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Franklin Co. Conducting Broadband Needs Survey

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

broadband3Franklin County has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to conduct a county-wide broadband needs assessment survey. The survey will 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. Franklin County wants to ensure that citizens and businesses have the level of service they need today and are well prepared for the future.

The survey is the initial step in CIT’s Broadband Path, a six-step process that leverages CIT’s experience and Virginia’s Broadband Toolkit to develop a tailor-made strategic plan and seek out private sector partners that will help meet the County’s specific goals.

“It is important to understand how the citizens are leveraging the Internet and where there is a need for expanded or improved service so the County can take steps to meet those needs and ensure its citizens have the best possible quality of life,” said Sandie Terry, CIT’s Vice President of Broadband.

The survey, which is open for responses until February 28 th , is available online at FCBroadbandNeeds.org. For those with no access, or unreliable internet, paper surveys will be mailed throughout the county as well as distributed at various County buildings. If you would like to request a paper survey, call (540) 483-3030. Please complete only one survey per household.

“We seek to improve broadband access and reliability at the best value for Franklin County taxpayers” said Brent Robertson, County Administrator. “Your survey response marks our first step down the Broadband Path.”

If you have any questions or comments about the Broadband Needs Assessment, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the word BROADBAND in the Subject Line.

 

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Sheriff's Dept. Urges Holiday Travelers to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

635903350315316718-594807173 Drunk-DrivingFRANKLIN CO. - While the holiday season is a great time to eat, drink, and be merry, celebrating the holidays with alcohol can also lead to an increased number of impaired drivers travelling on our roadways. To help keep roads safe for holiday travelers, state and local law enforcement will be looking for drunk drivers during a special Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization from December 16, 2016, to January 1,2017.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015, and 29 percent (10,265) of those fatalities occurred in a crash where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. In just the month of December that year, 840 people lost their lives as a result of drunk-driving- related crashes.

Nationally, from 2011 to 2015, a total of 14,034 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and 28 percent (3,983) died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. Many of these tragedies could have been avoided if the impaired driver had simply not gotten behind the wheel. But during the holiday season, too many people take to the roads after consuming alcohol, putting themselves, their passengers and others on the road at risk of a getting in traffic crash, incurring serious injury, or worse—death.

That’s why law enforcement will be stepping up patrols and looking for drunk drivers. Anyone who gets caught driving while impaired faces significant legal and financial consequences.

With a DUI, you face jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, and higher insurance rates, along with dozens of other expenses, including attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. Also, there’s the humiliation and consequences of telling family, friends and employers of your arrest.

If you are celebrating the holidays with alcohol, plan for a sober ride home ahead of time and never risk driving after drinking. Even refusing to take a breath test in many jurisdictions has consequences, including the immediate loss of your driver’s license and the impoundment of your vehicle. If you think you won’t pass a breath test, you don’t belong behind the wheel.

Travelers should follow these trips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:

● If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.

● If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up.

● If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a sober ride.

● If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.

Enjoy the festivities, but never drive while impaired. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this holiday season. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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YMCA Collects Food, Toys for Area Children

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ymcafoodROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA ran both a toy and food drive this holiday season. Both drives were done to benefit Franklin County’s children and began in late November.

The Y had an “angel tree” in the lobby with ornaments that featured children of different ages and genders. YMCA members would take an ornament and bring back a gift appropriate for the age and gender. Everything from bicycles to clothes to remote control cars were brought back as part of the drive. The gifts will brighten Christmas for 75 children in Franklin County as a part of We Care Franklin County’s annual toy drive.

The Y also ran a food drive among its childcare programs, membership, fitness and swim team. The food brought in was for the school systems “back pack food program” which feeds children in the area on weekends and holidays. The single largest donation came in from the YMCA after school program at Dudley Elementary. Students in the after school program brought in over 1,000 individual items. Another large donation came from Maddox and Noah Conley who are participants on the Y’s swim team. Through the program the Y packed 200 bags with 7 days’ worth of food to go home with area children.

“It was amazing when we got all the food together and started packing it into bags for the kids. It was really heartwarming to be able to see how much Y staff, members and participants cared about their neighbors,” says Jamie Stump Child Care Coordinator with the YMCA.

The Y’s nonprofit mission of building a stronger more connected community is most often fulfilled through its child care programs, outreach programs to military and law enforcement and senior wellness programs. However, the Y runs several food drives, clothing drives and blood drives with area agencies throughout the year.

“The Y really is like a center of the community. That is why we work so hard to stay engaged and help hard working families in Franklin County,” says Stump.