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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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BREAKING NEWS
David Cundiff, supervisors chairman and police chief, dies
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

David Cundiff, the chairman of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors and Rocky Mount police chief, died today after a six-week stay in a Roanoke hospital.

Cundiff, 57, was a 30-year veteran of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, retiring in December 2007, with the rank of lieutenant of investigations.

"David Cundiff was a friend and a colleague for over 30 years," said Sheriff Bill Overton. "David was a good police officer and a darn good investigator, who proved to be a good leader as chief of police and board of supervisors chairman."

"He will be greatly missed," Overton said. "Our prayers and thoughts have been with and will continue to be with the Cundiff family during this difficult time."

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Mountain Valley Pipeline
Supervisors, residents hear details of natural gas project
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A presentation Tuesday night by a company representative on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that is slated to cross Franklin County made two things clear.

First, the natural gas pipeline is in full-steam-ahead mode.

Second, it's coming, regardless of whether property owners who are affected want it.

Even before the program started, board of supervisors Vice Chairman Cline Brubaker told the standing-room-only crowd that had packed the board room in the government center that supervisors have no power related to the pipeline.

"No legislative action can be taken (by this board) to affect the pipeline in any way," he said.

That's because, he said, the companies involved, EQT Corp. of Pittsburgh and Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc., are obtaining a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which gives them the green light to proceed with pipeline plans.

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Schools’ request for energy fund transfer denied
Supervisors say the money was set aside for emergencies

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

A request by Franklin County schools for the transfer of energy reserve funds from the county to the school division was denied Tuesday by the board of supervisors.

School Superintendent Mark Church asked the board to transfer the money, about $260,000 that had been set aside from carryover funds for energy costs two years ago. The funds would be divided equally, almost $89,000, between bus fuel, electricity and heating fuel accounts.

Lee Cheatham, the school finance director, said those three categories saw funding cuts for the current year's budget, and this money will help restore funding in those categories.

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Rocky Mount man to serve 3 years for selling painkillers

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

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A Rocky Mount man will serve three years and nine months of a 13-year prison sentence for illegally selling prescription painkillers.

Bobby Joe Hood, 53, pleaded guilty last month to distribution of oxycodone and conspiracy to distribute the narcotic.

A confidential informant contacted Bradley Shively, 35, of Martinsville in January about buying some oxycodone. Shively then sent Hood to sell oxycodone pills to the informant, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival set for Oct. 25
41st annual event celebrates heritage, traditions
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Visitors from across the nation will celebrate the heritage and traditions of Virginia's mountain folk at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (BRFF) on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ferrum College.

Nationally known for its "real roots" character, the BRFF introduces festival-goers of all ages to the sights, smells, sounds and flavors of a rural lifestyle that is both thoroughly modern and generations old.

Now in its 41st year, the Folklife Festival brings together an unmatched host of traditional musicians, craftspeople, cooks, antique tractor and engine buffs, car builders and hot rodders, horse and mule teamsters, dog handlers, moonshiners, tale tellers, slingshot masters, and much more.

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Haunted house tour begins this weekend
The event raises money for local cancer patients
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By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

A hayride and haunted house tour to benefit a local cancer fund is planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25 and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

The Listening Hill Horror tour is a "huge production with around 100 people volunteering their time and talents," said Laurie Chitwood, who has worked with family and friends to organize the hayride and haunted house event for the past 10 years.

The festivities will take place on her late grandfather's farm at 1800 Listening Hill Road in Penhook.

Chitwood's grandfather, Raymond Davis, lost his battle with stomach cancer in 1995. The annual Halloween event benefits the Raymond David Memorial Cancer Fund, a non-profit charity that helps local families with the medical bills associated with cancer.

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