Mount Vernon Optic-Herald (Mount Vernon, Tex.), Vol. 140, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 20, 2014 Page: 1 of 16
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VoL 140 - No. 30-3 Sections, 16 Pages
Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas February 20,2014
Home Page: www.mt-vernon.com Periodical 50 cents
By SUSAN REEVES
A Southern Cross Dedication
Service will be at 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, Feb. 22 at the Snodgrass/
Brannan Cemetery in southern
The three grandsons of Luther
B. Brannon, all of whom served in
the Confederate Army during the
Civil War will be honored during
Directions to the Snodgras/
Brannan Cemetery are as fol-
lows: from 1-30 at Mount Ver-
non, take Flwy. 37 south to Pur-
ley Community; turn left (East)
onto Farm to Market Road 900;
See MARKER Page 2A
By Susan Reeves
What an awesome tribute for
a fine public servant that was last
Sunday afternoon. The sanctuary
at the First Baptist Church was
packed full of folks who came to
pay their last respects to former
Franklin County Sheriff Chuck
the long line
of service per-
sonnel hie into
the room was
inspiring. It is
a testimony to
for the people
who worked for
him to have that much respect for
the man. It also made a statement
that he must have taken care of the
people he led.
I ran into a Winfield officer at
Brookshire's the day that Chuck
went to the hospital. He stated
that the news hit hard at their
department, because everyone
who worked there had previously
worked at Franklin County.
I was moved by the compo-
sure of Brian White as he related
several stories about his dad and
the compassion Chuck had for
others. I don't know that I could
have spoken that eloquently in the
After the service, I counted 38
service vehicles from Franklin
County, Mount Vernon, the volun-
See COUNTRY Page 4A
Community mourns loss of
retired sheriff Chuck White
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
The sanctuary at the First Baptist
Church of Mount Vernon was filled
to capacity by Franklin County
citizens, northeast Texas law en-
forcement officials, friends and
family who came to pay their last
respects to retired sheriff Charles
James “Chuck” White on Sunday
afternoon, Feb. 16.
Sheriff White was bom on May 4,
1957 in Dallas to Dr. Robert Frank
and Patricia B. Gossett White. Af-
ter graduating Mount Vernon High
School in 1975, he attended the Dal-
las Institute of Mortuary Science,
and briefly worked as a mortician
before moving to a career in law
Sheriff White began his law en-
forcement career in December 1986
after graduating from the East Texas
Police Academy at Kilgore College.
During his years in law enforce-
ment, he accumulated 45 hours of
criminal justice training and more
than 2,000 continuing education
hours in criminal justice.
Sheriff White's first watch was
with the Clarksville Police Depart-
ment as a patrol officer. He served
there 10 months before returning to
Franklin County to work as a deputy
for just over three years with the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
He went to work with the Mount
See SHERIFF Page 2A
By SUSAN REEVES
Chamber members and other
supporters are urged to purchase
tickets for the annual chamber
banquet no later than Friday, Feb.
“A head count is needed for the
caterer,” explained Diane New-
som, manager for the chamber.
“No tickets will be sold at the
Tickets are $25 per person.
They are available from the
chamber office downtown.
Will Ramsay, District Attor-
ney, will serve as the master of
ceremonies for the evening, and
Sandra St. John will be the fea-
Our Place Restaurant is pre-
paring a meal of grilled chicken
breast with a roasted red pepper
gouda sauce over rice pilaf with
mixed vegetables, a dinner salad,
and New York cheesecake. A
choice of tea, water and coffee
will be offered.
The Franklin County Chamber
of Commerce Membership Ban-
quet is set for Saturday, March 1
in the Family Life Center at the
First United Methodist Church.
The banquet will begin with the
opening of the silent auction at
5:30 p.m. A welcome will be
made at 6 p.m., and dinner will be
served at 6:30 p.m. The highlight
of the banquet is the presentation
Contact Mrs. Newsom at 903-
537-4365 for more information or
to reserve a ticket.
