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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Return to Earn Program Now Available to Businesses Located in the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany High

Small businesses that are interested in applying for funding may visit https://www.vcwblueridge.com/returntoearn to learn more about the program and to find the official application. 

See full press release here. 

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Vaccinate Virginia

Pre-Register online or by telephone for a free Covid19 vaccination.  To pre-register online, visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/.. To register by telephone call (877) 829-4682. Other vaccination information is available online at https://www.vd...

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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.

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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: June 16, 2021

NORFOLK SOUTHERN ANNOUNCES TWO ROAD CLOSURES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

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Norfolk Southern Railroad has notified VDOT they will be doing maintenance and repairs on two roads in the Henry area of Franklin County.
On June 17th, Lillian Naff Drive will be closed for these repairs.
On Monday, June 21st, Henry Road, in "downtown ...
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Posted on: June 15, 2021

MAKING I-81 SAFER

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This week law enforcement agencies along the I-81 corridor will be working to eliminate traffic fatalities and reduce crashes by increasing enforcement and education around Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driving tips on June 8 and 11. Together, make I-81 ...
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Posted on: June 10, 2021

SCRAP METAL PERMITS RESUME

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The Franklin County Jail will resume accepting applications for Scrap Metal Permits on Monday, June 7th 2021. This service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. The processing fee is $25.00 (cash or money order only). Applicants must pr...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

ONSITE VIDEO VISITATION FOR INMATES TO RESUME

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Onsite VIDEO visitation with inmates housed in the Franklin County Jail and the Western Virginia Regional Jail will resume on Tuesday, June 8th 2021. 
- Onsite video visits are free of charge and are scheduled for up to 20 minutes each.
- Video vis...
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Posted on: May 6, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ADVISES OF NEW SCAM ATTEMPT

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Several Franklin County residents have received calls from a scammer advising they have missed jury duty.
Scammer tells resident there is a monetary fine for this and attempts to extort money from the resident.
The resident is asked to purchase gift cards a...
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Posted on: May 3, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKS QUALIFIED CANDIDATES FOR PATROL AND CORRECTIONS

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office seeks qualified candidates for full-time Corrections & Law Enforcement/Patrol positions.

Requirements: HS diploma or equiv., valid VA driver’s license & must successfully pass: background che...

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Posted on: May 1, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ARRESTS MADE IN 2019 HOMICIDE CASE

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in the 2019 homicide of Travis Pannell. 
Patrick Antoine Davis, 34 years old of Danville, was arrested in Danville on April 28th, 2021 and has been charged with Second Degree Murd...
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Posted on: April 27, 2021

BEDFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES K9 PASSING

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It is with great sorrow we must share that K-9 Rex passed away this morning. K-9 Rex was 14 years of age and served as a patrol K-9 initially under Deputy Desilvey, and most recently under Captain Hatcher, before retiring in September of 2018.  K...

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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: June 17, 2021

NEW HIRE TO THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to welcome Brian Hall to our organization! Brian comes to us from Martinsville Sheriff's Office and will be assigned to the Corrections Division.
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Posted on: June 19, 2021

COMMUNITY EVENT ANNOUNCED

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On Saturday, June 26th from 10AM - 2PM, there will be a Pigg River Community Outreach Day at the PRCC located at 2410 South Main Street, Rocky Mount.
Everyone is invited, see flyer attached for all the activities and note the rain date.
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Posted on: June 15, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT JAKES EVENT

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On Saturday, June 5th, the Office of the Sheriff participated in the annual Jakes Event sponsored by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Great weather and a crowd of nearly 200, made for a wonderful event.
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Posted on: June 14, 2021

FLAG DAY 2021

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What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Second Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with...
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Posted on: June 10, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY JAIL RESUMES FINGERPRINTING FOR THE PUBLIC

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On Monday, June 7th 2021, the Franklin County Jail will resume fingerprinting for the public. Hours for fingerprinting are Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. The cost is $5.00 per card.
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Posted on: June 9, 2021

REMEMBERING D-DAY 1944

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The Office of the Sheriff is taking a moment, on this day, to reflect on our heroes from World War II that participated in the invasion of Normandy, France. 
The Allied assault was originally named Operation Overlord, but soon became known as just...
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Posted on: June 2, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASKS MOTORISTS TO BE ALERT FOR BICYCLES

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As the summer begins to heat up, more and more residents will be out enjoying a bicycle ride.Bike riding has increased over the last several years in Franklin County and around Rocky Mount.Both adults and children can be seen riding.The Virginia Departmen...

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

HONOR GUARD PARTICIPATES IM MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard was at the Memorial Day Remembrance held each year at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Monday, May 31st.
This somber ceremony remembers all local residents who served in our armed forces and ...
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Posted on: June 1, 2021

LIGHTHOUSE BIBLE CHURCH HOLDS LAW ENFORCEMENT EVENT

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Back in 2020, Lighthouse Bible Church, in Vinton, had area law enforcement agencies sign large police "Thin Blue Line" flags. The Office of the Sheriff participated in that signing.

On Sunday, May 30th, LBC held a huge Memorial Day Service plus, ...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

WOODMENLIFE AWARD NAMES SGT HODGES

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WoodmenLife/Lisa Landes recognized Sgt. Anthony Hodges for the month of May 2021.

