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Emery made captain

His wife, Mallory Beshirs Emery and children, Ruger and Daisy (seen with him)Andy Emery was promoted to the rank of captain of the Lancaster Fire Department in ceremonies at the station in Lancaster, Texas on Friday July 12.

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McCullough shares 2030 Vision with Industrial Foundation

Dr. Jason McCullough, superintendent of the Mount Vernon ISD, at right, spoke about the districts 2030 Vision projectDr. Jason McCullough, superintendent of the Mount Vernon ISD, at right, spoke about the districts 2030 Vision project at the quarterly meeting of the Franklin County Industrial Foundation Friday, July 12.

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Citizens raise concerns over city licensed carry resolution

Two citizens raised concerns over infringement of second amendment rights by a proposed resolution before the Mount Vernon City Council at its Monday night meeting.

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County approves grant application to digitize local newspaper

The approval for the county library to proceed with a Tocker Foundation grant application to digitize copies of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald was given by Franklin County Commissioners Court members during their meeting Monday, July 8.

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Rail district calls for venue change in civil suit

The Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District and Blacklands Rail Road have filed separate and opposing motions for/against a venue change for a civil suit filed by BLR. A federal court filing last Friday by NETEX calls for the dismissal of the suit.

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Council relinquishes rail port grant funds in split vote

The final step in relinquishing the $1.2 million Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant was taken in a 3:2 split vote of the Mount Vernon City Council at their Monday night, June 8, meeting.

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Push made for more funding from city, benefits change

Discussions about individual areas of the Franklin County budget continued this week with Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper pushing for more funding from the City of Mount Vernon (City) and to shape a reduced benefit package for new hires.

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County HOT funds maybe used for feasibility study

County Commissioners are exploring the use of a portion of Franklin County’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds to invest in a hotel/motel feasibility study, while holding on to the growing balance of the funds in the 2020 fiscal year.

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Rainfall continues to be above average

Wet weather during June caused rainfall totals for the month and year-to-date to be above average.

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