Archives for September 2018

Patrick Animal Welfare Society Could Close

The Patrick Animal Welfare Society – PAWS may be looking at closure unless it receives help. Many PAWS members are now in their 70’s, suffering from burn-out due to lack of members and community interest. Murphy Brown, organizer of PAWS, said “we’re losing our treasurer. If there’s anyone that would take on the treasurer’s position, we could continue our work.” The agency is looking for animal lovers that are willing to help continue serving pets and residents in the community. PAWS accomplishments include paying to spay or neuter more than 500 pets and they’ve provided dog food assistance for residents in need. If you would like to help PAWS continue their work, call 276-694-2378

Patrick County Property Taxes Due

Patrick County citizens have received their 2018 personal property tax statements. Each taxpayer should have received a statement for personal property such as cars, trucks, mobile homes, business equipment and machinery that was on-record January 1st. If you didn’t receive you personal property tax statement, call the Treasurer’s Office at 694-7257. Personal property taxes along with the second installment of real estate taxes are both due December 5th.

Mandatory Vehicle Emissions Inspections Dropped

Stokes and Surry counties are among 26 North Carolina counties dropped from mandatory vehicle emissions inspections by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A statement from the EPA said it finalized a rule approving the state’s revision of its air quality plan. The agency said the action removes regulations that are no longer needed and is expected to save consumers money.

VA Receives Opioid Response Subsidy

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Commonwealth has received $15.8 million in a government opioid response subsidy from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office. These federal funds provide targeted support to states fighting against the ongoing opioid crisis. This money will be available to the government to use it as needed. Northam said the grant funding will be distributed to cities and districts. The plan would be to use this money to support what Northam called “prevention, treatment and recovery efforts managed by Virginia’s Community Services Boards”.

Human Remains Found In Stokes County

Human remains were found inside a house in Stokes County on Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff Mike Marshall. Deputies were searching for Monica Godley, 46, from Beaufort County when the remains were discovered. The missing woman was last seen visiting a friend in Pine Hall on September 4th or 5th. Deputies were near an abandoned house on Pine Hall Road when they smelled an odor. Inside the house, they found human remains of an unidentified person. The remains will be sent to the medical examiner to determine the identify and cause of death. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting Stokes County in the investigation.

Bill Proposed To Help Schools After Hurricane Florence

A bill set to get schools back on track is set to be introduced to the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill is designed to not penalize students and teachers for time missed by forgiving the time lost in any district affected by Hurricane Florence. Any district can be protected as long as there was some impact, not just those that are declared a disaster area. The bill also ensures teachers do not have to lose pay or use vacation time to make up for the lost days.

Remembering The B-17 Bomber Crash

Come out to the dedication of a plaque in honor of the B-17 bomber that crashed behind Mabry Mill during WWII held on the 74th anniversary of the crash itself, October 1, 1944. the event at the Mill will be at 1 pm. A plaque will be installed near the back or overflow parking area of the Mill. Sandra Warren, who wrote the book about the bomber that was purchased through the sale of war bonds and stamps by her school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be there as well a number of people who will be traveling all the way from Michigan to attend. Our County Historical Society will participate. There will be a reception afterward at the Meadows of Dan Community Building catered by Ingrid Caldwell of Gingerbread Creations. A couple of artifacts from the crash site will be on display along with other information about the plane and the effort to raise funds for it. The fate of the plane named the “Spirit of South High” was unknown until a couple of years ago when it was discovered that its tail numbers matched those of the B-17 that crashed in Patrick County a short distance behind what is now Mabry Mill restaurant. Local people, including Vera Barnard Seigler, met and helped the crew members to get medical treatment and to report the incident to Army Air Force authorities.”

National Registry EMT Classes

Five local students began the National Registry EMT class last week, beginning with a CPR course. Four of the students are from Patrick County and one from Floyd County. Emergency Medical Technicians provide prehospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the 911 system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. These students are currently all affiliated with local rescue squads. Upon successful completion of the course, they’ll be able to reinforce the county’s volunteer EMS system.

VDOT Keeps Roads Safe

The Virginia Department of Transportation is prepared to keep Virginia roads safe ahead of forecasted effects of Hurricane Florence. Crews are ready to respond to any unsafe traveling conditions and damage resulting from the storm. While the hurricane’s exact track remains uncertain, heavy rain is expected to move into most of Virginia late Thursday, Sept. 13, with impacts expected into Friday and the weekend. Ahead of the storm, VDOT * (pronounced V-dot) staff and crews are readying trucks and equipment, inspecting and clearing drainage facilities, lifting lane closures on major routes to keep roads clear for emergency responders and possible evacuations, and more.All Virginians are encouraged to prepare now for difficult or limited travel later this week.

Hurricane Florence Coming

Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified on its path toward the East Coast and is now a Category 4 hurricane with 140-mph winds. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm could soon be on the brink of a Category 5 storm. The Hurricane Center said “none of the guidance suggests that Florence has peaked in intensity”. Peak winds will reach 155 mph today, just 2 mph shy of a Category 5 storm. The center expects to issue hurricane watches for parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts today. Not only has the storm exploded in intensity, but its zone of hurricane-force winds has approximately doubled in size. Computer-model forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks as a Category 4 storm on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs. Southwest and Southside Virginia, are not necessarily removed from the storm’s effects. There will be chances of showers and storms each day this week. Some of the rain could be locally heavy, but it will be streaky. This will further saturate the ground ahead of whatever we get from Florence. Historically, tropical systems making landfall between Morehead City, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, have often delivered heavy rain and gusty wings to southwest Virginia as the circulation center moves inland to the west and northwest. A Hampton Roads or Delmarva landfall with a quick turn northward could leave southwest Virginia with barely any impact. Forecasters are still unsure where Florence will make landfall or where the system will track once coming on shore.