January 2013

Thursday January 31, 2013


Rail Trail Funding Resolution Rescued from Defeat.mp3

First Vote Relevant to Uranium Mining Ban Set for Today.mp3

Patrick School Officials Track Key Legislation.mp3

Patrick's Unemployment Rate Rises Sharply.mp3

High Winds Force Early Wednesday School Closings.mp3

Poindexter's Rt. 58 Bill Advances to House Floor.mp3

VA Dept. of Taxation Scam Alert.mp3

Free College Financial Aid Assistance Offered During Super Saturday

Stuart, VA – The Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), in conjunction with Patrick County High School, will host Super Saturday on Saturday, February 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the high school library, 215 Cougar Lane. Super Saturday is one of VASFAA’s annual service projects where individuals seeking funding for postsecondary education can receive free, professional, one-on-one assistance in completing the federal financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form used by colleges, universities, and career-technical schools across the country to determine eligibility for student federal and state financial aid.

VASFAA is hosting over 40 Super Saturday sites at high schools, colleges, and community and civic centers across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participating sites will have computers available for students and parents to apply for federal aid electronically, along with financial aid experts to assist. Each Super Saturday site will also offer two financial aid presentations to discuss the federal and state financial aid process. This event is open to students and parents of all grade levels, including returning college students, as well as older adults interested in furthering their education.

Once the student leaves this event, he or she will have initiated the financial aid process for any college they are interested in attending. VASFAA understands that the financial aid process can be daunting and we hope that by offering this opportunity to students and parents, we can help ease this process for hundreds of Virginia residents.
As an incentive for attending Super Saturday, students will have chance to win a $100 book scholarship. A book scholarship will be awarded to one student at each Super Saturday site to be used at the winner’s college of choice during the 2013-14 academic year.

Super Saturday is open to the public. For more information about Super Saturday 2013, please visit www.vasfaa.org.

VASFAA is an organization of individuals who administer financial aid programs or who are otherwise active in a financial aid-related profession. Its mission is to maintain an organization that promotes the professional growth and collaboration of its members in order to serve fairly the needs of students, families, and institutions in matters related to financial and informational resources that support students' postsecondary education goals. The organization is determined to help students pursue and attain their educational goals.

Wednesday January 30, 2013


School Delegation Lobbies for MODE Funds.mp3

Old Town Office Awaiting Demolition.mp3

Sheriff Proposes Hiring 3 Deputies as Part of SRO Plan.mp3

Homestead Staffer Honored.mp3

Del. Poindexter's Weekly Legislative Report.mp3

Sen. Stanley's Weekly General Assembly Update.mp3


Tuesday January 29, 2013


Rail Trail Controversy Revisited.mp3

In Other BOS Action.mp3

SRO Program Unveiled by Sheriff Smith.mp3

Local Delegation Attends School Legislative Conference.mp3

Defense Motion to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit Rejected.mp3

DMV 2 Go Visits Stuart Today.mp3

Stuart Community Garden Seeking Gardeners

Patrick County Residents,
Possibilities for community gardens are springing up! Currently we are seeking interested gardeners. If you and your family would be interested in starting a small garden plot with educational assistance along the way, we need to hear from you! Did you know that food stamps can buy seeds to start your garden? Sign up for a “hands on” learning experience.

Please show your interest in being a part of the Stuart Community Garden’s first year by calling your local extension office 694-3341 or by sending an email to stuartcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

A deadline for interest will be set as February 1, 2013. Be part of what is happening. Garden plans will progress as people interested call and/or email, so do not wait to see what will happen. If you or someone you know is interested-- do not delay--you might be the difference in making it grow!

New Study Confirms Benefits of Governor’s “Virginia’s Road to the Future” Transportation Plan
Chmura Economics & Analytics: Price of Gas at Pump Could Fall by over 16 Cents; Plan Generates More Revenue for Transportation in Years Ahead

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today welcomed the results of a new study on the economic impacts of his comprehensive, long-term transportation funding plan – “Virginia’s Road to the Future” - which is currently before the Virginia General Assembly (HB 2313/SB 1355). The study was conducted by Chmura Economics and Analytics of Richmond.