Procession 0p,ic photo by John Reeves
A long line of service vehicles led the funeral officers provided a fitting tribute for Sheriff
procession to the City Cemetery for former White who served the citizens for 17 years.
Franklin County Sheriff Chuck White. The
REPUBLICAN / DEMOCRATIC
Early voting in party
for BirdFest 2014
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
By LILLIE BUSH-REVES
Early voting by personal
appearance in the Republican
and Democrat parties' General
Primary elections began Tues-
day, Feb. 18. A slow but steady
group of 49 voters came to the
poll the first day, 48 voting in
the Republican and one in the
Early voting in person con-
tinues through Friday, Feb.
28. The polling location is
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in
the south lobby of the Frank-
lin County Law Enforcement
Center. The center is located at
208 Hwy. 37 S. in Mount Ver-
non, just south of the railroad
overpass on the west side of the
Voters are cautioned to be
certain of which party's ballot
they are requesting before sign-
ing the voter sign-in sheet. All
locally contested races, county
judge and justice of the peace,
are on the Republican ballot.
A listing of candidates for all
races on both ballots along with
candidate profiles for contested
local and district races can be
found in Section C of this issue
of the Optic-Herald.
One local candidate filed by
petition and several state and
regional candidates are required
to file in part by petition. Voters
who signed a petition to help an
individual to become a candidate
must vote in the party primary
for which that candidate is listed.
It is estimated there are less than
100 registered voters who could
be affected by this law.
Requests for ballots by mail
must be received by mail at the
office of the Franklin County
Clerk no later than Friday, Feb.
21. Requests should be mailed
to the Franklin County Elections
Division, P.O. Box 1047, Mount
Vernon, Tex. 75457.
Applications must be in writ-
ing. A by-mail ballot request
form is available on-line at the
county clerk's website www.
the “Elections” tab at the top of
the page. - 2014
Do not miss the 2014 Prairies and
Pineywoods BirdFest, being hosted
by the Franklin County Flistorical
Association. The weekend of birding
events will take place Friday through
Sunday, May 2-4. Selah Ranch will
serve as the event headquarters.
Registration is now underway and is
on line only at www.birdingmtvemon.
com. The festival registration fee of $70
covers all tours and events except the
Saturday evening keynote speaker/din-
ner. The dinner, prepared by the chefs
at Selah Ranch, is an additional $30 and
can be optional for attendees.
Festival highlights include seven
birding trips led by guides, includ-
ing experts from the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department. Guided tours
will be offered on Saturday morn-
ing and afternoon, as well as Sunday
morning. Tours will cover all areas of
Franklin County to take advantage of
the diverse wetlands, forests and prai-
rie habitat in the region.
Three exhibits on Saturday will
provide both indoor and outdoor ex-
periences. Included are a nature photo
exhibit at the Old Railroad Depot, by
Mount Vernon native Charles Ruth-
erford and a chance to see more than
200 bird eggs, including eggs from
extinct birds on exhibit at the Fire
Station Museum. A wild flower tour
to Daphne Prairie will provide both an
outdoor activity and a variety of na-
tive grasses and wildflowers unique
to some of the last untouched native
prairie in the State of Texas.
Attendees who stay up late will
enjoy the “Owl Prowl” or “Insects at
Night” programs planned for both Fri-
day and Saturday evening.
The highlight of the festival will
be keynote speaker and award win-
ning nature photographer, Noppadol
Paothong who will travel from Mis-
souri to share with festival attendees
with his images of the eight species of
prairie chickens and grassland grouse.
He has spent more than a decade re-
searching and photographing the mat-
ing habits and behavior of these en-
dangered grassland birds.
The BirdFest is open to birders of
all levels. Space is limited so birders
are encouraged to sign up soon. For
non-birders or spouses of birders, a
list of family activities can be found
on the website. Guided tours are not
recommended for children under 12.
Children registering must pay the full
registration fee. - 2014
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