McDowell activist who promoted education now going to college herself

By Scott Finn 

For more than 20 years. Franki Patton Rutherford has been trying to convince the young people of McDowell County to further their education. Earlier this year, her daughter became the first woman in the family to complete her college degree. 

Now, it’s Rutherford’s turn. The 57-year-old community activist is retiring today from being executive director of Big Creek People in Action. Rutherford will soon be a full-time student at Ferrum College in Virginia.

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