Speaking about the study, Governor McDonnell remarked, “When I was elected, I pledged to find a workable, long-term, sustainable fix to Virginia’s transportation challenges. Earlier this month I announced our ‘Virginia’s Road to the Future’ transportation funding and reform package to invest more than $3.1 billion in Virginia’s transportation network over the next five years. This plan will restructure Virginia’s archaic transportation funding sources and put in place a system that will grow with economic activity and permanently address the long-term structural deficiencies of relying on the gas tax. This study concludes the plan is revenue neutral and will result in lower gas prices for Virginia consumers. This is the plan that solves that Virginia’s longstanding transportation funding challenges, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislators from both parties to see it passed this session.”

The Governor’s transportation package: eliminates Virginia’s 17.5 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, saving Virginians millions at the pump starting this year; increases Virginia’s sales and use tax - a reliable, predictable and sustainable revenue source - by 0.8 percentage points and dedicates to transportation the additional sales tax revenue generated solely by growth in economic activity; increases Virginia’s existing sales tax commitment to transportation from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent over the next five years; and, increases motor vehicle registration fees by $15 and includes a $100 alternative fuel vehicle fee, to offset lost federal gas tax revenue, to help fund Virginia’s strong and growing demand for passenger rail and transit.

Among the findings made by the Chmura Economics & Analytics study:
• Competitive pressure of the gasoline retail market implies that when the gasoline tax is removed, retail prices will come down. Research indicates when the cost of gasoline is reduced by 10 cents, the retail price would be reduced by 9.5 cents. Based on these findings, it is assumed that if the Virginia gasoline tax is removed, the retail price for gasoline could be reduced by 16.6 cents, or 95% of the 17.5 cents per gallon eliminated gasoline tax.
• Using available data, the fiscal impact of the Governor’s proposal is essentially revenue-neutral considering its impact on the combined General Fund and Transportation Fund.
• The new proposal will generate more revenue for transportation in the future, as transportation revenue—tied to sales tax—is expected to grow faster than the current motor fuel tax revenue.
• The gasoline tax is more regressive than the sales tax. As a result, removing the gasoline tax will create a less-regressive tax structure than existing law, benefiting low-income households.
• With the elimination of the gasoline tax, it is estimated that the overall sales of gasoline in Virginia will increase total sales at gasoline stations by $123.0 million.

The Governor’s plan will be considered this week by the House Finance and the Senate Finance Committees.

The Chmura Economics & Analytics study can be found at: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/utility/docs/Chmura_gastax_20130128B.pdf 


Monday January 28, 2013


SRO Plan to Go to Supervisors.mp3

New Jail Now Housing Out-of-County Prisoners.mp3

Local Citizens-Officials Join Gun Control Debate.mp3

State Police Consider Increased School Presence.mp3

Republican Senate Redistricting Plan Would Move Patrick to 40th District.mp3

BOS Meets Tonight.mp3

NC Man Arrested on Bad Check Charges.mp3


Used Book Fair at Pchs postponed

The Afternoon opening for the Used Book Fair at Patrick County High School's library has been postponed from this afternoon until Tuesday, January 29 from 4:00-6:30pm.  
As a reminder, the book fair will be open for the public to attend during the school days this week, Tuesday-Friday, but visitors must stop by the office first.


