Ferrum Man Charged with Making Meth

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

MichaelAlbertKoningFERRUM - Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department arrested a Ferrum man on methamphetamine charges Tuesday. 

Michael Albert Koning, 52 is charged with manufacturing meth and possession with intent to distribute meth. 

The arrest came after the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division and Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of Stanley Branch Road in Ferrum Tuesday. 


YMCA Preschool Inspires Youth Involvement

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Preschool and Youth GroupROCKY MOUNT - The Rocky Mount Baptist Church worked on a youth project over the summer where 18 youth (at VBS) painted crates and tires for the Y Land of Wonder Preschool. The colorful crates are being used in each classroom to hold the children's blocks, puzzles, books, etc. The tires will be used to extend the preschool's vegetable garden outside.

This is the second year that Land of Wonder Preschoolers helped plant and maintains a garden outside of their playground. They've been learning all about "farm to table" and the importance of farmers, gardening, & healthy eating.

“We'd like to thank the Rocky Mount Baptist Church Youth Group for reaching out to our preschool and providing us with some beautiful additions for our school! Thanks to the Sweeney Family for delivering these to the Y and to Erin Lynch for coordinating it all!” says Hope Vaccaro Preschool Director with the Y.

The Y Land of Wonder Preschool runs year-round and is open Mon - Fri, 6AM - 6PM. For more information about our preschool (rated as a VA Quality Center) please call 540-489-9622


Callaway Man Dies in Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police Trooper W. G. Rorrer is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred on August 11, 2017 at 7:28 a.m. on Route 40 in Franklin County.

A 1991 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on Route 40, three quarters of a mile west of Colonial Turnpike, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 1997 Ford F-250.

The 1991 Toyota was driven by John R. Bates, Jr, 40, of Callaway, Va. Mr. Bates was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The 1997 Ford was driven by Ronald E. Clock, 53, of Rocky Mount, Va. Mr. Clock was wearing his seatbelt and was airlifted to RMH for injuries received in the crash. The passenger was not wearing his seatbelt and was also seriously injured.

The State Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called to assist.

The crash remains under investigation.