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 Monday, July 28, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

That’s just the way it was
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A news story the other day told about a father in another state who was charged after spanking his 8-year-old son at a party.

Apparently, the boy said some nasty words to guests, "cussin'" words that were obviously crude and disrespectful.

The father hit the boy on the backside with his hand and some said a belt, thereby sparking a complaint and the filing of charges.

When the case came to court, though, the judge sided with the father, agreeing that the punishment was in line with the offense, and the case was dismissed. To be fair, the hitting with the belt part of the complaint could not be proven, so how that may have affected the judge's decision, we don't know.

As someone who grew up in another time, this story was a bit on the perplexing side, but not at all surprising.

My first reaction was to make a list of all of my relatives and parents of friends who could have been tossed in the hoosegow back in the day for using "excessive force" with children.

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Angles on TV show
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After writing about and photographing Mark Angle's memorial motorcycle in last week's News-Post, I was one of apparently many residents who tuned in to the History Channel's "Counting Cars" show last Tuesday night.

The last 30-minute segment featured Mark and Judy's journey after he commissioned Danny "The Count" Koker and his team to build the bike to memorialize the deaths of seven sailors, who were aboard the cruiser USS Belknap that was struck by the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier on Nov. 22, 1975.

The Angles' part of the program opened with the couple going to Danny's shop in Las Vegas, where the agreement was made and the bike was built from scratch. The shows tracked how plans were developed and the construction as it progressed along the path to completion. That part was very interesting.

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