Archives for March 2016

VUMAC ceasing operations

The Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center is holding its final service in less than six weeks. Officials say the Blackstone facility is shutting down officially as of May 7th. That night, the center will host the Nottoway High School junior-senior prom. While declining to elaborate, leades say they are ceasing operations and that doesn’t mean they’re closing. The decision came recently from the board of trustees. No word on when it was taken or whether it was a unanimous vote. The center’s 40-acre campus is located at College Avenue and 4th Street.

Arrest in Kenbridge assault-turned-homicide

First degree murder counts face a 21 year old man under arrest in a murder earlier this month in Kenbridge. Police got a call on St. Patricks Day, March 17th, of a person in the roadway on Center Street who had been assaulted. The victim later died from his injuries. Police secured the scene and began their investigation and later, 21 year old Jason Lee turned himself in and was charged. Three witnesses also came forward. Police say Lee attacked the victim with a knife. It was the first homicide in Kenbridge in seven years.

Appomattox man dies in Buckingham County crash

Virginia State Police Trooper R.M. Chambliss is investigating a fatal crash in Buckingham County. The crash occurred at 5:30 a.m., Thursday (March 24) on Route 24, approximately one mile east of Route 636. A vehicle was traveling west on Route 24 when a deer ran out in front of it. The vehicle struck the deer forcing the deer into the eastbound travel lane. A 1993 Toyota pickup truck was in the eastbound travel lane and struck the deer. The pickup truck then ran off the road and struck a tree. The driver of the pickup truck, James G. Pugh, 54, of Appomattox, Va., died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.

Blackstone man cuffed in animal poisoning case

A Blackstone man is under arrest charged with poisoning dogs on Second Street. Blackstone Police say 40 year old William Martin of Second Street appeared in Nottoway General District Court Wednesday. Police say three dogs belonging to Martin’s neighbors became violently ill last month and all had to be euthanized at Lunenburg Animal Hosptial. Police determined that the dogs ate canned dog food laced with anti-freeze that had been thrown into the yard of the home where they lived.

FASTC construction set for April 1

April 1st is the day construction is set to begin for the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center at Forrt Pickett. After much debate about where the center should go, Fort Pickett got the thumbs up. The Courier-Record quotes State Department planners as saying they expect the build of the $413 million project to move quickly. The construction will come in three phases.

Report cards, parent/teacher conferences this week for Nottoway schools

If your child goes to Nottoway County Schools, the latest report cards come out Thursday and teacher/parent conferences are happening that day as well. Schools will close Thursday at 12:30pm. Conferences will take place between 1:30pm and 7pm.

In Hopewell, man who threatened cops with knives, shot dead

In Hopewell, authorities are identifying a man fatally shot after police say he approached officers with multiple knives, yelling at them to shoot him. Media outlets report Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane says officers were called to an apartment complex on Sunday for reports of a stabbing. In the parking lot, Keohane says officers encountered 61-year-old Boyd Ballard, carrying multiple knives. He says an officer asked Ballard to drop the knives, but he continued to approach and was shot.

Farmville Police Chief to sit down with residents this week

Farmville’s Police Chief is sitting down with folks who have questions or concerns about what’s happening in the community in terms of law enforcement. Curtis Davis is inviting the community to the fourth installment of “Coffee and Conversation” on Thursday, March 24.
The event will be held at Uptown Coffee Cafe, located at 236 N. Main St. beginning at 4 p.m., according to a police department press release. The chief says it’s a chance to speak casually to what’s on the minds of residents and will continue periodically in different locations around town.

New life for shuttered South Hill Elementary?

The now shuttered South Hill Elementary School on Franklin would see new life under a plan under consideration by town council this wseek. the blueprint calls for the building to be rehabbed and turned into apaermtnets for the edlery. The developers are applying for Virginia Housing Development Authority funding assistance to create 59 apartments, 27 through renovation of existing buildings and 32 new units to be constructed in the open spaces. The South Hill Enterprise reports council unanimously adopted a resolution designating the former South Hill Elementary School property as a revitalization area.

Improving the lives of local residents with hearing loss

Longwood University is involved in a partnership to help the hearing impaired in and around Farmville. The Farmville Herald reports the initiative will provide telecommunications equipment from Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program to people with hearing loss to improve their quality of life. The devices take the place of normal telephones, alarm clocks, even doorbells. There are eligibility requirements but children are eligible as well.