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Speeds to increase on Hwy. 37

Speeds on State Highway 37 north of Mount Vernon to near Bogata will be increasing from 70 mph to 75 mph. This will go into affect as soon as signs are put into place. Work

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Patrol increased for July 4 holiday

The Texas Department of Public Safety will increase DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4 holiday. From June 28 through July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in

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Sears promoted to Vice President

Brandon SearsGuaranty Bond Bank announced the promotion of Brandon Sears to Vice President and Location Manager. Sears joined Guaranty Bond Bank in February 2009 as a Management Trainee. He was promoted

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Fireworks on the lake Saturday

The 16th annual display of fireworks over Lake Cypress Springs will be Saturday night, June 29. The display will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be presented by the Boltz family.

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Jordan Health Services announces new president

Jordan Health Services announced Monday that G. Scott Herman has joined the company in the capacity of president. Mr. Herman brings to Jordan close to 30 year’s experience in the health care field. For more information, see the June 20 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Allocation hearings for 2014 budget begin

Franklin County budget hearings for the 2014 Budget year begin this afternoon. This is the chance for the various groups and departments to present their reasons behind the individual budget item requests.

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County budget requests due Monday, June 24

Budget requests for the 2014 budget year are to be submitted to the Franklin County Auditor by Monday, June 24. Letters were sent to elected county officials and organizations

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Vegetation targets for hungry insects

Grasshoppers feat on a Paulownia tree in Franklin County.Grasshoppers are shaping up to be a problem for east Texas again this year. As a producer trying to grow hay, or cattle, grasshoppers pose a problem since it is a species that is obtaining readily available forage from your pasture.

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Treasure to trash

This $280,000 McLaren went from someone’s treasure to a pile of rubble in a matter of seconds in a one vehicle accidentThis $280,000 McLaren went from someone’s treasure to a pile of rubble in a matter of seconds in a one vehicle accident on Thursday, June 13. Neither the driver nor the passenger

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