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ETMC ordered preferred status with major insurance carier

A Smith County district court has granted an injunction to East Texas Medical Center Tyler immediately designating the hospital as a preferred provider in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) preferred provider organization (PPO).

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Six candidates file with Republican Party

Six individuals have registered as candidates for county office with the Republican Party since filing opened last week. People who want to file as a candidate for the March primaries may do so

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Sheriff rounds up drug dealers

Franklin County Sheriff Investigator Robert Zinn, City Police Investigator Josh Daily and Chief Deputy Chris Mars prepare to enter an apartment on Hwy. 67 east to serve a warrant on an alleged drug dealer. Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones rounded up individuals who have been selling either methamphetamine or prescription drugs illegally in the Franklin County area last week. The raids were

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Water district approves $2.1 million budget for 2016

The Franklin County Water District approved a $398,443 deficit budget for 2016 in anticipation of additional litigation expenses over the work on the dam to Lake Cypress Springs during its November meeting.

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VanDeaver named “Champion for Free Enterprise”

State Rep. Gary VanDeaver was named a “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) for supporting Texas business and job growth during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature.

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Suspected armed robber nabbed three days after bank heist

Chief Deputy Chris Mars, at right, escorts suspect Bobby Wayne Lance into the Franklkin County Sheriff’s OfficeChief Deputy Chris Mars, at right, escorts suspect Bobby Wayne Lance into the Franklkin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, November 23 to be booked in and arraigned in connection with the armed robbery

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Guaranty named a Top Performing Bank in 2015

Guaranty Bancshares Inc., parent company of Guaranty Bank & Trust, announced  that the 2015 Bank Director Magazine  Bank Performance Scorecard has named Guaranty as a Top Performing Bank.

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Cypress Branch of First National Bank robbed

The Cypress Branch of the First National Bank of Mount Vernon on Hwy. 115 was robbed at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17. The suspect, with a medium to dark complexion, was wearing

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Voter turnout low for amemendments

Voter turnout for the General / State Constitutional Amendment Election on November 3 was low. A total of 805 Franklin County citizens trudged to the polls to complete a ballot.

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