Benick terminated from health dept.

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Health terminated the employment of Brian Benick, environmental health director at the health department. The action was taken at the board's meeting Monday night.

Earlywine retires from paper route

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MOUNT VERNON — Although Phil Earlywine has worked for almost a decade delivering the Mount Vernon News, his roots run deeper than his routes. His father, John Earlywine, served as circulation manager for the paper from the mid-1950s until about 1970, before moving on to another position.

Toddler dies from crash

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COLUMBUS — Three-year-old Elizabeth Pursley, who was critically injured in an accident Sunday evening, died Monday in Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Former quarry a crown jewel

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MOUNT VERNON — There's a hidden gem within the city limits of Mount Vernon. It's an old quarry that is nearly hidden, just south of the Kokosing River off of Madison Street. It's Foundation Park.

Redskins cruise past Freddies

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UTICA — Utica Redskins pitcher Tamra Londot (4-10, 1.76 ERA) struck out 10 batters and got plenty of run support as her team cruised to a 9-3 victory over visiting Fredericktown in Mid-Buckeye Conference softball on Tuesday afternoon.

Blue Devils down Trojans

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DANVILLE — A strong outing from Morgan Lauderbaugh and some timely hits were all the Danville Blue Devils needed to defeat the Centerburg Trojans, 5-1, in Mid-Buckeye Conference softball action on Tuesday.

Are you an organ donor?

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A New York state lawmaker wants his state to be the first in the nation to adopt laws that would presume people want to become organ donors when they die unless they say otherwise.

Morrisons honored at Farm-City Dinner

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Granges presented its Grangers of the Year Award to Don and Ruth Morrison of Pleasant Grange 677 at the annual Farm-City Dinner held at the Mount Vernon High School on Monday night.

Teen girl missing

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon police are searching for information regarding a Mount Vernon teen who was last seen on April 6, walking toward McDonald's on Coshocton Avenue from the Children's Resource Center.

Swanson named MVNU athletic director

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MOUNT VERNON — Paul Swanson, who recently wrapped up his 26th year as the women's volleyball coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, has been selected to serve as the school's athletic director effective at the conclusion of the current school year.

Plowing with old-fashioned horse power

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FREDERICKTOWN — Long before the invention of the motorized truck and farm tractor, the Percheron draft horse provided the power to build and feed the nation. This was your grandfather’s tractor.