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Georgia man charged with murder at SML
Former son-in-law of victim awaiting extradition
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Georgia man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Moneta man last Saturday morning in his Waterfront II subdivision home.

Daniel Percy Arnot, 31, was located in Toccoa, Ga., on Sunday, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Arnot is the former son-in-law of Brian Edward Foy, 66, who was found shot dead in the living room of his residence on Waterside Drive just after 8 a.m. Saturday.

Arnot is in custody in Georgia awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Two other Georgia residents, Michael Anthony Edwards, 25, and Carrie Eugenna Ramey, 25, have been charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny in the case, Young said. They are also in custody in Georgia awaiting extradition hearings.

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Ferrum College celebrates 99th commencement
27 graduates are from Franklin County
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Ferrum College will award degrees to 265 graduates when it celebrates its 99th annual commencement on Saturday, May 9.

Twenty-seven of the graduates are from Franklin County.

"This is one of Ferrum's largest graduating classes in recent years," said Dr. Jennifer Braaten, Ferrum's president. "We could not be more proud of these young men and women for what they have accomplished, some in spite of great odds, or more grateful to our dedicated faculty and staff who guided them throughout their Ferrum journey."

The ceremony, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Hart International Plaza in the center of campus, will include the presentation of student, faculty and alumni awards.

Among the award recipients of the day will be alumnus Robert W. "Bob" Todd '67, who will receive the Benjamin M. Beckham Medallion, the college's highest alumni honor.

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Adkins to challenge Stanley for seat in Virginia Senate

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

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Kim Adkins, a former mayor of Martinsville, was certified as the Democratic candidate for the state's 20th District Senate seat during a meeting of the Franklin County Democrat Committee Thursday night at the Pigg River Community Center.

She will challenge incumbent state Sen. Bill Stanley (Franklin County) who will run for re-election as a Republican.

"To take the next steps to strengthen our economy, our schools and public safety at the local level, we need the state to be a better partner," Adkins said. "That's why I am running for state senate."

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Construction in county up in March

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Construction in Franklin County increased in March, based on the number of building permits issued and the value of those permits, according to the Franklin County Building Inspections Department.

Ninety-seven building permits were issued last month, up from the 86 permits that were issued in March 2014.

The value of all building permits issued in March totaled $7,273,078, up from $5,529,437 in March 2014.

Twenty building permits were issued last month for new residential homes with a value of $5,033,624.

Manufactured home permits (single and doublewide homes) totaled five in March, and permits issued for additions, alterations and accessory buildings totaled 33.

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‘The Eagle’ tops another competition
FCHS newspaper gets first-place rating from the ASPA
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

"The Eagle," Franklin County High School's newspaper, has garnered a first-place rating for the second year in a row in the American Scholastic Press Association's (ASPA) annual school newspaper competition.

"Once again, I must give props to the students on staff," said Journalism Instructor Dave Campbell. "They have really come together in a way that has not only been impressive to me, but also to those who critique our newspaper."

The newspaper was entered in the contest mainly for the critiques, Campbell said. The ASPA sends back suggestions for the journalism program to consider in an effort to improve their paper.

Issues submitted for this year's national competition included the December 2014 edition and the March 2015 edition.

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JAM students to perform in youth music fest
Crooked Road event set for May 9
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Students in Franklin County's JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program will perform at the fourth annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival.

The festival is set for Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon.

Two stages will feature 25 bands performing throughout the day. An "Old Time Square Dance" will take place inside Heartwood from 5 to 7 p.m. The square dance will feature caller Matt Hepler and fiddler Liam Purcell with Cane Mill Road.   

The festival will also highlight other regional, traditional music programs, including Albert Hash Memorial Band Program, Dickenson County JAM Program, Floyd JAMS, Mountain Music School String Band, Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band, Scott County JAMS, WiseJAMS, VHCC Old Time String Band, Acoustic Music Club at Chilhowie High School and Jamming Bobcats from Abingdon Elementary School.

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