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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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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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Mayor, two council members sworn in as two resign from council

Newly elected Mayor of Mount Vernon Brad Hyman and with two council members were sworn in while two others resigned.

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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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Both drivers injured in collision

Chief Deputy Chris Mars investigates a crash where the drivers of both vehicles involved in a head on collisionChief Deputy Chris Mars investigates a crash where the drivers of both vehicles involved in a head on collision on CRSE4340 were taken to an area hospital by ambulance following an accident around 10 a.m. Friday, November 6.

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EDC meeting Thursday to change by-laws, nominate replacement

A special meeting has been called to nominate a new member of the Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation’s board and change the by-laws to not require the mayor or a councilperson to be one of the board members.

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Two requests for payment tabled

The Franklin County Commissioners Court tabled two requests for payment totaling $190,798.67 from National Development Services, Inc. who was to build the Franklin County Health Building,

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Right-of-way lease option proposed to NETEX

An option to lease its right-of-way (ROW) to be managed was presented to members of the North East Texas Rural Rail District at their November meeting.

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City Council suspends AEP/SWEPCO rate increase

The Mount Vernon City Council took action to suspend rate increases proposed by SWEPCO for an additional 90 days to allow for added time to review the request and acquire assistance of specialized legal counsel and rate experts.

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