Walking the line

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Motorists traveling through Mount Vernon on South Main Street were greeted by an OVI checkpoint Friday evening between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Five sentenced for felonies

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MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster handed down sentences in five felony cases, according to Prosecutor John Thatcher.

Danville PD makes clean sweep at school

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DANVILLE — Danville's police K-9 Sergeant Dan Weckesser and canine officer Lasko, along with the assistance of Coshocton County K-9 Deputy Dave Stone and canine officer Dingo, performed a surprise sweep of the Danville Local Schools for illegal narcotics and contraband on Thursday, according to Danville Chief of Police Monte Vance.

Utica resident wins lottery

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COLUMBUS — A resident of Utica is the latest winner of an Ohio Lottery online game. William N. Broseus won $250,000 after matching five numbers and no mega ball in the April 8 Mega Millions' drawing.

Hot Rods are back!

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Pacemakers Raceway is gearing up for its 2011 season opener. Racers were at the track Friday to test and tune their vehicles for today's racing action.

Oil spill caused by faulty tank

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MOUNT VERNON — The oil spill near Jericho Road in Jefferson Township April 16 was apparently caused by the lack of maintenance on the storage tank and its containment dike.

Collection keeps drugs off streets

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MOUNT VERNON — In an effort to curb the explosion of prescription drug misuse and addiction in Knox County, residents will have the opportunity to drop off old and unwanted pills during Saturday's Old Prescription Round Up.

Officials seize Chen's license

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Health had moved Wednesday evening to suspend the food license of Chen's Buffet for 30 days after violations of food handling knowledge and proper sanitation procedures continued.

Block grants see large cuts

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MOUNT VERNON — A 16 percent cut in Community Development Block Grants was announced by Amy Shocken with CDC of Ohio on Thursday morning in a public hearing at the Knox County Commissioners Office.

Students talk their way into wins

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MOUNT VERNON — Although only three high schools were able to participate Thursday in the 2011 Knox County Speech contest, the competition was fierce, and only one point separated the first- and second-place finishers in most of the categories.