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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Stik-Pak Solutions Opens New Franklin County Facility

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Career & Resource Fair

The Franklin Center/Virginia Career Works - Blue Ridge and The Franklin County Re-Entry Council will host a Career & Resource Fair on August 26, 2021, 1:00PM to 4:00PM.  Freshen up your resume, put on your best smile, and be prepared to meet ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Public Meeting Announcement, May 4, 2021

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A public meeting is being held to to learn how the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) and your community are at risk to natural hazards, such as floods, hurricanes and winter storms, and the steps we are taking to reduce damages.

To assess ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

New Franklin County Animal Shelter "Grand Opening"

    

The "Grand Opening" of the new $1.4 million, 6,000 sq ft facility will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The public is welcome to tour the facility, there will be a law enforcement K9 demonstration...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Franklin County residents are urged to practice healthy disease preventing practices including:

  • Washing hands often with soap
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Cleaning ...
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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Member Spotlight - July 2021

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In 1976, David joined Fork Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Member.  He wanted to help his community in an area where there was a need.  As a volunteer firefighter,  he hoped his service would make a difference. &a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - June 2021

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“I was asked,  “What got me into EMS?”. The only answer that I was able to come up with is, “EMS  found me”.  My earlier career path had been business oriented,  not medical.  In 2013, I started volunteering in...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Member Spotlight - May 2021

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For this month’s newsletter, the intention was to spotlight a member from our Chaplaincy Program. After reaching out to several members and each of them humbly declining with very similar replies like, “There are more providers worthy ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - April 2021

Jared Mandy

Jared is a Lifetime Member of Glade Hill Rescue Squad.  He is also a member of Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company (Company 13), Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad (Squad 13), and Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Rescue. He has been with Company 13...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Member Spotlight - March 2021

Jonathan Custer

“Firefighting has always been in my blood,” says Jonathan. His grandfather was an original member of Callaway Volunteer Fire Department and helped construct the building in 1966.  His grandfather was his inspiration to become a firefighter.

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Member Spotlight - February 2021

Tyler McPherson

Tyler is 22 years old.  He has lived in Callaway all his life with his parents and 2 sisters. He joined the fire department around the same time he graduated from high school.  He said, “It was something I had wanted to do my e...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - January 2021

Brett Mullins

Brett has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years with the exception of times when his children where young and when he was away for military enlistment.  He originally joined as a teenager for something to do that would occupy his time. That &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Member Spotlight - December 2020

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Ryan is currently the captain of the rescue division at Scruggs Fire and Rescue.  He serves with his wife Denise, who is the First Lieutenant of the rescue division. They have been married for 22 years and have 2 sons that are 20 and 16. &nbs...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - November 2020

Lynn Wray

Station 15 (Westlake)

Lynn was born and raised in Franklin County. He began volunteering at Franklin County Rescue Squad in 2001, partly influenced by the 9/11 attacks. He has always enjoyed helping others and wants to give back to the community. That oppo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - October 2020

Odell Gray

Odell Gray - Ferrum Fire Department

Odell has lived in Franklin County the majority of his life. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1985.  He attended VCU and Ferrum College, eventually graduating  from Ferrum.  Aft...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - September 2020

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Anna D. - Callaway Rescue Squad

Anna is 18 years old, she obtained her EMT-B certification while in high school. She graduated this year and is currently attending Virginia Western Community College to obtain a Health Sciences Degree. She plans to eventual...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

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Chris is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Franklin County Public Safety and also serves as a fill-in captain. He has worked for Public Safety since early 2013. Chris grew up in Danville, VA and moved to Franklin County after becomi...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - July 2020

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Michaelynn H. - Red Valley Rescue Squad

Michaelynn is a single mother of a 15-year-old son. He is an A/B honor roll student. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of six.  She says, “He is such a bright, intelligent, and loving youn...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

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Baylor Janney - Boones Mill Fire Department

Baylor has been a volunteer at Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department for almost 2 years. When he isn’t at the fire station, you can find him working for his dad doing interior construction or working for Boones M...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - May 2020

Ron Gearheart

Ron Gearheart - Career Staff

Ron is a career Paramedic/Firefighter/Chaplain with Franklin County Department of Public Safety. He is an Associate Pastor at New Vision Baptist Church. He has been married to his wife Michele for over twenty years “bless her h...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - April 2020

