March 2013

Friday March 29, 2013


BOS Hears Budget Requests from 4 Agencies.mp3

Patrick County School Board Approves Proposed $28.5 Million Budget.mp3

Pioneer Community Hospital Meets Grant Requirements.mp3

Primland Brings Exposure to Southern Virginia through Golf Event.mp3

Hardin Reynolds Holds Its Annual Science Fair

On Wednesday, March 27, all students in grades 4 through 7 participated in the 2013 Hardin Reynolds Memorial School Science Fair. The Science Fair is an annual event that displays each student’s understanding of the scientific method. Each student is judged on their knowledge of the six steps of the scientific method: stating a question, forming a hypothesis, designing an experiment or test, performing a test, displaying results, and drawing a conclusion. Scientific investigation is a critical topic and SOL content area in every Science grade level.

Students at HRMS have been working on their projects since the beginning of January. Judges from around the county enjoyed viewing and judging the student projects.

4th Grade winners were as follows:
3rd Place – Grayson Howell “Caution : Hot Fire!”
2nd Place- Jonny Crowell “The Melting”
1st Place- Nicholas Layman “The Naked Egg”
5th Grade winners were as follows:
3rd Place- Tanner Durham “Hot and Cold Water Freeze”
2nd Place- Owen Lange “Mystery M & Ms”
1st Place- Kansas Cutchins “Got Tooth Decay?”
6th Grade winners were as follows:
3rd Place- Tanner Hall “Doggie Dilemma”
2nd Place- Seth Bryant “Dead Battery”
1st Place- Jarrod Burnette “The Power of Caffeine!”
7th grade winners were as follows:
3rd Place: Haley Roark “Vanishing Vapors”
2nd Place- Ethan Harkey “I Have a Headache”
1st Place- Emily Clark “Trash to Gas”

Congratulations to all of the Science Fair Participants and winners who helped make this year’s event such a success!

Meadows of Dan Elementary School Sixth and Seventh Graders Visit Washington DC

Sixth and seventh grader traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 20th and stayed until Friday, March 22. They visited Arlington National Cemetery, The Capital Building, Ford’s Theatre, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, War memorials, The Olde Post Office and many more sites.
Special thanks to Mrs. Jeannie King, Mr. Justin Collins, Ms. Susan Shea, Mrs. Somer Ojodeagua, and Mrs. Shelia Ashburn for also attending the trip. Thank you to the PTO, Ruritans, and parents for all your help funding the trip. Everyone had a great time and learned many new things.


Mr. Bob Burnette from the Patrick County Farm Bureau came to visit Mrs. Jennifer Cox’s classroom at Hardin Reynolds. Mr. Burnette read, “Kelly’s Big Day”, to the students and talked about farming in Virginia. He then donated the book to the classroom, along with a coloring book, and book covers for each student. Mr. Burnette’s visit was a part of Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), “a statewide educational program providing teachers with staff development and resources designed to bring the state educational standards alive through real-world applications. AITC helps teachers integrate the study of Virginia agriculture and natural resources into their curriculum. The mission of AITC is to educate Virginia’s children about the importance of agriculture.” (from the preface to Kelly’s Big Day) On behalf of the students, Mrs. Cox would like to thank Mr. Burnette for his visit and for his dedication to farmers in Patrick County.
Mrs. Cox would also like to thank the Patrick County Farmers for their hard work and diligence in providing food as well as helping to keep Patrick County the rural, green-pastured land we all know and love!

Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium Awards

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium assists members in coordinating the acquisition and effective integration of viable up-to-date and emerging technologies and valuable training for K-12 students and staff and other citizens in our communities to enhance learning at all levels and encourage economic development in Southside Virginia. On March 27th, the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) awards banquet was held at Longwood University to recognize outstanding educators throughout Southside Virginia. Two teachers from Patrick County received awards.

Jen Cox received the 2013 SVRTC Technology Teacher Award. This award recognizes a classroom teacher that advances learning through integration of technology into the curriculum. Mrs. Cox is a 4th grade teacher at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School. In her fourth grade language arts classroom at HRMS, students are learning many facets of technology. For example, her students researched a famous person in Virginia's history using the internet, developed a power point presentation about the selected topic, and then typed their research papers on the iPads. Mrs. Cox photographed students' oral presentations and emailed the presentations to the parents. In addition, Mrs. Cox has started using Edmodo for an interactive classroom setting. Students begin an assignment in class and can extend the lesson to the home environment. A positive benefit to this arrangement was evident as a child that was absent was able to log in to the classroom and complete the assignment from home and participate in the classroom discussion through Edmodo. Mrs. Cox continually strives to embrace technology and utilize it to the fullest to help students acquire the skills needed to move into the workforce of the 21st century.

