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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Harvester named ‘Best Musical Venue in SW Va.’
Readers of Virginia Living magazine pick Rocky Mount’s center
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The Harvester Performance Center has been selected as the "Best Musical Venue in Southwest Virginia" in Virginia Living's fourth annual Best of Virginia Readers' Survey.

Over 40,000 readers of the magazine voted in 95 categories for their favorite places to eat, see live performances and play throughout the commonwealth.

"This is yet another honor in the growing collection of accolades for the Harvester Performance Center, and it means so much because the thousands of music fans who have flocked through our doors think enough of us to take the time to vote for us," said Harvester CEO Matt Hankins. "Our staff, our volunteers, our Rocky Mount community and our artists have all worked together to earn this praise, and they deserve this honor for the positive impact the Harvester has had on our regional cultural landscape."

"This selection was impressive because we had over 45,000 music fans through our doors in the first year, and a lot of them voted for our venue because of the quality of the sound, the great experiences they've had and the artists they never expected to see in Rocky Mount," Hankins added.

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Man killed in two-car collision on Route 122
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A 64-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-car collision on Route 122.

Elmer Cecil Johnson Jr. was a passenger in a 2013 Hyundai Sonata that was traveling north on Route 122, making a left turn onto Route 636, according to Sgt. Rick Garletts with the Virginia State Police.

While turning onto Route 636, the car was struck by a 2011 Dodge Ram that was traveling south on Route 122.

The Hyundai was being driven by Tiffany M. McGuire, 29, of Hardy. McGuire and Johnson were wearing seat belts, Garletts said.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ram was being driven by Charles A. Hunt, 32, of Hardy. He was not injured in the crash.

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April meals tax collections set new record high

The Town of Rocky Mount collected $119,709 in meals taxes last month, according to Fiance Director Linda Woody.

That total is up from the $106,223 collected in April 2014.

April's collections are the highest on record, besting the $118,725 collected in November 2014.

So far this year, the town has collected $442,179 in meals taxes.

During 2014, the town collected a total of $1,265,995 in meals taxes.

The meals tax continues to be the largest revenue producer for the town.

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Boones Mill town manager brings vigor to new position

By CARMEN FORMAN - The Roanoke Times

Boones Mill officials hope their new town manager will bring his youthful energy with him when he starts his new job next month.

Matt Lawless, 26, from Winchester starts June 1 in his new part-time position for the town, which has had an interim manager for the past year. He had never been to Franklin County before he arrived for his job interview, but it was then that he was reminded of home.

"It reminds me of the area I grew up in in a lot of ways," Lawless said. "I felt very much at home with the great council, and it's a place where I feel I can have a great, positive impact."

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Pastor to ride bike across country
Bryan Ratliff raising money for new worship center, spreading Gospel
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Bryan Ratliff, pastor of Clearbrook Baptist Church in Roanoke, is embarking on a mission to raise awareness for Jesus Christ and money for his church.

A team of 10 church members, including Ratliff, will ride their bikes across the country between June 1 and June 30, to spread the Gospel to churches along the way and build funds for a new worship center addition to the church.

"When people think of missions, they think of foreign countries, like Africa, Uganda or Haiti," said Ratliff. "As a church, we should not only go to those places, but we should spread the Gospel to our own neighbors as well."

Ratliff, a 2007 graduate of Franklin County High School, has been training with his team since January for the cross-country trek.

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JAM summer camp begins June 2
10 weekly sessions for fiddle, banjo and guitar
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The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will host summer camp, beginning Tuesday, June 2.

Camp will consist of 10 weekly sessions on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren.

Campers will be offered instruction in traditional music on fiddle, banjo and guitar.

"There will be lots of fun enrichment activities, including singing, dancing, special guests and performance opportunities," said JAM Site Supervisor P.J. Brown.

No experience is necessary and campers will provide their own instruments.

Camp is open to youth entering grades four through eight this fall.

The cost per camper is $100, payable at the first Tuesday session. Students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch are eligible for financial assistance.

The church is located at 2363 Brick Church Road in Rocky Mount.

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