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Cougars celebrate first win of the season with a dominating victory 

By Scott Reece

#18 Bryson Fulcher recovers a blocked punt early in the game. (Photos by Scott Reece)

The Patrick County football team scored a home victory with in a shutout game against rival North Stokes 23-0.

Playing on a Wednesday due to the expected bad weather, the Cougars routed the Vikings as they dominated all phases of the game.

Early in the 1st quarter, Aiden LaComa blocked a North Strokes punt that was recovered by teammate Bryson Fulcher. A few plays later, QB Frankie LaComa scored on an 8-yard run to give the Cougars an early 7-0 lead. That would be all the points Cougars would need because the defense completely shut down the Vikings’ offense throughout the game as neither team scored the rest of the half; however the Cougars broke the game wide open in the second half.

The Cougars’ defense scored a safety early in the third quarter that made the score 9-0 and gave the ball back to the Cougars’ offense. A few plays later, WR Chase Jessup ran untouched for a 39 yard touchdown, and RB Dae’ Shawn Penn, who had set up the touchdown with a long run of his own, scored the 2 point conversion to make the score 17-0.

Frankie LaComa scored the game’s first touchdown giving the Cougars a quick 7-0 lead.

Midway in the fourth quarter, the Vikings’ last chance to get back into the game ended when CB Chris Drewery intercepted a long pass and returned it midfield. Backup QB Will Sprowl, playing for an injured LaComa, scored the final touchdown making the score 23-0. Despite losing a number of starters, the Cougars had won their first game of the season.

Head Coach David Morrison praised the efforts of his backup players who “step in and step up.” He said the team needed to execute better offensively, but they were getting a lot better. Morrison was very pleased with RB Penn, who was clearly the best player on the field, saying he is turning into a “fantastic player” and also was proud of his defense.

The Cougars will be home on Friday, hosting Piedmont rival Magna Vista.

Patrick County Golf team plays in back to back matches

By Scott Reece

Due to the bad weather, the Patrick County Golf team had back to back matches, playing on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the team traveled to West Lake Golf Course in Franklin County where they finished second with a score of 331. Daniel Smith had the low score of 78, followed closely by Jarrod Burnette’s 79.  Both Luke Jessup and Woody Biggs had 87.  Head Coach Phillip Steagall felt it was a “good team score on a very tough golf course.”

The next day, the golf team traveled to Oak Hill Golf Course in Eden, N.C. and scored a 329. Burnette led the team with a low score of 78. Smith had an 80, Biggs had an 84, and Jessup had an 87.

The team finished third against all eight Piedmont teams.

Coach Steagall was pleased with the score and said the team is “good getting scores from all of his players.”

JV and Varsity Volleyball teams fall to Bassett

By Scott Reece

In the only game this week, both the junior varsity and varsity teams lost at home to Bassett.

The varsity team fell in three sets: 19-25, 17-25, 22-25. Izzy Beasley had 6 kills, 7 aces.  Savannah Roberts had 7 kills and 4 aces. Taylor Vernon and Ashlee Mesot both had 10 assists, and Jenna King had 13 digs.

The JV team also lost in straight sets: 22-25 and 18-25. Lainie Hopkins had 19 assists and 4 aces. Elleigh Large had 8 kills and Abby Compton had 4 kills. Samantha Harris had 6 digs.

Patrick County marching band and flag corps event slated

The Pride of Patrick County marching band and color guard will host a Celebration of Pride Event hosting seven bands on Saturday, September 29.

Public admission begins at 2 p.m. and the first band is slated to perform at 3 p.m. Admission is $6 and parking will be available at the Patrick County High School campus.

Performances will include James River, Fort Chiswell, Tunstall, Nelson County, EC Glass, GW Danville, and Alta Vista with an Exhibition performance by our VA Honor band “The Pride of Patrick County Marching Cougars” and “1st place award winning color guard.”

Concessions will be available on site and include chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, chili cheese fries, nachos and cheese, candy, drinks and more.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Pride of Patrick County marching Cougars and color guard.

For more information or to donate, contact Joseph Whitt at Joseph.Whitt@patrick.k12.va.us.

Monetary donations may be mailed to the PCHS Band Boosters president, Tiffany Harbour at 215 Cougar Lane, Stuart, Va. 24171.

