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Mavis: Goose hunts set for Ariel Foundation Park, Hiawatha pool hours reduced

MOUNT VERNON - Mayor Richard Mavis announced that the city will offer permits for goose hunting in Ariel Foundation Park September 6th and 8th. Hunters should call 740-393-9577 for an application. 

Mavis also announced that August 16th is the last day for regular operating hours at Hiawatha Water Park/Pool.  From August 17th through September 4th the pool will be open weekends only. 

The city's Shade Tree and Beautification Commission will host Tree City USA awards in April 2020 with the Village of Gambier and Kenyon College. The commission will also be starting a new tree planting program to be known as the Tree City Partners. An Ariel grant will be offered to make trees available to residents who want them for the tree lawn area and who will commit to watering and caring for the tree. City Engineering Department will accept requests for fall plantings. For more information call 740-393-9528.

Open Houses, Orientations set at Mount Vernon City Schools

MOUNT VERNON - Summer is over this week as students, teachers and staff head back to school all over Knox County. In Mount Vernon open houses will be held this evening (Tuesday) at the elementary schools from 6 pm. to 7 p.m., at the middle school from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and at the high school from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The first day of classes for elementary students is Thursday, August 17. 

At the middle school the first day for 6th grade only is orientation on Thursday, August 17. All other middle school students start on Friday, August 18th.

At the high school, the first day of 9th grade is orientation on Thursday, August 17. All other high school students will start on Friday, August 18th.

Parents and students with questions about bus transportation can call the Transportation Department at 740-393-5995.

The MVCSD will continue to use the "Knox Alerts" notification system for this school year for closings. The Knox County commissioners have provided this alert system to all the school districts in the county.

For information about other districts in Knox County visit these links:



East Knox


St. Vincent de Paul



Dan Emmett Festival features motorcycle show & cruise-in

MOUNT VERNON – 2017 marks the 16th consecutive year for the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Motorcycle Show & Cruise In. The event, facilitated and sponsored by Mid-Ohio Suzuki-Honda-Yamaha-Kawasaki, will be held on Sunday, August 13th from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Motorcycles of all makes and models are invited to cruise into town to show off their wheels. Five (5) classes of competition – Custom, Touring, Vintage (25 years and older), Trike, and Cruiser, will have the opportunity to participate in a judged show, with a special award for Best in Show.

Day of show registration is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If engines and paint jobs weren’t enough, the EKG will provide live entertainment on the Square beginning at Noon.  With a beautiful mix of two part harmonies accompanied by intricate acoustic six string guitar, twelve string guitar, mandolin, electric/acoustic bass, they are the perfect musical accompaniment. In the new South Main area, Project Roundtable will perform at noon and the Shauman Band at 2 p.m.

Returning this year, you can rise and shine with a good old-fashioned Pancake Breakfast. Grace Community Church of Mount Vernon will provide a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. on the Public Square.  A worship service featuring the Frank Boyd Jr. Blues Ministry and Pastor Roger Tickle will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Motorcycle Show & Cruise-In will be held in the center of the Public Square. Participants should enter from Sandusky Street (SR 13) onto High Street and park as directed by the show staff. This show will be held simultaneously with the annual Antique and Classic Car Show.

The 2017 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival runs August 13th in Downtown Mount Vernon with various activities each day. This year’s Festival is made possible through the contributions of Ariel Corporation and First-Knox National Bank. 


Local Business: New Danville market to open in September

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.


MVHS varsity cheerleaders win Dan Emmett festival competition

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. 

MVHS cheerleaders at DEFMount 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.

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