News Flash

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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 12, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE TO CLOSE THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK

Citizens can pay taxes online at https://franklinvatax.com/taxSearch, over the phone by calling 1-888-272-9829 or in-person using the designated drop box at the Treasurer’s Office located in the Franklin County Government Center.  Citiz...

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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 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: 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: September 30, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TEAMS UP WITH DMV FOR OCTOBER MESSAGE

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The Department of Motor Vehicles along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes October as Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month. The Virginia Crash Data indicates pedestrian crashes, fatalities and injuries trended higher in 2019 th...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 30, 2020

NEW ARRESTS AFTER JULY 2020 SHOOTING

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There are now six people in custody after the July 2020 shooting that left one brother dead and sent another to the hospital. Austin Lane, Sean Gabriel Schwallenberg and Leon Douglas Mitchell, Jr were all arrested on various charges.

For more info...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

FOOD DONATIONS FROM COMMUNITY

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On Saturday, September 19th, the members of the Office of the Sheriff received not one, but TWO treats! 
Individually packaged meals were provided by the The Landing Love Project for our day and night shifts. Pictured is Tiffany Silva (owner of Th...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 21, 2020

CUPCAKE DONATION TO OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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Last week, our local Kupkakery Bakery donated some sweet treats to the Office of the Sheriff! They came in perfect timing to give us a sugar rush to get through this rainy day!
Thank you!!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Carilion Clinic Community Health Survey

Please access the Community Health Assessment flyer here.

In case you have any difficulty opening the flyer please use the link and/or phone number below. 

Survey Monkey Online link: surveymonkey.com/r/2021CHA

Survey phone line: 1-888-964-6620&n...

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County News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

County Recognized as a National Top Ten Leader of Technology for 11 Years

Rocky Mount, Virginia ---  Franklin County officials today recognized the County for receiving another top ten national placement in the Annual Digital Counties Survey for communities with a population less than 150,000. Franklin County,...

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County News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENTS WIN RIDE ALONG WITH DEPUTY

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Back in February 2020, the Sontag Elementary School PTO held a fundraiser auction to raise money for purchasing new playground equipment for their school. Items for the auction were donated from local and state businesses, artists, and vendors. 
T...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 16, 2020

MCDONALD’S GIFTS SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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Recently, the local McDonald’s gave the Office of the Sheriff gifts of food coupons. We so appreciate this generosity. Thanks McDonald’s!Pictured L-R: Sgt. Megan Patterson and McDonald’s staff, Amanda Rucker, Owner/Operator a...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

MEAL DONATION FROM LOCAL SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE RESIDENT

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Friday September 11th, members of the Office of the Sheriff were treated to lunch and dinner by a resident in our Smith Mountain Lake area. The food came with a message of encouragement for our deputies that was very much appreciated.
Our favorite piece of...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARTICIPATES IN SUCCESSFUL BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK

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This week our Franklin County Public Schools began instruction again and we were SO EXCITED to see all of these kids’ faces! It was a very different atmosphere with new restrictions and precautions but was good to get back into! 
To all ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

LOCAL YOUTH BRINGS FCSO A SWEET DELIVERY

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The Office of the Sheriff received a special food gifting, recently. Thank you from the very bottoms of our hearts to Cody and his parents for delivering three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to our office today. Cody heard about how some of our deputies were t...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

DEDICATION OF THE ROCKY MOUNT - FRANKLIN COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was honored to be a part in the dedication of the Rocky Mount-Franklin County First Responders Memorial this Saturday, September 12th, 2020.

The memorial’s genesis began right after the loss of Rocky...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

COSMATO FAMILY GIFTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Not long ago, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a wonderful assortment of gifts from the Cosmato Family.
Patrick and Donna have been supporting the Office of the Sheriff for several years with their fantastic offerings of food and suc...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

UNIQUE MEMORIES AND EL RIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT DONATE MEALS TO THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Unique Memories & Gifts partnered with El RIO ROCKY MOUNT to provide hot meals to all of our members, both day shift and night shift!
Thank you both for the support and delicious food!

