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Board appeals for help for county’s foster children

The Franklin County Child Welfare Board members are making an appeal for aid in providing for the care and needs of foster children of Franklin County, both for the upcoming holidays and

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Vote on trash contract extension expected

A vote on a five year extension of the solid waste pick up and disposal contract with Sanitation Solutions, expected at the November 9 meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council,

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Report possible black bear sightings

Over the past 40 years, the black bear, whose range once spanned nearly all of Texas, has begun to reappear in portions of East Texas after original populations were devastated by loss of habitat

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Residents warned to beware of IRS phone scammers

Residents in Franklin County are receiving automated phone calls from scammers pretending to be IRS agents. These calls have been targeting communities throughout the nation and have

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality agrees to reduced penalty

The City of Mount Vernon is getting a break on required penalties from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for exceeding allowable limits of discharge at the waste water

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Heavy rains fill ponds

The 10.31 inches of rain that fell in Franklin County during the month of October cancelled the county burn ban and filled ponds, but was not a record setter. The record was set in 2009

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County lifts burn ban

Franklin County Commissioners Court members lifted the ban on outdoor burning at their regular meeting on Monday, October 26. The action to rescind the ban went into effect immediately.

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Veterans salute Saturday afternoon

There will be an early recognition of local area veterans in the Rose Mary Jennings Hall of the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7.

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Mitleff sentenced to 20 years for assault

Last week a jury of six men and six women took 24 minutes to find Timothy Wade Mitleff guilty and another 20 minutes to fix his punishment at 20 years in prison for the strangulation assault of his wife

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