Archives for August 2018

“Seven Decades Of NASCAR” Coming To Darlington Sunday

This Sunday at the Southern 500, Paul Menard’s No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will carry a red-and-white paint scheme reminiscent of the Wood Brothers’ 1968 Mercury Cyclone that Cale Yarborough drove to victory in the 1968 Southern 500. The paint scheme honoring Yarborough is part of the track’s fourth-annual throwback weekend. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Seven Decades of NASCAR” and few drivers and teams have as much history at Darlington as Yarborough and the Wood Brothers. Yarborough is from Timmonsville, S.C., which is just 14 miles from NASCAR’s Darlington Raceway. He made his first NASCAR start in the 1957 Southern 500 at the age of 18. Three of his first four NASCAR starts were in the Southern 500, but it wasn’t until he teamed with the Wood Brothers late in the 1966 season that he had a car capable of winning the 500. That win came in a race in which he led 169 laps, including the final 90, and finished four carlengths ahead of another Darlington legend and eventual Wood Brothers driver David Pearson.The 1968 win was the first of five in the Southern 500 for Yarborough and the first of eight overall at Darlington for the Wood Brothers, including three more Southern 500s – two with Pearson and one with the late Neil Bonnett. Sunday’s race starts at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on NBCS. NASCAR Xfinity Series Pole Qualifying is Saturday at 12:35 p.m on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App.

Stuart May Renovate Grocery Store Building For Fire Dept

The Town of Stuart may be receiving a two million dollar loan to renovate a former grocery store building on Wood Brothers Drive that would eventually house the Stuart Volunteer Fire Department. Once a “letter of conditions’ is received from Rural Development, the town can ask for bids to renovate the building. The entire two million dollars may not be necessary, depending on bid amounts. The fire department is currently located in the lower level of the town office. The small space must house two fire engines, a ladder truck, brush truck and a meeting room. A utility truck has to be housed in a small metal building adjacent to the town office.

Toddler In Woolwine Hospitalized From ATV Accident

An ATV accident sent a 3 year old child to the hospital yesterday afternoon (8-27) . The accident happened around 1:50 pm just off Charity Highway near Woolwine. The child was riding the ATV with an adult when the vehicle overturned, briefly pinning the toddler under the vehicle. Smith River Rescue Squad responded with Patrick County Emergency Management Coordinator, Steve Allen. The patient was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by an AirCare helicopter. His condition is unknown.

Fire Damages Church

Fire severely damaged Faith Baptist Church Monday afternoon in the Toast community in Surry County. No injuries were reported. The fire at 125 Faith Baptist Church Way started shortly after 5:30 p.m. Firefighters from the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Airy Fire Department and other area fire departments responded. The fire appears to have destroyed the church. The Surry County Fire Marshal’s office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the cause of the fire. The church and it’s land is valued at $1.9 million dollars.

VA Alcohol Sales Uptick

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced that for the 20th consecutive year, Virginians have bought a record-breaking amount of alcohol.The organization says sales for 2018 topped $984.8 million, up $43.6 million over the previous year.During the same timeframe, retail sales grew 4.5 percent and sales to restaurants climbed 4 percent.“Virginia ABC transitioned to an authority earlier this year, allowing us to pursue retail and organizational efficiencies that will provide for improved operations and long-term profitability,” said Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “Looking forward, Virginia ABC is in the midst of a modernization effort that will streamline operations and enhance customer service over the coming years.” During fiscal year 2018, Virginia ABC says they opened five new stores across the state, generating $5.4 million in sales.

VA State Police Special Agent Arrested

Virginia State Police Special Agent was arrested and charged Wednesday morning for lying to a federal agent. Shade Workman, 46, of Bluefield was formerly assigned to the Tazewell County High Intensity Drug Task Force when he was a Virginia State Police Special Agent.According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Workman made false statements to agents of the F.B.I. when these agents were investigating allegations of Workman’s inappropriate relationships with confidential informants. When Workman was questioned, he falsely denied having inappropriate and sexual relations with confidential informants. The Department of Justice says Workman also denied telling a confidential informant to destroy evidence of their relationships.

VA DMV Participates In Checkpoint Task Force

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has joined local law enforcement and State Police to combat drunk driving deaths during Labor Day weekend. Virginia State Police Colonel Gary Settle said “troopers and local law enforcement professionals are on the road every day with the goal of protecting Virginians”. Approximately 89 law enforcement agencies including local and State Police will operate 94 check-points across the state through September 3. The Checkpoint Taskforce is part of a zero tolerance initiative to get impaired drivers off the road.

Patrick Green Team Hard At Work

The Patrick County Green Team is cleaning alongside roadways and rivers in anticipation of the fall tourist season in Stuart and Patrick County. Rebecca Adcock, Patrick County Chamber of Commerce Director said the team is already at work (Adcock Audio Clip) The next clean-up event will be Thursday, September 6. If you would like to help, meet at Howell’s Grocery at 5:15 pm. The group will focus on Highway 8, North.

Stuart Peach Festival

The 31st annual Virginia State Peach Festival at DeHart (Dee-heart) Park in Stuart chalks up another success while serving fresh local peaches, peach cobbler and ice cream while listening to the sounds of Big Daddy Love and Sunset Drive BandThe peach pit spit contest, new to the peach festival this year, provided a good time for all and featured winners in three categories: kids up to eleven years old, teenagers 12 to 17 and adults over 18. In the adult category, WHEO’s own Chris Prutting (pru-ding) spit his pit the furthest, a full 24 feet! Joe Sobolewski came in second with a distance of 17.8 feet and third place was awarded to Scott Arrowood for a spit of 16 feet, four inches.In the young kids’ division, Joey Sobolewski took first place with a spit of seven feet, two inches. Breama Parker came in second with a distance of six feet, three inches and third place was awarded to Andrew Acres, whose pit was spit one inch past the five-foot marker. Faith Sobolewski was the only entrant in the teen category, and she was awarded first place for spitting her pit an even five feet.Winners in the peach cobbler contest were: first place Leticia Campos, second place Tammy Weiland (why-land) and third place Sandra Stone.

Patrick County Blood Drive Successful

Patrick County Blood Drive Coordinator Gene Stirewalt reports a successful blood drive for August, with twenty units of whole blood and three units of double reds collected. That translates to helping as many as 78 people. The average wait-time from “arrival to table” was 17 minutes for the blood drive, sponsored by long-time supporter Sheppard’s Body Repair. Stirewalt thanks all donors who took time out of their day to help others in need and the dedicated volunteers who made donors feel welcome and comfortable. These volunteers include Christine and Laura Citrano (sit-tron-oh), Michele Boyd, Patty Bruner (brew-ner), Juanita Mitchell, Jesse Mae Vernon, Mary Lou Hall, Betty Holt, and Jack Vestal.Next month’s blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th, in the John D. Hooker Memorial Building at Rotary Field from 11 am to 5 pm.