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Courtyard concert

Courtyard concertLindy Hearne and Lynn Adler of Crossroads Music in Winnsboro performed to a crowd of about 30 people to mark the beginning of their road tour. The courtyard concert was conducted Friday, May 8 in the courtyard at the Cultural Arts Center.

Cisco to speak at meeting

Lavyn Cisco will be the guest speaker at the Monday, May 18 meeting of the Franklin County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. in the Research Room. Mrs. Cisco will speak on Mrs. Isabella Hopkins, the wife of the gentleman for whom Hopkins County was named.  She will present her program in costume of the time and will speak in the first person. The community is encouraged to attend the meeting.

Cinco de Mayo to be celebrated Sunday

After dodging rain dates, the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The celebration will be conducted on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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Gray Rock Decoration Day planned

Decoration Day for the Gray Rock Cemetery is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The event will include a devotional, a brief business meeting, and time to visit with friends. Anyone interested in the cemetery is encouraged to attend.

Fish fry for Black Onyx scholarships Saturday

A fish fry fund-raiser is set from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 to collect funds for the Black Onyx Club Scholarships for Mount Vernon youth. Club members will prepare a meal of fresh fried catfish, hush puppies and French fries on the parking lot at Brookshire’s Food Store in Mount Vernon.  A donation of $7 or more per plate is asked. See the May 14 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Providence Association meeting set

The annual Providence Cemetery Association board meeting is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at the Providence Church. Following the meeting, the drawing for the items donated as a fund-raiser for the association will be given away. Other door prizes will be awarded during the program. Anyone with an interest in the association is encouraged to attend the meeting.

Friendship Cemetery annual meeting set Sunday, May 31

The annual meeting of the Friendship Cemetery Association is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at the cemetery. Everyone with an interest in the cemetery is encouraged to attend. Updated financial reports will be passed out at the meeting. This year, the only expense for the association was for mowing and clean-up. The association hopes to get the pipe fence that was installed last year painted. All donations made toward the upkeep of the cemetery are appreciated.

Calvary Homecoming Sunday

Members of the Calvary Baptist Temple will be conducting Homecoming Services at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 17 at the church. Featured guest for the event is the Prairie Wind Bluegrass Gospel group. A barbecue dinner will be served following the service.  The community is encouraged to attend. The church is located on CR 2010 in Mount Vernon.

Hula lessons

Hula lessonsSarah Hamrick, Beverly Strange, Linda Philhower, and Debbie Porter attended the hula dance class at the Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, May 2. Michele Kiba in the foreground taught the group the basics of hula dancing.