1270AM WEBSITE
NEWS ARCHIVE

February 2013

Thursday February 28, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Superintendent Evaluates Legislative Action.mp3

Public Hearing Set on Sale of Land for New Stuart Fire Department (2).mp3

Town Moves to Address Sewage Plan Problem.mp3

Food Safety Stressed at Reynolds Homestead.mp3

Sen. Stanley Concerned about Financial Burden of Medicaid Expansion.mp3

 

Wednesday February 27, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School School Superintendent Says Budget Cuts Down to Personnel.mp3

Full-Time Animal Control Officer Debated.mp3

Artisan Networking Promoted.mp3

Suspect Accused of 8 Felonies and a Misdemeanor.mp3

Tuesday February 26, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Liaison Committee Meeting Termed Positive.mp3

Weiss and Boyce Engage in Verbal Sparring.mp3

PCPS Updates Smoking Policy.mp3

Clifton Named Branch Manager of Patrick County Library.mp3

 

Monday February 25, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Plans Underway to Secure Courthouse and County Administration Building.mp3

Engineer Excited about Alternate Trail Route.mp3

Pioneer Renovating Hospital, Council Told.mp3

Liaison Committee and BOS Meetings Scheduled for this Evening.mp3

Patrick Racing History Is Remarkable.mp3

Second Henry Countian Arrested in Patrick Burgulary and Larceny Crimes.mp3


Clifton promoted to Branch Manager of the PC Library

Rick Ward, Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Library, announced today that Garry Clifton has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Patrick County Library to fill the vacancy created by Ward’s promotion to Director of the library system. Clifton has been the Bookmobile librarian at the branch for the last twenty years. Before joining the library Clifton managed a bookstore in Collinsville for ten years. He and his wife, Eydie live in Woolwine. Ward also announced that James Martin of Stuart, who has been with the library for seven years, has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of Patrick County Library and both positions will become effective March 1st.

 

Friday February 22, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Town of Stuart Launches Crackdown on Delinquent Taxpayers.mp3

Boyce Wants Equitable Reassessment Part 3.mp3

Rt 58 Bill Passes General Assembly.mp3

2 Franklin County School Employees Charged in Murder for Hire Plot.mp3

Consolidation of Roanoke Postal Distribution Center to Greensboro Accelerated.mp3

Governor Signs Utility Ratemaking Bill.mp3

Motorsports Day Draws Hugh Crowd of Racing Enthusiasts (2).mp3

 

Thursday February 21, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Early Retiree Wants to Meet with School Board .mp3

Pilson to Attend Love the Bus Rally in Richmond Today.mp3

Patrick Fortunate to Have Reverse 911 System, says Capt. Stone.mp3

Rep. Griffith Honored for Manufacturing Support.mp3

Homestead to Host Naked Tree Walk.mp3

Ferrum College Celebrates Centennial.mp3

 

Wednesday February 20, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

PCPS Corrective Action Plan Being Implemented.mp3

Boyce on 2015 Reassessment Part 2.mp3

School Board Approves Personnel Changes.mp3

Town Council to Hear from Delinquent Accounts Committee.mp3

Bassett Man Arrested for Patrick County Burglaries.mp3

Congressman Griffith Explores Magnitude of National Debt.mp3

 

Tuesday February 19, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

County Reverse 911 Notification System Used to Calm Public.mp3

Greenhouse Destroyed by Fire-Cause Investigated.mp3

Retired Teachers Benefit Raises About $2500.mp3

Weekly House and Senate Legislators Reports.mp3


SNOW PICTURES FOR NO SCHOOL TUESDAY

Tuesday February 19, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Patrick County is fortunate to have the capability of providing emergency notification to residents by telephone, according to Captain Ward Stone at the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office. This service is commonly referred to as Reverse 911 because it enables the Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Management Coordinator to call citizens and provide important information pertaining to public safety. Stone said citizens with landline telephones automatically receive Reverse 911 calls, but Reverse 911 can only call cell phones if people with cell phones take a few moments to list their cell phone number in the Reverse 911 system.

