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Joshua Morrison/News Judge Richard Wetzel, right, swears in Knox County Commissioner Bill Pursel in the River Room of the Knox County Career Center in Mount Vernon on Friday. Pursel will replace Roger Reed as a commissioner on Jan. 1, 2019.

Pursel sworn in

Judge Richard Wetzel, right, swears in Knox County Commissioner Bill Pursel in the River Room of the Knox County Career Center in Mount Vernon on Friday.

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Joshua Morrison/News A reception was held Thursday afternoon for outgoing Knox County Commissioner Roger Reed in Veteran’s Hall at the Knox County Memorial Building. Here, Mary Jo Hawkins, left, shares a laugh with Reed. Reed will be replaced by Bill Pursel, Jan. 1, 2019. Reed has been a mayor of Fredericktown, a dog warden and has served on various boards and committees.

Reed’s final day

A reception was held Thursday afternoon for outgoing Knox County Commissioner Roger Reed in Veteran’s Hall at the Knox County Memorial Building

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Joshua Morrison/News Tuesday, a 27-inch sewer main was discovered sticking out of the ground near Delano Run near the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus. The heavy rain last week washed away the dirt surrounding the pipe. A deadman’s anchor is holding the pipe in place. The health department has been notified as well as the Ohio EPA, but no spill has been reported into the creek. Layton Excavating from Newark has been working through the day Wednesday to shore up the line, prepare a temporary bypass and will divert the creek in order to fix the pipe. City officials hope to have the pipe repaired in a few days.

Trouble with the sewer line

Tuesday, a 27-inch sewer main was discovered sticking out of the ground near Delano Run near the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon Firefighter Chad Elser prepares to lower himself to the ground from the rear second-floor apartment of the Office Bar, Tuesday. Mount Vernon Firefighters used the apartments to train self-rescue techniques. Using an axe and webbing, firefighters learned the proper way to safely exit through a window. The Mount Vernon Fire Department has been using the soon to be demolished building for all aspects of training.

Exiting safely

Mount Vernon Firefighters used the rear second-floor apartments of the Office Bar, Tuesday to train self-rescue techniques.

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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.”

A rockin’ holiday season

Second-graders from East Knox Elementary perform “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Monday night during the Winter Wonderland program at the High School.

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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.

Honoring the veterans

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.

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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.

Toys for kids of all ages

Members of the Knox County FOP Lodge held a toy drive at four local retail stores on Saturday. The drive raised $2,938 and brought in 31 bags of toys.

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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.

Friday night lights

On Friday night, 600 luminaries were lit and lined up along the paths and the labyrinth at Ariel-Foundation Park.

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Joshua Morrison/News The first-ever performance in the newly renovated Woodward Opera House took place in the second floor recital hall Friday night. “Ebenzer Duke,” a musical version of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by musician Duke Otherwise (Noah Reimer, far right).

First Christmas show

The first-ever performance in the newly renovated Woodward Opera House took place in the second floor recital hall Friday night.

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Joshua Morrison/News A Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting was held at Moss Rose, 109 W. Ohio Ave., Thursday. After a proclamation from Jon Husted’s office, owners, left, Brian and Tina Laemmle, cut the ribbon with Chamber Executive Director Carol Blubaugh. The renovated pub will open its kitchen in the new year.

Pub set to go

A Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting was held at Moss Rose, 109 W. Ohio Ave., Thursday.

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Joshua Morrison/News The combined third, fourth and fifth grade classes of Pleasant Street Elementary held their holiday program, “The Snowgirl’s Song” Tuesday at the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. Songs performed included “Come be Merry,” “Ring Christmas Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.”

A ‘Pleasant’ holiday program

The combined third, fourth and fifth grade classes of Pleasant Street Elementary held their holiday program, “The Snowgirl’s Song” Tuesday at the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium.

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