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Reservation program reviewed by board

A review of a customized reservation program was demonstrated for members of the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors at their January meeting.

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Local group finds Austin Days informative

Franklin County participants at Austin DaysFourteen people from Mount Vernon and Franklin County traveled to Austin for two days of lobbying for local concerns and to receive legislative updates.

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West End Preserve reopened to public

The Franklin County Water District reopened the West End Preserve property to the public Monday, Feb. 11.

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Main Street program commended by state

Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance and Carolyn Teague, Main Street manager, were commended last week for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community.

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Two more file for school board election

Marie Latortue and Aaron Sanders added their names to that of incumbent Richard Carr seeking a seat on the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees

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Texas Bar-B-Que Corral featured in book about barbecue across State

Texas Bar-B-Que groupRoyce Dimsdle and his “girls”, Kristin Conarroe, Kourtney Kelly, and Olivia Wafford, serve up barbeque and fixin’s with a smile at the Texas Bar-B-Que Corral.

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Foreigners must report U.S. land holdings

Foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, reminds Nancy Birkenfeld , Executive Director of the Titus-Camp-Franklin-Morris County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). For more information, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

County Health Officer sworn in

Franklin County Judge Paul Lovier swears in Dr. Jean Latortue as the Franklin County State Health Officer.Franklin County Judge Paul Lovier swears in Dr. Jean Latortue as the Franklin County State Health Officer.

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Refinancing program expanded to help more rural homeowners

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA is adding Texas to a pilot program that enables current USDA borrowers to save money on housing costs by refinancing their mortgages with lower interest rates. “USDA’s expansion of this program will help more rural borrowers refinance their mortgages to reduce their monthly payments and ease their financial burdens,” Sec. Vilsack said. For more information, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.