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November 2012

Friday November 30, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Winter Coat Distribution Begins Today.mp3

School Board to Continue VDOE Report Review.mp3

Patrick Unemployment Lowest in 4 Years.mp3

Christmas Cheer Support Lagging.mp3

Hanesbrands Announces Mt. Airy Layoffs.mp3

 

Thursday November 29, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Starts to Fix What VDOE Found to Be Broken.mp3

Terry Claims False Testimony Delivered in FOIA Case.mp3

Unemployment Down Again in Patrick County in October.mp3

100 Percent Pass Rate for PHCC RN Class.mp3

Where's the Beef.mp3

Local Donations Delivered to Jersey Hurricane Victims.mp3

Bassett Man Arrested on Improper Tire Disposal Charge.mp3


LADY COUGARS

Varsity Lady Cougars defeated Chatham 43-39

Gracen Witt led scorers with 11 points, Hannah Helbert 9 points, Bri Dodson and Karleigh Wilkinson 8 points.

The Cougars are 2-0 and play Carroll County at Carroll on Friday. JV Game begins at 6:00

The JV Cougars defeated Chatham 36-26. Kaleigh Griffith 13 points, Emma Hubbard 10 points.
The young Lady Cougars are 1-1.
 

Wednesday November 28, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Boyce Labels as Serious VDOE Investigative Report .mp3

Mary Sue Terry Reacts to VDOE Draft Report.mp3

Supervisors Get Access to Detailed School Financial Reports.mp3

Patrick County Fire Departments to Begin Billing for Services.mp3

Runaway Tractor Trailer Runs through Mountain Escape Ramp.mp3

Chamber to Award Christmas Bonuses.mp3

Christmas Parade Entry Deadline Today.mp3

 

Tuesday November 27, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Holds Called Meeting on VDOE Report.mp3

Boyce Defends Board Vote on MODE Funding Issue.mp3

No One Injured in Shooting Incident.mp3

MOD Christmas Parade Well Attended Despite Cold.mp3

Accident Victim's Condition Improves.mp3


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open on Saturday December 1 from 10 am to 1pm to celebrate the season as Mistletoe Market. Vendors will be on hand with handmade crafts, baked items, and holiday decorations. Fresh Christmas trees will be available for purchase, along with Stanburn winery.
Customers will stay warm with hot apple cider for sale and outdoor heating provided by Clark Gas and Oil! Shop and have lunch in town and enjoy the parade at 2pm.

 

Monday November 26, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick to Pay Half of Student Counselor's Salary.mp3

Town Approves Water Sewer Rate Increase and Other Business.mp3

VDOE Says Lack of Training, Knowledge, Policies Led to Problems Uncovered in Patrick Probe.mp3

Winter Coat Drive Starts Distribution Nov. 30th.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested in Forgery Case Faces 4 Felony Charges.mp3


MISSING DOG

We're missing a male dog in the Little Dan/Dobyns/Browns Dan area.
He's a large black dog with white blaze on face and on his chest. He has on a light green reflective collar.
He was last seen around noon on Thanksgiving Day.
Please contact us at (276)251-8402 if you have any information. Thank you.
 

Friday November 23, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

PCPS Directed to Submit Corrective Action Plan to VDOE.mp3

Rose Elated About Hanesbrands' New Jobs.mp3

Supervisors Approve School Fund Transfer Request and Other Action.mp3

Town Increases Water Sewer Rates.mp3

FOIA Suit Against School Administrators Ends.mp3

Governor Encourages Support of Small Businesses.mp3

 

Thursday November 22, 2012

Wednesday November 21, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

VDOE Releases Draft Report on Patrick Probe.mp3

Public Hearing Tonight on Proposed Town Water Sewer Rate Hike.mp3

Meadows of Dan Residents Especially Thankful this Season.mp3

Clement Wins Outstanding Citizenship Award.mp3

Gas Prices Highest Ever on Thanksgiving.mp3

Grand Larceny Suspect Arrested.mp3


Patrick County Drama Club to Present Classic Holiday Film

Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life!” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, is being presented at Patrick County High School on Friday evening, November 30 at 7:00 pm. The ticket price is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

According to Patrick County drama teacher and director Mark Donnell this favorite film is part of an evening of films presented to bring the community together, while raising funds for future drama projects, including the spring production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

“We hope this is the first in a series of films that will encourage people in the area to enjoy coming together to see amazing classic movies while supporting theatre in our community.”

The program will include 4 film shorts from the film short series, “The Adventures of Jim,” produced by Donnell’s son, Matthew C. Donnell.

“Instead of film trailers we have these sweet and funny short pieces which I believe everyone will enjoy.”

The main feature is the classic story of a man who realizes, with a little angelic help, that each life is unique and essential. Everyone is invited to include this film tradition as a “wonderful” beginning to their holiday celebration.

Classic movie concessions will be available.

Patrick County High School Auditorium, 215 Cougar Lane, Stuart, VA 24171

For more information contact the high school at 276.694.7137
 

Tuesday November 20, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fire Victim Positively Identified and Cause of Blaze Determined.mp3

Supervisors Support Supplemental Funding for MODE Rebuilding.mp3

Timetable for Completion of MODE Began Monday.mp3

Supplies Collected Locally About to Be Delivered to Hurricane Victims.mp3

Patrick County Theft Suspect Arrested in Henry County.mp3


The Stuart Farmers market will not be open Friday November 23. We will be back on Saturday December 1st from 10 am to 1pm for the Mistletoe Market. A full market with homemade crafts, baked items, holiday decorations, fresh eggs, meats, and much more. Come out and enjoy your Hometown Christmas in Stuart.


