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June 2013

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

 

Thursday June 27, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board to Discuss Personnel Matters in Closed Session Tonight.mp3

Mangrum Calls for Citizen Support to Restore School Stability.mp3

Patrick County Public Schools' SOL Test Scores Drop .mp3

Homestead Quilter's Exchange Reorganizes.mp3

 

Wednesday June 26, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Pretrial Hearing Set for Thursday in Case of Morris vs. Boyce.mp3

4 Patrick County Fire Departments Receive VDOF Grants.mp3

Governor Announces VDOT Mowing Blitz.mp3

Plaque Honoring Dr. Clark to Be Installed by Town of Stuart.mp3

38th Annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show Announced.mp3


 
4th Annual Patrick County High School
Football Camp

with Antico Dalton and Pro Speed Sports


(Antico’s professional career includes 8 years between the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and the Grey Cup Champion team the Edmonton Eskimos)
Featuring Professional and Collegiate Athletes

Program Includes:
With pro football players and certified performance coaches
7on7 scrimmages, 1 on 1 drills, Speed and agility training
Awards ceremony
Motivational speeches
The date was originally put on the flyer wrong, it has been corrected. It is July 11, 2013, one all day camp, 9am-5pm.
Patrick County Students Only

Date: Thursday July 11, 2013
One All Day Camp Cost: $50 Ages: 6-18
Time: 9am-5pm (Parents registration starts 8am, camp starts at 9am and allow extra time at the end of the day, it may or may not end right at 5pm).
(Includes lunch & numerous breaks with Gatorade & water throughout the day)
(NO Refunds will be given after July 4, 2013, No Exceptions)
Once we order the t-shirts, the food, and pay Pro Speed Sports, your money is spent.
NO fundraisers this year because of the lack of participation, which results in a loss. From now until deadline you can put back $10 a week and camp is paid for.
Deadline for Registration: July 4, 2013 to be guaranteed a camp T-shirt.

Location: Rotary Field, come in large building to finalize registration & get your camp shirt.
Parents please make sure your child has on some kind of athlete shorts, that will stay up & they can move around in. They do a lot of warm-up exercises, agility drills, 7-7 games, etc. In order to be able to do these and benefit from the money you are paying, they need to wear appropriate attire. If you child has an allergy to any food, or has a medical condition, inhaler, etc., please let Lavina Corns know. The trainer from the high school will be made aware of it.
Please bring cleats and sneakers (if bad weather we’ll go inside)

Contact: Antico Dalton 704-999-1148_
Head Coach: Kenneth Perry, Jr. 276-694-7137
Coordinator: Lavina Corns 276-340-2411
Improve your Football and Agility Skills with Pro Athletes and Certified performance Coaches
 

Tuesday June 25, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Dr. Morris Meets Citizen Group Member to Answer Questions.mp3

Dehart Pool Builds to Peak Summer Attendance.mp3

Celebration of Life Draws Up to 150.mp3

Cicadas Leave Widespread Damage to Trees.mp3


R E L E A S E
FROM: Chris Corbett, Patrick County Fireworks Coordinator

July 4th Fireworks


Weather permitting (i.e., no thunder, lightning, or heavy rain) the annual Patrick County Fireworks Show celebrating our Nation’s Independence will be shot from the customary location above Dehart Park in Stuart on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at 9:30 P.M., rather than at 10:00 P.M., as in previous years.
 


HOMESTEAD RELEASES DATES FOR
38th Annual J.E.B. STUART ART SHOW

Senior Program Manager Lisa Martin has released the dates of the 38th annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show sponsored and hosted by the Reynolds Homestead.

The exhibition will run from September 3 through October 31 in the Continuing Education Center. The event welcomes artists residing in Patrick, Henry, Surry, Stokes, Franklin, Floyd and Carroll counties to enter. In addition, natives of Patrick County and members of Bull Mountain Arts living anywhere may enter their work. Students in grades 8-12 may enter as well.
Entries will be accepted at the Reynolds Homestead on the following dates: August 22 and 23 from 9:00-4:00; August 24 from 10:00-2:00; and August 26 from 2:00-7:00. Entries will not be accepted at any other time than these published dates.
The exhibition will open on September 3 with the opening reception and awards ceremony held on Friday, September 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Entry forms with additional information about the exhibition will be available July 15 either by calling the Reynolds Homestead, or visiting the website ( www.reynoldshomestead.vt.edu ) where forms will be downloadable. Entries will also be available at the Patrick Country Branch Library, Arts on Main, and other locations to be announced.
 


