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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Gills Creek Community Meeting

Lorie Smith, Gills Creek Supervisor for the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, would like to announce a community meeting to be held Monday, January 25 at 6:00 P.M. Lorie would like the opportunity to update her constituents on County matters and answe...

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

Bond Rating Agencies Reaffirm Franklin County’s Very Strong Credit Ratings

Moody’s stated their “rating reflects our (Moody’s) assessment of the County’s general implicit obligation credit strength” and “the County’s sizeable tax base” as well as “healthy & stable reserves and liquidity supported by conservative management a...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Virginia Employment Commission/Virginia Career Works-Blue Ridge Updates

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF STATUS – VIRGINIA CAREER WORKS BLUE RIDGE ROANOKE CENTER

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Due to the rising COVID numbers in our region at present, out of an abundance of concern for the health and safety of our clients and staff...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

New Franklin County Animal Shelter "Grand Opening"

    

The "Grand Opening" of the new $1.4 million, 6,000 sq ft facility will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The public is welcome to tour the facility, there will be a law enforcement K9 demonstration...

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Public Safety News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Franklin County residents are urged to practice healthy disease preventing practices including:

  • Washing hands often with soap
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Cleaning ...
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Public Safety News
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer for a fire department or rescue squad is a time consuming adventure but it is nonetheless rewarding.  Use our volunteer application to join us today!

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - January 2021

Brett Mullins

Brett has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years with the exception of times when his children where young and when he was away for military enlistment.  He originally joined as a teenager for something to do that would occupy his time. That &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Member Spotlight - December 2020

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Ryan is currently the captain of the rescue division at Scruggs Fire and Rescue.  He serves with his wife Denise, who is the First Lieutenant of the rescue division. They have been married for 22 years and have 2 sons that are 20 and 16. &nbs...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - November 2020

Lynn Wray

Station 15 (Westlake)

Lynn was born and raised in Franklin County. He began volunteering at Franklin County Rescue Squad in 2001, partly influenced by the 9/11 attacks. He has always enjoyed helping others and wants to give back to the community. That oppo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - October 2020

Odell Gray

Odell Gray - Ferrum Fire Department

Odell has lived in Franklin County the majority of his life. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1985.  He attended VCU and Ferrum College, eventually graduating  from Ferrum.  Aft...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - September 2020

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Anna D. - Callaway Rescue Squad

Anna is 18 years old, she obtained her EMT-B certification while in high school. She graduated this year and is currently attending Virginia Western Community College to obtain a Health Sciences Degree. She plans to eventual...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

Chris Esposito - Career Staff

Chris is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Franklin County Public Safety and also serves as a fill-in captain. He has worked for Public Safety since early 2013. Chris grew up in Danville, VA and moved to Franklin County after becomi...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - July 2020

Emergency Medical Technician

Michaelynn H. - Red Valley Rescue Squad

Michaelynn is a single mother of a 15-year-old son. He is an A/B honor roll student. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of six.  She says, “He is such a bright, intelligent, and loving youn...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

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Baylor Janney - Boones Mill Fire Department

Baylor has been a volunteer at Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department for almost 2 years. When he isn’t at the fire station, you can find him working for his dad doing interior construction or working for Boones M...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - May 2020

Ron Gearheart

Ron Gearheart - Career Staff

Ron is a career Paramedic/Firefighter/Chaplain with Franklin County Department of Public Safety. He is an Associate Pastor at New Vision Baptist Church. He has been married to his wife Michele for over twenty years “bless her h...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - April 2020

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George T. - Scruggs Fire, Rescue & Dive

George has been part of the Smith Mountain Community forever! Just ask anyone. With over 60 years of Public Safety experience, George, formerly Chief of the SML Marine Division, is now with Scruggs VFRD. He is al...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - March 2020

Morgan Yopp

Morgan Y. - Glade Hill Rescue Squad

Morgan is 20 years old.  She took the EMT class through Franklin County High School during the spring semester of 2017 with Eric Newman.  Mr. Newman’s class introduced her to EMS and is part of the reas...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

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Mark Tatum - Company 14

Mark is 1st Lieutenant at Henry Volunteer Fire Department.  He has been with Company 14 since 2002 when the department was founded.  Mark is happily married with 2 children, John Mark and Samantha Ann Tatum. &n...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Member Spotlight - January 2020

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Rena Jennings - Career Staff

Rena was raised and still lives in Bedford County.  She has 4 awesome children who live close to her,  including her grandson,  Bear.  She attended Staunton River High School. After graduatin...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

INDICTMENTS HANDED OUT IN MURDER CASE FROM 2020

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On January 4th, 2021, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office investigators presented evidence to the Franklin County Grand Jury regarding the above-mentioned shooting incident. Indictments were issued for the following individuals and charges: 

Qu’Shawn...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 9, 2021

THANK YOU FRANKLIN COUNTY

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We are aware that today, January 9th has been designated as National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is honored being a part of a national law enforcement community and we are very appreciative of the county ...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 4, 2021

COVID -19 INFORMATION

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Sharing information from the World Health Organization concerning lessening the spread of COVID - 19.

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BE SAFE

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Sheriff News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

COVID SCAM INFORMATION

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See the flyer / picture attached to this article.

