August 2013

 Friday August 30, 2013


Counseling and Crisis Services Offered Students Following Tragic Death of PCHS Senior.mp3

Holiday Weekend Brings Boosted Enforcement Efforts.mp3

Heavy Labor Day Weekend Traffic Congestion in Hillsville.mp3

Hillsville Man Injured in Kibler Valley Auto Crash.mp3

Patrick County Schools, BB&T team up to provide art supplies

Stuart, VA – Patrick County Schools are teaming up with volunteers from BB&T to provide art supplies for the schools. Associates from BB&T Stuart Office and Meadows of Dan Office will volunteer 75 hours of their time during August and September to help in each of the elementary schools.

The Patrick County elementary art teachers are so appreciative for the new art supplies. Linda Daumen, art teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary and Woolwine Elementary Schools, said “ the supplies will be put to use right away. The art teachers are always looking for ways to stretch their supply budget in order to give our students a good variety of art media and tools to work with.”

Patrick County Schools and BB&T invite other members of the community to join them as they work to help the schools provide the best education possible for all students. To volunteer or for more information, contact the principal of the school where you would like to volunteer.

“We wanted to work with the Patrick County Schools because of the great work they do in educating our children” said Laurie Boyd, Assistant Vice President. “Each of us has children or relatives with children in school. We’re proud to team up with them and help in any way we can.”

The BB&T volunteers are taking part in the company’s fifth annual Lighthouse Project. The teams have each selected a project to assist a non-profit agency to complete during May or June to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. BB&T hopes their efforts encourage others in the community to volunteer their time and support organizations such as Patrick County Schools.

BB&T associates have donated over 200,000 hours in volunteer service and affected the lives of over 6 million people as part of the BB&T Lighthouse Project, since its inception in 2009. Associates overwhelmingly voted to bring back the initiative this year. For more information about the Lighthouse Project, go to www.bbt.com/bbt/lighthouseproject/

 Thursday August 29, 2013


18-Year-Old Stuart Man Killed in Logging Accident.mp3

Commonwealth's Attorney Will Not File Petition Against Mangrum and Morris.mp3

Cost Share Funds Available for Improved Water Quality.mp3

Patrick County's Unemployment Rate Up for 3rd Consecutive Month.mp3

Student Enrollment Tops 2,500 on 10th Day.mp3

Classes for Older Adults Slated.mp3


Motorists Reminded to Focus on Road & Vehicle Safety

If the extended holiday has you and your family traveling to the mountains, lake or beach, keep your road trip safe by buckling everybody up, driving distraction free and complying with posted speed limits. As part of the Labor Day interstate safety efforts, Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols and targeting motorists who drive aggressively, impaired or recklessly. This year, the concentrated enforcement campaign begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, and concludes at midnight Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. During the 2012 Labor Day weekend, six individuals died in six crashes through the four-day holiday statistical counting period. None of the individuals was wearing a seatbelt. Sixteen individuals were killed in traffic crashes in 2011.*

“Wherever your vacation plans take you, the most important first step to beginning that road trip is to use a seatbelt,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Your best offense is to drive defensively. Make sure you, your family and friends get to your destination by paying attention to the road, obeying the speed limit and never driving impaired.”

The concentrated enforcement effort is part of Virginia State Police’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E., a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use seatbelts. In 2012, Virginia State Police arrested statewide 112 drunk drivers as a result of the four-day Labor Day weekend. Troopers cited 8,274 speeders and 2,464 reckless drivers. They also issued 719 citations for adults who failed to buckle up, and 253 tickets to adults who failed to properly secure a child/infant in a car seat. Additionally, state police investigated 731 crashes statewide.

With the increase in patrols, motorists are reminded to keep first responders safe by adhering to Virginia’s “Move Over” law. Implemented in 2002, the law requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also applies to highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

Focus on Safety ~ Tips for a Safe Trip
If you do plan to getaway, take the time to ensure your car, SUV, or pickup is in proper working order. Prevention and planning are much easier than the consequence or danger of dealing with a breakdown on the side of the highway. Here are a few simple safety checks/tips before you head out the door: **
• Check tire pressure - including the spare – as well as the tires tread for any excessive or irregular wear. To get an accurate reading, check air pressure when tires haven’t been driven on in three hours. Consult your vehicle owner manual for the correct tire pressure.
• Look under the vehicle’s hood to inspect hoses and belts for any tears, cuts or blisters in the rubber.
• Make sure all lights – including turn, brake, headlights, emergency flashers – are working properly.
• Check vehicle’s fluid levels and make sure each reservoir is full and there are no leaks.
• Examine wiper blades. If there is any extreme wear or tears, invest in new ones.

