Archives for July 2019

Carroll County Traffic Fatality

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash Sunday in Carroll County that killed one person. Troopers say 31-year-old, Jesse Crouse was heading westbound on Route 58 when he ran off the right side of the highway and hit an unoccupied parked pickup truck. The impact of the crash sent Crouse’s car into a culvert and it then went back onto Rout 58 hitting another car. Crouse was killed and the driver of the car Crouse hit was critically injured.

Franklin County High School Receives State Grant

Governor Ralph Northam has announced the award of high school innovation grants. Franklin County High School will receive a $50,000 first-year innovation planning grant. The school plans to create personalized competency-based learning environments to allow for accelerated completion of state graduation requirements through virtual classes, integrated instruction, and flexible scheduling. The planned innovations include a health science career pathway. Thirteen school divisions received grants that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s, critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication and citizenship.

Cars Vandalized at PTI

Thirty cars left at the Piedmont Triad International Airport’s long-term parking lot had windows smashed and obscenities spray painted on them. Kevin Baker, the executive director of the Airport Authority, said there are three different types of patrols going through the parking lots regularly and there’s a surveillance camera system. The Airport Authority is working with the people who had their cars vandalized.

Parkway Motorcycle Crash and Route 58 Crash

Four patients were transported to the hospital Sunday morning after a crash at the intersection of Route 8 and 58 west of Stuart. None of the patients received life-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, a motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwest Patrick County. The driver received non-life threatening injuries. Patrick County Fire and EMS responded to the accident.

Search Underway for New PC Superintendent

Patrick County school officials are hoping that a new superintendent will be ready to take-over January 1. Acting Superintendent, Dr. J. David Martin is conducting the search for a new superintendent. He’s completed 25 face-to-face interviews with stakeholders in the community and an online survey will also be posted on the division’s website Aug. 9 and remain through Sept. 6 to give residents another tool to provide input. Information obtained will be used to develop a profile of the qualities sought in a new superintendent. Martin anticipates accepting applications for the position Sept. 13 through Oct. 11. The first round of interviews is tentatively set for Nov. 1 and 2.

VA Sales Tax Holiday Starts Fridat

The 2019 Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins this Friday, August second. During the annual three-day holiday you can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Smart and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. The goal is to help families save money on back-to-school purchases and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.

Danville Fire Tuesday

A fire damaged a Danville business on Tuesday. Crews responding to Walker Auto Sales in the 2200 block of North Main Street reported fire showing from the front window of the building. Three engines and a ladder truck were dispatched. The fire marshal reported what was described as moderate damage. The cause is under investigation.

Pilot Mountain Man in Jail

A 26 year-old Pilot Mountain man is in custody, facing multiple felony charges in Surry County. He was arrested last week after Sheriff’s deputies responded to two home invasions on Toms Creek Church Road, one included the assault of an elderly woman. The suspect was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit. He is being held in the Surry County jail under a secured bond.

Movie Money Showing Up

What may have once been a TV or movie prop could make its way into your wallet. Police in Hillsville say that “movie money” has been turning up at local businesses. The money looks and feels real, but says “Motion Picture Use Only”, somewhere on the bills. Some of the money has red markings that may look like characters from an Asian language. Often these markings have been erased, so you could see a blank space somewhere on the bill. Police say to be cautious when accepting and handling large denomination bills and report any attempted use of these bills to authorities.

Harvest Announces Grants For Martinsville & Henry County

The Harvest Foundation is expanding its programming in economic development with the announcement of a $5 million incentive pool funding program for projects in Martinsville and the Henry County. The program provides fund grants on a case-by-case basis for economic development initiatives such as the creation of new industry, job growth, and the expansion of existing businesses. Each incentive pool request will include written performance criteria and the terms and conditions for payback of grant funds in the event that performance criteria are not met.