Sgt. Hodges has been a volunteer and a giver most of his life. As medical officer for the Franklin County Jail, Anthony's job got a little more intense during the CO...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARDED - DEPUTY D SMITH

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Yesterday, Deputy Dylan Smith received a Shining Star Award from Sheriff Overton. This award came after a resident commendation that complemented Deputy Smith on his professionalism, eagerness, and courteous nature on handling a call for service regarding...
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Posted on: May 26, 2021

LUNCH DONATION TO OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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On Tuesday, May 25th, members of the Office of the Sheriff enjoyed a delicious lunch from Buddy's BBQ VA, donated by SERVPRO of Roanoke!
Thank you, Clark Goodman and ServPro of Roanoke, for your generosity!

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARDED - DEPUTY ALEJANDRO / K-9 SASHA

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Yesterday (5/25/21), Sheriff Overton presented two Shining Star Award's to Deputy Alejandro. One award was for a successful search and rescue track where Deputy Alejandro led K-9 Sasha to locate an individual in a mental health crisis for approxi...
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Posted on: May 26, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF REMINDS EVERYONE TO WATCH OUT FOR PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC

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Pedestrian safety is everyone's responsibility!
Motorists: protect pedestrians by giving them time to safely cross (remember, it's the law to stop for those in crosswalks).
Pedestrians: take time to cross at a marked intersection & loo...
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Posted on: May 20, 2021

RECRUITS GRADUATE CARDINAL ACADEMY

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Wednesday, May 19th,  the Franklin County Sheriff's Office had 4 recruits graduate from LE Academy and 2 from the Jail Academy. Such a special time for these gentlemen after weeks of hard work and dedication, preparing to serve this comm...

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Posted on: May 20, 2021

HOMESTEAD CREAMERY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

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Wednesday, May 19th, Homestead Creamery, Inc celebrated 20 years of business and a new upgrade to the inside of their Farm Market Store.
Many were on hand to celebrate with the crew at HC.
Major Justin Sigmon said, "We are blessed to ...
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Posted on: May 18, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARDED TO AUXILIARY DEPUTY LURENA HUFFMAN

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On Monday, May 17th, Sheriff Overton presented Auxiliary Deputy Lurena Huffman with a Shining Star award. Lurena has a background in forensic science and has been instrumental in forensic training for the Office of the Sheriff. We are thankful for her exp...
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Posted on: June 20, 2021

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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Promoted in the early 1900's, it was 1970 when Congress set the third Sunday in June each year as Father's Day.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to take a moment and wish all fathers a very happy day.
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Posted on: May 18, 2021

CHURCH GIFTS SHERIFF'S WITH LUNCH

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Monday, May 17th, Furnace Creek Baptist Church of Rocky Mount brought by a huge variety of food for our lunch.
FCBC representative Leonard Aken, stopped in with dozens of food trays for our crews.
We are so thankful for Furnace Creek Baptist Church...
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Posted on: May 17, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ASSISTS AT COVID POD

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On Wednesday, May 12th, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office assisted at the Covid Vaccination Pod held at the Pigg River Community Center in Rocky Mount.Sponsored by Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital United Way of Roanoke Val...

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Posted on: May 16, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECOGNIZES NATIONAL EMS WEEK

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May 16th - 22nd, 2021 is the 46th annual National EMS week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work that they do in our communities.

The Office of the Sheriff would like to thank all Emergenc...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

HAPPY NURSES DAY FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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May 6th, 2021 is National Nurses Day, which kicks off National Nurses Week through May 12th. Nurses Week began in 1974 by President Nixon and is dedicated to showing appreciation to those in the nursing profession!

The Office of the Sheriff would like to t...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECOGNIZES FIREFIGHTER’S DAY

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On International Firefighter's Day, the Office of the Sheriff would like to express thanks to all Firefighters who serve Franklin County each day! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!

Your spirit of community and motivation to provide a valuable service should al...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

NATIONAL CORRECTIONS OFFICERS WEEK - MAY 2nd - 8th, 2021

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This week, we commemorate the contributions of correctional officers, jail deputies, and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has approximately 20 deputies who se...
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Posted on: May 3, 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 AND 2021 GRADUATING CLASSES OF FERRUM COLLEGE

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April 30th- Ferrum hosted an in person ceremony at Adams Stadium for the class of 2020. 2020 graduates did have a virtual ceremony last year, but we're so happy they were able to dawn their regalia and celebrate in person this year!
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Posted on: May 1, 2021

LOCAL CHURCH GIFTS FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Franklin Heights Church
  is observing a "Day of Kindness" for Franklin County on Saturday, May 1st (tomorrow). This week, a group from the church dropped off cards and gift certificates to a local eatery for all of our
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Posted on: April 30, 2021

STANDING WATCH PROGRAM ON LOCAL RADIO

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For several years now, B99.9 - Southern Virginia's Country Station and WYTI Radio, INC. have allowed the Office of the Sheriff to have a program each month on their respective stations.

Our segments are on the last Thursdays of each month, WZBB at...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE OFFERS TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

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As we crawl out of winter and shake off the doldrums, many residents are out walking.

Sometimes, they are on the edge or near the edge of our roadways.

Drivers have their responsibilities, but this post is to help educate the pedestrian on what they should ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

GIRL SCOUT TROOP DONATES COOKIES TO OFFICE

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On Monday, April 26th, Troop 8456 donated cookies to the Sheriff's Office as an appreciation gift! 9-year-old Bella Bradley, and her brother, 6-year-old Gabe Bradley, dropped off the cookies and got this awesome picture with Lieutenant Hylton. Th...
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Posted on: April 27, 2021

WE CARE ATV RIDE RAISES AROUND $1700

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Last Saturday's We Care ATV Ride off the Blue Ridge Parkway raised nearly $1700.
75 units participated in the ride which saw 2 folks drive down from Richmond to attend.
Harry Clingenpeel, Event Organizer said, "This event grows each year. Weat...
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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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