Hometown Christmas
Stuart, Virginia   Saturday, December 1st

9:AM - 5:PM
Shop the Stores
Arts on Main Gallery, Beasley’s Shoes, Bengle’s Apparel Outlet, C&N
Meats, Grandma’s Attic Antique Mall, Lemons Jewelry, Main Street
Cards and Gifts, Marilyn’s Flowers, True-Value Hardware, Wanda’s Estate
and Jewelry, and more...

10:AM - 1:PM
Visit Mistletoe Market
(Located at the Stuart Farmers Market)
Homemade crafts, soaps, jams, jellies, natural decorations, apples,
meats and Christmas Trees. Stanburn Winery, Hot Apple Cider for sale.
Outdoor heating provided by Clark Gas & Oil.

Enjoy Lunch
Good-fillas Sandwich shop, Honduras Coffee Shop, Tin Pen Alley Grill,
and more...

2:PM
Watch the Christmas Parade
(Town of Stuart Parade travels through Uptown and Downtown)
 

Monday November 19, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Hanesbrands to Invest $1.6 Million, Adding 50 New Jobs and Retaining 215.mp3

Supervisors to Hear Update on VDOE Request.mp3

Large Turnout Urged for Supervisors Vote on MODE Loan.mp3

Citizen Support of MODE Urged.mp3

Memorial Service Held for Apparent Fire Victim.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

* BRIDGE REPAIRS VARIOUS ROUTES - Weather permitting, crews will repair bridges on various route during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers
controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Work is tentatively planned for the following:
• Route 704 over Smith River
• Route 58 over Rhody Creek

* MOWING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing or cutting brush along various primary roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays. Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

* PAVING AND PAVEMENT PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will patch pavement or potholes on various roads. Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours. Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.

 

Friday November 16, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

LOCAL NEWS LEAD STORY 11-15-12     Unrelated Fatal and Arson Fires.mp3

Accident Victim Remains in Critical Condition.mp3

Unrelated Fatal and Arson Fires Investigated.mp3

Patrick County Among Recipients of Storm water Management Program Grants.mp3

PHCC Receives $215,000 Grant.mp3

 

Thursday November 15, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

WFBMC to Eliminate 950 Jobs.mp3

School Superintendent Sees Probe as Positive.mp3

Victorian Christmas Celebration Approaching at Reynolds Homestead.mp3

October Circuit Court News Pt 2.mp3

Felony Arrests Reported.mp3

 

Wednesday November 14, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Accident Victim Listed in Critical Condition.mp3

School Lunch Problem Discussed by School Board.mp3

Parade Plans Announced for Stuart and MOD.mp3

October Term of Patrick County Circuit Court Pt 1.mp3

Christmas Ornament Honors Wood Brothers.mp3


Agenda
Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Veterans Memorial Building 3rd flr. Courtroom 106 Rucker Street Stuart, VA

OPENING SESSION:
• Call to order by Chairman Boyce
• Invocation: Rev. Wayne Moore
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

REGULAR SESSION:
• Approval of the meeting agenda
• Approval of the bills, claims, and appropriations
• Approval of the meeting minutes

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: The Board will hear comments from the citizens on various topics.

NEW BUSINESS:
• Mr. Darwin Honeycutt , Piedmont Community Services; Proposal Home/ School Behavioral Liaison
• Ms. Lisa Walker, Heritage Hall Nursing Home; Laurel Fork : Brief Overview of Services
• Ms. Pat Shouse,CCDF; Capital Improvement request
• Ms. Sandra Stone – Request for transfer of funds
• Mr. Rose will report on the new insurance figures for 2012 - 2013, “Premium Stabilization Fund”
• Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Priority Projects (2013 -2014)

OLD BUSINESS:
• Mr. Rose will give an update from the Department of Education in regards to the Board of Supervisors’ request for a detailed expenditure summary report from the Patrick County public schools
• WIB : Affirm vote (Adam Wright)
• Debt/Loan discussion

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
• Personnel Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (1)
• Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30)
• Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7)
• Real Estate 2. 2 – 3711 (A) (3)

ADJOURN: December 10, 2012
 

Tuesday November 13, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Accident Injures 3.mp3

FOIA Suit Ends.mp3

School Fund Appropriation Procedure Clarified.mp3

Dr. William H. Boyce Dies at Age 94.mp3

Blood Drive Exceeds Goal.mp3

Clothing and Supplies to Be Delivered to Hurricane Victims.mp3


2012 Christmas Ornament
From: Patrick County Chamber of Commerce



The Patrick County of Chamber Commerce announces the release of the 2012 Patrick County Christmas Ornament which is a picture of Glen and Leonard Wood of the famous No. 21 Racing Team. The ornaments sell for $10 each. The matching collector mug sells for $8.

Here is the story of the Wood Brothers:

Wood Brothers Racing Established 1950- Over 7 decades of Championship Racing
Glen Wood was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012. Leonard Wood will be inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013. Both represent the Wood Brothers Racing Team from Stuart, VA (Patrick County) and have been involved in racing for over 60 years.