The band and color guard will also provide concessions at the Patrick County Agricultural Fair. During the week, from 4 to 10:30 p.m. and from 3 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Concessions there will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, fries, and chili cheese fries along with cold drinks.

Patrick County Cross Country Teams compete in Bassett

By Scott Reece

Burke Gonzalez, Brandon Roherbach, and Jared Biedrecki after the 200 meter.
Chloe Wright and Irene Smith during the track meet at Knight’s Crossing. (Photos by Nelson McConnell.)

Both the boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Bassett, last Tuesday and the boys’ team finished in fourth place with a total team time of 1:43:34.

In the 500 meters, Burke Gonzalez led the team with a time of 19:55.14 12, followed closely behind was Jared Biedrycki with a time of 19:57.14 13.

The girls’ team didn’t finish in the top five, but Jordan Haas had an impressive time of 25:07.44 in the 500 meters race.

Head Coach Lynne Deckel said, “it was a rough course, but I was proud of the resilience and determination everyone showed no matter what happened.” Deckel also said she was especially proud of Biedrycki’s performance as he managed to close our top two spread significantly” and praised Haas’ “grit.”

Obituaries – September 19, 2018


Lee Hundley Adkins, 85, was born on Field Avenue in Fieldale to the late Nannie Lou Stone Hundley and the late Leo Frank Hundley. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, David Oliver Adkins; son, Bobby L. Adkins; three brothers, Kenneth Hundley ,Gary Hundley and Johnny Hundley; and sister, Jean Harrison.

She was active in WMU Work serving as GA Director in the Henry County Baptist Association. She served as a volunteer counselor with youth groups at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center in Lynchburg and at the Association Campground at Patrick Springs; she was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She grew up attending Fieldale Baptist Church and was a Charter Member of the newly organized Villa Heights Baptist Church in 1960 where she, her husband and twin sons lived at the time.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy J. Adkins and wife Lynda, of Collinsville; daughter-in-law, Ann Adkins, of Fieldale; four grandchildren, Meagan, Sara, Will and Elizabeth Adkins; great-granddaughter, McKenzie Menefee, of Collinsville; two sisters, Reva Pulliam, of Kernersville, N.C., and Bonnie Griffith, of Collinsville; three brothers, Frank Hundley, of Danville, R.B. Hundley, of Patrick County, and Leo Hundley, of Johnson City, Tenn.; special sister-in-law, Christine Adkins, of Collinsville. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Fieldale Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Jackson officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorials may be made to Fieldale Baptist Church, 175 Church Hill Road, Fieldale, Va. 24089.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, is serving the Adkins family.

Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.



Jackie Orene Fain, age 45, of Stuart, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at VCU Medical Center. She was born in Patrick County on June 12, 1973, to Charlie Fain and Carol Boothe Fain. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Grady and Orene Lawson Boothe; and paternal grandparents, James Irvin and Nancy Emma Handy Fain. She was employed by Davenport Energy. She will be remembered as a kind and loving, mother, daughter, cousin, aunt and friend.

She is survived by one son, Bailey Fain, of Stuart; and her parents, Charlie and Carol Boothe Fain.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at New Hope Church of the Brethren with Pastor Mike Varner and Pastor Rick Randall officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.



Bishop James S. Reynolds, age 92, of Patrick Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Patrick County on March 2, 1926, to the late Roosevelt Reynolds and Ellen Cobb Reynolds. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Clanton Reynolds; his second wife, Rosie Lee King Reynolds; one daughter, Judy R. Hagwood; one grandson, James W. Reynolds; one granddaughter, Lisa Clark; son-in-law, Douglas Hylton; and five brothers, Theodore, Oscar, Loir, Moir, and David Reynolds.

He had faithfully served in the United States Army. He was committed to ministry for almost 55 years with 52 years preaching at Mt. Nebo True Gospel Holiness Church. One of his many favorite verses is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.  He was a man of great faith, who served the Lord with his heart, mind and body.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

Left to cherish the memory of Bishop James Reynolds, are his six children, James T. Reynolds (Jane), of Patrick Springs, Julius A. Reynolds (Barbara), of Stuart, Doris Hylton, of Patrick Springs, Nannie S. Clark, of Patrick Springs, Thelma Clark (Wayne), of Patrick Springs, and Brogie H. Reynolds, of Patrick Springs; a son-in-law, Joe Hagwood, of Patrick Springs; one special daughter, Sam Chuk Reynolds, of Maryland; two step-daughters, Florence Green and Mary Alice Moore, both of Mount Airy, N.C.; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; one brother, Willie Reynolds, of Patrick Springs; three sisters, Thelma Hairston, of Stuart, Frances Clanton, of Critz, and Virginia Mattox, of Stuart; a great host of nieces and nephews.



