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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Nagy releases second pictorial history book
‘Smith Mountain Dam and Lake’ available on March 9
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Franklin County native James A. Nagy has published his second pictorial history book titled "Images of America: Smith Mountain Dam and Lake."

The book contains more than 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and it chronicles the construction and development of Smith Mountain Lake and its dam.

The book, which is published by Arcadia Publishing, will be available for purchase on Monday, March 9.

The book provides glimpses of what the area looked like prior to Smith Mountain Lake's existence and gives readers a sense of the complexity of the Smith Mountain Lake Project and the amount of planning and labor that went into creating it.

The book also highlights "What About Bob?" and "Lake Effects," two movies that were filmed at Smith Mountain Lake.

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Senate passes wood heater legislation
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A bill that would prevent the government from regulating wood stoves in Virginia has passed in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate.

The bill will now be considered by the governor.

HB2246, introduced by Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County), would prevent Virginia from regulating wood stoves and appliances and would prohibit Virginia from enforcing EPA regulations on wood heaters.

"The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced forthcoming regulations on the design, construction, distribution and emissions for wood stoves, masonry heaters (fireplaces), hydronic heaters and pellet stoves," Poindexter said. "It is clear to me such regulations will eventually result in wood (bio-mass) being eliminated in the United States as a heat source in such places as residences, farms and other workshops, and small businesses."

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Rocky Mount to host HAZMAT exercise
Residents can expect to see many public safety vehicles, personnel around town

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

County residents should not be alarmed when they see a multitude of public safety vehicles and personnel around Rocky Mount this week.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be conducting a multi-hazard exercise in town on March 4 - 5, according to Capt. Billy Ferguson, chief of operations for Franklin County Public Safety.

The exercise will begin each day around 9 a.m. and will take place simultaneously at three locations around town -- Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, Church Furniture Store on Tripple Creek Road and in the parking lot across from the hospital on South Main Street.

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Free Clinic expands hours on Tuesdays

The Free Clinic of Franklin County is now serving patients earlier on Tuesdays.

New Tuesday hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For the past few years, the clinic has offered appointments on Tuesday evenings. Very few patients utilized the evening appointment hours, while demand for early morning appointments continued to increase. "Folks who wake up sick want to be seen as soon as possible," said Ellen Holland, clinic business manager. "First thing in the morning is also our most requested time for wellness visits and follow-up care. It makes sense to be open when we are most needed."

The clinic will continue to coordinate later appointments for patients who cannot leave their jobs during regular clinic hours and for those who rely on others for transportation.

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‘Great Expectations’ for FCHS graduate
Ray Pierce is finding success in career program at PHCC
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By LATALA HODGES - Special to the News-Post

It's hot, it's dirty and it's a hard job. But welding is something he's always wanted to do.

"I like working with my hands, and I'm really good at it," said Raymond "Ray" Pierce, a welding student at Patrick Henry Community College.

"I grew up around it a little bit," he said. "One of my parents did it in the Air Force and after that, at the shipyards."

Pierce is a second-year student at PHCC who started his studies through the Great Expectations (GE) program. He said he was "ready to go" when he started planning to attend PHCC.

The GE program serves foster care and former foster care youth, ages 17-24. Students are provided assistance in career assessment, goal setting, education and training, as well as life skills, preparation for employment, mentoring and case management.

Christy Yaple, GE director, said she met Pierce when he was a student at Franklin County High School.

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‘Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries’ exhibition at BRI
Display showcases a lost legacy of Virginia foodways
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Though little evidence can be seen driving rural roads today, hundreds of small canneries once dotted the Virginia countryside. 

Yet by 1950, nearly all of them were closed, leaving behind workers' memories, empty buildings and a wealth of wonderful graphic art.

This legacy is explored in a new gallery exhibition Virginia's Forgotten Canneries: A History in Labels at Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) & Museum. 

The exhibition runs through the spring of 2016.

To tell its story, Virginia's Forgotten Canneries features over 300 vintage Virginia canning labels, along with historic photographs, canning equipment and video interviews. 

From the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, local canneries provided seasonal work to nearby residents and a crucial market for farmers to sell their bulk produce -- especially tomatoes. The counties along Virginia's central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries. In 1915 Botetourt County alone had 193 canneries. Most of those community canneries are known today because they had their own labels commercially printed. 

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