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Top finishers honored in runs

Leslie McFarland Marks and Jeff WilcoxSpouses Leslie McFarland Marks and Jeff Wilcox celebrate finishing first and second in the 5K run on Saturday, April 19. Her time for the race was 24:58. He was second with a time of 26:15. For more details, see the April 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Chaney honored at Heroes BBQ as Community Builder

David Chaney reads the inscription on his award as Tom Shiels explains the purpose behind the honor.David Chaney reads the inscription on his award as Tom Shiels explains the purpose behind the honor. Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge honored Mr. Chaney as the recipient of its Community Builder Award for 2014.

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Tour de Cypress celebrates 10th year

Sheriff Ricky Jones leads the start of four of the Tour de Cypress bike rides along Holbrook on Saturday, May 19.Sheriff Ricky Jones leads the start of four of the Tour de Cypress bike rides along Holbrook on Saturday, May 19. Organizers celebrated the 10th year of the event with commemorative jerseys and a record number of participants.

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tommorrow member Jessica Minter greets Congressman Ralph HallLeaders of Tommorrow member Jessica Minter greets Congressman Ralph Hall during the group’s April meeting. Mr. Hall and State Representative George Lavender, shown in the background, spoke with the group about their roles as leaders in government.

Easter in the Park well attended

Winners in the annual Easter parade were Emmory Phillips for unique vehicle, Sawyer and Sam Anderson for mini float, and Heather McAnally for tricycle.Winners in the annual Easter parade were Emmory Phillips for unique vehicle, Sawyer and Sam Anderson for mini float, and Heather McAnally for tricycle. Approximately 200 children participated

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Fireman ham

Wade Powell with the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department places a smoked ham in the trunk of a vehicle on Saturday, April 19.Wade Powell with the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department places a smoked ham in the trunk of a vehicle on Saturday, April 19. The fire department smoked 456 hams as part of the Easter ham fund raiser.

Charlie Brown comes to life

Dalton Steward as Charlie Brown won the People’s Choice.Dalton Steward as Charlie Brown won the People’s Choice. Charlie Brown was a long time agriculture extension agent in Franklin County. For more details from the competition, see the april 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

On-line registration deadline Friday for inaugural BirdFest

The deadline for on-line registration is Friday, April 25 to attend the inaugural Prairies and Pineywoods BirdFest. The festival registration fee of $70 covers all tours and events except the Saturday evening Keynote Speaker/Dinner.

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Dressing the part

Mary Lou Largent of Saltillo, at right, and her children, Dami Salinas and Lonnie Hoskins,Mary Lou Largent of Saltillo, at right, and her children, Dami Salinas and Lonnie Hoskins, dressed the part as they made their “King’s Pub Chili” at the Alamo Mission Museum’s chili cook off. The group won the campsite award and first place in the bean cooking contest.