Archives for December 2017

Blood Drive At Farmville Church

Blood donations were at the center of an event this week in Farmville. St. John’s Lutheran Church held a blood drive to help with supplies that tend to drop off this time of the year as people get tied up with the holidays. Volunteering came on a couple different levels as some helped facilitate the blood drive and others turned out to give blood at the church on Milnwood Road.

Board Rejects Health Insurance Plan Request

The timing is not good and so, in a 3-1 decision, Nottoway County Supervisors have rejected a request from School Supt. Dr. Rodney Berry for up to $554,000 in extra annul funding to participate in a new health insurance plan. While members agree something needs to be done about insurance, they also point out the request comes in the middle of the fiscal year, making it not feasible at the present time.

Sex Offenders Being Moved From Burkeville Facility

The state plans to relocate some of the sexually violent predators now being housed at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation near Burkeville. 22 of them will be relocated to the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital. The unit there is being renovated so that treatment and security needs are met. Officials say the move helps mitigate risk for reoffending since the offenders are what doctors term, significantly medically compromised.

Legislation To Put Teachers With Trades Experience In Schools

State Senator Mark Peake of Lynchburg wants to make it easier to get vocational and technical education teachers in Virginia schools. He talked about the issue with residents in Prince Edward County. He says issues involving accreditation requirements from the state have been slowing down the process and he’s introducing legislation to clean up the process to allow people with trade experience to work in schools.

Tiebreaking Vote For House Control Postponed

Election officials say they’ve postponed their plan to break a tie in a Virginia House race that could decide party control of the chamber. Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes confirmed the postponement Tuesday in an email to The Associated Press. Election officials had planned to draw names from a bowl Wednesday. The delay follows an announcement that the Democratic candidate will challenge the race’s vote tally in court. The race is in the 94th House of Delegates District in Newport News.

VDOT Launches Website To Keep You Up To Speed On Projects

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched a new website focused on providing information to property owners and residents about maintenance activities and issues that affect residential areas.
The site, VDOT and Your Neighborhood, provides details and expectations about maintenance work, as well as contact information for assistance when issues occur.
The site content is based on the most frequently asked questions regarding neighborhoods.
The website also features a snowplow tracker map tool. This allows VDOT and contractor trucks equipped with automatic vehicle location technology to be monitored during snow removal operations, when snowfall reaches two inches or more.

Garbage And Christmas Tree Pick Up This Week

If you live in Farmville, you have different garbage pick up days this week. Monday pick ups went out Tuesday, On Wednesday, the usual Tuesday residential garbage will go out but no business garbage or cardboard will be collected Wednesday. Businesses can call in to make a request for pick up. Wedensday’s residential garbage will go out Thursday, and business garbage and cardboard collection will be dealt with on Friday. Also, Christmas trees will be collected on Thursday and Friday and next Wednesday.

Search For Cause In House Fire

A fire destroyed a home this week and displaced a mother and two children. It happened at 3459 New Bethel Road and firefighters from three departments responded. Investigators say crews were on the scene for about three hours. While there were no injuries to any people on the scene, a family dog died in the blaze. The search is on for a cause. Anyone able and willing to donate to the family can do so at Woodforest Bank where an account has been set up. You can donate clothes or other goods by calling 434-390-5520.

Man Arrested In Bank Robbery

An arrest has been made in connection with a bank robbery in Farmville. Police say Malik Cooper walked into the B B & T branch at 1304 Main Street Thursday and handed a teller a note demanding money. No weapon was displayed and he left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were other customers in the bank at the time. Investigators aren’t saying how but they quickly developed Cooper as a suspect. He was caught at about 6pm Thursday at his residence in Prince Edward County.

New Contract For Superintendent

Dr. Rodney Berry is getting a two and a half year contract to remain the superintendent of Nottoway County Public Schools. The board voted 5 to 1 recently to grant the accord including a severance package and free health care. Under the severance package, which Berry doesn’t have in his current deal, he would get a year of full pay and benefits if he’s terminated without just cause. He was hired last year and is the county’s first African American schools leader.