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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Primary Election Information for June 8, 2021

A notice requesting the calling of a Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the Democratic and Republican parties for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Virginia House of Delegates and local offices. &a...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY UNVEILS 24-HOUR, SELF-SERVICE KIOSK AT SUMMIT VIEW BUSINESS PARK

Located at the Summit View Business Park, the kiosk contains 235 books, audiobooks, and DVDs that the public can browse and borrow.

For full press release click here. 

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County News
Posted on: March 19, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY RECEIVED GRANT ENSURING BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT MOVES FORWARD

Rocky Mount, Virginia –Governor Northam has announced a broadband grant award of over $1.1 million for the Franklin County Broadband Authority. Application for funding was based on a multi-phased hybrid approach developed for Franklin County as ...

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County News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Blackwater Green Box Site

Effective immediately, the Blackwater Green Box  Site on Route 220 (Virgil H. Goode Highway) is closed.  Please plan to use the Grassy Hill or Boones Mill Green Box sites.

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Franklin County Virtual Hiring Event

Virginia Career Works at The Franklin Center is hosting a Virtual Hiring Event on May 19, 2021 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  Registration is required.  Connect with Franklin County Employers and Get Hired!

Registration web address for hiring event. Franklin Center News
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.

To assess ...

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Public Safety News
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: 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

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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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

George Tawes Jr_

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: 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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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff News
Posted on: April 27, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES ARREST IN HOMICIDE

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Franklin County 911 Center received a call on April 12th requesting a well being check in the 11000 block of Franklin Street. When deputies arrived, they found the body of Walter Gail Sigmon. Read the full story in the link below.

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Sheriff News
Posted on: April 12, 2021

BOMB THREAT CALLED INTO LOCAL RESTAURANT

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News release on bomb threat at Westlake Bojangles

The Franklin County Communications Center received a 911 call at approximately 08:01am on Monday, April 12th, 2021 alerting of a possible bomb planted in the Westlake Bojangles located at 49 Lakewatch Cente...

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Sheriff News
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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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: May 13, 2021

VDOT ADVISES OF ROAD CLOSURE IN THE UNION HALL AREA

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The Virginia Department of Transportation informed the Office of the Sheriff they were needing to close a section of Kay Fork Road (Rt. 647) will be closed for pipe replacement until June 6th.  The closure is located between Hunts Road and Mount ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 11, 2021

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to honor and say thanks to our law enforcement family and all of the agencies we partner with in our county.
Established by President John Kennedy in 1962, it was a day that paid special recognition ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: April 9, 2021

INMATE WORK PROGRAM RESUMES ROADSIDE TRASH CLEANUP

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Sheriff Overton would like to announce that the inmate work program at the Franklin County Jail has resumed roadside trash cleanup throughout the county. This program collects nearly 4,500 to 6,000 bags of trash each year, helping to maintain the beauty t...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2021

SHERIFF’S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW HIRE

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announces the hiring of Deputy Joe Hylton to our Patrol Division. 
Deputy Hylton comes to us with 7 years of experience from a neighboring jurisdiction. Hylton said, “I wish to be a part of ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2021

LOCAL CHURCH GIFTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Rural Compassion, based in Springfield, MO, in partnership with Convoy of Hope has been working with the Bombas Sock Company to supply those in need with a gift of quality socks.
They are distributing these items through the local Assembly of God Churches ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: April 2, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF RECEIVES GIFT

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Members of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office were invited to the Franklin County High School this morning for a special presentation. Mr. McClung and Ms Irish 11th grade Criminal Justice and Virginia US History class compiled and presented HOP...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 31, 2021

FARM USE TAG ENFORCEMENT

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One of the many things that we have had to adjust to during this pandemic is the need to make DMV appointments for services. As a result, there are many vehicles that are operating without proper tags and registration. The Office of the Sheriff wants to r...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 31, 2021

HONORING OUR VIETNAM VETERANS TODAY

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Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.
Sheriff Bill Overton said, ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 31, 2021

DEPUTY RECEIVES RECOGNITION

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Deputy John Lavinder for his commitment to our community for the month of March.

During all of John’s childhood he wanted to be a policeman and help others. He...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 25, 2021

RESIDENT DONATES PIZZA HUT PIZZAS TO OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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As lunchtime came around on Thursday, March 25th, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office didn't have to look very far. 
Pizza Hut arrived with many pizzas courtesy of Barbara Phifer (hope we have the last name correct).
Thanks Ms. B...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 25, 2021

DEPUTY VISITS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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This week, Deputy Jeff Holland stopped by Burnt Chimney Elementary School and visited Mrs. Davis' and Mrs. Altice's classes. Holland talked about being a deputy and answered questions from the students. Thanks to BCE for inviting us.
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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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