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By John Peters

October 18, 2013

Tim and Sandy Bowman of Ararat, Va., and Bryan Marion of Mount Airy for a recent benefit that raised $33,000 for Joy Ranch Home For Children in Woodlawn, Va.


The Bowmans donated a 1955 Chevy to be raffled off for the fundraiser, and Marion made a point of promoting the raffle through the Autumn Leaves car show he sponsors. Together, the people raised $33,000 for the home — an organization that meets one of the most desperate needs in the area.


This money will go a long way toward helping Joy Ranch fulfill its mission of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children who are no longer able to stay with their parents or other relatives, and hopefully it raised awareness of the home so that others will step forward and do similar projects.


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To the Johnson family in Dobson for granting a permanent conservation easement to their 367-acre farm. The easement allows the family to maintain full, private ownership of the farm and limits the use of the land to agriculture-related operations.


This action ensure the land will not be developed for residential or commercial use, thus maintaining its historic use and preserving a way of life for that community. The move also protects the scenic beauty of the region, another important factor in maintaining quality of life and value for the area.