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July 2013

 Wednesday July 31, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County's Unemployment Rate Up for 2nd Consecutive Month.mp3

School Board Chairman Responds to Public Concerns.mp3

Math Teacher Questions Monetary Transfer by Superintendent.mp3

PHCC to Offer Innovation Engineering.mp3


 

 Tuesday July 30, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Elementary School Registration Today in Patrick County.mp3

Transferred School Administrator Claims to Be Victim of Superintendent's Retaliation.mp3

DMV Office on Wheels Visits Stuart Today.mp3

Muddy FloydFest Concludes.mp3

Patrick Native Indicted on Federal Firearms Charge.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Burglary and Petit Larceny Charges.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
P.O. Box 346 ● 104 Rucker Street ● Stuart, Virginia 24171
Phone (276) 694-3163 ● Fax (276) 694-3170

Ronnie N. Terry, Chair – Blue Ridge District Bobby W. Mangrum, Member – Smith River District
Quinn M. Brim, Vice-Chair – Dan River District A. Michelle Day, Member – Mayo River District
Dr. Roger N. Morris, Division Superintendent Annie H. Hylton, Member – Peters Creek District


The Patrick County School Board appreciates the concern of all our citizens. As you know, we added a Public Comment session to the July 18th School Board meeting in order to receive public comment. Since that time I have received feedback from individual Board members and, as Chairman, I would like to offer the following comments.

With respect to questions regarding transfers, we ask that you understand that these are personnel matters involving individual employees and, therefore, it is not appropriate for the Board to comment on them publicly. We would like the public to understand that the transfers were all reviewed individually by the Board at the June 6th meeting and the Board voted to approve the transfers after being provided with the rationale for each transfer. The intent of the Board with all of the personnel transfers was and is to provide for the educational needs of the students in Patrick County. It is the Board’s desire that all personnel assignments, including the recent transfers, be periodically evaluated to ensure that each assignment is in the best interests of the school division and the students.

There have been questions raised regarding the investigation of several recent retaliation complaints. Pursuant to Policy GBAS and due to the nature of the complaints, it is necessary for the school division to engage a neutral third party to conduct investigations into the allegations in each complaint. The individual who was initially secured to conduct the investigations decided to withdraw because he did not believe that he had the training necessary to conduct such investigations. Because the complaints are under investigation and because they involve sensitive personnel issues, the Board cannot comment on these matters further at this time.

We would also like to provide comments to the recent advertisement made by a group named “Patrick County Educators” in the Wednesday, July 17, 2013 edition of the Enterprise.

1. The advertisement states that “Members of the public have been denied agenda packets and materials when requested.” I am not aware of any circumstance in which any citizen was denied access to agenda packets and materials. Agenda packets are available for public inspection at the school board office approximately seven days prior to the meeting or when the packets are distributed to the Board. In addition, anyone who wishes to obtain a hard copy of the agenda packet may do so by paying the coping charge.
2. The advertisement states the School Board has not adopted “rules of order.” Similar comments were made at the July 18th School Board meeting. While the School Board chairman is responsible for the orderly conduct of meetings pursuant to Policy BDDH and has, for many years, run School Board meetings without conflict, it does appear that no rules of order have been formally adopted The Board appreciates this matter being brought to its attention and the matter will be taken under consideration for Board action soon
3. The advertisement quotes Policy BDDH – Public Participation at School Board Meetings. We feel it appropriate to quote the entire policy, which states “Any citizen may address the Board at any regular meeting. Persons wishing to appear before the School Board are requested to contact the superintendent, the School Board chairman, or their designee for placement on the agenda. The chairman is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the appropriateness of the subject being presented and length of time for such presentation. No one will be allowed to make additional presentations until everyone has an opportunity to make an initial presentation. A reasonable period of time, as determined by the School Board, will be allocated at each regular meeting for citizens to present matters of concern.” Citizens are welcome to address the Board pursuant to this policy. Citizens should know, however, that it is not always appropriate or even possible for the School Board to address all comments made during this time. When appropriate, a Board member or staff member may follow up with a citizen to address his or her comments or concerns following the meeting. Citizens should also know that it may not always be possible or appropriate for the School Board or staff to respond to every comment or concern raised, particularly when the comment involves sensitive matters such as personnel.
4. The advertisement incorrectly states that the closed meeting of June 27th “did not fall
within the provisions of the Personnel Exception of FOIA.” The closed meeting was
lawfully convened for discussing matters within the personnel exemption, but it was
interrupted and subsequently adjourned due to the interruption.