Friday January 25, 2013


Early School Retirees Have Ally in Supervisor Boyce.mp3

Town Appoints Delinquent Accounts Committee.mp3

Electrical Service Upgrade Underway at PHCC-Stuart Site.mp3

County Gains 95% Broadband Coverage.mp3

Farmhouse Damaged by Fire.mp3

Pittsylvania County Supports Uranium Mining Ban.mp3

Arrest Report.mp3

Thursday January 24, 2013


Patrick Springs Man Arrested on Attempted Murder-Firearms-Assault Charges.mp3

Judge Hears Arguments on Motion to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit.mp3

Public Meetings on Recreational Use Plan Begin Tonight.mp3

Del. Poindexter Pushes Rt. 58 Funding Bill.mp3

VACo supports additional funding for transportation

RICHMOND (Jan. 24, 2013)—The Virginia Association of Counties applauds the efforts of Gov. Bob McDonnell and state legislators seeking to remedy our Commonwealth’s transportation problems. VACo supports many initiatives in the governor’s transportation plan that provides an additional $3.1 billion over a five-year period.

“Our transportation system is in dire need of funding for maintenance and construction. Projects that have been on our local six-year transportation plan may never be funded unless we overhaul our underfunded system,” VACo President Jack Miller said.

Miller emphasizes that the governor’s Transportation Plan is not perfect but it does raise substantial revenues to address Virginia’s current and short-term road and transit needs.

The new revenues include a $15 increase in the vehicle registration fee and a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel vehicles.

Gov. McDonnell’s Transportation Plan replaces the regressive 17.5 cent gas tax and provides for a 0.8 percent increase in sales tax (which raises the rate to 5.8 percent) of which 0.8 percent is dedicated for transportation. This increase in sales tax is used to grow the state General Fund and provides a dedicated progressive revenue stream for transportation projects.

Additional revenue of $1.1 billion over a five-year period will be dedicated for transportation with the passage of the federal legislation called “Market Place Equity.” If the federal legislation is passed, it will dedicate the bulk of internet sales tax collections to transportation.

VACo is concerned about the use of state General Funds for transportation. The governor’s plan dedicates existing sales tax for transportation from current 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent by 2018.

VACo urges Gov. McDonnell and the 2013 General Assembly to mitigate the impact this proposal has on core programs funded in part from the state General Fund. Local governments rely on state general funding to provide core services, which include public education, health and human services and fire and police services.

VACo exists to support county officials and to effectively represent, promote and protect
the interests of counties to better serve the people of Virginia.

Wednesday January 23, 2013


2 Students and a Motorist Suffer Non-Life Threatening Injuries in School Bus-Car Collision.mp3

Hearing Today on Defense Motion to Dismiss the Case Morris vs. Boyce.mp3

Netherland Suffers Multiple Injuries in Fall at Home.mp3

Sen. Stanley Introduces $500,000 MODE School Budget Amendment.mp3

Sheriff Advances Plan to Put SROs in All Patrick County Schools.mp3

Another drug arrest from last month’s roundup of suspects indicted by a grand jury following 2-year covert narcotics operation

Branch,Sarah Rose


789 Taylor View Drive,Patrick Springs,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Ricky Rorrer

18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs





Deputy Ricky Rorrer

Capias – Fail to Appear


Tuesday January 22, 2013


Retired Teacher Controversy Spills Over into New Year.mp3

Town Plans Purchase of Garbage Truck.mp3

Radio Towner Plan Hits Snag .mp3

Expansion of Free College Credit to PCHS Career and Technical Ed Lauded.mp3

Stokes County Funds School Safety Program with More Resource Officers.mp3

USDA Finalizes New Microloan Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new microloan program on Tuesday, January 15 that will expand access to credit for small and beginning farmers and ranchers.

The microloan application process is simpler and requires less paperwork than traditional operating loans. Additionally, the requirement for managerial experience and loan security has been modified to ensure that small family operations and beginning farmers and ranchers can obtain the credit needed to start and continue an agricultural operation. This loan program will also be useful to specialty crop producers and operators of community supported agriculture (CSA).

Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum amount 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 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.

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. The microloan program will expand access to credit and provide a simple and flexible loan process for small operators.
The current interest rate for Microloans is 1.25 percent.
In addition to microloans, FSA offers several farm loan programs that provide funding to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies, or can be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.
Producers interested in applying for a microloan or other FSA farm loan program should contact the Patrick County Farm Service Agency office or the Farm Loan team in the Pittsylvania FSA Office at (434) 432-9455.

