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Ambulance calls continue to exceed projections

The number of calls and revenues received by the Hopkins County Hospital District’s Emergency Medical Services (HC-EMS) in Franklin County at the end of the first full six months of operations exceeded the projected figures, according to their report filed with the Franklin County Commissioners Court. See the August 3 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for revenues and a listing of calls taken for service during this period.

New alert system for first responders implemented

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has implemented a new alert system to notify first responders of incidents.

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Custom saddle taken from barn

The theft of a custom made saddle valued at $1,500 was reported around 3 p.m. on Monday, July 17 by Diane Carr Deal.

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Fire academy graduates

Cadets as pictured are ront row, from left, Bryce McGovern of Winnsboro; Uriel Garcia, of Mount Pleasant; Cody DeWitt of Mount Pleasant; and Anthony McGovern of Winnsboro, back row, Tyler Lenius of Winnsboro; Jackie Wilson-Frederick of Winnsboro; Nathaniel Mizell of Mount Vernon; Brad Beckham of Gilmer; and Chief John Larry McRae, Instructor.Cadets from the 15th Firefighter Academy at Northeast Texas Community College recently graduated from the program.

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City hotel-motel tax funds were allocated for 2017-18

Six local nonprofit entities were allotted $37,050 in hotel /motel tax funds for the 2017-18 fiscal year by the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Check Fraud Prevention for Businesses

Check fraud is a problem which costs businesses and financial institutions billions of dollars each year.

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County anticipating budget hearings due to expenses

Mandated budget hearings for Franklin County will be needed because the anticipated tax rate is greater than the rate that would be needed to bring in the same dollar amount as the previous year’s rate.

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VFW Post 8780 plaques found

These plaques belonging to VFW Post 8780 were found with other trash off of FM 3122.These plaques belonging to VFW Post 8780 were found with other trash off of FM 3122. They list deceased members and belong to the the Winnsboro VFW Post. Anyone wishing to claim them should contact the Optic-Herald office.

State agency to pass through laboratory testing costs

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be recouping more than $11.5 million in forensic laboratory testing fees from various entities on the local level, which for local law enforcement is expected to mean increased budget expenses.

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