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 Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Survey will help assess needs of the area’s seniors

One of the ongoing initiatives in Franklin County is planning for the fast-growing number of seniors who live here. That number is expected to make up as much as 25 percent of the county's population in about 10 years.

The recent move of the Department of Aging Services to the Essig Recreation Center was a step in the right direction, providing a venue for more and more programs for seniors. From exercising to bowling classes to writing workshops, seniors can find a variety of activities and experiences. And those options keep growing.

Aging Services is also concerned about seniors who may not participate and may be unable to do so for a variety of reasons. It's difficult to get a handle on how many seniors may fall into this category. That's one of the reasons the Southern Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) is conducting a survey about the needs of older individuals.

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Proposed gun-control measures again fail

Every year, some Virginia legislators try to push through gun control measures. And every year, most are defeated. Well, they are not necessarily defeated by the General Assembly. They usually don't even make it out of committee.

The proposed measures this year, all with the full support of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, included limiting handgun purchases to one a month and closing the "gun show loophole" that allows sales by private sellers without requiring a criminal background check.

They failed in the Senate Courts of Justice committee.

On the other hand, the same committee that stopped gun-control measures voted in favor of gun-rights measures. Those include legislation that would allow concealed-handgun permit holders to carry guns on school property outside normal school hours. Another would allow residents to obtain lifetime concealed handgun permits. Those permits must now be renewed every five years.

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