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Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bank

Key Club raises more than $5,000 for food bankHadley Sears, Veronica Jordan, and Will Gamblin display their certificates received by the Key Club at the Bake-off. Preliminary proceeds to the Franklin County Community Food Bank equaled $5,534 from the sixth annual Key Club Bake-off and Auction on Saturday, April 18. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more details.

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weather

Tour de Cypress rides through wet weatherDespite the forecast for wet weather, a record number of 137 riders registered for the 2009 Tour de Cypress bike ride on Saturday, April 18. Above, the 100K ride leaders pedal through the rain on Hwy. 21. See the April 23 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Aggies unite for muster

Former students of Texas A&M University will assemble in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, April 21 for the annual Texas Aggie Muster to honor all Texas Aggies who have died within the last year, announced Muster Chair Connie Newcomb. Various Muster activities, including dinner, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Ben and Connie Newcomb in Mount Vernon. All former and current students, their families, and friends of Texas A&M University are invited to attend. For more information regarding the Texas Aggie Muster in Mount Vernon, call Connie Newcomb at 903-588-5746 or  e-mail at
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Hula workshop and ukulele concert planned

A “Hula Workshop” with “The Ukulele Lady” Michele Kiba is planned for Sunday,  May 3 at the Cultural Arts Center in Mount Vernon. The hour-long workshop will begin at 2 p.m. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Luminant supports Relay for Life

Luminant supports Relay for LifeWesley Hooper and Kevin Watson recently accepted a $500 donation from Troy Sellers, Community Relations Manager for Luminant’s sponsorship of the 2009 Franklin County Relay for Life.

High Strung band joins Bluegrass Festival Saturday

High Strung band joins Bluegrass Festival SaturdayThe High Strung band will take part in the Bluegrass Festival at the Alamo Mission Museum on Saturday, April 25. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Planters and flower beds renewed

Planters and flower beds renewedA half-dozen people braved threatening weather Thursday, April 9 to clean flower beds on the plaza and renew seasonal flowers in the planters around the square. Judy Lindley, left, and Kathy Lovier, right, add new plantings to these planters. Tina Rose, background, worked to trim perennials, and remove old annuals from the planters. John Tutor and Teresia Wims tackled the plaza.

Tickets available for National Day of Prayer luncheon

A National Day of Prayer luncheon has been scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. The luncheon will be from 12 to 1 p.m, with the serving line beginning at 11:30. Tickets for the luncheon are $7 each and are available from FUMC or from one of the table captains that have volunteered to help sponsor the event. For a listing of table captains, please see the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Scouting for Dinner fund-raiser Tuesday

Supporters of the local area Boy Scouts of America are invited to sample a variety of outstanding foods while helping Scouts in the White Oak District. Scouting for Dinner, a new event organized through the district, will provide the opportunity Tuesday, April 21. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, off Houston St., Sulphur Springs. See the April 16 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.