Roanoke Region receives green light, funding for 26-mile scenic rail trail

Virginia’s biennium budget was finalized this past June, and with it comes funding for trails. A new rail trail running through Botetourt and Craig counties—the Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail is one of five priority trails identified by the General Assembly to receive support from the appropriation. The Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail will parallel Craigs Creek and run 26 miles from New Castle in Craig County to Eagle Rock in Botetourt County. It is anticipated to be a gravel trail that utilizes existing railbeds and some shared roadways. Funding will go toward bridge repairs and preparing the trail surface; a multi-use trail for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding, that provides opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with the scenic...

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EDA receives a clean audit

The Patrick County Economic Development Authority (EDA) received a clean audit on its financial report for the year ending June 30, 2022. Member Ron Haley said the report concluded “the results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government...

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Council discusses water leaks

Members of Stuart Town Council discussed water leaks around town that occurred as a result of the cold weather. The cold snap that occurred before Christmas has created a number of water leaks around town, according to Stuart Town Manager Bryce Simmons. “We know of at least three or four...

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Wade to seek clerk post

Erica Cipko Wade is the third person to announce that she plans to seek the Patrick County Circuit Court Clerk’s position in the November election. The post is currently held by Sherri Hazlewood, who is embroiled in several legal issues.  Morgan Boothe was appointed by the court to run the...

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Scott, Martin to lead school board

Walter Scott, of the Smith River District, (left) and Rob Martin, of the Dan River District, (right) will serve as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Patrick County School Board. Walter Scott, of the Smith River District, will serve as chairman of the Patrick County School Board and Rob Martin,...

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