November 2013

 Friday November 29, 2013

 Thursday November 28, 2013


 Wednesday November 27, 2013


County Approves Economic Development Priority List.mp3

Investigation into Major Patrick County Theft Ring Continues.mp3

Treasurer Comments on Twice Yearly Tax Billing.mp3

MOD Christmas Parade Set for Saturday.mp3

PHCC celebrates workforce graduates

Sixteen students from short-term workforce development programs at Patrick Henry Community College are ready for the next step in employment or higher education after graduating Nov. 22.

Students graduated from the HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment) Customer Service program, HOPE Food Service program and the new Certified Production Technician (CPT) program. Brenell Thomas, programs coordinator for Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE), praised all the graduates for their hard work.

“We applaud your courage, because it took courage to take that first step onto our campus,” she said. “And here you are at the finish line today, so I hope you’ve already patted yourself on the back. Each of you not only fulfilled the requirements of your training program, but each of you also walk across this stage today with these certifications to add to your portfolio.”

Students earned a variety of certifications that include the national Career Readiness Certificate, IC3 Certification, ServSafe certification, and the manufacturing skills standard certification for CPT.

Kathy Whittle-Davis, TARE (Training, Assessment, Retention and Employment) coordinator at PHCC, welcomed this semester’s student ambassador, Aishah Jones, to talk about her experience in the program.

Jones described the different meanings of the word “hope” that she’s encountered throughout her life. She said the word holds a different meaning for her.

“To me, hope is going to school for six days a week and getting homework done in the wee hours of the night after finally getting a cranky two-year-old to sleep,” she said. “Hope is doing the right thing when the right thing isn’t the popular thing to do. And hope is pressing forward to be successful when everyone else has given up on you. Hope kept a smile on my face when inside, I was crying. Hope is not giving into peer pressure and temptation.”

After a Sunday sermon from her pastor, Jones said she decided to make a plan for her life. She said her plan was “to be positive, helpful, encouraging, and most importantly, to be strong. When others questioned me, mocked me, or even laughed at me, I was unmoved and determined. I stand before you today confident, successful and hopeful.”

Eastman Chemical Company is a partner with PHCC’s workforce training programs. Human Resources Training Manager Carl Ratliff spoke about the benefits he sees from students participating in WDCE programming.

“When we’re going through and trying to find employees that fit in today’s technological society, sometimes it’s difficult,” he said. “I’ve talked to members on our interview panel in the last few weeks, and they said the difference they’ve seen in students who came from PHCC is outstanding.”

Jack Hanbury, vice president of finance and administration, introduced keynote speaker Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC president. She told graduates that this was only the first step to future opportunities.

“This is really just the springboard for the next opportunity,” she said. “About 12 weeks ago, you guys took a risk. You did not know what today would really be about, and you don’t know what tomorrow is really going to be like. But you took a risk and made an investment in yourself … Our students must make an investment in themselves so our companies can be prosperous, and so they can create more jobs and better jobs.”

Graduates from the CPT program include James Church, Michael Davis and Donald Foley. HOPE graduates include Traketa Cline, Lillian Feegan, Lorenda Gross, Raheem Hayes, Aishah Jones, Carlisa Lowe, Stephanie Mullen, LaShonda Murphy, Jessica Rogers, Danielle Stokes, Leigh Tatum, Jamie Hundley and Jessica Whalen.

 Tuesday November 26, 2013


Juvenile Charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Saturday Night Crash.mp3

Patrick Springs Woman Arrested on 3 Felony Charges.mp3

Chamber of Commerce Announces Christmas Bonus Program.mp3

NO athletic practices or games at Patrick County High School

There will be NO athletic practices or games at Patrick County High School today, November 26, 2013. 
8th grade basketball versus Floyd and Boys Basketball versus Blacksburg have been postponed.


