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Hundreds helped by local holiday assistance programs

The jointly conducted Christmas for All food basket and gift program was declared a success by volunteers and coordinating organizations. In addition, the Franklin County Child Welfare Board served local children in foster care, and 67 Community In Schools families shopped at a specially organized “Christmas Store” for needed items.

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Boulware, Jordan win Jingle Bell Jog

T. J. Bouleware and Kayce Jordan were recognized as the first male and female runners to complete the second annual 5K Jingle Bell Jog event. He finished the course in 22:20, and she recorded a time of 24:47.

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Hospice volunteers needed

As we all begin to look forward to the Christmas holidays and the New Year, many people in the community are dealing with life changing situations. Heart to Heart Hospice is seeking people to come and join their volunteer program.

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Tour of Trees open, voting Saturday

The Franklin County Historical Association will be conducting a Tour of Trees in the freight room at the Old Depot Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

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Angel gifts to be picked up next Tuesday, Wednesday

Christmas For All Angel Gifts are to be distributed from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 18. The distribution site will be at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church,

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Christmas finery

Santa and Brooklyn Brashear were styling in their Christmas finery at the second annual Jingle Bell JogSanta and Brooklyn Brashear were styling in their Christmas finery at the second annual Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, December 14. Ms. Brashear was the first girl to finish Kid’s Fun Run. See the December 19 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for a listing of winners by age division.

Christmas Cantata

Jillian Kennedy sang a solo during the First United Methodist Church’s The Heart of Christmas CantataJillian Kennedy sang a solo during the First United Methodist Church’s The Heart of Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 8. The cantata was presented during two services that morning.

Christmas presentation

The final portion of the Christmas presentation by the First Baptist Church featured choir members in period dress and elaborately dressed wise men offering gifts to Jesus.The final portion of the Christmas presentation by the First Baptist Church featured choir members in period dress and elaborately dressed wise men offering gifts to Jesus.

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Farm Bureau boosts membership

The Franklin County Farm Bureau has been recognized as second in the number of consecutive years of growth in the state. The achievement was announced at the Texas Farm Bureau’s 80th annual convention last weekend, December 7-8, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

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