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Investigators seek information on armed robbery
Undisclosed amount of cash taken from Boones Mill store
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the armed robbery of a convenience store in Boones Mill on March 21.

The suspect entered the Stop In Food Store at 24875 Virgil Goode Highway about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, according to Lt. Phillip Young.

The suspect was dressed in all black and was wearing a black mask over his face. The suspect was carrying what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun under his jacket.

The suspect approached the counter while the cashier was elsewhere in the store, opened the register and removed an undisclosed amount of money, Young said.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot across U.S. 220. No suspect vehicle was identified near the scene.

It is unclear whether the suspect was male or female, as the suspect was completely covered and did not speak, Young said.

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Sloan to seek Blue Ridge seat on BOS

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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Craig Sloan of Ferrum will seek election to the Blue Ridge District seat on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors being vacated by Bobby Thompson at the end of this year.

Sloan, 43, is a 20-year veteran of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

In his current position as a school resource officer at Franklin County High School, Sloan is surrounded by young people who inspire him to make a difference every day.

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DOE awards teacher grants

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded nine partnership grants totaling more than $1.6 million to increase the content knowledge and sharpen the classroom skills of teachers in science and mathematics.

The Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grants will allow public and private colleges and universities to provide professional development to teachers in an effort to reduce achievement gaps in math and science among student groups, while raising achievement of all students.

Franklin County public schools is one of 27 school divisions receiving funds for secondary mathematics professional development.

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Ferrum College and YMCA to host colorful fundraiser
Proceeds will benefit the Y and a scholarship fund
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Ferrum College and the Franklin County Family YMCA will host a colorful fundraising event, Put Cuffs On Cancer "Chalk It Up" 5K & Festival, on Saturday, April 11.

The 5K run beginning at 12 p.m. near the Ferrum YMCA will cover varied terrain, including asphalt, concrete, gravel and grass on the college campus.

Immediately following the race, the festival held near Franklin Hall will include music, family fun games, a hamburger cookout and a luminaria service in honor and in memory of all those touched by cancer at dusk.

Event registration for runners and non-runners alike is $25. Event proceeds will benefit the Franklin County Family YMCA and a scholarship fund for a Ferrum College student affected by cancer.

Event t-shirts will only be available for those who register in advance at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Ferrum/PutCuffsonCancerCHALKITUP or by stopping by the YMCA.

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‘WyldLife’ may be coming to Franklin County
Group reaches out to middle-schoolers
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Informational meetings are being planned to discuss the possibility of WyldLife, a youth organization that reaches out to middle school kids, coming to Franklin County.

"WyldLife is Young Life for middle-schoolers," said Young Life Director Isaac Nagle.

Nagle, who helped spearhead the arrival of Young Life to Franklin County High School students three years ago, said since its inception, Franklin County Young Life has been thriving.

"We see about 45 to 60 kids a week participating in Young Life," said Nagle. "And the club is becoming quite diverse in its members. Young Life provides a place where high-schoolers can make friends, hang out and be themselves, all while learning about God's love for them."

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