6th Grade Student Hit While Trying to Board School Bus

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News


Virginia State Police Trooper W.G. Rorrer is investigating an incident involving a Franklin County student being struck by a vehicle early Wednesday morning (Nov. 2). Trooper Rorrer was called to the scene at 7:19 a.m. The incident occurred in the 8300 block of Grassy Hill Road in Boones Mill.

A Franklin County school bus had just stopped in the southbound lane of Grassy Hill Road to pick up a 13-year-old female passenger. A 2005 Mitsubishi Mirage traveling north on Grassy Hill Road failed to stop for the bus, continued past it and struck the girl as she ran across the road to board the waiting bus.

The 13-year-old suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. 

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Marla K. Kesauver, 19, of Rocky Mount, Va., was not injured in the crash. She was charged for passing a stopped school bus.

The bus did have its lights flashing at the time of the stop. There was also heavy fog in the area at the time of the crash.


BOONES MILL - A 6th grade student suffered minor injuries while trying to board a school bus on Grassy Hill Road (Route 919) Wednesday morning, Franklin County School Superintendent Mark Church says.

Church said the accident happened around 7:15 a.m. near Boones Mill.

"We're very glad it wasn't worse," Church said, noting that drivers should always be safe around school buses, especially when it's very foggy.

Visibility across Franklin County was at or below a mile in many locations Wednesday morning. 

State police are investigating.


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

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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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.