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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Boones Mill man faces drug charges
Possible heroin, marijuana seized during search of residence
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Boones Mill man was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute after narcotics agents searched his residence on March 11.

Reynold Paul Hawk Jr., 39, was also charged with manufacturing marijuana inside his residence, according to Sgt. Lyle with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Following up on reports of heroin allegedly being sold at the residence, agents with the sheriff's office and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at the house on Golden Rod Lane.

Investigators discovered 22 packages of a brown, powdery substance believed to be heroin with an estimated street value of $825, Lyle said. The substance has been sent to the forensics lab for confirmation.

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News-Post sold to BH Media Group

BH Media Group announced Monday that it has acquired The Franklin News-Post and the Martinsville Bulletin from Haskell Newspapers.

Haskell Newspapers is privately owned by the Haskell family, which acquired the News-Post in 1981 and the Martinsville Bulletin in 1948.

"We are all pleased being with a company that puts such an emphasis on serving communities," said Charles Boothe, publisher of the News-Post. "Local news content is a priority, and this move will benefit everyone at the paper and our readers."

"BH Media is a company that understands the importance of local news content and the commitment a newspaper makes to the community it serves. This is good for our employees, our readers and the area," said George Harris, publisher of the Bulletin.

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Church: No immediate danger from elevated radon levels in schools

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Spaces in three Franklin County schools have elevated radon levels, according to recent testing results.

Affected buildings include multiple rooms in Benjamin Franklin Middle School - East Hall, one small office in Boones Mill Elementary and the Franklin County High School football stadium, according to Superintendent Mark Church.

"The Virginia Department of Health assured us that there is no immediate danger from radon exposure. It is not unusual to have elevated radon levels in this region of Virginia," said Church. "The safety of pupils and staff at Franklin County public schools is our main priority."

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Board denies request to make an exception on memorial policy

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

With little discussion, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors last Thursday night rejected a request to make an exception to its policy on placing memorials on county-owned property.

The request was made at the board's regular meeting on March 17. At that meeting, advocates for Heather Hodges, who disappeared without a trace on April 9, 2012, asked for the exception because they want to place a memorial for her at a county park on the Blackwater River.

An exception is required because Hodges was convicted of a felony in 2008, and under current guidelines, that conviction prohibits such a memorial on land owned by the county.

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Ferrum College launches online degree
Criminal justice program enhances career potential
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Ferrum College has launched a fully accredited Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Online Degree Completion Program, which is designed to prepare students with applied science degrees in criminal justice for enhanced careers in law, law enforcement, corrections and social science research.

The college is accepting applications now for the inaugural online degree completion class, which will begin the two-year program this fall.

Conceived with the idea that criminal justice professionals will benefit from a strong liberal arts education, the program stresses theory and policy analysis combined with professional experience. A Ferrum College criminal justice graduate will have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to think critically and solve problems while recognizing the importance of high ethical standards.

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Students learn about nutrition, healthy choices
Teen Cuisine Day sponsored by 4-H
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Ninth-grade Health and PE classes at Franklin County High School recently took part in the 4-H Teen Cuisine Day to learn about nutrition and making healthy choices.

The event, sponsored by Healthy Community Action Team (HCAT) of Franklin County and Virginia Cooperative Extension's (VCE) Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP), took place in the high school's auditorium with 10 volunteers, four teachers and 185 participants.

The day began with a food challenge introduction by Amber Wilson, an agent with VCE. Next, the students visited the Power up with Protein for Breakfast table, sponsored by Janet Stockton, coordinator of Student Services, and Carol Haynes, FCS agent. While there, the students learned about choosing proteins for breakfast instead of sugary cereal to increase their energy and brain power. They also sampled black bean brownies.

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