Archives for August 2018

Shocking Suprise For Blackstone PD

A little good will goes a long way sometimes. A Blackstone police officer one weekend recently, handed a motorcyclist he saw a bottle of water, telling him to stay hydrated and safe. Ultimately, that recipient ended up popping in to Blackstone PD to talk to the chief about what had happened. He wrapped up his monologue by handing the chief a $25,000 check as a donation to the department. The officer in involved has been identified as Jason Robertson, a six year veteran.

VDOT Suspending Most Work Zones For Labor Day Weekend

Do you have plans for Labor Day? Plan ahead for holiday travel, and make sure this summer goes down in the books as a safe one.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon Friday, Aug. 31, until noon Tuesday, Sept. 4.

While lane closures will be lifted in most areas, motorists may encounter semi-permanent work zones that remain in place during this time. A full listing of those lane closures can be found on VDOT’s website. Also,
VDOT’s online, interactive travel-trends map shows peak congestion periods on Virginia interstates during previous Labor Day holidays.

VA Fire Officials Offer Safety Advice

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs is out with some advice on fire prevention as school is getting underway. Last year, roughly 50 people in Virginia died, another 300 were injured as a result of fires. Among the tips being offered up; In your kitchen, hang curtains, potholders, and dishtowels at least three feet from the
stove; unplug appliances when not in use. Avoid use of extension cords; never run them under rugs or where they may be pinched. Never smoke in bed and dispose of cigarettes properly. Sleep with the bedroom doors closed to slow a fire’s progress toward you. Do not overload electrical outlets, and check cords regularly for wear and tear.

Dinwiddie County Wins Award For Community Center

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has announced its 2018 Achievement Award
Winners. Dinwiddie County received an award for the Robert & Betty Ragsdale Community Center. VACo
received 106 submissions and selected 25 to receive awards.
Following a tremendous loss, the family of the late Robert and Betty Ragsdale generously donated a
building that was formerly home to the Aleen Sewing Factory in McKenney. The County conducted a needs
assessment, confirming that this was a prime location for the much-needed expansion of Parks, Recreation
and Tourism programming. An architectural rendering was unveiled in April 2015 and
demolition/construction began in November of that same year. A grand opening celebration was held on
May 2, 2017, and the facility quickly became the hub of activity in the McKenney area.

Woman Tracked Down In South Hill Charged With DUI

A woman who was causing a disturbance and tracked down in South Hill faces charges of DUI. Police were called to a home in Bracey where the incident took place, but the woman had taken off. The vehicle was spotted nd as it turned into a restaurant parking lot, officers approached and made contact with 42 year old Catherine Jetter. Police say there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. She submitted to a breath test and was placed under arrest.

Man Sentenced For Third DWI In Ten Years

Jail time for a Victoria man who racked up a third DWI charge in the past ten years. 44 year old Michael Daniel was sentenced to five years in prison for the offense, with all but 90 days of that time suspended. He was fined $1,000 and his privilege revoked indefinitely to obtain a license.

Longwood Students Volunteer At Piedmont Senior Rescources

Several Longwood University Honors College students volunteered at Piedmont Senior Resources for several hours over the course of two days before classes commenced at the university. The students got to work with seniors, in addition to working and learning about the operations and services PSR provides to seniors age 60 and older, including transportation, nutrition, friendship cafes, conducting assessments, and data collection

Head’s Up From State Officials On Labor Day Driving

Leading into Labor Day weekend, Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran remind drivers of the risks they face if
they get behind the wheel while impaired. Risks to individuals who choose this reckless action include the
loss of driving privileges, money, and, most importantly, lives.
Last year, 248 people were killed on Virginia’s roadways in alcohol-related traffic crashes. More than
4,400 people were injured. Nationally in 2016, out of 433 crash fatalities, more than one-third involved drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.”

United Way Sets Fundraising Goal

The United Way of Prince Edward County has set an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The group actually raised $57,628.51 last year, but some of that were funds for the sponsorship of the United Way’s signature event, the Great Duck Derby. The United Way also incurred the expense of buying 5,000 ducks, and incurs approximately $3,400 a year in operating expenses.

The United Way received 23 applications for funding, and its all volunteer board is reviewing 22 of them.

After surpassing last year’s goal of $55,000, and giving out a record $50,000 to its 20 partner organizations, the group’s board of directors decided at their Monday, Aug. 13, meeting to be bolder this year.

Farmville Police Probe DUI Crash

The Farmville Police Department is investigating a single-vehicle crash
that caused a wide spread power outage to the downtown area. The crash occurred on
Midtown Avenue, just off Fourth Street at approximately 9:37 p.m. on August 20 th .
Police said Michael Aaron Cook, 28, of Burkeville was traveling south on Midtown
Avenue when he lost control of his 2014 Ford Fiesta and struck a power transformer located
within Midtown Square.
The driver was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence. He was later
released to a sober party.
Police continue their investigation into this crash.