W. Brent Robertson Will Be New County Administrator

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ROCKY MOUNT - At their May 28, 2015 meeting, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors officially approved the employment of W. Brent Robertson as the new County Administrator for Franklin County.  Robertson will assume the position June 29, 2015.


“Citizens expect an effective and efficient government and my goal is to work jointly with the Board of Supervisors to continue the excellent, cost-effective services currently provided and to meet the future challenges that lie ahead in a manner favorable to the Board and the community..." - Newly Announced County Administrator W. Brent Robertson



co administratorRobertson, a Franklin County native and graduate of Franklin County High School, is currently serving as Director of Management and Budget for Roanoke County, a position he has held for 16 of his 25 years with Roanoke County.  He holds a Bachelor of Science accounting degree from Radford University, a Masters of Public Administration degree from James Madison University and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia.  Additionally, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech.


“We are very excited to be bringing someone with Brent’s financial background into the County Administrator’s position,” expressed Cline Brubaker, Board Chairman.  “He has served in a number of leadership roles in Roanoke County through his budget responsibilities  including working on the establishment of the Western Virginia Regional Jail, Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection and various partnerships with the Town of Vinton that should prove helpful as Franklin County moves forward in our capital planning” added Brubaker.


Robertson is currently a member of the Virginia and National Finance Officers Association, Virginia Local Government Manager’s Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He has been active in coaching several different youth athletics for a number of years in addition to his responsibilities with Roanoke County.


“I am honored to be chosen by the Board of Supervisors to serve as administrator of the community in which I grew up.  I've spent 25 years working in local government and believe that when we work collaboratively with the community, all members of the community benefit,” conveyed Robertson.   “Citizens expect an effective and efficient government and my goal is to work jointly with the Board of Supervisors to continue the excellent, cost-effective services currently provided and to meet the future challenges that lie ahead in a manner favorable to the Board and the community.  Franklin County is a special place for me and my family and we look forward to re-establishing old relationships and making many new ones.”


Investigators Need Your Help Identifying Possible Fraud Suspect in Surveillance Pictures

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

final possible fraud suspectHardy, VA - Investigators need to know the name of a man in surveillance pictures taken from SunTrust Bank on 122 earlier this year on January 26, according to Lt. Phillip Young of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

The victim of the fraud was Cornerstone Cabinets in Forest, VA.

The Sheriff's Office is asking if you recognize the man seen in the pictures, or have any information on the man's identity to call Investigator Nolen at 540-483-6662.

Any information is needed, even if it seems insignificant.

Again, if you have seen this man or know who he is, you are strongly encouraged to call 540-483-6662.

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Lady Eagles Advance to Regionals Following 14-1 Win Against Cosby

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

lady eaglesROCKY MOUNT - Even before Friday night's softball game it was obvious the Franklin Co. Lady Eagles were the team am to beat.

After being beaten by the same team earlier at the beginning of the season redemption against Cosby was sweet as run after run scored during the last few innings of Friday's game.

"It's just really great to come out with tonight's win against Cosby," Head Coach Bryan Forbes said. "Our Lady Eagles did a fine job as always and we ae all looking  forward to playing in the regionals. [We are] very excited."

The team plays James River next in the regionals Friday at home. The time has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, the boys baseball team lost against Cosby 3-0, ending their season. 

Cable 12 is airing the softball game and DVDs are available by calling 540-489-8812.



UPDATE: State Police Release New Details in Fatal Crash On 122 Near Hardy Road

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

FRANKLIN COUNTY - State Police are investigating what may have caused a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon that killed a 64-year-old Bedford man, according to State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Richard Garletts.

fatal crashGarletts clarified in a news release Tuesday that a 2013 Hyundai Sonata operated by Tiffany M. McGuire, 29, of Hardy was travelling north on Route 122 and was attempting to make a left turn onto Hardy Road (Route 636) when the Hyundai was struck by a 2011 Dodge Ram driven by Charles A. Hunt, 32, also of Hardy around 1:20 p.m., Garletts said.

