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Joshua Morrison/News Larry and Stephanie Stimpert, owners of Davidson’s Grocery and Hardware, pose behind the counter Thursday as they prepare to close the store Saturday.

A Bladensburg institution: Davidson’s Grocery closing

For more than a century Davidson’s Grocery and Hardware has been an institution in the small and tight-knit community of Bladensburg. But now, owners Stephanie and Larry Stimpert, have announced their plans to close the shop down at the end of the business day Saturday.

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Callan Pugh/News Kim Horn, director of the Board of Elections points out the different aspects of the DS850 tabulation machine used at the Board of Elections to scan ballots from absentee and early voters as well as curbside ballots on election night. The BOE ran early voting and absentee ballots through the machine early without tabulating results in order to ensure that the ballots were correctly marked and in tact for a smooth election night reporting process. Callan Pugh/News Kim Horn, director of the Board of Elections points out the different aspects of the DS850 tabulation machine used at the Board of Elections to scan ballots from absentee and early voters as well as curbside ballots on election night. The BOE ran early voting and absentee ballots through the machine early without tabulating results in order to ensure that the ballots were correctly marked and in tact for a smooth election night reporting process.

Board of Elections: Behind the scenes with your ballot

For most, the election season consists of watching some ads, doing a little research on the candidates and issues and spending a short time at the polls, but for people behind the scenes, poll workers or “judges” and the board of elections and its employees, election “day” is a process that spans the weeks before and after the Tuesday of elections.

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Callan Pugh/News Wayne Campbell, the president and founder of Tyler’s Light, an organization named after Campbell’s son who died of an accidental drug overdose, addresses area students at Thursday’s Youth Leadership Day.

County youths learn leadership skills

Around 130 local youths in grades 9-12 from all Knox County schools, including the Knox County Career Center joined together Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics including leadership, mental health issues and how to respond when peers are struggling, and drug use and addiction.

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Joshua Morrison/News Excavation work continues at the Knox Community Hospital Family Care Center, 1330 Coshocton Road. The four-story, 80,000-square-feet facility will include a birthing center, cardiology, family medicine and pediatric providers. Construction started in July, will cost $45 million and is expected to complete and open in 2020.

Knox Community Hospital expansion underway

The new four-story 80,000-square-foot Family Care Center at Knox Community Hospital is still on track for a grand opening in January of 2020, Marketing and Development Director Jeffrey Scott said.

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Joshua Morrison/News Everything Halloween, from animated spiders to skeleton pirates, are on display in the 100 block of Adamson Street in Mount Vernon.

Neighbors get into the Halloween spirit

What started as an innocent year of putting up a few Halloween decorations has turned into a full-blown spooky yard display competition in a neighborhood on Adamson Street.

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Females likely victims of violence

One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, according to estimates from the Center of Disease Control.

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Joshua Morrison/News A special Knox County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the Stephen W. Nease Center and KnoxLabs. Cutting the ribbon are Dr. Linda Nease Scott, daughter of Dr. Stephen Nease, the first president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College, and Mauricio Odio, president of the Knox Labs. Pictured, from left, are Scott, Cynthia Cunningham, Chamber ambassador; Dr. Henry Spaulding of MVNU (obscured); Odio; Karen Buchwald-Wright, president, Ariel-Foundation; and Jeff Harris, vice president, KnoxLabs, and Mayor Richard Mavis (obscured).

Nease Center, KnoxLabs opens

The Stephen W. Nease Center, home of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Engineering Department and the Knox Labs public makerspace, officially opened Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the first ever day of classes held at Mount Vernon Nazarene College back in 1968.

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