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December 2011

Friday December 30, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fire Damages Ararat Mobile Home.mp3

Social Services Dept. Seeks to Meet Heavy Demand for Assistance.mp3

Transition Underway at Treasurer's Office.mp3

New Coalition Seeks to Prolong Uranium Mining Ban.mp3

Jail Inmate Captured.mp3

 

Thursday December 29, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

New School Calendar Adopted.mp3

Board Chairman Vows to Fight Shift of Financial Burdens to Localities.mp3

County and Local Hospital Partner to Provide Insurance Savings to County Employees.mp3

2011 Was Most Expensive Year for Gasoline.mp3

Mother and Son Arrested in Breaking and Entering.mp3

 

Wednesday December 28, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Retiring Supervisor Reflects on Board's Accomplishments.mp3

Marijuana Operation Uncovered.mp3

Floyd Considering Tall Structures Ordinance.mp3

County Preparedness Boosted by Hazard Mitigation Plan.mp3

 

Tuesday December 27, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Winter Coat Drive Underway.mp3

Turnover Audit Begins Today at Treasurer's Office.mp3

Forestry Official Offers Safety Advice to Citizens Who Heat with Wood.mp3

Rich Creek Corporate Access Road Upgraded for State Maintenance.mp3

Del. Poindexter Identifies Key Legislative Issues of 2012.mp3

 

Monday December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 

Friday December 23, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Christmas Fire Safety Tips offered by VDOF.mp3

Food Bank Seeks to Meet Heavy Holiday Demand.mp3

Town Council Adopts Ordinance Regulating Dilapidated Structures.mp3

Del. Poindexter Non-committal on Uranium Mining Issue.mp3

 

Thursday December 22, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Board Chairman Explains Negative Vote on Covered Bridge Grant Application.mp3

Information Sought to Deal with Potential Rabies Threat.mp3

Treasurer's Office Prepares for Turnover Audit.mp3

New Emergency Operations Plan Readied for Distribution.mp3

Trees Planted to Beautify MRRT.mp3

 

Wednesday December 21, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Christmas Cheer Serves About 280 Families and over 500 Children.mp3

Dan River Basin Association Supports Continuation of Uranium Mining Moratorium.mp3

Stuart Fire Department Honors Volunteers and Life Members.mp3

Rep. Griffith Calls on Senate to Compromise on Payroll Tax Extension Issue.mp3

Sheriff's Arrest Report.mp3

 

Tuesday December 20, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Tractor-trailer Accident Victim in Good Condition.mp3

Christmas Bonuses Made Available by Anonymous Donor.mp3

Juvenile Injured in Hunting Accident.mp3

Morgan Sheppard Donates Another $15,000 to PARC Workshop.mp3

Red Bank Ruritans Present Christmas Gifts to 25 Families.mp3

 

Monday December 19, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Runaway Tractor Trailer Accident Injures Driver, Totals Rig, and Dumps Load.mp3

Supervisors Approve Covered Bridge Grant Application on 3-2 Vote.mp3

3 Newly-Elected School Board Members Take Oath of Office.mp3

Report on Uranium Mining To Be Eyed Closely by Patrick.mp3

Del. Poindexter Meets with New Patrick Constituents.mp3


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PATRICK COUNTY

        * DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE AND SHOULDER WORK – Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed during daylight hours on weekdays due work to clean out ditches, repair drainage or work on shoulders on various secondary or primary roads.

###     * ROUTE 103 BRIDGE INSPECTION – Weather permitting, on Thursday, Jan. 5, the Route 103 bridge over Hookers Creek will be inspected.  The bridge is located near Claudville.  Flaggers will control traffic on the bridge during the inspection from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

###     * ROUTE 631 BRIDGE INSPECTION – Weather permitting, on Friday, Jan. 6, the Route 631 (Dobyns Road) bridge over Poorhouse Creek will be inspected. The bridge is located at Stuart.  Flaggers will control traffic on the bridge during the inspection from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

###     * ROUTE 700 BRIDGE INSPECTION – Weather permitting, on Friday, Jan. 6, the Route 700 (Moorefield Store Road) bridge over Mayo Creek will be inspected. The bridge is located near Nettle Ridge.  Flaggers will control traffic on the bridge during the inspection from noon to 5 p.m.

* PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will be patching pavement on various primary and secondary roads throughout Patrick County.  Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.

         * 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 throughout Patrick County.

        * MOWING AND BRUSH CUTTING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing and cutting brush along various roads throughout Henry County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Mobile lane closures may be in place at times on various primary and secondary roads.

 

Friday December 16, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Composite Index Rise Means Increased Local Education Costs.mp3

Board to Revisit Covered Bridge Issue at Special Meeting.mp3

Patrick Among First in State to Provide Next-Generation 9-1-1 .mp3

Patrick County Schools Earn VSBA Awards.mp3

Del. Poindexter to Meet with Constituents in Stuart.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND LIST

1) Beagle mix-male- white black tan-Found on Elamsville Rd
2) Pit-female-white chocolate-has a collar-Found on Unity Church Rd
3) Mix Shepherd -male-white brown-very sweet dog-Johnson Creek
4) Small pup-looks like a German Shepherd but smaller-female-black brown-Found on Willis Gap
5) Basset/Terrier mix -male-white tan- Found on Cox Ridge

REMEMBER TO CALL THE POUND IF YOU ARE MISSING OR WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT A FURRY FRIEND. 276-694-6259

Thursday December 15, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

County Officials Concerned Devolution.mp3

Eagle Scout Recognized by County Board of Supervisors.mp3

Fatal Tractor Accident in Patrick County.mp3

Deputy Secretary of Education Visits MODE.mp3

 

Wednesday December 14, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Ararat Man Faces Multiple Charges after Martinsville Police Chase.mp3

Deadlocked Board Fails to Approve Covered Bridge Grant Application.mp3

Heightened Winter Fire Danger Stressed.mp3

Patrick County Tax Collections On Par with Past.mp3

Patrick Elementary Schools Receive 500 Grants.mp3

Retiring School Board Chairman Honored.mp3

Woolwine Man Charged with Threatening to Burn Residence.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Charged with Burglary and Larceny Crimes.mp3


The Patrick County Health Department will be closed all day on Friday, December 16th for a district training.


Notice of Special Called Meeting, Patrick County Board of Supervisors
PUBLIC NOTICE

This is an official notification that there will be a Special Called Board of Supervisors Meeting Friday, December 16, 2011 at 6pm, in the 2nd Flr. Conference Room at the Patrick County Administration Building, 106 Rucker Street, Stuart, VA, for the purpose of:

(1) Re-visit the Bob White Covered Bridge Application to Apply for funding through the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program from the Federal Highway Administration

The meeting is open to the public.


VIRGINIA STATE POLICE STILL SEEK MOTIVE IN
VIRGINIA TECH MURDER-SUICIDE


BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is continuing its efforts to identify a motive in the murder-suicide that occurred Dec. 8, 2011, on the Virginia Tech campus. State police investigators worked through the weekend and on into this week interviewing family, friends and acquaintances of Ross T. Ashley, 22, in order to piece together his movements and actions leading up to the murder of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

Despite investigators’ non-stop pursuit of this case, there still remains no prior connection or contact between Ashley and Officer Crouse. The Virginia State Police High-Tech Crimes Unit has been extensively reviewing Officer Crouse’s in-car camera video and surveillance video from on and off the campus. State police have secured surveillance video that does place Ashley at a local retail store in the Town of Blacksburg on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 7).

The .40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun used in both shootings was legally purchased by Ashley from a licensed, Virginia gun dealer. He purchased the weapon in January 2011.
(For more information on Virginia law pertaining to the purchase of a handgun, go to http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm). 

Timeline (Please note that times are approximate)
12/7/11 - 11:25 a.m. – At gunpoint, Ashley steals a 2011 white Mercedes SUV from
Gilbert Real Estate in the 600 block of Calhoun Street in the City of Radford.

12/7/11 - 12:11 p.m. – City of Radford Police issue multi-state teletype message to law
enforcement for a “Be on the Lookout” for the stolen Mercedes SUV.