“County residents with internet access may list their cell phone number in the Reverse 911 System through the Patrick County internet web site at www.co.patrick.va.us using a personal computer. Once logged on go to bottom center of the home page and click the Global Connect box, enter your email address and create a password, then fill in the requested information. Your address information is required so you can receive Reverse 911 messages pertaining to the area of the county in which you live. The majority of Reverse 911 messages are not sent to the entire county because they pertain only to a limited area of the County. In fact most Reverse 911 messages are sent to only a specific area of the county,” Stone said.

Citizens with a cell phone but without internet access may contact Captain Ward Stone at the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office by calling 276-694-3161 or County Administrator Tom Rose at the County Administration Building by calling 276-694-6094 to have their cell phone number entered into Reverse 911, Stone said.

If a person attempts to list their cell phone number through the County website using an electronic networking means other than those listed above but is unable to, he or she should contact County Administrator Tom Rose at 276-694-6094.

Stone said that a confidentiality agreement exists between Patrick County and Global Connect and that Global Connect will not provide your name, phone number, address, or email address to anyone outside of designated individuals at Patrick County Administration or the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Monday February 18, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Expected 6 Federal Funding Cut Would Have Dire Impact on PCPS.mp3

Route 58 Bill Passes Full Senate.mp3

Boyce Seeks Equitable 2015 Reassessment Part 1.mp3

Prospect Good for County Town Rail Trail Partnership.mp3

Manhunt Suspect Turns Himself In to Authorities.mp3

Retired Teachers Fundraiser Successful.mp3


Sign Up Now for Grassland Reserve Program
Submitted by: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Patrick SWCD


Virginia Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from farmers who wish to protect and improve their grazing lands under the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP). “Some farmers may not realize that this program originally authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill has been extended until September 30, 2013 under the Taxpayer Relief Act.” says NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker.

GRP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to support grazing operators for conservation of the nation’s grasslands. With over 2 million acres of grazing lands in Virginia, “enrollment of land in GRP can have a positive economic and environmental impact by preventing the conversion of grassland to other uses, including crop production and urban development,” says Bricker.

Applications will be ranked on a competitive basis. GRP applications received by March 15, 2013 will be evaluated for 2013 GRP funding; applications received after this date will be evaluated for future GRP funding.
GRP offers funding for perpetual easements and 10-, 15- or 20-year rental contracts. With the easements, landowners receive cash payments while retaining ownership of the land. With the rental contracts, landowners receive annual payments in an amount that is not more than 75 percent of the grazing value established by the Farm Service Agency. The rental rate was $10/acre/year for last year’s contracts.

Certain grassland easements or rental contracts may be eligible for cost-share assistance up to 50 percent for the installation of needed conservation practices on GRP acreage. GRP enrollment permits common grazing practices, haying, mowing or harvesting for seed production, subject to certain restrictions. All participants in GRP are required to implement a grazing management plan approved by NRCS.

Eligible land includes privately-owned grasslands or land located in areas that historically have been dominated by grassland with the potential to serve as a wildlife habitat of significant ecological value or land for which grazing is the predominant use.

During the application process, landowners offer an amount they are willing to accept for the easement. NRCS will use the lower of a market analysis-based geographic area rate cap or the landowner’s offer to determine the payment for the easement. Virginia’s FY13 geographic area rate caps range from $2,500 per acre to $5,000 per acre.

