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Tree down

A crew from TxDOT and city workers cleared the debris after employees with SWEPCO secured the electric lines.A large tree fell across Holbrook St. (Spur 423) near the railroad crossing on Thursday, July 17 around 1 p.m. during heavy rains. It snapped a power pole and took down power lines causing an outage for residences in the area.

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Milcon reneges bid for airport maintenance

Milcon Construction, LLC asked the Texas Department of Transportation to be released from its contract for maintenance work at the Franklin County Airport.

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Fire damages Meat Market

The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m.The City Meat Market on Hwy. 37 was damaged by fire on Saturday, July 12 around 11 a.m. Firefighters from Mount Vernon, South Franklin, North Franklin and Purley departments responded to the fire.

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Truck fire

North Franklin fire volunteer Aaron Johnson hoses down a 2006 Dodge pickupNorth Franklin fire volunteer Aaron Johnson hoses down a 2006 Dodge pickup belonging to Kaleb Watson that caught fire while parked under a carport at a residence at 9573 Hwy. 37 north. For more information, see the July 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.

Veteran memorials issue brought to city council

Franklin Cardinal makes an appeal to members of the Mount Vernon City Council to not move the veterans memorials away from the downtown square.Franklin Cardinal makes an appeal to members of the Mount Vernon City Council to not move the veterans memorials away from the downtown square. An emotional crowd filled Council Chambers Monday evening.

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Council considers tethering ordinance

Problems and concerns for animals that are tethered has led to a future change in the Mount Vernon City Animal Ordinance. The matter was discussed at the Monday, July 14 meeting of the Mount Vernon City Council.

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Crash landing

Bob Terry, a 79 year-old pilot and flight instructor, crashed his plane in a field in southern Franklin County on Thursday, July 10.Bob Terry, a 79 year-old pilot and flight instructor, crashed his plane in a field in southern Franklin County on Thursday, July 10. He knocked the top out of one tree, limbs shown in the foreground, and flew through two other trees that knocked his wings off in an attempt to land in the field in the background. He was taken to ETMC Tyler where he had surgery. See the July 17 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for more details.

Crime of the Week

 two white male suspects in a red GMC/Chevy extended cab truck attempted to pry open the automatic car wash pay box at Kwik Kleen Karwash on Highway 37 SouthThe Northeast Texas Area Crime Stoppers and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office need your help in solving this crime of the week.

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High speed chase ends at sheriff office’s door

A.D. BellA 56-year-old Mount Vernon man faces multiple charges related to an incident that started Monday in Titus County and concluded at the front door to the Franklin County Law Enforcement Center.

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