Lady Eagles Finish 2-2 in Battle of the Bases

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

Cable 12 Will Air All Four Lady Eagles' Softball Games Throughout The Week

Story and Pictures By: Steve Marsh,The Franklin News-Postfnp logo (Cable 12 Media Partner)


Franklin County's varsity softball team finished 2-2 in the sixth annual Battle of the Bases showcase which completed a two-day run Saturday at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex.

Both of the Eagles' setbacks came on Saturday and were to Group 6A South Region Conference 3 rivals: a 5-0 shut-out loss to Cosby and a 10-8 defeat to Thomas Dale.FCHS (2-2) opened the event and its 2015 season with a 10-0 victory over Blacksburg in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the slaughter rule.

sb bbasesAlso on Friday, the Eagles pounded Albemarle 19-9 in a contest that was halted after five innings because of the slaughter rule.•In the victory over Blacksburg, FCHS scored all of its runs in two frames: six runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.In the fourth, the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate and scored all of their runs with two outs.

The highlight of the inning was Ashley Keith's grad-slam home run. She was FCHS's ninth batter of the frame.Scoring ahead of Keith's blast were Ni Ni Dillard, Olivia Scalf and Madison David.Logan Barbour led off the inning with a double and she scored on a two-out single by Sara Brown.

Scalf and Dillard also collected hits in the frame. Dillard's single brought Brown home.David drew a walk to load the bases and set the stage of Keith's grand slam.Barbour opened the sixth with a single and advanced on a base hit by Amber Mills.Also, the Eagles benefited from two Bruins errors and a bunt single by Scalf.Blacksburg managed three hits -- all singles -- off winning pitcher Casey Burton.Burton's complete-game shutout featured four strikeouts. She walked on batter.•In the 10-run victory over Albemarle, FCHS sent 21 batters to the plate in the first two innings: 11 in the first and 10 in the second.

The Eagles manufactured 13 runs in those two frames: seven in the first and six in the second.Barbour and Lauren Weidig drove in runs with base hits in the first inning.In the second, FCHS took advantage of a double by Mackenzie Chitwood, a single by Barbour, a base hit by Weidig, an RBI double by Brown and a two-run double by Scalf.

In the third, FCHS generated a run courtesy of singles by Weidig, Mills and Scalf.Mills drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single. In the fifth, Barbour drove in two runs with a double and later scored the Eagles' final run.FCHS employed three pitchers: Burton, Madison Brown and Carla Hall.Albemarle finished the game with eight hits, including three by lead-off batter Brooke McAllister.

The Patriots tallied four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.Cosby defeated FCHS for the third time in three games played.Each of Cosby's wins is by shutout, each by a 5-0 count.The Titans and the Eagles met in last year's showcase and also faced off in the inaugural Conference 3 tournament championship game.Cosby is a season removed from a 24-1 finish.bbases c12

That one loss came in the Group 6A state championship game to South County.Cosby scored twice in the second inning,once in the third and twice in the fourth.Keith collected two hits to pace the Eagles, while Chitwood (double), Weidig (double) and Mills each registered a hit.FCHS opens Piedmont District play Tuesday against George Washington-Danville.Game time in Danville is 5 p.m.

The Eagles' next home game is Friday against district rival Magna Vista at 5 p.m.

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Former Long Time Chevrolet Dealer Gil Farmer Passes Away

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gil farmerRocky Mount, VA - For decades, it was hard to drive south on Main Street and not see shiny, new, cars lined up in the lot of Gil Farmer Chevrolet.

The Gil Farmer Chevrolet tradition ended in 1995, but the space once occupied by Farmer's Dealership still serves as a service station and tire shop today.

On Saturday, Farmer himself passed away at the age of 87.

According to Farmer's obituary, he died at his home in Rocky Mount surrounded by

Farmer, age 87, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at home in Rocky Mount, VA surrounded by family. 

Gil was a Rocky Mount resident for 48 years, working in the auto business for all of his working life, his obituary said.

Visitation will be held on Thursday March 26, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center 665 South Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.


Appalachian Power Completes Repairs at SML Dam

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

aep damSmith Mountain Lake, VA - (From Cable 12 Media Partner The Franklin News-Post) File photo/2013 - Jamey Singleton

Appalachian Power has completed repairs to a floating boat barrier that flipped underwater near the Smith Mountain Lake Dam last month.

The barrier's top section was knocked over by a combination of ice buildup, snow and wind. The issue was discovered on Feb. 22.Because vertical sections of the barrier were underwater, the structure was harder to see by boaters on the lake surface. However, three companion lighted buoys remained operational and were visible at night.

A contractor for Appalachian repaired and righted the 1,000-foot barrier earlier this week. 

The structure runs between the Bedford and Pittsylvania county slopes of the Smith Mountain gap, where the dam is located. It is between navigational marker R1 and the dam and was designed to keep boats away from dangerous power generation areas.Appalachian had ordered a new boat barrier and warning system for the location before the winter damage occurred.

