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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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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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McFeely gets life

Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Moore took Patrick McFeely, at right , into custody immediately after the he was sentenced to life in prison.Patrick Lynn McFeely was found guilty by a jury and was sentenced by the judge to life, which under the relatively new charge of “continued sexual abuse of a child younger than 14 years,” means he has no possibility of parole and will die in prison.

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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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Board meeting uneventful

The June meeting of the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors was perhaps its shortest meeting on record with the consent agenda of bookkeeping and housekeeping items as the only action taken.

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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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Rural rail district working to preserve rail for better economy

The Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) staff and board are working to bring to the attention of Austin agencies and legislators the economic value of the local rail line as they seek $19 million in funding to rehabilitate the 66 miles of mainline track and four miles of sidings.

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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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Romines resigns, Greer resumes CEO role

Garry Romines, Ken GreerGarry Romines announced his resignation as President/Chief Executive Officer and Director of First National Bank and Mount Vernon Bankshares at the board of directors meeting Thursday, June 16.

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