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Posted on: October 22, 2021

County of Franklin - External Agency Funding

New forms available for FY22-23 request. Please click the link below for the application and/or other documents recently uploaded to the site.

Thank you

https://www.franklincountyva.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=161

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Budget Items - External Agencies

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Union Hall Village Plan

Thank all of you who participated in the Union Hall Village Plan Survey.  County staff received 327 responses for the survey!  Great Job!  If you were unable to take the survey, there will be other times to comment during this p...

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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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Posted on: January 4, 2022

Member Spotlight - January 2022

Robin Davis

Last January, Robin had a very minor stroke, it made her realize how fortunate she was, but also that she needed to get out and start doing more.  She saw the information about an EMT class starting in May and felt that might be the thing for her...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - December 2021

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William Hoyt is currently the Assistant Chief at Scruggs Volunteer Fire & Rescue.  He says, “When I am not at the fire house, I work full-time as a Police Officer / Firefighter at the Roanoke Regional Airport.  I first join...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - November 2021

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My name is Rose Walker.  I have lived in Franklin County for 36 years.  I currently live in Ferrum with my husband, our 3 beautiful children, and our many pets.  My husband Scott is a member of Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Member Spotlight - October 2021

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A career in Fire and EMS was not what Josh Beavers saw himself doing when he was 16 years old. This is what Josh had to say, “Fire and EMS chose me in 2005, actually, Mark Law chose me.  He would constantly talk to me about volunteering at Compan...

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Public Safety Spotlight
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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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

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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

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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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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Public Safety Spotlight
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 20, 2022

SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATING LARCENY AT WAID PARK

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Last week, the Office of the Sheriff received a call in reference to a larceny at Waid Park. The victim stated that her vehicle was broken into while she was walking in the park. Her purse had been stolen, along with her credit cards. One of the credit ca...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 18, 2022

CITIZEN'S ACADEMY CLASS STARTS IN FEBRUARY

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Click link below to see the information concerning our upcoming Citizen's Academy.

We would love for you to attend.

Class is FREE to all and is "first come, first served" until class limitations are fulfilled .

Contact Sgt. Darryl King for...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: December 23, 2021

OPERATION CHRISTMAS JOY 2021

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December 21st, 2021
Each year the Office of the Sheriff looks forward to our annual Operation Christmas Joy event to provide assistance for families at Christmas. This year is the 6th consecutive year for this program, which began with selling Christmas tr...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: December 7, 2021

QUICK REMINDER TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER WEATHER

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Is your car ready for potential winter ? weather to head your way this week?

Before the ??snowflakes?? start to fall is the best time to check your

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Sheriff News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

CHANGES COMING TO AREA CODE 540

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NEW Area Code Overlay Approved for the 540 Area Code Regions!  Virginia State Corporation Commission has been given final approval to divide the current 540 area code into two districts.

This change will be implemented in by 2022. 

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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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Posted on: January 26, 2022

SPACE HEATER AND WOOD STOVE SAFETY

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If you are using a space heater, make sure you're using it safely.
?? Keep anything that can burn, like bedding, clothing, and curtains, at least 3 feet away from your heater.
?? Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 21, 2022

THANKING DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

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DSS of Franklin County came by today and left us a very "sweet cinnamony" gift. (Is that even a word?)

Kim Butler (left in photo) and Madison Drew (on right) brought donuts for us to enjoy.

Thankful for the gift and for our partnership as we work ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 19, 2022

REMINDER TO WATCH OUT FOR PEDESTRIANS

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When we have winter weather events, many times sidewalks and pedestrians areas are covered with snow and ice even after the roadways have been plowed.
Sometimes, pedestrians may find themselves having to step off the sidewalks and onto the roadways for a b...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 22, 2021

SHERIFF OVERTON RECEIVES RECOGNITION AWARD

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Last week, Lisa Landes, WoodmenLife Representative, awarded Sheriff W. Q. "Bill" Overton, Jr. the December 2021 WoodmenLife Award.

When you start talking to people and ask, “what are the first words that come to your mind when you say S...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 22, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARD

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Recently, Deputy Edwin Alejandro and K9 Sasha were presented with a Shining Star Award for their successful search that helped to locate an elderly lady who had wandered away from her residence. K9 Sasha and Deputy Alejandro assisted and were able to brin...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 6, 2021

LOCAL ELEMENTARY SHOWS APPRECIATION TO SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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Henry Elementary School had Deputy Travis Dillon drop by a few days ago. They wanted to give him some goodies and show him a project they were working on.

A spokesperson for Henry Elementary said, “Our 5th graders chose to honor the police with t...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 6, 2021

EMPIRE FOOD GIFTS OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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Karen Guilliams stopped by our office to bring delicious cakes from Empire Bakery Commissary LLC   - Empire Foods in Rocky Mount.

What a very nice and thoughtful gift.

Thanks so much!

Pictured: Major Justin Sigmon and Karen Guilliams

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 6, 2021

LAWNMOWER STOLEN, SUSPECT ARRESTED

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Recently,  the Office of the Sheriff investigated a stolen riding lawnmower case in which a vehicle/trailer was captured by cameras. Bulletins were sent out along with seeking the public’s help in identifying the vehicle. On December 5t...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: December 6, 2021

RESIDENT GRATEFUL FOR DEPUTIES AIDING MOTORIST

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Recently, a resident was at the Rocky Mount Sheetz and snapped a photo of Deputy Morgan Smith and Sgt. Keith Grantham assisting a motorist air up her tires.
He stated he was grateful for our law enforcement officers. 
Many thanks!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Each year, the Office of the Sheriff holds an annual awards banquet to gather as a family as we prepare to close out a year of hard work and dedication to this career and community. Sheriff Overton would like to congratulate the following members of the o...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARDS

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Sheriff Overton would like to congratulate Deputy M. Moorman and Investigator J. LeQuire on receiving a recent Shining Star Award.
This award is in reference to an incident where a family was in the process of moving a parent out of a potentially abusive r...
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