1.
We have been asked to note that the “The Patrick County Educators” is a group not affiliated with Patrick County Public School Division.

Some members of the public have said that they feel that the Board is too critical of the schools. We do not believe that everything is bad in our schools. To the contrary, we still believe this to be a great school division and we are working to make it even better. We understand that change can be difficult and want the public to know that all of the recent changes we have implemented were made with the intent of improving the school division. Indeed, we have received very positive feedback on the changes in the administration at the high school and would like to publicly acknowledge these comments about the new principal and staff.

The decisions that the Board has to make can be, at times, controversial and difficult for us all. Often, the decisions we have to make do not make everyone happy. We ask for your support as we move forward with implementing these changes.


Respectfully,

Ronnie Terry, Chairman Patrick County School Board
 


Stuart Farmers Market open the following days.

Tuesday 3 pm to 6pm.

Friday 8 am to 12 pm.
 

 Monday July 29, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Investigator Hired to Consider Teacher Transfer Grievances.mp3

Patrick County Educators Address VDOE Board School Crisis.mp3

Burglary Suspect Arrested.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

### * SPECIAL EVENT – Drivers should expect delays on Route 58 in the area of Meadows of Dan for FloydFest activities beginning Friday, July 27.

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

### *ROUTE 58 PAVEMENT MARKING REMOVAL – Mobile lane closures will be in place as crews remove pavement markings during daylight hours Monday through Friday along Route 58. Flaggers may control traffic.

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

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

 Friday July 26, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Approves Pending Separation Agreement with Superintendent.mp3

Ararat Barn Destroyed by Fire.mp3

Dee Owens Becomes Principal of WES.mp3

FloydFest 12, Already a Sell-Out, Begins.mp3


EMAIL RECEIVED BY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROGER MORRIS

Staff and Friends:

I am writing you this evening to inform you that the board and I agreed to end my employment contract effective June 30, 2014.  It has been an honor and privilege serving as Superintendent in Patrick County and my family and I look forward to our next adventure.

Dr. Roger Morris
Patrick County Public Schools
9:45PM Thursday, July 25th 2013


 

 Thursday July 25, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

PCHS Grad Named Patrick Henry Scholar.mp3

County Provides Over $50,000 in Tax Relief to Elderly and Handicapped.mp3

Boyce Questions High Cost of Renovating Bob White Covered Bridge.mp3

PHCC Offers Fast-Track Degree Program.mp3

PC Sheriff's Office to Host National Night Out.mp3

Interim Martinsville Police Chief Named.mp3

 

 Wednesday July 24, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Applications Sought for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.mp3

Patrick County Teacher Grievances Still Pending Investigation.mp3

Plans to Demolish Old Town Office Proceeding.mp3

Dump Truck Overturns on Rt. 58 Blocking Traffic.mp3

PHCC-Stuart Site Gears Up for Fall Semester.mp3


PATRICK SWCD RECOGNIZES DIRECTORS AND STAFF FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

The Patrick County Soil & Water Conservation District recognized Directors and Staff for their years of dedicated service at their regular District Board meeting (pictured front row, left to right,): Sandra Heath, District Manager, 16 years; Tony Collins, District Conservation Specialist, 10 yrs. (back row, left to right): Charles Smith, District Associate Director, 6 yrs; John Wood, District Associate Director, 1 year; Joseph Sparks, District Director, 10 yrs; E. Wayne Clark, District Director, 9 yrs and Travis Bunn, District Director, 4 yrs. (not pictured George Stovall, District Director, 2 yrs and Richard Kreh, District Director, 13 years)( Photo by Marjorie Nowlin)