 Wednesday August 28, 2013


Citizen Call for Special School Board Meeting Declined.mp3

Program Identifies and Develops Community Leaders.mp3

Almost 300 Kids Signed Up for Recreation League Soccer.mp3

Deer Feeding Ban Begins Sept. 1st.mp3

Hatcher's Chapel Rd. Will Be Closed to Through Traffic.mp3


 Tuesday August 27, 2013


Sites for Proposed Sheriff's Office Firing Range Toured.mp3

Nicholas Goad Named Best All-Around Performer at Galax .mp3

Trinity Christian School Begins New School Year Today.mp3

Single-Vehicle Crash Causes Minor Injuries to Driver.mp3

Stuart Woman Charged with Identity Fraud and Credit Card Theft.mp3


Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays. The town’s popular event will be held Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

Thousands of visitors are expected to converge on a one-mile section of Route 58 Business in Hillsville. As a result, sidewalks will be crowded with pedestrians and bumper-to-bumper traffic will be moving at a crawl throughout the area. Drivers should use extra caution, watch for police directing traffic and pay attention to electronic message boards in the area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation advises travelers of the following traffic information:

Interstate 77 - exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax).
Those planning to attend the Flea Market and Gun Show are encouraged to take I-77 and use exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax) onto Route 58 Business. Congestion is expected on I-77 in this area and police may be directing traffic at the exit 14 and Route 58 Business interchange to promote safe travel. Traffic will be directed onto Route 714 (Old Galax Pike) to help alleviate congestion. Motorists should watch for stopped vehicles in this area. Westbound Route 58 Business traffic will be reduced to one lane approaching the I-77 interchange from Old Galax Pike.

Route 58 Bypass western interchange with Route 58 Business

Motorists using Route 58 Bypass’ western interchange to exit onto Route 58 Business should use extreme caution and watch for heavy traffic congestion. Those not attending the event and traveling westbound on the bypass should use the left lane to avoid exiting vehicles. Drivers are advised not to park on the Route 58 Bypass or on the ramps onto Route 58 Business. “No Parking” signs will be posted around the interchange.

Route 52
Route 52 event traffic can use Route T-780 (Howlett Street) or Route T-1020 (West Grayson Street). Northbound Route 52 traffic will not be permitted to turn left onto westbound Route 58 Business. Southbound Route 52 traffic will not be allowed to make right-on-red turns onto westbound Route 58 Business.


 Monday August 26, 2013


BOS Ponders Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance Program.mp3

BOS Meeting Schedule.mp3

Historic Assessors Look At Preservation of Reynolds Homestead Property and Collections.mp3

Labor Day and School Year Safety Promoted by DMV.mp3

Peach Cook-Off Winners Announced.mp3

VDOT Roadwatch.mp3

Cub Scout Awards Cookout and Creek event

At their Cub Scout Awards Cookout and Creek event last week, Cub Scout Pack 2611 made a donation to Stuart Volunteer Fire Department. Special thanks to the community and scouts for their support through a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for the Fire Dept. 
Pictured are Sandra Heath and Stephanie Epperson, on behalf of the Pack, presenting a check to Stuart Volunteer Fire Department members Buddy Dollarhite, Blair Clark and Terry Tilley at Dehart Park.  Also pictured are Cub Scouts Elian Pendleton, Toby Perkins, Quentin Perkins, Adalai Martin, Zach Heath, Noah Shoaf, Joshua Wright, Andrew Vipperman, Justin Epperson, Mitchell Wimbush, Anthony Carter and Benjamin Vipperman.


Submitted by: Patrick Soil & Water Conservation District

The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District has been allocated cost share funds through Virginia’s Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) Program to help improve water quality in Patrick County. These funds are made available through appropriations by the Virginia General Assembly and are derived entirely from state sources.