The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Walmart is sponsoring a Charity Christmas Tree Contest. Six local charities have been invited to put up and decorate a tree for their organization inside of the Stuart Walmart. Voters choose their favorite tree with a one dollar donation. The tree with the most votes will be declared the winner. Plus each organization will keep their monetary votes.
Organizations participating in the Charity Christmas Tree Contest include The Caring Hearts Free Clinic, The Patrick County Food Bank, Christmas Cheer, The Contact Listen Line, The Red Cross, and The Reynolds Homestead.
Come see the beautiful trees representing non-profits, and vote for your favorite tree by placing a monetary donation in the corresponding box and the tree with the most money by noon December 20 wins.
The Charity Christmas Tree Contest will begin Monday December 2, 2013 and will run daily until noon on December 20. The Award will be presented Monday December 23, 2013.
Everyone is invited to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Charity Christmas Tree Contest, Monday December 2, 2013 at 10:00am, in front of the service desk at Walmart. Here is your chance to support some of Patrick County’s finest Organizations this Holiday Season in what is sure to become a great community tradition.
For more information call the Chamber Office at 276-694-6012.

 Monday November 25, 2013


Justin Dale Hopkins Becomes Patrick County's 5th Traffic Fatality of Year.mp3

Christmas Cheer Seeks to Serve Almost 500 Patrick County Children.mp3

Lost Hunter Found Safe on Belcher Mountain.mp3

Town's New Garbage Truck Returned for Modification.mp3

Library HVAC Upgrade Needed.mp3

Suspect Arrested in String of Patrick County Burglaries.mp3

VDOT Road Report.mp3

Recreation Committee & Boy's Basketball Coaches

The Patrick County High School Athletic Department is excited to announce the First Annual Boys Basketball Clinic. On Saturday December 14, the PCHS boys' basketball staff will conduct a free coaching clinic for all registered local recreation and local AAU coaches. Registration will begin 9:30 AM and the clinic will begin at 10:00 AM and last till approximately 11:30. For those coaches in attendance a free camp will be conducted for their teams at the conclusion of the coaching clinic from 12:15-1:45 PM. Players must be listed on a Patrick County Recreation roster to attend and their coach must be present the day of the clinic/camp. Parent permission forms will be made available to all recreation/AAU coaches. For more information contact Athletic Director Kirk Renegar at Patrick County High School 694-7137.


- A section of Route 701 (Stella Road) is
closed to replace the bridge over Mill Creek. The road will be closed between Route 628 (Dick and Willie Road) and Route 833 (Stella Loop). A detour will be in place. The work will be complete in mid-December.

* ROUTE 680 BRIDGE REPAIRS – On Monday, Dec. 2, flaggers will control traffic on Route 680 (Pole Bridge Road) as crews repair the bridge over Pole Creek.

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

* UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.


 Friday November 22, 2013


2013 Tax Collections Sluggish as Deadline Approaches.mp3

Watchdog Group Chairman Uncommitted on Biannual Billing.mp3

Town Council to Hold Public Hearing on Sale of Old Thompson House.mp3

Reflections on JFK on 50th Anniversary of Assassination.mp3


 Thursday November 21, 2013


Clark Gas and Oil Donates $25.000 to Service Organizations.mp3

Patrick County's Christmas Cheer Needs Community's Support.mp3

School Board Members and Clerk Receive VSBA Awards.mp3

Tourism Grant Program Announced.mp3

County Taxes Due Dec. 5th.mp3

4 More Patrick County Bridge Replacements Planned.mp3


A truck load of 1,584 Blessing Buckets has already departed from the God’s Pit Crew warehouse headed for the Philippines.

In addition, approximately 60,000 pounds of relief supplies have been delivered by God’s Pit Crew volunteers into the affected areas in Illinois this morning.

We have people on the ground as we speak assessing the damage to help us plan what our course of action will be in further assisting the tornado victims.

God’s Pit Crew is collecting Blessing Bucket content items at the WalMart in Bonsack today from 12 noon – 6pm.
Another collection site will be at the WalMart on Wards Road in Lynchburg Thursday from 12 noon until 6pm.

All items received are critical to help in our Illinois response as well as future disaster responses.

For more information about our Blessing Bucket program or to make a donation please visit godspitcrew.org or call our
office at 434.836.4472.

