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

Organization providing pediatric rehab equipment
Help available for local kids with special needs
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As a participant in the University of Delaware's GoBabyGo initiative, 5-year-old James Holland of Ferrum is the recipient of the first modified racecar completed by Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS).

Serving the Roanoke River Valley area, CATS took root just this year in Rocky Mount.

Incorporated in July, the organization provides for the re-use of pediatric rehabilitation equipment. CATS will accept a donation of costly adaptive equipment from one child with a disability, who has outgrown equipment, and donate it to another child who needs it.

The mission is to achieve a community in which all available adaptive equipment is in use by children with disabilities.

Assistive technology refers to the entire range of rehabilitative and adaptive equipment and devices that allow people with disabilities to perform activities with greater independence, and to succeed at tasks they might otherwise be unable to accomplish or have great difficulty accomplishing.

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Local woman to serve 7 years for selling heroin

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount woman will serve seven years of a 16-year prison sentence for selling heroin.

Amanda Sue Blankenship, 25, pleaded guilty last week to one count of possession with intent and one count of distribution of heroin, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.

A third charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin was dismissed through a plea agreement, Brown said.

The possession charge stems from a consensual search of a vehicle in which Blankenship was a passenger on Feb. 7 at a convenience store in Burnt Chimney, Brown said.

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State budget cuts hurt county coffers

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Franklin County is once again facing a cut in state funding that leaves the county paying for mandated services.

Vincent Copenhaver, the county's finance director, told the board of supervisors last week that Franklin County's share of the state budget cuts for this fiscal year is more than $160,000.

Although that is less than expected, it still means the county must make up the difference for the bulk of costs, he said.

Copenhaver said the board has three options: reduce incoming state revenues to make up the shortage; reduce departmental budgets and pay the state the money; or a combination of the first two options.

Boone District Supervisor Ronnie Thompson asked why the localities have to pick up the tab.

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39 students chosen for 2015 All-District Choir
FCHS has highest number in district
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Franklin County High School had the highest number of students, out of 40 schools in District VI, chosen for the 2015 All-District Chorus.

During the November 1st audition, students individually sang "Whither Must I Wander" and also sight-read four measures of music.

"These are very talented young people," said choir Director Kathy Carter. "They are a joy to teach and I am very proud of each one of them."

The 39 students who were chosen, as well as the one alternate, will rehearse and perform with other students selected to the All-District Chorus on Feb. 13 and 14 at Salem High School.

"I was so scared and nervous, but I was so proud of myself when I made it," said FCHS Junior Nikki Wright. "My advice to anyone wanting to try out is to always believe in yourself. You might be really surprised in what you can achieve."

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Riders in the Sky to perform at Harvester
Cowboy quartet continues tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
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America's favorite cowboys Riders in the Sky will perform at the Harvester Center in Rocky Mount on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre.

And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "the cowboy way!"

Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (They are the only exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

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