November 2011

Wednesday November 30, 2011


Burglary Suspect Arrested.mp3

Pioneer Community Hospital Announces Opening of Spencer Clinic.mp3

Distribution of Emergency Plan Delayed.mp3

Chamber of Commerce to Award Christmas Bonuses.mp3

Congressman Griffith's Staff to Visit Stuart.mp3

Patrick County Sheriff's Department
For Immediate Release:

Patrick County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a TRIAD meeting with Senior Citizens, organizations that provide services to senior citizens, and the Patrick County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Counsel on Thursday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Landmark Center, Stuart. The meeting will conclude at 12:00 noon. It will feature a Sheriff’s Office presentation on Crime Prevention and Home Security for senior citizens.

Those attending will be asked for suggestions about how the Sheriff’s Office can better serve senior citizens. The Sheriff’s Office will also ask for suggested topics to address at future SALT Counsel and TRIAD meetings.

TRIAD is a Commonwealth wide program with the goal of preventing crime against senior citizen. It’s members are senior citizens, organizations that provide services to senior citizens, and the Sheriff’s Office. This meeting is open to the public and all interested persons are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday November 29, 2011


Backhoe Purchased Delayed as County Looks for Building Inspection Vehicle.mp3

Virtual Job Fair Targets Patrick Natives Coming Home for Holidays.mp3

MODE Fire Touches Hearts Far Beyond Patrick County.mp3

Meadows of Dan Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Successful.mp3

Ratliff Named Patrick Springs Ruritans' Outstanding Citizenship Award Winner.mp3

Stuart Parade Entry Deadline Dec 1st.mp3

MODE Counts Their Thanksgiving Blessings

Meadows of Dan Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by inviting families to join us for lunch. School officials send thanks to Jodi Hayes, cafeteria manager, Brenda Howell, Melanie Puckett, and Connie Lewis, cafeteria workers for the wonderful traditional Thanksgiving lunch provided. Students and staff alike enjoyed seeing the visitors and the time of fellowship. Jeannie King, principal wishes to send thanks to all for your continued support of our school activities. The students and staff wish everyone a wonderful holiday season full of blessings!

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

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

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

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

The program will begin Tuesday February 14th, 2012 and meet every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks leading up to our goal race of Martinsville Half Marathon & 5k scheduled for March 24, 2012. The program fee is $40.00 and includes two supervised training sessions held on Tuesdays (Mayo River Rail Trail) and Thursdays (DeHart Park) at 5:30,reduced entry fee to the 5K, a water bottle, t-shirt, journal, and other goodies.

Congratulations to our 2011 fall participants who were successful in completing the Run for the Arts 5K held on September 10, 2011 at DeHart Park in Stuart, and our spring participants that finished the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K on March 26, 2011 in Martinsville. Great job everyone! As a thank you to previous participants the participation fee will be waived, so please join us this upcoming session. Giant thank you goes to Rebecca Adcock and April Pendleton our fearless leaders!

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

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

Stuart Farmers Market will be hosting a Mistletoe Market on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 10 am to 1pm.
Items that will be available for purchase: grapevine wreaths, greenery, handmade soaps, baked items, jams and jellies, apple cider, lamb, sewn items, and other crafts.
Come shop for decorations and holiday gifts, stay warm with heat provided by Clark Gas & Oil, hot cider will be available for purchase. Stay for the Town of Stuart Christmas Parade at 2pm.

More Than Half of the Crash Victims Were Unbuckled

RICHMOND – Preliminary reports indicate nine individuals lost their lives in nine traffic crashes during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. State Police increased its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts during the heavily-traveled holiday which began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 23) and continued through midnight, Sunday (Nov. 27). During the 2010 holiday weekend, 10 motorists died in traffic crashes on Virginia’s highways.

Of the nine individuals killed during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, five were not wearing seatbelts.

“What makes this so troubling is that law enforcement just participated in a statewide Click-It-or-Ticket project the previous week – which is an educational and enforcement campaign aimed at increasing seatbelt usage in Virginia,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Sadly, half of the traffic crashes involved victims who weren’t buckled up. As we begin this holiday season, public safety responders are strongly encouraging driver and passenger to take two seconds and fasten your seatbelt – it costs nothing and could save your life.”

The Thanksgiving holiday crashes occurred in the counties of Appomattox, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henry, Loudoun, Rappahannock and Washington. Two of the nine fatalities occurred in the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. One fatality involved a pedestrian and another involved a motorcyclist. Alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes. Those killed ranged in ages from 17 to 54.

As part of the 2011 Thanksgiving Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, 75 percent of state police’s uniformed workforce was on patrol during the five-day statistical counting period. Operation C.A.R.E. is the acronym for Combined Accident Reduction Effort and is a nationwide, state-sponsored campaign intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to wear seatbelts by drivers and passengers.

In addition, state police arrested 103 drunk drivers during the Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers cited 8,526 speeders and 2,898 reckless drivers on Virginia’s highways statewide. Another 687 summonses were issued to individuals who failed to buckle up and 250 child safety-restraints were issued. Troopers also investigated 884 traffic crashes across the Commonwealth during the five-day period.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

Melinda Burchard, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Messiah University, and former Patrick County graduate continues to work in assisting Meadows of Dan Elementary in setting up the school library. On November 6, 2011, the Burchard family along with family and friends again returned to MODE to bring donations from a book drive sponsored by James Madison University. School official wish to continue to thank the Burchard family and friends for their continued support of MODE.
The MODE volunteer group photo includes: Jon Burchard, Noah Burchard, Cathy Hubbard, Glenna Shelor, James Shelor (a MODE graduate), Stephen Belcher (a MODE graduate), and Lisa Belcher (a PCHS teacher).

