YMCA Celebrates 20 Years

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

GroundbreakingROCKY MOUNT - On Saturday September 15 th from 11am to 3pm the Franklin County Family YMCA will celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the opening of the Rocky Mount location. The event will be free to the community and will feature inflatables, face painting, activities for kids, swimming, door prizes, an open house and membership deals.

“We wanted to do something for the community and to celebrate the 20 years of the Y’s cause in Franklin County,” says Jamie Stump YMCA Child Care Coordinator and planner of the event.

The Franklin County Family YMCA was founded in 1996 and used several places throughout the community for programs. It was headquarted in the old Arrington Bussey Funeral Home Building before completion of the facility at 235 Technology Drive. The Y now has three locations in Franklin County including Rocky Mount, Smith Mountain Lake and Ferrum. The Y also operates programs out of 10 different sites throughout the community and boasts thousands of members and participants. The Rocky Mount location sees over 100,000 visits a year to utilize its wellness center, swimming pools and gymnasium.

Hundreds of others visit to participate in the Y’s gymnastics, preschool, summer camp, swim lessons, youth sports, group exercise classes and special events.

As an organization, over the last 20 years, the Y has made a huge impact in the lives of thousands of Franklin County residents. As a charity the Y’s mission is building a stronger community through its membership and programs. The Y’s swim programs, child care programs, youth programs and health and wellness programs have changed lives by making people healthier, giving kids a safe place to go after school and reaching out to those in the community who need the Y’s services.

“As a kid who grew up coming to this Y, it made a huge difference in my life, so I’m excited to be a part of the Y at its 20 year mark. We wanted to do something for the community and to celebrate the Y. We look forward to seeing everyone there,” says Kevin McAlexander CEO of the Y.

For more information about the event call the Y at 540-489-9622.


'Savvy Shoe' Sale Slated for Sept. 10

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Rocky Mount - The Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital Auxilary is sponsoring a 'Savvy Shoe' sale, Monday, September 10 in the Medical Office Building (adjacent to the hospital), the 3rd-floor auditorium from 7AM - 5 PM.    
Savvy shoes are for anyone who will be on their feet all day needing style, support, and comfort.  (eg:  nurses, technicians, waitresses, hairdressers)
The sale is open to the public and the proceeds fund various projects for the hospital.

Henry Man Dead After Being Shot in the Head Over the Weekend, Suspect Arrested

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BRIANLANSPENCERThe Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the homicide of Malcolm R. Ausborne, age 32, of Martinsville, VA. On 8/18/2018 shortly after 3:00 AM, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call to Dawnridge Ln. in the Henry community of Franklin County on a report of a gunshot victim. A resident at the Dawnridge Ln. address placed the call to 9-1-1. Deputies arrived on the scene to find Ausborne in the doorway of the residence with a gunshot wound to the head. Medical units from the Franklin County Department of Public Safety arrived on scene and attempted to resuscitate Ausborne without success. According to a witness at the scene, Ausborne and Spencer were both at the residence drinking when an argument ensued. Franklin County deputies were also able to locate the suspect, Brian A. Spencer, at the residence, which
belongs to Spencer. Spencer was arrested and charged with second degree murder. Spencer is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond. Anyone with additional information related to the homicide of Malcolm Ausborne is encouraged to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Capt. Caldwell at 540-352-5174.