Parker found not guilty of sexual battery

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MOUNT VERNON — This afternoon a jury in the Knox County Common Pleas Court found Frederick Parker not guilty of sexual battery. The two-day trial ended with a short deliberation period and the not guilty verdict. Read Thursday’s edition of the News for details of witness testimony from Wednesday.

Fredericktown defeats Centerburg in MBC opener

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CENTERBURG — It was a completely transformed Fredericktown Freddies volleyball team (1-2) that rolled into Centerburg and came out with a big road win on Tuesday against its conference rival to open the Mid-Buckeye Conference season.

No more cursive writing?

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MOUNT VERNON — The newly adopted state Common Core curriculum does not require schools to teach cursive writing, although individual districts may continue to do so. The focus will now be on keyboarding skills.

Board, official's actions questioned

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FREDERICKTOWN — Some Fredericktown school district residents have questioned recent actions by the school board and Superintendent Jim Peterson, using the term "shell game" to describe those actions.

Scots continue roll with win over Freddies

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FREDERICKTOWN — The Highland Fighting Scots combined splendid backcourt play and steady serving to sweep the Fredericktown Freddies on their home court Monday night in interconference girls volleyball action, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.

Bladensburg FD celebrates 40 years

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BLADENSBURG — Some reminiscing of the past 40 years and a time to gather together with friends was the scene Saturday when the Bladensburg Fire District celebrated its 40th anniversary at East Knox Elementary School in Bladensburg.

Bath salts a growing problem in county

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MOUNT VERNON — Two years ago the drugs known as bath salts were virtually unknown. Today, their sale and possession has been banned in Ohio and at least 28 other states and their abuse is a growing concern to health professionals, law enforcement agencies and social workers.

Change coming in billing

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Water and Wastewater Department will be sending out paper bills in envelopes for their monthly bills from now on instead of on a postcard.

Scots shock Trojans in new gym

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SPARTA — The Centerburg volleyball team isn't used to this. The Trojans usually dominate their opponent with a strong attack at the net. On Saturday, Highland turned the tables on them.