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Allison Glass/News From left, volunteers Mary Cline and Joanne Gibbs serve lunch on Public Square in Mount Vernon Thursday afternoon to Mao Wenja, 12, and Keyi Wang, 12.

Soaking up county culture

Middle school aged Chinese exchange students from Shanghai are getting a taste of small town America as they visit and tour county sites, and stay with local families from July 6-17.

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July 13, 2018

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Chuck Martin/News Owner Bradley Shields, left, and agent Jordan Lawless, right, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Shields’ new HER Realtors agency in Centerburg Thursday. It is the second HER Agency in Knox County, the other being in Mount Vernon. Lawless, will be working at the office. “This has been a goal of mine since I became an agent in 2001, to open an agency in my hometown,” Shields said. From left are Terry Bumpuss with the Chamber of Commerce and Shields’ wife, Danielle. To the right are the Shields’ daughter Raymie, and Sandra McClary, First-Knox National Bank. In back are, from left, Leanne Chylik, chief marketing officer with HER; Tom Hughes, vice president of Business Development for HER; Mathew Watercutter, HER broker; Travis King with HER; and Shawn Adams, president of HER.

Hometown office

Owner Bradley Shields, left, and agent Jordan Lawless, right, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Shields’ new HER Realtors agency in Centerburg Thursday.

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