To learn more about GRP, contact your local NRCS Stuart Field office at 694-3121 ext. 103, stop by their office located in the USDA Service Center on Stonewall Court in Stuart behind Stuart Baptist Church or visit the website at www.va.nrcs.usda.gov
 

Friday February 15, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

4 PM Burning Law Effective Today.mp3

Patrick School Officials Frown Upon A-F School Grading Bill.mp3

Plans for Next Reassessment Pondered.mp3

Perry Hughes' Last Day at PCHS.mp3

Exercise as Part of Healthy Lifestyle Promoted.mp3

 

Thursday February 14, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

73-Year-Old Woman Injured in Freak Accident.mp3

Rail Trail Walk Planned by County and Town Officials.mp3

Rt. 58 Bond Bill Passes Senate Committee in Amended Form.mp3

Virtual Academy Brings Online Students into PCPS.mp3

Suspect Arrested in Patrick County ID Theft Case.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Convicted of Burglary Charges.mp3
 



FEB 13 - 23 PCHS EVENTS CALENDAR


Thurs, Feb 14
Eng SOL Retakes

Fri, Feb 15
End of 4th 6 weeks grading
Science SOL Retakes
GBB (A) Magna Vista ~ TBD
Wrestling State Tourn ~ Salem, VA

Sat, Feb 16
Wrestling State Tourn ~ Salem, VA

Mon, Feb 18
Make up day
1st day Spring Sports may practice
Make up SOLs
Cougar Club meeting ~ Library ~ 6:30pm

Wed, Feb 20
All Area Band Auditions ~ Bassett
Hosting BB Semi Finals

Thurs, Feb 21
Report cards

Fri, Feb 22
Jr. Beta leaves for State Convention ~ VA beach

Sat, Feb 23
Jr. Beta returns home from State Convention ~ VA beach
All VA Band Auditions

Tutoring
English (8th grade )~ Mondays
Math ~ Tuesdays
English (9th – 12th grade) ~ Thursdays

Upcoming Events
Feb 26 ~ Crisis Meeting ~ 7:45 am
Feb 27 ~ Buddy pictures
Feb 28 ~ FFA meeting ~ AUD ~ 9 am
March 14 – 17 ~ Sr. Beta Convention
 

Wednesday February 13, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS and EDA Meet Jointly with Manufacturing Prospect.mp3

Boyce Proposes Plan to Address Retired Teacher Issue.mp3

Patrick County Sheriff's Office Unaffected So Far with Ammunition Shortage.mp3

Journalist and Author Pursues Rt. 58 Fascination.mp3

Applications for Real Estate Tax Relief Due Mar. 1st.mp3

Ararat Man Convicted of Malicious Wounding--Court News January.mp3

 

Tuesday February 12, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Charges of Bullying Leveled at Patrick County Supervisor and More from BOS Meeting.mp3

Minor Brush Fires Reported in Advance of 4 PM Burning Law Becoming Effective.mp3

Bishop Honored at Chamber Banquet.mp3

Ward Named Director of Blue Ridge Regional Library.mp3

Stanley's Religious Freedom Amendment Done for this Year.mp3


WARD NAMED DIRECTOR OF BRRL

The Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Regional Library (BRRL) is pleased to announce that it has chosen Rick Ward to be the new Director of Library Services. Mr. Ward, who has served as Interim Director of the BRRL system since July 2012, has worked in the library system since 2001. He was Reference Supervisor at the Martinsville Library from 2003 to 2006, and was Patrick County Branch Librarian from 2006 to the present.

As Director, Mr. Ward will lead the regional library system comprising five libraries (the Main Branch in Martinsville, and branch libraries in Bassett, Collinsville, Ridgeway and Stuart) and a bookmobile, 35 employees and an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million. The Blue Ridge Regional Library strives to serve its diverse communities with a mixture of traditional library services, concentrating particularly on early literacy, children’s and youth services, and new initiatives in areas such as health and wellness and access to and training on computers and the Internet.

“Rick Ward brings together relevant library experience and deep knowledge of and commitment to our local communities, “said BRRL Board Chair Janet Demiray.“He has done an excellent job as Interim Director and we feel sure that he is the best person to lead our library system forward. We can take pride in what the library system accomplishes each year, despite the budgetary constraints under which we operate. We are counting on Rick to supply the kind of leadership that will inspire our dedicated library staff and result in new initiatives for the library system.”

