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Joshua Morrison/News The warm temperatures and rainfall Wednesday gave way to high water across Knox County. Beckley Road, between Ohio 13 and Bryant Road, was closed early this morning as high water overtook the roadway. The snowfall and low temperatures lead to area schools starting with a delay.

Winter floods

The warm temperatures and rainfall Wednesday gave way to high water across Knox County. Beckley Road, between Ohio 13 and Bryant Road, was closed early this morning as high water overtook the roadway.

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Joshua Morrison/News The Woodward Opera House will host its first performance since the 1920s tonight after years of planning and work by the Woodward Development Corp. America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house was refurbished to look like it did in the 1800s when performers like Dan Emmett took the stage. David Holt and Josh Goforth will take the stage tonight at 7 p.m. with their show, “Carolina Heroes.”

Opening night: A step back in time

The Woodward Opera House will host its first performance since the 1920s tonight after years of planning and work by the Woodward Development Corp. America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house was refurbished to look like it did in the 1800s when performers like Dan Emmett took the stage.

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Joshua Morrison/News Josephine Guthrie, holds a candle during the memorial vigil for Patrolman Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Thursday night in Danville. Officer Lisa Lyons read a letter from Cottrell’s mother and officer Kevin Henthorn recollected stories of his and Cottrell’s journey through the police academy. Cottrell was killed in the line of duty in 2016.

Candlelight vigil

Josephine Guthrie, holds a candle during the memorial vigil for Patrolman Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Thursday night in Danville.

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Joshua Morrison/News The first Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting of the year was held at the Stein Brewing Company Restaurant, 107 S. Main St., the fourth establishment owned by David Stein. From left, Mayor Richard Mavis and Melissa Kirkendall watch as David Stein gets help cutting the ribbon from daughters Elin (lower middle behind scissors) and Gwen. Stein currently employs about 80 employees through his businesses in the downtown.

Stein Brewing Co. restaurant opens

The first Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting of the year was held at the Stein Brewing Company Restaurant, 107 S. Main St., the fourth establishment owned by David Stein.

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Joshua Morrison/News Just after sunrise on Sunday, United Aggregates began the demolition of the Office bar, 20 West Ohio Avenue in Mount Vernon. The former bar, where it is rumored that Paul Newman shot pool, was demolished to make way for a new parking lot. Demolition is expected to last a few days. There will be some lane restrictions on Gay and Ohio Avenue as debris is hauled away.

Last Call

Just after sunrise on Sunday, United Aggregates began the demolition of the Office bar, 20 West Ohio Avenue in Mount Vernon.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a bathroom vent this morning in the first block of West Burgess Street. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid was requested with Fredericktown, but they were not needed as the fire was contained within a half an hour.

Early morning fire

Mount Vernon firefighters responded to a report of a fire in a bathroom vent this morning in the first block of West Burgess Street.

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Joshua Morrison/News The first baby of the new year didn’t take long as Kahleigha Daniels, left, was born Tuesday at Knox Community Hospital. Mother Genevieve Daniels, center, said she was a complete surprise, as Kahleigha arrived 19 days early. Older brother Karson Schaade, right, met his sister Wednesday. Kahleigha weighed in at 8 pounds and 5 ounces. A local family donated a blanket and the hospital staff provided a gift card and gifts to the first baby of the new year.

A new sister

The first baby of the new year didn’t take long as Kahleigha Daniels, left, was born Tuesday at Knox Community Hospital.

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Joshua Morrison/News Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Ariel-Foundation Park hosted its second “First Day Hike” event. Over 70 people were split amongst park guides and were taken on an hour-long hike before returning to the CA&C Depot for a lunch. The First Day Hike is a nationwide movement to get people out and walking in parks on the first day of the New Year.

A new start

Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Ariel-Foundation Park hosted its second “First Day Hike” event.

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Joshua Morrison/News New Year’s Eve night, while warm, was windy. The high winds brought down branches of many sizes, including this mess on a West Chestnut Street sidewalk. Scattered power outages were reported across the county Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Windy start to new year

New Year’s Eve night, while warm, was windy. The high winds brought down branches of many sizes, including this mess on a West Chestnut Street sidewalk.

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Joshua Morrison/News A special surprise assembly was held Friday at East Knox High School to announce Tom Holton as a finalist for the inaugural Nationwide Golden Owl Award. The award is presented by Nationwide Insurance, Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau. The award recognizes agriculture educators and their commitment and contributions. The East Knox FFA received $500. Pictured, from left, are Andrew Hollenback, Jon Ball, Tom Holton, Tracy Dendinger and Kayla Jones. The award winner will be announced in April.

Holton finalist for award

A special surprise assembly was held Friday at East Knox High School to announce Tom Holton as a finalist for the inaugural Nationwide Golden Owl Award.

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