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New hunting, fishing licenses begin Friday

New licenses for the 2014-15 hunting and fishing seasons go on sale Friday, August 15. The current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses, except year-to-date fishing licenses,

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Fleishman is attorney for local special utility district

Lawrence FleishmanLawrence Fleishman of Winnsboro assumed duties as attorney for the Cypress Springs Special Utility District at their meeting in July.

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Commissioners trying to keep 2015 tax rate under rollback cap

Franklin County Commissioners Court members left about $12,000 more in cuts in the hands of the county auditor and treasurer after five and a half hours of meetings and budget cutting Monday, July 28.

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Utility district refinances

Paying off one loan and refinancing another will save the Cypress Springs Special Utility District about $700,000 as it prepares to incur another $3.3 million in debt to double the size of its North Treatment Plant off FM 900.

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Council modifies animal tethering ordinance

Members of the Mount Vernon City Council balked at completely outlawing the tethering of animals and adopted a modified form of the ordinance Monday, July 28.

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Above average rain, mild temps measured in Franklin County

Above average rainfall was recorded in Franklin County during July which has helped to keep the water level at Lake Cypress Springs slightly above normal.

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City’s preliminary budget for 2014-15 reviewed by council

The Mount Vernon City Council made its first review of the preliminary budget for the city for the 2014-15 fiscal year in their workshop session Monday, July 28. The meeting addressed the council’s concerns page by page in the budget.

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Look for work at state bridges

Motorists who travel regularly in Northeast Texas should watch for crews replacing signs on area bridges beginning Monday, August 4. Work crews will begin replacing worn, outdated “Watch for Ice on Bridge.” For more details, see the July 31 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Contractor registry underway at water district

The initiation of the contractor registration requirement by the Franklin County Water District is working, according to district manager David Weidman.

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