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Chili cook off raises more than $12,600 for food bank

Garry Romines paddled his way to a first place at the chili cookoff.Garry Romines paddled his way to a first place at the chili cookoff. More than $12,600 was raised for the Community Food Bank of Franklin County through the chili cook off on Saturday, December 6.

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Food baskets to be distributed Saturday

Christmas For All Food Baskets will be distributed to qualified applicants between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 13. This year, more than 250 families are scheduled to receive help through the program.

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Ice skating

Mia Banda, age six, and her brother, Santino Banda, age five, tried out the Holiday on Ice Skating Rink on Sunday, November 30.Mia Banda, age six, and her brother, Santino Banda, age five, tried out the Holiday on Ice Skating Rink on Sunday, November 30. After a few bumps, the pair began gliding around on the synthetic ice.

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Optic-Net transitioning users to Peoples internet service

The Mount Vernon Optic-Net is in the process of transitioning their internet service customers over to Peoples Telecommunications.

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Return Angel gifts for delivery

Those who have adopted Angel lists for the Christmas for All program are asked to return them immediately for delivery to the families of those children.

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Large crowd cheers for annual Christmas Parade

Children with red reindeer noses rode on the First National Bank float.The Christmas season began with lots of holiday spirit as more than 30 entries in the Christmas Parade wound their was through downtown Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 6.

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Chili chow hounds wanted for Saturday’s cook off

A chili cook-off will be conducted on Saturday, December 6 along Kaufman between Main and Scott streets, and lots of chili chow hounds will be needed to consume the gallons of chili that will be prepared.

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Brown permanently home from U.S. Marine Corps

As soon as four year-old Cheyenne Brown recognized a surprise visitor in her classroom at the Mount Vernon Head Start center Thursday,  December 4, she could not stop smiling.As soon as four year-old Cheyenne Brown recognized a surprise visitor in her classroom at the Mount Vernon Head Start center Thursday,  December 4, she could not stop smiling.

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Route set for Christmas Parade

The route for the 74th annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6 was announced this week.The parade will get underway at 11 a.m.

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