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Golf cart discussion dropped

The proposal to allow golf carts on city streets has apparently been dropped for now after discussion at the Monday night workshop of the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Healthcare management firm hired to reduce county’s costs

A one year contract with Brinson Benefits was approved by the Franklin County Commissioners Court Monday in an effort to cut healthcare costs. The company initially priced their services at $42,000 annually.

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Online auction for Franklin County to start September 25

Franklin County is starting an online auction September 25 to sell surplus items owned by the county and items seized by the Sheriff’s Department. The auction will end at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 16. For more information, see the September 19 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Burn ban lifted after 4.97 inch rain

Franklin County Judge Paul Lovier lifted the ban on outdoor burning Monday, September 23. The action to rescind the ban went into effect upon the judge signing the order at 8:30 a.m.

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TxDOT announces free child safety seat inspection

In an effort to help Texas drivers keep their child passengers properly secured, the Texas Department of Transportation announced it is offering free, year-round child safety seat inspections conducted by certified technicians.

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Wireless in northern Franklin County

Peoples Wireless, a provider of high speed wireless internet, is now offering affordable, quality broadband to underserved rural households in the surrounding Mount Vernon area.

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Hotel Ocupancy Tax 2014 funding applications sought

The Franklin County Commissioners adopted an annual budgeting process for the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax. All of the funding for the coming year, 2014, will be reviewed together.

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Lavender reminds voters to get photo identification

State Representative Dist. 1 George Lavender reminds voters that photo identification will now be required for voting in person. “After much litigation, the November 5th election will be the inaugural election for photo ID,” said Rep. George Lavender.

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Tax rate set, 2014 budget adopted

The Franklin County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted the 2014 Budget and then set the 2013 property tax rate at a special called meeting of the Court on Monday, September 16.

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