Former deputy to challenge incumbent sheriff
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
Former K-9 Deputy J. Riley Hodges will challenge Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton in the November general election.
Hodges said he was forced to resign from his 17-year career with the sheriff's office Tuesday because of his desire to challenge the incumbent sheriff.
"I was called into his (Overton's) office Tuesday morning and asked if I intended to run for sheriff," Hodges said. "When I answered 'yes,' he told me I had to resign."
"I had planned to take a leave of absence to focus on my campaign, but I was given no option other than resigning, " he added.
Weather class to be offered at Franklin Center
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The National Weather Service (NWS) is now offering a class for those interested in identifying and reporting hazardous weather conditions.
SKYWARN will be offered Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.
The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans, according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's NWS, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN with partner organizations.
SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the NW