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Pct. 2 Commissioner seat is only contested local race

There is only one local contested race on the November 4 General Election ballot. Write-In Candidate Keith Medders filed a petition of signatures to become a candidate, and Larkin Jumper was selected as Republican nominee by the local party’s executive committee.

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Hospital search committee saw other options unfeasible

The search committee that looked into leasing of the local hospital to other entities after East Texas Medical Center announced it would cease operations here the end of 2014 ran into many brick walls in their efforts.

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Wind blamed for vehicle, structure damages

A fence and the back section of the old Mama Jean’s Antiques store on the South Service Rd. were destroyed by a micro down burst and straight line winds on Monday, October 13. A downburst causing sheering and straight line winds has been blamed for the heavy damage to buildings and vehicles just south of I-30 at State Hwy. 37 in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, October 13.

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No jail deficiencies found in inspection

The Franklin County Jail passed its 2014 inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards without a single deficiency. Sheriff  Ricky Jones praised Chief Ricky Roberts and other members of the jail staff for their work in maintaining the jail’s level of operation.

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Cypress Springs approves contracts

The Cypress Springs Special Utility District’s Board of Directors approved contracts for the maintenance of delivery systems for the Cornersville and Pickton water supply corporations at their September meeting.

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General Election Early voting underway

In-person early voting for the November General and Constitutional Amendment elections began Monday, October 20 and will continue through Friday, October 31.

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Facade grants get first round of approvals

The owners of Coe and Company and Saucy Ladies businesses received a nod of approval from the Mount Vernon Landmark Commission at their meeting last Wednesday for facade grants to refurbish the fronts of their buildings.

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County leases hospital, urgent care center planned

The Franklin County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved a lease agreement last week with Dr. Jean Latortue operating as the Franklin County Family Health Center (FHC) to utilize the hospital facilities.

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Water plagues county facilities

Workers with the A.K. Gillis construction company work to repair a portion of the runway at the Franklin County AirportWorkers with the A.K. Gillis construction company work to repair a portion of the runway at the Franklin County Airport that sank during resurface work following a rain storm last week.

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