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Priorities, goals for city gleaned from council surveys

The top five priorities for the City of Mount Vernon, as envisioned by current members of the city council, were revealed at last week’s council workshop session by newly seated city administrator Darrek Ferrell.

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Planning for future building use

Senior Citizen Services, the Franklin County Clerk, and Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper  went from room to room Friday measuring and recording the layout for later referenceThe future use of the county’s Multipurpose Building was being considered as representatives from the Ark-Tex Council of Government, Senior Citizen Services, the Franklin County Clerk, and Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper

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Certified tax rolls released

The Franklin County Appraisal District released the certified tax rolls to local taxing entities this week. Overall property values decreased slightly for Franklin County and Mount Vernon ISD,

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Quiet month for Franklin County weather

For the first time in several months, below average rainfall was noted during the month of July 2015. Only 0.41 inches of rain fell in the area. See the August 6 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details about July weather.

Contracts relinquished, programs will continue

The Northeast Texas Opportunities, Incorporated (NETO) Board of Directors voluntarily relinquished the nine government and private contracts which it administers and began the process to close the agency

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Barker gets three week reprieve to bring house up to standards

The house at 505 W. Main St. that is being reworked by Ron Barker was given a three week reprieve from condemnation by the Mount Vernon City Council at its meeting Monday night.

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Veracruz charged with murder in Blankenship shooting

The motorcycle that murder suspect James Dale Veracruz rode to the abandoned Scroggins Store on Friday, July 24 sits among crime scene markers.James Dale Veracruz remains in the Franklin County Jail under $1.5 million bond after being charged with murder in the shooting death of Darrell G. Blankenship.

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Marquez is new lake patrol officer

Teofilo “Teo” MarquezTeofilo “Teo” Marquez is the newest addition to the line up of officers with the Franklin County Water District’s Lake Patrol division. A native of Mount Pleasant, the 23-year-old officer completed his probationary period with the district in June

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Five pieces of land rated as potential business park sites

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation board heard from Adams Engineering and Development Consultants as to their recommendations for possible sites for a future business park.

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