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Bugs plus kids equal smiles

Four year old Evelyn Paothong and half a dozen other children of attendees and staff at the Prairies and Pineywoods BirdFest could be seen with wide smiles at the two “Insects at Night” segments Four year old Evelyn Paothong and half a dozen other children of attendees and staff at the Prairies and Pineywoods BirdFest could be seen with wide smiles at the two “Insects at Night” segments with Will Godwin.

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This Little Light school breaks ground

This Little Light Learning Center conducted a ground breaking ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. This Little Light Learning Center conducted a ground breaking ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. About 20 children and numerous adults gathered at 534 Yates St. in Mount Vernon for the event.

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Dancer in training

Carmilito Ramirez Jr., age two, is in training to become a member of the Dancea de Matacines team.Carmilito Ramirez Jr., age two, is in training to become a member of the Dancea de Matacines team. The group performed during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday, May 4.

Nominate great May yards for honors

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has begun its annual program to honor those who take special care of the grounds around their homes. Nominations are now open for both the Yard of the Month and Rural Beauty Spot of the Month for May.

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Serious birding enthusiasts

You can tell the serious birding enthusiasts by their equipment and when conversation is minimal in order to not distract from attracting or hearing the next feathered prey for their lenses. You can tell the serious birding enthusiasts by their equipment and when conversation is minimal in order to not distract from attracting or hearing the next feathered prey for their lenses.

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Carry the Load relay coming for third consecutive year

The Carry the Load relay will pass through downtown Mount Vernon for the third consecutive year on its way from West Point, N.Y. to Dallas during Memorial Day weekend.

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Inaugural BirdFest dubbed successful

With picture perfect weather and good attendance for a first year birding event, Chairperson Donna McFarland was ecstatic about the attendance and the number of birds seen on all five tours offered throughout Franklin County last weekend.

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National Day of Prayer

Kory Knott, senior minister of the Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, was the guest speaker at the Franklin County National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.Kory Knott, senior minister of the Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, was the guest speaker at the Franklin County National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1.

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Relay for Life raises $35,000 to fight cancer

Ariana Duvall, Kami Labutis, Emmy McCamant, Cheyenne Foster, and Melody Anderson, members of the Mount Vernon Gym Spirit Cheer Team, led the procession for the opening victory lap for cancer survivors at the Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 3.The seventh annual Franklin County Relay for Life began Saturday, May 3 at Don Meredith Stadium with $22,000 already collected. A total of $35,616.76 was collected by the end of the event with money still coming in.

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