 Wednesday November 20, 2013


Repeal of Twice Per Year Billing Urged by Taxpayer Watchdog.mp3

Flowering Cherry Trees at County Building Causing Damage.mp3

PCHS Locker Room Repairs Authorized.mp3

Town Council Meets Tonight .mp3

3 Patrick Springs Residents Indicted in Henry County.mp3

Ararat Man Charged with Breaking and Entering.mp3

Town Businesses Urged to Participate in Christmas Window Decorating Contest.mp3


 Tuesday November 19, 2013


Public Information Being Sought by Police in Vandalism Case.mp3

Patrick County EDA Becomes Debt Free Today.mp3

Board Acts to Complete MODE School Financing.mp3

Stormwater Management Program Criticized by Supervisors.mp3

Mill Creek Bridge Replacement Project Completion Delayed.mp3

Congressman's Staff to Meet with Patrick County Citizens Wednesday.mp3


Philippine Response has left GPC in need of
Supplies to Help Illinois

God’s Pit Crew has been working to meet the needs of the disaster victims in the
Philippines by sending relief supplies, including every one of the 1,584 Blessing
Buckets in our warehouse to be shipped to the devastated areas.
In the wake of our response to the Philippines, the tornado in Illinois has struck,
leaving us with no buckets left to send to the hurting people of Illinois. While we
are already sending bottled water and other relief supplies, Blessing Buckets are
one of the most efficient ways to help these people in greatest need.
If you would like to help, there are several ways you can be involved in
these difficult situations:

• Visit www.godspitcrew.org and donate $35 for a Blessing Bucket
• Bring Completed Buckets/bucket items (listed below) to GPC’s Warehouse in Danville
• Make donations at the Bonsack Wal-Mart this Wednesday from 12-6
Additional collection sites may also be established
Bonsack Wal-Mart, 4524 Challenger Ave, Roanoke, VA


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*
Shampoo - thin bottle
Bar Soap*
Bath towel - not thick
2 Wash Cloths
Feminine Products
Misc. Items
Flashlight with extra
Roll of Toilet Paper*
Paper Towels (thin)*
Disposable Cleaning Wipes
(like Clorox or Lysol)
*Individually Wrapped
Rhonda Zola
Administrative Director

 Monday November 18, 2013


Shannon Brown Named HRMS Principal.mp3

Vehicle-Cow Collision in Critz.mp3

Taxpayer Watchdog Group Chairman Calls for More Citizen Participation.mp3

BOS to Discuss Stormwater Management Program Tonight.mp3

Griffith Votes for Keep Your Health Plan Act.mp3

Patrick County Christmas Cheer 2013 campaign

The best gifts are those given from a loving heart and there is no shortage of opportunities awaiting you this holiday season. The Patrick County Christmas Cheer 2013 campaign is now in full swing and we are seeking secret Santa’s to bring smiles to children’s faces and restore hope to families in need. This year the program received requests from over 225 families, seeking assistance for more than 400 children within our county.
The goal of Christmas Cheer is to provide warm clothing for the winter season and a few age appropriate toys. This year all new and unwrapped toys donated to the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program will stay within our county. Toys for Tots boxes can be found at: Wanda’s Estate Jewelers, 4-H Shooting Club Yard Sale Building/Plantiques, Stuart Family Pharmacy, Patrick Building Supply, Elizabeth’s Pizza, Poor Farmer’s Market, Stuart United Methodist Church, and the Willis Gap Community Center. Dollar General is sponsoring an in-store box for the program as well.
If you are interested in providing warm clothing for a specific child, and perhaps a little something extra, Christmas Cheer recipient tags are available on specially decorated trees located at Wal-Mart, Granny’s Attic, Tin Pen Alley, and Honduras Coffee Shop. Each recipient has a unique Christmas Cheer tag that details the child’s age, gender, clothing size, and wish list items. Consider sharing the blessing of providing for a child with your family, Sunday-School class, or a group of friends.

Whether you donate a toy, provide warm clothing for a child, or support through a monetary donation, your generous gift will stay within our community and help a neighbor in need. Monetary donations are received at PO Box 222, Stuart, VA 24171; please make your check payable to Patrick County Christmas Cheer.

If you would like additional information about the Patrick County Christmas Cheer program, please contact Tamika Reynolds at VA Cooperative Extension, (276)694-3341 or Brenda Strum at STEP, Inc., (276)694-2239, extension 227. Thank you for your support.