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open on the following days

Tuesday June 25 from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Friday June 28 from 8 am to 12 pm. Ms. Annie with the Library will be at the market for storytime and craft with children at 10 AM. Come shop local veggies, beef, lamb, eggs, baked items, and handmade crafts.

Tuesday July 2 from 3 pm to 6 pm.
 

Monday June 24, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Member Admits Personnel Moves May Have Been Mistake.mp3

Stuart Planning Commission and BZA Members Appointed.mp3

4H Shooter Education Team Departs for National Championships.mp3

Sheriff's Office Uses facebook in Fighting Crime.mp3


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.

* 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, Route 58 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 21, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Teachers and Citizens Air Concerns to 3 School Board Members.mp3

BOS Expects Repayment of $23,500 Dan River Trail Expense.mp3

Stuart Town Council Donates $1,000 to Pool Renovation Project.mp3

Town Earns Water Plant Award.mp3

 

Thursday June 20, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS Ponders Festival Ordinance on Rescue Squad Services.mp3

Citizens Teacher Support Group to Meet Tonight.mp3

12 Certified Positions Posted by PCPS-Close to Citizens Support Group Story.mp3

Eppersons Receive Clean Water Farm Award.mp3

Medicare Scam Reported.mp3

PHCC-Stuart Site Open House This Saturday.mp3


Summer Reading 2013
Patrick County Branch Library
Summer Reading Theme: “Dig Into Reading”


Keep the kids reading throughout the summer – participate in Summer Reading! During the months of June and July we have programs for pre-school and school-age children, teenagers and, at some branches, adults.

Pre-school children set a reading goal with their parents. If they meet or exceed this goal, they are awarded a prize paperback book. School-age children will earn a small prize for every five books they read, up to a total of thirty books. But they’ll need to keep reading to earn the Grand Prize, given to the school-age child at each branch who reads the most books! For the pre-school and school-age children, the library also hosts fun library programs that include stories, games, activities and crafts.
Teenagers and adults record the books they read and earn entry forms for our lottery prize drawings which are held at each branch at the end of the program. The more books read the more chances to win a prize!

The big news this year is that the children participating in the summer reading programs will be registering and logging their books online, with the help of their parents, of course. This can be done at the library or from any device with access to our website.
Registration/sign-up begins on Monday, June 10th and runs until July 12th. Please call your local library for more information at 276/694-3352.

Annie Hylton, Assistant Children’s Librarian
 

Wednesday June 19, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Superintendent Defends Himself Against Calls for Removal.mp3

School Personnel Changes Approved by Board.mp3

Serious Injuries Averted in Van-Tractor Trailer Crash.mp3

MOD Couple Arrested for Manufacture of Meth in Child's Presence.mp3


Petition -Letter Demanding Superintendent's Removal Sent to School Board.mp3

Petition-Morris-Press.pdf

To whom it may concern:

Please see the attachment - it is in PDF format, and so you will need Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer. This attachment is a petition and letter demanding the replacement of Dr. Roger Morris, current superintendent of Patrick County Public Schools in Stuart, VA.

"Leadership" under Dr. Morris has resulted in the resignations of numerous teachers and support staff, a student teaching scandal, a lawsuit by the local retired teachers organization, and the revelation (via FOIA responses) of questionable financial responsibility.

Each of the following news organizations is receiving this press copy as a measure of accountability to the Patrick County School Board:

- WHEO 1270 AM (will also receive a written copy)
- The Enterprise, Stuart, VA (will also receive a written copy)
- Martinsville Bulletin
- The Stokes News
- Mt. Airy News
- WFMY 2
- WXII 12
- FOX 8 WGHP
- Danville Register and Bee
- BTW 21

A group of citizens is gathering this Thursday at the Patrick Henry Community College in Stuart, VA at 6pm to discuss these issues - only one of five school board members has agreed to attend. And a Facebook group of 392 members has been formed to rally support for the teachers and support staff https://www.facebook.com/groups/530901320280195/
 

Tuesday June 18, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Responds to Concerned Citizens' Group.mp3

Unloaded School Bus Involved in Near Head-on Crash.mp3

School Board Candidate Focused on Quality Education.mp3

Patrick Mother and Daughter Reach Out to NC Infant.mp3

Chris Gammons Family Thanks Community for Support.mp3

 


PHCC OPEN HOUSE IN STUART

The doors at Patrick Henry Community College’s off campus site in Patrick County will be open to the community on June 22 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). Tours will be provided for any guest upon request.

