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Accident blocks road Wednesday afternoon

  A traffic accident Wednesday afternoon is expected to block Squirrel Spur Road for a few hours, as officials work to clear the scene, according to unofficial reports from the scene. A tractor-trailer appeared to be traveling down the mountain, from the Meadows of Dan area to Ararat when the...

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Adkins sees potential in county’s economic future

Sean Adkins was named Patrick County’s new Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director. (Contributed photo) By Taylor Boyd Sean Adkins is unpacking his concepts and beginning to lay the groundwork for economic development in Patrick County by incorporating various sectors into the equation. After starting a new...

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Promise program seeks donations to help local students 

By Taylor Boyd A new initiative in an adjacent locality is helping to underscore the need for the Patrick County Promise Program, which was developed by the Patrick County Education Foundation (PCEF) three years ago.  The Harvest Foundation recently announced a $10.3 million, 13-year grant to the Student Excellence in...

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Spooktacular to be held Oct. 31 in Stuart

Uptown Main Street in Stuart soon will be transformed into a vibrant, spooky, and most importantly, a safe community celebration suitable for all ages on Sunday, October 31, as the Patrick County Young Professionals present the 6th annual Stuart Spooktacular. Superheroes, witches, ghosts are invited to join the fun with trick or...

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Mitigation strategies highlighted while COVID-19 cases hold steady

The Patrick County Public School COVID-19 Dashboard is updated by the close of business each Wednesday. It can be viewed at www.patrick.k12.va.us/families/covid-19_dashboard. By Taylor Boyd As COVID-19 cases are still appearing in the school system and community on a steady schedule, Patrick County Public Schools Acting...

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Housing boom drives Ten Oaks demand

Ten Oaks has boards drying outside its facility at any given point. By Taylor Boyd Ten Oaks, LLC in Stuart is seeing an increase in product demand because of the United States housing boom. The company started creating residential strip and plank flooring at its current...

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Apple Dumpling Festival attracts hundreds

Despite the overcast weather, the 20th annual Apple Dumping Festival went off without a problem. By Taylor Boyd The 20th annual Apple Dumpling Festival in downtown Stuart on Saturday, Oct. 16 went off without a hitch, according to Stuart Town Manager Bryce Simmons. “Billy Gammons, who...

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Board recognizes Blue Ribbon School designation

The Patrick County School Board presented a resolution to Meadows of Dan Elementary School administration and staff to recognize the school on its National Blue Ribbon Award status. By Taylor Boyd The Patrick County School Board celebrated Meadows of Dan Elementary School’s designation as a 2021...

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Patrick among localities to receive funds for tourism efforts

Patrick County is among localities expected to receive funds from a $50 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) appropriation by Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia General Assembly, according to Sandra Belcher,  The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) received the funds that will be used to assist in the revitalization of...

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Students in Virginia outscore nation on college admissions test

Virginia students outperformed their peers nationwide by significant margins this year on the ACT college-admissions test, but the number of high school seniors who took the ACT in the commonwealth was down by more than half compared with participation among 2020 graduates. Nine percent of Virginia’s 2021 graduates took the...

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