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Fiery crash closes I-30

A fiery crash around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 closed eastbound I-30A fiery crash around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 5 closed eastbound I-30 for a close to seven hours and sent one driver to the hospital. Thomas Williams, age 50 of Texarkana, received a citation for failure to control speed after striking the back of a second 18 wheeler.

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Allen gets 50 years for Valentine murder

Christopher Wayne AllenChristopher Wayne Allen, age 26 of New Boston, was sentenced to 50 years in prison by Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Eddie Northcutt after pleading guilty to murder in the stabbing death of 36-year-old Wendy Anders Valentine.

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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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County budget hearings underway

The second day of Franklin County budget hearings for the 2017 Budget year are set for today, Thursday, June 2. This is the chance for the various groups and departments to present their reasons behind the individual budget item requests.

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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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Hughes carries all 16 counties to claim senate seat

Bryan Hughes carried all 16 counties in the first senatorial district of Texas to claim the Republican Party’s nomination in a Runoff Primary Election 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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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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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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