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Hawkquest program set Wednesday, April 1

The Friends of the Franklin County Library will be the sponsor for a program by HawkQuest at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in the Intermediate Gym behind Mount Vernon ISD.
Kin Quitugua, a master falconer and long time environmental educator, will present the program and fly various birds ranging from eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. For more information, see the March 26 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Durick is featured in tango, jazz concert

Percussionist Dennis Durick will be featured as a member of the Paul Unger Trio. The trio will present a concert program of jazz and tango music at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the Mount Vernon Music Hall.For more information, see the March 26 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Marilyn Elbert is 2008 Woman of the Year

Marilyn Elbert is 2008 Woman of the YearReliable, honest, and compassionate were just a few words used to describe Marilyn Elbert as she was named by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce as their 2008 Woman of the Year at their annual banquet on Saturday, March 21. Mrs. Elbert was joined by her husband, Bobby, and her parents, M. P. and Nolene Long in receiving her award. For more information about Mrs. Elbert, see the March 26 edition of the Optic-Herald.

Mendez, Mayes Rotary Students for March

Mendez, Mayes Rotary Students for MarchMia Mendez and Jordan Mayes were selected as Rotary Students of the Month for March at Mount Vernon High School. See the March 26 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Charles Cannon named 2008 Agriculturalist of the Year

Charles Cannon named  2008 Agriculturalist of the YearCharles Cannon was named Agriculturalist of the Year for 2008 by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, March 27. Mr. Cannon was joined by his wife, Peggy, son, Randy, and grandaughter Kellee as he received his award.

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Artists “Paint Out” here this weekend

The Southwestern Watercolor Society has selected Mount Vernon / Franklin County as the site of its Spring Paint Out March 27-29.

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June Carr Newsom inducted into Franklin County Hall of Fame

June Carr Newsom inducted into Franklin County Hall of FameAttending the Chamber of Commerce banquet on the premise that her son, Greg Carr, was to receive an award, June Carr Newsom was shocked when her name was announced as the 2008 inductee into the Franklin County Hall of Fame.

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Rusty Rutledge named 2008 Man of the Year

Rusty Rutledge named  2008 Man of the YearRusty Rutledge was named the 2008 Man of the Year by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at their banquet on Saturday, March 21.

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Jazz, tango music in next music concert

A concert program of jazz and tango music will feature the Paul Unger Trio. The concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at the Mount Vernon Music Hall.
Bassist Paul Unger, percussionist Dennis Durick, and keyboard player Steven Harlos compose the group. See the March 19 edition of the Optic-Herald for more inforamtion.