8th Grade Girls Basketball
by Jessica Martin, MS, CCC-SLP

The 8th grade girls basketball team defeated Floyd friday night (11/15) at PCHS 42-38, in a tough, close matchup.
Leading scores were Autumn Hubbard with 16 points and Morgan Biggs with 9 points. 

The last Friday of the Stuart Farmers Market is this Friday. Come shop for fresh veggies, baked items, eggs and crafts for Thanksgiving. Market open Friday November 22 8 am to 12 pm. Mark your calendar for the Mistletoe Market on Saturday Dec. 7th at 12 pm to 3 pm. Great small town Holiday market before the Christmas Parade.


 Friday November 15, 2013


School Board Chastised and Complimented During Comment Period.mp3

Meadows of Dan Fire-fighters Respond to Back-to-Back Calls.mp3

Patrick County Records 4th Traffic Death of 2013.mp3

Old Thompson House to Be Sold at Public Auction Saturday.mp3

Floyd County Lands 17 New Jobs.mp3

Woman Found in Franklin County Was Murdered.mp3

Bassett Woman Arrested on Patrick County Drug Indictments.mp3

Patrick County High School Athletes Visit  Meadows of Dan Elementary School

Patrick County High School Athletes visited Meadows of Dan Elementary School on Thursday, November 7, 2013 to read with Kindergarten and First grade students.  School officials and staff  wish to send special thanks and appreciation to  Mr. Kirk Renegar, PCHS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Mr. Phillip Stegall, teacher/coach and  the student readers.  PCHS Athletes readers included:  Logan Martin, Hannah Largen, Julia Hutchens, Natalie Mitchell, Tyler Stone, and Damian Beasley

Photo:  Natalie Mitchell and Damian Beasley read to Mrs. Wood's Kindergarten class.

8th Grade Girls Basketball
patrick springs elementary

The 8th grade girls won their first basketball game last night (11/15) versus Westwood Middle School at Westwood. The final score was 52-7, with our top two scorers being Autumn Hubbard with 24 points and Isabella Brim had 13 points.
We play again Friday (11/16) evening at 4:30pm versus Floyd at PCHS.

Coach Jessica Martin
8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach

 Thursday November 14, 2013


Assistance Requested for Meadows of Dan Fire Victims.mp3

Patrick County Public Schools' Annual Plan Focuses on 6 Areas.mp3

School Board to Hear Public Comment Tonight.mp3

Martinsville Drug Suspect Arrested by Patrick Authorities.mp3

Griffith Co-sponsors Keep Your Health Plan Bill.mp3

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. Mr. Mann and Mrs. Steele visited with students on November 12, 2013 and presented information on the Stuart Rotary Club and how they give back to the community. 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.


 Wednesday November 13, 2013


Woolwine Teenager Charged with Eluding Police.mp3

Patrick County Christmas Parade Set for Dec. 7th @ 4 PM.mp3

PHCC Registration Starts Today.mp3

Blood Drive Exceeds Goal.mp3

October Patrick County Circuit Court News.mp3

Racer Trevor Bayne Diagnosed with MS.mp3


Meadows of Dan Elementary School held a science fair for students in grades two to seven. The science fair projects followed the scientific methods and reinforced science standard of learning objectives for all grades. Mrs. June Kelly, second grade teacher was the lead sponsor for the project. School officials wish to send thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Kelly, staff, students, parents, judges and others who made the science fair a success. The science fair boards were judged on Monday, November 4, 2013 and were then featured at the November PTO meeting. All students learned about the scientific method, which includes a stated problem, hypothesis, materials, procedures, data/graphs, and drawing conclusions. All students received ribbons, and overall winners were names for each grade. It was a great learning project for all!
We have included two pictures:

Left to right: 4th graders, Tessa Haas (3rd place) Diego Ojodeagua(2nd place), Ben Holland (1st place); 2nd graders Hannah Wood(3rd place), Maria Ojodeagua(2nd place), Emma McMeans(1st place and high score winner from 2nd & 3rd), 3rd Graders: Jade Strothers(2nd place), Jarred Horton(3rd place), Braedon Augustine(1st place), 5th graders Fiona Rorrer(1st place and highest score from grades 4&5), Lillian Terry(2nd place) and Daniel Wood(3rd place).

