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NEWS ARCHIVE

July 2012

Tuesday July 31, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Boyce Hungry for Answers to School Problems.mp3

Patrick County's Bond Rating Favorable.mp3

Kibler Valley River Run Draws Whitewater Enthusiasts.mp3

Floyd Fest Has 2.5-Million Economic Clout.mp3

Goode on Ballot in 17 States So Far.mp3

 

Monday July 30, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fatal Accident.mp3

Schools Counting Calories as Result of Federal Regulations.mp3

Treasurer Reports Sound Start of Fiscal Year.mp3

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Ranked Among Nation's Best.mp3

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 3rd - 5th.mp3

Grand Larceny Suspect Arrested.mp3


Virginia’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 3-5
~ School Supplies, Clothing and Footwear will be Exempt from Sales Tax ~

If you’re among the thousands of Virginia parents preparing to send their children back to school, it’s time to start getting your shopping list together. The Commonwealth’s seventh annual back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday returns in August, just in time to help Virginians save some money.

During this three-day event, which begins Friday, Aug. 3, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5, most school supplies costing $20 or less each and clothing items and footwear priced at $100 or less each will be exempt from Virginia’s 5 percent state and local sales tax. The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year and includes such products as pens, pencils, loose leaf ruled notebook paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, construction paper, sneakers, dresses, jeans and T-shirts.

“What better way to beat the summer heat than to go out and shop and support Virginia businesses,” said Governor Bob McDonnell. “Of the Commonwealth’s three sales tax holidays, this is the most popular because it helps parents around the state save money while purchasing essential school supplies, clothing and shoes to help their children have a successful year at school. But it’s also important to remember that you don’t have to be going back to school to take advantage of these savings. Who doesn’t want to save money on office supplies and summer clothes?”

An all-inclusive list of school supplies, a list of exempt clothing and footwear items, holiday guidelines for shoppers and retailers, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Department’s Sales Tax Holiday Information Center at www.tax.virginia.gov.

As long as each item purchased qualifies for the exemption, there is no limit on the number of items you can buy. During this sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to save taxpayers even more by absorbing the sales tax, or paying it themselves, on items that are not eligible for exemption. The retailers must then pay the sales tax themselves on such sales.


PATRICK COUNTY

###     * ROUTE 710 BRIDGE REPAIRS – Beginning Monday, August 6, a section of Route 710 (Woods Gap Road) will be closed as crews repair the bridge over Rock Castle Creek. The bridge is located 1 mile south of Route 678 (Raven Den Lane). A detour will be in place and signs will be used to control traffic.

* ROUTE 626 BRIDGE WORK - Route 626 (Abram Penn Highway) is closed to through traffic at its intersection with Route 697 (Via Orchard Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over Spoon Creek.  Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed until August 2012. Detour signs will be in place.

###     * ROUTE 8 PAVEMENT MARKING – Weather permitting, lane closures may be in place while crews paint lines on Route 8. Work will be performed during daytime hours beginning at 7 a.m., Monday through Friday.

###     * ROUTE 103 PAVEMENT MARKING – Weather permitting, lane closures may be in place while crews paint lines on Route 103. Work will be performed during daytime hours beginning at 7 a.m., Monday through Friday

###     * ROUTE 646 PIPE REPLACEMENT - Beginning Monday, July 30, Route 646 (Browns Dan River Road) will be closed to through traffic between Route 647 (Little Dan River Road) and Route 645 (Handy Mountain Drive).  This closure is necessary to perform a pipe replacement. Route 646 is expected to be closed to traffic through Friday, August 3. Motorists will need to seek alternate routes while work is being performed.  No detour will be posted.

         * 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. 

               

Friday July 27, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Still Negotiating Fate of 1.4 Million USDA Grant.mp3

Insurance Settlement in MODE Rebuilding Near.mp3

Superintendent Responds to Supervisors MODE Concerns.mp3

Port-a-John Provided for Rail Trail.mp3

Patrick County Tribute Night at the Blue Ridge Music Center.mp3

 

Thursday July 26, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Demolition Arouses Emotions in Meadows of Dan.mp3

Board Adopts Emergency Declaration Due to Windstorm in Late June.mp3

Boyce Says County Not to Blame for Lost Federal Grant.mp3

Floyd Fest 11 Lover's Rock Begins Today.mp3


PEACH PAGEANT PRESS RELEASE-2012
Deadline for entry is August 3rd

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce wishes to announce the 8th Annual Virginia Peach Pageant in conjunction with the August Peach Festival Celebration.

The Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Star Theatre starting at 2:00 p. m.

Pageant entrants may pick up an entrant form at the Chamber office at:
20475 Jeb Stuart Highway-U. S. Route 58 (near Stuart Tire and Auto)

If you want the Chamber to mail you a form, call:
276-694-6012.

Pageant categories include:
Tiny Miss Peach, ages 5-8
Little Miss Peach, ages 9-12
Jr. Miss Peach, ages 13-16
Miss Peach, ages 17-22
(unmarried, never had children)

Winners will receive a $250 Savings Bond. To enter you will need a $50 sponsor fee. Deadline for entry is August 3, 2012.

Mail all checks and registration forms to:
Patrick County Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 577
Stuart, VA 24171
Practice will be held on Friday, August 10, at 6:30 p. m. at the Star Theatre
 

Wednesday July 25, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Investigation Finds No Evidence to Support Grade Changing Allegations.mp3

School Superintendent Responds to Supervisors Concerns Pt 1.mp3

Make-Up of School Means Changed by Federal Law Pt 2.mp3

USDA Review of Grant Withdrawal Tomorrow.mp3

PCHS Student Fees Clarified.mp3

Fatal Crash Probe Continues.mp3

Board Approves Appointments.mp3

Burglary Suspect Arrested by Patrick Deputy.mp3


 

Traffic Accident on I-77 Monday
 

 

 

On Monday the HVFD was called out to a single motor vehicle on I-77 South at  MM 14 witnesses say that the driver went across the lanes on the bridge then swerved across hitting the bridge. After hitting the wall of the bridge it rolled back over on its top sliding over 300 feet on its top down the emergency lane. The male driver was alert but had serious injuries he mentioned he had a migraine which caused him to black out. The patient was flown out via helicopter from the interstate. The VSP investigated the accident

 

Photos and story......David Young   

 

Tuesday July 24, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Contractor Says Loss of 1.4-Million Grant Will Hurt Citizens and Businesses.mp3

Stuart Woman Dies in Monday Auto Crash.mp3

Superintendent Defends School Board.mp3

Supervisors Discuss There Deteriorating Relations with School Board.mp3

Supervisors Hear Positive Year-End Fiscal Report.mp3

Food Service Series Teaser.mp3


Stuart Farmers Market Tuesday July 24 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Downtown Stuart. SNAP and Senior Nutrition Coupons accepted.

Stuart Farmers Market open Friday July 27 from 8 am to 12 pm. We're at the height of the Tomato Season! Fresh and local produce, eggs, baked items and meats available. Downton Stuart. SNAP and Senior Nutrition Coupons accepted.

Stuart Farmers Market Tuesday July 31 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Downtown Stuart. SNAP and Senior Nutrition Coupons accepted.
 


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1.) Black Chow/Shep. Mix found near Poplar Drive
2.) Brindle Bulldog mix found near Bull Mountain Road
3.) Beagle/ Black and Tan mix around 1 year old Moorefield Store Area
4.) 3 puppies brought in from Colllinstown Road mixed breed black and white
5.) Black Lab mix around 6 months old found in Patrick Springs area with a collar
6.) Hound mix brown and white Fairystone Park Hwy. area. has a collar

Remember if you are missing a pet or would like to adopt let us know at (276) 694-6259.


F.I.T. (Fitness in Town) Stuart: Keeps Going!

Does walking or running a mile seem impossible to you? Have you had the goal of training for a 5K on your bucket list? Would you like to be part of a group that has fun and gets fit at the same time? What about your children, do you think they would be interested in finishing a 5K with you?

Virginia Cooperative Extension FIT Stuart “couch to 5K” training focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. The program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in six weeks. Along the way we provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training walks or runs, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. But the most popular reason for participating in the program is you’ll have the support of others just like you. If you’re looking to increase your distance consider preparing for the Half Marathon! Half marathon training group forming now, contact Rebecca for more information.

Looking for something for the whole family? Happy Soles Running is the new youth component! This portion of the program is designed for children 5 and up with all levels of ability. The youth programs will be offered the same dates and times as the adult program to encourage families to work toward the goal race together.

The program will begin Tuesday July 31st , 2012 and meet every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks leading up to our goal race of Partnership for the Arts 5k, scheduled for September 8th , 2012. The program fee is $40.00 and includes two supervised training sessions held on Tuesdays (DeHart Park) and Thursdays (Mayo River Rail Trail) at 5:30,reduced entry fee to the 5K, a water bottle, t-shirt, journal, and other goodies.

