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Reserve Grand Champion

Destiny Barron shows off the blanket she received for Reserve Grand Champion for Exotic Division and a plaque for breed winner after showing her heifer Heidi.Destiny Barron shows off the blanket she received for Reserve Grand Champion for Exotic Division and a plaque for breed winner after showing her heifer Heidi. They pair showed at the Morris County 4-H Jackpot event in Daingerfield.

Optic-Herald office to close for holidays

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will close for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Optic-Herald office will be closed Friday, December 23.

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Religious procession conducted

A procession as part of the local celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe,A procession as part of the local celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas and protector of the unborn, wound through the streets of Mount Vernon on Sunday, December 11.

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4-H Christmas party

Members of the Franklin County 4-H Club decorated cookies and shared a Christmas Banquet for their December meeting.Members of the Franklin County 4-H Club decorated cookies and shared a Christmas Banquet for their December meeting. The group gathered December 6 at the Franklin County Multi-Purpose building.

Duenez medical fund account created

An account has been created at First National Bank For Sarah Duenez. She has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and is currently taking chemotherapy treatments.

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Donation

Pat Carter with XTO Energy receives a plaque from the 4-H ClubPat Carter with XTO Energy receives a plaque from the 4-H Club after the company donated $4,000 to used for projects for 4-H members. XTO also donated $5,000 to the group in 2015.

Local Farm Bureau has 35 years of growth

The Franklin County Farm Bureau was recognized for 35 years of continuous gain in memberships by the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).

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Poster contest winners announced

2016 Poster Contest WinnersWinners in the 36th annual Mount Vernon Elementary School Poster Contest were announced on Wednesday, December 7 at the First National Bank of Mount Vernon.

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Rutledge family honored for 100 years of farm production

Agricuture Commissioner Sid Miller presents Joy and Max Rutledge with a certificate from the Family Land Heritage Program on the floor of the House of Representatives at the State Capital in Austin.Agricuture Commissioner Sid Miller presents Joy and Max Rutledge with a certificate from the Family Land Heritage Program on the floor of the House of Representatives at the State Capital in Austin.

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