Paula Reynolds received the 2013 SVRTC Instructional Support Award. This award recognizes an instructional support person that advances a school division's technology environment through providing crucial instructional technology support. Paula Reynolds is an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for the school division who constantly advocates technology and models its use in ways that promote student learning and engagement. In addition to Mrs. Reynolds providing support and comfort to teachers, she brings her vision of “teaching through technology” to each lesson. As one example, working with a classroom teacher she has helped the 6th grade reading teacher integrate Ipad technology in reading lessons. She has also helped integrate Ipad technology into science lessons. Mrs. Reynolds is constantly on the lookout for different apps or ways to integrate technology into the everyday lessons of teachers. She sends an email the day before she visits each school with an idea or notice that will be available to help. Mrs. Reynolds does not stop with instructional technology she often branches out to help solve the little technical issues that arise when technology is involved. She is a valuable part of the Patrick County Public Schools team and is an outstanding advocate for educational technology.

Congratulations to Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Reynolds!

Pictured (l to r): Paula Reynolds, Lynne Hylton (PCPS Technology Specialist), and Jen Cox

Thursday March 28, 2013


BOS Sets Same Tax Rates after Budget Public Hearing.mp3

School Board to Consider Approval of Proposed Budget.mp3

Stuart Woman Charged with Arson of Occupied Dwelling.mp3

VA Chamber of Commerce Grades Legislators.mp3

Retiring Chamber Executive Honored at Reception.mp3

Foul Play Ruled Out in Death at Philpott Dam.mp3


Wednesday March 27, 2013


Patrick County Ranked as the 83th Healthiest Locality in VA.mp3

PCPS Among Showcased School Divisions by VSBA Success Directory.mp3

BOS Budget Hearing Tonight at 7.mp3

Homestead's Martin Named to Museum Governing Council.mp3

Del. Poindexter Seeks Regional Tourism Collaboration.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Felonious Assault Charge.mp3


Tuesday March 26, 2013


Needs Based Proposed School Budget Up for Approval Thursday.mp3

Members Needed for Stuart Planning Commission.mp3

Health Information More Readily Available Locally.mp3

Girl Scout Cookie Sales End Mar. 31st.mp3

Autopsy Performed on Body Found at Philpott Dam.mp3

State Police Arrest Violent Sex Offender from TN.mp3

Committee meeting has been rescheduled

The School Board Liaison Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm at the School Board office, conference room.

52 School Divisions From Across Virginia Featured in the 17th Annual VSBA “Showcases for Success” Directory

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 17th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. From school safety and community outreach, to classroom programs and after-school clubs, a wide range of programs are included. This year’s theme was the VSBA’s new tagline, “Leadership – Advocacy – Support”. As shown in the directory, the emphasis on leadership, advocacy, and support is found at every level of the educational process.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Barbara J. Coyle, VSBA executive director.

The directory is available on the VSBA web site at www.vsba.org/showcases. A total of 111 programs from the following 52 school divisions are included.

Albemarle County Public Schools
Appomattox County Public Schools
Arlington County Public Schools
Bedford County Public Schools
Bland County Public Schools
Buchanan County Public Schools
Caroline County Public Schools
Charlottesville City Schools
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Clarke County Public Schools
Covington City Public Schools
Culpeper County Public Schools
Cumberland County Public Schools
Fairfax City Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
Fauquier County Public Schools
Fluvanna County Public Schools
Franklin County Public Schools
Fredericksburg City Public Schools
Galax City Public Schools
Giles County Public Schools
Gloucester County Public Schools
Goochland County Public Schools
Greene County Public Schools
Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Henrico County Public Schools
Henry County Public Schools
King George County Public Schools
Loudoun County Public Schools
Louisa County Public Schools
Lynchburg City Public Schools
Manassas Park City Schools
Mathews County Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Nelson County Public Schools
Newport News City Public Schools
Nottoway County Public Schools
Orange County Public Schools
Patrick County Public Schools
Portsmouth City Public School
Prince George County Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools
Pulaski County Public Schools
Roanoke City Public Schools
Roanoke County Public Schools
Shenandoah County Public Schools
Staunton City Public Schools
Surry County Public Schools
Warren County Public Schools
Washington County Public Schools
Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
York County Public Schools

For more information about the VSBA Showcases for Success, contact Gina Patterson, VSBA deputy executive director, at gina@vsba.org or 434-295-8722.
Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.

