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City allocates Hotel Occupancy Tax funds

Thirty-thousand dollars in Hotel Occupancy Tax funds collected by the City of Mount Vernon were allocated to six different organizations for the 2016-17 fiscal year by the city council at their regular meeting Monday night.

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Officials cut $102,000 from budget, still $116,000 short

Members of the Franklin County Commissioners Court have cut $102,000 in proposed budget requests from the 2017  budget, but are still $116,000 short of a balanced budget, according to Franklin County Auditor Tina Phillips.

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Four day closure planned on FM 3122

The Texas Department of Transportation officials announced that a portion of FM 3122 in Franklin County will be closed from Monday through Thursday, July 11-14 for culvert repair.

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Commissioners approve indigent healthcare rights and responsibilities

Members of the Franklin County Commissioners court unanimously approved a rights and responsibilities form for people participating in the County Indigent Health Care Program.

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Dethrow pleads guilty in NETO fraud case

Lana Bowie Dethrow entered a guilty plea to one charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in federal court at Texarkana from among the seven incidents in which she was named.

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Emergency medical service contract information, vote Thursday, July 14

The future ambulance service for Franklin County residents is expected to be determined in a special called meeting and public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the district courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse in downtown Mount Vernon.

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Fireworks

Composite Lake Cypress Springs Fireworks Photo - Mount Vernon Optic-HeraldThe grand finale of the 19th annual Independence Day fireworks show organized by the Boltz family on Saturday, July 2 illuminates boats floating in the water beneath the show.

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USDA disaster loans available

Low-interest emergency disaster loans from the United States Department of Agriculture are available to eligible family farmers from Franklin County for production and physical losses due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

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Reimbursement grants to fund safety, risk items

Two grants totaling $18,337 from the Texas Association of Counties for Risk Control and/or Safety were approved on a reimbursement basis by the Franklin County Commissioner’s Court Monday.

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