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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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BRI seeks info, photos of county canneries
Exhibit at Ferrum College set for this fall
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By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

The Blue Ridge Institute (BRI) and Museum at Ferrum College is seeking information and photographs related to the canning factories that operated in Franklin County between 1900 and 1950.

There were numerous facilities in Franklin County where farm products were grown and canned before being shipped via rail throughout the country, according to Roddy Moore, BRI director.

"Canneries had to be the largest... ah, legal... industry in the county," he said.

Beth Worley, a Ferrum native, is a researcher working on the BRI's next exhibit, which is scheduled to open this fall. The daughter of Shirley and the late Bobby Worley is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Emory and Henry College. She received her master's degree from the University of Memphis.

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Jefferson Center & Harvester partner for show
Sam Bush will perform in Rocky Mount in October
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The Harvester Performance Center will partner with The Jefferson Center for an Oct. 30 performance by Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Sam Bush in Rocky Mount.

The Jefferson Center in Roanoke has long been one of the premier venues for live concerts in all genres, said Harvester Manager Gary Jackson.

"Now with the Harvester Performance Center in nearby Rocky Mount, Southwest Virginia has another unique and excellent venue to showcase top-notch artists," Jackson said. "Both organizations are proud to host one of the best when Sam Bush performs this fall."

Matt Hankins, assistant town manager and venue developer, said it is important to have great partnerships, not only with artists, but also with other venues and arts organizations.

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Old depot finds a new home
The historic building will become community center
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By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

It was moving day Friday in Boones Mill, as the historic train depot was moved from Norfolk Southern property next to the railroad track to the town's industrial complex.

Wolfe House and Building Movers from Pennsylvania moved the structure by using long steel beams that sit atop large wheels that are controlled by a remote control apparatus, insuring the structure stays level during movement.

The depot had to cross two sets of railroad tracks before it arrived at its new location in the town's industrial complex.

A crowd lined the side of the road next to the depot to watch the start of the move Friday morning.

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‘Pack the Bus’ set for Aug. 1
Annual event collects school supplies for local children
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The 15th annual "Pack the Bus" event to collect school supplies for underprivileged children will take place Friday, Aug. 1 at Walmart in Rocky Mount.

The bus will be in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Individuals or businesses that wish to contribute school supplies can drop them off at the bus on Friday.

All supplies collected in Rocky Mount will stay in Franklin County and will be distributed to children in county schools. School officials will handle the distribution of the donated school supplies.

The project has collected more than $500,000 in school supplies over the past 14 years.

Walmart is sponsoring the event this year with help from Pepsi.

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