The team was formed in 1950 by Glen and Leonard Wood, hence the "Wood Brothers". The Wood Brothers Racing Team holds the unique distinction of being the oldest active team in NASCAR, having fielded cars since 1950. They are known for their long relationship with Ford Motor Company, and the long standing use of number 21 on their race car.

Do not delay purchasing these Collector items now. We fully expect to be sold out in a few weeks.

Photo credits: Leslie Goad Joyce

Locations to purchase the ornaments are:

• Surry Bank and Trust-Stuart
• Sun Trust Bank- Stuart
• Wanda’s Estate Jewelry-Stuart
• Christmas In The Meadows-Meadows of Dan
• River Community Bank-Stuart
• BB&T Bank-Stuart and Meadows of Dan
• Granny’s Attic-Stuart
• Four Rivers Realty-Patrick Springs
• Patrick County Chamber of Commerce-Stuart

To reach the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce by e-mail: patcchamber@embarqmail.com or Telephone number: 276-694-6012.


The last regular market day for the Stuart Farmers market will be this Friday from 8 am to 12pm. Plenty of leafy greens available, Apple Cider with jams and jellies, baked items and some Holiday decorations. Then get ready for the Mistletoe Market on Saturday Dec. 1 from 10am to 1pm. Plenty of holiday shopping available.


God’s Pit Crew in need of Supplies for Northeast

As of today, God’s Pit Crew has delivered twelve tractor trailer loads of relief product totaling over 400,000 pounds to nine different locations in New York and New Jersey.
Blessing Buckets have been the most requested item. Our supply of buckets is completely depleted and we desperately need churches, organizations, schools or individuals interested in helping to make these buckets. The list of items is below and for more information on the buckets or how to pack them, visit godspitcrew.org or call the warehouse at 434.836.4472.

Food
3 Bottles of water
2 cans of ready to eat food with pop-top ex: Raviolli
1 pack of nabs
Utensils/Napkin pack
Personal notes of encouragement are always welcome as well.
All of these items should be packed in a 5 gallon bucket with a secure lid.
Personal Items
2 Toothbrushes wrapped
Toothpaste
Deodorant
Shampoo - thin bottle
Soap individually wrapped
Comb - wrapped
Razor - wrapped
Bath towel - not thick
2 Wash Cloths
Misc. Items
Flashlight with extra Batteries
Roll of Toilet Paper individually wrapped
Paper Towels Thin individually wrapped
Small Container Disposable Cleaning Wipes (like Clorox or Lysol)
Alcohol
Peroxide
Bible

Monday November 12, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Operation Christmas Child Collections Begin Today.mp3

Concerns Over Literary Loan Aired.mp3

Contract for Construction of New MODE School Approved.mp3

Patrick Countians Honor Veterans with Parade.mp3

Earthquake in KY Felt on Groundhog Mountain.mp3


HRMS SCHOOL NEWS

At the November 8th Patrick County School Board meeting, held at Hardin Reynolds Memorial School, the Board recognized the following students for receiving a “600” perfect score in one or more areas on the SOL tests given in the Spring of 2012 at Patrick Springs Primary School and Hardin Reynolds Memorial School.

Students that attended Patrick Springs last year and are now Rebels who were recognized are:

Kelsey Gunter          Autumn Howell      Michelle Hudson                Sean Knight

Nicholas Layman    Emma Madeya        Cameron Roark                  Lane Taylor

Students from HRMS are:

Gracen Kisamore    Cody Fretwell          Kirby Shockley                    Amber Mize

Lillian Harrell           Craig Joyce               Logan Justice                       Seth Biggs

Samantha Helms    Faith Stowe              Dylan Thompson                Jimmy Horne

The faculty and staff at HRMS join the Patrick County School Board in congratulating these students for this accomplishment.


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1) Lab.-male-chocolate-Found on Hwy 58 near American Legion Rd
2) Hound-female-light red tick-Found on Bob White Rd
3) Shepherd/Hound-male-tan black-Found on Green Spring Rd /Ararat
4) Mix breed -might have some Dalmatian in it-female- Found on Cedar Creek Lane
5) Small dog-Terrier /Chihuahua mix-female-black- needs a home

We have several kittens available for adoption.

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

276-694-6259


PATRICK COUNTY

        * BRIDGE REPAIRS VARIOUS ROUTES - Weather permitting, crews will repair bridges on various route during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers

controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m.  Work is tentatively planned for the following:

·         Route 704 over Smith River

·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek

* MOWING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing or cutting brush along various primary roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

        * PAVING AND PAVEMENT PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will patch pavement or potholes on various roads.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays. 

 

Friday November 9, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Officials React to VDOE Probe.mp3

VDOE Investigative Report Being Prepared.mp3

MODE Construction Contracts and Literary Loan Request Approved.mp3

Election Canvass Produces a Few Changes.mp3

Veterans Day Parade Tomorrow.mp3


Candle Lighting and Memory Screening for Alzheimer’s

As the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to climb, affecting families in every community across America, Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC will hold an inspirational candle lighting ceremonies on November the 11th to remember individuals and their families who have been touched by the incurable brain disorder.

The community events is part of the 10th annual National Commemorative Candle Lighting Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and is one of AFA’s ongoing national initiatives to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.  The event commemorates National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness in November.

The Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC will be sponsoring ceremonies at the following Churches, Sunday November 11th.New Beginnings Baptist Church in Patrick Springs, Creasey  Chapel in the Five Forks area, Fairystone  Baptist Church on 57, Woolwine  Methodist in Woolwine , Peters Creek Church in Peters Creek area, Stuart Methodist, and Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church.  In Addition to the candle lighting, Participants will have the opportunity to read names of individuals who had of have Alzheimer’s disease.

Eric J. Hall, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America president and chief executive officer, said an event like this drives home that Alzheimer’s disease is “the public health crisis of the 21st century.”

Lighting a candle is a small gesture compared to the enormity of this disease, but it is one that sends a big message of care and hope to families in our County, said Sally Smith

Hundreds of other organizations across the country will similarly light” candles of care” during this weekend of prayer or throughout the month.   Alzheimer’s disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  It affects as many as 5.1 million Americans and its incidence is escalating in line with a growing older population, including baby boomers who began turning 65 last year.  Advanced age is the biggest known risk factor for the brain disorder.

Also in November to mark Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, our local Patrick County Alzheimer’s Group LLC will be providing free confidential memory screenings and education about Alzheimer’s November 13th from 1 until 4 at our local hospital, Pioneer Healthcare Hospital .  The tests will be conducted by Home Health Care Associates .  If you would like to have these tests please call Sally Smith at 276-694-7358 or276-693-2089 or Home Health care Associates at 276-694-7756.


Wal-mart Hosting Honoring Our Hero's Ceremony

The Local Stuart Wal-mart will be Hosting a Honoring Our Hero's Ceremony at 9am On Saturday November 10, 2012. The ceremony will consist of the ROTC presenting of the colors, singing of the national anthem, reading of the peom "Ol Glory", the store manager reading of the 50th Anniversary Presidential Proclamation, and closing comments. There will be coffee and donuts served during the ceremony as well as cake available after the ceremony. All are welcome to honor our local hero's. There is also a large flag placed in the store to write Thank you card to our local veterans that will be delivered to the local VA hospital after the ceremony.
 


Meadows of Dan Elementary School Holds Veterans Day Program

On Thursday, November 8, 2012, Meadows of Dan Elementary School held a Veterans Day program for students, staff, parents, community members, and local veterans. Susan Shea, seventh grade teacher, welcomed all veterans, students, staff, and others to the assembly. Next, Delta Burress, seventh grader, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Hunter Kenyon, seventh grade class president read a selection titled, “Thank You, Soldiers”. Mr. Joey Wester, music volunteer, Mrs. Julia Terry third grade teacher, Mrs. June Kelly second grade teacher, and Mrs. Debra Quesenberry, fourth grade teacher and students performed two musical selections, titled “America the Beautiful”, and “God Bless the USA”. Mrs. Jeannie King, principal, Mrs. Susan Shea along with seventh grade students welcomed and recognized the local community veterans in attendance: Homer Hylton, Robert Harris, William Sroufe, Jim Saunders, Lane Hubbard, Phillip Edwards, Thomas Leigh Chaney, Michael Belcher, Harless Wood, Roy McAlexander, Donald Worley, Lois Belcher, Doug Harbour, Jewell Frogel, Raiford Turman, Mark Strole, and Jesse Holcomb. The seventh graders gave each veteran in attendance a small token of thanks and appreciation.

Mrs. King read a brief biography of our guest speaker, veteran, Mr. William D. Sroufe. Mr. Sroufe is a United States Air Force veteran. Mr. Sroufe served during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort at Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey. He also served as the editor of the award winning base newspaper the “Tip of the Sword”. He was United States Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs Journalist of the Year in 1993. He was awarded the Desert Storm medial with three bronze leafs, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal and an Air Force Commendation Medal. Mr. Sroufe’s writing has been featured in Airman Magazine, The Virginia Pilot, and The Roanoke Times. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University, Radford University, and Liberty University. He has been married for 22 years to Maureen and they have three children-Emma, Mitchell and Benjamin. He is currently the principal at Woolwine Elementary.

After Mr. Sroufe spoke on the meaning of Veterans Day, fifth, sixth and seventh grade chorus students performed, “Thank You Military” and “Travelin Soldier”. Then seventh graders performed a skit, titled “I am a Veteran”. Lastly, the seventh grade class led all in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner. The program concluded with Hunter Kenyon seventh grader playing Taps. The closing remarks were given by seventh grader, Austin Keith. A special moment of silence was given in honor of Veteran Rex Faris, who is a past Commander and Quartermaster of Meadows of Dan Post 8467. All Veterans were invited to a reception held in the gym and 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. School officials would also like to send special thanks and appreciation for an excellent program to Mrs. Susan Shea, seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Somer Ojodeagua, computer tech, Mr. Joey Wester, music volunteer, Mrs. Becky Puckett, Title One, and Mrs. Joyce Grooms, chorus teacher for grades 5-7, Mrs. Julie Brown, band teacher, Mrs. Grace Helms, Art teacher, Mrs. Jodi Hayes, cafeteria manager, Mrs. Brenda Howell, and Mrs. Melanie Puckett, cafeteria workers, Mr. Bobby Harris, head custodian, Mrs. Gail Bolt, custodian, and Mrs. Cathy Hubbard, administrative assistant.
 

