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Gather your turtles for the derby

Set up the tiny treadmills and concoct a work out regimen to prepare your pet turtle for the seventh annual Turtle Derby. The event is planned for Saturday, July 6 beginning

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Optic to publish early

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will publish early the week of July 4 in order for the papers to be in the mail before the Independence Day holiday. The post office will

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4-H horse judging team is 13th in state

The Franklin County 4-H Horse Judging Team attended the Texas State 4-H Roundup on June 12 for the State 4-H Horse Judging Competition in College Station. The team finished in 13th place out of 27 teams

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Wild Things

Courtney Cortina-Pineada displays a tamarin monkey during the Wild Things Zoofari eventCourtney Cortina-Pineada displays a tamarin monkey during the Wild Things Zoofari event sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Library. Also shown were other creatures from South America and Africa,

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Locals to serve as ambassadors

Meagan Coberley, a student at Sulphur Bluff High School, and Chanda Neal, a student at Saltillo High School, have been chosen as two of the 60-member team charged with

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Plaza birthday celebration Thursday night

The Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance and Downtown Business Association’s Plaza Birthday Celebration is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 27. The festivities will be around the gazebo

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New sidewalk - concrete pour

L. F. Miller Construction of Emory poured  and finished concrete in front of Edward Jones and the Hyman building last weekEmployees with L. F. Miller Construction of Emory poured and finished concrete in front of Edward Jones and the Hyman building last week. An earlier pour was made in front of Our Place restaurant. Repeated rains delayed the concrete work.

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Holiday ice skating rink coming to Franklin County

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has purchased an ice skating rink and plans to operate it locally during the Christmas holiday season this year. The E-Z Glide synthetic ice rink can cover up to a 50

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Lowe’s makes donation

Lowe’s representatives David Clark and Bart Millsap; back row, Lowe’s representatives Tracey Reed and Rance Campbell and Lunches of Love coordinator’s Susan Sample and Terri Rule. Lowe’s Distribution in Mount Vernon made a food donation to the Lunches of Love program on Monday, June 17. The group gave 19 cases of assorted vegetables and fruit. Making the donation were

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