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Joshua Morrison/News The Knox Woods was dedicated into the Old Growth Forest Network. From left, Lori Totman, Knox County Parks District holds a sign with Charlotte McCurdy, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Joan Maloof, Director of the Old Growth Forest Network. Knox Woods is the 12th Ohio preserve to be added to the network.

Knox Woods preservation extended

Knox Woods State Nature Preserve became what it is now during the early 1970s, when a group of local leaders, including the Knox County Board of Commissioners, determined that the natural beauty of its 30-acre woodlands was worth preserving in perpetuity.

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Joshua Morrison/News Members of City Council met Monday for the first time in 2018. From left, Sam Barone, First Ward; John Francis, Second Ward; Nancy Vail, Third Ward; Bruce Hawkins, president; Janis Seavolt, At-Large; Matt Starr, At-Large; Jeff Gottke, Fourth Ward; and Chris Menapace, At-Large.

Council majority backs charter commission

Four members of Mount Vernon City Council provided reasons Tuesday for a recent 5-2 vote to allow voters to determine if a charter commission should be formed — with three of the four indicating they strongly favor a charter in the future for true “home rule,” and one saying he is open to the idea.

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Joshua Morrison/News Members of the community, along with City Council members and charter commission candidates took part in a charter discussion hosted by Kenyon College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy Tuesday. Rod Davisson, left, and Gary Hunter, right, discussed the role of a charter commission as well as the benefits and disadvantages of city charters.

Kenyon hosts charter talks

The director of Kenyon College’s Center for the Study of American Democracy, David Rowe, asked for Tuesday’s public meeting about formation of a city charter commission to be free of a pro-con debate, as that “implies minds are already made up.”

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Joshua Morrison/News Finishing touches are completed at the Stephen W. Nease Center, 204 S. Main St. in Mount Vernon. Signline Graphics installed the letters on MVNU’s newest downtown building.

MVNU, Knox Labs open to public Friday

As part of its 50th year celebration commemorating the arrival of the first class of students, Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host an open house and ribbon cutting for the Stephen W. Nease Center with Knox Labs Inc. Friday at 1:30 p.m, 104 S. Main St.

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