Freddies pound Comets

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FREDERICKTOWN — A day later than expected, the Fredericktown High School varsity baseball team opened the 2010 season in a big way on Tuesday. The Freddies blasted the Marion Elgin Comets, 15-1, on their home field.

Fredericktown fire accidental

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FREDERICKTOWN — Officials from the Fredericktown Community Fire District and the State Fire Marshal's Office have ruled the Sunday fire, which destroyed a historic building in downtown Fredericktown, to be accidental.

'Swing' vote critical in counties like Knox

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GAMBIER — Knox County has 21,985 undecided voters, those with no party affiliation. This number includes independent voters who may vary in their voting habits on local and national issues, and on whether the vote will be cast for Democrat or Republican candidates.

Two-party system dominant in US

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GAMBIER — Whenever the thought of political parties comes to mind, voters often think of a two-party system and the two dominating components: Democrats and Republicans. Although in the nation’s history there have been many third parties within the political arena, a two-party system continues to maintain a stronghold within the government.

Abatements extended for area employers

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MOUNT VERNON — Area Development Foundation president Steve Waers met with the Knox County Commissioners on Monday afternoon to present recommendations on the annual extension of tax abatements for Knox County businesses.

CB robots win

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CENTERBURG — The Centerburg Trojans Robotics Club won the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics competition held Saturday at the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University.

Building destroyed

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FREDERICKTOWN — Thick, black smoke blocking the sun gave Fredericktown's North Main Street the appearance of midnight Sunday at noon, as a fast-moving fire devoured a historic two-story brick and wood building, and damaged two others.

Losses from fire personal

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FREDERICKTOWN — Fire destroyed a building at 80-84 N. Main St. on Sunday. Some of the over 100 bystanders who watched as firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading said the historic building housed many memories. For those with ties to the building, and the families displaced in the blaze, the losses were personal.

Health bill expands student aid

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MOUNT VERNON — The health reform reconciliation package passed last week includes what U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, called the largest federal expansion of student aid in the nation's history — legislation Brown said would help more students afford college, keep jobs in the U.S., and promote economic competitiveness, all at no additional cost… Read more »

Fredericktown asks for operating levy

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FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown school district residents this spring are being asked to approve a five-year, 4.8-mill property tax levy to pay for the day-to-day operating expenses of the district.

Blockhouse dedicated

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MANSFIELD — On Saturday, a group gathered at South Park for the dedication of the 1812 Mansfield Blockhouse by the Ohio Society United States Daughters of 1812. Members attended from Cedarville, Akron and Cincinnati.

'Cash for Clunkers' Round 2 takes off

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MOUNT VERNON — A new cash-for-clunkers program kicked off over the weekend, offering rebates and government incentives to replace aging, inefficient appliances with newer, Energy Star-rated models.