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  1. Stanley's I-73 Highway Corridor Compact signed into lawRead the original story

    Friday Apr 10 | Franklin News-Post

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed the I-73 Corridor Compact bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Stanley , into law. The legislation establishes the I-73 Federal Transportation Compact, creating a partnership between Virginia and the states of Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to coordinate the funding and strategic development and construction of Interstate 73. When completed, the Virginia portion of I-73 will traverse the Virginia state line in Henry County, through Martinsville and Franklin County, and lead through Roanoke to the West Virginia border.


  2. Stanley to run for re-election to Va. SenateRead the original story

    Friday Apr 3 | Franklin News-Post

    "During the past four years, it has been both an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Southside and Southwest Virginia in the Senate," said Stanley. "During my tenure, I have successfully submitted legislation to help break the cycle of poverty, to encourage workforce and economic development in our region, and to create the foundation to return our area to its status as an economic driver for Virginia.


  3. Post sold to BH MediaRead the original story

    Monday Mar 30 | Franklin News-Post

    The Franklin News-Post P. O. Box 250 310 Main Street, SW Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151 540-483-5113 Fax: 540-483-8013 BH Media Group announced Monday that it has acquired The Franklin News-Post and the Martinsville Bulletin from Haskell Newspapers. Haskell Newspapers is privately owned by the Haskell family, which acquired the News-Post in 1981 and the Martinsville Bulletin in 1948.


  4. Free Clinic hires new executive directorRead the original story

    Friday Mar 20 | Franklin News-Post

    Proctor joins the free clinic after having served as the executive director of the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County and as the executive director of the Bedford Community Health Foundation. "Donna's extensive experience in both the healthcare and non-profit arenas, coupled with her leadership experience and passion for helping others, are exactly what the Free Clinic of Franklin County and its patients need," said Gail Abbott, president of the clinic's board of directors.


  5. Dailey & Vincent to perform at FCHSRead the original story

    Feb 27, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    Dailey & Vincent, the three-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainers of the Year, will bring their blend of bluegrass, country and gospel to the Franklin County High School auditorium on Friday, March 13. In addition to the Entertainer of the Year awards, Dailey & Vincent have also captured IBMA awards for vocal group of the year , album of the year in 2008, and male vocalist of the year in 2008. The duo also received an award for their gospel performances of "By the Mark" in 2008 and "On the Other Side" in 2009.


  6. Tim Allen chosen as new juvenile judgeRead the original story

    Feb 25, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen has been certified by the Courts of Justice Committee for a new Juvenile and Domestic Relations judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District, which includes Franklin and Pittysylvania counties and the City of Danville. "I was pleased to introduce and recommend Tim Allen to the Courts of Justice Committee Monday afternoon to fill the new JDR judge seat in the 22nd Judicial District," said Del.


  7. Black History program set for Feb. 28Read the original story

    Feb 23, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    File Photo by Stacey Hairston: Walmart associate Betty Helms took a break from her work to sing for the large crowd at last year's Walmart Black History program. The 11th annual Black History Month program will take place Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Rocky Mount Walmart from 12 to 2 p.m. The program, organized by store associates Velma Witcher and Sarah O'Neal, will feature performances by area gospel groups and a message from Penny Blue, Franklin County School Board member-at-large.


  8. Faith-based group collecting blankets for locals in needRead the original story

    Feb 18, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    WorkForce Unlimited is collecting new and gently-used blankets for their community partner, Grace Network, to deliver to area families in need of aid this winter. The blankets can be dropped off at WorkForce Unlimited's Rocky Mount location at 1656 N. Main Street throughout the month of February.


  9. Bass retires as library director on Jan. 31Read the original story

    Jan 26, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: David Bass, director of the Franklin County Public Library, will retire after 32 years on the job. His last day is Jan. 31 when Alison Barry will take over his duties.


  10. Franklin County trooper dragged by moving carRead the original story

    Jan 9, 2015 | Franklin News-Post

    A Martinsville woman is being sought in connection with an incident Monday night in which a Virginia State Police trooper was injured. According to a VSP report, Trooper A.J. Berry was on patrol along U.S. 220 in Franklin County when he saw a vehicle fitting the description of one being sought by Rocky Mount police.


  11. Recovery program expands to Franklin CountyRead the original story

    Dec 24, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Courtesy Photo: The Community Recovery Program has arrived in Franklin County to help former substance users gain employment. Program Manager Lisa Smith said the program is serving eight participants from Franklin County.


  12. County jobless rate drops in OctoberRead the original story

    Dec 15, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Franklin County's jobless rate dropped to 5.2 percent in October from 5.4 percent in September, according to the Virginia Employment Commission . "Virginia's unadjusted unemployment rate decreased in October to 4.8 percent," said Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist.


  13. Barbour honored for military, community serviceRead the original story

    Dec 1, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Photo by Mike Wray: Billy Barbour speaks after receiving his award as Veteran of the Year at the 2014 Veterans' Day Program at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville on Nov. 9. Billy Barbour, a Korean War veteran, was presented the award at a program at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville on Nov. 9. Marc Thomas, who presented the award from the area's Veterans Service Organizations, said Barbour was chosen because of his outstanding record of military service and community work. Barbour served with the U.S. Army 24th Infantry and 34th Regiment as a medic in Korea during the war from 1952 to 1954.


  14. Hunters asked to donate unused meatRead the original story

    Nov 26, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Photo by Joe Kosack: Unused venison, from white-tailed deer like the one above, can be donated to the Hunters for the Hungry program to help feed local families in need. The Hunters for the Hungry program is inviting all local hunters to donate their unused venison to those in need of food this winter.


  15. Residents provide gifts for children around the worldRead the original story

    Nov 19, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Courtesy Photo: Third-graders at Ferrum Elementary and other county schools are packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are filled with toys and personal hygiene items.


  16. Shoebox collection sites prepare for giftsRead the original story

    Nov 12, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Right now, churches, businesses, warehouses and homes across the Rocky Mount area are being transformed into collection spots for Operation Christmas Child, the world's largest Christmas project of its kind. Bursting with colorful wrapping paper and energetic volunteers, these collection sites hope to collect many gift-filled shoeboxes for needy kids during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week from Monday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Nov. 24. In preparation for National Collection Week, hundreds of Rocky Mount area individuals, families and groups are filling empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.


  17. County jobless rate down in SeptemberRead the original story

    Nov 5, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Franklin County's jobless rate decreased to 5.4 percent in September from 5.9 percent in August, according to the Virginia Employment Commission . "The unadjusted unemployment rate usually declines in September, with the start-up of public and private schools and colleges," said Ann D. Lang, VEC senior economist.


  18. Animal control manager receives state awardRead the original story

    Oct 27, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Animal Control Operations Manager Cindy Brooks is the recipient of a public service award from the Virginia Animal Control Association. Brooks was honored at the October meeting of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.


  19. DuPont exec to speak at NAACP luncheonRead the original story

    Sep 22, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Courtesy Photo: Willie C. Martin, DuPont Corporation's vice president for North American Operations, will be the guest speaker for this year's Franklin County NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon. Above, he is shown with his wife, Rosemarie.


  20. Hillbilly Poker Run' set for SaturdayRead the original story

    Sep 15, 2014 | Franklin News-Post

    Photo by Leanne Oakes: The 11th annual Hillbilly's Poker Run is set for Saturday, Sept. 20. The run is in memory of Garry "Hillbilly" Thurman.


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