SML Regional Chamber's Rocky Mount Office Moves to the Franklin Center

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ROCKY MOUNT - As of March 22nd, the Rocky Mount branch office of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce has moved from The Depot to its new home at the Franklin Center for Advanced Learning and Enterprise, 50 Claiborne Ave. in Rocky Mount.

According to SML Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner, “The Franklin Center offers easy access, ample parking, and most importantly, the use of state of the art equipment. Further, it provides us a presence at a location that is abuzz with activity.”

Membership Director Laura Moritz, will occupy a partnership office located on the first floor of the Franklin Center on Thursdays, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, the first-floor conference room at The Franklin Center is the new official location for the Chamber’s popular Franklin County Connects meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate B2B networking and promote business education. The Connects meetings take place from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. They are open to Chamber members and non-members alike and no registration is required.


Rocky Mount Police Investigating Report of a Fight, Shot Fired

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ROCKY MOUNT - Rocky Mount Police say they continue looking for a person they say may have fired a gun during a fight Tuesday morning, according to PIO Matt Hankins.

Officers respoded to reports of a fight in progress at 11:14 a.m. Tuesday, Hankins said in a press release. They found a witness with a fresh wound to his hand. Although there was a report of a gun being shot, Hankins said no one was wounded from the shot itself. 

Police officers found a beige SUV on Woodland Drive where the suspect that allegedly fired the gun was seen running. 

The seach continues for the suspect, Hankins says.

The witness was treated on the scene for the wounds to his hand.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rocky Mount Police Department at 540-483-9275.


Ferrum Set to Host NCAA Div. III Wrestling Regional

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

26906927 1187700688041579 5283209197000240471 nFERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum will host the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Southeast Regional Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Virginia. This is the third time in the past four years that Head Coach Nate Yetzer and the Panthers have hosted an NCAA qualifier. 

Ferrum hosted wrestling regional tournaments last year at Franklin County High School and in 2015 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. The Panthers are set to host the 2019 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championship March 8-9 at the Berglund Center. This year's wrestling regional is the 10th time Ferrum has hosted NCAA postseason play.

NCAA Events Hosted by Ferrum 
1988 - Football 1st & 2nd rounds (Rocky Mount, Va.)
1989 - Football 1st round (Rocky Mount, Va.)
1992 - Men's Basketball 1st round (Ferrum) 
1996 - Women's Basketball 1st round (Ferrum)
2004 - Baseball Regional (Martinsville, Va.)
2007 - Baseball Regional (Ferrum)

2014 - Women's Basketball 1st & 2nd rounds (Ferrum) 
2015 - Wrestling Regional (Roanoke, Va.)
2017 - Wrestling Regional (Rocky Mount, Va.)
2018 - Wrestling Regional (Rocky Mount, Va.)

There are six regional wrestling tournaments being contested across the country, with the top three wrestlers in each of 10 weight classes advancing to the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships March 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio. A total of 180 wrestlers will compete in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA's Div. III Southeast Region includes 18 schools from four states (MD, NC, PA, VA)Averett, Delaware Valley, Ferrum, Gettysburg, Greensboro, Hampden-Sydney, Johns Hopkins, King's (PA), Lycoming, McDaniel, Messiah, Penn Tech, Penn State-Behrend, Southern Virginia, Thiel, Washington and Lee, Wilkes, York (PA).

Ferrum won last year's NCAA Div. III East Regional, sending three wrestlers on to the NCAA Tournament; Zach Beckner (125); Collin Saunders (149) and Logan Meister (157). It was the third NCAA Tournament appearance for Meister, who is now an assistant coach at Ferrum. Beckner would close out his rookie campaign with an NCAA runner-up finish.

Live results, video links, photo galleries and more for the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Southeast Regional can be found in the following tournament headquarters link: