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September 2012

Friday September 28, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

DEA Drug Take Back.mp3

MVA Trooper Roberts.mp3

Benefit for Cancer Patients.mp3

Stink Bug Control.mp3


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Criminals Targeting Senior Citizens

Deputy Brian Hubbard of the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent incidents involving fraud, break-ins, money theft, and property theft at the homes of senior citizens. In each of these incidents the criminal spoke with the female resident while she was in the home by herself. In these incidents an adult white male knocks on the front door, says he is planning on buying land that adjoins her property, and asks her to show him her property-line. The man pretends to be nice and polite and gains the perspective victim’s confidence. The home owner goes behind the house with the man and shows him the property-line. They talk for a few minutes; he thanks her, gets in his vehicle and drives away.

While the man is talking with the woman his accomplice enters the home through the front door and disables the phone by pulling the wire out of the wall. In one incident the accomplice stole a large sum of money out of the woman’s purse. In the other incident the accomplice went thought the house stealing jewelry. The woman discovers the crime after reentering her home and the criminals have left. Hubbard said that “there are few leads at this time. In one incident the man making contact with the women was describe to be in his late 20s, having black hair, and driving a gray pick-up truck. In the other incident the perpetrator was reported as being in his 30s or 40s, having freckles, a red completion, medium height, a slender build, and was driving beige or light tan pick-up truck with red numbers on the rear tag.”

According to Hubbard “these men are smooth talkers which make them seem like they are trying to help you out or be your friend. They are targeting the elderly, and the Sheriff’s Office wants to make our public aware of the situation. We want to stop these crimes before they happen. With the public’s help, by taking a few precautionary measures, they can be stopped.”

Deputy Hubbard provides the following tips to help prevent crimes of this type. “First, never let someone you don’t know, or you haven’t called and asked to come to your home, to enter your home. Keep your doors and windows locked. Don’t unlock your door and don’t open your door to a stranger. If a stranger is at your door or something just doesn’t feel right call 911. After calling 911, if possible without endangering yourself, try to get a good vehicle description and tag number, and as detailed a description of the stranger as possible.” Hubbard suggests writing down this information as soon as possible to help remember it.

In Patrick County when you call 911 a deputy will respond. Hubbard said that “by calling 911 you might prevent a crime, and perhaps your call will lead to important information that can solve past crimes. If you are not a senior citizen, please tell the seniors that you know about these crimes and what they should do if a stranger appears at their door.”

Anyone with information about these crimes should call Crime Stoppers at 694-5000 or call 694-3161 and ask for Deputy Brian Hubbard or an Investigator.
 


Cougar JV Football Update

The JV football team lost to Radford last night by a score of 28-20. Leading the Cougars was Jordan Hopkins he was 9 for 11 passing with 160 yards and 2 passing touchdowns. He completed a 41 yard TD pass to Aaron Radford and another 42 yard TD pass to Kody Dillard. He also rushed for a TD.

Homecoming Tonight at PCHS!
Patrick County vs Radford 7pm

 

Thursday September 27, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Criminals Targeting Sr. Citizens.mp3

SYATP Prayer Program.mp3

Quit Smoking Seminar.mp3

Fall Gardening with Bev Larson.mp3

Andy Williams Death.mp3


Patrick County Sheriff’s Office joins DEA in Drug Take Back Program

On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Sheriff’s Office at 742 Commerce St, Stuart, VA. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Patrick County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.


Patrick County Varsity Volleyball Team

The varsity volleyball team beat bassett in 3 games to open district play. 25-10, 25-20, 25-21. Hannah Helbert had 18 kills . Ebony. Reynolds and Tkeyah Hines had 7 kills and 6 blocks a piece. Kendra Hall had 16 assists, 5 kills and 7 aces. Samantha Smith had 7 kills and Beth Williams had 20 assists. They are 11-0 for the season.
The JV team won in 3 games. 20-25, 25-22, 15-13. Patzie Freels had 5 kills while Kaleigh Griffith, Kristen Harris and Abby Hutchens had 3 kills a piece. Brandi Woods had 11 assists. India Kahle had 7 aces. They are 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the district.
Our next game is Thursday at Magna Vista.
 


Found 2 dogs on 103 near Claudville around 7pm Wednesday evening.
White male Chihuahua and a very pregnant Brown Dachshund/Beagle mix (?).
Contact Renee at mb (336) 340-1021 or wk (276) 694-2727.
 

Wednesday September 26, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING.mp3

HIT AND RUN.mp3

Shooting of Moving Vehicles.mp3

ELIZABETH'S PIZZA.mp3

 

Tuesday September 25, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Dry Pond Cafe.mp3

Demolition Derby 9-24-12.mp3

Liberty Fair.mp3

Sidna Allen House Greg.mp3


Hit & Run Investigation Continuing

The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a hit & run involving a bicyclist that occurred Sunday evening around 8:50 pm on Route 58 at Hopkins Lumber in Patrick County County. The investigation revealed that an older model Chevrolet Camaro that had wide headlights struck the 42 year old male victim who was riding his bicycle on Route 58. The victim was transported to Martinsville Memorial Hospital. Anyone with information regarding the crash please contact the State Police at 540-380-5700. No further details regarding the crash are available at this time.


Patrick County, VA:
Dry Pond Cafe’s Ju-Ju Burger

Congratulations to Patrick County, Virginia's Dry Pond Cafe and their Ju-Ju Burger for winning Blue Ridge Country Magazine's Foodie Tour Part 2 series.  Patrick County is now in the running to win a feature article in Blue Ridge Country Magazine's feature article for their Jan/Feb 2013 issue.  Final Four voting begins today, September 24, 2012.  To vote for the Dry Pond Cafe, go to  http://forms.blueridgecountry.com/foodieballot.

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My quest for oddly named hamburgers took us to the Dry Pond Café in Patrick County, Va., near the North Carolina line, despite the best efforts of our GPS device to steer us into someone’s driveway.
“GPS’s don’t work very good around here,” says regular customer Patsy Oakley, who remembers when there actually was a pond at Dry Pond – a “swampy thing,” she calls it, that eventually dried up.
The Dry Pond Café is a business without a sign. Nothing on Highway 103 says you’re there. The restaurant’s name is only painted on two windows.

“It’s a little brick building,” owner Shvonda Cockram tells me over the phone as we plan our trip to Patrick County.

“You’d think it was a house. It’s a pretty big business considering how small it is and no sign.”
Dry Pond Café is the home of the Ju-Ju Burger. Its name was a child’s term of endearment.
Cockram’s parents owned the café from 1996 to 2010. “The kids my mama used to babysit called my dad, Junior Lankford, Ju-Ju,” she says. “He died in 2005, and we’ve kept the name of the burger in his memory.”
A Ju-Ju Burger is a bacon double cheeseburger – a half pound of meat and two pieces of cheese.
While cooks at the Dry Pond Café construct Ju-Ju Burgers, they’re also smashing baked potatoes with a wooden mallet and loading them with cheese, bacon, ham, grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Brown is making intensely colored sweet potato pie out of fresh sweet potatoes.
The Dry Pond Café is easy to overlook, but for travelers through this part of Virginia seeking good food and fellowship with local folks, it’s a must stop.

The Dry Pond Café, 2156 Dry Pond Highway, near Stuart, Va., 276-694-6055.
 


White, Jarrett to lead PHCC’s Local Board

 

Martinsville’s Eddie White has been named chairman of the Patrick Henry Community College Local Board of Directors. Collinsville’s Barry Jarrett will serve as its vice chairman.
PHCC Board members represent the college’s service region: Martinsville and the counties of Henry, Patrick and Franklin. The 16-member board is responsible for assuring that the college is responding to the needs in its service region.

After graduating from Bassett High School in 1980, White attended the University of Richmond, where he earned a degree in business administration in 1984. He has been employed by Bassett Furniture for 28 years in various human resources capacities and currently serves as vice president of human resources.
White is active on a variety of other boards in the community. He currently serves on the local Red Cross board and the Martinsville Area Disability Employment Network (MADEN) advisory board. Previously, he’s served on the Workforce Investment Board and the MHC United Way board of directors, among others.
White and his wife, Melissa, have two children: Austin, 16, and Davis, 12.

A 1990 graduate of Bassett High School, Jarrett earned a business administration degree from Radford University in 1994. He graduated from BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University in 2009.
Jarrett has served as the city executive of BB&T in Martinsville for the past 2 years. Prior to taking the position, he was a sales and service market leader and a financial center leader for BB&T’s Collinsville office. He has been employed with BB&T since 2002.

Jarrett currently is a board member for: the Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG), the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation, the TheatreWorks Community Players, the West Piedmont Business Development Center, and the Ninth District Developmental Financing Board. He is married to Amy Jarrett.
 


Apple Dumpling Festival 5k

Coming back this year will be the Apple Dumpling Festival 5k on October 20th at 8 AM. Course will be in Downtown Stuart and will benefit trail enhancement in the county. Come run or walk the event and then stay for the 11th Annual Apple Dumpling Festival. Registration forms available at www.danriver.org or contact Race Director Rebecca Adcock at rebajksn@aol.com, 276-229-9917.


The Stuart Farmers Market will be open this Friday from 8 AM to 12 PM. Fall crops starting to roll in. Senior Nutrition Checks and SNAP accepted. Come see why we were voted top 10 in "America's Favorite Farmers' Market" contest.


Wake Forest Baptist First in North Carolina and Southeast to Launch Sports Teleconcussion Network

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Concussion experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center can now remotely assess student athletes from Winston-Salem, via a mobile telemedicine robot, a first in the state and Southeast.

“There are reported concussion estimates of around 300,000 American high school athletes each year, but numbers may increase as recognition of this injury improves,” said Daryl Rosenbaum, M.D., director of the sports medicine fellowship program at Wake Forest Baptist.

The Sports Teleconcussion Network at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center, utilizes sports medicine, neurology, neurosurgery and neuropsychology physicians from more than 25 miles away to assess student athletes without them having to leave Davidson County.

“The provision of a sports telemedicine network by Wake Forest Baptist concussion experts will go a long way in protecting the health of young athletes in Davidson County,” said Steve Snelgrove, president of Lexington Medical Center. “Having access to medical experts from a nationally recognized academic medical center close to patient’s homes, is a tremendous benefit.”
 

Monday September 24, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Hit And Run 9-24-12.mp3

DRC Change Means More Local Expense.mp3

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.mp3

Unemployment Rate.mp3

Homestead Presents Jazz on the Lawn .mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

        * ROUTE 58 PAVING – Crews will pave Route 58 from Route 632 to 0.5 mile east of Route 632. Work will take place on weekdays during daytime hours with flaggers controlling traffic.

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

for repairs to a pipe. Detour signs are be posted. No estimated time for reopening the road has been established.

        * PAVEMENT MARKING - Pavement marking will be performed on all secondary routes throughout the county.  Work will be accomplished using mobile lane closures.  Motorist should watch for warning signs and slow traffic. The work will continue through Oct.1.

* 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.


Virginia State Parks to recognize National Public Lands Day Sept. 29

Virginia State Parks will host special events in all 35 state parks in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 29. The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. It is an opportunity to reconnect and improve these special places that are a proud American tradition.

“Our public lands, including Virginia State Parks, refresh our spirits, protect our natural and cultural resources, and serve as economic engines for local communities,” said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. “National Public Lands Day gives us all an opportunity to appreciate and support our parks through a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities.”

State parks will hold special tours, shoreline, trail and park cleanups and provide visitors opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while volunteering.

Visitors to Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, and Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, will collect acorns that the Virginia Department of Forestry will use for cultivation.

