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Christian Heritage Closing at Noon Due to Snow

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Rocky Mount, VA - Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) has announced that due to the weather, they will be closing the school at Noon today.

We will have a LIVE STREAMING WEATHER UPDATE at 10:45 a.m. on our Cable 12 Weather Page. CLICK HERE. The LIVE Update will be a LiveStream Video Player - not the Youtube video.

rgem mslp pcpn frzn seus 9Snow will change to a mix of sleet and rain this evening before changing back to snow and sleet by Saturday morning. Accumulations of 1-4" are possible by Saturday afternoon, depending on how much rain and sleet mixes in.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

(LEFT) A high-res computer model shows lots of pink on the map well into the evening, indicating a mix of sleet, snow and rain for most areas into Saturday. Most high res models agree with the same forecast.

More details to come on the Cable 12 Weather Page.

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Christian Heritage Closing at Noon Due to Snow

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Rocky Mount, VA - Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) has announced that due to the weather, they will be closing the school at Noon today.

We will have a LIVE STREAMING WEATHER UPDATE at 10:45 a.m. on our Cable 12 Weather Page. CLICK HERE. The LIVE Update will be a LiveStream Video Player - not the Youtube video.

rgem mslp pcpn frzn seus 9Snow will change to a mix of sleet and rain this evening before changing back to snow and sleet by Saturday morning. Accumulations of 1-4" are possible by Saturday afternoon, depending on how much rain and sleet mixes in.

- Meteorologist Jamey Singleton

(LEFT) A high-res computer model shows lots of pink on the map well into the evening, indicating a mix of sleet, snow and rain for most areas into Saturday. Most high res models agree with the same forecast.

More details to come on the Cable 12 Weather Page.

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Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline Could Bring Natural Gas into Franklin Co.

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Controversal Proposed Pipeline May Open the Door for a Natural Gas Company to Provide Fuel in the County
By CHARLES BOOTHE
Staff Writer
 
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The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline may open the door for a local natural gas company to provide the fuel in Franklin County.
 
John S. D’Orazio, president and CEO of Roanoke Gas, told the board of supervisors Tuesday afternoon that his company has been “very interested” for “two or three decades” in providing the county and the Town of Rocky Mount with natural gas.
 
But the company’s closest facility is in Clearbrook, and the infrastructure required to run gas into the county and town would be too costly, he said.
 
The estimated cost to continue that line into the county and the town is between $17 million and $20 million, according to assistant Rocky Mount Town Manager Matt Hankins.
 
grview-43831-1With the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline – a 300-mile line from West Virginia to Chatham that would cut through Franklin County – tapping into the line and bringing natural gas to the county and town is “much more economically attractive,” D’Orazio said.
 
Natural gas is a low-cost fuel that is attractive to new business and industry as well as existing businesses that may want to save money on fuel costs, he said.
 
There is an “abundant supply” of the gas and the cost to construct a transfer station at a Franklin County site would be about $1.5 million, D’Orazio added. 
 
Although the pipeline is a transmission line, Chris Whitlow, assistant county administrator, said the county  now has an agreement “in writing” with the company that would operate the line, EQT Corp., that it will be an open transmission line, providing local taps.
 
“MVP has committed to provide taps,” Whitlow said.
 
The pipeline has been a source of controversy since it was first announced last year. Local residents have protested the line, citing the intrusion on private property, damage to the landscape, possible danger and other issues, and the opposition continued at Tuesday’s’ meeting.
 
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County resident JiFCcountyweathermappipipm Atkins, who addressed the board at the start of the meeting, said it is not too late to stop the line.
 
Atkins chastised the board for not taking a position on the pipeline, as other affected counties in the region have passed resolutions against it.
 
“Can you as a board continue to do nothing?” he asked. “The time to fight the pipeline is now.”
 
But later in the meeting, Gills Creek Supervisor Bob Camicia addressed the issue of those resolutions.
 
“Roanoke County and Montgomery County (both passed resolutions opposing the line) already have natural gas,” he said. “The economic benefits (of having access to natural gas) could be significant.”
 
 
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Blue Ridge District Supervisor Bobby Thompson Will Not Run for Re-Election

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Special to Cable 12 From Media Partner
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Story By: CHARLES BOOTHE
Staff Writer,Editor
 
Franklin County Blue Ridge District Supervisor Bobby Thompson will not run for re-election this year.
 
Thompson made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the board’s regular monthly meeting.
 
unnamed“I do not intend to seek a third term,” Thompson said. “I am making the announcement now to give people time to consider (whether to seek the seat). It’s a good time to make the transition (off the board).”
 
Elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, Thompson’s current term expires on Dec. 31.
 
“This has been an extremely rewarding experience,” he said of his tenure on the board, praising his fellow supervisors as “true professionals and gentlemen.”
 
Thompson, vice president for business affairs at Ferrum College, said that serving eight years on the board is enough, and he’s ready to spend more time in other community activities, including working in his church.
But he urged anyone who may be interested in running to consider it.
 
“You really gain a deep and sincere appreciation of the board and staff and what they do,” he said.
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