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Primary early voting begins Today

Early voting by personal appearance in the Republican and Democrat parties’ General Primary elections begins Tuesday, February 18. Early voting ends Friday, February 28.

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Planning and zoning board to be established

The members of the Mount Vernon City Council unanimously approved moving forward with establishing a planning and zoning board. The council took the action at their regular meeting Monday night, February 10.

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Texas Election Identification Certificates still available

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming primary election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas.

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Courthouse IT, phones and security needs an afterthought

How many more things were not included in the courthouse bid that Franklin County will need to fund? This was the brunt of the issues raised by members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court and County Auditor Tina Phillips at the Monday, Feb. 10 meeting of the court.

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Local Main Street program honored

Mount Vernon was commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Main Street Program made the announcement at the winter gathering of Texas Main Street managers in Seguin, Wednesday, January 29.

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No contaminated meat at Local Brookshires

Meat purchased through the Mount Vernon Brookshire’s store was not subject to the latest round of  possibly contaminated meat being recalled.

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Asay files for school board re-election

Filing began last week for those interested in becoming a candidate for a position as Mount Vernon mayor and  its City Council or the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

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Texas Treasure Business

Publisher Emeritus Pat Wright, Mount Vernon Mayor Margaret Sears, State Representative George Lavender, and John and Susan Reeves.The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald was named a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission. Present for the presentation were Publisher Emeritus Pat Wright, Mount Vernon Mayor Margaret Sears, State Representative George Lavender, and John and Susan Reeves.

Mass mailings cause for concern in General Primary

Mass mailings of ballot application forms to registered voters over the age of 65 are a concern to Franklin County Election Administrator and County Clerk Betty Crane.

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