Visitors to James River State Park in Gladstone who pick up 10 pounds of trash each will earn a complimentary staff-led canoe trip.

Caledon State Park in King George County will host a 5K race.

Mason Neck State Park in Lorton will offer a “Get to Know Your Park Day” that will include the opening of a new trail built by AmeriCorps and Youth Conservation Corps volunteers.

Visitors to High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville will have the opportunity to participate in a rare moonlight crossing of the High Bridge.

False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach, where getting there is half the fun, has a moonlight kayak trip planned.

A complete list of the National Public Lands Day projects and events in Virginia State Parks can be found on the Virginia State Parks calendar page:

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/listevents.cfm?srchloc=All%20Parks&eventtype=Special%20Event&txtBDate=09/29/2012&txtEDate=09/29/2012&curdate=08/30/2012

 

Thursday September 20, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Controversies Disruptive of Education Process.mp3

60th Patrick County Agricultural Fair Opens Successfully.mp3

Personal Property Tax Statements to Be Mailed Next Week.mp3

Court News Continued.mp3

 

Wednesday September 19, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Seeks to Clarify Fund Transfer Issue.mp3

Radio-thon Raises 2500 for Food Bank.mp3

Rain Delayed Patrick County Fair Opens Tonight.mp3

Circuit Court News.mp3

 

Tuesday September 18, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

FOIA Fever Sweeps Patrick County.mp3

Patrick County Public School Facilities Suffer Heavy Storm Damage.mp3

Griffith Lumber Recognized by Board of Supervisors.mp3

Weekend Hunger Relief Efforts Successful.mp3


Agenda
Work Session Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, September 24, 2012at 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. Shelia Thomas
• Pledge of Allegiance
• Moment of Silence in recognition of U. S. military serving here and abroad

REGULAR SESSION:
• Approval of the meeting agenda

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

GUEST SPEAKER:
Ms. Kim Adkins, Workforce Investment Board
Ms. Kelly Miller, Department of Conservation and Recreation

NEW BUSINESS:

OLD BUSINESS:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
• Legal Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (7)
• Personnel Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (1)

ADJOURN: October 15, 2012
 


Come celebrate the Fall temperatures with the Stuart Farmers market this friday September 21 from 8 am to 12 pm. Fresh and locally produced items available. Fall crops are starting to become available. EBT and Senior Nutrition accepted.


Monday September 17, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Supervisors Await Attorney General's Opinion of MODE Emergency Question.mp3

MODE School Construction Timeline Issued to 11 Bidders.mp3

JEB Stuart Art Show Winners Announced.mp3

Stuart Man Charged in Trailer Court Burglary.mp3


Christians United With Christ - Prayer Walk



  A prayer walk was held at the Patrick County Courthouse in Stuart on September 16, 2012 at 3 pm.
 The prayer walk was for the purpose of bringing Christians together to pray.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
  Over 50 assembled at the courthouse steps and marched around the courthouse 7 times.
Christians united in prayer for our families, schools, churches, our nation, and the world.

Page Cobbler, Austin Quesenberry and  David Coleman sounded the Shofars to start and end the Walk.


JAZZ ON THE LAWN BRINGS
“REAL JAZZ” TO THE STAGE


The Reynolds Homestead will host its biannual “Jazz on the Lawn” concert on Sunday, September 30 featuring the trio Real Jazz on the lawn of the historic home at 3:00 p.m.
Originated and led by Bruce Mallatratt on drums, Real Jazz is becoming a fixture in North Carolina’s Triad area jazz scene while helping to keep true jazz alive. This group’s blend of traditional, straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, funk, and fusion sets it apart.
Playing with Bruce are pianist Reggie Buie and guitarist Greg Hyslop. The diverse repertoire of Real Jazz includes Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltraine, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, just to name a few. The uniqueness of the group is further illustrated with hip original arrangements of popular tunes such as “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles and others. The repertoire also includes fresh and unique original pieces. The group’s approach to the dynamics in all its music can range from the subtlety of Bill Evans to the roar of Art Blakey, depending on the setting.
When attending a Real Jazz performance, one can expect to hear authentic jazz music, not another form of music under the pretext of being Jazz. One will hear and feel the heart, soul and essence of the great American art form that brings all people together.
Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Bring a picnic, a favorite beverage, and a blanket and enjoy an afternoon of real jazz on the lawn.
 


PATRICK COUNTY

###     * ROUTE 58 PAVING – Crews will pave Route 58 from Route 632 to 0.5 mile east of Route 632. Work will take place on weekdays during daytime hours with flaggers controlling traffic.

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

for repairs to a pipe. Detour signs are be posted. No estimated time for reopening the road has been established.

        * PAVEMENT MARKING - Pavement marking will be performed on all secondary routes throughout the county.  Work will be accomplished using mobile lane closures.  Motorist should watch for warning signs and slow traffic. The work will continue through Oct.1.

* 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 September 14, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Division Complies with Judge's Orders in FOIA Suit.mp3

Prayer Walk to Be Held Sunday.mp3

PHCC Celebrates 50th Birthday.mp3

College Fishing Tournament Learning Experience for High School Champs.mp3


The Embers at Chatmoss Country Club

The Embers will play at Chatmoss Country Club on Sunday, October 14th to benefit the SPCA from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets are $20 and include general admission plus BBQ, cash wine and beer bar available staffed by SPCA volunteers. There will be lots of beach decorations plus sand for dancing!

Patron tickets are $50 per person and include admission, house bar drinks (house liquor beer or wine) and heavy appetizers served in the members’ bar.

Super Lei Patron $1,000. Only 8 of these are available. Includes 8 Patron Tickets (see benefits above), table in the ballroom by the band/dance floor and your own personal waitress. These will be the only sit down tables available. First come, first serve.

Only 250 reservations will be made so don’t delay! Call Leslie Hervey at 732-4029 or email at exec@spcamhc.org. Send checks to SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville, VA 24112 - or better yet, drop your check by and see the babies available for adoption!


