Foul play not suspected in woman’s death

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By SAMANTHA SCOLES News Managing Editor MOUNT VERNON — An investigation is being conducted into the death of a 48-year-old woman found in her car Friday night in a parking lot near Papa John’s on Coshocton Avenue. Alicia Wilson, no address released, was found in her car by a Mount Vernon police officer who requested… Read more »

Kenyon Student Killed in Egypt

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GAMBIER — Kenyon student Andrew Pochter ’15 was killed in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28. Pochter, 21, of Chevy Chase, Md., died during clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi, according to U.S. Embassy officials. Pochter was an intern at AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development… Read more »

What does the Fourth of July mean to you?

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“Independence Day and celebrating the freedom that people past have given us.” Wayne Ramey, Fredericktown “Family coming together to enjoy the fireworks.” Krystal Ramey, 13, Fredericktown “It’s great to be an American. We have freedoms no one else has and we need to be more patriotic and praise this country.” Barbara Tier, Mount Vernon “The… Read more »

Holiday closings

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MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon News will be closed on Thursday, July 4, so that employees may spend Independence Day with family. There will be a Thursday edition of the News published. The deadline for obituaries for that edition is 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 3. The following area offices/businesses will be closed in… Read more »

MVPD’s Miller graduates

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COLUMBUS — Members of the 129th Basic Peace Officer Class received training certificates in a graduation ceremony held Friday morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, including a new patrolman with the Mount Vernon Police Department. Zachary C. Miller is one of 10 graduates who will assume duties as peace officers for eight Ohio… Read more »

Street sweeping schedule

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MOUNT VERNON — The following is list of streets to be swept the week of July 1-5: •Monday — Compass Pointe, Longitude Drive, Lattitude Drive, Concord Street, Concord Boulevard, Concord Court and Colonial Hill Subdivision. •Tuesday — Laurelwood Subdivision, Hunters Ridge Subdivision, Edgewood Road (Mount Vernon Avenue to Gambier Street). •Wednesday — No sweeping scheduled…. Read more »

Summer tree meeting set

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FRAZEYSBURG — The Ohio Christmas Tree Association Summer Meeting will take place July 12-13, at Twinsberry Tree Farm and Killbuck Tree Farm in Shreve. This year’s meeting will cover topics such as marketing Christmas trees, sprayer calibration as well as a new grower clinic. There is a registration fee for one day or both days… Read more »

Grandparents needed for foster program

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MOUNT VERNON — Help children — Become a foster grandparent volunteer. Volunteers can draw from their past and share their knowledge with children who may need a little extra help in area schools, Head Start Center, and non-profit daycares and preschools. For 15 to 40 hours per week of service, volunteers will receive a modest… Read more »

Red Cross schedules blood drives for July

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Unit of the American Red Cross announces the following Knox County blood drives for the month of July: Friday, July 5 — Kroger, 1 to 7 p.m., Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon. Free baseball hat to donors. Thursday, July 11 — Danville High School, 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July… Read more »

Plans under way for Christmas in July

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MOUNT VERNON — Plans are under way for the 30th annual Christmas in July event. Scheduled for Saturday, July 13, Christmas in July is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The goal for Christmas in July 2013 has been set at $25,000 in combined cash… Read more »

Chief John Logan to visit Coshocton

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COSHOCTON — Ohio Chautauqua, presented by the Ohio Humanities Council, will be in Coshocton, July 23-27, presenting “When Ohio Was the Western Frontier.” Dan Cutler, from Milton, W.Va., will be among the five-person troupe and will portray Iroquois leader Chief John Logan. Cutler has been a first-person interpreter since 1998. “The histories of the Ohio… Read more »

Four sentenced for felonies

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MOUNT VERNON — Judge Otho Eyster handed down four prison sentences today. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Jason W. Taylor, 33, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to five years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a a 15 year old Mount Vernon girl, between January 15 and February 11. This is Taylor’s… Read more »

MVGS 8U Runners-up

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Submitted photo MV Dental earned second place in the MVGS 8 & Under tournament, the finals of which were Sunday. On Wednesday, the team locked up third place in the regular season. Team members are, front row from left, Moira Miller, Laura Hill, Emily Hammond and Taylor Trace; Middle row, Hannah Lafevre, Kadence Morgan, Ashley… Read more »

Join the parade with ‘The Music Man’

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Submitted photo Playing around at costume fitting session are members of “The Music Man,” Elizabeth Barrett as Marian Paroo, David Van Slyke, Julia Manning, Tartiana Suddreth, Alex Diehl as the kids in the band, and Mike Andrews as Harold Hill. MOUNT VERNON — One of the most beloved musicals of all time, “The Music Man,”… Read more »

Mount Vernon Fire Department issues fireworks reminder

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The Mount Vernon Fire Department would like to remind our citizens that the discharging of fireworks is dangerous and can result in serious injury. Careful consideration should be taken to ensure that the fireworks that will be utilized are both legal and are properly discharged. Proper safety measures include having adequate eye protection, ensuring that… Read more »

Boil advisory issued for north side

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MOUNT VERNON — Due to contractors installing flow isolation valves, a second boil advisory has been issued for North Sandusky Street from Burgess Street north of Lamartine Street, North Main Street from Sugar Street to Pleasant Street, North Mulberry Street from Sugar Street to Calhoun Street, Cottage Street from Pleasant Street to Curtis Street, Hamtramck… Read more »

US 62 reopens at county line

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NEW PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Route 62 was reopened to traffic Wednesday afternoon. It was closed April 1, near the Knox County line for construction of a pedestrian/bike tunnel under the roadway as part of the Holmes County Trail Project, Phase 5. This phase of the trail project connects the Knox County Mohican Valley Trail to… Read more »

Local team claims AAA state title

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Photo Submitted The Ohio Elite-Hatfield baseball team won the USSSA Ohio State 10U AAA Baseball Tournament at Berliner Park in Columbus on Sunday. Team members are, front row from left, Tanner Burgess, Austin Knupp, Ty Hatfield, Sam Sells, Eric Lawrence, Brady Bocherer and Kaine Sheriff; Second row, Noah James, Caleb Sheriff, Dayne Burgess, Tyler Harry… Read more »

Hometown Market in Centerburg robbed at gunpoint

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CENTERBURG — Yesterday evening, at approximately 10:21pm deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Hometown Market located at 3895 Columbus Road in Centerburg. No injuries were reported and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect was described as a white; middle… Read more »

Mount Vernon finishes 22nd at National Debate Contest

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Photo Submitted Mount Vernon debaters Ben Cochran and Stephen Rowe point to their entry number after the cut to the top 100 teams in the nation was announced. MOUNT VERNON — The duo of Mount Vernon High School juniors Stephen Rowe and Ben Cochran finished 22nd at the National Forensic League’s annual national debate tournament… Read more »