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Baby kangaroo

Aubrey Dixon pets a baby kangaroo held by Ray Mitchell with Library Director Lisa Lawrence during the Friends of the the Library’s Zoofari programAubrey Dixon pets a baby kangaroo held by Ray Mitchell with Library Director Lisa Lawrence during the Friends of the the Library’s Zoofari program on Friday, July 22.

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Water balloons

August Whitaker, director of the Summer Reading Program at the Franklin County Library, is pelted by water balloons during the wrap up partyAugust Whitaker, director of the Summer Reading Program at the Franklin County Library, is pelted by water balloons during the wrap up party on Tuesday, July 26.

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Kirby, Hightowers take Peoples Choice auto awards

John Kirby, Jeff Hightower and Carrie Hightower took the Peoples Choice award in their respective classes at the second annual Independent Business Week Auto Show Saturday, July 9. John Kirby, Jeff Hightower and Carrie Hightower took the Peoples Choice award in their respective classes at the second annual Independent Business Week Auto Show Saturday, July 9.

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Local teens to compete at state pageant

Four local teens are preparing to compete in National American Miss Texas Pageant set for the last week of July at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas.

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Hageman Reserve hunting lodge closes

The Hageman Reserve, a by invitation only hunting lodge and outdoor sportsman’s club in Sulphur Bluff, closed July 1, but the farming portion will continue to operate. Employees of the hunting and fishing operation were terminated and some received severance packages.

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Library fun

Nevaeh Huffstettler and Samantha Sierra color with chalk on the sidewalk outside the Franklin County LibraryNevaeh Huffstettler and Samantha Sierra color with chalk on the sidewalk outside the Franklin County Library on Tuesday, July 19. The library’s Zoofari program will be presented at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22 in the gym at the First Baptist Church.

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Dr. Curry announces leave from vet clinic

Dr. Bishop Curry will take leave from Mount Vernon Veterinary Clinic beginning August 1, 2016.  He has been appointed as the Director of the Laboratory Animal Sciences Center and Attending Veterinarian for the National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory at Boston University in Boston Mass.

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Fire academy grads

Six students recently completed the fire academy at Northeast Texas Community CollegeSix students recently completed the fire academy at Northeast Texas Community College and were honored during a graduation ceremony. For a listing of the graduates and more about how to join the next academy class, see the July 14 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Third quarter clean-up continues through Saturday

The Third Quarter Clean-up continues through July 18 for residents of the City of Mount Vernon as fair weather and long days offer additional time for outdoor efforts to spruce-up and clean-up properties.

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