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Optic-Herald named a Texas Treasure Business

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald has been named a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission.The Texas Treasure Business program recognizes businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years.

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Nursing home donates AED to fire department

Pam Powell, representing Mission Manor Nursing Home, donates an AED to Jeremy Cox of the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.Pam Powell, representing Mission Manor Nursing Home, donates an AED to Jeremy Cox of the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. For the full story, see the January 23 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Chamber nomination deadline approaching

The deadline to submit nominations for Man and Woman of the year is fast approaching. Nominations for Agriculturalist of the Years are also being accepted. Both individuals and organizations may submit nominations. For details on how to make nominations, see the Jan. 16 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

New way to treat atrial fibrillation offered at ETMC

Physicians at the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Cardiovascular Institute are among the first in the U.S. to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients with the new Medtronic Arctic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System and FlexCath Advance Steerable Sheath.

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First quarter clean-up continues this week

The City of Mount Vernon’s First Quarter Clean-up continues through Saturday, Jan. 18. The city is offering access to open-top dumpsters at its maintenance facility on Holbrook St. (Spur 423), between Andrews and Grady streets.

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Library digs into gardening series

The Franklin County Library is kicking off a series of gardening workshops with a session about soil testing on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m. Cody Maxell,

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Texas produced more country singers than any other state

Texas State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal and Donna McFarlandTexas State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal kept more than 50 members and guests of the Franklin County Historical Association mesmerized with his tales of the “Musical Traditions of Texas,” from Van Cliburn to Scott Joplin and from Willie Nelson to Buddy Holly.

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Caston plans to walk across America

Dale CastonDale Caston is planning to walk across America and is hoping to raise $10,000 for disaster relief. “I got to thinking that I can do something bigger and better for the world,” Mr. Caston said.

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Nominations open for community honors

Nominations are being accepted for consideration for the Franklin County Woman and Man of the Year and the Franklin County Hall of Fame awards. Awards will be presented at the annual Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Banquet.  For details about deadlines and forms for completion, see the January 9 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.