Pictured are Sgt Patterson wi...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONOR

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Recently, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the local Pizza Hut. Management there asked for a deputy to come down and pick up 6-7 pizzas. This food gifting was from an anonymous donor or donors.
We are so grateful fo...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT

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****This statement was released on 9/5/2020 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office*****

On September 5, 2020 at approximately 12:00AM Pittsylvania County Communication Center advised their deputies were responding to a residence on Burton Lake R...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

STRONG TOWER MINISTRIES DONATES GIFT TO THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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This week, the founders of Strong Tower Ministries stopped by the office to deliver a hand made painting as a gift and show of support. Each color in the painting has a specific meaning: the Teal represents PTSD and Mental Health Awareness for first respo...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Early Voting Public Notice

09-18-2020 - In-Person, No Excuse Absentee Voting will be available for the November 3, 2020, General and Special Elections:  Public Notice of In-Person Voting (PDF) in Franklin County, Virginia.

Election Law Referenda - Amendments (Virginia Depar...

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County News
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: September 2, 2020

GLADE HILL YOUNGSTER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY IN STYLE

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A 7yr old Glade Hill boy, Trevor Smith, celebrated his birthday in grand fashion on Tuesday, September 1.  Trevor, a huge supporter of Law Enforcement and 1st Responders, was visited by members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 31, 2020

WANDA FRALIN GIVEN WOODMENLIFE RECOGNITION AWARD

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the Executive Assistant to Sheriff Overton, Wanda Fralin for her commitment to our community for the month of August!  Sometimes heroes are the supporting staf...
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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

MEAL DONATED TO SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Recently, the Office of the Sheriff received meals for our dayshift deputies from Center Stage Catering, Inc.. Thank you for this delicious donation! Your support is greatly appreciated!
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Sheriff Spotlight
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: August 31, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ATTENDS ANNUAL BLOODHOUND TRAINING SEMINAR

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This week, Deputy John Lavinder and K9 Jethro attended a week long training seminar with Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue (VBSAR). Various agencies with Bloodhound Handlers gather each year for this training, where Deputy Lavinder is an Instructor. H...
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Sheriff Spotlight
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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County News
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: August 3, 2020

Franklin County Receives Recovery Grant for Tourism Marketing

Franklin County Tourism has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) across the Commonwealth ...

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County 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: 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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Sheriff 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, intellig...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

Firefighter

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

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 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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Virginia Employment Commission Website Franklin Center 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.

Read on...

Sheriff 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 ...
Read on...

Public Safety News
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: March 3, 2020

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

Tatum, Mark

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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Public Safety Spotlight
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

W...

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Sheriff 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 12, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE TO CLOSE THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK

Citizens can pay taxes online at https://franklinvatax.com/taxSearch, over the phone by calling 1-888-272-9829 or in-person using the designated drop box at the Treasurer’s Office located in the Franklin County Government Center.  Citiz...

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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 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: September 4, 2020

Early Voting Public Notice

09-18-2020 - In-Person, No Excuse Absentee Voting will be available for the November 3, 2020, General and Special Elections:  Public Notice of In-Person Voting (PDF) in Franklin County, Virginia.

Election Law Referenda - Amendments (Virginia Depar...

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County News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Carilion Clinic Community Health Survey

Please access the Community Health Assessment flyer here.

In case you have any difficulty opening the flyer please use the link and/or phone number below. 

Survey Monkey Online link: surveymonkey.com/r/2021CHA

Survey phone line: 1-888-964-6620&n...

Read on...

County News
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...

Read on...

County News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Franklin County Receives Recovery Grant for Tourism Marketing

Franklin County Tourism has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) across the Commonwealth ...

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County News

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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 ...

Read on...

Virginia Employment Commission Website Franklin Center News
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...

Read on...

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 ...
Read on...

Public Safety News

News Flash

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...

Read on...

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, intellig...

Read on...

Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

Firefighter

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...

Read on...

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...

Read on...

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...

Read on...

Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

Tatum, Mark

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

Rena Jennings photo

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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Public Safety Spotlight

News Flash

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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Sheriff News
Posted on: September 30, 2020

NEW ARRESTS AFTER JULY 2020 SHOOTING

safe_image

There are now six people in custody after the July 2020 shooting that left one brother dead and sent another to the hospital. Austin Lane, Sean Gabriel Schwallenberg and Leon Douglas Mitchell, Jr were all arrested on various charges.

For more info...

Read on...

Sheriff News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

DEDICATION OF THE ROCKY MOUNT - FRANKLIN COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was honored to be a part in the dedication of the Rocky Mount-Franklin County First Responders Memorial this Saturday, September 12th, 2020.

The memorial’s genesis began right after the loss of Rocky...

Read on...

Sheriff News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT

Forrest Fielder

****This statement was released on 9/5/2020 by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office*****

On September 5, 2020 at approximately 12:00AM Pittsylvania County Communication Center advised their deputies were responding to a residence on Burton Lake R...