Maureen Russian recently passed away and went to be with her Savior after an extended illness. She was a resident of Corvallis, OR and was 82 years old.

She was born in Meadows of Dan, and received her training as a registered nurse at Lewis-Gale Hospital School of Nursing in Roanoke, where she received the Thackeray Award for the best all-around student. After graduation, she practiced nursing in Virginia, Florida, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona and California, specializing in labor and delivery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Russian; her parents, Tom and Goldie Agee; and her brother, Jack.

She moved to Corvallis to be close to her daughter’s family, and served as a generous, kind and thoughtful mother and grandmother for many years. Her children and grandchildren have many happy memories of spending time in her home, enjoying snacks, holiday meals, stories and watching many sporting events. Maureen was also an ardent fan and cheerleader for her grandchildren in all their many activities.

She is survived by her daughter Katherine; son-in-law David; stepdaughter Nancy;

grandchildren Andrew, Grace, Calvin and Patrick; sister Carol; and sister-in-law, Evelie.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corvallis, PEO, and Benton County Republican Women.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Corvallis on Saturday, September 29 at 1:30 P.M.



Velda Mae Belcher Boyd Smart, age 81, of Woolwine, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2018, at Stanleytown Health Care and Rehab. She was born in Patrick County on February 27, 1937, to the late Landis Greely Belcher and Nancy Conner Belcher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Everett Boyd; her second husband, Leon Smart; one grandson, David Neal Boyd; step-daughter, Sandra Spangler; and three brothers, John, Leonard, and Delmer Belcher. She was a longtime member of Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church.  She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Rodney Leon Boyd and wife, Mary, of Bassett, and Gerald Everett Boyd and wife, Mandy, of Woolwine; three step-children, Pamela S. Young, of Ararat, Michael Leon Smart, of Kernersville, N.C., and Kimberly Dione Smart, of Martinsville; seven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; three sisters, Stella Conner, of Woolwine, Mary Conner, of Fieldale, and Evadell Clark, of Fieldale; one brother, Maynard Belcher, of Stuart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with Pastor Kenneth Terry officiating. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4698 Woolwine Hwy., Stuart, VA  24171 or to the Smith River Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122, Woolwine, VA  24185.  Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.



Lillian Conner Turner, age 92, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 15, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Posey J. and Mae Moran Conner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph W. Turner; four brothers, Dr. M.C. “Cal” Conner, P.C. Conner, Leonard Conner, Moir Conner; and a great grandson, Jesse Sheppard.

After attending National Business College, she held various positions including secretary at the law firm of Rush and Gentry in Roanoke; Clerk of the Trial Justice Court of Patrick County; secretary to the Chief Engineer, U.S. Steel operations in Gary, WV; and secretary, then Purchasing Clerk at J.P. Stevens, Woolwine, retiring with 26 years there.

She was a member of the Woolwine United Methodist Church where she was active in various church organizations, serving of 40 years as secretary of the Administrative Council.  She was a charter member of the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for over 25 years.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Benny Wood and Stephanie and Terry Martin; three granddaughters, Wendy Sheppard, Alison Martin and husband, Kyle, Katie Bowman and husband, Michael; two grandsons, Justin Wood, Wesley Martin and wife, Kellie; eight great grandchildren; one step great grandchild; two great great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, a centurion, Lucy Conner; four nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held (today) Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at  Woolwine United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Sue Terry officiating. Burial will follow in the Woolwine Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesse Wood Sheppard Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Stuart Rotary Club, P.O. Box 562, Stuart, VA 24171. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

Community Calendar: September 21 – October 7


FARMERS MARKET: music by the F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M., locally grown produce, fruit, meats, eggs, baked items, and more; 8 a.m. to noon, Stuart Farmers Market.



PHILPOTT PROJECT CELEBRATION: 65th anniversary celebration, free, tours at the dam, exhibitors and displays, games and activities for youngsters, K-9 bomb dog demonstration, food available for purchase, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Philpott Lake and Dam, 1058 Philpott Dam Rd., Bassett. For more information, call (276) 692-8938.