The new structure is expected to be in place by fall 2015.


Fansler Announced New Director of YMCA Fund Development

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Rocky Mount, VA - The Franklin County Family YMCA has promoted Andrea Fansler to be the Director of Fund Development with the organization.

andreaFansler has been the Branch Director at the Smith Mountain Lake facility for the last five years. In her new position, she will be leading fundraising efforts for this Non Profit 501(c)(3) organization. In addition, she will continue to coordinate and assist in several special events throughout the year including Oktoberfest and the upcoming first ever “Dam 50k” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Lake.

Andrea and family moved to the lake area in 2005. She has experience working not only for the YMCA and other non-profits but also in education field with ITT Technical Institute. Her career with the Y began in 2007 in Member Services at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.

Through her hard work, motivation and dedication Fansler distinguished herself and was quickly promoted to Branch Director, according to a news release announcing her promotion. She will focus on the Y’s business model. Nationally YMCA’s operate on a model that consists of 15 percent of their annual budget being provided by grants, donations and contributions. Currently only six percent of the Y’s budget is coming from financial support from the community.

Donations are what make it possible for organizations like the YMCA to provide essential programs for the community, the news release explained.

“While we have made great strides in improving the daily operations, the YMCA needs to attract additional funds and contributions in order to meet the operating standards for 10,000 YMCA’s nationwide. I look forward to broadening the community’s knowledge of the importance of the Y’s mission and building a strong foundation for its future,” Fansler said.


Cable 12 Sports to Cover 'Battle of the Bases' Fri, Sat

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The 16-Game Annual F.C. Softball Competition Will Now Start at 2 p.m. With All Games Delayed 2 Hours; Saturday's Games Will Be Delayed by 1 Hour, Coach Forbes Announced Friday 

Story and Pictures By: Steve Marsh -The Franklin News-Post (Cable 12 Media Partner)



bbplease workRocky Mount, VA - Franklin County's varsity softball team opens its season with four games over two days in the sixth annual Battle of the Bases showcase at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex.

The Eagles open the two-day, 16-game event Friday at 2 p.m. when they face Blacksburg. 

At 6 p.m., FCHS plays Albemarle, a former Northwest Region rival of the Eagles.

On Saturday, the Eagles face two Group 6A South Region Conference 3 rivals: reigning Conference 3 champion Cosby at 10 a.m. and Thomas Dale at 6 p.m.

Cosby defeated FCHS in the championship game of last year's Conference 3 tournament.

The Titans reached the championship game of last year's Group 6A state tournament, but fell to South County, 4-1.

The setback was Cosby's lone loss during a 24-1 campaign.Also competing in the showcase are Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), Floyd County, Mountain View, Jefferson Forest, Turner Ashby, Randolph-Henry and Halifax County.

Turner Ashby is a season removed from a Group 3A state runner-up finish and a 25-2 record.

Turner Ashby lost to Brookville 10-4 in the state championship game played at Liberty University in Lynchburg.

FCHS, LCA and Halifax are past champions of the showcase.Among FCHS's returning players are seniors Mackenzie Chitwood and Logan Barbour, both of whom earned All-South Region and All-Conference 3 accolades last year.

Also, returning players Brittany Massey, Ashley Keith, Sara Brown and Madison David were all-conference honorees.

The Eagles are coming off their inaugural campaign in the multi-classification Piedmont District where they advanced to the championship game of the league's postseason tournament. They also played for the title in Conference 3 and advanced to the South Regionals.

Head coach Bryan Forbes, the Eagles' skipper since 2009, needs 10 victories to reach 100 for his career -- he brings a 90-54 career record into the season.FCHS opens Piedmont District play Tuesday at George Washington-Danville


2 p.m. Franklin County vs. Blacksburg Varsity

4 p.m. Liberty Christian vs. Albemarle Varsity

4 p.m. Mountain View vs. Blacksburg Junior Varsity

6 p.m. Franklin County vs. Albemarle Varsity

6 p.m. Floyd County vs. Jefferson Forest Junior Varsity

8 p.m. Floyd County vs. Mountain View Varsity

8 p.m. Jefferson Forest vs. Turner Ashby Varsity


10 a.m. Franklin County vs. Cosby Varsity

10 a.m. Mountain View vs. Albemarle Junior Varsity

Noon Mountain View vs. Randolph-Henry Varsity

Noon  Albemarle vs. Blacksburg Junior Varsity

2 p.m. Halifax County vs. Cosby Varsity

2 p.m. Randolph-Henry vs. Blacksburg Junior Varsity

4 p.m. Halifax County vs. Jefferson Forest Varsity

4 p.m. Floyd County vs. Thomas Dale Junior Varsity

6 p.m. Franklin County vs. Thomas Dale Varsity