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Voters have options for IDs at polls

The Office of the Texas Secretary of State reminds voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain a form of approved photo ID that they now have additional options when voting in person.

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Early voting begins Monday in local district elections

Early voting in person to fill one seat on the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors, a single City of Mount Vernon Council seat, and three seats on the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will begin Monday, April 24.

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City okays economic incentives with Ostertag Enterprises, Inc.

The Mount Vernon City Council members unanimously approved a Chapter 380 agreement between the City and Ostertag Enterprises, Inc.

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RSI’s Gibson: City’s housing market ripe for development

Mount Vernon’s housing market is ripe for a developer/builder approach as real estate agents report “begging” for quality new construction, according to a study completed for the Franklin County Industrial Foundation and Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation boards over the past two months.

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First National selected county depository for four years

Franklin County Commissioners Court awarded a four year depository contract to First National Bank of Mount Vernon, that could mean extra funds if current interest rate trends continue, at their regular meeting Monday, April 10.

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Clean audit for water district

Kerry Johnson, with the firm of Fox, Byrd & Company, PC, reported that the Franklin County Water District had a “clean audit” for their 2016 fiscal year.

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City denies SWEPCO increase

The City of Mount Vernon’s council members joined with other small communities across east Texas to deny the Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) application for the authority to change rates requiring the reimbursement of municipal rate case expenses and increase base utility rates approximately 24 percent as filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) in mid-December 2016.

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Rural health clinic, urgent care services to relocate

The Franklin County Rural Health Clinic and Urgent Care services are moving from the Franklin County Family Health Center (old hospital building) to the old clinic building next door effective Monday, April 17.

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Controversy over feral hog poison continues across Texas

The battle against feral hogs in Texas has been raging for more than 35 years. The animals cause millions of dollars in damage to farm and ranch land, devouring crops and sometimes small mammals. The controversy is how to control the hogs. The announcement of the impending release of a new, warfarin based hog poison caused quite a stir. See the story in the April 13 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.