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Five record lows recorded, below average rainfall reported

Five record low temperatures and below average rainfall were recorded in July 2013 in Franklin County.  The new records were set the first week of the month with lows in the 60s.

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Juicy treat

Kiley and Anja Clauson chomp down on juicy, ice cold watermelon during the annual Watermelon DayKiley and Anja Clauson chomp down on juicy, ice cold watermelon during the annual Watermelon Day event on the square on Friday, Aug. 2. Approximately 80 people attended the event.

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Ice machine donated

Denise Trantham NETO Program Director, center, was on hand to accept the donation. Several local individuals, organizations, and businesses recently donated a Scotsman ice machine to the Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc. Meals on Wheels program.

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Rural Beauty Spot

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Rural Beauty Spot for the month of July. The home of Steve and Patsy Wright in the Sulphur Bluff area was chosen as the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Rural Beauty Spot for the month of July.

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Photos, stories, memorabilia wanted for information sharing

Mount Vernon is one of just eight locations state-wide for an information sharing/gathering meeting on all things of the Bankhead Highway. The local event has been set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Cultural Arts Center.

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Motorcycle ride planned to gather school supplies

The American Legion Post 243 Riders Club in a partnership with the American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring a “Riders Ride for Back to School” event on Saturday, Aug. 17.

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Photo winner

Jackie Strydom’s Bubbles leaping for a frisbee This photo of  Jackie Strydom’s Bubbles leaping for a frisbee thrown to him over the water was the winner in the Optic-Herald’s Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest.

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Tickets go on sale Monday, pageant attracts 53 contestants

The 45th annual Miss Mount Vernon Scholarship Pageant has been set for Friday, Aug. 16 for K-sixth grade girls, and Saturday, Aug. 17 for seventh through 12th grade girls.

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Watermelon Day is Friday, Aug. 2

Free ice cold watermelon will be served to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 on the square in Mount Vernon. The event is being sponsored by the

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