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Veterans salute Saturday afternoon

There will be an early recognition of local area veterans in the Rose Mary Jennings Hall of the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7.

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Report possible black bear sightings

Over the past 40 years, the black bear, whose range once spanned nearly all of Texas, has begun to reappear in portions of East Texas after original populations were devastated by loss of habitat

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City denies zoning variance or asphalt batch plant

The Mount Vernon City Council last week denied a request for a zoning variance which would have allowed a hot mix batch plant to operate on the north service road to I-30 east of Hwy. 37,

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality agrees to reduced penalty

The City of Mount Vernon is getting a break on required penalties from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for exceeding allowable limits of discharge at the waste water

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Early voting slow in amendment vote

The early voting turnout has been slow for the seven amendments proposed to be added to the Texas State Constitution. The office of Franklin County Clerk Betty Crane reported as of

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County lifts burn ban

Franklin County Commissioners Court members lifted the ban on outdoor burning at their regular meeting on Monday, October 26. The action to rescind the ban went into effect immediately.

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Capital case fund contract renewed, HOT fund allocations approved

A contract for providing defense funding for those charged in a capital murder case was renewed, and the 2016 Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds were allocated by members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court

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Mitleff sentenced to 20 years for assault

Last week a jury of six men and six women took 24 minutes to find Timothy Wade Mitleff guilty and another 20 minutes to fix his punishment at 20 years in prison for the strangulation assault of his wife

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Jail passes inspection “with flying colors”

The Franklin County Jail passed its 2015 inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards without a single  deficiency. The latest inspection was Wednesday, September 30,

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