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CountryFest

Colorful tents and awnings dot downtown Mount VernonColorful tents and awnings dot the downtown Mount Vernon area during the annual CountryFest celebration. More than 100 vendor booths were set up. Despite the threat of rain,

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Cycling across America

Armando Basile pedaled through Mount Vernon this week midway through his eighth trip across the United States.Armando Basile pedaled through Mount Vernon this week midway through his eighth trip across the United States. The 66 year old Italian calls Freiburg, Germany home.

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Festival celebrating 39th year Saturday, October 12

The annual Key Club CountryFest in Mount Vernon will celebrate its 39th year Saturday, October 12. More than 100 vendors will be set up around the plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Back pack numbers skyrocket; donations needed for program

The number of children in the Mount Vernon School system requesting meals for weekends has more than tripled since last year, according to Marie Latortue, coordinator for the Mount Vernon Rotary Back pack program.

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Halloween contests, events announced

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will conduct their Merchant’s Halloween Dress-up and Window Decoration contests as well as the 2013 Trick-or-Treat Around the Square on Thursday, October 31.

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Annual Franklin County Hay Show raises $7,335

Winners were, front row, William Kirby, Shanna Cornell, back row, Peter Boekhorst, Hendrik Talsma, and Arne Van Dieden.The 2013 annual Mount Vernon Saltillo Young Farmer Hay Show raised $7,335 to be used on improvements to the pavilion located on FM 115 in Mount Vernon and for scholarships.

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Brooks returns as nurse practitioner

Delisa BrooksCertified family nurse practitioner Delisa Brooks has joined the ETMC First Physicians clinic in Mount Vernon. She returns to Mount Vernon after five years in the Dallas area.

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Library to celebrate 100 year-old building

The Franklin County Library will mark the 100th year of its building during CountryFest on Saturday, October 12. Festival attendees are invited to join the staff and members of the Friends of the Library for punch and cookies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a history of the building, see the October 10 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Gold Star mothers, families honored

The mothers of soldiers lost in battle from five area counties were honored Sunday in a Gold Star luminary ceremony. The event, organized by the Ministering Our Military (MOM) group,

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