Ferrum Softball Team Wins USA South Tournament

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

image hafndlerROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- After suffering a one-run loss Friday morning, April 15, Ferrum College reeled off six straight to win the 2016 USA South Softball Tournament. The Panthers had to beat Averett University twice in the championship series, grinding out a 3-2 win then blasting the Cougars 10-1.

Ferrum Scores
Fri, April 15: Averett 3, Ferrum 2; Ferrum 7, William Peace 5
Sat, April 16: Ferrum 4, NC Wesleyan 3; Ferrum 7, Greensboro 2
Sun, April 16: Ferrum 5, Maryville 1; Ferrum 3, Averett 2; Ferrum 10, Averett 1 (5 inn)

In the final game of the tournament against Averett, Ferrum scored eight runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tournament MVP Cheyenne Strickland started things off when she sent a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a three-run homer. The Cougars never recovered after that, as Ferrum piled on five more runs before the frame was done for an 8-0 lead after three full innings. The game was halted due to the run rule after five innings. Strickland went 3-4 in the title game with the home run, two runs and three RBI.

Joining Strickland on the All-Tournament Team were designated player Amanda Roberts, who pitched the entire final game and allowed just four hits to improve to 11-7 this season. Also earning All-Tournament honors were catcher Sarah Bowman, second baseman Heather Mayberry, outfielder Lindsey Slover and pitcher Courtney Rudd.

In the first game Sunday against Averett, Rudd pitched all seven innings, striking out seven batters. Ferrum led 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Averett loaded the bases with two outs. Rudd then coaxed Jessica Griffin into a ground out to end the game, and the Panthers rushed the field in celebration of the program's fourth USA South Tournament title in school history.

Coach Gerald Culler's team claimed the USA South automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Tournament. This is Ferrum's fourth post-season appearance (2002, 2005, 2012, 2016). Culler is in his first season as head coach after spending three seasons as assistant coach. NCAA Regional locations will be announced soon.


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