SML Woman to Kayak Entire 500-Mile Perimeter of SML April 7 for Child Advocacy Center

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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April to August Journey to Benefit Area Children and Families

Smith Mountain Lake, Va.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sue Gallagher, 68, a Smith Mountain Lake resident, plans to show her support for area children and families by kayaking the 500-mile perimeter of the Lake to bring awareness to the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (SVCAC). The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center provides vital services for abused and neglected children in Franklin, Pittsylvania, Henry and Patrick counties. 


Gallagher will launch her kayak from the dock at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park, 1482 Parkway Avenue, Moneta, VA 24121, on Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend the celebration for the start of Gallagher’s odyssey.


“This is yet another example of how each of us can make a difference in the service to others, especially vulnerable populations.” Joyce Moran, Executive Officer stated.  “There are a limitless number of resources throughout our community and Ms. Gallagher’s kayaking journey is a unique example of one way to raise awareness and funding for victims of child abuse,” Moran said. “The journey itself will provide opportunities for more people to learn about our services and ways to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.  With the current technologies available, everyone can be a part of this Sue’s adventure.”


A non-profit agency, the center provides vital child-friendly services to support the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Services are comprehensive and tailored to meet the unique needs of the children and non-offending caretakers receiving them. As a community facility and a regional resource for victims of family and community-based violence, volunteers and partnerships are valued and vital. Close to 700 abused and neglected children received services offered by SVCAC in fiscal year 2017 but the agency faced great challenges with limited resources, staff and volunteers necessary to meet every child’s needs. As a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for children, Gallagher decided to raise awareness and funds for the organization by Kayaking Smith Mountain Lake for Kids’ Sake.  


“We need to do whatever it takes to help keep these kids safe. If we had more, we could do more,” Gallagher, an avid kayaker, said. She expects to paddle approximately 16 weeks, kayaking 10 to 12 miles every other day, weather permitting.


Supporters can follow her progress on her journey’s Facebook page at, and can make donations, too, either through the Facebook page, or by mailing checks, made payable to Southern Virginia CAC, to Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, 300 South Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.




Five Arrested, One Wanted in Series of Franklin County Break-Ins

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

6packFRANKLIN COUNTY - Investigators are still searching for a Rocky Mount man and have arrested five after a series of break-ins and larcenies in Glade Hill, Hardy, and Wirtz in February, according to Captain Phillip Young.

The investigation began on February 15. Investigators were able to indentify a pattern to the crimes, Young said.

Alan Crook, 25, of Glade Hill has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit larceny, two counts of receiving stolen goods, two counts of grand larceny, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and possession of a controlled substance. 

Austin Crook, 20, of Glade Hill is charged with conspiracy to commit larceny, two counts of grand larceny, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

Bradley Smith, 29, of Rocky Mount has been charged with three counts of receiving stolen goods and three counts of conpiracy to commit larceny.

Travis Hicks, 29, of Callaway has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny and two counts of receiving stolen goods. 

Ethan Hundley, 24, of Glade Hill is charged with conspiracy to commit larceny, grand larceny, and two counts of possession of a controlled sustance.

The Sheriff's Office is still searching for Taylor Hardy, 27, of Rocky Mount. Hardy is charged with conspiracy to commit larceny and two counts of receiving stolen goods.


YMCA Riptide Performs Well in Bedford Swim Meet

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BEDFORD - The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team competed in the Piedmont YMCA Swimming Association Championship swim meet this past weekend held at the Bedford YMCA. There were 11 YMCA swim teams there and over 300 swimmers in attendance.

The Riptide swim team placed 5th overall in combined team scores. Riptide swimmers earned 3 out of 12 possible high point awards.

High point awards are given to the swimmer who scores the most points in their respective age groups. Riptide swimmers that were awarded high point were Benjamin Furrow for 6 and under boys, Grayson Altice for 7-8 year boys and Allison Teer for 13-14 girls. The Riptide swim team made major time improvements in individual swims over the course of the championship swim meet and several meet records broken.

“The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swimmers have been working hard all season and it really showed this weekend. I am honored to be part of such a great program. The Riptide swim team is more than just a sport team we are a family. I was so proud of the swimmers who not only swam great but showed great character and team spirit this weekend. I look forward to the coming years as the Riptide swim team grows and gets better year after year.” Said head coach JT Boyd.
“Congrats to all the swimmers this weekend! Everyone did an awesome job. Also a huge thank you to all
of you parents and families for all you do. This was a great way to close out the season!,” said Aquatic
Director Kameron Kitts.