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

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From classroom to the battlefield, true grit shines

We usually think of teaching as a rather stable, scholarly and sedate occupation. And for the most part, it is. But for Gereau Center teacher Robert Ashwell, teaching may very well be a sanctuary from his "second life," which is anything but stable and sedate.

Eighth-grade science teacher Ashwell's other title is Staff Sgt. Robert Ashwell, a soldier in the 3rd Special Forces Group. His recent call to duty led him from the relatively calm confines of a Franklin County classroom to the dangers of a volatile, violent Afghanistan, where the weapons specialist was faced with a huge task and performed it so well, he has been awarded the Silver Star.

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Town’s budget balanced, and no tax or fee hikes

As Franklin County is still struggling to find a way to cover state mandates, the Town of Rocky Mount is having a much easier budget process. In fact, a balanced budget for next fiscal year was presented to council members Monday night with no tax or fee increases.

The proposed budget for 2014-15 is actually less than the current year, to the tune of more than $2 million. But that's because some reserve funding was added to this year's budget to help finance the Harvester Performance Center, money that is not needed this year.

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