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Local veteran takes flight

Dorothy JohnsonDorothy Johnson, of Mount Vernon, recently traveled to Washington D.C. on an Honor Flight for veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War.

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Martha Hare to lead Dairy Festival parade

Martha Dickson HareMartha Dickson Hare of Franklin County was selected to serve as the grand marshal of the 55th annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival parade. The parade will be in Sulphur Springs starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21.

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Second Saturday is this weekend

The Second Saturday event will be this weekend, June 14. This month’s event will feature materials artist  Michelle Chitsey and live music from musician Mathew Tuttle.

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Petting zoo

Aedyn ByrdAedyn Byrd, son of Corrie and Joanna Byrd, loves the feel of the feathers on the chickens at the petting zoo sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin County Library.

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Senior meal center going local

Franklin County residents and their guests will now find a wider variety of foods served at the Mount Vernon Senior Citizen Meal Center. The change from a state funded operation to a locally independent meal center took place this week,

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Summer Reading Program begins Tuesday, June 17

The Summer Reading Program at the Franklin County Library will begin Tuesday, June 17 and continue each Tuesday through Tuesday, July 22. The program targets children from ages four to 12 and 13 to 17. For a listing of session times, see the June 12  edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Creek of Dreams tourney June 13-14

The Creek of Dreams Ragball Tournament is this weekend Friday and Saturday, June 13-14 at Little Creek Park. The event will kick off around 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.

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Fountain-Ellis honored

Fay Fountain-EllisFay Fountain-Ellis was recently honored as the eldest member of the Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She was born Nov. 26, 1928 to Eugene Fountain and Stella Mae Templeton Fountain.

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Boating safety video released

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has released a sobering video aimed at motivating teens and young adults to follow simple safety guidelines while boating.

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