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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Fair draws more than 6,500 visitors
The first such event in 40 years deemed a success
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The first Franklin County Agricultural Fair in nearly 40 years drew more than 6,500 visitors to the recreation park on Sontag Road last week.

Preliminary estimates from gate admissions and merchandise sales place gross revenue in excess of $45,000, according to Franklin County Tourism Development Manager Tarah Holland.

"Admission figures are based on (gate admissions) and may not include radio contest winners and other admission and wristband giveaways," Holland said. Credit card purchases are still being tallied and it will take some time to get an actual monetary figure, she added.

The fair was a four-day event on the grounds of the Franklin County Recreation Park last Wednesday through Saturday.

"Friday and Saturday were definitely (our best days)," said Mike Burnette, the county's director of economic development. "While we were hampered by the weather most all week, we were very excited with the response we received from the public attending the fair, especially given that it was our first year."

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Supervisors: No bus money for COLA payments

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The ball to give employees of the Franklin County School System a one-time cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) payment has been sent back into the school board's court.

The board of supervisors took no action Tuesday afternoon on a request from the school division to appropriate $340,000 for school buses to help with the $1.3 million cost of the payment.

"The board of supervisors appropriated $607,192 of school carryover funds, plus $617,890 of general fund (non-school) carryover funds, for a total of $1,225,082 to cover the majority of funds needed for the schools to cover their employees and be treated the same as all other employees," said supervisors Chairman David Cundiff.

"The amount offered to the schools covered all but $102,705 needed to fund the entire effort for the schools (for the payment)," he added.

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Rocky Mount man guilty of selling crack cocaine

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man faces up to 80 years in prison for selling crack cocaine.

Daniel Raynard Horne, 25, pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to two counts of distribution of cocaine.

A third charge of cocaine distribution and one charge of distribution of marijuana were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.

The two guilty pleas stem from controlled drug buys, arranged by the sheriff's office, on Aug. 22 and Aug. 28, 2013, Brown said. Both purchases involved less than one gram of crack being sold for $20 and both were made in Rocky Mount.

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Trail work volunteers get job done at Waid Park
Group of retirees work on trail projects in this area
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

For a group of outdoorsmen from the Roanoke area, Wednesday is far more than "hump day."

They demonstrated that at Waid Park last week, working on the Rocky Mount Rotary Club 5K Family Fitness Trail that is being readied to host its first competitive run on Oct. 25.

Called the Mid-Week Trail Crew, the group of retired volunteers is part of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club and the Pathfinders of the Roanoke Valley Greenways.

Dr. Bill Gordge, a retired pediatrician who was the work leader at Waid Park, said the group travels around the Roanoke area working on trail projects where their help is needed.

They are also currently involved in building a trail at the new park at Natural Bridge and one at the Carvin's Cove recreation area, Gordge said, but they heeded the Franklin County call for assistance.

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Boones Mill Apple Festival isn’t just fun and games
Lions collect eyeglasses, provide health screenings
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

While it's a festive occasion with entertainment geared toward all ages, the Boones Mill Apple Festival also gives the public a chance to help the Boones Mill Lions Club with its eyeglass collection program.

The Lions club, which sponsors the Apple Festival, will be collecting old eyeglasses when the festival kicks off Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

The Lions club will have a booth set up where old eyeglasses can be dropped off. Once the eyeglasses are recycled, they will be distributed to persons with impaired vision.

Also, the Cave Spring Lions will offer vision screening at the Lions club building during the festival. There is no charge for the screening.

Various other health screenings will be offered again this year by representatives from American National University for those interested.

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