Work Session Meeting Of the

Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

• Call to order – Chairman Danny Foley
• Invocation – Sandy Wright
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

• Approval of meeting agenda

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

• Citizens Against Family Violence Proclamation Teen Violence for the Month of February
• Ms. Janet H. Rorrer, Commissioner of Revenue; Discussion of the upcoming 2015 Reassessment



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

ADJOURN: February 11, 2013

Monday January 21, 2013


New Stuart Welcome Sign Advertising Space Being Added.mp3

State Parks Enjoy Record Year of Visitation.mp3

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Promotes Scenic Roadway.mp3

ABC Stores Post Record Profit.mp3

Friends of the Homestead Meeting.mp3


Friday January 18, 2013


Pretrial Hearing Held in Morris Defamation Lawsuit.mp3

Dalton Named to Fill Town Council Vacancy.mp3

Griffith Announces Academy Nominees.mp3


Thursday January 17, 2013


Hearing in Morris Lawsuit Against Boyce Set for Today in Martinsville.mp3

DMV Offers Snow and Ice Driving Tips.mp3

Stuart Man Charged with Child Abuse Neglect.mp3

Stanley's Bill Seeks Liabilit Insurance for Nursing & Assisted Living Centers.mp3

Griffith Responds to Obama's Gun Control Push.mp3


Wednesday January 16, 2013


Morris Counters Boyce's Request for Dismissal of Defamation Lawsuit.mp3

Local Governing Board Chairmen Pledge Cooperation.mp3

Town Council to Fill a Vacant Seat.mp3

Injured Motorist Discharged from Baptist Hospital.mp3

Poindexter Reports of Efforts to Complete U.S. 58 .mp3


Tuesday January 15, 2013


County Continues to Pursue Multi-Million Dollar Manufacturing Project.mp3

VA Association of School Superintendents Calls for Reversal of Policymaking Trend.mp3

Motorist Injured in Single-Vehicle Mishap.mp3

Foley Elected BOS Chairman and Harris Vice-Chair.mp3

Former PCHS Star Excells in Collegiate Athletics.mp3

Stuart Woman Faces Henry County Felony Indictments.mp3

Two Suspicious Fires Investigated by Sheriff's Office.mp3


Monday January 14, 2013


Partnership Offers Free College Degree Program for PCHS Students.mp3

School Officials Seek Input on State Funding Prospects.mp3

PCEA, Farm Bureau and Retired Teacher Speak at Budget Hearing.mp3

BOS to Elect New Chairman and Vice-Chairman.mp3

Another drug arrest from last month’s roundup of suspects indicted by a grand jury following 2-year covert narcotics operation

Whisenton,Lavest Michael


125 Pleasant Ridge Rd.,Bassett,


Henry Co. Sheriff’s Office –for Sgt. Eric O’Connell

18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch I Or Ii






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch I Or II






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs


Friday January 11, 2013


PCPS Announces Free Dual Enrollment Program Expansion.mp3

Hughes Resigns as PCHS CTE Director and Assistant Principal.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Charged with Malicious Wounding and Firearms Charges.mp3

