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Five Scouts earn rank, nine earn merit badges at Court of Honor

Scouts honored during ceremonyFive members of Mount Vernon Boy Scout Troop 271 received their rank advancement, and eight boys were awarded various merit badges during an outdoor campfire Court of Honor ceremony

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FCHA annual meeting set

The Franklin County Historical Association’s annual general membership meeting and election of directors is set for Monday, January 4. The meeting will begin with a potluck/covered dish dinner

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Santa visit

Santa, Samantha DealSanta made the rounds in Franklin County this season. Samantha Deal, four year-old daughter of Jed and Beth Deal, visits with him during the First National Bank’s Open House

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Santa and Vixen

Larry Billings, Jay Scott, and Larry Scott took a moment to take a photo with Santa and his reindeer Vixen at Tom Scott Lumber YardLarry Billings, Jay Scott, and Larry Scott took a moment to take a photo with Santa and his reindeer Vixen at Tom Scott Lumber Yard on Friday, December 18. Vixen had sleigh trouble and was a little late, but was able to visit with area children.

Optic-Herald office to close for holidays

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 24-25.  The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28. The office will also close at noon

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Lanes win rural lighting contest

The home of Chuck and Mary Lane was named as the rural division winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest. The home of Chuck and Mary Lane was named as the rural division winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest. the home is at 563 CR SE4345. See the December 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information about the contest.

Christmass toys

Hylke Talsma and Daniel Pearce, as well as the rest of the high school basketball team, loaded packages into vehicles for the gift portion of the Christmas for All effortHylke Talsma and Daniel Pearce, as well as the rest of the high school basketball team, loaded packages into vehicles for the gift portion of the Christmas for All effort on Thursday, December 18

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Christmas food

Volunteers Heather Painter, Kortne Wilson (background) and Georgette Baldwin, all from Brookshire’s, shuttle boxes of nonperishable food itemsVolunteers Heather Painter, Kortne Wilson (background) and Georgette Baldwin, all from Brookshire’s, shuttle boxes of nonperishable food items to vehicles for those receiving

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Christmas presentation

Mary Mitchell, a resident at Mount Vernon House, listens as approximately 50 members of the First Baptist Church children's choirMary Mitchell, a resident at Mount Vernon House, listens as approximately 50 members of the First Baptist Church children's choir perform selections from their Christmas musical.

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