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Rabid skunk confirmed in county

The confirmation of a rabid skunk was received this week by the staff at the Mount Vernon Veterinary Clinic. The skunk was observed near a residence in the southwestern portion of the county

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Races, amendment keep local voter interest

State races should keep voter interest despite a lack of locally contested seats in next week’s November 4 General Election for candidates and an amendment to the Texas State Constitution.

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Early voting ends Friday, Election Day Tuesday

In person early voting for the General Election continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, October 31. Election day voting will be Tuesday, November 4.

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Train vs. 18 wheeler

The impact separated the trailer’s cab from the frame. The cab came to rest against a tree and fence row as seen on the left side of the photo.A train collided with a Pilgrim’s Feed truck at a private railroad crossing in southern Franklin County between CR SE 4430 and CR SE 4425 on Tuesday, October 28.

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Pct. 2 Commissioner seat is only contested local race

There is only one local contested race on the November 4 General Election ballot. Write-In Candidate Keith Medders filed a petition of signatures to become a candidate, and Larkin Jumper was selected as Republican nominee by the local party’s executive committee.

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Alston named DPS Trooper of the Year

DPS Trooper William “Phillip” Alston was named Trooper of the Year for 2014 and was also presented the Director’s Citation for his help in apprehending a fugitive and protecting the lives of civilians.

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Hospital search committee saw other options unfeasible

The search committee that looked into leasing of the local hospital to other entities after East Texas Medical Center announced it would cease operations here the end of 2014 ran into many brick walls in their efforts.

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Hospital employees get 60 day notice

About 100 employees at ETMC hospitals in Mount Vernon and Gilmer received formal letters notifying them of the pending termination of their jobs last week.

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No jail deficiencies found in inspection

The Franklin County Jail passed its 2014 inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards without a single deficiency. Sheriff  Ricky Jones praised Chief Ricky Roberts and other members of the jail staff for their work in maintaining the jail’s level of operation.

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