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Twins Retire from The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

TWINSRecently, a celebration was held for retired twin deputies, Dan and Don Hale. Sheriff Bill Overton spoke on each man's work and dedication and commented on the support of their spouses. Dan (26 years of service) and Don (9 years of service) had their families in attendance. Other deputies spoke on their time working side by side with these two gentlemen. Sheriff Overton stated to both, his prayers for their success moving forward. The ceremony ended with a special cake, refreshments and lots of stories.

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Henry Co. Investigators Looking for Driver of Stolen Vehicle

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

On March 19, 2017 at approximately 11:10 am an investigator with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on Pine St. in the Fieldale area of Henry County conducting a follow-up investigation. He observed a green Mazda 626 that had recently been reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as a stolen vehicle. The investigator attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver refused to pull over. The vehicle continued through the Fieldale community at slow speeds.

The vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Pine St. and Chestnut St. where a white female exited the passenger seat and ran on foot. At this point the driver accelerated away at a high rate of speed, the investigator made the decision to terminate the vehicle pursuit due to the speeds in a residential community. A short time later the investigator discovered that the vehicle had been involved in single vehicle crash in the 3000 block of Carver Rd. The driver fled the scene on foot.

Anyone having information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program 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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VDOT Adding Guardrails, Flashing Lights, Paved Shoulders on Route 122 Citing Safety Concerns

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

vdot2FRANKLIN COUNTY - If you drive Route 122 daily, there's no doubt you've noticed changes taking place around the Blackwater Bridge. It's all part of VDOT's efforts to improve the overall safety of the state highway.

According to Jen Ward, Communications Coordinator for VDOT, the work has just begun. 

vd1Even though commuters likely noticed the construction of a new paved drainage ditch recently, Ward says the ditch replacement is actually a seperate project that needed to be constructed after workers discovered the old ditch had basically washed away.

The main project involves adding wider paved shoulders, rumble strips, and guardrails along with flashing lights from the Rocky Mount town limits to an area just north of the 621 interesection, near the Booker T. Washington National Monument, Ward explained.

One sign of the progress this week has been the removal of a group of trees along a sharp curve right before one approaches the Blackwater River Bridge heading northbound. 

There have been several accidents on the curve in previous years, locals say.

The $1.8 million contract with Adams Construction is expected to be complete in November 2017. 

The new ditch construction falls under VDOT's regular maintenance budget and is seperate from the major project.