Archives for April 2018

Two Drivers Charged After Near Miss Accident

Charges now face two drivers after a school bus and tractor trailer cab nearly collided in Nottoway County Friday morning. Police say both the bus and the truck, which had no trailer, ended up off the road. The school bus hit a tree. Investigators say it happened on Hungarytown Road as the two were trying to avoid each other. The driver of the bus, Mary Gordon, 58, of Burkeville, and the driver of the tractor-trailer cab, Geoffrey Edwards, 41, of Keysville, were both reportedly ticketed as a result of the accident.

Making Voices Heard On Pipeline Safety

Virginians can start weighing in on whether they believe the water quality approvals granted for two natural gas pipelines are adequate to protect the state’s waterways.

The Department of Environmental Quality made available on Friday information and instructions for a 30-day public comment period about the water permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

The comment period opens Monday. It was initiated by the State Water Control Board earlier this month.

Critics have argued the review process the U.S. Army Corps of engineers used for the permits was overly broad and DEQ should have done a stream-by-stream study.

The department has said the reviews are adequate, and the pipeline companies say they’ve undergone a thorough, fair environmental review process.

Drug Take Back Day Saturday

Virginia’s statewide Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday from 10am to 2pm. It’s an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and to keep trace drugs out of our lakes and streams. Drug Take-Back Day is a day where citizens can drop off their unused, unwanted, or expired medications at their local law enforcement agencies for safe disposal. It’s anonymous and free Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. No intravenous solutions, injectables, or needles

Victoria Man Convicted, Sentenced In Perjury Case

A Victoria man convicted on perjury counts after authorities said he lied on an application for a concealed handgun permit. 27 year old Travis Gray Anderson, formerly of 1315 Lunenburg Avenue, was
Anderson was sentenced to three years in prison with all suspended. Last May, he applied for a handgun permit and lied under oath on the application that he had not been convicted of a misdemeanor in the past five years. He did, in fact, get convicted on pot and firearms counts in 2014.

VA Income Tax Deadline Approaching

Virginians have just a few more days to file their state tax returns.

Unlike most states, Virginia’s individual income tax deadline does not coincide with the federal tax deadline of April 15.

Virginia gives its residents until May 1 to file their state tax returns.

Tax Commissioner Craig Burns is urging residents to file their tax returns electronically by Tuesday’s deadline and to request their refunds by direct deposit. Burns said residents who file electronically are likely to get their refunds sooner than those who file on paper or request refunds by check.

Big Rig Accident Closes I-85 In Dinwiddie County

I-85 was closed early Thursday after a big rig overnturned near Boydton Plank Road in Dinwiddie County.
It happened at about 4:30am and was a single vehicle crash. No injuries, including to two dogs who were in the truck. Originially, Virginia State Police said the trailer was hauling approximately 75,000 pounds of pineapple, but later adjusted that number to 30,000 pounds. VSP identified the driver as 49-year-old Richard J. Porter of Lenore, NC. He has been charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control. Porter was traveling southbound when he veered off the shoulder to the left and over-corrected, causing the tractor-trailer to overturn.

Deer Processing Plant Ordered To Cease Operations

A business that processes deer has been ordered to close up shop by the Board of Supervisors. Members voted 5-0 to revoke a permit issued last September for Big T Processing at 944 Cedar Hill Road. The business lacked a proper septic tank and drainfield for waste. Neighbors reported seeing questionable practices taking place at the facility. The owner, Todd Tribble, has contacted county officials saying he won’t reopen until he has the proper equipment. The operation reportedly came to the attention of the county after deer hides were seen being put into a dumpster off Davis Mill Road.

Red Cross Battle Of The Badges In Colonial Heights

The American Red Cross has started a “Battle of the Badges” Campaign where Fire Departments and Police Departments compete across the region in an effort to secure more donors. The Competition for the Tri-Cities teams up Colonial Heights Fire Department with Petersburg Fire Dept and Hopewell Fire Dept. They are going to be “competing” against the police agencies in the Tri-cities area. The Fire Department’s day is May 4th (International Firefighter’s Day) at Southpark Mall from 1pm to 7pm at the entrance closest to Planet Fitness.

Autism Family Picnic Saturday In South Hill

An Autism Family Picnic in South Hill Saturday. The group Families Embracing Autism Together or FEAT is hosting the event at Centennial Park for families with children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It’s happening 11am to 1pm and organizers say it will give both parents and children a chance to share experiences. Plus, FEAT would also like to hold an event the first Saturday of every month to keep those connections in place. There will be parent support groups on hand Saturday as well.

Farmville Sees Revenue Boost In 2017

The Town of Farmville saw a revenue boost in 2017, up 3.77% from 2016 with a total of $1,400,886. Contractors, which includes new construction, increased by $17 million from 2016. Restaurant sales increased by $4 million, along with increases in retail automotive sales, and hotel/motel revenue. Town Manager Gerry Spates said, “The Town of Farmville is thriving and experiencing
economic growth with the addition of new businesses, restaurants, and hotels. Council has seen
the importance of providing infrastructure such as streets, water, and sewer needed to
accommodate this growth. Without this foresight Farmville would be like a lot of small towns
that are struggling to keep their communities together.”