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Juicy watermelon

Ryland Long takes a big bite of juicy watermelon while he shares a bench in the downtown gazebo with Carissa Stephens.Ryland Long takes a big bite of juicy watermelon while he shares a bench in the downtown gazebo with Carissa Stephens. The Franklin County Library celebrated National Watermelon Day by serving free melons on the plaza.

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Volunteers needed for 4-H programs

Do you have a passion for agriculture, nutrition, or economics? Do you have a desire to work with a kids’ organization? Then there is a place for you!The Franklin County 4-H Club is in need of volunteers. For more information on how to help, see the July 31 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Summer Fun photos

Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.First place in the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald’s 2014 Summer Fun Photo Contest went to Antsje Schoonhoven. Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.

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Retirement party

Approximately 50 people stopped by to wish Jeff Lawrence, center, well on his retirement during a reception at Brookshire’sApproximately 50 people stopped by to wish Jeff Lawrence, center, well on his retirement during a reception at Brookshire’s on Saturday, July 26. Mr. Lawrence has worked at the local grocery store for 18 years.

Ice cream for everyone

Joseph Alsobrook watches closely as Library Director Lisa Lawrence adds whipped cream to his ice cream sundae.Joseph Alsobrook watches closely as Library Director Lisa Lawrence adds whipped cream to his ice cream sundae. The library staff dished up free ice cream to 120 people on the downtown plaza on Friday, July 25 in celebration of National Ice Cream Month.

“Sassy Girls” win county’s exercise program challenge

The Sassy Girls team was proclaimed the winner of the Walk Across Texas exercise program for county employees at the Monday, July 28 meeting of the Commissioner Court.

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Lunches of Love receives “Encourager Award”

Susan O’Donnell presents the Encourager Award to Franklin County/Mount Vernon for its Lunches of Love program, represented by Maaike Plantinga, Terri Ruyle, Virginia Smith, Amy Ford, and Susan Sample.Susan O’Donnell presents the Encourager Award to Franklin County/Mount Vernon for its Lunches of Love program, represented by Maaike Plantinga, Terri Ruyle, Virginia Smith, Amy Ford, and Susan Sample.

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Blood drive

Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation.Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation. A total of 17 units of blood were collected from the 22 volunteers who stopped by the Carter Blood Care’s bus at the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, July 26.

Storm damage

This once tall Pine tree split and fell onto the roof of a home on Turner St.This once tall Pine tree split and fell onto the roof of a home on Turner Street during the high winds experienced during a fast moving storm around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23.

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