If you are unable to participate based on the fee, scholarship money may be available. Please request a scholarship form if you are interested in participating but unable to pay the participation fee. Forms as well as other information will be available at the Patrick County Extension Office.

To register please email Amanda Wingfield(Extension Agent) awingfie@vt.edu  or Rebecca Adcock(Adult Coach) rebajksn@aol.com  or April Pendleton(Youth Coach) arunninggal@gmail.com  OR call the extension office at 694-3341 or Amanda at 229-7959 to get more information.
 

Monday July 23, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Federal Government Dictates School Lunch Changes Pt 1.mp3

Patrick County Faces Loss of $l.4Million Water Sewer Grant.mp3

Patrick County and Sen. Warner Honored by Martinsville Baseball Team.mp3

Supervisors' Work Session Tonight.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

* ROUTE 626 BRIDGE WORK - Route 626 (Abram Penn Highway) is closed to through traffic at its intersection with Route 697 (Via Orchard Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over Spoon Creek.  Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed until August 2012. Detour signs will be in place.

        * ROUTE 664 BRIDGE REPAIRS - Route 664 (Mills Road) is closed to through traffic at the intersection of Route 664 (Mills Road) and Route 665 (Mills School Road). The closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over Branch of Little Dan River.  The road is expected to be closed until Friday, July 27. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic.

###     * ROUTE 646 PIPE REPLACEMENT - Beginning Monday, July 30, Route 646 (Browns Dan River Road) will be closed to through traffic between Route 647 (Little Dan River Road) and Route 645 (Handy Mountain Drive).  This closure is necessary to perform a pipe replacement. Route 646 is expected to be closed to traffic through Friday, August 3. Motorists will need to seek alternate routes while work is being performed.  No detour will be posted.

         * DEBRIS REMOVAL – Crews will work throughout the county removing storm debris. Lane and/or shoulder closures may be necessary to complete the work

        * 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. 

 

Friday July 13, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Early Teacher Retirees Protest Benefits Cut.mp3

School Superintendent Calls for Cooperation.mp3

SAAA Operation Turned Over to STEP Inc.mp3

Man Dies in Stokes County Climbing Accident.mp3

Flaccavento Endorsed in Congressional Bid.mp3

 

Thursday July 12, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Electric Rate Hike Possible After Storm.mp3

FOIA Request Made in Grade Tampering Probe.mp3

Superintendent Says Early Retirement Pay Cut Regrettable.mp3

Stuart Farmer's Market in Contest.mp3

School Board Meets Today.mp3

Patrick Road Closure Announced.mp3



Patrick County Animal Pound Press Release

Given that the county’s fiscal year ended on June 30, 2012, and given that the Patrick County Animal Pound’s new adoption program was in place for the entire fiscal year, we thought this would be a good time to submit the results of the pound’s adoption/spay/neuter program to the Board and also to the public.

We were especially pleased with our operations under the adoption framework the Board passed in 2011. As a threshold matter, and as all Board members are aware, the county was reimbursed—through a private, anonymous donation—all monies that were lost to the county because of the changes to the pound’s adoption program, and consequently, without any risk or financial exposure, the county and taxpayers were paid in full for lost revenue resulting from the implementation of our new program, a program that essentially reduced the cost of adopting a spayed/neutered dog to ten dollars.

In the middle of difficult economic times, our adoptions increased by seventeen percent, and we certainly believe this is a function of the reduced cost to adopt a dog and the county aid applied to defray the cost of spaying and neutering dogs adopted from our pound. Once again, this benefit costs the county and taxpayers nothing, inasmuch as the money for spaying and neutering was also privately donated. The only condition attached to the spay/neuter payments made through the pound is that the veterinary work must be done by a doctor here in Patrick County, and we are grateful to all the local vets for their help, cooperation and professionalism in implementing this program, especially at the beginning when everyone was still getting used to the changes and new features.

Most important from our perspective, we are pleased to report that every single dog adopted under this new program was properly spayed or neutered. The program worked exactly as designed in this regard, and we cannot overstate how critical this is to our mission. Adopting out animals who will then have more unwanted litters is bad policy, expensive for the community, and a situation that makes matters worse—both for our citizens and the dogs—rather than better. Prior to the implementation of our new policy and program, nearly thirty percent of the adopting owners failed to follow through with their written commitment to have their dog properly spayed or neutered. The county and its employees were often in the unfortunate—and almost impossible—position of trying to enforce these commitments, and that problem is now a thing of the past, completely eliminated.

