YMCA Riptide Performs Well at Regional Meet

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

GabeLesterROCKY MOUNT – Riptide Swim team competed at the YMCA USA swim meet at Lynchburg YMCA this past weekend.

Over half of all the events that Riptide swimmers participated in saw major time improvements from previous meets. The hard work and
dedication that coaches and swimmers are putting into the program continually show through meet results.

There were five regional swim meet qualifying times made this weekend; The 200 yard freestyle, 50 yard butterfly, and 100 yard breaststroke by 12 year old Mallorie Teer and the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard breaststroke made by 11 year old Gabe Lester.

Regional swim meet is an end year competition between all the YMCA’s in the Region Including YMCA’s from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and in which swimmers must make qualifying times set forth by the regional committee to attend.


UPDATE: 9-1-1 Service Restored Following Outage in Boones Mill

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

911outagesUPDATE: 9-1-1 service has been restored in the area.



BOONES MILL - The Franklin County Sheriff's office says 9-1-1 service is out in the Boones Mill area due to a CenturyLink cable being cut. 

The outage only affects land line phones. Cell phone 9-1-1 service still works. 

Anyone in the Boones Mill area that cannot get through to 9-1-1 should call 483-9227. 

Crews are working on the issue. There is no estimated time for the repair.

Stay with Cable 12 for further updates.


Burn Ban Now in Effect for the Town of Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

doughtmonitorROCKY MOUNT - Citing no significant moisture in recent weeks and only light precipitation in the near-term forecast, Rocky Mount Fire Marshal David Bowles has issued a burn ban for the town of Rocky Mount until further notice.

"Lack of significant rainfall mixed with low humidity levels over the past month have created a high potential for rapid fire spread," Bowles said. "Officers of the Rocky Mount Police Department will be on high alert for violaters of this burn ban."

Dry conditions this time of the year are of particular concern because frequent cold fronts can also bring with them high wind gusts. 

Virginia is in a light to moderate drought, according to the latest drough monitor from the Climate Prediction Center, who issues an update to the drought monitor every Thursday. 

There may be a better chance of better moisture getting into the area by early January, as medium-range forecast models continue to instist on a more active pattern after Christmas.