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 Wednesday, October 29, 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

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The price of progress
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I could not believe what I was hearing.

My mother called and said Aunt Tham was "losing" her house.

"What are you talking about?" I asked, thinking that somehow she had gotten behind in the payments and the bank was kicking her out.

"The new road is taking it," she said. "She'll have to move."

That "new road" was the proposed four-laning of Route 460, which had up to this point been a rather narrow, mostly two-lane highway that ran across Virginia into West Virginia.

We lived just inside the West Virginia line, and all along Route 460 there were stores, shops, beer joints and gas stations. Route 460 ran by my house as well as Aunt Tham's.

Unfortunately, the proposed route actually ran across Wildcat Hollow behind Aunt Tham's house to Possum Hollow, behind my house.

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Biggest festival ever?
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It seems everyone is talking about Saturday's 41st annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on the Ferrum College campus and how westbound traffic on Route 40 was backed up at times from Rocky Mount to Ferrum.

And when I say "backed up," I guess I should say vehicles were lined up bumper-to-bumper. I know of several great examples of how long it took to get to the festival...or until patience ran out and people turned around and went back home.

I live within a quarter-mile from the campus. I was waiting on Cecil Love to get to my house so he could be a part of the moonshine panel once again. He left home (just south of Rocky Mount) at 10:30. Two hours later, he was at the former Paul's Bar-B-Q still several miles away, and he gave up, knowing the program started at 1 p.m.

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