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 Wednesday, October 22, 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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Towns meals tax revenue record is a good sign

We hope it's a sign of things to come.

During the month of September, the Town of Rocky Mount collected $116,710 in meals taxes. This figure is the highest meals tax collected in a single month, ever, town officials say.

Although it's only about $14,000 more than the amount collected during September 2013, it's still a milestone. It's also noteworthy that the town's total meals tax collected during the first nine months of this year was $932,268, about $7,000 more than the figure from the same period in 2013.

Town officials don't know if this is a trend or how much of it is attributable to activity associated with the Harvester Performance Center. The center opened in April, and a new restaurant, the Bootlegger's Cafe that is located across the street from the center, opened this summer.

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‘The Eagle’ in a class by itself

Congratulations once again to the staff of Franklin County High School's newspaper, The Eagle. Not only did the newspaper again take first place in statewide competition (for the 2013-14 school year), it was also honored with a "trophy class" rating, singling it out as the only high school newspaper in the state to receive this prestigious honor.

In other words, it was recognized by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) as being in a class by itself. The competition was simply blown away.

But such honors don't come easily. A tremendous amount of work goes into producing a high school newspaper, or any newspaper for that matter, so these students, and their faculty adviser Dave Campbell, have to put their hearts and souls into making it happen.

It is also telling that Mr. Campbell said one of the reasons the school enters the newspaper into competition is to get feedback from judges to help make the paper even better.

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