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Commissioners approve a variety of paperwork at meeting

It was a busy paperwork day for members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court at their second regular meeting of the month Monday morning.

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Roycroft pleads guilty in stepson’s death, gets life sentence

Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones and Chief Jailer Robert Moore lead Christina Roycroft,  center, into the District Courtroom at the Franklin County Courthouse for sentencing.Christie Lynn Roycroft, age 30 of Mount Vernon, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after entering a guilty plea to the charge of capital murder of a person under the age of 10 years in the stabbing death of her six-year-old stepson, Wesley Benjamin “Ben” Roycroft.

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County proposes budget, tax rate, property sale

Franklin County Commissioners proposed their 2017 fiscal year budget, an effective tax rate, and expressed their interest in exploring the possibility of selling several county owned properties during their Monday, August 8 meeting.

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Disinfecting of water lines to continue

The City of Mount Vernon is into its first week of a routine chemical cleaning of the water system’s lines. The process began Monday, and will continue through Friday, August 26.

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Council proposes deficit budget, same tax rate

The Mount Vernon City Council followed the recommendation of its administrator in proposing the same tax rate for the fourth consecutive year, $.604382 for 2016,

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Weidman resigns from EDC board

David Weidman, chairman of the Mount Vernon Economic Development Board, resigned his post Friday, August 12, as repercussions of the city council’s termination of the EDC’s executive director and city administrator continue.

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County overrides HOT board funding recommendations

The Franklin County Commissioner’s Court members overrode the recommendation of the Hotel Occupancy Tax to cut in half the funding for the fall wine event sponsored by Mount Vernon Main Street and awarded the original funding amount of $6,000.

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County unemployment rate fourth lowest in NET area

Franklin County has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in northeast Texas according to the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) just released for June.

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Administrator’s contract terminated without stated cause

The contract for the Mount Vernon city administrator and economic development executive director Darrek Ferrell was terminated in an unexpected move at the regular Monday night meeting of the council.

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