Smith Street home destroyed by fire

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MOUNT VERNON — A small, two-bedroom frame home just off Harcourt Road was destroyed by fire early today. When the Mount Vernon Fire Department received the call at 11:56 p.m. Sunday, it was reported the house at 611 Smith St. was fully involved in flames.

Light it up part 6

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Knox County residents, and villages, are all set for the Christmas season with stunning light displays .The Mount Vernon News and mountvernonnews.com is proud to present a series of videos showcasing the festive mood of the season. Christmas lights from around the county will be featured in daily videos running through Christmas Eve.

Students sew up a little Christmas spirit

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School students in the Transitions & Career Search I classes recently combined sewing skills with the holiday spirit by designing and sewing holiday stockings for children attending New Directions’ Christmas party.

Education key in fight against drugs

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MOUNT VERNON — In 2008, there were five accidental overdoses from opiates, according to Dr. Jennifer Ogle, Knox County coroner. The count for 2009 surpassed that, with seven as of Dec. 23. One was from an overdose of heroin — 27-year-old Carl Culbertson.

Light it up part 5

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Knox County residents, and villages, are all set for the Christmas season with stunning light displays .The Mount Vernon News and mountvernonnews.com is proud to present a series of videos showcasing the festive mood of the season. Christmas lights from around the county will be featured in daily videos running through Christmas Eve.

Heroin use increasing in Knox County

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MOUNT VERNON — Heroin use is increasing, and small-town cities like Mount Vernon are not immune. That is the message Dave Culbertson wants to get across to youths and parents in rural America.

Soil & water budget erodes in 2010

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MOUNT VERNON — Rob Clendening, Knox Soil & Water Conservation District program administrator, and representatives of the KSWCD’s board met with the Knox County Commissioners to formally submit the department’s budget for 2010.

Davis’ family, friends searching for answers

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MOUNT VERNON — Fifty-four-year-old Jean Davis lived her entire life in the Bladensburg area, until her death this past Sunday. Found shot to death outside her back door, those who knew this Sunday school teacher and retired Columbia Gas worker can think of no reason someone would want to harm her.

Shooting ruled self-inflicted

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MOUNT VERNON — After making an investigation into the shooting of Jesse Ervin in Riverside Park on Sunday, Detective Craig Feeney of the Mount Vernon Police Department has determined Ervin was injured as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Recent crime wave has residents on edge

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BLADENSBURG — The small, tight-knit Bladensburg community is struggling to make sense of recent crimes, which have left some feeling uneasy about their safety in an area which does not usually have much crime.