Moreover, because we also received an increase in money to purchase food (through the same private donation), we were able to hold dogs longer and give them a better chance to find a permanent home. We are not equipped to be a no-kill facility, but the additional food allowed us to keep dogs alive much longer, and this also resulted in extra adoptions and placements to other facilities. Most notably, we were able to hold mothers and pups for extended periods, rather than being forced to euthanize them after two or so weeks.
We have also received input from the individuals who made the donation that they are extremely happy with the results of the new program. They noted that they appreciate “the Patrick County Board of Supervisors being flexible and innovative and making this happen.”

While we are reluctant to mention it, and uncomfortable including it to some extent because it concerns our job performance, the program donors also insisted we include the following in our report: They stated “we are delighted with the care and commitment demonstrated by Wanda and Angela at the pound, as well as their diligence in making this new program a success. Patrick County has a first-class facility, staffed by first-class people. Additionally, Officer Dale Owens is a valuable asset for the community and does excellent work in conjunction with the pound.”

We have recently received word that this program will once again be funded for the upcoming fiscal year—with a helpful increase for dog food and more spays/neuters—and that the checks have been delivered to the county.
On another front, we now have a Facebook page, Patrick County Animal Pound, and we invite everyone to “Like” us or visit the page so as to see the dogs we have available for adoption.

Finally, we appreciate our local media, especially WHEO and THE ENTERPRISE, taking the time to cover this program and spread the word to the community that wonderful, deserving dogs are available for only ten dollars, which will also cover most, if not all, of the spay/neuter cost.

Respectfully submitted: Wanda Vaden and Angela Rogers
 

Wednesday July 11, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Superintendent Discusses Budgetary Consequences Pt 1.mp3

In Wake of Storm Supervisor Calls for More Emergency Manpower.mp3

Soil and Water Conservation Directors Staff Recognized.mp3

Bluegrass Returns to Wayside Park.mp3

Patrick County Circuit Court News June 2012.mp3

 

Tuesday July 10, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Boyce Criticizes Personnel and Program Cuts by School Divison.mp3

Lack of Communication Hampers Local Governing Boards.mp3

Supervisors Praise Volunteers for Emergency Response.mp3

4-H Shooter Education Team Fares Well at National Competition in Arkansas.mp3

Burglary and Drug Arrests Reported.mp3


The Stuart farmers market will be open Tuesday July 10 from 3 pm to 6pm. fresh fruit and vegetables available. SNAP accepted.

The Stuart farmers market will be open Friday July 13th 8 am to 12pm. Fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, baked items, and meats will be available. SNAP, Senior Vouchers accepted.

The Stuart Farmers market will be open Tuesday July 17th from 3 pm to 6pm.
 


Stuart Farmers Market may be voted one of
America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets


Get ready Stuart and Patrick County, Stuart Farmers’ Market is one of the contestants in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest hosted each year by American Farmland Trust.

Stuart Farmers’ Market, downtown Stuart Tuesdays 3 pm to 6 pm and Fridays 8 am to 12 pm.

American Farmland Trust (AFT) has opened the voting to select “America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” at www.farmland.org/vote.  The online contest is a nationwide challenge to see which of America’s farmers markets can rally the most support from their communities. At the end of the contest on August 31st, one large, medium, small, and boutique sized farmers market will win the title of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” for 2011. Winners will be featured on Epicurious.com, the most award-winning foodsite, and will be honored at local celebrations where they will receive prize packages from American Farmland Trust and its partners.

Farmers markets are a vital link between local farms and their supporting communities, providing fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else. By partnering with farmers market managers, American Farmland Trust is encouraging consumers to consider the importance of farmland and to support local farmers. Market shoppers can cast their vote in support of their region’s farmers, community and market. To vote for Stuart Farmers’ Market simply go to www.farmland.org/vote.

“The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a fun and engaging way for farmers market shoppers to show their pride for their local farmers markets and to directly support their communities,” said Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust. “Farmers markets provide a vital connection from town and city centers to surrounding local farms, supplying fresh and healthy food and an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else.”

The America’s Favorite Farmers Contest is a part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products.

American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save more than 3 million of acres of farmland and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.


AFT’s national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.
 


GOD’S PIT CREW STILL DELIVERING HOPE

 

Strong storms have ravaged many parts of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.  People have been without power for more than a week and some have sustained heavy damage due to rising flood water. 

