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Diane Newsom named Paul Harris Fellow

Waymon Newsom, Diane Newsom, Trey Newsome, and  Harley Honea Diane Newsom was honored with the presentation of the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Mount Vernon Rotary Club early this month.

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Grass fire

South Franklin volunteer firefighter Billy Richards sprays a grass fire in the 800 block of Wildwood Trail on Tuesday, January 10.South Franklin volunteer firefighter Billy Richards sprays a grass fire in the 800 block of Wildwood Trail on Tuesday, January 10.

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Special utility district election canceled

The Cypress Springs Special Utility District Board of Directors canceled its regular first Saturday of February election and certified four unopposed candidates that were scheduled to be on the ballot. For more information, see the January 12 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Property tax deadline nears, payment options available

Franklin County Tax Assessor / Collector Sue Ann Harper wants to make sure county residents know 13 days remain to pay their property taxes without additional penalties.

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Coach Meeks seeks new heart

Dickey Meeks is seeking a new heart. He is considered a Level 1A heart transplant recipient, the highest rating level. He checked into Baylor Heart Hospital in Dallas December 27.

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Alamo Mission elects officers

Ann Burnett was named Woman of the Year and Officers for 2017 were elected at the Alamo Mission Museum Appreciation Dinner Thursday, January 12Ann Burnett was named Woman of the Year and Officers for 2017 were elected at the Alamo Mission Museum Appreciation Dinner Thursday, January 12 within the museum’s the Little Red Schoolhouse walls.

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Swearing in

City Administrator Tina Rose leads new city councilman Steve Hammons through the oath of office at a meeting on Monday, January 9.City Administrator Tina Rose leads new city councilman Steve Hammons through the oath of office at a meeting on Monday, January 9.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. march

Rev. Dwight White speaks to the group of 16 people who gathered on the Franklin County Courthouse steps in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16.Rev. Dwight White speaks to the group of 16 people who gathered on the Franklin County Courthouse steps in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16.

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Barrel House, Edwards projects move forward

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation Board approved The Barrel House and M. L. Edwards & Co., LLC owners for separate existing business structure assistance programs at their quarterly board meeting Wednesday, January 4.

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