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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

BREAKING NEWS: German tech company to locate North American headquarters in Franklin County

Edelmann Technology, a global leader in equipment for the non-woven materials industry, will locate its North American headquarters in Franklin County.

The Rocky Mount facility will be the German company's first office located outside Europe.

Edelmann Technology manufactures and services equipment used by producers, like McAirlaid's, to make a variety of nonwoven materials -- flat, porous sheets made from fibers that are bonded mechanically, thermally or chemically -- used in wipes and absorbent products. 

Edelmann expects to be in operation in Rocky Mount by the end of February.

"Franklin County and Rocky Mount is a perfect location for our service and after-sales operation that will serve our current and future customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America," said Jesus Lopez Marin, managing director of Edelmann Technology. "Franklin County's strong workforce and proximity to regional assets, like Virginia Tech, will allow us to recruit highly-qualified and motivated staff." 

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School board spells out budget priorities
To meet all the needs would add $4.5 million to current budget figure
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Franklin County School Board's $4.5 million list of priorities for next year's budget includes a 1.7 percent step pay increase for all school employees.

Adding this list of priorities to the current budget ($81.2 million) would increase the board's budget request for 2015-16 to $85.7 million.

At the request of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, the school board presents a detailed list of priorities for the school division each year to inform supervisors of specific needs and the costs associated with those needs.

Another item that tops the list of priorities for next year is $298,000 for additional instructional personnel, including a Spanish teacher and a business teacher for Franklin County High School and a math teacher, English teacher and instructional coach for seventh-graders at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

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House fire a controlled burn, training exercise
Owner donated structure to fire department to raze
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

The controlled burn of a residence on Route 40 Sunday was used as a training session for local firefighters.

The old house was donated by the property owner to the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department to use for training purposes. This arrangement provided firefighters with real-life training, while saving the owner the cost of demolition.

Rocky Mount Fire Chief Charlie Robertson said the training session, which started about 9 a.m., involved about 35 firefighters from the Rocky Mount, Ferrum and Glade Hill departments.

A short section of the right lane of eastbound Route 40 was blocked off to allow space for the fire trucks and rescue squad vehicles involved in the drill.

Before the training session was approved, a close inspection of the structure was done to make sure it contained no hazardous materials.

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County replaces emergency notification system

Franklin County has contracted with the Emergency Communications Network's CodeRED system, a high speed emergency notification system to be used in the event of an emergency in the county.

This emergency notifications system, commonly referred to as reverse 9-1-1, will allow Franklin County emergency management officials to quickly and seamlessly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire county when necessary via land based phone, cell phone, text messages or email, according to Public Safety Director Daryl Hatcher. 

There is also a free mobile app that can be downloaded for any iPhone or Android device.

In addition to emergency notifications, this system will also allow for the mass distribution of general messages when needed, Hatcher said.

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Senate committee kills gun control bills

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Virginia Senate committee killed a number of gun control bills Monday, including one that would have made it illegal to transfer firearms from one individual to another unless the individuals were immediate family members.

That bill, SB1178, introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, also included provisions that would have created criminal penalties for adults who leave firearms where they are accessible by children, required a fingerprint-based criminal history check before issuance of a concealed handgun license, allowed information on concealed handgun permit applications to be made public, and limited the number of firearms that a person may purchase to one a month.

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Horse trainers earn advanced certification
Healing Strides offers therapeutic riding programs
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Two trainers at Healing Strides of Virginia are now certified by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA). 

Head Trainer Stacey Fitzgerald and Ferrum College Equestrian Coach Margaret Cornwell have completed the process to earn their certification. They are the only USHJA certified trainers within a 50-mile radius.

Healing Strides is a Premier Accredited center, offering equine assisted activities and therapies. 

"As the only Premier Accredited center in the Roanoke Valley, having two USHJA trainers at this level of education strengthens Healing Strides as an organization, keeping the horses balanced and responsive for all levels of riding offered, from wheelchairs to collegiate," said Cornwell.

To help subsidize the continued need for therapeutic programs in the area, Healing Strides began hosting the Ferrum College Equestrian Team and became an approved United States Pony Club center.

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