Monday November 28, 2011


Patrick Receives Federal Highway Safety Grant.mp3

Maintenance and Cleaning Needed at Old Jail.mp3

Meadows of Dan Student Wins Patriots' Pen Award.mp3

Sheriff's Office Hosts Meeting for Seniors.mp3

Former Stuart Man Receives Professional Recognition.mp3

New Dick and Willie Post Card Available.mp3



A last minute lane change on I-77 going South at exit 14 cross over bridge resulted in a four car wreck during the Thanksgiving weekend.  Around 12:30pm on Sunday, according to witnesses, tones were set off for the HVFD and the EMS to respond to exit 14 for a multiple car accident with possible injuries when the first unit arrived they let the responding units know that everyone one was ok on the scene. The VSP are investigating the accident..............photos and story by David Young


Friday November 25, 2011


Black Friday Brings Out Christmas Shoppers.mp3

Meadows of Dan Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Tomorrow.mp3

New Cell Towers To Be Constructed.mp3

Patrick County Places Highly in Green Schools Challenge.mp3

Stuart Christmas Parade Entry Deadline Approaching.mp3

Convicted Felon Arrested on Firearms Charge.mp3


Thursday November 24, 2011

Wednesday November 23, 2011


Claudville Woman Complies with Court Restrictions in Animal Cruelty Case.mp3

New Cell Towers Under Construction in 58 Corridor.mp3

Rail Trail Spurs Heated Debate.mp3

Patrick School Officials Confer with Colleagues at Conference.mp3

Reynolds Homestead to Celebrate Victorian Christmas.mp3

State Police Seek to Reduce Fatal Crashes This Thanksgiving.mp3

State Secretary of Education to Visit Patrick County.mp3

MODE’s Daniela Garcia Wins Patriots’ Pen

The Veterans of Foreign War United States Patrick County Post 8467 has presented the first place Patriots’ Pen Essay 2011-2012 award to Miss Daniela Garcia, a seventh grader in Mrs. Susan Shea’s class at Meadows of Dan Elementary School.
Rex Faris, Hazel Faris, Jim Saunders, Lois Belcher, and Dorothy Belcher of VWF Post 8467 presented the award on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at an awards assembly held in the school gym for grades five to seven. The Patriot Pen essay contest topic was “Are You Proud of Your Country”? Daniela was presented with checks totaling $175.00. The VFW Post 8467 gave Daniela one hundred dollars while the Ladies Auxiliary gave seventy five dollars as an award. Daniela is the daughter of Raul and Araceli Garcia. MODE School officials wish to send continued thanks and appreciation to the VFW Post 8467 for their support of the school activities.

Pictured in the group picture are:
Back row: Somer Ojodeagua, Susan Shea, Hazel Faris,
Middle Row: Lois Belcher, Dorothy Belcher, Jim Saunders
Front Row: Araceli Garcia, Daniela Garcia and Rex Faris

Patrick County Pound List

1) Corgi-male-tan-Found on Virginia Drive in Ararat
2) Lab. mix-male-black-Found on Rye Cove Rd
3) Walker Hound-female-black white tan- Found on Dogwood in Patrick Springs
4) Beagle mix-male-white black tan- Found on Elamsville Rd
5) Pit mix-male-brown- Found on Hardie Stone Rd

If you are missing or would like to adopt a furry friend please call the pound at


The roads during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend can be especially crowded with vacation bound travelers, leading to possible increases in crashes and breakdowns. AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following road safety tips and advice on what to do if your vehicle breaks down for those taking road trips this holiday season:

For Your Safety
• Keep your doors locked, safety belts buckled and children safe and secure in properly installed safety seats.
• Don’t let your gas tank fall below 1/3 tank.
• Stay on main roads and highways.
• Pack a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit as well as emergency flares or reflective triangles should you break down.
• If you are going on a long trip, pack an emergency ration kit of water and nonperishable food items such as fruit or granola bars.
• When stopping for breaks, never let kids go to the restroom alone. Always lock vehicle doors, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.
• Carry a cell phone in case of emergencies.
• Do not stop to help a disabled vehicle. Instead, call for help.
• If stopping during night-time travel, choose a well-lighted, populated facility. Park where your vehicle can be seen.
• If approached by someone while your vehicle is stopped, keep your doors locked and only roll your window down enough to hear what the person is saying.

If You Break Down
• Move your vehicle off the road safely away from traffic.
• Stay inside your vehicle, and make all passengers stay inside, too. Keep doors locked.
• If you can’t move your vehicle off the road, ask all passengers to exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and stand away from traffic.
• If you must walk to a phone, keep your group together.
• Raise the vehicle’s hood, put a white cloth draped from the car window or tied to the door handle, or use reflective triangles or flares. Warning devices should be placed far enough away from the vehicle to give oncoming traffic time to react. A good rule of thumb: 3 devices at 100, 50, and 25 yards from the vehicle – or 300, 200, or 100 feet.
• Only roll down the window enough to ask any passersby to call police.

AAA Mid-Atlantic serves nearly 808,000 members in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the nation’s fifth largest auto club with nearly 4 million members in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It provides a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through its 50-plus retail branches, regional operations centers, and the Internet. For more information on AAA Mid-Atlantic, please visit our web site at www.AAA.com Persons wanting to comment on this issue can go to AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Community pages at http://www.AAA.com/community and post comments. The organization is anxious to hear from travelers with their thoughts on this subject and others.

Tuesday November 22, 2011


Fire Destroys Old Bassett Furniture Plant.mp3

Board Approves EDA Appointments.mp3

Renewed Funding Sought for Trails in Patrick County.mp3

Other Action by Board of Superviosrs.mp3

Burglary and Larceny Suspects Arrested.mp3

Griffith Disappointed Over Collapse of Super Committee.mp3

Patrick County School Board Members Collaborate with Fellow Education Leaders at VSBA’s Annual Conference

Stuart, VA. – Patrick County school board members returned from VSBA’s Annual Conference in Williamsburg this week and will report back to the board on Friday, November 18, 2011. The conference focused on providing school divisions with the insight, tools and knowledge needed to survive the ongoing budget cuts inflicted on Virginia’s public education system. Board members will highlight the tools and information gathered at the event to help further student success during these tough economic times.

“School board members are being faced with the most difficult fiscal decisions ever seen during our time on the board,” said Annie Hylton, school board member. “Having the chance to network with others from across the state, hear about what other schools are doing to survive this economic crisis and learn from experts in the education community is a priceless opportunity. We are not alone, we are not the only ones struggling and by collaborating and learning from others, we have a better chance of minimizing the impacts of these horrific cuts to education.”

Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the 2011 VSBA Annual Conference, participating in more than 51 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as; closing the achievement gap and the role of division leadership; Successful Education Foundations; How Schools Can Become More Disaster Resistant; Best Practices to Reduce Legal Challenges to Adverse Personnel Actions; Parliamentary Procedure; Navigating the Social Media Landscape; and School Law Updates.

“I am eager to share what I learned at the VSBA Conference this year,” said Ronnie Terry, School Board Vice-Chair. “The conference is a great investment for our community because it allows our board to continue learning about nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from key policy officials and brings back new best management practices for our schools that will improve our students’ education.”

“Attending annual board development is required by law for school board members,” stated Dr. Roger N. Morris, Superintendent, who also attended and was a presenter at the conference.

2011 VSBA Green Schools Challenge Winners

Picture (l to r) Stewart Roberson, President of Moseley Architects, Robert A. Rorrer, Annie Hylton, Quinn Brim, Bobby Mangrum, Dr. Roger Morris, and Ronnie Terry

Nine school divisions receive top awards in the 2011 VSBA Green Schools Challenge. Winners were announced at the VSBA Annual Convention, on November 16 in Williamsburg. The competition was sponsored by Moseley Architects, Linc Energy and Building Solutions, Trane, Ameresco and Johnson Controls. Winning school divisions were selected from over 52 entries, and 38 school divisions were recognized as certified green school divisions. Patrick County Public Schools placed second in school divisions with a student population under 5,000.
The VSBA Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community. This is the third year the awards were given out.

Winning School Divisions were:
Student Population under 5,000

First Place: Charlottesville City Public Schools
Second Place: Patrick County Public Schools
Third Place: Cumberland County Public Schools

Virginia Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate
Decreased 0.1 Percentage Point in October to 6.4 Percent
—Unadjusted October rate was down 0.4 percentage point to 6.0 percent—
—Nonfarm employment added 26,900 jobs between September and October—

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point this
month to 6.4 percent, following three consecutive monthly increases, and was 0.3 percentage point below
the year-ago October rate of 6.7 percent. The unemployment rate fell because the labor force increased by
16,403, as more people reported that they were working and the number of unemployed barely increased.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national rate, which also fell 0.1
percentage point in October to 9.0 percent.

Virginia’s unadjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.4 percentage point this month to 6.0 percent
and was also 0.4 percentage point below the October 2010 rate. The number of unemployed dropped by
16,385, and the labor force was essentially unchanged as household employment increased by 16,885. The
unadjusted unemployment rate usually declines in October with the employment buildup in public and
private schools. Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues below the national
unadjusted rate, which declined to 8.5 percent in October from 8.8 percent in September.
The number of Virginians receiving a regular unemployment benefit payment was 54,123 in
October 2011, which was up from 52,137 in September 2011, but down from 64,541 in October 2010.
Cumulative initial claims for October 2011 totaled 31,422, compared to 30,145 in September 2011 and
37,061 in October 2010.

(Not seasonally adjusted)
Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 26,900 jobs in October 2011 to 3,681,600 and was 24,800
jobs above a year ago. The September employment gain was stronger than first reported, with a monthly
job gain of 23,500 instead of 15,500. As a result, the over-the-year September job gain was revised upward
from a gain of 6,200 jobs to a gain of 14,200 jobs, or from 0.2 percent to 0.4 percent. So, over the past two
months, the upward revisions showed that an additional 12,900 jobs were added—4,900 jobs were added in
August and 8,000 jobs were added in September. From September 2011 to October 2011, nine major
industry divisions experienced employment gains, and two experienced employment losses. As is normal
for this time of year, public and private schools and colleges continued staffing for the fall semester and
accounted for a large portion of the employment gain. Total government employment increased by 12,900
jobs to 713,700, as continued school hiring boosted state and local government employment by 13,900 jobs.
Private education and health services employment increased by 5,900 jobs to 470,200, as private
education added 2,400 jobs and health care and social assistance added 3,500 jobs. Employment in the
professional and business services sector was up 6,800 jobs this month to 669,300, after declining the
previous three months. Halloween and fall sales and the shipment of the first holiday merchandise to the
stores expanded trade and transportation employment by 4,700 jobs to 628,400. Other jobs gains
occurred in construction, up 1,500 jobs; manufacturing, up 1,300 jobs; finance, up 1,200 jobs;
information, up 400 jobs; and mining, up 100 jobs.

The two remaining major industry divisions experienced employment losses. Leisure and
hospitality employment fell by 7,400 jobs to 334,400, as resorts lowered staff levels for the fall.
Employment in miscellaneous services declined by 500 jobs this month to 185,600.
In the year-over-year comparison (October 2010 to October 2011), nonfarm payroll employment was
up 24,800 jobs, or 0.7 percent. Over-the-year employment growth is improving and approaching the modest
over-the-year growth experienced at the beginning of the year. Compared to a year ago, seven major
industry divisions experienced employment gains, and four experienced employment losses. Professional
and business services employment increased by 9,400 jobs, or 1.4 percent, from October a year ago, with
strong job gains in computer systems design and related services and in employment services.
Both private education and health care services and total government experienced over-the-year
employment gains of 6,600 jobs, with over-the-year growth of 1.4 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
Trade and transportation employment increased by 3,700 jobs, or 0.6 percent, from October 2010, with
strong gains in retail trade employment. Leisure and hospitality employment was up 2,300 jobs, or 0.7
percent, from last October. Manufacturing employment increased by 1,600 jobs, or 0.7 percent, from
October 2010. Lastly, finance employment was up 1,100 jobs, or 0.6 percent, from October a year ago.

The largest employment decline from last October occurred in information, down 4,400 jobs, or
5.7 percent. Other losses were 1,200 jobs, or 0.6 percent, in miscellaneous services; 800 jobs, or 0.4
percent, in construction; and 100 jobs, or 0.9 percent, in mining.

Virginia’s 187,200 manufacturing production workers earned an average weekly wage of $731.42
this October, which was $24.96 lower than the September weekly wage and $49.61 lower than the October
2010 weekly wage. The average production workweek, at 40.1 hours, was 1.3 hours shorter than the
September workweek and 1.4 hours shorter than the October 2010 workweek. The average hourly factory
pay rate in October was $18.24, $0.03 below the September rate and $0.58 below the October 2010 rate.
The statistical reference week this month was the week of October 9-15, 2011.

