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Hit-and-run suspect caught after pursuit

Franklin County officers were involved in the pursuit of a hit-and-run suspect along I-30 around 3 a.m. Christmas morning, December 25.

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Rail port meeting

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council sat on the left and members of the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court are shown at right, with County Judge Scott Lee speaking to the groups. The initial rail port meeting to begin planning after the grant was received on Thursday, May 31 already showed the different entities separated by a large gap that has not gotten closer with time.

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Engineering services contract negotiations ordered

Negotiations for an engineering services contract with Corollo Engineers, Inc. and its team of specialists was ordered by the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors in their December meeting.

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Franklin County swearing in

left to right, Pct. 4 Commissioner Sam Young, Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper, County Treasurer Betty Sue Allen, County Judge Scott Lee, District Clerk Ellen Jaggers, Justice of the Peace Robert Zinn, and County Clerk Betty Crane.Franklin County officials who were elected, or re-elected, during the November 2018 campaign were sworn into office during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in the District Courtroom.

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Changes proposed in employee handbook, policies

Changes to sick time and over time compensation are among the proposed changes to Franklin County Employee Handbook and other policies to be adopted at the Wednesday, December 26 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Texas Workforce Commission sets employer tax rates for 2019

The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced the average unemployment insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.25 percent for calendar year (CY) 2019, dropping from 1.37 percent in CY 2018 to its lowest point since 2009.

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Damage caused to ditches along roads in Pct. 2

A dark red small Dodge pickup with a black tailgate was seen mudding in the ditches along County Roads 2100, 2200, and 2160 in northeastern Franklin County damaging the sides of the roadways.

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Mother urges drivers to never drink and drive

It was the middle of the night in 2006 when Debra Vasquez was awakened by the heart-wrenching phone call informing her that her 16-year-old daughter, Erica, and 5-year-old nephew, Elias, had been killed by a drunk driver.

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Audit for 2017-18 clean, discussions continue on polices

Mike Ward, principal of Mike Ward Accounting & Financial Consulting, PLLC, presented what is referred to as a clean audit for the City of Mount Vernon for the 2017-18 fiscal year with assets exceeding liabilities for the year by $11.17 million net.

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