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Job description okayed, applications being accepted

The job description for a maintenance/parks and recreation employee was approved with a broader use of the manpower at the Monday, August 10 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Head Start to get office space in Multi-Purpose Building

Franklin County Commissioner Court members gave tentative approval for the Community Development Institute (CDI) Head Start to have office space in the local Multi-Purpose Building

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Scrap tire control is topic for classes

Two free classes focused on “Local Control of Scrap Tires” have been set next week in the northeast Texas area courtesy of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Major water break reported Saturday

A major water break was reported Saturday evening, and was isolated without an interruption of service to Mount Vernon water customers. City crews were awaiting the arrival of a clamp

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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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City sets tax rate for $3.7 million budget

The Mount Vernon City Council adopted their 2015 tax rate of $0.604382 per $100 of property value, which is the same as the last two years. That amount is projected to yield $620,000

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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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Texting while driving will get you a traffic ticket in Mount Vernon

City employees placed banners in the city, at the school and at major intersections on July 30 and 31 to warn motorists of the consequences of texting while driving.  The message is “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Mount Vernon Police Department on banners that were erected at the schools,

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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.