Mount Vernon Optic-Herald (Mount Vernon, Tex.), Vol. 140, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 20, 2014 Page: 4 of 16
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Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
238 Days without a traffic fatality
in Franklin County
THURSDAY, FEB. 20,2014
Second Saturday Committee
meets, Our Place, noon.
Community Food Bank open, 822
Leftwich St., 4-5:30 p.m.
Masonic Lodge meets, Lodge Hall,
I-30 S. Service Rd., 7:30 p.m.
ALANON Group meets, 537 I-30,
Su ite 4, S E corner Hwy. 37 i ntersec-
tion, 5:30 p.m.
Economic Development Corp.
board workshop meeting, City Hall,
TOPS, “Taking Off Pounds Sensibly"
meets every Thursday, 1142 Hwy.
37 N, 9:30 a.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets
nightly Thursday through Wednes-
day, 537 i-30, Suite 4, SE corner
Hwy. 37 intersection, 7 p.m..
SeniorCitizens Meal Center meals
served Monday through Friday (ex-
cept holidays), meals begin 11:30
a.m.; games - Dominos, Chickenfoot
and “42", 10 a.m.to about 2 p.m.
Genealogical Society officesopen,
S. side sq., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-
Friday; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Historical Association’s Parch-
man house open Tuesday-Friday,
10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fire station open
Tuesday-Saturday,10 a.m.-2 p.m;
and by appointment, 903-537-4760.
Alamo Mission Museum open by
appointment, call 903-380-2739.
Samaritan Shop, 111 Dallas St.,
open Monday, Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEB. 21,2014
Cultural Arts Center, open each
Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by ap-
pointment, call 903-537-4034.
Rotary Club meets, Masonic Lodge
Hall, i-30 South Service Rd., noon.
Summer Baseball/Softball sign
ups, Sheriff's Office, 4-8 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 22 2014
Little Dribbler basketball games,
MVISD elementary and back gyms,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer Baseball/Softball sign
ups, Sheriff's Office, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Creative Coaching Workshop, Kathy
Rachal, Cultural Arts Center, Rusk
St., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Summer Baseball/Softball Coach-
es meeting, First United Methodist
Church, 2 p.m.
Downtown Attractions open, mu-
seum, and family research center,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Southern Cross Dedication, Snod-
grass/Brannon Cemetery, 11 a.m.
Pelican Bay Property Owners
Association meets, pavilion, 1 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEB. 23,2014
The many churches of Franklin
County invite you to worship in the
church of your choice.
Museumsopen by appointment, call
2739 -Alamo, 903-860-7154-arts.
MONDAY, FEB. 24,2014
Early Voting in March 4 Primary
Elections, S. lobby law enforcement
center, Hwy. 37, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CommissionersCourt meets, West
CourthouseAnnex Court room, 9a.m.
Library open until 6 p.m.
Economic Restructuring Commit-
tee meets, City Hall, noon.
Faith Based Recovery Group
meets, Voice of the Believerschurch,
TUESDAY, FEB. 25,2014
Community Food Bank open, 822
Leftwich St., noon -2 p.m.
AARPChapter#3703 meets, Senior
Citizens Meal Center, covered dish
dinner, 6 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 271 meets, First
United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEB. 27,2014
Community Food Bank open, 822
Leftwich St., 4-5:30 p.m.
Saltillo School Board meets, Super-
intendent's Office, Saltillo campus,
CR 3534 off FM 900N, 7 p.m.
South Franklin Volunteer Fire De-
partment meets, Community Center,
FM 115 at FM 1448, 7 p.m.
ALANON Group meets, 537 i-30,
Suite 4, SE corner Hwy. 37 intersec-
tion, 5:30 p.m.
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teer fire departments, DPS troopers, Winfield, Hopkins
County, and a whole slew of unmarked cars. The line
stretched all the way from the City Cemetery, up Hwy.
67 and Main St. to the square and around the corner
onto Kaufman St.
What a fine tribute to a man who served Franklin
County for 17 years, who always did his utmost to make
a stranger feel welcome. Chuck will dearly be missed
by those who knew and loved him.
Great community support
Dear Mount Vernon,
Last Friday night I had the opportunity to see first hand the
support of an awesome community. Friday night is one of the
reasons I live in Mount Vernon, and the reason I am proud to
be a Mount Vernon Tiger.
The Lady Tiger varsity basketball team played Winnsboro
in the Area round of the state basketball playoffs. We came
up a few points short, but the night was amazing. Most young
people will never get to experience that type of support from
their community. Mount Vernon showed up in full force. The
Sulphur Springs High School gym was packed, with obviously
more Tiger fans than Raider fans. The atmosphere was electric,
and the student body, the parents, and the community were
amazing. It is heartwarming to see a community come together
and support our student athletes like they did Friday night.
Over the past 16 years, I have come to expect this from
Mount Vernon, because this is what we do for our kids. This
is how we support our students. I would like to say a special
thank you from the coaching staff and the Lady Tiger basketball
team. We appreciate all of your support throughout this season
and throughout the years.