Win Pair of Tickets To Race Weekend

Two prime seats overlooking the beautiful Martinsville Speedway in the new CLUB 47, admission for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, October 27 and for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series Race on Sunday, October 28.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!! The prize package also includes full lunch buffet and heavy Hors D' Oeuvres, unlimited Pepsi products and Aquafina, unlimited mixed beverages, beer and wine (ages 21 and older), reserved parking spot, pre-race pit pass with admission to pre-race ceremonies, temperature controlled indoor setting with private restrooms and HD televisions and premiere audio.
Raffle tickets are $25 and the winner will be drawn at OCTOBERFEST, downtown Martinsville on Saturday, October 6th. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds benefit the Martinsville Henry County SPCA. Get tickets at the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville, VA or email exec@spcamhc.org  for the chances to be mailed to you.
 

Thursday September 13, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Dan River Park and Trail Get Widespread Community Support.mp3

9-11 Sevice Honors Those Who Serve.mp3

Early Fall Foliage Color Display Anticipated.mp3

Felony Arrests Reported.mp3

Felony Arrests Reported.mp3


DOG FOUND ... Chocolate Lab mix, unfixed male, sweet disposition. No collar and very thin; looks like he might have been on the run for awhile to be so skinny.
Call 540-353-6544 if you know where this nice fella belongs.
 


God’s Pit Crew assists in the feeding of 400 local families

Thursday, September 13, from 9am-11am, God’s Pit Crew will partner with God’s Storehouse on Memorial Drive in Danville, to distribute food and personal hygiene products to 400 local families.
This is a part of the “Americans Feeding Americans” program from Feed the Children.
400 local families have been preselected and have received vouchers to receive product, this is not a public distribution.
God’s Pit Crew is honored to partner with God’s Storehouse and Feed the Children to help our local community with this project.
 

Wednesday September 12, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Morris Says FOIA Documents Forthcoming.mp3

Administrator Clarifies Budget Transfer Request.mp3

Restaurant Tax Debated.mp3

Ground Broken for New Dan River Trail.mp3

Art Show One of Largest Ever.mp3

 

Tuesday September 11, 2012

9-11 Memorial Services to Honor Those Who Serve.mp3


1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Court Directs School Officials to Produce FOIA Document.mp3

Supervisors Withhold 1-Million School Appropriation.mp3

5K Event Draws 68 Participants.mp3


J.E.B. STUART ART SHOW OPENING
HELD FRIDAY


On Friday, September 7, the Reynolds Homestead hosted the opening and awards reception for the 37th Annual J.E.B. Stuart Art Show. With 56 artists represented, this was the second largest show in the history of the event. Artists from Patrick, Henry, Surry, Stokes, Floyd, and Carroll counties, as well as any Patrick County native or Bull Mountain Arts member living anywhere, were eligible to enter.
The show was judged by Robin Boucher, curator of the Perspectives Gallery at Virginia Tech. She awarded over $2,200.00 in prizes to the following winners:

Category I: Oils and Acrylics – 1st Place, Steve Huff, Stuart, “Maggie’s Memento”; 2nd Place, Pepper Martin, Patrick Springs, “Grandpa Jim & Prince Albert”; 3rd Place, David Adkins, Martinsville, “We Drove All Night.”
Category II: Watercolors, Drawings, Pastels and Other 2D – 1st Place, Roland Guidry, Martinsville, “Cemetery Oak”; 2nd Place, Barbara F. Sanders, Eden, NC, “Snow Mood”; 3rd Place, Sarah Reyburn, Meadows of Dan, “Saturday Morning at Stafford’s.”

Category III: Photography – 1st Place, Iris Gillispie, Collinsville, “Eternal Love”; 2nd Place, K. Joanne Hill, Stuart, “Field of Gold”; 3rd Place, Debra Alcorn, Eden, NC, “City Reflections in Blue.”
Category IV: Three Dimensional Wood & Pottery, Fiber and Jewelry, Other – Overall 1st Place, David Lunt, Stuart, “Rusty’s Last Stop”; 2nd Place Wood & Pottery, Marcus Wood, Meadows of Dan, “Wooden Bowl”; 3rd Place Wood & Pottery, George Hanna, Critz, “Most Poplar One”; 2nd Place Fiber & Jewelry, Judy Poindexter, Martinsville, “Circling the Block”; 3rd Place Fiber & Jewelry, Laura Wyatt, Stuart, “Macramé Table Runner”; 2nd Place Other, Lora Mahaffey, Stuart, “Time Flies”; 3rd Place Other, Bailey Steele, Stuart, “Different Soles.”

Student Category: 1st Place, Ashley Plasters, Patrick Springs (PCHS), “Eien Referred”; 2nd Place, Haley Ferguson, Ridgeway (Bassett HS), “13th Hour”; 3rd Place, Rachel Ann Bowman, Ararat (Trinity Christian), “Madonna.”

Merit Awards were presented to the following artists: Ricky Dawson, Bassett, “Nature’s Pesticide”; Sue Shelor, Meadows of Dan, “Gourd”; Mary L. Taylor, Stuart, “English Robin”; Kay Finch, Axton, “Lowlands” and Nick Spencer, Stuart, “Alone.”

Special Awards were also made: Bull Mountain Arts Member Award, Greg Arens, Stuart, “Cooling Towers”; Elma Carter Award, Nancy Clark, Bassett, “Summer Trellis”; Reynolds Homestead Award, Zachary Margrave, Ridgeway, “Gran’s Butterfly”; and Talley’s Custom Framing Award, Andrea Morrison, “Hay There!”
Four purchase awards were made prior to the show. Clark Gas and Oil sponsored the purchase of “Extended Tree” by Joni Hunt, Stuart. Ten Oaks, LLC purchased “Bloom” by Nick Spencer, Stuart. Two anonymous purchases were made of “Home” by Rachel Ann Bowman, Ararat, and “Foggy Valley” by Andrea Morrison, Ararat.