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George T. - Scruggs Fire, Rescue & Dive

George has been part of the Smith Mountain Community forever! Just ask anyone. With over 60 years of Public Safety experience, George, formerly Chief of the SML Marine Division, is now with Scruggs VFRD. He is al...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - March 2020

Morgan Yopp

Morgan Y. - Glade Hill Rescue Squad

Morgan is 20 years old.  She took the EMT class through Franklin County High School during the spring semester of 2017 with Eric Newman.  Mr. Newman’s class introduced her to EMS and is part of the reas...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

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Mark Tatum - Company 14

Mark is 1st Lieutenant at Henry Volunteer Fire Department.  He has been with Company 14 since 2002 when the department was founded.  Mark is happily married with 2 children, John Mark and Samantha Ann Tatum. &n...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Member Spotlight - January 2020

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Rena Jennings - Career Staff

Rena was raised and still lives in Bedford County.  She has 4 awesome children who live close to her,  including her grandson,  Bear.  She attended Staunton River High School. After graduatin...

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

DMV OFFERS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS

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Already in 2021, there have been 80 crashes involving pedestrians.
As we partner with our Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, we wish to remind both pedestrian and driver to "Look Out For Each Other"
Not just in Rocky Mount and other larger pop...
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Posted on: July 30, 2021

MISSING TEENS FOUND

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MISSING TEENS FOUND

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile. Eathan Paul Freeman (pictured), 16 years old of Rocky Mount was reported missing by a family member on July 26th...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

ARREST MADE IN GRAND LARCENY CASE

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On July 25th, 2021, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a stolen enclosed trailer that contained equipment and power tools. The trailer was stolen from the Bridgewater Area of Franklin County and has since been located in ...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

ARREST MADE IN MARCH 2021 MURDER

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office made an arrest last week on the March 2021 murder of William Kirk Odell.

Maurice Allen Jones was recently charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He is currently being held without bond.

The investigation continues.

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Posted on: July 8, 2021

MAN CHARGED IN CHILD DEATH

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On Wednesday June 30th, 2021 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Roanoke Memorial Hospital of a seven-year-old Franklin County child with injuries from a reported fall. The child succumbed from the injuries on Friday July 2...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

NRA "BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING" CLASS

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The Office of the Sheriff will be holding in person NRA "Basics of Pistol Shooting" class. This is an 8-hour NRA course that will cover the following topics:
- Pistol Mechanisms & Operation
- Ammunition Fundamentals
- Building Pistol Shooting S...
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Posted on: July 6, 2021

ARREST MADE IN BOONES MILL INCIDENT

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On June 28th just after 12 noon, the Office of the Sheriff received a 911 call stating there had been a shooting at Cannaday's Sav-A-Bit in Boones Mill. 

After rendering care to the victim and having rescue transport victim to the hospita...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

GOOD INFORMATION FROM BEDFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Lt. Robert Kimbrel, Bedford PD, summed it up very well in this local television news piece.
Please don't discharge yard clippings onto the roadways. This causes a very real hazard for motorcyclists and those riding bicycles.

Each year, cyclists are...
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Posted on: March 26, 2020

IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY

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Great information from the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.

Note #5 on how to turn off the water.

Also remember, use your drying towel to open the door/s/ exiting the restroom area.

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

VIRGINIA DMV SAYS HOT CARS ARE NOT COOL

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Rising temps can quickly turn deadly for a child left inside a parked vehicle. Check your backseat every time you park. Make sure not to leave children of pets locked in your vehicle.

Statistics are heart breaking concerning the children and pets left in v...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 29, 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPUTY RECEIVES RECOGNITION

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Deputy Brad Elkins received the WoodmenLife Award for the month of July 2021 recently.

Deputy Elkins was involved in an incident a while back where he intervened in a possible attempted suicide. Elkins was able to stall the subject until assistanc...

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

DONUTS FOR COPS? YES!

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Some of the Evident staff stopped by the Office of the Sheriff and brought many boxes of Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts. They were delicious!

Thanks Evident for the thoughtful gift.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 20, 2021

FCSO INVESTIGATORS VISITS EVIDENT

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Office of the Sheriff stopped by ShopEvident today.

