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Mild temperatures, below average rain noted

Even with all the dreary, cloud covered days during May 2016, only 1.41 inches of rain were measured at the NOAA weather station in Franklin County.

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City now accepting HOME program applications

The City of Mount Vernon is accepting applications for the replacement of two substandard houses through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (IPP).

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Citizens urged to share views on local future of I-30

The Texas Department of Transportation and Mount Vernon City Council are encouraging the public to share their opinions and concerns about the future of I-30 in Franklin County.

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Council to meet on employment

The Mount Vernon City Council is scheduled to meet in a special executive session at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 concerning the renewal of the employment contract with City Administrator / Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Darrek Ferrell.

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Engineering study on flooding approved

The scope of work for a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for Flood Relief Project Alternatives was unanimously approved by the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors for a time and materials contract of $137,000 during their May meeting last week.

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Needs outpace availability tax funds

Allocation hearings for funds from the City of Mount Vernon’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds were presented by six groups with between $50,000 and $75,000 in qualifying projects to support.

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County questions building sublease

Approval of a request for a sublease of a portion of the old hospital building to an oncology group was left up in the air after the motion calling for approval died for lack of a second at the Monday, May 23 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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State board adopts 2017 water plan

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) unanimously voted to adopt the 2017 State Water Plan in its meeting May 19. The new state water plan projects that Texas’ population will increase more than 70 percent by the year 2070.

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Shots fired

A Mount Vernon Police cruiser sits in front of a residence on Olive St. and yellow tape cordons off the area where shots were firedA Mount Vernon Police cruiser sits in front of a residence on Olive St. and yellow tape cordons off the area where shots were fired around noon on Friday, May 20.

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