County replaces emergency notification system
Franklin County has contracted with the Emergency Communications Network's CodeRED system, a high speed emergency notification system to be used in the event of an emergency in the county.
This emergency notifications system, commonly referred to as reverse 9-1-1, will allow Franklin County emergency management officials to quickly and seamlessly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire county when necessary via land based phone, cell phone, text messages or email, according to Public Safety Director Daryl Hatcher.
There is also a free mobile app that can be downloaded for any iPhone or Android device.
In addition to emergency notifications, this system will also allow for the mass distribution of general messages when needed, Hatcher said.
Senate committee kills gun control bills
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Virginia Senate committee killed a number of gun control bills Monday, including one that would have made it illegal to transfer firearms from one individual to another unless the individuals were immediate family members.
That bill, SB1178, introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, also included provisions that would have created criminal penalties for adults who leave firearms where they are accessible by children, required a fingerprint-based criminal history check before issuance of a concealed handgun license, allowed information on concealed handgun permit applications to be made public, and limited the number of firearms that a person may purchase to one a month.