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Faith Based Dorm opens in Winnsboro

Chaplain Casey Miner was the Master of Ceremonies for the celebrated opening of the Faith Based Dorm at the Clyde M. Johnston Unit in Winnsboro on Tuesday, October 8.

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Speedy pooch

Andi, a miniature Dapple Dachshund owned by Stephen and Dana Ladd won first place in the Weiner Dog Races.Andi, a miniature Dapple Dachshund owned by Stephen and Dana Ladd won first place in the Weiner Dog Races. For more coverage from the annual CountryFest celebration, see the October 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Epperson, Stone win 42 tournament

Participants draw for teams in the annual  First National Bank 42 Tournament.Kim Epperson of Mount Vernon learned Saturday that it pays to have an experienced partner. It was Mrs. Epperson’s fourth appearance at the annual CountryFest 42 tournament,

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Chamber contests, events planned

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is registering participants for their Merchant’s Halloween Dress-up and Window Decoration contests as well as the 2013 Trick-or-Treat Around the Square

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Weakley, Sumrow first to finish 5K run

Winners of the 5K run at CountryFest 2013Organizers of the  CountryFest 5K set a new record high participation with 99 runners in their fourth annual event on Saturday, October 12. Destin Weakley and Shalynn Sumrow,

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Christenberry, Sears, Crawford classes take Paper Quilt awards

Logan English, age 9, points out his squares on the Paper Quilt for Sara Sears Third Grade Class.Logan English, age 9, points out his squares on the Paper Quilt for Sara Sears Third Grade Class. The Mount Vernon Elementary classes of teachers Lynn Christenberry, Sara Sears and Kodeanne Crawford earned honors

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Crafts booths available at wine event

Area artists and craftsmen are invited to reserve a booth for the Wine in the Pines event in Mount Vernon Friday night and Saturday, October 25 and 26. This is the fourth year for the event featuring Texas wineries and vineyards.

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A chance to skate first

Registration is now available for students to win a chance to be the first to skate on the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce skating rink. Any student age 12 and under is eligible to register for the opportunity which will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 15.

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Jordan, Romines take top honors in stew competition

CountryFest Stew Cookoff WinnersA total of 13 cooking teams competed in the 29th annual CountryFest Stew Cook Off Contest. The auction of the winning stews earned $1,950 for the sponsoring Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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