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“Sassy Girls” win county’s exercise program challenge

The Sassy Girls team was proclaimed the winner of the Walk Across Texas exercise program for county employees at the Monday, July 28 meeting of the Commissioner Court.

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Blood drive

Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation.Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation. A total of 17 units of blood were collected from the 22 volunteers who stopped by the Carter Blood Care’s bus at the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, July 26.

Storm damage

This once tall Pine tree split and fell onto the roof of a home on Turner St.This once tall Pine tree split and fell onto the roof of a home on Turner Street during the high winds experienced during a fast moving storm around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23.

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Summer Fun photos

Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.First place in the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald’s 2014 Summer Fun Photo Contest went to Antsje Schoonhoven. Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.

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Distinguished Service Award honors historical commission

Paul Lovier, Elease Hubbell, B. F. Hicks, Mary Lou Mowery, Lillie Bush-RevesThe Franklin County Historical Commission, and its nonprofit association, was recognized by the Texas State Historical Commission. The Distinguished Service Award was formally presented by Judge Paul Lovier during the Monday, July 28 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Ice cream for everyone

Joseph Alsobrook watches closely as Library Director Lisa Lawrence adds whipped cream to his ice cream sundae.Joseph Alsobrook watches closely as Library Director Lisa Lawrence adds whipped cream to his ice cream sundae. The library staff dished up free ice cream to 120 people on the downtown plaza on Friday, July 25 in celebration of National Ice Cream Month.

Air pressure

Brett Roberts, aka Dr. Flake-n-Stein, demonstrates the power of air pressure by having Bryce Boren blow through a straw to float a ping pong ball.Brett Roberts, aka Dr. Flake-n-Stein, demonstrates the power of air pressure by having Bryce Boren blow through a straw to float a ping pong ball.

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Lunches of Love receives “Encourager Award”

Susan O’Donnell presents the Encourager Award to Franklin County/Mount Vernon for its Lunches of Love program, represented by Maaike Plantinga, Terri Ruyle, Virginia Smith, Amy Ford, and Susan Sample.Susan O’Donnell presents the Encourager Award to Franklin County/Mount Vernon for its Lunches of Love program, represented by Maaike Plantinga, Terri Ruyle, Virginia Smith, Amy Ford, and Susan Sample.

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Librarians gather

Representatives from the Texas State Library provided updates to librarians from communities in Northeast Texas gathered at the Franklin County Library on Monday, July 21.Representatives from the Texas State Library provided updates to librarians from communities in Northeast Texas gathered at the Franklin County Library on Monday, July 21.

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