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McFeely gets life

Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Moore took Patrick McFeely, at right , into custody immediately after the he was sentenced to life in prison.Patrick Lynn McFeely was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced by the judge to life, which under the relatively new charge of “continued sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years,” means he has no possibility of parole and will die in prison.

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Board meeting uneventful

The June meeting of the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors was perhaps its shortest meeting on record with the consent agenda of bookkeeping and housekeeping items as the only action taken.

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Legality of county funds to nonprofits questioned

The Franklin County Commissioners Court is expected to eliminate funding for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Genealogical Society after the discovery of legal issues with funding nonprofit organizations was presented at its Monday budget workshop session. For more about this topic, see the June 23 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Rural rail district working to preserve rail for better economy

The Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) staff and board are working to bring to the attention of Austin agencies and legislators the economic value of the local rail line as they seek $19 million in funding to rehabilitate the 66 miles of mainline track and four miles of sidings.

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City awards depository contract to First National Bank

The City of Mount Vernon awarded a five year contract to serve as the city’s designated bank depository to First National Bank (FNB) of Mount Vernon in the Monday night meeting of the City Council.

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Romines resigns, Greer resumes CEO role

Garry Romines, Ken GreerGarry Romines announced his resignation as President/Chief Executive Officer and Director of First National Bank and Mount Vernon Bankshares at the board of directors meeting Thursday, June 16.

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Commissioners authorize sub-leases at health clinic

Franklin County Commissioners court members gave approval to Dr. Jean Latortue operating as the Franklin County Family Health Center to sub-lease portions of the old hospital building.

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Budget on track, talks begin for 2016-17

The City of Mount Vernon’s 2015-16 Budget appears to be “right on track” to end the year as talks begin for preparing the 2016-17 Budget.

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Grass fire

Mount Vernon Volunteer Firefighter Wesley Sargent uses a cannon to spray water on a grass fire off of Hwy. 37 at Hwy. 900 Mount Vernon Volunteer Firefighter Wesley Sargent uses a cannon to spray water on a grass fire off of Hwy. 37 at Hwy. 900 on Friday, June 10.

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