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DWI Not So Fun House visits community events

As summer celebrations enter their final weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation is taking its “DWI Not So Fun House” to community events across the state as part of its “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaign.

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Rodeo and parade set Labor Day Weekend

Members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse will be hosts for the annual Labor Day Weekend Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. Events will kick off with a parade

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Sales Tax Holiday stretches 2015 back-to-school budgets

School children will soon head back to the classroom; and Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday will help outfit kids with tax-free clothes, shoes and school supplies they need for the new school year. Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday

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Registration open for Thanksgiving baskets

The Community Food Bank of Franklin County is now taking registrations for Thanksgiving food baskets. This will be the first time for the group to provide Thanksgiving baskets.

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Sales tax holidays are August 7 - 9

The annual sales tax holiday has been set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 to 9. Families will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes this weekend. For more information about items included in this tax free shopping period, see the July 30 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Blood drive successful

 Sheriff Ricky Jones and his wife, Sheleace Gann, complete paperwork as the next donors up.Ashley Cruitt, who has been donating blood since age 17, and Deborah Whitworth, who has been donating since age 19, both in the comfortable donor couches, gave blood Saturday.

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Sports complex manager duties to be revised by commissioners

The duties of the Franklin County Sports Complex Manager are to be revised before seeking a replacement for Zack Jaggers who resigned from the post. Discussions in the Monday, July 27 workshop

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Mentoring program to help students

Jill LowryJill Lowry introduced Mount Vernon Cares to the Rotary Club and county commissioners last week. It is a newly formed 501(c) 3 organizationt that is targeting junior high and high school students at the Mount Vernon Independent School District

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Work progressing on Walleye Park’s premium camper sites

New RV camper pads, workers prepareform for the new RV pads at Walleye parkWork is progressing on the 18 new premium recreational vehicle sites at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs, but they will not be completed in time for the current camping season.

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