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Henry & Peters, PCs of Longview awarded county audit bid

The accounting firm of Henry & Peters, P.C. of Longview was awarded the three year contract for performing the outside audit for Franklin County at a cost of $23,000 for 275 hours of auditing work.

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Record breaking day, year for local rainfall

The heavy rainfall on Sunday, December 27 set a 24 hour record and pushed the year-to-date total rain into a record also. A total of 8.42 inches of rain was recorded. For more details, see the December 31 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Hymans win in-town lighting contest

The home of Brad and Stephanie Hyman was named as the in-town winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest.The home of Brad and Stephanie Hyman was named as the in-town winner of the 2015 Christmas Decorating Contest. The home is located at 601 Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon. For more information, see the December 24 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Skelton, Seawright honored by DAR

Brayden Skelton and Jamie SeawrightBrayden Skelton and Jamie Seawright, Mount Vernon ISD students, were recently honored by the Martha Laird Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at their annual award banquet.

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Santa serves all

Murphy Yandell, a Boston Terrier, visits with Santa during the Holiday Day Open House at Guaranty Bond BankMurphy Yandell, a Boston Terrier, visits with Santa during the Holiday Day Open House at Guaranty Bond Bank on Friday, December 18. He received a dog biscuit instead of a candy cane.

Request made to initialize federal grant application

Franklin County initialized the process to seek application for a Small Town Environment Program (STEP) grant funding of up to $350,000 on behalf of the Cypress Springs Special Utility District

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Christmas parade

Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade.Cub Scout Pack 271 rode in a large sleigh during the annual Christmas Parade. Members each wore red hats and were surrounded by brightly wrapped packages. The group won second place in the non-profit category for their work.

Programs help hundreds of people during holidays

The jointly conducted Christmas for All food basket and gift program was declared a success by volunteers and coordinating organizations, as were the targeted efforts by the

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Valuations may be adjusted for storm-damaged property

Property owners who received damage due to storms in Franklin County this weekend may be able to reduce their taxes for 2016. If a barn was destroyed, a  carport torn off a home,

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