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Flat revenues projected; no tax or fee hikes included
Proposed 2015-16 Franklin County budget
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A relatively flat revenue projection for Franklin County in fiscal year 2015-16 will mean little surplus money and a "maintenance budget."

That was the message county Administrator Rick Huff delivered to the board of supervisors Tuesday evening during the presentation of the proposed budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

"The board asked for a proposed budget reflecting no tax increase," Huff said. "Budget conditions are not great ... they are flat."

The total proposed budget for 2015-16 is $130.5 million, about $794,000 more than the current year's adopted budget.

The increase reflects a projected surplus after mandated new expenses are subtracted from revenue increases from local, state and federal sources, Huff said.

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Schools’ list of priorities may again have to wait
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The coming fiscal year may see little projected revenue increases for Franklin County or the school system, but the needs for schools keep growing.

School Superintendent Mark Church presented the system's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 to the board of supervisors Monday evening, asking for a $3.1 million increase in local funding.

In the county's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16, an increase of only $336,000 in local funding to schools has been included.

The schools' request in local funding for next year is $38.2 million, compared to the current year's adjusted budget of $35.1 million.

The total proposed school budget, which includes all funding sources, is $87.8 million.

"These are immediate needs," Church said, referring to a list of priorities presented to the board that make up the requested $3.1 million.

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Poindexter to seek re-election as Delegate

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Del. Charles D. Poindexter (R-Franklin County) will seek re-election to the Ninth District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

"I am privileged to serve the people of the Ninth District in the Virginia General Assembly," Poindexter said. "I am proud to represent our rural and small town Virginia values."

Poindexter said his record proves he stands firm in the fight for fewer government regulations, low taxes, excellence in education, the Second Amendment, and in support of veterans, first responders, farmers and small businesses.

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School board approves external diploma program

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The Franklin County School Board has approved an additional way for adults to obtain a Franklin County High School adult diploma.

Effective July 1, adults ages 24 and up that meet minimum testing benchmarks for program entry, may enroll in the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).

"This program is not to be confused with an easy-option-out for individuals that can finish school under traditional methods," said Debbie Hamrick, adult education program director. "However, we are finding that the rigor of the GED test is proving to be too strenuous for some individuals who don't have any high school credentials. So the option of obtaining that high school diploma under the methods that we have now (finishing government and English 12) is not available to them."

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Fundraiser set for breast cancer patient
The disease is prevalent in Heidi Dalton’s family
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

A barbecue dinner and concert to raise funds for the family of Heidi Dalton, who is battling breast cancer, is set for Saturday, April 4 at Waidsboro Ruritan Club.

Dalton, 35, of Ferrum was given her diagnosis just before Christmas 2014, after a biopsy showed two cancerous spots.

"I was given a biopsy after the results of my MRI," said Dalton. "I was given the MRI because of my family history and because of insurance reasons."

Dalton, born and raised in Connecticut, knows a lot about breast cancer since her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and some of her aunts and cousins have all had it.

"Breast cancer runs on both sides of my family, but mostly on my mom's side," she said. "But most of the family members that have had it are survivors because of early testing and catching it quickly."

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Easter egg hunt set at Waid Park
Open to children 12 and under
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Franklin County Parks and Recreation will host its 17th annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Waid Recreation Area.

Over 15,000 eggs will be hidden in the park for children, ages 12 and under, to find.

Recreation staff encourages parents to bring cameras, as the Easter Bunny will also be on hand for photo opportunities.

The event will feature door prizes, Easter tattoos, inflatables and concessions.

There is no cost to participate.

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