Michael McDonald, Blues Traveler Coming to the Harvester in Rocky Mount in February

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BluesTraveler-460x305ROCKY MOUNT - Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald and popular 90s band Blues Traveler will be performing in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center in February, the venue announced today.

Known for his distinct voice and keyboard skills, Micheal McDonald's hits span four decades, including "I Keep Forgettin'" and "Sweet Freedom".

McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1976 and continued playing with the band through 1982, producing such hits as "It Keeps You Running",  "Takin' It to the Streets", and "What a Fool Believes".

The show will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8 p.m. Ticket sales start on November 9. 

As part of their 30th Anniversary Tour, Blues Traveler will stop in Rocky Mount on February 20, 2018. The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Known for 90's hits, "Run Around" and "Hook", among others, the harmonica-based rock band saw Billboard Top 10 success throughout the mid 90s. 

Ticket prices have not been announced as of this writing. Call 540-484-8277 for more information.


YMCA Promotes Jessica Thomason to Membership Director

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Jessica ThomasonROCKY MOUNT – The Franklin County Family YMCA is happy to announce that Jessica Thomason has accepted a position as the new Membership Director with the organization.

Jessica who has been with the Y for a little over three years has distinguished herself in the Y’s childcare department by managing over 600 registrations annually and creating fundraising programs. However, she truly excelled at developing lasting relationships with children and their parents in the Y programs.

The Y’s preschool children were always excited to see Ms. Jessica every morning when arriving for school.

“Jessica did a fantastic job in childcare and we are excited to see her move into managing the Y’s membership programs. She has a lot of great ideas and will make a terrific director,” says Jamie Stump, Childcare Coordinator with the YMCA.

In her new role Jessica will build upon her expertise in customer service to manage around 3,000 membership units across 3 locations in Franklin County. She will also be taking the lead in managing the Y’s group and corporate membership programs as well as overseeing operations and training of staff at the Y’s welcome centers.

“We are lucky to have Jessica as a part of the Y team. She is a great asset and has brought in lots of fresh ideas to recommit our staff to giving the great service that is our standard,” says Kevin McAlexander the YMCA’s Branch Director.

Thomason has already made improvements in her short time in the role including creating a monthly member newsletter, developed new training for staff and creating guidelines and best practices for providing the highest level of service to YMCA members.

“I’m excited to take on my new role with the Y. We have wonderful members and I am looking forward to offering new programs and services in the coming years,” says Thomason.


Dollar General Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed by Police in Alabama

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Sanders SurberFAIRHOPE, ALABAMA - On October 18, 2017 , the Franklin County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at Dollar General, 1417 Virgil H. Goode Hwy.

On October 19, 2017, another armed robbery of four individuals occurred in the 1500 block ofPatti Rd. in Franklin County. Three individuals arranged a meeting with a subject in order to purchase drugs but planned to rob the subject of drugs and money.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office quickly developed several suspects in the armed robbery on Patti Rd.

Sanders Surber was charged with four counts of armed robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Michael Gillispie and Derrick Phillippe were charged with four counts of robbery each.

During the investigation of the Patti Rd. robbery, Sheriff's Office investigators developed Surber as a suspect in the Dollar General robbery, through witness statements. On October 26, 2017 Surber was shot and killed by law enforcement after a police pursuit in Fairhope, Alabama. At the time of the pursuit, Surber was driving a stolen PT Cruiser from Henry County, VA.

Phillippe is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail and Gillispie is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Both robberies are still under investigation.