Monday March 25, 2013


Rt. 58 Bill Signed into Law.mp3

Patrick County's Unemployment Rate Jumps Sharply.mp3

Tom Bishop Announces Candidacy for BOS in Dan River District.mp3

Burglary Suspect Arrested.mp3


Friday March 22, 2013


Proposed School Budget Recommended to Patrick School Board.mp3

Patrick County HOPE Coalition Launches a Suicide Prevention Crusade.mp3

Town Of Stuart Plans to Honor Wood Brothers.mp3

State Parks Promote Spring Break Visitation.mp3


Thursday March 21, 2013


School Budget Committee Resumes Discussions Today.mp3

PHCC Scholarships Established by Stuart Businessman.mp3

New Chamber Executive Holds First After Hours Session.mp3

Poindexter Bill Limits Appalachian Rate Requests.mp3

Child Porn and Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested.mp3


Wednesday March 20, 2013


PCHS Principal Carefully Chooses Funding Priorities.mp3

Minor Fire at PCHS.mp3

Town Council Meets Tonight.mp3

Clothing Ministry Being Started.mp3

Ararat Man Arrested on Drug Possession Charges.mp3

State Parks Launch Geocaching Program.mp3


Tuesday March 19, 2013


Hospital Renovation to Begin this Summer.mp3

Patrick Farmers Honored on National Agriculture Day.mp3

Del. Poindexter Proud of Rt. 58 Bill.mp3

Ararat Man Charged Arrested in Burglary Case.mp3

Clark Gas & Oil Supports Schools and Volunteer Organization.mp3

VDOT Roadwatch Alert.mp3


1) Lab.-female-yellow-Stray found on VFW Rd
2) Lab. - neutered male-black-Stray found on Pine View Lane
3) Beagle- female -tri color- Stray found on Unity Church Rd
4) Hound- male-red tick-Stray found on Ararat Hwy
5) Hound mix- male-black tan- Stray found on Stayman Lane
6) Pit mix-male- brown-Stray found on Heidleback School Rd

Remember if you are missing or would like to adopt a pet contact the pound at 276-694-6259.

Work Session Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA


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


  • Approval of meeting agenda

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

Discussion of the budget 2013-2014

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court, Susan Gasperini
  • E-911Coordinator, Mickie Martin
  • Maintenance Supervisor, Chris Pendleton
  •  Emergency MC, Steve Allen
  • Sheriff Dan Smith


  • Mr. Rose : Transfer of grant funds request

ADJOURN:  March 27, 2013

Work Session Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA


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


  • Approval of meeting agenda

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

Discussion of the budget 2013-2014

  • Rick Ward, Regional Library
  • Joan Rogers, DSS
  • Tourism Advisory Council, Tourism
  •  Jon Morris, STEP 
  • Representatives of the Patrick School Board

PUBLIC HEARING: As previously advertised; A Public Hearing will be held by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Patrick on the proposed County budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  The hearing will be held in the Board Room of the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building in Stuart, Virginia, at which time any citizen of this County shall have the right to attend and state his or her views thereon.  The Public Hearing shall commence at 7:00 p.m. 

The Board will resume discussion of the 2013 – 2014 budgets.


ADJOURN:  April 8, 2013

Monday March 18, 2013


Plane Crash Victim In Serious Condition.mp3

School Safety Plan Presented.mp3

Chili Cookoff Is a Friendly Competition of County Employees.mp3

Two Charged with Operating a Methamphetamine Lab.mp3

MARCH 17-23, 2013

Submitted by: Patrick County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and the USDA Service Center in Stuart

As you enjoy a good meal or button up your favorite shirt this month, think about the farmers who provide Americans’ food and fiber.

            During National Ag Week, March 17-23, consider that Virginia agriculture and forestry contribute $79 billion to the state’s economy each year and make up Virginia’s largest and oldest industry.

            “People sometimes take for granted the abundant food supply that we enjoy,” said Sandra Heath of Patrick County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, a part of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest agriculture advocacy organization.

            “It’s good to remind everyone of the important role farmers play in all of our lives. I’m proud to say that one American farmer can feed a total of 155 people—that’s pretty amazing.”

            Ag Week is intended to help Americans understand the importance of farmers in providing food, fiber and economic activity.Virginia’s top three agricultural commodities are broiler chickens, beef and milk. Also in the state’s top 10 farm products are turkeys, flowers and nursery plants, soybeans, corn for grain, tobacco, eggs and hay. There are many other commodities raised in the state as well, including apples, Christmas trees, clams, goats, mushrooms, peaches, peanuts, pork, potatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, trout, watermelons and wine grapes.

            According to the most recent (2007) U.S. Census of Agriculture, Virginia is home to 47,383 farms, which cover approximately 8.1 million acres. The average size of a Virginia farm is 171 acres, and the average farm generates $61,334 worth of sales annually.

            The average size of a U.S. farm in 2007 was 418 acres, and there are 2.2 million farms in the nation. Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer, with more than 21 million people working in some part of the industry—from growing food and fiber to selling it at the supermarket or other outlet.

