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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Route 220 Corridor Intersection Improvements Roanoke, Franklin & Henry Counties & Roanoke City

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is seeking public comments about a project that is under development to improve signalized intersections along Route 220 in the City of Roanoke and the counties of Roanoke, Franklin and Henry. Seven interse...

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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...

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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 3, 2020

Franklin County Small Business Recovery Grants Available

Franklin County is pleased to announce the establishment of a second $500,000 grant fund to support small business recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.  One-time grants of up to $2,500 are available for full time self-employed busin...

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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...

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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 3, 2020

Completing the 2020 Census online

Now through September, U.S. Census representatives will be at the Franklin County Public Library to answer questions and provide guidance on completing the 2020 Census online. Representatives will be at the library’s Rocky Mount location every T...

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County News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Library Unveils Book Collection on Booker T. Washington

ROCKY MOUNT, VA (Aug. 4, 2020). The Franklin County Public Library has unveiled a collection of books about the life and times of Booker T. Washington, the pioneering educator and orator who hailed from Franklin County. Containing more than 385 books, the...

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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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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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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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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: September 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - September 2020

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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 eventually move on to the nursing progr...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

Chris Esposito 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 becoming a full time emplo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - July 2020

Emergency Medical Technician

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 young man.” &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

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Baylor Janney 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 Mill Auto driving a tow tru...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - May 2020

Ron Gearheart

Ron Gearheart 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 heart&...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - April 2020

George Tawes Jr_

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 also part of more community organizations the...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - March 2020

Morgan Yopp

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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 reason s...

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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: September 21, 2020

VDOT CLOSES ROAD IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

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VDOT has informed the Office of the Sheriff effective September 22, 2020 starting at 8:00AM a section of Route 602, Ferrum Mountain Road, over Turner Creek is scheduled to be closed. The closure is for slab installation. 
This closure will be loca...
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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...

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Sheriff News
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

AFTER LABOR DAY MESSAGE FROM FCSO

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When the summer comes to an end, kids go back to school, things should return to normal. Who are we kidding? This year has been anything but normal.
Remember, as we all celebrate Labor Day on September 7th, we cannot let our guard down and end the summer t...
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Sheriff News
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

SHERIFF'S OFFICE AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER

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Click link below to see the Sheriff’s Office August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

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Sheriff News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

SHERIFF OVERTON CLOSES OUT OUR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT WEEK

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Message from Sheriff Overton highlighting National Night Out and announcing a new mission for the Office of the Sheriff

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Special thanks to Kevin Tosh and all the Cable 12 staff for being the videography work on this endeavor.

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Sheriff News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

DID YOU EXPERIENCE IT?

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Many Franklin County residents have indicated they felt a “shaking of the home” just after 8am this morning.

The National Earthquake Center has stated a 5.1 magnitude quake occurred at 8:07 AM just southeast of Sparta, NC.

A smaller eart...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

SHERIFF’S OFFICE MAKES ARREST ON CASE

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a report of a breaking and entering at Exchange Milling Company at 1380 Franklin Street in Rocky Mount.

The incident occurred on June 13-14 where surveillance footage showed a white male ...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

RECENT SCAM ATTEMPTS

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Several folks have recently received phone scam attempts with the ruse of a family member being in jail and needing money.

Even if they call you by name, this is probably a scam. Ask them a personal question that only your family member would know.&nbs...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: July 31, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REMINDS DRIVERS "DON'T TEXT WHILE DRIVING"

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The Office of the Sheriff, in keeping with our partnership with Virginia DMV, reminds residents of Franklin County to put down the phone when driving.
Current Virginia law (Code of VA 46.2-1078.1) has made it illegal to manually enter multiple letters or t...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: May 28, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE WEBSITE UPDATES

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The Office of the Sheriff is always trying to keep our website up to date with current topics and helpful links to assist our community members. Take a look at the website’s new "How Do I" tab to get answers for various commonly asked ...

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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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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

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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 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 15, 2020

VIRGINIA’S DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES SAYS “SLOW DOWN”

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DMV states that traffic deaths due to speeding are up 20% from 2019. They are working all law enforcement partners to get this message out.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asks that all residents to slow down and remember to buckle up while on o...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: September 15, 2020

FALL 2020 WE CARE ATV RIDE

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Once again, the Office of the Sheriff will participate in the We Care ATV Fall Ride coming up Saturday, October 10th.
This semi-annual event will start from their usual spot at Park Ridge Sub-Division just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near/at Milepost 148. R...
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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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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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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 13, 2020

SHERIFF’S OFFICE WRAPS UP NATIONAL NIGHT OUT WEEK

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The past several days, Standing Watch has posted about our office celebrating National Night Out. Choosing to cancel this year’s event, we wanted an opportunity to showcase some of our past NNO nights. Many other divisions, agencies, groups, org...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 12, 2020

SHOWCASING DIVISIONS OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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The Office of the Sheriff is a full-service law enforcement agency for the County of Franklin and is responsible for ensuring that our residents receive emergency services in a timely and efficient manner. The Office employs 120-125 members, both sworn an...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 11, 2020

DEPUTY INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL SCHOOLS

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Franklin County has 12 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school with a total of approximately 6,600 students. Protecting our children while they are attending school is a top priority for the Office of the Sheriff. In addition to the 4 Schoo...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 10, 2020

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF AND PROJECT LIFESAVER

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Since 2006, the Office of the Sheriff has participated in the internationally operated Project Lifesaver Program. Project Lifesaver is the premier search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies, and is strategically designed ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 3, 2020

SHERIFF'S OFFICE WELCOMES BABIES

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The Sheriff’s Office had four of their male deputies produce a photo of their new baby girls. Sheriff Overton was also involved holding his new granddaughter. 5 baby girls.

The Office of the Sheriff did a photo-shoot over a year ago with several ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 3, 2020

LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS BUCKLE UP

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Continuing our partnership with Virginia DMV, watch this video from Virginia State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office concerning seat belts.

The life you save could be yours. Please, buckle up Franklin County!

Buckle Up Video

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 3, 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9 SASHA RECEIVES DONATED BODY ARMOR

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Franklin County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sasha has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.. K9 Sasha’s vest was sponsored by Don and Misty Fike of ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 9, 2020

BOAT PATROL ON THE WATER

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Franklin County Sheriff’s Office began the boat patrol several years ago thanks to the donations of concerned residents in the Smith Mountain Lake area. The FCSO boat is normally on the lake from May to September, with our focus on assistance an...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: August 8, 2020

E911 DISPATCHER ALWAYS AT THE READY

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At our National Night Out events, all one has to do is ask the Dispatcher Center to participate and they are willing.

Photos show our 2019 celebration showcasing what a great display the E911 gang put together and some pictures show them in our high school...

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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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