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Clean 2015 audit report received, pension debt grows

The Franklin County 2015 External Audit report presented to the Commissioners Court Monday morning reflected a “clean audit,” but indicated a growing county pension debt for current workers who have yet to retire.

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State seeks $300,000 for ramps, two streets to get repairs

Daniel Taylor, area engineer for TxDOT, holds up a map showing the changes for the on and off ramps from I-30 to the north service road.The Texas Department of Transportation’s Paris District requested $300,000 in local funds to assist with a $1.8 million change in the north service road exit and entry ramps between Spur 423 and Hwy. 37 in a presentation at a special session of the Mount Vernon City Council Monday evening, August 22.

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Disinfecting of water lines to continue

The City of Mount Vernon is into its first week of a routine chemical cleaning of the water system’s lines. The process began Monday, and will continue through Friday, August 26.

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Council appoints Rose interim administrator

The Mount Vernon City Council appointed City Secretary Tina Rose as temporary administrator until the group could meet with attorney Stan Lowry.

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Weidman resigns from EDC board

David Weidman, chairman of the Mount Vernon Economic Development Board, resigned his post Friday, August 12, as repercussions of the city council’s termination of the EDC’s executive director and city administrator continue.

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Commissioners approve a variety of paperwork at meeting

It was a busy paperwork day for members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court at their second regular meeting of the month Monday morning.

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County unemployment rate fourth lowest in NET area

Franklin County has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in northeast Texas according to the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) just released for June.

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Roycroft pleads guilty in stepson’s death, gets life sentence

Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones and Chief Jailer Robert Moore lead Christina Roycroft,  center, into the District Courtroom at the Franklin County Courthouse for sentencing.Christie Lynn Roycroft, age 30 of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after entering a guilty plea to the charge of capital murder of a person under the age of 10 years in the stabbing death of her six-year-old stepson, Wesley Benjamin “Ben” Roycroft.

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County proposes budget, tax rate, property sale

Franklin County Commissioners proposed their 2017 fiscal year budget, an effective tax rate, and expressed their interest in exploring the possibility of selling several county owned properties during their Monday, August 8 meeting.

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