Archives for September 2019

Terry Resigns From Board

Patrick County School Board Vice Chairman Ronnie Terry tenders his resignation effective today. According to the Enterprise Terry says he’s stepping down to give the board the opportunity to move forward with the schools business without any interruptions on his part. Terry is facing charges in connection with documents he submitted to the Patrick County Registrar’s Office while seeking a fourth term to the board. At Friday’s board meeting Shannon Harrell was appointed to succeed Terry. She was running against him in November.

Patrick Springs Man Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

A child pornography investigation by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office results in a Patrick Springs man’s arrest. Sheriff Dan Smith says the investigation started after they received a report the 69-year-old man had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl which began two years ago. The man faces sexual battery of a minor and solicitation of child pornography charges and is being held without bail.

Mabry Mill Ribbon Cutting On Thursday

The Mabry Mill flume is again delivering water to spin the gristmill’s wheel and the public is invited to a ceremony celebrating completion of repairs and upgrades. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Mabry Mill which is at milepost 176 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to reconstructing the flume, National Park Service staff replaced shake roofs on additional period buildings at the site. The projects are a collaboration between the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, National Park Foundation, and National Park Service.

Stuart Fall Festival Is Friday

Stuart’s Fall Festival takes place Friday at Rotary Field.
Your $15 wristband donation will allow you to play all night and proceeds go toward student field trips. There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, live music, a hay maze and hay rides plus a pie eating contest. When it gets dark the movie “Hocus Pocus” will be shown on the big screen so bring chairs and blankets. There will be food trucks plus candy apples, cotton candy and movie concessions will be available.

HS Football Scores

Bassett defeated the Cougars 25-16 Friday night in Stuart. Patrick County QB ran for just over 100 yards taking him over 1,000 for the season. Next up for the Cougars is a game at Martinsville. Meanwhile Magna Vista Coach Joe Favero gets his 100th career win by shutting out Martinsville 62-0.

NC Reports Vaping Death

North Carolina health officials report a vaping death occurred last Wednesday at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. Officials say the patient was a Virginia resident and they’re working with the Virginia Department of Health to determine if the death meets the criteria for lung injury associated with electronic-cigarette use as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far there are 13 deaths nationwide.

HS Football

The North Stokes Vikings are on-the-road tonight in Newton Grove, NC to take-on Hobbton. Gametime is 7 p.m. The Cougars are at home, hosting the Bassett Bengals. Through four games, the Cougar’s Dae’Shawn Penn has amazed 913 yards rushing and could reach 1,000 yards this week against Bassett.

National Public Lands Day in Virginia

Virginia State Parks will have free parking tomorrow in celebration of National Public Lands Day. According to a release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Saturday is also “Bike Your Park Day,” and visitors are welcome to bring their own ride. National Public Lands Day will be celebrated by nearly all Virginia State Parks. A complete list of activities is available on the Virginia State Parks website.

All of Warren County’s Top Government Officials Indicted

A Virginia State Police investigation has resulted in all of Warren County’s top government officials being indicted for embezzlement and money laundering inside the local economic development authority. The former EDA director is accused of embezzling $21 million in agency money and was charged with 28 felony counts. Investigators say she doctored invoices to steer money into bank accounts that she controlled in a scheme to enrich herself, her friends and her family.

Martinsville Doctor Under Investigation Is Dead

A Martinsville doctor under federal investigation for opioid distribution is dead. The Bulletin reports an autopsy is being scheduled and it will likely be several weeks before the results are in. There’s been no official word from law enforcement on the man’s death including when it was learned that he died. In July search warrants were executed at the man’s home and his Henry County medical practice office.