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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Go-kart mechanic in critical condition after altercation
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Collinsville man is in critical condition in a Roanoke hospital following a physical altercation with a driver at a go-kart track on Providence Church Road Saturday evening.

A verbal argument between mechanic Fred Lovette, 38, of Collinsville and an 18-year-old driver from Spencer escalated into a physical altercation, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Lovette fell to the ground during the altercation and stopped breathing, Sigmon said. CPR was performed until paramedics arrived and transported Lovette to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

No charges have been filed at this time, Sigmon said. The investigation is ongoing so no further details are available.

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Second boater dies from collision on SML
Moneta man was the operator of bass boat
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The operator of a bass boat that collided with a cabin cruiser on Smith Mountain Lake on July 31 has died.

James L. McCulloch III, 68, of Moneta died Sunday at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, the second fatality of the crash, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).

The body of a Vinton man, Ronald Lemons, 73, who was a passenger in the bass boat, was recovered from the lake on Aug. 9.

Both boats sank on impact near the entrance to Craddock Creek. Both boats have now been brought to the surface by crews hired by insurance companies, Martin said Monday.

After the collision, McCulloch was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Martin said. He was later transferred to Lynchburg.

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Rocky Mount man faces up to 5 years for cooking meth

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty last week in Franklin County Circuit Court to manufacturing methamphetamine.

Through a plea agreement, three other charges against David Glen Duncan, 32, were dismissed, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.

Those charges were possession of ingredients to make meth, conspiracy to make meth and possession of meth.

A tip led investigators to an apartment on Triple Creek Road, where Duncan was illegally manufacturing the stimulant, Brown said.

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Local man charged with escape, assaulting police officer

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man is being held without bond in the Franklin County Jail after being charged with assaulting a police officer and three counts of resisting arrest.

Stevie Isaiah Bernard, 54, was arrested Sunday in the woods behind a residence on Circle View Street in Rocky Mount, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Bernard is charged with three counts of resisting arrest, escape from custody, assaulting a police officer, breaking and entering, trespassing and defrauding an innkeeper.

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Stop Hunger Now event set at Ferrum College
Students join church, community members to package meals
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Over 600 Ferrum College freshmen and other new students will join hundreds of local church and community members to package 50,000 nutritious meals for the hungry during the college's annual Stop Hunger Now event.

This year's meal packaging will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus YMCA.

In addition to helping to alleviate worldwide hunger in a tangible way, the Stop Hunger Now event on campus enables new Ferrum students to experience first-hand a way in which they can experience the college's motto, "Not Self, But Others."

"Our new students will be urged to begin their Ferrum journey in a truly selfless way by working alongside community and church members to pack thousands of meals for those in dire need," said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten.

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Glade Hill playground ‘made by milk’
Contest prize money pays for new play area at school
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Glade Hill Elementary students, along with former pre-K teacher Brenda Strickland, turned 1,000 milk cartons into a new playground.

The school recently held a dedication ceremony for the new play area for younger students.

Glade Hill was one of three elementary schools in the nation to receive $1,500 in prize money for winning the "Made By Milk" contest.

Strickland, along with Glade Hill art students and volunteer Charles Converse, created a replica of a town made entirely of milk cartons -- over 1,000 of them.

The theme of the contest was "transportation," and Glade Hill's team of students called themselves "Milk Moo-vers."

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