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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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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.

Mass mailings cause for concern in General Primary

Mass mailings of ballot application forms to registered voters over the age of 65 are a concern to Franklin County Election Administrator and County Clerk Betty Crane.

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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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Four record lows observed in January 2014

Four record low temperatures and below average rain were recorded during January 2014 in Franklin County. A temperature of 15° was recorded on Jan. 6, which broke the 20° temperature recorded in 2010.

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Local Main Street program honored

Mount Vernon was commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Texas Main Street Program made the announcement at the winter gathering of Texas Main Street managers in Seguin, Wednesday, January 29.

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Column of flame

A propane tank, at left, at the home of Furman Boles, vented gas and flames due to the extreme heat from the fire surrounding the area.A propane tank, at left, at the home of Furman Boles, vented gas and flames due to the extreme heat surrounding the area. At right, the mobile home was fully engulfed by fire when the first unit arrived at the scene.

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Asay files for school board re-election

Filing began last week for those interested in becoming a candidate for a position as Mount Vernon mayor and  its City Council or the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

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Changes in Texas Cottage Food laws stir new businesses

Recent changes to the Texas Cottage Food Law mean that more foods can be prepared and sold from a residential kitchen. Two workshops on the new laws and food handling will be Wednesday, February 12,

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