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SNAP Ed finding best ways to help

Knox County’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP Ed) representative updated Knox County Commissioners Tuesday about what works best for the program — outreach, hands-on healthy cooking classes and demonstrations, and partnerships with other agencies.

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Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon will soon be closing the Elmwood Fire Station on Ames Street. The station has housed firefighters and EMTs for more than 50 years.

Land Bank watches as fire station fate deliberated

The Knox County Land Bank (Land Reutilization Corp.) has presented an opportunity for the city of Mount Vernon to find the best possible buyer for the former Elmwood Fire Station at 215 Ames St., Land Bank President Jeff Gottke said Monday.

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Photos by Larry Di Giovanni These two new street-level retail storefronts on Gaskin Avenue in Gambier, owned by Kenyon College, will be used as study spaces until the college’s Kenyon Commons Library is completed in 2021 — which has received an objection from Gambier Village Council President Betsy Heer. She said they should be used as retail spaces as the college had agreed.

Gaskin Avenue renovation nearly complete

Two of three new Gaskin Avenue retail storefronts that are nearly completed and part of a $21 million project will soon open, coinciding with the return of Kenyon College students to campus this weekend as they prepare to start their next semester.

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Virgil Shipley/News The Knox County Landfill on Thayer Road was a busy place Wednesday, as many pickup truck loads of tree limbs and waste were brought in. This load came off the truck in one bunch as these three guys pulled mightily. From left are Don Myers, just visible in the red hat, Jim Geiger and Harry Hurt. This load came from Hunt’s home at Mount Vernon’s north end. For more stories on Earth Day, see today’s edition.

Canterbury: Camera needed at compost

When people discard of their trash and other non-compostable items at the Knox County Recycling & Litter’s Compost Facility on Thayer Road, the illegal dumping creates a time-consuming drag on Recycling and Litter coordinator Randy Canterbury’s time.

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Commissioners approve non-General Fund budget of $58M

Knox County Commissioners approved Tuesday a nearly $58 million non-General Fund Operating Budget, which takes its revenue from levies, state and federal grants including block grants, the motor vehicle gasoline tax, bond retirement revenue and other special revenue in order to fund numerous programs.

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Gambier elects new council member and new president

The Gambier Village Council appointed a new councilor Monday to fill a vacancy left in December, and elected a new council president by secret ballot the old-school way — passing around a hat with six votes split evenly for two candidates.

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Booth completes NACo leadership academy

Knox County Commissioners praised county Administrator Jason Booth for being part of the inaugural class of county administrators to take part in the High Performance Leadership Academy, offered through the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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Joshua Morrison/News The former Central School on East Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon, has been empty since juvenile court system stopped utilizing the facility. A recent study estimates a $3.8 million renovation would be needed to prepare the building for occupancy. Ariel Foundation has committed $2 million toward the project if the commissioners move it forward.

Commissioners hire architect

Knox County Commissioners rotated their leadership positions, assigned themselves to committees, welcomed a new commissioner, and approved architectural fees for the Central School project — all in under a half hour on Thursday.

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Submitted photo “Old #1,” the College Township Fire Department’s beloved 1955 Ford fire engine long since retired and stored away, will soon be moved in full view during the warm months to the front of the Gambier Community Center. Its presence will offer a tribute to village firefighters past and present.

Fire truck to honor firefighters, chief

Over the summer and with the blessing of its keeper, Gambier Village Council voted to take possession of a 1955 Ford fire engine known fondly by names such as “Pumper #1” and “Old #1.”

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