12/7/11 – Later that afternoon, surveillance video places Ashley inside a Town of
Blacksburg retailer. This video was not discovered by investigators until Thursday
(Dec. 8) - when they were conducting their investigation into the murder-suicide.


12/8/11 – 9:30 a.m. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) notifies
Blacksburg Police of an abandoned vehicle parked on a gravel drive near the VTTI
complex. Police immediately respond, confirm the vehicle is the stolen Mercedes SUV
and notify Radford Police.

12/8/11 – 12:15 p.m. –Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse has stopped a car
in the Coliseum parking lot along Washington Street near the intersection of Spring


Road. Officer Crouse is seated inside his unmarked patrol car when Ashley approaches the officer and fatally shoots him. Ashley then flees on foot from the scene.

12/8/11 – 12:45 p.m. - As law enforcement search the campus for the shooting suspect,
a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff spots a male pedestrian walking by himself in the
“Cage” parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. As the deputy drives towards the man, he
momentarily loses sight of him. When the deputy finally reaches the subject, the man is
on the ground and deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

12/8/11 5:20 p.m. - Outside of the Greenhouses, police recover a backpack containing a
wool cap and pullover worn by Ashley at the time of Officer Crouse’s shooting. At this
stage of the investigation, state police investigators have found no connection between
Ashley and a handwritten message on the wall of one of the Greenhouses.

The Virginia State Police, with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement, have executed search warrants during the course of the investigation. Because this is still an ongoing investigation, the warrants remain sealed at this time.

Virginia State Police has been assisted during the course of this active investigation by the Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford City police departments, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and Secret Service.
 

Tuesday December 13, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Board of Supervisors Restores Harding to EDA Board.mp3

School Board Opposes VHSL Realignment Plan Now On Hold.mp3

Two Weekend House Fires Battled by Volunteer Firefighters.mp3

Stuart Man Convicted of Multiple Drug Distribution Charges.mp3


ExxonMobil / Clark Gas & Oil Co., Inc.
Educational Alliance School Grants




Patrick County Schools received $500 grants, for a total of $3,000, from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program which has been designed for local ExxonMobil Distributors and Retail locations to nominate area schools to assist in funding of a special project designed to enhance an educational opportunity for their students.

Clark Gas & Oil has been serving the counties of Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Smyth and Wythe since 1928 with quality Exxon products and services. They enhanced their service to the community by developing a group of convenience stores under the E-Z Stop name in 1981 and expanded their franchise to include On the Run in 2006 and Circle K in 2011.

Blue Ridge, Hardin Reynolds, Meadows of Dan, Patrick Springs, Stuart and Woolwine Elementary Schools were nominated by Clark Gas & Oil Co, Inc., 685 Commerce St – On the Run #105, 124 East Blue Ridge St – Dry Pond Convenience, Owners – Joey Slate & David Sykes, 2236 Dry Pond Hwy and M&M Store, Owners – Ron & Anita Knight, 25652 Jeb Stuart Hwy.

Clark Gas & Oil, On the Run #105, Dry Pond Convenience and M&M Store believe in community involvement as is evidenced through its help and support of civic, volunteer and school programs with the communities they serve.

Congratulations to all our schools for this award and THANK YOU for your efforts on behalf of our most precious citizens.
 


SIGN UP NOW FOR 2012 CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
Submitted by:  USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service & Patrick SWCD

      The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Virginia is encouraging farmers to visit their local NRCS Stuart Field office Now to request conservation technical assistance and apply for possible financial assistance. Farmers can sign up for Farm Bill conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times. The first cutoff date for 2012 funds is February 3, 2012.

      "We're urging producers to get their applications in as soon as possible to be considered for this year's funding" said Jack Bricker, Virginia NRCS State Conservationist.  "All participants in Farm Bill such as the Environmental Quality Incentives or Wildlife Habitat Incentive Programs are encouraged to visit the office. This fall is a good time to contact your local NRCS Stuart Field office for assistance." 

      "We're getting back to our roots with conservation planning," says Bricker. "Conservation planning is the vital first step in understanding natural resources on your land and opportunities to protect and enhance those resources.  The conservation plan is based on the landowner's goals to improve the productivity, sustainability and profitability of their operation. It can also serve as a roadmap to a variety of technical and financial assistance options through the Farm Bill as well as other programs.

