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Asbestos clean up at old hospital began Tuesday

The clean-up of asbestos from materials disturbed in the renovations at the county-owned hospital building was begun Tuesday by Air Quality Associates, Inc. of Tyler.

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It was cold, but it wasn’t a record

January 2015 was cold and wet in Franklin County, but no records were set for temperature nor rain total for the month. A total of 6.97 inches of rain was measured.

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Policy, building usage, construction, repairs consume afternoon workshop

Discussions begun in the regular session of the Franklin County Commissioners Court  Monday morning consumed the discussions of their afternoon workshop session with nothing finalized.

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Advice for aging population at risk for pressure ulcers

An aging population, along with rising rates of diabetes and obesity, means more and more people are at risk for pressure ulcers, according to Healogics, Inc.’s Chief Clinical Officer Katherine J. Rowland.

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Arrest made in postal “fishing” case

An arrest was made this week in connection with a crime that was first reported in the November 7, 2013 issue of the Optic-Herald. Clinton Keith Hillman, age 28 of Omaha, was arrested by last Tuesday for “fishing” mail out of blue, external postal boxes,

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Texas ranks eighth in number of idenity theft complaints

Every day behaviors are putting Texans at greater risk of tax identity theft. Texas now ranks eighth in the number of identity theft complaints reported, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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Sheriff’s vehicles to get six new computers, printers, software

The second round of funding was approved to purchase mobile electronic computer systems for county patrol vehicles during the Monday, January 26 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court at a cost of $23,913.65.

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State releases interactive 2012 water plan website

The Texas Water Development Board released this week its updated and final version of  the Interactive 2012 State Water Plan” website.

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County to pay for clean up of asbestos in hospital building

County Treasurer Betty Sue Allen takes notes as Commissioners Danny Chitsey and Sam Young point out problems at the Emergency Medical Services barracks behind the hospitalFranklin County Commissioners Court members agreed to pay an estimated $27,000 in remediation charges to remove asbestos materials from the former hospital building.

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