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Franklin County swearing in

left to right, Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper, Pct. 4 Commissioner Sam Young, Justice of the Peace Jim Alford, County Judge Scott Lee, Treasurer Betty Sue Allen, District Clerk Ellen Jaggers, and County Clerk Betty Crane.Franklin County officials who were elected or re-elected during the November 2014 campaign were sworn into office during a ceremony on Thursday, January 1 in the District Courtroom.

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Congressman Hall says farewell

As his Congressional service comes to a close, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released a statement to constituents thanking them for their support during his career. For the full statement, see the January 1 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Edward Jones takes top spot for 20th time

For the 20th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked number one in WealthManagement.com’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to Bill Kent, the Edward Jones financial advisor in the firm’s Mount Vernon office.

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Lovier honored for judicial education

Paul LovierFranklin County Judge Paul Lovier was honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as an elected official.

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Extra DWI patrols for New Years

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will continue their increased DWI patrols through the New Year holidays Friday, January 2.

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Emergency medical services has familiar faces, quality treatment

Dispatch supervisor Donnie Phifer in the TRMC LifeLink call center.Dispatch supervisor Donnie Phifer in the TRMC LifeLink call center. Titus Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department assumed duties as the primary ambulance service for Franklin County residents at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, December 31.

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Flaws found in analysis of impact of Marvin Nichols

In a strong statement to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) last week, the Region D Water Planning Group, charged with water planning for Northeast Texas, detailed the failings of a report on the impacts the proposed 70,000-acre Marvin Nichols Reservoir would have on agricultural and natural resources.

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Medical services changes top news stories for 2014

East Texas Medical Center - Mount VernonThe closing of the local hospital by East Texas Medical Center was perhaps the most wide reaching single event of the 2014 year.

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Kevin Spence to be general manager for utility district

Kevin SpenceKevin Spence will assume duties as general manager for the Cypress Springs Special Utility District January 1. The district’s board of directors appointed him to succeed Richard Zachary, who is retiring after 30 years with the district, with 28 as general manager.

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