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Bedford & Franklin Heritage Trail Set To Launch July 23

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

821b3940-85cc-43c6-9a5f-bc3d5a7d5f90FRANKLIN COUNTY - A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties within Bedford and Franklin Counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The tour includes four historic properties: Big Otter Mill, Historic Avenel, Jubal A. Early Homeplace, and The Hook- Powell-Moorman Farm. The Hook-Powell- Moorman Farm, Big Otter Mill, and Historic Avenel are not normally open to the public making this is a rare opportunity to view these private historic sites. The cost of the tour, which includes all four properties, is only $5 person/$10 family (cash or check) and will be sold on site at any of the four locations.

Tour guests can also visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument and receive discounted admission to The National D-Day Memorial. 

The project has been several years in the making and was initially developed by Carla Whitfield, Superintendent for the Booker T. Washington National Monument. It is anticipated the tour will become an annual event featuring a different theme and set of historic properties to be highlighted.

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Appalachian Power to Build New Six Million Dollar Substation in Redwood

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

7103295 GREDWOOD – Appalachian Power has announced a project that will increase electric reliability for its customers in Franklin County.

The proposed Redwood Substation project will update the company’s local electric delivery system with a new substation and by replacing about 4 miles of existing distribution line. The $6 million project will provide a robust energy hub for customers from Rocky Mount to Smith Mountain Lake while meeting the growing electricity demands of the region.

Appalachian identified the need to improve its local infrastructure following extreme weather conditions during the last two winter seasons. Aging equipment combined with severe weather pushed the company’s system to capacity. This project will help alleviate stress on the system and reduce the possibility of extended power outages.

“Our focus as a company is to provide reliable service to our customers at an affordable price,” said Larry Jackson, external affairs manager for Appalachian Power. “This project will ensure the residents of Franklin County continue to receive the highest quality of service while providing them with a system that is capable of handling the future power needs of the region.”

The new Redwood Substation will be built on a piece of land owned by Appalachian Power near the intersection of Powells Store and Webster roads. The company will also build about 600 feet of transmission line and two transmission structures to connect the substation to an existing transmission line, all on company property. The 60-year-old Glade Hill Substation will be retired and removed after the new substation is placed in service.

Appalachian is seeking local approval for the substation. If received, construction is expected to start this fall and be complete by the end of 2017. The Redwood Substation project is estimated to add approximately $20,000 in taxes annually to Franklin County.

The Redwood Substation project is part of the $650 million investment in announced Appalachian Power energy system upgrades in southwestern Virginia. 

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Vicki Gardner Recognized with 'Resilience Award' in Smithfield

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

13495272 10208439636501565 2518916202734823552 nSMITHFIELD – Vicki Gardner, Executive Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber, was recognized with the “Resilience Award” by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at their annual meeting held June 23-24 in Smithfield.

The VACCE Resilience Award is a brand new award and will be given to a Chamber executive who has encountered significant challenges yet continues to lead their chambers admirably. The Resilience Award for Excellence was created to recognize and celebrate chamber individuals who have been significantly impacted by adverse experiences, endured significant individual and community challenges and have overcome obstacles, while demonstrating courage, bravery and tenacity.

Joyce Waugh, past president of VACCE and president & CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber presented Ms. Gardner with the award noting that, “Vicki’s passion for the community for which she serves has made a momentous and lasting contribution to that community as well as to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Her courageous example has helped the community heal and come together stronger. With heartfelt admiration, we would like to recognize Vicki Gardner with the VACCE Resilience Award.”