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Parade marshal special spot for Coe

Her plan was to retire quietly. No fanfare, no dinners, no good-bye speech. She almost made it. Central Ohio Technical College President Dr. Bonnie Coe will retire Jan. 1, 2019, but not before serving as grand marshal in the 2018 Mount Vernon Christmas Parade, Nov. 25.

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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.

Vaping proposal will be rewritten

Although Mount Vernon City Council heard a second reading on legislation that would ban vaping in public places and the sale of vaping items to those 18 to 21, the ordinance is expected be postponed and reworked to limit its focus to place smoking and vaping on equal footing.

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Samantha Scoles/News South Main Street, at the Parrott Street intersection, has been considerably lowered in the improvement project. The road bed is now more level to the railroad tracks, eliminating the big hump realized when traveling west to east. Turn lanes will be established in all directions as the intersection is being widened to accommodate for truck traffic to and from the industrial park.

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South Main Street, at the Parrott Street intersection, has been considerably lowered in the improvement project.

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Harbaugh, Gibbs to debate in Ashland

Although it won’t happen during Thursday’s Mount Vernon News political debate, voters in the U.S. House 7th District will have an opportunity to see the two candidates — Bob Gibbs, R, and Ken Harbaugh, D — square off.

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Joshua Morrison/News Shortly before noon Saturday, an excavator ruptured a gas line on South Main Street, between Parrott Street and Delano Street. Some homes on both streets were evacuated as a precaution. Most residents were able to return to their home around 7 p.m., with the exception of several homes on Delano Street; the full evacuation was lifted at 10 p.m.

Gas break leads to evacuation

City Engineer Brian Ball apologized this morning for the “insanity” of Saturday’s gas like break in the Parrott and South Main streets construction zone that resulted in the evacuation of about 25 homes and Peppy’s Pull Thru.

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Joshua Morrison/News Shortly before noon Saturday, an excavator ruptured a gas line on South Main Street, between Parrott Street and Delano Street. Some homes on both streets were evacuated as a precaution. Most residents were able to return to their home around 7 p.m., with the exception of several homes on Delano Street; the full evacuation was lifted at 10 p.m.

Gas leak forces evacuations

Some residents on Parrott and Delano streets, between South Main and Newark Road, were told to leave their homes this morning after a gas line in the construction area has been hit.

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Joshua Morrison/News Knoxpages.com's Marty Trese, left, WMVO/WQIO's Tyler Mathias, Mount Vernon News editor Samantha Scoles and Rachel Rinehart of WNZR going through final preparations before the start of the debates.

Candidates to face questions at debate

Several hot races are on the ballot for Knox County residents in the November General Election and the Mount Vernon News wants to help voters become more educated about the candidates.

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Joshua Morrison/News Authorities seized more than 50 dogs from the Pittie Paw dog rescue at 29710 Coshocton Road this morning following a court order issued by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel.

Pittie Paw dogs seized

More than 50 dogs were seized this morning from Pittie Paw dog rescue operations after Knox County Judge Richard Wetzel signed an order affirming the animals were being “treated inhumanely” at 29710 Coshocton Road, Butler Township.

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