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 Friday, November 28, 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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Ken Bradley left legacy of good will and integrity

Most people in Franklin County seem to know the name of Ken Bradley, even if they never met him. At some point, they probably read one or more of his countless stories over the years.

For 25 years, he covered about every story imaginable in the county for the News-Post, and he was on a first-name basis with most government officials, from supervisors to judges. His quiet, unassuming manner was always welcomed, and he seemed to find something positive in about everything.

When he had to write tough stories, he did so. But he never seemed to anger anyone simply because he wrote the truth, and was always fair. He loved his work, and continued to write stories, even as his body weakened.

Mr. Bradley passed away last weekend, with his family by his side. And he faced a battle with cancer and his impending death as he did life itself -- with a positive attitude and strong will. He never complained, and insisted no one else did either. His body may have indeed weakened, but his spirit never did.

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VWCC’s growing role at center is encouraging

When the announcement was made earlier this year that Martinsville's Patrick Henry Community College was basically starting the process of pulling out of The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, it came as surprise to most residents. After all, PHCC had offered classes and training, and maintained a staffing presence, at the center for many years.

However, as part of that announcement, officials from Roanoke's Virginia Western Community College, another long-term presence at the center, were on hand to ensure residents that PHCC's leaving was a cooperative transition between the two colleges and the center. That is, VWCC would fill any voids in services created. Much of the speculation related to the impact centered on whether county residents would receive the same opportunities. But both colleges insisted those opportunities would not lessen and, in fact, expand.

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Helping children purpose of CATS

A new initiative in Franklin County is bringing much needed help for kids who struggle to do things most people take for granted. It's called Children's Assistive Technology Service (CATS) and the organization takes used pediatric rehab equipment and modifies it for another child's use.

This equipment is expensive, so it's certainly a good idea to put it to use after a child outgrows it and needs other equipment. The modified equipment is then donated to children who can't afford anything new.

Whether it's walking or eating or playing, this equipment allows these children a greater range of ability and greater independence.

Local volunteers with CATS include Jim Shafer, Correen Bookout, Debbie Echternach, Cathie Cummins, Claire Wong and Carole Shafer.

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