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May 2013

Friday May 31, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

No Foul Play Suspected in Ararat House Fire.mp3

Dan River School Board Candidate Values Community Schools Concept.mp3

Local Pastor Leads Oklahoma Tornado Relief Campaign.mp3

Block Party Celebrates Opening of New Chamber of Commerce Office.mp3

Crooked Road Cafe Open in Cockram's Mill in MoD.mp3

 

Thursday May 30, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Over 12 Percent of Graduating Class Earn College Certificate with High School Diploma.mp3

Patrick County's Unemployment Drops to Lowest Level in Almost 5 Years.mp3

Ararat House Fire Under Investigation.mp3

Spencer Church Launches Oklahoma Tornado Relief Mission.mp3

Tornado Relief Effort by SUMC.mp3

Hurricane Preparedness Urged as Season Begins Saturday.mp3

 

Wednesday May 29, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Firefighters from 4 Departments Battle Ararat Area Blaze.mp3

State Police Continue Investigation of Fatal Tractor Trailer Crash.mp3

Stuart Presbyterian Church Embarks on $1.4-Million Expansion.mp3

Real Estate Tax Due Date One Week Away.mp3

Motorist Charged with Coasting During Accident on Mountain.mp3

2 Women Convicted of Drug Trafficking Charges in Patrick County Circuit Court.mp3

Stuart Man Charged with Multiple Forgery Crimes.mp3

 

Tuesday May 28, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash Monday Mars Memorial Day Weekend in Patrick County.mp3

Large Crowd Attends Twilight Memorial Day Service in Stuart.mp3

One Injured in Motorcycle Truck Collision at Meadows of Dan.mp3

PCHS Veteran's Memorial Being Considered.mp3

Family Tradition to Continue at Dominion Valley Park.mp3


May Sales Tax Holiday: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment

When: Saturday, May 25, 2013 through Friday, May 31, 2013

During this seven-day period, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK THE LINK!

http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=HurricanePreparednessEquipmentHoliday


Stuart Farmers Market will be open Friday 8 am to 12 pm. Patrick County Master Gardeners will be on site with information on how to properly save seed. We will have a seed exchange in October. So come learn how to properly save them. Fresh veggies, eggs, baked items, meats, crafts and starter plants available. We accept SNAP.

 

Monday May 27, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

214 Seniors Graduate from PCHS.mp3

PA Man Faces Patrick Drug Inductments.mp3

DMV Announces Military Friendly Initiatives.mp3

Twilight Memorial Day Ceremony Scheduled for Tonight.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 TRUCK ESCAPE RAMP CLOSED – The truck escape ramp just west of the Town of Stuart will be closed until Friday, May 31 for repairs.

* 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 May 24, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Schools to Focus on STEM Education.mp3

EMS Volunteers Provide Priceless Life-Saving Services.mp3

State Police Boost Patrols for Memorial Day Weekend.mp3

Griffith Co-Sponsors Patient Choice Act.mp3

Two Arrested in Patrick County Burglary Case.mp3

 

Thursday May 23, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick Springs Crash Injures Motorist.mp3

Newly-Renovated Dehart Park Pool to Reopen.mp3

Emergency Medical Responders Provide Priceless Volunteer Life-Saving Services.mp3

Block Party Celebrates Opening of New Chamber of Commerce Office.mp3

Technology Encourages Classroom Learning.mp3


CICADA delicacy on wheo
the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn_Umnd7vgw 
Click the Link for the Video!

Join Daniel & Lisa every Monday Afternoon at 3:05pm for more Talk Radio Entertainment!


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1) Australian Shepherd mix male-blue merle & white-Found on Massey Rd
2) Hound /Shepherd mix puppy-female-black & brown-Found on Dick & Willie Rd
3) Mix Lab.-female-yellow & white-has a collar -Found on Beuna Vista
4) Basset hound-female- white & tan- Found on Elamsville Rd
5) Basset mix-male-black brown white-Found on Hollandsworth Rd
6) Beagle-male-tan & white has a collar-Found near South Mayo

We have a couple Australian Shepherd mix pups and we also have several kitttens looking for a home.

