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Eagle Scout Project Helps Library Move Mascot into a New Tank

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

libraryROCKY MOUNT - On September 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m., the Main Branch of the Franklin County Public Library will hold a ribbon cutting for the Library’s mascot, Shelly. Shelly, a red eared slider turtle that resides on the Main Library’s second floor, had outgrown her tank and needed habitat improvements to ensure her health.

As his Eagle Scout Service Project, Ryan Maxey, 16, oversaw Shelly’s move to a new tank with state-of- the-art habitat. A senior at Franklin County High School, Ryan presented before Franklin County’s Director of Facilities/Special Projects to approve the tank’s safety and stability, constructed a stand for the new tank and secured donations.

“Shelly’s habitat improvement project was complicated,” said Christine Arena, Coordinator of Programming & Outreach for the Main Library. “Ryan researched the technical requirements of
aquariums and the habitat needs of turtles. Over the project’s duration of seven months, Ryan managed each phase from conception to completion.”

Funded by donated money, supplies, time and expertise, Shelly’s habitat project was financially supported by the Friends of the Main Library, Boy Scouts Troop #129 with families and friends,
and Library patrons and visitors. Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke, Va. and Thompson & Litton, an engineering firm in Radford, Va., provided technical consultation. Capps Home Building Center, Moneta, Va., and Franklin Glass, Rocky Mount, Va., provided tools and materials.

The ribbon cutting, open to the public, is September 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the Franklin County Library-Main Branch. Ryan Maxey will be the lead speaker. Free refreshments provided by The Whole Bean, Rocky Mount. The book sale is the same day, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information: Christine Arena, Coordinator of Programming & Outreach, Franklin County Public
Library, (540) 483-3098 x2441; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Open Horse Show Kicks Off Ag Fair This Year

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

horseshowFRANKLIN CO. - On September 9, 2017, the 2017 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be kicked off with the Franklin County Open Horse Show. The Franklin County Equestrian Club is the organizer of the Open Horse Show.

The Open Horse Show is inviting competitors to participate. Competitors may register starting at 9:00 a.m. the day of the show. Entry fees are $8.00 per class. Spectators may attend the show for free, with admission at 10:00 a.m.

The Open Horse Show will be sanctioned by the Blue Ridge Horse Force and the Franklin County Equestrian Club. Competitors do not need to be a member of either organization to
participate. The Open Horse Show will feature 71 competitive classes with ribbons awarded for First through Sixth place. Championship and Reserve Championship will be awarded in English,
Hunter, Ranch, Western, Walking/Racking and Gymkhana – Junior, Youth & Adult and Games Divisions. For show rules and a list of competitive classes, visit: www.FCAgFair.com/entertainment/horse-competition

New this year, the Franklin County Equestrian Club’s “Turn & Burn Series” will occur at the conclusion of the Open Horse Show. Participants in this series have competed throughout the
summer and have accumulated points in barrel racing, pole bending and other speed classes.

 “Throughout Franklin County’s history, horses have been a majestic feature of our rural landscape. Whether used to work farms or provide competitive and recreational riding opportunities, horses are a mainstay in our community. The Horse Show is a fitting way to kick off the Agricultural Fair,” said David E. Rotenizer, Chairperson of the Franklin County Agricultural Fair,

The Open Horse Show will occur at Shadow Ridge Stables, 10120 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Wirtz, Va. Concessions available. Alcohol prohibited. Spectators may bring a lawn chair.

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Salem Man Killed in Franklin Co. Motorcycle Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

motorcycleFRANKLIN COUNTY – Virginia State Police Trooper Rorrer is investigating a motorcycle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash is believed to have occurred on August 25, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Route 116, one quarter mile north of Valley Road in Franklin County.

A 2004 Suzuki GSX1300 was traveling on Route 116 when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, striking a traffic sign and then a tree.

The crash was not discovered until early Saturday morning when sunlight revealed the crash scene. After interviewing the residents in the area, it is believed the crash occurred on Friday, August 25, 2017 around 11:00 p.m.

Residents stated they had heard a motorcycle engine noise, as it passed by, but did not go
outside to investigate.

The driver of the 2004 Suzuki was identified as Raymond James Nester, 29, of Salem, VA.

Mr. Nester was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash and he died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.