Coach Brad Floyd
State Capital Highlights
Candidates show differences as
AUSTIN — Counting down to Primary Election Day on
March 4, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy
Davis remain the presumptive frontrunners for governor
in their respective party races. For lieutenant governor,
state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio stands
alone as the Democrat vying for that powerful office,
while Republican primary voters will have a field of four
candidates to choose from in that race: incumbent Lt. Gov.
David Dewhurst; Jerry Patterson, land
commissioner; Todd Staples, agriculture
commissioner; or Dan Patrick, chair of
the state Senate Committee on Educa-
tion. While agreeing on most issues, one
popular way those four Republican can-
didates seek to differentiate themselves
is by publicizing lists of endorsements
by various political action committees
and other special interest groups. Last
week Abbott, the current state attorney
general, said corruption and gangs are a threat to security
along the border with Mexico. His likening the border
region to a third world country, however, drew a blistering
response from South Texas residents. Davis, a state sena-
tor from Fort Worth, focused on public school funding.
She pointed to a pending state district court case dealing
with fairness in the education finance system and called
on Abbott to stop defending the state law that sparked
the case. Davis suggested that the state Legislature be
called into special session to revise the law. Abbott has
said that as attorney general, it’s his job to defend state
laws against court challenges. Davis also spoke in favor of
gay marriage and “open carry” by local option. An open
carry law would allow Texans who have the appropriate
state permit to wear a firearm in plain view in public. Ab-
bott previously has made his opposition to gay marriage
known and he labeled Davis's open carry statement as
political opportunism. Early voting began Feb. 18 and
will end on Feb. 28.
Business filings increase
Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry on Feb. 10
reported that in calendar year 2013, some 150,979 certifi-
cates of formation creating new limited liability compa-
nies, corporations, and limited partnerships were filed with
her office. The number of filings, she said, represents a
5.6 percent increase from 2012, when the office received
142,872 filings. “We've cut red tape and made it possible
in many cases to start a new business in Texas virtually
overnight. Texas is wide open for business. Welcome to
the land of opportunity," said Berry, who appointed by
Gov. Perry and sworn in on Jan. 7.
Sales tax revenue is up
State sales tax revenue in January was $2.3 billion, up
8.3 percent compared to the previous January, state Comp-
troller Susan Combs said Feb. 12. Combs said increases
across all major sectors of the economy indicate “contin-
ued expansion in both consumer and business spending,
and brings the growth in fiscal year-to-date collections to
4.6 percent compared with the previous year'. Sales tax
revenue has increased for 46 consecutive months." Cit-
ies, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing
districts would be sent their February local sales tax al-
locations totaling $802.1 million, up 8.2 percent compared
to February 2013.
UT chancellor steps down
After a five-year' tenure, Chancellor Francisco G. Cigar-
roa announced Feb. 10 that he would step down as head
of The University of Texas System but will serve until
a successor is named. CigarroaA will become the head
of pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science
Center at San Antonio while also serving as a special
liaison to the board of regents to advise on the develop-
ment of the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
and medical school. Cigarroa served as president of the
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 2000 to
2008 before being named the first Hispanic chancellor of
the UT System in late 2008.
Seat belt campaign begins
Texas Department of Transportation announced Feb. 14
the launch of its annual “Teen Click It or Ticket" campaign
to address the leading cause of death among teens ages 15
to 20: motor vehicle crashes.
The campaign features videos and a wrecked truck
exhibit “to highlight the consequences of not wearing a
seat belt, such as costly tickets, lost driving privileges,
injuries or even death," TxDOT said.
Educational toolkits available to campus classrooms
include posters, banners, parking lot signage, morning
announcements, a school newspaper article, a parent
brochure and more.
Franklin County, Texas
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can put them in order so that they make your funny answer.
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I Breadth of fresh hair?
4 2000s HBO drama set in
II “Figured it out!”
14 Longtime Parlophone re-
cord label owner
15 Valentine sender
20 2002 World Series champs
22 Author Carnegie
23 CPR provider
25 Library sect.
32 Venerable ref.
33 Moving line on the ground,
34 Places to perch
35 Rosebud, notably
36 Lean and sinewy
37 Good thing to pass
40 When Bloomsday, which
celebrates Joyce’s “Ulysses,”
48 32-Across cousin of arch.
49 River through the Czech
58 Prefix with tonic
59 Restraining device
60 Carnival settii
61 Messenger de
62 Office chair mechi
63 Email suffix
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1 “There was no choice for
2 ‘That’s mind-blowing!”
3 Laughed nervously, maybe
4 Scene of a lost glass slipper
5 Time to beware
6 Clock-setting std.
8 Handel opera written in
9 Not hor.
11 Slow movements
12 Place to lie low
13 Make like
18 Command to Fido
19 Manhattan variety
23 Abbr. for dating enthu-
24 Hood et al.: Abbr.
26 Common cellphone fea-
29 Italian : gennaio : Span-
30 Patterned cloth
31 Sticks with a horn
3 Of no
9 Apply libs
38 Of no help
46 It’s mostly made of zinc
51 Some NCR devices
54 Followers: Suff.
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