Heavy Rains Cause Partial Roof Collapse at Plygem

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

plygemroof1ROCKY MOUNT - The lobby of the administrative offices of the town's largest employer were no match to the heavy rains that continued for yet another day Wednesday.

Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins says a call came into Franklin County's 911 center advising of a roof collapse at the facility. 

No one was in the area where the roof collapsed. There were no injuries, Hankins said.

The lobby area of the offices is a total loss. No damage estimates were available Wednesday night. 

“While this was a difficult situation for PlyGem management and employees, this coordinated response from our first responders, town and county officials, public safety and public works agencies was effective, efficient and appropriate,” said Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matthew Hankins. “We have already offered plant management any assistance we can provide to keep the plant in production.”

The roof collapse was just part of the damage from a strong storm system that has dumped 2-5" of rain over much of the area and spawned severe storms and tornado warnings across the area.

Numerous trees were reported down across Franklin County Wednesday evening after a severe storm, which had produced a confirmed tornado earlier in North Carolina, moved through Ferrum, Henry, Rocky Mount and eastern Franklin County. When the severe storm hit Rocky Mount, very heavy rainfall added to many of the problems. 

Soggy ground from days of rain makes trees easier to topple. VDOT reports numerous road closures across the state from the persistent rains. Route 40 west in Ferrum was underwater at one point Wednesday afternoon. East of town in Redwood, Route 40 east was closed in Redwood from floodwaters washing out part of the road, accoding to VDOT.

The system bringing the rain will not entirely clear the area until Friday. Lingering showers and flooding will be a factor Thursday morning. Storms with hail are likely by the early afternoon Thursday underneath an upper low. 

More severe storms are possible Saturday after and during the day Sunday. 



Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film accepting applications for Tourism Marketing MicroGrant Program

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fclogoThe Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film is now accepting applications from community groups, non-profits, and event planners who wish to collaborate with the County to increase tourism opportunities for 2017-2018. To be eligible for support from the Tourism Marketing MicroGrant program, projects must occur within Franklin County, offer creative ideas to generate new visitors to the area, tie into the brand marketing of the County and be a 1:1 match. Grant requests will be accepted through July 5, 2017. Submitted applications will be evaluated by County staff and approval of recommended projects are anticipated July 18. This round of grant funding applies to projects and events occurring before June 30, 2018.

For questions regarding eligibility, assistance with application, or to have an application package mailed to you, please contact David Rotenizer, Tourism Development Manager at (540) 483-3030 or by e- mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


F.C. Library Announces June Events

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Library events occur at either the Main Branch or Westlake Branch. See the individual event listing for location.


Main Branch: 355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Westlake Branch: 84 Westlake Rd, #109, Hardy, VA 24101


Genealogy Class: “’State to State’ Immigrant Ancestors.” How to find records of ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. and moved across states. Monday, June 51-3PM. Free. Main Branch. Registration required: 483-3098 opt 0


Lessons from Goldilocks: Living with Bears Safely, Respectfully. Backyard to backwoods, learn to co-exist safely with black bears. With VA Game & Inland Fisheries.Tuesday, June 65:30-6:30PM. Free. Main Branch. Must register: 483-3098 opt 0


Diabetes Education and Prevention. Learn how to make realistic health goals, add exercise to your day and make your favorite meals healthier. With Carilion Clinic. June 6 to June 27, consecutive Tuesdays. 6-7PM. Free. Westlake Branch. Must register: 483-3098 opt 2


Concert by Heritage Winds Quintet, U.S. Air Force. Drop by during Rocky Mount’s Court Days to hear the “Airman-musicians” and celebrate Virginia’s Crooked Road musical heritage. Saturday, June 103-4:15PM. Free. Main Branch


Friends of Main Library Book Sale. Saturday, June 108:30-12:30PM. Main Branch


Japanese Art “Combo” Workshops: Origami and Calligraphy. Using summer themes for inspiration, learn the basics of these ancient forms of art. With Taiki Sawabe, Ferrum College. For ages 18 and up. Tuesday, June 205:30-7:30PM: Origami at 5:30PM; Calligraphy at 6:30PM. Attend either or both workshops. Free. Main Branch. Must register: 483-3098 opt 0


Genealogy Class: “Female Ancestors: Elusive but Identifiable.” Legal and social factors complicate finding female ancestors. Learn proven research techniques. Monday, June 26. 1-3PM. Free. Main Branch. Registration required: 483-3098 opt 0


Build An Outdoor Fire Pit. DIY tips & techniques. With Lowe’s-Rocky Mount. Thursday, June 296-7:30PM. Free. Main Branch. Must register: 483-3098 opt 0


Dome Theater. NASA-supported portable planetarium’s only stop in Franklin County! Showing the wonders of earth, sea and space. Saturday, June 24 starting at 11AM. Free. Main Branch. Beginning June 8, reservations and ticket pick-ups accepted at Main’s Front Desk. Must reserve in person. Maximum (2) shows per ticket holder.


DMV Connect. Mobile service for all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. Tuesday, June 279-1PM. Free. No appointment needed. Held inside Westlake Branch.




Children’s Summer Learning Program. Ages 0-17. Read at least 10 books for a “Reading by Design” t-shirt and rewards from community partners. Sign up at Main or Westlake Branch


Larsen’s Amazing World of Reptiles. Friday, June 910:30-11:30AM at Westlake Branch; 2-3PM at Main Branch. Free


Rice or Bean Mosaic Creations. Thursday, June 15. Drop-in 1-3PM. Free. Westlake Branch


Design A Turtle. Friday, June 1610-12PM. Free. Main Branch


Dads and Donuts. Stories, crafts and donuts for Father’s Day. Saturday, June 1710AM. Free. Westlake Branch


Mommy & Me Dragonfly Art. Kids and moms create a 3D dragonfly. Tuesday, June 201-4PM. Free. Main Branch. Must register: 483-3098 opt 1


Kids Workshop: Create A Nature Journal. Tuesday, June 20. Drop-in 1-3PM. Free. Westlake Branch


Obstacle Course Created by Kids. Ages 5+ build and/or run an obstacle course created with recycled materials. Wednesday, June 281-3PM: Build at 1PM; run at 2PM. Free. Main Branch


Journaling for Teens: Just One Word to Start! Learn the art of self-expression by designing and writing personal journals. Mondays, June 12 and June 262PM. For 13+. Free. Main Branch


FAN Club for Ages 13 and Over. Thursday, June 152PM: Board Games. Thursday, June 29, 2PM: Comic Books. Free. Main Branch


Little Critter’s Traveling Petting Zoo. See, touch and learn about farmyard animals. Thursday, June 2910:30AM. Free. Westlake Branch