Drug Take Back Returns to the Area April 29

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

DrugTakeBack2014ROCKY MOUNT – The Town of Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a prescription drug take back where community members can drop off unused and expired prescription medications for disposal. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 2pm at the Rocky Mount Wal-Mart and the Office of the Sheriff Westlake Substation.

Typically, local law enforcement hold take back events twice a year as part of the federal collection hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). At the last event over 200 pounds of prescription medication was turned in locally. In conjunction with the upcoming event the FRESH Prevention Coalition of Franklin County will also be donating prescription medication deactivation kits for home disposal. After using the kits, medications are rendered inactive allowing them to be safely discarded in the trash. Kits will be available at the Rocky Mount Wal-mart location only.

“The drug take backs provide a great way for the community to safely dispose of their medications. We appreciate the commitment of our local law enforcement to host these events,” commented Regina Clark, Coordinator for the FRESH Coalition. “We are especially excited to share the deactivation kits this year because this gives people an additional opportunity to get rid of their unwanted medications rather than holding on to them and risking them getting into the wrong hands.”

A permanent drop box is also located at Family Pharmacy in Rocky Mount where unwanted medications can be disposed of year round during business hours.

Nationally the abuse of opioids is on the rise and is presenting major problems for communities large and small. A leading cause is the abuse of used prescription medicines due to their prevalence and easy accessibility. Overdoses on opioids alone have caused nearly 30,000 deaths in the United States annually and close to half of those deaths are caused by legally prescribed drugs.

“The drug take back is an important event for our community. It helps ensure dangerous drugs are disposed of properly and do not get into the wrong hands or the water that we drink,” stated Officer Ryan King with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to accept unwanted medications but cannot accept syringes or lancets or sharps of any kind.


F.C. Humane Society Celebrates 40 Years, 55,000 Spay/Neuters

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

dotFRANKLIN CO.  - Franklin County Humane Society was founded in 1977 and has provided spay neuter, rescue and adoption help for the animals in our community for 40 years.
During the early years volunteers fostered animals in their homes as we did not have a facility. At the same time the Humane Society tried to improve conditions for the animals at the County Animal Control pound in order to stop the killing of 90% of the animals taken to the pound each year.  We did not have the funds to open our own shelter and our requests that the County hire a shelter manager and our offers to manage the pound were turned down multiple times. 
In 1999 we decided to raise funds to open a low cost spay neuter clinic as spay neuter is the most effective way to reduce the numbers of animals that end up abandoned at shelters and pounds each year. We opened our Planned Pethood Clinic in July 2000 in a rented building and were the second spay neuter clinic to open in the state.  In 2003 we bought a house and land on Route 220 and moved the Clinic there.
We continued to press for improvements at the County pound but in 2006 the County Board of Supervisors turned down our offer to manage the pound once again and announced they would rely on volunteers rather than hire a Manager. We realized that we needed to be the organization to help the animals going to the pound and we announced plans to raise funds for a no kill shelter.
In 2007 we opened our Purrfect Treasures fundraising store and completed our campaign to raise funds to build the Adoption Center by the end of that year. The Adoption Center opened in April 2009.
The numbers of animals that the Humane Society takes in each year has increased steadily while the numbers taken in by the pound has decreased. The Humane Society’s adoption, rescue and spay neuter programs and the cooperation between the Humane Society and the County pound staff has reduced the kill rate at the pound.
The Humane Society now takes in 80% of the animals in need in our community and provided care for 2,420 animals at the Adoption Center last year. This is a complete reversal from the days when 90% of the animals taken to the County pound were killed.  This is how vital the Humane Society is for the animals in our community.
Though our programs have reduced the kill rate at the County pound down to 23% (204 animals) that is not good enough.  The majority of animals killed at the County pound last year are outside cats and we have been working on programs to help outside cats and are providing free spay neuter for the pets of qualified residents.
This month we are celebrating #FCHS Rocks: 40 Years Strong. Our Planned Pethood Clinic has provided over 55,000 spay neuters and our Adoption Center has provided care for over 15,000 animals in need.  The Humane Society does not receive any government funding and relies on donations, grants and fundraisers to provide services.        
We are asking that everyone help by spaying/neutering their pets by 4 months of age, by not letting their pets roam freely, and by contacting us for help with animals that need spay/neuter or homes.
Please consider showing your support and pride in the Humane Society by wearing a special #FCHSROCKS - 40 Years Strong teeshirt in Ruby Red color which is available at: for $20.

Franklin Co. Schools Partner with F.C. to Digitize Broadband Surveys

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

FRANKLIN CO. – In a groundbreaking initiative, a unique partnership has emerged to seek much needed broadband improvements. The Boards for Franklin County (FC) and Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) have partnered to digitize paper copies of the broadband needs assessment survey. The survey was sent home with FCPS students and mailed county-wide to collect information from citizens and businesses regarding internet usage, current service, access, and needs. Information gathered from the survey will be used to create the County’s strategic broadband plan. There is mutual interest in ensuring that businesses and citizens have access to more reliable internet service.

“Franklin County Public Schools are proud to be an integral part of this project,” said Dr. Mark Church, Division Superintendent. “We helped distribute the surveys through our students to their families and now our high school students are helping to enter the thousands of responses from our citizens.” FCPS students are the workforce of tomorrow. Improved broadband will reinforce student learning, facilitate job training, and open new opportunities for businesses and non-profits.

“We seek to improve broadband access and reliability at the best value for taxpayers,” said Brent Robertson, County Administrator. “Reliable broadband access is crucial to keeping Franklin County competitive in the 21 st century.”

By working together, FC and FCPS are leveraging resources and expertise to improve quality of life for the citizens.