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The Stand Off

Poppy Briscoe was not quite sure if she really wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. Even after confirming that she was on the “nice list” and despite encouragement from her mother, Amy, center, and her grandmother, Diana Cox, leftPoppy Briscoe was not quite sure if she really wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. Even after confirming that she was on the “nice list” and despite encouragement from her mother, Amy, center, and her grandmother, Diana Cox, left, she could not be convinced.

Visit with Santa

McKenna Gerdes, Paisley Gann, and Gable Scott piled into Santa’s sleigh to share their Christmas wishes.McKenna Gerdes, Paisley Gann, and Gable Scott piled into Santa’s sleigh to share their Christmas wishes. Santa and his reindeer made a stop at Tom Scott Lumber Yard to visit with area children and allow them to pet the reindeer on the nose on Thursday, December 19. 

Local family receives much needed wheelchair ramp

From left, Harry Earl, Dustin Lueckemeyer, and Stan Silva use a chop saw to cut a piece of planking in half, while John Laine reaches for another piece of lumber.  In the background, Tom Nuchols, Tim Kelley, and Joe Andrews secure the lumber to the framing for the porch and ramp.Volunteers with the Texas Ramp Project work to replace a wheelchair ramp at the home of Michael and Macie Evans on Church St. on Saturday, December 7.

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Residents ask for organized effort to preserve trees

Several residents of Lake Cypress Springs spoke to the water district’s board of directors to ask for organized efforts in preserving trees on district property,

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Nominations open through chamber for community honors

Nominations are being accepted for consideration for the Franklin County Man, Woman and Agriculturist of the Year and the Franklin County Hall of Fame awards.

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Library to close Christmas week

The Franklin County Library will be closed during Christmas week. The Library will close at 5 p.m. Friday, December 20 and will not reopen until 8:30 a.m. Monday, December 30.

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Visit with Santa

Adilene Calvillo, age four, visits with Santa at the Texas American BankAdilene Calvillo, age four, visits with Santa at the Texas American Bank holiday open house Friday, December 6. The bank provided refreshments throughout the day, and Santa visited with area children during the afternoon.

Flying fairy

Savanna Maxton, flies high above the crowd at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon as she portrays a fairy who wakes up a variety of toys as Hannah Jobe sings “Toyland” at the church’s annual Christmas program.Savanna Maxton, flies high above the crowd at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon as she portrays a fairy who wakes up a variety of toys as Hannah Jobe sings “Toyland” at the church’s annual Christmas program.

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Family Feud winner

Members of the Ciriaz family with Emmanuel Quality Construction dressed as characters from the Grinch who Stole ChristmasMembers of the Ciriaz family with Emmanuel Quality Construction dressed as characters from the Grinch who Stole Christmas For the annual Christmas parade.

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