YMCA's SML Glacier Plunge is Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ySMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Franklin County YMCA is hosting a day full action just in time for a warm start to the weekend Saturday.

The Y's "Mid-Winter Madness" event includes a 5K race, a 10 mile race, and concludes with the annual SML Glacier Plunge.

Events start at 10 a.m. with the Winterfest 10 Miler. The YMCA Snowball 5K begins at 10:15 a.m.

There will be an awards ceremony along with lunch at the Landing Restaurant following the races.

Then at 1:15 p.m., over 100 will brave the cold waters of Smith Mountain Lake for the Glacier Plunge at Bernard's Landing. While the water will be cold, the actual air temperature will be quite comfortable with sunshine. Highs this year will be near 70; a nice warm-up compared to the chilly 40s last year.

Volunteers are still needed and you can still register for the events by calling the YMCA at 540-721-9622.



New E-Mail Address Created for Contacting the Sheriff's Office

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

sh3FRANKLIN CO. - In an effort to give residents of Franklin County an easy way to get in touch with the sheriff's office, a new e-mail address has been created for non-emergencies, Outreach Coordinator H.L. Nolen said Wednesday.


The new e-mail address is:


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"Sheriff Overton advises residents to use this new email address if they have questions or comments related to the Office of the Sheriff," Nolen said. "The sheriff reminds residents to call 911 for emergencies."


UPDATE: Franklin County's Emergency 9-1-1 System Back in Service After Outage

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

911genericFRANKLIN CO. - The 9-1-1 service for Franklin County is back up and running according to a news release Thursday afternoon.


The communications center for emergency 9-1-1 calls is down, according to Captain Phillip Young of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Young says people may call 540-483-9227 if they need assistance in the meantime. 

It is known when the 9-1-1 system will be back in service again, but technicians are working on the issue, Young says.

In the past, 9-1-1 calls have been transfered to neighboring Patrick County, the sheriff's department says, but the issue is preventing the transfer this time. 

Stay with Cable 12 for more updates.