 

God’s Pit Crew is still offering assistance and delivering loads of hope.

 

Since June 29th God’s Pit Crew has delivered more than 320,000 pounds of relief supplies to help victims who are without power and water. 

 

Mobile shower/laundry units were delivered to West Virginia and are still being used by the thousands there without water.

 

A God’s Pit Crew tractor and trailer is back on the road today delivering a load of relief supplies to Galax, Virginia.

 

As long as people are in need….we’ll be there!


 

Monday July 9, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

SNAP Food Stamp Issuance to Change.mp3

School Board Sticks to Modified Bidding on MODE Reconstruction.mp3

Rabies Control Ordinance Passed Pt 1.mp3

Rabies Control Ordinance Passed Pt 2.mp3

Supervisors Meet Pt 1.mp3

Supervisors Meet Pt 2.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

* ROUTE 626 BRIDGE WORK - Route 626 (Abram Penn Highway) is closed to through traffic at its intersection with Route 697 (Via Orchard Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over Spoon Creek.  Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed until August 2012. Detour signs will be in place.

###      * STORM DEBRIS REMOVAL – Crews will work throughout the county removing storm debris. Lane and/or shoulder closures may be necessary to complete the work

        * 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. 


Patrick County Animal Pound

1) Lab. mix-female-6 months old- black-Needs a home
2) Hound -male-black tan-Found on Bob White Rd
3) Beagle/Hound-male-blue tick-Found on Mt View Loop
4) Shepherd mix-female-black tan-Found on Bent Rd
5) Hound-male-black tan-Found on Fairy Stone Church Loop
6&7) 2 Rat Terriers -females -white black tan-Need a home
8) Beagle-female-black white tan-Found on Brim Lane

We have several kittens available for adoption.
If you are missing or would like to adopt a furry friend call the pound at 276-694-6259.
 

Friday July 6, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Boyce Speaks Out on Credit Card Usage by School Superintendent.mp3

Emergency Shelters Closed as Power Restored.mp3

4th of July Lover's Leap Brush Fire Contained.mp3

Power Outage Update.mp3

Burglary Suspect Arrested.mp3

 

Thursday July 5, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick Springs Burglary Larceny Suspect Arrested.mp3

Patrick 4th of July Activities Well Attended.mp3

37th Annual JEB Stuart Art Show Announced.mp3

Flaccavento Outlines Economic Development Strategy.mp3

Congressman Griffith's Staff Holds Office Hours in Stuart.mp3


Agenda
Business Meeting Of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors

Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building
3rd flr. Courtroom  106 Rucker Street Stuart, VA

OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Chairman Boyce
• Invocation will be given by Rev. Jim Churchwell
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

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

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The Board will hear comments from the citizens on various topics.

NEW BUSINESS:

OLD BUSINESS:

ACTION ITEM:
• School board Resolution : VRS Concurrence Certification (action required)
• School board Request: Carryover Funds (action required)
• CSA Allocation for FY 2013

7:00 p.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Legal Matters 2.2 -3711 (A) (7)

ADJOURN: July 23, 2012


Thomas Road Baptist Church Provides Humanitarian Relief
to Thousands in Central Virginia

The Lynchburg Church Responds to Those Impacted by Powerful Storms and Long Term Power Outages

Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) begins its fifth day of around-the-clock humanitarian relief efforts for the citizens of central Virginia. The church opened its doors within ten hours of an overnight major east coast storm, and the resulting widespread power outages, that caused havoc for hundreds of thousands this past weekend.
“Our church staff and more than 450 volunteers have rallied together to provide a comprehensive relief center on the church campus,” stated Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor. “We are offering water, ice, meals, overnight sleeping areas, medical services, shower facilities, cooling areas and even a section for pets.”

In the first four days, Thomas Road has worked hand-in-hand with several ministry partners to distribute:
*400,000 bottles of water
*30,000 bottles of Gatorade
*10,000 large bags of ice

In addition, Thomas Road has hosted a 24/7 cooling center with 3,500 individuals participating. The church has provided meals to 2,500 people in the past four days.
“I met with my team early Saturday morning to map out our relief efforts,“ stated Pastor Falwell. “We put together a solid plan and our people have been incredible. I am so thankful for Thomas Road members. Many of our volunteers are also dealing with personal challenges that have resulted from the storms and power outages, yet they are here to help others in need. It’s a wonderful picture of the love of Christ.”
With the dangerous combination of power outages and extreme heat, TRBC opened its doors Saturday as a cooling center. All three TRBC campuses (Lynchburg, Danville & Roanoke) responded by opening facilities for those without electricity.

