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World famous chili

Fred Randles, choir director at First Baptist Church, ladles some of his “World Famous Chili” into bowlsFred Randles, choir director at First Baptist Church, ladles some of his “World Famous Chili” into bowls during the church’s Youth Choir fund raiser on Sunday, January 26.

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Mount Vernon club accepts Charter

Left to right are Terry Duenkel, Lisa Griffin, Tony Stonecypher, Robin Crow, and Cade Hohenberger.The Mount Vernon Lions Club accepted their Charter during an inaugural banquet on Saturday, January 25. Leon Van Alstine explains each officers duties to the board members of the Mount Vernon Lions Club.

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Optic-Herald named a Texas Treasure Business

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald has been named a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission.The Texas Treasure Business program recognizes businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years.

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Museum begins journey to rebuild historic schoolhouse

The original Little Red Schoolhouse from Perryville burned in 2009.The Alamo Mission Museum has taken on a big project and is looking for support. They are trying to rebuild the little red schoolhouse historically correct and are looking for sponsors for the different portions of the project.

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Nursing home donates AED to fire department

Pam Powell, representing Mission Manor Nursing Home, donates an AED to Jeremy Cox of the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.Pam Powell, representing Mission Manor Nursing Home, donates an AED to Jeremy Cox of the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department. For the full story, see the January 23 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Albino Possum

Jeremy Cox trapped this albino possum on Lynn Lane in Mount VernonJeremy Cox trapped this albino possum on Lynn Lane in Mount Vernon last week. He donated the animal to Will Godwin from the entomolgy department at Stephen F. Austin University.

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New way to treat atrial fibrillation offered at ETMC

Physicians at the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Cardiovascular Institute are among the first in the U.S. to treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation patients with the new Medtronic Arctic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System and FlexCath Advance Steerable Sheath.

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Library plans veteran interviews

The Franklin County Library will be conducting interviews with American Service Veterans beginning in March 2014. There was an effort several years ago to interview Franklin County veterans.

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Library digs into gardening series

The Franklin County Library is kicking off a series of gardening workshops with a session about soil testing on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m. Cody Maxell,

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