An early robin seemed like a better harbinger of spring than the traditional rodent of Groundhog Day (and besides, we couldn't find a groundhog.) (Photo by Linda Hylton) 2/4/2015
Patrick County Public Schools held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 5 at Patrick County High School. Twelve students from throughout the county represented each of the seven schools in the division. Finalists were as follows: in third place was Haukken Thompson (right), a fifth grader at Blue Ridge Elementary School; second place went to Jordan Haas (left), a sixth grader at Meadows of Dan Elementary School; and the winner was Taylor Hopkins, a seventh grader at Woolwine Elementary School. The winning word was "ingratiate." Taylor will go on to represent Patrick County in the regional spelling bee which will be held at the Milton Rhodes Center of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C., on March 22. 2/11/15
IT'S FEBRUARY--and that means almost constant changes in the weather. This week, the snow started falling Monday and kept it up through the night, leaving four to six inches in Patrick County and closing schools and businesses. Pictured above is a panoramic shot of DeHart Park, the college and businesses, all blanketed in snow, with mountains in the background. (Photo by Linda Hylton) 2/18/15
These men working on top of the Verizon tower at Meadows of Dan on Friday deserve a prize for endurance and dedication--early morning temperatures were below zero, at roughly 3,000 feet. (Photo by Linda Hylton)
Ali Mason displayed the two-headed calf she helped deliver.
Fire destroyed the sanctuary of Meadows of Dan Baptist Church, a community and county landmark, on March 5. (Photo by Felecia Shelor) 3/11/2015
Pictured (left to right, front) are 4-H Shooters Emily Clark, Shae Cardwell, Amber Pegram, Steele Foley, Caleb Murphy, Alex Plaster, Amber Foster, Nick Hooker, Logan Reynolds and Jordan Whitlow; (back row) Nash Thompson, Thomas Coleman, Andrew Plaster and Tripp Thompson; not pictured are Olivia Cassell, Emma Cassell and Ganett Parsons.
A lot of kids--and adults--turned out for the Spring Fling sponsored by the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce and Outdoor Entertainment Saturday at Stuart Rotary Building, featuring a host of inflatables to climb, bounce, crawl through and play on. Above, Sara Thompson appeared to be the only person tackling the Twister game. (Photo by Linda Hylton) 3/25/2015