Archives for January 2019

Apparent Murder Suicide Under Investigation

The investigation continues into a suspected murder suicide this week in the Dillwyn area. Authorities were called out to a home on Taylors Park Lane at about 10:40 Monday night. There, they found two people dead, a man and woman, identified as 24 year old Domicci Brown and 25 year old Lynett Green. Both had died of a single gunshot wound and the bodies of both were taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy. The investigation into what led up to the shootings is ongoing.

New Officers Appointed To Farmville Planning Commission

The Farmville Planning Commission appointed new
officers during their annual organizational meeting on January 23, 2019. Mrs. Sherry
Honeycutt, the outgoing chair, nominated Dr. John Miller for Chairman, Mr. Cameron
Patterson for Vice-Chairman, and Mr. Jerry Davenport for Secretary. All of these
nominations were approved unanimously by the Planning Commissioners present at the
meeting. Members will serve in these compacities from January through December.

Northam, Lawmakers Announce Coal Ash Pond Clean Up Agreement

Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, and a bipartisan group of legislators today announced a historic agreement to clean up large coal ash ponds in Chesapeake City and the counties of Prince William, Chesterfield, and Fluvanna. The agreement, supported by Democratic and Republican members of both the House and Senate, would require more than 27 million cubic yards of coal ash be removed from unlined ponds in areas adjacent to major waterways. At least 25 percent of the ash will be recycled for beneficial use, with the remainder disposed of safely in modern, lined landfills. The bill also limits the amount of removal costs that can be recovered from ratepayers in any given year.

VDOT Dollars Headed To Improve Local Intersections

$10 million worth of VDOT Smart Scale funds are headed to two hazardous instersections in Nottoway County. The money will be used to reconfigure the crossings there to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. County officials got word late last week that a roundabout is being proposed for Rt 40 at Military Road east of Blackstone. That project is receiving $7.2 million. Another $3.3 million is headed to Rts. 460 and 723 near Burkeville to install what’s known as a Hybrid R Cut at the intersection there.

Price To Speak At Civil War Roundtable

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier welcomes James Price to speak at the Petersburg Civil War Roundtable on February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Park’s Education Center. Price’s presentation titled “Battle of New Market Heights” is based on his first book, “The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword,” which was published in 2011. Price is a Museum Education Specialist with the U.S. Army Women’s Museum. An Air Force veteran, he received his M.A. in Military History from Norwich University in 2009.

Farmville Rotary Announces Events

Rotary Club of Farmville today announced dates for its 2019 events.
The Club is able to donate to nonprofit organizations throughout the year, due largely to proceeds
from The Taste of Farmville which will be held Thursday, January 31 from 5-8 p.m. at Fireman’s
Sports Arena. Tickets can be purchased online on the Rotary Club’s Facebook Page. The deadline for
food vendors is January 30, 2019.
For its second year in a row, the club’s Pancake Brunch will be held at The Woodland, prior to The
Virginia Wine Festival, on Saturday, April 20. In 2018, the club brought back its pancake brunch
fundraiser to address a $3,000 commitment to the Southside Virginia Family YMCA.

New Jobs Coming To Henrico County

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Anord Mardix (USA), Inc., a leading global producer of power distribution and protection equipment, will invest $907,500 to establish its second manufacturing facility in Henrico County. The investment will allow the company to augment production of power infrastructure components to its North American data center clients, supporting new and projected growth. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and North Carolina for the project, which will create 51 new jobs. Anord Mardix (USA), Inc. manufactures and distributes low- and middle-voltage electrical switchgear.

SEC Wraps Up Power Restoration Efforts

As of 10:45 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, all known, storm-related power outages caused when Winter
Storm Gia moved through Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) territory have been restored.
At the peak of the event on Monday, Jan. 14, nearly 11,000 SEC members lost power.
While all storm-related outages have been restored at this time, lingering effects from the heavy ice on trees may
cause additional outages over the next few days. Members experiencing outages should contact the Cooperative at 1-866-878-5514.

Bomb Threat At Amelia Law Offices Probed

An investigation continues into a bomb threat at a lawyer’s office in Amelia Fridaya. It was reported at Stark and Stark at 9191 Washington Street and the block was evacuated at about 10:40am. Police were called in along with K-9 detection teams. Once an interior and exterior search of the scene were complete, the streets were re-opened and the all clear given. No word on who is responsible for the threat.

One Teen Killed, One Seriously Injured In Crash

A teen was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Brunswick County early Sunday morning. Authorities say it happened at just past 4am on Kress Road near Justin Lane. A pick up driven by a 16 year old male lost control on an iced-over bridge, ran off the roadway and hit a tree. That driver was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. A 16 year old passenger did not survive, say police. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt and investigators say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the wreck.