The First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon will celebrate the 20th anniversary with Rev. Robert “Pepper” Puryear as their pastor with a luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 10 following morning worship services. Rev. Puryear came to Mount Vernon in January 1993 from Vivian, La. “When I came 20 years ago, I never thought I’d stay this long, but I’m glad I have,” Rev. Puryear said. See the rest of the story in the Feb. 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.