The Virginia Employment Commission plans to release the October local area unemployment rates on
Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The data will be available on our website, www.VirginiaLMI.com.
The November statewide unemployment rate and employment data for both the state and metropolitan
areas are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 20, 2011.

Monday November 21, 2011


Board of Supervisors Meets Tonight.mp3

First Phase PCHS Water Project Completed.mp3

Hunters for the Hungry Needs Venison.mp3

North Carolina Fugitive Arrested by Patrick Authorities.mp3


No holiday would be complete without a visit to the Reynolds Homestead to take part in its annual Victorian Christmas celebration. The historic home will be decorated in authentic Victorian fashion and will be available for viewing weekdays, December 1-16, noon to 4:00 p.m. Groups who would like to tour the house should call the Homestead to schedule a time.

Bring your stamped and addressed Christmas cards to have them canceled with the Homestead’s original and unique Victorian Christmas stamp. Staff from the Critz post office will be available during evening performances, but you may drop your cards off at any time to be cancelled.

Dinner and a Movie: “A Christmas Story.” Enjoy everyone’s favorite Christmas movie in this family event to get you excited about the holidays. Ralphie must convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift in this 1983 movie set in the 1940s. Dinner will be a re-creation of the famous “meatloaf smeatloaf” dinner scene including the mashed potatoes and red cabbage! What a great evening of family fun. Make your reservations early as seating is limited. Door prizes will include a Red Ryder BB Gun (Don’t shoot your eye out!) and a replica Leg Lamp night light. Dinner is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Reservations required for dinner. The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. and is FREE. Tuesday, November 29.

“Chamber After Hours” The 4th Annual “Chamber After Hours” at Victorian Christmas is an opportunity for all Patrick County Chamber of Commerce members to enjoy the decorations, refreshments music, and networking at holiday time. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1.

“The WRJR Christmas Show.” Director Julie Walters Steele and family (along with the staff) recreate an old-fashioned radio show for your entertainment. Join the “studio audience” for this heart-warming performance of live holiday music and period skits from the 1930s and 40s – most of which were sponsored by Reynolds tobacco products. During intermission, enjoy desserts and a silent auction where you might pick up a few great Christmas presents. Call the Homestead for reservations. $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tuesday, December 6 and Thursday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. The house will be open at 5:30 for viewing, and on Thursday, Esprit d’ Chord will be performing. Sunday matinee December 11, 2:00 p.m. The house will be open at 12:30, including performances by Esprit d’ Chord.

“Christmas Cookie Exchange” Bring three dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies with recipes and join the staff for some holiday fun exchanging cookies and recipes, eating, playing games, and raffling off some great prizes. Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m.

Reservations for any Victorian Christmas event can be made by calling 27-694-7181. The Continuing Education Center will be close for winter break at 5:00 on Friday, December 16 and re-open Tuesday, January 3.

Structure Fire in Woodlawn Va.





The alarms went off around 5:50pm for a Structure Fire Sunday at 131 Forest Oak Road in Woodlawn Va., Stations one, two and three of the HVFD responded to the fire in route the Chief had the GVFD toned out to help with man power and for the LFVFD to stand by at station one of the HVFD. Lisa Smythers the owner of the house told me that she went to open the front door and as she got it about one foot open she heard a loud explosion and was then pushed backwards onto the front porch by the door. As she looked up the whole roof was on fire. She said it just went up so fast that she was very thankful that she wasn't hurt she said I just cant believe it. The fire department responded in a quick manor but their was not much they could do she said, but she was thankful for all the people that come to her rescue. The cause or nature of the fire is still unknown at this time...........story and photographer David Young   


Friday November 18, 2011


Food Bank Demand Reaches Seasonal Peak.mp3

Town Council Sets Hearing on Ordinance to Regulate Unmaintained Structures.mp3

Ribbon-Cutting Launches New Entertainment Venue.mp3

Turkey Fryer Safety Urged This Thanksgiving.mp3

Appalachian Power Airs Post Election TV Ads.mp3

“Help Stokes Holiday Concert”
will feature Fort Bragg’s Army Ground Forces Band

Danbury, North Carolina

The Army Ground Forces Band of Fort Bragg will bring music to the holiday season in Stokes County, North Carolina on Saturday, December 3, 2011, with a free 7pm “Help Stokes Holiday Concert” performance at West Stokes High School, 1400 Priddy Road in King. The concert will include performances by the band’s Jazz Guardians, Brass Brigade, and Loose Cannons. Attendees to the free concert are encouraged to bring canned food donations in support of East Stokes and King Outreach Ministries, and toy donations in support of Stokes Social Services/Boy Scouts of America. The Ceremonial Marching Unit of the band will kick off their visit to Stokes County earlier in the day by marching and performing as the Grand Marshal in the City of King Christmas Parade, beginning at 2pm.

Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the Army Ground Forces Band serves as the musical ambassador of the American Combat Soldier to the American people. As one of the Army’s three major bands, Army Ground Forces Band
Soldiers are among the finest musicians in the United States Army Band program, with many of the band’s members having studied music at leading universities and conservatories in the United States and abroad. The Army Ground Forces Band's history includes service in the Civil War, the War with Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and both World Wars. The band fought with the victorious Third Division, which spearheaded the Battle of the Marne in July of 1918. During World War II, the band participated in the Aleutian Islands operation of May, 1943. Since 1945, this proud organization has been stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Richardson, Alaska; Fort McPherson, Ga., and is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

“Stokes County is excited to kick off the holiday season by hosting one of the premier military bands in America” stated Stokes Arts Executive Director Eddy McGee. “We hope that Stokes and Piedmont residents will show their appreciation to the band by attending the parade or evening concert, and help a great cause by bringing canned food or toys” he added. All of the four units participating on December 3, including the Ceremonial Marching Band, Jazz Guardians, Brass Brigade, and Loose Cannons, will perform traditional holiday selections such as “White Christmas”, “Silver Bells” and “Deck the Halls”, to contemporary/pop selections “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Step Into Christmas”, and “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” During their visit to Stokes County, the Army Ground Forces Band will be hosted by the Stokes County Arts Council, the City of King, King American Legion Post 290, and County of Stokes.