      Those who are interested in Farm Bill programs should work with the local NRCS Stuart Field office to identify and plan the conservation measures they want on their land, says Joshua Dodson, District Conservationist for Patrick County.  If you have developed a conservation plan with NRCS you already have the conservation planning step completed. If you are applying for these programs for the first time you should schedule a field visit or meeting with Joshua Dodson to discuss your options before moving forward. Joshua can help you develop a conservation plan, identify conservation measures and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available.

      To learn more about 2012 conservation programs or develop a quick conservation plan, contact Joshua Dodson, NRCS district conservationist for Patrick County.  Please stop by the NRCS Stuart Field office in the USDA Service Center located on Stonewall Court in Stuart along with the Farm Service Agency and Patrick County Soil and Water Conservation District or call 694-3121 ext. 103.

 

Monday December 12, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Supervisors Meet Tonight.mp3

Christmas Cheer Boosted by Cut-A-Thon.mp3

Digging of New Well at MODE Will Begin This Week.mp3

VA Tech Gunman Linked to Radford Crime.mp3

PCEF Partners to Boost Education in Rural VA.mp3

Uranium Mining Moratorium Issue Faces Legislators.mp3

Del. Poindexter Schedules Pre-Legislative Session in Stuart.mp3

 

Friday December 9, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

7 Indicted for Conversion of Leased Property.mp3

Latest Va Tech Shootings Shock Local Parent of a Student.mp3

Rep. Griffith Request Prayer for Hokie Nation.mp3

Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates New PCHS Facilities.mp3

Rt. 58 Improvements Advanced.mp3

Weiss Speaks Out on EDA Controversy.mp3


Local Woman's Inspiring Story
by Brenda Puckett

A young lady, 36, who's name is Jeannie Frisco lives in Stuart, Va, has been fighting pain for a year finally her femur bone was so brittle it broke so she then found out she had bone cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma).
She went to Baptist where she found out it was 4 stage she had 40 some tumors in her lungs. She had surgery which a rod was placed in her leg.
Now about a year of chemo and radiation on her leg. She has been told no more tumors which is great. But the main reason I am let you know this I think if more people hear her story it will help them.
You see she was going to college and it put her behind but she never gave up She has chemo 24 hrs at Baptist then about 21 days later she has 7 days of chemo back in Baptist. Thru all of this and being sick, blood work being terrible she still went to college also some on the computer and now she will be graduating this Saturday at Averett University with a Bachelor degree of Business Admin.
You can also go on her web site www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeanniefrisco to read about it.
I am hoping maybe this will change the way people look at life. Thank you


ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW USDA NRCS DISTRICT CONSERVATIONIST IN STUART



Joshua Dodson is the new District Conservationist for the Stuart field office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly Soil Conservation Service). Josh grew up in the Northern Neck of Virginia in Northumberland County. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Environmental Science from Virginia Tech. Josh comes to us from NRCS in Chatham, VA where he worked as the TMDL coordinator for the Southern Rivers region. He also worked for Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District in Tappahannock, VA as an Agricultural Water Quality Specialist, the Richmond County Health Department in Warsaw, VA as an Environmental Health Specialist, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in Virginia Beach, VA as a Confined Animal Feeding Operations Inspector, and Synagro in Phoenix, AZ as a Technical Services Manager.

As District Conservationist, Josh will be overseeing the Stuart Field Office operations, conservation planning, and contract administration. Josh's passion is helping landowners make the best decisions with regard to the conservation and stewardship of their land. During his free time, he enjoys watching all sports, especially Virginia Tech.
 To meet Josh and learn about all the NRCS programs, please stop by the NRCS Stuart field office located in the USDA Service Center along with the Patrick County Soil and Water Conservation District and Farm Service Agency in Stuart on Stonewall Court behind Stuart Baptist Church or contact the office at 276-694-3121.


