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On-line registration deadline Friday for inaugural BirdFest

The deadline for on-line registration is Friday, April 25 to attend the inaugural Prairies and Pineywoods BirdFest. The festival registration fee of $70 covers all tours and events except the Saturday evening Keynote Speaker/Dinner.

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Tour de Cypress celebrates 10th year

Sheriff Ricky Jones leads the start of four of the Tour de Cypress bike rides along Holbrook on Saturday, May 19.Sheriff Ricky Jones leads the start of four of the Tour de Cypress bike rides along Holbrook on Saturday, May 19. Organizers celebrated the 10th year of the event with commemorative jerseys and a record number of participants.

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Child welfare board coloring contest winners announced

Poster contest winnersEight children were honored as winners in the Franklin County Child Welfare Board’s Child Abuse Prevention Month Coloring Contest Monday, April 14. Students at the Mount Vernon Elementary School and Mount Vernon Head Start school were invited to participate.

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Easter in the Park well attended

Winners in the annual Easter parade were Emmory Phillips for unique vehicle, Sawyer and Sam Anderson for mini float, and Heather McAnally for tricycle.Winners in the annual Easter parade were Emmory Phillips for unique vehicle, Sawyer and Sam Anderson for mini float, and Heather McAnally for tricycle. Approximately 200 children participated

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Hollingsworth, Steward take Night at the Museum honors

Participants in Night at the MuseumBlake Hollingsworth and Dalton Steward won top honors for their character portrayals and background sets at the Night at the Museum event Saturday, April 12.

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Charlie Brown comes to life

Dalton Steward as Charlie Brown won the People’s Choice.Dalton Steward as Charlie Brown won the People’s Choice. Charlie Brown was a long time agriculture extension agent in Franklin County. For more details from the competition, see the april 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Bike / Trike-a-Thon

The four and five year old class takes a break during the Kids Under Construction annual Bike/Trike-a-ThonThe four and five year old class takes a break during the Kids Under Construction annual Bike/Trike-a-Thon benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Dressing the part

Mary Lou Largent of Saltillo, at right, and her children, Dami Salinas and Lonnie Hoskins,Mary Lou Largent of Saltillo, at right, and her children, Dami Salinas and Lonnie Hoskins, dressed the part as they made their “King’s Pub Chili” at the Alamo Mission Museum’s chili cook off. The group won the campsite award and first place in the bean cooking contest.

Bake off raises $2,400 for home meals program

Ginna McFeely, at right, smiles at the crowd as Bobby Elbert, at left, takes bids for her cake during the Key Club Auction.Ginna McFeely, at right, smiles at the crowd as Bobby Elbert, at left, takes bids for her cake during the Key Club Auction. A total of 24 entries were made in the 11th annual event on Saturday, April 12.

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