SML Community Attempts to Set New World Record for Longest Floating Human Chain

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

KindaWorldRecordSMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - Over 1200 people floated together, joined by their own arms in the 90-degree heat Saturday to set a new Guiness World Record for longest floating human chain. 

The event was held at Bernard's Landing at 10 a.m. Saturday. Procedes from the event went to the YMCA.

Organizers say 1257 participants were in the water. Everyone had to bring their own floating device and life jacket for safety. 

Officials took video from land and from a helicopter circling overhead and will review the footage to verify if the old record of 634 people floating in a chain was broken. That record was set in Taiwan. 

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FC Ag Fair Returns Sept. 14-17

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

fairuseeSONTAG -  A limited number of booths in the Community Expo Tent are still available for purchase for the 3rd annual ranklin County Agricultural Fair.

For $100 booth exhibitors will gain access to an estimated 10,000 people. Each booth features a 10 ft wide x 6 ft deep space with a table, two chairs and access to electricity. The deadline for reserving a space is Friday, August 19.

Upon the recommendations of Frank Chrzanowski, expo coordinator, the Community Expo Tent location has been placed at a location just beyond the Main Gate. This will help ensure that visitors entering and leaving the fair will pass the Expo.

According to Mike Burnette, economic development director for Franklin County , “At this location, with such a low cost, this is a terrific opportunity to get your business or organization in front of a lot of people in a relaxed festive community atmosphere.” The expo booths are also ideal for churches and local non-profit organizations for public outreach. Chrzanowski noted, “Community Expo booths will be going quick.”

To reserve your space, please visit the fair website to download an Exhibitor/Vendor application form. For questions, please contact Frank Chrzanowski at (540) 719-2265 or (540) 238- 9319.

The 2016 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held September 14-17 at the Franklin County Recreation Park (2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount). Please follow updates on the Franklin County Agricultural Fair Facebook page and website, David Rotenizer, chairman of the 2016 event, can be reached at (540) 483-3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


FC Humane Society to Offer 'Primp Your Pit' Campaign in August

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

americanpitbullterriersf7Pit bull terriers end up in shelters in large numbers due to myths and misperceptions, which impact public opinions of the breed and reduce the adoption rates of these dogs in local animal shelters.
That’s why Franklin County Humane Society’s Planned Pethood Clinic, with funding support from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is participating in the “Primp Your Pit ” spay/neuter campaign. Through the Primp Your Pit campaign, Planned Pethood Clinic will provide a special $20 spay/neuter surgery and free nail trim for pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes during the month of August.
“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end on in local shelters,” says Dr. Marybeth Chaconas, Franklin County Humane Society’s Supervising Veterinarian and Medical Director.
Some pet parents may be hesitant to get their young puppies sterilized. But the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research also shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost prices and is available to all pit bulls and pit mixes. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. Please or call 540-489-3491 to schedule an appointment.