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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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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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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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Old documents to be shredded under contract

Franklin County will end the year by cleaning out old files and records with Ark-La-Tex Shredding Company, Inc. providing the required shredding service at a cost of about $500 for the initial on-site purge of documents.

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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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Which comes first, permission to build or site plan

The full North East Texas Rural Transportation District  board met for the first time with representatives of the Mount Vernon City Council and Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation board in Sulphur Springs last week concerning the proposed rail port facility in Franklin County.

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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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Consumer Alert: IRS Impersonation and Email Scam

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texans that fraudulent emails are being sent from people impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting users with fake tax documents.

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