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City of Mount Vernon annexes, zones just under 80 acres

The Mount Vernon City Council members finalized the annexation of 79.925 acres

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Tree sitter gone from West End

Tree sitter protesting the Trans Canada XL PipelineKevin Redding, age 22, climbed a tree in the West End Nature Preserve off Cypress Creek in Franklin County

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Annual Franklin County Hay Show raises $6,505

Bob Tinsley, Peter Boekhorst, and Sjouke Plantinga display their winning plaques during the annual Hay Show.Bob Tinsley, Peter Boekhorst, and Sjouke Plantinga display their winning plaques during the annual Hay Show.

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Early voting begins for General Election

In-person early voting for the November General Election begins Monday, Oct. 22 and continues through Friday, Nov. 2.

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CyberKnife approved to treat prostate cancer at ETMC

The East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute is the only cancer center in the region to offer the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System

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County holiday calendar adopted

Franklin County Commissioners adopted the 2013 Holiday Calendar during the commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9. For more information, see the Oct. 11 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Would be copper thieves caught by sheriff’s deputy

Franklin County Deputy Sheriff J. D. Jackson, right, points out the pole cutter confiscated at the site of an attempted copper theft Franklin County Deputy Sheriff J. D. Jackson, right, points out the pole cutter confiscated at the site of an attempted copper theft to Sheriff Paul Fletcher.

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Joseph Strickland is fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler

Msgr. Joseph E. StricklandPope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler as fourth bishop of the Diocese of Tyler.

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Franklin County Water district approves employee raises for 2013

Employees of the Franklin  County Water District will receive a three percent cost of living increase in their salaries for 2013.

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