Ronnie Terry Elected School Board Chairman.mp3

Young Patrick Woman Studying in England as Rotary Scholar.mp3

Uranium Mining Legislation Moves Forward.mp3

Sen. Stanley Opposes Lifting Uranium Ban.mp3


Thursday January 10, 2013


Superintendent Wants SRO's in All Schools.mp3

School Board to Reorganize Today.mp3

Patrick County PSA and EDA Hold Meetings Tonight.mp3

Unseasonably Mild Winter Weather Explained by NWS Meterologist.mp3

Walking for Better Health Promoted.mp3


Wednesday January 9, 2013


$375,000 Grant Received for Undisclosed Economic Development Project.mp3

Sen. Stanley Presses for MODE Aid as Legislature Convenes.mp3

Patrick's Nov. Jobless Rate Unchanged.mp3

Elimination of State Gas Tax Proposed.mp3

American Music Series Concerts Planned.mp3

Racial Bias Motivated Teen to Set Fire to Axton Church.mp3


Tuesday January 8, 2013


Planning Commission to Review Subdivision Ordinance.mp3

MODE Principal Happy Reconstruction Has Begun.mp3

Uranium Mining Passes First Legislative Test.mp3

Dual Enrollment Plan Would Allow Students to Attend College Free.mp3

Conservation Funding Available.mp3

Hillsville Man Faces Multiple Patrick County Charges.mp3

Jan 8-21 – PCHS Events Calendar

Tues, Jan 8
 JV/V BBB (H) Martinsville ~ 6 pm
JV/V GBB (H) Martinsville ~ 6 pm

Wed, Jan 9
JVGBB (A) N. Stokes ~ 4 pm
JVBBB (A) N. Stokes ~ 5 pm
Wrestling (A) Bassett ~ 5 pm
VGBB (A) N. Stokes ~ 6:30 pm
VBBB (A) N. Stokes ~ 8 pm

Thurs, Jan 10
Indoor Track (A) N. Stokes ~ 4 pm

Fri, Jan 11
Robotics ~ UVA for South Central VA Robotics qualifier

Sat, Jan 12
Wrestling (A) District Duels ~ 7:30 am
Middle School All District Band
Robotics ~ UVA for South Central VA Robotics qualifier

Mon, Jan 14
Smiles Mobile Dentist here

Tues, Jan 15
Smiles Mobile Dentist here
JV/V BBB (A) Tunstall ~ 6pm
JV/V GBB (H) Tunstall ~ 6 pm

Wed, Jan 16
JV/V GBB (H) Chatham ~ 6 pm

Fri, Jan 18
Wrestling (A) Magna Vista ~ 4 pm
JV/V BBB (H) Bassett ~ 6pm
JV/V GBB (A) Bassett ~ 6 pm
Indoor Track (A) Liberty Univ

Sat, Jan 19
Wrestling (A) Magna Vista ~ 8 am

Mon, Jan 21

Upcoming event:

~ Used Book Fair ~
week of Jan. 28-Feb.1 ~ Library
Library will be closed that week, but will open to the public for book sales
January 28 ~ 4:00-6:30 pm


King,Timothy Joseph


873 Brim Road, Mt. Airy,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Mark Sowder

18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-308.4 Possess Sch I Or II W/Firearm






18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-308.1 Sell Firearm To Felon


Monday January 7, 2013


State and Federal School Funding Prospects Pondered.mp3

Rebuilding of Meadows of Dan School Celebrated.mp3

Uranium Mining Issue Now Faces General Assembly .mp3

Grand Larceny Suspect Arrested.mp3

New Years Day Calf

This is a New Years Day Calf , born by the Family Milk Cow on Clayton & Sherry Kendrick's Farm , born about 3:00 PM New Years Day.


