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City, county get $14,400 in body camera grants

The City of Mount Vernon and Franklin County were awarded more than $14,400 in grants through the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office to provide all 17 of its active duty officers with body-worn cameras.

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City, water district ban guns in open meetings

The Mount Vernon City Council and the Franklin County Water District (FCWD) Board of Directors took action in their meetings to officially forbid weapons to be carried openly or concealed into their open meetings.

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McFeely shoots self during warrant service attempt

Franklin County Sheriff’s officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant during a traffic stop around 4 p.m. on Friday, January 22, when the suspect shot himself.

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Health insurance deadline Sunday

Sunday, January 31 is the last day to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace for 2016 to avoid paying a penalty. Every American must be enrolled in an Affordable Care Act

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Damage assessment team visits local disaster sites

David Weidman visits with homeowners Susan and Ken McGee about damage caused to their home from 21 inches of flood water.Franklin County and Franklin County Water District leadership along with dozens of affected home owners are awaiting the outcome of the findings of the three-man Disaster Assessment Team

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Data, options sought on lake flooding

Solid data and options to help avoid flooding in homes around Lake Cypress Springs are being pursued by the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors after the recent “350 year” flood event

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Murder-suicide attempt not successful

An attempted murder-suicide pact on Sunday, January 11 was not successful. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle around 1:30 p.m. on CR SE4130.

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Campaign stop

U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe, center, chats about economic development with Charles Lowry, left, and City Administrator Darrek FarrellU.S. Representative John Ratcliffe, center, chats about economic development with Charles Lowry, left, and City Administrator Darrek Farrell during a campaign stop in Mount Vernon

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Texas among top for segregation improvements

Texas is fourth in overall ranking among the states and the District of Columbia in an analytic report from Wallet-Hub released this week on racial improvements. Segregation and discrimination,

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