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

276-694-6259


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open this Friday from 8 am to 12 pm. Patrick County Extension Services will be there to check the seals on your pressure canners! Bring those lids and be prepared for the upcoming canning season. Fresh produce, beef, eggs, baked items and crafts will be available. SNAP accepted. Find us on Facebook.

 

Wednesday May 22, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

House Fire Apparently Not of Suspicious Origin.mp3

Patrick County Secondary Road 6 Year Plan Approved.mp3

Stuart Wastewater Treatment Plant Due for Upgrade.mp3

Dual Enrollment Expanded to PCHS Career and Technical Courses.mp3

Two Motorists Transported following Crash on Rt 8.mp3

Stuart Woman Charged with Assault on Police Officer.mp3


GOD’S PIT CREW COLLECTING ESSENTIALS TO TAKE TO OKLAHOMA


God’s Pit Crew is collecting items to take to the victims of the devastating Oklahoma tornado.
On Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, there will be a collection site at Danville Toyota (125 Piedmont Place, Danville, VA) from 10-7.

We are going to be setting up a collection site at the Bonsack Wal-Mart (4524 Challenger Ave, Roanoke, VA) Wednesday and Thursday from 12-7.

Supplies can also always be brought to our warehouse in Danville at 2499 N. Main St.
We’ll be collecting bottled water, personal hygiene supplies and canned goods. The canned goods should have an easy open pop top and the food should not need to be heated.

Our greatest need at this time is for monetary donations to help get our volunteers out into the field and to get these essential supplies to the people that need them. To donate, visit the collections above or our website www.godspitcrew.org
You can also follow our progress on our facebook page (facebook.com/godspitcrew).
 

Tuesday May 21, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS Requests Expenditure Clarification from School Board.mp3

Five Forks Area Home Destroyed by Fire.mp3

PCHS Wins 2nd Consecutive Team Fishing Championship.mp3

Over One Million in Scholarships Awarded to PCHS Grads.mp3

Republicans Select Slate of Nominees.mp3


GOD’S PIT CREW RETURNING TO THE SITE OF FIRST RESPONSE
May 21, 2013

In May of 1999, God’s Pit Crew responded to their first tornado in Oklahoma City, OK and Moore, OK. Since then, GPC has responded to over sixty more disasters in over 20 states. Homes have been rebuilt, trees have been cut, a school has been built and hope has been distributed every step of the way.

Tomorrow, May 22, GPC will send another response team to the exact same location in Oklahoma after an incredibly severe set of storms ravaged the area.

The team will leave Danville, VA at 6 tomorrow morning and will be taking trucks of bottled water, personal hygiene supplies and canned goods along with many hard working and willing volunteers.

We had several truck drivers on the road on their way back from sending supplies to Granbury, TX. They reloaded with supplies with our partner Operation Compassion in Tennessee and are already on route to Oklahoma.
We are going to be setting up a collection site at the Bonsack Wal-Mart (4524 Challenger Ave, Roanoke, VA) Wednesday and Thursday from 12-7. Supplies can always be brought to our warehouse in Danville at 2499 N. Main St.

Our greatest need at this time is for monetary donations to help get our volunteers out into the field and to get these essential supplies to the people that need them. To donate, visit our website godspitcrew.org. You can also follow our progress on our facebook page (facebook.com/godspitcrew)
As always, we appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we go to help those in need.
 

Monday May 20, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Budget Committee Seeks New Revenue to Lessen Budget Cuts.mp3

Solid Waste Tipping Fee Increase Proposed.mp3

Relocation of Liberty Voting Precinct Approved.mp3

Strawberry Festival Draws Large Crowd Despite Threat of Rain.mp3

Relay for Life Campaign Reaches Successful Climax.mp3

VDOT Patrick County Road Watch.mp3


CICADA delicacy on wheo

Cicadas are said to make good eating because they are low in fat and high in protein. They are considered a delicacy by many people around the world. The European settlers in North America observed the Indians eating them. During the last emergence of Brood X cicadas in 1987, a number of people in Cincinnati and Illinois were reported to have tried deep-fried and stir-fried cicadas. There was also talk of cicada pizzas and cicada candy, and local newspapers printed cicada recipes.

