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County behind on rainfall accumulation

Franklin County is well below the norm for rainfall in 2014. During March, the county received 2.58 inches of rain which brought the year-to-date total to 5.3 inches.

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Rabies confirmed in two skunks found in city

Two skunks found between South Kaufman St. and Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon last week were determined to have rabies, according to Jeremy Cox, animal control officer for the City of Mount Vernon.

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City gets improved fire rating

The City of Mount Vernon’s property owners could soon begin to see lower property premiums. The reason is the reduction in the Public Protection Classifications issued by the International Standards Organization (ISO) which is used to set insurance rates.

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Texas birding contest deadline is April 1

Whether you’re a novice birder with a busy schedule or a “fool” for birding who enjoys a little friendly competition, the 18th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic is a must.

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Petition falling short of signers for countywide beer, wine

A petition calling for an election for the countywide sale of beer and wine in Franklin County is falling short of signatures needed to require an election. With eight days left to the March 28 deadline to turn in the petition,

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Repairs sought to tennis court

Park issues topped the discussion items at a workshop session of the City Council meeting Monday night. The council asked its city manager, Tony Stonecypher, to look into the cost of repairs to the tennis courts

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Zoning board appointed, codes updated for conservation, fire, building, utilities

A seven member panel was appointed as the Planning and Zoning Board for the City of Mount Vernon. In so doing, City Council members removed the council as a whole from the Planning and Zoning Board at their regular monthly meeting Monday, March 10.

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Access to property, road concerns left to landowners

No action was taken this week by members of the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court on an agenda item requesting approval of a county road in the northwest portion of the county.

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MMI defensive about courthouse

The owners of MMI General Contractors, who are the construction manager as contractor for the interior courthouse restoration project, stood to defend their work record on the project at the Monday, March 10 meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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