For the first time this year, the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce sponsored an award, which was presented to the artist with the best representation of Patrick County. Chamber executive director Tom Bishop presented a gift basket featuring donations from local businesses to Marcus Wood for his “Wooden Bowl.”
The Best in Show award was made to Lee Farley of Danville, for his scratchboard and ink rendition of the tobacco barn at the Homestead entitled “The Past We Left Behind.”

Several sponsors and donors in the community made the awards possible. This year’s sponsors were the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Trust (ribbons), EMI Security LLC (Best in Show), Griffith Lumber (Wood and Pottery), Fraser Rugs (Fiber and Jewelry), the Reynolds Homestead (Photography), Bull Mountain Arts (Member Award), Talley’s Custom Frame and Gallery (framing certificate), Animal Clinic of Patrick County (Student Awards), Clark Gas & Oil (Purchase Award), Ten Oaks, LLC (Purchase Award), and the Family of John and Carolyn Smith (People’s Choice).

Donors to the show were Bull Mountain Arts, Inc., Swails Insurance, Moody Funeral Services, Drs. Law and Gonzalez, Coates Clark, Draper Florist, and Shirley Keene and Ceia Webb.
The show will be on exhibition through November 1. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and viewing is free and open to the public. Visitors should be aware that the gallery is often used for programming. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will continue throughout the length of the show, with the winner announced on November 2.

Throughout November, all winners will be on exhibition at the Patrick County Library.
 


Stuart Farmers Market open Tuesday Sept. 11 from 3pm to 6pm. Fresh fruit and vegetables available. SNAP and Senior Nutrition Vouchers accepted.

Stuart Farmers Market open Friday Sept 14 from 8 am to 12 pm. Come enjoy the cooler temperatures this week. Fresh and local produce available, baked items, eggs, meats and crafts. SNAP and Senior Nutrition Vouchers accepted.


Sept 10-17 2012- PCHS Events Calendar

Mon. Sept 10
• JV & V VB (A) GW Danville ~ 5:30 p.m.

Wed. Sept 12
• Golf (A) Franklin Co/Carroll Co – Tri-match ~ 2:30
• 8th gr. VB (A) Carroll Co ~ 4:30 p.m.

Thurs. Sept 13
•  8th gr. FB (A) Danville ~ 4:30 p.m.
•  JV/V VB (H) GW Danville ~ 5:30 p.m.
• JVFB (H) Staunton River ~ 6 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 14
•  VFB (A) Staunton River ~ 7:30 p.m.

Mon. Sept 17
• Golf (H) Blacksburg @ Olde Mill ~ 2 p.m.
 

Monday September 10, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Terry Says Effort to Help Retirees Uncovers Disturbing School Matters.mp3

First Insurance Payments Totalling 2.9-Million Received for MODE.mp3

Ararat Man Arrested in Mt. Airy Arson Case.mp3

Rural Computer Lab Loses Funding Source.mp3

Supervisors Meet Tonight.mp3


“Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce”

Buying locally grown produce at the farmers market is a great way to ensure your family is getting the freshest food possible, but it doesn’t guarantee that the produce is safer. Just like any food, locally grown food must be handled safely on the farm and in the markets to make sure it is safe when it lands on the dinner table. More and more, consumers are looking to local farmers as a source for the food they feed their families. The reasons cited are freshness of the products, getting to meet and talk to the farmer producing the food, leaving less of carbon footprint to be better stewards of the environment, and having safe food. In order for produce to be safe, it has to be kept safe from the farm all the way to the market. A variety of programs are offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension to promote food safety for a variety of audiences from farmers to chefs.

The Patrick County Extension office would like to congratulate the participants of the “Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce” training. This training shared information regarding best practices dealing with fresh produce. Participants received certificates regarding their participation in the training that was a combined effort on between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University Cooperative Extension, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Family Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Amanda Wingfield along with Agriculture Extension Agent Travis Bunn presented information at the training on Enhancing the Safety of Local Grown Produce to local producers. Attending training sessions provide opportunities to learn, as well as a chance to be a valuable voice for future programs. Surveys often following trainings are used to compile data regarding what best practices are currently in place, and what may be useful for planning additional programs in the future. If you would like to learn more about what is happening in extension, please call your local office.

Pictured: (Left to right: Travis Bunn, Janet Ashby, Larry Roark, Debbe Noonekester, Amanda Wingfield, and Glen Nergart
 


PATRICK COUNTY

        * BRIDGE REPAIRS (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will repair bridges on various routes during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Work is planned for:

·         Route 8 over Mayo Creek
·         Route 58 over North Fork Mayo Creek
·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek
·         Route 704 over Smith River

###     * ROUTE 660 CLOSED FOR REPAIRS - Route 660 (Russell Creek Road) is closed for repairs to a pipe. Detour signs are be posted. No estimated time for reopening the road has been established.

###     * PAVEMENT MARKING - Pavement marking will be performed on all secondary routes throughout the county.  Work will be accomplished using mobile lane closures.  Motorist should watch for warning signs and slow traffic. The work will continue through Oct.1.