With 330 conservation district director volunteers and more than 150 full and part-time employees, districts are a valuable delivery system for Virginia's statewide nonpoint source management program. Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) were established in the 1930s to develop comprehensive programs and plans to conserve soil resources, control and prevent soil erosion, prevent floods and conserve, develop, utilize and dispose water. Today, 47 districts serve as local resources for citizens in nearly all Virginia localities. Since the mid-1980s, DCR has relied heavily on districts to help deliver many programs aimed at controlling and preventing nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, often on a hydrologic unit basis. Districts provide a valuable delivery system for Virginia's statewide nonpoint source pollution prevention programs.
Key District Programs include implementation of the Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Assistance Program and State Tax Credit Program, conservation planning assistance and plan approval of farm plans for the Farm Bill, in accordance with federal, state and local requirements, lending technical expertise for design and installation of farm conservation practices implemented voluntarily by Virginia farmers and the education of clients through field days and workshops. The District leases 2 no-till drills, provides geo-textile fabric , provides schools with educational information and the public with valuable information. The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District office is located in the USDA Service Center on Stonewall Court in Stuart along with the Natural Resource Conservation Service Agency and the Farm Service Agency.
 


Advising for Fall Semester at PHCC’s Patrick County Site

Tuesday, July 30
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Faculty advisors will be available to assist with enrollment and answer questions. (Students should have applied to the college and have taken the placement test in order to be advised on this day). A Financial Aid representative will also be available to answer questions and assist with FAFSA applications.
Registration begins August 1 and classes begin August 22. For more information, call (276) 694-8778.


PHCC at Patrick County gears up for fall

The Patrick Henry Community College off-campus site in Patrick County is gearing up for a busy fall semester.
Advising for fall 2013 will be held on Tuesday, July 30 from 3-6 p.m. at the Stuart site, located at 212 Wood Brothers Drive. Faculty advisors and financial aid representatives will be available to assist students and answer any questions.
Before coming to the advising session, students must complete an application to PHCC and take the placement test. During the event, students can receive help with registration and get assistance in completing their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by appointment.
Test proctoring services are available to students enrolled in distance learning courses. And new for the upcoming fall semester – the Math Lab will be available for students enrolled in any math class. Free tutoring in other subjects is also available.

Fall 2013 classes at the Patrick County Site include (*Indicates new courses for fall):
- College Composition I
- College Composition II
- Developmental Math (MTE 1-9 and MTT sections available)
- General Biology I (with lab)*
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) *
- Information Literacy
- Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
- Introduction to Speech Communications
- Mathematics for Liberal Arts
- Preparing for College English II
- Principles of Psychology*
- Survey of Chemistry*
- Survey of World Literature I
- U.S. History I
- Weight Training*

The Patrick County Site is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. For additional information, call (276) 694-8778.
 

 Tuesday July 23, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

More Personnel Changes Approved by School Board as Part of Reorganization.mp3

Boyce Seeks to Clarify Motion on DRBA Recreation Use Plan.mp3

Historic Lewis and Clark Expedition Recalled in Historical Society Presentation.mp3

Henry Man Arrested on Multiple Patrick County Felony Charges.mp3


SINGLE VEHICLE TRUCK ACCIDENT ON 58 YESTERDAY AROUND 6PM
RIGHT ABOVE THE INTERSECTION OF 58 AND AMERICAN LEGION ROAD NEAR BOYCE-HOLLAND VETERINARY SERVICES
NO OTHER DETAILS AT THIS TIME.

photo by Daniel Louis


Stuart Farmers Market will open Tuesday from 3 pm to 6pm.

Friday July 26 8 am to 12pm. Totally Tomatoes

Tuesday July 30 3 pm to 6pm.

 

 Monday July 22, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Meeting 7-18-13.mp3

Patrick SWCD recognizes directors and staff.mp3


STATEMENT FROM ROGER N. MORRIS
Superintendent Patrick County Public Schools

To The Citizens of Patrick County:

Last week, I was interviewed by Channel 7 from Roanoke and during that interview I made a comment that was wrong and inappropriate.  Those who know me on a personal level know that when I am wrong I offer no excuses and will not offer any here.  I am responsible for my statement and I offer my  sincere apology.  