Thanks for the hospitality. We were able to show them our new Crime Scene Unit (CSI) Trailer.

So blessed to have the Grimm Family as supporters and they gifted our team with much needed supplies.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 20, 2021

5-YEAR SERVICE PINS AWARDED TO CITIZENS ON PATROL MEMBERS

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Recently, Sheriff Overton met with our Citizens on Patrol (COPs) members after a pause of the program due to the pandemic. The COPs program is a huge help to our office and patrol division by assisting with various call types such as vehicle unlocks, fune...
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Posted on: July 16, 2021

C.R.A.S.E. EVENT SCHEDULED

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The Office of the Sheriff will be presenting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event training on Sunday, August 8th from 9AM - 11Am at the Piedmont Presbyterian Church, 8585 Callaway Road, Callaway, VA. This training deals with what residents should d...
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Posted on: July 14, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF CELEBRATES 6 RETIREES

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Bitter sweet day at the Office of the Sheriff as we saw the retirement of 6 great employees.

These men and women had a combined 170 plus years in law enforcement and administration positions.

Sheriff Overton said, "The Franklin County Sheriff'...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

FCSO AT PIGG RIVER COMMUNITY DAY

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Recently, Pigg River Community Outreach Day was held at their facility on South Main Street and the Office of the Sheriff was there.Weather was great and the event was too.Many non-profits had displays available, there was food and more.Thanks to everyone...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

WOODMENLIFE AWARD WINNER NAMED FOR JUNE

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Amanda Rucker, owner/operator of the Rocky Mount McDonald's, was named the June 2021 WoodmenLife Award Recipient. 

Amanda has been an outstanding supporter of Franklin County for many years.

We salute her spirit of giving and charity.

Congr...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 6, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE WELCOMES NEW HIRE

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to welcome Deputy Jacob Boitnott as a new member of this office! Deputy Boitnott comes to us with experience from another correctional facility. He will be assigned to the Corrections Division. Join...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

DOMINOS PIZZA PROVIDES FCSO WITH LUNCH

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Great surprise today as Mr. Blake Ellis / Owner of the Rocky Mount Dominos Pizza, provided the Office of the Sheriff with pizzas.
We are so grateful Mr. Ellis.
It was awesome!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 22, 2021

HENRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAREER FAIR

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The Office of the Sheriff participated in the Henry Elementary School Career Fair on Tuesday, June 22nd.
Sgt. Jesse Ramsey had the opportunity to interact with several classes of students, describing the duties of a patrol deputy and explaining the differe...
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Posted on: June 21, 2021

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES HAS MESSAGE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

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VADMV is reminding motorcyclists to "Ride With Your Proper Gear". 
Many cyclists suffer worse injuries caused by not wearing the full package of riding gear.
See this short video below and please ride safe
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 21, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE PARTICIPATES IN TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office attending a Touch A Truck Event in Westlake last weekend hosted Vitalize Church.
FCSO was there with K9's, crime scene robot, patrol vehicles and more.
We had a great time interacting with the community...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 21, 2021

VSA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

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The Virginia Sheriff's Association Scholarship Award was presented to Tatianna Harper last week.
Tatianna is finishing up a Criminal Justice Degree focusing on a law enforcement career.
Sheriff Bill Overton presented her with the award and said, &q...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 17, 2021

NEW HIRE TO THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to welcome Brian Hall to our organization! Brian comes to us from Martinsville Sheriff's Office and will be assigned to the Corrections Division.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 15, 2021

SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT JAKES EVENT

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On Saturday, June 5th, the Office of the Sheriff participated in the annual Jakes Event sponsored by the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Great weather and a crowd of nearly 200, made for a wonderful event.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 9, 2021

REMEMBERING D-DAY 1944

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The Office of the Sheriff is taking a moment, on this day, to reflect on our heroes from World War II that participated in the invasion of Normandy, France. 
The Allied assault was originally named Operation Overlord, but soon became known as just...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: July 6, 2020

EXTENDED BRIDGE CLOSURE ALERT ON COLONIAL TURNPIKE

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Beginning now, the bridge over the Pigg River on Colonial Turnpike will close for construction. This closure is expected to last until November of 2021. Be advised that travel in this area will be affected with detours!

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