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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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