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Park attendant approved, pay increases added

The position of park attendant was approved and increased pay was set for maintenance and lake patrol personnel with the approval of the 2021 budget by the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors in their November meeting.

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Preparations begin for restart on county health building

Planning has again begun in earnest toward constructing a Franklin County Health Building with the selection of a building option, design option and a call for core testing at the Monday meeting of the Franklin County Commissioners Court.

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Neighbors detain suspected thief for officer’s arrival

In the early morning hours of Monday, November 9, security cameras at the home of Cortney Young on Park Ln. captured images of a man stealing her bicycle valued at $181.

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Rail repairs will be extensive

Workers with Railworks use a backhoe to replace railroad ties along a section of track near  the railroad overpass on Hwy. 37 north. So far this year 701 ties and ballasts have replaced.The extent of needed repairs along the North East Texas Rural Rail District’s line was made known after a recent track inspection by the Federal Railroad Administration, which outlined 121 deficiencies along the track.

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Jail gets perfect inspection, adds to county coffers

The Franklin County Jail passed its 2020 inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards with a perfect score with no deficiencies for a second year running,

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What’s this container depot stuff we keep hearing about?

The Franklin County Container Depot is an initiative that was originally started by the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation for which the Franklin County Commissioners Court

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Monday is deadline for Optic for holiday

The deadline for news and advertising will be at noon  Monday, November 23, so that the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald can publish early for the papers to be in the mail before the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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Controlled burn

North Franklin Volunteer fire fighter Andy Emery walks the perimeter of the scene of a controlled burn.North Franklin Volunteer fire fighter Andy Emery walks the perimeter of the scene of a controlled burn. Several departments were called to the 1000 block of FM 71 in Hagansport on Thursday, November 12,

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Crumbling pipes

City administrator Tina Rose watches as public works employees work in a trench dug at the intersection of Scott and Holbrook streets in Mount VernonCity administrator Tina Rose watches as public works employees work in a trench dug at the intersection of Scott and Holbrook streets in Mount Vernon on Thursday, November 12.

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