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First National selected county depository for four years

Franklin County Commissioners Court awarded a four year depository contract to First National Bank of Mount Vernon, that could mean extra funds if current interest rate trends continue, at their regular meeting Monday, April 10.

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City denies SWEPCO increase

The City of Mount Vernon’s council members joined with other small communities across east Texas to deny the Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) application for the authority to change rates requiring the reimbursement of municipal rate case expenses and increase base utility rates approximately 24 percent as filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) in mid-December 2016.

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No action expresses disapproval of appraisal district budget

Franklin County Commissioners Court members expressed their disapproval of the 2017-18 Franklin County Appraisal District budget by taking no action on the request for approval,

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Controversy over feral hog poison continues across Texas

The battle against feral hogs in Texas has been raging for more than 35 years. The animals cause millions of dollars in damage to farm and ranch land, devouring crops and sometimes small mammals. The controversy is how to control the hogs. The announcement of the impending release of a new, warfarin based hog poison caused quite a stir. See the story in the April 13 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Request tabled for county to take road

A request to make the rural road known as Camp Cypress Trail a county road was tabled by the Franklin County Commissioners Court at their meeting Monday morning after concerns of needed maintenance were raised by Pct. 3 Commissioner Charlie Emerson.

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Rain causes flooding

Backhoes and construction equipment were swamped in the area of Hwy. 37 just south of Purley.Cypress Creek is overflowing after 3.08 inches of rain fell early Tuesday morning, April 11. Backhoes and construction equipment were swamped in the area of Hwy. 37 just south of Purley.

Concerns grow over approval of SB2, pending HB2702

County officials voiced growing concerns in the Monday meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court over potential financial issues from legislation set out in Texas Senate Bill 2, which was approved last week.

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A mild March ushers in Spring

Franklin County weather during March was relatively mild, ushering in Spring temperatures early. Only two record highs were recorded during the month  and no record lows.

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Numbers needed on structures for 9-1-1 services

The lack of house and building numbers on structures has raised concerns with city officials, as well as 9-1-1 responders attempting to reach callers who are in need of aid.

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