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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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BREAKING NEWS: Union Hall man fatally shot by wife
No charges filed in the case
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Union Hall man was fatally shot by his wife Friday afternoon at her residence.

Joseph Powers, 72, was found in the yard of the home in the 600 block of Bethel Lane with a gunshot wound, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed against the victim's estranged wife, Cynthia C. Powers, 66.

Investigators learned that an altercation occurred just before the shooting, Young said. Joseph Powers was in violation of a protective order prohibiting him from having any contact with Cynthia Powers.

The protective order was issued in Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on May 5 and extended on May 20 for a period of one year.

Cynthia Powers' son, Randall Damon, was also at the residence when the shooting occurred about 3:43 Friday.

The investigation is continuing. No other details are available at this time.

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Grand jury returns 127 indictments

A Franklin County grand jury recently returned 127 indictments against 32 people.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

Indictments returned by the grand jury:

•Mark Anthony Adkins, breaking and entering, Jan. 18; destroy property having a value in excess of $1,000, Jan. 18; and steal copper pipes valued at less than $200, Jan. 18.

•Ricky Carter Arrington, two counts of ill-treating and/or depriving an animal of necessary food and emergency veterinary treatment, April 30; and two counts of failing to provide adequate food or veterinary care to a companion animal, April 30.

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Murder suspect released on bail

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Ferrum man who was charged with murder in the shooting death of a Rocky Mount man last week has been released on $75,000 bail.

Randall Neil Hodges, 48, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kevin Scott Smith, 42, of Rocky Mount on May 14.

Hodges is also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies responded to Smith's residence on Holley Drive just after 8 p.m. last Thursday, they found Hodges in the yard, along with Smith's body, Young said. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Hodges had a small handgun in his pocket at the time of his arrest, but he was taken into custody without incident.

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Dudley to seek election as top county prosecutor

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Rocky Mount attorney Allen "A.J." Dudley Jr. will seek election as the commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County this November.

Dudley is running as an independent candidate.

"The role of the elected commonwealth's attorney requires more than the ability to serve as the state's lawyer on criminal cases," Dudley said. "It also requires an understanding of the community and a well-rounded point of view shaped by a wide range of professional experience to lead the office."

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‘Y’ leaders make case for support
Funding needed for community outreach programs
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Officials with the Franklin County YMCA told the board of supervisors Tuesday that the organization is on better financial footing, but in order to meet its mission of serving the community, donations need to be increased.

"We are not just a fitness club," said Tom Douglas, the Y's CFO. "That is not our only goal ... we believe we are an integral part of the community."

Douglas reviewed all of the programs the Y offers, with an emphasis on involving as many people as possible, especially youth, and accepting them regardless of ability to pay.

"We reach out and help where we can," he said, but having enough money to offer programs to the community is a challenge.

Douglas said the Y is still "in a turnaround position," referring to past fiscal woes that almost shut the Y's doors a few years ago.

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Class of 2015 earns $4.5 million in college scholarships
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Graduating seniors in Franklin County High School's Class of 2015 are expected to receive $4.5 million in college scholarships, an estimated $200,000 more than last year's total.

The total does not include nearly $50,000 in scholarships to five Franklin County homeschooled students.

The scholarship awards and recipients were announced at the school's Senior Awards program on Wednesday in the Bonner Auditorium.

Seniors wore their caps and gowns for the event and parents, friends and family of the honorees watched.

More than 100 awards and scholarships were announced for graduating seniors. Some seniors were recognized for academic achievements, while others were honored for accomplishments in special areas, such as athletics and leadership.

Still other seniors were recognized for their special talents and dedication, while some received multiple awards and scholarships.

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Youth Livestock Fun Show set at recreation park
Early registration deadline is Friday, May 29
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Virginia Cooperative Extension will host its second annual Open Youth Livestock Fun Show on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, at the Franklin County Recreation Park on Sontag Road.

Assisted by the Franklin County 4-H Adventure Farm Livestock Club, volunteers and numerous sponsors, the show is geared for youth, ages 5 to 19. The objective is to offer a successful show while providing club members and outside youth with a meaningful learning experience, said Franklin County Dairy Agent Cynthia Martel.

"The club has opened the show to surrounding counties to enhance the show and provide an opportunity for regional interaction," she said.

During the event, youth will have the opportunity to show sheep, goats, llama, alpacas, and both dairy and beef cows.

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