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Herrera is new patrolman

Leopoldo “Leo” Herrera, Jr.Leopoldo “Leo” Herrera, Jr., assumed duties as a City of Mount Vernon Police Officer on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. For more information, see the Oct. 25 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

County extends contract with ETMC

Franklin County Commissioners Court members approved a new contract with East Texas Regional Healthcare System for the lease, operation and care of the local hospital facility in Mount Vernon

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County changes tax attorney

Franklin County leaders took the first step toward changing the firm that serves as the county’s attorney in collecting delinquent taxes.

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Candidates file expense reports

The 2012 political campaigns have run the normal gauntlet of registering as a candidate in December 2011, trudging through the protracted primary elections,

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Early voting available on Saturday, October 27

In-person early voting for the November General Election will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 to provide a greater opportunity for voter participation,

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Going, going, gone

Heavy equipment has been gradually chipping away at the Fina Truck StopHeavy equipment has been gradually chipping away at the Fina Truck Stop on the south service road of I-30 for several weeks.

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House destroyed in fire

A house in the 500 block of CR SE4340 was destroyed by fireA house in the 500 block of CR SE4340 was destroyed by fire around 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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Water District proposes 2013 budget

The Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors opened discussion on their first version of the 2013 budget last week.

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McDonald’s to open in Mount Vernon

Rumors of the coming of corporate food giant McDonald’s to Mount Vernon have circulated in the community for about 18 months.

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