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Veterans marker dedication well attended, inspiring

Participants in the Stouts Creek Cemetery verterans service marker dedicationThe dedication of a veterans service marker at the Stouts Creek Cemetery near Saltillo attracted a crowd of approximately 150 Saturday, November 9. Several groups were involved in the ceremony. see the November 14 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for the whole story.

Shiels honored as top lawyer

Thomas A. ShielsThomas A. Shiels of Mount Vernon was named a Super Lawyer in the annual list of top attorneys in Texas in the October 2013 edition of the Texas Monthly magazine.

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Veteran’s programs Monday

Members of the Mount Vernon High School Student Council will be hosts for a Veteran’s Day Program on Monday, November 11 at the school. The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post 3992 will have a hot dog lunch for veterans at noon on Monday, November 11. For more information, see the November 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Trick or Treat

Children in a variety of costumes made the rounds to businesses dispersing candy.Children in a variety of costumes made the rounds to businesses dispersing candy. More than 1,000 children participated in the annual Trick or Treat around the square.

Allen retires from service to county

Randy Allen, left, surprised his dad, Gerry Allen, when he showed up at a retirement celebration on Saturday, Nov. 2. The elder Mr. Allen did not think his son would be able to attend.Gerry Allen retired as Fire Marshall, Emergency Management Coordinator, and On-Site Septic Inspector in Franklin County effective November 1. Mr. Allen has served Franklin County for the past 20 years.

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Motivational scholarship cost rising

With more than $36,000 expended for scholarships in 2012 alone, the Mount Vernon Rotary Club is hoping for exceptional community support for its scholarship fund raising dinner next week.

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American Legion, Auxiliary begin holiday food collections

The Mount Vernon American Legion and Auxiliary to Post 243 will begin their collection of nonperishable food items for the 2013 Christmas For All program this week.

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Assembling the puzzle

Volunteers J.D. Baumgardner, Diane Newsom, Brandon Williams, and Bonnie McAllister carry rubber mats to create a walkway for ice skaters.Volunteers J.D. Baumgardner, Diane Newsom, Brandon Williams, and Bonnie McAllister carry rubber mats to create a walkway for ice skaters. These four, plus Wayne McAllister, worked to assemble the pieces that will become an ice skating rink on Saturday, November 2 on the tennis court at Little Creek Park. The ice rink will open for skaters on Friday, November 15.

First place

The ladies at Bloomin’ Crazy dress in  the latest in Whoville fashion.The ladies at Bloomin’ Crazy dress in the latest in Whoville fashion. They had a life size Grinch and a dog to complete their theme. They won first place in the small business category of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Halloween costume contest. See the November 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more winners from the contest.