            Patrick County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee will mark National Ag Week by donating non-perishable food items, money, etc. to the Patrick County Food Bank.

            Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week runs concurrently with National Ag Week. Patrick County Farm Bureau volunteers will also mark Agriculture Literacy Week by reading the book Kelly’s Big Day, by Tammy Maxey to children throughout the Patrick County Public Schools. Volunteers will also donate copies of the book to the school’s library.

            Patrick County Farm Bureau is one of 88 county Farm Bureaus in the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. With nearly 150,000 members, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to protecting Virginia’s farms and ensuring a safe, fresh and locally grown food supply.


1) Beagle- tri color-female-Found on Unity Church
2) Beagle- tri color-male- Found on Long Branch Rd
3) Hound -red tick-male-Found on Ararat Hwy
4) Hound mix-black brown-young male-Found on Stayman Lane
5) Lab.-chocolate-neutered male aprox. 1 1/2 year old -Needs a home

Remember if you are missing or would like to adopt a pet please call the pound at 276-694-6259

Friday March 15, 2013


School Principals Air Budget Concerns.mp3

Retiring Chamber Director Honored by Seniors Group.mp3

Bishop Honored by School Board.mp3

Griffith Respects Crooked Road Discontinuing Push for NHA Designation.mp3

Small Plane Crashes at Mt. Airy Surry County Airport.mp3

Sober Driving Promoted as March Celebrations Approach.mp3


Thursday March 14, 2013


Public Hearing on School Budget Set for Tonight.mp3

School Division Establishing Public Relations Committee to Aid Communications.mp3

Rudy Bear Brightens Lives of Unfortunate Children.mp3

Critz Man Faces 6 Larceny and Property Destruction Charges.mp3

Patrick County Circuit Court Cases Heard Part 2.mp3


Wednesday March 13, 2013


School Budget Issue Faces BOS.mp3

Land Acquisition Is First Step to New Stuart Fire Department Buiilding.mp3

Harris Named State EMS Award Winner.mp3

Stuart Man Convicted of Burglary and Arson Charges.mp3

MAR 12th-22nd

Wed, Mar 13
VSB (A) Chatham ~ 6 pm
JVSB (H) Chatham ~ 5 pm
VB (A) Chatham ~ 6 pm
JVB (H @ DeHart Park) Chatham ~ 5 pm

Thur, Mar 14
Sr. Beta leaves for Convention
VSB (H) Carroll Co ~ 5 pm
JVSB (H) Carroll Co ~ 5 pm
J VB (H) Carroll Co ~ 5 pm
VB (H) Carroll Co ~ 5 pm
SB meeting ~ 3 pm @ SBO, then @ PCHS Library ~ 6:15 pm

Fri, Mar 15
Dodgeball Tournament ~ GYM ~ 7 pm

Sat, Mar 16
Elem. Volleyball camp ~ GYM ~ 9-2 pm
Band Booster raffle ~ Café ~ doors open @ 6 pm

Mon, Mar 18
7th grade registration starts
8th gr ENG SOL
G/B Soccer (A) Chatham ~ 5pm/7pm
VSB (A) Dan River ~ 5 pm
VB (A) Dan River ~ 5 pm
JVSB (H) Dan River ~ 5 pm
JVB (H) Dan River ~ 5 pm

Tues, Mar 19
10th gr ENG SOL
BTennis (H) Bassett ~ 4:30 pm
GTennis (A) Bassett ~ 4:30 pm

Wed, Mar 20
8th gr Writing SOL
VSB (H) Chatham ~ 6 pm
VB (H) Chatham ~ 5 pm
JVSB (A) Chatham ~ 5 pm
JVB (A) Chatham ~ 5 pm
G/B Soccer (H) Chatham ~ 5:30pm/7pm

Thur, Mar 21
10th gr Writing SOL
Faculty meeting ~ Library ~ 3:30 pm
BTennis (A) Floyd Co ~ 4:30 pm
GTennis (H) Floyd Co ~ 4:30 pm

Fri, Mar 22
SOL makeups
English (8th grade )~ Mondays
Math ~ Tuesdays
Science ~ Wednesdays
English (9th – 12th grade) ~ Thursdays

Upcoming Events
March 25 ~ Sophomore Class ring meeting – 10:20am
March 26 ~ Safety Audit
March 26 ~ Crisis meeting ~ 7:45am
March 27 ~ Distinguished PC Assembly ~ 10am
March 29 – April 2 ~ Closed ~ Easter


Tuesday March 12, 2013


Fire Forces Evacuation of Stuart Apartment Building.mp3

Patrick County Tax Rates to Remain Steady.mp3

Sale of County Land to Stuart Fire Department Approved.mp3

School Budget Request Presented to Liaison Committee.mp3

Supervisor Hayden Announces Plans to Seek Re-Election.mp3

Hillsville Quartet Arrested on Patrick Burglary Charges.mp3

Give Your Child an Early Head Start
For Infants, Toddlers and Expectant Mothers

Being a parent is one of the most challenging – and rewarding – jobs you will ever face. Whether you are expecting, have a newborn infant, or your house is filled with the happy sounds of toddlers, getting the support you need may prove difficult. Not anymore, help is right here in Patrick County, at Early Head Start!

