Ferrum's Lee Named All-Region by

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ferrumactionFERRUM - Ferrum College defensive lineman Montel Lee has been named to the 2016 All-Region Team as a second team pick in the South Region. This is his second such honor, including a second team South Region honor in 2014. Lee closed out his junior year with 31 total tackles, including 21 solo and 16.5 for loss. He led the Panthers and the USA South in sacks this season with 10, for a net loss of 83 yards. He also had two fumble recoveries, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup.

Lee was named the 2016 USA South Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-Conference selection. It was his second major USA South award, including his Defensive Rookie of the Year honor in 2014. Lee has been named to the All-Conference first team three straight years, and is on pace become only the second player in school history to earn four such honors. Lee's 10 sacks led the USA South this season. He set school records for career sacks (27) and single game sacks (4 vs. Hampden-Sydney Sept. 17), was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19, and was named to the Team of the Week Sept. 20.

Ferrum closed out the 2016 season with a 6-4 overall record, including a 4-3 mark in the USA South, under first-year Head Coach Rob Grande.



Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ympoolROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA is finishing up its third year of offering the “Water Wise” swim program to every second grader in the county. This program provides FREE swim lessons to second graders in all 12 elementary  schools in the county. The YMCA does this because of the number of rivers and lakes in the county, the inability of many families to afford to pay for swim lessons, and the Y’s mission to help those in the community who need it.

The program teaches lifesaving swimming skills and water safety because one of the single largest causes of childhood deaths isdrowning, and many of those drownings occur within 10 feet of safety. The YMCA is proud that nearly 1,800 students have participated and learned water safety skills over the last three years.

“As someone who almost drowned when I was in elementary school, this program means a lot to me. My daughter learned water safety and swimming skills from the program. She fell in love with swimming and now participates in the Y’s competitive swim team, the Riptides,” says Kameron Kitts the Y’s Aquatics Director.

Through swim testing at the beginning of the year around 50% of second graders did not\possess the skills needed to survive a water emergency. After the program, 84% of those students that participated had sufficient swim skills to survive an emergency. Of that, 55% learned intermediate and advanced swimming skills. All children participated in “water fun days” at the conclusion of the program.

“The second graders in the program are introduced to water safety and given swimming lessons over a two week program at the Rocky Mount YMCA. In addition to swim instruction, children get free time to play and practice the skills they’ve learned on the final day of a swim lessons, parents are invited to observe and celebrate all that their children have learned.” says J.T. Boyd, Assistant Aquatics Director at the YMCA.

The YMCA would like to thank all of the swim instructors and the lifeguards for all of their hard work over the past three years. Without them this program would not be the success it is today.

This program is completely funded by the YMCA, its community partners, and a few anonymous donors. The Y asks for community support in the form of donations to ensure not only the safety of the county’s children but also to insure the program can last for years to come. Local residents, businesses and parents interested in donating should contact Denise Hudson Hurst at the Franklin County Y, 540-489-9622.


Fall 2016 the Warmest on Record in Roanoke, Blacksburg

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

large-preview-ed8ebc96e3e76ceb94124ad2733eae36If you've been thinking that the seasons appear to be lagging, here's proof you are right.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg says the meteorological fall season, defined as September 1 through November 30 was the warmest ever recorded in both Roanoke and Blacksburg.

In Roanoke, the average temperature for the period was 62.4 degrees, breaking the 97-year old record of 61.5 degrees set in 1919. Records in Roanoke date back to 1912. 

In Blacksburg, the average fall temperature was 57.8 degrees, breaking the old record of 56.4 degrees set in 2007. Records in Blacksburg date back to 1952.

The record-setting warmth was part of a jet stream pattern that favored a large, broad rigde over the Southeast and helped to create the extreme drought that has led to dozens of wildfires across the region. 

After such a warm fall, it appears we will be jumping ahead to winter in about a week. True Arctic air will be moving in December 9, with highs only around freezing and lows well into the teens. The cold air surges look to continue in several waves into Christmas.