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Sidewalk project progressing

workers with C.E. Marler and Associates removed existing concrete on the north end of the area to prepare for a handicap ramp.The project to replace the side walk on the east side of the downtown Mount Vernon Plaza is progressing. On Saturday, May 7, workers with C.E. Marler and Associates removed existing concrete on the north end of the area to prepare for a handicap ramp.

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Council members sworn in, multi-family housing requirements considered

Mayor Margaret Sears and council members Stephanie Hyman and Ralph Robertson were sworn into their seats at the beginning of the May 9 city council meeting.Mayor Margaret Sears and council members Stephanie Hyman and Ralph Robertson were sworn into their seats at the beginning of the May 9 city council meeting.

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Rainfall record set during April 2016

Franklin County received 10.29 inches of rain during the month of April to set a new high record. The previous record was set in 1997 when a total of 7.74 inches was measured. For more details about Franklin County weather during April, see the May 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Early voting in the run-off primaries begin Monday

The short five day period for early voting by personal appearance in the Republican and Democratic parties’ Runoff Primary elections begins Monday, May 16; however, the last day to apply for a by-mail ballot is Friday, May 13.

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New requirement to pay taxes before registering vehicles

Franklin County Tax Assessor / Collector Sue Ann Harper is working to put a “scofflaw” program in place by January 2017, to require those who have failed to pay their county property taxes on time to do so before they can register their vehicles.

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National Day of Prayer

Franklin County Law Enforcement personnel led the Pledge of Allegiance during the National Day of Prayer eventFranklin County Law Enforcement personnel led the Pledge of Allegiance during the National Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 5. Jack Wallace introduced G.W. Hood, pastor of Lake Chapel Church, as the guest speaker.

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Issues to be addressed in sewerline project

Homes built on top of large sewer collection lines are being discovered by the contractor in the City of Mount Vernon’s $3.8 million dollar sewer line replacement / improvement project, leaving how to address these situations in the hands of the council.

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Four were honored for their years of service to county

Dorothy Johnson, Lisa Lawrence, Mike Higginbotham and Jimmy EnglishFranklin County elected officials honored their employees with a picnic style luncheon of hamburgers last week. Dorothy Johnson, Lisa Lawrence, Mike Higginbotham and Jimmy English were honored for their years of service to the county. See the May 5 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for a listing of door prize winners from the event.

Home destroyed

Volunteer firefighters use a variety of tools to open a hole through which to spray water.Volunteer firefighters use a variety of tools to open a hole through which to spray water. Smoke was billowing from the windows and doors of the home belonging to Tony Turner on CR NW1019 when responders arrived on scene.

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