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Deputies seize 5 pounds of marijuana, cash
Rocky Mount man arrested for distribution
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man has been charged with distribution of marijuana after five pounds of the hallucinogenic drug was discovered in a Rocky Mount residence last week.

Marqueze Anthony Gilbert, 27, of Doe Run was arrested after a search of a relative's house on Old Franklin Turnpike on May 14, according to Sgt. Lyle with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

An anonymous tip led investigators to the residence, where numerous bags of dried buds were found, Lyle said. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $21,000.

Investigators also seized $750 cash from the suspect.

Additional charges are pending investigation, Lyle added.

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Franklin County pays homage to veterans
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

"Only one percent of our population today is involved in the military. That means that 99 percent of our young people have no concept of what it costs to live in a free country. Memorial Day is a day that we honor those members of the armed forces who died protecting our freedoms. By their sacrifice, we have everything we have today."

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jon Hatfield, U.S. Army, said Saturday morning while addressing nearly 200 visitors to the Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Park during the annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Hatfield spoke on the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of teaching young people the costs of living in a free country. He also addressed the family members of fallen soldiers.

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Woman faces charges of stealing drugs from elderly victim in store

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount woman has been charged in the theft of pain medication from an elderly woman in Walmart early last week.

Rehannas Lynn Casey, 27, is charged with petit larceny and possession of a narcotic, according to Sgt. Josh Harris with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Shortly after the 84-year-old woman picked up her prescription in the pharmacy, a young, white female reached into her shopping cart and stole her pain medication, Harris said. Then the woman ran out of the store.

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Hambrick to seek re-election to school board

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

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P.D. Hambrick will seek re-election to the Union Hall District seat on the Franklin County School Board in November.

Hambrick was first appointed to the school board in 1992 and was first elected 20 years ago.

"I'm just trying to give back to the Franklin County school system for what it has inspired me to do," Hambrick said. "Helping the school system succeed means the students and residents of Franklin County will benefit."

Hambrick, his wife and their three children were all Franklin County students, he added.

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County joins coalition to lobby for Interstate-73
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

It was a split decision, but the Franklin County Board of Supervisors is joining a coalition to lobby federal legislators for the development of Interstate-73.

The board of supervisors last week approved by a vote of 4-3 a request from Mike Burnette, the county's director of economic development, for $1,500 a month to help pay a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., for their services through 2016.

"They will work on our behalf," Burnette said, adding that Roanoke and Roanoke County are already part of the coalition, and Henry County and Martinsville are expected to join as well.

The total cost for the county, if payments start in July, will be $27,000. Roanoke and Roanoke County each pay $2,000 monthly, while Henry County's cost would be the same as Franklin County, and Martinsville would pay $1,000 a month, Burnette said.

"It (the coalition) will better our chances for I-73," he said.

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FCHS senior to graduate with perfect attendance
Landon Lewis did not miss one day in 14 years of school
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

One Franklin County High School senior was recognized last Wednesday night for a rare accomplishment - perfect attendance in 14 years of school.

Landon Lewis, 18, of Fork Mountain has not missed a day of school in 14 years, which includes pre-K and kindergarten.

Lewis attended Henry Elementary School for seven years before moving on to complete grades 6 through 8 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. He will be among the graduates receiving diplomas Saturday, May 30.

Lewis is proud of his perfect attendance record and quickly noted that good luck had a lot to do with the accomplishment.

"I never went to school sick. I had some colds and cases of 'flu bug' but the bad ones always came when school was not in session. I was lucky," he said.

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