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Joshua Morrison/News A stack of board games sits on the table in the gymnasium of the Salvation Army Wednesday. The Salvation Army is serving as a warming station during this arctic blast of cold air. Games, movies, showers and power strips are available for those without power or water during the severe cold. A local business donated chicken sandwiches Wednesday and a few snacks are available. The warming center is open again today for the community.

Warming center offers break from the cold

As temperatures dropped below zero Wednesday and into Thursday morning, the Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, opened a warming station for community members in need of a warm place to spend the day.

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Submitted photo KARE executive board members discuss next steps for the organization during a recent meeting. Pictured from left are Kimmarie Murphy, Jim Singletary, Peter Rutkoff and Scott Elliott.

KARE raises awareness in Knox County

A new group, aimed at responding to incidents of racism and increasing awareness both for local and national issues involving racism, has gotten its start in Knox County.

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YMCA aims to help locals during government shutdown

As the partial government shut down, which began Dec. 22, closes out its third week, The YMCA of Mount Vernon has announced that it will waive one month of gym member dues for federal employees affected by the shutdown.

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Samantha Blanton walks through the snow near the Main Place in early December. When she was homeless, Blanton would sleep in the corner of the business's portico. (Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News)

Blanton finds silver lining

When Samantha Blanton graduated from Fredericktown High School in 2011, she had no idea that six years later she would be sleeping on the street.

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Lisa and Jeremy, a homeless couple, sleep on Public Square this summer. The couple have been homeless for more than three years, staying with friends and in homeless camps before moving into a car wash. (Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News)

Homelessness lives here

In mid-October, just in time to escape the chill of an autumn that turned immediately to winter, Jeremy and Lisa sit in the waiting room of an unused car wash.

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Callan Pugh/News Jason McKibben, a brewmaster, spoke to local farmers about the beer brewing process and the crops needed during a Farmer Breakfast, Tuesday, in Brandon.

Diversifying crops adds flavor for local farmers

For most beer drinkers, appreciating the taste of beer is enough, but at this month’s Farmer Breakfast, attendees had the chance to learn about how beer ingredients are grown and brought together to make one of America’s favorite drinks.

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Keeping money in your pockets

Since 2006, United Way of Knox County’s partnership with the FamilyWize prescription discount program has been saving Knox County residents money on prescription costs.

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