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City reissues bid for sewerline work, still well below other bids

The original contract award for Kampo, Inc. was rescinded and a new one issued for almost $300,000 more than the original bid at the latest special meeting and workshop of the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Carrascosa appointed county chairman for Democratic Party

Lydia CarrascosaLydia Carrascosa was appointed as county chairperson of the Franklin County Democratic Party at the November meeting of the party’s executive committee. She replaces Libby Aden,

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Six candidates file with Republican Party

Six individuals have registered as candidates for county office with the Republican Party since filing opened last week. People who want to file as a candidate for the March primaries may do so

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Candidate filings continue

Two more candidates have completed paperwork for office with the Republican Party as filings for the March 1, 2016, General Primaries continue and the 6 p.m Monday, December 14 deadline grows closer.

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Water district approves $2.1 million budget for 2016

The Franklin County Water District approved a $398,443 deficit budget for 2016 in anticipation of additional litigation expenses over the work on the dam to Lake Cypress Springs during its November meeting.

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Rains cause Sulphur River to overflow

The home of Ernest and Julie Crawford on CR NW1080 was surrounded by water over the weekend when the Sulphur River over ran its banks.The home of Ernest and Julie Crawford on CR NW1080 was surrounded by water over the weekend when the Sulphur River over ran its banks. The 5.75 inches of rain that fell during the Thanksgiving weekend

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Suspected armed robber nabbed three days after bank heist

Chief Deputy Chris Mars, at right, escorts suspect Bobby Wayne Lance into the Franklkin County Sheriff’s OfficeChief Deputy Chris Mars, at right, escorts suspect Bobby Wayne Lance into the Franklkin County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, November 23 to be booked in and arraigned in connection with the armed robbery

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ETMC ordered preferred status with major insurance carier

A Smith County district court has granted an injunction to East Texas Medical Center Tyler immediately designating the hospital as a preferred provider in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) preferred provider organization (PPO).

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Cypress Branch of First National Bank robbed

The Cypress Branch of the First National Bank of Mount Vernon on Hwy. 115 was robbed at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17. The suspect, with a medium to dark complexion, was wearing

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