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Spates honored

Pictured left, former Farmville Town Manager and Vietnam Veteran Gerald “Gerry” Spates, at left, is honored by the Piedmont Area Veterans Council (PAVC) for his support of local veterans over the past several years and his service to the country during the council’s Christmas gathering on Dec. 17. PAVC President Douglas Randolph presents Spates with a certificate during the event. Pictured right, the American Legion Post 32 also honors Spates, left, for his commitment to veterans and their families during the gathering. American Legion Post 32 President Dennis Merkle, right, recognizes Spates for his support.