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Poindexter: Disappointed, not surprised at court ruling on Marriage Amendment
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) said he is "deeply disappointed" and "angry" over the 4th U.S. Circuit Court's ruling against Virginia's Constitution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

"This ruling goes against nature, God, and common sense," Poindexter said. "Yet, I am not surprised as 'political correctness' as practiced by the Obama administration, activists judges, the liberal media, most higher education institutions, and progressive social groups has about destroyed the social fabric of our great country."

The federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. A panel of three judges -- Paul V. Niemeyer, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, Roger L. Gregory, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Henry F. Floyd, who was appointed by President Barack Obama -- ruled that "state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution." The decision was 2-1 with Niemeyer casting the dissenting vote.

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Immunization clinic offered at health dept.


The Franklin County Health Department is holding a back-to-school walk-in immunization clinic Thursday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event will coincide with school business day, which is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Children entering kindergarten or sixth grade in Franklin County schools this year must have their immunization records up to date before they can attend school.

A child who will have reached age 5 by Sept. 30 may enter kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Virginia law requires that a physician's report of a comprehensive physical examination, conducted within the previous year, be submitted to the student's school prior to entrance.

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Ferrum man pleads guilty to cooking meth

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Ferrum man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to cooking methamphetamine.

Two additional charges against Terry Junior Thompson, 37, possession of ingredients used to make meth and possession of ammunition as a convicted felon, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

The offenses occurred on Nov. 24, 2013, at a residence on Rambling Rose Road in Ferrum, where Thompson was staying. A tip provided to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office led to Thompson's arrest.

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FCHS senior attends Governor’s Japanese Academy
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Samantha Flora, a rising senior at Franklin County High School, just returned home from the trip to the 28th annual Virginia Governor's Japanese Academy at Randolph Macon College in Ashland.

Flora was one of only 38 Virginia high school students chosen to attend the academy out of over 600 applicants. She is also the first from Franklin County to attend the Japanese Academy and one of the only ones chosen from Southwest Virginia.

"Most of the students chosen were from Northern Virginia, Richmond and the Tidewater area," said Flora.

Flora was selected through a rigorous statewide process that began over six months ago when she was first nominated by her foreign language instructor, Renae Lambert.

Flora said she knew nothing about the Japanese language, but has taken three years of Spanish at FCHS.

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Virginia teachers visit BTW Monument
Educators learn about programs offered at park
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Fifteen Virginia teachers recently visited Booker T. Washington National Monument to sample educational programs the park offers throughout the year.

The park staff recently updated the educational programs to reflect changes in Virginia's Standards of Learning and the Common Core curriculum, according to Ranger Betsy Haynes.

The teachers received an overview of the park's Monumental Education program by taking ranger-led tours, including living history, story board and farm stories, and a hands-on open hearth cooking activity.

Each teacher was provided with a packet of information, which included a listing of each program offered for various grade levels and the Standards of Learning each program meets. The information provided also included a park brochure, a compilation of some of Booker T. Washington's quotes and a timeline of Washington's life.

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