YMCA Pumpkin Olympics Set for Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ymca pumpkinROCKY MOUNT – The Franklin County Family YMCA is holding its first- ever Fall Festival and Pumpkin Olympics on October 29, from 1-3 pm. The event will feature crafts, a bake sale, and games for kids and adults, including the Pumpkin Toss Competition.

Admission is $5 per person, or $3 with costumes. Children under 2 get in for free. Throughout the month of October, the YMCA Fitness Department has been hosting a “pumpkin” toss challenge for members to see who can throw a medicine ball the farthest. The top 3 contestants will compete at the event on the 29th to see who earns the coveted title of Pumpkin Master.

The Pumpkin Toss will be the main event of the Festival, with the farthest throw winning a cash prize. Competitors will attempt to throw a pumpkin the longest distance, with any throwing style being accepted, as long as both feet remain on the starting line. Competitors may not get a running start or cross the line during the attempt. Walk-up competitors may join in the pumpkin toss contest for $5 per attempt.

“We’ve seen a great response to the pumpkin toss competition. Our previous monthly fitness challenges have had good involvement too, but the appeal of tossing a pumpkin has attracted members that might not normally venture out of the weight room,” said Randy Simpson, YMCA Fitness Director.

Kid’s activities will include a pumpkin ring toss, Jack-o-Lantern painting, face painting, and a barrel train. Healthy snacks and a little bit of classic Halloween candy will be on hand. For more information, call Simpson at 489-9622.


Ferrum Set to Induct Five into Alumni Sports Hall of Fame

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ferrum athFERRUM – Ferrum College will induct five individuals into its Alumni Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 29, during Homecoming and Family Weekend. The five individuals will be honored on campus Saturday in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Mountain Room inside Franklin Hall.

Ferrum’s five honorees for the Class of 2016 include basketball player James Clark ’62, softball player Shannon Jost ’97, baseball player Ray Perkins ’80, volleyball and basketball player Kia Williams ’97 and former Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Pullen as a Special Citation.

Clark played basketball two years from 1961-62 at Ferrum Junior College, then went on to play two years at Lynchburg College. His senior year at Lynchburg, Clark served as co-captain and was the team’s leading scorer. Additionally, he earned All-Conference first team honors in the Dixie Conference in 1964. Clark currently lives in Martinsville, Virginia.

Jost played softball four years at Ferrum from 1994-97. She won Ferrum’s team batting titles in 1994 and 1997, and holds the school record for career runs with 140. A four-time All-Conference selection, Jost earned first team honors in 1996 and 1997, and second team in 2995 and 1996. She also earned All-State in 1996 and 1997, and All-Region in 1997. She is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference’s Silver Anniversary Team. Jost currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Perkins played baseball at Ferrum Junior College in 1979 and 1980, earning All-America his final year. He went on to play two years at Virginia Tech, where he still holds the school record for season shutouts (5). Perkins was a first team Metro All-Conference selection in 1982, and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 16th round of the 1982 MLB Draft. He signed a contract with Miami Marlins, an Independent team in the Florida State League, where he set the FSL record for saves (24) in 1986. Perkins was league’s the Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year 1986. He currently resides in Appomattox, Virginia.

Williams was a four-year basketball and volleyball player for the Panthers from 1993-96. She is the only athlete at Ferrum, man or woman, to earn All-Conference honors twice in two different sports. She led Ferrum to its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 1995 and was the Dixie Conference Player of the Year in 1996. Williams was a two-time All-State selection and currently holds the #8 spot on Ferrum's all-time scoring list with 1,315 career points. She also holds Ferrum’s record for single-game scoring (44 pts), and was a WBCA All-America honorable mention in 1995. Williams is also a member of the USA South Silver Anniversary Team. Williams currently lives in Laveen, Arizona.

Pullen served as men’s basketball coach 11 seasons at Ferrum from 1986-99, serving as head coach when the College transitioned from NJCAA to the NCAA Division III ranks. Prior to that, he was assistant coach for six seasons from 1980-85. Pullen had a 148-137 career coaching record, and led Ferrum to its only NCAA Div. III Tournament appearance in 1992, when the Panthers went 21-8 and won the Dixie Conference regular season and tournament titles. Pullen’s 1993 team was #1 in the South Region during final regular season poll. Pullen guided Ferrum to three Dixie Conference titles (1992, 1993, 1995). He coached nine All-Conference players, one All-Region player, two Dixie All-Tournament selections, one Dixie Tournament MVP and one All-American. Two of Pullen’s former players have been head coaches at NCAA Division I schools, and 11 of his former players are members of Ferrum’s 1000-Point Club. Pullen earned Dixie Conference Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1993. He currently resides in Ferrum.


VDOT Offers Route Suggestions for NASCAR Fans Arriving at Martinsville Speedway

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martinsvilleSALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation encourages race fans driving to and from Martinsville Speedway for the race on SundayOctober 30, to follow recommended traffic patterns as posted on signs and message boards.


VDOT will place many signs and changeable message boards throughout the region to assist travelers. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be heavy. Traffic is being routed to the speedway in certain patterns to minimize overall congestion as much as possible. Watch for the speed limit to reduce gradually from 65 mph to 35 mph on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass as you approach the speedway.


•   From Roanoke and areas north of Martinsville: Race fans traveling south on Route 220 can take the exit onto Route 58 to Martinsville to reach the track or they can continue on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass past the speedway interchange and turn right onto the access road that leads into the speedway.  The entrance is located one mile east of the Route 220 interchange and may provide easier access. Signs are in place designating the entrance to the speedway.   

•   From Danville and areas east of Martinsville: Motorists on the Route 58 Bypass should follow signs directing them to use the track’s back gate. This entrance is located off the bypass, east of the track.

•   From Greensboro and areas south of Martinsville: Route 220 northbound traffic will split into three lanes shortly before reaching the speedway.  Motorists should watch for electronic message boards and obey police directing traffic. Through traffic should use the left lane.

•   From Stuart and areas west of Martinsville: Motorists should stay on Route 58 east and follow signs and message boards to the track.


Those attending the race should closely follow directional information and plan to arrive early and expect heavy traffic and delays.