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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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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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Yard of the month for July 2013

Max and Joy Rutledge at 300 Rutherford Street was chosen at the July Yard of the MonthThe home of Max and Joy Rutledge at 300 Rutherford Street was chosen at the July Yard of the Month by members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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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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Secret agent magic

Emma Van Dieden and Dylan Clinton paired up  to assist James Wand with some Secret Agent Magic tricksEmma Van Dieden and Dylan Clinton paired up  to assist James Wand with some Secret Agent Magic tricks  during his Franklin County Library Summer Enrichment Program

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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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Summer reading winners announced at library

The children who read the most books during the annual Summer Reading Program at the Franklin County Library were recognized with prizes and certificates

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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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United Way of Franklin County Kickoff dinner set, RSVP needed

The United Way of Franklin County’s annual kick-off dinner and recognition awards will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Rose Mary Jennings Memorial Hall

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