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Consumer Alert: IRS Impersonation and Email Scam

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans that fraudulent emails are being sent from people impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting users with fake tax documents.

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Brown, Marquez honored for past life-saving efforts

Franklin County Game Warden Doyle Brown and Franklin County Lake Patrol Officer Teo Marquez were honored in Austin by the State of Texas for their life-saving efforts in aiding two exhausted swimmers on Lake Cypress Springs.Franklin County Game Warden Doyle Brown and Franklin County Lake Patrol Officer Teo Marquez were honored in Austin by the State of Texas for their life-saving efforts in aiding two exhausted swimmers on Lake Cypress Springs.

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Water district amends 2018, adopts 2019 budgets

Settlement of the civil suit filed by the Franklin County Water District five years ago brought changes reflected in amendments to the 2018 budget and the 2019 budget which were approved in the board’s regular meeting.

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Above average rainfall recorded in November

Above average rainfall was recorded for the month of November and also kept the year-to-date average above normal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency official weather station in Mount Vernon recorded 4.92 inches of rain.

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Suit settlement returns $4.75 million to district, taxpayers

An out-of-court settlement of a law suit will return $4,750,00 to the Franklin County Water District’s coffers and by extension the taxpayers.

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First National Bank to merge with Alliance Bank

Alliance BancShares Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary Alliance Bank, announced Thursday, November 29, that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the issued shares of common stock of Mount Vernon BankShares, Inc.,

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Inmate housing agreement approved for Red River Co.

Approval was given Monday to an interlocal agreement for Franklin County to provide Red River County with inmate housing at a cost of $40 per inmate per day to help alleviate personnel shortages and /or overcrowding at the Red River County Jail.

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Railport meeting planned today

The City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon EDC will present plans for a proposed transload / inter modal rail port facility to the North East Texas Rural Rail Transportation District’s (NETEX) Board at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6 in Sulphur Springs.

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Damaged rail repaired

Damaged Hand rail in front of the Optic-HeraldShame on the person(s) who jumped the curb and smashed the front steps of the Optic-Herald last week.

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