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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Reward offered for info on vandalism spree
Damage estimated in tens of thousands
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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for a rash of vandalism across the county on Dec. 8 and 9.

Damaged items include the Dudley Elementary School sign, road and street signs, subdivision signs, vehicles and one residence, according to Lt. Phillip Young.

Damage is estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The vandalism stretched from Penhook to Moneta and included incidents at the Water's Edge subdivision, Brooks Mill Road (Route 834), Powell's Store Road, Timber Ridge Road, Scruggs Road, Water Front subdivision and the Board Walk subdivision, as well as other side roads and streets along the way.

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Thirteen arrested on felony drug charges
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Thirteen people have been arrested on drug charges after being indicted earlier this month by a Franklin County grand jury.

•Robert Wayne Bailey, 51, of Rocky Mount is charged with illegally selling oxycodone, Feb. 20.

•Tim Elwood Ferguson, 58, of Rocky Mount is charged with four counts of selling anabolic steroids, March 21 and June 9.

•Zachary Lynn Hall, 20 of Rocky Mount is charged with three counts of selling marijuana, March 17, March 18, March 27.

•Samantha Leigh Hunt, 21, of Rocky Mount is charged with illegally selling hydrocodone, July 18.

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Schools to close two weeks for winter break


The winter break for Franklin County students and staff begins Monday, Dec. 22.

Students will return to school from winter break on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, which will mark the beginning of the third nine weeks and second semester.

Staff will return to school Friday, Jan. 2.

The early opening of schools for the 2014-15 school year allows first semester and exams to be wrapped up before winter break.

Schools will again be closed for students and staff on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

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Kids Shop With Cops

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Last Saturday, officers with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) partnered with the Virginia State Police to take Franklin County children Christmas shopping at the Rocky Mount Walmart and then to brunch at Bojangles.

The second annual "Shop with a Cop" event was made possible through contributions from Walmart, Bojangles, other local businesses and individuals. Rocky Mount and Franklin County police officers also assisted children with purchasing family gifts, clothes and school supplies.

Above, DGIF Sgt. Karl Martin takes a moment to pose with Santa and several children while shopping.

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Youth builds food delivery device for disaster victims
4-H camp focuses on STEM skills
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The Franklin County 4-H program held a day camp recently in conjunction with this year's 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD).

"The 4-H NYSD is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and math at an early age," said Franklin County Extension Agent Amber Wilson.

This year's experiment, Rockets to the Rescue, challenged youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that could deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims.

Participants spent the day at the YMCA's Essig Center designing, building and launching their rockets and learning about rocketry and aerospace engineering.

Once the rockets were ready for launch, campers used makeshift launching devices made of pvc pipe and plastic, 2-liter soda bottles to send their rockets to the "disaster victims" stranded on the "islands."

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