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Social service looks at poverty factors

Transportation to and from work and other needed trips and access to housing when issues like a criminal record present barriers to those seeking their own place to live, were cited by social service agency leaders Wednesday as, still, the largest barriers in attempting to alleviate poverty in Knox County.

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Joshua Morrison/News Traffic begins to stack up on South Main Street at the viaduct in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon ranked in at the middle of the top 25 safest driving cities in Ohio, according to QuoteWizard.

Mount Vernon top 25 in safe driving

There’s a big reason motorists often mention being pleasantly surprised to find out their auto insurance rates decreased after moving to Mount Vernon — and it involves city drivers here being safe behind the wheel.

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Kenyon sophomore celebrates Oscar win

Now that she has helped her creative team earn an Oscar for the Documentary Short Subject film “Period. End of Sentence,” Kenyon College sophomore Ruby Schiff — who turned 20 on Tuesday — will finally be able to schedule a film class at Kenyon.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News A proposed 18 cents per gallon hike in the state gas tax will likely result in a direct loss of revenue for Mount Vernon-based C L Richert Trucking, a highly fuel-dependent business, Donnie Richert, president, said.

Reactions split on gas tax proposal

The state’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents per gallon received different reactions from two public entities in the county — Knox Area Transit and the county Engineer’s Office — and a locally owned trucking firm in Mount Vernon, C L Richert Trucking Co. Inc.

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