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Pageant grosses $16,000 for Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Miss Mount Vernon 2017 Gracee Damron smiles  as her predecessor, Savannah Oud, secures her crown.Gracee Damron was crowned as the 2017 Miss Mount Vernon during the 49th annual pageant.

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Capers launches new book

A launch party to celebrate the release of Frankie Capers’ latest children’s story-coloring book has been set at the Franklin County Library.

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United Way approves funding, sets goal for 2018

The United Way of Franklin County set a goal of $28,500 for its 2017 campaign that will be collected in 2018.

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Watermelon Day

Kylee Glasco and Anabella Talsma bite into ripe, juicy watermelon during the Franklin County Library’s Watermelon DayKylee Glasco and Anabella Talsma bite into ripe, juicy watermelon during the Franklin County Library’s Watermelon Day on the downtown plaza on Friday, August 4.

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Mmmm... ice cream

Tristan Henderson thoroughly enjoys a cup of ice cream with whipped cream on his eyebrow, cheek, shirt and shorts.Tristan Henderson thoroughly enjoys a cup of ice cream with whipped cream on his eyebrow, cheek, shirt and shorts.

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Rodeo royalty contestants are selling trifecta of tickets

Contestants in the 2017 Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse’s queen competition are offering tickets to help pay expenses related to the contest as part of the annual Labor Day Weekend Rodeo.

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Fun at the lake

People enjoy some fun in the sun at Lake Cypress Springs on a recent afternoon.People enjoy some fun in the sun at Lake Cypress Springs on a recent afternoon. The readers of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald voted the lake as the Best Tourist Attraction in the 2017 Best of Franklin County contest. See results of the voting in the B section of this edition.

Summer reading winners announced

front row, Sawyer Burnes, Katrina Cox and Avery Pickens were first place winners. Other winners in the second row were Bella Anderson, Anabella Talsma, Trinity Woods, and Seth Barrett. August Whitaker,Winners in the Franklin County Library’s Summer Reading Program were awarded prizes during closing ceremonies on July 28.

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Science stations

Dylan and Kinley Post and Annabella and Aurora Talsma learn about energy from volunteer Ange Hunnicutt as the kids tour a traveling science exhibitDylan and Kinley Post and Annabella and Aurora Talsma learn about energy from volunteer Ange Hunnicutt as the kids tour a traveling science exhibit on the downtown plaza on Wednesday, July 12.

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