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County declares second disaster

A second disaster declaration was issued by Franklin County Judge Scott Lee encompassing the damage caused by flooding and heavy rains  received in the area December 27 and continued

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Sex offender residency restrictions repealed

After a 90 minute executive session with almost an hour of the time spent with the city attorney, the Mount Vernon City Council repealed its ordinance 2007-08 which limited registered sex offenders

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Lake reopened for watercraft

Lake Cypress Springs has been reopened to all watercraft, but not for recreational use. The lake was opened on a limited basis on Saturday, January 2 to allow lake homeowners the opportunity

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Voting by mail underway

Voting by mail in the March 1, 2016 General Primary election is underway with voters facing several choices and challenges depending upon the form they use to request their mailed ballot.

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County needs information on damages

Franklin County Judge Scott Lee is looking for information for a disaster declaration report on homes damaged as a result of the second wave of storms that struck the Franklin County area bringing with it record rainfall and flooding.

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Council tables gun resolution for public, prohibits employees

A lively discussion on open carry, concealed carry and employees carrying of handguns led to tabling one proposal and passing another on the topics at the Monday, January 11 meeting

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2015 is wettest year on record

The 14.49 inches of rain received during December 2015 set records for the month and the year of 2015. The 8.42 inches of rain on December 27 also set a single day record.

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Bank robber indicted in federal court

Bobby Wayne Lance was indicted in federal court last week on multiple counts of armed robbery and now faces a February 22 trial date. The indictment included the November 17 armed robbery

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Couple dies in fiery New Year’s Day crash

 Mount Vernon volunteer firefighters battle a large blaze following the crash of an 18 wheeler in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.A Florida couple was killed in a fiery crash on I-30 near the 150 mile marker around 6:45 a.m. on Friday, January 1. The 18 wheeler veered off the road to the left, struck and traveled along a metal guard rail a concrete barricade.

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