SO....YUM, YUM!

Lisa Kroplin, Sales Representative of WHEO, has decided to EAT...((YES...EAT!!))
2 LIVE Cicadas on the air TODAY at 3:05pm during the D&L Railroad Show on 1270AM WHEO!
Frank Heath, loyal WHEO Listener, has put up $100 Cash for her to do it.
Listen in this afternoon or come on by to see the action!,
we will be filming for YouTube.

The D&L Railroad Show is a local talk radio program that's on every Monday Afternoon at 3:05pm
with Talk Hosts Daniel Louis and Lisa Kroplin.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BLOCK PARTY

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of their new location at 103B Stonewall Court in Stuart, on Friday May 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. In conjunction with the Open House and Ribbon Cutting the Chamber will be having a Block Party for the community. This admission-free, family-friendly event will feature something for everyone.

The Chamber of Commerce has joined with area businesses and organizations including BB&T, On The Run, PepsiCo, The Reynolds Homestead and Walmart in order to make this event free to the public. Members of God’s Cooking Crew will be on hand serving hot dogs and drinks to the first 400 people, free of charge, so come hungry!

Live music, sponsored by The Reynolds Homestead, will have everyone tapping their toes as they mix and mingle with the community.

Arts on Main will be hosting a Battle of the Brushes Event. 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.

Plus Stanburn Winery will be on hand presenting a paid wine tasting. Sample some of Patrick County’s best wines while celebrating with the Chamber of Commerce.

Help the Chamber give back to the Community, so don’t forget the date Friday, May 31, 2013, for Free Hotdogs, free drinks and free music


9th Annual Virginia Covered Bridge Festival

Plans are underway for the 9th Annual Virginia Covered Bridge Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, June 15th in Woolwine from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and offers an enjoyable day.

Visitors to the festival can expect to be entertained by several live music genres, including Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Americana, Old Time and Gospel, at two separate locations near Jacks Creek and Bob White Covered Bridges.

The festival will again include horse and mule drawn wagon rides for a small fee. For the third year, a 5-K Run will incorporate into its route a bridge-to-bridge course. Other activities include artisan, craft and food vendors, the much anticipated “duck race” in the river near Jacks Creek Bridge, and various activities for children.

Patrick County is the proud owner of two of the few 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 and “experience the simple life” as this festival showcases the covered bridges and surrounding area. There is no admission charge and free parking is available near both bridges. For further information, visit the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival Facebook page or www.visitpatrickcounty.org or call 276-930-2670.

The festival is hosted and manned by volunteers from the Woolwine Ruritan Club, Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, and Smith River Rescue Squad.


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 on 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 TRUCK ESCAPE RAMP CLOSED – The truck escape ramp just west of the Town of Stuart will be closed until Friday, May 31 for repairs.

###     * ROUTE 58 BRIDGE INSPECTION – On Friday, May 24, a lane closure will be in place on westbound Route 58 near Nettleridge as crews inspect the westbound Route 58 bridge over Spoon Creek. The inspection will take place from noon until 5 p.m.

        * ROUTE 703 BRIDGE REPAIRS – Route 703 (Koger Mill Road) is closed between Route 693 (Salem Church Road) and Route 626 (Abram Penn Highway) for repairs to the Route 703 bridge over the North Mayo River. The work will be complete on Friday, May 24.

