YMCA Riptide Hosts Glow Swim Meet

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

GlowSwimMeetROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team hosted an “end of summer” swim meet this past Friday night. Altavista, Danville, and Eden YMCA swimmers came and joined in the fun. The lights were dimmed and 100’s of glow sticks lit up the pool area and even the pool itself. The swim meet started out around 10:00pm.

Participants got creative and made things from necklaces, bracelets, crowns, and chain links to
wear while swimming.

“The whole night was filled with smiles and laughter. The kids, lifeguards, coaches and parents had a really great time, and I am glad we could host such a fun meet for the teams,” said Riptide Head Coach JT Boyd.

The YMCA Riptide swim team competes regionally and averages around 40 swimmers. The Y team is great for children who want to develop their swim skills or want to be a little more competitive. Swimmers that have participated in the program have gone on to swim at the high school and collegiate level.

“The Y is grateful for all the volunteer parents that helped with the meet on Friday and we are proud of what Y swimmers have accomplished this year and are excited to see what the future holds for them!” says Kameron Kitts Aquatics Director


NWS to Hold Free SkyWarn Class in Rocky Mount Wednesday Evening

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

skywarnROCKY MOUNT - Have you ever wanted to learn more about severe storms or how to relay what you see to the National Weather Service (NWS)? You have an free opportunity Wednesday night. 

The Blacksburg National Weather Service will hold a free basic weather spotting class at the Franklin Center on Claiborne Avenue at 6:30 p.m. 

No registration is required. 

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Phyl Hysell will introduce you to the basics of storm spotting, including how to tell if a storm is rotating or not, and how to relay vital information to the NWS during severe weather. 

While meteorologists have advanced radar and technology to sample storms with, its the actual ground truth that helps verify if a storm is producing severe weather or not. 

For more information on the SkyWarn program, visit the NWS webpage  at or contact Mr. Hysell at 540-552-1613 extension 2. 


New Wellness Director Appointed at YMCA

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

KristinaPalmerROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that they have appointed a new Wellness Director for the organization.

Kristina Palmer has worked for the Y, for around a year, as a fitness advisor and group exercise instructor. She takes on her new role with not only a fitness background but with strong experience in leadership and business.

“Kristina brings a lot of great ideas and skills to the table. We are excited to see everything she accomplishes for our members in the coming years,” says Kevin McAlexander CEO of the YMCA.

Kristina lives in the area with her husband Jason and children Gavin, Sage, Mia, Corbin and Caden.

The YMCA is home to over 5,000 members and serves not only as a location for fitness and aquatics but focuses on mission based programming that improves the lives of seniors, children, veterans and families in Franklin County.

“I’m extremely honored to accept this position and excited to bring positive change to our YMCA! Even though I am not native to Franklin County, I consider this place my home and want to make a difference in our area. I hope to introduce new programs and ideas to our facility that will positively impact the community. The YMCA is the backbone to our county, and my plan is to increase support to members’ health and wellness needs. I am ecstatic to be a part of this growth!” says Kristina.