Pablo Gonzales and Rodney Newsom sample their award winning chili at the annual cook off. More than $12,000 was raised for the Community Food Bank of Franklin County through the chili cook off sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 1. The chili auction brought in $10,500. Sales of chili by the bowl and quart, entry fees, and other donations received added another $1,544. For more information, see the Dec. 6 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.