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Joshua Morrison/News Companies were on honored Thursday morning by New Hope Industries for their outstanding commitment to people with disabilities. Accepting awards are, from left, Gregg Sleeper, Ariel Corp.; Garrett Shutter, AVI Foodsystems/Kenyon College; Taira Shultz, Baker’s IGA; and Alice Thompson and Angela Frazee with The Kenyon Inn.

New Hope Industries recognizes employers

New Hope Industries held its annual Employer Recognition Breakfast on Thursday morning, recognizing long-time employees with developmental disabilities who enjoy their work, as well as the employers who hired them.

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Siemens eyed by health department

Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller informed county health board members Wednesday that the vacant engineering building on the Siemens Energy property in Mount Vernon is being given serious consideration to house county health department operations.

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Sprague: Social Impact Bonds needed for opioid crisis

State treasurer candidate Robert Sprague, a state representative (R-Findlay) involved in what he calls a “too-close-to-call” race against Democratic candidate Rob Richardson, stopped by the Mount Vernon News offices Tuesday to discuss his platform — including a public-private investment called “Social Impact Bonds” to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Children try their best at “air apple bobbing” during the Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Brown Family Environmental Center.

Harvesting up some old-fashioned fun

When you want a nutritious apple on a sunny fall day at Kenyon College and its Brown Family Environmental Center, you could do it the old-fashioned way: Bare those teeth and bob for them in a barrel of water.

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Gambier posts administrator job

The Village of Gambier posted the job opening and its description Tuesday for the village administrator position, seeking candidates with at least 10 years of municipal government experience who are prepared to lead day-to-day village operations.

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Mazza as ‘The King’ ready to rock

Though it will be a benefit event Saturday night inside Knox County Memorial Theater, Mike Mazza takes donning the jumpsuit and cape as “Las Vegas Elvis” quite seriously, so ticket buyers are bound to get their money’s worth.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News A graphic showing Kenyon’s average endowment level per full-time student, at slightly more than $200,000, was part of a presentation recently with Kenyon President Sean Decatur, David Feldman and Susan Tomasky. The endowment is well below that of comparable private, liberal arts schools including Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and Oberlin College and Denison University, both in Ohio.

Kenyon education costs explained

An economic-driven presentation Saturday at Kenyon College delved into the reasons that a Kenyon education, and higher education in general at American colleges and universities, costs so much and continues to increase in price.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Dave Martin, Gambier’s interim village administrator, likes discussing his Buckeye smart car with OSU fans.

An OSU Buckeye fan’s little driving dream

When Ohio State football fans see Dave Martin driving his smart car around the village, or anywhere else in the Buckeye state, they sometimes yell “O-H,” and he will reply with the obligatory “I-O.”

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Despite an overcast and brisk fall day, Kenyon College Alumni, parents and students attend a block party celebration announcing the public launch of the college's $300 million campaign, titled "Our Path Forward: The Campaign for Kenyon"

Kenyon launches $300M capital campaign

With a complimentary lunch for all, and campaign buttons on every table outdoors next to Wiggin Street Coffee, Kenyon College went public Saturday with its largest and most ambitious campaign in school history, titled, “Our Path Forward: The Campaign for Kenyon.”

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Huntington Bank branch to close

The Huntington National Bank branch at 136 S. Main St., in downtown Mount Vernon, will close Jan. 9, 2019, due to an overall branch consolidation, according to Emily Smith, the bank’s vice president of media relations.

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Golden day for MVNU, city

A flood of memories came back Friday for students and faculty who served as “pioneers” as Mount Vernon Nazarene College opened its doors to students on Oct. 12, 1968. Move-in day included plenty of “mud,” birds in the dining hall and off campus classes.

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Springer takes deal

A now-former Knox County Juvenile and Probate Court judge, Jennifer Springer, accepted a plea deal Friday to two minor misdemeanors — failure to stop and a reduced charged of reckless operation – first offense from the original operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OVI) charge in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

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