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Refinancing program expanded to help more rural homeowners

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA is adding Texas to a pilot program that enables current USDA borrowers to save money on housing costs by refinancing their mortgages with lower interest rates. “USDA’s expansion of this program will help more rural borrowers refinance their mortgages to reduce their monthly payments and ease their financial burdens,” Sec. Vilsack said. For more information, see the Feb. 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Sears will not seek re-election to school board, filings slow

Brad Sears said he will not seek re-election to the Mount Vernon Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

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Commissioners appont library board

The Franklin County Commissioner’s Court approved the appointment of members to the 2013 Franklin County Library Board of Directors

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City considers Lowry for city attorney

Stan Lowry met with members of the Mount Vernon City Council as they considered him for appointment as city attorney. Kerry Wooten has held the position for about 10 years.

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Luminant makes $1,000 donation

Luminant makes $1,000 donationAs part of Luminant’s commitment to powering its communities through philanthropy,

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Above average rainfall reported in January 2013

Above average rain fell in January 2013 in Franklin County. A total of 3.98 inches of rain fell which is 1.09 inches above the average of 2.89 inches.

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Candidate sign-up begins in three local election

The process of registering as a candidate for election to the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors, Mount Vernon City Council, and the Mount Vernon Independent School District Board of Trustees began Wednesday, Jan. 30. Election day is Saturday, May 11.

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Spectators welcome at disc golf tournament

Spectators are encouraged to attend the disc golf tournament set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at Selah Ranch.

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Jaggers hired to manage county’s sports complex

Zach JaggersZach Jaggers of Mount Vernon was hired as the first full time manager for the Franklin County Sports Complex Monday, Jan. 28.

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