Sheriff's Dept. Visits with 'Teens and Tots' at FCHS

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

teenstots2ROCKY MOUNT - Recently, Lt. Terry Dameron and Deputy Trevor Craig stopped by to visit the Teens and Tots Program at the Franklin County High School. Our officers read "Officer Buckle" to the children and gave a canine demonstration. All had a great time and appreciated the Office of the Sheriff deputies spending time with the kids.


Summer-Like Temps Could Break or Tie Records This Week

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gfs T2ma eus 13If you were hoping that Fall was here to stay weather wise, you are in for a rude awakening this week. It's going to feel more like August than October for most of the work week. Record highs are even possible.

Normal highs are in the upper 60s this time of the year, but our high temps will be a good 10-15 degrees above normal by Wednesday; well into the 80s.

Why so warm?

A powerful series of storm systems hammering the Pacific Northwest is part of an active jet stream on the other side of the country. And while the stormy weather will stay out of our region, the overall weather pattern will help to build high pressure and heat over the Southeast and Mid Atlantic into the middle of the week. It's just the jet stream pattern balancing out one extreme with the other. The weather pattern for Virginia means temperatures more like summer with record highs possible, even in the mountains. 

A strong ridge of high pressure aloft is set to expand from the Gulf Coast to the Mid Atlantic coast this week, blocking any cold fronts or storm systems from cooling us off. The southwest and west winds around the high will compress off of the mountains. In fact, the high itself will promote sinking air and sunshine Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Our friends at the National Weather Service in Blacksburg have shared what the record highs for each area are for Monday-Thursday of this week (shown below). Right now, I'm thinking many areas will reach the middle 80s Tuesday and especially Wednesday. It will be about five degrees cooler in the mountains, but even then, highs near 80 could threaten records in Blacksburg and Bluefield. Roanoke will come within 2-3 degrees of record highs this week as will Lynchburg and Southside.

The pattern will finally start to break down some Thursday into Friday, allowing a fetch of moisture and a front to cross the area with rain showers Friday. But ahead of that feature, we'll likely still be very warm in the southerly flow ahead of it Thursday. 

Friday will be cooler with highs in the upper 60s and rain showers. As cool as that will feel, it's actually only a return to normal to end the work week. 

Models are hinting at a tropical or subtropical disturbance or storm off the SE coast by Friday. Any interaction with Friday's front is still being figured out by the models. 

Until then, very warm - if not "hot" - and dry weather is the main weather story for several days to come. 





Howard Noah Pendleton

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

oendletonHoward Noah Pendleton, age 86 of Rocky Mount died Saturday, October 8, 2016 after a long illness. We know he came face-to- face with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and love imagining the joy of reuniting with his wife of 63 years, Bettie. He cherished some of her last words, “I will be saving you a place”. 
Howard was a Korean Veteran, a member of Beulah Baptist Church and a Master Machinist working at Walker Foundry and retiring at Martin Processing. He loved his family, baseball and his Dodgers, RVing with his many friends to bluegrass festivals, his animals and farming his small farm. Mr. Pendleton was preceded in death by his parents, Cabel and Grace Sowder Pendleton; wife, Bettie Lynch Pendleton; sisters, Frances, Mary, Hilda, Maude; and brothers, Jake, Wiss and John. Surviving are his daughters and sons-in- law, Ann and Bob Basham, Rita and Charlie Thomas; son, Noah Pendleton; grandchildren, Gregg Ferguson (Shanna), Sarah Pendleton, Bobby Basham (Leslie), Christopher Pendleton; great-grandchildren, Audrey and Trey Basham, Isabel Pendleton and Eli Klos; sister, Carol Ferguson; brother, Frank Pendleton; many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society as a last honor to his wife, Bettie. Graveside services will be conducted from Franklin Memorial Park 2 p.m. Tuesday with Pastor Melvin Harris officiating. 
Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.