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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Lighting of Franklin County Christmas tree set for Friday
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The lighting of this year's Franklin County Christmas tree will take place Friday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Franklin County Courthouse.

The event will feature a selection of Christmas music performed by the Benjamin Franklin Middle School band.

The winners of Franklin County Parks and Recreation's annual Christmas card contest will also be recognized, including Bonnie Carper, a student at Franklin County High School and the overall winner of the contest.

Carper's winning card will be the cover of the recreation department's Christmas card next year.

All 460 card entries will be on display at the Harvester Center and the Essig Recreation Center before being distributed to residents in local nursing homes.

Awards will be handed out to the Christmas card contest winners in each grade level by Marcia Cramblitt, programs director for the recreation department.

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Schools closed Thursday, Friday for Thanksgiving


Franklin County schools will be closed for students and staff for Thanksgiving break on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.

The early opening of schools this year allows first semester and exams to be wrapped up before winter break, which will extend from Monday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

Students will return to school from winter break on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, which will mark the beginning of the third nine weeks and second semester.

Schools will again be closed for students and staff on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

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Santa Ready for Letters

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Santa Claus stopped by the Retail Merchants Association office in Rocky Mount recently to check out his mailbox to make sure it's ready to receive letters from children.

The Jolly Old Elf said he is pleased and wants children to drop their letters into the slot, and they will be answered. As of Thursday, 47 letters have already been received.

Santa's special mailbox is located in front of the RMA office beside the Rocky Mount Post Office.

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Community teaching students healthy lifestyle lessons

Students at Franklin County High School are experiencing a nine-week lesson in lifestyle change.

A group of teachers are teaming up with health educators around the community for a unique lecture series aimed at helping students feel better, have more energy and develop healthy life skills.

The program features topics like "Free Health Apps" and "Yoga for Stress Relief." The goal is to educate the students about simple lifestyle changes they can make -- like replacing sodas with water, choosing healthier foods and being more deliberate about what they order from restaurants.

"Since hearing the staggering statistics about obesity here in Franklin County and how students are being affected, I wanted to create a research unit that was practical, informative, and that provided the students with the ability to make good judgments about what they consume that would create long-lasting positive outcomes for them and their families," said teaching team leader Mary Edwards.

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Student art contest promotes fire safety
Winners receive cash prizes, gift bags
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The winners of the third annual "Team Up For Safety" art contest were announced last week during an awards ceremony at the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department.

The Rockingham Group and the volunteer fire department teamed up with Franklin County public schools to sponsor the contest as a way to stress the importance of fire safety. The contest coincided with Fire Safety Week last month.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade were encouraged to submit a piece of artwork to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, while sticking to the theme of "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives."

Over 120 entries were submitted and judged on aesthetics, message and creativity. Winners received monetary prizes, as well as gift bags from local businesses.

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