Booker T. Washington was born into slavery in Franklin County, but rose to national prominence as an educator, author and leader. Saturday is the 100th anniversary of his death, and the Booker T. Washington National Monument is planning special activiities.
Investigators have determined that the fire started in one of the upper levels of the building and caused $3 million in damage. Owner Bruce Layman is left to clean up and decided whether or not to re-build.
January 10, 2015 was a cold day to take a dip in the icy waters of Smith Mountain Lake! However, it was all in the name of a good cause. About 20 people showed up for the Glacier Plunge to raise money for the Franklin County YMCA.