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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Woods chosen for state environmental award
Retired officer honored for investigation into illegal sewage dumping
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Retired public safety Capt. Marvin Woods has been honored with a statewide award for his work on environmental issues.

Woods received the A. Clarke Slaymaker Award Tuesday at the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting. The award was presented by Jessica Scott Phillips, environmental health specialist with the Franklin County Health Department.

"In the two years I have worked here, he was always Mr. Johnny on the Spot," said Phillips, who nominated Woods for the honor. "He was always ready to help in any situation."

Only one award is given each year in the state, Phillips said, and nominations are made from across the state.

When she made the nomination, Phillips sent a link to the stories the News-Post has done on Woods. Those stories include the work he did on uncovering an illegal sewage dumping operation.

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United Way’s ability to help charities depends on donations

Those on the front lines in helping the county's needy may be more limited in what they can do during the coming year.

That's because the United Way of Franklin County is in need of donations.

At the same time last year, United Way had raised $186,000. This year's total of only $152,000 is almost $35,000 less, said Nancy Bell, executive director.

"We're in critical need of funding," she said. "The agencies that rely upon United Way need funds to do important work in the community -- work that will suffer or be eliminated with the absence of funding."

While loyal donors continue to give, Bell said, funds once received from some large manufacturers in the community have discontinued, leaving a "$100,000 gap to fill."

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Pre-K Fair set for Jan. 24


Franklin County public schools (FCPS) and STEP Early Head Start are looking for children who are eligible to join their programs.

The annual Franklin County Pre-K Fair is set for Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Rocky Mount Elementary cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible to join STEP's Head Start program, and children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible to join FCPS's pre-K program.

Interested parents are encouraged to attend the fair and complete an application for the 2015-2016 school year.

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RMPD honors two officers for ‘outstanding’ work
King, Bobbouine recognized on Jan. 13
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Two Rocky Mount police officers have been recogized by the department for "outstanding" work performed during the month of December.

Acting Chief Ken E. Criner honored Officers Ryan T. King and George A. Bobbouine on Jan. 13.

King was recognized with a "Letter of Commendation" for his work with the department's first annual toy drive to benefit children who were hospitalized over the holiday season at Carilion's Roanoke Memorial Children's Hospital.

"Officer King initiated the idea of collecting donated toys from area businesses in order to make the holidays a little brighter for many deserving children whose holidays were going to be spent inside a hospital room receiving medical care," Criner said. "Officer King donated numerous hours of his personal time to coordinate the toy collection and distribution."

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Steep Canyon Rangers to perform at Harvester
Bluegrass band often plays with comedian Steve Martin
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Grammy winning bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at the Harvester tonight at 8 p.m.

Nimble instrumental agility, tight harmony vocals and inventive songwriting add to the North Carolina band's stellar reputation.

"True bluegrass, when done well, is a thing of art and the Steep Canyon Rangers are the genre's current Rembrandt," according to a review in

Their 2013 album, "Nobody Knows You", won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The previous year, their 2012 collaboration with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, "Rare Bird Alert, was nominated for the same award.

The International Bluegrass Music Association awarded Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers Entertainer of the Year in 2011.

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