Archives for September 2018

Scholarship For ‘Why My Vote Matters’ In Dinwiddie County

Are you a Dinwiddie County High School student who is planning on attending college?
Do you need help paying for college? If so check out the Veterans of Foreign Wars
scholarship programs.
Since 1947, the Veterans of Foreign Wars invite High School and Middle School
students to compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students at
the high school compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic
theme. This year’s Voice of Democracy theme is, “Why My Vote Matters”.
To enter the program the students need to record their original essay no less than 3 and
no more than 5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) onto an audio CD or a flash drive.
The students will submit their recording, typed essay and an entry form to their local
VFW Post for judging. The Student Entry form is available at the county high school
and must be received by VFW Post 12145 by October 31, 2018.

Colonial Heights Community Safety Night

Colonial Heights invites residents to Community Safety Night on October 2nd from 5:30p to 8:30p. This is an evening where your neighbors are invited to gather in fellowship at a certain location in your neighborhood, at which time Colonial Heights Police Officers will stop by and share what’s going on in the neighborhood and provide crime prevention tips, as well as information on starting a neighborhood watch program. Event hosts will be notifying their neighbors by delivering flyers. Very often, hosts even sponsor a cookout where everyone brings a dish to share. If you are interested in being a host for this event, please contact Career Officer Scott Whirley at 804-520-9318

REAL ID To Be Issued Starting October 1

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin issuing optional REAL ID compliant
driver’s licenses and identification cards to interested Virginians starting October 1st. As of October 1, 2020, the federal government will require a REAL ID compliant form of identification for boarding a domestic flight or entering a secure federal facility or military base. An in-person visit, with appropriate documentation, is necessary to obtain a REAL ID , but several other forms of ID, including a U.S. Passport and some military IDs, will also be accepted for federal identification. Visit for more information.

Three Area Men Among DGIF Grads

Michael Chittum of Dinwiddie County, James Dooley of Lunenburg County and Nicholas Sumner of Amelia County are among the latest class of graduates from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Basic Law Enforcement Academy. They were among 17 grads sworn-in at the Greater
Richmond Convention Center. These officers completed
an intensive training program that ran for 26 weeks. They will take up their assignments across the
Commonwealth and proceed with field training under the direct supervision of field training officers.

‘Coffee With A Cop’ October 3rd In Farmville

Chief Andy Ellington and the Farmville Police Department would like to
invite you to have “Coffee with a Cop” with the Farmville Police Department on Wednesday,
October 3 rd , 2018. Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., Chief Ellington along with other Farmville
Police Officers will be at Merks Place, located at 2106 West Third Street.
This event will be held in conjunction with hundreds of other “Coffee with a Cop” events all
across the country and will be an opportunity to meet with your local police officers and
discuss a variety of topics.

Absentee And Other Voting Deadlines

Absentee voting for the November 6 General Election starts statewide tomorrow, Friday, September 21. Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee in-person at their local voter registration office or vote absentee by mail. To vote absentee, registered voters must meet one of the 20 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application. The deadline to register to vote for the November General Election is October 15. · The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. · In-person absentee voting is available Monday through Friday during regular general registrar office hours, and on Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, November 3.

Child Safety Seat Check This Weekend

The Farmville Police Department will be holding a Child Seat Safety Check on Saturday
September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Farmville Fire Department on West Third St.
Officers that are trained child safety seat technicians will be on hand to check car seats.
Anyone that transports children is encourage to stop by. The event is free of charge.

Officers will also have Child ID Kits to give to anyone that wants them. These are a simple
way of recording/collecting information about your child that you keep at home should it ever
be needed in an emergency.

Suspect Arrested In Kenbridge Man’s Shooting Death

A man has been arrested in connection with shooting a 22-year-old Kenbridge man four times during a disagreement at a social gathering in Lunenburg County on September 15. Police say they got to the site of the shooting, the 800 block of Sugar Hill Road, at about 11:30 that night and found 22 year old Bryant Craig, Jr. shot four t imes. Craig was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police identified 22 year old old Montai Mervin of South Carolina as a suspect. He was arrested in South Hill.

DMV Urges Virginians To Deal With Airbag Recall

More than 20,000 Virginians have not yet taken action on a critical airbag recall on certain models of
Nissan and INFINITI vehicles. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Nissan/INFINITI urge owners of
these vehicles to schedule a free repair immediately.
If the airbags deploy, they could explode and spray sharp metal fragments, or shrapnel, toward you and your
passengers. The repair is free, and parts are available now at your local dealership. Additionally, free alternate
transportation may be available to help minimize wait time and

Area Schools Closing Early, Others Holding Students Due To Weather

South Hill Elementary and some other schools in Mecklenburg County are dismissing early today due to weather, but others are holding students until roads are deemed safe to drive one. Parents are being told not to pick up students at Clarksville Elementary, Chase City Elementary, Bluestone Middle School and Bluestone High School. They’ll be updating the Mecklenburg County Public Schools Facebook page, website and school messenger to keep parents informed as to when it is safe to pick up their students. South Hill Elementary, LaCrosse Elementary, Park View Middle School and Park View High School will dismiss today at 1:30 pm.