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Jim Hightower releases new album

Singer-songwriter Jim Hightower, a native of Franklin County, recently released a new album. He writes and records songs about Arkansas and his newest release is More Arkansas Stories in Song, set to be available in mid June. See the Jan. 7 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Arts Alliance annual meeting next week

The Franklin County Arts Alliance will conduct its annual membership meeting Thursday, Jan. 14. The meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck dinner at the Cultural Arts Center (CAC).

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Classical Christmas concert Saturday at The Music Hall

“A Classical Christmas” concert will be presented by Lynda Davidson. The piano concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Mount Vernon Music Hall. See the Dec. 3 edition of the Optic-Herald for more information.

Christmas Ball set

A Boot Scootin Cowboy Christmas Ball is set for Saturday, Dec. 19 to benefit the Sulphur River Cowboy Church.  The ball will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Bogata Gym at 201 2nd NW St. in Bogata.

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“Windows on the Holiday” to be unveiled on Friday, Nov. 27

Windows decorated for the Christmas season will be unveiled beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Workers began covering the downtown windows with white paper and placing silhouettes in upper story windows last week as work progresses toward their unveiling.

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Mount Vernon Music Piano concert

Piano concertMore than 75 people attended the Classical Christmas Piano Concert presented by Lynda Davidson at the Mount Vernon Music Hall on Saturday, Dec. 5 after the annual Christmas Parade. The event was free to the public.

Colorful display

Colorful displayA beautiful assortment of pumpkins and gourds make for a colorful display in the yard of Charles and Saundra Dunn on Miller St.

Porter CD chronicles Drummond House

Debbie Porter is known for playing unique instruments and recording interesting concept projects.  Her latest recording, “This Old House”, is no exception, as it is a chronicle of the life of the historical Rogers-Drummond house. See the Dec. 10 edition of the Optic-Herald for more details.

NTCC helping Neighbors in Need

Northeast Texas Community College family is teaming up with Communities In Schools (CIS) to help out area families in need.  As a 25th Anniversary service project, NTCC is calling for contributions to the Neighbors In Need drive.  For more information, see the Nov. 19 edition of the Optic-Herald.