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Shoe Carnival sign approved

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-0 Wednesday to approve a variance to allow a sign larger than the city zoning code specifies on the building at 907-915 Coshocton Ave.

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Chuck Martin/News Lisa Behr, left, of the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County; Pam Rose, center, who with her husband, Kim, sold the property to the Knox County Park District; and Marc Odenweller, right, also from the Community Foundation, prepare to cut the ribbon dedicating the Zook Riparian Preserve in a brief ceremony Monday.

Expansion at county parks

Two new sections of the Knox County Park District were dedicated Monday and both were marked with a flyover by a bald eagle shortly before the ceremonies.

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Chuck Martin/News Jason Epley, left, was welcomed to the department by City Engineer Brian Ball on Friday. Epley will be the new assistant to the engineer.

Engineering Department adds an assistant

The new assistant to the city engineer is on the job and will spend the rest of the month learning the ropes from Tim Tyson, who will be moving to a new job with the county engineer at the beginning of 2017.

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WWI leadership changes

November and December 1916, was a time of change in some leadership positions in World War I. The death of Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria, topped the list, but the British and French had some significant changes as well.

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No deal on recycling center

There was no good news at the semi-annual city-county meeting Monday to discuss the recycling situation and the cost of the Public Defender’s Office.

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Joshua Morrison/News It’s not unusual for advances in technology to make electronic equipment obsolete. Changes in scanner traffic encryption, approved by local law enforcement, will leave MARCS scanners silent except for fire and emergency medical services information. Those without a scanner capable of receiving MARCS signals will be completely silent.

Police to encrypt communications

When police agencies in Knox County complete their conversion to the MARCS communication system, people who enjoy listening to law enforcement communications on their scanners will have to find a new hobby — even if they have purchased a new digital scanner to pick up MARCS broadcasts.

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Monarchs begin reign in Europe

On Nov. 21, 1916, the Daily Banner reported the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Franz Joseph I, planned to make his heir and grandnephew, Archduke Charles Francis Joseph, co-regent of the empire.

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