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    As violent riots have erupted across the nation, resulting in defaced monuments, looted businesses, countless arrests and even death, here in Franklin County those who have stood up for the black community and equality should be proud of their recent peaceful displays.

      Given that the weather has turned warmer, more people have been spotted enjoying the outdoors, walking, running and bicycling. And, according to at least one researcher, exercise can help the fight against respiratory issues, including COVID-19.

        In case you’re keeping score, it’s been more than two months since Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

          There has been a lot of anger and disappointment circulating on social media regarding the cancellation of big local events such as the annual Franklin County Agricultural Fair and Independence Day Festival.

          With a history that dates back before the American Revolution, Rocky Mount, the 4,900-population seat of Franklin County, is generally a charming place that, like most all rural communities, is striving to find new ways forward in an economy that’s no longer centered on factory jobs. Though some town residents and even a few town council members have been skeptical of Rocky Mount’s most innovative economic development experiment, the creation of the Harvester Performance Center, that music venue has remained a boon to the region since its opening in 2014. Unfortunately, another distinguishing thing about Rocky Mount, especially when it comes to speculations on the inner workings of its tiny town government, is a proliferation of conspiracy theories.

          "I wish elected officials would spend less time worrying about civic unrest and more time addressing the broken systems that lead to that unrest," says The Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams. 


          Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

          I am writing in response to the article titled “College Intern Puts a New Perspective on Booker T. Washington National Monument” published in your newspaper on Oct. 15, 2021.