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Items being collected for Christmas

The collection of items for Christmas packages for active duty military personnel has begun and will continue through Friday, Nov. 1. The effort is headed up by the MOM (Ministering Our Military)

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Entries being sought for Hay Show October 5

Entries are being accepted for the 2013 Mount Vernon / Saltillo Young Farmers Association Hay Show scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. Entries for the show are $10 each with a deadline of Friday, September 20. See the September 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Local supporters honored for $50,000 in contributions

Contributors to the United Way campaignThe United Way of Franklin County, Texas honored business and group supporters for their expected contributions of $50,000 in funds during 2013.

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Breading experts

Jim Alford waits while breading experts Ernest Christenberry and Bobby Elbert fill his basket with fishJim Alford waits while breading experts Ernest Christenberry and Bobby Elbert fill his basket with fish at the annual United Way Fish Fry on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Masonic Lodge.

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Distracting the bull

Bull fighter Donnie Smith tries to distract the bull’s attention so that Jacob Couch of Paris can escape. Bull fighter Donnie Smith tries to distract the bull’s attention so that Jacob Couch of Paris can escape. The stock from the Wing Rodeo Company were especially tough

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CountryFest booth reservations open

Booth space for 2013 CountryFest is open to all, with reservations being accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration forms and payment must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 20 to avoid a $15 late fee. For more information, see the Sept. 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Closing downtown street proposed in grant

A gathering place and open market area away from the central plaza is being proposed in a grant application being made to the Texas State Historic Commission.

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Posse event provides plenty of competition and entertainment

Ronny and Katrina Easterling served as the Grand Marshalls for the Rodeo Parade in downtown Mount Vernon on Saturday, Aug. 31.  Interact students Chassity Morgan and Abby Haller carried their banner.The Franklin County Rodeo was deemed a success by the sponsoring Sheriff’s Posse with more than 2,000 people attending each of the two nights to watch the more than 100 cowboys and cowgirls compete at the annual Labor Day Rodeo.

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Benefit set for Greg Carr, auction items sought

A benefit for Greg Carr has been organized for Saturday, September 28 at 4 p.m. at the Hagansport Community Center. Items are now being sought to be offered in an auction the night of the event. See the August 29 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information and details on assistance needed.