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Historical fund-raiser

Historical fund-raiserJoe and Candace Setina, seated right, opened their home for a reception and fund-raiser for the Franklin County Historical Association Saturday evening, May 9. Members of the FCHA Board of Directors, seen here, served as hosts for the event. About 200 guests attended.

Basketball Camp set June 1-3

The Mount Vernon boys and girls basketball camp is set for Monday through Wednesday, June 1-3 in the high school gym at the school. The camp is for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Survivor lap

Survivor lapCancer survivors began the annual Relay for Live event by taking the first lap around the track. The event collected more than $57,880 to aid in the fight against cancer. See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Sheriff Fletcher to speak at AARP meeting

Franklin County Sheriff Paul Fletcher will be the guest speaker at the American Association of Retired Persons, AARP, meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Senior Meal Center. See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Lake Cypress brisket fund-raiser planned

The youth at the Lake Cypress Springs Baptist Church have planned a brisket fund-raiser for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23 at the church. Brisket will be available for sale by the sandwich, by the sandwich basket with chips and a drink, by the pound, or half or whole briskets.

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O’Rand is pastor at Covenant Love Church

O’Rand is pastor at Covenant Love ChurchPhillip O’Rand is the new pastor at the Covenant Love Church at 217 west I-30 on the south service road. Services at the church will start Sunday, May 31 at 11 a.m. For more information, see the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Cinco de Mayo celebrated

Cinco de Mayo celebratedThe local celebration of Cinco de Mayo was observed Sunday, May 17 on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Food, music and fun were combined along with great weather for a festive occasion.

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Butterflies

ButterfliesMembers of the second grade classes at Mount Vernon Elementary School released Monarch Butterflies into the wild on Thursday, May 14. Debbie Duenkel places a butterfly on Brooklyn Ortiz nose as Kameron Craig and Zakenya Linwood watch intently. Each year students in the second grade at the school study the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. During the study, they are taken on a hunt to find eggs to raise the insects. After the insects grow into butterflies, the students release them. This year, they released approximately 80 butterflies. (Optic Photo by Susan Reeves‘09)

Purley fire department fund-raiser Saturday

The Purley Volunteer Fire Department is having a hamburger and hot dog lunch from 11 a.m. until it is all served on Saturday, May 23 at the fire station on FM 900 W. The lunch is available by donation. Chances to win door prizes at the event are available. See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.