* 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 September 7, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Fire Destroys Vacant House on Bull Mountain Road.mp3

Boyce Calls for Restaurant Tax.mp3

Annual Art in the Park Coming Saturday to Dehart Park in Stuart.mp3

Burglary and Larceny Indictments Returned by Grand Jury.mp3


Agenda Business Meeting Of the
Patrick County Board of Supervisors
Monday, September 10, 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. Brian Custer
• 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: Meeting date change in October due to Columbus Day, Monday October 8th which is our normally scheduled Business meeting: (suggested alternate date is Monday, October 15, 2012)

OLD BUSINESS:

ACTION:
• Dan River ASAP Resolution to approve amendment to the Articles of Agreement concerning Dan River Alcohol Safety Action Program

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
• Personnel Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (1)
• Contract Matters 2.2 – 3711 (A) (30)

ADJOURN: September 24, 2012
 


46th Annual Floyd County Arts and Crafts Festival

The 46th Annual Floyd County Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2912 at Floyd County High School in Floyd. Festival hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and from 12 noon to 5:00 PM on Sunday. GFWC Floyd County Woman’s Club sponsors the event.
More than 180 craftsmen will display their handcrafted items, and locally grown pumpkins and apples as well as homemade jams, jellies and relishes will be for sale. A local dance group called Back Porch Studio will present a dance and clogging show at 2:00 PM on Saturday at the patio outside the new gymnasium. There is no admission charge to the public for the craft festival. County 4-H Clubs and other vendors will provide food concessions throughout the weekend.
The Old Church Gallery Quilters’Guild will sponsor a judged quilt show and competition as a part of the festival. There is a charge of three dollars for adults to visit the quilt show in the cafeteria of Floyd Elementary School adjacent to the high school campus.
No smoking and no animals are allowed on school premises at either event.
To avoid traffic congestion, shuttle buses will run continuously throughout the day from outlying parking lots on Route 8 when coming from Christiansburg or the Courthouse parking lot in the town of Floyd.
For more information call 540 789-7486 or 540 745-3117 for the craft festival or 540 789-7561 for the quilt show.
 

Thursday September 6, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Man Accused of Sex Crimes Against Child.mp3

Ararat Man Charged with Felony DUI.mp3

Stuart Red Cross Volunteer Helps Hurricane Victims in Gulf Region.mp3

Tourism Pumps Over 24.6-Million into Patrick County Economy.mp3

End of Summer Driving Season May Bring Lower Gas Prices.mp3

Traffic Deaths Down During 2012 Labor Day Weekend.mp3

VDOT Announces Road Closure.mp3

 

Wednesday September 5, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

33 Individuals Indicted by Grand Jury on 54 Charges.mp3

Civil Suit Alleging FOIA Violations by School Officials Filed.mp3

Patrick Retired Teachers Win 5th National Excellence Award.mp3

Groundbreaking Set for New Dan River Trail.mp3

PARC Duck Derby Fundraiser Gets Boost from WHEO Listeners.mp3

Goode Wins Spot on VA Ballot.mp3

Front Porch Fest 2012.mp3

 

Tuesday September 4, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Civil Suit Expected to Be Filed Today Against School Board.mp3

Labor Day Weekend Gospel Singing Draws Hundreds to DVP.mp3

Investigation Continues into State Police Crash.mp3

Griffith Lumber Nominated for Prestigious Resilience Award.mp3

Another Patrick County Road Closure Planned Beginning Today.mp3


Griffith Lumber Company a Finalist in University of Virginia’s
Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition

Griffith Lumber Company, a sawmill operation, is proud to announce it has been selected as a finalist in a University of Virginia competition that highlights and promotes the most resilient businesses in economically-challenged parts of the Commonwealth.

“For the Darden School of Business—one of the best business schools in the country—to nominate our business as a finalist is a true honor,” said President Bruce A. Griffith.

The Griffith family has run its Patrick County sawmill operation, selling wholesale lumber and byproducts such as wood chips, sawdust, biomass fuel and bark mulch to customers around the world, for four generations. In 2009, Griffith Lumber Company and its neighbors faced difficult times. Furniture and forest product plants and textile mills had closed, shipping production and jobs overseas. And a major fire roared through the company’s sawmill, putting 40 people out of work and the Griffith family at a crossroads. Should they take the insurance money and retire, or rebuild? They chose the latter, leasing two nearby sawmills to keep their employees working while they rebuilt their own burned-down mill. More than 100 jobs were created or saved through this collaboration.

Griffith Lumber Company is one of 11 finalists from among 21 semi-finalists and 59 total businesses statewide to enter the third annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards competition, which honors healthy entrepreneurial-based businesses in areas facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity.

The company will now compete to be one of five winners. Winners will be Sept. 5 at a dinner, reception and awards presentation in the Abbot Center at the Darden School of Business where Griffith Lumber Company executives will meet with state and local officials, economic development professionals and business leaders.

“The goal of the Resilience Awards is to bring well-deserved attention to highly successful businesses in parts of Virginia that some might unwisely overlook,” said Greg Fairchild, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business. “These finalists demonstrate the strength of Virginia’s main street businesses, even in the face of significant economic obstacles. In 2011, this group of businesses collectively employed almost 400 Virginians, and had an aggregated sales total of nearly $200,000,000—these firms embody resilience.”

To help spur economic growth and entrepreneurial efforts in areas of the Commonwealth facing particularly difficult economic challenges, the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award supports winners through ongoing media coverage, opportunities to engage key business and government leaders and enrollment in a week-long Executive Education course at Darden valued at $8,000–$12,000.

Griffith Lumber Company extends warm congratulations to all the Resilience Awards finalists, including:

• A Bowl of Good Café, Inc., Harrisonburg
• Ballard Fish and Oyster Co, Inc., Cheriton
• EXCEL Management Services, Inc., Richmond
• Hubbard Peanut Company, Inc., Sedley
• ODUrent.com, Norfolk
• Office Plus Business Centre, Danville
• Service Center Metals, Prince George
• Silver Gallery, Waynesboro
• Stuart Land & Cattle Co., Rosedale
• Sunset Digital Communications, Inc., Duffield

The Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards are held by Darden’s Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS) and presented in part with sponsorship from Virginia Business.

To learn more about the Sept. 5 awards ceremony or request a press pass, please visit the Resilience Awards website or contact Chris Allerton at callerton@ivygroup.com or 434-979-2678.


 Patrick County Partnership For The Arts 5k

Once again we are gearing up for the Patrick County Partnership for the arts 5k held on September 8, 2012 at DeHart park. The race will start at 8 am with packet pickup and registration occurring from 7 to 7:45 am. Again this year you will be able to pick up your race packet or register on Friday Sept 7 from 11 to 5pm at the Arts on Main Gallery.107 North Main Street in Stuart.

