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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Glade Hill man pleads guilty to cooking meth
Kenneth Smith faces up to 40 years in prison
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Glade Hill man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to cooking methamphetamine.

Kenneth Dale Smith, 51, was also indicted on one count of possessing ingredients to manufacture meth, but that charge was dismissed through a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

The charges stem from a report on April 3 that Smith and his girlfriend were staying in a camper at Ponderosa without the owner's permission, Deatherage said. The owner said she had found burned spoons inside the camper and a 2-liter bottle containing a white powdery substance in a storage area behind the camper.

When drug investigators arrived at the campsite, the owner gave them permission to search the camper. They found the spoons, a syringe and a card with Smith's name on it, Deatherage said.

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Kroger stores collecting food for ‘back pack’ program

The Rocky Mount and Westlake Kroger stores are collecting food for children served by the Franklin County Back Pack program.

"Some children of Franklin County have to face hard realities around the holidays," said project leader Melisa Allen. "As some of us sit in our nice, cozy homes sipping hot chocolate, there are little bellies growling all around the county. Unfortunately, this is an all too true reality for those children who rely on school meals to get nourished."

Holidays are especially hard for the children who are served by the back pack program because schools are closed for longer periods of time over the holidays, causing the children anxiety, Allen said.

"It is difficult to hear children say that they are afraid to go home for winter break because they are worried that they will have nothing to eat," she said. "The back pack program tries to send home additional food to get the children through the long vacations."

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Use caution when driving; deer are on the move this fall

Along with colorful leaves, crisp air and shorter days of fall, Virginia's white-tailed deer are on the move.

With daylight savings time ending this weekend, many motorists will be commuting in the dark, increasing the likelihood of their vehicle colliding with a deer.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) encourages Virginia's drivers to be more cautious as they travel the highways this season.

Fall is the breeding season for deer, and consequently, deer are more active now than at any other time of the year. One-half to two-thirds of all deer-vehicle collisions occur in the months of October, November and December.

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Pigg River Bridge work nearly finished
Work scheduled to be completed today

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

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The $4.029 million bridge project on South Main Street over the Pigg River is being completed on schedule, today (Friday, Oct. 31).

Traffic lines on the new asphalt were painted Wednesday on South Main Street, Scuffling Hill Road and Orchard Avenue. Also painted were pedestrian crosswalk lanes on Scuffling Hill Road and the north end of the bridge on South Main.

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Fundraiser set for lung cancer patient
Disease has spread to Kathy Hall’s liver, gall bladder and pancreas
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

A spaghetti dinner and bake sale fundraiser has been organized for Kathy Hall of Rocky Mount who has been battling lung cancer since February.

The benefit, which will assist with Hall's rising medical costs, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Redeeming Life Pentecostal Holiness Church at 19295 Virgil H. Goode Hwy. in Rocky Mount.

Hall, 46, has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. She was told recently that the cancer has spread to her liver, gall bladder and pancreas.

Hall is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Ferrum College. She is employed at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but she said working is becoming more and more difficult due to her medical condition. She is insured but the treatments are adding up to a large amount of out-of-pocket expenses.

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BFMS students raise money for domestic violence victims
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and

Benjamin Franklin Middle School students have been busy collecting coins and dollars for the Franklin County Family Resource Center (FRC).

The effort was organized by Stephanie Sparozich from Piedmont Community Services with help from students in the FOR (Friends of Rachel) Club, as well as the entire student body.

The students raised $300 for the local domestic shelter. They have been making posters to help raise awareness and wearing purple to show their support for domestic violence victims.

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of physically, sexually, or emotionally abusive behaviors used by one individual to assert power or maintain control over another in the context of an intimate or family relationship.

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