Patrick Henry Basketball Coach from Rocky Mount Killed in Franklin Co. Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

wadeFRANKLIN COUNTY - The head men's basketball coach for Patrick Henry Comminity College was killed in a crash Wednesday night in Franklin County.

Kenneth David Wade, 45, of Rocky Mount, was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe on Briarpatch Lane when a mechanical failure caused the SUV to run off the right side of the road and turn over, state police said.

When Wade tried to get out of the SUV, which was unstable, it pinned him. Wade died at the scene, state police say.

The crash remains under investigation. It happened at 11:20 p.m. on Briarpatch Lane, two miles west of Route 724 in Franklin County.

On the Patrick Henry website, Wade's bio is full of accomplishments:

"Wade has produced numerous first-team all-region players and one NJCAA all-American. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Wade served as an assistant coach for the Patriots, helping them finish with an 18-0 regular season record during their first season in the NJCAA.

Prior to PHCC, he was an assistant at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, where his team won the VIS state title. Wade had a strong career as a shooting guard at Franklin County High, receiving numerous all-conference awards. He played collegiately at Mount Aloysius, then a D-1 junior college"



YMCA Names New Group Exercise Coordinator

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

AbbyJamison3Rocky Mount, Va. (September 6, 2018) – The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that a long time member and class participant Abigail Jamison has become the Y’s new Group Exercise Coordinator taking over the role from Jessica Mitchell.

“I have loved getting to know the members of the Y over the course of the past year as an instructor, and look forward to furthering those relationships. I have worked at many different gyms, and can honestly say this is my favorite because of the people. I am excited about expanding our group exercise programs, getting new instructors in, and making this program the best that it can be. There is nothing as exciting as seeing someone realize their full potential through exercise! I have HUGE shoes to fill, and am thankful for all the support I’ve received from everyone here and from the outgoing fitness coordinator, Jessica Mitchell,” says Abigail Jamison.

Abby started her fitness journey years ago as a personal trainer, but quickly realized group ex was where her passion lies. She currently holds certifications in cycle, sports yoga and Beachbody’s P90X. She has competed in a few Crossfit competitions and currently competed in obstacle course races with her husband and closest friends. Abby holds degrees from Liberty University in both Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently completing her Master’s studies in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The position consists of managing around 50 classes a week, as well as coordinating special events and programs for YMCA members. The Y’s group exercise classes are offered weekly at no additional charge to all YMCA members. Classes include Insanity, Yoga, Stronger Seniors, P90x and HIIT training.

For more information on the Y’s group exercise schedule call 540-489-9622.


Storms Rock Franklin County

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

shedfireFRANKLIN COUNTY - A day of heat and high humidity lead to highly electric storms Thursday evening across most of Franklin County. The most intense activity developed near Ferrum, where high winds downed numerous trees, according to first responders in the area. Two trees fell on homes in Ferrum.

Gusty winds and heavy rain hit Rocky Mount as the storms moved in from the southwest.

The storms were very electrical with numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes along thier paths. 

In Sontag, an outbuilding was struck by lightning and caught fire. The building was storing hay, first resonders said, and appeared to be a total loss Thursday night. 

Earlier in the afternoon, the storms clustered in the New River Valley and led to flooding in Radford and Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech campus, closing many roads.

The storms were caused by a small upper level ripple in the jet stream from the west Thursday afternoon. The air ahead of the ripple was hot and very muggy and essentially fueled the storms, making them more electrical and intense. 

More evening storms are possible Friday, possibly getting in the way of high school football.