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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Sontag, Rocky Mount students to receive free meals
New program provides breakfast and lunch to all students
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

All students attending Sontag and Rocky Mount elementary schools will receive free breakfast and lunch this year, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

Sontag and Rocky Mount are the two schools in the district with the highest number of students eligible to receive free lunch, according to Heather Snead, director of food services for Franklin County schools.

"This is our first year applying," said Snead. "We are starting out with two schools for now."

Schools in Virginia whose percentage of students eligible for free lunch is 40 percent or higher are eligible to apply for the CEP program.

Fifty-three percent of Sontag students are eligible for free lunch, while Rocky Mount's percentage is 50, according to last year's data.

"We have more schools in our division that qualify, but we are starting out with two schools for now," Snead said.

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Sales tax holiday is set for the first weekend in August

Virginia's sales tax holiday is just around the corner for those preparing for the upcoming school year or just looking to refresh their wardrobe or stock up on office supplies.

Many clothing items, footwear, and school and office supplies will be sales tax-free from Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3.

During the three-day event, most school supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and shoes priced at $100 or less, will be exempt from Virginia's 5.3-percent state and local sales tax.

Spending $500 on qualifying items during the sales tax holiday would save the consumer $26.50 on exempt purchases.

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Ferrum man faces up to 20 years for selling steroids

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

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A Ferrum man faces up to 20 years in prison for illegally distributing anabolic steroids on two occasions.

Joseph Jason Denoto, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to distribution of Testosterone Cypionate on Oct. 10, 2013, and Nandrolone Decanoate on Oct. 17, 2013.

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National Guard unit prepares for intense training
Local soldiers part of chemical company
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By EMILY WOOD - News-Post Intern

The local National Guard unit, the 229th CBRN Company, participated in a drill event last weekend at the Rocky Mount Armory to prepare for a training rotation in Fort Irwin, Calif., in September.

The rotation in Fort Irwin will be "a shift towards whatever comes next," said Capt. Brian Webb, commander of the local unit. "The National Training Center is the premiere training location for the U.S. military."

"We will go through the process of mobilizing just like if we were going overseas," said Webb. "We have to pretty much sustain ourselves, initially staying some days in tents and spending a total of two weeks camped out in the desert."

During regular training, soldiers are used to huge bases with showers and dining facilities, but September will be a lot more like active duty, Webb said.

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Local science teachers selected for program at VT
Institute designed to change classroom methods
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By EMILY WOOD - News-Post Intern

Three teachers from Windy Gap and Dudley elementary schools have spent the last four weeks at the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) Institute at Virginia Tech.

Callie Angle, Maryann Mitzel and Lisa Thornton were chosen for the program that is designed to change the way science is taught by enriching teachers' abilities to have their students examine "real world" issues by helping them shift from traditional classroom lectures to hands-on, problem-based learning.

In addition to the free, four-week program, each teacher will receive a $5,000 stipend; $1,000 in teaching resources, science materials, and web content for their classrooms; a master teacher assigned to coach them in their new teaching methods throughout the school year; and an all-expense-paid trip to the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute in the fall.

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