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Sales Tax Holiday August 5-7

This year’s sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, August 5-7, when shoppers can save money on certain items priced for less than $100, reminds Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

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Summer reading winners announced

Fanklin County Library Summer Reading WinnersThe children who read the most books during the annual Summer Reading Program at the Franklin County Library were recognized with prizes and certificates at the Closing Ceremonies and Water Fun Day on Tuesday, July 26 behind the library.

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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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Tickets go on sale Monday, pageant attracts 52 contestants

The 48th annual Miss Mount Vernon Scholarship Pageant has attracted 52 contestants, according to Heather Bales, event coordinator for the sponsoring Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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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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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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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.

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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