Great information to help all of us be aware of Covid scammers.

This picture was from our neighboring law enforcement partners, Henry County Sheriff's Office

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Sheriff News
Posted on: December 23, 2020

BE AWARE OF NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN AT SCRUGGS ROAD AND BLUEWATER DRIVE

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The Office of the Sheriff would like to remind everyone traveling in the Scruggs Road area to be aware of a new traffic pattern at the Scruggs Road/Bluewater Drive intersection.
There is now a FOUR-WAY STOP at this intersection, where previously only traff...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: November 26, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ARREST ON STORE ROBBERY

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Several days after someone robbed Old Kingery Store on Grassy Hill Road, Franklin County Sheriff's Office Investigators made an arrest in the case.

Shirley Kina-Darath Sigmon of Franklin County was arrested on November 25th with charges of Robbery...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY

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Great information from the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.

Note #5 on how to turn off the water.

Also remember, use your drying towel to open the door/s/ exiting the restroom area.

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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 15, 2020

DRUG SATURATION PATROL

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Drug Saturation Patrol-1/13/20-10a-10p

Total Traffic Stops-36

Areas Patrolled- Virgil Goode Hwy, Town, Doe Run, Sontag, Henry, Boones Mill, Redwood, Sydnorsville, Wirtz, Callaway, Ferrum, Snow Creek

Race/Gender-Includes All Occupants of Vehicle

Black Males-9

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

LIFESAVING AWARD GIVEN BY SHERIFF

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Recently, the Office of the Sheriff gave out several more awards to members.Typically, these awards we have been posting would have been presented at our annual award ceremony, but was cancelled due to COVID.PHOTO: L - R > Deputy Dylan Smith and Sgt. S...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 13, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARD FOR INVESTIGATOR

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Recently, the Office of the Sheriff gave out several more awards to members.Typically, these awards we have been posting would have been presented at our annual award ceremony, but was cancelled due to COVID.PHOTO: Investigator Steve McFarling received th...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE PRESENTS AWARDS

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Recently, the Office of the Sheriff gave out several more awards to members.Typically, these awards we have been posting would have been presented at our annual award ceremony, but was cancelled due to COVID.PHOTO: L - R > Donna Kelley (35 years with F...

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Posted on: December 24, 2020

DEPUTY STEPHANNIE MILLS RECEIVES AWARD

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Lisa Landes, WoodmenLife, awarded Deputy Stephannie Mills on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Pictured with Major Justin Sigmon, congratulations Deputy Mills.

Go to our Standing Watch Facebook page and see this entire article posted on December 23rd.

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Posted on: December 24, 2020

LOCAL CHURCH GIFTS OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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Halesford Baptist Church donated gift bags to every FCSO employee for Christmas. Each bag had a restaurant gift card and a New Testament Gideon Bible.An email sent stated gift bags were donated from the church's members and for the Franklin Count...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ACKNOWLEDGES MORE SERVICES HONORS

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office awarded several more employees with years of service awards on Monday, December 21st.

In the attached photo - From Left to RightDeputy Jeff Holland hit the 5 year mark......Deputy Mike Alford has 45 years in la...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 21, 2020

FOOD GIFTING TO FCSO

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Today, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a wonderful blessing of lunch from Cindy Bower, Bank of Botetourt.
Subway sandwiches, chips and cookies.
Thanks to Ms Cindy and Bank of Botetourt, very much appreciated.
Cindy and Cpl. Bryan Johns...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 16, 2020

SHERIFF OVERTON HONORS YEARS OF SERVICE RECIPIENTS

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Recently, Sheriff Bill Overton honored three deputies who have reached notable years of service with the Office of the Sheriff.

At today's ceremony, Sheriff Overton commented on how honored he was to be able to recognize these three deputies. &quo...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 11, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY YOUNGSTER HELPS DELIVER GOODIES TO OTHERS

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Santa’s little helper Branson with the help of his Grandma Dee, called Sgt Johnson asking for help on delivering these goodies he had assembled. He said he wanted Sgt Johnson to pass these out to all the little boys and girls that he may encount...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 3, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS “NO ONE LIKES A DISTRACTED DRIVER.”

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Distracted driving doesn’t always mean you are on your cell phone. Here are just a few examples of distracted driving;

Changing the radio stations or volumes….adjusting the heat or AC…..looking for something you dropped in t...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 21, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROMOTING “PHONE DOWN, IT'S THE LAW”

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80% of all crashes and 65% of all near crashes involve driver inattention within 3 seconds of the crash.

Texting while driving increases your crash risk by 2300% because it involves all THREE kinds of distraction - manual, visual and cognitive.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2020

PHONE DOWN, IT'S THE LAW

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The Office of the Sheriff would like to bring a 2020 Law Update to the attention of all Franklin County residents and visitors regarding the use of cell phones while driving.
Effective January 1st, 2021, it will be unlawful for any person to operate a movi...
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Posted on: July 6, 2020

EXTENDED BRIDGE CLOSURE ALERT ON COLONIAL TURNPIKE

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Beginning now, the bridge over the Pigg River on Colonial Turnpike will close for construction. This closure is expected to last until November of 2021. Be advised that travel in this area will be affected with detours!

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