Early Head Start gives you the encouragement, support and tools you need to guide and grow your family. After all, you are the most important teacher in your young child’s life. Two options are offered; Home-Based and Center-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.

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.

Head Start Prepares Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning
Head Start offers high-quality early childhood education for young learners preparing for Kindergarten. The focus is on individual lesson plans delivered in a classroom setting. Through intentional play opportunities, and specific lesson planning, school readiness goals are implemented throughout the day.

Applications for all of our programs are being accepted right now. For more information and to request an application please call (276)694-2239, or stop by our office: STEP, Inc. 4559 Wayside Road in Stuart. We look forward to serving you and your family.

Head Start and Early Head Start are child development programs based primarily on family income; however, other child and family needs are also taken into consideration.


Patrick County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Goodyear, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

"Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," said CED Last Name.

Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located.

"Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land," said Goodyear.

For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching or timber production, if the tracts total 10 acres or more.

Disclosure reports are also required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or from agricultural to nonagricultural. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of ownership such as the owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign or from foreign to foreign.

Data gained from these disclosures is used to prepare an annual report to the President and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings upon family farms and rural communities in the United States.

For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact the Patrick County FSA office at 276 694-3121 Ext. 2 or visit the USDA Web site at http://www.usda.gov

Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Must be Postmarked by March 25

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades that there are 45 days remaining in the filing period closing March 25, 2013.

"Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices in the past from the USDA have 45 days left to file a claim in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness," said Secretary Vilsack. "USDA urges potential claimants to contact the Claims Administrator for information and mail their claim packages on or before March 25, 2013."

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. As announced in February 2011, the voluntary claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments, plus up to $160 million in farm debt relief, to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees to participate in the program.

The Department will continue reaching out to potential Hispanic and female claimants around the country to get the word out to individuals who may be eligible for this program so they have the opportunity to participate.

Call center representatives can be reached at 1-888-508-4429. Claimants may register for a claims package (by calling the number or visiting the website) or may download the forms from the website. All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in your communities about the claims process and contact the website at any time or call center telephone number Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Website: www.farmerclaims.gov

Phone: 1-888-508-4429

Claims Period: September 24, 2012 - March 25, 2013.

Independent legal services companies will administer the claims process and adjudicate the claims. Although there are no filing fees to participate and a lawyer is not required to participate in the claims process, persons seeking legal advice may contact a lawyer or other legal services provider.

Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, USDA has instituted a comprehensive plan to strengthen the Department as a model service provider and to ensure that every farmer and rancher is treated equally and fairly as part of "a new era of civil rights" at USDA. In February 2010, the Secretary announced the Pigford II settlement with African American farmers, and in October 2010, he announced the Keepseagle settlement with Native American farmers. Both of those settlements have since received court approval. Unlike the cases brought by African American and Native American farmers, the cases filed by Hispanic and women farmers over a decade ago were not certified as class actions. The claims process provides a voluntary alternative to continuing litigation for Hispanic and female farmers and ranchers who want to use it.

Audio and video public service announcements in English and Spanish from Secretary Vilsack and downloadable print and web banner ads on the Hispanic and women farmer claims process are available at: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=PSAs_Print_and_WebBanner_Ads.xml


Monday March 11, 2013


Board of Supervisors to Set Tentative Tax Rate.mp3

Del. Poindexter Reports to Patrick Watchdog Group.mp3

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration Scheduled.mp3

More Arrests follow Grand Jury Indictments.mp3

Governor Not Focusing on Uranium Mining.mp3


The Patrick County Public Service Authority will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building.


Friday March 8, 2013


School Budget Request Will Include Funding for Several Additional Positions.mp3

Free Clinic Possible Because of Widespread Support in Community.mp3

Grand Jury Returns Drug Indictments.mp3

Stuart Rotary Club Backs Patrick County Recreation Use Plan.mp3

Arrest Report.mp3


Thursday March 7, 2013


School Budget Committee Set to Recommend $740,000 in Additional Local Funding.mp3

PCHS to Present The Diary of Anne Frank this Spring.mp3

16 Individuals Indicted on Burglary-Larceny Charges.mp3

Reynolds Homestead Joins Artisan Trail.mp3


The Economic Development Authority of Patrick County will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 14th , 2013 at 7:00 P.M. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 106 Rucker Street.