Eligible Best Management Conservation practices include but are not limited to: Grazing Systems, Reforestation of Erodible Crop and Pasture Land, Permanent Vegetative Cover on Cropland, Cover Crops, and Waterways. Please stop by the District office for a complete list of Best Management Practices’ that are eligible for assistance, which is located in the USDA Service Center behind Stuart Baptist Church. BMP’s are cost-shared on a percentage basis up to 100 percent or flat rate incentive payments.
Each BMP application will be ranked and funded according to a simple BMP ranking criteria approved by the Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Priority will be given to land with the highest water quality improvements. Other program requirements and restrictions vary per practice. SWCD’s administer the voluntarily best management practice (BMP) program to encourage farmers to use BMP’s on their land to better control sediment, nutrient loss, and transportation of pollutants into our waters from excessive surface flow, erosion, and leaching.

Those interested in cost-share assistance are encouraged to apply now during the sign up period. To schedule a field visit or for further details , please contact Tony Collins or Sandra Heath at the Patrick SWCD at (276) 694-3121, ext 3 or by stopping by the District office, which is located in the USDA Service Center at 135 Stonewall Court behind Stuart Baptist Church along with the USDA Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service offices.

CAPTION FOR PICTURE: Pictured above is a watering trough installed for livestock after fencing out streams, one of the many best management practices available through agricultural cost-share and the Patrick County Soil and Water Conservation District.


 ROUTE 58 LINE MARKING REMOVAL – Lane closures will be in place for line marking removal on Route 58 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Flaggers and a pilot truck will control traffic.

ROUTE 645 BRIDGE REPAIRS – Flaggers will control traffic on Route 645 (Hatchers Chapel Road) Monday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Aug. 29, for bridge repairs.

MOWING AND BRUSH CUTTING – Weather permitting, crews will work along various roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays. Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

SURFACE TREATMENT (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will apply surface treatment on weekdays during daylight hours on various routes throughout Patrick County. Lane closures will be in place with pilot trucks and flaggers controlling traffic.

UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.

 Friday August 23, 2013


Town Council Receives Petition to Save Old Town Office from Demolition.mp3

5th Day PCPS Enrollment Off 18 Student from Last Year.mp3

Technology Used to Track Progress of PC Students.mp3

Accident Victims in Good Condition after 8 Days in Hospital.mp3

Turnout Light for Results Stuart Career Fair.mp3


 Thursday August 22, 2013


Mangrum Responds to Citizen Petition for His Removal from Board.mp3

Patrick County Students Adjusting to Challenges of More Rigorous SOLs.mp3

2 Patrick Countians Remain Hospitalized a Week after 2-Vehicle Crash.mp3

BOS Meeting Change Announced.mp3


The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce and the Reynolds Homestead are cosponsoring the county’s first Leadership Training Class. Leadership Patrick County is an innovative program designed to develop the leadership potential of young adults in the county. The program identifies emerging leaders, ages thirty-five and under, and broadens their perspectives on civic leadership and community issues through direct interaction with community leaders and agencies in our area.
This nine-month program will give students a chance to interact with community leaders and institutions. Each full-day monthly session will focus on different aspects of the community, including town and county government, education, arts, business, nonprofit organizations, and tourism.
The program emphasizes leadership skills through multiple approaches such as site tours, lectures, small and large group discussions, panels, and hands-on activities. The program begins with a retreat focused on team building and identifying leadership styles and culminates with a graduation ceremony to celebrate each participant’s commitment to Patrick County.
The program selects a group of men and women from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, each possessing strong potential as a future community leader.

Those interested need to complete an application which includes a commitment to participate in each session and in an outside-of-class community service project which includes planning, fundraising and beginning the project prior to completion of the class and graduation.

Tuition to Leadership Patrick County is $100 for Chamber members or $150 for non-members. Tuition covers all meals and materials. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 Leadership Patrick County class and are available by contacting either the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce or the Reynolds Homestead.

