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Photo submitted by Katlyn Shafer Sandi Brodbeck, CCRC activities director, poses with a sign for the sweetheart dance held for residents at the County Club Rehabilitation campus by MVNU’s Students Making an Impact in the Lives of the Elderly (SMILE) group.

‘SMILE’ group hosts Sweetheart Dance

Last month, the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus co-hosted a Sweetheart Dance with MVNU’s Students Making an Impact in the Lives of the Elderly (SMILE) group to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Joshua Morrison/News Girl Scout Troop 1691 and employees of FT Precision have a little fun before their tour of the Fredericktown automotive factory Friday. Pictured are, front row, from left, Ella Sheriff, Neveah Serio and Deborah Sponseller; second row, from left, Emma Lewis, Nula Hansen and Madison Hoeflich; back row, from left, Melanie Earnest, Amy Davidson, Alicia VanMeter and Aki Kimura.

Tour combines science, cookies

Fredericktown Girl Scout Troop 1691 visited FT Precision in Fredericktown and went on a guided tour of the facility, learning about STEM careers before doing a presentation for some of the staff members about their current project and upcoming “Sleep Out” event.

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Chelsea Olms/News Mark Wynn, a former law enforcement officer and victim of domestic violence, speaks about domestic violence and sexual assault during a special training session presented by New Directions on Thursday.

Working to prevent violence

New Directions held free domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention training in Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Foster Hall.

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Support for grievers of overdose

As the opioid epidemic grips the county, encountering families and loved ones grieving someone lost to an overdose is becoming more common. To help those grieving, a new Grievers of Overdose support group will be starting at the Hospice of Knox County.

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Photo courtesy of Ohio Eastern Star Home Joan Burch, left, and Evelyn Houk pass a mashmallow in the relay race event in the Ohio Eastern Star Home’s and Country Club Rehabilitation Campus’ special celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Other sporting event included bean bags and table tennis.

Residents show Olympic ambition

The week of Feb. 12, the Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Country Club Rehabilitation Campus celebrated the 2018 Winter Olympics by holding their own Winter Olympics for residents — complete with the lighting of a torch and friendly competition between the two senior centers.

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Submitted graphic The map illustrates the 10-plus acres that make up the Knox County Natural Resources Area adjacent to the Knox County Fairgrounds. Plans are in the works to create a year-round facility promoting nature and outdoor activities.

A new home for 4-H

Knox County 4-H clubs will have a new meeting place in 2019, thanks to efforts to build a 4,600-square feet 4-H Youth Center on land adjacent to the Knox County Fairgrounds and Natural Resources Area.

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Boone: ‘Family’ a priority

Knox County Children and Family Services prioritizes the safety of vulnerable children within the county, doing whatever they can to ensure children are in the safest environment possible, and sometimes having to make tough decisions for the well-being of a child.

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Chelsea Olms/News Heather Hennell tries out one of the several machines available for the YMCA’s “member unveil” Saturday. The evening detailed a $3 million capital campaign, set to kick-off Thursday.

YMCA unveils $3 million funding campaign

Saturday night, the YMCA announced its plans and kicked off a $3 million capital campaign by giving current members the first look at the changes, the ability to help select new equipment and options to “Give. Join. Volunteer.”

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Joshua Morrison/News The JCPenney store, an anchor in the Knox Village Square shopping plaza, will close its doors in mid-May according to a company spokesperson.

Citizens attempt to save JCPenney

After last month’s announcement that JCPenney would be closing in May, corporate offices have received an influx of calls from consumers in Knox County, hoping to save the clothing store.

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Pam Schehl/News Consulting forester Paul Helser at the entrance to the Knox County Natural Resources Center located just up the hill from the small animal farm in the Knox County Fairgrounds.

Ideas abound for resource area

Programming, funding and current project status updates were the hot topics of Monday’s Knox County Natural Resources Area meeting.

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Joshua Morrison/News Dan Nagy, The Flower Basket owner, completes work on an arrangement this morning. The day before Valentine’s Day is always a busy day for florists, jewelers and gift shops.

Prepared to spoil your sweetheart?

Valentine’s Day is the day to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you, typically through giving gifts like flowers, jewelry, and chocolates. With the big day happening tomorrow, how are shops preparing for the influx of customers?

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