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

Mountain Valley Pipeline
Protest staged during ‘open house’
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

As several residents protested at the Rocky Mount Farmers' Market Tuesday evening, across the street dozens of people jammed into the Harvester Performance Center to learn more about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

The "open house" style event at the Harvester was hosted by companies and organizations involved in the plan to run the natural gas pipeline through Franklin County.

Starting in West Virginia, the proposed pipeline ends in Pittsylvania County, but not before crossing Franklin County.

Those crossings, involving about 200 property owners, have concerned residents since the pipeline was announced several months ago, and the open house was held to give residents the chance to see details of the line, from where it runs through the county to its environmental impact.

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Pipeline’s economic impact key issue for county, town

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A major component of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is its impact on economic development, a point not only made by the companies involved in constructing the line, but by Franklin County and Rocky Mount officials as well.

County Administrator Rick Huff told the board of supervisors Tuesday afternoon that one of those benefits is being able to tap into the natural gas line for local use, an option that may soon be granted in an agreement with EQT, the Pittsburgh-based energy firm that will own the line.

Huff said one of the questions the county asked is, "If this line gets built, what's the best that we can do for our citizens to benefit Franklin County?"

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Lawsuit settled in shooting death of 7-year-old boy
Mother claims neighbor who was watching him was negligent

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A wrongful death suit filed by the mother of a 7-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed last April at a neighbor's house was settled Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court.

In her $10 million lawsuit, Jamie Everett claims that her neighbor Jeffery Carl Ireson, 56, was entrusted with the care of her two children while she was gone for several hours.

During that time at Ireson's Burnt Chimney residence, Everett said her children gained access to a loaded firearm, which resulted in the death of her 7-year-old son.

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We Care still accepting toy donations
Party planned for local kids on Sunday
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Parents of children in We Care of Franklin County's Christmas program have shopped for their children and are gearing up for Sunday's party.

Children will receive toys and visit with Santa from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center.

There will also be door prize drawings, games, clowns, music, refreshments, face painting and more, said volunteer Teresa Tyree.

We Care is still accepting toys for underprivileged local children this holiday season.

"I'm expecting between 1,400 and 1,500 Franklin County children to be approved to receive toys this year," Tyree said.

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New radio system for first-responders approved
Price tag not to exceed $11.25 million
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Franklin County is finally on a direct course to upgrade its radio system for first-responders.

A contract with Motorola Solutions was unanimously approved by the board of supervisors Tuesday, with a price tag "not to exceed" $11.25 million.

The massive upgrade in equipment will provide first-responders better radio coverage in most areas of the county, a problem that has plagued public safety for many years.

During the last few years, the cost of the project has fluctuated from a low of $6 million to a high of more than $26 million.

One of the reasons for the lower cost is a regional approach, according to Mike McGannon with Engineering Associates Inc. That is, the county will be working with its neighbors, particularly Roanoke County and Roanoke City, to share radio communication towers, eliminating the towers that would be needed for a "stand-alone" system in Franklin County.

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