        * 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 May 17, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Charges of Racial Targeting Leveled at PCHS by Parent.mp3

BPOL Tax Cap Removal Termed an Issue of Fairness.mp3

Child Identification Program Offered.mp3

Fairystone Park Hosts Wounded Warriors Weekend.mp3

Ararat Man Arrested on 6 Felony Drug Distribution Indictments.mp3


Thursday May 16, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Critz Man Dies in Fiery Single Vehicle Crash on Ararat Highway.mp3

School Budget Committee Facing Spending Cuts.mp3

Despite Protests of Businesses Town Council Lifts BPOL Tax Cap and Approves Budget.mp3

New Manufacturing Prospect Looks Promising.mp3

Patrick Springs Man Charged with Malicious Wounding.mp3

 

Wednesday May 15, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Appraisal Company Hired to Conduct Reassessment.mp3

County Attempts to Aid Town Wastewater Project.mp3

MODE Cafeteria Sprinkler System Considered.mp3

School Board Incumbent Wants to Complete Projects.mp3

Town Budget Hearing Tonight.mp3

 

Tuesday May 14, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Supervisors Approve $41-Million Budget with Level School Funding.mp3

3 Fire and Rescue Volunteers Honored with Awards.mp3

Twilight Memorial Day Service Planned.mp3

Relay Campaign Nears Completion.mp3


STUART BRRL OFFERS Stretch & Tone classes

Stretch & Tone chair exercises based on the nationally recognized SilverSneaker (TM) fitness program will be offered in the Blue Ridge Regional Libraries in conjunction with VCU Massey Cancer Center's Health Information and Advocacy @ Your Library Program (HIA)?
The instructor will be Trish Brinkley. The classes are free and will be offered at the Stuart Branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. through 1:30 p.m.

All classes are designed for beginners, seniors and those returning to exercise after an absence. Stretch & Tone classes offer a foundation in fitness with seated or standing with aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening with light, hand-held weights along with resistance bands and small play balls.
 


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open this Friday from 8 am to 12 pm. Come shop locally grown vegetables, homemade baked items, crafts and plants. Fresh beef and eggs available as well. Patrick County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand with information about all the great events coming up in Patrick County. SNAP accepted.

 

Monday May 13, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Comes to Budget Standstill.mp3

Joint BOS and EDA Executive Session Tonight.mp3

EDA Open Meeting Tonight.mp3

Chamber of Commerce Announces New Partnership.mp3

Farmer's Market Season Off to Healthy Start.mp3

VDOT Patrick County Roadwatch.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 on 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 645 BRIDGE REPAIRS – On Monday, May 13, flaggers will control traffic during daylight hours on weekdays as crews repair the Route 645 (Old Orchard Loop) bridge over Little Dan River. The work will be complete on Friday, May 17.

        * 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.
 

HENRY COUNTY

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

        ROUTE 220 PAVEMENT MARKING – Lane closures will be in place with flaggers controlling traffic along various sections of Route 220 as crews paint lines on the roadway.

        * ROUTE 58 PAVEMENT MARKING – Lane closures will be in place with flaggers controlling traffic along various sections of Route 58 as crews paint lines on the roadway.

        * POTHOLE PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will pave or repair potholes on various routes.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.

 

Friday May 10, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

New PCHS Principal Preparing to Make Transition.mp3

Jesus House Clothing Ministry Opens in Stuart.mp3

Female Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash.mp3

April Patrick County Circuit Court Summary.mp3

Mother's Day Weekend Events Begin Today.mp3


NOTICE
The Patrick County Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 21st at 6 p.m. in the 2nd floor  conference room of the Patrick County Veteran’s Memorial Building.
 


PATRICK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP

The Board of Directors of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its partnership with the Arts on Main Gallery. This new partnership will mean that the Chamber of Commerce will serve as the new gallery location for the group, and all its operations will move to the Chamber Office.

Chamber Executive Director Tim Collins said, “It was my vision to incorporate local artisans into the New Chamber Location, and when I heard that Arts on Main might be closing their doors, I knew it was a match made in Heaven.”

The Arts on Main gallery is a project of the Patrick County Partnership of the Arts. The partnership was formed 8 years ago as a non-profit organization that works to address goals for the fine arts program in the Patrick County School System. The gallery had been located on Main Street, in Stuart, for the past 3 years.

