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Visit with Santa

Trevor, Heidi, Shawn, and Cara Hudson visit with Santa in his sleigh.Trevor, Heidi, Shawn, and Cara Hudson visit with Santa in his sleigh. Santa and his reindeer made a stop at Tom Scott Lumber Yard to allow area children a chance to share their Christmas wish list with Santa and to pet the reindeer on the nose on Thursday, December 21.

Santa Claus visit

Promise Rushing, age seven months, enjoys her visit with Santa.Promise Rushing, age seven months, enjoys her visit with Santa. Letters to Santa from area children can be found in the December 21 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Diorama on display

Members of Grace Lutheran Church have set up a 28 foot diorama depicting the birth of Jesus.Members of Grace Lutheran Church have set up a 28 foot diorama depicting the birth of Jesus. It was purposely positioned to show a connection with the church’s stained glassed window of Calvary’s cross.

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Christmas food boxes

The sophomore discipleship group from First Baptist ChurchThe sophomore discipleship group from First Baptist Church helped to load Christmas Food boxes into vehicles at the Community Food Bank of Franklin County on Saturday, December 16. More than 200 boxes of food were provided to local residents.

Northeast Texas Pesticide Seminar set for Jan. 17

Mark your calendar! The 2018 Northeast Texas Pesticide Seminar will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center.

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Rotarian of the Year

Nathan Reves received the Mount Vernon Rotary Club’s 2016-17 Man of the Year award.Nathan Reves received the Mount Vernon Rotary Club’s 2016-17 Man of the Year award.

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Extension office offers better health program

The Titus County Extension Office is offering a 12 week lesson program to find the path to better health. The Step Up & Scale Down program is a research based program based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

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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 close at noon Friday, December 22.

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Shakespeare club tours Carol in the Park 2017

 The Mount Vernon Shakespeare Club toured Carols in the Park 2017 after the luncheon meeting December 7, which is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg.

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