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Gator hunting

Austin Decker, son of Adam and Tracie Decker of Mount Vernon, won an alligator youth hunt through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.Austin Decker, son of Adam and Tracie Decker of Mount Vernon, won an alligator youth hunt through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  He is a 16 year old sophomore at Mount Vernon High School.

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September Rotary Students introduced

Jessica Valazquez and Colton WylieJessica Valazquez and Colton Wylie were selected as the Rotary Students of the Month for September at Mount Vernon High School. For more information, see the September 19 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Registration for 5K, car show open, avoid late fee for booth reservation

CountryFest organizers will be conducting a 5K run or walk for the fourth time this year. It will be part of the 39th annual CountryFest celebration on Saturday, October 12.

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Prayer for soldiers

The children at Rainbow Connection conducted their own version of See You at the Pole on Wednesday, Sept. 11.  The children at Rainbow Connection conducted their own version of See You at the Pole on Wednesday, September 11.  Teachers and students gathered around the flag and said the pledge together and then sang I’m In the Lord’s Army.

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10th annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, September 20

More than 700 participants have signed up to join the fun at the 10th annual Handicapable Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Duke Arena. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the arena and is

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Mount Vernon - Winnsboro rivalry takes center stage

The Mount Vernon and Winnsboro football rivalry will be brought to the fore front again the week as the Red Raiders venture into Tiger Territory. The game is set to kick off on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Don Meredith stadium. For more information, see the Sept. 19 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

We are open

The sign in front of the Franklin County Library expressed the sentiment by all the business owners on the south side of the downtown square that they are openThe sign in front of the Franklin County Library expressed the sentiment by all the business owners on the south side of the downtown square that they are open.

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Dinner to support home meal delivery

Northeast Texas Opportunities (NETO) will be conducting a fund raiser to benefit the Home Delivered Meals Program for aging people at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, September 19

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Scally throws first pitch

Joe Scally, owner of the local Mount Vernon Dairy Queen, threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers baseball gameJoe Scally, owner of the local Mount Vernon Dairy Queen, threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, August 30 and threw a perfect strike.