Friday January 4, 2013


Patrick County EDA Aims to Become Debt-Free in 2013.mp3

Year of the Teacher Proclaimed.mp3

MODE Rebuilding Ceremony and Celebration Set for Today.mp3

Taxpayer Watchdog Group Elects New Officers.mp3

Convicted Felon Arrested on Multiple Charges.mp3

Cana Man Convicted of Patrick Grand Larceny Charge.mp3

Carroll County Man Killed in Hunting Accident.wav


Thursday January 3, 2013


Waldron Begins as Interim Principal at PCHS.mp3

WIntry Mix Hampers Response to Weekend Outbuilding Fire.mp3

PHCC Workforce Development Schedule Released.mp3

Ferrum College Receives Gift of Dehart Botanical Gardens in Patrick County.mp3


Meadows of Dan Elementary School held the annual school spelling bee on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 1pm in the school gym. Mrs. Susan Shea, seventh grade teacher coordinated the event. Mrs. June Kelly and Miss Laura Hilliker, teachers at MODE were judges for the event. The first place winner was seventh grader, Hunter Kenyon. Second place winner was seventh grader, Austin Keith. Third place winner was sixth grader, Caleb Hamm. Other classroom representatives included seventh grader, Marvin Kilgore, sixth graders Landon Augustine and Madison Kenyon, fifth graders, Trevor Boyd ,Zakkary Sutton, and Jacob Wood, and fourth graders Jordan Haas, Daniel Wood, and Daryl Lee Harmon All classroom winners received a certificate and a gold dollar. The winners received certificates and a monetary award. School officials send Congratulations to all classroom and school winners.



Gibson,Margaret Kay


265 Navy Lane,Martinsville,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Claude Bowman

18.2-246 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Sch III Contr Subs






18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch I Or II






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch III






18.2-248 Sale Sch III Contr Subs






18.2-258 Maintain Common Nuisance



1) Cairn terrier-female- tan- has a collar on-Found on Ayers Orchard
2) Young mix breed pup-male-brown- needs a home
3) Beagle-male-tri color-Found on Hatchers Chapel Rd
4) Beagle- female-black brown-Found on Hatchers Chapel Rd
5, 6, 7) 3 Beagle mix-2 brown 1 black tan-Found on Taylor View

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


Wednesday January 2, 2013


Board Chairman Reflects on Economically-Challenging 2012.mp3

Pump House Destroyed by Fire.mp3

PHCC Spring Semester Registration Begins Tomorrow.mp3

Mt. Airy Man Convicted in Patrick Burglary Case.mp3

Ferrum College Football Player Slain.mp3

New Programs Stimulate Persons with Dementia.mp3


Tuesday January 1, 2013

Monday December 31, 2012


Meadows of Dan Home Damaged by Fire.mp3

2012-2014 School Calendar Approved.mp3

Winter Driving Calls for Caution.mp3


Friday December 28, 2012


School Division Seeks to Move Forward.mp3

Emergency Shelter Established After Ice Storm.mp3

Ararat Residence Damaged by Fire.mp3

Drug Arrests Continue.mp3

State Police Respond to Rash of Winter Calls.mp3

3 more of the 84 people indicted on drug charges has been arrested

Fleenor,Joseph Michael


212 Woltz Atkins Rd.,Mt. Airy,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell

18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch I Or II






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-308.4 Possess Sch I Or II W/Firearm






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-308.2:1 Sell Firearm To Felon

Hopkins,Stacy Lee Sr.


88 Carries Court, Patrick Springs,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Jason Kruse

18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell Sch I Or II






18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-256 Conspiracy To Sell III






18.2-248 Sale Of Sch III Contr Subs






18.2-258 Maintain Common Nuisance

McGrady,Henry Arthur III


35 Grace Drive, Bassett,


Deputy Daniel Gray

Capias – Fail to Appear





Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Daniel Gray

18.2-248 Sale Sch I Or II Contr Subs


Thursday December 27, 2012


37 High-Paying Jobs Coming to Surry County, NC.mp3

Wintry Weather Followed Mild Christmas in Patrick County.mp3

Veterans ID Card Available.mp3

PHCC Food Drive Aids Area Food Banks.mp3

Local Banker Promoted.mp3

Gasoline Prices Up as Year Winds Down.mp3


Worth Harris Carter, Jr., Chairman of the Board and President of Carter Bank & Trust, is pleased to announce the following:

Charles T. (Chuck) Shepherd has been elected an Assistant Vice President by the Bank’s Board of Directors and appointed Managing Officer of the Independence Boulevard office, located at 507 Willow Street in Mount Airy, NC. He replaces Darlene H. Akers, who is retiring after more than 38 years in banking.

Shepherd is a native of Meadows of Dan, VA and a graduate of Patrick County High School. He has earned an Associate Degree in Information Systems Technology from Danville Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Averett University in Danville, VA.

