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Meth lab discovered in motel room
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By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office discovered a meth lab Sunday night in a motel room at 18059 Virgil Goode Highway.

Patrol deputies responded just after 10 p.m. to a call from the motel, where employees had found a plastic bottle containing sludge and other ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Lyle.

The Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and agents with the Virginia State Police were called to assist with the cleanup and decontamination of the site, Lyle said. Investigators are required to wear protective clothing and equipment because the chemicals used in cooking methamphetamine are toxic.

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Hurt: Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) has cosponsored a bill that would require an audit of the Federal Reserve system.

The bill, called the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, would require a full audit of the board of governors within the Federal Reserve system and the Federal Reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States.

The Federal Reserve System supervises nearly all banking in the United States and plays a substantial role in the domestic and global economies, Hurt said.

"Since its creation in 1913, the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors has expanded its power, and its role in monetary policy has gone relatively unchecked," Hurt said. "Given the impact that its policies can have on our economy, the Federal Reserve must be transparent and its leaders must be held accountable to the American people."

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Volunteer competing for $25,000 in shelter renovations
Shan Farrell needs votes from community

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

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The Franklin County Humane Society is representing Virginia in an online contest in which the winner will receive $25,000 in shelter renovations.

Purina Cat Chow has launched its Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest to recognize dedicated shelter volunteers who work to make sure temporary homes for cats are safe and less stressful.

Purina Cat Chow asked 50 cat-focused shelters -- one from each state -- to nominate their top volunteers and to post their volunteer story online for voting amongst consumers.

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Memoirs of Franklin County attorney published
Keister Greer’s early life, military experience detailed in book
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A new book takes a look at the early life and career of a well known Franklin County attorney and writer who died in 2008.

Edited by his widow, Elizabeth "Ibby" Taylor Greer, the book, "Thomas Keister Greer: Youth, World War II Marine and Early Legal Career," includes Greer's writings, letters, notes, anecdotes and some photos from his childhood to his eventful law practice in California.

"The memoirs stand as written, all in his own words," Ibby Greer said in the book's introduction, adding that this is the first of several volumes, with the work to follow concentrating on his legal career.

Before his death in 2008, he had written more than 900 pages of military and legal memoirs, Ibby Greer said.

In this first volume, Keister Greer traces his family's roots in Franklin County, writing that his father, Mose Greer, moved to the coalfields of West Virginia after the family home here burned to the ground.

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High school to host regional OM competition
Events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Franklin County High School will host the Piedmont Regional Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition on campus Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m.

Students from Southwest Virginia, including Franklin, Roanoke, Campbell and surrounding counties, will showcase their creativity by solving one of five problems posed by OM.

"Franklin County High School will be full of awesome kids hoping to show off their creative talents in this exciting tournament," said Director Brenda Hopkins, who is also principal of Windy Gap Elementary.

Problems posed include:

•Runaway Train - Teams will design, build and operate one or more vehicles that will travel on tracks and make stops at different stations without touching the floor.

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