In accepting the Director’s position, Mr. Ward stressed the importance of building and maintaining public support for thistaxpayer-funded institution by demonstrating the value that the library system adds to our communities. And by using business-based management techniques, he will make sure that every dollar allocated to the library budget is used to maximum effect. “I want to increase the library system’s partnerships with our local educational institutions and non-profit organizations,” said Mr. Ward. “We already have a number of productive relationships, but we can do more in such areas as workforce development and providing enrichment opportunities for our children and youth. The library should be in the forefront of the information technology revolution and I will work hard to secure the resources we need to do this.”
Mr. Ward, who lives in Stuart, earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from High Point University and was a small business owner and manager in Patrick County for several years. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce and was elected president of the Chamber in 2011. Since 1987, he has been an active member of the Blue Ridge Arts and Theater Society, performing in or directing more than two dozen local theatrical productions.
 


PATRICK COUNTY TOURISM ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council will hold its February meeting on February 21st, 2013 at 6PM in the 2nd floor conference room of the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building, 106 Rucker Street.


God’s Pit Crew Surveys the Destruction from the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Tornado

God’s Pit Crew will have a small team on the ground in Hattiesburg, Mississippi tomorrow to assess the damage left by Sunday’s massive tornado.

God’s Pit Crew will make a disaster response decision based on our team’s findings. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

For more information or to make a donation,
please call 434-836-4472 or visit
our website at www.godspitcrew.org.
 

Monday February 11, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS-EDA to Meet in Closed Session on Manufacturing Prospect.mp3

Multi-Agency Approach to School Safety Pursued Series Part 2.mp3

PCHS Building Trades Class Wins District Championship.mp3

Legislation Seeking Lower Electric Costs Passed.mp3

Stuart Man Killed, Another Charged with DUI in Fatal Crash.mp3

Leonard Wood Inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame.mp3

 

Friday February 8, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Rt 58 Funding Measure Clears House.mp3

Multi-Faceted Approach to School Safety Favored.mp3

School Bus Safety Promoted During Love the Bus Month.mp3

Black History Month Event Spans Quarter Century.mp3

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Brisk Locally.mp3


PICTURES FROM THE PATRICK COUNTY SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

TODAY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 2013

MD 2 8 13.pdf

Thursday February 7, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

State Police Join Effort to Make Local Schools Safer.mp3

Patrick Financially Sound, Audit Shows.mp3

Local School Budget Makers Await State and Federal Actions.mp3

Town-County Rail Trail Partnership Sought.mp3


Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

Please help Girl Scouts spread the word about the largest girl-led business in the world! For 95 years Girl Scouts have been selling cookies as a fundraiser but it's developed into more than just a money-earner for troops. It truly teaches business skills for entrepreneurship: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Having fun learning, and working together toward a common goal — that’s the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Direct proceeds to troops in Virginia Skyline Council totaled over a half of a million last year.
 


Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley (R-20th Senatorial District)

During yesterday’s Senate session, I reluctantly re-referred my religious liberty amendment SJ 287 back to the Committee on Privileges and Elections for reconsideration during next year’s General Assembly with no further action this year. SJ 287 is a proposed amendment to the State of Virginia Constitution that would have solidified our basic freedom of religion as the Founders of this great country envisioned and enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

It became clear that my proposed legislation did not have the needed support and required 21 votes necessary to pass a vote by the full senate. By sending it back to committee, I will have additional opportunity to re-frame the proposed language for purposes of clarity and completeness, as well as to garner the strong support needed to pass the Senate.

Any senate bill proposing to amend the state’s Constitution requires 21 votes before it can pass. Additionally, the President of the Senate is not permitted to cast a tie-breaking vote on a Constitutional amendment. Therefore, a tie vote in the senate on my constitutional amendment SJ 287 would have defeated the bill and prevented it from passing. Instead of forcing a vote on my bill at this time when it was clear that it didn’t have the support to pass, referring it back to committee for another attempt next year was more prudent.