I want to take this opportunity to explain the comment that I made.  It was in no way directed at anyone.  On the contrary,  I find Patrick County to be a special place with good and decent people.  The words were directed at the situation which has upset so many people in the County. Changing teacher assignments has never been an issue here nor, under normal circumstances, is it in other places.

 

I made a mistake.  I will offer no excuses,  but ask that the citizens of Patrick County forgive me for the words that were aired as I deeply regret them.

****************************************************************************

Dr. Roger N. Morris, Division Superintendent
Patrick County Public Schools


Caring Hearts Free Clinic Announcement

Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County would like to announce that there will NOT be a walk-in clinic on Thursday, July 25. Patients can call the clinic at 276-694-3410 for assistance.

Susan C. Heath
Executive Director
Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County
 


PATRICK COUNTY

### * ROUTE 58 LANE CLOSURE – Lane closures will be in place on various sections of Route 58 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for the installation of pavement markers and curbing. Flaggers and a pilot truck will control traffic.

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

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

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

 Friday July 12, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Deed Scam.mp3

Jane from 4H shooters.mp3

Relay for life Meets Goal 7-10-13.mp3

Gods Pit crew going back to Oklahoma.mp3

Gas Prizes to Rise.mp3


WHEO Jamboree & Peach Festival Kick Off Party

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce and 1270AM WHEO will be combining the WHEO Jamboree with the Peach Festival Kick Off Party!

The Party will begin at 6pm on Stonewall Court (top of Main Street) in Uptown Stuart on Friday, July 19th.

Arts on Main will have another Battle of the Brushes. Artists will compete in a live painting event. Each Artist will be provided with a blank canvas, and 20 minutes to create their masterpiece. After the battle, paintings will be displayed and silent auction will be held. Funds raised will be donated to the Patrick County Partnership for the Arts to benefit art in our schools.

Don't miss the giving away of Mug #1 of this year’s 2013 Chamber of Commerce collectable mugs as a door prize. Be there!
 


TRAFFIC ALERT: ROUTE 58 LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED IN HENRY COUNTY

SALEM – Lane closures are scheduled for westbound Route 58 near Route 684 (Carver Road) in Henry County for drilling and soil testing in the area.

Weather permitting, the right lane will be closed on Tuesday, July 16 and the left lane will be closed on Wednesday, July 17. The work will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day.

For traffic related information visit www.511Virginia.org
 

 Thursday July 11, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

State Police statistics for holiday weekend.mp3

Kids on the move caution.mp3

Fire Arms Safety.mp3

EDA meeting changed.mp3

Wanted list.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY POUND LIST

1) St Bernard mix-male-brown white -around 6 months old-has a collar on-Found on Stella Rd
2) St Bernard mix-male-brown white some black on face-around 6 months old-has a collar on-Found on Stella Rd
3) Min. Pin./Chihuahua-female-brown-Found on Fain Lane
4) Lab. mix-female-black -around 5 months old-Found on Hainted Rock
5) Australian Shepherd mix-blue merle- Found on Hainted Rock
6,7,8) 3 Hound mix pups-2 female female 1 male-all brown white-Found on Lone Ivy
9) Pit Bull/ Lab mix-male-black with some white-Found in Stuart on Sunset Drive

We have several kittens available for adoption.
Remember if you are missing or would like to adopt a pet call the Patrick County Pound at 276-694-6259
 

 Wednesday July 10, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Recreation Use Plan to Be Presented to BOS.mp3

Fire Destroys Log Home at Moorefield Store.mp3

New State Trooper from Stuart Assigned to Henry County.mp3

Special Project to Be Topic of Another Joint Closed Session.mp3

Homestead Hosts Upward Bound Students.mp3

Chamber of Commerce to Offer Group Health Insurance to Members.mp3

Effective Stress Management Can Prevent Disease.mp3

Shoplifting Cases Heard in Patrick County Circuit Court.mp3


FATAL TRAFFIC CRASHES CLAIM SEVEN LIVES OVER
2013 FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Three of the Crashes Involved Motorcycles

RICHMOND – Of the seven fatal crashes to occur over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, three claimed the lives of motorcyclists. The three motorcycle crashes occurred in Fauquier County, Prince William County and the City of Hampton. The remaining four fatal crashes occurred in Amelia, Brunswick, Carroll and Warren counties. A total of seven people were killed in the crashes, down from 10 traffic deaths during the 2012 Independence Day holiday weekend.

