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Interviews for EDC director to begin

The search for an executive director / coordinator for the Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation is about to move to the interview stage, Steve Hammons, board president, announced at the group’s September meeting.

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VanDeaver plans “Listening Tour” of House District 1

State Representative Gary VanDeaver will embark on a “Fall Listening Tour” during the last week of September around House District 1.

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O’Rourke’s mother to make campaign stop

Melissa O’Rourke, mother of U.S. Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke, will visit Mount Vernon Saturday, September 15.

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Water District tax rate hearing Tuesday

The Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing on their proposed 2018 property tax rate at their monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18,

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Budget, tax rate adopted amid vocal taxpayer opposition

Billy Lay, a homeowner on Lake Bob Sandlin in Franklin County,  addressed members of the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court during a public hearing Monday, September 10.A handful of vocal citizens returned to ask questions and make known their displeasure in increasing tax bills at the final public hearing and subsequent adoption of the proposed 2019 budget and 2018 property tax rate.

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Proposal to video meetings dies for lack of support

A proposal to have the Franklin County Commissioners Court meetings video taped and accessible on the internet died for lack of support from members of the Court.

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Unfunded mandates driving local government inflation

Mount Vernon Rotary Club members and guests heard the concerns over “unfunded mandates” from the Texas Legislature from local and area government officials at a program sponsored by Franklin County Judge Scott Lee and presented by Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsome.

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Ward secured for audit, meeting schedule changed

The services of Mike Ward Accounting and Financial Consulting, PLLC were secured to perform the City of Mount Vernon’s 2017-18 fiscal year audit and the City Council opted to return regular stated meetings to just once a month with special workshops called as needed.

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Reward offered for information on burglary

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in connection with the burglary of a storage trailer at Sulphur River Saddlery.

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