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Butterflies

ButterfliesMembers of the second grade classes at Mount Vernon Elementary School released Monarch Butterflies into the wild on Thursday, May 14. Debbie Duenkel places a butterfly on Brooklyn Ortiz nose as Kameron Craig and Zakenya Linwood watch intently. Each year students in the second grade at the school study the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. During the study, they are taken on a hunt to find eggs to raise the insects. After the insects grow into butterflies, the students release them. This year, they released approximately 80 butterflies. (Optic Photo by Susan Reeves‘09)

Survivor lap

Survivor lapCancer survivors began the annual Relay for Live event by taking the first lap around the track. The event collected more than $57,880 to aid in the fight against cancer. See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Greg Reed is “Misster” Relay

Greg Reed is “Misster” RelayGreg Reed, acting under the stage name of “Vanna Wide”, was named “Misster” Relay at the annual Relay for Life “Misster” Relay event Friday night, May 15.

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Lake Cypress brisket fund-raiser planned

The youth at the Lake Cypress Springs Baptist Church have planned a brisket fund-raiser for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23 at the church. Brisket will be available for sale by the sandwich, by the sandwich basket with chips and a drink, by the pound, or half or whole briskets.

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Shakespeare Club concludes season

The last meeting before summer for the Shakespeare Club was conducted at the home of President Nicki Armstrong.  It was the yearly salad luncheon where members of the club made salads and brought the recipes. See the May 14 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Cinco de Mayo celebrated

Cinco de Mayo celebratedThe local celebration of Cinco de Mayo was observed Sunday, May 17 on the grounds of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Food, music and fun were combined along with great weather for a festive occasion.

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New priest is assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church

New priest is assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic ChurchReverend Fr. Ambrose Chinnappa is the new pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mount Vernon.  Fr. Ambrose, as he prefers to be called, has assumed duties assigned by the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler.

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Purley fire department fund-raiser Saturday

The Purley Volunteer Fire Department is having a hamburger and hot dog lunch from 11 a.m. until it is all served on Saturday, May 23 at the fire station on FM 900 W. The lunch is available by donation. Chances to win door prizes at the event are available. See the May 21 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Nominations sought for Chamber yard awards

The deadline for nominations for the May Yard of the Month and Rural Beauty Spot is noon Tuesday, May 26. Nominations can be made by calling the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce office at (903) 537-4365. The name, location, with directions and if possible, a phone number for the nominated home is required with the nomination.

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