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PHCC pulling out of Franklin Center
VWCC will take over services in Franklin County
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is turning over its services in Franklin County to Virginia Western Community College (VWCC).

The announcement was made at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount Wednesday by the presidents of both colleges.

Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president, said financial issues prompted the change, which will be effective for the 2014-15 school year.

"It was a difficult financial decision," she said, adding that a combination of fewer students through programs such as the Trade Act and a drop in state funding have been factors in the college's budget woes.

"We were educating large numbers of people in a short period of time," she said, and that demand for services brought growth.

But in June, PHCC cut 22 positions to deal with a $1.8 million budget deficit. The college's full-time position at The Franklin Center was one of those positions eliminated.

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Man faces up to 80 years for selling narcotics

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Callaway man faces up to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two counts of illegally distributing prescription drugs.

Jason Hall, 33, illegally sold hydromorphone, a narcotic pain medication, on Oct. 13, 2013, and Nov. 1, 2013, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

The drug buys were arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Allen said. Both controlled drug purchases were made at Hall's residence.

Each charge carries a sentence of five to 40 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing for Hall is set for Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.

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Hurt: House takes action to fix problems with VA

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Last month, an audit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities found that more than 57,000 veterans are still waiting for their first appointment, according to Congressman Robert Hurt.

The House of Representatives has taken swift action to address the root of the ongoing problems within the VA system of care by initiating congressional oversight hearings to delve into the issues and move legislative solutions forward, Hurt said.

To address these problems, the House passed H.R. 4810, the Veteran Access to Care Act, with a unanimous, bipartisan 426-0 vote. This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to contract with private health care providers to allow veterans who have experienced excessively long wait times or live over 40 miles from a VA medical facility to see physicians outside the VA system.

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Bacon Brothers to perform at Harvester
Famous siblings formed band in 1995
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Long before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, they were just two brothers growing up in Philadelphia playing music together.

Nearly 20 years ago, the brothers decided to make it official and formed The Bacon Brothers. 

Since 1995, the six-piece band has toured regularly and produced seven CDs, as well as a live DVD.

And on Aug. 5, they will play at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount at 8 p.m.

Playing approximately 50 shows per year, the band consistently sells out fan favorite venues, like The Birchmere, City Winery and Rams Head On Stage, while expanding into other regions and performing sold-out shows in new venues, such as Gruene Hall and the Harvester. 

Their music, an infectious mix of rock, country, folk and a little Philly soul, has fans dancing in their seats and singing along at every show.

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Trooper injured in crash on Brooks Mill Road
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Virginia State Police trooper is in stable condition at a Roanoke hospital after being seriously injured Tuesday night on his way to work in Pittsylvania County.

Trooper D.S. Hardee of Glade Hill was traveling south on Brooks Mill Road in Penhook when his police vehicle, a Ford Taurus, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree, according to Sgt. T.W. Chaney.

He was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Chaney said.

The incident is under investigation and no further details are available at this time.

The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. on Route 843 in Franklin County.

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