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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

Ken Bradley loses his battle with cancer
Journalism career stretched from South Vietnam to Franklin County
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By K.A. WAGONER AND MORRIS STEPHENS - Staff Writers

Ken Bradley, a longtime reporter and former news editor of The Franklin News-Post, died Sunday from lung cancer after being diagnosed in September.

Bradley came to the News-Post in 1989 as a general reporter. He served as the advertising manager for three years at the request of the publisher before returning to the news room, where he was promoted to news editor a few years later.

"Advertising was okay, but I was glad to get back on the editorial side," Bradley said when he retired in 2006.

Bradley retired briefly in June 2006, but soon returned to the News-Post as a part-time reporter.

"Ken Bradley was an accomplished reporter and editor who understood community journalism," said News-Post Publisher Charles Boothe. "He was a man of the people who never met a stranger, had a strong work ethic and was always ready to get the job done. His integrity, honesty and sincerity were reflected in his work, as well as in his personal life. He will be sorely missed."

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'Papa Ken'

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The only thing Ken Bradley loved more than the newspaper business was his family, including his granddaughter, Kendall Prillaman, who is now 4 years old.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Kindergarten classes at Lee Waid Elementary made turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving. Above, Mrs. Spillman's class wishes the community a "Happy Thanksgiving."

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VWCC expands offerings at Franklin Center
New courses include healthcare and workforce training
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Virginia Western Community College is expanding its coursework, training, services and transfer opportunities at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, including new classes for the spring semester.

As the primary community college serving Franklin County, Virginia Western is helping make the Franklin Center a one-stop shop for higher education in the area.

Virginia Western and Patrick Henry community colleges cooperatively served Franklin County for many years. Through a mutual agreement established before the 2014-15 academic year, Virginia Western will solely serve the county in the future, following the current brief transitional phase. Franklin County will be part of Virginia Western's service area, effective July 1, 2015.

"We have been extremely pleased with how the transition phase has gone, and we foresee continued growth for the services and opportunities Virginia Western can provide to Franklin County," said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, president of Virginia Western. "This spring semester, we will offer three-to-four times the number of courses at The Franklin Center that we have had in the past. At the same time, we are working with more businesses and industries in Franklin County to assist with their non-credit training needs."

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Hunters asked to donate unused meat
Hunters for the Hungry provides venison to local food banks
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Hunters for the Hungry program is inviting all local hunters to donate their unused venison to those in need of food this winter.

The program provides venison for thousands of people in this area, according to several local agencies, food banks and ministries that help the needy.

Through the program, hunters donate venison, which professional meat cutters cut, wrap and freeze. The meat is distributed without charge to food banks and other nonprofits, according to Virginia Hunters Who Care, a nonprofit corporation that operates the Hunters for the Hungry program in Virginia.

More than 1 million emergency meals are provided to Virginians in need each month. Nearly half of those impacted by hunger are children.

The need for emergency food assistance continues to increase. One out of every eight families in Virginia is impacted by hunger.

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