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The Hatfield sisters, from left, Georgia Helmick, Sue Zernis, Betty Heil, Marti Stringfellow, Joan McCall, Jean Johnson, and Joyce Calver, at a get-together at Jean’s home in 2003. The sisters will celebrate being in their 80s at the same time this year with a trip to Branson, Missouri.

Hatfield sisters retain strong family bond

This spring, for a short span of six weeks, the seven Hatfield sisters of Fredericktown — Sue Zernis, Betty Heil, Marti Stringfellow, Jean Johnson, Joyce Calver, Joan McCall and Georgia Helmick — will all be in their 80s at the same time.

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Lisa Rutter of United Way, left, presents an award of two YMCA day passes to Cally Carpenter, one of Fredericktown’s Classroom Winners for the Crunch Out Obesity Essay Contest.

Students celebrated for making healthy choices

Saturday morning, the Mount Vernon YMCA was abuzz with nearly 100 Knox students and parents, ready to celebrate the winners of the Crunch Out Obesity “How I Am Healthy” Essay Contest, sponsored by United Way.

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Tarts a lighter post-holiday fare

Christmas has passed and the new year is right around the corner. After eating so many sweets and rich foods during this past weekend, it might be refreshing to ring in the new year with a lighter, healthier treat, like a rustic raspberry tart.

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From left, Jillian Williams of Mount Vernon, Lilly Brooks of Johnstown, Anna Preston of Johnstown, Cody Law of Centerburg, Kathryn Nicks of Northridge, Shayna Shaw of Utica, Samantha Webb of Utica, Sierra Stein of Johnstown, Gracie Stoltz of Johnstown, Kaitlin Stein of Johnstown, and Hannah Stoltz of Johnstown practice for their performance at the annual Outback Bowl Halftime Show on Jan. 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

Local troupe dancing their way to bowl game

This holiday season, dancers, band members, coaches and parents will be traveling from all across the country to Tampa, Fla., for the opportunity to dance at this year’s annual Outback Bowl halftime show.

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Volunteer Austin Swallow assists broadcasting students from WNZR load bags of food in front of City Hall during the 2015 Food for the Hungry drive.

Videos help expose need behind Food For the Hungry

The 35th Annual Food For the Hungry Drive will culminate Saturday with the live broadcast and food collection at Mount Vernon City Hall. The event will come with all the usual bells and whistles, but this year, Matt Starr, producer and senior partner at I-CONN Video Production, and Marcy Rinehart, station manager at WNZR, decided to shake things up a bit by working collaboratively to create two short videos, entitled “Choices,” which will be aired periodically throughout the broadcast.

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Santa’s appearance was the highlight of the evening during Tuesday evening’s 26th Annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Holiday Party. Three-year-old John Arndt of Mount Vernon was excited to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a wrapped present, provided by Kenyon College’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Legacy continues

Kenyon College’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Knox County Head Start kicked off the Christmas season Tuesday night as they co-hosted the 26th Annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Holiday Party at Kenyon’s Gund Commons.

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