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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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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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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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Bairds are king, queen at prom for senior citizens

Bairds are king, queen at prom for senior citizensHomer and Janey Baird were crowned as king and queen of the Senior Citizen Prom at Mission Manor Nursing Home last week. See the May 14 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

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.

Sign-ups set for balloon workshop

The chance for parents to sign their children up to participate in the balloon workshop at the Franklin County Library starts Monday, May 18. Sign-ups for children ages eight and up are on a first come first serve basis. The workshop is open to 30 participants.

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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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Courtyard concert

Courtyard concertLindy Hearne and Lynn Adler of Crossroads Music in Winnsboro performed to a crowd of about 30 people to mark the beginning of their road tour. The courtyard concert was conducted Friday, May 8 in the courtyard at the Cultural Arts Center.