Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off a Busy Upcoming Holiday Season in Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ChristmasTreeROCKY MOUNT - It was a mild evening last Friday for the annual Rocky Mount Christmas Tree lighting in front of the Franklin County courthouse. The Benjamin Franklin Middle School Band performed several Christmas songs to get the evening started. Prizes were given out to the first, second, and third place winners of the Christmas Card Drawing Contest put on by Franklin County Parks and Recreation. 

A crowd gathered around the Christmas tree, as overall Christmas Card Winner Isaiah Muse listened to the countdown by the band and flipped the switch to light the tree.

A busy Christmas weekend is coming up! 

The 14th Annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Biggest Little Parade starting at the Farmer's Market and ending at the train depot. The parade will have scouts, a band, dancers, and Santa Claus. 

The event will likely be packed with up to 12,000 people and feature music at the Farmer's Market and Franklin County Library as well as music at the clock tower. Businesses will be open for folks to stop in and look around. There will also be horse carriage rides at the Early Inn.

Then on Sunday, December 3, the Retail Merchant's Rocky Mount Christmas Parade will march through uptown and downtown Rocky Mount. 

Cable 12 will be covering both events with multiple cameras. We will see you there!



Christmas Card Contest Winners Announced

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Winning Card



Overall Christmas Card Winner

Isaiah Muse, 7th Grader, Benjamin Franklin Middle School




1st Everly Mize , 2nd Aubrey McDonald, 3rd Caine Sigmon

K-1 Grades

1st Maverick Quist, 2nd Brooks Cassidy, 3rd Abby Blankenship

2-3 Grades

1st Adelyn Cassidy, 2nd Julia White, 3rd Matthew Robinson

4-5 Grades 

1st Emily Fifer, 2nd Jackson Young, 3rd Douglas Hayes

6-8 Grades

1st Elliot Finch, 2nd Keenan Miller, 3rd Camille DeBoer

Special Division

1st Jocelyn Shaw, 2nd Anne Grabher, 3rd Michael Minton



State Police Investigating Fatal Accident in Bedford Co.

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BEDFORD CO. - Virginia State Police E. L. Holiday is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 10:30 p.m. November 23, 2017 on Route 842 three tenths of a mile south of Route 616 in Bedford County.

A 2000 Toyota 4Runner was traveling on Route 842, when it crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck several trees.

The Toyota was driven by Adam Bruce Kendall, 30, of Axton, Va. Mr. Kendall was not wearing his seatbelt and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

There were two passengers in the vehicle. Eric C. Gerner, 30, of Roanoke, Va. Mr. Gerner was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to a nearby hospital for injuries received in the crash. Daniel K. Yardley, 39, of Roanoke, Va. was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the

The crash remains under investigation.