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New fire code rating to drop insurance costs

Mount Vernon Fire Chief Jeremy Cox made the announcement to the City Council  that a sharp drop in the fire code rating for the City of Mount Vernon will reduce the cost of homeowner insurance by $50 to $100 a year.

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New winter peak electric load set

The extreme Artic cold front last week brought a new all-time winter peak load for AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on Tuesday, January 7, as its customers used 4,892 megawatts of electricity at 8:00 a.m.,

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Business taxpayer seminars available

During the month of January, the Comptroller’s office will conduct 14 free taxpayer seminars across the state. The closest seminars for Franklin County business owners are in Tyler, Lufkin and Dallas.

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TxDOT plans projects to improve safety on area roads

Tammy SimsThe Texas Department of Transportation is planning several projects for Franklin County during the next few years. The State will also no longer maintain county road signs along State roadways.

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Freeze causes water issues

City crews worked much of the day Sunday  and into the evening to repair a broken water main.More than a week long period of below freezing temperatures at night and several daytime high temperatures below freezing have begun to cause problems with public and private water pipes.

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Courthouse to re-open in September 2014

Cameron Kern with Hale and Associates attaches conduit to a wall on the main floor of the courthouse.Cameron Kern with Hale and Associates attaches conduit to a wall on the main floor of the courthouse. The electrical work is progressing rapidly. Bill Wilson of MMI General Contractors assured members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court that the courthouse would re-open in September 2014.

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Building renovation project forwarded to city council

The Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation approved a project submitted for Ramsay Properties, Inc. for the organization’s Existing Business Structure Assistance Program (EBSA).

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Future county road projects prioritized

Franklin County Commissioners turned in their annual road reports for the Franklin County Grand Jury during their workshop session Monday afternoon, January 6.

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Workshop Monday on new type of reinvestment zone

A workshop on proposed County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones (CETRZ) has been set for 1 p.m. Monday, January 6 at the East Courthouse Annex, 502 E. Main St., Mount Vernon.

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