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Christmas parade

Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade.Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade. Members each wore red hats and were surrounded by brightly wrapped packages. The group won second place in the non-profit category for their work.

Valuations may be adjusted for storm-damaged property

Property owners who received damage due to storms in Franklin County this weekend may be able to reduce their taxes for 2016. If a barn was destroyed, a  carport torn off a home,

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Poster contest winners announced

First Nation Bank poster contest winnersWinners in the 35th annual Mount Vernon Elementary School Poster Contest were announced on Wednesday, December 2 at the First National Bank of Mount Vernon.

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Lighting for new fields may be all natural due to high cost

Lighting costs almost triple what was expected for the two newest partially completed fields at the Franklin County Sports Complex set the members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court

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Food baskets distributed this week

Christmas For All Food Baskets will be distributed to qualified applicants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 19. So far this year, 567 individuals from 219 families are scheduled to receive help through the program. See the December 10 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details on this program.

Masons’ 125th anniversary in Mount Vernon celebrated

Members of the Masonic Lodge #691 celebrated the organization’s 125th anniversary.The Masonic Lodge #691 of free and accepted Masons celebrated its 125th anniversary with a luncheon at the lodge Saturday, December 12. A meal of barbecue brisket and sausage with all the trimmings was served.

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Scotts named Paul Harris Fellows at Mount Vernon Rotary meeting

Neil and Carol Ann Scott were honored for their contribution and support of the Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian and educational programs, both at home and abroadNeil and Carol Ann Scott were honored for their contribution and support of the Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian and educational programs, both at home and abroad,

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SGM Richard Barrett honored with luncheon near retirement

Sergeant Major Richard Darrell BarrettSergeant Major Richard Darrell Barrett was honored with a retirement luncheon Saturday, November 5 at the Gordon Club in Fort Gordon, Ga. as he nears retirement with 32 years of service

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Chili cook off raises more than $14,700 for food bank

Garry Romines claimed first place in the chili cook off sponsored by the Chamber of CommerceGarry Romines claimed first place and a total of $14,737 was raised for the Community Food Bank of Franklin County through the chili cook off sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, December 5.

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