The Patrick County Tourism Advisory Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Veterans Memorial Building, 106 Rucker Street

Health Department conducting temporary food training classes

The Patrick County Health Department will be conducting two temporary food training classes . Both classes are identical. The first class is Tuesday, March 19th @ 3:00 pm. The 2nd class is Tuesday, March 26th @ 7:00 pm. Both classes will be held at the Patrick Henry Community College-Stuart location in room 103. Each class will last approximately one hour and there is no fee involved. If you or your organization are planning on conducting a temporary food event this year, you are highly encouraged to send at least one representative to this very informative meeting. In the meeting , proper food handling, necessary equipment. the permitting process and other basic requirements will be discussed. If you need additional information, please call the Patrick County health department at 693-2070.


Wednesday March 6, 2013


Deputy Saves Man from Suicide Attempt.mp3

School Budget Committee Continues to Trim Funding Requests.mp3

Caring Hearts Free Clinic Fundraiser Generates About $14,000.mp3

Patrick County Grand Jury Indicts Middlesex County Man on 22 Child Porn and Sex Charges.mp3

Stuart Man Charged in Strangulation Case.mp3

5 Arrested on Federal Narcotics Trafficking and Weapons Charges.mp3

Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors

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

• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Mr. John Franklin
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

• Approval of meeting agenda
• Approval of meeting minutes February 11, 2013, February 25, 2013
• Approval of the Bills, Claims, Appropriations

PRESENTATION: Ms. Jeannette Filipi will present the Building Plans for Pioneer Hospital

PRESENTATION: Mr. Jack Hinshelwood, National Heritage Area, Crooked Road

7:00 PM--PUBLIC HEARING: Conveyance of County Property

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

• VACORP LODA Trust (action required)
• Virginia Local Disability Program VLDP, Resolution (action required)
• Continue contract with Milliman, Gatsby 54 (consensus)
• Discussion of the budget for FY 2013-2014
• Discussion: Tax Rate
• Back to Basics – Mr. Roger Hayden

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

ADJOURN: March 25, 2013


1. Stray Tri colored male Beagle from Long Branch Road
2. Stray Tri colored female Beagle from Hardin Reynolds Road
3. Stray male Heeler/Beagle mix from Holly Tree in Ararat
4. Stray black Lab/Aussie mix from Victory Lane Road
5. Two Beagle JRT/Beagle mixes 6 months old need a home.

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

Flue Cured Tobacco Final Planting Dates Announced By RMA

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces final planting dates changes for flue cured tobacco program counties across North Carolina and Virginia beginning with the 2013 crop year. The updated final planting dates are as follows:

June 5th
North Carolina - Alamance, Alexander, Caldwell, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin Virginia - Bedford, Campbell, Carroll, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania *Maps illustrating the updates will be available in the Field Office section on RMA's website

Tobacco planted within 15 days after the final planting date will still be insured. The per acre production guarantee will be reduced by one percent per day for days 1-10 and by two percent per day for days 11-15.

Tobacco producers are encouraged to visit RMA's website or with their crop insurance agent to learn specific details for the 2013 crop year. Federal crop insurance policies are sold and delivered solely through private insurance companies and agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers in the United States or on RMA's web site at http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/


Tuesday March 5, 2013


Fire Destroys a Patrick County Mobile Home.mp3

School Board Chairman Says More Local Money Will Be Requested.mp3

After School Enrichment Program Proposed.mp3

Collins to Succeed Bishop as Chamber Executive Director.mp3

Critz Is Subject of History Around Us Talk.mp3

Collinsville Woman Accused in 2 Patrick County Burglaries.mp3

Patrick County Public Schools

Parents of children who have reached their fifth birthday by September 30th may register their child for kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration will be held on March 14, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the school their child will attend. Parents are encouraged to bring their child to registration. Children will not be admitted to kindergarten if they reach their fifth birthday after September 30, 2013.

Patrick County Public Schools

Meadows of Dan Elementary
Stuart Elementary
Woolwine Elementary

Parents of children who have reached their fourth birthday by September 30th are encouraged to complete an application for their child to be considered for pre-kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year.
Applications will be taken on March 14, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the school their child may attend.
Children will not be admitted to pre-kindergarten if they reach their fourth birthday after September 30, 2013.


The Board of Directors of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Collins as the Chamber’s new Executive Director. Collins will replace Tom Bishop, who announced his plans in December to retire. Collins, whose first official day is Monday March 4, will be introduced to the public, as he represents the Chamber, during the Fast Track trade show in Martinsville on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6.

