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Cold branding

Tina McCord holds a branding iron to the front shoulder of ItchyTina McCord holds a branding iron to the front shoulder of Itchy, a 14 year old Appaloosa belonging to Katrina and Ronnie Easterling. To cold brand, a spot on the horse is shaved, the area is rubbed with oil, then with rubbing alcohol, and the brand is applied for 15-20 seconds. When the hair grows back, it will come in either in light or dark, opposite of the horse’s coloring.

Saltillo FFA members compete at events

Saltillo FFA membersSaltillo FFA members have participated in competitions and meetings during the fall and will be involved in several other events in the coming months. Earlier this year, the group attended the District Leadership Camp,

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Veteran interviews planned at library

The local library needs a few good men, and women, to step forward and be heard. The staff at the Franklin County Library will be conducting interviews with American Service Veterans beginning in March 2014.

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Mount Vernon FCCLA increases members

Mount Vernon Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FCCLAThe Mount Vernon Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, FCCLA, conducted a successful membership drive in September and registered 49 members.

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Blind Date with a book a hit

The Franklin County Library’s ‘Blind Date with a Book’ program has been very popular with local readers. “We started out with 45 wrapped books on February 1, and in just one week 28 had been checked out,” Library Director Lisa Lawrance said.

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Chanber Banquet ticket deadline Friday

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members and other supporters are urged to purchase tickets for the annual chamber banquet no later than Friday, February 21.

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Black History program

T. K. Fountain, center, was accompanied by her father, Keitron Fountain, as she sang during the Black History Month ProgramT. K. Fountain, center, was accompanied by her father, Keitron Fountain, as she sang during the Black History Month Program. For more details about the Friday, February 7 event, see the February 13 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Mount Vernon FFA to display five projects at Houston show

Mount Vernon FFAMembers of the Mount Vernon FFA have been working the past few months to prepare their projects to exhibit at the Houston Ag Mechanics Show March 21-23. This year, the group plans to enter five projects at the show.

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Library garden series continues

The Franklin County Library will continue its gardening series with a program about storing seeds and starting plants indoors on Tuesday, February 18 and 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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