EVIDENCE CONFIRMS CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO
FATAL SHOOTINGS ON VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS


BLACKSBURG, Va. – Ballistics evidence testing has officially linked the two fatal shootings that occurred Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8, 2011) on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Testing conducted by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has confirmed that both victims were shot by the same weapon.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse had a vehicle stopped in the Coliseum parking lot along Washington Street near the intersection of Spring Road. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Crouse was approached by an unknown male and fatally shot. The male subject then fled on foot from the scene.

Virginia Tech Police, Blacksburg Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene and began canvassing the campus for the shooting suspect. At approximately 12:45 p.m., a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a male pedestrian in the Cage parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. When the deputy reached the male subject, he found the man on the ground and deceased with a handgun nearby. The two shooting scenes are less than a half of a mile apart.

The bodies of both Officer Crouse and the male subject were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. State police are still awaiting confirmation of the male subject’s identity.

Virginia State Police have been able to review Officer Crouse’s in-car video. The video captured a male subject with a handgun at the officer’s car at the time of the shooting. Later Thursday afternoon, Blacksburg Police recovered a discarded backpack at the Greenhouses on the Virginia Tech campus. The clothing found inside the backpack is similar to the clothing worn by the male subject in the officer’s video.

The Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and Christiansburg police departments, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have assisted Virginia State Police with the ongoing investigation.

 

Thursday December 8, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Accidents Investigated.mp3

Patrick County Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1% in October.mp3

School Board to Recognize Perfect SOL Scores.mp3

 

Wednesday December 7, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Harris Says EDA Controversy Is an Embarassment.mp3

Love Light Tree Dedicated to Continue 27 Year Tradition.mp3

Second Stuart Man Dies Making Bassett Accident Double Fatality.mp3

Bassett Man Convicted of Arson and Burglary Charges.mp3

 

Tuesday December 6, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Buddy Benefit Successful and Transplant Recipient Hopes to Be Home for Christmas.mp3

Ribbon Cutting Opens New Spencer Primary Care Medical Clinic.mp3

Supervisor Boyce on EDA Controversy.mp3


TOYS FOR TOTS

WHEO is proudly participating in “Toys for Tots” this year. Bring your new unwrapped toy to WHEO at 3824 Wayside Road and place it in the donation box.
The donation box will be picked up December 14th 2011.
Help Make Christmas special for a child in our community this year.

“Toys for Tots” is a nonprofit organization, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
For more information visit www.toyfortots.org or call 276-694-3114.
 

 

Monday December 5, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Hometown Hero's Christmas Parade Draws Thousands.mp3

Local Push Underway for Toys for Tots.mp3

Removal of EDA Member by Supervisors Called Illegal.mp3

Cause of Mobile Home Fire Under Investigation.mp3

Athletic Official Wary of Redistricting Proposal.mp3

MODE Gets Gift from Patrick County Youth Builders.mp3

MODE Receives Support in Renewing Library After Fire.mp3

Arson Suspect Arrested in Bassett Plant Fire.mp3

Vigil Held for Murder Victims.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1) Corgi-neutered male-golden & white-has a microchip- Found in Ararat
2) Beagle mix-male-white black brown-Found in Woolwine
3) Small German Shepherd type-female-puppy,black & tan-Found on Willis Gap Rd
4) American Bulldog-male-puppy, very sweet boy-brown white-Found on Fish Farm Lane

Remember to call the pound if you are missing or would like to adopt a furry friend.
276-694-6259
 

Friday December 2, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fire Destroys Woolwine Mobile Home as Occupants Escape Unharmed.mp3

Fatality Victim Identified.mp3

County Withholds Payment of Disputed Veterinary Bill.mp3

Suspect Arrested in Patrick County Burglary Case.mp3

Hometown Hero's Christmas-Themed Parade Set for Saturday.mp3

Tax Deadline Nears.mp3

Lipitor Users Benefit from Patent Expiration.mp3

 

Thursday December 1, 2011

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Man Critically Injured in Fatal Crash.mp3

Highway Matters Addressed by Board of Supervisors.mp3

Athletic Redistricting Plan Proposed to VHSL.mp3

Henry County Fatality Is Among 9 Thanksgiving Day Weekend Traffic Deaths.mp3

Stuart Man Wanted on Drug Charges in Martinsville Arrested.mp3

 

 

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