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Day cares can remain open

Day care centers have been deemed as essential businesses because they support the workforce. Day cares were not affected by Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to close schools through April 3.

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Make plans to prevent and treat coronavirus

The Mount Vernon and Franklin County community is working to limit exposure to and reduce the spread of COVID-19, but local citizens should also make plans to treat the virus too.

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Gann promoted to GM in North Carolina

John GannJohn Gann of Mount Vernon was promoted to Regional General Manager for the Lowe’s Regional Distribution Center (RDC) #1420 in Garysburg, North Carolina in mid-February.

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Local restaurants are open and serving

The following local restaurants remain open and available for food orders. They are each open their regular hours. See the chart for which merchants provide take-out, delivery, or have a drive-through window.

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City approves $100,000 funding toward Duke’s expansion

The Mount Vernon City Council approved the use of $100,000 in economic development sales tax funds to assist the Zoubi family in a $1 million expansion of the Duke’s Travel Center in franchising as a TA (Travel Centers of America) site.

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Local events fall victim to virus

Several upcoming community events have fallen victim to the coronavirus without the disease having arrived in Franklin County.

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Ribbon cutting

Diane Newsom, center, administrator at the Willow Creek Healthcare Centre, cuts the ribbon to celebrate joining the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.Diane Newsom, center, administrator at the Willow Creek Healthcare Centre, cuts the ribbon to celebrate joining the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The facility at 501 Yates St. features 94 licensed beds, skilled nursing, and physical and IV therapy.

Ceiling repair

Holley Clay and his crew work to replace ceiling joists in the back room at the Chamber of Commerce.Holley Clay and his crew work to replace ceiling joists in the back room at the Chamber of Commerce.

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Splash pad concrete pour

Employees with Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds and Waterparks work to pump and spread concrete to form the base of the new Splash Pad being built at Little Creek ParkEmployees with Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds and Waterparks work to pump and spread concrete to form the base of the new Splash Pad being built at Little Creek Park on Tuesday, March 10.

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