During the 2013 holiday weekend, Virginia State Police stepped up patrols and enforcement as part of Operation C.A.R.E. The annual, nationwide, state-sponsored program, otherwise known as Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, concentrates on safe driving through strict traffic enforcement in an attempt to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The 2013 statistical counting period for the holiday weekend began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, and concluded at midnight Sunday, July 7, 2013.

In addition to responding to 795 total traffic crashes statewide during the holiday statistical counting period, Virginia State Police troopers also stopped and cited 10,454 speeding motorists across the Commonwealth. A total of 2,524 reckless drivers were cited and 93 drunken drivers were taken off the highways. Troopers cited 1,044 adults for failing to buckle up and another 334 adults for failing to safely secure their children in infant, child or booster seats.

“With summer in full swing, state police cannot emphasize enough the importance of safe driving – no matter what kind of vehicle one is operating,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “The Commonwealth is a popular summer destination for many within and outside our state, which means an increased volume in traffic on highways and rural routes. Commercial, passenger and motorcycle traffic must mutually share the road with one another. Patience, driving distraction free, and complying with posted speed limits are imperative to the safety of every adult and child riding on our roads.”

In two of the fatal motorcycle crashes, the motorcyclist lost control of his bike and ended up colliding with another vehicle. The third crash involved a passenger vehicle pulling into the path of an oncoming motorcycle and the two vehicles collided. Visibility and proper handling are essential to the safety of every motorcyclist. For additional tips on motorcycle safety, click on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Website at http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/safety/#programs/motorcycle/index.asp  DMV also offers
Motorcycle Rider Safety Training Courses at various locations around the state: http://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#m_course.asp
 

 Tuesday July 9, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

New PCHS Principal Focused on New Year Despite Personnel Issues.mp3

Chamber of Commerce Warns of Scam.mp3

Connection Between Diet and Cancer Explored at Library Today.mp3

Griffith Renews Call for Repeal of Obamacare During Stuart Visit.mp3

Primland Named to Test 100 Hotels in World List by T+L.mp3


PICTURES OF NEW MEADOWS OF DAN SCHOOL
photos by Jeannie King


 Agenda
Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors

Monday, July 15, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Wayne Moore, High Point Church
• 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

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

Ms. Lisa Price Hughes, VDOT Resident Engineer; Bob White Covered bridge

Dan River Basin Association -DRBA – Presentation of the Final Master Recreational Plan: Ms. Tiffany Haworth, Executive Director; and Ms. Anna Wallace, Project Coordinator; for Patrick County

7:00 pm Joint Executive Session with the EDA: Special Project

NEW BUSINESS:

• Water Tower, Henry County – Letter stating that we have no objection to land exchange for water tower construction(action requested)
• Department of Social Services Request: CPMT $40,567 to cover expenditures for at risk youth from July 2013-end of June 2014 (action requested)
• Resolution: USDA grant funding for police vehicle purchase
• Patrick County School Board budget request approval for FY2013 and FY2014
• VACO 2013 Annual Conference

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Personnel Matters 2.2- 3711(A) (1) Board Appointments, Employment, Animal Control
Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7) Legal question
Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30) Franchise, Courthouse bids, Mt Top Park – Survey
Real Estate 2.2 – 3711 (A) (3) Former Adult Ed building (EMS Training)

RECONVENE

ACTION: If any

ADJOURN: August 12, 2013
 


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

Tuesday 3 pm to 6pm
Friday 8 am to 12pm. Kids on the move campers come shop at the market.
Saturday July 13 10 am to 1pm.
 

