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Primary candidate filing underway, Alford will not run

Candidate filing for county elected offices for the March primaries has begun with County Judge Scott Lee as the only one to complete the process with their local party chairman.

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Franklin County HOT fund distribution clarified

Clarification of the amounts of the Franklin County Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to be distributed and to which organizations in support of what projects consumed about 50 percent of the regular meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court with a three to two split vote deciding the matter.

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President Trump signs Ratcliffe cybercrime-fighting bill into law

Texas Representative John Ratcliffe with  President Donald Trump in the White HouseRep. John Ratcliffe’s Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 (H.R. 1616) was signed into law last week by President Trump.

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Mobile home ordinance updated, rental property to be studied

The Mount Vernon City Council updated its 30 year old mobile home ordinance, and appointed a committee to study the proposed residential inspection ordinance to suggest changes to better suit a smaller community at its Monday night meeting.

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Voter turnout low for amemendments

Voter turnout for the General / State Constitutional Amendment Election on November 7 was low. A total of 319 Franklin County citizens trudged to the polls to complete a ballot.

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Citizens concerned about recent teenage suicides

A group of concerned citizens recently met to discuss the recent up-tick in teenage suicides in the Franklin County community.

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Airport lighting to be rebid

Franklin County commissioners approved a request from the Texas Department of Transportation on recommendation from the Franklin County Airport (FCA) Board to rebid electrical work for a replacement lighting system at the county airport at its regular meeting last week.

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HOT fund allocations in a fog of confusion

Franklin County Commissioners Court members met Wednesday, November 1 and allocated Franklin County Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds for use by local organizations or businesses in  bringing tourists to the county in 2018.

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Water district 2018 budget, amendments to 2017 proposed

The Franklin County Water District’s proposed 2018 budget and amendments to the current budget were introduced at the October meeting. The ongoing litigation over the dam remediation project under budget by about $75,000 due to the trial being pushed into 2018. See the Nov. 2 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more about the FCWD budget.