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Fallen Tree from Logging Cuts Power to Nearly 2,000 AEP Customers

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

CaptureaepGLADE HILL - The lights suddenly went out for around 2,000 Appalachian Power customers Saturday around noon, according to AEP's web page.

AEP's senior communications consultant Teresa Hamilton Hall says loggers were cutting trees when one fell into a line that happens to supply power to a large number of customers in the Glade Hill/Redwood area of Franklin County.

Ir may take until 9 p.m. Saturday for power to be restored, according to the company's outage web page and text alert service. That's over four hours later than the company's initial estimated restoration time of 4:30 p.m.

The outage area includes the Shentel Cable head end on Golden View Road along with the Cable 12 studios off of Webster Road. Shentel's generators are keeping cable and internet service online while power crews work to restore power to the area. Cable 12 operates on a different set of generators, and viewers may experience a frozen picture until all systems are back up and running later Saturday afternoon. 

AEP has a total of 525,372 customers in Franklin County. This afternoon's outage of 1,989 accounts for less than one percent of costumers without service.

Stay with Cable 12 for any further updates. We appreciate your patience while we work to restore our signal. 

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F.C. Sheriff's Dept. Warns of 'Jury Duty' Phone Scam

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Phone-Scam-AlertFRANKLIN CO.- There's a new phone scam the Franklin County Sheriff's Department wants you to know about.

The sheriff's department says they've heard from people who have been called by someone pretending to be a member of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The caller claims the victim has missed court or jury duty and says the person needs to pay a fine or be arrested.

The scammer asks for the victim to stay on the line (cell phone) while going out to buy a Green Dot Money Pac Card. The scammer then asks for the information on the card and asks the victim to hang up.

"The money has been paid, the perpetrator has the information to retrieve the money, and the victim suffers the loss," the sheriff's department explained in a news release Friday. Green Dot cards are similar to gift cards that can act as prepaid credit cards. 

Captain Phillip Young says the county's sheriff's department doesn't call people if they've missed court or jury duty. The real way the process works is through the court system, where a subpoana would be issued in person. No fine money is every asked for or collected by a deputy over the phone, Young says.

If you or someone you know get a questionable call that you are unsure of, or if the scammers have tried to take advantage of you, investigators ask that you call the sheriff's office at 540-483-3000. 

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VDOT Busy with Repairs, Replacements as Spring Nears

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

road-work-ahead 0FRANKLIN CO. - The Virginia Department of Transportation has a full list of repairs and replacements scheduled for the upcoming week of February 17-23. 

Many repairs have been on rural and smaller roads, but some are on state highways, like 122 near the Blackwater River, where crews have been working on a ditch.

Here is the full list of roadwork for the Franklin Co. area through Feb. 23. As always, drivers are urged to pay attention to the temporary signs and be extra alert if they come across a work zone.

ROUTE 709 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - Hopkins Road will be closed at the bridge over a branch of the Blackwater River located 0.80 mile north of Route 919 (Grassy Hill Road) and 2.30 miles north of Route 734 (Carolina Springs Road) beginning March 13 and will remain closed for 12 consecutive days for bridge repair work.  A detour will be in place and signs will direct traffic. Temporary lane closures under flagging operations will be in place prior to this closure date. The road will re-open on March 25, weather permitting.
* ROUTE 647 CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT– A section of Route 647 (Kay Fork Road) is closed to traffic due to an emergency pipe replacement. The road is closed approximately 1.2 miles east of Route 40 and 0.01 miles west of Route 659 (Hunts Road)Motorists will need to seek an alternate route. It is unknown at this time how long this section of road will be closed.
 PAVING OPERATIONS – Weather permitting, crews will pave, patch and repair pavement on various routes.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.
 * TREE TRIMMING AND BRUSH REMOVAL (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will mow on secondary routes during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for lane and/or shoulder closures.
 * DITCHING, GRADING, SLOPE AND SHOULDER REPAIRS (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Lane closures may be in place during daylight hours for shoulder repairs. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
  • Route 890 (Snow Creek Road)
  • Route 632
  • Route 623 (Fairy Stone Park Road)
  • Route 619
  • Route 739 (Bethlehem Road)
  • Route 640 (Five Mile Mountain Road)
  • Route 793 (Runnett Bag Road)
  • Route 860 (Shooting Creek Road)
  • Route 636 and Route 900 (Three Oakes in Lost Mountain)                                   *
  • PIPE REPLACEMENTS – Crews will be working on various secondary roads to replace pipes under the roadway with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays.  Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
 * DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary roads where drainage issues are present with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays.  Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
 * UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylighthours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.