Archives for August 2019

Spates Retires As Farmville Town Manager

The Town Manager in Farmville has suddenly retired. Town Council held a meeting this week at which they unanimously approved a retirement request from Gerald Spates. He submitted a a retirement letter Monday. Spates has been with the town for 44 years and has been Town Manager for 41 of those years. Scott Davis has been appointed Interim Town Manager. The process for choosing the next town will be discussed in the near future.

VDOT Looks To Reconfigure Crash-Prone Intersection

VDOT is looking at ways to reconfigure a busy intersection along US Route 460 that’s been the scene of a number of accidents, including a fatal crash earlier this year that claimed the life of Dinwiddie teen Dakota Reid. Reid was a passenger in a car that was ht as it tried to cross New Cox Road when it was struck by a sedan. The new configuration is an effort to prevent accidents like that one. VDOT says the way the pattern is now, there are 32 conflict points where traffic paths interact in that vicinity.

Hydrant Flushing In Colonial Heights

The Utility Division of the City of Colonial Heights Department of Public Works will be testing and flushing FIRE HYDRANTS throughout the City starting September 3rd, and continuing through November 8, 2019.

The City will be divided into four sections. The first dates are SOUTHEAST SECTION: September 3, through September 17, east of I-95, from ELLERSLIE/YACHT BASIN, SOUTH, TO E. ROSLYN RD. Including Newcastle and Old Town Subdivisions.

Chesterfield bank robber on the run

Chesterfield police are looking for a bank robber. A bank teller at Wells Fargo on Hopkins Road initially refused the suspects demands on a written note, but then the man attacked a customer and the teller handed over the cash. The robber took off in a truck that was found abandoned nearby. The customer was treated for minor injuries.

Hermitage High School football coach accused of embezzlement

Hermitage High School head football coach, David Bedwell is accused of embezzling from his former school, L.C. Bird High School. Bedwell used school purchase orders to buy five-thousand-dollars’ worth of equipment and other items. He took the equipment with him when he was named head coach at Hermitage earlier this year. Bedwell is on administrative leave.

Two women arrested on drug charges

Two women are under arrest on drug charges. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies to 27-year-old Kendra Knight and 23-year-old Alyrica Jones into custody following a controlled drug buy and traffic stop. Both women are charged with felony child endangerment and knight was charged with distribution of heroin.

Bike Virginia Tour Announces 2020 Dates

The Bike Virginia Tour is pleased to partner with the
Farmville-Prince Edward County Virginia region for the 2020 annual tour, the 33 rd year of the
event. Farmville last hosted the event in 1997, and previously for the very first year of the tour in
1988.
The 2019 event was held in Woodstock and Harrisonburg Virginia.
The next Bike Virginia Tour will be held June 19-24, 2020 in the Farmville-Prince Edward
region and features 1,600 cyclists of all skills and abilities for six days of touring the beautiful
Virginia countryside and visiting many places of interest.
The 2020 tour will begin on Friday, June 19 in Farmville.

Longwood University Police Chief To Retire

Longwood University Police Col. Bob Beach, who since 2007 has led the police department, is announcing his retirement after this academic year. Beach implemented a number of changes, notably doubling the number of sworn officers, incorporating force-multiplying technology (including hundreds of security cameras and emergency phone), creating dozens of classes available to students, and increasing the level of emergency preparedness for potential crises. He also ushered in a new era of cooperation with town and county law enforcement, building bridges that have created new opportunities for the community to work together.

More Nottoway County Schools Headed For Accreditation

Four of five schools in the Nottoway County School District are expected to be accredited after latest Standards Of Learning (SOL) test scores were released. The new Superintendent Dr. Tameshia Grimes saying there have been solid gains made in student achievement and the four schools on the way to accreditation are up from three last year. Also, Blackstone Primary is likely to move from “Accredited With Conditions” to Accredited thanks to gains in English.

SC Man Sentenced In Lunenburg County Murder

A man from South Carolina sentenced for first degree murder in Lunenburg Circuit Court. 23 year old Montai Mervin was handed 68 years behind bars, with 38 years suspended in the death of 22 year old Bryant Craig of Lunenburg County on September 15th last year. Authorities say Mervin shot Craig four times with an assault rifle, which he then tossed into the Nottoway River. The weapon was found eight months later by divers.