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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.

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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East Annex receives Best Overall Theme

Employees at the Franklin County East Annex dressed as characters from Duck Dynasty.The Franklin County East Annex took top honors as the business with the “Best Overall Theme” and was awarded the traveling plaque in the Merchant’s Halloween Dress-Up Contest on Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31.

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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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Food bank donation

Present for the donation were June Weeks, Frankie Capers, David Chaney, and Beverly Strange.Members of the Tall Tree Women’s Coffee Club donated $500 to the Community Food Bank of Franklin County on Thursday, October 24. The money will be used to help the food bank operate and prepare for the holiday season. Present for the donation were June Weeks, Frankie Capers, David Chaney, and Beverly Strange.

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.

Saltillo Carnival

Saltillo ISD Carniva GroupThe annual Saltillo ISD Carnival was Saturday, October 26 at the school. Each class represented a different country. Those shown in the photo are, first row, second grade - Richard Clem and Jolee Wilson;

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Secret Service Agent to provide look into Kennedy assassination

Retired Secret Service Agent Mike Howard will be guest speaker Saturday for a program sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Library. He will provide a unique behind the scenes look into the events of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Wing Ding Thing entries open now

Entries are being sought for the second annual Aggie Ring Wing Ding Thing set for Saturday, November 9 at the Trey Deuce Domino Saloon on CR SW3010. The entry fee is $10.

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