Country Administrator Stepping Down in March

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

robertsonROCKY MOUNT - After being hired by Franklin County in June 2015, Franklin County Administrator Brent Robertson announced Wednesdsay that he would be resigning from his position in March 2019, according to a press release.

"After nearly three decades in experience with local government, it felt like the right time to step back, take a breath and explore new and different opportunities for me and my family," Robertson said. 

"It has been an honor serving the citizens of Franklin County for the last three and a half years, and I look forward to exploring new ways to serve the community."


First Annual STEP in Christmas Home Tour Raises $17,000

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

IMG 0611ROCKY MOUNT - The first STEP Into Christmas Home Tour, held Saturday, Dec. 8, was considered a great success by organizers and visitors alike. 

 “It was a wonderful event!” commented Janet Stockton on the STEP Into Christmas Facebook page after touring the five historic homes on Maple Avenue in Rocky Mount.


STEP Into Christmas was a fundraiser for Solutions That Empower People, (STEP) Inc., a nonprofit community action agency which offers services to low income families and people in poverty in Franklin, Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Bedford counties, along with the cities of Martinsville and Danville. The agency serves more than 3,500 people each year and is funded largely by state and federal grants.


“Funds from donations and events like the home tour allow us to offer more services to more people,” said STEP Executive Director, Marc Crouse. “We're so pleased to hold this event in our back yard and are equally excited that the proceeds will likewise be reinvested in our community.” 


The home tour raised about $17,000, including ticket sales and sponsorships.  


Several hundred visitors flocked to Maple Avenue to see the homes decorated for Christmas. Each of the five homes had features unique to it, and the homeowner’s personalities were reflected in their styles of decoration. 


“I was thrilled to see the beautiful homes on Maple. Each one was different and beautiful in its own right. I was equally pleased that the home tour was for such a worthy cause. STEP is such a huge part of our community and provides services for so many people in Franklin County,” Stockton said.


In addition to seeing the decorated homes, visitors were treated to Christmas carols sung by the Franklin County High School Eagles Choir and refreshments provided by STEP Board members and several community businesses. Santa Claus was also present to inspire some holiday spirit.


“We are grateful to our homeowners for so graciously opening up their homes to a sold-out crowd,” Crouse said. About 550 tickets were distributed to visitors and sponsors. 


The event received wide-spread support from the community and sponsors including P.A.C. Interiors, ReMax Mountain to Lake Realty, Bassett Office Supply, Carter’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Member One Credit Union, Ferrum College Dining Services, Haywood Jewelers, and the STEP Board of Directors. Other sponsors included Choice Communications Group, Union Bank and Trust, Hawk Advisors, Arrington Sports and Awards, American National Bank, MidAtlantic Data and Communications Inc., US Foods, Willard Insurance, CHP Energy Solutions, Envisions, Franklin Glass, Innovative Insurance Group, William White Sr. Certified Public Accountant, and Zach Wimmer Edward Jones Investments.


Additional support was received from Arrington Enterprises, Inc., Collinsville Printing, Inc., Donna Winge, J&J Weatherization, Virginia Office Supply, Ippy’s, and TNT Automotive Services.


F.C. Family YMCA's Riptide Swim Team Wins Coveted 'Golden Duck' Award at Meet

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Swim Team PhotoROCKY MOUNT – The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide Swim Team hosted its annual invitational swim meet, the Splash Between the Lakes this past Saturday, December 8. This year’s event was themed “The Race for the Golden Duck.”

Over 200 swimmers from Y’s across the region including Alleghany, Altavista, Bedford, Danville, Roanoke, South Boston South Side Framville, Pulaski and Martinsville. Competition was fierce to win the coveted “Golden Duck” first place team trophy. Individual swimmers won themed rubber ducks for victory in their respective races.

Franklin County rose to the challenge and posted some of their best swim times winning enough points to bring home the “Golden Duck.”

“It was great to see our swimmers’ hard work paying off this weekend. Not only did they swim exceptionally well, they also stepped up as leaders and team mates,” says JT Boyd the Riptide’s Head Coach.