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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Morris loses his cat
Midnight Dies
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON -

I awoke Tuesday a week ago a little ahead of my normal 4 a.m. rise and shine time.

Glancing at the clock, I decided to stay a little longer in my warm spot, but I couldn't go back to sleep.

Something just wasn't right and I had no clue what it was. I got out of bed and went into the kitchen to get a cup of pre-set coffee, which had just finished going through the cycle. I rambled around the kitchen with this gnawing feeling in my gut. What was going on with me?

It wasn't until 5 a.m. that something told me to go down to the basement and check on Midnight, our 17-year-old cat. I often described her as a jet black cat with 15 snow white hairs on her chest.

Her health had been failing and it didn't take a visit to the vet to tell me. Her movements had slowed down a lot in recent weeks. She was consuming less food and water. Her steps took longer and became more unsteady as time passed.

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For the love of money?
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By CHARLES BOOTHE -

We all need money. Have to have some to survive.

For most of us, the more we get, the more we spend. The more we spend, the more we want.

It can be a never-ending cycle, even for those who are very wealthy. There is no such thing as having too much money, right?

For many of us who grew up in this region, though, having a lot of money was simply a dream. We had to scrape and save to make ends meet and keep food on the table, often with the help of relatives who had a little more than we did.

It wasn't that we were poor because we were lazy. Everybody worked, but without an education, good-paying jobs were hard to come by.

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Shelter Stories
Sick to my soul
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By JOY JAMISON - Volunteer

It never ceases to amaze and sadden my heart for the condition of some of my fellow human beings. I understand that some unabashed cruelty comes as a result of mental illness. This should be addressed instead of passed over and passed down, as are so many of the maladies in today's society. On the other hand, there are evil, nasty people out there who apparently do not give a single thought to the consequences of their actions.

I'm sick to my soul reading about women, children, elderly folks and animals being senselessly abused because some psycho needs to feel his oats. How can a person look at himself in the mirror or go to sleep at night? Laws are lax. The judicial system is stacked to the ceiling with minor drug infractions, while abusive maniacs and meth manufacturers roam the streets of our cities, wreaking havoc on our fellow citizens.

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