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Funding approved for Watermelon Mills building

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors approved $2,000 in funding for infrastructure work on the old Watermelon Mills building.

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Abortion block sought in city

The Mount Vernon City Council was requested to enact an ordinance to outlaw abortion within the city and declare the city a Sanctuary City for the Unborn during the public comment portion of its Monday evening meeting.

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Rail board to meet monthly to keep up with activities

The North East Texas Rural Rail District’s Board of Directors voted to begin meeting monthly rather than every other month in order to better keep abreast of the workings of the district and its various projects.

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Commissioners hear requests for HOT funds

Franklin County Commissioners Court members listened, questioned, and challenged as representatives from 10 community based organizations pitched their need for various amounts of the County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds.

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County asks for figures to drop property tax rate slightly

Franklin County Commissioners Court members have asked for figures from County Auditor to drop the ad valorem tax rate slightly from last year’s equivalent rate.

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City, County tax rate proposed

The City of Mount Vernon and Franklin County governing boards both formally proposed their respective rates for property taxes at meetings Monday.

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Disinfecting of water lines to continue

The City of Mount Vernon is in its second week of a four-week routine chemical cleaning of the water system’s lines. The process began August 1 and will continue through Tuesday, August 30.

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Request for oversized flag on Lake Cypress Springs tabled

A potentially precedent setting request to install a giant flag on property along the shore of Lake Cypress Springs was tabled to seek advice from attorneys, as well as comments from the public, before being considered again at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors.

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Jones elected officer for Sheriff’s Association

Franklin County Sheriff Ricky JonesFranklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones was elected last week as an officer with the Sheriff’s Association of Texas (SAT) at the group’s annual conference.

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