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Bluegrass history relived at Folklife Festival
Musical lineup includes nine former members of the Blue Grass Boys
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Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, employed dozens of pickers and singers in his band, The Blue Grass Boys, over his long career. 

Ferrum College's 2014 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival -- Saturday, Oct. 25 -- will bring together nine former members of the Blue Grass Boys in a special festival workshop, called "On the Road With Bill Monroe." The workshop includes a tale-swapping session about traveling and performing with Monroe and a bluegrass jam of old favorites of the band.

Monroe had a keen ear for talent, and as musicians came and went in the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe often hired replacements from Virginia and surrounding states. 

The Monroe workshop will showcase five performers from Virginia, three from North Carolina, and one from Kentucky. As their stories show, life in the world's best-known bluegrass band was exhausting, fulfilling and often quite hilarious. Their music, of course, is pure bluegrass. 

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Callie King (left) is all smiles after she is crowned 2014 Franklin County High School Homecoming Queen by Emily Hunt, the 2013 queen, at halftime of Friday night's varsity football game between the Eagles and Brookville. See The Franklin News-Post's printed edition for photos from Thursday's homecoming parade. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)

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Henry man killed in single-vehicle crash
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Henry man was killed early Friday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Route 780.

Michael Henry Guilliams, 34, was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 when the pickup ran off the left side of the roadway, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police.

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Harvester impact felt in Rocky Mount; 62 jobs created
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Sixty-two jobs have been created in town since Rocky Mount Town Council made the decision to develop the Harvester Performance Center.

Those 62 jobs are both full and part-time, and include 46 jobs in hospitality, five in retail and six in services, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins. And five (two full-time and three part-time) were created by direct employment at the center itself.

"From the town's standpoint, we want diversity and accessibility in employment," Hankins said. "We need a variety of jobs in a variety of sectors so people of every demographic have an opportunity for employment."

Those numbers do not account for the construction jobs at the Harvester, Bootleggers Cafe, The Grove or the Morris Furniture Building renovation because they are short-term, Hankins added.

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SML Chamber to open branch office in Rocky Mount

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) plans to open a new branch office in Rocky Mount in January 2015.

The announcement was made at the chamber's Business-After-Hours event at the Harvester Performance Center on Oct. 16.

The branch office will be located at the Franklin County Perinatal Education Center at 335 South Main Street in uptown Rocky Mount. Chamber staff will initially operate the Rocky Mount branch office one day a week.

The chamber is looking for volunteers and interns to assist with running the office for additional days.

"Opening a satellite office in Rocky Mount allows us to better serve our regional membership," said Vicki Gardner, executive director of the chamber. "Members will have the option of visiting either the chamber's current Bridgewater Plaza office at Smith Mountain Lake or the new Rocky Mount location, whichever is more convenient."

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Barter Bazaar helps offenders re-enter society
Food, hygiene items, clothing needed
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Probation and parole officers in Franklin County are teaming up with local organizations to host their second "Barter Bazaar" Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Route 40 West, across from 40 West Food Fare.

The bazaar is a "yard sale that requires no money," said Officer Sherri Perez.

Community members and residents are asked to donate items from a list of supplies needed to help offenders obtain successful re-entry into society once they have completed their sentences.

In return, donors will receive points to exchange for items in the yard sale.

"Our community closet is once again getting low and so is our food supply," said Perez.

The probation office's community closet contains personal hygiene, household and non-perishable food items that are distributed to offenders once they are released from jail or prison.

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