Virgil Shipley/Two local groups combined efforts to help make for a Merry Christmas for the veterans in the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. Pictured, from left, are Deb Deem, Auxiliary President of Mount Vernon AmVets Post 95; Mike Deem, Post Commander of 95; and ladies from the Senior Citizens Center, Sue Payne, Toby Hull, Doris Keener, Judi Clifton and Bonnie Wythe, who made lap robes on the chair in the center.
Santa’s appearance was the highlight of the evening during Tuesday evening’s 26th Annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Holiday Party. Three-year-old John Arndt of Mount Vernon was excited to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a wrapped present, provided by Kenyon College’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Virgil Shipley/News As the 2016 Heritage Centre Association’s Christmas Walk and Parade came to a close Sunday evening, the Walhonding Rube Band played during Caroling for Christ with a crowd singing along. Pastor Mark Wildermuth of Faith Lutheran Church guided the service. This 75-foot pine tree, and other Christmas decorations, were officially lit during the program. Ariel Corp. sponsors the decorating and lighting of the tree.
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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon’s First Congregational United Church of Christ pastor Scott Elliot purchased the “Peace on Earth” sign that resides on the south side of the belltower of the church. Scott Mickley, with his son, Tyler, constructed and placed the sign into place. The sign will remain throughout the holiday season. You can see the sign on the corner of Main and Sugar streets.


Virgil Shipley/News The Knox County Fraternal Order of Police held their annual toy drive Saturday with collections at Walmart, Kmart, TSC and Marshall’s. They collected 25 shopping carts plus the sacks of toys on the ground. From left are Sgt. Dan Selby, Knox County Sheriff’s Office; David Priest, Adult Probation Officer; Capt. Jay Sheffer, KCSO; Adrienne Sheffer; Jackie Trowbridge; Carrie Hess; Deputy Tammy Lutz, KCSO; Deputy Annette Mahon, KCSO; Tammy Donahue, Walmart; Lt. Brandon Gonzales Cottrell, Salvation Army; Sgt. Wayne Noggle, KCSO; Clayton Noggle, Mount Vernon FFA; Patrolman Matt White, Fredericktown Police Department; Patrolman Nick Myrda, Mount Vernon Police Department; Sheriff David Shaffer, KCSO; Capt. Scott McKnight, MVPD; Danville Police Officer Mark Perkins; and Justin Trowbridge, MVPD.
Virgil Shipley/News Elfis and The Sleigh Riders was presented Monday night by the Danville Elementary School first and third graders. The Kindergarten class sang 13 songs including “Mittens and Gloves” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Pictured are first and third graders dressed as elves with Elvis, Wesley Payne, playing the guitar at center. Landon King was Santa, Reann Fisher was Mrs. Claus, Katelyn Stephens was Celine, Zoie Neibarger was Mariah and Brileigh Bailey was Aretha.
Joshua Morrison/News Students of Pleasant Street Elementary School, kindergarten and first-grade, under the direction of Claire Folts, started the school’s holiday program off with “Must Be Santa” on Tuesday night at the R.R. Hodges Auditorium on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Other classes gave renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “O, Christmas Tree” and “Carol of the Bells.”
Joshua Morrison/News Friendly competition is set for Saturday’s Media Shopping Cart Derby and Food For the Hungry Games. Representing the four media teams are, from left, Larry George and Brad Crouch, Time Warner Cable; Tyler Mathias, 100.9 FM and 13 WMVO/93.7 the Super Q; Samantha Scoles, Mount Vernon News; and Andy Krolik and Joshua Pope, WNZR.


Joshua Morrison/News The townspeople of Snowy Gulch share a giggle at the introduction of “Bubblegum Bart” as played by Trevor Elliot. The combined second and fourth grades of Danville Elementary presented “Christmas at the O.K. Corral” on Monday night at the Danville High School. The children performed songs such as “Christmas in The West,” “Bubble Gum Goo” and “Sticky Situation.”


Liam Carr, 5, and Bowen Carr, 3, are all smiles for their official photograph with Santa Claus on Wednesday evening during the annual Utica Christmas Walk on Main.
Chuck Martin/News John Feltman holds the Stephen Zelkowitz Memorial Award. The award is given by Mount Vernon Nazarene University in honor of early Food for the Hungry leader Stephen Zelkowitz. With Feltman are his wife, Karen, and at right, Joe and Marcy Rinehart from MVNU.
Chuck Martin/News Cassandra Byers, chair of the Food for the Hungry drive at Grace Community Church, and her son, Christian, stand at the back of the trailer of food the church donated to Food for the Hungry after first staging coupon drives to save money on their purchases. The annual Food for the Hungry drive collected more than $220,000 in donations.
Virgil Shipley/News Two inches of snow fell Sunday morning, filtering through the openings in the Nativity scene on Public Square and partially covering the shepherds and the baby Jesus. Rain and freezing temperatures overnight Sunday closed East Knox schools today; and Danville and Fredericktown were on two-hour delays.


