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FEATURED PICTURE · Sun photos by Erica Dawson, Nathan Countryman and Margaret Stevens Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a variety of window displays in uptown Mount Vernon Thursday, Dec. 1, for Magical Night. Above: Lydia Doscher poses for her audience in the window of Palisades Cafe following a Dance Arts Iowa performance. Center: The snowflake chandelier, created by Mount Vernon students and lighting designer Stan Crocker, was a huge hit. Below: The animatronic window displays in shops such as Czech Feather and Down (right) and Iron Leaf Press (left), delighted people of all ages, such as 6-year-old Nora Skorczewski (left).
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Enrollment increases in local school districts
by Nathan Countryman · December 8, 2016
Lisbon's gains in preschool, MV up in many grades

Lisbon wraps town in Red
December 8, 2016
Pet parade new event in Lisbon's Holiday Jubilee

Work begins on science center
by Margaret Stevens · December 8, 2016
Cornell College has begun site work for a planned $30 million science center on the east end of campus.

Employers make OT changes
by Erica Dawson · December 8, 2016
Despite stay on federal rules, many schools, businesses go forward with pay changes

MVHS offering a few new classes for second year of J-term
by Erica Dawson · December 8, 2016
Mount Vernon High School is making plans to offer a J-term session to students for a second year, building on the success of last year's experiences, according to principal Steve Brand.

Duo Andura performing Dec. 14
December 8, 2016
Free concert set for Heritage Hall

Sts. Peter and Paul offers Christmas sing-a-long
December 8, 2016
Sts. Peter and Paul Historical Foundation hosts an Old Fashioned Christmas Sing-A-Long Sunday, Dec. 11. The singing begins at 5 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel in rural Solon. The church is located off of Hwy. 1 between Mount Vernon and Solon.

Basketball registration open
December 8, 2016
Lisbon and Mount Vernon parks and recreation programs have opened registration for boys' basketball.

Why torture is wrong explored on stage
December 8, 2016
Cornell opens comedy Dec. 15

Bythes celebrate 'dream come true' during Polly Ann Antique's 25th anniversary
December 8, 2016
Polly Ann and Bob Blythe were both just 23 years old on Dec. 10, 1991, when they officially opened the doors to Polly Ann's Antiques on the east end of Mount Vernon's main street. Neither one had a lick of antique knowledge, nor business experience, but both had a desire to succeed and work together in partnership to make their dream of being business owners come true.

City, DOT negotiate Hwy. 30 agreement
by Jim Bonewald · December 8, 2016
Maintenance costs along with the condition of the current Hwy. 30 highlight the concerns the Lisbon City Council has with a recent agreement submitted to the city by the Iowa DOT. At the council's meeting last week, the agreement was put before the council for review and consideration.

Cole Corner: Cole ready to serve during winter closure
by Cathy Boggs · December 8, 2016
As a shared facility, when Cornell College closes so does the Mount Vernon Public Library. This year we close Friday, Dec. 23, at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8 a.m. We will not have any library materials due during this break.

Cornell professor named to Fulbright program
December 8, 2016
Martin headed to Germany

Cornell welcomes improv artist to campus
December 8, 2016
Public invited to free workshop with Second City alumn

District hears good things about lunches
by Ann Gruber-Miller · December 8, 2016
Food service director said sales, compliments on the rise
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