Pictured left to right
6th Grade
1st place – Jacob Wood
2nd place – Josh Justice
3rd place – Ryan Wood
7th Grade
1st place – Landon Augustine
2nd place – Lindsay Harris
3rd place – Madison Kenyon
Judges High Score for 6th & 7th Jacob Wood

Meadows of Dan Elementary Inducts New Junior Beta Members

The National Beta Club promotes character, develops leadership skills, encourages service involvement, recognizes achievement, and provides technological advantages to students. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Meadows of Dan Elementary School held its annual National Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony. New members took the Junior Beta oath, received pins and certificates The program concluded with the Junior Beta members and their family having refreshments. School officials wish to thank Junior Beta sponsors Mrs. Frogel, Mrs. Quesenberry and Mrs. Bocock , parents, students, staff and others who work in support of our school.
Congratulations to our new National Beta Club members pictured below: Front row left to right, Sponsor Jewell Frogel, Daniel Wood, Lillian Terry, Fiona Rorrer, Adrian Ramirez, Caleb Hamm, Sierra Hubbard, Jordan Haas, Wesley Carter. (all 5th grade on front row)
Back row left to right: Cody Quesinberry, Joshua Justice, Jacob Wood, Brinanna Turman (6th graders) Sponsors Karen Bocock and Debra Quesenberry : Hanna Dalton, Madison Kenyon and Landon Augustine (7th graders)

 Tuesday November 12, 2013


Patrick County Honors Its Veterans with Parade and Patriotic Ceremony.mp3

Patrick County Christmas Cheer Campaign Underway.mp3

2014 Relay for Life Campaign Gets Early Boost.mp3

Congressman Griffith Salutes Veterans.mp3

Ferrum College Receives $238,000 Research Contract.mp3

Meadows of Dan Elementary School Holds Veterans Day Program

On Wednesday, November 6, 2013 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. Jonathan Snider, a seventh grader, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Shea then led everyone in singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Lindsey Harris, a seventh grader spoke on the history of Veteran’s Day and Madison Kenyon also a seventh grader spoke on the Purple Heart. Next, Hannah Dalton, another seventh grader, read the poem “Honoring all who have served’ and then the Chorus students led by Mrs. Joyce Grooms sang “God Bless the USA”.

Mr. Harvie Spangler, Veteran, who was in attendance, spoke about being in Korea and had with him artifacts from the war.

Mrs. Susan Shea along with seventh grade students welcomed and recognized the local community veterans in attendance: Homer Hylton, Robert Harris, William Sroufe, Lane Hubbard, James Lynch, Michael Belcher, Lois Belcher, Doug Harbour, Jewell Frogel, Raiford Turman, Harvie Spangler, Jacob Hubbard, William Harmon and Leo Boyd. The seventh graders gave each veteran in attendance a small token of thanks and appreciation.

Mrs. Jeannie King, Principal, read a brief biography of our guest speaker, Dr. 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 23 years to Maureen and they have three children-Emma, Mitchell and Benjamin. He is currently the coordinator of Human Resources for Patrick County Public Schools.

After Mr. Sroufe spoke on the meaning of Veterans Day, Brianna Turman, a sixth grader, read her "Patriot's Pen" essay on What Patriotism Means to Me. The program concluded with Trevor Boyd, sixth grader playing Taps. The closing remarks were given by seventh grader, Hannah Dalton.

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, Mrs. Joyce Grooms, chorus teacher for grades 5-7, Mrs. Jodi Hayes, cafeteria manager, Mrs. Brenda Howell, and Mrs. Melanie Puckett, cafeteria workers, Mr. Bobby Harris, head custodian, Mrs. Bonita Temoney, custodian, and Mrs. Cathy Hubbard, administrative assistant.


God’s Pit Crew will be partnering with our long standing ministry partner, Operation Compassion in their response to the horrific devastation in the Philippines.

Currently Operation Compassion is sending funds to one of their established partners in the Philippines. Those funds are being used to purchase relief supplies to meet the immediate needs for the victims of this tragedy.

Operation Compassion will also be sending containers of relief supplies to that region. God’s Pit Crew feels that our best course of action in our response is to help Operation Compassion with their relief efforts as they have contacts already established near the affected areas.

