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 Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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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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David Cundiff was a leader who will be missed

After the late David "Buddy" Cundiff was elected to the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in 2007 representing the Union Hall District, many did not know how the career law enforcement officer would do in that position. We all learned quickly that the transition from being a police officer to helping run the county government was seamless.

When he was named supervisors chairman in 2011, there was again the expected anticipation. Everyone was used to the steady hand of Rocky Mount District Supervisor Charles Wagner, who had been chairman for three years prior.

And again, the transition was smooth. Mr. Cundiff showed from the beginning that he had no trouble at all running a supervisors meeting, not an easy job by any stretch. He kept order without a beat, balancing his job of being in charge and keeping the meetings flowing properly to making sure other supervisors, as well as the public, had their say.

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Boones Mill officials are promoting RR history

Many skeptics thought saving the old Boones Mill train depot was a lost cause after infighting in the town left the project in limbo a couple of years ago, as the owner of the depot, Norfolk Southern, proceeded with its plan to demolish the dilapidated structure. The depot had become an insurance liability.

If the town could move it, they could have it, the railroad company said. Intentions were good on the part of the town. That is, most people wanted it moved and they wanted to transform it into a welcome center and history museum. However, not much progress was being made because, basically, too many people with different ideas were involved.

That all changed when Mayor Ben Flora, Councilman Mike Smith and others took the bull by the horns and organized a united front, raising enough money to not only move the depot but to help restore it. In the process, they also helped Boones Mill receive a designation on the historical register.

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