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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

Tim Allen chosen as new juvenile judge
Prosecutor has served Franklin County since 2002
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen has been certified by the Courts of Justice Committee for a new Juvenile and Domestic Relations judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District, which includes Franklin and Pittysylvania counties and the City of Danville.

"I was pleased to introduce and recommend Tim Allen  to the Courts of Justice Committee Monday afternoon  to fill the new JDR judge seat in the 22nd Judicial District," said Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County). "Tim has been an outstanding commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County, active in his community in many roles and is well respected by our citizens and as a member of the legal community."

An official vote on the House floor for formal confirmation is expected today (Wednesday), Poindexter said.

"Tim Allen will make an outstanding judge, and I congratulate him on his selection for this important job in our judiciary," Poindexter added.

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Teacher asks for donations for families of fallen soldiers
Staff Sgt. Robert Ashwell lost friend in Afghanistan
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Staff Sgt. Robert Ashwell is asking for donations to the Duskins and Stephens Foundation, which helps support the families of fallen soldiers.

The foundation, started in 2013 by Chad Lawson and Dan Pritchard, pays tribute to Mike Duskin and Riley Stephens, who were both killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan during their deployment.

Both soldiers left behinds wives, children and other family members.

Ashwell, an eighth-grade physical science teacher at The Gereau Center, lost a close friend and the medic on his former Special Forces team, Jerry Gass, who was killed in 2013 during combat operations in Nangahar Province, Afghanistan. Gass left behind a wife and two young children.

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County employees to see a little relief in insurance costs

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Franklin County employees are finally receiving some good news on the cost of health insurance.

Chris Whitlow, assistant county administrator, told the board of supervisors last week that a proposal presented by Anthem will mean a decrease in the cost of insurance for county employees, from $7.24 a month (employee only with $30 copay and $1,000 deductible) to as much as $20.15 a month (employee only with $25 copay and $500 deductible).

The county has been working with its consultants, Wells Fargo Insurance, since last year to negotiate a better deal for employees for the coming year.

Several insurance companies presented proposals, but Anthem's had the lowest cost, Whitlow said.

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Town to improve fire flow to local elementary school

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Rocky Mount Town Council has approved the funding to replace a 6-inch water line serving Lee Waid Elementary School to improve hydrant flow.

During routine hydrant testing in August, the town's water department staff determined that the water flow at two hydrants near Lee Waid did not meet the town's standards, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

The water department staff temporarily "bagged" two hydrants, covering them with plastic. The covers do not prevent firefighters from using the hydrants for water supply, but alerts them to use other nearby hydrants in the event they need more water.

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Remnants of 1930 fire unearthed in basement
Perinatal center building undergoing renovations
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

The rusted remains of three Model T Fords that were burned in a fire on July 11, 1930, at the Turner Motor Company building were exposed to daylight last week for the first time in perhaps 85 years.

The three chassis and other parts of the vehicles were unearthed when a crew hired by Amy Pendleton, director of the perinatal center, broke through a wall in the building on South Main Street in Rocky Mount.

The two-story structure, now called the Pendleton Nonprofit Center, was formerly known as Rakes Pontiac dealership and later Helms Farmers Exchange.

The 1930 fire, which was started by a leaking fuel pump on a reported moonshine-laden car, resulted in the wooden floor of the garage collapsing under the weight of the vehicles.

The Franklin News-Post featured a story on March 17, 2008, about the discovery of the remains of the three old cars in the basement of the building.

The area where the building stands was originally used as a livery stable in the early days of the town when it was called Mount Pleasant, Pendleton said. The brick structure was built on the site in 1912.

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