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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Funds Available for Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has announced funding to allow you to pursue job training. Virginia Western Community College is offering assistance to area residents to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Franklin County Releases New Webpage for Local Broadband Initiative

Franklin County, VA is now hosting a new website dedicated to providing citizens and businesses the opportunity to take a deeper look into the County’s efforts to expand Broadband availability. These tools can be accessed from the existing Broad...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Franklin County Creates Pool to Assist Residents Impacted by COVID

Immediate Release: 8.21.20

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has set aside $300,000 in CARES Act funding to assist local residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Franklin County citizens that have been laid-off, furloughed, or experi...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGISTRY

In May 2020, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors approved a new registry requirement for all property owners conducting short-term rentals. 

This ordinance contains language for exempt properties as well as fines for failure to register your ...

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County News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Franklin County Receives $4.7 Million Federal Grant for Summit View Business Park

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Virginia - On October 7th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $4.7 million grant to Franklin County, Virginia, to s...

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County News
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Franklin County and Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Spotlight Collaborative Welcome New Water Tank

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, VA (October 28, 2020) A new water tank was erected this summer by the Western Virginia Water Authority at the Summit View Business Park along Hwy 220 in Franklin County. The water tank is 102.5-feet tall, holds 500,000 gallons of water an...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Funds Available for Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians

Funds Available for Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians

 

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has announced funding to allow you to pursue job training.  Virginia Western Community College is offering assi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

Important Information for Unemployment Insurance

Important Information for Unemployment Insurance

If you have filed an unemployment insurance application (UI), you must then file a weekly claim for each week or you will NOT be paid!  

Note: It takes 5-7 business days for an applicant to ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

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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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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: 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

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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, intellig...

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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 fo...

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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 “b...

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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 o...

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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: 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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Posted on: November 18, 2020

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ADVISES OF MULTIPLE ROAD CLOSURES IN THE COUNTY

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Per VDOT, effective immediately, the following roads will be closed for a period of time:
(1) A section of DAVIS MILL ROAD, between Route 40 and Falcon Ridge Road will be closed until December 16th, 2020
(2) A section of ROCK LILY ROAD, about 1.26 miles sou...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: November 14, 2020

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN BEGINS TWO WEEK INITIATIVE

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On November 16, Franklin County Sheriff's Office will be teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) law enforcement event to kick off the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign which runs through Novemb...
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Posted on: November 9, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE STILL PRODUCING CHRISTMAS CHARITY WITHOUT TREES

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For the past several years, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office pre-sold Christmas trees in order to help families in Franklin County during this holiday time.
This year is different.
Deputy H. L. Nolen, Outreach Coordinator said today, "We k...
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Posted on: November 5, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE URGES DRIVERS TO “PUT DOWN THAT PHONE”

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In an effort to lower the rising rates of accidents and fatalities in our state and nation, the Office of the Sheriff is urging drivers to please not drive and operate their phone.

Effective January 1st, 2021, it will be unlawful for any person to operate ...

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER DISCUSSES PERSONAL SAFETY RULES WITH STUDENTS

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Last week, School Resource Officer Deputy Wooldridge was invited to speak with many of the students who participate in the Boys and Girls Club sponsored by the Rocky Mount Elementary School. 
He challenged the students to make a promise to keep th...
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Posted on: November 4, 2020

KELLER WILLIAMS REALITY SHOWS APPRECATION

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Recently, Michelle Vandergrift and Tommie Joe Walker dropped by the Office of the Sheriff and brought Subway sandwiches to show their support of law enforcement and first responders. We were so honored to receive these great food items.
Thanks to Michelle,...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY

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Every three years, Franklin County's Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) conducts a "Community Health Assessment Survey" to evaluate the needs to improve the health of the communities that we serve. This includes access to care, qua...
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Posted on: October 12, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKS FULL TIME DEPUTIES

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office seeks candidates for full-time Law Enforcement/Patrol positions. 
Requirements: HS diploma or equiv., valid VA driver’s license & must successfully pass background check, drug, physical & written tests ...
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Posted on: October 12, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TEAMS WITH LOCAL CHURCH TO RECEIVE FOOD DONATION

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In the month of August, the Office of the Sheriff was able to team up with
Faith Assembly of God
in Ferrum, VA to receive a large donation of frozen foods from
Convoy of Hope
Members from the Bridging the Gap offender program assisted church mem...
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Posted on: August 31, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PURSUE CALEA

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Franklin County Sheriff, Bill Overton, announced on August 20th the Office of the Sheriff would begin the process to become nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). See the link (below) for the fu...

