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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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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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Chili competition sign ups underway

Registration for the fifth annual chili cook off as part of the annual Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 7 in downtown Mount Vernon is underway. All proceeds from the cook off will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Franklin County.

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Deadline approaching for holiday military mailings

The deadlines to mail packages to military addresses for the holidays are fast approaching. Individuals wishing to send space available mail or packages that are sent overseas by air should postmark their packages no later than Tuesday, November 26. For more information, see the November 14 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

NETO fund raiser

Forrest and Anne Reynolds make their way through the serving line at the North Franklin Community CenterForrest and Anne Reynolds make their way through the serving line at the North Franklin Community Center on Saturday, November 9. Members of the Community Center conducted the event to raise money for the NETO Meal Center. More than $2,400 was raised.

Angel Trees to serve two different groups of children

Franklin County Child Welfare Board and the Community In Schools program will have separate Angel Tree programs to provide needed items for local children at Christmas.

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Food collections, sign-ups continue

The organizing and collecting of non-perishable food items for the 2013 Christmas for All Food Baskets continues through the first week in December. The Mount Vernon American Legion Post 243 began its collection of food items through their Bingo sessions last week.

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Howard relives assassination day

Mike Howard, retired U.S. Secret Service AgentMike Howard, retired U.S. Secret Service Agent, gave his personal account of events that happened before and after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago on November 22, 1963.

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Christmas parade set, vendor booths available

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and planning for the annual Christmas parade has commenced. The date has been set for Saturday, December 7 with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

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