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Hymans win in-town lighting contest

The home of Brad and Stephanie Hyman was named as the in-town winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest.The home of Brad and Stephanie Hyman was named as the in-town winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest. The home is located at 601 Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon. For more information, see the December 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Santa serves all

Murphy Yandell, a Boston Terrier, visits with Santa during the Holiday Day Open House at Guaranty Bond BankMurphy Yandell, a Boston Terrier, visits with Santa during the Holiday Day Open House at Guaranty Bond Bank on Friday, December 18. He received a dog biscuit instead of a candy cane.

Masons’ 125th anniversary in Mount Vernon celebrated

Members of the Masonic Lodge #691 celebrated the organization’s 125th anniversary.The Masonic Lodge #691 of free and accepted Masons celebrated its 125th anniversary with a luncheon at the lodge Saturday, December 12. A meal of barbecue brisket and sausage with all the trimmings was served.

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Christmas parade

Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade.Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade. Members each wore red hats and were surrounded by brightly wrapped packages. The group won second place in the non-profit category for their work.

SGM Richard Barrett honored with luncheon near retirement

Sergeant Major Richard Darrell BarrettSergeant Major Richard Darrell Barrett was honored with a retirement luncheon Saturday, November 5 at the Gordon Club in Fort Gordon, Ga. as he nears retirement with 32 years of service

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Valuations may be adjusted for storm-damaged property

Property owners who received damage due to storms in Franklin County this weekend may be able to reduce their taxes for 2016. If a barn was destroyed, a  carport torn off a home,

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Poster contest winners announced

First Nation Bank poster contest winnersWinners in the 35th annual Mount Vernon Elementary School Poster Contest were announced on Wednesday, December 2 at the First National Bank of Mount Vernon.

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Lighting for new fields may be all natural due to high cost

Lighting costs almost triple what was expected for the two newest partially completed fields at the Franklin County Sports Complex set the members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court

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Food baskets distributed this week

Christmas For All Food Baskets will be distributed to qualified applicants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 19. So far this year, 567 individuals from 219 families are scheduled to receive help through the program. See the December 10 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details on this program.