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Funding formalized for criminal investigator position

The salary for a new position as criminal investigator for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was formally set at $18.50 per hour in action by the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court Tuesday, December 27.

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Home destroyed

A South Franklin Firefighter shoot a stream of water through a window.A passerby alerted authorities that the residence of Stephen Owen in the 8500 block of FM 1448 was on fire and fully involved around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27.

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New ambulance

Hopkins County EMS delivered a new ambulance on Tuesday, December 20 with Franklin County painted on the side to County Judge Scott Lee, center, and other county employees.Hopkins County EMS delivered a new ambulance on Tuesday, December 20 with Franklin County painted on the side to County Judge Scott Lee, center, and other county employees.

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Unemployment insurance rate rises

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the average Unemployment Insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.64 percent for calendar year 2017.

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Arnold convicted of evidence tampering by shaving body hair

Daniel Philip ArnoldIt took a seven woman, five man jury just 35 minutes to determine a triple guilty verdict for felony evidence tampering against Daniel Philip Arnold, age 33 of Mount Vernon,

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Utility requests Texas rate hike

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power, submitted a request this week to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to increase the company’s Texas rates by approximately $69 million annually.

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Duke’s Travel Center dirt work begun off I-30

The site preparation for the much anticipated Duke’s Travel Center was begun last week after the parent company, Zanbaka USA, LLC, filed development plans with the City of Mount Vernon.

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Rail district touting benefits of local transload facility

Representatives with the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) have been building interest and looking for investment partners in establishing a Franklin County Transload Terminal.

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Ambulance service changes Tuesday

Hopkins County EMS will assume duties as the new provider for Emergency Medical Services, including ambulance transport at Noon Tuesday, December 20.

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