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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

The price of progress
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By CHARLES BOOTHE -

I could not believe what I was hearing.

My mother called and said Aunt Tham was "losing" her house.

"What are you talking about?" I asked, thinking that somehow she had gotten behind in the payments and the bank was kicking her out.

"The new road is taking it," she said. "She'll have to move."

That "new road" was the proposed four-laning of Route 460, which had up to this point been a rather narrow, mostly two-lane highway that ran across Virginia into West Virginia.

We lived just inside the West Virginia line, and all along Route 460 there were stores, shops, beer joints and gas stations. Route 460 ran by my house as well as Aunt Tham's.

Unfortunately, the proposed route actually ran across Wildcat Hollow behind Aunt Tham's house to Possum Hollow, behind my house.

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Morris looks for a record player
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON -

I recently wrote a column about a Richmond daily newspaper story from 35 years ago that featured a story on "gasohol" and how Franklin County moonshiners, including Cecil Love, were gaining national attention as a result.

As a result of the column, I received a lot of comments about how it revived a lot of old memories. I also had a call from Hannah Martin Parks, a life-long Snow Creek resident, who has farmed all of her life. As a result, I made a trip southeast to talk with her.

She had read the column and said her first husband, James Robert Graves, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, had co-written a song with Deimas Garner called "Gasohol." The "flip" side of the 45 rpm record was named "Three Mile Island" and was also co-written by the pair.

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