Erosion Concerns Halt Pipeline Construction... For Now

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

pipelineFRANKLIN COUNTY - Construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline has stopped for now across all of Virginia. 

A statement on the Mountain Valley website says the move is temporary after concerns over soil erosion and sediment controls.

"After direct consultation with VDEQ, and in light of the recent extraordinary rainfall experienced in Virginia, we have agreed to temporarily suspend pipeline installations activities, including welding, trenching, and stringing of pipe, in Virginia," the statement says.

MVP goes on to say that it will continue to work with the VDEQ to find a time to resume construction on the pipeline. 


UPDATE: Bone Fragment Found From Animal, Not From a Human

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Update: State Police say the bone fragment found in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline last week was from an animal and was not from a human. 


FRANKLIN COUNTY - Virginia State Police say a bone gragment was found in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Iron Ridge Road in Franklin County Friday. They are waiting on results from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke to see if the fragment is from a person or not. 

Investigators say Mr. Daniel Angles found the bone fragment last Thursday, June 21, between 8 and 8:30 p.m. while walking on his land. The land was used to grow agriculter before the pipeline easement. Mr. Angles contacted police the next day on Friday. When State Police arrived at the location at 11:23 a.m., they were shown a plastic bag with the bone fragment inside by Mark Joyner with the Association of Archaeological Properties. Joyner said the fragment appeared to be part of a vertebrate from a mammal, police say.

Police searched the immeadiate area for other remains, but none were found. 

The investigation into the orgin of the bone fragment may take several days. State Police say they will decide what next steps to take in their investigation once the results come in. 


Mother of The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers Passes Away at 90

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ElsieStarkeyWIRTZ - The Franklin County mother of the popular local gospel group, Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers died Saturday, according to her obituary published by Flora Funeral Service Monday. Elsie Starkey is survived by her five sons; Larnell Starkey, Walter Starkey, Danny Starkey, Tim Starkey, and Demone Starkey and daughter Dar Alexander. 

In a Facebook post Saturday, the group made the announcement, "We are saddened this morning that our Head Angel has gotten her wings this morning RIP mom we're going to miss you but we know you are smiling love you because we know you loved us [sic]"

The family will receive visitors Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pigg River Community Center on South Main Street in Rocky Mount. The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Pigg River Center. A private family memorial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church on Inglewood Drive in Wirtz.