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Franklin County Water district approves employee raises for 2013

Employees of the Franklin  County Water District will receive a three percent cost of living increase in their salaries for 2013.

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Crimestoppers cell phone drive during CountryFest

Do you have old, gently used cell phone and cell phone accessories lying around and you don’t know what to do with them?

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Yellow flashing arrows installed

Drivers traveling area highways are seeing a new type of left-turn signal with the introduction of a flashing yellow arrow.

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City and County clean up continues

The City of Mount Vernon and Franklin County continues its fourth quarter clean-up through Saturday, Oct. 13.  For more information, see the Oct. 11 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Volunteers sought for 2012 tax season

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service,

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Republicans respond to Democratic challenge

Franklin County Republican Chairman says that authority to declare a candidate ineligible does not lie with him. Meanwhile, Democratic Party challengers say they are considering their options.

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Mount Vernon City Council to vote on annexations

The second phase of annexations is expected to take place by vote of the Mount Vernon City Council at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday night at City Hall in downtown.

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Home destroyed by fire

The home of Lewis and Brenda Turner at 3265 CR NE1019 was destroyed by fireThe home of Lewis and Brenda Turner at 3265 CR NE1019 was destroyed by fire on Friday, Oct. 5 around 2 p.m.

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Below average rainfall recorded for September 2012

Below average rain fell in September 2012 in Franklin County,  four record high temperatures, and one record low temperature were recorded. For more information, see the Oct. 4 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.