Collins has spent the last 7 years employed by the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), as a Marketing and Advertising Consultant. With GLG, Collins specialized in developing and marketing non-profits. When asked about the new position Collins said, “My entire career I have been assisting organizations market their products and services, this position gives me an opportunity to combine those skills with a product I love, Patrick County. I know I am going to have some enormous shoes to fill, but I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I want establish a vision for the Chamber that first and foremost serves the needs of its members and secondly brings about increased economic development that will benefit everyone in the County.”
Collins is a lifelong resident of Patrick County and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Collins has also served on several Advisory Boards including the Regional Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The District and Council Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s Community Nature Initiative. He is currently serving as the President of the Friends of Fairy Stone Park and as the LDS-BSA Relations Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Collins and his wife Janie, a middle school math teacher, reside in the Fairy Stone Park Community with their five children.

Stuart Cub Scout Pack HOLDS Pinewood Derby car race

Stuart Cub Scout Pack 2611 (named after Stuart Volunteer Fire Department Fire Engine 2611) held their local Pinewood Derby car race and dinner this past Saturday at Rotary Field. First, second and third place was awarded to winners in each Den. All participants received a ribbon and personalized certificate.

Pictured above are the winners from Pack 2611 in their respective dens: Broc Taylor, Quentin Perkins, Patrick Lynch, Adalai Martin, Elian Pendleton, Toby Perkins, Mitchell Wimbush, Zach Heath, Joshua Wright, Dionte Nowlin and DeAndre Nowlin.
The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting. Every year more than a million boys and parents team up to carve, decorate, weigh, adjust, fret over, and finally race a Pinewood Derby car. (Photo by Nick Pendleton)

USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities. Since the 1980s, the CRP program has established itself as a benchmark in voluntary conservation efforts, providing American producers with assets to address our most critical resource issues," said Vilsack. "Last year, during one of the worst droughts in generations, the CRP proved vital in protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion. Emergency haying and grazing on CRP lands also supplied critical feed and forage for livestock producers due to the drought. And the program continues to bring substantial returns to rural areas, attracting recreation and tourism dollars into local economies while sustaining natural and wildlife habitat for future generations.

Additional sign-ups for continuous CRP programs-such as Highly Erodible Land Initiative and Initiative to Restore Grasslands, Wetlands and Wildlife-will be announced in the spring of 2013.
Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP, which is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.
Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP's other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis and that often provide additional financial assistance. Continuous sign-up dates will be announced at a later date.

Over the past 27 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the largest and most important USDA efforts. CRP continues to make major contributions to national efforts to improve water and air quality, and to prevent soil erosion by protecting the most sensitive areas including those prone to flash flooding and runoff. Nationwide CRP has also helped increase populations of pheasants, quail, ducks, and rare species, like the sage grouse, the lesser prairie chicken, and other grassland birds. Highlights of CRP include:

* CRP has restored more than two million acres of wetlands and two million acres of riparian buffers;

* Each year, CRP keeps more than 600 million pounds of nitrogen and more than 100 million pounds of phosphorous from flowing into our nation's streams, rivers, and lakes.

* CRP provides $1.8 billion annually to landowners-dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs; and

* CRP is the largest private lands carbon sequestration program in the country. By placing vulnerable cropland into conservation, CRP sequesters carbon in plants and soil, and reduces both fuel and fertilizer usage. In 2012, CRP resulted in carbon sequestration equal to taking about nine million cars off the road.

The Obama Administration is leading a host of federal agencies in the America's Great Outdoors initiative to develop a 21st century conservation agenda and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. At the same time, USDA continues to enroll a record number of acres of private working lands in conservation programs, working with more than 500,000 farmers and ranchers to implement conservation practices that clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and prevent soil erosion. Since 2009, USDA has enrolled more than 50 million acres into the Conservation Stewardship Program to incentivize the most productive, beneficial conservation practices. And USDA's work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Mississippi River Basin, and Gulf of Mexico are among 19 initiatives applying the most effective conservation practices to increase agricultural and environmental returns. USDA science is also helping to focus work in areas to reduce problematic nutrients making it to rivers and streams by as much as 45 percent.
For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit the Patrick County FSA Office or www.fsa.usda.gov.

Monday March 4, 2013


BOS to Set Tax Rates and Public Hearings Soon.mp3

School Budget Committee Hears $1.26-Million in Additional Funding Requests.mp3

Philpott Lake Dam's Status Downgraded.mp3

Reynolds Homestead Receives Agribusiness and Health Program Grant.mp3

Stuart Man Accused of Buying & Receiving Stolen Goods.mp3

“The Diary of Anne Frank” to be presented at Patrick County High School

Patrick County High School and Patrick County Career and Vocational Center are pleased to announce their Theatre Arts production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” on April 19, 20, & 21 2013.

