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City’s preliminary budget for 2014-15 reviewed by council

The Mount Vernon City Council made its first review of the preliminary budget for the city for the 2014-15 fiscal year in their workshop session Monday, July 28. The meeting addressed the council’s concerns page by page in the budget.

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Contractor registry underway at water district

The initiation of the contractor registration requirement by the Franklin County Water District is working, according to district manager David Weidman.

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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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County commissioners continue work on budget

Franklin County Commissioners Court continued to wrestle with their budget for 2015. With only an estimated $121,000 increase in revenue, the group has been working to cut expenses.

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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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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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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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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.