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Chewing the pavement

Precinct 4 Commissioner Sam Young directs the operator pushing the “Zipper” machine along Greg St.Precinct 4 Commissioner Sam Young directs the operator pushing the “Zipper” machine along Greg St. The “Zipper” breaks up the asphalt, chews it up and deposits it back onto the street.

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Local emphasis placed on child abuse prevention month

Individuals at businesses, schools and other organizations throughout Franklin County are being encouraged to wear blue Wednesday, April 9, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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City, County Spring clean-up efforts to begin Saturday

Spring clean-up efforts are set to begin county-wide Saturday. The City of Mount Vernon  will begin its week-long effort Saturday, April 5, and continue Monday through Saturday, April 7 through 12.

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Maxwell to leave local extension post

Cody Maxwell, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for Franklin and Delta counties, will be leaving the local post effective Friday, April 4. He came to Franklin County in October 2012.

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County behind on rainfall accumulation

Franklin County is well below the norm for rainfall in 2014. During March, the county received 2.58 inches of rain which brought the year-to-date total to 5.3 inches.

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No action taken on road sign maintenance

The Texas Department of Transportation is offering a contract to local counties to allow them to take over maintenance and replacement of advance county road signs on state road rights-of-way.

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Rabies confirmed in two skunks found in city

Two skunks found between South Kaufman St. and Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon last week were determined to have rabies, according to Jeremy Cox, animal control officer for the City of Mount Vernon.

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Water district, Barker at odds on boathouse repairs

Ron Barker’s pleas for changes in the requirements for “curing” the violations of his boathouse fell on deaf ears at the March meeting of the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors.

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Texas birding contest deadline is April 1

Whether you’re a novice birder with a busy schedule or a “fool” for birding who enjoys a little friendly competition, the 18th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic is a must.

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