Driver of Freightliner Truck Charged with Felony Hit and Run Following Fatal Crash on 220 North

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

freightFRANKLIN CO. - State Police have charged the driver of a Freightliner truck with felony hit and run following the death of a Rocky Mount man Sunday night on Route 220.

Carl Edward Pence, 35, of Rocky Mount was traveling north, operating a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Route 220 south of Bonbrook Mill Road around 8:37 p.m. when the motorcycle hit a deer in the road, according to State Police Sgt. Rick Garletts. Pence was separated from the motorcycle and was hit by a 2013 Freighliner truck as a pedestrian, according to the State Police news release. 

The driver of the truck, Kevin Blackburn, 37, of Thomasville, NC was later stopped by law enforcement in Boones Mill. has been charged with felony hit and run. Blackburn was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash. 

The Virginia State Police crash reconstruction team along with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are helping with the crash investigation. 


Moonshine Fest Returns This Weekend

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mssyycxROCKY MOUNT - Put a “shine” to the weekend as you pull the top off the jug at the first Franklin County Moonshine Fest. Capture the rich cultural heritage of moonshine making in Franklin County, VA with two days of family friendly activities, great music and tastings in Downtown Rocky Mount. Enjoy unique entertainment with plenty to HEAR, SEE, TASTE and DO as you LEARN about the history and culture of the Moonshine Capital of the World.

We invite you to have fun, pour some LOVE into your camera and savor the flavor of a true Franklin County experience.
With a full moon, a very big tent and some brewed up planning, things start off Friday evening with an outdoor concert featuring award winning bluegrass artist Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

The evening will be filled with vendors, local foods, local craft beer, as well as local and regional moonshine tastings, and a bartender mixology challenge.
Saturday start off early morning with the annual Chug for the Jug 5k race.

After that, it’s a non-stop festive event featuring a moonshine car show, continuous live music, one-of-a-kind exhibits and demonstrations, including flat-footing and pigeon rolling, guest authors, storytelling, an original play, children's activities, arts & crafts, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and more!

Experience an evening under the stars with the 2nd Annual Shine 'n Dine tasting event Saturday, as you savor the flavors from regional distilleries, local craft beer, complimented by a massive

Taste of Rocky Mount spread. Live music will fill the air with by Surrender Dorothy as you dance and enjoy the evening. Entertainment will include surprise special guests, a fun silent auction and more


2016 Franklin County Moonshine Fest Schedule of Events.

Friday, April 22 (6-10 pm)

Outdoor Concert @ Early Inn

Live music featuring Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Food from Bowling’s Hotdogs and Bootleggers’ Café available for purchase
Variety of vendors
Bartender Mixology Challenge
Optional tasting ticket for sale at the door
Wine/beer and water available for purchase
Oversize LOVE artwork photo opportunity
Click here to purchase tickets
Saturday, April 23 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

FREE Family Fun

Chug for the Jug 5K Race/Health Walk/Kids Fun Run (7:30 a.m. @ Early Inn)
Moonshine Car Show (10am-3pm @ Early Inn)
Special guest authors (11am-2pm @ Public Library)
Live non-stop music featuring 5 great bands (11am-4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Flatfooting demonstrations at 45 min. intervals (11am-4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Moonshine storytelling (1-3pm @ Public Library)
"Tales of Honor", an original play depicting the height of the moonshine era (4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Millpoint Prison exhibit on display at Public Library
Demonstrations and exhibits, including moonshine heritage (All Day)
Pigeon Rolling with Parlor Rolling Pigeons (All Day @ Children's Activity Area)
Children and family activities (All Day)
Arts and Crafts
Food and beverage vendors
Oversize LOVE artwork photo opportunity
And much more!
Saturday, April 23 (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.)

2nd Annual Shine ‘n Dine Tasting Event @ Early Inn

Taste of Rocky Mount - fine and unique foods from area establishments
Moonshine tasting featuring local and regional distilleries
Featured cocktail of Friday night’s bartender mixology challenge
Live music by Surrender Dorothy with dancing
Unique silent auction
Special guests
Shuttles available


Wings, Wheels and Quilts Show Coming to SML

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

aptyuMONETA - If you enjoy cool antique cars and airplanes, you are in luck! And if you want to be dazzled by beautiful handmade quilts, you are in double luck! As part of the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, the events the week of May 13-15 are all about the 60’s!

To join in the 60’s fun, the Smith Mountain Lake Airport is hosting fly- in featuring cars and planes from the 60’s and earlier on May 14 between 11 and 3. Also on display will be hand crafted quilts and demonstrations with remote controlled airplanes School-agers can join in the fun with an airport scavenger hunt and food vendors will be on duty.

“This is a family-friendly event.” said organizational chair, Karen DeBord. “ It is perfectly appropriate to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair to enjoy the early afternoon admiring the craftsmanship of restored cars and antique planes and the quality of work invested in making the quilts that will be on display.”

The airport is nearly as old as the lake, yet not many even know that there is an airport in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake. Located at 1090 Cutlass Road in Moneta, the “Fly-in” will be open and free to the public between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The airplanes and cars will be in place by 11:00. DeBord says, however, “if you want to sneak in early and watch the cars and planes be put into place, come watch at 10:00.”

There will be a People’s Choice ballot offered for those who donate any amount of money to Vickie’s Vision Fund. Voting will be for the People’s Choice of car, quilt, and airplane.

Location: SML Airport 1090 Cutlass Rd. Moneta, VA

Fly-in Schedule:

10:00-10:30 Opening parade of cars down runway

11:00 - Remote Control demonstration

- Food vendors open

11:00 Kids scavenger hunt

12:00-12:30 Remote Control demonstrations

2:30 Announcements of People’s Choice voting to close

2:30-3:00 RC Demonstration

3:00 dismiss cars and planes