“This year’s spring production is a unique departure from the musicals of the previous 5 years,” stated the show’s director Mark Donnell. “We have a wonderful opportunity to bring this meaningful story off the pages of classic school literature and into the 3 dimensional world of live theatre. We are very excited to share this work with our audiences.”

The play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett is an exciting adaptation by Wendy Kesselman first produced on Broadway in 1997. This version allows the audience to better connect with the real world of 8 people in hiding in a small Amsterdam attic apartment for almost 2 years during the final days of WWII.

“It is our hope that everyone will fall in love with these ordinary people and better identify with what they and many others like them went through,” Donnell stated.

In preparation for the play the cast, crew and others travelled to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC to deepen their understanding of this time and the many people involved in this part of our history.

Mounting a production of this size is quite a consuming process- time wise and in the financial realm.

“Already the community has begun to support our production. Their generosity can be seen in the work of the Patrick County Partnership for the Arts who are collecting the many props needed in the show, in the construction phase by our master carpenter, Murray “Jr.” Hughes, and in the generosity of Patrick County Building Supply as we prepare to build our most ambitious set to date,” the director noted. “We continue to encourage businesses and individuals to contribute financially as we seek to make this the best play possible.”

The show features an outstanding cast and crew of students, wonderful school, parent, and community support and a story which will speak to the hearts of everyone in attendance.

What? “The Diary of Anne Frank”
When? Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 at 7:31 pm and Sunday, April 21 at 3:01 pm
Where? Patrick County High School Auditorium
Price? $10 for adults and $5 for students available in advance from cast and crew
Who? Due to the intensity of the subject matter this play is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Information? PCHS 276.694.7137

Front row: Kevin Epperson, Mikayla Tilley, Madi Heath, Faith Taylor, Sarah Sheppard, Maggie Blankenship, Amy Hernandez
2nd Row: TJ Ratliff, Jessica Spangler, Kevin Bowman, Josh Biedrycki, Shelby Adams
3rd Row: Kanyon Vagher, Harper Steele, Ben Salser, Logan Fain, Cheyenne Hughes, Danny Rorrer
Back Row: Mark Donnell, Director
Photo by Nicholas Spencer

Friday March 1, 2013


Sequestration Will Cost PCPS $40,000 in Special Ed Funding.mp3

School System Provides Facilities for County Reassessment.mp3

New Stuart Business Offers Pet Supplies and Services.mp3

Local Legislators Differ on State Transportation Bill.mp3

March Is Red Cross Month in Patrick County.mp3

Bond Denied Franklin County Teacher Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot.mp3



CRITZ, VA (March 1, 2013)— The Reynolds Homestead has received a grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation to conduct an Agribusiness and Health Program (AHP) that will provide the opportunity for 12 students to gain science, technology, engineering, math and health skills through a series of educational programs and the development and presentation of a service project.

“This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in a project-based learning activity where they will gain skills to prepare them to enter the global marketplace,” said Kimble Reynolds, Jr., a Martinsville attorney instrumental in developing the AHP program.

Twelve applicants will be selected to participate in AHP from the counties of Patrick, Henry, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Participants must be high school juniors or seniors or currently enrolled community college students. Collaborative and explorative learning will allow students to teach and learn from each other. 

“A free computer is a great incentive for students to participate,” said Julie Walters Steele, Director of the Reynolds Homestead. “Students who successfully complete the program will be given a laptop computer they can use as they continue their education.”

Students selected for the program will study nutrition, exercise and measurement; engage in a service project to develop critical thinking, team building skills and cultural awareness; learn how knowledge and skills gained in the program can be applied in the workforce; and present their projects to a professional audience that may provide mentoring and internship opportunities.

Applicants must be available to attend meetings and workshops on the following Saturdays: April 20, April 27, May 11, June 22 and July 20.

Programs will be held at different locations including the Reynolds Homestead, the Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville and the Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.

Each session will address nutrition in the context of agribusiness and health. The first two sessions will feature presenters who will share expertise to prepare students for development of a service project. During the third session students will work together to develop a service project. The fourth session is devoted to executing the community service project, and the final session will provide students an opportunity to present a report on their project to an audience of business and education professionals. 

Interested students can pick up applications at area high schools and community colleges, or by calling the Reynolds Homestead at 276-694-7181. The deadline for applications is March 25. 

For more information regarding the Agribusiness and Health program, contact Kimble Reynolds at 276-632-3588, or by email: kimblereynolds@yahoo.com or Julie Walters Steele at 276-694-7181 or by email: jws@vt.edu

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