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‘No drinking, no smoking and eating fresh foods from the garden’
100-year-old says these are the keys to a long life
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Becoming a centenarian is a milestone that Ethel Christeen Mackenhimer Fralin said she is very happy to reach.

Fralin was born Feb. 28, 1915, to James Monroe and Josephine Brown Mackenhimer.

"I am one of 13 children," Fralin said, before naming them off from the top.

"They were James, Henry, Bertha, Morton, Harry, myself, Dora, Thomas, a baby boy that didn't make it, Eliza, Euleme, Willie and Russell," she said.

Fralin started primary school at the age of 7 before attending Truevine Elementary.

"My mother bought me a book when I was really young, so I learned to read by the time I was 5," she said.

Fralin's father was a tobacco farmer and her mother was a house wife. As a child, Fralin said she and her siblings all had chores and everyone was expected to do their part.

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‘Right to Try’ bill on way to governor’s desk
If signed, the new law would allow access to experimental treatments

A bill to help terminally ill patients in Virginia gain access to experimental treatments has passed unanimously in both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County), will now be sent to the governor for approval.

SB732 seeks to expand access to experimental drugs and other devices to those persons who might otherwise not have the opportunity to utilize these treatments in order to prolong and/or save their lives, Stanley said.

Known as the "Right to Try" bill, the legislative initiative recognizes that Virginians should be free to exercise one of the most basic freedoms -- attempting to preserve one's own life.

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Second snowstorm drops 4 inches in town

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

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Franklin County was hit with the second snowstorm of the winter Wednesday night, closing schools on Thursday and creating hazardous driving conditions.

According the National Weather Service, an average of about 4 inches fell in the county, with southern areas of the county receiving more.

The first snow storm of the season fell last week, dumping from 4 to 8 inches around the county.

However, temperatures last week were frigid, preventing crews from pretreating roads with brine.

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Dailey & Vincent to perform at FCHS
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Dailey & Vincent, the three-time International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year, will bring their blend of bluegrass, country and gospel to the Franklin County High School auditorium on Friday, March 13.

The show, which begins at 8 p.m., is sponsored by the Rocky Mount Lions Club.

In addition to the Entertainer of the Year awards, Dailey & Vincent have also captured IBMA awards for vocal group of the year (2008, 2009 and 2010), album of the year in 2008, and male vocalist of the year (Jamie Dailey) in 2008.

The duo also received an award for their gospel performances of "By the Mark" in 2008 and "On the Other Side" in 2009.

Formed in 2008, Dailey & Vincent is the pairing of well-known performers, Jamie Dailey, former lead singer and guitarist for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Darrin Vincent, who was guitar and mandolin player and harmony vocalist with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. He is also the brother of singer Rhonda Vincent.

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Asa Stevens is spelling bee champion
He is a fifth-grader at Ferrum Elementary
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Asa Stevens, a fifth-grader at Ferrum Elementary, is the winner of the Franklin County Spelling Bee, held Tuesday night at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

There were 13 contestants, one representing each elementary school in the county and one from BFMS.

"Franklin County public schools has much to be proud of as all our spellers represented their individual school, as well as the division, quite well last night," said Jodie Robinson, gifted and talented coordinator for Franklin County schools. "Please let your spelling bee champion know how proud you are of them."

After eight rounds, Stevens' winning word was "ballyhoo."

The runner-up is Megan Harris, a fifth-grader at Windy Gap Elementary.

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