Barenaked Ladies Coming to Rocky Mount's Harvester Performance Center

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BNL-ImageROCKY MOUNT - The Barenaked Ladies have announced a Spring 2017 tour that includes a stop in Rocky Mount.

The Harvester Performance Center says the band will perform Tuesday May 2, 2017. 

The multi-platinum band's hits include "One Week", "Pinch Me", and "Brian Wilson" along with many others spanning the 90's into the 2000's. Barenaked Ladies released BNL Rocks Red Rocks in May.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 540-484-8277.


Local Football Teams Punch Ticket to Regional Playoffs

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

vhsl logoWith the final VHSL regular season games being completed last Friday night, playoff hopes came to fruition for some while other teams came to the realization their season was over. Teams from our area will compete in the 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A regional playoffs beginning this Friday night.


Local teams advancing to regional playoffs include:


5A South

#7 Patrick Henry (8-2) vs. #10 North Stafford


4A West (High Seed Hosts)

#2 William Byrd (9-1) First Round Bye

#3 Salem (9-1) First Round Bye

#5 Amherst County (8-2) vs. #12 Pulaski County (7-3)

#7 GW Danville (7-3) vs. #10 Heritage - Loudoun Co. (7-3)


3A West (High Seed Hosts)

#1 Rustburg (8-2) vs. #16 Alleghany (4-6)**

#2 Brookville (8-2) vs. #15 Tunstall (5-5)

#3 Abington (9-1) vs. #14 Northside (4-6)

#4 Staunton River (9-1) vs. #13 Western Albemarle (4-6)

#5 Magna Vista (8-2) vs. #12 Waynesboro (5-5)

#6 Heritage -Lynchburg (6-4) vs. #11 Hidden Valley (5-5)

#7 Lord Botetourt (8-2) vs. #10 Blacksburg (5-5)
#8 Spotswood (7-3) vs. #9 Turner Ashby (6-4)


**Alleghany edged out Cave Spring on a head to head tiebreaker by winning in week 4 42-28. Cave Spring misses the playoffs.


2A West (High Seed Hosts)

#1 Appomattox (10-0) vs. #16 Virginia (3-7)

#4 Dan River (9-1) vs. #13 Floyd County (6-4)

#6 Glenvar (8-2) vs. #11 Gate City (5-5)

#7 Martinsville (7-3) vs. #10 Grundy (7-3)
#8 Giles (7-3) vs. #9 Marion (7-3)

  • The Franklin County Eagles improved on an 0-10 season from a year ago to finish this season with a record of 4-6. The Eagles claimed victories over Liberty (2-8), Christiansburg (1-9), Bassett (1-9), and Halifax County (2-8).
  • Four of Franklin County’s ten opponents will be making an appearance in the 2016 playoffs. These teams include GW Danville (7-3), Pulaski County, (7-3), Heritage (6-4), and Magna Vista (8-2).
  • Franklin County finished their season ranked 11th out of 13 teams in the 6A South Conference 3 & 4. The top 8 teams in this group advances to the regional playoffs.

          6A South Conference 3 & 4 Final Ratings

School Rating Record
1 Manchester 33.9 9-1
2 Colonial Forge 32.1 8-2
3 Thomas Dale 32.1 8-2
4 Riverbend 31.7 7-3
5 Freedom 31.2 8-2
6 James River 28.9 6-4
7 Hylton 27.6 6-4
8 Cosby 26.6 5-5
9 Forest Park 24.9 4-6
10 Woodbridge 23.6 3-7
11 Franklin County 23.4 4-6
12 Gar-Field 20.7 1-9
13 Clover Hill 20.6 1-9

FERC Accepts Public Comments on Pipeline, Individually

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fcROCKY MOUNT - A public meeting set up by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Wednesday evening to hear comments about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project at Franklin County High School resulted in around 75 comments, one at a time and behind closed doors. 

"I wasn't expecting it," Preserve Franklin County Chairman and local business owner Mike Carter said, referring to the format of the session, "Let's face it, this is America and this is a meeting that should have been open for the public and media to hear other's comments."

FERC invited the public comments one at a time in a classroom along with a stenographer so the comments could be taken and recorded accurately. The comments were limited to three minutes each.

Many opposed to the pipeline argue the project would decrease property values, public safety, and hurt the environment. There is also concern over the pipeline taking away from the natural Franklin County setting.

Supporters of the pipeline point out the potential for economic growth and jobs in the area.

The pipeline would start in northern West Virginia and through Franklin County, connecting with an existing pipeline in Pittsylvania County just east of Chatham.

Franklin County Rev 5-0-0 10-12-2016At a meeting on October 18, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors decided not to take any action for now, voting against selling land in the newly-acquired business park for $91,785.81 for a right-of-way-easement to the pipeline.

"There are a lot of people that are very opposed to the pipeline," Gills Creek Supervisor Bob Camicia told Dick Shoemaker on Cable 12's October 19 "Rise and Shine" program.

"The decision process is one that unfortunately, none of us have a lot of input into," Camicia continued. "It's difficult because you're dealing with the federal government."

"I think as they do additional surveys, as they listen to public comment, they [FERC] find ways to adjust it to make it less obtrusive or damaging as it comes through," county administrator Brent Robertson said on "Rise and Shine" October 19. Robertson said he would be asking FERC to explain the latest changes to the pipeline route, including the pipeline only crossing the Blackwater River once instead of twice. 

FERC held another public comment session in Roanoke November 3. At the Franklin County meeting, tables were set up outside of the auditorium for people to submit written comments and sign up to give verbal comments. FERC called individuals by number to give their comments.

"It's just another way of FERC controlling things for their benefit," Carter said, citing the format of the meeting.

On the "Rise and Shine" program October 19, Camicia explained the importance of the sessions.

"The individual inputs have a lot more impact than do inputs from politicians," Camicia said. "There are a lot of people who think it's a good idea... but they are very quiet." 

Mountain Valley Pipeline says construction on the project would start in mid 2017 with a late 2018 completion date.