Our main campus was host to 1,500 people during the 48 hours with nearly 500 staying overnight Sunday night. Guests were able to enjoy the air conditioning and electricity, taking advantage of one of our four sleeping centers. As a joint venture between Thomas Road and our ministry partner Gleaning For The World, we were able to begin distributing water bottles and personal care items immediately. The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, Liberty University, God’s Pitt Crew and The Virginia Department of Emergency Services joined with TRBC to supply community members with much-needed ice and related disaster-relief services.

Late Monday afternoon, the City of Lynchburg announced that “anyone with a medical condition or special needs who needs shelter, should report to the shelter located at Thomas Road Baptist Church.” The Thomas Road shelter “has medical staff available who are prepared to assist individuals with mild medical conditions.” This was put together by TRBC in partnership with Centra Health.
The TRBC Relief Center will remain open for as long as necessary. If you would like to partner with us in meeting the needs of central Virginia, you can donate right now at https://trbc.org/support/online-giving/ .

About Thomas Road Baptist Church
Founded in 1956, Thomas Road is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It has more than 20,000 members with dozens of local, national and international ministries. Jonathan Falwell is senior pastor. More information at www.TRBC.org  and www.Falwell.com 
 

Wednesday July 4, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Appalachian Power Restoration Continues.mp3

Another Storms Douses Stuart.mp3

Patrick County Celebrates 4th of July.mp3

Law Enforcement Launches Summer Highway Water Safety Campaign.mp3

Holiday Fireworks Safety Promoted.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Arrested in Burglary Grand Larceny Case.mp3

 

Tuesday July 3, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

More Downed Power Lines Reported as Appalachian Works to Restore Service to Thousands in Wake of Weekend Storms.mp3

Fate of Federal Grant for Phase 2 Patrick Springs Water Uncertain.mp3

School Division Opts for 5% VRS Contribution.mp3

Two Killed 4 Injured in Horsepasture Crash.mp3

Patrick Springs Woman Charged with Embezzlement.mp3


AEP Outages:

With Appalachian's restoration modification, it is estimated that ninety-five percent of Appalachian's customers should have power restored by late Sunday.

Estimates are based on current assessment and no further storm-related outages.

Thursday night, July 5 - Floyd, Smyth, Tazewell and Washington counties.

Friday night, July 6 - Bland, Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery,
Pulaski and Wythe counties.

Saturday night, July 7 - Albermarle, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt,
Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Craig, Franklin, Henry, Nelson, Patrick,
Pittsylvania and Roanoke counties and City of Roanoke
 

Monday July 2, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Weekend Storms Force Execution of Patrick Emergency Operations Plan.mp3

Patrick County Unemployment Rates Increased in May.mp3

Cost-Cutting Moves by Regional Library System.mp3

Ward Named Interim Director of Library System.mp3


God’s Pit Crew Busy Responding To Storm Victims
From Virginia to Florida


In just one weekend, June 29th-July 1st, over 120,000 pounds of relief supplies (including approximately 194,400 bottles of water and Gatorade) were given to tens of thousands of people without power and flooding due to numerous destructive storms in Virginia and many other parts of United States.

 Provided a load of building supplies to House of Hope in Galax, Virginia to help restore their facility so they can continue to offer help to people in need.

 Delivered Gatorade/Water to numerous Pittsylvania County Fire and Rescue Departments.

 Delivered a load of Gatorade to Thomas Roads Baptist Church Storm Shelter to assist victims without power.

 Delivered a load of drinks, snacks and other supplies to Covington, Virginia and are preparing to send another load.

 Preparing to ship a second load of Blessing Buckets, snacks and drinks to Thomas Roads Baptist Church Storm Shelter were nearly 400 victims are still located.

 Sending a load of Blessing Buckets, snacks and drinks to Florida Gateway Food Bank in Lake City, Florida to assist people who were displaced after massive flooding.

 Delivered an enormous generator and provided mobile air condition unit to Spirit FM in Lynchburg so the station could remain on air.

 Sending mobile shower unit to Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in Beckley West Virginia to assist with the thousands without power.
 


PATRICK COUNTY

* ROUTE 626 BRIDGE WORK - Route 626 (Abram Penn Highway) is closed to through traffic at its intersection with Route 697 (Via Orchard Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over Spoon Creek.  Weather permitting, the road is expected to be closed until August 2012. Detour signs will be in place.

        * 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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