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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Boones Mill man gets 15 years for child pornography
Teenage boy subject of adult themed video
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Boones Mill man will serve 15 years in prison for persuading a 16-year-old boy to engage in sex for the purpose of making a video.

Donald Wayne Ingram, 45, pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced last week, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen, who turned the case over to the federal authorities in March because a federal conviction carries a mandatory 15-year prison sentence.

A second Franklin County man, Michael Cameron Hill, 22, of Rocky Mount, pleaded guilty in August to participating in the production of child pornography in Franklin County Circuit Court, Allen said. He is being evaluated by the court for the detention and diversion programs through the Department of Corrections.

A sentencing hearing is set for Hall on Oct. 31 at 12:15 p.m. Allen will also recommend that Hall undergo sex offender treatment, he said.

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Meals tax collections highest on record

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Town of Rocky Mount collected $116,710 in meals taxes last month, the highest amount ever recorded.

That total is up from the $102,900 collected in September 2013, according to Finance Director Linda Woody.

During the first nine months of this year, the town has collected $932,268, up from $925,734 collected in the first nine months of 2013.

The lowest collection total for this year was in February with $88,119.

The meals tax continues to be the largest revenue producer for the town.

The finance department also reported that sales tax collections for the first nine months of this year totaled $122,428, down from the $126,391 in the same time period last year.

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Rocky Mount woman gets 5 years for cooking meth

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount woman will serve five years of a 10-year prison sentence for cooking methamphetamine.

Doreen Marie Shively, 34, pleaded guilty in August to one count of manufacturing meth, while two additional drug charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.

Shively will be required to complete a substance abuse program through the Department of Corrections, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage. If she successfully completes the three-year program, the court will consider an early release.

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‘The Eagle’ soars to new heights in state competition
Distinction only awarded to FCHS newspaper
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

"The Eagle," Franklin County High School's newspaper, recently continued its flight to the height of success, landing at the highest peak of performance with a "trophy class" rating.

The "trophy class" rating is a step above first place and The Eagle is the only high school newspaper in the state to receive the distinction for this year's Virginia High School League (VHSL) annual newspaper competition.

The team of young journalists began submitting editions of their newspaper in state and national competitions two years ago. With each competition, their scores have outranked the one before it.

"I am extremely proud," said journalism instructor Dave Campbell. "The real reason we do this is to get the feedback and critiques from the judges. We strive to get a little better with each issue, and the comments certainly help us in that endeavor."

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Franklin County’s unemployment rate rises in August
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Franklin County's jobless rate increased to 5.9 percent in August from 5.6 percent in July, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

Virginia's August jobless rate was 5.7 percent, up from 5.4 in July.

"In August, half of the 10 Virginia metropolitan areas experienced over-the-month job losses on a seasonally adjusted basis and four experienced job gains," said Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist. "The Roanoke metropolitan area experienced the largest absolute job loss, with a decrease of 700 jobs."

The state jobless rate continues to be below the national rate of 6.3 percent, Lang added.

The VEC said 1,667 people in Franklin County were unemployed in August and actively seeking work. That's up from the 1,606 who were without work in July.

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Ferrum baseball players make apple butter
Athletes helped Maple Grove church with fundraiser
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Members of Ferrum College's baseball team took part in a community service project in September when they helped parishioners at Maple Grove United Methodist Church make apple butter.

The church in Ferrum is home to several college employees, including Panthers assistant baseball coach Travis Hundley and his family.

Maple Grove has made apple butter for more than 40 years -- many times selling out what it produces before it's made.

Church members use the activity as a fundraiser and an opportunity to gather in fellowship.

Ferrum baseball players Kevin Campbell, Trystan Fortner, Adam Marston, Luke Phillips and Austin Winkles were involved with the project.

This is the third straight year the Panthers baseball team has helped with Maple Grove's apple butter fundraiser.

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