Thursday November 8, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Supporter and Opponent React to Meals Tax Defeat.mp3

Toy Run Makes Possible $5,000 Christmas Shopping Spree for Charity.mp3

Retiring Mayor McHone Comments on the Election.mp3

EDA Meets Tonight.mp3

School Board Meets Today at HRMS.mp3


SIGN UP ANNOUNCED, FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2013 PROGRAMS




The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Virginia has funding available for producers interested in improving the health and productivity of their land in 2013.

“Many farmers may not realize that we are still offering technical and financial assistance to address resource concerns on crop and grazing lands, protect wildlife habitat, and keep land in agricultural production,” said Jack Bricker, Virginia NRCS State Conservationist.

Farmers can sign up for conservation programs throughout the year, but funding selections are made at specific times and the first cutoff date is January 18, 2013. It is especially important for producers to get their applications in as soon as possible to be eligible for limited funding.
 
“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program or EQIP is our most robust offering with many options for Virginia producers,” says Bricker. “This year, we have popular soil health practices such as cover crops, crop rotation, nutrient management, and rotational grazing as well as payment options for farmers to develop plans to better manage their resources.”

“These conservation activity plans can help producers better manage animal waste, grazing lands, fish and wildlife habitat, pollinator habitat, and energy consumption. Producers who grow nursery stock, vegetables and specialty crops may be interested in developing an irrigation water management plan to be eligible for our new micro-irrigation practices.”

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program or WHIP is back for 2013 as well. NRCS can provide funding to create upland wildlife and aquatic habitats along with helping producers maintain or improve existing habitat. This assistance also includes special initiatives focused on restoring Longleaf pine forests and reversing the decline of the threatened Golden-Winged Warbler.

If you are interested in Farm Bill programs, contact the Stuart Field Office to identify and plan the conservation measures you would like to implement on your land. The district conservationist can help you develop a plan, identify recommended practices, and pursue funding through one of the many Farm Bill program options available. To learn more, contact Joshua Dodson, NRCS district conservationist for Patrick County at (276)694-3121 ext. 103 or stop by the office located in the USDA Service Center on Stonewall Court along with the Farm Service Agency and the Patrick Soil and Water Conservation District.

Submitted by: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Stuart Field Office

Wednesday November 7, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County's Unofficial Election Returns.mp3

Patrick County Tax Deadline Approaching.mp3

VDOT Meeting Focuses on Six Year Road Improvement Plan.mp3

Thanksgiving Day Parade Trip Aids Hurricane Victims.mp3

Rotary Club Donates Learning Materials to County Students.mp3


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open Friday November 9th from 8 am to 12 pm. Locally grown fruits and vegetables available. Greens, broccoli, spinach, eggs, meats, baked items, and home made crafts.
SNAP accepted. Market is located in Downtown Stuart.
 

Tuesday November 6, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Voting Underway in 2012 General Election.mp3

School Division Encourages Parental Involvement with Informational Tools.mp3

PCHS Plans to Honor Veterans.mp3

HRMS Prepares for Veterans Day Assembly.mp3

Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend.mp3

VDOT Roadwatch for Patrick County.mp3



November 6, 2012 General Election Unofficial Results
Patrick County, Virginia

CLICK HERE!

 

Monday November 5, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Two VA Constitutional Amendment Questions Face Voters.mp3

Former Supervisor Jimmy D. East Dies.mp3

County FSA Committee Elections Underway.mp3

Health Fair Offers Free Medical Screening.mp3

MOD Man Charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.mp3

Stuart Man Charged with 3 Felony Offenses.mp3


PCHS Students Honor Local Veterans

The Patrick County High School JROTC Cougar Battalion holds an assembly every year to honor and remember the local Veterans. The JROTC Cadets and Student Government Association work together to make it possible. The biggest turnout was last year, with over twenty-five Veterans in attendance. The goal for this year is at least thirty. If any Veteran would like to attend, please contact the JROTC program at (276) 694-4014 by November 7th, 2012. There will be refreshments before and after the assembly for the Veterans. We ask that whoever would like to attend to be there no later than 9:00 a.m. so that your name and information can be written down. Each Veteran will also receive a certificate from the Battalion Commander Bryan Griffith. There will be a short message from a guest speaker, a presentation by the battalion with rifles, and a playing of taps. We hope all Veterans will except our invitation and join us in acknowledging your courage and sacrifice. Thank you.
 


PATRICK COUNTY

###      * ROUTE 710 BRIDGE REPAIR – The Route 710 bridge will be closed on Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6 for repairs to bridge. The bridge is located one mile south of the intersection Route 678. The road will be closed from the intersection of Route 40 to just north of the bridge. Flaggers will be posted to direct traffic.

        * BRIDGE REPAIRS VARIOUS ROUTES - Weather permitting, crews will repair bridges on various route during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers

controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m.  Work is tentatively planned for the following:

·         Route 704 over Smith River

·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek

* MOWING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing or cutting brush along various primary roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

        * PAVING AND PAVEMENT PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will patch pavement or potholes on various roads.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays. 