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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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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: November 27, 2020

PREVENT IDENTITY THEFT WHILE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the US and around the world. Here are some tips to help prevent identity theft during this holiday season:
(1) MONITOR YOUR ACCOUNT: Use online and mobile banking to keep an eye on your transactions, e...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 21, 2020

SHERIFF OFFER TIPS TO PREVENT HOME PACKAGE THEFT

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TIPS ON PREVENTING PACKAGE THEFT DURING HOLIDAY ONLINE SHOPPING
Online shopping has seen a steady increase over the past few years, and is expected to increase heavily over the next two months around the holidays. It is estimated that 8 in 10 adults are re...
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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.

**Effective ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 18, 2020

CHANGES TO SHERIFF'S OFFICE 2020 CHRISTMAS CHARITY

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has been forced to make changes to their Christmas charity this year. 

See the Channel 10 WSLS story about our decision. The thing to remember is the charity WILL CONTINUE. 

WSLS Report

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 18, 2020

JOB OPPORTUNITY: THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF SEEKS FULLTIME EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SHERIFF

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The Executive Assistant to the Sheriff manages the administrative office operations of the Sheriff; maintains and updates Sheriff’s Office leave (sick, vacation, compensatory and holiday time); reviews the Sheriff’s Office personnel ti...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 16, 2020

SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES

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Partnering with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shares the message that "Seatbelts Save Lives".
In 2019, 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States.
We en...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 5, 2020

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER DISCUSSES TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS PROGRAM WITH LOCAL TEENS

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Last week, the 6th and 7th grade at Benjamin Franklin Middle School were taught about the dangers of drugs through the "Too Good for Drugs" Program. 
School Resource Officer Deputy Mills worked with Piedmont Community Services, Kristi No...
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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: November 2, 2020

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF RECEIVES DONATION FOR APPRECIATION

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Recently, members from New Vision Baptist Church dropped off snacks and "Give Grace" stickers to the Office of the Sheriff to show their support and appreciation. 
New Vision Baptist Church teamed with Davis Heating and Air to provide th...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2020

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF REMINDS OF SAFE EXCHANGE ZONE

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Sheriff Overton would like to remind all residents and visitors of Franklin County that we have a "Safe Exchange Zone" in our parking lot. This area is located directly behind the Franklin County Jail and to the right of the Courthouse main entr...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2020

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS

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Did you know the Office of the Sheriff, County of Franklin has received approximately 484 Domestic Violence calls for service through the Office of the Sheriff County of Franklin E911 Center from January to October 2020? This number is a 96.7% increase fr...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 21, 2020

BRIDGING THE GAP PROGRAM ASSISTS FOOD BANKS

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A few months ago, the Bridging the Gap offender program members assisted a local food bank with installing a ceiling in a storage room. 
With the help and expertise of Riley Hall with Custom Siding & Remodeling, LLC, and a few local church mem...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 13, 2020

INVESTIGATIONS VISITS CUB SCOUT TROOP

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Recently, Franklin County Investigators Steve McFarling and Lt. J. P. Nolen gave a presentation to Cub Scout Troop 180.McFarling talked to the troop on how forensics works for law enforcement and gave a footwear impression demonstration.Lt. Nolen talked a...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 12, 2020

FALL 2020 WE CARE ATV RIDE WAS SUCCESS

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"This ride was great!"
That is what many of the over 70 people said after riding the trails from the Blue Ridge Parkway down into Franklin and Floyd Counties.
Charity organizer, Harry Clingenpeel said there were 50 ATVs and they raised over $1000 ...
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Posted on: October 12, 2020

FCSO DEPUTY RECEIVES AWARD

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From Lisa Landes, WoodmenLife Representative:

"WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Deputy Leon Goodin for his commitment to our community for the month of September! 

Sometimes all you need is a little ...
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Posted on: September 1, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO OPEN IN ONE WEEK

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Our schools open on Tuesday, September 8th. 
We ask all residents to stay alert, don’t be using their cell phones and watch out for our children.
Residents will see new traffic patterns with the buses on our roadways, students waiting on ...
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Posted on: August 31, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS KNOW WHO TO CALL

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know "Who To Call" using the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Free Calling Chart.

From items like health, roads, excavating and much more.

Take a look at this link to our Faceb...

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Sheriff Spotlight
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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