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 Patrick County Site is located at 212 Wood Brothers Drive in Stuart. For additional information, call (276) 694-8778. To learn more about PHCC, visit www.patrickhenry.edu


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

Tuesday June 18 from 3pm to 6pm.

Friday June 21 from 8 am to 12 pm. Team Nurse will be at the market on Friday for free Health Screenings. Great selection of locally grown produce, eggs, meats, baked items and handmade crafts.

Tuesday June 25 from 3 pm to 6 pm.
 

Monday June 17, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Citizens' Group Spokesman Calls for Public Unity in Addressing School Teacher Issues.mp3

2 Departing Deputies Owed $39,000.mp3

Attempt to Avoid Collision Causes Mishap on Rt 58.mp3

Patrick County's Historic Covered Bridges Celebrated.mp3

Bushels and Barrels Festival Celebrates Local Agricultural Products.mp3

 

Friday June 14, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Citizens Group Airs Concerns about Teacher Departures and Transfers.mp3

4-H Shooting Education Team Headed to National Championships Again.mp3

9th Annual Covered Bridge Festival Showcases 2 Historic Treasures.mp3

Bushels and Barrels Festival Celebrates Growers and Producers.mp3

Lynchburg Woman Arrested on Patrick County Prescription Forgery Charges.mp3

 

Thursday June 13, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Enterprise Zone Expansion Sought to Promote New Investment.mp3

School Board Finds New Revenue Source Averting Program and Job Cuts.mp3

Supporters and Opponents of Recreation Use Plan Speak.mp3

Noonie's Officially Opens with Ribbon Cutting.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Arrested on Welfare Fraud Indictments.mp3

 

Wednesday June 12, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Reorganization Plan Brings Administrative Changes.mp3

Appraiser Pledges Fair Reassessment.mp3

Patrick County Voter Interest Lagging in Democratic Primary .mp3

2 Locally Supported Relief Missions Offer Help to Tornado Victims.mp3

Local Races Set as November Election Filing Deadline Passes.mp3

Musician David Via Injured.mp3

 

Tuesday June 11, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Responds to BOS Request for Financial Information.mp3

BOS Promotes Geri Hazelwood to Assistant County Administrator.mp3

12,161 Patrick County Registered Voters Eligible to Vote in Today's Democratic Primary.mp3

Stuart Man Dies in Henry County Traffic Crash.mp3

Malicious Wounding Charges Filed.mp3


EPPERSON AWARDED CLEAN WATER FARM AWARD

 

Submitted by:  Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District

               The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District presented Joey Epperson with the 2012 Virginia Clean Water Farm Award.  The Clean Water Farm award was established to provide special recognition to farmers who demonstrated a strong commitment to natural resource conservation through the implementation of best management practices and management of their lands.  The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation was given lead responsibility for program development and administration and the Department relies upon Soil and Water Conservation Districts to select worthy recipients within their communities.

            Joey and Stephanie Epperson own and operate a 100 acre farm in the Roanoke River Watershed of Patrick County.  They grow soybeans, wheat, corn and graze cow/calf pairs.  In addition to his farm, he also is responsible for approximately 475 acres of no-till corn, 125 acres of no-till soybeans, 150 acres of no-till wheat, and 750 acres of hay and pasture on his grand-parents farm.   Joey has a true passion for farming and loves to share his farm knowledge with others.

            Joey has learned the value of soil and the importance to protect and enhance it for future generations.  The Eppersons have been practicing continuous no-till for about 15 years now.  Even after converting from tillage to no-till, they still use their waterways, terraces, diversions, and field borders to protect the soils on their farm and Joey’s grand-parents farm.

