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Resolutions for a safe, scam-free new year

With the holidays coming to an end and a new year arriving, the Better Business Bureau has a few resolutions that can help you fight scammers, prevent identity theft, and find trustworthy businesses and charities in 2016. See the January 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for  a listing of ways to safe guard against scammers.

Nominations open through chamber for community honors

Nominations are being accepted for consideration for the Franklin County Man, Woman and Agriculturist of the Year and the Franklin County Hall of Fame awards. Awards will be presented

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Phonographs, recordings to be subjects of historical meeting

Dustin Ellis, curator and cofounder of the Edison Phonograph Museum in Mount Pleasant will bring his knowledge and several samples of early sound recordings and players to the Franklin County Historical Association’s

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Beekeepers to meet

The Caddo Trace Beekeepers Association will have NewBee beginning beekeeper classes on Saturday mornings starting January 9, 2016. The classes will be for those interested

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Five Scouts earn rank, nine earn merit badges at Court of Honor

Scouts honored during ceremonyFive members of Mount Vernon Boy Scout Troop 271 received their rank advancement, and eight boys were awarded various merit badges during an outdoor campfire Court of Honor ceremony

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Timely disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights urged

With the holiday now behind us, O Christmas tree, how saggy are your branches? The gifts have been removed from under the pine, the tree is swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles

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FCHA annual meeting set

The Franklin County Historical Association’s annual general membership meeting and election of directors is set for Monday, January 4. The meeting will begin with a potluck/covered dish dinner

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Percussion shoulder arms program Monday

A program on “Percussion Altered American Shoulder arms” will be presented at monthly meeting of the 1st Lt. David Richard Reynolds Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans

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Santa and Vixen

Larry Billings, Jay Scott, and Larry Scott took a moment to take a photo with Santa and his reindeer Vixen at Tom Scott Lumber YardLarry Billings, Jay Scott, and Larry Scott took a moment to take a photo with Santa and his reindeer Vixen at Tom Scott Lumber Yard on Friday, December 18. Vixen had sleigh trouble and was a little late, but was able to visit with area children.