Virgil Shipley/News Snow clinging to bare limbs and pine branches created this fairyland Tuesday across the main lake at Ariel-Foundation Park. In the background is the newly built handicapped accessible landing.


Virgil Shipley/News Dressed in formal wear, the Mount Vernon High School Choir entertained with their concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Monday night at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University R.R. Hodges Auditorium. “One Small Child,” and “Snowflakes Dancing” were among the songs they presented.
Joshua Morrison/News Under the direction of Anthony Springer, three cello players, with their decorated instruments, performed a medley of songs from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” during the orchestra and symphony performance on Tuesday night at Mount Vernon High School.
Joshua Morrison/News Flappers Bar & Grille in Mount Vernon will have two boxes to collect toys this weekend for the Toys for Tots program. One box will be located upstairs and one downstairs in the banquet room.
Virgil Shipley/News Twin Oak Elementary School held their Christmas Holiday program Wednesday night at the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The theme of the show was “Dream Snow,” based on a book by Eric Carle.


Joshua Morrison/News On Wilson Road, just south of Centerburg, is a magnificent lighting display. There are deer, reindeer, penguins, a peacock, a dragon and a dinosaur. Children can even leave a last minute letter for Santa. The home allows you to set your radio to hear the music that the thousands of lights are synced to play. Readers can view more light displays throughout the week at or via the e-edition.


Joshua Morrison/News Kindergartners from East Elementary School sing “Must be Santa” during their holiday program, “With All My Heart” on Thursday night at the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus.
Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Mount Vernon Middle School Eighth-grade band flute section perform the “Balalaika!” during the Holiday Band Concert at the Middle School commons on Thursday night. They also performed “Der Erlkönig” and a mixture of songs from “Carmen” and classic holiday standards called “I saw Carmen Kissing Santa Claus.” The band was under the direction of Megan Aubihl and Andrew Sundman.
Virgil Shipley/News The Dan Emmett Elementary School presented their “With All My Heart,” holiday program Friday evening the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This fifth-grade group sang “Carol of the Bell,” accompanied by instrumentalists, from left, Evan Gibson, Hunter Hamman and Kylee Stone.
Virgil Shipley/News An October Toy Ride raised $13,009 for the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as toys. The ride, a memorial to fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell, included 87 motorcycle riders and travelled to Newark, where a service for Cottrell was held. The ride continued to Utica and Danville for another service and finished at The Station Break. Pictured, from left, are Lt. Brandon Gonzalez-Cottrell, The Salvation Army; Capt. Jay Sheffer, KCSO; Danville police officer Mark Perkins; Capt. Scott McKnight, MVPD; Kevin Mishey, The Salvation Army and Sgt. Wayne Noggle, KCSO.


Joshua Morrison/News “Always look on the bright side” is the message this year from the Hair-Port and the characters from the animated film, “Trolls.” Poppy, Branch, Cloud Guy and Fuzzbert are a part of the Hair-Port, 200 S. Gay St., Mount Vernon, Christmas decoration. Owner Becky Conkle was inspired by the film’s message of finding happiness. It took several weeks to create the characters, because, as Conkle said, “There’s a lot of hair on these trolls.” The display will be out, weather permitting, during the holiday season.
Joshua Morrison/News On Tuesday morning, the Highland Middle School held its choir and band concerts. The sixth through eighth grade choir sang traditional Christmas songs and then the bands played several selections. Here, the seventh grade band trombone players show off their decorated instruments before performing “When Santa Comes Marching In” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Joshua Morrison/News The preschool class of St. Vincent de Paul, with Heather Canter, center, performs “Star Light, Star Bright” at the Memorial Theater on Tuesday night. They followed the orchestra performance of traditional Christmas songs and were the warm-up act before the Christmas play, “It’s the Three Kings, Charlie Brown.”
Virgil Shipley/News The Mount Vernon High School Music Department presented a holiday band concert Monday evening in the R.R. Hodges Auditorium at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The concert band, The Mellow Jackets and the symphonic band each participated in the concert. The symphonic band number featured this percussion section in the song, “Brazilian Bell Carol,” conducted by Andrew Sundman. Megan Aubihl also conducted.


Joshua Morrison/News Even a simple display of a snowman and two trees, like this house in Howard, can make you appreciate the holidays even more.
If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice Santa having a hard time getting into a home on Buena Vista Avenue on the northside of Mount Vernon.
Joshua Morrison/News Austin Anderson, a cadet with the Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC program, places a wreath at a grave of a veteran in Moundview Cemetery on Wednesday. The JROTC, along with the Lucy Knox Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and other volunteers, placed 429 wreaths on the graves of veterans.
Virgil Shipley/News Each year David and Katie Hurst decorate their Teryl Drive lawn with the Christmas scene for people to enjoy on Mount Vernon’s east side.



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