Archives for January 2019

FDA Recalls Some Fruit

The FDA has issued a recall on several types of fresh fruit sold by Walmart, Costco and Aldi due to a possible listeria contamination. Jack Vandenberg Inc. recalled peaches, nectarines and plums. The fruit was distributed in 18 states, including Virginia and North Carolina. Specifically for Virginia, the fruit has been sold at Aldi and Walmart stores. According to the FDA, no illnesses have been reported. Shoppers who purchased the fruit are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Stokes County Schools Went Into Safety Mode

Stokes County Schools operated under a “shelter in place mode” Monday after an anonymous threat was made to West Stokes High School on social media. The Stokes County Sheriff’s Department and the King Police Department are currently investigating. Monday’s threat comes after precautions were taken at schools across northwest North Carolina on Friday, including Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools and Stokes County Schools. Friday evening, Surry County Sheriff Steve Hiatt said investigators determined a large portion of the information initially relayed to the Sheriff’s Office was invalid. It was later determined no actual threat had been made to any school in any jurisdiction.

Patrick County Man Among 10 Injured In Crash

A Patrick County man was injured in a Sunday night accident near Mount Airy. Joshua Joel De Jesus, 24, of Ararat, was taken to Northern Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Ten people were injured in the two-vehicle accident, one critically. That patient was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. John Shelton, Surry County Emergency Services director, said the wreck happened shortly after 8 p.m. when a pick-up truck crashed into the side of a small four-door sedan at the intersection of West Pine Street and Beulah Road. The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Safety Approval Sticker Being Rolled Out

The Virginia State Police Safety Division is rolling out a newly-designed vehicle safety approval inspection sticker. Virginia inspection stations began issuing the sticker on January 1st. The year of expiration is now permanently affixed to the right side of the sticker, with the only insert being the month of expiration. Even though the overall size has been reduced, the month has been enlarged to provide better visibility. The sticker’s security features have also been enhanced in order to discourage and prevent unauthorized removal, tampering and counterfeit practices. The changes in size and design do not apply to motorcycle or trailer safety inspection stickers. Vehicle rejection stickers also remain unchanged.

Bitter Cold Blast Coming To Virginia

Get ready for bitter cold and probably a little snow. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. An arctic blast will race across the region today, dropping temperatures during the day and changing rain to light snow. The front will clear the area by evening but will include strong wind gusts that could send wind chills into the teens and single digits. The National Weather Service says motorists should expect slick roads that could be hazardous during both morning and evening commutes today.

Hank Norton Dies

Ferrum College football legend Hank Norton passed away Wednesday. Norton’s coaching career spanned five decades beginning at Powhatan High School in 1954. Norton signed-on to lead the Ferrum Panthers in 1960 and went on to coach the team for 34 years, leading the team to 29 winning seasons and five undefeated seasons. Norton’s overall career record of 244-77-11 is one of the best in collegiate football. Over the years, 42 of Norton’s players went on to sign professional contracts. Norton received the award of National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1965, 1968 and 1974 and the title of Coastal Conference Coach of the Year six times.

Virginia Bible Bill

A Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require high schools in the Commonwealth to offer Bible classes as an elective. The bill, introduced by Representative Charles Carrico, who represents Virginia’s 40th District would require schools to offer the class as an elective in grades 9 through 12. The purpose of the class would be to introduce students to biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, oratory, and public policy. It prohibits students from being required to use a specific translation of religious text and “shall not endorse, favor, promote, disfavor, or show hostility toward any particular religion or nonreligious perspective.” Senator Carrico foresees the Board of Education developing Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for the courses at high schools across the state.

Francisco “Raise The Roof”

Breakfast for Supper” is set for Saturday evening (January 19), 4:30 pm -7:30 pm at the Francisco Community Building. This event is part of the community’s “Raise the Roof” campaign with proceeds going toward a much needed roof for the building. Everyone is invited to attend.

Interstate 81 Tolls

A group is trying to put the brakes on a proposed bill that would add tolls on Interstate 81 to fund improvements to the highway. The group, “Keep Tolls Off 81”, is asking people to write the Governor or their local representatives to oppose the new Senate Bill by Mark Obenshain. Walter Grigg, Vice President of Lawrence Companies said, “We absolutely don’t agree with tolling 81. With that said, we absolutely do agree there’s an issue and it does need to be addressed”. Griggs went on to say that tolls would be bad for business. The current proposed bill says that no new taxes would be levied as long as the tolls are in place. The bill was presented to the Senate and referred to a committee on transportation. What happens next is up to that committee.

Murder Suspect Arrested

A body believed to be that of a Stokes County man, missing since last week, was found in Fancy Gap late Wednesday night and a Winston-Salem man has been charged with first-degree murder in his death. Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the body, thought to be that of 86-year-old Arzell Tuttle, was discovered around 11 pm Wednesday on Forest Haven Road near Fancy Gap. Tuttle was reported missing late Friday afternoon. The next day, his partially burned car was found on Kentucky Avenue in Winston-Salem. Authorities say additional suspects are still at large.