R. Rex Stephenson Archive Available for Purchase

Written by Kevin Tosh. Posted in News

USOWilletteRexCable 12 has generously found and converted many of the videotapes he has of BRDT or other Stephenson related productions. One copy of each DVD will be housed at Ferrum College; a second copy of each DVD will become part of the permanent collection at the Franklin County Public Library.

As additional titles become available, I will update this order blank.

If you would like to own all or part of the collection, you may order as many titles as you wish at $20.00. That cost includes standard shipping and taxes. Remember we filmed these productions in the theatre; they have the virtues and limitations of that situation.

If you have questions about this project, please contact Jody Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click here to view and download order form. 


YMCA Gets its Edge

Written by Kevin Tosh. Posted in News

yedgeThe YMCA announced today that the Edge fitness will combine with the YMCA.

Rocky Mount, Va. (October 23, 2014) – The Franklin County Family YMCA and The Edge fitness will be combining their group exercise programs to offer a large expansion to the YMCA’s wellness programming. On November 1st The Edge will move to the Rocky Mount Y facility and introduce the “YEdge” fitness program. These classes will join the “YFit” group exercise schedule already in place with no extra charge for YMCA members.

Christy Hodges-Ploch owner of The Edge fitness and realtor with Re/Max says "My team of 6 experienced instructors will offer a variety of exciting new classes to Y members. I think it will be great for the community to have so many wonderful fitness resources in one location. It’s a win-win for the community."

The Edge fitness is known for its high energy and multi-level classes that will compliment some of the Y’s tougher classes as well as its more low impact offerings. Christy Hodges-Ploch is certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer. The Y has locations in Rocky Mount, Smith Mountain Lake and Ferrum. Amenities in these facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts, group exercise classrooms, weight training machines, cardio equipment and child watch areas for children.

“I am extremely excited to have The Edge join the Y family. We have some great classes and this allows us the opportunity to give even more to our members,” says Pam Turman Fitness Director at the YMCA. 

To kick off the merger, an Edge Fitness showcase will be held on Saturday November 1st from 9:00am to 10:15am and feature a sampling of many of the new classes being offered at the YMCA. The showcase will be free to the community and everyone is invited to attend. Immediately following the showcase the Y will be hosting a “Party in Pink” fundraiser event for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event organized by Alla Scott and featuring Zumba instructors from the Edge and the YMCA will begin at 10:30am.

Tickets at the door will be a donation of $7 and advance tickets available at the YMCA will be $5. Jim Currie CEO of the YMCA says “This is another step in the Y’s growth and an example of the Y’s commitment to offering “cutting edge” programs to the community.”

For more information on the new classes call the YMCA at 540-489-9622.


Franklin County Library Veteran's Day Presentation

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In conjunction with Veteran's Day please join us for an author presentation and public showing of the film "Always Faithful;" a feature length documentary about the U.S. Marine Corps dog teams on the front lines of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Author Jane Smith will also discuss her book "A Soul For Amicus." Copies of the book will be offered for sale with half of the proceeds benefiting the U.S. War Dogs Association and the Wounded Warrior Project.

When: Thursday, November 6, 6:00pm at Main Rocky Mount Library
Where: Thursday, November 13, 2:00 pm at Westlake Branch Library
Franklin County Public Library
Cost: FREE
Contact: (540) 483-3098 opt. 3


Franklin County Board of Supervisors Collective Statement on the Passing of Board Chairman David R. Cundiff

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It is with deep sadness that the Franklin County Board of Supervisors mourns the loss of its Chairman, David R. Cundiff.  The County and the Commonwealth of Virginia have lost a valuable leader, elected official, friend, colleague, career law enforcement officer, advocate for enumerable rural and agricultural issues, and champion for anything that would make Franklin County a better community for the generations to come. 

David was a bold and decisive leader who worked tirelessly to bring the Board of Supervisors together to achieve a consensus on issues that were frequently difficult while striving to assure all the stakeholders were being heard on every topic by their elected representatives.  David’s legacy of public service and leadership will be remembered by all who knew him.  A man of David’s stature will be missed by many, many people.

The Board’s thoughts and prayers are with David’s wife and son as well as his entire family and pray that fond memories will comfort all who loved him as they grieve this great loss.