Archives for December 2018

Legislation Would Allow Lottery Winners In VA To Remain Anonymous

A state lawmaker wants to let big lottery winners in Virginia remain anonymous. Delegate Lee Ware is putting it in legislation form. He says those winners should be allowed to stay private so they’re not hounded by strangers looking for money or looking to do them harm because they have new found wealth.

Results of Farmville No-Shave-November

The Farmville Police Department recently participated in No Shave November to raise money for cancer research. On November 1st, General Order # 303 was temporarily suspended by Chief Ellington and officers, who donated $50 were allowed to grow their beards for the entire month. An invite was also made to citizens and together they raised $790 for cancer research.

Woman Killed In Police Shooting In Hopewell

An officer involved shooting in Hopewell left a woman dead. The incident happened during an investigation into an armed robbery on the 900 block of Winston Churchill Drive. Officers spotted a woman matching the suspect’s description running on foot in the 700 block of Elm Street. When the woman failed to comply with officers’ demands to stop, she turned and pointed a gun at them, at which point police fired a single shot. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Victoria Considers Abandoning Road Sections

At a recent hearing, Victoria Town Council members discussed abandoning two sections of roadway. The portions being considered are an unopen length of 11th Street at Main and Jefferson Avenue where it intersects with Fourth Street. An unopened street is one considering during planning that was never constructed. .The earliest any action would take place would be at the January meeting but lawmakers will have to look at state regulations in the meantime.

State Police Boosting Road Presence This Weekend

Over the next week, thousands of Virginians will take to the highway to travel for the holidays. This weekend – Life Saver Weekend – signifies the start of the Christmas travel period and serves as a reminder to motorists to #Drive2SaveLives and celebrate safely so everyone will #ArriveAlive. .State police will increase its visibility and traffic enforcement efforts throughout the Commonwealth beginning Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at 12:01 a.m. and continuing through midnight, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

Goodwill Looking For Smaller Digs In Blackstone

The interim CEO of Goodwil of Southside Virginia wants to pare down their presence. Woody Van Valkenburgh says he hopes to sell the existing Goodwill store in Blackstone and find a smaller site from which to do business. Goodwill has been in Blackstone for 18 years. They plan to stay open at their current location until the building is sold.

SEC Marks Progress In Post-Storm Clean Up

Significant progress has been made toward restoring all of the nearly 10,000 Southside Electric
Cooperative (SEC) members who were left without power due to heavy snow from Winter Storm Diego on
Sunday, Dec. 9.
Throughout today, 41 crews will be working across SEC’s service territory to repair damages. As of 9:00 a.m.,
approximately 1,300 SEC members remained without power.
Barring any unforeseen challenges or undiscovered damage to our infrastructure, SEC estimates that all known
storm-related outages will be restored by Tuesday evening, Dec.11. Due to a significant
amount of cleanup and infrastructure restoration across our service territory, there will be isolated cases over the
next few days where some members may experience brief, temporary outages.

VDOT Talks About Winter Weather Potential

With the potential for winter weather this weekend, Virginia State Police want to remind residents to be careful while on the roadways. VDOT will be working to clear the roadways, but please be prepared for delays and plan accordingly prior to leaving. If you have to travel, be prepared by keeping food, water, blankets, and phone charger in your vehicle in the event you may be struck in traffic for an extended period of time. Please maintain more than a half of a tank of gas while traveling. Remember, some areas will receive large amounts of snow and may not have business’ open to refuel, so try and fill up before entering these regions.

Kenbridge Addressing Debt Service

Kenbridge needs some help with its debt service so it will continue to work with Davenport and Company to help it address the situation. The city has current debt service of just under $1.6 million. They’re looking to consolidate some of the debt and have been comparing rates from banks looking for the most favorable deal. Davenport will help sift through the rates and conditions of various proposals and help determine which makes the most fiscal sense.

Woman Dies In Lunenburg County Crash

A woman is dead following a traffic crash in Lunenburg County. Police say 30 year old Julie Kidd of Charlotte Court House was killed in the single vehicle wreck which happened on Route 637 near Route 718. Police say Kidd was at the wheel and her car left the right side of the road. She over corrected and the car then went back across the roadway and ended up in a ditch off the left side of the road. She was not wearing a seat belt.