Due to a strain on the operational budget the Gallery was faced with the dilemma of having to close. “When I found out that Arts on Main might close, I wanted to do all that I could to keep them going. This relationship will allow them to still operate a gallery while concentrating on achieving the goals of the Patrick County Partnership of the Arts.” said Collins.

Member Artists of the Partnership spent the past weekend moving their gallery into the newly remodeled Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 103B Stonewall Court in Stuart. “We’re very excited to have them here in the Chamber and to be able to help them carry on the great work they do in the County.” said Collins.

Gallery hours will coincide with the Chamber’s hours as they will operate Monday thru Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The gallery will also offer the same hours on Saturdays, which will benefit the Chamber of Commerce. “Having the ability to operate on Saturday is enormous benefit for the Chamber, and our members. We have visitors who often come into Stuart on Saturdays, and this will allow us to have someone staff the office and assist anyone who might stop by.” said Collins.

For more information visit the Chamber’s website at www.patrickchamber.com or call them at 276-694-6012.


CICADAS COME TO PATRICK COUNTY
photo by Daniel Louis

Hundreds of 17-year Brood II Cicadas come out of the ground friday morning in the Nettle Ridge section of Patrick County.

Having spent most of their 17-year-old lives underground, billions of Brood II Magicicada cicadas are emerging throughout the mid-Atlantic states for a few weeks of noise-making, mating, and egg-laying. Though their time aboveground will be brief, around four to six weeks, they'll surely make their presence known. As many as a million could emerge from a highly vegetated area the size of a football field.
Worried? Don't be. Even at their worst, they're more bothersome than troublesome.

What's "Brood II?"

Periodical cicadas appear on a 13- or 17-year cycle. A brood is one group that appears at the same time in a particular region. The cicadas emerging this year belong to Brood II, which are 17-year cicadas that last emerged in 1996.

When are they coming?

They're already here. These cicadas started appearing in North Carolina late in April, and have begun emerging farther north—as far as Albany, N.Y.—as soil temperatures have reached 64 degrees F at 8 inches below the surface. Once the nymphs emerge from the ground, they start climbing trees and shedding their skins, eventually turning into flying adults. They'll then spend the final few weeks of their lives

What do they look like?

Magicicada cicadas have black bodies, prominent red eyes, and red or orange wing veins. The adults can be larger than a quarter, while the females are a bit bigger than the males. Don't confuse them with annual cicadas, which are black and green and appear later in the summer.

Can they hurt me or my pets?

Cicadas don't bite or sting, and they're not poisonous. They're not known to carry any diseases, either.

They are noisy, though. To attract a mate, males push air though vibrating organs called tymbals to create a whiney-hissy sound. A tree full of males can reach 90 decibels when measured directly beneath, which is comparable to a lawn mower. However, that's unlikely to cause hearing damage in humans; you'd need continuous exposure for it to pose a risk. In case you were curious, OSHA workplace standards allow for up to eight hours of continuous noise at that level.

The Humane Society warns against allowing pets, especially dogs, to gorge on a yard full of cicadas. Aside from being a choking hazard, the bugs have hard shells made of chitin, and in large amounts it clogs up digestive systems and causes constipation and vomiting. Cicadas treated with pesticides can also be toxic to pets.

Will they damage my property?

Large groups of cicadas can damage young trees, though we're not talking about biblical-style swarms of crop-devouring locusts here. In fact, adult cicadas rarely eat, if at all.

Most of the damage is caused by egg-laying females. Using their ovipositors, they make tiny slits in young branches before depositing around 25 eggs and moving on. They may repeat the process as many as 20 times in a single twig. Although a single cicada won't do much harm, heavy infestations can cause young branches to bend over or "flag." Damage to mature trees is rarely serious, but younger trees and saplings can suffer, so protect them with 1/4-inch mosquito netting. Generally, avoid planting new trees during the spring of a known brood emergence.

