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Virgil Shipley/News Fredericktown Elementary first-graders perform during an Oct. 25 Pumpkin Festival Program. Throughout the week they read pumpkin books, learned pumpkin songs and poems, tried activities such as pumpkin bowling, and tasted pumpkin treats, including pumpkin bread, pumpkin roll and pumpkin pie. They also decorated pumpkin T-shirts.

Pumpkin power

Fredericktown Elementary first-graders perform during an Oct. 25 Pumpkin Festival Program.

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Virgil Shipley/News A small drainage stream under Moniger Road in northeastern Knox County has a new box culvert to carry it under the Jefferson Township road. The 30-foot long culvert is 8 feet wide and 3 feet deep. The Knox County Highway Department crew finished the three-day project Tuesday.

Moniger Road reopens

A small drainage stream under Moniger Road in northeastern Knox County has a new box culvert to carry it under the Jefferson Township road.

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Virgil Shipley/News While harvesting soybeans Monday morning, this combine caught fire on Devore Road, eight miles south of Mount Vernon. The Bladensburg Fire department responded to the fire, along with the Utica EMS squad. No injuries were reported. No further information was available.

Harvest interrupted

While harvesting soybeans Monday morning, this combine caught fire on Devore Road, eight miles south of Mount Vernon.

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Virgil Shipley/News The rip-rap bank along the stream in front of the Mount Vernon Kroger shopping plaza is being torn out to widen Coshocton Avenue by one lane to eliminate the traffic slow-down at the Vernon View Drive/Kroger intersection. A retaining wall will be constructed along the creek to provide the width needed for the extra lane so that two through lanes will be maintained in each direction.

Clearing out the stream

The rip-rap bank along the stream in front of the Mount Vernon Kroger shopping plaza is being torn out to widen Coshocton Avenue by one lane to eliminate the traffic slow-down at the Vernon View Drive/Kroger intersection.

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Virgil Shipley/News Mount Vernon water/wastewater employees discovered half of a concrete block in a 10-inch sewer line in front of Super 8 Motel, Coshocton Avenue, on Wednesday. A clog was reported when sewage was seen spewing several inches high out of the street sewer cover. A jet of water into the line cleared the stoppage.

Sewer blockage

Mount Vernon water/wastewater employees discovered half of a concrete block in a 10-inch sewer line in front of Super 8 Motel, Coshocton Avenue, on Wednesday.

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Virgil Shipley/News Tanya Roberts, 32, of Mount Vernon, was treated at Knox Community Hospital for injuries after this crash on U.S. 36, Sunday at 5:40 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Roberts was driving east and ran off the right side of the road on a left curve, just east of McManis Road. She was charged with failure to maintain reasonable control.

Driver injured, charged

Tanya Roberts, 32, of Mount Vernon, was treated at Knox Community Hospital for injuries after this crash on U.S. 36, Sunday at 5:40 p.m.

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Virgil Shipley/News DeCosky GM recently donated this check for $500 and various pieces of baseball equipment, including batting tees, catchers gear, pitching screens, shirts and practice balls, to the Mount Vernon Baseball Association. Pictured at the presentation are, seated top from left, Camden Firebaugh and Zac Clow; and bottom row, MVBA Board Chairman Ron Clow, Mack Hanna, Rylan Firebaugh and DeCosky Sales Manager Michael DeCosky.

DeCosky donates to MVBA

DeCosky GM recently donated this check for $500 and various pieces of baseball equipment, including batting tees, catchers gear, pitching screens, shirts and practice balls, to the Mount Vernon Baseball Association.

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Virgil Shipley/News Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher, right, recognized The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, the City of Mount Vernon and Ariel Foundation for their assistance purchasing an X-ray machine and metal detector for a security checkpoint on the third floor. The equipment cost approximately $27,000. Arranging the checkpoint required modifications to the lobby and installation of security cameras. Pictured with Thatcher are, from left, Sam Barone, with the Community Foundation; Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis; and court security officer Tom Brown.

Court security upgrades

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher, right, recognized The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, the City of Mount Vernon and Ariel Foundation for their assistance purchasing an X-ray machine and metal detector for a security checkpoint on the third floor.

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Virgil Shipley/News The Kokosing Trail bike path was a busy place Friday, with 48 Mount Vernon High School freshman and sophomores riding to Gambier and back. From left, Tyler Gregory, Maggie Williams, Sarah Payne and Spencer Riffle were four of the riders, with others and their bikes in the background. For these freshman and sophomores, it was a summer physical education class for which they will receive class credit. Today, another group will ride to Howard and back.

Out for some exercise

The Kokosing Trail bike path was a busy place Friday, with 48 Mount Vernon High School freshman and sophomores riding to Gambier and back.

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Gambier paving

Summer paving has begun in Gambier with Small’s Asphalt Paving crews starting on North Acland Street.

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Virgil Shipley/News Philip Antill’s motorcycle lays on the pavement while the MedFlight helicopter in the field in the background is ready to take him to Grant Medical Center with his injuries. The crash happened at the intersection of Green Valley and Braddock Roads on Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Antill was listed in fair condition this morning. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Antill was riding west on Green Valley Road when the bike left the right side of the road, came back on the road and laid down on the right side. The patrol said Antill was not wearing a helmet and had head injuries. Alcohol or drugs are suspected and the crash is still under investigation.

Motorcyclist injured

Philip Antill’s motorcycle lays on the pavement while the MedFlight helicopter in the field in the background is ready to take him to Grant Medical Center with his injuries.

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