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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Children’s Clinic in Rocky Mount in danger of closing
Local pediatrician retiring, moving to Phillipines
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

For 21 years, the Children's Clinic in Rocky Mount has been the primary location for children in Franklin County to receive pediatric care.

But clinic owner, Dr. Rene Vamenta, has announced his retirement.

"It is with a sad heart that I am announcing my retirement from my pediatric practice on Sept. 30," said Vamenta.

The Children's Clinic first opened its doors in September 1993 at a location on Franklin Street.

In 1999, Dr. Michole Pineda joined Vamenta at the clinic, where she remained until 2005.

Dr. Vydia Permashwar filled that void in 2006 and made the move with Vamenta to the clinic's current location on South Main Street. Permashwar left the practice in 2010.

Dr. Alise Magnuson joined the clinic soon after, but left the practice last month.

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RMA Treasure Hunt starts this weekend

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The Franklin County Retail Merchants Association Treasure Hunt will start Saturday, and at least $1,050 in cash awaits some adventurous resident.

Registration to participate is continuing this week at area businesses. A $5 fee will entitle players to a voucher, which can then be presented at participating businesses starting Saturday for clues as to the location of the treasure.

To register, visit Computer Shock, Bowling's Place, Ruth's Place, Tommy's Pawn Shop, Franklin Finance Co., Gusler's Alignment Center, Gibson's One Stop Shop, Franklin News-Post, 40 West Building Supply, State Farm/Crawford Agency, C & C Auto Sales, Lakescapes Nursery or Oasis Salon & Spa.

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Supervisors opt to increase surveillance at green box sites

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Increased surveillance at green box sites will be used rather than civil penalties to prevent illegal dumping in Franklin County.

That was the decision the board of supervisors made after a public hearing Tuesday night.

The hearing had been set to consider the approval of civil fines, which would range from $250 for a first offense on placing out-of-county garbage in a county green box to a $1,000 fine on first-offense illegal dumping of commercial waste.

Civil penalties were being considered after the board learned during its June meeting that criminal charges were not an effective deterrent, in part because of the lack of court convictions.

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Moonshine still destroyed near Rocky Mount
Illegal operation suspected of selling to underage customers
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Special agents with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) destroyed a 50-gallon moonshine still near Rocky Mount Monday evening.

Acting on a citizen's tip, special agents conducted a "knock and talk" at a residence on Davis Mill Road, according to Kathleen Shaw with ABC in Richmond.

The 49-year-old homeowner gave verbal and written consent for the agents to search his property, she said.

In addition to the 50-gallon copper still, agents seized 300 gallons of live mash, more than 40 gallons of untaxed liquor and numerous other pieces of distilling equipment and supplies.

ABC agents destroyed the operational still on site, she said.

The illegal operation, which had been under surveillance for approximately six months, is alleged to have been selling moonshine to underage customers, she said.

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Town to improve fire flow to local elementary school

The Town of Rocky Mount Water Department is working to increase fire flow at two hydrants near an elementary school in town.

During routine hydrant testing this week, water department staff determined that the water flow at two hydrants near Lee Waid Elementary School does not currently meet the town's standards, according to Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

"We routinely test hydrants year-round to ensure that our residents have the fire flows and pressures needed for fire safety and normal use of domestic water," said Water Plant Superintendent Bob Dietrich. "In this case, we've determined that two hydrants do not meet our performance expectations, and we're going to work quickly to improve fire flow to protect the students, staff and property at the school."

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