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Posted on: September 16, 2021

DEQ Public Hearing for Mountain Valley Pipeline VWP Permit

The State Water Control Board will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center, 2410 South Main St, Rocky Mount VA to hear comments on the draft Virginia Water Protection Permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline....

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Franklin County Board of Supervisors and Broadband Authority Seeks Universal Internet Coverage with

The Broadband Authority approved moving forward with a proposal by Shentel and a second by River Street Networks to provide high speed broadband services to over 5000 homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach areas of Franklin County.  ...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

2021 Franklin County Agricultural Fair has been postponed

Prior to this decision discussions were had with local and regional health officials, the County Board of Supervisors, fair vendors, and those volunteering for the event. The County’s highest priority is the health and safety of its citizens. Th...

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Posted on: August 9, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY RECEIVES TWO VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES 2021 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The award-winning programs included the 24 -Hour Library at the Summit View Business Park and River of Lights. This year, VACo received 102 submissions and selected only 30 recipients for the 2021 Achievement Awards. Franklin County was one of only seven ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Public Meeting Announcement, May 4, 2021

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A public meeting is being held to to learn how the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) and your community are at risk to natural hazards, such as floods, hurricanes and winter storms, and the steps we are taking to reduce damages.

To assess ...

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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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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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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Member Spotlight - September 2021

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Savannah Farris - Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad

Savannah grew up in Callaway and always knew that she wanted to make a difference in her rural community.  She joined Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2019 during her sophomore year of college. &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Member Spotlight - August 2021

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Keith has been with Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years. He is the Traffic/Security Officer for Franklin County Schools that you may see dancing and showing off his moves while directing traffic before and after school.  Keith says...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Member Spotlight - July 2021

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In 1976, David joined Fork Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Member.  He wanted to help his community in an area where there was a need.  As a volunteer firefighter,  he hoped his service would make a difference. &a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - June 2021

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“I was asked,  “What got me into EMS?”. The only answer that I was able to come up with is, “EMS  found me”.  My earlier career path had been business oriented,  not medical.  In 2013, I started volunteering in...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Member Spotlight - May 2021

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For this month’s newsletter, the intention was to spotlight a member from our Chaplaincy Program. After reaching out to several members and each of them humbly declining with very similar replies like, “There are more providers worthy ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - April 2021

Jared Mandy

Jared is a Lifetime Member of Glade Hill Rescue Squad.  He is also a member of Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company (Company 13), Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad (Squad 13), and Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Rescue. He has been with Company 13...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Member Spotlight - March 2021

Jonathan Custer

“Firefighting has always been in my blood,” says Jonathan. His grandfather was an original member of Callaway Volunteer Fire Department and helped construct the building in 1966.  His grandfather was his inspiration to become a firefighter.

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Member Spotlight - February 2021

Tyler McPherson

Tyler is 22 years old.  He has lived in Callaway all his life with his parents and 2 sisters. He joined the fire department around the same time he graduated from high school.  He said, “It was something I had wanted to do my e...

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Public Safety Spotlight
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

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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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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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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

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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

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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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Public Safety Spotlight
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

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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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Public Safety Spotlight
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: August 16, 2021

SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT PHONE SCAM IN THE PAST FEW DAYS

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The Office of the Sheriff is looking into several cases of phone scams where the caller claims to be a member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
The caller attempts to extort money by telling the resident things such as; the resident has mi...
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Posted on: August 2, 2021

DMV OFFERS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS

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Already in 2021, there have been 80 crashes involving pedestrians.
As we partner with our Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, we wish to remind both pedestrian and driver to "Look Out For Each Other"
Not just in Rocky Mount and other larger pop...
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Posted on: April 2, 2021

GOOD INFORMATION FROM BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Lt. Robert Kimbrel, Bedford PD, summed it up very well in this local television news piece.
Please don't discharge yard clippings onto the roadways. This causes a very real hazard for motorcyclists and those riding bicycles.

Each year, cyclists are...
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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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Posted on: September 15, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARD TO DEPUTY

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Sheriff Overton presented Cpl. Bryan Johnson the Office of the Sheriff Shining Star Award recently.
Overton said when presenting the award, "Corporal Johnson, while on patrol, noticed an piece of equipment that drew his attention. His being observant ...
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Posted on: September 14, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT 911 WALK

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On Saturday, September 11th, the Rocky Mount Fire Department held a memorial walk from their location on North Main Street to their second location on Floyd Avenue.
The walk was to commemorate the fire fighters who last their lives in the 911 event in New ...
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Posted on: September 14, 2021

MEAL DONATION FROM LOCAL SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE RESIDENT

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Our friend, George Morrison of Smith Mountain Lake, had food delivered to our office during the 911 20th Anniversary weekend.
Mr. Morrison has provided this generous charity for several years in a row during the time around September 11th.
He was nice enoug...
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Posted on: September 13, 2021

BUSINESS PROVIDES LUNCH FOR SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Creditors Collection Service, Roanoke, VA, graciously provided the Office of the Sheriff a wonderful lunch last week catered by El Rio Mexican Grill.

We would like to thank all those at CCS, who made this happen for our office, and to El Rio of Rocky Mount...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE ANNOUNCE PASSING OF K9

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While tracking a hit-and-run suspect in Shenandoah County this week, Senior Trooper J. R. Lewis noticed his K9 partner, Duke, beginning to show signs of heat exhaustion. Lewis returned Duke to the vehicle and began cooling and hydration. They immediately ...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

VA DMV SAYS RIDE WITH YOUR PROTECTIVE GEAR

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is promoting ( to motorcycle riders), to WEAR YOUR GEAR. Program Manager, Steven Williams said today, “Proper gear—a helmet, eye protection, leather jacket & pants, durable gloves & pro...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

WOODMENLIFE AWARD WINNER IS PATRICK PERKINS

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Patrick Perkins for his commitment to our community for the month of August 2021.Patrick is a retired law enforcement, last working with the Franklin County Sheriff&...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

LOCAL RESIDENT GIFTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Winfred Bousman, of Snow Creek, gifted the Office of the Sheriff with a special item.. 
Bousman hand made a sign to be placed at our Firearms Range so we could have a constant reminder of firearms safety. He is a long time NRA instructor and NRA c...
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Posted on: August 9, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ASSISTS WITH "PACK THE BUS" CAMPAIGN

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The sheriff's office was part of a weekend effort to pack a school bus with supplies for students this coming school year.COPS volunteers, Angie Perez and Greg Tornatore along with Deputy H. L. Nolen were at Walmart recently helping with the effo...

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

VIRGINIA DMV SAYS HOT CARS ARE NOT COOL

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Rising temps can quickly turn deadly for a child left inside a parked vehicle. Check your backseat every time you park. Make sure not to leave children of pets locked in your vehicle.

Statistics are heart breaking concerning the children and pets left in v...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 29, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPUTY RECEIVES RECOGNITION

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Deputy Brad Elkins received the WoodmenLife Award for the month of July 2021 recently.

Deputy Elkins was involved in an incident a while back where he intervened in a possible attempted suicide. Elkins was able to stall the subject until assistanc...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 26, 2021

DONUTS FOR COPS? YES!

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Some of the Evident staff stopped by the Office of the Sheriff and brought many boxes of Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts. They were delicious!

Thanks Evident for the thoughtful gift.

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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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