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Joshua Morrison/News Residents in the Edgewood Road area continue to express concerns about traffic safety including speeders and semi-truck traffic. The city is looking into ways to create safer conditions.

No answers from traffic study

The city is not ready to implement a solution for the Edgewood Road traffic issue, but it does have a better understanding of what is going on to create the problem.

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Submitted graphic A Dunkin’ Donuts is planned for property on the corner of West High and West streets in downtown Mount Vernon. The Board of Zoning Appeals heard requests Wednesday for seven variances.

Variances approved for Dunkin’ Donuts

The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals had an unusually long meeting Wednesday, mostly due to a complicated application for seven variances for a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts at 400 W. High St.

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Chuck Martin/News Firefighters in protective gear prepare to remove one of the “victims” from the site of a simulated chemical leak in the emergency exercise staged Saturday at Fredericktown. Not in protective gear was Fredericktown EMA Chief Rick Lanuzza who was acting as “controller” for this part of the drill.

Disaster preparedness tested

The scenario was fairly simple: A box truck making a delivery to Kokosing Construction at 700 Salem Ave., Fredericktown, was also carrying barrels of a hazardous chemical, Triethylmine, which were improperly secured.

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Submitted photo Mount Vernon Boy Scouts from Troop 339 visited Philmont Ranch in New Mexico in 1965, making the trip in this bus. The troop will celebrate its 80th anniversary Sunday.

Troop 339 marks major milestone

Boy Scouts of America Troop 339 will celebrate its 80th anniversary Sunday morning at First Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon.

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Preparedness drill Saturday at Kokosing

Motorists passing Fredericktown on Ohio 13 Saturday morning should not be alarmed by a convention of emergency vehicles at the Kokosing Construction Co., facility on Salem Road east of 13. The Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee is conducting a full emergency preparedness drill.

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Cyclists band together for safety

Making streets and roads safer for bicyclists was a major concern expressed by people attending a meeting on the future of bicycling in Mount Vernon and Knox County, sponsored by the Knox County Health Department and the Knox County Park District.

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City worker Adams appeals demotion

Former city Parks Foreman Charles “Russ” Adams has appealed a demotion and is awaiting binding arbitration to determine if the city of Mount Vernon correctly levied progressive discipline.

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Callan Pugh/News Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio Richard Cordray. Cordray was the keynote speaker at Friday’s 2018 Knox County Democratic Dinner held at the Glenn A. Gallagher Centre.

Democrats throw support behind candidates

It wasn’t on the agenda, but some of the loudest applause of the night at the annual Knox County Democratic Dinner came when Joe Rugola, executive director of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (OPASE/AFSCME) and international vice president of AFSCME, and Mike Lang, an executive board member of OAPSE, presented Richard Cordray a check for $100,000 for his campaign for governor of Ohio.

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