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Grants available for recycling trailers

A grant for the implementation of solid waste recycling projects during 2014 is now available. The Ark-Tex Council of Governments (ATCOG) announced that approximately $30,000 is available to fund all eligible applicants.

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Boyles hired for management of HOME program processes

Kathy Baker Boyles was awarded the management consultant contract for the City of Mount Vernon’s third HOME Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program at the Monday, December 9 meeting of the City Council.

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Sports fields to get water

Members of the Cypress Springs Special Utility District Board of Directors voted to provide water needed during drought periods for the Franklin County Sports Complex fields.

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Panama Canal expansion is good for Mount Vernon

Bob and Donna McFarland and Saundra and Charles Dunn  at the Panama Canal construction siteBob and Donna McFarland and Saundra and Charles Dunn visited the Panama Canal construction site. A major expansion of the Canal is underway and will double the amount of cargo that can move through it to Texas and East Coast ports.

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Ramsay reappointed to committee

Tom Ramsay of Mount Vernon was reappointed to the Texas Ethics Commission for a second four-year term. The new term will expire November 19, 2017.

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Edmondson, Aden file for county chairmen seats

Bert Edmondson filed for reelection as Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, and Libby Aden filed for reelection as Chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Party.

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Mitchell files for Justice of the Peace

Glenda Mitchell of the Scroggins area of Franklin County filed last week with the Republican Party as a candidate for the office of Franklin County Justice of the Peace.

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County consideres transportation grant

Franklin County Commissioners Court members will meet Thursday. December 12, to consider whether or not to participate in a state program to provide new and/or improved roads.

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Above average rainfall recorded for November

Franklin County received above average rainfall for the month of November with 4.88 inches falling. Average for the month is 4.13 inches. A record high temperature and a record low temperature were also recorded. See the December 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for the monthly weather report.