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Bill to protect first-responders awaits governor’s signature
Legislation response to Posey Dillon tragedy
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A bill that would grant legal immunity for volunteer first-responders who are en route to an emergency has passed in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.

The bill, SB845, introduced by Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County), was a response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the estate of Posey Dillon after a fatal crash in July 2010.

"Chief Posey Dillon was a hero to us all, and volunteered his time and efforts to ensure that the citizens of Franklin County and their property were protected," Stanley said. "He made the ultimate sacrifice in that endeavor."

"In rural areas such as ours, we depend on the dedication and service of volunteer first-responders to protect us," he added. "These men and women serve our communities without pay and sacrifice their time with their families so that our families can be protected from fires and other emergency situations."

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Grand jury returns 118 indictments

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

A Franklin County grand jury returned 118 indictments against 32 people Monday.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

Indictments returned by the grand jury:

•Elizabeth Virginia Akers, two counts of failing to provide adequate feed, water or veterinary care to prevent suffering or disease transmission, Nov. 13 and 14, 2014; and ill-treat or deprive an animal of necessary food, drink or emergency veterinary treatment, Nov. 14, 2014.

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Consumers can expect drop in APCo bill

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Residential customers of Appalachian Power Co. will see a decrease in their electric bills starting this month.

Customers should see a 4-percent drop in their total bill because several fees to recover costs have ended.

Called RACs (Rate Adjustment Clauses), three of the fees that have been in place for several years to recoup expenses expired in February, said John Shepelwich.

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FCHS shooters are national champions, again
Junior ROTC marksmen best in Air Force
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Franklin County High School Air Force Junior ROTC marksmanship precision team is U.S. Air Force National Champions for the second year in a row.

The team is also ranked first in the region for All Service, according to coach Tracey Carter, Lt. Col. (Ret.).

Precision team members, along with the sporter teams, participated in their 10th national competition in Port Clinton, Ohio, earlier this month.

"This is only our fifth year of competition and we qualified every team member," Carter said.

FCHS has three sporter class teams and one precision class team for a total of 20 shooters.

"The sporter teams also did well by placing first, second and third in the region," said Carter. "Team one was fourth in the U.S. Air Force and team two was 17th."

Zoe Townsend qualified for the competition with 30 national team points and received the Jr. Distinguished Medal.

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‘If you don’t know where you’ve been, then you don’t know where you’re going’
Penny Blue exhorts crowd to learn about black history
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

Penny Edwards Blue of Rocky Mount urged spectators to gain a better understanding of America's black history at Saturday's 11th annual program at Walmart in Rocky Mount.

"If you don't know where you've been, then you don't know where you're going and how to plot the future of our history in the United States," said Blue, who is the at-large member on the Franklin County School Board.

"There are four defining moments in our history," Blue said. "The first was in 1619 when a Dutch ship landed in America with 20 blacks on board."

The other three events include the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery in 1865, followed by the passage of the civil rights laws in 1964-65, and then the election of the nation's first black president in 2008.

Blue also noted that Virginia elected the first black governor in the nation in 1990.

"We must maintain control," she said. "Power is not given, it is taken."

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