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Alston named DPS Trooper of the Year

DPS Trooper William “Phillip” Alston was named Trooper of the Year for 2014 and was also presented the Director’s Citation for his help in apprehending a fugitive and protecting the lives of civilians.

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Hospital employees get 60 day notice

About 100 employees at ETMC hospitals in Mount Vernon and Gilmer received formal letters notifying them of the pending termination of their jobs last week.

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No jail deficiencies found in inspection

The Franklin County Jail passed its 2014 inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards without a single deficiency. Sheriff  Ricky Jones praised Chief Ricky Roberts and other members of the jail staff for their work in maintaining the jail’s level of operation.

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Early voting ends Friday, Election Day Tuesday

In person early voting for the General Election continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, October 31. Election day voting will be Tuesday, November 4.

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General Election Early voting underway

In-person early voting for the November General and Constitutional Amendment elections began Monday, October 20 and will continue through Friday, October 31.

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Pct. 2 Commissioner seat is only contested local race

There is only one local contested race on the November 4 General Election ballot. Write-In Candidate Keith Medders filed a petition of signatures to become a candidate, and Larkin Jumper was selected as Republican nominee by the local party’s executive committee.

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County leases hospital, urgent care center planned

The Franklin County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved a lease agreement last week with Dr. Jean Latortue operating as the Franklin County Family Health Center (FHC) to utilize the hospital facilities.

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Hospital search committee saw other options unfeasible

The search committee that looked into leasing of the local hospital to other entities after East Texas Medical Center announced it would cease operations here the end of 2014 ran into many brick walls in their efforts.

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Wind blamed for vehicle, structure damages

A fence and the back section of the old Mama Jean’s Antiques store on the South Service Rd. were destroyed by a micro down burst and straight line winds on Monday, October 13. A downburst causing sheering and straight line winds has been blamed for the heavy damage to buildings and vehicles just south of I-30 at State Hwy. 37 in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, October 13.

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