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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.”

Sounds of the Season

The Fredericktown Middle School sixth-grade band, under the direction of Kathryn Metz, performed three songs Wednesday at the Elementary School Commons.

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Joshua Morrison/News Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marty Ferguson, with the Mount Gilead Post, answers questions from senior citizens at the Station Break Tuesday. The Knox County Health Department’s Safer Communities program held the Q & A session, where residents asked questions about car safety and traffic laws, and received winter driving tips and suggestions.

Coffee with a cop

Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marty Ferguson, with the Mount Gilead Post, answers questions from senior citizens at the Station Break Tuesday.

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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.

Holiday art

Matthew Ragor colors a winter scene during the annual Shawn Kelly Memorial Dinner at the Kenyon Athletic Center Tuesday.

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Joshua Morrison/News Thursday, Knox County Career Center students with building trades and landscape and design classes planted new trees behind the baseball field at Dan Emmett Park. Students dug the holes for the little swamp oak trees. The trees were purchased by the Shade Tree Commission. Sixty students planted almost three dozen trees in projects around the city of Mount Vernon. Here, Joseph Sieving, left, and Austin Stiltner roll a tree into the hole they dug in the sub-freezing temperatures.

Planting time

Thursday, Knox County Career Center students with building trades and landscape and design classes planted new trees behind the baseball field at Dan Emmett Park.

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Designer veggie

Knox County Career Center Culinary Arts students got a course in vegetable and fruit carving from Rock On Ice’s Greg Butauski.

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Joshua Morrison/News A Honda CR-Z sits in the front yard of a Newark Road home in Mount Vernon Monday after a head on crash sent it spinning off the road. The crash occurred near Greenway Drive on the city’s south side. Mount Vernon Police, along with the Fire Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, responded. Neither driver required medical attention. The patrol is still investigating this crash and a report was unavailable this morning.

Southside crash

A Honda CR-Z sits in the front yard of a Newark Road home in Mount Vernon Monday after a head on crash sent it spinning off the road.

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Graphic designer Paula Walton of the Mount Vernon News spent Friday afternoon transforming the newspaper offices into the Secret Gift Shop as part of the activities on Sunday’s Christmas Walk. From 1-5 p.m. on Sunday the newspaper offices will have handmade gifts that can be purchased by children for parents, siblings, relatives and friends. The parade will kick off downtown at 2:30 p.m.

Decking the halls

From left, graphic designers Paula Walton of the Mount Vernon News spent Friday afternoon transforming the newspaper offices into the Secret Gift Shop as part of the activities on Sunday’s Christmas Walk.

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Joshua Morrison/News One hundred and sixty-two runners braved the chilly Thanksgiving morning temperature to run in the eighth annual Turkey Trot 5k on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus. More than 700 food items and over $1,000 was raised. The 5k is put on by We Run MV each year to raise money and donations for Food For The Hungry.

Eighth annual Turkey Trot

One hundred and sixty-two runners braved the chilly Thanksgiving morning temperature to run in the eighth annual Turkey Trot 5k on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Campus

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Joshua Morrison/News The Wreaths Across America project got a boost from CES Credit Union Tuesday. Accepting a $500 donation is Knox County Career Center JROTC Chief Craig Cox, left, from CES President Sandy Coffing. The donation will go to purchase wreaths for veterans graves in the Moundview Cemetery Dec. 15 at noon.

Giving back

The Wreaths Across America project got a boost from CES Credit Union Tuesday.

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