Shepherd is a member of the Ararat Ruritan Club and attends Stuart United Methodist Church. He is married to the former Stacey Hill.

Shepherd will continue as Managing Officer of the Bank’s Ararat office in Ararat, VA, a position he has held for over 6 years.

Wednesday December 26, 2012


School Corrective Action Plan Submitted to VDOE.mp3

Over $1,200 Raised to Fight Alzheimer's.mp3

Christmas Window Decoration Contest Announced.mp3

Chamber Seeking Executive Director Candidates.mp3

STEM Lab Visits HRMS

Hardin Reynolds Memorial School students were treated by a visit from the STEM Mobile Learning Lab from the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia on December 17 - 19, 2012. The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. During the three day visit, all 4th -7th grade students had the opportunity to observe several demonstrations and perform hands-on experiments.
Mr. Bruce Waller, STEM Lab instructor, led the students in a variety of activities. He demonstrated "Magic Sand", which is used to clean up oil spills. The sand is treated with a chemical coating so it does not absorb water, but attracts oil. The students were amazed that the sand stays dry when mixed and stirred into water.
He gave a demonstration on a sinking medicine dropper in a 2-liter bottle of water. Mr. Waller demonstrated this by pulling an imaginary string from a student's ear and making the dropper sink to the bottom of the bottle. When the imaginary string was released, the dropper floated back to the top of the bottle. He said the demonstration was not magic, but science, and told them to try it at home. He would not tell them how this worked, but wanted them to research it and discover this for themselves. He said, "These types of simple tricks and experiments are what are so exciting about math and science."
He let each student construct a weather station consisting of a compass, weather vane, anemometer, rain gauge and thermometer. They discussed how the compass and weather vane lets you know which direction the wind is blowing. They talked about the anemometer measuring wind speed in miles per hour. He let the students see how rainfall is measured in centimeters and inches; and temperature is read in degrees of Fahrenheit or Celsius.
All of HRMS students got to see their fingerprints by using a digital scope at 60 times magnification and viewing them on a computer screen. Mr. Waller described the three types of fingerprints as being loop, arch and swirl. All students had to determine which type of fingerprint they had.
They also used a digital pro-scope which magnifies anything up to 400 times. They viewed clothing, jewelry, hair, skin, fingernails, etc. They were amazed at how items appeared different under magnification as compared to just looking at them with your eye. They could see many more details of fibers and colors by using the pro-scope.
There were also discussions on the greenhouse effect of plants. They saw and assisted in demonstrations of alternative energy sources with wind turbines and solar energy. Several toy objects with attached solar panels were powered by lights. The objects were small cars, a frog, grasshoppers and an elephant. The toys did not jump or move until the light hit the solar panels. Students held the grasshoppers and felt them jump in their hands when held under the light source.
All of the students were eager to get to do so many hands-on activities and experiments that they don't have access to in a regular classroom environment. Mr. Waller did an excellent job of relating to the students and getting them more excited about math, science and technology.
The faculty, staff, and students at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School would like to thank Mr. Waller and the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA for this fun and educational experience.

Student quotes:
Owen Lange - 5th Grade - "I liked using the pro-scope to look at my hair and my shirt. It was cool!"

Elizabeth Milam - 6th Grade - "It was awesome to look at the skin on my finger using the pro-scope!"

ANOTHER of the 84 people indicted on drug charges has been arrested

Hatcher,Jeremy Termain


504 Worth St.,Mt.Airy,


Sgt. Eric O’Connell & Deputy Mark Sowder

18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs






18.2-248 Sale Of Sch I Or II Contr Subs


        * BRIDGE REPAIRS VARIOUS ROUTES – Weather permitting, crews will repair bridges on various route during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers

controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m.  Work is tentatively planned for the following:

·         Route 704 over Smith River

·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek

* MOWING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing or cutting brush along various primary roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

        * PAVING AND PAVEMENT PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will patch pavement or potholes on various roads.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays. 

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