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Back Pack kick-off ‘overwhelming’ success
Donations still needed to keep hungry kids fed
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The kick-off to the Franklin County Back Pack program was a great success, according to Family Preservation Services (FPS) counselor Melisa Allen, who was "overwhelmed with the community's response."

"The community has really come together to embrace the children of Franklin County and to make a difference in their lives," she said.

For more than a decade, the Back Pack Program has provided nutritious and easy-to-prepare foods to elementary students who may not eat over the weekend when school meals are not available.

In conjunction with the Sept. 12 National Day of Service, FPS joined forces with area volunteers, schools and service organizations to kick off the program this year.

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Residents can use ‘Smith Mountain Lake’ in address
USPS program connects zip codes and postal districts in a national database

Thanks to an early 50th Anniversary Celebration initiative, lake residents can use "Smith Mountain Lake, VA" as the "city and state" on their return addresses.

Lake-area residents and businesses served by the Glade Hill, Goodview, Hardy, Moneta, Huddleston, Penhook, Union Hall and Wirtz post offices can replace their community name with "Smith Mountain Lake," according to 50th Anniversary Steering Committee Chairman Bill Piatt.

"This doesn't re-name any of our towns," Piatt emphasized. "And no one is obligated to change their address to Smith Mountain Lake. But those who want their lake-area home or business to have a lake-specific address can do so immediately and be assured that mail, addressed to them at 'Smith Mountain Lake, VA' and including their current five digit zip code, will be promptly delivered."

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Callaway man pleads guilty to cooking meth

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Callaway man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court to cooking methamphetamine.

Charles Kenneth Hunt, 44, faces up to 40 years in prison for manufacturing the illegal stimulant.

A related drug charge -- possession of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine -- was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

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School Board Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge
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Franklin County public schools' Superintendent Mark Church recently challenged school board members to take the ice bucket challenge, which raises money and awareness for ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease). Accepting the challenge Wednesday evening were, from left, Sarah Alexander, Bill Brush, G.B. Washburn and clerk Janet Stockton, who bolted soon after the ice water was dumped. Members of the Franklin County High School varsity football team, from left, Bradley Parcell, John Stone, Nate Ellis, Tyler Bennett, Logan Palmer and Tyler Jones seemed to enjoy their task.

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United Way kicks off fundraising campaign
Goal for this year is $382,000
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The United Way of Franklin County has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign.

UW Director Nancy Bell made the announcement at the Harvester Performance Center Wednesday morning, revealing the goal of $382,000 for this year's campaign.

Bell and Franklin Community Bank's Todd Hammock, who is also president of the UW' s board of directors, said the need is there and the goal was raised this year to meet that need.

A local bank and a nonprofit have already stepped up as Pacesetters to kick off the campaign.

Franklin Community Bank employees raised $6,612 and STEP Inc. raised $5,000.

Kelly Riggan with FCB made the presentation to Bell and Hammock at the announcement, while Kim English represented STEP.

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