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Forest Trail director to talk on regional programs Friday

Marty Prince, the Executive Director for the Texas Forest Trail Region, will provide an update on regional programs and speak about legislative issues at the Friday, March 20 meeting of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.

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Pot holes

Rocky Bounds and Jesus Valles with the City of Mount Vernon shovel asphalt into a pot holeRocky Bounds and Jesus Valles with the City of Mount Vernon shovel asphalt into a pot hole on Keith St. in Mount Vernon. Recent winter weather has been rough on area streets and roads.

Stewardship program deadline Friday for 2015 fiscal year

The USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) extended the deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to Friday, March 13.

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Area lakes are full

The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.After receiving 6.77 inches of rain in March and 17.45 since the first of the year, area lakes are full. The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.

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City offers site for brush, limb disposal

Numerous broken limbs, brush, and leaves have collected over the winter months due to the sometimes severe weather. The City of Mount Vernon will provide for disposal of this vegetative matter for the next several weeks.

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Unemployment down from last year

Franklin County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.7 to 4.6 percent in January 2015 from the same period in 2014. However, the rate was 0.6 percent higher than December 2014.

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Stolen loot

Two motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolenTwo motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolen, were recovered from an abandoned pickup truck by Sheriff’s Office personnel on Friday.

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Proposed legislation, lower mineral values cause concern

Proposed legislation affecting property taxes and the projected drop in mineral values are forecast to be “the perfect storm” in bringing local governments, such as Franklin County, in Texas counties to their knees.

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VanDeaver supports retired teacher fund

Chief budget writers in the Texas House of Representatives announced their intention to honor the state’s commitment to fully fund the health care plan for Texas retired teachers

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