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VanDeaver appointed to two key House committees

District 1 State Rep. Gary VanDeaver received two key House committee appointments this week as part of the 84th Texas Legislature. He is serving his first term and representing Franklin, Bowie, Lamar and Red River counties.

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Council becomes “head hunters”

The Mount Vernon City Council conducted its third executive session in connection with efforts to find an administrator for the city and a executive director for the Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation.

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Election filing open for local board seats

Registration is now open for anyone wishing to sign up as a candidate for seats on the Mount Vernon ISD Board of Trustees, the Mount Vernon City Council, or the Board of Directors for the Franklin County Water District.

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Testing underway on Highway 37S

Motorists who travel along State Highway 37 between Mount Vernon and Winnsboro should be on alert for temporary lane closures this week and part of next week.

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Illuminated signs outlawed on water district property

The Franklin County Water District outlawed illuminated signs on the district’s leaseback property around Lake Cypress Springs at its January board meeting.

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Hospital building cleared for renovation work to continue

Work crews returned Tuesday after testing results confirmed the cleaning of asbestos contaminated areas from the former hospital building was completed.

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Asbestos clean up at old hospital began Tuesday

The clean-up of asbestos from materials disturbed in the renovations at the county-owned hospital building was begun Tuesday by Air Quality Associates, Inc. of Tyler.

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Student brings gun to school, parents question response

On Friday, February 6, a Mount Vernon Elementary School student came to school with a gun in a backpack. Classes were not locked down, police were not notified, and parents were not notified until 7 p.m. that evening.

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It was cold, but it wasn’t a record

January 2015 was cold and wet in Franklin County, but no records were set for temperature nor rain total for the month. A total of 6.97 inches of rain was measured.

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