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Eight file for school board, one for each City Council seat files

Hats were being tossed into the ring late Friday afternoon just prior to the deadline to register for the Mount Vernon ISD school board election.

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Early voting in person under way for primaries

Early voting by personal appearance in the General Primary elections began Tuesday and continues through Friday, March 2.

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Council okays incentives for The Chophouse, Hymans

The Mount Vernon City Council gave final approval for a business incentive for The Chophouse restaurant and an existing business structure improvement grant for building owners Brad and Stephanie Hyman.

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House fire

Members of the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department work to extinguish a fireMembers of the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department work to extinguish a fire at the home of Ray and Melissa Vanginault on CR SW3170.

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SWEPCO’s 8.9 percent rate increase starts this month

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) has approved a base rate increase for Southwestern Electric Power Co. of $50 million which will be seen as a 8.9 percent increase on February bills.

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Record restoration approved from designated civil fees

Apparent confusion over the use of technology funds led to a protracted presentation and split vote to approve the use of those funds to scan and preserve district court minute books in the Monday, February 12 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Jury pay, heavy equipment service need further discussion

Repeated meetings to review any checks written for the county continues to be a “sore spot” for many elected officials as they to try to be fiscally responsible and follow the law interpreted in a recent Texas Attorney General’s opinion.

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No new filers, three packets outstanding

With the Friday filing deadline looming, there have been no new individuals to file as candidates in either the Mount Vernon Independent School District nor the Mount Vernon City Council / Mayorial elections;

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Wide range of temperatures in January

Weather in Franklin County during January 2018 ranged from a 74° high to an 11° low, which set a new low temperature reading for January 18.

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