MOONSHINE MEMORIES: vintage vehicle (bring yours), prize drawings, bring a chair or blanket, $10 wristband, music by Pan Parrot Steel Drum Band, games, 50-50 drawing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4087 Snow Creek Road, Franklin County.

9TH ANNUAL BUG SPLAT RIDE: registration is at 10 a.m., ride leaves at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem, N.C. Coordinated by the New Life Bikers. DeHart Park, Stuart.



HANDY FAMILY REUNION: descendents and relatives of Sam and Elizabeth Handy, doors open at 10:30 a.m., meal begins at 1 p.m., bring a covered dish to share, family pictures, musical instruments, and donation to cover the cost of the use of the building. Patrick Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

HOMECOMING: music by The Glory Road Singers at 10:15 a.m., homecoming service 11:15, lunch will follow.

CHURCH SINGING:  The Gospel Intruders featuring Anthony Davis, 4 p.m., Samaria Holiness Church, 2892 Salem Hwy.



TUESDAY MARKET: locally grown items, 3 to 6 p.m., Last Tuesday market of the season. Stuart Farmers Market, Stuart.

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM: led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, weekly meetings conducted, learn how to change your lifestyle and prevent type 2 diabetes, 5 p.m., Stuart United Methodist Church. For more information, call (276) 699-3341.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUP MEETING: organizational meeting, 6:30 p.m., Vesta Community Building, Vesta.



FARMERS MARKET: Reynolds Homestead cooking demo, locally grown produce, fruit, meats, eggs, baked items, and more; 8 a.m. to noon, Stuart Farmers Market.

BLOOD DRIVE: 1 to 6 p.m., to make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767; Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stones Dairy Rd., Bassett.



BINGO: doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m., food available for purchase, prizes include cash and various items, $30 pack includes 20 games, two cover-alls, 1 speed round game, and 10 door prize tickets, proceeds go to EPIC Youth Group, Hunter’s Chapel Assembly, 3057 Ararat Hwy., Ararat.

COMMUNITY SUPPER: free community hotdog supper, 5 p.m., Concord United Methodist Church, 1497 Concord Church Rd., Stuart.



REVIVAL: special singing, preaching by Brother Rickey Rogers, 7 p.m., Dan River Baptist Church.


DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM: led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, weekly meetings conducted, learn how to change your lifestyle and prevent type 2 diabetes, 5 p.m., Stuart United Methodist Church. For more information, call (276) 699-3341.



COUNTRY BREAKFAST: country ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, homemade biscuits, gravy, apples, and more, donations go towards repair and remodeling of the building, 7 to 10 a.m., Willis Gap Community Center, 144 The Hollow Rd, Ararat.

LADIES RETREAT: free community event for women of all ages, guest speaker Anne Van Curen, “Jesus, the Greatest Storyteller.” Music and more, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch provided, Grace Baptist Church, 14087 JEB Stuart Highway, Stuart. For more information, visit hisgraceforyou.org.



75 ANNIVERSARY AND HOMECOMING: speaker Bishop Tommy McGhee, special music by Avery Road, 10:30 a.m., 75 years celebration, covered dish following services, Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church. For more information, call (276) 694-6357 or visit PSPHC.org.

Experience farmers market at the library 

Come by the Patrick County Library on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee with David Henry of Henry’s Fresh Roast.

Henry will be the host of the Patrick County Library’s Farmers Market at the Library program.

He will talk about the basics of brewing coffee using available brewing methods. He will demonstrate drip, pour over, French press, Areo press, espresso and vacuum pot brewing options. Since experiencing coffee is such an individual event he will show how to discover which method produces the best cup of coffee for you. Free samples will be provided. Come prepared to taste the flavor. Decaf will be available.

This library program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Patrick County Library at (276) 694-3352.

Lunch and learn set

Starting a food business has to be one of the most challenging businesses to start.

The harsh reality is that most fail within the first year. The restaurant business in notoriously tough, but where there is a will there is often a way. While vision and ambitions are important, turning that ambition into success requires research, planning, capital, business acumen, and perseverance, more research and more planning. This lunch and learn will discuss how to successfully start and operate a food business.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Office located at 334 Patrick Avenue. RSVP by calling (276) 694-6012.

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