A bevy of brave men (above) showed their feminine sides in the womanless beauty pageant hosted by Woolwine Elementary School Friday night. The event was held to help raise funds for the sixth-graders' field trip to Richmond and Williamsburg. Deputy Randy Clark (right), school resource officer, was crowned "Womanless 2013." (Photos by Teresa Belcher of Belcher Mountain Photography)
This weeping willow tree on Chestnut Street brings to life a poem by Robert Frost: "Nature's first green is gold, the hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; but only for an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, so dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay." (Photo by Nancy Lindsey)
Like a row of tutu-clad ballerinas, the Bradford pear trees at Rotary Field seem to dance in the April breezes. (Photo by Linda Hylton)
Ramey Construction of Winston-Salem, N.C., has started installing water pipelines in the Patrick Springs area in the second phase of the Patrick Springs water-sewer project, according to Eddie Turner, project engineer. The pipes are being run on Tudor's Orchard Road now, and will be connected to Providence Road, Wildwood Circle, and parts of Clearview and Maple Streets. Work is also underway by Prillaman and Pace, which is running sewer lines along Rt. 58 on the west end of Stuart, but the project is waiting on reissuance of the Mayo River crossing permit, Turner said. (Photo by Gail Harding) 4/17/13
A peach blossom offers hope of delicious fruit to come--if the next cold snap doesn't kill it. (Photo by Linda Hylton)
The Dan River Trail in Ararat was officially opened April 24 with a ribbon-cutting. The walking trail connects the Dan River Park and Blue Ridge Elementary School and is handicapped-accessible. The Dan River Park Association has been working on the trail since 2008, according to Janet Epperson, chairman. Pictured participating in the ribbon-cutting are (left to right): association members Meghan Collins, Raina Brim, Melanie Beasley; April Ramey; Dr. Roger Morris, school superintendent; Denise Stirewalt and Wilma Pendleton, Patrick administration representatives; Clyde Crissman, recreation director; Patrick Hall and Doug Barber of Benchmark Surveying; Janet Epperson; Dan River District Supervisor Roger Hayden; association members Mike Leftwich and Joy Large; Steve Helms of Primland; association member Jonathan Large; and Smith River District Supervisor Crystal Harris. In the front are BRES students.(Photo by Tim Collins)
Patrick County High School posthumously honored a beloved teacher, Mary Jane Taylor, with the annual Community Service Award at an assembly May 2. The award was presented in memory of Taylor, who died in January. Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) made the presentation to Taylor's family members: her husband, Barry Taylor of Stuart; her son, John Taylor of Richmond; and her daughter, Sara Taylor Brown of Warm Springs. Also pictured are SGA officers M.C. Stegall and Gracen Witt.
Distinguished Patrick Countian Frank Tatum (right) and SGA representative Ted Alt at last week's assembly. (Photo by Stephen Henderson)
The town's colorful new flags advertise one of the year's highlights--the 10th annual Strawberry Festival, to be held Saturday in uptown Stuart, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be arts, crafts, vendors, children's games, food including fresh strawberries, and music by the First Christian Church Choir, Evan and Dana, Marcie Horne, and the Mish-Mash Trio.