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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.

County News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Notice of Primary Election - 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: 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: March 11, 2021

Virginia Dept of Forestry Fire Danger Rating

Thursday, March 11, 2021:

The Virginia Department of Forestry has identified TODAY, March 11, 2021 as a LEVEL 4 – CLASS 4 DAY for fire occurrence and response.

 

DETAILS:

Level 4 - Class Day 4 VERY HIGH Fires start readily and spread quickly. Resistance...

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Public Safety News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

State Burn Ban in Effect 2/15/2021

 4 PM Open Burn Ban EFFECTIVE February 15 through April 30, 2021:

 The Code of Franklin County, VA states the following:

 Sec. 8-17. - Limitation on burning brush, leaves, etc., between February 15 and April 30 and in general. &am...

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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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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: April 1, 2021

HOMICIDE CASE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

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HOMICIDE CASE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION

The murder of William O'Dell is still under investigation according to Lt. J. P. Nolen

This past weekend's homicide has produced persons of interest. 

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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 22, 2021

STAY ON THE HIGHWAY, IF POSSIBLE

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Probably all of us have had an animal dart across the roadway in front of our vehicles.Virginia DMV says a vehicle veering off the road is a factor in almost half of all fatal crashes in Virginia.Their message is "No Distraction is worth risking your...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

DMV POSTING EARLY PEDESTRIAN DATA

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Already in 2021, there have been 77 crashes involving pedestrians and 14 fatalities with another 27 serious injuries.

As we partner with our Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, we wish to remind both pedestrian and driver to "Look Out For Each Othe...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

AMAZON AND APPLE SCAM CALLS

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We have received several calls concerning residents receiving scam calls from people posing as representatives of either Apple or Amazon.

The scammer attempts to get monies from the  resident with a series of stories concerning purchases.

Even thou...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

CONDOLENCES

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The Office of the Sheriff sends heartfelt condolences to our friends and law enforcement neighbors at the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office on the passing of Corporal Wayne Grubbs.
Prayers for the family and the law enforcement community.
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Sheriff News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

VIRGINIA 2021 BURN LAW

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The State of Virginia's Burn Law goes in effect on February 15, 2021 - April 30, 2021.

Click on the attached photo, expand for full view and see more details about the Virginia Burn Law. 

Sheriff News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

VIRGINIA SHERIFF'S INSTITUTE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP

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If you are a rising senior at Franklin County High School and are going to college for a Criminal Justice Degree, the VSI offers a scholarship. This is also for those already in college for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Follow the link, below, and apply for t...

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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: 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 6, 2021

APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING MONTH

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Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VADMV) has designated April as Distracted Driving Month. The statistics are clear, nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2018 due to vehicle accidents which can be linked to distracted driving per National Highway Traff...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: April 6, 2021

DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT SCHEDULED

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On Saturday, April 24th, 2021, you may drop off your old or unused prescription medications at one of two locations in Franklin County. One location will be at the WESTLAKE SUBSTATION in the Westlake Area and the other will be with
Rocky Mount Police Depa...
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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: March 23, 2021

WE CARE ATV RIDE SATURDAY, APRIL 24th

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office members will participate in the We Care of Franklin County ATV ride on Saturday, April 24th at the Parkridge Sub-Division just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This ride benefits We Care of Franklin County each year...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 23, 2021

NOTICE OF SCAMMER IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

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We have received reports of a construction scammer in our county. 

Scammer (and helpers) agree to do a small construction job for a resident, charges the resident a very high amount and then does a very cheap, low quality job. 
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 11, 2021

VIRGINIA SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

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The Office of the Sheriff, for the 10th year, is offering a raffle to raise funds for Virginia Special Olympics.

Normally associated with a fishing tournament, this year's event will be just a raffle for a JTS M12 Shotgun.

Sheriff Overton said toda...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 1, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARD

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Deputy Brad Elkins has been awarded the Shining Star Award from Sheriff Bill Overton.

Dispatched to a call several weeks ago, Deputy Elkins arrived on scene to discover a resident with life threatening issues. Elkins administered first aid care until local...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: March 1, 2021

HONORING LAW ENFORCEMENT KILLED LAST WEEK

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The Office of the Sheriff sends prayers to the departments and families of two more law enforcement members who lost their lives last week.
The Henrico County Police Department announced a pedestrian that was struck by a hit-and-run driver was their own, C...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: February 24, 2021

NEW DEPUTY SWORN IN

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Recently, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office swore in an new deputy. 
Travis Dillon joins the Office of the Sheriff.
We welcome Travis to the FCSO family.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: February 22, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ADVISES "PREVENT HOT CAR DEATHS"

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The Office of the Sheriff asks all residents to please check your vehicle before walking away and leaving a child behind.Each year, parents are devastated to learn they have left a child in their car in extreme heat conditions.Don't be that busy ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: February 11, 2021

THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES SAYS, "USE YOUR HEAD, BUCKLE UP"

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Statistically, Virginians are buckling up more and that is a good thing, but we cannot be lax in reminding all drivers how important the proper use of seat belts are.

Check out their video

BUCKLE UP

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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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