            With cost share assistance from the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program, Joey and Stephanie have taken the extra step to improving the water quality on their farm.  They installed 2,600 feet of fence to exclude their cattle from a wet area, spring fed pond, and stream that flows through the farm.  They planted 1.5 acres of new riparian hardwood buffers along the streambanks to help filter runoff on the farm.  To provide their cattle with water, they installed 3,000 feet of pipeline and 3 frost free watering facilities.  They also installed additional interior cross-fencing to create 6 grazing paddocks to assist with their rotational grazing.

Past Patrick County recipients of the Local Clean Water Farm Award include Joe and Denise Clark, Dannie and Kathy Anderson, Larry Hutchens, Leon and Jane Stevens, John and Rose Wood, Marion and Glenda Cobbler, Ted and Brenda Kirby, B H Cooper Farm, Dewey Moss and Roger Wilson, Clarence and Darrell Mitchell, Chester Turner; and John F. Clark.

The Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District located in the USDA Service Center on Stonewall Court in Stuart, along with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, are proud sponsors of the Clean Water Farm Award.  In Virginia, farmers Voluntarily incorporate nutrient management and other environmental safeguards within agriculture operations as their contribution toward protecting water quality for citizens throughout the commonwealth.  There are 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Virginia. 

Pictured left is Tony Collins, representing the Patrick County Soil and Water Conservation District, presenting Mr. Joey Epperson with the Annual Clean Water Farm Award.  The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, along with the Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District located in the USDA Service Center on Stonewall Court in Stuart, are proud sponsors of the Clean Water Farm Award.


Virginia Covered Bridge Festival

Plans have been finalized for the 9th Annual Virginia Covered Bridge Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, June 15th in Woolwine from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is shaping up to be a fun day for all. There is no admission fee and free parking is available adjacent to both the Jacks Creek and Bob White Covered Bridges.

Live musical performers can be heard throughout the day at both bridges. The eclectic lineup near Jacks Creek Bridge on the Star Pavilion Stage will include Les Moore at 10:30 am; O! Brother Where Am I? at 11:30 am; 2 Young 2 Old at 12:30 pm; F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M. with Tommy Morse at 1:30 pm; and Poverty Level at 2:30 pm.

Following opening ceremonies at the Bob White site, gospel, country, Bluegrass, and old time music will be performed by Jackie Belcher at 10:30 am; Mountain Melodies at 11:00 am; Glory Road Singers at 11:30 am; Jason Harris and Friends at 12:30 pm; Lone Ivy String Band at 1:30 pm; and the Country Boys at 2:30 pm.

Women Caring for the Community will host the Third Annual Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk. Registration forms and information on how to register online can be found on the event website www.CoveredBridge5K.com You can also register the day of the event from 7:00-7:45am at Smith River Church of the Brethren, 2282 Bob White Road. Cost is $25, and only the first 125 are guaranteed t-shirts. The race begins at 8:00am, with an awards ceremony immediately following. Proceeds will benefit Christmas Cheer, Food Bank, Caring Hearts Free Clinic, Adult Developmental Center, and PCHS Senior Scholarships. For more information, visit the website or contact Stephanie at 694-3945 or stephanievipperman@embarqmail.com

Horse and mule drawn wagon rides are always a highly anticipated focal point of the festival. Rides from each bridge will again be offered at a small fee.

Another favorite activity at the festival includes the “duck race” in the river near Jacks Creek Bridge. The race will take place at 3:45 pm, with a first, second and third place prize awarded to winners. Tickets are available for $1.00 each and may be purchased at the festival.

Numerous artisan, craft and food vendors will be on site in the field near Jacks Creek Bridge. Vendor spaces are still available; for further information contact 276-930-2670.

Several children’s activities will be offered. These include an inflatable bouncer with a 40 foot obstacle course and an animal petting zoo.

Patrick County is the proud owner of two of the covered bridges still remaining in the state which, along with the local festival, were recognized during the 2007 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Both bridges cross the Smith River and are located just off Route 8 north in the Woolwine area.

The public is invited to attend the festival and “experience the simple life” which showcases the covered bridges and surrounding area. The festival is hosted and manned by volunteers from the Woolwine Ruritan Club, Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, and Smith River Rescue Squad, along with other community supporters. Additional help is needed and all citizens of the area are encouraged to join in and assist in promoting these local treasures.

