Caller Leads Investigators to Stolen Truck from Rocky Mount Business

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

stolentruckarrestBURNT CHIMNEY - An employee of a Rocky Mount business was able to help investigators arrest a man driving a stolen truck from the company the employee worked for, Bedford County investigators said Thursday in a news release.

The employee was following the truck in Hardy on Old Station Loop and noticed the driver was not an employee of the company. The man called the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and followed the truck. The Virginia State Police were also made aware of the situation.

Police found the truck abandoned in the Wirtz area of Franklin County. 

Investigators found and arrested Roger Smith, of Salem around 10:30 a.m. He was found walking on Route 122 near Burnt Chimney. Smith was taken into custody and charged with larceny by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. He has been transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center.



F.C. Humane Society Receives $20,000 to Help Launch 'No More Litters' Campaign

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

30423 pets-products january-site-flip 3-cathealth short-tile 592x304. CB286975940 ROCKY MOUNT -  Franklin County Humane Society’s Planned Pethood Clinic today announced it received a grant for $20,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help launch its “No More Litters” Campaign.  This program aims to offer no-cost spay and neuter services to Franklin County pet parents and families in need that have pets. 
Unaltered dogs and cats produce litters of puppies and kittens many of which end up at shelters, abandoned or are given away and continue the cycle of unplanned litters. With the help of the PetSmart Charities grant, “No More Litters” will provide 250 free spay/neuter surgeries and basic wellness services, such as vaccinations for dogs and cats, in order to reduce the numbers of unplanned litters of puppies and kittens born each year and to keep these pets in their homes. 
Humane Society Adoption Center Director Anita Scott said, “We are still seeing litters of puppies and kittens being born even though we have offered low-cost spay neuter programs for many years.  We want to target those pet parents that we have not reached with our spay and neuter assistance programs and help them with getting their pets spayed/neutered and vaccinated.  This will help to keep these pets in their homes and it will reduce the numbers of animals that end up at the Humane Society and other shelters each year.  We took in 2,413 animals last year 27 percent of which were kittens and 19 percent were puppies.  Reducing these births would lessen the numbers of animals that need our care each year.”   
Humane Society Supervising Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Marybeth Chaconas notes that spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The Humane Society’s Planned Pethood Clinic has been providing adult and pediatric spay neuter for 17 years.  The Humane Society recommends that pets be altered by four months of age to prevent unplanned litters.  Kittens as young as four months and puppies as young as five months are old enough to produce their  first litter just two months later.
This no-cost rate is available for dogs, puppies, cats or kittens.  Pet parents must reside in Franklin County and offer proof of financial need such as eligibility for government assistance programs.  Appointments are based on availability.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons should visit or call 540-489-3491.

F.C. Aging Services Collecting Canned Food for 'Soup for Seniors'

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

canned-foods-pressreleaseROCKY MOUNT - Winter is a difficult time for our older homebound neighbors and the choice between food and heat can be hard. Franklin County Aging Services is requesting donations from the community to help make the decision easy by ensuring their shelves are stocked with soups and other non-perishable food items.

Aging Services’ first annual “Soup for Seniors” drive will begin collection between January 30th and February 3rd at the Essig Recreation Center (295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, VA) between 8:30a - 5:00p.

The items most needed by our homebound elderly neighbors include low sodium and nutritious soups, crackers, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats such as tuna, peanut butter and oatmeal. No glass containers, please.

All the items collected will be put into reusable cloth bags donated by Carilion and distributed into the homes of our qualified elderly neighbors by the 3rd week in February with the help of Aging Services drivers as well as STEP, Inc. Aging Services hopes to make this an annual drive. The more we collect, the more we can serve.

For more information, please contact:

Franklin County Aging Services

295 Technology Drive

Rocky Mount, VA 24151

(540) 483-9238