Friday November 2, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Appalachian Can Recoup $6 Million in Environmental Costs Court Rules.mp3

Business Vandalized.mp3

Registered Voters Face New ID Requirements on Nov 6.mp3

Patrick County Schools Operate on 2-Hour Delay on Election Day.mp3

24th Annual Health Fair Today.mp3

Dive Inspection of Philpott Dam Nov 5.mp3

Time to Fall Back...Change Clock, Check Batteries.mp3

Toy Run Benefits Patrick County Christmas Cheer.mp3

 

Thursday November 1, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Concerns Over Modified MODE Bidding Allayed.mp3

Juvenile Drivers Involved in Crash.mp3

Operation Christmas Child Shares Jesus and Christmas Joy with Children Overseas.mp3

Parkway Temporarily Closed after Hurricane.mp3

Sen. Warner's Outreach Representive Coming to Stuart.mp3

Congressional Candidate Flaccavento to Visit Patrick County.mp3


PCHS Students to Honor Local Veterans

Patrick County High School will hold its annual Veteran’s Day Assembly to honor all veterans and more specifically local veterans this year on Friday, November 9th. The general public and veterans who would like information about this year’s assembly should contact the JROTC program at (276) 694-4014. Local veterans are also invited to join the JROTC program at 6:00 pm, that evening, in the high school cafeteria as they hold their annual unit Dinning Out and Fall Awards ceremony. Veterans who would like to attend the program’s dinner should call by the 7th of November.
 


PATRICK COUNTY ANIMAL POUND

1) Mix breed Australian Shepherd-male-short hair-brown white-has a collar and chain-Found on Stella Loop
2) Jack Russell Terrier-female-white brown-has number 5 on stomach-Found on Squirrel Spur
3) Chihuahua mix-female-8 months old-Needs a home
4) Beagle mix male-black brown-has a collar-Found on Little Russell Creek Rd
5) Shepherd/Hound-male-brown black-Found on Claudville Hwy

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


Loads increase as
God’s Pit Crew Leaves For New York City Today

God’s Pit Crew’s volunteer truck drivers will depart for New York this afternoon with three tractor trailers containing approximately 110,000 pounds of relief supplies.

The loads will be delivered to the Legacy Center in Brooklyn, New York and Hope NYC in Jamaica, New York with more loads to follow in the coming days.

God’s Pit Crew is thankful that we had enough supplies in our warehouse to help the Hurricane Sandy victims, but our resources are depleting rapidly.

Requests have been made to send relief supplies to parts of West Virginia and Norfolk and we are working now to fulfill those requests.

Please visit our website to find collection site locations within the next few days.

For more information or to make a donation, please call
434-836-4472 or visit our website at www.godspitcrew.org.
 

Wednesday October 31, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Claudville Woman Found Not Guilty of Animal Cruelty Charges.mp3\

Patrick County's Unemployment Rate Drops Sharply.mp3

Caution Urged as Deer Are on the Move.mp3

Halloween Safety Promoted in Patrick County.mp3


Hospital Auxiliary Love Light Project

Pioneer Community Hospital Auxiliary has announced plans for the annual Love Light Tree dedication ceremony and tree lighting. The ceremony and tree lighting will take place at 7 pm on Monday, December 3, 2012 in the hospital lobby.

The auxiliary is asking everyone to consider donating $4.00 for a “Love Light” as they are thinking of their loved ones during the upcoming Christmas season. “Love Lights” are a unique way to honor or the memory of a friend, teacher, pastor, neighbor, or family members.

Proceeds from the auxiliary’s Love Light Tree project are used for special projects or needs.

Persons wishing to donate a Love Light are asked to stop by the auxiliary gift shop, contact an auxiliary member or hospital administration staff, or fill in the form below and send a check to Hospital Auxiliary, c/o Pioneer Community Hospital, 18688 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171. The donation deadline will be on Monday, November 26, 2012.
 


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open this Friday November 2 from 8 am to 12 pm. Great selection of cool season crops; spinach, lettuce, collards, and apples. Fresh beef, and eggs, baked items and crafts available too. SNAP accepted.


Dive Inspection of Philpott Dam scheduled to begin Nov. 5

BASSETT, VA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Philpott Lake announced that they will be conducting a dive inspection of the upstream face of Philpott Dam starting Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 and lasting about a week, weather dependent.

"This dive inspection is a preventative routine to look for anomalies or irregularities on the concrete surfaces of the dam." said Operations Project Manager Rocky Rockwell.

The inspection will be conducted by a team of deep-water divers and will use a floating platform that will be assembled against the upstream side of the dam. They will be using the boat ramp at the government boat house to minimize inconvenience to the boating public.

The Corps of Engineers will be generating electricity, thereby releasing water, on a delayed schedule each day. This is because no generation can occur while the dive team is working. We highly recommend that people use the generation telephone line, 276-629-2432, to keep apprised of the schedule.

Philpott Dam was built in the early 1950’s to provide flood risk management, hydropower and recreation to the region.
 

Tuesday October 30, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

VDOE Investigators Began Patrick County Schools Probe.mp3

Political Sign Vandalisms and Larcenies Again Reported.mp3

Appalachian Power Shares Restoration and Outage Reporting Information.mp3

Pride of Patrick County Earns Honors in Competition.mp3

Last Pancake Day Attracted Over 2200.mp3


National Read Aloud to a Child Day

On October 23, the fourth graders at Hardin Reynolds hosted a guest reader for National Read Aloud to a Child Day. Dr. Roger Morris visited Mrs. Cox's fourth grade class and read aloud from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a novel the students were getting ready to read as a class. The students' eyes widened as Dr. Morris read about the sights, sounds, and smells of the chocolate factory. The fourth graders want to thank Dr. Morris for giving an enthusiastic introduction to this book.