For more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or visit www.StokesArts.org 

Thursday November 17, 2011


Planned Closing of Vesta PO Being Opposed.mp3

Sex Offender with Patrick County Ties Commits Suicide .mp3

PCHS Drama Students Present One-Act Plays.mp3

Appalachian Power Encourages Reading.mp3

Patrick County Community Food Bank Serves 500+

Joni Hunt, Director for the Patrick County Community Food Bank, said that they gave out 500 food boxes yesterday! The NEED is increasing by almost 100 families each year! Incredibly sad!

New Hope Church of the Brethren, Stuart / Elamsville, VA will hold a FOOD DRIVE
SATURDAY, November 19, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at ADVANCE AUTO PARTS Jeb Stuart Highway (in front of Walmart) in Stuart, VA. ALL proceeds will benefit the Patrick County Community Food Bank. PLEASE come out & donate non-perishable foods, cash, paper goods, toiletries. Canned meats & peanut butter are always needed.

For further info contact:
Pastor Rick Randall (276) 629-4862
Trena Anderson (276) 694-7153

Wednesday November 16, 2011


Martinsville Incident Ends in Suicide.mp3

Closure of Roanoke Mail Processing Center Opposed.mp3

Pioneer Community Hospital Administrator's Departure Announced.mp3

Appalachian Power Offers Tips on Lowering Electric Bills.mp3

Christmas Ornament Honors Cooper's Mill.mp3

Plans for Christmas Parades Announced.mp3

Dictionaries and Atlases Presented Students by Rotarians.mp3

 Tentative Agenda Business Meeting of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, November 21, 2011 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

• Call to order by Chairman Hayden
• Invocation
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad
• Approval of meeting agenda (TAB 1)
• Approval of meeting minutes October 17, 2011(TAB 2)
• Approval of the Bills, Claims, Appropriations (TAB 3)

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

Regional Hazardous Mitigation Plan at 6:30 pm as previously advertised (action required)

REPORTS to the Board: (TAB 5)

Ms. Lisa Price Hughes, Resident VDOT Engineer; Route 8 Connector - Changes due to construction


• Maintenance equipment


Personnel Matters 2.2-3711 (A) (1)
• Re-appointment to the EDA
• Discussion of changes in the Treasurer’s office



Tuesday November 15, 2011


Closing of Roanoke Mail Processing Center Proposed.mp3

Animal Cruelty Suspect Out of Compliance with Directive to Reduce Kennel Size.mp3

Drowsy Driving Is a Common Problem.mp3

MODE Prepared for Winter Instruction in Mobile Classrooms.mp3

Do you Skype?

Do you Skype? Ms. Draughn’s class does! On Wednesday, November 9, the students in Ms. Draughn’s Language Arts Class participated in a Skype interview with author, Sandy Huff. The HRMS Challenge Club also Skyped with Ms. Huff on Tuesday, November 8 after school. During both Skype interviews, Ms. Huff shared information about her life including how she became an author and about all of the exciting places she has visited. The students asked her questions such as: “What was the most beautiful place you have traveled to?” “How many continents have you been to?” and “What was the most disgusting food you have eaten on your travels?”
We would like to thank Ms. Huff for sharing her stories and her time with our class. Thank you also to Mrs. Debra Quesenberry for helping with this fun activity!
Here is some biographical information about author Sandy Huff from the website Clearwater Pen Women http://www.clearwaterpw.com/Members/huff.html:

A prize winning photojournalist, Sandy Huff has published 1,229 articles in some 111 magazines and newspapers around the world, including Saturday Evening Post and Highlights for Children. She’s written several books, including Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State, a top-selling guide on Florida rivers and waterways. Her small book explaining the Mayan Calendar system is still on sale in souvenir shops in Yucatan. A gardening book on native Florida water plants is in production.
Sandy and her cameras have trekked around six of the seven continents, including the Arctic and Antarctica. She’s even been alligator hunting, bagging 5 bull gators that totaled 47 feet, 11 inches.
Her play, CHOMP! was produced twice – it’s a comedy, about a poetry retreat at an alligator farm. A firm conservationist, she guides Audubon officials every spring to survey a rare wading bird colony near her home in Safety Harbor, Florida.

Sandy grew up in Miami, the gateway to the Everglades, where she spent many a day exploring the beaches, canals, and sawgrass swamps. She discovered the mid-state lakes and streams by attending church camps. In high school, she joined a scuba diving club, and spent fascinated hours face to face with moray eels, sting rays, and manatees. When her University of Miami marine biology professor arranged for his students to ride along on research vessels and all-night shrimp boats, Sandy stocked an outstanding salt water aquarium. When she transferred to the University of Florida for her B.S. degree, then UNC-Chapel Hill for her M.A., she managed to find time to tube, paddle, snorkel, sail, and power boat every body of water she could find.
When her three kids came along, Sandy organized a traveling Girl Scout troop. Somehow most troop excursions involved getting wet. With other adults she paddled across the Okeefenokee Swamp, got lost in the salt-marsh rivers around Cape Kennedy, and was swept down the Suwannee. She’s paddled 58 of Florida’s major waterways.

As a Red Cross Canoe instructor, Sandy taught hundreds of people the basics of paddling. She learned kayak basics at Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. She’s currently certified as a Sailing Instructor for U.S. Sailing, and is past Captain of Windlasses, a woman’s sailing club. She loves to garden, and is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and would qualify as a Master Knitter if she ever learns to knit socks.
Sandy likes to paint, with her favorite subject being her family. Her most fun: Playing with her grandkids.

Monday November 14, 2011


Fuel Assistance Application Deadline Is Today.mp3

Parade Honors Patrick County Veterans.mp3

School Board Adopts Annual Plans Based on SMART Goals.mp3

County Taxes Due December 5th.mp3

Sammy Shelor on the Letterman Show.mp3

HRMS Challenge Club

As a service project, the HRMS Challenge Club students placed acrylic bird feeders in the windows of classrooms outside of the courtyard at HRMS. The students will fill the feeders at their monthly meetings. They also plan to build birdhouses in the spring to add to this newly created nature center at Hardin Reynolds.

