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Summer reading winners announced

front row, Sawyer Burnes, Katrina Cox and Avery Pickens were first place winners. Other winners in the second row were Bella Anderson, Anabella Talsma, Trinity Woods, and Seth Barrett. August Whitaker,Winners in the Franklin County Library’s Summer Reading Program were awarded prizes during closing ceremonies on July 28.

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United Way approves funding, sets goal for 2018

The United Way of Franklin County set a goal of $28,500 for its 2017 campaign that will be collected in 2018.

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Congressman’s district director to be at Rotary

Jason Ross, District Director for Congressman John Ratcliffe, 4th Congressional District of Texas, will be the guest speaker for the Friday, July 28 meeting of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.

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Mmmm... ice cream

Tristan Henderson thoroughly enjoys a cup of ice cream with whipped cream on his eyebrow, cheek, shirt and shorts.Tristan Henderson thoroughly enjoys a cup of ice cream with whipped cream on his eyebrow, cheek, shirt and shorts.

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Duke’s developers introduced to Industrial Foundation

The enthusiasm and excitement of a $6-$7 million business expansion project in Mount Vernon was shared with the 30 or so members of the Franklin County Industrial Foundation

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Fun at the lake

People enjoy some fun in the sun at Lake Cypress Springs on a recent afternoon.People enjoy some fun in the sun at Lake Cypress Springs on a recent afternoon. The readers of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald voted the lake as the Best Tourist Attraction in the 2017 Best of Franklin County contest. See results of the voting in the B section of this edition.

Ice cream, awards, watermelon upcoming

Ice cream sundaes will be served on the downtown plaza at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 21 as part of the Franklin County Library’s Summer Enrichment series.

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Science stations

Dylan and Kinley Post and Annabella and Aurora Talsma learn about energy from volunteer Ange Hunnicutt as the kids tour a traveling science exhibitDylan and Kinley Post and Annabella and Aurora Talsma learn about energy from volunteer Ange Hunnicutt as the kids tour a traveling science exhibit on the downtown plaza on Wednesday, July 12.

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“BYOB” allowances being reviewed by city council

The issuance of city permits for organizations conducting BYOB (bring your own bottle) to various downtown events is being reviewed by the Mount Vernon City Council.

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