If you would like to help by making a monetary donation please visit our website at www.godspitcrew.org or mail checks made out to God’s Pit Crew to 2499 North Main Street, Danville, Virginia 24540. Make sure your donation is marked “Philippines Disaster”. All funds received for this purpose will be forwarded to Operation Compassion and will be used exclusively to aid the victims of this terrible disaster.

Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.
Patrick County Administration Building Stuart, VA

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

• Approval of meeting agenda
• Approval of meeting minutes
• Approval of the Bills, Claims, Appropriations

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

RESOLUTION: Honoring Mr. Charles (C.J.) Armbrester, “Eagle Scout”

• Mr. Jim Tobin, Piedmont Community Services; Future Development
• Ms. Lisa Price Hughes, VDOT Resident Engineer
• Mr. Rose, 2014 CEDS Priority Project List
• Mr. Rose, Property Maintenance; Library-- HVAC and County Administration, Tree Maintenance
• Mr. Rose, Enterprise Zone – Amendment

• Stormwater Ordinance

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


if any
ADJOURN: December 9, 2013

 Monday November 11, 2013


Meadows of Dan Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire Saturday.mp3

Taxpayer Watchdog Pushes for Change in State Meals Tax Law.mp3

Patrick County Veterans Being Honored on National Holiday.mp3

Lawsonville Man Faces 8 Patrick County Charges.mp3

VDOT Road Report for Patrick County.mp3

MODE Celebrates Fire Safety Prevention Week

Meadows of Dan Fire Chief Carlton Largen and Ronald Terry, parent and community fire volunteers set up fire safety training on October 8, 2013 for all students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through seventh grade.  All students attended the training, went through the smoke trailer, and reviewed what to do when you see fire or smoke. Each student had an opportunity to hear the fire alarm, feel the door for heat, and then determine to use the window escape route.  Volunteer Firefighters as well as EMT-B's, Alan Hubbard, Howard Alderman, and Garrett Goad were also on sight offering information about the Fire Suits and other aspects of fire safety.  Mr. Terry and Mr. Largen and the fire department also provided literature for students to bring home so parents can also review fire safety procedures. The Meadows of Dan Elementary School students, staff and administration send a special thank you to all of the volunteer workers who provide so much for the schools and our community. 

Pictured: Ronald Terry, fire chief, discussing important safety information

PHCC Registration Starts Today

 A variety of classes will be offered by Patrick Henry Community College during Spring Semester at the Patrick County Site. Registration starts today (November 13) for classes which begin January 13, 2014. Students may register at the Patrick County Site, the main campus in Martinsville, or online at www.patrickhenry.edu.

Classes to be offered at the Patrick County Site include College Composition I and II; College Survival Skills; Developmental Math (MTE 1-5 and MTT sections available; General Biology II (with lab); Information Literacy; Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts; Introduction to Speech Communication; Math for Liberal Arts II; Preparing for College English II; Preparing for College English III; Principles to Sociology; Religions of the World I; Survey of World Literature II; and U.S. History II.

Starting today, students may also register for any PHCC class at the Patrick County Site.

The Patrick County Site, located at 212 Wood Brothers Drive in Stuart, offers many of the services available at the main campus in Martinsville. Students are able to:
• apply to PHCC
• take the placement test
• receive help with advising and registration
• receive assistance in completing their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by appointment

Test proctoring services are available to students enrolled in distance learning courses and free tutoring is also provided.

The Patrick County Site is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information, please call (276) 694-8778.

The Stuart Farmers Market will be open Friday November 15 from 8 am to 12 pm. Fresh veggies, baked items, eggs, meats, and crafts available.


* ROUTE 701 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - A section of Route 701 (Stella Road) is
closed to replace the bridge over Mill Creek. The road will be closed between Route 628 (Dick and Willie Road) and Route 833 (Stella Loop).A detour will be in place. The work will be complete in mid-December.

### ROUTE 103 BRIDGE REPAIRS – Lane closures will be in place on Route 103 November 12 through November 15 as crews repair the bridge over Archies Creek. The work will take place during daylight hours on weekdays.

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

* UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.

