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Local contractor puts in low bid on Central School

Three general contractors had their bids opened Thursday for the Central School renovation project, with a local firm — Modern Builders of Mount Vernon — putting in the lowest bid of $3,231,923. Once a bid is awarded, work will likely begin by early June.

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Commissioners applaud indigent defense boost

Knox County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to “applaud and thank” Gov. Mike DeWine and the state House of Representatives for millions of dollars in additional support for the Indigent Defense Reimbursement system, which is used to pay public defender costs.

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Fair board applies for beer gardens

The Knox County Fair Board may soon receive state Division of Liquor Control approval for a “beer garden” during the Knox County Fair, which will be held July 21-27 this year at the Knox County Fairgrounds.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Victoria Bauman (left) and Judy Wainscott, friends of the late Friday Cafe founder Joyce Klein, served chocolate bundt cake and other desserts during a special Friday Cafe remembrance for Klein held Friday in Gambier’s Harcourt Parish House. A memorial service was held later in the day at Bolton Theater on the Kenyon College campus.

Friday Café founder Klein remembered

Gambier community members and Kenyon College faculty and students gathered inside a packed Harcourt Parish House on Friday to celebrate the legacy of the late Joyce Klein, founder of the Friday Cafe.

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Land Bank changes its designation

The Knox County Land Bank (Land Reutilization Corp.) has been a tax-exempt quasi-governmental entity since it formed in early 2018, but now its official designation has changed as a result of action taken during a busy Land Bank board meeting held Friday afternoon.

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Larry Di Giovanni/News Bailey Reed, a Knox County 9-1-1 operations assistant, switches her browser-based RapidLite mapping system to street-level view from her location in the county's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. Doing so allows her to pick up the precise location of a cellphone call made to 9-1-1, by using a "ping" the cellphone gives off linked to a map.

9-1-1 pinpoints cellphone location

Knox County 9-1-1 officials informed Knox County Commissioners Thursday of a new, free browser-based mapping tool called RapidLite, which allows 9-1-1 dispatchers to find the precise location of a person.

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