UPDATE: Driver of Car that Injured 22 Pedestians at Martinsville Speedway Charged with Reckless Driving

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

martinsville roger wolfeUPDATE: 

MARTINSVILLE - State police say the male driver of the Chevy convertible that ran into a crowd leaving the race Sunday at the Martinsville Speedway has been charged with reckless driving. 

More charges are pending.

The driver was taken into custody without incident following the crash. His bond was set as $7500.

State police are still investigating exactly what caused the incident. 


MARTINSVILLE - State police along with local police are investigating a crash that injured several pedestrians at Martinsville Speedway Sunday evening.

Police say the majority of people hit were treated on the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities.

The incident happened in the handicapped parking area outside of turn 2 after the race, state police say, when a 2005 Chevy SSR convertible was attempting to pass a Jeep Patriot. The Chevy hit the jeep, then struck the people walking, state police say. 

The area is near the helipad at the speedway.

Reports of people hit began coming into call centers at 5:38 p.m.

Nine people were taken to nearby hospitals with non life threatening injuries. Thirteen people were treated at the scene. The injured range in age from 13 to 65. 

Seven people were taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. Two were taken to Morehead Hospital in Eden, NC, state police say. 

The driver of the Chevy is being interviewed by state police. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Charges are pending.

Photo credit: Roger Wolfe (@rogerwolfe88) via Twitter. 



'Murder and Mayhem' Comes to Rocky Mount Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ghost-landROCKY MOUNT - Tickets are still available for Murder & Mayhem, Franklin County Historical Society's annual ghost event. There will be one show only on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7  p.m.
The event is in its 14th year and moves inside the N. Morris Building, opposite the county courthouse on Main Street. Parking is in the rear.
There will be 20 characters telling true tales of ghosting and killin' in Rocky Mount. The event will feature antique photos, love gone wrong, bridal couples at odds, shooting, and ghostly sightings.
Tickets are $14 each. Call 483-1890 for more information. Advance ticket purchase recommended.



YMCA Pumpkin Olympics Set for Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ymca pumpkinROCKY MOUNT – The Franklin County Family YMCA is holding its first- ever Fall Festival and Pumpkin Olympics on October 29, from 1-3 pm. The event will feature crafts, a bake sale, and games for kids and adults, including the Pumpkin Toss Competition.

Admission is $5 per person, or $3 with costumes. Children under 2 get in for free. Throughout the month of October, the YMCA Fitness Department has been hosting a “pumpkin” toss challenge for members to see who can throw a medicine ball the farthest. The top 3 contestants will compete at the event on the 29th to see who earns the coveted title of Pumpkin Master.

The Pumpkin Toss will be the main event of the Festival, with the farthest throw winning a cash prize. Competitors will attempt to throw a pumpkin the longest distance, with any throwing style being accepted, as long as both feet remain on the starting line. Competitors may not get a running start or cross the line during the attempt. Walk-up competitors may join in the pumpkin toss contest for $5 per attempt.

“We’ve seen a great response to the pumpkin toss competition. Our previous monthly fitness challenges have had good involvement too, but the appeal of tossing a pumpkin has attracted members that might not normally venture out of the weight room,” said Randy Simpson, YMCA Fitness Director.

Kid’s activities will include a pumpkin ring toss, Jack-o-Lantern painting, face painting, and a barrel train. Healthy snacks and a little bit of classic Halloween candy will be on hand. For more information, call Simpson at 489-9622.