 Wednesday August 21, 2013


Constituents Allege Nepotism in Effort to Remove Mangrum from School Board.mp3

Students Make Gains on Math SOLs Statewide.mp3

Judge Named in J.E.B. Art Show.mp3

Ferrum Man Arrested After Confrontation with Deputy.mp3


Patrick County Board of Supervisors will not meet on Monday, August 26, 2013. We will be changing the date of the Business meeting for September to Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 6:00 pm; we will meet on Monday, September 23, 2013 as previously scheduled for the Public Hearing on the Subdivision Ordinance.

Patrick County Partnership for the Arts to Hold Annual "Art in the Park"

The Patrick County Partnership for the Arts is holding its annual “Art in the Park” event at DeHart Park, Stuart, Virginia on Saturday, September, 7th. This event is our main fundraiser to assist the Partnership with hosting other events throughout the year.

“Art in the Park” provides students an opportunity to come out and explore art through various activities. Stations are set up with numerous art related activities including crazy hats, marbling, plunger art, weaving, etc. This year we will also have art for sale from various artisans throughout the local area. In connection with the event we hold a 5K for all ages. Creative foods, such as “walking tacos” will be for sale to support the Patrick County Skate Park Committee. Also, an important part of this year’s event will be story time, in which the book “The Energy Bus for Kids” will be read. This book goes over important goals that will provide a positive outlook for the school year as well as life. You may find out additional information on the book by visiting www.energybuskids.com.

If you're unfamiliar with our organization, we are a non-profit organization committed to serving the schools and community through the arts. Some of our other events, include (1) Art Extravaganza which is a county wide student art exhibit open to the public each spring, this event also provides an “Evening with the Arts” and gives the music and drama students opportunity to perform. (2) Arts on Main Gallery & Studio, located in Uptown Stuart is a project of the Partnership that showcases local artist and holds classes throughout the year. The gallery attracts tourist, as they travel through the area. (3) Special projects held, include prop collection for the high school drama department, instrument donation and repair for band students, Battle of the Brushes, and purchase of art supplies for area schools, etc. To learn more about our organization or to registers for this year’s 5K event, visit us at www.pcpoparts.org or join us on facebook. You may also contact us at Arts on Main located at the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce (Open Monday thru Saturday 9:30-4:00) or my mail at Patrick County Partnership for the Arts, P.O. Box 1235, Stuart VA 24171.

PHCC set to expand facilities

Patrick Henry Community College is set to buy the land and buildings currently owned by Arrington Manufacturing, Inc. to expand its motorsports facility and house some other workforce development programs offered by the college.
Arrington Manufacturing owns almost 13.5 acres and two buildings in the Patriot Centre Industrial Park on Route 174 in Henry County, close to the college’s 137 acre campus. The buildings are 51,000 and 53,000 square feet.

The PHCC motorsports program has been housed in the smaller building since 2005. The other building was the home of Arrington Manufacturing, which originally built high performance Dodge truck engines. Arrington Performance, which builds hemispherical combustion chamber engine (HEMI engines) and custom performance parts for late model American muscle cars, classics, and hot rods applications, now occupies that building.

Purchase price for the land and buildings is almost $5.5 million, most of which will be paid for by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Because state funds may only be used to build or purchase buildings and not land, the college will reimburse the state the $234,000 cost for the land. That money was collected through contributions made to the college from the localities it serves (City of Martinsville, counties of Henry and Patrick, and southern portion of Franklin County).
"PHCC recognizes the importance of racing and its economic impact on our community. We have enjoyed meaningful partnerships with Arrington and other race entities including Martinsville Speedway through the years," said PHCC President Dr. Angeline Godwin.

A new building for motorsports has been on the books at PHCC for several years. In 2008, the General Assembly approved an $8.7 million bond issue to build a motorsports technology center, however the college was never able to secure the additional estimated $1.5 million for site development. This makes obtaining the Arrington property even more welcome, Godwin said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a state-of-the-art facility in which to learn high tech hands-on skills in real time. We couldn’t ask for a better location for these programs.”
Students in the motorsports program learn how to build a racecar from the ground up, including the chassis and engine. They also serve as pit crew for the college’s late model car, which currently races at South Boston Speedway. “They learn how to do everything but drive the car,” Godwin said.

Graduates have landed jobs with numerous race-related employers including NASCAR, Bobby Hamilton Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Kevin Harvick Motorsports, Roush Racing, Smart Machines, and others. A number of current students and motorsports graduates are currently employed by Arrington Performance, which will continue to lease space in the larger building under PHCC's ownership.