Further information is available by emailing coveredbridgefestival@yahoo.com , on the festival Facebook page at www.facebook.com/virginiacoveredbridgefestival , at the county’s tourism website at www.visitpatrickcounty.org or by calling 276-930-2670.


Stuart Farmers Market will be open the following days

Tuesday June 11 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Fresh produce available.

Friday June 14 from 8 am to 12 pm. Cook on site demonstrating recipes using local items. Fresh eggs, meats, produce, baked items, and crafts available.

Tuesday June 18 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Fresh produce available.
 

Monday June 10, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS to Hear from Appraisal Company on Reassessment.mp3

12 School Division Retirees Honored.mp3

Implementation of Major School Reorganization Plan Underway.mp3

Sunshine Returns for Stuart Beach Music Festival.mp3

Register Today for Summer Reading Program.mp3

Sheriff's Office Arrest Report.mp3


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 58 PAVING – Flaggers and pilot trucks may control traffic at times during daylight hours on weekdays as crews pave Route 58 near the Meadows of Dan.

### * 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, Route 58 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 7, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Finds New Revenues to Balance Deficit Budget.mp3

Current School Principals to Remain in Place Next School Year.mp3

Nothing to Report following Joint Executive Session on Special Project.mp3

DRBA Hears Public Comment on Recreation Use Plan.mp3

10 Indicted for Alleged Property-Related Crimes.mp3

 

Thursday June 6, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

No Evidence of Racial Discrimination at PCHS Found.mp3

Patrick County Residents Alerted to Telephone Scam.mp3

Two Indicted on Welfare Fraud Charges.mp3

Prisoner Charged with Weapons Possession Offense.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW INTERN

You wouldn’t expect an aspiring Chemist to also be a skilled photographer, but that description is a perfect fit for the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce’s new Summer Intern, Haley Russell. Russell, a 2011 graduate of Patrick County High School joined the Chamber Staff on May 31, 2013.

Russell recently finished her sophomore year at Davis and Elkins College, in Elkins, West Virginia where she is a Chemistry Major.

In addition to her coursework, Russell kept busy on campus as a staff member of the College’s Newspaper the Senator. She will return to that role in the fall after completing her internship.

Since joining the Chamber of Commerce staff, Russell has been busy documenting events for the Chamber as well as getting accustomed to writing press releases. She will also be administering the Chamber of Commerce’s new Social Media Campaign, but her true love is photography.

Russell began her hobby, like many others, snapping pictures of her friends, but soon people began noticing her talent and people were lining up asking her to take photos for them. Since arriving at the Chamber of Commerce, Russell has had the opportunity to capture both the Chamber Block Party as well as the 6th Annual Highland Games on film. Her photos can be seen on the Chamber of Commerce’s new Facebook page.

Russell is the daughter of Dan and Ruthann Russell, of Claudville, she has one brother Harrison a rising senior at Radford University.

To see more of Russell’s work visit the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce website at www.patrickchamber.com and click on the Facebook link.

 

Wednesday June 5, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Today Marks First Half Real Estate Tax Payment Deadline.mp3

H. David Collins Jr. Seeks Smith River District School Board Seat.mp3

Summer Reading Program Begins June 25th.mp3

Joint Executive Session of EDA and BOS on Funding of the Special Project Thursday.mp3

Former MODE School Depicted on Chamber Oranament.mp3

Democratic Primary Set for Tuesday.mp3

Patrick Couple Indicted on Multiple Methamphetamine Manufacture Charges.mp3

 

Tuesday June 4, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Employee Evaluation Requirements Extended.mp3

Patrick County Sheriff's Office Participates in Torch Run.mp3

Community Garden Project Launched this Spring.mp3

Four Convicted in Firearms Violations Cases.mp3

Snake in a Car Story.mp3


NOTICE:
A SPECIAL CALLED JOINT EXECUTIVE SESSION
(CLOSED to the public) MEETING

of the Patrick County Economic Development Authority and the Patrick County Board of Supervisors will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Patrick County Veterans Memorial building, 106 Rucker Street, Stuart, VA 24171. The purpose of said meeting will be to discuss the funding of the "Special Project".
 


STEP, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start

Give Your Child an Early Head Start

Our Head Start and Early Head Start program recognizes parents as children’s primary teachers. Being a parent is one of the most challenging – and rewarding – jobs you will ever face. Head Start and Early Head Start gives you the encouragement, support and tools you need to guide and grow your family.

