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Dr. William Sroufe, who will become superintendent of Patrick schools on July 1, shakes hands with J.D. Morse, school board chairman.
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Emergency responders worked to rescue the injured driver of a tractor-trailer that went over the mountainside Monday afternoon. (Contributed photo)
A Wisconsin driver sustained minor injuries when the tractor-trailer she was driving went over the side of Lovers' Leap Mountain Monday afternoon, according to reports from Virginia State Police. Robbie McNew of West Alice, Wisc., was driving a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer east on U.S. Rt. 58 when the accident occurred around 5 p.m., State Trooper Kevin Mabe said. According to VSP Sgt. Robert Carpentieri, the tractor-trailer ran off the road to the right onto a soft shoulder which gave way, then hit a guardrail, a power pole and a tree. It came to rest in a ravine, and Patrick County emergency responders used ropes and other rappelling equipment to pull McNew from the wreckage. She was transported by ambulance to Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C. A helicopter had been dispatched to the scene to airlift the victim, but had to be canceled because of the rainy conditions. Traffic had to be rerouted from Rt. 58 for several hours. Responders included Steve Allen, emergency management coordinator; the Meadows of Dan, Stuart and Patrick Springs volunteer fire departments; the Vesta and J.E.B. Stuart rescue squads; members of the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Trooper Mabe and Trooper Noah Knight. Mabe said the tractor-trailer was hauling rolls of paper. He estimated the damage at between $40,000 and $50,000. McNew was charged with reckless driving. 6/11/3014
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A large crowd turned out for the annual "Hot Fun in the Summertime" Beach Music Festival at Wayside Park near Stuart. Beach music fans shagged and swayed to the music of beach music bands; above, the Tams played, sang and danced to give the performance the crowd came to hear, see and feel. (Photos by Stephen Henderson) 6/18/14
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The 2014 Virginia Covered Bridge Festival in Woolwine commemorated the 100th anniversary of Jack's Creek Bridge, which was designed by Woolwine resident Walter Weaver and constructed by Buffalo Ridge resident Charlie Vaughn in 1914. The bridge and the nearby Bob White Covered Bridge are two of the five known remaining public covered bridges in the state. (Photos by Nancy Lindsey) 6/25/14
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Jason Wood, new principal at Meadows of Dan Elementary School, with Dr. William Sroufe, division superintendent. 7/2/14
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FLAG AND FIREWORKS: Old Glory waved on Independence Day as a burst of fireworks lit up the sky. (Photo by Sandra Heath) 7/9/14
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The Patrick County 4-H Shooting Education Team won first place in the national competition in the category of air rifle, 14 and under. The event was held at Rogers, Ark., and was sponsored by Daisy National. Pictured (right) are national champions Steele Foley, Shae Cardwell, Jordan Whitlow and Nick Hooker. The shooting team also won first place in Virginia in the BB gun category, and finished 16th out of 51 teams in national competition. Pictured below are the BB champions and coach Wade Hooker: Jordan Whitlow, Steele Foley, Caleb Murphy, Emily Clark, Nash Thompson, Logan Reynolds and Andrew Plaster. (Not pictured: coach Connie Plaster). 7/16/14
National and state champions
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A soft hibiscus bloom is a snapshot of midsummer. (Photo by Linda Hylton)