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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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Speakers air opinions on proposed county budget
Comments were split between pro, con tax hikes
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

About 20 residents addressed the Franklin County Board of Supervisors during a public hearing on the proposed county budget for fiscal year 2014-15 Tuesday night.

Speakers were split on their support of a proposed increase in the real estate and personal property taxes and vehicle license fee.

If the proposed county budget for next year stays as it is, residents will see a 2-cent real estate and a 2-cent personal property tax increase next year, as well as a hike in the vehicle license fee (formerly the decal) from $25 to $34.25.

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Rocky Mount man to serve six years for drug possession

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man will serve six years in prison for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine and eluding police in September 2013.

Rebel Hodges, 26, was sentenced in Franklin County Circuit Court to five years in prison on each of the three charges with two years suspended on each charge.

Charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and possession of marijuana were dismissed.

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Henry woman gets suspended sentence for drug distribution

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Henry woman will serve no jail time for selling prescription drugs.

Mary Noe, 59, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court, but Judge W.N. Alexander II suspended the prison sentence.

The suspended sentence is contingent upon her actions during two years of probation and eight years of good behavior.

She was also ordered to make restitution of $160 to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and her driver's license was also revoked for 12 months.

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FCHS club donates $500 to local agencies
Students give excess funds to nonprofits
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

Last fall, members of the Franklin County High School Self Determination Club started numerous fundraising projects, including a golf tournament at Mariners' Landing, and raised more money than expected for an educational trip.

About 15 club members left Wednesday to visit Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, using part of the $4,800 raised, before returning to Franklin County the following day.

Teachers Janet Osborne and Kathy Rutrough, assisted by Theresa Gamm, said club members decided to donate $500 ($100 each) to five Franklin County non-profit organizations with part of the surplus money.

Selected for the donations were the Franklin County Free Clinic, Relay for Life, Southwest Virginia Child Advocacy Center, Heavenly Manna and the Franklin County Humane Society.

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Ferrum College honors Stogners for contributions
Retired professors continue to impact lives of students
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A classroom in Garber Hall on the Ferrum College campus was named the "Dr. Joe and Jane Duncan Stogner Classroom" on April 11 during a special gathering of friends of the college, faculty, staff and students.

The Stogners are retired professors at the college. Joe Stogner is a retired professor and founder of the college's environmental science program. Jane Stogner is a retired professor of art at the college.

The Stogners recently contributed a gift towards the Mary Morton Parsons Challenge, a challenge gift to complete renovations in Garber.

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