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Petting zoo, Umbrellaphant concert are next kids events for library

There will be two free Summer Enrichment programs in the next five days, a petting zoo with pony rides will be from 10 a.m. to noon today, Thursday, June 8, at the plaza.

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Threat of rain fails to dampen spirits at annual B3 event

Tammy Case of Sulphur Bottom BBQ serves up samples of the brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork at the Boots, Brew, and Barbecue event. Tammy Case of Sulphur Bottom BBQ serves up samples of the brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork at the Boots, Brew, and Barbecue event. She also served peach cobbler.

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Carry the Load

The Carry the Load relay arrived in Mount Vernon around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 25The Carry the Load relay arrived in Mount Vernon around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 on their way to Dallas from New York. Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center sponsored the leg of the Relay from Winfield to Mount Vernon.

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Funding for electrical upgrades at airport approved

The Texas Transportation Commission approved $430,000 in funding for electrical improvements at the Franklin County Airport during its May meeting last week.

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Flags on square

Don Whitman, Clyde Siddens, and Vince Hendricksmeyer work to attach a veteran’s flag to a pole for display.Don Whitman, Clyde Siddens, and Vince Hendricksmeyer work to attach a veteran’s flag to a pole for display.

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Sheriff’s Posse rodeo queen contestant sign-up begins

Sign-up for those interested in becoming contestants in the 2017 Rodeo Queens contests has begun. The contest is sponsored by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Posse in conjunction with their annual Labor Day Weekend Rodeo.

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Two more existing business structure grants approved by EDC board

Two more existing business structure grants passed their first hurdles on their way to rehabbing buildings in downtown Mount Vernon. Public hearings and subsequent approval by the Mount Vernon Economic Development Board were accomplished last week.

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Handicapable BBQ

Volunteer Robin Crow takes an order from Cassie Cochran during the Handicapable Rodeo’s BBQ fund raiser on Friday, May 26.Volunteer Robin Crow takes an order from Cassie Cochran during the Handicapable Rodeo’s BBQ fund raiser on Friday, May 26.

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Refurbished Dupree Park, nature trail reopens

Dupree Park and Nature Trail reopened with an official ribbon cutting.The Franklin County Historical Association’s newly refurbished Dupree Park and Nature Trail were reopened with an official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce followed by an informal reception in the Lowry Pavilion earlier in May.

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