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City police charging under state code

City police started charging offenders under state code instead of city ordinances Thursday night, Police Chief Roger Monroe reported Friday at the city’s weekly press briefing.

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Chuck Martin/News Members of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council raise the new flag on the flag pole in front of The Living Center.

Honoring the grand old flag

A fresh flag flies in front of The Living Center today after the Knox County Joint Veterans Council raised a new one in the center’s annual Flag Day observance Thursday.

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Public: Cuts not increase

As the Knox County commissioners approach the deadline for deciding whether to enact the $5 permissive tax fee to help fund bridge and road maintenance by the county engineer, only two members of the public showed up for the public hearing to comment on the proposal.

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Joshua Morrison/News Owners of the former middle school on North Mulberry Street are asking for the property to be rezoned in order to develop the property into residential housing. The request will be heard by the Municipal Planning Commission.

Rezoning requested

The city Planning Commission is likely to take another step in the long process of the Middle School redevelopment when it meets at 4 p.m., Thursday.

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Joshua Morrison/News It’s Election Day as voters head to the polls in Knox County.

Supreme Court allows voter purges

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding Ohio’s practice of purging voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t cast ballots, not much is likely to change, at least locally.

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Joshua Morrison/News On Friday, three new patrolmen were added to the ranks of the Mount Vernon Police Department. Receiving the oath from Mayor Richard Mavis are, from left, James Coffey, Paige Wilt and Austin Johnston.

To serve, protect

The Mount Vernon Police Department will come back up to full staffing with the addition of three new officers, sworn in by Mayor Richard Mavis in a brief ceremony at the police department Friday.

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Bike trail link starts Monday

Work should begin Monday morning on the short bicycle trail segment from the old railroad trestle, behind Creno’s and to the small bridge over Dry Creek, City Engineer Brian Ball reported at the mayor’s weekly press briefing Friday.

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Water issues guide grant

The city’s grant consultants are in the final stages of preparing an application for a Community Development Neighborhood Revitalization Grant.

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Manufacturing camp open to teens

In 2013, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown began organizing summer manufacturing camps around the state to introduce Ohio students to the opportunities available in manufacturing.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon City Law Director Rob Broeren gives the News a tour of the new space for the law director’s office. The expanded location is across the hall from the current office, which is on the second floor of the Plaza Building, 5 North Gay St. The offices will provide staff, and visitors, more room and convenience.

New office taking shape

A confusion of wiring and air ducts hang from the ceiling, the carpetless floors reveal the location of walls from earlier in the building’s existence, fluorescent lights still hang from the wires; but progress is being made on the Mount Vernon Law Director’s new office on the second floor of the Plaza Building.

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Joshua Morrison/News A variance request to add additional signs to advertise merchandise brands on the front of the new Rural King store was denied Wednesday by the Board of Zoning Appeals. All other aspects of the store’s signage fits the new sign ordinance. The store, located in the former Kmart building, is expected to open in August.

City rejects Rural King request

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday rejected Rural King’s request for a variance to allow the store to place extra signs along the front of the building at 1500 Coshocton Ave.

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