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Hospital is more than just patient care

Concerns over the future of hospital and emergency care services in Franklin County dominated the conversation at local government board meetings as well as private individual conversations this past week.

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Valve installed

City employee Rocky Bounds watches as a representative of Southern Boyz Services installs a valve in a 1928 pipe under Kaufman St.City employee Rocky Bounds watches as a representative of Southern Boyz Services installs a valve in a 1928 pipe under Kaufman St. The valve will allow the city to turn off water to the old pipe that is no longer in use.

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“Drink, Drive Go to Jail” focus through Labor Day

In Texas, there is a traffic crash about every 20 minutes involving a driver under the influence of alcohol. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to lower this statistic with the launch of its annual Labor Day “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign.

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City awards contract for wastewater treatment improvement

The City of Mount Vernon Council awarded a $421,915 bid for improvements to be made at the wastewater treatment plant to Heritage Constructors, Inc. of Texarkana, Texas.

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Clinic not affected by closing

The ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Mount Vernon will not be negatively affected by the closing of the local hospital operated by ETMC. It will continue to operate with Dr. Jean Latortue and nurse practitioner Delisa Brooks providing care.

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Federal agencies did not receive county’s 2012 W-2s

Franklin County Justice of the Peace Jim Alford raised concerns over approximately ninety 2012 W-2 forms for county elected officials and employees. Although the individuals received their copies of the W-2s, the forms sent to  federal agencies were not received.

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ETMC to cease operations at Mount Vernon hospital

East Texas Medical Center - Mount VernonFranklin County officials have been notified by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System of the system’s intent to terminate its lease of ETMC Mount Vernon effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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House fire

Mount Vernon volunteer firefighter Jeremy Cox sprays a hot spotMount Vernon volunteer firefighter Jeremy Cox sprays a hot spot at the residence of Kim Henderson at 936 Holbrook on Monday, Aug. 25 around 8 a.m.

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County joins TEX-21 initiative

Franklin County will join the TEX-21 (Transportation Excellence for the 21st Century) initiative at the urging of citizens and the Franklin County Industrial Foundation.

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