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Nominations open for community honors

Nominations are being accepted for consideration for the Franklin County Man, Woman and Agriculturist of the Year and the Franklin County Hall of Fame awards.

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City’s clean-up starts Saturday

The City of Mount Vernon’s  First Quarter Clean-Up starts this week. The eight day effort begins Saturday, January 4, and continues Monday through Saturday, January 6-11.

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Library makes plans for 2020 programs

The staff at the Franklin County Library is making plans for the coming year to provide a variety of programs and experiences to enrich lives for local residents.

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Hiring of Art Briles tops Optic-Herald news for 2019

Coach Art Briles, center, is escorted off the football field by School Resource Officer Max Cannaday, right, and off-duty DPS Trooper Jason Pearce, left, after the final district win over New Boston.The top story for 2019 was the hiring of Art Briles by Mount Vernon ISD.

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Bryan delcared outstanding volunteer

Linda Bryan and the Bryan family display display awards accepted on behalf of Wayne Bryan, Franklin County Genealogy Outstanding Volunteer, 2019,Linda Bryan and the Bryan family display display awards accepted on behalf of Wayne Bryan, Franklin County Genealogy Outstanding Volunteer, 2019, at the December 16 monthly meeting.

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Christmas food boxes

Len Lowry loads a Christmas food box into the vehicle of a client at the Community Food BankLen Lowry loads a Christmas food box into the vehicle of a client at the Community Food Bank of Franklin County on Saturday, December 14. A total of 112 boxes of food was prepared for local residents.

The Stand Off

Poppy Briscoe was not quite sure if she really wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. Even after confirming that she was on the “nice list” and despite encouragement from her mother, Amy, center, and her grandmother, Diana Cox, leftPoppy Briscoe was not quite sure if she really wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. Even after confirming that she was on the “nice list” and despite encouragement from her mother, Amy, center, and her grandmother, Diana Cox, left, she could not be convinced.

Food for Christmas boxes

Stephanie Herrera and David Epperson delivered around 700 pounds of food and $829 in donations to Food Bank representatives Jim Stinson, Dick Alexander, and Richard LeeStephanie Herrera and David Epperson delivered around 700 pounds of food and $829 in donations to Food Bank representatives Jim Stinson, Dick Alexander, and Richard Lee December 5 to help fill the Christmas boxes. The food was collected in conjunction with the American Legion’s Bingo for Food campaign.

Visit with Santa

McKenna Gerdes, Paisley Gann, and Gable Scott piled into Santa’s sleigh to share their Christmas wishes.McKenna Gerdes, Paisley Gann, and Gable Scott piled into Santa’s sleigh to share their Christmas wishes. Santa and his reindeer made a stop at Tom Scott Lumber Yard to visit with area children and allow them to pet the reindeer on the nose on Thursday, December 19.