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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Local band to open for Ty Herndon at Harvester
Wildfire has played with Ricky Skaggs, Vern Gosdin and Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

After retiring from the road in the late 1980s, Steve Shively and his revised Wildfire band are opening for Ty Herndon Thursday night at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.

The doors open at 7 p.m. with Shively and band members taking the stage an hour later.

Shively, who sings and plays guitar and banjo, started the original Wildfire band in 1975 with Charlie Robertson on guitar and Noel Arrington on the stand-up bass. Barbara James joined the band soon afterward as a singer and guitar player.

Various other band members were added along the way to make it a six-piece group, performing a variety of music, plus some original songs, according to Shively.

It wasn't long before the band was opening for many country music stars, like Ricky Skaggs, Vern Gosdin, Pam Tillis, Steve Warner, "Box Car" Willie and Billy "Crash" Craddock.

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Rocky Mount meals tax
Collections down slightly this year

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

The Town of Rocky Mount collected $603,588 in meals tax during the first six months of this year, according to the finance department's July report.

That's down slightly from the $604,667 collected in the first six months of 2013.

In June, meals tax collections totaled $111,723, up from $105,948 collected in June 2013.

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

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BFMS chosen by DOE for co-teaching initiative
Program promotes collaborative efforts in inclusion classrooms

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Benjamin Franklin Middle School has been chosen by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as one of 16 demonstration sites in the Excellence in Co-teaching Initiative for the 2014-2015 school year.

The demonstration sites will showcase the implementation of co-teaching, promoting a collaborative model in which general and special educators share responsibility for the achievement of all students in the general education curriculum, especially in the areas of reading and mathematics.

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Unbridled Change receives grant from Hope Fund
Funds provide more access to equine therapy
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Unbridled Change (UBC) was recently awarded $29,220 from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley's Hope Fund.

The funds are being used for UBC's "Take Back the Reins" program, an equine assisted psychotherapy program that is designed for children, teens and adults who are victims or witnesses of abuse or neglect.

"The grant from the Foundation's Hope Fund will allow us to continue to offer our services on a sliding fee scale to the community," said UBC's founder and director Michelle Holling-Brooks. "We have already moved four children off the waiting list who have been waiting for funding for several months."

UBC helps clients find their voice and inner strength to take back the reins on their life, said Holling-Brooks.

"Past clients have stated that the horses and the program gave them what no other therapist, medication or program could -- the skills to thrive in their lives, not just survive it," she said.

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Single mother grateful for community’s help
Tara Meeks lost her home, belongings to a fire on July 5
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Tara Meeks of Ferrum is thankful for all the donations she has received from the community after a July 5 fire left her and her two children without a home or any belongings.

But donations will still be needed in order for the family to recoup everything they've lost.

On July 5, Meeks received word that her mobile home had been destroyed by fire.

"It was about 5 p.m. and I was on my way to pick up my daughter from a friend's house," said Meeks. "When I heard about my house, I didn't believe it at first. I thought it was some kind of joke."

Meeks picked her daughter up and hurried home to find nothing left but a pile of rubble.

"The whole thing was leveled," she said. "The roof was all that was left on top of ashes and beams. I just started crying."

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