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LaButis welcomed home from South Korea

Family, friends and community patriots joined to give Kenneth LaButis a heroes’ welcome home Tuesday evening, August 5. Members of local law enforcement, fire department and members of the Christian Motorcycle Association led a motorcade along the route.

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Gatorade drive at Brookshire’s

Brookshire’s has partnered with Gatorade for a promotion to benefit local emergency first responders. This is the second consecutive year for the promotion across Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, which also rewards customers for their purchases.

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Retirement party

Approximately 50 people stopped by to wish Jeff Lawrence, center, well on his retirement during a reception at Brookshire’sApproximately 50 people stopped by to wish Jeff Lawrence, center, well on his retirement during a reception at Brookshire’s on Saturday, July 26. Mr. Lawrence has worked at the local grocery store for 18 years.

Morton to lead local branch

Zarinska MortonGuaranty Bank and Trust is promoting Zarinska Morton to Vice President and Location Manager for their Mount Vernon branch. Miss Morton joined Guaranty in 2011 as Location Manager of the bank’s Bogata location and has 25 years of banking experience.

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“Sassy Girls” win county’s exercise program challenge

The Sassy Girls team was proclaimed the winner of the Walk Across Texas exercise program for county employees at the Monday, July 28 meeting of the Commissioner Court.

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Juicy watermelon

Ryland Long takes a big bite of juicy watermelon while he shares a bench in the downtown gazebo with Carissa Stephens.Ryland Long takes a big bite of juicy watermelon while he shares a bench in the downtown gazebo with Carissa Stephens. The Franklin County Library celebrated National Watermelon Day by serving free melons on the plaza.

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Blood drive

Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation.Mike Wafford is all smiles as a technician positions his arm to begin a blood donation. A total of 17 units of blood were collected from the 22 volunteers who stopped by the Carter Blood Care’s bus at the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, July 26.

Volunteers needed for 4-H programs

Do you have a passion for agriculture, nutrition, or economics? Do you have a desire to work with a kids’ organization? Then there is a place for you!The Franklin County 4-H Club is in need of volunteers. For more information on how to help, see the July 31 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Summer Fun photos

Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.First place in the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald’s 2014 Summer Fun Photo Contest went to Antsje Schoonhoven. Asra Cline, daughter of Adam and Djura Cline, created her own summer fun at the home of her grandmother Beppe’s house.

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