Read on...

Sheriff News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PURSUE CALEA

CALEA

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...

Read on...

Sheriff News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY

wash hands

See photo (attached)

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.

Read on...

Sheriff News
Posted on: January 15, 2020

DRUG SATURATION PATROL

drug interdiction 2

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

W...

Read on...

Sheriff News

News Flash

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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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 30, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE TEAMS UP WITH DMV FOR OCTOBER MESSAGE

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The Department of Motor Vehicles along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recognizes October as Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month. The Virginia Crash Data indicates pedestrian crashes, fatalities and injuries trended higher in 2019 th...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 22, 2020

FOOD DONATIONS FROM COMMUNITY

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On Saturday, September 19th, the members of the Office of the Sheriff received not one, but TWO treats! 
Individually packaged meals were provided by the The Landing Love Project for our day and night shifts. Pictured is Tiffany Silva (owner of Th...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 21, 2020

CUPCAKE DONATION TO OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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Last week, our local Kupkakery Bakery donated some sweet treats to the Office of the Sheriff! They came in perfect timing to give us a sugar rush to get through this rainy day!
Thank you!!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 16, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENTS WIN RIDE ALONG WITH DEPUTY

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Back in February 2020, the Sontag Elementary School PTO held a fundraiser auction to raise money for purchasing new playground equipment for their school. Items for the auction were donated from local and state businesses, artists, and vendors. 
T...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

MEAL DONATION FROM LOCAL SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE RESIDENT

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Friday September 11th, members of the Office of the Sheriff were treated to lunch and dinner by a resident in our Smith Mountain Lake area. The food came with a message of encouragement for our deputies that was very much appreciated.
Our favorite piece of...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARTICIPATES IN SUCCESSFUL BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK

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This week our Franklin County Public Schools began instruction again and we were SO EXCITED to see all of these kids’ faces! It was a very different atmosphere with new restrictions and precautions but was good to get back into! 
To all ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 14, 2020

LOCAL YOUTH BRINGS FCSO A SWEET DELIVERY

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The Office of the Sheriff received a special food gifting, recently. Thank you from the very bottoms of our hearts to Cody and his parents for delivering three dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to our office today. Cody heard about how some of our deputies were t...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 10, 2020

COSMATO FAMILY GIFTS SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Not long ago, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a wonderful assortment of gifts from the Cosmato Family.
Patrick and Donna have been supporting the Office of the Sheriff for several years with their fantastic offerings of food and suc...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

UNIQUE MEMORIES AND EL RIO MEXICAN RESTAURANT DONATE MEALS TO THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

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On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Unique Memories & Gifts partnered with El RIO ROCKY MOUNT to provide hot meals to all of our members, both day shift and night shift!
Thank you both for the support and delicious food!

Pictured are Sgt Patterson wi...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONOR

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Recently, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the local Pizza Hut. Management there asked for a deputy to come down and pick up 6-7 pizzas. This food gifting was from an anonymous donor or donors.
We are so grateful fo...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 9, 2020

STRONG TOWER MINISTRIES DONATES GIFT TO THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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This week, the founders of Strong Tower Ministries stopped by the office to deliver a hand made painting as a gift and show of support. Each color in the painting has a specific meaning: the Teal represents PTSD and Mental Health Awareness for first respo...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 2, 2020

GLADE HILL YOUNGSTER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY IN STYLE

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A 7yr old Glade Hill boy, Trevor Smith, celebrated his birthday in grand fashion on Tuesday, September 1.  Trevor, a huge supporter of Law Enforcement and 1st Responders, was visited by members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 31, 2020

WANDA FRALIN GIVEN WOODMENLIFE RECOGNITION AWARD

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the Executive Assistant to Sheriff Overton, Wanda Fralin for her commitment to our community for the month of August!  Sometimes heroes are the supporting staf...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 31, 2020

MEAL DONATED TO SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Recently, the Office of the Sheriff received meals for our dayshift deputies from Center Stage Catering, Inc.. Thank you for this delicious donation! Your support is greatly appreciated!
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Sheriff Spotlight
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: August 31, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ATTENDS ANNUAL BLOODHOUND TRAINING SEMINAR

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This week, Deputy John Lavinder and K9 Jethro attended a week long training seminar with Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue (VBSAR). Various agencies with Bloodhound Handlers gather each year for this training, where Deputy Lavinder is an Instructor. H...
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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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