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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Mollin receives Valor Award from VSA
Patrol sergeant honored for conduct during shootout
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Sgt. Erik Mollin with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office has received the 2014 Valor Award from the Virginia Sheriff's Association.

The medal was presented to Mollin last week in Virginia Beach by Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton, who nominated Mollin for the award based on his conduct during an armed robbery that progressed into a shootout with police officers at a residence on Prillaman Switch Road on Jan. 7.

Mollin was injured in an altercation with one armed suspect who was attempting to flee the scene, according to Overton. The suspect fired several shots at Mollin, until the suspect was struck by return gunfire from Mollin and other officers.

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Callaway woman pleads guilty to selling cocaine
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Callaway woman's bond was revoked and she was sent to jail this week after pleading guilty to selling cocaine.

Monica Sue Brooks, 25, pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to one count of cocaine distribution.

Two additional drug charges -- distribution of oxycodone and distribution of imitation oxycodone -- were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

The cocaine charge was the result of a controlled buy, arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 19 in a restaurant parking lot in Rocky Mount.

Brooks sold a small plastic baggie, containing 1.2 grams of cocaine, for $200, Deatherage said. The purchase agreement was 2 grams for $200.

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DuPont exec to speak at NAACP luncheon
Martinsville native will address Civil Rights
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Willie C. Martin, DuPont Corporation's vice president for North American Operations, will travel from Delaware to Rocky Mount to speak at the third annual Franklin County NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon.

The luncheon, which will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of America's 1964 Civil Rights Bill, is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center.

Martin, a Martinsville native, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration from Johnson C. Smith University in 1971. He received a master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1975.

After graduating from Johnson C. Smith University, Martin was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. In the 70s, he served as a principal and football coach at Laurel Park High School in Martinsville.

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Author publishes story of local POW in a book
Response from newspaper article prompts writer to expand story
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Snow Creek author Greg Eanes has released the story of World War II a POW (Prisoner of War) Claude A. Hodges in book form.

The book's title, "'Battle Baby' at the Bulge: The POW Experience of Claude Hodges," comes from Hodges' Army division's nickname, "Battle Babies."

Hodges is a Rocky Mount native who now resides at the Virginia Veterans Care Center. He recently shared his experiences with Eanes, who submitted the article to The Franklin News-Post for publication in July.

"The local response to the original article was very positive," said Eanes. "Mr. Hodges got calls from a number of folks after its publication. His sharing the story of his personal Prisoner of War experience helped us permanently capture, not only a piece of Franklin County's military heritage, but also that of the United States Army in World War II."

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