Bicentennial Committee donates to three Mount Vernon departments

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By Rachel Christian

Three government officials were presented with checks from the Mount Vernon Bicentennial Committee May 11 to put toward local youth education and enrichment programs.

The Mount Vernon bicentennial may have ended with the new year, but the group that organized and promoted the special 2016 events is still going strong. Committee President Becky Higgins said they will continue to donate funds to area organizations over the next two to three years as a way to help enrich the community.

During Thursday’s City Council meeting, Fire Department Chief Wes Dixon, Police Chief Tony Alldredge and Head of Animal Control Gene Youngblood were given checks totaling $500.

“We chose to donate to these departments because they really helped us out last year with many of the bicentennial events,” Higgins said. “They helped provide security at the riverfront concerts, enforced the no-dog policy at events and even provided a home for the bicentennial bison.”

It will be up to the individual department heads to choose what specific items they will use the money for. Higgins said most would likely use them to purchase small items like plastic firefighter hats and police badge stickers that they can give away to children during field trips and special events.