Local woman to serve 7 years for selling heroin
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
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.
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.