Other programs which may be housed in the facility include electricity and electronics, and the college’s newly established Mechatronics program, which will prepare students to set up, program and maintain robotic programs. There is a great demand for employees in this field, according to college officials.

Because of the progressive nature of the technology programs which will be located there, under PHCC's ownership portions of the facility will be designated as the Center for Workforce Innovations, Godwin said.

New technology programs, certifications at PHCC

New programs and certifications in technology and medical sciences are available to students registering for classes this fall at Patrick Henry Community College.

The Mechatronics Certification is available to students in the general engineering technologies curriculum. It’s a specialized certification that involves mechanical engineering, electrical or electronic engineering and computer science.

To test for the certification, students will have to take a track of courses to prepare for the Level 1 or Level 2 Mechatronics Certification.

Steve Branch, dean of PHCC’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Division, said many advanced manufacturers are looking for this certification.

“A person who earns this certification will be able to walk into any industry, and without a lot of preliminary training, be adept in setting up complex machines, maintaining them, servicing them, and troubleshooting them,” he said.

Electronics Instructors Rich Wilcox and Daniel Edwards attended an instructor training course this summer and now have their Siemens Mechatronics Certification for instruction. Branch said it was an intense, two-week class, and since then, Wilcox has completed specialized robotics training in mechatronics.

“I’ve already had to add two or three classes this semester because of enrollment,” Branch said, “so I think students understand the value of this curriculum. Once these students get these qualifications and certifications, they’re going to be really marketable.”

In addition to the new classes, a Mechatronics boot camp will also be offered this fall for students who have already graduated and for employees out in the field. It will be a condensed version of career credit classes that lasts six-to-seven weeks.

To find out more, call (276) 656-0354 to reach Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

Two new classes will be offered this year, one in the fall and one in the spring, to prepare students to take the CISCO certification exam. Six instructors at PHCC have their CISCO instructor certification for both courses.

“Networking is the cornerstone of any business, and this certification will ensure students great opportunities in the field with competitive salaries,” Branch said.

Students taking networking courses will have access to a state-of-the-art CISCO lab. PHCC staff worked throughout the summer to setup a 24-workstation classroom with access to professional-grade equipment students would see on the job. The lab is located on the first floor in Walker Building.

Also available this fall is a medical sciences specialization in general studies and a medical sciences certificate, which is a one-year program.

Dr. Noel Boaz, president of Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine (ICSM), initiated the program to serve as a pipeline for students to get prepared for medical school.

The specialization degree is geared toward someone graduating from high school to prepare that student for medical school or another professional school like veterinarian medicine or dental school. This track will also prepare them for entrance exams.

The certificate is designed for students who may have already received a four-year degree in an unrelated field, but they’ve decided they want to enter the medical profession. 

Branch said the curriculum involves a lot of math, biology, chemistry and physics, so it can be a demanding program.

“We still have the specialization in science that students have historically taken to go this route, but this program provides them with a little more rigor to prepare them for those areas,” he said.

These new classes and programs are available now for students at PHCC. Registration is underway and classes start on Aug. 22.

To find out more, visit www.patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 638-8777.


 Tuesday August 20, 2013


$112,000 Appropriation for Police Cars Approved.mp3

Terry Harris Named New Assistant Principal at SES.mp3

Dee Owens Honored to Be New WES Principal.mp3

Mary Sue Terry Reacts to Teacher Reassignments.mp3

Public Alerted to Latest Telephone Scam.mp3


 Monday August 19, 2013


Teacher Reassignments Based on Valid Retaliation Complaints.mp3

Peach Festival Draws Largest Crowd in 26 Year History.mp3

Meadows of Dan Folk Fair Enjoyed Despite Chilly Wet Weather.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Arrested on Grand Larceny Indictment.mp3

VDOT Road Projects Underway This Week.mp3

The Bowl of Lettuce Garden at Patrick Springs Primary

Mrs. Moore's class has been busy the first few days of school surveying their Bowl of Lettuce Garden. The students believe the cool weather and too much rain was responsible for a poor harvest this year. The green beans are still growing and they discovered the largest cucumber they have ever grown, it measured over 18 inches long!! The first of a few tomatoes and onions were also harvested and the flowers were in full bloom. Snack time next week will include green beans with onions, tomatoes and corn bread!!!


