in grades six through eight, and if the rehearsal the News recently observed is any indication, the young musicians are having a lot of fun honing their skills.

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EK argues Farmer suit

Attorneys representing the East Knox Board of Education recently filed a motion asking the Knox County Common Pleas Court to dismiss Brian Farmer’s most recent attempt to block the sale of the Bladensburg school property to the Bladensburg Community Heritage Foundation.

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Engineering returns to Fredericktown schools

The Fredericktown school board on Tuesday employed Jessica Webb as middle school science teacher and high school Project Lead the Way instructor for the 2017-18 school year.

Treasurer Heather Darnold told the News on Wednesday the board is very excited about the return of the engineering program, as Fredericktown is the only school in the county to offer PLTW.

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Centerburg schools to get officer

The Centerburg school board on Monday approved a contract with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office for a part-time school resource officer for the 2017-18 school year.

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Joshua Morrison/News The former house in the 100 block of North Mulberry was demolished recently. The property was purchased by the YMCA. United Aggregates handled the demolition.

YMCA looks to future with new property

The house at the southeast corner of Mulberry and Sugar streets is gone, and YMCA executive director Nick Clark told the News there are no major plans for the site at this time.

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Pam Schehl/News Wyatt Sharp, four-month-old son of Brandon and Alyssa Sharp, enjoys a visit with Santa on Saturday during Fredericktown’s Christmas in July event.

Christmas spirit shown at food drive

The giving spirit was alive and well throughout Knox County on Saturday as community members turned out on a beautiful summer day to support the Interchurch Social Services’ Christmas in July food drive…

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Pam Schehl/News Friday’s high winds upended this tree on the corner of Catherine and Oak streets in Mount Vernon, sending it into the power lines across the street where it briefly caught on fire. Tree crews on site were waiting for AEP to ground the tree before removing it. AEP said 1,438 customers in Mount Vernon were without power as a result of the storm. As of press time, most had their power restored.

Tree knocks out power

Friday’s high winds upended this tree on the corner of Catherine and Oak streets in Mount Vernon, sending it into the power lines across the street where it briefly caught on fire.

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Pam Schehl/News Interchurch Social Services volunteers Meme Marks, left, and Eric Wright unload a truckful of produce and other items donated by Walmart.

Christmas in July keeps food on the shelves

The Knox County community is generous, pledging or contributing more than $200,000 in cash and food items to the Food for the Hungry drive in December and $19,000 last July during Christmas in July.

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