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Airport to close to air traffic for 90 days starting August 4

The Franklin County Airport will close to all aircraft traffic beginning Monday, Aug. 4. A pre-construction meeting was conducted Tuesday, July 22, during which the date was set.

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Grant phone scam targets East Texas

East Texas consumers have been receiving phone calls telling them they have been awarded a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Truck fire

North Franklin fire volunteer Aaron Johnson hoses down a 2006 Dodge pickupNorth Franklin fire volunteer Aaron Johnson hoses down a 2006 Dodge pickup belonging to Kaleb Watson that caught fire while parked under a carport at a residence at 9573 Hwy. 37 north. For more information, see the July 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

County real estate values fall more than three percent

The Franklin County Appraisal District released the certified tax rolls to local taxing entities this week showing overall values fell 3.3 percent from the previous year.

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Council considers tethering ordinance

Problems and concerns for animals that are tethered has led to a future change in the Mount Vernon City Animal Ordinance. The matter was discussed at the Monday, July 14 meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Tree down

A crew from TxDOT and city workers cleared the debris after employees with SWEPCO secured the electric lines.A large tree fell across Holbrook St. (Spur 423) near the railroad crossing on Thursday, July 17 around 1 p.m. during heavy rains. It snapped a power pole and took down power lines causing an outage for residences in the area.

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Crime of the Week

 two white male suspects in a red GMC/Chevy extended cab truck attempted to pry open the automatic car wash pay box at Kwik Kleen Karwash on Highway 37 SouthThe Northeast Texas Area Crime Stoppers and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office need your help in solving this crime of the week.

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Milcon reneges bid for airport maintenance

Milcon Construction, LLC asked the Texas Department of Transportation to be released from its contract for maintenance work at the Franklin County Airport.

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Fire damages Meat Market

The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m.The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m. Firefighters from Mount Vernon, South Franklin, North Franklin and Purley departments responded to the fire.

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