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Blood drive successful

 Sheriff Ricky Jones and his wife, Sheleace Gann, complete paperwork as the next donors up.Ashley Cruitt, who has been donating blood since age 17, and Deborah Whitworth, who has been donating since age 19, both in the comfortable donor couches, gave blood Saturday.

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Mentoring program to help students

Jill LowryJill Lowry introduced Mount Vernon Cares to the Rotary Club and county commissioners last week. It is a newly formed 501(c) 3 organizationt that is targeting junior high and high school students at the Mount Vernon Independent School District

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Work progressing on Walleye Park’s premium camper sites

New RV camper pads, workers prepareform for the new RV pads at Walleye parkWork is progressing on the 18 new premium recreational vehicle sites at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs, but they will not be completed in time for the current camping season.

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Sales Tax Holiday stretches 2015 back-to-school budgets

School children will soon head back to the classroom; and Texas’ annual Sales Tax Holiday will help outfit kids with tax-free clothes, shoes and school supplies they need for the new school year. Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday

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Clothes closet

Volunteer Anne Adams helps a client sort through jeans at the Community Clothes Closet on Friday, July 24.Volunteer Anne Adams helps a client sort through jeans at the Community Clothes Closet on Friday, July 24. Members of the community donated clothing that was then provided free for local school children.

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Sales tax holidays are August 7 - 9

The annual sales tax holiday has been set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 to 9. Families will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes this weekend. For more information about items included in this tax free shopping period, see the July 30 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Library to provide free ice cream

The Franklin County Library will be celebrating National Ice Cream Month with free sundaes on the downtown Mount Vernon Plaza on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

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Sports complex manager duties to be revised by commissioners

The duties of the Franklin County Sports Complex Manager are to be revised before seeking a replacement for Zack Jaggers who resigned from the post. Discussions in the Monday, July 27 workshop

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Camp Brave Heart set August 4

Camp Brave Heart, a bereavement camp for children ages six to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one, will be Aug. 4 to 6. It will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day at Trinity Baptist Church

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