Ferrum Falls to Averett on New Turf

Written by Kevin Tosh. Posted in News


FERRUM, Va. -- Chase Bailey's 35-yard field goal in overtime capped a 24-0 run and gave Averett University a 31-28 come-from-behind USA South football over Ferrum College this afternoon at W.B. Adams Stadium. Ferrum was playing its first game on campus this season now that the field turf project was completed.

Averett (2-6, 2-3 USA South), Ferrum (2-7, 2-4 USA South)

How It Happened
On Ferrum's first drive of the game, Jake Salisbury intercepted an errant Troy Helton pass and returned it to the Ferrum one yard line, where Ray Brown plunged in to give Averett a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Panthers regrouped to score rushing touchdowns byJoseph Barton and D'Andre Cook and Ferrum led 14-7 at halftime. Helton and Harvey Taylor then scored rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and the Panthers led 28-7. Averett mounted a furious comeback, scoring three touchdowns; Travis Jones on a 14-yard run, Brenden Hughes on a 6-yard pass from Kelly Hall and Jones again on an 11-yard run. Ferrum had possession first in the overtime period, where Helton was picked off on third and eight. Hall then drove the Cougars to the Ferrum 15 yard line, setting up Bailey's game-winning kick.

Key Stats
Averett: Hall 21-27 passing, 275 yds, 1 TD, 1 int; Myles Bennett 8 rec, 115 yds, 1 TD; Dintae Gilbert 10 tackles; Salisbury 8 tackles, 1 int
Ferrum: Helton 26 rushes, 106 yds, 1 TD; Shy Smith 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 int

Senior Day '15
Prior to the game, a Senior Day ceremony was held to honor eight graduating Ferrum football players; Thomas BettsDillon ChristianHunter FergusonMichael HunterCorbin KingChris RogersChris Shelton and Bryan Smith.

Next Up for Ferrum
Coach Dave Harper's team wil close out the season Saturday, Nov. 14, on the road against North Carolina Wesleyan College. The USA South game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.


Exchange Milling Operating At Six Mile Post Location After Fire

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mill fireROCKY MOUNT - Exchange Milling on Franklin Street is now operating out of their location on Six Mile Post Road following a massive fire during the early morning hours of Sunday.

The building is a total loss and what's left of it will have to be torn down, town officials say.

The cause of the fire, which could be seen for blocks, has not been determined, but the Fire Marshal hopes to know something within the week.

Exchange Milling has been around since the 1930s and was a fixture in the Rocky Mount area.

Fire fighting crews from Rocky Mount, Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Ferrum, Glade Hill, along with Franklin County Public Safety, the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department were all on the scene of the fire, which continued burning well into Sunday.

Crews were first alerted to the blaze after a 9-1-1 call around 1:29 a.m. Sunday.

There were no injuries in the fire. 



Popular Rocky Mount Teacher Dies in 220 Crash Tuesday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

minnickBOONES MILL - Dona Minnick, a third grade teacher at Rocky Mount Elementary School died suddenly in head-on car accident on Route 220 near Boones Mill Tuesdsay.

Friends and family say Minnick taught at RMES for 20 years.

State Police aren't saying much at this time.  

Authorities say a car crossed the center line of 220 near Grassy Hill Road and collided with another car Tuesday. State Police say it's unclear which car Minnick was in at the time of the accident.

Prayers, well wishes, and memories are flooding the school Facebook page today as the community comes to gribs with the tragedy.

Cable 12 will bring you further updates as information becomes available.



Three Dog Night Concert at Harvester Rescheduled After Sudden Death of Founding Band Member

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

wellsROCKY MOUNT - Due to the sudden death of Three Dog Night founding memeber Corey Wells, their concert that was scheduled for November 21 has been moved to January 29.

The Harvester Performance Center says you can keep your tickets for the rescheduled date.

Refunds are available upon request. If you have questions, you can call the Harvester 540-484-8277 or e-mail your info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In an e-mail announcement, the Harvester said, "Thank you for your patience and understanding, our thoughts and prayers are with Cory's family."

Wells was 74 years old and had been suffering from acute back pain weeks ago. 


Two Arrested for $97,000 Worth of Stolen Property

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

bothFRANKLIN CO. - The Franklin Co. Sheriff's Department has arrested two men after recovering $97,300 worth of stolen property.

Robert A. Hunter, III, 37, and James P. Trent, 27, are being held on federal violation charges in the Roanoke City Jail. 

The stolen property recovered ranges from vehicles to tools, guns, trailers, lawn mowers, a tractor, and numerous ATV's. 

The investigation also led into Henry and Charlotte Counties. 

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