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Early deadline Monday, Dec. 30

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will have an early deadline of noon Monday, Dec. 30 for the Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 newspaper. All news and stories must be submitted to the office before noon.

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Marshall home wins lighting contest

The Marshall home  was the in-town winner in the annual Christmas Decorating contest.The Marshall home located at 601 Highland Oaks in Mount Vernon was the in-town winner in the annual Christmas Decorating contest. It is decorated with multi-colored lights outlining the yard and roof.

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Black Onyx Club “A Night Before Christmas”

Della Duffey Robinson was the featured performerDella Duffey Robinson was the featured performer at the Black Onyx Club’s annual “A Night Before Christmas” event on Friday, Dec. 13.   More than 45 people attended the dinner in support of the group’s scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Rutledge home wins lighting contest

The Rutledge home was the rural winner in the annual Christmas Decorating contest.The Rutledge home at 159 CR NE2060 was the rural winner in the annual Christmas Decorating contest. Their roof and windows are outlined in multi-colored lights.

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Hundreds helped by local holiday assistance programs

The jointly conducted Christmas for All food basket and gift program was declared a success by volunteers and coordinating organizations. In addition, the Franklin County Child Welfare Board served local children in foster care, and 67 Community In Schools families shopped at a specially organized “Christmas Store” for needed items.

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Sidewalk completion celebrated

Mayor Margaret Sears, center, prepares to cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the south side sidewalk project.Mayor Margaret Sears, center, prepares to cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the south side sidewalk project. The $200,000 project was funded through a grant through the Texas Main Street program

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Boulware, Jordan win Jingle Bell Jog

T. J. Bouleware and Kayce Jordan were recognized as the first male and female runners to complete the second annual 5K Jingle Bell Jog event. He finished the course in 22:20, and she recorded a time of 24:47.

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Trash pick up days changed for holidays

The regular trash pick up days for the City of Mount Vernon and rural areas will be altered for the week of Christmas and New Year’s. For a listing of pick up days for both Sanitation Solutions and Tabor Sanitation, see the December 19 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Tour of Trees open, voting Saturday

The Franklin County Historical Association will be conducting a Tour of Trees in the freight room at the Old Depot Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 21.

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