From Pine View Farm

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(The) International Paper Co. mill that has been the been Franklin’s (Franklin, Va.–ed.) heart for generations will close, perhaps as soon as next spring.

“It’s a travesty, a real travesty,” (Mayor) Councill said. “We have 1,100 families to take care of. We want to help, sustain and find work for these people.”

My high school played Franklin in sports, which required a two and a half hour trip across the Bay to get to the games. And. when I was a young ‘un, we drove through Franklin twice a year on the way to visit my grandmother in South Carolina back.

We would always joke that the smell of the mill was the smell of money. Back then, it was still Union-Bag Camp Paper Co.

Franklin was a neat, well-kept little town on U. S. 58 out in the country (since then, the suburbs of the Hampton Roads area area have marched relentlessly towards it and it is no longer out in the country).

I guess it will no longer have the smell of money.

Afterthought, I’m sorry, but I can’t resist dept.:

I wonder if there’s ever confusion about who’s the Mayor and who’s the Town Councill?


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