Archives for February 2019

Patrick County Broadband Survey

The Center for Innovative Technology is conducting a county-wide broadband survey to collect information from residents and businesses regarding internet use and current service. Information gathered from the survey will be used to create the county’s strategic plan for the future. Surveys are available online at bit.ly/pcbroadband Paper copies will be distributed throughout the community. Pickup and drop-off sites are the county administration building and PHCC – Stuart campus. In the Meadows of Dan area, surveys are available at Meadows of Dan Food Market, Poor Farmers Market and Jane’s Cafe.

Patrick Kids Receive New Clothes

STEP’s Head Start children’s program in Patrick County have received brand-new clothes, thanks to donations from Kidbox. Shirley Wells, director of early childhood education at STEP said “we’re overwhelmed at their kindness, it goes along with STEP’s mission. We show kindness in trying to help other people.” That’s what attracted Kidbox to select STEP as the only Virginia recipient for its 50 States of Giving campaign. Kidbox is hoping to spread kindness and set off a chain reaction. Kidbox community mom Melissa Sheets travels across the country handing out donations to kids in need. This time, she said the donations total about $35,000, which comes out to roughly $160 per child.

5G Rollout *Updated*

As Patrick County explores ways to provide broadband, the technology has already changed. The next wave of cell phone technology is 5G wireless networks, promising super-fast speeds. Each of the four nationwide cell phone carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, are developing and testing 5G network technology. 5G networks don’t travel long distances as lower frequencies do. The range of a 5G signal is less than 1000 feet, complicating its rollout in rural areas and requiring many additional cell sites.

Firefighters Birthday Party

A Martinsville boy now has a memory he likely won’t soon forget, thanks to some Martinsville firefighters. A-Shift firefighters held a birthday celebration for 3-year-old Quinn Gravely on Monday. Quinn is the son of former Martinsville commonwealth attorney, Clay Gravely who passed away from cancer in 2017. The firefighters organized the celebration after learning Quinn loves the fire department.

Special Olympics Meeting Tonight

Special Olympics Stokes County is hosting a public interest meeting in order to grow and improve the Special Olympics program. The Stokes County program currently offers year-round sports training and competition opportunities to approximately 150 adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics leadership is currently seeking additional coaches and volunteers. The meeting is free and open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. at Little Italy located at 612 S. Main Street in King

Henry County Holding Public Hearing On Solicitation Ordinance

A public hearing is scheduled on a proposed Henry County ordinance to restrict the locations where individuals and groups can conduct solicitations on public roadways. The Bulletin repors the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to hold the hearing on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. Lawmakers say the proposed regulation is a safety manner rather than a ban on panhandling in general. Violations would result in a traffic infraction which could result in up to a $350 fine.

STEP Recruitment Fair In Stuart On Monday

A Recruitment Fair for Early Head Start/Head Start will be held this coming Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the STEP site in Stuart. This school readiness and child development program for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in low-income families offers developmental and health screenings, family engagement activities and support services, educational activities and nutritious meals. Registrants should bring a birth certificate, proof of address, recent income source, social security number, insurance information and immunization record Community partners will also be onsite to provide information about other resources and services available.

New Urgent Care Clinic To Open In Patrick County

A new urgent care facility will soon be opening its doors in Patrick County, thanks to the hard work of Dr. Richard Cole, owner of Patrick County Family Practice. Located in the former Pioneer Family Clinic site on Woodland Drive in Stuart, The Patrick Urgent Care Clinic will begin seeing patients Monday, April 15th. While not an Emergency Department with the capability of accepting ambulances, the clinic will provide typical walk-in urgent care services, including X-Ray, Ultrasound, Bone Densitometry, IV services and Stat Lab testing. An on-site Skin and Body Sculpting Clinic will offer body sculpting, scar and hair removal, and wrinkle and skin discoloration treatments.

Youth Concert On March 10

The Reynolds Homestead American Music Series Youth Concert welcomes the exhilarating bluegrass music of Carson Peters and Iron Mountain Sunday, March 10th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, with youth under 16 admitted free. Carson started playing the fiddle at the age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals. Now, at 13, Carson is a seasoned performer playing old-time, bluegrass and gospel music at numerous regional venues with his band, Iron Mountain.

Dobyn Road Barn Destroyed By Fire

An early Saturday morning fire alarm on Dobyns Road brought fire crews from Stuart, Patrick Springs, CCDF and Moorefields Store. Authorities say the fire was sparked by power lines that were knocked down by a falling tree during high winds. Firefighting efforts were hampered when the first arriving engine became stuck on a muddy driveway. The barn was totally destroyed.