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SWEPCO ramps up efforts to protect customers from utility scammers

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is joining forces with more than 80 gas and electric utility companies across the United States and Canada to protect customers from long-running scams.

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Jeremy Cox named city’s Director of Public Works

Jeremy CoxJeremy Cox has been named the City of Mount Vernon’s Director of Public Works.

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Franklin County voters turn to Republican ticket

The voters of Franklin County overwhelmingly voted for Republican candidates in the 2016 General Election.

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Veterans program

An honor guard representing various military branches marches up the center aisle to retrieve the flagsAn honor guard representing various military branches marches up the center aisle to retrieve the flags near the end of the two hour Veterans Salute program at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 12.

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Transportation Summit Wednesday

A Northeast Texas Rural Transportation Summit to share information with the Texas Department of Transportation and discuss the region’s long term transportation needs has been planned next Wednesday, November 9. For information on how to obtain tickets to the event, see the November 3 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Funds allocated over objection

The allocation of  $50,200 in county hotel occupancy tax funds was finalized Monday, November 14 by the Franklin County Commissioners Court over the continued objection of Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper, who claimed the allocations were an inappropriate use of the funds.

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HOT funding recommendations headed back to commissioners

Members of the Franklin County Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) board approved funding $5,500 of an $11,000 request from the Franklin County Genealogical Society (FCGS) with the lesser amount still available as part of their 2017 recommendations.

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NASCAR appearance

Tracey Reed, Jimmie Johnson and Noe TellesNASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson stopped by Lowes RDC on Thursday, November 3 to visit with employees.

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Board gets look at 2017 budget, 2016 budget amendments

The Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors was presented with a no frills, zero capital purchases proposal for the 2017 budget  during their October meeting.

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