Vaccine rates lag, but virus is not going away

Vaccine rates lag, but virus is not going away

By Taylor Boyd and Debbie Hall Less than a month after the state of emergency ended, the entirety of Southwest Virginia is struggling to vaccinate its residents, according to West Piedmont Health District (WPHD) public information officer Nancy Bell. Virginia’s state of emergency status, in effect since March 2020, ended June 30 due to a decline in COVID-19 cases, Bell said. Currently, about 62 percent of Patrick County’s population remains unvaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website. Data suggests that 38 percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated. Vaccine rates also lag in other localities, Bell said of counties like Carroll and Lee, with nearly 37 percent and nearly 35 percent fully vaccinated, respectively. In adjacent...

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Allen honored with award for service

Allen honored with award for service

Steve Allen, (left), was presented the 2020 Stanley Everett Crigger Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA) by Matt Tatum, director of Henry County Public Safety and VEMA Region 6 Board member. More than 30 friends, family, and former colleagues came to celebrate and watch Steve Allen accept...

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Peach Festival nixed for second year

Peach Festival nixed for second year

The Patrick County Chamber of Commerce Board opted to nix the annual Peach Festival in August, which marked the second year the event will not be held due to the pandemic. Rebecca Adcock, executive director of the chamber and vice-mayor of the Town of Stuart, said planning for the event...

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Mural completed in Meadows of Dan

Mural completed in Meadows of Dan

The mural serves as a cartography map in the business community and Blue Ridge Parkway attractions of Meadows of Dan. By Taylor Boyd After weeks of work, the mural at the Concord Corner Store in Meadows of Dan is complete.  The 7.5- by 35-foot mural is a tourist-like map of...

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