Eagle Cheerleaders Dominate at Cougar Classic

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Grand Champions, First Place in 4A/5A/6A Division

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DUBLIN - Franklin County's competiton cheerleading squad proved again they are number one, winning first place their division and achieving the highest overall score at the Cougar Classic in Dublin Saturday, claiming the Grand Champions title.

Franklin County has a long history of placing high in area competitions, but the awards and cheering at Friday night football games that we see are just part of all of the hard work behind the scenes. Cheerleaders are true athletes.

"We literally practice [our routine] six days a week," coach Marsha Lopez said, adding that hours are spent going over videos and perfecting the choreography. "Many of the team members put in extra time going to tumbling, stretching at home, just to advance their skills."

You'll also find Eagle Cheerleaders at working hard at community events throughout the year, including Relay for Life and the Retail Merchant's Christmas Parade in Rocky Mount.

"It's extremely exciting to win awards at competition... the atmosphere there is already so electric," Lopez said. "It just shows that all of our hard work is paying off."

Behind a great team is a great community. 

"We'd really like to thank our FCHS Cheerleading Boosters, the school, the student body, and our friends and family for the support," Lopez said. "Everything they do from making cards to providing snacks to paying for our competition entry fees and coming to competition to cheer us on means so much to us."



Dry Hill Draggers to Headline at 'Music On The Lawn' in Critz

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

dryPATRICK CO. - The popular bluegrass band, The Dry Hill Draggers will be performing October 9 at the Reynolds Homestead in Critz as part of the Music on the Lawn series in Patrick County.

The concert will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Children under 15 can get in free.

The Reynolds Homestead is located at 463 Homestead Lane in Critz, VA, 24082. For more information, call 276-694-7181.




Dry, Warm Weather Causing Some Leaves to Turn Brown and Fall Off Early

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

16In case you haven't noticed, we've gone from too much moisture earlier in the summer to not enough rain recently. And while we wait on the weather pattern to change, our trees are starting to let us know they are literally getting stressed.

Looking around outside, you'll see some trees, especially poplar trees, already shedding their leaves. 

Normally in the fall, as days get shorter and the sun angle decreases, and the tree responds by reducing their amount of chlorophyll, allowing other pigments already in the tree to turn the colors we see to yellow, orange, red and even purple. It's a gradual process when the weather is bahaving, with colors peaking in early October in the mountains of Virginia to late October in the piedmont. During dry and warm weather, though, the tree is put under extra stress and can go dormant early.

In Roanoke, the months of June, July, and August were all ended above normal for precipitation. Then the weather turned dry. So far for September, Roanoke is 1.42" below normal. In Lynchburg, it has not rained over a trace in 24 days.

On top of that, our temperatures have been very warm - even hot - for this time of the year. Normal highs are supposed to be around 79 degrees in the Roanoke Valley. Wednesday afternoon temps were around 90 as of this writing. This year, we've had 37 days where the temperature has reached 90 or above.

Granted, not all of the trees have gone brown, but you can spot a few out there already. There's still time over the next few weeks for us to pick up some much-needed rainfall and hopefully reverse the trend we're seeing. Cooler temps and clouds are in the forecast for Thursday and Friday behind a cold front that will be moving through Wednesday evening. Right now there are hopes that another cold front will help focus some showers and storms over Virginia by Sunday and Monday.