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State of Emergency declared in advance of winter weather 

Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency Thursday due to several rounds of winter weather that will impact several areas of the Commonwealth beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday.  Current weather forecasts indicate the largest threat will be for the Hampton Roads and Central Virginia regions. This weather system...

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One-day count of the homeless in our communities 

Did you know that each year during the last 10 days of January, a count is conducted nationally to gain a consensus on the number of homeless individuals in every community?  This count provides a snapshot of who is homeless on a given night. That information is used locally to...

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Telehealth appointments now accepted with launch of unique program

By Taylor Boyd After months of anticipation, telehealth appointments are now available in Patrick County, courtesy of a grant from the State Office of Rural Health, which is bringing the telehealth services to community rescue squads to improve health care access to doctors and specialists. Patients make appointments with their...

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Visitors Center earns state certification

By Debbie Hall Within months of opening, the Patrick County’s Visitor Center was named a state Certified Tourist Information Center. In a Dec. 15 letter to Sandra Belcher, director of the Tourism Department, Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), wrote that the...

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Investors urged to consider risks before using service

Decentralized Finance (DeFi), a relatively new blockchain-based set of financial services, may come with risks that are not readily apparent to investors, according to the State Corporation Commission (SCC). As such, the SCC urges Virginians to approach this technology as they would any other potential investment – with caution as...

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The New Victory Gardens

(Part I of a three-part series on Growing Your Own Food) By Debbie Brown, PC EMG The practice of growing your own food is as ancient as mankind. Our ancestors were a hardy bunch of farmers who worked long hours to provide food for their families. Necessity called for growing,...

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Fain selected as quilt winner

Eva Fain was the winner of the "Tree of Life" quilt raffled off by Mary Horner Walker Presbyterian Church on Dec 12. Wanda Isaacs, of the church, thanked those who purchased raffle tickets. The proceeds are used for local charities and needy families in Patrick County.  

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