* ROUTE 58 LINE MARKING REMOVAL – Lane closures will be in place for line marking removal on Route 58 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Flaggers and a pilot truck will control traffic.

* MOWING AND BRUSH CUTTING – Weather permitting, crews will work along
various roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays. Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

* SURFACE TREATMENT (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will apply surface treatment on weekdays during daylight hours on various routes throughout Patrick County. Lane closures will be in place with pilot trucks and flaggers controlling traffic.

* UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary
non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight
hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.


 Friday August 16, 2013


Teacher Transfers Reversed-Complaints Founded.mp3

Motion to Remove Mangrum to Be Filed in Circuit Court.mp3

Two Airlifted Following Accident.mp3

Social Security Reaches 78th Anniversary.mp3

Convicted Felon Guilty of Weapons-Ammunition Possession Charges.mp3


Students can sign up now for classes at Patrick Henry Community College and visit the campus for advising, registration and help with financial aid.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 21, students are welcome to visit Frith Exhibit Hall for open advising and registration. During both advising sessions, students can enjoy live music, snow cones, popcorn, and free t-shirts are available upon receipt of registration.
Students who have already been admitted to the college and assigned a student ID number may register online at www.patrickhenry.edu where they can also find a fall 2013 class schedule.

Classes to be offered during the fall include accounting, administration of justice, administrative support technology, agriculture, air conditioning/refrigeration, American sign language, architecture, arts, auto body, automotive, biology, building and construction technologies, business administration, chemistry, childhood development, communication study theatre, computer aided drafting, computer science, economics, education, electronics technology, emergency medical services, engineering, English, developmental English, environmental science, geography, geology, healthcare technician, health information management, health sciences, history, horticulture, hotel/restaurant/institutional management, human services, industrial technology, information technology, marketing, mathematics, developmental mathematics, mechanical engineering, motorsports, music, natural science, nursing, philosophy, phlebotomy, physical education and recreation, physics, political science, practical nursing, psychology, recreation and parks, religion, sociology, Spanish, student development, veterinarian, viticulture and welding.
Select courses are offered at the Franklin County Site in the Franklin Center for Advanced Learning Enterprises and at the Patrick County Site. Distance learning courses are also available.

Students can register now for PHCC Uptown classes. Open registration will be at the Artisan Center in Uptown Martinsville on Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by orientation from noon until 1 p.m.
PHCC Uptown classes will be held in convenient uptown locations including Jefferson Plaza and the Artisan Center. Session 1 runs from Sept. 9 to Nov. 15. To find out more, call (276) 656-0300.

To register for classes, students must first complete an application to PHCC and take the placement test. In-state tuition fees are $122.50 per credit hour and $299.10 for out-of-state students.

Financial assistance is available for students who qualify. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for students seeking financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply early.

PHCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with more than 20 colleges and universities across the region. Students who meet those requirements may transfer to senior institutions as a junior. Visit the college website for additional information.
Classes start Aug. 22. Tuition must be paid on the same day as registration. Visit www.patrickhenry.edu for additional information.

 Thursday August 15, 2013


School Board Legal Expenses Questioned by Citizen.mp3

School Board Schedules Closed Meeting on Personnel and Legal Matters (2).mp3

Revised Subdivision Ordinance Readied for Public Hearing.mp3

Teachers Challenged to Incorporate Technology in Instruction.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Multiple Franklin County Felony Indictments.mp3

Drug Cases Tried in Patrick County Circuit Court.mp3


1. Stray black Cocker Spaniel found at intersection of Doybns Rd. and Rye Cove Road.
2. Stray female Pit Bull brown and white found on Mayo Court.
3. Stray Pit mix male white and tan found on Dobyns Road Rd.
4. Stray picked up Saturday night near Jacks Creek Road Male Pit Bull white with brown spots. This dog has two collars on.

If you are missing these dogs or would like to adopt please call us at 694-6259.
Our hours are Mon.-Fri. 1-4 and 10-12 on Sat.


