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Council proposes truck route to TxDOT

A direct east west truck route to limit through truck traffic turning in and around the downtown and residential areas is being proposed to the Texas Department of Transportation by members of the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Smoked hams

Patricia Ragsdale, wife of firefighter Scott Ragsdale, places a ham into a vehicle.It was a family affair as spouses and children pitched in to help as the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department smoked 450 hams on Saturday, March 15.

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Perfect weather greets Tour de Cypress riders

Cyclists stretch as far as the eye can see on the first leg of the Tour de Cypress rides on Saturday, April 15.Cyclists stretch as far as the eye can see on the first leg of the Tour de Cypress rides on Saturday, April 15. More than 170 riders traversed Franklin County on the five routes included in the event.

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Biggest loser

Stephen Newton was name the Biggest Loser in the Franklin County Health Wellness Center.Stephen Newton was name the Biggest Loser in the Franklin County Health Wellness Center. He received a check for $1,000. The contest ran from January 12 to April 13.

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County officials attend conference

Commissioner Larkin Jumper and Treasurer Betty Sue Allen of Franklin County attended the County Management & Risk Conference April 5-7 in San Marcos, which was presented by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

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St. Clair Endowment awards total $21,000

front row, Betty Crane - FOL, Sherry Daniel - MVM, Susan Sample - LOL, Marie Latortue - MVRC, Keitra Stoker - FCAA; and, back row, Pepper Puryear - MVC, and Larry Smith - AMM.The Harris and Irene St. Clair Endowment funds were distributed by Mary Lou Mowery (far left), treasurer for the FCHA which administers the funds,

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Community Easter celebration brings fun downtown

Julia Campbell is all dressed up in pink to hunt Easter eggsJulia Campbell is all dressed up in pink to hunt Easter eggs. About 200 children participated in the annual Community Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 8. For more details and pictures, see the April 13 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Heroes honored with barbecue

Rotary Tour de Cypress event coordinators Diana Duckworth, far left, and Pat Wright, far right, presented support checks to representatives of local first responder organizations represented, left to right, by Eddie Rhoades, Rusty Barker, Jeremy Cox, Jeanie Everett, and Debbie Spradling at the annual Heroes Barbecue Dinner Friday night. The Mount Vernon Rotary Club honored local law enforcement, first responders, and fire fighters with a Heroes Barbecue on Friday, April 14.

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National Day of Prayer gathering May 4

The 2017 National Day of Prayer will follow a different format this year. It is a simple call to prayer, a gathering, for anyone who wants to come together and pray for our nation, state, county, and culture.

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