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Commissioners Court okays financing for two vehicles

A new patrol vehicle and a truck tractor for Pct. 4 were approved for purchase by members of the  Franklin County Commissioners Court during their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 12.

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Incumbents lose seats in several elections

Four out of the seven incumbents running for re-election in local races last their seats following the May 10 election. Incumbent candidates for the City of Mount Vernon and the Rivercrest and Winnsboro school board did not garner enough votes to retain their places.

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County to seek full time agriculture extension agent

Franklin County does not want to share. Commissioners Court members voted to fund a full time county agriculture agent at their Monday, April 28 meeting. The county has shared an ag and family/consumer science county agent with Delta County for about 10 years.

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City and school election day is Saturday

Almost 1,200 early voting ballots were cast in elections for the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees and school bond elections, and City of Mount Vernon’s council election.

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Economic incentives approved by city council for two projects

The Mount Vernon City Council approved an Existing Business Structure Assistance (EBSA) Program grant to Brad and Stephanie Hyman for renovation and restoration work on the Fleming Building on the southwest corner of Main and Houston streets.

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Additional $17,130 okayed for airport maintenance project

Bids for runway work at the Franklin County Airport came in about $175,000 over the projected $700,000 estimate. As a result the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requested an additional $17,130 from Franklin County as their portion of the overage.

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Ford named Tyler’s Firefighter of the Year

Matt FordMatt Ford of Mount Vernon was recently named the Tyler Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year. “If you could hand pick someone to be by your side, on the hose line, searching a building or in the trenches, Matt is one of the top picks in our department,” Fire Chief Tim Johnson said in announcing the award.

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Judge Lovier honored for education efforts

Franklin County Judge Paul Lovier was honored by the Texas Judicial Academy for going the extra mile to be prepared to handle his duties as county judge.

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Preservation Month tours planned Monday

Preservation Month will kick off with the first public tours of the renovation project at the Franklin County Courthouse and a light hearted tour of the older section of the Mount Vernon City Cemetery Monday evening, May 5.

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