Published: Sunday, 13 August 2017 22:15
By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter
DANVILLE - Leonard 'Leo' Dueck said his goal in life is to bring a smile to his neighbor. He plans to draw on that philosophy when treating with customers at his new market in downtown Danville.
Dueck plans to open Don Leo's Market at 3 North Market Street on September 6, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting on September 8. He describes it as a "family business" and said he will offer a wide variety of items including meat and deli cheese, sandwiches, bulk food and fresh produce.
"When people come to this store, they will be treated as a friend," Dueck said. "I want to cater to every person's wishes. I want to cater to my customers."
Dueck is continuing to renovate the roughly 1,800 square foot building - located at the intersection of Main and Market streets - to prepare for the opening. Over the years, the property at 3 Market Street has been the location of two restaurants: a Der Dutchman restaurant and then Renee's Country Cook'n. The owners of Renee's Country Cook'n sold the property in October 2007.
Dueck said he has had a number of village residents tell him that they remember eating at these restaurants, and they even remember where their favorite table was located. He said he wants to bring life back to a place that has been dormant for a long time.
"I want to restore something that's been beat down and run down and give it a facelift," Dueck said. "I want to make something beautiful."
He said that he has received positive comments from members of the community who are excited about the new store.
Dueck was formerly a manager of Ashery Farms, a bulk food store in Heath. Though he and his wife live in Danville, Dueck, who comes from a missionary family, was born in Belize and his family has lived in Central America. He moved to the United States in 2010.
Published: Friday, 11 August 2017 10:52
MOUNT VERNON - For the third year in a row the Mount Vernon High School cheerleaders won first place for varsity squads at the Dan Emmett Festival downtown Thursday evening. The cheer competition has been a big part of the festival for 12 years.
Squads were judged on their motion technique, voice projection, transitions, formation/spacing, flow/pace, jumps, dance, synchronization/timing, effective/appropriate words and skills, use of signs, pom-poms and megaphones, showmanship/presentation, choreography, and overall impression.
Mount Vernon Cheerleaders with the trophy their squad won for first place Thursday at the Dan Emmett Cheer Competition. Left to right Kianna Sunderman, Kendall Hinkle, Morgan Pryor, and Jada Kennerly. These four choreographed the dance that was part of the competition. Photo courtesy Monica Pryor.
Editor's note: In an earlier version of this story we misspelled the last name of Kianna Sunderman, we apologize for the error.