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Joshua Morrison/News The Sam Miller Team was one of two teams honored Thursday for a Pinnacle of Performance Award. The Miller team was joined by the Toth and Team (not pictured) for $11.25 million in sales volume for 2018. From left, Scott Craigo, Sam Miller, Sibley Poland, Joe Conkle and Carol Miller.

Realtors honored at festive event

The Knox County Board of Realtors Annual Awards Dinner had a particularly festive tone Thursday night at the Mount Vernon Country Club, despite the snow outside that wasn’t sticking.

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Knox Soil & Water asks for increase

The Knox Soil & Water Conservation District is receiving a state match this year of 61 cents for every dollar of Knox County appropriations, which is about “as low as we’ve been [in state contribution] in a long time,” Knox County commissioners heard Tuesday.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Gambier Craft Sale co-coordinator Mistie Wray, left, and craft sale co-founder Jo Rice, right, show the Certificates of Appreciation given Sunday to Rice and her fellow co-founder, Joyce Klein, who was absent due to illness. Wray also created a posterboard congratulating Klein for 50 years of craft fair coordination.

Gambier celebrates 50 years of crafts

With hand-crafted items selling well for the special occasion it was — like flying pink pig toys, giraffes fashioned from gourds, and natural remedies for aches such as rheumatoid arthritis — the Gambier Craft Sale celebrated a milestone Sunday.

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Erosion control project to take root

Hundreds of willow stakes were planted along an important 500-foot stretch of the Kokosing River in Howard’s Pipesville Road area, which Knox County officials are counting on to stave off continued erosion that has threatened the county’s five water wells serving Apple Valley water customers.

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Submitted photo Charles Marsden of Gambier, pictured above enjoying a mountain view with his wife, Janet, recently completed emergency ski patrol certification after taking a rigorous three-month course at the Snow Trails resort in Mansfield.

Marsden ready to respond on snowboard or skis

While former Vermont skiing and snowboarding club instructor Charles Marsden of Gambier recently received his emergency ski patrol certification, the location as to where he will be on ski patrol may be a bit surprising to some.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Jenn Wilson, left, and Karen Susi, owners of The Brickhouse Grind in Fredericktown, say business at their coffee shop, gift shop, and bakery, as well as art classes for children, has boomed since they opened Sept. 16.

Brickhouse Grind happy about java

Two artists with entrepreneurship skills and a love of coffee met about five years ago and quickly realized they shared a passion for starting a business in the village they love and make their home.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News WenLi Phillips, whose specialties include wedding and prom dresses, displays a specialized red robe with a frill she worked on recently at her WenLi Sewing Studio in Fredericktown.

Fine threads, by way of Hong Kong

Clients of WenLi’s Sewing Center at 159 N. Main St. in Fredericktown have offered some glowing feedback to the sewing, alterations and overall seamstress skills that WenLi Phillips has brought to town since her business opened nearly a year ago.

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Joshua Morrison/News The Salvation Army held its inaugural Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast Tuesday. The goal for this year’s campaign is $70,000. Bell ringers will be out in full on Friday. From left, Major Alice Hathorn, Lt. Megan Ashcraft and Capt. Christine Moretz.

Salvation Army sets $70K goal

The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon set a goal of $70,000 during their Red Kettle Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast held Tuesday morning at Salvation Army headquarters on East Ohio Avenue.

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Joshua Morrison/News The entrance to the former site of American National Can received a bit of a face lift recently. A no trespassing sign with concrete barriers now greet anyone trying to get to the back of the 28-acre brownfield site. City Council discussed briefly on Monday the involvement of Area Development Foundation in purchasing and marketing the land.

Land Bank prioritizes former Shellmar site

The Knox County Land Bank (Land Reutilization Corp.) plans to have an industrial real estate broker working by this week on finding a tenant to buy or lease the Shellmar property, located on Madison Street.

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