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Highway 37 widening prioritized by state

Mount Vernon Mayor Margaret Sears received a call from State Rep. George Lavender late last week. The call was to apprise the mayor that the widening of Hwy. 37

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Early voting through Friday, General Election day Tuesday

In person early voting for the November General Election continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 2.

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County extends contract with ETMC

Franklin County Commissioners Court members approved a new contract with East Texas Regional Healthcare System for the lease, operation and care of the local hospital facility in Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon Day approaching

A Mount Vernon / Franklin County Legislative Day in Austin is set for Feb. 5-6, 2013, announced Teresia Wims, executive director for the Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation. Space is limited, and a deadline of Thursday, Nov. 1 is fast approaching to make reservations to attend. For more information, see the Oct. 25 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Candidates file expense reports

The 2012 political campaigns have run the normal gauntlet of registering as a candidate in December 2011, trudging through the protracted primary elections,

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Geothermal Drilling awarded well contract for courthouse

Geothermal Drilling, Inc. of Huntsville was awarded the contract to drill and prepare geothermal wells that will heat and cool the restored Franklin County Courthouse.

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Going, going, gone

Heavy equipment has been gradually chipping away at the Fina Truck StopHeavy equipment has been gradually chipping away at the Fina Truck Stop on the south service road of I-30 for several weeks.

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Herrera is new patrolman

Leopoldo “Leo” Herrera, Jr.Leopoldo “Leo” Herrera, Jr., assumed duties as a City of Mount Vernon Police Officer on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. For more information, see the Oct. 25 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Water District proposes 2013 budget

The Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors opened discussion on their first version of the 2013 budget last week.

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