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Proposed legislation, lower mineral values cause concern

Proposed legislation affecting property taxes and the projected drop in mineral values are forecast to be “the perfect storm” in bringing local governments, such as Franklin County, in Texas counties to their knees.

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Stewardship program deadline Friday for 2015 fiscal year

The USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) extended the deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to Friday, March 13.

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Entertainment strategy offers quicker return on investments

The use of an entertainment and special events strategy to help revitalize downtown Mount Vernon offers a quicker return on investments, according to the team of specialist with the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

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City offers site for brush, limb disposal

Numerous broken limbs, brush, and leaves have collected over the winter months due to the sometimes severe weather. The City of Mount Vernon will provide for disposal of this vegetative matter for the next several weeks.

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Changes in rules proposed to “grandfather” lighted signs

The Franklin County Water District’s Board discussed proposed changes in the district’s rules and regulations to deal with lighted signs and other structures already existing on district property

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Stolen loot

Two motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolenTwo motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolen, were recovered from an abandoned pickup truck by Sheriff’s Office personnel on Friday.

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Barker asks for restoration of electric service and violation details

Ron Barker asked that the City of Mount Vernon pay to re-establish electrical service to a house at 505 W. Main Street, and specify what was needed to bring the structure, threatened in condemnation, into code.

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VanDeaver supports retired teacher fund

Chief budget writers in the Texas House of Representatives announced their intention to honor the state’s commitment to fully fund the health care plan for Texas retired teachers

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Railings approved, parking lot denied

A quote of $7,789 for handrails at the courthouse was approved, and in a split vote, failed to approve a motion to redo the front parking lot at the old hospital building in the meeting

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