Home-Based

Families receive a weekly home visit from a specially trained Family Educator who brings activities and materials to promote your child’s development, health, and education. Enrolled families that are expecting receive up -to-date information on fetal development and are inspired to embrace a healthy lifestyle. All families enjoy socialization activities or play groups twice a month.

Early Head Start Center-Based Infants and Toddlers

Two teachers provide attentive, consistent, and individualized care in a classroom environment with peers of the same age and growth development. Early Head Start classrooms are limited to 8 children and we serve children from ages 6-weeks to 3 years old. Our program is a wonderful option for parents who are working or attending school. Early Head Start classrooms are located in Stuart.

Head Start Prepares Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning

Head Start offers high-quality early childhood education for children ages 3-5 years. Staff provides lessons that meet individual children’s needs across all the areas of development and help to prepare them for kindergarten. In addition, staff establishes partnerships with parents, educate them on child development, and support their relationships with their children. Head Start classrooms are located in Stuart, Patrick Springs, and Ararat.
We require the follow documents to process and application for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

1. STEP, Inc. Head Start/Early Head Start Application
2. Verification of income (for example: Paycheck stub, most recent income tax form, assistance award letter)
3. Verification of your child’s age (Birth certificate, Proof of Birth from Hospital)
4. Verification of address (utility bill, rental agreement)


If you have any questions about our Head Start/Early Head Start Program or would like an application mailed to you, please call (276) 694-2239. If you would like to visit our office, we are located at 4559 Wayside Rd. in Stuart.


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 58 PAVING – Flaggers and pilot trucks may control traffic at times during daylight hours on weekdays as crews pave Route 58 near the Meadows of Dan.

            * 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.


Agenda
Business Meeting Of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, June 10, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Ms. Shelia Thomas, First Christian 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

OLD BUSINESS:
• Mr. Fred Pearson of Pearson's Appraisal Service
• Approval of a one-time payment to sand and spray at Red Bank ball field

NEW BUSINESS:
• Modification of Enterprise 22

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Personnel Matters 2.2- 3711(A) (1) Committee Appointment
Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7)
Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30)
Real Estate 2.2 – 3711 (A) (3)

RECONVENE

ACTION: If any

ADJOURN: July 15, 2013


VA Grown Pledge Contest

Eating local food supports healthy farming practices because you can interview your local farmer about their sustainable growing practices before you make your purchase. Eating local food boosts your local economy. If each household in Virginia purchase $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, it could bring $1.65 billion into the Virginia Economy each year. Eating local food can improve your health if you incorporate more local vegetables and fruit as well as local meat, dairy and fish products that are sustainably managed. Local produce is more nutrient-rich than imported produce that has traveled for an extended time period. Also, you can choose to buy from farmers who do not use antibiotics, hormones or other toxic chemicals. Farmers’ markets and many farm stands are open across Virginia for the 2013 warm weather season. There are now more than 220 farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth, up from 88 in 2005.
This year, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages you to participate in the “Farm, Fresh, Pledge – $10 a Week Challenge.” Just ask for the “Farm, Fresh, Pledge” punch card at your local Virginia farmers’ markets and earn one punch for each $10 you spend on Virginia Grown products. Collect all 14 punches for a chance to win a Virginia Grown®/Virginia’s Finest® gift basket valued at $250.
Visit the Stuart Farmers' Market on to pick up your punch card for the summer.



Stuart Farmers Market will be open on the following schedule for the week:

Tuesday 3 pm to 6pm. Local produce available.
Fridays 8 am to 12pm~ This friday will be a introductory class to Yoga at 10am. Fresh produce, meats, eggs, baked items, crafts and boiled peanuts. SNAP accepted.
Saturday June 8 market will be open from 10 am to 1pm. Fresh Produce available.
Tuesday June 10~ market open 3pm to 6 pm.
 

Monday June 3, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Summer Food Service Program Sites Announced.mp3

Patrick County Non-Profit Spearheads Mission to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims.mp3

Chamber of Commerce Block Party Energizes Town.mp3

Lawsonville Man Convicted of Patrick County Drug Distribution Charges.mp3


 

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