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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

‘Straws for Paws’ will keep animals warm this winter
Animal control will fill your dog house with straw
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Franklin County Animal Shelter is providing free straw to residents for outdoor dog and cat houses to keep their animals warm this winter.

Local farmers donated straw bales to the shelter to be distributed to residents who don't have access to warm bedding for their outdoor pets, according to Adoption Specialist Cindy Brooks.

"Blankets are just not enough to provide warmth for the animals," she said. "We will deliver the straw to your residence or you can come by the shelter to pick it up."

"Residents should not be afraid to call animal control," Brooks added. "We want residents to know we are here to help them. We're not just about enforcement and writing citations. We want to help residents take care of their animals."

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Another public pipeline meeting set for Dec. 16

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Franklin County residents will get another chance to hear details about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that is slated to run through the county.

The board of supervisors said Tuesday a community meeting on the natural gas pipeline project will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.

Supervisors postponed a public hearing that was scheduled that night so they can attend the meeting. Representatives of the companies involved in the pipeline project will host the meeting.

The pipeline has created controversy here and in other counties in the region that would be affected.

The first meeting on the pipeline for Franklin County residents was held on Oct. 21.

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Local man to serve 5 years for cooking meth

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man will serve five years of a 17-year prison sentence for cooking methamphetamine and stealing.

David Glen Duncan Jr., 32, pleaded guilty to the meth charge in August.

Through a plea agreement, three other charges against Duncan were dismissed, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.

Those charges were possession of ingredients to make meth, conspiracy to make meth and possession of meth.

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Plant fundraiser planned for science teacher
Lori Sloan suffered head injuries in a car crash
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Students at the Gereau Center have planned a plant sale fundraiser on Nov. 22 to benefit Lori Sloan, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash last summer.

Sloan taught science in Franklin County public schools for many years. She suffered multiple head injuries and broken bones as a result of the crash.

"Mrs. Sloan's passion has always been environmental science," said Caitlin Sturgill, a science teacher at The Gereau Center. "My STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) students have worked hard cleaning and preparing for this fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to helping Mrs. Sloan and her family with rising medical expenses."

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Empty buildings being filled in Rocky Mount
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Community development is looking good in Rocky Mount, as one new restaurant opened last month and several businesses are relocating to the town.

The opening of Taco Bell on Oct. 29 has caused only minor traffic issues along Marketplace Drive, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins' monthly report. The traffic is expected settle down within a couple of weeks.

The longstanding vacancy at the former Martin Jewelers store on Franklin Street is being filled by Jimmy Russell's State Farm Insurance office. Russell intends to have four employees at the office.

On North Main Street, Dr. Aaron Trochim, a Franklin County native, has purchased the chiropractic office of the retiring Dr. Richard LaBarbera. The name will be changed to Trochim Family Chiropractic.

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Guitar ‘gods’ to perform at Harvester Center
Eric Johnson and Mike Stern showcase skills, blend styles
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Two guitar heroes in their respective fields -- Eric Johnson in the rock realm and Mike Stern in the jazz world -- will perform at the Harvester Center in Rocky Mount on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.

The guitarists go toe-to-toe on "Eclectic," a scintillating musical showcase that brings together their disparate influences in one potent package.

One of the most outstanding instrumentalists in rock over the past 30 years, Texas guitar slinger and Grammy Award winner Eric Johnson was already a legend before he recorded his first album. By the early '80s, such celebrated guitarists as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Dixie Dregs' Steve Morse and famed session man and former Steely Dan member Jeff "Skunk" Baxter began singing the praises of this skinny kid from Austin with the mind-melting chops. Comparisons were made to such guitar heroes as Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix.

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