Mark your calendars to join us on September 8 for the 3rd Annual Partnership for the arts 5k.


Stuart Farmers Market will be open on Tuesday 3pm to 6pm. Fresh fruits and veggies available. SNAP and Senior Nutrition accepted.

Stuart Farmers Market open Friday September 7 from 8 am to 12 pm. Free Health Screeenings provided by Pioneer Community Hospital. Fresh fruits, vegetables, baked items, eggs, meats and handmade items available. Come and enjoy the cooler temperatures and the market.

Stuart Farmers Market open Tuesday September 11 from 3 pm to 6 pm.
 

Monday September 3, 2012

 


 

Aerial view of Hillsville Flea Market
Labor Day Weekend 2012

Photos provided by David Young


PATRICK COUNTY

        * ROUTE 680 BRIDGE REPAIRS - Route 680 (South Mayo Drive) is closed to through traffic at the intersection of Route 682 (Big A School Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over South Mayo Creek.  The road is expected to be closed until Friday, Aug. 31. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic.  

###     * BRIDGE REPAIRS (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will repair bridges on various routes during daytime hours. Lane closures may be in place with flaggers controlling traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Work is planned for:

·         Route 8 over Mayo Creek
·         Route 58 over North Fork Mayo Creek
·         Route 58 over Rhody Creek
·         Route 704 over Smith River

###     * PAVEMENT MARKING - Pavement marking will be performed on all secondary routes throughout the county.  Work will be accomplished using mobile lane closures.  Motorist should watch for warning signs and slow traffic. The work will continue through Oct.1.

* 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 August 31, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

FOIA Civil Suit Against School Division Postponed Until Tuesday.mp3

Extension Sought to Save 1.4-Million Federal Grant.mp3

Stuart Crash Injures Two.mp3

Stepped Up Holiday Police Patrols.mp3

Heavy Traffic Alert for Hillsville Labor Day Event.mp3

Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in Patrick County.mp3

 

Thursday August 30, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

FOIA Suit Against School Officials Will Be Filed Today.mp3

Superintendent's Credit Card Transaction Puts SES Staff in Difficult Position.mp3

Restaurant Tax Promoted by Patrick Officials as New Revenue Source.mp3

Patrick Springs Woman Arrested for Crimes in Henry County and Martinsville.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Multiple Henry County Charges.mp3

 


Loaded and Ready
God’s Pit Crew’s trucks are loaded and ready to respond
to the destruction left by Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf Coast area.


Our trucks are carrying over 100,000 pounds of relief supplies including bottled water and Blessing Buckets containing personal hygiene supplies and other essentials. We are also taking our fully equipped tool trailer and our heavy equipment to help clean up devastated areas. Our Volunteers will be leaving the GPC warehouse at 6AM Thursday morning and traveling over 800 miles to the Louisiana Gulf Coast area. At this time we are unsure of the exact location where we will be working.

Donations are always appreciated via our website (www.godspitcrew.org) to help offset the
enormous fuel costs. For continuous updates and photos of where the Crew is and what we’re doing, visit our Facebook (facebook.com/godspitcrew) and follow the progress there!

 

Wednesday August 29, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Presents Its Side of Early Retirement Controversy.mp3

School Enrollment Rise Continues.mp3

Recreation Department Takes Over Youth Soccer Program.mp3

Land Acquired for Rocky Knob Project.mp3

Burglary Arrest Reported.mp3

Road Closure Planned.mp3


Stuart Walmart Donates to "Tools for Schools"

Thanks to our Stuart Walmart for participating in "Tools For Schools" donation program!

Over the past few weeks, Walmart has been collecting school supplies from our local community. These supplies were delivered to the school board office and will be distributed to each school within the Patrick County Public Schools.
 


God’s Pit Crew:
Working, Watching, Preparing


While hard at work on projects here at home and busy with local distributions to area non-profits, we are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaac.

Preparations began last week to respond if we were needed. Now as Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, we are gearing up to respond to potential devastation.

Our fleet of tractor trailers are currently being loaded with relief supplies and equipment to be ready to head out the moment that the storm passes and help and offer hope to those who will be affected.

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

Tuesday August 28, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Terry Prepares to File Lawsuit Accusing School Board Violated FOIA Law.mp3

Document: FOIA Lawsuit Pleading.pdf

Boyce Lashes Out at School Superintendent and School Board.mp3

Board Plans to Move Liberty Voting Precinct Pending Public Hearing.mp3

PCHS Students Promote Positive Change through Rachel's Challenge.mp3

Felony Arrests Reported.mp3


SCHOOL BOARD RELEASES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO EARLY RETIREMENT PROGRAM

Full Original Document: 8.27.12StatementbyPCSchoolBoardEarlyRetirementProgram.pdf


Links to Documents:

Regulations and Documents for Patrick County Public Schools Page

Freedom of Information Requests for Patrick County Public Schools Page

 FOIA Lawsuit Pleading.pdf


Patrick County Animal Pound

1) Border Collie-female-black white-Found on Pleasant View Dr. Patrick Springs
2) Beagle -male -tri color-Found on Jeb Stuart Hwy. near the golf course
3) Pit bull-male-gray-Found on Dan Valley Farm Rd
4) Basset/Beagle- female-tan- Found on Dan Valley Farm Rd
5) Hound/Shepherd mix-female-black tan-Found on Dangler Mt Rd
6) Mix Dalmatian /Bulldog-male- about 8 months old-needs a home


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


The Stuart Farmers ' Market will be open Tuesday 27 from 3 pm to 6 pm with fresh and local produce available. SNAP and Senior Nutrition accepted.

Stuart Farmers' Market will be open Friday August 31 from 8 am to 12 pm. with fresh, local produce, homemade baked items, fresh eggs, meats and handmade crafts. SNAP and Senior Nutrition accepted.
 


