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Head-On Crash on 220 Kills One

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

crash2FRANKLIN CO. - State police say a head-on collision on Route 220 Wednesday afternoon has killed one person and injured another. 

One person was reportedly air lifted from the scene. 

Earlier Wednesday, one northbound lane of traffic was blocked and traffic was backed up in both directions.

State police worked with VDOT to clear the scene. 

Traffic is now open in both directions.

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Microburst Destroys Historic Snow Creek Barn

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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SNOW CREEK - A strong thunderstorm complex blew through the area Friday evening with damaging winds reported from West Virginia through the Carolinas. Within the line of storms, an intense microburst produced significant damage in the Snow Creek area of Franklin County. 

A historic barn and building owned by Phillip and Debbie Haynes were destroyed in the storm, along with other roofs and barns. Around 100 trees were blown over a fence line on Haynes' property.

Winds were likely at or above 70-80 mph in the microburst itself. Microbursts can produce damaging winds similar to a tornado, but in a diverging direction - opposed to a converging pattern that you would see in a tornado. 

Severe thunderstorms developed in the heat and humidity that grew as the day went on. As the line approached our area, the heat of the day was near its peak, allowing the storms to tower high into the sky very quickly. That quick rising of air has to come down at some point, gathering momentum and heavier rain-cooled air as it does. That's what's know as a microburst. 

The heaviest damage was about 1/4 of a mille wide according to Steve Oakes, who lives about a mile away from the hardest hit area. Parts of Snow Creek were without power after the storm blew through. 

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Bedford & Franklin Heritage Trail Set To Launch July 23

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

821b3940-85cc-43c6-9a5f-bc3d5a7d5f90FRANKLIN COUNTY - A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties within Bedford and Franklin Counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The tour includes four historic properties: Big Otter Mill, Historic Avenel, Jubal A. Early Homeplace, and The Hook- Powell-Moorman Farm. The Hook-Powell- Moorman Farm, Big Otter Mill, and Historic Avenel are not normally open to the public making this is a rare opportunity to view these private historic sites. The cost of the tour, which includes all four properties, is only $5 person/$10 family (cash or check) and will be sold on site at any of the four locations.

Tour guests can also visit the Booker T. Washington National Monument and receive discounted admission to The National D-Day Memorial. 

The project has been several years in the making and was initially developed by Carla Whitfield, Superintendent for the Booker T. Washington National Monument. It is anticipated the tour will become an annual event featuring a different theme and set of historic properties to be highlighted.