My bill addressed the freedom of religion, that the Commonwealth shall not coerce any person to participate in any prayer of religious activity, but shall ensure that any person shall have the right to pray individually in a private or public setting so long as such prayers abide within the same parameters placed upon any free speech under similar circumstances.

This amendment also specified that students may express their beliefs about religion in written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their work.
 


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1) Husky-female-gray white-has a microchip-Found on Salem Highway
2) Husky-female-white-has a microchip-Found on Salem Highway
3) Australian Cattle dog-male-gray white-Found on Union Church Road
4) Older Pekingese-male-tan-Found on Spring Road
5) Terrier-male-black,with a little tan and white-Found on Concord Church Road
6) Australian Shepherd mix-older female-brown with black patches-Found on Abram Penn Hwy
7) American Bulldog mix-female-black white-Found on Lackey Road


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

Wednesday February 6, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Two Patrick County Attorneys Seeking Judgeship.mp3

4 PM Burning Law Effective Feb. 15th.mp3

Boy Scouts to Vote on Policy Change.mp3

Fund-raiser Planned for Retired Teacher's Legal Fees.mp3

Morris Elected Region 6 Superintendents Group Chairman.mp3

Del. Poindexter's Weekly Report.mp3


 Agenda
Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA


OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Robert Belcher
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

REGULAR SESSION:
• Approval of meeting agenda
• Approval of meeting minutes
• Approval of the Bills, Claims, Appropriations

DISCUSSSION: Retired Teachers

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Joint Session: BOS/Economic Development Authority
Personnel Matters 2.2- 3711(A) (1)
Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7)
Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30) Update\Special Project
Real Estate 2.2 – 3711 (A) (3)

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

NEW BUSINESS:
• Redistricting
• Peters Creek Community Building Voting Precinct
• Recreation Department: Mower


OLD BUSINESS:
• Update on Courthouse Security

ACTION ITEMS:

ADJOURN: February 25, 2013
 

Tuesday February 5, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Acts of Gun Violent Prompt Safety Measures on Many Local Fronts.mp3

Sub Sandwich Sale Raises Money for Worthy Causes.mp3

ARC Grants Awarded.mp3

School Board Appreciation Month Observed.mp3

State and Federal Legislative Updates.mp3


Morris Elected Superintendent Region Six Chair

By unanimous vote on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, the members of the Region Six Superintendent's Study Group unanimously elected Roger N. Morris, Superintendent of Patrick County Public Schools, as its chairman for the 2013-2014 term.  Morris has previously served as vice-chair of the Region, as well as serving on the Virginia Association of School Superintendents Legislative Committee.  He has also represented the region on the statewide Principals Evaluation Development Committee, the 21st century Skills working group, and the Superintendent of the Year Regional Committee. 

The Chairs of the eight regions are members of both the State Superintendent’s Leadership Advisory Committee and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents Board of Directors.  As Chair of Region Six, Morris will serve on both panels. “This opportunity provides a voice for Patrick County, the rural localities, and Region Six.  It is a great honor to serve and to represent the Region VI Superintendents,” Morris said.  Region Six is made up of the school division in Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Covington City, Craig County, Danville City, Floyd County, Franklin County, Henry County, Martinsville City, Montgomery County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem City.


