YMCA Names New Group Exercise Coordinator

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

AbbyJamison3Rocky Mount, Va. (September 6, 2018) – The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that a long time member and class participant Abigail Jamison has become the Y’s new Group Exercise Coordinator taking over the role from Jessica Mitchell.

“I have loved getting to know the members of the Y over the course of the past year as an instructor, and look forward to furthering those relationships. I have worked at many different gyms, and can honestly say this is my favorite because of the people. I am excited about expanding our group exercise programs, getting new instructors in, and making this program the best that it can be. There is nothing as exciting as seeing someone realize their full potential through exercise! I have HUGE shoes to fill, and am thankful for all the support I’ve received from everyone here and from the outgoing fitness coordinator, Jessica Mitchell,” says Abigail Jamison.

Abby started her fitness journey years ago as a personal trainer, but quickly realized group ex was where her passion lies. She currently holds certifications in cycle, sports yoga and Beachbody’s P90X. She has competed in a few Crossfit competitions and currently competed in obstacle course races with her husband and closest friends. Abby holds degrees from Liberty University in both Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing her Master’s studies in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The position consists of managing around 50 classes a week, as well as coordinating special events and programs for YMCA members. The Y’s group exercise classes are offered weekly at no additional charge to all YMCA members. Classes include Insanity, Yoga, Stronger Seniors, P90x and HIIT training.

For more information on the Y’s group exercise schedule call 540-489-9622.


Storms Rock Franklin County

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

shedfireFRANKLIN COUNTY - A day of heat and high humidity lead to highly electric storms Thursday evening across most of Franklin County. The most intense activity developed near Ferrum, where high winds downed numerous trees, according to first responders in the area. Two trees fell on homes in Ferrum.

Gusty winds and heavy rain hit Rocky Mount as the storms moved in from the southwest.

The storms were very electrical with numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes along thier paths. 

In Sontag, an outbuilding was struck by lightning and caught fire. The building was storing hay, first resonders said, and appeared to be a total loss Thursday night. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the storms clustered in the New River Valley and led to flooding in Radford and Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech campus, closing many roads.

The storms were caused by a small upper level ripple in the jet stream from the west Thursday afternoon. The air ahead of the ripple was hot and very muggy and essentially fueled the storms, making them more electrical and intense. 

More evening storms are possible Friday, possibly getting in the way of high school football. 


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.