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Joshua Morrison/News A special Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the Stephen W. Nease Center and KnoxLabs. Cutting the ribbon are Dr. Linda Nease Scott, daughter of Dr. Stephen Nease, the first president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, and Mauricio Odio, president of the Knox Labs. Pictured, from left, are Scott, Cynthia Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Henry Spaulding of MVNU (obscured); Odio; Karen Buchwald-Wright, president, Ariel-Foundation; and Jeff Harris, vice president, KnoxLabs, and Mayor Richard Mavis (obscured).

Nease Center, KnoxLabs opens

The Stephen W. Nease Center, home of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Engineering Department and the Knox Labs public makerspace, officially opened Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the first ever day of classes held at Mount Vernon Nazarene College back in 1968.

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Golden day for MVNU, city

A flood of memories came back Friday for students and faculty who served as “pioneers” as Mount Vernon Nazarene College opened its doors to students on Oct. 12, 1968. Move-in day included plenty of “mud,” birds in the dining hall and off campus classes.

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Joshua Morrison/News Judge Jennifer Springer, Knox County Juvenile Court.

Springer takes deal

A now-former Knox County Juvenile and Probate Court judge, Jennifer Springer, accepted a plea deal Friday to two minor misdemeanors — failure to stop and a reduced charged of reckless operation – first offense from the original operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OVI) charge in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

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