JRHS Marching Knights see huge benefit from Ramsey Foundation donation; have successful fall competition season

James River High School Band Director Kevin English (left) works with percussionist Aaron Petty during a practice session. By Matt de Simone   The James River Marching Knights have enjoyed a successful fall season under the leadership of Band Director Kevin English. A portion of that success stems from a gracious donation from The Ramsey Foundation, co-founded by Matthew Ramsey, a James River graduate who is now an award-winning musician fronting one of country music’s most popular bands, Old Dominion. In 2020, James River High School’s arts programs received a $50,000 donation from The Ramsey Foundation. The James River Marching Knights received a portion of that money and have put it good use. The Ramsey Foundation provides resources to organizations...

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Help a child by sharing Christmas Cheer

The 2022 Patrick County Christmas Cheer campaign is now underway, and organizers said the program received requests from more than 168 families who need help for more than 365 children in Patrick County.   Tags with children’s wish list items and sizes ready for pick up in several locations, including First...

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Perry publishes new book

“The Strange Case of Not Adams: Arson, Power, and Politics in Civil War Era Patrick County Virginia” is available on Amazon as an e-book or a paperback. Local author and historian Tom Perry recently released his most recent book, “The Strange Case of Not Adams: Arson, Power, and Politics in...

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Portion of road to close on Dec. 5

Beginning Monday, December 5, a portion of Virginia 660 (Five Forks Road) will be closed to through traffic from 0.6 mile from Virginia 658 (Bullins Lane) to 0.4 mile from the North Carolina state line for a bridge replacement over Peters Creek.    Directional signs will be used to help motorists....

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Student achievements honored

Local schools released the names of students achieving the Academic Awards and/or Principal’s Lists for the first quarter. Students are listed with the name of their school.    Blue Ridge Elementary School  3rd Grade Academic Awards – Olivia Pearl Chaney, Jack Stryker Duppstadt, Early G. Hill, Luca Cruz Holland, Renesmee...

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Board dismisses division employee

A Patrick County Schools division employee was dismissed from employment effective immediately by a vote of the Patrick County School Board at a Nov. 10 meeting. The vote upheld Schools Superintendent Jason Wood’s recommendation. The board also upheld Wood’s recommendation of revoking the employee’s teaching license and forwarding the recommendation...

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Chamber details Christmas Bonus program

The generosity of an anonymous donor will once again allow the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce to give five county residents a $1,000 Christmas bonus. Winners are selected via a random drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, employees must have worked for a company, organization, business, or county department...

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