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Christmasland to open

The Alan Screws family will open their “Christmasland - the North Pole of Texas” display for the 2013 holiday season on Friday, December 6. The display is free and open to the public.

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Rainbow Angels need adoption

The Franklin County Child Welfare Board (FCCW) Angel Trees went up last Friday, November 15 for Franklin County children in foster care. Items to stock the Rainbow Room are on angels to be adopted, too.

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“Ladies Night Out” is Thursday. Nov. 21

More than 20 vendors will be set up downtown for the third annual “Ladies Night Out” shopping extravaganza Thursday, November 21. The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Mount Vernon.

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Community dinner served November 28

A free community Thanksgiving Dinner will be offered at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center at noon, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 28.

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Holiday on Ice Skating Rink opening weekend a success

Sawyer Paige won a contest to be the first person to skate on the new ice rink.Sawyer Paige won a contest to be the first person to skate on the new ice rink. She was helped by Jeanne Everett and Randy Kanengeiser. The opening weekend for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Holiday on Ice Skating Rink was a success with more than 100 people attending the opening ceremony on Friday evening, November 15.

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Community Thanksgiving service Monday, November 24

The annual Community Thanksgiving Church Service in Franklin County is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the Lake Chapel Church. Jack Wallace, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will deliver the message for the event.

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Optic to publish early for holiday

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will publish early the week of November 25 in order for the papers to be in the mail before the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The post office will be closed Thursday.

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Redneck games conducted at Alamo

Jacque Bateman leans into the turns as Kevin Munson and Amber Jetton push the cart during the Outhouse RaceJacque Bateman leans into the turns as Kevin Munson and Amber Jetton push the cart during the Outhouse Race at the fifth annual Redneck Games conducted at the Alamo Mission Museum on Saturday, November 16. See the November 21 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details from the event.

Daughters of the American Revolution inductees

Cynthia Salinas, the granddaughter, and Mimi Cundieff, Vivian Rhoades, and Mitzi Perritt, the daughters of Milton and Thurman RhoadesCynthia Salinas, the granddaughter, and Mimi Cundieff, Vivian Rhoades, and Mitzi Perritt, the daughters of Milton and Thurman Rhoades, were sworn in as new members of the Martha Laird Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Saturday.

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