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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

BREAKING NEWS: County hires new administrator
Franklin County native Brent Robertson chosen
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Franklin County native W. Brent Robertson is the new county administrator for Franklin County.

Robertson was approved by the board of supervisors on May 28 and will assume the position June 29.

Robertson, a graduate of Franklin County High School, is currently serving as director of management and budget for Roanoke County, a position he has held for 16 of his 25 years with Roanoke County.

He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Radford University, a master's degree in public administration from James Madison University and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia. Additionally, he holds a graduate certificate in local government management from Virginia Tech.

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Realtor, business owner to address graduates
Betty Kingery is a 1971 graduate of Franklin County High School
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Betty Kingery, broker and co-owner of Mountain to Lake Realty in Rocky Mount, will be the keynote speaker at Franklin County High School's 65th commencement Saturday.

FCHS's graduation exercises will begin at C.I. Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field at 10 a.m.

The Class of 2015 is comprised of 518 graduates, 57 of whom are distinguished honor graduates and 253 are honor graduates.

Distinguished honor graduates (grade point average of 4.0 or higher) will wear a white gowns and will be first in the processional and recessional lines.

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Police: Toddler died of blunt force trauma

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The medical examiner's office in Roanoke has determined that 3-year-old Callen Mullins died of blunt force trauma.

The toddler died May 12 at a residence on Old Franklin Turnpike in Glade Hill after being found unconscious by his male caretaker, David Perdue, according to Lt. Phillip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Perdue called 911 just before 4 a.m. that morning and told the operator the child appeared to have been severely beaten and was unconscious. When paramedics arrived, the toddler was pronounced dead.

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Three local schools earn VIP honors

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Three Franklin County elementary schools have earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement.

The schools include Boones Mill, Snow Creek and Callaway elementaries.

"This is a great recognition for the individual schools and the division," said Keith Pennington, director of curriculum and instruction for Franklin County public schools. "I know the teachers and staff of the individual schools are excited to receive the recognition. This is not something we specifically focus on each year. We work hard and do what is right for students, and as a result, we are recognized at the state level."

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Speedway provides ‘hot laps’ for Snow Creek students
Trip part of ‘Read Your Way to the Race’ program
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By MIKE SMITH - Special to the News-Post

It was the big payoff for about 25 students from Snow Creek Elementary -- hot laps around Martinsville Speedway in the pace car and hot pizza in the track's infield.

The students were part of more than 11,000 youngsters from six school divisions that participated in Martinsville Speedway's annual "Read Your Way to the Race" program during the past year. It was the 10th year for the program.

Participating students are required to read a set number of books or chapters, based on their skill level, during a six-week period. Students who achieve the requirements are eligible to win various prizes, including participating in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pre-race and post-race ceremonies and riding along in the Kroger 200 pace vehicle during the parade lap.

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World Hunger bike ride set for June 6
Franklin County Freewheelers to participate in event
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The 26th annual World Hunger Auction Bike Ride will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Antioch Church of the Brethren.

The World Hunger Auction and its other local events have raised more than $1 million over the past 30 years. Funds have been distributed through Heifer International, Roanoke Area Ministries, Heavenly Manna and Church of the Brethren Global Food Crisis Fund.

In 2014, the bike ride included 37 riders and generated over $4,100. Last year's World Hunger Auction events raised a total of $50,750.

For the last several years, the Franklin Freewheelers Bicycle Club has provided support and participation in the ride.

Routes exist for every age and fitness level, including 5, 10, 25 and 50 miles. Rest stops with refreshments will be available for the 25 and 50-mile cyclists.

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