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Tornado victim relief continues

Efforts to provide relief to the families who were victims of the December 12 tornado are continuing this week. Several area churches accepted donations in their Sunday service,

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Increased traffic enforcement designed for safer holidays

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase patrols for an eight-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays, including Thursday through Sunday, December 24 to 27 and December 31 to January 3.

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Judge files disaster declaration

Franklin County Judge Scott Lee issued a resolution declaring a state of disaster for Franklin County Monday, December 14. The action followed a preliminary damage assessment resulting

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City gets clean 2014-15 audit

Neil Conway, a principal with the Conway Company, Certified Public Accountants in Greenville, stated that the City of Mount Vernon’s audit report for 2014-15 was good without any

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No repeal of ordinance restricting sexual offenders

The repeal of the city’s current ordinance restricting sexual offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a place where children gather was left on the table Monday night despite the threat of a law suit

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Aid sought for workers displaced by tornado

Aid is being sought for the farm workers and their families whose homes were destroyed by the EF-2 tornado that struck on Saturday, December 12. Four families were left homeless after their mobile homes were destroyed. For a listing of clothing sizes by family, see the Dec. 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Five file for county office prior to deadline

Five candidates filed for county office for the 2016 General Primary elections with Franklin County Republican Party County Chairman Bert Edmondson, two within hours of the final deadline on Monday evening.

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Boat ramps at lake closed due to high water

All boat ramps serving Lake Cypress Springs were closed this week due to high water causing hazardous conditions. “We are experiencing record high lake levels due to the prodigious rain

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Tornado destroys homes, damages dairy operations

Three mobile homes were reduced to a pile of rubble by an EF-2 tornado on Saturday, Dec. 12. A tornado skipped through southwestern Franklin County just after 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 destroying four mobile homes, a brick home, and severely damaging several other homes and dairy operations on its path.

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