Archives for February 2019

Spencer Named To 10th Judicial Court Seat

Lunenburg lawyer Cal Spencer has been appointed as General District Court judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit. The court covers the counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Halifax, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg. Spencer begins his position April 16th. Spencer says he’s enjoyed working in his own practice in Southside Virginia and looks forward to the new challenge.

Amelia Native Lauded By 4-H

Amelia County native Preston R. Willson was awarded the 2019 Virginia 4-H All Stars
Hall of Fame Award this month at the 4-H All Stars Winter Banquet which was held at the
Hilton Garden Inn in Charlottesville. Preston, who is currently President/CEO of Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center (HL4HEC), has spent over 50 years positively impacting youth through his service in Central and Southside Virginia. He attended 4-H Camp and served as a Junior Leader at 4-H Camp Farrar. He has been instrumental in leading fundraising efforts to upgrade the 4-H Center’s facilities. Preston’s vison and hard work has led to many successful projects for the 4-H Center and his commitment to the Virginia 4-H Program has
improved the lives of many young people.

CMS Community Night Happens Thursday

Band, chorus, theatre and more will be on display as Clifton Middle School has rescheduled its Community Night for Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, was postponed because of bad weather. You can turn out and see what happens on a daily basis at CMS.

Zanowski Leaving Kenston Forest For NC Gig

With a new job waiting for him in Charlotte, North Carolina, Paul Zanowski says he is stepping down as headmaster of Kenston Forest School. His last day will be June 28th, almost four years to the day since he took the job. Since then, enrollment has increased from 277 to 344 students, and a record number of applications have been filed for next year. Also, he points to the STEAM program, aimed at science, technology, engineering and math, and its development in recent years. Lori Bacon, Associate Head Of School, will succeed Zanowski as headmaster.

Bear, Deer, Turkey Hunting Season Results

During the 2018-19 bear hunting seasons, 2,715 bears were harvested in Virginia, which
represents the second highest harvest of bears ever in Virginia. The 3-day early firearms season, archery
and youth/apprentice harvests increased over the 2017-18 seasons by 7%, 64% and 40%, respectively. During the 2018-19 deer hunting season that ended January 5, hunters harvested 190,636 deer in
Virginia. This total included 96,239 antlered bucks, 12,342 button bucks, and 82,055 does (43%).
A total of 2,363 wild turkeys were harvested in Virginia during the 2018-19 fall turkey hunting season, a
difference of only 5 birds from the 2017-18 fall season bag of 2,368 birds. The harvest declined slightly in
counties east of the Blue Ridge Mountains (-2%), while the harvest increased slightly in counties west of
the Blue Ridge Mountains (+2%).

Annual Farmville SOUP Dinner Event

Farmville Downtown partnership is presenting the Fourth Annual Farmville SOUP Dinner Event on Friday, March 29, 2019 beginning at 6pm at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA). At this event everyone in attendance will be able to vote on proposals, which have been submitted by local community members hoping to win grant money to make their proposal a reality. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the door. Local musician Joel Worford will be playing music throughout the night. A student photographer from Longwood University will be onsite to capture the event. Applications from individuals or organizations (both non-profit and for-profit) are being accepted now until March 8th at 5PM. Plans call for three $1,000 grants that will improve the community of downtown Farmville.

Peake Comments On Tax Bill

Senator Mark Peake commenting on the business of the General Assembly in its final week. He addresses the tax bill saying, ” This tax bill brings many benefits for Virginian taxpayers. Because of the delay in passing tax conformity legislation, our plan allows Virginians filing before May 1 to receive a $110 rebate check ($220 for couples) this fall. When you’re preparing your personal income tax forms next year, you’ll notice even more money in your pocket. We’ve increased the standard deduction 50%, the first increase in 30 years. I’m committed to getting real tax breaks for Virginians and not playing special interest loophole whack-a-mole.

DMV Accepting Grant Applications

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is accepting applications for grants to
support programs throughout Virginia that strive to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The deadline for
transportation safety grant submissions is February 28, 2019.
The funding period for approved applications is October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. Applicants
selected for the program participate on a cost-reimbursement basis.
Interested applicants are required to participate in a pre-application workshop and then apply online at

Rig Driver Charged After Accident

Charges filed against a driver whose log truck overturned in Nottoway County Monday. Police say the accident happened on Deep Creek Road, roughly 1.5 miles south of Bible Road. Thd driver was coming out of a curve and ran off the road, striking a guardrail and a portion of a bridge. The truck then came back onto the roadway and overturned, losing its load. The driver, who has been identified as 60-year-old Alfred J. Johnson, of Dewitt, was wearing his seat belt and suffered minor injuries, according to police. He was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain control.

Centra Southside Community Hospital Limiting Visitors

In an effort to curb the spread of the flu, Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville is implementing restrictions on visitors. Under the guidelines, visitation is limited to adults who aren’t sick, children should not be brought to the hospital and there should be no more than two visitors at a time per patient. The idea is to keep the flu and other infectious diseases at bay. The restrictions will be lifted once the flu season wanes.