Sproles Joins Ferrum Football Staff

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9668557622 781246d0d5 bFERRUM - Director of Athletics Abe Naff has announced the hiring of Devan Sproles as Assistant Football Coach at Ferrum College. Sproles will work under first-year Head Coach Rob Grande. Sproles joins the Ferrum coaching staff after having served as Assistant Football Coach at John S. Battle High School the past two years. At Battle High School, Sproles also served as Alternative Education Learning Lab Teacher. Sproles also served Assistant Wrestling Coach for two years. He helped head coaches for both programs with all aspects of a highly-competitive football and wrestling programs.

Sproles also served the past four years as Recreation Assistant for the town of Abingdon, Virginia. Sproles was a four-year starter at linebacker for Emory & Henry College. He was a first team All-Conference selection in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in 2011 and the Lou Wacker Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Richmond Touchdown Club's 2011 Lanier Award, an award which honors the Virginia Small College Player of the Year.

Sproles earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Human Performance from Emory & Henry in 2013. He is a 2009 graduate of J.J. Kelly High School. Sproles begins his position at Ferrum immediately, and will be working with the Panthers' defensive line.


Head-On Crash on 220 Kills One

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crash2FRANKLIN CO. - State police say a head-on collision on Route 220 Wednesday afternoon has killed one person and injured another. 

One person was reportedly air lifted from the scene. 

Earlier Wednesday, one northbound lane of traffic was blocked and traffic was backed up in both directions.

State police worked with VDOT to clear the scene. 

Traffic is now open in both directions.



Microburst Destroys Historic Snow Creek Barn

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SNOW CREEK - A strong thunderstorm complex blew through the area Friday evening with damaging winds reported from West Virginia through the Carolinas. Within the line of storms, an intense microburst produced significant damage in the Snow Creek area of Franklin County. 

A historic barn and building owned by Phillip and Debbie Haynes were destroyed in the storm, along with other roofs and barns. Around 100 trees were blown over a fence line on Haynes' property.

Winds were likely at or above 70-80 mph in the microburst itself. Microbursts can produce damaging winds similar to a tornado, but in a diverging direction - opposed to a converging pattern that you would see in a tornado. 

Severe thunderstorms developed in the heat and humidity that grew as the day went on. As the line approached our area, the heat of the day was near its peak, allowing the storms to tower high into the sky very quickly. That quick rising of air has to come down at some point, gathering momentum and heavier rain-cooled air as it does. That's what's know as a microburst. 

The heaviest damage was about 1/4 of a mille wide according to Steve Oakes, who lives about a mile away from the hardest hit area. Parts of Snow Creek were without power after the storm blew through.