Award Winning Play Returns to PCHS Auditorium This Week!



“The False Turk . . . in 12 Seconds,” a comedic celebration returns to the stage at PCHS this weekend for two performances, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:01 pm.

Patrick County High School’s drama troupe, under the direction of Mark Donnell, travelled to Magna Vista High School for the VHSL Piedmont District Theater Festival on Saturday, October 27, where they received 1st Place for their One-Act Play.

In addition best actor awards were presented to Victoria Blaylock, Jessica Spangler, and Carla Thompson.

The public is invited to experience this prize winning, family friendly, historic travelling show. Tickets are only $5 for all seats and may be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

Patrick County High School Auditorium, 215 Cougar Lane, Stuart, VA 24171

For more information contact the high school at 276.694.7137

Photo notes: Back Row, Left to Right- Paige Morrell, Caitlin Barbour, Victoria Blaylock, Tiffany Dillon, and Cheyenne Hughes
Center Row: Carla Thomas, Amy Hernandez, and Sarah Sheppard
Front Row: Megan Hanchey and Jessica Spangler


VSP RESPONDS TO THOUSANDS OF STORM-RELATED INCIDENTS

RICHMOND – Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers have fielded 5,098 calls for service as a result of the high winds, heavy rains, and snowfall associated with the Hurricane Sandy storm system. Statewide between 12:01 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28, 2012) and 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2012), Virginia troopers responded to 583 traffic crashes and 690 disabled vehicles. The majority of the storm-related crashes occurred in the Hampton Roads, Tidewater, Southside, and Northern Virginia regions. At the height of the storm Monday, state police were fielding 155 calls for service per hour.

The following is a breakdown of calls for service by Virginia State Police from 12:01 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 28) through 10 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 30):

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)
Traffic Crashes= 89 Disabled Vehicles=127 Total Calls for Service=732

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester)
Traffic Crashes=82 Disabled Vehicles=95 Total Calls for Service=666

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)
Traffic Crashes=63 Disabled Vehicles=39 Total Calls for Service=537

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)
Traffic Crashes=67 Disabled Vehicles=66 Total Calls for Service=617

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)
Traffic Crashes=111 Disabled Vehicles=172 Total Calls for Service=936

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville/Danville)
Traffic Crashes=89 Disabled Vehicles=66 Total Calls for Service=609

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)
Traffic Crashes=82 Disabled Vehicles=125 Total Calls for Service=1,001

With continuing rainfall in eastern, central and northern Virginia, and snowfall in the western and southwestern regions, road conditions remain treacherous. If you do have to travel, drivers are advised to…
• Add extra time to reach travel destination
• Headlights must be used when windshield wipers are activated
• Slow speed for road conditions
• Increase driving distances between vehicles
• Buckle up and don’t drive distracted
• Treat intersections without working lights as a four-way stop
• Call 511 for road conditions – not 911 or #77, as these are for emergency calls only
 

Monday October 29, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

VDOE Investigation Begins Today.mp3

West End Sewer Project Advertised for Bids.mp3

School Bus Drivers Appreciated.mp3

Griffith and Flaccavento Air Economic Development Strategies.mp3


...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TUESDAY NIGHT...

THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE SANDY AND AN UPPER LOW MOVING INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION FROM THE WEST WILL COMBINE TO FORM A LARGE INTENSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING VERY STRONG...GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS TO THE AREA THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK. WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE COULD BLOW DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES. ACCUMULATING SNOW IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS...SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA
MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS.

* HAZARDS...VERY STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING...BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY
NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...UPROOTED AND DOWNED TREES COULD LEAD TO WIDESPREAD
POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES...FALLEN
TREES...MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE...AND DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. RESIDENTS SHOULD MOVE UNFASTENED
ITEMS...SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS AND DECK FURNITURE...INDOORS.
 

PHCC will be closed Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 by order of the Governor for emergency response to Tropical Storm Sandy.


PATRICK COUNTY

        * ROUTE 660 CLOSED FOR REPAIRS - Route 660 (Russell Creek Road) is closed

for repairs to a pipe. Detour signs are be posted. Estimated completion is November.

        * BRIDGE REPAIRS VARIOUS ROUTES - Weather permitting, crews will repair bridges on various route during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m.  Work is tentatively planned for the following:

·         Route 704 over Smith River

·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek

* MOWING – Weather permitting, crews will be mowing or cutting brush along various primary roads throughout Patrick County during daylight hours on weekdays.  Temporary lane closures may be in place at times.

        * PAVING AND PAVEMENT PATCHING – Weather permitting, crews will patch pavement or potholes on various roads.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays. 

