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Home destroyed by fire Monday night, four departments fight blaze

The home of Steve Newsome and Julie Reid in the 8000 block of CR SW3170 was destroyed by fire around 9:30 p.m. Monday, January 7.The home of Steve Newsome and Julie Reid in the 8000 block of CR SW3170 was destroyed by fire around 9:30 p.m. Monday, January 7.

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December rain doubles average amount for the month

The amount of rain received in Franklin County during December was more than double the average amount typically received.

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Franklin County swearing in

left to right, Pct. 4 Commissioner Sam Young, Pct. 2 Commissioner Larkin Jumper, County Treasurer Betty Sue Allen, County Judge Scott Lee, District Clerk Ellen Jaggers, Justice of the Peace Robert Zinn, and County Clerk Betty Crane.Franklin County officials who were elected, or re-elected, during the November 2018 campaign were sworn into office during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in the District Courtroom.

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Rockwall prisoner agreement, approved

A one-year inter-local agreement to house prisoners for Rockwall County was approved along with new policies and procedures for local county employees and officers at the final meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court for 2018.

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Texas Workforce Commission sets employer tax rates for 2019

The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced the average unemployment insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.25 percent for calendar year (CY) 2019, dropping from 1.37 percent in CY 2018 to its lowest point since 2009.

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Hit-and-run suspect caught after pursuit

Franklin County officers were involved in the pursuit of a hit-and-run suspect along I-30 around 3 a.m. Christmas morning, December 25.

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Mother urges drivers to never drink and drive

It was the middle of the night in 2006 when Debra Vasquez was awakened by the heart-wrenching phone call informing her that her 16-year-old daughter, Erica, and 5-year-old nephew, Elias, had been killed by a drunk driver.

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Rail port meeting

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council sat on the left and members of the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court are shown at right, with County Judge Scott Lee speaking to the groups. The initial rail port meeting to begin planning after the grant was received on Thursday, May 31 already showed the different entities separated by a large gap that has not gotten closer with time.

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Engineering services contract negotiations ordered

Negotiations for an engineering services contract with Corollo Engineers, Inc. and its team of specialists was ordered by the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors in their December meeting.

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