 Thursday November 7, 2013


Another Patrick County Teenager Dies in Logging Accident.mp3

Patrick County Election Canvass Produces a Few Minor Changes.mp3

Patrick Countians Have No Taste for Meal's Tax.mp3

First Patrick County Wildland Fire of Season Suppressed.mp3

Radio-thon Raises Over $3,000 Free Clinic and Food Bank.mp3

Somer Ojodeagua, computer tech for Meadows of Dan Elementary School took a picture on the morning of November 7, 2013. The rainbow is featured with our new school and the promise of good things to come, like moving to our new school comes to mind. School officials continue to be so grateful to all for their support of the rebuilding of our school. We are blessed to live in such a caring place!

Thank you, Jeannie King
Proud Cardinal Principal
Meadows of Dan Elementary School

 Wednesday November 6, 2013


Patrick County Election Results.mp3

Sheriff Advises Caution after Patrick County's 3rd Traffic Fatality of Year.mp3

Toy Run Raises Over $5800 for Christmas Cheer.mp3

VDOT Traffic Alert.mp3

Patrick county volleyball
by Heidi Moore  - Health and PE - Varsity Volleyball Coach

We lost last night to Cave Spring 3-1.  25-22, 16-25, 17-25, 25-15.  Abby Hutchens had 12 kills.  Beth Williams had 27 assists and 3 aces.  Logan Martin had 16 digs.  
We finished the season at 21-3.


Flaggers to control traffic at Route 654 intersection November 6 through 8

As part of the road construction project to widen a 8.2-mile section of Route 58 that passes through Patrick, Floyd and Carroll counties, a pipe will be installed beneath Route 58 in Carroll County at its intersection with Route 654 (Gladesboro Road).

Weather permitting, starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, flaggers will be controlling traffic on Route 58 at the Route 654 intersection around the clock for approximately 48 hours until work is completed on Friday, Nov. 8.

Motorists on Route 58 and Route 654 should use caution and expect delays.

Design-build contractor, Branch Highways, began construction in summer 2012 to widen 8.2 miles of Route 58 between Meadows of Dan and Laurel Fork. This location is referred to as the Tri-County (3.2 miles) and Laurel Fork (5 miles) sections of Route 58. Work is being completed under a Public-Private Transportation Act agreement.

Work on the entire 8.2-mile section is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

 Tuesday November 5, 2013


Election Day Reminders from Patrick County Registrar.mp3

Voting Underway in Patrick County on Election Day.mp3

New Business Opens.mp3

Poindexter Unopposed for Another House Term.mp3

Gasoline Prices Dip Below $3 Per Gallon Mark in Patrick County.mp3

The Stuart Farmers Market will be open Friday November 8 from 8 am to 12 pm. Fresh fall crops of spinach, broccoli, kale and other goodies available. Fresh baked items, eggs, meats and crafts available.


 Monday November 4, 2013


MoD Man Becomes Patrick County's Latest Traffic Fatality.mp3

Dan River District BOS Seat Being Contested.mp3

JEB Stuart Art Show People's Choice Award Winner Announced.mp3

VDOT Traffic Alert.mp3


* ROUTE 58 CURB INSTALLATION – Flaggers and a pilot truck will control traffic on Route 58 at Lovers Leap for curb installation. The lane closures will be in place Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

* ROUTE 701 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - A section of Route 701 (Stella Road) is
closed to replace the bridge over Mill Creek. The road will be closed between Route 628 (Dick and Willie Road) and Route 833 (Stella Loop).A detour will be in place. The work will be complete in mid-November.

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

* UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.

 Friday November 1, 2013


School Board Candidates Share Views on Board Efficiency and Effectiveness.mp3

Adult Education Coordinator Encouraging Folks to Obtain GED Now.mp3

3 Injured in Crash.mp3

Time Change Is Time for Smoke Alarm Check.mp3

Willis Gap Open Jam Becomes Friday Night Tradition on Crooked Road.mp3

Patrick County volleyball
Piedmont District Champions

by Heidi Moore  - Health and PE - Varsity Volleyball Coach

Patrick County won the Piedmont District Championship in 5 sets last night to Franklin County. 19-25, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 15-7. Beth Williams had 42 assists. Tkeyah Hines had 15 kills and 2 blocks. Abby Hutchens had 14 kills and Karleigh Wilkinson had 10 kills and 4 blocks. Logan Martin had 6 aces and 20 points. They are 21-2 on the season.


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