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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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Waid Park gets new concession, restroom facility
Fitness trail construction is also under way
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Visitors to Waid Park will soon see a brand new concession stand and restrooms.

The work should be complete around Oct. 1, said Paul Chapman, Franklin County's director of parks and recreation.

"People are getting excited about it," he said, adding that the work started in April.

The facility is located near the Pigg River bridge and the large soccer field.

While that work is going on, another project is being completed, Chapman said.

"The first phase is done on the (Rocky Mount) Rotary Club's fitness trail," he said.

The club is working in conjunction with the county to create a 3.2-mile trail that can be used for 5-K competitive runs.

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Two men guilty of illegally selling prescription painkillers
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By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to drug charges involving conspiracy and illegal distribution of prescription painkillers.

Bobby Joe Hood, 53, of Rocky Mount pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to distribute the narcotic.

Bradley Shively, 35, of Martinsville pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said a confidential informant contacted Shively in January about buying some oxycodone. Shively then sent Hood to sell oxycodone pills to the informant, Allen said.

The drug transaction was made in the parking lot of a convenience store in Franklin County on Jan. 24.

Hood sold three oxycodone pills to the informant for $120, Allen said.

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Franklin County singer, songwriter to perform at Harvester
Corey Hunley just released his third album
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An emerging artist from Franklin County, Corey Law Hunley will perform at the Harvester Center in Rocky Mount on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.

As a singer-songwriter focused on the acoustic, blues, and folk genres, Hunley draws inspiration from family legacy, good friends and life's obstacles when writing songs.

His music captures the spirit of lost innocence, as can be heard in his two previous albums, "Live at Kirk Avenue Music Hall" and "Where I'm supposed to Go."

His latest release, "Red to the Bone," shows his true songwriting craft.

Hunley has shared the stage with many of his musical heroes, including John Hiatt, Paul Thorn, Darrell Scott, Will Hoge, Chris Knight, Thompson Square & Uncle Kracker.  

Tickets are on sale for $5 at the box office at 450 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show.

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Musical theatre fundraiser set at PHCC
‘Growing Up Gospel’ opens Sept. 4
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The community is invited to a free, give-what-you-can fundraising show at Patrick Henry Community College that presents traditional, contemporary and modern gospel performed within musical theatre.

"Growing Up Gospel: Music Revue" will open on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. with an additional performance on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in Walker Fine Arts Theatre on PHCC's campus.

Director Devin Pendleton said it's a "very musical theatre-style revue" with all the gospel songs the community has grown up singing in church.

"Church choirs may not feel they have a place in musical theatre -- they may think they can't perform on stage," Pendleton said. "This revue lets them connect to the community on another level. Gospel music is powerful. It can impact you emotionally, mentally and spiritually."

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