Missing woman found safe
 
A missing woman was found safe Monday morning after a search of more than four hours, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.
Nanie Lou Crews, 59, of Friendship Drive in Bassett, voluntarily walked away from 115 Elf Trail shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Smith said.
Crews, who was described as "mentally handicapped," was wearing a Washington Redskins pullover and was carrying a handbag, Smith said. She is 5'4" tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and has blonde/gray hair, the sheriff added.
Crews was found walking on a Stone's Dairy Road by a volunteer firefighter shortly before 3 a.m., Smith said.
"We're fortunate this ended the way it did, and we are certainly grateful for the response of our volunteers," Smith said.
The Patrick County Sheriff's Office led the search because the location of Crews' disappearance is in Patrick County, Smith said.
Other departments responding were the Henry County Sheriff's Office, the Henry County Public Safety Office, the Virginia State Police, the Patrick County Emergency Management Office, and multiple volunteers from the Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department, the J.E.B. Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Bassett Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Stuart Volunteer Fire Department.
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The sign demonstrates that the spirit of Meadows of Dan Baptist Church lives on. Services were held Sunday in the detached fellowship hall, which survived the fire.
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The fellowship hall and parsonage of Meadows of Dan Baptist Church were left intact after the fire. (Photo by Linda Hylton)
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Firefighters and two of the 23 fire engines that responded to the church fire are shown here. About 100 people battled the blaze that destroyed the church. (Photos above and below by Linda Hylton)
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This photograph and the one below were both taken by Feleceia Shelor, owner of Poor Farmer's Market. We appreciate her sharing them with our readers.
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