YMCA Riptide Opens Season

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ymcaswim2018ROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team kicked its season off with a big invitational at the Jamerson Family YMCA in
Lynchburg. This large local meet had many area YMCA swim teams participating and was part of a YMCA Virtual swim meet. All YMCA’s across the country who hosted a swim meet that over the weekend were eligible to send results into the YMCA virtual swim meet. The virtual meet makes it possible for Franklin County Family Y swimmers to swim against competitors from all over the country.

“The Riptide swim team did great at our season opener in Lynchburg. We saw many big time improvements and even had two swimmers make two Regional cut times each. I couldn’t be more proud of the team and all the hard work they have put into the program,” said Head Coach JT Boyd.

The two swimmers who made regional cut times were, Mallorie Teer and Gabe Lester. Regional cut times are qualification times that swimmers must beat to be eligible to compete in the big end of the season regional swim meet. The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team has a home meet 11/03/18 that starts at 9:00 AM and invites all to come cheer on your local YMCA kids as they compete against Bedford, Altavista, Eden,
and Farmville YMCA swim teams.


16th Annual Chili Festival and Competition Fires Up This Weekend (Nov. 3)

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

2017 Chili Fest-SPratt-cMONETA - The 16th Annual SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival is Saturday, November 3rd at Bridgewater Plaza next to Hales Ford Bridge - Rt. 122. 

A FREE shuttle service from Trinity Ecumenical Parish, provided by TNT Auto Body Repair & Service Centers, makes parking a breeze. Or come by boat and tie up at one of the many slips available. $7.00 admission gives you access to tasting great chilies in the competition, over 10 teams from returning champs to new challengers, more than 25 different craft vendors.

Gates open at 11:00; Chili Tasting begins at 12 Noon and the awards ceremony (complete with original trophies) takes place at 3:30pm.  Be part of the action as you vote for your favorite chili and the coveted "People’s Choice" award.

For more information on the festival brought to you by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, go to or call 540-721-1203.


Sheriff's Department Starts 2018 Beards for Charity

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

beardsFRANKLIN COUNTY - Sheriff Bill Overton has announced that his office will be participating in a Beards for Charity campaign for 2018 to benifit the Franklin County American Heart Association. 

Male deputies are allowed to grow and maintain a neat beard for a donation of $100.  Female deputies can donate $50 and not wear a neck tie when in uniform. 

"For the past several years, our deputies donate to this charity and we are able to give back to the community," Overton said. "They [the deputies] enjoy this time of year and we have a lot of fun with it."

Photo: Deputy Wes Parker shows his beard.