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Knox County Jail earns high compliance rating

Ohio’s Bureau of Adult Detention, through an annual inspection, has given the Knox County Jail a rating of 100 percent compliant on all “essential” jail standards, Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer informed Knox County Commissioners Thursday.

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Ohio Department of Agriculture to spray for Gypsy Moth

Knox County Commissioners have been briefed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture on plans, including two public hearings to hear citizen comments, concerning state efforts to control damage done by Gypsy Moth caterpillars to more than 300 species of trees and shrubs — especially oaks.

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Buchwald Wright honored by chamber

Eleven awards encompassing 30 nominees went to their worthy recipients Friday evening inside the Kenyon Athletic Center during the Knox County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony.

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Text to 911 service could be ready in 2021

A few steps need to happen first, but a text to 911 service for cellphones, already activated in 20 Ohio counties, should be available to Knox County residents by mid-to-late 2021, county officials said Thursday.

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Armed safety teams defend local churches

Following a fatal shooting Dec. 29 by a gunman at a church near Fort Worth, Texas, pastors of two large, local churches in Knox County — who are also members of the Mount Vernon Association of Police Chaplains — said they are fortunate to have well trained, volunteer safety teams in place.

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County sees budget increases

From the dog shelter to Knox Area Transit, along with numerous others county programs, Knox County commissioners approved the county’s 2020 non-General Fund budget Tuesday of $61,724,795.

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