Caption: Members of the HRMS Challenge Club relax after hanging bird feeders on the windows of classrooms at their school.

Caption: Cody Fretwell, son of Steve and Jane Fretwell, attaches a bird feeder to a window outside of the Computer Lab at HRMS

House Fire in Carroll County





Man escapes serious injuries on Saturday when his home caught on fire around 1:00pm. The breaker box burned the cable end on the back of the home destroying most the upstairs and causing smoke damage downstairs . The HVFD responded alone with the GVFD for backup when they arrived they attacked the fire from the roof and inside knocking it down quickly. The home was located at 5966 Coluson Church Road , Austinville in Carroll County the Owner of the home is Ray Gravely of N.C., The renter was Robin Gravely his brother, Robin told me that had no insurance on the home and had no where to go so any help anyone can offer him would be appreciated ...............story and photos by David Young


Friday November 11, 2011


Patrick County Veterans To Be Honored.mp3

School Board Honors County Veteran.mp3

VFW Post 7800 Presents Awards to Student and Teacher.mp3

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway.mp3

Two Arrested by Patrick County for Martinsville Police.mp3

Vote Canvass Produces No Changes.mp3

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        * DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE AND SHOULDER WORK – Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed during daylight hours on weekdays due work to clean out ditches, repair drainage or work on shoulders on various secondary or primary roads.

* PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will be patching pavement on various primary and secondary roads throughout Patrick County.  Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.

         * 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 throughout Patrick County.


With Thanksgiving and the holiday season around the corner, give yourself and your loved ones the best gift of all - now and all year long - by buckling up. Virginia State Police will join local law enforcement in a statewide, high-visibility Click-It-or-Ticket enforcement effort beginning Sunday Nov. 13, 2011, through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. Click-It-or-Ticket is an educational and enforcement program aimed at increasing seatbelt use in Virginia with the goal of saving lives.

“The choice is a simple one - wear your seatbelt and reduce your chances of being injured in a crash,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Or, you can choose not to and pay the ultimate price – with your life - because you didn’t take two seconds to fasten your seatbelt. It costs you nothing to buckle up – but the cost could be much greater for your family and your loved ones if you don’t.”

Sadly, as of Oct. 31, 2011, at least 257 men, women and children who were unrestrained by a seatbelt died in traffic crashes in Virginia. Last year, 307 unbuckled individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes on Virginia’s roads.* According to traffic crash data, death rates are more than eight times higher when a driver or passenger is not buckled or restrained

With the kick-off of the November Click-It-or-Ticket campaign and as troopers enforce traffic laws across the Commonwealth, motorists can expect to see extra attention being paid to whether or not a seatbelt is being worn by law enforcement officers.

“Rest assured, if our trooper stops you for a traffic violation and you aren’t wearing a seatbelt, you will be given a summons,” adds Colonel Flaherty.

Statewide, last year, Virginia State Police troopers issued 26,797 citations for adults who failed to buckle up, and 7,135 summonses to adults who did not properly secure their infants or children in a child safety.

In 2010, Virginia’s recorded seatbelt use rate was 81 percent. Unfortunately, that means 19 percent of the population made the conscious choice not to wear a seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.**

Thursday November 10, 2011


Animal Cruelty Case Under Advisement.mp3

MODE School Rebuilding Targeted for Spring 2012 Start.mp3

PCHS Wins Drama Competition.mp3

NC Woman Charged in Patrick Burglary Case.mp3

Stuart Rotary Club Donates Atlases to Fourth Graders at HRMS

Mr. Alex Wilkins of the Stuart Rotary Club visited the fourth graders of Hardin Reynolds Memorial School. He brought a gift for each student- a Webster’s International Atlas. Mr. Wilkins spoke to each class of fourth graders, telling a little about the Rotary Club and its mission. He then distributed atlases inscribed with each student’s name. The fourth grade students and teachers at Hardin Reynolds wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Stuart Rotary Club for giving these generous educational tools as gifts to promote learning in the areas of Social Studies and Language Arts.

Caption: Amber Robinette, Daughter of Michael and Crystal Cassell, showing the atlas she received from Stuart Rotary Club.

Patrick County Animal Pound

1) Pit mix-male-brown white- Found on Glenn Burne Lane, Meadows of Dan
2) Shepherd mix-male-black brown-Found on Glenn Burne Lane, Meadows of Dan
3) Lab.- male-blond-Found on Abram Penn Hwy
4 & 5) 2 Border Collie mix- both female- 1 black with white around neck,1 black-both very sweet pups-Found on The Hollow in Ararat
6) Pit-female-brindle- Found on Darwin Lane
7) Domestic short hair cat-male-black & white-about 8 months old- Found on Jeb Stuart Hwy

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

The pound will be closed Friday November 11, 2011 for Veterans Day, but will be open on Saturday from 10:00 til 12:00.


Wednesday November 9, 2011


Patrick County 2011 Election Results.mp3

Toy Run Raises Over $4,000 for Christmas Cheer Gifts.mp3

Congressman Honors Hometown Hero in House Floor Speech.mp3

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway.mp3

New Business Plans Grand Opening.mp3

Patrick County Concludes Biggest Tourism Month.mp3

Former Patrick Official Resigns as Fluvanna County Administrator.mp3

Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Will Be Up This Year.mp3

Higher Gas Prices Forecast This Thanksgiving.mp3

Poindexter Wins Re-Election to Virginia House of Delegates, Defeats Armstrong 53% to 47%

With 97% of precincts reporting, Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) won re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday, defeating Democrat challenger Ward Armstrong 53% to 47%.

Delegate Armstrong conceded the race to Delegate Poindexter in a phone call Tuesday night.

“Voters throughout the Ninth District made a clear statement tonight,” said Poindexter. “They want conservative leadership that focuses on creating new jobs and opportunities, keeping taxes low and protecting small town, rural values.

“From the very beginning, my campaign has focused on jobs. Putting Southern Virginia back to work will be my top priority when I return to Richmond.

