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Grass fire

Mount Vernon Volunteer Firefighter Wesley Sargent uses a cannon to spray water on a grass fire off of Hwy. 37 at Hwy. 900 Mount Vernon Volunteer Firefighter Wesley Sargent uses a cannon to spray water on a grass fire off of Hwy. 37 at Hwy. 900 on Friday, June 10.

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Objections, requests made to county on building lease

A litany of objections interspersed with record requests linked to the county’s current lease of the old hospital building were made by local doctor Michael Walker, O.D. in Monday’s meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Water line break closes parking lot

City personnel work to excavate the area for a water line break in the main line from the downtown water tower.City personnel work to excavate the area for a water line break in the main line from the downtown water tower. The leak caused the tower to be taken out of service and the closure of the parking area between the Old Firestation Museum  and S. Houston St. around lunch time Thursday.

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Edward Jones moves up on Fortune 500 list

Financial services firm Edward Jones moved up on the annual Fortune 500 list, as published by Fortune magazine, in its fourth appearance in four years, according to Edward Jones’ Financial Advisors Keres Fite and Bill Kent.

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Fiery crash closes I-30

A fiery crash around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 closed eastbound I-30A fiery crash around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 closed eastbound I-30 for a close to seven hours and sent one driver to the hospital. Thomas Williams, age 50 of Texarkana, received a citation for failure to control speed after striking the back of a second 18 wheeler.

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Ferrell’s contract with city renewed for two years

The Mount Vernon City Council renewed their contract with Darrek Ferrell for two years as both city administrator and executive director of the economic development corporation following a two hour executive session Thursday night, June 2.

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Allen gets 50 years for Valentine murder

Christopher Wayne AllenChristopher Wayne Allen, age 26 of New Boston, was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Eddie Northcutt after pleading guilty to murder in the stabbing death of 36-year-old Wendy Anders Valentine.

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Unemployment provider change for debit card users

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that it will change providers for its unemployment benefits prepaid debit card from Chase Bank to U.S. Bank. Letters were mailed to all current TWC debit card claimants on May 24 about the upcoming debit card changes and explained how it will affect those receiving unemployment benefits.

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County budget hearings underway

The second day of Franklin County budget hearings for the 2017 Budget year are set for today, Thursday, June 2. This is the chance for the various groups and departments to present their reasons behind the individual budget item requests.

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