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Precincts to consolidate for General Election

The number of voting locations for the November 5 General Election on amendments to the Texas Constitution will be cut in half due to the traditional low voter turnout for the election and to reduce costs.

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NETEX budget proposed for 2020, future of district questioned

The 2019-20 fiscal year’s proposed budget for the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) calls for a deficit of $225,866.76

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Home Program work begins

River Bin Frams began demolition of the residence at 123 Olive St. last weekWork in the fourth round of the Home Investment Partnership Program (Home) in Mount Vernon was begun with the demolition of structures on the lots of the two homeowners approved as program recipients.

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City trash pick up fees to increase slightly

Those with trash pick-up service through the City of Mount Vernon will have a slight increase for that service starting with their monthly bill for October.

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Viability, funding of constable’s office debated

The viability and funding of the local elected office of constable was debated and ultimately kept the same for the coming budget year with Judge Scott Lee casting the deciding vote.

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New sewer line

City worker Glenn Pool watches as Colin Clasby measures the depth and searches for a buried sewer line on Scott St.City worker Glenn Pool watches as Colin Clasby measures the depth and searches for a buried sewer line on Scott St. at the intersection with Houston St.

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Water district sets tax rate, retires oversized flag idea

The 2019 ad valorem tax rate was set and a request to install an oversized flag in a residential area was retired by the Franklin County Water District’s Board of Directors in its August meeting.

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Late rain boosts August total above average

Two days of rain during the last week of the month boosted Franklin County above average for rainfall for the month of August.

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New antenna to improve Sheriff’s office communication

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and all local area law enforcement utilizing the local dispatch center should soon have better communications throughout the county with the coming installation of a new antenna on a higher tower.

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