Archives for February 2018

Special Election Sought To Fill Farmville Supervisor’s Seat

Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors are looking to hold a special election November 6th to elect a resident of Farmville District 101 to fill the board vacancy left by the death of Supervisor Howard Simpson. Simpson died on February 13th at age 79. The position of Prince Edward County Circuit Court Clerk will also be included in a November 6th special election with the expected retirement of Machelle Eppes on April 1st.

Assembly Considers Distillery Bill

Virginia distilleries may be able to keep more of money they get from selling spirits on their property.

The Daily Progress reports that the General Assembly is considering legislation to loosen requirements on what distilleries are required to pay the state.

Supporters say the legislation is needed because the state has overly burdensome requirements for distilleries that have limited the industry’s growth.

The legislation was written by Silverback Distillery co-owner Denver Riggleman, a former GOP candidate for governor.

Man Cuffed On Drug Counts After Welfare Check

A welfare check at a residence in Blackstone lead to the discovery of a meth lab. Authorities went to a home on the 800 block of Falls Street and spotted what looked like evidence that drug making was happening there. They collected evidence and sent it to a state lab for analysis. Police placed a person in the residence under arrrest. He’s identified as 29 year old Guy Leon Anthony III, a 29-year-old Blackstone resident, who’s been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine. He was remanded to Piedmont Regional Jail with no bond.

Local Authorities Warn Of Scam

Authorities say a person reached out to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and they’re now advising others there’s a scam going around. That person had received a call from a person who said that the victim’s granddaughter had been involved in an accident. The caller then advised the victim to go to the CVS store, purchase Best Buy cards and load money on them. The victim did what the caller said and not until the victim contact the granddaughter later did it come to light that the situation was a scam.

Petersburg PD Adding Three Drones To Its Ranks

One Virginia police department has added three more drones to its operations.
The Petersburg Bureau of Police Chief Kenneth Miller said on Twitter that the department got three new drones “to tackle crime and keep the community safe.” With a total of four drones, the department’s stash of unmanned aircrafts is four more than all other Richmond-area police departments. There’s no official count of Virginia law enforcement agencies with drones, but the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College said in a 2017 report that nine police, sheriff, fire and emergency agencies had used drones in Virginia between 2009 and 2017.

Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Dana Schrad says drone cost and maintenance is the biggest determent to drone usage.

Farmville Seeking Bids On Comprehensive Plan, Ordinances

Farmville is looking for firms that want to bid on development of the town’s comprehensive plan, along with zoning and subdivsion ordinances. Work at the intersection of Oakd and High Streets and Griffin Boulevard is a high priority. The town is getting some guidance from state transportation officials in terms of how traffic patterns and pedestrian traffic may work best there. Among the options being considered…installing a roundabout, realigning the intersection or leaving it as is. Despite being one of the busiest area intersections, it’s also one fo the safest.

New Numbers Out On Hunting Season

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(DGIF) have compiled the preliminary figures for the 2017-18 fall/winter hunting season. During the 2017-18 Virginia bear hunting seasons, 2,861 bears were harvested by 32,687
licensed bear hunters. In deer hunting season, hunters harvested 189,730 deer in Virginia. Also, a total of 2,132 wild turkeys were harvested in Virginia during the 2017-18 fall turkey hunting season, which was a 24% decline compared to the 2016-17 fall seasons and 31% below the recent 5-year average.

Rumors Of Students Talking About A Gun In School Deemed Not Credible

Nottoway County Sheriffs Deputies and school officials checked out reports of students at the high school talking about a gun. That initial report came Tuesday but instead of informing the school’s administration, the students who overheard that happening, went home and told friends instead. That got the rumor mill going and after word reached school officials Wednesday, the investigation began. During the probe, it was determined the rumors were not credible and students and staff were told of the results of the investigation.

South Hill Shooting Incident Under Investigation

Police in South Hill continue their investigation into a recent shooting incident near Mecklenburg Manor Apartments located on Ferrell Crescent Street. Officers got there and found a large amount of spent cartridges in the parking lot. They determined that multiple apartments and vehicles had been struck by gunfire. Also, they got word that one victim of a gunshot had shown up at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. They’re trying to determine who’s responsible and if there are any more victims.

Pot Bellied Pig Ownership Considered In Blackstone

Might pot bellied pigs be allowed as pets in Blackstone? The Health and Ordinance Committee is taking on the issue. An area woman who’s a member of the American Mini-Pig Association sees it as an opportunity but advises some restrictions be placed on ownership, if it is approved. Among those, a limit of two per household, and each should weigh no more than 150 to 200 pounds apiece. She says those pigs, if they’re overfed, can grow to 400 pounds. Currently, Blackstone has a ban on livestock that includes pigs.