Mary Baldwin College offers Fall Classes at the Franklin Center

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

marybaldwinROCKY MOUNT -  Mary Baldwin College has partnered with the Franklin Center to offer classes in some of the most rapidly growing sectors of business. There will be upper level classes presented in Social Work and Education. In addition, a certification course for Professional Human Resources Management will be available.

Industry data forecasts that the fastest growing fields by the year 2020 will be social work, education, and human resource management. In an effort to provide credible higher education options to the Franklin County region, Mary Baldwin will be offering the following classes for the fall of 2016:

 Social Work Practices 1

 Numeration & Algebra for Teachers

 Language Acquisition and Reading 1

 Professional Human Resources Management Certification

As of August 31, 2016 Mary Baldwin College will become Mary Baldwin University. Our focus will remain on providing degree opportunities for the working adult, personal academic advising, and being military friendly. During this transition to Mary Baldwin University, our goal will be to enhance our partnership with the Franklin Center as “a small university offering big rewards”.


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. .