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Arbor Day celebrated at park

Students with the Grace Baptist Church School participated in the planting.Six new “Tulip Trees,” yellow poplars, were planted at the City of Mount Vernon’s Little Creek Park Friday, May 6. The ceremonies were rescheduled due to rain the previous week.

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Stamp out Hunger food drive May 14

The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the United States Postal Service will be conducted Saturday, May 14 in Franklin County and across America.

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Lions golf tourney success, $2,000 to Handicapable Rodeo

Brhi Boren, Kathy Summerlin, Barbara and Dale Crowston, Jeremy Byrd, Cade Hohenberger and Heather PainterThe Mount Vernon Lions Club sponsored “Lion’s Share Charity Golf Tournament” raised $4,700 with $2,000 of that being awarded to the Franklin County Handicapable Rodeo organization.

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Lewis, Ostertag named to board

The Mount Vernon Main Street board will welcome two new members Lauren Norman Lewis and Shannon Ostertag after they were approved by the Mount Vernon City Council at their special meeting last week.

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More volunteers needed for painting project

Thirty more volunteers are needed for the “Paint Our Town” project. A total of 120 have already applied. A total of nine homes have been selected to be painted  for the project on Saturday, May 14.

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Patriotic display

Brookshire’s Grocery Store has created a patriotic display inside the store for Memorial Day.Brookshire’s Grocery Store has created a patriotic display inside the store for Memorial Day.

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National Day of Prayer event today

Wake Up America is the theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer set for today, Thursday, May 5. The event will be at the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon. See the May 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more information.

Registration open for Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Franklin County Library’s Summer Reading Program is now open. The program is for children ages four through 12. Each Tuesday from June 21 through July 26.

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Rain runoff

A great blue heron watches as water from Lake Cypress Springs shoots into the air after spilling into the stilling basin from the morning glory.A great blue heron watches as water from Lake Cypress Springs shoots into the air after spilling into the stilling basin from the morning glory. The lake level reached 380.84 msl on Sunday, May 1 following heavy rain the previous Friday. The lake level has been gradually decreasing since.