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YMCA Promotes Jessica Thomason to Membership Director

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Jessica ThomasonROCKY MOUNT – The Franklin County Family YMCA is happy to announce that Jessica Thomason has accepted a position as the new Membership Director with the organization.

Jessica who has been with the Y for a little over three years has distinguished herself in the Y’s childcare department by managing over 600 registrations annually and creating fundraising programs. However, she truly excelled at developing lasting relationships with children and their parents in the Y programs.

The Y’s preschool children were always excited to see Ms. Jessica every morning when arriving for school.

“Jessica did a fantastic job in childcare and we are excited to see her move into managing the Y’s membership programs. She has a lot of great ideas and will make a terrific director,” says Jamie Stump, Childcare Coordinator with the YMCA.

In her new role Jessica will build upon her expertise in customer service to manage around 3,000 membership units across 3 locations in Franklin County. She will also be taking the lead in managing the Y’s group and corporate membership programs as well as overseeing operations and training of staff at the Y’s welcome centers.

“We are lucky to have Jessica as a part of the Y team. She is a great asset and has brought in lots of fresh ideas to recommit our staff to giving the great service that is our standard,” says Kevin McAlexander the YMCA’s Branch Director.

Thomason has already made improvements in her short time in the role including creating a monthly member newsletter, developed new training for staff and creating guidelines and best practices for providing the highest level of service to YMCA members.

“I’m excited to take on my new role with the Y. We have wonderful members and I am looking forward to offering new programs and services in the coming years,” says Thomason.

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Dollar General Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed by Police in Alabama

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Sanders SurberFAIRHOPE, ALABAMA - On October 18, 2017 , the Franklin County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at Dollar General, 1417 Virgil H. Goode Hwy.

On October 19, 2017, another armed robbery of four individuals occurred in the 1500 block ofPatti Rd. in Franklin County. Three individuals arranged a meeting with a subject in order to purchase drugs but planned to rob the subject of drugs and money.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office quickly developed several suspects in the armed robbery on Patti Rd.

Sanders Surber was charged with four counts of armed robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Michael Gillispie and Derrick Phillippe were charged with four counts of robbery each.

During the investigation of the Patti Rd. robbery, Sheriff's Office investigators developed Surber as a suspect in the Dollar General robbery, through witness statements. On October 26, 2017 Surber was shot and killed by law enforcement after a police pursuit in Fairhope, Alabama. At the time of the pursuit, Surber was driving a stolen PT Cruiser from Henry County, VA.

Phillippe is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail and Gillispie is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Both robberies are still under investigation.

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YMCA Swim Team Performs Well at Regional Meet

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

JacobGilleyThis past weekend the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team participated in the Lynchburg YMCA’s invitation and “virtual swim meet.” This first meet of the season had 11 Y team members who swam against not only multiple local teams but were entered into a national database with all Y teams in the country swimming over the same weekend.

Out of the swimmers at the meet 28 personal records were set and the team overall cut over 200 seconds off their previous times. In addition, one swimmer made regional cut off times from this meet.

The Y team this year has over 50 registered participants which is an all-time high in participation in more than a decade at the YMCA.

“The growth of our swim team has been great to watch and be a part of. We have some terrific swimmers this year and some dedicated volunteer coaches and parents. It’s going to be a great season,” says Kameron Kitts, Aquatics Director with the YMCA.