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Christmas food

Volunteers Heather Painter, Kortne Wilson (background) and Georgette Baldwin, all from Brookshire’s, shuttle boxes of nonperishable food itemsVolunteers Heather Painter, Kortne Wilson (background) and Georgette Baldwin, all from Brookshire’s, shuttle boxes of nonperishable food items to vehicles for those receiving

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Santa visit

Santa, Samantha DealSanta made the rounds in Franklin County this season. Samantha Deal, four year-old daughter of Jed and Beth Deal, visits with him during the First National Bank’s Open House

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Train lantern donation

Jerald and Mary Lou Mowery, at left, accept a donation of antique railroad lanterns from Joy Stone on behalf of the Franklin County Historical AssociationJerald and Mary Lou Mowery, at left, accept a donation of antique railroad lanterns from Joy Stone on behalf of the Franklin County Historical Association. The lanterns, utilized in railroad operations

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Optic-Herald office to close for holidays

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 24-25.  The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28. The office will also close at noon

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Christmas store

Susan Sample helps a client select from donated clothing at the annual Christmas Store which is run by Community In Schools.Susan Sample helps a client select from donated clothing at the annual Christmas Store which is run by Community In Schools. The items were available last Thursday and Friday for families who needed a little help with gifts.

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Christmass toys

Hylke Talsma and Daniel Pearce, as well as the rest of the high school basketball team, loaded packages into vehicles for the gift portion of the Christmas for All effortHylke Talsma and Daniel Pearce, as well as the rest of the high school basketball team, loaded packages into vehicles for the gift portion of the Christmas for All effort on Thursday, December 18

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Tittles celebrate 50th anniversary

Jerry and Sue TittleJerry and Sue Tittle of Sulphur Springs celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary after 50 years together Thursday, December 10. They were married on this date in 1965,

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Christmas presentation

Mary Mitchell, a resident at Mount Vernon House, listens as approximately 50 members of the First Baptist Church children's choirMary Mitchell, a resident at Mount Vernon House, listens as approximately 50 members of the First Baptist Church children's choir perform selections from their Christmas musical.

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MOM meeting Thursday

The MOM (Ministering Our Military) support group will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 17. The meeting will be at Pilgrim Bank, 2401 S. Jefferson St. in Mount Pleasant. See the December 10 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for information about this group.