“I am grateful to have the support of so many voters, and I promise to work hard to represent all of the citizens in the new Ninth District. People know that I will be open and accessible. I look forward to returning to Richmond and representing the Ninth District, fighting for jobs and our values.”

PCHS Veterans Day Assembly

Patrick County High School is commemorating local veterans at ten o’clock on November 10, 2011. The assembly will be held in the high school gym. Veterans and guest can arrive between nine and ten o’clock and are asked to sign in at the main office upon arrival. All veterans are invited! If you have any questions contact LTC James Wagner at 276-694-4014.


Caption: HRMS SCA Officers left to right- Morgan Biggs, Casey Campbell, Logan Hutchens, Taylor Sowers, and Brian Lange hang the Bully Prevention Banner in the front hallway of the school.

Caption: SCA Representatives making Halloween treat bags to give out to all of the HRMS students.

The SCA at HRMS has purchased a banner for the benefit of bullying prevention. We have come to the conclusion that bullying is something we would like to see end in our school. The banner says, “Making the World a Better Place, One Student at a Time”. We want our classmates at HRMS to be the best people they can be and we want each student to be lifted up rather than torn down. We have put the banner at the front office so everyone can see it. We hope that whoever sees it will think about being a better person and helping others rather than hurting them.

We have also partnered with the Jr. Beta Club to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for the students at HRMS. The videos are available on the school website at http://www.patrick.k12.va.us/hardinreynolds/  under the link for Rebel Technology. We recently created a video promoting the STAR activities and how you should have good behavior so you can attend them. The direct web address for this PSA is: http://www.patrick.k12.va.us/hardinreynolds/index.cfm/topic/760.  We hope you will watch it and check back throughout the school year for more.

During the last SCA meeting, we made treat bags for our whole school. We all worked together to get the job done right. We had one group decorating the bags and one group filling the bags. We hope that all of the students at HRMS enjoyed the candy.

Taylor Sowers
SCA Reporter

11 Nov. Fresh produce and baked items available.
18 Nov. Thanksgiving market. Come and stock up on the last of the seasons veggies and baked items for Thanksgiving Day Feast.
25 Nov. Closed
3 Dec- Special Mistletoe Market. Saturday 10 am to 1pm. Vendors will be on hand with winter squash, baked items, apples, apple cider, jams and jellies. natural Decorations such as wreaths, swags and of course Mistletoe. Many craft vendors will be on hand to help you with your Christmas shopping. Come out and enjoy the market before the Town Christmas Parade at 2 pm.

Tuesday November 8, 2011


Car Abandoned after Patrick Springs Crash.mp3

Progress Reported in MODE Fire Claim Negotiations.mp3

Patrick County's Unemployment Rate Rises.mp3

Voting Underway in Nov. 8th General Election.mp3



Girls Cross Country Team will be traveling this weekend to compete in the State competition
Story and Photo by Gretchen Lacy

7 of the Girls Cross Country Team will be traveling this weekend to compete in the State competition in Warrenton, VA on Saturday 11/12/2011. The young ladies that are competing are Lindsay King, Lindsay Martin, Roxie Martin, Victoria Hutchens, Adrienne Hutchens, Christina Taylor, and Jessica Radford.

Photos of the competition in Roanoke from Regional's where the girls placed 4th earning them the right to compete in state.

Samaritans Purse Shoeboxes for Christmas!!

Drop off shoeboxes or items for the boxes at:

Fellowship at the Foothills (Lower Building)
in Patrick Springs on Hwy 58
• Monday November 14th thru Friday November 18th from 6PM to 9PM
• Saturday November 12th and Sunday November 13th all day 9AM to 9PM

For more info please call 694-4370


Monday November 7, 2011


Car Accident.mp3

AEP President Sends Letters.mp3

AEP Rate Hikes.mp3

Armstrong vs Poindexter.mp3

Tourism and Ribbon Cutting.mp3

Relay For Life.mp3


The American Red Cross and the Reynolds Homestead will host a Veteran’s Day Blood Drive on Friday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center.
According to the Red Cross, the need for blood is always critical at this time of year. Over six million pints of blood are collected each year by volunteers with the American Red Cross.
Honor an active duty service member or a veteran by making your reservation today to give blood. All donors will receive a Reynolds Homestead cloth shopping bag. To reserve your time, call the Homestead at 276-694-7181 or visit www.redcross.org

 Meadows of Dan Elementary School Holds Veterans Day Program

On Thursday, November 4, 2011, Meadows of Dan Elementary School held a Veterans Day program for students, staff, parents, community members, and local veterans. Zach Strole, seventh grader and SCA President welcomed all veterans, students, staff, and others to the assembly. Next, Autumn Hubbard, SCA Vice-President led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence. Meredith Martin, 7th grader, and Hunter Kenyon, 6th grader gave an overview of the origins of Veterans Day. Mr. George Ray, Veteran, and Band Teacher along with the sixth and seventh grade band students played “Taps”. Shylah Wester, 7th grade student shared the poem; “In Flander’s Fields” while Levi Carter, sixth grade student shared “Veterans Day”. Ms. Julie Pope, division chorus and band teacher along with the sixth and seventh grade chorus sang the beautiful selection “American Tears”. Mrs. Jeannie King, principal along with seventh grade students welcomed and recognized the local community veterans in attendance: Rex Faris, Harvy Spangler, George Ray, Roy McAlexander, Lois Belcher, Douglas Harbour, Jim Saunders, Homer Hylton, Michael Belcher, William Harmon, Mark Strole, Roger Terry, Jewell Frogel, Cynthia Miranda, Edwin Stanfield, Bobby Harris.