LETTER FROM Delegate Bob Marshall

Dear Friends,
The General Assembly is set to increase the state sales tax from 5% to 5.8%, a 16% increase as part of the Governor’s Transportation Plan unless citizens contact their representatives and urge them to vote NO. The plan ends the gas tax for car, jet and heating fuel (not diesel). In the second year it projects to raise an additional $85 million from the sales tax alone, and $3.1 billion over five years from increased taxes and fees. That’s money from you and me! It’s hardly revenue, there’s no guarantee gas prices will drop, and any future Administration could reinstate the gas tax.
Virginia has serious transportation problems mostly in Northern Virginia and Tidewater. Over the years, Administrations have proposed various “fixes.” In 2010, $3 billion in road bonds were authorized. Incredibly, Virginia has yet to lock up its transportation fund so it can’t be spent for other purposes. I believe transportation is a core function of government, and we should cut one penny of every dollar in the budget (excluding salaries) and devote that savings to transportation.

When Democrats propose tax hikes, Republicans are not happy. When Republicans raise taxes we are supposed to go along. I cannot. A tax hike is a tax hike no matter which party proposes it and for this reason I voted against the Governor’s plan in Committee and will do so again on the floor of the House of Delegates. In this fragile economy, we must not go to the ATM (American Taxpayers’ Money). We must lock up the Transportation Trust Fund, and use existing revenue, instead of raising more through tax hikes.

The Republican Party used to oppose tax increases. Now Republican leaders want Republicans to vote for a tax increase and in an election year no less!

If you do not want the sales tax increase, please contact your Delegate and Senator and urge them to vote against the Governor’s Transportation Plan.

Just like their Washington colleagues, House of Delegates Republicans in Richmond are proposing tax increases to fund road projects instead of shifting existing funds to pay for new construction and maintenance.

And remember when we all were shocked that Former Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives said that Congress had to pass Obamacare to find out what is in it?

Well, House of Delegates Republicans are voting for the Governor's tax increase bill with a promise of more unspecified taxes to be added at regional levels on top of other statewide taxes.

Again, I urge you to contact your Delegate and Senator to stop this tax increase.

Thank you for your vigilance.

Sincerely,
Delegate Bob Marshall


USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program
Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers

The Farm Service Agency has a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans.

Many small and beginning farmers, returning veterans and disadvantaged producers interested in careers in farming who too often must rely on credit cards or personal loans with high interest rates to finance their start-up operations. By further expanding access to credit to those just starting to put down roots in farming, USDA continues to help grow a new generation of farmers, while ensuring the strength of an American agriculture sector that drives our economy, creates jobs, and provides the most secure and affordable food supply in the world.

The new microloans represent how USDA continues to make year-over-year gains in expanding credit opportunities for minority, socially-disadvantaged and young and beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States. The final rule establishing the microloan program will be published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Federal Register.

Administered through USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) Operating Loan Program, the new microloan program offers credit options and solutions to a variety of producers. FSA has a long history of providing agricultural credit to the nation's farmers and ranchers through its Operating Loan Program. In assessing its programs, FSA evaluated the needs of smaller farm operations and any unintended barriers to obtaining financing. For beginning farmers and ranchers, for instance, the new microloan program offers a simplified loan application process. In addition, for those who want to grow niche crops to sell directly to ethnic markets and farmers markets, the microloan program offers a path to obtain financing. For past FSA Rural Youth Loan recipients, the microloan program provides a bridge to successfully transition to larger-scale operations.

Since 2009, USDA has made a record amount of farm loans through FSA-more than 128,000 loans totaling nearly $18 billion. USDA has increased the number of loans to beginning farmers and ranchers from 11,000 loans in 2008 to 15,000 loans in 2011. More than 40 percent of USDA's farm loans now go to beginning farmers. In addition, USDA has increased its lending to socially-disadvantaged producers by nearly 50 percent since 2008.

Producers can apply for a maximum of $35,000 to pay for initial start-up expenses such as hoop houses to extend the growing season, essential tools, irrigation, delivery vehicles, and annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents, marketing, and distribution expenses. As their financing needs increase, applicants can apply for an operating loan up to the maximum amount of $300,000 or obtain financing from a commercial lender under FSA's Guaranteed Loan Program.

