• Joshua Morrison/News Second-graders from East Knox Elementary perform “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Monday night during the Winter Wonderland program at the High School. Along with the kindergarten and first grade, the program contained traditional songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “12 Days of Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman.” At the end, the combined grades belted out “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
  • Allison Glass/News Winter Sanctuary Operations Manager Joe Springer, center, stands with a handmade check to the Winter Sanctuary representing the $1,340 raised by Mount Vernon Middle School Team Phoenix seventh-graders during the first two weeks of December.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Tuesday, Hot Meals received all the fixin’s for a Christmas dinner from Lanning’s. Unloading the truck are from left, Meredith Lowther, Emma Malcolm, Susie Simpson, Brittany Johnson and Erin Robbins. One hundred and eighteen meals, consisting of ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls and cookies, were delivered in the afternoon.
  • Fred Main/News A trio of snowmen are part of a large display of inflatable Christmas decorations at this home on Floralwood Drive in Apple Valley.
  • Joshua Morrison/News These two young girls donated a Barbie to the FOP Lodge 419 Toy Drive Saturday. Accepting the donation is Danville officer Jeff Harmer. The drive raised $2,938 and brought in 31 bags of toys. Members of the FOP Lodge were collecting toys at four local retail stores.
  • Joshua Morrison/News With help from volunteers, Knox County Career Center Air Force JROTC cadets placed 504 wreaths on the graves of veterans buried in the Moundview Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America event. Here, Leian Tiqui places a wreath on a grave as Keenan Thomas gives a salute. Donations for wreaths came through businesses and online donations, including an anonymous donation of 100 wreaths.
  • Joshua Morrison/News On Friday night, 600 luminaries were lit and lined up along the paths and the labyrinth at Ariel-Foundation Park. The first-ever “Carols and Candles” event brought people out to stroll along the luminaries, listen to Christmas carols and enjoy some cookies.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Blubaugh’s Body and Frame made a special delivery on Saturday to the Memorial Theater during the Food for the Hungry event. Blubaugh’s brought all of the items collected across Knox County schools on a flatbed tow truck.
  • Nick Sabo/News The Hagans family won best original float in the Bladensburg Christmas Parade, held Sunday in the village. Nearly 50 entrants marched in the annual parade.
  • Allison Glass/News Centerburg Elementary School second-graders kicked off the holiday season with a special program set to the book “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman, Thursday evening. The young students danced, drummed and sang to Christmas favorites, like “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” under the direction of music teacher Anne Teschler. The Centerburg Holiday Concert Series also features a raffle to benefit the Centerburg Music Boosters, with a drawing Dec. 17 at the High School concert. For tickets email centerburgmusicbooster@gmail.com.
  • Allison Glass/News Centerburg Elementary School second-graders kicked off the holiday season with a special program set to the book “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman, Thursday evening. The young students danced, drummed and sang to Christmas favorites, like “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” under the direction of music teacher Anne Teschler. The Centerburg Holiday Concert Series also features a raffle to benefit the Centerburg Music Boosters, with a drawing Dec. 17 at the High School concert. For tickets email centerburgmusicbooster@gmail.com.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The Fredericktown Middle School sixth-grade band, under the direction of Kathryn Metz, performed three songs Wednesday at the Elementary School Commons. The band played “Jingle Bells,” “Stars and Angels” and broke out the kazoo’s for “Chipmunk Song.”
  • Matthew Ragor colors a winter scene during the annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Dinner at the Kenyon Athletic Center Tuesday. The event was hosted by the Theta Delta Phi sorority, with a dinner provided by AVI Foodsystems. Sixty-five Knox County Head Start families were able to take part in cookie decoration, holiday card making and ornament and necklace making. The Owl Creek Singers performed Christmas carols. Each child was able to visit with Santa and receive a toy. The sorority worked with Head Start and raised over $7,000 for the event.
  • Chuck Martin/News A pair of reindeer from Bella Noel of Bellville greet people at the Utica Christmas Walk Wednesday evening.
  • Allison Glass/News Danville Elementary School second- and fourth-graders presented their annual holiday program “Toys: The Night They Come Alive!” Tuesday evening at the Danville High School auditorium, following the Kindergarten and first-graders Holiday program. The students performed rousing renditions of classic carols, like “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” as well as less well known pieces, like “Hip Hop Reindeer.” The students sang, danced and brought toys to life during their sensational seasonal showcase led by music teacher Deanna Bennett.
  • Fred Main/News Joseph (Seth Rager), left, and Mary (Eliza Rager) find a stable to settle down in during the Danville Christmas Walk Sunday.
  • Fred Main/News Rowan Hogancamp, 3, right, picks out a cookie with the help of her grandmother, Laurie Vess, during the Danville Christmas Walk Sunday at the Danville Memorial Park.
  • Nick Sabo/News Delaney Thompson and her dad, Corwin Thompson, check out the gingerbread house contest Saturday during the Fredericktown Christmas Walk. Wet weather saw a lot of people at the walk’s indoor events.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Minions and a tree filled with stuffed animals and dolls were just part of the reason Flowers For You, 22 E. Gambier St., was named winner of the Main Street Mount Vernon’s annual Christmas window display contest.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Outgoing Central Ohio Technical College President Bonnie Coe, left, and her husband, Larry, wave to parade viewers on South Main Street Sunday. Coe was selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Christmas Parade.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News The parade float of Complete Care Animal Hospital and veterinarian Amanda Rogers was an ode to the Pixar movie series “Toy Story.” The float won two awards.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Santa (Dan Werner) stopped by the Mount Vernon News offices Nov. 7 to let folks know he wants to answer more letters mailed to him by local children this Christmas season sent to Knox County post offices.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Santa (Dan Werner) stopped by the Mount Vernon News offices Nov. 7 to let folks know he wants to answer more letters mailed to him by local children this Christmas season sent to Knox County post offices.

 

 

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