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Remembering a Great Man: We'll Miss the Biscuits, Charles...

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

CHARLESWAGNER    For those of you who didn't know Charles Wagner, I thought I would share with you a story that shows you what a great man he was:

When he was on the F.C. Board of Supervisors, he would come on our Cable 12 morning show, Rise and Shine. About 10 years ago, I was doing weather and Charles was getting ready to be interviewed off camera.

I jokingly said on-air that I was hungry, and something to the effect of "you'd think the Board of Supervisors could at least bring us breakfast, I mean, really!"

I didn't think anything of it, did the weather, Charles did his interview.

A month later, it's time for the Board of Supervisors to be on the show again. In walks the group with a huge bag of biscuits!

Well, that shut me up!

Every month after that, when the Board was on the show, a big bag of biscuits were brought in for the Cable 12 crew.

No one personally took credit for buying them, but I after a few years, I noticed a trend: the biscuits only came in when Charles was in the group.

Charles kept the running joke going for years and years. It only got funnier each time.

Right after the most recent election, where he lost his seat, he was still scheduled to come on our show, and yes, even after things didn't go his way, he still brought those biscuits!

If you add up the monthly appearances over 10 years. it adds up!

Charles Wagner was a friend and Franklin County is blessed to have such a down-to-earth public servant.

I'll miss him..

and I'll miss the biscuits, Charles.

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Boones Mill Apple Festival Slated for Sept. 22

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BOONES MILL - The 41st Apple Festival will feature fan favorites such as a bouncy house and a tractor pull by the Blue Ridge Mountain Garden Tractor Pullers.

This year’s festival will also have a cornhole competition and a flatfooting contest as well as performances by several bands including Root2Music, Kelley Moore Band, Sweetwater Fireball Band and Too Young Too Old.

The Old Dominion Cloggers, dancers from the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy, Franklin County Marching Band, Ferrum College March Band and fiddling soloist Cheyenne Grantham will also be performing. 

Leading up to the Apple Festival will be the Miss and Little Miss Apple Festival pageants. The pageants will be on Aug. 26 and 2 p.m. at Boones Mill Baptist Church.

Interested vendors, sponsors and those interested in entering the pageant, girls between one month and 18 years old are eligible, can send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 2018 Apple Festival will be held on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year parking will not be permitted on U.S. 220. Instead, parking will be available on town property near the farmer’s market on Depot Drive and at Boones Mill Baptist Church. Shuttles will available before, during and after the event to bus attendees from the parking lots to the festival. 

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YMCA Riptide Hosts Glow Swim Meet

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

GlowSwimMeetROCKY MOUNT - The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team hosted an “end of summer” swim meet this past Friday night. Altavista, Danville, and Eden YMCA swimmers came and joined in the fun. The lights were dimmed and 100’s of glow sticks lit up the pool area and even the pool itself. The swim meet started out around 10:00pm.

Participants got creative and made things from necklaces, bracelets, crowns, and chain links to
wear while swimming.

“The whole night was filled with smiles and laughter. The kids, lifeguards, coaches and parents had a really great time, and I am glad we could host such a fun meet for the teams,” said Riptide Head Coach JT Boyd.

The YMCA Riptide swim team competes regionally and averages around 40 swimmers. The Y team is great for children who want to develop their swim skills or want to be a little more competitive. Swimmers that have participated in the program have gone on to swim at the high school and collegiate level.

“The Y is grateful for all the volunteer parents that helped with the meet on Friday and we are proud of what Y swimmers have accomplished this year and are excited to see what the future holds for them!” says Kameron Kitts Aquatics Director