F.C. Library to Hold Session on How to Co-Exist with Increasing Black Bear Population

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

black-bear-mark-bennett-dpcROCKY MOUNT - On June 6, 2017, 5:30 PM, the Main Branch of the Franklin County Public Library will hold an information session on how to co-exist safely with the local black bear population. Across Virginia, including Franklin County, there are an estimated 17,000-18,000 black bears.


May and June see increased black bear activity with bears seeking sources of food following hibernation. Able to adapt to suburban and urbanizing environments, black bears are opportunistic feeders that go where the food is.


In the information session, Officer Tyler Sheets from the Department of Virginia Game & Inland Fisheries will dispel myths about black bear behavior, explain what attracts bears to human populated areas, and discuss easy, practical ways to deter bears from neighborhoods and businesses. Officer Sheets will also discuss what to do when bears are observed in agricultural environments and in the woods.


As human populations increase and move into traditional wildlife habitat, human/wildlife contact is becoming more prevalent. According to Officer Sheets, spring and summer are times of increased calls to law enforcement due to reports of black bears in backyards, near day care centers and schools, and near businesses. The information session will include guidelines on how to minimize bear-human interactions.


“Many people are confused about how to live safely with black bears,” said Christine Arena, Coordinator of Programming & Outreach for the Franklin County Public Library “The Library is holding the bear safety program to give the public simple, proven ways to avoid attracting bears to our yards and neighborhoods and hopefully relieve people’s fear and uncertainty.”


The bear safety information session will be held June 6, 2017, 5:30PM, Franklin County Library-Main Branch, 355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Please register at (540) 483-3098 opt 0.


For information: Christine Arena, Coordinator of Programming & Outreach, Franklin County Public Library, (540) 483-3098


Investigator Speaks to Ferrum Church

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

JPFERRUM - On Friday, May 26th, Sgt. J. P. Nolen gave a church security talk to Faith Assembly of God in Ferrum. Sgt. Nolen gave a short presentation and spoke on how churches can be more safe. Nolen allowed time for questions and comments.

If your church is interested in having a deputy come and speak to our church and/or church leaders, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Office of the Sheriff thanks Pastor Adam Coombs and all the congregation of Faith Assembly of God for their wonderful hospitality.


Sheriff Overton to Hold Town Hall June 8

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

townhallFranklin County Sheriff Bill Overton will hold another Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 8th starting at 6:30PM

This meeting will be held at New Vision Baptist Church, 4161 Fork Mountain Road, Rocky Mount, VA

Continuing the series of informing the public about the status and focus of the Sheriff’s Office, this meeting will be in the Fork Mountain area.

After a short presentation, Sheriff Overton always wants to hear from the residents by allowing time for questions and comments.

Public is invited, refreshments will be provided.