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 Friday, August 22, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Surveillance may work at green box sites

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors most likely made the right move Tuesday night when members decided to change their strategy in dealing with illegal dumping at green box sites. A public hearing was set on pursuing civil penalties for those who dump illegally, mainly because a civil fine does not need to go through the court system. In the past, the county has had a tough time getting convictions on illegal dumping, so enforcement of existing laws did not seem to work.

But the board chose not to seek civil penalties at this time and once again turned its attention to increased surveillance and enforcement of existing laws related to illegal dumping. They apparently had a change of mind for two reasons.

First, more citations have been issued for illegal dumping in recent weeks and the county courts have been tougher on those who have been charged. That certainly has been a step in the right direction, as several cases are now pending before the court.

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U.S. 220 curve scene of another truck rollover

Once again, a tractor-trailer has overturned in a dangerous curve on U.S. 220 South in Sydnorsville. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the crash required a transfer of the contents of the truck to another truck before it could be removed from the scene. This, of course, closed a lane of traffic for more than seven hours and required a lot of manpower.

The curve, just south of the Pit Stop, is called "the milk truck curve" by some because a milk truck overturned there about seven years ago requiring a HAZMAT crew to clean up a spill from the crash. Since that time, at least four tractor-trailers have overturned in that same curve.

The truck driver in Wednesday's crash was traveling about 40 mph, which is the safe speed suggestion on the road sign, according to the state trooper.

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