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Optic-Herald office closed July 3

The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald office will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. The Optic-Herald office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6.

Area 14 inches above average rainfall

A total of 38.01 inches of rain have fallen in Franklin County through the first six months of 2015. That is 14 inches above the average 23.91. The record for rainfall received

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Ferrells to be greeted with reception

Darrek Ferrell and his wife, LindsayDarrek Ferrell and his wife, Lindsay, will be welcomed to the community at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, June  26  at the City Hall’s Council Chambers in downtown Mount Vernon.

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Cypress Springs lake home destroyed by fire

Billy Richards of the South Franklin Fire Department helps hold a hose as Johnny Glasco from the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department sprays water onto the remnants of the Smith homeFranklin County volunteer fire departments from South Franklin, Purley, and Mount Vernon responded to a house fire in the Whippoorwill Bay subdivision on Lake Cypress Springs around 4 a.m. on Thursday, June 25.

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Report of alligator sighting debunked

A Facebook post falsely reporting the local sighting of an alligator over the weekend spurred a flurry of phone calls and a text to the offices of the Franklin County Water District (FCWD) Monday.

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Sweeping changes proposed in Monday workshop session

Sweeping changes from re-purposing county buildings to dissolving the sports complex board of directors were proposed in a normally mundane workshop session of the Franklin County Commissioners Court

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Logan resigns from NETO

Beverly Logan confirmed Tuesday that she had submitted a letter of resignation as executive director at the financially troubled Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc.,

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Ferrell to have expanded duties

Darrek Ferrell is the first dual role leader for the City of Mount Vernon. He will not only be the chief executive officer of the city, but will also perform the duties as executive director for the

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June is fireworks eye safety month

June is Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month, and July 4 is just around the corner. Consumers can avoid injury by leaving fireworks to the professionals. Children are the most common victims of firework accidents,

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