Mrs. King read a brief biography of our guest speaker, veteran Rex Faris who is the past Senior State Commander, Department of Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars,and also Adjutant-Quartermaster of Meadows of Dan Post 8467. Mr. Faris joined the United States Air Force in 1959 and retired from the Air Force in 1980. His twenty years were in the USAF Security Service and USAF Electronic Security Command. He retired while serving at the National Security Agency. His overseas service includes six years in England, Korea in 1968 during the aftermath of the Pueblo incident, and a one year tour in DaNang, Vietnam, 1969-1970. He also had tours duty in Okinawa, Hawaii, and in Texas. In June of 2009, Mr. Faris was installed as the Commander of the Department of Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Faris discussed the meaning of Veterans Day with the students as well as the importance of all American citizens to vote. After Mr. Faris spoke Mrs. Cathy Hubbard, administrative assistant shared a poem dedicated to our veterans, titled, “The Noble and the Brave” and written by Joanna Fuchs. Seventh grader, Clara Thorman closed the assembly by asking all in attendance to join in the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” The seventh graders gave each veteran in attendance a small token of thanks and appreciation. All Veterans were invited to join us for lunch. Mrs. King and staff would like to extend thanks and gratitude to the veterans for their dedicated service and for coming to help educate the students about the importance of Veterans Day.

Mrs. Jeannie King
Proud Cardinal Principal
Meadows of Dan Elementary School

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        * DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE AND SHOULDER WORK – Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed during daylight hours on weekdays due work to clean out ditches, repair drainage or work on shoulders on various secondary or primary roads.

* PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will be patching pavement on various primary and secondary roads throughout Patrick County.  Flaggers may control traffic at times or lanes may be closed.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.

         * 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 throughout Patrick County.


Friday November 4, 2011


School Bus Accident.mp3

Facebook Alert Horses Stolen.mp3

Former Firefighter Civil Suit.mp3

Peanut Butter Price Rises.mp3

Arrest Report 11-03-11.mp3

Stuart Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries and Atlases to MODE

Meadows of Dan School officials and third and fourth grade classes would like to thank the Stuart Rotary Club for the wonderful dictionaries and atlases they provided for our students. We will use these dictionaries in class to help students with research, writing, and other English standard of learning objectives.
MODE continues to be so grateful to all individuals and groups for their support, kindness and generosity which enhances student achievement.

Thursday November 3, 2011


False Advertising Alert.mp3

Farm Team.mp3

Master Gardners.mp3

Ward Armstrong and AEP.mp3

Arrest Report.mp3

2011 Girls Piedmont Cross Country Champions

2011 Girls Piedmont Cross Country Champions and Coach Danel Slaydon, Coach of the Year, and the girls team that will be traveling to Roanoke, VA this Saturday to compete for the Regional title and bring it back to PCHS.

Wednesday November 2, 2011


School Board Building Committee Meeting.mp3

Hendrick Plane Crash+Lisa.mp3



Stuart Farmers Market open fridays 8am to 12pm. Downtown Stuart EBT/SNAP accepted.

4 Nov - Greens Galore. Mustard greens, spinach, swiss chard, kale.
11 Nov. - Fresh produce and baked items available.
18 Nov. - Thanksgiving market. Come and stock up on the last of the seasons veggies and baked items for Thanksgiving Day Feast.
25 Nov. - Closed
3 Dec - Special Mistletoe Market. Saturday 10 am to 1pm. Vendors will be on hand with winter squash, baked items, apples, apple cider, jams and jellies. natural Decorations such as wreaths, swags and of course Mistletoe. Many craft vendors will be on hand to help you with your Christmas shopping. Come out and enjoy the market before the Town Christmas Parade at 2pm.

Junior Beta Induction for 2011 Held at MODE

The National Beta Club promotes character, develops leadership skills, encourages service involvement, recognizes achievement, and provides technological advantages to students. On Thursday, October 20, 2011, Meadows of Dan Elementary School held its second annual National Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony. The program began with the welcome address from Mrs. Jewell Frogel, fifth grade teacher and sponsor. Returning seventh grade members Shylah Wester, Meredith Martin, and Shawn Boyd lead our Junior Beta students through the induction ceremony. Mrs. Frogel congratulated each new member with a certificate. Mr. James Eaton, Title One teacher and sponsor, assisted inductees with the Junior Beta oath. Closing remarks were given by Mrs. Jeannie King, principal, who spoke about this special occasion and our outstanding students, parents, teacher and other staff who assisted with this great accomplishment. The program continued with the Junior Beta members and their family having refreshments of cake, chips and punch. School officials wish to thank Junior Beta sponsors Mrs. Frogel, and Mr. Eaton, parents, students, staff and others who work in support of our school.

Congratulations to our new National Beta Club members pictured below: Back row left to right:Mrs. Jewell Frogel, Shawn Boyd, Meredith Martin, Shylah Wester and Mr. James Eaton. Middle row left to right: Emily Wood, Zach Strole, Wanda Snider, Madison Kenyon, Hunter Kenyon, Austin Keith, Autumn Hubbard, Caleb Hamm. Front Row left to right: Hulda Frogel, Heidi Frogel, Daphany Frogel, Hannah Dalton, Levi Carter, Breanne Buchanan, Landon Augustine.

Tuesday November 1, 2011


Stuart Man Dies in Crash.mp3

Wood Brothers Part 2.mp3

MODE Jeannie King.mp3

Slate's Straw Vote Results
from Tuesday October 25, 2011

this "Mock" election was taken at Slate's Restaurant in downtown Stuart on Tuesday October 25, 2011
Voters, 18 & over, got to vote one time for their candidate of choice.
Actual Elections for 2011 will take place next Tuesday November 8, 2011
Listen to WHEO 1270AM Wednesday Morning November 9th for Winners!

Patrick County Pound List

1) Beagle-female-bluetick-Found on Animal Clinic Rd
2) Lab. mix-male-black-Found On Ahart Ridge Rd
3) Cocker mix-female-blond-Needs a Home
4) Chihuahua /Dachshund-female-white blond-Needs a Home

We have several kittens available for adoption.

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

MODE School officials and students wish to send thanks and appreciation to the Stuart Elementary School Junior Beta Club for their generous book donations sent to MODE on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  SES custodians Jennifer Hazelwood and Junior Spence delivered the wonderful books to MODE.  Mrs. Shea, seventh grade teacher and students welcomed the book donations and assisted in carrying them to the new library emu. (educational mobile unit).

 Mrs. King, principal, Ms. Bartlett and Ms. Snow, school librarians wish to send continued thanks to Tammy Waldron, SES principal, staff and students  for their assistance in setting up the school library. 



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