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Kingery: 'You can't Google what's in your heart'
Franklin County graduates are told to think for themselves, make their own decisions
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"When your rocket ship comes along, don't spend time figuring out which seat you're going to sit in, just get on it," said Betty Kingery as she addressed the Franklin County Class of 2015 Saturday morning during the school's 65th commencement exercises.

Kingery, a 1971 graduate of FCHS and broker and co-owner of Mountain to Lake Realty in Rocky Mount, was this year's keynote speaker at the ceremony, which was held under sunny skies on C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

During her address, Kingery offered words of encouragement to the class.

"At this point, graduates, you have more enthusiasm, energy, brain cells, and hair, than you will ever have," Kingery said. "You are on your way to being in charge and figuring yourselves out.

"Some of you have already figured that out, and years from now, some of you will still be figuring it out, and that's okay,' Kingery said.

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County hires new administrator
Franklin County native Brent Robertson chosen
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Franklin County native W. Brent Robertson is the new county administrator for Franklin County.

Robertson was approved by the board of supervisors on May 28 and will assume the position June 29.

Robertson, a graduate of Franklin County High School, is currently serving as director of management and budget for Roanoke County, a position he has held for 16 of his 25 years with Roanoke County.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Radford University, a master's degree in public administration from James Madison University and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia. Additionally, he holds a graduate certificate in local government management from Virginia Tech.

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La Trattoria voted county’s favorite restaurant
Ruth’s Place is 2nd in RMA contest
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

This year's Franklin County Retail Merchants Association contest is complete and the patrons have spoken.

La Trattoria Italian Restaurant in Union Hall has won the title of "Favorite Place to Eat in Franklin County 2015." The runner up is Ruth's Place on U.S. 220 North.

Lynette Jones, who opened La Trattoria in 2007, said she loves Italian food and used to work in an Italian restaurant.

Two of her and her husband Fulton's daughters, Lauren Carter and Nicole Jones, a senior at Christian Heritage Academy, help at the restaurant.

They have another daughter, 12-year-old EmilyAnn, who is already a very good cook, Jones said.

Their son, Chris Jones, is a crew member for Kyle Busch's Sprint Cup series car.

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Harvester kicks off summer with free concert
Town residents are admitted with water bill
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Residents of Rocky Mount are invited to attend young blues sensation Jarekus Singleton's show on June 4 at the Harvester Center for free.

Residents should bring their town water bill to the box office Thursday at 6 p.m. for a free pair of tickets for the 8 p.m. show.

With a blend of hip-hop word play, rock energy, R&B grooves and traditional blues, Jarekus Singleton wows audience members of all ages. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice that effortlessly moves from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman with a bold vision of the future of the blues.

"Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent," said USA Today.

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Volunteers needed to tend Ferrum College’s Giving Garden
The food will be shared with those in need in the community
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Ferrum College students, faculty and staff recently planted a new Giving Garden at the college's Titmus Agricultural Center.

The garden joins the New Vision Baptist Church Garden, Booker T. Washington Giving Garden and a newly planted Giving Garden in Burnt Chimney in growing fresh food to donate to local soup kitchens, food banks and families in need of food in the area.

Created as a joint venture by the college's Office of Sustainability, School of Natural Sciences and the Center for Community Engagement, the Giving Garden offered students the opportunity this spring to gain knowledge in planning, planting and caring for the garden, as well researching the needs of the community.

Now that most of the students have returned home for the summer break, the college is seeking volunteers to help tend the new garden.

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