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City Council adds $15.50 to 1,100 sewer customer bills

The Mount Vernon City Council approved an additional $15.50 sewer fee to residents for the next 30 years to pay off $3.8 million borrowed to repair aging sewer collection lines.

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Geothermal system planned in courthouse renovations

Johnson Drilling from Blue Ridge, Tex. drilled test wells in the parking lot of the courthouseMembers of the Franklin County Commissioners Court made the decision early in the renovation process to pursue a geothermal system.

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P3 membership not available to county

Franklin County will not be able to join the Public Power Pool (P3) group as a means to save on the county’s multiple electric bills.

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County seeking traffic controls SH 37 and FM 71, CR NW1030 intesections

Recent accidents along Hwy. 37 prompted members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court to seek traffic controls at two county intersections.

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Permit now required for painting boathouse, piers

People who own boathouses and docks on Lake Cypress Springs are now required to obtain a permit to repaint those structures.

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Grand finale

During the flurry of pyrotechnics of the grand finale of fireworks, boats can be seen floating in the reflection on the waters of Lake Cypress SpringsDuring the flurry of pyrotechnics of the grand finale of fireworks, boats can be seen floating in the reflection on the waters of Lake Cypress Springs.

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County criminal case reporting above average

Franklin County’s reporting and tracking criminal cases is above average, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Records Service.

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Local hospital offers a new communication system for patients

Ensuring clear and effective communication for all patients is the goal behind the adoption of the NexTalk Video Remote Interpreting system throughout the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.

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Funds designation causes dissent among commissioners

Franklin County Commissioners Court members see the value in paying 10 percent in local funds to receive a $2,055,000 airport maintenance/improvement project.

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