FRANKLIN CO. – In a groundbreaking initiative, a unique partnership has emerged to seek much needed broadband improvements. The Boards for Franklin County (FC) and Franklin County Public Schools (FCPS) have partnered to digitize paper copies of the broadband needs assessment survey. The survey was sent home with FCPS students and mailed county-wide to 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. There is mutual interest in ensuring that businesses and citizens have access to more reliable internet service.
“Franklin County Public Schools are proud to be an integral part of this project,” said Dr. Mark Church, Division Superintendent. “We helped distribute the surveys through our students to their families and now our high school students are helping to enter the thousands of responses from our citizens.” FCPS students are the workforce of tomorrow. Improved broadband will reinforce student learning, facilitate job training, and open new opportunities for businesses and non-profits.
“We seek to improve broadband access and reliability at the best value for taxpayers,” said Brent Robertson, County Administrator. “Reliable broadband access is crucial to keeping Franklin County competitive in the 21 st century.”
By working together, FC and FCPS are leveraging resources and expertise to improve quality of life for the citizens.
On April 1, 2017 the Henry County Department of Public Safety and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office identified the individual who started multiple fires inside Wal-Mart located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville VA on March 31, 2017.
With the assistance of the public the individual was identified as Joshua Wayne Wright, 25, of 30 Valley High Dr., Hardy, VA. Wright entered the Wal-Mart and intentional started fires in 4 different locations causing the store to be evacuated. There were no injuries as a result of the fires.
Joshua Wayne Wright was arrested and charged with 4 counts of Maliciously Burn a Store House and 1 count of 3rd or Subsequent Offence Shoplifting. All charges are felonies. Wright is currently being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Department of Public Safety at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.
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