Red Cross Blood drives scheduled

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MOUNT VERNON — The following are dates and locations of Knox County Blood Drives sponsored by the Knox County Unit of the America Red Cross: Friday — Mohican Wood Products, 20460 Nunda Road, Butler, 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday — Mount Vernon High School, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 — KCCC Training… Read more »

Impound attempt turns tense

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An attempt to impound three junk vehicles on Cassil Street Tuesday morning turned into a tense confrontation, with the property owner brandishing a sheathed sword and police officers drawing guns.

Dan Emmett festival coming to Mount Vernon

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MOUNT VERNON — The 2013 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival will be held in the streets of downtown Mount Vernon on Aug. 8-11, marking the 26th year for the event. The Festival’s mission is to “Celebrate the Legacy” of Dan Emmett. This homegrown musician, composer, and founder of minstrelsy tradition is known world-wide as… Read more »

MV Killer Bees win in Ontario

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Submitted Photo Mount Vernon Killer Bees 12 & Under All-Star team won the Ontario Youth Sports Summer Slam on Sunday. Team members are, front, Payton Orr; middle row, Tonya Merillot, Alexis Kuhn, Halie McGregor, Jordan Reeder, Sammy Hunter, Rochelle Humphrey and Jenni Orr; back row, Toni Smith, Autumn Smith, Kylee Ransom, John Gailbrith, Gary Smith,… Read more »

Girl Scouts show projects at fair

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MOUNT VERNON — Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland and Girl Scouts of Knox County announce that Mayre Newcomb submitted the top projects for the 2013 Knox County Junior Fair. Newcomb submitted her project about Rosa Parks and a clay penguin that she had designed and created. She also had a superior rating on her knights… Read more »

Boy Scouts showcase work at fair

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MOUNT VERNON — Boy Scouts Best of Show winner at the 2013 Knox County Fair is Nick Hornsby of Pack 344. Nick is a Webelo Scout and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hornsby. Other Boy Scout group judging results of the 2013 Knox County Fair include: Wesley Neighbarger — Tiger, 1. Knot Board,… Read more »

Area students participate in Buckeye Girls State

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ALLIANCE — The following Knox County area students served as delegates to Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union from June 16 through 22: Loudonville — Ruthanne Bandy, served in the role of Director of Law ; Abigail Bucher, County Coroner; and Morgan Scarberry, State Highway Patrol Trooper. Bellville — Katie Ellington, Senate… Read more »

Area high school golf teams gathering

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Mount Vernon schools holding golf tryouts MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon High School and Middle School golf teams will hold tryouts Aug. 1, 2 and 5. The high school team will have tryouts Thursday at 10 a.m. at Chapel Hill Golf Course, Friday at 8 a.m. at Apple Valley Golf Club and Monday at… Read more »

Area students participate in Buckeye Girls State

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ALLIANCE — The following Knox County area students served as delegates to Buckeye Girls State at the University of Mount Union from June 16 through 22: Loudonville — Ruthanne Bandy, served in the role of Director of Law ; Abigail Bucher, County Coroner; and Morgan Scarberry, State Highway Patrol Trooper. Bellville — Katie Ellington, Senate… Read more »

Flowers win Team Penning competition

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MOUNT VERNON — The team of Greg, Bailey and Dallie Flower of Nashville, Mich., won the open class of the Team Penning competition Saturday evening at the Knox County Fair. They penned six out of six cattle on their two runs in a combined time of 58.06 seconds. John, Casey and Kristine May of McKean,… Read more »

Mazza’s building ‘moving forward’

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Virgil Shipley   By Emily Weaver News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — The landscape of West High Street will soon change as demolition of the Mazza building, 218 W. High St., is set to begin as soon as September or October under the Moving Ohio Forward demolition grant program. The iconic property qualifies as part… Read more »

Ohio Lady Vipers finish 2nd at Dixie Days

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Photo Submitted The Ohio Lady Vipers 14U softball team played up in the 16U division in the Dixie Days tournament at Memorial Park on July 19 thoough 21. The Lady Vipers reached the championship game and finished as runners-up in the 16U division. Team members are, front row from left, Shanna Mickley, Lexi Hess, Madi… Read more »

$40 million lawsuit filed against KCH, doctor

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By SAMANTHA SCOLES News Managing Editor MOUNT VERNON — A lawsuit filed Monday by the estate of Deanna Ballman is asking for $40 million in damages from the doctor accused of murdering her, the hospital where he worked and Craigslist. Ali Salim, who is due in court today for a motion to continue his murder… Read more »

Greene charged in altercation

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By SAMANTHA SCOLES News Managing Editor MOUNT VERNON — Felonious assault charges were filed today against Scott Greene, 48, Mount Vernon. Greene was allegedly involved in an altercation Friday afternoon at the Columbus Road home of the 53-year-old victim. According to the Mount Vernon Police Department report, the victim was bleeding from several injuries and… Read more »

Kenyon president to ride at Pelotonia

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GAMBIER — Kenyon President Sean M. Decatur will join more than 6,000 bicyclists in Pelotonia’s fifth-annual ride to raise money for cancer research. Pelotonia, a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, channels every cent of donated money to the funding of cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Pelotonia partnership with Kenyon… Read more »

6-year-old boy run over by tractor in St. Louisville

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ST. LOUISVILLE — Authorities in central Ohio said a 6-year-old boy was killed when he fell off the tractor he was riding on with his father and was run over. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office said it happened Sunday afternoon in the village of St. Louisville. The sheriff’s office said 25-year-old Shawn Watson was hauling… Read more »

Kiwanis wins Babe Ruth City Tournament

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Submitted photo Kiwanis Club won the 2013 Babe Ruth City Tournament championship on July 21. After struggling through the regular season, Kiwanis went undefeated in the tournament, winning the championship over Benchmark Cabinets, 6-3. Team members are, front row from left, Cole Roskwitalski, Steven Corzine, Jared Robbins, Logan Hill, Thomas Troy and Jacob Tiell; Back… Read more »

MVNU names Parks as director of GPS Admissions

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University has named Jim Parks as Director of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions. Prior to this appointment, Parks served as the assistant professor of management since 2006. Parks graduated from MVNU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. He completed his M.B.A. with a concentration in… Read more »