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City’s alcohol election tops 2013 headlines

The election to bring beer and wine sales to Mount Vernon and its positive economic effects topped headlines for 2013. Also making headlines were the construction of three business structures at the intersection of I-30 and Hwy. 37,

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Matus, Mayberry bring 35 years of experience to department

Steve Matus and Ron MayberryThe employment of Steve Matus and Ron Mayberry as deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office adds more than 35 years of combined law enforcement experience to the department.

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Public input sought on new type reinvestment zone

A public hearing has been set on whether to establish one or more County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones (CETRZ) and potential boundaries and requirements of such zones.

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City sales tax up 30 percent for quarter

The City of Mount Vernon finished 2013 with an increase in sales tax both for the quarter and for the year. Meanwhile, surrounding cities report nominal gains to dramatic drops for the same period.

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Voter registration cards mailed

New voter registration cards were mailed to registered voters earlier this month, according to Sue Ann Harper, voter registrar and tax assessor/collector for Franklin County.

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State Troopers increase DWI enforcement

Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, will increase DWI patrols for a 21-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. Enforcement began Friday, December 13 and will continue until Thursday, January 2.

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Splash pad designs presented to board

A presentation on splash pads for Little Creek Park was well received by members of the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Board. Mike Spencer and David Barns with Parkland Park and Recreation, a design and building company based in White Oak,

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Gifts distributed

CIS Coordinator Amy Ford and volunteer Susan SampleCIS Coordinator Amy Ford and volunteer Susan Sample organize and separate the many bicycles donated as a part of the Angel Gift program this year. Approximately 93 families with 267 children received gifts of toys and/or clothing through the  gift portion of the Christmas for All program.

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Food distribution

Community Food Bank of Franklin County representative David Chaney along with volunteers Reese Arnett and Stephaney separate and pack food for distributionCommunity Food Bank of Franklin County representative David Chaney along with volunteers Reese Arnett and Stephaney separate and pack food for distribution through the Christmas for All Program.

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