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Hunter safety course offered

A course in hunter education is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, October 7-9. The 10 hour course will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night in the Mount Vernon High School Agricultural Building.

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Deadlines for booth, 5K, car show, registrations loom

The absolute deadline to reserve booth space at the 39th annual CountryFest celebration is Tuesday, October 1. The event will be Saturday, October 12 with activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Mount Vernon FFA fruit and meat sale underway until October 10

The annual Mount Vernon FFA fruit and meat sale is currently underway. Anyone interested in ordering fruit or meat should contact any local FFA member or the agriculture departement at the school at (903) 537-4781. For more information, see the Sept. 26 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

First National Bank reports 425 at picnic

First National Bank employee Shannon Oliver holds a box of entries while Petite Miss Mount Vernon Gina McFeely, Junior Miss Mount Vernon Gracee Damron, and Little Miss Mount Vernon Taylor Copeland take turns drawing namesA total of 425 people attended the annual First National Bank Fall Picnic at the Lake Cypress Springs Branch on Saturday, September 21. This year hot dogs, apple pies, and soda pop were served.

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Finishing the concrete

Workers with Affordable Concrete Construction smooth out the newly poured concrete for the steps leading up to the downtown Mount Vernon plaza.Workers with Affordable Concrete Construction smooth out the newly poured concrete for the steps leading up to the downtown Mount Vernon plaza.

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Alamo Mission Museum funding reaffirmed for 2014

Funding for the Alamo Mission Museum was again in the spotlight at the Monday, September 23 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court. The court reaffirmed their designation of $4,000 from the Hotel Occupancy Tax fund

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Rain unable to wash away the spirit of rodeo

Chris Chandler, complete with his handle bar mustache and goatee, trys his hand at wresting a steer at the annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 20 at Duke Arena. He is assisted with his efforts by Stephanie Stewart.Approximately 700 participants made their trek in the rain to attend the 11th annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, September 20 at the Duke Arena on CR 3285 in Franklin County.

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NETO Spaghetti dinner fund raiser successful

Jy’Mon Hatcher, age three, told his Grandma Darlene Hatcher that his spaghetti dinner was “Mmm Good.”Jy’Mon Hatcher, age three, told his Grandma Darlene Hatcher that his spaghetti dinner was “Mmm Good.” The dinner brought in $1,270 for the Meals on Wheels program with just under $300 of the total coming from the cake and pie sale.

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Rotary Bingo canceled

The annual Rotary Bingo for scholarships set for Saturday, October 5 has been canceled according to President Diana Duckworth. In lieu of this event, the club will sponsor a 75th anniversary scholarship dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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