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National Day of Prayer event today

Wake Up America is the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer set for today, Thursday, May 5. The event will be at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. See the May 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information.

Rain runoff

A great blue heron watches as water from Lake Cypress Springs shoots into the air after spilling into the stilling basin from the morning glory.A great blue heron watches as water from Lake Cypress Springs shoots into the air after spilling into the stilling basin from the morning glory. The lake level reached 380.84 msl on Sunday, May 1 following heavy rain the previous Friday. The lake level has been gradually decreasing since.

Hood to speak at Day of Prayer event

Pastor G.W. Hood will be the guest speaker for Franklin County’s 2016 National Day of Prayer event. The annual luncheon will be Thursday, May 5 at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Building at noon.

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Sisters take over parks

Sisters on the Fly took over all of Walleye Park and Twin Oaks Park on Lake Cypress Springs April 21-24 with 115 small travel trailers and RVs.Sisters on the Fly took over all of Walleye Park and Twin Oaks Park on Lake Cypress Springs April 21-24 with 115 small travel trailers and RVs. The Chamber of Commerce, Historical Association, and Main Street groups provided dinners and various activities while the ladies were in town.

Van Craddock to present Historical Association program Monday

Van Craddock will present “East Texas: A Place Like Nowhere Else” as the program for the Franklin County Historical Association’s bimonthly general membership meeting Monday, May 2.

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Boyles to be Home Program management consultant

Kathy Baker Boyles of Texarkana was awarded the contract to act as the management consultant for administering the Home Program grant for the City of Mount Vernon.

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Applications sought for 2017 United Way funding

The United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) is accepting applications from qualified organizations which are seeking funding from the local agency in 2017.

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Vintage cars

Approximately 40 vintage cars parked around the downtown Mount Vernon plaza for about 30 minutes on Thursday, April 21.Approximately 40 vintage cars parked around the downtown Mount Vernon plaza for about 30 minutes on Thursday, April 21. The group was helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bankhead Highway, which passes through town as Main St. and Hwy. 67.

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Registration deadline Saturday for “Paint our Town” project

It is crunch time for the “Paint Our Town” project. The absolute deadline to register as either a volunteer or a homeowner to become part of the project is Saturday, April 30.

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