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Hospice volunteers needed

As we all begin to look forward to the Christmas holidays and the New Year, many people in the community are dealing with life changing situations. Heart to Heart Hospice is seeking people to come and join their volunteer program.

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Angel gifts to be picked up next Tuesday, Wednesday

Christmas For All Angel Gifts are to be distributed from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, December 18. The distribution site will be at the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church,

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Poster contest winners announced

2013 Poster Contest WinnersWinners in the 32nd annual Mount Vernon Elementary School Poster Contest were announced on Thursday, December 5 at the First National Bank of Mount Vernon. Students were instructed to create a poster that illustrates what they believe is an “Old Fashioned Christmas.”

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Christmas Cantata

Jillian Kennedy sang a solo during the First United Methodist Church’s The Heart of Christmas CantataJillian Kennedy sang a solo during the First United Methodist Church’s The Heart of Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 8. The cantata was presented during two services that morning.

Sidewalk Ribbon Cutting Monday

A ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the $200,000 Main Street sidewalk project has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m on Monday, December 16. Mayor Margaret Sears will address those attending and hot cider will be available. See the December 12 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information.

Farm Bureau boosts membership

The Franklin County Farm Bureau has been recognized as second in the number of consecutive years of growth in the state. The achievement was announced at the Texas Farm Bureau’s 80th annual convention last weekend, December 7-8, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

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Food baskets to be distributed Saturday, December 14

Christmas For All Food Baskets will be distributed to qualified applicants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14. This year 528 individuals from 224 families are scheduled to receive help through the program.

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Deadline Monday for decoration nominations

The deadline for nominating a favorite home or business for their Christmas decorating efforts is 1 p.m. Monday, December 16. Anyone may nominate an entry in either the business or home divisions of the 2013 Christmas Decorating contest, sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

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Bales retiring

Claudia BalesA retirement reception for Claudia Bales will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 15 in the lobby at the United States Post Office in Talco. Mrs. Bales is retiring from the USPS after 31 years of service. She began as a postal sub in 1982 and became a full time employee in 2006.