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

Police: Shooting death of 7-year-old ‘accidental’
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

The shooting death of a 7-year-old boy Monday morning in the Burnt Chimney area happened when his 12-year-old brother accidentally discharged a firearm, striking and instantly killing the boy, according to a preliminary investigation by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Philip Young said the incident happened at about 11:46 a.m.

Young said the shooting occurred at a neighbor's residence on Double Oaks Lane where the two brothers were playing.

He said the 12-year-old found a .45-caliber handgun and accidentally discharged it, killing his brother.

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Penn new Miss Pigg River
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Malala Penn of Union Hall was crowned Miss Pigg River 2014 at the pageant recently held at the Pigg River Community Center.

Penn is the daughter of Gary and Ruby Penn.

Deandra Carico of Rocky Mount was selected as Miss Pre-Teen Pigg River.

Brooklyn Lee of Rocky Mount was named Little Miss Pigg River. She is the daughter of Ebony Lee.

The theme of this year's pageant was "The Future Is In Your Hands."

"It's our goal to build leadership, self-esteem, character and confidence in helping young ladies and girls grow to their full potential in aspiring to make a positive impact in the world," said Luci Cobbs Thomas, pageant coordinator.

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In Rocky Mount
Public safety, works make up half of budget

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

More than half of the $6.5 million proposed budget for the town of Rocky Mount will be spent on public safety and public works.

The two combined total $3,435,283. Proposed expenditures for public safety are set at $1,940,602 and $1,494,681 for public works.

The largest spending category in the public safety budget is the police department at $1,821,954, an increase of $65,747 from the current budget.

The other portion of public safety is the fire department, whose budget is $118,648, up from the current budget amount $116,097.

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Motorists using Route 122 can expect delays beginning today (Wednesday, April 23) as the new traffic signals are placed in operation restricting traffic to one lane at the new Gills Creek bridge construction project. Flashing warning signs are in operation at both the north and south ends of the project.
Rocky Mount gives to non-profits
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A proposed 2014-15 general fund budget of $6.5 million for the Town of Rocky Mount includes contributions for a number of special events.

All told, the proposed budget includes $22,500 for special events and the organizations that sponsor them.

Here are the proposed contributions to each of 13 special events with an additional $1,000 undesignated for unexpected requests:

•Franklin County Family Resource Center, $500.

•Franklin County Historical Society, $500.

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