Riding for the thrill of it

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MOUNT VERNON — Although English riding has its roots in history among the gentility, today's English riders participate for the thrill and the intense competition.

Keeping flies away from your fruit

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MOUNT VERNON — The season is ripe for fresh fruit and vegetables but no one likes dealing with pesky fruit flies that seem to pop out of nowhere when there is anything sweet out in the open.

Feeders worked well in heat

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MOUNT VERNON — After nine classes and 90 animals were judged in the ring, Grand Champion honors were awarded to Kyle Daniels of Fredericktown, who is a member of the Mount Vernon FFA.

New wrinkle at beef show

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MOUNT VERNON — There was a new wrinkle to the Market Beef/Beef Feeder show at the Knox County Fair this year. A new competition class was added; beef pool.

Dairy goats put on a show

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MOUNT VERNON — Goats of all shapes and sizes put their show faces on and did their best to outshine one another at the Knox County Dairy Goat Show on Tuesday morning.

Beautifying the mini-parks

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MOUNT VERNON — The city of Mount Vernon's Shade Tree Commission took steps Monday night to move forward on beautifying one of the city's mini-parks.

Gas station robbed

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MOUNT VERNON — An armed robber got away with an unspecified amount of money from the North Point Marathon station on North Sandusky Street early Monday morning, according to Detective Sgt. Jeff Jacobs of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Council spearheads scholarship program

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MOUNT VERNON — In an effort to give all children in the city of Mount Vernon the opportunity to spend a day of fun in the sun at Hiawatha Water Park/Pool, members of Mount Vernon City Council and city administration are spearheading a new scholarship program

Simpson retires from water dept.

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners announced the retirement of Ron Simpson as superintendent of the Mount Vernon Water and Wastewater Department when they met Monday morning at the commissioners' office.

Plice, Jenson earn wins

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MOUNT VERNON — It was like a flashback from years past. Centerburg's Lafe Johnson, who was a longtime friend of the late John Parker Jr., gave the huge crowd at the Knox County Fairgrounds 2010 Demolition Derby a moment that brought back fond memories on Monday evening.