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‘Day in the Woods’ provides outdoor learning
New program designed for fifth-graders
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The second annual outdoor education program for Franklin County fifth-graders was held recently at Waid Park.

Last year, "A Day in the Woods" introduced Ferrum, Henry and Snow Creek students to stream life and explorations in the woods, while getting them acquainted with students from other schools.

This year, students from Sontag and Windy Gap joined in on the fun.

The idea for the event came from a field trip to Haw River in North Carolina, where students experienced outdoor learning.

"Not all schools get to go (to Haw River), so we wanted to simulate that for those who don't get to go," said Henry Elementary Principal Robin Whitmer.

This year's program was organized by Whitmer, Snow Creek Principal Ken Grindstaff, Windy Gap teacher Jessica Gawor, Ferrum Principal Jennifer Talley and Sontag Principal Gail Brendle.

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Deputies discover makeshift meth lab
Homeowner not under investigation
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies discovered a makeshift methamphetamine lab in an outbuilding near a Rocky Mount residence earlier this month.

Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence on Oakleaf Lane on April 15, according to Sgt. Lyle with the narcotics unit.

In an outbuilding behind the house, deputies seized equipment and ingredients used in the manufacture of meth, Lyle said. 

Deputies found more equipment and ingredients in a vehicle on the property.

Steve Clifton Pagans, 40, was arrested at the scene on an unrelated domestic assault warrant, Lyle said. Pagans lives at the residence but is not the owner. The homeowner is not under investigation.

Additional charges are pending further investigation, he added.

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Ferrum College goes green with boiler
Thermal energy supports school’s sustainability goals
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Ferrum College is now one of the greenest private colleges in Virginia since its new Biomass Energy and Research Facility began supplying thermal energy to heat 17 buildings this semester.

Designed and installed by English Biomass Partners, the facility allows the college to provide "green energy" to the campus in support of its sustainability goals through carbon reduction and increased energy efficiency. 

The Biomass Energy and Research Facility, consisting of two separate boilers designed to burn sustainable fuels, was initially fired up in spring 2014 to provide supplemental heat to the campus and test the basic operations.

The main boiler system, using wood chips from local suppliers as its primary fuel, provides the energy needed for high temperature hot water district heating and domestic hot water systems to campus buildings serviced by a central hot water loop system.

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School board recognizes outstanding students
From chess to athletics, county kids excel
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Franklin County School Board members recognized the accomplishments of Franklin County students during its last two board meetings.

Winners in the 17th annual Chess for Kids Tournament were presented with certificates by GATEWAY Coordinator Jodie Robinson and school board Chair Sarah Alexander.

"It is very exciting that, back to back, we've had the same school win at the beginner and intermediate levels two years in a row," said Robinson.

First-place beginner level winners from Burnt Chimney Elementary include Chase Bower, Jake Brown, Madison Dalton, Sam Diaz, Ruby Hall, Caleb Henderson, Kendra LaPrade, Clive Layman, Parker Olsson, Keira Realmuto, Jocelyn Rout, Jada Taylor and Bryce Turner.

First-place intermediate level winners from Burnt Chimney Elementary include Corbin Bower, Maddi Brown, Chandler Drake, Jordan Drake, Robbie Knott, Donny Lampley, Cynthia Lin, Dylan McCown, Ryan Miller and Jack Thompson.

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