Female cicadas will target trees that provide the best food for the nymphs, such as fruit trees, birches, oaks, maples, and hickory, and they prefer to lay their eggs in branches 1/2 inch in diameter or smaller. Generally, they avoid most other plants such as ornamental shrubs, flowers, herbs, and vegetables, as well as pine and fir trees.

While underground, nymphs suck xylem fluids from the tree's roots. Prolonged feeding can hamper plant growth and fruit production.

Cicadas will stay clear of the house. In other words, they won't try to burrow into its eaves or lay eggs in the siding.

What can I do with cicadas?

You can eat them, for one thing. They've been described as tasting like asparagus, popcorn, and pine cones. This adventurous website has a menu featuring cicada-portobello quiche, cicada sauerbraten, cicada-cheese wontons, and German chocolate cicada cake for dessert.

Don't gorge on them unless you want painful stomach cramps. Also, cicadas are arthropods, so stay away if you're allergic to shrimp, lobster, or other similar seafoods. Finally, avoid them if you think they've been around garden chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers.

Otherwise, You can mulch their shells in the garden. The chitin will help retain moisture in the soil and fend off weeds. Once the cicadas begin to decay, they make excellent fertilizer—just let nature take over and allow soil microorganisms and other bugs return the nutrients back into the soil. Also, you can use dead cicadas as fish bait.

How do I get rid of them?

You can't stop them emerging. But if you really feel compelled to expunge them once they're here, it is possible to coat the tree's trunk, leaves, and limbs with a bifenthrin product mixed with a spreader sticker, which should repel or kill the cicadas for up to 4 weeks. However, we recommend against this. Bifenthrin insecticides are nasty stuff; unless there's some pressing need to rid your yard of cicadas, just leave them be and they'll disappear on their own.

How do I pronounce "cicada," anyway?

The most common pronunciation is sih-KAH-duh, though you'll also hear sih-KAY-duh. Other regional variations include SIH-ka-duh and SEE-ka-duh.

 

Thursday May 9, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Will Hear Budget Committee Report Today.mp3

Disaster Relief Ministry Treats STEP Students.mp3

Contested School Board and BOS Races Shaping Up in Dan River District.mp3

April Circuit Court Term Highlighted by Drug Distribution Convictions.mp3

 

Wednesday May 8, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Meals Tax Controversy Looms in November Local Elections .mp3

Brim to Seek Re-election to School Board.mp3

Gospel Sing Raises Another $2300 for Pool Renovation.mp3

Homestead Alzheimer's Arts Fusion Program Meets Thursday.mp3

Mt. Airy Man Arrested on 8 Patrick County Felony Drug Charges.mp3

Statewide Democratic Primary Set for June 11th.mp3

 

Tuesday May 7, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Principal Wary of Budget Cuts.mp3

Fire and Rescue Volunteers Honored.mp3

Hit and Run Property Damage Among the Charges in 4 Rivers Realty Case.mp3

Late Teacher Honored for Outstanding Community Service.mp3

Ferrum Honors Allen DeHart During Graduation Exercises.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND LIST

1. Stray male beagle found on Conner Drive tan and white.
2. Stray male black Lab mix found on Microfilm Road.
3) Young Border Collie mix-female-white back-needs a home
4. Young Female English Setter white and tan -needs a home
5) Boxer-male-fawn-Found on Hollandsworth Drive
6) Basset Hound mix- male-tri color-Found on Hollandsworth Drive
7. Shep/ Lab mix black with a little white around 5 months old
8. Shep/ Lab mix black and tan around 5 months old
9) 3 Border Collie/Australian Shepherd pups- need a home
10. Female/ Spayed Chihuahua mix 3-4 years old

Remember to call the pound if you are missing or would like to adopt a furry friend.
276-694-6259


Agenda
Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA


OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Mr. Chairman
• Invocation – Mr. Jeff Rhea, County Line Church of God
• 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

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Joint Executive Session with the EDA
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)

