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Food collections, sign-ups continue

The organizing and collecting of non-perishable food items for the 2013 Christmas for All Food Baskets continues through the first week in December. The Mount Vernon American Legion Post 243 began its collection of food items through their Bingo sessions last week.

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Christmas parade set, vendor booths available

Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and planning for the annual Christmas parade has commenced. The date has been set for Saturday, December 7 with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

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Holiday on Ice Rink opens Friday

Grand Opening ceremonies for the Mount Vernon Holiday on Ice Skating Rink sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will be Friday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.

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Wallace is speaker

Pastor Jack WallacePastor Jack Wallace took time to honor each veteran attending at the Veteran’s Day Program in the school auditorium on Monday, November 11. He also spoke on his personal encounters as a member of the United States Navy for 20 years. Following the program, a lunch was served for those attending in the media center at the high school.

Veterans marker dedication well attended, inspiring

Participants in the Stouts Creek Cemetery verterans service marker dedicationThe dedication of a veterans service marker at the Stouts Creek Cemetery near Saltillo attracted a crowd of approximately 150 Saturday, November 9. Several groups were involved in the ceremony. see the November 14 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for the whole story.

Simmons Award at annual Veterans Dinner tonight

The 14th Annual Veterans Dinner and presentation of the Jake Simmons Freedom Award is set for tonight Thursday, November 14. The event will get under way at 6 p.m. with a dinner at the Mount Pleasant Country Club.

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Shiels honored as top lawyer

Thomas A. ShielsThomas A. Shiels of Mount Vernon was named a Super Lawyer in the annual list of top attorneys in Texas in the October 2013 edition of the Texas Monthly magazine.

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Sheets brothers take top honors at Ring Wing Ding

Winners in the Aggie Ring Wing Ding ThingThomas and Brylon Sheets took the top honors at the  second annual Aggie Ring Wing Ding Thing. The event raised almost $1,000 to fund scholarships for Texas A&M students.

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Trick or Treat

Children in a variety of costumes made the rounds to businesses dispersing candy.Children in a variety of costumes made the rounds to businesses dispersing candy. More than 1,000 children participated in the annual Trick or Treat around the square.