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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

BREAKING NEWS: No threat, weapons found at high school
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

After conducting a risk assessment at Franklin County High School Tuesday morning, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and school officials found no threat and no weapons on campus.

"We determined there was no threat and no weapons on school property," said Lt. Phillip Young. "It was a case of social media and rumors running rampant."

"There were no arrests, no weapons and no real threat," he reiterated. "There was no threat posted on Facebook."

Based on social media and rumors that led to numerous 911 calls, the sheriff's office and Rocky Mount Police Department responded to the school to assess the situation, according to Lt. Phillip Young.

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BREAKING NEWS – Church: High school students are safe
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Franklin County School Superintendent Mark Church wants to assure parents of high school students that their children are safe, and school is open for business.

A statement will be issued by the school division and the police shortly.

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Fundraiser set for heart surgery patient
Spaghetti dinner, music set at FVFD
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A spaghetti dinner and concert to help raise funds for Lisa Shively of Ferrum, who is about to undergo, yet, another heart surgery, is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department.

Shively, 49, had her first heart surgery at the age of 3 when doctors discovered her pulmonic valve was leaking.

"You can say I was born with this heart condition," said Shively.

In 2005, the valve was replaced at Duke University Medical Center and three additional holes were repaired.

This past spring, doctors once again discovered the valve leaking, but this time, Shively's tricuspid valve was also found to be leaking.

"I started noticing I was tired a lot and short of breath," said Shively. "I visited my cardiologist and he told me that two of my valves were leaking."

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County schools accredited with one ‘warning’


Public schools in Franklin County are fully accredited for the 2014-15 school year with the exception of Rocky Mount Elementary, which is "accredited with warning."

Only 22 school divisions out of 132 in Virginia are able to boast that all schools in their division are fully accredited this year, according to Standards of Learning (SOL) results released last week by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Last year, 36 school districts, including Franklin County, earned the fully accredited status, compared to 87 the year before.

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Register now for Oct. 25 Rotary Fit 5K at Waid Park

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Registration is still open for the Oct. 25th Rotary Fit 5K, the inaugural race for the new Family Fitness Trail at Waid Park.

That race/walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 25 with an 8:30 a.m. start time.

All those who register for $25 before Oct. 1 will receive a performance shirt. After Oct. 1, the registration fee is $30 and a shirt is not guaranteed.

Besides the run on the 3.2-mile course, there will be a free fun run for kids.

Register online at For more information on the run, call event coordinator Greg James at 420-0345 or email at

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Franklin County Classic set for Saturday
Eagle Marching Band to perform at 7:10 p.m.
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The 28th annual Franklin County Classic marching band competition will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Franklin County High School, beginning at 4 p.m.

High school bands from around the region will compete and show off their fall field shows.

The Benjamin Franklin Middle School band will open the competition at 3:50 p.m. with the National Anthem.

Some of the bands scheduled to compete include Altavista, William Campbell, Westover, Magna Vista, Blacksburg, Appomattox, Christiansburg, Blue Stone and Heritage.

The Franklin County High School Marching Eagle Band, under the direction of Robb Shipp, will perform an exhibition at 7:10 p.m.

The evening will end with awards being presented at 7:30 p.m.

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‘Fit Feet’ designed for all skill, age levels
Program offers support for residents to reach fitness goals
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The Franklin County Recreation Department's new fitness campaign, "Franklin County Fit Feet," is set to kick off Saturday, Oct. 4.

The six-week program is designed to help participants of all ages and abilities set fitness goals and reach them by walking or running as many miles as possible.

Once a participant is registered, he will set a personal goal that will include the number of miles he wants to run or walk within the six weeks.

Signing up will also give participants access to walking and running groups, as well as tips on places to walk or run within the county.

Weekly motivational newsletters with tips and tricks will be available to those registered, and their names will be entered to win weekly prize giveaways.

"We have over $1,000 in prizes to give away," said Nikki Custer with the Franklin County Recreation Department.

Participants may walk in groups or on their own.

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