Archives for June 2019

Sroufe Ruling Reversed

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a judgment in Patrick County Circuit Court, finding for Dr. William Sroufe in a defamation case involving a former principal while Srourfe was schools superintendent. According to court documents, the case stemmed from an incident in April 2015, when as superintendent of Patrick County Schools, Sroufe removed Tammy Waldron from her position at Stuart Elementary School. Sroufe appealed a Patrick County jury’s decision in 2017 to award $500,000 in damages to Waldron. The high court ruled the case “should have been dismissed” on Sroufe’s first motion to strike, and the lowered court erred by failing to do so. It compounded this error by failing to do so on his second motion to strike, and compounded it yet again by failing to set aside the jury’s erroneous verdict after the trial ended. The order will be certified to the Circuit Court of Patrick County.

Stuart Fire Destroys Home

A Stuart home is damaged by a Wednesday night fire. The Stuart Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a “smoke investigation” at a Rhody Creek Loop home and found one of the bedrooms ablaze. Assistance came from Patrick Springs, CCDF and Moorefield Store fire departments along with Patrick County Fire and EMS. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Stuart Fire Department says to be sure and check your smoke detectors for proper operation.

Arrest Made In Botetourt County Burglaries

The suspect in a series of Botetourt County business burglaries is arrested in Georgia. Police say the 39-year-old man from Goodview was pulled over last Friday while driving a stolen vehicle that was used during the Botetourt County break-ins. The man is in the Effingham County Georgia Jail on no bond and also faces charges there.

“We Are The Music Makers” Exhibit

“We are the Music Makers”, an exhibit celebrating the Soul of America’s Music, is now open at Blue Ridge Music Center near Galax. The exhibit features photography and stories of Southern blues, gospel, and old-time musicians collected during the past 20 years. The Blue Ridge Music Center, is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The visitor center and museum are open May through Nov. 3, admission is free. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

Backyard Gardening Workshop

Stokes County residents interested in what it takes to have a successful, old-time backyard garden will have a chance to learn during an event this Saturday from 9 to 11 am at “The Well on East 2nd Street in Walnut Cove. Those attending will receive an overview of traditional gardening, container gardening and wildlife exclusion. The event will have hands-on building opportunities such as the construction of a raised bed. Presentations will be led by Stokes County Cooperative Extension Agent Bryan Hartman and cost of the event is $5

Danville Couple Arrested In Child’s Death

A grand jury indicted two Danville parents on charges they caused their 2-month-old daughter’s death. The indictments stemmed from a Nov 2018 incident where police called to a Maple Grove Avenue address found an unresponsive baby girl. Officers tried to resuscitate the baby, but she was pronounced dead at SOVAH – Danville. Autopsy results indicated the 2-month-old girl’s cause of death was an acute heroin and cocaine intoxication in a setting of co-sleeping. Police arrested both her parents on Tuesday without incident. They are being held in the Danville City Jail without bond.

Gun & Laptop Taken In Fieldale

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a gun and a laptop computer from a car on Merriman Road in Fieldale. It happened Saturday around 12:20 a.m. and surveillance video shows a person of interest described as a man wearing a white shirt, shorts and a hat. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Call (276)-656-4215 if you have information on this larceny.

Three Arrested In Surry County Drug Raid

Three men are arrested when the Surry County Sheriff’s office raided a house off Haystack Road south of Camp Raven Knob. Deputies confiscated around a pound of methamphetamine along with more than an ounce of heroin with a total street value of over $47,000. Numerous firearms were also seized with two reported as stolen. A stolen motorcycle was also recovered. All three men are due in court July 17.

HC Businessman Wants To Legalize Gaming

A Henry County businessman says he wants to bring electronic gaming to his flea market businesses. The Bulletin reports Clay Rea appeared before the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday saying residents should be able to gamble closer to their homes instead of traveling to North Carolina or other places in Virginia. There’s been no word on if the Board is going to consider the issue.

Invitation to Innovative Learning Expo

This Friday, the middle school girls of Patrick County, Virginia are showcasing their final projects from PHCC’s Verizon Innovative Learning camp. This camp is an immersive three-week STEM experience for middle school girls that introduces attendees to 3D printing, coding, augmented/virtual reality, and design thinking. The camp culminates with the Innovative Learning Expo – a day for the girls to show off the projects they’ve completed during the camp. You are invited to share in their enthusiasm as the girls showcase their projects from 10am to 11:30am at PHCC’s Patrick County site. Light refreshments will be served.