TRAFFIC ALERT: EXPECT HEAVY TRAFFIC IN HILLSVILLE
FOR ANNUAL FLEA MARKET AND GUN SHOW


Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays. The town’s popular event will be held Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3. People not attending the flea market and gun show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.

Thousands of visitors are expected to converge on a one-mile section of Route 58 Business in Hillsville. As a result, sidewalks will be crowded with pedestrians and bumper-to-bumper traffic will be moving at a crawl throughout the area. Drivers should use extra caution, watch for police directing traffic and pay attention to electronic message boards in the area.

The Virginia Department of Transportation advises travelers of the following traffic information:

Interstate 77 - exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax).
Those planning to attend the Flea Market and Gun Show are encouraged to take I-77 and use exit 14 (Hillsville/Galax) onto Route 58 Business. Congestion is expected on I-77 in this area and police may be directing traffic at the exit 14 and Route 58 Business interchange to promote safe travel. Traffic will be directed onto Route 714 (Old Galax Pike) to help alleviate congestion. Motorists should watch for stopped vehicles in this area. Westbound Route 58 Business traffic will be reduced to one lane approaching the I-77 interchange from Old Galax Pike.

Route 58 Bypass western interchange with Route 58 Business

Motorists using Route 58 Bypass’ western interchange to exit onto Route 58 Business should use extreme caution and watch for heavy traffic congestion. Those not attending the event and traveling westbound on the bypass should use the left lane to avoid exiting vehicles. Drivers are advised not to park on the Route 58 Bypass or on the ramps onto Route 58 Business. “No Parking” signs will be posted around the interchange.

Route 52

Route 52 event traffic can use Route T-780 (Howlett Street) or Route T-1020 (West Grayson Street). Northbound Route 52 traffic will not be permitted to turn left onto westbound Route 58 Business. Southbound Route 52 traffic will not be allowed to make right-on-red turns onto westbound Route 58 Business.
 

Monday August 27, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Patrick County Recreational Use Plan Being Developed .mp3

New Towers to Improve Cellphone Service in Eastern Patrick.mp3

West Nile Virus Not Immediate Threat to Southern VA and Piedmont NC.mp3

Governor Says New Road Projects Keep Traffic and Jobs Moving.mp3

Burglary Suspect Arrested.mp3


PATRICK COUNTY

        * ROUTE 680 BRIDGE REPAIRS - Route 680 (South Mayo Drive) is closed to through traffic at the intersection of Route 682 (Big A School Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over South Mayo Creek.  The road is expected to be closed until Friday, Aug. 31. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic.

* 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 August 24, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

School Board Discusses Probable Litigation in Closed Session.mp3

Phased Renovation of Pioneer Hospital Beginning Soon.mp3

Effects of Dereco Storm Still Being Felt.mp3

Schools Adjusting to New Accountability Standards.mp3

Griffith Applauds Appeals Court Ruling Limiting EPA Authority.mp3

 

Thursday August 23, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Litigation to Be Discussed in Closed Session at Called School Board Meeting.mp3

Larceny Cases Heard in Circuit Court.mp3

Poindexter Supports State Aid to Rebuild MODE.mp3

Flaccavento Touts Entrepreneurship and Assett-Based Economic Development.mp3

Patrick County Fair Sept. 18 22.mp3


 

Wednesday August 22, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Retired Teachers Reject New Contract.mp3

School Board Chairman Supports New Retirement Program.mp3

Ordinance on Misuse of Public Funds Proposed.mp3

Court Upholds Sodomy Conviction Sentences.mp3

Stuart Man Arrested on Malicious Wounding by Mob Indictment.mp3

Art Show to Accept Entries.mp3

 

Tuesday August 21, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Retired Teachers Will Sue School Board for Lost Benefit.mp3

5th Day PCPS Enrollment Up Compared to Opening Day.mp3

Process of Move Liberty Precinct Begun.mp3

Congressman Griffith Outlines 4 Ds.mp3


Stuart Farmers Market will be open on Tuesday August 21 from 3pm to 6pm. Come find fresh fruit and veggies. SNAP and Senior Nutrition benefits accepted.

Stuart Farmers Market will be open Friday August 24 from 8 am to 12 pm. Bring a friend who has never been to the market. Fresh fruit and veggies, baked items, eggs, meats and handmade crafts.

Stuart Farmers Market will be open on Tuesday August 28 from 3pm to 6pm. Come find fresh
 

Monday August 20, 2012

1270AM WHEO LOCAL NEWS AUDIO

Plan for Saving Federal Grant Considered.mp3

25th Annual VA Peach Festival Successful.mp3

Meadows of Dan Folk Fair Concludes Peach Fest.mp3

PHCC Fall Semester Registration Set.mp3

Two Crashes Cause Minor Injuries.mp3


August 21-25 2012- PCHS Events Calendar

Tues. Aug. 21
 • Golf (A) Magna Vista ~ 2 p.m.
• Band Parent night ~ AUD ~ 6 p.m.
Wed. Aug. 22
 • JVVB (A) Carroll Co. ~ 6 p.m.
• VVB (A) Carroll Co. ~ immediately following JV game
Thur. Aug 23
 • 8th Gr, JV & VVB (H) ~ Westover ~ 1st game starts at 4:30 p.m.
• JVFB (A) N. Stokes ~ 6:30 p.m.
• Elem. Band parent night ~ AUD~ 6 p.m.
Fri. Aug. 24
• VFB (H) N. Stokes ~ 7 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 25
 • CC (A) Hidden Valley ~ 8 a.m.
 


PATRICK COUNTY

###     * ROUTE 680 BRIDGE REPAIRS - Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, Route 680 (South Mayo Drive) will be closed to through traffic at the intersection of Route 682 (Big A School Road). This road closure is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement over South Mayo Creek.  The road is expected to be closed until Friday, Aug. 31, weather permitting. Detour signs will be in place to direct traffic.

 * 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. 

 

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