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Callaway Man Dies in Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper W. G. Rorrer is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred on August 11, 2017 at 7:28 a.m. on Route 40 in Franklin County.

A 1991 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on Route 40, three quarters of a mile west of Colonial Turnpike, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Ford F-250.

The 1991 Toyota was driven by John R. Bates, Jr, 40, of Callaway, Va. Mr. Bates was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The 1997 Ford was driven by Ronald E. Clock, 53, of Rocky Mount, Va. Mr. Clock was wearing his seatbelt and was airlifted to RMH for injuries received in the crash. The passenger was not wearing his seatbelt and was also seriously injured.

The State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist.

The crash remains under investigation.

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F.C. Ag Fair Seeks Competition Exhibits

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

i1qu4F WFRANKLIN COUNTY - The fourth annual Franklin County Agricultural Fair (FCAF) scheduled for Sept 13-16 seeks to showcase agriculture-related skills and highlight the most prized locally-grown produce and locally-made products in the region. From fresh vegetables and fruit to jams, pumpkins, quilts and more, the fair is featuring the best of the best in homegrown local talent.
Of convenience to participants, the entry day for dropping off competitive exhibits has been extended from one to two days. Entries will be accepted on Sunday, Sept 10 from 2-5 pm and on Monday, Sept 11 from 3-7 pm at the Franklin County Recreation Park – site of the 2017 fairgrounds. The event will allow participants to enter in a variety of agriculture related items under three broad division categories (Agriculture Products, Homemaking and Crafts).
Categories which are further broken down by class, include fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, baked goods, canned meats, flowers, quilts and more. Participants may enter items in various categories, but are limited to only one item per class. There is no fee to enter. The top three winners in each class will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes - $3 for first place blue ribbon, $2 for second place red ribbon and $1 for third place yellow ribbon.
“Competitive exhibits are a great way to celebrate local and regional agriculture, and the skills of the participants who grow and create these wonderful items,” said Carol Haynes, extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension who is chair of the fair’s competitions committee
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Competitive exhibits are open to participants in and beyond Franklin County. For entry forms, rules and a complete list of categories, please visit FCAgFair.com/attractions/competitive- exhibits/ For questions or more information, please contact Haynes at (540) 483-5161.
To learn more about the fair, please visit the website FCAgFair.com and follow on Facebook @FCAgFAir. For questions, please call (540) 483-3030 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rotary Club Announces 2017 W.W. Naff Jr. Scholarship Recipients

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

EvanOn July 27, the Rocky Mount Rotary Club was very proud to award two  W.W. Naff, Jr. Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Evan Mitchell and Jonathan Iraggi. Both of the recipients
have demonstrated high Character, Academic Achievement, and Leadership.

The Scholarship is for a Franklin County High School senior who plans to attend Ferrum College. The scholarship is for $1,250 and is renewable for four years or a total of $5,000. The selection committee looks for candidates with strong citizenship, civic contributions, leadership, and involvement in clubs, community groups, church, and/or athletics. All of these areas are what W.W. Naff, Jr. felt were important.