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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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German tech company to locate North American headquarters in Franklin County
Edelmann Technology is global leader in manufacturing equipment for the non-woven materials industry
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Edelmann Technology, a global leader in equipment for the non-woven materials industry, will locate its North American headquarters in Franklin County.

The facility in Rocky Mount will be the German company's first office located outside Europe.

Edelmann Technology manufactures and services equipment used by producers, like McAirlaid's, to make a variety of nonwoven materials -- flat, porous sheets made from fibers that are bonded mechanically, thermally or chemically -- used in wipes and absorbent products. 

Edelmann expects to be in operation in Rocky Mount by the end of February.

"Franklin County and Rocky Mount is a perfect location for our service and after-sales operation that will serve our current and future customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America," said Jesus Lopez Marin, managing director of Edelmann Technology. "Franklin County's strong workforce and proximity to regional assets, like Virginia Tech, will allow us to recruit highly-qualified and motivated staff."  

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Senior survey requests input from community

The Southern Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) is conducting a survey about the needs of senior citizens in the area.

The agency is asking for feedback from seniors and caregivers about current services and needs of seniors in the community.

Contact SAAA to request an Aging Services Survey at (276) 632-6442 or toll free at (800) 468-4571. Or a survey may be requested by email at or

Representatives of civic clubs, service organizations and church groups are encouraged to participate by requesting multiple surveys for their group.

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Humane society offers low-cost spay surgeries

Warmer weather may still be months away, but the Franklin County Humane Society wants cat owners to "Beat the Heat" by spaying their cats in advance of their heat cycles and preventing unwanted litters from being born this spring.

Animal shelters commonly refer to spring time as "kitten season" because that is when they receive the largest influx numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

That's why the Humane Society's Planned Pethood Clinic is offering a special Beat the Heat campaign, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America. Planned Pethood Clinic will provide $20 spay surgeries for female cats during the month of February.

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United Way steps up to plate for amputee
‘I had nobody to turn to’
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By NANCY BELL - Special to the News-Post

Dennis McManama may be one of the best examples of the kind of work the United Way of Franklin County does in helping area residents.

And his story demonstrates how anyone could find themselves in need of help.

McManama was 49 years old, employed full time with a logging company and preparing to buy a home, much like most people trying to make a life for themselves.

But all that changed in the blink of an eye, and his life was set on a different trajectory.

As he stepped down from a truck one day, he reached for a handle to keep his balance. Sadly, the handle he expected to grab was no longer there, and he fell, one leg becoming wedged between the steps as he went down.

"It was the most painful thing I ever went through," McManama said. "I took one look at that bone jutting out of my leg and went right into shock."

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‘Buddy Holly’ to perform at Harvester in Rocky Mount
Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw played the rock icon in ‘La Bamba’
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Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw will perform at the Harvester Center in Rocky Mount on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.

Best known for his song "Someday, Someway," a top 40 hit in 1982, Crenshaw received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania.

In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic "La Bamba."

His debut album, "Marshall Crenshaw," was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established Crenshaw as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the single "Someday, Someway," which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier.

"Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself," according to a quote from Trouser Press.

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