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 Friday, August 29, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Breaking the news...
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I heard a story about a fellow whose wife learned he had won a million dollars from the lottery ticket he had purchased the previous day.

She had the ticket, checked the numbers and was, of course, thrilled.

The problem was, her husband had a heart condition and the doctor insisted he should take it easy, be as calm as possible, never get excited.

Not knowing how to break the news to him, fearing his heart would fail, she called their pastor and he agreed to gently tell the man of his good fortune.

The pastor came by and was at the house when the man arrived from work. He took him outside on the patio and carefully started working his way into the news.

"John," he said, "I have a question for you."

"Sure," the man said, "fire away," already anticipating it must be something rather serious.

"John, what would you do if I told you that you had won a million dollars?" the pastor asked, very seriously.

Just as seriously, John put his hand on the pastor's shoulder, looked him in the eye and said, "Pastor, you've been a great friend, and there is no question that I would give you half of it."

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A job well done...finally
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When I was growing up, my mother always told me I was hard-headed and inpatient and that I got those traits from the Stephenson side of the family. Well, I had to agree with the hard-headed part but not the other, as my father was the most laid-back person I've ever known.

Well Monday afternoon, I remained calm, cool and collected to get a photograph I've been waiting a long time to take. And I was determined nothing was going to prevent me from getting that photograph.

That's because I never thought I'd see the day the old Norfolk Western Railroad tracks at Angle Bridge would be removed. Not only are they gone, but Prillaman Brothers Paving of Bedford was poised and ready for action early Monday.

After digging up the old asphalt on the north side of the bridge, the crew called it quits last Friday, leaving the road rough and bumpy once again. I was excited when I saw the crew back on the job early Monday morning, putting down new asphalt a couple of inches thick on the road.

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