 Wednesday August 14, 2013


New PCPS School Year Begins for Students.mp3

PCPS Applauded for Accomplishments .mp3

County Begins Fiscal Year on Sound Footing.mp3

Bank Robbery Probe Continues.mp3

Drug Distribution Convictions Handed Down in Circuit Court.mp3

Felony Arrest Report.mp3


 Tuesday August 13, 2013


MODE Rebuilding Proceeding Quickly 2 Years after Devastating Fire.mp3

Boyce's Land Offer Moves Firing Range Issue Closer to Resolution.mp3

Heavy Weekend Rains Cause Flooding and Impassable Roads.mp3

PCPS Teachers Inspired by Dr. Stewart Roberson.mp3

Ararat Man Convicted of Multiple Drug Distribution Charges.mp3

The Stuart Farmers Market in Downtown Stuart will be open on the following days this week.

Tuesday 3 pm to 6pm.

Friday 8 am to 12 pm. Drop off your peach festival recipe for the contest.

 Monday August 12, 2013


School Board Questioned about Alleged Offshore Bank Account.mp3

Citizens Group Proceeds with Petition Drive to Recall Board Members.mp3

Schools Put Controversy Aside and Focus on Education.mp3

Security Features for 2 Schools Approved.mp3

Firing Range Issue to Be Revisited by BOS.mp3

Heavy Friday Evening Rains Cause Road Damage.mp3


* ROUTE 58 LINE MARKING REMOVAL – Lane closures will be in place for line marking removal on Route 58 from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Flaggers and a pilot truck will control traffic.

* MOWING AND BRUSH CUTTING – Weather permitting, crews will work along various roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

        * UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays.  Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.


 Friday August 9, 2013


School Board Pressed for Answers by Frustrated Citizens.mp3

Sheriff's Office is Extremely Busy Despite Relatively Low Crime Rate.mp3

Trinity Christian School Kicks Off Fundraising Drive Tonight with Auction.mp3

Call 811 Before You Dig or Excavate.mp3


 Thursday August 8, 2013


3rd Party Investigation of School Personnel Retaliation Complaints Underway.mp3

School Supporters Plan Peaceful Demonstration at Today's Board Meeting.mp3

New Book on J.E.B. Stuart Released.mp3

Ararat Man Charged with Felony Hit and Run-Personal Injury and Other Offenses.mp3


 Wednesday August 7, 2013


Special Project Is Topic of Another Joint BOS and EDA Executive Session.mp3

School Board to Hold 30 Minute Public Comment Period Thursday 6 PM in Veterans Memorial Building.mp3

Results Adding Up to 100 New Jobs.mp3

Many of Patrick County's New Teacher Coming Home.mp3

National Night Out Celebrates Citizen Support of Law Enforcement.mp3

VA Peach Festival Admission Free for First Time Ever.mp3

Stuart Man Escapes Injury in Surry County Tractor-Trailer Mishap.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Larceny and Property Destruction Charges.mp3


School supporters will demonstrate at the August 8, 2013 at the 3:00 pm school board meeting. We are taking back our schools!

We intend to remove Superintendent Dr. Roger Morris, School Board members Ronnie Terry, Bobby Mangrum and Annie Hylton by petition through the circuit court. Petitions will be available for registered voters to sign.

We have calmly asked Morris and these school board members to resign for weeks. They have ignored the public's requests.

This is intended to be a peaceful protest / demonstration!

Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors

Monday, August 12, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Mr. Tom Shepherd
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

• Approval of meeting agenda
• Approval of meeting minutes
• Approval of the Bills, Claims, Appropriations

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The Board will take comments from the citizens


• Ms. Sandra K. Stone, Treasurer; End of the year reports
• Approval of Board Real Estate Postage Request (action requested)
• Approval to appropriate $112,000.00 to the General County Fund (ratify vote)

• Shooting Range

Personnel Matters 2.2- 3711(A) (1) Committee Appointment
Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7)
Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30)
Real Estate 2.2 – 3711 (A) (3)


ACTION: Personal Property Tax Relief Act Resolution

ADJOURN: August 26, 2013


The Reynolds Homestead the Friends of Fairy Stone Park present the Free Range Possums in concert in the amphitheater on Friday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.
The Free Range Possums describe themselves as a “musical conundrum.” Ranging in age from senior high to senior citizen, the FRP draw upon a wide variety of musical interests to create their signature sound.
From Western Swing to Smooth Jazz and everything in between, the Free Range Possums delight audiences with their eclectic music and quirky humor. The band features Bailey Steele on violin, Harper Steele on bass, Tom Steele on guitar and special guest Ron Pendleton on Mandolin.
The concert will be held in the park amphitheater, or in a nearby picnic shelter
in the event of rain. Admission is free, though park entrance fees do apply.

