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National day of Prayer event set for Thursday, May 1

“One Voice, United in Prayer” is the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer. The theme is highlighted by Romans 15:6 and the observance of the event is scheduled for Thursday, May 1.

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Jimmy Foster named honorary chairman for 2014 Relay for Life

Jimmy FosterJimmy Foster has been named as the honorary chairman for the 2014 Relay for Life event. It will be Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Don Meredith Stadium.

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Top finishers honored in runs

Leslie McFarland Marks and Jeff WilcoxSpouses Leslie McFarland Marks and Jeff Wilcox celebrate finishing first and second in the 5K run on Saturday, April 19. Her time for the race was 24:58. He was second with a time of 26:15. For more details, see the April 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

9-1-1 dispatchers honored by ATCOG

 Sandie Embrey of ATCOG presents Supervisor Joe Shadbolt  with a certificate of appreciation for all of the dispatchersIn celebration of National Telecommunicators Week, April 13-19, the Ark Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Program honored the dedicated dispatchers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office by presenting them a certificate of appreciation.

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Chaney honored at Heroes BBQ as Community Builder

David Chaney reads the inscription on his award as Tom Shiels explains the purpose behind the honor.David Chaney reads the inscription on his award as Tom Shiels explains the purpose behind the honor. Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge honored Mr. Chaney as the recipient of its Community Builder Award for 2014.

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Knott to be Day of Prayer speaker

Rev. Kory KnottThe Rev. Kory Knott will be the speaker for Franklin County’s 2014 National Day of Prayer event. The annual luncheon will be Thursday, May 1 at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center at noon.

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tommorrow member Jessica Minter greets Congressman Ralph HallLeaders of Tommorrow member Jessica Minter greets Congressman Ralph Hall during the group’s April meeting. Mr. Hall and State Representative George Lavender, shown in the background, spoke with the group about their roles as leaders in government.

Chili cook off raises $10,000 for food bank

Chili cook off winnersAlmost $10,000 was raised for the Community Food Bank of Franklin County through the efforts in conjunction with the chili cook off on Saturday, April 19.
The event had originally been planned for December, but inclement weather caused it to be postponed. A total of $8,800 was pledged to the food bank in December.

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Fireman ham

Wade Powell with the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department places a smoked ham in the trunk of a vehicle on Saturday, April 19.Wade Powell with the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department places a smoked ham in the trunk of a vehicle on Saturday, April 19. The fire department smoked 456 hams as part of the Easter ham fund raiser.