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Franklin County teens die in crash

Andrea Cook, Nicole Barela, and Shyanne KullThree Franklin County teenagers died in a fiery crash in Hopkins County in the early hours of Saturday, March 21. Andrea Cook, Nicole Barela, and Shyanne Kull were preliminarily identified

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Lowe’s natural gas truck fleet nears nationwide 2017 goal

Eighteen months into its transition to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for its short haul deliveries, management at Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center (RDC) just outside Mount Vernon is touting the benefits of the environmentally friendly fuel.

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Pot holes

Rocky Bounds and Jesus Valles with the City of Mount Vernon shovel asphalt into a pot holeRocky Bounds and Jesus Valles with the City of Mount Vernon shovel asphalt into a pot hole on Keith St. in Mount Vernon. Recent winter weather has been rough on area streets and roads.

Tax appraisal district proposes new budget

The Franklin County Appraisal District recently proposed their 2015-2016 fiscal year budget. It includes an overall increase of $5,805. The budget calls for $499,328 in expenditures.

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Area lakes are full

The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.After receiving 6.77 inches of rain in March and 17.45 since the first of the year, area lakes are full. The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.

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Vehicle crushed

A large oak tree, weakened by recent rains, fell across a truck and a Ford MustangA large oak tree, weakened by recent rains, fell across a truck and a Ford Mustang on Saturday, March 14 on Keith St. The tree was from property belonging to William and Jean Builte.

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Unemployment down from last year

Franklin County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.7 to 4.6 percent in January 2015 from the same period in 2014. However, the rate was 0.6 percent higher than December 2014.

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Forest Trail director to talk on regional programs Friday

Marty Prince, the Executive Director for the Texas Forest Trail Region, will provide an update on regional programs and speak about legislative issues at the Friday, March 20 meeting of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.

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Proposed legislation, lower mineral values cause concern

Proposed legislation affecting property taxes and the projected drop in mineral values are forecast to be “the perfect storm” in bringing local governments, such as Franklin County, in Texas counties to their knees.

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