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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Bass retires as library director on Jan. 31
Richmond native has served county for 32 years
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The Franklin County Library has changed substantially since David Bass was hired as director on May 17, 1982.

Bass is retiring, effective Jan. 31, after 32 years as head of the Franklin County Library.

"We had two typewriters back then," said Bass. "Only one of them had the really advanced mechanisms, where you could go back and type over your mistakes.

We also used a card catalog and an old machine that would print a person's name on a plastic card to be put on record."

The Franklin County Library was donated to the county in 1940 by David K.E. Bruce. In the late 1930s and 40s, Bruce, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to England, France and Germany, donated 11 libraries to Virginia. All but one are located in Southwest Virginia, Bass said.

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Conservation scholarships available

The Blue Ridge SWCD is offering high school seniors and college freshmen (attending school in the areas of Franklin, Henry and Roanoke counties and the City of Roanoke) who are planning a career in natural resource conservation the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 Leo Painter College Scholarship.

The winner of the Leo Painter Scholarship will be also be eligible for the 2015 VASWCD Educational Foundation Inc. Scholarship Awards Program for an opportunity to be awarded an additional $1,000 scholarship through the VASWCD Educational Foundation. Four statewide scholarships are available.

To apply for this college scholarship opportunity, contact Kathy B. Smith at (540) 483-5341, ext. 117, or at for a copy of the 2015 Scholarship-Guidelines-Application form.

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The Honorable Clyde H. Perdue Jr. Takes Oath

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Rocky Mount attorney Clyde H. Perdue Jr., center, took the oath of office as the new judge of Franklin County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Above, retired Judge W.N. Alexander II congratulates Perdue, while Vickie Perdue holds the family Bible used for the swearing in ceremony.

This is the first time in 42 years that a new circuit court judge has been installed in office in the Franklin County courtroom. The last judge sworn in was the late B.A. "Monk" Davis, who took the oath in 1973.

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Budget amendments would keep local tax money in county
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State Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County) has introduced several budget amendments to seek funding for local priorities during this session of the Virginia General Assembly.

Three of Stanley's amendment requests would stop the state from forcing counties, cities and towns to send collected local revenues to the state government.

"Our local government budgets are limited already by their ability to generate revenue," Stanley said. "It is absurd to me that we at the state level demand that those revenues are turned over to Richmond, when our localities are struggling to pay for the core services of government that are essential to our area."

"I believe that the state government should leave those monies at the local level," he added. "These are local monies, and I believe that they should stay at the local level, instead of the state demanding them in order to balance the state budget. The state must be committed to restrain spending, and balance its budget without harming the financial stability of our local governments."

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Ferrum College to present ‘Absurd Person Singular’
Play chronicles the fortunes of three couples
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The Ferrum College Theatre Arts Department will present Alan Ayckbourn's 1972 "Absurd Person Singular" on Jan. 29, 30 and 31 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.

The tragicomedy documenting the changing fortunes of three married couples will be performed on the Sale Theater stage in Schoolfield Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

Non-perishable food donations to the St. James Community Center Food Bank will be accepted.

"Absurd Person Singular" chronicles the dysfunctional interactions between three couples the audience sees and one couple it doesn't on three successive Christmases in three acts. Each act takes place at a Christmas celebration full of character, comedy and drama at one of the couples' homes.

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