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County to set tax rate, adopt 2017 budget

The Franklin County Commissioners Court will formally adopt the 2017 budget ($3.5 million) and set the 2016 tax rate after a final hearing on the budget at their regular meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, September 12.

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Rep. Ratcliffe advancing constituents’conservative priorities

As the conclusion of the current session of Congress draws closer, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) plans to continue his dedication to advancing his constituents’ conservative priorities in Congress.

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City’s proposed budget expected to change

Expenses in the 2016-17 fiscal year budget for the City of Mount Vernon are expected to change by as much as $147,000 depending on the adoption of suggestions made by council members at the August 22 workshop session.

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Sulphur Bluff man arrested for livestock theft

Lindy Wayne ShipleyA Sulphur Bluff man was arrested in Hopkins County today and charged with theft of livestock after failing to return 125-160 head of cattle he was grazing on his pasture back to the owner in West Texas.

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EDC to consider funding

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation was to meet Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall with a full agenda,

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Cypress Springs SUD gets grant, proceeding with other projects

The Cypress Springs Special Utility District (SUD) has received its formal approval for award of a $338,415 federal Small Towns Environment Program (STEP) grant for water line improvement work, announced General Manager Kevin Spence at the August meeting of the district’s board of directors.

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Voter ID options available

Voters who cannot obtain an approved photo ID will have additional options when voting in person. “These new options for voters who cannot obtain photo ID are currently in place and will be used in the November Election,” Franklin County Clerk Betty Crane said.

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DPS enhances patrols for Labor Day

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking Texas drivers to use extra caution when driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From September 2 - 5.

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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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