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Young Farmers Project Show raises more than $60,000

The annual Mount Vernon/Saltillo FFA and 4-H Project Show raised more than $60,000 on Saturday, March 29 at the livestock pavilion. As of press time Tuesday, more than $28,000 in additional add-on money had been received

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Charity Berger shows Grand Champion Steer

Charity Berger, showed the Grand Champion SteerCharity Berger, daughter of Bobby and Alice Berger, showed the Grand Champion Steer in the annual Mount Vernon/Saltillo FFA and 4-H Project Show on Saturday, March 29.

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Double check ceremony

Representatives from the American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Post 243 each donated funds to the Kid Fish project.Representatives from the American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Post 243 each donated funds to the Kid Fish project. The Auxiliary had a bake sale and raised $503. The Legion donated $150.

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FFA brings home five blue ribbons

The Mount Vernon FFA brought home five blue ribbons from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Ag Mechanics Contest March 21-23. For a listing of projects and the students who constructed them, see the March 27 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Grant hearing Tuesday on Fleming building project

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation will conduct a public hearing on whether or not to award a matching grant of $15,000 to Brad and Stephanie Hyman for restoration work on the Fleming building.

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Bakeoff funds dedicated to meals program

Profits collected through the Mount Vernon Key Club’s annual Spring Bake off will be dedicated to the home delivered meals program administered by the Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc.

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Hamming it up

Debra Bassham purchases a ticket for a smoked ham from Mount Vernon Fire Department volunteers Robert Zinn and Kenneth Dyer.Debra Bassham purchases a ticket for a smoked ham from Mount Vernon Fire Department volunteers Robert Zinn and Kenneth Dyer. The local department will be selling hams through April 13 for pick up on April 19.

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Bohlken wins district contest

Anson Godfrey, Bailey BohlkenBailey Bohlken, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, receives congratulations from Anson Godfrey, governor for Rotary Dist. 5830, as first place winner in the district’s annual Rotary 4-Way Speech contest.

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Health fair

Several ladies gather around a vendor at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Health Fair Several ladies gather around a vendor at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Health Fair on Thursday, March 20. Approximately 50 people and 25 vendors took part in this annual event at the First United Methodist Church.