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Community mourns loss of retired sheriff Chuck White

A long line of service vehicles led the funeral procession to the City Cemetery for former Franklin County Sheriff Chuck White.A long line of service vehicles led the funeral procession to the City Cemetery for former Franklin County Sheriff Chuck White. The sanctuary at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon was filled to capacity by Franklin County citizens, northeast Texas law enforcement officials, friends

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Lakes Regional Community Center to expand services

Regional Director Rochelle Sills and Director of Behavioral Health James Williams stand beside the Mobile Primary Healthcare UnitLakes Regional Community Center is expanding their services for clients in Franklin, Titus, Morris and Camp counties. The organization will continue to operate their Mental Health Clinic on 16th St. in Mount Pleasant, but has added a Counseling Center and a Mobile Primary Healthcare Unit.

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Courthouse IT, phones and security needs an afterthought

How many more things were not included in the courthouse bid that Franklin County will need to fund? This was the brunt of the issues raised by members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court and County Auditor Tina Phillips at the Monday, Feb. 10 meeting of the court.

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Property appraisal seminar set

The Franklin County Appraisal District will have a seminar to help citizens understand the Notice of Appraised Value  forms that will be mailed in late April. The seminar will be Tuesday, February 25

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No contaminated meat at Local Brookshires

Meat purchased through the Mount Vernon Brookshire’s store was not subject to the latest round of  possibly contaminated meat being recalled.

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Primary early voting begins Today

Early voting by personal appearance in the Republican and Democrat parties’ General Primary elections begins Tuesday, February 18. Early voting ends Friday, February 28.

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Texas Treasure Business

Publisher Emeritus Pat Wright, Mount Vernon Mayor Margaret Sears, State Representative George Lavender, and John and Susan Reeves.The Mount Vernon Optic-Herald was named a Texas Treasure Business by the Texas Historical Commission. Present for the presentation were Publisher Emeritus Pat Wright, Mount Vernon Mayor Margaret Sears, State Representative George Lavender, and John and Susan Reeves.

Planning and zoning board to be established

The members of the Mount Vernon City Council unanimously approved moving forward with establishing a planning and zoning board. The council took the action at their regular meeting Monday night, February 10.

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Texas Election Identification Certificates still available

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans in advance of the upcoming primary election that Election Identification Certificates (EIC) are available at all Texas driver license offices for individuals in need of proper identification required to vote in elections in Texas.

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