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City department “wish list” is almost $519,000

Mount Vernon City Council members got a look at the $518,836.94 “wish list” from the various city departments for consideration in their planning of the 2018-19 budget during a special workshop session Monday night.

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Prisoner housing, HOT dollars targeted to fund county EDC

Members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court put the fund balances of the county’s Hotel / Motel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and the housing of out-of-county prisoners in their sights Monday as a source of funding for the nonprofit Franklin County Economic Development Corporation,

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Rail transport still cheapest method

The transport of both bulk and containerized products on land by rail over distances greater than 100 miles is the cheapest method for businesses and ultimately for the cost of items to consumers according to figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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City looks to equalize sewer surcharge, storm water fees

The equalization of sewer surcharges and storm water fees among city dwellers was discussed at the Monday night workshop of the Mount Vernon City Council after the disparity in funding was pointed out by Margaret Sears.

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Lake elevation will not be lowered for flood protection

Formal action was taken to set policy for the Franklin County Water District’s staff stating “do no temporary or permanent lowering of Lake Cypress Springs (LCS) water service elevation for flood protection purposes” at the June meeting of the district’s board of directors.

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Information sought for missing man

Michael Ray WeirThe Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.

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Action on hospital building tabled

An anticipated move to place the old hospital building up for sale by sealed bids was tabled after a series of other questions were raised by commissioners and members of the public at the Monday morning meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Funeral escort

Law enforcement personnel, fire departments, and first responders provided an escort for the body of U.S. Marine PFC Jordan Smith, age 19, Monday, June 25.Law enforcement personnel, fire departments, and first responders provided an escort for the body of U.S. Marine PFC Jordan Smith, age 19, Monday, June 25.

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Sediment a problem for some at Lake Cypress Springs

Problems from sediment from “Frog Creek” has pushed its way down to Frog Creek Bay to turn what was water front property into mostly dry land for Tommy and Rosemary Morgenson.

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