VDOT Offers Route Suggestions for NASCAR Fans Arriving at Martinsville Speedway

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

martinsvilleSALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation encourages race fans driving to and from Martinsville Speedway for the race on SundayOctober 30, to follow recommended traffic patterns as posted on signs and message boards.


VDOT will place many signs and changeable message boards throughout the region to assist travelers. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be heavy. Traffic is being routed to the speedway in certain patterns to minimize overall congestion as much as possible. Watch for the speed limit to reduce gradually from 65 mph to 35 mph on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass as you approach the speedway.


•   From Roanoke and areas north of Martinsville: Race fans traveling south on Route 220 can take the exit onto Route 58 to Martinsville to reach the track or they can continue on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass past the speedway interchange and turn right onto the access road that leads into the speedway.  The entrance is located one mile east of the Route 220 interchange and may provide easier access. Signs are in place designating the entrance to the speedway.   

•   From Danville and areas east of Martinsville: Motorists on the Route 58 Bypass should follow signs directing them to use the track’s back gate. This entrance is located off the bypass, east of the track.

•   From Greensboro and areas south of Martinsville: Route 220 northbound traffic will split into three lanes shortly before reaching the speedway.  Motorists should watch for electronic message boards and obey police directing traffic. Through traffic should use the left lane.

•   From Stuart and areas west of Martinsville: Motorists should stay on Route 58 east and follow signs and message boards to the track.


Those attending the race should closely follow directional information and plan to arrive early and expect heavy traffic and delays.


Franklin Co. Aging Services to Hold 'Aging in Place' Seminar Nov. 4

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

bigstock-Grandparents-And-Granddaughter-68290537The “Silver Tsunami” is steadily approaching Franklin County as local Baby Boomers and new transplant retirees settle down in the communities of the land between the lakes. America as a whole is aging and Franklin County is no exception.

Between August 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016; an Aging in Place survey was available for feedback from local seniors on topics such as services, activities and programs. The surveys are anonymous but will gave staff a greater insight on where our resources should be focused next; or even more importantly, which resources we are lacking in our community.

An Aging in Place seminar is scheduled for November 4, 2016 at Franklin County Aging Services (Essig Recreation Center located at 295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, VA) with a spokesperson from the Roanoke Regional Planning Commission as well as speakers on the key issues that arose during the survey from 9:00am to 11:30am. There will also be an open forum section to discuss any issues that may not have been addressed during in the survey.

Please reserve a seat by calling 540-483-9238 no later than Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

For more information, please contact: Amanda Carter Franklin County Aging Services

295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (540) 483-9238


Glade Hill Man Struck and Killed on Route 40

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

pedestria killedGLADE HILL - State police are investigating a crash that killed a Glade Hill man Tuesday on Route 40.

Thomas Russell Kooken, 38, of Glade Hill was walking in the westbound lane of Route 40 at 7:42 p.m. when he was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck, state police say. 

The truck was driven by Tracy B. Wood, 55, of Wirtz. Wood was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.

The crash happened just west of Route 718 and remains under investigation. 

No charges have been filed.