 Tuesday August 6, 2013


Bank Robbery Update.mp3

Citizens Group Spokesman Wants Quick Resolution of Teacher Transfer Issue.mp3

BOS and EDA Joint Closed Meeting Wednesday to Discuss Special Project.mp3

National Night Out Against Crime Hosted by Sheriff's Office.mp3

Patrick County's High Suicide Rate Prompts Community Action.mp3

Claudville Man Charged in Strangulation Wounding.mp3

Stokes County Drug Bust Nets Two Arrests and $8.9-Million in Marijuana .mp3


The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to the 2013 Virginia State Peach Festival, Friday August 16 from 4:00 until 10:00 pm at DeHart Park in Stuart. Join us and celebrate the biggest announcement in the 26 year history of the Peach Festival, Free Admission!

For the 2013 edition of the Virginia State Peach Festival, the Chamber of Commerce has joined with area businesses including Walmart, River Community Bank, BB&T, Brian Jessup & Associates, Carter Bank & Trust, CenturyLink, Mountain Valley Hospice, SunTrust, Stanburn Winery, Surrey Bank & Trust, B99.9, Cooking with Paul, The Enterprise, and WHEO Radio in order to make admission free to the public for the first time ever.

Festival goers will still enjoy everything they have come to love about the Peach Festival including food, crafts, vendors and loads and loads of homegrown peaches; but because of the relationship between the Chamber and the Festival Sponsors, this year admission will be free.

Headlining this year’s festival will be the Legendary Embers. Beach music fans across the world have delighted to their unique sounds for over 50 years. This year’s line up also features the talents of Les Moore and Southern Remedy.

In order to make this event even more family–friendly the Chamber of Commerce has added a Kid Zone, featuring a Jurassic Adventure and a train for the young and young at heart to ride. So bring the family because there will be something for everyone.

We hope everyone joins us for the biggest event of the summer, the Virginia State Peach Festival, Friday August 16 from 4:00 until 10:00 pm at DeHart Park in Stuart and for the first time ever free admission.

The Stuart Farmers Market in Downtown Stuart will be open the following days this week

Tuesday August 6th  3 pm. to 6 pm.

Friday August 9th  8 am to 12 pm.
Come celebrate National Farmers Market week

Saturday August 10th  10 am to 1 pm.

 Monday August 5, 2013


Two Junior School Board Members Favor Reconsideration of Controversial Teacher Transfers.mp3

Several Suspects Sought in Friday's Ararat Band Robbery.mp3

Logging Crew Member Injured in Accident.mp3

Stuart Man Involved in Botetourt County Tractor-Trailer Mishap.mp3

Peach Cookoff Contest Announced.mp3

2nd Peach Cook-Off form.pdf


* UTILITY INSTALLATION – Lane and/or shoulder closures may be in place at various times along Route 686 (Tudor Orchard Road) and Route 694 (Providence Drive) in the
Patrick Springs area. Flaggers may control traffic.

* MOWING AND BRUSH CUTTING – Weather permitting, crews will work along
various roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays. Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

* UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary
non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight
hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.

 Friday August 2, 2013


Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Begins Today.mp3

School Board Chairman Responds to Recall Attempt by Citizens Group.mp3

County Officials Continue to Pursue the Special Project.mp3

Taxpayer Watchdog Group Having Influence Despite Low Involvement.mp3


 Thursday August 1, 2013


Teacher Support Group Seeks Revocation of Superintendent's License and Recall of 3 School Board Members.mp3

Citizen Says School Situation Beyond Board's Ability to Resolve.mp3

New PCHS Athletic Director Has High Hopes.mp3

Fungal Disease Threatens Tomato and Potato Crops.mp3


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