Archives for October 2018

VA Advice On Short Term Health Plans

Many Virginians will soon shop for coverage during the open the enrollment period for the 2019 health insurance marketplace under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period runs from November 1 – December 15, 2018. The Bureau reminds consumers that Short Term Limited Duration health insurance plans are not subject to ACA rules, such as the requirement to provide certain benefits including maternity care, mental health and substance use disorder services and coverage for prescription drugs. In addition, STLD health insurance plans may deny eligibility for coverage or exclude services because of pre-existing conditions and may apply daily, annual and lifetime dollar limits on the amount they will pay.

Brat Introduces Tally Bill

Today, Representative Dave Brat (R-VA) announced he is introducing a new veterans bill titled, “Tally Bill.” The bill would bring VA independent contractors under the medical malpractice procedures for other federal employees and increase accountability for both employees and contractors who provide care to our veterans.
The “Tally Bill” is named after Brian Tally, a former Marine who experienced misdiagnosis, neglect, and malpractice at the VA that led to lifelong spinal injuries. Brian Tally went to the VA for debilitating back pain in January 2016. At the VA, he was seen by an independent contractor who sent him home with a bag of pills for the pain. Soon after, Brian’s condition got much worse, and he began fearing for his life. He paid out of pocket for an MRI, and Brian learned he had a STAF infection in his spine – an ailment a doctor could have found through a simple blood test.

Farmville Leaf Collection Starting

Starting Wednesday, October 31st and running through December 20th, the Town of Farmville will operate its vacuum service leaf collection. Before and after these dates, leaves must be bagged and called in for regular Monday pickups. The first week, October 31st – November 9th, the vacuum truck will do spot pickup. The whole town should be covered during the spot pickup period. Starting with the week of November 13th – 16th, Area 1 will be the focus of pickup. Area 2 will be November 19th – 21st and Area 3 is November 26th – November 30th. December 3rd – 20th will consist of spot pickup to cover town as needed.

Leaves must be out by 7:30 a.m. on the first scheduled day of your collection week. Rake your leaves to the curb or to property line near your street. Do not rake leaves into the street

Crewe Man Sentenced In High Speed Chase

A Crewe man has been sentenced after leading police on a chase that at one point reached 115 miles per hour. 44 year old Kevin Lamar Epps, Jr., was caught on radar doing 91 in a 55 on Route 49 outside Victoria. Police activated sirens and tried to pull him over, but he kept going. He was finally stopped at 14th Street and Main Street Extension with the assistance of a county deputy. He was cited for alluding a state trooper on a speeding violation and driving while drunk.

Upcoming Deadlines For VA Voters

The Virginia Department of Elections announces two upcoming deadlines for voters wishing to participate in the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election via an absentee ballot.

· Voters wishing to mail their absentee ballot have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to request a ballot through their local voter registration office or the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal at The local registrar must receive all applications by the deadline in order to mail absentee ballots to eligible recipients in time for the election.

· Absentee voters have until Nov. 3 to appear in-person at their local voter registration office to vote in-person absentee. The local offices will be open Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3, for individuals wishing to cast their absentee ballots in person.

· Voters also may visit their local voter registration office during regular business hours through the Nov. 3 deadline to vote absentee in-person.

Voters can find information about their local voter registration office online at

Four Arrests In Separate Sex Assaults Locally

Four arrests made in connection with multiple rapes reported locally. 31 year old Jimmy Lee Dedmond and 21 year old Keith Zachary Owen Satterwhite, both of Farmville, face rape counts. The two are charged in connection with an incident in the area of Fourth Avenue Extension. Police say it’s not connected to an incident at an on-campus residence at Longwood University on October 6th. Also, Samuel Davis of Farmville and Kevin Samuels of Cumberland are charged with rape and other counts. Davis for an incident involving a 15 year old. Samuels is a parent to the victim and was charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Keeping Kids Safe At Halloween

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is joining with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office to encourage youth and teens to make good choices and celebrate responsibly as part of the Halloween Safety Campaign. The campaign’s focus is to prevent a tragedy on what is supposed to be a fun night for youth. This week, schools and youth groups across the Commonwealth are participating in the peer-to peer campaign by organizing programs and activities to promote safe and responsible celebrations on Halloween night. All participating schools will receive a Halloween safety banner, pledge cards, activity ideas and suggested announcements to promote a safe Halloween.

Town Hall Meeting On Comprehensive Schools Plan

Nottoway County Public Schools are looking to steer the ship in the right direction. They’re holding a Town Hall meeting next Monday, October 29th, from 6pm to 8pm to talk about the comprehensive six year plan. It’s happening in the Nottoway County Schools auditorium. You can find out more details about the meeting by calling 434-645-9596 and you can get a link to the plan by going to

Reid Re-elected To VML Executive Committee

–A.D. “Chuckie” Reid, vice mayor of Farmville, was recently re-elected to the
Executive Committee for the Virginia Municipal League (VML). The election for the Executive
Committee was held Monday, Oct. 8 at the League’s annual conference and business meeting in
Hampton, VA.
Reid’s first term on Town Council began in 1986; he is currently serving his second term as vice
mayor. He chairs the Personnel Committee and serves on the Town Property/Building Committee.
Vice Mayor Reid has worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Farmville for 29 years. He attended
Southside Virginia Community College and served four years in the United States Air Force.

Authorities Say Fall Is Busy Fire Season In VA

Despite the heavy rains across Virginia this year, the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) urges
caution as the state’s wildfire season gets underway.
Fall is historically a busy time for brush and wildfires in the state due to the drier weather and the
turning of the leaves. With many trees bare, more sunlight and seasonably higher winds will reach the
forest floor, further drying out brush, leaves and vegetation. Combined with the lower average humidity
in fall, the only missing ingredient to a potentially devastating fire is a single spark.