USDA farm loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies, or be to construct buildings or make farm improvements. Small farmers often rely on credit cards or personal loans, which carry high interest rates and have less flexible payment schedules, to finance their operations. Expanding access to credit, USDA's microloan will provide a simple and flexible loan process for small operations.

Producers interested in applying for a microloan may contact the Patrick County Farm Service Agency office at 276 694-3121 Ext. 2.


USDA Announces Important Updates on the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that beginning Feb. 5, USDA will issue payments to dairy farmers enrolled in the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program for September 2012 marketings. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the authorization of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill) through 2013 for many programs administered by FSA, including MILC. The 2008 Farm Bill extension provides for a continuation of the MILC program through Sept. 30, 2013.

MILC payments are triggered when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight, after adjustment for the cost of dairy feed rations. MILC payments are calculated each month using the latest milk price and feed cost.
As announced by FSA on Jan. 22, all dairy producers' MILC contracts are automatically extended to Sept. 30, 2013. Eligible producers therefore do not need to re-enroll in MILC. MILC operations with approved contracts will continue to receive monthly payments, if available.

The payment rate for September 2012 is approximately $0.59 per hundredweight. The payment rate for October 2012 marketings is approximately $0.02 per hundredweight. The payment rate for November 2012 marketings is zero.
Before the October MILC payment can be issued, dairy farmers must complete a new Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) form for 2013. The new form, CCC-933 Average Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certification and Consent to Disclosure of Tax Information, must complete by producers before they can receive payments for a variety of programs administered by FSA and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Producers may obtain CCC-933 at their local USDA Service Center or online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ccc933.  Specific detail about AGI may be found here.

Dairy operations may select a production start month other than October 2012. Producers who want to select a production start month other than October 2012 must visit their local FSA office between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, 2013, also known as a relief period.

FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements, updates and signups as the information becomes available. For more information on MILC, contact the Patrick County FSA office at (276) 694-3121 or visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay).
 

Monday February 4, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

County and School Liaison Group Meeting Cordial and Productive.mp3

Patrick Springs Woman Dies in Henry County Crash.mp3

County Tourism Director Retires.mp3

Over $5,200 Raised to Support Boy Scouts.mp3

3 Patrick Grand Larceny Suspects Arrested.mp3


SECOND SUNDAYS MUSIC SERIES FEATURES
GOSPEL CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF
BLACK HISTORY MONTH


The Second Sundays American Music Series continues at the Reynolds Homestead on Sunday, February 10 with the Gospel Celebration in Honor of Black History Month. The event is free and begins at 3:00 p.m.
The Reverend Burgie Penn will lead the annual gospel celebration marking the 24th year of commemoration of Black History Month. This traditional event spotlights the wealth of talented gospel singing in the Patrick and Henry county communities. The Trinity Church of the Living God in Stuart will serve as the host choir. Several other groups will be performing throughout the afternoon.
The Second Sundays Music Series explores the roots of old-time, bluegrass, blues, jazz and gospel music, with artists representing the wealth of musical talent from Patrick and surrounding counties. The March 10 concert is titled “Banjo-Rama” and features banjo greats Sammy Shelor and Tommy Morse. Other features will include demonstrations of frailing and old-time banjo styles, along with a discussion of myths about the instrument. For more information, visit www.virginia.org
 


PATRICK COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Economic Development Authority of Patrick County will hold its February meeting in conjunction with the Patrick County Board of Supervisors on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the third floor board room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 106 Rucker Street.

PATRICK COUNTY TOURISM ADVISORY COUNCIL

The February meeting of the Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council has been cancelled.
 

Friday February 1, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Officials Seek State Funding for SROs.mp3

County and School Officials Seek Improved Relations.mp3

Patrick County Prepares for 2015 Reassessment.mp3

Uranium Mining Bill Withdrawn by Senate Patron.mp3

Upcoming Reports Preview (Pendleton Retires-BSA Fundraiser).mp3

Safe Driving on Super Bowl Sunday Urged.mp3

 

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