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Foster homes needed in Franklin County

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is facing a critical shortage of homes in which to place children who are removed from their parents, with Franklin County as one area where foster families are needed.

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Commissioners to meet with FEMA

A special called meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court has been set for 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 in the Courthouse to meet with representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Individual assistance denied flood victims

The appeal for Individual Assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Texas Governor Greg Abbott was denied for Franklin County late last week, according to a letter received by the office of the governor.

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Shine’s crimes spotlighted with three life sentences

Scott Everett ShineScott Everett Shine was sentenced to life in prison on each of three charges of engaging in organized criminal activity on Thursday, March 31 at the close of a trial by jury in Franklin County.

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Shoulders being added to Hwy. 37 South of FM 21

A long awaited improvement to State Highway 37 from FM 21 to the Franklin/Wood county line began late last week by Longview Bridge and Road LTD, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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March warmer than normal

The warmer than normal temperatures during March 2016 brought in two record highs and the average high 11 degrees higher than March 2015. For details about record highs reached last month, see the April 7 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Agreement made to house Red River Co. inmates

An interlocal agreement between Franklin and Red River counties was approved by the respective county Commissioner Courts Monday providing for payment to Franklin County to house Red River County inmates

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Consolidated polling sites set for runoff primaries

The consolidation of voting precincts to four sites for Republicans and one site for Democrats for the May 24 Runoff Primary elections was presented to the Franklin County Commissioners Court Monday.

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Frustration apparent as property owners talk to board

The level of frustration was apparent as property owners affected by recent flooding around Lake Cypress Springs  talked to the Franklin County Water District Board of Directors.

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