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Crime of the Week

 two white male suspects in a red GMC/Chevy extended cab truck attempted to pry open the automatic car wash pay box at Kwik Kleen Karwash on Highway 37 SouthThe Northeast Texas Area Crime Stoppers and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office need your help in solving this crime of the week.

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Fire damages Meat Market

The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m.The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m. Firefighters from Mount Vernon, South Franklin, North Franklin and Purley departments responded to the fire.

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City’s third quarter clean-up scheduled to begin Saturday

The City of Mount Vernon’s Third Quarter Clean-up is set to begin Saturday, July 12 and will continue Monday through Saturday, July 19. The city will offer access to an open-top dumpster at its maintenance facility on Holbrook St. (Spur 423), between Andrews and Grady streets.

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Veteran memorials issue brought to city council

Franklin Cardinal makes an appeal to members of the Mount Vernon City Council to not move the veterans memorials away from the downtown square.Franklin Cardinal makes an appeal to members of the Mount Vernon City Council to not move the veterans memorials away from the downtown square. An emotional crowd filled Council Chambers Monday evening.

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Contracts for phones, wiring, security awarded, tempers flare

Danny Weems of Cross Country Communications of Sulphur Springs presents his bid for the phone system and cabling for the Franklin County Courthouse.Danny Weems of Cross Country Communications of Sulphur Springs presents his bid for the phone system and cabling for the Franklin County Courthouse.

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Crash landing

Bob Terry, a 79 year-old pilot and flight instructor, crashed his plane in a field in southern Franklin County on Thursday, July 10.Bob Terry, a 79 year-old pilot and flight instructor, crashed his plane in a field in southern Franklin County on Thursday, July 10. He knocked the top out of one tree, limbs shown in the foreground, and flew through two other trees that knocked his wings off in an attempt to land in the field in the background. He was taken to ETMC Tyler where he had surgery. See the July 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details.

Fireworks stand

Kent Basinger with the Lions Club sells fireworks to Robert and Sheila Rader at the stand in front of Prosperity Bank.Kent Basinger with the Lions Club sells fireworks to Robert and Sheila Rader at the stand in front of Prosperity Bank. This the first time the re-organized club has provided a fireworks stand in Mount Vernon, and they plan to be bigger and better next year.

High speed chase ends at sheriff office’s door

A.D. BellA 56-year-old Mount Vernon man faces multiple charges related to an incident that started Monday in Titus County and concluded at the front door to the Franklin County Law Enforcement Center.

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Cropland acreage reports due July 15

The deadline for agricultural producers to file an acreage report with the U. S. Farm Service Agency on spring seeded crops is Tuesday, July 15. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.

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