Art show features Grandma Moses and kin

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“Grandma Moses? I’ve never heard of her. Who was she?” It seems unbelievable that there are younge people who have never heard of the famous artist and icon, Grandma Moses. She is famous for starting a career late in life and well known to anyone of the post-war generation.

Tharp honored for service to St. Vincent students

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Tharp, from St. Vincent de Paul School, 206 E. Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon, recently received a Teacher Service Award for 20 years of dedicated service to the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. The award was presented by Superintendent of Catholic Schools Lucia McQuaide.

Public invited to amateur radio field day

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HOWARD — The Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club invites the public to visit them during their annual Field Day Exercise on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, near the Floral Valley Community Center in Apple Valley. MVARC will be operating on emergency power attempting to make as many contacts, nationwide, as possible. ARRL Field… Read more »

12U Ohio Stingrays win Queen City Qualifier

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Photo Submitted The 12U Ohio Stingrays earned their fourth tournament victory of the season in the Queen City Ultimate Qualifier held in Cincinnati last weekend. The Stingrays began Friday’s action by beating the Mason Thunder, 6-3, then downed the Cincy Static, 12-4. The Stingrays began Saturday with a 13-0 shutout of the Queen City Ultimates,… Read more »

Honorary co-chairs of Alzheimer’s walk named

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Photo Submitted Dr. Robert Atwell, right, and Kevin Mishey of Mid-Ohio Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and The Kokosing River Surf Club Band invites the public to attend the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Community Kick Off event on June 26 at The Glenn A. Gallagher Center. MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Robert Atwell, DPM, and Kevin Mishey… Read more »

No felony cases for Mount Vernon Police Department detective

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By CHUCK MARTIN News Staff Reporter Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher has asked the Mount Vernon Police Department to not use Detective Sgt. Kit Morgan on any felony investigations while BCI is conducting its investigation into actions by Morgan and Chief Mike Merrilees. The request also covers the… Read more »

TouchPointe adds advisory members

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FREDERICKTOWN — TouchPointe Marriage & Family Resources welcomes two local professionals, Kyle Kershner and Scott Gatton, in an advisory capacity to the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors. Kershner is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and owns Sojourners Counseling Services, at 102 E. Gambier St. in Mount Vernon. Gatton is a licensed independent social worker with… Read more »

Community service

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Photo Submitted The K-9 Companion 4-H Club, under the direction of advisor Betsy Easterday, recently spent time mulching flower beds at the Knox County Humane Society. Participants included Amy Easterday, Kale Coe, Makenna Coe, Emily Derikito, Hadley Ramirez-George, Aiden Ramirez-George and Jackson Kidwell.

Grand Jury returns indictments

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According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury returned eleven indictments on Monday, including importuning charges against two men who allegedly sent emails and text messages to “minors” asking for sex. The minors were really personas adopted by a Sheriff’s investigator, and both men were arrested by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at… Read more »

Car crashes into Chestnut Street home

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Alan Reed The Mount Vernon Police Department and fire department were called to the scene of a car that crashed into a house at 209 E. Chestnut St., shortly before 11 a.m. today. The driver of a Mercury Sable failed to stop at Chestnut Street while traveling northbound on McArthur Street, crossed the sidewalk, a… Read more »

East Knox FFA receive state degrees

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Photo Submitted Several East Knox FFA members received their state FFA Degrees. From left, are, Austin Warner, Austin Hinson, DanRoten, Winnie Hinson, Luke Wells, Dylan Baker and Jake Jessee. HOWARD — At the 85th annual Ohio FFA Convention held May 2 and 3 in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center, East Knox High… Read more »

Farm tire drop-off slated for June 29

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MOUNT VERNON — Farmers in Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow counties are eligible to participate in a special Farm Tire Drop-off Event scheduled for Saturday, June 29, in Knox County. This event is sponsored by the DKMM Solid Waste District, in cooperation with the Knox County Offices of the Commissioners, Health Department and Soil &… Read more »

Survivors lead Relay for Life during first lap

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MOUNT VERNON — If you’ve been wondering about those purple ribbons around Public Square, down South Main Street and across Mount Vernon Avenue toward South Division Street, it is because purple is the official color of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Each year communities prepare for Relay For Life by holding “Paint the… Read more »

Finneran joins Newton

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MOUNT VERNON — In a move to deliver better service to his clients in Mount Vernon and Knox County, Michael R. Finneran, known as “The Ad Man,” will now represent Newton Manufacturing Co., a promotional products distributor based in Newton, Iowa. Finneran has sold promotional products for 18 years. Finneran appreciates the loyalty that his… Read more »

Bigler, Garver graduate academy

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COLUMBUS — The first “Public Safety Leadership Academy” class graduated 30 law enforcement leaders today after 11 weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to agencies by… Read more »

Knox County Board of Realtors donate to Project Lifesaver

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MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Realtors recently presented a $500 check to Project Lifesaver (PLS) of Knox County. PLS is a public safety program designed to locate missing persons who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism or other related conditions or disorders. The program involves placement of a transmitter bracelet on the person… Read more »

MVMS makes quilts to comfort campers

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Photo Submitted MVMS students made quilts for children with serious illnesses. Pictured are, from left, Daniel Hill, assistant principal Sherry Miglin, Dillan Henderson, principal Gary Hankins and Laura Cromley of Quilts for Kids. Not pictured, student Logan Kelling who also completed a quilt. MOUNT VERNON — This year, a handful of students in Sabrina Pugh’s… Read more »

Yauger Road crash claims two lives

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By SAMANTHA SCOLES News Managing Editor MOUNT VERNON — Two men died Friday night after an accident that sent the vehicle they were in airborne before striking a tree. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Zachary Bailey, 23, Bradford, was traveling westbound on Yauger Road and went off the left side of the road, overcorrected,… Read more »

How do you feel about the Mount Vernon Police chief and a sergeant remaining on the job while being investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office?

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“They ought to be able to still be on the job. They’re getting paid, so they should be able to do their job.” — Penny Tindall, Mount Vernon “I believe it’s better if they were on paid leave until they find out more about the situation. They would be more free to speak that way.”… Read more »