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Wolfe: Inspiring future generations of poets

When Wendy Wolfe retires at the end of this year after 30 years of teaching in the Mount Vernon School District, she will have more time to work on her own writing after bringing out the wordsmiths in so many of her students.

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New Directions: Supporting sexual assault victims

Sexual Assault Awareness Month has been nationally recognized since 2001 as a result of decades of efforts by sexual assault organizations and advocates making the discussion of sexual assault rise a national level of prominence.

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Knox County Commissioners, Teresa Bemiller, Roger Reed and Thom Collier (Joshua Morrison/News)

April focuses on child abuse

The Knox County Commissioners passed a resolution on Thursday proclaiming April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month and calling on the community to back efforts by children’s services…

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Joshua Morrison/News Store closing signs adorn the windows at Payless ShoeSource at Knox Village Square. The local store is one of nearly 400 being closed by the company.

Payless walking out

The Payless ShoeSource location at Knox Village Square off of Coshocton Road will be one of the almost 400 locations across the country closing due to Payless ShoeSource Inc.

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Joshua Morrison/News A wheelchair accessible fishing pier has been constructed recently at Ariel-Foundation Park. The new access has an area for vehicles to pull closer and a wide sidewalk.

Knox Countians advocate for change

Knox County residents who either have a disability, or have a loved one with a disability, recently gave testimonies to the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Subcommittee of Health and Human Services, advocating for changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Joshua Morrison/News Nicole sits high and proud on Kate preparing for a recent trail ride at Paradise in the Sky Youth Motivational Services Inc. In a week, Nicole will be able to ride her own horse at Paradise when Dakota is moved to the farm.

Back in the saddle

Among the winding trails and trotting horses at Paradise in the Sky Youth Motivational Services, Inc., Nicole has been a regular rider for the past few months with a smile as long as the stretch of trail itself.

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Chase Strawser/News Rich Hardwick holds a picture of he and his sister, Carol. Nearly 41 years ago, Carol donated a kidney to Rich, who encourages people to be organ donors.

Sister’s kidney gave Hardwick new life

Back in February of 1975, Richard “Rich” Hardwick was going about a fairly ordinary day with friends. They were on their way to a junkyard to collect some spare parts they needed for car repairs and nothing seemed particularly out of place.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Saturday, March 19, forty-five people gathered on the Public Square holding signs trying to bring attention to mental health, the opioid crisis and global warming to those driving through the downtown. For the past 10 weeks, citizens have peacefully assembling on the Public Square to bring awareness to various issues.

Gibbs Watch Group in 10th week of protests

The Gibbs Watch group is continuing its “Signs on the Square” today for the 10th weekend as a part of its three-fold activism strategy, which includes the weekly protest on the square, regularly contacting representatives while keeping up with their activities, and encouraging people to run for local offices.

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KnoxWorks: Poverty to professional

Knox County leaders in business, industry, social services and education were introduced to a new program Wednesday that is expected to provide quality workers to local employers and ultimately help families move out of poverty.

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