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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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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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County lifts ban on outdoor burning

Franklin County Judge Paul Lovier issued an order lifting the county’s ban on outdoor burning Monday, Oct. 1.

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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.

CEFCO stores closes local Fina for $2M rebuild of facilities

The Fina Truck Stop, on the south service road to I-30 just east of Hwy. 37, closed its doors at midnight Sunday, Sept. 30.

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Tuesday deadline for voter registration for General Election

The deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the upcoming General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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Democrats challenge Republican candidate Everett’s eligibility

The Franklin County Democratic Party and Franklin County Precinct 3 Commissioner Deryl Carr have formally challenged the eligibility of Republican candidate Stephen Everett.

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County and City Fall clean-up campaigns begin Saturday, October 6.

Fall clean-up efforts are set to begin this Saturday in both Franklin County and the City of Mount Vernon.

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Texas A&M Forest Service survey shows 301 million trees killed by drought

A Texas A&M Forest Service survey of hundreds of forested plots scattered across the state shows 301 million trees were killed as a result of the devastating 2011 drought.

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