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City offers site for brush, limb disposal

Numerous broken limbs, brush, and leaves have collected over the winter months due to the sometimes severe weather. The City of Mount Vernon will provide for disposal of this vegetative matter for the next several weeks.

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Stolen loot

Two motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolenTwo motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolen, were recovered from an abandoned pickup truck by Sheriff’s Office personnel on Friday.

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Barker asks for restoration of electric service and violation details

Ron Barker asked that the City of Mount Vernon pay to re-establish electrical service to a house at 505 W. Main Street, and specify what was needed to bring the structure, threatened in condemnation, into code.

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VanDeaver supports retired teacher fund

Chief budget writers in the Texas House of Representatives announced their intention to honor the state’s commitment to fully fund the health care plan for Texas retired teachers

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Railings approved, parking lot denied

A quote of $7,789 for handrails at the courthouse was approved, and in a split vote, failed to approve a motion to redo the front parking lot at the old hospital building in the meeting

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Entertainment strategy offers quicker return on investments

The use of an entertainment and special events strategy to help revitalize downtown Mount Vernon offers a quicker return on investments, according to the team of specialist with the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

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Contracts approved for city projects

Three contracts for separate city projects were approved at the Monday, February 23 special meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council. The cash involved in the three projects is  $326,900.

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Changes in rules proposed to “grandfather” lighted signs

The Franklin County Water District’s Board discussed proposed changes in the district’s rules and regulations to deal with lighted signs and other structures already existing on district property

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Home destroyed

Firefighters from all four Franklin County volunteer fire departments responded to the structure fireFirefighters from all four Franklin County volunteer fire departments responded to the structure fire that consumed the Jerry and Linda Dollins residence on Sunday, February 22.

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