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First quarter clean-up continues this week

The City of Mount Vernon’s First Quarter Clean-up continues through Saturday, Jan. 18. The city is offering access to open-top dumpsters at its maintenance facility on Holbrook St. (Spur 423), between Andrews and Grady streets.

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Texas produced more country singers than any other state

Texas State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal and Donna McFarlandTexas State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal kept more than 50 members and guests of the Franklin County Historical Association mesmerized with his tales of the “Musical Traditions of Texas,” from Van Cliburn to Scott Joplin and from Willie Nelson to Buddy Holly.

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Praying for Big Joe

Approximately 200 people braved 20° temperatures to attend a prayer vigil for Joe ScallyApproximately 200 people braved 20° temperatures to attend a prayer vigil for Joe Scally, owner of the local Dairy Queen, in the restaurant’s parking lot on Monday, January 6.

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Nominations open for community honors

Nominations are being accepted for consideration for the Franklin County Woman and Man of the Year and the Franklin County Hall of Fame awards. Awards will be presented at the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Banquet.  For details about deadlines and forms for completion, see the January 9 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Tech Zoo offered at library

If you received a lap top, i-Pad, Kindle, tablet, or any other type of electronic device during the holidays, then the employees at the Franklin County Library have a deal for you.

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Fun at the rink

Pictured left to right are Taylor Bragg, Ashley Lambert, Hannah Lambert, Kaylee Almand, Gracie Martin, and Leah Lambert.Several girls from Yantis enjoyed skating on the ice rink over the Christmas holidays. Pictured left to right are Taylor Bragg, Ashley Lambert, Hannah Lambert, Kaylee Almand, Gracie Martin, and Leah Lambert.

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O’Neal to be featured at annual membership meeting

Bill O’NealThe Franklin County Historical Association will conduct its annual membership meeting and program Monday, January 6. The featured speaker is Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal.

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City’s clean-up starts Saturday

The City of Mount Vernon’s  First Quarter Clean-Up starts this week. The eight day effort begins Saturday, January 11, and continues Monday through Saturday, January 13-18.

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Massey retires, Henderson promoted to senior vice president

Perry HendersonEast Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, headquartered in Tyler, has announced the retirement of Jerry Massey, senior vice president of affiliate operations, and the promotion of Perry Henderson.

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