Archives for December 2018

New Year’s Day Hikes In North Carolina

The North Carolina Park System has scheduled more than 40 guided hikes on New Year’s Day. You can enjoy walks ranging from short ‘leg-stretchers’ to multi-mile hikes, most featuring educational programs led by rangers. All the state parks will be open on the holiday. Locally, New Year’s Day will mark the grand opening of the Ruben Mountain Trail, an 8.3 mile walk in Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County. The hike will begin at 10 am, and could take until 2 pm. It will end at the bathhouse just in time for the annual Polar Plunge festivities. North Carolina State Parks manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas.

Flooding Possible In Patrick And Stokes Counties

Flooding is possible through tonight in Patrick and Stokes Counties. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flood Watch. One to three inches of rain is expected along and east of the central Appalachians through late tonight. Flooding of small streams and creeks is possible. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Flooing Possible In Patrick And Stokes Counties

Flooding is possible through tonight in Patrick and Stokes Counties. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flood Watch. One to three inches of rain is expected along and east of the central Appalachians through late tonight. Flooding of small streams and creeks is possible. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

License Of Pioneer Community Hospital Of Patrick County Set To Expire

The license of the former Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick County will expire today. Although the Patrick County Economic Development Authority has made extensive efforts to find a potential operator of the hospital, none have expressed an interest. The hospital declared bankruptcy in March 2016, later closing in September of 2017. Through legislative efforts, the hospital’s license remained valid through 2018. Potential operators believe the resources necessary to open and operate the facility would not be financially feasible.

Animal Keeper Dies From Lion Attack

An animal keeper is dead after a lion got out of an enclosure at the Conservators Center in Caswell County, North Carolina. One of the lions somehow left a locked space and quickly killed one person, identified as Alexandra Black, 22, a recent graduate of Indiana State University. She was a college intern at the Conservators Center. Black had been employed at the Center for two weeks.

Fire At Sparky’s Convenience Store

Martinsville City firefighters responded to Sparkys Convenience Store on Starling Avenue Saturday night around 9:30. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the eaves. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The city fire marshal’s office is investigating. Two years ago, the same convenience store received over $150,000 in damage when an adjacent restaurant burned.

Semi Collides With Pick-Up Truck, One Person Killed

One person was killed and 2 others taken to the hospital Saturday morning when a south bound tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck on Route 8 near Woolwine. The accident occurred around 8:45. The semi’s trailer apparently crossed the center line and ran over the pickup, killing one of the occupants. One patient was air-lifted to a Level-One trauma center, another was transported by ambulance to Sovah Hospital in Martinsville. A third passenger died at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. Smith River Rescue Squad, Woolwine Fire Department and Patrick County Fire and EMS responded.

Some Power Loss During Latest Storm

Appalachian Power Company reported that a few hundred customers in Patrick and Henry Counties lost power during the weekend snow storm. In Patrick, customers lost power near South County Line Road, Koger Mill Road, Spring Road, Spoon Creek Road, Clark House Road and Claudville. Bassett power outages were reported near Trent Hill Drive and Lenoir Street. The situation was much worse in far Southwest Virginia; over 10,000 customers lost power in Scott, Dickinson and Russell Counties. Another 8000 customers were without power just over the Tennessee border.

Thousands Of Traffic Crashes In VA

Due to weather conditions, the Virginia State Police responded to more than a thousand traffic crashes and around 1,150 disabled or stuck vehicles between 12:01 am and 10 pm Sunday. Included in the crashes are four State Police cruisers hit because vehicles lost control on the highways. Troopers are still advising folks to delay travel unless absolutely necessary. As the temperatures drop at night, roadways will freeze and turn even more dangerous. In the Salem Division, troopers responded to 11 disabled vehicles and 279 traffic crashes.

Record-Breaking Snowfall In Patrick County

At least a foot of snow fell on Patrick County Sunday and according to Meteorologist Ben Gruver with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, the winter storm can be considered one for the record books. Gruver said “some of our sites had some of the all-time highest daily totals for snowfall in December”. A weather station near Whitetop Mountain in Grayson County reported exactly two feet of snow. While an individual storm cannot be used to predict the coming winter, Gruver said, the pattern that created this particular snowstorm may suggest more snow in the future. Looking ahead, the National Weather Service isn’t predicting any winter weather systems on the horizon in the coming weeks, but more winter weather could be coming in late December or early January. Temperatures will be in the mid to low 40s over the coming days allowing some of the snowfall to melt.