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For whom the bell tolls? No one at this time

Todd Conradson holds the reconstructed bell hammer for the Courthouse clock. The broken hammer is in the center.The bell in the clock above the Franklin County Courthouse has not been tolling for anyone the past few months. The hammer that strikes the bell to sound the hour broke.

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Registration deadline soon for “Paint our Town” project

The deadline to register for both volunteers and homeowners to become part of the “Paint Our Town” project is April 30. To date, only two homes and 28 volunteers have registered for the project.

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Vintage photo

Members of the Franklin County Arts Alliance staged a 1950s photo on the downtown plaza on Saturday, April 9.Members of the Franklin County Arts Alliance staged a 1950s photo on the downtown plaza on Saturday, April 9. The photo will be used for posters promoting the group’s September film festival

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Grand opening of First National Bank’s Cypress Springs branch Saturday

The grand opening of First National Bank of Mount Vernon’s Cypress Springs branch  will be celebrated with a barbecue style picnic and tours of the facility.

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County is middleman for water supply grant application

The Franklin County Commissioners Court agreed to allow the county be the middleman for the Cypress Springs Special Utility District in making application for a $338,415 federal grant

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New administrator reception set

Margaret HodgsonA reception to welcome Margaret Hodgson as the new administrator at Mission Manor Healthcare Residence has been set for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

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Additional date authorized for local firework sales

Franklin County residents and visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate more holidays with a bang or a sparkle with the county’s approval Monday of three new periods during which fireworks can be sold to the public

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Council temporarily blocks natural gas rate increase

The Mount Vernon City Council blocked a temporary rate adjustment requested by CenterPoint Energy under their Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program, which would have gone into effect May 30.

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Federal disaster team visits with leaders about documentation

A six person Federal Disaster Team met with county elected officials, Franklin County Water District management, and city personnel Friday, April 8 to outline the procedures required to claim Public Assistance funding

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