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-Serving Franklin County Since 1874
Vol. 140 - No. 7-1 Section, 12 Pages
Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas September 12,2013
Home Page: www.mt-vernon.com
Periodical 50 cents
By SUSAN REEVES
Members of the Mount Ver-
non School Board heard a report
from the Director of Curriculum,
Carolyn Newsom, on student
performance and accountability
ratings at their monthly meeting
on Monday, Sept. 9.
With the new STAAR testing
system, there are now two ac-
countability ratings that schools
can receive. They are Met Stan-
dard and Improvement Required.
All four MVISD campuses and the
district received the Met Standard
rating for the 2012-2013 school
MVISD students who took
the STAAR tests in third through
eighth grade had a higher passing
percentage in 16 of the 17 tests
than their counterparts across the
state. On the eighth grade sci-
ence exam, 66 percent of MVISD
eighth graders passed compared to
71 percent across Region VIII.
For the STAAR End of Course
exams administered to high school
students, MVISD had a higher
passing percentage in 10 out of the
11 tests. The 83 percent passing
at MVISD was one point below
those around the state.
See SCHOOL Page 2A
By Susan Reeves
While proof reading stories for
this week’s edition, I came across
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taught to expectant parents to help
in the birthing process. Hubby
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practiced our breathing. After
many hours of transitional con-
tractions, I was beyond breathing
As I scrolled down the Google
listing, I found one that stated
“How to Use Yogic Breathing
Techniques.” It took me to dum-
mies.com, the website for all those
See COUNTRY Page 4A
Hotel Occupancy Tax Board
operation a contentious issue
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
The operation of the Frank-
lin Comity Hotel Occupancy Tax
(HOT) Board was again a conten-
tious topic at the regular meeting of
the Franklin Comity Commission-
ers Court Monday, Sept. 9.
HOT Chairman Willie Bane
questioned the timing and motives
of a letter from Comity Treasurer
Betty Sue Allen requesting docu-
mentation from the committee and
procedures for payment of items
approved for funding.
“She [treasurer] is doing the work
of the committee,” complained Mr.
Bane. His concerns were raised
from an e-mail sent by the treasurer
outlining the procedures of the court
for items to be reviewed.
The Commissioners Court has
had a long standing policy of having
documents concerning items to be
considered for action or discussed
in their public meeting. The items
are to be in the hands of the treasurer
by noon on Thursday for distribu-
tion on Friday prior to the regular
The comity asks that enough cop-
ies be made in advance for members
of the court, the county auditor,
comity clerk and treasurer. How-
ever, comity appointed committees,
may provide a copy (hard copy or
e-mailed) to the treasurer, who then
makes copies of the documents for
the other elected officials.
“We don’t want to be making a
decision about something that we
do not get to look at before Monday
morning,” stated Pet. 4 Commis-
sioner Sam Young.
The Court members have a his-
tory of tabling items that do not meet
this criteria to provide additional
time for research of the matters.
hi the e-mailed letter to Mr. Bane,
Treasurer Allen outlined the items
from the HOT Board which should
be filed with the court to become
part of public records. The items
See TAX Page 8A
Optic photo by Susan Reeves
Success at the net
Leah Poland and Alyssa Auringer reach dyTigers. The team was the undefeated
above the net to successful block an op- champion at the home tournament con-
ponents spike for the Mount Vernon La- ducted in Tiger Gym.
Lady Tiger volleyball team undefeated
champions in home tournament
By MARIE DACUS
The Mount Vernon Lady Tigers
volleyball team went undefeated in
five games Thursday and Saturday.
Sept. 5-7 to claim the trophy in
their home tournament. The team
holds a record of 19-3 thus far for
The ladies beat New Boston in
two sets 25-13 and 25-21 in their
They beat Arkansas High 25-8
and 25 -16 in their second match and
beat Daingerfield 25-14 and 25-13
in their third match.
The Lady Tigers beat Sulphur
Springs 25-18 and 26-24 in their
first match on Saturday. They beat
Atlanta in three sets to win the
championship. Scores for the three
sets were 25-18, 23-25, and 25-21.
See LADY TIGERS Page 7A
Split council vote on budget
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
The Mount Vernon City Council adopted the 2013-
14 Budget Monday in a 3:2 split vote of the council
members. Council members Saundra Dunn and Domiy
Richards voted against the budget after voicing con-
cerns in two budget areas. The council was unanimous
in setting the tax rate at $0.604382.
Councilman Richards questioned the plan to increase
the Main Street director’s salary and benefits by about
$5,000, because it was more than any other employee’s
The council had previously approved a plan for City
Administrator Tony Stonecypher’s to approach the
Economic Development (EDC) Board to continue fund-
ing the Mount Vernon Mam Street office with $20,000
for salaries and related expenses and another $10,000
for promotions. The EDC was scheduled to reduce the
funding to $10,000 each for salaries and promotions
The city ’ s plan was to obtain another year to recover
anticipated sales taxes and other revenues to fund the
office. That would allow the city to go ahead and in-
crease the Mam Street manager’s salary to be more in
line with those of others in the same position. Eventu-
ally, the target is a salary of around $30,000 annually,
without considering related costs and benefits.
Councilwoman Dunn’s concerns were raised about
the lack of replacement equipment funding in the main-
tenance department’s budget. “Look at the maintenance
budget; there is not much of anything in there for any
kind of equipment,” stressed Mrs. Dunn. “As it is right
now I’m voting no on the budget.”
See CITY Page 8A
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By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
The Franklin Comity Arts Al-
liance will open an exhibit this
week featuring the work of local
artists Beverly Brewer, Mozelle
Ramsay, and Dean Teague.
Board members will seive as
hosts for a light lunch and recep-
tion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 13 at the Cultural
Afs Center (CAC).
The exhibit will be available
for viewing from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on Fridays or by appoint-
ment from Sept. 13 through Oct.
25. The CAC will be open from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Coun-
tryFest on Saturday, Oct. 12 and
during Wine in the Pines on Sat-
urday, Oct. 26.
The CAC is located one block
west of the courthouse at the inter-
section of Rusk and Dallas streets
in downtown Mount Vernon.
By MARIE DACUS
Volunteers are needed in a
variety of capacities for the an-
nual Franklin Comity Handica-
pable Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 20
at the Duke Riding Arena on CR
Each of the participants needs
a buddy to see them through the
activities of the day, from help-
ing participants onto a trailer for
a hayride to walking alongside a
horse being riden, from distribut-
ing hotdogs and drinks to handing
out gift bags. Volunteers hold
someone’s hand while they run
and help an individual to do an
activity. There is something for
each volunteer to do.
More than 800 participants are
expected for this year’s 11th an-
nual Handicapable Rodeo, accord-
ing to Dale Crowston, president of
Contact Barbara Crowston at
903-537-4853 to volunteer or for
additional information. Anyone
wishing to volunteer their time on
the morning of the event should
arrive at the arena at 8:15 a.m. to
“Anyone with a gentle horse is
welcome to bring it to the event,”
Mi's. Crowston said.
The event costs more than
$20,000 each year to produce.
Donations for the event can be
made at either Guaranty Bond
Bank Texas American Bank, or
mailed to P. O. Box 501, Mount
Vernon, Tex. 75457.
Franklin Comity Handicapable
Rodeo organization’s sole purpose
is to organize, finance and conduct
this annual event. Officer/directors
include Dale Crowston, president,
Jim Alford, vice president, and
Barbara Crowston, secretary/trea-
surer. Rita Harris Amber Sparks,
Garret Guthrie, and Jason Davis
are additional directors on the
board. - 2013
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