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Sixth-grader raises money for Autism Speaks
Girl inspired by kids she met on a family vacation
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

A family vacation on a cruise ship three years ago sparked an interest in a young girl's heart that is still going strong today.

"There were a lot of kids on the ship that seemed different from me," said Vandalina Holcomb. "I asked my mom about it and she explained that they had autism."

Holcomb, who is now 11 and a sixth-grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, began doing her own research on the disorder and what she found touched her heart in a profound way.

"I felt helpless because they looked just like me, but there was something different about them," Holcomb said.

This year, Holcomb decided to take action by raising money for the Autism Speaks organization.

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Double Trouble

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Peggy McAndrew found this pair of squirrels in the birdfeeder at her residence on Heather Ridge Drive in Rocky Mount. She said they emptied the feeder.

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Water advisory lifted for Pigg River after spill

The Franklin County Health Department has removed the signs advising residents to avoid recreational use of the Pigg River.

Late last week, approximately 30,000 gallons of cow manure from a holding lagoon near the intersection of Calico Rock Road and Six Mile Post Road, west of Rocky Mount, spilled into a small tributary that feeds into the Pigg River.

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Rocky Mount author writes book for young, black males
Kellam: I want them to recognize and understand their worth
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Rocky Mount author Wendy Kellam's book, "Young Black Males: America's Most Wanted," is now available for download on Amazon Kindle.

"Every black teenager should read 'Young, Black Males: America's Most Wanted', so they can feel my passion, my true love, not just for my sons and my immediate family, but for my entire community and the entire black race," Kellam said. "I want all young, black males to recognize and understand their worth."

Throughout her book, Kellam emphasizes the importance of good parenting, calling it the "foundation and stepping stone to raising good, productive children."

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Registration begins for YMCA summer camp
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The Franklin County Family YMCA is preparing for its 2014 summer camp.

Highlights of this summer's camp include field trips to Splash Valley and Amazement Square, themed weeks like Wild Wild West week, and two specials session on the Ferrum College campus.

"We've put together a terrific program for the summer. By partnering with Ferrum College and Franklin County public schools, we are going to be offering a one-of-a-kind camp," said Hope Vaccaro, child care director with the YMCA.

The Y summer camp will spend the last two weeks of the summer break on the Ferrum College campus, where they will have access to the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, tennis courts, nature trails, swimming pool and low ropes course.

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