 Monday July 8, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Dr. Morris Challenges Terry's Assertion about Consultant.mp3

School Board Chairman Defends Hiring of Consultant.mp3

BOS Next Meets on July 15th.mp3

Steve Allen Receives Regional Excellence in EMS Award.mp3

Griffith Says NSA Went Too Far in Surveillance Scandal.mp3

Patrick Springs Woman Convicted of Forgery and Identity Theft.mp3

 


LOCAL STUDENT WINS AWARD AT DIABETES CAMP

Macie Rogers (13) won the "Create a Slogan" contest for Camp Too Sweet in Roanoke. Camp Too Sweet is for children and young adults (ages 8 to 16) who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Camp Too Sweet teaches young people with diabetes the self-management skills that they need to take care of themselves. Macie is shown being presented a new mountain bike and helmet by Lions Club International District 24E District Governor Nelson Leftwich (right) and District Governor Elect Kirk Sampson (left). Macie is the daughter of Ric Rogers and Tracie Rogers of Stuart. She is a rising 8th grader at Patrick County High School.

Her winning slogan, which will now be the tagline for the camp, was "Living on the Sweet Side at Camp Too Sweet."
 


PATRICK COUNTY

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

* ROUTE 58 SEWER LINE INSTALLATION – Contractors are installing sewer lines during daytime hours on weekdays along portions of Route 58 between Route 8 and the Town of Stuart. Lane and/or should closures may be in place. The work will continue until July 2013.

* ROUTE 616 BRIDGE WORK – On Monday, July 8, a section of Route 616 (Mill Creek Road) will be closed for repairs to the bridge over a branch of the Smith River. Drivers will need to seek an alternate route.

* PAVEMENT LINE MARKING – Lane closures may be in place on weekdays during daylight hours as crews paint lines on portions of Route 8, Route 40, Route 57, and Route 103.

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

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

 Friday July 5, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

I.C. Dehart Park in Woolwine to Host Regional Mountain Bike Championship Event.mp3

4H Shooter Education Team Returns Home First in VA and with National Award.mp3

Dehart Park Pool Hosts 4th of July Activities.mp3

Vesta Independence Day Celebration Set for Saturday.mp3

Blood Drive Helps Replenish Low Blood Supplies.mp3

Congressman Presents Stuart Maps to Historical Museum.mp3

VDOT Reports Flooded Roads.mp3

Stuart Woman Convicted of Burglary, Larceny and Drug Charges.mp3

Two Single Vehicle Crashes Investigated July 4th.mp3

 

 Thursday July 4, 2013

 Wednesday July 3, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Mary Sue Terry Claims School Consultant Not Needed.mp3

After Hitting 4 Years Low, Patrick County Unemployment Rate Jumps .mp3

Two Injured in 3 Vehicle Crash on Rt. 103.mp3

Three Convicted of Multiple Drug Distribution Charges.mp3


PEACH FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARTY

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to the Virginia State Peach Festival Kickoff Party, Friday July 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 103B Stonewall Court in Stuart. Come out and celebrate the biggest announcement in the 26 year history of the Peach Festival, Free Admission!

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

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

There will also be plenty of live music, at this year’s Peach Festival, including Les Moore, Southern Remedy and the Legendary Embers. The music will have everyone tapping their toes as they mix and mingle with the community.

So join the Chamber of Commerce as they celebrate the 2013 Virginia State Peach Festival at their Kickoff Party, Friday July 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 103B Stonewall Court in Stuart. Southern Remedy will be on hand providing music to rock the night away. There will also be food and drinks available in addition Stanburn Winery will be on hand presenting a paid wine tasting.

Also in conjunction with the Kickoff Party, a Ribbon Cutting will be held for one of the Chamber’s newest members, Sittin’ Pretty Salon. They will be having door prizes and giveaways all evening long.

This admission-free, family-friendly event will feature something for everyone.
 

 Tuesday July 2, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Grievances Filed in Connection with PCPS Personnel Controversy.mp3

Sheriff Explains No Trespass Notice Served on Mary Sue Terry.mp3

Citizens Group Says Its Efforts Separate from Mary Sue Terry.mp3

New Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Begins Duties.mp3

New Texting Law Now in Effect.mp3


SPCA 4th Freedom Specials

The SPCA will have 4th Freedom Specials on pet adoptions. We will be open until 4 p.m. on the 3rd and 4th. Stop by on the 4th for special adoption rates:

$100 puppy adoption specials
$5 Adult pit or pit or pit mixes
$20 adult dogs

Free cat kittens / with donation to the SPCA No Kill Martinsville-Henry County 2015 Campaign.

