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No Second Saturday event in January

The weatherman is predicting a 40 percent chance of snow with a high of 35 degrees on Friday and a chilling 36 degrees on Saturday. So, Main Street’s 2nd Saturday organizers have called off the official event.

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Texas tea is being produced in Franklin County

Josephie Jackson and James Orrock display two of the tea plantsTexas tea is being produced in Franklin County. No, not the “Texas Tea” the Beverly Hillbillies drilled for, but the type of tea that you steep and drink.

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Tech Zoo offered at county library

If you received a lap top, i-Pad, Kindle, tablet, or any other type of electronic device during the holidays, then the employees at the Franklin County Library have a deal for you.

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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, Jan. 10, and continues Monday through Saturday, January 12-17.

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Year in review - prayer vigil

A large crowd of concerned citizens gathered in front of the Mount Vernon ISD’s Administration Building for a prayer rallyA large crowd of concerned citizens gathered in front of the Mount Vernon ISD’s Administration Building for a prayer rally after the district received a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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Year in review - courthouse re-dedication

A standing room only crowd packed the Franklin County Courthouse during re-dedication ceremonies on Saturday, September 20.A standing room only crowd packed the Franklin County Courthouse during re-dedication ceremonies on Saturday, September 20. For more details about the courthouse restoration, see the year in review story in the January 1 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Toy volunteers

Amy Ford, Bryce Crow, and Tom and Susan Sample volunteered to help sort toys and gifts during the Christmas For All project last week.Amy Ford, Bryce Crow, and Tom and Susan Sample volunteered to help sort toys and gifts during the Christmas For All project last week. Gifts were provided to 93 families and 248 children during the annual drive.

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Year in review - street improvement

Franklin County Pct. 4 Commissioner Sam Young directs an operator using the “Zipper” machine to break up asphalt along Greg St.Franklin County Pct. 4 Commissioner Sam Young directs an operator using the “Zipper” machine to break up asphalt along Greg St. The County partnered with the City to resurface all

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Food volunteers

Austin Salsbury and Camille Brown, at right, and Michael Smith, and B. J. Brown, at right, volunteered to help load food boxes during the Christmas For All project last week.Austin Salsbury and Camille Brown, at right, and Michael Smith, and B. J. Brown, at right, volunteered to help load food boxes during the Christmas For All project last week.

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