RECONVENE

CONTINUE DISCUSSION OF 2013 -2014 BUDGET:
• Ms. Anne Lewis – Friends of Southwest Virginia, Budget Presentation

OLD BUSINESS:
• Mr. David Kiser, VDOT; Six Year Plan updates
• Mr. Rose – Solid Waste Proposal

NEW BUSINESS:
• Mr. Rose -Payment Schedule: AEP, Century link, SunTrust

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
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)

RECONVENE

ACTION: If any

ADJOURN: June 10, 2013
 


Mother's Day at the Stuart Farmers Market on Friday May 10 from 8 am to 12 pm. Reynolds Homestead will be on site to assist people in decorating flower pots for gifts, Stanburn Winery will be offering samples and you can purchase wine, Tool Sharpening will be available for $5 per item. Other great items from our vendors include: Fresh vegetables, eggs, baked items, lamb, beef and crafts.



MAY 7-17 PCHS EVENTS CALENDAR

Tues, May 7
Physicals ~ 2:30-4:30PM ~ Gym

Wed, May 8
SOL Term grad/Retesters
V Baseball (H) Grayson Co ~ 5 pm
JV Baseball (A) Grayson Co ~5 pm

Thur, May 9
SOL – Social Studies
D2 parent meeting (AUD) ~ 6:30 pm
GSoccer (H) Tunstall ~ 5:30 pm
BSoccer (H) Tunstall ~ 6:45 pm

Fri, May 10
SOL – Science (All but Chem)
V Baseball (H) Tunstall ~ 5 pm
JV Baseball (A) Tunstall ~ 5 pm
V Softball (H) Tunstall ~ 5 pm
JV Softball (A) Tunstall ~ 5 pm

Sat, May 11

Nurse’s Aide Exam ~ 7:30 am
Athletic Banquet ~ Café ~ 5pm/ AUD ~ 6:30 pm

Mon, May 13
SOL – Chem
Academic Banquet ~ Café ~ 6 pm

Tues, May 14
Eng 8 Reading / Term grads & re-testers (2nd attempt)
V Softball (A) Bassett ~ 5 pm
JV Softball (H) Bassett ~ 5 pm

Wed, May 15
SOL Eng 11 Reading
Senior picnic ~ Rotary ~ 10:30 am
JV Baseball (H) Grayson Co ~ 5 pm

Thur, May 16
SOL – Geom.
Senior Honors Banquet ~ Café ~ 5:30 pm / AUD ~ 7:30 pm (approx. time)
G Soccer (H) Chatham ~ 5 pm
B Soccer (H) Chatham ~ 6:45 pm

Fri, May 17
Track - District Meet (A) Laurel Park ~ 2:30 pm


$12.7 MILLION IN CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR ROADWORK IN THE SALEM DISTRICT

SALEM — In April, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) awarded seven contracts totaling approximately $12.7 million for roadwork in the Salem District.

At their April 17 meeting in Richmond, the CTB awarded a $5.4 million contract for paving along portions of the interstates located in Carroll, Roanoke and Montgomery counties totaling 8.5 miles. The contract was awarded to Adams Construction Co. of Roanoke.

Additionally, six contracts that include various bridge replacements and repairs and culvert repairs throughout the district were awarded by VDOT on April 24. The total value of the contracts is approximately $7.3 million.

In Giles County, a contract for repairs to the Route 460 bridge over the New River valued at $566,250 was awarded to DW Miller Construction Company of Chiefland, Fla. The bridge is located 2.5 miles west of Pembroke.

In Vinton, a $1,847,870 contract to replace the Walnut Avenue bridge over Glade Creek was awarded to Burleigh Construction Co. Inc. of Concord.

A contract for various culvert repairs and replacements and bridge rehabilitation throughout the district was awarded to D.A. Brown Inc. of Vinton. The contract is valued at $2.1 million. A second contract for culvert repairs and replacements in Salem District in the amount of $2,799,315 was awarded to DLB Inc. of Hillsville.

