Annual change in SNAP benefits began Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, all Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “participants will see an increase in their benefits due to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s recent update to the Thrifty Food Plan methodology, the first since 1975. SNAP benefits are based on the Thrifty Food Plan to estimate...

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Schools experience leveling of COVID-19 cases

By Taylor Boyd After weeks of changing data, the Patrick County Public Schools system and neighboring school divisions are seeing a stagnation of COVID-19 cases and quarantines, according to the various schools’ COVID-19 dashboards.  Walter Scott, vice-chairman of the Patrick County School Board and Smith River District representative, said he...

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