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Virgil Shipley/News In celebration of National FFA week, these Mount Vernon High School FFA members drove their tractors to school as symbols of the group’s mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Students lined up today’s mode of transportation in the parking lot on the west side of the school. From left are Andrew Green, Gavin Burke, Bradyn Burke and Luke McKee.

FFA members show off work vehicles

In celebration of National FFA week, these Mount Vernon High School FFA members drove their tractors to school as symbols of the group’s mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Makeup for performing on stage is important for the Distinguished Young Women participants. Erie County’s DYW, Cassandra Battiste, has her makeup applied by Brandie Anderson of Mary Kay cosmetics, who will apply the makeup for all the girls during the programs Friday and Saturday night.

Enhancing beauty

Makeup for performing on stage is important for the Distinguished Young Women participants.

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Virgil Shipley/News Dr. Carrie Beal, left, biology professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, talks with Distinguished Young Women, Paris Dirscherl, Delaware County, center, and Maria Shappert, Pickaway County, after her talk about promoting women after a dinner at the university Monday evening. She said her father was a support for her education as women sought acceptances in the work place. She added the DYW participants should work hard and dream, and that a family and career is attainable.

Finding your place

Dr. Carrie Beal, left, biology professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, talks with Distinguished Young Women, Paris Dirscherl, Delaware County, center, and Maria Shappert, Pickaway County, after her talk about promoting women after a dinner at the university Monday evening.

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Virgil Shipley/News The host parents of the 14 Ohio Distinguished Young Women brought in a Sunday evening meal at the Memorial Building after a long afternoon of practice. Becky and Matt Payne in the background are host parents to Rachel Brogee, Allen County, left, and Mackenzie Wade, Greater Richland County.

Host-family bonding

The host parents of the 14 Ohio Distinguished Young Women brought in a Sunday evening meal at the Memorial Building after a long afternoon of practice.

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Virgil Shipley/News Mount Vernon’s Col. Stephen Rhoades stands in front of a new Sikorsky utility helicopter that has been assigned to Ohio’s 73rd Troop Command at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. Col. Rhoades is Commander of the unit. The 73rd is the first unit to receive the UH-60M (Mike) Black Hawk helicopters, because they have been named the top unit in the country. They will be assigned 20 of the helicopters. The new helicopter was introduced to military members and the public Friday afternoon.

New helicopters

Mount Vernon’s Col. Stephen Rhoades stands in front of a new Sikorsky utility helicopter that has been assigned to Ohio’s 73rd Troop Command at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

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Virgil Shipley/News On Wednesday afternoon a Mount Vernon Water Department crew dug in around the old line at the Kenyon College Wright Center. Workers cleared away dirt from around the old line and sealed it off. A new water line was installed to the building in 2016.

Sealing up an old line

On Wednesday afternoon a Mount Vernon Water Department crew dug in around the old line at the Kenyon College Wright Center.

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Virgil Shipley/News There is a flower arrangement in here for your sweetheart as Sally Wright, owner of Flowers for You, checks this display in the lobby of the store on East Gambier Street. Work started at 6 a.m. today to get flowers ready for delivery for Valentine’s Day.

Love is in the air

There is a flower arrangement in here for your sweetheart as Sally Wright, owner of Flowers for You, checks this display in the lobby of the store on East Gambier Street.

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Virgil Shipley/News The Newport Aquarium at Newport, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, brought an African penguin to the Danville Elementary school Friday for an outreach program. Students were allowed to pet the penguin using only two fingers over its feathers.

A new friend

The Newport Aquarium at Newport, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, brought an African penguin to the Danville Elementary school Friday for an outreach program.

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Virgil Shipley/News A heat lamp in an outside dog kennel set fire to this small barn at the Jason Wears home at 19097 Danville Jelloway Road on Tuesday. Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District got the alarm at 1:10 p.m. Fire Chief Larry Stimpert said there was damage to the corner of the building and some insulation was burned. There were no injuries reported.

Barn catches fire

A heat lamp in an outside dog kennel set fire to this small barn at the Jason Wears home at 19097 Danville Jelloway Road on Tuesday.

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Virgil Shipley/News Five people were hospitalized after a two-car crash Friday at 6:12 p.m. on North Liberty Road, about six miles north of Mount Vernon. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Dalton Hoffman, 19, Fredericktown, went left of center, striking another vehicle. Hoffman was treated at Knox Community Hospital. The driver of the second car, Krista Geiger, 26, Fredericktown, was flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where she is listed in critical but stable condition. A passenger, Richard Geiger, 26, Butler, is listed in serious condition, also at Grant. The names and condition of two juveniles in the Geiger vehicle were not released. They are in Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

Injury accident

Five people were hospitalized after a two-car crash Friday at 6:12 p.m. on North Liberty Road, about six miles north of Mount Vernon.

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Virgil Shipley/News It wasn’t much, just a fire in a trash can at 10:07 a.m. Friday, where dirty laundry is stored at the rear of the Bob Evans Restaurant on Coshocton Avenue. The fireman is holding up what looks like an apron after a few squirts of water doused the fire. The department is investigating the cause.

Small fire

It wasn’t much, just a fire in a trash can at 10:07 a.m. Friday, where dirty laundry is stored at the rear of the Bob Evans Restaurant on Coshocton Avenue.

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