The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
 

Monday May 6, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Miraculously No Serious Injuries when Car Crashes into Four Rivers Realty.mp3

2013 Distinguished Patrick Countian Award Presented to Member of PCHS Class of 73.mp3

Relay Radio-thon Tops Goal Raising Over $13,000.mp3

National Day of Prayer Observed in Stuart.mp3

Stuart DMV Select Marks 15th Anniversary.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 on 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 645 BRIDGE REPAIRS – On Monday, May 6, a lane closure will be in place during daylight hours on weekdays as crews repair the Route 645 (Mitchell Mill Road) bridge over Little Dan River.

        * 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.


Ferrum College Celebrates 97th Annual Commencement
220 graduates received their diplomas during today's graduation ceremony.

Ferrum College held its 97th annual commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013 this morning. 220 graduates received their diplomas during the ceremony in Hart International Plaza that included the presentation of student, faculty and alumni awards, as well as an address by Columbus State University President Dr. Timothy S. Mescon. A picnic lunch on the lawn for graduates and their guests followed the ceremony.
“I can think of no better way to mark our Centennial year than by celebrating the accomplishments of these wonderful young men and women,” said Ferrum College president Jennifer Braaten, speaking about the class of 2013, one of Ferrum’s largest graduating classes in recent years. “They worked so hard to reach this momentous day in their lives and that of their families and friends. I am not only proud of them, but also of our faculty and staff who taught, nurtured, mentored and supported them in myriad ways through their undergraduate years.”
During his commencement address, Dr. Mescon spoke to graduates about perseverance, positivism, and activism. He advised students to learn to think, to concentrate on managing their own destiny, to enjoy the journey, to use their time efficiently, and to recognize that positivism depends upon their own sense of well-being. Dr. Mescon also stressed the importance of expressing gratitude whenever possible. He told students, "Thank you are two of the most powerful words."
Among the day’s award recipients was Allen DeHart '54, who received the Ferrum College Beckham Medallion. Named after the College's first president Dr. Benjamin M. Beckham, the Beckham Medallion is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus. DeHart, who exemplifies the College motto “Not Self, But Others”, gifted the 172-acre DeHart Botanical Gardens in Patrick County to the College and was honored for his loyalty to the College.
Graduates participated in a traditional Baccalaureate service on Friday evening in Vaughn Chapel. The service concluded with a candlelight ceremony at Hart International Plaza to symbolize the light of knowledge that the new graduates will carry forth into the world.
 

Friday May 3, 2013

American Cancer Society
RELAY FOR LIFE

RADIO-THON
TODAY MAY 3RD 6AM TO 6PM ON 1270AM WHEO
COME ON OUT TO ROTARY FIELD AND ENJOY LOCAL ARTISTS LIVE THROUGHOUT THE DAY!

TO MAKE A DONATION CALL:

276-229-5468 OR 276-229-5052

Relay for Life Radio-thon This Friday.mp3

 

Thursday May 2, 2013

BREAKING NEWS

VEHICLE DRIVES INTO FOUR RIVERS REALTY IN PATRICK SPRINGS AROUND 10AM THIS MORNING.
NO INJURIES REPORTED.

MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE SOON.....
LISTEN TO 1270AM FOR UPDATES.


1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Unemployment Rate Drops for 2nd Consecutive Month.mp3

Teacher Concerned about Impact of Budget Cuts on Quality of Education.mp3

Sheriff's Office Combats Prescription Drug Abuse.mp3

Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program Offered.mp3

Stuart Farmer's Market to Official Open New Season.mp3

 

Wednesday May 1, 2013

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Sheriff's Office Issues Scam Alert.mp3

Town of Stuart Drops 1% Meals Tax Increase.mp3

Cox's Selection as PCHS Principal Begins Reorganization Process.mp3

Jonathan Bowling Memorial Ride Raises Over $4,400 for Scholarship Fund.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested for Allegedly Issuing Worthless Checks in Floyd County.mp3
 

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