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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Site selection next step for new animal shelter
Study shows current facility is insufficient
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A plan to construct a new animal shelter for Franklin County moved forward Tuesday when the board of supervisors voted unanimously to authorize staff to identify a site for the facility.

This is the next step in the process of constructing a new shelter, with an estimated cost of $1.5 million.

Darryl Hatcher, the county's public safety director, and Cindy Brooks, director of the animal shelter, presented a needs assessment to the board before the vote.

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No speakers at public hearing on proposed 2015-16 budget
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

No one spoke at a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed Franklin County budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

County Administrator Rick Huff presented the budget to a relatively small crowd, stressing the fact that, with no tax or fee increases, it was a budget based on flat projected revenues.

The total proposed budget is $131.2 million, with about 64 percent of that, $85.1 million, going to county schools.

The proposed county budget includes an increase of $794,000 in revenue.

Huff said the increase reflects a projected surplus after mandated new expenses are subtracted from revenue increases from local, state and federal sources.

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Former deputy to challenge incumbent sheriff

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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Former K-9 Deputy J. Riley Hodges will challenge Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton in the November general election.

Hodges said he was forced to resign from his 17-year career with the sheriff's office Tuesday because of his desire to challenge the incumbent sheriff.

"I was called into his (Overton's) office Tuesday morning and asked if I intended to run for sheriff," Hodges said. "When I answered 'yes,' he told me I had to resign."

"I had planned to take a leave of absence to focus on my campaign, but I was given no option other than resigning, " he added.

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Weather class to be offered at Franklin Center


The National Weather Service (NWS) is now offering a class for those interested in identifying and reporting hazardous weather conditions.

SKYWARN will be offered Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.

The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans, according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's NWS, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN with partner organizations.

SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NW

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Harper crowned Miss Pigg River 2015
Pageant builds leadership, character and confidence
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Tatiyanna Harper of Rocky Mount was crowned Miss Pigg River 2015 at the pageant held last weekend at the Pigg River Community Center.

Harper is the daughter of Nelson Harper and Terry Trotter.

Brianne Witcher of Rocky Mount was selected as Miss Pre-Teen Pigg River. She is the daughter of Brian and Tonette Witcher, and Amanda and Benny Wagoner.

Destynea Payne of Roanoke was named Little Miss Pigg River. She is the daughter of Randy and Renea Payne.

New this year was the Baby Miss division for ages 1 to 3. Baby Miss Pigg River 2015 is Verhonda Witcher of Rocky Mount, the daughter of Michael Casey and Kendra Witcher Casey.

The theme of this year's pageant was "The Future Is In Your Hands."

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Moonshine tasting event raises $32,000 for United Way
Campaign falls short of this year’s $385,000 goal
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

"I was just blown away by the wonderful response," said Franklin County United Way Director Nancy Bell after the Shine 'N Dine fundraiser.

Preliminary results show approximately $32,000 was raised at Saturday night's event at the Early Inn at the Grove, Bell said.

That money brings this year's United Way campaign total up to $326,000, still short of the $385,000 goal.

"While we have not reached our goal, the United Way did make a lot of new friends and supporters as a result of Shine 'N Dine, and I hope this will help us when we begin our drive for 2015, which begins in August," Bell said.

The grounds of Rocky Mount's newest bed and breakfast were adorned Saturday night with tents, lights, decorations and fire pits that weren't really needed because of the warm temperatures.

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