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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Grandmother to serve 3 years for child abuse  
Kids had scratches in their scalps from hair being pulled out
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By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Penhook woman will serve three years of a five-year prison sentence for abusing her four grandchildren.

Andrea Aldaba, 42, pleaded guilty last month to the felony charge of causing bodily injury to a child, four misdemeanor charges of abuse and neglect, and two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery.

Aldaba was sentenced to 12 months in jail on each of the misdemeanor charges with all of the time suspended.

Also, Aldaba was sentenced to five years of probation once she serves her time and was ordered to be of good behavior for 12 years.

Prosecutor Patrick Nix said the abuse involved Aldaba's four grandchildren for whom she was the caregiver. The children range in age from 5 to 9 years old.

The abuse occurred between September and October 2013, Nix said.

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Mechanic dies after altercation at go-kart track

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Collinsville man has died in a Roanoke hospital following a physical altercation with a driver at a go-kart track on Providence Church Road Saturday evening.

A verbal argument between mechanic Fred Baxter Lovette, 38, of Collinsville and an 18-year-old driver from Spencer escalated into a physical altercation, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Lovette fell to the ground during the altercation and stopped breathing, Sigmon said. CPR was performed until paramedics arrived and transported Lovette to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Disability rights, resource center coming to town


The Disability Rights & Resource Center (DRRC) is coming to Rocky Mount, beginning Monday, Sept. 1.

DRRC, a spin-off of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke, is a private, non-profit community agency providing independent living services for the counties of Franklin, Patrick, Henry and Pittsylvania and the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

Through DRRC, individuals with disabilities can receive assistance in gaining equal access to services to which they are entitled. The DRRC also offers peer counseling from other persons with disabilities.

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New store sells only American made goods
Wood Grains will open Saturday on South Main Street
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Franklin County native Dulcie Webster Hankins has a passion for real wood furniture.

"My uncles made solid, real wood furniture from woods like walnut and cedar, using their hands to create these great furniture pieces," Hankins said. "I still use that furniture, some of it 50 and 60 years old, in my house. Everybody deserves to have great furniture that lasts for more than a lifetime."

Hankins will display new heirloom-quality furniture when she opens Wood Grains, Rocky Mount's newest furniture store, this weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at 355 S. Main Street, directly across from the hospital emergency room.

During the open house, door prizes will be awarded with registration.

As a fan of great furniture, Hankins is always searching for quality, functional pieces that are different from typical furniture warehouses.

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Local singer, songwriter releases new CD
Album nominated for ‘Rural Roots’ award
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Local artist Aspen Black has released another CD, "Eastern Western Cowgirl," which has already been confirmed for radio air play.

"I was also recently informed that it has been nominated for the Rural Roots Music Commission CD of the Year," said Black.

Black is a WMA (Western Music Association) recording artist, who writes and performs in the contemporary western, traditional county, folk, Christian and cowgirl poetry genres.

In addition to singing and songwriting, Black is also a painter, an author, a champion barrel racer and owner or Buksbari Ranch in Rocky Mount.

"I'm an all-around horsewoman," she said.

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