Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

OVERTON22On Wednesday, May 24th, Sheriff Bill Overton recognized the 3 Franklin County residents that were awarded the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship Awards. The VSI awarded 78 scholarships throughout the state of Virginia, this year, totaling $77,000. The receiving student must attend a Virginia college or university and pursuing a college degree in criminal justice. All 3 of Franklin County’s recipients were awarded $1000 each.

Sheriff Bill Overton presented each with their award certificate and stated to the group how proud he was of each student. Overton added, “It is an honor to present these awards and we are sure each of you will make a positive impact as you pursue a career in law enforcement.”



Annual Songwriters Festival Begins June 14

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

lyricsonlakeThe fifth annual Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival begins Wednesday, June 14th and runs through Sunday, June 18th. It is now the largest songwriters festival on the east coast. In addition to a lot of great musical entertainment and an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the nation’s most talented songwriters, the festival also raises money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, through The Musicpreneur Storehouse Foundation. CMN Hospitals is an organization which raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, to provide training, research, equipment and care for the treatment of children with all manner of diseases and injuries. Contributions collected at the Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival will remain local, to be used by Carilion Children’s, Centra Virginia Baptist and Lynchburg General hospitals in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. Lyrics on the Lake is a local, all-volunteer organization dedicated to serving the community, especially its children, through fundraising, toy drives, and flood relief efforts.


Heavy Rains Cause Partial Roof Collapse at Plygem

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plygemroof1ROCKY MOUNT - The lobby of the administrative offices of the town's largest employer were no match to the heavy rains that continued for yet another day Wednesday.

Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins says a call came into Franklin County's 911 center advising of a roof collapse at the facility. 

No one was in the area where the roof collapsed. There were no injuries, Hankins said.

The lobby area of the offices is a total loss. No damage estimates were available Wednesday night. 

“While this was a difficult situation for PlyGem management and employees, this coordinated response from our first responders, town and county officials, public safety and public works agencies was effective, efficient and appropriate,” said Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matthew Hankins. “We have already offered plant management any assistance we can provide to keep the plant in production.”

The roof collapse was just part of the damage from a strong storm system that has dumped 2-5" of rain over much of the area and spawned severe storms and tornado warnings across the area.

Numerous trees were reported down across Franklin County Wednesday evening after a severe storm, which had produced a confirmed tornado earlier in North Carolina, moved through Ferrum, Henry, Rocky Mount and eastern Franklin County. When the severe storm hit Rocky Mount, very heavy rainfall added to many of the problems. 

Soggy ground from days of rain makes trees easier to topple. VDOT reports numerous road closures across the state from the persistent rains. Route 40 west in Ferrum was underwater at one point Wednesday afternoon. East of town in Redwood, Route 40 east was closed in Redwood from floodwaters washing out part of the road, accoding to VDOT.

The system bringing the rain will not entirely clear the area until Friday. Lingering showers and flooding will be a factor Thursday morning. Storms with hail are likely by the early afternoon Thursday underneath an upper low. 

More severe storms are possible Saturday after and during the day Sunday.