Above is a picture of Confetti, which would be a perfectly appropriate dog to adopt this Fourth of July! Are you ready for a party? Well, Confetti certainly is! This sweet two year old female, LOVES to play. She makes an excellent running partner as well. Sweet Confetti just recovered from heartworms, and now that she can run, it's Party Time! If you're looking for an active dog who can bring fun to the family, Confetti is it!
 


CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S FREEDOM THIS FOURTH OF JULY
BUT IF YOU DRIVE - STAY FREE OF ALCOHOL
Virginia State Police Step Up Patrols for Holiday Weekend

RICHMOND – Food, fireworks, family and friends are associated with the Independence Day holiday, unfortunately, so is a spike in traffic fatalities from impaired driving. During the 2011 July 4th holiday, 38 percent of the fatal crashes on the nation’s roads involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.* In Virginia last year, 10 percent of the crashes during the July 4th holiday were alcohol-related.**

In an effort to reduce the dangers of drinking and driving, Virginia State Police will step up patrols and enforcement as part of Operation C.A.R.E. The annual, nationwide, state-sponsored program, otherwise known as Operation Combined Accident Reduction Effort, concentrates on safe driving through strict traffic enforcement in an attempt to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities. The 2013 statistical counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013, and concludes at midnight Sunday, July 7, 2013.

“Regrettably, not everyone celebrates this important holiday responsibly – which can be attested to the fact our troopers made 104 DUI arrests during the holiday last year,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We have zero tolerance for such behavior on the road. Don’t take the risk of drinking and driving. Better yet, don’t take the risk with someone else’s life. Make the responsible choice and designate a sober driver, if you plan to drink.”

During the 2012 July 4th holiday, Virginia State Police’s enforcement efforts also resulted in the following: 9,209 speeders and another 2,609 reckless drivers being cited; and 906 individuals being charged for failing to buckle up. There were also 280 child safety violations cited by state troopers.

State police investigated 719 traffic crashes during last year’s Independence Day weekend. There were a total of 10 traffic deaths during the holiday weekend in 2012. In 2011, 14 people were killed.

Making responsible choices starts with planning a safe way home before your celebration begins:
• Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to dial #77 on a cell phone to reach the nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center;

• And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride their motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
With state police’s stepped up enforcement efforts, drivers are also reminded of Virginia’s Move Over law. Motorists need to comply with the law that has been in effect since 2002. It requires drivers to change to another travel lane or, when not able to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also applies to emergency response vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
** DMV, Highway Safety Office
 


PHCC PLANS FOR DISASTER

Stone Hall at Patrick Henry Community College is designated as a state-managed shelter. That means if the governor declares a state of emergency where a mass evacuation is required, it might be open for business.
PHCC Police Chief Gary Dove was part of a tabletop discussion June 28 at the college to plan what happens if evacuees need Stone Hall for a shelter. Dove said the college could be notified 24 hours or less if a disaster were to occur.
“We have a long list of things to get ready,” he said. “PHCC is the first shelter on the 58 Corridor between here and Virginia Beach, so if a hurricane hits between here and there, we’re the first stop.”

Stone Hall is licensed to hold 200 people and five people with special needs. PHCC is primarily responsible for shelter, food services and staff/volunteer housing. Several state agencies each have responsibilities when it comes to shelter upkeep and supplies.  They include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Virginia State Police (VSP), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).
Joron Moore, a spokesperson for DSS, said PHCC was an attractive choice for a state shelter because a site along Highway 58 was needed.  “Route 58 is an evacuation route from Hampton Roads,” she said via email. “It is critical that sites be identified along all evacuation routes. Looking at Route 58, there are not many large-capacity buildings, so every facility identified along that route is critical.” She said the closest shelter to PHCC is Virginia Tech to the west and Paul D. Camp Community College to the east. In the past five years, state-managed shelters have not been activated in Virginia.  Dove said the next step is to get members of PHCC CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team) trained to assist with logistics and running the shelter. “I feel really good about the preparation work that’s taken place so far with the college and state officials,” he said. “They were very pleased with where we’re at and how prepared we are to handle the situation.”