 

Thursday October 25, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

County Leases $141,000 Loader for Solid Waste Transfer Station.mp3

12,295 Patrick Countians Registered and Eligible to Vote on Nov 6.mp3

Grant Obtained to Ease Blow of New Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations.mp3

New State Regulation Impacts Animal Control Office.mp3

PCHS On-Time Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average.mp3

 

Wednesday October 24, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Officials React to VDOE Investigation.mp3

Two Indicted in Double Murder in Bassett.mp3

DMV 2 Go to Visit Stuart.mp3

Fuel Assistance Applications Being Accepted.mp3

Celebration of Pride Successful.mp3

Drug Arrest Reported.mp3

VDOT Roadwatch for Patrick County.mp3


Office of the Transportation Department
Roads that are considered Snow Routes for Patrick County Public Schools:
2012-2013 School Year


With the winter months quickly approaching, Patrick County Public Schools
still runs routes that are not paved. The following roads in the following areas
are considered roads that will not be run, if Patrick county Schools are
running snow routes: Please remember if snow routes are run in the morning
they are run in the evening also.

BLUE RIDGE AREA:
Farmers Rd.
Pine Spur Ln.
Long Branch Rd.
Letcher Lane
Hayden Rd.
Handy Mtn.
Old Orchard Loop (unpaved part)
Green Spring Rd.
Brim Lane
Kibler Valley Rd.
Simon Lane
Boyd Hollow Rd.
Jar Gap Rd.

HARDIN REYNOLDS-PATRICK SPG:
Dick and Willie Rd.
Taylor View Dr.(unpaved part)
Tatum Lane
Green Acres Ln.
Boaz Pond Ln.

MEADOWS OF DAN:
Pinnacle Ln.
Cartwright Ln.
Renfro Ridge Rd.
Belcher Mtn. Rd.
Bent School Rd.

STUART:
Mabe Ln.
Mills School Rd.
Lawson Ln.
Bullins Ln.
Ditch Creek Ln.
Willard Creek

WOOLWINE:
Shortcut Rd
Raven Den Rd.


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open this friday from 8 am to 12 pm with seasonal items.Come shop from potatoes, greens, eggs, meats, and baked items. SNAP accepted.

 

Tuesday October 23, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

VDOE to Investigate Patrick County Schools.mp3

Meals Tax Issue Divides Board and Citizenry Says Boyce.mp3

Citizens Voices Opposition to Meals Tax.mp3

Two Stuart Men Graduate from 118th State Police Academy.mp3

First Pancake Day Draws Over 2500 Patrons.mp3

 


JV COUGAR FOOTBALL NEWS

The JV football team defeated Tunstall on Monday night by a score of 19-18 in overtime. The cougars rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit to win the game. Leading the cougars was Jordan Hopkins with 3 touchdown passes and Will Hylton with 3 touchdown receptions. The JV cougars will play Thursday against Bassett.

 

Monday October 22, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOS Withdraws Request for Attorney General's Opinion on MODE.mp3

Fire Destroys Mobile Home on US 58 East.mp3

Town Water and Sewer Rate Hikes Proposed.mp3

Apple Dumpling Fest Draws Estimated 2500.mp3


Apple Dumpling Festival 5k


Sixty runners braved the chilly temperatures Saturday morning to come out and take part in the Apple Dumpling Festival 5k. The course traversed the Mayo River Rail Trail, the Landmark property, Developmental road and proposed extension of the trail. This course made it one of the most flat road races in Patrick County. The overall winner was RJ Scott from Bassett in a time of 19:33, followed by Alfredo Garcia in 19:49, and Mark Joyce rounded out the top three in a time of 20:25. Overall Male Masters winner was Laine Dalton of Stuart in 21:07. For the women, top winner was Tanya Fulk of King NC 27:59, Sarah Brinks in 28:09 and third was Brandy Arnold in 28:15. Overall Female Masters was Laura Smith in a time of 28:52. Money raised from the event helps the Dan River Basin Association with trail development and enhancement in Patrick County. This event would not have been possible without the support of area businesses including: EMI Security (DCJS #11-5088), The Landmark Group, Honduras Coffee Shop, Brian J. Jessup CPA, and Gregory T. Hutchens DDS.

Picture is of runners getting ready for the start. Photo taken by Wayne Kirkpatrick.


VDOT REMINDS RACE FANS TO FOLLOW SIGNS TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

The Virginia Department of Transportation encourages race fans driving to and from Martinsville Speedway for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 race on Sunday, Oct. 28 to follow recommended traffic patterns as posted on signs and message boards.

VDOT will place many signs and changeable message boards throughout the region to assist travelers. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be heavy. Traffic is being routed to the speedway in certain patterns to minimize overall congestion as much as possible.

•   From Roanoke and areas north of Martinsville: Race fans traveling south on Route 220 can take the exit onto Route 58 to Martinsville to reach the track or they can continue on the Route 220/Route 58 Bypass past the speedway interchange and turn right onto a new access road that leads into the speedway.  The new entrance is located one mile east of the Route 220 interchange and may provide easier access. Signs are in place designating the new entrance to the speedway.  

•   From Danville and areas east of Martinsville: Motorists on the Route 58 Bypass should follow signs directing them to use the track’s back gate. This entrance is located off the bypass, east of the track.

•   From Greensboro and areas south of Martinsville: Route 220 northbound traffic will split into three lanes shortly before reaching the speedway.  Motorists should watch for electronic message boards and obey police directing traffic. Through traffic should use the left lane.


•   From Stuart and areas west of Martinsville: Motorists should stay on Route 58 east and follow signs and message boards to the track.

Those attending the race should closely follow directional information and plan to arrive early and expect heavy traffic and delays.

 

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