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.

Sproles Joins Ferrum Football Staff

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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.