PHCC at Franklin County to host open house

The doors at Patrick Henry Community College’s off campus site in Franklin County will be open to the community on July 13 for an open house.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., faculty and advisors will be available to answer questions about PHCC programs, and a financial aid representative will assist anyone who needs help filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Guests are encouraged to take an application for admission or a 2013-2014 catalog that includes a full description of all programs and classes offered at PHCC. The college offers associate of arts and science degrees, associate of applied science degrees, certificates and career studies certificates.
PHCC’s Franklin County Site is located at 50 Claiborne Ave. in Rocky Mount. For additional information, call (540) 483-0179. To learn more about PHCC, visit www.patrickhenry.edu.
 

 Monday July 1, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Special Called Meeting During Citizens Gathering Not Proper.mp3

Mary Sue Terry Confronts School Board Second Time.mp3

No Trespass Order Served on Mary Sue Terry.mp3

School Board Approves Financial Transactions to Close FY.mp3

4H Shooter Education Team Competes in National Championships.mp3


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

Tuesday 3 pm to 6 pm.

Friday~ Red, White and Blueberries 8 am to 12 pm. Come enjoy music by the F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M. while you shop locally grown produce, baked items, meats, eggs and baked items. Stanburn Winery will be on site with tastings and wine to purchase.

Tuesday (July 9) 3 pm to 6 pm.
 


PATRICK COUNTY

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

* ROUTE 58 SEWER LINE INSTALLATION – Contractors are installing sewer lines during daytime hours on weekdays along portions of Route 58 between Route 8 and the Town of Stuart. Lane and/or should closures may be in place. The work will continue until July 2013.

### * ROUTE 161 BRIDGE REPAIRS – On Monday, July 1, a section of Route 161 will be closed as crews repair the Route 161 (Mill Creek Road) bridge over a branch of the Smith River. Drivers will need to seek and alternate route.

* PAVEMENT LINE MARKING – Lane closures may be in place on weekdays during daylight hours as crews paint lines on portions of Route 8, Route 40, Route 57, and Route 103.

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

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

Friday June 28, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Closed Session Disrupted by Concerned Citizens.mp3

Judge Delays a Ruling on Motion in Morris' Defamation Suit Against Boyce.mp3

Smoke Alarms Help Family Members Escape Buring Ararat Mobile Home.mp3

Drug Trafficing Suspect Arrested.mp3


VIRGINIA STATE POLICE TO GRADUATE 119TH
GENERATION OF NEW TROOPERS


RICHMOND – On Friday, June 28, 2013, the Virginia State Police will welcome 90 new troopers to its ranks. The graduation exercises for the 119th Basic Session begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The 119th Basic Session is now the largest class to ever graduate from the Virginia State Police Academy. In October 2012, the Department graduated 89 new troopers.

The members of 119th Basic Session began a rigorous 34-week training session October 25, 2012. During the last eight months, the new troopers have received 1,690 hours of classroom and field instruction encompassing more than 100 different subjects. Additional subjects included judicial procedures, juvenile and traffic law, firearms, self-defense, crowd control and first-aid, to name a few.

On Monday, July 1, 2013, the new troopers will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia and begin their final phase of training. Each trooper will spend a minimum of six weeks with a field training officer (FTO) learning his or her new patrol area and day-to-day duties.

Prior to starting a career with the Virginia State Police, many of the new troopers served with other law enforcement agencies and/or with a branch of the military. The graduating troopers come from across the Commonwealth, as well as California, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Mississippi.

As the need for highly-skilled and capable law enforcement professionals continues, the Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of trooper. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police Recruitment Office at the toll-free number 1-866-877-2329 or visit the Department’s Web site www.vsp.virginia.gov.

Individual trooper’s photos are available to the media via e-mail.
Please contact Ms. Dorothy Bernstein at Dorothy.bernstein@vsp.virginia.gov

CONGRATULATIONS to local Jeremiah Nathaniel Mabe
119th BASIC GRADUATING CLASS
 

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