The passenger of the Hyundai, Elmer Cecil Johnson, Jr. of Bedford died at the scene, Garletts said. Johnson and the driver of the Dodge Ram were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

McGuire, the driver of the Hyundai, was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, State Police Sgt. Jason Deckard told Cable 12 over the phone Monday night. There is no word McGuire's condition.

Hunt, the driver of the Dodge Ram, was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital but was essentially uninjured, Deckard said Friday.

Deckard also told Cable 12 Monday that heavy Memorial Day traffic may have been a factor in the accident, but that the investigation continues.

The woman driving the Hyundai could not see well due to the volume of traffic, Deckard explained.

The driver of the Dodge Truck had no time to react to avoid hitting the Hyundai, Sgt. Deckard continued.

"There was simply nothing he could have done," Deckard explained.

The accident remains under investigation, Sgt. Garletts said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had been charged in the wreck; however Garletts says charges are pending.



'We Tend to Forget That Our Freedoms Have a Price'; Hundreds Attend Memorial Day Ceremony Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mem day Lt. Col. HatfieldROCKY MOUNT - A crowd of nearly 300 people, made up of Veteran's, patriots young and old, and community leaders, packed Rocky Mount's Veteran's Memorial Park for the annual Memorial Day Service Saturday.

This year's service featured several guest speakers and included special music in addition to prayers, the presentation of colors by Franklin County High School's JROTC, and remarks by the organization who presented the event,  the Franklin County Veteran's Memorial Commission

Mr. Selah Wright sang the National Anthem. Many say it was one of the best performances of the National Anthem they had ever heard. 

World War II Veteran and Charter Member of the Franklin County Veteran's Memorial Commission placed the patriotic wreath at the beginning of the program.

The Wright Kids provided special music again this year. Sage Wright was able to join her bothers this year, singing on her birthday, her dad explained.

The main part of the ceremony was of course to remember the sacrifices so many men and women have given to that Americans can enjoy the freedoms many take for granted.

Guest Speaker Lt. Col. John Hatfield (Ret.) remarked on the importance of keeping young people in everyone's minds as the country gets older and new challenges and battles around the World crop up.

"I see a lot of young people [in the crowd], and I congratulate you for that because I think it's so important that we teach young people what it costs to live in a free country's the young people that will be leading the country; who will be the supervisors of our county; who will be the mayors of our town; who be our congressmen and senators," Hatfield said.

"We have a tendency [as a country] to forget that our freedoms have a price...we have come here together because we could," Hatfield continued. "All of those (sic) freedoms have been paid for by those who have protected us by their service in their military forces."

mem day 1me day wendell Scott BrickThe son and grandson of the late Wendel Scott, the first and only African-American to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame were also on hand as guest speakers and were shown the late driver's special memorial brick, now part of the landscape of the park.

Wendell Scott, Jr joined Warrick Scott, grandson of Wendel Scott and Founder and Executive Director of the Wendell Scott Foundation and talked about how his late grandfather's military service and racing have a lot of values in common.

"Just like life, you have a training ground, just like a soldier, you have a training ground just like a [race crew has]," Scott explained. 

After he spoke, Scott had a chance to see he grandfather's memorial brick.

"It means a lot. I spent a lot of time with my grandfather growing up, and I know a lot of the struggles that he went through. All forms of acknowlegement such as his military means the world," Scott said.

The most reaction from the crowd came followed a point Guest Speaker Hatfield made. 

"When I was young, we had the selective service or the draft. We joined. It's not so today...because the draft doesn't exist anymore. And I'm glad we don't need the draft, but here's the down-side of not having a draft and having a volunteer military: one percent of our population is now involved in our miliatary...and that means to me the 99 percent of our young people have no concept of what it costs to live in a free country." 

Following the ceremony, lunch was provided at Henry Fork Church of the Brethern and Pastor Ronald Coleman.

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