The Franklin News-Post|
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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
|Chesapeake teen killed in single vehicle crash
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer|
A Chesapeake teenager was killed Saturday morning in a single-car crash on Route 122 in Franklin County.
Darius Tyre Dixon, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police.
Dixon was the front-seat passenger in a 2004 Ford Taurus, driven by Abigail Jane Flower, 20, of Lynchburg, Carpentieri said. Dixon was not wearing a seat belt.
The Taurus was traveling south on Route 122 when it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, Carpentieri said. Flower and her brother, Caleb Flower, 18, the rear-seat passenger, were both wearing seat belts and were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial for treatment.
|Sheriff’s office completes accreditation assessment
|Commission will make final decision in January |
A team of assessors from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission has completed a three-day examination of all aspects of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office policy and procedures, management, operation and support services.
"The purpose of the visit by the team was to ensure that the sheriff's office meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards that are part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," said Sheriff Bill Overton.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office must comply with 186 standards, many with multiple sub-headings, in order to gain accredited status, he added.
Possible human remains found off Philpott Road
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
What appear to be human remains were found in the Henry section of Franklin County Thursday afternoon.
The remains have been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for identification, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
The remains were found in a wooded area off Philpott Road, about a mile and a half from where a burned vehicle was found on Oct. 6 with the remains of Vicky Habour Purdy inside, said Capt. Mark Torbert.
Purdy's death has been ruled a homicide, but the cause of her death has not been released.
Investigators have been searching for Ricky Eugene Dodson, 51, of Bassett in connection with the case since early October. Dodson was reportedly seen with Purdy a couple of days before she disappeared.
County jobless rate drops to 5.1% in October
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent in October from 5.5 percent in September, according to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).
Virginia's jobless rate increased in October to 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in September.
The state unemployment rate usually declines from September to October with the employment buildup in public and private schools. However, with the partial federal government shutdown, unemployed increased, household employment declined and the labor force contracted, according to Ann D. Lang, senior VEC economist.
Virginia's unemployment rate continued to be below the national rate, which was at 7.0 percent, unchanged from September.
|Last ‘Bikes’ stop is Tuesday in Rocky Mount |
|Over 500 bicycles have been collected so far|
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer|
The "Bikes for Tykes" drive will make its last stop in Franklin County Tuesday, collecting bikes at Food Lion at the Rocky Mount Plaza.
The 15th annual campaign kicked off Nov. 25 with several stops in Franklin, Patrick and Henry counties.
The annual stop at McDonald's in Rocky Mount turned out 164 bikes this year.
The bikes will be distributed by the Salvation Army, which supplied the names of approved children.
"Our goal is 1,170 bikes this year," said Glenn Lynch with B-99. "It's been a slow go this year. Because Thanksgiving was a week later than usual, we were late getting started."
As of Friday, Lynch said over 500 bikes have been collected so far this season.
|Physics students make roller coasters |
|Teens learn that science can be fun|
By STEPHANIE COOK - Staff Writer|
Juniors and seniors in Franklin County High School's physics classes got to experience just how fun science can be in a recent project to create miniature roller coasters.
"It's an idea that I came up with," said physics teacher Troy Kaase. "I did it when I was in high school, and it stuck with me as a fun way to learn and experience the world of physics."
Students were required to create a roller coaster at least one meter high. Each coaster had to contain at least one loop and one hill, and the object sent down the track (most students used a marble) had to stay on the track the whole way down. The object also had to roll a distance of at least five meters away from the coaster.
The coasters were made from a variety of materials, such as plastic tubes, blocks of wood, pvc pipes, paper and metal.
|Quilters lend a helping hand to Rocky Mount resident |
|The women raise money for local churches, charities|
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer|
Members of the Pleasant Quilters club from Figsboro recently hand-quilted a large piece for Beryl King of Rocky Mount.
King spent 10 years stitching and embroidering the quilt herself before sending it to the Pleasant Quilters to be finished. The quilters spent three Tuesdays hand-stitching the finishing touches on the quilt for King.
The quilters say they have been meeting one day a week since 1991, quilting for those who need it.
The ladies have quilted hundreds of quilts for people in several other states besides Virginia, according to club member Nora Stokes.
The quilters stitch quilts by hand. They also apply backing and stuffing to the quilts.