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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Stamp Out Hunger event is Saturday
Residents asked to hang bags of food on mailboxes
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The United States Postal Service's 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is set for Saturday, May 9.

The national food drive will benefit Heavenly Manna food bank and God's Provision Food Pantry, as well as Stepping Stone soup kitchen and the Ferrum Community Mission Center.

Residents are asked to hang bags of non-perishable food items on their mailboxes to be collected by mail carriers for delivery to local food pantries.

Examples of non-perishable food items include peanut butter, canned soups, canned vegetables, boxed cereal, pasta and rice.

The postal service asks that items be ready for pick-up early on Saturday morning and hung on mailboxes. Bags should not be left on the ground beside mailboxes, as carriers will not be able to get out of their vehicles to collect the bags.

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One arrested after meth lab discovered
Christian Wade charged with possession
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man was charged with possession of methamphetamine after deputies discovered a makeshift methamphetamine lab last week in a Doe Run residence.

Christian Corey Wade, 22, was inside a residence on Tripple Creek Road last Thursday with a female acquaintance around noon when Deputy Tim Taylor knocked on his door, according to Capt. Mark Torbert with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Inside the residence, Taylor and other deputies observed 11, one-pot bottles of methamphetamine in the active cooking stage, Torbert said. The residence was cleared and secured while a search warrant was obtained.

Narcotics investigators from the sheriff's office and special agents with the Virginia State Police responded to the scene to assist in the search and cleanup of the site.

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Ramble weekend registration under way
Events include a new 5K run
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

Preregistration is now under way for the 14th annual Autos by Nelson Ramble Weekend, scheduled for Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17 on the Blackwater and Pigg rivers.

The weekend's activities begin Friday night with the Blackwater Blackout at the old Cooper Wood Products location at the bridge on Grassy Hill Road. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with music by the Five Mile Mountain Road Band.

New this year is a 5K race called the Pigg River Rumble, which will be held on the trails at Waid Park. The Rumble will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Registration is $20 before May 11 and $25 after that date.

The Pigg River Ramble Canoe Race and Leisure Float is Saturday with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at Waid Park. After the Ramble, participants and their boats will be will shuttled from Lynch Park back to Waid Park, where the awards presentation ceremony will be held later that afternoon.

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Franklin County part of state rescue challenge
Two scenarios are staged in the Rocky Mount area
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Virginia Rescue Challenge for area emergency responders begins today and goes through Thursday.

Ten emergency scenarios, two of which are located in Franklin County, must be completed by each team during the four-day period.

A logging accident scenario will be set up at Ferguson Land and Lumber on North Main Street, and the second will be a highline water rescue at the old power dam on Power Dam Road, according to Billy Ferguson, chief of operations for Franklin County Public Safety.

The rescue challenge is designed for the state's highly trained rescue personnel to network with other agencies and hone their skills, Ferguson said.

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