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Annual celebration this weekend

The 40th annual CountryFest celebration is just five days away. The event will be Saturday, October 11 with activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Royal support

Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse Little Miss Rebekah McQueen, at left, and Rodeo Junior Queen Bugz Panther and Senior Queen Jocee Neal, at right, presented Becca Boo, held by Gator Boys star Jimmy Riffle, Jr., at center,Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse Little Miss Rebekah McQueen, at left, and Rodeo Junior Queen Bugz Panther and Senior Queen Jocee Neal, at right, presented Becca Boo, held by Gator Boys star Jimmy Riffle, Jr., at center, with a flag showing their support for her battle against leukemia.

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Twelfth Handicapable Rodeo sets attendance record

A Chapel Hill student, helped by Mount Pleasant FFA students Blake Porter, Jessica Williams and Cameron Curry,A Chapel Hill student, helped by Mount Pleasant FFA students Blake Porter, Jessica Williams and Cameron Curry, gets into the swing of things at the bull riding station at the Handicapable Rodeo.

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Fall clean up efforts begin Saturday

Fall clean up efforts have been set to begin this Saturday in both Franklin County and the City of Mount Vernon. Residents are urged to clean both public and private areas in preparation

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Courthouse photo exhibit opens to crowd

The “Where on the Square are Ken and Friends” photo exhibit opened Saturday, Sept. 20 in conjunction with the rededication of the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Deadlines for booth, 5K, car show, registrations loom

The absolute deadline to reserve booth space at the 40th annual CountryFest celebration is Wednesday, October 1. The event will be Saturday, October 11 with activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Blood drive Saturday, September 27

The Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department will be the sponsor for the Carter BloodCare blood drive on Saturday, September 27. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Sacred Heart statuary dedicated

The dedication of the statuary included a special blessing ceremony performed by The Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler.Statuary of the sacred heart of Jesus was dedicated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mount Vernon Wednesday, September 17.

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Stew contest registration open

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual CountryFest Stew Cook-off is set for Saturday, October 11. The contest will be located on Houston St. again this year.

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