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Area lakes are full

The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.After receiving 6.77 inches of rain in March and 17.45 since the first of the year, area lakes are full. The boat ramp at Walleye Park on Lake Cypress Springs is nearly under water.

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Unemployment down from last year

Franklin County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.7 to 4.6 percent in January 2015 from the same period in 2014. However, the rate was 0.6 percent higher than December 2014.

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Stolen loot

Two motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolenTwo motorcycles and a large assortment of electronic devices, tools, and other items, presumably stolen, were recovered from an abandoned pickup truck by Sheriff’s Office personnel on Friday.

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Proposed legislation, lower mineral values cause concern

Proposed legislation affecting property taxes and the projected drop in mineral values are forecast to be “the perfect storm” in bringing local governments, such as Franklin County, in Texas counties to their knees.

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VanDeaver supports retired teacher fund

Chief budget writers in the Texas House of Representatives announced their intention to honor the state’s commitment to fully fund the health care plan for Texas retired teachers

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Stewardship program deadline Friday for 2015 fiscal year

The USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) extended the deadline for producer applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) to Friday, March 13.

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Entertainment strategy offers quicker return on investments

The use of an entertainment and special events strategy to help revitalize downtown Mount Vernon offers a quicker return on investments, according to the team of specialist with the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

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City offers site for brush, limb disposal

Numerous broken limbs, brush, and leaves have collected over the winter months due to the sometimes severe weather. The City of Mount Vernon will provide for disposal of this vegetative matter for the next several weeks.

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Changes in rules proposed to “grandfather” lighted signs

The Franklin County Water District’s Board discussed proposed changes in the district’s rules and regulations to deal with lighted signs and other structures already existing on district property

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