Archives for July 2018

PCP-Church Burglary

The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a number of open cases and Brian Hubbard talked about one of the larger ones on Patrick County Profiles.

Hubbard says in their experience burglary suspects often are involved with illegal drugs.

Teen Hurt In State Park

A teenager was injured Sunday after he fell from a waterfall at Hanging Rock State Park near Danbury, NC. Authorities say it happened around noon when the boy fell nearly 20 feet from the Upper Cascade waterfall at the park. Stokes County emergency medical technicians and paramedics treated the teen at the scene then transported him to a Winston-Salem hospital with injuries to his head and shoulder. The Cascade Falls is part of Cascade Creek which runs through west-central Stokes County at the park; the water falls about 200 feet from a high rock precipice near the Upper Cascade.

Press Glass Coming To Henry County

Governor Ralph Northam announced that Press Glass, the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, will invest $43.55 million to establish a 280,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in Henry County which will create over 210 jobs. Press Glass represents the first company to locate in the county’s Commonwealth Crossing Industrial Park.
Press Glass was founded in 1991 in Poland and employs 2,100 across its 11 manufacturing operations. As the largest independent flat glass processing operation in Europe, the company processes glass for fabricators of windows and doors, facades, solar and photovoltaic panels, and more.

PC Man Sentenced In Sexual Assault

A Patrick County man taking a plea deal in a 2017 sexual assault will be in jail for 60 years. According to court records Maurice Chevelle Carter pleaded guilty to the incident where Carter attacked a taxi driver who had taken him to a Unity Church Road address by holding the driver at knifepoint before ordering her out of the cab then forcing himself on her. Once released Carter will be on probation for 10 years and is required to register as a sex offender.

FloydFest

Every FloydFest has a branding nickname. No. 18 was dubbed “Wild.” In the days before the festival in Patrick County began, organizers thought that nickname could haunt them. Weather forecasts were calling for thunderstorms, Wednesday through Sunday. Organizers had developed a plan to deal with what might come, but didn’t need it. The weather changed and rain only fell for a short time on Wednesday. The crowds came for sunny skies, temperatures that weren’t too hot and the usual diverse musical lineup. Organizers said they sold about 14,000 tickets for the entire festival, including single- and multi-day passes.

River Run Recap

A normally serene section of the Dan River tucked away in Patrick County came alive with competitors and spectators Saturday during the Kibler Valley River Run. The event sponsored and operated by the Red Bank Ruritan Club in Claudville included competition in various canoe and kayak events. The Pinnacles Hydro Plant in Kibler Valley, which is owned by the City of Danville, provides the water flow on the day of the run to greatly increase the velocity and depth of the normally placid Dan River.

Club member and event organizer Charlie Bowman talked about the participants having fun

Competitors come from all over

The club plans each run a year ahead.

And the River Run has been going on for a very long time

Charlie talks about what the proceeds are used for

The river run also is sponsored by local businesses, along with the Patrick County Tourism Department

Statement On Woolwine Explosion

Patrick County Emergency Management Cooordinator Steve Allen released a statement regarding last week’s explosion at Thomas Industrial Fabrication in Woolwine. Allen says all three employees have now been released from the hospital. The cause of the explosion is believed to be liquid oxygen that was held in a foam cooler with rags inside of the cooler and was used to freeze parts before they were used by the facility. The cooler was last used around 9:30 am and the explosion occurred around 12:30pm. The employees were using a grinder and a welder right before the explosion occurred. The damage to the building is believed to be around $250,000.00. The investigation is still on going.

July Stompin’ Saturday Festival At Stansburn Winery

The July Stompin’ Saturday festival takes place tomorrow at the Stanburn Winery on Conner Drive in Stuart beginning at 6:00 p.m. phonic45 will be playing. Food will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance online in the tasting room, at Honduras Coffee Shop in Stuart and $15 at the gate. Ages 12-20 and designated drivers are $5. Bring your lawn chairs as it is a rain or shine event.

Social Media Helps Catch Car Thief

A victim from Dobson who posted the theft of her SUV on social media ends up helping police catch the suspect. The post went up on Sunday and a few hours later a tip came in about the vehicle’s location. The victim then went to the Mount Airy address where she saw the suspect taking items from her SUV and that’s when she called authorities. Police say the suspect tried selling the victim’s SUV and was in the process of giving it to the new owner when he was caught.

Landmark Center Present Splish Splash Night

The Landmark Center in Stuart is presenting a Splish Splash Family fun night on Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There will be multiple water slides, a bouncy house, kiddie pool and game stations. Admission is free and the first 200 kids will receive a free beach ball. For more information call the center at 276-694-3050.